Zionsville in brief — February 13, 2018

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ZPC Women’s Gathering – Zionsville Presbyterian Church, 4775 W. 116th St., presents Women’s Gathering 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 24. Cost is $30 through Feb. 18 and $40 after Feb. 18. Bring a friend for a $10 discount on both. Paula Taylor will be the keynote speaker. The day will also include door prizes, an art project, buffet lunch and more. Register online at zpc.org/event/1061140-2018-02-24-find-rest–2018-womens-gathering. 

Poetry judges selected, deadline extended – The Zionsville Cultural District has announced that Barry Harris, Jenny Kalahar and Donna Monday will serve as judges for the second annual Step-on-Us Sidewalk Poetry Contest. Winning poems will be stamped into a Village sidewalk for all to see for years to come. Entry is $5 for youth and $10 for adults. Entries are due by Feb. 28. For complete details, visit ZionsvilleCulturalDistrict.org.

State of the Community – The 2018 Boone County State of the Community event will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. March 7 at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Cost to attend is $15 per person and includes breakfast. To register, visit EventBrite.com.

STEM online for girls – Governor Holcomb is inviting female high school students to explore their interest in the computer science and technology field by joining the Girls Go CyberStart program, an online series of challenges that allow students to solve cybersecurity-related puzzles and explore relevant topics, such as cryptography and digital forensics. Register online at GirlsGoCyberStart.com until Feb. 16.

Chili supper – Salem United Methodist Church, 6701 S. 775 E., Zionsville, will host its annual chili supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 17. Cost is $6 and includes all-you-can-eat chili, sides, desserts and drinks. Kids under age 3 eat free. For a ride or meal delivery, call 317-873-4015 to prearrange.

Amateur radio class – The Central Indiana Amateur Radio Association will host a free one-day class followed by testing for a federal amateur radio license. The class will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in Conference Room “B” of St.Vincent Carmel Hospital, 13500 N. Meridian St. The class will be a review of material found in the Ham Radio License Manual. The test immediately follows the class. For more, call 317-224-9433.

State of the Town – The State of the Town address will take place from 8 to 9 a.m. Feb. 20 at Zionsville Town Hall in the St.Vincent Community Room. This event is free to Zionsville Chamber members and first-time guests but attendees must register. Coffee and a light breakfast will be provided. To register, visit ZionsvilleChamber.org.

Authors award nominations – The public is invited to nominate a writer with Indiana ties for the 2018 Indiana Authors Award. Winning authors receive cash prizes, and they each select an Indiana library to receive a grant as well. Nominations may be submitted online at IndianaAuthorsAward.org and will be accepted through March 16.

Housing Institute agencies selected – Two Boone County nonprofit agencies have been chosen to participate in the 2018 Indiana Permanent Supportive Housing Institute by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and Corporation for Supportive Housing. The Youth & Family Health Network and Integrative Wellness will represent Lebanon at the Institute.

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 storytellingministries@gmail.com or annmarie@youarecurrent.com.

Library programs –Valentine’s Day Party, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Feb. 14 for ages 3 to 6. Join the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library for stories and activities that celebrate love. Reuse Heart & Sole – Donate gently used shoes for those in need in central Indiana. Shoes are being collected through Feb. 15. Busy Bags, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 22. For adults only. Create 12 different busy bags containing portable activities for toddlers. Cost is $10 and includes Friends of the Library membership. Register at ZionsvilleLibrary.org.

Free constitution sessions – The Constitution Party will host a series of free sessions on the Constitution. Sessions will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month from February through July at Old National Banking Center, 385 S. Main St. Nick Frecker will lead the series and will be using The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution by Brion McClanahan. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the sessions.

Parks programs –Mommy and Me: Owls, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 23 at Zion Nature Center. A fun and interactive introduction to owls featuring stories, crafts and exploration. For ages 1-3 with an adult. Registration is required as space is limited. Register at naturecenter@zionsville-in.gov

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: Feb. 15, March 15 and April 19. Cost is $15 for each father-son pair, $3 for additional guests. RSVP to 317-345-3208.

