April 21-27, 2014 - - Your Guide to Living Local

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* 30% Off Any One Item at Readmore's Hallmark in Piqua - HERE
* $99 Interior Paint Special & $250 Off Exterior Paint - HERE
* 20% Off Any One Item at Canal Street Primitives in Troy - HERE
* 20% Off Your Entire Check at Los Pitayos - Sunday-Thursday - HERE
* $5 Off $25 Purchase at Smok'N Jo'S BBQ in Sidney - HERE
* Buy-One-Get-One-Free Jumpy or Laser Tag at Jumpy's Fun Zone - HERE
* $2 Off Cell Phone Battery, $2 Off Motorcycle Batteries at Piqua Battery - HERE
* Free Mouth Guard and Fitting at Excellence in Dentistry (No Strings Attached) Call (937) 335-4630
* $25 Off Tune-Up, Discounts on Vehicle Repair at McGrath's Service Center in Piqua - HERE

Click HERE for Miami County Obituaries

15 Year Old Girl Killed in Covington after Tractor Overturns
(Article from WDTN)
Local Newsman Tom Barnett Passes Away at 85
(Article from Piqua Daily Call)
Boehner Visits Hartzell Propellers in Piqua
(Article from Troy Daily News)
County Drug Drop Off Scheduled for Saturday
(Article from Dayton Daily News)
Book Sale in Tipp City Saturday
(Article from Dayton Daily News)
Canal Music Fest to Feature Hotel California 
(Article from My Miami County)
Miami County Sheriff's Hold Ft. Wayne Stabbing Suspect
(Article from WHIO)
Former Troy Horse Rescue Operator Guilty of Cruelty
(Article from WHIO)
Piqua Voters Asked to Consider District's "Good Stewardship" May 6
(Article from Piqua Daily Call)
Bethel, Tipp City Leaders Discuss State of Schools
(Article from Dayton Daily News)
(Article from My Miami County)
Mulligan's Pub Brings Flavor and Fun to Downtown Piqua 
(Article from My Miami County)
(Article from My Miami County) 
PIQUA: Women of Excellence Nominations Being Accepted
(Article from Piqua Daily Call)
Hahn-Hufford Center of Hope Co-founder Passes Away at Age 88
(Article from Troy Daily News)
YWCA to Host Evening Dessert Event
(Article from Piqua Daily Call)
(Article from Troy Daily News)
(Article from Dayton Daily News)
(Article from Tipp News Daily)
(Article from Piqua Daily Call)
(Article from Tipp News Daily)
(Article from Dayton Daily News)
(Article from My Miami County)
(Article from My Miami County)
(Article from the Dayton Daily News)
(Article from the Dayton Daily News)
Construction Areas to Watch in Miami County, Region 
(Article from the Dayton Daily News)
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call)
Beloved Troy High School Teacher to Retire at End of Year
(Article from the Troy Daily News)
LETTER: Taxpayer Doesn't Want to Pay for "Bad" Service
(Letter to the Editor from the Piqua Daily Call)
LETTER: Reader Thanks Community for Fish Fry
(Letter to the Editor from the Piqua Daily Call)
LETTER: Wall More Experienced Candidate 
(Letter to the Editor from Piqua Daily Call)
Troy Library to Host Genealogy Program Next Week
(Article from My Miami County)
Bradford Library Hosting Plant Swap May 3
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call)
Fort Wayne Stabbing Suspect /Victim Located in Miami County
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call)
Man with Two Warrants in Miami County Arrested in Dayton
(Article from WDTN)
(Article from My Miami County)
(Article from the Dayton Daily News)
(Article from My Miami County)
(Article from My Miami County)
(Article from My Miami County)
(Article from My Miami County)
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Today's Calendar of Events

Thursday, April 24

More than 100 businesses will be represented at this free
event at Hobart Arena on Thursday.
Special Events

Troy Chamber Business Expo at Hobart Arena (FREE)
TROY - The Troy Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo will take place from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at Hobart Arena in Troy. This one-day event showcases the Troy area business community and features more than 100 businesses that will display their products and services. There will also be food booths. Admission is free. For more information, click HERE.

Miami County Imagination Library (FREE)
TROY - The Troy Library will host an open house for its Imagination Library from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday. There will be several special guests, including Senator Bill Beagle and Pam Hunsaker, regional director for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Guest readers include Mayor Mike Beamish, Melissa Kleptz from The Troy Foundation and Sean Ford from the Piqua Area United Way. Families are encouraged to bring their favorite Imagination Library books. Children will receive a special surprise while supplies last. For more information, call (937) 339-0502 Ext. 121. 

