CLIMBING, MOUNTAIN BIKING AND HIKING, Muscatatuck Park, North Vernon. Rugged trails for hiking and biking, bouldering on natural stone cliffs at Vinegar Mill site (no climbing or bouldering on mill ruins). Trail maps available just inside Visitors Center door. Free. Information: 800-928-3667 or online at muscatatuckpark.com.
THE HOPE RIDE, 8 a.m. Sept. 19, Hauser High School, State Road 9N, Hope. Scenic bicycle ride has various distances available, some more than 50 miles, through scenic hills and farmland and across rivers, musical entertainment and SAG stops. Cost varies. Information: hoperide.org.
THIRD ANNUAL MILL RACE MARATHON, Sept. 26, downtown Columbus. Sponsored by Cummins Inc. Weekend events include a Kids Fun Run Sept. 25, marathon and half marathon and 5K Sept. 26. Information: millracemarathon.com.
CIBA COLUMBUS FALL COLOR BIKING TOUR, 10 a.m. Oct. 3, Jay C Food Store parking lot, Jonathan Moore Pike. Free. Classic bicycle ride of 36 and 50 miles around the Grandview Lake area and beyond.
HARVEST BICYCLE BOOGIE, Oct. 3, Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave. Registration open from 8 to 10 a.m. and riders may start any time after registering for any of three scenic routes, 12, 30 or 55 miles, through Bartholomew and Brown counties. Lots of SAG stops. Registration fee is $25 per person through Oct. 1 and $30 at the ride. Proceeds will go to the IUPUC Alumni Association Scholarship Program to support students pursuing an IU or Purdue degree. Information: 812-375-7531; email@example.com; and myiuaa.com/harvestbicycleboogie.
COLUMBUS WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S, Oct 4, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St. Start or join a team at alz.org/indiana/walk or 800-272-3900.
FOUNDATION FOR YOUTH BOYS & GIRLS CLUB, 405 Hope Ave. The Boys & Girls Club is open to children ages 5 through 18. Information: 812-348-4558, ext. 202.
KIDSCOMMONS, 309 Washington St. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Weekly activities free with paid museum admission: Little Explorers at 11 a.m. Tuesdays and 1:30 p.m. Fridays; Art Time, 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays; Wacky Science, 3:30 p.m. Thursdays. ExploraHouse Exhibit closed for remodeling through Sept. 2. Information: 812-378-3046.
FREE STORY TIME WITH POLLY VERBANIC, 10 a.m. the first, third and fifth (if there is one) Wednesdays of each month, Viewpoint Books, 548 Washington St. Information: 812-376-0778.
September and October
SIXTH ANNUAL ICE EXTRAVAGANZA, 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 26, Hamilton Center Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive. An afternoon of free instruction and skate rental hosted by Columbus Youth Hockey, Lincoln Center Figure Skating Club, Columbus Elite Speed and coaches. Information: 812-376-2686 and columbusparksandrec.com.
PRINCESS TEA, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 8, Hamilton Center Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive. Dress up as your favorite princess, have tea and cookies, create your own crown and skate with Hamilton Center’s very own princess. Admission: $15 per princess. Registration required: 812-376-2686. Limited to 15 skaters, ages 4 and older.
COMEDY CABARET ON STRINGS, 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays Sept. 5 through Oct. 24; Sundays, Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25; and Fridays, Oct. 16, 22, 23 and 25, Melchior Marionette Theatre, downtown Nashville. Twenty-minute variety show of trick marionettes. Admission: $5, children under 2 admitted free. Free popcorn. Information: 800-849-4853 and melchiormarionettes.com.
“ROUNDING THIRD,” a comedy by Richard Dresser, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4, 5, 11 and 12, Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Tickets: $17.50 and $16.50. Information: 812-988-6555 and browncountyplayhouse.org.
“THE COWBOY & THE JEAN SKIRT” dinner theater, 6 p.m. Sept. 11 and 12 and 1 p.m. Sept. 13, Willow Leaves Dinner Theatre, in the former Strawberry Fields building on the Hope Town Square. Tickets: $25, available at Willow Leaves, firstname.lastname@example.org; Reflections at 812-546-6002 and Hope Visitor Information Center, 812-546-7083.
