CONSERVATION AND CARE OF ARCHITECTURAL MODELS AT THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, 7 p.m. Dec. 8, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Roger Griffith, associate sculpture conservator at the Museum of Modern Art, will discuss MoMA’s collection of architectural models. Hosted by Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives. Open to the public. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY WRITERS GROUP, 6 p.m. Dec. 8, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Meet and share ideas with other writers in the county. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
ONE STROKE PAINTING, clear Christmas ornaments, 10 a.m. Dec. 10, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. For ages 13 and older. Cost: $25, including all supplies. Registration required: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
LAURA INGALLS’ CHRISTMAS MEMORIES, 1 p.m. Dec. 10, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Experience Christmas through the eyes of Laura Ingalls, portrayed by Laura Keyes. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
BICENTENNIAL PARTY, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Dec. 11, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Play Indiana trivia, shoot some hoops, decorate cookies write down what you think it means to be a Hoosier and have it placed in a time capsule and more. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
J. IRWIN AND XENIA S. MILLER PRIZE COMPETITION, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Columbus City Hall, Cal Brand Meeting Room, 123 Washington St. The 10 finalists will present their concepts for temporary installations that will transform Fifth Street during Exhibit Columbus in 2017. Admission is free. Information: facebook.com/landmarkcolumbus.
SMART CHOICES: HEALTH INSURANCE, 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 12, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Workshop designed for those using the Health Insurance Marketplace, with navigator Leah Boas and Harriet Armstrong from the Purdue Extension. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
CRAFT NIGHT: CLAY POT SNOWMAN CANDY DISH, 6 p.m. Dec. 13, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information and registration: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org under Events. Presented by library staff member Jessica Hendry. Supplies provided. Limited to 12 people.
AYURVEDA, YOGA & HEALTH, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Presenter Nisha Bansal will cover the fundamentals of Ayurveda and how it is related to Yoga. Information: 812-379-1366 and mybcpl.org.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, 6 p.m. Dec. 14, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” will be shown. Rated PG. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
THE BIBLE AND ESSENTIAL OILS, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Carissa Rusin will discuss the 12 main essential oils mentioned throughout scripture, why they were used and how they can be utilized today. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
HOPE LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP, 1 p.m. Dec. 15, Hope Branch Library. “Socks for Christmas” by Andy Andrews will be discussed.
SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS, 10 a.m. Dec. 17, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. “Tom and Jerry’s Winter Wackiness” will be shown. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE, 6 p.m. Dec. 21, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” will be shown, Rated PG. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
AUTISM-FRIENDLY MOVIE 6 p.m. Dec. 22, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. “The Wizard of Oz” will be shown with lights up and sound down and walking around is permitted. Parental guidance suggested. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
ART HOUSE IN THE RED ROOM FILM SERIES, 6 p.m. Dec. 27, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. The 1978 English animated film, “Watership Down” will be shown. The movie includes several violent scenes and is not recommended for children. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, 6 p.m. Dec. 28, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” will be shown. Rated PG. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
KWANZAA CELEBRATION, 6 p.m. Dec. 29, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Kwanzaa honors African heritage in African-American culture. Theme is “Embracing Kwanzaa’s Principles and Practice: Creating and Celebrating the Good.” A pitch-in feast will be held after the program. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
Kids and Teens
AFTER SCHOOL MOVIE: YOU DECIDE, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Vote for “Pan” (2015, PG), or “The Seventh Son” (2015, PG-13) at the Teen Desk to decide which movie is shown. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
JUST FOR BABIES STORY TIME, for ages up to 13 months, 11 a.m. Dec. 8, 15 and 22, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Rhymes, songs, books and fun just for babies. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
TEEN BOOK CLUB: “FANGIRL” by Rainbow Rowell, 4 to 5:15 p.m. Dec. 12, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Read the book ahead of time and discuss your favorite and least favorite parts and look at other examples of fan fiction, including “Carry On,” also by Rowell. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
12 DAYS OF STORIES, 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8-23, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. A Christmas story and craft designed for ages 2-5. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
SANTA’S WORKSHOP, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 9, Donner Center. Cost: $1 per person. Hands-on Christmas crafts, games, prizes and snacks. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Information: 812-376-2680.
EAT CHEAP FOR TEENS: REINDEER CHOW, aka Muddy Buddies or Puppy Chow, 4 to 4:45 p.m. Dec. 15, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Allergy warning: Reindeer Chow contains peanut butter. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
READING TIME WITH LOTTIE THE GREAT DANE, for ages 5 and older, 10 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
CODER DOJO CLUB, ages 7-17, 4 p.m. Dec. 21, computer lab, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Learn how to code, build a Web site, create an application or game and explor technology. Registration and information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org under Events.
