Tuesday August 10, 2021 4:00 a.m.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Residents of Noblesville pulled out their lawn chairs on Logan Street to watch 10 live musical acts, including the Pork and Beans Marching Band, at this home at 1359 Logan St., Noblesville, during a Front Porch music festival.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason, Walt Thacker, a board member of the Hamilton County Artists’ Association, Carmel, demonstrates a painting at the HCAA art fair in the square on Saturday in downtown Noblesville.
The Times Photo by Betsy Reason Families brought their lawn chairs to Logan Street to watch 10 live concerts, including The Moontown Pickle Stompers, at this home on 1107 Logan St., during the Front Porch Music Festival.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Geoff Davis (seated), Ryan Shelton (right) and Joni Bubenzer, all of Noblesville, and Jon Martin (left) of Indianapolis perform with the Moontown Pickle Stompers on the front porch of 1107 Logan St., during Entrance Porch Music Festival.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Former Noblesville mailman John Gilmore (right) performs on a porch with his band at 1308 Logan Street, was among 10 bands that performed at Front Porch Music Festival in Noblesville Saturday.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Kelli Yates, singing and playing guitar, on a porch at 1084 Logan Street, was among 10 musical groups that performed at the Front Porch Music Festival in Noblesville on Saturday.
The art fair in the square, the Porch Fest and the Band Festival on weekends in downtown Noblesville were just what we needed to improve our well-being.
People came to see the work of over 60 artists at Saturday’s art fair, brought their lawn chairs to the brick Logan Street to listen to 10 different musical acts performing on the porches Saturday afternoon, and had watched six different community groups for six hours on Sunday at the Band Festival at Federal Hill Commons. The Hamilton County Artists’ Association hosted the art fair. Carpenter Realtor and Jason Pearson, former Noblesville School teacher, in conjunction with Nickel Plate Arts, Noblesville Main Street and Noblesville Preservation Alliance hosted the Porch Fest. The Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission hosted the all-day music festival, with the Noblesville Lions serving food.
People enjoyed these events with their families, neighbors and friends.
Going out and attending these events have been among the ways in which we, the residents of Noblesville, improve our well-being.
Why do we talk about well-being? Because the city’s new Noblesville Wellbeing Coalition is trying to find out more about the well-being of our local residents. The Coalition also wants to know more about what makes us happy and what we need in our lives.
What amenities would you like Noblesville to offer or make more available?
What do you think should be done to improve the well-being of your community?
How much do you think you can influence decisions affecting Noblesville?
These are among 43 questions – which include an entry asking for your name and email address to win a $ 25 Noblesville Business Gift Card – that are asked in an online survey from the City of Noblesville.
The survey is a product of the Noblesville Wellbeing Coalition, which was formed in May, in partnership with Noblesville Schools, focused on improving well-being in the community.
Yes, 43 questions take a few minutes to answer. But I encourage all residents of Noblesville to take time out of their day (or evening) and share their thoughts with our city. Any question can be ignored. And there is no information requested that identifies anyone except to enter the drawing.
According to the Coalition, the survey will serve as a benchmark to measure efforts and identify the main strengths and weaknesses that exist in the community with regard to general well-being.
The survey is open until 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 12.
Unlike a drawing, you can only enter your name and take the survey once. So make it count.
So you want to know more about the questions before you commit to answering?
First of all, are you a resident of Noblesville, 18 years of age or older? Maybe they’ll throw your investigation out if not. Then the third question globally asks, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days?
Are you optimistic about the future? Do you have a sense of accomplishment in what you are doing? Do you think what you do in your life is worth it? When things go wrong in your life, does it take a long time to get back to normal?
Do you feel happy, sad, stressed, energetic, or lonely? The survey also asks you to assess your well-being now and before the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on your mental health.
Are you satisfied with your home or where you live? How often do you socialize, get involved in working for voluntary or charitable organizations, spend your free time outside and away from home, spend time in public spaces or you physical activity for 20 minutes?
How do your spiritual beliefs influence the way you live? And how often do you use religious offerings?
How many servings of fruits and vegetables do you eat on average per day? How many hours of sleep do you get in a 24 hour period? How do you go to school or work, or work at home, or are you retired? What courses or workshops have you taken in the past year? Are you looking for reliable information on the Internet? Cooking a meal from basic ingredients? Do repair work around the house?
How many hours do you work per week? And how well does your work schedule fit into your social and family life?
Can you count on your neighbors? Do you trust your neighbors? Do you talk to your neighbors? Borrow or exchange favors from your neighbors? Planning to stay in your neighborhood? And feel a sense of belonging? And how is the noise in your neighborhood?
When you are on the move in Noblesville, how often do strangers greet you or smile at you?
You are also invited to rate the availability of artistic and cultural opportunities, social events, environmental events, nightlife and restaurants.
How much time and effort do you spend being part of the community? Does Noblesville have the stores and services you love? What about the options for staying fit and healthy?
Worried about paying your bills or losing your job? Are you stressed about your job? Have you had any health problems diagnosed in the past year?
Are you satisfied with the balance between your work and other aspects of your life? Are you happy at work and in life?
The survey also asks your age, gender, ethnicity, children, years lived in Noblesville, whether you rent or own, and how you manage financially, and your zip code.
Again, take the time to complete this online survey.
Share your thoughts. There is room to write a bit on the few non-multiple choice questions.
You might be thinking Noblesville needs a dog park, more walking possibilities with sidewalks on Conner Street towards Cumberland Road so it’s easier to walk to the local library. Maybe you think there must be a traffic light at 16th and Greenfield Avenue. Or several benches on the Square. In fact, the City must return the storage benches that people have paid for on behalf of their relatives, benches that have disappeared in the square. Also, maybe treat the kids to a summer music series at Seminary and Southside Parks, like Carmel does.
Did I say that?
Anyway, I encourage you to donate your two cents to this survey.
Maybe we will have more activities like this weekend.
-Contact Betsy Reason at [email protected]
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