Friday, October 31, 2008

BOI - Exploring Business Ownership

Exploring Business Ownership

Part 1: Is Self-Employment 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 Nov. 18.) Free
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Business Ownership Initiatives, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Carol Applegate, BOI

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

BOI - Managing Your Business Cash Flow

Managing Your Business Cash Flow

Learn to project how cash will flow into and out of your business and discover strategies to manage it effectively. $10

Monday, Nov. 10, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Business Ownership Initiatives, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Gail Barnes, CPA, Barnes Financial Services

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

Senior Center Activities

Senior Center Activities for November

At the Senior Center, they start the morning with 9:00AM Cards, Pool, and Social Time. This is often followed by "The Price is Right" or wellness activities followed by "Sit and Stretch" and other wellness activities.

November Special Activities:
  • November 7, 10:00AM to 2:00PM Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale.
  • Thanksgiving Luncheon will be on November 14, 11:00AM, $5.00
  • November 21, 10:00AM Casino Shelbyville/Lunch $3.50

November 27 and 28, the center will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday

For more information, please contact:

Doris York, Senior Coordinator
Southeast Community Services
901 Shelby Street 2nd Floor
Indianapolis, Indiana 46203
236-7400 Ex 233

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Project Open Market Changes

"Project Open Market" Interstate Ramp Changes

Drivers on the city's Near-Eastside will notice several changes over the next few weeks as work on Project Open Market continues.

On or after Friday, October 31, 2008:

* The Market Street entrance ramp (also known locally as the "Ski Ramp") to southbound I-65/70 will close permanently around noon. At this time, the contractor will begin preparation for the demolition of the ramp. The demolition is tentatively scheduled to begin Monday, November 10.

* The new Washington Street entrance ramp to southbound I-65/70 will open around noon.

* Market Street at Pine Street will close to thru traffic with local traffic only from Highland Street to Pine. This closure will allow utility relocation work in Market Street from Pine Street to Davidson Street.


Other traffic changes are expected as work on Project Open Market progresses. DPW encourages residents and motorists to sign up for e-mail traffic alerts at

Habitat for Humanity Program

Homeownership Program Orientation
for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis

Thursday, November 13 @ 6 p.m.
John H. Boner Community Center
2236 E. 10th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46201

Orientations start exactly at 6 p.m.
If you arrive after 6:15 you will not be allowed into the meeting.
You are invited if you fit the following criteria:

NEED: Have lived in substandard, overcrowded or unsafe housing, paying excessive rent, not accessible to people with disabilities, or government subsidized housing. Do not own their own home and will be a first time homebuyer.

RENTAL HISTORY: At least 18 months to 2 years of good rental history and needs to be a resident of Marion County
INCOME: Steady employment earning a limited income for 2 years and/or verifiable Social Security or SSI income for 2 years that will meet our income requirements.
CREDIT: Must not have any judgments and any bankruptcies must have filing dates of discharges greater than 2 years.
WILLINGNESS TO PARTNER: To complete the 300 hours of work-equity in homeownership education classes & home construction.

This is the only way you can receive an application for our program. Partner with us in working towards owning your own home!

Home Team Blue Friday

Celebrate Colts & Pacers vs. Boston Opponents This Weekend
Pep Rally on Monument Circle from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

On Friday, the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers will celebrate "Home Team Blue Friday" as both teams prepare for rivalry games vs. Boston opponents. The Pacers battle the defending World Champion Boston Celtics at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. The Colts host the New England Patriots at 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2.

Mayor Ballard is encouraging all fans to show their support for both teams on Friday by wearing blue and gold, attending the pep rally on Monument Circle from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and watching the games this weekend.

"This is a great opportunity for all of us to come together and support our hometown teams," said Ballard. "I invite each of you to join me in this celebration by showing your team spirit. Go Colts! Go Pacers!"

Flu Shots - Join the Mayor at the Children's Museum

Free Flu Shots to be offered to Families at the Children's Museum
October 31, 2008
10:30AM to 12:30PM

On Friday, Mayor Greg Ballard will receive a flu shot at the Indianapolis Children's Museum in an effort to encourage families to get the vaccine as well. The Mayor will be joined by representatives from the Marion County Health Department, who will offer free flu shots in the Museum's community room from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Families will be required to pay for museum admission.) Mayor Ballard will also share tips with families on how to have a healthy and safe Halloween.

OCTOBER 31, 2008
11:15 A.M.

Free flu shots will be given at the Children's Museum Community Room from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Families will need to pay to enter the museum prior to receiving a flu shot.

New Training Programs Offered

Kaplan College Opens in Southeast Indy
Electrical Technician & Medical Assistant Programs

Kaplan Higher Education opened a new Kaplan College campus in Southeast Indianapolis located at 4200 S. East St., which will help serve the community’s needs for career-focused education and provide local employers with skilled graduates in high-demand fields.

The Southeast Indianapolis campus is Kaplan Higher Education’s second campus in Indianapolis and its fourth in Indiana. The other Kaplan College locations include Northwest Indianapolis, Hammond and Merrillville.

Led by Steve Allen, executive director of Kaplan College, the campus offers two diploma programs—one in medical assisting and one in electrical technician. The programs are designed to aid students in obtaining the knowledge, technical skills and work habits required to pursue a wide variety of entry-level positions. The Southeast Indianapolis campus is Kaplan’s only campus in the state to offer the electrical technician program.

The college’s newly-renovated, 18,000 square-foot facility features seven classrooms, an electrical lab, computer lab and an allied health clinical lab that simulates a real-world clinical environment.

The medical assisting program concludes with an externship, giving students the opportunity to immerse themselves into their chosen career environment and gain valuable hands-on experience. The electrical technician program features a stick room that replicates the interior of a house ready for electrical wiring. Students will have the opportunity to practice hands-on application of electrical theory in the stick room’s simulated environment.

Kaplan College offers students job search assistance through its career services department and tutoring at no extra charge. The Kaplan College Southeast Indianapolis campus is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). ACCSCT is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education. The campus is a branch of the Kaplan College Northwest Indianapolis campus.

About Kaplan Higher Education
Kaplan College is part of Kaplan Higher Education, which serves 80,000 students through more than 70 campus-based schools across the United States and in Europe. It also has online programs through Kaplan Virtual Education, Kaplan University and Concord Law School of Kaplan University. Kaplan Higher Education schools offer a spectrum of academic opportunities, from high school diplomas to graduate and professional degrees, including a Juris Doctor degree. Kaplan Higher Education is part of Kaplan, Inc., a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO). For more information, visit

Steve Allen, executive director
SE Indy campus

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Library Closings for Thanksgiving

Library Closings for Thanksgiving

All Library locations close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and are closed on Thursday, November 27. The library will return to normal hours on Friday, November 28.

Libraries Closed November 11

Libraries Closed November 11

All Library locations closed on Tuesday, November 11, for Staff Training

Rock to the Steel Drums

Rock to the Rhythm of the Steel Drums
East Washington Branch Library
2822 East Washington Street
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008
1:30 p.m. Free Event

Age Level: Families, School Age (6-11), Teen (12-17)
Registration appreciated

Children ages 7 and up and families are invited to listen and learn about steel drums during this unique hands-on program presented by PanUSA. From Pike Branch “I just sat through the steel drums program and it’s great.”

City's Quarterly Budget Review

City's Quarterly Budget Review
Garfield Park Arts Garden Council Chamber
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
5:00-7:00 PM
Open Meeting

Mayor Greg Ballard and City Controller David Reynolds will hold an open meeting Tuesday, October 28, to provide an update on the financial status of the Parks Department, Indianapolis Fire Department and a high level review the City's overall budget.

