Free Time – February 23

Arts & crafts

CRAFT CLUB, 6 p.m. Feb. 28, Greenwood library, 310 S. Meridian St., join a surprise quick craft session and/or bring your own project to work on; registration:

SOUTHSIDE ART LEAGUE FEBRUARY SHOW: ‘ATAVISM DISPLAYED: GRANDFATHER’S GIFT PERSISTS,’ month of February, Southside Art League, Inc. (SALI) Off Broadway Gallery, 299 E. Broadway St., Greenwood; exhibition by artist Patricia A. Good Payne; native Hoosier, resides in Indianapolis; career work includes work with commercial arts, studies at workshops lead by master artists around the country, lifetime hobby of photography stimulates compositions in water color and acrylics. Memberships include Southside Art League, Hoosier Salon, Watercolor Society of Indiana, and Central Indiana Writers Association and is an Oblate with Our Lady of Grace Monastery, Beech Grove. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. Call to arrange for viewing by appointment at another time. Public is invited to meet Payne during an open house at SALI, 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 5. Light refreshments will be served. Sales will benefit Southside Art League, Our Lady of Grace Monastery and Indiana Conference of United Methodist Women.

JOHNSON COUNTY EXTENSION HOMEMAKERS ANNUAL SPRING CRAFT FAIR, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 4, Scott Hall, Johnson County Fairgrounds, 250 Fairgrounds St., Franklin, craft and artisan products of all types, clothing jewelry, home decor, health and beauty, and more; lunch and snack foods all day, admission is free; 317-736-3724.

FRANKLIN CHIPMATES WOODCARVING CLUB, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Franklin Cultural Arts and Recreation Center, 396 Branigin Blvd., beginners and experienced craftspeople welcome, 317-736-1582.

NIMBLE THIMBLES QUILT CLUB, first Friday of the month, 9 to 11:30 a.m. work session, 12:30 p.m. meeting, Johnson County Purdue Extension Office, 484 N. Morton St., Franklin, 317-736-4547.

ADULT BEGINNER PAINTING CLASSES, 10 a.m. Saturdays, The Studios, 550 E. Jefferson St., Franklin, $25, must call to register, 317-474-4889.

ART CLASSES, 9 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, Southland Community Church, 5800 W. Smith Valley Road Greenwood, free art classes with local artist, Edward Patterson. Southland is creating a series of 12 large paintings depicting various Bible scenes; each piece will be 6 feet tall and 8 feet wide and will teach students oil-on-canvas painting; information: 317-627-5872 or 317-883-8988.

FIBER ARTS GUILD, 6 to 9 p.m. second Wednesdays, Starstruck Cat Studio, 3130 Meridian Parke Drive, Suite H, Greenwood, free, bring a project, discussions about spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, rug hooking and felting,


LITERARY TOUR INFORMATION SESSIONS, 6:30 p.m. March 7, Greenwood library, 310 S. Meridian St., travelers are wanted for a summer tour through the iconic landscapes of Ireland and Scotland. Tilson Travel will donate a portion of group trip costs to the Greenwood library. The tour, “Literary Legends and Inspiring Landscapes of Scotland and Ireland” is scheduled for July 5 to 14. A minimum of 15 people must sign up by April 1 for the trip to take place. Trip and tour highlights will include castles, parks and historic sites during stops in Edinburgh, Cairngorms, Iverness, Loch Ness and Ayr in Scotland. In Ireland, tour stops include Dublin, Adare and Kilkenny Castle. Cost of the tour is $3,750 for double occupancy and an additional $550 for single occupancy. There will be a $150 rebate if there ware more than 22 travelers signed up. The cost includes air fare and trip accommodations. For more information, contact Becky Tilson-Squires at 317-317-402-6982 or

JCPL WINTER READING: LIBRARY BINGO, through February, play bingo and win prizes, all-ages Winter Reading Program is now the Library Bingo Challenge, and all you and your family have to do to participate is stop by any branch in February, pick up a Bingo card and start completing the library-related activities. Every bingo card is full of fun, free library activities you can complete by yourself or with family or friends. Complete a bingo to receive a prize. Complete the entire card to receive an entry into a drawing for a family membership to an Indiana museum of your choice. Museums include: Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indiana State Museum, Johnson County Museum of History, Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis Zoo or Kidscommons. For registration and program information, please visit any Johnson County Public Library location or

GREENWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY WINTER READING, the library is turning 100, and celebrating with winter reading. This year, for every 100 minutes of reading, patrons will gain a marble that they can use to vote for an upcoming family program. Vote for an animal program, a game truck, or a Comic Con. Patrons can also gain marbles by attending programs and for each time you check out books; information and registration:

