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Today-Sunday

• HAUNTED WOODS: Enjoy a kid-friendly evening filled with guided walks, live animals and costumed characters at Brukner Nature Center on Oct. 21-22 and 28-29. Your guide will lead you along the gently rolling, luminary-lit trail and stop at five stations along the way so you and your family can learn all about the wild creatures of the night — bring your flashlights. Activities also include free face painting, games, storytelling at a campfire, plus cookies and cider after the hike. This program is $5 per person for BNC members and $7 per person for non-members (cash or check only). Be sure to have your membership card ready. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the night of the event, handed out in the order that you arrive at the gate at our entrance, so if you want to join your friends please ride together or meet and drive in together! Gate opens at 6 p.m. with the first group leaving at 6:30 p.m. and every 5 minutes after that. Parking is limited.

• STEAK: The Troy Fish & Game will offer a New York strip steak beginning at 6 p.m.

Today

• ARTS AND FINE CRAFTS: The Country Workshop Artists of Troy will hold their 29th biennial Fine Arts & Fine Crafts Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The sale will be held at the Staunton Grange at 1530 N. Market St., Troy. Juried arts and crafts will be on display from over 50 local and regional artists in an indoor location. Food truck meals will be available for purchase each day of the event. For more information, contact countryworkshopartists@gmail.com.

• FALL FESTIVAL: A fall festival and bingo will be offered from 5-9 p.m. at the A.B. Graham Memorial Center, 8025 E. State Route 36, Conover. The event will include pulled pork sandwich meals with two sides, a dessert and drink for $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger. Carry-outs will be available. A children’s costume parade and contest will begin at 6 p.m., followed by kid’s games and a cake walk at 6:30 p.m. Bingo will start at 7 p.m. and include 20 games.

• FARMERS MARKET: The Miami County Farmers Market will be offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Troy Lowe’s parking lot. Fruits, vegetables, honey, bedding plants and more will be offered.

• WALKING TOUR: An “Unknown John Johnston & His Land” tour will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., meeting at the main parking lot to Johnston Farm, Piqua. Tickets are available for the tours at $5. Tickets may be purchased at the Mainstreet Piqua office at 326 N. Main St., Piqua. The tours will be led by Piqua historian Jim Oda and Johnston Farm & Indian Agency director Andy Hite. This project is sponsored by the Piqua Tourism Council with additional assistance from Mainstreet Piqua and the Piqua Public Library.

• VOLKSWALK: Ohio Wander Freunde will hold a Volkswalk at Lost Creek Reserve and Knoop Agricultural Heritage Center, 2645 E. State Route 41, Troy. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon; participants must be finished by 3 p.m. Volkswalks do not have a shotgun start. Once you register, you can start walking. The Walk is free. Those who want the stamp issued by the American Volkssport Association must pay $3.

• PORK CHOP: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer a marinated pork chop dinner (non-marinated pork chops available) with baked potato and vegetable for $9 from 5-7 p.m.

• LEGO: Build with LEGO at the Milton-Union Public Library from 2-3 p.m. Each meeting will have a theme as well as free style building. All ages are welcome.

• UKULELE: Ages 12 and up are invited to have fun learning to play basic chords on the ukulele from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library.

• FISH FRY: The Troy Fish & Game will offer a fish fry beginning at 6 p.m. Trivia will begin at 7:30 p.m.

• ARTISAN SHOWCASE: The 12th annual Autumn Artisans Showcase will feature handmade items from local artists, including the fiber arts, jewelry, lapidary, woodcrafts, glass and polymer clay. This show will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Monroe Grange, just north of State Route 571 on Peters Road, Tipp City. There is a cafe on the premises that features homemade food and there will be door prize drawings.

• SKETCHING: The Miami County Park District will hold the new Sketching Nature program from 10 a.m. to noon at Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 Ross Road, south of Tipp City. Join park district naturalist/artist Kay Hisong on a hike to observe and sketch nature’s beauty. Beginners and advanced artists welcome. Bring your own sketching tool. For adults. Class size limited. Class fee $7/person with sketch pad provided or $2 per person if you provide your own sketch pad. Payment due at time of registration. Preregistration required. Pre-register for the program by going to the program calendar at MiamiCountyParks.com, emailing register@miamicountyparks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.

