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July 21-27, 2014 - www.MyMiamiCounty.com - Your Guide to Local Living


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The Continuing Saga of Troy vs. Stand True - The Pro-Life Message and Free Speech 
(Article from Stand True)

Troy Man in the Running to Win $1M For Lay's Potato Chip Flavor
(Article from My Miami County)

Taxpayer Funded Electric Car Charging Station in Tipp Barley Being Used
(Article from WDTN)

Troy Council Approves CCW in Parks, Pool, Cemeteries 
(Article from the Troy Daily News)

The WACO Story 
(Article from OhioTraveler/Sidney Daily News)

Piqua's Hartzell All Over the Sky at Air Show 
(Article from Aviation Pros) 

Hartzell Propeller Uses Advanced Technology to Reduce Costs, Maintain Quality in Critical Assembly 
(Article from Canadian Metalworking) 

Rangeline Road House Explosion Under Investigation 
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call)

Piqua "Reverse Job Fair' Coming August 26
(Article from the City of Piqua)

Thrivent Financial Action Teams Making a Difference in Community 
(Article from My Miami County)

MoJos to Host Charity Event July 24
(Article from My Miami County)
Dr. Mark Bentley Celebrates 40 Years in Troy 
(Article from My Miami County)

Before Lindbergh Flew Across the Atlantic, He Flew Over Troy
(Article from My Miami County) 

Lost Creek Music Experience Set for September 9 in Troy 
(Article from My Miami County)

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(Click HERE for this Weekend's Calendar of Events)

Wednesday, July 23

Special Events

Bookmobile "Amazing Art" at Hobart Urban Nature Preserve (FREE)
TROY - The Miami County Park District and the Troy-Miami County Bookmobile will host "Amazing Art" from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday at 1400 Tyrone in Troy - off of Dorset. Children and their caregivers can enjoy games, story time, make and take crafts and hiking at the park. The program is free. For more information, call (937) 335-6273 Ext. 104.
  
Historical Presentation: Forgotten Communities at the Troy Library (FREE)
TROY - In the early 1800s, small communities began to develop across Miami County. These communities provided most of the essential needs for those living nearby and many were once very prosperous. With transportation moving from canals, rivers, unimproved roads and small railroads to more complex highway and railroad systems, many of these communities declined in size and eventually became abandoned. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, enjoy a free program led by Doug Christian, who will examine 20 of these communities throughout Miami County

Live Trivia & Pizza Special at The Filling Station (FREE)
TROY - The Filling Station hosts live trivia from 7-9 p.m. every Wednesday night. Individuals and teams are welcome to play for prizes, which includes gift certificates to the restaurant. While playing trivia, enjoy a $9 14-inch one topping pizza, or dine from the full menu. The regular menu and full bar are also available and guests can enjoy video games, pool, darts and an outdoor patio. The Filling Station is located at 2331 W. Market St. (State Route 55) in Troy and can be reached at (937) 339-4800. For a list of weekly specials and entertainment, click HERE.

Wednesdays with Wildlife Junior Naturalist Adventure at Brukner Nature Center
TROY - From 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Brukner Nature Center will host its Wednesdays with Wildlife Junior Naturalist Adventure program for children entering grades 6-12. For $25, students will learn hands-on methods of studying native wildlife by using binoculars, setting up trailcams, following tracks and more. There are also many hands-on activities, including stream quality measurements, removing invasive pants, creating "wild" art and discussing "nature jobs," among others. To register, call (937) 698-6493.

Brown Bag Book Discussion at the Piqua Library (FREE)
PIQUA - The Brown Bag Book Discussion will take place at noon Wednesday at the Piqua Library. Guests can bring a lunch and join in the discussion in the Louis Program Room about the New York Times bestseller "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed. The book is available at the front desk - in print and on CD. The program is free.

Ohio State Fair - Wednesday through Sunday, August 3
COLUMBUS - Enjoy a variety of activities at the 2014 Ohio State Fair at the Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. in Columbus, including interactive educational activities, free
The Ohio State Fair is underway this week and it has
big name entertainment almost daily.
entertainment stages, a free petting zoo, a fine arts show, sporting events, a farm animal delivery room, roving performers, agricultural competitions, fun rides, horse shows, an 8-acre natural resources park with free kiddie fishing and much more! There are also more than 200 food booths and countless arts and crafts booths. The featured headlining bands at this year's fair are Boys II Men on Thursday; Lady Antebellum on Friday; Bachman & Turner, Blue Oyster Cult and Foghat on Saturday; Scotty McCreery on Sunday; The Beach Boys and America on Tuesday; Heart and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts on Wednesday; Aretha Franklin on Thursday; and Zendaya on Friday, August 1. The fair takes place from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and admission is $6. For a full schedule of events and attractions, click HERE.

Free Genealogy Website Presentation at the Dayton Library (FREE)
DAYTON - The Dayton Library will host a free session aimed at teaching guests how to use free genealogy sites to research their ancestors. The program will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. at 215 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton.