BOOKISH DINER: JOANNE HARRIS, 6 p.m. Feb. 23, Greenwood library, 310 S. Meridian St., Calling all foodies! Join in a brand new series, which will explore culinary inspiration from literature. Each session, look at a different author or series, and sample a few of the dishes mentioned in the books. Registration is required:

TRAFALGAR LIBRARY NOVELS & NOSH BOOK DISCUSSION: 6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, Trafalgar library, 424 S. Tower St., upcoming dates and topics: diverse reads;

CLARK PLEASANT BOOK DISCUSSION, 5:30 p.m., March 1, Clark Pleasant Library, 530 Tracy Road, Suite 250, New Whiteland, free, discussion of “Just Kids,” by Patti Smith,, 317-535-6206.

READING BY AUTHOR CATHY DAY, 7 p.m. March 2, Richardson Chapel, Franklin College, 101 Branigin Blvd. Day is the author of “The Circus in Winter” and “Comeback Season.” Her stories and essays have appeared in Pank, Ninth Letter, The Millions, Sports Illustrated and North American Review. Day currently teaches creative writing at Ball State University and serves as the assistant chair of operations in the department of English. Free and open to the public. The Indiana authors’ series is made possible through a matching grant from Indiana Humanities Council in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Church and Spiritual Programs

‘GREENWOOD’S GOT TALENT’ VARIETY SHOW, 7 p.m. Feb. 24, Greenwood United Methodist Church, 525 N Madison Ave., free admission, information: 317-881-5419.

SHROVE TUESDAY/MARDI GRAS PANCAKE SUPPER, 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 28, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 600 Paul Hand Blvd., Franklin, toppings bar, cost is $5 per person or $10 per family.

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE, 7 p.m. March 1, Grace United Methodist Church, 1300 E. Adams St., Franklin, will celebrate the beginning of Lent with a Service of Ashes in the sanctuary. Childcare will be provided, and a special children’s session will also take place. Call the church at 317-736-7962 for more information or visit the website at

ASH WEDNESDAY SERVICE, 7:15 p.m. March 1, Tabernacle Christian Church, 198 N. Water St., Franklin. All are welcome.


JOB CENTER AT THE LIBRARY, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 23 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 27, Southport library, 2630 E. Stop 11 Road, library presents a free service for unemployed or underemployed individuals to receive one-on-one assistance to enhance their employment skills. The session will focus on job search strategies, interviewing skills, resume development, and instruction on basic computer skills. The Job Center is made possible by the Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, 317-275-4510.

Excel 3, 1 p.m. Feb. 27, Greenwood library, 310 S. Meridian St., class builds on the knowledge of Excel 1 and 2 by linking spreadsheets, creating PivotTables, and utilizing vlookup. Class will also tinker with macros. Students must have taken Excel 2 or have equivalent knowledge. Register at


MODERN WESTERN SQUARE DANCING, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Rivers of Life Fellowship, 1962 Old Meridian St., Greenwood, $4 per lesson per person; first two lessons are free; those interested should email, or call 317-881-4719 or 317-694-4711; greenwood; greenwoodmerrymixers.

INTERMEDIATE BALLROOM DANCE LESSONS, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Riolo Dance Studio, 502 N. Capitol Ave. (second floor), Indianapolis; $10 to $15, no partner needed; advanced American style smooth and rhythm group classes;, 317-490-6739.

Fundraisers and Galas

PERRY TOWNSHIP KIWANIS CHILI COOK-OFF, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24, Kiwanis Chili Cook-off, Center United Methodist Church, 5445 Bluff Road, at Epler Avenue, Adult meals will be $7 and include chili, cornbread, dessert and beverage. Meals for kids will be $3 and include hot dogs, chips, dessert and beverage. All major credit cards will be accepted. The fundraiser is one of several events sponsored by Kiwanis to support of various community organizations.

PUPPY PAWLOOZA, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 25, Center Grove Middle School North, 202 N. Morgantown Road, Greenwood, families and their dogs welcome to attend, enjoy a variety of pet vendors selling unique dog items, a pet photographer, animal communicator, prizes and much more! Animal rescues will be present with dogs available for adoption. Proceeds benefit Gateway Services of Johnson County. For more information: Gateway Services 317-738-5500; pawlooza.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SOUP BOWL, 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 26, Scott Hall, Johnson County Fairgrounds, 250 Fairground St., Franklin, $25 for soup bowl, soup, dessert and drink, silent auction including pottery, tickets available at Horizon bank branches, Franklin Mutual Savings Bank branches, Edinburgh Wright-Hageman Public Library, Habitat ReStore and at the door the day of the event. Proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity of Johnson County;


BEST ANNUAL FLOWERS, 2 p.m. Feb. 23, Trafalgar library, 424 S. Tower St., Learn about the best annual flowers during a presentation by gardening writer Colleta Kosiba. Also, take part in a seed swap. Free. Public invited. Presented by Trafalgar Country Gardeners. Information: 317-736-9167.

