Community Calendar for week of March 1

Spiritual discussion hosted in tavern

At 6 p.m. Thursday, March 2, the Pine Room Tavern, 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 talk about tough issues and current events.

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

For more information, visit facebook.com/pubtheologybc.

Church service time change announced

BEAN BLOSSOM — St. David’s Episcopal Church, at state roads 45 and 135 North, will start the Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. beginning March 5. The time change will remain in effect until after June 4.

Methodist church hosts band concert

The Brown County Community Band will perform a variety of marches in a free concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at Nashville United Methodist Church, 36 S. Jefferson St.

Concert, auction to benefit teen center

A silent auction is taking place online to benefit the BETA Teen Center.

It will close the evening of the Youth Music Showcase Saturday, March 11, a fundraising concert for the same cause.

The concert, led by local musicians Kara Barnard and Cari Ray, will include more than 15 local students. It will take place at The Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.

Silent auction items include tickets to wide-ranging venues, paintings, jewelry, photography and other items made and donated by professional artists.

Before the concert, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., an open house will take place at the new teen center, 45 S. Jefferson St., above Fallen Leaf Books.

Tickets for the concert cost $12; they’re free for ages 12 and younger. Concessions, local beer, wine and mixed drinks will be sold.

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

To donate or to bid on silent auction items, visit 32auctions.com/betateen.

Donate blood in March for Red Cross Month

From 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, blood donations will be accepted at Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East.

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed.

To make an appointment, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App at redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Conservation district meeting set at history center

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 E. Gould St.

The event is open to the public and 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.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Celtic concert

From 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 17, Celtica, a progressive Celtic band, will perform at the Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East, in the Town Hall banquet room. The band includes Tammera Lane and guitarist Tim Dooley.

This event also serves as the band’s CD release party.

Lane sings and plays keyboard, hammered dulcimer, field organ, hurdy gurdy, bowed psaltery and harp. She is backed by Dooley on guitar, Irish bouzouki, bodhran drum and mandolin.

Others in the lineup include guitarist Jeff Foster, fiddler Carolyn Dutton, hurdy gurdy and percussionist Tom Lozano and bagpipe/pennywhistle player Clancy Clements.

Jackson Fire to host community yard sale

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.

Booth space is $20 for a 5- by 10-foot space. A table is not included.

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

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

RSVP for annual Ag Day breakfast

The Brown County Purdue Extension and the Brown County Soil & Water Conservation District will serve a free biscuits-and-gravy Ag Day breakfast at 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 21 at the exhibit building, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds.

Liz and Nate Brownlee of Nightfall Farm will be guest speakers. They’ll discuss Shiitake mushrooms and “diversifying the farm.”

To RSVP, email brown@iaswcd.org or call 812-988-2211.

Learn origami during spring break

Adults, teens and children ages 5 to 12 can learn origami, the art of paper folding, from Donna Marks during spring break.

The free program will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 at the Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane. All materials will be provided. It’s limited to 15 participants.

To register, stop by or call the library at 812-988-2850.

Beginning computer basics offered at library

From 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 23 and 30, beginning adult computer classes will be offered at the Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane.

Different topics taught each day include parts of the computer, signing up for e-mail, creating a document, safe online searching tips and library resources. The class series is limited to six participants.

To register, stop by or call the library at 812-988-2850.

Family Heritage Day to happen at History Center

“Township settlement” is the theme for Family Heritage Day at the Brown County History Center Saturday, March 25.

The free event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. will include family displays, books on Brown County, a research area with helpers, representatives from surrounding counties, veterans and the Indiana Genealogical Society.

Family historians are welcome to bring in family scrapbooks and set up displays about ancestors. Those gathering histories on lost villages and towns of Brown County are also welcome.

To participate, attend or to reserve a table, call Rhonda at 812-320-6237 or Julia at 812-597-5636. For more information on the event, call Rhonda or Pauline at the History Center, 812-988-2899.

