Area briefs

Breakfast with Santa set

PIQUA — Enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Miami Valley Centre Mall Food Court in Piqua.

Santa will arrive around 10 a.m. The first 200 children will receive a jingle-bell to welcome Santa. There will be holiday crafts, games, and more. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children 5- 9, and free for children 4 and under, with a paid adult. The meal includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage links, coffee and orange drink.

Following breakfast, there will be a Christmas Magic Show from 11 a.m. to noon, performed by Joe Magic, known for “one of the greatest Christmas Shows in Ohio.”

Proceeds from the breakfast benefit the Miami County 4-H Jr. Camp. The 2016 camp will be June 13-17 at Indian Hills 4-H Camp in Pleasant Hill. Camp is a longstanding 4-H summer tradition that allows youth to be engaged in learning, while staying active, making new friends, gaining leadership skills and independence, and having fun.

For questions regarding “Breakfast with Santa,” visit or To learn more about 4-H and camping opportunities, visit or call (937) 440-3943.

Lion recieves degree

TROY — Troy Lions Club member Steve Kaplan received a “bachelor’s degree” from Lions University at a graduation ceremony held at the USA/Canadian Forum in Grand Rapids, Mich.

His diploma was presented by Lions Club International President Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada of Japan. The bachelor’s degree was awarded after accomplishing specific leadership experiences and then completing 15 hours of study in the area of Leadership Development and testing to prove efficiency.

“I had to take a variety of leadership training classes, from club governance to member motivating. This type of leadership training will help in my volunteer work, but also in my personal and professional relationships,” Kaplan said. “I have put a lot of time and effort into the Lion’s Club and the charitable works it does, but I always seem to get twice the rewards back.”

This was the inaugural graduating class of Lions University which began in the fall of 2014. There were 170 graduates from North America receiving the bachelor’s degree. Kaplan was one of only four graduates from the state of Ohio.

The Troy Lions Club is a non-profit community service organization serving Troy, Covington, Pleasant Hill, Piqua, Tipp City, and surrounding areas of Miami County since 1942. Their primary mission is vision health. The Troy Lions Club also provides scholarships and supports many community programs. For more information see the Lions website at or call (937) 335-7345.