Jenny’s Picks 12-31-2015

If you plan to nestle in for a quiet New Year’s Eve and are looking for a way to spend your New Year’s Day, allow me to suggest the Christmas Bird Count at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, which is 7:30 a.m. Friday. Participants will meet at the refuge, 12985 U.S. 50E, Seymour, to form groups and be assigned areas. The annual bird inventory will last all day, but staying the whole time is not required. Participants should bring binoculars, warm clothing and waterproof footwear as trails probably will be wet. A free hot lunch will be provided by Muscatatuck Wildlife Society volunteers. Information: or 812-522-4352.

Did you get a fancy new phone or tablet during the holidays? Do you want to learn how to use the library’s resources on it? Stop by the Bartholomew County Library, 536 Fifth St., and consult with the Gadget Geeks 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Jan. 8 during their Drop in for Digital Help, 1 to 5 p.m. They can get you started with the library’s free resources for e-books, movies, music and more at the digital desk. Information: 812-379-1266.

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Jenny Elig is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5671.