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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

La Piazza 20 years in Troy 20 days of deals

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Church g omin revival c oy up in Tr page 4

Small Tow n Singers to perform page 5

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

La Piazza celebrates 20 years in Troy Italian restaurant offers 20 days of deals to mark milestone BY LINDY JURACK iN75 Editor TROY — La Piazza in downtown Troy is celebrating its 20th anniversary with 20 days of specials, drawings and wine tastings to thank the community for its loyal support. The celebration starts Saturday and continues through Oct. 4. The Italian restaurant on the square will offer daily food, wine and bar specials throughout the 20 days, including retro pricing on a few items. Daily drawings will be held for retail products and gift cards. On Monday nights during the 20-day span, the restaurant will offer 20 percent off (excluding alcohol), and on Tuesdays, wine tastings will be offered in the bar for $20 per person, including light snacks. Wine raffle One highlight of the anniversary celebration is the raffle of a 5 liter bottle of Banfi Brunello di Montalcino, which is signed by the winemaker and valued at $800. Tickets are $5 per entry, and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Troy Foundation. Also during the 20-day event, the regular weekly

features continue. On Sunday nights, kids eat free. Appetizers are half price on Wednesday nights. Thursday nights feature music with Scott Oglesbee. “One of the biggest things we’re trying to do is not just a shout out that we’re 20 years old, but we are doing it to thank people,” owner Michael Anticoli said. La Piazza opened in downtown Troy in 1992, but Anticoli was no stranger to the industry. His family has been in the restaurant business for 82 years and three generations, making them the longest continually operating restaurant family in the Miami Valley. His family opened its first place in downtown Dayton in the ’30s. Anticoli literally grew up in the business, doing everything from busing tables and washing dishes to cooking and tending bar to office work. “It becomes a part of you,” he said. Welcomed by Troy When Anticoli headed north and opened La Piazza in Troy, he was embraced by the city and surrounding communities. “The loyalty people have given us is huge,” he said.


Guests have been dining at La Piazza on the Troy square for 20 years.The restaurant is celebrating its 20th anniversary by offering 20 days of deals. “We know they have choices. We’re proud to be part of the town, and we like to be considered one of the places that’s unique in town.” Three years ago, Anticoli reached even farther north by opening a second location in New Bremen. He said the restaurant was so heavily supported from that area that he wanted to give them a La Piazza of

their own. Consistency Anticoli said the Troy restaurant has changed a few things over time, but consistency is one of its keys to success. “One of the things we pride ourselves on is we don’t change very much,” he said. “Our main core in our menu and how we serve and what we do has not changed from day one.

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People come in here and they know what they’re going to get and what to expect.” One of those core values is not cutting corners — on food or service. Almost everything is made from scratch daily, and the chefs utilize local ingredients wherever possible. All the recipes have been developed over years and years. The cheese comes straight from Italy, the bread from Chicago. “This is what we do to be different. Everything you see on the plate is built from raw ingredients up. That’s all done here,” Anticoli said. The lasanga is a popular favorite with diners, and Anticoli describes it simply with just one word — “delicious.” It is layered with pasta, meats, ricotto, fresh

spinach, tomato and cheeses. Popular buffet Another thing that brings hungry guests in the door is the lunch buffet, which is available daily. The buffet includes 11 items each day, and it’s always a different combination of foods. “Our buffet has been going almost since the beginning. It’s got to be one of the best deals in town,” Anticoli said. “It’s the same quality food as you would get ordering a meal off the menu, and it’s made fresh throughout the two hours it’s available.” The buffet, which costs $8.95, always features two soups — the house minestone and a fresh soup of the day, pasta selections, meat and/or seafood, vegetable, potato/starch, pizza of the day, mixed green salad and warm bread with herb butter. Each week, the buffet menu is posted online at “The buffet allows people to get in and out quick. It’s been wildly popular,” Anticoli said. Large menu The lunch menu also offers soup and sandwich or soup and salad combos; appetizers including bruschetta and calamari; sandwiches ranging from ham and cheese to cheeseburgers, fish and spaghetti and meatballs; a variety of salads; pizzas and calzones; and pasta and grill choices, including smoked chicken ravioli, tortelloni and eggplant parmigiana. The dinner menu boasts several appetizers and sal• See La Piazza on page 3


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• CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 ads, with pasta choices ranging from spaghetti to linguine con pollo picatta and a long list of grill items, including pork, chicken, eggplant, veal, filet mignon and salmon entrees, among many others. Pizza, calzones and meatball sandwiches also are served for dinner. The bar at La Piazza offers house recipes for cocktails and a great wine list. “We offer a lot of different wines by the glass so you can explore and taste without jumping into a whole bottle,” Anticoli said. Desserts fill out the La Piazza menu with cannolis, brownies, ice cream, sorbet, cheesecake, parfait, tiramisu and much more. All the offerings on the restaurants menu can be viewed on its website. Because it is seated right in the heart of downtown Troy, La Piazza’s outdoor patio is popular when the weather is good. “We are front and center for anything happening on Prouty Plaza,” Anticoli said. La Piazza also offers group events, including re-

hearsal dinners, retirement parties, holiday celebrations and the like. Its smaller room can seat up to 20 guests, and the party room can comfortably hold 80 people. Expert staff While Anticoli is using the 20th anniversary as a way to thank La Piazza’s customers, he knows none of it would be possible without his staff. “For me personally, the people we work with are the key to what we do. They represent what we do,” he said. “Our team — I’d put them up against anybody. We’re all in the same mind frame. Everybody gets it.” Anticoli invites everyone to come out to La Piazza in downtown Troy and join the staff in celebrating 20 years on the square with 20 days of deals. The anniversary specials are only available at the Troy location. La Piazza is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and for dinner Monday through Thursday 4:30 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4 to 10 p.m. and Sunday 4 to 9 p.m. Call La Piazza at (937) 339-5553.

