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Today

• BOOK CLUB: The Milton-Union Public Library’s adult book club will meet at noon to discuss “The Other Einstein” by Mary Benedict. To reserve a copy of the book, visit the library or call (937) 698-5515.

• ECLIPSE: At 6:30 p.m., Ron and Joann Wagner, amateur astronomers from the Stillwater Stargazers, will speak about safety for viewing the solar eclipse at 6:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library. The library will also have safety glasses available courtesy of NASA and other sponsors.

• AFTER HOURS: A Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours will celebrate the presentation of the largest schoolyard garden in the county to the Piqua City Schools and Piqua Catholic School. The event will be held from 5-7 p.m. at 818 Nicklin Ave., Piqua. Make a reservation at www.piquaareachamber.com.

• CARRY-IN: The Tipp City Seniors members and guests will have a carry-in luncheon at noon at 320 S. First St., Tipp City. Ohio Lite bingo will follow.

• RUMMAGE SALE: McKendree United Methodist Church, 8679 Dayton-Brandt Road, will hold its annual rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds from this year’s rummage sales will benefit the Angel House Orphanage in Tanzania, Africa.

• KENNEDY TO SPEAK: The Pleasant Hill History Center, 8 E. Monument Ave. Pleasant Hill, will host a program at 7 p.m. regarding the life and accomplishments of Clayton Brukner. Patrick Kennedy will be the presenter. Mr. Brukner, inventor and naturalist, left quite a legacy for the residents of the county — The Brukner Nature Center, co-developer of the WACO plane and more. Kennedy is archivist at the Troy-Miami County Public Library, and writes “It Happened Years Ago” in the Troy Daily News.

• PULLED PORK: Pulled pork sandwiches with chips will be offered at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586 for $5 at 6 p.m. Euchre to follow at 7 p.m. for $5.

• DINNER: A Legionnaire dinner will be from 5-7:30 p.m., with trivia to follow from 7-9 p.m. at the Troy American Legion Post 43, Troy.

• WRITER’S CLUB: A Writer’s Club meets at 6:30 p.m. in Piqua Public Library’s second floor Founder’s Room. Not just a critique group, they also work from writing prompts, build imagination, break through blocks, and support each other in meeting personal writing goals. Led by Kit Green.

• NAR-ANON: Nar-Anoon meets at 7 p.m. at the Piqua Public Library. This 12-step group meets to support one another and offer coping skills for dealing with friends and family members that are addicts.

• AA MEETING: The Best Is Yet To Come AA meeting will be at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy. The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

• AA MEETING: The Spirituality Group AA meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the basement of the Presbyterian Church, 20 S. Walnut St., Troy. The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

• AA MEETING: The Tri city Group AA meeting will be at 8:30 p.m. at Troy Abundant Life Church, 661 County Road 25-A, Troy. The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

• ART EXHIBIT: “American Roots Music on Vinyl” will feature the record albums of local collector and music historian Tim Kozul. Folk, blues, bluegrass, country, rock and Americana will be represented with approximately 100 albums on display through Sept. 24 at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. The theme goes along with the center’s upcoming Rhythm and Roots Festival on Sept. 23.

• ART EXHIBIT: “Grandma’s Tissues: A Collection of Handkerchiefs” — This display of artistic and historic handkerchiefs is part of a large personal collection and is being exhibited in memory of Virginia and Fred Merch through Sept. 24 at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center.

Civic agendas

• The Covington Exempted Village School District Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. in the K-8 media center, 807 Chestnut St., Covington.

Friday

• CONCERT SERIES: The Fridays on Prouty Concert will continue at 7:30 p.m. with 1988 Rocks. The ’80s were known for their “monster ballads,” and this band plays head banging classics by Quiet Riot, Twisted Sister, Europe, Scorpions and others. There is no cover fee for this concert, bring your lawn chair to 1 Prouty Plaza. Presented by Troy Main Street. Visit www.troymainstreet.org.

• BINGO: The Piqua YMCA Senior Center will offer bingo at 10 a.m. at Dorothy Love. A luau party will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center.

• PORK CHOP: The Troy Fish & Game will offer a smoked pork chop at 6 p.m.

• CREAMED CHICKEN: Creamed chicken over rice, croissants, salad and dessert for $8 will be served at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586 beginning at 6 p.m. Trivia will follow at 6:30 p.m.

