THE HOPE RIDE, 8 a.m. Sept. 19, Hauser High School, State Road 9 North, 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.
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.
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.
48TH ANNUAL HILLY HUNDRED BICYCLE TOUR, Oct. 9, 10 and 11, Ellettsville. Three-day event, with two days of riding approximately 50 miles each, will also offer 30-mile options. Free food and live entertainment at each of three rest stops. Cost varies. Registration is limited: Hilly Hundred.org and 317-403-7351.
September and October
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. Special programming in September: Artz Daze, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 4 in front of The Commons; closed Sept. 7 for Labor Day; free admission for one grandparent with one paid grandchild’s admission on Grandparent’s Day, Sept. 13; Museum After Dark (STEAM Night), 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 18, registration required; World Wide Day of Play, Sept. 19; free admission for educators with school ID on Educator Appreciation Day, Sept. 20; Free Family Fun Time, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26. 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.
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 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 melchior marionettes.com.
“MURDER AT THE HOWARD JOHNSON’S,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24, Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Tickets: $20.50/$18.50. Information: 812-988-6555 or browncountyplayhouse.org.
FAIRY TALE THEATRE, “RETURN OF THE GIANT KING” OR “DER ROSENWIND,” 2 p.m. Nov. 22, Edinburgh Pixy Theatre, 111 S. Walnut St., Edinburgh. Donations accepted. Information: 812-526-6513 or theedinburghpixy.com.
STAR QUEEN, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29, Community Church of Columbus, 3850 N. Marr Road. Comic musical about the biblical book of Esther presented as a modern-day pageant. Original musical written by John Thomas Oaks, a frequent performer in Columbus. The production currently is touring throughout the country. Free. 812-376-9478.
“THE CHRISTMAS STORY,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Royal Off-the-Square Theatre, 121 W. Walnut St., Brownstown. Tickets: $10 adults, $8 seniors, students and children, available one month prior to the show at Family Drug in Brownstown, Bevers Family Pharmacy in Seymour, or by calling Family Drug at 812-358-4502. Information: 812-358-5228; firstname.lastname@example.org; or jcct.org.
Food and Drink
SIXTH ANNUAL HOOSIER HOPS & HARVEST, Sept. 12, Story Inn, 6404 State Rod 135, Story. Gates open at 12:30 p.m., 2-ounce samples served from 1 until 4:30 p.m., beer by the glass available for purchase the remainder of the evening. Featuring beers from several craft and micro-breweries, live music by Dane Clark and the Indiana Boys, and local food. Tickets: $25, may be purchased at the gate or online at hoosierhopsand harvest.com. Tickets for designated drivers or for those arriving after sampling hours, $10. No one younger than 21 admitted. No outside food or drinks allowed. Information: 812-988-3482.
WEINLAND CLUBHOUSE FISH FRY, featuring fish by Jim Mahoney, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Centerstone parking lot at 720 N. Marr Road, across from Ritter’s Frozen Custard. A full meal includes a fish sandwich, chips and a drink for $7.50. Proceeds will benefit Weinland Clubhouse, a recovery based program for adults with mental illness.
Educational & support groups
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNTS & DATA, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266.
DINING WITH DIABETES, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 10, 17 and 24 and Oct. 1, Eastside Community Center, 421 McClure Road. A program for persons with or at risk for diabetes and their families. Cost is $20 per person or $15 per person for couples sharing materials. A light lunch will be provided including food samples of recipes that will be distributed during the class. Information: 812-379-1665 and email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
INTRO TO MODERN WESTERN SQUARE DANCING, presented by Star Promenaders square dance group, 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14, Seymour Community Center, 107 S. Chestnut St., Seymour. Free ice cream sundaes after square dance lessons. No partner required. Casual attire. Information: Marvin or Linda Rumph, 812-445-3610, or Danny and Julie Branham, 812-346-6164.
“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.
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.
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.
“THROUGH TRAGEDY, CHALLENGE, PERSEVERANCE, AND TRIUMPH, A QUILTER IS BORN,” with guest speaker Elizabeth Burns, who learned to quilt after losing her sight in an accident, noon to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 14, Batar, Seymour. Reservations required: $20 per person, including lunch and presentation, 812-522-8617.
DESPERATE HOUSEHOLDS CONFERENCE, 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 21 at Community Church of Columbus, 3850 N. Marr Road. Annual conference for members of the general public and professionals from counselors to nurses. Sponsored by the Bartholomew County Substance Abuse Council. Free. Keynote speaker is Koren Zailckas, author of the New York Times bestseller, “Smashed.” Registration: 812-348-6257.
