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January 16, 2015 – April 15, 2015

Free Tax Preparation Appointments

Free Income Tax Return Assistance and Preparation Appointments can be made starting January 16th.  Call Eastside Community Center at 376-7840, Doug Otto Center at 211, Mill Race Center at 376-9241, or the Sandy Hook United Methodist Church at 372-8495.  This is a service of the host organizations, IRS VITA and AARP Tax-Aide.

Start: January 16, 2015 9:00 am
End: April 15, 2015 5:00 pm
Venue: Multiple
Columbus, IN, United States
Cost: Free

February 10, 2015 – February 28, 2015

Head Start and Early Head Start Enrollment

The Human Services Inc. Head Start Preschool and Early Head Start programs provide comprehensive early childhood and family development services to prenatal mothers and children ages 0-5. Enrollment for Early Head Start ( prenatal to age 3) is ongoing and Head Start preschool (ages 3-5) has started enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year.

Start: February 10, 2015 8:00 am
End: February 28, 2015 5:00 pm
Venue: Human Services Inc.
Phone: 812-372-8407
4355 E. 600 N., Columbus, IN, 47201, United States
Cost: Free

March 2, 2015

Dyslexia: Basic Facts

Licensed psychologist Dr. Dawn Doup recently opened Foundations Dyslexia and Learning Centers with two colleagues in order to provide services for children, adolescents, and adults with dyslexia.  Dyslexia is a learning disability that includes difficulties with accurate or fluid word recognition, poor decoding, and poor spelling abilities.  It impacts one’s ability to read and write and often affects an individual’s self-image due to feeling less capable than others.  The effects of untreated dyslexia can have a long-term impact including problems with education and job performance.  Doup will discuss symptoms of dyslexia as well as how it is evaluated and interventions that help with both children and adults.

Start: March 2, 2015 6:30 pm
End: March 2, 2015 8:00 pm
Venue: Bartholomew County Public Library
Columbus, IN, 47201, United States
Cost: Free

March 3, 2015

Gardening: Spring Cleaning

Master Gardner Harvey Taylor will focus on the importance of activities leading up to spring to prepare your garden, flower beds, and lawn for a healthy spring start.

Start: March 3, 2015 6:30 pm
End: March 3, 2015 8:00 pm
Venue: Bartholomew County Public Library
Phone: 812-379-1266
Columbus, IN, 47201, United States
Cost: Free

March 5, 2015

Bike Repair & Maintenance Classes

We are offering a series of 6 classes on Bicycle Maintenance & Repair this Winter! Join us for as few or as many of the classes as you like.

The classes will be offered on Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 7:30 pm:

Jan 29th - Basic Bike Repair & Maintenance
Feb 12th - Brakes: Adjustment & Cable Maintenance
Feb 19th – Derailleurs: Adjustment & Troubleshooting
Feb 26th – Cup & Cone Bearings: Adjustment & Overhaul
Mar 12th – Bottom Brackets: Adjustment & Overhaul
Mar 19th – Headsets: Adjustment & Overhaul

The suggested donation to attend is $10 per class, $25 for 3 classes, and $50 for all 6 classes. If you can’t afford it, please don’t let the cost be a barrier to expanding your bike repair knowledge. Donate as much as you can. If you want to learn, then we want to teach you!

These classes are FREE for all of our regular volunteers – those who regularly sign up for shifts as a Shop Monitor, Greeter or Volunteer Supervisor.

Contact us at info@bikeco-op.org to RSVP or to get more information.



Start: March 5, 2015 6:00 pm
End: March 5, 2015 7:30 pm
Venue: Bike Co-op
1531 13th Street, Columbus, IN 47201, IN, 47201, United States
Cost: 10

Body Image in the Modern World

The current state of our society lends itself to poor body image for the majority of women. We will navigate the onslaught of media pressure and also explore methods to promote healthy self worth.  Presenter is Courtney Smith, Co-Director of Fitness and Co-Head Trainer, Tipton Lakes Athletic Club.



Start: March 5, 2015 6:30 pm
End: March 5, 2015 8:00 pm
Venue: Bartholomew County Public Library
Columbus, IN, 47201, United States
Cost: Free

March 9, 2015

“Private Violence” free movie at YES

Domestic violence strikes women and girls of all backgrounds, from high profile cases on national news to local incidents in Bartholomew County. A free movie, “Private Violence”, hosted by Zonta International and panel discussion will be held at YES Cinema, downtown Columbus, on Monday, March 9, at 5:30 P.M. Reviewers call the film difficult to watch, but important and powerful. It is a selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and is being presented in honor of International Women’s Day and Zonta Internationals “Just Say No” campaign to eradicate violence against women worldwide. Free snacks and soft drinks will be provided. For more information contact: Barbara Smitherman at <barb.smitherman@comcast.net>

Start: March 9, 2015 5:30 pm
End: March 9, 2015 7:00 pm
Venue: YES! Cinema
328 Jackson Street, Columbus, IN, 47201, United States
Cost: Free

Gardening on the Cheap

Bronze Master Gardener Sherry Warner will provide tips on some more inexpensive gardening ideas including container gardening and starting seeds at home.

Start: March 9, 2015 6:30 pm
End: March 9, 2015 8:00 pm
Venue: Bartholomew County Public Library
Phone: 812-379-1266
Columbus, IN, 47201, United States
Cost: Free

March 10, 2015

Columbus Area Arts Council Annual Meeting

Columbus, IN The Columbus Area Arts Council’s annual report to the community will be held Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at YES Cinema. Light refreshments will be available at 4:30pm with the program beginning at 5:00pm. Charles (Rusty) Briel, Executive Director at the Indiana State School Music Association, will deliver a keynote talk about the importance of music and arts education. YES Cinema is located at 328 Jackson Street in the heart of the Columbus Arts District.

Briel has been Executive Director at the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) since 2000. Prior to his hiring at ISSMA, he was Director of Orchestras at Center Grove High School and Instrumental Music Director in the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. Briel holds an MS in Music Education from Indiana State University. ISSMA is the organization that develops and sponsors the music festivals for school bands, orchestras and choirs. Their activities provide a platform for evaluating music performance which, in turn, furthers their mission to develop performance-oriented assessment of state and national musical academic standards.

The theme of this year’s annual meeting picks up from last year’s talk on STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) when Don Steffy of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir spoke about the importance of the arts in the lives of young people.

The public is invited to attend the annual report to the community. For additional information, please visit www.artsincolumbus.org.

The Columbus Area Arts Council is a public, not-for-profit corporation supported by private donations, the City of Columbus, the State of Indiana through the Indiana Arts  commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Start: March 10, 2015 4:30 pm
End: March 10, 2015 8:00 pm
Venue: YES Cinema
Commons Mall, Columbus, IN, 47201, United States

March 12, 2015

Lunch and Learn- Business Etiquette

Trine University is hosting a Lunch and Learn Event at Ivy Tech in Room 200. The Lou Holtz Master of Science in Leadership Program Director Nancy Steigmeyer will be speaking on “Business Etiquette”. Lunch will be served at 11:30, and the lecture will begin at 1. There is no charge, but RSVP’s are much appreciated.


MSL Seminar Flyer

Start: March 12, 2015 11:30 am
End: March 12, 2015 1:00 pm
Venue: Ivy Tech Community College
Phone: 260-241-3898
4475 Central Ave, Columbus, IN, 47203, United States
Cost: Free
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