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St. Louis Church is sponsoring a community blood draw Oct. 15, noon-5:30 p.m., Batesville Knights of Columbus hall. Appointments are encouraged: or 800-830-1091.

Garden cleanup is the topic at a monthly Library of Seeds Program Oct. 15, 6 p.m., Batesville Memorial Public Library.

On Oct. 15, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the You ART to be Creating adult program, 6 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271 members will meet Oct. 15, post home, 2899 E. Legion Road, Batesville. Social hour, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; meeting, 7:30 p.m. New members welcome.


The Merchants Affordable Housing Corp. and the Sisters of St. Francis will host an open house to discuss the proposed Olivia Hall project Oct. 16, 4-6 p.m., St. Francis Hall, Oldenburg. MAHC is working to apply for Historic Tax Credits and Rehabilitation Tax Credits to rehab the building into 41 units that will be targeted to low- to moderate-income senior citizens. Representatives will share the proposed plans and tenant selection criteria. There will not be a formal presentation.

On Oct. 16, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host Robo Coders for grades 4-12, 6 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

“Franklin County Coverlets and Their Makers” will be presented Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m., Brookville Library. This is part of the Franklin County Public Library District’s Hooked on History Series.

The Food and Growers Association dinner gathering, open to all, is Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m., Jerry and Cecilia Rose’s home, 520 W. County Road 1450 N., Batesville. Attendees should bring a dish prepared with local, sustainable, whole foods, if possible. Drinks and table service provided.


The Ripley County Drug Awareness Coalition will present “Our Legislators’ Perspective on the Substance Abuse Problem in Indiana” Oct. 17, 6 p.m., Southeastern Indiana REMC Center, 712 S. Buckeye St., Osgood. Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill Jr., state Sen. Jean Leising, state Reps. Randy Frye and Cindy Ziemke and governor’s office representatives Christopher Creighton and Ethan Lawson will be on the panel.


A Youth MOVE (Motivating Others through Voices of Experience) Southeast meeting for persons 14-27 is Oct. 18, 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.

On Oct. 16, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the Bats and Boo...ks family program, 6 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

FRI.-SAT., OCT. 18-19

The Fear Factory haunted house is open every Friday and Saturday in October including Oct. 18-19, 7-10 p.m., RomWeber Marketplace. Cost: $10 for haunted house, $5 for escape room. Info:

FRI.-SUN., OCT. 18-20

Plein Air Paint Out Weekend is Oct. 18-20, Franklin County. Friday: Speaker Bob Burnet will discuss “Changes and the Future of the Hoosier Salon,” 7 p.m., Brookville Library Annex; Saturday: Artists will be out and about painting in the county. Feel free to stop and talk to them; Sunday: art show, 1-3 p.m., Brookville Library Annex.


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 Oct. 19, 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 Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-noon, and the fourth Thursday, 4-6 p.m.

The 16th annual St. Charles Harvest Dinner is Oct. 19, 4-7 p.m., 213 W. Ripley St., Milan. Cost: adults, $10; kids ages 5-12, $5; under 5, free. Carryouts available. Also, silent auction on theme baskets, homemade turtle soup. Proceeds help pay for new carpet and vinyl flooring for parish rectory.

A steak fry and dance is Oct. 19, Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271. Social hour, 6-7 p.m., followed by dinner and dance. Info and tickets: John Baumer, 812-216-7710 or Jim Hodges, 812-363-3440. Open to the public.

The Oct. 19 Bluegrass Night features Tay Bronson, 6 p.m., and New Augusta Bluegrass, 7 p.m., Metamora Performing Arts Opry Barn, 19189 Pennington Road. Doors open at 5:30. Admission is $8 at the door. Food available. Info:


St. Jacob’s, Blue Creek, annual turkey dinner is Oct. 20, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Carryouts available.

Fear Factory family fun day is Oct. 20, 1-3 p.m., RomWeber Marketplace. There will be lights on, no scare tours and a Halloween craft for children. Cost: $10.


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 Oct. 21, 9 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7 p.m. Info: 812-689-4427 or 812-756-2560.

The Franklin County Historical Society will host a program on the history of Mount Carmel presented by Julie Schlesselman Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Mount Carmel United Methodist Church. Persons are also invited to a dinner at 6 p.m. To RSVP for dinner reservations (cost $10) by Oct. 17: Pam Beneker, 765-647-7365.

Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 3183 will meet Oct. 21, 7 p.m., post home.

The Southeastern Indiana Right to Life will meet Oct. 21, 7 p.m. Info and for location: 812-934-4054 or 812-662-1235.

Violinist Richard Lin, winner of the 2018 International Violin Competition, along with pianist Chih-Yi Chen will perform Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Oldenburg Academy gymnasium. Free admission. This is part of the Batesville Area Arts Council Arts in Education Evening Series.


On Oct. 22, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host a make-and-take Halloween ghost, while supplies last; and Halloween cupcake decorating for grades 4-12, 6 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

Ripley County Retired Teachers Association will meet Oct. 22, 5 p.m. at the Osgood Town Hall. For reservations, call 812-934-2284. To join, call 812-633-9348.

A Think Pink breast cancer awareness event, sponsored by Margaret Mary Health, is Oct. 22, 6 p.m., Sunman American Legion, 412 Eastern Ave. Keynote presentation by Deanna Day Young, appetizers, door prizes. Tickets at $20 per person:, Events section; or Meg Applegate, 812-933-5257. Proceeds benefit the Margaret Mary Health Foundation Cancer Fund.


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 Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m., St. John’s United Church of Christ, Huntersville. Info: Gail Miller, 812-216-7020.

