June 16th thru 30th
A brief Dedication / Opening ceremony of the Orleans Bicentennial Sulphur Well Park on West Vincennes St. on Thursday, June 30th at 10 a.m. We will have some special guests, recognition of community partners and lite refreshments Everyone is welcome to join us for the celebration! As Bicentennial Sulphur Well Park is one of the town’s Official Bicentennial Legacy Projects as endorsed by the Indiana State Bicentennial Commission.
July 1st thru 15th
The public is invited to the 31st Annual Catfish Festival Ham and Bean Dinner at the Shoals Senior Center on Friday, July 1. Bean Dinners will be served from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm at the Senior Center located next to the county museum. There will also be craft items and baked goods for sale as well as a quilt giveaway
Patoka Lake Dam & Tower Tour offered on Saturday, July 2 Enjoy a special presentation by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Saturday, July 2nd at 10a.m. Meet at 9:30 a.m. E.D.T. at the Patoka Lake Nature Center to car caravan to the Patoka Lake Dam or meet us at the Dam off Highway 545. Discover the detailed operations of reservoir management for flood control as the guide takes you inside the actual Dam Tower structure! How is the lake level and spring flooding controlled? Who built the Patoka Reservoir & Dam in the 1970s? Bring family and friends, and join in this fun informative program.
Ivy Tech summer camps underway
BLOOMINGTON – Summer camps offered through Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington’s Center for Lifelong Learning are underway. A variety of summer camps are available for children and young adults ages 4-18. Camps will run until the end of July. There are camps for theater, painting, ceramics, design, drawing, engineering, science, robotics, entrepreneurship, and other areas. Summer camps take place at several locations in Bloomington and surrounding counties. A selection of camps take place in Bedford, as well as in Orange County at Burton Kimble Farms and at the Orange County Learning Center at Springs Valley. For questions, call 812-330-4400.
10th Annual Thunder Over Patoka Saturday, July 2nd Enjoy a fireworks display at the Patoka Lake Beach on Saturday, July 2nd. The fireworks will start at dark. Bring along your family and friends, lawn chairs, blankets, refreshments, and bug spray. Already camping at Patoka this weekend? Then there is no need to drive down to the beach. Just go to section C of the Modern Campground for your own viewing area of the fireworks display. Arrive early to get the best seats! WITZ-FM 104.7 radio will be providing music to watch fireworks. Come out and enjoy this spectacular show over the waters of Patoka! The entrance fee of $7 per vehicle for Indiana residents ($9 out of state) is required for the Newton Stewart State Recreation Area, Patoka Reservoir, located north of Wickliffe Indiana, Highway 164.For more information regarding this program or other interpretive events, call the Nature Center at 812.685.2447
The public is invited to hear Steve Jeffris performing on the Main Street Stage at the Shoals Catfish Festival on Sunday, July 3rd at 4:00 p.m. He is a guitarist, vocalist, and entertainer with a show of gospel, country, old standards, 50s and 60s Rock 'n roll, crowd participation, and clean comedy. Lots of music and fun! Sponsored by the Shoals United Methodist Church.
The Orleans Chamber of Commerce is once again encouraging everyone to decorate and dress up our Hometown of Orleans in red, white and blue in preparation for the upcoming 4th of July holiday. The Chamber is partnering with the town and Orleans American Legion in this special community effort. Community leaders are hoping that residents, merchants and business owners alike will join them by displaying patriotic type décor i.e. banners, bunting, and flags throughout the town especially those located Maple Street (S.R. 37).
Dementia is a brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia among older people. It involves the parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language. Jasper Memorial’s Caring Hands Senior Services sponsors an Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Caregiver Support Group on the first Wednesday of each month. The next meeting is on Wednesday, July 6 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Board Conference Room A, which is located on the lower level of Memorial Hospital near the Tower Café at 800 West 9th Street in Jasper. This support group allows caregivers to come together to share knowledge and experiences in caring for loved ones who are affected by these illnesses. For more information about contact Mike Obrien, at 812-996-6008
Free Concert in the Park Saturday Night With Tobin & Friends
The 2016 Orleans Summer Concert in the Park series continues. The free concerts continue through mid-August and are sponsored by Orange County REMC in partnership with the Orleans Chamber of Commerce and Town of Orleans.
July 9-Ladies for Liberty (Patriotic & music from the World War II era, Salute to the Troops)
July 23-River Cities Concert Band (traditional concert band playing marches, jazz, Broadway tunes and more)
Aug. 13-Darla McFadden (Gospel Night sponsored in part by the Orleans United Methodist Church Bicentennial Committee)
All concerts are held in the southwest corner of historic Congress Square (near basketball court) and begin at 7 p.m. For more information please contact the Chamber office 812 865 9930; firstname.lastname@example.org . In the event of rain or stormy weather concerts may be slightly delayed or moved indoors to nearby Unity Hall, directly behind the Orleans Christian Church.
