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The deadline for filing a declaration of candidacy for nomination as a major party candidate for the May 5 primary election is Feb. 7, noon. The Franklin County Clerk’s Office, 459 Main St., Brookville, is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Info: 765-647-5111, ext. 3. The Ripley County Clerk’s Office, 102 W. 1st N. St., Versailles, is open weekdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Info: 812-689-4783.

The Batesville Beautification League will meet Feb. 7, noon, The Sherman.

An exhibition of “Ripley 200: A Bicentennial Project,” a book containing photos and stories about 200 county residents, is Feb. 7, Batesville Memorial Public Library. Info: Anjali Fong, or 812-733-0328.

The Batesville Area Arts Council annual auction with the theme “BAAC to the Future” is Feb. 7, 6 p.m., The Barn at Walhill Farm. Silent and live auctions, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, dancing to Endless Summer band. Tickets are $60. Proceeds fund Arts in Education programs at all six Batesville and Oldenburg public and private schools. Info:; executive director Sarah Heppner, or 812-933-0355.

The movie “Downton Abbey” will be screened Feb. 7, 6:30-9 p.m., Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Freewill donation. Info: or 812-933-6437.

Grant Gardner will play upbeat folk music inspired by classic county troubadours and Appalachian string bands with a focus on strong lyricism during a First Friday Music Event Feb. 7, 7-8:30 p.m., Amack’s Well.


Joan of Arc: A Saint for our Time will be presented Feb. 8, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Cost: $45 includes lunch. Info and RSVP: or 812-933-6437.

A Clifty Volunteer Fire Department No. 6 chili dinner fundraiser is Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., firehouse, 631 Clifty Drive, next door to Madison High School, where the Bulldogs face the Cubs at noon. Ticket prices are $6 for adults and $4 for children 4-12. Info: 562-572-4309.

A smoked pork chop dinner will be served Feb. 8, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183. Cost: adults, $10; kids 12 and under, $5. Carryouts available.


Coffee Talk: Franciscan Spirituality will be presented Feb. 9, 10:45 a.m.-noon, Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Freewill donation. Info and RSVP: or 812-933-6437.


On Feb. 11, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host Make-and-Take Tuesday: Valentine’s Day craft in the Children’s Room, all day; and Knit Night, 6 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

Ripley County Democrats will meet Feb. 11, Osgood Grub Co. Dinner, 6 p.m. (order off menu); meeting, 7 p.m.

A solo card party is Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m., Batesville Knights of St. John hall.


On Feb. 13, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the Coffee, Books & More adult book discussion, 1 p.m.; and Make a Fleece Hat for grades 4-12, 6 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

FRI.-SUN., FEB. 14-16

The Batesville Main Street Winter Festival is Feb. 14-16, Village Green. The ice skating rink is open Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Skate rental is $5. Saturday: ice sculpting demonstration, 1 p.m.; face painting, 1-3 p.m.; cherry pit spitting contest, 2-3 p.m.; axe throwing ($5 per person), 3-7 p.m. Food and drinks will be available all three days.


Versailles Polar Climb and Plunge hosted by Special Olympics Indiana – Ripley Ohio Dearborn Counties is Feb. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Versailles State Park. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics athletes. Info:


The Oldenburg Knights of St. John will host a breakfast Feb. 16, 7 a.m.-noon, Holy Family Church cafeteria, Oldenburg. Freewill offering.

A euchre tournament will be held Feb. 16, 1 p.m., American Legion Post 452, New Alsace. Doors open at noon. Entry fee is $5 with a cash payout to the four highest scores. Refreshments available. Info: 812-623-3695.

MON.-FRI., FEB. 17-21

A free Rural Works! workshop for the unemployed and underemployed to learn how to find better jobs is Feb. 17-21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with an hour off for lunch, United Way of Franklin County office, 518 Main St., Brookville. To register: Carolyn Bunzendahl, 317-383-9316 or


Mayor Mike Bettice will deliver his State of the City address Feb. 18, 6 p.m., Batesville Middle School commons.

On Feb. 18, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host Fabric Crafts are SEW Fun! adult program, 6 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271 members will meet Jan. 18, post home, 2899 E. Legion Road, Batesville. Social hour, 6:30-7:30 followed by meeting. New members welcome.


