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Darke County Visitor’s Bureau... Urban-Country Spirit
Bring along your sense of discovery to experience small town charm, distinct shopping districts, and our land’s rich frontier heritage and urban-country spirit... uniquely Darke County. For more information on events taking place throughout the year in Darke County, visit our website at You can also catch up with us on Facebook... read more 
Darke County Center for the Arts... A Centennial Weekend
The weekend of May 4 through 6 will be a celebration of Historic Darke County that will be long remembered. In addition to historic St. Claire Memorial Hall, the Darke County theme “Discover our Hidden Gems” includes Garst Museum, Bears Mill and Main Street Greenville’s ‘First Friday’ tour of the upper floors of several buildings in Downtown Greenville. The tour wraps up at Memorial Hall... read more 
Main Street Greenville... Look up to ‘Discover Our Hidden Gems’
334 and 402 are more than a number and much more than an address on South Broadway.  Since the mid 1800’s, each of these buildings housed the entrepreneurial spirit and business ventures of pharmacists, bakers, dentists, confectioners, restaurateurs, harness makers, grocers, home furnishings, paint, clothing and shoe store owners. 402 S. Broadway, formerly Bill Rogers California Beds and... read more 
Edison Community College... Edison Hosts 9th Annual Graduate Academy Conference
Edison Community College’s Graduate Academy will feature speaker Tom Ahern at its 9th annual conference on Wednesday, May 16, from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the theater of the Piqua main campus. This annual conference brings together executive directors, board members, staff and volunteers to explore topics in depth topics related to not-for-profit management. “Edison’s annual Graduate Academy conference is a great way... read more 
The Wizard of Oz closes DCCA Family Theatre Season
Darke County Center for the Arts will present American Family Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz on Sunday, May 6 at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. “For so many reasons, this is the perfect show to complete Memorial Hall’s Centennial Celebration and end our Family Theatre season,” said DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins. “Generations of families have loved and shared this... read more 
Darke County Parks... New event: Nature Day coming in May
Darke County Parks is excited to announce the NEW upcoming event called Nature Day! Nature Day will be held here at Shawnee Prairie Preserve on Saturday, May 26th from 10AM-4PM.  At this time we are currently seeking interested volunteers for this day to host a nature related station. Our current plan is to have 2-3 volunteers per station for the duration of the event; however if you are unable to assist the entire day please let me know as AM/PM stations may be available. At each station, the... read more 
Greenville Art Guild... Celebrate Spring at Shawnee Prairie with the Guild
See artists painting among the flowers!  Get a chance to create a collage garden journal for yourself and your children!  The Greenville Art Guild invites the public to come and stroll the grounds of the Shawnee Prairie Preserve and observe members of the Guild as they paint at the various sites around the park.  Artists will be painting from 10:00 until 2:00 on Saturday, May 19.  If the weather is not agreeable, artists will be painting in the nature center... read more 
National Preservation Month... Discover Our Hidden Gems – The Garst Museum
Lowell Thomas House to be open for tours May 5 and 26 - May is National Preservation Month. Sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the theme this year is “Discover Our Hidden Gems.” Locally, the Garst Museum, Bear’s Mill, and Main Street Greenville are collaborating to bring historic preservation awareness to Greenville and Darke County communities... read more 
Ag. Breakfast Meeting
Thursday, May 3, 2012, 7:30am at Brethren Retirement Center’s Cafeteria, Greenville (Enter through the Brethren Retirement Center’s main doors, under the awning, and follow the signs to the cafeteria.) Our next meeting will be June 7, 2012. 
