Thursday, July 31, 2008

Free Community Meal

We Prepare Together

Join us on Friday, August 29, 2008
~~to prepare our meal at 5:15 PM
~~to eat together at 6:00 PM
~~to celebrate community

The Church Within
1125 Spruce Street (just south of KFC)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Back to School Event

Celebrate the New School Year

Back to School Event
Immanuel United Church of Christ
402 Prospect Street
Saturday, August 9th
10:00am - noon

Children kindergarten to 6th grade are welcome.
We'll have crafts, games, and activities to celebrate the beginning of the school year.
At the end of the morning, we'll hand out free school supplies.

BOI Sales Series

Making Sales =
Making Money =
Better Bottom Line!

Business Ownership Initiative offers a 3 part Sales Series that gets to the heart of finding new prospective customers; turning objections into solutions; making the sale and building customer service. These tested techniques will assist you in building your customer base and generating more business sales.

The 3-workshops are from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesdays, August 6, 13, and 20. Cost is $10.00 per workshop. Registration is required, 917-3266 ext. 100

Kathryn Rietmann
Resource Partner Director
Business Ownership Initiative of Indiana
formerly Neighborhood Self-employment Initiative
4755 Kingsway Drive Suite 314
Indianapolis, IN 46205
317-917-3266 ext. 102

First Friday Open House at the Library

Reception & Art Show

Featuring the students for the Key Learning Community

Friday, August 1st 2008
Fountain Square Library
Corner of Virginia & Prospect
6:00-8:00 P.M.


Curso de Desarrollo de Negocios

Curso de Desarrollo de Negocios

El primer día del curso de 15 horas para escribi r su plan de negocios y aprender como manejar su negocio con éxito.
Martes, 12 de agosto, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Local: Business Ownership Initiatives, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructora: Maria Marshall, Purdue Extension

¡Llame ahora mismo! Cupo es limitado.
(317) 917-3266
Para más información, visite:

New Business Orientation

Thinking of Launching a Business?

Start Here.

An orientation to the process of starting a business and how Business Ownership Initiative's programs and services can help at each step along the way. FREE.
Monday, Aug. 11, 6 – 7 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Kathryn Rietmann, BOI

Preregistration required for all classes.
Call (317) 917-3266 ext. 100 for more information or to register.

The Battle of the Chefs

The Men Of Greater St. James Are Back

Featuring All Types of Cuisine From 20 Greater St. James Chefs

Fresh Fried Fish You Just Can’t Miss
From Neckbones to T-bones
From Collard Greens to Pinto Beans
From Sloppy Joes to Nachos
A Mighty Feast Is What We Propose

Join Us Saturday August 2, 2008
12:00pm – 4:00pm


August Community Calendar

The Calendar has been updated

The August Community Calendar has been posted in the right nav bar of the blog

INRC Annual Meeting

We are pleased to announce the opportunity to hear from, and speak with, Allison Fine, author of Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age...

INRC's Annual Meeting

Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center's Annual Meeting
Monday, September 22, 2008
Marian Corporate Headquarters
1011 E. Saint Clair Street

Copies are available for INRC members to check out from INRC's INRC Resource Library. Call us at 920-0330, ext. 100 for more information and to borrow your copy today!

IndyFringe Longest Dinner

IndyFringe Longest Dinner Fundraiser

August 12, 2008
5:30 - 10:30 pm
Historic Mass Ave Alley
$30 for three course meal

Visit for more information

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

To Market To Market

Calling all Urban Neighborhoods to Save the Dates...

To Market To Market
August 13th 5:30 to 7:30 PM
"second Annual Neighborhood Get Together"
Ruschman Art Gallery
948 North Alabama St.
Come and enjoy one of downtown Indy's best galleries. Art, wine and hors d'oeuvres generously provided. Last year's event was a huge success thanks to overwhelming neighborhood participation. Please join us for this fun and informal gathering to discuss the upcoming To Market To Market Ball.

To Market To Market Ball
City Market
September 20th 2008

For more information, please contact Mike Halstead at 684-1431 or email

Fountain Square Art Fair 2008

Fountain Square Art Fair!

WHERE: Historic Fountain Square, public parking lot at Shelby & Morris Sts.
WHEN: Saturday. September 27, 2008 10:00-6:00
SPECIAL EVENTS: * Also happening is Masterpiece in a Day, in and around the Fountain Square Village and the Wheeler Arts community Open House

Visit Fountain Square on Saturday September 27th for the second annual Fountain Square Art Fair (FSAF). See many diverse fine artists and hip urban crafters' creations on a fantastic day in the city's supreme Cultural District!

It's free admission and runs from 10:00am to 6:00pm. The WICR Entertainment Stage adds to the fun this year, featuring the sounds of the city's best independent musicians.

The diverse lot of Fountain Square restaurants will be open for you. And the FSAF is on the same day as Masterpiece in a Day and the Wheeler Open House! Artists can enter the Masterpiece in a Day competition and work from their booths!

Bring the whole gang for some fun and entertainment in one of Indy's premier cultural days. The FSAF is here to feed the needs of our art-hungry 'hood!

Please go to for more. Hope to see you at the Fair!

Sarah Adams, AV Framing Gallery—Fountain Square Merchants Assoc.

