• CLOSING CELEBRATION: A celebration of the closing of Covington Elementary School will be include a reception for former and current Covington Elementary School employees from 1-2 p.m. in the CES Gymnasium. Following that reception, an open house for the public is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Classrooms will be open for memories of experiences in the elementary building. In the gymnasium will be tables featuring yearbooks, Cat’s Meow replicas of all three buildings for purchase, T-shirts to order, various pictures of school events, the new K-8 building and refreshments.
• COVER TO COVER: Join Troy-Miami County Public Library staff for “Cover to Cover” at the library as they explore various authors and illustrators through books, activities and crafts. Kids in grades 1-3 will explore Jim Arnosky at 4 p.m. A snack will be provided at each meeting. Call 339-0502, Ext. 123, to register. For more information, visit tmcpl.org.
• VIEW FROM VISTA: Brukner Nature Center will be having its View from the Vista from 2-4 p.m. Come discover Brukner Nature Center’s vista bird life and join members of the BNC Bird Club as you learn to identify our feathered friends. All levels of birders welcome and good binoculars are available for use. Free and open to the public.
• SPRING FLING: The Miami County Park District will hold its monthly Dog Social from 1-3 p.m. at Lost Creek Reserve, 2385 East State Route 41 east of Troy. Join park district naturalist John De Boer at the annual “Spring Fling” dog social with special guests the Southern Ohio Flying K-9s. Watch these amazing dogs jump over just about anything to catch a Frisbee. If your dog is nice and plays well with others, bring them to the park to put a little “spring” in their step. Owners are responsible for their dogs. Please clean-up after your pet. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing [email protected] or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.
• BREAKFAST: The American Legion Post 586, Tipp City, will prepare an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8-11 a.m. for $6. Items available will be eggs your way, bacon, sausage, biscuits, sausage gravy, pancakes, waffles, home fries french toast, cinnamon rolls, fruit and juices.
• QUARTER AUCTION: The Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter is sponsoring a quarter auction at 2 p.m. in the high school cafeteria, 3925 North State Route 589, Casstown. Doors will open at 1 p.m. Enter through Door No. 12, the east entrance of the high school. Paddles will be $2 each or 3 paddles for $5. Participants will be playing for anything and everything donated by local businesses. A free paddle drawing will be held with a $5 pay-in. Quarters for purchase will be available at the event. A 50/50 raffle will be held. Concession stand sales will be available. All proceeds will benefit the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter and its graduates through scholarship opportunities. Please contact the Miami East FFA Alumni Chapter with any questions at 335-7070, Ext. 3212.
• CHICKEN OR CHOPS: The Lockington Volunteer Fire Department will be offering a barbeque chicken or pork chop dinner at the firehouse, 10363 Museum Trail, beginning at 11 a.m. Dinners will include a choice of barbecued chicken or pork chop, baked beans, applesauce, potato chips and a roll for $8 each. Dinners will be sold first come first served and guests may dine in or carry out their meals. Proceeds will be used to pay for training and equipment. For questions or to order ahead, call Chief Jon Adams at (937) 606-0919. The day of the event, calls may be placed directly to the fire house at (937) 773-5341.
• CHILL OUT: To ensure there is no taxation without relaxation this tax season, Kona Ice in Troy will be offering free shaved ice from 4-6 p.m. outside the Troy-Miami County Library to help anxious taxpayers “chill out.”
• FAMILY FUN: Learn about birds at the Troy-Miami County Library with John DeBoer from Miami County Parks District at 6:30 p.m. Register for “Party for the Birds” at 339-0502, Ext. 121. For more information, visit tmcpl.org.
• CRAFTY LISTENERS: The Crafty Listeners gather from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library in West Milton. The group listens to an audio book while working on joint and individual craft projects. Both experienced crafters and those wanting to learn are welcome.
• BUDDY READING: Buddy Reading pairs a teen or adult reading mentor with beginning readers to help encourage greater reading ease, enjoyment and comprehension. Be a part of this weekly mentorship at 6:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library in West Milton.
• PARTY FOR ANIMALS: A “Party for the Birds” will be offered at 6:30 p.m. at the Troy-Miami County Public Library, presented by John DeBoer of the Miami County Parks District. This program is based on the book “Dinner Party for the Birds,” a book about bird songs. Talking about mnemonic’s “Do You Speak Bird?” DeBoer will also talk about bird feeders and how easy they are to make, and what birds eat. This program, for all ages, is fun for the kids and informative for the adults. The Troy-Miami County Public Library is located at 419 West Main Street in Troy. For more information call 339-0502, or visit tmcpl.org.
