Sunday, August 31, 2008

First Friday Open House - the mirrors project

"the mirrors project"
an installation by
John April

Where: AV Framing Gallery, 1139 Shelby St., Fountain Square
When: Showing September 5 -- October 25, 2008
Special Event: Artist Reception on IDADA First Friday Gallery Tour, Sept. 5, 5:00-9:00pm.
Parking: Free Public Parking lot across Shelby Street

The September installation at AV Framing Gallery is a full-scale application of a process developed in the winter of 2008 by artist, John April. The mirrors are sourced from an antique mall in central Indiana. the mirrors project is the answer to four of April’s most current research questions:

Can the writing process be displayed visually?

Are the materials, studio, and the ritual of a writing practice compelling visual art materials?

Is it possible to explore features of a narrative (drama, suspense, dialogue, setting) through visual art using the material developed in my writing practice?

Can the audience be incorporated into the work?

Come and see for yourself at AV Framing Gallery in Historic Fountain Square

For further information go to or call Sarah Adams at 317.356.3776.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

BOI - Exploring Child Care Business Ownership

Exploring Child Care Business Ownership

Determine if owning a child-care business is right for you and discover what it will take to get started. Free
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Business Ownership Initiatives, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Crystal Coleman, Child Care Answers

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

Christian Community Concert

Christian Community Concert
Emmanuel Baptist Church
920 Laurel (corner of Woodlawn & Villa)
September 13, 2008

Emmanuel is sponsoring a community concert on Saturday, September 13 in the Emmanuel parking lot from 11:00AM-5:00PM. There will be concert groups performing Christian music, plus karaoke. A hot dog lunch will be available.

Volunteer Opportunity - Community Serenity Garden

Community Serenity Garden
920 Laurel
September 5 & 6, 2009
9AM to 2 PM

KIB is coming to Emmanuel to construct our community serenity garden. Work days are Friday, September 5 and Saturday September 6. Both days are 9:00AM-2:00PM. Lunch will be served on the second day.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Bags2Riches Gala

Purchase your tickets for the

Bags2Riches Gala

Friday, September 26

6:00pm – 8:00pm

VIP reception 5:30pm


Healing Arts Indy and JP Parker Flowers

805 S. Meridian St

(Across the street from Shapiro’s)

Gala tickets: $50

VIP reception and Gala: $75

A Silent Auction with One-of-a-Kind Handbags

and Mentoring Moments,

What would you donate for the opportunity to spend time with some of Indy’s finest including: lunch with Mickey Maurer, president of the IBJ, a motivational session for up to 20 with Pacer’s Coach Jim O’Brien

or lunch with Pat Miller, owner of Vera Bradley Inc.?

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Jamaica Jam Party

Power of Peace Benefit
Jamaica Jam Party

The Hilton downtown Indianapolis
September 5, 2008

$25 in advance (to purchase, contact Kristen Motz at 226-4992)
$30 at the door

6-7 PM: Reception with Hors d'oeuvres and Silent Auction; cash bar available
6-9 PM: Complimentary Massages
7-8 PM: Dinner with authentic Jamaican food; cash bar available
8-10PM: Live Reggae Music, Silent Auction and Raffle ends at 10 PM

All proceeds benefit students of the Key Learning Community- IPS

Angel Food

Angel Food

for September, 2008 delivery, must be ordered by Friday, September 12, at noon and will be distributed Saturday, September 27.

Angel Food can be ordered through:

>>>Shepherd Community Center, 317-375-0203
>>>Fountain Square Church of Christ, 317-636-2645

Prayer Vigil for Peace

Prayer Vigil for Peace

in the City of Indianapolis

August 30, 2008
6:00 PM
Monument Circle Downtown

Purpose: To come together as a community to pray for the reduction in crime in our city.

Library Closings for the holiday

Indianapolis Marion County Library

This is to let you know that all library locations except the InfoZone will be closed for Labor Day on Sunday, August 31st and Monday, September 1st.

Our web branch remains open to serve you.

As always, you can renew your materials online, over the phone at 317-269-5222, or return them to any library location's drop box.

If you need ideas for something to read over the holiday, have a look at one of the library's new pages: The Reader's Connection or The Teen Scene.

Enjoy your holiday!

Your Library Staff

Charles L Whistler Award Nominations Due


Nominations are currently being accepted for the Charles L. Whistler Award - the most prestigious honor given by the Indianapolis Mayor's Office.

This year, the award will again will recognize one or two individuals who have brought together the Indianapolis public and private sectors for civic improvement. The deadline for nominations is Monday, Sept. 15.

Award nominations are open to anyone in the community, except currently appointed government employees and elected officials. Candidates should reflect the passion and the skill that Charles Whistler displayed for making the public-private partnership work for the overall betterment of the community.

2008 Charles L. Whistler Award Criteria:
*Demonstrates visionary and enthusiastic leadership in serving the
*Provides outstanding service in bringing together the public and
private sectors for civic improvement
*Ineligible: Currently appointed government employees and elected

*Forms must be received in the GIPC office by Monday, Sept. 15
*Nomination forms are available online at
*Nomination forms may be photocopied
*Letters of support may be included (quantity is not a factor in judging)

*Mail completed forms to:
Charles L. Whistler Award c/o:
Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee
1501 City-County Building
200 E. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
*Forms also may be faxed to (317) 327-4435 or e-mailed to
*For questions about nominations, call (317) 327-3820

Wright Street Fair

Street Fair

Saturday, September 20
3 pm — 8 pm
1200 Block of Wright St

The Wright Street Block Club is sponsoring a street fair. There will be food, games, and fun. All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Come meet your neighbors and learn about how your street could start a block club.
Please bring a dessert to share.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

National Opinion Research Center Polling in SE

Poll on Initiatives to Improve the
Condition and Lives of Children in our Community

The Annie E. Casey Foundation and Indianapolis Making Connections are undertaking an important initiative with local residents to improve the condition and lives of children in our community. Representatives from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago (NORC) will be collecting data to help evaluate how well this initiative is working.

Over 1200 households in our area have been selected as part of a random sample of neighborhood residents. Starting in August, and continuing through December, NORC interviewers will contact selected households in your community by telephone and in-person to request a 50-minute in-person interview.

Be assured that participation in this study is completely voluntary and that interviewers will adhere to the strictest professional standards. Interviewers will be wearing numbered photo identification badges that will clearly state that they are NORC representatives. The interviewers are trained professionals who have signed legally binding pledges of confidentiality.

