Zionsville in brief — February 27, 2018

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Poetry contest deadline extended – The Zionsville Cultural District is hosting the second annual Step-On-Us Sidewalk Poetry Contest. Winning poems will be stamped into a Village sidewalk for all 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 ZionsvilleCulturalDistrict.org.

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

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 EventBrite.com.

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 February 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.

Citizens Fire Academy – The Zionsville Fire Dept. will offer the Citizen’s Fire Academy on Tuesday nights from March 13 to April 24. Topics include: fire operations, EMS skills and education, auto extrication demo, fire behavior with a live fire demo, fire safety for the home and workplace and more. Participants will be able to operate fire hoses and use extrication equipment and other firefighting power tools. For more information, visit zionsville-in.gov/488/Citizens-Fire-Academy.

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.

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, visit in.gov/indot/3427.htm.

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 IndianaAuthorsAward.org and will be accepted through March 16.

Mental Health First Aid – Brick Street Inn, 175 S. Main St., will host Mental Health First Aid from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 22. Darby Casady will lead the course that prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aiders learn a five-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support. Cost is $65 and includes lunch. To participate, contact Casady at darbycasady@att.net.

Garden Club grants – The Village Garden Club is accepting applications for a grant up to $250. Any Zionsville organization with gardening plans to enhance the community is eligible to receive this grant. To apply, send a detailed description of the project, including the itemized cost to: Joan Kayes, 8875 Stonewick Way, Zionsville, IN 46077. Include a telephone number with area code and email address. Requests should be submitted by March 28. Questions may be directed to kayes@indy.rr.com.

Women of Impact meeting – Women of Impact will hold their first quarter meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 24 at Golf Club of Indiana, 6905 E. 525 S. Last year, the Women of Impact awarded over $54,000 to Boone County nonprofits. Learn more about this group by attending our meeting.

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

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 speitz@iuhealth.org.

Volunteer tax preparers needed – United Way of Central Indiana needs volunteers to become tax preparers for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA). 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, indyfreetaxprep.com.

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