Moms, sons invited to ‘travel’ the world with Gateway Arts Council SIDNEY — Mothers and their sons will have the opportunity to “travel the seven continents” all in one afternoon at Gateway Arts Council‘s event, Racing Around the World — A Mother/Son Adventure. This action-packed and fun-filled excursion is designed for a mother (or mother figure) and a son to participate in an exciting adventure, filled with a variety of interactive fun learning activities and crafts intended to highlight each of the seven continents. Play in the snow in Antarctica, do the kangaroo hop in Australia, play drums in Africa or make frogs in South America. These are just a few of the activities that await the boys and their moms as they travel from continent to continent. Adding to the travel experience, the boys will be given a passport, which will be stamped as they travel the world. Race Around the World will be held Sept. 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Senior

Center of Sidney-Shelby County, 304 S. West St. Tickets cost $10 for a mother and one son. Each additional son is $5. Tickets can be purchased at Gateway Arts Council, 216 N. Miami Ave., or at Ron & Nita’s in downtown Sidney. A special door prize will be given to a lucky mother and son, and hog dogs and snow cones will be available to each of the young adventurers. Proceeds from Racing Around the World help Gateway Arts Council carry out its mission in Shelby County to make art available “everywhere, at every time and for everyone.” Gateway fulfills this mission by providing arts and cultural programming to schools; presenting performances and concerts for children, families and adults throughout the year; making grants to other area arts organizations; providing musical instruments to school music students; mounting a major fine art exhibit


Sam Brabbin won last year’s door prize at the Racing Around the World event. featuring area artists each year; and providing free art activities for children at area festivals and events. Racing Around the World is sponsored by the

Ohio Arts Council, Honda and Vectren. For more information on this or any Gateway Arts Council event, visit or call (937) 498-2787.

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Troy Gospel Tabernacle to host revival Youth pastor J.J. Peck to speak on ‘The Vanishing Gospel’ each night TROY — A man with an incredible story will be the featured speaker at Troy Gospel Tabernacle’s revival Sept. 22-25. Jared “J.J.” Peck, the church’s youth pastor, will give his talk called “The Vanishing Gospel” each night of the revival at 7 p.m. The public is welcome, and all ages are encouraged to come. In “The Vanishing Gospel,” Peck will speak about how people are supposed to be a light in the world, and encourage people to get back to a place where they’re putting the gospel at the forefront of their entire lives, instead of it just being about attending church every Sunday. Church member Ramona Ashton said Peck is a great speaker. “He has a wonderful testimony of what he’s gone through in his life. If the Lord can help him, the Lord can help anybody,” she said.


Jared “J.J” Peck, youth pastor at Troy Gospel Tabernacle, will speak during the church’s revival Sept. 22-25. Though Peck’s talks during the revival won’t be about his personal story of salvation, it is quite a story. Shortly after he was born in June 1985 in Dayton, his mother called children’s services to report her son was crying and making her nervous. She also told the agency about

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her husband, the baby’s father, who was hospitalized in the intensive care unit after pouring gasoline on his body and catching himself on fire. After assessments were made, both Peck’s mother and father were court ordered for injections each month for bipolar, schizophrenic and manic depressive states. Peck said his mother was a prostitute and was picked up on drug charges, as well as child abuse, for which she served 3 1/2 years. Peck entered foster care and was placed in a home in which he was adopted. Due to early events in Peck’s life, anger and violence became an issue and the adoptive family put him in therapy and tried to work with him but couldn’t. Peck became involved with a street gang at a young age. Later on, at the age of 14, Peck was taken in by Chaplin Erv Holland and his wife, Angie, in Springfield. They began to parent and raise Peck, but he was

so wrapped up in his ways, he ended up getting put back in the system. The Hollands kept in contact and prayed for the young boy. Peck was then placed in residentals as well as boot camps and group homes, a total of 18 placements. He was put on medication due to his violence, and by age 17, he was on 21 different psychiatric medications. In August 2004, at just 18, Peck was facing a maximum of 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. While being locked up, Peck opened the Bible and read Hebrew 11:6, which talks about how it is impossible to seek God without faith. “For the first time, I actually understood it,” he said. Peck began to hold Bible studies while in jail, and promised God if he would get out, he would preach the word on the streets. He got out about a year later and was placed on intensive supervision

probation. He became inactive in the gang in which he was affiliated with and gave up drug dealing. Peck said he gave his life to the Lord and now preaches in the streets and travels around evangelizing in churches. He also performs gospel rap he calls biblical rhymes, in which he freestyles to a beat about everything concerning the scriptures and his life. When the Hollands started Troy Gospel Tabernacle, Peck joined them as youth pastor. He still lives in Springfield, and now, at age 27, is married to wife, Merissa. Together they have a daughter, Zuriah, who is almost 2. Peck also has a son, Isaiah, 7, from a previous relationship. In addition to preaching, Peck is attending school to become a barber. Although his story may be tough to hear, Peck said it’s not hard for him to talk about, and the young people at his church have all heard it. He hopes they’ll learn from his mistakes.

One of his most important lessons for youth is to not be mislead by bad company. “If you hang out with bad people, you’ll end up taking their characteristics and applying it to your own life,” he said. “Everything becomes a habit, and once you turn it into a habit, it becomes a habitation; it’s somewhere that you live. Learn how to live a good life.” When he preaches on the streets, Peck said he often meets people who say they’ve done so much wrong and don’t think God would want them. “That’s how they understand God died for us … to save us from sin, not to keep us in it,” he said. He encourages gang members and drug users to look at their environment, stop making excuses and get out of their situations. For more about Peck, visit his website at Troy Gospel Tabernacle is located at 336 Ellis St.

