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The Versailles Republican

July 30, 2015 • Coming Events

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August 1

Big Oaks NWR Annual Butterfly Count
Volunteers are needed for all-day or half-day butterfly counts at Big Oaks National Wildlife Reserve. Volunteers will meet at the refuge office on Saturday morning, Aug. 1 between 7:48 a.m. and 8 a.m. For more information contact the refuge office at 812-273-0783 or Joe Robb at to register. Visit for details. Big Oaks is located at 1661 W JPG Niblo Rd., Madison.

Market on the Square
Main Street Versailles will sponsor “Market on the Square” located on the Courthouse Square in Versailles Saturday morning Aug. 1 from 8 a.m. until noon. Fresh, wholesome, locally grown and produced foods, plants, flowers, handcrafted and homemade items will be available. For information call Natalie Gilpin at 812-621-0077.

August 2

Just for fun 30 mile tractor ride
There will be a 30 mile tractor ride on Sunday, August 2. The group leaves Lutz Auction Center at 10 a.m. sharp, arriving around noon at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Hubble’s Corner. Both old and modern tractors are welcome. All tractors must be equipped with a slow-moving sign and operable brakes. Tractors may be delivered to Lutz Auction Center before the ride. For more information call Dale Lutz at 513-266-1859 or Pat Schmetzer at 513-290-6190.

August 3

Community blood drive
St. Maurice Parish Center in Napoleon will host a community blood drive on Monday, Aug. 3 from 1 – 6 p.m. Schedule an appointment online at or call Arlene at 812-852-4394. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Big Oaks to host ice cream social
Join the Big Oaks Conservation Society and Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge on Monday, Aug. 3, for an old-fashioned ice cream social. The event will take place at the historic one-room Oakdale Schoolhouse built in 1869 beginning at 5 p.m. Homemade ice cream and desserts will be served beginning at 6 p.m. There will be short walking tours and van tours of the refuge. Follow the brown directional signs to the refuge office off Highway 421. Additional signs will direct visitors to Oakdale Schoolhouse located on Paper Mill Road (Morgan Road on the refuge). For more information visit or visit

August 4

Napoleon senior club meeting
The Napoleon Senior Community Club will meet at the community center on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. There will be a cookout.

August 5

Fraud prevention program for seniors
The Osgood Library will be hosting a program “Fraud Prevention for Seniors” (and those who help seniors). This program will be presented by the Indiana Securities Division of the Secretary of State on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Osgood Library.

August 6

Smorgasbord dinner in Napoleon
St. John’s Lutheran Church of Napoleon will have their monthly smorgasbord dinner on Thursday, Aug. 6. Serving starts at 4:30 p.m. Carry-outs are available and there is a per-person charge. Everyone is welcome.

August 8

Huge rummage and bake sale
Solid Rock Bible Fellowship Church will have a huge rummage and bake sale on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the new fellowship hall. Bag items from 1 – 2 p.m. The church is located at the corner of Harrison and Monroe streets in Napoleon. For more information call 812-852-2172.

August 8 – 9

National Family Shoot – NMLRA
The NMLRA will host a National Family Shoot at the range in Friendship on Saturday and Sunday Aug. 8 – 9. There will be competition for men, women, junior and sub-junior rifle, pistol, trap, skeet, bench, knife and hawk, and daily merchandise prizes. Everyone is welcome including families, individuals, jackets, new shooters and old hands. There is an admission charge. For more information call the NMLRA at 812-667-5131 or Bob Weaver at 574-876-1065 or email or visit

August 9

UMC women’s ice cream social

The Cross Plains and Benham United Methodist women are hosting the annual ice cream social on Sunday, Aug. 9 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Benham United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall located at 648 E. County Rd. 650S (corner of 650S and Benham Road). Freewill offering.

August 11

Ripley County Democrats meeting

The Ripley County Democrats will meet Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Dramann’s Camp. Turn east on Eckert Street in Osgood; watch for signs. The pitch-in dinner starts at 6 p.m. with the meeting following at 7 p.m.

Ongoing Events

Ripley Co. Historical Society Museum
The Ripley County Historical Society Museum is open until August 31 on Sunday afternoons from 2 – 4 p.m. The museum will be open on Pumpkin Show day.

Historical Society archive building
Beginning in August, the Ripley County Historical Society Archive Building located on the courthouse square will be open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 1 – 4 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and closed Wednesday. For more information call 812-689-5767.

Ripley County fall soccer sign-ups
Ripley County fall soccer sign-ups are going on now! Any child from JCD, Milan, South Ripley and home-schoolers in the county ages 4 to 13 can play. This is a non-traveling league with games to be played at Versailles Sport Complex. Parent coaches and volunteers are needed. Forms are available online at or at local libraries. Return the form to RCSC c/o Sports Complex, P.O. Box 436, Versailles, IN 47042. Call 812-621-3903 for more information.