Clark County Fair - today through Friday
SPRINGFIELD - The Clark County Fair takes place today through Friday at the Clark County Fairgrounds, 4401 S. Charleston Pike in Springfield. Highlights of the fair include midway rides and games, dozens of food vendors and animal exhibits. To plan your visit, click HERE. Other entertainment highlights this week include: the K99 Country Showdown at 6 p.m. Thursday; and Buffetman (Jimmy Buffett tribute show) at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Thousands of bikes head to Jackass Flats
every Wednesday night.
(Photo by Matt Bayman)

Bike Night and Karaoke at Jackass Flats (FREE)
DAYTON - Jackass Flats Wednesday Bike Night takes place starting around 5 p.m. every Wednesday, with $1 burgers, thousands of bikes, live music, pizza and other food, drink specials, vendors, games and more. There is no admission. Stick around for karaoke, which also is free. Jackass Flats is located at 6024 Rip Rap Road in Dayton and can be reached at (937) 236-4329.

Dayton Dragons Game
DAYTON - The Dayton Dragons will face the Quad Cities River Bandits at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fifth Third Field in Dayton. For tickets and additional information, click HERE.

NASCAR Truck Series at Eldora Speedway
NEW WESTON - Eldora Speedway and NASCAR will present the NASCAR Truck Series on Wednesday at Eldora Speedway13929 St. Rt. 118 in New Weston. Tickets are $36 for adults 13 and older and $12 for children 12 and under. For tickets, times and additional information, click HERE.

Canal Street Primitives carries locally
made furniture and accessories and is
open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.
(Photo by Matt Bayman)
Canal Street Primitives - Locally Made Furniture & Home Decor - Wednesday-Saturday
TROY - Canal Street Primitives is located at 9 E. Canal St. in downtown Troy (3 blocks south of the Square from Market Street) and open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Along with displaying locally made primitive furniture, the shop features lighting, rugs, hooked items, pottery, decorative items, candles and more. Many of the items are made right here in Miami County. The shop also creates custom-made furniture. If you're looking to give furniture as a gift, it's a good time to stop in or call to place your order. For more information on custom-furniture, call Bruce at (937) 216-9606. To preview items sold at Canal Street Primitives, click HERE.

Christmas in July at The Apple Tree Gallery in Piqua - Monday-Saturday
PIQUA - The Apple Tree Gallery is hosting its annual Christmas in July Sale where guests can purchase two ornaments and get the third free. The Apple Tree Gallery is located at 405 N. Main St. in downtown Piqua and is open 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. To preview the store, click HERE.

Free Lenses With Your Purchase of Kid's Frames
PIQUA - Call Dr. Littlejohn in Piqua today to schedule your child's eye exam. Now through August 31, receive FREE lenses with your purchase of kid's frames! Call (937) 606-2772 or visit www.buckeyedoc.com for other special offers. Dr. Littlejohn accepts outside prescriptions.

Sweet Corn, Organics and More at Fulton Farms - Open Daily
TROY - Fulton Farms is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday and located at 2393 St. Rt. 202 between Troy and Tipp City. The market currently has sweet corn, Tennessee tomatoes, locally grown organic produce and dozens of other locally grown items, as well as baked goods, jams and jellies, apple cider, noodles and more. Guests can also enjoy ice cream and other treats in the cafe. For an up-to-date crop report, call (937) 339-8246 or click HERE.

Bakehouse Bread and Cookie Company Bake Schedule - Wednesday
TROY - On Wednesdays, Bakehouse Bread and Cookie Company bakes fresh Asiago Onion, Raisin-Walnut and Pumperknickel. 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.

Mary Poppins at La Comedia Dinner Theatre - Wednesday-Sunday
SPRINGBORO - La Comedia Dinner Theatre will present the Disney classic Mary Poppins this Wednesday through Sunday at 765 W. Central Ave. in Springboro. The show is based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins. The score is filled with classics, including "A Spoon Full of Sugar," "Jolly Holiday," "Let's Go Fly a Kite" and "Chim Chim Cher-ee." Arrive at 5:30 p.m. for the Wednesday-Sunday show and buffet. For matinees shows on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, arrive between 10:30 and 11 a.m. with the buffet beginning at 11:15 a.m. For tickets and additional information, click HERE.

Rockstar Pro Wresting in Dayton
DAYTON - Every Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m., the RockStar Pro Wrestling Arena in downtown Dayton hosts live independent professional wrestling. Tickets are $5 and available at the door. To learn more about this wrestling league and other events, click HERE. The arena is located at 1106 E. 3rd St.

Dining & Nightlife

Lunch

The Comeback Special at the 311 Drafthouse - Monday-Thursday
PIQUA - Come in for lunch Monday through Thursday 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.

