Monday, March 31, 2008

Children's Museum

Children's Museum
Free Night
1st Thursday of every Month
No admission charge between 4-8 PM for families


Walking for Dreams

Let's get behind Southeast Community Services efforts to "Help Others Help Themselves"

Walking for Dreams
Family & Pet Walk
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Downtown Canal at Buggs Temple
11th and Senate Avenue

Visit to make donations, register as a walker or start a team


Making Connections Indianapolis

Have you wondered about what resources might be available to the SE District?

Making Connections Indianapolis

new website is offering a wealth of information about available resources for you and your community. Please come and browse:


Sunday, March 30, 2008

OASIS of Fountain Square

Find your OASIS at Fountain Square

OASIS, a nonprofit educational organization for adults 55+, will be offering exercise and wellness classes at the Fountain Square Center, 901 S. Shelby St., 3rd Floor. Stop by or call 317-965-1773 for more information.


IMA "On Procession" Parade


Have you heard about the Indianapolis Museum of Art Parade scheduled for April 26, 2008 in Fountain Square?

Want to participate in the parade? Need some assistance developing your idea? Come to the IMA for a weekend parade workshop where the majority of the time will be spent creating work for inclusion in the parade. Parade artist and historian, Alison Heimstead, will be on hand to advise the creation of these projects.

Open Workshop
Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Road
Saturday, April 5
11:00 am-3:00 pm

The website will be continually updating the parade information.

Pet Day

announcing another Pet Day at the Lilly Boys & Girls Club

Community Pet Day!

$10 Microchips (includes registration) -a microchip is the safest way to ensure that your lost pet will find his way home!

$10 Vaccinations (5-in-one, bordetella) -give your dog or cat a healthy start to 2008!

~~Dog trainers will be on hand to teach you and your dog the joys of treat-training
~~Sign-up for low-cost or no-cost pet spay/neuter surgeries
~~All breeds of dogs and cats are welcome

Microchips are FREE for pit bulls and pit bull mixes!

Saturday, April 5, 2008
Lilly Boys & Girls Club
801 S. State Ave.
Corner of Lexington and State (east of Fountain Square)
-Cash and Checks Accepted-


Saturday, March 29, 2008

Fountain Square 4-H Club

Now enrolling..........
Fountain Square 4-H Club

On Saturday, April 5, from 10 AM to 2 PM, there will be an information and enrollment Open House for those interested in learning new skills through the 4-H program. A child might want to make a collection, learn new skills, do neat stuff, exhibit at the fair* while making new friends and having fun at the monthly meetings:

4-H Information & Enrollment Open House
Saturday, April 5 from 10 AM to 2 PM (come anytime)
Victory Memorial United Methodist Church
1930 Woodlawn Ave (Corner of Woodlawn & Villa)
use Villa Street entrance and come to the basement

Mini 4-H is available for grades K-2 & Classic 4-H for Grades 3-12

Parent signature required
*Enrollment fee is $12 (may be waived for financial reasons)
For more information contact: Martha Day, phone 916-0732

Adult Volunteers Needed

Friday, March 28, 2008

Quality of Life Plan

Great Indy Neighborhoods Initiatives (GINI)

Quality of Life Plan Unveiling

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 8, from 6:00 - 8:00pm in the cafeteria at Arsenal Tech High School. After a year of hard work and several thousand volunteer hours, the 6 GINI demonstration neighborhoods have completed their quality of life plans. Light refreshments will be served, and local performers will entertain, as resident leaders unveil their plans to the Indianapolis community. Join neighborhood leaders, Mayor Greg Ballard, and community partners in celebrating this accomplishment, while learning about each neighborhood's priorities, current projects, and investment goals.

This will be the culmination of the work we began as residents came together for the Southeast Neighborhood Gathering in the Fall of 2007.

Special Filming

Heartland Truly Moving Pictures in association with

Indiana Black Expo, Inc. presents a free screening of

A Ripple of Hope


"Each time a man stand up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centes of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." Robert Kennedy, June 1966

Following the program at the park on Friday, April 4, you are invited to attend a free screening of A Ripple of Hope. This independent documentary, produced by Anderson-based Covenant Productions, captures the historical significance of Kennedy's words that fateful day on April 4, 1968. Advised against appearing before an inner city crowd in Indianapolis the night Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, Robert Kennedy delivered an extemporaneous speech that brought a sense of peace to the city. This film weaves together first-person accounts of that tumultuous day in 1968.

