Kids and teens
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: Just for Babies Storytime Ages 0-13 months, 11 a.m. Feb. 21; 1’s and 2’s Storytime, 10 a.m. Feb. 21; Music and Movement Grades K-2, 4 p.m. Feb. 21; Spanish Storytime Ages 0-5, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 22; Teen DIY: Popsicle Stick Silhouettes, 3 p.m. Feb. 22; Storytime with Thomas the Tank Engine Ages 3-6, 4 p.m. Feb. 22; American Girl Club Ages 6-12, 3 p.m. Feb. 23; Preschool STEAM Ages 3-5, 10:30 am. Feb. 25; Teen STEAM at Hope, 3 p.m. Feb. 26; Eat for Cheap for Teens: Mug Cakes, 3:30 p.m. Feb. 26; Teen Cafe: Love Stories, 4 p.m. Feb. 27; Build a Better Reader Ages 4-7, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Register for events at mybcpl.org under “events.” Information: 812-379-1255.
TINKERGARTEN WINTER COURSE, 10:45 a.m. to noon Saturdays in February and March and 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays in February and March, Mill Race Park, 50 Carl Miske Drive, Columbus. Tinkergarten is a six-week outdoor, play-based education course for children 18 months to 8 years old. Try a free trial class first. Information: tinkergarten.com; Breanna.17@hotmail. com.
RETRO DAY GRADES K-6, 4 p.m. Feb. 27, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Celebrate National Retro Day by playing games and other activities from the past. Dress from 1920s to 1980s suggested but not required. Register at mybcp.org under Events.
FIRST FRIDAYS FOR FAMILIES: ‘ALICE IN NEVERLAND,’ 6 p.m. March 1, The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus. First Fridays for Families is a family entertainment series that introduces young audiences to a wide variety of performing arts in a fun, informal setting. March is “Alice in Neverland” with Know Theatre of Cincinnati. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and admission is free.
TRY HOCKEY FOR FREE, 10:15 a.m. March 2, Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive, Columbus. For kids ages 4-10 interested in hockey. Free equipment available to use. Arrive at 10:15 a.m. to get ready for the 10:45 a.m. ice time. Information: Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena at 812-376-2686.
HOOSIER PRO WRESTLING: MARCH MAYHEM, 7:45 p.m. March 2, Bartholomew County Fairgrounds, 750 W. County Road 200S, Columbus. Seven big pro wrestling matches, three HPW title matches. All your favorite HPW stars, concessions, wrestling merchandise, T-shirts and hoodies
Music, live performances
COLUMBUS CITY BAND CONCERT, 2 p.m. Feb. 24, The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus. Join the Columbus City Band in celebrating its 175th anniversary at the annual Winter Concert. Admission is free.
COMEDIAN HEYWOOD BANKS, 7:30 p.m. March 1, Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Bob & Tom Radio Show’s favorite comedian returns to the Playhouse stage with his hysterical, odd sense of humor. He will perform many of his celebrated recordings. Beer, wine and mixed drinks sold in the auditorium.
OPEN MIC & DROP THE MIC NIGHT, 6-9 p.m. March 2, Willow Leaves Theatre, 326 Jackson St., Hope. Open to all aspiring singers and comedians. Cash prizes for each category. Want to compete? Register at 812-546-0640. Enjoy dinner and watch the singers. Reservations: 812-546-0640.
‘IRISH EYES ARE SMILING,’ 7:30 p.m. March 2, Columbus North High School Auditorium, 1400 25th St., Columbus. Featuring one of the original “Three Irish Tenors,” Ronan Tynan. Attendees will be enchanted by the beautiful ballads and toe-tapping jigs of the Emerald Isle. Tickets (adult, senior, student) A Zone: $60, $55, $35; B Zone: $50, $45, $25; C Zone: $40, $35, $15; D Zone: $25, $20, $10. To purchase tickets, call 812-376-2638, visit thecip.org or stop by 315 Franklin St., Columbus.
TIM GRIMM & FRIENDS, 7:30 p.m. March 8, Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. For the first time in three years, Hoosier singer/songwriter is back, and will star and produce an evening with Hoosier entertainers. Beer, wine and mixed drinks will be sold in the auditorium. Benefits Jefferson Street Park. Information: browncountyplayhouse.org.
YOUTH MUSIC SHOWCASE, 7:30 p.m. March 9, Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Fundraiser for BETA Teen Center emceed and directed by Kara Barnard. Features silent auction. Beer, wine and mixed drinks available for purchase. Kids ages 12 and younger are free.
