Community Calendar for week of April 5

Author to speak about bullying prevention

Indiana author and college student Paige Rawl will speak to the community about her book, “Positive,” at the Brown County Public Library on Tuesday, April 4.

Rawl was born HIV-positive. Her book is about how her middle-school classmates reacted to learning that news and how their bullying shaped her life during her remaining school years.

Rawl’s presentation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the lower level of the library. She will speak to junior high and high school students earlier in the day.

Copies of the book are available at the library.

Dance barn hosts Dance for the Trees

Mike’s Music & Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West, will host a Barn Dance for the Trees on Friday, April 7. It’s sponsored by the Indiana Forest Alliance and Bloomington Old Time Music & Dance.

A $10 buffet will be served at 6 p.m. It includes pulled pork; green beans with Brown County sorghum and jalapeños; coleslaw; and smoky, hot and sweet beans.

From 6 to 7 p.m., ballroom music will be played and a brief group lesson will be given by Mary Hoedeman.

At 7 p.m., learner-friendly square dances and contra dances begin, with caller Tamara Loewenthal and music by Jamie Gans and the Westside Alley Cats.

The $10 admission benefits Indiana Forest Alliance’s mission of protecting and preserving Indiana’s hardwood forest ecoystems. For guests ages 11 to 18 or current adult members of IFA or BOTMD, the cost is $5. Children younger than 10 enter free. For more information, visit

Women get pampered at farm fundraiser

BARGERSVILLE — Hope for Hearts Horse Farm will conduct its fifth annual Women’s Extravaganza fundraiser at The Sycamore of Mallow Run, 7070 W. Whiteland Road. The event is free and open to all women from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8.

The benefit is a day of pampering for women. It includes free manicures, massages, makeovers, brow waxing, haircuts and styles, shopping with on-site boutiques and vendors, silent auction items, “swag bags” for the first 300 people, “hug a horse,” make-and-take crafts, wine tasting by Mallow Run Winery and food for sale by Jivy’s BBQ.

This is a fundraiser for women, children, veterans and families that need the Hope for Healing program but can’t afford to pay for it. Donations to Hope for Hearts Horse Farm, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization in Brown County, are tax-deductible.

For more information, visit, email or call Lisa at 317-496-0189.

Lodge offering blood drive, child ID kits

The Nashville Masonic Lodge will have a blood drive with the Indiana Blood Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8.

The Child Identification Program also will be set up for parents to learn how to collect fingerprints, DNA and other identifying details for their children in case they were to go missing.

The lodge is at 19 Artist Drive.

Free simulcast to feature evangelist

Nashville Christian Church, 160 S. Van Buren St., will host a simulcast of Christian author and motivational speaker Priscilla Shirer from 10 a.m. to 5:35 p.m. Saturday, April 8.

The free event includes music and worship, sessions led by Shirer, and opportunities for fellowship with other women.

To register, visit

Victorian tea date set at art gallery

From 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 9, the Brown County Art Gallery will host its 23rd annual Victorian tea to benefit the gallery’s foundation.

For $37, the event includes shopping and punch at 12:30 p.m.; tea served at 2 p.m.; a program by Debra Slone as “thoroughly modern Addie,” exploring women and the vote; favors; a raffle and door prizes.

Vendors will include wood mobiles and jewelry by Indiana artisan Joe Krutulis of Art By JoeK; dog treats and accessories from Bone Appetit; jewelry and gifts by Monique Cagle of Sleepy Cat Studio; and gift items from Sweetea’s Tea Shop.

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

Chamber to host ribbon cutting for inn

The Brown County Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13 for the Lil Black Bear Inn, 8072 State Road 46 East (the former Always Inn).

The free event, starting at 5 p.m., will include snacks, chainsaw cutting of the logo, a graffiti artist and more. For more information, call 812-988-2233.

Program for children starting on second Fridays

HELMSBURG — Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., will offer “Equipping Kids to Know, Grow and Show God’s Love” in its Fellowship Hall from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the second Friday of each month. The free program for children in kindergarten through sixth grade includes a meal, devotion, music, movie, games and crafts. Children are welcome to bring a friend.

Register now to be in Spring Blossom Parade

Registrations are being accepted until Saturday, April 15 for the Brown County Lions Club’s Spring Blossom Parade.

The parade will go through downtown Nashville on Saturday, May 6 starting at 11 a.m.

The theme, “Reaching for the Stars,” recognizes the 40th anniversary of the release of “Star Wars.”

There is no entry fee to be in the parade. Registration and waivers are available at the Purdue Extension Office, Brown County Visitors Center and online at Signed waivers will be required from all who will be marching or riding in the parade.

With questions, contact Lion Gene Niednagel at 988-6865 or

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

To register online, visit

Get tech help for free at library in April

Anyone with questions about using their phone, e-reader or tablet can come to the Brown County Public Library for a “help day.” Stop by the library with the device between 6 and 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20.

To learn more, call the library at 812-988-2850.