Cakes for a Cause at the Miami Valley Centre Mall - Thursday & Friday (FREE)
PIQUA - The Annual Cakes for a Cause will be on display (and for voting!) from 5-8 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the Miami Valley Centre Mall. Guests can view the cakes, vote for their favorite one and purchase them while raising money for
Cakes for a Cause will take place at
the Miami Valley Centre Mall today
and tomorrow. Come out to see them
and purchase them!
(Photo from the Piqua Foundation) 
the Piqua Community Foundation. There will be 88 cakes on display and they are decorated in many ways and contain numerous flavors.

Meet the Candidates Night (FREE)
TROY - The Leadership Troy Alumni will host Meet the Candidates at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Troy Jr. High School556 N. Adams St. 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 U.S. Congress 8th District. The public is invited to ask questions in written form. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Shatner's World at Cinemark Theater in Piqua
PIQUA - Cinemark Theater in Piqua will show "Shatner's World" on the Big Screen at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Actor William Shatner takes audiences on a voyage through his storied life and career. Regular ticket prices apply. For more information, call (800) 326-3264.

High School Baseball at Fifth Third Field - Piqua Vs. Lebanon
DAYTON - The Piqua High School baseball team will play Lebanon at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Fifth Third Field in Dayton. Tickets are $7. For more information, call (937) 228-2287.
The Buckeye TrailFest will take place this Thursday
through Sunday near Hocking Hills. 

Buckeye TrailFest 2014 - Thursday-Sunday
LOGAN - This is the third annual TrailFest, which is a conference and outing event for people interested in hiking and camping, especially featuring the Buckeye Trail, Ohio's official hiking trail. The event will be at Camp Akita in northwest Hocking County this Thursday through Sunday. All interested people are welcome. There will be many hiking and other outdoor recreation outings, as well as workshops and presentations. Included will be several courses on trail planning, construction and maintenance. The conference is $35 and takes place at 29746 Logan Horns Mill Road. For more information, click HERE.

Film Screening and Discussion of "The House I Live In" (FREE)
FAIRBORN - Student groups from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine will host a screening and discussion of the award-winning film "The House I Live In" at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Gandhi Auditorium in White Hall on the WSU Campus. The film addresses the "War on Drugs." The event is free and open to the public. To preview a trailer of the film, click HERE. For more information, click HERE.

High School Baseball at Fifth Third Field - Sidney Vs. Wayne
DAYTON - The Sidney High School baseball team will play Wayne at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fifth Third Field in Dayton. Tickets are $7. For more information, call (937) 228-2287.

Meet Nichole and Misty - Dr. Littlejohn's Awesome Opticians! 
PIQUA - Doc and his opticians are pleased to announce the addition of their new Digital, Eco-Friendly On-Site Finishing Lab! Shorter wait times mean you'll be looking and seeing your best in your new glasses sooner!  Call today to schedule your yearly eye exam and get your new glasses lickity split! Dr. Littlejohn is conveniently located at 8090 Looney Rd.Piqua, across from Home Depot. For more information, call (937) 606-2772 or click HERE.

University of Dayton Jazz Combos and Jazz Band Concerts (FREE)
DAYTON - The University of Dayton Jazz Combos and Jazz Band will perform a free concert at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Kennedy Union Ballroom on the campus of UD. For more information, click HERE.

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.

Mulligan's Open For Lunch - Tuesday-Saturday
PIQUA - Mulligan's Pub in downtown Piqua is open for lunch starting at 11 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Patrons can dine on build-your-own burgers, pizzas, rueben sandwiches, amazing appetizers, soups and salads and more. To view the full menu, click HERE.

20% Off Your Meal at Los Pitayos in Troy - Sunday-Thursday
TROY - Click HERE to print a coupon good for 20 percent off your meal at Los Pitayos in Troy - good through June 1, 2014. The offer is good for lunch or dinner Sunday through Thursday and is for dine-in only. Los Pitayos is located at 2317 W. Main St. near BW3s in Troy. For more information, call (937) 440-8999.

