Free Time – May 11


FRANKLIN FARMERS MARKET, 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays May 13 to Sept. 2, downtown Franklin, southwest corner of West Jefferson and South Jackson streets

NINEVEH EASTERN STAR STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 3, Nineveh Masonic Lodge, 7221 S. Nineveh Road annual strawberry festival, featuring homemade ice cream along with many choices to add to your strawberries.

Arts & crafts

HELPING HANDS FOR FREEDOM FUNDRAISER, 6 p.m. May 12, bar glass set painting, Craft + Cork, 3115 Meridian Parke Drive, Suite G, Greenwood, 317-300-1277;

BAMBI’S MS FUNDRAISER, 6 p.m. May 18, canvas painting, Craft + Cork, 3115 Meridian Parke Drive, Suite G, Greenwood, 317-300-1277; complete information:

FRANKLIN STUDENT ART EXHIBIT, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through May 16, Elba L. & Gene Portteus Branigin Atrium in the Johnson Center for Fine Arts, Franklin College, students involved in all levels of studio art classes will display a selection of their work completed during the spring semester. No admission.

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, 736-1582

Books and Literary events

CENTRAL INDIANA WRITERS ASSOCIATION: ‘AN EVENING WITH AUTHOR KATIE ANDRES POTTER,’ 6:30 p.m. May 15, Greenwood library, 310 S. Meridian St., celebrate 40 years of the Central Indiana Writer’s Association; Potter will enlighten the audience with how she researches her family history and then turns the facts into fiction. Her young adult series The Wayfaring Sisters is a masterpiece of intertwining her passion for family history and fun reading. All ages are invited to attend this free event.

FRANKLIN PAGE-TURNERS BOOK DISCUSSION, 6:30 p.m. May 15, Franklin library, 401 State St., free, “Everything I Never Told You,”by Celeste Ng;

MONDAY NIGHT BOOK CLUB, 7 p.m. May 15, White River library, 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood, 317-885-1330, free, discussion of “Ghost on Black Mountain,”by Ann

GREENWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY SUMMER READING PROGRAM, May 15-July 29, Greenwood library, 310 S. Meridian St., readers of all ages are encouraged to record hours read, participate in our reading challenges, attend programs, and more to earn points. Collect points to vote for some great community prizes;

BOOKLOVERS BOOK CLUB, 10 a.m. May 18, Greenwood library, 310 S. Meridian St., free, discussion of “The Wanderers,” by Meg Howrey, 881-1953,

ADULT GAME NIGHT, 7 p.m. May 19, Greenwood library, 310 S. Meridian St., join a relaxing evening of tabletop games; instructors will be on hand to teach some games (Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, Codenames, etc.), or feel free to play your own! Must be 18 and over. Registration preferred:

I HEART YA BOOK CLUB, 6:30 p.m. May 19, Greenwood library, 310 S. Meridian St., free, discussion of “Salt to the Sea,” by Ruta Sepetys, for teens and adults, 317-881-1953,

FRANKLIN LIBRARY PIZZA & PAGES BOOK DISCUSSION, 6 p.m. May 19, Franklin library, 401 State St., free, discussion of “Hate List,” by Jennifer Brown; 317-738-2833 for more information

BOOKLOVERS BOOK CLUB, 10 a.m. third Thursday of the month, Greenwood library, 310 S. Meridian St., free, discussion, 881-1953,

Church & Spiritual Programs

TRIVIA FUN NIGHT, 5 to 7 p.m. May 13, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 600 Paul Hand Blvd., Whiteland, test your trivia knowledge at this 21 and over event, $5 per person with cash prizes awarded. Proceeds benefit St. Thomas ministries. Call 317 535-8985 with any questions.


ESSENTIAL OILS 101, 6:30 p.m. May 11, Greenwood library, 310 S. Meridian St., Essential oils can be useful powerful allies in a quest for wellness. There is virtually no limit on how they can be used. Join an in-depth 101 class as we review what essential oil are, how they work and what you can use them for. Registration preferred,

FOOD PRESERVATION CLASSES, 6 p.m. May 17, “Dehydrating 101,” May 31, “Jam & Jellies,” Franklin library, 401 State St., learn how to safely preserve fruits and vegetables, whether you are a beginner or experienced food preserver. Join the Purdue Extension Educator, Stacey (Faith) Grogg, at the Johnson County Public Library. For more information or to register for the program, contact the Johnson County Public Library Franklin branch, 317-738-2833.