Performing Artists Live/Work Space

In the Mass Ave Arts & Theatre District

A feasibility study - funded by the National Endowment for the Arts - will explore a plan to create live/work and performance space for performing artists in the Mass Ave Arts and Theatre District. Riley Area Development Corporation is partnering with IndyFringe to explore the idea in the Mass Ave Arts and Theatre District. The NEA grant will be supplemented by grants from The Central Indiana Community Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

This one hour Public Meeting will be comprised of interested community members and the performing arts community. The Study will be assisted by Artspace USA, a national non-profit firm dedicated to create, foster and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations. Artspace officials will visit Indianapolis on November 11-12 to conduct the feasibility study which will include project concept, market need, site suitability, potential to fund and sustain a project, and local leadership involving two days of multiple focus group meetings.

Ideas involved in the feasibility study include "affordable housing" for the performing arts community, 'black box' theatre and exhibition space, hostel space for visiting artists, rehearsal rooms, music studios, outdoor theatre space, community and commercial space. Additional ideas involve advanced architecture resulting in a LEED Platinum certification. Additional support comes from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, Indiana Repertory Theater, Wheeler Arts Center, The University of Indianapolis and IUPUI.

To participate in focus groups call Pauline Moffat
317 522 8099
For further information : AND

1st Friday @ ALCHEMY - Nostalgic Dream

Viaje Nostalgico [Nostalgic Dream]
Opening Reception
November 7, 2008

ALCHEMY art + aesthetics presents Mexican born, Herron School of Art student, Jennifer Hutchinson for her BFA Thesis Exhibition. Her work deals with the exploration of personal identity and the idea of personal time. It is a body of work that is deeply intimate, composed mostly of paintings, but displayed as an installation with objects that help compose the narrative of the work and allow the viewer to step into the artist's world.

Viaje Nostalgico [Nostalgic Dream]
paintings and installation by: Jennifer Hutchinson
Opening Reception Nov 7 2008 7p-midnight

work on display Nov 7 thru Nov 29

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

Gallery + Salon

College Road Trip - Movie

Movie Matinee: College Road Trip
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 1:00 p.m
East Washington Branch Library
2822 East Washington Street
Age Level: All Ages
Free Event, No Registration

Choosing a college and striking out on one's own is an exciting time that requires a big adjustment by both child and parent, but few parents will have as much difficulty relinquishing control over their daughter's life as Chicago police chief James Porter.

MPAA rating: G.
83 minutes

Sugar Skulls

Day of the Dead Art Workshop: Sugar Skulls
East Washington Branch Library
2822 East Washington Street
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008
6:30 p.m.

Age Level: Adults, Families, School Age (6-11), Seniors, Teen (12-17)
Free Event

Individuals ages 6 - adult are invited to decorate pre-made, molded skulls with icing, metallic foils, buttons and feathers to celebrate Day of the Dead, which combines Mexican and Central American ancient rituals with Christian beliefs to honor the dead and celebrate the continuity of life. This program is co-sponsored by the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Art Center and the Indiana Arts Commission.

Registration required.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Auditions for A Christmas Carol

Audition Notice For “A Christmas Carol” Stage Play

Stage Actors' Workshop will hold auditions for "A Christmas Carol," the traditional Charles Dickens’ story on Sunday, November 2, at 3 pm, and Wednesday, November 5, at 7 pm, and Thursday November 6, at 7 pm. Auditions for and performances of the one-act family-friendly stage adaptation will be held at 525 N. Illinois St. in Indianapolis, 46204. The show requires four men and four women of any age, and an eight to twelve year-old male or female to play Tiny Tim/Tina. The play will be directed by Bob Rini. Adapted for the stage by Bob Rini, the play features all the familiar characters from the Dickens’ classic including: Scrooge, Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and of course the spirits. Singers and other performing artists are invited to audition for the second-act variety show. Performances will be December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, & 28. Actors will read from the script. Some staff positions are available. Call the director for information or directions at 317-201-3436.

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 shows that are entertaining and educational at a cost that will not break the family budget. Children 12 years-old and younger are always admitted for only $4 with a paying adult to any Stage Actors‘ Workshop production.

Robert Rini
President, Stage Actors' Workshop
337 Parkway Ave.
Indianapolis, 46225
Cell: 317-201-3436

Financial Fitness

Winnie Ballard Kicks Off Indy's Campaign for Financial Fitness

On October 28, Mayor Greg Ballard will join Indianapolis First Lady Winnie Ballard and representatives of community organizations throughout Indianapolis to announce the launch of Indy's Campaign for Financial Fitness - the first citywide initiative designed to connect residents with financial fitness resources.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


IMAGINE-Nation in Indy Neighborhoods

Celebrate With and Learn from IMAGINE-Nation in Indy Neighborhoods!
Friday, November 14, 5:30pm
Englewood Christian Church
57 N. Rural Street, Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC) is proud to partner with the Spirit & Place Festival to offer an event, IMAGINE-Nation in Indy Neighborhoods Photographs by local youth inspire new conversations, and a coalition of homeless adults creates a community newsletter-these are just two stories that champion the ingenuity of community engagement. Connect with these artisans of civic life, witness how they create meaning through collaboration, and get inspired to take action in your own neighborhood.

Chat with representatives from these local projects:

Broadway United Methodist Church's Eden in Indianapolis
Hawthorne Neighborhood's Hootenanny Fiesta
Indy Food Co-op
The April Show
Lafayette Square Area Coalition's Taste the Difference
Norwood Place Sign Design
Old Speedway City Neighborhood Association
Zion Hill Baptist Church's Elements of Art Through Photography
Jim Diers, author of Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way, will talk about imagination and collective action in neighborhoods.

This is an event not to be missed! Enjoy a display of creative local action projects, savor cuisine from ethnic restaurants in the Lafayette Square neighborhood, view an exhibition of artists who have overcome significant obstacles, and hear talented local musicians.

This program is part of the Spirit & Place Festival, which runs November 1 through November 16. The festival is funded with generous support from Lilly Endowment; The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of CICF, the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, as well as Butler University, IUPUI, and the University of Indianapolis. Learn about other festival
events at

Drive-by Prayer Vigils

Drive-by Prayer Vigils
Saturday, November 1, 2008

Michael J. Cowherd
Brittany Tate
W. 10th St. & Winfield

Joshua Plummer
3600 W. 16th St.
(Somerset St. - fenced in lot)

Brandon C. Reeves
W. 38th St. & High School Rd.

Courtney Gates
W. 56th St. & Moller Rd.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Note from Major Myers: Burglaries

Note from Major Myers about Burglaries

There has been a modest increase in burglaries throughout the city. To address the issue, a city-wide "Task-Force" has been established to tackle the increase. Please keep an eye on your neighbor's home. If you see someone/something out of place, please call us and we will be happy to come out and investigate.

Fall Break is here. Many schools are out of session. Please keep an eye on our kids.

Our officers made 168 arrests this past week, 35 of those arrests were for felony charges.

Enjoy the weekend.

Cliff Myers
Southeast District, Major
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department
1150 S. Shelby Street
Indpls. IN 46203

North Square Neighborhood Party

North Square Neighborhood Party
Hot Shot Tot Lot
November 1, 2008
Time: 4-6 p.m.

Details: Dinner, music, children's games, giveaways
Learn the results of the neighborhood association study circle.

