April 2018
Monday, Apr 2
Little Giants Preschool 2018-19 - Riverview
Little Giants Preschool / Marion Community Schools
7:45 AM - 3:00 PM
Little Giants Preschool encompasses Marion Community Schools' Head Start-, Title I- and On My Way Pre-K-funded programs, along with our special needs preschool program. Students must be 3 years old by Aug. 1, 2018 and must live in Grant County. 

(Please note that application DOES NOT guarantee enrollment. We have limited spots available and will follow up with families regarding enrollment status of their child. Waiting lists will be implemented when necessary.)

Required documentation:

~ Verification of income (2016 tax form, W-2 form, check stubs, child support receipts, social security payment information, unemployment verification, TANF case worker statement, etc. Please bring in 12 months of income verification.)
~ Proof of residence (such as a recent utility bill) if available
~ Child’s birth certificate
~ Child’s immunization records
~ Child’s Medicaid card or private insurance card
Marion Board of Works Meeting
Marion Board of Works
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
COST
Free
Regular Meeting 
Essential Oils Class
Marion Public Library
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
April 2, 2018 @ 6 pm. Discover the Power of Essential Oils. Class presented by Sandy Wilson.
Tuesday, Apr 3
Little Giants Preschool 2018-19 - Frances Slocum
Little Giants Preschool / Marion Community Schools
7:45 AM - 3:00 PM
Little Giants Preschool encompasses Marion Community Schools' Head Start-, Title I- and On My Way Pre-K-funded programs, along with our special needs preschool program. Students must be 3 years old by Aug. 1, 2018 and must live in Grant County. 

(Please note that application DOES NOT guarantee enrollment. We have limited spots available and will follow up with families regarding enrollment status of their child. Waiting lists will be implemented when necessary.)

Required documentation:

~ Verification of income (2016 tax form, W-2 form, check stubs, child support receipts, social security payment information, unemployment verification, TANF case worker statement, etc. Please bring in 12 months of income verification.)
~ Proof of residence (such as a recent utility bill) if available
~ Child’s birth certificate
~ Child’s immunization records
~ Child’s Medicaid card or private insurance card
Wednesday, Apr 4
BYOC²
Grant County Economic Growth Council
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
BYOC² stands for "Build Your Own Community" and "Buy Your Own Coffee." BYOC² is a flexible, low-key, and informal time for various Grant County professionals to meet, mingle, and converse together. 

The vision of BYOC² is to foster connectivity amongst community members, encourage local community investment, provide information on existing local resources, and propel local business startups, expansion, and retention. Members of the Grant County Economic Growth Council, Marion-Grant County Chamber of Commerce, Main St. Marion, Marion Design Co., The Refinery, and many more local organizations are consistently present during BYOC². 

BYOC² occurs the first Wednesday of each month from 7am to 9am @ Abbey Coffee Co. (1500 S Western Ave, Marion, IN 46953)! Grab a co-worker, employee, or a friend and head to Abbey Coffee Co. anytime between 7am to 9am to drink coffee and meet your community!  
Little Giants Preschool 2018-19 - Kendall
Little Giants Preschool / Marion Community Schools
7:45 AM - 3:00 PM
Little Giants Preschool encompasses Marion Community Schools' Head Start-, Title I- and On My Way Pre-K-funded programs, along with our special needs preschool program. Students must be 3 years old by Aug. 1, 2018, and must live in Grant County. 

(Please note that application DOES NOT guarantee enrollment. We have limited spots available and will follow up with families regarding enrollment status of their child. Waiting lists will be implemented when necessary.)

Required documentation:

~ Verification of income (such as  2016 tax form, W-2 form, check stubs, child support receipts, social security payment information, unemployment verification, TANF case worker statement, etc. Please bring in 12 months of income verification.)
~ Proof of residence (such as a recent utility bill) if available
~ Child’s birth certificate
~ Child’s immunization records
~ Child’s Medicaid card or private insurance card
~ Child’s Social Security card or number
Thursday, Apr 5
Toastmasters
YMCA
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in self-confidence and personal growth
February 5 - March 4
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Little Giants Preschool 2018-19 - Allan
Little Giants Preschool / Marion Community Schools
7:45 AM - 3:00 PM
Little Giants Preschool encompasses Marion Community Schools' Head Start-, Title I- and On My Way Pre-K-funded programs, along with our special needs preschool program. Students must be 3 years old by Aug. 1, 2018 and must live in Grant County. 