• BLOOD DRIVE: The Covington Eagles will host a spring blood driv from 3-7 p.m. in the Eagles Lodge, 715 E. Broadway. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a key chain etched with the Community Blood Center blood drop logo as a reminder that “donors hold the key to saving lives.” Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.
• OPTIMIST MEETING: The Troy Noon Optimist Club will meet noon at LaPiazza. The guest speaker will be Dale Grimm, Troy Tribune editor.
• LIFETREE CAFE: The program titles “Sacrifice: How Much Would You Give for Someone you Love?” features a screening of The Red House, a short film depicting one womans’s unexpected sacrifice that changed the course of a young girl’s life in early 20th century China. This short film illustrates the very heart of sacrifice. For more information contact Pat Robinson at [email protected] or (937) 405-7375. Snacks and coffee, tea and beverages are provided.
• OPTIMISTS MEET: The Troy Noon Optimist Club will meet at noon at LaPiazza.
• CENTER OPEN: The Pleasant Hill History Center, 8 E. Monument St., Pleasant Hill, is open from 3-7 p.m. CLOSED TILL SPRING
• TOPS: The T.O.P.S. (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Club meets at 5:45 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church, Main and 3rd streets, Tipp City. For more information, call (937) 332-9251.
• Monroe Township Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. at the Township Building.
• The Tipp City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Government Center.
• The Troy City Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the meeting room in Council Chambers.
• The Staunton Township Trustees will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Staunton Township building.
• Covington Village Council will meet at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
• Covington Board of Public Affairs will meet at 4 p.m. in the Water Department office located at 123 W. Wright St., Covington.
• The Miami County Educational Service Center Governing Board will meet at 5 p.m. at 2000 W. Stanfield Road, Troy.
• HEALTH SCREENINGS: Upper Valley Medical Center wellness nurse Karen Katz, RN, will conduct free blood pressure and glucose screenings for all ages at the Milton-Union Public Library from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. First come, first serve.
• TINY TOTS: Tiny Tots meet from 1-1:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library in West Milton. This is an interactive opportunity for children from birth to 3-years-old and their caretakers to hear stories, play games, sing songs, and do other activities with children’s librarian Wendy Heisey.
• LIBRARY BOARD: The Milton-Union Public Library Board of Trustees holds its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Board meetings are open to the general public. The library is located at 560 S. Main St., West Milton.
• COMMUNITY MEAL: The Fletcher United Methodist Church will host its free community meal from 5-6:30 p.m. The menu includes homemade chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce and desserts.
• The Concord Township Trustees will meet at 10 a.m. at the Concord Township Memorial Building, 1150 Horizon West Court, Troy.
• Pleasant Hill Township Trustees will meet at 8 p.m. in the township building, 210 W. Walnut St., Pleasant Hill..
• COUPON CLUB: The St. James Coupon Club will meet from 6-8 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 200 W. High St., Piqua. Come, bring a friend, bring your coupons to work on, to share and trade, or just bring yourself if you are just getting started. For questions, call 773-1241.
• KIWANIS CLUB: Carolyn Russ, national marketing director of Juice Plus, will be discussing health, wellness and her thoughts on achieving “Vitality for Life,” at noon at the Troy Country Club.
• PIQUA KIWANIS: Todd Voskuhl with the Piqua/Sidney Tactical Response Team will discuss what this team does for our communities at noon at The Bistro Room, 1876 Commerce Drive, Piqua. Reservations required by noon the Monday prior to meeting by calling Dennis Carity at (937) 418-8478.
• STORY TIME: Celebrate Earth Day at the two Story Times today with Milton-Union Public Library children’s librarian Wendy Heisey – one at 10:30 a.m. and one at 1:30 p.m. Stories, crafts, games and puppet shows are included in the activities for preschool children and their caretakers.
• PARENTING CLASS: Positive Parenting classes, led by Louise Burgess, LSW, will be offered from 6-8 p.m. at the Snyder Road Church of God, 636 E. Snyder Road, Piqua. A free dinner for the family will be at 6 p.m., Positive Parenting class for adults at Bible lessons, games, music and crafts for children will begin at 7 p.m. Another class will be April 27. To register, call Sara Keeran at (937) 631-6069.
• HOME SCHOOL NATURE CLUB: Sign-up your home schooled student for morning of discovery from 9:30-11:30 a.m. or an afternoon from 2-4 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. Staff naturalists have developed hands-on educational and awesome lesson plans, using live wildlife and outdoor exploration. The fee for these programs is $2.50 for BNC members and $5 for non-members. Payment is due at time of registration (cash or check). The topic for April is “Animal Transformers.”
• SPRING STORY TIME: Join in the fun with Miss Andrea at 1 p.m. at the Oakes-Beitman Memorial Library, Pleasant Hill. Bring your child and enjoy a variety of stories, songs, finger plays, crafts, and more for children ages birth-5 years old. Registration is required at 937-676-2731.