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, Caramel 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
Smok'N Jo's BBQ - $5 Off $25 Purchase - Open Daily
SIDNEY - Click HERE for a $5 off a $25 purchase coupon at Smok'N Jo's BBQ in Sidney. The restaurant is known for its Broasted Chicken Dinners, Baby Back Ribs, Steak and sandwiches and burgers. Click HERE for the full menu. Smok'N Jo's BBQ is located at 1951 Michigan St. and is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call (937) 710-4076.

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.

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.

Black Light Putt-Putt Golf is one of the games
that can be played at Scene75 in Vandalia.
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)
There are four open mic night events
in Dayton on Thursdays. All are 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.

Skeptical Cat's Nick Mitchell Acoustic Show at The Dublin Pub (FREE)
DAYTON - At 9 p.m. every Thursday night, former Skeptical Cats frontman Nick Mitchell performs a one-man acoustic show at the Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave. in downtown Dayton. There is no cover charge. For more information, call (937) 224-7822.

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.

Tim Cavanagh at Wiley's Comedy Club - Thursday-Saturday
DAYTON - Comedian and singer/songwriter Tim Cavanagh will be at Wiley's Comedy Club at 8 p.m. Thursday for $7; 9 p.m. Friday for $12; and 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Saturday for $15. To preview the comic and for more information, click HERE.

Relaxing Recreation

The Dayton Jewish Film Festival Opening Night "The Zig Zag Kid"
DAYTON - The Dayton Jewish Film Festival will open at 6:45 p.m. tonight at The Neon in Dayton with a screening of "The Zig Zag Kid."  For a full list of films being shown now through May 13, click HERE.

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.

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.

Classic Images by Ansel Adams at the Springfield Museum of Art - Wednesday-Sunday
SPRINGFIELD - A total of 72 images - all black and white - from Ansel Adams are currently on display at the Springfield Museum of Art. Admission is $8 for adults and $3 for children 17 and younger. The museum is located at 107 Cliff Park Road. For more information, click HERE. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Open bowling is offered in Troy, Piqua and
West Milton on Thursdays.
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 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.

Men 30 and older can play free indoor basketball
at The Avenue in Tipp City.
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.

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 and Families

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.
Buy-One-Get-One-Free Laser Tag or Jumping on My Miami County (Good Any Time)
For a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for laser tag or jumping, click HERE. The coupon can be printed or shown to the attendant on your SmartPhone. The coupon is good one per family. 

Storytime for Children Birth to 35 Months and Ages 3 and Up at the Piqua Library (FREE)
PIQUA - At 10:30 a.m., the Piqua Library will host two programs for children, which include stories, music, crafts, puppet shows and playtime. The programs are free.

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.

Treat your little princess to a day of pampering at
Giacomo's A Salon and Spa in Troy.
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.

