• An exhibition featuring paintings by South Bend native Katherine Kuharic continues at Vincennes University’s Shircliff Gallery of Art, 130 E. Harrison St. An artist talk and reception featuring Kuharic will be Friday from 11 a.m. to noon. Kuharic’s exhibition runs through Sept. 20. Her work is a twisted synthesis of old-fashion American kitsch and contemporary concerns of gender, race, celebrity, and the status quo. Her images present simultaneously nostalgia and cynicism; a reanimation, equipped with disembodied limbs and organs, of what it means to be part of American culture. Her use of traditional patriotic symbols such as the American flag, cowboy hats and cornfields coupled with the carnival of unusual figures of tattooed nudes, giddy children and bizarre conglomerations of viscera distinguishes her works from other artists trying to capture America on canvas, if only by the sheer innovation of what they compound. Overall, Kuharic’s work marches a pack of strange curios across a jingoist stage, marrying effortlessly impressions of conventional and counter-culture.

The Shircliff Gallery of Art is located in Room A103 of the Shircliff Humanities Center. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, contact Professor Arthur Fields at 812-888-4316 or via email at artgallery@vinu.edu.

• The annual Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk will be Sunday at the track at Vincennes University. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the opening ceremony at 1:30 p.m. There are 10 teams, representing three states and several counties, registered so far for this year’s walk with the goal to raise $60,000. Contact Tammy Howell at 812-885-3215 or 812-899-2146 for more details and information about how you can be involved. To make a donation, join a team, create a team or sign up as an individual walker, go online to www.fightcf.cff.org/greatstrides and click on “find a walk/team,” then search Vincennes.

• Destination Dining discount books, to benefit Riley Children's Hospital, are available at the following locations: German American Bank, 101 N. Third St., and 2814 N. Sixth St.; the Knox County Chamber of Commerce, 316 Main St.; or from any Kiwanis Club member. The book includes buy one get one free and other offers from 32 restaurants in Knox, Daviess, Pike and Gibson counties in Indiana and Lawrence County in Illinois. Cost is $20.

• The Good Samaritan Oncology Department is accepting donations for the patient supply closet. Basic living and personal hygiene supplies are needed. Contact Lesley Hofmann at 812-885-3990 to make arrangements to have items picked up.

Good Samaritan’s Community Health Services will be offering free PSA blood screenings to men over 40 years old at the following locations during September: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today, Goodwill, 1540 Willow St.; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Odon Senior Center, Odon; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Carlisle Community Center, Carlisle; 10-11:30 a.m. Sept. 17, Washington Housing Authority, Washington; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Sandborn Community Center, Sandborn; 2-3:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Old French Towne Apartments, 600 Nicholas St.; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT Sept. 20, Richland County Senior Center, Olney, Illinois; 9:30-11 a.m. Sept. 24, Fox Ridge, 150 Fox Ridge Drive; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CDT Sept. 25, Lawrenceville Senior Center, Lawrenceville, Illinois; 10:30 a.m. to noon CDT Sept. 26, Wabash County Senior Center, Mount Carmel, Illinois; 9-10 a.m. Sept. 27, Vincennes Fortnightly Clubhouse, 421 N. Sixth St.; and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Winslow Community Center, Winslow.

Free blood pressure and pulse oximetry screenings, and flu shots (for a cost) if available, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday during the Knox County Health and Wellness Fair at the Vincennes YMCA, 2010 College Ave.

Good Samaritan’s Community Health Services will be offering free finger stick blood sugar screenings, blood pressure and pulse oximetry from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 27 at Healthy Senior Day, Eastside Park in Washington.

Good Samaritan’s Community Health Services will be offering free grip strength, blood pressure, & pulse oximetry screenings from 8-10 a.m. on Sept. 28 at the Farmers Market of Historic Vincennes, Riverfront Pavilion, 102 N. Second St.

Good Samaritan’s Walk with a Doc is held from 9-10 a.m. on Saturdays at Gregg Park, 2204 Washington Ave. Those taking part will have a few minutes to learn about a current health topic then spend the rest of the hour enjoying a healthy walk and conversation with a doctor. It’s a great way to get out of the house and stay active. You can walk at your own pace and distance; whatever works for you. Good Samaritan Hospital providers will rotate as the walk leaders and provide information on new topics every week. Take a step to improve your health and join us at this free community event every Saturday. Walk with a Doc is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country.

• A free Matter of Balance class will be held at Good Samaritan Hospital beginning on Sept. 16 and running through Nov. 4 in the Cancer Pavilion, 520 S. Seventh St. The class consists of eight weekly, two-hour sessions. This program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. The classes will help you to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance. Space is limited. For more information, or to reserve your spot, call Mary Pargin at 812-885-3793.

• A ribbon-cutting will be held at 10 a.m. on Sept. 18 for the completion of the Vincennes University Community Playground at Kimmell Park, 2014 Oliphant Drive. The project was funded in part through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s CreatINg Places program. The university exceeded the $50,000 fundraising goal necessary to receive a matching grant through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority with the help of community partners who recognize how the region’s families and children will benefit from this outstanding play area.

