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     •• MAY 7 •• 
Arts & Crafts Fair - The Riley Wranglers Square Dance Club will be sponsoring its 32nd Annual Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday, May 7. 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. There will be over 100 booths, live local entertainment, food, free parking and free admission. For more info, call 765-763-6289 or 317-459-1319.

     •• MAY 9 •• 
Knightstown Neighborhood Crime Watch will meet Monday, May 9, at 6 p.m. at the Hoosier Gym. The public is invited.

     •• MAY 11 •• 
‘Painting and Pie’ Event - Knightstown First Wesleyan Church, 471 N. Franklin St., will host a “Painting and Pie” canvas painting class on Wednesday, May 11, at 6 p.m. The class will be taught by Kathie Rummel. Cost is $20 and all supplies furnished, including an 11”x14” canvas. Participants can expect to be finished in two hours. No art skills are needed to participate. Pie and coffee wil be furnished. Anyone wishing to attend may call Amy Bell at 765-686-7063 or Rummel at 765-345-9660.

     •• MAY 21 •• 
Greensboro United Methodist Church will host a blood drive on Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Those who plan to donate blood should bring a valid photo ID. For more information, call Roxie Dalton at 765-686-5207.

     •• MAY 21 •• 
The Gleaner’s Food Bank food truck will visit Blue River Community Harvest on several dates in 2016. The truck will adhere to an each-third-Saturday schedule with the remaining dates of May 21, July 16 and Sept. 17.

     •• JUNE 1 - JUNE 5 •• 
National Road Yard Sales Set - This year's National Road Yard Sale event will take place from June 1-5 on U.S. 40 from Baltimore, Md., to St. Louis, Mo. There will be approximately 824 miles to look for bargains, antiques, fresh produce, furniture, and much more.
Organizers said the yard sale provides travelers with the opportunity to explore the many attractions on the "Road that Built The Nation," such as the James Whitcomb Riley Museum in Greenfield, the Huddleston Farmhouse Inn Museum in Cambridge City and the Zane Grey National Road Museum in Norwich, Ohio.
New this year for Indiana's Bicentennial Legacy Project will be a "Cookies by the Decade on the Historic National Road."
Individuals along the Historic National Road in Wayne County are encouraged to submit cookie recipes by decade from 1816-2016. There will be a cookie judging contest on Wednesday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Eastern Indiana Baptist Association, 7 S. Center St., in Dublin. Complementary coffee, bottled water and restrooms will also be available. The public can partake in each variety of cookies for a suggested $10 donation. Proceeds from the event will assist HELP The Animals, Wernie Children’s Home and Ambassador Health Care. Cookbooks containing the recipes will be available.

     •• 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

     •• 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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