Free screenings will be held at the Madame Walker Theatre at 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The 1:00 p.m. screening is geared towards community youth and will be followed by a panel discussion on tolerance, diversity and expression. The 7:30 p.m. screening includes a panel discussion which will focus on Kennedy's words and continuing the legacy and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A reception will immediately follow after the evening discussion.

Admission is free for the event and seating is on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open for each screening 30 minutes prior to the screening. The event is sponsored by Locke Reynolds LLP, Pacers Foundation, Inc. and Fifth Third Bank. Additional partners include Covenant Productions, Anderson University, Dr., Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, IMPD Youth Services, INRC and Peace Learning Center. For more information, visit or contact Heartland Truly Moving Pictures at 317.464.9405.


Help Prevent Homelessness

A Mentor is a wise and trusted friend

Trusted Partners Mentor Training

Trusted Partners prevents homelessness by providing trained mentors to individuals that have been recently housed and referred by a homeless prevention agency. These person-to-person mentoring relationships empower, educate, and provide life skills, hope, and on-going support in order to help people remain housed and improve the quality of their lives.

Join us for our next Mentor Training on Wednesday, April 16 from 5:30pm- 8:30pm at Immanuel United Church of Christ, 402 E Prospect St. To Register for the Training Class, contact Candice Brisson Monteith, 317-985-3468.

Community Night at Boys & Girls Club

Lilly Boys & Girls Club

Community Night
Wednesday, April 2nd
4:30-6:00 PM
801 S. State Avenue

The Community Night is free and is open to all of our neighbors. We look forward to seeing you there.

******Carnival Games & Prizes
******Moon Walk
******Face Painting
******Community Resources
******Door Prizes
******Kick Butts Day Activities

Boys & Girls Club week

National Boys & Girls Club week Activities

March 31st-April 4th
Club Hours: 9am-6pm

**No Teen Nights!
Lunch and snack will be served.

Lilly Boys & Girls Club
801 S. State Avenue

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Goodwill Youth Summer Career Camps

Summer Career Camps

The Goodwill Youth Learning Center's will host Summer Career Camps on June 9-20 and July 14-25. This year's themes are Groove Theory (dance and performing arts careers), College and Cash (business and post-high school planning), and Experience Indy! (tourism and hotel management). The camps are for high school students entering 9th to 12th grade. For more information or to register, contact Cindy Kicinski at 524-4336.

Indianapolis Urban League CareerTrack Program


The Indianapolis Urban League is currently enrolling young adults, ages 18 to 25 in their CareerTrack program. The program provides help with child care, transportation, and clothing, a $300-plus incentive for completing their employment readiness training, workshops, counseling and referrals, as well as tuition assistance for training programs and higher education. Contact LaTonya Brown at 693-7645 for more information.

Summer Camp

Girl Scout Camp
Girl Scouts of Central Indiana is accepting registrations for their six summer camps running June 2 through August 1. Any girl, aged 5-17, is welcome to experience day camp and resident camp throughout central Indiana. Activities include canoeing, swimming, horseback riding, computer science, climbing tower and much more. Transportation will be available for day camps. More information and registration forms may be found on the organization's website.

Environmental Protection

SE District residents with concerns have been invited to observe
The Environmental Justice Collaborative
of Martindale Brightwood
is sponsoring their
1st Mini-Environmental Conference
Voice to Action
The Martindale Brightwood Environmental Justice Collaborative (MBEJC) serves as a champion and advocate for the residents of Martindale-Brightwood against environmental hazards and injustices that have impact on the health and well-being of their community. MBEJC has created their first mini conference designating two days of teaching and educating the residents regarding hazards that surround and afflict the community.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Saturday, April 26, 2008
9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Scott United Methodist Church
2153 Dr. Andrew J. Brown
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Volunteer Opportunity



Come join friends and neighbors of the Southeast side for a morning of satisfying work and fun as we help clean up the Pleasant Run Greenway. As part of the 20th annual White River Cleanup which takes place downtown, this year special crews and residents alike will be working to help keep one of our most valuable neighborhood resources clean. This is the first cleanup of the year and arguably the most important due to all of the trash that has accumulated over the winter months. Online pre-registration is required in order to ensure that we get enough T-shirts and lunches for our crew. If you are interested in pitching in, please follow the directions below.

1. Register online by March 31st at or


2. Contact David Edmonds to signup for the Southeast cleanup crew or call 634-5079 x.28
Pleasant Run volunteers are asked to meet at the corner of Pleasant Run Parkway and Prospect St. at 8:30 AM on Saturday, April 5th. The cleanup will last until approximately 11:30, when free lunch will be provided. Please dress for outdoor work. Gloves, tools and trash bags will be provided. Also, feel free to pass this on. The more volunteers the better!!!

