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(Click HERE for Miami County Obituaries & HERE for Archived News) 

911 Call "Crucial Piece of Evidence" in Pleasant Hill Shooting
(Video from WHIO) 

Pregnant Woman, 2 Men Flown After Piqua Crash
(Article from WHIO)

Miami County Commissioners Award Several Contracts 
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call) 

Piqua Police Reports
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call) 

Covington Teacher Awarded Grant
(Article from Piqua Daily Call)

Tipp Church to Host Blood Drive
(Article from Weekly Record Herald)

Thanksgiving Dinner to be Served at El Sombrero
(Article from Piqua Daily Call)

Snow Drift Stops Miami East School Bus
(Article from the Troy Daily News) 

Bicentennial History Books Available in Troy
(Article from the Dayton Daily News)  

Concord Township Trustees Discuss Winter Road Treatment Plans
(Article from the Troy Daily News) 

Monroe Township Trustees Set Rates for Various Properties
(Article from the Troy Daily News) 

Reservations for Christmas at Johnston Farm Murder Mystery and Dinner Being Accepted
(Article from My Miami County) 

The Sever Family Chosen as Grand Marshals of Troy Holiday Parade 
(Article from My Miami County) 

Garbry Ridge Residents Stuff Stockings for Soldiers
(Article from My Miami County)

Sheriff's Arrest Two Tipp City Men Wanted in Burglaries 
(Article from My Miami County) 

My Miami County Unveils New Dining Guide  
(Article from My Miami County) 

Piqua Manor Seeks Wreaths
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call) 

Heavy Snowfall Puts Miami County Farmers Behind Schedule 
(Article from WBNS) 

Springcreek Commemoration to Host Memorial Event Sunday 
(Article from My Miami County) 
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(Click HERE for this Weekend's Calendar of Events)

Friday, November 21

                                           Special Events                                           

Silky T & The Jimi Hendrix Tribute Experience at the Leaf & Vine (FREE)
TROY - Experience the music and playing style of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix at 8 p.m. Friday at the Leaf & Vine in downtown Troy. The concert is free. Silky T will perform all of the hits of Jimi Hendrix as well as a fan-favorite obscure hits. The Leaf & Vine is located at 108 W. Main St. For more information, click HERE or call (937) 332-0773.

Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting in West Milton (FREE)
WEST MILTON - While you enjoy the Downtown Holiday Open House, stop by the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. in the public parking lot on Miami Ave. Stick around for dinner and late hours at participating shops. 

West Milton Holiday Open House - Friday-Sunday (FREE)
WEST MILTON - Specialty shops in downtown West Milton will host their Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The downtown is filled
Enjoy the specialty shops of West Milton at the annual West Milton
Holiday Open House taking place this Saturday and Sunday.
(Photo by Matt Bayman) 
with unique shops with one-of-a-kind gifts. There will be refreshments, entertainment, shopping specials and more. To follow the event on Facebook, click HERE. Participating shops include Cozy Collage, Angel Heaven, Frame Mill Gallery, The Country Flower Bin, Wertz Variety, Really Cool Stuff and The Hen's Nest, among others.

The Magic Flute at the Schuster Center - Friday & Sunday
DAYTON - The Dayton Philharmonic and Dayton Opera will present "The Magic Flute" at 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Schuster Center in Dayton. Tickets range in price from $38-$94. "The Magic Flute" is one of Mozart's masterpieces and known as a "disarming and comedic portryal of the trials and rewards of youthful love and companionship and at the same time a symbolic expression of the central principles of the Age of Enlightenment." For tickets and additional information, click HERE.
 
Santa at the Miami Valley Centre Mall - Open Daily (FREE)
PIQUA - Children can visit and have their picture taken with Santa from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday through Dec. 24. Visits with Santa are free while there is a charge for photographs. Mark your calendar for Dec. 7 when Santa will take photos with pets between 6-7:30 p.m. For more information, call (937) 773-1225.

Chili Cookoff and Casino Night in Dayton
DAYTON - The AMBUCS 28th Annual Chili Cookoff and Casino Night will take place from 6-11 p.m. Friday at the Coliseum at the Miami Valley Fairgrounds, 1043 S. Main St. in Dayton. During this event, local restaurants will battle it out for the best chili, with all proceeds benefiting area children and adults with disabilities, as well as a therapist scholarship fund. For $17 in advance and $20 at the door, guests can enjoy chili, beer, hot dogs, wine, soda and casino games, plus music and dancing. To purchase tickets, click HERE.