ABE MARTIN VILLAGE BAZAAR, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 14, Brown County History Center, 90 Gould St., Nashville. The first Abe Martin Village Bazaar will combine quality arts and crafts with a good old-fashioned bazaar offering a wide variety of craft items, gifts, antiques, food and surprises for sale. Information about becoming a vendor: Gloria Berryman, 812-988-4465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, dietitian consultation and glucose test (fasting required). Information: 812-376-9241 and millracecenter.org.
CHRISTMAS OF YESTERYEAR, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 20, Hope Town Square. Shops open late, live nativity, arrival of Santa, carriage rides into Hope’s past with costumed characters, bake sale, cookie decorating and crafts at the Yellow Trail Museum, and strolling carolers.
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, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Information: Bogdan Minut, 812-379-9353, ext. 237 or email@example.com.
COLUMBUS BLUEGRASS JAMBOREE, Sept. 12, Donner Center, 22nd and Sycamore streets. Open jams (must bring your own instrument) at 4 p.m. followed by bluegrass and gospel bluegrass music by Liberty Hill, The New Balance, Cumberland Gap, Straightline and Friends of Bluegrass bands. Donations accepted. Snacks available for purchase. Information: 812-379-2408.
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.
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.
FRIDAYS AT FIRST, featuring cello and piano performers Arkady and Tamara Orlovsky, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25, First United Methodist Church, 618 Eighth St. Free and open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m.
ERIC BROWN & L STREET BAND: WORKING CLASS HEROES, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. A tribute to Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty and others performed by Jenn Cristy, Matt Romy, Jamey Reid, Joe Donnelly and David England. Ticket: $20/$17. Information: 812-988-6555 and browncountyplayhouse.org.
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, $15 in advance, $20 at the door; “Sounds of Summer” Beach Boys Tribute, 7 p.m. Nov. 28 and 3 p.m. Nov. 29, $18. 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.
MUSIC AT THE VFW, 8 p.m. to midnight, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 215 N. National Road. Scheduled: “The Plowboys,” Sept. 19; “Relic,” Sept. 25; the Justin Slager Band, Sept. 26. Free admission is open to the public. Information: 812-379-2791.
“MUSICAL JOURNEY,” COLUMBUS INDIANA PHILHARMONIC’S 2015-16 SEASON. All concerts at 7:30 p.m. at Columbus North High School auditorium unless indicated otherwise. Scheduled: “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; Information and tickets: thecip.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-376-2638 ext. 1.
MUSIC AT THE PIXY THEATRE, 111 S. Walnut St., Edinburgh. Scheduled: Franklin Community Band playing movie themes, Sept. 24, free; “Wings” Silent Movie and Organ, Sept. 25, $5 admission; The Wright Brothers, 6 p.m. dinner, show at 7 p.m., $20 admission includes dinner of cornbread and beans. Most performances are at 7 p.m. Information: TheEdinburghPixy.com and 812-526-6513.
MUSIC AT THE PIXY THEATRE, 111 S. Walnut St., Edinburgh. Scheduled: Rock, country and southern gospel by Mercy Triumphs, Oct. 10; and folk, acoustic and contemporary music by Bomar and Ritter, Oct. 17. Most shows start at 7 p.m. and most tickets are $10. Information: TheEdinburghPixy.com and 812-526-6513.
“THE JOURNEY BEGINS,” COLUMBUS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S 2015-16 SEASON. All concerts at 3:30 p.m. at The Commons unless indicated otherwise. Scheduled: “Auspicious Beginnings,” Oct. 4; “O’er the Fields We Go,” Nov. 22. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 senior citizens and children 12 and older, free admission for children under 12 with adults. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at csoindiana.org/tickets.
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.
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.
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.
2015 RAPTOR RENDEZVOUS, annual fundraiser for the Indiana Raptor Center, 6 p.m. Sept. 12, Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park. Doors open at 5 p.m. for drinks, hors d’eouvres, shopping and silent auction bidding, buffet dinner served from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by a bird program including 10-12 species of birds, and conclusion of auction sales, coffee and photo sessions with birds and handlers. Tickets: $35 at 812-988-8990. Admission to the park will be free for this event.
19TH 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. Bring lawn chairs.
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 health care in Limonade, Haiti.