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Lea Market, Peony Fest, Fish Fry are This Weekend

This weekend is all about flowers and plants and gardening and sprucing up with flea market finds.

So here I offer the 25 Things to Do in The Times this week:

1. Get up early for the 23rd annual Hamilton County Master Gardener Plant Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville.

2. Noblesville Farmers Market is open for the season 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Federal Hill Commons in downtown Noblesville. Parking is offered at the nearby Mexican restaurant that was torn down, at BlueSky Commerce, both just west of the park, and at the park’s

 Green Room parking lot, which will be restricted to vendor spaces and handicapped parking only during the weekly market.

3. Noblesville Preservation Alliance’s third annual Flea Market on Logan and Clinton streets will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Residents can be vendors at their home for $25 donation per household.

4. Make plans to attend the free Indiana Peony Festival, in its second year, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Seminary Park in Noblesville. Also, a VIP ticketed event, Peonies in the Park, will be 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today in Seminary Park, with peony-inspired dishes and drinks from 10 local eateries, for $100 for VIP tickets. There is also a Brunch & Blooms brunch crawl on Saturday for $6. For more on the Peony Festival, visit https://www.indianapeonyfestival.com/

(Photo courtesy of Indiana Peony Festival)
A child creates art during the 2021 inaugural Indiana Peony Festival. This year’s festival, in its second year, will be Saturday at Seminary Park in downtown Noblesville.

5. A used bicycle sale and donation day will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, sponsored by Recycled Cycles at the group’s repair shop at 810 E. Main St., in Westfield, at the top of the drive, north of Big Hoffa’s BBQ. Top-condition bikes will be for sale at bargain prices, with proceeds to purchase parts to repair other bikes, under the sponsorship of Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County.

6. Come out for the Wayne-Fall Lions Club’s Fish Fry from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the club, on 191st Street east of Noblesville, at the intersection of Deshane and Victory Chapel Road. Menu features Good North Atlantic cod fish, fries, baked beans, coleslaw and drinks, for $12 for adults, $6 for under age 12, with coney dogs and desserts also available. Carryout or dine in. Goodwill donations also taken.

7. Grab your binoculars and join Hamilton County Parks for Beginner Bird Walks at 8:30 a.m. Sundays and Wednesdays at Cool Creek Park in Westfield and 8:30 a.m. the first Wednesday, through June at Strawtown Koteewi Park in Noblesville.

8. Bring your favorite vinyl to play on a provided turntable at 5:30 p.m. on Turntable Thursdays at Primeval Brewing in downtown Noblesville.

9. Carmel Arts & Design District presents “Art of Wine” from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, for ages 21 and older, with unlimited wine tastings from participating wineries for $30. Tickets at eventbrite.com

10. The Noblesville High School Music one-day-only Mattress Sale Fundraiser is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Noblesville High School. Music students earn dollars toward their music fees when shoppers buy a mattress with a referral.

11. The Belfry Theatre will have auditions for ages 5-18 for Disney’s “Frozen Jr.,” Apprentice Players summer youth production 3-5 p.m. Sunday and 6-8 p.m. Monday at EnPointe Indiana Ballet in Noblesville, with performances July 28-31 at The Ivy Tech Auditorium in Noblesville.

12. Hamilton County Parks’ Koteewi Aerial Adventure (Edge Adventures), K-Trails Equestrian Adventures, Koteewi Range Sport & Target Archery Center and Koteewi Lake are all open for the season.

13. Binding the Wounds of War workshop to help understand the invisible wounds of war will be offered 9 a.m. to noon May 26 at Bethel Lutheran Church in Noblesville, featuring trained counselors from Fort Wayne-based Lutheran Military and Families Ministries.

14. Join the Midtown Anniversary Celebration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 27 at Midtown Plaza in Carmel, with live entertainment, face painters, balloon artists, strolling magician, prize giveaways and more.

14. Westfield continues its Movies in the Plaza series at dusk tonight, featuring “Inside Out” on May 27 on the Great Lawn at Grand Junction Plaza, with more movies every fourth Friday through October. June 20: PAW Patrol the Movie.

15. Get your team together for the June 3 Darlington Bed Race in downtown Noblesville to benefit Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville. It’s the same day as the Noblesville Lions Pork Chop Dinner, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 3 on the Courthouse Square with all-you-can-eat pancakes 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 4.

16. Join the Amazing Miller Race, a Noblesville-themed scavenger hunt, a family-friendly virtual event with interactive missions that explore the history and culture of Noblesville. Your team can play the game on your phone and complete the missions to earn points.You will be competing with other groups around Noblesville during the three days.Top teams will earn prizes.The teams are $30 each. All missions will be Noblesville based. Most are walkable to downtown, but some involve driving to businesses and parks. The goal is to complete the most missions you can to earn the maximum points. The Goosechase app we use will have leaderboards so you can see the competition throughout the weekend. This fundraiser supports the Noblesville Schools Education Foundation which supports all 10 Noblesville schools. Email adriann_young@nobl.k12.in.us, 317-773-3171 ext 10431)

16.  Main Street Productions presents “Rumors” by Neil Simon, at Basile Westfield Playhouse, June 2-12, directed by Jen Otterman. Buy a $5 Rubber Duck from Noblesville Main Street and watch to see if it’s the first duck to cross the finish line and win $1,000 in the annual Duck Race on White River on June 4.

17. Auditions are June 5-6 for Main Street Productions’ “30 Reasons Not To Be in a Play,” by Alan Haehnel, at Basile Westfield Playhouse, directed by Tanya Haas, on July 28-Aug. 7. Info at westfieldplayhouse.org

18. Deb Castino Memorial Golf Outing is June 7 at Harbour Trees to benefit Boys & Girls Club.

19. Carmel Community Players presents “Medley of Murders,” directed by Tanya Haas, June 10-19, at Carmel Friends Church.  The next Shred Day will be 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. (or until trucks are full) June 11 at Hamilton County Household Hazardous Waste Center in Noblesville.

20. Beat the heat during Simon Summer Sledding from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 11 and 12 at Simon Moon Park in Westfield with help from Westfield Fire Department. Enjoy pancakes and airplanes during a Noblesville Chapter of Experimental Aircraft Association’s Fly-In and Breakfast 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 25 at Noblesville Airport, with free admission and donation for breakfast.

22. Roy Reynolds, known for his Elvis tributes, will sing from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 11 at the Noblesville Jim Dandy.

23.  Save the date: Put on your dancing shoes for the mid-July return of Noblesville Main Street’s Noblesville Street Dance on July 23 on the Courthouse Square.

24. The Belfry Theatre presents “Drinking Habits” June 24-July 3 at Ivy Tech Hamilton County in Noblesville, with Nancy Lafferty directing, with reservations atthebelfrytheatre.org.

25.  Enjoy pancakes and airplanes during a Noblesville Chapter of Experimental Aircraft Association’s Fly-In and Breakfast 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 25 at Noblesville Airport, with free admission and donation for breakfast.

– Contact Betsy Reason atbetsy@thetimes24-7.com.