Big Brothers Big Sisters...Daffy Duck Derby & Duck N’ Run 5k 2012!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County is making plans for the upcoming fundraising event, 2012 Rubber Duck Race in Sidney. This event will be held on Thursday, June 21st. The Duck launch will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Geib Pavilion in Tawawa Park. In addition to the duck race, the agency will also host the sixth annual Duck N’ Run/Walk 5k race, which is a part of the Shelby County 5K Tour. The 5k run/walk... read more 
Darke County Cancer Association... Cancer Support Group to learn Yoga exercises
Event: May 3 at 7 p.m. - The next meeting of the “Living with Cancer” Support Group will be held on Thursday, May 3 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The meeting will take place in the third floor conference room at Wayne Health Care. Marianne Sigman will be demonstrating Yoga  exercises. The local Cancer Association of Darke County sponsors the Living with Cancer group in cooperation with Wayne Hospital.  The Support Group is open to anyone with a cancer diagnosis, also family and friends... read more 
Entries accepted for Karlh McCallister Memorial Outing
April 19, 2012 - (Greenville) Entries now are being accepted for the Third Annual Karlh McCallister Golf Outing, planned for 1 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Turtle Creek Golf Course, 6545 State Route 36 East. Proceeds from the event benefit Bridges to College. “This has been a fun, successful event in the past,” said Marlise McCallister, who is coordinating the outing. “Last year, we had 96 golfers participate.” McCallister encouraged golfers to register early. “Because this outing is held on a Saturday, it... read more 
Darke County Drug Task Force... Taking back unwanted Prescription Drugs
Event: Darke County Family Health, April 28 - Greenville, Ohio – On April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Darke County Drug Task Force along with Darke County Family Health, Darke County Solid Waste and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted... read more 
Community Action Day Luncheon
Event: May 23 at Lighthouse Christian Center - May is Community Action Partnership Month and Community Action Partnership of Greater Dayton Area - Darke County will celebrate this special time by hosting their annual luncheon on May 23 at the Lighthouse Christian Center, 5256 Sebring-Warner Road, Greenville. The event will focus on Community Action services available to... read more 
Main Street Greenville... Upper Floors Provide Discovery of Hidden Gems
Have you ever dreamed of living in the midst of an historic, eclectic environment?  Are you thinking that your business would benefit from a vibrant location where you will be a valued member of a supportive, committed business group?  Or, are you just plain curious about your downtown and wonder where the blacksmith set-up his shop in the 1800’s and where the funeral home was located... read more 
Darke County Parks... How you can help!
Are you wondering what you could be assisting with here at the Park District, but not sure what is happening? If so, please see the below list of different opportunities for DCP volunteers! April 28th 10AM Bring your walking shoes or bike and join us for the Grand Opening for the Tecumseh Trail! We will be meeting at Bridge Street. May 26th 10-4PM We are have a new program called Nature... read more 
Darke County Center for the Arts... Toledo Symphony Orchestra highlights Memorial Hall Centennial Weekend - Honoring a century of performances at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville, Darke County Center for the Arts will present the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in concert on Saturday, May 5. “The Toledo Symphony understands the impact Memorial Hall has had in our community during the hundred years of its existence, and has planned a program truly celebrating the legacy... read more 
Edison Community College... Edison Theater Program Brings Shakespeare to Stage
The Edison Community College Stagelight Players will be bringing William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to campus for a two-weekend run beginning Friday, April 20th, at 7:30 p.m. The play, one of Shakespeare’s most popular, portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young... read more 
Bear’s Mill... Hoosier Photographer featured in “Art at the Mill”
In celebration of National Historic Preservation Month, during the month of May “Art at the Mill” will feature photographs by award-winning photographer John Bower in an exhibit entitled “Capturing the Soul of Our Past.” A treasured historic site itself, Bear’s Mill hosts monthly displays of work by regional artists; these art shows open on the final Friday of each month with a reception offering light appetizers and wine... read more 
Friends of the Darke County Parks… BBQ Chicken Fundraiser
Darke County Parks “Friends” will be holding a BBQ chicken fundraiser on May 26. All tickets are presale at $7 each. Purchase required by May 14. The meal includes a half chicken, roll, applesauce and chips. Call 937-548-0165.... read more 
GHS Theatre Troupe 4114... And Then There Were None...
