Zionsville United Methodist Church is having a Winter Carnival Saturday, Feb. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free to everyone and suitable for all ages. Wristbands for food and games will be available to purchase. We will have plenty of games, crafts, food and more. The fundraiser will benefit ZUMKIDZ and R.O.C.K. children’s ministries. Visit www.zumc.org or call 317-873-2623 for more information.

Lenten Fish Fry Dinners

St. Alphonsus Ligouri Knights of Columbus, 1870 W. Oak St., have announced its Annual Lenten Fish Fries from 5 to 8 p.m. every Friday March 8 through April 12 in the Parish Hall. Meals include fish, shrimp, or both with french fries, coleslaw or applesauce, and spaghetti with marinara. Brownie and drinks will be included. Kids portions will be available. The community is welcome.

Flying Eagles

The Eagle Flying Eagles 4-H club will have its monthly meeting at the Zionsville Town Hall, 2nd Floor Community Room, at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11. If you have not registered for 4-H and are interested, contact the Boone County Extension Office.

Salem UMC chili supper

Salem United Methodist Church will play host to at $6 All-You-Can-Eat Chili Supper from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16. The annual chili supper will feature homemade red beef chili, white chicken chili, sides, homemade desserts, and beverages. Children younger than 3 eat free. Carry outs are also available.

Rides are being offered to and from the church for those who need a ride, or deliveries can be made, for persons within 5 miles of the church, which is on Kissel Road / 800 E., south of Oak St. Call or email for pre-order delivery or to make a carpool request. Leave your name, phone number, and address. Phone number is 317-873-4015; email address is SalemUMCZ@gmail.com. Details are on the events page at www.FriendlyCountryChurch.org. Everyone is welcome.

Run for diabetes awareness

Registration is now underway for the Strides Lions for Diabetes Awareness 5K Run/Walk, which will be Feb. 16.

Registration fee is $30 and will be accepted through Feb. 14. To register, go to getmeregistered.com/zlcheartfordiabetes5k or visit run2race.com.

First Ladies Breakfast

Sylvia’s Child Advocacy Center (Boone County CAC) will host the Second Annual First Ladies of Boone County Breakfast on Tuesday, April 23, at 9 a.m., at Zionsville Town Hall. Admission is free. RSVP to cassdeat@iu.edu. Sylvia’s provides sexual abuse prevention programs, first responder programs, and community outreach. This event will be hosted by Leah Haak, First Lady of Zionsville, and Abigail Gentry, First Lady of Lebanon. The event will feature guest speaker, Toby Stark, child advocate and child sexual abuse prevention expert.

Best Buddies Fun Night

Zionsville Community High School Best Buddies is gearing up for their annual Buddy Up Fun Night. Buddy Up Fun Night is a fun-filled night for students in first through fourth grades. Activities include basketball, swimming, balloon animals, pizza and more. Buddy Up Fun Night will be from 4:45 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Registration can be found through the Eagle Recreation site: http://programs.zionsvilleeaglerec.com/buddy-up-fun-night.cfm. For more information send questions to e-mail: alucas@zcs.k12.in.us or kcohen@zcs.k12.in.us.

Zion Nature Center

Backyard Maple Sugaring, 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16. Learn about how the Native Americans discovered how to make maple syrup, how production has changed over the years, how to tap a tree, and even sample some freshly made maple syrup. Registration is required, as space is limited.

Mommy & Me: Woodpeckers, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 22. Give your toddler a fun and interactive introduction to nature in Mommy and Me classes. Each month will focus on a different topic and will feature live animal encounters, stories, crafts, and nature exploration. Because school will be in session, parking will not available at the Zion Nature Center.

Monthly Dog Walk, 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23. Participants will explore the sights and smells of winter along Eagle Creek. The chance to socialize is the perfect reason to get outside with your favorite pup. Additional parking is available at Lion’s Park. The walk is at Creekside Nature Park, 11001 E. Sycamore St.

Summer Camp registration opens at 9 a.m., March 2. Summer camp registration must be completed in person at Zion Nature Center. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Mail-in registrations will not be accepted. Children must be the correct age at start of their camp to participate. Camp fees are non-refundable. Both waiver form and payment must be received during registration to secure your child’s spot.

The Zion Nature Center is at 690 Beech St.

