Back to Bethlehem at Bethesda Baptist Church

b2bBethesda Baptist Church in Brownsburg is gearing up for an event called Back to Bethlehem on December 2nd and 3rd, 2016. The event will seek to recreate the experience that Joseph and Mary had when they entered Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago.

Event attendees will “travel back in time” to mingle with other people who are visiting Bethlehem. The program will recreate small town life in a first century Middle Eastern culture. Participants will be able to interact with a variety of characters in period attire, including:

  • shepherds
  • wisemen
  • craftsmen
  • merchants
  • Roman soldiers
  • travelers
  • inn keepers

After parking, attendees will receive a bag of coins that they can use in Bethlehem. One of the first things they’ll see as the enter the event is Oscar, a real live camel. They’ll then interact with shepherds and merchants while experiencing the marketplace feel of first century Bethlehem. They’ll see Rabbi Daniel at the synagogue and meet with innkeepers and other individuals in the town.

The event will conclude with a short presentation in a stable. Joseph and Mary will share the story of Jesus’ birth in addition to fulfilled prophecies of the cross and resurrection. The stable will also feature animals and a baby to recreate the scene of that night in Bethlehem. This experience is intended to make the night of Jesus’ birth tangible to everyone who attends.

Back to Bethlehem will take place at Bethesda Baptist Church. which is located at 7950 N County Rd. 650 E in Brownsburg. The event will take place on December 2nd and 3rd from 6-9 p.m. each night. You can learn more about the event here.

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Flu Shots Available in Hendricks County

fun-medical-mgdIf you’ve ever gotten sick with the flu, you know how debilitating it can be. Elderly people, young children, women who are pregnant, and those who have certain health conditions are more likely to experience serious complications.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that individuals get an annual flu vaccine to protect themselves and those they come into contact with from the flu. There are a variety of flu shots available; some protect against three viruses and some are designed to protect against four viruses. The CDC recommends that only injectable vaccines be used this flu season. The Center also suggests that everyone aged 6 months and older get a flu vaccine by the end of October if possible. If you have any questions about the flu vaccine, discuss them with your health care provider.

There are several places to get a flu shot in Hendricks County. Here are just a few possibilities:

  • Hendricks County Health Department, Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Call (317) 745-9222 to ask about availability.
  • Wal-Mart is providing a flu shot clinic at Brownsburg Public Library on October 19th
  • Local pharmacy locations
  • IU Health Urgent Care
  • Your doctor’s office

Many larger companies offer flu clinics, since keeping employees healthy is a key to productivity in the workplace. Check with your company to learn if any options are offered through your workplace.

Stay healthy this flu season by practicing extra care with hygiene. Cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze and wash your hands after coughing/sneezing. Wash your hands prior to eating, after touching high traffic items such as door knobs, and after using the bathroom. If you experience flu-like symptoms (muscle aches, fever, headache, etc.), stay home to prevent the spread of illness.



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Hendricks County Voter Information

file0001083121666The 2016 presidential election will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. You can see a list of federal, state, and local offices to be elected this year here. This election will allow voters to cast their vote for the next President of the United States, state representatives, school board members, and more. You can see a sample ballot for Hendricks County here and view information about local candidates here.

Not sure where to vote? Find Hendricks County polling locations here.

Hendricks County Absentee Voting

Eligible absentee voters may vote in person before a bi-partisan board at the Hendricks County Voter Registration office (located in the Hendricks County Government Center) beginning 29 days prior to the election. The hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For the three Saturdays prior to the election, votes can be cast between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. In person voting ends at noon the day before the election.

Eligible absentee voters may also vote by mail. The Hendricks County Voter Registration office must receive a signed absentee ballot application from the voter 5 days prior to the election. All ballots must be mailed; if you can vote in person, it is recommended that you try to do so. There is also a bi-partisan absentee board that can travel to voters who are unable to access voting due to special circumstances such as illness, injury, or physical disability. Contact the voter registration office at (317) 745-9249 if you need to make special arrangements. See absentee voting eligibility requirements here.

