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Friday, April 26

A Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District tree giveaway and food drive is April 26, beginning at 9 a.m., 10165 Oxford Pike, Brookville. Over 700 tree seedlings will be available on a first come, first served basis. There is a limit of five trees per person. Canned food donations for local food pantries are appreciated.

Healthy Kids Day is free to all, not just members, April 26, 5-7 p.m., outside of the Southeastern Indiana YMCA (in the gray gym if rainy). Bounce house, STEM activities, face painting, ambulance, firetruck, cookout and activity booths. To RSVP to insure enough supplies: 812-934-6006.

Movie Night: "Leave no Trace" will be presented April 26, 6:30-9 p.m., Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Freewill donation. Info: or 812-933-6437.

The Batesville Community Education Foundation is sponsoring a “You’ve Made a Difference” spring campaign to honor Batesville Community School Corp. employees. The deadline is April 26 to donate at least $10 for a sign with the employee’s name, which will be placed outside the school. To donate: or Anne Wilson, 812-934-2194.

The deadline to register for the Michaela Farm, 3127 State Road 229, Oldenburg, Community-Supported Agriculture program is April 26 for 20 weeks of produce. To register:, click on the CSA tab. Info: or 812-933-0661.

The public is invited to the 21st Century Homemakers Program sponsored by Ripley County Extension Homemakers May 11, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., South Ripley Elementary School, Versailles. Indiana State Police Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, the Versailles District public information officer, will speak. Attendees will choose four 45-minute sessions out of eight offered. The $15 registration fee, due by April 26, includes a small breakfast, lunch and door prizes. To request a registration form: Rachael Smith, or 812-689-6511.

Fri.-Sun., April 26-28

The musical comedy “Smoke on the Mountain” will be presented by Tree County Players April 26-27, 7 p.m.; and April 28, 2 p.m., playhouse, 634 W. Main St., Greensburg. Tickets cost $12 for members, $15 for nonmember adults and $5 for children. To order tickets: Info: 812-222-4766 or

Saturday, April 27

The Holly Bruns Memorial 5K Walk/Run is April 27, 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. start, Oldenburg Academy. The fee is $33. Proceeds will support an OA scholarship. To register online: Info and to donate or volunteer: Nita Mauer, 513-382-1922 or

Drive 4 UR School athletic fundraiser is April 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Batesville High School parking lot. Each test drive of a Jim True Ford vehicle will net BHS Athletics $20 with a $6,000 fundraising goal.

Shadow Retrieval Work: What Does Your Shadow Project? will be presented April 27, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Cost: $45-$65 includes lunch. Info and RSVP: or 812-933-6437.

In observance of Earth Day and Arbor Day, the Batesville Lions Club will be giving away 100 Norway spruce and 100 Hazelnut trees April 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Batesville Shopping Village parking lot. There is a limit of two trees per person.

The Brookville Library Ed Baker Civil War Study Room formal dedication is April 27, noon. A short discussion about this extensive collection and Baker will be followed by a historical portrayal of Dr. Jacob Ebersole, an Aurora and Gettysburg physician, presented by Roy Lambert.

The Franklin County Humane Society Spring Pet Vaccination Clinic is April 27, 1-3 p.m., Franklin County Fairgrounds, Brookville. Shots, microchipping, flea and tick prevention are offered with payment by cash and credit cards. Info: 765-647-1444.

A Derby Party is April 27, 1-4 p.m., historic Central House, 3684 State Road 229, Napoleon. Attendees will learn the history of hats at the Kentucky Derby and refreshments will be served. Children are welcome. This is a free event, but donations are appreciated. Info: Victor Sarringhaus, 812-621-7826.

The St. Nicholas, Sunman, turtle soup supper is April 27, 4-8 p.m. Carryouts available. Raffle and games. Info: 812-623-2964.

The Franklin County Arts Council will present a Joyful Sound Bell Choir concert April 27, 5 p.m., Brookville Library upstairs new addition. Tickets are $5. To purchase: Patti Wilhelm, 765-309-1473; or Nancy Pflum at FCN Bank, Brookville, Tuesdays-Thursdays.

A Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children Make Art with the Pieces auction of handpainted furniture is April 27, 5 p.m., Red Bicycle Hall's second floor, 125 E. Main St., Madison. Fundraiser tickets cost $10. Info and to purchase tickets:

A tenderloin dinner is April 27, 5-7:30 p.m., St. John Lutheran Church, Hubbells Corner. Freewill offering.

Ball State University urban planning professor emeritus Francis Parker presents "Life Along the Canal" April 27, 6-9 p.m., Metamora Performing Arts Opry Barn, 19189 Pennington Road. He will discuss the history of the canal and railroad development in the Whitewater Valley. The program will follow a 6 p.m. freewill donation dinner.

The Southeast Indiana Youth Orchestra spring concert is April 27, 7 p.m., Greendale Baptist Church. Free.

Sat.-Mon., April 27-29

Tree County Players, Greensburg, will present the musical "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" June 25-29. Auditions are April 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; April 28, 7-9 p.m.; and April 29, 4-9 p.m., playhouse, 634 W. Main St., Greensburg. To sign up to audition: or co-director Megan Gehrich, 765-894-5306. Info: or co-director Tyler Wachsmann, 812-211-4277.

Sunday, April 28

Coffee Talk: Mother Marianne Cope will be presented April 28, 10:45 a.m.-noon, Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Freewill donation. Info: or 812-933-6437.

The freewill donation Nancy Hershman Scholarship Dinner is April 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Milan American Legion, 318 State Road 350. There will be many raffles. Proceeds will help high school seniors at Batesville, East Central, Milan, Jac-Cen-Del and South Ripley further their educations. Info and to donate money or raffle items: Dawn Evans, 812-756-2468.

"Raise the Crown," the 39th annual ecumenical Easter Cantata, will be presented April 28, 7 p.m., St. John's United Church of Christ, Huntersville.

Monday, April 29

A walk-in immunization clinic is April 29, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Ripley County Health Department, county annex, 102 W. First North St., Versailles. Some health insurance plans are accepted and some vaccines may be free if income eligible. Info: 812-689-5751.

On April 29, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the YMCA Dinner Program for ages 18 and under, 5 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

A Ripley County Relay for Life team captains meeting is April 29, 7 p.m., Batesville Memorial Public Library, after the 6 p.m. leadership meeting. To register a team: Info: co-chairs Samantha Smith, or 812-621-7294; or Carrie Oppelt, or 812-212-5784.

Tuesday, April 30

On April 30, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the library trustees meeting, 4 p.m.; and YMCA Dinner Program for ages 18 and under, 5 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

Wednesday, May 1

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Indiana Chapter 0813 meeting is May 1, 11 a.m., Elks Lodge, 223 E. Third St., Rushville.

The East Central/Sunman-Dearborn Family, Career and Community Leaders of American will hold their 18th annual Vera Bradley Bingo Fundraiser May 1, 6 p.m., East Central High School cafeteria. Cost: $10. Proceeds go toward community service projects, leadership conferences and chapter activities. Info: Brenda Osman, 812-576-4811, Ext. 11302.

Oldenburg Academy's Students in Sports booster club meets the first Wednesday of the month, including May 1, 6:30 p.m., OA student lounge.

Thursday, May 2

The Batesville Community Prayer Breakfast is May 2, 7-8 a.m., Izzy's at Hillcrest. The event is sponsored by the Batesville Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, Southeastern Indiana YMCA and city of Batesville. Al Geis, the prayer breakfast founder and one of the local Kiwanis founders, will be the guest speaker. Tickets at $8 will be available at the door, but RSVPs are preferred: Kiwanis President Rita Seig, 812-209-9945 or

May 2-4 and 9-10

The East Central High School horticulture program will conduct its 13th annual spring plant sale May 2-3, 3-7 p.m.; May 4, 8 a.m.-noon; and May 9-10, 3-6:30 p.m. Several varieties of vegetable plants and flowers as well as projects made by EC agricultural science students will be available. The sale will be held in the EC greenhouse located on the north side of the school on the second floor of the building. Please enter through the agriculture shop doors. Info: Roy Johnson, agriculture science instructor, 812-576-4811, Ext. 11122 or

Friday, May 3

The Batesville Beautification League will meet May 3, noon, The Sherman.