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Breathin with Steven Golf Scramble Set for May 10
Event Sponsors and Players Being Sought
TROY - At 1 p.m. May 10, area residents and businesses can help a local man in need of a Double-Lung Transplant and medical assistance by playing golf at the Troy Country Club and enjoying other activities, including a cook-out, raffles and auctions.
The event is called the "Breathin with Steven Golf Scramble" and all money raised will be used to help Troy resident Steven Qualls with the ongoing costs of his disability, which includes medications, frequent visits to the Cleveland Clinic for evaluation and other costs associated with his lung transplant.
Qualls was born March 28, 1993 - three weeks earlier than doctors had planned. He
A golf scramble, cook-out and other events on May 10 will help
Troy resident Steven Qualls with ongoing medical bills associated
with a lung disease he was diagnosed with at the age of 2. 
 was born with pneumonia and stayed in the hospital for three weeks. After being evaluated by the Cleveland Clinic and having surgery for reflux, he continued to have breathing problems. After several visits to specialists, there was still no diagnosis. At the age of 2, he was diagnosed with bronchiectasis and asthma. In 2009, his health seemed to take a turn for the worse and his doctors recommended he go through further evaluation. In 2010, after going through extensive testing, he was diagnosed with bronchiolitis obliterans, a degenerative and terminal lung disease.
Even with these challenges, Steven graduated high school with a 3.8 GPA and was accepted into the University of Cincinnati. During his sophomore year in college, his condition worsened and he was forced to move back home to concentrate on his health. Steven's day-to-day life is consumed by his medical needs. He is required to take 30-minute treatments four times a day and takes several oral medications. He also requires extra sleep and oxygen therapy to make the most of each day. Due to his conditions and medication, his immune system is also compromised. Illnesses attack him more easily and more aggressively. Currently, Steven has 14-17 percent lung capacity and is under pre-evaluation at the Cleveland Clinic for a Double-Lung Transplant.   
The May 10 golf scramble is being held to help Steven.
There are several ways to get involved.
Group and hole sponsors are being accepted for $510, which includes a foursome team for the scramble and a sign on a hole. Group sponsors are $360 and includes a foursome for golf and lunch and drinks and, on the course, beer. Hole sponsorships are $150; the Longest Drive Sponsor is $100; the Closest to the Pin Sponsor is $100; and a Beverage Sponsor is $50. A cook-out also will be held on May 10, which is $15 per person.
Additionally, there will be a live auction, silent auction, raffle baskets, a Pro Shop raffle and door prizes.
To participate in the golf scramble, to become a sponsor or for more information, call Ty and Mickie Nimer at (937) 216-3434. Make checks payable to: Steven Fund and mail to Ty Nimer, 720 Chaucer Land, Tipp City, 45371. 
To make a donation online, click HERE.
Tipp Model Gives Vintage Look New Life
By Mike Woody
For My Miami County
TIPP CITY - The old is made new again by Tipp City model Ruby Randall, whose photographs bring the past to the present and fan the flames of her passion for vintage clothing and makeup.
Randall’s love for bygone eras is evident in her work, which is described as "Vintage Art." The intent of her modeling to take viewers on a journey back in time.
(Photo courtesy of Sharon Elaine Photography)
Randall considers her work to be a tribute to her upbringing and her vast collection of vintage clothing.
“I began collecting vintage (clothing) as a child and love to now be able to emulate in front of the camera what each piece means to me, the pictures in my mind of those who wore them before me, and the feelings of nostalgia I get when I hold an antique in my hands or look at an old photograph or painting. I want to pass that nostalgic feeling on to my viewers,” she said.
Fairy tales have always been a big part of Randall’s life and a heavy influence in her art. As a child she would play dress-up, often transforming into Dorothy from the "Wizard of Oz" or Snow White and escape into another world. She now uses her photographs as a reason to assemble costumes and create a type of fantasy land for herself and viewers.
“I love fairy tales, romance and folklore. I love to take a piece of clothing and build a story around it. I am inspired by fairy tales in my daily life, whether it be in my home d├ęcor, daily wardrobe choices or hairstyles. I was raised on fairy tales and spent most of my childhood reading, and when I wasn’t reading I was fantasizing about the stories I read and acting them out - pulling clothes from my Mom’s stash of our Great-Grandma’s clothing and pretending I was someone else. Like many people, my childhood shaped everything I am and attain to be today,” Randall said.
During the last seven years Randall's modeling career has brought some of her childhood dreams and fantasies to life. She was recently featured on the cover of "Car Kulture Deluxe" - a car magazine that Randall remembers from her childhood and that she dreamed of being in one day. And to be on the cover of three romance novels and featured in many other admired publications is also a real-life fairy tale for Randall. Additionally, she's been honored to be a spokes-model for community events in Tipp City where she resides, and for other special events in the surrounding area.
The process of modeling, which was originally meant to be a way to “immortalize” her collection of vintage clothing, has brought many unexpected pleasures for Randall, but she said her greatest joy comes from others enjoying her work. She takes great pride in the knowledge that lives are being touched due to her efforts and passion.
“It means so much to know that I’m making someone smile, and it especially means the world to me when they tell me how much their little girl loves my work. That tells me that I’m doing something right, because to be an inspiration to a young girl ... to me is priceless," she said, adding: "I never felt pretty growing up, I was so awkward and shy, but a God-given love of fashion and music - and the truly inspiring women in my life - shaped me and helped give me the confidence to bloom into who I was meant to be. If I can do that for another woman, at any age, I am beyond humbled."
In the spirit of evoking a world of fairy tales, as well as a nostalgic feeling, Randall has never aspired to be a “sex kitten” in her photographs. Some of her pin-up work may be a little sultry, or have an "old-school sex appeal" to them, but she requires all of her work to be appropriate for that era she is representing.
“I know ‘sex sells’ but I refuse to lower my standards to get attention. I don’t really do this for attention. I do it because I have to, it’s just part of who I am. What I do is all about the clothes and not the lack thereof,” she said.
Another way that Randall is different than a lot of models is the purity of her skin. A tattoo wouldn’t match with her vintage look and lifestyle, despite their popularity in the field. Though not having a tattoo has cost her work as a pin-up, Randall said staying true to herself is what matters most.
“It is important to me to maintain a classic look. I think these days, being completely 100 percent natural in every way and having no ink at all is getting to be really rare. I actually like the fact that I’m a minority,” she said.
Beyond the photography, Randall also steps into fairy tales through makeup. She views makeup artistry much like the scene in "Wizard of Oz" when Dorothy steps out of the house and into Technicolor.
“It’s bringing color to the beauty that was already there,” Randall said. “Makeup is about being yourself, only in color.”
