Kids and Teens
kidscommons, 309 Washington St., Columbus. Scheduled: Children’s Day in Japan, May 6; Free museum admission with free car seat checks by Dorel Juvenile Group from 1 to 5 p.m. May 7. Ongoing activities, all free with museum admission: Little Explorers, 11 a.m. Thursdays and 1:30 p.m. Fridays; Art Time, 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays; Wacky Science, 3:30 p.m. Thursdays. Information: 812-378-3046.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: Full STEAM Ahead, up to second grade, 6:30 p.m. May 11, 18 and 25; Reading Time with Lottie, ages 5 to 12, 3:45 p.m. May 22; DIY: 3D Printed Phone Case for Teens, 3 p.m. May 11; 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; 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 13, 20 and 27. Cost: $5 per child. Information: 812-376-2686.
EMMA’S DANCING DAY BOOK LAUNCH, 3 to 5 p.m. May 20 at Yo Mama Frozen Yogurt and More, 3780 W. Jonathan Moore Pike, Columbus. Author Kimberly Hoffman will read her book, “Emma’s Dancing Day,” and fellow Pen It! Publications authors Jen Selinsky and Blake Chambers will read from their books as well. Also take part in the giveaways and frozen yogurt and books will be for sale.
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., Columbus. 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.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: 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.
June and Beyond
COLUMBUS CHESS CLUB, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St. Most games are 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.
BROWN COUNTY PLAYHOUSE, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Scheduled: “Nunsense,” all ages welcome, tickets: $18.50, 7:30 p.m. May 12-13 and 19-20; “Jazzy Indiana: Salute to Hoosier Composers,” 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.
THE HARLEQUIN THEATER, 2380 25th St., Columbus. 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.
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: I.U. Doctoral Student in Piano – Marta Menezes, May 12;Voice Students of Julianna Jerome-Drerup, May 17; Claire Baker Vocal Recital, May 19; The Lasting Impressions, June 2. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., events begin at 7 p.m. Information: Kevin Butler at 812-372-2851 or email@example.com.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: 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.
MUSIC AT ASBURY, 7:30 p.m. May 20 at Asbury United Methodist Church, 1751 27th St., Columbus. Scheduled: BloomingDuo, Fan-Fen Tai and Ji-Woon Jung. Admission: Free, offering taken. Information: 812-372-6494.
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: “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 email@example.com.
June and Beyond
THE LITTLE HOPE OPRY OF WILLOW LEAVES, 7 to 10 p.m., 326 Jackson St., Hope. Scheduled: Jeff Stephenson, June 3; Becky Dover-Marsh, July 1; Lisa Barrett, Aug. 5. Cost: $10. For information, tickets and reservations call 812-546-0640.
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: “Hail to the Heroes,” 7:30 p.m. June 11, Mill Race Park.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: 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.
KELLY MILLER CIRCUS, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. May 12 under a big top erected at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds, 750 W. 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.
WINGS OVER MASCATATUCK MIGRATORY BIRD FESTIVAL, Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, 12985 E. U.S. Highway 50, Seymour. Events scheduled from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 12, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 13 and a Guided Tour of Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge will be from 8 a.m. to noon May 13 near Madison. Call 812-522-4352 ext.12 to register for the tour.
THIRD THURSDAY PRESERVE-A-PRESERVE DAY, Touch the Earth Natural Area, located south of State Road 46 West on 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.
FLINTWOOD WESLEYAN FISH FRY FUNDRAISER EVENT, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20 at Flintwood Wesleyan Church, 5300 E. 25th St., Columbus. Scheduled: Garage sale items will be for sale for freewill offering, a silent auction will take place and the fish fry begins at 10:30 a.m. Delivery to Columbus is available by calling 812-379-4287.
ANNUAL DOLL AND BEAR SHOW AND SALE, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 20 at Bartholomew County 4H Fairgrounds, community building, 750 W. County Road 200S, Columbus. Free admission and door prizes. Antique, modern and collectible original dolls and bears. Sponsored by Dolls Night Out Club of Columbus. Information: 812-376-9124.
COLUMBUS ELKS LODGE #521 PIGGY PARTY, 7 to 10 p.m., June 10 at the lodge, 4664 Ray Boll Blvd. Meal includes pork from Bubble Blues Bar-B-Q, along with sides and dessert. Scheduled: ODDZ-R band playing, games, raffles and door prizes. Tickets: $20, available at the club or by calling 812-379-4386. Proceeds go to the Elks Children’s Christmas Fund.
Galleries, museums & exhibits
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, 4742 Ray Boll Blvd. 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 World War II era air base barracks building section showing barracks living at the former air base and a World War II 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
IVY TECH GALLERY OF FINE ART & DESIGN, 4475 Central Ave., Columbus. 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 email@example.com.
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 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 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 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, with extended hours during special events in town. Appointments to visit other times can be arranged by calling 812-546-8020 or 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. 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.