• DINE TO DONATE: Applebee’s, 221 N. Vandemark Road, Sidney, will donate 10 percent of a diner’s check to Bark for Life of Miami County. Present a flier, which can be found at www.facebook.com/BarkForLifeOfMiamiCounty.
• STAUNTON ALUMNI: The Staunton School alumni will meet at 11:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday at Frisch’s restaurant in Troy.
• The Elizabeth Township Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. in the township building, 5710 Walnut Grove Road, Troy.
• The Covington Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. in the Covington Middle School for a regular board meeting.
• COVER TO COVER: Join Troy-Miami County Public Library staff for “Cover to Cover” at the library as they explore various authors and illustrators through books, activities and crafts. Kids in grades 1-3 will explore Donald Crews at 4 p.m. A snack will be provided at each meeting. Call 339-0502, Ext. 123, to register. For more information, visit tmcpl.org.
• GUEST SPEAKER: Danny Mortensen returns as a guest speaker to WACO Air Museum as part of the Aviation Lecture Series. As a continuation from last year, Danny returns to share Part 2 of his topic “Confessions of an Ex-Air Traffic Controller: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Airport.” These humorous stories will come from misadventures over his 48 years of aviation. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 7 p.m.The museum is located at 1865 S. County Road 25-A, Troy. For more information, visit wacoairmuseum.org or call 335-9226.
• BOOK SALE: The semi-annual book sale sponsored by the New Friends of the Milton-Union Public Library kicks off tonight with a “Friends Member Preview Night.” Become a member for only $5 and get first dibs at the treasure troves! The preview night goes from 4-8 p.m. Call 937-698-5515 for more information.
• HIGH NOONERS: The book discussion group “High Nooners” goes dark this month with the fast-paced and highly recommended psychological thriller “Before I Go to Sleep,” by S. J. Watson. Turn the lights on bright and join the discussion from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Milton-Union Public library’s fiction area.
• RAIN BARRELS: As part of Earth Action Month, the Miami County Park District and Miami Soil and Water Conservation District have partnered to host the “Rain Barrels and Trees” program starting at 6:30 p.m. at Lost Creek Reserve, 2385 E. State Route 41, east of Troy. Take a tree hike on the property and learn about the various species and how they suit different soils/landscapes. After the hike, participants will build rain barrels. Class fee is $45 (includes rain barrel to take home). Class size is limited to 25 participants. Participants must register for the program by calling Miami County Soil and Water at (937) 335-7645.
• LEPC MEETING: The quarterly meeting meeting of the LEPC will be at 4 p.m. at the Miami County Communication Center, 210 Marybill Drive, in Troy.
• BLOOD DRIVE: The Knights of St. John in Piqua will host a spring blood drive from 1:30-5:30 p.m. in the Great Hall, 110 South Wayne St. Everyone who registers to donate will receive a key chain etched with the Community Blood Center blood drop logo as a reminder that “donors hold the key to saving lives.” Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.
• SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION: The next planning meeting for Pleasant Hill’s Sesquicentennial celebration will be Thursday, April 21 at 6:30p.m. at the Oakes Beitman Library, 12 N. Main, Pleasant Hill.
• BOARD MEETING: The Miami Metropolitan Housing Authority Board meeting at 8 a.m. at 1695 Troy-Sidney Road, Troy.
• FRIDAY DINNERS: The Covington VFW, 173 N. High St., Covington, will offer broasted chicken, New York strip steak, fish or sandwiches, from 5-8 p.m.
• BOOK SALE: The New Friends of the Milton-Union Public Library’s semi-annual book sale opens to the public at 9 a.m. at 560 S. Main St. in West Milton. Items for sale include paperbacks and hardbacks, textbooks, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs and puzzles. Sale closes at 5 p.m. Volunteers are needed to work day of celebration as well as with pre-planning work.
• PORK CHOP: A smoked pork chop will be offered beginning at 6 p.m. at the Troy Fish & Game, Troy.
Edison State Community College brings Good Ole Boy Comedy to the Piqua campus on Friday, April 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a night of family fun. This side–splitting performance is open to the community and offered free of charge.
• COMEDIC PERFORMANCE: Edison State Community College will bring the Good Ole Boy Comedy group to the Piqua campus from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for a night of family fun. The performance is open to the community and offered free of charge. The event will be held in the Robinson Theater. Seating for the event is limited. Those interested in attending are encouraged to arrive early to reserve a seat. The comedy style is not abnormally over the top but does at times discuss adult situations. For more information, contact Nate Cole by emailing [email protected] or calling (937) 381-1555.