• PLAY DATE: The Miami County Park District will hold its Nature Play Date program from 2-3 p.m. at Stillwater Prairie Reserve, 9750 State Route 185, Covington. Bring your elementary school age child to the natural play area for fun and games with park district naturalist Accipiter Amalee. Register for the program by sending an email to register@miamicountyparks.com, going to the program calendar at www.MiamiCountyParks.com or calling (937) 335-6273, Ext. 109.

• DRAWING: The Tipp City American Legion Post 586 family will be hosting a reverse drawing. A grilled pork chop dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the drawing shortly after. Tickets are available at the post. Karaoke can be enjoyed after the drawing.

• DANCE PARTY: The Troy Rec will offer a Halloween dance party for students in sixth through ninth grade from 7-10 p.m. Costumes are encouraged. Pre-sale tickets are $4 at The Rec, and $5 at the door.

Sunday

• BREAKFAST: The Troy Fish & Game will offer breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m.

• BREAKFAST: A made-to-order breakfast will be offered from 8-11 a.m. at the Tipp City American Legion Pots 586. Adults are $7, children 10 and under $3.

Monday

• PUMPKINS, BATS & CATS: Join the Troy-Miami County Public Library, 419 W. Main Street, Troy, at 6:30 p.m. for a Halloween-themed family fun night. Make a paper bat and a pumpkin cat to decorate your home. All ages welcome. Registration is required. For more information or registration, call 339-0502 ext. 133 or visit www.tmcpl.org.

• BOOK DISCUSSION: The adult book club at the Troy-Miami County Public Library, 419 W. Main Street, Troy, will meet to discuss “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown at 6:30 p.m. The club usually meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month.

• CRAFTY LISTENERS: Crafty Listeners is an adult audio book club. Everyone works on individual craft projects and listens to a book. Feel free to bring lunch or snacks. The club meets every Monday at 1 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library.

• TENDERLOINS: Tenderloin sandwiches with toppings and fries will be available at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586 beginning at 6 p.m. for $5.

Tuesday

• TINY TOTS: Tiny Tots will be offered from 11-11:30 a.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library. Newborns to age 3 can enjoy singing songs and reading stories with a new theme each week.

• EUCHRE: A Euchre tournament will be offered beginning at 10 a.m. at the Piqua YMCA’s Senior Center. Blood pressure and blood glucose checks will be offered from 9-10 a.m.

• CRAFTS: The Tipp City Seniors members and guests will offer crafts and quilting at 9 a.m. at 320 S. First St., Tipp City.

• MEDICARE CLASS: Fletcher United Methodist Church will sponsor a Medicare class from 10 a.m. to noon. Speakers will include Fred Bomer from Ohio Insurance & Financial Services. They will educate those 65 and older to better understand Medicare and the Medicare changes coming in 2018. Information will include various health insurance options. Handicapped accessibility is located at the parking lot entrance. For more information, call (937) 339-4185.

• BARBERSHOP MEETING: The Miami Shelby Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Greene Street UMC, 415 W. Greene St., Piqua. All men interested in singing and visitors are welcome. For more information, call (937) 778 1586 or visit www.melodymenchorus.org.

• BARGO: Bargo will be offered from 7-9 p.m., followed with cooking by the Sons of the American Legion.

• AA MEETING: The Best Is Yet To Come AA meeting will be at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy. The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

• AA MEETING: A Welcome Home AA meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Troy Church of the Brethren, 1431 W. Main St., Troy (enter in back). The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

• SUPPORT GROUP: FOA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support and encouraging advocacy for anyone touched by addiction, meets from 7-8:30 p.m. weekly on Tuesdays at Grace Family Worship, 725 Lincoln Ave., Troy. A free meal is offered at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. For more information, call (937) 301-9747 or email foa.paula@gmail.com.

Civic agendas

• The village of West Milton Council will have its workshop meeting at 7 p.m. in the council chambers.

Wednesday

• STORY TIME: Children ages 4-5 and parents are invited to come and enjoy stories, crafts, and a puppet show at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library.

