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FRIDAY, NOV. 22
“Sunman Celebrates the Season” is Nov. 22, 6-9 p.m. A parade is at 6 p.m. followed by festivities, including visits with Santa, kids’ indoor carnival, Christmas singing and karaoke at the Sunman American Legion. Food will be available for purchase. Everything is free except for the food.
FRI.-MON., NOV. 22-25
Persons may drop off their Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts for disadvantaged children globally Nov. 22, 4-7 p.m.; Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-noon; Nov. 24, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; and Nov. 25, 8-10 a.m., St. Mark Lutheran Church, Batesville. Info: 812-934-4246, 937-374-0761 or samaritanspurse.org/occ.
SATURDAY, NOV. 23
November Noel, presented by Main Street Brookville, is Nov. 23, 1-4 p.m., Court Street, Brookville. Santa, live reindeer, horse-drawn carriage rides, United Way of Franklin County children’s coat drive, caroling, drawings, prizes, crafts and reindeer games. In case of rain, Santa will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
New and gently used coats in children’s sizes 4-16 for the United Way of Franklin County Coats for Kids Drive may be donated at November Noel, Nov. 23, 1-4 p.m., courthouse square, Brookville.
Andy Cohen will offer a Piedmont blues guitar workshop Nov. 23, 2-4 p.m., Metamora Performing Arts Opry Barn, 19189 Pennington Road, for a $35 fee. To register: https://www.metamorampa.org/upcomingshows.
Andy Cohen and The New Florida Blues Band will entertain Nov. 23, 7 p.m., Metamora Performing Arts Opry Barn, 19189 Pennington Road. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with Jason Hathaway and Last Drop Jug Band kicking off the music at 6. Admission is $8 at the door. Food will be available. Info: https://www.metamorampa.org.
SUNDAY, NOV. 24
The Sunman Area Life Squad annual pancake breakfast is Nov. 24, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunman Elementary School. Freewill donation.
MONDAY, NOV. 25
The Batesville Adoptive Parent Support Group meets on the fourth Monday, including Nov. 25, 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 BJacobs@villages.org.
TUESDAY, NOV. 26
Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library trustees will meet Nov. 26, 4 p.m., library. Info: 812-663-2826.
Batesville Memorial Public Library trustees will meet Nov. 26, 5 p.m., library.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27
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 Nov. 27, 9:30 a.m., St. John’s United Church of Christ, Huntersville. Info: Gail Miller, 812-216-7020.
On Nov. 27, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will present the family movie “The Lion King,” 1 p.m. Info: www.greensburglibrary.org or 812-663-2826.
A card party is held the second and fourth Wednesdays, including Nov. 27, 1-4 p.m., St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Morris, lower hall.
THURSDAY, NOV. 28
The Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K/10K is Nov. 28, 8 a.m., Southeastern Indiana YMCA. Registration opens at 7:15. Cost: $20. Kids 10 and under can walk or run free and will get goodie bags. To preregister: stop by the Y Welcome Center or www.siymca.org. Info: Jacob Garvin at 812-934-6006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Gobble Wobble 5K Race is Nov. 28, 9 a.m., All Saints Parish, St. John’s Campus, 25743 State Road 1, Guilford. Info and to register: https://bit.ly/2WSHoFo.
A number of model trains and beautifully-decorated Christmas trees are on exhibit Nov. 28 after 3 p.m., Batesville Historical Center, 15 W. George St.
SATURDAY, NOV. 30
The United Way of Franklin County Coats for Kids Drive runs through Nov. 30. New and gently used coats in children’s sizes 4-16 are preferred. Brookville drop-off locations: FCN Bank, First Financial and George’s Pharmacy. Info: www.uwfcin.org.
SUNDAY, DEC. 1
The St. Mary’s of the Rock annual whole hog sausage and pancake breakfast is Dec. 1, 7 a.m.-noon. Freewill offering. There will also be a Christmas Corner. Proceeds benefit St. Mary’s of the Rock Preservation Society.
A euchre tournament will be held Dec. 1, American Legion Post 452, New Alsace. Doors open at noon, and games begin at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $5. Cash payout to the four highest scores. Refreshments available for purchase. Tournaments are held monthly. Info: 812-623-3695.
A variety stillboard shoot is Dec. 1, noon to dark, St. Nicholas Church, Sunman. Shells provided. Lunch available. Proceeds go to St. Nicholas School.
MONDAY, DEC. 2
No-Shave November is a monthlong city of Batesville initiative to grow facial fair to benefit the Margaret Mary Health wig program for cancer patients. To make donations by Dec. 2: make checks payable to Margaret Mary Health and deliver or mail them to the Memorial Building, 132 S. Main St., Batesville, IN 47006.
TUESDAY, DEC. 3
On Dec. 3, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the Historical Book and Film Club, 3 and 6 p.m.; and make a Christmas countdown calendar for grades 4-12, 6 p.m. Info: www.greensburglibrary.org or 812-663-2826.
The Batesville Knights of St. John Commandery 243 will meet Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Knights hall.
In order to help fund the class trip to Washington, D.C., Batesville Middle School eighth-graders are selling $10 gift certificates to local restaurants through Dec. 3. To purchase: contact any eighth-grader or stop by the school.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Indiana Chapter 0813 meeting is Dec. 4, 11 a.m., Elks Lodge, 223 E. Third St., Rushville. Info: 765-629-2720.
Oldenburg Academy’s Students in Sports booster club meets the first Wednesday of the month, including Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m., OA student lounge.
THURSDAY, DEC. 5
On Dec. 5, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the TREEmendous Time at the library adult program, 6 p.m. Info: www.greensburglibrary.org or 812-663-2826.
The Red Hat Ladies will have their Christmas meeting and luncheon Dec. 11, noon, Ertel Cellars Winery. For the Christmas exchange gift, bring something from home that you don’t want anymore that is worth $10, wrap it and put your name on it. RSVP by Dec. 5: 812-934-3484 or 812-934-2099. Those wanting to carpool, please call one of those numbers.
FRIDAY, DEC. 6
The Batesville Beautification League will meet Dec. 6, noon, The Sherman.
Santa will visit Dec. 6, 5-8 p.m., Batesville Historical Center, 15 W. George St., where a number of model trains and beautifully-decorated Christmas trees are on exhibit.
FRI.-SUN., DEC. 6-8
The East Central High School Drama Department will present the musical “Elf Jr.” Dec. 6-7, 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 8, 3 p.m., ECHS Performing Arts Center. Tickets, which can be purchased before each show, are $10 for adults and $8 for students.
SATURDAY, DEC. 7
A Batesville Masonic Lodge 668 All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast is Dec. 7, 6-10 a.m. Adults, $7; children 6-12, $5; under 6, free. Carryouts available. Info: Paul Deal, 812-934-4195.
On Dec. 7, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host Santa Day, 10 a.m. Info: www.greensburglibrary.org or 812-663-2826.
The Ripley County Humane Society invites pet owners to bring their furry friends to get their pictures taken with Santa Dec. 7, noon-4 p.m., 1202 W. County Road 150 N., Osgood. Cost: $10 for the photo. Free gifts and drawings.
The St. Louis Ballet Co. and Franklin County children will present “The Nutcracker Ballet Act II and Other Works” Dec. 7, 7 p.m., Franklin County High School auditorium. Tickets for the Franklin County Arts Council production are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 62 and up, $8 for students and free for children under 5. To purchase: Nancy Pflum at FCN Bank, Brookville, at 765-647-4116; or council President Patti Wilhelm at 765-309-1473.
The Boar’s Head Festival, presented by the Batesville Area Arts Council, is Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Holy Family Church, Oldenburg. The updated presentation depicts English Renaissance traditions and offers timeless carols. Seating is not reserved for this freewill offering event.
SUNDAY, DEC. 8
A whole hog sausage all-you-can-eat breakfast is Dec. 8, 7:30 a.m.-noon, St. Joseph American Legion Post 464, Post 464 Road, St. Leon. Freewill offering. Kids can visit with Santa from 9-11 a.m. There will also be a Toys for Tots donation box.
MONDAY, DEC. 9
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 Dec. 9, 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 Dec. 9, 2-3:30 p.m., Batesville Masonic Lodge, 119 W. Pearl St. Info: Linda Tuttle, 812-569-6130.
TUESDAY, DEC. 10
A blood drive is Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., FCN Bank parking lot, 1060 State Road 229 N., Batesville. To schedule appointments: www.hoxworth.org/groups/fcn or 800-830-1091.
On Dec. 10, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host Knit Night, 6 p.m. Info: www.greensburglibrary.org or 812-663-2826.
Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183 will meet Dec. 10, 7 p.m., post home.
A solo card party is Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., Batesville Knights of St. John hall.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11
A card party is held the second and fourth Wednesdays, including Dec. 11, 1-4 p.m., St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Morris, lower hall.
On Dec. 11, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host Robo Coders for grades 4-12, 6 p.m. Info: www.greensburglibrary.org or 812-663-2826.
THURSDAY, DEC. 12
On Dec. 12, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host the Coffee, Books & More adult book discussion, 1 p.m.; and Christmas cookie bake, 6 p.m. Info: www.greensburglibrary.org or 812-663-2826.
Batesville Memorial Public Library Magic Club meetings are the second Thursday of each month, including Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m., library. Ages 7-17 may become members of The Society of Young Magicians for $20 annually. Info: 812-934-4706.
SATURDAY, DEC. 14
Lee Murdock & Blue Horizon will perform songs that combine ragtime, Irish, blues and folk styles as part of the free Batesville Memorial Public Library’s After Hours Concert Series Dec. 14, 7 p.m. The concert is supported by the Batesville Area Arts Council and Friends of the Library. Info: 812-934-4706 or ebatesville.com/after
MONDAY, DEC. 16
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 Dec. 16, 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 Dec. 16, 7 p.m., post home.
TUESDAY, DEC. 17
On Dec. 17, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will host make-and-take Tuesday: Christmas craft in the children’s room, all day. Info: www.greensburglibrary.org or 812-663-2826.
FRIDAY, DEC. 20
On Dec. 20, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will present the family movie “Dora and the Lost City of Gold, 10 a.m. Info: www.greensburglibrary.org or 812-663-2826.
A Youth MOVE (Motivating Others through Voices of Experience) Southeast meeting for persons 14-27 is Dec. 20, 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, DEC. 21
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 Dec. 21, 10 a.m.-noon. Info: FCMABrookville@gmail.com or 765-647-6183.
The Red Life Food Bank, 1112 Main St., Brookville, which serves Franklin County residents, is open the third Saturday including Dec. 21, 10 a.m.-noon, and the fourth Thursday, 4-6 p.m.