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Soroptimist International of Tipp City & the Upper Miami Valley proudly announce their 9th annual All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, September 25th from 4:30pm – 7:00pm at the Tipp/Monroe Township building (corner of Third and Main Streets) in Tipp City.  Enjoy the Friday night Mum Festival festivities and join us for dinner!  The cost for adults is $8.00 and for children 10 and under is $4.00.  Dinner includes salad, bread, beverage, and dessert.  Carry-out is also available.  All of the proceeds from this event will benefit awards and local community projects supporting women and girls in our area. 

Soroptimist International of Tipp City & the Upper Miami Valley is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa. The club joins Soroptimists in more than 120 countries and territories worldwide who offer programs that improve the lives of women and girls.  For more information on how Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls, visit Soroptimist.org. For more information about Soroptimist International of Tipp City & the Upper Miami Valley, call 667-8030 or email the club at sitcumv@gmail.com.

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What:    Music Festival befitting the Needy Basket of Miami County

Where: Tipp City Eagle’s Park

When:    2 – 11 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2015 (gate opens at 2 p.m., music starts at 3 p.m.)

Tippapalooza 2015 is the fourth annual music festival to benefit local charities created by a group of local musicians. It all started with a group of guys, some experienced musicians and some novices, just getting together to jam.  The desire to play music with others and promote local talent lead to the idea of a music festival, and Tippapalooza was born.  Each year, the number and caliber of musicians participating in Tippapalooza has grown with this year’s lineup including:

  • Colin Richards (young musician with an old soul whose style is both classic folk and classic rock)
  • Cover it Up (classic rock and country cover band)
  • Cory Breth (singer/guitarist who plays originals as well as acoustic covers with his own twist)
  • Free to a Good Home (a three-piece from Dayton that plays anything that pleases them)
  • Mo Blues (blues themed band that also plays rock, funk, Motown, and some country)
  • The Bärflies (playing an eclectic mix of rock and roll covers)

The venue is family friendly, as it includes a playground, basketball court, sand volley ball, and plenty of space for kids to run around. Parking is free and plentiful. Admission to the event is just $5 per person (14 years and older). The musicians and many volunteers donate their time for a good cause, as the profit from this event is donated to The Needy Basket of Miami County, a food pantry located in Tipp City. Concessions will be available from Tarzinski Catering and will feature hamburgers, hotdogs, pulled chicken, soft pretzels, and veggie burgers. Barefoot Sno Shack will also be on site selling flavorful shaved ice treats.

For further details, go to www.tippapalooza.com

Media requests: feedback@tippapalooza.com, or Bill Wendel (937-657-2536). Photos from past events are available.

NOTE: This event is not affiliated with either the City of Tipp City or the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

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By Stephanie Gustafson, staff writer

TIPP CITY, Ohio, July 1, 2015 (TREBIUS PROMOTIONS) —Kris Allen is best known as the season eight American Idol champion and the smooth singer behind the 2009 hit Live Like We’re Dying. Since his time on Idol, Allen has expanded his musical repertoire, drawing influence from his recent forays into the world of fatherhood. Horizons, his most recent album, explores this new adventure, as well as the fallout from a terrifying car accident that took place on New Year’s in 2013. Both experiences have affected not only the subject matter of the new album, but also the experience of recording, with fatherhood proving surprisingly beneficial throughout the entirety of the process. As Allen explained in a recent interview, “You’re not thinking about yourself anymore, you’re thinking about someone else. It’s kind of a good place to be in, you get out of your head a little bit.”


The more he learns about being a father, the more Allen realizes what a good example he had growing up. The singer is greatly appreciative of both of his parents, who paved the road towards his current musical career without ever pressuring him. They quickly recognized his natural talent and love of music, and, in response, gave him the training and equipment he needed to grow as a musician. In addition to buying amps, guitars and sheet music, the singer says that his parents “put me in a music school when I was a kid — I was playing a viola when I was eight years old.” Today, they continue to provide their full support; Allen’s dad is always the loudest guy at any show he attends.


A new album is currently in the works for the American Idol alum, and, as with Horizons, it is bound to be influenced by his son. Also playing a role, however, will be the inherent inspiration of Nashville, where the musician decided to move in order to spend more time with his family. Allen absolutely adores Nashville thus far and can’t wait to further explore the city and its inspiring music scene. “There’s great artists and writers and people in the music industry here that we’ve loved to get to know so far, and we’ve only scratched the surface.” The only real downside of living in Nashville is that Allen and his wife no longer have easy access to free babysitting. But that’s a sacrifice the new parents are more than willing to make.


Between touring, preparing for a new album, and, of course, being an amazing husband and dad, Kris Allen is one busy guy. He is very excited, however, to be heading up to Tipp City for the upcoming Miyelo Music Festival, which will feature his good friend Donnie Reis. The two have enjoyed touring together in the past, so, when asked to get involved with the Miyelo Music Festival, Allen jumped at the opportunity. Saying yes to this event became even easier after Allen learned that its proceeds are directed at multiple charities, including Pink Ribbon Girls. Allen has been heavily involved in philanthropy since winning American Idol, and he’s always eager to take part in a project that is “going for the right cause.”


Besides the opportunity to raise money for charity and hang out with his pal Donnie Reis, Allen is looking forward to once again experiencing the laid-back music festival vibe. He loves that there is “a more relaxed atmosphere” at events such as the Miyelo Music Festival, acknowledging that, if he happened to be one of the attendees, he would definitely be “sitting around because there’s going to be lots of music throughout the day.”


Playing into the laid-back style of Miyelo will be the unique small town appeal of performing in front of an enthusiastic crowd in Tipp City. Allen loves performing at a wide array of venues in a variety of locations, as each experience brings forth a different type of energy. He will be perfectly at home in the welcoming environment of Tipp City.


Festival tickets are available at Sweet by Kristy, Food Town, and Bash Foo as well as online at http://miyelomusicfest.com. General Admission tickets are $30 for 11 hours of entertainment, and will be $40 at the gate the day of the festival. Gates open at 11:30am, first performances at 1:00PM.

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Canine Creations welcomed Main Street Preschool’s Pre-K class where they met a very friendly dog named Misty. The students visited recently to study pet care and pet nutrition.  Among many things, the staff showed the children how the animals are bathed and groomed.  The tour ended with a treat for each of the students.  The Pre-K class agreed that the walking field trip was an exciting end to their unit on animal care.