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.
ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Jan. 3, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Emotional support, practical assistance in coping with the issues you face and the latest information on research. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
DROP-IN FOR DIGITAL HELP, Jan. 9 to 13, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. During regular hours, the library’s “gadget geeks” will assist visitors with phones, tablet, Kindles, etc., and help get them started with the library’s free resources for eBooks, movies, music and more at the special digital desk. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
CRAFT NIGHT: BATH BOMBS, 6 p.m. Jan. 10, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Jessica Hendry will demonstrate how to create bath fizzies that help with dry winter skin, using natural ingredients and essential oils. Supplies provided. Limit of 15. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
CAMEO, 6 p.m. Jan. 11, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Monthly meeting of Columbus Area Multi Ethnic Organization is open to the public. The Chinese Association will provide snacks representative of that country. Information: columbuscameo.org.
MEDICARE SEMINAR, 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 12, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. How to enroll in Medicare, details on the components of Medicare and how to make changes in your coverage in the future. Register at mybcpl.org under Events or at 812-379-1266.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY WRITERS GROUP, 6 p.m. Jan. 12, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
“MARTIN’S DREAM,” a one-man performance by Deondra Kamau Means that explores the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr., 2 p.m. Jan. 16, The Commons. Free and open to the public.
RAIN BARRELS, 6 p.m. Jan. 17, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Heather Shireman from the Soil and Water Conservation District will talk about rain barrels and their uses as well as urban conservation practices. Program is open to all and sponsored by Bartholomew County Master Gardeners. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
ESSENTIAL OILS AND YOUR PET, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Carissa Rusin will discuss which oils can benefit your pet. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
CIVIL WAR BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP, 7 p.m. Jan. 19, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. “Just and Generous Nation: Abraham Lincoln and the Fight for American Opportunity” by Harold Holzer will be discussed. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
GENEALOGY RESOURCES, 1 p.m. Jan. 21, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Local history and genealogy specialist Annette Blount will talk about and demonstrate newspapers.com and historygeo.com. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
HOMEOPATHY: A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO HEALTH, 6 p.m. Jan. 23, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Registered homeopath and certified nutritionist Katia Martinho will cover the benefits of homeopathy and how it can support health and wellness. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
ART HOUSE IN THE RED ROOM FILM SERIES, 6 p.m. Jan. 24, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. The 1928 silent film “The Crowd,” directed by King Vidor, one of the first 25 films selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant, will be shown. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
WALKING IN BEAUTY: A HIKE ACROSS THE GRAND CANYON, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Columbus resident Art Hopkins, who hiked across the Grand Canyon in 2011 and 2016, will share pictures, talk about the awe and reverence the canyon inspires and discuss practical aspects such as hazards, preparation, equipment, trails and permits. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
Kids and Teens
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. 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: Aesop’s Fables, Feb. 3; Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun, March 3; “Alice in Wonderland,” April 7; Juggler Matt Jergens, May 5.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHTS, 6 p.m. Jan. 11, featuring “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” and Jan. 18, featuring “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Films are rated PG-13. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
CODER DOJO CODING CLUB, ages 7 to 17, 4 p.m. Jan. 18, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Learn to code, build a Web site, create an application or game and explore technology. Bring your own laptop. Register at mybcpl.org under Events. Limited to 40. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
MAKE YOUR OWN DIGITAL SNOW GLOBE IN ADOBE PHOTOSHOP, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Using elements found online, make an image of a snow globe with a photo of your choice placed inside. Basic computer skills recommended. Register at mybcpl.org under Events. For ages 10 and older. Limited to four. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
SATURDAY MORNING CARTOONS, 10 a.m. Jan. 21, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. “The Smurfs: Smurftastic Journey,” will be shown. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, 6 p.m. Jan. 21, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. “The Spiderwick Chronicles,” rated PG, will be shown. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
AUTISM FRIENDLY MOVIE, 6 p.m. Jan. 26, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. “Finding Dory” will be shown with the lights up, the sound down and no restrictions on movement and talking. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
COLUMBUS CITY WINTER FARMERS MARKET, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through April 15 , FairOaks Mall. Closed 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
JACKSON COUNTY COMMUNITY THEATRE, Royal Off-the-Square Theatre, 121 W. Walnut St., Brownstown. Scheduled: “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 email@example.com.
