Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Tree Recycling

Indy Parks Announces
Collection Sites for
Christmas Tree Recycling

Program helps Indy Parks meet need for mulch for city parks, trails and playgrounds. Indy Parks & Recreation will offer seven drop-off locations in Marion County for residents to recycle their Christmas trees from Dec. 29, 2008, through Jan. 31, 2009.

Indy Parks’ tree recycling program diverts waste from the landfill and adds mulch to our parks and street trees. Last year, Indy Parks recycled nearly 25,000 Christmas trees. Residents are encouraged to help make Indianapolis a more sustainable city and take advantage of this easy, environmentally friendly way to dispose of their trees.

Residents are asked to remove all ornaments, lights, tree stands, plastic bags, nails and other decorations before drop-off. No artificial trees or materials will be accepted. Trees will be accepted at the following locations during normal park hours (dawn to dusk), seven days a week. Follow signs within each park to the specific drop-off locations.

* Broad Ripple Park, 1610 Broad Ripple Ave., south lot.
* Ellenberger Park, 5301 E. St. Clair St., west of pool in main parking lot.
* Garfield Park, 2450 S. Shelby St., McAllister Center parking lot.
* Krannert Park, 605 S. High School Road, north parking lot.
* Riverside Park, 2420 N. Riverside Drive, tennis court parking lot.
* Perry Park, 451 E. Stop 11 Road, soccer field parking lot.
* Sahm Park, 6801 E. 91st St., soccer field parking lot.

For more information, visit or call 327-PARK.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Sunday Breakfast

Sunday Breakfast at The Church Within
1125 Spruce St

Sunday, January 11, 9:00 AM. All are welcome at The Church Within for breakfast. Stay for service at 10:00. Homemade soup and fellowship follows at 11:15.

Property Tax Credit for Seniors Deadline

OVER 65 Circuit Breaker

The December 31, 2008 deadline is nearing for Indiana's seniors to sign up for a new property tax credit included in the tax overhaul state lawmakers approved last spring. Sign up at the Auditor's office.

The exemption covering homeowners ages 65 and older limits how much their tax bills can increase from one year to the next. Eligible homeowners must be at least 65 on or before Dec. 31 - the filing deadline - and have a gross adjusted income of less than $40,000 for a joint filing or $30,000 for a single filing. The gross assessed value on the homestead cannot exceed $160,000.

The application is available online at

The Auditor's Office encourages you to complete the application online, but you may also complete it in person or by mail. The Auditor's Real Estate office is located in the City-County Building, 200 E. Washington St., Suite 841. The office is open from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday. You can reach a customer service representative by calling (317) 327-4646.

Monday, December 22, 2008

IndyGo Christmas Schedule

IndyGo Christmas Schedule

On Thursday, December 25, IndyGo will observe the Christmas Day holiday. Regular routes will follow the Sunday/Holiday schedule.

The remaining routes and services will adhere to the following schedules:

> No service for the Red Line Circulator
> Open Door Paratransit Service: Sunday/Holiday Schedule
> Green Line Downtown/Airport Express: Regular hours
> No service for Fishers and Carmel Express Routes (regular service on Dec. 24 and 26)
> No service for Dial-A-Rides (last day of service on Dec. 31 at 10 p.m.)
> No service for Late Night Flex (last day of service on Dec. 31 at 6 a.m.)
> Administrative Offices: Closed on Dec. 25 and 26
> Customer Service Center: Open until 1 p.m. on Dec. 24, and Closed on Dec. 25

All routes will resume their regular weekday schedules on Friday, December 26.

During this holiday season, IndyGo encourages customers to keep in mind how hazardous weather could affect their bus rides.
For a smooth and pleasant bus trip, IndyGo advises customers to:

> Stay tuned to local forecasts. Pay attention to IndyGo’s service updates.
> Be patient and allow ample time to and from your destination.
> Plan for delays with icy streets, heavy snowfall and lower than average temperatures. Dress warmly for long periods of time outdoors.
> Contact the IndyGo Customer Service Center for route updates – (317) 635-3344 or visit the center in the Indianapolis City Market.
> Check IndyGo’s web site for route detours and updates –

Town Hall on Health Care Reform

To all who are interested in community health care discussions, you might want to send a person or two from your association to attend this meeting. Details are below.

If you are not able to make this meeting but are interested in hearing more, please let me know and I will make contact with them and see if they can have someone meet with your group after the first of the year.