The Local Farmers Mutual Fire and Lightning Insurance Co. will hold its annual meeting Feb. 19, 6 p.m., Finks Church hall, Osgood.


The Batesville High School freshman class will sell $5 buy-one-get-one cards for their fundraiser from Feb. 6-20. Twenty-nine local merchants are supporting the Class of 2023 by making 185 money-saving offers totaling $1,651. The monies raised will be used for their prom in spring 2022 and graduation expenses. Info: 812-934-4384, ext. 3.

The St. Louis Preschool registration and open house is Feb. 20. Early learners (ages 3-4), 5-6 p.m.; and pre-K (ages 4-5), 6-7 p.m. Info: 812-932-1731.


On Feb. 22, the New Point Kiwanis Club will host a chili supper, 4-7 p.m., and raffle, 6:30 p.m., New Point Community Center. Cost: adults, $5; kids 12 and under, $2.50.

A Mardi Gras Celebration, hosted by the Daughters of Isabella All Saints Circle 1384, is Feb. 22, 4-7:30 p.m., Holy Family Church cafeteria, Oldenburg. All ages welcome. Freewill offering. All proceeds go to charity.


On Feb. 25, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the library board of trustees meeting, 4 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.


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 Feb. 26, 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 Feb. 26, 2 p.m., Batesville Memorial Public Library meeting room. Guests are invited to tell true stories or just listen.

A Ripley County Friends of CASA meeting planned by Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children is Feb. 25, 6 p.m., Voices for Children office, RomWeber building, 4 S. Park Ave., Batesville. Enter through the Park Avenue entrance near East Pearl Street; the office is up the stairs. Info: or executive director Tonya Ruble-Richter, 812-932-0333 or


“Communicating with Farmers Under Stress,” a Franklin County Purdue Extension program for professionals who work with farmers (i.e. banking, insurance, seed sales, etc.) is Feb. 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Brookville Public Library. Info: 765-647-3511.

On Feb. 27, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the Pinterest Project of the Month, 1 and 6 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

FEB. 27-MARCH 19

The Lenten Series: Holy Women Visionaries for Today will be presented Thursdays, Feb. 27-March 19, 6:30-8 p.m., Oldenburg Franciscan Center. (Feb. 27, Dorothy Day; March 5, Catherine de Houck Doherty; March 12, Sister Madelva Wolff; and March 19, Mirabai Starr) Cost: $15 per session or $55 for all. Info and RSVP: or 812-933-6437.


A Quiet Day of Renewal will be presented Feb. 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Oldenburg Franciscan Center. Cost: $20-$70. Info and RSVP: or 812-933-6437.

Stayin’ Alive, Franklin County’s Local Coordinating Council, is accepting grant applications until noon Feb. 28 for projects and programs that aim to reduce substance abuse problems in the county. Info or to receive an application: or 765-647-7272.


The St. John’s United Church of Christ, Huntersville, Spud, Soup & Salad Luncheon is March 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Freewill offering. Proceeds go to the maintenance and upkeep of the 150-year-old one-room schoolhouse.


The Batesville Knights of St. John Commandery 243 will meet March 3, 7:30 p.m., Knights hall, 111 S. Vine St.


The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Indiana Chapter 0813 will meet March 4, 11 a.m., Elks Lodge, 223 E. Third St., Rushville.

Persons interested in being foster parents can attend an orientation March 4, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Ripley County Department of Child Services Office, 531 W. U.S. 50, Versailles. To RSVP to ensure there are enough materials: Tammy Britch, 812-689-6295.


The Batesville Beautification League will meet March 6, noon, The Sherman.

MARCH 6-7 AND 13-14

A free Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children Court-Appointed Special Advocates training class will be on two consecutive Friday nights and Saturdays, March 6-7 and March 13-14, either Batesville or Madison. Meals provided. Volunteers must be at least 21, pass multiple background checks and have a passion for helping children. Info: To register: executive director Tonya Ruble-Richter, 812-932-0333 or


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

The Hounds and Heroes Monte Carlo Night to benefit Bear and Friends Animal Society, a sanctuary for rescued dogs, West Harrison, is March 7, 6-10 p.m., Yeager-Benson American Legion Hall, 10700 Campbell Road, Harrison, Ohio. The event includes casino games, dinner, open bar, silent and live auctions, and music by the Midnight Sound band. To purchase $50 tickets:

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