Community Calendar for July 6, 2016

Ladies’ Bible study starts July 5 in Nashville

The next community women’s Bible study with Laura Stuart and Deeper Truth Ministries will meet in the conference room at Cornerstone Inn, 54 E. Franklin St. The six-session study is from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, July 5 through Aug. 9.

“Come Home: A Call Back To Faith” is a study from James MacDonald about identifying four types of wanderers in the Bible — fearful, doubtful, sensual and willful — what motivates them and how to bring them back. All are welcome.

Call 812-988-9072 or e-mail

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.

Summer Reading Club events continue at library

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

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

Other activities at the Nashville branch Wednesdays through July 13 include:

  • 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.

BCCF to distribute $75,000 during grants ceremony

At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7, the Brown County Community Foundation will award over $75,000 in competitive grant awards to local non-profits and other community organizations at its annual grants ceremony.

The event, in the Howard F. Hughes Community Room, on the lower level of the BCCF office, 209 N. Van Buren St., is open to the public and will provide information about new initiatives and programs offered by local non-profits. Grant funds are available thanks to donors who support the BCCF unrestricted Legacy Fund.

Checks will be awarded to local organizations based on volunteer hours worked and event proceeds from the annual Howard F. Hughes Memorial Mushroom Sale. A total of $7000 will distributed between 52 local non-profits, charitable entities, churches and community organizations.

Farmers market features fresh food, music

BEAN BLOSSOM — From 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 8, the Bean Blossom farmers market, in the St. David’s Episcopal Church parking lot at State Roads 45 and 135 North, will feature vendor of the week Ram Family Farms with hormone-free pork, including smoked pork chops, many flavors of brats and homemade sausage.

Musician Lora Beouy will sing Carrie Newcomer and Amy Grant songs as well as original pieces.

The outreach booth will feature Mother’s Cupboard food pantry.

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

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

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.

Ice cream social at the library

From 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9, celebrate keeping Brown County beautiful with ice cream, live music and children’s activities the Brown County Public Library Children’s Garden, 205 Locust Lane. All are welcome. For more information, call the library at 812-988-2850 or visit

New Life Church hosting VBS

Vacation Bible school will be offered for children aged 2 to those who finished sixth grade at New Life Community Church, 1450 State Road 135 North.

The free VBS will run July 11-15 from 6 to 8:45 p.m.

Preregister online at

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

Chamber seeks beautification award nominees

The Brown County Chamber of Commerce, Brown County Garden Club and Keep Brown County Beautiful will recognize two Brown County businesses for their building design, signage, landscape design and flowers.

Any business in Brown County can be nominated; they do not need to be members of the Brown County Chamber of Commerce. Nominations can be submitted at; the deadline is Aug. 31.

Building design should be appropriate for the adjacent neighborhood, suitably placed on the site and well maintained.

The overall design of signs should be consistent in style and lettering.

The landscape should be healthy and appropriately scaled for the building. Creative use of flowers, hanging pots and potted plants will be considered.

The area must be clean and litter free with trash containers available.

Awards will be presented at the Brown County Chamber of Commerce annual meeting in January.

Picnic, program at CCC shelter in state park

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, a pitch-in picnic with program and flag-raising will be hosted by Friends of Brown County State Park at the Civilian Conservation Corps shelter, past the Nature Center in Brown County State Park.

New park naturalist Patrick Haulter will speak about the CCC and the work accomplished in the park by the group.

Meat, drinks and table service will be furnished. Participants should bring a side-dish to share.

For more information, call Don Stephenson at 812-988-1952.

First aid, CPR, AED training registration open

Registration is available for American Red Cross adult and pediatric first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator training until Friday, July 15, at the Brown County YMCA, 105 Willow St.

The course, open to anyone 16 or older, costs $45 per person.

Online training, expected to take about two hours, must be completed individually, recorded, printed and turned in by the skills testing date.

Mandatory skills testing will take place at the YMCA from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 13

For more information, call Shelle Hertz at 812-988-9622.

Church offers VBS soccer camp day

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 16, Nashville United Methodist Church, 36 S. Jefferson St., will host Mega Soccer Camp.

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.

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

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 four-state tour

BEAN BLOSSOM — The Rev’n Rods and 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

Having a ruff day? Read to dogs at 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.

Free bags of food for backpack students

Brown County Weekend Backpacks is providing a bag of food for the weekend to students who have been on the free lunch program during the school year. Parents may come by the Food Services Building (across Schoolhouse Lane from the junior high) on Thursdays between 4 and 6 p.m. and pick up a bag of food for students.

The program will run through July 28 except for the week of July 4.

Guitar festival to feature world-class talent

Fingerstyle guitarists will converge in Brown County for the fifth annual Indiana Fingerstyle Guitar Festival Friday, July 29. Forty fingerstyle guitar players from the United States and Europe will compete at the Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., all day Saturday, July 30.

Fingerstyle guitar is the technique of playing the guitar by plucking the strings directly with fingertips, fingernails or picks attached to the right hand fingers. Prominent players include Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Tommy Emmanuel and Andres Segovia.

Former festival winner Kade Puckett will perform at the Pine Room Tavern, 51 E. Chestnut St., at 6 p.m. Friday, July 29.

A party is planned at Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East, from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, with Cari Ray and the Loaners, 12 nationally-ranked guitarists and previous winners of the competition.

Competition will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at the Playhouse and the top three will be announced at 4 p.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

A 7:30 p.m. concert will feature the top three players, the announcement of the winner, and performances from Tim and Miles Thompson, Michael Kelsey and Puckett.

For more information or tickets, visit or or visit the Playhouse box office from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday to Sunday, and on show days starting at noon.

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.

Vendors sought for BucCornEar fundraiser Sept. 24

HELMSBURG — Jackson Township Firefighters have slated the fifth annual BucCornEar Festival at the fire station, 4831 Helmsburg Road, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

Vendor applications are available by contacting the fire department at 812-988-6201,,, or at the fire station.

Applications received after Saturday, Sept. 10, will be charged a $10 late fee. Bring completed applications to the fire station or send them, with checks payable to Jackson Township Fire Department, to BucCornEar Festival, c/o Jackson Township Fire Dept., P.O. Box 610, Nashville, IN 47448

The festival celebrates pirates, popcorn and fire prevention. Admission to the event is free. It includes food and games for a donation, a pirate village and gauntlet, bucket brigade, pirate costume contest, walk-the-plank, plink-o, ring toss, pirate hook fishing, corn shucking, popcorn, a car show, a burning house fire demo, and a live line safety demo by SCI-REMC.