WHOVILLE SKATE, 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 23, Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive, Columbus. Skating and crafts with a “Grinchmas” theme. Cost: $4 children, $4.50 adults, $2 skate rental and skooter rental. Information: 812-376-2686.
FOUNDATION FOR YOUTH BOYS & GIRLS CLUB, 405 Hope Ave. The Boys & Girls Club is open to children ages 5 through 18. Information: 812-372-7867.
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 include 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 events in December: For ages 3-12, A Not So Silent Night, 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 15, including holiday games, pizza and making gifts, pre-registration required by Dec. 12, $12 members, $16 non-members; All Aboard “The Polar Express,” 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 18; closed Dec. 24 and 25; kid-size New Year’s celebration, Dec. 31. 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.
January and Beyond
FIRST FRIDAYS FOR FAMILIES, free performances geared to children in kindergarten through third grade, 6 p.m. the first Friday of the month through May, at The Commons. Scheduled: “Monkey See, Monkey Do,” Jan. 6; Aesop’s Fables, Feb. 3; Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun, March 3; “Alice in Wonderland,” April 7; Juggler Matt Jergens, May 5.
COLUMBUS CITY WINTER FARMERS MARKET, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through April 15 , FairOaks Mall. Closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. Farm-grown vegetables, eggs, lamb, beef, pork, chicken, turkey, honey, coffee, hot chocolate, nuts, breads, muffins, scones, cookies, handmade chocolate, jelly and jam, mushrooms, flowers, winter wreaths, bird houses, artistic glass, hand-painted cards, steampunk glass, local authors, soaps, pottery, woodworking and more.
COLUMBUS CHESS CLUB, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St. Most games 10 minutes in length, equipment is furnished. Open to chess players 18 and older. Information: 812-603-3893.
COLUMBUS GOLDEN K KIWANIS, 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St. Always an interesting and informative program. All are welcome. Information: 812-342-6944.
COLUMBUS AREA RAILROAD CLUB OPEN HOUSE, with four operating layouts running, noon to 4 p.m. the third Saturday of the month at the Johnson County Park headquarters building at Camp Atterbury. Information: Greg Harter, 812-350-8636; columbusarearailroadclub.com; or email@example.com.
JACKSON COUNTY COMMUNITY THEATRE, Royal Off-the-Square Theatre, 121 W. Walnut St., Brownstown. Scheduled: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and 11; “Little Shop of Horrors” dinner theater at The Pines Restaurant in Seymour, Feb. 17, 18, 24 and 25, 2017; and “Romeo and Juliet,” April 28 and 29 and May 5 and 6. Further information: jcct.org, 812-358-5228 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
SECOND ANNUAL COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CAROL SING, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, First United Methodist Church, 618 Eighth St. Featuring a brass quartet, IU Jacobs School of Music soloists, keyboardist Nikolay Verevkin and the church’s Chancel Ringers and Chancel Choir in many songs of the season as well as a sing-a-long of many favorite Christmas carols. Free and open to the public. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Information: Kevin Butler, 812-372-2851.
COLUMBUS INDIANA PHILHARMONIC 30TH SEASON. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at Columbus North High School, Erne Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Scheduled: pianist Di Wu, Feb. 4; Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” featuring the Philharmonic Chorus, April 1; pianist Elliot Wuu, April 29; “Salute!” free patriotic concert, 7 p.m. May 26, on the grounds of Bartholomew County Veterans Memorial. Single concert tickets: $15 to $55, adults; $10 to $50, seniors; $5 to $35, students. Season tickets and Phil’s Family Fun Passes available. Information: 812-376-2638 and email@example.com.
“MADE IN INDIANA” WITH KRISTA DETOR, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 7850 W. Goeller Blvd. Annual holiday benefit concert for CJAM, featuring holiday songs and stories from the Hoosier state. Also appearing, fellow musician Tim Grimm and authors Scott Russell Sanders and Phil Gulley. Tickets available at web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10125379.
ST. BARTHOLOMEW CONCERT SERIES CHRISTMAS CONCERT, 7 p.m. Dec. 17, St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 1306 27th St. Featuring seasonal selections performed by the Minut Piano Duo & Friends in a variety of vocal-instrumental combinations. Information: 812-379-9353.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT AT ST. PAUL LUTHERAN, featuring the Second Presbyterian Church Beecher Singers & Orchestra, 7 p.m. Dec. 18, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 6045 E. State St. A pre-concert harp recital will begin at 6:40 p.m. Admission is free.
