Kids and Teens
KIDSCOMMONS, 309 Washington St., Columbus. 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 to 28. Note: kidscommons will be closed for Easter Sunday, April 16. Information: 812-378-3046.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: Crazy 8’s Club, Grades 3 to 5, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 17; Crazy 8’s Club, Grades K-2, 4 to 5 p.m. April 19; Full STEAM Ahead, Grades K-2, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 13 and 30; Reading Time with Lottie, ages 5 to 12, 3:45-4:45 p.m. April 24; All About the Internet, Grades 1 to 6, 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, 3:30-5 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-5, 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 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, Columbus. 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 North Country Club Road, south of State Road 46 West. 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., Columbus. 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 email@example.com. Proceeds support library programming.
FESTIVAL OF THE YOUNG CHILD, Donner Park, 739 22nd St., Columbus. 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
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: Juggler Matt Jergens, May 5.
YOUNG EAGLES FLIGHTS, Columbus Municipal Airport, 4770 Ray Boll Blvd. Free airplane rides for kids ages 8-17. Event runs from 8 a.m. until noon May 13. Pre-register at: 812-376-2519 weekdays. Parental approval required. Sponsored by Columbus Area EAA Chapter 729. Information: youngeagles.org.
FOUNDATION FOR YOUTH BOYS & GIRLS CLUB, 405 Hope Ave., Columbus. The Boys & Girls Club is open to children ages 5-18. 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., Columbus. Information: 812-376-0778.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: 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.
ARBOR DAY TREE GIVEAWAY, From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 28 at Bloomingfoods East, 3220 E. 23rd St., Bloomington. Free tree seedlings will be given away to plant all over southern Indiana as a celebration of Arbor Day through Sycamore Land Trust. Tree seedlings donated by Indiana Department of Natural Resources and shrubs donated by Eco Logic.
May and beyond
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., Columbus. 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., Columbus. 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.
BROWN COUNTY PLAYHOUSE. 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Scheduled: The Bundys, 7:30 p.m., April 29, Cost: $14. Beer, wine and mixed drinks sold in the auditorium. Tickets: 812-988-6555 or browncounty playhouse.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 email@example.com.
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., Columbus. 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 Eighth St., Columbus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., events begin at 7 p.m. Scheduled: Erin Erickson Vocal Recital, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
DANCE INDIANA BALLROOM CLUB SPRING FLING, From 7 to 10 p.m. May 20 at The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus. Music by DJ Billy Crase. Tickets: $20 per person, at the door or email 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.
COLUMBUS INDIANA PHILHARMONIC 30TH SEASON, Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at Columbus North High School’s Erne Auditorium, 1400 25th St., unless otherwise noted. Scheduled: 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.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: 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, 2485 W. 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.
ST. BARTHOLOMEW SCHOOL NO TIE AFFAIR, All are welcome for the annual No Tie Affair presents Peace, Love and Happy Kids event at 6:30 p.m. April 22 at Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St., Columbus. Enjoy food and drinks from restaurants around town, including Tre Bicchieri, Ashlynn Leigh Cakes, 240 Sweet, Le Petit Caraibes, Sogna Della Terra, Dag’s Delicatessen, Oh Sweetie!, Riviera Maya, Taxman Brewery and more. There will also a live and silent auction, $3,500 raffle, live music by The Tiptonians and more. Come as you are or dress up like the days of peace and love. Tickets: $60 advance,available at stbirish.maestroweb.com. Information:812-343-8745.
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., Columbus. 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
THIRD THURSDAY PRESERVE-A-PRESERVE DAy, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 18, Touch the Earth Natural Area, located at North Country Club Road, south of State Road 46 West. 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: 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.
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.
ATTERBURY-BAKALAR AIR MUSEUM, At Columbus Municipal Airport, 4742 Ray Boll Blvd. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Closed Sundays and Mondays. 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 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., Columbus. 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., Columbus. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
WELLCONNECT, 237 Washington St., Columbus. Gallery hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: 812-247-0502.
TRE BICCHIERI, 425 Washington St., Columbus. 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 5-9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 5 to 10 p.m. Saturdays.
TRI-STATE ARTISANS, 422 Washington St., Columbus. 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. The museum visitor information center has opened and new hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays plus extended hours during special events in town. Make an 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 freemanarmyairfieldmuseum.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.