Free Time – October 5


SPOOKTACULAR, Noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 28, Greenwood library, 310 S. Meridian St. Community Halloween party with crafts, games and storytelling.

UFO INVESTIGATIONS IN INDIANA, 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 7, Franklin branch of Johnson County Public Library, 401 State St. Learn how the Mutual UFO Network actively investigates UFOs.

HAUNTINGS IN INDIANA, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 25, Franklin branch of Johnson County Public Library, 401 State St. Learn about haunted places in Indiana.

TRICK OR TREAT STORY TIME, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Franklin branch of Johnson County Public Library, 401 State St. Spooky story time with a craft and trick or treating in the library. Costumes and candy bag encouraged. Open to preschool aged children and caregivers. Families are welcome.

SPOOKY SCARY CRAFT TIME, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Trafalgar branch, 424 S. Tower St. Create spooky crafts. Families welcome.

MONSTER MASH, 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 23, at the Trafalgar branch, 424 S. Tower St. Kid friendly monster story time and monster craft.

HALLOWEEN PARTY, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 31, at the Trafalgar branch, 424 S. Tower St. Wear your costume for games, crafts and library trick or treating.

PUMPKIN PAINTING, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11, White River Branch, 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood. Bring in a gourd or pumpkin to paint. Library provides decorating supplies.

PUMPKIN TRAIL, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Story Walk at Franklin’s Urban Forest. Wear a costume, listen to non scary stories and trick or treat along the trail.

CARNI-FALL, 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 28, Story Walk at Independence Park, Greenwood. Dress up in costume for games and trick or treating on the Story Walk.

TRUNK OR TREAT, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27, Scoops and Treasures, 300 Tracy Road, New Whiteland. Free. Prizes given for the best trunks. Call the shop to reserve your parking space and help fill the lot with decorated trunks. Information: 317-530-9900

CHILDREN’S HARVEST PARTY, 2 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 28, First Assembly of God, 1035 Hospital Road, Franklin. Open to ages preschool through fifth grade This event is an alternative to Halloween and taking your children trick or treating. Free. Food, games, inflatables and candy. No costumes.

TRUNK SHOW, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6 at Community Cancer Center South, 1440 E. County Line Road, Indianapolis. The event is a day of celebration for all cancer patients and their families. Vendors, food, music, art therapy, bra fittings and door prizes.

KELSAY FARMS FALL ACTIVITIES, 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays, noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 29 through Oct. 29, Kelsay Farms, 6848 N. County Road 250 East, Whiteland, 7-acre corn maze, milking parlor tours, hayrides, climb on the straw bale mountain, pet the baby calves, swim through the corn crib play area, ride the Moo Choo Express. Dairy snacks including milkshakes, grilled cheese and juicy cheeseburgers will be available for purchase along with pumpkins for carving. Admission is $10 and free for children one and under. Trick-or-Treating through the corn maze also will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 28. Anyone dressed in a costume will receive $1 off admission. Kelsay Farms is a sixth generation dairy and crop farm originally land-granted by President Martin Van Buren in 1837. The farm milks around 500 cows three times a day and farms over 2400 acres of corn, soybeans and hay. For more information visit

WHITELAND ORCHARD FALL ACTIVITIES, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. You pick pumpkins and straw bales, corn stalk bundles for sale. Cider slushies. Samples available. Free admission.

MOON-WATCHING PROGRAM, 7 p.m. Oct. 6, Greenwood library, 310 S. Meridian St., Indiana Astronomical Society will provide telescopes for moon-gazing event; observance of annual International Observe the Moon Night. Event is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, visit For more information about International Observe the Moon Night, visit observethe

RESPOOK, REWEAR, RESCARE, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13, Franklin Cultural Arts and Recreation Center, 396 Branigin Blvd., Franklin, Johnson County residents can trade up for new Halloween costumes; bring a clean, gently-used Halloween costume to the exchange for a new costume. Costumes should be in good condition without tears or stains. Costumes are not available for purchase, only to swap. Any county resident can participate in the exchange. Hundreds of costumes will be available in sizes from infant to adult. Information: 317-738-2546.

GREENWOOD FARMERS MARKET, 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays through Oct. 14, Greenwood United Methodist Church parking lot, 525 N. Madison Ave.

VETERAN’S DAY POPPY DRIVE, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 Sam’s Club on Emerson Ave and Nov. 11, various locations. Proceeds go to post relief fund.

