Tuna, Texas, comes to life on stage
GREENFIELD – The day in Tuna, Texas, begins with Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie at the microphones of Radio OKKK. Their talk radio program features a parade of local characters discussing topics such as the winning entry in the American Heritage Essay Contest — entitled “Human Rights, Why Bother?” — to a swarm of locusts moving in on the community from Louisiana. Two local actors, Grant Newton and Brent Hager, portray more than 20 characters as the Ricks-Weil Theatre Co. presents “Greater Tuna,” a comedy directed by Kathy Hoefgen. Performances are March 31, April 1 and April 8 at 7:30 p.m. and April 9 at 2:30 p.m. at the Visitors Center and Theatre Annex, 119 W. North St. Tickets can be reserved for $10 by calling 317-477-8689.
Vaughn Scholarship competition presents young talent
GREENFIELD – Talented high school seniors from throughout the county will compete at 7 p.m. April 7 at the H. J. Ricks Centre for the Arts, 122 W. Main St. for the George and Icy Vaughn Performing Arts Scholarship. One vocalist and one instrumentalist selected through school-level auditions at each of the four county public high schools will perform. First place in each category will receive a $3,500 scholarship, second place $2,500, third place $1,500, and fourth place $1,000. Mary Gibble, HCCF President, will serve as the emcee, and CrazyLake Acting Company will entertain while the judges deliberate. Admission is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Audience members will vote on their favorite performer to determine the Audience Choice Award recipient. For more information visit giveHCgrowHC.org.
Riley Boyhood Home opens for the season
GREENFIELD — The Riley Boyhood Home, 250 W. Main St., opens for the season April 4. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Admission is $4.50 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and $1.50 for ages 6 to 17. In conjunction with the Hancock County Arts Council’s April Will Vawter art competition, the Riley Museum next door to the Riley Boyhood Home has concentrated its collection of Vawter art in a display in the front room of the museum. Admission is free.
Library open house features remodeling
GREENFIELD – The public is invited to the TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Finished) open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road. The event celebrates the completion of the library’s recent redesign and remodeling project. Attendees can participate in guided tours, a scavenger hung, prize drawings, live music and children’s entertainment. Light refreshments will be served.
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Who’s Yer Con offers free gaming convention
INDIANAPOLIS – Who’s Yer Con, a free gaming convention, kicks off at noon on Friday and runs through 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel, 2544 Executive Dr. Who’s Yer Gamers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting hobby gaming in Indiana. For more information, visit whosyergamers.org.
Orchard offers fruit tree pruning tips
GREENFIELD — Tuttle Orchards offers a free fruit tree pruning workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on April 8. Tom Roney, owner and apple grower at Tuttle Orchards, 5717 N. County Road 300W, will demonstrate the best techniques for home fruit tree pruning. Bring your questions about your own home fruit trees to this free event. No registration is necessary. More information can be found indianapolisorchard.com/pruning-workshop.