2016 program series: A Strange True Story — In honor of the Indiana Bicentennial 2016, the Carmel Clay Public Library is organizing a year-long series of events celebrating Hoosier history. The next event is “A Strange True Story.” This event, which holds an aura of suspense and mystery, features historian and professor David Thomas Murphy who explores how a certain shocking Indiana event caused a national sensation. Oct. 12 at 7 p.m., Carmel Clay Public Library, 55 4th Ave SE, Carmel. For more, call 317-844-3362 or visit carmel.lib.in.us.
Concerts on the Central Green — Give yourself something to look forward to on “humpdays” during lunch this month. Fishers Parks & Recreation for Concerts on the Central Green is presented by Meyer Najem Construction and provides entertainment while you enjoy a picnic with co-workers. Inquire about additional information concerning lunch discounts before the show. Wednesdays, Oct. 12-26 from noon-1 p.m., 1 Municipal Drive, Fishers. Free admission. For more, call 317-595-3150.
Fireside Tales — Enjoy a themed night of stories and s’mores under the stars with your family. There will be a story and a craft centered around the owl theme, with plenty of time to build the perfect campfire snack. Be prepared to sing songs and have fun. This event is very accommodating to young children. Oct. 12 from 6:30-8 p.m., Simon Moon Park, 2710 E 171st St., Westfield. Free admission. For more, call 317-804-3184 or visit enjoywestfieldevents.com/fireside-tales-2.
Bard Fest — Bard Fest is a Shakespeare Festival centered in the Carmel Arts District. Join the cast from Studio 15 Theatre and other Shakespearean fans for great theatre as three Shakespeare productions are put into rotation during the first two weekends in October. Oct. 13-16, 20-23 and 27-30 at various times. Studio 15 Theatre, 15 1st Ave. NE, Carmel. For more, call 317-674-5553 or visit carmeltheatrecompany.com.
Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie — Bring the entire family out to Conner Scairie, a land inhabited by fun-loving ghouls and mischievous haunts. You’ll meet the cosmetics-loving witch named Beautisha, wanna-be stand-up comedian and resident expert in all things pertaining to the underworld named Dr. Acula, Ed the Mad Scientist, and more. You’ll also come face-to-face with the menacing Headless Horseman on your haunted hayride, if you dare. Oct. 13-16 from 6-10 p.m., Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers. Admission free for members and kids under age 2, $12 for ages 2-12, $16 for seniors (age 65+), $17 for adults. For more, call 317-776-6000 or visit connerprairie.org.
The Little Mermaid ● Beef & Boards is proud to present the enchanting classic fairy tale as a part of its Pyramid Players season for kids. The show includes a drink box and snack and a chance to meet the characters after the show for autographs and pictures. Oct. 14-Nov. 12 on weekends at various times. Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre, 9301 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis. For more, call 317-872-9664 or visit beefandboards.com.
Noblesville Farmers Market — This is the last week the Noblesville Farmers Market will be open this year. Enjoy this opportunity to purchase fresh produce and other goods from local farmers, bakers and artisans. A musical demonstration will be performed and there is also a simultaneous chili cook-off going on. Oct. 15 from 8 a.m.-noon. Free admission. Riverview Health overflow parking lot, Conner St., Noblesville. For more, call, 317-776-0205
2016 Songbook Celebration Gala — Celebrate Hoagy Carmichael and his upcoming induction into the Great American Songbook Hall of Fame during a glamourous evening of cocktails, dinner and a live auction before the tribute performance. Following is an after-party with music, dancing, food and drinks throughout in themed night clubs. All proceeds benefit the artistic and educational programs of the Center for the Performing Arts. Black-tie or ‘20s attire. Oct. 15 at 5 p.m., The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Artsm, 1 Center Green, Carmel. Begins at $250. For more, call 317-844-2251 or visit thecenterpresents.org.
Carmel Community Players: “Barefoot in the Park” — Written by Neil Simon, “Barefoot in the Park” is the story of Paul and Corie Bratter, who are newlyweds in every sense of the word. Reserved Paul and free-spirited Corie attempt to play matchmaker with another couple, but run into lots of complications as they learn more and more about each other. This is the last showing. Oct. 16, Carmel Community Players, 14199 Clay Terrace Blvd., Carmel. For more, call 317-815-9387 or visit carmelplayers.org.
Drawing class — Improve your artistic skills in this art class for all skill levels. Nickel Plate Studio Artists Bruce Neckar and John Reynolds will provide subject matter and tips. Nickel Plate Arts will provide graphite sticks, newsprint and drawing boards, although participants may bring their own materials. Must be 15 or older. Beginners are welcome. Mondays, Oct. 10-Dec. 12 from 7-9 p.m., Nickel Plate Arts Campus, 107 South 8th St., Noblesville. Cost is $100/10 weeks. For more, call 317-452-3690 or visit nickelplatearts.org