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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.

The deadline to register as a Girls on the Run of Margaret Mary Health volunteer coach is July 31. Teams meet after school in Ripley, Decatur and Franklin counties twice a week for 75 minutes. Volunteers, who must be at least 16, may be male or female and do not need to be runners. Info: or 812-933-5482. To register:

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.

The Batesville United Methodist Church rummage sale is Aug. 3, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

VFW Day is Aug. 3, Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183. Fried chicken dinner, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: adults, $10; kids 10 and under, $5. Carryouts available. Music by Farley Wright, 5-8 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 4

Hubbellfest will be held Aug. 4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church, Hubbells Corner, 12523 North Dearborn Road, Sunman. There will be a chicken dinner, basket raffles and kids' games.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new education center at St. Nicholas School, Sunman, is Aug. 4, 11:30 a.m. Archbishop Thompson will bless the building, and there will be self-guided tours and lunch. Info:

Monday, Aug. 5

The Batesville Middle School Open House and Locker Night is Aug. 5, 5:30-7 p.m. Students are welcome to come and organize their lockers. Student Council members will help students learn how to use the combination locks and will give guided tours. Staff members will also be on hand.

The Batesville Area Historical Society Antiques Road Show is Aug. 13, 5 p.m., The Sherman. Local expert John Schoettelkotte will share insights and knowledge and antiques brought to the program. The dinner cost is $15 for members and $18 for nonmembers. To RSVP by Aug. 5: Carolyn Dieckmann, 812-212-9832 or 812-934-3266.

Tuesday, Aug. 6

A community blood drive is Aug. 6, 12:30-6 p.m., St. Maurice Catholic Church, Napoleon. To schedule appointments: Arlene Gehl, 812-852-4394; Hoxworth, 800-830-1091; or

On Aug. 6, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the Historical Book and Film Club, 3 and 7 p.m., and Movie Night – "They Shall not Grow Old," 6 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

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.

Contemplative Prayer will be presented Aug. 7, 3-4:30 p.m., Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Freewill donation. Info: or 812-933-6437.

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.

The Red Hat Ladies will have a meeting and luncheon Aug. 14, 11 a.m., Pearl Street Pub, Oldenburg. RSVP by Aug. 7: 812-934-3484 or 812-934-2099.

Thursday, Aug. 8

On Aug. 8, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the Coffee, Books & More adult book discussion, 1 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

Fri.-Sat., Aug. 9-10

A drive-thru chicken fry is Aug. 9, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Aug. 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Eagle Fire Co., Oldenburg, firehouse. Whole and half chickens and pints of livers, gizzards, cole slaw and potato salad will be available.

Saturday, Aug. 10

Handbags 4 Hope, hosted by the Community Church of Batesville, is Aug. 10, Batesville High School cafeteria. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Attendees can bid on new and gently used purses, satchels and baskets filled with local gift items and certificates. Salads, desserts and beverages provided. A domestic violence survivor will also share her story. Proceeds benefit Safe Passage, the local domestic and sexual violence support services provider. Cost: $8. Tickets can be purchased by calling Safe Passage, 812-933-1990.

Jung's Types & Wholeness: Understanding Your Personality Preferences will be presented Aug. 10, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Cost: $45-$65 includes lunch. Info and RSVP: or 812-933-6437.

A ribeye steak dinner will be served Aug. 10, 4-7 p.m., Batesville Knights of St. John hall. Cost: $18.

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.

A blood drive will be held Aug. 12, 2-7 p.m., Southeastern Indiana YMCA conference room. Info or to make an appointment: 812-934-6006 or

Tuesday, Aug. 13

A day of Quiet Renewal will be presented Aug. 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Cost: $20-$70. Info and RSVP: or 812-933-6437.

A book discussion of "The Martian" by Andy Weir, the story of Mark Watney, an astronaut stranded alone on Mars, will be led by Nancy Durham Aug. 13, 6 p.m., Batesville Memorial Public Library, as part of Ripley County Reads: One Giant Leap, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Info: Terri Trowbridge, or 812-689-7431.

On Aug. 13, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host Knit Night, 6 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183 will meet Aug. 13, 7 p.m., post home.

