Kids and teens
KIDSCOMMONS, 309 Washington St., Columbus. 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. Scheduled: Financial Literacy Week games and activities, April 27 and 28. Information: 812-378-3046.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: 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; Full STEAM Ahead kindergarten to Grade 2, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 30; Internet Gaming, for elementary students, 3:45 May 1; Crazy Eight’s Club, Grades 3 to 5, 6:30 p.m. May 2 and 9; Eat for Cheap for Teens: Quesadillas, 3:30 p.m. May 3; Crazy Eight’s Club, up to second grade, 4 p.m. May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; Full STEAM Ahead,up to second grade, 6:30 p.m. May 4, 11, 18 and 25; Emma’s Dancing Day, 2 p.m. May 6; Reading Time with Lottie, ages 5 to 12, 3:45 p.m. May 8 and 22; Teen Book Club, 4 p.m. May 8; Hogwarts for Muggles: Table Quidditch at Hope, 2:30 p.m. May 9; Hogwarts for Muggles: Table Quidditch at Columbus, 3:30 p.m. May 10; LEGO Club, ages 6 to 12, 3:30 or 4:15 p.m. May 12; Keyboarding, for elementary students, 3:45 p.m. May 15; Teen DIY: Abstract Triangles on Canvas at Hope, 2:30 p.m. May 16; Coder Dojo Coding Club, ages 7 to 17, 4 p.m. May 17; After School Movie for Teens, vote between two movies to be shown in the Teen Area, 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. May 18; American Girl Club Maryellen, for ages 6 to 12, 3 to 3:30 p.m., May 20; Build a Better Reader, ages 4 to 7, 6:30 p.m. May 23; DIY: 3D Printed Phone Case for Teens, 3 p.m., May 24; Science is Fun, Red Room, grades 4 to 6, 10 a.m. May 27. Register for events at mybcpl.org under Events.Information: 812-379-1255.
LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY, Hamilton Community Center and Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive, Columbus. Scheduled: Hockey workshops for ages 4 to 10 with free equipment to use, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. May 6, 13, 20 and 27. Cost: $5 per child. Information: 812-376-2686.
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
YOUNG EAGLES FLIGHTS, Columbus Municipal Airport, 4770 Ray Boll Blvd. Free airplane rides for kids ages 8 through 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. 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., Columbus. Information: 812-376-0778.
TAKE BACK THE NIGHT, IUPUC main entrance, 4601 Central Ave., Columbus. Scheduled: Walk in support of survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual abuse and more, 7:30 p.m. April 27. The Take Back the Night Foundation serves to create safe communities and respectful relationships through awareness events and educational initiatives.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY. 536 Fifth St. Scheduled: Essential Oils, 6:30 p.m. April 27; Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group, 4:30 p.m. May 2; Conservation in Southern Indiana with Sycamore Land Trust, 7 p.m. May 3; Parkinson’s and The CLIMB, 6 p.m. May 4; Bartholomew County Writers Group, 6 p.m. May 11; Stethoscope Series: What Every Woman Should Know About Heart Disease, 6:30 p.m. May 16; Civil War Book Discussion Group, 7 p.m. May 18; Hope Book Discussion, 1 p.m. May 18. Information: 812-379-1255.
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
FIRST FRIDAYS FOR FAMILIES, The Commons, 300 Washington St. Free performances geared to children in kindergarten through third grade, 6 p.m. the first Friday of the month through May. Scheduled: International Gold Medalist Juggler Matt Jergens, 6 p.m. May 5.
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 email@example.com.
BROWN COUNTY PLAYHOUSE, 70 S. Van Buren St. Scheduled: The Bundys, tickets: $14, 7:30 p.m., April 29; Comedian Ross Bennett, no adult language, tickets: $20.50, 7:30 p.m. May 6; Nunsense, all ages welcome, tickets: $18.50, 7:30 p.m. May 12-13 and 19-20; Jazzy Indiana: Salute to Hoosier Composters, tickets: $20.50, 7:30 p.m. May 27. 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 28 and 29. Sunday matinees: Dinner at 1 p.m. and play at 2 p.m. April 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.
