Community briefs


Beginning farmer program coming up

GREENFIELD – Those interested in starting a farm but in need of some pointers might consider the Beginning Farmer Program, a virtual workshop offered at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 through Purdue Extension.

The workshop will teach on addressing the realities of starting a farm; farming assets; realistic goals; and plans. The program includes eight sessions; cost is $75.

Registration is open now at; email Amy Thompsom for questions at [email protected].

Christmas musical fundraiser this weekend

GREENFIELD – Christmas at the Ricks is this weekend, featuring local talent and guest performances by Josh Kaufman and Cliff Ritchey.

The event, a fundraiser for the Friends of the Theater, is at 7 p.m. Dec. 17 at the H.J. Ricks Centre for the Arts in downtown Greenfield. Proceeds will help purchase new seats for the historic theater.

The group that supports the theater hosted an online talent show contest, where people voted on videos of local groups performing. The finalists – and the three groups selected to perform live at the event – are Alex Gawrys-Strand, Chloe & Kenny and On Air. Audience members will also vote at the event, and the winner will receive a $500 prize.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Purchase advance tickets at

Saxophone quartet concert Monday

GREENFIELD – Get in the holiday spirit with a performance by The Raccoon Lake Saxophone Quartet. The free concert at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 19 will be at the main branch of the Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road, Greenfield.

The quartet consists of professional musicians, and the event will include classic holiday tunes with unique arrangements on soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. Visit to register.