Answers for Autism Walk

2008 Answers for Autism Walk

On September 13, 2008, Autism Advocates of Indiana,Inc. presents the 2008 Answers for Autism Walk. This event takes place at CoxHall Gardens, Carmel, IN (116th and Towne Rd.) A 1-mile stroller friendly and handicap accessible walk. In addition to the walk, there will be family entertainment, sensory activities, refreshments and most importantly, information on issues surrounding autism. A portion of the money donated goes to national research, but most stays here to support Autism programs in Indiana. Please feel free to bring a blanket or folding chair to use while enjoying the entertainment. There is a $10 minimum pledge to walk. For more information visit

Thank you for your time,

Donna Simerly
Autism Advocates of Indiana, Inc.

Mayor is Visiting a Fab for Less House

Mayor's coming to New Jersey Street

Thursday July 31
*Eco-Friendly Home Tour
The home is a pilot project to set environmental guidelines for future affordable housing projects in the City.
1411 S. New Jersey St.
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Monday, July 28, 2008

City Budget Review

Mayor Ballard Holds First Open to the Public Budget Review in Indianapolis History

Last year, Mayor Ballard pledged to the citizens of Indianapolis that city government would be more transparent. As a result, the budget review follows through with that promise to give taxpayers an up close look at how their tax dollars will be spent.

The quarterly budget review can be accessed from the following webpage:


Re-Entry Employment Fair

Mayor’s Re-Entry Employment Fair

When: Monday, August 4, and Tuesday August 5, 2008
Day One: 9 a.m.— 2 p.m.
Day Two: 9 a.m.— 4 p.m.

Where: Ivy Tech Community College
50 W. Fall Creek Parkway North Drive
Indianapolis, Indiana 46208

Day One– workshop opportunities on the following topics for those with felonies seeking employment:
>Warning! Applications are Designed to Screen You Out! (Applications)
>How to Talk About Your Skills: Name, Demonstrate, and Prove! (Interviewing)
>Job Fair Secrets Revealed! (How to Maximize A Job Fair)
>Work – One, Two, Three! (Utilizing the Work One System)
>Basic Job Search – It’s Not Rocket Science! (Job Search 101)

Day two – Clients must be referred by a community service provider and must attend day one in order to return for day two of the employment fair. Day two will provide opportunities to meet face to face with employers who will consider hiring persons with felony convictions.

For More Information:
Contact Khadijah Muhammad, Director of Offender Re-entry at: or 327-3642
Tom Darling, Executive Director of Workforce, Economic and Community Development at: or 917-7157

***Just in! Must Call on Thursday:

The Flanner House is assisting Work One in giving referrals for employment for people who have felony convictions. Please have anyone interested to call the flanner house to go through the referral process. The office will be closed Friday because of the golf outing. The job fair will be Aug 4 and 5th at IVY tech. please call Mr. Douglas at 923-4231 for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

First Friday Open House - AV Framing

"Every Child Is an Artist"
celebrating 20 years of Summer Arts for Youth from Young Audiences

Where: AV Framing Gallery, 1139 Shelby St., Fountain Square
When: Showing 2 days only! Friday, Aug. 1 and Saturday, Aug. 2 2008
Special Event: Reception on IDADA First Friday Gallery Tour, Aug. 1 5:00-9:00pm.
Parking: Free Public Parking lot across Shelby Street

AV Framing Gallery in Historic Fountain Square proudly partners with Young Audiences of Indiana for "Every Child Is an Artist" 20 years of Summer Arts for Youth (SAY) Programs.

Make a point to catch this fun exhibit showcasing the artwork of many SAY participants!


Saturday, July 26, 2008

IMPD Assault Prevention Training

IMPD Assault Prevention Training

IMPD is offering a FREE assault prevention training class designed for women and men. IMPD Officer Jeff Patterson, who specializes in defensive tactics, will be conducting the training. Officer Patterson is a powerful speaker and his enthusiasm for training the community is contagious. The class addresses the physiological and psychological aspects of a confrontation. Please visit for additional information.

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2008

Time: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Wheeler Art Center, Theater Room 1035 E. Sanders St.

Parking: Southeast District, 1150 S. Shelby Street (please do not park in Bud's Supermarket lot)

If you have any questions, please call Officer Jo Starrett at 327-6366


Friday, July 25, 2008

First Friday Open House - ALCHEMY

"Oslo-Bound" recent works by Christine J. Jang & Emil A. Reiling
Opening Reception 08.01.08
Work will be on display 08.01.08 thru 08.30.08

++please note that ALCHEMY art +aesthetics will be closed August 5 - August 9, as our staff will be training in New York ++

regular gallery hours:
tu 11-8
we 11-6
th 11-8
fr 11-8
sa 10-4

ALCHEMY art + aesthetics
1043 Virginia Ave No. 3
Indianapolis, IN 46203
Ph. 317.634.9700
Fx. 317.634.9701

Gallery + Salon

SONshine Theater at Wheeler Arts

Morbidman Meets His Maker

SONshine Theater at Wheeler Arts

August 22-31, 2008

This Event has been cancelled

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Free Community Meal

We Prepare Together

Join us on Friday, July 25, 2008
~~to prepare our meal at 5:30 PM
~~to eat together at 6:00 PM
~~to celebrate community

The Church Within
1125 Spruce Street (just south of KFC)

PANIC support group for parents of teens

Parents of Adolescents Need Instruction & Care

PANIC is a support group for parents of teens which meets the second Thursday of every month from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center, 2451 N. Keystone Avenue, Indy 46218-3311. The group sessions are conducted by Ken Turner, President of High Impact Teen Ministries.