THE HARLEQUIN THEATER, 2380 25th St. Scheduled: Comedy Night with Gabe Kea and Blake Hammond, 7 p.m., May 12. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Viewpoint Books or the Fair Oaks Mall office. Cash bar available. Information and reservations: 812-343-4597.
THE LASTING IMPRESSIONS, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St., Columbus. Scheduled: Chuck Wagon Chow-Wow, 6 p.m. May 19 and 20 and 1 p.m. May 21. Guests encouraged to dress in western attire. Prizes offered for best country western outfit. The Lasting Impressions is a performance troupe of senior citizens from Mill Race Center.
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., Columbus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., events begin at 7 p.m. Scheduled: The Burchfield Brothers, Dove-nominated duo, May 5; Marta Menezes, Indiana University doctoral student in piano, May 12; Claire Baker vocal recital, May 19. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., events begin at 7 p.m. Information: Kevin Butler, 812-372-2851, email@example.com.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: Superstars on Tour, Red Room, 6 p.m. May 1; Andrews Strings Studio recital, Students of Laura Andrews, Red Room, 5:30 p.m. May 3; Spotlight on the Plaza, 6:30 p.m. May 19. Information: 812-379-1255.
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 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 younger 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, 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; email@example.com.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: Autism Friendly Movie – Shaun the Sheep, 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 27; Whodunit? Murder, Mayhem and Malice Book Sale, through May; Meditation, ages 6 and over, 6:30 p.m. May 2; Vintage Base Ball, 6:30 p.m. May 2; ASMR: Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, 6:30 p.m. May 8; Craft Night: Decorated Flower Pots, limited to 15, 6 p.m. May 9; A Walk through the Cemetery, 6 p.m. May 9; Five Cool Things You Can Do With the Digital Photos on Your Smartphone; 6 p.m. May 11; Saturday Morning Cartoons— “Care Bears Movie,” rated G, 10 a.m. May 13; Classic Movie Matinee — “Meet Me in St. Louis,” 2 p.m. May 13; Save Money with Coupons and the Queen of Free, 6 p.m. May 15; Spring Time with Essential Oils, 6:30 p.m., May 18; Decorative Painting, $25 fee covers all supplies, 10 a.m. May 20; Build a Better World: Yoga on the Plaza, 6 p.m. May 22; Art House in the Red Room Film Series, 6 p.m. May 23; Movie Night – Jungle Book, rated PG, 6 p.m. May 24; Autism Friendly Movie — “Sing,” rated PG, 6 p.m. May 25. Information: 812-379-1255.
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 younger eat free. Information: 812-372-2851.
ANNUAL MODEL “A” FORD SWAP MEET, Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds, 750 W. County Road 200S, Columbus. Scheduled: Model “A” Ford cars on display, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 30. Admission: $3. Breakfast and lunch available. Information: 812-371-6628; firstname.lastname@example.org; modelacolumbus.com.
May and beyond
HOOSIER PRO WRESTLING DERBY DAY CURE FOR CANCER FUNDRAISER, Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds, Family Arts Building, 750 W. County Road 200S, Columbus. Scheduled: Raise money to help fight childhood cancer. Seven big matches, ladies match, title matches and more, 7 p.m. May 6. Cost: $12 for adults, $8 children ages 8 and younger, ages 4 and younger are free. Two dollars of each adult ticket goes to #HarryStrong. Information: 812-552-4477; email@example.com.
KELLY MILLER CIRCUS, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. May 12 under a big top at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds, County Road 200S, Columbus. 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, Touch the Earth Natural Area, located at North Country Club Road, Columbus. Scheduled: Pull garlic mustard and invasive bushes along the edge of the preserve. We’ll also share a light lunch (provided), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 18.
MASTER GARDENER PLANT SALE, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: Get help selecting the right plants for your garden from master gardeners. Proceeds help master gardener projects in Bartholomew County, 10 a.m. to noon May 20.
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.
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 World War II-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; 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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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; email@example.com.
WELLCONNECT, 237 Washington St., Columbus. Gallery hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 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 to 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., Columbus. 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; 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; 812-988-4609.
JENNINGS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM, 335 Brown St., Vernon. Information: 812-346-8989; jenningscounty.org.
CV ART GALLERY, 110 S. Main St., Zionsville. The Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection is on exhibition and available for acquisition at the gallery. Information: 317-873-2976; firstname.lastname@example.org.