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Thursday, April 17

Special Events

Maundy Thursday Community Service (FREE)
PIQUA - The Westminster Presbyterian Church of Piqua invites the community to this Maundy Thursday service taking place at 7 p.m. tonight. The church is located at 325 W. Ash St. and can be reached at (937) 773-0564.

Historical Village Open House - Thursday & Sunday (FREE)
HILLIRAD - The open house includes tours led in period costumes which include visits to the chapel, covered bridge, one room school house, log cabin, voting wagon, caboose, Hilliard Station, barn, granary, and museum. Displays and demonstrations round out the evenings at the Historical Village in Weaver Park, 4100 Columbia in Hilliard. Thursday evening's events take place from 6-8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m. For more details call (614) 876-5880.
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Dayton Dragons Game 
DAYTON - The Dayton Dragons will face the Kane County Cougars at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fifth Third Field in Dayton. For tickets and more information, click HERE.

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Dining & Nightlife

Ladies Night at Mulligan's Pub (FREE)
PIQUA - Mulligan's Pub hosts Ladies Night every Thursday. Guests can enjoy $2 tall domestics, $1.75 domestic bottles and $3 well drinks. The pub's new menu is also available. For more information on Mulligan's, click HERE. They are located at 110 W. High St. and can be reached at (937) 606-2819.

Pork Tenderloin Thursdays at the 311 Drafthouse
PIQUA - From 3-7 p.m. every Thursday, the 311 Drafthouse hosts Pork Tenderloin Thursdays. This sandwich is only available between these times and is one of the most popular menu items at the pub. Guests can also take advantage of Happy Hour prices during this time. The 311 Drafthouse is located at 311 N. Main St. and is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information, click HERE.

$3 Well Drinks at the Leaf & Vine (FREE)
TROY - Start the weekend early with $3 well drinks at the Leaf & Vine. The Leaf & Vine is located at 108 W. Main St. in downtown Troy and can be reached at (937) 332-0773. For more information and events, click HERE.

Thursday Lunch at Mojos Bar & Grille
TROY - Mojos Bar & Grille is now open for lunch on Thursday! The restaurant is open for lunch starting at 11 a.m. and Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Menu highlights at Mojos includes: BBQ Pork Sliders, Grilled Portobello sandwiches, a Monte Cristo, three dinner salads, Buffalo Goat Cheese and Scotch Eggs. To see the full menu, click HERE. Mojos is located at 109 E. Main St. and can be reached at (937) 552-9172.

All-You-Can-Eat Lunch Buffet at La Piazza - Monday-Friday
TROY - Known as the "Best Lunch Deal" in the area, La Piazza offers an all-you-can-eat Lunch Buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For $8.95 per person, guests can feast on 10 different items each day, including soups, a pizza, vegetables, an Italian dish, cold salads and more - plus endless salad and bread with herb butter. To view today's menu, click HERE. La Piazza is located at 2 N. Market St. in downtown Troy and can be reached at (937) 339-5553.

The Comeback Special at the 311 Drafthouse - Monday-Friday
PIQUA - Come in for lunch Monday through Friday at the 311 Drafthouse in downtown Piqua and bring your receipt back after 3 p.m. for a free appetizer. The 311 Drafthouse is located at 311 N. Main St. in downtown Piqua and can be reached at (937) 615-9705. To view the pub's full menu, click HERE.

Italian Cuisine at La Piazza
TROY - La Piazza is open for dinner seven days a week. The restaurant's menu (see HERE) features everything from Brushetta, Calamari and Chicken entrees and four signature burgers to specialty pizzas and calzones and pasta and grilled dishes. Save room for dessert, including a monthly feature, Carmel Nut Brownies and hand-dipped Spumoni Ice Cream. To view the full dessert menu, click HERE. La Piazza is open for dinner from 4:30-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 4-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 4-9 p.m. on Sundays.

Pizza, Pasta, Primi, Subs and More at Beppo Uno - Open Daily
PIQUA - Beppo Uno is a fine-dining restaurant in Piqua that not only offers some of the most sought-after pizza in the area, but also pasta dishes, Italian subs and insalata, zuppa and primi menu items. To view the full menu, click HERE. Beppo Uno is located at 414 W. Water St. and is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturdays; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sundays. Carryout and delivery are available by calling (937) 615-1100. Delivery is available from 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sundays.

