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Troy readies to light its holiday tree TROY — Troy Main Street will present the 2012 Holiday Grand Illumination and Holiday Parade Nov. 23. Visitors to downtown Troy will be entertained by a parade of costumed characters, holiday music, the arrival of Santa and much more. The celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. with a parade through downtown marking the heralded arrival of Santa Claus. This year, the parade will be led by grand marshals Karen and Terry Purke. “The Purkes were selected by the Troy Main Street Holiday Committee for their contributions to the Troy community on many fronts — most notably by preserving and bringing local history to life through the arts, living history re-enactments, re-

search and education,” Troy Main Street Director Karin Manovich said. “Terry and I wish to thank the Christmas Parade Committee for choosing us as grand marshals,” Karen Purke said. “We hope everyone will join us in wishing those who serve and protect all of us a safe and happy holiday.” Mayor Michael Beamish plans the traditional reading of “T’was the Month before Christmas” and will lead the community in counting down to the illumination of the Troy’s holiday centerpiece Christmas tree and downtown holiday lights. The tree will stay lit until just after the new year. Activities include visits with Santa, refreshments, train rides, horse-drawn

the North Pole to discuss their Christmas wishes with Santa’s elves. Frontier Communications will use a combination of magic, manpower and technology to facilitate direct phone lines to Santa’s northern workshop. “My favorite part of the evening is seeing the excitement of the children when Santa Claus arrives and observing them when they visit with Santa and make the phone calls to Santa’s elves,” Manovich said. “There is nothing quite like children at PROVIDED PHOTO Christmas time.” Troy Main Street has Terry and Karen Purke will lead the holiday parade been organizing the Grand through Troy as grand marshals. Illumination for at least 15 years, though the tree carriage rides, live music, Youth Council and face painting and many re- Gotham City Brass Quar- lighting tradition has been in place for more than 50 tet. tailers open late. Live years, Manovich said. In Again this year, chilmusic will include perthe early years, the tree formances by the Mayor’s dren will be able to call

was lighted in the afternoon on the Friday after Thanksgiving. At some point, it shifted to become a night time event. “The countdown and Grand Illumination of the giant Christmas tree and the entire square is not to be missed,” Manovich said. “It sparks that Christmas spirit in everyone and is a special way to begin the holidays.” The event is sponsored by Frontier Communications, State Farm-Heath Murray, Agent, Troy Noon Optimists, Unity National Bank and US Bank with support from Troy Main Street, the Troy Sports Center, the city of Troy, Alvetro Orthodontics and One Call Now. For additional information, visit www.troymainstreet.org or call (937) 339-5455.

‘Season’s Greetings Magic Show’ hits Sidney stage ence participation, live animals and special effects all add up to a sensational show that will sweep any audience into a world of wonder. In this production, Tim helps a mischievous elf learn the importance of respecting the property, feelings and beliefs of others. Audience participation is a key element in the success of this exciting program. The comedic situations that Tim and the elf create, along with members of the audience, make even the Grinch burst into laughter as the holiday tricks unfold. Magical moments are created to captivate every age range of the audience. From infant to elder, there is something for everyone. The Balsters live in

Darien, Ill., and have performed in 41 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as dozens of tropical ports and the countries of Korea, Japan, Canada, Mexico and the Bahamas. Summertime finds them working near their home at Santa’s Village theme park, Chicagoland’s oldest amusement park. Highlights of some of their travels include “Cabaret on Ice” at Trumps Castle in Atlantic City, “Fire on Ice” and “Cirkus” in Florida, “Magic on Ice” in Japan, “Romance on Ice” in Bahamas and “Sophisticated Sorcery” on the Royal Viking cruise line. Family audiences are by far the Balster’s favorite. “We enjoy the challenge of entertaining on different

levels at the same time,” Tim said. “Getting a response from every age demographic and often for different reasons within the same trick, takes a lot of planning, and when you pull it off it’s a thrill. Our philosophy has always been to entertain the audience, instead of just fooling them.” Gateway Arts Council and the First Presbyterian Church in Sidney are joining together for an opportunity for you to help bring the joy of the season to those less fortunate by providing a new children’s book to children in need in the community. The arts council is asking anyone interested to bring an unwrapped new children’s book to the performance to