Join Greenville High School Theatre Troupe 4114 on Friday, April 20th and Saturday, April 21st for their dinner-theatre style performance of “And Then There Were None”. The performance centers around ten strangers arriving on the mysterious Soldier Island with no idea of whom their mysterious hosts really are. When one of the ten arrivals suddenly drops dead, it’s up to the remaining nine to not only figure out the mysteries.... read more 
Toastmasters... National speaker Bowlin to present “The Power of Ideas”
April 24, 7 p.m., Chestnut Village - Julia Bowlin, physician at the Versailles Medical Center, national speaker, author and member of the Greenville Toastmasters and the Wayne HealthCare Toastmasters will present The Power of Ideas, a free seminar, open to the public on Tuesday, April 24 from 7-8:30 p.m. in Chestnut Hall located inside the Chestnut Village Center in the Brethren Retirement Community. Bowlin’s program... read more 
Republican Men’s Club... Ohio Supreme Court candidate Sharon Kennedy is Rep Men’s speaker
Saturday, April 21 - Ohio Supreme Court candidate Sharron Kennedy will be the guest speaker at the Darke County Republican Men’s Club monthly meeting Saturday. The meeting will be in the Employee Cafeteria at Brethren Retirement Community starting at 8 a.m. A $6 “donation” offers a buffet breakfast. Come early to enjoy the company of club members and friends. According to LimaOhio, Kennedy has a... read more 
Gathering at Garst… 2012 Theme: Remember the War of 1812
Join us for the Second Annual Gathering at Garst event located on the tree lined lawn of the Garst Museum in Historic Greenville, Ohio as we “Remember the War of 1812”. Building upon the success of our first event in 2011, The Gathering at Garst has expanded to include more artists, antiques, craftsmen, primitive folk artists, garden exhibitors, musical performances, unique food vendors and a Living History... read more 
Cancer Association of Darke County... Annual Monte Carlo Night - Bet Against Cancer
Coming Soon! You won’t want to miss this! Mark your calendar now. The Cancer Association of Darke County is planning its annual Monte Carlo Night fundraiser, “Bet Against Cancer.” It will be held Saturday, May 5, at the Greenville VFW on North Ohio Street from 6 to 10 p.m. Once again, some of your favorite local residents will be wheelin’, dealin’ and shootin’ in various games of chance. Win... read more 
Edison... Local Businessmen to be Featured Speakers at Business Boot Camp
Two area businessmen from Miami County will be the featured speakers at “Growing Entrepreneurs,” a two-day boot camp for aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs. The event is on Friday, April 20 from noon – 6:00 pm and Saturday, April 21 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at Edison Community College. Wes Gipe, founder of Agil IT, and Greg Smith, President of Energy Optimizers USA, both... read more 
Darke County Center for the Arts... DCCA presents “A Taste of Wine and Jazz XXIII”
Darke County Center for the Arts will present “A Taste of Wine and Jazz XXIII” on Friday, April 27 at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville. The wine tasting party, a fundraiser for the local arts organization, will feature food and music in addition to a selection of fine wines. “Our most recent “Taste” last January sold out quickly, leaving many potential party-goers out in the cold. We hope that... read more 
Darke County Photography Club... Next Photo Club Meeting on April 17
At the last Darke County Photography Club meeting, new officers were elected as follows:  President, John Snell; Vice President, Janet DeHart; Secretary/Treasurer, Jeannie Grosch; and Media Communications, Sue Ann Hartzell.  We would like to thank club member Mel Cabeen for his excellent presentation on Landscape Photography as well as sharing his amazing photographs taken in Utah.  The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 17... read more 
Darke County League of Women Voters... LWV to host “Glad Rags & Old Bags” fundraiser
On Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 2-4 p.m, the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Darke County will host a “Glad Rags and Old Bags” tea, style show and auction fundraiser at the St. Clair Manor, 224 E. Third Street in Greenville, Ohio.  The afternoon will consist of a Ladies’ Tea with sweets and savories furnished by Montage Café.  Montage is a local, family-owned café that focuses on fresh and... read more 
Edison Community College... Edison Theater Program Brings Shakespeare to Stage
The Edison Community College Stagelight Players will be bringing William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to campus for a two-weekend run beginning Friday, April 20th, at 7:30 p.m. The play, one of Shakespeare’s most popular, portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are manipulated by the fairies who inhabit... read more 
Edison Community College... Lecture Series Brings Magic of Writing to Life
Edison Community College will host a public lecture series event focusing on the importance, power and effect that writing has on our daily lives on Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the Edison Theater of the Piqua campus. The lecture, titled, “Writing as Magick: Words, Reality and Responsibility,” will be presented by Edison faculty member Stephen Marlowe, Esq. Marlowe is a writer, teacher and lawyer who holds degrees from the University of Toledo and Miami University. He currently teaches... read more 
Garst Museum... Annie’s Wild Raffle Tickets Available
Annie Oakley and her husband owned a dog named Dave. Dave was a member of their family in the truest sense of the word. Everywhere Annie went Dave went too. This year, Annie & Dave are working on the 2012 Annie’s Wild West Gala to be held on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the Garst Museum. The doors open at 6:30 pm. There will be food, a silent auction, a live auction, raffles, door prizes and lots of fun... read more 
