Interchange upgrades – Construction will begin this spring to add lanes to the I-465 and Michigan Road interchange in north Indianapolis. The project seeks to increase capacity and improve traffic flow by lengthening the existing northbound Michigan Road right-turn lane to eastbound I-465, adding a second left-turn lane on southbound U.S. 421 to eastbound I-465 and adding a third left-turn lane on the eastbound I-465 exit ramp to northbound U.S. 421. Construction is expected to be complete by November.
ZWIN meeting – Zionsville Women in Network will meet from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at Zionsville United Methodist Church, 9644 Whitestown Road. The group of businesswomen meets monthly to network and learn from speakers on a variety of topics. For more information, contact Kathy Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or Deb Kuller at email@example.com.
Shoe collection drive – Reuse Heart & Sole is holding its annual shoe collection drive though February. Gently used shoes will be distributed to individuals in need. Collection sites include: Akard’s True Value Hardware, Zionsville Town Hall, Zionsville Community High School, and Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library, among others.
Chili Supper – Salem United Methodist Church of Zionsville is holding its annual Chili Supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 18. The dinner features homemade red beef chili, white chicken chili, sides, homemade desserts and beverages for $6. The church can provide rides if needed and will make a meal delivery within five miles. Call or email for pre-order delivery or carpool request with your name, phone number and address to 317-873-4015 or SalemUMCZ@gmail.com. Learn more at FriendlyCountryChurch.org.
Property reassessments – The Boone County Assessor’s Office has been working with contractors to complete annual reassessments on real property. Individuals will be in their personal vehicles but will have a vest and ID identifying them as contractors for the Assessor’s Office. The workers may request or take photos of property. For more information, contact the Assessor’s Office at 765-482-0410.
Rising Stars named – Zionsville Community High School is proud to announce junior students Edward Lin, Cameron Harmon, Tyler Horton and Rebecca Slaughter as Rising Stars of Indiana. The Indiana Association of School Principals, through its Dept. of Student Programs, recognized 971 juniors from 256 schools as Rising Stars. Pictured (from left): Principal Tim East, Tyler Horton, Edward Lin, Rebecca Slaughter, and Cameron Harmon.
Free tax prep help – Indy Free Tax Prep will offer tax preparation assistance to individuals or families with household incomes of less than $64,000. Boone County residents who qualify for free tax preparation services may call the United Way office at 765-483-0165 to schedule an appointment at the Lebanon Public Library, 104 E. Washington St.
Library Programs – Color a Valentine – drop in anytime between now and Feb. 14 to color a Valentine. Soap Making 101, 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 20. See a demonstration and make some soap to donate to the Zionsville Food Pantry. Take hope a sample, too. Vicki Dusek will discuss the pantry’s work and mission. Ages 18 and up. Register at zionsvillelibrary.org.
Nature Center programs – Coffee With the Birds, 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 18. Relax with a cup of coffee and our feathered friends. Coffee is provided, but bring your favorite mug. Boy Scout Saturday: Environmental Science, 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 25. Bring blue card and earn the Environmental Science Merit Badge. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 22.
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@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book signing – Ronald May will sign copies of his book, Our Service, Our Stories, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 18 at Black Dog Books, 115 S. Main St., Zionsville. The book tells the service stories of 36 World War II veterans from Central Indiana. May is the Chaplain at Hoosier Village Retirement Community in Zionsville and lives in Carmel. Call 317-733-1747 to reserve your copy.
Winter carnival – Zionsville United Methodist Church is having a winter carnival from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb 25. The event is free to everyone and suitable for all ages, just pay for a punch ticket for games and food. All proceeds go to the general fund of the ZUMC Children’s Ministry program and ZUMC ROCK (Really Outrageous Christian Kids) programs. Visit zumc.org or call 317-873-2623 for more information.
Free tax help – The AARP will offer free tax help beginning Feb. 9 to those age 60 and older with low to moderate income. Sessions will be held at the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon or from noon to 2:00 p.m. through Apr. 13. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 317-873-8341.
Century award nominations – The state of Indiana is accepting nominations for the Governor’s Century and Half Century Business Awards, which honor Hoosier businesses that have remained in operation for at least 100 or 50 years, respectively, and have a demonstrated a commitment to serving the community. Applications are due by Feb. 10. Visit iedc.in.gov for more information or to apply.
Energy camp opportunities – Applications are now being accepted for the Touchstone Energy Camp for sixth graders whose parents receive energy from Boone REMC. The camp provides traditional camp experiences such as swimming and canoeing. It also provides opportunities to learn about energy related careers. Applications are due by Feb. 24. For more information, visit bremc.com/community/youth-programs.
Washington D.C. tour – Boone REMC offers an all expenses paid opportunity for high school juniors to tour Washington D.C. as part of the Indiana Youth Tour being held June 8-15. Applications are available online at www.bremc.com/community/youth-programs and are due by Feb. 24. To be eligible, parents of applicant must receive energy from Boone REMC.
Snowplow painting – INDOT East Central District invites high schools within district boundaries to paint an INDOT snowplow blade with original artwork to represent their school. In addition to being seen in full service during the winter weather months, the blades may be used at events within the school’s community to enhance public awareness, promote safety and foster greater appreciation of both INDOT and the school’s art program. Applications are due March 15. For more information, call 1-855-463-6848 or email email@example.com.
Meeting dates – The Boone County Solid Waste Management District Board meeting dates for 2017 have been announced. All meetings begin at 8:30 a.m. and are held at the County Annex Building, 116 W. Washington St., Room 105, Lebanon. The meeting dates are March 16, May 18, July 20, Sept. 21 and Nov. 16.
New scholarship program – Indiana Members Foundation, the charitable arm of Indiana Members Credit Union, announces the new Robert E. Martin Collegiate Scholarship Program, available to college students that are members of Indiana Members Credit Union. Up to twenty-five $1,000 scholarships will be offered. Applications will be through April 30. Application and instructions can be found online at imf4kids.org.