Top Picks – October 22

“Bonsai” is not a species of tree. It is possible to make a Bonsai from almost any species of tree or shrub, but some are more favorable for reasons of maintenance and environment. The most common species for Bonsai are Maple, Elm, Juniper and Ficus. submitted

GREENFIELD — The Riley Boyhood Home and Hancock County Arts will host the Festival of the Jack-o-Lanterns nightly from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 through 31. The pathways and greenery of the Riley Gardens behind the Riley Home at 250 W. Main will be dotted with individually carved pumpkins for a candlelit walking tour. Guests are invited to tour the grounds at their leisure. For those who want to enjoy the flora of autumn in leaves and fall flowers –or who don’t want to be out after dark — Riley Gardens are open during daylight hours as well. Opening night of the event will include refreshments of donut holes and cider. The Ghostbuster ambulance, icon of the 1984 film will be sitting out front for photo opportunities. And goblins — both live and on canvas — can be found in the gardens. For more information about all the events happening at the Riley Home, visit the James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home or Hancock County Arts on Facebook.

GREENFIELD — Tickets are on sale from Oct. 19 through 28 for Greenfield Rotary’s 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25. Tickets can be purchased during normal business hours at the Greenfield Daily Reporter (22 W. New Road); Price Eye Care (946 N. State); Forty Financial (812 E. Main); ATA Title Company (1298 N. State); and Ye Old Head Shoppe (949 N. State). Proceeds from the raffle will go to benefit humanitarian services in Hancock County. Additionally, tickets can be purchased the Ponderosa parking lot (1585 N. State) from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 and 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 24 and from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 25. The drawing will be on live on Facebook at the Rotary Club of Greenfield, Indiana at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 29.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Hilbert Conservatory at White River Gardens, 1200 W. Washington St., features a display of more than two dozen bonsai trees from the Indianapolis Bonsai Club. Bonsai is the ancient study of transforming trees into living artworks. This exhibit features 15 different tree species and several award-winning bonsai plants, including a Brazilian rain tree, Ficus and black olive. For more information about the exhibit, open hours and admission fees, visit The exhibit runs through Nov. 30.