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Fulton Farms Sweet Corn Festival Set For Aug. 23-24
(Article from My Miami County)

Idle-Hour Ranch Hosting Annual Summer Festival this Friday-Sunday
(Article from My Miami County) 

Troy Chamber Seeking Nominations For Distinguished Citizen Award
(Article from My Miami County)  

Garage May Have Been "Torched" to Cover Up Theft of Vehicles in Miami County
(Video from WHIO)

Firearm Prohibitions Removed by Tipp Council 
(Article from the Dayton Daily News)

Miami Valley Music Fest Ready for Sixth Year this Weekend
(Article from My Miami County) 

Potsdam Man Charged with Rape of Pre-Teen, Compelling Prostitution 

(Article from WHIO) 
ADDITION: Troy Police Talk About Rape Case (VIDEO)
More on this Story HERE

Tornado Touched Down in Champaign County 
(Article from WHIO)

Troy High School Grad Helps Out With Library Reading Program
(Article from the Troy Daily News)

Article Remembers Smith Bridge Co. of Tipp City
(Article from The Herald) 

Piqua Teen Holding Drive-A-Thon
(Article from the Piqua Daily Call)

Cupcake Contest Set for Piqua Farmers Market Thursday 
(Article from the Dayton Daily News)

Tipp City United Methodist Church Hosting Community Festival this Weekend
(Article from the Dayton Daily News)

Edison Offering Non-Profits Seminars
(Article from the Sidney Daily News)

Teen Faces Charges After Fleeing from Troy Police
(Article from WHIO)

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

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

Tuesday, July 29

Special Events                                                                                   

Crazy Joe Trio "Lucky Lemonade Series" at the Hayner (FREE)
TROY - Enjoy 1950s rock and roll with blazing guitar and touches of country and blues when the Crazy Joe Trio performs at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at 301 W. Main St. in downtown Troy. The concert is performed in the Hayner's courtyard and is free. During this final Lucky Lemonade Series, the Hayner will serve wine from Brandeberry Winery for $5 per glass. Selected wines include: Vidal Blac, Traminette, Sweet Mingo and Blackberry, among others. For more information, call (937) 339-0457.

Desserts and More at Heartland of Piqua - RSVP Due (FREE)
PIQUA - Heartland of Piqua will host Desserts and More from 2-3 p.m. tomorrow at 275 Kienle Dr. in Piqua. While guests enjoy free desserts, guest speaker Kitty Wilson will speak on the topic of "You Deserve to Know the Truth" - dispelling the myths about Hospice care. The event is open to the public and is free. Please RSVP by calling (937) 773-9346.

The Fulton Farms Market has lots of fresh produce, plus
three types of sweet corn and more.
(Photo by Matt Bayman) 
Sweet Corn, Watermelon, Tomatoes and More at Fulton Farms - Open Daily 
TROY - Fulton Farms currently has three varieties of sweet corn, regular and white peaches, tomatoes, blueberries, organic produce and greens and much more. The market is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday at 2393 St. Rt. 202 between Troy and Tipp City. For an up-to-date crop report, call (937) 339-8246 or click HERE.

Edison Fall Re-Enrollment Event (FREE)
PIQUA - Edison Community College will host a special re-enrollment event from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday in the West Hall of the Piqua campus. It will feature a one-stop registration opportunity for students who were once enrolled at Edison. This event is geared toward students who started pursuing an education from Edison but stopped attending before completing their degree. Returning students attending the event will be able to register for upcoming fall semester classes, design a personalized educational plan, meet with an advisor to discuss career and academic goals and enjoy lunch on Edison. For more information about the registration process at Edison Community College, visit www.edisonohio.edu/admissions or call (937) 778-8600.

Christmas in July at The Apple Tree Gallery in Piqua - Last 3 Days
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.