A make-up artist for 12 years, Randall cherishes the opportunity to open the door to Oz for other women. She loves making her clients beautiful and seeing them transform both physically  and emotionally.
(Photo courtesy of Winter Wolf Studio)
“I’ve had girls come sit in my chair and they are so quiet and withdrawn, have little good to say about themselves. But by the end of an hour or less with them it’s like a totally different person that walks back out that door,” she said.
Many people have crossed her path that she’ll never forget, particularly Corynna Strawser, a 16-year-old girl who aspired to be a makeup artist while bravely fighting a terminal illness. She made imprints on Randall’s heart that will remain forever.
Randall was part of opening the first, and only, Dayton M.A.C location and went out on her own in 2007. She specializes in authentic period looks, but is also very experienced in avant garde and fantasy makeup, as well as providing custom beauty looks for any and every occasion. For women just wanting a new daily look, she can also provide that.
To explore one of Randall’s fairytales, or learn how to step into your own, click HERE and HERE.
Health Partners Free Clinic Celebrates 15 Years with Updated Event
Organization Serves Uninsured and Under-Insured Residents of Miami County 
By Amy Maxwell
My Miami County Feature Writer 
TROY - Health Partners Free Clinic is proud to celebrate its 15th year of serving the uninsured and under-insured residents of Miami County.
In honor of this milestone anniversary, the clinic has decided to make some changes to its annual Healing Jar Fundraiser, which will take place on May 7 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Auctioneer Bill Havenar auctions off a piece of pottery from Sally Watson
during last year's Healing Jar Fundraiser. This year's event will take place
at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7 at the Fort Piqua Plaza. Tickets are
available for $75, which supports the Health Partners Free Clinic. The
clinic does not receive any federal dollars and relies on local funding,
including from this annual event. (Photo provided) 
“In years past, we’ve done a free breakfast for anybody interested in learning more about Health Partners, or anybody who is a supporter or volunteer,” said Executive Director Justin Coby. “This year will be different in terms of the venue; we will be holding an evening event at Fort Piqua Plaza complete with dinner and a social hour beforehand with beer and wine available for purchase.”
The event will still honor the tradition of its namesake, which originates from a Bible verse.
“It talks about the clay that the Great Potter creates into jars and some jars are used for decoration and some jars are used to collect trash, but the clay is all the same,” Coby explained. “That really sums up our mission here at Health Partners - that we are here to help everybody because we are all made from the same clay and everybody should receive the same opportunity for quality healthcare. That’s what drives us every day.” 
The clinic partners with Sally Watson from Hotel Gallery in Tipp City for the event. “She makes these beautiful pottery vases that we then sell throughout the event and we hold back two that we consider the best that go up for a live auction to raise funds for the clinic,” Coby said. The event will also feature keynote speaker former Health Partners Director Deb Miller. “She is now the President of the Ohio Association of Free Clinics and she has some really good information to share about how free clinics will still be needed in the state even with Affordable Care Act expansion,” Coby said. “To us, the event can also be called a ‘friend-raiser’ because we really want to raise awareness in the area about the clinic.”
Tickets for the event are available for purchase for $75 and monies raised will assist with the operating costs due to a recent need for expansion of hours at the clinic.
“We are not federally funded, we receive not one cent from the government,” Coby said. “We are supported through foundations, grants, our United Way partners and individual and corporate donors. We basically are not guaranteed one dollar from one year to the next.”
Health Partners Free Clinic serves uninsured and under-insured
residents of Miami County. (Photo provided)
The clinic was originated in 1998 by the local human services organization Partners in Hope.
“They realized there was a need for medical aid for those who were slipping through the cracks,” Coby said. “So Deb Miller and our Board President, Dr. Hess, went about creating some help here in the community for folks, and it just snowballed from there. Each year we would double or triple our clientele as we went along. In the beginning, Deb would be driving around in her car with patient charts, house-to-house, just trying to help. It’s been a ‘if you build it, they will come’ type of thing.” 
Coby began his career with the clinic as a volunteer pharmacist in 2007.
“I have worked for some Big Box retailers as a pharmacist in the past and I just didn’t feel the connection to patients,” he said. Coby took two mission trips to Haiti and Colombia and credits those experiences for his personal growth, which pushed him to pursue a position at the clinic.
“It just opens your eyes to things that you can’t close them to anymore and I knew I had to get out of what I was doing and I had to get to the clinic and it didn’t matter to me if I got paid for what I was doing or if I didn’t, I just needed to be here,” he said. “It just so happened at the same time that Deb was going to move on and I applied for a position and got it. When I took over as Executive Director in December 2012 it really was the last day that I went to work because I just love being here so much. There really are not words to describe the things that this staff and my army of volunteers do at this clinic-we’re in the business of grace. There are just so many people that benefit from this clinic. We provide for people that if they didn’t have it would either be bankrupt or dead.”
Coby said since they have transitioned from their original location within the Miami County Health District to their new facility located outside of Troy at 1300 N. Co. Rd. 25-A, their numbers have never slowed down. The clinic currently serves about 1,000 patients that are uninsured or under-insured. Coby defines the term “under-insured” as those who have health insurance but can’t afford their health insurance. “Essentially, they are termed under-insured if more that 9.5 percent of their annual salary is going towards health care,” he said. 
The clinic offers a walk-in clinic on Monday morning’s beginning at 8:30 a.m. and on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. “This is open to the public to anybody who feels that they qualify for services here at Health Partners,” Coby said. “They can come in, sign up to be seen and then we can go forward. After that, if they have chronic disease issues that need to be treated we can schedule appointments but that is how they gain access into the clinic.”
The clinic provides onsite, primary care visits, prescription medications and lab work, as well as access to a licensed social worker and assistance in applying for health insurance. The clinic also refers patients to numerous specialists for additional care. For more information on the clinic, visit their website at For fundraiser ticket information, contact Justin Coby at (937) 332-0894 Ext. 208 or e-mail
Mark Your Calendar - A Great Weekend of Fun
By Matt Bayman
Mulligan's Pub will host Higgins Madewell this Friday from
8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $5, but if you come in
for dinner, the show is free. Mulligan's Pub has great food
and great selection, so this is the perfect way to spend
a Friday night in Miami County. 
This week is filled with some great events, both locally and throughout the region. Click HERE to view this weekend's Calendar of Events, but in case you don't have time, here are some highlights:

