Editor’s note: The following listings have been edited to reflect the cancellations due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
Kids and teens
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled online: The Real Daniel Boone via Zoom, 6 p.m., Feb. 25; Bartholomew County Cemeteries Tour (Part 3), via Facebook and YouTube, 10:30 a.m., Feb. 27; Did You Know? Black Inventors, 6 p.m., Feb. 28.
BUILDER’S GUILD-VIRTUAL PROGRAM, Feb. 1 to 28. Join the Bartholomew County Public Library’s Builder’s Guild and participate in building challenges, exchange ideas, and share creations in the virtual headquarters. LEGOs, K’Nex, Minecraft, and all building materials and formats welcome. This is an ongoing program — participate whenever you like. Email [email protected] to join or visit the kids page of the BCPL website for more information.
PARENTS NIGHT OUT, 6 to 9 p.m., March 5, Columbus Gymnastics Center, 405 Hope Ave., Columbus. The event is for ages 5 and older with a cost of $25. Children can spend the evening at the Columbus Gymnastics Center playing games, making crafts and enjoying open gym time while parents go out and enjoy the evening off. Spots are limited so sign up early. Register by March 3 at www.columbusparksandrec.com.
Talks, lectures, classes
NOURISH YOUR SKIN, 1 to 2 p.m., Feb. 26, Zoom or Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St., Columbus. This free class will be held both in person at Mill Race Center and virtually via Zoom. Register with Mill Race Center for the in person program by calling 812-376-9241 or through Eventbrite, https://bit.ly/2NRrevj, for the virtual class. For more information call the Bartholomew County Extension Office at 812-379-1665.
SINGLE AND PARENTING, 6:30 p.m., Feb. 23 to March 27, Community Church of Columbus, 522 Seventh St., Columbus. Twelve-week support and connection group for single parents of any stage of parenting. Sessions are in person and childcare is provided. For further information/registration www.cccolumbus.org/events or call 812-348-6257.
A RACE CONVERSATION: A DIY BOOK DISCUSSION, ends Feb. 28. Read “So You Want to Talk About Race,” by Ijeoma Oluo and organize a discussion with people you know. For more information, contact [email protected]. Learn more at http://www.therepublic.com/2020/10/21/book-discussion-duo-creating-more-dialogue-on-race/
VET-TO-VET DISCUSSION, 5:10 p.m., Mondays, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St., Columbus. Hour-long, facilitator-led group discussions with others who have served in the military. Attendees are able to share experiences with fellow veterans.
Sports, exercise, wellness
SHAMROCK SKATE, 1 to 3 p.m., March 17, Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive, Columbus. Come join on St. Patrick’s Day from 1 to 3 p.m. for the arena’s annual Shamrock Skate. Wear green and get free skate rental. Cost is $4 for ages 5 to 17, $4.50 for adults 18+, and $2 for skate or scooter rental. Kids ages 4 and under are free.
PUBLIC ICE SKATING, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive, Columbus. Weekday public skating is starting back up at Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena after Feb. 28. Times are 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday (adult only), and Thursday. Cost is $4 per person and $2 for skate rental. Skate aids (scooters) will not be available. Call 812-376-2686 for more information.
SWIMMING FOR EXERCISE, Foundation for Youth, 405 Hope Ave., Columbus. Lap swimming, water aerobics, and public swim are available seven days a week. You must pre-register for current swim sessions. Information: foundationforyouth.com.
BLACKWELL PARK STORYWALK, Feb. 1 to 28. “Groundhug Day,” by Anne Marie Pace and illustrated by Christopher Denise, is located along the People Trail near the Pollinator Park. The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.
DOWNTOWN COLUMBUS STORYWALK, Feb. 1 to 28. This February, you can read “While We Can’t Hug,” written by Eoin McLaughlin and illustrated by Polly Dunbar, in the shop windows of downtown Columbus. The story begins in the window of Hoosier Sporting Goods at 611 Washington St. Follow the windows south to Third Street and then head north to Viewpoint Books. Stop by the library when you are finished for a “Make a Hug” kit to create a mailable paper hug. Available while supplies last. No registration required.
MONDAY NIGHT MAGIC, 5 to 9:30 p.m., March 15, Donner Center, 739 22nd St., Columbus. This event is for ages 14 and older with a cost of $5. Bring your playgroup and meet some new players at Monday Night Magic at Donner Center. Casual Magic: The Gathering play includes modern, pauper, standard and commander formats. There will also be pack giveaways.