Fibromyalgia/Lyme Disease support group
Sharing ideas in managing your life around chronic Lyme Disease. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Meadow Park Apartments Recreation Room in Napoleon. For more information, call Connie Kelley at 812-209-8838.

Back Door Friends of Faith distribution
A monthly non-food distribution for those in need will be held on the third Saturday at Tyson United Methodist Annex located at 107 N. Adams Street in Versailles. The distribution will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Back Door Friends of Faith serves anyone in the South Ripley and Jac-Cen-Del school districts. Please bring a picture I.D. for identification.

Ripley County Amateur Radio Club
The Ripley County Amateur Radio Club meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the American Red Cross office located at 629 South Buckeye Street in Osgood. For more information, call Delbert Felix at 812-756-2470.

Ripley County Food Pantry
The Ripley County Food Pantry located at the Ripley Co. Fairground, Bldg. 16C, in Osgood, will be open on the third Monday of each month from 9-12 a.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. The mobile pantry will be open on the first Friday of each month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., also at the fairgrounds in Osgood. For more information and how you can help, call 812-689-4427 or 812-756-2560.

Dinner club for widows
A dinner club for widows of any age will be held on the third Thursday of the month at 5 p.m. at the Crossroads Restaurant in Versailles. Everyone is welcome. For information call 812-689-6698.

Knights of Columbus Council 8487 mtgs.
The Knights of Columbus Council 8487 meetings are held at St. John’s Church, Osgood, on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. (except holidays). Call 812-689-6699 for info.

Narcotics Anonymous meetings
Narcotics Anonymous meetings will be held in Milan on Fridays at 7 p.m. Located at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 7124 N. SR 101 in Milan.

Book Club at Osgood Public Library
The Book Club meets on the first Thursday of every month at the Osgood Public Library at 6 p.m. Please call the library at 812-689-4011 for information on the book to be discussed at the next meeting and to reserve a copy.

La Leche League (breast-feeding support)
Looking for support or information from other nursing moms? La Leche League of Sunman meets the first Wednesday of each month from 5-6 p.m. at the office of Dr. Suzanne Martini in Sunman. Call 812-654-2593 for more information.

Close Connections support program

The Close Connections bereavement support program, supporting those who have experienced the loss of a loved one will be held on the second Monday of each month. Please call Kari Ann Rennekamp for a location. 812-933-3741.

Alzheimer’s Support Group of SE Indiana
Alzheimer’s Support Group of SE Indiana meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at the Milan Library; and the third Tuesday of every month at the Dearborn County Hospital, Ohio Room, second floor with Support Group Leader Karen Brandt. For information call 1-888-422-2691.

Circle of Love grief recovery meetings
Grief recovery meetings “Circle of Love” will be the held the second Tuesday monthly, 7-8 p.m. at the Hopewell Baptist Church, 2319N CR 850W, Holton. For info call Gail 812-689-6376, Lisa 812-689-4663, or Marlene 812-689-7359.

Reformers Unanimous Addictions Program

Reformers Unanimous Addictions Program meets every Friday 7-9 p.m. at Hope Baptist Church, 15593 US Hwy 50, Dillsboro. For more info or for a free ride call 812-655-3387.

Open Arms grief support meetings
Have you lost a friend or family member? The Open Arms Grief Support Group will be meeting every Tuesday at First Baptist Church, Milan, at 6 p.m. For info call 812-654-3642.

Ripley County Prevent Child Abuse meetings
The Ripley County Prevent Child Abuse Council meetings are the third Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Purdue Extension office in Osgood.

AA & Alanon meetings
Alcoholics Anonymous and Alanon fellowships meet weekly at St. John’s Catholic Church in Osgood on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Call 812-689-6758 or 812-689-4385 for more information.

Milan VFW Post #6234 meetings
The Milan VFW Post #6234 holds monthly meetings the third Thursday of each month of the post, 7 p.m.

Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry open
Fishes and Loaves Food Pantry is open on Thursday from 10-11:30 a.m. and 4-5:30 p.m. at the Delaware Twp. Building; 812-584-3546.

Bible study—“The Gathering”
There will be a bible study group every Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Colonial Manor Community Room.

Milan Beautification Committee meetings
The Milan Beautification Committee will resume meeting on Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at Ripley Crossing. Meetings will continue every fourth Thursday of the month at Ripley Crossing at 7 p.m.

Indiana federal employees meeting
The National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) Association, Indiana Chapter 0813, has a monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Elks Lodge located at 223 E. 3rd Street in Rushville. For more information call 765-629-2720.

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