JOHNSON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY FREE ONLINE COURSES, Patrons can access thousands of online courses in Microsoft Office, Photoshop, web design, business, marketing and more at no cost. The video library offers users a chance to grow skills in graphic design, computer programming, photography and video. Software includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, Google Apps, iMovie and Final Cut Pro. Visit to log in and create a account.

Fundraisers and Galas

GREENWOOD TRI KAPPA PURSE BINGO, 6:30 p.m. May 10, Moose Lodge at 813 W. Smith Valley Road, Greenwood; designer purse bingo fundraiser; 20 games are planned, additional bingo cards, raffle basket tickets and 50/50 tickets will be available for purchase. All profits from this fundraiser will be distributed to local Johnson County schools, libraries, needy families, needy senior citizens, scholarships and other charities. Tickets are presale only. They are $25 in advance and $30 for a reserved table. For tickets or information, contact Shirley Williams at 317-727-5662 or email

RELAY FOR LIFE DINNER, 5 to 8 p.m. May 12, Amity Fire station, RR 5, U.S. 31, Franklin, hamburger or hot dog with choice of two sides — baked beans, cole slaw, chips or french fries, $7 adults, $5 children under 10, price includes beverage.

FRANKLIN ROTARY CLUB PEDDLING FOR A PURPOSE, 8 a.m. May 13, rides leave from Gray Goat Bicycling Co., in Franklin, proceeds benefit Rotary International Foundation, registration fee is $30 per person and the ride is open to ages 16 and over. Riders may choose from a 25- or 35-mile ride option. For more information or to register for the event, visit or call Kate Taylor at 317-738-8094.

VFW POST 6978 GOLF TOURNAMENT, May 20: noon-12:40 p.m. check-in; 12:40 p.m. VFW program; 1 p.m. shotgun start, Legends Golf Club, 2555 N. Hurricane Road, Franklin; $84 per player; funds raised will support military, local veteran relief funds and other local charity programs; information and registration: 317-771-2168


PLANT SALE, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20, Trafalgar United Methodist Church, behind the library off State Road 252. Vegetable and flowering plants for sale, free seeds while supplies last. Presented by Trafalgar Country Gardeners. Proceeds support community gardening activities and projects. Information: 317-736-9167.

CULTIVATING GARDEN CLUB, 6 p.m. third Thursday of each month at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 7031 S. East St., Indianapolis; 881-2353

CONSERVATORY TOURS, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays, Garfield Park Conservatory, 2505 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis, $1,

Health and fitness, support

AMERICARE HOSPICE SPRING GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, 6 p.m. Mondays through May 15, Franklin office, 1150 N. Main St., Franklin; 317-736-0055

WESTSIDE PARK, GREENWOOD HIKE, 8 a.m. Saturdays in May, park in the Westside Park parking lot in Greenwood, 8-mile walk with a 5-mile option in parks and neighborhoods in Greenwood.

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

MERIDIAN WOODS AND TRAILS, 9:30 am. Tuesdays in May, southside 5-6 mile hike in Meridian Woods neighborhood, meet in parking lot of Woodside Community Church, 329 W. Banta Road, which is just past Lockwood Lane. Meet in the parking lot. information:

SOUTHPORT PARK HIKE, 9:15 a.m. Wednesdays in May, meet at 6901 Derbyshire Road behind the Southport Police Station for an 8-mile hike;

SCHOOL TO SCHOOL AND PERRY WOODS, 6 p.m. Tuesdays in May, Southport Middle School, 5715 S. Keystone Ave., Indianapolis, park by the basketball court on the south side for a 5-mile hike;

BAXTER YMCA 500 FESTIVAL MINI MARATHON TRAINING, Saturday mornings, Monday and Wednesday evenings or Tuesday and Thursday mornings, through May 6, training program will prepare participants of all levels for 13.1-mile course by providing mileage plans, organized training days, equipment information, cross-training suggestions and nutrition strategies. Runners and walkers of all skill levels are invited to attend. Cost is $87 for members and $99 for guests; two for one pricing available. This does not include race registration. All participants are responsible for their own registration. Visit to download the registration form or call 317-881-9347 for more information.

