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Darke County Parks Photo Contest

December 1, 2014 - November 1, 2015

Calling all amateur photographers! Get outside and capture the beauty of YOUR Darke County Parks! Winning photos submitted to the Park District Photo Contest will be used to create a 2016 calendar and will be sold in the Nature Center's Gift Shop. Photos can be submitted by emailing them to ewentworth@darkecountyparks.org. See our website for a complete list of rules.

Location:
Darke County Parks
4267 State Route 502 West
Greenville, OH 45331

Contact:
Erica Wentworth
937.548.0165
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Early Morning Discovery Hike

December 2, 2014 - February 24, 2015
9:00 am

Meet at Shawnee Prairie Preserve for an early morning hike! There is something invigorating about crisp winter morning air! Join a naturalist and hike the trails of Shawnee Prairie each and every Tuesday morning. The focus will be on birds, tree ID, winter animal tracks and anything else that catches our eyes! Meet at the Nature Center parking lot dressed for the weather.

Location:
Shawnee Prairie Preserve
4267 State Route 502 West
Greenville, OH 45331

Contact:
Naturalist
937.548.0165
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Project FeederWatch at Shawnee Prairie

December 2, 2014 - April 8, 2015
Tuesdays and Wednesday from 9:30-11:30am

Calling all birders! Project FeederWatch is an annual 'Citizen Science' program organized by Cornell University which studies winter bird populations. No matter your birding level, beginner or expert, your help is needed by the Darke County Park District! Gather inside the Nature Center to count the birds that visit the bird-feeding station at Shawnee Prairie.

Location:
Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center
4267 State Route 502 West
Greenville, OH 45331

Contact:
Naturalist
937.548.0165
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“NIGHT OUT WITH NEXTSTEP” FEATURING TOMMY RENFRO

January 25, 2015
6:00 pm

NextStep Ministries of EUM Church is hosting a benefit concert featuring Tommy Renfro on Sunday, January 25 at 6:00 pm at the EUM Church Worship Center, located at 1451 Sater Street in Greenville, Ohio. Performing with Tommy will be EUM worship bands, The Quest and Matt Haupt. General admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. The doors open at 5:30 pm. There are limited VIP tickets available for $15 which will grant you early entrance at 4:45 pm, special seating and face to face time with Tommy and all the band members! Proceeds will benefit NextStep Ministries of EUM Church. The passion of NextStep Ministries is to serve people in our community by reducing their physical needs and help connect them to Christ. NextStep provides assistance to households in need with utilities payments, emergency fuel vouchers, prescriptions, and other situations. Join Tommy and the bands for a great night of worship! Tickets are available now at The Bread of Life Bookstore in Greenville and the Christian Bookstore in Union City.

Location:
EUM Church Worship Center
1451 Sater St
Greenville, OH 45331

Contact:
(937) 548-3211
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Full Snow/Groundhog Moon Hike with Darke County Parks

February 2, 2015
6:00 pm

Winter provides excellent hiking weather so let's make the most of it. Travel to a variety of Parks this season to check out what the winter landscapes have in store. Meet at the designated Park, dressed for the weather and bring your camera! Dogs on leash are welcome to hike too.

Location:
Routzong Preserve
Routzong Road, off of 571-East
Greenville, OH 45331

Contact:
Naturalist
937.548.0165
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KitchenAid Experience Cooking Classes

February 4, 2015 - January 1, 2016
Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 10:30 am

Step into a fully-equipped kitchen and watch as fun is stirred up with a variety of KitchenAid Countertop Appliances. Teachers will use mixers, attachments, food processors… even cutlery! Learn the full use of these wonderful countertop appliances as well as new culinary techniques, tips and tricks of the trade. Activities and demonstrations make this more than a store… it’s a mixing, blending, slicing culinary adventure! Cooking classes are offered on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 am except during The Legendary 'Annie Oakley' Sidewalk Sales in July. More Information »

Location:
KitchenAid Experience Retail Center
423 S. Broadway
Greenville, OH 45331

Contact:
Gloria
1-888-886-8318
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Longtown: A Reason to Celebrate African American History Month at Greenville Public Library

February 5, 2015
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Brought to Ohio from Virginia by the man believed to be his slave owner, African American freedman, James Clemens became the first man of color to purchase land in Darke County, Ohio. The founding father of the "Greenville Negro Settlement" now Longtown, in Liberty Township, Connor Keiser's fifth great-grandfather James Clemens, and the colored families that followed, established a strongly abolitionist farming community which would come to be one of only two tri-racial communities in the state of Ohio. Conductors on the Underground Railroad, and soldiers in the Civil War, Longtown has produced a proud people of great prominence, whose rich past we remember, and whose great triumphs we celebrate.

