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Darke County Cancer Association... Order your barbeque chicken/pork tickets
Hurry and order your chicken/pork barbecue tickets now!  You won’t want to miss this special meal to raise funds for Darke County cancer patients! The Cancer Association of Darke County is sponsoring a Chicken and Pork Chop Barbecue on Saturday, July 7 at the Greenville Park.  The event, which features Barbecued Chicken and Barbecued Pork Chops is made on-site by Paul Mueller, will be held at Shelter #3 (on Harmon Drive, across from the GHS Football field/track).  Drive up service will be... read more 
Darke County Visitors Bureau... Discover Our Legends July 2012
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. Flicks on Fifth... read more 
GHS Wavaires... Wavaires Camp 2012
Applications due July 6 - Applications for Wavaire camp are available for students who last year were in grades 4 through 8 are ready. Contact Michele Smith at Greenville High School at 548-4188 ext. 855. The dates are July 25, 26 and 27. The students will perform 3 selections with the Wavaires. Michele Smith is the director and Tyler Stickel is the... read more 
Cancer Association of Darke County... Cancer Support Group CANCELLED for July 5, 2012
The Cancer Support Group will not meet on July 5.  The group met in June and asked that the meeting be cancelled in July due to the July 4 holiday.  (The group meets the first Thursday of every month at Wayne Healthcare) The group will meet again on August 2, 2012. 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 of an individual with cancer... read more 
Annie Oakley Days... Spittin’ Image live at the Annie Oakley Days Festival
Brian and Blain Swabb will be performing at the Annie Oakley Days Festival on Saturday, July 28, 8pm in the gazebo. They will be celebrating 40 years of playing professionally this July.   The identical twins have had numerous experiences and wonderful opportunities, from opening for Margo Smith at the Darke County Fair when they were 15 years old, and having Faron Young at their nightclub (My Brother’s... read more 
New Madison Civic Organization… Golf tournament date set
The New Madison Civic Organization will be hosting their 28th Annual New Madison Open Golf Tournament, Saturday July 21st, at White Springs Golf Club. The New Madison Civic Organization is a non-profit group that provides support to the community through a variety of fund raising activities. Proceeds from this event helps to support local scholarships for graduating Tri-Village seniors and other community need based programs. This is a best ball scramble format 4-man teams and the cost is... read more 
Darke County Cancer Association... Gospel Sing coming to Memorial Hall Greenville
Mark your calendars now for Sunday, Sept 9, 7-9 pm for the Gospel Sing at Memorial Hall in Greenville.   Local artists from Darke and Randolph County will be bringing the gospel message for all music tastes ~~ ranging from traditional southern gospel to modern contemporary.  Your favorites will be in there somewhere. We even put in a barber shop quartet group just for fun. There is no entry... read more 
WTGR Tiger Radio 97.5… Community Ties, Week of June 25-29
Community Ties is a community service of Tiger Radio, serving its entire listening area of Miami Valley and parts of Indiana. Each day Alex Mikos has a chat with a member of a local community or governmental organization. Topics can range from upcoming events and community service projects to what’s happening in the Commissioner’s or Mayor’s office. Future schedules for the week... read more 
Greenville Eagles 2177… Independence Day Celebration in its final planning stages
Greenville Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary officers and volunteers met recently to put the finishing planning touches on the Lodge’s Seventh Annual Eagles Independence Day celebration at Shade Road Sunday. The park will open at 3 p.m. Music will be provided by Grove Hill from 4 to 7 p.m., then Classifieds from 7 to 10 p.m. After that… the largest fireworks in Darke County... read more 
Darke County Center for the Arts... “Barbecue and Blues” Benefits DCCA
Darke County Center for the Arts will host “Barbecue and Blues,” a family-friendly fundraiser featuring music by Columbus-based band Ray Fuller and the Blues Rockers, on Friday, July 13 at Turtle Creek Golf Course (formerly Greenville Golf Course.) A buffet menu featuring pulled barbecue pork on a bun plus wings and chicken chunks with your choice of sauces will be available for purchase, as will a full range of drinks... read more 
