Mental Health First Aid – Brick Street Inn, 175 S. Main St., will host Mental Health First Aid from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 22. Darby Casady will lead the course that prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aiders learn a five-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support. Cost is $65 and includes lunch. To participate, contact Casady at email@example.com.
Scout for Food drive – The Zionsville Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will work together to Scout For Food on March 24 in all Zionsville neighborhoods. Have non-perishable donations out by 9 a.m. in a bag to be collected to stock the Zionsville Food Pantry. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or concerns regarding pick up of food.
Volunteer of the Year – Boone County Senior Services recently named Zionsville resident Dave Rusie as Volunteer of the Year at its annual celebration. Rusie has worked as a volunteer for the BCSSI Friendly Visitor program.
American Legion events –VA accredited-attorney Ronald Wright will present a seminar about special pensions and benefits for veterans at 2 p.m. March 24 at American Legion Zionsville Post 79, 9950 E 600 S. RSVP by calling 1-866-576-1900.
Parks images online – In 2016, Google began a project to capture panoramic images of 33 Indiana parks using Google Trekker technology. That project is now finished and includes images of several parks in Zionsville. This allows residents to see parks and trails digitally to plan out a route before they visit, or to see park offerings from a distance. Images are available at Google.com/Maps.
Four Star schools named – Seven Zionsville schools made the list of Four Star schools named by the Indiana Department of Education. To receive the designation, schools must have an A rating, excellent ISTEP pass rates, high graduation rates and be successful in closing achievement gaps.
Women of Impact meeting – Women of Impact will hold its 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 the meeting.
North Country screening – The Social Justice Ministry Team of Zionsville Christian Church, 120 N. 9th St., invites the community to a screening of North Country at 6:30 p.m. March 24. The film is suitable for ages 17 and older. It is a fictionalized account of the first sexual harassment case brought against industry in this country. The event is free.
Refugee expert to speak – Megan Hochbein of Exodus Refugee Immigration, Inc. will speak about changes to refugee resettlement under President Trump. The program will be held at 7 p.m. March 26 at Zionsville Town Hall. There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested. Register at eventbrite.com/e/refugee-crisis-tickets-44041327797.
Oratorical contest – The 2018 Zionsville Optimist Club Oratorical Contest will be held at 6 p.m. March 20 in the LGI room of Zionsville Community High School. Students will present a four- to five-minute speech on the topic “Where Are My Roots of Optimism?” Winners will advance to regional competitions in April.
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.
Garden plots sign-up available – Community garden plots are available at Heritage Trail Park and Elm Street Green. Cost is $25 for a 20-foot by 20-plot. Visit Zionsville Town Hall during business hours to reserve a plot. Gardens will be open no later than May 15, weather permitting.
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 email@example.com.
Summer camp registration – Registration is now open for Traders Point Christian Academy summer camps. Camp Invention includes hands-on STEM activities such as building a robot dog. Springhill Day Camp is full of outdoor adventures including rock climbing, water slides and more. For more information, visit tpcs.org.
State fair registration open – Registration is open for 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/.
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 Feb. 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.
Park programs – Spring Dog Walk, 10 to 11 a.m. March 24 at Elm Street Green, 165 N. Elm St. We will search for the first signs of spring. Pull For Parks will be held April 21-22 and we need help from local groups to remove invasive plants from target areas. Call 317-873-8950 to register a group.
Holy Week services – Salem United Methodist Church of Zionsville will hold several Holy Week services. Palm Sunday, March 25, kicks off the week, followed by a sunset Maundy Thursday Service at 7 p.m. March 29. A traditional Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 7:30 a.m. April 1. Rejoicing continues at Salem’s traditional Hallelujah Easter Worship Service with special music beginning at 9:15 a.m. Visit FriendlyCountryChurch.org or call 317-873-4015 for more information.
Kindergarten Round-Up – Zionsville Kindergarten Round-Up dates have been announced as follows: Boone Meadow Elementary – March 28; Stonegate Elementary – April 10; Eagle Elementary – April 11; Union Elementary – April 12; Pleasant View Elementary – April 16. For times and more details, visit zcs.k12.in.us.
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 – Governor 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.
Theater Thursdays – Boone County Senior Services, Inc. brings back Theater Thursdays on the third Thursday of each month with a special morning movie at the Lebanon 7 Theater, 1600 N. Lebanon St. for those ages 60 and over. The cost is $1/person and includes a breakfast snack. Upcoming movies include: April 19 – Going In Style; May 17 – Home Again. For more, call 765-482-5220 or 317-873-8939.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Golden Hoosier nominations – Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 Golden Hoosier Awards. To be eligible for the award, nominees must be Indiana residents, aged 65 or older and have been a volunteer in the community for the past three years. Nomination forms are available at lg.in.gov and are due by May 14.
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.
Tucker associates honored – Several F.C. Tucker Company sales associates from the Zionsville office were honored recently at the firm’s annual awards banquet in Indianapolis. The leading sales producers were The O’Brien Group and Kristen Woodworth.
Now open – Whitestown has recently welcomed three new businesses to the area. McAlister’s Deli opened on March 12 at 6161 S. Main St. Moontown Brewing Company is now open in the old Whitestown High School building. Also, Fundae’s Ice Cream opened on March 16 at 7157 E. Whitestown Pkwy.
Montgomery to be renamed – Montgomery Aviation has announced that the company will be rebranded as First Wing Jet Center. The fixed-base operator at Indianapolis Executive Airport in Zionsville and Frankfort / Clinton County Airport will take on the First Wing Jet Center brand, and the flight school will be known as First Wing Flight. The sister companies in the family, Eagle Creek Aviation and Naples Jet Center, will retain their current brands but will receive a refresh of their logos and identities to match the new First Wing branding.
Brick Street Market vendors – The Brick Street Market will be held May 12 and is now accepting applications for artists and food vendors. Visit ZionsvilleChamber.org for details and registration forms. Deadline to register is March 23.
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.