Community Calendar for week of Oct. 19

Visit artist studios during free October tour

During October, visitors can take a self-guided driving tour of 14 studios and see 22 artisans at work on the Back Roads of Brown County Studio Tour.

Participating artists create paintings, rugs, pottery, jewelry, gourd art, books, metalwork, brooms, fiber art, calligraphy, woodworking, photography, stone carving and baskets. Visitors can meet and talk with the artists and craftsmen, watch them work and buy their wares.

The studio and home of T.C. Steele, one of Brown County’s first artists, is included on the tour.

A free map and guide is available at and at the Brown County Visitors Center downtown. Participating studios have signs. No reservations are required. Studios are generally open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in October with a few exceptions, noted on the map.

Van Buren firefighters serve tenderloins

STONE HEAD — From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 30, the Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department, 4040 State Road 135 South, will serve tenderloin sandwiches with chips and tea, water or lemonade for $7. Cider slushies cost $2. Soda and chips are 50 cents each. Desserts cost $1 each; pumpkin and zucchini breads are $7 per loaf.

Candy, volunteers needed for trick-or-treat trail

The Brown County YMCA will partner with Brown County Parks and Recreation for Trick-or-Treat on the Trail from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Costumed volunteers are needed to create themed stations along the trail, handing out treats. Volunteers can sign up at the Y.

Candy or cash donations are requested. Take or send them to the YMCA, 105 Willow St., or the parks and rec office, 1001 Deer Run Lane, before Friday, Oct. 28. For more information, call 812-988-9622.

Final session in children’s history series

The final session in the Hands on History series will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Brown County Historical Society’s Pioneer Village. The program, featuring activities from pioneer times, is for children ages 8 to 12.

The registration fee is $5 per child with a completed form, found at, or call 812-988-2899 for more information.

New Song Mission hosts fall open house

VAN BUREN TWP. — From 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 22, New Song Mission, for Indiana’s at-risk kids, will conduct its fall open house.

Donuts and cider will be served. Guided tours of the 100-acre community campus and homes, and presentations about progress on building the campus start at 10 a.m.

For directions, visit

Fruitdale firefighters conducting fish fry

BEAN BLOSSOM — The Fruitdale Volunteer Fire Department will have its final fish fry of the year from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the station, 5200 State Road 135 North.

Hamilton Creek Bluegrass band will perform at 2 p.m.

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.

Book launch party planned at church

BEAN BLOSSOM — From 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, a book launch party for “The Altar Boy” by Phil Stephens will take place at St. David’s Episcopal Church, state roads 45 and 135 North.

The event will include reading and refreshments.

Free concert at Episcopal church Oct. 23

BEAN BLOSSOM — At 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at St. David’s Episcopal Church violinist Sofia Kim and pianist John Urban will perform.

Kim is a violin virtuoso from Los Angeles, California, and Urban is from Chicago, Illinois. Included on the program is violin solo “Partita” by J. S. Bach, “Carmen Fantasy” by Bizet/Hubay and a violin concerto by Mendelssohn.

Part of the Bean Blossom Music Series, the concert is free and open to the public.

Blood donation opportunity at high school

An American Red Cross blood drive will take place at Brown County High School, 235 Schoolhouse Lane, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24.

Donors of all blood types are needed. To make an appointment to give blood, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be at least 17, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health.

See live owls during pre-Halloween program

In cooperation with the Indiana Raptor Center, the Brown County Public Library will host a pre-Halloween owl program in a lower-level meeting room from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Owls figure prominently in supernatural tales and culture, especially at Halloween. Learn how they really live and how their appetite for rodents saves in crop and property damage.

The free event is open to the public. Donations for the raptor center are welcome.

Backpack benefit cruise-in at Creekside planned

From 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, a benefit Cruise-In for Backpacks will take place at Creekside Retreat, 2450 State Road 46 East.

Proceeds will benefit the Brown County Weekend Backpacks Program to feed hungry children on weekends during the school year. Food and cash donations will be collected. The Brown County Shrine Club will have a food and beverage concession stand and entertainment will be provided.

