• Packer Historical Center, 112 W. Main St., Anna, is open Wednesdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. The hours will change to Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. beginning in September.
• Amos Memorial Library is currently open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Patrons are asked to wear a face mask when entering the library and limit their visit to 30 minutes. Children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Patrons should expect a three to four day delay on returns due to cleaning procedures. Curbside pickup is still available during library hours.
• The Piqua Public Library is currently open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Patrons are asked to wear a face mask when entering the library and limit their visit from 30 to 60 minutes. Only 30 patrons will be permitted inside the library at a time. In addition, the library will continue to offer curbside services. Patrons can request items by calling the Library at 937-773-6753 or by visiting the library’s online catalog at piqualibrary.org.
• The Auglaize District Public Library System is offering curbside services to patrons. Patrons can select items for pickup through the library’s online catalogue, or by calling their library. Patrons can schedule a pick-up time for their items online or with a librarian.
• The Historic Sidney Theatre hosts a virtual open mic night on their website and Facebook page every Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Musicians, singers, dancers, poets, comedians, and more are invited to send a video of them displaying their talent to the Historic Sidney Theatre’s Instagram, Facebook, or through email to [email protected] All acts must be family-friendly and videos must be no longer than five minutes long. Acts that are chosen will be notified the week their act is featured in the show.
• Martial arts classes teaching karate and jujitsu will be held from children aged 6 through adults at the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA. Classes will be held on Fridays from 6 to 7 p.m. for beginners at a cost of $22 for members and $40 for non-members for four classes. Advanced classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. and cost $44 for members and $80 for non-members for four classes. All classes are taught by Sensei David Smith, in partnership with Jukido-Kai School-Martial Arts.
• Kinetics classes are available at the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA and include: Mommy & Me (parent & child, ages 10 to 24 months); Pre-School Gymnastics (ages 2 to 5); Youth Gymnastics (ages 6+); Pre-Team Gymnastics; Acrobatic Gymnastics; Cheerleading classes; Tumbling classes; and Competitive Gymnastics Team. For days, times and cost, please visit www.sidney-ymca.org.
• Aquatics classes are available at the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA and include: Water Discovery/Exploration (parent & child, ages 6 months to 3 years); Preschool Swim Lessons (ages 3 to 6; swimmers in levels 1 through 3 must have a parent or adult in the water with the child); Youth Swim Lessons (ages 6+); Competitive Swim Team (Y Stingrays); Adult Swim Lessons (by appointment only); and Private & Semi-private Lessons available. For days, times and cost, please visit www.sidney-ymca.org.
• Brukner Nature Center is offering a “Backyard Wildlife Chat” program for anyone ages 3 to adult within a 30 mile radius of the Nature Center. Two Wildlife Ambassadors will come to a location of the participant’s choosing with hands-on props like furs, skulls, skins and skeletons for an educational experience. Cost for the program is $50 plus mileage for members and $75 plus mileage for nonmembers. Programs are offered during the day and can be arranged for the evening for an additional $25. If the weather isn’t favorable, the program will be rescheduled for a later date as this is an outdoor program only. To schedule a program, contact 937-698-6493 any time from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• Brukner Nature Center’s Fall Art Gallery runs through Dec. 21 and features the quilt work of Lisa Hoblit. The exhibit is free for BNC members and just $2.50 per person for nonmembers. Hours are 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment. All sales of the artwork will support the BNC’s mission of wildlife conservation.
• Open registration for PEEP Winter 1 Session will be on Monday, Nov. 23 for children currently not enrolled in PEEP. The PEEP Winter 1 Session is planned as an in-person class with a few changes: class sizes will be limited to 10 children and the classes will be 1.5 hours of mostly outdoor activity. PEEP is geared specifically for children ages 3 to 5 years old, who are potty-trained and not attending kindergarten or being homeschooled. State guidelines regarding COVID-19 will be followed. Sessions are offered Monday through Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11 a.m., or Thursday afternoons from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Winter PEEP Session 1 will run from Jan. 4 through Feb. 12. Cost for our PEEP Winter 1 Session is only $55 for BNC Members per child or $75 for nonmembers per child, cash or check only. To pre-register, call 937-698-6493 or email [email protected]
• Brukner Nature Center will host a Winter Vacation Camp geared toward children in kindergarten through fifth grade from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 21 and Tuesday, Dec. 22. Price per day for camp is $15 for BNC Members and $20 for non-members for each day registered, payable by cash or check only. Please call Brukner Nature Center at 937-698-6493 or email [email protected] to pre-register. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Dec. 16 by 5 p.m.
TUESDAY, NOV. 24
• Fletcher United Methodist Church will be hosting a drive-thru dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Meals can be picked up in the church parking lot and are free, but donations will be accepted to benefit Paws for Princess, a fundraiser to help provide a service dog to a child in the community in need. The church is located at 205 S. Walnut St., Fletcher.