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The raffle raises funds for the Miami Valley Spina Bifida Organization. The money will be used to send local kids with spina bifida to conventions and camps, and to buy medical supplies, such as crutches and wheelchairs. This is the 29th year the club is raising money for spina bifida with its Corvette raffle, and throughout the years, the club has donated $440,000 to the cause, according to the club’s charity director

Tom Witt. This year’s goal is to raise $10,000 for spina bifida. The club also supports local fire departments, food pantries and other organizations with the funds raised, as well as getting a start on next year’s raffle. Tickets cost $175 each, and only 400 tickets will be sold, giving ticket-holders incredible odds. Visit to download the form and mail it in with a check.


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Small Town Singers to perform two local shows The Small Town Singers will perform two shows in the Miami County area later this month — an oldies show and a gospel show. The group will perform its Doo-Wap Oldies but Goodies Show Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at Staunton Grange, 1530 N. Market St., Troy. The group will present a gospel show Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. at Sarver’s Barn in Overlook Park, 444 N. Miami St., West Milton. Limited tickets are available for a donation of $10 each. Checks may be made payable to Steve Chambers, and sent to Small Town Singers Concert Tickets, 936 Crestview Drive, Troy, OH 45373. The Small Town Singers is a singing group of six vocalists from the Willard area. This is the first time the group will perform in the Miami County area, something its members have wanted to do for some time, according to Sandra Lutz, a spokeswoman for the group. “We set this date a year ago so it would be on their calendar,” Lutz said. “They would love to do more shows in the area. Their schedule has been so tight the last couple of months that they have had to schedule as many as three shows in one day.” Lutz said the Small Town Singers have something special that goes beyond their musical abilities. “I have truly never met a group of singers that support and encourage each other in their singing and personal lives as this group does. They are so giving to the communities and local nursing facili-

ties,” she said. Steve Chambers calls himself the founding father, lovingly referred to as the “old man of the group” at 54 years old. Five years ago, Chambers began entering a few singing contests, winning a few and losing a few, before deciding to form the group. Because he is retired, Chambers and his wife DJ weddings, parties and other special occasions. “I am so proud of our group,” Chambers says. “While we strive for perfection, our goal is to entertain and bring a few smiles to the faces we see in area nursing homes, churches and other venues.” Valarie Lane, of Willard, works as a deputy clerk at the Huron County Clerk of Courts Legal Department in Norwalk. Music has been present throughout her life from growing up listening to records and later performing in the school band, orchestra, guitar ensemble and choir. Lane turned her life over to Jesus 18 years ago, and hopes to touch lives and share her faith with others through her music. She enjoys writing songs, singing, playing guitar and painting. She is the youth group leader at Faith Community Church in Crestline. Patrick Jaeckin, 22, has been singing professionally for several years. He got started in fifth grade as a member of the Honor’s Choir of Richland County. He then joined the Fun Center Chordsmen Chorus from Mansfield. He has been singing tenor for the past four years, and says being asked to join the Small town Singers

was one of the best things that has happened to him. Becky Plotner has taken her love of music and turned it into a career. In addition to singing with the Small Town Singers, she is the director of music at Willard City School. She has a bachelor’s degree in music education and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Heidelberg University. Scott Barnett has been singing with the group for about two years, but his singing days began long before that. He began singing at age 6 and sung his first solo at age 11 during a school musical. He attended Wright State University and Ashland University and was a participant in the University Chamber Singers, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and University Chorus. Barnett is currently teaching sixth-grade students at St. Francis Xavier School, and also is the percussion instructor for the Willard High School Marching Band. He also is a member of his church’s praise choir. At 14, Olivia Adelman is the youngest member of the Small Town Singers. She has been with the group since September 2011. She has participated in children’s theater productions and in singing competitions in Cincinnati and Columbus, which is where she met Chambers. She was awarded the Grand Champion in the youth division at the 2012 Wish Upon A Song competition in Van Wert, and sings each year at the Voices of Tomorrow show. As a member of Small Town Singers, she especially enjoys performing at nursing homes and churches.


The Small Town Singers will perform its Doo-Wap Oldies but Goodies Show later this month in Troy, and a gospel show in West Milton. Picture (l-r) are (back row) Patrick Jaeckin, Scott Barnett, (front row) Becky Plotner, Steve Chambers, Valarie Lane and Olivia Adelman.

Small Town Singers Doo-Wop Oldies But Goodies Show 6:30PM September 29, 2012 Staunton Grange 1530 N. Market St. Troy, Ohio

Gospel Show 2:00PM September 30, 2012 Sarver’s Barn Overlook Park 444 N. Miami St. West Milton, Ohio

Limited Tickets Are Available For A Donation Of $10 Each. Checks Should Be Payable To Steve Chambers And Sent To: Small Town Singers Concert Tickets 936 Crestview Drive Troy, Ohio 45373 For More Information Call (419) 706-8301