F.I.T. FORCE 3 — DANCE FITNESS, 7 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, The Gear, 230 Commerce Drive, Franklin, $5 suggested donation, dance fitness classes, encouraging women to find Freedom In Truth for their mind, body and spirit,,

AQUATOTS, Franklin Parks and Recreation program, dates and times vary; parent/toddler swim class, class is designed for children 9 months through 3 years old; complete information: 736-3689;


H-CLUB, 10 a.m. May 11, 18, 25, Trafalgar library, 424 S. Tower St., school age (5-11), Homeschoolers! Come to hear stories, make crafts and play games;

CREATION STATION, 6:30 p.m. May 11, Clark Pleasant library, 530 Tracy Road, Suite 250, Whiteland; all ages are welcome; build, craft and create with LEGO bricks, Strawbees and more in a mini-makerspace. Stop by each month to make anything you can imagine;

TOT ART, 10:30 a.m. May 12, White River library, 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood; toddlers ages 1-3, caregivers must attend, create your own masterpiece; stick around after the craft for socialization and a short playtime. Please dress for a mess;

EDIBLE PRESCHOOL SCIENCE, 11 a.m. May 12, Clark Pleasant library, 530 Tracy Road, Suite 250, Whiteland; preschoolers, ages 3-5, caregivers must attend; preschoolers, step into the library kitchen and see what’s on the menu! Taste, learn and have fun, experiment with hands-on kitchen science;

SUPER-CRAFTERS, 6:30 p.m. May 23, Clark Pleasant library, 530 Tracy Road, Suite 250, Whiteland; ages 8-11, craft nerds unite! Kids can create masterpieces themed around their favorite sci-fi, fantasy or comic book characters;

HOMESCHOOL HANGOUT, 2 to 3 p.m. May 25, Clark Pleasant library, 530 Tracy Road, Suite 250, Whiteland; 10:30 a.m. May 3, White River library, 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood; school age (ages 5-11;); families welcome; homeschool families are invited to participate in a librarian-led activity about music, art, science, books or just plain fun.


KINDERGARTEN READINESS, 2 to 3 p.m. May 12, Clark Pleasant library, 530 Tracy Road, Suite 250, Whiteland; Parents, get your preschoolers ready to start Kindergarten with hands-on lessons and take-home goodie bags to practice critical school-readiness skills at home;

BE AN ARCHAEOLOGIST, 4:30 p.m. May 16, Trafalgar library, 424 S. Tower St., grade school-age, What does an archaeologist do at work? Perform experiments and explore the work of archaeologists like Gertrude Bell, who was also a spy, and Howard Carter, who discovered King Tut’s tomb;

Movies & Theater

‘THE WIZARD OF OZ,’ 2 and 7:30 p.m. May 12-13, Artcraft Theater, 57 N. Main St., Franklin, 1939 Oscar-winning classic, Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger; $3 to $5, includes a cartoon,

‘BACK TO THE FUTURE,’ 2 and 7:30 p.m. May 26-27, Artcraft Theater, 57 N. Main St., Franklin, PG, 1 hr 56 min, adventure, comedy, sci-fi, starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson; Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown; $3 to $5, includes a cartoon,

SUMMER MOVIE CAMP SERIES: RATCHET AND CLANK,’ 10 a.m. May 31, Canary Creek Cinema, 870 Mallory Parkway, Franklin, PG, 94 minutes,{/span} free to all patrons, sponsored by Bradley Chevrolet, Corn Country Radio, Franklin Parks and Recreation, Horizon Bank, Denny’s Restaurant, and Victory Christian pre-school;

ARTCRAFT SUMMER BREAK MOVIE SERIES: ‘AN AMERICAN TAIL: FIEVEL GOES WEST,’ 10 a.m. June 6, Artcraft Theatre, 57 N. Main St., Franklin, $5 admission, includes small popcorn and a drink,


MERCY TRIUMPHS, 7 p.m. May 13, Edinburgh Pixy Theatre, 111 S. Walnut St., Edinburgh, rock, country, gospel, $10, for schedule information and more in-depth event descriptions or call 812-526-6513.

