(NOTE: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many scheduled meetings, programs, and events have been postponed or cancelled. Before attending, one should check with the status of the event, if possible.)
FRI NOV 27 – AMAZING MAX ZOOM PERFORMANCE – Jasper Community Arts is hosting two Amazing Max Zoom performances November 27. Max will bring his virtual magic experience to the public through two free performances, the first at 11 a.m., the second at 3 p.m. He will tell jokes and perform his magic and then teach kids magic tricks using objects available right in their homes. Magic experience not required. To participate kids only need one pencil, two quarters, two nickels, two pennies, and a deck of cards. Recommended for ages six and up. For younger kids an adult presence is recommended to help them with the tricks. Space is limited so prior registration is required. Reservations can be made at jasperarts.corsizio.com. Participants will receive a zoom link prior to the start of the event. CLICK HERE for a video teaster.
FRI NOV 27 – SANTA COMING TO DOWNTOWN JASPER – Santa Claus comes to downtown Jasper November 27 to open the 2020 Christmas season. Santa will not greet children at the Jasper fire station this year. At 1 p.m. Santa and his elves will be joined by members of the Jasper High School band to parade to the Santa House on the west side of the square. Children are encouraged to dress like Christmas packages and walk along in the mini-parade. Mayor Dean Vonderheide will welcome everyone. Santa will visit with children in his Christmas house until 3 p.m. Masks will be required for anyone over five years of age and six foot social distancing will be required between families. Those attending are encouraged to bring canned foods to be donated to the community food bank.
SAT NOV 28 – SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY IN FERDINAND – Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ferdinand’s small businesses celebrating their customers for their support, especially during this tumultuous year. Customers receive a free Living Local canvas swag bag by visiting six of eight merchants listed on the Small Business Saturday punch card. Fill the etire card and be entered to win additional prizes. The cards are available at any participating Ferdinand merchant. Punched cards can be taken to the Monastery gift shop.
TUE DEC 1 – TAI CHI CLASS AT COUNTY MUSEUM – Scheduled from 6:30-7:30 p.m. every Tuesday in room three at the Dubois County Museum, in Jasper. Tai Chi Master Joe Weigant is taking all registrations and collecting fees. To register email email@example.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/joey.weigant or Facebook.com/tristateholisticwellness.
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL UNDERWAY AT COUNTY MUSEUM – “Community Connections,” a festival of Christmas trees displayed by numerous Dubois County communities has begun at the Dubois County Museum in Jasper. Birdseye, Celestine, Dubois, Haysville, Ferdinand, Ireland, and Portersville are featuring new trees this year. Communities returning with decorations from last year and adding special decorating flairs this year include Cuzco, Crystal, Nicholson Valley, Hillham, Holland, Huntingburg, Jasper, St. Anthony, St. Marks, Schnellville, St. Henry, Johnsburg, and Duff. The Santa collection of Kay Smock, and the Hummel collection of Mae and Don Metzger are also being featured along with a special holiday photo background that enables visitors to take holiday photos, a Dickens miniature village display, over 30 decorated trees, and lighted streets in the Main Street area. All of the holiday displays will be on display through January 3. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
COVID-19 TESTING AVAILABLE AT JASPER ARMORY – COVID-19 testing is available at the National Guard Armory in Jasper. Participants must register by appointment only at http//lhi.care/covidtesting or by calling 888-634-1123. Individuals must be symptomatic, be a close contact of a positive case, or a symptomatic resident of congregate living settings to be eligible for testing. Participants can go to the portal and self-report their symptoms using the online screening tool. If you qualify an option will appear to register for an appointment date and time. There is no charge for testing, but if you do have private health care insurance you are asked to bring that to the testing site. One can expect to get the results within 48 hours. Optum will send a text or email to the patient if the test is negative. A phone call will be given if there is a positive test result.
NEW COVID-19 DRIVE-THRU TESTING SITE – Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper has a new COVID-19 drive-thru testing site located at the corner of 8th Avenue and Rumbach Street (formerly the Old National Bank site next to Fazoli’s). The new site replaces the drive-thru testing site previously located at the Urgent Care Center in Huntingburg. A physician/provider order and appointment time required. Drive through times are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Options for COVID-19 testing: * Memorial Urgent Care, 507 East 19th Street, Huntingburg. Patient is evaluated by a provider who determines testing and treatment. Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily – Monday thru Sunday. * Memorial Hospital Emergency Department, 800 West 9th Street, Jasper. Patient is evaluated by a provider who determines testing and treatments. 24 hours/day. * Indiana State Department of Health testing site, 400 Clay Street, Jasper. Tests anyone with or without symptoms. Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To schedule an appointment call 888 634-1116 or go to https://lhi.care/covidtesting.
CLOTH FACE MASKS STILL BEING ACCEPTED – There continues to be a need for cloth face masks and the Dubois County Health Department reminds everyone that donations of homemade cloth face masks are being accepted at the health department, located at 1187 S. St. Charles Street in Jasper. Donors can place donations in a drop box located inside the double doors Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
SWMD PROCESS CENTER PAUSING PUBLIC HOURS – Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Dubois County SWMD Process Center has paused its public hours as county services are being limited to essential business only. For safety reasons residents are being asked to hold off on bringing items to the Process Center as everyone works together to combat COVID-19. For information to discuss alternative options for your recycling and item disposal call 812 482-7865 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The eight county residential recycling and trash sites will continue regular hours with additional safety measures in place. (for additional information see below).
RECYCLING AND DISPOSAL DROP SITES OPEN…WITH CHANGES – Until further notice Dubois County’s eight recycling and disposal drop sites will maintain regular hours with the following changes: 1. Anyone with fever, cough, or shortness of breath symptoms or those possibly having been exposed to COVID-19 are to stay off the sites. 2. Attendants will be assisting residents through window service only – public will not enter attendant buildings. 3. Anyone having recycling items that are normally handed to the attendant are asked to hold off on bringing those items until further notice. Anyone having questions about the eight sites can call 812 482-5505.
FREEDOM REINS CLASSES CANCELLED – The Freedom Reins Therapeutic Riding Center has cancelled all classes from the remainder of 2020 due to the caronavirus pandemic. Center officials are researching ways to implement safe programs in the spring. The Freedom Reins Therapeutic Riding Center is a not-for-profit organization that seeks to improve the bodies, minds, and spirits of children and adults with disabilities through the use of horse therapy.
CELEBRATION SINGERS POSTPONE ALL REHEARSALS – Due to the uncertain circumstances surrounding the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the Celebration Singers have postponed all rehearsals until they have been advised by authorities that it’s safe to assemble. Anyone who is considering joining the group and would like to be added to a list to receive emails regarding any upcoming rehearsals, can send an email to email@example.com. For additional information about the all-volunteer community choir go to celebrationsingers.org or follow Celebration Singers on Facebook at facebook.com/TheCelebrationSingers.
PFAFFENWEILER TRIP POSTPONED – The Jasper Partnership Commission and the Pfaffenweiler Partnership Commission have cooperatively made the decision to postpone the 35th Anniversary trip to Pfaffenweiler scheduled June 2020. The postponement was based on the uncertainty of the impact COVID-19 will have on international travel in the upcoming months. The trip will be rescheduled in 2021.
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