NORC is one of the oldest and most prestigious social survey research organizations in the nation. We have been conducting nationwide surveys for over 60 years, during which we have earned a reputation for research that is scientifically sound and socially worthwhile.

For additional information, please visit

First Friday @ Wheeler Arts' Gallery 108 & 116

All in the Mix

mixed media art and music

Wheeler Arts Community
Friday, September 5, 6-10pm

Digital and collage artist Yasha Persson and mixed media artist Cari Nicholson will exhibit in Gallery 108. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana will showcase work from the SMART arts program in Gallery 116. Acoustic guitarist and songwriter Andrew Rosborough will perform in the atrium.

Wheeler Arts Community is located in historic fountain square, just south of the fountain. 1035 E. Sanders St. 46203. Questions: please contact 317-916-9375.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Community "We Prepare Together" Dinner

The Church Within's
"We Prepare Together" dinner

Friday, August 29, 2008
5:00 PM begin food preparation
6:15 PM dinner

We love to have help to prepare the dinner, but if folks can't (or would prefer not), all are still welcome to dine with us. (This month we are having Beef Balls Stroganoff and a vegetarian Mock Beef Stroganoff, buttered noodles, green beans, and Pumpkin Pie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.) Of course there is no cost for the meal or any obligation on the part of our community friends!

Chamber of Commerce HobNob

The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce HobNob:
Meet the Candidates

Thursday, September 4, 2008, 5 - 8 p.m.
Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St.

HobNob: Meet the Candidates is the premier political event in Central Indiana, opening the region's election season. The event gathers the candidates for the upcoming election year in a casual and fun environment and provides both Chamber and community members the opportunity to interact one-on-one with the candidates.

The 2008 event will include a short program and food and beverage for attendees to enjoy. NEW THIS YEAR! Howey Politics Indiana will release its third (of four) Howey Gauge Poll results exclusively at HobNob at 5:15 p.m. For more information on the poll, please visit

Be informed. Be heard. Be there.
Pre-registration is not available. Please plan to pay $10 at the door.
For more information about HobNob, please visit

IndyFringe events for August 26

IndyFringe Festival Day 5 plus

The Amazing Budabi Brothers to perform on the street. Look for the Budabi Brothers performing along the avenue
Tuesday Outside of Dean Johnson 5:30 - 6 p.m. and 7 - 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday Fringe Central Tent 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday Outside of the American Cabaret Theatre 5:30 - 6 p.m. and 7 - 7:30 p.m.

My Friend Hitler
Tonight 9 p.m. at Theatre On The Square Stage 2.

Jealous Sky
Tonight 7:30 p.m. at Theatre on the Square Stage 2

Assholes and Aureoles
Tonight 9 p.m. at Theatre on the Square: Main Stage.

Adventures in Mating
Tonight 6 p.m. at Comedy Sportz.

Movie Trivia Nights @ Deano's

The Indianapolis International Film Festival will be hosting
Movie Trivia Nights

at Deano's Vino beginning on September 18th at 7pm.

Here's the remaining dates:
Thurs., October 16, 2008
Thurs., November 13, 2008
Thurs., December 11, 2008
Thurs., January 15, 2009
All events at 7 PM

The link to learn more information and register is here:

OASIS Classes at Fountain Square

Fall Health & Wellness Classes

OASIS at Fountain Square will be offering health and wellness classes for the fall trimester beginning September 15th.

OASIS, a non-profit educational organization designed to enhance the quality of life for mature adults, is locally sponsored by Clarian Health.

Classes to be offered at the Fountain Square Center, 901 S. Shelby St., include:

Mondays, 1:00 -2:00pm, Beginning Exercise, instructed by Susie DeMunbrun.

Tuesdays, 10:15am -11:00am, Gentle Chair Yoga, instructed by Kelly Rader.

Wednesdays, 1:00 -2:00pm, Exer-Start, instructed by Carole Peffley.

Wednesday, October 1, 2:15pm -3:15pm, Handling Arthritis Joint Pain, Dr. David Batt.

Monday, December 8, 11:00am – 12:00pm, Healthy Cooking for the Holidays, Laura McCammack.

Registration for classes will be at the Fountain Square Center, third floor, on Tuesday, September 9th from 1:00pm -3:00pm.

Please call Susie DeMunbrun, Program Coordinator for more information. 317-965-1773

BOI - The Business Plan

The Business Plan: Pen to Paper

Identify strategies for growth and write your business plan in this four-part workshop for existing business owners. (Course also meets 9/11, 9/18 and 9/25) $50 for series

Thursday, Sept. 4, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Business Ownership Initiatives, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Tricia Guagliardo, BOI

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

BOI - Introduction to Microsoft Excel ®

Introduction to Microsoft Excel®

Discover the power of Excel for organizing data, performing calculations and creating financial spreadsheets for your business. $10

Monday, Sept. 8, 6 – 9 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Tricia Guagliardo, BOI

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

Friday, August 22, 2008

Note from Major Myers

It has been a difficult time within our police department. I am sure many of you have followed the news and are aware that a handful of IMPD officers have been terminated for violations of policy and or criminal statutes. I want to reassure you that the overwhelming majority of our officers are hard working dedicated professionals who faithfully protect and serve our community. None of the officers who have gone astray were assigned to our district. If you witness questionable conduct by any of our officers, feel free to contact me personally at 327-6993 and I assure you that any and all allegations will be investigated swiftly.

IndyFringe - August 22, 2008

IndyFringe Features

The Fringe is back on Mass Ave with a fourth year of diverse and innovative performances! As last nights preview demonstrated, this year truly offers something for everyone. In addition to the ever-popular mix of theatre, magic and dance, this year the Fringe will expand outside the usual venues. Look for the free outdoor stage to present a unique lineup of bands, performers, poets, pupeteers, breakdancers and anything Fringy

The Magic of Jared Sherlock
Tonight 7:30 p.m. at American Cabaret Theatre

In Rehearsal
Tonight 10:30 p.m. at Theatre on the Square Stage 2

The Birdmann
Tonight 9:00 p.m. at Theatre on the Square Main Stage

Common Humanity
Tonight 9:00 p.m. at American Cabaret Theatre

Visit for more festival information

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Concerts for Kindness

Homeless Ministries Concert
Indianapolis Artsgarden
September 6, 2008
7:30 PM
(no charge)


You are receiving this special event invitation at the request of area Homeless Ministries … Second Helpings, Dayspring Center, Outreach, Inc., Trusted Partners, School on Wheels, Good News Ministries, Holy Family Shelter & Rebuilding the Wall.