For more information, please call 317-327-8495 and ask for Tonya Hill, Volunteer Coordinator

Voter Registration

Is Your Voter Registration Current?

If you have moved, or your name has changed, or you have never registered to vote, please contact Jane Mullikin,, for registration forms which you can use for yourself and give to all the people on your block.

The Neighborhood Partners will also have registration forms and can be reached through the NACS office at 880 Virginia, 317-686-0161

Volunteer Opportunity

IPS School Uniform Exchange

The Good Life Center has organized an exchange program for students who have outgrown their school uniforms. School has, in some cases, or will be in others, starting soon. They have purchased as many uniform pieces as the grant money would cover and are now asking the community to assist through contributions of outgrown uniforms, donations of money or volunteer hours at the Good Life Center during the upcoming busy weeks.

Please contact Martha Day, Director at 317-637-2684 or 317-916-0732
Carol Roberts, Coordinator at 317-822-8178

The Good Life Center
an Outreach of Victory Memorial United Methodist Church
1928 Woodlawn Ave

Lilly Boys & Girls Club Schedule

Boys & Girls Club Fall Program

New Schedule at the Lilly Boys & Girls Club

Lilly Boys & Girls Club will end its Summer Program on August 1st. We will resume our after-school program on August 25th with our hours being Monday through Friday 3:00-7:00 for ages 5-12 and 3:00-9:00 for ages 13-18.

Becky Kenow-Terry
Unit Director
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis, Lilly Unit
(p) 317.632.2010
(f) 317.632.2045

Free Community Meal

Supper with a Friend
(Free community meal)

Wednesday, July 30
5:00 - 7:00
Immanuel United Church of Christ
402 Prospect Street

Protect your Pet


$10 Microchips (includes registration)
--safest way to get your pet home FAST!

$10 vaccinations (DHPP & Bordatella)
--for dogs & cats, puppies & kittens

**Sign up for low-cost spay/neuter surgeries

**Microchips are FREE for pit bulls & pb mixes!!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

10 am-2pm

Lilly Boys & Girls Club

801 S State St

**for safety reasons dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a crate!

For questions, please call Indy Pit Crew


Indianapolis Community Building Institute enrollment deadline

The Road to Community Leadership

The deadline for enrolling in ICBI at Fountain Square is July 30, 2008

Beginning in August INRC will be offering an intensive track one, these courses will be taught at Southeast Community Services, located at 901 South Shelby Street.

ICBI Course Schedule

Intensive Track One: 2 Saturdays - August 2, 2008 and August 16th, 2008, 9:00am to 3:00pm, Participants must attend both Saturdays, food to be provided!

An application can be obtained by emailing Nita--email address below, or by emailing It can be filled out electronically and if you are receiving this information from the blog or from the SEOrganizer email announcements, please give Jane Mullikin as the endorsing signature so you can go ahead and return your application by email.

For additional information, please contact the office at 317-920-0330.

Warmest regards,

Nita McCormick

Membership Services Coordinator
Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center
1802 N. Illinois Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
317.920.0330, ext 100
317.920.0556 Fax

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

City's Quarterly Budget Review





WHEN: 1 P.M. MONDAY JULY 28, 2008


Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Meeting to discuss future direction of

Southeast Umbrella Organization
IMPD Community Room
1150 S. Shelby Street
July 29, 2008
5:30 PM

Monday, July 21, 2008

National Night Out Against Crime

America’s Night Out Against Crime
Tuesday, August 5, 2008

On Tuesday, August 5, 2008 neighborhoods throughout Marion County will participate in the Twenty-Fifth Annual National Night Out: America's Night Out Against Crime.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit; help form good relationships between the community and the police; and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Neighbors can participate by hosting a block party, or cookout, or pitch-in, or ice cream social, or flashlight walk, or neighborhood parade, or pizza party, or youth activities (games, chalk art, jump rope, hula hoop contest, watermelon seed-spitting contest, karaoke, volleyball, badminton or croquet) - simply anything that brings you and your neighbors together outside.

Don't miss this great opportunity to show your support for law enforcement and crime free neighborhoods; strengthen police - community partnerships; and celebrate neighborhood unity.

If you have any questions, please call Ann Westropp, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Southeast District Crime Watch Specialist, at 327-6365.

Fun Furniture Painting - July 23

Fab for Less Furniture Painting

Looking for something to do next Wed. July 23rd in the evening?

Join the Fab For Less (FFL) designers to paint furniture for the houses from 5:30 to 7:30 in the SEND parking lot.

Please let me know if you can help out. We will provide all supplies and dinner.


