This Sunday is Main Street Preschool’s big fun-raising event of the year—the Quarter Auction in the Great Hall.
You won’t want to miss this fun-filled afternoon.
Doors Open at 1:00 p.m.
Drawings 2-3:30 p.m.
Tickets Available April 21 – 25 in the Office for $2 each. Save time waiting in line at the door on Sunday.
Vendors include: Pampered Chef, Longaberger, Thirty-One, Scentsy, Sweet Art by Jamie, Premier Jewelry & more….
Raffle items include: kindle fire HD, this year’s American Girl doll, Gourd Art by Judy, tennis racket & balls from Schroeder Tennis Center, certificates to Harrison’s, Fox’s Pizza, Domino’s Pizza, Coldwater Café, Tipp o’ the Town, Broadway Hair Studio, Cairns Toy Store, Crossroads Consignment, Becky’s Bike Rentals, Urban Ava, bloom Boutique in Vandalia, Collier’s Family Restaurant in Springfield, Family Aquatic Center in Tipp City, tickets to Springfield Boonshoft, a mini photo session worth $175…and more to come!
Bring lots of quarters. Light refreshments will be available for sale during the afternoon.
Tipp City, Ohio, April 22, 2014: Brad Neavin, Superintendent of Vandalia-Butler City Schools, is pleased to announce that the district is participating in a Straight A Fund collaborative with five other school districts and Energy Optimizers, USA, a Tipp City, Ohio, based company.
On Wednesday, April 23, a Vandalia-Butler student-led energy audit team will perform an audit of three district buildings as part of the grant program. The audit will begin at 9 a.m. at Butler High School, 600 S. Dixie Drive in Vandalia.
“The Straight A Fund grant will turn our schools into hands-on learning tools to educate students and staff about reducing energy costs,” said Neavin. “We’re excited to be part of this process and looking forward to hearing what the students report out.”
Governor Kasich’s concept for funding innovative educational projects through the “Straight A Fund Grant” is being funded through the State of Ohio from a $250 million budget in two rounds, with this project funded in Round 1. Energy Optimizers, USA, the Ohio Energy Project and administrators from Springfield-Clark Career Tech Center developed the project. This project will provide teachers with the tools they need to meet academic standards, provide districts with energy cost savings to drive dollars back into the classroom, encourage student engagement and empowerment, and improve lighting for a district special needs classroom.
Springfield-Clark CTC is the project champion, and several of their students have been hired and trained by Energy Optimizers, USA to do peer-to-peer training of students in the five local school districts, including Vandalia-Butler. Students are actively engaged in the energy audits of their school facilities. They will present their findings, including recommended energy conservation measures to save the district money, at the May 27 Board of Education meeting.
In addition to the educational energy audits, as part of this project, Energy Optimizers, USA will retrofit one special needs classroom per district with special classroom LED lighting, which is highly energy efficient. The company will also commission HVAC systems and building controls in the district facilities, which will result in energy savings. In the near future, each district will start a District Green Team of staff and students to implement energy education in each facility, utilizing curriculum that correlates to the Common Core Standards.
Brian Abels, Director of Engineering at Energy Optimizers, USA, has led the training of students in the educational energy audits of the buildings. He states, “The students have been actively
engaged in the audits and are excited about the savings that can be achieved. Not only are students learning about energy engineering and related savings, but we’re bringing in chemistry
and biology as we discuss compression cycle and thermodynamics. We’re also talking about how they will communicate their findings to the School Board. This project is making science, math, chemistry and biology “real” to the students and directly applicable to their school buildings.”
About Energy Optimizers, USA
Energy Optimizers, USA, based in Tipp City, Ohio, works with Ohio school districts and government agencies to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, renewable energy projects (wind and solar), HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits and energy education programs. To learn more about Energy Optimizers, USA, visit their website at http://energyoptusa.com or call them at (937) 877-1919.
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If you loved the movie, this show is for you. This is the last night.
Bring It On: The Musical at the SchusterCenter
DAYTON - Bring It On: The Musical will be at the SchusterCenter in Dayton at Wednesday. Inspired by the film of the same name, this show is a "high-flying journey filled with the complexities of friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness" and features a colorful crew of characters, music, dynamic choreography and aerial stunts. The show is appropriate for guests ages 7 and up and tickets range in price from $30-$70. For tickets, information and a preview video, click HERE.
Wacky Wednesdays at Jumpy's Fun Zone in Troy
TROY - It's Wacky Wednesdays at Jumpy's Fun Zone in Troy. The fun center is open from on Wednesdays and guests can enjoy unlimited laser tag for $15 and can add jumping for $5, or unlimited jumping for $7. Jumpy's Fun Zone is located at 1528 W. Main St. behind McDonald's. For more information, click HERE.