• SALAD LUNCHEON: The third salad luncheon for the Covington Christian Church will be offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 115 N. Pearl St., Covington. A large assortment of homemade salads, finger sandwiches and desserts will be offered for $6. Carry-outs are available upon request. The church is handicapped accessible. Apple dumplings will be available by reservation for $3 each or 12 for $30. Contact the church office at 473-3443.

• GENEALOGY: Genealogy assistance is offered from 1:30-5 p.m. at the Piqua Public Library. The library’s genealogy expert, Sharon, can help you whether you’re just starting out, or you’ve hit a roadblock on your search Other hours are also available, call the Local History Department for more information at 773-6753.

• AA MEETING: The Best Is Yet To Come AA meeting will be at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy. The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

• AA MEETING: The New Wise Group AA meeting will be at 8 p.m. at the Bethany Center, corner of South and Roosevelt streets, Piqua (enter in the back). The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

Saturday

• FESTIVAL: The 24th annual Festival of Nations will take place from 2-8 p.m. pn the Miami River levee in Troy. The featured country this year is Ukraine. The festival will also feature The Tamburitzans, a dance group from Pittsburgh performing traditional Ukrainian dances. We will also highlight about 20 other countries including Puerto Rico, Egypt, Japan, Ireland, France and many more. Each country will have a booth at the festival manned by area residents who are ready to share their cultures with Festival goers. For more information visit our website at troyfestivalofnatioms.com.

• FARMERS MARKET: The Miami County Farmers Market will be offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Troy Lowe’s parking lot. Fruits, vegetables, honey, bedding plants and more will be offered.

• FARMERS MARKET: The Downtown Troy Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Cherry Street. The market will include in-season fruits and vegetables, cottage foods, plants, artisans and crafters and more.

• PORK CHOP: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer a marinated pork chops (non-marinated pork chops available upon request) with baked potato and corn for $9 from 5-7 p.m.

• QUARTER AUCTION: A Cruz’n and quarter auction for veterans will be offered at the Troy Eagles Campground, 2252 Troy-Urbana Road, Troy. Cars, trucks and bikes plus military vehicles on display. Dash plaques will be awarded to the first 100 entries. Registration is $10 ($8 online in advance) for the car show, which will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A quarter auction will also be from 5-8 p.m. A 50/50 drawing, door prizes and live music also will be part of the day. An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be from 8-10 a.m. for $7. For more information, see www.veteranscarshow.com or call 332-8852.

• FANDOM CLUB: Teens 18 and under are invited to share their favorite anime, manga, and more at Teen Fandom Club from 1-3 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library.

• LAUGHTER YOGA: Laughter Yoga combines unconditional laughter with yogic breathing for a new exercise routine. Guest instructor Linda Andriacco from Sinclair Community College, Life Long Learning Educations, will lead a program from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at StoryPoint Troy, 1840 Towne Park Drive, Troy. A complimentary lunch will be provided by StoryPoint. For reservations, call (937) 541-5182 or email kosting@storypoint.com.

• ICE CREAM SOCIAL: Alcony Grace Church, 1045 S. Alcony-Conover Road, Troy, will offer an ice cream social from 3-6 p.m. The event will include homemade ice cream, pies and desserts and their church’s famous barbecue.

• CRUISE IN: The Tipp City American Legion Post 586 will host the 12th annual Cruise-In from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your custom, classic cars, trucks or motorcycles. Registration fee is $5. Shelter, food and drinks will be available and a DJ will entertain from noon to 3 p.m.

• MUD VOLLEYBALL: Co-ed mud volleyball will be offered beginninat at 10 a.m. at the A.B. Graham Memorial Center, corner of US Route 36 and Alcony-Conover Road. For team information, call 368-3700 or visit abgraham.org.

• SHOOTING CLUB: The Miami Valley Wounded Veteran Shoot’s Michael W. Hemm Memorial Shoot will be held at the Hemloch Sportsman Club with parking located at Orrmont Estates, 1612 S. Main St. in Piqua. Registration will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shooting will begin at 9 a.m. The event is open to the public. All of the proceeds will go to help local veterans in need.

Sunday

• KAYAKING EVENT: SW Ohio Kayakers (SWOK), Kiser Lake State Park and the Local Joint Fire Department in St. Paris, are having a Yak Try Outs and Water Rescue Funds event for friends, family and the community to raise awareness for kayaking and safety near the beach at Kiser Lake State Park from 1-5 p.m. SWOK members will bring their kayaks, some will be provided by Kiser Lake State Park for anyone to come out and try. Driver’s license or an identification card, as well as signing a liability waiver, will be required. This event is free to the public. A goodwill offering will be collected for the Local Joint Fire Department to use toward their water rescue training and/or equipment.

