THE HOPE RIDE, 8 a.m. Sept. 19, Hauser High School, State Road 9N, Hope. Scenic bicycle ride has various distances available, some more than 50 miles, through scenic hills and farmland and across rivers, musical entertainment and SAG stops. Cost varies. Information: hoperide.org.
THIRD ANNUAL MILL RACE MARATHON, Sept. 26, downtown Columbus. Sponsored by Cummins Inc. Weekend events include a Kids Fun Run Sept. 25, marathon and half marathon and 5K Sept. 26. Information: millracemarathon.com.
CLIMBING, MOUNTAIN BIKING AND HIKING, Muscatatuck Park, North Vernon. Rugged trails for hiking and biking, bouldering on natural stone cliffs at Vinegar Mill site (no climbing or bouldering on mill ruins). Trail maps available just inside Visitors Center door. Free. Information: 800-928-3667 or online at muscatatuckpark.com.
CIBA COLUMBUS FALL COLOR BIKING TOUR, 10 a.m. Oct. 3, Jay C Food Store parking lot, Jonathan Moore Pike. Free. Classic bicycle ride of 36 and 50 miles around the Grandview Lake area and beyond.
HARVEST BICYCLE BOOGIE, Oct. 3, Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave. Registration open from 8 to 10 a.m. and riders may start any time after registering for any of three scenic routes, 12, 30 or 55 miles, through Bartholomew and Brown counties. Lots of SAG stops. Registration fee is $25 per person through Oct. 1 and $30 at the ride. Proceeds will go to the IUPUC Alumni Association Scholarship Program to support students pursuing an IU or Purdue degree. Information: 812-375-7531; [email protected]; and myiuaa.com/harvestbicycleboogie.
COLUMBUS WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S, Oct 4, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St. Start or join a team at alz.org/indiana/walk or 800-272-3900.
48TH ANNUAL HILLY HUNDRED BICYCLE TOUR, Oct. 9, 10 and 11, Ellettsville. Three-day event, with two days of riding approximately 50 miles each, will also offer 30-mile options. Free food and live entertainment at each of three rest stops.Cost varies. Registration is limited: HillyHundred.org and 317-403-7351.
September and October
FOUNDATION FOR YOUTH BOYS & GIRLS CLUB, 405 Hope Ave. The Boys & Girls Club is open to children ages 5 through 18. Information: 812-348-4558, ext. 202.
KIDSCOMMONS, 309 Washington St. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Weekly activities free with paid museum admission: Little Explorers at 11 a.m. Tuesdays and 1:30 p.m. Fridays; Art Time, 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays; Wacky Science, 3:30 p.m. Thursdays. Special programming in September: Artz Daze, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 4 in front of The Commons; closed Sept. 7 for Labor Day; free admission for one grandparent with one paid grandchild’s admission on Grandparent’s Day, Sept. 13; Museum After Dark (STEAM Night), 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 18, registration required; World Wide Day of Play, Sept. 19; free admission for educators with school ID on Educator Appreciation Day, Sept. 20; Free Family Fun Time, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26. Information: 812-378-3046.
FREE STORY TIME WITH POLLY VERBANIC, 10 a.m. the first, third and fifth (if there is one) Wednesdays of each month, Viewpoint Books, 548 Washington St. Information: 812-376-0778.
SIXTH ANNUAL ICE EXTRAVAGANZA, 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 26, Hamilton Center Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive. An afternoon of free instruction and skate rental hosted by Columbus Youth Hockey, Lincoln Center Figure Skating Club, Columbus Elite Speed and coaches. Information: 812-376-2686 and columbusparksandrec.com.
PRINCESS TEA, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 8, Hamilton Center Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive. Dress up as your favorite princess, have tea and cookies, create your own crown and skate with Hamilton Center’s very own princess. Admission: $15 per princess. Registration required: 812-376-2686. Limited to 15 skaters, ages 4 and older.
COMEDY CABARET ON STRINGS, 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays Sept. 5 through Oct. 24; Sundays, Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25; and Fridays, Oct. 16, 22, 23 and 25, Melchior Marionette Theatre, downtown Nashville. Twenty-minute variety show of trick marionettes. Admission: $5, children under 2 admitted free. Free popcorn. Information: 800-849-4853 and melchiormarionettes.com.
“ROUNDING THIRD,” a comedy by Richard Dresser, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 and 12, Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Tickets: $17.50 and $16.50. Information: 812-988-6555 and browncountyplayhouse.org.
“THE COWBOY & THE JEAN SKIRT” dinner theater, 6 p.m. Sept. 11 and 12 and 1 p.m. Sept. 13, Willow Leaves Dinner Theatre, in the former Strawberry Fields building on the Hope Town Square. Tickets: $25, available at Willow Leaves, [email protected]; Reflections at 812-546-6002 and Hope Visitor Information Center, 812-546-7083.
