Kids and teens
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled online: Teen One-Shot RPG: Masks, 3:30 p.m., May 27; Patio Storytime, 10:30 a.m., June 1, 8, 15; Teen STEAM: Nature’s Notebook, 12:30 and 4 p.m., June 1; Trails and Tales, 10:30 a.m., June 2, 9, 16; Cardio Drumming, 4 p.m., June 2, 9, 16; D.I.G. Time, 10:30 a.m., June 3, 17; Poolside Storytime at Ceraland Park, 2 p.m., June 3, 10, 17; Poolside Storytime at Donner Park, 3:40 p.m., June 3, 10, 17; Teen Minute-To-Win-It, 4 p.m., June 3; Kids Yoga for Ages 2-4, 10:30 a.m., June 4; Teen Manga/Anime Club, 4 p.m., June 4; Preschool Swim Time, 10 a.m., June 5, 12, 19; First Saturday at Utopia, 1 p.m., June 5; Monday at Mill Race Storytime, 10:30 a.m., June 7, 14; Teen Cafe: Pride Month, 4 p.m., June 7; Bucket Gardening: Tomatoes, 4 p.m., June 7; T-Rexplorers: Virtual Dinosaur Adventures, 6 p.m., June 7; Teen STEAM: Geocatching, 12:30 and 4 p.m., June 8; Drama Club, 1 p.m., June 8, 15; Teen Book Club, 3 p.m., June 9; Birdwatching at Touch the Earth, 10 a.m., June 11; Teen Dungeons and Dragons, 3:30 p.m., June 10; Teen Fri-DIY: Unicorn Fluffy Slime, 3 p.m., June 11; Music and Magic from the Animal Kingdom, 6 p.m., June 14; Games, Games, Games and More, 4 p.m., June 15; Teen STEAM: Backyard Habitats, 4 p.m., June 15; Fairy Scavenger Hunt, 3 p.m., June 16; Livesteam Storytime: Jammie Jam, 6 p.m., June 16; Teen Life-Size Clue: Fairy Tales, 3 p.m., June 18; Kids Yoga for Ages 5-8, 10:30 a.m., June 18; Teen Fri-DIY: Newspaper Kites, 3 p.m., June 18; Dog Walking Meetup, 1 p.m., June 19.
JENNINGS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 2375 N. State Road 3, North Vernon. Scheduled: Wild Things Storytime, 10 a.m., May 28, June 4; Wheels and Reels: Family Movie Night, 7:30 p.m., May 28; My Person Book Club, 6 p.m., June 1; Wild Things Story Time, 6 p.m., June 1; S.T.E.M., 7 p.m., June 1; Books and Babies, 10 a.m., June 2; Adopt a Reading Buddy, noon, June 2; Let’s Get Artsy, 6 p.m., June 3; Fandom Friday: Fantastic Beast Scavenger Hunt, noon, June 4.
BUILDER’S GUILD, online, Join the Bartholomew County Public Library’s Builder’s Guild and participate in building challenges, exchange ideas, and share creations in the virtual headquarters. All building materials and formats welcome. This is an ongoing program, so participate whenever you like. Email [email protected] to join or visit the kids page of the BCPL website for more information.
DUKES OF DJANGO ON THE PLAZA, 6 p.m., June 11, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Drawing on swing music styles of Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt and other musical greats, the Dukes of Django play rousing, up-tempo swing music in the “hot club” style of the 1930s and 1940s. Bring your own chair and maybe your dance shoes! You can also view on Facebook. Rain makes this a Facebook event only.
AN TRAN CONCERT, 7:30 p.m., June 11, First United Methodist Church, 618 Eighth St., Columbus. First United Methodist Church will host an in person and virtual [email protected] concert featuring guitarist An Tran. An Tran is an internationally acclaimed Vietnamese Classical Guitarist and winner of over 13 international competitions and awards. To attend the concert in person you must reserve your seat by emailing Kevin Butler at [email protected] beginning June 1. The concert will be livestreamed on the church Facebook page. Information: 812-372-2851.