(Please note that application DOES NOT guarantee enrollment. We have limited spots available and will follow up with families regarding enrollment status of their child. Waiting lists will be implemented when necessary.)

Required documentation:

~ Verification of income (2016 tax form, W-2 form, check stubs, child support receipts, social security payment information, unemployment verification, TANF case worker statement, etc. Please bring in 12 months of income verification.)
~ Proof of residence (such as a recent utility bill) if available
~ Child’s birth certificate
~ Child’s immunization records
~ Child’s Medicaid card or private insurance card
~ Child’s Social Security card or number
Friday, Apr 6
Friends Book Sale
Marion Public Library
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Marion Public Library Friends Group will be holding their annual book sale on Friday- April 6th from 5-8 pm, Saturday-April 7th from 9am-5pm & Sunday-April 8th from 1-4 pm
Amalgamated
Senior Art Majors of Taylor University
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
COST
free!
Senior Art Show in Metcalf at Taylor University!
April 6
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday, Apr 7
An Evening with Addy's Animals
Addy's Animals and Nutcracker Sweets
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Please join us for this special event on Thursday, April 26th at 6:30PM at Nutcracker Sweets. This celebratory memorial event is designed to provide hope and healing for families grieving the loss of an infant. Please consider attending, making an Addy’s Animal at no cost to you, and connecting with other families who know similar loss. If you have already made an animal in honor of your loved one we would still love for you to attend and feel free to bring your already fluffed animal.

Space is limited so please RSVP to Nutcracker Sweets at 765-506-1845 or send us a message on our Addy's Animals Facebook page or via email addysanimals@gmail.com. If you would like a certificate please let us know when you RSVP.

This will be a private event, and the Nutcracker Sweets store will be closed to the public. Parent discretion is advised for bringing additional children. As the event is sensitive, it is not recommended to bring children. 
Friends Book Sale
Marion Public Library
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Marion Public Library Friends Group will be holding their annual book sale on Friday- April 6th from 5-8 pm, Saturday-April 7th from 9am-5pm & Sunday-April 8th from 1-4 pm
Friends Book Sale
Marion Public Library
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 Friday April 6th 5pm to 8 pm, Saturday April 7th 9am to 5 pm, Sunday 1pm to 4 pm.
April 7
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, Apr 8
USA Basketball Open Court - ages 6-17
Marion Community Schools
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
COST
FREE
USA Basketball Open Court provides children a safe and fun environment in which to play basketball. Children choose how to engage in the sport through free play, skill games, five-on-five, 3x3, and station options. 
Here's the schedule:
~ Ages 6-9 - 1 to 2 p.m.
~ Ages 10 to 12 - 2 to 4 p.m.
~ Ages 13 to 17 - 4 to 6 p.m.
Open gyms will be on these dates:
~ April 8, 15, 22, 29
~ May 6
~ June 10
~ July 8, 22, 29
~ August 5, 12, 19
As one of USA Basketball's youth development initiatives, Open Court connects children to local facilities, and the free-play setting allows children the opportunity to enjoy basketball in a safe environment while earning prizes for participation. Each open court program is supervised by USA Basketball-licensed coaches.
Open court participants earn points by attending sessions and various other opportunities. At the end of the 12 sessions, participants can trade in points earned for custom USA Basketball Youth Development and Nike gear.
April 8 - May 6
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday, Apr 9
Library Open House
Marion Public Library
4:00 AM - 5:00 AM
COST
free
Celebrate National Library Week with punch and cookies and music. Local musician, Glenn Welch will provide the music
Tuesday, Apr 10
Night of Sweet Dreams - Our Story, His Story
The Training Center
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
COST
20
We invite you to be a part of our Night of Sweet Dreams as we celebrate and share vision for the future.  Come let this night be a one of inspiration as we see how community joining together can change the lives of others.  The evening will begin with a delightful dinner prepared by King Gyros.  Staff and students will share of how dreams are becoming a reality, as they have hope for bright futures.  We look forward to hearing the evening's keynote speaker: Marion's  own - Jeff Hahn,  A man making a difference. 
     Since 2011, The Training Center has partnered with families, schools and others in the community to empower students to dream: students who may be at risk academically, socially, physically or a combination of these.  Come join us on this night of celebration and inspiration.
April 10
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, Apr 11
Prevent Child Abuse 2018 Training and Luncheon
Grant County Prevent Child Abuse
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) Grant County Council‘s 2018 Training and Luncheon. 
Topic: "Juvenile Suicide Awareness and Prevention". Keynote speaker: David Berman, Director of Development at Mental Health America Indiana. The training is provided at no cost to attendees. 
Luncheon catered by the Giant Bistro. Sign up early!  Register before March 23rd for $20. Thereafter, attendees will be charged $25.  The FINAL REGISTRATION DEADLINE is Friday, April 6th.     
April 11
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Quality of Life and Place working group meeting
Thriving Families, Thriving Grant County
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Quality of Life and Place working group focuses on basics, such as public safety and affordable housing, and amenities such as arts and culture, to attract and retain residents.