• KIWANIS: The Piqua Kiwanis Club will meet at noon at Grace Methodist Church, 9411 N. County Rd. 25-A, in Piqua. This will be a joint meeting with the Troy Kiwanis Club. For more information, call Brian Phillips at 778-1586 or visit www.freewebs.com/piquakiwanis/.

• KIWANIS: The Kiwanis of Troy will host a joint meeting with the Kiwanis Club of Piqua. The program will celebrate the Troy-Piqua Football rivalry. The meeting will be held at Troy Country Club at noon.

• SLIDERS: Two sliders with toppings and chips will be offered for $2 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586.

• DINE TO DONATE: Join Brukner Nature Center staff and volunteers from 2-9 p.m. at the Waffle House located on Archer Drive, Troy, for a Spirit Night to benefit the wildlife ambassadors at Brukner Nature Center. Did you know that it costs us about $1,000 every year just to feed the 50 wildlife ambassadors. If at least 30 supporters are there that evening, 25 percent of the total sales for the evening will be donated to Brukner Nature Center. No flier is necessary; just say that you’re eating out for Brukner Nature Center.

• COUPON CLUB: The St. James Coupon Club will meet every week from 6-7 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 200 W. High St., Piqua. Come, bring a friend, bring your coupons to work on, to share and trade, or just bring yourself if you are just getting started. For questions, call 773-1241.

• GRANDMA’S KITCHEN: Grandma’s Kitchen will be open from 5-6:15 p.m. in the activity center in Hoffman United Methodist Church, 201 S. Main St., West Milton. The suggested donation is $7 for adults and $3 for a child’s smaller portion. Carry-outs and delivery are available by calling the church office at (937) 698-4011.

• KARAOKE: Karaoke will be offered from 7-11 p.m. at the Troy American Legion Post 43.

• SIT ’N STITCH: Bring your current craft project and spend some time with fellow crafters from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Piqua Public Library. Knit, crochet, cross-stitch, really any non-messy craft is welcome. Meet in the Louis Room.

• AA MEETING: The Serenity Island Group AA meeting will be at 8 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, corner of Ash and Caldwell streets, Piqua. The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

• AA MEETING: The 12 & 12 AA meeting will be at 8 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy. The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

Civic agenda

• The Concord Township Trustees will meet at 10 a.m. at the Concord Township Memorial Building, 1150 Horizon West Court, Troy.

Thursday

• COVER TO COVER: Kids in grades 1-3 will explore various authors and illustrators through books, activities, and crafts from 4-5 p.m. at the Troy Public Library, 419 W. Main St. An after-school snack will be provided.

• TRIVIA NIGHT: Join staff at the Troy-Miami County Public Library at 6:30 p.m. for The Walking Dead Trivia Night. Celebrate the new season of The Walking Dead while testing your (delicious) brainpower, the fun will be infectious. Come dressed as your favorite character or a walker, test your knowledge and win prizes. Come alone or bring a trivia team up to four people. Adults and teens are welcome. Registration is required at 419 W. Main St., Troy. For more information, call the library at 339-0502, Ext. 117, or visit www.tmcpl.org.

• CARRY IN: The Tipp City Seniors Center, 320 S. First St., Tipp City, will have a carry-in luncheon at noon. Bingo will follow.

• TACO SALAD: Taco salad will be offered at the Tipp City American Legion Post 586 for $5 beginning at 6 p.m. Euchre will begin at 7 p.m. for $5.

• DINNER: A Legionnaire dinner will be from 5-7:30 p.m., with trivia to follow from 7-9 p.m. at the Troy American Legion Post 43, Troy.

• WRITER’S CLUB: A Writer’s Club meets at 6:30 p.m. in Piqua Public Library’s second floor Founder’s Room. Not just a critique group, they also work from writing prompts, build imagination, break through blocks, and support each other in meeting personal writing goals. Led by Kit Green.

• NAR-ANON: Nar-Anon meets at 7 p.m. at the Piqua Public Library. This 12-step group meets to support one another and offer coping skills for dealing with friends and family members that are addicts.