Preventing and ending homelessness has a positive impact on the quality of life in Indianapolis. Please join us on Saturday, September 6th at 7:30 PM for a special concert with Frank Bradford (has performed with Selah, Ray Boltz, Russ Taff, Phillips, Craig & Dean, Wright Brothers and Roadmaster) at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. We'll feature Mr. Rick Feuille from CHIP (Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention) as a guest speaker, and have representatives from each of the homeless outreach groups onsite with displays to learn more about their programs.

It's easy! There's nothing for you to do – other than to share the announcement with your church members. We'd like to fill the Artsgarden -- with Christians committed to helping others! It's a live non-denominational Praise & Worship experience – enjoy song & fellowship and join in prayer to assist our homeless neighbors.

Concerts for Kindness is a faith-based charitable foundation – with 100% donated to ministry, we rely on "word of mouth" to let others know of our events. We'd appreciate any help you can extend! Please consider mentioning the event on your online community calendar, emailing the info to church staff/members, posting the flyer on church bulletin boards, bulletin announcements, a special mention at services, sharing with outreach and youth ministry teams, faith groups, etc.

In advance, we thank your church for its compassion to help the poor and oppressed in our community. Please call with any questions – we'll see you and your church at the event!


Michael Shildmyer, Founder
Praise Promos
8888 Keystone Xing Ste. 1300
Indianapolis IN 46240

1-877-512-1508 (tel)
1-877-512-1509 (fax)

Be Kind. Change a life.

First Friday @ Wheeler Arts with the Bigs

First Friday @ Wheeler Arts
Friday September 5th from 6-9pm

I wanted to cordially invite all of you to our upcoming art exhibit at the Wheeler Art Center on Friday September 5th from 6-9pm. Just to give you a little background Indianapolis Downtown Artist and Dealers Association ( coordinates an art gallery tour with 25 downtown venues on the first Friday of every month. The galleries stay open later, there is usually some live music, and an opportunity to meet the artists. We have arranged to have a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana exhibit at the Wheeler Art Center, in Fountain Square! We will be showcasing the art work from our matches who participated in last year’s SMART program at the Indianapolis Art Center. The matches will be there to explain their work and talk about their participation in BBBSCI.

This is a FREE event. Feel free to come with your family and friends!

Arin Rohr Schellenberg
Recruitment Coordinator
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana
2960 North Meridian Street, Suite 150
Indianapolis, IN 46208
317.472.3742 direct
317.921.2202 fax
317.874.8186 cell

Find out how Big you can be.

BOI - Introduction to Microsoft Word ® part 2

Introduction to Microsoft Word ®
Part 2: Beyond the Basics

Learn how to use some more advanced features of Word to enhance your documents with graphics, tables, and other effects. $10

Thursday, Aug. 28, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Tricia Guagliardo, BOI
Preregistration required for all classes.
Call (317) 917-3266 ext. 100 for more information or to register.

IndyFringe - Family Friendly Event

Preview over 25 shows on Thursday Night!

5:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Get your spot in the circle! Help get the celebration started by joining in the drumming.
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - IndyFringe performers strut their stuff.

The party will be at 748 Mass Ave., inside the Historic Fire Museum and Memorial. Cash bar available. Seating is limited, bring a lawn chair. Buttons, t-shirts and flex passes available for purchase. Family friendly event. Plenty of parking available

First Friday at the Harrison Center

Urban Times Event

Harrison Center
1505 N. Delaware
September 5, 2008
6-10 PM

King Park Area Development Corporation is planning a free downtown neighborhood residential and business recruitment fair at the Harrison Center for the Arts in a First Friday art event scheduled for Friday September 5th from 6pm to 10pm. It is expected to attract around 1000 people and is celebrating all of the Urban Times neighborhoods, including Fletcher Place. The celebration includes four gallery exhibits relating to the urban living theme, 21 open artists' studios, live music, a public art project where neighbors will create 100 4ft lanterns which will light the Kennedy King Park later in the year, and a residential and commercial recruitment fair. It will be a great time of celebrating and experiencing community downtown. The Harrison Center is located at 1505 N. Delaware St.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Teen Career Coaching Program

Do you want your child to have a better chance of graduating from high school and getting into college?

Teen Career Coaching Program

This new Southeast Community Services program provides:
*Homework and studying assistance
*Help with college applications and financial aid
*Local college campus tours
*Job readiness training
*Money Management and Conflict Resolution
*Job shadowing

Neighborhood Study Sites

Southeast Community Services (SECS), 901 Shelby St, Indianapolis, IN 46203
Monday, Wednesday: 3:30-5:30 pm (STARTS SEPTEMBER 3, 2008)

Indianapolis Churchman Avenue Neighbors (I'CAN), 1128 Churchman Ave,Indpls, IN 46203
Tuesday, Thursday : 3:30-5:30 pm (STARTS SEPTEMBER 2, 2008)

For more information, please contact Tracy
Phone: 317-236-7400 Ext. 226

Children's Field Trip to Waterman's Farm

Let's Take a Trip to the Pumpkin Patch

When: Thursday October 23, 2008
Where: Waterman’s Farm
Time: 5:30pm
Cost: $3 for children (adults accompanying the children are free)
Meeting Spot: Pride Family Center 1129 S. Vandeman St. at 5pm

What is included with the $3 admission?
*A hayride to the pumpkin patch where child selects one small pumpkin to take home.
*Enjoying Tyranny, our pumpkin-eating dinosaur, who roars as she chomps on a pumpkin and explains the nutritional value of pumpkins
*Opportunity to climb on our giant straw pile
*Chance to crawl through our straw bale maze which is dark and has dead ends in it.
*Chance to walk through any or all of our 3 cornfield mazes
---The first maze is designed with preschoolers in mind as it involves simply following a trail
---The second maze is more difficult as it involves making decisions about whether to go to the left or right or forward or backward
---The third maze involves the same decision-making but it is longer and more complicated than the second one

Make a scarecrow to take with you for $10.00

For more information contact Tiffany Parker @ 317-748-0963 or email:
If transportation is needed please call by Oct 17, 2008

Pride Family Center Fall Festival

Pride Family Center Fall Festival

When: October 31st
Where: 1129 S. Vandeman St.
Time: 6pm-9pm
Cost: Free
Ages: 12 & Under

Pre-registration required!
Deadline October 17, 2008
(Special raffle for those that register early)

For more information contact Tiffany Parker 317-748-0963 or email

Labor Day Trash Pickup Schedule

Labor Day Trash Pickup Schedule

This is just a friendly reminder that there will be NO residential trash service, heavy trash, or curbside recycling collection on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day. All solid waste services will run one day late for the entire week. Monday’s trash, heavy trash and curbside recycling will be picked up on Tuesday, Tuesday’s on Wednesday, and so on, ending with Friday’s routes being run on Saturday. All routes will return to normal schedules on Monday September 8.