NASA's Moon Rocks & Meteorites at the Bradford Public Library (FREE)
BRADFORD - The Bradford Public Library will host NASA's Moon Rocks & Meteorites by the Miami County Park District from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday. The event features real moon rocks and meteorites on loan from NASA. Guests can learn about these cool visitors from outer space. All ages are welcome and the program is free.

NASA's Moon Rocks & Meteorites at the Piqua Library (FREE)
BRADFORD - The Piqua Library will host NASA's Moon Rocks & Meteorites by the Miami County Park District from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The event features real moon rocks and meteorites on loan from NASA. Guests can learn about these cool visitors from outer space. All ages are welcome and the program is free.

Tapas Tuesday at La Piazza
TROY - Tapas are perfectly portioned foods served on small plates (at small prices) and are meant to be shared with other dinner guests. Each Tuesday evening, La Piazza serves a variety of Tapas menu items. The Tapas can start a meal or finish it. The regular menu is also available. La Piazza is located at 2 N. Market St. in downtown Troy and offers indoor and patio seating. For reservations, call (937) 339-5553. To preview the menu and for additional information, click HERE.

Wing Night at Mojos Bar & Grille
TROY - Mojos Bar & Grille will now host Wing Night every Tuesday starting at 4 p.m. The wings are available on Tuesdays only and includes wings with Asian, Buffalo, Honey, Mustard and BBQ sauce and is $6.99 for six wings and $9.99 for 10 wings. Mojos is located at 109 E. Main St. and can be reached at (937) 552-9172. For more specials and events at Mojos, click HERE.

50 Cent Coneys at the Little York Tavern & Pizza Troy
TROY - From 4-11 p.m. on Tuesdays, the Little York Tavern & Pizza Troy serves 50 cent Coneys. The tavern is located at 118 W. Main St. in downtown Troy.

Bakehouse Bread and Cookie Company Bake Schedule Tuesday
TROY - On Tuesdays, Bakehouse Bread and Cookie Company bakes fresh New York Rye, Cherry Oatmeal and Cranberry-Poppyseed. 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.

Pasta Fest at Beppo Uno
PIQUA - Beppo Uno's Tuesday Night Pasta Fest features all-you-can-eat pasta, salad and garlic bread for $10.95. Guests first choose from four pastas (spaghetti, penne, fettucini or rigitoni) and then from seven different sauces (see HERE), or add meatballs for $2.99. Gluten-free penne is also available for $3 more. 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 Friday and Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. on Sundays. For reservations, call (937) 615-1100.

Summer Restaurant Week, Including The Caroline - through Sunday
Summer Restaurant Week will take place through Sunday at participating restaurants in the Miami Valley, including The Caroline in Troy. Other participating restaurants are: The Dock, The Melting Pot, Pasha Grill and The Station House. Each location will offer a three-course meal for $20.14, $25.14 or $30.14. For details on the event, click HERE.

Greene County Fair - through Saturday
XENIA - The Green County Fair takes place daily through Saturday at the Greene County Fairgrounds, 120 Fairgrounds Road in Xenia. Items of interest include: rides, kiddie/calf scramble, tug-a-truck, harness racing, demolition derby, karaoke and corn hole tournaments, truck and tractor pulls, live entertainment and, of course, lots of festival food! To plan your visit, click HERE.
The Jr. Fair Horse & Pony Show is a highlight of
today's Preble County Fair in Eaton.

Preble County Fair - through Saturday
EATON - The Preble County Fair takes place daily through Saturday at 722 S. Franklin St. in Eaton. Today's highlights include: a 4-H Cookoff and the Jr. Fair Horse & Pony Show. Amusement rides are open from noon to 11 p.m. and all-day wristbands are $12. Regular admission is $6. To plan your visit, click HERE.

3D Fiber Lashes!
Call in the morning to learn more about Younique 3D Fiber Lashes, which go on like mascara, are water resistant and easily wash off. A local distributor is Cherie Ganger, who can be reached at (937) 710-1215, or online at www.youniqueproducts.com/CherieGanger.

