Community Calendar

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RTA offers free rides on MLK Day

DAYTON — Participants in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration are invited to ride free aboard RTA regular fixed routes as well as through Project Mobility services from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 18, 2016.

RTA buses will operate according to Saturday service hours in observance of the holiday all day Monday. RTA business offices will be closed in accordance with the federal holiday.

There may be delays and rolling route deviations due to the MLK Day March. For assistance in planning your Martin Luther King Jr. Day trip, visit our website at, consult the “Saturday Service” section of your RTA schedule, or call the RTA Call Center at (937) 425-8300. Call Center representatives will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on January 18.

St. Christopher Athletic Boosters fish fry/Monte Carlo

VANDALIA — A Fish Fry/Monte Carlo will be sponsored by the St. Christopher Athletic Boosters on Saturday January 23, 2016 from 6 – 11 p.m. Cost is $15 per person and includes all food and drinks. Must be 21 to attend. Fish and food served by the well-known Corpus Christi Fryers. Multiple games of chance, along with numerous raffle and auction items. Tickets available at St. Christopher Parish Office or call Alex Gonter-Dray at 937-573-7470 for more information. Address is 435 E. National Road, Vandalia, OH 45377. Hope to see you there!

Peanut butter collection to benefit food pantry

VANDALIA — A recent study has ranked the state of Ohio as fourth in the country in terms of the number of “food Insecure” households! Over 39,000 children are impacted by this sad statistic. The City of Vandalia is not immune from this issue. We are, however, blessed to have employees, citizens and a local food pantry that work in partnership to address the issue of hunger in our community. We encourage you to support initiative of the Dayton Bar Association: a campaign to collect peanut butter. Why peanut butter? Because it is kid-friendly and packed with nutrition. The campaign is called the Bar Hunger: Peanut Butter and Justice Challenge.

Bins have been placed in the lobby of the city building, at the Vandalia Police Department in the Vandalia Municipal Court for the collection of peanut butter through February 29. Our challenge is to fill the bins. Please help us succeed in this worthwhile cause. All donations will go to the Vandalia Food Pantry.

Robots Among Us

WPAFB — Commemorate the anniversary of Spirit and Opportunity – the twin Mars rovers – by learning about the exciting field of robotics from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Designed for children and adults of all ages, the event offers several hands-on opportunities for all to enjoy. Aerospace demonstration stations, located throughout the museum’s galleries, teach fun aerospace principles, such as the role of robotics in the Air Force, examples of robotic toys, working robotics and more. Plus, a special guest appearance by R2-D2 is expected! Visit for more information.

NARFE Chapter 2238 to meet Jan. 15 in Huber

HUBER HEIGHTS — Chapter 2238 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will hold its next meeting Friday, January 15 at noon at a new location: TJ Chumps, which is located at 7050 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights. It is located between the Meijer Store and the Rose Music Center. TJ Chumps does not open until 11 a.m. so don’t arrive really early. Chapter 2238 serves Huber Heights, Englewood, Vandalia, Tipp City, New Carlisle, Riverside, Dayton and Brookville. The speaker will be Fred Naas and he will talk about his trip to Germany.

Library offers teen fiction contest

DAYTON — Creative teens with a story to tell are encouraged to enter the Dayton Metro Library’s Teen Fiction Contest now through February 13, 2016. The contest is open to all area teens in grades 7 through 12. Teens can choose to enter Flash Fiction for stories of under 500 words, or General Fiction for stories up to 2,000 words maximum. Winners will be chosen in two age categories: Grades 7-8 and Grades 9-12.

First place wins $100, second place wins $75 and third place wins $50 in each category; cash prizes are provided by the Friends of the Library.

“There is so much creativity and imagination out there among our teens,” said Steve Moser, Teen Services Coordinator at the Library. “I can’t wait to see the stories they share with us.”

Submissions can be dropped off at any Dayton Metro Library location and must include a completed entry form, available at Email submissions are accepted at

For more information, email or call (937) 463-BOOK.

Jumping Beans Jumping Sprouts

VANDALIA — Youngsters accompanied by a special adult will enjoy movement, rhythm, and fun on Wednesdays from 9:45-10:30 a.m. at the Vandalia Recreation Center. Class runs through December 9. With the utilization of songs, guided locomotion, finger plays, dancing, and parachute time, your youngster will enhance language and communication skills, social and cognitive development, and motor coordination. Come and join the fun! Ages: 18 – 36 months. Cost $30 Vandalia resident/VRC member, $38 non-resident.