Library programs

The Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library, 250 N. Fifth St., offers a variety of 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.

Sensory Play: 10:30 to 11:15 am., Monday, Feb. 11, for ages 1 and 2. Looking for fun activities to help your little one develop his/her motor skills? Sensory Play is a great way to play and discover textures. Children will play using rice, play dough, and water for scooping and molding activities.

Single Session Toddler Time — Hugs: 9:45 to 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12, for ages 1 and 2. Toddlers are exploring the world around them and their storytime covers a wide range of themes using books, puppets, songs, and fingerplays — complete with a Valentine’s craft.

1, 2, 3 Birds! (Great Backyard Bird Count): 10:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, for ages 3 to 6. Participants will practice identifying and counting birds so they can be a citizen scientist and take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count.

Snowy Storywalk: 10:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, for the family. Be prepared to go on an outdoor story walk around the library. Dress for the weather.

Dinosaur Cookie Party: 10:30 to 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 14, for ages 3 to 6. Celebrate Valentine's Day like a dinosaur. Costumes are welcome for the event featuring cookies, frosting, hot chocolate, and maybe even a dinosaur.

Animal Adventures — Foxes: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 15, ages 3 and older. Naturalists from the Zion Nature Center will join librarians as they share their knowledge about foxes along with other animal activities. Meet at the Library for storytime fun, then walk to the Nature Center to meet and learn about the real animals that live there.

Tree House Club: 4:30 to 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19, for grades K-2. Parent's aren't allowed while kids read fun books and do fun activities! Meets one Tuesday each month. Registration underway.

Romp and Stomp: 10:30 to 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 22, for children 2 and older. The program centers on fun with music and movement. Registration is open.

Safe Sitter: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, for grades 6 through 8. Cost: $55. The safe sitter course is designed to teach babysitters how to be safe and nurturing caregivers, and how to handle children’s emergencies. Participants should take a sack lunch.

Spring I Storytimes: February 25 - March 28. Registration is underway.

‌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. February’s title is Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, and March is Babe: The Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith.

Join the Chess Club at the Library on Saturday mornings to challenge your mind! 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. Remaining February dates are Feb. 9, 16 and 23. The club meets from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. each session. Registration is underway.

Tax Assistance: AARP is offering free tax help to patrons with low to moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older. Space is limited, and registration is required. Those filing joint returns should only make one reservation; couples filing separately are asked to reserve different slots. Appointments can be made for any Thursday starting Feb. 7 and ending April 11. Sessions are from either 10 a.m. to noon, or from noon to 2 p.m. Contact the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library at 317-873-3149 to register or register via the library’s website. In order to receive tax assistance, participants must take to the appointment a photo ID, Social Security Card, all statements regarding income (examples: W2, SSA, 1099), and a copy of last year’s returns.

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., 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.

Great Banquet

The Zionsville Great Banquet Community is accepting applications now for the Spring Great Banquets. The Men’s Banquet is February 28 through March 3 and the Women’s Banquet is March 14-17. To register or for more information visit zionsvillegb.org.

The Great Banquet is a non-denominational 72-hour Christian experience, open to adults in the greater community. For three days, guests live and study together in a worshipful time of singing, prayer and discussion. This weekend experience is for anyone who wishes to strengthen his/her own spiritual life; wants to have a better understanding of prayer, baptism and communion, study, and Christian action; strives to live a Christian life that bears fruit for God, or who seeks to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and to make him known. The banquets are held during the spring and fall at Zionsville Presbyterian Church, 4775 W. 116th St.

BCSSI events

Senior Art Class: A senior art class will be held from 9:30 to noon every Tuesday in the Zionsville Town Hall in Room 205. Instructor is Shirley Luttrell. Cost is $5 per class. Luttrell is happy to work with beginners, intermediate students and any medium students are interested in.

Lunch and Learn on the Road: Save the date for the March 23 Lunch and Learn on the Road. Destination is a Mystery Café at Buca Di Beppo’s in Indianapolis. Registration is underway. Contact BCSSI at 765-482-5220 for more information.

Lunch and Learn: Every 2nd and 4th Friday in the Zionsville Town Hall Community Room. Contact BCSSI to register. Zionsville residents in need of transportation must contact BCSSI transportation department at 317-873-8939 or 765-482-5220 and speak to Cindy Elliott or Kate Koehler.

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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