Confident Kids Camp offered Tuesdays this summer

BEAN BLOSSOM — Hope for Hearts Farm, on State Road 45 west of Bean Blossom, will offer a day camp on four Tuesdays in June and July.

Children ages 8 to 12 can experience farm life, learn about horses, and participate in non-riding activities with horses. They also will participate in devotionals, games and crafts. Activities are tied into building a child’s confidence and self-esteem.

Camp dates are June 6 and 20 and July 11 and 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The camp costs $45 per day or $160 for all four days.

To reserve a spot, email Lisa Bowman at or call 317-496-0189

American Red Cross calls for blood donors

The American Red Cross will accept blood donations from 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East.

The blood donation process takes about an hour, but the actual donation time is about 10 minutes. Bring a picture ID, blood donor card or two other forms of identification.

Appointments can be scheduled by visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Revival continues at Morgantown church

MORGANTOWN — Revival meetings featuring the Rev. Tim Chenault will continue at Gospel Lighthouse each evening at 6:30 p.m. through Wednesday, June 7.

Mike Wagner is the pastor of the church on the corner of Sycamore and Hoosier streets. Everyone is welcome.

‘American Pickers’ series to film in Indiana

“American Pickers” plans to film throughout Indiana in June and the show’s producers are looking for properties to visit.

The documentary/reality show explores the world of antique “picking.” The show follows two men who hunt for valuable antiques in private collections that may be housed in people’s barns, antique stores, businesses or homes. They look for sizeable, unique collections and learn the stories behind them.

Anyone interested in being on the show can send their name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to or call 855-OLD-RUST.

Helmsburg church to host speaker

HELMSBURG — Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., will host guest speaker Bruce Frye at church meetings at 7 p.m. nightly through Wednesday, June 7.

Parkview VBS continues in evenings

Parkview Church of the Nazarene will have vacation Bible school nightly from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. through Friday, June 9. Kids ages 3 to sixth grade are welcome at the free program, “Maker Fun Factory.”

The church is on State Road 46 East across from Brown County State Park. With questions, call 812-988-7797 or email Register online at

Strawberry festival at farmers market

BEAN BLOSSOM — From 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 9, the Bean Blossom Farmers Market will host its third annual strawberry festival.

Strawberry shortcake with ice cream and whipped cream will be served for $5 each. Proceeds will benefit St. David’s outreach ministries.

Vendor of the week, Nay-ture’s Hilltop Farm, will have Jim and Mary Lou Nay’s fresh produce for sale, including vegetables, specialty mushrooms and summer berries. Other vendors will sell fresh produce, crafts, desserts and hot food for dinner.

Don Ford with Frog Majic will sing and play rock ‘n’ roll and his own compositions.

The Children’s Garden is full of strawberries for children to pick. There’s also a place to sit, a playground and a kids’ activity table.

For booth inquiries, contact Sharon Kitchens at To learn more about the market, visit or call 812-988-1038.

Summer day camp offered in town

Brown County Parks & Recreation offers a summer day camp for kids in preschool through sixth grade from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays through 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.

Preserve hosts Nature Awareness Weekend

STONEHEAD — Stone Head Nature Preserve will host free activities for Nature Awareness Weekend Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11.

  • 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday — Charles E. Russell bird hike and species count
  • 10:30 a.m. to noon — Trees of the preserve
  • Noon to 1:30 p.m. — Lunch on your own
  • 1:30 to 3 p.m. — Wetland dragonflies
  • 3:30 to 5 p.m. — Creek watch exploration
  • 5 to 7 p.m. — Dinner on your own
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m. — The Frog Ranch Dude
  • 7 a.m. Sunday — Bird species survey/hike
  • 10 to 11:30 a.m. — Birding for kids
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Lunch on your own
  • 1 to 2 p.m. — Butterfly exploration
  • 3 to 4:30 p.m. — Ferns and mosses

For a printable schedule, visit

Fruitdale firefighters plan fish fry

BEAN BLOSSOM — The Fruitdale Volunteer Fire Company, 5200 State Road 135 North, will host a fish fry from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 10.

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

For more information, call 812-988-1696 or 812-322-8865.

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. Email Dan Sparks at or call 812-200-5700.

State park hosts live raptor program

Brown County State Park is hosting live bird shows with representatives from the Indiana Raptor Center through fall.

Starting at 2 p.m., Saturday shows at the Nature Center include each Saturday in June and July, and Oct. 7, 14 and 21.

Shows at Abe Martin Lodge begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 3, Saturday, Sept. 2, and Friday, Nov. 24.

The presentations are included with park admission.

Donations to the raptor center are welcome. For more information, call the Nature Center at 812-988-5240 or the raptor center at 812-988-8990.