The playground was made possible through contributions from Farbest Foods, Old National Bank, Burkhart Insurance Agency, First Vincennes Savings Bank, Ford Sawmills Inc., Futaba Indiana of America Corporation, German American Bank, and Knox County Community Foundation.

Located close to a shelter house and restrooms, the new playground features multiple play structures with slides and climbing pieces in addition to several swings, including expression swings.

• The Monroe City Fall Festival will be held Sept. 20-22 at the Blue Jeans Center, 1242 Main St., Monroe City. A spaghetti dinner will be served from 5-7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in the cafeteria. The dinner is being sponsored by Lighthouse Church. Food booths will be open on the front lawn. Vendors and inflatables will also be available. A dodgeball tournament for all ages will be held from 6-9 p.m.

On Sept. 21, The Cow Muck Cookers will serve barbecue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The pet parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. on the front lawn. Registration is not necessary. The queen pageants will be held from 2-4 p.m. followed by live music in the gym from 7-9 p.m. A fireworks display will begin at dark.

A community church service will begin at 10 a.m. on Sept. 22 in the gym, followed by the Jeff Black Fish Fry from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. The South Knox Band will perform at 3 p.m.

Other features during the festival includes homemade ice cream by Walnut Grove, sandwiches, cold drinks, Reed family funnel, cakes and coneys available all weekend. Rides, music, inflatables, country store and vendors will be offered. All clothing in the thrift store will be on sale for 25 cents per item.

For more information call 812-743-2393 or Jerry Coonrod at 812-887-4182. To be in the parade call Donetta Cardinal at 812-890-9681. To be a vendor call Marlis Day at 812-890-1736. To participate in the queen contest call Jenn Candler at 812-677-1217. To participate in the dodge ball tournament call Lynette Benton at 217-246-5051.

• The Vincennes University Law Enforcement and Conservation Law Enforcement programs in collaboration with the VU Alumni Association will host an alumni reunion on Sept. 27-28 as part of Parent, Family and Alumni Weekend.

The Law Enforcement and Conservation Law Enforcement programs are longstanding with a rich history of VU. The Law Enforcement Program is celebrating its 50th year and the Conservation Law Enforcement Program is not far behind. Alumni, current students, current and past faculty are invited to gather and celebrate those who have walked the halls and paved the way for the success of these programs.

The reunion will include a BBQ and bonfire at Kimmell Park at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour later at Vincennes Brewing Company.

Earlier in the day, ATF agent and VU alumnus James Soper will be the guest speaker during a presentation from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, 20 Red Skelton Blvd. Soper will share his expertise about what to do in the case of active shooter and will present the Avoid Deny Defend program. This event is free and open to the public. Law enforcement officers in Indiana can receive continuing education hours for attendance.

Activities on Sept. 28 kick off at Kimmell Park with the annual Tube Race down the Wabash River at 10 a.m. The Parent, Family and Alumni Picnic begins at noon at Kimmell Park.

The reunion wraps up with a Law Enforcement and Conservation Law Enforcement banquet at the Robert E. Green Activities Center at 6 p.m., with distinguished alumni being honored during the evening.

To register or get a schedule of all activities, go to https://alumni.vinu.edu/lereunion. Reunion tickets are $40 per person.

• The Vincennes/Knox Preservation Foundation will sponsor a “Holiday Historic Home Tour” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 1, featuring six homes of historical interest. Tickets are $20 and will be available for purchase on the day of tour at Klein Reality, 505 N. Sixth St., where the tour will begin. For more information contact foundation president Tim Crowley at tscrowley@sbcglobal.net. The Vincennes/Knox Preservation Foundation promotes and encourages interest in homes, buildings, properties, history and heritage in Vincennes and Knox County. For more information go to www.vincennespreservation.com.

• Nominations are being sought for the 2019 N. Philip Shelton Humanitarian Award, presented annually by the Vincennes Kiwanis Club in cooperation with Good Samaritan Hospital.

The purpose of the award is to promote humanitarian efforts in the Knox County community, as exemplified by the late Dr. N. Philip Shelton. The award is scheduled to be presented in November. The award recognizes individuals who have worked in an exemplary and dignified manner to improve the general well-being and happiness of others in Knox County.

Past Shelton Award recipients are Betty Bahr, Harrel Helms, Dr. Roscoe Vaughn, Helen Mason, Joe Black, P.R. Sweeney, E. Vance Edmondson, Judge Sidney Gelb, Max Renshaw, John Lyons, Velma Hendrix, Jennifer Jones, Nancie Carie, Jimmie Morrison, Siegfried E. Schleicher, Mark Hill, Scott Shipman, Horace “Hoss” Foncannon and last year's recipient, Hugh Schaefer.

