The Interchurch Food Pantry of Johnson County will host its annual chili cook-off from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Mount Auburn United Methodist Church, 3100 W. Stones Crossing Road, Greenwood. Those attending can vote for their favorite chili donated by Ann’s Restaurant, Arni’s Restaurant, Aunt Judy’s Country Kitchen, Lincoln Square Pancake House, Steak ’n Shake, Texas Roadhouse, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Don Pablo’s and Firehouse Subs. Advance tickets are $8 and can be purchased from noon-3 p.m. through Friday and 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the pantry, 2900 N. Graham Road, Suite E., Franklin. Tickets at the door are $10. Children ages 5 and under can eat for free. Donations of canned food are encouraged. The musical entertainment will be provided by pianist Casey J. Hayes.
VFW Post Will Host Dinner and Bake Sale
Greenwood Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5864, 333 S. Washington St., is hosting a chicken dinner and bake sale Friday. The dinner, which costs $8 and includes a baked potato, slaw and roll, will be served at 6 p.m., with the bake sale (auction) starting at 7:30 p.m. The evening will also feature several ceremonies to commemorate the 239th birthday of the U.S. Navy. McGill Duo will provide the musical entertainment from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Info: 888-2488.
Auction at Johnathan Byrd’s Cafeteria
Indianapolis South Women’s After-5 is hosting a silent and live auction from 6-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Jonathan Byrd’s Banquet Room, I-65 and Main Street in Greenwood. The event will also feature a buffet dinner and a motivational speaker. The cost is $12, and reservations should be called to Shirley at 353-6980.
Storyteller Will Offer Haunting Halloween Tales
Bob Willsey will tell the spooky story of “The Telltale Heart” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Garfield Park Arts Center, 2450 Shelby St., where he will also recite other scary stories in addition to singing some haunting songs. Guests will be treated to free apple cider and snacks.
Beginning German Lessons Offered
Former Roncalli teacher Janet Price instructs beginning conversational German lessons at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the German-American Klub, 8602 S. Meridian St. The cost is $5 per lesson. People who want to eat beforehand can do so at the club’s restaurant, which features a dinner special for $10 on Tuesdays.
Award-winning Quilts Will Be Discussed
The Quilters Guild of Indianapolis welcomes the public to its meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St. The program will feature Karen Blocher discussing “What Makes an Award-winning Quilt?”
Meeting for Zombie Walk; Southport Fall Fest
Organizers of Southport’s Zombie Walk and Halloween Parade and party are holding a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the mayor’s office, 6901 Derbyshire Road. Volunteers who would like to play the roles of zombies for the parade, which is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, should attend.
The city’s Fall Festival will be held from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Southport Park, 6901 Derbyshire. The event will feature live entertainment (Random Harvest, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and Emerald Field, 3-4:30 p.m.), a bounce house, vendors, food trucks and much more. Vendor applications are available at www.southportevents.org.
Free Massages for Military, Police, Firefighters, First Responders
As a way of saying thanks to military members, police officers, firefighters and first responders for their service, a group of Healing Touch practitioners are treating them to free therapy sessions to reduce pain, stress, depression and fatigue from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Greenwood Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5864, 333 S. Washington St. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are welcome. Info: Britton Shoellhorn at 888-2488.
It’s Easy to Discard Toxic Waste
The Indianapolis Department of Public Works will conduct a ToxDrop from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Perry Township Government Center, 4925 Shelby St. In addition, the refuse can be dropped off at 1725 S. West St. from 9-11 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Suitable materials include antifreeze, paint, brake fluid, batteries, drain and toilet bowl cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, adhesives, pesticides, pool chemicals, thermometers and used motor oil. Other locations and a list of acceptable waste are available at www.indy.gov/toxdrop.
Beech Grove Masons Serve All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast
The Beech Grove Masonic Lodge, 617 Main St., will serve a buffet pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Saturday.
Volunteers Needed to Drive Veterans to Medical Appointments
American War Mothers is in need of volunteers to drive patients to and from the Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 1481 W. 10th St. The hospital supplies vans, and drivers are given meal tickets. Info: 988-2472 or 988-4055.
Support Group for Veterans Meets
Warrior’s Hope, an organization that assists veterans and active-duty personnel in finding positive methods to deal with the issues that trigger combat-related imagery or trauma, meets from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays at 444 N. Madison Ave., Greenwood.
. Free Legal Services Offered
The Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic provides free assistance to low-income families from 6:30-8 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month at Southeastern Church of Christ, 6500 Southeastern Ave. Info: 352-9296.
Free Legal Advice on Various Topics
The Legal Line, 269-2000, a program that features attorneys answering questions about divorce, child custody, landlord/tenant issues, personal injury, employment law, etc., will be manned by members of the Indianapolis Bar Association from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14. Callers with more complex issues are encouraged to seek representation through the Lawyer Referral Service at 269-2222. In addition, the Bankruptcy Help Line, 269-1910, is open from noon-1 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month.
Youth Chorus Offers Free Lessons
Youths between the ages of 10 and 18 are invited to sing four-part a cappella and join the Central Indiana Youth Chorus in its rehearsals from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at East 10th Street United Methodist Church, 2327 E. 10th St. Info: Janet Foster at 407-4564 or www.ciybc.org.