Kids and teens
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: Teen Thursgame, 3:30 p.m., Dec. 9, 16; French Storytime, 4:30 p.m., Dec. 9; Teen Animal Crossing New Horizons, 3:30 p.m., Dec. 10; Minecraft Mania, 4 p.m., Dec. 10; Crafts Around the World, 4 p.m., Dec. 13; Dakota Let’s Play: Star Wars, 4 p.m., Dec. 13; Toddler Time at the Commons, 10 a.m., Dec. 14, 21; Virtual Kids Yoga Ages 2-4, 10:30 a.m., Dec. 14; Storytime at the Commons, 11 a.m., Dec. 14, 21; Wintertime Games!, 4 p.m., Dec. 14; Virtual Teen Poetry Workshop, 4:30 p.m., Dec. 14; “Whatever the Weather” Playdate, 10 a.m., Dec. 15, 22; “Whatever the Weather” Storytime, 11 a.m., Dec. 15, 22; Watch-It Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., Dec. 15, 22; Kids Bingo Family Event, 4:30 p.m., Dec. 15; Virtual Kids Yoga Ages 5-8, 4 p.m., Dec. 17; Teen RPG: To Serve Her Wintry Hunger, 4 p.m., Dec. 17; Saturday Winter Holiday Storytime, 11 a.m., Dec. 18; Sans Souci Storytime, 3:30 p.m., Dec. 20; Shortest Day Storytime, 5 p.m., Dec. 20; Music &Movement, 4 p.m., Dec. 21; Teen Cafe: Yuletide, 4 p.m., Dec. 21; Teen Last Day of School Celebration/Watch-It Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., Dec. 22; Holiday Movies, 5 p.m., Dec. 22; Kwanzaa Celebration, 6 p.m., Dec. 26.
BROWN COUNTY MUSIC CENTER performances, 200 Maple Leaf Boulevard, Nashville. Dec. 9: .38 Special; Dec. 11: Bloomington Symphony Orchestra; Dec. 14: LeAnn Rimes; Dec. 19: The Beach Boys Holiday Harmonies; Dec. 22: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Information and tickets: browncountymusiccenter.com.
STARLIGHTERS BIG BAND, 7 to 10 p.m., Dec. 10, The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus. Columbus Indiana Dance is hosting The Starlighters Big Band. The Commons will be open at 6:30 p.m. and the dance will be from 7 until 10. $25 tickets for tables on the dance floor are available that evening or in advance; please contact [email protected] Gallery tickets are also available for simply enjoying and listening to some great dance music at $10. Light refreshments and an open cash bar will be available.
COLUMBUS INDIANA PHILHARMONIC concerts: “Joyful Holidays,” with special guest singer and Columbus native Abigail Beerwart with the Philharmonic Chorus and the Columbus Indiana Children’s Choir, two shows, 3 and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 11, Judson Erne Auditorium at Columbus North High School, 1400 25th St. Information and tickets: thecip.org.
CHRISTMAS AT THE SANCTUARY, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 12 at noon, The Sanctuary Church, 3939 Central Ave., Columbus. Information: 812-372-3387.
“THE NUTCRACKER,” music and dance, two shows, 1 and 6 p.m., Dec. 18, Dancers Studio Inc.’s annual presentation, Judson Erne Auditorium at Columbus North High School, 1400 25th St. in Columbus. Ticket information coming soon. Information: 812-376-8080.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT, 7 p.m. Dec. 19, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 6045 E. State St., Columbus. The Beecher Singers &Orchestra of Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis. Michelle Louer, director, John Allegar, organist. Preconcert harp recital at 6:40 p.m. by Jill Pitz. Free admission.
“EB SCROOGE: A SOUTHERN FRIED CAROL,” Dec. 10, 12, 17, 18 and 19, Willow Leaves of Hope, 326 Jackson St., Hope. Actors Studio of Hope presents a comedic adaptation of the Charles Dickens Christmas classic. Information and tickets: 812-546-0640.
