Brian’s picks

1) Like it or not, Bigfoot is a big, hairy deal. I grew up fascinated with the supposed creature that tromps through the Pacific Northwest and through the imagination of many a natural explorer. So I love the fact that wildlife educator Larry Battson will present a free program at 6:30 p.m. today at the Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. in Columbus. For all you cynics, he will even include a tidbit about a Bigfoot sighting right here — other than the former convenience stores by that name — amid Columbus’ other visual wonders. Information: 812-379-1266 or

2) Hope stirs up enough cranked-up music and boisterous celebration to nearly waken late town founder Martin Hauser himself Friday through Sunday. How popular is the music and the food and the games and the history at Hope Heritage Days? An estimated 30,000 people attend the festivities. And with a delicate nod to Hauser’s passionate faith, you haven’t a prayer of boredom. Information:

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.