Community Calendar for week of Jan. 4

YMCA considering starting babysitting co-op

The Brown County YMCA is gauging interest in starting a local babysitting co-op, in which parents would take turns watching each other’s children.

The YMCA has space to serve as the host site, said Shelle Hertz, program director.

If interested, contact Hertz at the Y at 812-988-9622 or

Tavern hosts monthly spiritual discussions

At 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, The Pine Room, 51 East Chestnut St., will host Theology Pub, a discussion group supported by St. David’s Episcopal Church. It meets the first Thursday each month to wrestle with tough issues and current events.

The group is “spiritual, not religious,” an event flier says.

For more information, visit

Registration open for Tabata Boot Camp

The Brown County YMCA will begin a new session of Tabata boot camp, from  Monday, Jan. 9 through Friday, March 3.

Tabata is a form of high-intensity interval training. Classes last for 45 minutes and are offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, either at 6 a.m. or 8 a.m. for eight weeks.

The program includes “adaptations and modifications for all levels and fitness abilities.” The aim is to improve energy and core stability quickly so participants become fitter, stronger and regain balance.

For returning participants, the cost is $175 per Y member or $200 per non-member. For new participants, the boot camp costs $225 per Y member or $250 per non-member.

For more information, visit or call  812-988-9622

Valentine’s prom for people with special needs

BLOOMINGTON — From 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, Portico Church at The Warehouse in Bloomington, 1525 S. Rogers St., will host Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. The event is a prom night experience centered on God’s love for people 14 and older with special needs.

Similar proms are set to take place in more than 350 churches in all 50 states and 10 countries.

On Saturday, Jan. 7, also at The Warehouse, The Glass Slipper of Brown County will give away prom dresses to prom guests.

Each guest of Night to Shine enters on a red carpet to the welcome of a friendly crowd and “paparazzi.” Guests can enter hair and makeup stations and shoe shining areas; get limousine rides, corsages and boutonnieres, a catered dinner and prom favors; and enjoy karaoke on the dance floor. Each guest is crowned king or queen of the prom.

For information on the Bloomington event, visit

Winter in the Woods Weekend Activities Planned

The weekend of Jan. 13-15 will be filled with events designed to help visitors and locals unwind in a variety of ways.

Winter in the Woods weekend activities range from a winter hike or Frosty Trails 5-Mile Run, to a wellness retreat, to cocktail classes and wine tasting, to swing dance lessons. Visit or call 812-988-7303 for more information.

Friday events:

  • Winter Bliss Retreat: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park with more than a dozen wellness workshops such as yoga, sound healing, relationship building, creative arts and play, $90 to $100. Information: or 317-501-9000.
  • The Bourbon Experience: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 13 and 14, Bear Wallow Distillery, 4484 E. Old State Road 46 in Gnaw Bone, $50 per person. Information: or 812-657-4923.

Saturday events:

  • Breakfast with the Naturalists and hiker’s lunch buffet: 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Little Gem Restaurant in Abe Martin Lodge at the state park, menu prices apply.
  • Self-guided hikes: 9 a.m., 3.5 mile-hike starting at the Nature Center and 2.75-mile hike starting at the park’s recreation building, learn winter wildlife facts from DNR interpreters on both hikes, free.
  • Frosty Trails 5 Mile: 10:30 a.m., Lower Shelter in Brown County State Park, 5.2-mile trail run or walk, $25 with long-sleeved shirt and post-race food and beverages. Information: or 317-340-7506.
  • Salt Creek Stroll: 2 p.m. Saturday or Sunday, Jan. 14 or 15, $10, sample a few wines at Salt Creek Winery before taking a 2-mile stroll along Salt Creek Trail and have a glass of your favorite upon return.
  • Deep Forest De-Stress: Drop in between 2 and 5 p.m., Robinwood Studio, 914 Highland Ave., for fireside crafts, art, aromatherapy, free tea samples and more. Information: 812-988-7094.
  • Warm Up with Whiskey cocktail classes: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., $25, Out of the Ordinary restaurant, 61 S. Van Buren St., appetizers included. Pre-registration preferred:
  • Swing dance lessons: 5:30 p.m., Out of the Ordinary restaurant, 61 S. Van Buren St., free. Around 6:30 p.m., the floor will open for dancing.

