It can be hard looking for a home or apartment - especially if you are new to the area. For your convenience we've listed some resources that may be of help in your search for a home in Sweet Owen:
The smell of freshly baked goods, the sight of produce picked at the peak of perfection, and the overall welcome feeling expressed by vendors all make the Community Farmer's Market of Owen County unique. Open every Saturday morning in the months of May to October, the Farmer's Market offers a wide variety of homemade goods of incomparable quality. Many vendors chose to sell a variety of food products, including, but not limited to, baked breads, freshly picked fruits and vegetables, farm fresh meats, and the ever-popular brown eggs. If looking for handcrafted items, the Market is sure to have some of those too, offering glass, stone, and jewelry. If not you're looking for anything in particular, be sure to listen to the Market's musicians/entertainers as you browse through the vendor's booths right on the Courthouse square in downtown Spencer.
The Owen County Public Library has been a part of the community since 1906, making literature meaningful to children and adults alike. Whether looking for a new novel to check out, or just looking for a quiet place to soak up a good book, The OCPL is a great place to spend an afternoon. Perhaps you need a new book for an electronic device; the Library now has downloadable electronic books as well. With much more to offer than just books, the Library also has a genealogy department, a children's department (equipped with story time), and even tutoring for youth. Located in downtown Spencer, a new experience is just around the corner.
Spencer, Indiana is the smallest town in America that still produces a daily newspaper; the Spencer Evening World. The publication features only local news, informing Owen and surrounding counties through papers and through their website that has accumulates more than 70,000 hits per month. The Spencer Evening World is a parent company to a number of other weekly newspapers including: The Owen Leader, and The World Extra (free Saturday edition). Other publications of the corporation, serving a broad regional audience include: Hoosier Topics (free over 20,000 readers), The Ellettsville Journal, and Clay City News. The Spencer Evening World is a tremendous asset to the community and very civically minded in its efforts.
WCLS is a classic hits radio station based in neighboring Ellettsville. Reaching into Owen County, the station reaches more than 300,000 people in 6 counties. The station works hard to promote local business and serve the community through a number of different means, including live high school sports features during the football and basketball seasons. Be sure to tune in at 97.7 FM.
Area 10 Agency on Aging
Area 10 Agency on Aging is a private, not-for-profit corporation serving elderly persons in Monroe and Owen Counties. Area 10 provides a variety of high quality, affordable services to the over 28,000 citizens 55 years of and older in the area, and to others in the community who have concerns with older family members or friends.
If you are looking for a certain church in Owen County you may find the Church Directory of help. This is published by the Spencer Evening World every Friday.
If more information is needed about non-profit or civic organizations within the community, we first of all refer you to the Business Directory on our Chamber of Commerce pages. Many of them belong to the organization.
Rural Transit is a mass public transportation system that provides an easy, reliable, cost-efficient way for citizens in Monroe, Owen, and Lawrence Counties to get around. ALL persons, regardless of age or ability, are invited to use the service.
4-H is, by far, the largest youth engagement opportunity in Owen County. In 2010, the Owen County Purdue Extension office registered 637 members into the 4-H program. With fifteen leadership clubs in the county, and a number of other groups, young adults can learn new skills and build self confidence by participating in activities that are of interest. This organization has much support from the community, numbering more than 80 volunteer leaders. 4-H is always introducing new ideas to students about bettering themselves and Owen County by instilling leadership skills at all ages.
Campus Life, associated with Youth for Christ, is a weekly outreach offered to students at the high school level. When students arrive for the program, games and leadership-building exercises are practiced for the purposes of dealing with life issues and building friendships in a safe environment. Students can learn more about this opportunity through the Owen Valley High School during school hours.
Activities at the Library
Parents, are you looking for a fun and safe environment for your children to learn and develop their own independence? The Owen County Public Library has several activities for children and youth to develop their learning and social skills. For one hour every week, kids (ages 0-5) have the opportunity to listen to stories, watch finger plays, sing with one another, and look for their own favorite books. When school is in session, the Library also offers tutoring for students three days a week. Also community favorites, author visits and a summer reading program are offered.