Little York Tavern & Pizza Troy Daily Lunch Specials - Open Daily
TROY - Along with famous pizza, the Little York Tavern & Pizza Troy offers daily lunch
specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday's special is a hamburger meal for $5.50; Tuesday is a Pork Tenderloin meal for $6; Wednesday is an Italian or Mushroom Steak Sub for $3.95 for a half and $6.50 for a whole; Thursday is a huge Chef Salad for $6.75; and Friday is a Classic Sub $3.50 for a half and $5.95 for a whole. Patrons can also enjoy a garden salad and the homemade soup of the day for $6.95 seven days a week. If you need a quick lunch, you can call ahead to place your order at (937) 552-9347. To view the full menu, click HERE. The Little York Tavern & Pizza Troy is located at 118 W. Main St. in downtown Troy and is open 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. daily with kitchen hours of 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends.

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.

Bakehouse Bread & Cookie Co. Breakfast & Lunch - Monday-Saturday
Bakehouse Bread & Cookie Company is open for breakfast
and lunch in downtown Troy.
TROY - Along with preparing fresh breads six days a week, the Bakehouse Bread & Cookie Company in downtown Troy serves breakfast and lunch. Click HERE for the full menus. Highlights from the breakfast menu include: the Bakehouse Breakfast Club, an Egg Sandwich and French Toast! Lunch highlights include: the New Yorker, Marinated Roast Beef, Vegetable Panini, Black Forest Ham, Corned Beef and Turkey n' Cheddar sandwiches and two freshly made soups each day, including Chicken Tortilla, Chicken Pot Pie and Chicken & Orzo. For additional lunch specials, follow the bakery on Facebook HERE. Breakfast is served from 7-11 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lunch Specials at Mulligan's Pub in Piqua - Monday-Saturday
PIQUA - Mulligan's Pub offers a variety of lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Specials include a two-piece fried chicken dinner for $5.99; chicken bacon ranch wrap (grilled or fried) for $5.99; a chicken caesar wrap for $5.49 and a ham and cheese sub for $5.49. All lunch specials are served with fries, chips, cole slaw and cottage cheese or, for $1 more onion soup or sweet potato fries. Mulligan's is located at 110 W. High St. and can be reached at (937) 606-2819. For additional specials and entertainment, click HERE.

Z's $6 Lunch Specials - Monday-Thursday
PIQUA - From 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Z's offers five $6 lunch specials. Options are: Breaded Tenderloin, Hamburger, Pulled Pork, Steak Sub and Fish Sandwich. Each meal is served with a drink and chips. Z's is located at 319 N. Wayne St. in downtown Piqua and can be reached at (937) 773-9190.

Dinner
 
30% Off Appetizers at La Piazza
TROY - Each Wednesday evening, La Piazza takes 30 percent off of its popular appetizers, including Calamari BBQ, Chicken Dummies BBQ, Chicken Spiedini, Meatballs, Calamari, Bruschetta Floretine and Steamed Mussels, among others. For a full list of appetizers and the dinner menu, click HERE. For reservations, call (937) 339-5553. La Piazza is located at 2 N. Market St. on the Square in downtown Troy.

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. in downtown Piqua 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. 

Roasted Turkey Manhattan for $9.99 at Mulligan's Pub
PIQUA - Starting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Mulligan's Pub serves a special Roasted Turkey Manhattan for $9.99. The regular menu and two full bars are also available. Mulligan's is located at 110 W. High St. and can be reached at (937) 606-2819. For additional specials and entertainment, click HERE.

Dinner at Mojos Bar & Grille
TROY - Mojos Bar & Grille serves dinner every Monday through Saturday. The pub recently added Beer Battered Green Beans, Mojos Nachos (loaded) and Loaded Beer Cheese Fries. Additionally, the popular Strawberry Fields Salad is back on the menu for spring and offers popular pastrami, monte cristo, grilled chicken and roast beef sandwiches, among others, as well as Scotch eggs, egg rolls, tacos and sliders . Mojos is located at 109 E. Main St. in downtown Troy and is open 4 p.m. to midnight Monday-Wednesday; 11 a.m. to midnight Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is also open for lunch at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. To view the menu and for more information, click HERE.

Savory Brat for $3.11 at the 311 Drafthouse
PIQUA - From 3-7 p.m. each Wednesday, the 311 Drafthouse offers its popular Savory Brats for $3.11 each. Guests can also take advantage of Happy Hour prices during this time, including $1.50 domestic pints, $3 well drinks and $1 off a glass of wine. 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.

Extra Large Two-Topping Pizza with Breadsticks and a 2-Liter for $19.99 at Beppo Uno - Open Daily
PIQUA - Click HERE for an exclusive coupon good for an extra large two-topping pizza with breadsticks and a 2-liter for $19.99. To place your order, call (937) 615-1100. Beppo Uno is located at 414 W. Water St. in downtown Piqua. To view the full menu, click HERE. Delivery is available from 4-10 p.m. on Mondays.

$5 Spaghetti Lunch and Dinner at the Spaghetti Warehouse
DAYTON - Between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. every Wednesday, the Spaghetti Warehouse, 36 W. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton, hosts $5 Warehouse Wednesday. For $5, guests receive spaghetti with choice of meat, tomato or marinara sauce, plus a garden salad and sourdough bread with garlic butter. For more information, call (937) 461-3913.

