Area briefs

Hug the Earth upcoming

TROY —The Miami County Park District will hold its Annual Hug the Earth Festival from noon to 5 p.m. May 11 at Stillwater Prairie Reserve, 9750 St. Rt. 185 in Covington.

At noon the Banana Slug String Band will perform their popular songs like “Dirt Made My Lunch” and “Water Cycle Boogie.” Beginning at 1 p.m., enjoy archery, geocaching, canoeing on the pond, face painting, gnome-fairy house building, petting zoo, food and more. Don’t miss out on the outdoor adventure activities with the rock-climbing wall, zip line, tree climbing and high ropes course. General admission is free.

For more information, visit the park district website at

Adoptable pets is program’s focus

PIQUA — The Piqua Public Library will host adoptable cats and dogs from the Miami County Animal Shelter from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 4, animals from the Shelby County Animal Shelter will also be on site. Two local TNR (trap, neuter, return) groups, Calico TNR from Springfield and Cat Advocates of Troy, will be at the event to share information about the importance of neutering cats. Dr. Ken from Tipp City Veterinary Hospital will present a special Pet Chat at 1:30 p.m. on bringing home a new pet. This is not an adoption event. Meet adoptable animals and learn about the local animal shelters and TNR groups. Registration is not required.

Police memorial event upcoming

TROY — The Miami County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 58 is inviting the community to attend the annual Police Memorial Day service at noon May 8 on the plaza at the Miami County Courthouse as the lodge’s Honor Guard opens the ceremony with the Presentation of the Flags.

History of bluegrass offered

TROY — Come be entertained learning about the History of Bluegrass at 6 p.m. May 9 at the Troy-Miami County Public Library. Bill Purk and Reed Jones of the Muleskinner Band will provide a deeper understanding of American Bluegrass music using guitar, mandolin, banjo, and vocals. Starting with the “Father of Bluegrass” Bill Monroe’s first performance spot at the Grand Ole Opry in 1939, to the popularity of the Stanley Brothers, Flatts & Scruggs, and the “King of Bluegrass” Jimmy Martin in the 1960’s. For all ages and registration not required. Call the library at 339-0502, Ext. 117, for more information.

Open house set for fifth graders

TROY — The Troy Rec, 11 N. Market St., Troy, will host a fifth grade open house from 6-8 p.m. May 14.

Any current fifth grader is invited to visit the Rec and get acquainted with the facility. All students entering sixth grade in the fall are allowed to begin attending the Rec after they have completed their fifth grade year. Call 339-1923 for more information.