The Beach Mountain Grand Opening
The Beach Water Park will transform into The Beach Mountain for the
winter, offering snow tubing, ice slides and fun in the snow. 
MASON - The Beach Mountain Grand Opening will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday at The Beach in Mason. Every day is a snow day at The Beach as the water park is transformed into a winter park with snow tubing, ice slides and snow areas for playing. There is hot food and drinks to enjoy, as well as games and other attractions. There is even a play area for children 3 and younger. Admission is $17 for children 3 and under and $20 for anyone over 42-inches tall. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Holiday Artisan Fair in Dayton (FREE)
DAYTON - Local artists: Guustie Alvarado, Rosalie Campbell, Susan Cannon, James and Janna Clark, Jenny Jackson, Heidi McGrew and Sharon Stolzenberger will have jewelry, scarves, hand-dyed clothing, wood crafts, paintings, glass, photography, prints, note cards, art, gift tags, ornaments and much more available for sale at the Holiday Artisan Fair taking place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the Fifth Third Center, 1 S. Main St. in downtown Dayton. 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the annual Fifth Third Center Holiday Toy Drive. Parking is available in the Fifth Third Center garage with the entrance off of Ludlow Street. The event is free. For more information, call (937) 228-2224.
Bird lovers can enjoy this show at the Dayton
Convention Center.

National Cage Bird Show at the Dayton Convention Center - Friday & Saturday
DAYTON - The largest exhibition of birds in North America will be at the Dayton Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 22 E. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton. More than 3,000 canaries, song birds, finches, parrots and more will be on display. Admission is $3 and guests 12 and under are free. For more information, click HERE.

The Wedding Singer: A Musical Comedy at the Dayton Playhouse - Friday & Saturday
DAYTON - Based on the film by Adam Sandler, the Dayton Playhouse will present "The Wedding Singer: A Musical Comedy" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Clark Haines Theatre, 3700 Far Hills Ave. in Dayton. For tickets and more information, click HERE.

Smokey Joe's Cafe (featuring The Coasters) at Victoria Theatre in Dayton - through Sunday
DAYTON - Welcome to the hottest joint in town! The Coasters are headlining and it’s always a party at Smokey Joe's Cafe. At 8 p.m. tonight Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, the Tony Award-nominated and Grammy Award-winning salute to legendary songwriters Leiber and Stoller will come to Victoria Theatre in Dayton. This is a raise the roof, song-and-dance celebration of some of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest hits, including songs such as "Hound Dog,” “Stand by Me,” “Yakety Yak,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Spanish Harlem,” “On Broadway,” “Kansas City,” “Love Potion #9,” “Fools Fall in Love” and many more. Tickets for this show range in price from $27-$87. For more information, tickets and a video preview of the show, click HERE.
 
Tickets for Signs of the Life: The Essence of Pink Floyd on Saturday at Hobart Arena
TROY - Signs of Life: The Essence of Pink Floyd will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Hobart Arena in Troy. The band performs the music of Pink Floyd and also provides a stellar light and stage show to go with it. Tickets are $20 for reserved seating and $15 for general. To purchase tickets, and for more information, click HERE.

85th Annual Waffle Shop and Craft Bazaar in Dayton
DAYTON - The 85th Annual Waffle Shop will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Christ Episcopal Church, 20 W. First St. in downtown Dayton. Made from scratch, guests can enjoy waffles and sausage, as well as soups, sandwiches, salad, desserts and drinks. Guests can also shop at a craft bazaar, bake sale and rummage sale at the church. For more information, call (937) 223-2239.

