Community Calendar for week of Oct. 10

Kids can build with blocks at the library

From 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays through Oct. 11, children can build with Legos, Duplos, Keva Blocks and Magna-Tiles at the Brown County Public Library.

Creative Builders, for children 12 and younger, meets in lower-level meeting room B, 205 N. Locust Lane. For more information, call the library at 812-988-2850.

Teen Time planned at library Wednesdays 

Teens are welcome to hang out, play games, make crafts, talk about books and do homework during Teen Time at the Brown County Public Library, Wednesday afternoons through December.

A snack is included.

For more information, call the library at 812-988-2850.

Youth program meets Wednesdays at Baptist church

HAMBLEN TWP. — A program for children and teens at Unity Baptist Church begins with a meal served at 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

For children ages 4 through high school, the Word of Life program includes a singing challenge, Scripture memorization and study, socializing and games. With an emphasis on “foundational truths from the Bible,” the program meets weekly through the school year at the church, 7361 Spearsville Road.

With questions, call program director Terry Sisson at 812-720-0299.

Brown County radio show airs Wednesday

The Brown County Hour radio show will air at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11 on WFHB (91.3 or 100.7 FM).

In this show, hear excerpts from the fingerstyle guitar contest at the Brown County Playhouse and interviews on local county projects, commentaries, humor and more.

The show, now in its seventh year, spotlights a diversity of talent, colorful characters and current events in the community.

Kids 6 to 12 can become ‘Ready Readers’

The Brown County Public Library is hosting Ready Readers, a new program for children ages 6 to 12, on Thursdays through Oct. 12.

Kids practice reading skills and share with each other during the program, from 1 to 2 p.m.

For more information, call the library at 812-988-2850.

Youth poets, writers welcome at BETA group

A new youth writing group is organizing through Brown County Enrichment for Teens Association (BETA).

The Emerging Poets and Writers group meets Thursdays after school from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. at the BETA center, upstairs from Hoosier Art Gallery, 45 S. Jefferson St.

For more information, email facilitator Lory Winford at

Domestic violence prevention program planned

Kathy Smith-Andrew, a former state senator, teacher and survivor of domestic violence, will speak at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12 at the Brown County Public Library.

This program is part of the county’s recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Wanda Jones of Jones Law Office also will be honored for her work to help Turning Point, a support agency for victims of violence.

Turning Point’s Rhea Murray will share a brief annual report on the agency’s work. Information will be provided on how to recognize and prevent violence, embrace and model healthy relationships, and make a difference in the community.

Hot fish sold at tent on weekends downtown

The Brown County (Nashville) Volunteer Fire Department is selling fish sandwiches Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October at the tent on the courthouse lawn.

Serving hours are 10 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. Sundays.

This is the Nashville station’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

State park hosts live raptor programs in fall

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

Saturday shows at the Nature Center will be on Oct. 14 and 21, both at 2 p.m. A show at Abe Martin Lodge begins at 7:30 p.m. 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.

Church will host weenie roast

GNAW BONE — At 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, Country Gospel Church will host a free weenie roast with fellowship and music.

Hot dogs and drinks will be served at the church, at 5181 State Road 46 East.

Lions will flip pancakes at Parkview Oct. 14

The Brown County Lions Club will serve a breakfast of pancakes or biscuits and gravy from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.

The location is the Parkview Church of the Nazarene Annex, 1750 State Road 46 East.

Tickets are $6 in advance or $7 per person at the door. For children 11 and younger, the cost is $4. Advance tickets are available from any Lions club member or at Carmel Corn Cottage, 82 N. Van Buren St.

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, Oct. 14.

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

Flea market, chili fest planned at church

GNAW BONE — North Salem United Methodist Church, 7718 State Road 46 East, will host a flea market and chili fest Saturday, Oct. 14.

The flea market will open at 8 a.m. The chili fest, which includes homemade chili, pies and desserts, will go from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Proceeds go to local missions.

Indiana blood drive this Saturday

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, the Indiana Blood Center will sponsor a blood drive at the Masonic Lodge, 19 Artist Drive.

Bring a picture ID.

