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The Indianapolis Public Library is seeking input from the community about the new Fort Benjamin Harrison Library Branch. Ratio Architects plans to begin construction in August 2021. The library is excepted to open in 2023.

In November, the library board approved purchasing 2.5 acres of land for $1 from the Fort Harrison Reuse Authority. The 25,000-square-foot facility will be located at the Lawrence Village at the Fort. The library board would like input on the amenities being considered for the branch.

Community members interested in offering input may do so by attending a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom or an online survey. To register for the meeting or complete the survey, visit indypl.org/fortben.

COVID-19 testing site moves indoor

The Marion County Public Health Department has moved a drive-thru clinic at the South District Health office indoors to the Marion County Fairgrounds, 7300 E. Troy Ave. The clinic, which is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, requires an appointment. Enter through Gate 4.

Marion County Health Department plans to move all drive-thru testing sites indoors or to a covered location to protect workers and test seekers from winter weather.

COVID-19 testing is free. To make an appointment, visit MarionHealth.org/indycovid or call 317-221-5515.

Testing sites:

Marion County Public Health Department, main location, 3838 N. Rural Street

9 a.m.-4 p.m.Monday through Friday

Marion County Fairgrounds, 7300 E. Troy Ave., Gate 4

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays

West side, 3685 Commercial Drive

7 a.m.-2 p.m.Mondays and Wednesdays

Community discussion on tobacco marketing

The Minority Health Coalition, Indianapolis Urban League and Indiana Black Expo will host the virtual panel discussion “Tobacco Marketing in Marion County: The Impact on Black Communities” 6-7:15 p.m. Dec. 9. Visit eventbrite.com to register. Registration deadline is Dec. 7.

Cameron Ridle, WRTV6 reporter, will moderate. Panelists include Dr. Paul Halverson, dean, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health; Kenneth Ray, senior program manager, The Center for Black Health and Equity; Tanya McKinzie, president and CEO, Indiana Black Expo; Moses Jones, actor and youth advocate; Percy Bland Jr., youth pastor, Eastern Star Church.

The Mind Trust accepting applications for fellowship

The Mind Trust, an education nonprofit, is accepting applications for the fifth cohort of the Relay Graduate School of Education’s National Principals Academy Fellowship (NPAF), a nationally-recognized fellowship that provides school leaders with instructional and cultural professional development.

The fellowship is a one-year program, which includes a summer online session and four intersessions focused on Relay’s instructional pillars — observation and feedback, data-driven instruction, positive student culture of high expectations, adult professional development, instructional planning, aligned staff culture and strategic leadership.

Applicants can be employed at any public school in Indianapolis and must hold full-time leadership positions in a school or school network. The application deadline is Jan. 11, 2021. Participants will be announced in spring 2021. For more information or to apply, visit themindtrust.org/npaf.

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