Educational & support groups
FINDING WHOLESALE HAPPINESS IN A RETAIL WORLD, with author, public speaker and media personality Jeff Yeager offering advice about money, happiness and our consumer culture, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266.
“COLUMBUS, EVERYTHING IS AWESOME,” exhibit of architectural models made from Legos, through Aug. 29, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266.
“A CHOIR BOOSTER SHOT WORKSHOP,” 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 29, St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 1306 27th St., with guest clinician Michael Kemp of Philadelphia. Kemp will work with a local combined choir of parish and community singers to improve vocal and ensemble performance, addressing especially the aging voice. The combined choir will sing at the regular 5 p.m. Mass at St. Bartholomew. Pre-registration is required. Information: Bogdan Minut, 812-379-9353 ext. 237 or email@example.com.
ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP, 4:30 to 6p.m. Sept. 1, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266.
“VIETNAM: THE THINGS THEY CARRIED,” with living historian Jeff Burgmeier, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 1, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266.
TAX AMNESTY 2015 SEMINAR, 5 to 6 p.m. Sept. 2, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Learn about a limited-time opportunity during which taxpayers can pay overdue taxes free of penalty, interest and collection fees. Information: 812-379-1266.
ARCHAEOLOGY IN INDIANA with retired state archaeologist Rick Jones, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266.
BASIC BUDGETING with presenter Brad Kinder of Kinder Coaching, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY WRITERS GROUP, 6 p.m. Sept. 10. Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266.
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNTS & DATA, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266.
ONE STROKE PAINTING, 10 a.m., Sept. 12, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Snowy Egret on canvas board. For ages 13 and up. Cost: $25, including all supplies. Registration required: mybcpl.or under “Events,” or 812-379-1266.
RUG HOOKING WITH BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 12, Haw Creek Heritage Center, 111 Aiken St., Hope. Create a trivet with a flag design and learn the history and basics of this traditional American handicraft, led by local artist Anne Delano. Open to anyone 18 and older. Cost: $20 per person, $16 for BCHS members. Registration required: 812-372-3541.
AUTHOR SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY, 1 p.m. Sept. 12, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266.
FINERY FROM THE FIRE: GOURMET COOKING OVER COALS WITH BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 13, Haw Creek Heritage Center, 111 Aiken St., Hope. Participants will prepare and eat a full meal using traditional hearth cooking techniques and historic recipes. All supplies are included. Participants must wear closed toed and heeled shoes. Long pants are recommended. Cost is $25 per student ($20 for BCHS members) and registration is required. Participants must be at least 18 years of age. Please call 812-372-3541 to reserve a space.
“FROM TEA LEAF TO TEA CUP,” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Lalith Guy Paranavitana, owner of Empire Tea Services, will discuss the history and customs of tea, the differences between various teas, and demonstrate how to brew tea properly. Information: 812-379-1266.
CRAFT NIGHT: WIRE WRAP NECKLACE, with Jessica Hendry, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Bartholomew County Public Library. Information: 812-379-1266.
“BAD INDIANA MUSIC,” songs from the Indiana State Museum’s collection of late 19th and early 20th Century sheet music, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Bartholomew County Public Library. Information: 812-379-1266.
DEMENTIA CONVERSATIONS, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Bartholomew County Public Library. Information: 812-379-1266.
FIFTH THIRD FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT BUS, 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 16, Bartholomew County Public Library. One-on-one counseling on budgeting, home ownership education, basic banking, fraud awareness and how to avoid foreclosure. Information: 812-379-1266.
NATIONAL POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY, 6 p.m. Sept. 16, Bartholomew County Public Library. “Lest We Forget,” a short film about Columbus resident and former POW Gustav Pothoff will also be shown. Information: 812-379-1266.
CIVIL WAR BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP, 7 p.m. Sept. 17, Bartholomew County Public Library. Information: 812-379-1266. “The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War” by Don Doyle will be discussed.
STEPS THROUGH TIME HISTORY DAYS, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 18 and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19, Bartholomew County Public Library. An opportunity to see Bartholomew County history not usually available to the public, sponsored by Historic Columbus and the library. Information: 812-379-1266.
J. RODNEY REVEAL WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19, Haw Creek Heritage Center art room, 111 Aiken St., Hope, presented by Art Guild of Hope. Cost is $70 per person. Open to beginners and more experienced painters. Some supplies will be available for purchase but participants are encouraged to bring their own if possible. Supply list is available. Information and registration: 812-764-6417 and hopeartguild.com. Space is limited to 15 students.