Adelaide DuBois & Family, St. Mary's, will entertain at First Friday Music May 3, 7-8:30 p.m., Amack’s Well.

Saturday, May 4

Large trash items will be picked up from Batesville residences with Rumpke garbage collection May 4. 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 May 4, 6-10 a.m. Adults, $7; children 6-12, $5; under 6, free. Carryouts available. Info: Paul Deal, 812-934-4195.

The New Alsace Conservation Club's 31st Annual Fishing Derby is May 4, 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Lake in the Pines, New Alsace. Registration begins at 6 a.m. Participants are not required to possess fishing licenses since they will be fishing on a private lake. Cost: adults and kids 12 and older, $18; kids under 12, free. Info: Lake in the Pines, 812-623-2136; Dale Back, 812-623-2431 or; or

Safe Sitter Training will be offered May 4 and June 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Southeastern Indiana YMCA. Students in grades 6-8 may choose one date. The program prepares kids to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. The fee is $40, which includes lunch. Info and to register: stop by, 812-934-6006; or Karen Moore,

Sunday, May 5

Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271 will host a stillboard shoot May 5, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., post home, 2899 E. Legion Road, Batesville. Public invited.

The Southeastern Indiana Dance Inc. spring concert is May 5, 2 p.m., East Central High School Performing Arts Center. The concert is free and everyone is invited.

Monday, May 6

The Batesville Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1130 will hold an election of officers May 6, 2-6 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7

On May 7, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host Make-and-take Tuesday – Mother's Day craft, all day while supplies last; and History Book and Film Club, 3 and 7 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

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

Thursday, May 9

On May 9, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the Coffee, Books and More Adult Book Discussion, 1 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 3183 will meet May 9, 7 p.m., post home.

Thu.-Sat., May 9-11

The Batesville Kiwanis Family Carnival is May 9-11, Village Green. Ride bracelets are available for purchase: Thursday, 5-10 p.m. and Friday, 5-11 p.m., $15; Saturday, noon-4 p.m., $10; and Saturday, 4-11 p.m., $20.

Monday, May 13

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 May 13, 10-11 a.m. and 4-5 p.m. Info: Pastor Tommy Beatley, 812-584-3546.

Tuesday, May 14

On May 14, 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 May 14, 7 p.m., post home.

A solo card party is May 14, 7:30 p.m., Batesville Knights of St. John hall.

Wednesday, May 15

"Blooming Grove" will be presented May 15, 6:30 p.m., Brookville Library. This is part of the Franklin County Public Library District's Hooked on History Series.

Thursday, May 16

On May 16, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host Scary Movie Night – "Happy Death Day 2U" for grades 6 and up, 6 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

Friday, May 17

A Youth MOVE (Motivating Others through Voices of Experience) Southeast meeting for persons 14-27 is May 17, 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.

Saturday, May 18

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 May 18, 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 May 18, 10 a.m.-noon, and the fourth Thursday, 4-6 p.m.

Troubadours of Divine Bliss will perform songs on the guitar and accordion as part of the Batesville Memorial Public Library's After Hours Concert Series May 18, 7 p.m. Free. Info: 812-934-4706 or

Sunday, May 19

A euchre tournament will be held May 19, 1 p.m., American Legion Post 452, New Alsace. Doors open at noon. Entry fee is $5. Cash payout to the four highest scores. Refreshments available. Tournaments are held monthly. Info: 812-623-3695.

Monday, May 20

People Assisting Animals in Need is offering a low-cost spay and neuter clinic May 20. Pets are transported by the United Coalition for Animals to its facility at 2830 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, where the sterilization surgeries are performed. Pets are dropped off Monday morning at the PAAIN office, 120 S. Sycamore St., to be transported in a specialized van to the clinic, where they stay overnight. The next day, the animals are delivered back to Batesville and can be picked up at the same location. Cost: dogs, $80; cats, $40; rabies vaccines, $10. Persons must make appointments in advance: UCAN, 513-762-0130.

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 May 20, 9 a.m.-noon and 5:30-7 p.m. Info: 812-689-4427 or 812-756-2560.

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