Kids and teens
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: First Day of School Ice Cream Party!, 3:30 p.m., Aug. 4; French Storytime, 4 p.m., Aug. 4; American Sign Language chat/practice, 5:30 p.m., Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25 and 1:30 p.m., Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26; Teen Games, 3:30 p.m., Aug. 5; Teen Trivia: Mario Edition, 3:30 p.m., Aug. 8; Storytime, 6 p.m., Aug. 8, 22, 29; Toddler Time, 10 a.m., Aug. 9, 16, 23, 30; Kids Yoga, 10:30 a.m., Aug. 9; Storytime, 11 a.m., Aug. 9, 16, 23, 30; Patio Playdate, 11:30 a.m., Aug. 9, 16, 23, 30; Teen STEAM: Geocaching, 3:30 p.m., Aug. 9; Storytime and Playdate with the Historical Society, 11 a.m., Aug. 10; Watch-It Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., Aug. 10, 17, 24, 31; Library Babies, 10 a.m., Aug. 11, 18, 25; Storytime: Ages 1-5, 1 p.m., Aug. 11, 18, 25; Thursgame: Life-Size Clue, 3:30 p.m., Aug. 11; Teen Pizza Party Society, 3 p.m., Aug. 13; Teen Pro Gamer, 3:30 p.m., Aug. 15; Family STEAM Night, 6 p.m., Aug. 15; Teen STEAM: LEGO Bridge Competition, 4 p.m., Aug. 16; “Whatever the Weather” Storytime and Playdate, 10 a.m., Aug. 17, 24, 31; Teen One-Shot RPG: Marvel Multiverse, 3:30 p.m., Aug. 18; Teen DIY: Triangles on Canvas, 3:30 p.m., Aug. 19; Zine Workshop, 1 p.m., Aug. 20; Kids Yoga, 3:30 p.m., Aug. 22; Teen Games at Hope, 3 p.m., Aug. 23; Teen STEAM: Nature’s Notebook, 4 p.m., Aug. 23; Teen Dungeons and Dragons, 4 p.m., Aug. 25; Teen Stuffed Fables, 3:30 p.m., Aug. 26; Origami Workshop, 4 p.m., Aug. 26; Teen DIY: Triangles on Canvas, 2 p.m., Aug. 27; Builders Guild Jr., 3:30 p.m., Aug. 29; Block O’Clock, 3:30 p.m., Aug. 29; Teen Anime Club, 3:30 p.m., Aug. 29; Teen DIY at Hope: Triangles on Canvas, 3 p.m., Aug. 30; Teen STEAM: Digital Music Production, 4 p.m., Aug. 30.
Music and theater
AN OPRY TRIBUTE MUSIC SHOW, 5:30 p.m., Aug. 19, 20, 26, 27, 12:30 p.m., Aug. 21, Willow Leaves of Hope, 326 Jackson St., Hope. The show includes impersonations of Pasty Cline, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, Billy Joel, The Judds, Tanya Tucker, K.T. Oslin & more (Minnie Pearl will be there). Cost is $35 per person (dinner, dessert, & show). Doors open 5:30 p.m., dinner 6 p.m., and show 7 p.m. Sunday-doors open 12:30 p.m., dinner 1 p.m., and show 2 p.m. For reservations, call 812-341-7251
THE GHOST ROSES, 6 to 7 p.m., Aug. 20, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Join us on the Library Plaza for a concert by The Ghost Roses. Bring your own chairs. This event can also be viewed live at facebook.com/mybcpl.
STELLAR SUMMER NIGHTS, 6 p.m., Aug. 26, Stellar Plaza, downtown North Vernon. Live music, entertainment and more sponsored by North Vernon Main Street. Free and open to the public.
SOUTHERN INDIANA TAIKO, 6 to 7 p.m., Aug. 26, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Join us on the Library Plaza for a concert by Southern Indiana Taiko. Bring your own chairs. This event can also be viewed live at facebook.com/mybcpl. Rain puts this event in the Red Room.
FOUNDERS FRIDAYS, 8 to 9 a.m., Fridays through Aug. 29, Lucabe Coffee Co., 310 4th St., Columbus. Each week, one business founder shares the ups and downs of his or her entrepreneurial journey. The free event is held in the meeting room at Lucabe Coffee Co. Coffee will be provided. The event is open to the public. Participants enjoy the opportunity for questions and answers from the area’s leading innovators in a relaxed environment.