KINESIOLOGY TAPE, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21, Bartholomew County Public Library. Dr. Kathleen Inman will talk about the uses of kinesiology tape in treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries as well as inflammatory conditions. Information: 812-379-1266.
“WHAT ALL AMERICANS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ISIS,” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Bartholomew County Public Library. David Carlson, religious studies professor at Franklin College, will talk about how events in the Middle East since 1978 have created an environment allowing ISIS to grow. Information: 812-379-1266.
BIGFOOT, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Bartholomew County Public Library. Larry Battson, wildlife educator and founder of Wildlife Educational Services in Greencastle, will talk about Sasquatch. Information: 812-379-1266.
HISTORIC POSTCARDS, 3 p.m. Sept. 26, Bartholomew County Public Library. Harley Sheets, past president of the Indianapolis Postcard Club will talk about the history, value and collecting of postcards and offer free appraisals. Information: 812-379-1266.
BASIC CAKE DECORATING, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Bartholomew County Public Library. Treva Lambert will cover basic icing techniques and different types of tips used for writing, borders and flowers. Registration required: 812-379-1266 or mybcpl.org under “Events.”
SHOW-AND-TELL ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Bartholomew County Public Library. Trained antiques and personal property appraiser J. Scott Keller will answer questions and examine up to two items per person and give non-legal appraisals for entertainment purposes only. No firearms, coins, stamps or jewelry will be appraised. Information: 812-379-1266.
COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH SCREENING, 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 19, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St. Free screenings including cholesterol (fasting required), balance test, advanced directives, mental health screen, hearing test, blood pressure, height and weight, BMI, eye pressure, pharmacist consultation, dietician consultation and glucose test (fasting required). Information: 812-376-9241 and millracecenter.org.
SUMMER SINGERS CONCERT, “AT THE MOVIES,” featuring songs from movies and musicals, 6 p.m. Aug. 29, Old Union United Church of Christ, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Free.
ELECTRIC IMPULSE CLOGGERS, 6 p.m. Aug. 30, Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. “A Night at the Opry: Dancin’ Through the Decades” features children and adults clogging to live and recorded music of some of the Grand Ole Opry’s greatest members. Tickets: $12/$7. Information: 812-988-6555 and browncounty playhouse.org.
BEAN BLOSSOM BLUES FEST, 2 p.m. Aug. 28 and 29, Bill Monroe Music Park, 5163 State Road 135N, Bean Blossom. All-star, award-winning regional blues artists on two stages, Indiana State Harmonica Competition, craft beer, vendors, jams, beer sampling, guitar seminar, harmonica master and pro showcase. Admission: $12.50 to $50. Information: beanblossomblues.com.
THE ZOO, 8 p.m. to midnight Aug. 28, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 215 N. National Road. Free. Open to the public. Food and drinks available for purchase.
THE FAZE, 8 p.m. to midnight Aug. 29, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 215 N. National Road. Free. Open to the public. Food and drinks available for purchase.
COLUMBUS BLUEGRASS JAMBOREE CONCERTS, Sept. 12 and Nov. 7, Donner Center. Open jam sessions at 4 p.m. Group performances at 5 p.m. Donations will be accepted.
10TH ANNUAL ST. BARTHOLOMEW CONCERT SERIES, St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 1306 27th St. Scheduled: “Autumn Serenade: Songs for All Seasons,” with Everett Greene, Marvin Chandler, Jon Block and Kenny Phelps. Information: Bogdan Minut, 812-379-9353 ext. 237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MUSIC AT BROWN COUNTY PLAYHOUSE, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Scheduled: “Respect: Women of Rock ‘N Soul,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and 24, Oct. 1 and 2, featuring Jenn Cristy and co-stars Brandi Nicole and Jamie Taylor, $20.25/$17; Ross Martinie Eiler and the Hillbilly Cats, “The Birth of Rock n’ Roll,” Sept. 19 and 26 and Oct. 3; Eric Brown and the L Street Band, “Working Class Heroes,” Sept. 25. Brown County beer and wine available for purchase. Information: 812-988-6555 and browncountyplayhouse.org.