Thriving Families, Thriving Grant County is a collective impact initiative driven by local residents. Its goal is to provide opportunities for a wide range of community members to work together to co-create sustainable change in Grant County. If you're not already involved, consider joining!
Marion Public Library Book Discussion
Marion Public Library
5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
COST
free
This adult book discussion group meets every month on the 2nd Wednesday and discusses a book they are reading. Call 765-668-2900 for information on the book each month!
Thursday, Apr 12
Digital Media Day - Sales & Marketing Seminar
Marion-Grant County Chamber of Commerce
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
COST
$ 50.00
Digital Media Day
April 12
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Dine to Donate at Applebee's for the Amara House
The Amara House
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Amara House needs your support! Applebee's will donate 15% of your check when you dine at 1129 N. Baldwin Ave, Marion, IN 46952
Friday, Apr 13
"The Diviners"
MHS Speech & Drama Association
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
COST
$6 for adults; $5 for students
Marion High School Speech & Drama Association’s spring play may have a familiar feel to it. “The Diviners” is set in the small (but mythical) town of Zion, Ind., the citizens of which have plans and goals and visions of a better day for their town. 

But though the town is filled with good intentions, their hopes run into tragic circumstances, and leave the townspeople with more questions than answers. Audiences will find plenty to think about and identify with in this moving, emotional story as well.
Saturday, Apr 14
"The Diviners"
MHS Speech & Drama Association
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
COST
$6 for adults; $5 for students
Marion High School Speech & Drama Association’s spring play may have a familiar feel to it. “The Diviners” is set in the small (but mythical) town of Zion, Ind., the citizens of which have plans and goals and visions of a better day for their town. 