HELLO SUNSHINE! SOLAR-POWERED LAWN CARE, 6 p.m. March 8, Greenwood library, 310 S. Meridian St., join Gus Mariscal, owner of the Solar Earth Lawn Care. He has the first solar-powered lawn care company in Indiana. His mowers, blowers and other landscaping tools are powered by batteries that are juiced on solar chargers. He will talk about how he retrofitted his truck with two solar panels that are routed into a battery charging station in the vehicle’s tool box. Gus also will be giving tips on green gardening practices and other tasks that will help you live a better, greener life. He also uses eco-friendly fertilizers and herbicides. Come see some of his equipment and learn about how he got started; registration:


TOX BOX RE-OPENING, collection site will re-open for residents to dispose unwanted household chemicals on Feb. 27; hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, at 1051 Hospital Road, Franklin. Items accepted: household cleaning supplies, yard and pool chemicals, automotive fluids, oil-based paint and stain. No latex paint will be accepted. The Tox Box is for Johnson County residents only. No businesses, contractors or small quantity generators will be accepted. Call the Johnson County Recycling District office at 317-738-2546 for more information or visit

Health and fitness

FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL PET HIKE, 3 p.m. Feb. 28, meet in event parking lot at Franklin Community High School, 2600 Cumberland Drive, 4-mile pet hike. All hikers are welcome; you do not need a dog to join. Please be prepared to provide the date of your dog’s last rabies vaccination. All dogs must be on a 6-foot or less non-retractable leash at all times, no exceptions. Owners be prepared to pick up after your pet.

GREENWOOD PARK MALL HIKE, 8 a.m. Saturdays in February and 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in February and March, sign in at the mall food court for a self-guided hike. Take as many one- mile laps as you want;

BEECH GROVE HIKE, 6 p.m. Tuesdays, February and March, meet at southeast corner of Emerson and Churchman in Beech Grove in the Churchman Hill Plaza behind the BP station for a 5-mile hike;

GREENWOOD NIGHTS 6 p.m. Tuesdays in January, meet in parking lot on corner of Main Street and Madison Avenue, 5-mile guided hike,


DESTINATION INDIANA, Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis; facilitated, interactive exhibits that use digital technology, touch screens and immersive displays of historic images and documents to explore and understand the story of Indiana using photographs and other archival materials such as broadsides, manuscripts, maps, printed items and sheet music. Destination Indiana features eight “drive yourself” time-travel stations that can each hold as many as six guests. The space also includes a large-group experience that offers access to nine journeys on its 22.5-foot by 7.5-foot screen, which features twice the resolution of a 1080i high-definition television set. Each station includes at least one journey for each of Indiana’s 92 counties, as well as “Indiana Stories” on subject matters such as African-American Hoosiers, the Civil War, the Ohio River, mapping the state, social justice and reform, rail transportation, agriculture and more are also explored.


AMERICAN GIRL CLUB, 4:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Greenwood library, 310 S. Meridian St., grades K to 5: Paper Chip Art, a cool project with paper chips;

WEE WEDNESDAYS, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis, $5 public, $3 IMA members, Star Studio classroom, for children ages 0 to 5 and their caregivers, pretend play, sing-a-longs, gallery art hunts and hands-on art activities, to register call 317-923-1331, ext. 213.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Southport library, 2630 E. Stop 11 Road, Indianapolis, free, children 3 to 5 and an adult, stories, songs, finger plays, rhymes, playtime, sharing time for adults, 317-275-4510.

WONDERFUL ONES STORY TIME, 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, White River library, 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood, free, 317-885-1330,

TERRIFIC TWOS STORY TIME, 10:15 and 11 a.m. Tuesdays, White River library, 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood, free, 317-885-1330,


MAURA J. CULLEN: ‘DUMB THINGS WELL-INTENDED PEOPLE SAY,’ 7 p.m. Feb. 23, Branigin Room, Napolitan Student Center, Franklin College, 101 Branigin Blvd., “Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say: 10 Skills to Increase Your Diversity Competence” as a part of the Black History Month event. Cullen is widely considered one of the nation’s foremost authorities on diversity issues on college campuses today. She will discuss statements people often make in an effort to be supportive or complimentary but are actually problematic. Meant as joining statements, these remarks often have the opposite effect and end up creating a larger divide. Participants will gain knowledge of communication traps, how to avoid them and what tools to use in their place.