Mexican Night and Happy Hour at Mulligan's Pub
PIQUA - Mulligan's Pub, 110 W. High St., offers a different special each night of the week. Thursday night is Mexican night and features a different Mexican dish each week. Additionally, the pub has happy hour Monday through Friday from 3-7 p.m. with drink specials including $1.75 domestic bottles, $2 tall domestic drafts and $3 well drinks. Mulligan's can be reached at (937) 606-2819 or visit them online at

Karaoke at Dunaway's Beef N' Ale (FREE)
TROY - Dunaway's Beef N' Ale hosts karaoke every Thursday starting at 9 p.m. There is no cover charge. Along with karaoke, guests can dine a menu with nearly 100 items and a full bar. Dunaway's is located at 508 W. Main St. in Troy and can be reached at (937) 335-8608.

Mojos Thursday Nights - $1 Off All Wine & $3.50 Well Drinks
TROY - Mojos Bar & Grille is open for dinner and drinks from 4 p.m. to midnight on Thursdays. Along with the full menu being available for dinner patrons, all guests can enjoy $1 off all wines and $3.50 well. Menu highlights at Mojos includes: BBQ Pork Sliders, Grilled Portobello sandwiches, a Monte Cristo, three dinner salads, Buffalo Goat Cheese and Scotch Eggs. To see the full menu, click HERE. Mojos is located at 109 E. Main St. and can be reached at (937) 552-9172.

Live DJ and Happy Hour at LeDoux's (FREE)
TROY - LeDoux's hosts DJ Macua on Thursday nights and, from 5-7 p.m., guests can enjoy $2 Bud Light tall boys, $1 Bud Light drafts and Jell-O shots and $2.50 Modelo, Tecate, Corona and Dos Equis, as well as half-price appetizers when mentioning My Miami County. LeDoux's is located at 118 W. Main St. in downtown Troy.

The Brewery in Troy features a live DJ every Thursday night
from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Thursday Night Karaoke/DJ Music at The Brewery (FREE)
TROY - The Brewery in downtown Troy hosts Thursday Night Karaoke/DJ Music from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. There is no cover charge and drink specials are available throughout the evening. The Brewery is located at 111 W. Water St. and can be reached at (937) 339-8595.

Karaoke at Tony's Bada Bing in Tipp (FREE)
TIPP CITY - Tony's Bada Bing in downtown Tipp City hosts karaoke to 10 p.m. on Thursdays. There is no cover charge.

$1 Drafts at Harrison's 
TIPP CITY - On Thursday evenings, the bar at Harrison's Restaurant in downtown Tipp City serves up Miller Lite and Bud Light drafts for $1 each; Blue Moon and Amberbock drafts (16 once) for $1.50. Dinner specials for the evening include a single cabbage roll with mashed potatoes and rye bread for $6.99. Harrison's is located at 106 E. Main St. and can be reached at (937) 667-5223.

Karaoke at Huber Heights Cadillac Jacks (FREE)
HUBER HEIGHTS - Cadillac Jacks, 7720 Old Troy Pike (St. Rt. 202) in Huber Heights will host karaoke from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Thursday. There is no cover charge.

Menopause: The Musical at La Comedia Dinner Theater - Wednesday-Sunday
SPRINGBORO - Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common, except a black lace bra ... and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more. Menopause: The Musical is a "hilarious musical parody set to classic times from the 60s, 70s and 80s." Join the sisterhood and laugh out loud in this salute to the women who are experiencing "the change." Adult content. The show will take place at La Comedia Dinner Theater in Springboro at 6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday and 11 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Tickets range in price from $55 to $71, which includes a deluxe all-you-can-eat buffet. Children 11 and under are $30. For ticket information, click HERE.

Scene75 - Wednesday-Sunday
VANDALIA - Scene75 offers everything from Blacklight Mini-Golf and Indoor Go-Karts to Spin Zone Bumper Cars and Min-Bowling, plus the largest arcade in Ohio. Additionally, there is food, restaurants and a bar, among other features. The entertainment center is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday. Weekly hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Trivia Night at TJ Chumps in Englewood (FREE)
ENGLEWOOD - TJ Chumps, 559 S. Main St. in Englewood, hosts Trivia Night from 7-10 p.m. every Thursday. There is no cover charge and guests have access to a full dinner menu and drinks. There are prizes for each round, as well as the overall winner. For more information, call (937) 836-4300.

Musician's Co-Op at the Oregon Express (FREE)
DAYTON - The Oregon Express hosts a public Musician's Co-Op starting at 9 p.m. every Thursday at 336 E. Fifth St. in the Oregon District in Dayton. Guests can bring an instrument and join other musicians for a night of jamming and music-making. There is no cover charge. For more information, call (937) 223-9205.

