• Packer Historical Center, 112 W. Main St., Anna, is open Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.
• 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.
• The Ride 2 End Epilepsy fundraiser will return to the community on Saturday, Aug. 7 beginning noon at Rivers Edge Sport Bar, 1455 Riverside Dr., Sidney. Registration for the event begins at 10:30 a.m. and cost to participate is $25 per participant. Camping, food, live entertainment and a 50/50 raffle drawing will be part of this year’s event. For more information, contact Amy Chupp at 937-489-9612 or Tony Batton at 937-489-5177.
• The Johnston Farm and Indian Agency will hold an “Evening on the Canal” Friday, Aug. 6 and Saturday, Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m. A picnic-style meal will kick off the evening, with guests boarding the General Harrison of Piqua for a twilight journey on the canal. This year, canal era musician Russ Franzen will present a program featuring his compositions entitled “Songs of the Miami” and “Erie Canal”. Pre-registration is required and only 24 spots are available for each evening. Cost is $35 for adults, $30 for children ages 6 to 12, and $25 or $30 for Johnston Farm Friends Council and Ohio History Connection members.
FRIDAY, JULY 30
• The Brukner Nature Center will host their Summer Artist Open House from 6 to 8 p.m. The open house will feature photography by Becca Mathews, an Environmental Educator currently working and residing in Columbus. Proceeds will support BNC’s mission to promote the appreciation and understanding of wildlife conservation through education, preservation and rehabilitation. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 19.
TUESDAY, AUG. 3
• A National Night Out Party will be held at Anna Park from 4 to 8 p.m. and feature live music by CJL AUDIO, food trucks, vehicle tours, games, a craft and vendor show, comedian and magician Matt Stanley, In the Blink of a Fly, and other educational events.