Every pint donated helps three people, and all blood donated stays in Indiana. Recommended time between donations is 50 days.

For more information, call Kevin Snyder at 574-242-0604.

Firefighters plan fish fry in Bean Blossom

BEAN BLOSSOM — The Fruitdale Volunteer Fire Department, 5200 State Road 135 North, will host a fish fry from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Diners can get meals with tenderloins “as big as your head,” hot dogs, french fries, onion rings, beverages, fish, fish sandwiches and desserts.

Youth rock band class meets Tuesdays

Rock band class is now offered from 3:05 to 4:05 p.m. Tuesdays at Brown County Intermediate School for middle and intermediate school students. The current session of classes runs through Nov. 14. The session costs $59; full scholarships are available for kids on reduced lunch.

The class is a joint effort between Everybody Rocks and Ivy Tech.

For more information, email instructor Nathan Dillon at or call 312-576-1126.

Get trained to help prevent teen suicide

The Indiana Youth Institute, the Brown County YMCA, Brown County Schools and the United Way 211 of South Central Indiana will offer a suicide prevention training for youth workers, parents, coaches, teachers and community members next week. It will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 in the Goldberg Room at Brown County High School.

Parenting support group starts Oct. 19

Parents of toddlers to teens are invited to a new, monthly Parent Cafe presented by Ireland Home Based Services. “Surviving the Tough Stages” will be offered from noon to 2:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Brown County Public Library and continue monthly. This is a parent education and support group focused on strengthening protective factors that are proven to keep families safe and strong. New topics are discussed monthly.

Child care is available for those who qualify.

RSVP by Tuesday, Oct. 17 to Ashley Parrott, 812-929-0549, text or call. A free $10 Walmart gift card will be given to each parent who RSVPs and a $5 bonus for referring a friend.

Register ahead for networking, educational luncheon

VAN BUREN TWP. — New Song Mission will host a luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 for organizations and agencies that serve at-risk children and youth. Those concerned about the lives of at-risk kids will learn how they can refer their parents and guardians to New Song Mission.

“If your agency or organization supports or serves at-risk kids, we welcome you to join us on campus,” said Bob Schloss, executive director of New Song. “We are very excited to share with community partners what God has built through hundreds of volunteers and financial supporters.” A tour of the 100-acre Brown County campus will be followed by a warm bowl of chili and the chance to meet the New Song team and to hear about how children can be referred to the ministry.

Presentation, Q & A and tour begin at 11 a.m. with lunch on campus at noon. The event is free.

New Song’s Brown County campus is at 7202 Keith Donaldson Road. The mission is a privately funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational campus community where children live and receive love, guidance, and academic instruction in a family-like, Christian environment.

For location information, visit

To register for the event, RSVP to or call 812-372-1004 at least two days prior to the luncheon.

Final practical history session for children

The Brown County Historical Society’s children’s program, Hands on History, will teach kids ages 8 to 12 about harvest from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19.

Registration is required. The fee is $5 per child. The program takes place in the Pioneer Village in downtown Nashville.

To volunteer to help with the program, call Kathy Sparks at 812-988-2377 or email To register online, visit

Foot reflexology sessions available

Simply Fitness, 59 E. Main St., will host foot massage sessions with certified reflexologist Leslie Dyar from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19.

Each 30-minute “Treat your Feet” session costs $30.

To make an appointment, visit or call 812-343-3560.

Confident Cowgirls session offered

BEAN BLOSSOM — Confident Cowgirls, a program to help girls ages 8 to 12 build self-esteem and confidence, will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. Each session at Hope for Hearts Horse Farm includes a groundwork activity with horses, devotional lesson, activity or craft and snack.

The cost to participate is $10.

The farm is at 1005 State Road 45 West.

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

Seed swap, workshops, presentations at inn

The Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East, will be the site of SEED Brown County’s local seed swap Saturday, Oct. 21.

Presentations and workshops will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Topics include backyard plant breeding, harvesting acorns for food, and SEED’s local food initiative.

Kids on Wheels to have hot air balloon event

hot-air-balloon-hot-air-balloon-ride-57722Starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, the Kids on Wheels will have a hot air balloon tethered in the Brown County Intermediate School parking lot.

