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Community Connection Thursday January 14th 2021

Indianapolis Public Library Goes Late Fine Free

We Learned on Community Connection what this means for everybody!
“The Indianapolis Public Library is officially late fine free! Additionally, we have waived unpaid late fines for over 87,000 Library accounts. (Go ahead – log in and check your account!)”
Jackie Nytes, Indianapolis Public Library CEO says, “If you have been hesitant to use the library for fear of getting late fines or because you owed late fines, those concerns should no longer stand in your way. We have so much for our community to enjoy.”
Phone Guests:
John Helling – Indianapolis Public Library Director of Public Services
Tony Radford – Indianapolis Public Library, Artist-In- Residence/Meet The Artists


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance/Food Drive/Attractions – by the White River State Park

*Some Events Are Virtual*

“White River State Park and several of its attractions will offer free admission and parking to visitors in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021.”
Food Drive Info:
“White River State Park has partnered with Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana for more than twenty years to host this annual event on MLK, Jr. Day. This year’s food drive will take place virtually. In lieu of canned goods and non-perishable food items, visitors are encouraged to make monetary donations of any amount and enjoy free admission to the following WRSP attractions: Eiteljorg Museum, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Zoo and the NCAA® Hall of Champions. Donations of any amount can be made online prior to visiting and Dip Jar donations of $5 will be collected throughout the Park. *In the interest of health and safety, no food items will be collected on site.”
Those hosting attractions:
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Indiana State Museum
Indianapolis Zoo
NCAA Hall of Champions and Conference Center
Phone Guests:

Bethany Thomas – Vice President of Programs & Education Engagement

Indiana State Museum

Kelly Dodds – Assistant Director of

NCAA Hall of Champions and Conference


DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY at the Eiteljorg Museum Presented by -Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art

– Monday January 18th – FREE ADMISSION

“Enjoy FREE admission to the Eiteljorg Museum on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We are offering pre-reserved timed tickets to see our holiday model train exhibit, Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, as well as general admission to see other exhibits at the museum. Timed tickets are required and limited based upon capacity.”
Phone Guest:

Bert Beiswanger – Director of Marketing & Communications at The

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art


Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Indianapolis Zoo Jan 18th Monday 9 AM – 4 PM – FREE ADMISSION *Some Events Are Virtual*

*Only monetary donations accepted benefiting Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Inc.*
About the event:
“Although the Zoo is usually closed on Mondays in January, weather permitting, it will be our privilege to open our gates on this day to those with a generous heart and a sense of adventure. You’ll not only enjoy a special visit to the Zoo but also a special feeling of helping our community.
Our hardier animals will be out to enjoy the day, including sea lions, tigers, walrus, brown bears and more. The Zoo’s indoor exhibits — Oceans, Dolphin Dome, Deserts Dome, Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center and Hilbert Conservatory — will be open as well. Plus guests can enjoy special animal chats and presentations. Cafe on the Commons will offer a $5 combo meal for the day that will include a hot dog, kettle chips and a drink. Only credit and debit cards will be accepted.”


Indiana Wesleyan University Martin Luther King Jr. Live *Virtual Celebration*: Living The Dream – (Tomorrow) Friday, January 15th at 7:00 PM

Features of the evening include musical selections, poetic readings, and reflections from:
Eastern Star Church – Indianapolis, IN (Fishers Campus)
Light of the World Christian Church – Indianapolis, IN
Zion Global Ministries – West Chester, OH
Dr. Phoenix Park-Kim – Indiana Wesleyan University
Minister Deidre Gray – Founder, Kingdom Solutions, Indianapolis, IN
Pastor Kenneth E. Sullivan Jr. – New Direction Church, Indianapolis, IN
Dr. Debbi Flickinger – Union Institute and University
Dr. Kwasi Kena – Indiana Wesleyan University
Phone Guests:
Dr. Joanne Barnes – IN Wesleyan University Graduate School Dean
Robert Townsend – IN Wesleyan Professor in the School of Educational Leadership

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