18TH ANNUAL HOT RODS AND ROCK & ROLL, presented by 106.1 The River, 3 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19, downtown Columbus. Free car show begins at 3 p.m. followed by a free concert of ‘70s and ‘80s classic hits performed by Rick K and the Allnighters at 7 p.m. Food and merchandise vendors will be open.
38TH INFANTRY DIVISION JAZZ BAND, 4 p.m. Sept. 19, The Edinburgh Pixy Theatre, 111 S. Walnut St. Free admission. Information: 812-526-6513 or TheEdinburghPixy.com.
MUSIC AT THE HARLEQUIN THEATRE, inside FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St. Scheduled: Bleu Django Gypsy Jazz quartet, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25, $15 in advance, $20 at the door; guitarist Richard Gilewitz, 7 p.m. Oct. 16, $15 in advance, $20 at the door; Rhythm Future Quartet, 7 p.m. Nov. 12; “Sounds of Summer” Beach Boys Tribute, 7 p.m. Nov. 28 and 3 p.m. Nov. 29. Cash bar available. Tickets available at Viewpoint Books, the mall office or Harlequin Box Office.Information and reservations: 812-343-4597 and theharlequin theatre.com.
DONNER PARK VARIETY SHOW, 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26, Donner Park shelter house near 19th and Lafayette streets in Columbus. Free. Final show of the season.
“MUSICAL JOURNEY,” COLUMBUS INDIANA PHILHARMONIC 2015-16 SEASON. All concerts at 7:30 p.m. at Columbus North High School auditorium unless indicated otherwise. Scheduled: “Sylvia Sings Gershwin,” with Grammy Award-winning artist Sylvia McNair, Sept. 19; “Time for Three” string trio, Oct. 17; “Verdi Requiem,” Nov. 15; Christmas Concert, 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 13, featuring Columbus Indiana Children’s Choir; Celebrating the Chinese New Year, with pianist Tianshu Wang performing the “Yellow River Concerto,” Feb. 6; “Music for Royalty,” featuring Columbus Indiana Children’s Choir, 7:30 p.m. April 2; “A Visit to Vienna,” April 30; “Salute!” 7 p.m. May 27, 2016 at the Bartholomew County Veterans Memorial, corner of Brown and Second streets. Information and tickets: thecip.org, email@example.com or 812-376-2638 ext. 1.
FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE AT MILL RACE CENTER, 7 to 10 p.m. Nov 13, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St., featuring Whipstitch Sallies. Admission: $5 for MRC members, $10 for nonmembers. Cash bar and complimentary snacks. Information: 812-376-9241 and millracecenter.org.
COMEDIANS JEFF BODART AND DANNY BROWNING, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28, The Harlequin Theatre, inside FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Cash bar available. Tickets available at Viewpoint Books, the mall office or Harlequin Box Office. Information: 812-343-4597 and theharlequintheatre.com.
ARTS & ANTIQUES FAIR, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 30, Hope Town Square. Admission is free. Plenty of free parking. Vendor booth rental, $25. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
RODS FOR RILEY CAR SHOW, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 29, Mill Race Park. Free admission. Event is open to any vehicle from cars to trucks to motorcycles. Sixty-seven trophies will be awarded in 21 categories. Entry fee is $20 per vehicle. Proceeds and donations will benefit Riley Hospital for Children. Event will also include live entertainment. Information: 812-801-6329.
“AWAKEN YOUR SPIRIT,” with evangelist Wanda Osborne, 7 p.m. Aug. 28 and 29, The Edinburgh Pixy Theatre, 111 S. Walnut St. Free-will offering accepted. Information: 812-526-6513 or TheEdinburghPixy.com.
CHESS AT MILL RACE CENTER, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, most games run 10 minutes and equipment is furnished. Information: 812-603-3893.
BROWN COUNTY LITERACY COALITION BOOK SALE, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 4 and 5, Brown County Public Library, 205 Locust Lane, Nashville. Thousands of gently used books at low prices. Proceeds will support literacy programming in Brown County.
“SUMMER SEND-OFF” HOOSIER PRO WRESTLING, 7:45 p.m. Sept. 5, Bartholomew County Fairgrounds, State Road 11 and County Road 200S. Doors open at 7 p.m. Seven big matches featuring Flash Flanagan, Trailer Park Trash, Cowboy Mark Houston, TJ Kemp, TVZ, Intangibles and others. Tickets: $12 adults; kids 4 and under free. Information: 812-552-4477 and hoosierprowrestling.bravehost.com.