The Generations Big Band at Jazz Central
DAYTON - Jazz Central will host The Generations Big Band from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday at 2931 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton. The cost is $5. This event takes place every third Thursday of the month.

Open Mic Night at Blind Bob's Tavern (FREE)
DAYTON - Blind Bob's Tavern hosts Open Mic Night from 9-11:30 p.m. every Thursday at 430 E. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton. There is no cover charge and all types of music and musicians are welcome. For more information, call (937) 938-6405.

Open Mic Night at the Trolley Stop (FREE)
DAYTON - The Trolley Stop hosts Open Mic Night starting at 9:30 p.m. every Thursday. There is no cover charge. The Trolley Stop is located at 530 E. Fifth St. in the Oregon District and can be reached at (937) 461-1101.

Relaxing Recreation

Piqua Library Lobby Exhibit (FREE)
PIQUA - This month's lobby exhibit at the Piqua Library is titled "The Johnston Family is Everywhere" and highlights the spread of this founding family across the country. The exhibit is open during library hours, which are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Men 30 and up can join in a game of basketball at the Avenue
in Tipp City every Thursday from 8:30-10 p.m.
Men's Basketball 30 and Up (FREE)
CITY - Men over the age of 30 are invited to play pick-up basketball on two indoor courts at The Avenue, 6759 S. County Road 25-A in Tipp City. Games are played continuously from 8:30-10 p.m.

Troy and The Hayner House Exhibit - Open Daily (FREE)
TROY - "Troy and The Hayner House" is a free exhibit at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center that explores the 200-year history of community and the 100-year history of the mansion. The Hayner is open 7-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call (937) 339-0457 or click HERE.

Yarn Circle (FREE)
PIQUA - The yarn circle takes place in the Founder’s Room on the second floor at the Piqua Library, 116 W. High St. Bring your latest project and join in the crocheting, knitting, needlepoint or any other “yarncraft” starting at 7 p.m. For more details call the library at (937) 773-6753.

Open Bowling at Troy Bowl - Open Daily
TROY - Open Bowling is available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday at Troy Bowl, 1530 McKaig Ave. Along with bowling, guests can eat at a concession area with a full kitchen, play video games and pool and visit the full bar with beer and spirits. In case there are leagues, always call in advance at (937) 339-3315. This number also has pricing information. Shoe rental is $4. For more Opening Bowling times, click HERE.

Open bowling takes place at Miami Lanes in
West Milton and Brel-Aire Lanes in Piqua tonight.
Open Bowling at Miami Lanes in West Milton - Wednesday-Sunday
WEST MILTON - Miami Lanes, 1159 S. Miami St. in West Milton is open for bowling from 5-11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. The bowling alley accepts cash only. For more information, call (937) 698-5706.

Movies 5 & Cinemark Theatre - Open Daily 
PIQUA/TROY - Movies 5 in Troy and Cinemark Theatre in Piqua are open daily. Click HERE to find a movie theater and movie you'd like to see. 

Bowling at Brel-Aire Lanes in Piqua - Open Daily
PIQUA - Brel-Aire Lanes is open from noon to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon to midnight on Friday; 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. For details on lane openings and pricing, call (937) 773-0462.

For Children & Families

Morning Story Times at the Piqua Library (FREE)
PIQUA - Morning story times include: stories, music, crafts, puppet shows, and fun in the Children’s Department. At 10:30 a.m. two sessions run at the same time: Toddlers and Infants (Birth to 35 months), and ages 3+. Register by calling (937)773-6753, or stopping by the library.

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Thirsty Thursday at Jumpy's Fun Zone
TROY -  Jumpy's Fun Zone in Troy hosts Thirsty Thursdays from 3-8 p.m. The fun center offers unlimited laser tag for $15 (add unlimited jumping for $5) and unlimited jumping for $7, plus free small drinks or slushies with each paid laser tag game. Stay and play with video games, a concession area with pizza, pretzels and other food. Please remember to bring socks!!! Jumpy's is located at 1528 W. Main St. behind McDonald's from Main Street. For more information, or to plan your visit, click HERE.

The Easter Bunny at the Miami Valley Centre Mall (FREE)
PIQUA - The Easter Bunny will be available to meet with children for free during regular Mall hours and to take photographs for a small fee.

4th Annual Homeschool Art Exhibit (FREE)
TROY - The exhibit will be available to the public in the multi-purpose room of the Troy Library, 419 W. Main St., from April 6 through April 26. For more information, contact Olive at 937-339-0502 ext. 123.