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
Call and mention My Miami County to receive free
lenses with the purchase of children's frames at the
office of Dr. David Littlejohn in Piqua.

Woodland Headbangers at Shawnee Prairie Preserve in Greenville (FREE)
GREENVILLE - The Dark County Parks will present Woodland Headbangers at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Shawnee Prairie Preserve, 4267 St. Rt. 502 W. in Greenville. There are seven species of woodpeckers in Ohio, six of which are seen mostly in summer. Join a naturalist to study adaptations of woodpeckers across the world and then delve into the local species at this free program. For more information, call (937) 548-4998.

Dining & Nightlife                                                                             


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.

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.

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.

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.

Bakehouse Bread & Cookie Co. Breakfast & Lunch - Monday-Saturday
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.

Burger Bash $2 Off Menu at The Filling Station
TROY - Stop by The Filling Station in Troy to take advantage of Tuesday's Burger Bash. Patrons can take $2 off any item in the Burger Zone section of the menu for lunch and dinner. 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.

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.

$2.50 Off Mulligan's Reuben Sandwich
PIQUA - Mulligan's Pub has one of the best reuben sandwiches in the Miami Valley. On Tuesdays starting at 5 p.m., patrons can take $2.50 off the pub's reuben. The regular menu and two full bars also are 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.

Wing Tuesday at BW3s in Troy 
TROY - BW3s in Troy offers 50 cent wings (dine in or carryout) every Tuesday. Those who dine in can also enjoy $2.50 tall Bud Lights, plus bar trivia, video games, table games and more. BW3s is located at 2313 W. Main St. and can be reached at (937) 440-9016.

40 Cent Wings at Harrison's (Dine-In Only)
TIPP CITY - On Tuesdays only, and while dining in, enjoy 40 cent wings at Harrison's Restaurant, located at 106 E. Main St. The restaurant can be reached at (937) 667-5223. For more special events at Harrison's, click HERE.
Dollar Night at Hickory River Smokehouse
TIPP CITY - From 3-9 p.m. on Tuesdays, Hickory River Smokehouse in Tipp City hosts Dollar Night. Guests can dine on Pulled Pork Minis, Baby Back Ribs and french fries for $1, as well as $1 domestic bottled beers. Hickory River Smokehouse is located at 135 S. Garber Dr. and can be reached at (937) 669-2271.

All-You-Can-Eat Ribs & Free Wings at Company 7 BBQ
ENGLEWOOD - Company 7 BBQ offers all-you-can-eat ribs and five wings for $19.99 on Tuesday nights. The meal starts with the five wings and is followed by a half-slab of ribs, choice of two sides and a cheese muffin. Your server will bring additional ribs to your table for as long as you last! The offer is good from 5-9 p.m. The restaurant is located at 1001 S. Main St. in Englewood and can be reached at (937) 836-2777.

Tequila Tuesday at the Leaf & Vine
TROY - The Leaf & Vine hosts Tequila Tuesday every week; offering $1 off all tequila shots and tequila mixed drinks, including Patron, Jose Cuervo, Bad Juans, Milagro and 1800. The Leaf & Vine is located at 108 W. Main St. in downtown Troy and opens at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (937) 332-0773 or click HERE.

$3.11 For All Specialty Beers at the 311 Drafthouse
PIQUA - Here's your chance to sample some of the best beers in the world at discounted prices. Every Tuesday, the 311 Drafthouse offers all of its beers for $3.11, including craft and imported beers. The pub has 20 beers on tap and more behind the bar. Along with this special offer, from 3-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, the pub hosts Happy Hour with $1.50 domestic pints, $3 well drinks and $1 off a glass of wine. The pub is located at 311 N. Main St. and is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesdays. For more information, click HERE.

Karaoke/DJ Music on Tuesdays and Thursdays at The Brewery (FREE)
TROY - The Brewery in downtown Troy hosts Karaoke/DJ Music from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. 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.

