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Bed Race, Duck Race, Pork Chops, Pancakes, Comedy, Free Movies

It’s finally Race Weekend here in Noblesville, with the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville’s Darlington Bed Race tonight and the Noblesville Main Street Duck Race on Saturday afternoon.

Here, we offer our Times readers 25 things to do this weekend and beyond:

1. Make plans to attend the annual Noblesville Lions Pork Chop Dinner, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today on the Courthouse Square with all-you-can-eat pancakes 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, and hot dogs, chips and drinks, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday on Logan Street Bridge. Silent auction and donations go to Lions’ charities.

2. Catch a Nickel Plate Express Caboose ride near the Carousel in Forest Park, ride around the park, and over the White River to the Noblesville Square, for events on the Square, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, with tickets $5 per person round trip.

(Photo courtesy of Nickel Plate Express)
Catch a Nickel Plate Express Caboose ride near the Carousel in Forest Park, ride around the park, and over the White River to the Noblesville Square, for events on the Square, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, with tickets $5 per person round trip.

3. Get your team together for the 7 p.m. today Darlington Bed Race in downtown Noblesville to benefit Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville.

4. Jim Wafford’s Hamilton County TV kicks off 11th annual free summer movie series at 9:15 p.m. Fridays, today through June 24, with movies in your car on Friday nights in June at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds in Noblesville. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnicking invited. Opening-night movie is “Encanto.”

5. Conner Prairie 2022 History on Tap, celebrating its 10th anniversary, is 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. today at Conner Prairie in Fishers, with dozens or local brewers, live music from Old Coyote and the Indy Annies.

6. Join the Amazing Miller Race, a Noblesville-themed scavenger hunt, a family-friendly virtual event June 3-5 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. Participants 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)

7.  Main Street Productions presents “Rumors” by Neil Simon, at Basile Westfield Playhouse, today through Sunday and June 9-12, directed by Jen Otterman, with tickets at www.westfieldplayhouse.org.

8. 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.

(The Times photo by Betsy Reason)
Da Club team (right), representing the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville, race against YoungLife Skit Characters (left) in one of the final heats of the 2019 Darlington Bed Race, sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club, on the Courthouse Square. Da Club won the race, crossing the finish line 1/10 of a second before YoungLife. Come out for this year’s Bed Race at 7 p.m. today.

9. 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 Saturday. Duck race activities are noon to 3 p.m. with ducks released by Nickel Plate Express.

10. 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.

11. Auditions are noon to 2 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday for Main Street Productions’ summer youth production, “30 Reasons Not To Be in a Play,” by Alan Haehnel, at Basile Westfield Playhouse, directed by Tanya Haas, on July 28-Aug. 7. Open to school-aged children to age 19. Info at westfieldplayhouse.org

12. Auditions for Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission’s 30th annual Shakespeare in the Park’s “Hamlet,” directed by Jen Otterman, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Noblesville Emmanuel Methodist Church, with performances July 27-30 at Federal Hill Commons in Noblesville, with free admission.

13. Deb Castino Memorial Golf Outing is Tuesday at Harbour Trees to benefit Boys & Girls Club.

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

(The Times archive photo)
Noblesville Main Street had the honor of dumping about 3,000 yellow rubber ducks into the White River during a previous Duck Race in downtown Noblesville. This year’s Duck Race activities are noon to 3 p.m., with Nickel Plate Express dumping the ducks.

15. Carmel Community Players presents “Medley of Murders,” directed by Tanya Haas, June 10-19, at Carmel Friends Church. 

16. 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.

17. Conner Prairie and the Fishers Arts Council welcome guests June 11 to a beautiful afternoon outdoor event for Art on the Prairie. Browse and shop the creations of local artists and artisans, enjoy live music, and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

18. 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.

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

20. Hamilton County Artists Association’s annual Kids Art Camp, morning and afternoon seasons, June 13-16, HCAA’s Birdie Gallery in Noblesville, $45 each, Grades 1-8, reservations call Karen Fehr at (317) 896-3754 or email karenfehr45@gmail.com.

(Photo courtesy of Indy Ghost Light Photography)
The cast of Main Street Productions’ production of “Rumors” by Neil Simon, rehearse at Basile Westfield Playhouse for the show, which opened Thursday and continues weekends through June 12, directed by Jen Otterman of Noblesville.

21. Bring your family to the Touch-a-Truck event, open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 17 at Grand Park in Westfield.

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

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

24.  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.

25. 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.

– Contact Betsy Reason at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.