Wednesday, Aug. 14

An informational meeting on group spiritual companioning will be held Aug. 14, 1-2 p.m. or 6:30-7:30 p.m., Oldenburg Franciscan Center. The OFC will host a group the second Wednesday of the month from September through May, 1-3:30 p.m. or 6-8:30 p.m. The cost for this is $180 for the series or $20 per session. Registrations must be received by Sept. 4. Info: or 812-933-6437.

Thursday, Aug. 15

Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel and Deputy Prosecutor Shane Tucker will speak at the Ripley County Drug Awareness Coalition lunch and learn session Aug. 15, 11:30 a.m., Osgood Town Hall, 147 W. Ripley St. To RSVP:

Friday, Aug. 16

A Youth MOVE (Motivating Others through Voices of Experience) Southeast meeting for persons 14-27 is Aug. 16, 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.

A Trivia Night and Southeastern Indiana YMCA Annual Campaign Kick-off is Aug. 19, 5:30 p.m. meal, 6 p.m. game, Izzy’s at Hillcrest. Tickets, which include meals, cost $25 per person or $150 for a table of six. To purchase your tickets by Aug. 16: stop by the Y, 812-934-6006 or

Boys and girls in grades K-5 and their families are invited to meet local Cub Scouts and leaders and learn about upcoming events during a kick-off campfire Aug. 16, 6:30-8 p.m., Camp Mesty. The event is free for all current scouts and those interested in joining. Info: Chris Rudolf, or 812-363-0174.

Saturday, Aug. 17

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 Aug. 17, 10 a.m.-noon. Info: or 765-647-6183.

The Red Life Food Bank, 1112 Main St., Brookville, which serves Franklin County residents, is open the third Saturday including Aug. 17, 10 a.m.-noon, and the fourth Thursday, 4-6 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 18

The St. Nicholas Annual Church Picnic is Aug. 18. All-you-can-eat chicken or roast beef dinners served 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Carryouts available until 6 p.m. Also, turtle soup, games.

On Aug. 18, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the Billy Yank, common soldier for the Union, homecoming luncheon, noon. Info: or 812-663-2826.

A euchre tournament will be held Aug. 18, 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, Aug. 19

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 Aug. 19, 9 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7 p.m. Info: 812-689-4427 or 812-756-2560.

A Food and Growers Association gathering is Aug. 19, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Ande Schewe's permaculture gardens, 5:30-8:30 p.m., 2030 E. County Road 300 N., Milan. Attendees should bring a dish to share with a serving spoon, plates/bowls, cups and utensils. Water will be provided. There will be a garden tour. Info: 513-805-9298.

Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 3183 will meet Aug. 19, 7 p.m., post home.

Tuesday, Aug. 20

On Aug. 20, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host make-and-take Tuesday – vacation photo holder, 8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. while supplies last; and You ART to be Creating, 6 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

A Space Poetry Slam interactive discussion for ages 13 and up facilitated by Adam Henze is Aug. 20, 12:30 p.m., Tyson Public Library, as part of Ripley County Reads: One Giant Leap, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Henze is the director of a poetry writing and performance camp for high school youth.

Fall gardening is the topic at a monthly Library of Seeds Program Aug. 20, 6 p.m., Batesville Memorial Public Library.

Those interested in participating in the Ripley County CROP (Christian Rural Overseas Program) Walk to benefit the hungry are invited to a recruiting meeting Aug. 20, 6:30 p.m, St. Peter's United Church of Christ (Finks church), Osgood. Donation envelopes and other informational materials will be available. The walk will be held Oct. 1, 1:30 p.m., at the church. Participants can walk the entire 6.2 miles or the golden mile. Info: Pastor Sandy Gruell, 812-852-4503 (leave a message).

Wednesday, Aug. 21

"The 10 Most Endangered Landmarks in Indiana and the Valley House, an Endangered Landmarks Success Story" will be presented Aug. 21, 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 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, Aug. 22

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 Aug. 22, 4-6 p.m.

On Aug. 22, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the Pinterest Project of the Month, 1 and 6 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

Friday, Aug. 23

A Sip, Snack and Stroll, sponsored by the Batesville Area Historical Society, is Aug. 23, 5:30 p.m., Batesville Historical Center garden. Hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music and museum exhibit tour, then historical walking tour of Batesville’s north side with food and drink samples. Reservations are $35 for nonmembers, or join BAHS and pay $30. To RSVP: Carolyn Dieckmann, 812-212-9832 or 812-934-3266. Info:

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