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Dec. 19


• WINTER SOLSTICE CONCERT: Come celebrate the new season with wine, nature and song in the candlelit Heidelberg Auditorium and enjoy songs of the season with True Life Travelers at 7 p.m. Chris and Linda Tatarian (of Rum River Blend fame) are joined by Charlie and Mary Jo Leet, creating musical harmony sure to bring a smile to your face. Bring your family and friends and enjoy homemade holiday goodies, a variety of seasonal drinks (including wassail) and toe tappin’, sing along fun all for $5 for BNC members and $10 for nonmembers. Meet a wildlife ambassador up close and personal, take home a poinsettia door prize and be the first to view the annual photo contest submissions. All proceeds support the mission of wildlife conservation through education, preservation and rehabilitation.


• WINTER ART GALLERY EXHIBIT: Brukner Nature Center will unveil its sixth annual “Nature through the Lens” photo contest following the Winter Solstice Concert at 7 p.m. The exhibit will feature the work of both adult and youth participants that have captured the beauty on BNC grounds. The exhibit will also be open to the public during Interpretive Center hours and will run through March 16. A percentage of the sales of these works will support the mission of Brukner Nature Center.


• SLOPPY JOES: The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 586, Tipp City, will offer sloppy joe sandwiches and chips for $3 and homemade cookies two for 50 cents. Euchre will start at 7 p.m. for $5.


• BOOK DISCUSSION: The Milton-Union Public Library High-Nooners Book Discussion Group will meet at noon to discuss “A Redbird Christmas,” by Fannie Flagg. Call the library at (37) 698-5515 for more information.


• CLASS LUNCH: The 1956 class of Piqua Central High School will be gathering for lunch at Heck Yeah in Piqua at 12:30 p.m. There will be a $2 gift exchange in celebration of Christmas.


• LASAGNA SUPPER: Clifford Thompon Post No. 43, 622 S. Market St., Troy, will offer five-layer lasagna, salad and garlic bread for $8, from 5-7:30 p.m.


• DISCOVERY WALK: A morning discovery walk for adults will be from 8-9:30 a.m. at Aullwood Audubon Center, 1000 Aullwood Road, Dayton. Tom Hissong, education coordinator, will lead walkers as they experience the wonderful seasonal changes taking place. Bring binoculars.


Dec. 20


• FRIDAY DINNERS: Dinner will be offered from 5-8 p.m. at the Covington VFW Post 4235, 173 N. High St., Covington. Choices will include a $12 New York strip steak, broasted chicken, fish, shrimp and sandwiches, all made-to-order.


• STUFFED SHELLS: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post No. 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer stuffed shells, garlic bread, salad and dessert for $7 from 6-7:30 p.m.


• PIZZA SPAGHETTI: The AMVETS Auxiliary will offer pizza spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and dessert for $7 from 5:30 p.m.


• STORY HOUR: Story Hour will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library. Children from ages 3-5 (and their caregivers) can enjoy stories, puppet shows and crafts at the library. Call (937) 698-5515 or visit Facebook or www.mupubliclibrary.org for details on weekly themes.


• MEATLOAF: The American Legion Post No. 586, 377 N. Third St., Tipp City, will present a dinner of meatloaf with all the trimmings for $7 from 6-7:30 p.m.


Dec. 21


• PORK CHOPS: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post No. 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer a marinated pork chop (non-marinated pork chops available upon request) dinner with baked potato and corn for $9 from 5-7 p.m.


• PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: The Miami County Park District will hold their Mother Nature’s Preschool program “Get Ready for Winter” at 10 a.m. at Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 Ross Road, south of Tipp City. Join Naturalist Millipede Mike for an hour of playtime. Enjoy a toddler sized hike with your preschooler and discover the joys of nature through stories and games. Registration is required and a non-refundable fee of $5 per class or $10 for the three class series is due at time of registration. Registration occurs upon payment. Register for the program by visiting miamicountyparks.com, emailing to register@miamicountyparks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 104.


• NIGHT HIKE: Brukner Nature Center will have a night hike, “A Wintry Walk,”, at 7 p.m. Every month BNC naturalists plan a nighttime adventure in to the Brukner woodlands. Come dressed for a family-friendly hike as staff discuss other ways animals are getting ready for the winter. The event is free.


• STAR GAZE: Join the Stillwater Stargazers and explore the starry night sky at 8 p.m. at Brukner Nature Center. Members will have their telescopes set up to answer questions. This program is free and open to the public, following the night hike.


• KARAOKE SET: Karaoke will be offered at The American Legion Post No. 586, North Third Street, Tipp City, from 8 p.m. to close.


• BUFFET BREAKFAST: Sons of The American Legion Post No. 43, 622 S. Market St., Troy, will host an all-you-can-eat buffet style breakfast from 7-10:30 a.m. Adult meals will be $8 for children and $3 for children. The buffet will include scrambled eggs, homemade fried potatoes, sausage gravy and biscuits .sausage and bacon waffles, toast, coffee and juice. Take out orders will be available.