David J. Edmonds
Southeast Neighborhood Development
1030 Orange St.Indianapolis, IN 46203
phone: (317) 634-5079 ext.28

Free Community Supper

Please join us at
Immanuel United Church of Christ'
Free Community Supper
March 26, 2008
4-6:30 PM
402 Prospect St
(317) 631-2427

Indianapolis Community Building Institute

Time to Sign UP for ICBI
in Fountain Square
Through a progressive 3-track curriculum, the Indianapolis Community Building Institute offers an intensive, experiential program that explores ideas and develops practical skills necessary for effective neighborhood leaders. ICBI is designed for residents who are active in their neighborhood or are wanting to be active. Some examples include: block clubs, neighborhood associations, resident councils, homeowners associations, faith-based organizations, beautification projects, schools/parent teacher organizations and crime watches.
The first track of ICBI will be covered on two Saturdays at Fountain Square Library: from 9 AM to 3 PM with breakfast and lunch furnished. We already have almost enough potential participants to schedule the class. Please let us know of your interest so we can tell INRC that we have 15 enrollees!
Just email to let us know of your desire to be included.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Arts & Crafts Sale

Southeast Seniors Arts & Crafts Sale
April 4 & 5
901 S. Shelby
10 AM - 2 PM

Table rental is $10.00 -- Please contact: Doris York, 236-7400 x233

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Volunteer Opportunity

SEND Volunteer Projects

Interested in volunteering for a SEND volunteer project or Southeast neighborhood association clean up day? Please visit for information on volunteer opportunities in our area.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Art Exhibition & Sale

IDADA “First In Line” Exhibition and Sale

April 4 and 5, 2008
In conjunction with the April 4 “First Friday Art Tour,” IDADA will host “First In Line,” a two-day exhibition and sale of original works of art by local artists and IDADA members. All works will be priced at $100 and available for purchase on a first come, first serve basis. All proceeds will benefit the IDADA general fund. The show will take place at the Wheeler Arts Community in Fountain Square, 1035 Sanders St. The opening reception will be Friday, April 4 from 5:00 until 9:00pm.
The evening will also feature the Upland Brewing Company, which will be offering samples of their craft beer in an exciting first-time partnership with NUVO and IDADA. The show and sale will continue on Saturday, April 5, from 12:00 until 5:00pm. During last year’s event, 75% of donated work sold, and we are expecting an even bigger crowd this year! For more information about IDADA, please visit our website at

Monday, March 17, 2008

Public Safety

City-wide public safety effort

Mayor Greg Ballard and Deputy Mayor Olgen Williams will be hosting a discussion forum next Friday (3/21/08) at the Christamore House (502 N Tremont St) to discuss the launching of a city-wide public safety effort.

Please understand that this meeting is for neighborhood presidents only. If the president of your respective neighborhood association cannot attend, please feel free to send one representative on his/her behalf. Due to constraints on space, we are asking for everyone’s cooperation in this effort.

Please come and support Mayor Greg Ballard and Deputy Mayor Olgen Williams with their

Peace on the Streets Initiative
When: Friday, March 21st, Starting at 9:30 to 10:30
Where: Christamore House 502 N Tremont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222 (317) 635-7211

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. See you next Friday!

Carl B. Clark, Jr.
Mayor's Neighborhood Liaison - Center Township

Success by Six Program

United Way Success by Six Program

Since 2006, Imagination Library has started more than 20,000 children on the road to becoming strong readers! We want the parents of preschool age children to know we're making some changes in the program. If you want to make sure that your preschooler continues to receive great books all year long, please act by April 30!

Our new home library program is called the Early Readers Club. By registering, your child(ren) will continue to receive 12 high-quality, age-appropriate books a year.

What to expect: In June, you will receive the final Imagination Library book. In July, everyone who has registered for Early Readers Club will receive three books, mailed to their home.

How it works: Eligibility. Families with young children under age 6 who live in Hancock, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan counties are eligible.

Registration. You can sign up at Each year, you will have an opportunity to continue with the program. When a child celebrates their 6th birthday, their membership will end automatically.

Book Distribution. Three-packs of books will be mailed to children's homes four times a year: July, October, January and April.

Cost. The cost of the program for a full year is only $20 a child, or about $1.67 per book! We ask the fees be paid for the full year. Scholarships for free books will be granted upon request. We also welcome tax-deductible contributions to help offset the costs of scholarships.