Jumping Sprouts

VANDALIA — Preschoolers, assisted by a special adult, will enjoy singing, dancing, tumbling, movement, and rhythm on Wednesdays from 10:45-11:30 a.m. at the Vandalia Recreation Center. Class runs through December 9. Parachute time and free play will extend the fun. Watch your jumping beans sprout into active preschoolers. Ages: 30 – 48 months. Cost $30 Vandalia resident/VRC member, $38 non-resident.

Scissors, Snack, and Story

VANDALIA — This program on Fridays from 10 – 11 a.m. at the Vandalia Recreation Center is designed for you and your child to get to know one another and make new friends while having fun. Your child will experience gross motor movements, fine motor movements and social skills. Each class will feature a themed craft, story and activity. Drop-in for Zoom Around the Room and save $2 on Scissors, Snack and Story registration. Ages: 5 & younger (Children must be accompanied by an adult). Fee: $6 Resident / VRC Member; $8 Non-Resident; each additional child is $4. Location: Vandalia Recreation Center special events room.

Kiser High School Almuni Meetings

HUBER HEIGHTS — Kiser High School alumni meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except November and December) at the American Legion Post 200 which is at 5046 Nebraska Avenue, Huber Heights. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. Graduates, attendees, and friends of Kiser High School ae welcome to attend. Please park at the rear of the building and use rear entrance.

Vandalia Lions Club meets twice monthly

VANDALIA — The Vandalia Lions Club holds dinner meetings on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at the Cassel Hills Golf Clubhouse at 6:30 p.m. The club does not hold dinner meetings in July or August. Programs include speakers covering topical subjects. Any Vandalia-Butler resident interested in attending, learning more about the Club’s Community Service activities, and perhaps joining the Club, may contact the Club President, Gary Schomburg at 898-2357.

Sister Cities meets each month

VANDALIA – Sister Cities of Vandalia meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Senior Citizen’s Center on Tionda Dr. at 7 p.m. followed by a Gemuetlichkeit (social) hour.

Rotary Club of Vandalia meets on Thursdays

VANDALIA — Rotary Club of Vandalia meets on Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. at Cassel Hills Golf Clubhouse, 201 Clubhouse Way. Lunch is available for purchase. For information, call (937) 890-2565 or visit for weekly program and speaker.

Optimist Club of Vandalia-Butler meets on Tuesdays

VANDALIA — The Optimist Club of Vandalia-Butler, celebrating its 40th year, welcomes members and guests to their weekly meetings on Tuesdays at 12 noon. They meet at the Celebrations Banquet Center II at 7615 Poe Avenue Dayton, OH 45414. Please visit for more information.

Vandalia Toastmasters meets twice monthly

VANDALIA — Would you like to be a better speaker and a more effective leader? Vandalia Toastmasters provides a mutually supportive and positive learning environment where you have the opportunity to develop and practice communication and leadership skills. The club meets at 7:00 on the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Vandalia Justice Center at 245 James Bohanan Dr., Vandalia OH, 54377. phone: 937-656-2524. Guest are welcome.

Mothers groups meet in Vandalia

VANDALIA — MOPS and MOMS Next meetings offer community and mothering support to mothers of children age birth through six. MOPS and MOMS Next meetings are held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Vandalia (122 W. National Rd. in Vandalia next to Rite Aid) on the second and fourth Thursday evenings of each month from 6 – 8:15 p.m. Childcare is provided (please RSVP prior to attending to ensure enough childcare workers are available). Every mother is welcomed (working, stay-at-home, married, single, and expectant moms). For more information call Kim LaBianco at 454-9430 or send an e-mail to

TOPS meets in Tipp City

TIPP CITY — TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is a weight loss Support Group. Our meetings are on Mondays at the Zion Lutheran Church at 11 N. 3rd St. Tipp City. Entrance is on the west corner of the building. Please see the signs. We meet in the basement. Weigh in is from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and our meetings are from 6-7 p.m. For further information please call Ursula at 335-9721 or email her at

North Dayton Gold Star Referral Club to meet

HUBER HEIGHTS — Gold Star Referral Clubs are groups of business professionals who get together to help build each others business. The North Dayton referral Partners consists of quality business people who meet over breakfast in order to build relationships, increase business and exchange referrals.

Come visit us at The Heights Café, located at 6178 Chambersburg Road in Huber Heights on Wednesday from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. Contact Al Harmon at 937-623-3246, with any questions.

Compiled by Darrell Wacker

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