THE CHORDLIGHTERS: 30 YEARS OF LOVE SONGS, 7 p.m. May 20, Artcraft Theatre, 57 N. Main St., Franklin; $15 adults, $12, students, celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Chordlighters with “Thirty Years of Love Songs,” upbeat performance will have guests of all ages smiling from the barbershop chorus-style tune;


CARD GAMES, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Franklin Active Adult Center, 160 E. Adams St., bid euchre on Tuesday, euchre on Thursday or pinochle on Friday. Call 317-736-3696 for further information.

BINGO, 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Franklin Active Adult Center at 160 E. Adams St., pay 50 cents per card and try for regular, special, or cover-all wins, call 317-736-3696 for further information.

EXERCISE CLASSES, 10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday — Exercise Circle; 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday — Tai Chi; 10:45 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday — chair yoga, Franklin Active Adult Center, 150 E. Adams St., call 317-736-3696 for further information.

MEXICAN TRAIN, 11 a.m. first and third Fridays, Franklin Active Adult Center, 160 E. Adams St., play Mexican Train (dominoes). This easy to learn game is fun for everyone! Call 317-736-3696 for further information.

JOYFUL NOISE SINGERS, 10:45 a.m. Mondays, Franklin Active Adult Center, 160 E. Adams St., Do you like to sing? Join the Joyful Noise singers for oldies, classics, hymns, and more. Call 317-736-3696 for further information.

LINE DANCING, 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Franklin Active Adult Center, 160 E. Adams St., call 317-736-3696 for further information.

COMMUNITY BINGO, 2 p.m. last Friday of the month, Hickory Creek of Franklin, 580 Lemley St., Franklin, musical entertainment, refreshments, bingo starts about 2:30 p.m., free, must RSVP two weeks in advance, 736-8214

MEXICAN TRAIN, 1 p.m., The Social of Greenwood, 550 Polk St., $1

MAH-JONGG, 1 p.m. Wednesdays, The Social of Greenwood, 550 Polk St., $1

ZUMBA, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, $5, Trafalgar Banquet Center, 107 S. Pleasant St., 878-4424

BINGO, 6 p.m. Thursdays and 9:30 a.m. Fridays, $4 at The Social of Greenwood, 550 Polk St., 882-4810

EUCHRE, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Thursdays, Trafalgar Banquet Center, 107 S. Pleasant St., $3, 878-4424.

FOLK DANCING, 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, $4, The Social of Greenwood, 550 Polk St.

CENTRAL INDIANA COUNCIL ON AGING NEIGHBORHOOD MEALS, 11:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, Crestwood Village South, 8811 Madison Ave., Building 6, Indianapolis, suggested donation $2, hot, nutritious meals for adults 60 and older, call for reservation 24 hours in advance, 888-7973,

Social groups and clubs

FRANKLIN AMERICAN LEGION MAY EVENTS, May 12: Meatloaf dinner, May 15: Sons of the American Legion (SAL) meeting, 7 p.m.; May 19: Prime rib dinner; May 21: Cross project, putting crosses for veterans on courthouse lawn, 8 a.m.; May 26: Grill only; May 29: Memorial Day ceremony at courthouse, 11 a.m.; pitch-in at post following courthouse ceremony. Post will be closed after pitch-in; June 3: Biscuits and gravy breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m., $3 all-you-can-eat; 10 a.m., board meeting; Franklin American Legion Post 205 is located at 1200 Park Ave. Call 317-738-9934 for more information.

EDINBURGH LEGION ANNUAL MEETING, 6 p.m. May 18, American Legion Post 233, 500 Memorial Drive, meeting will include discussion and possible vote on a new post constitution and by-laws. Post elections are also scheduled 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for 2017-18 officers. All members are requested to attend.

AMERICAN LEGION WEEKLY TREASURE HUNT, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, American Legion Franklin Post 205, 1200 Park Ave.; post, is open daily at 2 p.m. and at noon on Saturday. Public is welcome. Call 317-738-9934; Registration required.

