Please submit news for Activities to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions may also be made in person, by fax at 812-934-6406 or by mail at 475 N. Huntersville Road, Batesville, IN 47006. Email is preferred.
Friday, Dec. 7
The Batesville Beautification League will meet Dec. 7, noon, The Sherman.
The deadline to apply for a Ripley County Community Foundation small grant of up to $500 is Dec. 7, 4 p.m. Info: http://rccfonline.org or 812-933-1098.
Families are invited to Cookies with Santa, which is open to the community, Dec. 7, 5:30-7 p.m., Southeastern Indiana YMCA. Bring a camera to take your child’s photo on Santa’s lap, then enjoy decorating a Christmas cookie. To RSVP: 812-934-6006.
For movie night, "A Wrinkle in Time" will be shown Dec. 7, 6:30-9 p.m., Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Freewill donation. Info: www.oldenburgfranciscancenter.org or 812-933-6437.
Kent Lockwood and his band Two out of Three will perform holiday favorites and a fun mix of covers during an Amack’s Well First Friday Concert Dec. 7, 7-8:30 p.m.
Breakfast with Santa is Dec. 15, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tyson Library, 325 W. Tyson St., Versailles. Children must be accompanied by adults. Registration required by Dec. 7 to receive a wrapped gift: 812-689-5894.
Fri.-Sat., Dec. 7-8
The Friends of the Batesville Memorial Public Library will have their annual Almost New Book Sale Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., library meeting room.
A live manger scene with animals, Christmas carols and indoor and outdoor performances by local church and school choirs are all part of the 32nd annual Live Nativity Dec. 7-8, 5-9 p.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church, Morris.
Saturday, Dec. 8
Children may visit Santa Dec. 8, 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m., in his house next to the bike park (in between Main, East Pearl, Park and George streets) thanks to the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. Also, Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-noon; and Dec. 18, 5-7 p.m.
A Mindfulness Retreat, presented by Sister Olga Wittekind and Claire Sherman, is Dec. 8, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Cost: $45-$65 includes lunch. Info and RSVP: www.oldenburgfranciscancenter.org or 812-933-6437.
“A Christmas Carol” will be presented by the Cincinnati Kinderballet Dec. 8, 11 a.m., Batesville Middle School Commons. This program is sponsored by Friends of Batesville Memorial Public Library. A continental breakfast will be served and freewill offerings will be accepted.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Holiday Affair on the Square, sponsored by Main Street Versailles, Dec. 8, 4-7 p.m. Community caroling, a holiday light parade, tree lighting, winter market, South Ripley Ministerial Association Live Nativity, free hot chocolate, Christmas story readings and kids' activities.
A fried chicken dinner will be served Dec. 8, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183. Cost: adults, $10; kids 10 and under, $5. Carryouts available. Public welcome.
Wild Carrot and Their Roots Band will perform as part of the Batesville Memorial Public Library's After Hours Concert Series Dec. 8, 7 p.m. Free. Info: 812-934-4706 or ebatesville.com/after
Sunday, Dec. 9
An all-you-can-eat whole hog sausage breakfast will be served Dec. 9, 7:30 a.m.-noon, St. Joseph American Legion Post 464, St. Leon.
Coffee Talk: Mary as Mystic will presented Dec. 9, 10:45 a.m.-noon, Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Freewill donation. Info: www.oldenburgfranciscancenter.org or 812-933-6437.
A euchre tournament will be held Dec. 9, 1 p.m., American Legion Post 452, New Alsace. Doors open at noon. Entry fee is $5. There will be cash payouts for the four highest scores. Refreshments available for purchase. The tournaments are held monthly. Info: 812-623-3695.
The Southeastern Indiana Dance Inc. winter concert with the theme “Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s 'Trilogy'” is Dec. 9, 2 p.m., East Central High School Performing Arts Center.
Monday, Dec. 10
The St. Louis Catholic School Band and Choir Concert is Dec. 10, 2 p.m., Activity Center. Free.
The Alzheimer's Association Greater Cincinnati Chapter support group for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's or other dementias meets Dec. 10, 2-3:30 p.m., Batesville Masonic Lodge, 119 W. Pearl St. Info: Linda Tuttle, 812-569-6130.
On Dec. 10, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the YMCA Dinner Program for ages 18 and under, 5 p.m.; and the family Christmas program "A Christmas Carol" presented by Minnetrista Theatre, 6 p.m. Info: www.greensburglibrary.org or 812-663-2826.
Each participant will take home a gingerbread house after attending a workshop Dec. 10, 6-7 p.m., Brookville library. To register: 765-647-4031.
Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183 Auxiliary will have its annual Christmas party Dec. 10, post home. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. followed by the party. Please bring a snack to share. Those who want to participate in the gift exchange should bring a $10 gift.
Tuesday, Dec. 11
A blood drive will be held Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m., donor bus in FCN Bank, Batesville branch, parking lot. Every donor will be entered to win a four-pack of Cincinnati Zoo Festival of Lights tickets. To schedule appointments: www.hoxworth.org/groups/fcn or 800-830-1091.
On Dec. 11, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host a Winter Sensory Program for ages 1-6, 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; and Knit Night, 6 p.m. Info: www.greensburglibrary.org or 812-663-2826.
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Indiana Chapter 0813 will meet Dec. 11, 11 a.m., Elks Lodge, 223 E. 3rd St., Rushville.
Lunch & Learn: The Golden Years – What is the Gold? will be presented Dec. 11, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Cost: $20 includes lunch. Info and RSVP: www.oldenburgfranciscancenter.org or 812-933-6437.
Everyone is invited to the Food and Growers Association Community Gathering Dec. 11, 6:15 p.m., root vegetable soup demonstration; 7 p.m., dinner, Chris and Laura Ault’s home, 435 S. Main St., Batesville. Each attendee should bring a dish to share. To RSVP: Laura Ault, email@example.com.
