Column: A colorful way to be active

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Commentary by Cindy Benedict

Some days it is just hard to focus – I think I’ll blame it on an eagerness to enjoy spring. At any rate, today I have a variety of things to share. So in the spirit of Easter I give you a bag full of jellybean opportunities – all colorful, bite-sized, delicious ways you can help others and have some fun. Like jelly beans, they are all mixed up and in no particular order!

Red – Our five area hospitals have come together to assess the most pressing needs in Hamilton County and they need your help. Make a difference for the future and take this short survey online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/inhealthneedssurvey.

Green – Volunteer for the Southwest Quad clean-up day at Southside Park on April 11 or Earth Day, Arbor Fest on April 25. Visit http://bit.ly/1xv493h and register as a city volunteer. Once registered, you can sign up for a wide variety of programs, including the July 4 Festival and Street Dance.

Purple – Grape reminds me that Noblesville Farmer’s Market is right around the corner with fresh fruits, vegetables and lots of other goodies. The Saturday market starts on May 9 in the Riverview Hospital overflow parking lot at Conner Street and Ind. 19. Thursday Market is at 839 Conner St. (next to Noblesville Main Street) from 5 to 8 p.m. starting on June 4. Noblesville Main Street is taking vendor applications now so visit www.noblesvillemainstreet.org to get more information.

Orange – As the newest “hot” color, you’ll want to be at the latest “hot” event in 2015. Be sure to reserve May 15 for the Parks and the Arts Mayor’s Luncheon. The Noblesville Parks Foundation is partnering with Noblesville High School to feature outstanding youth artists and raise money for our parks. Contact Mike Hoffmeister at 776-6350 for more information or to be a sponsor.

Black – As in “keep a great nonprofit in the black.” We have wonderful, successful nonprofits in Noblesville that need your dollars. Seriously, every little bit helps so pick a cause, collect your change and send in a check. We have a list of nonprofits at http://bit.ly/1xv493h if you need a place to start.

Cindy Benedict is the community engagement manager for the City of Noblesville. She may be reached at 770-2007 or cbenedict@noblesville.in.us.

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