Hendricks County Absentee Voting Locations

Avon Public Library, 498 N Avon Ave, Avon, Indiana

October 19, 20, 26, & 27, November 2 & 3, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

October 21, 22, 28, & 29, November 4&5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Brownsburg Public Library, 450 S. Jefferson St, Brownsburg, Indiana

October 19, 20, 26, & 27, November 2 & 3, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

October 21, 22, 28, & 29, November 4&5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Plainfield Public Library, 1120 Stafford Rd, Plainfield, Indiana

October 19, 20, 26, November 2 & 3, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

October 27 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

October 21, 22, 28, & 29, November 4&5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


If you have any questions about voting in Hendricks County, contact the Hendricks County Voter Registration office. The office is located at 355 S. Washington Street in Danville and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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Apples, Scarecrows, and Short Films, Oh My!

83d57be91e670bc38d564c12e56338d2Fall is a busy and fun time in Hendricks County. From the changing leaves to the crisp morning air, it’s a delightful season to spend time outdoors with family and friends.

There are a number of fantastic fall activities taking place in early October throughout Hendricks County. This week, let’s take a look at what’s happening in Danville!

Beasley’s Heartland Apple Festival

Beasley’s Orchard is hosting the 29th annual Heartland Apple Festival on the first two weekends in October from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Enjoy great food, live music, a puppet show, pumpkin patch hayrides, hay mountain, and a variety of arts and crafts. There will also be a Barnyard Bonanza kid’s activity zone  in addition to an 8 acre corn maze. This year’s corn maze theme commemorates the 50th anniversary of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

Celebrate the apple harvest by enjoying a hand-dipped caramel apple, homemade apple butter, fresh pressed apple cider, or even apple dumplings. Get details and entertainment lineup information here.

Danville Scarecrow Display

Local businesses, organizations, and individuals work to create their most innovative scarecrow and enter it in the Danville Scarecrow Display. The scarecrows are displayed around the Hendricks County Courthouse Square throughout the entire month of October, beginning on October 1st.

Indiana Short Film Festival

The Royal Theater is hosting the Indiana Short Film Festival from October 7th-9th. Filmmakers from all over the globe submit short films to this event. Films are shown in eight screenings over the three day festival. General admission tickets are available for $7 per screening or you can purchase a pass for $35 to view every screening and attend a VIP Filmmaker Meet and Greet. You can purchase tickets and view screening information here.

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Hendricks County Bicentennial Torch Relay

indiana bicentennialHoosiers across the state are gearing up to celebrate the Indiana Bicentennial on December 11th, 2016. Communities are coming together to create projects and legacies celebrating their Hoosier heritage. You can discover a few of the many activities taking place in Hendricks County here.

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch began a 2,300 mile journey across the state’s 92 counties on September 9th. The torch relay began in Indiana’s original state capital, Corydon, and the journey will end with a celebration on the statehouse grounds in Indianapolis on October 15th. Hendricks County will be the 40th stop for the torch.

You can see the Bicentennial Torch in Hendricks County on September 23rd, 2016. The route will begin at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg. Torchbearers will then move through Avon, Danville, and Plainfield. 24 torchbearers were selected to represent Hendricks County. These individuals have positively impacted both the county and the state.

The schedule for September 23rd is as follows:

9:00 a.m. Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg (celebration site)

9:45 a.m. Avon Town Hall Park

10:15 a.m. Hendricks County Courthouse in Danville (celebration site)

11:45 a.m. Trail between Friendship Gardens and Hummel Park in Plainfield

1 p.m. Torch is passed to Morgan County

The celebration at Lucas Oil Raceway includes a special performance of the national anthem by Brownsburg native Jeffery James. Morgan Lucas will drive the torch down the drag strip in the Morgan Lucas Racing Top Fuel dragster.

In Avon, each fourth-grader in the school district will be present to cheer for the torch. There will also be a balloon release and a historical reenactor.

The Hendricks County Historical Museum’s Bicentennial Experience will be open to the public in Danville. When the torch takes the stage, there will be music and a proclamation in addition to 200 balloon being released.

Don’t miss your opportunity to see a piece of history as the torch travels through Hendricks County!

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Fall Fun in Hendricks County

img_0118Hendricks County truly shines in autumn. Just a short drive from Indianapolis, Terre Haute, and other nearby cities, this family friendly destination offers everything from pumpkin patches to corn mazes for kids of all ages. If you’re lucky enough to live in Hendricks County, you’ll find no shortage of fun and activities to explore this season.