SILVER TONES CHRISTMAS CONCERT, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St. An ensemble from Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Youth Orchestra also will perform. Advance tickets: $5 members, $9 nonmembers. Tickets at the door: $6 and $10. Advance tickets available at Mill Race Center.
BELIEVE: A BROWN COUNTY CHRISTMAS, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 18, Brown County Playhouse, 70 Van Buren Street, Nashville. Tickets: $20.50 and $19.50. Ages 10 and under free with paid adult. Information and tickets: 812-988-6555 and browncountyplayhouse.org.
COLUMBUS EAST BAND EXTRAVAGANZA AND SILENT AUCTION, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Columbus East High School, 230 S. Marr Road. Desserts served in the cafeteria from 6 to 7:30 p.m. when bands will begin performing in the auditorium. Cost is $5 for two desserts and the concert. Additional desserts may be purchased for $2 each. Tickets sold at the door or may be purchased in advance at the East Performing Arts Department, 812-376-4369. Proceeds from ticket sales and silent auction will benefit East bands.
January and Beyond
LITTLE HOPE OPRY OF WILLOW LEAVES, traditional and classic country music, 7 to 10 p.m. the first Saturday of the month, Willow Leaves of Hope, 326 Jackson St., Hope. Singer/songwriter Andy Ruff of Bloomington, Jan. 7. Tickets: $10. Concessions available. Family atmosphere. No smoking or alcohol allowed. Tickets and reservations: 812-546-0640.
COLUMBUS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S “ADVENTURES IN GREAT MUSIC” SEASON. Advance tickets: $10 adults, $5 students and seniors. Tickets at the door: $15 adults, $10 students and seniors. Ages 12 and under are always free. Scheduled: “Hometown Talent,” 3:30 p.m. March 5, The Commons; “Music Americana,” 3:30 p.m. April 30, Columbus North High School Auditorium; and “Hail to the Heroes,” 7:30 p.m. June 11, Mill Race Park.
COLUMBUS CITY BAND 2016-17 CONCERTS, 2 p.m. at The Commons. Admission is free. Classic and contemporary concert, symphonic and military band music performed by more than 50 volunteer musicians, directed by Steve McGrew. Scheduled: Winter Concert, Feb. 12; Spring Concert, April 9.
HOLIDAY AT THE FARM, 5 to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 18, Shireman Homestead, 7060 W. County Road 200N, Columbus. Lighted wagon rides, holiday treat house and workshop, pet and visit barn friends, trick horse show, a special North Pole mailbox and visits with Santa. Admission: $10. Information: shiremanhomestead.com.
HOLIDAY BALLROOM DANCE, 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 10, The Commons. Social time from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Music by DJ Billy Crase. Light appetizers included. Cash bar available. Admission: $20 per person. Tickets available at the door or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE AND CANDLE LIGHTING FOR THE ANIMALS, 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 11, Bartholomew County Humane Society, 4415 E. County Road 200S, Columbus. A blessing for the animals and lighting of luminaries will be held at 5 p.m. in memory of pets and other loved ones who have passed away. Luminaries will be available for anyone who wishes to light a candle and place the luminary outside the shelter. Gifts for shelter animals will be accepted. Information: 812-372-6063.
CURT MILLER MAGIC AND COMEDY SHOW, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27, Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Tickets: $22.50 and $21.50, available at 812-988-6555 and browncountyplayhouse.org.
COMEDIAN MIKE ARMSTRONG, two shows, Dec. 31, Yes Cinema. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Rated PG-13. Information: 812-379-1630 and yes cinema.org.
COMEDIAN DREW HASTINGS, 8 p.m. Jan. 28, Yes Cinema. Tickets: $10 in advance, $25 at the door. Rated PG-13. Information: 812-379-1630.
Galleries, museums & exhibits
COLUMBUS VISITORS CENTER, corner of Fifth and Franklin streets. Visitors Center hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays (closed Sundays in December, January, February and March). Information: 812-378-2622.
COLUMBUS LEARNING CENTER, 4555 Central Ave. Gallery hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Admission is free to the public. Information: 812-314-8509.
