Community Calendar for week of Jan. 25

Plots available at community garden

The Brown County Community Garden at Deer Run Park has several plots available for the 2017 growing season, in varying sizes.

The cost ranges from $20 for a 15-by-15-foot plot to $30 for a 14-by-30-foot plot.

If interested, call the Brown County Parks and Recreation office at 812-988-5522 “as soon as possible because they are going fast,” said staff member Andy Rudd.

Take a winter tree ID walk at preserve

STONE HEAD — A district forester will lead a hike to teach how to identify native trees at Stone Head Nature Preserve Jan. 28.

Ralph Unversaw has been serving private landowners in Monroe and Owen counties for the past 25 years, working for the state Division of Forestry. He started offering tree ID classes in 1997 during the six months trees don’t have leaves.

The hike will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the preserve, at the junction of State Road 135 South and Bellsville Pike. Wear winter boots that can get wet and/or muddy.

A restroom and free parking are on site. Hot cocoa will be served afterward.

Although the hike is free, registration in advance is requested by emailing Sandy Belth at or calling 812-360-8715.

Ham and bean dinner served at church

HAMBLEN TWP. — Unity Baptist Church, 7361 Spearsville Road, will host a ham and bean dinner with music from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29.

Music will be performed from 4 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. by Modern Day Miracle and The Wesley Family. Dinner will be served from 5 to 6 p.m.

All are welcome. For more information, call the church at 812-597-0962.

Master Gardener class offered at extension office

Brown County will host a Master Gardener course this spring at a greatly reduced rate.

Offered by the Purdue Extension office, the Master Gardener program provides a framework for participants to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural subjects.

In turn, participants volunteer and help others grow by sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities in their communities.

Topics covered in this 13-week course include soils and plant nutrition, plant science, plant disease diagnosis/control, insect pest diagnosis/control, weed identification/control, pesticide safety/pesticide alternatives, woody ornamentals, vegetables, herbaceous ornamentals, home lawns and animal pests.

Classes are taught by Purdue specialists and local experts and will meet Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. beginning Feb. 1 and concluding April 26 at the Brown County fairgrounds.

Purdue Master Gardener certifications usually cost between $100 and $160, but due to available funding, this year the cost will be $50.

Space is limited to 20 participants. To reserve a space, call the Brown County Purdue Extension office at 812-988-5495.

Tavern hosts monthly spiritual discussions

At 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, The Pine Room, 51 E. 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

Winter dog hike, contest planned at state park

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, Brown County State Park Nature Center will host a winter dog hike and competition.

Sign up to receive a map and score sheet between 9 a.m. and noon at the Nature Center. Coded points will be on select trails and at unique park locations.

Score sheets are due by 4 p.m. and high score winners, announced at 4:30 p.m., win a free night’s stay at Abe Martin Lodge in a pet-friendly room or a 2017 Indiana state park pass.

Pets must be leashed at all times and all other park rules apply, including cleaning up after pets.

For more information, email or call the Nature Center at 812-988-5420.

‘Komedy spelling bea,’ chili cook-off date set

Psi Iota Xi sorority will sponsor its annual Komedy Spelling Bea chili cook-off and silent auction Saturday, Feb. 4 at Brown County High School.

The cook-off, in the high school cafeteria, and silent auction, near the front entrance, begin at 5 p.m.; the “bea” will take place in the auditorium starting at 7 p.m.

Entrance to the event costs $5 per person or $20 per family. Diners can vote on the chili by adding cash to their favorite choices’ cup, and the contestant with the most cash wins. Local “celebrity” contestants will be in both the cook-off and the “bea.”

Proceeds will go toward Brown County scholarships to help with local music, art, literature, speech and hearing needs.

4-H SPARK clubs start spring programming

SPARK clubs are beginning to meet for the spring session. The 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.

“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.

Explore reincarnation at the library

From 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, a group will explore the topic of reincarnation in meeting room A, downstairs at Brown County Public Library.

For more information on the free event, call 812-702-0870.

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, Feb. 11.

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

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.

Free chocolate lovers’ weekend at winery

Brown County Winery will have its annual Valentine’s chocolate and wine pairing event, Chocolate Lovers’ Weekend, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12.

It is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 812-988-6144.

Dress-up party themed around Raggedy Ann

From 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12, the Brown County Historical Society will host a Raggedy Ann/Raggedy Andy Valentine party at the Brown County History Center, 90 E. Gould St.

Mothers and daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters are invited to this dress-up event which will have crafts, games and a lemonade “tea” party with finger foods. Guests will learn how Raggedy Ann and Andy were created. Many Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls will be on display with photo ops available.

For children ages 4 to 12 accompanied by an adult, the event costs $5 per person. For reservations, call 812-350-1211.

Women’s ‘Love your Heart’ program planned at library

Cathi Barzilauskas, a registered nurse with I.U. Health, will conduct a healthy heart presentation for women from 2:30 to 4 p.m Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Brown County Public Library.

Those who attend can learn to recognize signs and symptoms of a heart attack or heart failure. Discussion will be about risk factors that increase chances of having heart disease; and healthy target figures for blood sugar, blood pressure and weight.

With questions, call the library at 812-988-2850.

Make jewelry from beads and wire at free program

From 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, a free jewelry program will be offered for adults and teens at the Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane, led by local artist Cheri Platter, materials will be provided for making small items such as earrings and a bracelet.

Stop by the library to sign up, or call 812-988-2850.

Benefit will include local distillery’s bourbon

COLUMBUS — Local bourbon maker Bear Wallow Distillery will participate in Bourbonfest, a benefit for the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 at The Commons in downtown Columbus.

Besides bourbon tasting, it will include live music by The Tiptonians, food samples and bar snacks.

Tickets are $50 for VIPs, $30 for general admission and $15 for designated drivers. For tickets, visit or call 812-376-2638.

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

Get tickets for conservation district annual meeting

The Brown County Soil and Water Conservation District will host its annual meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at the Brown County History Center, 90 Gould St.

The event, open to the public, will feature guest speaker Dr. John Foster addressing “The Art of Pollinators.” Food, district updates and door prizes will be included.

Tickets are $5 before the date or $8 at the door. For more information or tickets, call 812-988-2211.

Jackson Fire hosts community yard sale in March

HELMSBURG — From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 18, Jackson Township Fire Department, 4831 Helmsburg Road, will host a community yard sale.

Biscuits and gravy, hot dogs, chips, soda and coffee also will be sold.

To reserve booth space, call Cathy at 317-532-7536.

Historical society 60th anniversary recognized

The Brown County Historical Society will celebrate its 60th anniversary at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30, with music, refreshments and tours of the Pioneer Village.

Andy Rogers, the only surviving founding member of the society, will be honored.

The event, at the History Center, 90 E. Gould St., is free and open to the public.