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Saturday, July 13

Archetypes & Mythology will be presented July 13, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Cost: $45-$65 includes lunch. Info and RSVP: 812-933-6437 or

Batesville Fire & Rescue Summerfest is July 13 at Liberty Park. Downtown parade begins 2 p.m. on Columbus Avenue. Fried chicken and smoked pork chop dinners served 4-8 p.m. Classic Rock Band performs from 4-8 p.m.; Automation performs 8 p.m.-midnight.

The Southeastern Indiana Musicians Association board will raffle an acoustic guitar signed by Whiskey City Summer Fest artists at the fest July 13, 3-10:30 p.m., Lawrenceburg Civic Park, 50 Short St. Free contest signup at event. No purchase is necessary, but the winner must be present. Texas blues/rock musician Delbert McClinton, Pure Grain, The Renegades and Cajun band Robin Lacy & DeZydeco will perform at the free show.

Sat.-Sun., July 13-14

Ye Olde Central House Quilt Show is July 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and July 14, 1-4 p.m. at the historic home, 3684 State Road 229, Napoleon. Although the event is free, donations are appreciated for its restoration and upkeep. Info: Pat Hicks, 812-852-4818; or, click on Events.

Sunday, July 14

Coffee Talk: Praying With Centering Prayer will be presented July 14, 10:45 a.m.-noon, Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Freewill donation. Info: 812-933-6437 or

A euchre tournament will be held July 14, 1 p.m., North Dearborn American Legion Post 452, New Alsace. Doors open at noon. Entry fee, $5. Cash payout to the four highest scores. Refreshments available. Info: 812-623-3695.

Monday, July 15

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 July 15, 9 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7 p.m. Info: 812-689-4427 or 812-756-2560.

Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 3183 will meet July 15, 7 p.m., post home.

A Ripley County Drug Awareness Coalition one-hour lunch and learn session open to the public is July 18, 11:30 a.m., Osgood Town Hall, 147 W. Ripley St. Ripley Circuit Court Judge Ryan King and Ripley Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Sharp will share their perspectives on the substance abuse problems facing the county. A complimentary lunch will be served: either an Italian wrap with provolone cheese, ham and Swiss wrap or pulled chicken-bacon-cheddar wrap; chips; fruit cup; and water. To RSVP wrap selection by July 15:

July 15 and July 17

Auditions for the Batesville Area Arts Council fall play, “Things my Mother Taught Me,” are July 15 and July 17, 7-9 p.m., Meyers building, 500 W. Pearl St., Batesville. Two actors in their late 20s and four in their 50s or 60s are needed. Info and to schedule an audition time: director Regina Siefert, 812-212-0789.

Tuesday, July 16

On July 16, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host Cook the Book Cookbook Club, 6 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271 will meet July 16, post home, 2899 E. Legion Road, Batesville. Fellowship, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; meeting, 7:30 p.m. New members welcome.

Wednesday, July 17

A blood drive is July 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., donor bus at Margaret Mary Health parking lot by emergency room. To schedule an appointment: or 800-830-1091. Info: MMH lab, 812-933-5274.

The free family movie "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" will be shown July 17, 10 a.m., Gibson Theatre.

"Breweries and Distilleries in Franklin County" will be presented July 17, 6:30 p.m., Brookville Library. This is part of the Franklin County Public Library District's Hooked on History Series.

People Assisting Animals In Need is teaming up with Ohio Alley Cat Rescue (OAR) on low-cost spaying and neutering July 17. Also, Aug. 21. Prices: surgery (including rabies vaccine if not current), $50; FeLV/FIV test or microchip, $20; FVRCP or FeLV vaccine, $15; Revolution for fleas and ear mites or Cestaject for tapeworms, $10; Strongid for roundworms, $5. To sign up: Sue Hahn, 812-614-1852 or

Thursday, July 18

On July 18, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host a make-and-take craft – space scene, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. while supplies last; Out of This World Science for grades 1-5, 10 a.m.; Teen Advisory board meeting, 12:30 p.m.; and canvas drawstring backpack painting, 1 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

Kids in grades 3-8 can make a galaxy potion necklace and tea light holder July 18, 11 a.m.-noon or 1-2 p.m., Batesville Memorial Public Library annex. Limited space available. RSVPs required: and click on the program or call 812-934-4706.

A blood drive is July 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., American Legion Post 337, 412 Eastern Ave., Sunman. To schedule an appointment: or Roger Lang, 812-623-3685.

