Community briefs

First Baptist to host vacation bible school

TIPP CITY — First Baptist Church of Tipp City will hold its summer vacation bible school the week of July 19-24. There will be classes for boys and girls ages four through sixth grade. VBS will be held nightly during this week from 6-8:30 p.m.

The theme is “Blast to the Past” with lessons focusing on the fact that God’s love is faithful, unconditional, and real. Bible characters portrayed will include Moses, Paul, David and Goliath, Rahab, and Jesus.

For more information or to register for classes, call the church at (937) 667-6917. First Baptist is located at the southeast corner of Evanston Road and Hyatt Street on the south edge of Tipp City.

UVMC gift shop to host flea market

TROY — The Upper Valley Medical Center Gift Shop will host a flea market sale Wednesday, July 22, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the cafeteria conference rooms on the hospital lower level.

This one-day sale will feature special markdown prices on a large quantity of merchandise, including gift specialties, jewelry, purses, garden items, home decor, seasonal/holiday items, and much more.

The event, hosted by the UVMC Volunteer Services department, is open to the community as well as the hospital family. For further information, feel free to call 440-4995.

Training camp set

WEST MILTON – Children, don your capes. It’s time for “Superhero Training Camp” at the Milton-Union Public Library. The special training course starts at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 23.

Kindergarteners through fifth graders are welcome to come in costume and go through a series of obstacles to bring out their superpowers. Activities may include walking on a beam over “lava” or seeing how fast you can change in a “phone booth.” Kids will get to play “Save the People” and “Hero and Villain Tag,” too.

And at the end of the afternoon, all those who have completed their training will receive a special ID card. For more information, call 937-698-5515 or visit Milton-Union Public Library is located at 560 S. Main St., West Milton and is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Giant board games at the library

WEST MILTON – Have you ever played with a gigantic checker board or 5-inch high dice? Enjoy super-size “Super Games” at the Milton-Union Public Library at 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 24.

Young Adult Specialist Dawn Merritt has created large-scale versions of games like Yahtzee, checkers and dominoes to “take board games to a whole new level.” You’re going to want pictures of this!

The game day is free and open to the whole family. For more information, call 937-698-5515 or visit Milton-Union Public Library is located at 560 S. Main St., West Milton.

ART for ALL accepting entries

TIPP CITY — It’s not too late to get your creative juices flowing and submit your 6-by-6 creation for the Tipp City Area Arts Council’s “ART for ALL” event, which will be held on Aug. 22 at Sudgen’s in Tipp City.

All submissions of original art — including children’s art, amateur, and professional art — will be accepted until July 27 at Tipp Monroe Community Services on 3 E. Main St., Tipp City, for this event. Not only will you get the chance to feature and promote your art, our guests will have the opportunity to purchase art at affordable prices, and all proceeds will go to TCAAC to provide essential financial support for their numerous community projects such as the Canal Music Festival and Children’s Art Adventure.

There is no entry fee for submission and three People’s Choice Awards will be presented at the reception.

For more details about how to submit your artwork and other guidelines, visit×6-art-for-all-call-to-artists/ or stop by the Tipp Monroe Community Services office to pick up a submission form.

Christmas in July shows off 2015 homes

TIPP CITY — Curious about what is in store for this year’s Tipp City Christmas in the Village Home Tour? Whet your appetite for the annual event by driving through the West Broadway Boulevard neighborhood. During July, Featured Home signs will be placed in ten yards, indicating the homes on this year’s tour.

This “Christmas in July” promotion will last just one month. Next, mark your calendar for Dec. 4 and 5. These are the dates for the 2015 tour.

For more information on the upcoming tour, please email or visit our Facebook page:

School supplies needed

TIPP CITY — Tipp Monroe Community Services is collecting school supplies for fall 2015. Any and all supplies are needed but especially: dry erase markers, scissors, pencil sharpeners, colored pencils, boxes of tissues, highlighters, paper towels, cleaning wipes, zipper pouches, four function calculators, composition books, flash drives, and scientific calculators.

Please drop off items at the TMCS office at 3 E. Main St., Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. no later than Aug. 10. Supplies will be distributed at the Lunch on Us program and will be available for pick up at our office after that date.

For more information, call us at 937-667-8631. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Ice cream social planned

LAURA — Laura Christian Church invites everyone to its Ice Cream Social on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 4-7pm. The church is located at 1 South Main Street in Laura.

There will be six popular flavors of fresh homemade ice cream — vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, peanut butter, lemon and pineapple — as well as sloppy joes, hot dogs, Coney dogs, pies and cakes, lemonade and coffee. Eat in or carry out. Bring a friend and enjoy a great meal at very reasonable prices. All proceeds benefit the Laura Christian Deacons’ Fund, to assist local persons/families in need.

Vacation bible school set

LUDLOW FALLS — Grace Baptist Church in Ludlow Falls will host Vacation Bible School from Aug. 3-7. The theme this year is “To the Edge – Encounter the God of the Universe.” Classes will run Monday through Friday from 6-8:30 p.m. each evening. Ages 4 years old through sixth grade are welcome.

Grace Baptist Church is located at 2500 St. Rt. 48, Ludlow Falls. Call the church at 698-4342 for help with transportation.

Tipp native honored

DAYTON — Cleary Creative Photography has recently been recognized by the Dayton City Commission as a Proud Dayton Original, for perpetuating Dayton’s legacy as a home of “Creative Thinkers, Doers, Believers and Achievers.” The Commission notes that with Dayton’s long history of invention, innovation and inspiration, this recognition serves as a positive example of creativity and originality. They also note that “Dayton’s creative nature has touched people’s lives in countless ways.”

A Tipp City area native, Dan Cleary has been a working photographer for 26 years. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Detroit, Michigan, and loves creating black & white and color fine art photographs. Services include family portraits, baby photography, high school senior portraits and modeling portfolios. Located at 4140 Linden Ave., Cleary Creative Photography also works with major companies throughout the Miami Valley. For more information, call 937-298-6776, or visit

Tipp City receives audit award

COLUMBUS — A recent financial audit of the City of Tipp City (Miami County) by Auditor of State Dave Yost’s office has returned a clean audit report. The city’s excellent record keeping has qualified it for the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.

“Taxpayers expect accurate financial records from their local governments,” Auditor Yost said. “The City of Tipp City’s dedication to accountability is evident.”

The Auditor of State Award with Distinction is presented to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit. Entities that receive the award meet the following criteria of a “clean” audit report:

• The entity must file timely financial reports with the Auditor of State’s office in the form of a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)

• The audit report does not contain any findings for recovery, material citations, material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, Single Audit findings or questioned costs;

• The entity’s management letter contains no comments related to ethics referrals, questioned costs less than $10,000, lack of timely report submission, reconciliation, failure to obtain a timely Single Audit, findings for recovery less than $100, public meetings or public records;

• No other financial or other concerns exist.