Community briefs

Needy Basket seeks volunteers

TIPP CITY — Christmas is coming and the Needy Basket Committee is again planning to deliver Christmas baskets to make the holidays a little brighter for families that may be facing financial difficulties this year.

Families will receive food to prepare a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, toys for younger children and gift cars for older children, and clothing vouchers from the Clothesline for the whole family.

Donation canisters will be located in many local businesses during the holiday season to help support this effort.

Applications to receive a Christmas basket may be obtained at our 330 A S. Fifth St. location, rear entrance, or by calling 667-1977. Deadline is Nov. 28 and applicants must reside in Tipp City, Monroe Township, or Bethel Township in Miami County.

Volunteer drivers and vehicles will once again be needed to deliver baskets on Saturday, Dec. 17, starting at 8:30 a.m. Coffee and donuts will be served.

Holiday items for sale at museum

TIPP CITY — This year the Tippecanoe Historical Society Museum will have regular hours through Nov. and part of Dec. That means Wednesdays from 2-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon through Dec. 17.

On Nov. 12, the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Winter’s Yuletide Gathering. We are also available, by appointment, for those wanting to do research plus family groups, scout/and or youth groups. Call Gordon at (937) 667-3051 or Susie at (937) 698-6798 for further information.

Keep in mind that we have a number of fun and interesting Tipp City related items for sale that would make great Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers. The “Tipp City, Ohio — My Hometown” sweatshirts and t-shirts are a new item. Most of these items are also available at the Community Services Office during business hours, including both of Susan Furlong’s Tipp history books.

Bazaar to benefit children in Africa

TIPP CITY — From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 3, Tipp City United Methodist Church will sponsor Angel House Christmas Bazaar, which benefits the children of the Angel House Orphanage/Secondary School in Tanzania, Africa.

More than 25 area art and craft vendors will offer hand-made items for sale. Church members as well as each vendor will contribute gift items for a silent auction. Hot soup, sandwiches, and pie will be available a la carte. Proceeds from booth rental, the auction, and food concessions will all benefit Angel House.

Members of the church, including Larry and Judy Riesser, have supported the orphanage/secondary school since its inception in 2011. The Riessers have visited the venue twice with mission teams and witnessed the conditions under which the staff provides for as many as 400 children.

The event will take place at Tipp City United Methodist Church, 8 W. Main Street, Tipp City. It will coincide with the annual Cookie Walk, a favorite local destination for more than 25 years for patrons who want to purchase home-baked cookies by the pound. Cookie Walk hours will be 9-11 a.m. Come early as they typically sell out.

Holiday author signing event

ENGLEWOOD — New & Olde Pages Book Shoppe will be holding an author signing event from 2-5 p.m on Dec. 3. Free goody bags and refreshments will be served all day. The store will be open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Visit with authors Saundra Staats McLemore, Liz Ball, Greg Enslen, Sharon A. Lavy and Cindy Tullis. These authors offer a wide range of novels including Christmas inspirational stories, hidden puzzle books, a Christmas picture book with CD for children and a page-turning mystery thriller.

The bookshop is located at 856 Union Boulevard in Englewood across from Kroger. For more information call (937) 832-3022.

Blood drive set

TIPP CITY — Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City will host a blood drive Saturday, Dec. 10 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon in the South Campus Chapel, 7695 County Road 25-A. Community Blood Center is thanking donors for being “a force for good” with the “Rogue Blood Donor – A Story of Hope” Star Wars inspired t-shirt, free to everyone who registers to donate. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

Hear “The Sounds of Christmas”

WEST MILTON — Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, West Milton, Ohio will present their annual concert “The Sounds of Christmas” on Friday, December 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Directed by Marsha Fischbach and accompanied by Betty Lou Johansen, the Good Shepherd Christmas Choir and Shepherd’s Bells will present many songs of the season. This year’s concert will again feature the quartet “Salem.” The quartet, composed of four members from the Salem Church of God in Clayton, Ohio (Dan Garner, lead; Dyan Garner, tenor; Dave Mittlestaedt, baritone; and Herb Peer, bass), was organized in July 2014. Their growing repertoire consists mainly of southern gospel music.

This free concert will be performed in the sanctuary of the church at 1209 S. Miami Street, West Milton. Mark your calendars now so you don’t miss this evening of wonderful Christmas music. Phone 698-6036 for more information.