Two important meetings for the I-69 Section 6 project on the Southside will be held later this month, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation. The first meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 22 in the Center Grove High School auditorium at 4800 W. Stones Crossing Road and the second meeting is Thursday, Oct. 24 in the Perry Meridian High School auditorium, 401 W. Meridian School Road. Each meeting is from 5;30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The public meeting provides for an update from INDOT officials on I-69 construction in Johnson and Marion counties plus questions from the audience. Work on Section 6 could begin in early 2021 and extend through 2024.
MOVIES IN THE PARK AT GREENWOOD
Movies in the Park features “The Addams Family” Friday, Oct. 11 at the amphitheatre, 100 Surina Way, Greenwood. The free movie begins at 8 p.m. Attendees may bring lawn chairs, blankets, coolers with snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages to further enjoy the classic comedy film based on the popular TV series. Greenwood Parks and Recreation Department is the host.
INDY PUBLIC LIBRARIES CLOSED MONDAY
All Indianapolis Public Library locations will be closed Monday, Oct. 18. The library system will be holding its annual staff in-service day on that date. Patrons can be served online at www.indypl.org.
WINTER COAT DRIVE AND DISTRIBUTION
Southwood Baptist Church in Beech Grove is accepting adult, youth and children’s coats until Wednesday, Oct. 16 for distribution of winter coats Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church is at 501 S. 4th Ave. One coat per person will be distributed. Info: call 317-786-2719.
‘BIG O’ AT CENTRAL LIBRARY
Legendary basketball star Oscar Robertson will be the featured speaker at the second anniversary celebration of the Center for Black Literature and Culture at the Indianapolis Public Library’s Central Library, Saturday, Oct. 19. The celebration is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Central Library is at 40 E. St. Clair St. Robertson starred at Crispus Attucks High School, University of Cincinnati and professionally with Cincinnati and Milwaukee. He plans to discuss the importance of the high school’s state championships in 1955 and 1956 to the school, city and black community. Teammates John Gipson, Bill Hampton and brother Henry Robertson will share the stage. The event is open to the public.
AFTER-SCHOOL BEECH GROVE ART CLUB
An after-school art club, starting Thursday, Oct. 24, will be held at the Hornet Park Community Center, 5245 Hornet Drive. The club is for Beech Grove students, grades 7-12, Thursdays, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., through Dec. 12. Fee for all classes and supplies are $60 or $10 per class, snacks included. Local artist Sam Posthumus leads the program. Transportation will be provided from Beech Grove Middle School. Visit HPCC or email Communitycenter@beechgrove.com to register.
AUTHORS WILL GATHER AT LIBRARY
Greenwood Library, 310 S. Meridian St., will host its annual author fair from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Those attending will be introduced to dozens of writers from a variety of genres. “I’m always amazed at the talented writers we have right here in Indiana,” reference librarian Sheila Harmon said. “I get excited for them and for our public to discover them.” The fair also gives aspiring writers the opportunity to learn about local writing organizations. Info: Valerie Holbrick at 317-885-5036 ext. 1235.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 3932 MiCasa Ave., will sponsor a free harvest festival from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Guests, who are encouraged to wear costumes, can enjoy carnival games and a picnic while making crafts and trick-or-treating.
MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS MEET
MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers, meets from 9:30-11:30 a.m. the second Monday each month at Southview Wesleyan Church, 4700 Shelbyville Road, Info: Dawn at 317-410-6434.
VFW WILL HOST OKTOBERFEST
Greenwood Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5864, 333 S. Washington St., will hold an Oktoberfest from 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday. The event features pork schnitzel or bratwurst dinners, served with several side dishes and dessert, and the band Polkamotion. The cost for the meal only is $10, $20 for dinner and the music. Info: 317-888-2488.
BOOTH SPACE FOR CRAFT FAIR
Southview Wesleyan Church, 4700 Shelbyville Road, has rental booth space available for its craft fair, which will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Info: Dawn at 317-410-6434.
FOSTER AN ANIMAL BEFORE ADOPTING
Indianapolis Animal Care Services, 2600 S. Harding St., has launched “Cuddle Before You Commit, a program that allows the public to foster a dog or cat for two weeks before an adoption is finalized. “Sometimes it’s hard to know how an animal will respond in a new home after spending weeks in the stressful environment of the shelter,” said Deputy Director Katie Trennepohl, who added that the facility always needs donations and volunteers.
Info: 317-327-1397 or indyacsindy.gov.
BOOTH SPACE AT ST. MARK FOR CRAFT FAIR
St. Mark Catholic School, 535 E. Edgewood Ave., has rental booth space available for its holiday craft fair, which will be held from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. Info: 317-786-4013.
ACTIVITIES AT GARFIELD PARK
Garfield Park’s Conservatory and Arts Center, 2450 Shelby St., are teeming with activities. Programs at the conservatory include tours the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, activities for preschoolers, early morning photography for adults and a haunted house. Info: https://www.garfieldgardensconservatory.org/ or 317-327-7183. Events at the center include arts and crafts, yoga and the movie “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man.” Info: https://www.gpacarts.org or 317-327-7125.