• SCHOOL SUPPLY GIVEAWAY: The Lincoln Community Center, along with local business, nonprofit organizations and private donors, will give away school supplies to Miami County youth at 2 p.m. Haircuts also will be offered by local barbers and beauticians. Registration is limited to 350 students. Register by calling (937) 335-2715.

• MAYORS’ CONCERT: The theme for the 2017 Troy Mayors’ Concert is “Travel the World,” and the concert this year will have an international flair. This year marks the 25th annual concert featuring the Dayton Philharmonic Concert Band and Summer Chorus. Guest flutist and West Milton native Kathryn Williams also will perform. The event will begin at 7 p.m. on Prouty Plaza. The rain location is Hobart Arena. Handicapped parking will be available and Girl Scouts will assist with wheelchairs.

• VIEW FROM THE VISTA: Come join members of the BNC Bird Club from 2-4 p.m. as you learn to identify Brukner Nature Center’s bird life. Come enjoy the camaraderie in the third story window on wildlife. All levels of birders welcome and good binoculars are available for use.

• DOG SOCIAL: The Miami County Park District will hold its dog social “Hero Dogs” from 1-3 p.m. at Stillwater Prairie Reserve, 9750 State Route 185, Covington. If your dog is nice and plays well with others, bring them to the park to take part in “Hero Dogs.” This month our special guests will be the Buckeye Search and Rescue Dogs. These animal heroes will demonstrate how they assist with search and rescue operations. Remember owners are responsible for their dogs — please clean up after your pet. Meet at the park entrance. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing register@miamicountyparks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.

• BREAKFAST: Breakfast will be served at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586 from 8-11 a.m. Enjoy a full made to order breakfast for $7. Children under 10 eat for $3.

• PRAYER WALK: Members and leaders from the Miami East area churches will meet at 6 p.m. in front of the Miami East Schools Administration Building for a prayer walk. Participants will circle the school buildings to pray for the students, faculty, staff and administration as they begin a new school year. The walk is sponsored by Bethel United Methodist Church, Casstown United Methodist Church, Cove Springs Church and Fletcher United Methodist Church.

Monday

• ECLIPSE: During the actual solar eclipse, the Milton-Union Public Library will have an open house from 12:45-4 p.m. During the event, the library will offer light refreshments, a live stream of the eclipse indoors, as well as safety glasses for outside viewing.

• RETIRED TEACHERS LUNCHEON: The August Miami County Retired Teachers Association luncheon will be held at 11:45 a.m. at the Troy Church of the Nazarene, Troy, at the corner of Route 55 and Barnhart Road.

• I CAN RUN: The Miami County Park District will hold the new “I Can Run” program from 5:30-7 p.m. at Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 Ross Road, south of Tipp City. Beginning runners will join a park district naturalist every Monday and Wednesday evening on a journey from non-runner to “I Can Run” over this multi week program. Class fee for the series is $5. Preregistration required. Preregister for by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing register@miamicountyparks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.

• HOT DOGS: A hot dog bar with all the fixings will be offered at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586 for $4.

Tuesday

• EUCHRE: The Piqua YMCA Senior Center will offer a Euchre tournament at 10 a.m. at the YMCA. Blood pressure screenings will be offered from 9-10 a.m.

• TINY TOTS: Tiny Tots will be offered from 11-11:30 a.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library. Toddlers ages 1-3 can enjoy singing songs and reading stories with a new theme each week.

• CRAFTS: The Tipp City Seniors members and guests will offer crafts and quilting at 9 a.m. at 320 S. First St., Tipp City.

• TRUSTEES: The Newton Township Trustees will meet at 8 p.m. at the Township Building, 210 W. Walnut St., Pleasant Hill.

• DINE TO DONATE: Join supporters at Marion’s Piazza in Troy, 1270 Experiment Farm Road, Troy, from 5-8. Marion’s Piazza will donate a percentage of your food bill to help support the wildlife at Brukner Nature Center. A flier must be presented when ordering and are available at bruknernaturecenter.com, at the Interpretive Building, or email info@bruknernaturecenter.com. Good on dine in or carry-out.

