Zionsville in brief — February 20, 2018


Correction – In the Feb. 6 edition of Current in Zionsville, Stephanie Mbathi’s name was spelled incorrectly in the story “Teacher to explore life in Kenya.”

Contest winners announced – Zionsville Community High School students have been named winners in the Regional Scholastic Art & Writing contest for Central and Southern Indiana.

Alyson Kniola was awarded a Silver Key for her piece titled “Fantasy Vines.” Honorable mentions went to Danielle Bodreau, Jessica Brewer, Marie Domogalik and Maxine Fang.

Presidential Scholarship candidates – Zionsville Community High School seniors Grant Bowlds, Jeremy Chiang, Daniel Fulkerson, Kelsey Merrill, Ritik Mishra and Kyle Wang have been selected as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholarship, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

Bingo Madness – Barnraisers presents March Bingo Madness at 6:30 p.m. March 1 at Knights of Columbus, 2100 E. 71st Street. Cost is $50 and includes dinner, drinks, bingo and more. All proceeds will benefit Chaucie’s Place. Tables and sponsorships are available as well. Visit for more information.

State of the Town – The State of the Town address will take place from 8 to 9 a.m. Feb. 20 at Zionsville Town Hall in the St.Vincent Community Room. This event is free to Zionsville Chamber members and first-time guests but attendees must register. Coffee and a light breakfast will be provided. To register, visit

Parent Talk series – Zionsville Community Schools presents its Parent Talk Series featuring Dr. Lori Desautels at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Zionsville Performing Arts Center, 1000 Mulberry St. Dr. Desautels’ topic is Understanding the Stressful Brain State of Our Children. Tickets are free and childcare is available. Visit for more information and tickets.

Community Impact Breakfast – The Community Foundation of Boone County will hold its annual Community Impact Breakfast on Feb. 22 at Zionsville Town Hall. A buffet breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 8:30 a.m. Highlights will include the announcement of several grant and award winners. Visit for more information.

Free constitution sessions – The Constitution Party will host a series of free sessions on the Constitution. Sessions will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month from Feb. 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.

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: March 15 and April 19. Cost is $15 for each father-son pair, $3 for additional guests. RSVP to 317-345-3208.

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. 23. For more information, visit

Suicide prevention training – Chaucie’s Place, 4607 E. 106th St., Carmel, will host QPR training from 5:30 to 7:30 Feb. 20. QPR stands for Question.Persuade.Refer and the method was developed to detect and respond to anyone emitting suicide warning signs. QPR is an evidence-based prevention program backed by 30 years of research. Cost to attend either of the stand-alone sessions is $15. Register online at

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 7-14. Applications are available online at and are due by Feb. 23. To be eligible, parents of applicant must receive energy from Boone REMC.

Poetry contest deadline extended – The Zionsville Cultural District announces the second annual Step-On-Us Sidewalk Poetry Contest. Winning poems will be stamped into a Village sidewalk for all villagers and visitors to see for years to come. Entry is $5 for youth and $10 for adults. Entries are due by Feb. 28. For complete details, visit

State of the Community – The 2018 Boone County State of the Community event will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. March 7 at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Cost to attend is $15 per person and includes breakfast. To register, visit

Snowplow painting – INDOT East Central District invites high schools to paint an INDOT snowplow blade with original artwork to represent their school. In addition to being seen in service during winter months, the blades may be used at events within the school’s community to enhance public awareness and promote safety. Applications are due March 15. For more information, visit

Authors award nominations – The public is invited to nominate a writer with Indiana ties for the 2018 Indiana Authors Award. Winning authors receive cash prizes, and they each select an Indiana library to receive a grant as well. Nominations may be submitted online at and will be accepted through March 16.

Scholarships available – Tru Direction, Inc., is accepting applications for its 2018 scholarship program. Scholarship recipients can receive $500 to $2,500 each as determined by the Scholarship Committee. For eligibility rules, visit Applications are due by March 31.

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 or

Shuttle drivers needed – IU Health North Hospital needs volunteer drivers for its parking lot shuttle. Volunteers are needed weekdays for three-hour shifts. Individuals must be at least 21 years old and have a valid Indiana driver’s license. To learn more or begin the volunteer application process, contact Sonya Peitz, volunteer services coordinator, at 317-688-2927 or

Northwest Radiology among best in class – Northwest Radiology Network has been recognized as best in class for human resource management among midsize employers by Gallagher Insurance and Risk Management. Northwest Radiology is one of just two companies from Gallagher’s Indiana customer base that received this designation. The best in class are experimenting with ways to manage total healthcare spending and were less likely to increase employees’ contributions to health plan premiums.

Roth named VP – Strada Education Network announces the appointment of Erin Roth as executive vice president and general counsel. In her new role, Roth directs all legal activities of Strada Education, an Indianapolis-based national nonprofit dedicated to improving lives by strengthening the pathways between education and employment.

Director of sales named – The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center has named Jackie Lewis as Director of Sales. Lewis will be responsible for overseeing all event sales initiatives at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center, including the development and implementation of new market segments.

Centier Bank honored – Centier Bank and its associates were recently honored by the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership for participating in the Living the Dream service project, a chance to give a mini home makeover to a deserving family that completed the homeowner preparation program and now owns a home. Twenty associates received the Outstanding Volunteer Group Award at the organization’s 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast.

New EDC board members – The Boone County Economic Development Corporation (Boone EDC) welcomes three new members to its Board of Directors. They include: Shane Childress, Town of Jamestown; Shari Johnson, Town of Advance; and Haley Roubicek of Duke Energy.

Career fair—Home Artisans of Indiana will host “A Better Career Fair 2018” from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 21 on the second floor of the Indiana Design Center, 200 S. Range Line Rd., Carmel. More than 20 Central Indiana home building, utility and home design companies will be featured. This event is free. To register, visit

Volunteer tax preparers needed – United Way of Central Indiana needs volunteers to become tax preparers for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The program offers online and in-person tax filing services in Marion, Hendricks, Hancock, Morgan and Boone Counties for taxpayers who earned $66,000 or less in 2017. To learn more and sign up to become a volunteer visit,

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