Connie Zeigler
C Resources
Writing, Historic & Green Preservation

Scare in the Square

Scare in the Square
Commercial District in Fountain Square
October 31, 2008
from 4pm to 6pm

Sponsored by the Fountain Square Merchants Association, this annual Halloween Trick-or-Treat extravaganza begins in the National City Bank Parking lot starting at 4:00 p.m.on Friday, October 31st. Local residents can bring their wee-little ghouls and goblins Trick-or-Treating along the main commercial corridors of the Fountain Square Historic District.

The trail extends along Virginia Avenue and extending down Prospect and Shelby Streets. Treat Bags, Treats and Treat Trail Maps are available in the National City Bank Parking lot starting at 4:00 p.m. on Halloween.

Trick or Trees with KIB

Trick or Trees
White River State Park
801 W. Washington St.
October 31, 2008 at 10pm

Join Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. and NUVO at White River State Park for a night-time tree planting and Halloween fest on Halloween Night, Friday, October 31st, starting at 10:00 pm!

Highlights include:

Planting 20 trees (cause a party wouldn't be a party without planting some trees)
Music from local bands Creepin' Charley and the Boneyard Orchestra, Ensemble 48, and DJ Kyle Long. In addition, Ensemble 48 will be playing to the 1920's vampire film, Nosferatu, on an outdoor screen!
Bonfire, spiced cider, chili and more ...
Costumes are highly encouraged. Costume prizes will be awarded.

We will be eagerly awaiting your arrival ... hooaahahahahaaaaaaa!

Website or Map:
Contact Info: 317.264.7555
Event Type: Tree, Planting, Halloween, Party
Organized By: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.

Trick or Treat with IMPD

Trick or Treat with IMPD

IMPD Southeast District Headquarters
1150 So. Shelby Street
October 31, 2008
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Food Co-op Steering Committee Meeting

Who Will Guide the Food Co-op Forward?

This is your chance to be heard--to lay the groundwork for the local Food Co-op!

IMPD Southeast Meeting Room
November 5, 2008
5:30 PM

FS Arts Council Meeting

Fountain Square Arts Council Meeting

Wheeler Art Center Classroom
1035 Sanders Street
October 29, 2008
6:00 PM

Yard Sale/Fund Raiser

Winter's Coming--Be Ready!

We have many nice winter coats and articles of winter clothing! Come shop our yard sale at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 920 Laurel Street (corner of Laurel and Woodlawn in Fountain Square), Saturday November 1; 11:00-3:00pm. We will have a hot dog-chip-drink lunch available for 1.00. All our prices are great--nothing more than 5.00! Come to the back of the church and up the stairs into the dining room.

Monday, October 20, 2008

BOI - Business Contracts

Business Contracts

Get a handle on common legal terminology, what you should consider when developing a contract and how to negotiate favorable terms. $10

Thursday, Nov. 6, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Business Ownership Initiatives, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: John Walls, Esq., J.D. Walls and Associates, P.C.

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

BOI - Computers 101

Computers 101

Learn the basics of operating a computer, common terminology and how to access software to create and save files. $10

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 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 - The Truth About Free Grant Money

The Truth About Free Grant Money

Examine common misconceptions about sources of start-up funding, and identify practical options for financing your new business. Free

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 6 – 7 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.



A modern anti-war adaptation of Aristophanes' play, "Lysistrata," will open on Fri. Oct. 24 and close on November 15 at the Circle Center Mall, 4th Floor, 49 W. Maryland, presented by The Sapphire Theater Company. Shows run Thurs., Fri. & Sat. at 7:30 pm plus Sat. & Sun. matinees at 2:30 pm. Cost: $40 opening night, after-party included, $25 for all following nights. Visit for tickets or phone 966-PLAY.


Lysistrata is the first production of The Sapphire Theatre Company. Lysistrata, the title character, unites the women of Athens & Sparta in an effort to save Greece. Her strategy is to take over the Treasury and protest with a sex strike. But not only do the women refuse to have sex with their husbands and lovers until they agree to negotiate peace, they dress in their sexy-best and tease the men mercilessly. And in the great tradition of Greek theatre, phalli are included. The modern adaptation of this Greek classic play brings to light the timely themes of love, democracy, war, protest, patriotism, laughter, grassroots movements, and change.


The Sapphire Theatre Company, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is dedicated to the creation and exhibition of quality theatrical performances. Their mission is to produce professional theatre that entertains, inspires, and connects in order to enrich the human spirit, compensate artists for their talents, and contribute to the cultural growth in Indianapolis.

Greg Buck

FringeFriday Haloween Spooktacular!

FringeFriday Haloween Spooktacular!
October 31, 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.
The Haunted Church (aka the Fringe Building at 719 E. St. Clair Street)

Spend your Halloween with ghastly theatrics that only IndyFringe can provide.

7:30: The Playboy Psychonauts - Sitar music and Go Go Dancers!

8:30: Fringe entertainment and costume contest

* Featuring Andrea Merlyn and her guillotine
* Fringe Celebrity judges will decide who has the Fringiest costume!

9:30: The Monster Mash dance party

Plus free Halloween inspired food, cash bar and more spooktacular surprises!!!

Entry - Recommended donation of $5.

Lilly Boys & Girls Club Halloween Party

Lilly Boys & Girls Club Halloween Party

The Lilly Boys & Girls Club, 801 S. State, will host its annual Halloween party on Oct. 31, 4-6 p.m. The party will include games, costume contest with prizes, a cakewalk, a haunted house, and lots of candy and treats! Members, families, and friends can stop by the party, then head to Scare on the Square for trick-or-treating!

Rebecca A. Linehan
Lilly Unit Director
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis
801 S. State Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46203
(p) 317-632-2010

Lilly Boys & Girls Club Special Hours

Lilly Boys & Girls Club Special Hours for IPS fall break & Parents in Touch Day

The Lilly Boys & Girls Club, 801 S. State, is open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. during the IPS fall break – Oct. 23-24 and on Parents in Touch Day – Oct. 29. Members will take a field trip to Waterman’s on the 29th. We provide lunch and an afternoon snack on these days. All members are welcome!

Rebecca A. Linehan
Lilly Unit Director
Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis
801 S. State Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46203
(p) 317-632-2010

Sunday, October 19, 2008

KIB fall neighborhood trainings

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful fall neighborhood trainings

Abandoned Housing and the Indy Land Bank

Tuesday, November 11th
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come to this training and learn about the Indy Land Bank from Duane Ingram, the Land Bank Manager for the City of Indianapolis. Duane will help us understand the life cycle of an abandoned property, and will help answer pertinent questions regarding abandoned housing and neighborhood revitalization. In the meantime, learn more about the Indy Land Bank at

Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to or 264-7555 x106 by Friday, November 7th.

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful's mission is to unite people to beautify the city, improve the environment, and foster pride in the community. Visit us on the web at!