Appetizer Heaven at MoJos Bar & Grille - Monday-Saturday
TROY - Along with delicious sandwiches, salads and soups, MoJos Bar & Grille in downtown Troy has some of the tastiest appetizers in town. In fact, many of the appetizers are worthy of a meal and many people enjoy ordering several of them for their dinner. Some of the highlights of the appetizer menu include Beer Battered Green Beans with Asian sauce (Ranch sauce is also available, but the Asian sauce is too perfect a match to miss out), MoJos Nachos (fresh corn chips topped with chicken verde sauce, sour creme, pico, corn and chives), Loaded Beer Cheese Fries (fast-becoming a local favorite), Scotch Eggs (you find them anywhere else) and Vegetarian Egg Rolls. MoJos is located at 109 E. Main St. and is open for dinner starting at 4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and lunch starting at 11 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. For more information, call (937) 552-9172. To view the full menu, click HERE.


                                        Dining & Nightlife                                        

Breakfast & Lunch
 
All-You-Can-Eat Lunch Buffet at La Piazza - Monday-Friday
TROY - La Piazza serves its all-you-can-eat lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday for $8.95. Guests can dine on nine different items, as well as all-you-can-eat salad and bread with house-made herb butter. The buffet features pizza, vegetables, a potato item, soups and more. For today's buffet menu, click HERE.

Classic Sub for $3.50 at Little York Tavern Troy
TROY - Along with famous pizza, the Little York Tavern & Pizza Troy offers daily lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday is a Classic Sub $3.50 for a half and $5.95 for a whole. To view the full menu, click HERE.

Breakfast at Bakehouse Breads - Monday-Saturday
TROY - Serving exquisite breakfast items, including the Bakehouse Breakfast Club, Baked Egg Souffle, French Toast and Frittatas, Bakehouse Bread & Cookie Co. serves breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Monday-Saturday. For a full menu, click HERE. They are located at 317 Public Square SW in downtown Troy and can be reached at (937) 339-8100.

Breakfast All Day & Lunch at the 25A Cafe in Troy - Tuesday-Sunday
TROY - Serving homemade food in a hometown atmosphere and at great prices, 25A Cafe in Troy is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 1469 S. County Road 25-A in Troy. Along with daily specials (see their Facebook page HERE), the cafe serves breakfast all day, as well as lunch, including specialty times such as: 7 different omelets, amazing biscuits and gravy, the BLT & Egg Breakfast Sandwich, breakfast wraps, delicious homemade burgers, tenderloin sandwiches and soups and salads and homemade pies and desserts. For more information, call (937) 335-2335.

Italian Subs, Pasta and Primi at Beppo Uno - Open Daily
PIQUA - Along with award-winning pizza, Beppo Uno in Piqua has a great selection of Italian subs, pasta and primi. Subs include the Classic, Italian Beef, Tuna & Green Olive, Mediterranean Vegetable, Ham & Provolone, Garlic Com Pollo and Italian Meatball. The past menu features everything from spaghetti and fettucine alfredo to baked ziti, rigitoni and pasta beppo. Additionally, the Primi menu includes bread sticks and garlic bread, cheese ravioli, Tuscan potato skins and Meat Balls Francesca. To view the full menu, click HERE. To place an order, call (937) 615-1100.

Fish Dinner with Fries and Mac-n-Cheese for $7.95 Lunch Special at Hinders in Tipp
TIPP CITY - Starting at 11 a.m. on Fridays, Hinder's lunch special is a fish dinner with fries and mac-n-cheese for $7.95. Hinders is located at 902 W. Main St. in Tipp City and can be reached at (937) 667-4433. Hours are 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays.

Beer Battered Fish and Chips for Lunch at Harrison's 
TIPP CITY - Harrison's Restaurant offers Beer Battered Fish and Chips with Cole Slaw for $7.49 during lunch on Friday. Harrison's is located at 106 E. Main St. and can be reached at (937) 667-5223.

Fish and Chips Friday at The Caroline
TROY - The Caroline hosts Fish and Chips Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gusts can enjoy a turkey or corned beef reuben for $6.50.

Dinner

Beppo Uno Specialty Pizzas - Open Daily 
PIQUA - Beppo Uno takes pizza to new heights with its Specialty Pizza selection (see HERE). Whether dining, carrying out or by delivery, Beppo Uno's pizzas are prepared with detail and generous portions. Specialty pizzas include: the Classico, Grande, Vegetarian, Carne, Chicago Style Pan Pizza and Margherita. Pizzas are offered in four different sizes and can be complimented with subs, pasta, salads, Insalata and Zuppa and even wine. To view the full menu, click HERE. To place an order, call (937) 615-1100.