Buy-One-Get-One-Free Laser Tag or Jumping with My MiamiCounty
Click HERE for a coupon (or show the front desk the coupon on your SmartPhone) to receive a buy-one-get-one-free jumpy or laser tag. Good one per family.
20% Off at Canal Street Primitives in Troy - Wednesday-Saturday
TROY - Click HERE for a 20 percent off coupon for any one item at Canal Street Primitives in Troy. The offer is good on furniture, home accessories, rugs, lighting and more. Canal Street Primitives is located at 9 E. Canal St.- 3 blocks south of the Square from Market Street. The shop is open from to Wednesday-Saturday and can be reached at (937) 216-9606.
Mulligan's Open For Lunch - Tuesday-Saturday
PIQUA - Mulligan's Pub in downtown Piqua is open for lunch starting at Tuesday-Saturday. Patrons can dine on build-your-own burgers, pizzas, rueben sandwiches, amazing appetizers, soups and salads and more. To view the full menu, click HERE.
Smok'N Jo's BBQ - $5 Off $25 Purchase - Open Daily
SIDNEY - Click HERE for a $5 off a $25 purchase coupon at Smok'N Jo's BBQ in Sidney. The restaurant is known for its Broasted Chicken Dinners, Baby Back Ribs, Steak and sandwiches and burgers. Click HERE for the full menu. Smok'N Jo's BBQ is located at 1951 Michigan St. and is open Sunday-Thursday and Friday and Saturday. For more information, call (937) 710-4076.
Stand Up For Kidz Comedy Benefit at Wiley's Comedy Club
DAYTON - To mark April as "National Child Abuse Prevention Month," Wiley's Comedy Club will host Stand up For Kidz. Nationally touring comedian Tim Cavanagh will be the featured performer and will be joined by Jack WIlson, Rob Haney, Joanne Augenstien, Tracy Cooper and comic/magician Carl Day. Tickets are $20 with all proceeds going to the Michael House. The show starts at For more information, call (937) 224-5653 or click HERE.
University of Dayton Voice Recital (FREE)
DAYTON - The University of Dayton Voice Recital will take place at Wednesday at the Sears Recital Hall, 300 College Park on the UD Campus. The free concert is presented by the Department of Music. For more information, click HERE.
Open Skating Family Night at Skate World in Vandalia
VANDALIA - Skate World hosts Open Skating Family Night from on Wednesdays. Admission is $4 per person or $10 for the whole family. Skate rental is $3 for regular skates and $3.50 for inline skates. The skating rink is located at 333 S. Brown School Road in Vandalia. For more information, click HERE or call (937) 890-6550. Meet Nichole and Misty - Dr. Littlejohn's Awesome Opticians! PIQUA - Doc and his opticians are pleased to announce the addition of their new Digital, Eco-Friendly On-Site Finishing Lab! Shorter wait times mean you'll be looking and seeing your best in your new glasses sooner! Call today to schedule your yearly eye exam and get your new glasses lickity split! Dr. Littlejohn is conveniently located at 8090 Looney Rd., Piqua, across from Home Depot. For more information, call (937) 606-2772 or click HERE.
Rockstar Pro Wresting in Dayton
DAYTON - Every Wednesday night at , the RockStar Pro Wrestling Arena in downtown Dayton hosts live independent professional wrestling. Tickets are $5 and available at the door. To learn more about this wrestling league and other events, click HERE.
Dining & Nightlife
30% Off Appetizers at La Piazza
TROY - Every Wednesday evening, La Piazza takes 30 percent off of its appetizers, including discounted calamari, Chicken Drummies Buffalo and BBQ, Chicken Spiedini, meatballs, minestrone and more. To view the full appetizer menu, click HERE. La Piazza is located at 2 N. Market St. and can be reached at (937) 339-5553.
Savory Brat for $3.11 at the 311 Drafthouse
PIQUA - From each Wednesday, the 311 Drafthouse offers its popular Savory Brats for $3.11 each. Guests can also take advantage of Happy Hour prices during this time, including $1.50 domestic pints, $3 well drinks and $1 off a glass of wine. The 311 Drafthouse is located at 311 N. Main St. and is open from to on Thursdays. For more information, click HERE.
Mojos Wednesday Nights - $1 Off All Drinks!
TROY - Mojos Bar & Grille is open for dinner and drinks from to on Wednesdays. Along with the full menu being available for dinner patrons, all guests can enjoy $1 off all drinks at the bar. There are 50 different craft beers to choose from and a full menu of specialty drinks. Menu highlights at Mojos includes: BBQ Pork Sliders, Grilled Portobello sandwiches, a Monte Cristo, three dinner salads, Buffalo Goat Cheese and Scotch Eggs. To see the full menu, click HERE. Mojos is located at 109 E. Main St. and can be reached at (937) 552-9172.
