Community Calendar for May 25, 2016

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, May 25 to Aug. 5, holidays excluded. Children entering preschool through the sixth grade are welcome.

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.

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

Farmers market to feature live music, produce

BEAN BLOSSOM — From 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 27, the Bean Blossom farmers market, at St. David’s Episcopal Church parking lot at state roads 45 and 135 North, will have music by the band Oh Darling with Molly McGow and Chesney Jackson.

Featured vendors are James and Angela Brown with handmade crafts, desserts and local produce. The community outreach booth will host the Women’s Resource Center, which offers support and counseling for women and families in Brown County.

The market is open Friday nights through September. Visit for more information.

For booth information, contact Sharon Kitchens at or 317-417-2316.

Seniors invited to participate in story contest

To celebrate Older Americans Month, and following the theme, Trailblazers, Thrive Alliance is sponsoring a personal story contest. The agency invites senior citizens to write a story, 500 words or less, about how you have blazed a trail in your lifetime.

Stories must be submitted to Abby Garcia at or mailed to 1531 13th St., Suite G900, Columbus, IN 47201, by Friday, May 27.

The winner will be announced at the Thrive Alliance open house Tuesday, May 31 at the Brown County YMCA. That story will be published in the Brown County Democrat.

For more information, call Garcia at 812-379-6918 ext. 2746.

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

Memorial Day Illumination of Lights ceremony set

SPEARSVILLE — At 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 30, Hickory Ridge Civic League and Community Center, 2314 Hickory Ridge Lane off Hornettown Road, will conduct its Illumination of Lights, a Memorial Day ceremony to honor loved ones.

Votive candles will be lit at dusk to illuminate the name of each person being remembered. Names will be read as participants walk a circle around the lights. A prayer will be offered before luminaries are extinguished and removed.

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

Fruitdale firefighters to serve fish dinners

BEAN BLOSSOM — The Fruitdale Volunteer Fire Department will have its next fish fry and bazaar from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at the station, 5200 State Road 135 North.

In addition to Alaskan pollock fish, volunteers serve “tenderloin sandwiches as big as your head,” desserts, baked beans, coleslaw and sweet tea. Donations are accepted to support the fire department.

A bazaar with vendors of various items will be set up at the station for diners to shop.

Other fish fry dates are July 16, Aug. 27, Sept. 24 and Oct. 22. The fire department will sponsor a two-day turkey shoot and bazaar Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5 and 6.

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.

VBS starts June 6 at Parkview church

Parkview Church of the Nazarene, across from Brown County State Park on State Road 46 East, will host vacation Bible school from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 6 to 10.

Open to all children through sixth grade, the theme for VBS is “Cave Quest: Following Jesus the Light of the World.”

VBS is free. Registration forms can be downloaded at  or kids can sign up on site.

With questions, call 812-345-6021 or email

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.

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, June 11.

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

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, fans 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.

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.

Information session on housing homeless teens

At 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, Creekside Retreat, 2450 State Road 46 East, will host an information session on housing homeless teens.

Sallyann Murphy, director Brown County Guardian Ad Litem, and Harmony Gist, director of Brown County Department of Child Services, will speak.

For more information, call Patricia Krahnke at 812-219-6001 or Larry Hanson at 317-418-7771.

Preservation society to meet in town

The Peaceful Valley Heritage Preservation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 in a lower-level meeting room of the Brown County Community Foundation, 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, call 812-988-2377.

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