DINING WITH DIABETES, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Aug. 9, 16, 23, 30, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St., Columbus and 6 to 8 p.m., Second Baptist Church, 1325 10th St., Columbus. Do you have diabetes? Want to make the best choices for your health? Adults with type 2 diabetes (or who are at risk) are invited to participate. Family members, caregivers, and support persons, too. A set of four Tuesdays plus a three-month follow-up, are all offered at two different times. Cost is $15 per person or $20 per couple. Registration is available at cvent.me/gnO17V through Aug. 5. Call the Purdue Extension Office-Bartholomew County to receive more information, 812-379-1665, or email Harriet Armstrong at [email protected]
Sports, exercise, wellness
BEGINNER PICKLEBALL CLINIC, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Aug. 18, 25, Sept. 1, Richards Elementary tennis courts, Par 3 Drive, Columbus. The three-week clinic for those 18 and older will introduce the fundamentals of the game. Clinic is $45/person. Equipment will be provided. Please wear court shoes & comfortable clothing, bring plenty of water and/or sports drink, sun protection (hat, sun glasses, & sun screen), bug spray, and a camping chair to rest at breaks. Pre-registration required. To register or for more information, visit columbusparksandrec.com or call 812-376-2680.
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 “Isabel and Her Colores Go to School” by Alexandra Alessandri in August. The StoryWalk is located along the People Trail near the Pollinator Park in Blackwell Park.
LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., most Saturdays through Oct. 1, Hamilton Community Center and Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Dr., Columbus. A noncompetitive environment in which children ages 4 to 10 can learn the basic skills of hockey without distractions that are often associated with an overemphasis on winning. Free equipment is available to use. Cost is $5 per child. Arrive 30 minutes early to get fitted for equipment.
GIRLS HOCKEY, 6 to 7 p.m., Mondays through Oct. 10, Hamilton Community Center and Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Dr., Columbus. Are you a girl interested in hockey? Come join us for a girls-only hockey class and learn the fundamentals and basic skills of hockey. For ages 7-16. $10 drop in fee.
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 through Sept. 17, south of Columbus City Hall, 123 Washington St., Columbus. 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.
JENNINGS COUNTY FARMERS MARKET, 8 a.m.-noon, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through mid-October, North Vernon City Park, 604 N. State St. More information is available on the Jennings County Farmers Market Facebook page.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: Drawing as Seeing, 9:30 a.m., Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25; American Sign Language Chat/Practice, 5:30 p.m., Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25; and 1:30 p.m., Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26; Dementia Friends Information Session, 2 p.m., Aug. 5; Cbus Chess Crew, 2 p.m., Aug. 6, 20; Bartholomew County Writer’s Group, 6 p.m., Aug. 11; Remembering Hartsville College, 6 p.m., Aug. 11; New Adult Game Night: Stuffed Fables, 5 p.m., Aug. 15; Columbus Viewfinders, 6 p.m., Aug. 15; Zine Workshop, 1 p.m., Aug. 20; Adults Reading YA Book Club: Historical Fiction, 6 p.m., Aug. 22; All Book’d Book Club, 5:30 p.m., Aug. 30; Digital Civics — Using Congress.gov, 5:30 p.m., Aug. 31.
BLUE AND WHITE NIGHT, 4 to 9:30 p.m., Aug. 6, Columbus North, 1400 25th St., Columbus. Blue and White Night is the annual athletic kickoff for Columbus North athletics. This year’s main attraction is the “Dog Bowl,” where athletes from all sports and seasons will compete in field-day-style events. Come out, cheer on your favorite teams, grab a delicious smoked pork BBQ dinner, enjoy games and prizes, and gear up for the season with official swag!
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 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, 215 N. National Road, Columbus. Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 9:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.), Aug. 13 and the second Saturday of each 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. Aug. 20 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., Aug. 6 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., Aug. 14 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 on Friday, Aug. 5 and Sept. 2. 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, 4220 T.C. Steele Road, Nashville. 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, noon-4 p.m. Fridays or by appointment. 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 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.
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. Saturdays and Mondays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. 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. Aug. 5 and 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.