Zionsville in brief — March 13, 2018


History contest finalists – Twenty-four Zionsville Middle School students are among the finalists of the National History Day in Indiana central region contest. Students from 17 schools participated and finalists will compete at the NHDI state contest in April.

American Legion events – American Legion Zionsville Post 79 will host a St. Patrick’s Day dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. March 17. Meal options include corned beef, cabbage, red potatoes and rye bread for $12; Reuben sandwich, potato salad and chips for $7; or a kids meal for $4. VA accredited-attorney Ronad Wright will present a seminar at 2 p.m. March 24 about special pensions and benefits for veterans. RSVP by calling 1-866-576-1900.

Model UN conference – The ZCHS Model United Nations Club competed at Indiana University in February and nine student received awards. Johnathan Ralstin was awarded best position paper for his work in the Joint Crisis Committee. Cole Wesley, Stephen Smith, Octavia Gu, Suki Sasic, and Maan Murad were given honorable mention for their roles in developing resolutions to issues in each of their committees. Ali Hasan, Alyssa Ilaria and Will Schrepferman each won the highest distinction of Best Delegate for their respective committees. 

College news – Zionsville resident Alecia Carson graduated from IU Kokomo in December with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. Manchester University named Zionsville residents Joshua Jordan and Eric Weitholter to the dean’s list for fall 2017.

Garden Club grants – The Village Garden Club is accepting applications for a grant up to $250. Any Zionsville organization with gardening plans to enhance the community is eligible to receive this grant. To apply, send a detailed description of the project, including the itemized cost to: Joan Kayes, 8875 Stonewick Way, Zionsville, IN 46077. Include a telephone number with area code and email address. Requests should be submitted by March 28. Questions may be directed to kayes@indy.rr.com.

Confident parenting – Zionsville Presbyterian Church, 4775 W. 116th St., will host Confident Parenting from 2 to 5:30 p.m. March 24. Learn how to create a healthy family atmosphere, how to manage social media and about the Purity Code. Visit ZPC.org for more information or to register.

Women of Impact meeting – Women of Impact will hold their first quarter meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 24 at Golf Club of Indiana, 6905 E. 525 S. Last year, the Women of Impact awarded over $54,000 to Boone County nonprofits. Learn more about this group by attending our meeting.

State fair registration open – Registration is now open for all competitions for the 2018 Indiana State Fair. Competitors can choose from 38 departments, including vegetables, livestock, photography and textiles. All ages are welcome to compete for cash prizes and 8,292 blue ribbons to be awarded. For registration information, visit indianastatefair.com/state-fair/competitionscontests.

Library programs – Paper Sachets, 2 to 4 p.m. March 27. Craft lovely paper sachets to use in your closet or drawers. Adults only, registration required. Visit ZionsvilleLibrary.org to register.

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

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

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.

Scholarships available – Tru Direction, Inc., is accepting applications for its 2018 scholarship program. Scholarship recipients can receive $500 to $2,500 each as determined by the Scholarship Committee. For eligibility rules, visit  Trudirection.org. Applications are due by March 31.

Governor’s Fellowship applications – Gov. Eric Holcomb has announced that applications will be accepted through April 6 for the 2018-2019 Governor’s Fellowship. The program is open to college graduates who receive their bachelor’s degrees in the fall of 2017 or the spring of 2018. Fellows participate in the daily activities and operation of state government, complete special projects, and experience firsthand how policies are made. The application and submission guidelines can be found online at  in.gov/gov/fellowship.htm

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.

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. in Zionsville. 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.

Shuttle drivers needed – IU Health North Hospital needs volunteer drivers for its parking lot shuttle. Volunteers are needed weekdays for three-hour shifts. Individuals must be at least 21 years old and have a valid Indiana driver’s license. To learn more or begin the volunteer application process, contact Sonya Peitz, volunteer services coordinator, at 317-688-2927 or speitz@iuhealt 

New director hired – The Arc of Greater Boone County has named Pam Verbarg as the new Executive Director. She joined The Arc on February 5 after previous Executive Director, Andy Kirby, accepted a position with The Arc of Indiana. Verbarg has been in the disability service field for over 25 years and has lived in Lebanon since 2016.

Name change – Verizon Wireless retailer The Cellular Connection locations are changing their name to The Wireless Zone. The 24 stores throughout Indiana, West Virginia and Ohio are now franchise-owned. The services will remain the same. One nearby location is in Zionsville and another in Whitestown.

Exhibitors and sponsors sought – The Boone County Chamber of Commerce is seeking exhibitors and sponsors for the Boone County Chamber Home and Business Expo. The event will be held April 19-21, at the Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds. Exhibitor applications can be downloaded at  boonechamber.org. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Diane Schultz at 765-482-1320 or director@boonechamber.org.

Volunteer tax preparers needed – United Way of Central Indiana needs volunteers to become tax preparers for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. 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.