Council on Rural Services... It’s Almost Here!  Quarter Auction to Benefit Gateway Youth
This is the last chance to be included in the upcoming “Quarter Auction” that is being held on Monday, June 25 with the proceeds to benefit the Gateway Youth Programs, a local non-profit program that serves at risk youth from 5 to 17 years old in Darke, Miami and Shelby Counties. The event is being held at the Eagles building in Covington located at 715 East Broadway.  The doors will open at 6:00 pm... read more 
Small business needs… Main Street Greenville & SNB release Business Learning Series
Main Street Greenville has paired up with Second National Bank to present a ‘Business Learning Series’ as a way to reach out and assist small business needs. The series consists of four workshops a year.  The first will take place on Tuesday, June 26 from 6:00-8:30 pm at the Little Italian Café.  The topic will be “How to create enticing displays & marketing that reflect your business & yield results” with... read more 
Greenville Public Library... Expert Juggling at Family Fun Day
The Greenville Public Library’s Family Fun Day continues in full swing.  So far the weather’s been beautiful and large crowds enjoy music, fun, and laughter as they’re entertained by the best talent in the area.  At the end of each program Children’s Specialist Julie Frohna hands out Taco Bell certificates for free food (you must be present). Wednesday June 27th features expert juggler Tom Sparough at 11:00 a.m... read more 
Annie Oakley Golf Tournament fast approaching
The 31st annual Annie Oakley Golf Tournament is fast approaching. Get signed up with your team today for a chance to win a new car or truck from one of four Darke County area car dealers. This year’s tournament is scheduled for Monday, July 23rd at the Turtle Creek Golf Course (formerly Greenville Country Club) and will feature a shotgun start with scramble format, chances to win great prizes and lunch... read more 
Annie Oakley Committee… Annie Oakley Festival Bingo Breakfast
Do you like to play bingo and win prizes? Then you will want to attend the Annie Oakley Festival Bingo Breakfast on Friday, July 27, 2012 at the Darke County Fairgrounds, youth building.  The morning of fun will begin at 9am and will start with a great breakfast, (scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits & gravy, juice and coffee) a robust game of bingo with prizes. The cost for your morning of fun is only $6.00 and you also receive a weekend festival pass.  We always have to turn some people away so be sure... read more 
CAP Independence Day closing
Community Action Partnership of Greater Dayton/Darke County will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in honor of Independence Day. This includes the Senior Meals Program and Metropolitan Housing Authority. Regular hours will resume Thursday, July 5. Transportation service available - CAP Community Transportation will be in operation for those who need service through the JARC program on Wed., July 4, 2012. Reservations should be made by Mon., July 2, for transportation by calling 547-9129.
EUM Church… Benefit Ride/Bike Blessing to be held July 14
NextStep Ministries is holding a Benefit Ride/Bike Blessing on July 14th (rain date 7/21) to raise funds for our NextStep Helps Ministry to benefit the less fortunate in our county.  Registration at 1 pm, ride begins at 2pm.  $15 single or $20 double riders, which includes refreshments and door prizes following the ride.  There will also be live music!  The ride will begin and end at EUM Church’s Sanctuary located at 1451 Sater St in Greenville.  Walk-in donations are also welcome. NextStep... read more 
Greenville Public Library… Jim Kleefeld Coming to Family Fun Day
What better way to spend a summer morning than to sit under the beautiful shade trees on the lawn at Greenville Public Library and enjoy Family Fun Day.  Last week Tom Sieling delighted his audience with funny story songs with movements and plenty of participation – followed by Children’s Specialist Julie Frohna handing out Taco Bell certificates for free food (you must be present). How about... read more 
Edison Community College... Edison Offers Free Math Workshop
Edison Community College will be offering a free math refresher workshop this summer at the Piqua Campus to meet the needs of aspiring college students and those looking to improve on their skills. The workshop will be held July 23-26, from 2:30-5 p.m., in Room 503, and will cover basic math and beginning and intermediate algebra. Classes will be different every day, and will cover four different levels throughout the workshop. “These short, intensive classes are designed for students who... read more 
