Kids and teens

February and beyond

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: Reading Time with Lottie, 3:45 p.m. Feb. 5, 12, 19; Winter Olympics 2018 grades 2 to 6, 4 p.m. Feb. 2; DIY for Teens: Friendship Books, 3 p.m. Feb. 5; Teen Gaming at Hope Branch, 3:30 p.m. Feb. 5; Jr. Milk & Cookies Storytime ages 1 to 2, 6 p.m. Feb. 5; Milk & Cookies Storytime ages 3 to 8, 7 p.m. Feb. 5; Teen DIY: Friendship Books at Hope, 2:45 p.m. Feb. 6; French Storytime ages 5 and older, 4:30 p.m. Feb. 6; French Storytime ages infant to 4, 5 p.m. Feb. 6; Eat for Cheap for Teens, 4:45 p.m. Feb. 7. Register for events at under “events.” Information: 812-379-1255.

FIRST FRIDAYS FOR FAMILIES: ADZOOKS PUPPETS: “CIRCUS OF IMAGINATION,” 6 p.m. Feb. 2, The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus. Presented by the Columbus Area Arts Council. Features a menagerie of circus characters as ordinary objects perform extraordinary feats with help from audience volunteers. More information:

YOUTH LACROSSE, 6 p.m. Feb. 4, 11, 18, Foundation For Youth, 405 Hope Ave., Columbus. Winter lacrosse practices are open to all youth players grades 1 to 6. Equipment will be available on a first-come basis for each session. There is no cost for the session. Information:

MAD SCIENTISTS!, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 16, Donner Center, 739 22nd St., Columbus. Hands-on science fun for the whole family. Cost is $1 per person. No pre-registration required. Snacks will be served. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

FATHER-DAUGHTER DANCE, 6 p.m. Feb. 17, Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park, Nashville. Cost is $40 per couple and $10 per additional child. Includes dinner, dancing and a take-home photo frame. Open for all ages.


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 the 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; columbusarea; or info@columbusarea

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; blossomyoga.

YOGA OF 12-STEP RECOVERY, noon Mondays, Recovery Engagement Center, 1951 McKinley Ave., Columbus. Donation-based class. Information: 812-447-2585.

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 see more than 35 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-opolisexoticpetting


FRIDAYS@FIRST, First United Methodist Church, 618 Eighth St., Columbus. Scheduled: Feb. 2: 6 and 7:30 p.m., Students of Steve and Sophie Reen; April 13: 7 p.m., Schumann Piano Concert — Jooyoung Kim; May 18: 7 p.m., Voice Students of Julianna Jerome-Drerup; June 1: 7 p.m., The Reen Family.

YOUNG MUSICIANS CONCERT, 7 p.m. Feb. 10, St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 1306 27th St., Columbus, annual event featuring talented young adults, as well as high school and college level musicians from Saint Bartholomew Catholic Parish. Free admission. Donations are welcome.

IT TAKES 2: GREAT DUETS WITH JENN CRISTY & COMPANY, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10, Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville, Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with a special live concert starring Playhouse’s sweetheart Jenn Cristy and One Pulse Entertainment’s superb live band performing all your favorite rock, R & B and soul hits. Tickets: $20.50 to $31.50.

COLUMBUS CITY BAND WINTER CONCERT, 2 p.m. Feb. 25, The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus.

February and beyond

CABARET AT THE COMMONS WITH MARY CLAIRE KING, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus. Mary Claire King brings her cabaret show back home and will sing with the 13-member Range a cappella group. Tickets: $40 to $60; available at or 812-376-2638, ext. 1.

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; 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 to 18 $5 in advance, $10 at the door; children under 12 with an adult always free. Information:

Theater, Film

“LOVE LETTERS,” 6 p.m. Feb. 9, 10, 14, 16, 17; 1 p.m. Feb. 11, 18, Willow Leaves of Hope, 326 Jackson St., Hope. Tickets: $25 (includes dinner and show). Actors’ Studio of Hope production. Reservations: 812-546-0640

“I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO,” 6 p.m. Feb. 12, Yes Cinema, 328 Jackson St., Columbus. Free showing of documentary based upon the writings of civil rights activist James Baldwin, which focuses on Baldwin’s written works, letters, interviews and notes regarding topics such as the history of race relations in America. Followed by community dialogue and panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Columbus Human Rights Commission by calling 812-376–2532 or sending an email to

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 to 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 Information: 812-358-5228 and

BROWN COUNTY PLAYHOUSE, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Information and tickets: 812-988-6555 and browncountyplay


February and beyond

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: Shaker Peg Basket, 10 a.m. Feb. 3; African American Life in Indiana, 6 p.m. Feb. 5; I Feel Pretty, 4 p.m. Feb. 6, C4 Cosmetology, 2700 McKinley Ave., Columbus; Meditation, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6; Skill Builders, 1:30 p.m Feb. 7; . Register for events at under “events.” Information: 812-379-1255.

