Area briefs

Knitting classes offered at Hayner

TROY — Students in Emily Kasper’s Beginning Knitting class will make a cowl and hat while learning knitting basics. This three-day class that introduces students to pattern reading, gauge and yarn weights starts on Oct. 15. All supplies are included in the $60 fee.

The Hayner Center, which is located at 301 W. Main St., Troy, is a beautiful space to learn this useful skill.

Experienced students will want to consider registering for the Raglan Pullover Sweater knitting class starting on Monday, Oct. 1. If you need assistance with a project, join Emily Kasper’s once monthly Open Knit Studio. It’s a great way to get help while enjoying the company of others.

Emily Kasper is a Craft Yarn Council Certified Knitting Instructor who enjoys sharing her love of knitting with others.

For complete class listings including fees, class times, and registration information, see The deadline to register for a class is one week before the class begins.

For more information, call (937) 339-0457.

Y home school gym program set

TROY — The Miami County YMCA will be offering a home school gym program for home school families at the Robinson Branch beginning in October on Thursdays. On Oct. 4, there will be a registration and orientation day beginning at 1 p.m. The gym program begins Oct. 11, with sign-in at 1 p.m., a structured activity from 1:15-2 p.m., and open gym/swim from 2-3 p.m.

Each structured program is broken into three week segments, including sports, group games, and fitness fun.

The program runs for a total of 27 weeks from October through May 2019. The program is for 5-year-olds through high schoolers and activities are broken up by age. The cost is $1 per YMCA member and $3 per non-member each week.

For more information, contact Jaime Hull, youth program director, at or 440-9622.

PEEP registration upcoming

TROY — Keep your preschooler active this fall by registering them for hands-on, outdoor exploration with Brukner Nature Center’s Preschool Environmental Education Program (PEEP).

Each class will be filled with wildlife discovery as participants share a story, make a craft, enjoy a snack, then take an exploratory hike.

Fall II session runs Oct. 23 through Dec. 7. This nature-based preschool program for potty-trained 3-5 year olds is offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. with an additional Friday afternoon class from 12:30- 2:30 p.m.

Sessions run for six weeks with a different nature-related topic explored each week. The fee is $55 for BNC members and $75 for non-members. All fees are due upon registration (cash or check). Class size is limited to 12 children.

There will be a break for all classes the week of Thanksgiving.