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

Shrine club hosts still board, trap shoot

Brown County Shrine Club will host its eighth annual still board and trap shoot from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at Pittman Farm, 6088 State Road 46 East.

A raffle drawing will be conducted. For more information, call Jim Goodman at 812-200-3141 or Phil Stephens at 317-560-9275.

Homecoming celebration after church service

CORDRY SWEETWATER — Neighborhood Church of God, 7440 Sweetwater Trail, will celebrate homecoming after the 11 a.m. service Sunday, Oct 30, with a pitch-in lunch.

Common Bond will play gospel music around 1:45 p.m.

All are welcome.

Library hosts discussion on health care costs

From 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, accredited asset management specialist Sarah Eder will answer questions and discuss “preparing for unexpected health care costs in retirement.”

The free event is open to the public at the Brown County Public Library, 205 Locust Lane. It is another in the library’s Social Security series.

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

Christmas bazaar planned at St. Agnes

St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1008 McLary Road, will host a Christmas bazaar from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, and until 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

Items for sale include crafts, Christmas items, decorated tabletop trees, jewelry, stamped paper creations and cards, local vendors, Brown County artists’ specialties, cookies and other homemade goodies.

The church will raffle a hand-stitched, king-sized quilt in the log cabin style, a barn-raising pattern.

Breakfast pastries and Brown County coffee will be available in the mornings; hot tea from Sweetea’s of Nashville will be sold all day.

For more information, visit or call 812-988-2778.

Turkey shoot fundraiser for firefighters set

BEAN BLOSSOM — From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5 and 6, the Fruitdale Volunteer Fire Department will host its inaugural turkey shoot at the station, 5200 State Road 135 North.

Eligible guns are 12-, 20- and 16-gauge with a 32-inch barrel limit.

The cost is $3 per shot. Prizes include turkey, ham and bacon.

Concessions and indoor restrooms will be available.

Preservation society to meet

The Peaceful Valley Heritage Preservation Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in a lower-level meeting room of the Howard F. Hughes Community Building, 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.

Church bazaar, quilt raffle, bean dinner planned

HAMBLEN TWP. — Goshen Community Church, 2798 Gatesville Road, will host a holiday bazaar, quilt raffle and bean dinner from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.

The “Everlasting Love” hand-stitched quilt in shades of blue is 93 inches square. Raffle tickets cost $1 or six for $5.

Call 812-988-7892 to purchase raffle tickets.

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

Tickets available for annual Chocolate Walk

Tickets for the ninth annual Chocolate Walk to benefit the Brown County Humane Society are on sale now.

The event, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, takes place throughout Nashville, with ticketholders collecting chocolate samples at more than 30 local shops and restaurants.

All proceeds benefit Brown County’s homeless pets. Tickets cost $20 through Oct. 31 and $25 from Nov. 1 until the event. Visit

Live birds of prey, silent auction at fundraiser

The sixth annual Raptor Rendezvous will be at Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.

Hosted by the Indiana Raptor Center, the event includes an afternoon snack buffet, cash bar, silent auction, program with live birds of prey, and a photo opportunity after the program. The program has been streamlined, the agenda rearranged, so the silent auction ends before the bird program starts, to allow people to leave as needed. Raptor Center birds to be shown this year are new additions. Wild Care, Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators and Illinois Raptor Center will bring additional birds.

Tickets, $30 each, can be purchased at 812-988-8990, using PayPal at, or by mailing a check to Indiana Raptor Center, P.O. Box 1153, Nashville, IN 47448. If paying by check or PayPal, indicate that payment is for tickets. Tickets allow holders free access to the state park for the event. Only 100 tickets are sold.

BCJHS Reality Store volunteers sought

Brown County Junior High has chosen Thursday, Dec. 1 for the annual Reality Store. Adult volunteers are needed to work with eighth-graders as they try to make a budget work for one month of living expenses.

Two sessions will be offered between 8:20 and 11:24 a.m. Volunteers should arrive earlier and are welcome to stay for a pizza lunch afterward.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Judy East at

Community band Christmas concert slated

Brown County Community Band will perform its Christmas concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10 in the Brown County High School auditorium.