• CHAT AND CHEW: Don’t know what to read next? Or maybe you can’t wait to share a book you just read? Come enjoy an open book discussion; chat about books and chew on a snack at 6 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill library. Participants will be eating, drinking, sharing, and inspiring each other’s next book choice. For more information, call 676-2731.

Wednesday

• KIWANIS: The Piqua Kiwanis Club will meet at noon at Grace Methodist Church, 9411 N. County Road 25-A, Piqua. Kimberly Walker, bereavement coordinator with Ohio Hospice of Miami County, will speak on this year’s Camp Courageous. Reservations are required by noon on the Monday prior to each meeting. For more information, call Brian Phillips at 778-1586 or visit www.freewebs.com/piquakiwanis/.

• STORY TIME: Children kindergarten through sixth grade and parents are invited to enjoy stories, crafts, and a puppet show at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library.

• KIWANIS: The Kiwanis Club of Troy will host their annual picnic at Troy Community Park at 6 p.m.

• AG MEETING: The 13th annual All Agricultural Meeting & Banquet will be held at the Duke Lundgard Building at the Miami County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $5 prior to Aug. 18 and $10 at the door or after. Children 12 and under eat free and will enjoy pizza and games with Miami East FFA students. Meet the candidates, Miami SWCD voting and a silent auction and displays will be from 5:30-7 p.m. A catered meal by Lyons Catering will begin at 6:30 p.m. A guest speaker will talk from 7-7:30 p.m. and program and agency highlights will be from 7:30-8:30 p.m. For tickets, call Betsy at the farm bureau at 335-1471 or Kristin at Miami SWCD at 335-7645.

• LINE DANCING: The Tipp City Seniors will offer line dancing at 10 a.m. at 320 S. First St., Tipp City.

• I CAN RUN: The Miami County Park District will hold the new “I Can Run” program from 5:30-7 p.m. at Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 Ross Rd. south of Tipp City. Beginning runners will join a park district naturalist every Monday and Wednesday evening on a journey from non-runner to “I Can Run” over this multi week program. Class fee for the series is $5. Preregistration required. Preregister for by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing register@miamicountyparks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.

• SLIDERS: The Tipp City American Legion Post 586 will offer sliders at 6 p.m. Two sliders with toppings and chips for $2.

Aug. 24

• LUNCHEON: The Tipp City Seniors will have blood pressure checks at 11 a.m. followed by a carry-in luncheon at noon at 320 S. First St., Tipp City. Entertainment will be the Liars Club.

• BLUEGRASS: The Friends of the Piqua Public Library will provide a “bonus” event this summer, a concert by the popular bluegrass band, The Rock Island Plow Company, at 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Piqua Public Library. The concert is free and open to the public, but seating is limited, so free tickets will be required for admittance. Tickets can be picked up at the front desk of the library beginning Aug. 21.

• HOME SCHOOL: The Bradford Public Library will offer an overview of the home school resource available at the library at 6:30 p.m. The event will last for about one hour. Home schooling parents are being sought to offer suggestions and recommendations so that the library can serve your needs in an informed manner. Bradford Public Library also has access to Miami/Troy Public Library and all of DaytonMetro Library holdings. Books and materials can be ordered online and picked up at the Bradford Public Library. This meeting is specifically to address home schooling needs and requirements. Contact the library at (937) 448-2612 to sign up. Refreshments will be served.

Aug. 25

• SEAFOOD DINNER: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer a three-piece fried fish, 21-piece fried shrimp, or a fish/shrimp combo with french fries and coleslaw for $7 and up, from 6-7:30 p.m. Frog legs will be $10.

• BINGO: The Piqua YMCA Senior Center will offer bingo at 10 a.m. at Heartland of Piqua.

• JOB HELP: Get help finding a job, learn how to create a resume, and practice interviewing skills at an employment workshop hosted by Goodwill Easter Seals from 2-3 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library.

• COMPUTER Q&A: A local expert will be offering 30-minute help sessions from 9:30 a.m. to noon for those who need help with their computers. Bring your own laptop if you can, but library laptops will be available if you are not able to bring your own. Sign-ups are required, so call the library at (937) 698-5515 or ask at the front desk.

• PIZZA: The Troy Fish & Game will offer pizza night beginning at 6 p.m.