July 18-26

Volunteers are needed to fill Project T3 (Totes for Tots and Teens) backpacks with school supplies for disadvantaged children July 18, 22, 23 and 25. To sign up for specific times: Drivers also are needed to deliver the backpacks July 19 and 22-26. To volunteer: Lisa Haessig, Info: Project T3 backpack chairperson Joan Haessig, 812-932-2616.

Friday, July 19

A Youth MOVE (Motivating Others through Voices of Experience) Southeast meeting for persons 14-27 is July 19, 4:30-6 p.m., Memorial Public Library annex, 10 W. Boehringer St. Info: R.D. Riley, 812-932-1026; or text Mary Jo Lee, 812-593-4078.

The Eureka Band will present a concert July 19, 8-9 p.m., Liberty Park Bandstand. Please bring blankets or lawn chairs as seating is limited. Free.

Fri.-Sat., July 19-20

Oldenburg's Freudenfest is July 19-20. Friday: beer garden opens, 5 p.m.; festival blessing, 6 p.m.; live auction, 7 p.m.; Saturday: breakfast by Boy Scouts and Die Wanderung (walk), 7 a.m.; Radfahren (bike ride), 8 a.m.; Oldenburg Academy Twister 5K Lauf, 10 a.m.; beer garden opens, noon; kids' games and attractions begin, 1 p.m.; German games begin, 3 p.m.; pie auction, 4:30 p.m.; both days: food, live music. Info:

The Napoleon Firemen's annual picnic is July 19-20. Friday: The Renegades, 8 p.m.-midnight; Saturday: kids pedal pull, 8 p.m.; 650 North, 8:30 p.m.-midnight; both days: beer garden, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Texas hold' em tournament, 7-11 p.m. ($25 buy in); food; kids' games; bingo; cash raffle. Info: 513-835-5703 or

Saturday, July 20

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 July 20, 10 a.m.-noon. Info: or 765-647-6183.

"Milan to Mars" is July 20, 3 p.m., Milan Branch Library, as part of Ripley County Reads: One Giant Leap, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Milan High School graduate Micah Johnson works at the Goddard Space Flight Center. Projects include the SAM (Sample Analysis Mars) unit of the Mars Rover.

The Red Life Food Bank, 1112 Main St., Brookville, which serves Franklin County residents, is open the third Saturday including July 20, 10 a.m.-noon, and the fourth Thursday, 4-6 p.m.

Sunday, July 21

Tryouts for the 2020 Batesville Bats 12U and 14U teams are July 21, 5 p.m., The Plex, 671 Pohlman St. To RSVP a spot for the tryout or arrange a private tryout session: Paul Drake, 502-523-2224, or Brandon Blessing, 812-212-1007.

Sun.-Fri., July 21-26

Vacation Bible School, "Ask, Seek, Knock," will be held July 21-26, 6-8:30 p.m., Clarksburg Christian Church. All ages, including adults, are welcome. Info: Facebook: Clarksburg Christian Church.

Monday, July 22

The Batesville Adoptive Parent Support Group meets on the fourth Monday, including July 22, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Batesville Christian Church, 1294 Columbus Ave. Info: Barb Jacobs, The Villages of Indiana, Indianapolis, PAS care coordinator, 812-929-3234 or

Wednesday, July 24

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 July 24, 9:30 a.m., St. John's United Church of Christ, Huntersville. Info: Gail Miller, 812-216-7020.

"Remember When ... Storytime," a monthly adult storytelling program, is July 24, 2 p.m., Batesville Memorial Public Library meeting room. Guests are invited to tell true stories or just listen.

On July 24, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host Indiana's 2019 Legislative Update with Prosecutor Nathan Harter, 5:30 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

Thursday, July 25

On July 25, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host a make-and-take craft – back-to-school craft, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. while supplies last; and Pinterest Project of the Month, 1 and 6 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

The Red Life Food Bank, 1112 Main St., Brookville, which serves Franklin County residents, is open the third Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon, and the fourth Thursday including July 25, 4-6 p.m.

Kids in grades 3-8 can make galaxy bath bombs July 25, 11 a.m.-noon or 1-2 p.m., Batesville Memorial Public Library annex. Limited space available. RSVPs required: and click on the program or call 812-934-4706.

"Professor Steve's Space & Flight Show" is July 25, 2-3 p.m., Batesville Memorial Public Library meeting room. Limited space available. RSVPs required: and click on the program or call 812-934-4706.

