Community Calendar for week of Sept. 7

All welcome at blessing of motorcycles

BEAN BLOSSOM — All faiths and all brands of motorcycles are welcome at a Blessing of the Bikes, at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9.

The blessing, presented by St. David’s Episcopal Church and Wheels of Faith, will happen across State Road 45 from St. David’s, in the former Shopworth IGA parking lot.

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, sponsored by the Brown County Native Woodlands Project.

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

Historic site to host activities for artist’s birthday

BELMONT — From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, T.C. Steele State Historic Site, 4220 T.C. Steele Road, will honor Steele’s birthday with an art contest.

During the 28th annual Great Outdoor Art Contest, visitors can watch artists of all ages and skill levels paint “en plein air” outside from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Awards will be announced at 3:15 p.m.

From 1:30 to 3:15 p.m., Celtica, a Celtic band, will perform.

Lunch by Ralph and Ava’s Catering, Brown County Kettle Corn and BarisGo Coffee will be sold from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Grand Junction Brewing Co. of Westfield will serve beer. Parking is $3.

Artists and visitors can see the latest painting rotation of Steele’s work in the Large Studio. The work of judges Donna Shortt, Mary Ann Davis and Rick Wilson will also be on display.

Painters can work in oil, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media and drawing.

For more information, contact Cate Whetzel at

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 from October through April. Books will be given 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, email 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. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and until 3 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $6 per person; children 10 and younger are admitted free. A cafe, music 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.

Self-care acupressure taught at library

Certified 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.

Chamber to host local job fair at library

From 3 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, the Brown County Chamber of Commerce will provide a local job fair in the lower level of the Brown County Public Library.

Booth space, tables and chairs will be provided; participating businesses must be current members of the chamber.

For more information, visit or call 812-988-0234.

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.

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.

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, Sept. 24 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.

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 with a 10-foot space for $30. To reserve space, contact Gloria at 812-988-4465 or