But though the town is filled with good intentions, their hopes run into tragic circumstances, and leave the townspeople with more questions than answers. Audiences will find plenty to think about and identify with in this moving, emotional story as well.
MOSAIC Night
MESA - Taylor University
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
COST
$5
MESA - Taylor University is presenting MOSAIC Night, a multicultural student's talent show! Come and joy us in this global party
April 14
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday, Apr 15
USA Basketball Open Court - ages 6-17
Marion Community Schools
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
COST
FREE
USA Basketball Open Court provides children a safe and fun environment in which to play basketball. Children choose how to engage in the sport through free play, skill games, five-on-five, 3x3, and station options. 
Here's the schedule:
~ Ages 6-9 - 1 to 2 p.m.
~ Ages 10 to 12 - 2 to 4 p.m.
~ Ages 13 to 17 - 4 to 6 p.m.
Open gyms will be on these dates:
~ April 8, 15, 22, 29
~ May 6
~ June 10
~ July 8, 22, 29
~ August 5, 12, 19
As one of USA Basketball's youth development initiatives, Open Court connects children to local facilities, and the free-play setting allows children the opportunity to enjoy basketball in a safe environment while earning prizes for participation. Each open court program is supervised by USA Basketball-licensed coaches.
Open court participants earn points by attending sessions and various other opportunities. At the end of the 12 sessions, participants can trade in points earned for custom USA Basketball Youth Development and Nike gear.
April 8 - May 6
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Annual Spring Concert
Marion Lyric Club
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
COST
free
The Marion Lyric Club is presenting their Annual Spring Concert. Everyone is welcome.
Monday, Apr 16
MHS Bands - ISSMA Preview / Spring Concert
Marion High School
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Come out for the end-of-the-year concert and hear what our talented young musicians have prepared for their Indiana State School Music Association competitions!
Tuesday, Apr 17
Girls' Night Out
Wilson Vaughan Hostess House
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
COST
30.00
Girls' Night Out is a fun evening serving great food with a Spring/Summer Fashion Show. Fashions are from A Lady's Place in Kokomo. Tickets are $30.00 per person with a required prepaid reservation.
Wednesday, Apr 18
Garden Education Series "Spider Fascination"
Marion Parks Department
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
COST
Free
Experience the fascinating lives of spiders and learn the important place they play in the ecosystem.
Thursday, Apr 19
Kindergarten Roundup - Marion Community Schools
Marion Community Schools
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
COST
Free
Kindergarten Roundup is a great way to help your future kindergartner get an introduction to their school building and staff. It's an informative session meant to specifically meet the needs of families with incoming kindergartners.

Families can attend at 1pm or 6pm. Children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 1, 2017, can attend kindergarten in the 2018-19 school year.

•	Allen Elementary School, 1115 E Bradford St, 664-7355
•	Frances Slocum Elementary School, 2909 S Torrence St, 664-0589
•	Kendall Elementary School, 2009 W Kem Rd, 662-7364
•	Riverview Elementary School, 513 W Buckingham Dr, 662-2427

What you need to bring: proof of residence (a utility bill with your name and address on it), a copy of your kindergartner-to-be's birth certificate. If you cannot bring a copy of the birth certificate on this day, we can still begin the registration process, but we'll need you to follow up and provide that document before registration is completed.
Friday, Apr 20
Earth Day
Parks Department, Marion Utilities
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
You're invited to the 5th Anniversary of Marion's Annual Earth Day Celebration! There will be plenty of fun things going on that will display, promote, and celebrate the Earth and doing our part as stewards of the environment!

 Kids’ Activities • Green Exhibits • Eco-friendly Vendors • Food to Purchase • Receive a FREE TREE & Compost!

Workshop Schedule:
- 4:30 pm - Learn how to plant a Tree!
- 5:30 pm - Learn about the Wastewater Treatment Process!

 Come & go as you please!
April 20
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday, Apr 21
Donut Run/Walk 5K
IWU Campus Recreation
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
COST
20--IWU staff/students; $25 community members
The Donut Run 5K, sponsored by Campus Recreation at IWU and Poppy's Extreme Donuts, is a unique and fun 5K Run with 2 donut holes at each mile marker!  This is not a timed event but will have a clock at the end for your own information!  Finishing medals and one of Poppy's Extreme Donuts will be given at the end of the race.  Moisture-wicking t-shirts are free with registration (guaranteed to those who register before April 11).  All proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Indianapolis.
Sunday, Apr 22
USA Basketball Open Court - ages 6-17
Marion Community Schools
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
COST
FREE
USA Basketball Open Court provides children a safe and fun environment in which to play basketball. Children choose how to engage in the sport through free play, skill games, five-on-five, 3x3, and station options. 
Here's the schedule:
~ Ages 6-9 - 1 to 2 p.m.
~ Ages 10 to 12 - 2 to 4 p.m.
~ Ages 13 to 17 - 4 to 6 p.m.
Open gyms will be on these dates:
~ April 8, 15, 22, 29
~ May 6
~ June 10
~ July 8, 22, 29
~ August 5, 12, 19
As one of USA Basketball's youth development initiatives, Open Court connects children to local facilities, and the free-play setting allows children the opportunity to enjoy basketball in a safe environment while earning prizes for participation. Each open court program is supervised by USA Basketball-licensed coaches.
Open court participants earn points by attending sessions and various other opportunities. At the end of the 12 sessions, participants can trade in points earned for custom USA Basketball Youth Development and Nike gear.
April 8 - May 6
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday, Apr 24
Do Grant County Website Lauch Ribbon Tying
Doers
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
COST
FREE
Let’s celebrate the launch of our new website, Do Grant County! 

