Scholarship finalists – Eleven ZCHS seniors were among 16,000 semifinalists selected to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million next spring. ZCHS students, top, from left, Cameron Harmon, Andrew Cortopassi and Grayson Zinn. Middle, from left, Edward Lin, Kelsey Merrill, Alexander Morrison and Kyle Wang. Front, from left Celia Casciani, Rachel Stemme, Jonathan Ralstin and Daniel Fulkerson ranked among the top scorers of 1.6 million juniors nationwide during the 2016 PSAT. The scholarship winners will be announced beginning in April and concluding in July.
Constitution Party open house – The Constitution Party will hold an open house from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Oct. 14 at Old National Banking Center, 385 S. Main St., Zionsville. Come learn about the three pillars of the Constitution Party and a new approach to self-government.
Pumpkin painting contest – Ackard True Value is hosting a pumpkin painting contest during October to raise funds for charitable organizations. Bring a painted pumpkin to the store by Oct. 14, along with a 4×6 card describing a charity of your choice. Votes will be cast using pennies. All money collected will go directly to those organizations. Public voting will be open from Oct. 17-31.
Food drive – Boone REMC is sponsoring a food drive during October to benefit The Caring Center. Members of Boone REMC – those who receive electricity from the cooperative – will receive one free LED light bulb for donating five canned food items for The Caring Center. Items can be brought to the Boone REMC office, 1207 Indianapolis Ave., from Oct. 1-31 during regular business hours from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Book launch – St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church will host a book launch from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7. Strange Journey tells the stories of two individuals who found themselves back at the door of the Catholic Church via interesting and unorthodox paths. The Celtic Cross Catholic Gift Shop will be on hand with copies of the book, as well as other items for sale. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth volunteer nominations sought – From now through Nov. 7, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for Indiana’s top youth volunteers of the year. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application is available at spirit.prudential.com and nassp.org/spirit.
Project Good – Current in Zionsville is looking to feature local residents doing good deeds in the community through the monthly Project Good photo column. If you have a suggestion or would like to be featured, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Father-son breakfast – Fathers and sons are invited to Zionsville All-Pro Dad’s Day Breakfasts. These monthly gatherings provide some father-son quality time while hearing great speakers at the same time. Meetings run from 7 to 8 a.m. at Zionsville Community High School on the following dates: Oct. 26, Nov. 16, Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15 and April 19. Cost is $15 for each father-son pair, $3 for additional guests. RSVP to 317-345-3208.
Brush & limb collection – The Town of Zionsville’s Street & Stormwater Dept. will be providing curbside brush & limb Collection from Oct. 2-10. Brush and limbs up to 6 inches in diameter will be collected. Lumber, root balls, and grass clippings are not included. Place items curbside by 7:30 a.m. on your designated pick-up day. Pickup days are: Oct. 11 – Templin Rd., Willow Rd. west of US 421, Becker Addition, Century Oaks, Colonial Heights, Northview, Coventry Ridge, Ravinia; Oct. 12 – Clarkston, CR 500 S, Temple Ave., Greenfield Rd., Lost Run Farms, Eagle Village, Zion Hills, Hidden Pines; Oct. 13 – Austin Oaks, Brittany Chase, Willow Rd. east of US 421, Willow Glen, Willow Ridge, The Willows, Bridlewood, South side of CR300 S from US 421 to county line
Free seminars for seniors – CarDon & Associates is partnering with Indy Mature Living to help educate Indianapolis-area seniors about issues related to home ownership and post-retirement downsizing. The free seminars will highlight senior living options for those over the age of 55, downsizing, and other educational topics. Upcoming topics include: Downsizing – Professional Panelists, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Cumberland Trace, 1925 Reeves Rd., Plainfield. Reservations can be made by phone or email at 317-600-2056 or email@example.com.
Lunch and Learn On the Road – Boone County Senior Services announces the 2017 lineup for Lunch and Learn On the Road. Lunch and Learn On the Road is for people age 60 and over who would like to travel with us by motor coach to see different parts of our state and learn something new, plus enjoy a special meal. Upcoming dates include: Nov. 29 – Travel to Elkhart to explore the Ruthmere Mansion. The trip includes a lunch tea, entertainment, Christmas décor galore, and more. There are stairs on this trip – no ramps or elevators. Learn more at booneseniors.org.
Pumpkin Patch Festival – The annual Pumpkin Patch Festival at IU Health North Hospital takes place from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 14. In addition to food, games and prizes, this year’s event includes a petting zoo, police and fire emergency vehicles, family photos, face painting, caricatures, crafts, life-sized Operation game, interactive bicycle safety course, and much more. Admission is free.
Pumpkins and Hayrides – The Zionsville Lions Club presents Pumpkins and Hayrides from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 22 in Lions Club Park. This event is a free, family-friendly event to thank the patrons of the park. Activities will include: pumpkin painting, hayrides, games, food and more. Parking for this event is free as well. For more, visit ZionsvilleLions.com.
Trunk or Treat – Christ Lutheran Church, 600 N. Ford Rd., will host Trunk or Treat from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27. In addition to trick-or-treating, there will be face painting, games, and a costume contest. This event is free and open to all children and families in the community. For more, call 317-873-3232 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interns sought – The Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus is seeking interns to work at the Statehouse during the 2018 legislative session. Interns have the opportunity to improve their profession skill-set, work alongside policymakers and elected officials, and build their professional network. Interns receive a $750 bi-weekly stipend, scholarship opportunities, and may qualify for academic credit through their college or university. To apply, visit IndianaStateDemocrats.org/opportunities.
Families symposium – The 2017 Status of Indiana Families symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Ivy Tech, 2820 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. Discussions will provide insight into critical issues facing families from infants and children to the aging and elderly. Cost is $50 and includes lunch. Register at tfaforms.com/4629075.
Legislative internships – Indiana House Republicans are now accepting internship applications for the 2018 legislative session. Internships are open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates of all majors. This paid program during the spring semester gives college students the chance to work one-on-one with state legislators while seeing firsthand how laws are made. To complete an application, visit IndianaHouseRepublicans.com. Applications are due by Oct. 31.
Congressional App Challenge – The 2017 Congressional App Challenge is open to students in the Fifth Congressional District who have not yet graduated from high school. The CAC is designed to engage students from across the country in computer science and coding. Students of any age, whether in elementary, middle, or high school are encouraged to compete by creating and exhibiting an app for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. For more information or to submit an entry by Nov. 1, visit CongressionalAppChallenge.us.
Recycled art market – The Boone County Solid Waste District will host Do it Again Recycled Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St. The event features 25 artists who create works of art from reclaimed items. There will also be a silent auction, education activities and make-your-own-art tables. This is a free, family friendly event.
Candy buy back – Martine Dentistry, 7635 E. Stonegate Dr., will hold a candy buy back from 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 6. Kids can bring in Halloween candy to sell to Dr. Martine for $1 per pound. Dr. Martine will then ship the candy to Operation Gratitude for distribution to troops.
Waste Management board meeting – The Boone County Solid Waste Management District Board will meet at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 16 at the County Annex Building, 116 W. Washington St., Room 105, Lebanon.
Kicking for a cause – 9Round Boxing, 9873 N. Michigan Rd., will host Kicks for a Kure from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 12. Show up anytime for a 35-minute workout. 9Round and Zionsville resident Timnah Masariu will each donate a penny for every kick you do. Mention Timnah’s name when you arrive and they will keep track of your kicks for you. There will also be raffle prizes and drawings.
Health and fitness classes – Witham Health Services offers several health and fitness classes for all ages and fitness levels. Classes include: Breastfeeding Education, Diabetes Management, Rock Steady Boxing, Silver Sneakers, Tai Chi and more. Some classes are free. For times and locations, visit witham.org or call 765-485-8120.
Dementia support group – Lewy Body Dementia affects about 1.4 million Americans and is the second most common cause of progressive dementia behind Alzheimer’s disease. The Metro Indy Lewy Body Dementia caregiver support group meets from 2 to 3:30 p.m. the second Thursday every month at Amore Pizzeria in Boone Village. For more information, contact MetroIndyLewy1@gmail.com or 601-909-LEWY (5399)
ZWIN meeting – Are you a business professional working or living in the Zionsville area who is interested in meeting other businesswomen to discuss how to grow your business or listen to speakers on a variety of topics? Join the ladies of ZWIN (Zionsville Women in Network) on the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting is from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 12 at Zionsville United Methodist Church. For more info, contact Kathy Wood (email@example.com) or Deb Kuller (firstname.lastname@example.org).