Community Calendar for week of April 12

Bluebird nest box kits for sale

The Brown County Bluebird Club is selling cedar bluebird nest boxes for $15 each or two for $25 to raise money for the club.

If interested, email Dan Sparks at or call 812-200-5700.

Chamber to host ribbon-cutting for inn

The Brown County Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Lil’ Black Bear Inn at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13.

James and Jill Farkas purchased the former Always Inn at 8072 State Road 46 East.

The free event, starting at 5 p.m., will include snacks by Johnny Carino’s, chainsaw cutting of the bear logo, a graffiti artist, an artist doing 15-minute sketches for $5 each 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

Healthcare program, discussion offered at the library

Come to the Brown County Public Library at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, to learn more about ideas for improving America’s health care system and where healthcare is heading in Brown County.

Offered by Brown County Common Ground, the free program includes question and answer time; a showing of the documentary, “Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point”; and speaker Dr. Rob Stone, director of Outpatient Palliative Care at IU Health Bloomington and director of Hoosiers for a Commonsense Health Plan. Everyone is welcome.

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

Free 5K or 10 K walk around Nashville April 23

League of Women Voters of Brown County is planning 5K and 10K walks, sponsored by the Bloomington Flying Fish Volksmarch Club.

A Volksmarch is a non-competitive walk along a planned route, designed to encourage physical fitness, promote camaraderie and enjoy nature. Both the 5K and 10K will start and finish at the Brown County YMCA, follow the Salt Creek Trail and wind through Nashville.

Participants can register the day of the event between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday, April 23, rain or shine, at the YMCA. Maps of the route are given at registration. Plan to finish by 4 p.m. Participation is free, but awards are available for a small fee.

For more information, contact Carol Parkinson at

Mental health first aid course offered

From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, the Brown County Purdue Extension office at the fairgrounds will offer an eight-hour public education program that introduces risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses.

The program uses role-play and videos to demonstrate how to offer initial help in an emotional crisis and connect the person to appropriate care.

A $20 fee is charged for a workbook. To register, contact United Way 2-1-1 at 812-376-0011. To request a scholarship, email Alicia at

Nominations open for Volunteers of the Year

Organizations can 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.

Spring plant sale planned at library

Friends of Brown County Public Library will host an annual spring plant sale at the lower level of the library.

From 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 28 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 29, a large selection of perennials and annuals, native sun- and shade-loving plants from local greenhouses and gardeners will be offered.

Sales fund programs and materials for the library and the ravine project.

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.

Episcopal bishop to attend local service

BEAN BLOSSOM — St. David’s Episcopal Church will welcome the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, for the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday, April 30, at 11 State Road 45.

If possible, guests should carpool.

More information on Curry can be found at

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.

Founding member Andy Rogers 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.

Church yard sale for kids’ summer camp slated

HELMSBURG — Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., will host a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6, under the pavilion.

Proceeds will help pay for kids to go to summer camp.

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.

Renewal retreats slated in June, July

VAN BUREN TWP. — Valley Branch weekend retreats are planned in June and July at eXplore Brown County, 2620 Valley Branch Road.

Dates will be Friday through Sunday, June 9 to 11 and 16 to 18 and July 7 to 9 and 21 to 23. Reservations are recommended a month ahead.

Retreats incorporate yoga, group exercise and mountain biking in the forest. They seek to develop mind, body, and spirit through a connection with nature, spirit awareness, and education on “how to thrive” in today’s society.

Upon arrival, guests check into cabins and campsites, then join guides for a welcome dinner. The first day includes group exercise, personalized health coaching workshops and yoga at night. The last day begins with an educational hike and a final collaborative workshop on “how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

For reservations, visit or call 812-345-6212. For more information, visit or call 812-988-7750.

4-H craft fair planned for May 13

A Brown County craft fair benefiting the 4-H program will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at the fairgrounds.

For more information, email or call 812-988-5495.

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.

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, special speaker

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.

Frye will also be a guest speaker at nightly church meetings beginning at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, June 5 to 7.

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