Tiny Thursdays at the Dayton Art Institute
DAYTON - Children ages 2-5 and their caregiver can take part in Tiny Thursdays from 11 a.m. to noon at the Dayton Art Institute. The program is $8 per child and includes movement activities, gallery tours and a make-and-take art project. The theme for this month is "Flowers Abound." For more information, call (937) 223-5277.

Spring Celebration @ EnterTRAINment Junction (Daily through May 18)
CINCINNATI - Celebrate Spring at EnterTRAINment Junction with  scavenger hunts for the whole family, including bunnies and chicks hidden in the world’s largest indoor model train display. Buy one do-it-all admission and get half-off a second do-it-all admission, plus receive a ticket for a free return visit valid until May 18. Experience the Train Journey and as your travel through the world's largest indoor train display, play in the kid's play area, engage in the interactive railroad museum, and explore the expo center. Also, visit the A-Maze-N funhouse which includes 5 hilarious mazes. EnterTRAINment Junction is located at 7379 Squire Court and can be reached at (513) 898-8000. For admission costs and hours visit their website at
The Piqua Library will be
showing Mary Poppins
tonight at 6 p.m.

Family Movie Night (FREE)
PIQUA - From 6-8:15 p.m. the Piqua Library, 116 W. High St., will show the classic film Mary Poppins in the Louis Room. Bring friends and snacks to this fun evening. For more details call the library at (937) 773-6753.

Princess Package at Giacomo's Salon & Spa in Troy
TROY - Little girls 10 and under can have their own special pampering at Giacomo's Salon & Spa, 221 S. Market St. in downtown Troy. There are four different "Princess Packages" available. The first is "You Go Girl!" which offers shape and polish fingernails, shape and polish toe nails and a party style for $35. Next is the "Pretty Princess" featuring a mini facial, mini manicure and mini pedicure for $50. The "Sparkle & Shine" package features a mini-manicure, makeup application (sheer or glittery) and a party style (of the hair) for $40. Finally, the "Darling Diva" package provides for a mini facial, mini manicure, mini pedicure, makeup application and a party style for $70. The spa is open 1-9 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. These packages must be booked, which can be done by clicking HERE or calling (937) 332-7075.

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery - Open Daily
DAYTON - The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton has more than a dozen exhibits and play areas for children and families to enjoy - from an indoor zoo and huge play area with three-story slides to educational, interactive exhibits that require children to touch and learn. Throw in daily laser light and 3-D shows in The Dome and an entire day can be spent at the museum. The museum is located at 2600 DeWeese Parkway in Dayton and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $13 for adults and $10 for children 3-16. Children 3 and under are free. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Discover Brukner Nature Center
TROY – Families can spend a full day exploring Brukner Nature Center. Along with trails that cover hills, the Stillwater River valley and other natural terrain, the Center has an historic log cabin, an outdoor, live animal exhibit with an eagle, owls, a fox, bobcat and other animals and an indoor exhibit area – also featuring live animals. The Center has a bird-viewing vista, as well as a ground-level vista that attracts squirrels, chipmunks and other wildlife. To plan your visit to Brukner Nature Center, located on Horse-Shoe Bend Road west of Troy from St. Rt. 55, click HERE.

Now is a great time to get out and
explore all that Carriage Hill has to offer.
Visit the Farm Animals at Carriage Hill - Open Daily (FREE)
HUBER HEIGHTS – With more than 11 miles of hiking trails, a living history farm with a variety of farm animals and exhibits to see, a lake for fishing and a variety of programs offered each week, Carriage Hill Farm MetroPark in Huber Heights is a free way to spend quality time with children. The park is open daily and there is no admission. A gift shop has candy, sodas, lemonade and other treats. On weekends, blacksmithing, sheep shearing, canning classes, pony and horse rides and more are offered at the farm. For a full calendar of events at Carriage Hill, click HERE.

