Kids and teens
December and Beyond
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: 1’s & 2’s Storytime, 10 a.m. Dec. 21; Just For Babies Storytime 0-13 months, 11 a.m. Dec. 21; 12 Days of Stories Ages 2-6, 1 p.m., through Dec. 22; Holidays Around the World Grades 3-6, 4 p.m., Dec. 21; Full STEAM Ahead Grades K-2, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21; Teen STEAM 1 p.m. Dec. 21; Teen Shadowrun at Hope library annex, 2 p.m. Dec. 21, Hope library annex, 619 Harrison St.; Harry Potter and the Film Festival, Pt. 1, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 27; Harry Potter and the Film Festival, Pt. 2, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 28; Wintertime Games Grades 2-6, 3 p.m. Dec. 28. Register for events at mybcpl.org under “events.” Information: 812-379-1255.
WHOVILLE SKATE, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 22, Hamilton Center Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive, Columbus. Skate with The Grinch in Whoville. Cost: $4.50 for adults; $4 for kids. Free for kids 4 and under. There is a $2 skate/skooter rental. Information: 812-376-2686.
HOLIDAY AT THE FARM, 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 23, Shireman Homestead, 7060 W. County Road 200N, Columbus. Santa will be visiting Shireman Homestead every Friday and Saturday through Dec. 23. Admission: $7. Information: shiremanhomestead.com.
PRINCESS TEA, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 28, Hamilton Center Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive, Columbus. Dress as your favorite Disney princess, have tea and cookies, make a crown and skate with the Hamilton Center princess. Cost: $15 per princess, ages 4 to 12.
PRINCESS BALL 2018, 4:30-8 p.m. Jan. 13, Foundation For Youth, 405 Hope Ave., Columbus. For ages 3 to 18. Cost $25 per couple, and $15 each additional girl. Space is limited and registration is open until Jan. 11. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; photo opportunities will be 5-5:45 p.m.; dance opens at 6 p.m. The dance will end at 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit Girls On The Run. Bring canned or non-perishable food items to put in the castle, and they will be given to Love Chapel. Information: Foundation For Youth, 405 Hope Ave., Columbus; 812-348-4558; foundationforyouth.com. Registration hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
KIDSCOMMONS, 309 Washington St., Columbus. 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.
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. the first Friday of each month. Viewpoint Books, 548 Washington St., Columbus. Information: 812-376-0778.
COLUMBUS CHESS CLUB, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St., Columbus. 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., Columbus. Always an interesting and informative program. All are welcome. Information: 812-342-6944.
COLUMBUS AREA RAILROAD CLUB OPEN HOUSE, with four operating layouts, noon to 4 p.m. 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.
CommUNITY YOGA, 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Drive, Columbus. Donation-based class appropriate for all levels. Information: 812-447-2585; facebook.com/bodhiblossomyoga.
YOGA OF 12-STEP RECOVERY, noon Mondays, Recovery Engagement Center, 1951 McKinley Ave., Columbus. Donation-based class. Information: 812-447-2585.
FARM-TO-FIFTH TOURS, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Dec. 30, Bear Wallow Distillery, 4484 Old State Road 46E, Nashville. See process of turning locally-grown grains into Indiana handcrafted whiskey. Learn history of whiskey making and moonshining in Brown County. Cost: $6 per person, includes samples.
WINTER FESTIVAL OF EXOTIC ANIMALS, 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, Zoo’Opolis Exotic Petting Zoo, 12696 W. County Road 50S, Columbus. Visitors can enjoy more than 35 different species, including foxes, macaws, miniature ponies and prairie dogs. Choose from two sessions: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 2:30 to 5 p.m. Information or reservations: 812-764-4980; zoo-opolisexoticpettingworld.com. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
GROUP ICE SKATING AND HOCKEY LESSON REGISTRATION, all day through Jan. 8, Hamilton Center Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive, Columbus. Registration is open for the next 8-week session of group lessons beginning Jan. 9. Information: 812-376-2686; columbusparksandrec.com.