Jennifer Rice
Volunteer Coordinator
Southeast Neighborhood Development

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Family Festival Gift Certificate Winners

Prospect Street Family Festival
Winners of the NACS (Neighborhood Partners)
Gift Certificates

$50 Walmart Gift Certificate: Sarah Maggard - Kealing St.
$20 Bud's Gift Certificate: Gina Fesler - Prospect
$20 Bud's Gift Certificate: Sharyl Lyda - State St

Healthy Community Conference - July 23 & 24

Making Connections Indianapolis has three scholarships available for the following conference. Contact Melody Barber-Hence at or call at 317-514-6570.

Health Care + Education = Healthy Communities:
Why Schools Fit the Equation
School Health Initiatives Midwestern Regional Conference
Please Join Us As We Learn About School Health Initiatives,
Outreach Opportunities and “Why Schools Fit the Equation”

July 23 and 24, 2008
Marriott Indianapolis Downtown
Indianapolis, Indiana
Back-to School Kickoff Media Event at the Capitol featuring
Dr. Suellen Reed, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction,
Dr. Judy Monroe, Indiana State Health Commissioner, and
Sec. Mitch Roob, Indiana Family & Social Services Administration
Keynote Speaker: Kate Keller, MPA
National Assembly of School Based Health Centers Board Member and
Senior Program Officer for the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati
Plenary and Concurrent Session Speakers focus on School Health from a National, Regional and State Perspective

Sondra Gardetto, Deputy Director
Phone: 574.472.4308 ext. 216

Radio Radio Concerts


Doors for most shows are at 8pm. You must be 21+ to attend shows at Radio Radio.

Wednesday, 23 July: The Mother Truckers + MFB | $6

The Mother Truckers are a kick-ass rock 'n' roll band from Austin, Texas. Their music is high-octane Americana, blending hard hitting electric guitars with soaring vocals and irreverent lyrics. They take the Texas mix of Country, Blues and Rock to a higher place with their creative songwriting and high energy live performances.

The core of the group is the singing songwriting team of Josh Zee and Teal Collins. Josh Zee (vocals/lead guitar) has recorded 2 major label records on the SONY/Work label as the singer/guitarist and songwriter for the Rock group "Protein". He toured extensively throughout the U.S. on "The Warped Tour". They also toured Europe and Japan as part of MTV Asia Summer Fest.

Teal Collins (vocals/ukulele/guitar) Teal's early introduction to music was through her dad, famous Jazz disc jockey Al, "Jazzbeaux" Collins. Teal has recorded sessions for Grammy award winning producers Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston) and Stephen Bray (Madonna). Teal has received Gold and Platinum albums for her work on Shanice (Motown records) and Third Eye Blind's album Blue.

Friday, 25 July: Vulgar Boatmen + Gentleman Caller | $5

Gentleman Caller You know that tendency to scribble mental notes about people at the corner or a couple in the back booth, 2 am diner? Songwriter Kenny Childers does just that. As Gentleman Caller he manifests morsels of human nature, those spider-web corners, into songs exploring the obsessive qualities of gutted and love-bitten emotions. With an evolving cast of musicians, Childers builds stunning story-line tension of whodunit and whodid with arrangements echoing the chamber qualities of Galaxie 500, Big Star’s complex build, and the aching truth of contemporaries Okkervil River or Rilo Kiley.

Sunday, 27 July: Cellofourte | $5

Four cellists breaking out of the classical world.

Yes. We are a cello band, but you’d be selling us short if you wrote us off as a classical music ensemble, alone. We merge the talents of four musicians to produce a style that blurs the line between classical music and rock. In fact, we just might be one of the most unique ensembles you’ll ever hear. With our combination of live, amplified, original, cello rock tunes and cover songs, your senses will be truly intrigued by our sounds.

Thursday, 31 July: MOKB & The Monolith Music Festival
present Dr. Dog + Everything, Now! | $10 advance/$12 door

Philadelphia indie pop act Dr. Dog is part of a long tradition of D.I.Y. pop oddballs who blend unapologetic '60s pop worship with lo-fi recording techniques and a complete disregard of current trends. R. Stevie Moore's quirky eclecticism is one obvious touchstone, as is their love of the straightforward pop hooks and tape hiss of Guided by Voices, Pavement's willfully fractured song structures, and the playful experimentalism of the Olivia Tremor Control and the Apples in Stereo.Dr. Dog began as a part-time offshoot of the more traditional Philadelphia indie rockers Raccoon, whose guitarist Toby Leaman and drummer Scott McMicken recorded the casual, sprawling 35-track set The Psychedelic Swamp as a duo in a basement rehearsal space over the course of several years, finally self-releasing it in 2001. As Raccoon ended, McMicken and Leaman transformed Dr. Dog into a proper band, with McMicken on guitar and Leaman on bass (the two share songwriting and vocals), plus guitarist Doug O'Donnell, keyboard player Zach Miller, and drummer Juston Stens. This lineup recorded 2003's more focused and poppy Toothbrush, which like The Psychedelic Swamp received a low-key, self-distributed release.When My Morning Jacket's Jim James, a friend of Leaman and McMicken from their Raccoon days, hand-picked Dr. Dog to open for his band on an East Coast tour supporting their first major-label album, It Still Moves, the band's almost nonexistent national profile began to rise. With O'Donnell replaced by former Raccoon bassist Andrew Jones and featuring Broken Social Scene-style guest spots from various Philadelphia friends, 2005's Easy Beat was picked up for distribution by the indie label National Parking. Following its release, the band toured again with My Morning Jacket and M. Ward and performed several well-received sets during the 2006 South by Southwest Festival in Austin. The stopgap EP Takers and Leavers was released in September 2006 in advance of We All Belong, which arrived in early 2007.

