Area briefs

Paint for a cause

TROY — Altrusa of Troy will offer a Paint For A Cause event on Saturday, Jan. 6 at the Troy-Miami County Public Library.

Participants will be able to paint one of three canvasses Hello, Winter with a bear; Perky Penquin, or Snow Buddies, with an owl and moose. The canvas is 12-inch-by-12-inch and will be taught by Lisa Bauer of the Mayflower Arts Center.

The fee is $20 per person.

Proceeds will benefit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Photo exhibit continues

TROY — Brukner Nature Center’s Nature Art Gallery continues to host its annual photo contest participants.

Selected entries are displayed in the Heidelberg Auditorium. These framed works of art will be available for purchase with 25 percent of the proceeds supporting Brukner Nature Center’s mission to promote the appreciation and understanding of wildlife conservation through education, preservation and rehabilitation.

The exhibit is free with admission to the center.

Heat help available

MIAMI COUNTY — The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is available through March 31. This program helps eligible households with a one-time credit towards their heating costs during the winter months. Applications are available at the Miami County CAC office and can be mailed directly to the state or go to to download an application.

The Winter Crisis Program (WCP) is also available during this time. This program helps eligible households who have been disconnected from their heating source, have received a disconnection notice, or have less than 25 percent supply of bulk fuel (propane, heating oil). Households in need of this assistance are encouraged to call Miami County CAC at 335-7921 to request an appointment. An adult member of the household must have a one-on-one meeting with a caseworker, provide a copy of their disconnection notice and current utility bill(s), proof of citizenship, proof of disability if applicable, and proof of income for the past three months for all household members. This program may be used only one time per heating season.

Households may receive assistance from both the HEAP and the WCP program. To qualify, a household must have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. For a family of four, the annual income must be at or below $43,050.