Community Calendar for week of May 18

Nashville Farmers Market continues

The Nashville Farmer’s Market will continue through Oct. 30.

The market runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday in the parking lot of the Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East. Parking is free. The market is the place to shop local and support local growers, bakers and makers.

Each week market vendors offer an ever changing selection of locally grown plants from local gardens, seasonal produce, breads and baked goods, pastured meats and eggs, arts and more. Live music will also be performed.

SNAP shoppers can have their benefits doubled at the market information tent. All shoppers can enter to win the market’s weekly $10 raffle. The market is a rain or shine event.

Nature awareness days this month

Stonehead Nature Preserve, 4643 W. Bellsville Pike, will host Nature Awareness days on May 20 and 21. The days will consist of several presentations and demonstrations.

The Forgotten Leps will take place on May 20 at 8 p.m. Danielle Williams will discuss the many moth species in the preserve. Light traps will be set out to capture and identify moths.

Owl Prowl on the Preserve will happen on May 20 at 9 p.m. Jeff Riegel will discuss the three species of owl that call the preserve home.

The Charles E. Russell Memorial Bird Walk is planned for May 21 at 8 a.m. Participants will take a walk and learn about various bird species along the way.

The Forgotten Leps – Step 2 will occur on May 21 at 9:30 a.m. Danielle Williams will open the light traps and see what species of moths were caught.

The How and Why of Bird Banding will happen on May 21 at 9:30 a.m. Islam Lab will demonstrate the process of capturing and identifying birds.

What is an Owl Pellet? will take place on May 21 at 1 p.m. Erin Kirchhofer will demonstrate how to dissect owl pellets.

Through the Lens photo opportunity is planned for May 21 at 1 p.m.

Secrets of Salt Creek will happen on May 21 at 2:30 p.m. where participants will go an excursion to see what lives in the creek.

Woodland Wander will also occur on May 21 at 2:30 p.m. featuring a discussion about the plants inhabiting the nature preserve.

COVID testing hours extended

The Brown County Health Department, 200 Hawthorne Drive, has extended testing hours for the months of May and June. The hours are as follows:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 4 to 5:45 p.m.

Saturday, May 21 and June 18: 8 to 11:45 a.m.

Only PCR tests are available. Testing will be completed in the vehicles. Those interested will need to make an appointment at scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov or by calling 211.

Grants available for septic, well repairs

The Great Lakes Community Action Partnership Decentralized Water Systems program recently announced the availability of grants for water well, in-home water treatment and septic system repairs.

The maximum loan amount is $15,000 with a 1% interest rate. The maturity may not exceed 20 years and will depend on repayment ability.

To be eligible for the grant, the applicant’s household income cannot exceed $33,470. In addition, applicants must own and occupy the home or be in the process of purchasing the home for occupancy. New home construction and community water systems are not eligible.

For more information and to apply, call the Brown County Health Department at 812-988-2255.

Events scheduled at the library in May

The Brown County Public Library, 205 Locust Lane, will host several classes and events in the upcoming weeks.

Pre-K Sensory Day will happen on May 17 from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. and will include sensory exploration and hands-on activities. Registration is required by visiting browncountylibrary.info/events.

Novel Bunch Book Club will meet on May 18 at 2 p.m. They will discuss “The Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles.

ATLAS (At the Library After School) will take place on May 18 at 5 p.m. at the Cordry-Sweetwater Branch, 8751 Nineveh Road. Kids in first- through fifth-grade are invited to enjoy after-school crafts.

Cordry-Sweetwater Bookies Book Club will meet on May 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cordry-Sweetwater Branch. They will discuss “Cold Sassy Tree” by Olive Ann Burns.

“Gustave Baumann: Hand of a Craftsman, Heart of an Artist,” a presentation by Martin Krause, will take place on May 19 at 7 p.m. Registration is required by visiting browncountylibrary.info/events.

BCPL Craft Club: Modern Day Shrinky Dinks for adults and teens 13 and up will occur on May 25 at 6 p.m. All tools and materials will be supplied. Registration is required by visiting browncountylibrary.info/events.

Solar Project Energize Day will happen on May 27 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the lower level parking lot. The opening remarks will be at 1 p.m.

The library will be closed on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.

Pop-up food pantry slated next week

A drive-thru pop-up food pantry will take place at Van Buren Elementary School, 4045 State Road 135 South, on Wednesday, May 18 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., or while supplies last.

For questions or for delivery, call the Brown County COAD Hotline at 812-988-0001.

The Forgotten Leps – Step 2 will occur on May 21 at 9:30 a.m. Danielle Williams will open the light traps and see what species of moths were caught.

The How and Why of Bird Banding will happen on May 21 at 9:30 a.m. Islam Lab will demonstrate the process of capturing and identifying birds.

What is an Owl Pellet? will take place on May 21 at 1 p.m. Erin Kirchhofer will demonstrate how to dissect owl pellets.

Through the Lens is planned for May 21 at 1 p.m. Eddie will lead this photo opportunity.

Secrets of Salt Creek will happen on May 21 at 2:30 p.m. Sandy and Kristie will lead an excursion to see what lives in the creek.

Woodland Wander will occur on May 21 at 2:30 p.m. Wyatt will lead a discussion about the plants inhabiting the preserve.

Trafalgar Country Gardeners plant sale

The Trafalgar Country Gardeners will hold their annual plant sale on May 21 from 9 a.m. until they are sold out. The sale will take place at the Trafalgar United Methodist Church, 375 Pleasant St.

Hundreds of starts of tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables will be available. Also for sale will be perennial plants such as hostas and daylillies.

All plants are grown by garden club members.

