Kids and teens
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: Library Babies, 10 and 10:30 a.m., Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9; Afternoon Storytime, 1 p.m., Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9; Teen Thursgame, 3:30 p.m., Jan. 26; Tween Game Time, 3:30 p.m., Jan. 26; Feb. 2, 9; Winter Warm Up, 11 a.m., Jan. 27; Teen Trivia: Pokémon, 3:30 p.m., Jan. 27; Origami Workshop, 4 p.m., Jan. 27, Feb. 10; Kids’ Art Studio, 11 a.m., Jan. 28; Kids’ Kitchen, 2 p.m., Jan. 28; Pokémon Club, 4 p.m., Jan. 30; Starlit Storytime, 6 p.m., Jan. 30, Feb. 6; Toddler Time, 10 a.m., Jan. 31, Feb. 7; Storytime, 11 a.m., Jan. 31, Feb. 7; Teen Crochet Camp, 3:30 p.m., Jan. 31; Whatever the Weather Storytime and Playdate, 11 a.m., Feb. 1, 8; Teen Watch-It Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., Feb. 1, 8; Teen Life-Size Clue: Classic Edition, 3:30 p.m., Feb. 2; Teen Pro Gamer Club, 3:30 p.m., Feb. 3; Teen Crochet Camp, 1 p.m., Feb. 4; Teen Art & Poetry: Black History Month, 3:30 p.m., Feb. 6; Teen STEAM: Light-Up Valentines, 3:30 p.m., Feb. 7; Spa Night, 6 p.m., Feb. 7; Storytime at the Commons, 1 p.m., Feb. 8; Black World Scholars Mobile Bookstore, 2:30 p.m., Feb. 9; Teen Dungeons and Dragons, 4 p.m., Feb. 9; Author Visit with Sydney Simon, 10 a.m., Feb. 10; Saturday Storytime-Teddy Bear Tea Party, 11 a.m., Feb. 11; Disassemblers, 1:30 p.m., Feb. 11; Senior Project: Indigenous to Indiana, 2 p.m., Feb. 11.
Talks, lectures, classes
COLUMBUS CONVERSATIONS: “What Has the Pandemic Taught Us About Education, Communication, and the Economy,” 6:30 to 8 p.m., Jan. 26, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St., Columbus. A free public event open to the public and presented by IUPUC and Miller Race Center. Information: millracecenter.org/columbus-conversations/.
BE HEART SMART, 2 to 3 p.m., Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22; or 6 to 7 p.m., Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St., Columbus. The Be Heart Smart program is for anyone who wants to reduce their risk for heart disease. Learn how to monitor your risk factors for heart disease and make simple changes to your daily routine that will improve your heart health. This program is four one-hour lessons. For more information: Harriet Armstrong, Extension Educator, Purdue Extension-Bartholomew County, 812-379-1665, [email protected] To register for the Wednesday class series, call Mill Race Center, 812-376-9241. The cost is $3 for the whole series.
HEALTH AND HEALING SERIES, 6:30 p.m., every Tuesday for 10 weeks beginning Feb. 7, Community Church of Columbus, 3850 N. Marr Road, Columbus. Free series of education and enrichment regarding the understanding of a holistic view of your health and nutrition. Facilitated by Jonathan Isbill, holistic and integrative health educator and dietitian. Childcare also available. Register by Feb. 6 by calling 317-884-7627 or emailing [email protected]
NAMI FAMILY-TO-FAMILY, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus. NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, eight-session education program for family, friends and significant others of adults with mental health conditions. NAMI Family-to-Family provides information about mental health conditions, communication, problem solving, treatment and recovery. The course is designed to increase understanding and advocacy skills while helping participants maintain their own well-being. For more information and to register, please call or text: 317-800-5495 or 812-376-9364.
VALENTINE’S DAY DANCE, 7 to 10 p.m., Feb. 11, The Commons, 300 Washington St., Columbus. Dance to the live music of the Twilight Nites, hosted by Dance Indiana. For advance tickets, email [email protected] Tickets also will be available at the door.
Sports, exercise, wellness
WINTER FRIDAY NIGHT LINE DANCING, 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 27, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St., Columbus. Instructed by Billy and Carla Crase and open to the public and all experience levels. $10 cash cover charge. Information: millracecenter.org/winter-friday-night-line-dancing/.
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 feature “Playing with Lanterns” by Wang Yage in January and “A Hat for Mrs. Goldman” by Michelle Edwards in February. 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.
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: ASL Chat/Practice Group, 5:30 p.m., Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9; Adults Reading YA Book Club: Wintry Books, 6 p.m., Jan. 30; BCPL Author Talks Presents: Randall Munroe, 2 p.m., Jan. 31; All Book’d Book Club, 5:30 p.m., Jan. 31; Skill Builders, 1:30 p.m., Feb. 1; Sierra Club/Winding Waters, 6 p.m., Feb. 1; S.C.I.L.S., 6 p.m., Jan. Feb. 2; Dementia Friends Information Session, 2 p.m., Feb. 3; Cbus Chess Crew, 2 p.m., Feb. 4; Adult Game Night, 5 p.m., Feb. 6; Adult Craft Night, 5:30 p.m., Feb. 7; Spa Night, 6 p.m., Feb. 7; Black World Scholars Mobile Bookstore, 2:30 p.m., Feb. 9; BCPL Author Talk: Lana Harper, 7 p.m., Feb. 9; Senior Project: Indigenous to Indiana, 2 p.m., Feb. 11.
WINE AND COASTER PAINTING WORKSHOP, 6 to 6:30 p.m., Jan. 26, Tri-State Artisans Basement, 422 Washington St., Columbus. Join Turning Point for Coasters for a Cause, a Tri-State Artistans Wine & Coaster Workshop! Tri-State Artisans will walk you through the process of creating your own coaster artwork. Registration is $45. All ages are welcome. Doors open at 6 p.m., and instructions will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Please bring your beverage of choice. Water and snacks will be provided. All materials will be provided. Participation directly benefits Turning Point.
“WELCOME TO MY WORLD” ART SHOW CLOSING RECEPTION, 5 to 7 p.m., Jan. 27, Perceptions Yoga, 139 E. State Road 3, North Vernon. Perceptions Yoga, Mindfulness and Art announces the closing reception for the January 2023 artist of the month, Bernard H. Worby Jr., and his digital artwork. Information: perceptionsyoga.org.
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.), 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. 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.
GRACE’S TABLE DRIVE-IN FREE MEAL, 5 p.m., 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 closed through Feb. 12, but otherwise 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. Admission is free, with a donation suggested. 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 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. or by appointment. The Research Center is open Mondays and Wednesdays 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 currently closed for winter upgrades. The museum will reopen in March. Special tours, library access and media center programs may still be scheduled during the closed months by calling 812-372-4356. The museum preserves the history of the former Atterbury Army Air Field, later named Bakalar Air Force Base. 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. to 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. Featuring “50/50: A Community Art Project” through Feb. 18. The galley is open Thursday and Friday from 12 noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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. 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. Feb. 3 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.