The balloon will go up in the sky, but not travel around.

This is a fundraiser for Kids on Wheels’ projects, including building a teen park in Nashville. It’s sponsored by Miller’s Ice Cream.

Admission is $20 per adult, $15 for ages 13 to 18, or $10 per child 12 and younger.

To help with the event, call Colleen Smith at 812-929-0160 or Clara Stanley at 312-310-3617.

District candidates will meet with county voters

Candidates running for the 9th District Congressional seat in 2018 have been invited to speak with Brown County voters over the next few months.

Liz Watson will be in Brown County Saturday, Oct. 21. Watson, from Bloomington, teaches law and policy courses at Indiana University. To learn more, visit

Other invited candidates include incumbent Trey Hollingsworth (, Tod Curtis ( and Tom Pappas (

Meetings are sponsored by Brown County Indivisible Common Ground, a group “working for a progressive democracy through positive political action.” With more than 90 members, the group has been calling or writing to state legislators and members of Congress on such issues as social justice, health care, environmental protection, facilitation of voting, gun safety and taxes.

Town decoration contest winners get prizes

Shop owners, businesses and churches throughout town are eligible to win money in a fall decorating contest.

The contest is sponsored by Reynolds Leather and Gifts. The first place winner will receive $500; second place, $300; and third place, $200.

An independent team of judges will vote Friday, Oct. 27.

Gourmet dinner to benefit animals planned

STORY — A gourmet dinner with drinks to will be served in the historic barn at Story Inn, 6404 State Road 135 South, on Friday, Oct. 27.

The $135-per-person-meal will benefit the Brown County Humane Society through a grant from the Tony Stewart Foundation.

The price includes Cardinal Spirits cocktails from 7 to 7:30 p.m., a five-course dinner at 7:30 p.m. prepared by Chef Eric Swanson of Story Inn, and gratuity. Each course is paired with craft beer from Quaff ON!.

Guests will receive a “wag bag” of pet goodies to take home. Some of the humane society’s four-legged “temporary residents” will be introduced.

For more information or tickets, visit

Trap shoot to benefit Shriners hospitals

GNAW BONE — The ninth annual Brown County Shrine Club Trap and Still Board Shoot will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at Pittman Farms, 6088 State Road 46 East. It will raise money for Shrine hospitals. Food will be sold.

For more information, call 484-888-3622.

Free movie aired at church Oct. 28

The movie, “War Room,” starring Karen Abercrombie, Priscilla Shirer and T.C. Stallings, will be shown at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, 51 E. Chestnut St., at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

The church is on the west side of Salt Creek Plaza behind Hawthorne Hills apartments. Snacks and drinks will be served with the movie, all free of charge.

With questions, call the Rev. Dan Conley at 812-988-6585.

Monthly magic shows appearing downtown

“Saturday Night Magic” shows will take place at 6:30 and 8 p.m. every fourth Saturday at Rich Hill’s Magic and Fun Emporium, 75 S. Jefferson St. in Antique Alley. Oct. 28 is the next show date, featuring magicians Corbett Troyer and Ace Saturn, as well as Rich Hill.

The family-oriented show features close-up magic and humor with different professional magicians each month. Seating is limited to 25.

Tickets are $8 per child younger than 18 and $12 per adult. For advance tickets, visit, call 812-720-7029 or stop by the shop.

Annual bazaar at Catholic church in November

St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1008 McLary Road, will host its annual Christmas bazaar in the lower level Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4.

The bazaar opens at 9 a.m. both days and closes at 5 p.m. Friday and 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission and parking are free.

Items include Christmas decor; books; jewelry and accessories; collectibles and vintage dolls; hand-knitted, crocheted and quilted materials; pottery art; wall hangings, wood items; stamping and paper crafting creations; outside vendor specialties; hot tea served by Sweetea’s; cookies by the pound and other baked goods.

It also includes a silent auction of gift baskets and tabletop Christmas trees; and a raffle drawing for a hand-stitched, king-size quilt.

For more information, visit or call the church at 812-988-2778.

Firefighters host annual turkey shoot

BEAN BLOSSOM — Fruitdale Volunteer Fire, 5200 State Road 135 North, will host a turkey shoot at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.

