Zionsville in brief – November 8, 2016


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 protected] or [email protected].

Extended BMV hours – In advance of election day, BMV license branches will extend hours Nov. 7 and 8 to issue ID cards and driver’s licenses that may be used for identification at a polling place. All branches will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 7, and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 8. License branches will only process new, amended or replacement ID cards, and renewed, amended or replacement driver’s licenses and learner permits. New driver’s licenses and learner permits will be processed provided the customer has previously completed all required testing.

Naloxone distribution – The Hamilton County Health Department, 18030 Foundation Dr., Noblesville, will host a naloxone (Narcan) distribution from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Naloxone is an opiate antidote that reverses the effects of an opiate overdose. Sponsored by Overdose Lifeline, Inc., the distribution will provide limited supplies of naloxone on a first-come, first-served basis.

Poetry reading – Rosaleen Crowley, artist and poet, will read from her new book of poems and paintings, “Point of Connection,” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 17 at Black Dog Books, 115 S. Main St. Crowley will share stories about Ireland’s rich culture and heritage, how the two cultures come together and the legacy of tradition and values to the next generation. Call 317-733-1747 to reserve your copy.

Readers needed – The United Way is seeking volunteer readers for its ReadUP program. Volunteers read to small groups of children ages 3 to 5 years old to give them a consistent opportunity to connect with caring adults in a structured setting. Interested volunteers can sign up at uwci.org/readup-readers.

Little League board members needed – Zionsville Little League serves 800-plus kids every year with our spring and fall rec programs, Showcase, and All-Stars. The Board of Directors has four unfilled seats, one of which is critical to its operations. They are seeking a safety officer, a sponsorship officer, a fundraising officer and a tournament director. If interested, contact Bernie Paul at [email protected].

Clean Water grants awarded – The Indiana State Dept. of Agriculture and the State Soil Conservation Board recently awarded $938,651 in Clean Water Indiana grants to 34 soil and water conservation districts across the state. Hamilton County, in partnership with Boone, Clinton and Madison counties, was awarded $55,000 in grant money to be used for conservation practices and reducing water pollution.

Students hold mock elections – On Nov. 8, students across Indiana will elect their own governor, president and senator in a show of active citizenship through Indiana Kids’ Election (IKE), an award-winning mock election program. IKE is based on the premise that voting is only occasionally done by inspiration but more often done by habit. With its special emphasis on encouraging students to develop one’s voting habit at an early age, IKE attempts to emulate the election process as closely as possible.

Achievement award given – Caroline Adie of Zionsville is the recipient of the 2016 Learn Dream & Achieve Award. The honor, given annually by Learning Disabilities Association of Indiana, acknowledges and celebrates the accomplishments of an Indiana high school or college student who has a learning disability or attention deficit disorder. Adie is a senior at Fortune Academy and plans to attend college next fall.

Witham receives donation – The Witham Health Services Foundation has received a donation of $1,500 from the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 2062 to support cardiac rehabilitation services at Witham Hospital. To date, the Eagles have donated more than $13,000 to the foundation from their annual Heart Fundraiser held in February each year.

Donation honors employees – The Witham Health Services Grateful Patient Program was created to provide patients with a way to say thank you to Witham caregivers who have made a difference in their lives by giving exceptional care. In August, a donation was made to the foundation to honor the following seven employees: Stacey Montgomery, Ashley Princell, Dr. Steven Fritsch, Kelly Scheid, Laura Dunn, Dr. P.T. Buntin and Emily Goins.

Nature Center food drive – Throughout November, the Zion Nature Center will collect food items for our local Zionsville Food Pantry. Help us give back to the community one boxed or canned good at a time. Visitors are asked to bring one item when visiting the nature center or attending a park program. Help us make a difference for families in our community.

Letters to Santa – Earth Explorer Toys has a direct line to Santa this holiday season.  From Nov. 12-Dec. 24, kids can write letters to Santa and mail them directly to the North Pole. A special mailbox is located right outside the store. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a personalized reply.

Math team takes second – Congratulations to the ZCHS Mu Alpha Theta competition team for finishing in second place in the Huntington Math Competition earlier this month.  The team was led by Grant Thompson, who finished in third place overall in the individual competition.  Pictured, from left: James Lao, Jeremy Chiang, Eddie Lin, Neil Thompson, Grant Thompson, Laura Rodgers and Alex Morrison.

Parent’s Night Out – Zionsville Community Schools presents Parent’s Night Out from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Pleasant View Elementary. Children will get to play games, make a craft, enjoy sports/games in the gym, splash around the pool and watch a dive-in movie. Dinner (pizza, etc.) is included. Send the kiddos with their pajamas and they will be ready for bed when you pick them up. To register, visit ZionsvilleEagleRec.com and click on Programs.