$5 Steak Dinner at Fricker's
TROY - From 5-9 p.m. every Wednesday, Fricker's locations throughout the Miami Valley, including in Troy and Vandalia, offer $5 steak dinners. The meal is a six-ounce sirloin and a side.

Nightlife

Karaoke Beer Pong and 60 Cent Wings at Z's (FREE)
PIQUA - Z's Sports Bar will host Karaoke from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday. Participants can also try out for the Country Concert Karaoke Contest on June 11 - with the finals taking place at Z's on June 18. Along with karaoke, guests can dine on 60 cent wings from 5-9 p.m. and also play beer pong! There is no cover charge. The bar is located at 319 N. Wayne St. in Piqua and can be reached at (937) 773-9190.
 
Hump Day at the Leaf & Vine in Troy (FREE)
TROY - Get over the mid-week blues and join the Leaf & Vine to celebrate Hump Day with $1 off all craft and import beers (draft and bottle) all night long. The pub opens at 4:30 p.m. and is located at 108 W. Main St. in downtown Troy. For more information, call (937) 332-0773 or click HERE.

Happy Hour ($4 Off Select Appetizers & $5 Off Select Wines) at La Piazza - Monday-Friday
TROY - La Piazza hosts Happy Hour from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Patrons in the bar area can take $5 off selected bottles of wine; $4 off selected appetizers; $3 off glasses of house wine; $2 off well drinks and draft beer; and $1 off bottled beer. Additionally, a specialty house martini will be featured each week and will be reduced by $2. La Piazza is located at 2 N. Market St. on the Square in downtown Troy. For reservations, call (937) 339-5553. For more information, click HERE.

Happy Hour at the 311 Drafthouse in Piqua - Monday-Thursday
PIQUA - Along with food specials for Happy Hour every Monday through Thursday, the 311 Drafthouse offers $1.50 domestic pints, $3 well drinks and $1 off glasses of wine from 3-7 p.m. The 311 Drafthouse is located at 311 N. Main St. in downtown Piqua and has a great menu and 20 beers on tap. To view the menu and beer and wine list, click HERE.

Mojos Wednesday Nights - $1 Off All Drinks!
TROY - Mojos Bar & Grille is open for dinner and drinks from 4 p.m. to midnight on Wednesdays. Along with the full menu being available for dinner patrons, all guests can enjoy $1 off all drinks at the bar. There are 50 different craft beers to choose from and a full menu of specialty drinks. 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.
Cadillac Jacks has introduced a new open mic night on
Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m. It is free.

Open Mic Night at Cadillac Jacks in Huber Heights (FREE)
HUBER HEIGHTS - From 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Cadillac Jacks will host an Open Mic Night hosted by Jeff Powell. Guests can bring an instrument or their voice and jump on stage for a few songs. The event is free and takes place at 7720 Old Troy Pike (St. Rt. 202) in Huber Heights.

Open Blues Jam at the Riff Raff Tavern on the Canal (FREE)
DAYTON - From 8 p.m. to midnight on Wednesdays, the Riff Raff Tavern on the Canal hosts an Open Blues Jam. The event is free and the pub is located at 130 N. Patterson Blvd. For more information, call (937) 361-3131.

Karaoke at Blind Bob's Tavern (FREE)
DAYTON - Blind Bob's Tavern - in the Oregon District - hosts karaoke from 9:30-11:30 p.m. every Wednesday. There is no cover charge. Blind Bob's is located at 430 E. Fifth St. and can be reached at (937) 938-6405.
Harrison's Restaurant serves 99 cent
margaritas on Wednesday nights.

99 Cent Margaritas and Smokin BBQ Feasts at Harrison's 
TIPP CITY - Harrison's Restaurant offers 99 cent margaritas all day Wednesday, as well as a lunch portion of its smoked BBQ feast for $8 and its dinner version (bigger and more sides) for $13. Harrison's is located at 106 E. Main St. and can be reached at (937) 667-5223. For more specials at Harrison's, click HERE.

Board Game Night at Lucky's Taproom and Eatery (FREE)
DAYTON - If you love board games but can't get your friends or family to play, head to Lucky's Taproom and Eatery at 9 p.m. Wednesday for Board Game Night. Guests can choose from a variety of games at the pub or bring their own. There is no cover charge and food and drinks are available throughout the evening. Lucky's is located at 520 E. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton and can be reached at (937) 222-6800.

Old Time Acoustic Jam at the Trolley Stop in Dayton (FREE)
DAYTON - The Trolley Stop hosts an Old Time Acoustic Jam starting at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Bring your acoustic guitar or bass and join Rick Good and Ben Cooper on stage. There is no cover charge. The Trolley Stop is located at 530 E. Fifth St. in the Oregon District in Dayton.