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Terry Fator brings Vegas show to Troy BY JIM DAVIS TDN Staff Writer TROY — It may not be the Las Vegas strip, but Adams Street in Troy will get to unveil its own brand of star-powered swagger in mid-December. Hobart Arena will welcome back ventriloquist Terry Fator Dec. 14, marking the second appearance in Troy by the veteran entertainer. He previously performed in Troy in December 2008. Tickets are on sale now for the Dec. 14 show, which is co-sponsored by the I-75 Newspaper Group and Hobart Arena. “Troy and the Greater Miami Valley Area should be very proud to once again host Terry Fator and his Las Vegas show. His show will go dark during the holidays, and a very few venues will see his show far off the Vegas strip. We are one of the selected few,” said Frank Beeson, group publisher for the I-75 Newspaper Group. “Fator first came to Troy in celebration of the Troy Daily News’ 100th anniversary, and it

was the beginning of a long-running partnership between the city of Troy/Hobart Arena and the I-75 Newspapers. Our newspapers (Troy Daily News, Piqua Daily Call and Sidney Daily News, along with the Greenville Daily Advocate and Eaton Register Herald) are very fortunate to bring such high-caliber entertainment to this region.” Hobart Arena Director Ken Siler said the arena floor will be reconfigured to accommodate Fator’s Vegas-style show, which, in turn, will provide additional seating capacity. “The last time we had him here in 2008, he sold the place out … so we changed the layout to be able to accommodate more people. And also this time, he will have a full band with him, so it will be more like his act in Vegas,” he said. “We’re very excited to have a headlining act from the strip in Las Vegas — a $100 million dollar act … and I hope that people in the area don’t miss the opportunity to see a world-class act


Ventriloquist Terry Fator — shown performing at Hobart Arena in December 2008 — will return to Troy Dec. 14 for an 8 p.m. show at Hobart. here in Troy, Ohio.” Fator, who took the top prize in season two of “America’s Got Talent” (2007), is known for his spot-on celebrity impressions and ventriloquism expertise. He signed a multi-million dollar con-

tract in 2008 to perform at The Mirage hotel and casino in Las Vegas, where he has entertained thousands of visitors. The Texas native is expected to bring his successful Vegas act to Hobart, where Fator will share the

stage with several “unique” personalities in the form of his puppets. Some of Fator’s “costars” include Duggie Scott Walker — a mullet-wearing, party animal who is “the kind of (neighbor) you’d love to hang with,

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but hate to have living next door”; Emma Taylor — the little girl with the big voice; Julius — a soul singer with a touch of Nat King Cole and James Brown; Winston — an impersonating turtle who thinks he’s the real star of the show; and Wrex — a crash test dummy who will quickly remind the audience that he is “an impact assessment consultant.” Although Siler said he was fairly busy during Fator’s 2008 appearance at Hobart, he said he caught snippets of the show and said the entertainer’s performance was riveting. “It’s just unbelievable that he can impersonate people without opening his mouth,” he said. Tickets for the Dec. 14 show are $40, $54 and $72 and can be purchased through the Hobart Arena website (www.hobartarena), at the arena box office during normal business hours or by phone at (937) 339-2911. For more information about Terry Fator, visit his website at


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Cruise-in to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Memory Walk The idea to host a cruise-in to benefit Alzheimer’s came about because Koester Pavilion has a specialized Memory Care Unit. “We wanted to support the Alzheimer’s cause,” she said. The residents also get in on the fun when the staff members take them out to see the cars and join the party. They also choose a car to receive the Resident’s Choice Award. The Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk will take place in Troy Oct. 7 at Troy Memorial Stadium. Walks also are taking place in Dayton Sept. 22, Yellow Springs Sept. 29, Greenville Sept. 30 and Sidney Oct. 13. Visit for more information on all the events and to register and donate. The Memory Walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions. The


Florence Leugers, a resident of Koester Pavilion, enjoys an up-close look at the cars during last year’s Cruise-in for a Cure, which benefits the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk. event unites the entire community — family, friends, co-workers, social and religious groups and more — in a display of combined strength and dedication in the fight against this devastating disease. While there is no fee to register, each participant is expected to fundraise in

order to contribute to the cause and raise awareness. The Alzheimer’s Association provides free, easy-touse tools and staff support to help each participant reach his or her fundraising goal. Koester Pavilion is a skilled nursing care center offering opportunities for rehabilitation and senior

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ion’s mission is to serve residents “with kindness and professionalism, while striving to attain the highest possible quality of life and quality of care for each.” The unique grounds offer a koi pond, open fields, trees and a large shaded porch with rocking chairs where residents can relax and spend time with family and friends. For those who prefer a bit faster pace, the activity program includes numerous outings that range from lunches out, drives to enjoy Christmas lights, Cincinnati Red’s games, fairs and even boat rides on Indian Lake. In addition to large resident rooms, the facility features a lounge, dining room, recreation center, chapel, three family rooms, a library, beauty salon, flower and vegetable gardens and a brand new multi-purpose room addition. Koester also is home to a large bird aviary, a resident cat and an aquarium. For more information on Koester Pavilion, visit or call (937) 440-7663.

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TROY — The third annual Cruise-in for a Cure will take place this Sunday at Koester Pavilion on the campus of Upper Valley Medical Center, 3232 N. County Road 25-A. All proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk in Troy. This year, organizers are welcoming National Sprint Car Hall of Fame driver Jack Hewitt, along with his famous twoseater sprint car. The event also features food, door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, vendors and a silent auction. The public is welcome and encouraged to come dressed in ’50s and ’60s style. Registration is from 10 a.m. to noon, and awards will be presented at 2 p.m. Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 cars entered. To pre-register, contact Elaine Bergman at (937) 440-5103 or Bergman said the cruise-in has grown since its first year. Last year’s event, despite some rain drops, had about 30 cars and raised $1,200 for the Alzheimer’s Association.