Greenville Library... Summer Reading for Adults
The Greenville Public Library is sponsoring its first ever Summer Reading Program for adults  ages 18 and older.  For many years children and teens enjoyed summer programs where they could track their reading and win prizes.  Now adults can too!  “Between the Covers” begins June 15th and goes through August 3rd.  Because adults are busy, the structure of the program is streamlined.  Just... read more 
Bridges to College… Hog Roast and Auction on June 23
Matt Light Auctioneer - (Greenville) Tickets are now being sold for the Hog Roast and Auction on June 23 that feature three-time Super Bowl champion Matt Light as the auctioneer. The Hog Roast and Auction, to benefit Bridges to College, is planned for 6 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Turtle Creek Golf Course, formerly the Greenville Golf Course. “We only have 200 tickets for sale,” said Marlise McCallister, Bridges to College trustee and organizer of the event. “Because Matt Light is our featured... read more 
Second National Bank Freedom Years
Freedom Years is celebrating its 10-year anniversary! We’re having a party, and you’re invited. Friday, July 6 | 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Greenville City Park – Marling Band Shell. Live Band: In Full Swing. In Full Swing is a 16-piece band from Worthington, Ohio that plays swing and rock ‘n roll music from the 50s and 60s. Plus cake and punch, yard games, door prizes and more. Public is invited.
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Garst Museum... Living History Encampment New to The Gathering at Garst
Nestled among the fields of West-Central Ohio, Greenville, Ohio, Darke County, is known as the birthplace of historical events, famous sons and daughters, earnest hard working individuals and last but not least, the Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe. Functioning as both a local staple and tourist attraction, the “Maid-Rite” is an iconic part of the community. With a history that spans several generations it is only fitting... read more 
Bears Mill... Art Show Drawings & Sculptures inspire a second look
Lynn Retson’s graphite drawings and wood sculptures by Thomas Bartel will be featured in the upcoming “Art at the Mill” exhibit opening Friday, June 29 with an artists’ reception from 6 till 9 p.m. According to Julie Clark, retail manager and gallery coordinator for historic Bear’s Mill, the artists bring sophisticated styles to their seemingly straightforward work. “Their work is pleasing and accessible, but you... read more 
2012 Railroad Festival to be held Saturday
The Railroad Festival and Swap Meet will be at the Bradford School, 750 Railroad Avenue, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will include Model Train Layouts, Train Vendors, Railroad Artifacts, Swap Meet, Craft Vendors, and Special Entertainment. Admission is $3 Adults, $2 Children 12-18. Contact Don Wick for more information- 937-448-6211. 
A Learning Place... Remember the Crystal Ballroom
Do you remember the Crystal Ballroom? Now is the time to order your tickets for a great event coming in July to our area. A Learning Place is paying tribute to a local legend “The Crystal Ball” one of the most famous dancehalls in the Midwest during the 50s & 60s. This dinner/show event will be held at A Learning Place, 201 RM Davis Parkway, in Piqua, Saturday, July 14. There will be dinner from 5:30-6:30, followed by a tribute to the Crystal Ball by local singing duo, “Spittin Image.” The event will... read more 
Cancer Association of Darke County... Chicken and Portk Chop Barbecue fundraiser
Mark your calendars now for the annual Chicken and Pork Chop Barbecue sponsored by The Cancer Association of Darke County. The event will take place on Saturday, July 7 at the Greenville Park, Shelter 3. Dinners will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The cost for a dinner will be $7.00. The meal consists of half a chicken or a pork chop, potato chips, a cup of applesauce and dinner roll. All proceeds to the Cancer Association... read more 
The White House... A “State Dinner” Just For Kids
Calling all kid chefs: The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge invites parents of kids ages 8-12 to submit an original recipe for a lunch that is nutritious and delicious. All entrants have the chance to win a trip to Washington D.C. and the opportunity to be invited to attend a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House in August, where a selection of the winning healthy recipes will be served. Let’s Move! is teaming up with Epicurious, the Department of... read more 
