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Event Calendar week of 8/30

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Wednesday

Acrylic painting 101 — Ready to get in touch with your artistic side? Nickel Plate Art’s very own Lesley Haflich will guide participants ages 15 and older through the basics of acrylic painting, including use of tools, composition, color theory and more through both landscape and still life paintings. Students will also have an opportunity to learn more about art history. This class is ideal of beginners or intermediate-level artists. All materials will be provided, but participants may also bring their own. Wednesdays, Aug. 31-Oct. 5 from 7-9 p.m., Nickel Plate Arts 107 S 8th St., Noblesville. Cost is $175 for six-week session, 317-452-3690.  For more, visit www.nickelplatearts.org/classes/acrylic-painting-101

Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship — Continuing this series housed in the Museum of Miniature Houses, Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship features Nancy Kruse and her paintings. Kruse holds a Master’s in Art and is painting and exhibiting throughout Hamilton County and Indianapolis. She is also a member of the Hamilton County Artists’ Association; Aug. 31 at noon, Museum of Miniature Houses & Other Collections 111 E. Main St., Carmel. Free, donations accepted; 317-575-9466. For more, visit www.museumofminiatures.org

Thursday

Open Lens Photographers’ Exhibit — The Hamilton County Artists’ Association Juried Photographers are inviting all HCAA Juried Artists, and the public, to submit photographs for display in this event, Sept. 1-Oct. 14, every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; Hamilton County Artists’ Association 195 S 5th St., Noblesville. Free admission. For more, visit www.hcaa-in.org

The Apple Store Returns — The Apple Store at Conner Prairie is a staple in the fall for many with a sweet tooth, and it will not disappoint this season. You’ll find new favorites, including a variety of bicentennial-themed goodies and toffee-dipped apples, as well as returning favorites like hand-dipped caramel apples, cider slushies, apple butter, pies, donuts and fresh-from-the-orchard apples. Funds raised by the Apple Store support a variety of programs and exhibits at Conner Prairie; Sept. 1-Oct. 30, every day except Mondays, from 11a.m.-5 p.m.; Conner Prairie 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers; 317-776-6000.  For more, visit www.connerprairie.org

Friday

Hoosier Park — Hoosier Park’s entertainment lineup is in full swing. This weekend, enjoy the performance by Cook & Belle, a husband and wife country duo. These weekend events have always been very popular; Sept. 2, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino 4500 Dan Patch Circle, Anderson; 765-620-2281. For more, visit www.hoosierpark.com

First Fridays at Nickel Plate Arts –What do all of the artists in September’s exhibit have in common? Ball State alumni artists from this region will come together to showcase their art in Cardinal Virtues. Mingle with these local artists at First Friday to see their artwork and learn what they’ve been up to since their college years. Also enjoy the beer and wine bar, a BSU-themed hands-on activity, and live music featuring jazzy tunes from local band Cadre; Sept. 2 from 6-9 p.m., Nickel Plate Arts 107 S 8th St., Noblesville. For more, visit  www.nickelplatearts.org

Saturday

Cattle auction in Prairietown — As the people of Prairietown at Conner Prairie get ready to put up their prized cattle for auction, you can get involved. Help with grooming as the cattle are prepared for sale; be a judge at the butter making contest; and make your way through an obstacle course to see which cattle are easiest to drive. Will you have the winning bid? Come to find out, Sept. 3 at 3 p.m., Conner Prairie 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers. Free with general admission; 317-776-6000. For more, visit www.connerprairie.org

Movies in the Park: Hotel Transylvania 2 — Celebrate the rest of this summer with your family and friendsunder the stars while watching a good movie. This week, Hotel Transylvania 2 will be shown. Movies begin at dusk. Refreshments are sold on site for cash only, Sept. 3, at sundown, Forest Park 701 Cicero Rd., Noblesville; free admission. For more, visit  317-776-6350

Sunday

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Monday

Hoosier history told in miniature — By popular demand this unique event celebrating Indiana’s bicentennial has been extended. This is your last chance to see the Marmon Wasp, Wooten desk, Hoosier Cabinet, 1/4-inch scale RV, Amish buggies, Levi Coffin house, Shaker quilting, and more in miniature, Sept. 5 from 1 1a.m.-4 p.m., Museum of Miniature Houses & Other Collections 111 E. Main St., Carmel; admission $5, $3 for kids under 10; 317-575-9466. For more, visit www.museumofminiatures.org

Tuesday

Row by Row — For those participating in Row by Row, today is the last day this year. All participating shops in the area have their own quilt row designed around the theme, “Home Sweet Home.” Collect them as you visit nearby or further away, and you’ll have a full quilt before you know it. If you missed out this year,Row by Row is an annual event; Sept. 6 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Always in Stitches 1808 E Conner St., Noblesville; 317-776-4227. For more, visit www.alwaysinstitches1.com

Learn to ice skate — The Carmel International Ice Skating Academy is offering a comprehensive group class that is fun, rewarding and safe. Whether you just want to learn the basics or are training competitively, these structured lessons are a great place to start.  Open to ages 3 through adult, Sept. 6-Oct. 4 on Tuesdays from 4:15-5:15 p.m., Carmel Ice Skadium 1040 E. 3rd Ave. SW., Carmel; Cost is $90 per six-week session (skate rental available for $18); 317-844-8889. For more, visit www.carmeliceskadium.com


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