Zionsville in brief — March 6, 2018

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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.

Governor appointments – Gov. Eric J. Holcomb has announced the appointments and reappointments of several people to various state boards and commissions. Dr. Tricia Hern of Zionsville was appointed to the Graduate Medical Education Board.

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.

Confident parenting – Zionsville Presbyterian Church, 4775 W. 116th St., will host Confident Parenting from 2 to 5:30 p.m. March 24. Learn how to create a healthy family atmosphere, how to manage social media and about the Purity Code. Visit ZPC.org for more information or to register.

Accidental gun discharge – On Feb. 25 at approximately 8:15 p.m., probationary merit deputy Nick Bonds with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office had an accidental gun discharge while attempting to holster his weapon. The incident occurred in the basement of the Sheriff’s Office and no other persons were present. No one was injured in the incident. BCSO is conducting an internal investigation and the matter will be forwarded to the Sheriff’s Office Firearms Review Board.

Legislative intern – Paul Bennett of Zionsville is gaining experience as an intern with the Indiana House of Representatives during the 2018 legislative session. As a legislative intern, Bennett corresponds with constituents through phone calls, letters and emails while also staffing committee hearings and floor proceedings. Bennett is studying political science at Purdue University.

Button show – Collectible buttons of many varieties will be on display and available for purchase at the 77th annual Indiana Button Society Show and Competition set for March 8 to10 at the Clarion Hotel Indianapolis Airport, 2500 S. High School Rd., Indianapolis. Cost is $5 and will include a children’s program on Saturday with games and crafts. For more, visit IndianaButtonSociety.org.

Open house – Traders Point Christian High School, 5608 S. Indianapolis Rd., will host an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. March 8. Guests can speak with teachers, administrators, students and others or attend a session on financial aid and scholarships.

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.

Library programs – Spring Watercolors, 1:30 to 3:30 or 6 to 8 p.m. March 13. Shirley Luttrell will guide you in creating a beautiful watercolor you will be proud to call your own. Adults only, registration required. Visit ZionsvilleLibrary.org to register.

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 the 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.

Citizens Fire Academy – The Zionsville Fire Dept. will offer 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, visit zionsville-in.gov/488/Citizens-Fire-Academy.

Father-son breakfast – Fathers and sons are invited to Zionsville All-Pro Dad’s Day Breakfasts. The 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.

Impact Award winner – The Boone County Chamber of Commerce announced that Boone REMC has been named the February Chamber Impact Award winner. The monthly award is given to organizations, businesses, or individuals who are members of the Boone County Chamber and who make a positive difference in the local community.

Marketing intern sought – The Boone County Economic Development Corp. is accepting applications for a Marketing and Communications Intern. The paid position is part time for the duration of the summer (May-August). Interested applicants can find more information by visiting betterinboone.org/intern. Applications are due March 9.

President’s Award given – CENTURY 21 Scheetz was recently honored with the CENTURY 21 President’s Award. The annual award is bestowed upon those independent offices that earn the Centurion award and the Quality Service Pinnacle award in the same calendar year.

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.

Homes selling faster – The housing market in Zionsville shifted to buyers’ favor last month when it came to price. According to F.C. Tucker, the average sale price for homes sold in Zionsville in January 2018 was $339,796 at an average of $121.42 per square foot. This sale price represented a noteworthy 20.3 percent decrease from January 2017. Homes in the city sold in an average of 64 days, four days faster than this time last year.

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