GREATER GREENWOOD LIONS CLUB MEETING, 6:30 p.m. Golden Corral, 160 S. Marlin Drive, Greenwood, visitors welcome, Vickie Gilmore, 812-603-4440

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

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

JOHNSON COUNTY EMT ASSOCIATION TRAINING SESSIONS, 7:30 p.m. first Monday of the month, Johnson County Emergency Operations Center, behind jail facility; sessions for anyone interested in emergency medicine or for EMTs who need in-service training hours to maintain their certification; information, Roger Gifford 317-422-5703 or Pat McDaniel 317-881-8872.

FRANKLIN LIONS CLUB, 7 p.m. first and third Mondays of each month, Grace United Methodist Church, 1300 E. Adams Drive, Franklin, meetings are held in the second-floor meeting room on the east side of the building, for more information, contact Lion Paul Cote at 736-4707.

TEXAS HOLD ‘EM, sign up 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Greenwood Moose Lodge 2079, 813 W. Smith Valley Road, buy-in, $40 and includes dinner, 881-9668

BINGO, warm-ups start at 6:30 p.m., games at 7 p.m. Mondays, Greenwood Moose Lodge 2079, 813 W. Smith Valley Road, minimum package $10, 881-9668

VINEYARD TOASTMASTERS CLUB, 7 p.m. Mondays, Perry Township Trustee Office, 4925 Shelby St., Indianapolis; new members welcome any time; website:; contact Edward Barrett, 888-5176,

GREATER GREENWOOD LIONS CLUB, 6:30 p.m. meet-and-greet, 7 p.m. meeting, meets second and fourth Tuesdays at Golden Corral, 160 Marlin Drive, Greenwood

TRIVIA SHOW, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Crowbar Restaurant Lounge, 209 S. State Road 135, Trafalgar, all are welcome to participate or watch the game.


CRAFT CLOSET CLEAN-OUT FOR TEENS, 4 to 5 p.m. May 11, Clark Pleasant library, 530 Tracy Road, Suite 250, Whiteland; ages 12-17; help clear out leftover craft supplies by making some past favorites and creating new projects with old supplies;

END OF THE YEAR ICE CREAM SOCIAL, 3:30 p.m. May 23, Greenwood library, 310 S. Meridian St., an afternoon of ice cream sundaes and laughter. Registration is encouraged;

ANIMENIACS CLUB, 3:30 p.m. May 25, White River library, 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood; teens (ages 12-17); Do you love anime? Join the Animeniacs Club! We’ll meet to watch anime, talk about/draw manga and enjoy pocky!

CLARK PLEASANT ANIME CLUB, 6 p.m. May 31, Clark Pleasant library, 530 Tracy Road, Suite 250, Whiteland; Do you love reading manga? Watching anime? Creating cosplay costumes? If so, then this is the club for you! Join us on the last Wednesday of every month as we get together and watch anime, talk about manga, play ninja and hang out.

THE COURT, 3:30 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; $5 cover charge on weekends, 7 Trafalgar Square, Trafalgar, safe, clean environment for teens offering Wi-Fi, jukebox, concessions, a dance floor, arcades and a DJ on the weekends, 765-341-0568

CENTRAL INDIANA YOUTH CHORUS, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, East 10th Street United Methodist Church, 2327 E. 10th St., Indianapolis, free, ages 10 to 18, learn to sing four-part a cappella harmony, performance opportunities, ongoing registration, Janet Foster, 407-4564,,

DANCING WITH A PURPOSE, 3 to 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Freedom Center, 6240 W. Stones Crossing Road, Greenwood, free, teens meet in the cafeteria for pizza, drinks, ministry to provide a fun and safe environment, talk, dance, pray, small groups, listen to inspirational speakers and leaders,

Wine and food

12TH ANNUAL BISCUITS AND GRAVY BREAKFAST, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. May 27, New Whiteland VFW Post, 215 U.S. 31, Whiteland; donations requested, $3 to $5, to support the Johnson County Community Van fund which assists veterans with their local transportation needs when they are unable to drive; World War II veterans will eat free

FFA PORK CHOP DINNERS, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. third Tuesdays of the month, FFA Leadership Center, 6595 S. 125 W, Trafalgar, entrée, three sides, dessert and drinks for $15. Reservations should be made with Chris Nix at 317-878-4570 and are accepted until 4 p.m. each third Tuesday.

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,