Kids and teens
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: Library Babies, 10 a.m., May 19, 26; Thursgame, 3:30 p.m., May 19, 26; Reading with Lottie, 3:45 p.m., May 19; Spanish Storytime, 10 a.m., May 20; Last Day of School Celebration, 3:30 p.m., May 20; Kids Yoga, 4 p.m., May 20; Storytime in the Garden, 10 a.m., May 23; Family Storytime, 6 p.m., May 23; Toddler Time on the Patio, 10 a.m., May 24, 31; Storytime on the Patio, 11 a.m., May 24, 31; Patio Playdate, 11:30 a.m., May 24, 31; Teen Games at Hope, 3 p.m., May 24; Teen STEAM: Gardening, 3:30 p.m., May 24, 31; “Whatever the Weather” Storytime and Playdate at Donner Park, 11 a.m., May 25; Family Storytime, 1 p.m., May 25; Watch-It Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., May 25; Cardio Drumming, 4 p.m., May 25; Teen Dungeons & Dragons, 3 p.m., May 26; Music & Movement, 4 p.m., May 26; Teen Poetry Workshop, 4 p.m., May 31; BCPL Summer Reading Kickoff, 5 p.m., June 6; Hope Branch Summer Reading Kickoff, 3 p.m., June 8.
Music and theater
“BROKEN”, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., May 20, 21; 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., May 22, Willow Leaves of Hope, 326 Jackson St., Hope. Greg lost his wife, his kids and his memory. Only the power of love can keep him from being broken. This is a dramady about a father who is in a car accident and has lost his memory but there is no medical reason why. This hospital’s prescription provides plenty of humor, tenderness and loving care. $30 per person includes full dinner with dessert, drink, and play. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., and play at 7 p.m. Sunday matinee: doors open at 12:30 p.m., dinner at 1 p.m., and play at 2 p.m. For reservations, call 812-341-7251.
OFF TO THE RACES & OTHER PLACES, 6 p.m., May 20, 1 p.m., May 22, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St., Columbus. The Lasting Impressions, a song, dance, and drama troupe, of Mill Race Center, present “Off to the Races & Other Places”. The musical performance highlights the Kentucky Derby with all the appropriate costuming and the Indianapolis 500 Race, including all the flags. Friday, May 20, at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30) and Sunday, May 22, at 1 p.m. (doors open at 12:30). A buffet dinner catered by Sadie’s Catering precedes the show. Tickets are $25 per person, includes dinner and show. Available at Mill Race Center, 812-376-9241, or from cast members, 812-376-6612.
OKTO CARMONIA MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, 6 to 7:30 p.m., May 21, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Okto Carmonia Orchestra, conducted by Carlos Lopez, present their Memorial Day Concert. Bring your own chairs to the plaza or watch live on at facebook.com/mybcpl.
MATT RUST AND THE NORTHBOUND HOUNDS, 6 to 7 p.m., June 10, Bartholomew County Public Library Plaza, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Bring your own chairs. This event can also be viewed live at facebook.com/mybpcl.
Sports, exercise, wellness
BEGINNER PICKLEBALL CLINIC FOR ADULTS, 5:30 to 7 p.m., June 6, 7 and 8, Richards Elementary tennis courts, 3311 Fairlawn Drive, Par 3 Drive (across from Par 3 Golf Course), Columbus. Clinics are $45 per person. Preregistration required. The three-week clinic, for those 18 and older, will introduce the fundamentals of the game. Participants must attend each lesson because each subsequent day will build upon the previous lesson. Equipment will be provided. Wear comfortable clothes, court shoes, bring plenty of water and/or sport drink, sun protection (hat, sunglasses and sunscreen), bug spray, and a camping chair to rest at breaks. To register or for more information, visit columbusparksandrec.com or call 812-376-2680.
DONNER AQUATIC CENTER OPENING DAY, May 28, Donner Aquatic Center, 739 22nd St., Columbus. For more details on Donner Aquatic Center programs visit: columbusparksandrec.com/programs-and-events/aquatics/aquatic-programs/
DOWNTOWN COLUMBUS STORYWALK, 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.
BLACKWELL PARK STORYWALK, Blackwell Park, 1550 Whitney Court, Columbus. Enjoy some fresh air while strolling the Bartholomew County Public Library’s StoryWalk. Together with the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department, the library is excited to bring you “Chez Bob” by Bob Shea in May. The StoryWalk is located along the People Trail near the Pollinator Park in Blackwell Park.
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.