Instead of a Ribbon Cutting, we’re hosting a Ribbon Tying to celebrate the collaboration being drawn together and knotted by this community resource. 

Do Grant County is a website for the public to use in promoting community events and activities. Instead of posting your event to multiple platforms and in various formats, use our inclusive tool and search for events of broad interests all in one location. 

Join us on Tuesday, April 24th from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the Garden House of Matter Park to celebrate the addition of this new community resource to Grant County.   
April 24
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
King's Academy Silent Auction
King's Academy
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Join us for an evening of fun & fundraising!
Saturday, May 5th @ Tree of Life Atrium
Doors open at 6 p.m. bidding will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Apr 26
Regions Bank Ribbon Cutting & Business After Hours
Marion-Grant County Chamber of Commerce
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Regions invites you to celebrate the opening of its new branch.
Ribbon cutting: 4:30 p.m.

RSVP to Ginny Rabbitt-Jenkins by 4/18
ginny.rabbitt-jenkins@regions.com  317.221.6410
April 26
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Friday, Apr 27
Growing Goodness
Lark's Song and Circles of Grant County
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
COST
Free!
Growing Goodness is a FREE TED-style event featuring local speakers on 6 topics: Wisdom, Courage, Humanity, Justice, Temperance, & Transcendence. Based on the Character Strength Themes developed by the VIA Institute on Character. Speakers are individuals within our community (Grant County, Indiana), who embody one of the seven character strengths, and then we invite them to speak on that strength/topic in a short TED-style presentation. 
We encourage each participant to take the FREE VIA Character Strength Assessment to discover your own Strength Themes. It does not take long to take - you can access the assessment here: https://www.viacharacter.org/Survey/Account/Register.
Growing Goodness will also have giveaways throughout the evening, including coaching packages and other fun & meaningful items.
You can reserve a seat at: https://www.larkssong.com/calendar/2018/4/27/growing-goodness-an-evening-of-cultivating-strong-character
Saturday, Apr 28
Painted with Grace 5K Run/Walk
Grace House for Transition and Recovery
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
COST
25
 Registration is required and accepted the day of the event
April 28
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Zumbathon for The Amara House
The Amara House
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
COST
$10 admission
Two hour Zumba dance party fundraiser to support the projects and programs of The Amara House.
Sunday, Apr 29
USA Basketball Open Court - ages 6-17
Marion Community Schools
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
COST
FREE
USA Basketball Open Court provides children a safe and fun environment in which to play basketball. Children choose how to engage in the sport through free play, skill games, five-on-five, 3x3, and station options. 
Here's the schedule:
~ Ages 6-9 - 1 to 2 p.m.
~ Ages 10 to 12 - 2 to 4 p.m.
~ Ages 13 to 17 - 4 to 6 p.m.
Open gyms will be on these dates:
~ April 8, 15, 22, 29
~ May 6
~ June 10
~ July 8, 22, 29
~ August 5, 12, 19
As one of USA Basketball's youth development initiatives, Open Court connects children to local facilities, and the free-play setting allows children the opportunity to enjoy basketball in a safe environment while earning prizes for participation. Each open court program is supervised by USA Basketball-licensed coaches.
Open court participants earn points by attending sessions and various other opportunities. At the end of the 12 sessions, participants can trade in points earned for custom USA Basketball Youth Development and Nike gear.
April 8 - May 6
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM