May 2018
Tuesday, May 1
Dine to Donate at IHOP
The Amara House
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Grab some grub at IHOP Marion and 20% of your bill will be donated to The Amara House.
Wednesday, May 2
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!  
Taylor University Symphony Orchestra Concert
Taylor University Music Department
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
COST
FREE
‘Tres Jolie’ program includes captivating orchestral music by Holst, Bach, Waldteufel, Bizet and Tchaikovsky. A special highlight will be a performance of Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 featuring soloists Clara Loisch and Caroline York, flutes, and Hasun Yoo, violin. Be our guest for an evening of delightful music. No admission charge.
Thursday, May 3
The Network Monthly Meeting
The Hostess House
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
This is a meeting of professionals in Grant County to discuss current events, share volunteer and business happenings, and network. There is no agenda and no speaker, and meetings will last just one hour. 

Cost: Cost of Lunch
February 8 - December 26
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Let's Knit & Crochet
Marion Public Library
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Meet every Thursday 4 pm to 5:30 pm. Beginners must register at the Marion Public Library Reference Desk. Learn to knit & Crochet. All levels are welcome. 


Membership required: No 
Cost: Fee for beginners is $15 to cover the cost of materials. 
Youth Worker's Cafe
Indiana Youth Institute
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
COST
Free
Safety, Boundaries and Risk Management for Youth Workers

This presentation will provide a broad overview of issues that youth serving agencies should consider regarding best practices for safeguarding staff and clients in a variety of settings. Discussion will include the importance of providing safety measures, learning how to maintain personal boundaries, and ensuring proper risk management for the organization. 

Attendees will gain a general understanding of:
•	minimum safety standards in youth programming;
•	appropriate professional and personal boundaries between staff and clients; and
•	organizational risk management in youth work. 

Speaker: Robin Donaldson, Chief Operating Officer, Indiana Youth Services Association 
May 3
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Early Childhood, Age 0-8 Working Group
Thriving Families, Thriving Grant County
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Ensures that all children are prepared for success in school, and reading above grade level by the end of the third grade!

This group meets the 1st Thursday of every month.
Friday, May 4
Gas City I-69 Speedway Friday Night Fury
Gas City I-69 Speedway
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
COST
Adults: $18; Kids 12 and under: Free!
Midwest Sprint Car Series (MSCS non-wing) 
$3000 to win Thunder Cars, FWD Compacts, Mod Lites 
$300 Kids Coin Scramble 

Adult General Admission $18
Children 12 & Under Free
Pit Pass $30 

Pit Gates open 3pm
GA Gates open 4:30pm
Hot Laps 6:15pm
Time Trials 6:45pm
Racing Starts 7:30pm 

Tickets available at the speedway ticket office the day of the event. Concessions available. Free parking. Check our website, social media or call the track for current weather related updates.
April 20 - September 29
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Living Rosary
St. Paul Catholic Church & School
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
What is a living rosary? A living rosary is when people are used to represent each bead of the rosary. Each person leads one prayer of the rosary. 
May 4
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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.
Night of Boleros - Paula Monsalve's Quintet
Marion Rotary
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
COST
$30
Romantic Songs & Candlelight Dinner 

Reservations need to be in by Tuesday, May 1. You may go online for samples of her beautiful music: www.paulamonsalve.com Facebook. I like the Indianapolis ArtsGarden video with Paula in her red dress, although the sound is better in the IPR studio. Beautiful Latin American love songs. She has 4 musicians including her brother, Roberto on the piano, also, bass, guitar and percussion. 
May 4
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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. 
CSA's Theatre compANY presents Wendy and Peter Pan
CSA
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
COST
$10.00 - $15.00
Join the CSA Theatre compANY as they fly to Neverland in Wendy and Peter Pan. Wendy & Peter Pan is an inspired re-telling of of the classic children's story with all the elements that we treasure from the original. Take an adventure with us as the characters take flight across the stage, fight pirates on the Jolly Roger and find their true happy thoughts. May 4th and 5th at 7pm and May 6th at 2pm at the F. Ritchie Walton Performing Arts Center. 