MARTY STUART & HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES, 7 p.m. March 15, Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Country star’s Playhouse debut. General admission, $46.50; VIP Package B, pre-show meet/greet, poster/laminate, $99; VIP Package A, all of B plus post-show autograph session, $149. Information: browncountyplayhouse.org or 812-988-6555.
WEDNESDAY OPEN MIC, 7 to 10 p.m. Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East, Nashville. Hosted by local musicians David Sisson and Jason Blankenship in the CornCrib Lounge. Food, drinks. Live music from singers, songwriters and performers.
“FENCES,” 10 a.m. Feb. 23, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Denzel Washington produced, directed and stars in 2016 film based in 1950s Pittsburgh. Washington plays a sanitation worker who dreamed of playing Major League Baseball. Rated PG-13.
CLASSIC FILMS: “AN AMERICAN IN PARIS,” 6 p.m. Feb. 26, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Nominated for eight Academy Awards, this 1951 film, filmed in Paris, centers around a World War II veteran who stays in Paris after the war to pursue his art career. Film stars Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron and Oscar Levant with the script by Alan Jay Lerner and music by George and Ira Gershwin.
Talks, lectures, classes
“LET’S PLAY TWO: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ERNIE BANKS,” 6 p.m. Feb. 21, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Starting his career with the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues, baseball legend Ernie Banks was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977, and in 2013 President Obama honored Banks with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Doug Wilson’s latest baseball book, “Let’s Play Two: The Life and Times of Ernie Banks,” follows Banks from his boyhood in the segregated South to “Mr. Cub,” and adds insight into the man behind the famous image.
JEREMY SMITH GUEST LECTURE, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21, former Republic newspaper building, 333 Second St., Columbus. Jeremy Smith guest lecture, “Soft Architecture: Is being finished finished?” Free and open to the public.
AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY, 2 p.m. Feb. 23, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Join genealogist and director of the Indianapolis Public Library’s Center for Black Literature & Culture Nichelle M. Hayes for a workshop designed to help the researcher who has African-American ancestors. Researching African-American genealogy prior to 1870 often poses specific difficulties for individuals whose ancestors were enslaved. Learn techniques to trace African-American roots, including vital records, censuses and other important genealogical records.
HOW TO STOP BEING OUR OWN WORST ENEMY: A MODERN BUDDHIST PERSPECTIVE ON NON-HARMFULNESS, 6 p.m. Feb. 28, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Tom Mitchell from the Kadampa Meditation Center Bloomington covers a variety of patterns of non-harmfulness so that we can begin immediately transforming our lives for the better. Guided meditations and chance to ask questions included.
SECRETS TO MEDITATION, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, North Christian Church, 850 Tipton Lane, Columbus. Learn the “Bellows Breath” to boost your energy, calm your mind and reduce stress. Experience a unique guided meditation. Get an introduction to the Art of Living Happiness Program, a flagship course that dives deep into the power of breath and stress management techniques. Information and RSVP: [email protected].
VET-TO-VET DISCUSSION, 5:10 p.m., Mondays, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St., Columbus. Hour-long, facilitator-led group discussion with others who have served in the military. Attendees able to share problems with fellow veterans who may also be having a similar experience.
YOGA OF 12-STEP RECOVERY, classes at Recovery Engagement Center, 1951 McKinley Ave., Columbus. Donation-based class. Information: 812-447-2585.
Sports, exercise, wellness
BEGINNER PICKLEBALL, 7 p.m. Feb. 23 or Feb. 24, Tipton Lakes Athletic Club, 4000 W. Goeller Blvd., Columbus. Preregistration required. Limit eight participants. To register or for more information, email [email protected]. Pickleball is a low impact activity that is fun for all ages. Equipment will be provided or bring your own paddle. It is a two-week clinic for two hours each week for a total of $35. There is a separate $10 drop-in fee at TLAC ($5 guest fee or $0 if TLAC member, plus $5 court fee). Participants must attend each lesson, since each subsequent week will build upon the previous week’s Beginner lesson. Follow Columbus Pickleball Club on Facebook.
YOGA BASICS AT NOON, noon to 1 p.m. third Wednesday of every month, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Explore the practice of yoga, its philosophy and benefits with yoga teacher Jenn Willhite, who will cover foundational poses, linking movement with breath, breathwork and keys to establishing a dedicated yoga practice during one-hour sessions held on the third Wednesday of each month. Bring your own mat.
