Community Calendar for week of March 6

Get technology questions answered at library 

Volunteer Ryan Ridge will be at the Brown County Public Library on Tuesday, March 6 to answer questions about technology. Bring your devices from 4 to 6 p.m. to the library’s lower level.

With questions, call 812-988-2850 or stop by the library.

Call parks and rec office for garden plots

Brown County Parks and Recreation still has some community garden plots at Deer Run Park available for the 2018 growing season. The cost is $25 to $30 for the year.

To reserve a plot, call the parks and rec office at 812-988-5522.

Learn about Brown County’s newest clinic this week

A representative from Brown County Health and Wellness Center will be at the Brown County YMCA to sign people up for direct primary care from 7 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7.

The clinic, at Brown County Schools’ Eagle Park near Brown County State Park, uses a membership system to allow patients to access services. A monthly membership for one adult is $65, $35 for a child younger than 18, $120 for a couple, or $150 for a family including two adults and one child. There is a $10 fee for each additional child. Memberships can be cancelled at any time.

The clinic will donate $5 from each membership started on March 7 to the local YMCA. Free body composition testing also will be available on these dates.

A breakfast presentation on employer and employee benefits of the new Health and Wellness Clinic is planned for 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 8 at Salt Creek Golf Retreat. Brown County Schools Superintendent Laura Hammack and Wellness for Life representative Rodney Clark will speak. All are welcome to attend.

To sign up for clinic services, call 812-870-9737. Visit for more information.

Come to forum to learn about survey responses

The Hometown Collaboration Initiative committee will host a community forum to discuss the results of the HCI survey from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 at the Brown County Intermediate School cafeteria.

The survey, which has been offered online for several months, asked how the county can be improved.

Celebrate Red Cross Month by giving blood

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood. Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed.

A local blood drive will take place from 2 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 14 at Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East.

Make an appointment to donate by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Indiana Parks Alliance founder to speak in town

Tom Hohman will offer insight into the Indiana Parks Alliance when the Brown County Native Woodlands Project meets at the public library Thursday, March 15. The BCNWP’s free annual program will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the library, 205 N. Locust Lane.

In 2012, Hohman retired after 38 years as a professional engineer with Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Shortly into retirement, he founded the Indiana Parks Alliance. He will speak about the IPA’s mission: to support and advocate for Indiana’s state parks and state-owned nature preserves. Hohman also will speak about IPA’s Save Our Ash Trees campaign.

A past president of Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society, Hohman is a member of its board and leads the organization’s SWAT team, committed to controlling invasive species that grow on public and private land in central Indiana.

For more information, visit, email or call 812-988-2211.

Alzeheimer’s education, dementia support offered

COLUMBUS — The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter will provide two free education programs Monday afternoons at First Lutheran Church, 3600 E. 25th St.

“Know the 10 Signs,” presented Monday, March 19, will provide the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease and an understanding of the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s.

“The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease” on Monday, March 26 will cover detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and more.

There are no fees to attend programs, but registration is requested by calling the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900. For a full listing of education programs, visit

Introduction to photography offered at library

A free, two-hour introduction to photography is planned from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 at the Brown County Public Library. The class, sponsored by the Brown County Photography Club, will be in lower-level meeting room B.

Topics covered by Jessica and Sharon Bussert will include basic camera settings, composition, light metering, post processing, camera care and keeping digital images safe. The class, appropriate for both digital and film photographers, is open to the public.

For more information, call Shirley Lance at 812-606-1029.

Sign up for annual conservation meeting

Get a close-up look at what is living in the soil from speaker Cara Bergschneider at the Brown County Soil and Water Conservation District annual meeting Wednesday, March 28 at the Brown County History Center.

The meeting agenda also will include election of the supervisor, Natural Resources Conservation Service District updates, door prizes and dinner at 6 p.m. before the meeting. The meal will include homemade soups and breads, drinks and desserts.

Tickets are $5 if purchased by the close of business Friday, March 23; or $8 at the door. To RSVP, stop by the SWCD office, 802 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds, call 812-988-2211 or email

Register now for May Spring Blossom Parade

Spring Blossom Parade day 2018 will be Saturday, May 5 in downtown Nashville. The theme will be Unity in Diversity, to celebrate “who we are as unique individuals and citizens as we come together around shared values.”

All organizations can participate in the event, sponsored by the Brown County Lions Club. While there is no entry fee to be in the parade, signed waiver forms are required from all who will be in the parade. The registration deadline is Monday, April 16.

To be judged, entries must be pre-registered. A confirmation with information will be sent after receipt of each organization’s registration form. Forms are available at the Brown County Purdue Extension Office, Brown County Visitors Center, and online at

With questions about registration, contact Lion Gene Niednagel at or at 812-988-6865.

After-school activities offered Tuesdays for teens

Brown County Enrichment for Teens Association, or BETA, offers after-school programs from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the BETA Center, 45 S. Jefferson St.

Free, healthy snacks, games, arts and music programs are available to junior high, high school or home-schooled students. Drum lessons are taught from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. by Guy Knaus and free guitar lessons from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. by Nathan Dillon, director of Everybody Rocks.

BETA also offers free tutoring at the junior high from 3 to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays with paraprofessional Sharon Snodgress, and at the high school before school and during hallway time on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with National Honor Society students. Call Clara Stanley at 312-310-3617 with questions about tutoring.

For more information, call Guy Knaus at 812-671-5233.

Community band seeks new members of all ages

The Brown County Community Band practices from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays in the band room at Brown County High School. New members, young and old, are welcome.

The first concert this year will be the annual Habitat for Humanity concert May 12. The next will be the annual Sweetwater Homeowner’s Association concert June 23. All concert dates are Saturdays.

Sign up for four-wheel drive convention

The Indiana Four Wheel Drive Association will have its annual convention Friday and Saturday, March 16 and 17 at The Seasons Lodge, 560 State Road 46 East.

The event is free for IFWDA members. The sign-up deadline is Saturday, March 10. Those who call The Seasons and mention the IFWDA can get a special rate for lodging.

For non-members, the convention costs $30 per person if signed up before Tuesday, Feb. 20. After that date, the event costs $40 per non-member, which does not include lodging.

The fee includes an Italian buffet dinner Saturday evening with door prizes and awards. Off-road trail driving in the area (depending on weather and ground conditions) is planned for Saturday, as well as a road rally on the back roads of Brown County.

For more information, call 317-729-5752.

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.

Writers conference planned at History Center in April

Guest speakers will talk about the business of writing, marketing yourself and your book, and writing for children at a conference in Nashville from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

The conference at the History Center, 90 Gould St., costs $35, which includes snacks and drinks. Lunch is on your own downtown. The conference will end with a panel discussion.

For more information, email To register, use for PayPal.

Bluebird nest boxes for sale this spring

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.