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.
FRIENDSHIP WHEELS CHARITY BIKE RIDE, in conjunction with the Cheer Fund, 3 p.m. Oct. 17, Fire Station No. 2, 2376 Arnold St. Donations help purchase and deliver bikes to area children at Christmas. Riders may arrive from 2:30 to 2:45 p.m. and the ride will start promptly at 3 p.m. Please wear a helmet and bring a water bottle. Park at the fire station or at the Elk’s Club across the street from the fire station The 3-mile route follows the People Trail to Parkside School and back to the fire station. The 6-mile route follows the People Trail to Owen’s Bend Park and then back to the fire station. Restrooms, water, and support are available at halfway points on both routes. Information: 812-375-4808 and [email protected]. At least one adult must ride in each group. Registration fee is $6. You can donate or register and pay ahead of time online at signmeup.com. Click on: FIND AN EVENT and search FRIENDSHIP WHEELS, then click REGISTER ONLINE .
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.
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 through Oct. 24; Sundays, 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.
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. 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.
“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 Tennessee musician 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
GERMAN TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT FISH FRY, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 3, German Township Fire Station, 9428 Main St. Taylorsville. Fish sandwiches, pork tenderloin sandwiches, chicken tenders, hot dogs, sides desserts and drinks. Bulk boxes of frozen fish also available.
BROWN COUNTY LIONS CLUB ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 7 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 10, Parkview Nazarene Church annex, Nashville. Admission: $7 at the door.
FISH FRY, 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 18, St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, 11750 W. County Road 930S, Waymansville. Sponsored by the church’s Adult Fellowship.
MISSION MARKET AND MEAL SOUP AND SALAD LUNCHEON, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 23, Asbury United Methodist Church, 1751 27th St. Soups, salads, and desserts offered at this fundraiser for Love Chapel and Feed My Starving Children. There will also be a neighborhood market and silent auction of interesting and unique items. Admission: $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Children under 5 admitted free. Information: 812-552-6023.
68TH ANNUAL KIWANIS “PANCAKES TO EDUCATE” PANCAKE FEAST, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and 7 a.m. to noon Oct. 31, Donner Center, 22nd and Sycamore streets. All-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage for $7 adults, $5 ages 12 and under. Proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis Scholarship Foundation.
ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH BORCHERS HARVEST DINNER AND BAZAAR, 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 6, St. Paul Lutheran Church Borchers, 10792 N. County Road 210E, Seymour. Turkey dinner with all the trimmings, bazaar of homemade crafts, locally grown canned goods, homemade noodles, and a silent auction of themed gift baskets. Carry-out orders available. Information: stpaul-borchers.org and 812-522-7364.
SEVENTH ANNUAL WINE-A-REE WINE AND BEER TASTING, noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 21, The Commons, 300 Washington St. Tickets: $20 in advance at Viewpoint Books, Bevers Family Pharmacy in Seymour and Levenstein’s in Greensburg, or $25 at the door. Unlimited tastings of products by numerous wineries and breweries and a commemorative wine glass included. Food from Hangar 5 restaurant will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Hoosier Trails Council of Boy Scouts of American. Information: hoosiertrailsbsa.org.
Educational & support groups
DINING WITH DIABETES, 10 a.m. to noon 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].
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP, “CHARING CROSS ROAD,” 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
“HOW DROPBOX AND OTHER CLOUD SERVICES WORK,” 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1 Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
CANDIDATES FORUM, hosted by Energy Matters Community Coalition and Winding Waters Sierra Club, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Also, a representative of Bartholomew County Clerk’s Office will talk about the voting process. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 6, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
WHAT BABY BOOMERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
BICENTENNIAL HAT MAKING WITH BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3, Haw Creek Heritage Center, 111 Aiken St., Hope. Participants will receive a buckram hat form but must supply two yards of fabric, matching thread, trimmings of their choice, and a sack lunch. Basic sewing supplies will be included. Cost: $50 per person, $45 for BCHS members. Open to anyone 18 and older. Registration required: 812-372-3541.
“BE HEART SMART,” 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St. Learn how to monitor your risk factors for heart disease and make simple changes in your daily routine to improve your heart health. Register by calling MRC at 812-376-9241.