SWIMMING FOR EXERCISE, 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, Foundation for Youth, 405 Hope Ave., Columbus. Lap swimming, water aerobics, public swim available seven days a week. Information: foundationforyouth.com.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: Shirley Lyster Book Discussions: American Sign Language Meet-up, 10 a.m. Feb. 21; Book Discussion at Hope: “The Giant’s House,” by Elizabeth McCracken, 1 p.m. Feb. 21; “Our Town” and “Spoon River,” 1 p.m. Feb. 25; Adults Reading YA: Skype with Sara Raasch, author of “Snow Like Ashes,” 5 p.m. Feb. 25; Mind and Meditation, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27; Build a Better Reader Ages 4-7, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Register for events at mybcpl.org under “events.”
AMERICAN SEWING GUILD NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING, 9 a.m. March 2, Bartholomew County REMC, 1697 W. Deaver Road, Columbus. Meeting will include a demonstration on making covers for memory pillows. Group meets first Saturday of the month. Each monthly meeting focuses on learning a new sewing or creative skill, or group sewing on our philanthropic sewing projects. Bring your interest in sewing, your latest project to show and tell, and your own beverage and snack. Sewing enthusiasts of all ages and skills are welcome. If you have questions contact Marilyn at [email protected].
COMMUNITY CAST-A-WAYS GARAGE SALE, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 2, Donner Center, 739 22nd St., Columbus. Cost is $27 per booth. More than one may be purchased. Admission to the public is free on day of sale. Information: columbusparksandrec.com.
EUCHRE, 2-5 p.m. Mondays in February and March, America and Roby Anderson Community Center, 421 McClure St., Columbus. All levels of players welcome. No charge, donations accepted.
COLUMBUS AREA RAILROAD CLUB OPEN HOUSE, with four operating layouts, noon to 4 p.m. third Saturday of the month (Feb. 16) except in September at the Johnson County Park headquarters building at Camp Atterbury. Information: Greg Harter, 812-350-8636; columbusarea railroadclub.com; or info@columbusarea railroadclub.com.
D-VINE WINE & BEER FEST 2019, 1-6 p.m. March 2, The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus. Annual wine and beer tasting fundraiser that showcases Indiana wineries, distilleries and breweries to benefit individuals with disabilities. Attendees will be able to sample wine and beer, enjoy some music and eat good food. Admission: $25 in advance; $30 at the door; $50 for VIP. Information: 812-376-9404 ext. 130; [email protected]; eventbrite.com/e/d-vine-wine-beer-fest-2019-tickets-51763516070?aff=ebdssbdestsearch.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 7, International Women’s Day Celebration, Bartholomew County Public Library Red Room, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Free event celebrating International Women’s Day with booths from local women artists, entertainment from Columbus Got Talent performers, and light snacks and coffee will be provided. The event is open-house style. You do not have to be a member of the Newcomers Club to join. #BalanceforBetter RSVP on Eventbrite. Information: eventbrite.com/e/international-womens-day-celebration-tickets-54712498556.
Galleries, museums & exhibits
XSM: XENIA SIMONS MILLER, 4:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Gallery 506 at the Visitors Center, 506 Fifth St., reception for XSM: Xenia Simons Miller, a modernist patron of Art & Architecture. Exhibit celebrates Xenia Miller’s contributions to Columbus’ design heritage. Snacks and beverages will be served.
CATHY WILLIAMS: ‘ABSTRAKS & AMBIGUITIES,’ Through May 3, Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave., Columbus. Williams is a mixed-media expressionist who weaves eccentric stories within portraiture and abstractive figurative works. The exhibit may be viewed 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Admission is free. Information: Chris Beach, 812-314-8507.
IU MILLER M. ARCH FACULTY AND STAFF EXHIBITION PART 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Feb. 15 to March 29, opening reception, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 15, former Republic building, 333 Second St., Columbus. This exhibition will feature works by Britt Brewer, Marleen Newman, Daniel Martinez, Etien Santiago, Kelly Wilson and Rachel Wilken. This exhibition is the second part of a two-part series. The event is free and open to the public.
GALLERY 411, winter hours, noon to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 411 Sixth St., Columbus. Currently on display is the Winter 2018 Exhibition, featuring recent work by Columbus native Tré Reising, a light installation by Jamie Pawlus and 50/50 including 50 unique works of art by 50 community members. 411 is a community arts gallery and cultural space for exhibitions, events, and collaborations with Columbus’ arts and cultural organizations. Learn more at artsincolumbus.org/411.
GALLERY 506, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday through April, inside Columbus Visitors Center, 506 Fifth St. Current Show: XSM: Xenia Simons Miller, a modernist patron of art and architecture.
AVENUE OF THE ARCHITECTS, regular library business hours, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. An exhibit of photographs and illustrations about Columbus’ Fifth Street.
WINDOW TO COLUMBUS, Heritage Fund courtyard, 538 Franklin St., Columbus. Small, ongoing exhibit about innovation and design in Columbus.
