Brian’s Picks – November 2

1) Children’s singer and author Jim Gill is serious enough about play that he travels the country spreading the gospel about the importance of parents, grandparents and others joining with youngsters for silly songs and movements and unabashed joy. He will lead a free gathering — he never calls them concerts because they are meant to be interactive — at 7 p.m. Friday at the Fridays at First series at First United Methodist Church, 618 Eighth St. in downtown Columbus.

2) Hoosier Pro Wrestling’s Jerry Wilson should have earned some sort of belt by now for champion of local fundraising over the years. He has unselfishly and quietly used his love of the professional sport to support Love Chapel, Relay For Life, and a host of other nonprofit causes for a long time. His 19th annual tag-team with the Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund Toy Drive is 7 p.m. Saturday at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds, 750 W. County Road 200S, Columbus. Bring a new toy or more or make a donation to help firefighters help youngsters from needy families Christmas. Bell at 7:45 p.m., tickets, $13 for adults, kids age 4 and younger are admitted free. Information: Facebook page for HPW (Hoosier Pro Wrestling).

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