BROWN COUNTY ANTIQUE MALL 20-YEAR CELEBRATION, Sept. 4 to 7. Vendors, wine tasting by Brown County Winery, classes and talks, antique appraisal fair and more. Information: 812-345-6084.
NOTABLES WINE TASTING PARTY, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9, Harrison Lake County Club, South Country Club Road. Sample several wines and appetizers provided by Harrison Lake Country Club and learn about volunteer opportunities with the Notables, the volunteer organization of Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP by Sept. 1 to Bonnie Boatwright, 812-552-9282 or BonnieBoatwright@gmailcom.
CLASSIC MOVIE SERIES, presented by YES Cinema and The Inn at Irwin Gardens, 608 Fifth St. Movies will begin between 8 and 9 p.m. with specific times to be determined before show days. Tickets: $12 adults, $5 children under 12, available at Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center, YES Cinema and The Inn at Irwin Gardens. Concessions will be available for purchase as well as beer and wine. Scheduled: “The Princess Bride,” Sept. 11 (rain date Sept. 17); “The Birds,” Oct. 2 (rain date Oct. 8); and “Dial M for Murder,” Oct. 23 (rain date Oct. 29). Information and to order tickets: 812-379-1630 or 812-376-3663.
YES COMEDY SHOWCASE, FEATURING DAVID DYER, 8 p.m. Sept. 12, YES Cinema, 328 Jackson St. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Also scheduled: Nick Griffin, Oct. 24; Costaki Economopoulos, Nov. 21; Mike Armstrong (two shows) Dec. 31; Dan St. Paul, Jan. 30; and Ron Feingold, Feb. 27. Information: 812-379-1630.
BEYOND THE BRUNCH XII, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12, Harrison Lake Country Club, South Country Club Road. Buffet dinner, classic rock concert by 40 Years of College, magic show, and a silent auction of items donated by firefighters, township residents, sports teams, local businesses and regional artists, all to benefit Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Co. Tickets: $45 in advance for reserved seating or $55 on event day. Tickets available at Folger’s Four Seasons Florist, 4710 W. Carlos Folger Drive; Viewpoint Books, 548 Washington St.; and from Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Co. board members. Check or cash only. Information: 812-350-1718 or BeyondtheBrunch@comcast.net.
ARTFEST, Sept. 12 and 13 along Fourth and Washington streets downtown. More than 80 local, regional and national artists displaying paintings, pottery, woodworking, textiles, jewelry, metal, photography and other mediums, a variety of live entertainment from folk to rock to jazz, and a plein air paint out. Deadline for entering the paint out is Aug. 31. Registration and information: 812-372-0762.
BROWN COUNTY ART COLONY WEEKEND, Sept. 11, 12 and 13, Brown County. Activities in Nashville and at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site include historical and contemporary exhibitions, music, lectures, a panel discussion and a plein air paint out. Scheduled: Opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Brown County History Center in Nashville; annual Great Outdoor Art Contest and local tasting, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12, T.C. Steele State Historic Site; Village Art Walk, 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12, Nashville; Nashville Villagescape Plein Air Paintout, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 13, Art Colony Inn; panel discussion with people who knew early Brown County artists and authors who have written about them, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 13; closing reception, 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 13, Brown County Art Guild.
MURDER FOR A CAUSE fundraising event for Sans Souci, 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 12, Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 280 Jonathan Moore Pike. Proceeds will benefit Bartholomew County families through Sans Souci. Tickets: $75, including dinner. Silent auction. Tickets available at sanssouci.ticketleap.com or at Sans Souci Thrift Store, 1531 13th St. Information: 812-372-3419.
COLUMBUS ELKS LODGE “PIGGY PARTY,” hog roast with all the fixings, 6 p.m. to midnight Sept. 12, Columbus Elks Lodge, 4664 Ray Boll Blvd. Cash lottery, raffles, 50/50 drawing, door prizes, live music by Brown 25. Tickets: $20 with all proceeds going to the Elks Children’s Fund. Information: 812-379-4386.
30TH ANNUAL HEARTNUT FESTIVAL, Sept. 12 and 13, Johnson County Park, Camp Atterbury. Craft and food vendors, live music, early American pioneer and Indian encampment, Indiana Live Steamers train rides and more. Admission is free.