Fine Italian Dining on the Square at La Piazza - Open Daily
TROY - From Antipasti, 8 salads, sandwiches and pizza to more than a dozen specialty pasta dishes and a dozen more grilled items, La Piazza has one of the most diverse, desired menus in the Miami Valley. Click HERE to preview the entire dinner menu. Highlights include Trout Almondine, Cioppino and Osso Bucco di Maiale on the "Grill" menu; Gnocchi, Smoked Chicken Rvioli and amazing Tortelloni on the "Pasta" menu; Mediterranean, Primavera and La Casa pizzas and calzones and Caprese, Salad La Piazza and Caesar with Chicken salads. To start your meal, try the Steamed Mussles, Calamari or Tuscan Quesadillas! During the holidays, La Piazza offers beautiful views of the decorated downtown - all from your candle-lit table.For reservations, call (937) 339-5553. La Piazza is located at 2 N. Market St. on the Square.

The Best Pastrami Sandwich on Earth at MoJos Bar & Grille - Monday-Saturday
TROY - MoJos Bar & Grille offers menu items not found anywhere else in town. Even if the name is similar to other menu items at local restaurants, the ingredients and preparation at MoJos takes them to a whole new level. One such example is the restaurant's Pastrami on Rye. With a generous portion of fresh, thinly sliced pastrami and baby swiss piled on marble rye, the final touch is MoJos homemade slaw. Combined, the flavor is unforgettable. The sandwich goes well with MoJo's house-made chips, but you can substitute amazing fries, or, even better, Parmesan Green Beans. This is just one highlight of a great menu and one of Miami County's and the Miami Valley's most original restaurants. MoJos is located at 109 E. Main St. in downtown Troy and is open for dinner starting at 4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and lunch starting at 11 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. For more information, call (937) 552-9172. To view the full menu, click HERE.

Grilled Sandwiches at the 311 Drafthouse
PIQUA - The 311 Drafthouse in downtown Piqua has a diverse menu that's worth checking out. The menu features grilled sandwiches, including a patty melt, a classic rueben, hot ham and cheese with cheese, the Fan Club, a veggie wrap and the Bar-B-Q Cordon Bleu. To view the full menu, click HERE

Nightlife
 
$2 Domestic Beers at MoJos Bar & Grille - Fridays
TROY - Start your weekend with $2 domestic beers at MoJos all night on Fridays. MoJos is located at 109 E. Main St. in downtown Troy and is open for dinner starting at 4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and lunch starting at 11 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. For more information, call (937) 552-9172. To view the full menu, click HERE.

5-4-3-2-1 Happy Hour at La Piazza - Monday-Friday
TROY - From 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Bar area at La Piazza, patrons can enjoy the 5-4-3-2-1 Happy Hour. The numbers equal: $5 off select bottles of wine; $4 off select appetizers; $3 off glasses of house wine; $2 off well drinks and draft beer; and $1 off bottled beer! La Piazza is located at 2 N. Market St. in downtown Troy and can be reached at (937) 339-5553.

Buzztime Trivia at BW3s in Troy - Open Daily
TROY - A fun way to spend your lunch break or evening is by playing Buzztime Trivia at BW3s in Troy. With a new gaming system, patrons no longer have to have a view of the TV screen to play against other players in the restaurant. Trivia and other  games are available at any seat in the house. Enjoy food and drinks while competing or just playing around. BW3s is located at 2313 W. Main St. in Troy and can be reached at (937) 440-9016. The restaurant is open 11 a.m. to midnight Monday-Thursday and Sunday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Buzztime can be played at any time during these hours.

DJ and Dancing at The Brewery - Friday & Saturday (FREE)
TROY - The Brewery hosts a DJ and dancing every Friday and Saturday night from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Brewery is located at 111 W. Water St. in Troy and can be reached at (937) 339-8595.

Black Light Bowling at Miami Lanes in West Milton
WEST MILTON - Miami Lanes, 1159 S. Miami St. in West Milton hosts Black Light Bowling starting at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Regular bowling is also available from 5 p.m. to midnight. The bowling alley accepts cash only and also contains a restaurant. For more information, call (937) 698-5706.