You can view a complete list of upcoming events at

Homeownership Assistance & Foreclosure Prevention Event

Are you having trouble paying your mortgage on time? Are you receiving collection calls from your lender?

Attend the:
Homeownership Assistance
Foreclosure Prevention

FREE and OPEN to the Public
Walk-in Times are:
Saturday, July 26th, 9am-1pm
Presentations at 9:30am and 11:15am

Southeast Community Services
901 S. Shelby Street
Indianapolis, IN, 46203

For more information on the event contact:
Erin Brown – 317-634-5079 x11

Friday, July 18, 2008

Help Plan the Neighborhood Gathering

Planning Meeting
Neighborhood Gathering

The Southeast Community Building Committee (SCBC) will be meeting next week on Thursday July 24th 5:30 pm at Southeast Community Services. The purpose of this meeting is to plan for the Southeast Neighborhood Gathering scheduled for September 25th. Anyone interested in helping plan this popular event is encouraged to attend! Email Jennifer Rice at with questions.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Vacation Bible School - July 20-24

- Serengeti Trek -
Vacation Bible School
Sunday, July 20 - Thursday, July 24, 2008
6:00 - 8:30 PM

We're going on a safari and planning a WILD time each evening with lots of music, crafts, stories, snacks and games.

Immanuel United Church of Christ
402 Prospect Street

Senior Center Activities - July 24-31

July Senior Center Activities
901 S. Shelby, Second Floor

For more information, please call Doris York at 236.7400 x 233.

Value City and Goodwill--Lunch at Applebee’s Thursday, July 24th, 9:30 A.M.

Tour Fountain Square Friday, July 25th, 10:00 AM, Lunch at Peppy’s Grill

Eagle Creek Nature center Tuesday, July 29, 1:00 P.M.

City Market- Thursday, July 31st, 9:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.

IPS Uniform Exchange

Good Life Center's Uniform Clothing Exchange

Bring the gently used uniforms your child has outgrown and exchange for ones that fit

Good Life Center
1928 Woodlawn
Beginning July 26th

Evening 4-6 p.m. on Second Thursdays
Morning 10 - 11:30 a.m. on First Tuesdays
Saturdays - 10-11:30 a.m. on 4th Saturdays

Also by appointment - call Carol Roberts, Coordinator, at 317-822-8178.
We serve the area between Washington & Raymond and Sherman & Meridian.

IPS Community Education Forum

IPS Community Education Forum
Thursday July 24, 2008
10:00 am until 12 noon
John Morton Finney Education Center
120 E. Walnut

Since 1993, the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) and United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) have been engaged in the Bridges To Success (BTS) initiative. In 2007, significant changes were made to focus the work of BTS on student academic achievement.

To support this new direction, Indianapolis Public Schools and United Way of Central Indiana are jointly establishing the IPS Community Education Forum as a way to increase collaboration between the district and the many community partners that influence the academic success of IPS children. If you have questions about the Community Education Forum, please contact Eric Williams at United Way of Central Indiana, 921-1252,

Please RSVP your attendance at the Forum by July 18, 2008 to Enid Bennette, 226-4000,



FringeFriday, July 25 -

@ the Harrison Center for the Arts, 1505 North Delaware
5:30 pm. - 7 p.m. - Seating limited, bring a lawn chair!

IndyFringe festival is one month away, but we are so excited we want to start partying with our fellow Fringers now. Come join us at our annual BBQ for food, fun and a fringy good time!

Plus, your first chance to get 2008 IndyFringe Backer Buttons and T-shirts!

Oh and of course there will be some surprise Fringe performers.

FringeFriday Admission is FREE and open to the public - the food is on us, but cash donations are accepted at the bar.

Visit for full show descriptions and more information on the 2008 IndyFringe festival, August 22-31

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Fundraiser for IPS 20

School #20 Fundraiser
Beech Grove Eagles

The new date for the fund raiser for School #20 will be announced shortly. Thank you.

Edna Reeves

PS I can use all the help that anyone can give.

SE Splash at Deano's

Catch up with your friends, neighbors and associates...

SE Splash

Deano's Vino
July 17, 2008
8:30-10:30 PM

Recap of Tax Forum & Next Meeting Date

here is a recap of Saturday's (7/12/08)

Property Tax Forum

Appeals Info

1. Paralegal Bill Price from Joe Geeslin's law firm went over the property tax appeal process. The deadline is July 25, 2008. He also provided written materials, that included what evidence and documentation is needed for the appeal. (Contact me if you want more about this.) He also advised to make sure you are taking all exemptions including: homestead, mortgage, over 65 (if your adjusted gross income is $25,000 or less), Blind or Disabled (if your taxable income is $17,000 or less)

2. People were encouraged to go to their township assessor to review their property record card to make sure it is accurate because it is the basis for how your property is valued, and errors are possible and can be costly. It includes square feet, age of the property, number of bathrooms, basement, garage, etc.

