Get out your calendar and your sense of social consciousness. February offers multiple options and opportunities for getting involved in community efforts geared towards a better world for us all. Whether it's puppies, proms or local produce, February has your best interests at heart.
IACC volunteer training
Indianapolis Animal Care and Control, the city's largest animal shelter, will hold a training session for interested volunteers tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 4 from 7-9 p.m.
The session will cover what jobs are available for volunteers such as kennel cleaning, playing with the cats and dogs, laundry, holding leashes at off site events and pet adoption counseling. First-time volunteers, as well as those who have worked with animals in the past, are encouraged to attend.
For more information on IACC and volunteer opportunities, go to www.indy.gov/egov/city/dps/accd/Pages/home.aspx. Indianapolis Animal Care and Control? is located at 2600 South Harding St.? Shelter hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays. The shelter is closed on Sundays and holidays.
Veterans job fair
The Indianapolis Museum of Art will host a job fair on Thursday, Feb. 12 aimed at helping Indiana military personnel find work in a post-combat environment. Veterans will be able to interview with national, regional and local employers dedicated to helping former enlisted men and women find work in the private sector.
The military-to-civilian recruiting firm RecruitMilitary is the organizer of the free hiring event for job seekers who have military backgrounds in Indianapolis. This event will take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the IMA and is open to all job seekers who have military backgrounds - veterans who already have civilian work experience, men and women who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life, members of the National Guard and reserves, and military spouses.
Recruiting companies committed to being at the job fair include Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Indiana Wesleyan University, Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation, Mike's Express Car Wash, Raytheon, Sirva, Snap-On Tools Company, Spring-Green Lawn Care, Wackenhut Corporation, Walgreens and Wellpoint, Inc.
RecruitMilitary will produce the career fair in cooperation with The American Legion, HireVetsFirst (a unit of the United States Department of Labor) and the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN). For more information visit www.recruitmilitary.com.
PPYL '80s Prom returns
Planned Parenthood Young Leaders are bringing back the ever-popular '80s Prom at Talbott Street, Thursday, Feb. 12, just in time for Valentine's Day. In addition to unbelievably bad, yet somehow still enjoyable, '80s dance tunes, the Safe Sex in the City event will also feature the "Wearing a Condom isn't a Drag" drag show, as well as a variety of contests for attendees.
The event is scheduled from 8 p.m.-midnight. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. All proceeds go to support the efforts of Planned Parenthood of Indiana. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.ppin.org. Talbott Street is located at 2145 N. Talbott St. NUVO is a sponsor of the PPYL '80s Prom.
Moving towards mass transit
As the Indianapolis Metropolitan Area continues to grow, more people are asking about the potential for mass transit in the area. Attend the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District's Annual Meeting to learn more about this issue.
Mr. Ehren Bingaman, with the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority, will be the featured speaker for the local conservation district's 39th annual meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at the Primo South Banquet and Conference Center. Bingaman's presentation will focus on the future potential for this form of transportation in Central Indiana.
Bingaman joined CIRTA in summer 2007, as the first executive director for the organization. Prior to joining CIRTA, Bingaman was the executive director of the Fort Harrison Reuse Authority. He has a diverse background in planning, economic development, policy and communications.
Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $15 per person. The meeting will include a brief update of the local Conservation District's annual activities promoting the wise use of soil, water and related natural resources in Marion County.
To learn more about the Marion County SWCD, visit their Web site at www.marionswcd.org. The deadline for reservations to be mailed or called in is Feb. 5. Call Marilyn Hughes at the District office at 317-786-1776 to get more information and to reserve your tickets.
Best Buddies Ball
Best Buddies of Indiana, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment, will host the Eighth Annual Indiana Ball. The charitable, Mardi Gras-themed event will be held at the Conrad Indianapolis on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 6:30-11:30 p.m.
The festive and philanthropic evening will feature a complimentary martini bar, Cajun inspired gourmet dinner, wine toss and entertainment including Henle and the Hoops, the Butler Jazz ensemble, live artists and dancers.
Guests will have the opportunity to participate in both live and silent auctions. Live auction items include an exclusive tour of the Indiana Pacers locker room with Jim and Sharon O'Brien followed by dinner at Morton's Steakhouse, a private gourmet dinner in your home for eight catered by Chef Tim Mally and an original piece of artwork by Bill Patterson created live at the event.
All proceeds benefit Best Buddies Indiana and its friendship programs for youth and adults with intellectual disabilities. Tickets are $125 each and $175 for VIP tickets.
Food, farms and energy
The second annual "Food, Farm and Energy Gathering," sponsored by the local grass-roots organization Sustainable Earth, takes place Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Committed to the development of sustainable family farming systems and community food systems that support local family farms in Indiana, Sustainable Earth and other participants are offering a series of speakers and workshops as part of an event that brings like-minded individuals together to network, learn and share ideas about living sustainably. The focus is on nutritional food, local food sources and energy that is not produced from fossil fuels.
Admission to the event is $10 per person, $25 per family. For more information, go to www.sustainableearth.net or call Sustainable Earth at 765-463-9366. NUVO is also a sponsor of the 2009 Food, Farm and Energy Gathering.