Kids and Teens
DANCE MARATHON 2017, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Feb. 25 and 26, Central Middle School, 725 Seventh St., Columbus. All Bartholomew County high school students are invited to join the fun, dancing, food, domestic violence prevention education, games, prizes and more. All seniors in attendance will have a chance to win one of three $2,000 scholarships. Register: eventbrite.com, search Dance Marathon 2017. Cost: minimum $20 donation.
March and Beyond
LITTLE HIKERS: NIGHT EXPERIENCE, 8 to 9:30 p.m., April 15, Touch the Earth Natural Area, on North Country Club Road, just south of State Road 46 West. Experience the outdoors using all of your senses and learn about adaptations of animals that inhabit the night. To allow our night vision to develop, please leave flashlights at home.
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.
KIDSCOMMONS, 309 Washington St., Columbus. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Weekly activities free with paid museum admission include 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., Columbus. Information: 812-376-0778.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY WRITERS GROUP, 6 p.m. Feb. 9, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Local writers share their ideas and learn from one another.
CHEMICAL-FREE LIVING, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Carissa Rusin will teach why and how to swap out your everyday products with all-natural essential oils. Information: 812-379-1266 or my bcpl.org.
SUNDAY STEM, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in the teen area of the Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
March and Beyond
FIRST FRIDAYS FOR FAMILIES, free performances geared to children in kindergarten through third grade, 6 p.m. the first Friday of the month through May, at The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus. Scheduled: Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun, March 3; “Alice in Wonderland,” April 7; Juggler Matt Jergens, May 5.
RAGGEDY ANN AND ANDY VALENTINE PARTY, 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 12, Brown County History Center, 90, E. Gould St., Nashville. For mother and daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters. Crafts, stories, games and a lemonade “tea” party with finger goodies. Gluten-free and dairy free options will be available. Open to children from 4 to 12 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $5 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are required: 812-350-1211.
CLASSIC MOVIE MATINEE, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” 2 to 3:30 p.m., Feb. 25, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. In 1994, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
SECOND CHANCE SUNDAY, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Missed DIY: Painted Bookends? Now you have a second chance to leave your mark by painting a bookend today at the Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Information: 812-379-1266 and mybcpl.org.
COLUMBUS CITY WINTER FARMERS MARKET, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, through April 15, FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St., Columbus. Farm-grown vegetables, eggs, lamb, beef, pork, chicken, turkey, honey, coffee, hot chocolate, nuts, breads, muffins, scones, cookies, handmade chocolate, jelly and jam, mushrooms, flowers, winter wreaths, bird houses, artistic glass, hand-painted cards, steampunk glass, local authors, soaps, pottery, woodworking and more.
COLUMBUS CHESS CLUB, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St., Columbus. Most games 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 running, noon to 4 p.m. the third Saturday of the month at the Johnson County Park headquarters building at Camp Atterbury. Information: Greg Harter, 812-350-8636; columbusarearailroadclub.com; or [email protected].
THE HARLEQUIN THEATRE, Fair Oaks Mall, 2380 25th St., Columbus. Scheduled: An evening with Dale Sechrest, free benefit concert for Love Chapel, 7 p.m. Feb. 9, donations appreciated. Limited seating; “Grace and Glorie,” starring Jill Tasker and April Knox, 7 p.m. March 9, 10 and 11; “A Tribute to Women in Jazz,” at 7 p.m. April 1, with Monika Herzig and female IU musicians. Featuring: New York Jazz trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and the 25th Street Jazz Band; Richard Smith, an award-winning, world-renowned finger style guitarist, at 7 p.m. April 7. Tickets: Available at Viewpoint Books and the FairOaks Mall office for $15 advance, $20 at the door, $10 students at the door. Information: 812-343-4597.
JACKSON COUNTY COMMUNITY THEATRE, Royal Off-the-Square Theatre, 121 W. Walnut St., Brownstown. Scheduled: “Little Shop of Horrors” dinner theater at The Pines Restaurant in Seymour, Feb. 17, 18, 24 and 25, 2017; and “Romeo and Juliet,” April 28 and 29 and May 5 and 6. Further information: jcct.org, 812-358-5228 and [email protected].
40 YEARS OF COLLEGE CONCERT of love songs from the ’60s and ’70s, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11, Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St. in Nashville. Buffet begins at 6:30 p.m. before the concert. Admission: $31.50 and $32.50. Information: browncountyplayhouse.org.