Movies & Theater

‘THE PRINCESS BRIDE,’ 2 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and 25, Artcraft Theater, 57 N. Main St., Franklin, 1987, PG, swashbuckling classic comedy adventure, Cary Elwes, Robin WRight and Mandy Patinkin, $3 to $5, includes a cartoon,

‘BEST OF THE FEST,’ March 3 and 4, Artcraft Theatre, 57 N. Main St., Franklin, showcasing the best in independent, inspiring film from all over the world every October, the Heartland Film Festival-presented by nonprofit arts organization Heartland Film-and The Historic Artcraft Theatre will offer moviegoers in Franklin, a chance to experience the festival atmosphere in their own backyard. 7:30 p.m. March 3. “Wild Prairie Rose,” Narrative feature, winner “Heartland Jimmy Stewart Award”; 2:30 p.m. March 4, “The Adventure Club,” Family friendly narrative feature; 5 p.m. March 4, “USS Indianapolis: The Legacy,” feature documentary special presentation; 7:30 p.m. March 4, “Te Ata,” narrative feature, winner “Heartland Film Audience Choice;” historic


‘A GENTLEMAN COLLECTOR FROM INDIANA: PORTRAITS FROM THE COLLECTION OF BOOTH TARKINGTON, through Feb. 26, Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, admission included in general admission and free for IMA members; 2016 marks the 70th anniversary of the death of Hoosier native and dedicated art collector, Booth Tarkington. This exhibition of portraits highlights Tarkington’s interest in the human face, a subject he wrote about extensively. The show will also feature the writer’s commentary on his collection as found in his correspondence with artists, dealers and art historians.

‘DOING YOUR CIVIC DUTY: THE EVOLUTION OF VOTING,’ open through beginning of April, Johnson County Museum of History, 135 N. Main St., Franklin, new exhibit tells the story of changes in who could vote, the role of different elected officials, and some of the fascinating elected officials over the years. For more information, visit or call 317-346-4500.


AFRICAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR, 7 p.m. March 10, Franklin Community Church, 2005 Upper Shelbyville Road, program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites. Concerts are free and open to all. A free-will offering is taken at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.

FRANKLIN COMMUNITY BAND, 7 p.m. March 16, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1300 S. U.S. 31, Franklin, band and young musicians will perform, fellowship and fefreshments will be provided after the concert. All are welcome.

FRANKLIN COLLEGE CHAMBER CONCERTS, 7 p.m. April 11, Custer Theatre in Old Main, concerts will showcase Franklin College students enrolled in voice or music classes. They will perform an array of music from Broadway and contemporary favorites, to classical and romantic art songs.

FRANKLIN COLLEGE CHORAL CONCERTS, 7 p.m. May 5 and 2 p.m. May 6, Custer Theatre in Old Main. The choral concerts will feature all three college choirs: The FC Singers, the Women’s Chorus and the Men’s Chorus.

FRANKLIN COLLEGE INSTRUMENTAL CONCERTS, 7 p.m. May 9, Custer Theatre in Old Main, showcase of Franklin College students who participate in the FC String Ensemble and the FC Wind Ensemble.

CHORDLIGHTERS BARBERSHOP CHORUS, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Grace United Methodist Church, 1300 E. Adams Drive, Franklin, men who like to sing and who are interested in the group should come to a rehearsal, call 317-882-5187 or visit for more information.


CRAFT CLUB, 11 a.m. Feb. 24, Franklin Active Adult Center, 160 E. Adams St., Franklin; God’s eye weaving project; 317-736-3696.

FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES, Feb. 24, Franklin Active Adult Center 160 E Adams St., screening of “The Notebook,” based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, 317-736-3696.

MY PLATE, every second Monday, Matthew Hunt from the Purdue Extension, will be presenting the Small Steps curriculum. A recipe or snack is prepared for each lesson and those present will be offered the opportunity to sample it. Each participant will receive an incentive gift from Purdue Extension following the presentation. For members only. Franklin Active Adult Center, 160 E Adams St., Bev Bonsett, 317-736-3696.

MANICURES AND HAIRCUTS, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. first Friday of the month, Franklin Active Adult Center, 160 E. Adams St., students from Empire Beauty School will provide free manicures and haircuts the first Friday of the month on-site, for members only, Bev Bonsett, 317-736-3696.