Tickets are now on sale at CSA or online at www.csa-marion.com/tickets
Pirates of Penzance
The Harmony Players
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
COST
15.00
Musical Comedy about Frederic (a pirate apprentice) who leaves a gang of pirates after his obligation is completed on his 21st birthday.  The plot thickens when Frederic learns he is still obligated to the pirates because his birthday is February 29th and has not served 21 birthdays.  Feeling a sense of obligation will Frederic go back to the pirates or stay with the women he loves?
Taylor University presents ‘Mary Poppins’
Taylor University Theatre Department
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
COST
$10 to $20
Disney & Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical - The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Presented by the Taylor University Theatre Department. 
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
CSA's Theatre compANY presents Wendy and Peter Pan
CSA
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
COST
$10.00 - $15.00
Join the CSA Theatre compANY as they fly to Neverland in Wendy and Peter Pan. Wendy & Peter Pan is an inspired re-telling of of the classic children's story with all the elements that we treasure from the original. Take an adventure with us as the characters take flight across the stage, fight pirates on the Jolly Roger and find their true happy thoughts. May 4th and 5th at 7pm and May 6th at 2pm at the F. Ritchie Walton Performing Arts Center. 

Tickets are now on sale at CSA or online at www.csa-marion.com/tickets
Taylor University presents ‘Mary Poppins’
Taylor University Theatre Department
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
COST
$10 to $20
Disney & Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical - The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Presented by the Taylor University Theatre Department. 
Fairmount Libray Town Rummage Book Sale
Fairmount Public Library
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Bag sale 
May 5
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sip, Savor & Shop ~ Cinco De Mayo
Downtown Marion Businesses
10:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Shop local downtown Boutiques, Retail and Resale Shops
Savor treats from local downtown restaurants
Sip classic Cinco De Mayo Adult Beverages
and Explore all that our up-and-coming downtown has to offer. 

Walking downtown, peeking at all the new development, admiring the art in the windows, and simply feeling the positive energy and movement happening is magical all on its own. 

This Saturday you can show your support to those small businesses who continue to believe in downtown Marion and grow the vision we all share. See the exciting development first hand.

Sip, Savor and Shop. Enjoy. And #BeDowntown THIS SATURDAY!

Start at Centrum Mall at Bri B Boutique and pick up your map!
May 5
10:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Kentucky Derby Ladies Luncheon
SWV
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Women of all ages are encouraged to wear their hat in honor of the Kentucky Derby.  Admission is free.
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.
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.
Pirates of Penzance
The Harmony Players
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
COST
15.00
Musical Comedy about Frederic (a pirate apprentice) who leaves a gang of pirates after his obligation is completed on his 21st birthday.  The plot thickens when Frederic learns he is still obligated to the pirates because his birthday is February 29th and has not served 21 birthdays.  Feeling a sense of obligation will Frederic go back to the pirates or stay with the women he loves?
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
CSA's Theatre compANY presents Wendy and Peter Pan
CSA
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
COST
$10.00 - $15.00
Join the CSA Theatre compANY as they fly to Neverland in Wendy and Peter Pan. Wendy & Peter Pan is an inspired re-telling of of the classic children's story with all the elements that we treasure from the original. Take an adventure with us as the characters take flight across the stage, fight pirates on the Jolly Roger and find their true happy thoughts. May 4th and 5th at 7pm and May 6th at 2pm at the F. Ritchie Walton Performing Arts Center. 

Tickets are now on sale at CSA or online at www.csa-marion.com/tickets
Pirates of Penzance
The Harmony Players
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
COST
15.00
Musical Comedy about Frederic (a pirate apprentice) who leaves a gang of pirates after his obligation is completed on his 21st birthday.  The plot thickens when Frederic learns he is still obligated to the pirates because his birthday is February 29th and has not served 21 birthdays.  Feeling a sense of obligation will Frederic go back to the pirates or stay with the women he loves?
Taylor University presents ‘Mary Poppins’
Taylor University Theatre Department
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
COST
$10 to $20
Disney & Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical - The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family members how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones upon whom she has a profound effect. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Presented by the Taylor University Theatre Department. 
Taylor University Ringers Concert
Taylor University Music Department
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
COST
Free
Celebrate Spring with this concert by the Taylor Ringers and Bell Choir. No admission charge, the public is welcome.

