Make, decorate tiny craft houses at library

Brown County Public Library will offer a craft program for teens and adults, Home Sweet Home. From 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 17, Nancy Goddard and Robin Rose will help teens and adults make and decorate tiny houses.

Materials will be provided for the free program. To sign up, call the library at 812-988-2850.

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 20 and July 11 and 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The camp costs $45 per day.

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

Bean Blossom market open Friday nights

BEAN BLOSSOM — The Bean Blossom Farmers Market takes place in the parking lot of St. David’s Episcopal Church from 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays.

Food and artisan good vendors sell fresh produce, crafts, desserts and hot food for dinner, with 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.

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 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.”

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

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 taking place in town

From 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 15, IU 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 next dinner will be Wednesday, June 21, at Story Inn  with Mother’s Cupboard being the nonprofit benefactor.

Four other dinners are currently planned.

To learn more about the events, being a host, providing a locally grown product or being on the invitation list, visit

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.

Handcrafts, antiques weekend tour scheduled

The Southern Hills Handcrafts and Antiques Tour on Friday and Saturday, June 23 to 24, includes several sites in and near Brown County. It includes home-based handcrafters and producers offering locally made goods, antiques and homegrown products.

Sites are generally open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and include:

  • Lake Lemon Marina, 9554 E. North Shore Drive;
  • Loveland Farms Sausage Shack, 5812 South Shore Drive, at railroad crossing on Lake Lemon;
  • The Helmsburg General Store, State Road 45 and Helmsburg Road; and
  • The Bean Blossom Farmers Market, State Road 45 at State Road 135 North (4 to 7 p.m. Friday only).

Other sites on the tour are in Unionville, Martinsville and Bloomington. For more information, contact Susan Snider Salmon by email at or 812-720-8041.

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.

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

The $125 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.

Fireworks, cookout scheduled on July 1

The Brown County (Nashville) Volunteer Fire Department will have its hog roast fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 1 at the station on East Main Street.

It’s in conjunction with the Brown County Lions Club’s fireworks display, which will start at dusk July 1 (rain date: Tuesday, July 4).

If the fireworks are moved to July 4 due to rain, the fire deparment’s cookout will be as well, Chief Nick Kelp said.

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.

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, July 8.

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

Purdue, DNR to offer invasive species workshop

A workshop on invasive forest pets will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 13 at the Brown County fairgrounds.

Register for the free event to learn about the pests that threaten the state’s forests, including the emerald ash borer, hemlock wooly adelgid and the Asian longhorned beetle.

The workshop, at 802 Memorial Drive, is open to all ages and levels of knowledge. Continuing education credits will be available.

To sign up, visit For more information, contact Sara Stack at 765-494-0822 or

Blood drive planned at Parkview in August

Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East, will host an American Red Cross blood drive to honor fallen officers. It will be open from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16.