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GET UP & GO Rhythm Filling Station TROY — Coming up at the Filling Station this weekend is bike night with Brown Street Breakdown Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. with specials on pulled pork; Cover It Up Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. with specials on fried shrimp; Tommy Girl Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. with New York strip specials; and blues and barbecue with Sonny Moorman Sunday from 6 to 10 p.m. 2331 W. Market St. ◆ Various dates and times ◆ ◆ (937) 3394800 Live band RUSSIA — The Drive will perform at Cruizer’s Bar and Grill Saturday evening. 115 North St. ◆ Saturday 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. ◆ $3 cover ◆ ◆ (937) 823-9774 Whitaker Brothers TIPP CITY — The Whitaker Brothers Band will perform at the Tipp Roller Mill Theater Saturday evening. The five-piece band consists of three brothers who were raised in a bluegrass gospel home in Ohio. Their parents sang and played bluegrass gospel for more than 50 years, performing in the U.S. and Canada. All three brothers played in their mom and dad’s group, called Lilliemae and the Dixie Gospel Aires. The Whitaker brothers, from Kenton, started playing together as a band for the first time in 2007. Their music is highly influenced by the Country Gentlemen, the Seldom Scene, the Osborne Brothers and Bill Monroe. They also include a mixture of a song or two of older country classics with rich bluegrass har-

mony, along with some originals. To round out the band they are joined by lifelong friends and super pickers Mike Wright, who is a two-time state champion banjo picker, and Dwayne McCumbers, who has picked with Red Allen, the Allen brothers and many well known acts in bluegrass music. 225 E. Main St. ◆ Saturday 7:30 p.m. ◆ Admission $7 for adults, $4 for students K12 ◆ (937) 667-3696 DPO does Beethoven DAYTON — On Thursday and Saturday evenings, in the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, Music Director Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, with pianist Sara Davis Buechner as guest soloist, will present “Enter Beethoven,” the first concert in the DPO 2012-2013 Imagine Season and the Miami Valley and Good Samaritan Hospitals Classical Series. Richard Strauss’s tone poem “Don Juan” kicks off the concert with a fiery, flamboyant and audacious musical story of the world’s most well-known erotic hedonist. The Piano Concerto No. 1 written by a Beethoven follows, played by Sara Davis Buechner. She has performed with the world’s great orchestras, performed an active repertoire of more than 100 concerti by composers and has won awards at many of the world’s finest piano competitions around the world. 1 W. 2nd St. ◆ Thursday and Saturday 8 p.m. ◆ Tickets from $9 ◆ www.daytonphilharmonic.c om ◆ (937) 228-3630 More DPO DAYTON — On Friday evevning at the Schuster Center, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra will

present Respighi’s Roman Odyssey, the first concert in the DPO 2012-2013 Imagine Season’s Demirjian Classical Connections Series. In the unique Connections format of first half description and explanation and second half performance, DPO Music Director Neal Gittleman analyzes each movement. Spring features a free and improvisatory style depicting a sylvan romp. Much of The Adoration of the Magi, rustic and restrainedly joyful, derives from the hymn O Come, O Come, Emanuel. The Birth of Venus rises and falls in waves full of engrossing, beautiful light. The concert concludes with 44-year-old Ottorino Respighi’s colorful tone poem “The Pines of Rome.” 1 W. 2nd St. ◆ Friday 8 p.m. ◆ Tickets from $9 ◆ ◆ (937) 2283630 CityFolk DAYTON — CityFolk presents Vishten Saturday night at Gilly’s. Twin sisters Pastelle (accordion, piano, vocals) and Emmanuelle (bodhran, piano, whistles, vocals) LeBlanc formed Vishten on Prince Edward Island nearly 10 years ago and have captivated international audiences with their unique mix of vocals sung in French, traditional fiddle and accordion tunes, driving foot percussion and step dancing. 132 S. Jefferson St. ◆ Saturday 8 p.m. ◆ Tickets $25 ◆ ◆ (937) 496-3863 Ballroom with a Twist CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Pops Orchestra will present its show “Ballroom with a Twist” this weekend at Music Hall. What happens when the sizzling talent from “Dancing with the Stars,” “So

You Think You Can Dance” and “American Idol” strut their stuff on the same stage? You’ll have to be here to believe the energy and fire behind Ballroom with a Twist, a fast-paced dance showcase of tango, swing, samba and more, accompanied by live vocals and up-tempo tunes by the Cincinnati Pops. The show will feature pros from “Dancing with the Stars.” 1241 Elm St. ◆ Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. ◆ Tickets from $25 ◆ ◆ (513) 381-3300 ZZ Top CINCINNATI — Riverbend Music Center welcomes ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd with the Cadillac Black in a concert Friday night. 6295 Kellogg Ave. ◆ Friday 7 p.m. ◆ Tickets from $20 ◆ ◆ (513) 232-5885

Stage ‘Managing Maxine’ DAYTON — The Human Race Theatre Company presents “Managing Maxine,” a comedic look at love in the golden years, Thursday through Sept. 23 at the Loft Theatre. She’s bold, yet tender. She’s brash, but sincere. And at the age of 70, Maxine Levine may have just found real love for the first time in her life. When this lively widow finds a retired, reserved judge to her liking, they each discover that when it comes to romance, everything old is new again. But the memories of past loves and current heartbreaks of their children could derail any hope of happiness these late-in-life lovebirds may have. It’s the Midwest Premiere of a new comedy about septuagenarian sexiness and matronly merriment, with Broadway


This photograph by Sharon Gibbs is part of the photography contest exhibit on display now at Gateway Arts Council in Sidney. actress Jana Robbins as Maxine and television veteran Steve Vinovich as Arthur. 126 N. Main St. ◆ Various dates and times through Sept. 23 ◆ ◆ (937) 228-3630 ‘Smoke on the Mountain’ SPRINGBORO — La Comedia Dinner Theatre presents “Smoke on the Mountain: Homecoming” Thursday through Oct. 28. The Sanders family returns to La Comedia in an all new show. It’s set in October 1945. The war is over and America’s years of prosperity are just beginning. Join the Sanders family as they share their hilarious and touching sto-

ries and perform 25 bluegrass gospel favorites, such as “Leaning On the Everlasting Arms,” “Just Over in the Gloryland,” “I Love to Tell the Story” and “Do Lord.” 765 W. Central Ave. ◆ Various showtimes through Oct. 28 ◆ Tickets from $53 ◆ ◆ (937) 746-4554

