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     •• The Rush County High School Band Boosters will be presenting a Jazz Appreciation Month concert on Thursday, April 30, from 7-8:30 p.m. This concert will take place in the Laughlin Center and is free and open to the public. The concert will feature all of the jazz ensembles in RCS; The BRMS Jazz Combo, the BRMS Jazz Band, RCHS Jazz Band, RCHS Jazz Combo 2, and RCHS Jazz Combo 1. The concert will also feature a finale where all of the jazz groups join together with jazz alumni to play a funk, a blues, and a Duke Ellington piece. For more information contact Jim Burgeson at

     •• The town of Knightstown's water department will be flushing the town's fire hydrants throughout the month of May. Hydrants north of Main Street are scheduled to be flushed between May 1 and May 11. Those on the south side of town will be done May 12-20. Hydrant flushing may result in discolored household water. No boil order will be affected, and water is still regarded as safe for consumption.

     •• The Riley Wranglers Square Dance Club will be sponsoring its 31st Annual Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday May 2. The event will be held at the Hancock County 4-H Fairgrounds, 620 N. Apple St., in Greenfield 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Buildings are all handicap accessible. Over 120 booths, live local entertainment and food are featured. Free parking and admission. For more info, call 765-763-6289 or 317-459-1319.

     •• New Covenant Worship Center, 815 Western Rd., New Castle, will host the inaugural Reflected Light Art Exhibition this spring. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, May 1, 6-9 p.m. The event is free, open to the public and family-friendly. Featuring painting, ceramics, photography, mixed media, sculpture and more, the event also includes free refreshments. For more information, call Brian Russelburg at 317-652-3120 or e-mail

     •• Carthage Community Church, 10 S. Main St., will host The McPherson Family, who perform bluegrass gospel, on Sunday, May 3, at 7 p.m. The public is invited to this free event. A freewill offering will be accepted. Call 565-6002 for more information.

     •• Almighty Blessings Christian Preschool, 111 S. Jefferson St., Knightstown, will host an open house and registration event Thursday, May 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

     •• A memorial marker honoring Hoosier author Ross Lockridge Jr. and his novel "Raintree County" will be placed on the lawn of the Henry County Courthouse, 101 S. Main Street, New Castle, on Saturday, May 23. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m.

     •• Donations are now being accepted for the Beautify Knightstown Community Yard Sale. Clean items in good repair and preferably priced may be dropped off at the Hoosiers Home Court Café (formerly the Knightstown Diner), 12 E. Main St., during business hours or by appointment, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. The sale will be held on the Public Square, May 28-30, during National Road Yard Sale Days. Contact Kevin Richey at 765-445-2328 for more information.

     •• The Disabled American Veterans’ mobile service officer van will be at Knightstown American Legion Post 152 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on July 17. For more information, call Morris Cole at 906-241-3565.

     •• The Shirley Historical Society is compiling a history of Dr. Ralph Wilson, which will be placed in the Shirley museum. Those who have specific memories of Wilson, whether serious, funny or precious, may share them with members of the historical society.

     •• The Shirley Historical Society is raising money to restore a railroad caboose and purchase a motorized rail inspection car. The items will be placed near the Shirley railroad depot. Donations may be sent to Joan Cupp, P.O. Box 407, Shirley, IN 47384.

     •• Our Bits & Pieces page shows many of the local regular meetings and other useful information for area residents.

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