20% Off Your Meal at Los Pitayos in Troy - Sunday-Thursday
TROY - Click HERE to print a coupon good for 20 percent off your meal at Los Pitayos in Troy - good through June 1, 2014. The offer is good for lunch or dinner Sunday through Thursday and is for dine-in only. Los Pitayos is located at 2317 W. Main St. near BW3s in Troy. For more information, call (937) 440-8999.
Pizza, Pasta, Primi, Subs and More at Beppo Uno - Open Daily
PIQUA - Beppo Uno is a fine-dining restaurant in Piqua that not only offers some of the most sought-after pizza in the area, but also pasta dishes, Italian subs and insalata, zuppa and primi menu items. To view the full menu, click HERE. Beppo Uno is located at 414 W. Water St. and is open Monday-Thursday; to on Friday and Saturdays; and to on Sundays. Carryout and delivery are available by calling (937) 615-1100. Delivery is available from Monday-Thursday; to on Friday and Saturday; and to on Sundays.
All-You-Can-Eat Lunch Buffet at La Piazza - Monday-Friday
TROY - Known as the "Best Lunch Deal" in the area, La Piazza offers an all-you-can-eat Lunch Buffet from to For $8.95 per person, guests can feast on 10 different items each day, including soups, a pizza, vegetables, an Italian dish, cold salads and more - plus endless salad and bread with herb butter. To view today's menu, click HERE. La Piazza is located at 2 N. Market St. in downtown Troy and can be reached at (937) 339-5553.
Pork Specials and Happy Hour at Mulligan's Pub
PIQUA - Mulligan's Pub, 110 W. High St., offers a different special each night of the week. Wednesday night features a different pork dish, which changes each week. Additionally, the pub has happy hour Monday through Friday from with drink specials including $1.75 domestic bottles, $2 tall domestic drafts and $3 well drinks. Mulligan's can be reached at (937) 606-2819 or visit them online HERE.
The Comeback Special at the 311 Drafthouse - Monday-Friday
PIQUA - Come in for lunch Monday through Friday at the 311 Drafthouse in downtown Piqua and bring your receipt back after for a free appetizer. The 311 Drafthouse is located at 311 N. Main St. in downtown Piqua and can be reached at (937) 615-9705. To view the pub's full menu, click HERE.
$1 Off Crafts & Imports at the Leaf & Vine (FREE)
TROY - Take $1 off all craft and imported beers every Wednesday at the Leaf & Vine. The Leaf & Vine is located at 108 W. Main St. in downtown Troy and can be reached at (937) 332-0773. For more information and events, click HERE.
Italian Cuisine at La Piazza
TROY - La Piazza is open for dinner seven days a week. The restaurant's menu (see HERE) features everything from Brushetta, Calamari and Chicken entrees and four signature burgers to specialty pizzas and calzones and pasta and grilled dishes. Save room for dessert, including a monthly feature, Carmel Nut Brownies and hand-dipped Spumoni Ice Cream. To view the full dessert menu, click HERE. La Piazza is open for dinner from Monday-Thursday; Friday and Saturday; and on Sundays.
$5 Steak Dinner at Fricker's
TROY - Every Wednesday, Fricker's locations throughout the MiamiValley, including in Troy and Vandalia, offer $5 steak dinners. The meal is a six-ounce sirloin and a side. The offer is good from
Ladies Night and Half Price Appetizers at LeDoux's (FREE)
TROY - LeDoux's hosts Ladies Night every Wednesday starting at Guests can enjoy $2 Bud Light tall boys, $3 well drinks and $2 domestic bottles. LeDoux's is located at 118 W. Main St. in downtown Troy. To see more special events at LeDoux's click HERE.
Trivia Night and Half Price Appetizers at The Filling Station (FREE)
TROY - Trivia Night takes place from every Wednesday at The Filling Station in Troy. With this being the first week of the month, guests can join in a month long contest that has the winner on week-4 winning a gift certificate to The Filling Station! Individuals and teams are welcome and guests can arrive early to order half-price appetizers and $2 domestic beers prior to the game starting. There are four rounds each game. The Filling Station is located at 2331 W. Market St. (St. Rt. 55) west of I-75. For more information, call (937) 339-4800 or click HERE for the full schedule of events.
60 Cent Wings at Z's
PIQUA - Z's Sports Bar offers 60 cent wing specials from every Wednesday. The bar is located at 319 N. Wayne St. in Piqua and can be reached at (937) 773-9190.
Enjoy 99 cent margaritas and $8 smoked BBQ dinners at Harrison's in Tipp City.
99 Cent Margaritas at Harrison's
TIPPCITY- Harrison's Restaurant offers 99 cent margaritas all day Wednesday, as well as a lunch portion of its smoked BBQ feast for $8 and its dinner version (bigger and more sides) for $13.Harrison's is located at106 E. Main St.and can be reached at (937) 667-5223.