Darke County Animal Shelter... Shelter holds Second Annual Open House
In conjunction with June being Adopt-A-Pet month, the Darke County Animal Shelter will be hosting it’s second annual open house on Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be free food and drinks, a coloring contest for the children, free raffles with items donated by Kitchenaid and private donations, and DJ Justin Tegtmeyer will be playing your favorite tunes. The Darke County Friends of the Shelter will be assisting the shelter staff with tours and shelter information... read more 
Greenville Public Library... Tom Sieling Next Family Fun Day
A record-breaking crowd turned out for at Greenville Public Library’s first Family Fun Day with Mike Hemmelgarn.  Kids and adults alike had a blast laughing at Mike’s talking puppets, jokes, and juggling.  Those who hadn’t already signed up for Summer Reading then went inside to register and check out books. Next on the slate for Wednesday June 13 is Tom Sieling with “Howl at the Moon with a Wild... read more 
Darke County Photography Club... Photo Club plans Show for September 6-9
During the May 2012 meeting of the Darke County Photography Club, members began planning for the club show “A Moment of Time” to be held September 6 – 9, 2012, in conjunction with the Fall Cruise-In Car Show in Downtown Greenville. The club would like to thank ElementsLife Yoga/Third Street Market for use of their facility for the photo show. The next meeting of the Darke County Photo Club will... read more 
McCallister Memorial Golf Outing... Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln Sponsors Hole-in-One Contest
(Greenville) Dave Knapp Ford Lincoln Mercury is sponsoring the hole-in-one contest for a car at the third annual Karlh McCallister Memorial Golf Outing on Saturday, June 23, at Turtle Creek Golf Course. Proceeds benefit Bridges to College. “We still have spots open for a few teams,” said Marlise McCallister, Bridges to College board member and organizer of the event. “It should be a fun... read more 
Mark your calendars… Annual Eagles Independence Day Celebration on tap for July 1
Sunday, July 1, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. – Eagles Shade Road - Bands, Moonwalk, Games, Concessions, Music and Dancing - Greatest fireworks display in the Region!! Begins at Dusk - Dance to Grove Hill in the Afternoon, Classified in the Evening - Eagles 2011 Independence Day Blowout - The 2011 Eagles Independence Day Blowout was a tremendous success, with well over 3,000... read more 
Annie Oakley Golf Tourney... 31st Annual Annie Oakley Golf Tourney set for July 23, 2012
It’s official!  Preparations for the 31st Annual Annie Oakley Golf Tournament are underway!  Last year 84 golfers signed up for the 18-hole event, which benefited the Cancer Association of Darke County.  Committee members for the tournament are Matt & Angie Arnold, Ed & Kay Curry, Kent & Lynn James, Ray & Bettye Laughlin, Ray & Jo Lear, John & Diane Swallow, Larry... read more 
Friends of Darke County Parks... Old Fashioned Barn Dance June 22
Swing your partner round and round at the Friends of the Darke County Parks Old Fashioned Barn Dance. On June 22nd the Friends will be holding a Barn Dance at Shawnee Prairie Preserve from 7pm-11pm with caller Mark Libert. Presale tickets can be purchased at Shawnee Prairie Preserve for $7.00 per person or you can purchase tickets at the door for $10.00 per person. The dance is limited to the first... read more 
EUM Church Outreach...Summer Meals Program for Children
Help make sure nutritious meals are available to local children this summer by volunteering with EUM Church Outreach Ministries’ summer food service program. The organization needs volunteers to organize, prepare, serve and clean up lunches for local children during the summer break from school. Training will be provided by both the Ohio Department of Education and a site supervisor. This position is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. between June 4 and.... read more 
Council on Rural Services...Darke County Volunteer Network Meets Thursday, June 7
With additional budget cuts looming and more area residents needing help from social service agencies, Darke County nonprofit organizations are finding themselves relying more than ever on volunteers to help make those services available. For a nonprofit organization that has few, if any, paid staff members, managing the efforts of volunteers can be a difficult task. Because of this growing need, local nonprofit leaders have come together to form the Darke County Volunteer Network.... read more 
