Community briefs

Library offers events for all ages

WEST MILTON — The Milton-Union Public Library has a full schedule of events this summer. They include everything from creative writing for kids to book discussions.

Build with Legos at the Milton-Union Public Library Thursdays July 6, 13, and 20 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 15, from 2-3 p.m. Each meeting will have a theme as well as free style building. All ages are welcome.

Kids in kindergarten through sixth grade are welcome to come to a creative writing program Mondays July 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.. Each week will have a different writing prompt to get kids writing every week this summer. No sign ups are required to attend.

Create your own world in Minecraft Saturday, July 8, at 1 p.m. Join your friends in a server and build something cool. Laptops and the library’s account will be available to share or feel free to bring your own devices.

The evening book discussion will meet Monday, July 10, at 7 p.m.. The book for this month is “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown.

July Community Night concert set

TIPP CITY — The Tipp City Community Night tradition celebrates it’s 26th season. On Friday, July 7, downtown Tipp City comes alive at 6:15 p.m. with violinist John Sullivan Kelly followed by the big band sounds of the Kim Kelly Orchestra at 7:30 p.m.

John Sullivan Kelly was born in 1954 in Dublin, Ireland. He began playing the violin and piano at age 4 under the tutelage of his father. By age 9, he was performing on national television. He won scholarships to study violin at London’s Royal College of Music and also the University of Music in Detmold, Germany. In 1993, John was appointed CEO of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

Headlining the evening of music is the Kim Kelly Orchestra. Their popularity has resulted in them being a July Community Night tradition for over 10 years. The orchestra features musicians from the Columbus, Cincinnati, and Dayton areas; many who have performed professionally with groups such as Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, and Buddy Rich.

Community Nights are free to the public and are held on the first Friday of the month June through September at Second Street and Main. It is recommended that you bring a lawn chair. In case of inclement weather the concert will be canceled. For information call or stop by The Hotel Gallery at (937) 667-3696.

Birthday concert planned

TIPP CITY — Please join Rum River Blend at the Historic Tipp City Roller Mill on July 8 from 7-9 p.m., for Bluegrass, Folk and Gospel music, all while celebrating the 95th birthday of Carl Phillis, the band fiddler and the 1948 Ohio Fiddling champion. For reserve general seating call 937-667-3696.

Vacation Bible School offered

WEST MILTON — Follow Jesus on a life saving adventure, SonQuest Rain Forest Vacation Bible School, at West Milton Church of the Nazarene from 6:30-8:30 p.m. July 10-14. The event features Bible stories, crafts, games, Dave’s barrel train, songs and snacks.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. The church is located at 151 W. Baker Road, West Milton. Call (937) 698-5782 for more information.

Caregiver program set

TROY — Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County is offering a new series of Caregiver Connection programs to support home caregivers.

Open to all caregivers, this group serves as a support group and offers a safe place to ask questions and speak openly about the responsibilities, concerns and questions associated with caring for someone with a life-limiting illness. The series is designed to offer:

• A chance to talk with other caregivers, and learn how to handle the challenges of caring for the needs of another person.

• A safe place to ask questions and speak openly about the challenges caregivers face.

• An encouraging and confidential atmosphere.

Anyone responsible for the care of another person or who might be feeling overwhelmed by the challenges of care giving is invited to attend.

“Caregiver Connection” will be held from 2-3 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 2899 W. Main St., Troy, on the followings dates: July 13 and 27, Aug. 10 and 24 and Sept. 14 and 28.

For more information, contact Krissy McKim-Barker at (937) 573-2115 or

TMCS addresses heroin epidemic

TIPP CITY — TMCS will host a class providing insight into the growing heroin epidemic in the area and its influences on the community from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 18, at the Tipp City Government Center.

Signs of use, trends, driving under the influence, uses, and the topic of narcan will be discussed. This class is open to any individual in the community who would like more information about heroin use. Tipp City police officers will provide instruction.

Registration is required. Please call for more information or go to

Art show participants needed

WEST MILTON — Hoffman United Methodist Church is again looking for applicants to take part in their 11th annual art show to be held Aug. 4-6. The deadline for entering is July 20.

The event is held in the activity center at 201 S. Main St., West Milton. The purpose of the show is to share area talent with the public. The show is non-juried.

Some pieces may be available for purchase, with transactions handled directly between the artist and the interested party.

A gift from local arts patron Bill Netzley of Netzley Roofing has enabled Hoffman to offer monetary awards again this year. Awards to be given are $500 for first place, $400 for second place and $300 for third place. Eight additional awards of $100 each will also be presented.

Application forms may be picked up at the church office and The Hen’s Nest in West Milton, The Hotel Gallery and Studio 14 in Tipp City. Forms are also available for downloading from the church website at

For more information, call John at (937) 698-7132.

Clean Sweep upcoming

MIAMI COUNTY — The Clean Sweep 2017 of the Great Miami River Watershed will be July 21 and will span the area between Piqua and Tipp City.

This free event, which includes physical and strenuous work, also will include a free lunch and T-shirt.

A boating safety talk will be part of the program.

Volunteers must wear life jackets and thick-soled shoes covering the toes at all times.

For more information on launch sites or to register, visit or call 335-7645.