Join other crafters at the Milton-Union
Library for this free event. 
Relaxing Recreation

Craftacular Wednesday at the Milton-Union Library (FREE)
WEST MILTON - Every Wednesday this summer people are welcome to join in a fun craft at the Library, located at 560 S. Main St. All sessions are free, but sign up is required to attend. The classes are held from 6-7:30 p.m. each week. Deadline to sign up is the Monday of each week. For more information call the Library at (937) 698-5515.

Spa Services at Giacamo's A Salon & Spa in Troy - Monday-Saturday
TROY - From Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and reflexology to manicures, pedicures and specialty waxing, Giacomo's A Salon and Spa in downtown Troy is the place to pamper yourself and relax. Call (937) 332-7075 to book your spa treatment or service. Giacomo's is located at 221 S. Market St. To view all services, click HERE.

Fire and N'ice at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center - Open Daily (FREE)
TROY - The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center's current exhibit is "Fire and N'ice" and consists of the art glass collection of Jimmy Wyckoff and the fine art photography of Maury Wyckoff. The exhibit will be on display through August 10 and is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 7-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, click HERE. For other upcoming events at the Hayner, click HERE.
 
Shopping at the Miami Valley Centre Mall - Open Daily
PIQUA - The Miami Valley Centre Mall is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Guests can shop, dine and enjoy a new children's play area and games. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Automobiles in Piqua Library Exhibit - Monday-Saturday (FREE)
PIQUA - The lobby of the Piqua Library has an exhibit that explores the impact of the automobile on Piqua through the years, as well as the history of Huntersville, now known as Shawnee. The exhibit is free to view and can be seen from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

$99 Teeth Whitening Special at Dr. James Case DDS in Troy
TROY - Whether you're getting married, preparing for a special occasion or just want whiter teeth, the office of Dr. James Case, 3006 N. County Road 25-A in Troy is currently offering a teeth whitening special for $99. To schedule your appointment, or for more information, call (937) 552-9028.

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.

Bridge at the Tipp Library (FREE)
TIPP CITY - Every Monday and Wednesday the Tipp City Library, 
11 E. Main St., has a game of bridge to join in starting at 1:30 p.m. Intermediate to advanced players are welcome. Call Beth at (937) 667-3826 ext. 216 to sign up.

Fairborn Farmers Market (FREE)
If  you're interested in visiting area farmers markets,
Fairborn's takes place on Wednesdays.
FAIRBORN - The Fairborn Farmers Market takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Fifth Third Commons at the corner of Main Street and Grand Avenue in downtown Fairborn. The market features locally grown produce, flowers, local honey, handmade soaps, farm-raised meat and eggs and homemade baked goods, including breads and cakes. The market takes place through November - weather permitting. For more information, click HERE.

Music & Lunch at RiverScape MetroPark - Monday-Friday (FREE)
DAYTON - From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays throughout the summer, enjoy lunch along the banks of the Great Miami River at RiverScape MetroPark, 111 E. Monument St. in downtown Dayton. Free wi-fi service is available and live music will be performed by a different band/performer each day. To find out who's playing and what's being served, click HERE.

The Square is Where in Downtown Dayton - Monday-Friday (FREE)
DAYTON - The Square is Where takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton (on Main Street). Along with food trucks, free entertainment (bands, dancers, trivia, art groups, etc.) and a dining area, there is cornhole, mini-golf, giant chess and checkers and other games, as well as tournaments. Each Friday is "Fridays Rock," which features a full rock band performing. Click HERE for today's entertainment. Courthouse Square is located at the corner of Main and Third streets and parking is available throughout the downtown. 

Wednesday evenings are fairly quiet at Miami
Valley Gaming in Lebanon. 
Racino! - Open Daily
MASON - Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Miami Valley Gaming (Racino) is located at 6000 Ohio 63 in Lebanon. The casino features hundreds of slot machines and horse racing. There is also entertainment, two full bars and a restaurant. To plan your visit and to view upcoming events and special offers, click HERE. All new visitors receive $20 in free play.

Cycle or Hike the Great Miami Recreational Trail (FREE)
The Great Miami Recreational Trail is an amazing mix of rural and urban landscapes, as well as historical landmarks, beautiful views and great exercise for individuals and groups. To view an interactive map of the entire trail system, click HERE.

For Children & Families

Mad Science Labs at the Pleasant Hill Library (FREE)
PLEASANT HILL - Come and learn some mad science skills at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Pleasant Hill Library. Mad Science Labs are for kids interested in having fun doing science experiments. Children should have an adult with them to conduct the experiments. The program is free but registration is required by calling (937) 676-2731.

Water Works at the Troy Library (FREE)
TROY - The Troy Library will host Water Works at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The free program is for all ages and kids will enjoy outdoor water games. Prepare your child to get wet!

Tower Challenge at the Tipp Library (FREE)
TIPP CITY - Children in grades 3-5 are invited to the Tipp Library from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday to create beams from rolled paper, then assemble them in the tallest tower possible. Will your structure tower above the others? The program is free but registration is required by calling (937) 667-3826.