GET LIT!, Feb. 1 to 28, virtual program via email. Join Project Lit Book Club, which is geared towards adults ages 18 to 25, hosted by the Bartholomew County Public Library. Project Lit is a grass roots literacy movement which focuses on a heightened awareness of voices of people of color. For more information about Project Lit and joining the book club, email Sandy Allman at [email protected]
ELKS LODGE BINGO, 6:30 p.m. Fridays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays, Elks 521 Lodge Bingo Hall, 4664 Ray Boll Blvd., Columbus. Doors open at 5 p.m. on Fridays and 11 a.m. on Sundays. The first game is at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and 12:30 p.m. on Sundays. Open to the public. Information: 812-379-4386.
VFW POST 1987 BINGO, 5 to 9:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, VFW Post 1987, 215 National Road, Columbus. Doors open at 5 p.m. Open to the public.
BINGO, 2 to 6 p.m., Saturdays, VFW, 215 N. National Road, Columbus. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Open to the public.
COLUMBUS CHESS CLUB, 5 to 9 p.m., Thursdays, Lewellen Chapel, corner of Middle Road and Grissom Street, Columbus. Equipment is furnished. Open to chess players 18 and older. Information: 812-603-3893.
AMERICAN SEWING GUILD NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING, 9 to 11:30 a.m., first Saturday of the month, Sew Crazy, 5520 25th St., Columbus. Each monthly meeting focuses on learning a new sewing/creative skill or group sewing on a philanthropic project. Bring an interest in sewing and your latest project to show and tell. Sewing enthusiasts of all ages and skills are welcome. Contact [email protected] with questions.
Galleries, museums, exhibits
GALLERY 506, Columbus Indiana Visitors Center, 506 Fifth St., Columbus. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed on Sundays. Current special exhibit, courtesy of the Columbus Indiana Architectural Archives and Ball State University, explores Columbus’ seven national historic landmarks.
YELLOW TRAIL MUSEUM/VISITOR CENTER, west side of Hope Town Square at 644 Main St., Hope. The board recently announced the museum would be closed for the season until the first full week of April 2021. This also includes the “Sunday Socials,” which typically meet the first Sunday of each month. At this current time, if an individual or a small group wants to visit the building, contact the museum at 812-546-8020 or Susan Thayer Fye at 812-343-3798.
ATTERBURY-BAKALAR AIR MUSEUM, located at Columbus Municipal Airport, 4742 Ray Boll Blvd., Columbus, is currently closed for winter upgrades. The museum will reopen in March of 2021. 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 atterburybakalarair museum.org and on Facebook.
T.C. STEELE STATE HISTORIC SITE, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements, staff is offering special indoor tours — each with a maximum of 10 people — Wednesday through Sunday. These tours are included with site admission, but preregistration is recommended by calling 812-988-2785. Information: https://indiana museum.org/tcsteele.
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].
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 are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Information: tsartisans.com.
JENNINGS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND MUSEUM, 335 Brown St., Vernon. Information: 812-346-8989, jenningscounty.org.
BROWN COUNTY ART GUILD ANNUAL PATRON & YOUTH EXHIBITS, Brown County Art Guild, 48 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Offering a wide variety of art from both talented patrons and the next generation of artists. Visits are by appointment Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.
THE REPUBLIC BUILDING GALLERY, 333 Second St., Columbus. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
411 GALLERY, 411 Sixth St., Columbus. The gallery is open by appointment by sending an email to Susana Villegas at [email protected]. A virtual tour of the current exhibit “In-Depth,” is also available online at https://bit.ly/2N195rk.
HOOSIER ARTIST GALLERY, 45 S. Jefferson St., Nashville. Hoosier Artist Gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Masks are required. Information: hoosierartist.net.
BROWN COUNTY ART GALLERY, 1 Artist Drive, Nashville. Open daily Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 12 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Free admission and parking. COVID-19 protocols are in place, with masks required. A special exhibit now features the entire Indiana collection by Gustave Baumann. Paintings by more than 60 Indiana artists are also for sale. Information: 812-988-4609, [email protected], browncountyartgallery.org.
FABULOUS FIRST FRIDAYS WITH MISS POLLY, 12:15 p.m., the first Friday of each 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 5-18. Information: 812-372-7867.
KIDSCOMMONS, 309 Washington St., Columbus. Ongoing activities are all free with museum admission. Information: 812-378-3046.
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