United States Air Force Museum – Open Daily (FREE)
DAYTON – The National Museum of the United States Air Force is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is free. Located at 1100 Spaatz St. in Dayton, the museum explores the entire history of the United States Air Force and flight. Visitors first explore the early years of the Air Force and can see early aircraft and exhibits on the brave men and women who first took to the skies in defense of the country. The museum then follows the development of aircraft and pilots and includes exhibits on World War II, the Korean War and Southeast Asia, the Cold War and the Missile and Space Gallery. The museum also features a moving exhibit about the Holocaust, as well as a variety of other flight and Air Force-related topics. To plan your visit to the museum, click HERE. The IMAX theater is also located at the museum. See information below…

New IMAX Movies at the Air Force Museum – Open Daily
DAYTON – A great experience for families to enjoy any day of the week (morning/afternoon) is the IMAX Theater at the Air Force Museum in Dayton. The museum is free to visit, so paying $7.75 for adults; $5.75 for students; and $4.50 for children 3-7 years old is not a bad deal for enjoying a full day of flight and history. Current shows Air Races 3D at noon; Fly Me to the Moon 3-D at 10 a.m.; Fighter Pilot: Operation Red Flag at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Air Aces: Wing Walkers at 2 p.m. For details and complete listings, click HERE.
Feature Articles 