Firefighters plan fish fries, other fundraisers

BEAN BLOSSOM — The Fruitdale Volunteer Fire Company, 5200 State Road 135 North, will host fish fries from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays April 22, May 20, June 10, July 8, Aug. 26, Sept. 23 and Oct. 14.

For $9, diners can get meals including tenderloins “as big as your head,” hot dogs, french fries, onion rings, beverages, fish and fish sandwiches.

Firefighters will collect contributions during “boot drives” at the intersection of state roads 45 and 135 North on Sunday, May 28, and Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9 and 10.

A turkey shoot is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, with turkey, ham and bacon as prizes. Guns allowed include 12 and 20 gauge, with a 32-inch barrel limit, for $5 per shoot. For more information, call 812-988-1696 or 812-322-8865.

Hickory Ridge launches April craft show

SPEARSVILLE — From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, Hickory Ridge Civic League & Community Center will have a craft show.

The center is at 2314 Hickory Ridge Lane off Hornettown Road. For more information, contact Carol at 765-318-6808 or

Nominations open for Volunteers of the Year

Organizations may nominate up to two people for 2017 Volunteer of the Year awards by the end of April.

The Brown County Community Foundation will award $500 in the winner’s name to the nominating organization. Submit a one-page letter describing the reasons for nominating your volunteer to the BCCF, P.O. Box 191, Nashville, IN 47448; fax it 812-988-0299; or drop it at the office, 209 N. Van Buren St., before Sunday, April 30.

Winners will be announced at the annual report to the community Thursday, June 15. For more information, call 812-988-4882.

Booth space available for craft fair May 13

A Brown County craft fair benefiting the 4-H program will take place Saturday, May 13 at the fairgrounds. Booth space is $40. For more information, email or call 812-988-5495.

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; it is only for individuals.

Class will start at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 28 in the Salmon 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 or call 812-988-2899.

Local ‘Healing Day’ planned in May

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13, Laughing Womyn Ashonosheni will host a free “Healing Day” at Owl’s Nest on Owl Creek Road.

No appointments will be scheduled and no session fees charged.

Shamanic healing, crystals, gemstones, chakra clearing, ritual action, releasing karma, past-life clearing and other methods are used. Healers and emerging healers are also welcome to participate and learn.

For more information, visit or call 812-988-2149.

Nashville farmers market to start in May

The Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East, will host a Nashville farmers market in its parking lot on Sundays starting May 7.

Hours will be noon to 3 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 29. The market will include locally grown vegetables, herbs, flowers and more.

For more information, visit or call the inn at 812-988-2291.

Mushroom sale to benefit local charities

The Brown County Community Foundation and Brown County YMCA will sponsor the 20th annual Howard Hughes Memorial morel mushroom sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 26 and 27.

Proceeds benefit Brown County charities. To pre-order mushrooms for $50 per pound, email

Summer Day Camp to be offered in town

Brown County Parks & Recreation will conduct a summer day camp for kids in preschool through sixth grade from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, May 31 to Aug. 4, excluding holidays.

Registration costs $10 per family. Daily rates are $25 for the first child and $20 for each additional child. Weekly rates are $95 for the first child and $75 for each additional child.

Reduced rates are available for those who qualify for free or reduced lunches through Brown County Schools. For more information or to register, call 812-988-5522.

Bomb prevention awareness course offered

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 2, a Bombing Prevention Awareness course will be taught at the County Office Building, 201 Locust Lane.

A FEMA student I.D. number is required to register. To obtain an I.D., visit; for more information, visit

For registration form and information, contact environmental health specialist Jennifer Rugenstein at or call 812-988-2255.

Muddy Roots Weekender planned in June

VAN BUREN TWP. — EXplore Brown County, 2620 Valley Branch Road, will host a music festival Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3.

The fifth annual Muddy Roots Spring Weekender, hosted by Muddy Roots Music Recordings, is limited to 500 tickets. This mini version of the festival is billed as “a family reunion or roots music company picnic.” Music will be played from noon to midnight Friday and Saturday.

Electric RV sites and cabins are available for rent through Tent camping is free.

The lineup includes string bands, country music, roots blues, punk blues, folk, Americana, bluegrass and more. Bands include the Shack Shakers O’Death, The Tillers, Joseph Huber, Jayke Orvis, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Pine Hill Haints, Mountain Sprout, Brook Blanche, Dylan Walshe, Billy Cook, Left Lane Cruiser, Joey Henry’s Dirty Sunshine Club, Freight Train Rabbit Killer, Matt Heckler, Toe Knee Tea, Rock Bottom String Band and Pearls Mahone.

For more information, visit or call 812-988-7750.

Helmsburg church to host hog roast June 4

HELMSBURG — After 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning worship June 4, the Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., will have a hog roast. Bring a side dish. The free event will include music, fellowship and testimony by Bruce Frye.

Radiation awareness training set for June 26

A free radiation awareness program will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 26, in the second-floor Salmon Room of the Brown County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane. Light refreshments will be served.

Open to the public, the class will cover radiation basics; an overview of the emergency preparedness program; radiation transport accident response; and hands-on equipment opportunities.

To register, call Jennifer Rugenstein at 812-988-2255 or email