Zionsville in brief – November 15, 2016

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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 storytellingministries@gmail.com or annmarie@youarecurrent.com.

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.

Throw a bicentennial bash – Want to celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday with your family and friends before the year is through? The Indiana Bicentennial Commission has some ideas for your bicentennial bash. The Indiana Bicentennial Commission has put together “Birthday Bash” – a guide filled with decoration ideas and recipes for your bicentennial party. Visit in.gov and type bicentennial birthday bash in the search box.

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.

Letters to Santa – Earth Explorer Toys has a direct line to Santa this holiday season. From now through 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.

Leaf collection – The Town of Zionsville’s Street and 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.

Plastic bag swap – The Boone County Solid Waste Management District is holding its annual plastic bag swap from now through Nov. 23. For every 10 plastic bags you bring into the district office, 220 W. Washington St., Lebanon, you will receive one reusable shopping bag made from recycled water bottles.

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 – Drop by Youth Services to make an ornament for our Heroes’ Tree. Hope for Heroes collection – from now through Dec. 17, the library is accepting socks, underwear, T-shirts and personal care items for distribution to veterans. For more, visit ZionsvilleLibrary.org.

Nature Center food drive – Throughout November, Zion Nature Center is collecting food items for Zionsville Food Pantry. Please bring one item when visiting Zion Nature Center or attending a park program. Especially needed are canned spinach, peas, mixed vegetables, applesauce, fruit cocktail, chicken, tuna, peanut butter, condensed and creamy soups, tooth brushes, tooth paste, laundry detergent and soap. For more, visit zionsville-in.gov.

Parent’s Night Out – Zionsville Aquatic Center, 1000 Mulberry St., presents Parent’s Night Out from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 19. Children will get to play games, make a craft, enjoy sports/games in the gym, splash around the pool and watch “Finding Dory.” 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.

Nature Center programs – Drop-in craft time – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 26 and noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 27. Family in town for the holiday weekend, and looking for something to do? Need a break from all the holiday sales and shopping? Stop in to the Zion Nature Center for a chance to relax, explore and enjoy a nature inspired craft. We are collecting items for the Zionsville Food Pantry.

David Boudia to speak – Traders Point Christian Schools is bringing Olympic diver David Boudia to the Golf Club of Indiana, 6905 S. 525 E., Lebanon. Boudia will share his personal story of faith and redemption. He will also take part in a brief Q&A session with the audience. Tickets are $60 and include dinner. VIP meet-and-greet tickets are also available for $150. To order tickets, visit davidboudia.eventbrite.com/.

Coat drive – Local orthodontist 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.

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. both 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.

Charity cocktail party – Come out to The Big LeBOWOWski Charity Cocktail Party supporting Helping Pawz Rescue. This Big Lebowski-themed party will be at Bites Coffee and Dessert Bar, 640 S. Main St., from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets are $50 each and include dinner, desserts and Big Lebowski-themed cocktails! For tickets, visit https://goo.gl/9N2Q2w.

Stormwater and pond management – Several municipalities and utilities are partnering with the White River Alliance for an informational seminar to learn how to stay compliant with stormwater standards and avoid corrective action. Homeowners, HOAs and pond and landscape companies are invited to participate in this workshop, being held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 8 at the Monon Center. For more information or to register, visit TheWhiteRiverAlliance.org.

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. For more information, visit rmhccin.org.

New court hours – In 2017, there will be new hours for Town Court. Beginning Jan. 19, initial hearings will commence at 5:30 p.m. (instead of 6 p.m.) and trials will begin at 6 p.m. (instead of 7 p.m.). Trial court sessions are held every third Thursday of the month.

Capital credit refunds – Boone REMC will retire more than $1 million in capital credits in early December. The 501(c)12 tax designation means Boone REMC is required to allocate margins in the form of capital credits to its members and return these funds to the membership as determined by the board of directors. The Boone REMC board of directors has approved a retirement of $486,610 to former members from 1986-1997. Boone REMC urges former members to report changes of address, as those who are no longer members of the cooperative may periodically be due to receive capital credit refunds from the co-op.

Lewellyn announces expansion – Lewellyn Technology, an electrical safety and combustible dust consulting company, announced plans to expand its offices locally. The company will invest $1.5 million into its 5,000-square-foot headquarters at 6210 Technology Center Dr., adding an additional 3,000 square feet of office space that will include a new training center for employees and clients. The expansion is expected to add 30 new high-wage jobs by 2021.

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