A card party is held the second and fourth Wednesdays, including Oct. 23, 1-4 p.m., St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Morris, lower hall.

“Remember When ... Storytime,” a monthly adult storytelling program, is Oct. 23, 2 p.m., Batesville Memorial Public Library meeting room. Guests are invited to tell true stories or just listen.


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 Oct. 24, 4-6 p.m.

On Oct. 24, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the Pinterest Project of the Month adult program, 1 and 6 p.m.; and Free Build With Legos children’s program, 1 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.


Charter Night Celebration and Evening of Magic at Batesville Memorial Public Library, 6:30 p.m. BMPL Magic Club will be awarded a charter in The Society of Young Magicians. Magic acts, refreshments and more. Free to attend.

FRI.-SAT., OCT. 25-26

The Fear Factory haunted house is open every Friday and Saturday in October including Oct. 25-26, 7-10 p.m., RomWeber Marketplace. Cost: $10 for haunted house, $5 for escape room. Info:


A Franklin County Humane Society fall shot clinic is Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-noon, Laurel firehouse. Dog vaccines: rabies and distemper, $12 each; Bordetella, $15. Cat vaccines: rabies, $12; feline four-way, $14. ID microchipping costs $20 and flea and worming treatment prices are based on the pet’s weight. Info: 765-647-1444.

Mischief at the Museum, a free Halloween event for kids, is Oct. 26, 2-5 p.m., Historical Society of Decatur County Museum, 222 N. Franklin St., Greensburg. Children, who may come in costume, must be accompanied by an adult. Art activities, stories, Transylvania Railroad exhibit. Info: 812-663-2764.

A free Halloween Fall Festival is Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m., St. Peters United Church of Christ, Osgood. All ages welcome. Food, costume contest, games, prizes.

Irish band Ceol Mohr will perform Oct. 26, 7-9 p.m., as part of the Batesville Memorial Public Library After Hours Concert Series. The concert is supported by the Batesville Area Arts Council and Friends of the Library.


The New Alsace Conservation Club will host a sausage and pancake breakfast Oct. 27, 7:30 a.m.-noon, New Alsace American Legion. Cost: adults, $10; kids under 10, $4; kids under 3, free.

The St. Louis Super Sunday Bingo is Oct. 27, 17 E. St. Louis Place, Batesville. Doors open at 11 a.m. Early bird games begin at 1 p.m. Cost: $45 includes paper games, door prizes, raffle ticket and meal. To register: or 812-93-BINGO. All proceeds benefit St. Louis School.

A turkey bingo is Oct. 27, 6 p.m., All Saints Parish, St. Joseph Campus, St. Leon. Doors open at 5 p.m. Food available.


The Batesville Adoptive Parent Support Group meets on the fourth Monday, including Oct. 28, 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

On Oct. 28, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the library board of trustees meeting, 4 p.m.; and Human Trafficking 101 adult program, 6 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

Franklin County children may audition for roles of eight Angels and six Dancing Candy Canes for a Franklin County Arts Council production of “The Nutcracker Ballet Act II and Other Works” with the St. Louis Ballet Co. Auditions are Oct. 28, 4:30 p.m., Franklin County High School auditorium. Rehearsals are Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 24, 1-3 p.m.; and Dec. 6, after school. The performance is Dec. 7, 7 p.m. Info: Patti Wilhelm, 765-309-1473.


On Oct. 29, Lori Borgman, Indianapolis, a syndicated newspaper columnist, author and speaker, will be at the Laurel Library, 2 p.m.; and Brookville Library, 6 p.m.


The Batesville Halloween parade with candy handouts by Prell-Bland American Legion members is Oct. 31, 6 p.m. The parade starts at the Batesville Memorial Pool.


The Batesville Beautification League will meet Nov. 1, noon, The Sherman.


Large trash items will be picked up from Batesville residences with Rumpke garbage collection Nov. 2. 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 Nov. 2, 6-10 a.m. Adults, $7; children 6-12, $5; under 6, free. Carryouts available. Info: Paul Deal, 812-934-4195.

A turkey dinner, which includes pie, is Nov. 2, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Batesville Knights of St. John Hall. Cost: adults, $10; kids 10 and under, $6. Carryouts available.

Oldenburg Academy Athletic Boosters will host a hog roast dinner, drawdown and friendrasing event Nov. 2, 6-10 p.m. with the drawing beginning at 7 p.m., OA campus.


The 48th annual Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Holiday Bazaar is Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Batesville Primary School. Free admission. Proceeds go to charities and toward financial assistance to high school graduates for college expenses. Info:


On Nov. 5, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the Historical Book and Film Club, 3 and 7 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

The Batesville Knights of St. John Commandery 243 will meet Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m., Knights hall.


The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Indiana Chapter 0813 meeting is Nov. 6, 11 a.m., Elks Lodge, 223 E. Third St., Rushville.

On Nov. 6, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the Friends of the Library afternoon of bridge, 12:30 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

A blood drive is Nov. 6, 1:30-7:30 p.m., St. Joseph American Legion Post 464, 28866 Post 464 Road, St. Leon. Appointment preferred, but walk-ins welcome. To schedule an appointment: Hoxworth Blood Center, 800-830-1091.

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


On Nov. 7, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will present the Rest, Relax and Rejuvenate adult program, 6 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.


A veterans appreciation steak dinner is Nov. 15, Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271, 2899 E. Legion Road, Batesville. Social hour, 5-6 p.m.; dinner, 6 p.m. All veterans are invited. RSVP by Nov. 8: Jim Hodges, 812-363-3440.