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     •• ONGOING •• 
The Men's Club of St. Rose of Lima Parish is making available The History of St. Rose of Lima Church. Copies are free for registered members of St. Rose. The church, located at 8144 W. U.S. 40, Knightstown, was founded in 1872. Additional copies are available for $10. Copies are available by contacting Patricia Goodspeed at 765-345-2484 or 317-695-7779. The church phone number is 345-5595.

     •• JULY 7-JULY 14 •• 
The Henry Henley Public Library, 102 N. Main St., Carthage, is hosting "Experience Indiana in its 200th Year," a reading and activity program for children in grades K-6. There will be science activities, crafts, reading and refreshments along with perfect attendance awards. The program takes place Thursdays, June 16 through July 14.

     •• JULY 9 •• 
The Jane Ross Reeves Octagon House will host its annual fish fry on Saturday, July 9, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The event will take place at the Shirley Masonic Lodge, located at First and Varner streets. The Octagon House will be open for tours. Full meals, which include a drink and dessert, are $8. Fish sandwiches are $5. Desserts are $2. Carry-out meals are available all day. Proceeds benefit continued Octagon House restoration efforts.

     •• JULY 11 •• 
New Castle-Henry County Public Library is planning interactive events for adults and teens during the “Get in the Game: Read” summer reading program. Stuart Hamby of Fierce Martial Arts presents the free programs, which take place in Meeting Rooms A and B on the lower level of the library. Teen Self-Defense is open to students in grades 7 through age 18. This introduction to self-defense will include a demonstration of self-defense techniques. The same class will be offered from 5 to 6 p.m. on the following days: June 27, July 11, and July 18. Boot Camp 101 is open to adults ages 18 and over. In this class, participants will learn about fitness boot camps and see a demonstration of class activities. The same class will be available from 6 to 7 p.m. on the same days as the self-defense class: June 27, July 11, and July 18. For more information about these events, contact Krystal at 765-575-4557.

     •• JULY 16 •• 
Greensboro United Methodist Church will host a community blood drive on Saturday, July 16, 9 a.m.-noon. Those who plan to donate should bring photo identification. For more information, call Roxie Dalton at 765-686-5207.

     •• JULY 16 •• 
The Moles Family Singers from Muncie will perform at Knightstown Church of God, 405 North St., on Saturday, July 16, at 6 p.m. The public is invited to this free event.

     •• JULY 30 •• 
EHHS Class of 1966 Reuniting July 30 - Eastern Hancock High School’s Class of 1966 will host its 50-year reunion on Saturday, July 30, at Hawk’s Tail Golf Club, 145 S. Morristown Pike, Greenfield. The event lasts 6-11 p.m., with dinner service at 7 p.m. Cost is $50 per person. Cash bar available in the golf course bar. Payments may be sent to Tom Barton, 104 N. Harrison St., Knightstown. RSVP to

     •• JULY 30 •• 
KHS Class of 1986 Reuion July 30 - The Knightstown High School Class of 1986 will be celebrating its 30-year class reunion on Saturday, July 30, Knightstown American Legion Post 152 at 6 p.m. A choice of steak or chicken will be available. No money will be collected. Attendees will pay the Legion for their own meals and drinks.

     •• AUGUST 6 •• 
KHS Class of 1976 Reuniting Aug. 6 - Knightstown High School's Class of 1976 will host its 40-year reunion on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Knightstown American Legion Post 152. The event will be held 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. There is no registration cost. Attendees may choose individually to order off the menu and at the bar. A DJ and dancing will also be available. For more information, check out the KHS Class of 1976 40th Reunion Facebook page, or contact Kevin Richey at .

     •• ONGOING •• 
Raintree Cycling Club is gearing up for another season of bicycling around the tri-county area. The Saturday morning road ride leaves from Knightstown’s Public Square (west side) at 9 a.m. This is a developmental road ride for aspiring riders with road bikes. Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m., a leisure ride departs from the Henry County YMCA, 300 Wittenbraker Ave., New Castle. The club also has a Thursday morning group ride for road bikes, which departs from the Baker Park pool house in New Castle. For more information about Raintree Cycling Club, find them on Facebook, or call 765-571-2168. Updates about specific rides, weather conditions and more can be found on the club’s Facebook page.

     •• ONGOING •• 
Bicentennial Hoosier Gym T-shirts are now available to order from Beautify Knightstown, Inc. in gray or gold with the official bicentennial logo. Sizes small through XL are $20; 2X through 5X are $22. To order, call 765-445-2328; go to Facebook at Knightstown ... It's a Beauty; or visit 12 E. Main St, Knightstown. Celebrate Hoosiers 30th anniversary and Indiana's 200th birthday. Proceeds go to the Hoosiers movie-themed mural project.

     •• ONGOING •• 
The Shirley Octagon House is open for free tours by chance or appointment. To get a free tour, stop by Shirley Hardware and one will be arranged. To schedule an appointment for a tour, call 812-583-0031 or 765-737-6586.

     •• ONGOING •• 
Knightstown Wesleyan Church now has welcome/move-in packets available. Anyone new to the area interested in receiving local business information and discounts may contact Kathie Rummell at 765-345-9660 or Amy Bell at 765-686-7063.

     •• ONGOING •• 
The Historic Knightstown museum, located on the Public Square at 22 N. Washington St., has new winter hours. The museum’s current hours, in effect through March are 10 a.m.-12 p.m. (sometimes longer) each Friday and Saturday, or by appointment. For more information, or to schedule a museum visit by appointment, call David Steele at 765-345-7585. Family and individual HKI memberships are $20 and $15, respectively. Membership payments may be mailed to HKI at P.O. Box 74, Knightstown, IN 46148.

     •• ONGOING •• 
The Shirley Historical Society (SHS) 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 SHS is also still 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. (See photo of caboose here and watch a video here.)

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