Go! Guide – May 29

Explore Mars from home

The mysteries of the red planet, shown here in an image taken in 2021 by NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover, have captivated people for centuries. Local residents have an opportunity to learn more about this from Matt Shindell, curator of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Shindell will host “For the Love of Mars: A Human History of the Red Planet,” an online presentation made available by the Bartholomew County Public Library. Register for the free virtual event taking place from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, June 3, at mybcpl.org/event/10721295.

Kids and teens

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Scheduled: Teen Watch-It Wednesday: New Releases, 3:30 p.m., May 29; Tomato Buckets with Purdue Extension at Hope, 4 p.m., May 29; Library Babies, 10, 10:35, and 11:05 a.m., May 30, June 6, 13; Teen Thursgame, 3:30 p.m., May 30; Tween Game Time, 3:30 p.m., May 30, June 6; Family Exercise and Movement, 4:45 p.m., May 30; Mondays at Mill Race Storytime, 10 a.m., June 3, 10; BCPL Express at Mill Race, 10:30 a.m., June 3, 10; Summer Reading Kick-Off Pop-Ups, 4 p.m., June 3, 4, 5:30 p.m., June 6; Family Storytime, 6 p.m., June 3, 10; Toddler Time, 9:15 and 10 a.m., June 4, 11; Preschool Storytime, 11 a.m., June 4, 11; Teen Volunteer Day, 1 p.m., June 4; D.I.G. Time, 11 a.m., June 5; Teen Watch-It Wednesday: Mysteries, 1 p.m., June 5, 12; Hope Summer Reading Kickoff, 4 p.m., June 5; Hope Family Craft Night, 4 p.m., June 5; Rockin’ Storytime with Mr. Dave at Hope, 10 a.m., June 6, 13; Teen Thursgame, 1 p.m., June 6, 13; Pokemon Club, 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m., June 7; Sing & Play with Allie Jean, 10 a.m., June 7; Teen Crochet Camp, 1 p.m., June 7; Teen Taylor Swift Listening Party, 1 p.m., June 10; Trapped for 125 Years Escape Room, 4, 5, 6, and 7 p.m., June 10; Teen Walking Book Club, 5 p.m., June 11; Storytime at Bartholomew County Historical Society, 11 a.m., June 12; BCPL Express at Parks and Rec Summer Fun Days, 1:30 p.m., June 12; Builders’ Guild, 4 p.m., June 12; Teen Dungeons and Dragons, 3 p.m., June 13; Wonderlab Museum, 11 a.m., June 14; Teen Pride Flag Party, 3 p.m., June 14; Tween Stitch Camp, 3:30 p.m., June 14; Real Life Among Us, 1:30 p.m., June 15. Information: mybcpl.org/events.

KIDS CAMP, 9 a.m. to noon, June 10 to 13, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 719 Fifth St., Columbus. Get ready for your child or preteen to experience a high energy fun-filled week at St. Peter’s Kids Camp. Camp will be open to Pre-K through current 5th graders. All camp participants will receive a T-shirt. Information: stpeterscolumbus.org/events/.


NAMI PEER-TO-PEER, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., June 4, 11, 18, Columbus Recovery Cafe, 1412 Sycamore St., Columbus. NAMI Peer-to-Peer is an eight-session recovery-focused course for adults with mental health conditions. Free and confidential and led by peers with mental health conditions. A great resource for information on mental health and recovery that offers respect, understanding, encouragement and hope to build on the strength and resilience of participants. To register, email [email protected], call 812-373-6055, or call or text 812-344-1542.

AGE MY WAY, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 30, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St., Columbus. The Financial Literacy Coalition of Bartholomew County is offering a free seminar entitled “Age My Way: Don’t Leave It To Chance, Make Informed Decisions.” WAW Planning and Investments will offer a shredding event. Free transportation is available through Columbus Transit on established busing routes. Open to all ages. Those interested should RSVP at shorturl.at/rNX24.


ELECTRIC SYMPHONY, 6 to 7:30 p.m., May 31, Bartholomew County Public Library Plaza, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Electric Symphony is a teen rock band heavily inspired by the music of the ’70s-’90s. Enjoy a full rock band with brass and vocals. Bring your chairs, your supper, and an appropriate beverage, and settle in for some fantastic music.

BANISTER BLUEGRASS BAND, 6 to 7 p.m., June 14, Bartholomew County Public Library Plaza, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. Join us on the Library Plaza for a concert by Banister Bluegrass Band. Bring your own chairs. This event can also be viewed live at facebook.com/mybcpl.

Sports, exercise, wellness

MOONLIGHT LOOP, 9 p.m., June 22, Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 Fifth St., Columbus. The 2024 Moonlight Loop is a leisurely 19-mile night bike ride around scenic Columbus. Registration is $30 through May 24; $35 from May 25 through June 21; and $40 on race day, June 22. Whether you decide to ride or not, you can still be a part of it all by memorializing/honoring a beloved pet (or a special animal-loving human). Volunteers are also needed to assist with the event. For more information, go to columbus.in.gov/animal-care-services.

LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., Saturdays from May 25 to Oct. 12, Hamilton Community Center and Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Dr., Columbus. A noncompetitive environment in which children ages 4-10 can learn the basic skills of hockey. $5 Drop-in. Arrive 30 minutes early to get fitted for equipment. (Some sessions may be cancelled due to special events.)

OPEN SKATES, Fridays 7 to 9 p.m., Saturdays 2 to 4 p.m., Hamilton Community Center and Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Dr., Columbus.

SUMMER SKATING AND HOCKEY CLASSES, June 4 to Aug. 1, Hamilton Community Center and Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Dr., Columbus. Classes include Snowplow 1 and 2, Basic 1-6, Novice Club, Speed Skating, Adults Class, Hockey Beginner, and Hockey Advanced. Classes will take place on the studio (small) ice. These courses are not part of our annual ice show. Visit cbusinparks.com/ice-and-hockey for class times and to register.

HOUSE LEAGUE HOCKEY, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., Tuesdays, June 4 to July 30, or Thursdays, June 6 to Aug. 1, Hamilton Community Center and Ice Arena, 2501 Lincoln Park Dr., Columbus. House league nights will consist of 30 minutes of instruction and 30 minutes of cross ice games. $80. Visit cbusinparks.com/house-league-reg for details.

BLACKWELL PARK STORYWALK, Blackwell Park, 1550 Whitney Court, Columbus. Enjoy some fresh air while strolling the Bartholomew County Public Library’s StoryWalk. 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: Tomato Buckets with Purdue Extension at Hope, 4 p.m., May 29; Teddy Bear Love Fund, 1 p.m., May 30; Sugar & Spice Romance Book Club, 6 p.m., May 30; Flow Yoga, Noon, June 3, 10; Author Talk, 3 p.m., June 3, 8 p.m., June 13; Chair Yoga, 1 p.m., June 4, 11; Skill Builders, 1:30 p.m., June 5; Hope Family Craft Night, 4 p.m., June 5; Permaculture in Your Backyard, 6 p.m., June 5; Poetry Workshop, 2 p.m., June 8; Adult Game Night, 6 p.m., June 10; Photography 101, 6 p.m., June 10; Adult Craft Night, 6 p.m., June 11; Hooks and Needles Meet Up, 11 a.m., June 15. Information: mybcpl.org/events.

PROPELLER LEGO CLUB, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Mondays, June 3, 10, 17, 24, Columbus Propeller, 4760 Ray Boll Blvd., Columbus. Come join Propeller’s ever-growing Lego Club. The club is free and open for all ages.

COLUMBUS FARMER’S MARKET, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturdays through Sept. 14, behind City Hall, 123 Washington St., Columbus. Food, crafts, gifts, entertainment and more. More information: columbusfarmersmarket.org.

T-SHIRT DESIGN CLASS/CRICUT 101, 2 to 4 p.m., June 2, Columbus Propeller, 4760 Ray Boll Blvd., Columbus. Join Cricut master Crissy Riley and learn the basics of t-shirt design using the Cricut. Cost is $20 per t-shirt.

CHARITY CAR SHOW, 9 a.m. to noon, June 8, Nashville Masonic Lodge 135, 19 Artist Drive, Nashville. Door prizes, dunk tank, cake walk, cornhole and Classic Vinyl band. $20 registration fee benefitting underprivileged children’s school lunch program, Shop with a Cop, and Mother’s Cupboard pantry. Information: Matt at 812-801-6329 or Kenny at 812-375-405.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON BUILDS: TOOLBOX, 2 to 6 p.m., June 15 or June 29, Columbus Propeller, 4760 Ray Boll Blvd., Columbus. Step into Propeller’s vibrant maker community for this fun filled, family-friendly activity where you will be crafting personalized toolboxes. Skilled instructors will be on hand to assist. Stop in either day any time between 2 and 6 p.m. (build should take approx. 90 to 120 mins), $25 for Propeller Members and $35 for nonmembers.

WINGS OF CHANGE BUTTERFLY RELEASE, 3 to 6 p.m., June 15, Columbus Municipal Airport, 4770 Ray Boll Blvd., Columbus. Honor your loved one by sponsoring a butterfly in their name! The day will include raffles, resources, fun and fellowship, food trucks, music, and inspirational speakers. Reserve your butterflies in advanced at recoverycafecolumbus.org/donations. Minimum of $20 donation per butterfly.

WELDING WORKSHOP, 9 a.m. to noon, June 22, Columbus Propeller, 4760 Ray Boll Blvd., Columbus. Attendees will learn the basics of welding, positions, and equipment setup; tour Propeller’s metal shop, get an overview of welding safety and receive two hours of hands-on experience with welding equipment under the guidance of an experienced instructor. Stations will be set up for MIG and flux core welding. $100 per person.