OPEN MIC NIGHT, 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 19, Powerhouse Brewing Company’s Columbus Bar, 322 Fourth St., Columbus.
FREE KITTENS AND BREAD live music with TBNR band, 10 p.m. Feb. 24 on the family side of the Powerhouse Brewing Company’s Columbus Bar, 322 Fourth St., Columbus. Free.
COLUMBUS INDIANA PHILHARMONIC 30TH SEASON. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at Columbus North High School, Erne Auditorium, 1400 25th St., unless otherwise noted. Scheduled: Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” featuring the Philharmonic Chorus, April 1; pianist Elliot Wuu, April 29; “Salute!” free patriotic concert, 7 p.m. May 26, on the grounds of Bartholomew County Veterans Memorial. Single concert tickets: $15 to $55, adults; $10 to $50, seniors; $5 to $35, students. Season tickets and Phil’s Family Fun Passes available. Information: 812-376-2638 and [email protected].
COLUMBUS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S “ADVENTURES IN GREAT MUSIC” SEASON. Advance tickets: $10 adults, $5 students and seniors. Tickets at the door: $15 adults, $10 students and seniors. Ages 12 and under are always free. Scheduled: “Hometown Talent,” 3:30 p.m. March 5, The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus; “Music Americana,” 3:30 p.m. April 30, Columbus North High School Auditorium, 1400 25th St.; and “Hail to the Heroes,” 7:30 p.m. June 11, Mill Race Park, 50 Carl Miske Drive, Columbus.
COLUMBUS CITY BAND 2016-17 CONCERTS, 2 p.m. at The Commons, 300 Washington St. Admission is free. Classic and contemporary concert, symphonic and military band music performed by more than 50 volunteer musicians, directed by Steve McGrew. Scheduled: Winter Concert, Feb. 12; Spring Concert, April 9.
COLUMBUS INDIANA PHILHARMONIC WINTER/SPRING CABARET SERIES AT THE COMMONS. Scheduled: Judy Kuhn, “Rodgers, Rodgers and Guetell,” March 9; and Billy Porter, “Broadway and Soul,” April 6. The Commons located at 300 Washington St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $55 VIP, $35 preferred, $20 general admission. Tickets may be purchased online at theCIP.org or by calling the box office at 812-376-2638, ext. 1. Cash bar provided by Joe Willy’s Burger Bar. Dinner, served between 6:30 and 7:15 p.m., must be reserved in advance at $18 per person by calling the Philharmonic office at 812-376-2638, ext. 1.
VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY CHORALE, 7 p.m. March 7, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 6045 E. State St., south of Columbus. Free. The 48-voice mixed-gender group will perform a variety of music including works by Maurice Durufle, Francis Poulenc and David Conte. The program will also feature the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams and a selection of hymns, spirituals and folk songs. Information: 812-376-6504.
VALENTINE’S DANCE with the Starlighters Big Band, 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 11, The Commons second level, 300 Washington St., Columbus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cash bar. Dance tickets $25 per person (or $10 per person for gallery tickets for those who want to simply listen to the music), available to reserve in advance by sending an email to [email protected]. Tickets also available at the door.
“CARNIVALE CANADA,” 14TH ANNUAL KIDSCOMMONS BENEFIT, 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 11, kidscommons, 309 Washington St., Columbus. Tickets: $75 per person. Evening includes a free signature drink, food by Chef Gethin Thomas, cash bar, live and silent auctions and live entertainment. No one under 21. Dress for comfort, fun and Canadian weather. Reservations available at kidscommons or by calling 812-378-3046 and may also be purchased online at kidscommons.org and at the door. All proceeds will go to the kidscommons operating budget. Information: 812-378-3046.
COMMUNITY CAST-A-WAYS GARAGE SALE, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 11, Donner Center, 739 22nd St., Columbus. Sponsored by Columbus Parks & Recreation Dept. Admission free for shoppers. Vendors must be 18 or older. Information about becoming a vendor: 812-376-2680 and columbusparksandrec.com.
VALENTINE’S DAY CUPID SKATE, 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 12, Hamilton Community Center and Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive, Columbus. Cost: $7.50 per person or $14 per couple, skate rental included. Enjoy skating and crafts. Information: 812-376-2686.