YELLOW TRAIL MUSEUM DISCUSSION GROUP, 2 p.m. first Sunday of the month. All are welcome to have coffee and join in discussions about various topics from the community’s past, including stories about growing up in our community of Hope, Hartsvillle, Clifford or St. Louis Crossing. Free. Questions: 812-371-7969.
YELLOW TRAIL MUSEUM/VISITOR CENTER, west side of Hope Town Square at 644 Main St., Hope. Research center is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays and by appointment. The museum/visitor information center hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays with extended hours during special events. The museum includes thousands of items donated by members of the community to tell the story of Hope’s heritage. Information: 812-546-8020 or 812-371-7969.
IN THE BEGINNING, free art exhibit for Bob Burris’ work, WellConnect, 237 Washington St. in Columbus.
ATTERBURY-BAKALAR AIR MUSEUM, at Columbus Municipal Airport, 4742 Ray Boll Blvd., is currently closed for winter upgrades. The museum will reopen at 10 a.m. March 5. Special tours, library access and media center programs may still be scheduled during the closed months by calling 812-372-4356. Visit the museum online at atterburybakalarairmuseum.org and on Facebook.
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 protected].
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.
BROWN COUNTY ART GUILD, 48 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Information: 812-988-6185 or browncounty artguild.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: browncounty artgallery.org or 812-988-4609.
JENNINGS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM, 335 Brown St., Vernon. Information: 812-346-8989 and jenningscounty.org.
ALWAYS READY FOR CHOCOLATE, 6-8 p.m. Feb. 22, The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus. Stroll through The Commons tasting chocolate from vendors along with coffee and wine. While you’re there take in The Arc of Bartholomew County’s Disability Awareness “Works of Art” Show and entertainment from the community on the main stage. Tickets are $20 for 8 servings or advanced $3 for single serving, $4 at the door. Tickets online at eventbrite.com (eventbrite.com/e/always-ready-for-chocolate-tickets-55047745288?aff =eivtefrnd); also at Viewpoint Books, 548 Washington St., Columbus; The Arc of Bartholomew County 2060 Doctors Park Drive, Columbus. Call 812-372-0610 or email [email protected].
BOURBONFEST, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23, The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus. Whether you like yours on the rocks, neat with a splash or shaken and strained, bourbon is the event’s featured beverage served by the top bourbon distilleries in the country large and small. Information and tickets: thecip.org/bourbonfest.
DANCE MARATHON, 8 p.m. Feb. 23, Central Middle School, 725 Seventh St., Columbus. To volunteer or register for the dance, go to turningpointdv.org and click the purple button at the top of the page. The first 100 people to sign up to volunteer will have a chance to win one of four $25 Amazon gift cards.
BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 2, Columbus Bowling Center, 3010 State St., Columbus, Support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bartholomew County. Show off your bowling skills or bowl your first frame. It’s about raising money, having fun and celebrating the community’s support of this fantastic mentoring program. Registration free at FoundationForYouth.com. All bowling teams asked to set fundraising goal of $500. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bartholomew County is program of FFY.
FOOD FOR FRIENDS, collection open during regular library hours, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Consider donating non-perishable food items, especially snack foods, at the Main Library’s checkout desk or at the Hope Branch Library. Donated items will assist library patrons in need. Remaining items go to Love Chapel and the Hope Food Pantry.
ROMANCE BOOK SALE, through February, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Buy one romance book and get two free romance books at the ongoing book sale. Open during library hours.
GAME AFTERNOON, 1-5 p.m. fourth Saturday of each month, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Bring your own games to share/teach and/or use the library games. Come and go as you please. All ages are welcome. Set for the fourth Saturday of each month Game Afternoon takes place in the lower level of the library.
COLUMBUS CHESS CLUB, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Lewellen Chapel, corner of Middle Road and Grissom Street, Columbus. Most games are 10 minutes in length; equipment is furnished. Open to chess players 18 and older. Information: 812-603-3893.
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.
FOUNDATION FOR YOUTH BOYS & GIRLS CLUB, 405 Hope Ave., Columbus. The Boys & Girls Club is open to children ages 5 to 18. Information: 812-372-7867.
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.
ZOO’OPOLIS EXOTIC PETTING WORLD, 12696 W. County Road 50S, Columbus. Visit all habitats and learn about pets, feed and take pictures with more than 100 animals representing more than 40 different species and the reptile kingdom, including foxes, raccoons, timber wolves, prairie dogs, wallabies and more. Reservations required. Choose from two sessions: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 2:30-5 p.m. Text to make your reservation 812-764-4980. Learn more on Facebook under Zoo’Opolis Exotic Petting World.