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.

Mojos Tuesday Nights - $1 Off All Craft Beers (50 to Choose From)
TROY - Mojos Bar & Grille is open for dinner and drinks from 4 p.m. to midnight on Tuesdays. Along with the full menu being available for dinner patrons, all guests can enjoy $1 off all craft beers. There are 50 different craft beers to choose from. 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.

Open Mic Session at the Dublin Pub (FREE)
DAYTON - The Dublin Pub hosts Open Mic Sessions at 9 p.m. Tuesdays at 300 Wayne Ave. in Dayton. Bring an instrument, play solo or join with other musicians for a jam session. The event is free. For more information, call (937) 224-7822.

Electronic Dance Music at The Therapy Cafe (FREE)
DAYTON - Every Tuesday night, The Therapy Cafe hosts Electronic Dance Music night. There is no cover charge and the music starts at 9 p.m. The Therapy Cafe is located at 452 E. Third St. in downtown Dayton.

Trivia with a Twist at Bolts Sports Cafe in Englewood (FREE)
ENGLEWOOD - Featuring music vides, Youtube clips and regular trivia questions, Bolts Sports Cafe in Englewood hosts Trivia with a Twist from 7-9 p.m. every Tuesday at 910 S. Main St. There is no cover charge and prizes are awarded to winners. 

Triv Free or Die Hard at Blind Bob's Tavern (FREE)
DAYTON - Blind Bob's Tavern in the Oregon District hosts Triv Free or Die Hard from 7-9:30 p.m. every Tuesday. The trivia game is centered around pop culture and guests can win prizes. Food and drinks are available throughout the evening. Blind Bob's is located at 430 E. Fifth St. and can be reached at (937) 938-6405.

Open Mic Night at The Dublin Pub (FREE)
DAYTON - The Dublin Pub hosts its Open Mic Night starting at 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. Guests can bring their own instruments and perform with other musicians or solo. Accordingly, there's also a Irish Session. There is no cover charge and all types of music and styles are welcome. The Dublin Pub is located at 300 Wayne Ave. and can be reached at (937) 224-7822.

BINGO & Taco Tuesday at Lucky's Taproom and Eatery (FREE)
DAYTON - Lucky's Taproom and Eatery hosts free BINGO starting at 9 p.m. every Tuesday at 520 E. Fifth St. in the Oregon District in Dayton. Guests can win prizes while enjoying beer and tacos during Taco Tuesdays. Meat, fish and vegan options are available. For more information, call (937) 222-6800.

Relaxing Recreation                                                                           

Visit a beautiful park and discover it with
like-minded hikers this Tuesday.
Early Morning Discovery Hikes at Shawnee Prairie Preserve (FREE)
GREENVILLE - The Dark County Parks will host its Early Morning Discovery Hike at 8 a.m. Tuesday - and each Tuesday throughout the summer - at Shawnee Prairie Preserve, 4267 St. Rt. 502 W. in Greenville. The free hike explores bird watching, wildflowers, wildlife viewing and tree and fungi identification. The event takes place rain or shine. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from the park district. For more information, call (937) 548-0165.

Club Splash at The Beach Water Park (Evening Event)
MASON - From 8:30-11 p.m. every Tuesday evening through August 18, The Beach Water Park hosts Club Splash. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and a live DJ plays music until 11 p.m. The event is for teens and young people and admission is $10. For more information, 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.

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.

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.

$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.

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.

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. 

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                                                                     

Art Extravaganza at the Troy Library (FREE)
TROY -  The Troy Library, 419 W. Main St., has a program that puts imagination plus creativity together to make a work of art. This event is open to all ages. For more details contact the library at (937) 339-0502.

Water Fun at the Pleasant Hill Library (FREE)
PLEASANT HILL - Join the water fun with the Miami Soil and Water Conservation at the Pleasant Hill Library, 12 N. Main St. today at 1:30 p.m.  Registration is requested by calling the library at (937) 676-2731.