Indy Gangs: Prevention & Intervention - free training

Indy Gangs: Ins & Outs

Prevention & Intervention for Stakeholders
Emergency Services Education Center
700 N. High School Road
August 28, 2008
8AM to 12PM

Please send overviews of your local program and RSVP to Jennifer Smith, of the MCJA, at 327-3131 or The deadline to RSVP was originally August 15, so please refer to Dennis Papenmeier, Mayor's Liaison, announcement arriving August 19. Dennis number is 327-5595.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Improve Property Taxes

To anyone who wants to be part of working on a law to improve property taxes, come to Ed Angleton and Jenny Elkins' house, 1215 Polk Street, this coming Wednesday, 8/20, at 6:30 pm.

Below is a list of ideas that the legislative group has come up with to date. Now it's time to refine and prioritize list and come up with a blueprint on how to get it sponsored and enacted.

1. CUT GOV'T SPENDING. Judge Randall Shepherd and former Gov. Kernan came up with a plan to streamline gov't that included getting rid of some township offices. What has happened with that plan? I know getting rid of township assessors is coming up for a vote, but what about the rest of it?

2. In some states, property taxes are also based on Market Value, but increased at a gradual rate each year to bring it up to the actual market value. (example state of Massachusetts) In CALIFORNIA, property owners pay property tax based on what property assessed for when acquired. It can only go up a minimal amount per year after that (1 or 2%). When property is sold, assessment reverts to current value. (There was some discussion of people holding on to properties (older folks who should and would want to move to a condo will hold on to the big house because of costs), not moving, stagnant home market, Could be hard for the next generation to own a affordable home in a good area (low inventory). (Daniel real familar with this topic)

3. One tax rate throughout the state instead of by taxing district

4. More exemptions on primary residence (only)

5. Base taxes on square footage, lot size etc. - must be easy to calculate by owners.

6. Commuter tax- research why the County Option (local) income tax was done away with. People who live in surrounding counties and work in Marion county would pay a percentage through county tax to Marion and a percentage to the county they live in.

7. No one loses their home due to not being able to pay property tax. Garnish wages, garnish state income tax refund etc.

8. Tax State owned properties such as State owned parking garages, office buildings and parks, or adjust tax rate in district to reflect the percentage of non-taxable entities

9. Reduce or eliminate offering tax abatements on buildings.

10. Base taxes on ability to pay. (means testing, state income tax returns....)

11. Eliminate property tax altogether, and instead revamp state income tax. Do away with straight tax which is too burdensome to low income people, and go to a staggered rate where those with higher income pay a progressively higher percentage of income tax. This would decrease administrative costs, and simplify system.

12. Provide a safety net for those who cannot afford higher tax bill, such as some kind of hearing process where they can present their case for why it would be unreasonable to require them to pay the higher taxes, such as limited income, or make that a legitimate reason in current appeal process.

13. In addition to protecting people going forward, include legislation that would provide retroactive solution, such as safety net that would limit percentage of someone's income that could go towards property tax with compensation owed for those taxes paid in last bill, or that would offer some venue for tax payer to challenge based on income and inability to pay.

14. Once we have nailed down our priorities, can bring in other groups with competing interests to negotiate buy-in and gain credibility with legislators. This could include MIBOR (Realtors), CIREIA (Investors and Landlords), Marion County Treasurer, Marion County Assessor, Ind. Dept. of Revenue, other state and county depts. dealing with budget, neighborhood organizations such as Meridian Kessler, Butler Tarkington, Holy Cross, Woodruff, Cottage Home, and other neighborhood orgs. around the state that have been hard hit, Libertarians, other tax protest organizations.

15. Finally, here is an expanded excerpt of recommendations by a 1/2008 report of The Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED):

Property taxes are often too high and problematic for those with low-incomes, reduced income due to unemployment, and those with fixed incomes, especially in areas where property values and taxes are rising rapidly. Research shows families below the poverty level typically spend 42 percent of their income on housing compared to the national median of 22 percent (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development). This also translates into property taxes. According to a study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, in 2002, low-income families paid an average of 3.0 percent of their income in property taxes while middle income families paid 2.4 percent, and the high income taxpayers paid only 0.8 percent. Property tax relief can be targeted at specific populations and help those, especially in areas where there has been a lot of unemployment, by utilizing traditional circuit breakers funded with state revenues rather than the homestead credit and mortgage deduction options currently implemented in Indiana.

Circuit breakers are property tax refunds paid for by state government to residents whose tax liability is considered too high and/or the payment amount represents a large portion of the family’s income. The concept of circuit breakers are founded within the philosophical belief that fair taxation should be linked to a taxpayer’s ability to pay. Traditional property taxation tends to be based on the philosophy that taxes should reflect the market-value, regardless of a single-family homeowner’s ability to pay. Indiana has a 2 percent circuit breaker in the state constitution. However, when you look at the traditional definition of a circuit breaker, Indiana’s current circuit breaker is really a cap and not a circuit breaker because it is based on assessed value rather than a taxpayer’s ability to pay. A circuit breaker program can be targeted to homeowners, renters, and special populations, such as the elderly and disabled.

Eighteen states, including Illinois and Michigan, currently utilize traditional circuit breaker programs to provide more than $3 billion per year in property tax relief (Lyons et. al 1). Sixteen, of the eighteen states that offer circuit breakers, make them available to both homeowners and renters. These programs vary in scope and administration. States typically deliver the program through a direct rebate check, an income tax credit, or through a credit on future property tax bills. All circuit breakers set a maximum income ceiling; households above these thresholds do not qualify for circuit breakers.

Indiana currently offers property tax relief to homeowners and renters through all of the mechanisms listed above; however, the relief is not targeted. One of the benefits of a traditional circuit breaker is that it can be targeted to specific populations or demographics within a state. Two of Indiana’s neighboring states, Illinois and Michigan, utilize this mechanism to deliver
property tax relief in a targeted manner. Ohio and Kentucky currently do not have circuit breaker programs.

