Columbus collecting gently-used eclipse glasses

Eclipse plans are looking up

Have you gotten your protective eyewear to safely view the April 8 total solar eclipse that will pass over Columbus and the area that afternoon? You can pick up a free pair like these while supplies last from the Columbus Area Visitors Center, 506 Fifth St. Also, the Bartholomew County Public Library plans several events to distribute free eclipse viewing glasses. Pick up glasses from the Columbus branch, 536 Fifth St., at 2 p.m. on March 29-30; 4 p.m. on April 1; or at 9 a.m. April 2. The Hope branch will provide eclipse viewing glasses at 2 p.m. on March 29-30; at 4 p.m. on April 1; and at 10 a.m. on April 2. For a complete list of eclipse-related events, visit

Get your Irish up

The Kentucky-based traditional Celtic music trio na Skylark (“the Skylarks), from left, Cathy Wilde, Jannell Canerday and Lorinda Jones, share a laugh after a performance in December 2023. The combo will present a free concert of Irish music — some hundreds of years old — from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Red Room at the Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus.

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Columbus is collecting all gently-used or new eclipse glasses to donate them to educators and schools in other locations around the world to view the next solar eclipse.

Donated glasses must be free of punctures, scratches and bends, whether it be plastic or cardboard, and all donated glasses need to be in good shape.

The eclipse glassesĀ  may be dropped off between now and April 30 at the Columbus Visitors Center, Columbus Department of Public Works, Columbus Municipal Airport or any Columbus Fire Department station.