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A Halloween Party is Oct. 25, 1-2 p.m., Brookville Library. Minute-to-Win-It team games, somewhat terrifying stories and an optional costume contest will be followed by the annual candy hunt.

A free Charter Night Celebration and Evening of Magic is Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m., Batesville Memorial Public Library. BMPL Magic Club will be awarded a charter in The Society of Young Magicians. Magic acts and refreshments.

FRI.-SAT., OCT. 25-26

The Friends of the Franklin County Public Library District will host a book sale at the Brookville Library Oct. 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Oct. 26, 9 a.m.-noon.

Ghost Train of Metamora is Oct. 25-26 at 6:45, 7:30, 8:15 and 9 p.m. This haunting lasts about 30 minutes along a historic stretch of the Whitewater Valley Railroad tracks and canal. To purchase $10 tickets for ages 2 and up: or 765-825-2054.

The Fear Factory haunted house is open Oct. 25-26, 7-10 p.m., RomWeber Marketplace. Cost: $10 for haunted house, $5 for escape room. Info:

Haunted Village of Metamora is Oct. 25-26, 7:30-10 p.m., 19062 S. Main St. Hay ride, ghost and ghouls. Admission: $5.

“The Jacob Scare” returns to Jacob Vogel Memorial Haunted Woods for the seventh fall. Tours are Oct. 25-26, 8-11 p.m., Vogel Farm, 3530 E. Olean Road, Versailles. Admission is $6. Proceeds go to the Jacob Vogel Memorial Fund for students to attend the Southeastern Career Center emergency services class.


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 Halloween Spooktacular Oct. 26 at the Versailles State Park campground starts at 3 p.m. with a costume contest followed by a night campsite decorating contest. The park entrance is free during 5-7 p.m. trick-or-treating and the community is welcome to participate. Scare Away Hunger nonperishable food donations can be left at the main gate all weekend long. Info: 812-689-6424.

The Whistleberry Festival, featuring all-you-can-eat bean and potato soups as well as other food items, is Oct. 26, 4-7 p.m., New Point Community Center. Freewill offering. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of New Point, it benefits Riley Children’s Hospital. Also, door prizes and “Beango.”

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.

Trick-or-treating in Metamora is Oct. 26, 6-9 p.m.

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 Batesville Knights of Columbus annual Special Olympics breakfast is Oct. 27, 8-11:30 a.m. Freewill offering.

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.

Batesville High School senior Lucas Wilson will lead a one-hour Owl-o-ween Night Prowl Oct. 27, 8 p.m., Brum Woods section west of the State Road 229-Huntersville Road intersection. Walkers can expect to learn about and listen for four species of owls, as well as other night wildlife.


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.

Trunk or Treat is Oct. 28, 4-6 p.m., Batesville Area Resource Center, 920 County Line Road.

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 4-H Fun and Friendly Halloween is Oct. 30, 5-7 p.m., Franklin County 4-H fairgrounds, Brookville. Attendees may wear costumes to enjoy trick-or-treating, games and food. Items may be donated to a local paper pantry: toilet paper, trash bags, person hygiene products, cleaning supplies and laundry detergent.


Kiwanis Student Leadership Academy sophomore members will present a Boo Bash Oct. 31, 4-8 p.m., Batesville Shopping Village parking lot near the Main-Boehringer intersection. There will be a costume contest, pumpkin painting, photo shoot area, games and candy.

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.

Trick-or-treating in Batesville, Oldenburg and Sunman is Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m.

Batesville High School FFA members will be trick-or-treating for canned goods Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., Hillindale Commons, Farmington Estates and Oldenburg. All donations go to the Batesville Food Pantry.

A Trunk or Treat for children under 12 in costume Oct. 31, St. John’s United Church of Christ, Huntersville, has been cancelled.


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

Adalaide DuBois & Family will perform folk covers and original music during First Friday Music Nov. 1, 7-8:30 p.m., Amack’s Well.


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 friendraising event Nov. 2, 6-10 p.m. with the drawing beginning at 7 p.m., OA campus.

The Southeastern Indiana Musicians Association annual Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony and Concert is Nov. 2, 7 p.m., Gibson Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m. It will include live performances and storytelling by inductees. This year’s event will feature Nashville artist and hit songwriter Radney Foster. To purchase $10 tickets:

SAT.-SUN., NOV. 2-3

The All Saints Parish, St. John the Baptist Campus, 25743 State Road 1, Guilford (Dover), 29th annual craft show is Nov. 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m, and Nov. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. On Saturday, there will be a sandwich and soup lunch, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. On Sunday, a chicken dinner will be served 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: adults, $12; kids, $6. Info: 812-576-4302 or


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:

A variety stillboard shoot is Nov. 3, noon-dark, St. Nicholas Church, Sunman. Shells provided. Lunch available. Proceeds benefit St. Nicholas School.


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.


The Delta Theta Tau Sorority Craft Show is Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Brookville Elementary School.

The 56th annual Batesville United Methodist Church Turkey Dinner is Nov. 9, 4-6:30 p.m. Meals are served carryout style with seating available for those wishing to eat at the church. Info: 812-934-3137.

A Pink Pajama Party is Nov. 9, 7-11 p.m., Brookville Volunteer Fire Department and Schilling Center, 900 Mill St., Brookville. Proceeds will be given to area residents with breast cancer for expenses. Spa services, basket raffle, quarter auction, food, vendor booths. Tickets at $20 in advance: Kirshell Lovins, 765-265-8734 or; and $25 at the door. To schedule mammograms for uninsured or underinsured: 859-655-7400.


A euchre tournament will be held Nov. 10, 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.


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 Nov. 11 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 Nov. 11, 2-3:30 p.m., Batesville Masonic Lodge, 119 W. Pearl St. Info: Linda Tuttle, 812-569-6130.


The Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children When Life Gives you Lemons fundraising dinner is Nov. 12, 5:30-8:30 p.m., RomWeber Marketplace Party Place. Tickets are $40 a person or $290 for a table of eight. Proceeds will help abused and neglected children in Ripley and Jefferson counties. Info and tickets:, click on Events; or 812-274-0877.

On Nov. 12, the Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library will present the family movie “Toy Story 4” and Knit Night, 6 p.m. Info: or 812-663-2826.

Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183 will meet Nov. 12, 7 p.m., post home.

A solo card party is Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., Batesville Knights of St. John hall.

The Southeastern Indiana YMCA Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K/10K Walk/Run is Nov. 28, 8 a.m. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. Ages 10 and up who register at by Nov. 12 will receive a T-shirt. Cost: $20. Kids under 10 run free and receive goodie bags. Info or to volunteer to help with the race: Jacob Garvin, 812-934-6006 or

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