Take care and have a great day,

Dennis Papenmeier


A Town Hall on
Health Care Reform

Please join Community Health Network as we host a town hall on health care reform Tuesday, December 30, 3 to 5 p.m. at Community Hospital East. This event answers the call for community health care discussions by the Obama-Biden Transition Team that can help shape America’s health policies

Community Health Network’s panel invites you to join the conversation and discuss concerns about the current health care system and ideas for how to improve or fix the system. Community Health Network leaders participating in the event include: Bill Corley, president and CEO; Anita Harden, president emeritus of Community Hospital East; Dan Hodgkins, vice president of health promotion and community redevelopment; Dr. Clif Knight, vice president of medical affairs for Community hospitals East and North; and Jan Bingle, chief nursing officer for Community Health Network.

Join Community as we take part in the nationwide call by the Obama-Biden Transition Team for a meaningful community discussion on health care policy over the holidays, in an attempt to reach out to the American people and involve them in shaping future policies. The Health Care Community Discussions will be organized through the Transition’s Web page, Community Health Network’s leadership will share their vision for the future of health care during the town hall meeting, which will be video streamed live at

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Shirey at 317-355-8703 or e-mail at

Karen Shirey
Community Benefit Coordinator
Community Health Network
1500 N. Ritter Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46219
(317) 355-8703

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Creating the Life You Want

“Creating the Life You Want”- Workshop
Saturday, January 3rd, 2009
11:00am- 2:00pm
The Church Within (behind KFC)

Workshop presented by Andrea Moore. Light lunch included. Donations to help offset cost of lunch gratefully accepted but not required. For more information, call Rhonda Shipley at 506-2241.

Community Meal & Game Night

Community Meal & Game Night
Friday, January 16th, 2009
The Church Within (behind KFC)

Join us to prepare a community meal at 5:30 and/or to eat together at 6:15. Games appropriate for all ages begin about 7:15.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Holiday Trash Schedule

Holiday Trash Schedule

Good morning everyone, this is your friendly reminder that there will be NO Residential or Heavy Trash collection or Curbside Recycling collection next Thursday, December 25th, in observance of the Christmas holiday. There will also be NO Residential or Heavy Trash collection or Curbside Recycling collection on Thursday, January 1st in observance of New Year’s Day. All Thursday routes for both weeks will be picked up on Friday (12/26 and 01/02), with Friday routes being picked up on Saturdays (12/27 and 01/03) for the next two weeks. Trash schedules will return to normal on Monday, January 5. Any assistance you can offer in getting this word out to the public is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!


Shawn Brock
Assistant Administrator
Solid Waste Contracts
City of Indianapolis

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Cultural Trail Dividends

Cultural Trail Dividends Anticipated

Check out our recent Web site updates including new photos on every page and the new Indianapolis Cultural Trail blog to provide more information on what's shaping this project and to get your feedback faster.

In the latest post, Brian Payne shares what he learned at the recent CEO's for Cities conference in Chicago, IL. Based on the "City Dividends" study reported at the meeting, he thinks the Cultural Trail will pay off big time.

Let us know what you think and what you'd like us to blog about. Contact Gail Payne, 317.713.3333 or e-mail

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Green Congregations Workshop

Green Congregations Workshop

January 31, 2009
Registration and Information Fair 12:30-1:00
Program Begins at 1:00
Second Presbyterian Church
7700 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN


Brady Hansel
Hoosier Environmental Counsel

Dead Line for Registration is January 24, 2009

Monday, December 15, 2008

Trusted Mentors to be featured on WFYI

Trusted Mentors Inc

New Name……Same Mission

Updated website:

Our efforts to prevent homelessness will be featured on “Across Indiana” on WFYI, Channel 20, on Monday, December 22, at 7:30PM

Please consider an end of the year donation to Trusted Mentors to guarantee that mentors will be provided to adults at risk of homelessness or coming off the streets. Mentors make a difference!

Learn about Study Circles

Get Involved with Study Circles in 2009!

Since 2000, over 1,600 residents from neighborhoods across Indianapolis have participated in Study Circles. Study Circles are neighborhood-based, small group discussions aimed at connecting people and community resources to develop innovative strategies to strengthen neighborhoods. From their participation in Study Circles, neighbors and other stakeholders work together to create lasting change in their communities.

Study Circles engage residents in discussing and developing their own solutions for their neighborhood concerns. Participants discuss ideas for strengthening their neighborhoods and then develop and implement small-scale action plans.

Examples of action items implemented by neighborhood groups include:

> the development of a reading and tutoring room at IPS #43 in the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood;
> a near eastside neighborhood worked with IndyGo to install community information boards in bus shelters in order to display their neighborhood's newsletter and increase engagement in the neighborhood association; and,
> a near Westside community created an annual, "Hootenanny Fiesta", designed to bring together and celebrate and honor the community's Appalachian past and welcome the growing Latino population.