Monday, May 7
Preschool Tales
Marion Public Library
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Preschool Tales, storytime for children ages 3-6 years.
City of Marion Birthday Party Picnic
Marion Housing Authority
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
COST
FREE
You're Invited to Marion's Birthday Party!

Way back in the day, our beloved Marion was officially incorporated as the City of Marion on May 7th, 1890. My guess is that for the last 127 years, no one has thrown Marion a birthday party, so what better time to start than in 2018?! Please pack a lunch and join us downtown as we wish Marion a very happy birthday. Should it happen to rain that afternoon, we will relocate to inside 141 E. 3rd Street on the square. Please pass along the invitation to anyone I may have missed, thank you!
Wednesday, May 9
Quality of Life and Place Working Group
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!

This group meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month.
May 9 - December 12
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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
Let's Knit & Crochet
Marion Public Library
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Meet every Thursday 4 pm to 5:30 pm. Beginners must register at the Marion Public Library Reference Desk. Learn to knit & Crochet. All levels are welcome. 


Membership required: No 
Cost: Fee for beginners is $15 to cover the cost of materials. 
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
The Hobbit
The King's Academy
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
COST
$5
The King's Academy's production of The Hobbit at the Marion Civic Theatre
Friday, May 11
Gas City I-69 Speedway Friday Night Fury
Gas City I-69 Speedway
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
COST
Adults: $18; Kids 12 and under: Free!
Midwest Sprint Car Series (MSCS non-wing) 
$3000 to win Thunder Cars, FWD Compacts, Mod Lites 
$300 Kids Coin Scramble 

Adult General Admission $18
Children 12 & Under Free
Pit Pass $30 

Pit Gates open 3pm
GA Gates open 4:30pm
Hot Laps 6:15pm
Time Trials 6:45pm
Racing Starts 7:30pm 

Tickets available at the speedway ticket office the day of the event. Concessions available. Free parking. Check our website, social media or call the track for current weather related updates.
April 20 - September 29
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
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.
The Greatest Spectacle in Excellence
St. Paul Catholic School
6:30 PM - 11:00 PM
St. Paul Catholic School will hold its annual auction on Friday, May 11, 2018 in the school gymnasium beginning at 6:30 p.m. The purpose of the auction is to raise funds for school needs including scholarships, improved technology, and increased school security. Friends, alumni and community supporters are invited to “The Greatest Spectacle in Excellence” – an Indianapolis 500 Victory Banquet themed event. Limited seating is still available by calling the school. Reservations are $50 per person which includes wine, hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert. New for 2018 is online bidding for silent auction items! Check out items at bidpal.net/stpaulauction. Raffle tickets are available for a chance to win $10,000 given away at the auction. A maximum of 250 raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each. Raffle winners need not be present to win. For more information or to purchase a raffle ticket, call 765-662-2883, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
May 11
6:30 PM - 11:00 PM
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.  
Tri Kappa Spring Fling Handmade Market
Tri Kappa
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Breakfast Foil Packs - 9-11
Lunch - 11-2 (Brats & Bologna for Donations)
Free Rock Painting - 9-1
Band - Flown - 1:30-2
Raffle to benefit Salvation Army

