Salem UMC Christmas Eve service

Enjoy a traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, at Salem United Methodist Church of Zionsville, located on 800E /Kissel Road one-fourth mile south of West Oak Street. This beautiful and traditional service will feature 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 beautiful evening service. Visit www.FriendlyCountryChurch.org or call 317-873-4015 for more information.

Art After Five

Art IN Hand Gallery, 211 South Main St., Zionsville, will play host to Art After Five from 5 to 8 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 3. The event offers light refreshments and opportunity to view artwork of students from Boone Meadows Elementary School. The artwork will be on view throughout the month of January.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday.

Swim Club Bingo Night

The Zionsville Swim Club will host its Third Annual Bingo Night on Saturday, Jan. 11, at The Cardinal Room at the Golf Club of Indiana.

The event will be a fun evening featuring 20 bingo games awarding themed bags and baskets filled with prizes worth thousands of dollars. In addition, the event will feature door prizes and raffles, appetizers and sweets.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with the first Bingo game to begin at 6 p.m. The lively four-hour event is open to the community, adults aged 21 and over. Come early or come late and play. Entry fee is $30 per person, which includes food and non-alcoholic drinks, 20 bingo cards and one door prize ticket. A cash bar will offer a variety of beer and wine.

Zionsville Swim Club has served the local community for more than 40 years. Over the last five years, student interest in ZSC has grown from 125 swimmers in 2010 to more than 250 children ages 6-18 at present, making it one of the largest swim clubs in Indiana. ZSC emphasizes the improvement of the individual, the team and the community which strengthen the swimmers, their family members and the residents of Zionsville. The club leadership and culture helps participants develop goal-setting, determination, responsibility and teamwork skills critical to succeeding well into adulthood.

All proceeds from Bingo Night benefit the youth members of the club.

Library programs

The Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library, 250 N. Fifth St., offers a variety of events. Library staff can be reached at 317-873-8342, or visit www.zionsville.lib.in. Events require registration, and registration is open unless otherwise noted.

Screaming Latkes: 3 to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 26. Youths from grades K-5 can celebrate Hanukkah by trying a yummy latke and hearing a silly story. Celebrate Hanukkah by trying a yummy latke and hearing a silly story. Registration underway.

Robotics Workshop and Battle with Brian Hull: 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 28, for children ages 10 and older, with a parent. Robot building workshop and battle at the library. We will build a few robots and attach balloons them. Try to see if you can pop your opponents in the battle ring. For more information see Indianapolis MakerSpace Facebook page.

Gift Wrapping Station: Through Dec. 30. Need to wrap a gift without anyone seeing? Take your gifts to the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library and use library wrapping paper and ribbon to make your gifts beautiful.

Let’s Go! Winter Reading — In January: The Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library is having a Winter Reading event for all ages. Read 20 Minutes for 21 Days. Prizes include a Grand Prize Drawing for a gift card to Great Wolf Lodge. The gift card will be issued to the parent or guardian of any youth and teen winners. A travel lunch bag or free book will be awarded to the first 500 people to complete their 21-Day Winter Reading journey. Weekly drawings will be held for those who record their reading online, and a full-sized candy or snack will be awarded to everyone who registers for Let’s Go! Winter Reading! Register online at http://bit.ly/ZPLBeanStk or drop by the library to pick up a paper log.

Readbox — Beezus and Ramona: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 2. Grades 3-5 with an adult. Registration open. 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, we 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.

Safe@Home: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7. Grades 4-6. Cost $12. Registration open. This course designed to teach 4th through 6th graders how to stay safe at home alone. Topics include how to handle all types of emergencies, when and how to call 911, simple first aid, stranger awareness and uncomfortable situations, and more. Build self-confidence and a personal plan for staying safe at home alone.

Yoga 4 Kids and Families with Melissa Whybrew: 4:30 to 5 p.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 8 through Feb. 5. For families with children 4 and older. This class pairs stories and imaginative adventures with poses, games, and breathing techniques allowing your little yogi an opportunity to exercise, play, and learn how to manage challenging emotions. Melissa is a NETA Certified Personal Trainer, Adult & Children’s Yoga Instructor and more.

Safe Sitter: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 11 or 25. For youths in grades 6-8. Cost is $55. This 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.

THE HUB — Beginning Electronics with Brian Hull: 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 13, grade 4 through adult. Explore Arduinos, LED lights, circuits, and common electronic components and learn their functions. Registration required.

BCSSI events

Holiday Schedule: BCSSI offices will be closed, Dec. 24, 25 and 31, and Jan. 1.

Coffee Connection Clinic: Coffee Connection Clinic is offered from 10:30 t0 11:30 a.m., the first Friday of each month. Next event will be Friday, Jan. 3, with the topic of fire engine review. 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 seniors 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.

Lunch and Learn: Lunch and Learn is held every 2nd and 4th Friday in the Zionsville Town Hall Community Room. The meeting will not be held Dec. 27. 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. For reservations call BCSSI 765-482-5220.

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. Facilitator is Max Jones, Executive Director of Anson Senior Living. Contact Jessica Evans at 765-482-5220 for more information.

Zion Nature Center programs

Zion Nature Center is at 690 Beech St. All programs are at the center unless otherwise indicated.

Nature Center extended hours: School will be on break Friday, Dec. 27, so center hours will be extended to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Creature Feature — Turtles: 1 to 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 27. Stop in anytime from 1 to 3 p.m. for a chance to 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.

Providence Wildlife Rehabilitation: 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 28, at Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 W. Oak St. Join Providence Wildlife and their wildlife ambassadors as they explain what a Wildlife Rehabilitator does for injured and orphaned native wildlife in central Indiana. Discover what to do when you encounter an injured or orphaned wild animal, and how you can help wildlife in your neighborhood.

Noon Year’s Eve: 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Dec. 31. 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. Join the Zion Nature Center, 690 Beech St., as we have a slithering good time celebrating 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 snake-themed celebration! Registration is required as space is limited. Register beginning Dec. 1 at www.zionnaturecenter.org.

Optimist dinner meeting

Each month the Zionsville Optimist Club meets at Cobblestone Restaurant for a discussion on programs to support local youth. Those interested in the Club or to speak can contact Elaine Morrison, club president, at 317-873-2033 or zoptimistclub@gmail.com.

Flying Eagles meeting

The Flying Eagles 4-H Club will have a monthly meeting at the Zionsville Town Hall, 2nd floor Community Room, at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10. If you have not registered for 4-H and are interested, contact the Boone County Extension Office.

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