Extras! Each child will receive a free storage trunk where they can proudly store their own "library."

Also new: parents can look forward to tips about getting their children ready for kindergarten.You MUST register for the Early Readers Club even though you are now registered for Imagination Library. We MUST receive your registration by April 30th if your child is to receive books in July. Please visit to register or for more information.

Ted Maple
Director, Success By 6
United Way of Central Indiana

P.S. Act soon! Families who register for the Early Readers Club by April 1 will be invited to a special launch party at the new Central Library in Indianapolis on April 20!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Interfaith Symposium

The International Interfaith Symposium

will take place March 19 to 22 at the New Campus Center, IUPUI. Events will include a robust public conversation about Faith, Civil Society, and International Relations, workshops, presentations, music, and food, a film festival, and several book discussions. Continuous exhibits include information about Indiana's Sister Cities Partnerships, a Middle East display from Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Bill Foley, and booths from local nonprofits that work in the international arena. All events are free and open to the public. For a full schedule of events visit the symposium online

Girl Scouts

Girl Scout Summer Camp

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana is accepting registrations for their six summer camps running June 2 through August 1. Any girl, aged 5-17, is welcome to experience day camp and resident camp throughout central Indiana. Activities include canoeing, swimming, horseback riding, computer science, climbing tower and much more. Transportation will be available for day camps. More information and registration forms may be found on the organization's website.

Giving Sum Movement

Giving Sum to Foster Community Impact
Community Launch is April 1 at Athenaeum Ballroom
A group of talented, energetic, and creative young professionals are mobilizing to spark a new, ground-breaking movement in Indianapolis: Giving Sum. The mission of Giving Sum is to unite and inspire the next generation to mobilize its passions, talents and resources for innovative community impact.

The key objectives of Giving Sum are to:

~~Provide significant financial resources and volunteer support to organizations running innovative programs.
~~Continuously engage members in diverse volunteer opportunities throughout the year, providing valuable exposure to multiple non-profits and helping raise awareness for critical community needs. Educate members through highly interactive opportunities with leaders in both for-profit and non-profit sectors that are making a difference in the community. Encourage social and professional networking through fun and rewarding member functions.
Sound exciting? Want to get involved? To find out more about the movement, go to the Giving Sum Launch Party on Tuesday, April 1 from 7 to 8:30 pm at Athenaeum Ballroom (enter either through the American Cabaret Theater or the Rathskeller). At the launch party, you will have a chance to learn about Giving Sum, talk to other members, and learn about how you can be part of the pioneering group that is starting the Giving Sum movement.
RSVP at by Friday, March 28th if you and any of your friends can attend.
The Giving Sum website,, has more details.

After a year of hard work and thousands of volunteer hours, the GINI
Demonstration Neighborhoods have completed their quality-of-life plans!

Join us to celebrate this accomplishment and to
unveil the plans to the Indianapolis community.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Arsenal Technical High School Cafeteria

1500 East Michigan Street

6:00 - GINI Neighborhood Expo
6:45 - Program begins with Special Guest Mayor Greg Ballard
Refreshments will be served

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Community Enhancement Projects

Pleasant Run sub-committee
The next meeting is Tuesday the 18th at SEND headquarters at noon.

Cultural Trail meeting
The next brown bag lunch meeting is on March 25th at 12:00 and it is at the Fountain Square Library. It is important that we really show our interest in the trail and have a great turnout from the neighborhood.

White River Clean-up
The annual White River clean-up is on Saturday, April 5th and will have a crew sent over to the Pleasant Run trail to work on it. Come join in this fun event.

Infrastructure Presentation
The SPEA IUPUI students will give a presentation of their findings on the infrastructure survey at the SEND headquarters on Wednesday, April 23rd from 5 – 6 pm.

Indy Parks

Indy Parks outreach

The Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan and Greenways Master Plan will be presented at the White River Gardens Building (Hulman Riverhouse) at the Zoo on Thursday, March 13th from 6:30 – 8:00. We want to have a good showing so they know we are interested in trails and connections in our neighborhoods (such as connecting the Cultural Trail to the Pleasant Run Trail).

Monday, March 10, 2008

Spruce Street Median

Something we can all share!

On Saturday, April 19, 2006, the Spruce Street Squad Crimewatch and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful will partner to beautify the median located at the intersection of Spruce Street and Pleasant Run Parkway South Drive. Volunteers from the neighborhood will work from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon to install the landscaping features outlined in the plan which was developed by the group and professionally enhanced by a landscape architect selected by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Landscaping materials used in this project will be provided by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful through grant funds provided by an IPL Project Greenspace Grant.

