Kids and teens
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: Rockin’ Storytime with Mr. Dave, 10 a.m., July 15, 22, 29; Drama Club for Ages 3-6, 1 p.m., July 15; Poolside Storytime at Ceraland Park, 2 p.m., July 15, 22, 29; Teen Dungeons and Dragons, 3:30 p.m., July 15; Poolside Storytime at Donner Park, 3:40 p.m., July 15, 22, 29; Ollie the Trick Dog, 10 a.m., July 16; Tortoise Time, Noon, July 16; Tween Advisory Board, 1 p.m., July 16; Teen Egg Drop Challenge, 4 p.m., July 16; Night Hike at Touch the Earth, 8:30 p.m., July 16; Mondays at Mill Race Park Storytime, 10:30 a.m., July 19, 26; Creation Station, 1 p.m., July 19; Teen Here, There Be Dragons, 2 p.m., July 19; Tortoise Meet and Greet, 4 p.m., July 19; Patio Storytime, 10:30 a.m., July 20, 27; Teen STEAM: Nature’s Notebook, 12:30 and 4 p.m., July 20; Tortoise Meet and Greet at Hope, 4 p.m., July 20; Trails and Tales, 10:30 a.m., July 21; Teen Anime Club, 3 p.m., July 21; Music & Movement, 4 p.m., July 21; D.I.G. Time, 10:30 a.m., July 22; Teen One-Shot RPG: Masks, 3:30 p.m., July 22; Learn, Read, Succeed, 10 a.m., July 23; Teen Animal Crossing New Horizons Island Meetup, 2 p.m., July 23; "Block" Party, 4 p.m., July 23; Teen Advisory Board, 3 p.m., July 26; Teen Virtual Poetry Workshop, 6 p.m., July 26; Teen STEAM: Geocatching, 12:30 and 4 p.m., July 27; Games, Games, Games, and More, 4 p.m., July 27; Rescue Critters at Happy-Safe Farm, 6 p.m., July 27; Cardio Drumming: Grades 1-6, 4 p.m., July 28; Teen Cafe, 4 p.m., July 28; Paint on the Plaza, 5 p.m., July 29; Teen Movie Night: Dragons, 5 p.m., July 29; Teen Field Trip: AppleWorks, 3 p.m., July 30.
DONNER CENTER, 739 22nd St., Columbus. Scheduled: Esports Super Smash Bros Ultimate!, 4 p.m., July 17; Under the Big Top, 9 a.m., July 19 to 23; The Greatest Show, 1:30 p.m., July 19 to 23; Fun Days: Carnival Time, 1:30 p.m., July 23; Movie in the Park: Onward, 8 p.m., July 24; Super!, all day, July 26; Tots, Trails and Tales, 9 a.m., July 26 to 28; Super Sitters, 2 p.m., July 26 to 29; Family Olympics, 7 p.m., July 26 to 28; American Girl Doll, 1:30 p.m., July 28 to 30.
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.
BACK TO SCHOOL SKATE, 1 to 3 p.m., July 30, Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive, Columbus. Help send the summer off right with an afternoon of skating. Event is free and open to the public. The center will be collecting school supplies which will be donated to the Bartholomew County School Supply Assistance Program.
BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLIES BLOCK PARTY, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 2, Keepsake Village of Columbus, 2564 Foxpointe Drive, Columbus. Enjoy free foods, vital checks, a dunk tank, bounce house, friendly kids tattoo painting, duck pond game, giveaways, drawings, and many more activities. Free school supplies will go to the first 100 kids.
DJ CARLOS ON THE PLAZA, 6 to 7:30 p.m., July 16, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Local DJ Carlos Ramirez plays sets incorporating Latin, electronic, and top 40 music. Bring your friends and family and enjoy some great music. Tacos Mi Casita food truck will be at the event. You can also view at facebook.com/mybcpl. Rain cancels the event.
MATTHEW RUST AND BORN MOUNTAINEER ON THE PLAZA, 7 to 8:30 p.m., July 23, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Singer/songwriter Matthew Rust plays all original songs and then is joined by the rock band Born Mountaineer. You can also view the concert at facebook.com/mybcpl. Rain makes this a Facebook event only.