Guns can be 12 or 20 gauge, with a 32-inch barrel limit. The cost is $5 per shoot. Prizes include a 50/50 money shoot, turkey, ham and bacon.

Concessions and facilities will be available on site.

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

Church celebrating 70th anniversary

MORGANTOWN — Gospel Lighthouse will celebrate its 70th anniversary as a church at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 5. All current and former churchgoers are invited to attend this special service, which will be followed by a pitch-in dinner.

The church is at the corner of Sycamore and Hoosier streets. For more information or to RSVP, call 317-372-4368 or 812-597-5256.

Veterans Day program slated Nov. 10

Brown County Schools will host its annual Veterans Day program at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10 in the Larry C. Banks Memorial Gymnasium at Brown County High School.

Veteran Lt. Col. Dave Endris will be the guest speaker.

Veterans social hour will begin at 8:30 a.m. Students and staff will assemble at 9:15 a.m. in the gym.

Doors will open to the public at 9 a.m. and the program will begin at 9:30 a.m. The program will include introduction of veterans and recognition of fallen veterans’ widows; commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Brown County veteran Larry C. Banks’ ultimate sacrifice; a military salute performed by the BCHS band and choirs from the high school and junior high; presentations of the 2017 Voice of Democracy essay contest winners and Patriot’s Pin by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars; and presentations by the BCHS History Club.

Immediately following the program, a luncheon will be provided by the food services department in the auxiliary gym. All veterans and their families are welcome.

Date set for annual fall fashion show

Mulberry Cottage will stage its fall fashion show at the Brown County Inn Friday, Nov. 10. Doors open at 5 p.m. for visitors to shop the “mini boutique” at buy one, get one half off, and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and available at the store on West Main Street or by calling 812-988-9803.

Chocolate walk to benefit animal shelter

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, the Brown County Humane Society will conduct its annual Chocolate Walk downtown.

Get tickets online in advance at

Craft, antique bazaar planned at History Center

The third annual Abe Martin Village Bazaar is planned from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. It’s hosted by the Brown County Historical Society.

Items will include ceramics, art, gifts, antiques and other goods.

Free legal clinic planned at public library

Legal Aid, a nonprofit agency, will host a free legal aid clinic from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the Brown County Public Library.

People who attend will receive a 10-minute consultation to answer general questions, offer legal information or to receive other limited assistance or advice. There is no need to register in advance.

Legal Aid provides free civil legal services, lawyer referrals and domestic violence-related legal representation to low-income individuals in Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson, Rush and Shelby counties.

With questions, contact Legal Aid staff attorney/referral director Kelly Baer at 812-314-2720.

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.

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.

Training for a community food emergency offered

The Terrorism and All Hazards Preparedness Committee of the Indiana Environmental Health Association will sponsor free training in “Managing Food Emergencies; Strategies for a Community Response.”

Training will take place at the Brown County Office Building, 201 Locust Lane, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 14 and 15. There is no charge to attend, but participants must register.

The course is designed to help communities develop a plan to effectively deal with a large food emergency. Training will include realizing when you need help, figuring out what resources are needed and where to get them, developing a plan to get a response, how agencies interact and who to contact.

Participants from agriculture, emergency management, EMS, fire service, law enforcement, veterinarians, laboratory, private food sector managers and public health employees are encouraged to attend.

The course will be taught by the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training of Louisiana State University under the NCBRT Homeland Security National Training Program.

To register, contact Jennifer Rugenstein at the Brown County Health Department at 812-988-2255.

Steele’s Country Christmas celebration planned

BELMONT — T.C. Steele State Historic Site will open a decorated Studio to friends and neighbors for its annual holiday celebration, Steeles’ Country Christmas.

From 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, children and families can visit and get photos with St. Nicholas and Belsnickel, make a Christmas card, decorate an ornament and hear a holiday music program. Cookies and mulled cider will be served.

The event is free with regular site admission and includes a tour of the historic buildings. Families can receive a special discount rate. Members of the Indiana State Museum and the Friends of T.C. Steele are admitted free.

For more information, visit or call 812-988-2785.