Help kids through benefit auction, Shop With a Cop

Out of the Ordinary restaurant, 61 S. Van Buren St., will host the Brown County Community Foundation Children’s Benefit Auction at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Proceeds ensure that children in need have a new clothing item for Christmas. All are welcome to bid on items donated by local businesses and individuals.

Last year, the Children’s Christmas Fund gave 200 gift cards to local children.

Donations can be dropped off at PNC Bank for the auction or at Out of the Ordinary restaurant; cash or checks to support the cause can be dropped off at PNC Bank.

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Families who wish to benefit from the auction can sign up in November at Nashville Police Department or call Tonya Harden at 812-988-0341.

Harden and the police department also are coordinating Shop With a Cop, which takes place Dec. 17. Last year, 85 children were taken shopping for new clothing items, supported with donations from the community.

Nashville Police Chief Ben Seastrom said donations for Shop With a Cop are being accepted Tuesdays and Thursdays at the police department, 200 Hawthorne Drive.

Santa Train rolls into Helmsburg Dec. 2

On Friday, Dec. 2, the Indiana Railroad Company Santa Train will stop in several communities between Indianapolis and Illinois so that children can visit on board the train with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Admission is free.

The train is scheduled to arrive at the fire station in Morgantown at 6:30 p.m. The line to see Santa will close at 7:30 p.m.

The train will stop on Helmsburg Road near the Jackson Township Fire Station at 8:30 p.m. The line to see Santa will close at 9:30 p.m.

Have breakfast with Santa at inn

From 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4, the Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East, will host Santa at a breakfast buffet.

The event includes drawings for gifts and a hot chocolate bar.

For ticket information, visit

Children can Stuff a Stocking downtown

Stuff a Stocking will take place in downtown Nashville from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

Children can follow a map to more than 25 local merchants to gather treats, ornaments, toys and other surprises. The stocking is provided by the Brown County Community Foundation.

Tickets, $20 online before the event or $25 the day of, are limited to 300, and may be sold out if not bought in advance.

For tickets, visit or call 812-988-4882.

Run in the park during annual Reindeer Romp

Starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, the 17th annual Reindeer Romp will begin and end at the Brown County State Park Nature Center.

An 8K (4.9 mile) run or 5K (3.1 mile) run/walk are options. Reindeer antlers are encouraged, by not required.

Well-mannered dogs can also join the romp and enter a “reindog” contest for $5 each.

The event is sponsored by Brown County YMCA and benefits its financial assistance program.

Packets can be picked up at the Y, 105 Willow St., from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3.

The registration fee the day of the race is $25, to be paid between 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. at the Nature Center. A limited number of race shirts will be available.

The top three male and female winners of each run and walk will earn prizes.

Medals will be given for first place in the following run categories, male and female: 11 and younger, 12 to 14, 15 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69, and 70 and older.

For more information or to register, stop by the Y, call 812-988-9622, or visit

Visits from Santa expected at History Center

Santa has planned to visit the Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould St., from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 3 and 10. He will be in the Gnaw Bone Cabin room to hear Christmas wishes.

Toy drive, light parade planned downtown

Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Village Green Pavilion Saturday, Dec. 3, or given during the light parade that evening. The Salvation Army of Brown County will have the toys distributed to Brown County families in need.

The fifth annual Christmas light parade will step off at 6 p.m. downtown. Donation locations for the toys will be set up near the parade route.

To participate in the parade, visit, or call Mulberry Cottage at 812-988-9803 or Ted Hayes at 812-720-0322.

Live holiday show ‘Believe’ at The Playhouse

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 18, the Brown County Playhouse will host “Believe, A Brown County Christmas.”

It includes Christmas songs, Broadway classics and some comedy. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets cost $20.50 per adult, $19.50 per student/child, 10 and younger are free with paid adult.

Concessions, beer, wine and holiday drinks will be sold.

For more information or tickets, call the Playhouse at 812-988-6555 or visit

Experience old-fashioned Christmas at historic site

BELMONT — From 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, T.C. Steele State Historic Site, 4220 T.C. Steele Road, will host a Christmas celebration similar to what the Steeles experienced in the early 1920s.

St. Nicholas will visit the Large Studio and children and families can have photos taken with him. Visitors can make ornaments and small gifts. Live music will be played in the Large Studio and refreshments will be served.

Admission is $7 per adult, $5 per senior, $2 per child 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and younger.

For more information, call 812-988-2785.

Holiday open house set at retreat

From 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, Creekside Retreat, 2450 State Road 46 East, will host a holiday open house.

Activities include rides on the Nashville Express Holiday Train, visits and taking pictures with Santa and the Grinch, cookie decorating and eating s’mores around fire pits.

The event is free and open to the public. In partnership with the Brown County Weekend Backpacks program and Brown County Schools, donations of non-perishable food items will be accepted for local children in need.

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. There is no charge to attend.

Christmas sing-along planned at inn

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, the Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East, will host a Christmas music sing-along accompanied by Chuck Wills, Cari Ray and Kara Barnard.

Tickets, $12 per adult or $10 per student 6 to 18, are available at Weed Patch Music, the Wild Olive, Brown County Inn and the Visitors Center downtown. Children 6 and younger are admitted free.

For more information, visit or call 812-988-2291. To purchase tickets, visit

Bird count planned at park Nature Center

The Brown County State Park Nature Center will host a Christmas bird count at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17.

All are welcome to canvass the park to estimate numbers and kinds of birds spending the holidays in Brown County. Beginner birders are welcome. Bring binoculars.

Elementary school hosts breakfast with Santa

VAN BUREN TWP. — Van Buren Elementary School, 4045 State Road 135 South, will sponsor breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. The breakfast includes a craft and photo for $5.

Breakfast with Santa at state park lodge

From 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park will host breakfast with Santa in Allison Peabody Hall.

For reservations and cost information, call the lodge at 812-988-4418.