Free Fun – December 3

Libraries to offer reindeer show with Jingle John

HANCOCK COUNTY — Jingle John the Elf brings live reindeer and other animals from the North Pole for performances at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Sugar Creek branch of the Hancock County Public Library, 5087 U.S. 52 West, New Palestine, and at 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Greenfield branch, 900 W. Mckenzie Road.

This free family program offers the opportunity to interact with John’s menagerie during the show, and everyone has time to pet the animals afterward. Free tickets are available at the Sugar Creek branch children’s desk 30 minutes before the show on a first-come, first-served basis.

Attendees to the Greenfield branch show should register each person individually at or by calling 462-5141, ext. 238.

Free tours offered at Riley Home and Museum

GREENFIELD — Riley Home and Museum, 250 W. Main St., will be open for free tours from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. The home also will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 12.

Indy hosts Hoosier author fair, Festival of Trees

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio St., presents its free annual Holiday Author Fair from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

More than 70 Indiana authors will be on hand to sign books, including James Alexander Thom, Dick Cady, Helen Frost, Jim Madison, Nelson Price and Dan Carpenter.

In addition to the author fair, attendees can enjoy the 50 decorated evergreens in the Festival of Trees, as well as free admission to all exhibits in the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center.

The Holiday Author Fair is one of two free admission days this holiday season at the historical society; the other is Statehood Day on Dec. 11.

For more information on the society’s holiday offerings and other programs, call 317-232-1882 or visit

Senior movie series comes to end at Artcraft

FRANKLIN — The historic Artcraft Theatre at 57 N. Main St. in Franklin will host the final film in its senior movie series, Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby in “White Christmas,” at 2 p.m. Dec. 10.

Patrons may pick up a free ticket at the Franklin Swartz Family Mortuary and Memorial Center location at 300 S. Morton St. in Franklin or call 317-738-0202.

The ticket entitles each 55-and-older patron to a free admission to the show. The Historic Artcraft Theatre was built in 1922 as a silent movie theater and vaudeville house. In 2004, it was purchased by Franklin Heritage Inc. and has been showing classic movies and live events on a regular basis since.