Nickel Plate Arts Showcase Artists: Kris Gruppe, Debby Bauman & Darlene Patterson — Get lost in the beauty of pottery this month. Local potters Kris Gruppe, Debby Bauman and Darlene Patterson will celebrate their love for ceramics and nature with a display everyone will want to see. You can even begin an exhibit of your own as many of the artists’ pieces will be for sale. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Feb. 1-25 during regular business hours. Free admission, Nickel Plate Arts Campus,107 South 8th St., Noblesville. For more, call 317-452-3690 or visit nickelplatearts.org.
New Quilters School — If you can stitch a straight line, you can quilt. At the New Quilters School, learn to create a beautiful sampler quilt, the perfect size for a baby, your lap or to top a table. It is a four-session class for beginners. You will learn various techniques as you make six blocks with sashing strips, cornerstones and borders (and if you don’t know what those are, you’ll learn!). The first of each month, with the last session meeting April 1, 4:30-6:45 p.m. Always in Stitches, 1808 E. Conner St., Noblesville. Cost is $20 per session, plus supplies. For more, call 317-776-4227 or visit alwaysinstitches1.com.
Ribbon cutting and grand opening reception ● You’re invited to the official ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening reception for Martin Gallery of Fine Art in the Indiana Design Center. Special guest Mayor Jim Brainard will preside over the ceremony, and a reception will follow. Complimentary libations and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Visitors of the gallery will be delighted with a visual experience of fine art photography by many artists, including Robert Park, who captures mesmerizing color and light, impressive proportion and exquisite detail. In addition to art, the gallery features unique furniture pieces that are art in and of themselves. Feb. 2 from 4-7 p.m., Indiana Design Center, Suite 120-B: 200 S. Rangeline Rd., Carmel. For more, call 317-564-4404 or visit martingalleryoffineart.com.
‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat’ at Beef & Boards — The famous story of Jacob’s favorite son goes from the Bible to Broadway in this Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice collaboration. Joseph’s life is turned upside down, but as he learns, “Any Dream Will Do.” Feb. 2-Mar. 26, matinee and evening showings, Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis. Admission is $42.50 – $67.50.. For more, call 317-872-9664 or visit beefandboards.com.
Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre: ‘Rumors’ — At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden’s Landing townhouse, the deputy mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of farce. Gathering for their 10th wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is no where in sight. His lawyer, Ken, and wife, Chris, must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and mis-communications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity. ● Thursdays-Sundays, Feb. 3-18 at various times. Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre at the Center for the Performing Arts, 3 Center Green, Suite 300, Carmel. For more, call 317-843-3800 or visit thecenterpresents.org.
Experience romantic downtown Noblesville — Enjoy an intimate, romantic dinner for two at participating downtown Noblesville restaurants. Couples can then choose an art project to complete and two cupcakes to enjoy for dessert. Child care is optional. If chosen, kids will be treated to dinner and entertainment at one of two locations that parents can choose from. Feb. 3 from 6:30-9 p.m. See website for all dinner locations. Cost is $120, with childcare, $90 without childcare. For more, call 317-774-5393 or visit eventbrite.com/e/experience-romantic-downtown-noblesville-tickets-31155377573
Heart Hike — Everyone knows about the health benefits of spending more time outside. Ecotherapy is so important that Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve is hosting Heart Hikes. Planned on Hamilton Southeastern School’s half day, the open house style program invites students, business professionals taking a long lunch and residents to enjoy the great outdoors. Photographs of natural hearts found in nature will line the trails and guide your path. Hot cocoa will be provided, and guests can warm up by the campfire. Feb. 3-4 from 1-3 p.m., Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, 10410 Hague Rd., Fishers. Free admission. For more, call 317-595-3150.
Conner Prairie Events: Fun in the Forge and Woodworking — There are two special events to choose from. Be a blacksmith for a day, as you learn to heat metal in a coal forge and shape it on an anvil. You will complete several simple projects, like barbeque skewers, a dinner bell and a flint and steel fire starter with instructions. All tools and materials will be provided. Ages 14 and up. The woodworking event teaches advanced woodworking skills as you learn the art of hand-cut dovetails to make a small box that incorporates wooden hinges. Learn proper layout, sawing and chisel techniques. All materials and tools will be provided. Ages 16 and up. Feb. 4 during regular park hours, Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers. Additional fees. For more, call 317-776-6000 or visit www.connerprairie.org.
Devour Indy — Devour Indy allows diners to take advantage of three-course, value-priced menus at participating northside restaurants twice a year (winter and summer) for two weeks. It is an opportunity to explore different culinary expressions in an affordable, convenient manner. Mondays, Jan. 23-Feb. 5. Participating restaurants. For more, call 317-673-4211 or visit devourindy.com.
Drawing Class — Improve your artistic skills in this art class for all skill levels. Nickel Plate artist Eric O’Dell will provide subject matter and provide tips. Nickel Plate Arts will be responsible for providing the necessary materials, but participants are welcome to bring their own materials. Must be 15 or older. Beginners are welcome. Mondays, Jan. 9-Mar. 14, from 7-9 p.m., Nickel Plate Arts Campus, 107 South 8th St., Noblesville. Cost is $110. For more, call 317-452-3690 or visit nickelplatearts.org.