DUELING PIANOS: TAKE 2, 7 p.m., Jan. 19, The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus. Show presented by Ivy Tech Community College to raise funds for scholarships and other financial assistance. The show is a 21-and-over event. Featuring Tony T and Wildman Joe, who engage the audiences with interactive music, song requests and invite audience members on stage. Cost $50 per person or $90 per couple. Information: connect.ivytech.edu/duelingpianos, or email@example.com or 812-374-5342.
PETAR & DANIEL GUITAR DUO, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20, Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Faculty/student ensemble from the I.U. Jacobs School of Music featuring music from around the globe. Starring Daniel Duarte and Petar Jankovic, guitarists with an eclectic repertoire from contemporary to Latin jazz to classical and Spanish music. Admission: $13.50 for adults; $6.50 for students.
December and Beyond
COLUMBUS INDIANA PHILHARMONIC 2017-18 SEASON, “LISTEN.” All concerts at 7:30 p.m. at Columbus North High School’s Erne Auditorium, 1400 25th St., unless otherwise specified. Scheduled: “All for Love,” with violinist Ariel Horowitz and soprano Cathy Rund, Feb. 3; “Da-Da-Da-Duuummm,” Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, April 7; “Sean Chen Plays Brahms,” April 28; annual patriotic concert “Salute!” 7 p.m. May 25, on the grounds of the Bartholomew County Veterans Memorial. Tickets and information: 812-376-2638; online at thecip.org; and in person at 315 Franklin St., Columbus.
COLUMBUS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SEASON (all times at 3:30 p.m.). Scheduled: “Hometown Talent,” Feb. 18 at The Commons; “Appalachian Homecoming,” April 8 at The Commons; “Expeditions, Adventures and Odysseys,” June 10 at The Commons. Tickets: Adults $10 in advance, $15 at the door; senior citizens and students 12-18 $5 in advance, $10 at the door; children under 12 with an adult always free. Information: csoindiana.org/tickets.
ROYAL-OFF-THE-SQUARE THEATRE, 121 W. Walnut St., Brownstown. Productions presented by Jackson County Community Theatre. Scheduled: “Almost, Maine,” dinner theater at The Pines in Seymour, Feb. 16-18, 23 and 24; “All My Sons,” April 27 and 28 and May 4 and 5, 2018. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets, $12 adults and $10 students and seniors, available online at jcct.org. Information: 812-358-5228 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
BROWN COUNTY PLAYHOUSE, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Information and tickets: 812-988-6555 and browncountyplayhouse.org.
“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: THE RADIO PLAY,” 1940s-era comic drama, 7 p.m. Dec. 22-23 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 24, The Harlequin Theatre, inside FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St. in Columbus. Tickets, available at brownpapertickets.com, Viewpoint Books, the mall office and at the venue: $15 in advance and $20 at the door for adults and $10 for students at the door. Cash bar available. Information: 812-343-4597 or theharlequintheatre.com.
“BELIEVE”: A BROWN COUNTY CHRISTMAS TRADITION 2017, through Dec. 23, Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Music includes Christmas songs, Broadway classics plus comedy including a finale with Santa Claus. Children 10 and under free with paid adult. Information and tickets: 812-988-6555 and browncountyplayhouse.org.
NEW ORLEANS’ ‘CRESCENT CIRCUS’ LIVE, 2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 27, Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Featuring husband-wife duo Nathan Kepner and Morgan Tsu-Raun, grand illusions, sleight-of-hand and the epic fusion of magic and stunning circus arts. Presented by Rich Hill’s World of Magic. Limited seats. Tickets: $22.50 for adults; $19.50 for children, seniors and military. To purchase tickets, call 812-988-6555, stop by the playhouse or visit BrownCountyPlayhouse.org.
