Kids and teens
February and Beyond
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: Reading Time with Lottie, 3:45 p.m. Feb. 12, 19; Teen Dungeons and Dragons, 5 p.m. Feb. 8; Lego Club ages 6 to 12, 3:30 p.m. or 4:15 p.m. Feb. 9; Coder Dojo Classic ages 7-17 at Hope branch library, 10 a.m. Feb. 10; American Girl club: ages 6 to 12, 3 p.m. Feb. 10; Anti-Valentine’s Day Party for Teens, 6 p.m. Feb. 12; Family Formal, 6 p.m.; Hogwarts for Muggles: Potions — Potion Bottle Necklace at Hope branch library, 2:45 p.m.; Hogwarts for Muggles: Potions — Potion Bottle Necklace, 3:30 p.m. Feb. 14; Coder Dojo Themes for ages 7 to 17, 4 p.m. Feb. 14; Helping Your BFF with a Creep of an SO, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20. Register for events at mybcpl.org under “events.” Information: 812-379-1255.
YOUTH LACROSSE, 6 p.m. Feb. 11, 18, 25, 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: columbuslax.org.
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.
FIRST FRIDAYS FOR FAMILIES: “BEETHOVEN’S WIG,” 6 p.m. March 2, The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus. Columbus Area Arts Council invites families to enjoy a multimedia performance with live classical music and wacky characters featuring Beethoven and his cartoon orchestra — all projected on the big screen. Information: artsincolumbus.org.
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 railroadclub.com; or info@columbusarea railroadclub.com.
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/bodhi 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 world.com.
2018 BROWN MUSIC COMPETITION, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10, First Christian Church, 531 Fifth St., Columbus. Student musicians compete for Heritage Fund scholarships. Instrumental and vocal performances throughout the day.
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. Live concert starring Jenn Cristy and One Pulse Entertainment’s live band performing rock, R&B and soul hits. Tickets: $20.50 to $31.50.
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 thecip.org or 812-376-2638, ext. 1.
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: csoindiana.org/tickets.
COLUMBUS CITY BAND WINTER CONCERT, 2 p.m. Feb. 25, The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus.
March and beyond
FIFTH ANNUAL BROWN COUNTY YOUTH MUSIC SHOWCASE, 7:30 p.m. March 3, Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. An evening of Brown County’s most talented residents, produced and emceed by Kara Barnard. The show is a fundraiser for the BETA Teen Center and features youth ages 6 to 18 and a variety of ensembles, solos and duets. A silent auction of handmade items will take place before the show. Tickets: $12; free for children ages 12 and younger.
PHILHARMONIC STRINGS INVITATIONAL, 7-9 p.m., March 6, The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus. Event will take place in the Nugent-Custer Performance Hall and feature string orchestras from Columbus and surrounding communities.
MUSIC AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN, 3 p.m. March 11, First Presbyterian Church, Seventh and Franklin Streets. Dale Rogers, former organist at North Christian Church will play an organ concert including music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Guilmant and Jerome Kern on the 47-rank Casavant pipe organ. Free admission, but an offering will be taken. Information: 812-372-3783.
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: “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.
FRIDAYS@FIRST, First United Methodist Church, 618 Eighth St., Columbus. Scheduled: 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.
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 jcct.org. Information: 812-358-5228 and email@example.com.
BROWN COUNTY PLAYHOUSE, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Information and tickets: 812-988-6555 and browncountyplay house.org.
February and beyond
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: American Sign Language meet-ups, 10 a.m. Feb. 8; Bartholomew County Writers’ Group, 6 p.m.; What is Hypnosis? 6 p.m. Feb. 8; Craft Night, 6 p.m., Feb. 13; Engage Columbus Farewell Party, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14; Hope Book Discussion, 1 p.m. Feb. 15; Introduction to Gentle Yoga, 6 p.m. Feb. 15; Book Discussion Group: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15; Children’s Dental Day, 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 17; Adults Reading YA Book Club, 6 p.m., Garage Pub and Grill, 308 Fourth St., Columbus; Underground Railroad in Indiana, 6 p.m., Feb. 22; History of Hip Hop, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Register for events at mybcpl.org under “events.” Information: 812-379-1255.
LEARN TO PLAY PICKLEBALL, 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays in February at Foundation for Youth, 405 Hope Ave. in Columbus, and noon Fridays and 8 a.m. Saturdays in February at Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St., Columbus. Wear comfortable clothing and proper footwear. Equipment will be provided. First hour is a lesson, with regular pickleball play afterward. For adults. To register: Juliana.Bernabe62@gmail.com. Cost is $10 for three-week clinic at Foundation for Youth, free for Mill Race Center; $5 drop-in fee applies for facilities. A pass may be purchased for a reduced fee with Mill Race Center registration.
OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY PUBLIC SESSION, 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9, Hamilton Center Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive, Columbus. Join the Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena for an Olympics Opening Ceremony public session. Special public session rates are $2 for kids, $2.50 for adults, and $2 skate and scooter rental.
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.
FREE TOUR OF BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 10, Bartholomew County Courthouse, 234 Washington St., Columbus. Engage Columbus will be back at the courthouse with tour guide Circuit Court Judge Kelly Benjamin. Engage will meet in the lobby and tour this historic local building. This event is free and breakfast snacks will also be provided. Ages 12 and older are welcome to join the tour. Please arrive five minutes before tour departure. RSVP: bit.ly/2BDX2rO. Questions: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
VALENTINE BAKE SALE, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 10, FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St., Columbus. Bake and gift sale to benefit Bartholomew County Humane Society. Part of Erin Louden’s senior project for East High School. Located near Carson’s in the mall.
COMMUNITY CAST-A-WAYS GARAGE SALE, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 10, Donner Center, 739 22nd St., Columbus. Selling gently used items. 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.
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 email@example.com. Tickets also will be sold at the door.
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.
LOVE CHAPEL FOOD DRIVE, all day Feb. 12, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Hannah Chambers is conducting a canned food drive for Love Chapel as part of her senior project. Donations appreciated. Food bin located on the library’s main floor.
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: signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/122763.
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; thecip.org/bourbonfest/ bourbons. Bourbonfest benefits the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic’s outreach efforts.
COMPUTER BASICS, 6 p.m. Feb. 22, America and Roby Anderson Community Center, 421 McClure St., Columbus. Library staff member Sandy Allman will provide one-on-one assistance with basic computer skills, Microsoft Word, social media, apps, resumes, library website and more.
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS: BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 3 and 4, Columbus Bowling Center, 3010 State St., Columbus. Presented by MainSource Bank and Foundation For Youth on March 3 and 4. Have tons of fun while supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bartholomew County. Register, donate or sponsor at foundationforyouth.com.
INDIANA MASTER NATURALIST CLASS, 6 p.m. March 7, Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, 12985 U.S. 50E, Seymour. Adult learning opportunity with a class on different natural history subjects each week. Subjects include Indiana geology, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, invasive species and tree identification. Graduates of the eight-week class receive a master naturalist pin after completing 24 hours of volunteer service to a public agency.
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
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.
YELLOW TRAIL MUSEUM DISCUSSION GROUP, 10 a.m. first Tuesday of each month, all are welcome to have coffee and join in discussions about various topics from community’s past, including stories about growing up in our community of Hope, Hartsvillle, Clifford, or St. Louis Crossing. All are welcome to share stories or just come to listen. Free! Questions? Call 812-371-7969.
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 museum.org.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY HISTORY CENTER, 524 Third St., Columbus. Information: 812-372-3541 or bartholomew history.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. 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 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.