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 INDIANA PHILHARMONIC WINTER/SPRING CABARET SERIES AT THE COMMONS. Scheduled: Johnny Rodgers, “Legends of American Music,” Jan. 12; Judy Kuhn, “Rodgers, Rodgers and Guetell,” March 9; and Billy Porter, “Broadway and Soul,” April 6. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $55 VIP, $35 preferred, $20 general admission. Tickets may be purchased online at theCIP.org or by calling the box office at 812-376-2638, ext. 1. Cash bar provided by Joe Willy’s Burger Bar. Dinner, served between 6:30 and 7:15 p.m., must be reserved in advance at $18 per person by calling the Philharmonic office at 812-376-2638, ext. 1.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
“THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM” FULL DOME PLANETARIUM SHOW, 7 p.m. nightly Dec. 29 through Jan. 2, Noblitt Planetarium, Columbus East High School, 230 S. Marr Road. The show is set in Bethlehem and explores historical, scientific and astronomical information about the Christmas story accompanied by carols of the season. Tickets $5 at the door. Open seating is limited to 50 per show.
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.
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT AT MUSCATATUCK NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, 7:30 a.m. Jan. 1, at the refuge visitor center, 12985 East. U.S. 50, Seymour. Volunteers will conduct the annual “bird inventory.” Less experienced birders are welcome to learn from experts in bird identification. Bring binoculars, warm clothing and wear waterproof footwear because trails will likely be wet. A hot lunch will be provided free by Muscatatuck Wildlife Society volunteers. Information: Muscatatuck@fws.gov or Donna at 812-522-4352, ext. 12.
EMERGE LIVE PRO WRESTLING, 7 p.m. Jan. 7, Parkside Elementary School, 1400 Parkside Drive. Doors open at 6 p.m. Family friendly. Tickets: $12 front row, $10 general admission. Proceeds will benefit Parkside Elementary Pirates.
NEW YEAR’S NIGHTMARE HOOSIER PRO WRESTLING, 7 p.m. Jan. 7, Bartholomew County Fairgrounds, 750 W. County Road 200S, Columbus. Seven matches, concessions and wrestling merchandise available for purchase. Doors open at 7:45 p.m. Tickets: $12; ages 4 and under admitted free.
DANCING WITH THE STARS … COLUMBUS STYLE, matinee and evening shows, Jan. 14, Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 2480 W. Jonathan Moore Pike. Proceeds will benefit Children Inc. and Family School Partners. Information available on the event Facebook page, Dancing with the Stars, Columbus Style@ DWTSColumbus.in.
2017 WORLD CUP bean bag toss TOURNAMENT, 4 to 10 p.m. Jan. 21, Bartholomew County Fairgrounds Community Building. Sponsored by Columbus Sunrise Rotary Club to benefit projects in Bartholomew County. Teams of two will represent a country during the evening. Entry fee is $40 per team before Dec. 28, $50 after. Forms are available at columbussunriserotary.org.
AN EVENING OF MUSIC COMEDY, featuring Dueling Pianos, an all-request sing-along comedy piano show, 7 p.m. Jan 27, The Commons. Light dinner and cash bar provided by Simmons Winery and 450 North Brewing Co. Must be 21 or older to attend. Ticket information: 812-374-5342; email@example.com and connect.ivytech.edu/events/columbus/duelingpianos.
“CARNIVALE CANADA,” 14TH ANNUAL KIDSCOMMONS BENEFIT, 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 11, kidscommons, 309 Washington St. Tickets: $75 per person. Evening includes a free signature drink, food by Chef Gethin Thomas, cash bar, live and silent auctions and live entertainment. No one under 21. Dress for comfort, fun and Canadian weather. Reservations available at kidscommons or by calling 812-378-3046 and may also be purchased online at kidscommons.org after Jan. 12 and at the door. All proceeds will go to the kidscommons operating budget. Information: 812-378-3046.
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 will be closed through Feb. 28 for annual winter maintenance and gallery updates. Special tours may still be scheduled by calling 812-372-4356. The museum preserves the history of the former Atterbury Army Air Field, later named Bakalar Air Force Base. Visit the museum online at atterburybakalarairmuseum.org and on Facebook.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 812-522-2278.
BROWN COUNTY ART GUILD, 48 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Featured Jan. 9 to 31: Annual Patron and Senior Shows. A reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 28. January hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays or by appointment on other days. Information: 812-988-6185 or browncountyartguild.org.
HOOSIER ARTIST GALLERY, 45 S. Jefferson St., Nashville. Featured through December: Abstracts and landscapes by Anabel Hopkins and functional and non-functional sculpture by Jon Eric Smith. 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.