May 2018
Friday, May 4
May the 4th Be With You
Marion Public Library
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
COST
free
Join us for Star Wars activities and meet a Storm Trooper! For ages Kindergarten through 6th grade. Sign Up is required in the Children's Department.
Walk of Hope
Cancer Services of Grant County
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
COST
8
The Walk of Hope is a one mile walk to support our friends, family, and neighbors wo are fighting cancer, to celebrate all who have survived and to honor those we've lost. 
Saturday, May 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
Frankenstein Film
Marion Public Library
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
COST
free
Watch the 1931 film, "Frankenstein," then join Dr Steven Bailey from Taylor University for a discussion.
Marion Senior Citizens Prom
Marion High School Student Senate
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
COST
Free
The 29th annual Marion High School Student Senate's Senior Citizens Prom will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Marion High School, 750 W. 26th St. Entrance will be on the Northeast side. This fun event includes snacks, DJ music, and bingo with prizes, and is free to all senior citizens in Marion. For more information, contact MHS teacher and Senate sponsor Angela Sellers at 664-9051, ext. 2112, or email asellers@marion.k12.in.us.
Sunday, May 6
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
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.
May 6
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday, May 9
Frankenstein Book Discussion
Marion Public Library
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
COST
free
Terry Lakes of the English Department of Marion High School will lead a discussion of Mary Shelley's classic novel. You may pick up a copy of the book at the Marion Public Library's Reference Desk.
Read to the Dogs
Love on a Leash
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
COST
free
Love on a Leash, Heartland Chapter, is a non-profit, dedicated to providing an avenue for volunteer pet therapy teams to engage in meaningful and productive animal assisted therapy.  
Thursday, May 10
Early Birds
Marion-Grant County Chamber of Commerce
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
COST
10
Join fellow Chamber members and guests for a fun, fast-paced morning of networking.  Hot breakfast, a DJ, and learning more about Grant County!
May 10
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Friday, May 11
Otakus
Marion Public Library
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
COST
free
For teens from grades 7 to 12.  If you like anime and manga, come join other teens for this months meeting.
Saturday, May 12
Postal Food Drive
St. Martin de Porres Center
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The annual US Postal Service, country wide Food Drive to help local food pantries. Food received is distributed to area food pantries: St. Martin, Sunny Crest UMC, Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, Grant County Rescue Mission, Brookhaven Wesleyan Church,
Plant-a-Palooza
Friends of the Gardens
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Plant-a-Palooza is a plant sale/fundraiser for the Gardens of Matter Park.  Proceeds go to the Community Foundation Endowed Fund to beautify the Gardens for the future.  Joining us are The Marion Garden Club with native plants and Grant County Master Gardeners with vegetable plants.  
Frankenstein Book Discussion
Marion Public Library
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
COST
free
Join Terry Lakes from the English Department of Marion High School will lead a discussion of Mary Shelley's classic novel. You may pick up a copy of the book at the Reference Desk of the Marion Public Library
STEAM Stations
Marion Public Library
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
COST
free
Families are invited to explore hands on STEAM activities. Registration Required.
Tuesday, May 15
Skate for a Cause
The Amara House
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
COST
$4/children ages 3 and up
Bring the entire family and join The Amara House for a night of in fun. Pizza dinner will be provided free of charge. $6 admission for adults and $4 admission for children ages 3 and up. The net proceeds of this event will be contributed to The Amara House Fund, a fund of The Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana, Inc. 
Marion Public Library Board Meeting
Marion Public Library
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
COST
free
Monthly Board Meeting. Public welcome
Wednesday, May 16
Art, Journaling and Beyond
Marion Public Library
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
COST
5.00
Learn how to create journals with art, goals, gratitude & organization. Sign up required at the Reference Dept of the Marion Public Library. Fee for materials.
Friday, May 18
13th Annual Don Welton Classic
Grant County Rescue Mission
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
COST
$60 for an individual, $220 for a team of 4
Join us for lunch and a round of golf to support life change at the Grant County Rescue Mission
MCS All-City Art Show
Marion Community Schools
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Come out and enjoy lots of art on display from our talented students from all grades, plus interactive activities and musical performances!

The art show will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 18 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 19. 
Kindness Rally
Marion Community Schools
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
COST
see description
The sixth annual Marion Community Schools Kindness Rally will celebrate the power that kindness has to change our schools, our community, and the world! This event is open to the entire community, and we hope YOU will join us! Doors open at 5 p.m. at Marion High School's Bill Green Arena for the Chain Reaction Ceremony, which starts at 5:30. A carnival with bounce houses, games food, Balloons by Aaron, and more will start after the ceremony and run through 8 p.m. Tickets are 5 for $1 in advance from any MCS PK-8 school, 4 for $1 at the door.
Saturday, May 19
Graduation Taylor
Taylor University
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
COST
100
Taylor university will host a graduation commencement
May 19
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
20th Annual Cruisin' To Care
Gilead Ministries
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
COST
13
Car show
May 19
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
MCS All-City Art Show
Marion Community Schools
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Come out and enjoy lots of art on display from our talented students from all grades, plus interactive activities and musical performances!

The art show will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 18 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 19. 
MCS All-City Art Show
Marion Community Schools
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
COST
free
Artwork from students from every Marion Community Schools building will be featured, and there will be interactive hands-on activities for visitors. Show continues from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Walton Performing Arts Center at Marion High School. There will be performances from Marion Community Schools music ensembles throughout the day, as well as art show awards at 5 p.m in the auditorium. 
Touch a Truck and More
Marion Parks Department
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
COST
FREE
Bring the family to see a wide array of trucks, large equipment and emergency vehicles.  Touch them, sit in them, have pictures taken beside them.  
MHS's Sing on the Green
Marion High School
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
COST
free
The Marion High School choir invites you to come and enjoy its annual year-end tradition, Sing on the Green.

The concert will feature special performances by some of the senior choir members, along with five different choirs, including the ISSMA gold-winning chamber choir. The show is part of a weekend spotlight on the arts at Marion Community Schools. 

The show will start at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Walton Center at MHS. This year, admission is free (though we will accept donations at the door if you choose)!
Tuesday, May 22
Family Book Discussion
Marion Public Library
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
COST
free
Amy Brainerd will host a book discussion of "Frankenstein," using a children's version of the book
Wednesday, May 23
Department of Labor Seminar
Marion-Grant County Chamber of Commerce
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Department of Labor Seminar will address current topics such as: Wage & Hour/Overtime, Child Labor, FMLA, and Exempt & Non-Exempt. Small business owners, human resource professionals and managers are encouraged to attend.
May 23
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Thursday, May 24
Friends Annual Meeting
Marion Public Library
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
COST
free
Concert by the Paula Monsalve Quintet will follow the Marion Public Library and Museum Annual meeting. Everyone is invited.