Community Calendar for week of Jan. 17

Teens can sign up to visit horse farm

BEAN BLOSSOM — A field trip to Hope for Hearts Horse Farm is planned for Tuesday, Jan. 23 from the Brown County Enrichment for Teens Association Inc. (BETA) Center, 45 S. Jefferson St.

The bus will leave the center at 3:30 p.m. and return by 6 p.m.

Area junior high and high school students, including home-schooled students, are welcome to sign up. A release form signed by the student’s parent or guardian is required for each participant. Release forms are available at Brown County junior high and high school offices; they are due back at the office of either school by Friday, Jan. 19.

As fees are covered by BETA, there is no charge to participate.

Hope for Hearts Farm is a nonprofit organization that offers horse-centered activities, therapy and leadership development for groups and individuals of all ages.

With questions, email or call Clara at 312-310-3617.

Enjoy Ag Day breakfast, program at fairgrounds

The Brown County Purdue Extension will host its annual Ag Day breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20 at the fairgrounds Exhibit Building, 802 Memorial Drive.

Meg Leader of the Indiana Department of Agriculture will talk about the INField Advantage Program.

To RSVP, call the extension office at 812-988-5495 or email

Sign up to become a master naturalist

An Indiana Master Naturalist program will be offered from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 6 to March 27 at the Brown County Soil & Water Conservation District office at the fairgrounds.

Registration costs $50 per person or $75 per couple in the same household. Registration and payment are due by 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 at the SWCD office, 802 Memorial Drive.

The class will bring together natural resource specialists with students to foster learning and understanding of state plants, wildlife, water and soil. It also will promote volunteerism in the community.

For more information, stop by the SWCD office weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn to research the history of your house

The Brown County Historical Society is offering a new class, “How to Research the History of your House.” It will be taught from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays in February at the History Center, 90 E. Gould St.

Students are advised to bring a laptop computer or a tablet if possible.

The $20 class fee can be dropped off between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. by Friday, Feb. 2 at the History Center, or mailed to P.O. Box 668, Nashville, IN 47448.

Raptor center requests sheets, towels

Indiana Raptor Center Inc., the bird-of-prey rehabilitation center in Nashville, is in need of clean, used sheets, pillowcases and towels.

Donations of these items can be dropped off at the raptor center any afternoon by appointment, as the center is closed for tours until March 1. Call 812-988-8990 for directions and to notify personnel of your arrival.

The center also accepts cash donations to help feed animals in its care.

Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Indiana Raptor Center, P.O. Box 1153, Nashville, IN 47448.

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.

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.

Talk to a lawyer for free at the library

The Brown County Public Library will host free, short, legal consultations between 3 and 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 3.

Local attorneys will volunteer their time to help with legal questions on a first-come, first-served basis. The program is sponsored by Legal Aid District 11.

For those who speak Spanish, a helpline will also be available statewide during the same time at 1-800-266-2581.

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

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.