Bellwether Horse Farm Offers Great Summer Camps For Kids
By Sheryl Roadcap
My Miami County Feature Writer
TROY - Jennifer DeMaro is living her childhood dream and, at the same time, making the dreams of local children come true with the help of horses.
Jennifer DeMaro has had a love of horses
since she was a child. At Bellwether Horse
Farm, she is sharing this dream with
young people.
(Photo by Sheryl Roadcap)
Although DeMaro still holds a regular full-time job, in the summer of 2012 - after 30 years of being surrounded by and having a love of horses - her family began Bellwether Horse Farm, located at 2720 Peebles Road in Troy.
Before 2012, DeMaro's dreams had been a bit deferred as she raised her family, earned a Master's Degree, built a career in government and served in the United States Air Force for eight years.
Now in its second season, DeMaro said the goal of Bellwether Horse Farm is to provide the community with a place to “foster a special bond between people and horses,” and where children can come during the summer for a safe, fun and nurturing environment that promotes confidence, teamwork, responsibility and leadership.
DeMaro said the farm's objective is to “get the kids comfortable (with horses and riding) by working from the ground up." Among the various programs available, "Fun With Horses" is for children five to eight years old and is a hands-on, on the ground class that has the aim of getting children comfortable around horses before moving on to mounted guided activities.
Children as young as five-years-old can get involved
with programs at Bellwether Horse Farm in Troy.
The next step is the “Horsemanship Camp,” which is for children ages eight and older and is a five-day camp that includes equine games and hands-on activities, such as grooming, bathing the horses, tacking up a horse, lunch, classroom instruction, special guest speakers and/or special demonstrations and private riding lessons. While encouraged, DeMaro said students in this program do not have to have prior experience. The program is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday during various weeks this summer. 
“I liked grooming the horses and leading them around,” said Regina, a past, young camper.
Another previous camper, Amelia said, “Riding was a ton of fun and it was really fun cleaning the hooves!”
Debra Klaben said of her experience with Bellwether Horse Farm, “Bellwether Farm is fantastic! The horses are so friendly and Tommy and Jennifer make learning about horses fun for everyone. (Jennifer) provides a safe and nurturing environment for her students and she gives each student individual attention by keeping her groups small. Just the best place to experience the world of horses, and life on a farm!”
DeMaro said that the camp sessions are filling quickly, and that many are repeat campers, so although there still are spots available, interested campers should reserve their place sooner rather than later. There are various programs and offerings available for all stages of learners at Bellwether, and no prior experience is necessary. For more information on Bellwether Farms, visit or check out their Facebook page at The farm can be reached at (937) 623-4258.
Carried Away Salon and Spa Delivers Relaxation  
Prom Special and Ladies Night Out Among Upcoming Events
By Sheryl Roadcap
My Miami County Feature Writer
PIQUA - Ever have one of those, ‘Calgon, take me away days? Well, a visit to Carried Away Salon and Spa in Piqua may just be the ticket to restoration.
Located at 114 W. Ash St., Carried Away Salon works to provide quality customized services that fit the needs and desires of its customers.
The salon recently passed its two-year anniversary date and also the one-year mark at its current location where salon owner Carrie Armes said she offers a full range of spa services that are not commonly found in this area.
Carried Away Salon and Spa offers
relaxing services not found at other
spas in the region.
(Photo by Sheryl Roadcap)
One of the distinctive features at Carried Away Salon is the “Blue Room” - a calming space that contains a laydown shampoo-bowl (see photo). What this means is that when customers are getting their hair shampooed, they will enjoy this relaxing stage of the “hair design” even more as they literally lay down on a table/bed similar to a massage table, with their head resting on the neck rest and down into the shampoo-bowl. The intent is to increase the tranquility by lying down in a calming environment created by the soothing blue ceiling and walls around them.
Another unique feature at the salon is full body-waxing, which is available for both women and men. Armes said it is hard to find a salon/spa in this area that is willing to provide this service for men, and they are finding that “there is a demand, so why not? My esthetician has just the right combination of personality and professionalism to make every client feel at ease."
The salon and spa aims to cater to all of the senses and indulge customers’ experience from beginning to end. They proudly use and promote Aveda hair products, which is notorious for its pleasing scent, as well as professional results that are 97 percent organic, and is alcohol free. And other than a new hair design or body wax, one can also get a massage, facial, manicure or pedicure, as well as airbrush makeup done at the shop. The salon has six stylists available to do various types of services - from color, perms and extensions, to even working with dreadlocks.
Carried Away Salon and Spa is noted for being “very open and friendly” and helps make special events, such as weddings or prom, even more memorable. In the next couple of weeks the salon will be running a prom special that includes airbrush makeup, a up-do hairstyle and a mani/pedi polish change for $79. The offer will be good from April 21 through May 3.
Tammy Mayberry of Troy said, “The team at Carried Away is a professional staff. They treated my daughter-in-law's wedding day as if it was one of their own family members’. From hair and makeup to getting our nails done, we were completely
The Blue Room is an added relaxing touch at
Carried Away Salon and Spa in Piqua.
(Photo by Sheryl Roadcap) 
satisfied. They took the stress off of us and made it a special day. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we will be back with another bridal party next year when my other daughter gets married."
Denise Uhlenbrock, owner of the Piqua School of the Arts, said she has been very pleased with Carried Away Salon.
“When planning performances for my drama and dance events, Carried Away Salon and Spa is an exciting venue for my dancers. Whether age three or 13, the team at Carried Away always makes them feel like 'stars.' It is such a relief knowing that Carrie and her creative team can bring my visions to reality through hair and makeup," she said.