$5 Spaghetti Dinner at the Spaghetti Warehouse
DAYTON - Between and every Wednesday, the Spaghetti Warehouse, 36 W. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton, hosts $5 Warehouse Wednesday. For $5, guests receive spaghetti with choice of meat, tomato or marinara sauce, plus a garden salad and sourdough bread with garlic butter. For more information, call (937) 461-3913.
Menopause: The Musical at La Comedia Dinner Theater - Wednesday-Sunday
SPRINGBORO - Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common, except a black lace bra ... and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more. Menopause: The Musical is a "hilarious musical parody set to classic times from the 60s, 70s and 80s." Join the sisterhood and laugh out loud in this salute to the women who are experiencing "the change." Adult content. The show will take place at La Comedia Dinner Theater in Springboro at Wednesday-Sunday and Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Tickets range in price from $55 to $71, which includes a deluxe all-you-can-eat buffet. Children 11 and under are $30. For ticket information, click HERE.
Board Game Night at Lucky's Taproom and Eatery (FREE)
DAYTON - If you love board games but can't get your friends or family to play, head to Lucky's Taproom and Eatery at Wednesday for Board Game Night. Guests can choose from a variety of games at the pub or bring their own. There is no cover charge and food and drinks are available throughout the evening. Lucky's is located at 520 E. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton and can be reached at (937) 222-6800.
Karaoke and $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon at Blind Bob's Tavern (FREE)
DAYTON - Blind Bob's Tavern - in the Oregon District - hosts karaoke from every Wednesday. There is no cover charge. Guests can also (enjoy?) $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon beers. Blind Bob's is located at 430 E. Fifth St. and can be reached at (937) 938-6405.
Games, bumper cars, gokarts and more can be enjoyed at Scene75 in Vandalia Wednesday through Sunday.
Scene75 - Wednesday-Sunday
VANDALIA - Scene75 offers everything from Blacklight Mini-Golf and Indoor Go-Karts to Spin Zone Bumper Cars and Min-Bowling, plus the largest arcade in Ohio. Additionally, there is food, restaurants and a bar, among other features. The entertainment center is open from to on Wednesday. Weekly hours are Thursday; Friday and Saturday; and on Sundays. To plan your visit, click HERE.
Open Bowling atTroyBowl - Open Daily
TROY- Open Bowling is available from to on Wednesday at Troy Bowl, 1530 McKaig Ave. Along with bowling, guests can eat at a concession area with a full kitchen, play video games and pool and visit the full bar with beer and spirits. In case there are leagues, always call in advance at (937) 339-3315. This number also has pricing information. Shoe rental is $4. For more Opening Bowling times, click HERE.
Open Bowling at Miami Lanes in West Milton - Wednesday-Sunday
WEST MILTON - Miami Lanes, 1159 S. Miami St. in West Milton is open for bowling from Wednesday and Thursday. The bowling alley accepts cash only. For more information, call (937) 698-5706.
My Miami County provides direct links to local movie theaters. You won't get lost on the Internet with our guide!
Movies 5 & Cinemark Theatre- Open Daily
PIQUA/TROY- Movies 5 inTroyand Cinemark Theatre inPiquaare open daily. ClickHEREto find a movie theater and movie you'd like to see.
Bowling at Brel-Aire Lanes in Piqua - Open Daily
PIQUA - Brel-Aire Lanes is open from to Monday-Thursday; to on Friday; to on Saturday; and to on Sunday. For details on lane openings and pricing, call (937) 773-0462.
Troy and The Hayner House Exhibit - Open Daily (FREE)
TROY - "Troy and The Hayner House" is a free exhibit at the Troy-HaynerCulturalCenter that explores the 200-year history of community and the 100-year history of the mansion. The Hayner is open Monday-Thursday; Tuesday-Saturday; and Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call (937) 339-0457 or click HERE.
Piqua Library Lobby Exhibit (FREE)
PIQUA - This month's lobby exhibit at the Piqua Library is titled "The Johnston Family is Everywhere" and highlights the spread of this founding family across the country. The exhibit is open during library hours, which are Monday-Thursday and on Friday and Saturday.
Classic Images by Ansel Adams at the SpringfieldMuseum of Art - Wednesday-Sunday
SPRINGFIELD - A total of 72 images - all black and white - from Ansel Adams are currently on display at the Springfield Museum of Art. Admission is $8 for adults and $3 for children 17 and younger. The museum is located at 107 Cliff Park Road. For more information, click HERE. Museum hours are Wednesday-Saturday and Sunday.
For Children and Families
Baby & Me Laptime at the Troy Library (FREE)
TROY - Children ages birth to 2 and their caregiver can enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and playtime at this 30-minute program at and on Wednesday.
Spring Story Time at the Pleasant Hill Library (FREE)
PLEASANT HILL - Join Miss Andrea for good books, activities, finger plays, music and a craft at Thursday at the Oakes-Beitman Memorial Library in Pleasant Hill. The program is free.
