Kids and Teens
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. Scheduled: Learn to conserve natural resources at home and save money for Earth Day, April 22; Financial Literacy Week games and activities, April 24-28. Note: kidscommons will be closed for Easter Sunday, April 16. Information: 812-378-3046.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St. Scheduled: Crazy Eight’s Club grades three to five, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 11 and 17; Crazy Eight’s Club grades K to two, 4 to 5 p.m. April 12 and 19; Full STEAM Ahead grades K to two, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 6, 13 and 30; American Girl Club ages 6 to 12, 3 to 3:30 p.m. April 8; Reading Time with Lottie ages 5 to 12, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. April 10 and 24; Hogwarts for Muggles: Wand Workshop, teen area, 3:30 to 5 p.m. April 12; All About the internet grades one to six, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. April 17; Coder Dojo Coding Club ages 7 to 17, 4 to 5 p.m. April 19; Teen After School Movie, Red Room, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. April 20; LEGO Club ages 6 to 12, 3:30 to 4 p.m. or 4:14 to 4:45 p.m. April 21; Eat for Cheap for Teens: Starbucks Copycat Double Chocolate Chip Frappuccino, conference room, 3:30 to 5 p.m. April 24; Building a Better Reader ages 4 to 7, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. April 25; Life-Size Monopoly for Teens, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Red Room, April 27; Money Madness grades K to five, Story Time Room, 4 to 5 p.m. April 28. Information: 812-379-1255.
LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. April 8, 15 and 22, Hamilton Community Center and Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive. Information: 812-376-2686.
PARKSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH EASTER CELEBRATION, 1780 Rocky Ford Road. When: Noon to 1:30 p.m. April 15. Children in preschool through sixth grade are welcome to come for door prizes, snacks, an Easter egg hunt and the Easter story. Information: 812-372-5889.
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.
LIBRARY FUN(D) NIGHT, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. When: 6:30 p.m. April 28. Family-friendly event with minute-to-win-it style games, puzzles, bounce house and more. Cost: $3 admission with food available for purchase. Information: Carrie Utterback at 317-385-1970 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds support library programming.
FESTIVAL OF THE YOUNG CHILD, Donner Park, 739 22nd St. When: 10 a.m. to noon April 29. Provides information and resources for families in Bartholomew County. Organizations can participate for free, but must have resource materials and either a game, activity or a few giveaways at their booth. Information: 812-379-2319.
May and Beyond
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. on the first Friday of each month. Viewpoint Books, 548 Washington St. Information: 812-376-0778.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St. Scheduled: Book Discussion The Cat’s Table, 6:30 p.m. April 6; The Civil War Generation’s War, 6:30 p.m. April 10; The Resourceful Gardener, 6:30 p.m. April 11; Medicare Seminar, 6 to 8 p.m., April 12; How to Build Your Own Small Business Website with WordPress, 6 p.m. April 13; Smooth Sailing: Planning for College Admissions and Affordability, 6:30 p.m. April 17; Organic Vegetables: Learn From Eliot Coleman’s Four Season Farm, 6:30 p.m. April 18; Talk with a Veterinarian, 7 p.m. April 19; Medicine Cabinet Makeover at Mill Race Center, 1 to 1:45 p.m. April 20; Discipline vs. Punishment, 6:30 p.m. April 20; Credit Reports and Scores, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 24; Fruit Tree Success, 6:30 p.m. April 24; Stories of Survival from a Second Generation Holocaust Survivor, 6:30 p.m. April 26; Essential Oils, 6:30 p.m. April 27. Information: 812-379-1255.
DISCIPLINE VS. PUNISHMENT, At 6:30 p.m. April 20, Red Room, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Presentation designed to guide parents and caregivers in identifying age appropriate discipline techniques and to recognize difference between discipline and punishment.
May 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: Dancer’s Studio’s ballet version of “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 email@example.com.
“PROOF,” PRESENTED BY MILL RACE THEATRE COMPANY, at 7:30 p.m. April 7 and 8 and at 2:30 p.m. April 9, in the Studio Room at Columbus North High School, 1400 25th St. The production focuses on Catherine, the daughter of Robert, a recently deceased mathematical genius, and her struggle with mathematical genius and mental illness. Catherine had cared for her father through a lengthy mental illness. Upon Robert’s death, his ex-graduate student Hal discovers a paradigm-shifting proof about prime numbers in Robert’s office, leaving some big questions. Advance tickets: students and senior citizens, $6, and adults, $8, online link at Facebook page for Mill Race Theatre Company.
BROWN COUNTY PLAYHOUSE, 70 S. Van Buren St. Scheduled: Ladies for Liberty, 7:30 p.m. April 8, Cost: $15.50; The Bundys, 7:30 p.m., April 29, Cost: $14. Beer, wine and mixed drinks sold in the auditorium. Tickets: 812-988-6555 or browncountyplayhouse.org. Discounts available for students, military and seniors.
