Drop Christmas Trees at Starkey Park
Zionsville residents may take their Christmas trees to the Starkey Park parking lot area (off of Sugarbush Drive) from now until Jan. 19. The trees will be chipped into mulch and given to Zionsville residents. Only trees may be dropped off. No wreaths, roping, tree stands, ornaments, plastic, nails or wire will be accepted. Call the Zionsville Parks and Recreation Department at 733-2273 for more information.
Zion Nature Center
The Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech St., will have several classes and events this month. Call the nature center at 873-8950 or visit www.zionnaturecenter.org for more information or to register for classes.
• Animals of the North Pole — 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27. All ages. Arctic Aaron of Silly Safaris will introduce some “cool” live animals during a holiday program, including reindeer. Seating is limited and reservations are required.
• Winter Break Hike — 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28. All ages. Winter is a wonderful time to enjoy and observe nature. Come for a winter hike through Zion Nature Sanctuary and burn off some of those holiday calories. Free.
• Penguins — 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 3 and 4. All ages. Learn fun facts and create crafts related to these adorable birds. Free.
• It’s a Snow Day! — 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 10 and 11. All ages. Join us for a cup of hot chocolate as we have some fun with snow crafts, stories and games. Free.
Library features events
The Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library, 250 N. Fifth St., has several upcoming events. Registration is required for each children’s class and some adult programs. Call 873-3149 to register.
• One Book, One Town Suggestions — Now through Jan. 31 the library is asking for suggestions for the 2009 One Book, One Town book selection. The whole Village, from teens to adults, should be able to read and enjoy the featured book. All recommendations will be reviewed. Special consideration will be given to suggestions that include how the book impacted a life, sparked in-depth discussions or how it has a special connection to Zionsville. Submit suggestions in person or online via the ask-a-librarian service at www.zionsville.lib.in.us.
• Get Smart Double Feature — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, Lora Hussey and Olive Hoffman rooms. Students in grades six to 12 may enjoy two, back-to-back spy movies during school break. Participants will earn one free raffle entry for the Teen Winter Reading Program. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
• Read to Me! — Jan. 5 to March 1. The annual winter reading program for children as young as infants. Students up to fifth-grade may register from Jan. 5 to Jan. 31 by adding their name to the Winter Read to Me display and picking up a reading log. Participants work toward 21 days of reading aloud or listening to stories for 15 minutes each day. Parent must sign completed logs. Prizes will be awarded to those who finish by March 1. The first 400 children to reach their goal will be entered in the grand prize drawing.
• Cabin Fever? Book the Cure! — Jan. 5 to March 1. Adult winter reading program. Register in person for the annual adult winter reading program and receive a snowbound packet of the essentials: a free book and chocolate. Participants receive one entry in the grand-prize drawing for each book read and recorded.
• Paws to Read — 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6. A monthly program for children ages 6 to 10 that encourages reading.
• The Music Group Presents — 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, Lora Hussey Room. “Only the Good Die Young” is the theme for this first music appreciation event. Participants will explore classical and jazz music created by young, talented composers who died at a young age. These informal, conversational sessions will continue on the first Tuesday of each month.
• Snowy Fun — 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, ages 1 to 2. A snow-themed story program, including songs, finger plays and read-alouds.
• Penguin Pizzazz — 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, ages 3 to 6. A story program about those well-suited animals. Songs, puppets and stories will be included; waddling is allowed.
• Winter Storytime — The winter session of storytime runs from Jan. 12 to Feb. 13, for ages birth through 6.
SullivanMunce offers programs, exhibits
The SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St., will have several events this month. Call the center at 873-4900 or visit www.sullivanmunce.org for more information.
• Beginning Watercolor — 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 5 to March 9. This class allows students to paint their chosen subjects: still life or landscape, for example, and to experiment with new ones. Demonstrations will be given on a variety of techniques. Students will be able to work at their own pace. Instructor: John P. Hanks. Cost: $240/$255 (members/non-members). Supplies are additional.
• Acrylic Painting — 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 7 to Feb. 25. Students will learn the basics of acrylics or expand their current knowledge. Experiment with a myriad of techniques that are possible with this versatile paint medium. John P. Hanks instructs. Cost: $270/$295 (members/non-members). Supplies are additional.
• “First Come, First Hung,” SullivanMunce’s first exhibit of 2009, is exactly what its name implies. The first 40 artists through the doors on Saturday, Jan. 10, will automatically be accepted into the popular exhibit that gives both amateur and professional artists the opportunity to showcase their work at the gallery between Jan. 17 and Feb. 28. The 2009 theme, “The Art of Love,” means all art submissions should depict or illustrate the artist’s interpretation of the theme. Entry date is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 10 . The opening reception is from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17. Additional details are on the SullivanMunce Web site.
Village Garden Club to meet
The Village Garden Club will have its 2009 organizational meeting, including a pot-luck brunch, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the home of Marcia Meury. Guests are welcome. To be listed in the updated directory, dues are required by Jan. 31. Call Marcia at 873-9274 for more information.
The Community Foundation of Boone County is seeking nominations for the Lionel Dubay Sports Award. The award honors Dubay, who was a vital, active parent and supporter of youth sports in Zionsville during his life. The award is presented to a coach, team mom, or active supporter of Zionsville youth sports.
Letters of nomination should describe the contributions the nominee has made to youth sports. Send them to Community Foundation of Boone County, P.O. Box 92, Zionsville, 46077. Include your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address, if possible. Nominations are due by Jan. 15, 2009. The award includes a plaque and a cash donation to the winner’s youth sports organization of choice. Presentations will be made at the Greater Zionsville Chamber of Commerce dinner Jan. 30, at the Palomino Ball Room, 481 S. County Road 1200 East.
Tri Kappa offers Zionsville
The local Zeta Sigma Chapter of Tri Kappa is selling tapestry throw blankets, featuring a picturesque Zionsville street scene, as a fundraiser for Zionsville scholarship funds and community activities including library programs. The all-cotton throws, measuring 48 by 60 inches, with fringe, are $40. They may be purchased at the Greater Zionsville Chamber of Commerce, 135 S. Elm St.; bulk purchases may be made at a discount by calling Becky Culp at 873-0930 or Kim Nurkiewicz at 769-5960.
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