Community Calendar


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Today

• CHAMBER CONCERT: A Drawing Room Chamber Concert will be offered at 7:30 p.m. at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. The free concert will feature the Western Ohio Tuba Quartet. Learn more at TroyHayner.org.

• TEEN HANGOUT: Teens ages 12 and up are invited to hang out at the Milton-Union Public Library to finish homework, visit with friends or relax from 3-4 p.m. Contact the library at 698-5515 or visit www.mupubliclibrary.org for more information.

• TINY TOTS: Tiny Tots will be held from 11-11:30 a.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library for babies and toddlers to enjoy songs, reading stories, playing, and learning together with their caregiver. No registration is required. Contact the library at 698-5515 or visit www.mupubliclibrary.org for more information.

• CRAFTS: The Tipp City Seniors will have crafts at 9 a.m. and Young at Art at 1 p.m.

• THANKSGIVING DINNER: A community Thanksgiving dinner will be from 4:30-7 p.m. at Fletcher United Methodist Church, 205 S. Walnut St., Fletcher. For those able, a love offering will be received to benefit missions. Meals will be dine-in or carry-out.

Wednesday

• NOVEL TEAS: The Novel Teas Reading Group will meet at 6:30 p..m to discuss “Flight of Dreams,” by Ariel Lawhon. Pick up a copy of the book today. Contact the library at 698-5515 or visit www.mupubliclibrary.org for more information.

• LEGOS: The Milton-Union Public Library is offering an afternoon of fun with LEGOs to children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade from 2-3 p.m. Bricks of all sizes will be provided. Contact the library at 698-5515 or visit www.mupubliclibrary.org for more information.

• STORY HOUR: Children ages 4-5 and their caregivers are invited to enjoy stories, crafts, and a puppet show at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library. No registration is required. Contact the library at 698-5515 or visit www.mupubliclibrary.org for more information.

• FIT AND FAB: Fit & Fab, free workout classes at the Bradford Public Library, will be offered Mondays from 7-8 p.m. and Wednesdays from 9-10 a.m. The type of workout will change every two months starting with Leslie Sansone Walk Fit videos. No equipment needed, just comfortable shoes and a water bottle. Call 448-2612 to sign up.

• FRIED BOLOGNA: The Troy Fish & Game will serve fried bologna beginning at 6 p.m.

• BLOOD DRIVE: First Presbyterian Church in Troy will help boost the blood supply on Thanksgiving Eve by hosting a community blood drive from 2-6 p.m. at 20 S. Walnut St., Troy. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the knit blood donor winter scarf. Make an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 461-3220.

Thursday

• FREE MEAL: El Sombrero will offer a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the restaurant, 1700 N. County Road 25-A, Troy. Meals will be dine-in only. Anyone in the community is invited to enjoy the annual meal.

Friday-Sunday

• HOLIDAY LIGHTS: The Miami County Park District will hold its Holiday Lights event at Lost Creek Reserve on weekends through Dec. 29. The Holiday Lights will be on display on Fridays and Saturdays from 6-10 p.m. and Sundays from 6-9 p.m. at Lost Creek Reserve, 2645 E. State Route 41, east of Troy. Be transported into a winter wonderland filled with over 50 light displays (over 30 animated). The 1.25-mile driving tour takes you through the woods, down charming farm lanes and past the historic Knoop Homestead aglow with lights. Make this enchanted experience part of your holiday traditions. Fee $10 per car and $30 for small passenger vans — cash only. For more information, visit MiamiCountyParks.com.

Friday

• LEGO VILLAGE: The public can help kick off the holidays with the Bradford Public Library’s LEGO Village. LEGO lovers of all ages are welcome to help staff build the grand display from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will finish up on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Be sure to check out the display in December and try your hand at “I Spy” in the village or see if you can find the imposter each week. Patrons with an eagle eye can have a chance to win a LEGO set at the end of December.

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

• TREE DECORATING: J.R. Clarke is inviting area children to help decorate their little Christmas tree between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Stop in and go to the seocond floor children’s area. All materials are provided free. Light refreshments will be available.

Saturday

• WRITER’S CLUB: The Writer’s Club, NaNoWriMo, will be offered Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Founder’s Room. Join the Writer’s Club for National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel rough draft in 30 days. Group also meets Thursday evenings.

• RESERVATIONS DUE: Reservations are due today for Miami East Local Schools’ 32nd annual Senior Citizens Christmas Dinner set for 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 at Miami East High School cafeteria. To be eligible to attend, you must be 60 years of age or older and live in the Miami East School District. For reservations, call 335-7070, Ext. 3001, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

• CABBAGE ROLLS: The Troy Fish & Game will serve cabbage rolls beginning at 6 p.m.