“MURDER AT THE HOWARD JOHNSON’S,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24, Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Tickets: $20.50/$18.50. Information: 812-988-6555 or browncountyplayhouse.org.
FAIRY TALE THEATRE, “RETURN OF THE GIANT KING” OR “DER ROSENWIND,” 2 p.m. Nov. 22, Edinburgh Pixy Theatre, 111 S. Walnut St., Edinburgh. Donations accepted. Information: 812-526-6513 or TheEdinburghPixy.com.
STAR QUEEN, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29, Community Church of Columbus, 3850 N. Marr Road. Comic musical about the biblical book of Esther presented as a modern-day pageant. Original musical written by John Thomas Oaks, a frequent performer in Columbus. The production currently is touring throughout the country. Free. 812-376-9478.
“THE CHRISTMAS STORY,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6, Royal Off-the-Square Theatre, 121 W. Walnut St., Brownstown. Tickets: $10 adults, $8 seniors, students and children, available one month prior to the show at Family Drug in Brownstown, Bevers Family Pharmacy in Seymour, or by calling Family Drug at 812-358-4502. Information: 812-358-5228; [email protected]; or jcct.org.
Food and Drink
SIXTH ANNUAL HOOSIER HOPS & HARVEST, Sept. 12, Story Inn, 6404 State Rod 135, Story. Gates open at 12:30 p.m., 2-ounce samples served from 1 until 4:30 p.m., beer by the glass available for purchase the remainder of the evening. Featuring beers from several craft and micro-breweries, live music by Dane Clark and the Indiana Boys, and local food. Tickets: $25, may be purchased at the gate or online at hoosierhopsandharvest.com. Tickets for designated drivers or for those arriving after sampling hours, $10. No one under 21 admitted. No outside food or drinks allowed. Information: 812-988-3482.
WEINLAND CLUBHOUSE FISH FRY, featuring fish by Jim Mahoney, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Centerstone parking lot at 720 N. Marr Road, across from Ritter’s Frozen Custard. A full meal includes a fish sandwich, chips and a drink for $7.50. Proceeds will benefit Weinland Clubhouse, a recovery based program for adults with mental illness.
Educational & support groups
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNTS & DATA, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266.
DINING WITH DIABETES, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 10, 17 and 24 and Oct. 1, Eastside Community Center, 421 McClure Road. A program for persons with or at risk for diabetes and their families. Cost is $20 per person or $15 per person for couples sharing materials. A light lunch will be provided including food samples of recipes that will be distributed during the class. Information: 812-379-1665 and [email protected].
ONE STROKE PAINTING, 10 a.m., Sept. 12, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Snowy Egret on canvas board. For ages 13 and up. Cost: $25, including all supplies. Registration required: mybcpl.or under “Events,” or 812-379-1266.
RUG HOOKING WITH BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 12, Haw Creek Heritage Center, 111 Aiken St., Hope. Create a trivet with a flag design and learn the history and basics of this traditional American handicraft, led by local artist Anne Delano. Open to anyone 18 and older. Cost: $20 per person, $16 for BCHS members. Registration required: 812-372-3541.
AUTHOR SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY, 1 p.m. Sept. 12, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266.
FINERY FROM THE FIRE: GOURMET COOKING OVER COALS WITH BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 13, Haw Creek Heritage Center, 111 Aiken St., Hope. Participants will prepare and eat a full meal using traditional hearth cooking techniques and historic recipes. All supplies are included. Participants must wear closed toed and heeled shoes. Long pants are recommended. Cost is $25 per student ($20 for BCHS members) and registration is required. Participants must be at least 18 years of age. Please call 812-372-3541 to reserve a space.
“FROM TEA LEAF TO TEA CUP,” 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Lalith Guy Paranavitana, owner of Empire Tea Services, will discuss the history and customs of tea, the differences between various teas, and demonstrate how to brew tea properly. Information: 812-379-1266.
CRAFT NIGHT: WIRE WRAP NECKLACE, with Jessica Hendry, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14, Bartholomew County Public Library. Information: 812-379-1266.
INTRO TO MODERN WESTERN SQUARE DANCING, presented by Star Promenaders square dance group, 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14, Seymour Community Center, 107 S. Chestnut St., Seymour. Free ice cream sundaes after square dance lessons. No partner required. Casual attire. Information: Marvin or Linda Rumph, 812-445-3610, or Danny and Julie Branham, 812-346-6164.