Little Ducklings Story Time (1-2 Year Olds) at the Tipp Library (FREE)
TIPP CITY - It's never too late to start reading to your child. From 10:15-10:45 a.m. meet in the Children's Department at the Tipp Library to learn songs, watch finger plays and read. The program is free.
 
Open Skating Family Night at Skate World in Vandalia
VANDALIA - Skate World hosts Open Skating Family Night from 7-9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Admission is $4 per person or $10 for the whole family. 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.

Wacky Wednesdays at Jumpy's Fun Zone in Troy
TROY - It's Wacky Wednesdays at Jumpy's Fun Zone in Troy. The fun center is open from 3-8 p.m. on Wednesdays and guests can enjoy unlimited laser tag for $15 and can add jumping for $5, or unlimited jumping for $7. Jumpy's Fun Zone is located at 1528 W. Main St. behind McDonald's. For more information, click HERE.

More Family Fun!
Click HERE for dozens of family friendly activities in and around Miami County - from museums and fun centers to outdoor activities and indoor recreation! 


Entertainment Highlights for this Week
By Matt Bayman
There are so many great events taking place this week that we thought we'd help out by creating a best-of list. In the coming weeks, we'll also be unveiling our Fall Festival Guide... and start preparing for Halloween!!!! Have a great week! 

Wednesday, July 23

Bookmobile "Amazing Art" at Hobart Urban Nature Preserve (FREE)
TROY - The Miami County Park District and the Troy-Miami County Bookmobile will host "Amazing Art" from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday at 1400 Tyrone in Troy - off of Dorset. Children and their caregivers can enjoy games, story time, make and take crafts and hiking at the park. The program is free. For more information, call (937) 335-6273 Ext. 104.
  
Historical Presentation: Forgotten Communities at the Troy Library (FREE)
TROY - In the early 1800s, small communities began to develop across Miami County. These communities provided most of the essential needs for those living nearby and many were once very prosperous. With transportation moving from canals, rivers, unimproved roads and small railroads to more complex highway and railroad systems, many of these communities declined in size and eventually became abandoned. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, enjoy a free program led by Doug Christian, who will examine 20 of these communities throughout Miami County

NASCAR Truck Series at Eldora Speedway
NEW WESTON - Eldora Speedway and NASCAR will present the NASCAR Truck Series on Wednesday at Eldora Speedway13929 St. Rt. 118 in New Weston. Tickets are $36 for adults 13 and older and $12 for children 12 and under. For tickets, times and additional information, click HERE.

Ohio State Fair - Wednesday through Sunday, August 3
COLUMBUS - Enjoy a variety of activities at the 2014 Ohio State Fair at the Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. in Columbus, including interactive educational activities, free
The Ohio State Fair is underway this week and it has
big name entertainment almost daily.
entertainment stages, a free petting zoo, a fine arts show, sporting events, a farm animal delivery room, roving performers, agricultural competitions, fun rides, horse shows, an 8-acre natural resources park with free kiddie fishing and much more! There are also more than 200 food booths and countless arts and crafts booths. The featured headlining bands at this year's fair are Boys II Men on Thursday; Lady Antebellum on Friday; Bachman & Turner, Blue Oyster Cult and Foghat on Saturday; Scotty McCreery on Sunday; The Beach Boys and America on Tuesday; Heart and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts on Wednesday; Aretha Franklin on Thursday; and Zendaya on Friday, August 1. The fair takes place from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and admission is $6. For a full schedule of events and attractions, click HERE.

Free Genealogy Website Presentation at the Dayton Library (FREE)
DAYTON - The Dayton Library will host a free session aimed at teaching guests how to use free genealogy sites to research their ancestors. The program will take place from 10-11:30 a.m. at 215 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton.

Thursday, July 24

The Bacon Brothers at The Greene - Kevin Bacon (FREE)
The Bacon Brothers, featuring actor Kevin Bacon, will
perform a free concert from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at The Greene.
BEAVERCREEK - The Bacon Brothers, featuring actor Kevin Bacon, will perform from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at The Greene, 51 Plum St. in Beavercreek. The show is free and features opening acts Mark Cantwil and PDH.

The Purple Xperience Prince Tribute Band at The Fraze ($5-$10!)
KETTERING - The Prince tribute band The Purple Xperience will perform at Fraze Pavilion at 8 p.m. Thursday at 695 Lincoln Park Blvd. in Kettering. Tickets are $5/$10 in advance and $10/$15 the day of the show and can be purchased HERE.

Legendary Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales - Thursday-Sunday (FREE)
GREENVILLE - The biggest sales of the year line the streets of downtown Greenville during Annie Oakley Days and The Gathering at Garst this weekend. Shoppers can arrive four hours early to get in line at KitchenAid Experience Retail Center to earn deep discounts. Read more about the festival under this weekend's Festivals. For more information, call (937) 548-4998.