Michigan has the most expansive circuit breaker program of all the eighteen states that have a program. Tables are available which provide detailed information about this program.

Governor Mitch Daniels’ Property Tax Reform Plan recommends circuit breakers for homeowners by capping property taxes at 1 percent of the homes assessed value. In addition, his plan goes a step further and also provides circuit breakers for rental properties and businesses, capping property taxes at 2 percent and 3 percent respectively.
Representative Orentlicher’s Property Tax Reform Plan also recommends circuit breakers of 1.5 percent for homeowners, which would limit property taxes in 2007 to 1.5 percent of the homeowner’s assessed property value. In 2008, the plan proposes a 62 percent reduction in property taxes for homeowners and rental properties. In addition, his plan caps property taxes so they would not exceed a certain percentage of homeowner’s income. This is especially important for Hoosiers with low and/or fixed incomes.

However, both of these proposals are caps on assessed value and not traditional circuit breakers. These are a few of the many options state legislators and the Governor can utilize to provide property tax relief in the future.

Please RSVP about Wed.'s meeting to me or Jenny and Ed, 916 4202 or

Laurie Klinger

Movies at the Ball Park

Movies at the Ball Park

Baseball Field across from School 39
School 39 is at 1733 Spann Ave.
Every Saturday starting August 16
8:30 PM

Concessions same as baseball
for more information, call 236-9245

BOI - Exploring Business Ownership

Exploring Business Ownership

Part 1: Is Starting a Business Right for Me?
Learn what it takes to be a successful business owner and examine your goals, abilities and personal characteristics.

Part 2: What Makes for a Great Business Idea follows on Sept. 3

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: United Way, 3901 N. Meridian St.
Instructor: Tricia Guagliardo, Business Ownership Initiatives, and Scott Underwood, The Entrepreneur’s Source

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

Pig Roast

Southeast Community Organization

Pig Roast

1925 Fletcher Ave
August 23, 2008
12 PM to 5 PM
Dinners $3.00
Call 236-9245 for further information

Miracle Mile Parade

The Miracle Mile Parade

Madison Avenue
Saturday, August 30th

The parade starts at Southern Avenue and ends at Southern Plaza where there will be a car show.

Friday, August 15, 2008

IndyFringe Festival

The Fringe Festival is just a week away and we need your help! Old friends - come back, new friends, join us and find out what it is all about.

volunteer orientation
Saturday, August 16, 2008
10:00 a.m.
719 E. St. Clair (near College and Massachusetts Avenue)
Plenty of parking available.

You can sign up for your shifts at orientation that day or online at . Choose a date, pick a time and job, click on the ID# and fill out the form and you are good to go! We really need the most help on Opening and Closing weekends, especially Saturday and Sunday.

The benefits: Free tickets to shows, a fabulous Fringe T-shirt, collectible backer buttons, an invitation to the exclusive Closing Night Party with the performers and our undying gratitude.
Thursday night get a sneak peak of the Fringe!
Thursday, August 21 will be the annual Opening Night Party with your first chance to preview local, national and international acts. With so many great shows to choose from you don't want to miss this free peak.

This year the preview will be an interactive experience done in the round. Performers have three minutes to intrigue the audience into coming to their show. If they go over we will sound the Fringe Gong!

5:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Get your spot in the circle! Help get the celebration started by joining in the drumming.
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. - IndyFringe performers strut their stuff.

Inside the Historic Fire Museum and Memorial, 748 Mass Ave.
FREE! Cash bar available. Seating is limited bring a lawn chair. Buttons, t-shirts, fivers available for purchase. Family friendly event. Plenty of Parking Available
Advance ticket sales end August 21 - 9a.m.
Advance tickets will continue to be on sale through Thursday, August 21 at 9 a.m. Don't miss your chance to get tickets for your favorite Fringe shows without waiting in line.

Advance Tickets Are Available
IN PERSON: Fringe Headquarters and Ticket Office: 425 Mass. Ave. PHONE: 317-223-8585
All major credit cards accepted. $1 transaction fee per purchase online.

Remember, during the festival tickets are CASH ONLY at the venue 30 minutes before the show starts. Buy them now and don't risk the show selling out!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Diversity Roundtable

Diversity Roundtable of Central Indiana
Meeting Agenda

Hosted by Citizens Gas & Coke Utility
2020 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
317-927-4408 (number for assistance with directions)
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Networking Opportunities

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Welcome Members and Introduction of Attendees

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Roundtable Updates for 2008

9:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. FACE AND VOICE OF THE LATINO IMMIGRANT, a Presentation by Dr. Juana Watson, Senior Advisor for Latino Affairs in the Office of the Governor

10:20 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Good of the Order Comments, Announcements & Closing Remarks

RSVP to Brenda Graves-Croom, 317-693-7603, ext 7640
L.A.C.A., Latino Advocacy in Community Affairs

Impact of Immigration Policy

The Impact of Immigration Policy on Children and Their Families

American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis
441 East 10th Street
Friday, August 29, 2008
12:00 p.m.—2:00 p.m.
(brown-bag lunch, drinks and desserts provided)

Immigration policy continues to be a firebrand issue at the federal, state and local levels. Throughout the debates regarding guest workers, amnesty, border security, law enforcement and employer needs, once voice has been consistently underrepresented: that of children caught up in immigration policies and politics, and the impact of immigration policy on their ability to achieve their dreams.

Children brought to the U.S. at an early age, children of mixed status families and children who are U.S. citizens yet born to undocumented are all impacted in their ability to grow up in a strong, intact family, access quality educational opportunities and receive needed social services such as health care. Be informed on these issues by the following panel of local experts:

• Angela Adams, Immigration Attorney, Lewis & Kappes, P.C.
• Marlene Dotson, President, Latino Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence
• Juan Watson, Senior Advisor on Latino Affairs, Governor Mitch Daniels

RSVP: / 317.921.1264

Volunteer Opportunity in the Garden

Building a Garden to Beautify
Laurel & Woodlawn

We have met with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and have plans in hand to work in our garden, the lot next door to Emmanuel Baptist Church at 920 Laurel Street, that has grown into a strange assortment of flowers/weeds. Could you please put out the word that our two dates to finish the project are Saturday, August 23 (the day we dig and lay the pavers) and Saturday, September 6 (the day we actually plant). Both Saturdays are from 9:00-12:00. We need 6-8 volunteers on the first date, and about 15 on the second date. Lunch will be provided on the second date only. We will have plenty of water on hand to keep everyone hydrated. KIB has drawn up a really nice plan that we know will bring beauty and, we hope, serenity to the entire neighborhood. That's our goal! Thanks for helping me get the word out.