• LIGHT UP THE PARK: Bradford Public Library will Light Up the Park at Iddings Park beginning at 7 p.m. Community members will gather for Christmas carols and stories followed by the the lighting of the holiday decorations in the park. After a time to enjoy the lights, all are invited to cross the street for cookies, hot chocolate and a visitor from the North Pole at the Bradford Public Library. Dress for the weather. In case of rain, the event will be held in the library.

Monday

• BUDDY READING: The Milton-Union Public Library is offering Buddy Reading at 6:30 p.m. through the end of the school year. An adult or high school student will be available to help your student practice reading. Children must be registered by the Friday before the Monday program. Contact the library at 698-5515 or visit www.mupubliclibrary.org for more information.

• CRAFTY LISTENERS: Participants of this audio club works on individual craft projects while listening to music or on audiobook at 1 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library. All are welcome and no registration is required. Feel free to bring lunch or snacks. Contact the library at 698-5515 or visit www.mupubliclibrary.org for more information.

• NEEDLE IT: The Tipp City Seniors will offer decorate the tree at 9 a.m.; Needle It Group at 9:30 a.m.; will be a meal site at 11 a.m.; and Mah Jong will be at 1 p.m.

Dec. 3

• GOD’S GROCERY: God’s Grocery, a free food pantry, will be open from 3-5 p.m. at Fletcher United Methodist Church, 205 S. Walnut St., Fletcher.

• WORKSHOP: Joanie’s Floral Christmas Decorating Workshop is coming to J.R. Clarke Public Library at p.m. Joanie is noted for her outstanding designs in the area of floral art. This workshop will include each person creating a table centerpiece and one other item, all in natural fresh pines and evergreens. The cost of $25 with any checks made out to: Joanie’s Floral Design. There is a $10 cost to hold a place for each person coming to the workshop. Sign-up early, this hands-on workshop fills up quickly. Contact the library at 473-2226 for any questions.

• TEEN HANGOUT: Teens ages 12 and up are invited to hang out, finish homework, visit with friends or relax from 3-4 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library. Contact the library at 698-5515 or visit www.mupubliclibrary.org for more information.

• TINY TOTS: Tiny Tots will be held from 11-11:30 a.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library for babies and toddlers to enjoy songs, reading stories, playing, and learning together with their caregiver. No registration is required. Contact the library at 698-5515 or visit www.mupubliclibrary.org for more information.

• CRAFTS: The Tipp City Seniors will have crafts or an AARP driving course at 9 a.m. and Ladies Euchre and Young at Art at 1 p.m.

Dec. 4

• STORY HOUR: Children ages 4-5 and their caregivers are invited to enjoy stories, crafts, and a puppet show at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library. No registration is required. Contact the library at 698-5515 or visit www.mupubliclibrary.org for more information.

• BLOOD DRIVE: The West Milton Lions Club will help boost the holiday season blood supply by hosting a community blood drive from 1-7 p.m. in the West Milton United Church of Christ Social Hall, 108 S. Main St., West Milton. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the knit Blood Donor Winter Scarf. Make an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 461-3220.

• MONTHLY COFFEE: E5 Second Class Petty Officer Richard Borgerding will speak at the Miami Valley Veterans Museum’s monthly coffee and doughnuts event at 9 a.m. at 107 W. Main St., Troy, second floor. Petty Officer Borgerding served 10 years in the Navy, three years of that time in the Navy Antarctica Squadron, from 1990-1994. He then spent 10 years full time in the Ohio Air National Guard with the 178th Fighter Squadron. Borgerding will bring rarely seen Antarctica gear for all to see.

• LINE DANCE: The Tipp City Seniors will offer line dancing at 10 a.m; and be a meal site at 11 a.m.

Dec. 5

• QUARTER AUCTION: A quarter auction to benefit the Fort Rowdy Gathering will begin at 7 p.m. at the Covington Eagles, 715 E. Broadway, Covington. Doors open at 6 p.m. Paddles will be $3 each and there will be a 50/50 raffle and free paddle raffle. The kitchen will be open.

• BINGO: Free bingo will be offered at the Miami Valley Centre Mall from 9-10:30 a.m.

• KNITTING CIRCLE: Join others on the first Thursday of every month for a knitting circle at the Oakes-Beitman Memorial Library at 6 p.m. to work on your own projects or receive fun new ideas. Call the library at 676-2731 for more information.

• CHICKEN FRY: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer a chicken dinner with french fries and macaroni salad for $7 and up from 6-7:30 p.m. Chicken livers are also available.

• BUDDY READING: The Milton-Union Public Library is offering Buddy Reading at 6:30 p.m. through the end of the school year. An adult or high school student will be available to help your student practice reading. Children must be registered by the Friday before the Monday program. Contact the library at 698-5515 or visit www.mupubliclibrary.org for more information.