Piqua Community Farmers Market
PIQUA - The Piqua Community Farmers Market takes place from 3:30-7:30 p.m. every Thursday through September 18. Located at Canal Place (behind North Main Street), all crafts at the market are handmade by local craftspeople and produce is locally grown. There are also baked goods, flowers and vegetable starters, seasonal items and special events coordinated by Mainstreet Piqua. For a list of vendors, click HERE.
  
NASA's Moon Rocks and Meteorites at the Troy and Pleasant Hill Libraries (FREE)
PLEASANT HILL/TROY - The Miami County Park District will be at the Troy Library from 1:30-3:30 p.m. and the Pleasant Hill Library from 6-7 p.m. Thursday with real moon rocks and meteorites on loan from NASA. Guests of all ages can learn about these space rocks. Both programs are free.

Raggedy Edge at the Tipp Roller Mill Theater
TIPP CITY - Raggedy Edge will perform at the Tipp Roller Mill Theater at 7 p.m. Thursday at 225 E. Main St. in downtown Tipp City. The band is a duo that performs a variety of styles and genres - from blues and country to rock, pop and jazz. They also present American standards from the 20s, 30s and 40s. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for students K-12. For more information, call (937) 667-3696.

Friday, July 25

Celina Lake Festival - Friday-Sunday - Fireworks  (FREE)
Along with a fireworks display over Grant Lake St. Marys, the Celina
Lake Fesival is the homecoming event for amphicars! 
CELINA - Enjoy festival activities centered around Grand Lake St. Marys - Ohio's Largest Inland Lake - during the Celina Lake Festival, taking place from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Lakeshore Park. Highlights of the festival include a fireworks display over the lake, which reflects above and below for an amazing experience (tonight at 10 p.m.), the International Amphicar Convention (cars that drive and float in water), a Boat Poker Run, live music from great bands on the beach, a huge parade, games, rides, tons of festival food, sidewalk sales and yard sales throughout Celina and St. Marys, children's activities and more. The event is free. For a full schedule of events and more information, click HERE.

Annie Oakley Festival and Gathering at the Garst - Friday-Sunday (FREE)
GREENVILLE - The Annie Oakley Festival takes place this Friday through Sunday in Greenville. Friday's activities get started at 9 a.m. and continue through 9 p.m. with highlights being: Family Fun Games at 10 a.m.; a performance by the Singing Firemen from 1-3 p.m. and Country Harmony from 4-6 p.m. and the Melodrama "Haunted Hijinks
or The Ghastly Ghost of Dead Man's Gulch" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday's activities take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and include: Family Fun Games at noon; the Annie Oakley Western Arts Showcase at 1 p.m.; the National Whip Speed & Accuracy and International Bullwhip Fast Draw - also at 1 p.m.; historical bus tours of Greenville at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.; the Melodrama "Haunted Hijinks or The Ghastly Ghost of Dead Man's Gulch" at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; the National Kiddie Tractor Pull at 4 p.m. and a performance by Tempest at 7 p.m. Sunday's hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with highlights being: a talent show at noon; the Melodrama "Haunted Hijinks or The Ghastly Ghost of Dead Man's Gulch" at 1 p.m.; the 3rd Annula Annie Oakley Car Show at 1 p.m. and historical bus tours at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. For a complete schedule of events and more information, click HERE.

United Irish of Dayton Celtic Festival - Friday-Sunday (FREE)
DAYTON - The United Irish of Dayton Celtic Festival will take place from 6-11 p.m. Friday; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at RiverScape MetorPark, 111 E. Monument Ave. in downtown Dayton. The free music festival will feature the sights and sounds of IrelandScotland and Wales on three stages. Along with music and dancing, there will be children's activities, food and drinks, a Celtic breakfast and more. All ages are welcome.

Galactic Cowboy Orchestra in Downtown Troy (FREE)
TROY - The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, on the Square as part of the Downtown Troy Friday Night Music Series. The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra plays a version of Newgrass-Art rock that fuses an eclectic mix of original and traditional bluegrass-edged tunes with jazz and world/fusion elements. Their music is Chick Corea meets The Dixie Dregs meets A Prairie Home Companion. The mix ranges from highly accessible bluegrass tunes to extreme arrangements of East Indian ragas. The concert is free and presented by the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. To preview the band's music, click HERE.

The Romantics at Fraze Pavilion
Phil Dirt & The Dozers will perform a free concert in
Springboro at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
KETTERING - The Romantics will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Fraze Pavilion for only $5! The band is known for its hits "That's What I Like About You," "When I Look In Your Eyes" and "She's Got Everything." For tickets and more information, click HERE.

Phil Dirt & The Dozers in Springboro (FREE)
SPRINGBORO - America's "Premier Rock N' R'Oldiest" band - Phil Dirt & The Dozers, will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Northpark Ampitheatre, 250 Tamarack Trail in Springboro. All ages are welcome.

Saturday, July 26

Nashville Crush in Piqua (FREE)
PIQUA - As part of the Rock Piqua! Riverfront Concert Series, Nashville Crush will perform from 7-11 p.m. Saturday at Lock-Nine Riverfront Park along the Great Miami River in Piqua. Nashville Crush performs a high-energy mix of rock and country music. The concert is free and sponsored by the Piqua Arts Council and Mainstreet Piqua.

