Community briefs

Church to host blood drive

TIPP CITY — Tipp City United Methodist Church is teaming up with Community Blood Center to host a blood drive Monday, Nov. 16 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the church Great Hall, 8 West Main St. Everyone who registers to donate will receive the “Buckeye Blood Donor” football t-shirt. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

Library plans Thanksgiving fun

WEST MILTON – Join Milton-Union Children’s Librarian Wendy Heisey for a celebration of thankfulness in the kids’ program “Pilgrims and Indians.” The fun and educational evening will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Learn about the history of Thanksgiving in America, the Mayflower, Native Americans, Pilgrims and Plymouth Rock. Children and their caretakers will also be able to play games, win door prizes and enjoy some refreshments!

The program is available to kindergarten to fifth graders. No sign-up is required.

For more information about this or other programs, call 937-698-5515 or visit Milton-Union Public Library is located at 560 S. Main St., West Milton.

YMCA offers adult sports leagues

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County YMCA is taking registrations for upcoming corporate basketball and adult soccer leagues.

The corporate basketball league takes place at the Piqua branch on Sunday afternoons beginning December 6. Registration goes through November 22. Corporations for Basketball can enter a full team, or may combine with another corporation. The Adult Soccer League takes place at the Piqua Branch on Sunday Evenings beginning December 6. Registration goes through November 29. This soccer league is Co-Ed with 2 females on the court at a time. For more information or to register, contact Jaime Hull at 440-9622 or

BNC seeks wildlife photos

TROY — We hope you’ve had plenty of time to sort through your favorite photos taken from your backyard or North American travels this year and are ready to enter them into Brukner Nature Center’s annual photo contest “It’s About Wildlife.”

They are accepting entries from Nov. 15-Dec. 1 that showcase wildlife or wild places that support of BNC’s slogan “It’s About Wildlife.” Visit our website or stop by our main building to pick up a brochure with full contest details. This event is open to all photographers of all ages! Winners will be announced on Dec. 17 following our seasonal concert in the Heidelberg Auditorium. Email for an entry form to be sent to you or stop by the Interpretive Building to pick up a form.

Sudan fundraiser set

TIPP CITY — Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City will open its doors for its 9th Annual Sudan Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children and their families at Ginghamsburg have been challenged to use their gifts, talents and passions to create items to raise money for The Sudan Project, which aids the war-torn countries of Sudan and South Sudan.

Since 2005, the church has raised $7 million to support sustainable humanitarian projects. All items at the bazaar are made and created by Ginghamsburg kids. Last year, $22 thousand was raised for the project through the bazaar, and over the past eight years, the children and their families have raised more than $101,000.

Families and groups will be selling jewelry, ornaments, scarves, homemade pet treats, a gift-wrapping station and more. In addition booths will have baked goods, including a variety of homemade candies, cookies and hot chocolate.

The bazaar will be held at the Tipp City Campus in the Avenue located at 6759 South County Road 25A.

Head Start applications being taken

MIAMI COUNTY — Kids Learning Place is taking applications for the 2015-16 school year for preschoolers. There are a few spaces still available for children to enroll in the classrooms and the home visiting program.

Preschool and early learning is important in the development of young children and Head Start, a federally funded comprehensive program, is one no cost option for preschool education at Kids Learning Place. The eligibility for this preschool program is: a child must be between three to five years old and the family must meet federal income guidelines. The program also provides services to children that are in foster care or homeless. The program allocates 10 percent of the slots for children with diagnosed special needs also.

Kids Learning Place centers in Piqua, Troy, and West Milton have earned multiple stars in the “Step Up To Quality” award from the State of Ohio. This award recognizes early childhood programs that exceed licensing standards. Kids Learning Place classrooms place a major focus on school readiness and works to provide every child with a positive education experience to get them ready for kindergarten. We have degreed teachers in every classroom, a research based curriculum, do developmental testing throughout the year and value and encourage parent participation.

For more information about this program or other full day care programs call (866) 627-4557 or visit .

Author signing event offered

ENGLEWOOD — New & Olde Pages Book Shoppe’s annual Holiday Open House will be on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with an Author Signing Event the same day from 1-5 p.m. New holiday books, puzzles, and gift items will be featured, plus a free goody bag and refreshments served throughout the day.

Eight established authors will be previewing and discussing their latest novels. Attending will be Patricia A. Rasey, Brian Forschner, Greg Enslen, C. W. Tullis, Scott Trostel, Marla Cross, Saundra Staats McLemore and Edson B. Waite, Jr. They will be offering a wide-range of novels from cozy mysteries, historical fiction, page-turning thrillers, ghosts and the paranormal, inspirational fiction, pictorial children’s music books and hunting adventures.

The Book Shoppe is located at 856 Union Boulevard in Englewood across from Kroger. For more information call 832-3022.

Craft show planned

WEST MILTON — Hoffman United Methodist Church, 201 S. Main St., West Milton, will hold its annual craft show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, in the church activity center (one block west of St. Rt. 48).

The event will feature 20+ booths offering a wide variety of items, including jewelry, wood crafted items, candles accessory items for infants and tots, baked goods and more. The Methodist Women will also offer their homemade mince meat by the quart or pint and their homemade, ready to cook, pot pie.

The Hoffman Cafe’ will provide coffee and donuts, pop, sandwiches, homemade chicken corn soup, vegetable soup, and a variety of pie. For more information or details, call Jean at 837-698-5541.