Breathin with Steven Golf Scramble Set for May 10 Event Sponsors and Players Being Sought
TROY - At May 10, area residents and businesses can help a local man in need of a Double-Lung Transplant and medical assistance by playing golf at the Troy Country Club and enjoying other activities, including a cook-out, raffles and auctions.
The event is called the "Breathin with Steven Golf Scramble" and all money raised will be used to help Troy resident Steven Qualls with the ongoing costs of his disability, which includes medications, frequent visits to the Cleveland Clinic for evaluation and other costs associated with his lung transplant.
Qualls was born March 28, 1993 - three weeks earlier than doctors had planned. He
A golf scramble, cook-out and other events on May 10 will help Troy resident Steven Qualls with ongoing medical bills associated with a lung disease he was diagnosed with at the age of 2.
was born with pneumonia and stayed in the hospital for three weeks. After being evaluated by the Cleveland Clinic and having surgery for reflux, he continued to have breathing problems. After several visits to specialists, there was still no diagnosis. At the age of 2, he was diagnosed with bronchiectasis and asthma. In 2009, his health seemed to take a turn for the worse and his doctors recommended he go through further evaluation. In 2010, after going through extensive testing, he was diagnosed with bronchiolitis obliterans, a degenerative and terminal lung disease.
Even with these challenges, Steven graduated high school with a 3.8 GPA and was accepted into the University of Cincinnati. During his sophomore year in college, his condition worsened and he was forced to move back home to concentrate on his health. Steven's day-to-day life is consumed by his medical needs. He is required to take 30-minute treatments four times a day and takes several oral medications. He also requires extra sleep and oxygen therapy to make the most of each day. Due to his conditions and medication, his immune system is also compromised. Illnesses attack him more easily and more aggressively. Currently, Steven has 14-17 percent lung capacity and is under pre-evaluation at the Cleveland Clinic for a Double-Lung Transplant.
The May 10 golf scramble is being held to help Steven.
There are several ways to get involved.
Group and hole sponsors are being accepted for $510, which includes a foursome team for the scramble and a sign on a hole. Group sponsors are $360 and includes a foursome for golf and lunch and drinks and, on the course, beer. Hole sponsorships are $150; the Longest Drive Sponsor is $100; the Closest to the Pin Sponsor is $100; and a Beverage Sponsor is $50. A cook-out also will be held on May 10, which is $15 per person.
Additionally, there will be a live auction, silent auction, raffle baskets, a Pro Shop raffle and door prizes.
To participate in the golf scramble, to become a sponsor or for more information, call Ty and Mickie Nimer at (937) 216-3434. Make checks payable to: Steven Fund and mail to Ty Nimer, 720 Chaucer Land, TippCity, 45371.
TIPPCITY - The old is made new again by TippCity model Ruby Randall, whose photographs bring the past to the present and fan the flames of her passion for vintage clothing and makeup.
Randall’s love for bygone eras is evident in her work, which is described as "Vintage Art." The intent of her modeling to take viewers on a journey back in time.
(Photo courtesy of Sharon Elaine Photography)
Randall considers her work to be a tribute to her upbringing and her vast collection of vintage clothing.
“I began collecting vintage (clothing) as a child and love to now be able to emulate in front of the camera what each piece means to me, the pictures in my mind of those who wore them before me, and the feelings of nostalgia I get when I hold an antique in my hands or look at an old photograph or painting. I want to pass that nostalgic feeling on to my viewers,” she said.
Fairy tales have always been a big part of Randall’s life and a heavy influence in her art. As a child she would play dress-up, often transforming into Dorothy from the "Wizard of Oz" or Snow White and escape into another world. She now uses her photographs as a reason to assemble costumes and create a type of fantasy land for herself and viewers.
“I love fairy tales, romance and folklore. I love to take a piece of clothing and build a story around it. I am inspired by fairy tales in my daily life, whether it be in my home décor, daily wardrobe choices or hairstyles. I was raised on fairy tales and spent most of my childhood reading, and when I wasn’t reading I was fantasizing about the stories I read and acting them out - pulling clothes from my Mom’s stash of our Great-Grandma’s clothing and pretending I was someone else. Like many people, my childhood shaped everything I am and attain to be today,” Randall said.
During the last seven years Randall's modeling career has brought some of her childhood dreams and fantasies to life. She was recently featured on the cover of "Car Kulture Deluxe" - a car magazine that Randall remembers from her childhood and that she dreamed of being in one day. And to be on the cover of three romance novels and featured in many other admired publications is also a real-life fairy tale for Randall. Additionally, she's been honored to be a spokes-model for community events in TippCity where she resides, and for other special events in the surrounding area.
The process of modeling, which was originally meant to be a way to “immortalize” her collection of vintage clothing, has brought many unexpected pleasures for Randall, but she said her greatest joy comes from others enjoying her work. She takes great pride in the knowledge that lives are being touched due to her efforts and passion.