CIVIL WAR BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP, 7 p.m. Sept. 17, Bartholomew County Public Library. Information: 812-379-1266. “The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War” by Don Doyle will be discussed.
STEPS THROUGH TIME HISTORY DAYS, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 18 and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19, Bartholomew County Public Library. An opportunity to see Bartholomew County history not usually available to the public, sponsored by Historic Columbus and the library. Information: 812-379-1266.
J. RODNEY REVEAL WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19, Haw Creek Heritage Center art room, 111 Aiken St., Hope, presented by Art Guild of Hope. Cost is $70 per person. Open to beginners and more experienced painters. Some supplies will be available for purchase but participants are encouraged to bring their own if possible. Supply list is available. Information and registration: 812-764-6417 and hopeartguild.com. Space is limited to 15 students.
BIGFOOT, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Bartholomew County Public Library. Larry Battson, wildlife educator and founder of Wildlife Educational Services in Greencastle, will talk about Sasquatch. Information: 812-379-1266.
HISTORIC POSTCARDS, 3 p.m. Sept. 26, Bartholomew County Public Library. Harley Sheets, past president of the Indianapolis Postcard Club will talk about the history, value and collecting of postcards and offer free appraisals. Information: 812-379-1266.
BASIC CAKE DECORATING, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Bartholomew County Public Library. Treva Lambert will cover basic icing techniques and different types of tips used for writing, borders and flowers. Registration required: 812-379-1266 or mybcpl.org under “Events.”
SHOW-AND-TELL ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Bartholomew County Public Library. Trained antiques and personal property appraiser J. Scott Keller will answer questions and examine up to two items per person and give non-legal appraisals for entertainment purposes only. No firearms, coins, stamps or jewelry will be appraised. Information: 812-379-1266.
“THROUGH TRAGEDY, CHALLENGE, PERSEVERANCE, AND TRIUMPH, A QUILTER IS BORN,” with guest speaker Elizabeth Burns, who learned to quilt after losing her sight in an accident, noon to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 14, Batar, Seymour. Reservations required: $20 per person, including lunch and presentation, 812-522-8617.
DESPERATE HOUSEHOLDS CONFERENCE, 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 21 at Community Church of Columbus, 3850 N. Marr Road. Annual conference on drug and other substance issues and challenges — for members of the general public and professionals from counselors to nurses. Sponsored by the Bartholomew County Substance Abuse Council. Free. Keynote speaker is Koren Zailckas, author of the New York Times bestseller, “Smashed.” Registration: 812-348-6257.
ABE MARTIN VILLAGE BAZAAR, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 14, Brown County History Center, 90 Gould St., Nashville. The first Abe Martin Village Bazaar will combine quality arts and crafts with a good old-fashioned bazaar offering a wide variety of craft items, gifts, antiques, food and surprises for sale. Information about becoming a vendor: Gloria Berryman, 812-988-4465 or [email protected].
COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH SCREENING, 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 19, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St. Free screenings including cholesterol (fasting required), balance test, advanced directives, mental health screen, hearing test, blood pressure, height and weight, BMI, eye pressure, pharmacist consultation, dietician consultation and glucose test (fasting required). Information: 812-376-9241 and millracecenter.org.
CHRISTMAS OF YESTERYEAR, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 20, Hope Town Square. Shops open late, live nativity, arrival of Santa, carriage rides into Hope’s past with costumed characters, bake sale, cookie decorating and crafts at the Yellow Trail Museum, and strolling carolers.
COLUMBUS BLUEGRASS JAMBOREE CONCERTS, Sept. 12 and Nov. 7, Donner Center. Open jam sessions at 4 p.m. Group performances at 5 p.m. Donations will be accepted.
10TH ANNUAL ST. BARTHOLOMEW CONCERT SERIES, St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 1306 27th St. Scheduled: “Autumn Serenade: Songs for All Seasons,” with Everett Greene, Marvin Chandler, Jon Block and Kenny Phelps, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Information: Bogdan Minut, 812-379-9353 ext. 237 or [email protected].
COLUMBUS BLUEGRASS JAMBOREE, Sept. 12, Donner Center, 22nd and Sycamore streets. Open jams (must bring your own instrument) at 4 p.m. followed by bluegrass and gospel bluegrass music by Liberty Hill, The New Balance, Cumberland Gap, Straightline and Friends of Bluegrass bands. Donations accepted. Snacks available for purchase. Information: 812-379-2408.