Busy Bookworms Story Time (Ages 3-5) at the Tipp Library (FREE)
TIPP CITY - The theme of this week's Busy Bookworms Story Time is Our Human Body. The free program takes place from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Tipp Library, 11 E. Main St.

Jumpy's Fun Zone - Double Ticket Tuesday 
TROY -  Jumpy's Fun Zone in Troy is open from 3-8 p.m. on Tuesdays and hosts Double Ticket day. All tickets for winners of games will be doubled at the prize desk. The fun center also offers unlimited laser tag for $15 (add unlimited jumping for $5) and unlimited jumping for $7. Stay and play with video games and 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

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Troy Man In Running for $1M Lays Potato Chip Flavor
Special Day to Honor Matt Allen this Thursday 
By Mike Woody
For My Miami County
Matt Allen, a Troy resident and Dayton
firefighter is one of four people in the
running to win $1 for creating a new
flavor for Lay's potato chips.
(Photo provided) 
The same combination of flavors used by Matt Allen to extinguish the hunger of his fellow firemen could potentially trigger a craving that blazes all throughout the country. Allen’s creation of a Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese potato chip is among the four finalists in Lay’s “Do Us A Flavor” contest. A nationwide vote will determine the winner of the $1 million grand prize.
A resident of Troy, Allen is a fireman for the City of Dayton, who routinely makes bacon macaroni and cheese when it’s his turn to cook at the station. The dish is always well-received, so when the decision was made to enter the Lay’s contest, the flavor to submit came easily.
“If it’s a hit at the station and fills those guys up, I know it has to be good,” Allen said.
More than 14 million entries were submitted - with the other finalists being Lay’s Cappuccino, Lay’s Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger and Lay’s Wavy Mango Salsa. All four flavors will be available for purchase in stores very soon. Also, on Thursday at Troy Town Square, is being proclaimed as “Lay’s Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese Potato Chip Day,” by Mayor Michael L. Beamish. The event is at 11 a.m. and is open to the public. Each flavor will be available to taste and vote for.
Allen’s hope is that the inclusion of the beloved bacon will appeal to the masses.
“Everything is better with bacon in it,” he said.
Allen’s fondness for bacon dates back for as far as he can remember. “I think I was saying bacon before I could speak.”
The four finalists were taken to the Lay’s headquarters in PlanoTexas to sample the flavors, and the result exceeded Allen’s expectations. “It was better than I could ever imagine,” he said.
To help Allen win, area residents can use the
information at the bottom of this article to vote!
Last week the finalists unveiled their flavors in New York City on gigantic screens high above Times Square. They then distributed free samples from a 24-foot all-electric Frito-Lay delivery truck. In addition, they all appeared on “Good Morning America.” The experience of appearing on national television provided Allen with feelings of nervousness he said he never knew existed.
The whirlwind of activity has all been hard for Allen to fathom.  He’d previously never entered any contests and is now on the verge of winning one that could forever change his life.
“It’s all be surreal; I’m just a small, hometown boy and it’s pretty cool to think that people from all over could be eating my idea,” he said.
If Allen is the winner - and receives the $1 million or one percent of the flavor’s net sales through July 1, 2015 (whichever is higher), he plans to start a college education fund for his eight-month-old son and probably take a family vacation. Allen would continue with the fire department due to the love for his work.
This is the second ever Lay’s “Do Us A Flavor” contest, with the 2013 winner being the Lay’s Cheesy Garlic Bread flavored potato chip.
From July 28 to October 18, 2014, consumers may vote once each day for Allen on www.DoUsAFlavor.com; via Twitter, Instagram, and/or Vine using the hash tag #SaveBaconMac and/or via text message by texting “BaconMac” to 24477 (CHIPS). The winning flavor will be revealed in November and will remain on store shelves following the completion of the contest. 
Miami Valley Music Fest Back for 6th Year this Friday & Saturday 
Huge Lineup, Free Tent Camping Available