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TROY/PIQUA — As families across the nation each roast a turkey this Thanksgiving, Ruben Pelayo at El Sombrero will cook about 125 birds to feed the community. This year marks the 18th annual Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner at the Mexican restaurant. The meal is offered at both locations on the holiday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone in the community is invited, and dinner is completely free. The traditional turkey meal comes with all the trimmings, including dressing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Meals are served to dine-in customers only. It takes Pelayo about three days to roast all those birds, so if you stop in at El Sombrero just before Thanksgiving, you might catch a whiff of turkey in the air. El Sombrero has been offering a free Thanksgiving meal to the community since it opened in Troy and Piqua. Pelayo started the tradition to honor his mother, Teresa Martinez, who passed away 18 years ago. “My mother used to cook for poor people once a year in Ayutia, Mexico, and I wanted to do something to follow in her footsteps,” Pelayo said. The meal has become a tradition for those who attend, as well as those who volunteer. “It’s really sunk in that this is a community din-

ner,” Rose said. “Yes, we want to reach the people who really need it, but we want everyone to come and celebrate Thanksgiving. If Ruben could invite everyone in Miami County into his home for Thanksgiving, he would do it. But he can’t, so he does it here.” Rose and Pelayo said they’ve had people traveling through the area stop in to eat. Local hotels often lead out-of-towners to El Sombrero if asked where they can get a good meal. Last year, they had a group from California that was driving out to Washington, D.C. They also see a lot of doctors, nurses, firefighters and policemen who are working that day stop in for a plate of turkey. Couples or individuals whose families are out of reach are welcome to the table. And anyone who just doesn’t feel like cooking is invited. “The only thing bad about this is you don’t have leftovers,” Pelayo said. Any food that is leftover at the end of the day is donated to soup kitchens in Troy and Piqua. “It’s a lot of fun,” Rose said. “We get some good groups in here, and we get a lot of hugs. A lot of people come back year after year.” The guests aren’t the only ones returning. Several volunteer servers and kitchen help come back each year to help out. Dennis and Sharon Becker have volunteered every year. Sharon picks up hostess duties, while Dennis serves drinks. Having repeat volunteers helps a

great deal because they don’t have to learn what to do, and they can help show others the ropes. About 30 volunteers are needed in Piqua and about 45 are needed in Troy. Volunteers may sign up now by going to the location where they prefer to work. Volunteers work from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are encouraged to dress casual. It’s not just the volunteers that help El Sombrero pull off it’s free meal; other businesses have gotten involved as well. Earlier this fall, Ording’s Party Time held a raffle as part of its 50th anniversary celebration, donating proceeds to the El Sombrero Thanksgiving dinner. “That was nice and very generous,” Rose said. Rose and Pelayo have had several guests ask them if they cook a holiday meal at home. “We sit down here and have Thanksgiving with our guests,” Rose said. “This is the traditional Thanksgiving for us and has been for a while.” A table in the entryway of El Sombrero has handmade goods for sale, made by Rose and other local women, including volunteer Sharon Becker and Evelyn Sheafer. Aprons, scarves, cotton dish rags, tutus, hats, hot dish carriers, headbands and more items are available now through early December. All the proceeds help fund the Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner. For more information, call the Piqua El Sombrero at (937) 778-2100 or the Troy location at (937) 3392100.