Cosmic Bowling at Troy Bowl - Friday & Saturday
TROY - Troy Bowl hosts Cosmic Bowling from 9 p.m. to midnight on Friday and 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday. Guests have access to a full service kitchen and a full bar, as well as pool tables and video games. Because lanes fill up quickly, call ahead with reservations at (937) 339-3315. Troy Bowl is located at 1530 McKaig Ave.

Karaoke at Bunker's Bar and Grill in Vandalia (FREE)
VANDALIA - Bunker's Bar & Grill, 
893 E. National Road in Vandalia, hosts karaoke every Friday night starting at 9 p.m. There is no cover charge and after 9 p.m., the bar is 21 and up. The bar has 22 beer on tap, a full menu and a crowd made up of all ages.

Old Skool Groove Night at Gilly's (FREE)
DAYTON - Gilly's hosts Old Skool Groove Night from 8 p.m. to midnight every first and third Friday night at 132 S. Jefferson St. in downtown Dayton. DJ Galen Drake will spin tunes from the 80s and 90s and there is no cover charge.

New Chicago Blues Jam at Jazz Central
DAYTON - Jazz Central, 2931 E. Third St. in Dayton, will host New Chicago Blues Jam from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday. The cost is $5. For more information, call (937) 254-8130.

Ladies Night at Scene75
VANDALIA - From 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays, Scene75 in Vandalia is hosting Ladies Night. All female customers of age will receive $1 of all drinks, including Shooters for $2.50, Scene-Aritas for $3.25, Apple-Tinis and other cocktail favorites and $2 domestic drafts. Additionally, at 9 p.m. on Fridays there will be a live DJ that will spin music until 1 a.m. A live DJ also will be on-hand from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday nights as well. For more information, call (937) 619-3200 or click HERE.

                                          Arts & Leisure                                           

Movies Theater Listings & Trailers
PIQUA/HUBER HEIGHTS - Click HERE to view movie listings at Cinemark Theater in Piqua, Mayflower Arts Center in Troy, Rave Cinemas and Danbarry Cinema in Huber Heights, as well as IMAX. My Miami County's Movie Listing page also has links to all of the latest movie trailers and quick access to all of your favorite theaters.

Miracle on 34th Street at La Comedia Dinner Theater - Wednesday-Sunday
SPRINGBORO - The story of the real Santa Claus, Miracle on 34th Street is one of the most beloved holiday films of all time, and one of the most popular shows at La Comedia in Springboro. "Macy's thinks it has hired the perfect Santa for the holiday season. However, problems arise when the man named Kris Kringle claims he is the real Santa Claus and tells customers they can find better deals elsewhere." This touching musical version of the classic holiday film proves that miracles do happen and is sure to fill both the young and the young at heart with the Christmas spirit. Shows, which include an all-you-can-eat buffet take place on Wednesday-Sunday and range in price from $55-$71. Matinee shows are on Wednesday and Thursday. There is also a Sunday brunch and show. For tickets, showtimes and additional information, click HERE.

"Mame" at The Human Race Theatre - through Sunday
DAYTON - The Human Race Theatre will present "Mame" at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at The Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St. in downtown Dayton. Mame Dennis is a free-wheeling eccentric without a care until she becomes the guardian of her ten-year-old nephew, Patrick. Now it’s up to her to open new windows and show the boy worlds he never knew existed. Through the Roaring 20s and the Great Depression, Mame teaches Patrick how to “live, live, live”—whether he’s willing or not. Tickets range in price from $40-$50 and can be purchased HERE. The show will continue Tuesday-Sunday through the end of this week.

Western Ohio Watercolor Society Exhibit at the Hayner - Open Daily (FREE)
TROY - The Western Ohio Watercolor Society is currently featuring a juried exhibit of 65-70 water media works in a variety of subject matters at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. The exhibit is free to visit and is open 7-9 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. To plan your visit, click HERE.

2014 Fall Classes at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center
TROY - The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center's 2014 Fall Classes will continue through the end of this year, with starting dates in November and December. To view a full list of classes, dates and descriptions, click HERE. Online registration is available.

Open Bowling at Troy Bowl - Open Daily
TROY - Open bowling is available at Troy Bowl from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday; noon to 9 p.m. Saturday; 1-10 p.m. Sunday at 1530 McKaig Ave. Along with bowling, guests can enjoy a full kitchen and bar, billiards and video games. Always call in advance for Open Bowling - in case leagues are playing, at (937) 339-3315.