LAUGHING JACK BAND ON THE PLAZA, 6 to 7 p.m., July 24, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Laughing Jack are purveyors of acoustical tunes, ballads, shanties, and songs of America and The British Isles. Their catalog contains songs from 1690 right through until today. Bring your own chair, or view at facebook.com/mybcpl. Rain makes this a Facebook event only.
JUSTIN SLAGER BAND ON THE PLAZA, 6 to 7 p.m., July 30, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Enjoy some classic rock ‘n’ roll from the Justin Slager Band. Bring your own chair. You can also view at facebook.com/mybcpl. Rain makes this a Facebook event only.
Talks, lectures, classes
HOME CANNING-BOILING WATER BATH, 6 to 9 p.m., July 15, Columbus East High School, 230 S. Marr Road, Columbus. Take time to learn the recommended research-based methods and have hands on time to try them. Class will be offered by Purdue Extension with limited space available with a cost of $15 per person. Pre-registration is required one week prior to the scheduled workshop. For more information call the Purdue Extension Office–Bartholomew County, 812-379-1665 or email, [email protected]
Doing Home Canning Right — Pressure Canning, 6 to 9 p.m., July 22, Columbus East High School, 230 S. Marr Road, Columbus. Take time to learn the recommended research based methods and have hands on time to try them. Class will be offered by Purdue Extension with limited space available with a cost of $15 per person. Pre-registration is required one week prior to the scheduled workshop. For more information call the Purdue Extension Office–Bartholomew County, 812-379-1665 or email, [email protected]
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
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, 9:30 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.
ZEN FITNESS YOGA ON THE PLAZA, 9 a.m., July 17, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Bring your yoga mat and any props you enjoy using for this basic yoga class with instructor Sarah Hess. Rain cancels the session.
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. and Saturdays, Sundays and 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 is 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. Also take advantage of lap swimming for adults (18 and over). Three lanes of the pool are available during swim lessons. Cost is $3.
DONNER AQUATIC CENTER PUBLIC SESSION, Monday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m., Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 12 to 6 p.m., May 27 to Aug. 5, Donner Center, 739 22nd St., Columbus. Admissions: Ages 2 and under are free, ages 3 to 5 years are $3, ages 6 to 17 years are $5, and 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 and under). Enjoy the water and play features without the crowd of older kids.
LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., Saturdays, Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Drive, Columbus. Kids ages 4 to 10 can join us on Saturdays to learn how to play hockey. The drop in costs $5 and free equipment is available to use.
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: Sustainable Living at Home and Work, 6 p.m., July 15; Ollie the Trick Dog, 10 a.m., July 16; Tortoise Time, Noon, July 16; Tortoise Meet and Greet, 4 p.m., July 19; Tortoise Meet and Greet at Hope, 4 p.m., July 20; Tales of Columbus, 6 p.m., July 20; Civil War Book Discussion Group, 6 p.m., July 21; Let’s Talk About Veganism!, 6 p.m., July 21; Before Bartholomew County, 6 p.m., July 22; Shakespeare Workshop, 1:30 p.m., July 24; All Books Book Club, 5:30 p.m., July 27; Rescue Critters at Happy-Safe Farm, 6 p.m., July 27.
CYCLING FOR BRIGHTER DAYS, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 17, Community Church of Columbus, 3850 N. Marr Road, Columbus. Come join for a community bike ride fundraiser for Love Chapel’s Brighter Days Homeless Shelter. Check-in starts in the CCC’s parking lot at 8:30 a.m. with the ride beginning at 9 a.m. Multiple course routes: 11 miles, 31 miles, and 62 miles. Registration is $25 with 100% of proceeds going to the homeless shelter. For information and/or to register online go to bit.ly/BrighterDays2021. The event is hosted by Crossroads Association of Realtors. Information: 812-314-1195.
