Community calendar


‘Open Hearts’ still seeking donors

It’s not too late to join “Open Hearts, Open Purses,” South Madison County’s women’s giving circle.

Every year, members of OHOP each give $100, which is awarded to one of three finalists for a $10,000 grant selected by members.

OHOP will still take place in 2020, only with a different format with members’ choice of participation style: members may vote from home beginning June 4 or during an open-house/open-air event on June 11.

What will not change is the generosity and impact of (at least) 100 women, pooling their funds, making their decision, and creating significant impact for one great, local cause.

To join, direct your $100 membership to OHOP at South Madison Community Foundation, 233 S. Main St., Pendleton IN 46064.

Call 778-8444 or email [email protected] with any questions.

Pendleton shred day postponed

PENDLETON — Due to coronavirus, Shred Day at SecurEstate is postponed to 9 to 11 a.m. July 18.

This onsite shredding service event is open to the public without charge.

There is no limit to the amount of paper people can bring, and all paper is shredded while people watch.

This is a drive-thru drop-off service offered at SecurEstate, 100 S. Main St., Pendleton.

People are asked to enter the parking lot off Main Street.

Lapel food pantry alters service

LAPEL — Lapel Community Food Pantry, 1321 N. Main St., Lapel, has changed its method of distributing food to clients.

Through the current period of COVID-19-related isolation restrictions, the panty will offer pre-packed sacks or boxes of food items to eligible individuals and families on a weekly basis.

The pantry serves Stony Creek, Jackson and Green townships in Madison County.

Clients may visit for food once per week.

The hours for this drive-thru program will be 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Volunteers will be on site to direct clients through the line, and volunteers will bring distributions to the car. People are asked to remain in their vehicles.

With increased need, each car can receive only one weekly distribution.

Clients are asked to bring picture ID and proof of address (utility or phone bill, if current address differs from information on ID).

For more information, visit the Lapel Community Food Pantry Facebook page and leave questions in the comments.

Library closed but continues to operate

PENDLETON — Pendleton Community Public Library, 595 E. Water St., is closed because of COVID-19 until further notice, but the library is still offering a range of services.

It began “contactless pickup” recently. Items reserved online will be available after notification from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Visit for more details.

Ongoing activities include:

• Read ’n’ Feed, a combination bookmobile and food pantry, is scheduled to go out on its regular Thursday schedule: 5 p.m. at Markleville East Christian Church, 6 p.m. at Pendleton First United Methodist Church and 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Ingalls Campus.

Drive-thru food pantry pickups at the library and some pop-up locations may take place. Check Facebook and the library’s website for dates and times.

• Streaming children’s storytimes online.

• Patrons have access to digital collections such as OverDrive, Libby and Hoopla. Online resources are available at

For more details, people can email [email protected] or call 765-778-7527.

Museum will not open this year

PENDLETON — Pendleton Historical Museum, which normally is open weekends May through October, is not opening this year because of coronavirus.

“The Pendleton Historical Museum board wants to thank all those who have enjoyed visiting, hosting and donating to the Museum. The museum would not be able to serve the community without their continued support,” a museum press release says.

“Due to the many challenges our community, our country, finds itself in the museum board made the difficult decision in consideration of and respect for our volunteers and visitors to not open this year.”

For more information about the museum, visit Pendleton Historical Museum on Facebook.

Historic farms sought for award

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Farm Bureau seek nominations for the 2020 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation.

The award recognizes the preservation and continued use of historic farm buildings in Indiana.

Since it was established in 1992, owners of 29 historic farms all over the state have been honored with the award.

Anyone, including farm owners, can submit a nomination for the Arnold Award.

The nomination asks for:

• A brief history of the farm and description of its significant historic structures and features, such as the farmhouse, barns, agricultural outbuildings and landscape elements.

• A description of how the farm’s historic agricultural structures are used in day-to-day farming operations, and how they have been preserved or adapted.

• High-resolution digital photographs of the farm and its preserved historic features. Historic images are also welcome.

The award winner receives an outdoor marker.

Indiana Landmarks named the award in memory of John Arnold (1955-1991), a Rush County farmer who successfully combined progressive architectural practices with a deep respect for the natural and historic features of the rural landscape.

The John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation honors those who share a similar commitment to preserving the landmarks and landscape of rural Indiana.

Submit nominations for the Arnold Award for Rural Preservation online at, or contact Tommy Kleckner at 812-232-4534 or [email protected].

Deadline for nominations is June 5.