3. To see guidelines assessors use, you can go to: IN.GOV, click on "Taxes and Finance", on lefthand side is a blue box titled Taxes, under that click on "Local Government Finances", on lefthand side, under "Info for Local Government", click on Assessors, then Overview and Manuals, and then 2002 Real Property Rule. These guidelines will be in effect until 2011.

II. If You Don't Have the Funds to Pay the Higher Taxes Now, or if Appeals Won't Help Because the Assessments May Be Accurate, But Still Too High for You to Pay

We discussed some options to consider if you do not have the cash on hand to pay the increase in your taxes, without going into debt or losing your home,

1. Legally you are supposed to pay the full amount of your property tax. But if you believe that the assessment was too high and that you are going to win on appeal, you can probably pay the old tax amount while you are waiting for your chance to appeal. Although there is nothing in state law to allow for it, in practicality said tax attorney Joe Geeslin, the state has never taken someone's home away under these circumstances. The downside is if you lose on appeal, you will be charged interest and penalties for what you owe.

2. For anyone who is in the situation of being charged more than their income would allow, Sheila Jenkins, from Community Development Law Center, 921 8806 X 26, said she would be willing to go to bat for them by meeting with government officials such as Marion County Assessor Greg Bowes, or Treasurer Michael Rodman to discuss the situation and look for alternatives. Her assistant is Carl Clark, 921 8806 X 21,

3. Joe Bowling,, 633 8210 x 2357 suggested the possibility of using a community loan or grant program - where individuals in the community would loan or donate funds to help others in the community whose taxes are beyond their means.

4. Bridgette Gross, 232 9461, a representative from Sen. Jean Breaux's offfice was at the forum. She said constituents could also contact Breaux' office to see if she could help. City Council Rep. Brian Mahern, 634 5060, was also there. And Sen. Jim Merritt,, could not be there but expressed interest. So contacting city and state reps is another avenue to pursue.

Pursuing Legislative Solutions

Ed Angleton and Jenny Elkins headed up a steering committee to explore Legislative solutions to this issue. They came up with a list of ideas and have scheduled another meeting for:

Wednesday, 7/16, 7 pm -
1215 Polk Street in the Cottage Home Neighborhood (west of Tech and South of 10th street)

Jenny wrote, "I think we all feel that we need to act now and not let any grass grow under our feet. So if you are able to come please email yes" to

Finally, please send me feedback about forum, or ideas and comments in general to me. Thanks!

Laurie Klinger

Monday, July 14, 2008

Wheeler Arts Yard & Art Sale

Wheeler Yard & Art Sale
Saturday, July 19th, 9am-4pm

Due to the weather, the Wheeler Yard and Art Sale was rescheduled to this Saturday, July 19th, from 9am-4pm. So, if you missed us last time, here's a second chance to to score the wares of neighborhood artists!

Furniture, vintage items, collectibles, arts supplies, tools, small artworks, and more. In the case of rain, we will have an indoor flea market in the Wheeler Arts atrium.

Wheeler Arts Community is located at 1035 E. Sanders St., just south of the fountain, behind Bud's Supermarket.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Arts Event

A Scot McKim recommended performance....


a new adaptation by the ShadowApe Theater Company
based on poetry by Anne Sexton

Butler University's Lilly Hall studio 328
July 17 thru 27, 2008

order tickets online at
or Ticketweb, 866-468-3401

Cultural Trail Update

Cultural Trail Construction is Arriving Sooner

Construction on the Virginia Avenue leg of the Cultural Trail has been moved up, hopefully to begin by late spring 2009, less than one year from now! Please join the Trail organizers as they share a first ever look at the current design plans for the SE leg. You will be able to see how the trail is going to look as it heads down Virginia Ave through Fletcher Place and arriving in Fountain Square.

July Cultural Trail Committee meeting, Wednesday, July 16, 6:00 p.m., at the pavilion in Lacy Park (East and McCarty Streets). This is open to all and is a regularly scheduled meeting that will continue monthly at this same time. (Rain location: Bill Lovejoy's house, 829 Greer Street.)

August SEND Public Space Meeting, Tuesday, August 5th, 12:00 pm, at SEND headquarters (1030 Orange Street). Please RSVP if you are attending the SEND meeting, so we can be sure we have enough space and enough pizza. RSVP to Erin Brown, 317-634-5079 x101

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Good Life Center Yard Sale

Yard Sale at The Good Life Center
1928 Woodlawn
Monday, July 14th and Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Good Life Center will be closed during July due to remodeling.


SELP has a new meeting date

Southeast Learning Partnership
901 So. Shelby, 2nd floor conference room
July 14, 2008
5-7 PM

Come enjoy the food and the friendship of your neighbors
(free caregivers for children)

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Norwood Neighborhood Yard Sale/ Block Party

Norwood Neighborhood
Yard Sale/ Block Party

Come out and participate in the neighborhood yard sale!