“THROW DOWN” FOURTH ANNUAL CORN HOLE TOURNAMENT to benefit Reins to Recovery Therapeutic Riding Center, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 25, Southwest Volunteer Fire Department & Community Center, 8500 State Road 58S, Columbus. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.for warm up. Entry fee: $50 per two-person team. Limited spaces available. Cash prizes awarded to first-, second- and third-place teams. Sign up at 812-350-4864. Hot dogs, coney dogs, chips, cookies and beverages available for purchase.
OLD UNION UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST HAM AND BEAN SUPPER, 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 25, 12703 N. County Road 50W, Edinburgh. Ham and beans, coleslaw, desserts and drinks will be available for a free-will offering. Information: 812-526-9177 or 812-526-6383.
10TH ANNUAL SPAY-GHETTI DINNER, hosted by Community Animal Rescue Effort, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 26, Tre Bicchieri, 425 Washington St., Columbus. Events has helped fund discounted spay and neutering of more than 7,000 animals since the fundraiser began. Tickets: Adults $12 in advance, $15 at the door; children $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Available in advance at Tre Bicchieri, Viewpoint Books and Dog World Day Care and Behavior Center.
March and Beyond
D-VINE WINE AND BEER FEST tasting event and fundraiser for Developmental Services Inc., 1 to 7 p.m. March 4 at The Commons, 300 Washington St. in Columbus. Event now includes area distilleries joining wineries and breweries. All guests will receive a complimentary commemorative wine or beer glass and be eligible for door prizes and 50/50 raffles. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. All guests must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets can be purchased online at dsiservices.org or at DSI, 2920 Tenth St., Columbus.
SOUTHERN INDIANA MARBLES SHOW, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 23, Comfort Inn & Suites, 2485 W. Jonathan Moore Pike, Columbus. Antique handmade and machine-made marbles. Buy, sell or trade. Free admission. In-room trading from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 21 and 22. Information: [email protected].
THIRD THURSDAY PRESERVE-A-PRESERVE DAY, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 18, Touch the Earth Natural Area, located on N. Country Club Road, just south of State Road 46 West. Pull garlic mustard and invasive bushes along the edge of the preserve. We’ll also share a light lunch (provided).
Galleries, museums & exhibits
COLUMBUS VISITORS CENTER, corner of Fifth and Franklin streets. Visitors Center hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays (closed Sundays in December, January, February and March). Information: 812-378-2622.
COLUMBUS LEARNING CENTER, 4555 Central Ave. Current show: “Favorable Impressions,” an art show of contemporary printmaking from the 67th Street Printmakers, including local artists, through April 18. Information: 67thstreetprintmakers.org. Gallery hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Admission is free to the public. Information: 812-314-8509.
ATTERBURY-BAKALAR AIR MUSEUM at Columbus Municipal Airport, 4742 Ray Boll Blvd., will be closed through Feb. 28 for annual winter maintenance and gallery updates. Special tours may still be scheduled by calling 812-372-4356. The museum preserves the history of the former Atterbury Army Air Field, later named Bakalar Air Force Base. Visit the museum online at atterburybakalarair museum.org and on Facebook.
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 [email protected].
INDIANA UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR ART + DESIGN, 310 Jackson St. Featured through Feb. 24: “Mud and Fire,” large-scale ceramic sculptures by Indiana-native artist Robert Pulley, as well as a small selection of maquettes from his studio practice. Regular gallery hours 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Exhibits are free and open to the public. Information: IUCA+Design, 812-375-7550 or [email protected].
IVY TECH GALLERY OF FINE ART & DESIGN, 4475 Central Ave., Columbus. 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].
WELLCONNECT, 237 Washington St., Columbus. Gallery hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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. Monday through Friday, 5 to 10 p.m. Saturdays.
TRI-STATE ARTISANS, 422 Washington St., Columbus. 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.
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, 2001 N. Ewing St., Seymour. Featured through Feb. 22: “EVOND Photography: by Emma VonDielingen. Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Information: 812-522-2278.
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, on the 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. Monday through Saturday 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.
FREEMAN ARMY AIR FIELD MUSEUM, 1035 A Avenue, 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, including buried parts of German, British and other planes; a fully restored World War II-era fire truck; artifacts honoring those who trained at the Field, including the Tuskegee Airmen and WAFS/WACS. New exhibits include an edged weapons display. Groups (school, service, home school, corporate and other) are welcome; both historic museum buildings are accessible to the handicapped. Information and appointments: 812-522-2031 and freemanarmy airfieldmuseum.org