Community Calendar for week of Aug. 24

Deadline soon to apply for emergency program grant 

Brown County nonprofits are invited to apply for a share of $3,800 in federal funding to benefit emergency food and shelter programs.

A board of local service agencies will determine how it will be distributed. In the past, money has gone to The Salvation Army, Turning Point and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

The deadline to apply is Friday, Aug. 26.

A written request of funds is required. It must include the agency’s name, address, contact person, phone number, federal I.D. number, roster of board members, amount of funding requested and program area such as food, rent or utilities. Each organization must also apply for a DUNS number to track how federal grant money is allocated.

For information, call local Chairperson Linda Welty at 812-988-6636.

Farmers market welcomes children this Friday

BEAN BLOSSOM — It’ll be Children’s Day at the Bean Blossom Farmers Market from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. The market is in the St. David’s Episcopal Church parking lot at the corner of state roads 45 and 135 North.

Scaly Tailz education and rescue group will bring live reptiles and amphibians. Dave Richards will provide live music.

The Brown County Lions Club will explain its programs at the outreach booth.

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

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

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, Aug. 27 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.

Watermelon festival to aid student feeding program

Brown County Weekend Backpacks will host their second annual Watermelon Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Village Green at Main and Jefferson streets.

It will include seed spitting, games, a watermelon carving contest, watermelon eating and a silent auction.

Proceeds support the backpack program, which sends food home from school with needy Brown County children each weekend.

For watermelon carving contest information, email Gloria Berryman at

Try different art forms during workshop

From 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, the Brown County Public Library, 205 Locust Lane, will have four local artists introducing their craft.

Bill Hastings will demonstrate oil painting; M.K. Watson, acrylic painting; Ann Woods, drawing; and Martha Sechler, watercolors.

This is not an art class; participants won’t make a final product. But they will have an opportunity to try out materials and receive a list of items needed to continue if they like it.

Choose two media to receive an hour’s instruction in each.

The program is free but registration is needed. Call 812-988-2850.

Dogs can take a swim at state park pool

From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, the Brown County State Park pool, off State Road 46 East, will be open for swimming to well-behaved dogs with current vaccinations, one dog per person.

The park gate fee applies.

Dogs must be leashed when not in the pool and have current vaccine documentation.

To register for one day, bring a bag of Purina Dog food plus $20 per dog to the Brown County Humane Society; without food, bring $25 for onsite registration.

Vendors sought for BucCornEar fundraiser

HELMSBURG — Jackson Township firefighters have planned 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.

Bring 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. Applications received after Saturday, Sept. 10, will be charged a $10 late fee.

Admission is free. The event 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 power line safety demo by SCI-REMC.

Sprunica 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, Sept. 10.

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

Learn more about nature, land conservation

Landowners can learn about managing their property to create a resilient, native habitat during Nature Daze, a free series of workshops Saturday, Sept. 10. Programs will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CYO Camp Rancho Framasa, 2230 Clay Lick Road.

In addition to many speakers and a field trip, the day includes children’s activities, a native plant sale, door prizes and a barbecue lunch.

All activities are free. Nature Daze is sponsored by the Brown County Native Woodlands Project.

For more information or to register, visit, call 812-988-2211 or email

Preservation society to meet in September

The Peaceful Valley Heritage Preservation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, 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.

Volunteers sought to read to tots once a month

Brown County Purdue Extension is looking for volunteers to read once a month to area preschoolers.

Volunteers will go to pre-K classrooms, daycares and other locations to read to children from October through April. The extension will provide books to all children.

Teachers and caregivers can register classrooms for the program.

Volunteers need to turn in application forms by Friday, Sept. 16.

With questions or to apply, contact Lisa Wilson at, drop by the extension office at the fairgrounds, or call 812-988-5495.

Pioneer Women’s Club sets quilt show date

The Brown County Historical Society Quilt Show, presented by the Pioneer Women’s Club, will be Friday through Sunday, Sept. 16 to 18.

It will feature more than 100 quilts at the Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould St. Show hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and until 3 p.m. Sunday.

Quilts can be entered in nine categories. To enter, visit or call 812-988-2899.

To see the show, admission is $6 per person; children 10 and younger are admitted free. A cafe, music by local artists and demonstrations in weaving, spinning and hand quilting will be provided.

Other features include quilting supply vendors, scissor/knife sharpening and a gift shop. Chances to win a club-created raffle quilt are $1 each. The drawing will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

Self-care acupressure taught at library

Certified acupressure practitioner Gloria Lawson will teach acupressure points from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 in a lower-level meeting room of the Brown County Public Library.

Pre-registration is requested. Call Lawson at 317-378-6399.

Children’s history programs taught monthly

The Brown County Historical Society offers 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.

Remaining program dates are from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 22 and Oct. 20, 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.

New literacy festival offers family activities

Parents, children and caregivers are invited to the Fantastically Fabulous Family Fall Fling, a celebration of Brown County’s littlest readers, Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Brown County Public Library.

The event downstairs and in the parking lot from noon to 3 p.m. will include games, treats, storytellers and sing-alongs; books will be available for a donation.

The event is sponsored by the Brown County Literacy Coalition, Brown County Public Library and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Vendors sought for rock, mineral show

Brown County Rock & Mineral Club members are seeking quality vendors of rocks, minerals, gems and jewelry for a rock and mineral show/swap, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at the Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould St.

For more information, visit or

Free program on Medicare at the library

From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, “Know Your Medicare Health Plan Options” will be offered in a lower-level meeting room of the Brown County Public Library, 205 Locust Lane.

Sarah Eder will present the free program focused on understanding Medicare supplemental and Medicare Advantage plans. She will answer questions.

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

Learn to knit and crochet at the library

From 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Brown County Public Library, 205 Locust Lane, will host knitting and crocheting lessons in lower-level meeting room B. The free program for adults and teens will also include weaving and spinning demonstrations.

To sign up, drop by the library or call 812-988-2850.

Swap meet, flea market planned at fairgrounds

From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, the Brown County Antique Machinery Association’s swap meet and flea market will take place at the Brown County 4-H Fairgrounds. Admission is free. For more information, visit

History Center bazaar spaces available

The second annual Abe Martin Village Bazaar, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, will take place at the Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould St. It will include ceramics, original art, gifts, handcrafted items, antiques and more.

Sellers can get a table and two chairs per 10-foot space for $30. To reserve space, contact Gloria at 812-988-4465 or