PINOCHLE, 1 p.m. Friday, $0.50, Franklin Active Adult Center, 160 E Adams St., free, 317-736-3696.

JOYFUL NOISE SINGERS, 10:45 a.m. Mondays, Franklin Active Adult Center, 160 E. Adams St., free, 317-736-3696.

QUILTING, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Franklin Active Adult Center, 160 E. Adams St., free, 317-736-3696.

NONIMPACT AEROBICS, 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Tuesdays, The Social of Greenwood, 550 Polk St., 317-882-4810.

STORYTELLING, 10:45 a.m. Mondays, Franklin Active Adult Center, 160 E. Adams St., Becky Horton entertains through storytelling. Free for members, 317-736-3696.

EUCHRE, 1 p.m., Thursday, $.50, Franklin Active Adult Center, 160 E. Adams St., 317-736-3696.

Social and support groups and clubs

AMERICAN LEGION KARAOKE, 7 p.m. alternating Saturdays in January and February, Feb. 24, Legion Post 252, 334 U.S. 31 South, Greenwood, 317-881-1752.

DOLLAR HOT DOGS, noon to 5 p.m. every day, Greenwood American Legion Post 252, 234 S. U.S. 31, 317-881-1752.

AMERICARE HOSPICE WINTER GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Mondays through Feb. 27, Franklin First Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Madison St., Franklin. Our Winter group will be an afternoon group to get everyone home before dark. Please call Americare at 317-736-0055 to reserve your spot. The group is free, but organizers need to know how many are coming. Ask for Joanna Morse, bereavement coordinator.

DOLLAR BEER FRIDAYS, noon to close Fridays, American Legion Greenwood Post 252, 334 S. U.S. 31, Greenwood, 317-881-1752.


BAXTER YMCA REGISTERING FOR YOUTH SPORTS LEAGUES, season runs through March 11. Practices take place one evening each week and games take place on Saturdays. Prices vary because the Y offers a sliding fee scale based on household income. In YMCA Youth Sports, there are no tryouts and no one gets cut from the teams. Everyone who registers is assigned to a team and all players have the opportunity for equal playing time in games, all players participate throughout practices and games. For additional information contact Ashley Chitwood, Youth & Adult Sports Director, at achitwood Register online at


TEEN S.T.E.A.M. PUNKS, 6 p.m. Feb. 27, Greenwood library, 310 S. Meridian St., explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) concepts each month and engage both sides of the brain with fun, hands-on learning activities. Build, destroy, wonder and imagine. For grades 6 to12. Registration is required:

‘PERCY JACKSON’ BOOK FUN, Feb. 28, Greenwood library, 310 S. Meridian St., Did you read the book and absolutely love it? Then join in for a fun-filled afternoon of trivia, games, and crafts all focused on Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. (And, of course, enjoy a tasty snack after.) Registration encouraged:

DIFFERENT LIKE ME CLUB, 6:30 p.m. March 21, Greenwood library, 310 S. Meridian St., tweens and teens that are high functioning on the Autism spectrum or have a disability and want to play games and have fun; RSVPabbey

Wine and food

FRIED CHICKEN DINNER, Feb. 24, American Legion Franklin Post 205, 1200 Park Ave.; post, is open daily at 2 p.m. and at noon on Saturday. Come at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday for weekly treasure hunt with a weekly jackpot raffle. Public is welcome. Call 317-738-9934.

WINTER WARM UP WEEKEND: MARDI GRAS JAMBALAYA, open noon to 6 p.m. music 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 25 and 26, Mallow Run Winery, 6964 W Whiteland Road, Bargersville, enjoy satisfying soups, freshly-baked breads, and scrumptious desserts, all paired with your favorite Mallow Run wines and live local music; free admission. Complimentary wine tasting. Soup meals, desserts and wine by the glass or bottle available for purchase. Saturday and Sunday music: Craig Brenner & The Crawdads;

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST, 7 to 10 a.m. last Saturday of each month, Greenwood Masonic Lodge 514, 592 N. Meridian St., $7, 437-5428

MONTHLY BREAKFAST, 7 to 10 a.m. first Saturday of the month, Whiteland Masonic Lodge, 39 S. Front St., $6, all-you-can-eat which includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits with gravy, and pancakes plus juice, milk, and coffee. Everyone welcome to come and meet your friends and enjoy good food.

SHEPHERD’S TABLE FREE LUNCH, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Greenwood United Methodist Church, 524 N. Madison Ave., free, 317-881-1653.

PANCAKE BREAKFAST, 8 to 10 a.m. third Saturday of every month, First Baptist Church of Greenwood, 99 W. Main St., free,