Community Calendar for week of March 13

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.

Meet firefighters at community yard sale

HELMSBURG — From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 17, Jackson Township firefighters will host a yard sale with more than 20 booths at the fire department, 4831 Helmsburg Road.

Booths are available for rental by anyone. The profits belong to the vendor. Call Cathy Perkins at 317-532-7536 for booth pricing.

The fire department will sell food, including biscuits and gravy, hot dogs, chips and sodas.

For more information about the sale, call 812-988-6201.

Cemetery association to meet at library

The Mt. Zion Cemetery Association will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at the Brown County Public Library. The agenda will include a discussion of bylaw changes and the future of the grounds.

Anyone interested in the cemetery, on State Road 135 South between Stone Head and Story, is welcome to attend.

Dance barn open again on Saturdays

Beginning at 6 p.m. March 17, Mike’s Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West, will be open again on Saturdays.

A cover charge of $8 until 9 p.m. includes dance lessons at 6:30 p.m. and Mike’s house band performing at 7:30 p.m. Food can be purchased from the kitchen.

A dance review with Billy and Carla is planned from 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 31 and April 21.

Dance lessons for $6 are available Mondays from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

For more information, call the dance barn at 812-988-8636.

Open house for new pastor planned

BECKS GROVE — An open house to introduce and welcome new pastor Jon Lawson and his family will be hosted from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 S. Becks Grove Road. Refreshments will be served.

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.

Solar energy seminar planned at the library

South Central Indiana REMC will present a seminar about solar energy from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 at the Brown County Public Library.

The free event will include information about solar panels, pricing, design, efficiency and their relationship to the power cooperative. Existing renewable energy from SCI-REMC also will be covered.

To RSVP, email Energy Services Manager Rick McKinney at

Local wildlife specialist to speak at Lake Monroe

BLOOMINGTON — DNR Wildlife Specialist Rex Watters will talk about resource management in the Lake Monroe Watershed from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 22.

The meeting of Friends of Lake Monroe will be in Room 1C of the Monroe County Public Library, 303 E Kirkwood Ave. The organization is devoted to protecting and sustaining water quality in Lake Monroe and its watershed. Meetings will be every other month this year.

Disc golf tourney to benefit Mother’s Cupboard

The Brown County Disc Golf Alliance and Dynamic Discs are planning their tournament finale, the Nashville Chill Tournament, to benefit Mother’s Cupboard. It will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at Deer Run Park.

Players will compete in two rounds of 18 holes. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

The entry fee is $35 for pros and $25 for amateurs; players need to meet at 9:30 a.m. Register online at

For more information, call the Brown County Parks and Recreation office at 812-988-5522.

Spaghetti dinner to aid high school band

The Brown County High School Band will serve a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 24 at the high school.

The menu includes salad, bread, choice of meat or vegetarian sauce with pasta, and cheesecake for dessert.

A silent auction will take place during dinner and students will perform during the course of the evening, with the Jazz Band headlining at the end of the night.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students at the door; before the event, tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students, and children 6 and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased from the high school band office, band students, or at the high school main office.

Benefit for Kids on Wheels will feature violinist

Maria Sanderson will perform violin pieces accompanied by Clara Stanley on Saturday, March 24 at the Brown County Art Guild. The concert is a partnership event by BETA (Brown County Enrichment for Teens Association) and the art guild to help fund the Kids on Wheels Skate and Teen Park project.

Sanderson’s performance from 3 to 4 p.m. will be followed by a meet-and-greet with the award-winning local artist from 4 to 5 p.m.

Afterward, art guild Director Jim Railing will give a tour of the guild. Asian finger food, desserts and other refreshments will be served. The Asian food and desserts will donated by the owner of Johnny’s Grub To-Go, Ginger Knight. Kids on Wheels will display information and flyers during the event.

Admission is free with donations to support the Kids on Wheels Skate and Teen Park.

For those unable to attend, Kids on Wheels is accepting donations through the Brown County Community Foundation to raise $10,000 to get a matching grant they’ve been offered from the foundation. Donations marked for Kids on Wheels can be sent to or dropped off at the Brown County Community Foundation. The mailing address is P.O. Box 191 Nashville, IN 47448.

Food managers certification class offered

Beginning at 8:30 a.m. Monday and Tuesday, March 27 and 28, a food manager certification class will be taught in the second-floor Salmon Room of the County Office Building, 201 N. Locust Lane. The Monday session will end at 12:30 p.m. and the Tuesday session will finish at 2:30 p.m.

All businesses serving food, except nonprofits, are required to have a certified food manager on staff. Certification is good for five years.

The class costs $125, which includes the book and test. The book should be picked up at the health department to study in advance. To take the test only, the cost is $50.

For more information, reservations or to pick up the book, call the health department at 812-988-2255 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Learn about locals involved in Mexican-American War

Local resident Rick Kelley will talk about Brown County residents involved in the Mexican-American War when genealogy, life-stories group Family Histories and Mysteries meets at the Brown County Public Library on March 28.

The meeting, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month, is free and open to the public.

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

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

Recycle center cuts Saturday drive-through service

Beginning Saturday, March 30 the Brown County Recycle Center will no longer have Saturday morning drive-through service.

Drive-through hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays only.

All prior scheduled special events — such as electronics and tires recycling, shredding services and DEA Drug takeback — will remain the same on Saturday mornings.

Raptors to teach about hazards of littering

Keep Brown County Beautiful and the Indiana Raptor Center will offer a free program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the Brown County Public Library.

Keep Brown County Beautiful works to educate the community about roadside litter and recycling. The Indiana Raptor Center will explain why litter is not only something we do not like to see, but it is a hazard to wildlife.

The IRC rehabilitates injured and orphaned birds of prey. Three ambassador birds will be present. Staff will talk about how they hunt and care for their young, and how litter environmental hazards affect their life cycle, which also affects natural rodent control.

Children are welcome. A free child’s education book will be given away in a drawing.

For more information, call 812-327-9617.

Horse Farm hosts women’s event April 7

BARGERSVILLE — Hope for Hearts Horse Farm will host its sixth annual Women’s Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at the Sycamore of Mallow Run, 7070 W. Whiteland Road.

For a $5 entry fee at the door, moms, sisters, daughters and girlfriends are welcome for a day of spa, shopping and salsa. Shop with unique boutiques and vendors; enjoy free haircuts, styles, manicures, massages and makeovers; try chips and a variety of salsas.

Swag bags will be given to the first 500 women. Other activities include a silent auction, Hug-a-Horse, make it/take it crafts, Jivys BBQ and wine tasting by Mallow Run Winery.

All proceeds go to Hope for Hearts Horse Farm Inc. to support its programs. For more information, visit, call 317-496-0189 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 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.

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.