“It means so much to know that I’m making someone smile, and it especially means the world to me when they tell me how much their little girl loves my work. That tells me that I’m doing something right, because to be an inspiration to a young girl ... to me is priceless," she said, adding: "I never felt pretty growing up, I was so awkward and shy, but a God-given love of fashion and music - and the truly inspiring women in my life - shaped me and helped give me the confidence to bloom into who I was meant to be. If I can do that for another woman, at any age, I am beyond humbled."
In the spirit of evoking a world of fairy tales, as well as a nostalgic feeling, Randall has never aspired to be a “sex kitten” in her photographs. Some of her pin-up work may be a little sultry, or have an "old-school sex appeal" to them, but she requires all of her work to be appropriate for that era she is representing.
“I know ‘sex sells’ but I refuse to lower my standards to get attention. I don’t really do this for attention. I do it because I have to, it’s just part of who I am. What I do is all about the clothes and not the lack thereof,” she said.
Another way that Randall is different than a lot of models is the purity of her skin. A tattoo wouldn’t match with her vintage look and lifestyle, despite their popularity in the field. Though not having a tattoo has cost her work as a pin-up, Randall said staying true to herself is what matters most.
“It is important to me to maintain a classic look. I think these days, being completely 100 percent natural in every way and having no ink at all is getting to be really rare. I actually like the fact that I’m a minority,” she said.
Beyond the photography, Randall also steps into fairy tales through makeup. She views makeup artistry much like the scene in "Wizard of Oz" when Dorothy steps out of the house and into Technicolor.
“It’s bringing color to the beauty that was already there,” Randall said. “Makeup is about being yourself, only in color.”
A make-up artist for 12 years, Randall cherishes the opportunity to open the door to Oz for other women. She loves making her clients beautiful and seeing them transform both physically and emotionally.
(Photo courtesy of Winter Wolf Studio)
“I’ve had girls come sit in my chair and they are so quiet and withdrawn, have little good to say about themselves. But by the end of an hour or less with them it’s like a totally different person that walks back out that door,” she said.
Many people have crossed her path that she’ll never forget, particularly Corynna Strawser, a 16-year-old girl who aspired to be a makeup artist while bravely fighting a terminal illness. She made imprints on Randall’s heart that will remain forever.
Randall was part of opening the first, and only, Dayton M.A.C location and went out on her own in 2007. She specializes in authentic period looks, but is also very experienced in avant garde and fantasy makeup, as well as providing custom beauty looks for any and every occasion. For women just wanting a new daily look, she can also provide that.
To explore one of Randall’s fairytales, or learn how to step into your own, click HERE and HERE.
Health Partners Free Clinic Celebrates 15 Years with Updated Event
Organization Serves Uninsured and Under-Insured Residents of Miami County
By Amy Maxwell
My Miami County Feature Writer
TROY - Health Partners Free Clinic is proud to celebrate its 15th year of serving the uninsured and under-insured residents of MiamiCounty.
In honor of this milestone anniversary, the clinic has decided to make some changes to its annual Healing Jar Fundraiser, which will take place on May 7 beginning at
Auctioneer Bill Havenar auctions off a piece of pottery from Sally Watson during last year's Healing Jar Fundraiser. This year's event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7 at the Fort Piqua Plaza. Tickets are available for $75, which supports the Health Partners Free Clinic. The clinic does not receive any federal dollars and relies on local funding, including from this annual event. (Photo provided)
“In years past, we’ve done a free breakfast for anybody interested in learning more about Health Partners, or anybody who is a supporter or volunteer,” said Executive Director Justin Coby. “This year will be different in terms of the venue; we will be holding an evening event at FortPiquaPlaza complete with dinner and a social hour beforehand with beer and wine available for purchase.”
The event will still honor the tradition of its namesake, which originates from a Bible verse.
“It talks about the clay that the Great Potter creates into jars and some jars are used for decoration and some jars are used to collect trash, but the clay is all the same,” Coby explained. “That really sums up our mission here at Health Partners - that we are here to help everybody because we are all made from the same clay and everybody should receive the same opportunity for quality healthcare. That’s what drives us every day.”
The clinic partners with Sally Watson from Hotel Gallery in TippCity for the event. “She makes these beautiful pottery vases that we then sell throughout the event and we hold back two that we consider the best that go up for a live auction to raise funds for the clinic,” Coby said. The event will also feature keynote speaker former Health Partners Director Deb Miller. “She is now the President of the Ohio Association of Free Clinics and she has some really good information to share about how free clinics will still be needed in the state even with Affordable Care Act expansion,” Coby said. “To us, the event can also be called a ‘friend-raiser’ because we really want to raise awareness in the area about the clinic.”
