Church Concert Series

Christ Lutheran Church’s 2018 Advent Concert Series will feature three services at 7 p.m. on consecutive Wednesday’s to provide opportunities to consider the meaning of the season.

The service will be followed by refreshments.

Wednesday, Dec. 19, Heidi Schmidt, friends, and students (Vocalists)

For more information visit: www.clczionsville.org. All concerts are free.

The Longest Night Service

For those who are hurting in a season of joy, “The Longest Night” is a service of reflection, support and hope in a time of suffering and grief, trusting that God will hold those who are vulnerable and sad during the Advent Season. A special program is planned for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, in the Sanctuary of United Methodist Church.

Salem UMC Christmas Eve

Enjoy a traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 9 p.m. Dec. 24 at Salem United Methodist Church of Zionsville, 800 East at Kissel Road. This beautiful and traditional service presents special music, and the service closes with the traditional lighting of candles while singing “Silent Night” by the congregation. The current Salem sanctuary was built in 1885, and it takes on an enchanting glow during this service that praises the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Visit www.FriendlyCountryChurch.org or call 317-873-4015 for more information.

Art IN Hand After Fave

The next Art IN Hand After Five event will be Friday, Jan. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. The gallery will feature student artwork from Brownsburg High School. Lori Taylor-Woodcock is the art teacher and an artist at Art in Hand Gallery. Light refreshments will be served during the After Five gathering.

Library programs

The Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library, 250 N. Fifth St., has scheduled the following events. Library staff can be reached at 317-873-3149, or visit www.zionsville.lib.in. Events require registration, and registration is open unless otherwise noted.

Preschool Obstacle Course from 10 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Registration is underway. This event is for ages 3 to 6. A fun, safe, non-competitive physical activity for little ones to practice their gross motor skills, the event features jumping, crawling, balancing, and more. The course only takes a few minutes to complete. Come anytime during the hour. (Younger siblings can attend; however, developmentally they are not as able to follow a course without adult guidance.)

Super Sleuths will take place from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Registration underway. This event is for Grades 2 to 5. Meet each month to dip into some mystery stories and to share our favorite series recommendations. Meets monthly on a Wednesday afternoon; register each month separately.

Winter Storytime Session: Program runs Jan. 7 through Feb. 8. Classes are offered for babies, toddlers and preschoolers (ages birth through 6. Registration for the winter session is underway.

Noon Year Dance Party: 11:30 a.m. to noon Wed., Jan. 2, for ages 3 through 6. Celebrate the New Year with a preschool dance party that lasts until noon. Registration underway.

Fairy Tale Yoga: The Three Bears: 11:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 3, for ages 3 and older. Children will have fun with yoga and use their bodies to tell familiar stories.

Snapology Planes, Trains and Automobiles for ages 2 and 3: From 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Friday, Jan. 4, for ages 2 and 3. Educators from Snapology will be on hand to help build favorite vehicles using their Duplo blocks. Children will learn about transportation, shapes and counting as they build a vehicle. Registration underway.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles for ages 4 through 6: From 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, Jan. 4, for ages 2 and 3. Educators from Snapology will be on hand to help build favorite vehicles using their Duplo blocks. Children will learn about transportation, types of energy, wheels and axles. Registration underway.

Snapology Elementary Engineering, Grades K-2: From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 6. Students will be use Lego Bricks to design and create a race car. Students will learn the Scientific method, problem solving skills, mechanical movement, types of energy, and explore simple machines. Registration underway.

Snapology Amusement Park, Grades 3-4: From 3 to 4 p.m.: Students will use Lego Bricks to design create and animate a fun amusement park ride. Students will learn the scientific method, problem solving skills, mechanical movement, types of energy, and explore simple machines. Registration underway.

‌Saturday Morning Chess Club: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturdays in January. Registration is open for this family program. Kids and parents can spend quality time together learning the game of chess. It doesn’t matter if you are a chess expert or don’t even know how the pieces will move, we will find a place for you! Parents are welcome to stay and play.

