Area briefs

Halloween event set

TROY — The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center will host a family Halloween event, Boo Bash 2018: Superhero Edition, from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at 301 W. Main St., Troy.

The Boo Bash is a family event that includes superhero games, crafts, refreshments, a superhero training camp obstacle course, a fun photo opportunity, and Superhero School with the Boo Bash Players. Superheroes who complete their training will earn a prize and certificate. The entire family is welcome at this free public event.

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

Sykes to discuss Honor Flight

PIQUA — Edison State Community College engineering professor and Vietnam era veteran Steve Sykes was recently on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., and experienced many great moments. Seeing the monuments was important to him, but talking with veterans, including some from World War II, was equally meaningful.

On Oct. 2, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 456, East Hall at Edison State, Sykes will be sharing an account of the trip. The public is invited, and there is no charge or need for reservation. Edison State is wheelchair-accessible.

Contact Dr. Vivian Blevins at with questions.

Comedian coming to Edison

PIQUA — Edison State Community College brings comedian and singer-songwriter, Evan Wecksell to the Piqua Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the cafeteria. This hilarious performance is open to the community and is being offered free of charge.

Often compared to comedic superstars Adam Sandler and Stephen Lynch, Wecksell’s act is a blend of comedy and music that celebrates the college experience, endorses Internet addiction, and lampoons bad music. He has been noted as one of the funniest and most energetic performers to emerge from New York’s comedy clubs and musical venues.

Wecksell has made a series of appearances on TBS’ “Conan,” was named a “Hot Comedy Act” by Campus Activities Magazine and has emerged on radio stations across the globe. He is also recognizable from his appearances on such pop-culture shows as VH1’s “I Love the 80s” and E! Television’s “30 Most Outrageous Celebrity Feuds” and more.

For more information about the event, contact Nate Cole at or call 381-1555.

Women of Excellence slated

PIQUA — The YWCA Piqua will host the 22nd gala celebration honoring the 2018 Women of Excellence on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at the Piqua Country Club. The reception begins at 11:30 a.m., with the luncheon award presentation from 12-1:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the YWCA Piqua.

This awards program, established by the YWCA in 1997, recognizes women and young women who reside in, are employed, or active in Miami County and have distinguished themselves in their careers and/or in civic and community activities. This year’s Women of Excellence honorees are Connie Strehle of Piqua and Myrna Yoder of Troy. The 2018 Young Woman of Tomorrow is Darby Bubp of Piqua.

For more information or to purchase a ticket, stop at the YWCA Piqua at 418 N. Wayne Street or call 773-6626.