Location:
Greenville Public Library
520 Sycamore Street
Greenville, OH 45331

Contact:
Deb Cameron
937-548-3915
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DCCA COFFEE HOUSE SERIES PRESENTS TALL HEIGHTS

February 5, 2015
7 PM

With a guitar, a cello and two voices in sublime harmony, Tall Heights creates remarkable, folk-inspired, "urban Americana" music. Be captivated by two performers who have quickly joined the ranks of New England's top artists. Tickets $10.

Location:
Montage Cafe
527 South Broadway
Greenville, OH 45331

Contact:
Andrea Jordan, Executive Director
(937) 547-0908
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Basket Weaving with Darke County Parks

February 7, 2015
1:00 pm

Do you wish you could weave your own pantry basket? If so, join Anita Myers as she shares a special talent of a lost art, basket weaving. All will learn the proper techniques and materials for making a perfect basket. Participants will be able to take home their very own pantry basket to start off their collection. The pantry basket will be 12 inches wide and stands 8.5 inches deep with a handle. Participants will need to supply a hand towel, 12 clip clothes pins and a pair of sharp scissors. Space is limited, call today.

Location:
Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center
4267 State Route 502 West
Greenville, OH 45331

Contact:
Naturalist
937.548.0165
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Winter Birdfeeding Workshop

February 12, 2015
6:00 pm

Winter may often seem drab, but inviting our feathered friends to your feeders will add a jolt of color and activity to your surroundings. Join the Darke County Parks as they discuss the wide variety of birdseed, feeders, other "must haves" have offered where ever birdseed is sold. Discover the best seed for your favorite birds or how to get the best "bang for your buck." By the end of this program, you will be armed with the knowledge on how to enjoy a winter full of colorful birds. This program will occur indoors and will offer a chance to observe our feeding station to gather ideas for your setup.

Location:
Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center
4267 State Route 502 West
Greenville, OH 45331

Contact:
Naturalist
937.548.0165
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Valentine's Dinner at The Bistro Off Broadway

February 13, 2015 - February 14, 2015
4:00 - 10:00 pm

Bring your Valentine to The Bistro Off Broadway for Surf 'n Turf Dinner. Reservations are recommended. Call today, (937) 316-5000.

Location:
The Bistro Off Broadway
117 E. Fifth St.
Greenville, OH 45331

Contact:
(937) 316-5000
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Exciting Valentines Evening Planned by Versailles Area Historical Society

February 14, 2015
6:00 pm

This year’s annual historic dinner presented by the Versailles Area Historical Society will be held at the Versailles Knights of Columbus Hall on St. Rt. 47 West. The special evening will be a true Valentines treat come February 14th. Cocktails will be available beginning at 6:00 pm at our new cash bar. Dinner with two courses of wine included will be served at 7:00 pm. The Welcome Dinner will be recreated possibly hosted by Herr Seibt and his wife as they invite their newest neighbors in Dutch Roost or today, Webster. In 1840 many German/Prussians came up the Stillwater to the tiny village that would come to feel like home. Your hosts will transform you back to an old Inn and will recount the days of a bustling Webster with taverns, mills, general store, and many prosperous farms that surrounded the fertile rural area. Dinner will be served by candle light and will feature German/American foods, from roasted turkey and dressing, to fresh sausage and sauerkraut, along with several delicious side dishes and a fabulous dessert, not to mention the appetizers of stuffed mushrooms and sauerkraut balls. Live music of the period will enhance your trip back in time to a special place in our areas history. Once again our friends Tim & Kathleen Nealeigh will create the roles of the Seibts who were prosperous leading citizens of the community. Today the Seibts are honored with a road running through Webster to the Miami County line and their many neighbors are also remembered in the names of the roads around this picturesque village and the farms that surround. Limited seating is available, so it is recommended to purchase tickets early! They are on sale now by contacting the museum at 937-526-4222 for $50.00 each or you may mail your check made out to the Versailles Area Historical Society to Jim Kelch at 105 Greenhaven Dr. Greenville, Oh. 45331 and your tickets will be held at the door for your convenience.

Location:
Versailles K of C Hall
St. Rt. 47
Versailles, OH 45380

Contact:
Jim Kelch
(937) 526-4222

Valentine's Dinner at Kennedy Vineyard

February 14, 2015
Seating at 5:30 or 7:30 pm

Enjoy a gourmet meal prepared by our friends at The Old Arcana, entertainment provided my singing songwriting duo, Winchester Gray, a fine chocolate assortment, and of course your favorite bottle of Kennedy Vineyard wine. Two sessions are available for your dining pleasure, 5:30 to 7 pm and 7:30 to 9 pm. Reserve your seats in advance, as space is limited. This will be family style seating with two couples to a table and bar space is available also, so call your friends and make it a special evening your are sure to remember.

