Sensory-friendly film night – Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library will have a sensory-friendly showing of the movie “Smallfoot” Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Lora Hussey room. Lights will be on and volume down. Audience members will be free to talk, sing, move around and enjoy the movie in a welcoming, supportive environment. Parents are encouraged to bring their own snacks for the family and a pillow or blanket to make floor seating more comfortable. Chairs also will be available. For more, visit zionsvillelibrary.org.
Networking for women – Female business professionals working or living in the Zionsville area are invited to join the ladies of Zionsville Women in Network on the second Thursday of each month. The event aims to connect businesswomen to discuss how to grow businesses and listen to a variety of speakers. The next ZWIN meeting will be Jan. 10 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Zionsville United Methodist Church. For more, contact Kathy Wood at email@example.com or Deb Kuller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
French program at ZCS – Registration is open for second semester for L’Ecole Française. After school French classes are offered at Zionsville elementary schools and before school at Zionsville Middle School and Zionsville West Middle School. Registration can be found at zionsvilleeaglerec.com. For questions, contact email@example.com.
5K walk/run for diabetes – On Feb. 16, 2019, Zionsville Lions Club will host a Strides Heart for Diabetes 5K Run/Walk, a fundraiser for diabetes awareness. Registration is $20 through Dec. 31 and $30 through Feb. 14. On-site registration will be $35. Register for the race at run2race.com/heart-for-diabetes-5K.
National Charity League offers $500 scholarship – The Crossroads Chapter of National Charity League is offering a $500 scholarship to a female high school senior who has shown consistent involvement in community service and leadership. The application is open to female high school seniors who reside in Boone or Hamilton counties and plan to pursue a post-secondary school education. The deadline to apply is March 1. The winner will be notified in April and will receive a one-time, non-renewable scholarship. For more, visit crossroads.nationalcharityleague.org/scholarship.
Fly Fishing Festival – The Heartland Fly Fishing Festival will be held Jan. 19 and 20 at the Boone County 4H Fairgrounds, 1300 100 S. in Lebanon. It is hosted by Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and focused on techniques and tools that allow anyone to pursue the sport. There will be silent auctions on Saturday to benefit Project Healing Waters. The cost is $12 daily or $15 for a two-day pass. The cost for persons under age 18 is $6 per day. Kids 10 and under are free. Free admission for all active duty and separated military with ID. For more, visit heartlandflyfishingfestival.com.
Birth class offered – Indy FertilityCare and Zionsville Physical Therapy will offer a 10-week group class series taught by Liz Escoffery, a certified Birth Boot Camp Instructor, at Zionsville Physical Therapy, 77 Boone Village, Zionsville. The class will prepare new parents or any couple wanting an unmedicated birth for all aspects of pregnancy, birth, and the immediate postpartum period. The series begins Feb. 10. Cost for the class is $375 per couple. Topics include nutrition, exercises, relaxation/labor rehearsal, choosing a provider and birthing place, making a birth plan, newborn care and more. Learn more and register at indyfertilitycarebooking.as.me.
ZPC MOPS group offered – Zionsville Presbyterian Church offers a bi-monthly Mothers of Preschoolers group at the church. Upcoming MOPS gatherings will be Jan. 11, Jan. 25, Feb. 8 and Feb. 22 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. MOPS is an international nonprofit organization for moms of infants to kindergartners, providing an opportunity to meet other moms and make the journey of motherhood together. Child care is provided. The registration fee is $65 per semester, or $130 per year regardless of the number of children attending. Scholarships are available. For more, contact Lisa Price at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-873-6503.
Carmel Cooperative Preschool Open House – Carmel Cooperative Preschool will host its 2019-20 Open House Jan. 20 from 1-4 p.m. at the school, 3085 W 116th St. in West Carmel. Learn all about CCP play-based programs. Teachers will be on hand to answer questions, as well as current students and families. For more, visit carmelcooperative.org.
Chamber networking event – The Zionsville Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly First Tuesday networking event Jan. 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Habitat for Humanity’s new Restore in Zionsville, as part of Restore’s grand opening festivities. First Tuesday is a monthly networking event organized by the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce and features networking, door prizes, drinks and appetizers. Restore is located at 10650 Andrade Dr. in Zionsville.
Tourism grows in Indiana – A new study released by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development shows a growing impact tourism has on Indiana’s economy. According to the study, total visitor spending reached $12.7 billion in Indiana in 2018. The number of visitors to Indiana destinations increased to 80 million. Indiana tourism supported 199,830 full-time jobs and generated $1.4B in state and local taxes.
Indiana’s government shutdown effect – A study by WalletHub rated Indiana the state fifth least affected by the U.S. government shutdown, which began Dec. 22 due to an impasse over President Donald Trump’s demand for more than $5 billion in federal funding to build a new wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. WalletHub compared the economic impact on all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia in terms of five key metrics, including each state’s share of federal jobs and the share of families receiving food stamps. The District of Columbia was the most affected and Minnesota was the least. As of press time, the shutdown was ongoing. For more, visit wallethub.com/edu/government-shutdown-report/1111.
Free smoke alarms and tests – The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign is a multi-year effort to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. People of all ages are vulnerable to home fires. The Red Cross encourages everyone to call 1-888-684-1441 to make an appointment to test existing smoke alarms and/or install free alarms in your home.
Riverview Health to host Gastroesophageal seminar – Riverview Health will host a gastroesophageal reflux disease seminar Jan. 16 from 6-7 p.m. at Riverview Health, 395 Westfield Rd. in Noblesville, in the Krieg DeVault Conference Room. Dr. Ernest Orinion, a board-certified gastroenterologist, will discuss causes and treatment options of gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly known as GERD. A light dinner will be served. The program is free, but registration is required. Register at riverview.org/classes or call 317-776-7999.