Parent Talk series – Zionsville Community Schools presents its Parent Talk Series featuring Dr. Lori Desautels at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Zionsville Performing Arts Center, 1000 Mulberry St. Dr. Desautels’ topic is Understanding the Stressful Brain State of Our Children. Tickets are free and childcare is available. Visit zvilleperformingarts.com for more information and tickets.

Community Impact Breakfast – The Community Foundation of Boone County will hold its annual Community Impact Breakfast on Feb. 22 at Zionsville Town Hall. A buffet breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 8:30 a.m. Highlights will include the announcement of several grant and award winners. Visit CommunityFoundationBC.org for more information.

Energy camp opportunities – Applications are now being accepted for the Touchstone Energy Camp for sixth graders whose parents receive energy from Boone REMC. The camp provides traditional camp experiences such as swimming and canoeing. It also provides opportunities to learn about energy related careers. Applications are due by Feb. 23. For more information, visit bremc.com/community/youth-programs.

Suicide prevention training – Chaucie’s Place, 4607 E. 106th St., Carmel, will host QPR training from 5:30 to 7:30 Feb. 20. QPR stands for Question.Persuade.Refer and the method was developed to detect and respond to anyone emitting suicide warning signs. QPR is an evidence-based prevention program backed by 30 years of research. Cost to attend either of the stand-alone sessions is $15. Register online at EventBrite.com.

Washington D.C. tour – Boone REMC offers an all expenses paid opportunity for high school juniors to tour Washington D.C. as part of the Indiana Youth Tour being held June 7-14. Applications are available online at bremc.com/community/youth-programs and are due by Feb. 23. To be eligible, parents of applicant must receive energy from Boone REMC.

Snowplow painting – INDOT East Central District invites high schools to paint an INDOT snowplow blade with original artwork to represent their school. In addition to being seen in service during winter months, the blades may be used at events within the school’s community to enhance public awareness and promote safety. Applications are due March 15. For more, visit in.gov/indot/3427.htm

Diabetes workshop – The Zionsville Lions Club will host a community informational meeting on diabetes from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 15, at the Zionsville Lions Clubhouse, 115 S. Elm St. The meeting will address what diabetes and prediabetes are, causes and risk factors of diabetes, and what steps to take if you have diabetes or prediabetes, among other key points. To learn more, call 317-873-5540.

Matching grant awarded – Women’s Fund of Central Indiana recently awarded Boone County non-profit Youth & Family Health Network a $10,000 matching grant to help YFHN build its donor base and fund a recovery home for women. The grant will match all donations dollar for dollar. To learn more, visit YFHNPartners.org.

Housing prices increase – The housing market in Zionsville remains in the seller’s favor. According to F.C. Tucker, the average sale price for homes sold in Zionsville in December 2017 was $420,753 at an average of $136.45 per square foot. This sale price represented a 6 percent increase from December 2016. Homes in the city sold in an average of 70 days, 21 days faster than this time last year.

Lunsford named to Executive Committee – The Indiana Manufacturer’s Association has named Mike Lunsford of Dart Controls as its Executive Committee Vice-Chair for 2018.

Conference center available – The Boone County Economic Development Corporation (Boone EDC) has announced that its conference center located at 2030 Indianapolis Ave., Lebanon, is available for business and professional use. The conference center is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and it is rented by the hour. It is free for Boone EDC members and Boone County non-profits. For others, the fee is $25 per hour plus a $50 deposit. To reserve the space, please visit betterinboone.org/meetings.

Century award nominations – The state of Indiana is accepting nominations for the Governor’s Century and Half Century Business Awards, which honor Hoosier businesses that have remained in operation for at least 100 or 50 years, respectively, and have a demonstrated a commitment to serving the community. Applications are due by Feb. 16. Visit iedc.in.gov for more information or to apply.

Volunteer tax preparers needed – United Way of Central Indiana needs volunteers to become tax preparers for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA). The program offers online and in-person tax filing services in Marion, Hendricks, Hancock, Morgan and Boone Counties for taxpayers who earned $66,000 or less in 2017. To learn more and sign up to become a volunteer visit, indyfreetaxprep.com.

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