A support group for children hurting from the divorce of their parents begins meeting today and will do so for 13 consecutive Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. at Southeastern Church of Christ, 6500 Southeastern Ave. Designed for 5- to 12-year-olds, the free program will help children to identify their emotions and cope with their feelings through Bible stories, movies, games, crafts, exercise and journalizing. A similar program for adults will run concurrently, with each session including a video and experts discussing issues related to separation and divorce. There will also be accounts from people who have experienced the same struggles. A workbook ($15) accompanies the video series; child care and scholarships are available. Call 352-9296 to register for the free programs.
Fall Festival Runs Sept. 10-13
Beech Grove’s Fall Festival opens Wednesday, Sept. 10, on Main Street and runs through Saturday, Sept. 13. Festivities abound from 6-11 p.m. Sept. 10, 11 and 12, with the parade starting at noon Sept. 13 and the Beech Party getting under way at 4 p.m. at Main and Eighth Avenue. Each day will be highlighted with carnival rides, games and entertainment. Info: www.bgpromoters.org.
Benefit for Garfield Park’s Sunken Gardens and Fountains
Fountain Fest, a fundraiser for Garfield Park’s Sunken Gardens and fountains, will be held from 3-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the park, 2450 Shelby St. The music starts at 3:30 p.m. and features Cathy Morris, followed by Free But Not Cheap at 5 p.m. and the Filter Kings at 6 p.m. Food and beverages will be available. Tickets are $10 per adult, and children ages 12 and under will be admitted free. Tent seating for 10 can be reserved for $200 by calling 954-6361.
Fish Fry and Yard Sale
Faith United Church of Christ, 4040 E. Thompson Road, is hosting its 22nd annual fish fry and yard sale from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The menu will feature fish and tenderloin sandwiches, hot dogs, baked beans, slaw, fries, beverages, fresh fruit and desserts.
Washington High School’s 50-Year Club Will Meet for Lunch
Washington High School’s 50-year Club will host its annual fall luncheon at noon Saturday, Sept. 20, at Primo Banquet Hall & Conference Center, 2615 National Ave. The cost is $16; checks or money orders should be made payable to GWHS 50-year Club and mailed by Sept. 13 to Dotty Wilson, 992 Broadway, South Drive, Plainfield, IN 46168.
Have Weeds Overtaken Your Lawn?
If weeds are engulfing your yard, horticulturist Dick Huber will teach you how to combat them through his “Got Weeds?” class from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at Greenwood Library, 310 S. Meridian St. The free course will feature him discussing the easiest way to kill weeds, whether it’s through proper mowing, fertilizing, pre-emergent versus post-emergent herbicides or selective versus non-selective treatment. Register online at www.greenwoodlibrary.us or by calling 885-5036.
Deadline Nears for Entering Team Spelling Bee for Adults
The deadline to enter the Johnson County Library’s adult spelling bee for teams of three is Friday. The cost is $33, and registration forms are available at branch libraries or at www.pageafterpage.org/spellingbee. Designed to highlight the need for continued efforts in fighting illiteracy, the competition begins at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at Franklin College. Info: Wendy Preilis at 738-4677.
Free Movie in the Moonlight
University Heights Health and Living Community, 1380 E. County Line Road, will present the movie “Night at the Museum” in an outdoor setting at 8 p.m. Friday. Those attending can bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy free popcorn and soft drinks; other refreshments may be purchased. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.
Free Hog Roast for All Veterans and Their Families
Christ Our Shepherd Church of the Brethren, 857 N. State Road 135, Greenwood, will host a free hog roast for all veterans and their families at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14. The guest speaker is John Kindred, a retired Navy jet pilot who logged more than 3,500 mishap-free flight hours and flew 23 combat missions in support of Operations Southern Watch over Iraq. When stationed at the China Lake Naval Air Warfare Center in California, Kindred was the deputy director of military affairs. While serving on the nuclear aircraft carrier USS George Washington, he supervised all aspects of the flight deck and air operations. He was the commanding officer of Tactical Electronic Squadron 134, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
Art Contest Features Grand Prize of $4,000
Art vs. Art Paint Day at the Garfield Park Arts Center, 2450 Shelby St., will run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Participants will be given five brushes, five acrylic colors, one 18-by-20-inch canvas and four hours to create a masterpiece. Finished works will then be displayed at the center and placed online for voting. The top vote getters will compete in a face-off Friday, Sept. 26, to determine the winner of $4,000. The registration fee is $15 in advance, $20 the day of. There is no admission fee for spectators. Info: www.primarycolours.org for more info.