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. The bowling alley is located at 8433 N. County Road 25-A in Piqua.

KitchenAid Experience Cooking Classes - Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (FREE)
GREENVILLE - Step into a fully-equipped kitchen and watch as fun is stirred up with a variety of KitchenAid Countertop Appliances. Teachers will use mixers, attachments, food processors… even cutlery! Learn the full use of these wonderful countertop appliances, as well as new culinary techniques, tips and tricks of the trade. Activities and demonstrations make this more than a store… it’s a mixing, blending, slicing culinary adventure! Cooking classes are offered on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 am. and are free. They take place at the KitchenAid Experience Retail Center, 423 S. Broadway in Greenville. For more information, call (888) 886-8318 or click HERE.

                                  For Children & Families                                     

Behind the Scenes Tour at the Air Force Museum (FREE)
DAYTON - At 12:15 p.m. on Fridays, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force hosts free Behind the Scenes Tours. Guests will see sections of the museum normally not seen on regular tours and also see the restoration process first-hand. Space is limited so advance registration is required by calling (937) 255-3286.

Open Skating at Skate World in Vandalia
VANDALIA - Open Skating is offered fro 8-11 p.m. Friday at Skate World in Vandalia. Admission is $7.50. Skate rental is $3 for regular skates and $3.50 for inline skates. The skating rink is located at 333 S. Brown School Road in Vandalia. For more information, click HERE or call (937) 890-6550.

View the Night Sky at Boonshoft (FREE)
DAYTON - On clear Friday evenings, from 8-11 p.m., the Astronomy Department at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton allows visitors to look through its Apollo Observatory, as well as through the telescopes of Department members on the front steps of the museum, which is located at 2600 DeWeese Parkway in Dayton. The event is free and very interesting. The Apollo Observatory allows viewers to see the Moon closer than ever, as well as the rings of Saturn, the moons of Jupiter, the red of Mars and Venus and distant lights in the galaxy and universe. Call ahead to make sure the group is setting up for the evening at (937) 275-7431.

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.

                                            Shopping                                                  

Bakehouse Bread and Cookie Company Bake Schedule - Friday
TROY - On Fridays, Bakehouse Bread and Cookie Company bakes fresh Asiago
Onion, Raisin-Walnut, Callah and Cinnamon. The store is located at Public Square SW in Troy and can be reached at (937) 339-8100. To see the full baking schedule, as well as the menu and box lunch options, click HERE. Breads offered every day Monday-Saturday are 7-Grain, Baguette, Freance Country, Rustic Italian, Sourdough and Organic Spelt.

For All Seasons Gifts & Holiday Shopping - Tuesday-Saturday
TROY - For All Seasons carries gifts for all occasions, including gift cards, collectibles, cookbooks, party items, specialty wine corks, Troy-made candles and jewelry, children's clothing, Bert's Bee, bereavement items and much more. All items in the quaint downtown shop are new and profits from the store support Hospice of Miami County. The shop is located at 2 W. Main St. and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. New merchandise arrives weekly. Follow them on Facebook HERE. The shop can be reached at (937) 875-2599.

Unique, Locally Made Gifts and Furniture at  Canal Street Primitives in Troy - Wednesday-Saturday
TROY - Canal Street Primitives is a locally owned and operated home decor and gift shop featuring locally made furniture, as well as items for all styles of homes. More than 75 percent of the items in the shop are made in Miami County and Ohio, including hooked items, pillows, lighting, carvings, pottery, photography and more. The shop's owner, Bruce, also fills custom-made furniture. To reach Bruce, call (937) 216-9606. The shop is located at 9 E. Canal St. - 3 blocks south of the Square from Market Street and is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday.

Largest Selection of Christmas Ornaments in Western Ohio - Open Monday-Saturday
PIQUA - The Apple Tree Gallery in downtown Piqua is arguably the most unique and festive shop in Miami County. With year-round Christmas, one of the largest selection of ornaments in the Midwest, an entire floor dedicated to Halloween, as well as antiques, collectibles and jewelry - to name a few items, it is a great place to shop for the holidays, or for yourself. The three-story shop is located at 405 N. Main St. and is open 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a preview of the shop, click HERE.

