Community Calendar for April 27

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.

Relay For Life seeks local business sponsors

The American Cancer Society urges local businesses to help support the fight against cancer by becoming sponsors of Relay For Life.

Options for corporate sponsorship include forming a team; providing donations of goods; purchasing event sponsor signs for track display ($100); encouraging employees to volunteer at events; and collecting donations.

Relay reduces cancer mortality by raising funds to support research, free patient programs and services or by volunteering to commit to advocacy and education efforts.

Relay for Life in Brown County will take place at the Brown County High School track Saturday, May 21.

Business representatives wanting to help can call 812-325-6651 or attend the next team meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at the Brown County Public Library.

Spring two-day plant sale planned at library

The Friends of the Library will host their 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

Ministry program repeat showing planned at church

Nashville Christian Church Women’s Ministry will host a repeat showing of the simulcast featuring Bible teacher Priscilla Shirer from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, April 29 at The Lifehouse (former Family Fun Center), 216 S. Van Buren.

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

Concert 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.”

For more information, call Clara Stanley at 312-310-3617 or email

Lifeguard training offered at Brown County YMCA

American Red Cross lifeguard training will be offered Wednesday, May 25 to Friday, May 27 at the Brown County YMCA.

The course includes training in First Aid and CPR/AED techniques after successful completion of the written and physical skills tests.

Skills testing will take place from noon to 5 p.m. the first two days; testing will be Friday on a date to be determined.

The cost is $100 for participants who commit to lifeguard at the Y. The cost is $125 for participants working at other facilities.

Candidates must be at least 15 years old, responsible, reliable and able to perform under pressure, and able to swim 300 yards continuously.

The registration and payment deadline is Wednesday, May 4. Call Shelle Hertz at the Y at 812-988-9622.

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.

Live music includes guitarist Chris Dollar from 12:30 to 2 p.m.; the Indiana Boys from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; and Indianapolis folk band Bigfoot Yancey from 5 to 6:30 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 812-988-7303.

Republicans to gather downtown on Election Night

On Election Night, Tuesday, May 3, the Brown County Republicans will gather at the Brown County History Center after the polls close at 6 p.m. to watch results come in.

Food and beverages will be available; this is also a pitch-in, so bring a dish to share. The cost of admission is a free-will donation to the party to assist in offsetting expenses of the evening.

Celebrate Red Cross Day by giving blood

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Nashville are:

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Brown County YMCA, 105 Willow St.
  • 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13 at Van Buren Elementary School, 4045 State Road 135 South.

Download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. People who weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate. Donors 18 and younger also must meet certain height requirements.

Sorority to sell flowers downtown next weekend

Psi Iota Xi will conduct its spring flower sale from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, May 6 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the Nashville Christian Church, 140 S. Van Buren St.

Flowers will be sold for ground-planting and in hanging baskets.

All proceeds go toward music, arts, literature, speech and hearing and college scholarships in Brown County.

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.

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.

From 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday evening, a dance with cash bar and snacks will include a costume contest.

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.

Lions to serve breakfast at church annex

From 7 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 14, Brown County Lions will serve a pancake or biscuit and gravy breakfast at the Parkview Church of the Nazarene annex, 1750 State Road 46 East across from Brown County State Park’s north entrance.

Tickets at the door are $7 per adult or child 12 and older, or $4 per child 11 and younger, with a $1 discount for adult tickets purchased prior to the event from any Lion.

For more information, call Lion Larry Hanson at 812-988-2221.

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.

Learn quilting basics for free at library

From 10 am. to noon Tuesday, May 17, Lu Brunnemer will teach a free class on quilting basics in Room B of the Brown County Public Library, 205 Locust Lane.

Participants will learn to hand-piece a quilt block. Materials are provided.

Sign up at the library or call 812-988-2850.

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.

Annual Dawg Gone Walk & Fiesta at new location

The annual Dawg Gone Walk & Fiesta will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at new location, Eagle Park, 1839 State Road 46 East.

New contests and demonstrations have been added to the event, which benefits the Brown County Humane Society.

Registration by Sunday, May 15 costs $15 per dog; after that date the cost is $18. The first 125 dogs registered receive a goodie bag valued at more than $50.

For more information or to register, visit

Annual mushroom sale set to benefit local charities

The annual Howard Hughes Memorial morel mushroom sale for Brown County charities will take place in the Brown County IGA parking lot from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 27 and 28, or until supplies last.

The price will be about $50 per pound.

Morels also can be pre-ordered by emailing

Food manager 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.