Eye candy Photography exhibit SIDNEY — Gateway Arts Council’s biennial photography exhibit is on display now through the end of the month. It features 20 area photographers and more than 60 photographs. To be in the biennial art exhibit, all photographs had to be the


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original work of the photographer and taken within the last five years. Photographs were entered in one of five categories: People/Portraits/Pets, Landscape/Seascape/Nature, Cityscape/Architecture, Still Life and Abstract. A first- and second-place award will be given for each category along with a best of show award and honorable mentions. 216 N. Miami Ave. ◆ Now through Sept. 28, weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., evening and weekends by appointment ◆ Free ◆ ◆ (937) 498-2787 Mural unveiling PIQUA — The Piqua Arts Council is excited to present the community with the first public installation from the mARTket Mural project. The unveiling will happen at the Piqua Farmer’s Market Thursday. The market takes place at Canal Place, on the corner of Ash and Spring streets in downtown Piqua. This will serve as the home for the mural. Teens who worked on the mural will be recognized for their hard work and dedication. The teens and kids visiting the market, worked alongside local artist Betsy Williamson to create the 12-foot by 8-foot mural. The mural was started at the end of May and took more than 70 hours to complete. The Piqua Arts Council project was generously supported by Polysource. Canal Place ◆ Thursday 5 p.m. ◆ Free ◆ ◆ (937) 773-9630 Great Depression exhibit TROY — The TroyHayner Cultural Center

presents “Images of the Great Depression: A Documentary Portrait of Ohio” through Sept. 23. The Great Depression was an era in which documentary photography influenced how Americans thought and felt about themselves, their community and their hopes for the future. The Ohio Humanities Council commissioned a “rephotographic” survey of Ohio sites that had been originally photographed by documentarians in the 1930s, and then put together a traveling exhibition of archival and rephotographic scenes. 301 W. Main St. ◆ Through Sept. 23, Tuesday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Thursday 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. ◆ Free admission ◆ ◆ (937) 3390457 Nature Art Gallery TROY — The Nature Art Gallery at Brukner Nature Center is featuring photographer Ray Mueller in an exhibit of his images of wildlife and local natural areas. The exhibit will be open to the public during Interpretive Center hours through Sunday. A percentage of the sales of these works will support the mission of Brukner Nature Center. 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road ◆ Thursday 8 p.m. ◆ ◆ (937) 698-6493 Art at the Mill GREENVILLE — During September, the gallery at historic Bear’s Mill will feature watercolors by Muncie, Ind., resident Brian Gordy and Ben Deeter’s creative but functional pottery. Gordy’s work capturing the sculptural beauty and charm of turtles and

• CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 other wildlife fits perfectly in Bear Mill’s natural setting. Gordy, a naturalist as well as a watercolorist, has long been intrigued, appropriately enough, by water creatures. His work clearly demonstrates that fascination. Potter Ben Deeter said when he first touched clay while in high school, he came obsessed with the endless possibilities provided. The Bowling Green University graduate uses color rather than texture to bring interest to his work, and is incorporating patterns from nature into the pieces. 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road ◆ Friday through Sept. 23, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily ◆ Free ◆ ◆ (937) 548-5112 ‘You Are My Superhero’ DAYTON — Dayton Art Institute shows off its super powers this summer with its “You Are My Superhero” exhibit, open now through Sept. 23. Beginning with images that reflect the golden age of comics, the exhibition will look at how those popular superheroes from the 1940s to the 1970s relate to their predecessors and how they have changed over the years to reflect society. 456 Belmonte Park ◆ Through Sept. 23 ◆ Adults $12, students/seniors $9, youth 7-17 $6, children 6 and younger and museum members free ◆ ◆ (937) 2235277

Family fun Taste of Troy TROY — Fourteen local restaurants will offer up samples of their menus Saturday during

Taste of Troy. Expect to taste a wide range of food from a variety of independent restaurants including Cajun, Italian, Mexican, classic American fare, locally grown and raised and more. In addition to the food, guests can listen to live music, shop at the Downtown Farmers Market, participate in beer and wine tastings and have a sneak preview of the Mayflower Arts Center. Downtown Troy ◆ Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. ◆ Admission is free, food samples require one to five tickets with tickets selling for $1 each ◆ ◆ (937) 339-5455 Bluegrass festival PLEASANT HILL — MT TOP VFW 6557 in Pleasant Hill is hosting a bluegrass festival this weekend. Headliners include Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers and also Lost and Found. Also performing are Justin Hoke and Company, Shades of Blue, Bob Hamblin and Dixie Ryders, New Outlook Bluegrass and Evan Lanier and Bluegrass Express. The festival also will include raffles and a 50/50 drawing. Primitive camping is available for $5 a day. Lawn chairs are encouraged. 7578 Fenner Road ◆ Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 1 p.m. Friday admission $10, Saturday admission $20, Total weekend package $40, children 15 and younger admitted free with paying adult ◆ or WACO fly-in TROY — WACO owners fly their aircraft back to Troy, the site of their manufacturer, during the WACO Celebration and Fly-In this weekend.

