Brian’s picks – June 2

The name of Bloomington-based blues act Fistful of Bacon sizzles almost as much as its music that has pushed it to three area band contest victories in recent years. So the musicians seem like a solid pick to kick off the Columbus Area Area Arts Council’s newest season of the free JCB NeighborFEST summer street concert series from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today in front of The Commons, 300 Washington St. in Columbus. Information: 812-376-2539 or artsincolumbus.org.

Abby Brinkman’s heart overflowed with love for the people of Belize, where she worked in a medical clinic before her death in 2005. The 11th Annual Abby Brinkman 5K set at 8 a.m. Saturday at Mill Race Park in Columbus will celebrate her memory — and help provide medical care and support disease prevention and health education to the people of Belize. Entry fee is $20. Registration: indianatiming.com. Information: Amy Macy at 812-603-1085.

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