Area briefs



Purse Bingo benefit set

PIQUA — A Purse Bingo benefit for Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County will be held Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Miami Valley Centre Mall.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the food court area. Tickets for the event are limited and cost $25, or $30 at the door on the day of the event. Ticketholders receive a small Vera Bradley gift and are entered to win an authentic Vera Bradley purse and over 20 other prizes. The event also includes a silent auction, 50/50 drawing, raffle and refreshments.

Tickets are available at Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County, 550 Summit Ave., Suite 101, and For All Seasons at 2 W. Main St. in Troy. Tickets are also available online at Only 175 tickets will be sold. In case of a sold-out event, reserved tickets not paid for by 6 p.m. the evening of the event may be sold.

Entries sought for cutest baby contest

MINSTER — The Minster-New Bremen Right to Life will be holding their “Cutest Baby Contest” during the Minster Oktoberfest, Sept. 29 through Oct. 1. They will be located under the tent between Visiting Angels and Car Quest on Fourth Street. The contest is open to anyone up to the age of 3. Please send a photo, no larger than 8-by-10 inches in size, to Minster-New Bremen Right to Life, care of Amy Hilgefort, 121 S. Hanover St., Minster. Please no cardboard, plastic or glass picture frames. Include on the back of the photo the child’s name, parents’ names, phone number and address so the photo can be returned. The deadline to enter is noon on Sept. 29.

BNC plans haunted woods

TROY — Enjoy a kid-friendly evening filled with guided walks, live animals and costumed characters at Brukner Nature Center on Oct. 21-22 and 28-29. Your guide will lead you along the gently rolling, luminary-lit trail and stop at five stations along the way so you and your family can learn all about the wild creatures of the night — bring your flashlights.

Activities also include free face painting, games, storytelling at a campfire, plus cookies and cider after the hike. This program is $5 per person for BNC members and $7 per person for non-members (cash or check only). Be sure to have your membership card ready.

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the night of the event, handed out in the order that you arrive at the gate at our entrance, so if you want to join your friends please ride together or meet and drive in together! Gate opens at 6 p.m. with the first group leaving at 6:30 p.m. and every 5 minutes after that. Parking is limited.

Wildlife expert to speak

TROY — OSU Extension will host Dr. Stan Gehrt, OSU Extension wildlife specialist and coyote expert on Oct. 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Extension Meeting Room on the ground floor of the Old Courthouse in Troy.

Dr. Gehrt will share information on coyote behavior, community-level strategies for urban and rural management, and how to minimize conflict based on a long-term study of over 800 coyotes living in Chicago and surrounding areas.

The cost is $5 per person and registration is appreciated before Oct. 13. Seating is limited. Please contact the office to register (937) 440-3945 or visit

Master Gardners program planned

TROY — The Miami County Master Gardener Volunteers will present “What’s Digging up my Yard?” at the next session in the Coffee with the Master Gardeners series on Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. Amanda Bennett, Agriculture and Natural Resource Educator will discuss critters that vandalize yards and how to deal with them. Critters of interest are moles, voles, raccoons, squirrels, skunks, groundhogs, grubs, yellow jackets and other common lawn bandits.

The session will be in the Extension Meeting Room on the ground floor of the Old Courthouse in Troy. The cost is $10 and pre-registration is required by Oct. 4. For more details contact the Extension office at (937) 440-3945 or by email at The session is limited to 35 people. Visit or the Facebook page “Miami County Master Gardeners” for more information.