Community Calendar for April 20

Tree planting downtown to celebrate Arbor Day

At 1 p.m. Friday, April 22, to commemorate Arbor Day, the Nashville Tree Board will plant a red maple tree in front of the Speedway gas station at the junction of state roads 46 and 135. The public is welcome.

Wildflower Foray events to span three days

Nearly two dozen hikes will take place on multiple private and public nature areas during the 31st annual Wildflower Foray in and around Brown County.

Events take place from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, and 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 24.

In addition to hikes, a Monroe Lake Backwaters tour by boat will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, a plant photography session will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, and a mountain biking excursion will close the foray at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Some properties have gate fees; others require preregistration.

For a full schedule, visit

Earth Day Festival activities at Harmony Church

NEW BELLSVILLE — Harmony Church will host a concert featuring the Amanda Webb Band at 7 p.m. Friday, April 22.

A Labyrinth walk and tree planting ceremony are planned for 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Festivities also will include a pitch-in feast Sunday, April 24 at noon to be followed by an aromatherapy experience led by Ingrid Skoog.

Harmony is on Mt Liberty Road at Bellsville Pike. For more information, call Gretchen Laymon at 812-988-1714.

Park friends to sell plants at Nature Center

Friends of Brown County State Park’s annual plant sale will take place Saturday, April 23 at the park Nature Center. It will start at 9 a.m. and end when plants are sold out.

Plant-, seed-sharing event set at Deer Run

A plant and seed exchange will be hosted by SEED Brown County at Deer Run shelter house from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23.

Bring plants (potted or unpotted), seeds and stories, or just an interest in learning about the movement.

Seeds left over from the first swap have become Brown County’s first community seed box, available for people to pick through and add to, organizer Torrie Birkemeier said.

Simulcast of ministry program planned locally

Nashville Christian Church Women’s Ministry will host a live simulcast featuring Bible teacher Priscilla Shirer from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23 in the church auditorium, 160 S. Van Buren St. The event will include Shirer’s brother, worship artist Anthony Evans.

A repeat showing will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 29 at The Lifehouse (former Family Fun Center), 216 S. Van Buren.

Tickets for each event are $15. An optional box meal costs $10.

For more information or to register, visit; call the church office at 812-988-2889; or email

History Center hosts family heritage activities

Family Heritage Day will be celebrated from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 23 at the Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould St.

Local family historians are asked to help, share their family histories, or to see what the genealogical society has to offer. Display tables will be provided at no charge.

The free event includes an open house focused on migration with exhibits, maps of early trails, door prizes, a research table, genealogy books and files for sale, Reeve family studies for sale and more. Bring a USB drive to purchase digital books or files, one free file for each visitor.

Exhibit at the Brown County 4-H Craft Fair

Vendor spaces are still open at the Brown County 4-H Craft Fair, open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the Brown County fairgrounds.

Ten-by-10-foot spaces in the open pavilion can be reserved for $30 each. Call 812-988-5495 or email

Vendors and crafters will be set up in all three green buildings (Exhibit Hall, pavilion and open pavilion).

Wares include sewn, knitted and crocheted items; quilts; soaps; handmade bags; wall hangings; cakes and pies; hand-thrown pottery; “upcycled home decor”; jewelry; wooden bowls and toys; and vendors such as Pampered Chef, Scentsy, ThirtyOne, Usborne Books and Tupperware.

All proceeds benefit the Brown County 4-H program.

Celebrate birthday of Brown County History Center

From 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 24, the Brown County Historical Society will celebrate the first anniversary of the Brown County History Center in its Grand Hall.

The event will feature a performance at 4 p.m. by artist-storyteller Tom Roznowski accompanied by violinist Carolyn Dutton.

Participants will have opportunities to join the historical society, learn about the society’s endowment fund, or donate to the general fund or toward a $7,000 goal to reconstruct an antique log smokehouse at the Pioneer Village.

For more information, call 812-320-6237.

Free concert features classical cellist, pianist

BEAN BLOSSOM — At 7 p.m. Sunday, April 24, St. David’s Episcopal Church, at state roads 135 North and 45, will host a Bean Blossom Music Series concert featuring cellist Christoph Wagner and pianist Lishan Xue. The concert is free and open to the public.

Born in Germany, Wagner began playing the cello at age 6. He has received many international music awards. He is currently studying with Professor Emilio Colon at Indiana University.

Xue began playing the piano at age 6. She has performed in three countries. At IU, she has studied with Arnaldo Cohen and Menahem Pressler.

Vocational training opportunities for the disabled

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, a representative of Erskine Green Training Institute will present an overview of the institute and funding opportunities at Brown County High School in Room 411.

Institute programs are for people 18 or older whose skills are affected by a disability. Programs range from nine to 13 weeks.

For more information, contact Barb Kelp at or 812-988-5411.