COLUMBUS STAR QUILTERS meeting, 9:15 a.m. Oct. 7, Masonic Lodge at 4131 Rocky Ford Road, Columbus. Demonstrations on various binding styles provided by club members. Organizers ask attendees to bring items they have made for show and tell. Free. Information: 812-418 8669.
BAT RESEARCH, with bat biologist Giorgia Auteri, 7 p.m. Oct. 7, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY WRITERS GROUP, 6 p.m. Oct. 8, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
“THE COP THAT CARED,” 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Earl Taggart will talk about his book, “The Cop That Cared: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly.” Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
TREATMENT OF COMMON AND COMPLEX FOOT AND ANKLE CONDITIONS, with podiatrist Dr. Brandon Gumbiner, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
MEDICARE SEMINAR, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. With Scott Donahue of Medicare Simplified, an independent, non-profit organization. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
CAMEO MONTHLY MEETING, 6 p.m. Oct. 14, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
“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.
“ART HOUSE IN THE RED ROOM FILM SERIES,” featuring “Onibaba,” set 14th Century Japan, 6 p.m. Oct. 15, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT SERIES ON THE PLAZA, featuring Emily Bohall and Friends, 7 p.m. Oct. 16, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
CANDIDATES FORUM, hosted by Columbus/Bartholomew County Area NAACP, 9 a.m. Oct. 17, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
“PUMPKINS ON SLATE” ONE STROKE PAINTING, 10 a.m. Oct. 17, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. For ages 13 and up. Fee of $25 covers all supplies. Registration required: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
“A POSSIBLE DREAM: THE ANDREA FRIEDMAN STORY,” part of The Arc of Bartholomew County’s Scenes of Inclusion: A Disability Film Series, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
EDGAR ALLAN POE, DRAMATIZATIONS AND READINGS, 7 p.m. Oct. 19, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
CRAFT NIGHT: TABLE TOP PUMPKINS, 6 p.m. Oct. 20, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Free but registration is required: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
“THE BOY FROM PLEEBO,” with Sylvester Youlo discussing his book about his traumatic childhood and his life in the U.S., 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
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.
“DINNER WITH DOPPELGANGERS – A TRUE STORY OF MADNESS AND RECOVERY,” with author Colleen Wells reading from her book, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
PROFESSOR STEVE’S SPOOKY SCIENCE SHOW, 4 p.m. Oct. 23, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. For all ages. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
GENEALOGY DATABASES, 10 a.m. Oct. 24, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
“EXPLORING THE UNKNOWN,” professional paranormal investigations, 2 p.m. Oct. 24, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
KINESIOLOGY TAPE, with Dr. Kathleen Inman discussing how kinesiology tape works, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
ENROLLCOLUMBUS: AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St. Information presented by Columbus Regional Health on purchasing health insurance on the insurance marketplace. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
“THE BENEFITS OF SPICING UP YOUR LIFE,” presented by staff from A Thyme for all Seasonings, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St.
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.
MUSIC AT BROWN COUNTY PLAYHOUSE, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Scheduled: “Respect: Women of Rock ‘N Soul,” 7:30 p.m. 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,” Oct. 3. Brown County beer and wine available for purchase. Information: 812-988-6555 and browncountyplayhouse.org.
VINYL HARVEST, live classic rock and blues starting at 9 p.m., 19th Hole Bar and Grill at Salt Creek Golf Course, State Road 46 east of Nashville.
MUSIC FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF BANDS, annual fundraising event for Brown County Community Band, 3 p.m. Oct. 11, Brown County High School Auditorium, 235 School House Lane, Nashville. Refreshments will follow the concert. Admission: $8 adults, $5 students. Information: browncountycommunityband.com.
TIME FOR THREE STRING TRIO, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15, The Commons. The self-proclaimed “garage band” will play a wide range of genres including folk, bluegrass, country, pop, jazz and more in a cabaret-like event. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets are $30 for preferred seating, $15 for general admission, and are available at theCIP.org/tickets.
MUSIC AT THE HARLEQUIN THEATRE, inside FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St. Scheduled: 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.
“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: 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.