• AA MEETING: The Best Is Yet To Come AA meeting will be at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy. The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

• AA MEETING: The Spirituality Group AA meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the basement of the Presbyterian Church, 20 S. Walnut St., Troy. The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

• AA MEETING: The Tri city Group AA meeting will be at 8:30 p.m. at Troy Abundant Life Church, 661 County Road 25-A, Troy. The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

Friday

• MEMBERSHIP APPRECIATION EVENT: American Legion Post 200, 5046 Nebraska Ave., Huber Heights, will host a membership event from 6-9 p.m. featuring a dinner from 6-8 p.m. that is free to members ($5 for prospective members), reduced-priced beverages, vendors, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. Membership tables will be Post 200, Sons of the Legion and Ladies Auxiliary. Guest also can participate in the Honor Wall Project by purchasing a 4” x 8# inscribed red brick to be placed on the honor wall at the front entry.

• SEAFOOD: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer a three-piece fried fish dinner, 21-piece fried shrimp, or a fish/shrimp combo with French fries and coleslaw for $7 from 6-7:30 p.m. Frog legs will be for $10.

• PIZZA: The Troy Fish & Game will offer pizza beginning at 6 p.m.

• BINGO: Bingo will be offered at 10 a.m. at the Piqua YMCA Senior Center.

• MEATLOAF: The Tipp City American Legion Post 586 will offer meatloaf, mashed potatoes, veggie and dessert for $8 beginning at 6 p.m.

• GENEALOGY: Genealogy assistance is offered from 1:30-5 p.m. at the Piqua Public Library. The library’s genealogy expert, Sharon, can help you whether you’re just starting out, or you’ve hit a roadblock on your search Other hours are also available, call the Local History Department for more information at 773-6753.

• AA MEETING: The Best Is Yet To Come AA meeting will be at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 S. Dorset Road, Troy. The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

• AA MEETING: The New Wise Group AA meeting will be at 8 p.m. at the Bethany Center, corner of South and Roosevelt streets, Piqua (enter in the back). The Alcoholics Anonymous hotline is (937) 622-1294.

Oct. 28-29

• HAUNTED WOODS: Enjoy a kid-friendly evening filled with guided walks, live animals and costumed characters at Brukner Nature Center on Oct. 21-22 and 28-29. Your guide will lead you along the gently rolling, luminary-lit trail and stop at five stations along the way so you and your family can learn all about the wild creatures of the night — bring your flashlights. Activities also include free face painting, games, storytelling at a campfire, plus cookies and cider after the hike. This program is $5 per person for BNC members and $7 per person for non-members (cash or check only). Be sure to have your membership card ready. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the night of the event, handed out in the order that you arrive at the gate at our entrance, so if you want to join your friends please ride together or meet and drive in together! Gate opens at 6 p.m. with the first group leaving at 6:30 p.m. and every 5 minutes after that. Parking is limited.

Oct. 28

• BOO BASH: Troy-Hayner Cultural Center hosts its Boo Bash Family Fun event from 1-4 p.m., with games, crafts, refreshments, a scavenger hunt, Halloween stories, a Monster Mash Dance, America’s Next Top Toilet Paper Mummy Fashion Show, and Magic and Music with Aleksander the Magnificent. Admission is free.

• DRUG DROPP-OFF: The Miami County Sheriff’s Office and the Miami County Sanitary Engineer’s Office will host a curbside drug drop-off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Miami County Sanitary Engineer’s Office, 2200 N. County Road 25-A. Please have all pills emptied from their containers and placed into plastic baggies. No liquids or sharps will be accepted.

• FARMERS MARKET: The Miami County Farmers Market will be offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Troy Lowe’s parking lot. Fruits, vegetables, honey, bedding plants and more will be offered.

• STEAK FRY: The Pleasant Hill VFW Post 6557, 7578 W. Fenner Road, Ludlow Falls, will offer a T-bone steak dinner with salad, baked potato and a roll for $15 from 5-8 p.m. A Halloween dance and costume contest for adults will be from 8 p.m. to midnight with Excalibur Sound.