VIETNAM PARTY, 6 p.m. Nov. 18, Greenwood VFW Post, 333 S. Washington St. Vietnam veterans who arrived in country in the county 1967 or left Vietnam in 1967 will celebrate 50 years and will be honored. Other veterans will be honored. Free entertainment from Tony Kirk and free food.

Arts & crafts

CRAFT CLUB, 6 p.m. Oct. 24, Greenwood library, 310 S. Meridian St. Make a surprise craft or bring your own project.

BACK ROADS OF BROWN COUNTY STUDIO TOUR, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 31; free map and guide is available online at, at the Brown County Visitors Center. Free. Meet artists, watch them work and have a chance to buy their goods.

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 p.m. 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 of every month, Starstruck Cat Studio, 3130 Meridian Parke Drive, Suite H, Greenwood, free, bring a project, discussions about spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, rug hooking and felting,

RUG HOOKERS, 6 to 8 p.m. fourth Tuesdays, Starstruck Cat Studio, 3130 Meridian Parke Drive, Suite H, Greenwood, free, bring a current traditional rug hooking project, join other rug hookers,

OPEN STUDIO AT STARSTRUCK CAT STUDIO, 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, Starstruck Cat Studio, 3130 Meridian Parke Drive, Suite H, Greenwood, free, adults only, bring current knitting, crochet, rug hooking, weaving project, enjoy coffee, conversation, 317-889-9665, starstruck

BEGINNING CROCHET CLASS, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Starstruck Cat Studio, 3130 Meridian Parke Drive, Suite H, Greenwood, $50, fee includes six hours of instruction, patterns, two skeins of yarn, crochet hook, students need tapestry needle, scissors, split ring or locking stitch marker, registration, 317-889-9665,

Fundraisers & Galas

PURSE BINGO, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 2, Greenwood Moose Lodge, 813 W. Smith Valley Road. Hosted by the auxiliary of the Greenwood VFW Post. $25; win a Coach or Michael Kors purse.

JOHNSON COUNTY 4-H FALL FRENZY CRAFT FAIR AND MARKET, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7, Scott Hall, Johnson County fairgrounds, 250 Fairground St., Franklin; featuring both handmade sales, lunch available for purchase, door prizes, pumpkin decorating contest, win up to $100 (pre-register to grnwdackers@sbc by Sept. 30). All proceeds benefit the Johnson County 4-H Senior Hippology Team and their trip to National Competition in November.


FASCINATING WORLD OF SPIDERS, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9, Purdue Extension Johnson County office, 484 N. Morton St., Franklin; Naturalist Leslie Bishop will separate fact from fiction on spiders. Learn how beneficial these often-maligned creatures are; new members welcome, 317-346-7316

CULTIVATING GARDEN CLUB, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 7031 S. East St., Indianapolis; 317-783-4727.

MEDICINAL PLANT GARDEN TOURS, 11 a.m. Saturdays through September, free, Indiana Medical History Museum, 3045 W. Vermont Street, Indianapolis. The Medicinal Plant Garden demonstrates more than 100 species from around the world. Informational signage tells how the plants have been used, and visitors are welcome to wander at their own pace. Free guided tours are offered on each Saturday morning through September at 11 a.m., 317-635-7329.

JOHNSON COUNTY GARDEN CLUB, 6:30 p.m. second Monday of each month, Purdue Extension Johnson County office, 484 N. Morton St., Franklin, new members welcome, 317-346-7316

TRAFALGAR COUNTRY GARDENERS, last Thursday of each month, 317-736-9167

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


IMPACT, a night of worship hosted by the Beech Grove Baptist Church youth worship team, 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 7, 5868 West County Road 325S, Trafalgar. Free. Food will be available to purchase. Donations will be given to KIC-IT, a non-profit organization that seeks to help homeless teens in the county.

BLACK FRIDAY CONCERT, 6 p.m. Nov. 24, 300 E. Ohio St., Franklin. The Punches, a gospel bluegrass band will perform. Free. A freewill offering will be collected.