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Skyline plans 14th anniversary party in customers. “I want to thank our many Troy and upper Miami Valley customers TROY — For 14 years, for 14 outstanding years of Miami County residents loyal patronage,” said Mike and others passing Fariello, general manager through Troy have been gobbling up cheese coneys of the Troy Skyline. “I look forward to providing many and ways, while enjoying the friendly atmosphere at more years of outstanding Skyline Chili. The restau- hospitality and delicious rant is celebrating its 14th Skyline Chili products.” Skyline Chili opened in anniversary in Troy today Troy in 1998 in the same and tomorrow. location it is in today, Today is kid’s night which used to be a Boston from 5 to 8 p.m. “Coney Man” will make an appear- Market. The restaurant ance, and other special ac- underwent a complete redesign last fall with help tivities will be offered to the kids. “Coney Man” will from a local decorator. “Customers love it,” be back tomorrow for the Fariello said. “It’s warmer anniversary party, which and much more eye apfeatures a buy one cheese coney, get another one free pealing.” When Skyline opened in deal all day long for dineBY LINDY WAGNER iN75 Editor

wraps and fries have been added. “The food is addictive. It’s a cult; an exclusive club,” Fariello said. In addition to great food, the restaurant’s key to success can be summed up simply. “If I had to use two words to describe why we’ve stayed open and growing, it’s consistent hospitality,” the manager said. “It’s like ‘Cheers’ without alcohol. When you come in, everyone knows your name. If you’re a regular, your meal is on the STAFF PHOTO/LINDY WAGNER Skyline manager Mike Fariello stands in the awards cor- table when you come in.” Not only is Skyline ner at the restaurant, which is celebrating its 14th year. loved by Troy residents, still the most popular Cincinnati in 1949, it but also by those just passmenu items today. Over served the same cheese ing through on Interstate time, salads, burritos, coneys and ways that are 75. Because Skyline only

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shop has Halloween decorations all year round as well, and even though the holiday just passed, it’s never too early to think about next year. Barclay’s Throughout the open house weekend, Barclay’s will offer all men’s and women’s sportswear at 20 percent off, including Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Bahama and Nautica in the men’s department, and Tribal, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans and Madison Hill in the ladies department. Another special offered during open house weekend is 20 percent off all Vera Bradley products. Plus, the store is having a sale on two huge groups of men’s suits. Barclay’s is known for being the destination store for men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, plus outstanding personal service. Barclay’s will be open Friday 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. GeNell’s Flowers In addition to the holiday open house, GeNell’s Flowers is having its 30Year Anniversary Sale, which offers 30 percent off. The shop is open Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For this holiday season,

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PIQUA — Downtown Piqua retailers have so much to offer this holiday season, shoppers may be able to check every item off their list twice in one trip. All the businesses are participating in a holiday open house this weekend, offering specials and a look at holiday merchandise. The shopping begins Friday and the deals last through Sunday. “The holiday season is so important to all retail businesses, and as folks make their holiday shopping plans, we hope that they will consider visiting our local businesses first to see their unique offerings,” said Lorna Swisher, Mainstreet Piqua director. Here’s a preview of the deals you’ll find in Piqua this weekend: Apple Tree Gallery It’s always Christmas at Apple Tree Gallery, but be sure to stop in during the open house weekend for an extra sale. All glass ornaments will be 20 percent off. Apple Tree will be open Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. A special candlelight preview will be held Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. with wine, cheese and cookies. Christmas decor isn’t the only thing you’ll find at Apple Tree Gallery. The

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Start your Christmas shopping this weekend as the shops in downtown Piqua hold their holiday open houses. GeNell’s has a wide range of fresh items, such as poinsettias, fresh greens and floral arrangements. It also has a variety of decorative items, such as snowmen, silk wreaths and arrangements, tree embellishments and reindeer. Modern, geometrical designs in shades of green and blue are popular this year. Limes, emeralds and Caribbean blues can add sparkle and shine to any Christmas festivity. The florists also are taking inspiration from Christmases past and creating a new spin on designs in red and gold. These wreaths and arrangements bring warmth and heart to any home. GeNell’s florists work with customers one-on-one to create the perfect pieces for their homes or for gift giving. Delivery is offered throughout the season, as well as in-home design and set-up service. Ken-Mar Antiques Ken-Mar Antiques is offering 10 percent off every-