ATTERBURY-BAKALAR AIR MUSEUM at Columbus Municipal Airport. The museum preserves the history of the former Atterbury Army Air Field, later named Bakalar Air Force Base, and is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and closed Sundays and Mondays. Museum displays include a World War II era air base barracks building section showing barracks living at the former air base, and a WWII Army Air Corps operating rotating beacon and tower. View the pictorial air base timeline 10-panel presentation, Noblitt-Sparks (Arvin) WWII military products, WWII Tuskegee Airman and 71st Special Operations Squadron-Vietnam display kiosks. See the WWII Home Front display plus other interesting artifacts and historical air base displays including many large model aircraft of that era. Visit the museum’s Ernie Schorr Memorial Library. The John C. Walter conference room features a wall-sized mural of a Bakalar Air Force Base AC-119G Gunship aircraft. The museum’s mission is to preserve the history of the former air base and honor those who served. Tours for school or other groups are available. Information: 812-372-4356 or atterburybakalarairmuseum.org.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY HISTORY CENTER, 524 Third St., Columbus. Information: 812-372-3541 or bartholomew history.org.
THE COMMONS GALLERY, second floor, 300 Washington St. Free and open to the public during normal operating hours at The Commons. Featured through Jan. 30, “In Union,” unique vessels and utensils of clay, wood and thread created by ceramic artist Ellen Kleckner. Information: cmadart.org or email@example.com.
INDIANA UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR ART + DESIGN, 310 Jackson St. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Exhibits are free and open to the public. Information: IUCA+Design, 812-375-7550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
IVY TECH GALLERY OF FINE ART & DESIGN, 4475 Central Ave. Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays. Information: 812-374-5139 or email@example.com.
WELLCONNECT, 237 Washington St. Featured through December: Work by local artist Paul Neufelder, his first show since his return from living in Thailand. Gallery hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: 812-247-0502.
TRE BICCHIERI, 425 Washington St. Artwork by nine local artists including Gail Plattner, Jeff Jackson, Stephen Whittaker, John Strickland, Susie Gregory, Rebecca Campbell, Cathy Schooler and Robert Baker. All artwork is for sale. Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5 to 10 p.m. Saturdays.
TRI-STATE ARTISANS, 422 Washington St. Handmade retail gallery representing more than 60 local artisans. Unique gifts, fine art, art classes for youth and adults, youth art programs, art parties and home parties. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Information: tsartisans.com.
HOTEL INDIGO GALLERY, 400 Brown St. Exhibits presented by Columbus Museum of Art & Design. Featured through Feb. 3, “This is all that was left” by visual artist Paige Mostowy. Information: cmadart.org.
ART GUILD OF HOPE GALLERY, featuring fine art by guild members, 645 Harrison St., Hope. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. General, membership and sponsorship information: 812-764-6417 and hopeartguild.com.
YELLOW TRAIL MUSEUM, on the west side of Hope Town Square at 644 Main St. Thousands of items donated by members of the community to tell the story of Hope’s unique heritage. Military display, tools, housewares, clothing, pictures, doctor’s office, grocery items, hardware, barber shop, agriculture and Moravian history. Open Saturdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays 1 to 4 p.m., during special events in town and by appointment by calling 812-371-7969.
FREEMAN ARMY AIR FIELD MUSEUM, 1035 A Avenue, Freeman Field, Seymour, across from the airport hangars. Open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, excepting holidays, and by appointment throughout the week. Exhibits include recovered artifacts from the base’s time as a foreign aircraft evaluation center, including buried parts of German, British and other planes; a fully restored World War II-era fire truck; artifacts honoring those who trained at the Field, including the Tuskegee Airmen and WAFS/WACS. New exhibits include an edged weapons display. Groups (school, service, home school, corporate and other) are welcome; both historic museum buildings are accessible to the handicapped. Information and appointments: 812-522-2031 and freemanarmyairfieldmuseum.org.
SOUTHERN INDIANA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 2001 N. Ewing St., Seymour. Featured through Dec. 22: The Edward Jones/Seymour Offices Art Show of work in acrylic, oil, watercolor, pastels, pencil and photography. Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 812-522-1178.
BROWN COUNTY ART GUILD, 48 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Information: 812-988-6185 or browncountyartguild.org.
HOOSIER ARTIST GALLERY, 45 S. Jefferson St., Nashville. Information: 269-375-3234.
B3 GALLERY, 125 S. Van Buren St., Nashville, on the second floor of the Artist Colony Shops. Information: 812-988-6675.
BROWN COUNTY ART GALLERY, Artist Drive and Main Street, Nashville. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Information: browncountyartgallery.org or 812-988-4609.
JENNINGS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM, 335 Brown St., Vernon. Information: 812-346-8989 and jenningscounty.org.