Young names new director – U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) has named Zionsville resident Andrew Kossack his new state director. Kossack most recently served as associate counsel to Vice President Mike Pence. He also served as special counsel at the U.S. Dept. of Education.
Safest cities – The National Council for Home Safety and Security reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with their own population data and internal research. The results show that Zionsville is the safest city in Indiana, closely followed by Carmel at No. 3 and Fishers at No. 4. Rankings were based on both violent crimes and property crimes.
Source: National Council for Home Safety and Security
Savor, Sip & See – Tri Kappa will host Savor, Sip & See from 6 to 9:30 p.m. May 5 on Main Street. Ticket price is $50 before April 30, $60 at the door, and includes wine, beer and food tasting. For tickets, visit ZionsvilleTriKappa.org.
Sail and Power Squadron elections – The Hoosier Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadron, announces the installation of its 2018-2019 bridge members. New officers are: Commander – David Drashil; Executive Officer – Jason Settles; Education Officer – James Duncan; Assistant Education Officer – Robert Beall; Secretary – Holly Settles; Treasurer – Nancy Beall. For more, visit HoosierUSPS.org.
Z’GreenFest – Z’GreenFest will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. April 22 at Zionsville Christian Church, 120 N. 9th St. The first 100 families to attend will receive a free Butterfly Weed plant (Asclepias Tuberosa). The plants provide food for monarch caterpillars. Z’GreenFest is free to attend but food and household items will be accepted for the Caring Center.
Z’Run set for April 28 – The annual Z’Run 5K will begin at 9 a.m. April 28 at Zionsville Middle School, 900 N. Ford Road. Cost is $20 per individual, with family rates available. Learn more at secure.getmeregistered.com/get_information.php?event_id=128854.
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.
Cadet Law Enforcement Academy – The Indiana Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Academy is currently accepting applications for the 2018 class. The Academy is limited to the first 50 applicants. Registration is open to students in grades 9-12. Cost is $300 and is due by June 1. For more, visit trooper.org/camps.
Library programs – Animal Adventures – Life in Trees, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 20. Naturalists from the Zion Nature Center will join librarians as they share their knowledge about life in trees. Meet at the library for storytime fun, then walk to the nature center to meet and learn about the real animals that live there. Register at ZionsvilleLibrary.org.
Parks programs – Monthly dog walk, 6 to 7 p.m. April 19, Starkey Park. Let your dog enjoy the sights and smells 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. Stop by the Nature Center from 1 to 4 p.m. either of those days for an Earth Day craft. For more, visit ZionNatureCenter.org.
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.
After Prom preview event – Each year after the prom, high school students are invited to attend After Prom, a supervised, substance free event that provides activities, prizes and scholarships. The community is invited to the Preview Showcase from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Apr. 21 at Zionsville Community High School.
Community gardens – St. Francis In-The-Fields community gardens is offering 20-foot by 20-foot plots for a fee of $30 and a $30 refundable deposit. Plots will be available for planting by early May. Chemical free gardening is mandatory for safety reasons. For more, call 317-473-1661.
STEM contest open – Applications are being accepted for the 2018 Governor’s STEM Team. The competition is open to high school students interested in STEM subjects. Winners will receive scholarships and STEM Team letter jackets. For more, visit secure.in.gov/apps/govstemawards/. Deadline to apply is April 22.
Cowpokes & Cocktails – Eiteljorg Museum presents Cowpokes & Cocktails from 6 to 11 p.m. April 28 at Fitness Farm, 2525 W. 44th St. This is a high-end fundraiser that includes exquisite food, a cocktail contest, silent and live auction. Kristi Lee of the “Bob & Tom Show” will serve as emcee and auctioneer. Tickets start at $200 and are available at bidpal.net/cowpokes.
Recycling event – Boone Village will host a recycling event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28. Electronics will be accepted for free recycling. Some items, such as CRT monitors and industrial equipment, will have a charge. Light bulbs, batteries and large appliances will not be accepted. The Caring Center will also accept donations of clothing and household items in good condition, along with non-perishable food items.
Mortgage burning ceremony – ZUMC will hold a Church Dedication and Mortgage Burning Celebration on April 29. Service times include: Worship 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., Celebration and Mortgage Burning 10:40 a.m., Worship 11-11:45 a.m. The church has retired the debt on the building and is moving forward in ministry. Retired United Methodist Bishop Mike Coyner will officiate.
Memorial 5K run/walk – The community is invited to join in the fourth annual Megan Hammerle Memorial 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. May 12, beginning and ending at the Lebanon High School football field. Cost is $25 before April 22, $30 after that. Visit GetMeRegistered.com to register. Net proceeds will benefit the Lebanon High School band and cross country/track programs.
Mayor’s Night In – The first Mayor’s Night In of 2018 will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. May 2 in Zionsville Town Hall. Ask questions and connect with Mayor Haak and town officials.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.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 now 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.
Healthy counties – SmartAsset has released its second annual study on America’s Healthiest Places. In Indiana, Boone County ranked the second healthiest. Rankings were based on life expectancy, healthy behaviors and healthcare access.
Board members elected – Boone County addictions education and recovery non-profit Youth & Family Health Network has named Michelle Standeford as executive director. Kristen Kelley and Larry Prater have been elected board president and vice-president, respectively. Stacey Miller has been added to the board and takes on the role of secretary. YFHN also announced that board member Michelle Ziesmer is leading the group’s advisory panel.
Forum 400 member named – Dean Harder, founder of The OYRI Group, has been named to the Forum 400 organization. The organization is limited to 400 members nationwide in the personal financial services industry. Harder is only the fourth member from Indiana to be admitted to the group
Child abuse prevention – April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Family Support Services of West Central Indiana is urging the community to help bring awareness to the issue. Businesses are encouraged to decorate windows and doors with blue ribbons to show support. In addition, posters can be obtained by calling 765-653-4820.