15TH ANNUAL COLUMBUS AREA RAILROAD CLUB TRAIN SHOW & SWAP MEET, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 12, Johnson County Park office building, 2949 North St., Johnson County Park at Camp Atterbury. Free. Featuring five operating layouts in N, HO, 3 rail O, ON-30 and Z scales. Information: columbusarearailroadclub.com.
SEVENTH ANNUAL MILL RACE RUMMAGE SALE, rain or shine, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 19, Mill Race Park. Register by Sept. 16. Proceeds from booth and table rentals will benefit Columbus Park Foundation for future free children’s and family programming. Information: columbusparksandrec.com and 812-376-2680.
KENNEL CLUB OF COLUMBUS ALL BREED DOG SHOW, OBEDIENCE TRIAL, JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP COMPETITION AND RALLY TRIAL, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20, Johnson County Park/Hoosier Horse Park, Camp Atterbury. Show will be held outdoors under a tent. Obedience and Rally Trials open to mixed breeds registered with the AKC. Only entered dogs allowed on show premises. Admission is free to the public. Information: Connie Jackson, 812-342-3715.
ST. BARTHOLOMEW FALL FESTIVAL, 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19, St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 1306 27th St. Popular games including the goldfish game, soda ring toss, sucker pull, pegboard, pumpkin putt and family fun jars, kids’ cake walk, cake auction and more. Food, sodas, beer and more will be available for purchase and tickets will be available for a raffle for $2,500 in cash. Entry to the festival is free and games and food are priced individually. Information: stbirish.net.
BUC-CORN-NEER FESTIVAL AND PARADE, Sept. 18 and 19, Jackson Township Fire Department, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Nashville. Fire Prevention Week activities and demonstrations, popcorn-themed contests and activities, carnival activities, musicians, artists and vendor booths, pirate re-enactments and encampment, treasure hunt, hourly prizes and more. Information: email@example.com; buccornear.webs.com, and 812-988-8561.
LOCAL AUTHOR BOOK FAIR, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19, Indiana Wesleyan College, 3449 Jonathan Moore Pike. Table fee, $30. Registration: Debi Stanton, firstname.lastname@example.org and 812-371-4128. Professional photos by Ali Elizabeth Photography for book covers and advertising available for $25 (must preregister at email@example.com).
ALL BREED DOG SHOW, OBEDIENCE TRIAL, JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP COMPETITION AND RALLY TRIALS, held by Kennel Club of Columbus, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20, Johnson County Park/Hoosier Horse Park, Camp Atterbury. Events will be held outside under a tent. Open to mixed breeds registered with the AKC in obedience and rally trials. Only entered dogs allowed on show premises. Admission is free to the public. Bring your own chairs. Information: Connie Jackson, 812-342-3715.
BUCCANEERS & BARBECUE BENEFIT FOR KONBIT LASANTE POU LIMONAD INC., 5:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Donner Park Shelter House. Pulled pork dinner with all the fixings, music by The Banisters and guest, children’s activities and a costume contest for the Best Buccaneer. Tickets: $20 adults, $10 children 12 and under, available at Viewpoint Books on Washington Street. Proceeds will go to Konbit’s mission to elevate the level of primary healthcare in Limonade, Haiti.
COMEDIANS SAM NORTON AND JEFF SCHEEN of Chicago, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, The Harlequin Theatre, inside FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Cash bar available. Tickets available at Viewpoint Books, the mall office or Harlequin Box Office. Information: 812-343-4597 and theharlequintheatre.com.
11TH ANNUAL “LET’S GET READY!” DRIVE-IN MOVIE EVENT, Sept. 26, Mill Race Park. Juggling and comedy show with Derek Dye at 7 p.m. on the amphitheater stage followed by a movie (TBA) at 8 p.m. Information: columbusparksandrec.com and 812-376-2680.
BACK ROADS OF BROWN COUNTY STUDIO TOUR, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Oct. 1-31 at various studios scattered around Brown County. Free, self-guided driving tour of dozens of studios featuring more than 20 artists creating in pottery to painting, woodworking to weaving, jewelry, metal, gourds, stone carving, broom making and bookbinding. Meet the artists, watch them work, explore spaces that inspire them and get a glimpse into their working lives. All you need is a map and brochure, available at the Brown County Visitor Center or at BrownCountyStudioTour.com.