• TEEN FANDOM: Teens 18 and under are invited to share their favorite anime, manga, and more at Teen Fandom Club from 1-3 p.m. at the Milton-Union Public Library.

• MEAT LOAF: The Troy Fish & Game will offer a meat loaf dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Corn hole will begin at 7:30 p.m.

• TREAT AND EAT: The annual Trick or Treat and Eat event at St. Johns United Church of Christ, 130 S. Walnut St., Troy, will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The event will include free food, beverages, games and candy. For more information, call 335-2028.

• HALLOWEEN PARTY: The Tipp City American Legion Post 586 will host a party with prizes awarded for costumes. Bring a dish to share and join the fun at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be local talents enjoying karaoke.

• FUN NIGHT: The AMVETS Post 66, Covington, will have a fun night, bake sale and chicken on the pit beginning at 5 p.m. at 10010 State Route 185, Covington. Dinners will be $8 and include half a chicken and two sides.

Oct. 29

• TRUNK OR TREAT: Piqua Baptist Church, 1402 W. High St., is hosting this Halloween event from 3-5 p.m. for children and families of the Piqua community. The activity is for children from toddlers to 6th grade and their families. There will be cars decorated in various themes and numerous games for kids. Candy will be handed out at each car the same as Beggar’s Night at each house. There will be a drawing for various door prizes. Trunk or Treat will be taking place in the back parking lot of the church.

• BREAKFAST: The Tipp City American Legion Post 586 will offer made-to-order breakfast from 8-11 a.m. Adults are $7 and children 10 and under are $3.

• TRUNK OR TREAT: The Troy First United Methodist Church will host its 11th annual Trunk-n-Treat from 5:30-7 p.m. in the parking lot of the First Place Christian Center, corner of West Franklin and South Cherry streets. This free event provides an opportunity for children to celebrate fall and collect treats in a safe and fun environment. Vehicles with decorated trunks or tailgates will be parked in First Place parking lot, and children in costume may walk from car to car to receive goodies. There will be free games, music, candy and a hot dog dinner. For more information, call 335-2826 or email staff@troyfumc.org

Oct. 30

• MOVE AND GROOVE: Join staff at 6:30 p.m. to “Move and Groove” at the Troy-Miami County Public Library. Children and caregivers will enjoy 30 minutes of various activities which include music and movement; this program is for children ages 2-6. For more information, call 339-0502, Ext. 123, or visit www.tmcpl.org.

• BLOOD DRIVE: Donors can honor October Breast Cancer Awareness Month by supporting the Fletcher United Methodist Church community blood drive Monday, Oct. 30 from 3-7 p.m. at 205 S. Walnut St. All who register to donate receive the “I Fight Cancer — I Give Blood” T-shirt. Community Blood Center encourages donors to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

• BLOOD DRIVE: Donors can honor October Breast Cancer Awareness Month by supporting the Knights of St. John- Piqua community blood drive from 1:30-5:30 p.m. in the Great Hall, 110 S. Wayne St., Piqua. All who register to donate receive the “I Fight Cancer — I Give Blood” T-shirt. Community Blood Center encourages donors to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (800) 388-GIVE.

Oct. 31

• DRAWING ROOM CONCERT: Solo piano, chamber and vocal music with Drawing Room Chamber series host Steven Aldredge at 7:30 p.m. at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. Free admission.

• TRICK OR TREAT: Trick-or-treat for the city of Troy will be from 6-8 p.m.

• HAUNTED ROOM: Stop by the “Haunted Library” at the Milton-Union Public Library on Beggar’s Night in West-Milton from 6-8 p.m. Wear a costume and check out the decorations. Staff will be handing out candy as well as non-food items for children who can’t have candy.

• HALLOWEEN EVENT: A Halloween celebration will be held at the YMCA Senior Center in Piqua from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants may dress up if they like. The event will include games and prizes.

• CRAFTS: The Tipp City Seniors members and guests will offer crafts and quilting at 9 a.m. at 320 S. First St., Tipp City.

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Contact Editor Melody Vallieu at mvallieu@aimmediamidwest.com or by phone at (937) 552-2131 to list your free calendar items for nonprofit events