• CANDLE DIPPING: Aullwood candle dipping will be offered at 2:30 p.m. at the farm, 9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton. Dip candles in beeswax to create handcrafted treasures. Individuals, families, scout troops, and youth groups will enjoy making red and/or blue colored candles. The cost is a general admission fee of $5 for adults and $3 per child, plus $1 for each candle made. Call (937) 890-7360 for reservations.


Dec. 22


• BREAKFAST SET: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post No. 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer made-to-order breakfasts from 8-11 a.m. Everything will be a la carte.


• BREAKFAST SET: An all-you-can-eat breakfast will be offered at the American Legion Post 586, 377 N. Third St., Tipp City, for $6. from 8-11 a.m. Items available will be eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, waffles, pancakes, French toast, hash browns, sausage gravy, biscuits, fruit, cinnamon rolls and juices.


• CANDLE DIPPING: Aullwood candle dipping will be offered at 2:30 p.m. at the farm, 9101 Frederick Pike, Dayton. Dip candles in beeswax to create handcrafted treasures. Individuals, families, scout troops, and youth groups will enjoy making red and/or blue colored candles. The cost is a general admission fee of $5 for adults and $3 per child, plus $1 for each candle made. Call (937) 890-7360 for reservations.


Dec. 23


• TEXAS TENDERLOIN: A Texas tenderloin sandwich and fries will be offered from 6-7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 586, 377 N. Third St, Tipp City, for $5.


• PROJECT FEEDERWATCH: Project FeederWatch will be offered from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Aullwood, 1000 Aullwood Road, Dayton. Count birds, drink coffee, eat doughnuts, share stories and count more birds. This bird count contributes to scientific studies at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Check out the Cornell web site at www.bird.cornell.edu/pfw for more information.


Dec. 24


• PROJECT FEEDERWATCH: Project FeederWatch will be offered from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Aullwood, 1000 Aullwood Road, Dayton. Count birds, drink coffee, eat doughnuts, share stories and count more birds. This bird count contributes to scientific studies at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Check out the Cornell web site at www.bird.cornell.edu/pfw for more information.


Dec. 26


• BOOK GROUP: The Milton-Union Public Library McKinley Commons book discussion group will meet at 3 p.m. to discuss “True Grit,” by Charles Portis. Call the (937) 698-5515.


• TACO SALADS: The American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 586, 377 N. Third St., Tipp City, will offer taco salads for $4 beginning at 6 p.m. Euchre will start at 7 p.m. for $5.


Dec. 27


• FRIDAY DINNERS: Dinner will be offered from 5-8 p.m. at the Covington VFW Post 4235, 173 N. High St., Covington. Choices will include a $12 New York strip steak, broasted chicken, fish, shrimp and sandwiches, all made-to-order.


• STORY HOUR: Story Hour will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library. Children from ages 3-5 (and their caregivers) can enjoy stories, puppet shows and crafts at the library. Call (937) 698-5515 or visit Facebook or www.mupubliclibrary.org for details on weekly themes.


• FISH FRY: There will be a fish fry at The American Legion Post 586, 377 N. Third St., Tipp City, from 6-7:30 p.m. for $7.


Dec. 28


• BABYSITTING CLASS: A Red Cross babysitting class will be offered at the Milton-Union Public Library. The cost is $85 and reservations can be made at www.redcross.org/take-a-class.


• KARAOKE SET: The American Legion Post No. 586, Tipp City, will host karaoke from 7 p.m. to close.


Dec. 29


• BREAKFAST SET: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post No. 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer made-to-order breakfasts from 8-11 a.m. Everything will be a la carte.


• BREAKFAST SET: The American Legion Riders at Post 586 will present an all-you-can-eat breakfast from 8-11 a.m. for $6. Items available will be eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, sausage gravy, toast, French toast, hash browns, waffles, pancakes, fruit, cinnamon rolls and juices.


Dec. 30


• HAM AND CHEESE: A grilled ham and cheese sandwich and tomato basil soup will be offered for $5 at the American Legion Post 586, N. Third St., Tipp City, from 6- 7:30 p.m.


Jan. 4


• SPAGHETTI DINNER: An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will be offered from 3-7 p.m. at 622 S. Market St., Troy, to benefit Troy Post No. 43 baseball. The meal also will include salad bar, bread, dessert and drink for $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger.


• E-READER PARTY: An e-reader party is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at Bradford Public Library. If you already have an e-reader, are receiving one for Christmas or are just interested in this new electronic means of reading books, then this workshop is for you. This event is also for patrons who have Smart phones. Please bring with you the e-reader and a USB cord. After an initial overview of free e-books, the group will be divided by what type of device you may have. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (937) 448-2612.


Jan. 6


• ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING: Elizabeth Township Board of Trustees will hold an organizational meeting at 6:30 p.m. The board’s regular meeting will follow at 7 p.m.


Jan. 12


• TURKEY SHOOT: The Troy VFW Post No. 5436, 2220 LeFevre Road, Troy, will offer a turkey shoot with sign-ups at 10 a.m. and the shoot at 11 a.m. An all-you-can-eat breakfast will be offered by the auxiliary from 8:30-11 a.m. for $6.