Nancy Buffenbarger

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


KIDS COUNT Data Center
Adds New Features

New data available on the KIDS COUNT Data Center:

The following data are now available in the KIDS COUNT Data Center, our powerful, user-friendly online database of more than 100 indicators of child well-being.

Ten Key Indicators by Race and Ethnicity: New comprehensive state-level data on kids and families in the five largest racial and ethnic groups – African American, Latino, Asian and Pacific Islander, American Indian and Alaskan Native, and Non-Hispanic White – are now available online for 10 key indicators including low birth weight babies and children in poverty.

Birth Outcomes: State- and city-level data on birth outcomes are now available from the report, 2008 Right Start for America's Newborns: City and State Trends. Data spotlight gaps in birth conditions and health status for the nation's infants. Generate custom graphs, maps, ranked lists, and state-by-state profiles, or download the entire data set as delimited text files.

Add live maps to your site!

KIDS COUNT has added a new feature to the KIDS COUNT Data Center that allows any visitor to create a map or line graph and then insert that item directly into their own website. This differs from the “Save Image” feature in that it gives the visitor a live, working map or line graph, just like the one found in the datacenter. Also, if updates are made to the data at the datacenter, the map changes on the remote website as well, so it’s always up-to-date!

BOI - Child Care Business

Child Care Business Operations

Learn how to create a business plan and parent handbook for your child-care business. FREE.

Saturday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Business Ownership Initiatives, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Crystal Coleman, Child Care Answers
Preregistration required for all classes.
Call (317) 917-3266 ext. 100 for more information or to register.

Volunteer Opps with BBBS

Volunteer Opportunities with Big Brothers/Big Sisters

We need 5 Bigs (volunteer mentors) for the Christel House Academy. These volunteers will meet with their “Little” one day a week during their “Little’s” lunch break. They can work on homework, talk, play a board game, or eat lunch. Anyone wanting more information can go to our website at or they can call me at 317-472-3742.

Arin Rohr Schellenberg
Recruitment Coordinator
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana
2960 North Meridian Street, Suite 150
Indianapolis, IN 46208
317.472.3742 direct
317.921.2202 fax
317.874.8186 cell

Find out how Big you can be.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Fab for Less 2008 is here!

Fab For Less Design Home Tour 2008

What: Fab For Less Design Home Tour 2008 featuring the renovation of entire neighborhood.
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Aug. 23-24.
Where: 1400 and 1500 blocks of South New Jersey Street.
Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the event
Info: (317) 634-5079,

The annual Fab For Less Design Home Tour returns Aug. 23-24 with the expanded goal of transforming two city blocks in the historic Bates Hendricks neighborhood. This year’s event, which serves as a fundraiser for Southeast Neighborhood Development (SEND), not only showcases the renovation of formerly vacant homes, but also highlights the beautification of occupied homes, infrastructure, and community greenspace.

With the help of local designers and landscapers, SEND hopes Fab For Less 2008: Building Blocks for Affordable Living demonstrates how organized community development can create attractive and eco-friendly designs that are both affordable and livable.

“Fab for Less really gets to the heart of what we’re doing here at SEND,” said SEND president Mark Stewart. “What’s really exciting this year about Fab For Less is that it’s not just about doing two houses, but it’s about revitalizing two entire blocks and really engaging the people who live on the street to come forth with their vision.”

The featured homes — 1407, 1411 and 1425 S. New Jersey St. — will be open for tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 23 and 24. Tickets are $8 per person if purchased at SEND’s office on 1030 Orange Street during the month of August or $10 per person if purchased at the event. All proceeds benefit the SEND housing program, which focuses on redeveloping the city’s Southeast Side. For more information call (317) 634-5079 or visit

Each year Fab For Less selects homes with a low property value and renovates them to showcase home-improvement designs that are affordable, beautiful, and livable. The homes are then decorated, with a budget limited to $1,500, and opened up to the public as a fundraiser for SEND.

Fab For Less got its start in on the Southeast Side in 2002 as Deco’ Down before taking on the new name in 2005 and finding a permanent organizer with SEND. In 2005, Fab For Less highlighted what two very different designers could do working with identical homes. The 2006 event featured eco-friendly new construction and green remodeling. Last year’s event focused on interior design in the industrial loft setting of the Wheeler Art Center.

SEND is a non-profit community development corporation created by residents to revitalize the near southeast side of Indianapolis and to enhance the quality of life of its diverse spectrum of residents. Since 1991, SEND has invested more than $35 million dollars in affordable housing, commercial renovation, youth development, and greenspace improvements.

Urgent Volunteer Need - Fab for Less

Landscaping the New Jersey St Median for Fab for Less

We need your help

The landscaping of the median of New Jersey Street for Fab for Less is proving more time consuming than either SEND or Keep Indianapolis Beautiful anticipated and we need more volunteers. We are very close but we do need a strong final push to insure that Fab for Less, Building Blocks of Affordable Living, is as successful as possible.

If at all possible, please spend a few hours helping us landscape the New Jersey Street median. Or, even better, round up a few friends, co-workers, neighbors, or your church group to help us out.

So far the street looks great - new curbs and sidewalks, new street lights, painted gazebo, trees trimmed, new fencing, and renovated houses. However, we need help completing the crushed gravel path down the center of the esplanade.

Esplanade work days are 1-8 this Wednesday and 1-5 this Thursday & Friday. We will also be working Monday Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. We will be putting in the hardscape, which is not real difficult, just time consuming. It isn’t anything as strenuous as the digging like the past couple of weeks. We desperately need the help.

Please let me know if you can help out.

Thank you so much for your help –


Mark Stewart, President
Southeast Neighborhood Development (SEND)
(317) 634-5079 X 104

SE Splash at Luxor

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

SE Splash

Luxor Restaurant
August 21, 2008
8:30-10:30 PM

Monday, August 11, 2008

Chuckhole Wait Reduced to 2 Days

Mayor Announces Plan to Reduce Chuckhole Wait Times to 2 Days

Today, Mayor Greg Ballard announced that a collaborative partnership with Eli Lilly and Company's Lean Six Sigma has resulted in a new, streamlined approach to addressing the mounting chuckhole problem in Indianapolis. Lilly donated their time to assist the City in solving this increasing problem.