Kids Count conference – The Indiana Youth Institute’s 2016 Because Kids Count conference is being held Nov. 29-30 at the Indiana Convention Center. Online registration is available through Nov. 14. Speakers of note include Sonia Monzano, known as Maria on Sesame Street, and country music singer Jimmy Wayne. To register, visit iyi.org/conference.

Leaf collection – The Town of Zionsville’s Street & Stormwater Dept. will provide curbside leaf collection from now through Dec. 2. Residents should rake leaves into long, narrow piles along the curb. No sticks or other yard rubbish should be in the piles. Cars should park off street if possible. The leaf vacuum will visit each neighborhood weekly as schedules allow.

Census workers needed – The Town of Whitestown is seeking census workers. Jobs pay $10-$15 per hour and last from two to eight weeks with flexible hours. Applications can be picked up at the Whitestown Municipal Complex.

Police Department hiring – The Whitestown Metropolitan Police Dept. is seeking community-minded men and women who would like to begin or continue a challenging and rewarding career in public service. Must be at least 21 years of age with a valid driver’s license or ability to obtain one. Apply online at whitestownpolce.org/careers.

Library programs – Dinovember – Dinosaurs are taking over the library. Come to Youth Services during November to see if you can find any hidden dinosaurs. Veterans Tree – Beginning Nov. 11, drop by Youth Services to make an ornament for our Heroes’ Tree. Hope for Heroes collection – from Nov. 12-Dec. 17, the library is accepting socks, underwear, T-shirts and personal care items for distribution to veterans. For more, visit ZionsvilleLibrary.org. On Nov. 11, the library will close at 1 p.m. for staff training.

Nature Center programs – Bat Encounters, 6:30 p.m.Nov. 11 at Zionsville Town Hall Community Room. See some of the largest and rarest bats in the world up-close.

Coat drive – Local orthodontis David Judy and the Judy Orthodontics Team are sponsoring Warm Up for Winter through Nov. 30. Donations of new or gently used winter wear such as coats, hats, gloves and scarves can be dropped off at the Judy Orthodontics office at 3965 W. 106th St., Suite 150. Donations will benefit the Julian Center.

Straight ticket voting changes – Straight party voting has changed in Indiana. Hoosiers will still be able to cast a straight ticket Nov. 8, but that vote will not count for any individual candidate for county council or town council at-large. Voters now need to select each candidate they wish to elect for at-large county council and town council seats.

Beauty Lounge trunk show – The Beauty Lounge, 2325 Pointe Pkwy, Suite 110, is hosting a trunk show from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 10 featuring items for purchase and artwork from local artists. Items will be featured from Robert Goodman Jewelers and Chan Luu, a Los Angeles-based contemporary lifestyle brand offering handcrafted designer jewelry, scarves and apparel. Rascia’s Creative Cakes will provide light desserts.

EMT training classes – Boone County EMS Education, in cooperation with Witham Health Services, is presenting an EMT-basic training class beginning November 10. The class will consist of 39 sessions, held Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to 10 p.m. Cost is $650, which includes a $200 non-refundable deposit due upon enrollment. For more information or an application, contact Natasha Click at 317-840-4244 or  [email protected].

Veterans to be honored – Salem United Methodist Church of Zionsville, 6701 S. 775 E., will honor military veterans Nov. 13 at the 9:15 a.m. worship service. Special music will be performed and all veterans in attendance will be recognized. Salem identifies veterans as anyone who has worn a military uniform to serve and protect the U.S. here or abroad.


Nonprofit grants available – The LIDS Foundation is seeking youth-based nonprofits to apply for its 2017 Tip of the Hat Award national grant program. Exemplary nonprofit programs focused on sports-related activities, the promotion of a healthy lifestyle, or leadership and growth opportunities are eligible and invited to apply for one of five grants totaling $300,000 by the Nov. 13 deadline. For more, visit lidsfoundation.org/tip-the-hat-official-entry.

Zionsville basketball – Learn about the history of Zionsville basketball from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library. Local writer and historian Kermit Paddack will talk about the proud history of basketball in Zionsville. Copies of his books will be available for signing and purchase. Registration required. Please, no children under 10. Register at zionsville.lib.in.us.

Show Choir concert – Zionsville Show Choirs will perform their holiday concert at 7 p.m.  Dec. 1 and 2 at Zionsville Performing Arts Center. Tickets will be on sale starting Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. For more, visit zchoirs.com.

Scholarships available – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana Scholarship Program offers students the opportunity to apply for one of four scholarships honoring the applicant’s heritage to celebrate the growing diversity in Indiana. Applications are being accepted from eligible high school seniors in one of four ethnic categories: Asian, Hispanic, African-American and all others. Applications are due by Jan. 18, 2017. For more, visit rmhccin.org.