The sale is the club’s only fundraiser, and proceeds help pay for public gardening programs at the Trafalgar library, sponsorship of the annual Kids Garden Camp at the Johnson County Purdue Extension office, maintenance of demonstration gardens at the county fairgrounds and county museum and other community service projects.

For more information, contact club President Karen Gotshall at 317-517-0328 or by email at [email protected]

Freedom rally happening this month

Don’t Tread on Indiana will hold a Freedom Rally on May 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Heart of Christ Ministries, 5181 State Road 46 East.

The featured speakers are Bob Croddy, Dan Heiwig, and Dan Neiderberger.

Music from Americana artist Steve Hickman, gospel group Fishers of Men and guest vocalist Grace Kingma will be available to enjoy.

Free legal aid phone clinic set this month

Legal Aid will conduct a free legal service phone clinic on Tuesday, May 24 for low-income residents of eight Indiana counties, including Brown County.

The clinic will take place from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Callers can expect a 10-minute phone consultation where legal professionals will answer general questions and offer legal information.

Individuals seeking consultation must register by calling Legal Aid at 812-378-0358 on May 24 between noon and 2 p.m. A volunteer attorney will return a call to registered individuals between 3 and 5:30 p.m.

Antique tractor, truck show this month

The Brown County Historical Society, 90 E. Gould St., will host the first annual Hambone Antique Tractor and Truck Show on May 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Pioneer Village.

Participants should arrive and line up between 9 and 9:30 a.m. Judging will occur at 11:30 a.m., with awards at 1 p.m.

A lunch will be provided by the Pioneer Women and the Historical Society. Raffle tickets for the 2022 quilt will also be available for purchase.

Admission to the event is free. For more information, visit www.browncountyhistorycenter.org/.

Lake Monroe community forums happening

The Friends of Lake Monroe and the Leagues of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County and Brown County will host several community forums to discuss the newly published Lake Monroe Watershed Management Plan.

The Lake Monroe Watershed Management Plan, developed by the Friends of Lake Monroe, is the product of a two-year project gathering and analyzing data about the lake and its watershed. The report summarizes the available data, identifies the top threats to water quality and outlines an action plan to reduce non-point source pollution. Public input is now needed to help prioritize project implementation and to mobilize the community to take action.

The first forum will be held on May 24 from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Lutheran Church, 3800 E. 3rd St. in Bloomington.

The second forum will be held on June 9 from 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Brown County Public Library, 205 Locust Lane.

The final forum will be held virtually on June 15 during the same time frame. The Zoom link will be sent in advance.

Those interested should visit docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfxdfwbSZF9P2SjskNft4U3l9iEfhk7_uan25j5Dl6M1ioFUg/viewform to register. For questions, contact Lake Monroe Watershed Coordinator Maggie Sullivan at [email protected] or 812-558-0217.

The full Lake Monroe Watershed Management Plan and a shorter executive summary are available online at friendsoflakemonroe.org/watershed-plan/.

Camelot building open house

The Camelot Building, 211 S. Van Buren St., will have its grand reopening on May 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The building is home to the Brown County Visitors Center, the Loft by Moondance, Bone Appetit Bakery, Haven Lee Boutique and Red Head Apothecary.

Refreshments, snacks, and music from Barry Elkins and Family will be available to enjoy.

Morel Mushroom Festival returns

The 25th annual Howard Hughes Memorial Morel Mushroom Festival and Sale will occur on May 27 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and May 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Brown County IGA parking lot.

Mushrooms are $60 per pound or $30 per half pound.

All proceeds will benefit Brown County charities.

Tickets can be pre-ordered at docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSerHH_f2r2VPtcrMtXioM-5PrAvQ5ZuSpqWRHkNoER6HpvKOw/viewform.

Memorial Day ceremony

The annual Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Day Ceremony is scheduled for later this month.

The tribute will be held on May 30 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Brown County Courthouse, 20 E. Main St.

Bear Creek Cemetery meeting

MORGANTOWN — Bear Creek Cemetery’s Annual Meeting will be at the cemetery on Sunday, June 5 at 1 p.m. For more information, call Jeff Weddle at 317-847-1570.

BucCornEar Festival returns

The 10th annual BucCornEar Festival is scheduled for June 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department, 4831 Helmsburg Road.

Visit the Pirate Village and participate in corn shucking, bucket brigade and a firefighter challenge. Food, games and prizes will be available. Be sure to wear a pirate outfit.

Admission to the festival is free. There is a small charge for food and games.

For more information, call 812-988-6201 or visit facebook.com/jtfd5inc.

Mobile mammography unit to visit this summer

The Ascension Mobile Mammography Unit will be in the Indiana University Health Nashville Family Practice parking lot, 103 Willow St., on July 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Those who are eligible for a mammogram should call 317-338-9595 to schedule an appointment and inform the operator that they are calling from Brown County. The registration deadline is one week prior to the visit.

Become a foster grandparent

Thrive Alliance and AmeriCorps Seniors are currently looking for foster grandparents for children.

Thrive Alliance and AmeriCorps Seniors work with public and faith-based schools, Head Start Centers and youth serving facilities in five counties, including Brown, being role models, mentors, tutors and friends.

Those interested should call 812-374-2711, 812-372-6918, or visit fostergrandparentsthrive.org.

Project Lifesaver applications open

TRIAD and the Brown County Sheriff’s Department have announced that applications are now open for Project Lifesaver.

Those with loved ones at risk of wandering would obtain a personalized wrist-watch sized radio transmitter fitted to their wrist that would be used to locate them if they go missing.

This program is available to any Brown County resident due to a grant support from the Brown County Community Foundation and its partners.

For more information, call TRIAD at 812-988-5606.