Z-Run 5K run and 1K walk – The 2018 Z-Run will be April 28 at Zionsville Middle School. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. with race events beginning at 9 a.m. The family event is suitable for all ages and includes a 5K run/walk or a 1K family walk. Dogs may participate as well. The logo for the event was designed by Luke Huber, an eighth-grader at the school.
Kite Day – Zionsville’s annual Kite Day will be held from noon to 3 p.m. April 29 at The Boys & Girls Club West, 5964 S. 700 E., Whitestown. Admission is $2 per person or $5 for a family of five. Proceeds benefit the Zionsville Boys & Girls Clubs. Rain date is May 6. For more, call 317-919-7901.
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.
Heavy trash collection – The Town of Zionsville’s Street & Stormwater Dept. will provide heavy trash collection to Zionsville residents in the urban service district the week of May 7. Place items curbside by 7 a.m. on regular trash day. For a list of accepted items, visit Zionsville-in.gov/152/Heavy-Trash-Collection.
Women of Impact – Women of Impact Boone County will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 9 at The Cardinal Room at Golf Club of Indiana, 6905 S. 525 E., Lebanon. The group supports local nonprofits. For more, visit communityfoundationbc.org/community-leadership/women-of-impact/.
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.
Free Constitution sessions – The Constitution Party will host a series of free sessions on the Constitution. Sessions will be held from 9:30 to 11 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.
Cadet Law Enforcement Academy – The Indiana Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Academy is 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.
Parks programs – Spring wildflower walk, 1 to 2 p.m. April 28, Starkey Nature Park, 667 Sugarbush Dr. Join Park Naturalist Mindy Murdock as we discover what’s blooming this week. Family Fun Ride, May 12, Elm Street Green, 165 Elm St. Bike safety checks begin at 9 a.m. followed by a seven mile ride through the parks at 10 a.m. 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: May 17 – Home Again, June 21 – Collateral Beauty. For more, call 765-482-5220 or 317-873-8939.
Community gardens – St. Francis In-The-Fields community gardens is offering 20×20 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.
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.
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.
Kids program at farmers market – Whitestown Farmers Market is introducing Crop Coins for kids this summer. Kids can visit local businesses to pick up simple items. Once they complete the tasks, they earn Crop Coins to spend at vendor booths. To participate, pick up a card at the farmers market or a Centier Bank branch.
Rural preservation award nominations – Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Farm Bureau welcome nominations for the 2018 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation. The award recognizes the preservation and continued agricultural use of historic farm buildings in Indiana. The nomination form is available at bit.ly/ArnoldAward18, or by contacting Tommy Kleckner at Indiana Landmarks, 812-232-4534, [email protected]. Deadline for nominations is June 15.
Greenest states – Personal finance website WalletHub has released 2018 Greenest States. Rankings were based on 23 key factors such as solid waste per capita, energy efficiency score, and carbon dioxide emissions. Overall, Indiana ranked 42nd. The most environmentally friendly state was Vermont.
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].
New executive chef hired – Le Peep Restaurants of Indiana has named Chef Luke Weber as executive chef and kitchen director. Weber will oversee all five Le Peep locations and the new Zionsville location once it opens this summer.
Highest purchasing power – SmartAsset has released its fourth annual study on the places in Indiana with the highest purchasing power. Boone County ranked fifth in the state. Cost of living was compared to income to determine rankings. Costs included housing, food, taxes, healthcare and more.