Food drive – Boone REMC is sponsoring a food drive during the month of October to benefit The Caring Center. Members of Boone REMC – those who receive electricity from the cooperative – will receive one free LED light bulb for donating five canned food items for The Caring Center. Items can be brought to the Boone REMC office, 1207 Indianapolis Ave., from Oct. 1-31 during regular business hours from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Youth volunteer nominations sought – From now through Nov. 7. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for Indiana’s top youth volunteers of the year. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application is available at spirit.prudential.com and nassp.org/spirit.
United We Read – Zionsville residents from youth to adult may join together and read Hidden Figures during the month of September in preparation for special events and discussions in October. The book will be available in print, large print, audio book and eBook formats, plus a youth version of the story.
Silent art auction – Art IN Hand Gallery, 211 S. Main St., will host the annual Found Hound and Phat Cat silent auction. Local artists have donated work to be auctioned off with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit the Humane Society of Boone County. Visit the gallery in September to place your bids. Bidding ends Sept. 30.
Youth Power and Hope Awards – Boone REMC, together with other Indiana electric cooperatives, is accepting applications for the Youth Power and Hope Awards, a program that honors students who are leaders and volunteers in their communities. Any student in grades 5-8 is eligible to apply. Award entries should include an application form, examples of how they’ve been involved in their local communities, and a reference letter from a teacher, coach, minister or other trusted adult. Applications are available online at bremc.com/community/youth-programs. Deadline is Sept. 29.
Father-son breakfast – Fathers and sons are invited to Zionsville All-Pro Dad’s Day Breakfasts. These monthly gatherings provide some father-son quality time while hearing great speakers at the same time. Meetings run from 7 to 8 a.m. at Zionsville Community High School on the following dates: Oct. 26, Nov. 16, Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15 and April 19. Cost is $15 for each father-son pair, $3 for additional guests. RSVP to 317-345-3208.
Volunteer fair – The Community Foundation of Boone County will host a volunteer and board recruitment fair from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Witham Pavilion of the Boone County Fairgrounds. The event will allow Boone County nonprofits to engage directly with those who are looking for opportunities to serve. Over 40 nonprofits will be represented, each with unique needs. This fun, casual and FREE event will feature food trucks and door prizes so come hungry!
Great Banquet registration – The Zionsville Great Banquet Community is accepting applications now for the Fall Great Banquets. The Men’s Banquet is Sept. 28-Oct. 1, and the Women’s Banquet is Oct. 5-8. The Great Banquet is a non-denominational 72-hour Christian experience, open to adults in the greater community. For three days, guests live and study together in a worshipful time of singing, prayer and discussion. To register, or for more information, visit zionsvillegb.org.
Touch-A-Plane and Movie Night – Flight1 and the Indy Executive Airport in Zionsville will host Touch-A-Plane and Movie Night from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the airport, 11329 E. SR 32. Join us from 3:30 to 6 p.m. to explore aircraft and trucks and participate in other activities. Then, at 6 p.m. we will watch Up in the airport hangar. Bring chairs and blankets for seating. Popcorn, pizza and drinks will be available. Cost is $4 and includes all events. Visit EventBrite.com to buy tickets online.
Brush & limb collection – The Town of Zionsville’s Street & Stormwater Department will be providing curbside brush & limb Collection from Oct. 2-10. Brush and limbs up to six inches in diameter will be collected. Lumber, root balls, and grass clippings are not included. Place items curbside by 7:30 a.m. on your designated pick-up day. Pickup days are: Oct. 2 – Village Area, Starkey Ave.; Oct. 3 – Sugarbush Hill, Fox Hollow, Huntington Woods, Woodlands at Irishmans Run, Hunt Club Rd., Clifden Pond, Hunt Club Village, Olde Dominion, Ford Rd., Oldfield; Oct. 4 – Oak St. west of Ford Rd., Thornhill, Irongate, Village Walk, CR 600 S, Bloor Ln., Bloor Woods, Benderfield Dr.; Oct. 5 – CR 975 E, Buttondown Farm, Oakridge, Cedar Bend, Smith Meadows, Rockbridge, Spring Knoll, Preserve at Spring Knoll.
Moms groups meet – Are you pregnant or a mother of preschoolers? Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) exists to support young mothers. A typical MOPS meeting includes: childcare, fellowship, a speaker, small group discussion and a creative activity. Moms also enjoy a hot breakfast. There are three groups in Zionsville so you should be able to find one that fits your schedule. Go to mops.org to find out more.
Tutors needed – The United Way is seeking volunteer tutors for its ReadUP program. Tutors will work about four hours a month helping third graders at Hattie B. Stokes and Harney Elementary schools. Volunteers need to attend a training session and pass a criminal history check. For more, visit uwci.org/readup-boone/.
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].
Parks activities – Monarch Migration, 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 30. Drop in at Elm Street Green, 165 Elm St., to learn more about monarch butterflies and their miraculous 2000-mile journey to Mexico each year. Tales on the Trails group dog walk, 10 a.m. Oct. 7 at Mulberry Fields, 9645 Whitestown Rd. Participate in these weekly dog walks to earn chances for a grand prize.