With all of the services designed to offer relaxation and a renewal, if customers are unable or uninterested to wait for the prom package, Armes said her current special will “get you ready for Easter.” It is running now through Easter and is $5 off a pedicure, $5 off of a paraffin dip and/or $5 off of a partial hair-foil. Also, on April 18, the salon is hosting a Ladies Night Out event to coordinate with the upcoming Relay for Life in Troy. This is an evening when ladies can choose any spa service at regular price, but 30 percent of the service cost will be donated back to American Cancer Society, which sponsors Relay For Life events throughout the United States and Canada.
“So it’s a fun night out for them (customers) and a good way for us to give back too,” Armes said.
Regardless of a whether a customer is coming in for a special package or just to relax, Armes said she allows each person to tailor the packages according to their needs. The more services customers want, the better deal they're going to get.
The salon even has packages for young guests, including its ballerina birthday package. So whether it’s a wedding party or a prom preparation, Carried Away Salon and Spa is ready to help make it a special event.
For more information on the salon's services, visit or call (937) 606-2552.
Easter Tradition at Winans Gives Back to Community
Chances Sold For 'BIG MAX' to Benefit Girls on the Run
By Matt Bayman 
PIQUA/TROY - In 1961, Max Winans introduced chocolate to his family's confection business with the founding of Winans Carriage House Candies in Piqua.
With this addition, it wasn't long before holidays became a special time at the store, including Easter.
"Dad always made one 20-pound (chocolate) Easter Bunny to display in his Piqua retail store - hoping to sell it, but primarily for the enjoyment of customers during the busy Easter season," said Laurie Winans Reiser, who, along with her husband, Joe, is the fourth-generation owner of Winans Chocolates and Coffee.
Today, the giant chocolate Easter Bunny is named BIG MAX and, along with being on
Purchase chances to win BIG MAX - 20-pounds of
chocolate and three-feet tall - at any Winans location
in Miami County and help support the local
Girls on the Run.
display and for sale at Winans locations, is the focus of an annual event that benefits local charities.
"Joe and I wanted to do something on an annual basis that would recognize my father, so the BIG MAX mold was dug out of storage to begin the tradition again," Laurie said. At the same time, Laurie and Joe asked for the community's assistance in giving back to some important organizations in the community, and the idea of "Big Max Gives Back" was born.
The public can purchase chances to win BIG MAX. Money raised from chances sold will benefit Piqua/Troy Girls on the Run - an organization that inspires girls in third through eighth grade to be joyful, healthy and confident using fun, experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running.
Winans Chocolates and Coffees is very supportive of the sport of running.  They host local running groups in their downtown Piqua and Troy stores on Saturday mornings - offering free coffee after the run. Also, Joe and Laurie were at the finish line in Boston last year and said they feel that supporting Girl's on the Run is supporting the spirit of the Boston Marathon as well.  Joe will be running the Boston Marathon this year (the day after Easter) as an invited guest based on an entry he wrote about how last year's marathon impacted his life and his running.
Tickets for BIG MAX are available at all Winans locations in Miami County, as well as at Can't Stop Running in Piqua and Up and Running in Troy. The cost to enter is $2 for one chance, $5 for three chances and $10 for seven chances. The winner will be chosen on Saturday, April 19 -  the day before Easter! 
In 2013, six local organizations benefited from BIG MAX. They were Miami County CISV, Hospice, Johnston Farm, The Troy HS Musical, St. Patrick's School and Piqua Catholic Schools. A total of $1,300 was distributed to these organizations.
Winans has made 11 BIG MAX's for Easter this year, but already three have sold!!!
Giant chocolate Easter Bunnies are just one of the candies being made for Easter at the Winans chocolate factory in Piqua.
In fact, when it comes to making chocolates for holidays, Laurie said Easter is more challenging than Christmas.
"Easter is more intense than Christmas because it is not as spread out.  People buy their Easter Chocolates for three weeks - with the concentration of purchases in the last three days - so that makes for a lot of activity to keep our 11 stores stocked," she said.
The Winans chocolate factory in Piqua is currently busy making fresh cream eggs, which come in Butter Cream, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Mousse, Caramel Nut, Salt Caramel and Cookie Dough, to name a few. Newer items for Easter include chocolate-covered Peeps and Nutter Ducks, which have a new and different set of eyes that make them a fan favorite.
Laurie said people receiving Winans chocolates for Easter is a more than 50-year tradition.
"There are so many family stories and annual traditions wrapped up with our chocolates that we have fun on Easter morning thinking of the family traditions being made and celebrated," she said. "There are 50-year-old men and women who have received the same Winans Bunny from their mother every Easter of their life - and that is a strong tradition!!"
To view more of Winans chocolates, candies and coffees, visit
Ramblings of a Bleached Blonde Mind: TV Snob 
By Karen Kelly 
I like to pretend that I am one of “those” people who doesn't watch T.V. I tell myself that it’s not important – that it is not a mainstay of my life, that - certainly - my own life is much more interesting than anything that is on the tube. (Or maybe I should say flat screen now?)
Truthfully, that really is what our lives are like half of the year. Honest.  When the weather is warm, we are always outside, chatting to neighbors on the porch, drinking wine by the campfire, walking the ‘hood or eating outside – al fresco. No time for television. We are too busy “living”!
Karen Kelly
But the other half of the year is another story. Our (one and only) television sits in what we call the parlor. It’s a very cozy room in our very old home.  It has a fireplace (complete with a 200-year-old mantle) and a comfy couch sectional, worthy of both of us stretching out. (Quite a feat since my husband is 6’6”.) There is plenty of room for both of our four-legged furry friends to cuddle with us and a nice table and ottoman for snacks and wine. It’s so comfortable that we could live there for days. I say this because this past winter we kinda did. Our lovely room is the perfect room to hibernate in. It has pocket doors and, when they are closed, the room stays toasty warm. There were a few times the outside temperature measured well below zero, but it didn’t bother us - we were happily nestled in our cozy hideaway. 
