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August Lunch on the Lawn

GREENVILLE — Wrap up the summer season at Greenville Public Library at the last “Lunch on the Lawn” Friday, Aug. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket if you like and join the crowd under the shade trees for music and a meal – bring your own or purchase one at the white tent for $7.

Romer’s Catering is preparing the meal: a barbecue chicken quarter, potato salad, fresh fruit cup and bottled water. As always, $1 of every lunch sold is donated to Main Street Greenville, with whom the library partners for these events. In case of extreme heat or rain, the event will be moved to Romer’s Catering, 118 E. Main St.

Higgins-Madewell will be performing for the final lunch of the season. Erin Higgins Cress and Jeff Madewell have been playing and singing together since late 2006 when they first met and merged their fan bases. They were each looking for something new and their first show was a huge success

Today they play mostly within about a 50-mile radius from their homes in West Milton and have two CDs – “Spiderbite” and “Sweet Medicine.” Some of their songs are getting air time on WNKU, Northern Kentucky University’s radio station. For a sampling sound, go to

Free computer classes at library

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Public Library is again offering free computer classes to the community. They are Basic Computer Skills, Monday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to noon; and Basic Internet Skills, Monday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m. to noon. Class is limited to 10 participants. Register by calling 548-3915. Classes are taught by Stephanie St. Meyers.

Blood drives planned

DARKE COUNTY — The Bradford Church of the Brethren will sponsor a community blood drive Monday, Aug. 10 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Bradford High School auditorium, 750 Railroad Ave.

The Darke County Retired Teachers Association will sponsor a community blood drive Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Greenville Church of the Brethren, 421 Central Ave., Greenville.

Tri-Village Rescue Services in New Madison will host a community blood drive Saturday, Aug. 15 from 8 a.m. to noon in the conference center, 320 North Main St.

All will have a splashy water bottle as the donor gift, plus a chance to win a deluxe Hawaii vacation for two in the “Get on Board” summer blood drive drawing that will end Aug. 28.

Everyone who registers to donate will receive a free “Catch the Wave – Donate Blood” screw top water bottle with straw. Everyone age 18 and older will also be entered in the Community Blood Center (CBC) “Get on Board – Give Blood” summer blood drive drawing to win an all-expense-paid Hawaii vacation for two. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at or call 1-800-388-GIVE.

Grants training workshop offered

PIQUA — The Edison Foundation’s Academy for Community Leadership will once again be offering its popular fall speaker series. The first of three events will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Piqua campus.

The Grants Training Workshop will begin with a focused and thought-provoking discussion and workshop with a panel of area foundation executives and will continue with grant research training provided by the Edison Library, which is a Funding Information Network Partner of the Foundation Center, whose mission is to strengthen the social sector by advancing knowledge about philanthropy.

Leading the session are Cheryl Stiefel-Francis, Miami County Foundation; Christy Prakel, Darke County Foundation; Karen Wendeln, Piqua Community Foundation; and Melissa Kleptz, The Troy Foundation.

The Academy for Community Leadership exists to strengthen not-for-profit organizations by providing quality educational and training opportunities. This is made possible by support from local community and family foundations.

The cost to participate is $15 per person and includes lunch. Registration is preferred by Aug. 7 to ensure a seat. For more information or to register, contact Julie Slattery at 937-778-7805 or [email protected]. For upcoming event information, visit

New book club at library

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Public Library is hosting a new book club led by by Melinda Guerra.

Guerra explained, “Having intentionally avoided book clubs for the last decade, I winced when offered the opportunity to start one for the library. I chafe at the reputation of book clubs: an absence of book discussion, a repetitive book list, an inability to stay on track, a lack of desire to engage with books that challenge personal opinions… the list could go on.

“I said yes anyway, deciding ‘a book club for non-book-club-people” could draw together those who similarly avoid book clubs and want a low-commitment opportunity to spend time actively discussing a diverse book selection with other readers. With that in mind, I invite you to set aside your preconceived notions about book clubs (positive, negative, ambivalent, or indifferent) and consider participating in one we’re shaping to be intentionally different: Bookish.”

The first meeting for Bookish will be Monday, Aug. 17 at 6 p.m., on the third floor of the library. The group will be discussing Celeste Ng’s “Everything I Never Told You,” a book that tells a story of loss and in doing so, explores relationships, gender, race, and the pressures that often shape interactions between parents and their children.

To make the books accessible, the library has purchased five books in addition to the circulation copy for use by the first five Bookish participants who email to reserve a copy. The book is also available for purchase from nearby bookstores and online retailers.

Contact Guerra at [email protected] for more information, to reserve your book and/or space for the August meeting, or to get added to the update list for future Bookish meetings.

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