Community Calendar for May 18, 2016

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.

Relay for Life schedule set for this weekend

A Relay for Life team captain meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, which is Bank Night. Teams are to bring donations to date and pick up event T-shirts.

The community is encouraged to attend Relay at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Brown County High School track. This year, the event will have a slightly different schedule.

All survivors are encouraged to be at the 11 a.m. opening ceremony.

The silent auction will not end until early evening.

As usual, the luminaria ceremony will begin at 10 p.m. and events will wrap up at 11 p.m.

Visit to make a donation.

Join high school teachers’ retirement party

All are welcome at a retirement party for teachers Tom Baker, Gerry Long, Alice Mannix and Chris Todd, from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 20 at the Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould St.

The four Brown County High School teachers have spent more than 30 years in Brown County schools.

Appetizers and drinks will be provided.

Children’s Day planned at farmers market May 20

BEAN BLOSSOM — The Bean Blossom farmers market, from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 20, will feature events for children.

Activities include a bounce house, summer activity booths from various community groups, and the dedication of the church’s new community children’s garden.

The market is in the parking lot of St. David’s Episcopal Church at state roads 45 and 135 North.

Bear Creek Cemetery group sets annual meeting

JACKSON TWP. — Bear Creek Cemetery annual meeting will start at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12 at the cemetery on Bear Creek Church Road.

Indoor yard and bake sale planned at church

North Salem United Methodist Church, 7718 State Road 46 East, will conduct a yard and bake sale inside from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21.

Church hosts yard sale for kids’ summer camp

HELMSBURG — From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 21, Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., will have its annual yard sale.

The sale also will include baked goods.

Proceeds help pay for kids to go to summer camp.

Morgantown to honor veterans with parade

MORGANTOWN — The Morgantown Lions Club’s 104th Memorial Parade will honor all veterans as it moves along from the four-way intersection of state roads 135 and 252 and County Line Road Sunday, May 22. It will step off at 1 p.m.

The parade will proceed to East Hill Cemetery where a memorial service will honor those who have died in the line of duty.

The parade’s grand marshal will be John Gregg, the Democratic candidate for governor.

A veterans float, open for all veterans to participate, will leave from behind First Merchants Bank, 180 W. Washington St.

The parade, expected to last 20 to 40 minutes, will include a walking flag and Indian Creek Marching Band as well as antique and classic cars.

The service at the cemetery, expected to last 40 to 50 minutes, will include music, history readings and a roll call of the more than 400 veterans buried in Morgantown cemeteries.

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 costs $18 per dog. The first 125 dogs registered receive a goodie bag valued at more than $50.

For more information or to register, visit

Summer day camp offered at intermediate school

Brown County Parks and Recreation will provide summer day camp at Brown County Intermediate School, 260 Schoolhouse Lane, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Children entering preschool through the sixth grade are welcome.

Camp is offered on weekdays Wednesday, May 25 through Friday, Aug. 5, holidays excluded. Activities include swimming, bowling, movies, crafts, games and field trips.

The registration fee is $10 per family.

The daily rate is $25 per first child and $20 for each additional child; the weekly rate is $95 for the first child or $75 for each additional child.

For children who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program, the cost is $16 per day for the first child or $12 for each additional child.

Field trips cost between $2 and $5 extra. The field trip schedule can be found at

Register at the parks and rec office, 1001 Deer Run Lane, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Call the office at 812-988-5522 or visit

Morel mushroom sale to help 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

Fruitdale firefighters plan boot drive

BEAN BLOSSOM — The Fruitdale Volunteer Fire Department, 5200 State Road 135 North, will have a boot drive Sunday, May 29. Donations are accepted to support the fire department.

Thrive Alliance to have open house at YMCA

To celebrate Older Americans Month, Thrive Alliance will have an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 31 at the Brown County YMCA, 105 Willow St.

It will include a raffle, trail walk, refreshments, information on programs and community resources, and the presentation of the Trailblazer Award.

Thrive Alliance offers a variety of services to older adults such as care management, meals, wellness programs, accessibility ramps, legal services and more. The organization’s website is

BCHS class of 1986 plans reunion at inn

From 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 4, the Brown County High School class of 1986 will have a 30-year reunion poolside at the Brown County Inn. A cash bar and food will be available for carry-out from the Corn Crib Lounge.

For more information or with information on whereabouts of any classmates, call Lora Lewis Rudd at 812-360-7459.

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.

Children’s history program to be taught monthly

This summer and fall, the Brown County Historical Society will offer Hands on History to show children ages 8 to 12 what pioneer children would have experienced.

Topics include cooking; gardening; leisure activities such as games, music and dance; home crafts of quilting, weaving and spinning; weather lore and map reading.

Home school groups are welcome.

Program dates are Thursdays, June 9, July 7, Sept. 22 and Oct. 20, and Saturday, Aug. 20. All are from 1 to 4 p.m. at the History Center and Pioneer Village, 90 E. Gould St.

A $5 fee is charged. For a registration form, visit or call 812-988-2899.

BCHS class of 1973 to reunite in June

The Brown County High School class of 1973 will have a reunion from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 11 poolside at the Brown County Inn.

For more information, leave a message with Jed Bessire at 812-988-4408 or email him at

Van Buren graduates to reunite at school

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.

The reunion is open to anyone interested in Van Buren Elementary or Van Buren High schools. 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 Brown County High School 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.

The cost is $40 per person. 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.

Class series on native plant stewardship offered

A series about benefits of native plants and controlling non-native plants will be taught this summer at the Brown County Soil & Water Conservation District Office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds.

Class will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every other Wednesday, June 29 through Aug. 24. Most will be indoors. The July 13 and Aug. 10 sessions will be outdoors at Deer Run Park.

Speakers will include Tommy Gunn, Chris Neggers and Ellen Jacquart, all of The Nature Conservancy; Jane Savage and Ruth Ann Ingraham of the Brown County Native Woodlands Project; Allison Rubeck of BCSWCD; Sam Shoaf and Matt Fox of Eco Logic; and Dan McGuckin of Habitat Solutions Wildlife & Forest Management.

Similar in structure to IDNR’s Master Naturalist and Purdue’s Master Gardener programs, those who attend five of six sessions and pass a written, take-home exam will be certified as Native Plant Stewards and can become members of the Brown County Native Woodlands Project.

Graduation will be Saturday, Sept. 10, at Nature Daze.

Enrollment is $30 per person or $50 per household. For more information or to register, call Rubeck at 812-988-2211, email or visit