Celebrate Tolkien Reading Day at the library

Tolkien Reading Day will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at the Brown County Public Library.

The Tolkien Society organized the event in 2003 to celebrate and promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien, author of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. More information on the society can be found at tolkiensociety.org.

Participants can listen to an audio recording of Christopher Tolkien reading “Of Beren and Luthien.” Bring favorite passages to read, or just come to listen and enjoy an English-style afternoon tea.

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

History Day judges sought for spring contests

The Indiana Historical Society is calling for volunteer judges for the 2017 National History Day in Indiana contests.

Judges are needed for the South Central regional contest at Brown County High School in Nashville on Saturday, April 1; three other regional contests; and state competition at Ivy Tech’s campus downtown in Indianapolis May 6.

More than 5,400 students are expected to participate, creating documentaries, exhibits, papers, performances and websites. “Taking a Stand in History” is this year’s theme.

Volunteer judges will work in teams to evaluate projects, interview students and rank winners. Regional winners will advance to state. The top two entries from each junior and senior category at state are eligible to compete in The Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in June at the University of Maryland.

Typically, NHDI judges have a background or interest in education, social studies or media. Teachers who volunteer as judges will be eligible for Professional Growth Points.

Sign up to judge at indianahistory.org/historyday. For more information, call 317-232-1882.

Purdue teaches food preservation basics

A workshop to learn the basics of canning and freezing fruits and vegetables will be offered from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 1 at the Brown County Purdue Extension office at the fairgrounds.

For more information or to register, call the extension office at 812-988-5495 or email lisawilson1@purdue.edu before Monday, March 27.

Victorian tea date set at art gallery

The Brown County Art Gallery will host its 23rd annual Victorian tea from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 9.

For $37, the event includes shopping and punch with local vendors at 12:30 p.m.; tea served at 2 p.m.; Debra Slone’s “Thoroughly Modern Addie” exploring women and the vote; favors; a raffle and door prizes.

For required reservations or more information, call the gallery at 812-988-4609.

Practical history sessions for children planned

The Brown County Historical Society’s children’s program, Hands On History, will return this spring, summer and fall.

It will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 14 and Oct. 19. Programs are geared for ages 8 to 12. Registration is required and the fee is $5 per child, per program.

Topics will vary each session. They include pioneer gardens, nature study, early transportation, Native Americans of Brown County, pioneer household chores, one-room school days and harvest.

To volunteer to help with the program, call Kathy Sparks at 812-988-2377 or email elmshootfarm@gmail.com.

To register online, visit browncountyhistorycenter.org.

Great American clean-up slated in April

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22, the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful will host a Great American Clean-Up at the Village Green Pavilion at Main and Jefferson streets.

It includes live music and free food for volunteers.

Participants can register at 9 a.m. to pick up litter, prepare flower beds, plant, paint curbs or receive another assigned job, rain or shine.

Keep Brown County Beautiful focuses on recycling, reducing litter, beautifying and educating, to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors of Brown County.

To RSVP for the clean-up, email keepbcb@gmail.com. For more information, call Allison Shoaf at 812-988-2211.

Health Department offers CPR/AED training

The Brown County Health Department is offering training for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator. The training is not for businesses.

The class will start at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 in the lower-level meeting room of the County Office Building, 201 Locust Lane. It costs $7, which pays for the certification card.

Class size is limited to six; call 812-988-5483 for availability.

Historical society 60th anniversary recognized

The Brown County Historical Society will celebrate its 60th anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 30, with music, refreshments and tours of the Pioneer Village.

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

Andy Rogers, the only surviving founding member of the society, will be honored at 2:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall.

Hamilton Creek Bluegrass Band, Zelton Kay on his dulcimer and the Salt Creek String Band will perform. Members of the Brown County Radio Hour will give tours of the recording studio and set appointments for those who would like to record family histories.

The Pioneer Village and Owl Creek Schoolhouse also will open for the season.

For more information, visit browncountyhistorycenter.org or call 812-988-2899.