Renewal retreats to take place this summer

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.

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.”

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.

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, June 10.

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

BCHS class of ’73 to reunite in June

A reunion for the Brown County High School class of 1973 will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 10, poolside at the Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East.

For more information or with contact info for other classmates, email Jed Bessire at or leave a message at 812-988-4408.

Unity Baptist Church celebrates 172 years

HAMBLEN TWP. — On Sunday, June 11, Unity Baptist Church, 7361 Spearsville Road, will celebrate 172 years of ministry. All are welcome to the event.

The worship service and homecoming program at 9:30 a.m. will feature the Rev. Jeff Tryon speaking. A pitch-in meal will follow.

For more information, call Barbara Ranard at 765-516-3540.

Cemetery group annual meeting planned

TREVLAC — The Bear Creek Cemetery annual meeting will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 11 at the cemetery.

Morgantown church hosts yard sale

MORGANTOWN — From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 15 through Saturday, June 17, the Gospel Lighthouse will conduct a yard sale.

Proceeds from the sale, at 340 N. Hoosier St., will benefit women’s ministries. Items include women’s and baby clothes, household goods and more.

With questions, call Joan Wagner at 317-372-4368.

Practical history sessions for children planned

The Brown County Historical Society’s children’s program, Hands on History, is offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, 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 vary each session; they include 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

Joint replacement seminar to happen at inn

From 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15, I.U. Health Southern Indiana Physicians will present a hip and knee replacement seminar at the Brown County Inn.

The free seminar, at 51 State Road 46 East, will feature orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Jonathan Surdam. Refreshments will be served.

To register in advance, call 812-353-9543. For more information, visit

Volunteer fair, BCCF annual report on calendar

The Brown County Community Foundation’s volunteer fair and annual report to the community will take place Thursday, June 15 at the Brown County inn, 51 State Road 46 East.

The fair will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m, and the annual report from 6 to 8 p.m. Baby-sitting will be provided from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call 812-988-4882 or visit

Sisterhood hosts garage sale for scholarships

P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic and educational organization, provides loans, grants and scholarships for women to help achieve their educational goals.

Local CU chapter members will participate in a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17. It will be in conjunction with other sales on Artist Drive. All proceeds from the P.E.O. sale will go to grants and scholarships.

Participants sought for foundation Giving Dinners

The Brown County Community Foundation has kicked off a summer series of Giving Dinners — fundraising events to support local nonprofit programs. Hosts choose which agency will benefit.

The first summer dinner, on May 17 at Rawhide Ranch, was a fundraiser for the BCCF’s pre-K scholarship program. About 30 people enjoyed a leisurely cocktail hour and a meal featuring fresh greens purchased at the new Sunday Nashville Farmers Market and pork chops from Love’s Farm. Kristin Thompson and her preschool Wee Pickers provided entertainment.

The next dinner will be at Story Inn Wednesday, June 21 with Mother’s Cupboard being the nonprofit benefactor.

Four other dinners are currently planned for 2017.

Anyone interested in learning more about these events, being a host, providing a locally grown product or being on the invitation list can go to to learn more.

Show choir camp offered for Grades 4 to 6

Brown County High School Choir Director Kristi Billings and current BCHS Rhapsody Show Choir members will offer a choir mini camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 21 through Friday, June 23.

Camp is for students entering Grades 4 through 6. It includes singing, dancing, a showcase finale and camp T-shirt. Registration is $50.

To register, visit For more information, email or call 812-988-6606 ext. 1298.

BCHS class of 1967 to reunite in June

Brown County High School class of 1967 members will gather for their 50-year reunion at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 23. It will take place at the Brown County Art Gallery, 1 Artist Drive.

To RSVP or for more information, email Leon and Janis Kelp at or call them at 812-988-6279.

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

Summer music workshop for Grades 7 to 12

Students entering Grades 7 through 12 can register for the Rising Star summer music workshop for $125.

The workshop, at Brown County High School, runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 26 to Tuesday, June 30.

The fee covers a T-shirt, music and choreography instruction, and a pizza party lunch the last day.

To register, visit For more information, email or call 812-988-6606 ext. 1298.

Legal Aid clinics offered in this district

COLUMBUS — Nonprofit agency Legal Aid provides free legal services and lawyer referrals to low-income residents of District 1, covering Brown and seven other counties in south-central Indiana.

Ten- to 15-minute consultations will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month at the Legal Aid Office, United Way Building, 1531 13th St., Suite G330. Dates of the Monday clinics are: June 26, Aug. 28, Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Oct. 27 and Dec. 18 (third week due to Christmas).

Consultations are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance registration is needed. For more information, call Kelly Baer at 812-314-2730.