Tickets for the event are available for purchase for $75 and monies raised will assist with the operating costs due to a recent need for expansion of hours at the clinic.
“We are not federally funded, we receive not one cent from the government,” Coby said. “We are supported through foundations, grants, our United Way partners and individual and corporate donors. We basically are not guaranteed one dollar from one year to the next.”
Health Partners Free Clinic serves uninsured and under-insured residents of Miami County. (Photo provided)
The clinic was originated in 1998 by the local human services organization Partners in Hope.
“They realized there was a need for medical aid for those who were slipping through the cracks,” Coby said. “So Deb Miller and our Board President, Dr. Hess, went about creating some help here in the community for folks, and it just snowballed from there. Each year we would double or triple our clientele as we went along. In the beginning, Deb would be driving around in her car with patient charts, house-to-house, just trying to help. It’s been a ‘if you build it, they will come’ type of thing.”
Coby began his career with the clinic as a volunteer pharmacist in 2007.
“I have worked for some Big Box retailers as a pharmacist in the past and I just didn’t feel the connection to patients,” he said. Coby took two mission trips to Haiti and Colombia and credits those experiences for his personal growth, which pushed him to pursue a position at the clinic.
“It just opens your eyes to things that you can’t close them to anymore and I knew I had to get out of what I was doing and I had to get to the clinic and it didn’t matter to me if I got paid for what I was doing or if I didn’t, I just needed to be here,” he said. “It just so happened at the same time that Deb was going to move on and I applied for a position and got it. When I took over as Executive Director in December 2012 it really was the last day that I went to work because I just love being here so much. There really are not words to describe the things that this staff and my army of volunteers do at this clinic-we’re in the business of grace. There are just so many people that benefit from this clinic. We provide for people that if they didn’t have it would either be bankrupt or dead.”
Coby said since they have transitioned from their original location within the Miami County Health District to their new facility located outside of Troy at 1300 N. Co. Rd. 25-A, their numbers have never slowed down. The clinic currently serves about 1,000 patients that are uninsured or under-insured. Coby defines the term “under-insured” as those who have health insurance but can’t afford their health insurance. “Essentially, they are termed under-insured if more that 9.5 percent of their annual salary is going towards health care,” he said.
The clinic offers a walk-in clinic on Monday morning’s beginning at and on Thursday evenings at “This is open to the public to anybody who feels that they qualify for services here at Health Partners,” Coby said. “They can come in, sign up to be seen and then we can go forward. After that, if they have chronic disease issues that need to be treated we can schedule appointments but that is how they gain access into the clinic.”
The clinic provides onsite, primary care visits, prescription medications and lab work, as well as access to a licensed social worker and assistance in applying for health insurance. The clinic also refers patients to numerous specialists for additional care. For more information on the clinic, visit their website at www.healthpartnersclinic.org. For fundraiser ticket information, contact Justin Coby at (937) 332-0894 Ext. 208 or e-mail email@example.com.
Mark Your Calendar - A Great Weekend of Fun
By Matt Bayman
Mulligan's Pub will host Higgins Madewell this Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $5, but if you come in for dinner, the show is free. Mulligan's Pub has great food and great selection, so this is the perfect way to spend a Friday night in Miami County.
This week is filled with some great events, both locally and throughout the region. Click HERE to view this weekend's Calendar of Events, but in case you don't have time, here are some highlights:
Higgins Madewell at Mulligan's Pub
PIQUA - Higgins Madewell puts on the best show of any band in MiamiCounty and has become the most popular band in the MiamiValley. From to Friday, the duo will perform at Mulligan's Pub in downtown Piqua. Admission is $5, but if you dine at the pub prior to the show, admission is free. The menu is filled with great burgers, pizzas and unique appetizers. The pub is also a great place for watching bands.
Annual Salad Luncheon at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Piqua
PIQUA - This annual fundraiser is a chance to feast on many types of cold salads, all while raising money for local outreach programs. The event is from to Sunday at 325 W. Ash St. in downtown Piqua.
Dogwood Festival in Piketon & Camping
The Dogwood Festival is a true Appalachian event and features events such as a chain saw contest, a tobacco spitting contest, bluegrass music and Appalachian food, among other events. The festival is free and camping is abundant in the area.
PIKETON - Located about an hour-and-a-half from MiamiCounty is Ohio's Appalachian Foothills, the Dogwood Festival is worth the drive - especially with good weather. The festival features Appalachian music and food, horseback rides, fiddle contests, the not-to-miss tobacco spitting and chain saw contests, karaoke and pie eating contests open to visitors, an antique car show, parades, live music and games and rides. The festival is free and takes place from Friday; Saturday; and Sunday. To plan your visit, click HERE. There is also great camping in this area, including PikeLake, which has paddle boats, fishing and one of the nicest, yet secluded campgrounds in Ohio. For more information on camping, click HERE.