MUSIC AT BROWN COUNTY PLAYHOUSE, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Scheduled: “Respect: Women of Rock ‘N Soul,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and 24, Oct. 1 and 2, featuring Jenn Cristy and co-stars Brandi Nicole and Jamie Taylor, $20.25/$17; Ross Martinie Eiler and the Hillbilly Cats, “The Birth of Rock n’ Roll,” Sept. 19 and 26 and Oct. 3; Eric Brown and the L Street Band, “Working Class Heroes,” Sept. 25. Brown County beer and wine available for purchase. Information: 812-988-6555 and browncountyplayhouse.org.
38TH INFANTRY DIVISION JAZZ BAND, 4 p.m. Sept. 19, The Edinburgh Pixy Theatre, 111 S. Walnut St. Free admission. Information: 812-526-6513 or TheEdinburghPixy.com.
FRIDAYS AT FIRST, featuring cello and piano performers Arkady and Tamara Orlovsky, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25, First United Methodist Church, 618 Eighth St. Free and open to the public. Doors open at 7 p.m.
ERIC BROWN & L STREET BAND: WORKING CLASS HEROES, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. A tribute to Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty and others performed by Jenn Cristy, Matt Romy, Jamey Reid, Joe Donnelly and David England. Ticket: $20/$17. Information: 812-988-6555 and browncountyplayhouse.org.
MUSIC AT THE HARLEQUIN THEATRE, inside FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St. Scheduled: Bleu Django Gypsy Jazz quartet, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25, $15 in advance, $20 at the door; guitarist Richard Gilewitz, 7 p.m. Oct. 16, $15 in advance, $20 at the door; Rhythm Future Quartet, 7 p.m. Nov. 12, $15 in advance, $20 at the door; “Sounds of Summer” Beach Boys Tribute, 7 p.m. Nov. 28 and 3 p.m. Nov. 29, $18. Cash bar available. Tickets available at Viewpoint Books, the mall office or Harlequin Box Office.Information and reservations: 812-343-4597 and theharlequin theatre.com.
MUSIC AT THE VFW, 8 p.m. to midnight, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 215 N. National Road. Scheduled: “The Plowboys,” Sept. 19; “Relic,” Sept. 25; the Justin Slager Band, Sept. 26. Free admission is open to the public. Information: 812-379-2791.
“MUSICAL JOURNEY,” COLUMBUS INDIANA PHILHARMONIC’S 2015-16 SEASON. All concerts at 7:30 p.m. at Columbus North High School auditorium unless indicated otherwise. Scheduled: “Time for Three” string trio, Oct. 17; “Verdi Requiem,” Nov. 15; Christmas Concert, 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 13, featuring Columbus Indiana Children’s Choir with the orchestra; Celebrating the Chinese New Year, with pianist Tianshu Wang performing the “Yellow River Concerto,” Feb. 6; “Music for Royalty,” featuring Columbus Indiana Children’s Choir with the orchestra, 7:30 p.m. April 2; “A Visit to Vienna,” April 30; “Salute!” 7 p.m. May 27, 2016 at the Bartholomew County Veterans Memorial, corner of Brown and Second streets. Information and tickets: thecip.org, [email protected] or 812-376-2638 ext. 1.
MUSIC AT THE PIXY THEATRE, 111 S. Walnut St., Edinburgh. Scheduled: Franklin Community Band playing movie themes, Sept. 24, free; “Wings” Silent Movie and Organ, Sept. 25, $5 admission; The Wright Brothers, 6 p.m. dinner, show at 7 p.m., $20 admission includes dinner of cornbread and beans. Most performances are at 7 p.m. Information: TheEdinburghPixy.com and 812-526-6513.
MUSIC AT THE PIXY THEATRE, 111 S. Walnut St., Edinburgh. Scheduled: Rock, country and southern gospel by Mercy Triumphs, Oct. 10; and folk, acoustic and contemporary music by Bomar and Ritter, Oct. 17. Most shows start at 7 p.m. and most tickets are $10. Information: TheEdinburghPixy.com and 812-526-6513.
10TH ANNUAL ST. BARTHOLOMEW CONCERT SERIES, St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 1306 27th St. Scheduled: “East Meets West” with international opera singer soprano Mei Zhong, 7 p.m. Nov. 7; “An Anniversary Christmas Celebration,” featuring choral music, brass numbers, children’s voices and the St. Bartholomew Choir and singers from the community, 7 p.m. Dec. 19; “The Best of …” featuring the Minut Piano Duo of Mirabella and Bogdan Minut performing their favorite pieces, 7 p.m. Jan. 16. Information: Bogdan Minut, 812-379-9353 ext. 237 or [email protected].
FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE AT MILL RACE CENTER, 7 to 10 p.m. Nov 13, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St., featuring Whipstitch Sallies. Admission: $5 for MRC members, $10 for nonmembers. Cash bar and complimentary snacks. Information: 812-376-9241 and millracecenter.org.
