Brian’s picks

I’ve known Julianna Jerome-Drerup since she was a gifted teen singer, long before her globetrotting professional opera days. The hometown vocalist performs publicly for the first time in years in a free recital at Fridays at First at 7 p.m. April 29 at First United Methodist Church’s series, 618 Eighth St. Her presentation is “Mother Knows Best,” highlighting songs of motherhood from the stage and screen. Tunes include “Mother Knows Best,” from “Tangled,” and “Here Alone,” from “Little Women.” Information:

You might say the “Repurposed For a Good Purpose” spring craft show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23 features born-again items, especially considering that the event will be at the local Salvation Army social service agency and Christian church, 2525 Illinois St. in Columbus. Proceeds benefit the Salvation Army’s varied outreach of food, utilities assistance, summer camps and other programs. Food vendors and handcrafted and repurposed treasures created by local crafters and artisans will be featured. Admission is a donation to the Red Kettle.

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