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Thursday, July 7, 2016 9:06 AM
INDIANAPOLIS - Nickel Plate Arts in Noblesville was one of 11 organizations from around the state selected by Indiana Humanities to sponsor ALL-IN Block Parties in their communities. Awarded hosts span the state from South Bend to Jeffersonville and include libraries, a middle school and other community organizations. Each awarded organization will receive $1,000 in addition to a training workshop, promotional materials and prizes to offer to participants.
  • Renew Indianapolis, a nonprofit organization committed to improving housing, economic development, and quality of life in the metropolitan Indianapolis area, announced it has expanded its small business loan program, the Build Fund, into Hamilton County. Operating in Marion County since 2015 as a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), the Build Fund’s expansion to the north will connect even more businesses in Central Indiana to flexible, affordable, and responsible funding to help them grow, create jobs, and support neighborhood development.
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  • Ready to get teed off? It’s OK, it’s for a good cause.
    The Hamilton Heights Educational Foundation’s 32nd Annual Golf Outing is set for Thursday, June 10 at Bear Slide Golf Course. The community is invited to join friends, neighbors and colleagues for a day of fun and networking on the green to support this worthwhile organization.
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  • Heights grad, FFA'ers set for FFA Week
    The Indiana FFA Association will celebrate National FFA Week from Feb. 20 to Feb. 27.
    More than 760,000 members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels. These members have a passion for agriculture.
    Kylie Schakel, Indiana FFA State Secretary, is a Hamilton Heights graduate and will have the opportunity to travel the state advocating for agriculture on behalf of the Indiana FFA Association.
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  • Latin jazz, Celtic rock, funky jams and more are on tap as the Center for the Performing Arts announces seven 2021 dates in its new livestream concert series featuring Indiana artists.
    Free to view on YouTube, Facebook and the Center’s website, Live at the Center sponsored by Allied Solutions delivers a front-row perspective on the best in local original music, with multi-camera HD video and rich stereo sound. More information on registration and viewing options is available at TheCenterPresents.org/LATC.
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  • An alarming increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases has many Hoosier families facing tough decisions about holiday gatherings. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the Indiana State Department of Health, and the Hamilton County Health Department recommend celebrating Thanksgiving with only immediate family; but for those who choose to gather despite the warnings, Trinity Free Clinic in Carmel is providing free COVID-19 testing on Monday, Nov. 23 from 7 a.m. until 7:45 p.m. They call it the “Test Before Turkey.”
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  • Hamilton Heights High School will shift to E-Learning for the next two weeks beginning Monday and going through Friday, Nov. 13.
    All after-school activities at the high school, including athletic practices, games and any club activities will be canceled during this time as well. In-person classes at the high school will resume on Monday, Nov. 16.
    There is no change for elementary and middle school students. The elementary and middle schools will remain open and continue to have on-site instruction during this time.
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  • WESTFIELD – Suburban Indy Home & Outdoor Living Show, Indy’s premier home show experience, is returning to Grand Park Events Center on Feb. 7-9 for the spring 2020 show. This offers a refreshing perspective on the home show experience. With top-rated exhibitors in each home improvement genre, quality over quantity resonates throughout the show with hassle-free aisles making each experience relaxed & enjoyable.
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  • Library offers community emergency training
    Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care.
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  • If you are a woman who owns farm land, the United State Department of Agriculture might have a program of interest to you.
    The Small Farm Diversity and Organic Farm Certification Learning Circle has a presentation on Friday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 22280 Schulley Rd. in Cicero.
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  • Soil & Water sets annual photo contest
    The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is now accepting submissions for its 6th annual photo contest for youth and adults who reside in Hamilton County. Each age division has two categories – Fireflies and Other Beneficial Insects, and The White River. Digital files must be submitted by July 5.
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  • The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District and Ivy Tech aligned to host the state Envirothon competition held on April 24.

    Envirothon is a high school-aged student competition that helps students learn about natural resources and the issues facing current and future generations. Teams are comprised of five students in grades nine through twelve and one adult coach. During the competition, each team will answer questions about environmental resources consisting of aquatics, soils, forestry, wildlife, and a current environmental issue. 

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  • Indiana American Water is joining forces with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to encourage Indiana
    residents to clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in unused or expired medications safely and anonymously at local collection sites this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For those who can’t participate, the awareness campaign also includes information on how to properly
    dispose of these items at home.
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  • A sobriety checkpoint is scheduled in Hamilton County for Saturday. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is the refrain police are using to remind motorists not to drink and drive while celebrating St. Patrick's Day.
    Police say the checkpoint will begin the night of Saturday and go into the early morning hours of Sunday.
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  • Spring rains, sunshine and blooms are on the horizon! Plan ahead for your property by ordering your native plants and rain barrels from the soil and water conservation district. The SWCD has all the tools you need to conserve water and support pollinators like bees and butterflies with beautiful native plants.
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  • Jason Seaman Noblesville Science Teacher and Coach was presented Indiana's highest honor, Sagamore of the Wabash, for risking his life to stop a school shooting. And in May, he will tell his story.
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  • FISHERS – The Indiana Township Association will host youth serving staff at their monthly lunch & learn as part of their No More Secrets public awareness campaign to raise awareness about child sexual abuse on March 12.
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  • The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (HCSWCD) announces its annual meeting scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in the O.V. Winks building, 2003 Pleasant St.

    In celebration of its recent 50th Anniversary, the HCSWCD is re-instituting an evening meeting and a chili supper. “We are excited to throw it back this year to get back to our roots and rekindle those conservation feelings from the past. We hope to see some of our longstanding partners-in-conservation within the community at the dinner along with our new partners,” said Ginger Davis, Conservation Administrator.

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  • Blood supplies are always in critical demand. For those inclined to help, there will be at least two opportunities to give blood in Hamilton County this month.

    Saturday (Jan. 5) in Fishers from noon to 5 p.m. at Harley-Davidson of Indianapolis, 12400 Reynolds Drive, and Jan. 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at IU Health Saxony Hospital - Medical Office Building, 13000 East 136th St.

    The American Red Cross encourages people to help meet the urgent need for blood and platelets by resolving to give blood this January – National Blood Donor Month.

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  • Photographers, painters, sculptors, illustrators, and other two- and three-dimensional artists are being invited to exhibit their artwork at the Cool Creek Nature Center during our Nature’s Inspirations Art Exhibit. This show is multimedia and open to artists of all experience levels.

    Each artist can enter a maximum of two pieces. All exhibited art must reflect the theme, ‘Nature’s Inspirations’. Subject matter is limited to nature, wildlife, or “nature-scapes” in which natural objects are the primary subjects of the piece.

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  • The Hamilton County Community Foundation awarded three Community Pillar Awards. Recipients were honored for their work in education, juvenile justice and tourism and were given $5,000 each to grant to a Hamilton County not-for-profit of their choice:
    Judge Steven R. Nation of Hamilton County Superior Court awarded $5,000 to Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program, an early intervention program for at-risk youth and their families.
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