Morris firefighters host dinner

The Morris Volunteer Fire Department will hold a chicken and roast beef dinner Saturday, June 22, from 4-8 p.m. at Schad Hall, Morris, and a drive-through (chicken only) station at the firehouse from 3-8 p.m. In addition, raffle tickets will be sold. This will take the place of the firemen’s festival that was held in the past.

Any Morris area resident who is interested in being a volunteer firefighter can contact Chief Randy Merkel at 812-212-0650.

Blood drive June 25

St. Louis Catholic Church and WRBI are hosting a blood drive Tuesday, June 25, from 1-6:30 p.m. at the St. Louis Parish Activities Center behind the church.

To schedule an appointment: www.hoxworth.org/groups/wrbi or Hoxworth Blood Center, 800-830-1091.

Two nights of music at barn

Acoustic Final Friday, sponsored by the Woodsongs SongFarmer Music Club, is June 28, at the Metamora Opry Barn, 19189 Pennington Road.

Signup is at 6:30 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m. Food is available for purchase from the Metamora Lions Club.

Sonny Thurnall and Hitching Post Band is bringing the country to the Metamora Performing Arts Opry Barn, 19189 Pennington Road, Saturday, June 29, at 7 p.m. After doors open at 5:30, Jim Pelz and Scott Carnder will perform at 6.

Admission is $8 at the door. Food will be available from Hav-a-Bite Diner. Info: www.metamorampa.org.

Girls and dolls may go to camp

Hillforest, 213 Fifth St., Aurora, is once again offering a summertime favorite, American Girl day camps.

Girls ages 5-14 will have a great time learning the history of the American Girl doll series, playing dress-up for a take-home photo, making a fun craft for themselves and their dolls and participating in a little lady tea. Any favorite dolls are invited to attend the one-day camps that run July 15-17 from 9 a.m.-noon.

Cost: $35 or $30 for Hillforest members.

Info and to RSVP: www.hillforest.org or 812-926-0087.

Final deadlines for candidates

These area towns have offices up for election Tuesday, Nov. 5: Batesville, Versailles, Sunman, Napoleon, Oldenburg, Mount Carmel, Cedar Grove and Laurel.

July 1 by noon is the deadline to file a petition of nomination with the county clerk for verification of signatures in order to place an independent or minor party candidate on the 2019 municipal election ballot. The petition must be accompanied by a candidate’s written consent to be placed on the ballot.

Info: Franklin County clerk’s office, 765-647-5111, Ext. 3; Ripley County clerk's office, 812-689-6115.

Monumental Marketplace showcases local foods

More than 150 farmers, artisans and Indiana-based businesses will be returning to Monument Circle Saturday, June 28, for Indiana Grown’s third annual Monumental Marketplace. Located in downtown Indianapolis from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., this free pop-up market will feature everything from locally-grown food and drinks to homemade wares and food trucks. Attendees will be able to sip, sample and shop from an assortment of Indiana products, as well as support the farmers and businesses behind them.

Info: www.indianagrown.org.

Indy is family friendly

Nate Swick, Visit Indy communications manager, suggests three family activities in the state capital.

Two-tailed sloths and a slew of snakes join the Indianapolis Zoo’s star-studded lineup this summer. Don’t forget about the Zoolapalooza concert series on Friday nights in June and July. It's located at 1200 W. Washington St. Info: https://www.indianapoliszoo.com/new-species-coming-in-2019

The exhibit "Take Me There: Greece" has opened at the Indianapolis Children's Museum, 3000 N. Meridian St., the world’s largest. Attendees will discover the vibrant culture of contemporary Greece, where modern life goes on against the backdrop of the ancient Greek world. Info: https://www.childrensmuseum.org/exhibits/greece

The Indianapolis Indians, the city's AAA baseball team, play their games at Victory Field, 501 W Maryland St., one of the best minor-league ball parks in the country, now through August. Themed events include Marvel Super Hero Nights, a Daniel Tiger appearance and Nick Jr. Weekend with Paw Patrol. Info: https://www.milb.com/indianapolis