Area briefs

Altrusa to meet

TROY — Altrusa International of Troy will host its monthly lunch program Aug. 15.

The local service club welcomes guest speaker Jasmine Grossnickle, Ohio Wildlife Officer for Miami County.

Grossnickle will share about the daily responsibilities of her job including enforcing laws and educating the public. The meeting will be held at noon Monday, Aug. 15 at the Riverside School.

Beagle to visit Riverside self-advocacy group

MIAMI COUNTY — State Senator Bill Beagle is scheduled to visit Riverside Developmental Disabilities at the next “Adventures in Advocacy” meeting, to discuss Ohio laws and issues of importance to people with developmental disabilities.

Adventures in Advocacy is comprised of adults with developmental disabilities who have an interest in gaining skills and learning how to better advocate for themselves.

The meeting with Senator Beagle will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17 at Riverside, 1625 Troy Sidney Road, Troy. Adults with disabilities, their family members, guardians and service providers are welcome to attend. No registration is necessary.

For more information, visit or contact Krista Smith at (937) 440-3000.

YMCA taking sign-ups for fall programs

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA will be taking registrations for Fall I Session classes beginning Monday, Aug. 15 for members and Thursday, Aug. 18 for nonmembers.

Classes will begin Monday, Aug. 29, and last for seven weeks. This session includes many recreation and fitness options such as swim lessons, group exercise, gymnastics, youth sports and more.

The Y will be taking online registrations at its website To do so, a participant must first register his or her email at the main desk. They can then go online, log in and register for their chosen classes. Registrations will also still be accepted at the desks and over the phone. For more information, call Donn Craig at 440-9622 or visit

Open auditions set

PIQUA — The Edison State Community College Stagelight Players will hold open auditions for Joseph Kesselring’s “Arsenic and Old Lace” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, and Wednesday, Sept. 7, in the Robinson Theater at Edison State’s Piqua Campus.

The comedy follows the story of a recently wed drama critic who pays a visit to his cherished old aunts only to discover that they are vindictive nuts.

Auditions will last approximately two hours and consist of cold readings from the script. Production dates will run from Oct. 28 through Nov. 6.

For more information, visit or email Emily Beisner at

Potts studies abroad

OXFORD — With about 38 percent of Miami undergraduate students studying abroad for credit by the time they graduate, Miami is ranked 2nd among public doctoral institutions nationwide for students studying abroad.

A local Miami University students who studied abroad during the spring 2016 semester includes Dakota Potts of Fletcher studied in the Russian Federation.

When school administrators include students on internships, non-credit and Service-Learning programs, international students who study in a third country, and all other overseas programs completed by graduate and undergraduate students, nearly 45 percent of Miami students study abroad.

Free Photos for Police Families

TroySarah Clark Photography is offering free family photos to police officers and their immediate families from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at Hobart Nature Preserve in Troy. No appointment is necessary and will be a first come, first serve basis. One family photo per household. The officer must be in uniform or have a badge. Door prizes and bakery items will also be available. For more information contact Sarah at (937) 726-8318.