CLASSIC MOVIE SERIES, presented by YES Cinema and The Inn at Irwin Gardens, 608 Fifth St. Movies will begin between 8 and 9 p.m. with specific times to be determined before show days. Tickets: $12 adults, $5 children under 12, available at Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center, YES Cinema and The Inn at Irwin Gardens. Concessions will be available for purchase as well as beer and wine. Scheduled: “The Birds,” Oct. 2 (rain date Oct. 8); and “Dial M for Murder,” Oct. 23 (rain date Oct. 29). Information and to order tickets: 812-379-1630 or 812-376-3663.
84TH ANNUAL ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH – WHITE CREEK SMORGASBORD & BAZAAR, 4:30 p.m. Sept. 19, at the church, 16270 S. County Road 300W, Columbus. Baked ham, turkey and dressing with homemade noodles and traditional sides. Country craft bazaar will offer handcrafted, seasonal and quilted items, jewelry, woven rugs, Christmas gift items, noodles, 18-inch doll clothes and more. Information: 812-342-6832.
KENNEL CLUB OF COLUMBUS ALL BREED DOG SHOW, OBEDIENCE TRIAL, JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP COMPETITION AND RALLY TRIAL, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20, Johnson County Park/Hoosier Horse Park, Camp Atterbury. Show will be held outdoors under a tent. Obedience and Rally Trials open to mixed breeds registered with the AKC. Only entered dogs allowed on show premises. Admission is free to the public. Bring your own chairs. Information: Connie Jackson, 812-342-3715.
ST. BARTHOLOMEW FALL FESTIVAL, 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19, St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, 1306 27th St. Popular games including the goldfish game, soda ring toss, sucker pull, pegboard, pumpkin putt and family fun jars, kids’ cake walk, cake auction and more. Food, sodas, beer and more will be available for purchase and tickets will be available for a raffle for $2,500 in cash. Entry to the festival is free and games and food are priced individually. Information: stbirish.net.
BUC-CORN-NEER FESTIVAL AND PARADE, Sept. 18 and 19, Jackson Township Fire Department, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Nashville. Fire Prevention Week activities and demonstrations, popcorn-themed contests and activities, carnival activities, musicians, artists and vendor booths, pirate re-enactments and encampment, treasure hunt, hourly prizes and more. Information: [email protected]; buccornear.webs.com, and 812-988-8561.
LOCAL AUTHOR BOOK FAIR, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19, Indiana Wesleyan College, 3449 Jonathan Moore Pike. Table fee, $30. Registration: Debi Stanton, [email protected] and 812-371-4128. Professional photos by Ali Elizabeth Photography for book covers and advertising available for $25 (must preregister at [email protected]).
ALL BREED DOG SHOW, OBEDIENCE TRIAL, JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP COMPETITION AND RALLY TRIALS, held by Kennel Club of Columbus, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20, Johnson County Park/Hoosier Horse Park, Camp Atterbury. Events will be held outside under a tent. Open to mixed breeds registered with the AKC in obedience and rally trials. Only entered dogs allowed on show premises. Admission is free to the public. Bring your own chairs. Information: Connie Jackson, 812-342-3715.
BUCCANEERS & BARBECUE BENEFIT FOR KONBIT LASANTE POU LIMONAD INC., 5:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Donner Park Shelter House. Pulled pork dinner with all the fixings, music by The Banisters and guest, children’s activities and a costume contest for the Best Buccaneer. Tickets: $20 adults, $10 children 12 and under, available at Viewpoint Books on Washington Street. Proceeds will go to Konbit’s mission to elevate the level of primary healthcare in Limonade, Haiti.
48TH ANNUAL HOPE HERITAGE DAYS, Sept. 25, 26 and 27, on the Hope Town Square. Entertainment, food booths, vendors and educational programs. Friday gospel sing at 6:15 p.m. at Hauser High School or music on the bandstand a 6 p.m. Saturday includes Hauser Invitational cross country run, pioneer village from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., programs by Utopia at noon and 1:30 p.m., kiddie tractor pull at 2 p.m., music, fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Parade Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
COMEDIANS DAVE “THE KING” WILSON PLUS NERVOUS VURN AND MUNCHIE, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, The Harlequin Theatre, inside FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Cash bar available. Tickets available at Viewpoint Books, the mall office or Harlequin Box Office. Information: 812-343-4597 and theharlequintheatre.com.
11TH ANNUAL “LET’S GET READY!” DRIVE-IN MOVIE EVENT, Sept. 26, Mill Race Park. Juggling and comedy show with Derek Dye at 7 p.m. on the amphitheater stage followed by a movie (TBA) at 8 p.m. Information: columbusparksandrec.com and 812-376-2680.