• FRIENDS MEETING: The New Friends of the Milton-Union Public Library will hold their monthly meeting at 6 p.m. This will be followed immediately by pizza and ice cream. Contact the library at 698-5515 or visit www.mupubliclibrary.org for more information.

• CARRY-IN: The Tipp City Seniors will have a carry-in and welcome the SpringMeade Carolers followed by hoop fitness at 2:30 p.m.

Dec. 6

CAROLS AND CLASSICS: An indoor concert will be offered at 7 p.m. by the Tippecanoe Community Band in the fellowship hall of Zion Lutheran Church 14 W. Walnut St., Tipp City. Directed by Gail Ahmed, more than 50 musicians will perform sacred selections, winter wonders, and Santa songs. A Christmas tree lighting will be prior to the concert at 6 p.m. at North Third and West Main streets, directly in front of Zion Lutheran Church in Tipp. Parking and handicapped entrance at 14 W. Walnut St. at the fellowship hall. For more information, contact 335-1178.

• BILLIARDS: The Tipp City Seniors will offer billiards at 9:30 a.m.; be a meal site at 11 a.m.

Dec. 6-7

• CRAFT WEEKEND:Need time away to get those holiday projects and crafts completed? Join staff for a weekend at the Milton-Union Public Library from noon to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Bring your projects, set up a 6 foot table and work to your heart’s content. At the end of the day Friday, no need to pack up: leave your items at your table and come back Saturday to continue working. Light refreshments will be provided or bring your own packed lunch and snacks. Registration is required as tables are limited. Contact the Milton-Union Public Library at 698-5515 or visit www.mupubliclibrary.org for more information.

Dec. 7-8

• OPEN HOUSE: The Museum Of Troy History will hold an open house from 4-8 p.m. in conjunction with the Overfield Tavern Yuletide Dinner. The Museum of Troy History is in an 1847 house located at 124 E. Water St. with rooms furnished in mid-1800 to early-1900 style. The museum parlor will feature vintage ornaments on a feather tree, a 1900 parlor piano, and a 1900 reed pump organ. Vintage and antique children’s clothes and toys such as dolls, doll houses, toy train, cast iron toys, and ice skates will be on display through out the museum. Three of the late John Lafferty’s miniature buildings will also be on display. These include a Victorian house, a church, and a general store. The open house and refreshments are free and open to the public.

Dec. 7

• CHILDREN’S DAY: The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center’s Children’s Day is a loud and happy day with Santa Claus, refreshments, a puppet show and arts and crafts all day from 1-5 p.m. at the center. Learn more at TroyHayner.org.

• COOKIE SHOPPE: From 9 a.m. to noon, the First United Methodist Church’s First Place Christian Center, 16 W. Franklin St., Troy, will be turned into a cornucopia of confections as the women sell cookies, candies, breads and even gift items at its annual Cookie Shoppe. The event is sponsored annually by the Troy United Methodist Women and funds raised support their local mission work. Cookies will be sold by the pound for $7.50.

• ARTS AND CRAFTS: Brukner Nature Center’s annual Winter Arts & Crafts Show will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hundreds of one-of-a-kind handmade items created by talented local artisans will be available for purchase. Bring the whole family and explore the wildlife exhibits, take a hike through the woodlands and birdwatch in the third story tree-top vista then relax with a cup of bird-friendly coffee and piece of homemade pie. A raffle of items donated by the artisans will be offered and drawings will take place several times throughout the day and you do not need to be present to win. All proceeds benefit wildlife programs. Free and open to the public. Limited parking, please carpool.

• TENDERLOINS: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer fried or grilled pork tenderloin sandwiches with homemade french fries for $6 from 5-7:30 p.m.

• SPAGHETTI DINNER: A spaghetti dinner, to benefit Troy Post 43 Baseball, will be at the Legion Hall, 622 S. Market St., Troy, from 3-7 p.m. Meals also include salad bar, bread, dessert and drink. Meals are $8.50 for adults and $4.50 for those 13 and under.

• BAZAAR: Miami East’s holiday bazaar will be offered.

• BAZAAR: Tipp City United Methodist Church, 8 W. Main St., will offer its fourth-annual Angel House Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year the art and craft bazaar will also feature an exhibit of quilts and fiber art. A cookie walk of cookies sold by the pound also will be part of the event, and is usually sold out by 11 a.m. Food items will be available. All proceeds will benefit benefit the Angel House Children’s Home in Tanzania.

• CRAFT SHOW: The Piqua Craft Show & Holiday Shopping Event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fr. Angelo Caserta Center, 218 S. Downing St., Piqua. More than 35 vendors will be on hand to offer items.

