Kids and teens
CHILDREN’S BOOK SIGNING, 1 to 3 p.m., Feb. 18, The Ark Book and Gift, 2622 Eastbrook Plaza. Local children’s author Kimberly Hoffman will be signing copies of her book, “Emma’s Dancing Day.” Information: Email Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOUNDATION FOR YOUTH PICKLEBALL, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St. Recreational and competitive play at 9 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 7 to 9 a.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays; Beginners play at 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays (equipment provided); Men’s competitive play at 9 a.m. Friday. Information: 812-348-4558.
LEARN TO PLAY BROOMBALL, 4 to 5 p.m., Feb. 26, Hamilton Community Center and Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive. Free. Bring your own tennis shoes.
March and Beyond
KIDSCOMMONS, 309 Washington St. National Tell a Fairy Tale Day activities at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Feb. 26. 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. Information: 812-378-3046.
LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. March 11, 18 and 25 and April 1, 8, 15 and 22, Hamilton Community Center and Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive. Information: 812-376-2680
LITTLE HIKERS: NIGHT EXPERIENCE, 8 to 9:30 p.m., April 15, Touch the Earth Natural Area, located at N. Country Club Road. Experience the outdoors using all of your senses and learn about adaptations of animals that inhabit the night. To allow our night vision to develop, please leave flashlights at home.
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.
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.
PRESIDENTIAL TRIVIA ON PRESIDENT’S DAY, 6 p.m. Feb. 20, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Enjoy a fun time answering presidential trivia questions. Bring your family and friends or just bring yourself. Definitely bring your smartphone or tablet as all will need to download an app to answer the questions. No prizes, but favorite presidential snacks such as jellybeans.
COLUMBUS AREA LOCAL FOOD SUMMIT, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 22, Donner Center, 739 22nd St. For those interested in developing our local food system — producers, buyers, consumers — this is a day of inspiration and discussion. Information: Purdue Extension Bartholomew County at 812-379-1665 or email email@example.com.
March and Beyond
SECOND CHANCE SUNDAY, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Missed DIY: Painted Bookends? Now you have a second chance to leave your mark by painting a bookend today. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
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: 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. 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.
THE HARLEQUIN THEATRE, Fair Oaks Mall. Scheduled: “Grace and Glorie,” starring Jill Tasker and April Knox, 7 p.m. March 9, 10 and 11; “A Tribute to Women in Jazz,” at 7 p.m. April 1, with Monika Herzig and female IU musicians. Featuring: New York Jazz trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and the 25th Street Jazz Band; Richard Smith, an award winning, world-renowned finger style guitarist, at 7 p.m. April 7. Tickets: Available at Viewpoint Books and the FairOaks Mall office for $15 advance, $20 at the door, $10 students at the door. Information: 812-343-4597.
“THE LAWS OF JACKSON ST.,” a comedy written by Pete Law about the journey back to his own backyard, 7 p.m. Feb. 17 and 18, and 2 p.m. Feb. 19, Willow Leaves of Hope, 326 Jackson St., Hope. Presented by Actors Studio of Hope. Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Dining room will be open. Information and reservations: 812-546-0640.l
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.
February and Beyond
COLUMBUS INDIANA PHILHARMONIC 30TH SEASON. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at Columbus North High School, Erne Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Scheduled: 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, MillRace Park.
COLUMBUS CITY BAND 2016-17 CONCERTS. Admission is free. Classic and contemporary concert, symphonic and military band music performed by more than 50 volunteer musicians, directed by Steve McGrew. Scheduled: Spring Concert, 2 p.m. April 9, The Commons.
COLUMBUS INDIANA PHILHARMONIC WINTER/SPRING CABARET SERIES AT THE COMMONS. Scheduled: 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.
BOURBONFEST, new fundraiser for the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic’s educational programming, 3 to 6 p.m. (with VIP access at 2 p.m.) Feb. 18 at The Commons, 300 Washington St. in Columbus. Event features nationally known distillers supplied by RNDC and Southern Glazer’s: Jim Beam, Evan Williams, Brown-Forman, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, and more Will also include food samples and treats from 240Sweet. Cash bar. Live music from The Tiptonians. Tickets range from $15 for nondrinkers (who still can eat) to $50 for VIP status. Information: thecip.org/bourbonfest.
“THROW DOWN” FOURTH ANNUAL CORN HOLE TOURNAMENT to benefit Reins to Recovery Therapeutic Riding Center, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 25, Southwest Volunteer Fire Department & Community Center, 8500 State Road 58S, Columbus. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.for warm up. Entry fee: $50 per two-person team. Limited spaces available. Cash prizes awarded to first-, second- and third-place teams. Sign up at 812-350-4864. Hot dogs, coney dogs, chips, cookies and beverages available for purchase.
OLD UNION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST HAM AND BEAN SUPPER, 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 25, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Ham and beans, coleslaw, desserts and drinks will be available for a free-will offering. Information: 812-526-9177 or 812-526-6383.
March and Beyond
D-VINE WINE AND BEER FEST tasting event and fundraiser for Developmental Services Inc., 1 to 7 p.m. March 4 at The Commons, 300 Washington St. in Columbus. Event now includes area distilleries joining wineries and breweries. All guests will receive a complimentary commemorative wine or beer glass and be eligible for door prizes and 50/50 raffles. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. All guests must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets can be purchased on line at dsiservices.org or at DSI, 2920 Tenth St., Columbus.
SOUTHERN INDIANA MARBLES SHOW, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 23, Comfort Inn & Suites, Jonathan Moore Pike, Columbus. Antique handmade and machine-made marbles. Buy, sell or trade. Free admission. In-room trading from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 21 and 22. Information: marBLesNFS@hotmail.com.
THIRD THURSDAY PRESERVE-A-PRESERVE DAY, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 18, Touch the Earth Natural Area, located at N. Country Club Road. Pull garlic mustard and invasive bushes along the edge of the preserve. We’ll also share a light lunch (provided).
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.
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 atterbury bakalarairmuseum.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. Information: cmadart.org or email@example.com.
INDIANA UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR ART + DESIGN, 310 Jackson St. Featured through Feb. 24: “Mud and Fire,” large-scale ceramic sculptures by Indiana-native artist Robert Pulley, as well as a small selection of maquettes from his studio practice. Regular gallery hours 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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. 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.
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 freemanarmyairfield museum.org.
SOUTHERN INDIANA CENTER FOR THE ARTS, 2001 N. Ewing St., Seymour. Featured through Feb. 22: “EVOND Photography: by Emma VonDielingen. 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. 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: browncountyart gallery.org or 812-988-4609.