HEN AND CHICKS BARN MARKET, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26, the Brian and Jenny Stuckwisch Farm, 5602 E. County Road 100N, Seymour. Over 20 antique, shabby chic and vintage dealers from southern Indiana, featuring furniture, quilts, re-purposed farm items, jewelry and a variety of other merchandise. Several local restaurants will serve their specialties for lunch. Photo spots, musical entertainment, and informative talks by several vendors. A basket of vintage items will be given to one lucky attendee as a door prize. For driving directions and more information, see the Hen and Chicks Barn Market page on Facebook, or visit the blog at henandchicksbarnmarket.blogspot.com.
AN AFTERNOON FOR THE ARTS, an afternoon of live entertainment by Encore, featuring Gary Ferguson, and dessert by Caryn Wiggins of Desserts Etc., 2 p.m. Sept. 25, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St. Cost: $5 for MRC members, $10 for non-members. Sponsored by Miller’s Merry Manor and Bob and Helen Haddad. Information: 812-376-9241.
THE BOURBON EXPERIENCE, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 26, Bear Wallow Distillery, 4484 Old State Road 46E, Nashville. Participants will learn the history of bourbon, see how it’s made and enjoy samples. Cost: $40 per person, includes distillery tour, class materials, lunch, a cocktail, a shot glass and all samples. Space is limited. Reservations recommended: 812-657-4923. No one under 21 allowed. Information: bearwallowdistillery.com.
CHESS AT MILL RACE CENTER, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, most games run 10 minutes and equipment is furnished. Information: 812-603-3893.
BACK ROADS OF BROWN COUNTY STUDIO TOUR, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Oct. 1-31 at various studios scattered around Brown County. Free, self-guided driving tour of dozens of studios featuring more than 20 artists creating in pottery to painting, woodworking to weaving, jewelry, metal, gourds, stone carving, broom making and bookbinding. Meet the artists, watch them work, explore spaces that inspire them and get a glimpse into their working lives. All you need is a map and brochure, available at the Brown County Visitor Center or at BrownCountyStudioTour.com.
STRUT FOR CHANGE, 6 p.m. Oct. 1, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St. This senior project is an androgynous fashion show to raise awareness about gender stereotypes and how they can lead to domestic violence and sexual assault. Proceeds will benefit Turning Point Domestic Violence Services.
THE HAUNTING, Oct. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31, Shireman Homestead, 7060 W. County Road 200N, Columbus. Haunted woods, mazes, covered bridges, a western town, mining camp and more. For younger children, child friendly, non-scary hours begin at 5 p.m. for a $5 donation. Admission for “scare time” after 8 p.m. is $12. Cash only. Information: shiremanhomestead.com/the-haunting.
HOOSIER PRO WRESTLING, 7:45 p.m. Oct. 3, Bartholomew County Fairgrounds, State Road 11 and County Road 200S. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Featuring WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Valiant and former WWE star Doink the Clown. Admission: $12, ages 4 and under admitted free. Information: 812-552-4477 and [email protected].
HILLTOP CRAFT BAZAAR, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10, Nashville Christian Church Fellowship Hall, Van Buren Street, Nashville. Handcrafted items, lots of vendors, free to the public.
READERS THEATRE, LUNCH & LAUGHTER, noon, Oct. 14 and Dec. 9, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St. Cost: $7, including lunch. Enjoy lunch and entertainment from Mill Race Center’s Readers Theater. Reservations are required for lunch: 812-376-9241 [email protected].
32ND ANNUAL ETHNIC EXPO, Oct. 9 and 10, Washington and First streets in front of Columbus City Hall. Host country is Pakistan. More than 30 food booths representing countries around the world, live entertainment, international bazaar of goods from around the world, parade at 11 a.m. Oct. 10.
12TH ANNUAL KIWANIS INCREDIBLE DUCK SPLASH, noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 10, Round Lake at Mill Race Park. Free Duck Splash events will include a Bounce House, coupons for a Dilly Bar from the downtown Dairy Queen, Walgreen’s Health Tests, Indy Admirals Remote Control Boats, and Photo Opportunities with some of your favorite characters from “Star Wars.” All “adopted” ducks will be turned loose into Round Lake to compete for over $12,000 in cash and prizes with some dropped from a helicopter, courtesy of Columbus Helicopter. One lucky duck will have 10 chances to win a new car or $50,000. Remote control “Duckinator boats” will randomly select ducks to determine the winners. A free Don Miller Magic Show will begin at 1 p.m. while winners are being determined. Winners will be announced at approximately 2 p.m. Ducks are available for purchase from any local Kiwanis member, at Midwest Computer Solutions, and from any participating “Duck Buddy” youth organization listed on at kducks.com.
