Optimist Club provides scholarships
The Zionsville Optimist Club is providing two scholarships to Zionsville Community High School graduating seniors.
The first scholarship is for a student pursuing a four-year degree program, and the second is a scholarship for a student pursuing a technical, vocational or associate program.
Contact the ZCHS guidance office for more information.
4-H club to meet
The first meeting of the year for the Zionsville 4-H Club, the Flying Eagles, will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in the Zionsville Town Hall Community Room, 1100 W. Oak St.
The meeting is open to all youth from grades third through 12th who enrolled by Dec. 15.
New exhibits at SullivanMunce
SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St., has two new exhibits on display from now through Feb. 22.
Laura LaForge, a self-taught artist, will exhibit her works in her show, "Classy & Sassy." The exhibit features her portraits, which capture the negative and positive experiences of being a woman.
The other exhibit, "Hats Galore!" consists of a variety of hats from the P.H. Sullivan Museum Collection. Examples will include styles from the late 1900s through the 1960s.
An artist reception will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7.
Call SullivanMunce at 873-4900 or visit www.sullivanmunce.org for more information.
Psi Iota Xi offers scholarship
Psi Iota Xi, a philanthropic sorority, is accepting applications for a $1,000 nonrenewable scholarship for a graduating high school senior from Zionsville who will be attending a four-year university.
The scholarship is open to students pursuing any field of study, but special consideration may be given to those who have chosen art, music or speech/hearing development.
Applications are available in the Zionsville Community High School Guidance Office.
Contact Laura Dunshee at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Congresswoman has local hours
U.S. Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks will have office hours in Zionsville from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Town Hall, 1100 W. Oak St.
Call 848-0201 for more information.
Library features events this month
The Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library has planned the following programs:
• Warm up with a good book -- Now through Friday, Feb. 28, ages birth through grade five. Pick up a penguin themed reading log and bookmark. The first 200 children to complete their log will receive a plush penguin reading buddy.
• Black, White and Read All Over -- Now through Feb. 28, teens. Pick up a challenge sheet at the reference desk, write a reading challenge and check them off as you complete them. As you complete challenges, you will be entered to win a prize basket.
• Tuxedo Not Required -- Now through Feb. 28, adults. Pick up a challenge sheet at the reference desk, write a reading challenge and check them off as you complete them. As you complete challenges, you will be entered to win a prize package.
• National Puzzle Day -- 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, grades kindergarten through fifth. Try different types of puzzles and create one to take home.
• Art Adventures: Painting with Potatoes and Other Foods -- 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, ages 3-6. Learn about nutrition as you create art.
• Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale -- 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. The sale will feature thousands of books for sale, and a variety of homemade treats. The fundraising sale will feature shelf after shelf of books, collectible books, audio books, music CDs, and movies in VHS and DVD formats - all at bargain prices. Proceeds from the weekend sale will help fund special library programs for all ages. Bargain prices will be offered for grocery sacks of books beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday for $10 per bag. Sunday the price will be $5 per bag. Admission on Friday is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 11 and younger. Admission on Saturday and Sunday is free.
• Food for Fines -- Saturday, Feb. 1, through Friday, Feb. 28. Erase overdue fines and help area families in need. Each $1 in overdue fines can be paid with a nonperishable food item, which will be donated to the Zionsville Food Pantry. Items most needed include canned chicken, boxed dinner mixes, rice mixes, cereal and granola bars, peanut butter, canned fruit, heat-and-serve canned meals, fruit juices, baking supplies and brownie mixes.
• Parent and Child Chess Club -- 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Saturday, families. Kids and parents can spend time together learning the game of chess with the Yearling family.
• Game On - 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24. Meet in the teen area to play Wii and Xbox Kinect.
• Read, Build and Play with DUPLOs -- 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, ages 3-6 with a parent. A program that combines reading and building with LEGO DUPLO bricks.
• PAWS to Read -- 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, ages 7-12. Sign up for 15 minutes of one-on-one reading time with a therapy dog.
• Teen Council -- 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5. Work on presenting the Youth as Resources grant to help fund the summer reading program.
• Introduction to Word -- 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 6, adults. An introductory course designed for adults to learn the basics of Microsoft Word 2010.
• AARP Tax Aid -- 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Thursday from Feb. 6 through April 10. Free tax preparation for adults with low and middle income. Limited space, reservations are required.
• Art Adventures: Play Dough and other Gooie Stuff -- 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 7, ages 3-6. Learn about shapes while sculpting and storytelling with play dough.
• Safe-Sitter Course -- 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, ages 11-13. A course designed to teach babysitters how to be safe and nurturing caregivers and handle children's emergencies. Registration required. Fee is $55. Bring a sack lunch.
• SOAR -- 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, adults age 55 and older. A book talk led by librarians. No reservation required.
