Community calendar


Parks department offers talks
PENDLETON — Pendleton Parks Department employee Sheree Belt will give a 20-minute “Great Blue Heron Talk at the Falls” at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 16, by the Lighthouse pond near the war memorial.
The outing is part of a weekly series of interpretive programs about the outdoors in Falls Park that started May 2.
Future programs
All programs start at 10 a.m. Programs marked with * take place at the start location. No hiking.
May 16
Great Blue Heron Talk at the Falls (20 minutes) — Participants will meet Belt by the Lighthouse Pond near the memorial to learn more about this bird.
May 23
*Frog Calls! (30 minutes) — An interactive program on the sounds of native frogs and toads at the Community Building. Geared toward pre-
kindergarten through fifth grade, but all ages are welcome.
May 30
Wild Edibles (1 hour) — Discover wild edibles on this hike through parts of the Red Loop. Group will discuss ethics and safety of wild edible hunting. People will not eat anything on this hike. Meet at the Park Office parking lot.
June 6
Wildflower Hike (1.5 hours) — A one-hour hike to discover what native wildflowers are blooming on the Yellow Loop. Meet at parking lot near the Community Building.
June 13
Beginning Birding Hike (1 hour) — A one-hour leisure beginners birding hike. People should bring binoculars if they have them. Meet at the Community Building.
June 20
Beginner’s Tree ID Hike (30 minutes) — A walk through the woods to learn about some of the most common native tree species and how to ID them. Meet at the Sports Complex parking lot.
June 27
*Marvelous Metamorphous! (30 minutes) — Learn the life cycle of butterflies with an interactive program. Make a butterfly to take home. Meet at the Large Shelter near the playground.
July 4
No morning programming as the park prepares for night event.
4:30 to 10 p.m.: 4th at the Falls! Event includes family-friendly activities, live music, food vendors and a fireworks show at the end.
July 11
Invasive Plant Hike (1 hour) — What does invasive mean, and why should people care? Participants will hike the Red Loop and learn to identify some of the most common invasive species. Discussion will include ways to help keep the ecosystem healthy. Meet at the parking lot near the Community Building.
July 18
All Things Nature Hike (1 hour) — Group will make stops along the Red Loop to discuss different plants and animals native to the area. People should bring their nature-related questions to discuss. Meet at the Falls (near the Historical Museum).
July 25
*Batty for Bats! (30 minutes) — Discussion will include why bats are important to have around and some of the myths associated with them. Participants will make a bat craft to take home. Meet at the Community Building.
Aug. 1
National Wellness Month Hike (1 hour) — A hike to promote wellness. Group will hike the Green Loop while learning about Falls Park and its amenities. Meet at the Community Building parking lot. Most of this hike is accessible with paved walkways.
Aug. 8
Wildflower Hike (1.5 hours) — Group will hike parts of Red, Yellow and Blue loops to see what’s blooming. Discussion will include how to seed harvest in the fall to keep growing native plants in the yard. Meet outside the Community Building.
Aug. 15
Disc Golf for Beginners (1 hour) — Falls Park has an 18-basket disc golf course. People are invited to come learn the basics. Group will hike the course, and people will have the chance to throw the disc and try their luck at getting it in a basket. Meet at the YMCA parking lot.
Aug. 22
Nature Journaling and Hike (1 hour) — Spend time creating a nature journal. Group will hike on parts of the Red Loop to see what to add in a journal. Geared toward pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, but all ages are welcome. Meet in the Community Building.
Aug. 29
*Nutty about Squirrels! (30 minutes) — Indiana is native to four species of squirrels. People can learn about the different species and some tips to enjoying them and keeping them out of bird feeders. Meet in the Community Building.
Psi Phi Purse Auction set for May 23
MARKLEVILLE — Psi Phi Chapter of Kappa Delta Phi Sorority in Markleville will play host to its annual purse auction at 6 p.m. May 23 at North Christian Church, 32 State St., Markleville.
A portion of proceeds help support military veterans organizations.
Psi Phi’s auctioneer, Tim Looper, will auction new and gently used purses filled with a variety of surprises.
Purses can be previewed at 6 p.m. (no touching), with the auction starting at 6:30 p.m.
Snacks and beverages will be provided.
Health fair planned for mid-June
PENDLETON — Madison County Health Fair is set for 3-7 p.m. Friday, June 14, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Community Sports and Wellness, 395 S. Heritage Way, Pendleton.
The fair will include screenings, classes and information, including basic health screenings, CPR class, cooking demos/class, and diabetes and weight loss resources.
There will also be a variety of family activities, including open-play gymnastics, children’s bike course, and tennis and pickleball demos.
Visit communityswcom/ health-fair for more details.