COLUMBUS FARMERS MARKET, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturdays, south of Columbus City Hall, 123 Washington St., Columbus. The Columbus Farmers Market is held every Saturday through Sept. 17 just south of city hall. The market averages more than 100 full- and part-time vendors offering a range of plants, made-to-order food, lotions/soaps, coffee, honey, crafts, meats, eggs, baked goods, produce and more! More details can be found at columbusfarmersmarket.org or follow on Facebook for weekly entertainment updates.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: Drawing as Seeing, 9:30 a.m., May 19, 26, June 2; Reframing Sober, 6:30 p.m., May 19; Chess Club, 2 p.m., May 21; Yoga Basics, 9 a.m., May 23, June 6; Adults Reading YA Book Club, 6 p.m., May 23; The War in Ukraine: A Discussion, 6 p.m., May 26; All Book’d Book Club, 5:30 p.m., May 31; Skill Builders, 1:30 p.m., June 1; Winding Waters, 6 p.m., June 1; Dementia Friends Information Session, 2 p.m., June 3; BCPL Summer Reading Kickoff, 5 p.m., June 6; Hope Branch Summer Reading Kickoff, 3 p.m., June 8; Bartholomew County Writer’s Group, 6 p.m., June 9.
ANNUAL DOLL & BEAR SHOW & SALE, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 21, Bartholomew County Fairgrounds Community Building, 750 W. County Road 200S, Columbus. Antique, modern, collectible, and original dolls and bears will be at the 38th Annual Doll & Bear Show & Sale. Free admission. Door prizes. Booth space available. Sponsored by Doll’s Night Out Club of Columbus. For info: 812-376-9124 and Facebook at Dolls Night Out.
ELKS LODGE BINGO, 6:30 p.m. Friday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Elks 521 Lodge Bingo Hall, 4664 Ray Boll Blvd., Columbus. Doors open at 5 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. The first game is at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. Open to the public. Information: 812-379-4386.
VFW POST 1987 BINGO, VFW Post 1987, 215 N. National Road, Columbus. Monday and Wednesday 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.
AMERICAN LEGION BINGO & KARAOKE, American Legion Post 25, 2515 25th St., Columbus. Bingo is on Tuesdays starting at 6 p.m. Karaoke is on Wednesdays starting at 6 p.m.
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 16 and older. Information: 812-603-3893.
COLUMBUS AREA RAILROAD CLUB OPEN HOUSE, noon to 4 p.m., May 21 and the third Saturday of each 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., June 4 and the first Saturday of each 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. Sewing enthusiasts of all ages and skills are welcome. Contact Marilyn at [email protected] with questions.
GRACE’S TABLE DRIVE-IN FREE MEAL, 5 p.m., June 12 and the second Sunday of each 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. The museum is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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. 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.
YELLOW TRAIL MUSEUM/VISITOR CENTER, west side of Hope Town Square, 644 Main St., Hope. The museum is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from Noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Cruise-ins will be June 3 and the first Friday of July, August and September. The Research Center is open on Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon or by appointment. Contact the museum at 812-546-8020. Follow the Facebook page “Yellow Trail Museum/Hope Visitors Center” for updated information.
ATTERBURY-BAKALAR AIR MUSEUM, located at Columbus Municipal Airport, 4742 Ray Boll Blvd., Columbus, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Special tours may be scheduled by calling 812-372-4356. The museum preserves the history of the former Atterbury Army Air Field, 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. Staff is offering special indoor tours — each with a limited number of people. Tours are included with site admission, but preregistration is recommended by calling 812-988-2785. Information: indianamuseum.org/tcsteele.
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. Museum hours are Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment. Information: 812-346-8989, jenningscounty.org.
BROWN COUNTY ART GUILD, 48 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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. 411 is a community arts gallery and cultural space for exhibitions, events, and collaborations with Columbus arts and cultural organizations. Learn more about the current exhibition and artists at www.artsincolumbus.org/411.
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.com. The metal art of Bruce Adamson and the mosaics of Christina Knipstine are featured during the month of May. Adamson uses traditional methods with a forge, anvil, and sledge to build his metal art and has hammered out a style all his own over his many years as an artist. Knipstine works intuitively with smalti glass from Mexico and Italy, salvaged stained glass, vintage china, seashells, and interesting found and recycled objects to create her mosaics. Knipstine will be present to greet visitors at the gallery and Adamson will demonstrate his art outdoors at the rear of the gallery during Art Walk on Friday May 27, 4 to 8 p.m. There will be a drawing for an art item for the Art Lovers Giveaway for visitors.
BROWN COUNTY ART GALLERY, 1 Artist Drive, Nashville. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 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.
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.