• K+ Suitcase for Survival -- 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, kindergarteners. Explore the relationship between endangered species and the trade in wildlife products using a suitcase for survival kit from the Indianapolis Zoo. Touch an anaconda skin, ivory carving, ocelot skin, sea turtle boots, rhino horn pills and other illegally traded wildlife products.
• Tandem Read Book Club: Sarah Plain and Tall -- 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, grades third through fifth with an adult. Join the youth librarians for a five-month book club. Bring a dish for the pitch-in dinner to eat while discussing the book.
• Paper Beads: Water for Tanzania -- 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, grades fourth through fifth. Make paper beads to mail to Students Rebuild, which helps generate funding for water projects in Tanzania. Every 20 beads will provide access to clean water for one person in a village.
• Financial Aid Night -- 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, teens, college students and parents. Teens and their parents are invited to fill out the FAFSA online with the help of the experts at ISM College Planning. Families should bring their social security numbers, completed federal tax forms and W-2 forms of both the student and parents.
• Baby and Preschool Storytimes: Spring 2014 Registration -- 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12. The spring session runs from March 17 through April 25. Library card holders are able to begin registration at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12. Open registration begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.
• Wednesday AM Book Club -- 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, adults. Drop in and discuss "Flight Behavior" by Barbara Kingsolver.
• Introduction to Excel -- 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays, Feb. 13 and 20, adults. An introductory class to Microsoft Excel 2010.
• Hugs Storytime -- 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, ages 3-6. Read huggy stories and make a huggy card for a loved one.
• President's Day Chess Camp -- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, kindergarten through third grade and fourth through 12th grade. A chess camp that will include chess play and instruction. Cost is $20 or $22 online. Email email@example.com for more information.
• Chocolate Transformations -- 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, teens and college students. Learn how to use a little extra chocolate and a lot of creativity to make a tasty piece of art.
• STEAM Night at the Library -- 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, families with children ages 3-12. Participate in a number of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math stations throughout youth services. Science Ambassadors from Dow AgroSciences will be available to talk about careers in science.
• The Very Hungry Caterpillar -- 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, ages 3-6. Listen to the classic Eric Carle story and further explore the story with crafts and songs.
• LEGO Mania -- 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, ages 5-8. Build alone or work with a friend using the library's collection of LEGOs.
• Sweet Tooth -- 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, ages 3-6. Brush up on dental knowledge with stories, songs and games for Dental Health Month.
• Animal Adventures: Lizards -- 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, ages 3-6. Naturalists from the Zion Nature Center will join the librarians to share knowledge about local animals through read-aloud stories, rhymes, activities and a real animal meet-and-greet.
• Single Session Toddler Time -- 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, ages 1-2. Walkers and talkers will enjoy stories, songs, finger plays and more.
• Busy Bags -- 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, adults. Busy Bags are small, portable manipulative activities for a toddler or preschooler that aid in developing motor and literacy skills. Join the Friends of the Library for $10/year and attend our Busy Bag workshop, where you will assemble 12 different busy bags for your child, all housed in a special Friends of the Library tote bag.
• Polar Pals -- 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, ages 1-2. Stories and activities featuring penguins and polar bears.
The Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library, 250 N. Fifth St., can be reached at 873-3149, or visit www.zionsville.lib.in for more information.
Senior Services offers activities
• Exercise Classes: Fun and Fit for Over Fifty -- 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. every Thursday at Zionsville Meadows, 675 S. Ford Road. Fitness class with Josh Dickey, New Energy wellness coordinator.
• Van Trip -- 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, to Indianapolis Home Show at the Indianapolis Fairgrounds. Attendees must call BCSSI to sign up prior to departure. Meet at BCSSI for departure, but arrangements can be made for pickup at Anson. Transportation fees and meal costs are the responsibility of the attendee.
• Art Classes -- 9:30 a.m. to noon every Tuesday at the Zionsville Town Hall Fireplace Room, 1100 W. Oak St. Cost is $5 per class. Instructor Shirley Luttrell will work with beginners and intermediate students in any medium.
• Casino Trip -- Tuesday, Feb. 25, to Horseshoe Casino. Cost is $35 per person, due at registration. Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 7. Trip includes motorcoach transportation, $12 food coupon and $5 slot play. Motorcoach departs at 8 a.m. from BCSSI and will make a stop at Anson Witham Health Services parking lot at 8:30 a.m.
Boone County Senior Services, Inc., can be reached at 765-482-5220 or 873-8939. The organization has locations at 515 CrownPointe Dr., Lebanon, and 1100 W. Oak St.