“THE JOURNEY BEGINS,” COLUMBUS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S 2015-16 SEASON. All concerts at 3:30 p.m. at The Commons unless indicated otherwise. Scheduled: “Auspicious Beginnings,” Oct 4; “O’er the Fields We Go,” Nov. 22; “The People You Meet Along the Way, Feb. 28; “Death & Transfiguration,” April 10, Columbus North High School; “Cleared for Launch!” 7:30 p.m. June 12, Mill Race Park Amphitheatre. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 senior citizens and children 12 and older, free admission for children under 12 with adults. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at csoindiana.org/tickets.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN MUSIC SERIES. Programs are at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Seventh and Franklin streets. Offerings will be taken but admission is free. Scheduled: “Instant Classic” with Barbershop 4 singing quartet favorites, Oct. 25; oboist Sarah Hager, hometown artist, accompanied by Dianne Sprunger, Nov. 22; “Advent Organ Fest,” featuring six Columbus organists performing favorite Christmas music, Dec. 6; “Deconstructing Opera,” trombone, clarinet and piano excerpts from operas, Feb. 28; Chris Young, longtime Indiana University professor of organ, and his wife, violinist Brenda Young, day in April to be announced.November
COLUMBUS BLUEGRASS JAMBOREE CONCERTS, Nov. 7, Donner Center, 22nd Street in Columbus. 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: “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: and “Dial M for Murder,” Oct. 23 (rain date Oct. 29). Information and to order tickets: 812-379-1630 or 812-376-3663.
CHESS AT MILL RACE CENTER, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, most games run 10 minutes and equipment is furnished. Information: 812-603-3893.
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.
“FALL BRAWL” HOOSIER PRO WRESTLING, 7:30 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].
ANNUAL KELP’S PUMPKIN PATCH FARM FEST, Oct. 3 and 4, Kelp’s Pumpkin Patch, 6473 State Road 46E, Nashville (7 miles east of Nashville or 10 miles west of Columbus). Kids games, prizes, hay rides, face painting, petting zoo, antique tractor and farm machinery display, pumpkin carving contest (judging at 3 p.m. Oct. 4), ham, beans and cornbread dinner and a full range of fall decorating items.
ANNUAL GHOST WALK AND MYSTERY DINNER, presented by Jennings County Historical Society, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10, Vernon Town Square. Local students re-enact Jennings County folklore and handed down “ghostly” stories. The Mystery Dinner is a five-course meal served in a very mysterious setting. Ghost Walk tickets are $4 for 11 years and up, $2 for 10 years and younger. Mystery Dinner tickets are $32 per couple or $18 each. Ghost Walk tours will leave the historical society building every 20 minutes between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Reservations are not required for the Ghost Walk. The Mystery Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. on Friday night and twice on Saturday night, 5 and 7:15 p.m. Reservations for the Mystery Dinner may be made by calling the historical society at 812-346-8989, emailing [email protected], or at the museum in Vernon from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Dinner reservations must be made by October 7.
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].
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: browncountyhistorycenter.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.
HEARTFELT HONORS QUILT DISPLAY, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 16, Community Church of Columbus, 3850 N. Marr Road. More than 100 quilts created by local quilters to thank and honor servicemen and women wounded and traumatized in Iraq or Afghanistan. Free. Handicapped accessible. Display will also be open during the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services Oct. 18. Information: cccolumbus.org and 812-376-9478.
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].
HOPE’S HAUNTED HALLOWS, 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24, Hope Town Square. Join Bartholomew County Historical Society for free Halloween family fun and activities including presentations of “The Wizard of Oz” by Stevens Puppets, mad-scientist demonstrations, historic fortune-telling games, a “cabinet of curiosities,” “Night at the Yellow Trail Museum” tours, and fall-themed games and crafts. Bring an empty bag for the trick-or-treating parade which will take place at 6 p.m. Food, including hot dogs, chili dogs, walking tacos, doughnuts and hot spiced cider, will be available for purchase with all proceeds benefitting the Historical Society’s educational programming. Information: bartholomewhistory.org.
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].
ULTIMATE HOME PARTY, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 7, St. Bartholomew Catholic School cafeteria, 1306 27th St. All your favorite direct-sales companies in one place for convenient holiday shopping. A bake sale will also be held. Interested vendors may contact Christie Hertle, 812-371-7009.
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].
SEYMOUR MAIN STREET SIDEWALK SATURDAYS, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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.
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.
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.