Hogan Farms, Brownsburg

Recently featured in 30 Perfect Pumpkin Patches in Indiana You Need to Know About, Hogan Farms offers an abundance of fall fun! You can pick your own pumpkins or purchase pre-picked pumpkins. Stop in on a weekend to take a hay ride ($5) and check out the brand new petting zoo featuring ewes, bunnies, ponies, and more on Saturdays and Sundays in October. This year’s corn maze is themed around the upcoming presidential election and is open Tuesdays-Sundays; admission is $8 per person. Hogan Farms is open Tuesday-Sunday from September 24th to October 30th.

Beasley’s Orchard, Danville

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” by meandering your way through the Peanuts themed corn maze at Beasley’s Orchard this fall. The corn maze is open on weekends from September 10th to October 30th. Admission is $7 per person. Youngsters will love climbing Hay Mountain and trying new activities at the Barnyard Bonanza, featuring a giant jumping pillow, spider web rope climber, and more. You can take a hay ride to the 15 acre you pick pumpkin patch, taste award winning fresh pressed apple cider, shop at the Barn Market, enjoy a hand-dipped caramel apple, and much more.  For even more fall fun, check out the Heartland Apple Festival on October 1st, 2nd, 8th, or 9th for live entertainment, good food, and more.

Fall Harvest Days, Avon

Held from 6-10 p.m. on October 10th, 17th, and 24th, Fall Harvest Days at Nehemiah Ranch is a family event featuring hot dogs, s’mores, popcorn, hayrides, and live Christian music. Children under 12 can select free pumpkins from the pumpkin patch.

Turtle Corn Maze, North Salem

McCloud Nature Park’s prairie has become a large corn maze featuring a turtle. Expect a hike of just over half a mile–that is, if you don’t get lost along the way! Free admission, open dawn to dusk September 3rd-October 31st, 2016.

What are your favorite fall activities in Hendricks County?


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Louisiana and Kokomo Disaster Relief

A truck full of donated supplies.

A truck full of donated supplies.

August 2016 brought severe flooding to Louisiana and Mississippi. 13 people died. 40,000 homes were damaged. Millions of dollars were lost due to agricultural damages. Then in late August, a tornado flattened the Starbucks in Kokomo and caused significant damage to the Indiana town. Charity Church is working to provide disaster relief to these locations. Read on to learn how you can help.

Where can I donate?

If you would like to donate items, you may drop them off at one of the following locations:

  • Charity Church, 2700 Tibbs Avenue, Indianapolis
  • The iShop Repair, 8401 E US 36, Avon
  • Shafer’s Collision Repair Center, 10690 E US 36, Avon
  • Indy Ink and Toner, 7900 E US 36, Suite E, Avon
  • Hendricks County Flyer, 8109 Kingston St. Suite 500, Avon

What items should I donate?

  • Bed linens
  • Towels/washcloths
  • Blankets
  • 1/2″ sheet rock
  • Bottled water
  • Canned goods
  • Non-perishable food items
  • Baby food
  • Gatorade
  • Pet food
  • Paper goods (plates, napkins, etc.)
  • Toilet paper
  • Diapers
  • Paper towels
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Hygiene products (deodorant, toothpaste, contact solution, etc.)
  • First aid supplies
  • Brooms
  • Shovels
  • Rakes
  • Drywall screws

unnamedYou can also donate here to help buy supplies. The average cost for a well stocked pallet is $500. Charity Church is connecting with stores to secure bulk discounts for items needed by those affected by the severe weather.

The first truck left for Louisiana on Wednesday, August 31st. Donations are still being accepted as more trucks will follow.

You can volunteer to help with sorting, packing, and loading donated items by contacting Todd Francis at Find more information about Charity’s disaster relief efforts here.

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6th Annual Bow Wow Bash

Image from the Bow Wow Bash event page.

Image from the Bow Wow Bash event page.

Brownsburg’s popular Bow Wow Bash is back for the sixth year on Saturday, September 10th, 2016. This eagerly anticipated event is a day of fun for dogs and their humans.

Held at Williams Park, the Bow Wow Bash is Hendricks County’s largest adoption event. If you’ve been searching for a pet, it could be your lucky day! Bow Wow Bash is also a fundraiser for Misty Eyes Animal Center, Hendricks County’s only no kill shelter. Misty Eyes is raising funds to help build a permanent facility in Brownsburg.