Nature Center schedules events
The Zion Nature Center will host the following events:
• Bird Study Merit Badge -- 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. Scouts meet at the nature center for the indoor portion of the workshop. Must dress appropriately for two hours of outdoor birding and provide own transportation to and from Starkey Park. Bring binoculars and bird ID field guide. (Some will be available for sharing.) Space is limited for this free program; register at www.
• Utopia Wildlife -- 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. Free program for all ages at Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 W. Oak St. Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators will introduce several injured animals that can't be reintroduced into the wild. Register at www.
• Alien Invaders: Armed and Dangerous -- 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12. Free program for adults and teens. PhD candidate Lauren Smith will discuss exotic species that have adaptations that make them harmful to native ecosystems. There will be a discussion on ways to combat these invaders and protect native species in your own backyard. Register at www.
• Backyard Tree Tapping & Maple Sugaring -- 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Free program for ages 8 to adult. Learn how to make maple syrup from your own backyard, and sample some local syrup. Dress appropriately for outdoor demonstrations. Register at www.
• Where Are all the Butterflies? -- 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, adults. Join retired entomologist John Thieme for a free program highlighting his 50 years of butterfly studies. Learn what's been happening to the butterflies and what you can do to help. Register at www.
• Animal Adventures: Lizards -- 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, ages 3-6. Meet at the library for a fictional story then walk to the nature center to learn facts about lizards.
The Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech St., can be reached at 873-8950.
TPCA hosts kindergarten roundup
Traders Point Christian Academy, 6600 S. Indianapolis Road, Whitestown, will hold a kindergarten roundup on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
Parents who want to learn more about opportunities for kindergarten are encouraged to attend. There will be a session at 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
The event is designed to help prospective parents learn more about how students experience learning at TPCA, including Biblical instruction, as well as co-curricular opportunities, such as art, music, Spanish, physical education and technology.
School administrators and kindergarten teachers will be on hand to discuss the school's full-day and five-hour schedule options, tuition assistance and vouchers, and offer tours of the school's facilities and kindergarten classrooms.
In addition to the Kindergarten Roundup on Jan. 29, the school is planning a K through 12 Parent Information Night on Tuesday, Feb. 11, and a Preschool Parent Information Night on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Contact Toni Kanzler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 769-2450 ext. 243 for more information.
Rummage sale planned at St. Al's
St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church will hold a rummage sale Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1.
The rummage sale will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church, 1870 W. Oak St.
Scholarships available for FFA
Monty's Plant Food Company is accepting applications for five $1,000 scholarships. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1.
The awards will be made in conjunction with the National FFA Organization to high school seniors who are members of FFA.
Visit www.montysplantfood.com/FFA for a list of criteria, and visit www.ffa.org/scholarships to apply.
Rummage Sale at Salem Church
Salem United Methodist Church, 6701 S CR 775 E, will host its second rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1.
Items are not priced; attendees can name their own price. Profits benefit Salem's mission projects and youth camp fund.
New to this year's event is a bake sale.
Humane Society visits Akards
Akard True Value Hardware will host the Humane Society for Boone County from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1.
The Humane Society will bring a few animals. Tickets for the inaugural Fur Ball will be available for purchase.
Church hosts concert
Christ Lutheran Church, 600 N. Ford Road, will host the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir Chamber Singers at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1.
The singers will perform a reprisal of their sold out "Mood Indigo" concert featuring hits from the Great American Songbook.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Chamber hosts networking event
The Zionsville Chamber of Commerce will host its First Tuesday networking event from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St.
The event is free for Chamber members. Call the Chamber at 873-3836 for more information.
Blood drives in Boone County
The Indiana Blood Center has scheduled the following blood drives in Boone County. Visit www.indianablood.org or call 800-632-4722 option 4 to schedule an appointment.
• 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at Thorntown Elementary, 200 W. Mill St.
• 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at Aurora Parts and Accessories, 500 S. Enterprise Drive, Lebanon.
• 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, Boone County Courthouse, 201 Courthouse Square, Lebanon.
Second City returns to Zionsville
Chicago's famed Second City Comedy will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center.
Tickets may be purchased at tix.com for $17, at the door for $22, or at Marsh in Boone Village and on Michigan Road.
A workshop with Second City is $20.
Proceeds benefit the Zionsville Community High School instrumental music program.
Call 873-3355 ext. 12940 for more information.
Traders Point hosts job workshop
Traders Point Christian Church, 6590 S. Indianapolis Road, will host a free job workshop from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, March 1 and 8.
The workshop will cover what it takes to conduct an effective job search in today's economy and the skills necessary to obtain employment. Participants should plan to attend both sessions of the two-part workshop.
Visit www.tpcc.org/events or contact Rob Meyers at email@example.com or 627-4744 for more details.
The deadline for Community Calendar announcements is 5 p.m. Fridays for the following week's publication. Boone County-related announcements are welcome.