Strassenfest continues downtown
Join in German fellowship and Hoosier hospitality at the 35th Strassenfest which opens today and continues through Saturday at the tent-covered Clabber Girl Festival Marketplace at Ninth and Cherry streets. Admission is free.
Members of the German Oberlandler Club serve German and American foods and drinks beginning at 11 a.m. today and Friday, and at 4 p.m. Saturday. These include traditional bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, schnitzels, chicken and desserts. Take-outs are available.
Music for dancing and listening will be provided by the Jay Fox Bavarian Band from Fort Wayne and the Alpen Echos from Cincinnati each day from 4 p.m. to midnight.
The German Oberlandler Club, a volunteer group organized in 1967, has hosted more than 70 local festivals in the past 39 years with proceeds used for community projects. More information is available at www.terrehautegermanoberlandlerclub.org or by calling (812) 235-5722.
Parks hosting volksmarch events
A series of volksmarches at Indiana state parks this year offers opportunities for hikers and walkers to meet and enjoy some great trails.
A volksmarch is an organized, non-competitive walk that encourages participants to walk at their own pace.
The volksmarches at Indiana’s state parks this year will offer distances of 5K and 10K. The events are free, although participants who pay an optional registration fee of $13-$15 will receive an award.
All participants must pay the standard park entrance fee of $5 per in-state vehicle and $7 per out-of-state vehicle.
The 2012 volksmarches at Indiana state parks are:
• Saturday at Fort Harrison
• May 5 at Shades
• June 23 at O’Bannon Woods
• July 28 at Versailles
• Aug. 4 at Potato Creek
• Oct. 20 at Whitewater Memorial
For more information, contact Don Vartanian of the Indiana Volkssport Association at email@example.com or (317) 842-1072.
Mill participates in mushroom festival
The Historic Mansfield Roller Mill will participate in Mansfield’s Mushroom Festival on Saturday and Sunday.
The mill will be open both days of the festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors to the festival can buy or sell bags of mushrooms at a mushroom auction, and join in a mushroom hunt. Registration for the mushroom hunt is at Fox’s Overlook from 8-10 a.m. both days and costs $8.
Visitors also are invited to explore the mill’s three stories, which contain original 1880s milling equipment. Admission to the mill is free.
The mill gift shop will have a variety of unique items for sale, including corn meal ground at the mill on water-powered buhr stones. The mill is managed by Raccoon State Recreation Area.
Historic Mansfield Roller Mill is at 6089 S. Mill Road, in Mansfield.
Block Party seeks vendors for event
The Downtown Terre Haute Block Party is being planned from 1 p.m. to midnight Aug. 25.
Once again, the event will canvas five blocks on Wabash Avenue, from Fourth to Ninth streets. The Block Party includes activities for every age: live music, food, arts vendors, arts, crafts, a great Kids Zone, a car show and more.
Artists need to register now to reserve/rent a booth space for the event. Spaces — 10-foot-by-10-foot — are available for $30 without electricity and $50 with electricity. This fee includes one free parking spot in the SkyGarden Parking Garage on the day of the event. Vendors are expected to be open from 1-8 p.m. and can stay until midnight if they wish.
For more information, contact Pam Chamberlain at Downtown Terre Haute Inc. P.O. Box 9445, Terre Haute, IN 47808 or by calling (812) 237-2536. Spaces are limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
There also are limited spaces available for non-profit groups, and applications are available at the address given above.
Comedian to perform at winery
Castle Finn Vineyard & Winery is planning a comedy night with Donnie Baker with his opening act of Droopy Drew Donisi at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. CDT July 14. Tickets are $25 per show and will go on sale Tuesday. Castle Finn is north of Marshall, Ill. Call (217) 463-2600 for more information.
Tanoos Golf Outing coming up
The Danny Tanoos Golf Outing is planned for May 5 at Idle Creek Golf Course, 5353 Eldridge Road in Terre Haute.
Registration and breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. with tee-off at 8:30.
Entry fee is $75 per person and includes breakfast, golf, cart, and raffle and door prizes. Proceeds will be used to fund a mini-grant for a teacher in Tanoos’ name.
Forms are available at the Vigo County Education Foundation at 686 Wabash Ave. Registration deadline is Friday. For more details, call (812) 462-4077.
Young Men’s Civic Club plans Ball
The Young Men’s Civic Club is planning its 38th Annual Charity Ball from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Hulman Center with music by the Just Us Band.
Since the first scholarships were awarded in 1975, The Young Men’s Civic Club has funded 164 local academic scholarship grants that totaled more than $58,000 from proceeds of its annual balls. Cost is $50 per couple at the door.
Learn to pin weave at Rockville Gallery
Former college professor of clothing and textiles and star of “The Sewing Connection” on PBS, Shirley Adams will present a pin weaving class from 5 to 9 p.m. on May 15 at the Art Gallery in Rockville.
Class cost is $54 and includes all materials. Adams will have a box full of kits to choose from as well as boards and pins. Each student will go home with a finished piece.
Samples are on display at the gallery or at www.shirleyadamsfiber
Hey kids — Lace it Up — at Deming
The Wabash Valley Road Runners presents the Lace it Up Running Program for Kids. Sign up is at 6 p.m. May 29 in Deming Park at the softball diamond, or download the application at www.wvrr.org.
The program is on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 4 through July 7, in Deming Park at the softball diamond. The program is for kids ages 4-12. The cost is free — donations are accepted. There will be a pizza party July 7, and all participants will receive a T-shirt and participation medal.
Lace It Up is a program designed to get kids excited about running and keeping fit. This program introduces younger kids to running through fun and games and encourages those already involved in running to pursue a summer training program. The ultimate goal is to prepare the participants for the 4th of July Fast Track Mile in downtown Terre Haute.