BASIC WOODWORKING: CUTTING BOARD, 2 to 5 p.m., June 22, 23, Columbus Propeller, 4760 Ray Boll Blvd., Columbus. This is a two-day project. Delve into the world of craftsmanship as you learn to wield woodworking tools and create your own personalized cutting board. All skill levels welcome. $70 for members and $80 for non-members.

FIRST FAMILIES OF HOPE, 10 a.m. to noon, June 1 and the first Saturday of each month, Yellow Trail Research Center, west side of Hope Town Square, 644 Main St., Hope. The Bartholomew County Genealogical Society would like to recognize the Yellow Trail Museum’s 50th Anniversary in 2025 with the First Families in the Hawcreek/Flatrock area. The First Families of Hope Talks continue through August 2025. Suggestions for names for Group 2 are welcomed. Bring photos, genealogy, documents, stories or anything else you might want to share. With your permission, the genealogical society will scan copies during the sessions, so you can take home the originals you bring. These digital copies will be available for all attendees (bring your own jump drive), as well as the Yellow Trail Research Center.

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 6:30 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: 801-856-4812.

COLUMBUS AREA RAILROAD CLUB OPEN HOUSE, noon to 4 p.m., June 15 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, or on Facebook at Columbus Area Railroad Club.

GRACE’S TABLE FREE MEAL, 5 p.m., June 9 and the second Sunday of each month, East Columbus United Methodist Church, 2439 Indiana Ave., Columbus. Free meal in the youth center as well as music and storytelling. Enter the church parking lot on Indiana Avenue.

THE TABLE, 6 p.m., June 13 and the second Thursday of each month, Petersville United Methodist Church, 2781 N. County Road 500E, Columbus. There will be a free meal and a time of sharing, discussion and prayers.

AMERICAN SEWING GUILD, 9 to 11 a.m., June 1 and the first Saturday of each month. Neighborhood group welcomes sewing enthusiasts of all skill levels and walks of life, meets monthly to learn new sewing skills, network with others who share an interest in sewing and participate in community sewing projects. If you are interested in attending, email Marilyn at [email protected] for meeting location.

COLUMBUS STAR QUILTERS, 9:30 a.m. to noon, June 6 and the first Thursday of each month, First Baptist Church Columbus, 3300 Fairlawn Drive, Columbus. Mary Jane Eihocker Kaufman will present a program on the history of the Indianapolis Star quilt blocks and contest. This is meaningful to the Star Quilters because the group was formed as a result of these contests. After the presentation, there will be a pitch-in luncheon celebrating the forty-first anniversary of the Star Quilters. Each gathering consists of a short business meeting followed by a quilting lesson/program, along with show-and-tell of finished projects. Members participate in various service projects. New and experienced quilters are invited to attend. Membership dues are $15 per year. For information, visit starquiltersofcolumbus.weebly.com.

EVENING STAR QUILT GUILD, 5:30 to 7 p.m., June 11 and the second Tuesday of each month, Mill Race Center, 900 Lindsey St., Columbus. The topic is “Making Bags and Totes and Understanding the Structure, Stabilizers and Hardware Used in Creating.” There will also be a Trunk Show of Marcy’s creations. The Evening Star Quilt Guild is a group of women who enjoy creating traditional and modern art quilts while learning new methods. For more, visit starquiltersofcolumbus.weebly.com.

FRIENDS DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB, 1 to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2561 N. California St., Columbus. Bridge club open to the public.

Galleries, museums, exhibits

BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 524 Third St., Columbus. 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. Dutch photographer Iwan Baan’s architecturally focused work documenting Columbus’ many notable Modernist structures will be featured through August.

YELLOW TRAIL MUSEUM/VISITORS CENTER/RESEARCH 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 noon to 4 p.m., or by appointment. The Research Center is open by appointment. Contact the museum at 812-546-8020. Follow Facebook page “Yellow Trail Museum/Hope Visitors Center” for updated information.

ATTERBURY-BAKALAR AIR MUSEUM, 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, later named Bakalar Air Force Base. The C-119 Aircraft will be open to the public the second Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission. Visit the museum online at atterburybakalarairmuseum.org and on Facebook.

PERCEPTIONS YOGA, MINDFULNESS & ART, 139 State Road 3, Vernon. Gallery hours are from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Information: perceptionsyoga.org or facebook.com/northvernonyoga.

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, 134 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. New exhibits at the Brown County Art Guild! Selected by the Board of Indiana Heritage Arts, the Hoosier Masters Collection is a dynamic exhibit that showcases the distinguished skills of more than a dozen Hoosier artists. With a variety of subjects, this exhibition through June 30, features work from some of Indiana’s finest heritage-style impressionist artists. Guild Artist Exhibition and Sale is all-new artwork and a refurbished gallery space. Stop in through July 12 to enjoy our fresh new look. The guild is celebrating a milestone birthday this year — 70 years of continuous operation in the same location — with the Jubilee Collection I and special exhibition and sale through July 12. Open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Information: 812-988-6185 or browncountyartguild.org

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 galley is open Thursday and Friday from 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. 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. 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, 11 a.m., June 7 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.