BROWN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUILT SHOW, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 11, Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould St., Nashville. Presented by Pioneer Women’s Club. Music, over 100 quilts, spinning, weaving and hand-quilting demonstrations, vendors, Coffee Cup Quilting and Primitive Spirit. Sandwiches, salads and homemade desserts will be available for purchase. Admission: $6; children 10 and under free. Information: 812-988-2988. Applications for entry: browncohistoricalsoc.org.
40TH ANNUAL UNCOMMON CAUSE GALA, Oct. 16, The Commons. Dinner by Chef Dan Grunden, dancing to the music of Zanna-Doo!, live and silent auctions, all to benefit the arts community in Columbus. Tickets: $125 each available at artsincolumbus.org and 376-2539.
COMEDIAN TOM MABE, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24, The Harlequin Theatre, inside FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Cash bar available. Tickets available at Viewpoint Books, the mall office or Harlequin Box Office. Information: 812-343-4597 and theharlequintheatre.com.Theater.
AN AFTERNOON FOR THE ARTS, an afternoon of live entertainment by Columbus Indiana Philharmonic String Quartet and dessert by Caryn Wiggins of Desserts Etc., 2 p.m. Oct. 23, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St. Cost: $5 for MRC members, $10 for non-members. Information: 812-376-9241.
YES COMEDY SHOWCASE, FEATURING NICK GRIFFIN, 8 p.m. Oct. 24, YES Cinema, 328 Jackson St. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Also scheduled: Costaki Economopoulos, Nov. 21; Mike Armstrong (two shows) Dec. 31; Dan St. Paul, Jan. 30; and Ron Feingold, Feb. 27. Information: 812-379-1630.
BOY SCOUT TROOP 585 CRAFT SALE AND FLEA MARKET, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24, Southwest Volunteer Fire Department, 8500 State Road 58S. Arts and crafts vendors, flea market and food. Information: 812-342-0639 and [email protected].
SKATE ‘N’ SCARE, 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25, Hamilton Center Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive. A night of games, prizes, a haunted maze from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., and spooky skaters. Admission: $7. Information: 812-376-2686 and columbusparksandrec.com.
MINGLE -N – JINGLE, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5, Factory 12 Event Loft, 1235 Jackson St. Free admission. Food, dancing, music and vendors for holiday shopping. Information: 812-379-5655 and [email protected].
HOLIDAY AT THE FARM, 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 27 through Dec. 20, plus Dec. 21, 22 and 23, Shireman Homestead, 7060 W. County Road 200N, Columbus. Visit with Santa, get a treat at the Treat House, take a wagon ride and more. Information: shiremanhomestead.com.
YELLOW TRAIL MUSEUM’S CHRISTMAS HOMES TOUR, 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4. Self-guided tour of five homes decorated for the season. Yellow Trail Museum open with free refreshments and a place to rest. Tickets, $10, will go on sale during Christmas of Yesteryear Nov. 20. Later tickets will be available at Hope Area Visitors Center, Reflections and other Hope businesses. Information: 812-371-7969.
25TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS PARADE, 6 p.m. Dec. 5, through downtown Columbus. Featuring thousands of twinkling lights and up to 100 floats, animal units and walking groups created by local corporations, businesses and community groups. QMIX musical fireworks will follow the parade.
“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE” RADIO PLAY BY JOE LANDRY, 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Dec. 11, 12, 18 and 19 and 3 p.m. Sundays Dec. 13 and 20, The Harlequin Theatre, 2380 25th St., inside FairOaks Mall. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; children under 12 $10 at the door. Information: 812-343-4597 and theharlequintheatre.com.
IRWIN GARDENS PUBLIC HOURS, 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Sundays through Oct. 25, The Inn at Irwin Gardens, 608 Fifth St., Columbus. Free. The inn’s Edwardian-era grounds are modeled after ruins excavated at Pompeii and feature a formal herb garden, shade and sunken gardens, five water features and a bronze elephant from the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Information: irwingardens.com, 812-376-3663 and [email protected].
COLUMBUS CITY FARMERS MARKET, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 19, FairOaks Mall parking lot, 2380 25th St. Food, fresh produce, flowers and more. Vendor information: 812-378-0539.
COLUMBUS DOWNTOWN FARMERS MARKET, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 19, Cummins corporate parking lot on Brown Street. Food, music, fresh produce and flowers and more. Information: columbusfarmersmarket.org.
ARTISAN FOODWORKS MARKET, noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 20, 240sweet parking lot, 9600 N. U.S. 31. Fresh produce, handcrafted jewelry, pizza, baked goods and more. Information: artisanfoodworks.com.