Attendees should bring lawn chairs, blankets etc. as seating in the park is limited
Class of 1976 Springs Valley 40th class reunion, Saturday, July 9th at Legends in French Lick at 1pm. Call Nancy for more information at 936-2843
25th Annual Astronomy *STAR PARTY* at Patoka Lake Saturday, July 9th
The 25th Annual Star Party is scheduled for Saturday, July 9th from 11a.m. -4p.m. at the Patoka Lake Nature Center then from 6p.m.- 11p.m. (or later) at the Patoka Lake Beach. Enjoy a special presentation by members of the Louisville & Evansville Astronomical Societies and the Stonebelt Stargazers of Bedford, IN as they share their knowledge of the solar system. Special program times are as follows:
12p.m. The 2017 Total Eclipse
12:45p.m. What’s Up Tonight
1-3p.m. Constellation Crafts
1:30p.m. Wobbles and Winks – How to find planets around other Stars
2:15p.m. What’s Up Tonight
3p.m. Wobbles and Winks – How to find planets around other Stars
Telescopes will be set up for observations at the Nature Center and Beach. There will be free giveaways while supplies last! July 30th will be our rainout date in the event of cancellation.
The entrance fee of $7 per vehicle for Indiana residents ($9 out of state) is required for the Newton Stewart State Recreation Area, Patoka Reservoir, located north of Wickliffe Indiana, Highway 164.For more information regarding this program or other interpretive events, call the Nature Center at 812.685.2447.
Patoka Lake is currently looking for seasonal intermittent employees: Gatehouse attendants, housekeeping and office clerks. Must be willing to work weekeneds, evenings, nights and holidays. Interested Applicants can stop by the Patoka Lake office.
At the New Hope Christian Church in Paoli, On Sunday, July 10th, a Special race themed worship service and message from Motor Racing Outreach Association Chaplain and NHCC Minister, Rob Lee followed by a car show featuring race cars and drivers from all around Kentuckiana. Autographs, games, food, giveaways and more. Join us for worship at 10:30 AM! Drivers, show off your cars. Contact Rob at call 723-9115 for more info.
July 16th thru 31st
Centennial Celebration and Birthday Bash at Patoka Lake on Saturday, July 16th There is much to celebrate this month and it will all happen on Saturday, July 16th at the Patoka Lake Nature Center. In celebration of the State Bicentennial, Indiana State Parks Centennial and Patoka Lake’s 36th Birthday, come to the Patoka Lake Nature Center for fun, family games, history talks, Smokey bear and even cake! Special programs are listed as follows:
11a.m.- 2:30p.m. Kids’ Krafts – Make a few crafts that celebrate the history of Patoka Lake. All crafts are free to make and supplies will be provided just bring your creativity!
11a.m. Pioneer Toys and Games – Try out toys from days gone by. Play a game of lawn darts, spin the whimmey diddle, see if you can figure out the ox yolk puzzle and more!
11:30a.m. Water Relay Races- Join teams and win prizes with a few games to beat the summer heat!
Noon – 3p.m. Birds of Prey: Bald Eagle and Eastern Screech Owl in backyard shelters.
12:30p.m. Smokey Bear and Cake- Celebrate our birthday and the birthday of our State Parks system. Enjoy a slice of cake on us, meet Smokey Bear and have your picture taken with him!
1p.m. Land Beneath The Lake – Three towns are under water at Patoka Lake. View old photographs and hear stories from days gone by out of Fred Dillard’s Memoirs. Enjoy short stories from local resident, John Ash’s book, Patoka Tales. See old relics left behind by the folks that once called this area home.
2p.m. Talons, Beaks, and Instincts - What unique tools do birds of prey use to survive in the wild? How do they hunt for prey? Find out this and more in the backyard at the Nature Center with two LIVE birds of prey! The entrance fee of $7 per vehicle for Indiana residents ($9 out of state) is required for the Newton Stewart State Recreation Area, Patoka Lake, located north of Wickliffe Indiana, Highway 164. For more information regarding this program other interpretive events please call the Nature Center at 812.685.2447
Jasper, IN – Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center is offering a free program to those whose lives have been touched by cancer. “Celebrate Today” provides healing support, spiritual inspiration, and enjoyment for cancer patients, their families and caregivers. Anyone who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer or has been affected by it in the past is invited to attend. “Celebrate Today” is held quarterly and includes an evening meal followed by fun and fellowship. The next “Celebrate Today” program will be held on Monday, July 25th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at KlubHaus61 located at 2031 Newton Street in Jasper. Pre-registration is required by Monday, July 18th. To pre-register for “Celebrate Today,” call Cheryle at the Lange-Fuhs Cancer Center at 812-996-7488.
The Paoli Chamber of Commerce announces their: 2016 Paoli Fall Festival Talent show, Friday, September 9th on the Paoli square. The event runs from 7:30 to 9:30pm with judging afterwards. Auditions will be held at the Paoli Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, July 30th from 2-5pm. No entry fee. First place receives $200, Second place $100 and 3d receives $50. For more information email@example.com