Gallery offers art classes
PENDLETON — Gallery 119 in Pendleton offers a variety of art classes for children and adults.
The gallery is located at 119 W. State St.
Children’s class: A children’s art class takes place on the second Saturday each month. Each class needs its own registration.
Register for classes at the gallery, or by phone at 765-778-0986, during regular business hours; or online at
The gallery’s regular hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Spring Art Show continues to June 5
PENDLETON — Pendleton Artists Society’s Spring Art Show is running through June 5.
Cameron Kotterman was the judge, determining first- through third-place winners. Those attending the opening voted on the People’s Choice Award. Cash prizes range from $20 to $70.
The gallery’s regular hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
American Legion plans activities
PENDLETON — American Legion Post 117,
611 W. State St., Pendleton, plans the following events — open to members and non-members:
Regular events:
All-you-can-eat wings — 5-8 p.m. Thursdays for $15 (or $2 each).
Lunch specials (as well as regular menu) — starting at 11 a.m. weekdays
Treasure Hunt drawing — 7:30 p.m. Fridays
Pool on Sunday — noon to 8 p.m., no charge
People interested in playing on a tournament euchre team or pool team should call or stop by the post and talk to Dave or Haley.
The Legion’s general membership meeting is 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday each month. Public is welcome.
The facility is smoke-free. For more details, call 765-778-7661.
Farmers market open on Saturdays
PENDLETON — Pendleton Indiana Farmers Market is open for the season, running from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays in Falls Park through September.
The market takes place between the main park entrance and John Street.
WEEM Radio Camp takes place in June
PENDLETON — Pendleton Heights WEEM Radio Camp is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon June 17-20 at the high school.
The cost is $75 for K-12.
Registration is open, and signup form must be submitted by May 18.
Contact [email protected] for more information.
Public Safety Day set for May 19 in Lapel
LAPEL — Lapel Stony Creek Township Fire Territory Public Safety Day is set for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19. Station 70 is located at 8871 W. CR 200S, Lapel.
Kids Art Camp starts July 8
PENDLETON — Pendleton Artists Society is taking reservations for Kids Art Camp 2024 at Gallery 119.
The theme this year is “Spread Your Wings With Art.”
The July 8-12 camp is for children ages 6-12 and youths 12 years and up.
Art is age-appropriate and taught by various artists during the week.
Children will display their artwork at the Friday Night Art Show from 6-8 p.m. July 12 at Gallery 119.
Children may sign up for morning or afternoon sessions.
9-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday (ages 6-12 years)
12:30-3 p.m. Monday-Friday (ages 6-12 years)
Evening: 5-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday (ages 12 and up)
Cost for the camp is $60 a child/$50 for a second child in the same family.
Visit or call the gallery (765-778-0986) to make camp reservations.
The gallery, 119 W. State St., Pendleton, is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Golf tournament aids scholarship fund
ANDERSON — Purdue Alumni Club of Anderson/Madison County’s 30th annual scholarship fundraiser golf tournament is set for June 12 at Edgewood Golf course.
Each year the club awards up to eight scholarships to Madison County freshmen entering Purdue. The club has awarded $175,000 over the years.
Visit for more details and registration.
This year’s scholarship winners will be recognized at a dinner following the golf. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and may be attended separately.
The club also invites area Purdue alumni (and friends of Purdue) to become active in its events. Recently, it organized a series of basketball game watches at Creatures of Habit in downtown Anderson and is looking forward to football season.
As a pay-it-forward gesture, the club encourages all alumni and friends to give back to the scholarship fund so it can provide even more scholarships to area future Purdue students via its GofundMe link at
Board directors Michael Sheward at 317-402-1458 and Jeff Webster at 765-621-3361 may be contacted if there are any questions or problems registering online for the golf and/or dinner. Visit for more details.
Donors can join Open Hearts, Open Purses
PENDLETON — Open Hearts, Open Purses (OHOP) — South Madison Community Foundation’s women’s giving circle — is open for new members.
It costs $100 to be a member. The first 100 donations fund a $10,000 grant for one community organization.
Additional donations are split between two other organizations.
On June 13, members will hear the three finalists present their case for the $10,000 grant. Members vote to determine the winner.
A junior OHOP program is in place for members 18 and younger for a $25 donation. Junior members vote separately for who receives their combined donations.
Call 765-778-8444 for more details.
Survey gathers input on revitalization plan
PENDLETON — The Town of Pendleton is in the early stages of submitting a planning grant application to Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to develop a new Downtown Revitalization Plan.
Planning grants are funded with Federal Community Development Block Grant dollars from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The program aims to encourage communities to plan for long-term holistic community development.
Visit to provide input.
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