Kids and Teens
DANCE MARATHON 2017, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Feb. 25 and 26, Central Middle School, 725 Seventh St. All Bartholomew County high school students are invited to join the fun, dancing, food, domestic violence prevention education, games, prizes and more. All seniors in attendance will have a chance to win one of three $2,000 scholarships. Register: eventbrite.com, search Dance Marathon 2017. Cost: minimum $20 donation.
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. Fridays. 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. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 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.
Fabulous FIRST FRIDAYS WITH MISS POLLY, 12:15 p.m. the first Friday of each month., Viewpoint Books, 548 Washington St. Information: 812-376-0778.
CLASSIC MOVIE MATINEE, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” 2 to 3:30 p.m., Feb. 25, Bartholomew County Public Library. In 1994, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
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.
March and beyond
GRAND CANYON, 7 p.m. March 1, Red Room of the Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. in Columbus. Art Hopkins will discuss the natural history of the Grand Canyon, ecological zones within the Canyon and species found only there. Program is sponsored by the local Sierra Club and open to all.
BEAUTY AND BEYOND: THOUGHTS ON BODY IMAGE TODAY, 6:30 p.m. March 2, Red Room of the Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. in Columbus. Nutritionist and homeopath Katia Martinho believes there is beauty in every size, age and color. She also thinks that people rarely find ourselves satisfied about the way we look. She will lead an exploration into why people often feel this way and hopes to inspire a change in this perspective. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
FIVE NEW AND STILL 100 PERCENT LEGITIMATE WAYS TO MAKE MONEY ON YOUR OWN TIME, 6 p.m. March 6, Red Room of the Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. in Columbus. Patric Welch, a.k.a. Mr. Noobie, will demonstrate five brand new, 100 percent legitimate ways you can make money on your own time. He will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each one. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP, 4:30 to 6 p.m. March 7, Red Room of the Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. in Columbus. Receive emotional support, practical assistance in coping with the issues you face and the latest information on research. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Indiana. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
MEDITATION, 6:30 p.m. March 7, Red Room of the Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. in Columbus. During this session, participants will learn to meditate. Session is for those age 6 and older. Presented by Pyramid Meditation Center. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
Children and Families
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.
KISS ME KATE, March 3 to 5, Columbus North High School auditorium, 1400 25th St. in Columbus. The Cole Porter musical involves the production of a musical version of William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” and the conflict on and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show’s director, producer, and star, and his leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. Information: the Facebook page for North Drama.
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.
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
AFRICAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR. Central Christian Church, 1434 W. Second St., Seymour. Scheduled: Well-loved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites, 6 p.m. March 8. Free and open to all. A free-will offering is taken at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs. The African Children’s Choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa’s most vulnerable children today so they can help Africa tomorrow. Information: 812-522-4211.
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, Mill Race 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.
“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.
10TH ANNUAL SPAY-GHETTI DINNER, hosted by Community Animal Rescue Effort, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 26, Tre Bicchieri, 425 Washington St., Columbus. Events has helped fund discounted spay and neutering of more than 7,000 animals since the fundraiser began. Tickets: Adults $12 in advance, $15 at the door; children $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Available in advance at Tre Bicchieri, Viewpoint Books and Dog World Day Care and Behavior Center.
March and beyond
PARENTING PRESENTATION ON TEENS, 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 4, The Ridge, 2800 Bonnell Road in Columbus, Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy offering tips for making the most of your teen’s future. Free, but organizers ask that people call beforehand for tickets so everyone can be accomodated. Information: 812-376-8455 or theridge.org.
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).
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY. 536 Fifth St. in Columbus. Scheduled programs: Grand Canyon, 7 p.m. March 1; Beauty & Beyond: Thoughts on Body Image Today, 6:30 p.m. March 2; Legitimate Ways to Make Money on Your Own Time, 6 p.m. March 6; Meditation, 6:30 p.m. March 7; Gardening on the Cheap, 6 p.m. March 7; Stethoscope Series: Understanding Colon Cancer and Prevention, 6 p.m. March 8; Bartholomew County Writers Group, 6 p.m. March 9; Bold Women in Indiana History book cover and author, March 9; Common Foot and Ankle Conditions and Sports Related Injuries, 6 p.m. March 13; Craft Night: Pi Day Celebration, 6 p.m. March 14; Mary Clouse, Animal Communicator, 7 p.m. March 14; Decorative Painting, March 18; Irish Spring Concert Celtica, March 20; Card Making Buffet, March 21; Art House in the Red Room and Dreamland book discussion, March 28; Teddy Roosevelt: Fun in the White House, March 30. Hope Public Library, 635 Harrison St., Hope; Karen Land and the Iditarod, March 16. Information: 812-379-1255.
Galleries, museums & exhibits
COLUMBUS VISITORS CENTER, corner of Fifth and Franklin streets. Visitors Center hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays (closed Sundays in December, January, February and March). Information: 812-378-2622.
COLUMBUS LEARNING CENTER, 4555 Central Ave. Current show: “Favorable Impressions,” an art show of contemporary printmaking from the 67th Street Printmakers, including local artists, through April 18. Information: 67thstreetprintmakers.org. Gallery hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 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 bartholomewhistory.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. Mondays through Fridays. 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. Mondays through Thursdays 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. Mondays through Fridays. 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. Mondays through Fridays, 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. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 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 freemanarmy airfieldmuseum.org.
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. Mondays through Saturdays 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.