Sports, exercise, wellness
DOWNTOWN COLUMBUS STORYWALK, downtown Columbus. This December, enjoy the charming picture book “Red and Lulu” by Matt Tavares in the shop windows of downtown Columbus. There are cardinals hiding along the StoryWalk; try to find them all! Stop by the children’s circulation desk of the Bartholomew County Public Library and tell us how many cardinals you found for a prize! 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.
BLACKWELL PARK STORYWALK, Blackwell Park, 1550 Whitney Court, Columbus. The Columbus Parks and Recreation Department and the Bartholomew County Public Library are excited to bring you A Big Bed for Little Snow by Grace Lin. The StoryWalk is located along the People Trail.
SWIMMING FOR EXERCISE, Foundation for Youth, 405 Hope Ave., Columbus. Lap swimming, water aerobics and public swim are available. You must preregister for current swim sessions. Information: foundationforyouth.com.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: Drawing as Seeing, 9:30 a.m., Dec. 9; Bartholomew County Writers Group, 6 p.m., Dec. 9; Adults Reading YA Book Club: Cozy Reads, 6 p.m., Dec. 20; Columbus Viewfinders Photography Club, 6 p.m., Dec. 20; Kwanzaa Celebration, 6 p.m., Dec. 26; All Book’d Book Club, 5:30 p.m., Dec. 28.
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.), second Saturday of the month from 2 to 6 p.m. (doors open at noon) 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, columbusarearailroadclub.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 at [email protected] with questions.
GRACE’S TABLE DRIVE-IN FREE MEAL, 6 to 7 p.m., second Sunday of the month, 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 Avenue. Tables are available for walk-ups.
Galleries, museums, exhibits
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 524 Third St., Columbus, “Christmas Memories,” through Dec. 22. This exhibit features a variety of decorated trees and creches from the elaborate and eclectic collection of the late Xenia Miller. 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. Learn about our county through interactive, hands-on exhibits that include a map table, notable people, county timeline, Then and Now, Did you Know, early industrialists and videos of Reeves steam engines. The historical society also hosts rotating exhibits throughout the year featuring items from their extensive collection. Currently they are collaborating on two exhibits — Marquee Moments features collection and borrowed items with historical information about theaters that existed in Columbus through the years, including The Crump, Rio, Drive-in and more. Also on display are paintings by artist Carole Wantz, most of which feature local families and their stories. Information: 812-372-3541, bartholomewhistory.org.
GALLERY 506, Columbus Indiana Visitors Center, 506 Fifth St., Columbus. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The exhibited is open until April 30. Gary Anderson presents his exhibit of collages.
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: 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 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 bit.ly/2N195rk. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a community art project with the goals of amplifying the voices of survivors and working toward preventing domestic violence through art is presented. “Transformation” consists of 692 buttons designed by children, teens and adults in the local community and surrounding area. The installation is open for viewing on Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment.
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. Photographer Tom Duffy is the Hoosier Artist Gallery December Featured Artist. Duffy shares his perception and understanding of the environment in a way that will stimulate the imagination and the emotions of the viewer. His use of morning and evening light and the resulting shadows are an important component in his quest to represent that perception. His photographs have a wide variety of subject matter and contexts as well as photographic techniques, reflecting his commitment to his wide exploration of the beauty and the mystery in the world. In addition to Duffy’s photographs and the art of other members, the gallery also offers many large and small holiday gift items and handmade Christmas tree ornaments and cards. Information: hoosierartist.net.
BROWN COUNTY ART GALLERY, 1 Artist Drive, Nashville. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Free admission and parking. COVID-19 protocols are in place, with masks required. Information: 812-988-4609, [email protected], browncountyartgallery.org.
CHARLENE MARSH STUDIO &GALLERY, 4013 Lanam Ridge Road, Nashville. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Monday, noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, please call the studio/gallery at 812-988-4497 or visit charlenemarshstudio.com.
INDIANA ARTISAN IN COLUMBUS, 4555 Central Ave., Columbus. Open Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.
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.