FARMERS MARKET OF HOPE, 4 to 7 p.m., Fridays through Sept. 25, Hope Town Square at State Road 9 and Jackson Street. Baked goods, handmade jewelry, crafts, fresh produce and more. Information: townofhope.com.
BEAN BLOSSOM FARMERS MARKET, 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 25, St. David’s Episcopal Church, 135 State Road 45W, Morgantown. Home-grown fruits, vegetables and herbs, Brown County honey, artisan breads, handcrafted soaps, furniture, bird houses, quilts, jewelry and many other handcrafted items. Barbecue, lemon shake-ups and other edible goodies also available.
SEYMOUR MAIN STREET SIDEWALK SATURDAYS, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 19 and Oct. 17. Artists, food vendors, crafters and antique booths located in front of downtown businesses on North Chestnut Street and West Second Street. Downtown stores will also offer sidewalk sales and events and a “youth corner” will be set up at One Chamber Square for children eighth grade and younger to set up booths to sell food they have grown or made, crafts they have produced or lemonade. Vendors and youth corner participants must register by calling Soni Birch, 812-498-8991.
GREENSBURG FARMERS MARKET, 2 to 6 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 16, south side of Decatur County Courthouse, 150 Courthouse Square. Fresh produce, baked goods, plants, flowers, meat, herbs, maple syrup, eggs, etc. All items grown or produced by the vendors. Information: Main Street Greensburg, 812-222-0037.
MILL RACE CENTER FABULOUS DAY TRIPPERS. Scheduled: French Lick and West Baden, Sept. 28. All Day Trippers leave from Mill Race Center. Trip details and costs: Edie Smith, 812-376-9241.
Galleries, museums & exhibits
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY HISTORY CENTER, 524 Third St., Columbus. On display through Nov. 20, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Rural Free Delivery Comes to Hope,” featuring artifacts from Yellow Trail Museum in Hope. Information: 812-372-3541 or bartholomewhistory.org.
THE COMMONS, SECOND FLOOR, 300 Washington St. Free and open to the public during normal operating hours at The Commons. Information: [email protected].
INDIANA UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR ART + DESIGN, 310 Jackson St. Regular gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Exhibits are free and open to the public. Currently featured: “Columbus City Hall: Center for Civic Inspiration,” a showcase of architect Charles Bassett’s design intent and the public art program that made Columbus City Hall a center for civic inspiration. Information: 812-375-7550 or [email protected].
IVY TECH GALLERY OF FINE ART & DESIGN, 4475 Central Ave. 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 protected].
COLUMBUS LEARNING CENTER, 4555 Central Ave. Gallery hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Closed Sundays. Admission is free to the public. Information: 812-314-8507 and education coalition.com.
WELLCONNECT, 237 Washington St. Gallery hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: 812-247-0502.
TRE BICCHIERI, 425 Washington St. Paintings by John Strickland of Franklin, Susie Gregory of Columbus and Patti Paris Owens of Franklin, photography by Joe Sanders of Columbus. Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
TRI-STATE ARTISANS, 422 Washington St. 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.
HOTEL INDIGO GALLERY, 400 Brown St. Exhibits presented by Columbus Museum of Art & Design. Information: cmadart.org.
ART GUILD OF HOPE GALLERY, featuring fine art by guild members, 645 Harrison St., Hope. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. General, membership and sponsorship information: 812-764-6417 and hopeartguild.com.
HAW CREEK HERITAGE CENTER, 111 Aiken St., Hope. Information: 812-372-3541 or [email protected].
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. Open Saturdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays 1 to 4 p.m., during special events in town and by appointment by calling 812-371-7969.
SOUTHERN INDIANA CENTER FOR THE ARTS JUDGED ART SHOW, sponsored by Edward Jones Seymour offices, through Sept. 30, SICA, 2001 N. Ewing St., Seymour. Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 812-522-2278 or soINart.com.
FREEMAN ARMY AIR FIELD MUSEUM, 1035 A Avenue, Freeman Field, Seymour, across from the airport hangars. Open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays except holidays, and by appointment through the week. Exhibits include recovered artifacts from the base’s time as a foreign aircraft evaluation center, including formerly buried parts of German, British and other planes, a fully restored World War II-era fire truck, artifacts honoring men and women who trained at the base and a newly opened exhibit on Tuskegee Airmen and WACS/WAFS. Information and appointments: 812-522-2031 or freemanfield.org.
HOOSIER ARTIST GALLERY, 45 S. Jefferson St., Nashville. Information: 269-375-3234.
B3 GALLERY, 125 S. Van Buren St., on the second floor of the Artist Colony Shops. Information: 812-988-6675.