Community Calendar for week of July 5

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.

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 July, and Oct. 7, 14 and 21.

Shows at Abe Martin Lodge begin at 7:30 p.m. 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

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.

New Book-a-Librarian service offered

Individuals or small groups can make an appointment with a Brown County Public Library librarian through the free Book-a-Librarian service. Sessions are limited to 30 to 60 minutes and are best used for instruction on how to use the library catalog, databases, digital resources and the Internet. Call 812-988-2850 for an appointment.

Renewal retreats planned in July

VAN BUREN TWP. — Valley Branch weekend retreats are planned in July at eXplore Brown County, 2620 Valley Branch Road. Remaining dates are Friday through Sunday, 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.

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.

Confident Kids Camp offered this summer

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

Genealogy 101 offered at Cordry library

CORDRY-SWEETWATER — From 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, Kathy Evans will offer hints and how-tos for digging into and building a family tree at the Cordry-Sweetwater library branch. To register, call the Brown County Public Library at 812-988-2850.

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

Recycle electronics at through conservancy district

CORDRY-SWEETWATER — To get rid electronic junk in a safe and environmentally responsible way, the Cordry Sweetwater Conservancy District will accept “virtually anything that ever conducted electricity” at the CSLOA Clubhouse from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 15.

Old tube-style TVs and CRT computer monitors will require a $20 payment to recycle; everything else will be accepted for free, including flat-screen TVs and computer flat screens.

The CSLOA Clubhouse is at 8751 Nineveh Road.

With questions, call TR-Technology Recyclers at 317-697-0536.

Bubbles, brass, ice cream celebrate library reading

An old-fashioned ice cream social, including bubble activities for kids, music and ice cream will mark the end of summer reading celebration at Brown County Public Library.

The free event, open to the public, will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 15, in the Children’s Garden at the library, 205 N. Locust Lane.

With questions, call the library at 812-988-2850.

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, 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

Author to speak at library about new books

Katie Kennedy, author of young adult novels, “Learning to Swear in America” and “What Goes Up,” will give a program at the library from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23.

She will discuss her new book: “A Rabid Bat, a Plot to Destroy the World” and “Hoosiers in Space: Tales of a writing life and the journey to publication.”

Donations sought for humane society sale

The Brown County Humane Society will have its annual Barn Sale Aug. 10 to 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’ll be at the barn at the shelter, 128 State Road 135 South. All sale proceeds go to support of the shelter animals.

Donations will be accepted at the barn the week prior to the event: Friday and Saturday, Aug. 4 and 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday through Tuesday, Aug. 6 to 8 from noon to 4 p.m.

Donations can include almost any gently used item, except clothes and shoes. Books, CDs, furniture, kitchen items, appliances, toys, bikes, decorations and tools are accepted. All donations are tax-deductible.

Large items are also accepted, such as cars, boats, trucks, bedroom suites and high value items. To arrange a donation of those items, contact Megan Gushwa at

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.

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. Remaining dates of the Monday clinics are: 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.

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.