READERS THEATRE, LUNCH & LAUGHTER, noon, Oct. 14 and Dec. 9, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St. Cost: $7, including lunch. Enjoy lunch and entertainment from Mill Race Center’s Readers Theater. Reservations are required for lunch: 812-376-9241 firstname.lastname@example.org.
32ND ANNUAL ETHNIC EXPO, Oct. 9 and 10, Washington and First streets in front of Columbus City Hall. Host country is Pakistan. More than 30 food booths representing countries around the world, live entertainment, international bazaar of goods rom around the world, parade at 11 a.m. Oct. 10.
12TH ANNUAL KIWANIS INCREDIBLE DUCK SPLASH, noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 10, Round Lake at Mill Race Park. Free Duck Splash events will include a Bounce House, coupons for a Dilly Bar from the downtown Dairy Queen, Walgreen’s Health Tests, Indy Admirals Remote Control Boats, and Photo Opportunities with some of your favorite characters from “Star Wars.” All “adopted” ducks will be turned loose into Round Lake to compete for over $12,000 in cash and prizes with some dropped from a helicopter, courtesy of Columbus Helicopter. One lucky duck will have 10 chances to win a new car or $50,000. Remote control “Duckinator boats” will randomly select ducks to determine the winners. A free Don Miller Magic Show will begin at 1 p.m. while winners are being determined. Winners will be announced at approximately 2 p.m. Ducks are available for purchase from any local Kiwanis member, at Midwest Computer Solutions, and from any participating “Duck Buddy” youth organization listed on at kducks.com.
COMEDIAN TOM MABE, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24, The Harlequin Theatre, inside FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Cash bar available. Tickets available at Viewpoint Books, the mall office or Harlequin Box Office. Information: 812-343-4597 and theharlequintheatre.com.Theater.
SKATE ‘N’ SCARE, 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25, Hamilton Center Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive. A night of games, prizes, a haunted maze from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., and spooky skaters. Admission: $7. Information: 812-376-2686 and columbusparksandrec.com.
25TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS PARADE, 6 p.m. Dec. 5, through downtown Columbus. Featuring thousands of twinkling lights and up to 100 floats, animal units and walking groups created by local corporations, businesses and community groups. QMIX musical fireworks will follow the parade.
“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” RADIO PLAY BY JOE LANDRY, 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Dec. 11, 12, 18 and 19 and 3 p.m. Sundays Dec. 13 and 20. The Harlequin Theatre, 2380 25th St., inside FairOaks Mall. Information: 812-343-4597 and theharlequintheatre.com.
IRWIN GARDENS PUBLIC HOURS, 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Sundays through Oct. 25, The Inn at Irwin Gardens, 608 Fifth St., Columbus. Free. The inn’s Edwardian-era grounds are modeled after ruins excavated at Pompeii and feature a formal herb garden, shade and sunken gardens, five water features and a bronze elephant from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Information: irwingardens.com, 812-376-3663 and email@example.com.
COLUMBUS CITY FARMERS MARKET, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 19, FairOaks Mall parking lot, 2380 25th St. Food, fresh produce, flowers and more. Vendor information: 812-378-0539.
COLUMBUS DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 19, Cummins corporate parking lot on Brown Street. Food, music, fresh produce and flowers and more. Information: columbusfarmersmarket.org.
ARTISAN FOODWORKS MARKET, noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 20, 240sweet parking lot, 9600 N. U.S. 31. Fresh produce, handcrafted jewelry, pizza, baked goods and more. Information: artisanfoodworks.com.
FARMERS MARKET OF HOPE, 4 to 7 p.m., Fridays through Sept. 25, Hope Town Square at State Road 9 and Jackson Street. Baked goods, handmade jewelry, crafts, fresh produce and more. Information: townofhope.com.
BEAN BLOSSOM FARMERS MARKET, 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 25, St. David’s Episcopal Church, 135 State Road 45W, Morgantown. Home-grown fruits, vegetables and herbs, Brown County honey, artisan breads, handcrafted soaps, furniture, bird houses, quilts, jewelry and many other handcrafted items. Barbecue, lemon shake-ups and other edible goodies also available.