Nominees must be residents of Knox County who have demonstrated extraordinary effort in working to improve the general well-being and happiness of others; who have worked consistently to meet the physical, social, and economic and/or educational needs of individuals in the community; and those who exemplify the spirit of Shelton by their actions and deeds.

The deadline for submitting a nomination is Sept. 30.

For more information contact nomination committee chairman Bernie Schmitt at 812-888-5481.

• Honey in the Rock, a bluegrass gospel group, will perform at 7 p.m. on Sept. 20 at Calvary Baptist Church, 300 Hall Road just outside of Wheatland as you travel towards Bicknell. There is no admission charge. For more information call Brother Gene Rasner, 812-743-2408.

• Season tickets are now on sale for the Vincennes University Alumni Community Series 2019-2020 season. The six-show series brings a wide range of quality entertainment to the stage of the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Individual show tickets on sale on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call the VU Alumni Office at 812-888-4354 or 800-945-ALUM to order tickets.

Kicking off the season on Sept. 13 will be “Artrageous,” an interactive art and music experience. Artrageous is a troupe of misfit artists, singers, dancers and musicians who started as friends doing street theater in Vancouver, Canada. They take you on a visual journey of high energy performance of a combination of fine art, live music, singing, dancing, humor, and audience interaction all on one stage, so be prepared to be a part of the show. A frenzy of movement and color with a message of the arts being an internal and valuable part of human existence.

On Oct. 11 Jeremy Davis and Clay Johnson and their 17-piece big band will be performing. “Davis & Johnson Present the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra” is a show fashioned in the style and swagger of the legendary entertainers lead by Frank Sinatra. Davis and Johnson are putting their own stamp on the Great American songbook, graced with a touch of Motown, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Elvis and more, offering a freshness and relevance that speaks to every soul.

On Nov. 9, the music of ABBA will take centerstage with “Featuring ARRIVAL From Sweden.” Featuring original ABBA musicians, a 12-piece band, top-notch vocals, and stunning costumes. “ARRIVAL from Sweden” brings to life all of the classic ABBA hits — “Dancing Queen,” “Mama Mia,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “SOS,” and “The Winner Takes It All.” This band is hailed as the most authentic and greatest of all ABBA show bands ever.

Enjoy a Rockin’ Christmas when Brass Transit: The Musical Legacy of Chicago returns on Dec. 6. Brass Transit is the world’s foremost Chicago tribute band and will be taking songs from the Christmas albums of the group along with playing some of the hits of Chicago. Brass Transit goes far beyond just replicating the songs: they embody the music. Brass Transit was formed in 2008, its accomplished, award-winning roster intent on paying tribute to the decades-long, multiplatinum songbook of Chicago.

Pam Tillis will perform on March 6, 2020. A three-time Country Music Association award winner, including the prestigious Female Vocalist of the Year award, two-time Grammy award winner and member of the Grand Ole Opry, Tillis’ star continues to shine brightly in the third decade of her career. As the child of Country Music Royalty, Pam Tillis was determined from a young age to find her own way in music as a singer and songwriter. Growing up, she was in a variety of bands, spanning from jazz and alternative country to top 40. She sang demos and lent her voice to many national jingles including Coke, Country Time Lemonade and a Coors Silver Bullet with country superstar, Alan Jackson.

Jeri Sager brings her high energy and vocally exceptional celebration of Broadway to the Skelton Center stage on April 17, 2020. She will sing your favorites from shows she’s starred in such as “Cats” (playing Grazabella), “Evita” and “Les Miserables” as well as some new songs.

• Qualified Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care Specialist and Wellness Coordinator Peg Szewczak, at Fox Ridge Manor, is available for private consulting at no charge. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Peg at 812-895-1000.

• Health Connection of Pace Community Action Agency Inc. will send quarterly newsletters to keep the community informed/updated. If you are interested in receiving the newsletter, contact Linda Obaseki at lobaseki@pacecaa.org.

• Want to give back to your community? Generations’ AngelWorx Program is always looking for new volunteers. We invite folks of all ages who want to use their life experience and skills to make a difference regardless of the amount of time they have to give. You tell us what interests you and we will find a place for you. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities for all ages. Our volunteer program has evolved over the past 40 years to include intergenerational projects that fill the gaps and help improve the quality of life for residents in our six-county service area. For more information on volunteering, contact Patty Dreiman at 812-888-5879 or pdreiman@vinu.edu.

• Children continue to need volunteer advocates through The Knox County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) Program. Volunteers serve as advocates for children who have been abused or neglected. To volunteer or find out more about the program, visit www.childadvocatesnetwork.org. A new training class is being formed to equip people who care to become equipped to meet this need.

• The American Red Cross is offering a free smoke alarm and installation program. Smoke alarms are only guaranteed to work for 10 years. Residents should test their smoke alarms monthly, change the batteries every six months, and replace their alarms every 10 years. Alarms should be replaced if they are older than 2007. To schedule an appointment for free smoke alarms and installation, contact the American Red Cross at 812-471-7200 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m

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