Location:
Kennedy Vineyard
3911 State Route 722
New Madison, OH

Contact:
Louisa
614-306-5835

Comedy with Greg Warren

February 14, 2015
5:00 pm

Get ready to laugh with famous Bob & Tom comedian, Greg Warren. Doors open at 5pm, with Dinner Buffet at 5:30 pm, and comedy show beginning at 6:30 pm with opening Nate Washington. Tickets are $25 per person.

Location:
Romer's Catering
118 E. Main Street
Greenville , OH 45331

Contact:
Jason Romer
937-548-2202
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DCCA Family Theatre Series presents THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR

February 15, 2015
2 PM

Three beloved stories by Eric Carle, award-winning children’s book illustrator and author, are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the wonderful adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through an amazing variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly. High up in the sky, Little Cloud playfully transforms himself into various creatures, including a sheep, and an airplane, a shark and more. The Mixed-Up Chameleon is bored with his life, sitting about predictably changing color all day. Following an adventurous trip to the zoo, he attempts to emulate the beautiful animals he sees before coming to the conclusion that there is value in his own unique self. Tickets $5.

Location:
St. Clair Memorial Hall
215 West 4th Street
Greenville, OH 45331

Contact:
Andrea Jordan, Executive Director
(937) 547-0908
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Starting Seeds with Greenville Public Library

February 19, 2015
6:30 - 7:30 pm

Edward Flora, from Richland Gardens, will be in the library to teach how to start seeds indoors and have them ready to plant in the spring. Join in this insightful presentation before planting your garden.

Location:
Greenville Public Library
520 Sycamore Street
Greenville, OH 45331

Contact:
Rachel Brock
937-548-3915
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Blind Tasting at The Winery at Versailles

February 21, 2015
6 to 8pm

Enjoy this first-ever event at The Winery a Versailles, as you are treated to 5 one ounce tastings of their award-winning wines. Compete with other guests to guess the name of the wines to win door prizes! Wines will be paired with cheese and crackers. Cost for this event is $15 and keep the logo glass! This event is by reservation only.

Location:
The Winery at Versailles
6572 State Route 47
Versailles, OH 45380

Contact:
937-526-3232
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Versailles Winter Wine Festival

February 21, 2015
6:30 pm

Chase away those winter blues at the First Ever Versailles Winter Wine Festival brought to you by the founders of the popular Versailles FareFest. The event will be held in The Riviera Room at Stillwater Valley Golf Club and will begin with social hour at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will cost $30 per person and will include 5 tickets to be used for beer or wine during social hour, along with complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Choose from 20 different wine selections and 7 different brews sure to please any palette. Live music will begin at 8:00 p.m. featuring great jazz and dance tunes by the Deron Bell Band. A cash bar and open kitchen will be available until the conclusion of the evening at 11:00 p.m. As part of this annual event, a silent wine auction will also be held. Proceeds from this year’s auction will benefit the Versailles Area Museum. Tickets are on sale now and will be limited to the first 180 people. To purchase tickets, stop by or contact The Inn at Versailles at (937)526-3020. There will also be discount tickets for designated drivers (food and entertainment only) at $15 per person.

Location:
Stillwater Valley Golf Club
9235 Seibt Rd.
Versailles, OH 45380

Contact:
Todd Dammeyer
(937) 417-2461

Garst Museum presents The Quaker Influence on Longtown and the Union Literary Institute

February 22, 2015
2:00 pm

The Quaker Influence on Longtown and the Union Literary Institute will be the topic for the Garst Museum's Speaker Series featuring Roane Smothers of the Union Literary Institute Preservation Society. Mr. Smothers will share stories and history about Longtown, Darke County’s historic tri-racial community. This year's topic will focus on the Quaker influence on the ULI and Longtown.

Location:
Garst Museum
205 N. Broadway
Greenville, OH 45331

Contact:
Clay Johnson, Ph.D.
(937) 548-5250
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Writing a Memoir with Lianne Spidel at Greenville Public Library

February 23, 2015 - February 24, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Join the Greenville Public Library for a two day event as local author, Lianne Spidel, guides those in attendance through writing a memoir. Discover how one thought can lead to another and unravel a more complete image of your account. Learn that it's not the specific dates and times that are important, but rather your personal emotions attached to that particular moment and your individual narrative of how it unfolded.

Location:
Greenville Public Library
520 Sycamore Street
Greenville, OH 45331

Contact:
Deb Cameron
937-548-3915
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