(SUBMITTED PHOTO) Making God Laugh will be performed on stage at the Buck Creek Players, 11150 Southeastern Ave., March 29-31 and April 5-7. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Pictured front row, from left, Gloria Bray and Tom Riddle, back, Jenni White, Matt Spurlock and Ben Jones. The premiere play is a Sean Grennan production, directed by Cathy Cutshall. Making God Laugh follows a typical American family from the 1980s in over 30 years of holidays. The family features mom and dad and their grown children, a priest, an aspiring actress and a former football star. Admission is $18 for adults; $16 for senior citizens (62 years and older), students and children. More info: www.buckcreekplayers.com.
PAINT THE PLOW
The Indiana Department of Transportation reminds middle and high school teachers that the application deadline for the 2019 Paint the Plow campaign is Friday. Classes from middle and high schools are invited to paint an INDOT snow plow blade with original artwork that represents their school. The blades may be used to promote INDOT and schools. For applications and info: painttheplow.indot.in.gov.
WHITE RIVER LIFE
Three new short films about the White River and the lives it touches are available to stream for free online and Indiana Humanities is offering $150 stipends to nonprofits and schools that want to host community viewing parties to discuss the films. Indiana Humanities selected three area filmmakers to create three short films about White River. Through the films, viewers meet volunteers, artists, activists, farmers, engineers, developers, city officials, hikers and parents. They paddle downstream with Friends of the White River, tunnel under the city with Dig Indy, and soar overhead with the great blue herons. Tax-exempt organizations and teachers can apply for $150 stipends for community viewing parties which can go towards room or A/V rental, facilitator fees, snacks and nonalcoholic drinks, printing, marketing or advertising costs, childcare costs and/or host organization overhead/staff time. More info: www.indianahumanities.org.
CELLTOWER VARIANCE OK
The Metropolitan Board of Zoning Appeals recently approved a variance for a 130-foot tall celltower to be constructed between Southport Middle and Clinton Young Elementary schools. The wireless communications tower will be built east of the middle school sports fields. An automatic continuance delays a variance hearing on a proposed celltower at 4040 E. Thompson Road until the appeals board’s next meeting, April 2 in the City-County Building.
MISSING SOLDIERS WILL BE HONORED
A ceremony to honor Indiana’s 51 military members who went missing in action while serving in the Vietnam War will be held from 11:30 a.m.-noon Friday, March 29, at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Downtown. Hosted by the Daughters of the American Revolution, the event will feature several guest speakers. The program is open to the public, but reservations are necessary for the reception that follows. Info: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUILTERS WILL MEET
The Southside group of the Quilters Guild of Indianapolis will meet at noon Thursday, March 28, at Friedens United Church of Christ, 8300 S. Meridian St., where Pam Durant will discuss her collection of antique and vintage quilts and quilt tops. Durant will also talk about where she buys them and how she upgrades them. The color theory talk is yellow, so everyone is asked to wear something yellow. Info: http://www.quiltguildindy.net.
GNOME SHOW, VARIOUS CLASSES AT GARFIELD PARK
The Garfield Park Conservatory, 2505 Conservatory Drive, will host its annual gnome show Saturday through March 31. Opening day will feature a gnome and fairy house workshop. Upcoming classes include make-and-take-wind chimes March 21, Bonsai 101 March 23 and herbs with children April 6. Admission during shows is $4 per person, $10 per family (two adults maximum). Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Info: 317-317-7183.
FREE VISION SCREENINGS
The Southport Lions Club will provide free vision screenings to children ages 1-6 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, March 19-21, at Southport Library, 2630 E. Stop 11 Road. Appointments are not required. Info: Pauline Ulrey at 317-374-7294 or AJ Johnson at 317-250-3556.
CHURCH SERVES FREE LUNCHES
University Heights United Methodist Church, 4002 Otterbein Ave. and adjacent to the University of Indianapolis, will serve free lunches from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday.
FREE MEALS, CLOTHING AND HYGIENE ITEMS
Free hot meals, clothing and hygiene products will be available from noon-2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary United Methodist Church, 725 S. State St.
FACULTY ARTIST SERIES
University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence Drew Petersen, an acclaimed pianist, will perform with the Indianapolis Quartet as part of the free UIndy Faculty Artist Series at 7:30 p.m. March 22, at the DeHaan Fine Arts Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Petersen, who will perform two solos, and the quartet will perform Schumann’s Quintet for piano and strings, Op. 44.
GREENING OF THE CANAL, ST. PAT’S DAY PARADE, MILLION DOLLAR GIVEAWAY
The Hoosier Lottery’s Greening of the Canal at Ohio Street (just east of West Street) in honor of St. Patrick’s Day will take place at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, with live music starting at 5 p.m. The annual St. Paddy’s Day tent party runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, and the parade starts at 11:30 a.m. at Pennsylvania and North streets. The party will feature live Irish music, raffles, a beer garden, food trucks and a drawing for $1 million.
NEW WHITE RIVER MUSIC SERIES
Indy Convergence will launch its newest initiative, “A Rising Tide,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at 2611 W. Michigan St. with a panel discussion about the White River and summer performances on the waterfront. Indy Convergence has received a $50,000 grant from Reconnecting to Our Waterways and is purchasing an all-terrain and a floating stage. Attendees will have the chance to sign up for a guided nature hike on March 24 to view the performance locations. Info: email email@example.com.