Sunday events:

  • Yoga on Tap: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., $20, Big Busted Bar, North Van Buren Street and Molly’s Lane, plus a pint of Big Woods Beer.

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, Jan. 14.

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

4-H SPARK clubs starting spring programming

Some Brown County 4-H SPARK clubs will start activities in January.

SPARK clubs are a 4-H program, but they are also open to children who are not already enrolled in the traditional 4-H summer program.

A baking club will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Brown County Purdue Extension Office on Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds. It’s open to children in the third through 12th grades.

“Best Cooks in Brown County” will meet on Tuesdays Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 and March 7 after school until 5 p.m. A Brown County Schools bus will provide transportation to the Extension office for fifth- through 12th-graders; participants in the third and fourth grades will need to be driven by their parents.

“Spring Acres of Adventure” will meet Mondays in February and March after school. Details have not been finalized yet.

“Best Babysitter” will teach ages 12 and older how to safely babysit younger children. It will be taught during spring break Tuesday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To get help signing up through the 4-H online portal, or with questions, call 812-988-5495.

Talk to a Lawyer Day planned at library

Short, confidential legal consultations will be available for free during Talk to a Lawyer Day in meeting room A at the Brown County Public Library. It lasts between 5 and 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16.

As a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., local attorneys and legal aides will volunteer to help with legal questions on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Consultations by phone are also available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1-877-378-0358. A statewide hotline, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., can be reached at 1-800-266-2581.

Food manager certification class offered

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 17 and 18, a food manager certification class will be taught in the second-floor Salmon Room of the County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane. The Tuesday session will end at 12:30 p.m. and the Wednesday session will finish at 2:30 p.m.

All businesses serving food, except nonprofits, are required to have a certified food manager on staff. Certification is good nationwide for five years.

The class costs $125, which includes the ServSafe Sixth Edition Food Manager’s text and test. The book should be picked up at the health department to study in advance. Without text, the cost is $50. The health department accepts credit cards, money orders and cash.

For more information, reservations or to pick up the book, call the health department at 812-988-2255 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Try different art forms during workshop

CORDRY SWEETWATER — From 1 to 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, the Cordry Sweetwater branch of the Brown County Public Library will host local artists who will introduce their crafts.

Ann Woods will demonstrate 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 materials and receive a list of items needed to continue if they like it.

The program is free, but registration is needed. Call the library in Nashville at 812-988-2850 or the Cordry Sweetwater branch at 317-933-9229.

Public radio game show live at The Playhouse

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, the Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., will host live tapings of public radio game show “Says You! The Hoosiers Have it!”

“Says You!” is a long-running, nationally broadcast show airing on WFIU Saturday mornings. Host Barry Nolan challenges two teams of panelists with interesting, difficult questions about words. Three definitions are given for a mystery word, only one of which is the actual meaning. Audience members try to determine who’s bluffing.

Tickets for the live show are $25.50 per student/child; $28.50 per adult general admission; or $77.50 per person for WFIU VIP tickets, which include a pre-show cocktail reception at Out of the Ordinary restaurant with cast members of “Says You!” and premium seats at the performance.

For more information, visit or call 812-988-6555.

More reading tutors welcome for local students

Brown County Literacy Coalition tutors will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, downstairs in the Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane.

Anyone interested in tutoring first- through third-grade Brown County children is welcome.

Discussion at the meeting includes sharing successes and challenges when working with the kids and tutoring methods. Refreshments are provided. Meetings are the second Saturday of every other month.

For more information, contact the coalition at or call 812-988-6960.