Good Ole Summertime Festival in North Baltimore with Fireworks! (FREE)
NORTH BALTIMORE - Located south of Bowling Green, and an easy drive from Miami County from I-75, the Good Ole Summertime Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday. This annual festival begins with a golf tournament, a 5K Run and a fishing derby. Also enjoy a variety of music at the gazebo, a car show, corn hole tournaments, crafts/retail/flea markets, great food and many other events. The day ends at the North Baltimore Village Park with a huge fireworks display. Admission is free. To plan your visit, click HERE.

A fireworks display will take place at 10 p.m. tonight during
the Good Ole Summertime Festival in nearby New Baltimore.
Headlands BeachFest (FREE)
MENTOR - It's the coolest party on Ohio's longest beach! The Headlands BeachFest will take place from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at Headlands Beach State Park9601 Headlands Road in Mentor - east of Cleveland.
Bring the family to Ohio's north coast to celebrate wind, water and sand. Imagine a mile long, natural sand beach filled with colorful flying kites, amazing sand sculptures, strolling performers, sailing, kayaking and paddleboarding, arts vendors, children's crafts, beach music and steel drum bands, food and more. Admission is free and there are dozens of other attractions in the area. With the festival taking place about four hours from Miami County, plan to stay the night or camp in the area. To plan your visit, click HERE.

Gathering at Garst in Greenville - Saturday & Sunday (FREE)
GREENVILLE - During the Annie Oakley Festival, the Garst Museum will host Gathering at Garst from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 205 N. Broadway in Greenville. The tree-lined lawn of the museum will be filled with antiques, skilled historic craftspeople, primitive folk artists, gardeners, farm markets and specialty food vendors. Items will be for sale. For more information, click HERE.

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament in Covington
COVINGTON - The Covington Police Department and Covington Noon Optimists are sponsoring a 3 on 3 basketball tournament on Saturday. Areas residents can sign up for the tournament by calling (937) 473-2102.

Molly Hatchet at BMI Indoor Speedway in Versailles
VERSAILLES - American southern rock/hard rock band Molly Hatchet will perform 8 p.m. Saturday at BMI Indoor Speedway in Versailles. Tickets are $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door and can be purchased HERE. The band is best known for its hit "Flirtin With Disaster" and will perform songs new and old during the concert. The venue is located at 791 E. Main St. and has a full bar and restaurant.

"We Are The Stars That Sing" Campfire at Charleston Falls (FREE)
TIPP CITY - The Miami County Park District will host "We Are The Stars That Sing" event from 9-11 p.m. Saturday at Charleston Falls2535 Ross Road - south of Tipp City. The free event includes a campfire and Native American music. For more information, call (937) 335-6273 Ext. 104.

Lynyrd Skynyrd at The Fraze
KETTERING - Lynyrd Skynyrd will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Fraze Pavilion in Kettering with opening act Drake White and The Big Fire. Tickets range in price from $46-$61 and can be purchased HERE.

80s Weird Science Party at Brixx Ice Company in Dayton (FREE)
DAYTON - Enjoy music and videos from the 80s along with games, prizes and themed drinks at the 80s Weird Science Party from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Brixx Ice Company, 500 E. First St. in downtown Dayton. The event is free.

Sunday, July 27

"Rock Hounds" at Charleston Falls (FREE)
TIPP CITY - The Miami County Park District will host its Naturalist Adventure Series "Rock Hounds" from 1-4 p.m. at Charleston Falls, 2535 Ross Road south of Tipp City. Guests will investigate real fossils and learn about other interesting rocks. All participants will receive a special rock as a gift. The program is free. For more information, call (937) 335-6273 Ext. 104.

Music in the Park "Sunset Songs" at Charleston Falls (FREE)
TIPP CITY - The Miami County Park District will host its Music in the Park "Sunset Songs" event from 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Charleston Falls Preserve, 2535 Ross Road - south of Tipp City. Enjoy soft, meditative Native American music during a casual walk around the park. The program is free and open to all ages. For more information, call (937) 335-6273 Ext. 104.

Gathering at Garst in Greenville (FREE)
GREENVILLE - During the Annie Oakley Festival, the Garst Museum will host Gathering at Garst from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 205 N. Broadway in Greenville. The tree-lined lawn of the museum will be filled with antiques, skilled historic craftspeople, primitive folk artists, gardeners, farm markets and specialty food vendors. Items will be for sale. For more information, click HERE.

PEEP Fall Session Registration Opens at Brukner Nature Center
TROY - The Fall Session of PEEPs at Brukner Nature Center will begin registration today. Classes will be offered Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m. - with additional Friday afternoon classes from 12:30-2:30 p.m. PEEPs is for 3-5 year olds who are potty trained and will run from Sept. 16 through Oct. 24. To register, call (937) 698-6493.