BLUEGRASS JAMMING CLASS, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 3 to Nov. 21, Edinburgh Pixy Theatre, 111 S. Walnut St., Edinburgh; taught by Allie Burbrink using the Wernick Method, $195 for entire class session, early signup discount, $10 until Sept. 3. Burbrink is a self-taught guitar player, bluegrass and old-time musician, and former seventh-grade English teacher. As a member of the Indiana-based band The Whipstitch Sallies for several years, she sang lead and harmony, wrote songs, and played guitar, clawhammer banjo and harmonica. Allie also played in a duo with Frank Lee and in the popular old-time string band The Freight Hoppers, based in western North Carolina.

THE HIT MEN, 7 p.m. Oct. 7, Franklin Performing Arts Center, 2600 Cumberland Drive, Franklin, group consisting of Lee Shapiro, Jimmy Ryan, Jeff Ganz, Russ Velazquez and Steve Murphy — all of whom who either played, sang or performed on stage with artists including Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Elton John, Tommy James and the Shondells, Rod Stewart, Carole King, Jim Croce, Three Dog Night; tickets $20 to $50, 317-346-8109,,

Health & fitness, support

INDIANAPOLIS HIKING CLUB, 9:15 a.m. Mondays in October and November, Southport Park, 6901 Derbyshire Road behind the Southport Police Station for an eight mile hike.

INDIANAPOLIS HIKING CLUB, sign in between 6 and 7:30 p.m. Mondays in October and November at the Greenwood Park Mall, 1251 U.S. 31, Greenwood. Self-guided hike of up to six miles.

FRANKLIN RUNNING GROUP, 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Franklin Parks and Recreation parking lot, 396 Branigin Blvd., route is 3-miles out and back alternating directions on the paved trail. 1st Tuesday of the month is “Fast Mile Night” — Run will start with a time first mile followed by the regular training run (starts Oct. 3). Last Tuesday of the month is social night and dinner follows the training run (starts Sept. 26). More info at Sign up for email notices at Questions? Call Gretchen at 317-604-8002 or email gretchen@energy

HOMECOMING IN UNIVERSITY PARK HIKE, 6 p.m. Tuesdays in September, go to Homecoming in University Park neighborhood off Main Street in Greenwood, go half way around the roundabout and continue to the University Park sign. Turn right and park at the first parking lot. This hike is 5 miles with shorter options on sidewalks and blacktop footpaths through wooded areas;


4-H PROJECT FAIR, 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 14, Johnson County Fairgrounds, Scott Hall. Free. Learn more about 4-H projects and clubs; enroll in 4-H.

AMERICAN GIRL CLASSIC: JOSEFINA, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Greenwood library, 310 S. Meridian St., Kindergarten to Grade 5: Crafts and activities from Josefina’s time;

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 5 and younger 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,

CRAFTY KIDS CLUB, 4 to 5:30 p.m. fourth Tuesdays, Trafalgar library, 424 Tower St., free, crafts, 317-878-9560,

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME, 9:30, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Greenwood library, 301 S. Meridian St., preschoolers 3 to 5-year-olds,

FUN TIME YOGA FOR KIDS, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. first Wednesday of the month, Evolutions @ Yoga, 2801 Fairview Place, Suite 1, Greenwood, $5, Terrie Purdy, 317-881-9642

WE-FIT WEDNESDAY SPECIAL NEEDS GROUP, 6:30 to 8 p.m. every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, Franklin Christian Fellowship Church, 2800 N. Graham Road, Franklin, free, for special needs children, families, have fun, network, sing, do crafts, share about Jesus, Patty Kinney, 317-850-3864, wefitspecial,

STORY TIME AT STARBUCKS, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Starbucks, 2279 N. Morton St., Franklin, free, ages 3 to 6, must be accompanied by an adult. Contact for reservations Mary Beth Spitz, 317-560-5017,

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME, 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, White River library, 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood, free, ages 3 to 5, registration, 317-535-6206,

STORY TIMES TO GO, 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Trafalgar library, 424 Tower St., free, ages 2 to 4,

HOME-SCHOOL CLUB, 10 a.m. Thursdays, Trafalgar library, 424 Tower St., free, read, art, writing,,

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME, 10 a.m. Thursdays, Trafalgar library, 424 Tower St., free, ages 3 to 5, registration, 317-535-6206,

STORY TIMES TO GO, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Trafalgar library, 424 Tower St., free, ages 2 to 4,

BABY STORY TIME, 2 p.m. Thursdays, Southport library, 2630 E. Stop 11 Road, Indianapolis, free, babies up to 23 months and an adult, active program with stories, songs, fun to develop a love of books, 317-275-4510

Movies & Theater

SLIGHTLY HAUNTED PUPPET THEATRE, through Oct. 29, The Melchior Marionette Theatre, 78 S. Van Buren St., Nashville. $5. A fast paced Halloween marionette show. Schedule:; 800-849-4853

HYPSTORY MISUNDERSTOOD MONSTER, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Johnson County Museum of History, 135 N. Main St., Franklin. Discussions of the changing interpretations of Mary Shelley’s novel “Frankenstein.” A viewing of “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein,” at the Artcraft Theatre will follow at 7:30 p.m. Presentation and movie are free. Reservations should be made by Oct. 18.