TROY - The Miami Valley Music Fest will return to the Troy Eagle's Campground on Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2 at 2252 Troy-Urbana Road.
Anders Osborne is this year's headline act at the Miami Valley
Music Fest in Troy, taking place August 1-2.
This year's lineup features more than two-dozen bands performing on four stages, including headliners Anders Osborne, Such a Night: A Tribute to the Last Waltz, The Spikedrivers, Mike Perkins and Shrub.
Tickets for the show are currently available online (HERE) and also are available the day of each show. Tickets are $45 pre-sale, $30 at the gate for Friday only, $40 at the gate for Saturday only and $60 at the gate for the full weekend. Camping is also available for $20 for RVs and free to tent campers.
The music festival is a non-profit event, and since its inception in 2008, the festival has raised more than $8,000 for local charities.
The musical line-up features many different genres, including rock, blues, bluegrass, reggae, electronic, and more. Attendees can also enjoy food from local vendors, visual art displays by local artists, dance performances and informational booths hosted by local charities.
“We are very excited about this year’s line-up. You won’t find a bill in this area with this much local talent,” said Brad Denson, festival director. “This year’s event is not only the biggest yet, in terms of showcasing incredible talent, but also in promoting local charity organizations."
For tickets and to plan your weekend, visit www.miamivalleymusicfest.com. To view this year's full lineup, click HERE.
The Hayner Days Festival One Week Away
Deadline for Contest Entries this Thursday & Friday
TROY - “Everything seems to be falling into place for Hayner’s once-in-a-hundred-years event,” said Troy-Hayner Cultural Center Director Linda Lee Jolly of the upcoming Hayner Days Festival - taking place on August 9 in downtown Troy at 301 W. Main St.
The festival is the centerpiece of a year-long celebration of the centennial of Troy’s famous landmark, the Hayner mansion.
The festival includes a variety of daytime activities from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., followed by an evening concert with the Tom Daugherty Orchestra and a spectacular light show grand finale. Admission is free and the event is open to the public, as are most of the activities at the Hayner. Fees apply to food and some vendors at the festival. 
A once-in-a-hundred-years event will take place on August 9 at the
Troy-Hayner Cultural Center in Troy. The festival will offer a number
of contests, with registration currently taking place. Additionally,
the Hayner is seeking volunteers to work the festival. See information
for the contests and volunteering in this article. 
“It’s a day planned to combine old-fashioned fun with the energy that is today’s modern cultural center,” Jolly said.
Daytime activities include a carousel and kiddie midway, an antique car show, historic bicycle exhibit, live entertainment on two stages, The Victorian Magic Lantern Theatre, a cake walk, food vendors, art activities and artist tents, living history house tours and much more.
Additionally, registration is now open for three competitions designed to be part of the celebration. All entry forms, contest and festival details are available at www.troyhayner.org.
A children’s drawing contest, “You Be The Architect,” encourages children ages 4-12 to design a dream home and enter to win free homemade ice cream coupons at the festival. Deadline for entries is August 1. All of the entries will be displayed at the Hayner Days Festival.
A cake decorating contest is open to decorators in four age groups; children to age 14, amateur adults (14 and up) and Master Decorators (individual, professional or trained decorators) and Group entries (bakeries, restaurants, businesses or trained instructors). One grand prize of $100 will be awarded for the Best of Show. First, second and third place ribbons will be awarded in all categories relating to themes “Victorian Floral.” “Holiday Cakes” and “Hayner’s Centennial.” Decorators are being asked to donate their creations for the benefit of the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. They will be used as the prizes at the fundraising cakewalk that will follow the judging. The form and the $5 entry fee are due by August 1. The cakes should be delivered to the Cultural Center between 9-11:30 a.m. on August 9 for the judging at 11:30 a.m.
Human Checkers is an event open to teams of 13, including