PARKING IN REAR LOT
Your Favorite Hometown Market
Farmers Market
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Local, producer-only market boasts amazing local artisan vendors offering handmade and homegrown goods.  Inclement weather will move the market inside the atrium of the Tree of Life building.  All of the vendors produce the items that they sell.  Shop for in season fruits and vegetables, garden plants, fresh-cut flowers, quality baked goods, handmade soaps, hand-blended teas, herbal lip balms, jewelry, fine arts and handmade crafts.
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.
Your Favorite Hometown Market Evening Hours
Farmers Market
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Local, producer-only market boasts amazing local artisan vendors offering handmade and homegrown goods.  Inclement weather will move the market inside the atrium of the Tree of Life building.  All of the vendors produce the items that they sell.  Shop for in season fruits and vegetables, garden plants, fresh-cut flowers, quality baked goods, handmade soaps, hand-blended teas, herbal lip balms, jewelry, fine arts and handmade crafts.
Monday, May 14
Preschool Tales
Marion Public Library
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Preschool Tales, storytime for children ages 3-6 years.
Friends Annual Meeting
Marion Public Library
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
COST
free
Friends of the Marion Public Library and Museum
will be holding their annual meeting. Everyone is invited.
Paula Monsalve Quintet Concert
Marion Public Library
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
COST
free
Friends of the Marion Public Library  and Museum are sponsoring a concert for the whole family. Concert will follow the Friends Annual Meeting
Tuesday, May 15
Tax Reform Workshop
Marion-Grant County Chamber/Gas City Area Chamber
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Join the Marion-Grant County and Gas City Area Chamber of Commerce as we host a tax reform workshop on Tuesday, May 15. Get questions about how the new tax reform will affect your business answered.  Lunch and presentation will be provided by Dulin, Ward, and DeWald, Inc. Call the Chamber at 765-664-5107 or email Rhonda at rhonda@marionchamber.org to reserve your spot. 
Registration limited to members of the Marion-Grant County OR Gas City Area Chambers of Commerce.
May 15
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Marion Traffic Commission
City of Marion
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
See agenda
May 15
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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
Al-Anon
New Life Club
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
What can you do when someone close to you drinks too much? You might be surprised at what you can learn in an Al-Anon meeting. 
Al-Anon is a mutual support program for individuals affected by another person's drinking. We also welcome people affected by someone's drug addiction because alcohol is usually a problem as well. 
We honor anonymity and other 12-step recovery principles. 
Wednesday, May 16
Historic Marion Neighborhood Assoc. Meeting
Marion Public Library
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
COST
free
The Historic Marion Neighborhood Assoc. will hold a meeting in Meeting Room B, to discuss neighborhood needs and projects.
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.
Thursday, May 17
Let's Knit & Crochet
Marion Public Library
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Meet every Thursday 4 pm to 5:30 pm. Beginners must register at the Marion Public Library Reference Desk. Learn to knit & Crochet. All levels are welcome. 


Membership required: No 
Cost: Fee for beginners is $15 to cover the cost of materials. 
Friday, May 18
Gas City I-69 Speedway Friday Night Fury
Gas City I-69 Speedway
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
COST
Adults: $18; Kids 12 and under: Free!
Midwest Sprint Car Series (MSCS non-wing) 
$3000 to win Thunder Cars, FWD Compacts, Mod Lites 
$300 Kids Coin Scramble 

Adult General Admission $18
Children 12 & Under Free
Pit Pass $30 

Pit Gates open 3pm
GA Gates open 4:30pm
Hot Laps 6:15pm
Time Trials 6:45pm
Racing Starts 7:30pm 