‘LOVE LETTERS,’ 6 p.m. Feb. 9-10, 16-17; 1 p.m. Feb. 11, 14, Willow Leaves of Hope, 326 Jackson St., Hope. Tickets: $25 (includes dinner and show). Reservations: 812-546-0640
December and Beyond
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: Book Discussion at Hope Library: “The Red Garden,” by Alice Hoffman, 1 p.m. Dec. 21; Classic Movie Matinee: “Christmas in Connecticut,” 1 p.m. Dec. 23; Art House in the Red Room Film Series: “Cobra Verde,” 6 p.m. Dec. 27; Kwanzaa Celebration, 6-8:30 p.m. Dec. 28; Classic Movie Matinee: “Bachelor Mother,” 1 p.m. Dec. 30. Register for events at mybcpl.org under “events.” Information: 812-379-1255.
WINTER FARMERS MARKET, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through March 31, FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St., Columbus. Fresh produce and meat; artisan breads, sweets, jellies, herbs, spices; Christmas greenery, flowers and plants. Visit with local authors.
COMPUTER BASICS AT AMERICA AND ROBY ANDERSON COMMUNITY CENTER, 6 p.m. Dec. 21, America and Roby Anderson Community Center, 421 McClure St., Columbus, Bartholomew County Public Library staff member Sandy Allman will provide one-on-one assistance with basic computer skills, Microsoft Word, social media, apps, resumes, the library’s website and more.
LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY, 3:15 p.m. Dec. 26-29, Jan. 2, Hamilton Center Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive, Columbus. Cost: $5 per person ages 4 to 12. Free equipment is available to use. Registration not required.
MOVIE EVENTS AT BROWN COUNTY PLAYHOUSE, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Scheduled: “Sleepless in Seattle,” 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 31. Information and tickets: 812-988-6555 and browncountyplayhouse.org.
NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 31, Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Begin at the Brown County Playhouse at 7 p.m. with the classic movie “Sleepless in Seattle,” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. Beer, wine and champagne will be sold. Then walk across the street to Out of the Ordinary Restaurant and Hickory Sports Bar for a hot/cold appetizer buffet, cash bar and midnight toast. Dance to the The “O So Good Band” featuring Russell W. Moss & Lauren Robert. Cost: $52.50 person. For ages 21 and older.
Galleries, museums & exhibits
HOLIDAY TRADITIONS EXHIBIT, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, Bartholomew County History Center, 524 Third St., Columbus. Displays include doll house furniture, holiday cards and postcards and a selection from the collection of Xenia Miller’s crèches. The center is decorated for the holidays with a modern interpretation of traditional red and green. Admission is free. For more information, call 812-372-3541.
GUGLIELMO BOTTER EXHIBIT: “THE VIEW FROM TREVISO, DRAWINGS OF COLUMBUS, INDIANA,” through 2017, Gallery 506, Columbus Visitors Center, 506 Fifth St. Series of pen-and-ink drawings created following Botter’s two previous visits to Columbus, during which he sketched and photographed a variety of community landmarks, and many of the Exhibit Columbus installations. Information: email@example.com, 812-378-2622.
IN THE BEGINNING, free art exhibit for Bob Burris’ work, WellConnect, 237 Washington St. in Columbus.
HEALTHY COMMUNITIES BREAST FEEDING COALITION 2017 ART EXHIBIT, WellConnect, 237 Washington St., Columbus. Highlighting the work of local photographer Angela Jackson. Free.
ATTERBURY-BAKALAR AIR MUSEUM, at Columbus Municipal Airport, 4770 Ray Boll Blvd., Columbus. 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. 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 columbus 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 or 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 of 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. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 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., Hope. Thousands of items donated by members of the community to tell the story of Hope’s heritage. The Research Center open 10 a.m. to noon Mondays and Wednesdays and by appointment. The museum visitor information center hours 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. For appointments to visit other times, call 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. Groups are welcome. Information and appointments: 812-522-2031 and freemanarmyairfield museum.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, 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.