Higgins Madewell at Mulligan's Pub
PIQUA - Higgins Madewell puts on the best show of any band in Miami County and has become the most popular band in the Miami Valley. From 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, the duo will perform at Mulligan's Pub in downtown Piqua. Admission is $5, but if you dine at the pub prior to the show, admission is free. The menu is filled with great burgers, pizzas and unique appetizers. The pub is also a great place for watching bands.

Annual Salad Luncheon at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Piqua
PIQUA - This annual fundraiser is a chance to feast on many types of cold salads, all while raising money for local outreach programs. The event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at 325 W. Ash St. in downtown Piqua.

Dogwood Festival in Piketon & Camping  
The Dogwood Festival is a true Appalachian event and features
events such as a chain saw contest, a tobacco spitting contest,
bluegrass music and Appalachian food, among other events.
The festival is free and camping is abundant in the area. 
PIKETON - Located about an hour-and-a-half from Miami County is Ohio's Appalachian Foothills, the Dogwood Festival is worth the drive - especially with good weather. The festival features Appalachian music and food, horseback rides, fiddle contests, the not-to-miss tobacco spitting and chain saw contests, karaoke and pie eating contests open to visitors, an antique car show, parades, live music and games and rides. The festival is free and takes place from 4-10 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. To plan your visit, click HERE. There is also great camping in this area, including Pike Lake, which has paddle boats, fishing and one of the nicest, yet secluded campgrounds in Ohio. For more information on camping, click HERE.  
One of the most unique festivals in Ohio,
the Viking Festival takes place this
Saturday and Sunday in Ashville, which
is less than an hour-and-a-half from
Miami County and free!

