Brian’s picks – May 4

1) Other than a slightly scary trip aboard a powered parachute a few years ago, I never have felt freedom quite like a ride in a small, single-engine plane, courtesy of my pilot father. Young people ages 8 to 17 can know exactly what I’m talking about if they take advantage of free Young Eagles Flights. Volunteer pilots with the local Experimental Aircraft Association will offer the brief rides from 8 a.m. to noon May 13 (weather permitting) at Columbus Municipal Airport, 4770 Ray Boll Blvd. Parental approval is required. Register by calling 812-376-2519 weekdays.

2) Even if clowns make you freak a bit — and I don’t mean politicians or journalists — the Kelly Miller Circus will offer plenty else under a 1,100-seat, portable, waterpoof big top erected on County Road 200S in Garden City for two shows May 12. Acrobats, trapeze artists, tigers, elephants and other features will be part of shows at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. that day. Proceeds will benefit the Columbus Lions Club and the Bartholomew County Reserve Sheriff’s Deputies. Tickets: Adults, $12 and children $6 in advance at or $16 and $8 on the day of the shows. Tickets also available at MainSource Bank and at Kroger on select days.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.