We spent the evenings snuggled under blankets watching the goings on of zombies, Olivia Pope, Mrs. Hughes and Anna Bates, Rachel, Kurt and Santana, Reylan Givens and Ryan Hardy. We binge-watched shows and made mini-marathons out of the long cold days. Until the unthinkable happened. Our television went kaput. It stopped. It died. It didn’t even cough or give us a clue – it just left us. 
Thinking this was a sign, I refused to purchase another one. We were still cold and we were still holed up – but we made good use of the time. We read, listened to music and talked. I know, right?  I was enjoying being the pioneer woman. Until I started going through withdrawals. Facebook posts drew me in on updates of "Walking Dead" and "Downton Abbey." Friends would talk about "American Idol" at dinner - asking us what we thought of the cute little blonde country singer. Finally, we caved and watched a few episodes of "House of Cards" on our iPad with Netflix.  When friends came over for dinner and wanted to catch the score of a game, they gasped when I said our TV died and we decided not to get a new one. They felt so sorry for us that the next day they brought over one of their spares. And so it began - again.
The weather was still bitterly cold. We still hibernated in our comfy parlor, doggies lounging on the top of the couch or in front of the fireplace. But there was one difference. This television was small. It was the size of a small desktop computer screen. We had to pull it up close to the sofa so we could see it and hear it. I realized then I was an addict. I’d complain about the tinny sound. (“Leah Michelle sounds much better than that when she sings!”). I complained about the small screen. (“Downton Abbey really is so much larger than that!”) I never realized I was a TV snob pretending to be a free-spirit that could take or leave the antics of "Modern Family." I thought I could live without knowing what crazy things the Chance family would do on "Raising Hope." And I really didn’t think I’d care if the walkers took over the entire state of Georgia. But oh how wrong I was.
I guess the clincher was when my three-year-old granddaughter was over and we were watching her favorite Disney movie for the thousandth time.  “You have a really small TV, Mimi. I like ours better. It’s bigger.”  Seriously?  From a three-year-old? 
That led to the breaking moment - a moment that I may live to regret - for – well - at least 8 years (or however long a new television lasts). We were sitting in our cozy room, watching the falling snow outside (yet again) and squinting at Ryan Hardy trying to figure out if Joe Carroll was really alive, when I spoke up.
“Sweetie, I want you to get us a new TV. And when you do, get the largest big-ass screen TV you can find that will fit in this room.”
He fell off the sofa. After all, these words were coming from the “we really don’t need a TV” girl. The “I want to make sure our TV can hide in a cabinet so nobody can see it” girl. 
When he got up off the floor, he asked if he could A.) get that in writing, and B.) have me speak into the record feature of his phone and repeat what I just said.
I went on a short girl trip last week. It didn’t take him long. I had a quick layover in Atlanta when I got the text. He’d  bought his dream TV. The “stars and moon aligned and it was on sale” television. The big-assed screen TV I told him to buy. I’d been gone 4 hours. I had no intention of telling him that I smiled when I read the text. I never shared with him that I wanted so badly to call my son and tell him to tell my granddaughter that our new TV was larger than her daddy’s.
A part of me wants to stay smug and pretend that television still is not a part of my life. If this Ohio winter will ever actually end, I won’t be watching it for at least another 6 months anyway. But in the meantime, I am thrilled that I can actually see the Dowager Countess of Grantham’s nose hairs and Reylan Givens crinkly, sparkling brown eyes. I can hear the cast of "Glee" sing Foreigner songs in surround-sound, and savor the crispness and color of the Disney cartoons. However, I vowed I’d never admit to my husband that I am thrilled to death with our mammoth big-assed screen television. I refused give away the fact that I was in awe at the new technology that has invaded our household. I thought I had him fooled. At least until last night. I was busted. My husband got home late from work and walked in on me as I was lounging on the sofa, snuggled with the dogs, watching Oprah interview her latest guru. I was enthralled. (I also wanted to call her and tell her that she should not allow her shows to be shot in high definition TV, because they make you look twice your normal size, but hey, it seems she’s past that weight obsession.) I had the sound up and I was reveling in the colors.  (Her show was shot on location at her home in Hawaii.  Of course it was.) 
“What are you doing?”  Dang, busted.  I shot straight up out of the couch. 
“You were enjoying our new television set, weren’t you?  You love that big-assed screen, don’t you?”
“Nooo”.  That came out much whinier than I intended.  Of course  I started to get defensive, but then I caved. “OK, I confess. I am glad you bought the big-assed screen television. I am glad that I can actually see that Jennifer Lopez has wrinkles. I love watching the life-like zombies shuffling across the screen like they are right here in our room.  You did good, honey, you did good.” 
What I may never live down is not the fact that I now own a small movie theater, but that I admitted to my husband he was right.  Maybe, once the weather turns warm and we let the TV rest for six months, he will forget that I caved in. Right. And Mary from Downton Abby is actually nice. Sigh.  

Meet the Candidate Night Set For April 24
TROY - A Meet the Candidate night will take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 24 at the Troy Jr. High School cafeteria, 556 N. Adams St. The event is sponsored by Leadership Troy Alumni and will last 90 minutes.
The event will feature candidates with opposition facing the voters in Troy and Concord Township in the primary election, including candidates for Common Pleas Court Judge, Miami County Commissioner, Ohio House of Representatives 80th District, Ohio Senate 5th District and for U.S. Congress 8th District.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Doors open at 7 p.m. and written questions from the audience will be accepted.
The emcee for the evening will be Tom Dunn and Mark Puthoff will be the timekeeper. 
Leadership Troy Alumni includes residents of the Troy area who, since 1984, have successfully completed an extensive program designed to increase the quality and quantity of men and women capable of accepting leadership roles in community organizations.