thing in the store, excluding coins and flowers, during the open house weekend. Hours are Friday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. New for this season, Ken-Mar will have handmade gemstone jewelry and handmade embroidered towels. Antique furniture and Christmas flower arrangements also will be featured at the store. Thirty-five dealers will be at Ken-Mar during the weekend. The shop carries a reputation of having good quality, clean merchandise at reasonable prices. New-2-U Secondhand shop New2-U has new items daily. During the open house, customers will receive 2050 percent off most items. Open house hours are Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The owners encourage shoppers not to hesitate if they see something they

like, because if they come back later, it may be gone. The shop is full of one-of-akind items. Also during the open house, shoppers can register to win a $20 gift certificate; no purchase required. Cookies will be offered to hungry shoppers. Piqua Guitar If you need to get that guitar fixed in order to play “Silent Night” for your family this Christmas, Piqua Guitar is the place to be. Hours during the open house are Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. The shop will offer 25 percent off all electric guitars throughout the weekend, as well as refreshments for shoppers. The locally-owned, specialty guitar store sells, buys and trades guitars, and also offers set-ups and repairs. Both electric and acoustic guitars are available, as well as bass guitars. Equipment such as hardwired tubes, solid

state and acoustic amps, distortion peddles, strings, picks and tuners also are available. Piqua Guitar recently became an Alvarez Guitar dealer. Also, the shop just began carrying harmonicas and ukuleles. If you’re just learning the instrument, the shop has beginner kits and chord books for students. Gift certificates also are available. Readmore Hallmark Great new items for children are available at Readmore Hallmark. Hours for this weekend are Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be offered, and shoppers can register to win prizes. Some of the new fun toys for kids include GrabN-Gabs, recordable books, Jingle and Bell puppy books and Movin’ to Your Music animals. Hallmark is having a “Snow-vember” event with snow globes 25 percent off. Hallmark holiday boxed cards are 25 percent off. Fall items, excluding candles, are 40 percent off, and other sales will be offered throughout the store. The Tapestry Angel The Tapestry Angel is featuring new stained glass made in Ohio for the 2012 Christmas season. The shop will be open Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 3 p.m. The shop is known for its quality cross stitch and needle point supplies, as well as framing needle work. During the open house, it will have Christmas charts and kits on sale. Gift certificates also will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be offered.


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BY LINDY WAGNER iN75 Editor PIQUA — Although Allisten Manor’s Flower Box specializes in flowers, the shop has a lot more to offer holiday shoppers than blooms. Anyone looking for a unique gift should stop by the shop at 1622 Washington Ave. during its open house Nov. 17 and 18. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. “We are not just a flower shop, but a good destination for gift buying,” owner Don Smith said. The open house includes the semi-annual sale on Rothschild products, as well as an extended inventory. All Rothschild products will be 10 percent off. Smith has stocked up on Rothschild Roasted PineappleHabanero Dip, which several customers have requested. The tropical-flavored dip has subtle heat. Smith also has one of Rothschild’s newest products — Bloody Mary Dip. It is described as a blend of tomato, dill, lemon and Worcestershire that has the perfect amount of zip and makes a zesty addition to a turkey wrap. “What people don’t understand is that all this stuff is multipurpose,” Smith said. Take the raspberry salsa, for example. Smith said it’s what brought the company its fame, and although it’s a salsa, it’s not just for chip dipping. Smith likes to cook meatballs covered with it in a slow cooker or put it on a sandwich. Then there’s the chocolate, caramel and sea salt sauce. “It can be used in candy making, or put it on a banana,” Smith said. During the holidays, Rothschild has special products available, such as Peppermint Candy Cane Dip and Chocolate S’Mores Dip. Both are available at Allisten Manor, but Smith expects them to sell quickly. Smith can make custom gift baskets with Rothschild products for the perfect gift. The line of dips and sauces also can be combined in a basket with the Naked Bee line of hand lotion, soap and lip balm. Both

