Free essential oils class offered downtown

Beginning at 1:15 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, a free DoTerra essential oils class will be conducted by registered nurse MaryAnn Soll. Participants can learn about the benefits of essential oils and receive a consultation.

The class will be at Common Grounds coffee and tea shop, 12 N. Van Buren St. downtown. For more information, call 812-345-5256.

‘Heathier You’ program preview at YMCA

Residents can preview a new program, “25 Weeks to a Healthier You,” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Brown County YMCA.

The 90-minute weekly Tuesday evening classes will use “emotional freedom techniques,” “tapping” and “hypnotic, relaxing guided meditation” to support a self-care approach to healthy living and release of excess weight, the Y reports.

For more information, call the Y at 812-988-9622.

Junior high students to show off STEM projects

Brown County Junior High School students will present and display science, technology, engineering and math projects from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 in the junior high gym.

STEM corporate partners will be on hand, educating students, parents and the community about career opportunities related to STEM fields.

Get a guided tour of local wineries, distilleries

The Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau is offering a weekday Sippin’ Trip of local wineries and distilleries.

The guided walking and bus tour includes transportation, tastings, water, snacks and a Brown County souvenir.

Trips are offered from 1 to 5 p.m. most Tuesdays through Sundays. Each trip, $45, lasts three to four hours.

For more information/reservations, visit

Teen Time meets 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.

Kids, build on Thursdays at the library

A session of Creative Builders on Thursday mornings runs until Dec. 7 at the Brown County Public Library.

The program is from 10:30 a.m. to noon and is for children 12 and younger. Lego, Duplo, Keva Blocks, Magna-Tiles and more will be provided. Meet in meeting room B in the lower level of the library.

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

Young adult group meets Fridays

The Young Adult Hangout group meets at 6:30 p.m. most Friday nights for dinner, fellowship and spiritual discussion.

The group, for young adults 18 and older, is sponsored by Bean Blossom Community Church. The location varies each week; call or text to confirm the location before attending. Other social events to meet with young adults in Columbus or Bloomington also are planned.

To learn more or to get connected, visit or call/text 208-290-2406.

Help document bird species at state park

Volunteers are welcome to canvass areas of the state park to estimate the numbers and kinds of birds spending the holidays in Brown County.

The bird count starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Brown County State Park Nature Center. Beginner birders are welcome. Bring binoculars.

The park entry fee applies.

Food pantry to open a week early in December

BEAN BLOSSOM — Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Food Pantry will open from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20. The date is a week earlier than normal due to the holidays.

The church is at 5802 Old Settlers Road, off State Road 135 North behind Brownie’s restaurant.

Get discount tickets for wine fair in May

Story Inn will host the 16th annual Indiana Wine Fair from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Tickets are now on sale, discounted to $45 until Jan. 1, when the cost will go up to $60.

Guests can sample and purchase wines from more than 30 vintners. A variety of food trucks and live chamber music from Indiana University School of Music will be included.

All guests will receive a souvenir IWF tasting glass and Story tote bag.

Tickets for designated drivers are $10.

For tickets, visit or call the inn at 812-988-2273.

Tea and yoga at Simply Fitness

An easy 30-minute session of yoga movement will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13 at Simply Fitness, 59 E. Main St. The yoga session will be followed by tea sampling in the studio with Laura Boyer of Sweetea’s.

Open to the public, the cost is $10.

For more information or reservations, visit or call 812-343-3560.

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.