Ashville Viking Festival (FREE)
Ashville is located just over an hour from Miami County south of Columbus, which makes a trip to the Viking Festival worth the drive. One of the most unique festivals in Ohio, the Viking Festival features Viking food and music, demonstrations, Viking ships on the water, sword and dance demonstrations, a children's area with a Viking theme and more. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and is free. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Shoot the Hills Photography Contest in Hocking Hills & Camping
LOGAN - This photography contest is unique in that all photographs entered must be taken in a 24-hour period this weekend. There are various categories to enter and the cost is $35. As with the Dogwood Festival above, a great way to expand on this event is to go camping. For more information on the contest, click HERE. For camping information in Hocking Hills, click HERE.

There are two Pink Floyd tribute bands performing in the
region this weekend, including Dark Side of the Moon
in Versailles. 
A Pink Floyd Tribute Weekend in Versailles & Columbus
There are two Pink Floyd tribute bands performing in the area this weekend. The first is Dark Side of the Moon, which will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at BMI Indoor Speedway in Versailles. Tickets are $8 pre-sale and $12 at the door. For a very intense Pink Floyd tribute show, head to Newport Music Hall on High Street in Columbus for Wish You Were Here. The Columbus show features an amazing laser light display and the show is dedicated to the band's albums "Animals," "The Wall," "Wish You Were Here" and "Dark Side of the Moon." Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Straight Arrow (Shoot a Real Bow & Arrow!) in Troy on Sunday
If you've always wanted to try out a bow and arrow, this
free event on Sunday in Troy is your chance! 
TROY - The Miami County Park District will host the Straight Arrow event from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Hobart Urban Preserve in Troy. The event is a chance for children and adults to try their hand at bow and arrow shooting and is free.

Shopping Events Abound!
There are several shopping events taking place this weekend. The closest is Ohio One Stop Shop Hop at the Nutter Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It features dozens of specialty that focus on quilting, fibers and crafts. A Native Plant Sale will take place in Greenville from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Shawnee Prairie Preserve and will focus on plants that draw butterflies to your garden. This event is free. The other two events are the Crafty Supermarket in Cincinnati and The World of Ohio Fair in Columbus. The Crafty Supermarket focuses on local craftspeople who make unique items and The World of Ohio Fair offers crafts, food, wine, music, dance and more. For more information on these events, visit our Friday-Sunday Calendar of Events HERE.

Night Legends at Charleston Falls in Tipp City (FREE)
TIPP CITY - Any time there's a chance to hike at Charleston Falls at night - especially when it's free and beautiful out - take the Miami County Park District up on it! From 9-11 p.m. Saturday, the park will host "Good Old Fashioned Campfire" and star gazing. After a guided hike around the park, guests can join the Stillwater Stargazers for a public stargaze. This is a great family event.

Troy Ohio Flea Market & Animal Swap Meet 
TROY - This special flea market is for recreational farmers and people looking to increase their self-sufficiency at home. Taking place at the Miami County Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, the event features a full flea market, exotic animals, poultry and farm animals for sale and more. Admission is $4 for adults and free for children 12 and under. To preview the event, click HERE.

Nashville Crush will perform a free concert at Edison
Community College this Saturday. It's a great show and free!
Nashville Crush at Edison Community College (FREE)
PIQUA - Nashville Crush has become a popular attraction at local festivals, fairs and venues. At 7 p.m. Saturday, they will perform a variety of rock and country music at Edison Community College. The show is free!

Bear's Mill Spring Open House (FREE)
GREENVILLE - The trees and woods surrounding Bear's Mill in Greenville are blooming pink, red and purple for spring, which makes a perfect backdrop for the Annual Bear's Mill Spring Open House. The event will take place this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests can take a tour of the historic mill, hike the grounds, see artwork and shop for local items at the Mill store. The event is free.

Non-Monsanto Plant Sale at EarthFest 2014 in Dayton (FREE)
DAYTON - One of the interesting features of the EarthFest in Dayton is a non-Monsanto Plant Sale. Monsanto is a multinational corporation that receives a lot of bad publicity for its GMO seeds. The festival will be offering seeds and plants that are organic or natural. There will also be 30 free workshops, live music, food, art and more. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Ulysses S. Grant Birthday Celebration (FREE)
POINT PLEASANT - History buffs will love this free festival in Point Pleasant - near Cincinnati. Taking place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, the festival will have Civil War reenactors, artillery demonstrations, living history exhibits and free tours of the cottage where Grant was born. There will also be period music and free programs led by Civil War historians. For more information, click HERE.