BOI - Marketing Your Personal Care Business

Marketing Your Personal Care Business

Learn key principles of marketing that you can use to find clients for your personal-care business. Free

Monday, Nov. 3, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Business Ownership Initiatives, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Crystal Coleman, BOI

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

BOI - Automate Your Finances

Automate Your Finances

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

Monday, Nov. 3, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Business Ownership Initiatives, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Crystal Allen, CPA, A Total Solution CPA and Consulting Services

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

Supper with a Friend

Free Community Meal
Supper with a Friend
(Free community meal)

Wednesday, October 29
5:00 - 7:00
Immanuel United Church of Christ
402 Prospect Street

BOI - Growing Your Child Care Business

Growing Your Child Care Business

Learn to use key principles of marketing to attract more clients to your child-care business. Free
Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Business Ownership Initiatives, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Crystal Coleman, Child Care Answers and Ronda Taylor, MBA, Ivy Tech School of Business

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

Friday, October 17, 2008

Halloween @ Bethel Park Family Center

Grandville Cooperative Community Halloween Activities

Bethel Park Family Center
2850 Bethel Avenue
October 31, 2008
5:00-9:00 PM

A wide variety of activities are planned in which parents and children will work as a team. There will be a costume parade and a dance contest along with good food. The event is free to the community.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Parents As Teachers

Parents As Teachers Program is Looking for Marion County Families

I am seeking new families for Parents As Teachers. This is a program that will increase parent knowledge of child development and help them learn appropriate ways to stimulate their child's intellectual, language, social and physical development. If you are working with a family or know of someone that could benefit from PAT services, please let me know. I am especially looking for Marion County children between the ages of 2 to 5. The family would only have to commit to 1 hour per month but will see great progress in the development of their child/children through this program. Thank you so much for helping me tell families about this great program.

Deborah K. Kirk, LSW
Director: Emergency/Respite Services,
Project Safe Place and Parents As Teachers
Children's Bureau Inc.
Family Support Center
1575 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Office # 634-5050 ext. 213
Fax # 686-3812

Storytellers on the Square

Fountain Square Library
Is proud to host
Storytellers on the Square
For Children of all ages

Saturday, November 1st
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

1:00 Ken Oguss,
Storyteller Ken Oguss will share stories about Native Americans, and urban Legends.

2:30 Valerie Marsh
Author Valerie Marsh will use crafts to show children the parameters of a story and how to start writing their own story. Materials will be provided.

Refreshments will be provided.
Free and open to the public.

Major Myers: In the Neighborhood

Watching Over the Neighborhood

Officers Koe, Robinson, and Maher were out on foot patrol Tuesday evening in the area of 1100 S. Laurel when they heard several shots fired. They continued their foot patrol towards the sound of the shots and observed someone jump into the rear of a vehicle. The car started towards them and Ofc. Koe ordered it to stop at gunpoint. The backseat driver was moving about and he was removed from the vehicle. He had an empty semi-auto pistol and about 2oz of marijuana on him. Spent shell casings where also found in the rear of the house in which he stated he had previously been hanging out (1219 Laurel).

City's 1st Green Roof Project

City's 1st Green Roof Project

Mayor Greg Ballard will announce plans Friday, Oct. 17, 2008, at noon, for the first green roof ever to be constructed on a city-owned building.

Press conference to announce plans to build a green roof on a wastewater storage and treatment facility

Friday, Oct. 17, 2008
12:15 PM

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Headquarters, 1029 Fletcher Ave.

As part of a project designed to reduce and treat raw sewage overflows into the White River, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) will install a green roof on a new portion of a wastewater storage and treatment facility on the north side of Indianapolis.

Green roofs are vegetated roof systems used in place of conventional roofs. The benefits of green roofs are far-reaching; they help capture stormwater run-off that otherwise would enter the city's overburdened combined sewer and drainage systems. Stormwater that is not captured is filtered through the vegetation as it comes off the roofs, which helps reduce the amount of pollution that ends up in waterways. Green roofs also help capture air pollution and carbon dioxide, reduce outdoor air temperatures and the "urban heat island" effect, and insulate buildings, which saves energy.

Mayor Ballard and DPW representatives will discuss these and other benefits of green roofs, describe plans for the first city-built green roof and encourage incorporating green roofs into residential and commercial development.

Green roofs are just one step the city is taking to incorporate natural and sustainable stormwater management practices to help improve the environment throughout Marion County. Other plans for "greening" Indianapolis' infrastructure include planting trees, rain gardens and bio-swales, and installing porous pavement. These techniques significantly reduce costs for taxpayers, while protecting and improving the environment.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Safe Haven Meeting

Safe Haven Meeting

will be on Monday October 27th at 1pm at the Wheeler Arts Community in the classroom. Our guest speaker for this month will be Sarah Grain from Keep Indianapolis Beautiful.

ToxAway Day

Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Disposal Sites

Properly dispose of your household hazardous waste & electronics at a ToxAway Day! Come

Saturday, October 18th
38th Street Corridor day
North United Methodist Church
3808 North Meridian Street
(Northwest corner of parking lot)
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. or

Saturday, October 25
North Indy day
Glendale Mall
Kite Realty Overflow Parking Lot
6102 North Rural Street,
(East of Lowe's)
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Acceptable Item includes:
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Automotive Fluids
  • Cell Phones
  • Computers & Laptops
  • Computer-related Items
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs
  • Gasoline & Gas Cans
  • Glue & Adhesives
  • Household Batteries
  • Household Cleaners
  • Lawn Care Products
  • Paint Thinner
  • Paints & Stains
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Propane Tanks (up to 20 lbs.)
  • Thermometers
  • Thermostats
  • Upholstery & Carpet Cleaners
  • Used Motor Oil
  • Wood Preservatives, Stains & Varnishes

The following electronic items will only be collected during these events: Televisions (under 27" diagonal), VCRs and DVD Players, Gaming Systems, Stereos & related items, Telephones, Telephone Answering Machines, Facsimile Machines and Small Personal Electronics (phonographs, tape/CD players, gameboys, walkmans, radios). For more information regarding these events or the ToxDrop program, please contact the Office of Environmental Services at (317) 327-2234 or visit our web site at www.indygov/ToxDrop.

New Cycle of ICBI Beginning in January

INRC Announces New Cycle of ICBI Beginning in January

Do you want to assume a greater role in your neighborhood? Are you looking for ways to enhance your skills? Are you looking for ways to meet residents from neighborhoods across the city? If you are looking for a more comprehensive set of trainings, consider enrolling in the Indianapolis Community Building Institute (ICBI). All participants of ICBI begin in Track 1 and progress through Tracks 2 and 3 of the curriculum. All classes are free for INRC members.

INRC is pleased to announce an intensive option for Track 1. Beginning in January, the 6 weeks of courses for Track 1 will be offered in two Saturday sessions, January 10 and January 17. This intensive option will allow busy neighborhood folks the opportunity to explore ideas and develops practical skills necessary for building effective neighborhood leaders.

Intensive Track One:
2 Saturdays - January 10, and January 17, 2009
9:00am to 3:00pm; INRC will provide lunch
Note: Participants must attend both Saturdays

Courses topics include: Servant Leadership, Tools for Stepping Forward, Intro to Asset-Based Community Development, Marketing Your Neighborhood, Neighborhood Inclusiveness, and Introduction to City Services.

Following the intensive offering of Track 1, participants can continue through ICBI with the regular 6-week offerings of Tracks 2 and 3, beginning in late January.

For additional information and a complete schedule, please contact your INRC Neighborhood Development Specialist at 317-920-0330 or visit to begin the application process for this FREE training opportunity!

Who's Your Hoosier Hero? Scholarships

$2,000 Scholarships for Indiana High School Juniors and Seniors

Who's Your Hoosier Hero? Indiana high school juniors and seniors may nominate a living Hoosier (a current or former resident of Indiana) who inspires them. Each student winner will receive a $2,000 postsecondary scholarship and their hero will receive a $2,000 scholarship to award to the Indiana high school of his or her choice. Sponsored by Hoosier Heroes and Indiana Dollars for Scholars, the scholarship deadline is January 31, 2009.

For more information visit or call toll-free (866-877-1172.

ISA Notification of Personal Data Release

Information Services Agency
City of Indianapolis/Marion County

The Information Services Agency (ISA) for Indianapolis and Marion County has begun mailing letters to individuals whose personal information was inadvertently disclosed on the city-county website.

ISA learned late last week that a spreadsheet containing personal information for approximately 3,300 individuals charged with minor offenses during 2006 and 2007 was made available on the website. The file was immediately removed from the website, and as an added precaution, the website was restored back to an earlier version until ISA could fully correct the problem.

The data made available was originally compiled to gather statistical support for a drug treatment program grant application. It included full names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, gender and race information. Letters with detailed information about the disclosure will be mailed the week of October 13, 2008 to the last-known address of every person whose information was posted.

Additionally, ISA notified law enforcement of the incident and established a hotline at 317-327-5001 to answer questions and address concerns. Since the error was discovered, ISA has been working with an independent consultant to identify additional precautions that can be taken to prevent this type of disclosure.

"This is an unfortunate example of human error; however, once we discovered that personal information was posted, ISA took aggressive action to correct the problem, to notify the affected individuals and to prevent this type of disclosure from happening again," said Kevin Ortell, Interim Chief Information Officer for ISA.

ISA is encouraging those with questions or concerns to contact the ISA hotline at 317-327-5001. Individuals whose information was released are also encouraged to monitor their credit reports by visiting or by calling 1-877-322-8228. Also as a precaution, an identity theft victim information kit can be obtained from the Indiana State Attorney General's office by visiting

Eliminate Failing Septic Systems

Mayor, Residents Highlight Need to
Eliminate Failing Septic Systems

Please join Mayor Greg Ballard, Indianapolis Department of Public Works Director David Sherman and area residents as they highlight the need to eliminate thousands of septic systems in Indianapolis, answer questions about a sewer project currently underway in a south side neighborhood and discuss plans to bring sewers to more homes as part of the city's Septic Tank Elimination Program.

More than 27,000 homes in Indianapolis are served by septic systems, many of which are considered high-priority because they are failing or near failure. Failing septic tanks leach contaminants into the soil and contribute to water pollution. Some septic tank owners also get drinking water from private wells, which can be vulnerable to contamination by E.coli bacteria.

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008 - 3 p.m.

True Protection Security, 7002 S. East St.

Note: Please park vehicles across the street in the parking lot of St.John's United Church of Christ, 7031 S. East St.

Mayor Ballard, Indianapolis Department of Public Works Director David Sherman and neighborhood representatives will discuss the problems that failing septic tanks pose and the benefits of the project currently under construction. They also will discuss plans to bring sewers to more homes as part of the city's Septic Tank Elimination Program.

Construction underway in the neighborhood. Neighbors will be available for interviews.

BOI - Thinking of Launching a Business?

Thinking of Launching a Business?
Start Here

An orientation to the process of starting a business and how BOI’s programs and services can help at each step along the way. Free

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 6 – 7 p.m.
Location: Business Ownership Initiatives, 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.

Homelessness in our Community

Do you think homelessness is a problem in our community?

Come learn how you can be part of the solution.


Wednesday, October 22nd, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Immanuel United Church of Christ
402 E. Prospect Street, Indianapolis, 46225

Trusted Partners works to prevent homelessness by matching volunteer mentors with individuals who are at high risk of becoming homeless. These one-on-one relationships increase stability in the mentees' lives.

For more information visit or contact 985-3468 or

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Teens Reach for the World

Teen Career Coaching Program

Come & build a lasting relationship with a program that provides:
  • Homework and studying assistance
  • Help with college applications and financial aid
  • Local college campus tours
  • Job readiness training
  • Money management & conflict resolution
  • Job shadowing
Two Neighborhood Sites

Monday & Wednesday, beginning October 20, 2008 @ 3:30 to 5:30
Southeast Community Services (SECS)
901 So Shelby

Tuesday & Thursday, beginning October 21, 2008 @ 3:30 to 5:30
Indianapolis Churchman Avenue Neighbors (I'CAN)
1128 Churchman Avenue (4 doors south of Prospect)

For more information, please contact Shawn
317-236-7400, Ext 226

Nominations for Mayor's Community Service Awards

Nominations Sought for 2008 Mayor's Community Service Awards

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2008 Mayor's Community Service Awards (MCS). The awards were created to recognize Indianapolis citizens for their volunteer contributions and commitment to community service.

Mayor Greg Ballard will honor MCS award recipients at a ceremony later this year. The names of each recipient will be engraved on individual bricks and will be placed at the Mayor's Volunteer Plaza at the 11th Street Admiral Spruance basin on the Canal.

The Presidents Roundtable, a women's leadership organization founded in January 2000, will select the award recipients. The Mayor will make the final decision regarding who will receive the awards. The Presidents Roundtable is comprised of 20 organizations. The members include current, incoming, or immediate past presidents from each of these organizations.

Eligibility and Criteria for the MCS Award

*The MCS nominee should be committed to improving the City of Indianapolis and Marion County through voluntary personal service to its citizens to meet community needs.

*The MCS nominee will be judged on initiative and good work accomplished through volunteer service.

*Nominations should be made for direct service, board service or administrative volunteering.

*An individual, agency, corporation, or organization may nominate individuals.

*Decisions made by the judges are final.

*Nominees must be residents of Indianapolis/Marion County.

To qualify, a nominee must have three references who may be contacted to verify the scope and extent of the nominee's activities. References should be persons familiar with the community service activities for which the nomination is made, and should not include either the nominee or any persons related to the nominee. The nominator may not be included as one of the three references listed.

Nominators are asked to describe and highlight how your nominee volunteers to serve our community and limit your comments to 500 words. Nominees may fit several categories including Arts, Business, Church, Special Needs, Education, Elderly, Health/Hospitals, Media, Neighborhood, Philanthropy, Sports, and Youth.


Please submit nomination form to MCS Awards, Melissa Hauger, Office of the Mayor, 200 E. Washington St., 2501 City-County Building, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or fax to (317) 327-5271.

The deadline is November 14, 2008. If the nomination form is received after the deadline date, it will be included in the next year's selection process.

For more information, or to access the nomination form, please visit:

Curso de Desarrollo de Negocios

Curso de Desarrollo de Negocios

El primer día del curso de 15 horas para escribir su plan de negocios y aprender como manejar su negocio con éxito.

Martes, 21 de octubre, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Local: Business Ownership Initiatives, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructora: Maria Marshall, Purdue Extension

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

Mayor's Night Out in Center Township South

Mayor's Night Out in Center Township South
Garfield Park Art Center
2432 Conservatory Drive
October 27, 2008
6:00 PM

Many of you may have heard of the “Mayor’s Night Out” program…and we are next to host Mayor Ballard and share with him our success stories and our concerns.

We will hold the October 27th Mayor’s Night Out event at the Garfield Park Art Center, which is located at 2432 Conservatory Drive. If you enter Garfield Park off Shelby Street, the road will "T" just past the Gardens. You will want to take the left and then the right into the shared parking lot for the McAllister Amphitheater and the Art Center. We will have signs to help guide you, as well.

The event will begin with a bus tour of our area for senior city officials and invited community leaders.

After the bus tour, there will be a Meet & Greet for civic leaders with Mayor Ballard followed by a question and answer session for Mayor Ballard and his Senior Staff. The question and answer session is open to the public and will begin at 6:00 pm. It is at this point that the public will have the opportunity to write down any questions they may have for the Mayor and his staff.

I look forward to “hosting” this event and working with many of you individually to make sure it is as successful as possible. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or call me at 327-5595. I would love for us to have a great showing for this event, so please save the date. I will get you more details later, as I confirm them.

Thank you for your willingness to be part of the excitement of the southeast side!

Dennis G. Papenmeier
Neighborhood Liaison
Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services
Gregory A Ballard, Mayor
2160 City-County Building
200 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
(317) 327-5595
(317) 327-5424

Monday, October 13, 2008

The Mystery of Indygrove Manor

Halloween Comedy Stage Play Continues

The cast: Mary Hunt, Jack O’Connor, Jane Bostwick, Eldric Harmon, and April R. Sparks are ready to entertain you in the Stage Actors’ Workshop family-friendly comedy, “The Mystery of Indygrove Manor” written by D. Chapelle. The classically performed melodrama will run October 24, 25, & 26. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 pm. Sunday matinees begin at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and children 12-years-old and younger are $4 with a paying adult. Performances will be at the Freemason Hall Theater, 525 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN. 46204. For information or directions call Bob Rini at 201-3436 or e-mail at:

A synopsis of the play follows: The Indygrove family has been summoned to the family estate to pay their respects to wealthy matriarch Ernestine Elwonga. She doesn't trust any of the family members and makes the mistake of telling them so. Dottie and son Dexter Indygrove will do anything to insure that the lion's share of the estate goes to them. Meanwhile, husband Aykroyd Indygrove doesn't know who to fear more - the law or his wife. Ernestine’s allies include her beautiful ward Tillie Webshuttle and....the mysterious Phantom of Indygrove! This Halloween appropriate family-friendly for all ages melodrama is a perfect way to add more fun to your holiday season.

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 stage shows that are entertaining and educational at a cost that will not break the family budget.

Bob Rini, Artistic Director
Cell phone: 201-3436, e-mail:

Saturday, October 11, 2008

BOI - Personal Care Business Ownership

Exploring Personal Care Business Ownership

Learn about the various types of senior-care services and the regulations that govern in-home personal care. Free
Monday, Oct. 20, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Business Ownership Initiatives, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Crystal Coleman, BOI

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

BOI - Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Understand the principles of trademarks, copyrights and patents and how you might use them to protect your business. $10
Monday, Oct. 20, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Business Ownership Initiatives, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Patty Hughel, Alerding Castor LLP

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

IndyBANG! Business Arts Networking

IndyBANG! Monthly Cultural Luncheon
Meet | Speak | Eat
October 17, 2008 with Jennifer Kaye Laughner

This month’s business and arts speaker will be Jennifer Kaye Laughner.Jennifer has been involved in the local arts community for many yearsas an artist, curator, gallery owner, and chef. An avid supporter of the local talent that exists in Indianapolis and Indiana, Jennifer continues her mission with the opening of her third location, Laughner Modern Art. Jennifer has also contributed her many talents to the newly opened Earth House Collective, located in the Lockerbie Central UMC.

As a member of the Earth House Collective, Jennifer Kaye Laughner owns and operates Laughner Modern Art and Jenxie’s Moodi Café. Jenxie’s Moodi Café is focused on fresh from-scratch food selections that capitalize on local, organic produce whenever possible, offering a healthy eating approach with spices, seasonings, and a passion for flavor.Both meat and vegetarian/ vegan options will be offered for our luncheon.

Jenxie’s Moodi Café selections offer a sandwich, wrap, or soup with two sides and drink for $7.50.

During lunch Jennifer Kaye Laughner will be speaking about her new ventures and discussing ways the community can better support the arts.

Time: 11:30AM to 1:30PM
Location: 237 N East St Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Earth House Collective is located inside Lockerbie Central United Methodist Church.
Phone: 317-636-4060
Address: 237 N. East Street, Indianapolis 46204

Presented by Phoenix Theatre and Moriarty Media. Visit to learn more about Indy BANG! Business and Arts Networking Get-togethers.

Volunteer as a Park Ranger

Trailsafe Program Kickoff

The Trailsafe Program involves recruiting volunteers to monitor a 1-2 mile section of the trail and report any maintenance issues, unsafe conditions, graffiti, etc, that they notice while using the trail. We are hoping to cover as much of the 6.9 miles of trail along Pleasant Run Parkway as we can with people that frequent the trail often. The trail stretches from Garfield Park to Ellenberger Park, with a large portion of it running through our neighborhoods.

Please email your interest to Annie Brown ( They will collect information which will be used by the Rangers to do a background check (standard for Indy Parks Volunteers) which is why they need to collect the identifying information. They are looking to gather the volunteers by month-end and people will be contacted at that time. They will begin scheduling training sessions at that time as well. This is very exciting and goes a long way towards our goal of making the Pleasant Run Trail a great neighborhood asset.


Jeff Miller, Chairperson
Public Space Committee

Friday, October 10, 2008

Family Unity within the Neighborhood

Family Unity within the Neighborhood

Bring the entire family to the Salvation Army’s Fountain Square Corps located at 1337 Shelby Street (just a short distance south of the fountain) from 3:00-7:00 PM on Saturday, October 18, 2008 for a free fun-packed carnival:

• Two Bounce Houses

• Outdoor & indoor games with parents & kids vying for prizes
******Egg Football Toss, Golf, Fuss Ball, Pool Table,
******Guitar Hero, 3-Point Basketball, Darts & Balloons,
******Dance-Dance-Dance, Tic Tac Toe, Duck Pond, 4-Square
******& PRIZES

• A Family Style Meal with ribs or chicken and all the fixings

• Craft Kits involving parent and child participation

• Drawings for prizes hourly with the BIG PRIZE between 6:30-7:00 PM

• Slide Show and Live Music

• Informational Tables

Providence Cristo Rey Open House

Open House at Providence Cristo Rey High School
75 N. Belleview Place
October 19, 2008
1:00-3:00 PM

Providence Cristo Rey High School will host an Open House for prospective students and their families October 19 from 1-3 p.m. at the school, 75 N. Belleview Place. Participants will be able to speak with faculty, students and corporate sponsors about the school’s unique work/study program that enables each student to earn a Core 40 or Honors Diploma and to build an impressive resume of job experience at major businesses in Indianapolis. For more information, contact Director of Admissions, Adrienne Stinson, at 317-860-1000 or by email at

Ruben Fernandez
Admissions Counselor
75 N. Belleview Place
Indianapolis, IN 46222
(317)860-1000 x121

Sustainability Week Kick Off


On Monday morning, Mayor Greg Ballard will kick off a week of events detailing initiatives for making Indianapolis a more sustainable city.

Mayor Ballard will demonstrate the future of Indy Parks with Play Day at Indy Parks, a hands-on media event at Rhodius Park, 1720 W. Wilkins St. Recycled, reusable, and cost-saving materials will be on display to illustrate the announcement.




6A.M. - 9A.M.

Legal Line offered October 14

Do you need free legal advice?

Anyone can be caught in a situation where they are unsure of their legal rights. It can be very frightening, but help is available by calling Legal Line, a free monthly service sponsored by the Indianapolis Bar Association, on Tuesday, October 14, 2008. Attorney volunteers who are members of the Indianapolis Bar Association will be answering calls to help the public from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 14.

It’s quick and easy! By calling (317) 269-2000 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month (except December), anyone can speak with a qualified attorney who will help answer basic questions and give advice on legal matters. NOTE: The November Legal Line will take place on Thursday, November 13, 2008, as part of the IBA’s Ask A Lawyer program. Individuals can talk with an attorney in person at several Indianapolis locations or on the telephone. More information is available at

Attorney volunteers are prepared to answer questions during Legal Line on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, divorce, child custody, child support, landlord/tenant issues, bankruptcy, personal injury, employment law and more.

Callers with more complex legal issues are encouraged to seek representation through the IBA’s Lawyer Referral Service at (317) 269-2222, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sherri Massa
Publications Coordinator

SE Splash!


October 16th, 2008 at 8:30pm – Smokehouse

Join us for an evening of networking and prizes. Get to know SE Indy without the boring meetings!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Movie Trivia @ Deano's

Movie Trivia at Deano's Vino
Thursday, October 16th
Trivia starts at 7pm

Indianapolis International Film Festival hosts Circle City Movie Trivia Nights at Deano's Vino.
Cost is $3 per person, and teams are up to four people!
Bring your co-workers, family, and friends!! Trivia starts at 7pm!!!
To learn more, please visit:

Food Co-op

Formulating a Co-op

The discussion and the comment sections of the Food Co-op Group on Southeast Works has found common ideas among those actively participating in the discussions.

If we can get some more thoughts about the mission of the Food Co-op and the goals of the Food Co-op brought out on the Food Co-op Group on Southeast Works, the November 5 Steering Committee meeting will find us in a position to set forth our mission, goals, and products.

Please mark your calendar for:

Food Co-op Steering Committee
November 5, 2008
IMPD Southeast Meeting Room
Shelby Street
5:30-7:00 PM

IndyFringe Encore - October 9

IndyFringe "one more time..."

A short encore performance of the top selling 2008 IndyFringe shows, Assholes and Aureoles and Moved, and direct from the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, After Paul McCartney.

IndyFringe in association with Victory Dog Production presents Rob Johansen in After Paul McCartney, a play by David Hoppe, directed by John Green.

"...a funny and gently affecting play, and one of the slickest pieces of one-man raconteuring I've seen at the Fringe this year."
-- Malcolm Jack, The Scotsman

"Rob Johansen is excellent in this tale of two childhood friends reuniting to go in search of the ex-Beatle...David Hoppe's script is lyrical and engaging..."
-- Deborah Klayman, Three Weeks

Show Information:
Thursday, October 9
6:30 p.m. at the Athenaeum Auditorium, 401 East Michigan Street, Indianapolis.

$25 - at the door or by phone 317-522-8099
$20 - 2008 fringe button wearers and students

Prize for the best Edinburgh look! Bagpipes encouraged. Proceeds to benefit the IndyFringe building fund at 719 East St. Clair Street.

Market St Exit Ramp Closure


The Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) will permanently close the northbound I-65/I-70 exit ramp to Market Street on Friday, October 10, at 7 p.m. Over the weekend, construction on the new northbound I-65/I-70 exit ramp to Washington Street will take place. The Market Street ramp has to be closed during this time in order to tie in the pavement for the new ramp into the existing interstate pavement. Then, on Monday, October 13, at 6 a.m., the new I-65/70 exit ramp to Washington Street will open. This means commuters will now use Washington Street to get downtown, instead of Market Street.

Other traffic changes are expected as work on Project Open Market progresses. DPW encourages residents and motorists to sign up for e-mail traffic alerts at

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Community Education Forum

Indianapolis Public Schools & United Way of Central Indiana
Ready To Learn Ready To Earn Initiative

Community Education Forum
October 23, 2008
10 am until 12 noon
John Morton Finney Education Center
120 E. Walnut


• Lyman Rhodes, Director of District Community Partnerships, IPS
• Jay Geshay, Vice-President of Community Services and Strategic Initiatives

Purpose of the Community Education Forum
• To increase the alignment of youth agencies with the teaching and learning strategies of IPS.
• To create new school/community partnerships that will impact academic achievement in IPS.

Introduction of Directors
• Pamela Denny-Rohrbach, Art Education Curriculum Director
• Robert Warriner, Special Education Director

Featured Presentations

Elementary School Math Curriculum
• Theresa Morris, K-12 Math Curriculum Director

Strategies to Assist Students with Math
• Kathy Jones, Math Curriculum Staff

Critical Information from IPS

Future Forum Agendas
• What are other topics on which you would like a presentation by IPS staff?
• What is information that you would like the district to share at future meetings?


Post-meeting Time
• Participants are welcome to talk with IPS and UWCI staff about specific ideas for collaboration.
• Participants are encouraged to fill out the Follow Up Form to request information from the district.

Next Community Education Forum
• Thursday, January 22, 2009 from 10 am until 12 noon

IndyGo's Future - give your input

To all,

With gas at $3 to $4 per gallon, many people are taking a new look at public transportation. How should IndyGo look in the future? Here is your chance to give input to them and hear from them about changes already underway. Please plan to attend this forum, if you are able. The details are below.

Take care,

Dennis G. Papenmeier
Neighborhood Liaison
Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services
Gregory A Ballard, Mayor
2160 City-County Building
200 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
(317) 327-5595
(317) 327-5424

12 Noon
Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008
North United Methodist Church
3808 N. Meridian Street

There will be a public forum addressing improvements at IndyGo. Sponsored by the Marion county Planning Organization and the Riders Advisory Council. If you have any thoughts, feelings, concerns or suggestions, this is a great opportunity to share them.

The Good Life Center undergoing renovation

IPS Uniforms & Food Pantry Items Needed

The Good Life Center will be going through renovations this fall/winter but will still be able to help and work with families in need of uniforms on an appoinment calling Carol Roberts at 822-8178

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
(Woodlawn & Villa)

Indianapolis - A Sustainable City

Mayor unveils agenda to establish city as one of the Midwest's most sustainable
The City of Indianapolis will join several leaders of the environmental community to announce the City’s aggressive new greening plan and sustainability initiative.
What: Press conference to announce new sustainability initiative
Who: Mayor Greg Ballard
When: Friday, October 10, 2008; 3:30-4:00PM
Where: City Market Courtyard
222 E. Market Street
Mayor Ballard recognizes that environmental sustainability is a key strategy to make sure that Indianapolis continues to be competitive in a changing world. Cities that are successful in addressing these matters have found that they can:
* Deliver long-term cost savings
* Build the local economy
* Improve community quality of life
* Enhance the local environment and public health
These objectives support The Ballard Rules, and specifically further three key Mayoral priorities: taxpayer cost-savings, community economic development, and improving neighborhood quality of life.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Drive-by Prayer Vigils

Drive-by Prayer Vigils
Saturday, October 11, 2008

Steven Townsel
E. 10th St. & Oakland

Anthony Jenkins
(2 blocks east of Rural St.-gravel lot)

Almarcus Barker
E. 21st & Franklin Road
(AAA parking lot)

Michael Duncan
E. 38th St. & Whittier Place

Monday, October 6, 2008

Family/Friend Childcare Provider Event

If you care for children in your home,
this event is for you!

Caregivers’ Night Out
Free Food • Information Tables • Community Unity • Door Prizes
a Place of Our Own preview
with Featured Speaker
Miriama Shaheed-Carson
Martin University
2171 N Avondale Place
Indianapolis, IN 46218
October 14, 2008
6:30 - 8 pm
Let us know you’re coming by October 10!
please call 317-921-1232

WFYI and United Way of Central Indiana are partnering to hold an event for persons doing family friend and neighbor child care. Those people who are providing child care in a home but are not 'in the system'. We hope to locate these individuals in order to provide some support and training for them. Many of them do not feel they are professionals but we know that the time they spend with these children is very important.

US Congressman Carson's wife Miriama Shaheed Carson will be our keynote speaker for the evening. Miriama is not only an educator, she currently uses Family, Friend and Neighbor care for her child.

Please help us locate these individuals by sharing this with colleagues, families and clients that you serve. I will be happy to bring you hard copies of flyers to distribute if you respond with the number needed and your address.

We will also have resource tables that evening so please let me know if you would like a table to share information with these informal providers.

Thank you so much for your assistance with this project. We would love for you to join us on October 14 as well.

Christy M. Prulhiere
Ready To Learn Manager
WFYI Public Broadcasting
1630 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Switchboard: (317)636-2020, Ext. 0471
Direct: (317)614-0471
Fax: (317)283-6645

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. (Preregistration and prepayment is required for this series.)

Saturday, Oct. 18, 9 a.m. – 3 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.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Updates on City's Website

New URL for Indianapolis/Marion County Government

The city recently (within the last few weeks) revamped the City’s webpage. Several of the links I may have sent you or items you may have bookmarked may no longer work.

The link I recently sent to you regarding the Fall Fun Guide can be found on the Parks Dept front page, which is here:

You may also notice in this a slight change in the City’s homepage address. It used to be, which still does direct you to the City’s home page, but the official address for the City’s home page is now

…I hope that clears up any confusion any of you may have had regarding links that no longer work. Thanks to Jeff for emailing me about this and giving me the chance to clear this up for any of you who were out there scratching your heads…

Have a great weekend!

Dennis Papenmeier

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Drive-by Prayer Vigil

Prayer Vigils scheduled Saturday, October 4, 2008

Martin Wilburn
4800 Southeastern Ave.
(Bubbles Car Wash)

Bobby Clark
5100 E. Washington St.
(vacant BP Gas Station)

Richard Covington III
34th & Arlington Ave.
(Mexican Restaurant lot)

Chris Ingram
W. 22nd & Crawfordsville Rd.
(vacant Pizza Hut lot)

The Mission of Drive-by Prayer Vigil

Drive-by Prayer Vigil is a citywide response of prayer to the senseless violence that is claiming the lives of both the young and old throughout our communities. Although birthed from a local city's crisis, it has plans to spread nationwide. No city or town is exempt from this rising epidemic, however, every city and town holds the solution: the power of prayer. II Chronicles 7:14 tells us how to respond to evil in the land: "if my people who are called by my name, would humble themselves and pray -- I will heal their land." One united voice for one shared problem! Our adopted slogan, "If drive-by guns can kill, then drive-by prayers can heal" sums up our mission and purpose.
(317) 280-8077

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: Open Gallery on IDADA First Friday Gallery Tour, Oct. 3, 5:00-9:00pm.
Parking: Free Public Parking lot across Shelby Street

Jumpstart's Read for the Record 2008


Today, Mayor Greg Ballard joined other adults in Indianapolis, and leaders across the nation, in reading with children as part of Jumpstart's Read for the Record 2008 campaign designed to bring attention to the importance of early literacy. Throughout the day, Mayor Ballard and members of his staff read Corduroy by Don Freeman to students at St. Mary's Child Center (SMCC). Volunteers from Pearson Education are reading at various Indianapolis Public Schools locations.

"I appreciate having this opportunity through Read for the Record to highlight the issue of early literacy today," said Ballard. "Going forward, our community must find ways to address the issue, and I am pleased that parents and caregivers in and around Indianapolis are fortunate enough to have access to a local early literacy program aimed at helping families prepare their children for school. Through United Way of Central Indiana's Early Readers Club, families have an opportunity to build their home library with quality children's books. For a holiday, a birthday, or for no particular occasion at all, books are a wonderful gift and a wise investment."

Early Readers Club encourages parents and caregivers to read to their child starting day one by building home libraries that children can call their own. Families can register to receive 12 high-quality children's books each year until the child's sixth birthday, providing countless opportunities for kids and parents to read together. "Reading aloud to young children is one way parents and other adults can help young children be better prepared to succeed in school. Parents tell us that children who receive these books beg to read to over and over again," said Ted Maple, Director of Success By 6 for United Way of Central Indiana.

Studies suggest the number of books in a home is a strong indicator of a child's future reading ability setting him or her on a track for success in school and in life. "Often times, you'll find policy makers focusing on short-term benefits, but I am asking citizens to look further down the road. While we cannot trace all educational weaknesses to a child's inability to read, I believe investing in early literacy will lead to lower dropout rates and more success for children during the high school years and beyond."

Experts suggest that young children should be read to on a regular basis, for approximately 20-30 minutes per day. But a national and state survey found that only about half of Indiana's families read to their child on a regular basis. Mayor Ballard is also committed to helping St. Mary's achieve 100% participation in Early Readers Club. Furthermore, Mayor Ballard will be reaching out to other preschools and day care centers to help educators get more books into the hands Indianapolis' youngest citizens.

"We know that children need 1,000 'lap hours' of reading time with a caring adult before beginning school," said Connie Sherman, Executive Director for St. Mary's. "According to one study, this typically happens for middle-class children, who are read to 1,000 to 1,700 hours before first grade. But the same study shows that this is NOT the case for children in low income families, who are read to an average of just 25 hours throughout that same time span. Through Early Readers Club, more families are afforded the opportunity to read together. So I join the Mayor in encouraging all adults to spend time reading with the children in their lives."


About Jumpstart (
Jumpstart's research-based model pairs trained college students with young children in one-to-one partnerships that are designed to develop literacy, language, and social skills. Founded in 1993 at Yale University, Jumpstart is currently engaging 3,500 college students in service to more than 13,000 children in 20 states and nearly 70 communities across the country. National corporate sponsors include: American Eagle Outfitters, Pearson, Sodexo, and Starbucks. Jumpstart also partners with Americorps.

About Read for the Record (
Jumpstart's Read for the Record is a campaign designed to bring attention to the importance of early education. By encouraging hundreds of thousands of children and adults to read the same book on the same day, Jumpstart aims to break a world record and to make early education a national priority. Today, Children and adults will read together at events nationwide in schools, libraries, stores, hotels, playgrounds, offices, and homes.

About Pearson (
The Pearson Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Pearson plc, one of the world's leading media and education companies. The Pearson Foundation extends Pearson's commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe. The custom limited edition of the Viking children's classic Corduroy has been published and distributed by Pearson, ensuring that 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of this book directly support Jumpstart's work with children from low-income communities across America. Pearson and its people across the U.S. and around the world are taking part in Jumpstart's Read for the Record celebrations and working with governors, mayors, PTAs, schools, libraries, and local organizations to spread the word and highlight the importance and the power of reading. The Pearson Foundation is also providing more than 100,000 copies of Corduroy to at-risk children in school districts and community organizations worldwide.

About St. Mary's Child Center (
St. Mary's Child Center (SMCC) is a not-for-profit agency, providing a high quality early childhood program for children ages 3-5 whose families are impacted by poverty. Transportation, therapies, social work services and a Reggio inspired curriculum are provided for 200 children. No child has ever been denied services for financial reasons. SMCC also provides professional development activities and mentoring for community educators who work with children in poverty. SMCC is a United Way agency.

About Early Readers Club (
The Early Readers ClubSM is part of United Way of Central Indiana's Ready to Learn, Ready to Earn priority, a comprehensive focus on early learning, school readiness and adolescent development. ERC encourages parents and caregivers to read to their child starting day one by building home libraries that children can call their own. Families can register to receive 12 high-quality children's books each year until the child's sixth birthday, providing countless opportunities for kids and parents to read together. Currently, more than 11,000 children in Hancock, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan counties are members of ERC. For more information and to register, please visit