GROUNDHOG’S DAY CELEBRATION, 8:30 a.m. Feb. 2, Hope Town Square, State Road 9, Hope. Grubby the groundhog will tell those gathered whether there will be an early spring or a longer winter. All are welcome. Entertainment provided by the Hauser High School band. Refreshments will be served.

HOOSIER PRO WRESTLING “FALL OUT,” 7:45 to 10:15 p.m. Feb. 3, Bartholomew County Fairgrounds, 750 W. County Road 200S, Columbus. Big matches featuring favorite HPW Stars. Doors open at 7 p.m., bell time 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, with kids 4 an under free.

THRIVE ALLIANCE FUNDRAISER, 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 9, FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St., Columbus. A night of chocolate and fun to raise money for the services of Thrive Alliance and The ARC of Bartholomew County. Tickets $3 in advance, $4 day of event. A $20 ticket provides eight individual servings. Advance tickets may be purchased from The ARC, Thrive Alliance and Viewpoint Books.

DANCE INDIANA VALENTINE’S DANCE, 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 10, The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Features cash bar, music by the Starlighters. Tickets: $25 per person; $10 gallery. Reserve a ticket by sending an email to Tickets also will be sold at the door.

COMMUNITY CAST-A-WAYS GARAGE SALE, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 10, Donner Center, 739 22nd St., Columbus, sell gently used items and make some money. Booth space cost is $27 and includes three tables and chairs. Booth set-up will be from 7 to 8:45 a.m. Admission is free to shoppers. Sponsored by Columbus Parks & Recreation. To register: Visit Donner Center, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by phone at 812-376-2680 with Visa or MasterCard during business hours; or at columbus Register by Feb. 7.

30th ANNUAL HAM AND TURKEY DINNER, 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 11, Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 Gaiser Drive, Seymour. Featuring all the trimmings. A free-will offering will be taken with proceeds going towards mission projects. The public is invited. Carryout will be available. Information: 812-522-1089.

VALENTIMES 10K OR 5K, 8 a.m. Feb. 17, Seymour High School, 1350 W. Second St., Seymour. Choose to run or walk the 5K or 10K. To register:

BOURBONFEST: COME GET YOUR PHIL, 3-6 p.m. Feb. 17, The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus. Live music, silent auction and blind bourbon raffle. Bourbon served by a variety of distilleries. Admission: $15 to $50; bourbons. Bourbonfest benefits the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic’s outreach efforts.

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; flowers and plants. Visit with local authors.

Galleries, museums & exhibits

SATURDAY SAMPLER, 10 a.m. Feb. 3, Yellow Trail Museum, 644 Main St., Hope, monthly program on care of artifacts in the museum, will include some experiments and stories. There will be a simple craft and a snack with this meeting. All free of charge. Parents should plan to stay with the children. Information: 812-546-8020 or 812-371-7969.

CHAOS IN THE COMMONS, all day, Feb. 5, The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus, exhibit highlights materials related to Jean Tinguely’s kinetic sculpture, “Chaos I.” Documents will shed new light on architects Cesar Pelli’s and Tinguely’s desires to create a common meeting place for the community. The exhibit is organized by the Columbus Architectural Archives at the Bartholomew County Public Library.

ANILA AGHA ARTIST TALK, 6 to 7:15 p.m. Feb. 9, Columbus Visitors Center, Fifth and Franklin Streets, Columbus, The Columbus Area Arts Council hosts Anila Agha, an internationally recognized artist, who will speak on her multi-media works, the design process and what it means to be a creative entrepreneur. This event is free and open to everyone. Guests will have an opportunity to meet the artist during a reception, followed by an artist talk and a question-and-answer session with the audience.

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. Closed for winter upgrades. Reopens 10 a.m. March 6. Visit online on Facebook and at atterburybakalarair

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY HISTORY CENTER, 524 Third St., Columbus. Information: 812-372-3541 or bartholomew

THE COMMONS GALLERY, second floor, 300 Washington St., Columbus. Free and open to the public during normal operating hours at The Commons. Information: or columbus

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

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:

YELLOW TRAIL MUSEUM, on the west side of Hope Town Square at 644 Main St., Hope. Winter hours January through April: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The museum includes thousands of items donated by members of the community to tell the story of Hope’s heritage. 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 freeman armyairfield

BROWN COUNTY ART GUILD, 48 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Information: 812-988-6185 or

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: or 812-988-4609.

JENNINGS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM, 335 Brown St., Vernon. Information: 812-346-8989 and