SEYMOUR MAIN STREET SIDEWALK SATURDAYS, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 19 and Oct. 17. Artists, food vendors, crafters and antique booths located in front of downtown businesses on North Chestnut Street and West Second Street. Downtown stores will also offer sidewalk sales and events and a “youth corner” will be set up at One Chamber Square for children eighth grade and younger to set up booths to sell food they have grown or made, crafts they have produced or lemonade. Vendors and youth corner participants must register by calling Soni Birch, 812-498-8991.
GREENSBURG FARMERS MARKET, 2 to 6 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 16, south side of Decatur County Courthouse, 150 Courthouse Square. Fresh produce, baked goods, plants, flowers, meat, herbs, maple syrup, eggs, etc. All items grown or produced by the vendors. Information: Main Street Greensburg, 812-222-0037.
MILL RACE CENTER FABULOUS DAY TRIPPERS. Scheduled: Derby Dinner Theater, Aug. 30; St. Joan of Arc French Festival and Market, Sept. 12; French Lick and West Baden, Sept. 28. All Day Trippers leave from Mill Race Center. Trip details and costs: Edie Smith, 812-376-9241.
Galleries, museums & exhibits
THE COMMONS, SECOND FLOOR, 300 Washington St. Free and open to the public during normal operating hours at The Commons. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
INDIANA UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR ART + DESIGN, 310 Jackson St. Regular gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Exhibits are free and open to the public. Currently featured: “Columbus City Hall: Center for Civic Inspiration,” a showcase of architect Charles Bassett’s design intent and the public art program that made Columbus City Hall a center for civic inspiration. Information: 812-375-7550 or email@example.com.
IVY TECH GALLERY OF FINE ART & DESIGN, 4475 Central Ave. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays. Information: 812-374-5139 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
COLUMBUS LEARNING CENTER, 4555 Central Ave. Gallery hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sundays. Admission is free to the public. Information: 812-314-8507 and education coalition.com.
WELLCONNECT, 237 Washington St. Gallery hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: 812-247-0502.
TRE BICCHIERI, 425 Washington St. Paintings by John Strickland of Franklin, Susie Gregory of Columbus and Patti Paris Owens of Franklin, photography by Joe Sanders of Columbus. Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
TRI-STATE ARTISANS, 422 Washington St. Handmade retail gallery representing more than 60 local artisans. Unique gifts, fine art, art classes for youth and adults, youth art programs, art parties and home parties. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Information: tsartisans.com.
HOTEL INDIGO GALLERY, 400 Brown St. Exhibits presented by Columbus Museum of Art & Design. Information: cmadart.org.
ART GUILD OF HOPE GALLERY, featuring fine art by guild members, 645 Harrison St., Hope. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. General, membership and sponsorship information: 812-764-6417 and hopeartguild.com.
HAW CREEK HERITAGE CENTER, 111 Aiken St., Hope. Information: 812-372-3541 or email@example.com.
YELLOW TRAIL MUSEUM, on the west side of Hope Town Square at 644 Main St. Thousands of items donated by members of the community to tell the story of Hope’s unique heritage. Military display, tools, housewares, clothing, pictures, doctor’s office, grocery items, hardware, barber shop, agriculture and Moravian history. Open Saturdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays 1 to 4 p.m., during special events in town and by appointment by calling 812-371-7969.
SOUTHERN INDIANA CENTER FOR THE ARTS JUDGED ART SHOW, sponsored by Edward Jones Seymour offices, Sept. 1 through 30, SICA, 2001 N. Ewing St., Seymour. Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 812-522-2278 or soINart.com.
FREEMAN ARMY AIR FIELD MUSEUM, 1035 A Avenue, Freeman Field, Seymour, across from the airport hangars. Open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays except holidays, and by appointment through the week. Exhibits include recovered artifacts from the base’s time as a foreign aircraft evaluation center, including formerly buried parts of German, British and other planes, a fully restored World War II-era fire truck, artifacts honoring men and women who trained at the base and a newly opened exhibit on Tuskegee Airmen and WACS/WAFS. Information and appointments: 812-522-2031 or freemanfield.org.
HOOSIER ARTIST GALLERY, 45 S. Jefferson St., Nashville. Information: 269-375-3234.
B3 GALLERY, 125 S. Van Buren St., on the second floor of the Artist Colony Shops. Information: 812-988-6675.