The Bow Wow Bash begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m. Vendors and food booths will be on site all day. Temporary dog parks will be set up. A silent auction will be held until 2 p.m. and the adoption event will go on throughout the entire event. A Pet Blessing Ceremony will be given by D. Gray Lesesne at 11 a.m. You’ll also enjoy live music and a pet agility course.

The popular dog contests will take place between noon and 1:30 p.m. These entertaining dog competitions include categories such as “Best Dressed,” “Best Team Theme Costumes,” “Best Kisser,” “Best Talent,” and “Best of Show.” If your dog knows a cool trick or you have a fun owner/pet costume idea, be sure to enter!

The Paws on Parade pet parade will begin at 2:15 p.m., followed by the Misty Eyes Ball Drop at 3:00 p.m. This popular event is the grand finale of the Bow Wow Bash. 200 tennis balls are dropped from a Brownsburg Fire Truck. A retriever will be released to choose the winning ball. The winner of this contest will receive a prize pack including a one night stay at the Marriott Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel with a breakfast buffet for two, two tickets to the Indianapolis Zoo, two box seats to an Indianapolis Indians Game, two Brickyard Crossing Golf certificates, and a $50 restaurant gift card. You can purchase a chance to win here.

Stop by Williams Park with your four legged friend for a day full of furry fun on September 10th. Suggested donation is $5/person, kids and pets free.

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North Salem Old Fashion Days

file6101254769311On Labor Day weekend each year, the small town of North Salem hosts the North Salem Old Fashion Days. The northwest Hendricks County town celebrates traditions old and new during the 41st annual three day event.

The festival begins on Saturday with a smorgasboard breakfast from 7-10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church on Main Street. The largest parade in Hendricks County, the Old Fashion Days Parade, begins at 11 a.m. Kids entertainment includes bounce house, pony rides, and much more. Other festivities include:

  • Hendricks County Chorus performance
  • Pork chop dinner (10:30-3 p.m. at North Salem Christian Church on N California Street)
  • Kiddie tractor pulls
  • Live music
  • 50/50 raffle drawings
  • Line dancing
  • Horse pull
  • Gospel sing
  • Bed race
  • Truck pull
  • Karaoke contest
  • Car show
  • Craft and food vendors
  • Pie contest
  • Perillo’s pizza eating contest
  • Little Miss & Mr. Pioneer contest

Pet owners can enter their four legged friends in the pet parade on Monday. The 31st annual 5k/10k run/walk begins at 8:00 on Monday morning, taking runners and walkers on a brief tour of the countryside around North Salem with some moderate to difficult hills. Registration is $20 prior to September 1st. The fee goes up to $25 from September 1st to race day. T-shirts are included in the registration but can only be guaranteed if you register by August 22nd. All runners and walkers receive a free breakfast.

The Old Fashion Days Bicycle Tour is a casual ride that raises funds for the B&O Trail. Registration begins at 7 on Monday morning and the ride starts at 8 a.m. 13 and 30 mile routes are available. Ride fee includes hot breakfast or lunch.

North Salem’s Old Fashion Days will be held from September 3rd-5th, 2016. This is a great opportunity to explore a new area of beautiful Hendricks County!

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Brownsburg’s Third Annual Big Go Block Party

Brownsburg_Go_Block_PartyBrownsburg’s third annual Big Go Block Party celebrates racing in central Indiana. This fanfest for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals Big Go event will take place on Tuesday, August 23rd from 5-8 p.m. on the Brownsburg Town Hall Green.

The Big Go Block Party is a highly anticipated family friendly event that allows fans to meet professional drivers, see show cars and hot rods, and celebrate racing in Hendricks County. Fans can get autographs from NHRA pro races between 6-7 p.m.

The Big Go event is held at Lucas Oil Raceway over Labor Day weekend, featuring more than 1,000 competitors in a variety of categories. This an annual event for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

Whether you’re planning to attend the Big Go or you have a child who loves seeing different types of cars, you’re sure to enjoy the Big Go Block Party event. There will be a number of family activities in addition to a cruise-in hot rod show, local food trucks, and live music performed by jam rock band 800 lb. Gorilla. Displays will include Top Fuel dragsters and funny cars as well as Pro Stock cars and motorcycles.

This free event is hosted by the Town of Brownsburg, the National Hot Road Association (NHRA), Lucas Oil Raceway, Don Schumacher Racing, and John Force Racing.

To learn more about the third annual Big Go Block Party, check out the Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.

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