Come and see these aircraft close up and talk to the people who restored, maintain and fly these machines. Tour the newly renovated WACO Air Museum, enjoy food and for an additional fee, take a ride in an open cockpit biplane. 1865 S. County Road 25-A ◆ Friday through Sunday Admission $8 for adults, $4 for those 7-17, free for children younger than 7 ◆ ◆ (937) 335-9226 Nocturnal Adventure TROY — Join Brukner Nature Center staff to celebrate the autumn equinox Saturday in a nocturnal adventure. An equinox occurs twice a year, signaling the equal hours of night and day. In the fall, there is a sense of magic in the woods as the hours signal animals to sing one more time before the crisp cool temperatures set in. 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road ◆ Saturday 8:30 p.m. ◆ ◆ (937) 698-6493 BNC bird life TROY — Brukner Nature Center invites the public out to its vista to view bird life Sunday afternoon. Enjoy a homemade cookie and a hot cup of bird-friendly coffee and join members of the BNC Bird Club as you

learn to identify our feathered friends. 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road ◆ Sunday 2 to 4 p.m. ◆ ◆ (937) 698-6493 Mid-Day Arts Cafe DAYTON — Victoria Theatre Association’s Mid-Day Arts Cafe will be held Tuesday afternoon at the Schuster Center. The series, held one Tuesday a month, highlights the professional arts organizations in the Dayton area. The presenting group gives an hour-long session, providing a little insight into its mission, productions and events, and maybe even a preview performance. Guests are welcome to ask questions. A box lunch is provided by Citilites Restaurant and Bar. This Tuesday’s presenting group is Victoria Theatre Association. 1 W. 2nd St. ◆ Tuesday 11:30 to 1 p.m. ◆ $12 ◆ ◆ (937) 228-3630 Wrestling show LIMA — The stars of Bruiser Wrestling return to Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center in downtown Lima for “September to Remember 2012” Saturda. 7 Town Square ◆ Saturday 6:30 to 10:30 p.m ◆ Tickets $10 in advance, $14 at the door ◆ ◆ (419) 224-1552

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Opening Friday ‘Finding Nemo 3D’


“Finding Nemo” follows the comedic and momentous journey of an overly protective clownfish named Marlin and his son Nemo, who become separated in the Great Barrier Reef when Nemo is unexpectedly taken far from his ocean home and dumped into a fish tank in a dentist’s office. Buoyed by the companionship of Dory, a friendly-but-forgetful Pacific regal blue tang, Marlin embarks on a dangerous trek and finds himself the unlikely hero of an epic effort to rescue his son, who hatches a few daring plans of his own to return safely home. (Walt Disney Pictures) Starring (voices): Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garrett Genre, rating: Family/comedy, G

Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres voice Marlin and Dory in “Finding Nemo 3D.”

‘Resident Evil: Retribution’

Milla Jovovich stars in “Resident Evil: Retribution.”

The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice, awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C., and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun. (Sony) Starring: Milla Jovovich, Colin Salmon, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Kevin Durand Genre, rating: Action/adventure, R

Still showing ‘The Words’ Layered romantic drama “The Words” follows young writer Rory Jansen who finally achieves long sought after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There’s only one catch — he didn’t write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary star continues to rise, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man’s work, and for placing ambition and success above life’s most fundamental three words. (CBS Films) Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Ions, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana Genre, rating: Suspense/drama, PG-13

‘Lawless’ “Lawless” is the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers — bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. In this epic gangster tale, inspired by true-life tales of author Matt Bondurant’s family in his novel “The Wettest County in the World,” the loyalty of three brothers is put to the test against the backdrop of the nation’s most notorious crime wave. (Weinstein) Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska Genre, rating: Drama, R

‘The Possession’

Based on a true story, “The Possession” is the terrifying account of how one family must unite in order to survive the wrath of an unspeakable evil. Clyde and Stephanie Brenek see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host. (Lionsgate) Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Natasha Calis, Madison Davenport Genre, rating: Mystery/horror, PG-13

Now on DVD

• “Snow White and the Huntsman” • “Titanic 3D” • “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” • “Lola Versus” • “Girl in Progress” • “Goats” • “Elles” • “Beyond the Black Rainbow” • “The Loved Ones” • “Ghosts of the Abyss” • “The Big Bang: The Complete Fifth Season” • “30 Rock: Season Six” • “Castle: The Complete Fourth Season” • “Blue Bloods: The Second Season” • “Private Practice: The Complete Fifth Season” • “The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Third Season” • “Spartacus: Vengeance – The Complete Second Season” • “Terra Nova: The Complete Series” • “Absolutely Fabulous: 20th Anniversary Specials”


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Home and Away with Dana Wolfe Tailgating done right ... all the way to the end zone Well, it’s here! It’s that time of year when football fans dig out their fancy football attire, contact babysitters, clean out their vehicles, head to the grocery store for all the important foods that go with this significant rite of passage — tailgating! There is nothing that screams fall more than football and great food. In recent years, tailgating has become a sport all its own. A competition between friends, families and even teams. The good old days where you brought a portable grill, hot dogs, buns and chips are long gone. Today, menu planning starts in mid-July, and the more

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complex, the better. It’s not who won the game, it’s who had the best tailgating food. I have my own ideas and recipes for a great year. Avoid A False Start: Plan your meals ahead and make sure your meat is transported properly. Take a meat thermometer just to assure that it is cooked to the right temperature before serving. The Sideline: Make sure your area is decked out for your team. This means tables, tablecloths, banners and matching paper plates, napkins, forks and spoons. Decorate each person’s tumbler for drinks different, so you know exactly where your drink ended up. Defense: Keep raw meat separate, not exposed to any other surface. Keep a container of wet wipes on every table. Keep a plastic bag handy for grill tongs. Keep cold items cold and covered, and hot items covered in foil to keep them warm. Nobody wants to get sick at a football game! Kickoff: Time to eat! Prepare your game time food on your decked out table for only 20 minutes. After everyone fills up a plate, start covering food and storing it in containers. Remember, you’re here for a good time, too. After the first go around, they can help themselves. Overtime: Go around and introduce yourself to other opposing tailgaters, invite them over for some of your snacks. Some of the best football friends have been made this way.