A solo card party is Dec. 11, 7 p.m., Batesville Knights of St. John hall.
Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183 will meet Dec. 11, 7 p.m., post home.
Sunman Elementary School K-2 students and SES Chorus and Ukulele Club will participate in "A Very Vintage Christmas" concert Dec. 11, 7 p.m., East Central High School Performing Arts Center. Free.
Wednesday, Dec. 12
The St. Anne's Ladies Sodality Card Party is Dec. 12, 1-4 p.m., St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Morris.
Thursday, Dec. 13
On Dec. 13, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the Coffee, Books and More! adult book discussion, 1 p.m. Info: www.greensburglibrary.org or 812-663-2826.
"The Polar Express" will be screened Dec. 13, 6 p.m., Gibson Theatre, courtesy of the Friends of Batesville Memorial Public Library.
The Batesville Middle School and Batesville High School choral concert is Dec. 13, 7 p.m., BHS auditorium. Freewill donations welcome.
Friday, Dec. 14
On Dec. 14, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host Decorate a Gingerbread house for grades 1-5, 3:30 p.m. Info: www.greensburglibrary.org or 812-663-2826.
The Friendship Christmas Walk is Dec. 14, 6-9 p.m. Visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, writing letters to Santa at the post office, chili at the fire station, a Light up Your Ride Contest, outdoor crafts and music. For updated schedule: https://www.facebook.com/friendshipvillageassociation
"Annie Jr." will be presented by Miss Shannon's Music Studio students Dec. 14, 7 p.m., Holy Family Catholic Church gym, Oldenburg. The musical is free and open to the public.
Saturday, Dec. 15
Children may visit Santa Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-noon, in his house next to the bike park (in between Main, East Pearl, Park and George streets) thanks to the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. Also, Dec. 18, 5-7 p.m.
The Backdoor Ministry of Faith Paper Goods Pantry, located at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 823 Franklin Ave., Brookville, which serves Franklin County residents, is open the third Saturday including Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-noon. Info: FCMABrookville@gmail.com or 765-647-6183.
The Margaret Mary Health Basketball Bash is Dec. 15, 5-7:30 p.m., Batesville High School auxiliary gym. MMH's Sports Medicine Team will provide a free meal, while supplies last, prior to the varsity boys and girls' games.
Monday, Dec. 17
The Ripley County Food Pantry, located in Building 16C, Ripley County Fairgrounds Park, Osgood, which serves Jackson, Johnson, Otter Creek, Center and Shelby townships, is open the third Monday including Dec. 17, 9 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7 p.m. Info: 812-689-4427 or 812-756-2560.
On Dec. 17, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the YMCA Dinner Program for ages 18 and under, 5 p.m. Info: www.greensburglibrary.org or 812-663-2826.
The East Central High School Department of Bands will present its "Holiday Spectacular" Dec. 17, 6:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center. Cost: adults, $5; students, $2.
The Batesville Middle School and Batesville High School band concert is Dec. 17, 7 p.m., BHS auditorium. Freewill donations welcome.
Tuesday, Dec. 18
On Dec. 18, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host a make-and-give program for a Christmas pot holder during open hours. Info: www.greensburglibrary.org or 812-663-2826.
Children may visit Santa Dec. 18, 5-7 p.m., in his house next to the bike park (in between Main, East Pearl, Park and George streets) thanks to the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Each participant will take home a gingerbread house after attending a workshop Dec. 18, 6-7 p.m., Laurel library. To register: 765-698-2582.
The Sunman-Dearborn Middle School band's winter concert is Dec. 18, 7 p.m., East Central High School Performing Arts Center. Freewill donations welcome.
Thursday, Dec. 20
A Holiday Hangout for third- through eighth-graders is Dec. 20, 4-5 p.m., Batesville library.
Children can handcraft and wrap gifts for loved ones at a Santa's Workshop Dec. 20, 5-7 p.m., Laurel library.
Friday, Dec. 21
A free infant safe sleep class is offered by the Ripley County Health Department Dec. 21, 2-3 p.m., Ripley County Annex Commissioners Room, 102 W. First North St., Versailles. To RSVP: Lexi Bushhorn, 812-689-5751, Ext. 325; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Dec. 22
Praying With the Seasons: Winter Blessings will be presented Dec. 22, 10 a.m.-noon, Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Cost: $15. Info and RSVP: www.oldenburgfranciscancenter.org or 812-933-6437.
Sat.-Mon., Dec. 22-24
Live animals and church and community members will gather for the 51st New Point Christian Church Live Nativity Dec. 22-24, 7-9 p.m., just off State Road 46 at 1815 S. County Road 800 E., Greensburg.
Wednesday, Dec. 26
Batesville Quiltmakers, a group that provides an opportunity for members to meet with other quilters to share ideas, learn new techniques and find inspiration, meets the fourth Wednesday, including Dec. 26, 9:30 a.m., St. John's United Church of Christ, Huntersville. Info: Gail Miller, 812-216-7020.
The St. Anne's Ladies Sodality Card Party is Dec. 26, 1-4 p.m., St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Morris.
Thursday, Dec. 27
On Dec. 27, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the library board of trustees meeting, 4 p.m. Info: www.greensburglibrary.org or 812-663-2826.
Decorations in varied themes, crèches, a large tree with nature ornaments, music by a chime choir and refreshments are part of the Christmas tour Dec. 27, 6-8 p.m., Sisters of St. Francis Convent.
Saturday, Dec. 29
The Audubon Bird Count is Dec. 29, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Michaela Farm, Oldenburg. Cost: $10 for lunch. Info: www.oldenburgfranciscancenter.org or 812-933-6437.