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Don Smith, owner of Allisten Manor’s Flower Box, lines up whimsical snowmen on a display shelf at the shop. products have been popular with customers. If it’s a holiday-related gift you’re looking for, Allisten Manor has got you covered there, too. The shop has shelves full of Christmas figures and decor. Hand-blown glass snowmen sit atop one shelf. “These are really whimsical,” Smith said. “I don’t think you’ll see these anywhere else.” On another self are red and white country-style figures of Santa pulling a sled of smiling children, snowmen on skis and more kids on toboggans. A glass case displays unique vases, pottery and glassware. Snow-covered trees with big colored lights help decorate the store, as well as several sparkly wreaths. A big tree just inside the door is decorated in brown, silver and black with white sparkly ornaments. Smith also is filling up his front windows for the season. One will feature polar bears, while the other has a unique Christmas tree made out of wrapped cardboard boxes turned on their points and stacked corner to corner. White china globes with a manger scene inside are another unique gift item at Allisten Manor.

The globes light up and project a star on the wall behind it. Decorative pieces of slate that have been made into burners by a local craftsman also are for sale. All the artwork in the shop also is for sale. Smith also has a new style of flameless candles. A plastic piece shaped like a flame sticks out of the candle, and when it is turned on, it moves and an orange light is projected on it, making it look like a real flickering candle. For those who are looking for flowers, Smith can certainly help you there. Antherium and amaryllis are flowers commonly used in holiday arrangements, and of course, poinsettias are available. Smith also has rose poinsettias, which has curly petals making it look like a cross between a rose and a poinsettia. The blooms can be cut and used in arrangements, while regular poinsettias cannot, the florist said. They also are sold in pots. Whether it’s a zesty dip or sauce, a unique gift or a holiday floral arrangement you’re looking for, don’t miss Allisten Manor’s Flower Box open house this weekend. Call the shop at (937) 773-2675 for details.

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Candy on the Curve will satisfy any sweet tooth BY LINDY WAGNER iN75 Editor PIQUA — When Lesley Young met her husband, Richard, she quickly learned about his sweet tooth. “When we first got together, every holiday that was coming up, he’d say ‘Oh it’s time for my favorite candy,’” Lesley said. “Then the next holiday would come and he’d say ‘Oh it’s time for my favorite candy.’ And I’d say, ‘I thought the last holiday was your favorite.’” Little did they know, after almost 20 years of marriage, they’d one day open up a sweet shop of their own. Candy on the Curve opened last weekend in the bright yellow building behind the couple’s home at 3741 W. State Route 185. It’s easy to find by taking Sunset Drive north to the curve and you can’t miss the yellow building. The store isn’t just bright on the outside. With a purple floor and pink ceiling, the inside of the shop is full of color from top to bottom. The counter is bright blue with a lime green countertop, and you’ll spot blue, pink and green doors. The walls have painted gumballs and lollipops, done by Vicki Schneider, of Piqua. The candy itself gives the shop a colorful vibe. Lining the walls in buckets and bins are 180 different types of candy. “It was overwhelming to do my first order to fill the store,” Lesley said. “You look at catalogs and you want one of everything. I got a big variety to hopefully please everyone.” Anyone who can’t find something they like at

Candy on the Curve must not like candy at all. The Youngs wanted to offer much of the candy in bulk, so you can buy just a little of something if you aren’t sure you’ll like it. The wall of clear bulk bins holds a huge variety of candies, including red and black licorice, black jelly beans, candy blocks, chocolatecovered peanuts and coconut bon bons. You’ll also find chocolate-covered animal crackers, nonpareils, gumballs and candy bananas. The bulk bins also have non-sweet options. Eight types of snack mixes and six kinds of nuts are available, as well as dried cranberries and apricots. Five types of mints, from regular mints to fine dinner mints, also are offered in bulk. And that doesn’t even include the selection of gummies. Colorful gummy snakes, whales, crocodiles, butterflies and bull frogs are available. Gummies also come in the shape of bananas, grapefruits and fried eggs. You can get chocolate-covered gummy bears, too. Another section of bulk candy carries higher end chocolates, including rum, amaretto, cherry, tiramisu and cognac cordials, malt balls and two types of espresso beans. A retro table has oldfashioned candy you can’t find everywhere, such as