ACTORS STUDIO OF HOPE. Willow Leaves, 326 Jackson St., Hope. Scheduled: “Spirit,” directed by Pete Law and Naomi Pyle, produced by Naomi Pyle. Showings: Dinner at 6 p.m. and play at 7 p.m. April 21, 22, 28 and 29. Sunday matinees: Dinner at 1 p.m. and play at 2 p.m. April 23 and 30.
JACKSON COUNTY COMMUNITY THEATRE, Royal Off-the-Square Theatre, 121 W. Walnut St., Brownstown. Scheduled: “Romeo and Juliet,” April 28 and 29 and May 5 and 6. Further information: jcct.org, 812-358-5228 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
COLUMBUS INDIANA PHILHARMONIC WINTER/SPRING CABARET SERIES AT THE COMMONS, Scheduled: 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 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.
INDIANA ORGANISTS UNITED. I.U. Jacobs School of Music alumni affiliate presents the Lenten Organ Recital Series. Each event begins at noon, Scheduled: Dr. John G. Simpson, Sandy Hook Methodist Church, 1610 Taylor Road, April 12. Admission is free.
OPEN MIC NIGHT AT COLUMBUS BAR, 322 Fourth St. Free. All ages. 7 p.m. April 16.
MUSIC PROGRAMS AT ASBURY, Asbury United Methodist Church, 1751 27th St. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Indiana University Guitar Ensemble directed by Daniel Duarte, April 22. No admission charge, offering accepted. Information: 812-372-4555.
CASSETTELAND BANDS AT COLUMBUS BAR, 322 Fourth St. Bands: Shiny Criminals, Solid State Physics and T,B.N.R., 10 p.m., April 28. All Ages.
May and Beyond
FRIDAYS@FIRST, Sanctuary in First United Methodist Church, 618 8th St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., events begin at 7 p.m. Scheduled: The Grider Sisters Vocal Recital, April 7; Erin Erickson Vocal Rectial, April 21; The Burchfield Brothers, Dove Nominated Duo, May 5; I.U. Doctoral Student in Piano _ Marta Menezes, May 12; Claire Baker Vocal Recital, May 19. Information: Kevin Butler at 812-372-2851 or email@example.com.
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 free. Scheduled: “Music Americana,” 3:30 p.m. April 30, The Commons; and “Hail to the Heroes,” 7:30 p.m. June 11, Mill Race Park.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN MUSIC SERIES, 512 Seventh St. Anderson U. Chorale, 50 voice choir directed by Richard Sowers, 3 p.m. March 26. Admission is free, an offering will be taken.
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.
HOME EC ANNUAL GARAGE SALE, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 8 at the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds, Community Building, 750 W. County Road 200S. Donations benefit community projects and Orphan Grain Train. Shop for children’s and adult clothing, toys, games, household items and more. Snacks, baked goods and drinks will be for sale. Sponsored by Common Threads.
FIFTH ANNUAL WOMEN’S EXTRAVAGANZA FUNDRAISER, fundraising event for women, children, veterans and families who need the Hope for Healing Program, but can’t afford it. The program: Equine Assisted Learning for individuals and families, utilizing activities with horses to learn skills. Event information: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8 at The Sycamore of Mallow Run, 7070 W. Whiteland Road, Bargersville. Women invited for a day of free pampering, shopping, silent auction, wine tasting and more. Information: Lisa at 317-496-0189 or Lisa@hopeforheartsfarm.org.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St. Scheduled: CAMEO, 6 p.m. April 12; Bartholomew County Writers Group, 6 p.m. April 13; Decorative Painting, 10 a.m. April 15; Movie Night, 6 to 8 p.m. April 19; Saturday Morning Cartoons, 10 to 11:30 a.m. April 22; Classic Movie Matinee – The Music Man, 3 to 4:30 p.m. April 22; Art House in the Red Room Film Series, 6 p.m. April 25; Basic Cake Decorating, 6:30 p.m. April 25; Meditation _ ages 6 and older, 6 p.m. April 26; Autism Friendly Movie – Shaun the Sheep, 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 27. Information: 812-379-1255.
SOUTHERN INDIANA MARBLES SHOW, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15, 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 13 and 14. Information: marBLesNFS@hotmail.com.
FIRST UNITED METHODIST SMORGASBORD, Dine-in, carry-out or delivery from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 27 and 28 at the church, 618 Eighth St. Tickets: Adults $12 advance, $14 at the door; children 5 to 10 years $5 advance, $6 at the door; children ages 4 and under eat free. Information: 812-372-2851.
May and Beyond
KELLY MILLER CIRCUS, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. May 12 under a big top erected at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds, County Road 200 South. Shows sponsored by the Columbus Lions Club and the Bartholomew County Reserve Sheriff’s Deputies. Tickets: Adults, $12 and children $6 in advance at kellymillercircus.com or $16 and $8 on the day of the shows. Tickets also available at MainSource Bank and at Kroger on select days.
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 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: 67thstreetprint makers.org. 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.
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, Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. Special tours may 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. Museum displays include a WWII 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 and more. Visit the museum online at atterburybakalarair museum.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Ave., 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 freemanarmyair fieldmuseum.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. 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.