Stewards of Children – Parents and adults who work with children can learn how to prevent child sexual abuse by registering for Stewards of Children. This program teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react to child sexual abuse. Chaucie’s Place is offering this program from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Chaucie’s Place, 4607 E. 106th St., Carmel. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. For more information visit chauciesplace.org
Caring Center golf outing – The Caring Center will host a golf outing on Sept. 30 at the Golf Club of Indiana, 6905 S. 525 E., Lebanon. Tickets are $75 each and include 18 holes of golf with cart, cook out lunch at the turn and choice of beverage or alcoholic drink. There will also be an opportunity for four amateur golfers to compete in a hole-in-one contest at the end of the day. To register, submit the following information via mail to The Caring Center, 1230 Ransdell Ct., Lebanon, IN, 46052: Name, number of players, phone number, total payment amount.
Library book sale – The library will hold a book, bake and craft sale Oct. 6-8. Preview night is 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 6 and there is a $5 cover charge. Saturday hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and it will be $10/bag from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free and it will be $5/bag all day.
Pumpkinfest and Oktoberfest – Join St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus for Pumpkinfest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Oktoberfest from 6:30 p.m. to midnight Oct. 7. Pumpkinfest is family friendly and includes hot dogs, hayrides and more. Oktoberfest is for adults only and features live music, brats, beer and more. For more, visit ZionsvilleCatholic.com.
Library closing – The library will be closed Oct. 9 to allow staff to attend a professional development day. Regular hours will resume Oct. 10.
Families symposium – The 2017 Status of Indiana Families symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Ivy Tech, 2820 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. Discussions will provide insight into critical issues facing families from infants and children to the aging and elderly. Cost is $50 and includes lunch. Register at tfaforms.com/4629075.
Legislative internships – Indiana House Republicans are now accepting internship applications for the 2018 legislative session. Internships are open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates of all majors. This paid program during the spring semester gives college students the chance to work one-on-one with state legislators while seeing firsthand how laws are made. To complete an application, visit IndianaHouseRepublicans.com. Applications are due by Oct. 31.
Congressional App Challenge – The 2017 Congressional App Challenge is now open to students in the Fifth Congressional District who have not yet graduated from high school. The CAC is designed to engage students from across the country in computer science and coding. Students of any age, whether in elementary, middle, or high school are encouraged to compete by creating and exhibiting an app for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. For more information or to submit an entry by Nov. 1, visit CongressionalAppChallenge.us.
Waste Management board meeting – The Boone County Solid Waste Management District Board will meet at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 16 at the County Annex Building, 116 W. Washington St., Room 105, Lebanon.
Free seminars for seniors – CarDon & Associates is partnering with Indy Mature Living to help educate Indianapolis-area seniors about issues related to home ownership and post-retirement downsizing. The free seminars will highlight senior living options for those over the age of 55, downsizing, and other educational topics. Upcoming topics include: Downsizing – Professional Panelists, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Cumberland Trace, 1925 Reeves Rd., Plainfield. Reservations can be made by phone or email at 317-600-2056 or [email protected].
Lunch and Learn On the Road – Boone County Senior Services announces the 2017 lineup for Lunch and Learn On the Road. Lunch and Learn On the Road is for people age 60 and over who would like to travel with us by motor coach to see different parts of our state and learn something new, plus enjoy a special meal. Upcoming dates include: Oct. 12 – Whitewater River Valley Train Ride from Connersville to Metamora. Spend a couple hours exploring Metamora. Learn more at booneseniors.org.
Youth mental health education – Zionsville Cares and Mental Health First Aid present Youth Mental Health First Aid, a one-day course for adults focused on mental health of youth ages 12 to 18 years old. The program teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. The course will be offered on Oct. 7. To RSVP, email [email protected].
Blood drive – In an effort to help hurricane victims, Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch is asking all Hoosiers to donate blood at Indiana Blood Centers statewide. With two major hurricanes striking our southern neighbors, blood is critically needed. Visit IndianaBlood.org to find a center close to you.
Health and fitness classes – Witham Health Services offers several health and fitness classes for all ages and fitness levels. Classes include: Breastfeeding Education, Diabetes Management, Rock Steady Boxing, Silver Sneakers, Tai Chi and more. Some classes are free. For times and locations, visit witham.org or call 765-485-8120.
Pumpkin painting contest – Ackard True Value is hosting a pumpkin painting contest during October to raise funds for charitable organizations. Bring a painted pumpkin to the store by Oct. 14, along with a 4×6 card describing a charity of your choice. Votes will be cast using pennies. All money collected will go directly to those organizations. Public voting will be open from Oct. 17-31.
ZCS hiring – Zionsville Community Schools is now hiring instructional assistants, preschool assistants, bus drivers, cooks, monitors, and after-school care workers. Multiple locations available. For more information, visit zcs.k12.in.us and click on the Employment link.