Community Calendar for May 4, 2016

Mommy & Me tea planned at Sweetea’s

Sweetea’s Tea Shop and Brown County Parks & Recreation will host “Tea with Mommy & Me” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, at Sweetea’s Tea Shop, 225 S. Van Buren St., Suite C in Coachlight Square.

It includes finger foods, tea, candy, crafts, games and a photo booth.

Payment is needed by Wednesday, May 4 to reserve a spot. The cost is $20 per couple (mom and son/daughter, 12 and younger), with $10 for each additional child. Call 812-988-6515 to RSVP.

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.

Mothers invited to tea at Hickory Ridge center

SPEARSVILLE — Hickory Ridge Community Center will host a Mother’s Day Tea and Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 5.

Flowers will be provided; seven games will be played and prizes awarded.

To get to the center from State Road 135 North, turn onto Hornettown Road, then left on Hickory Ridge Lane.

Tea shop hosts cancer support group meeting

A cancer support group will meet from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at Sweetea’s Tea Shop, 225 S. Van Buren St. in Coachlight Square.

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.

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. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health.

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

The Brown County 4-H Craft Fair will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at the Brown County fairgrounds.

Vendors and crafters will be set up in all three green buildings. 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.

Gardening items to be sold on parade day

Before and after the Spring Blossom Parade, the Brown County Garden Club will conduct an “all things gardening” sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7 on Main Street in front of the courthouse.

An assortment of old and new gardening items will be sold, including plants, yard art, pots, books and seeds. Some items were created by garden club members especially for this sale.

Proceeds will be used for community projects in Brown County.

Mushroom festival planned at park Nature Center

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 7, the Brown County State Park Nature Center will host its annual Morel Mushroom Festival.

The event includes a coloring contest with judging at 3 p.m., mobile gift shop, mushroom sale by Friends of BCSP and live music by the Weed Patch Strummers at 1 p.m., stories, crafts, cooking demo, scavenger hunt and guided collection hike. A park entrance fee applies.

For more information, call 812-988-5240 or email Patrick Haulter at

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.

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.

Community band concert will benefit Habitat

Brown County Community Band will perform “A Tribute to the Silver Screen,” featuring music from television and Hollywood, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Brown County High School Auditorium.

Admission is $7 per adult and $5 per child or senior. Proceeds benefit Brown County Habitat for Humanity.

Mel Chance and Brianna Engelbert will be featured soloists.

Refreshments will be served and information provided about Habitat’s newest program, “A Brush with Kindness.”

Tea parties planned for Mother’s Day weekend

Sweetea’s Tea Shop, 225 S. Van Buren St. in Coachlight Square, will host special tea parties with seatings at 11 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8.

The cost is $22 per adult and $10 per child 12 and younger. It includes a cup and saucer for each mother to take home.

Required reservations can be made by calling 812-988-6515.

Preservation society to meet in May

The Peaceful Valley Heritage Preservation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in a lower-level meeting room of the Howard F. Hughes Community Building, 209 N. Van Buren St.

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, visit the group on Facebook.

Fruitdale firefighters to serve fish dinners

BEAN BLOSSOM — The Fruitdale Volunteer Fire Department will have its first fish fry of the season from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at the station, 5200 State Road 135 North.

In addition to fish, volunteers will serve “tenderloin sandwiches as big as your head,” desserts, baked beans, cole slaw and sweet tea.

Vendors of various items will be set up at the station for diners to shop.

Other fish fry dates are June 4, July 16, Aug. 27, Sept. 24 and Oct. 22.

Cemetery group to meet for business, cleanup

JACKSON TWP. — Bear Creek Cemetery Spring Cleanup has been set for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 14 at the cemetery on Bear Creek Church Road. If needed, the make-up day will be May 21.

The annual meeting will start at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12.

Earthskills gathering offers camping, back to basics skills

JACKSON TWP. — An Indiana Earthskills Gathering will take place Friday, May 13, through Sunday, May 15 at 2427 W. Nellie Sisson Road.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 12, for registration and overnight camping.

The gathering is “to learn and practice skills that make the Earth a better place. It includes music and storytelling by campfire, a traditional Lakota sweatlodge, and a Contra dance and band.

Some of the class offerings are making Native American flutes, primitive shelters, green wood carving, rope making, stalking and primitive camouflage, making paper, moccasins, wooden cooking utensils and Native peacemaking.

For more information or to register, visit

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. Machine-piecing will also be demonstrated. Materials are provided.

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

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 it’s $18. The first 125 dogs registered receive a goodie bag valued at more than $50.

For more information or to register, visit

Local business sponsors sought for Relay

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 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.

Annual mushroom sale 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 sold out.

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.

Van Buren graduates to reunite at school in June

The Van Buren School Reunion will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at the Van Buren Elementary School. The meal will be served at 6 p.m. Meals are $14 per person.

If interested in attending, call Brenda Greathouse Miller at 812-988-4203.

The group has a Facebook page, Van Buren Alumni Association.

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.