You know they want to know what you are serving just in case it may be a litter better. The Zone: Don’t forget when the game is over (win or loose) be kind to others and pick up all your tailgating garbage. It’s going to be a great year for football so enjoy it! Here are some recipes from my “Big Game Food Playbook.” Go Bucks! Press Box Dip 1 15.5-ounce can yellow hominy, drained 1 15.5-ounce white hominy, drained 1 15-ounce can blackeyed peas, drained 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper 1/2 cup chopped, seeded tomato 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 8-ounce bottle zesty Italian-style salad dressing Mix all above ingredients and marinate for four hours. Serve with tortilla chips.

1/2 cup chopped onions with straight sides. Add 3 hard cooked eggs, the bell peppers and garchopped lic. Saute until tender, about three minutes. Sea- 1 cup salad dressing 1/2 cup sour cream son with salt and pepper. 2 tablespoons lemon Add the ground beef to juice or vinegar the vegetables. Stir and 1 teaspoon prepared cook about eight minutes, until the meat is no longer mustard 1 1/2 teaspoons salt pink and fully cooked. 1/4 teaspoon pepper Add tomato sauce, paste, barbecue sauce, Worchestershire and hot sauces into the skillet. Stir. Simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. Serve on mini buns.

Sideline Cookie Bars 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs 1/4 cup Hershey’s cocoa 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup melted butter 1 14-ounce can Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk 2 cups (12-ounce package) semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 cup Reese’s peanut butter chips 1 3.5-ounce can flaked coconut 1 1/2 cup chopped nuts Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine crumbs, cocoa, sugar and butter. Half-Time Sloppy Joes Press firmly on bottom of 1 tablespoon vegetable 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish or pan. Pour Eagle oil brand milk evenly over 1 green pepper, the crust. Top evenly with chopped remaining ingredients. 1 red pepper chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped Press down firmly. Bake Salt and pepper to taste 25 to 30 minutes until browned. Cool and chill 2 pounds ground beef thoroughly. Cut into bars 1 8-ounce can tomato before transporting to the sauce game. 3 tablespoons tomato paste Sour Cream 1 cup barbecue sauce Potato Salad 1 tablespoon Worch4 cups sliced, chilled, estershire sauce cooked potatoes 1 teaspoon hot sauce 1 cup sliced celery Heat oil in a large skillet

1/4 teaspoon dill weed Combine potatoes, celery, onion and eggs in a bowl. Combine and mix remaining ingredients. Add dressing to potato mixture; mix carefully (to break up potatoes to small). Cover and chill several hours before serving.


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Last call for photo entries Piqua Moonlight Stride and TROY — The time left to take pictures for Troy-Hayner Cultural Center mini photography exhibit “Then and Now — How Do You See It? A Rephotograph of Miami County” is coming to a rapid close. Matted photographs, along with the entry form and $5 fee, must be delivered to the center this weekend. Entries will be accepted Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The “Then and Now” prospectus and entry form may be downloaded from Hayner’s website,, or picked up at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St. Rephotography is the act of taking a photograph of the same site, with a time lag between the two images, a “then and now” view. There are 12 images from the 1930s and ’40s of specific locations throughout the Miami County area. The photographer revisits these locations and photographs a unique current vision of the spot(s). The 12 Miami County locations photographs are on displayed at

both the Hayner, where a hard copy of the sites can be picked up and the Hayner website. Entries will be displayed alongside the 12 historic images in the Hayner Art Studio from Sept. 30 through Nov. 25. This will be a people’s choice contest, with cash prizes. For additional requirements please check the prospectus. This contest will take place during Hayner’s photography contest “Through Our Eyes 9,” but is a separate small exhibit and a spin off on the the Ohio Humanities Council exhibit “Images Of The Great Depression In Ohio: Documentary Portraits Revisited” that is on display at the center through Sept. 23. Funding for this exhibit was made possible in part by the Ohio Humanities Council with support by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Hayner’s open hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, 7 to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (937) 3390457 or visit Hayner’s website.

Ride 2012 patch now available PIQUA — The eighth in a series of collectible patches for Mainstreet Piqua bike rides is now available. The patch was created for the Moonlight Stride and Ride to be held Sept. 22 at 7:45 p.m. at the Riverside Drive access point. The new patch closely mirrors the overall look of the new Mainstreet Piqua logo, but also features a bicycle and walker and the words “Stride N Ride 2012” also appear on the patch. Previous patches were created for the Harvest Bike Ride, “Think Spring” bike rides and previous Moonlight Stride and Ride events. The cost for the patch is $5 and will be available at the beginning of the ride on Sept. 22, or they can be picked up from the Main-

street Piqua office, 326 N. Main St. A limited number of patches is available. The Moonlight Stride and Ride gives participants the rare opportunity to ride their bicycles on the PATH after sunset. There will be luminaries set up along the edge of the bike PATH and all riders will be given a 22-inch glow-inthe-dark necklace (while supplies last). Walkers also are invited to be a part of the moonlight PATH event. The event starts at the Riverside Drive access point to the PATH at 7:45 p.m. Moonlight Stride and Ride participants should plan to make their way downtown at the conclusion of the event to join the Dancing in the Moonlight and Cruise-In that will already be under way. Danc-

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ing in the Moonlight will feature music from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. Both events are free and open to anyone who would like to participate. Car enthusiasts are invited to bring their antique or collectible car to the cruise-in for everyone to enjoy. There will be no judging. The Moonlight Stride and Ride is sponsored by Edison Community College. The inaugural Miami County Chili Cookoff is being held in conjunction with the event this year, and there will chili from at least a dozen restaurants from throughout Miami County. An $8 ticket will get you unlimited chili and hot dogs with all the proceeds benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information, call (937) 773-9355 or visit

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