a coach and can be enjoyed by businesses, non-profit
organizations, church groups and friends.
Lively rounds of Human Checkers will take place on West Main Street throughout the festival day. The competition is open to any pre-registered group of 13 people (12 checkers and a coach). Businesses, non-profits, church groups, friends or neighbors are invited to step up to the challenge. All participants will receive a Hayner centennial souvenir and the winning team will receive a trophy. The deadline for teams to register is July 31.
The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is a volunteer organization and another way to participate is to volunteer at the Hayner Days Festival.
“A volunteer steering committee has designed this wonderful day, but we think we will need about 130 people working in two shifts to make it run smoothly,” Jolly said. Volunteers are needed to help with children’s arts and crafts, historic games and midway games and as vendors, cashiers, and elevator operators. Set-up crews and parking attendants are also needed. People willing to help should call or leave a message at the Center by calling (937) 339-0457 and the Volunteer Coordinator will return the call.
93-Year-Old Troy Man Receives Bird's Eye Wish of a Lifetime 
Warren Jackson and His Son Fly Over Family Farm in Hot Air Balloon 
TROY - The serenity of floating through the air in a hot air balloon to view his 40-acre Ohio family farm from a new vantage point is 93-year-old Warren Jackson’s Wish of a
Warren Jackson (middle) was granted a wish and flew above his
family farm in Miami County in a hot air balloon.
(Photos provided) 
Lifetime. That wish was granted this week when Brookdale, It’s Never Too Late (iN2L) and Wish of a Lifetime joined together to send Warren and his son to new heights in a ride in the sky over Miami County, and it was all caught on videotape!
“Everything was super,” said Cecil Jackson, Warren’s son. “My dad really enjoyed it and is still talking about it! It’s difficult for him to remember sometimes and we are thrilled that he can remember his wish. This experience brought our entire family together.” Warren is a resident of Sterling House of Troy, a Brookdale senior living community.
Warren’s farm has been in his family for more than 100 years. One can imagine the strong emotional ties this farmer has to the land where he harvested corn, hay and beans to provide for his family and where he lived for 60 years. Warren and his wife inherited the farm from her parents many years ago and now it belongs to their daughter and son. During the ride, Warren recounted the hundreds of memories he made with his family
Warren recounted hundreds of memories as he flew
over his family farm.
while living there. Warren was not only a farmer, but also active in the Troy community. He is a World War II veteran, a former member of the local school board and served as an advocate in the community for soil conservation.
In 2010, Brookdale Senior Living and Wish of a Lifetime formed a partnership to provide a helping hand in making some of the dreams of Brookdale’s residents come true. iN2L, a provider of specialized resident computer systems heard that Warren enjoys viewing hot air balloons on their system in his Brookdale community and wanted to join in to make Warren’s Wish a reality.
To request a "Wish," residents fill out a Wish application explaining an experience they would like to have fulfilled and how that experience relates to one or more dimensions of Brookdale’s Optimum Life platform.
For more information about Brookdale, iN2L and Wish of a Lifetime, visit www.brookdaleliving.com and www.in2l.com and www.seniorwish.org.
311 Drafthouse: A Hometown Bar - With Great Food
By Matt Bayman
PIQUA - It's Monday afternoon in downtown Piqua. Inside of the 311 Drafthouse a musical duo is practicing in the corner - preparing for a future gig at the tavern. At the bar, patrons sample a variety of craft beers while feasting on already famous sandwiches and pizza.
Kathleen and Gregg Wyatt opened the 311 Drafthouse on
Dec. 13. The pub, which has 20 beers on tap and a full
American-themed menu, is already receiving rave reviews,
not just for its food and beer, but customer service.
(Photo by Matt Bayman)
The 311 Drafthouse, located at 311 N. Main St., is Piqua's newest tavern, and it's already receiving rave reviews from customers, not only for its food, beer selection and atmosphere, but also its exceptional customer service.