• TURKEY SHOOT: A turkey shoot will be offered at the West Milton VFW. The event begins at 11 a.m. and shoot starts at noon.


Jan. 13


• ANNUAL INVENTORY: The Elizabeth Township Board of Trustees will hold its annual inventory meeting at 7 p.m.


Feb. 1


• SPAGHETTI DINNER: An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will be offered from 3-7 p.m. at 622 S. Market St., Troy, to benefit Troy Post No. 43 baseball. The meal also will include salad bar, bread, dessert and drink for $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger.


Feb. 9


• TURKEY SHOOT: The Troy VFW Post No. 5436, 2220 LeFevre Road, Troy, will offer a turkey shoot with sign-ups at 10 a.m. and the shoot at 11 a.m. An all-you-can-eat breakfast will be offered by the auxiliary from 8:30-11 a.m. for $6.


March 1


• SPAGHETTI DINNER: An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will be offered from 3-7 p.m. at 622 S. Market St., Troy, to benefit Troy Post No. 43 baseball. The meal also will include salad bar, bread, dessert and drink for $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger.


March 9


• TURKEY SHOOT: The Troy VFW Post No. 5436, 2220 LeFevre Road, Troy, will offer a turkey shoot with sign-ups at 10 a.m. and the shoot at 11 a.m. An all-you-can-eat breakfast will be offered by the auxiliary from 8:30-11 a.m. for $6.


April 5


• SPAGHETTI DINNER: An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will be offered from 3-7 p.m. at 622 S. Market St., Troy, to benefit Troy Post No. 43 baseball. The meal also will include salad bar, bread, dessert and drink for $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger.


April 13


• TURKEY SHOOT: The Troy VFW Post No. 5436, 2220 LeFevre Road, Troy, will offer a turkey shoot with sign-ups at 10 a.m. and the shoot at 11 a.m. An all-you-can-eat breakfast will be offered by the auxiliary from 8:30-11 a.m. for $6.


May 3


• SPAGHETTI DINNER: An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner will be offered from 3-7 p.m. at 622 S. Market St., Troy, to benefit Troy Post No. 43 baseball. The meal also will include salad bar, bread, dessert and drink for $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger.


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Monday


Civic agendas


• Monroe Township Board of Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Mondays at the Township Building.


• Tipp City Board of Education will meet at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday at the board office, 90 S. Tippecanoe Drive. Call 667-8444 for more information.


• The Tipp City Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at the Government Center.


• The Tipp City Parks Advisory Committee will meet at 7 p.m. on the 2nd Monday (January, March, May, July, September, and November) at the Tipp City Government Center.


• The Troy City Council will meet the first and third Mondays of the month at 7 p.m. in the meeting room in Council Chambers.


• The Staunton Township Trustees will meet the first and third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Staunton Township building.


• Covington Village Council will meet on the second and fourth Mondays at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.


• Covington Board of Public Affairs will meet the first and third Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. in the Water Department office located at 123 W. Wright St., Covington.


• The Police and Fire Committee of Village Council will meet on the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. prior to the council meeting.


• The Covington Street Committee will meet the fourth Monday of each month immediately following the regular council meeting.


• Laura Village Council will meet the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Municipal building.


• The Potsdam Village Council will meet on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in the village offices.


• Brown Township Board of Trustees will meet the second and fourth Monday of the month at 8 p.m. in the Township Building in Conover.


• The Union Township Trustees will meet the second and last Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Township Building, 9497 Markley Road, P.O. Box E, Laura. Call 698-4480 for more information.


• The Miami County Educational Service Center Governing Board will meet on the third Monday at 5 p.m. at 2000 W. Stanfield Road, Troy. (January, Feb. and July, meetings are on 2nd Monday.)


Tuesday


Civic agendas


• The village of West Milton Council will meet the second Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers.


• The village of West Milton Council will have its workshop meeting on the fourth Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the council chambers.


• The Concord Township Trustees will meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday 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. on the third Tuesday in the township building, 210 W. Walnut St., Pleasant Hill.


Wednesday


• SUPPORT GROUP: The Miami County Troy Alzheimer’s Support Group, affiliated with the Miami Valley, Dayton Alzheimer’s Association and the National Alzheimer’s Association, will meet from 3-4:30 p.m. at Senior Active Adult Services, 2006 W. Stanfield Road, Troy, the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Respite care will be provided. Caregivers may call 335-8800 for more information.


Civic agendas


• The Elizabeth Township Trustees will meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the township building, 5710 Walnut Grove Road, Troy.


• The Covington Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday in the Covington Middle School for a regular board meeting.


• The village of West Milton Planning Board will meet the first Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers.


Thursday


Civic agendas


• The Miami County Public Defender Association will meet at 10 a.m. the first Thursday of Feb., May, August and November in the office on the second floor of the courthouse, 201 W. Main St., Troy.


• The Newton Local School Board of Education will meet on the third Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the media center at the school.


• The Lostcreek Township Board of Trustees meet at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Lostcreek Township Building, Casstown.

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