‘THE MISER,’ 8 p.m. to Oct. 7, 2 p.m. Oct. 8, Théâtre Margot in the Johnson Center for Fine Arts, Franklin College; Rob Johansen will be directing an adaptation of the 17th century French farce. The play, originally written by Moliere and transcribed by James Magruder, follows stingy widower Harpagon who loves his money more than his own children. When he decides to marry his son’s young lover and marry off his daughter to a wealthy older man, the siblings come up with a plot to thwart their father’s plans. Things get even more complicated when Harpagon’s treasure is stolen. Johansen is a professional actor and director based in Indianapolis, working mostly at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. He has directed several productions at Franklin College including Anton in Show Business in April, 2017. Tickets: $8 to $12:, 317-738-8029 or 800-852-0232, ext. 8029.

‘ARSENIC AND OLD LACE,’ 2 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 to Oct. 7, Artcraft Theatre, 57 N. Main St., Franklin; a man learns of his aunt’s homicidal activities; Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey, NR, 1944; $3.25 to $5.25; includes a cartoon;

FAMILY FILM FEST: ‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2’, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Greenwood library, 310 S. Meridian St., The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. free;

‘HALLOWEEN,’ 2 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 and 14, Artcraft Theatre, 57 N. Main St., Franklin; Michael Myers returns to his hometown seeking revenge, R, 1978, Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran; $3.25 to $5.25; includes a cartoon; historicartcraft

ZOMBIE MOVIES 101, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Greenwood library, 310 S. Meridian St., from 1932’s ‘White Zombie’ to the explosion of zombie movies today, horror movie aficionado Eric Holbrook will explore the evolution of zombie movies over the last century;

‘ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN,’ 2 and 7:30 p.m., Oct. 20 and 21, Artcraft Theatre, 57 N. Main St., Franklin; Yokels encounter Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man, Bud Abbott, Lou Costello and Lon Chaney Jr., 1948; $3.25 to $5.25; includes a cartoon;


CENTER GROVE CLASS OF 1967, 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 7, Franklin Parks and Recreation Theater Room, 396 Branigan Blvd., $40 per person includes hors d’oevres, cash bar, memory book and photo; RSVP requested by Sept. 8 to Paula Dorris, 317-223-1989,, 6002 N. County Road 500 East, Franklin

Wine & food

AFTER 5 DINNER PARTY, 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Oct. 10, hosted by the Indianapolis South Women at Dyes Walk Country Club, 2080 S. State Road 135, Greenwood. $14 for buffet. Vera Velk from Centennial, Colorado, will walk through the generations in fashionable style with lasting value in her presentation. Reservations by Oct. 7. Information: 317-881-5636

ARTS AND CRAFT BREW, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 21, Taxman Brewing Co., 13 S. Baldwin St., Bargersville; $40, includes craft brew and all supplies to create a 16-by-20 acrylic painting on canvas; register at

VFW BREAKFAST, 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Greenwood VFW Post, 333 S. Washington St. $8 to $8.50 breakfast with eggs, toast, French Toast, biscuits and gravy and more.

AMERICAN LEGION BISCUITS AND GRAVY BREAKFAST, 7 to 10 a.m. every first Saturday of the month, Franklin American Legion Post 205, 1200 Park Ave. All you can eat for $3. Open to the public. 317-738-9934 Dave Rook — Russ Wilkerson

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.

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST, 7 to 10 a.m. last Saturday of each month, Greenwood Masonic Lodge 514, 592 N. Meridian St., $7, 317-437-5428

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,

Talks & presentations

ANTIQUE AND COLLECTIBLES APPRAISAL EVENT, 4:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10, White River Branch, 1664 Library Blvd., Greenwood. $10. Author and antiques expert Mark F. Moran will appraise items.