• OPEN HOUSE: A holiday open house and silent auction will be from 2-5 p.m. at Lincoln Community Center, 110 Ash St., Troy. Local businesses and individuals donate a variety of items and baskets to place bids on. The afternoon includes light appetizers, music, tours and more. Monetary donations are also acceptable and will be allocated towards youth educational field trips and activities. This event is open to the public and family friendly.

Dec. 8

• GRAND OPENING: The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center will offer its annual open house grand opening, featuring holiday decor throughout the 11-room house from 1-5 p.m. This year’s theme is “Contemporary Christmas.” The grand opening features tours, live music and refreshments. The holiday exhibit will then continue through Jan. 5.

• CONCERT AND COOKIES: The Piqua High School Vocal Department will be presenting its holiday concert, “Tis the Season,” and 19th annual Cookie Walk. Performances will take place in the Hartzell Center for the Performing Arts at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. The Cookie Walk will be held in the Piqua High School Commons where cookies will be displayed on decorated tables and sold for $6.50 per pound. The concerts are free and open to the public. If there are any questions, contact Tom Westfall at PHS during school hours at 773-6314, Ext. 1030, or email at westfallt@piqua.org.

CAROLS AND CLASSICS: An indoor concert will be offered at 7 p.m. by the Tippecanoe Community Band in sanctuary of First United Church of Christ, 120 S. Market St., Troy. Directed by Gail Ahmed, more than 50 musicians will perform sacred selections, a carol sing and contemporary jazz. A handicapped entrance is at the West Canal Street entrance at the side of the church. For more information, contact 335-1178.

Dec. 9

• DEMOCRATIC WOMEN: The Miami County Democratic Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. at El Sombrero.

• DINE TO DONATE: Join Brukner Nature Center staff and volunteers at Hickory River Smokehouse, 135 S. Garber Drive, Tipp City, for a dine to donate. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Hickory River will donate 20 percent of the sales when a flier is presented at check-out or shown on your mobile device or mention Brukner Nature Center when ordering. No coupons, discounts, or other specials are valid during the fundraiser. Good for dine-in, carry-out, or drive-through. Fliers are available at the Interpretive Building or online at www.bruknernaturecenter.com. Money raised will be used to help support the wildlife ambassadors at BNC.

• BUDDY READING: The Milton-Union Public Library is offering Buddy Reading at 6:30 p.m. through the end of the school year. An adult or high school student will be available to help your student practice reading. Children must be registered by the Friday before the Monday program. Contact the library at 698-5515 or visit www.mupubliclibrary.org for more information.

• CRAFTY LISTENERS: Participants of this audio club works on individual craft projects while listening to music or on audiobook at 1 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library. All are welcome and no registration is required. Feel free to bring lunch or snacks. Contact the library at 698-5515 or visit www.mupubliclibrary.org for more information.

• BOOK DISCUSSION: This Evening Book Discussion Group will gather together at 7 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library. Join a lively discussion of “Christmas Letters,” by Debbie Macomber. Visit the library to pick up a copy and join in the fun. No registration is required. Contact the library at 698-5515 or visit www.mupubliclibrary.org for more information.

• NEEDLE IT: The Tipp City Seniors will offer its Needle It Group at 9:30 a.m.; strength class at 10:45 a.m.; will be a meal site at 11 a.m.; Bridge at 12:30 p.m.; and Hand and Foot will be at 1 p.m.

Dec. 10

• GREENERY WORKSHOP: Bradford Public Library will host Joanie’s Floral Holiday Greenery workshop at 6 p.m. This evening has become a tradition with many families. Participants will make two decorative items using fresh greenery. Joanie will walk you through each step as you build your holiday décor. All materials are provided. The class will be held at the Bradford Community Club. Cost is $25 per person. A $10 deposit at registration will hold your spot with balance due the night of the event. Space is limited to 30 participants. Light refreshments will be served. Come in to the library to sign up and place your deposit.

• BOOK CLUB: The Milton-Union Public Library Inspirational Book Club will meet at 12:30pm at the Pearson House Restaurant to discuss “The Christmas Secret,” by Donna VanLiere. Visit the library to pick up a copy and join in the fun. No registration is required. Contact the library at 698-5515 or visit www.mupubliclibraries.org for more information.

• CRAFT: Join Milton-Union Public Library staff to create a clay gift tag/ornament. This is an adult night out, so please arrange child care. Registration is required and all supplies are provided. Contact the library at 698-5515 or visit www.mupubliclibrary.org for more information.

• TINY TOTS: Tiny Tots will be held from 11-11:30 a.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library for babies and toddlers to enjoy songs, reading stories, playing, and learning together with their caregiver. No registration is required. Contact the library at 698-5515 or visit www.mupubliclibrary.org for more information.

• CRAFTS: The Tipp City Seniors will have crafts at 9 a.m. and Young at Art at 1 p.m.

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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