Darke County Job & Family Services... Activities planned for Child Abuse Awareness Month
Child Abuse cases on the upswing in County - This year Children Services, Darke County Juvenile Court, CASA, Family and Children First Council,  Gateway, the Banner Bound 4-H Club, and volunteers from local government and social service agencies have partnered to bring child abuse awareness to the community.  April has been proclaimed Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month. Jody Cantrell... read more 
Coffee with the Commissioner April 14
In a continuing effort to bring local government back to the people of Darke County, Commissioner Mike Stegall will be holding a “Coffee with the Commissioner” meeting April 14th at Kathy’s Restaurant located at 416 Martin Street in Greenville. Commissioner Stegall will be there from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. to answer any questions that people have concerning county government, or to inform people about happenings in the county. This is an opportunity to ask questions and discuss future plans... read more 
St. Mary’s School Fine Arts Evening April 13
Public welcome - FINE ARTS EVENING! Please come join us for St. Mary’s School Fine Arts Evening! We are showcasing the students grades pre-school through 8th grade artwork, grades 4-8 will be singing songs from their play “Freedom Bound”, and the 7th and 8th grade will be performing a marionette puppet show with marionettes they made themselves! The date is Friday, April 13... read more 
Edison Community College... Edison Symposium Brings Veterans History Alive
An Edison Community College symposium entitled “Library of Congress Veterans History Project” slated for April 10, 2012, at 7 p.m. at the college theatre will feature 18 displays of artifacts from World War II through the Afghanistan War, including a major display from World War II Historical Reenactment Society staffed by volunteer re-enactors Dennis Sullivan and Harry Busse. The focus... read more 
Edison Community College...Honor Society to Hold Used Book Sale
The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Edison Community College will be sponsoring a used book sale to benefit tornado survivors at the Edison campus. The used book sale is scheduled for April 4 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and April 5 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. The organization will be selling used books and magazines including family friendly paperbacks, hardbacks, fiction, non-fiction, textbooks, religious books, biographies, recipe books, children’s books and other books and will also be selling... read more 
Garst Museum... April Funday Sales
April Funday sales at the Garst Museum Store are: Thursday, April 5th Read a Road Map day and Tuesday, April 24th Pigs in a Blanket day. April 5th-stop in and show the cashier a road map and buy any or all of our maps at a 25% discount. April 24th-Stop in and vote for one of the 7 candidates vying for the coveted Les Nessman Memorial Silver Sow Award.  Among the candidates in contention for the award... read more 
Dining with Diabetes class, Enroll by April 13
If you have diabetes, if you have a family member with diabetes or if you support and care for someone with diabetes, you will want to enroll in Dining with Diabetes, an educational class designed to help you learn to reduce sugar, salt and fat in food and better control blood sugar. Dining with Diabetes will be offered on Thursday, April 19th, 26th and May 3rd at the OSU Extension Learning Center, 603 Wagner Avenue, Greenville, Ohio.  The class fee is $30.00, which covers the food for demonstration... read more 
Chicken Barbeque on April 29, 2012
The First United Methodist Church will host a chicken barbeque carry-out lunch on Sunday, April 29, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm.  The meal consists of half a chicken, roll and butter, applesauce and potato chips. Cost for the meal is $7.00.  Tickets can be purchased at the church until Sunday April 22.  The FUMC is located at the corner of 4th Street and Sycamore in Greenville.  The chicken will be prepared by Paul Mueller of New Weston, OH.  The proceeds will be used for our mission projects. 
Darke County Parks... Adopt-A-Park program meeting scheduled
Do you want to spend some time on the trails?  Need a reason to go and take a walk?  If so, please join us on Thursday, April 5 at 6PM for the Adopt-A-Park meeting at Shawnee Prairie Preserve. Not sure if it is for you? Then come join us and see what it is all about. During the meeting we will discuss the following topics:  •  How to Adopt-A-Park.  •  The role of a volunteer assisting with a park... read more 
Darke County Center for the Arts... Singer Lisa Biales to appear at Montage
Darke County Center for the Arts will close its current Coffeehouse Series season on Thursday, April 12 at Montage Cafe in downtown Greenville with a performance by singer/songwriter Lisa Biales. “Lisa’s crystal pure voice is pure joy to listen to,” said Keith Rawlins, DCCA Artistic Director. “She can and does sing everything, and sings it all incredibly well,” Rawlins continued. The concert... read more 
Darke County Visitors Bureau... April Events - Urban-Country Spirit
Bring along your sense of discovery to experience small town charm, distinct shopping districts, and our land’s rich frontier heritage and urban-country spirit... uniquely Darke County. For more information on events taking place throughout the year in Darke County, visit our website at You can also catch up with us on Facebook. Bright Beginnings at Bear’s Mill... read more 
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