Boys and Girls Clubs, Townsend Center plan community events

RICHMOND, Ind. – Jobs and community information will be shared at a community resource fair on May 17.

Reid Health Community Outreach and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County are teaming up for the fair, which will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 17 at First Bank Boys & Girls Club, 855 N. 12th St., according to a Press release. The fair will be held in the parking lot of the Reverend James M. Townsend Memorial Building, unless weather conditions require it to move inside the gymnasium.

Organizations will share their available resources and job vacancies during the event. There will also be free food and gifts, including $100 Visa gift cards for one adult and one student in attendance, the statement said.

The Boys & Girls Club will unveil a small free library and Mt. Olive Baptist Church, which is across the street, will unveil a free community pantry at the club’s location. Another small free library is planned for the Ronald L. McDaniel Boys & Girls Club at 1900 W. Main St. The Richmond Women’s Workshop will help club members build benches for the libraries.

The fair, libraries, and pantry are provided through a $6,000 grant from Forward Wayne County’s Neighborhood Involvement and Community Engagement Program with funds provided by the Lilly Endowment.

Townsend Community Center Inc. purchased the former Richmond Day Nursery building at 300 N. 10th St.

Townsend will celebrate with a block party

RICHMOND — The Townsend Community Center invites the community of Wayne County to a block party.

The party will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 21 at Townsend’s new location, 300 N. 10th St.

Community and educational resources will be available, as well as free food. The block party received a $2,000 grant from the NICE program.

Last year, Townsend Community Center purchased the old Richmond Daycare building. Tours will be available.

More information is available by calling 765-488-2042 or online at

Look for birds, like this cardinal, May 6-22 at the Cope Environmental Center Birdathon.

Count the birds for the Cope Birdathon

CENTREVILLE — The Cope Environmental Center fundraising Birdathon runs May 6-22.

Everyone is invited to participate by going out and counting the species of birds. Participants are encouraged to recruit sponsors who will donate in kind or make a lump sum donation towards the effort.

To help you out, Cope is offering free birding hikes from 7-8 a.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Saturday through May 28.

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Conference to promote local youth leadership

RICHMOND — A group of students from Earlham College will host a free youth leadership conference on May 7 at the college.

The Richmond Advocacy and Leadership Program’s Spring Leadership Conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 7 in Earlham, National Road W. RALP, part of Earlham’s Bonner Scholars Program, is a non-profit organization founded and run by Earlham students.

The conference promotes youth leadership in Wayne County through community and civic engagement. The day will feature guest speakers and workshops rooted in advocacy and leadership training, helping participants learn skills in grassroots lobbying, community organizing and campaign building.

Genealogy Fair

EATON, Ohio — The Preble County Hall, the genealogy department of the Preble County District Library, will host a genealogy and history fair.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 25 at 450 S. Barron St.

Preble County Room invites local history organizations and vendors specializing in historic crafts and materials restoration to participate. Information: 937-456-4970 for more information.

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