• NIGHT HIKE: The Miami County Park District will hold its Discovery Night Hike program at 8 p.m. at Lost Creek Reserve, 2385 E. State Route 41, east of Troy. Join a park district naturalist and explore the amazing world of nature at night. Dress for the weather with sturdy walking shoes. Walk will vary from .5 to 1 mile. Bring a flashlight. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing register@miamicountyparks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.

Aug. 26-27

• CIVIL WAR: The Union Guards Company A 19th Regiment will be at the Mountaintop VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls. Saturday competition will begin at 8 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m. Sunday a Musket Company Match will begin at 8:30 a.m. Come see the Civil War reenacted. Hamburgers are available on the range 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Aug. 26

• LEGO: Build with LEGO at the Milton-Union Public Library from 2-3 p.m. Each meeting will have a theme as well as free style building. All ages are welcome.

• FARMERS MARKET: The Miami County Farmers Market will be offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Troy Lowe’s parking lot. Fruits, vegetables, honey, bedding plants and more will be offered.

• FARMERS MARKET: The Downtown Troy Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to noon on Cherry Street. The market will include in-season fruits and vegetables, cottage foods, plants, artisans and crafters and more.

• STEAK FRY: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer a T-Bone Steak with salad, baked potato and a roll for $15 from 5-8 p.m.

• WILD ART: Brukner Nature Center staff will offer a painting fundraiser from 1-4 p.m., painting a portrait of a monarch butterfly on a 16-inch-by-20-inch canvas. A BNC naturalist will provide an introduction to the natural history of these magnificent migrants. Lisa Bauer of the Mayflower Arts Center will guide you as you paint. The fee is $35 per person, (high school -adult), and includes refreshments and all materials. Deadline for registration and payment is Saturday, Aug. 26 (cash or check only). All proceeds benefit the Brukner Nature Center Wildlife Ambassador program.

• PLAY DATE: The Miami County Park District will hold its Nature Play Date program from 2-3 p.m. at Stillwater Prairie Reserve, 9750 State Route 185 in Covington. Bring your elementary school age child to the natural play area for fun and games with park district naturalist Accipiter Amalee. Register for the program by sending an email to register@miamicountyparks.com, going to the program calendar at www.MiamiCountyParks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109. Credit card payments are now accepted online at time of registration.

• MUSIC IN THE PARK: The Miami County Park District will hold its Music in the Park “Flutes at the Falls” program from 3-4 p.m. at Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 Ross Road, south of Tipp City. Participants are invited to listen to the sound of music and nature. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing register@miamicountyparks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.

• STORYBOOK TRAIL: The Miami County Park District will hold the Storybook Trail “Zoo in the Sky” program from 9-11 p.m. at Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 Ross Road, south of Tipp City. Bring your child to the park to read a storybook along the trail. The program is designed to get children outside and connecting with nature while keeping up on their reading skills. Ask the local library about more nature books and the Storybook Trail. Preregister for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing register@miamicountyparks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.

• CRUISE IN: The Miami Valley Kruzers will offer a cruise-in at the A.B. Graham Memorial Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration will be from 10 a.m. to noon. All collector vehicles welcome. Vintage tractors and stationary engines. Shaded grounds, food concession, family fun and door prizes. Swap meet and garage sales spaces available and the museum will be open. Visit abgraham.org for more information.

Aug. 27

• ADVENTURE SERIES: The Miami County Park District will hold its Naturalist Adventure Series “The Friendly Snake” from 1-4 p.m. at Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 Ross Road, south of Tipp City. Drop by and learn all about snakes. Meet “Checkers” a real live friendly snake! A roving naturalist will be on-site to answer questions and facilitate activity. Register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing register@miamicountyparks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.

• WILD ART: Join Brukner Nature Center staff for a fundraising event from 1-4 p.m., as staff help you paint a portrait of a monarch butterfly on a 16-inch-by-20-inch canvas. A BNC naturalist will provide an introduction to the natural history of these magnificent migrants, including ways to attract butterflies to your own backyard. Lisa Bauer of the Mayflower Arts Center will guide you as you paint. This opportunity is just $35 per person, (high school to adult), and includes refreshments and all materials. Deadline for registration and payment is Saturday, Aug. 26 by 5 p.m. (cash or check only). All proceeds benefit the Brukner Nature Center Wildlife Ambassador program.

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Contact Editor Melody Vallieu at mvallieu@aimmediamidwest.com or by phone at (937) 552-2131 to list your free calendar items for nonprofit events