The Chuckhole Kaizen Response, designed to address chuckhole complaints within a 2 day turnaround, was the result of a 3 day event attended by cross-functional team members of City employees, facilitated by a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from Lilly. A small number of Lilly's Black Belts are applying this methodology to specific projects in the community.

Six Sigma is a unique quality improvement initiative that stands out from other improvement programs because of features that include: a clear focus on achieving measurable financial returns, emphasis on strong and passionate management leadership and support, a special leadership structure to lead and implement the Six Sigma approach and a clear commitment to making decisions on the basis of verifiable data, rather than assumptions and guesswork.

"I spent all of last year talking to neighborhood groups, business leaders, and others about what we could do to improve our city," commented Mayor Ballard. "I realized then that we needed to partner with people outside of government if we are truly going to make this City as great as it can be."

"Public/private collaborations have proven key to overcoming many infrastructure challenges that face city government," said DPW Director David Sherman. "We're working aggressively to encourage and develop these types of partnerships. We're happy for the opportunity to work with Lilly to develop a better, more efficient way of addressing the long-standing pothole problem in Indianapolis."

Using the Lean Six Sigma approach, the City was able to apply suggestions from Department of Public Works employees to develop the efficient new chuckhole response plan.

"As a result of the new pothole plan, in addition to fixing potholes much more quickly, fewer service requests will be initiated by our customers as more potholes will be proactively addressed by DPW employees." said Sherman.

The new chuckhole response method is currently being piloted in a 30 day test phase which began Friday, August 1. An internal review of the pilot is scheduled for September, while full implementation of the program is scheduled for October of this year.

In the past 10 years, chuckhole requests remained under 5000 per year until 2004 when requests began to increase by 27% annually reaching over 16,000 during the first 6.5 months of 2008, a 220% increase over 2003. Because of the huge increase in complaints, the current cycle time for completing repairs varies widely. Presently, 10% are completed in 2 days, 50% are completed in 9 days, 75% are completed in 19 days. The remaining potholes have been waiting in queue between 19 and 373 days.

Due to the success of this partnership, the Mayor seeks potential partners from the Indianapolis business community to help the City tackle other issues as well, including animal control, weeds, trash, and fuel usage.

BOI - Introduction to Microsoft Word®

Introduction to Microsoft Word®
Part 1: The Basics

Learn basic operating functions of Word such as text entry, formatting and working with documents. (Part 2: Beyond the Basics follows on Aug. 28.) $10

Thursday, Aug. 21, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Tricia Guagliardo, BOI
Preregistration required for all classes.
Call (317) 917-3266 ext. 100 for more information or to register.

Salvation Army After School Program


Beginning in September
The Salvation Army Fountain Square Corps

will be offering A. S. A. R. T.--after school arts-recreation-tutoring to grade school kids who need extra help on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 PM beginning September 8, 2008

1337 Shelby St
(317) 632-0156

Do you need to make an Announcement ?

Community Events come into full swing in September

Do you have a special project about which you would like to make an announcement?

Send it to

and we'll get it out there!! Jane & Jerry

10,000 lb. Food Giveaway

Gleaners Food Bank &
The Salvation Army Fountain Square Corps

will sponsor a 10,000 pound Food Giveaway

September 11, 2008
1337 Shelby St
10:30 AM to Noon
(317) 632-0156

First come, first served

Friday, August 8, 2008

Jerry's Kids have Sarah Adams Locked Up

Sarah Needs Help!!

I'm proud to tell you that I'm being locked up...that's right, I'm going behind bars to help Jerry's Kids© and MDA. To be released on good behavior I have to raise bail and I need your help!

All you have to do is
click here to make a secure, online donation before 08/21/08. Your donation will help families living in our community and help guarantee me an early release. ALL donations stay right here in Marion County. I can't wait to add you to my list of contributors.

Thanks in advance for your help. Don't hesitate to call or email me with any questions:, or 317-356-3776.

Together we'll make a difference,

Sarah Adams of AV Framing

P.S. I hope you'll consider a donation--
click here ...WITHOUT any pressure! I understand times are tough for everyone.

If the link above does not work, please cut and paste the address below into the address bar of your Internet browser.

Tire Amnesty Day

Tire Amnesty Day, Saturday Aug 9

Hello Neighbors and Friends,

The Marion County Health Department will host a Tire Amnesty Day from 8am-4pm Saturday. Marion County residents cab drop off--at no charge--up to 4 passenger tires that are OFF THE RIM at the Health Department's mosquito control headquarters located at 4001 E. 21st Street.

Please share this information with your neighbors.

--Jerry Shepherd
Chair, NESCO Crime Reduction/Code Compliance Committee

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Backpack Attack Giveaway

Backpack Attack Giveaway

Monday, August 11th from 5-8pm

Children's Museum
3000 N. Meridian 46208

You must bring your child to receive the backpack or any supplies.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Center Township School Clothing Issuances

2008/2009 School Clothing Issuances

Center Township Residents
(317) 633-3610

All applicants must have the following verifications:

[] Proof of income for the past 30 days
[] Verification of expenditures for the past 30 days
[] Picture Identification
[] Birth Certificate for all children for which you are applying for school clothing
[] Social Security cards or proof of application for Social Security cards
[] Some form of school verification or enrollment

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

The Indy Artists Peace Project

7:00-9:00 PM
8908 So. Saint Peter St.

An evening of music, poetry, and storytelling, reflecting themes of peace, nonviolence, and social justice. Featured performers will include; THOMAS FLOYD (singer/songwriter) ,MARSHALL GIBSON (storyteller), EVERETT MCKEE (singer/songwriter), DAN HENKEL (instrumental/finger-style guitarist), JEFF MATHEUS (poet). Hosted by MICHELLE GUSSOW.(writer/filmmaker) Presented by The Indy Artists Peace Project.

FREE admission for all.

A full menu of food and drink will be available from the Bean Cup throughout the show. For more info e-mail Jeff Matheus at, or visit us at our MySpace page:

(Note: This event is NOT an open mic)

KIB Fundraiser

You're invited to laugh with
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
Wednesday, August 27th at 7:30pm!

Get a group of friends together and plan to have some fun and help KIB at the same time! No need to get your hands dirty for this KIB event!

Check out the professional, award winning comedian entertaining KIB's fun loving friends:

Tickets are only $20/person and 100% of the ticket sales goes to fund KIB's programs to beautify the city, improve the environment and foster community pride. Tickets available on a "first come first served basis"...event capacity is limited to 300.

