• 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@example.com. 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.
• The Sidney-Shelby County YMCA will be hosting a variety of holiday mini-sessions for their classes. Mini-sessions for kinetics classes will be held Dec. 14 through 17. Mini-sessions for aquatics classes will be held Monday, Dec. 14 and Wednesday, Dec. 16. Mini-sessions for martial arts will be held Friday, Dec. 11 & 18, for anyone 6 years of age or older. Beginners classes will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. and cost for four classes is $11 for members and $22 for non-members; advanced classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. and cost for four classes is $22 for members and $40 for non-members.
• 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, and can also be viewed online at 32auctions.com/hoblitquilts. 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.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-register. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Dec. 16 by 5 p.m.
• Brukner Nature Center’s Homeschool Nature Club has openings in their Dec. 17 sessions, held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. each day. The fee for these programs is $3 for BNC members and $6 for non-members per class. State health and safety guidelines for COVID-19 will be observed; currently all kids in grades kindergarten through 12 are required to wear a face mask. Topic for December is “Ohio’s Nocturnal World”. To pre-register, call 937-698-6493 or email email@example.com and wait for an email to confirm pre-registration at the chosen time. Those who pre-register will have three days to mail a check or drop off payment in the new outdoor dropbox once confirmation is received. Payment must be cash or check only. If payment is not received within three days, the spot will open for another child. Final deadline to register and pay is the Monday before class.
• Brukner Nature Center’s Winter Vacation Camp will run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 21 and Tuesday, Dec. 22 and will be geared for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Monday’s topic will be mammals and Tuesday’s topic will be birds. Price per day for camp is $15 for BNC members and $20 for non-members for each day registered, and payment is accepted by cash or check only. Please call Brukner Nature Center at 937-698-6493 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to preregister. Deadline for registration is Wednesday, Dec. 16 by 5 p.m.
• Tots On Top will be held at the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Dec. 15 and Wednesday, Dec. 16. The program is for kids ages 2 to 5 who are potty trained.
• Holiday Tumbling for kids ages 5 and up will be held on Dec. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA. This all-day event will be packed with tons of fun to help beat holiday boredom. Participants need to pack a lunch, swimsuit, and a towel.
• The Sidney-Shelby County UMCA is collecting non-perishable items during the month of December to help neighbors in need. Anyone wishing to donate can drop off donations at any of the food barrels located throughout the Y. All items donated will be given to Agape Food Distribution.
SATURDAY, DEC. 12
• The Shelby County Animal Rescue Foundation will be holding their “Cans for Canines & Felines” fundraiser from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Shelby County Animal Shelter & Adoption Center, 610 Gearhart Road, Sidney. All money raised will be matched up to $250 by the event sponsor, The Styling Company.