Community Calendar for March 2

Garden plots for rent at Deer Run Park

Brown County Parks and Recreation has community garden plots available to rent for the 2016 growing season at Deer Run Park.

For more information or to reserve a spot, call 812-988-5522.

Restaurants help BCJHS history team

To help the Brown County Junior High School We the People team raise money to travel to the national competition in Washington, D.C., several restaurants will contribute a portion of sales on certain dates. Coupons, flyers and tokens are available on Facebook by searching for “We the People Brown County Junior High and High School.”

Offers are as follows:

  • From 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, March 9 and 16, McDonald’s restaurant, 501 State Road 46 East, will serve all-you-can-eat pancake dinners when the coupon is presented.
  • All day Friday, March 4, Salt Creek Golf Retreat’s 19th Hole Sports Bar, 2359 State Road 46 East, will donate 20 percent of the check (excluding alcohol), no coupon required.
  • From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, Big Woods Pizzeria, 44 N. Van Buren, and Big Woods Brewery, 60 Molly’s Lane, will donate 15 percent of food purchases (drinks excluded) when accompanied.

Locals needed to volunteer at syrup festival

Volunteers are needed for the National Maple Syrup Festival, March 5 to 6. They will receive admission to the pancake breakfast at the Brown County High School, two tickets to the festival and a free shuttle to the park.

Volunteer jobs include setup, tear-down, shuttle loading/parking, front gates, information booth, merchandise booth, maple hike leader, festival activities and park tour guide. Shifts are Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Fill out the form at or e-mail the volunteer coordinator at

Learn how to administer lifesaving drug

Members of the Indiana Naloxone Project will give free Naloxone training Saturday, March 5 at the Brown County Community Foundation’s Howard Hughes Community Building, 209 N. Van Buren St., lower level.

Naloxone counteracts a narcotics overdose. Participants will learn how to recognize an overdose and administer this medicine. All ages are welcome.

The class will take place sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.; the exact time is to be determined.

For more information, email

Evening of Celtic food and music planned at church

BEAN BLOSSOM — On Saturday, March 5, St. David’s Episcopal Church, at the corner of state roads 135 North and 45, will host a Celtic dinner and music recital in honor of St. David, the patron saint of Wales. In conjunction with the National Maple Syrup Festival, Welsh cakes and maple syrup will be served for dessert.

Dinner from 6 to 7 p.m. will include Welsh leek soup; ham and Cawl, a lamb-based dish; potato cakes; wine, coffee, tea and milk to drink; and dessert.

The concert, featuring local Celtic band, Celtica, will follow from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Tickets by cash or check only cost $15 per adult and $7.50 per child 12 and younger. For more information or reservations, call the church at 812-988-1038 or email

Congressman to have mobile office hours here

Congressman Todd Young’s office will conduct mobile office hours in Brown County from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, March 7 at the Nashville American Legion Post 13.

The congressman’s staff will be able to assist veterans with reaching the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and other federal agencies.

Learn how to avoid scams, fraud, I.D. theft

A free fraud prevention workshop will be offered at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the Nashville United Methodist Church, 36 S. Jefferson St.

The event, sponsored by Senior Explorers, will be presented by Amy Artis, an outreach specialist with Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office. No registration is needed.

Artis will share information on protecting personal and financial information, how to check one’s credit report and place a freeze on one’s credit.

For those unable to attend, information on scams and consumer complaint forms are available at

Preservation society to meet in March

The Peaceful Valley Heritage Preservation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in a lower-level meeting room of the Brown County Community Foundation, 209 N. Van Buren St.

The agenda includes updates on current preservation projects; guest speaker Mark Dollase of Indiana Landmarks, a state preservation organization; and other business.

All are welcome. The organization serves to recognize and preserve historic, cultural and natural resources of Brown County. Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month.

For more information, contact Ruth Reichmann at or 812-345-1383.

Learn to record, preserve family history

CORDRY SWEETWATER — Karen Brock, family service coordinator for Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center, will lead will lead “Have the Talk of a Lifetime,” a program to help teach families share and record information that can be shared among generations.

It will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 at Neighborhood Church of God, 7440 Sweetwater Trail.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Karen Brock at or 812-597-4670.

Church breakfast free to community

HAMBLEN TWP. — Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road, will serve a free community breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12.

Served the second Saturday of each month, the menu includes biscuits and gravy, rolls, eggs and more.

Read to dogs at the library

Children and adults are welcome to visit the Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane, from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13, for Sit, Stay, Read!

