Community Calendar for June 22, 2016

Summer Reading Club events planned at library

Summer Reading Club events at the Brown County Public Library in Nashville will take place at 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 23, 30 and July 7 and 14.

At the Cordry-Sweetwater branch in the lot owners’ clubhouse, the events are at 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 28 and July 5 and 12.

Other summer sessions at the Nashville branch Wednesdays through July 13, include children’s programs:

  • 2 p.m. — Be the Book, for 11 and younger, reading aloud from favorite stories and creating productions, minus the stage and props.
  • 3 p.m. — LEGO Club, for 12 and younger, for an hour of creative free-play building.

Volunteer fair coming to conference center

From 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 23, the Brown County Community Foundation will host a volunteer fair at The Seasons Conference Center, 560 State Road 46 East.

Participating organizations which will be sharing volunteer opportunities include the farmers market; YMCA; preservation, historical and humane societies; Mother’s Cupboard; the visitors bureau; Shrine and Rotary clubs; TRIAD, police and Jackson Fire; the literacy coalition; weekend backpack program; League of Women Voters; Habitat for Humanity; Guardian ad Litem, Native Woodlands Project and others

Farmers market features live music, produce

BEAN BLOSSOM — From 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 24, the Bean Blossom farmers market, in the St. David’s Episcopal Church parking lot at state roads 45 and 135 North, will feature Erin Fleser as vendor of the week with handmade jewelry from recycled wire and totes from recycled plastic bags.

The market welcomes Weed Patch Strummers playing folk and gospel music.

The outreach booth will feature Brown County Guardian ad Litem, the child’s voice in the legal system.

The market is open Fridays through September. Visit for more information.

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

Catch a wave at vacation Bible school

From 9 a.m. to noon through Friday, June 24, St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1008 McLary Road, hosts vacation Bible school for children age 4 through sixth grade.

The theme is “Surf Shack: Catch the wave of God’s amazing love.”

For more information, call Therese Chamblee at 812-988-1432.

Becks Grove church VBS continues this week

BECKS GROVE — Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road, hosts vacation Bible school for children in pre-K through eighth grade through Friday, June 24.

Dinner is available at 5:30 p.m. and VBS runs from 6 to 8:20 p.m. with crafts, recreation, music and Bible stories.

Family history program features genealogist

CORDRY SWEETWATER — From 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, a free family history program will be offered at the Cordry-Sweetwater Branch of the Brown County Public Library, in the lot owners’ clubhouse, 8751 Nineveh Road.

Genealogist Kathy Evans will help participants work on a family tree or find out about ancestors.

For more information or to register, contact the Nashville branch at 812-988-2850 or visit

Garage sale at fairgrounds to assist 4-H’ers

From 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 24, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 25, the Brown County/Purdue Extension Homemakers Association will host a garage sale in the 4-H Exhibit Building on Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds.

Proceeds will go to the 4-H trip/camp fund.

Booth space is available for a $30 donation, and donated items to sell are welcome.

For more information, call the extension office at 812-988-5495.

BCHS classes from 1960s to reunite this month

A reunion is planned Friday, June 24, for the 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967 classes of Brown County High School. It will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Creekside Retreat Conference Center, 2450 State Road 46 East, and include hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Classmates and others associated with the classes are welcome.

Emails with details have been sent by class representatives and RSVPs are appreciated. With questions, contact Buzz King at 812-988-4294 or buzzking@sbcglobal.

Genealogist provides history program at library

From 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, genealogist Kathy Evans will present a free workshop at the Brown County Public Library in Room B. The program includes hints, how-tos and information about primary and secondary sources. Everyone is welcome.

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

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 and 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 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 and Forest Management.

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

Firefighters plan Independence Day hog roast

In conjunction with the Brown County Lions Club fireworks display at dusk at the high school football field, a hog roast will be served from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 4 down the road at the Brown County (Nashville) Volunteer Fire Department, 231 E. Main St.

The meal, $8, includes a BBQ pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, coleslaw, chips and drink.

Summer day camp offered at intermediate school

Brown County Parks and Recreation is offering summer day camp at Brown County Intermediate School, 260 Schoolhouse Lane, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, through Aug. 5, holidays excluded. Children entering preschool through the sixth grade are welcome.

Activities include swimming, bowling, movies, crafts, games and field trips.

Register and pay 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

Enrichment camps offered in lieu of YMCA day camp

The Brown County YMCA is offering half-day summer enrichment programs to students entering kindergarten through the 12th grade.

Programs are split up by age group and by interest. Offerings focus on sports, outdoor discovery, science, art, “fun financial foundations,” creative expression and “college application boot camp.”

The YMCA is also a Brown County Schools free summer lunch site, so campers can choose to come early or stay late to catch lunch at 11:30.

For more information, visit

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, games, music and dance, quilting, weaving and spinning, weather lore and map reading.

Program dates are Thursdays, 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, July 9.

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

Preservation society to meet in July

The Peaceful Valley Heritage Preservation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, 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.

Farm offers children’s day camp with horses

BEAN BLOSSOM — Hope for Hearts Farm Inc., on State Road 45, offers Confident Kids Camp Tuesdays, July 12 and 26. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., participants ages 8 to 12 can experience farm life, learn about horses and participate in non-riding activities, devotionals, games and crafts while building self-esteem.

The cost is $45 per day. Contact Lisa Bowman at 317-496-0189 or

Fruitdale firefighters conducting fish fry

BEAN BLOSSOM — The Fruitdale Volunteer Fire Department will have its next fish fry and bazaar from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 16 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.

Bean Blossom included in 4-state tour

BEAN BLOSSOM — The Rev’n Rods & Heartland Music Tour’s six-day, six-city schedule includes Bean Blossom.

On Thursday, July 21, James Otto will perform at the Bill Monroe Memorial Music Park. The event includes a car show from noon to 6 p.m. and the concert at 6 p.m.

The car show is free; concert tickets for the Bean Blossom show cost $11.

Car owners can join the tour in any city and follow it to the final destination in Indianapolis. The tour includes:

  • Sunday, July 17: Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin and Collin Raye at the Fontanel in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Monday, July 18: Restless Heart at the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi
  • Tuesday, July 19: Terri Clark at the A.C. Brase Arena in Cape Girardeau, Mississippi
  • Wednesday, July 20: Pam Tillis at Beach Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • Thursday, July 21: James Otto at Bill Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom
  • Friday, July 22: John Michael Montgomery at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis

Register any year, make or model of classic car, motorcycle or 4×4 at the event or online. For more information, visit or call 423-468-5121.

Mennonite church planning VBS

BEAN BLOSSOM — Vacation Bible school will be offered for children ages 4 to 11 at Bean Blossom Mennonite Church, 5046 State Road 135 North.

The program will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 18 to 21.

Complete registration in advance at

Read to dogs at the library

Children and adults are welcome to visit the Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane, from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 24, for Sit, Stay, Read!

The program features three certified therapy dogs and good listeners, Mocha, Daisy June and George.

No registration is required for the drop-in program, underwritten by Friends of the Library and made possible in partnership with the Brown County Humane Society.

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

Music, arts festival, peace rally being planned

A music and art festival is planned for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 2 to 4, for those who are concerned “about the direction the country is headed.” All music in the spirit of peace is welcome. Booth rentals for the arts will be available.

Details, including the place, will be forthcoming.

For information, call 812-988-2923 or 317-409-2720.