Tickets available at the speedway ticket office the day of the event. Concessions available. Free parking. Check our website, social media or call the track for current weather related updates.
April 20 - September 29
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
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
Your Favorite Hometown Market
Farmers Market
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Local, producer-only market boasts amazing local artisan vendors offering handmade and homegrown goods.  Inclement weather will move the market inside the atrium of the Tree of Life building.  All of the vendors produce the items that they sell.  Shop for in season fruits and vegetables, garden plants, fresh-cut flowers, quality baked goods, handmade soaps, hand-blended teas, herbal lip balms, jewelry, fine arts and handmade crafts.
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
Philip Gulley: Author Talk
Fairmount Public Library
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Indiana Humanities Novel Conversation Speaker Program
May 19
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Lego Club
Marion Public Library
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
COST
free
Build your own Lego creation to put on display at the library. Ages 4 years and up. Registration required.
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.  
Author Phillip Gulley
Marion Public Library
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
COST
free
Spend time with Phillip Gulley, author of the Harmony book series. Thanks to a grant from Indiana Humanities.
God's House Building Restoration Fundraiser
God's House
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
COST
40 or 2 for $75
God's House is excited to host Christian illusionist Sean Emory at The Mill on May 19th!  In addition, we will have complimentary hors d'oeuvres and live music.  We will share about our beautiful and historic building, our ministry, and our future vision for downtown Marion!
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)!
Sunday, May 20
Golf Scramble
Guardians of the Children - Hanging Rock Chapter
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
COST
Team of 4 $200.00, $50.00 a person
A day of golf, prizes, and fun. Fundraiser for the Guardians of the Children, Hanging Rock Chapter. Team of 4 $200.00
Monday, May 21
Preschool Tales
Marion Public Library
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Preschool Tales, storytime for children ages 3-6 years.
Lego Club
Marion Public Library
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
COST
free
Build your own Lego creation to put on display at the library. Ages 4 years and up. Sign up required.
Tuesday, May 22
Al-Anon
New Life Club
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
What can you do when someone close to you drinks too much? You might be surprised at what you can learn in an Al-Anon meeting. 
Al-Anon is a mutual support program for individuals affected by another person's drinking. We also welcome people affected by someone's drug addiction because alcohol is usually a problem as well. 
We honor anonymity and other 12-step recovery principles. 
Punch & Painting
Marion Public Library
5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
COST
15.00
Local artist, Sara Pohlman, will teach oil painting. Sign up at the Reference Desk of the library is required.
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
Spotlight our Seven
Marion Public Library
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
COST
free
In celebration of Historic Preservation Month, SOS will discuss local endangered buildings, and recognize efforts in historic preservation.
Thursday, May 24
Let's Knit & Crochet
Marion Public Library
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Meet every Thursday 4 pm to 5:30 pm. Beginners must register at the Marion Public Library Reference Desk. Learn to knit & Crochet. All levels are welcome. 


Membership required: No 
Cost: Fee for beginners is $15 to cover the cost of materials. 
Meet The Amara House
The Amara House
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Enjoy appetizers and light refreshments while learning about The Amara House.
May 24
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday, May 25
Gas City I-69 Speedway Friday Night Fury
Gas City I-69 Speedway
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
COST
Adults: $18; Kids 12 and under: Free!
Midwest Sprint Car Series (MSCS non-wing) 
$3000 to win Thunder Cars, FWD Compacts, Mod Lites 
$300 Kids Coin Scramble 

Adult General Admission $18
Children 12 & Under Free
Pit Pass $30 

Pit Gates open 3pm
GA Gates open 4:30pm
Hot Laps 6:15pm
Time Trials 6:45pm
Racing Starts 7:30pm 

Tickets available at the speedway ticket office the day of the event. Concessions available. Free parking. Check our website, social media or call the track for current weather related updates.
April 20 - September 29
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday, May 26
Your Favorite Hometown Market
Farmers Market
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Local, producer-only market boasts amazing local artisan vendors offering handmade and homegrown goods.  Inclement weather will move the market inside the atrium of the Tree of Life building.  All of the vendors produce the items that they sell.  Shop for in season fruits and vegetables, garden plants, fresh-cut flowers, quality baked goods, handmade soaps, hand-blended teas, herbal lip balms, jewelry, fine arts and handmade crafts.
Monday, May 28
Preschool Tales
Marion Public Library
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Preschool Tales, storytime for children ages 3-6 years.
Tuesday, May 29
Al-Anon
New Life Club
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
What can you do when someone close to you drinks too much? You might be surprised at what you can learn in an Al-Anon meeting. 
Al-Anon is a mutual support program for individuals affected by another person's drinking. We also welcome people affected by someone's drug addiction because alcohol is usually a problem as well. 
We honor anonymity and other 12-step recovery principles. 
Thursday, May 31
Let's Knit & Crochet
Marion Public Library
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Meet every Thursday 4 pm to 5:30 pm. Beginners must register at the Marion Public Library Reference Desk. Learn to knit & Crochet. All levels are welcome. 


Membership required: No 
Cost: Fee for beginners is $15 to cover the cost of materials. 
Basic Needs Working Group
Thriving Families, Thriving Grant County
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Works to ensure that families have the knowledge, skills, and support to meet basic needs and progress towards self-sufficiency