Riley home to showcase goblins this fall

GREENFIELD – Learn about James Whitcomb Riley’s poetry about goblins in a new exhibit at his boyhood home.

“Nine Little Goblins” is the theme of the upcoming Riley Festival, and the Riley Old Home Society put together an exhibit about the poem and how Riley’s goblins changed over the years. The traditional fall display of goblins on the exterior of the home also recently went up, showcasing nine goblins with lighted eyes along the second floor balcony.

The James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home and Museum is located at 250 W. Main St., Greenfield. Call 317-462-8539 for more. Tours are available 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Open house, volunteer fair this Saturday

GREENFIELD – The Community Foundation of Hancock County will host an open house and volunteer fair at its new headquarters Sept. 30.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Thrive Center, 971 W. U.S. 40, Greenfield.

Numerous nonprofits will be on site with a variety of opportunities to volunteer. Guests can also tour the new building, learn about Imagination Library and enjoy a popcorn bar.

Local libraries offer programs for children

HANCOCK COUNTY – Several events for children and teens are coming up in the month of October at local libraries.

Preschool children ages 4-5 can take part in a Little Artists group Oct. 3 at the Sugar Creek branch of the Hancock County Public Library in New Palestine. Children in grades 1-5 can make haunted house crafts at the Greenfield HCPL Oct. 11. A pajama party with nighttime stories will be in New Palestine Oct. 11.

Teens are invited to a National Pizza Month celebration Oct. 5 at the Greenfield branch or a pizza party Oct. 3 in New Palestine. There are also teen book clubs and writing clubs available.

Events for all ages include Kasey the Fire Dog in both New Palestine and Greenfield Oct. 12; and pumpkin decorating Oct. 10 in New Palestine or Oct. 16 in Greenfield. Visit for details or to sign up.

At the Vernon Township Public Library in Fortville, Bentley’s Buddies dogs will be available to read to Oct. 21. There is a Play & Learn Storytime for all ages each Wednesday morning, as well as a Homeschool STEAM Club Oct. 27 and Bookworms Middle Grade Book Club Oct. 23. “Literary Painted Pumpkins” is Oct. 3 with character options like Pete the Cat, Scooby Doo or Harry Potter to paint; all materials and the pumpkin will be provided by the VTPL. Visit for more.

Senior resource fair coming up

GREENFIELD – An upcoming event will offer senior residents insight into resources in Hancock County.

The Senior Resource Fair is an event by the Hancock County Older Adult Forum. Scheduled for 9-11 a.m. Oct. 14 at Gateway Hancock Health, the free event will offer door prizes and refreshments. There will be vendor booths and opportunities to learn about mental health, free community offerings, local senior social groups, support groups, fitness, volunteering opportunities and more. Organizations at the event will include Hancock County Senior Services, Hancock County Law Enforcement, Meals on Wheels of Hancock County, CICOA, Smart 911, an Elder Law Attorney, Hancock Health Connection Center, Hancock Wellness Centers, and more.

Gateway Hancock Health is located at 6189 W. John L. Modglin Drive, Greenfield, at the intersection of I-70 and CR 600 West.