When: August 2, 2008
Where: Pride Park (The Center) 1129 S Vandeman St.
Time: 8:00 am- 5pm
Cost: $7 per table (all proceeds goes towards yard sale signs and activities for the children)

Deadline: Please register by July 18, 2008
For more information on how to participate please contact Tiffany Parker (317) 748-0963 or email Spots will be offered to the neighborhood first and then to other people willing to participate.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

IndyFringe Exhibit by Cameron McCarthy

Exhibit by Cameron McCarthy
Australian Aboriginal Artist and Cultural Presenter

Aussie meat pies, Aussie beer and Aussie wines
Friday, July 11, 2008
5:30pm to 9:00pm
McPhee Gallery of Modern Art
874 Massachusetts Ave

Come to the Chatterbox to hear him play his didgeridoo with the Jazz Band

Saturday and Sunday, July l2-13
Noon - 7:00pm Community is invited to put their handprint on painting.

Sign up for ICBI in Fountain Square Now

ICBI Class in the Southeast

Sharpen your community leadership skills the easy way--Indianapolis Community Building Institute will be offering Track One of their three track program in two sessions:

August 2 and August 16, 2008
901 So Shelby Street
9 AM - 3 PM
Breakfast and Lunch Furnished

The August 2 session will be held at Southeast Community Services, 901 So. Shelby Street. Please contact to sign up as space is limited:

Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center
1802 North Illinois Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Tel: (317) 920-0330
Fax: (317) 920-0556

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Prospect Street Family Festival

The Prospect Street Family Festival
with special events and free food at
the Lighthouse Church and The Church Within

South side of Prospect between Keystone and near the Fountain
Saturday, July 19, 2008 from 10-1PM

free food, crafts, balloons, music, drama and informational resources
and "so much fun you just can't stand it"

Theater Within Upcoming Production

This is How It Goes, Neil LaBute

The Theater Within at The Church Within
1125 Spruce Street
Indianapolis, IN 46203
August 1-3 and 8-10, 2008
Friday and Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 6 pm
The Sunday, August 10th performance will feature ASL interpretation.
$12 adults / $10 students and seniors
For reservations call 317-850-4665

This is How It Goes struggles with Issues of Power

Three characters who freely admit to being great at 'used to be' and 'could've been' while never letting on what might still be up their sleeves, heated dealings over the subtlety of everyday language and a dangerous game placed in the shadow of Jackie Robinson. . .

Indianapolis Land Bank Website

Indianapolis has a land bank...

with 97 parcels and has sold 35 since May, 2007. Now a website has been designed to help reduce the number of abandoned homes in blighted neighborhoods.

The website provides a greater opportunity for the city to market properties to neighbors, nonprofits, community development corporations and developers. This allows vacant and abandoned properties to be redeveloped and placed back on the tax roles with clean titles.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Save this date - Masterpiece in a Day

Masterpiece In A Day

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2008
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Place: Fountain Square Cultural District
Organizer: Big Car Media, Inc. (Big Car)
Sponsor: Southeast Neighborhood Development (SEND)

If you are interested in getting involved with Masterpiece in a Day, contact:

Shauta Marsh
board president
Big Car
1043 Virginia Ave. Suite 215
Indianapolis, IN 46203
(317) 450-6630

Fountain Square Library Summer Reading


July 14, 2008
6-8 PM

For all Southeast neighborhood students who will be in the First, Second, and Third Grades in the 2008-2009 School Year

Benefits include:
• Five books for all children in the first, second and third grades.
• One book for parents or guardians.
• One book for all siblings under the age of 18
• Library fine forgiveness up to $50 for children in the first, second, and third grades.
• Four nights of family fun activities and meals.
• $25 bonus Kroger gift certificate if you attend 3 out of 4 nights

We’re excited to announce that the first family Fun night will be starting on the 14th of July from 6-8pm.

For more info or to receive an application, call Melody at Making Connections at 514-6570 or e-mail

Save this date - Neighborhood Gathering

Neighborhood Gathering
September 25, 2008
Southeast Community Services, 2nd floor
901 So. Shelby
6 PM

SEND Volunteer Opportunities

Be a SEND Volunteer

Pleasant Run Cleanup
Saturday July 12th 8am to 11 am
Meet at corner of Pleasant Run Parkway North and Prospect Street
Come join your neighbors as we continue the effort to clean up the Pleasant Run Greenway! All necessary supplies will be provided along with coffee and doughnuts. Please contact David Edmonds with questions or to volunteer. His email address is

Fab For Less 2008
1400-1500 New Jersey Street
Saturday, August 2nd, 9th, 16th
Fab For Less is fast approaching! We need a large number of volunteers for landscaping work the first three Saturday’s in August from 9am to noon. Please contact Jennifer Rice if you have questions or want to help out. Her email address is

Saturday, August 23rd & Sunday August 24th

We need volunteers for the weekend of the event. Positions include ticket sales, ticket takers, house guides and general helpers. The shifts are for two hours between 10am and 5pm. Please contact Jennifer Rice with any questions or to volunteer. Her email address is

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Property Tax Forum

Forum for Public Input on Impact of Property Tax
Englewood Church
57 N. Rural
Saturday, July 12, 2008
9 AM

Sheila Jenkins, Community Development Law Center is exploring ways to challenge property taxes and is looking for property owners' input to demonstrate the impact it is having on people's lives.

Please RSVP to Laurie Klinger at or call 637-6242.