rock candy, candy cigarettes, candy buttons, Fruit Stripe gum, Mallow Cup, Charleston Chew and more. Two more racks in the middle of the store hold items kids will enjoy, including Razzles, candy necklaces and bracelets, Pop Rocks, sour twists and Pez. Buckets full of Nerds, Cow Tails, Laffy Taffy and other candy are sold by the pound or three pieces for a quarter. A rack of pre-packaged Jelly

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Lesley and Richard Young stand among the candy bins and 5-pound gummy bears in their store. At left, bulk varieties of chocolates, nuts, gummies and more are available at Candy on the Curve. Several flavors of the world’s largest gummy bear, Belly beans has 16 differweighing in at 5 pounds, ent flavor combinations, sit atop a long shelf. The including soda pop, citrus, owners were surprised to Snapple and tropical. Jelly sell one on opening day. Bellies also come in choco- Another unique item on late-dipped varieties, and the shelf is Chocolove Candy on the Curve has Bars, which come with a strawberry, orange, cherry love note inside. Buckets of and coconut. caramels, butterscotch There’s still an entire disks, Cry Baby gumballs, wall to go. A sugar-free sec- Now and Laters, Bit-Otion has buckets of taffy, Honeys, Mary Janes, Warroot beer barrels and fruit heads and more fill out the and chocolate candies. Les- shelf, along with Walnut ley has plans to grow the Creek’s flavored licorice, section and add chocolates including green apple, and licorice. strawberry, watermelon, “We’re trying to have cinnamon, peach and sugar-free items that nogrape. body else has,” she said. Walnut Creek’s jams

and jellies, and it’s unique apple butter barbecue sauce, also can be found at Candy on the Curve. The shop also carries Wind and Willow products, such as mixes for cheeseballs, appetizers, desserts, hot dips, soups and cider. Barrels of taffy sit under the counter with flavors like cotton candy, peppermint, vanilla, cherry, caramel apple, strawberry and more. One corner of the store is dedicated to Lesley’s handmade purses, children’s purses, baby shoes and jewelry. The couple had talked about opening a candy store for about three years. They went to an auction that happened to have

scales, barrels and other items they could use in a candy shop and decided the time was right. Lesley retired from Lowe’s in Sidney in August, and Richard still works at Industry Products. “We wanted something that was fun to do in our retirement,” Lesley said. The work hasn’t been all fun. The couple gutted the building, hung 31 sheets of drywall and did all the painting themselves. They also spent the night before opening day setting up, with some help from their neighbors, Mike and Ann Lavey. “They were here from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. They are the most wonderful neighbors, and they think we are because we put a candy store in their backyard,” Lesley said. “Our good friend Tom Kies came down to help without being asked. We are lucky to have such a great friend.” But watching people come into their store and find candy they can’t get anywhere else or haven’t seen in years, has made all the hard work worth it. “Come in to have fun, and if there’s something not here that you want, we’ll try to special order it for you,” Lesley said. “All kids are welcome — of all ages,” Richard said. Candy on the Curve is now taking pre-orders for custom gift baskets for the holidays. The shop also will do candy buffets for weddings and parties. The shop is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. during the holidays. The store is handicap accessible and accepts Visa, Mastercard and Discover.


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Audiences delight in the distinctive and unique sound of the four-string banjos featured by the group. 225 E. Main St. ◆ Saturday 7:30 p.m. ◆ $7 for adults, $4 for students K12 ◆ (937) 667-3696 DCCA Coffeehouse GREENVILLE — Darke County Center for the arts will present folk, pop and jazz musician Jonathan Kingham at the Coffee Pot in downtown Greenville Thursday. Kingham is a rising star whose songs have won international songwriting contests and whose singing has been featured in many movies and TV shows. DCCA’s Coffeehouse Series offers high-quality professional musicians in an accessibly comfortable social atmosphere where food and drink also are available. 537 S. Broadway St. ◆ Thursday 7 p.m. ◆ Tickets $10 ◆ www.centerforarts.net ◆ (937) 547-0908 DAI Vanguard DAYTON — Croatia’s most honored guitarist, Robert Beliniç, is back for his third Vanguard Concerts appearance at the Dayton Art Institute Friday. He is the winner of the Young Concert Artists European Auditions in Leipzig, Germany, and the first guitarist to win the YCA International Audi-

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GET UP & GO Main St. ◆ Now through Nov. 25 ◆ Free ◆ www.troyhayner.org ◆ (937) 3390457 Nature Art Gallery TROY — Brukner Nature Center’s Nature Art Gallery will feature photographer John Hess, professor of biology emeritus at the University of Central Missouri. In 2009, he published a book through the University of Missouri Press titled “The Galapagos: Exploring Darwin’s Tapestry.” The coffee table book is filled with of remarkable photographs of the archipelago and its fauna, with text that illuminates how the island works and why it works that way. A percentage of the sales will support the mission of BNC. 5995 Horseshoe Bend Road ◆ during Interpretive Center hours through Dec. 16 ◆ www.bruknernaturecenter.com ◆ (937) 698-6493

Family fun Winter Wonderland SIDNEY — The Sidney Downtown Business Association, along with the Sidney-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, will host the 33rd annual

Winter Wonderland Lighting Rally and Parade Friday evening. The tree lighting ceremony and rally will begin on the east side of the courtsquare, featuring local church choirs, speakers and entertainment. The parade will follow the rally. Led by grand marshal the Rev. Philip Chilcote, the parade will start on Main Avenue at Water Street and continue north to North Street, then west to Ohio Avenue and south to South Street. This year’s theme is “Sounds of the Season.” Downtown Sidney ◆ Friday, rally at 6:30 p.m., parade at 7:30 p.m. ◆ Free ◆ www.downtownsidney.com Hayner holiday sale TROY — Find just the right gift for that person on your Christmas list at the Friends of Hayner Fine Art and Vendor Exchange Saturday at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. More than 30 fine artists and commercial boutique vendors will be on site. The one-of-a-kind gift items include jewelry, charms, faceted gemstones, pottery, ceramics,

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from including jewelry, wood crafted items, candles, baked goods and more. The Methodist women will again have their lunch stand, offering sandwiches and homemade chicken corn soup, vegetable soup and pies. 201 S. Main St. ◆ Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ◆ (937) 698-5541 Bear’s Mill open house GREENVILLE — The Friends of Bear’s Mill will host the annual Christmas Preview Open House Saturday and Sunday. The mill store and gallery will be decked out in holiday splendor with many new tempting treats and gifts. Visitors will be entertained on Sunday with traditional Christmas music by Knotwork Flutes. The mill store will be filled with new holiday merchandise, special Christmas gifts and home décor items. On display in the gallery will be the collage pieces by November artist Marsha Pippenger, as well as a new selection of pottery by the Bear’s Mill potters. Special grabbag discounts will be available upon entering the mill during this special event. 6450 ArcanumBear’s Mill Road ◆ Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ◆ www.bearsmill.com ◆ (937) 548-5112

Family day DAYTON — The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will host Family Day: Destination Space Station Saturday. Commemorate the anniversary of the greatest engineering feat in modern history — the International Space Station. Learn about the station and build your own model from recycled materials. The day also features story time and aerospace demonstration stations. 1100 Spaatz St. ◆ Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ◆ Free ◆ www.nationalmuseum.af.mil ◆ (937) 2553286 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. A box lunch is provided by Citilites Restaurant and Bar. This Tuesday’s presenting group is by Dayton Ballet. 1 W. 2nd St. ◆ Tuesday 11:30 to 1 p.m. ◆ $12 ◆ www.victoriatheatre.com ◆ (937) 228-3630

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