GREENFIELD — The Banister Family bluegrass group bring the sounds of bluegrass, gospel and traditional country to the Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road, at 7 p.m. Jan. 4. Roger Banister formed the bluegrass group “Buck’s Stove & Range Company” at Ball State University 15 years ago and has since toured full time throughout the Midwest, overseas for the United Service Organization (USO) and the Department of Defense. Later, Roger formed a family band with his wife Jan on electric bass and sister Denise Kocur on rhythm guitar. Dave Hedrick accompanies on banjo. This concert is free. Visit to register to attend.

NEW PALESTINE — Teens and ‘tweens ages 9 through 18 can race into the new year with a Mario Kart video game tournament on the Wii gaming system from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Sugar Creek branch of the Hancock County Public Library, 5087 U.S. Highway 52 West. Enjoy fast-paced competition with speed-boosting flips, wheelies and a whole set of tricks, tracks and ways to play. Snacks are included. Sign up for this free event on the calendar at or call 317-861-6618, ext. 313.

INDIANAPOLIS — Gallery 924, 924 N. Pennsylvania St., celebrates the Year of Vonnegut with Tiny IV, an exhibit of small pieces of Vonnegut-related art by more than 100 central Indiana artists. The Year of Vonnegut celebrates the work of Hoosier writer Kurt Vonnegut, author of “Slaughterhouse Five” and “Cat’s Cradle.” The art of Tiny IV is all smaller than 6 x 6 x 6 inches and ranges in price from $15 to $400. The exhibit runs through Jan. 5. For more information and holiday hours, visit

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., has been transformed into a celebration of Chinese art and culture with the Indiana Chinese Lantern Festival, now through Jan. 7. The fairgrounds and event center are lit up with 33 larger-than-life lantern display featuring more than 1,000 LED lights. Visitors can explore ancient Chinese culture and modern China while touring through the handmade and custom build lanterns. The festival also features nightly performances by Chinese acrobats and opportunities to sample Chinese cuisine. Tickets are available now at

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