The Grate Groan-Up Spelling Bee open to anyone 18 years and up is July 25, 6:30 p.m., Brookville Library, 919 Main St. To register as a competitor: 765-647-4031.

Thu.-Sat., July 25-27

The annual Church on the Rock Used Book Sale is July 25-26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and July 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 407 N. Township Line Road, Batesville. Prices for books, CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes range from 25 cents to $1. Proceeds will be donated to the Ministry Vision Fund. Info: 812-934-5192.

Friday, July 26

The Batesville Athletic Boosters will hold the 31st annual Bulldog Open golf tournament, a four-person scramble, July 26, 11 a.m. Hillcrest Country Club. Golfers can sign up as a team of four or individually. Info and to sign up: Wendy Meyer, or Bertha Hazelwood,

The New Point Volunteer Fire Department annual picnic is July 26, 5-8 p.m., 1895 S. County Road 822 E., Greensburg. Fried chicken dinners (cost: whole chicken, $11; adults, $10; kids 10 and under, $5), face painting, dunk tank, raffle (tickets are $1 each or six for $5).

Fri.-Sun., July 26-28

The 32nd annual Holy Family Church Rummage Sale is July 26, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; July 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and July 28, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Holy Family School, Oldenburg. On Saturday, all clothing and miscellaneous is half price, and Sunday is $2 a bag.

Saturday, July 27

The movie "The Martian," will be shown free July 27, 1 p.m., Damm Theater, 117 N. Buckeye St., Osgood, as part of Ripley County Reads: One Giant Leap, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

The St. John's United Church of Christ, Huntersville, annual church picnic is July 27. Homemade ice cream, mock turtle soup and roast beef served 5-8 p.m., church basement. Also, kids' games, Eureka Band performance, homemade pie auction, pie eating contest.

Tuesday, July 30

On July 30, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host a library board of trustees meeting, 4 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

Wednesday, July 31

An informational meeting for Batesville Primary School parents about school-based telehealth services is July 31, 6:30 p.m., cafeteria.

Thursday, Aug. 1

Aug. 1, noon, is the deadline for an individual to file a declaration of candidacy with the circuit court clerk to be a nominee of the Democratic, Libertarian or Republican Party at a town convention for offices in Oldenburg, Laurel, Mount Carmel, Cedar Grove, Sunman and Napoleon, towns of less than 3,500. Info: Franklin Circuit Court Clerk Neysa Raible, or 765-647-5111, Ext. 3; Ripley County Clerk Ginger Bradford, 812-689-4783 or

The deadline to order engraved pavers at the Batesville High School patio is Aug. 1: or 812-934-2194. There are three sizes for the Batesville Community Education Foundation fundraiser: 4 by 8 inches, three lines, $75; 8 by 8 inches, 6 lines, $150; and 8 by 8 inches with a blue bulldog, 4 lines, $500.

Friday, Aug. 2

The Batesville Beautification League will meet Aug. 2, noon, The Sherman.

Saturday, Aug. 3

Large trash items will be picked up from Batesville residences with Rumpke garbage collection Aug. 3. Collection begins at 5 a.m., so citizens are encouraged to set items curbside the night before. To read a list of acceptable and unacceptable items:

A Batesville Masonic Lodge 668 All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast is Aug. 3, 6-10 a.m. Adults, $7; children 6-12, $5; under 6, free. Carryouts available. Info: Paul Deal, 812-934-4195.

Tuesday, Aug. 6

The Batesville Knights of St. John Commandery 243 will meet Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m., Knights hall.

Wednesday, Aug. 7

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Indiana Chapter 0813 meeting is Aug. 7, 11 a.m., Elks Lodge, 223 E. Third St., Rushville.

Oldenburg Academy's Students in Sports booster club meets the first Wednesday of the month, including Aug. 7, 6:30 p.m., OA student lounge.

Monday, Aug. 12

The Fishes and Loaves Community Food Pantry, 5129 N. State Road 129, Delaware, which serves persons in the South Ripley and Jac-Cen-Del school districts, is open the second Monday including Aug. 12, 10-11 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. Info: Pastor Tommy Beatley, 812-584-3546.

Persons caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia are invited to attend a monthly support group Aug. 12, 2-3:30 p.m., Batesville Masonic Lodge, 119 W. Pearl St. Info: Linda Tuttle, 812-569-6130.