"We want to offer great service first," said Gregg Wyatt, who owns the bar with his wife, Kathleen. "Amazing service makes food better."
The 311 Drafthouse features 20 beers on tap, from everyday domestics to GuinnessKentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Magic Hat No. 9 and Angry Orchard, as well as an ever-changing selection of popular craft beers and wines and spirits. To add to the experience, the tavern features an American-themed menu with items such as: a double decker Classic Rueben, The Melted Madness Cheeseburger, The Crazy Horse burger (infused with jalapeno, horseradish, onion and a signature "crazy horse sauce"), the Savory Brat and Pepper Bacon Brat. Each Sandwich comes with a side of hand-made french fries and pickle. Or, patrons can order a cup of chili, soup and cool crisp salad as the side. Then there are the pizzas.
"Our pizzas have gone over very well," Gregg said. "They are nine-inch pizzas and you can add almost anything you possibly want on them."
Kathleen said she and Gregg change their menu and beer selection from time to time to offer patrons a different and unique experience.
"We want to be Piqua's hometown bar; where everybody can come to relax and hang out," she said.
Throughout the week, the 311 Drafthouse offers a number of specials. On Monday, patrons can enjoy any nine-inch pizza, a basket of wings and a pitcher of domestic beer for $15. On Tuesday all pints (including high-end craft beers) are $3.11. Wednesday is Brat Night, where the Savory Brat is offered for $3.11. Thursday is Pork Tenderloin Night, which are served on a first-come-first-served basis between 3-7 p.m.
"We had a big demand for the (pork) tenderloins, so we're going to offer them on Thursdays only, and we'll only keep about 200 at a time," Gregg said. 
Gregg said all meats at the tavern are served fresh and are never frozen.
The 311 Drafthouse offers 20 beers on tap and hosts happy hour
from 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.
(Photo by Matt Bayman)
On designated Sundays, the pub will also have live music.
"We want to have our music on nights that other bars aren't," Kathleen said.
In fact, Kathleen said she looks forward to partnering with other pubs and businesses in the downtown and encouraging visitors and residents to hop around to each establishment to enjoy different aspects of each location.
"We're interested in giving people of the area different options. They can go to Z's (sports bar) and dance, stop over at Mulligans (Pub) for some live music and come over here to experience a different atmosphere," she said.
One of the ways the 311 Drafthouse will encourage patrons to return to the bar is through its "Comeback Special."  
"If you come in for lunch, we want you to come back that day at happy hour and get a free appetizer with your dinner order," Kathleen said. Appetizers include: Cheese Poppets, Beer Cheese Fondue, Deep Fried Mushrooms, Nachos, boneless wings and Chili Cheese Fries.
The interior of the 311 Draft House is divided into three sections. There is an Event Room that is separate from the bar area and is for larger groups of patrons. The bar area features a beautiful wrap-around bar and an additional side with a fireplace is for patrons who may want a little more privacy.
When constructing the bar, which opened on Dec. 13, 2013, Gregg and Kathleen used the building's historical features to design a quaint and inviting atmosphere. This included keeping the exposed, historic red brick and original tin vaulted ceilings. During warm months an outdoor beer garden and dining area will be available and also will be used for live music and entertainment.
Gregg and Kathleen are not from Piqua, but said they plan to move to the community in the near future.
"I can't tell you how wonderful the people of Piqua have been," Kathleen said. "They've been so heart-warming and welcoming."
Gregg is originally from Arizona and Kathleen from Wisconsin. They both work for the United States  Air Force and have traveled and lived all around the world. But they both said Piqua already has a special place in their hearts.
"There's just something about it. Piqua picked us," Kathleen said.
The 311 Drafthouse is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday; and 12 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. The pub can be reached at (937) 615-9705. To preview the menu, click HERE. To preview the beer selection, click HERE. Watch My Miami County for upcoming events at the 311 Drafthouse, or follow them on Facebook HERE.