The Madison Performing Arts Foundation’s current season ends in mid-April. The new season will begin in September, but its performance schedule won’t be made final until August. The foundation’s programs are at different locations and are open to everyone regardless of the location. The programs are free.

Madison Regatta usually is on the weekend nearest the Fourth of July. But in 2018, July 4 is on a Wednesday, between two weekends. So, the Regatta will be on the weekend after the Fourth of July.

RiverRoots Music & Folk Arts Festival had been in May, but has been moved to June starting in 2018.

The Madison Main Street Program’s Fourth Friday events had started in March, but because of the vagaries of the weather, the first one this year will be in April.

All the Music in the Park concerts are listed as being at Broadway Fountain, but one of them might be moved to another location.

In addition to four days when unused or unwanted drugs can be dropped off, they also can be dropped off anytime at the Madison Police Department front desk and from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the lobby of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

Madison Community Players theater group does not have a permanent venue, so its performances are at various places. All its performances are open to the public, regardless of the venue.

More events at the Lanier Mansion might be added later in the year.

The Canaan Community Academy board of directors meeting schedule is set through the end of the school year. The schedule of the remaining meetings in 2018 will be released later in the year.

Details for such things as the fees for runs and walks will be posted on the sponsor’s website or by Googling.

The Madison Board of Public Works approves street closings for events. This is useful information for participants as well as for people to know where they won’t be able to drive.

Historic Madison Inc. has not set the dates that its properties will open and close for the season. Properties that will be open from 1 p.m. -4:30 p.m. Friday through Monday are Sullivan House, Dr. Hutchings Office and Museum, Costigan House, and Schroeder Saddletree Factory. St. Michael Archangel will be open by appointment. The date of re-opening the restored Shrewsbury-Windle House has not been set, and the house probably will have its own schedule.

The city of Madison will be closing parts of Vaughn Drive starting in January for a wastewater construction project, but does not expect the closings to have an impact on the festivals and events on Vaughn Drive. “It is our goal that all the construction that will be occurring along Vaughn Drive will be completed by May of 2018 and not affect any of our festivals or any of the races,” said Brian Jackson, city utilities manager.

The Southwestern Schools board has set its January meeting date and will set the dates for the rest of the year later.

Madison Treasures Tour walks, which are free, have replaced Historic Madison Inc.’s Architectural Walking Tours, which also were free. In addition to guided tours, look for HMI to release a free Madison Treasures Tour app in May for self-guided tours.

The Jefferson County Historical Society will have events that are not yet scheduled.

The Jefferson County Historical Society museum and train station are again free all year and are open year-round thanks to an anonymous donation.

The Madison Main Street Program expects to add more programs.

Handel’s Messiah organizers will announce the date and details of the performance.

The Madison Community Concert Band will announce its schedule of free performances when it is done.

Music, theater and art events at Hanover College will be updated later in the year.

The opening dates, schedules and fees for Madison’s Crystal Beach swimming pool and the pool at Clifty Falls State Park will be announced closer to late spring.

School-year calendars will be set in January for Switzerland County Schools and, in Kentucky, by Trimble County and Carroll County schools.

The dates and locations for the Ohio River Sweep will be posted in the spring at http://www.ohioriversweep.org/ on the tab “Where to volunteer.” The Madison River Sweep date has been set and is on the June calendar. The Carroll County, Kentucky, Main Street Program’s river cleanup will be listed on the sweep website. Historic Hoosier Hills, coordinator of River Sweep in its service area, does not know yet whether any locations in Switzerland County will be included this year.

Dates and musicians have not been confirmed for the free Backyard Concert Series at General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton. There will be one free concert a month between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend on Saturdays at 7 p.m. on the lawn at the Butler Turpin State Historic House in the park.

The Jefferson County Historical Society, including the museum and train station, will be closed in January and reopen around Feb. 1, but the archives will continue to be open Tuesdays and Thursdays during January when the center is closed.

The International Film Series presented by Hanover College’s Department of Modern Languages and Cultures is free and open to the public. The weekly evening series starts in September and ends in February. The films are in their original languages with English subtitles. The lineup for the next series has not been posted yet .

In the spring, watch for completion of the re-done Hargan-Matthews Park at Vaughn Drive and West Street. It is being rebuilt to be a park for children of all abilities.

Details for Hispanic Cultural Awareness Day, which has been in September at Broadway Fountain are not available yet.

Indiana state government doesn’t celebrate Presidents Day, which will be on Feb. 19 this year, nor does Indiana state government honor Abraham Lincoln or George Washington on their birthdays in February. Instead, Lincoln’s birthday is celebrated on the day after the fourth Thursday in November — which every year is the day after Thanksgiving. Washington’s birthday is celebrated by state government on Dec. 24, which every year is Christmas Eve.