Read Box Parent-Child Book-to-Movie Book Club: Read Box is a parent-child book-to-movie club. Chosen titles are children's books that have been made into movies. Parent and child read the book together during the month prior to the book club meeting; the night of the meeting participants will have a short discussion, eat pizza, watch the movie, and finish with a short discussion about how the movie compares to the author's original work. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Youth Reference desk approximately one month prior to the next club meeting.

January's book is Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater. Copies are available at the Youth Reference desk. February's title is Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, and March is Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith.

The Zionsville Parks Department

The Zion Nature Center is at 690 Beech St., Starkey Nature Park is at 667 Sugarbush Drive, and Elm Street Green is at 165 Elm St. Register at naturecenter@zionsville-in.gov for Nature Center activities.

Campfire & Carols will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21 at the Zion Nature Center. Celebrate with carols and an evening stroll under the stars at Zion Nature Center. After the hike warm up at a crackling campfire with hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows. Registration is required as space is limited. Register at www.zionnaturecenter.org.

Zion Nature Center will be open from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28. School is on break, so the nature center will extend its open hours.

Creature Feature: Turtles will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28, at the Zion Nature Center. Meet our box turtles and aquatic turtles close. Enjoy a turtle themed craft and refreshments. What a great way to ask questions and discover what makes these animals so amazing.

Animal Tracks will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, at the Zion Nature Center. Winter is a great time to discover the animals that live in your backyard. Join us for a walk in the winter woods as we search for animal tracks and other signs. Then we’ll return to the Zion Nature Center to make our own animal tracks. This event is for ages 3 and up with an adult. Registration is required as space is limited. Register at www.zionnaturecenter.org.

Noon Year’s Eve will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. on Monday, Dec. 31, at the Zion Nature Center. New Year’s Eve is a great time to celebrate all we’ve done and all we will do in the coming year. However, midnight can come too late for young ones, and let’s face it, sometimes the adults. Celebrate the New Year a little early. Your family can raise a toast with some tasty juice, watch a balloon drop at noon, and party with Nature Center friends during this year’s owl themed celebration. Registration is required as space is limited.

All-pro Dad’s breakfast

Fathers and sons are invited to the second All Pro-Dad’s Day Breakfast group from 7 to 8 a.m., Jan. 17, Feb. 21, March 21 and April 18. Enter doors 37/38 to the Zionsville Community High School Cafeteria. Cost is $16 for father/son, $4 for each additional son. RSVP by Monday of the breakfast week by emailing John.Waller@WoodenLawyers.com or direct messaging on Twitter @ZvilleDadsDay to ensure accurate supply.

BCSSI events

Boone County Senior Services Inc. activities will be suspended Dec. 24 through Dec. 28 and the office will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Lunch and Learn programs will resume Jan. 11, and the senior art class will resume Jan. 8.

Coffee Connection Clinic: This event is from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. the first Friday of each month at Zionsville Fire Station 91, 100 N. Ford Road. BCSSI has partnered with Zionsville Fire Department to provide tools and resources that will assist seniors to live in safe, healthy and comfortable environments. Each month you are invited to join us for a cup of coffee, and participate in a question and answer session with Steve Gilliam, Division Chief EMS of Zionsville Fire Department. Coffee is sponsored by Copper Trace Family-First Senior Living.

Pound Droppers Weight Group: If interested in a weight loss group, the Pound Droppers meet the second Tuesday each month at 5 p.m. for weigh in and discussion at the Zionsville Christian Church, 120 N. 9th Street. Call 317-873-2444 for more information.

Caregiver Support Group: Offered on the second Wednesday of each month, 6 to 8 p.m. in the Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 Wests Oak Street, Room 203, Zionsville. People caring for people need help and support. Caregiver support group will provide a safe and nurturing space for caregivers in our community to build relationships, share information, discuss frustrations and gain emotional support. Support group facilitated by social worker, Elizabeth Oberholtzer from Zionsville Meadows. Contact Jessica Evans @ 765-482-5220 for more information.

The deadline for Community Calendar announcements is 5 p.m. Fridays for the following week’s publication. Email Boone-County related announcements to news@timessentinel.com.

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