GOOD TIME REVIEW ON THE PLAZA, 6 p.m., June 18, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Come out to the plaza and have a good time with Good Time Review as they play some classic rock music. Bring your own chair, or view at home on Facebook. Rain makes this a Facebook event only.
Talks, lectures, classes
MAGNIFICENT BEAST, June 15-22, Bartholomew County Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. The documentary "Magnificent Beast" is about the history of pigs and humans together. Since the dawn of humanity, pigs have had a complex relationship with us as food, as foe, and even as friend. Author Tess Gerritsen and her son Josh Gerritsen traveled around the world interviewing archaeologists, religious scholars, hunters and pet pig owners. Their journey reveals the many ways this intelligent and complex animal has found its way into religious scripture, onto our dinner tables, and even into our homes. Register for the link to view the film between June 15 and 22. On June 22 at 6 p.m., join Tess and Josh for a Q&A.
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
BEGINNER PICKLEBALL CLINIC FOR ADULTS, 5:30 to 7 p.m., June 3, 10, 17, Donner Park pickleball courts, 17th and Sycamore streets, Columbus. Clinic is $45 per person. Pre-registration required. Rain make-up is June 24. The three-day clinic, for those 18 and older, will introduce the fundamentals of the game. Participants must attend each lesson since each subsequent day will build upon the previous beginner lesson. Equipment will be provided. Face coverings will be required. To register or for more information, call 812-376-2680 or visit columbusparksandrec.com
PUBLIC ICE SKATING, Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive, Columbus. Times are 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday (adult only), and Thursday; 7 to 9 p.m. on Fridays; and 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Cost is $5 per person and $2 for skate rental. Skate aids (scooters) will not be available. Call 812-376-2686 for more information.
YOGA BASICS ON THE PLAZA, 9 a.m., Mondays, Thursdays, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Explore the practice of yoga and its philosophy and benefits with registered yoga teacher Jenn Willhite. These are free sessions. Bring your own mat and remember to social distance. Rain cancels the class.
PLAZA YOGA, 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wednesdays, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Explore the benefits of yoga and how it connects breath, body, and spirit as one. Free sessions led by registered yoga teacher Sonia Aponte-Alberts.
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.
MASTER SWIM/DEEP WATER WALKING, Monday through Friday from 12 to 2 p.m., Saturday & Sunday & Holidays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 27 to Aug. 15, Donner Center, 739 22nd St., Columbus. Deep Water Walking for adults will be offered in the diving well daily. This is a self-directed program outside and participants must provide their own flotation devices. Masters Swimming is great for fitness and stress relief. Take advantage of lap swimming for adults (18 & over). Three lanes of the pool are available during swim lessons. Cost is $3. No Masters Swim on June 4 to 6.
DONNER AQUATIC CENTER PUBLIC SESSION, Monday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sunday, & Holidays from 12 to 6 p.m., May 27 to Aug. 5, Donner Center, 739 22nd St., Columbus. Admissions: Ages 2 & under are free, Ages 3 to 5 years are $3, Ages 6 to 17 years are $5, Ages 18+ are $6.
PRESCHOOL SWIM TIME, 10 to 11 a.m., Saturdays from May 29 to Aug. 14, Donner Center, 739 22nd St., Columbus. Cost: $1 per person. The leisure pool will be open for parents and their children (6 & under). Enjoy the water and play features without the crowd of older kids.
COLUMBUS FARMERS MARKET, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturdays, City Hall Parking Lot, Columbus City Hall, 123 Washington St., Columbus. The Columbus Farmers Market is held every Saturday through Sept. 18 behind city hall at the corner of First and Washington streets. The market averages more than 100 full- and part-time vendors offering a range of produce, plants, foods, and crafts.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled online: Skill Builders, 1:30 p.m., June 2; Bucket Gardening: Tomatoes, 4 p.m., June 7; Craft Night: Animal Silhouette Collage, 6 p.m., June 8; The Story of Mary McLeod Bethune, 6 p.m., June 10; Music and Magic from the Animal Kingdom, 6 p.m., June 14; Chuck Taylor Converse All Star: The Man Who Made the Show, 6 p.m., June 15; Wanted in Indiana: Infamous Hoosier Fugitives, 6 p.m., June 17.
JENNINGS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 2375 N. State Road 3, North Vernon. Scheduled: Wheels and Reels: Family Movie Night, 7:30 p.m., May 28; Art Class, 1 p.m., June 5.
FIRST FRIDAYS CRUISE-IN, 5 to 8 p.m., June 4, Hope Town Square, State Road 9, Hope. Free and open to the public. Bring a chair and support local musicians and businesses. Lots of amazing cars and trucks with to-go food available from restaurants on the square. Prizes are for oldest vehicle, people’s choice, and musicians’ choice. Food and money donations will be accepted to support the Hope Food Bank and Cruise-In event expenses.
JCB FRIDAYS ON FOURTH, 5 to 9 p.m., Fridays from May 21 to June 25, Fourth and Washington streets, Columbus. Join JCB in supporting downtown Columbus businesses. Enjoy shopping, expanded outdoor seating at your favorite local restaurant, yard games and outdoor live music. The fun starts on Fourth Street at 5 p.m. and live music begins at 6 p.m. Visit www.JCBank.com/FridaysOnFourth for more information.
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, VFW Post 1987, 215 N. National Road, Columbus. Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 9:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.), Saturdays from 2 to 6 p.m. (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.
COLUMBUS AREA RAILROAD CLUB OPEN HOUSE, noon to 4 p.m., third Saturday of the month. Trains will be operating layouts in four scales — HO, N, O, and On30. The club is located at the Johnson County Park headquarters building adjacent to Camp Atterbury. Information: Greg Harter 812-350-8636, columbusarearail road.com, or on Facebook at Columbus Area Railroad Club.
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 Marilyn [email protected] with questions.
Galleries, museums, exhibits
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 524 Third St., Columbus. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. BCHS hosts two permanent exhibits that share the history and heritage of Bartholomew County. Most recently, an "Early Industrialists" exhibit was installed. The historical society also hosts rotating exhibits throughout the year featuring items from their extensive collection. Currently they are featuring a quilt exhibit, “The Great Cover Up,” which celebrates the societies centennial and county bicentennial through its quilts and coverlets. Quilts will be featured through June 3. Coverlets will be on display from June 8 through July 29. Information: 812-372-3541, www.bartholomewhistory.org
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. The 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 museum is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact the museum at 812-546-8020. Follow their Facebook page “Yellow Trail Museum/Hope Visitors Center” for updated information.
YELLOW TRAIL MUSEUM SUNDAY SOCIALS, 2 to 4 p.m., first Sunday of each 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 the communities of Hope, Hartsville, Clifford and St. Louis Crossing. Folks are encouraged to bring news articles and photos. All topics are welcome, but any special stories about businesses around the square will be highlighted for the historic walking tour. Information: 812-371-7969.
ATTERBURY-BAKALAR AIR MUSEUM, located at Columbus Municipal Airport, 4742 Ray Boll Blvd., Columbus, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Special tours may be scheduled by calling 812-372-4356. The museum preserves the history of the former Atterbury Army Air Field which was later named Bakalar Air Force Base. Free admission. Visit the museum online at atterburybakalarairmuseum.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://indianamuseum.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. Artists Sharon Jungclaus-Gould and Ruth Wert are the May featured artists. Artists will be present at the gallery during the Art Walk on May 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. Information: hoosierartist.net.
BROWN COUNTY ART GALLERY, 1 Artist Drive, Nashville. Open daily, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and noon 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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