Please submit news for Activities to diane.raver @batesvilleheraldtribune.com. Submissions may also be made in person, by fax at 812-934-6406 or by mail at 475 N. Huntersville Road, Batesville, IN 47006. E-mail is preferred.
Wednesday, Dec. 18
Batesville Christian Church will host a blood drive Dec. 18, 1-7 p.m. Info: 934-5147. For appointments: www.hoxworth.org/groups/bcc.
Contemplative Prayer will be presented Dec. 18, 3-4:30 p.m., Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Cost: $5. Info: 933-6437 or email@example.com.
Kids can make holiday ornaments Dec. 18, 3-7 p.m., Brookville and Laurel libraries. Info: 765-647-4031 or 765-698-2582.
The Sunman Elementary School concert is Dec. 18, 7 p.m., East Central High School Performing Arts Center.
Thursday, Dec. 19
The St. Paul School, New Alsace, concert is Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m., gym.
The East Central High School band concert is Dec. 19, 7 p.m., Performing Arts Center.
Friday, Dec. 20
A card party will take place Dec. 20, 1:30-4 p.m., St. Andrews Health Campus. Info: Kristin Rowland, 934-5090.
The deadline is Dec. 20 for singers to participate in a Jan. 5 choral workshop and concert led by well-known composerPepper Choplin at Holy Family Catholic Church. The event is sponsored by Batesville United Methodist Church and Rural Alliance for the Arts. The cost for the workshop and music is $10 for adult singers and free for high school students. To register: 934-3137 or batesvilleUM@etczone.com.
Fri.-Sun., Dec. 20-22
The Metamora Old-Fashioned Christmas Walk is Dec. 20-21, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Dec. 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 21
A public dance is Dec. 21, 8-11 p.m., Batesville Eagles. One-man band Gene Gillman will play country ‘50s and ‘60s music.
Sun.-Tue., Dec. 22-24
The New Point Christian Church Live Nativity is Dec. 22-24, 7-9 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 23
Kids in grades K-4 can handcraft and wrap gifts for their parents at Santa’s Workshops Dec. 23, 10 a.m., Brookville library and 2 p.m., Laurel library. RSVP: 765-647-4031 and 765-698-2582.
Teens can make Christmas crafts Dec. 23, 1-3 p.m., Tyson Library, Versailles. RSVP: www.tysonlibrary.org or 812-689-5894.
Wednesday, Dec. 25
The Batesville food pantry will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Friday, Dec. 27
The Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, will host Christmas tours Dec. 27, 6-8 p.m. Nature Christmas tree, Chime Choir. Info: 934-2475.
Saturday, Dec. 28
The Audubon Society Bird Count will be presented Dec. 28, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Michaela Farm, Oldenburg. Cost: $10 for lunch. RSVP: 933-6437 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, Dec. 30
United Families will meet Dec. 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Community Mental Health Center’s Intensive Youth Services office, 215 E. George St. Dinner and child care provided.
Registration for Southeastern Indiana YMCA programs for the winter 2014 session begin Dec. 30 for members and Jan. 2 for potential members. The programs will start Jan. 6. Info: www.siymca.org or 934-6006.
Tuesday, Dec. 31
A Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana distribution is Dec. 31, 4-6 p.m., parking lot behind the Schilling Center, Brookville.
A public New Year’s Eve dance is Dec. 31, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Batesville Eagles. Matrix will perform. Cover charges are $10 per person or $15 per couple.
Wednesday, Jan. 1
A still board and trap shoot is Jan. 1, 11 a.m., Tri-Township Conservation Club, Oldenburg. Meat and money shoots.
The Batesville food pantry will be closed Jan. 1.
Friday, Jan. 3
The Ripley County Mobile Food Pantry will give away food for the needy in Laughery, Center, Jackson, Johnson and Otter Creek townships Jan. 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Ripley County Fairgrounds Building 16C, Osgood.
Sunday, Jan. 5
Area singers will present a concert of well-known composer Pepper Choplin’s music, led by Choplin, Jan. 5, 6-7:30 p.m., Holy Family Catholic Church. The event is sponsored by Batesville United Methodist Church and Rural Alliance for the Arts. A freewill offering will be taken for the Batesville food pantry.
Monday, Jan. 6
The Batesville Casket Co. Retirees Party Jan. 6 has been cancelled due to restaurant remodeling. The group will meet Feb. 3, 11:30 a.m. lunch, Osgood Grub Co. Info: Mary Demaree, 812-614-0901.
The Daughters of Isabella All Saints Circle 1384 will meet Jan. 6, 7 p.m., Batesville Knights of Columbus Hall. Dues may be paid.
Tuesday, Jan. 7
Batesville Knights of St. John No. 243 will meet Jan. 7, 7:30 p.m., Knights home.
Wednesday, Jan. 8
Interested persons are welcome to attend the Columbus Star Quilters’ Guild meeting Jan. 8, 9:30 a.m., Masonic Lodge, 4131 Rocky Ford Road. Member Jamie Schantz, Batesville, will hold a trunk show to display many of her quilts, including the 2012 Viewers’ Quilt Award. Please bring a show-and-tell to share. Info: JayDee Edgell, 812-418-8669.
The St. Anne’s Ladies Sodality Card Party is Jan. 8, 1 p.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church, Morris, lower hall.
Batesville Toastmasters will meet Jan. 8, 5:30 p.m., Community Church of Batesville, 103 E. George St. Info: 934-3462.
Thursday, Jan. 9
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183 Ladies Auxiliary will meet Jan. 9, 7 p.m.