CAR SHOW, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 24, Sandy Hook United Methodist Church, 1610 Taylor Road, Columbus. Free admission for event, fee for entering car for show ($15 pre-registeration and $20 day of show). Goody bags for first 25 cars, foods, music, t-shirts, games and door prizes. Judging for trophies closes at noon. For info, contact Nancy Johnson at 812-372-7118 or email [email protected]
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK WITH BROWN BOX THEATER, 8 to 10 p.m., July 25, Mill Race Park, 50 Carl Miske Drive, Columbus. “Some Cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.” Upon their return from war, a group of soldiers are reminded that life and love are not so black and white. Trickery, jealousy, deceit, and masquerade each play a role in challenging Benedict and Beatrice’s scorn for love (and each other) as well as the seemingly unassailable love of Claudio and Hero. Through witty banter and dastardly deception, Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing” debates the preconceived notion of how to love and the value of trust. Event is for all ages.
GREAT COLUMBUS CAMPOUT, July 31 to Aug. 1, Mill Race Park, 50 Carl Miske Drive, Columbus. Join in for an overnight camping experience intended to provide families with a chance to participate in a number of different activities, enjoy nature, unplug, and create lifelong memories. The $20 fee includes a t-shirt, dinner, breakfast, a morning coffee class and more. Children 2 and under are free. Saturday check in is from 3 to 5 p.m. and Sunday check out at 10 a.m.
FIRST FRIDAYS CRUISE-IN, 5 to 8 p.m., Aug. 6, Hope Town Square, State Road 9, Hope. Lots of amazing cars and trucks. To-go food available from restaurants on the square. Prizes 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. Free and open to the public. Bring a chair and support local musicians and businesses.
CYD SHINE ON POSTCARD PICKUP, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Aug. 7, Columbus Farmers Market, Cummins Parking Lot between Lindsey and Brown Streets, Columbus. Council for Youth Development will be handing out free postcards created by local, teen artists to celebrate International Youth Day. Anyone can pick up a free postcard and write a thoughtful message to a young person in their lives. Postcards will also be available through various CYD partners from Aug. 5 to 12. For more information visit www.cydbartholomew.org
SCIPIO GENEVA FIRE RESCUE COMMUNITY DAY & WATERBALL TOURNAMENT, 7 p.m., Aug. 7, Scipio Geneva Township Volunteer Fire Department, 6800 N. County Road 575W, Scipio. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and tournament will start at 10 a.m. Bouncy houses will be available starting at 10 a.m. Touch a Truck (including a helicopter from PHI Air) will follow the waterball tournament around noon. There will also be a dunk tank, K9 demonstrations by NVPD, and crafts for the kids. Food Trucks and Ice cream truck will be there for food/dessert purchases.
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., July 17, 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, Bartholomew County REMC, 1697 W. Deaver Road, 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.
GRACE’S TABLE DRIVE-IN FREE MEAL, 6 to 7 p.m., second Sunday of the month, July 11, East Columbus United Methodist Church, 2439 Indiana Ave., Columbus. Drive-in free meal as well as music and storytelling. Enter the church parking lot on Indiana Street. Tables are available for walk-ups.
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. 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 5 p.m., and closed on Sundays. Bobbie K Owens 32/200, an exhibit of Bobbie K Owens’ work that includes past and new creations and series. Exhibit continues through Aug. 15.
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. Information: hoosierartist.net. The paintings of Sandy Vanover and the woodworking of Tom Lowe are featured this month. Vanover’s portraits are filled with the vibrant colors of nature creating a sense of freedom. Lowe’s wooden silhouettes are religious themes and landscapes and his wood puzzles depict intertwined animal shapes. On July 23, from 4 to 7 p.m., the gallery will be open for Art Walk. A special "make and take" workshop will be offered during this time.
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.
INDIANA ARTISAN IN COLUMBUS, 4522 Central Ave., Columbus. Open Monday through Thursday, 7 am. to 8 p.m., and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. Experience the extraordinary and explore Indiana’s heritage at Indiana Artisan IN Columbus, an exhibit of some of the state’s best paintings, art glass, stoneware, fiber art, woodworking and more that’s on display at the Columbus Learning Center. The exhibit, which received recognition from the Columbus Area Bicentennial, will run until mid-August and is free and open to the public.
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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