Friday, July 4, 2008

National Night Out Against Crime

America’s Night Out Against Crime
Tuesday, August 5, 2008

On Tuesday, August 5, 2008 neighborhoods throughout Marion County will participate in the Twenty-Fifth Annual National Night Out: America's Night Out Against Crime.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit; help form good relationships between the community and the police; and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Neighbors can participate by hosting a block party, or cookout, or pitch-in, or ice cream social, or flashlight walk, or neighborhood parade, or pizza party, or youth activities (games, chalk art, jump rope, hula hoop contest, watermelon seed-spitting contest, karaoke, volleyball, badminton or croquet) - simply anything that brings you and your neighbors together outside.

Don't miss this great opportunity to show your support for law enforcement and crime free neighborhoods; strengthen police - community partnerships; and celebrate neighborhood unity.

If you have any questions, please call Ann Westropp, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Southeast District Crime Watch Specialist, at 327-6365.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Senior Center Casino Trip

July Senior Center Activities
901 S. Shelby, Second Floor
For more information, please call
Doris York at 236.7400 x 233

Casino Trip Wednesday, July 9th, $20.00 Argosy

'The Story of Stuff' with Greg Buck

"The Story of Stuff"
presentation and discussion
Wheeler Art Center, 1035 Sanders Street, Room 116
Wednesday July 9, 2008 at 6 pm

Location: Wheeler Art Center, 1035 Sanders Street, Room 116, Fountain Square, Indianapolis . This location is west of Shelby Street and Bud's Grocery, and south of Prospect Street, Morris Street and the police station. Enter at the south entrance.

"The Story of Stuff' is a video that engagingly and concisely covers in 20 minutes, largely with animation, environmental, psychological and social impacts of our consumption oriented society. Discussion will be lead by Greg Buck. We might go to Deano's Vino or another venue after our gathering.

Supporters are the Marion County Green Party, Campaign for Sustainable Economics, The Black and Latino Institute, and Simple Living Group of Indianapolis .

For more information contact Greg Buck at 317-917-1638 or

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

New Mayor's Liaison

Dennis Papenmeier
is the new Mayor's Liaison for our area

His phone is 317-327-5595
His email is

Dennis will be attending the dedication of the Habit for Humanity houses on Harlan just south of Prospect @ 10 AM on July 3. Dennis is also a source for the "Peace in the Streets" yard signs.


Salvage theft

Salvage theft
such as catalytic converters, air conditioning units are off the charts

Det. Jason Prendergast from SE District, his email address is has been the main police officer in the city leading the charge against this problem. I just talked to him on the phone about what could neighborhood people do to help in this fight. And one of the big problems he is running into is that even when the police are able to catch these thieves, the victims choose not to prosecute because they have already been compensated through their insurer. The problem with this is it lets the thieves go to steal again instead of being locked up. It is critical for victims to be willing to prosecute these crimes so that we can get the perpetrators off the street.

Please tell everyone through your neighborhood organizations, how critical it is to follow through even though you may already have gotten paid for the loss.

Thank you,

Laurie Klinger

Fountain Square Arts Council Public Meeting

Fountain Square Arts Council

Please Join us for our first Public Meeting.
Artists,neigborhood residents, and merchants are welcome to attend.

What: Public Meeting
When: 6:30pm Wednesday, July 9th
Where: Wheeler Arts Building 1035 Sanders St.Room 108
Topic: Statement of bylaws
Officer elections
Updates on initiatives


Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center Summer Courses

Summer 2008 Courses at INRC

Rezonings & Variances Demystified
Thursday, July 10, 6:00 - 8:30pm

It all starts with an innocuous notice in the mail. Soon you are thrown into a bewildering process of rezonings & variances and the "land use decision-making" process. What does it all mean? What are the rules? How can one person have an impact? Find out these answers and more from Tammara Tracy, Principal Planner with the City of Indianapolis, with 19 years experience in this explosive field.

Introductions to Web 2.0
Thursday, July 31, 6:00-8:30pm

Twitter. Facebook. Wordpress. Flickr. The web can be a confusing series of websites and acronyms, but with a little guidance and the proper training, it can be easy. This course, led by John Fox with New Media Design and a resident of West Indianapolis, will guide you through all the web has to offer and how your neighborhood organization can benefit from this emergent technology? Among the topics will be: podcast production; basics of web design and hosting; applications and platforms; and, using online photography.

Art as Engagement
Thursday, August 7, 6:00-8:00pm

We've all seen them around town - murals, painted trash cans, signs, and more. In addition to identifying a place with their artwork, neighborhood leaders have created innovative art projects, all while engaging others in their neighborhoods. At this session, talk with various neighborhood leaders who have leveraged the impact of public art in their neighborhoods.

* All classes will be held at INRC, 1802 Illinois Street.

To register, please call Nita McCormick at 920-0330 ext. 100 or


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

First Friday Reception

recent works by printmaker Sarah Sanford

informal* reception July 4th 6p-9p
opening reception July 11th 7p-midnight

*meaning beverages and hors d'ouvres will not be served

works on display 07.03 thru 07.26
image #1 "Primitive Streak" [screenprint]
image #2 "Synaptic Response" [screenprint]
image #3 "Mnemonic Spark" [screenprint]
image #4 "Untitled" [color pencil and acrylic]

ALCHEMY art + aesthetics
1043 Virginia Ave No. 3
Indianapolis, IN 46203
Ph. 317.634.9700
Fx. 317.634.9701

Gallery + Salon