The program features three certified therapy dogs and good listeners, Mocha, Daisy June and George.

No registration is required for the drop-in program, underwritten by Friends of the Library and made possible in partnership with the Brown County Humane Society.

For more information, call the library at 812-988-2850.

Chamber organizing fraud prevention class

In conjunction with National Consumer Protection Week, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller will present “Hang Up On Scams,” a fraud prevention workshop, at 6 p.m. Monday, March 14 at Creekside Retreat, State Road 46 East.

Hosted by the Brown County Chamber of Commerce, the workshop will provide information on avoiding scams and identity theft. It will last about 90 minutes.

Environmental groups join forces for meeting

The Brown County Soil and Water Conservation District, in conjunction with the Brown County Native Woodlands Project, will conduct its 63rd annual meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the History Center, 90 E. Gould St.

The agenda includes guest speaker Diana Biddle who is a county commissioner and local historian; supervisor election; and other items.

A variety of soups and desserts will be served.

Tickets are $5 prior to the event or $8 at the door. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. Stop by the district office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds, call 812-988-2211 or email

Fire deparment’s annual yard sale planned

HELMSBURG — From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 19, Jackson Township Fire Department, 4831 Helmsburg Road, will host its annual community yard sale and breakfast.

A 10- by 5-foot booth space is available for $20. For more information, call Cathy Perkins at 317-532-7536.

BCHS 1966 alumni sought for 50th reunion

Organizers of a June Brown County High School 50th alumni banquet are seeking help in finding 1966 alumni.

With information, email John Jones at

Tea shop offers class on oils for health

Sweetea’s Tea Shop, 225 S. Van Buren St., Suite C. in Coachlight Square, will offer a free class on the health benefits of oils, vitamins and tea at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 19.

The class will include some free samples of teas and oils. For more information or reservations, call 812-988-6515.

Rotary club plans A Taste of Art fundraiser

The Rotary Club of Brown County will conduct its inaugural A Taste of Art wine tasting and art auction Saturday, March 19, at the Seasons Lodge Conference Center, 560 State Road 46 East.

Wine-tasting with heavy hors d’oeuvres begins at 5:30 p.m. Nashville’s Chateau Thomas wines will be featured and available for purchase.

A fine arts auction will start at 7 p.m. Bidding will begin at $30.

Art to donate or auction is welcome.

Wooden Wonders will create chainsaw art in the parking lot; an artist will paint during the wine tasting; and a silent auction will include art of other media besides paintings.

The event, which includes wine and food, costs $35 per person or $60 per couple.

Proceeds will benefit charities supported by the local Rotary Club including Mother’s Cupboard, local students through scholarships, a foreign exchange program, students of the month, a Rotary Interact Club at the high school and more.

For more information, tickets or to submit artwork, contact Larry Hanson or Scott Hutchinson at or, or call 317-418-7771 or 812-988-6185. Tickets are also for sale at the Brown County Democrat, Brown County Art Guild, Chateau Thomas Winery (Nashville), Visitors Center and the Seasons Lodge.

Residents can apply for storm shelter funds

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has opened a program to aid Indiana residents who wish to construct and install a severe weather safe room in their home.

Up to 53 applicants will be reimbursed for up to 75 percent of eligible costs, up to $4,500. Funding is provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Questions can be directed to the IDHS Mitigation staff at

Food managers certification class offered

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 11 and 12, a food manager certification class will be taught in the second-floor Salmon Room of the County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane. The Monday session will end at 12:30 p.m. and the Tuesday session will finish at 2:30 p.m.

All businesses serving food, except nonprofits, are required to have a certified food manager on staff. Certification is good for five years.

The class costs $125, which includes the book and test. The book should be picked up at the health department to study in advance. To take the test only, the cost is $50.

For more information, reservations or to pick up the book, call the health department at 812-988-2255 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Benefit for backpack program honors superintendent

A spring benefit concert honoring David Shaffer, retiring superintendent for Brown County Schools, and benefiting the Brown County Weekend Backpacks Program is slated from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the Brown County High School auditorium.

Students, staff and any local residents can participate in the free event, which will need volunteer workers and musicians. The concert will focus on classical music, but all music genres are welcome.

Donations will be accepted at the door, with all proceeds to benefit the BCWB program. Operating throughout the school year, BCWB provides meals for at-risk students in the Brown County school system. The goal: “No child deserves to go to bed hungry.”

To help with the concert, call coordinator Clara Stanley at 312-310-3617 or email her at