Holidays at Hittle's Jewelry in Downtown Troy - Monday-Saturday
TROY - Hittle's Jewelry is locally owned and operated and features everything
needed to make the holidays a happy one, from diamond rings, necklaces and bracelets to watches, pendants and earrings. Troy's Oldest Established Jeweler, Hittle's is located at 106 W. Main St. and is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and can be reached at (937) 339-3210. The shop offers custom gift wrapping for the holidays and can help guests find the perfect gift for that special someone -assisting with sizing, birthstones and style. To preview the store's merchandise, click HERE.

$99 Teeth Whitening Special at Dr. James Case in Troy
TROY - Call the office of Dr. James Case in Troy to set up your appointment for $99 teeth whitening - perfect for holiday gift cards, or just to look better and brighter for the new year. Dr. Case is located at 3006 N County Road 25-A Suite 202 next to UVMC in Troy. For details, call (937) 552-9028.

Complimentary Hot Stones with Any One-Hour Massage at Giacomo's A Salon & Spa in Troy - Monday-Saturday
TROY - Schedule an appointment with Roberta Walters at Giacomo's and receive a complimentary hot stone treatment with a one-hour massage. To view the spa packages and descriptions, click HERE, stop by the salon or call (937) 332-7075.

Sellman's Furniture Special Offers - Open Daily
COVINGTON - Along with a showroom filled with beautiful home decor, Sellman's is currently offering 50% off tabletop accessories, a Super Pillow Top Queen Set of Perfect Sleeper for $599 and 20% off Decor-Rest Furniture LTD purchases. Sellman's Furniture is located at 23 N. High St. and can be reached at (937) 473-2012. To preview the store's selection, click HERE. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Sellman's is locally owned and operated!





Specialty Shoppes of West Milton Hosting Holiday Open House Thursday-Sunday
WEST MILTON - The Specialty Shoppes of West Milton are gearing up to host their 25th Annual Holiday Open House, a four-day event taking place Thursday through Sunday. With refreshments and door prizes galore, the event has become very popular over the years with eager shoppers from all over the Miami Valley attending. Six distinct shops are participating, each offering a wide variety of personal and home decorating items plus unique gift ideas for everyone on your
Visit six specialty shops in downtown West Milton
to discover one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays.
(Photo by Matt Bayman) 
shopping list.
Participating shops are:
Angel Heaven (11 N. Miami Street) - This is the place for angelic gifts and collectibles for all occasions.  They also offer jewelry, art, garden accents and memorials along with many popular styles of Webkins.
Cozy Cottage (47. N Miami Street) - for the treasure hunter in all of us, you’ll get lost in their wide array of charming vintage and antique offerings. 
Frame Mill Gallery/Home Gallery Flooring (109 S. Miami Street) - in addition to all the distinctive items you’ll find for your home, they also offer expertise in all areas of decorating from creative custom framing and interior design to beautiful window treatments and flooring.
Really Cool Stuff  (5 N. Miami Street) - A gift shop and gallery filled with (you guessed it) Really Cool Stuff! Many items from jewelry and pottery to wood and wall art have been handcrafted by local artists. But you’ll also find a whole lot more from beads to kites to imported items from around the world.
The Hen’s Nest  (50 N. Miami Street) - Browse and enjoy shopping in this quaint country atmosphere. You’ll find many hand crafted pieces among the unique gifts and charming items for your home, all with an emphasis on country and primitives.  
Wertz’s Variety Store  (6 N. Miami Street) - Step back in time to the old fashioned five and dime stores of your childhood as you walk across wooden floors amid high shelves stacked to the ceiling with bargains and treasures. They also carry a large selection of fabrics, yarn and crafting supplies.
Visit all six shops to be eligible for the grand prize drawing that features unique gifts from each location.
Additionally, The Brick House CafĂ©, Fox’s Pizza and Pearson House restaurants will be open to round out your day of shopping. And remember, parking in downtown West Milton is always easy. Public and dedicated lots associated with many of the locations augment the street parking, all free and readily accessible.
And all participating shops this year are located on Miami Street (St. Rt 48), making it possible to park once and walk from there if you choose.
Open house hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 20 and Nov. 22; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 21; and noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 23.