Community briefs

“The Music Man” marches into town

TIPP CITY — “The Music Man,” an All-American musical classic, opens Aug. 19 and runs through Aug. 27 on the stage in Tipp Central Auditorium.

Director Jim Hooper returns to the Tipp City Players at the helm of the production and will be supported by Music Director Jennifer Hewitt and Choreographer Khyrsten McCann. Also in the production is Todd Varvel as the lead, Professor Hill. Todd is reprising the role his father, Paul, mastered back in August 1975. The ‘75 show was the 1st production Tipp City Players put on stage.

Tipp Central Auditorium is located at 223 W. Broadway St. Tipp City. Show dates include Aug. 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, starting at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with a matinee at 2 p.m. on Aug. 21. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children. Family passes and show passes, for all five presentations, are available.

For more information, call (937) 667-SHOW (7469) or visit

Pesticide removal offered

TROY — The Ohio Department of Agriculture will be sponsoring a collection for farmers wishing to dispose of unwanted pesticides from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Miami County Fairgrounds, 650 N. County Road 25-A, Troy.

The pesticide collection and disposal service is free of charge, but only farm chemicals will be accepted. Paint, antifreeze, solvents and household or non-farm pesticides will not be accepted.

Pesticide collections are sponsored by the department in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To pre-register, or for more information, contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at (614) 728-6987.

Application deadline nears

MIAMI COUNTY — Not-for-profit organizations are reminded the next grant deadline for the Miami County Foundation is Aug. 31.

Applicants must provide services directly to the citizens of Miami County. All must be certified federally tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service and preferably be a 501(c)(3) organization.

Historically, grants have been awarded to human and social service organizations, schools, healthcare providers, libraries, youth and senior groups as well as the arts.

Application forms are available online at or by contacting the office at (937) 773-9012. Guidelines restrict organizations to one grant annually. If you received a grant in the spring, you are not eligible to reapply until the next grant deadline. Schools and on-going humanitarian grant recipients are exempt from this restriction.

Successful applicants will receive notification of the fall distribution date.

The Foundation was established in 1985 by Richard E. Hunt, founder of WPTW-AM/WCLR radio.

Art show applications available

WEST MILTON — Hoffman United Methodist Church is looking for applicants to take part in the 10th annual art show held Oct. 14-1. The deadline for entering is Sept. 28.

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, Really Cool Stuff and The Hen’s Nest in West Milton. Also at The Hotel Gallery and Studio 14 in Tipp City. Forms are also available for downloading from the church web site at For further information, call John at (937) 698-7132.