One of the most unique festivals in Ohio, the Viking Festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday in Ashville, which is less than an hour-and-a-half from Miami County and free!
Ashville Viking Festival (FREE)
Ashville is located just over an hour from MiamiCounty south of Columbus, which makes a trip to the Viking Festival worth the drive. One of the most unique festivals in Ohio, the Viking Festival features Viking food and music, demonstrations, Viking ships on the water, sword and dance demonstrations, a children's area with a Viking theme and more. The festival takes place from to Saturday and Sunday and is free. To plan your visit, click HERE.
Shoot the Hills Photography Contest in Hocking Hills & Camping
LOGAN - This photography contest is unique in that all photographs entered must be taken in a 24-hour period this weekend. There are various categories to enter and the cost is $35. As with the Dogwood Festival above, a great way to expand on this event is to go camping. For more information on the contest, click HERE. For camping information in Hocking Hills, click HERE.
There are two Pink Floyd tribute bands performing in the region this weekend, including Dark Side of the Moon in Versailles.
A Pink Floyd Tribute Weekend in Versailles & Columbus
There are two Pink Floyd tribute bands performing in the area this weekend. The first is Dark Side of the Moon, which will perform at Saturday at BMI Indoor Speedway in Versailles. Tickets are $8 pre-sale and $12 at the door. For a very intense Pink Floyd tribute show, head to Newport Music Hall on High Street in Columbus for Wish You Were Here. The Columbus show features an amazing laser light display and the show is dedicated to the band's albums "Animals," "The Wall," "Wish You Were Here" and "Dark Side of the Moon." Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Straight Arrow (Shoot a Real Bow & Arrow!) in Troy on Sunday
If you've always wanted to try out a bow and arrow, this free event on Sunday in Troy is your chance!
TROY - The Miami County Park District will host the Straight Arrow event from Sunday at Hobart Urban Preserve in Troy. The event is a chance for children and adults to try their hand at bow and arrow shooting and is free.
Shopping Events Abound!
There are several shopping events taking place this weekend. The closest is Ohio One Stop Shop Hop at the NutterCenter from to Saturday. It features dozens of specialty that focus on quilting, fibers and crafts. A Native Plant Sale will take place in Greenville from to Saturday at Shawnee Prairie Preserve and will focus on plants that draw butterflies to your garden. This event is free. The other two events are the Crafty Supermarket in Cincinnati and The World of Ohio Fair in Columbus. The Crafty Supermarket focuses on local craftspeople who make unique items and The World of Ohio Fair offers crafts, food, wine, music, dance and more. For more information on these events, visit our Friday-Sunday Calendar of Events HERE.
Night Legends at CharlestonFalls in TippCity (FREE)
TIPP CITY - Any time there's a chance to hike at Charleston Falls at night - especially when it's free and beautiful out - take the Miami County Park District up on it! From Saturday, the park will host "Good Old Fashioned Campfire" and star gazing. After a guided hike around the park, guests can join the Stillwater Stargazers for a public stargaze. This is a great family event.
TroyOhio Flea Market & Animal Swap Meet
TROY - This special flea market is for recreational farmers and people looking to increase their self-sufficiency at home. Taking place at the Miami County Fairgrounds from to Saturday and Sunday, the event features a full flea market, exotic animals, poultry and farm animals for sale and more. Admission is $4 for adults and free for children 12 and under. To preview the event, click HERE.
Nashville Crush will perform a free concert at Edison Community College this Saturday. It's a great show and free!
Nashville Crush at EdisonCommunity College (FREE)
PIQUA - Nashville Crush has become a popular attraction at local festivals, fairs and venues. At Saturday, they will perform a variety of rock and country music at EdisonCommunity College. The show is free!
Bear's Mill Spring Open House (FREE)
GREENVILLE - The trees and woods surrounding Bear's Mill in Greenville are blooming pink, red and purple for spring, which makes a perfect backdrop for the Annual Bear's Mill Spring Open House. The event will take place this Saturday and Sunday from to Guests can take a tour of the historic mill, hike the grounds, see artwork and shop for local items at the Mill store. The event is free.
Non-Monsanto Plant Sale at EarthFest 2014 in Dayton (FREE)
DAYTON - One of the interesting features of the EarthFest in Dayton is a non-Monsanto Plant Sale. Monsanto is a multinational corporation that receives a lot of bad publicity for its GMO seeds. The festival will be offering seeds and plants that are organic or natural. There will also be 30 free workshops, live music, food, art and more. To plan your visit, click HERE.
Ulysses S. Grant Birthday Celebration (FREE)
POINT PLEASANT - History buffs will love this free festival in Point Pleasant - near Cincinnati. Taking place from to on Saturday, the festival will have Civil War reenactors, artillery demonstrations, living history exhibits and free tours of the cottage where Grant was born. There will also be period music and free programs led by Civil War historians. For more information, click HERE.