“Since this median acts as an entrance way to the Spruce Street neighborhood, beautifying it will help to increase and promote awareness about quality of life,” says Shirley Ooley, Spruce Street Squad member and project promoter. Once the project is completed, The Spruce Street Squad will then be responsible for maintaining and watering of the median.

The project will involve about 15 to 20 volunteers from Spruce Street and the surrounding area. Box lunches will be served to all of the volunteers and a comfort station will be set up at the site. Other light refreshments will also be served to residents who just want to stop by and visit.

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Shirley Ooley at 317-787-2295.
New Southeast District Commander


By way of introduction, I am Cliff Myers. I was appointed as your Southeast District commander last Friday. As a 20 year member of the police department, I started my career in 1988 with the Indianapolis Police Department. My first nine years were spent on the eastside of Indianapolis as a patrol officer. I have worked in Narcotics, general investigations, SWAT, Administration, Covert Investigations Commander, and most recently as the Assistant Chief of Operations. I am a south-side resident and my wife and I have three children.

The Southeast-side of Indianapolis is a wonderful place to live and raise a family, but we do have much work to do to stem the tide of crime. Our job is to work closely with you and provide you the service that you expect and deserve.

Our dedicated Crime Watch staff is made up of Officer Jo Starrett (327-6366) and Ms. Ann Westropp (327-6365). Jo and Ann are a tremendous resource for you. We want and need your support.

I look forward to meeting each of you and working closely with you. Call with questions or concerns.

My number is 327-6300

Cliff Myers, Major

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

Southeast District

Friday, March 7, 2008

Consumer Credit Counseling

MOMENTIVE® Consumer Credit Counseling Service
“The Road Home”
A FREE workshop that will help you take the first steps on the path toward realizing your dream of homeownership!

Meet with representatives from National City Bank, CSC Credit Bureau, LifeStyle Realty Group, and Momentive® staff to discuss all aspects of the home buying process, including:

  • Consumer loan products
  • Understanding your credit report
  • Working with a realtor
  • Budgeting and saving for a home
Receive a certificate for a FREE credit report analysis with Momentive®!
Thursday - April 17, 2008
5:00 p.m.- 8:45 p.m.
* Refreshments will be served
The English Foundation Building
Conference Rooms 6 & 7 (Lower Level)
615 N. Alabama Street, Indianapolis, IN
Registration is required. To register, call 1-888-711-7227.

*Workshop meets FHA, Fannie Mae & Nehemiah curriculum requirements
Sponsored by our Community Partner: National City Bank

Workshop about Crime Awareness

Families, Peace and Unity Workshop

On Tuesday, March 11 from 5 to 8 pm, the Far Eastside Community System-Wide Response Committee presents "Families, Peace and Unity," a workshop about Crime Awareness Focusing on Guns. The event will take place at Amber Woods Cooperative Clubhouse, 10202 John Jay Drive. All parents, caregivers, youth, and interested public are invited to attend at no cost, and dinner will be served. Contact Beverly Prince (phone: 317.899.7551) for additional information.

Indianapolis Urban League

Employment Readiness Training

The Indianapolis Urban League is currently enrolling young adults, ages 18 to 25 in their CareerTrack program. The program provides help with child care, transportation, and clothing, a $300-plus incentive for completing their employment readiness training, workshops, counseling and referrals, as well as tuition assistance for training programs and higher education. Contact LaTonya Brown at 693-7645 for more information.

I-65/I-70 ramps to SE to change

Market Street Ramps to Close

Since the 1970s, the Market Street entrance and exit ramps to Interstates 65/70 have divided the near east side of Indianapolis. The ramps were built to accommodate traffic entering and exiting Market Square Arena (MSA). In July 2001, the city demolished MSA, leading the way for further development on the city's near east side and at the former MSA site.

Removal of the Market Street I-65/I-70 southbound entrance ramp will stimulate the revitalization and redevelopment on the city's near east side in the vicinity of the vacant MSA site. The steeply rising ramp extends from East Street to the interstate, a distance of three city blocks, dividing the neighborhood and providing a physical and visual barrier that reduces the potential for redevelopment in the area. The neighborhood east of the interstate has been somewhat separated from the central business district because of the ramp configurations.

The city of Indianapolis will remove the Market Street southbound entrance ramp and open up the city's near east side and the potential for redevelopment.

For more information see: