Strawberry Festival to benefit local charities

GREENFIELD — The sweet taste of summer will be celebrated in the 40th annual Greenfield Strawberry Festival June 14.

Featuring live entertainment, fresh and frozen berries top ice cream and homemade shortcake at the corner of Pennsylvania and Main streets in Greenfield. The event, hosted by Bradley United Methodist Church, is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is $8 at the door; proceeds benefit eight local nonprofit organizations located in or near the downtown district.

Kindergarten 101 offered in July

GREENFIELD — A free, week-long experience helping youngsters prepare for kindergarten is returning this summer.

Kindergarten 101 is July 22-26 at JB Stephens Elementary School, 1331 N. Blue Road, Greenfield. Students enrolling in the 2024-25 school year will be able to participate in common kindergarten activities, such as lunch, recess, small group activities, daily read-alouds and more. The goal is to instill a love of learning and excitement to prepare for a successful school year.

The program is hosted by Purdue Extension Hancock County; contact Mandy Gray with questions at [email protected] or 317-462-1113. Space is limited; registration deadline is May 27. Register at

Cheer foundation to host memorial birthday party

GREENFIELD – Lindsay’s Birthday Bash is coming up May 23, hosted by Lindsay’s Cheer Foundation.

The event is from 5-8 p.m. at the Hancock County Fairgrounds, 620 Apple St., Greenfield. The event is in memory of Eastern Hancock student Lindsay Locker, who died in November in a car accident. The foundation raises funds to support youth of all ages to experience cheerleading, one of Lindsay’s passions.

The free community event is designed to bring people together to celebrate Lindsay Locker; there will be bounce houses, face painting, a DJ, walking tacos, snow cones and a balloon release. To register to help the group plan for food, visit