Keep Brown County Beautiful kick-off at the library

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, a ceremony and first meeting of the Keep Brown County Beautiful project will take place in the lower level of the Brown County Public Library, 206 Locust Lane.

All are welcome to attend and learn how they can help.

The mission is “to bring together citizens, governmental bodies and businesses to create a beautiful and healthy environment” in the county, which will improve quality of life and enhance economic development and eco-tourism.

Projects will focus on reducing litter, recycling, beautification and education.

League of Women Voters to show political documentary

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, the League of Women Voters of Brown County will show a 77-minute documentary, “Gerrymandering” at the Brown County Public Library, 205 Locust Lane.

Every 10 years, legislative districts are redrawn, but are they redrawn to reflect population shifts or to benefit politicians who hope to choose their voters? The film features Arnold Schwartzenegger, who explains how the political system is manipulated by both parties and what it means for the political process.

Spring two-day plant sale planned at library

The Friends of the Library will host its annual plant sale on the lower level of the Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane, from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 29, and on the lawn of the Brown County Courthouse from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30.

A variety of sun and shade perennials will be sold in time for spring planting. Other participating organizations include the Brown County Herb Society, Seed Brown County, Brown County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Brown County Native Woodland Project. BCNWP will give away free native trees.

Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Brown County Library and the garden and ravine projects.

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

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.

Performers will include the Brown County Music Teachers’ Ensemble, David Bartlett, Angie Aumage and Joyce Jordan-Cassal, Rick Clayton and John Whitcomb, Carri Spires and Shannon Harris, Nate Tipton, Clara Stanley, Aiden Blankenship, Noah Guinn and others.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted at the door 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.”

Mt. Zion Cemetery clean-up date set

VAN BUREN Township — From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, those interested in maintaining Mt. Zion Cemetery are welcome to the association’s clean-up day at the cemetery between Stone Head and Story on State Road 135 South.

A pitch-in lunch is planned at noon, followed by the cemetery association’s annual meeting at 1 p.m.

Indiana Wine Fair tickets on sale now

STORY — The annual Indiana Wine Fair will take place at the Story Inn Saturday, April 30, rain or shine.

Vintners will dole out one-ounce pours amid food and live music. The first 4,000 general admission ticketholders to enter receive a keepsake wine glass.

Participants must be at least 21. Gates open at 12:30 p.m.; wine service ends at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $30 at the gate and $10 for designated drivers. A free shuttle will run to and from downtown Nashville every 15 minutes.

For more information, visit or call 812-988-2273.

Sanders for President group meeting at library

The Bernie Sanders for President group meets at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in the lower level of the Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane. “Progressive people for Bernie Sanders are welcome,” the meeting announcement says.

Spring mud bog to take place at fairgrounds May 7

Brown County 4-H Fair Board will have a mud bog at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7.

Registration will be from 2 to 4 p.m.

The entry fee is $25 per class.

General admission is $10 for adults; $5 for children 4-12 and free for children 3 and younger. Pit admission is $15.

No alcohol is allowed on the fairgrounds.

With questions call Mark Stargell at 317-534-7753 and leave a message.

Spring Blossom Weekend to include parade, movie

The Brown County Lions Club’s 53rd annual Spring Blossom Parade will step off at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7 in downtown Nashville.

The theme, “Brown County Celebrates our Superheroes,” ties in with the 50th anniversary of the 1966 “Batman” TV series and movie and the 200th birthday of Indiana.

The 1966 “Batman” movie will play at the Brown County Playhouse on Friday evening, May 6, and the Batmobile will be on display across the street that evening and in the parade Saturday.

Bean Blossom farmers market to open in May

BEAN BLOSSOM — The Bean Blossom farmers market will open Friday, May 13 in the St. David’s Episcopal Church parking lot, on State Road 45 just off State Road 135 North.

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, May 14.

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

Food managers certification class offered

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, June 7 and 8, a food manager certification class will be taught in the second-floor Salmon Room of the County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane. The Tuesday session will end at 12:30 p.m. and the Wednesday 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.

BCHS 1966 alumni sought for 50th reunion

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

With information, email John Jones at

The reunion will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 24, at Creekside Retreat, 2450 State Road 46 East, and include hors d’oeuvres, beverages and a cash bar. All classmates and others associated with the class are welcome.

To RSVP, contact Buzz King at or 812-988-4294.

BCHS class of 1996 to reunite for 20th anniversary

The 20-year class reunion for the BCHS class of 1996 will be celebrated with dinner and drinks at at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46, Nashville.

The cost is $40 per person. Please pay in advance to BCHS Class of ’96, 6231 S. John Butler Road, Columbus, IN 47201.

With questions, contact Rachel (Hendershot) Bond at 812-525-8320 or Amanda (Bradley) Arndt via Facebook.