Calendar of Events

December 5, 2013

Heroes’ Tree

Make an ornament to honor a veteran or current member of the military.  Ornaments can contain a photo and/or name of your veteran and any other decorations you wish to add. Or, you can pick up a paper ornament in the shape of a dog tag at the library.  The Heroes Tree will go up at the library on November 11th and stay in place through the end of the year.


Start: November 11, 2013 8:30 am
End: December 31, 2013 6:00 pm
Venue: Bartholomew County Public Library
Phone: 812-379-1266
Columbus, IN, 47201, United States
Cost: Free

Holiday Giving Program

Centra Foundation will partner with the Salvation Army (FOP Cops & kids in Jackson County) in each of the Indiana communities where Centra Credit Union has a branch.  Angel Tree tags will be displayed on Christmas Trees in the branch. Our intent is to provide a new option for individuals who do not have the time to purchase gifts and return them to the Salvation Army.

Christmas Angels Tags with a child’s name and age will represent a child’s complete wish/need and will be valued from $50- $100.  Other ornaments will offer smaller donation amounts starting at $10.  These donations would be pooled towards the purchase of gifts.

The program will run from Nov 25th – Dec 14th

Date: December 5, 2013
Venue: Any Centra Credit Union Branch
Throughout South Central Indiana, IN, United States

Reindeer 5K Run/Walk Registration

Total Fitness is hosting a Reindeer 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, December 14, at 8:00 am. with proceeds benefiting the Humane Society. Entry fee is $15 and all participants receive a t-shirt. You can sign up at Total Fitness and the deadline to sign up is December 9.

Date: December 5, 2013
Venue: Total Fitness
Columbus, IN, 47201, United States
Cost: $15

Polar Express at The KidsCommons Registration

On December 15, come in your pajamas ready for a make-believe train ride to the North Pole, complete with hot chocolate, holiday crafts and a jingly surprise. Listen to a reading of the well-loved Christmas story, “The Polar Express.” Participate in museum-wide activity stations while learning interesting locomotive facts and enjoying model trains!



Registration Deadline is December 11. Pre-registration is required. Sign up early, limited spots available. Payment is due at time of registration. No refunds. $6/child. $3/adult. To register call, 812-378-3046. 

Session 1: 1 – 3pm; Session 2: 4-6pm

Date: December 5, 2013
Venue: Kidscommons
309 Washington Street, Columbus, IN, 47201, United States
Cost: $6

Affordable Care Act/MDwise Marketplace 101: Learn & Enroll

An education and enrollment session for the Affordable Care Act presented by MDwise, an Indiana-based nonprofit health care company.  Kelly Lowry will answer your questions about the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace.  If you have questions please call 855-417-5615 or visit

Start: December 5, 2013 9:00 am
End: December 5, 2013 12:00 pm
Venue: Bartholomew County Public Library
Columbus, IN, 47201, United States
Cost: Free

Bathtub Party Day

Celebrate this unusual holiday by making bathtub crayons and paintin the Kids at Art studio. Join us for Wacky Science at 3:30 pm to make bathtub fizzies!

Start: December 5, 2013 10:00 am
End: December 5, 2013 5:00 pm
Venue: Kidscommons
309 Washington Street, Columbus, IN, 47201, United States

Jim Rhoades Memorial Hog Roast

The Franklin Rotary Club will hose the Jim Rhoades Memorial Hog Roast on Thursday, December 5 in Scott Hall at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. Lunch begins at 11:00 am and will be available until 1:30 pm. Lunch is free but donations will be accepted at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Johnson County Good Cheer Fun and Interchurch Food Pantry. Dine in or carry out. 

Start: December 5, 2013 11:00 am
End: December 5, 2013 1:30 pm
Venue: Johnson County Fairgrounds
250 Fairground Dr, Franklin, IN, 46131, United States

Families on the Move-Biking for Families

Reach Healthy Communities has a FREE Biking for Families session scheduled from 5:30-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the Bike Co-op, located in the basement of the United Way Center. The United Way is located at 1531 13th Street in Columbus, Indiana. Laura Garrett, along with Bike Co-op volunteers, will give a tour of the Bike Co-op and discuss basic bike maintenance and safety.
Biking to this event is encouraged but not required. Bicycle racks are located outside of the United Way Center at the 13th Street entrance.
Sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this session of Families on the Move offers an opportunity to learn about bike riding and a free gift will be provided to all households.

Start: December 5, 2013 5:30 pm
End: December 5, 2013 6:00 pm
Venue: Bike Co-op
1531 13th Street, Columbus, IN 47201, IN, 47201, United States
Cost: Free

Christmas Open House & Kickapoo Preschool Holiday Programs

You are invited for a fun evening at the Cultural Arts & Recreation Center. Santa will be here so bring your camera! Refreshments will be served in the Recreation Center lobby. Kickapoo Preschool will present their Holiday Program at 6:30 pm in Beeson Hall. Also, there will be a Holiday Concert by Franklin Community Band following the preschool program.

Start: December 5, 2013 6:00 pm
End: December 5, 2013 9:00 pm
Venue: Cultural Arts and Recreation Center
396 Branigin Blvd, Franklin, IN, 46131, United States

Self-Publish a Book at Little or No Cost

Do you have stories to pass along to your children, grandkids… or the whole world?

The nonprofit Career Resource Center of Nashville, Indiana, is now offering classes on Self-Publishing:

Self-Publish a Paperback at Little or No Cost (Tues-Wed-Thurs at 6 pm)
Self Publish an e-Book at Little or No Cost (Tues-Wed-Thurs at 7 pm)
Advanced Self-Publishing (by appointment only)

These series are designed for people who have a book inside them, just waiting to get out… but don’t want to spend a fortune getting published by a vanity press.

Each series costs only $75 and consists of six weekly sessions, covering topics from preparation of manuscripts in Word format for self-publication, to actual publication of books at, Amazon’s, Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Press, and Smashwords.

The instructor is a Harvard graduate and editor of, a new worldwide e-Book series available from Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Press.

Enrollment is limited.  Please call ahead at 206-666-5484 or e-mail to reserve a seat.

Start: December 5, 2013 6:00 pm
End: December 5, 2013 8:00 pm
Venue: Career Resource Center
246 East Main Street, Nashville, IN, 47448, United States
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