Community Calendar

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Smith Planetarium show to be Cosmic Jams

VANDALIA — Free shows are offered on the second Saturday of the month during the school year at the Smith Middle School Planetarium. Shows begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the community. Seating is on a first come-first served basis. The April show will be held on April 8 and will have the theme “Cosmic Jams: A Little Night Music.”

BPEA hosting mini-golf event

VANDALIA — The Vandalia Butler Performing Arts Association is hosting the first community-wide mini-golf event on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Butler High School. The community is invited to play a round of mini-golf in the halls and rooms of Butler. There will be concessions, a silent auction, and raffle baskets available in the cafeteria. Tickets are $5 presale and $7 at the door.

Baskets by Dranschak on display at Library

VANDALIA — Vandalia resident Jennie Dranschak is the March Artist-in-Residence at the Vandalia Branch Library. Throughout the month visitors can see examples of chair caning and hand woven baskets during regular Library hours. Styles include Shaker, Nantucket, and Native American as well as waxed linen and pine needle basketry. On Thursdays (March 16th, 23rd, and 30th) the artist will conduct live demonstrations of basket weaving and chair caning from 6-8 p.m. Dranschak has been weaving for 34 years and wishes to keep this nearly lost art form alive. Her demonstrations are free and appropriate for all ages.

Grief, Loss, and Trauma Focus Group to meet

VANDALIA — Grief, Loss & Trauma Focus Group is an 8 week course that will provide participants with tools and strategies to handle life after it is suddenly disrupted by a loss. It will meet Wednesdays, April 5 – May 24, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Location: FBC Vandalia, 140 Elva Ct., Vandalia, Room 44 Lower Level Fellowship Hall. Register online at , or call the church office at 898-3801. Deadline to register is April 4.

Vandalia Recreation Center

Under the Rainbow

All the beautiful colors of the rainbow will be part of this fun and interactive class. Each session will introduce a new color. Please wear RED for the first class. This program is for children age 2-4 years old. The cost is $24 Resident/VRC member and $28 for Non-Resident for the session. Or you can drop-in for $7 per class. The program will run on Tuesdays through March 23 10:00-11:00am.

Zoom Around the Room

Enjoy a morning of play with your child. A variety of play equipment will be set up in the gymnasium for children and their guardian to run, climb, jump and recreate. An adult must accompany each child or family of children. No instruction, just open play! Registration not required. Ages 1-5 years old. The cost is $4 per child per class. This is class is every Friday through April 28 from 10:00-11:00am. There will be no class on Friday, March 31. Contact Brittany Oliver at 415-2334 for more information.

Butler Class of 1967 organizing reunion

VANDALIA — Members of the Butler High School Class of 1967 are beginning to plan a 50th class reunion. Organizers are currently seeking contact information from graduates, relatives, and friends and request information be sent to More details on the reunion will be released as planning continues.

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. The program topic at the Feb.23 meeting will be Astronomy and the Smith Middle School Planetarium with Scott Oldfield.

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. Speakers in January include Steve Reed on longterm care on January 10, Vandalia City Manager Jon Crusey on January 17, Jeff Hoagland, President and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition on January 24, and Megan Reinhart on January 31. 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

Compiled by Darrell Wacker

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