To order tickets, contact Linda Broadfoot at or 317.264.7555 x112

We will have a chance to show some information about KIB and then enjoy a professional comedy show. For those of you who have never been to Morty's, it is by far the nicest comedy venue in the city!!

Please note:

*Must be at least 18 years old and have valid ID for club admittance.
*There is a two drink minimum.
*This is a non-smoking show.
*Free parking.
*For more information on Morty's, check out:
*Morty's is located at 3625 E. 96th St.


Linda Broadfoot
Vice President of Development and Public Relations
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.

Note our new address:
1029 E. Fletcher Ave., Ste. 100
Indianapolis, IN 46203
317.264.7555 x112
m: 317.223.5181
f: 317.264.7565

BOI - Automate Small Business Finances

Automate Your Small Business Finances

In this hands-on introduction to QuickBooks accounting software, examine its features and determine if it is right for your business. $10.

Saturday, Aug. 16, 9 – 11 a.m.
Location: Business Ownership Initiatives, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Preregistration required for all classes.
Call (317) 917-3266 ext. 100 for more information or to register.

SEND Yard Sale

18,000 Sq. Ft. Yard Sale to Benefit SEND
2910 Fortune Circle W Drive, suite E
Saturday, August 9, 8AM-5PM
or Sunday, August 10, 12-5PM

Just wanted to let everyone know that we are having a huge garage sale to benefit SEND at a warehouse by the airport. It is off Executive Drive, 2910 Fortune Circle W Drive, suite E. Take I-70 to Airport express way, Get off at Executive Dr. exit. At the top of the exit, keep going to the right until the stop sign. At this corner there will be multiple motels. Turn right at the stop sign and follow the road around,.almost to the end. The building is marked 2910 on the left side of the front of the building. Turn right at the sign that says 2920 and go to the back of the building. Turn left and the first ramp on the left is us.

There will be signs. We have about 18,000 sq ft of items, Clothing, all sizes, including maternity, men's and women's suits, coats, jackets, dress clothes, slacks, jeans, shoes, office supplies, and desk and file cabinets along with desk chairs. Glassware, linens, holiday items, and furniture. We truly have something for everyone. We also have some antiques and retro items. Pass this on to everyone on your email list and come join us on Sat the 9th 8-5 or Sunday the 10th 12-5. This is next weekend. Hope to see everyone.

Judy and RJ Smith

Free Admission to the Fair

Coupons for Free Admission to the Fair

Tuesday, August 12 – Thursday, August 14 – Indianapolis Star Newspaper has a free admission coupon dropping the morning of 8/12, valid Tues/Wed/Thur only. Only originals accepted

Monday, August 4, 2008

Property Tax Challenge

Challenge to Extremely Burdensome Property Taxes

Just talked to a constitutional lawyer who might be willing to take this issue on for people who have been hit so hard that they may be in danger of losing their homes. If you know anyone, including yourself who may fall into that category, please contact me. I'm going to compile names and stories and give it to him.

Laurie Klinger

Auditions for "Fright in the Night"


Auditions for the Stage Actors’ Workshop production of “Fright in the Night” written by D. Chappell will be held Sunday, August 10, at 3 pm and Wednesday, August 13, and Thursday, August 14, at 7 pm. Auditions for the family-friendly stage comedy play will be held at the Freemason Hall Theater, 525 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis, 46204. The Halloween-appropriate show requires seven adult actors; four men and three women. Actors will read from the script. Some staff positions are also available. Performance dates are weekends in October 3 through 26. For more information contact the director, Bob Rini at 317-201-3436 or e-mail at

Play Synopsis: Spunky Heroine Nancy Nightingale is out to prove herself in the world. Her plan is to take her deceased gangster uncle's abandoned roadhouse and turn it into a successful and family friendly establishment. Handsome real estate agent Chick Smith is there to help Nancy as much as he can while winning her heart. Will Chick and his bumbling assistant Wilbur be able to save Nancy from the clutches of her uncle's evil henchman Nick Nightshade? And what about the hidden treasure? Will somebody get rich, or will somebody get a ... Fright In The Night?

The Stage Actors' Workshop is a not-for-profit community theater acting company comprised of talented people who do theater for the love of it. Their mission is to bring to the public live family-friendly stage shows that are entertaining and educational at a cost that will not break the family budget. Admission for adults is $10, children $4. Bob Rini has served as the company’s artistic director since its inception in 1998. They offer affordable acting classes for adults and children. More information may be obtained by e-mailing them at

phone: 317-201-3436

BOI - Non-profit vs. For-profit

Non-profit vs. For-profit

Examine the pros and cons of starting a non-profit business and determine the steps that will be required. $10.

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Kim Huizinga, Community Development Law Center
Preregistration required for all classes.
Call (317) 917-3266 ext. 100 for more information or to register.

Introduction to Yoga

Introduction to Yoga

Tue., August 12, 2008, 6:30 p.m.

Age Level: Adults, Teen (12-17)
Registration Required

Adults and teens ages 16 and older are invited to learn the basics of this ancient science. Attendees should bring their own yoga mats or beach towels. This program is presented by instructors from CITYOGA. (East Washington floor is linoleum squares)


BOI - Business Beginnings

Business Beginnings

Kickoff of the 20-hour course in which you write your business plan and learn valuable business management skills in the areas of finances, marketing and more.

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: United Way, 3901 N. Meridian St.
Instructor: Tricia Guagliardo, BOI
Preregistration required for all classes.
Call (317) 917-3266 ext. 100 for more information or to register.

Creative Writing Workshop

Creative Writing Workshop

Sat., August 9, 2008, 10:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Age Level: Adults
Registration Required

Adults are invited to grab a pen and join published writer and instructor Susan Lawson during this engaging workshop. All writing supplies will be provided. This program is provided with support from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the City of Indianapolis, the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


Mentors Needed - Trusted Partners

It’s a Great Time to Mentor with Trusted Partners

With our growing list of agencies, we are in need of new mentors, especially male mentors and mentors with parenting experiences.

Join us on Wednesday, August 20th, at 5:30 for Training

Trusted Partners
Immanuel UCC
1035 S. New Jersey
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Volunteer Coordinator
Candice Brisson Montieth
Fax: (317) 631-2427

Donations Needed: Food & IPS Uniforms

IPS Uniforms & Food Pantry Items Needed

The Good Life Center has organized an exchange program for students who have outgrown their school uniforms. They have purchased as many uniform pieces as their 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. They also have a need for food donations for their food pantry.

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