OSU Alumni Club... 16th Annual Darke County OSU Scholarship Golf Outing
Set To Tee Off June 11th - (Greenville)- The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Darke County will hold its 16th annual scholarship golf outing on Monday, June 11th at the Turtle Creek Golf Course, formerly Greenville Golf Course.  Registration will begin at 11:30am with a shotgun start at 12:30pm.  The golf outing format is a four person team with two net best ball.  This event raises money for... read more 
What’s Happening in Darke County, Ohio
June 2012 - 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 
Council on Rural Services... Participate in the 1st Annual AmeriCorps 5K Fun Run/Walk
AmeriCorps for Entrepreneurial Success (AES), a program sponsored by Council on Rural Services, located  in Piqua, Ohio, will be hosting the 1st Annual AmeriCorps 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, June 23, 2012 in Piqua, Ohio. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. with the actual 5K Run to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 23rd. The race is a simple 3.1 mile course which will begin... read more 
Wild West Gala... Antique Blue Willow dinnerware donation
Annie is amazed at this beautiful antique Blue Willow dinnerware set Gretchen and Mark Davis have donated to her Wild West Gala onSaturday, June 9, 6:30 pm. Tickets are $12.00 Call Garst Museum... read more  
Living with Cancer... Cancer Support Group to meet June 7
The next meeting of the “Living with Cancer” Support Group will be held on Thursday, June 7th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  The meeting will take place at Wayne HealthCare in the 3rd Floor Conference room. This month’s support group features Dr. Paul D. Jones.  Dr. Jones will be speaking about the importance of having and maintaining a companion animal for cancer patients. Dr. Jones is a... read more 
Greenville Girl’s Youth Basketball Camp, Registration due by June 8
The Greenville Girl’s Youth Basketball Camp will be held on June 11th-15th.  The camp is opened to girls going into the 3rd-8th grade and will run from 9:00am-12noon.  The camp will be held at Greenville High School.  The cost is $30.00. Our camp will stress the basic fundamentals of basketball with special emphasis on the mechanics of shooting, passing and ball handling.  Our goal is for you to leave our camp with the necessary instruction, knowledge and motivation to encourage you to continue... read more 
Versailles Bicycle Rodeo Saturday
A Versailles Bicycle Rodeo will be held Saturday (June 2) from 9 a.m. to noon at the Versailles Emergency Service Building, Baker and Vista. It features a Bike safety course, bike helmets, child I.D.,  bike registrations, bike and helmet inspections and more. It will include a visit from State Farm Good Neigh Bear, McGruff the Crime Dog and the Versailles Fire Dog. Event hosts are Magoto Insurance, Versailles Fire Fighters and Versailles Police Department. 
Greenville Public Library... Family Fun Day Begins Wednesday!
The Family Fun Day series at the Greenville Public Library starts Wednesday June 6 at 11:00 a.m. on the Library lawn.  This summer program takes place at the same time & place for seven weeks, featuring the best entertainment in the area.  As always, in case of rain we meet in the First Congregational Christian Church Activity Building on Fifth Street.  Many thanks to the Friends of the Library... read more 
Downtown Greenville Farmers’ Market Returns for 2012
Darke County Courthouse Saturday - The Downtown Greenville Farmers’ Market is returning on Saturday, June 2 located by the Darke County Courthouse on the corner of 4th and Broadway. Sponsored by Wayne Healthcare and KitchenAid Experience the Farmers’ Market has been a staple of summer in Darke County since 1998, and this year promises to be another... read more 
The Lincoln Inaugural Train... Nationally Recognized Author to Speak
Abraham Lincoln’s 1,904 mile journey from Illinois, through southwestern Ohio, to Washington, D.C. for his inauguration is fully detailed by nationally noted history author, Scott Trostel. Trostel will be in Greenville on June 9 to speak about the Lincoln Inaugural train. Trostel’s book about the Lincoln Funeral Train is an acclaimed and sought-after book detailing the first national funeral for an assassinated... read more 
Monthly Ag Breakfast Meeting
Ag Breakfast Meeting Thursday, June 7, 2012, 7:30am, 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 July 5, 2012. 
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