The Study Circles program is open to neighborhood associations in Marion County, as well as other community-based organizations, including faith-based institutions, not-for-profit groups, and youth-serving agencies.

In collaboration with Making Connections, INRC will host a Study Circles information session on Tuesday, March 10, from at 6:30-8:00pm at INRC. Attendees will learn more about the goals and impact of Study Circles in Indianapolis, the responsibilities of hosting a Study Circle, and resources available to support neighborhood Study Circles.

To learn more about Study Circles and to RSVP for the information session, contact Amy Tompkins at INRC, (317) 920-0330 ext. 106 or

Kick off 2009 by Enrolling in ICBI!

Kick off 2009 by Enrolling in ICBI!

INRC is pleased to announce the next round of our Indianapolis Community Building Institute (ICBI). Enroll today! ICBI is an intensive, experiential program that explores ideas and develops practical skills necessary for effective neighborhood leaders.

Track One of ICBI will be offered in 2 Saturday sessions in January 2009: January 10 and January 17, 9am to 4pm

Track Two of ICBI will be offered in 2 Saturday sessions in March 2009: March 7 and March 21, 9am to 4pm

Track Three of ICBI will be offered in 2 Saturday sessions in April and May 2009: April 18 and May 2, 9am to 4pm

*In order to graduate, participants must attend all courses.

INRC will provide breakfast and lunch to all participants. To learn more about ICBI, please visit our website ( or contact your INRC Neighborhood Development Specialist at 317-920-0330.

Who's Your Hoosier Hero? Scholarships

$2,000 Scholarships Applications Available

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.

IMAGINE Grants for 2009

2009 IMAGINE Important Dates

The Indianapolis Matching Awards for Great Indy neighborhoods Engagement (IMAGINE) are matching grants that support projects led by neighborhood-based organizations that focus on enhancing connections in neighborhoods. IMAGINE funds support projects conceived by neighborhood-based organizations that work with individuals and other groups to affect positive change in communities across the city.

All neighborhoods are eligible to apply for and receive IMAGINE funding, provided those organizations meet all other IMAGINE eligibility criteria.

All interested IMAGINE applicants are required to attend a TA session before submitting an IMAGINE application. The first Technical Assistance (TA) sessions for 2009 will be from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on January 12 and February 9. Both sessions will be at the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center's offices at 1802 N. Illinois Street.

Applications for the first round in 2009 must be submitted to INRC by 5:00pm on February 25, 2009. More IMAGINE deadline dates will be available soon. For more information, visit or, email, or call (317) 920-0330.

Holiday Recycling

3rd Annual Post Holiday Recycling Event

Saturday, January 10th, 2009, from 10am to 2pm you can recycle your holiday tree, gift boxes and old electronics at the 3rd annual Post Holiday Recycling Event, sponsored by the City of Indianapolis, Indy Parks and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Old cell phones will also be collected, and benefit KIB programs.

KIB volunteers will be on hand to help residents unload materials at four Indy Parks:

*Broad Ripple Park, 1550 Broad Ripple Avenue
*Garfield Park, 2345 Pagoda Drive (near the intersection of Shelby and Raymond)
*Krannert Park, 605 S. High School Road
*Ellenberger Park, 5301 E. St. Clair Street

Contact Tammy Stevens, KIB Recycling Coordinator with any questions at

Our misson is to unite people to beautify the city, improve the environment and foster pride in the community. Visit us on the web at

Supper with a Friend

Free Community Meal-Free Community Meal-Free Community Meal

Supper with a Friend
(Free community meal)

Wednesday, December 31
5:00 - 7:00
Immanuel United Church of Christ
402 Prospect Street

BOI - January Workshops

January Workshops at Business Ownership Initiatives

Kick off 2009 by taking the next steps toward achieving your dream with our great January workshops!

* If you’re just getting started, consider our workshops on How to Start a Business and Analyzing Your Business Idea on Jan. 7 and 14.
* If you’re ready to write your business plan, consider our Business Beginnings class starting Jan. 13.
* If your New Year’s Resolution includes getting a better handle on your finances, consider our Personal Money Management for Entrepreneurs series starting Jan. 15.
* If you’re thinking about starting a caregiver business, consider our Exploring Child-Care Business Ownership class on Jan. 6 or Exploring Personal-Care Business Ownership on Jan. 20.
* If it’s time to get more focused on you, consider our Life-Skills program. The first module, Self-Awareness, starts Jan. 6.
* If you’re ready to take your existing business to the next level by networking and building referral relationships, consider our Building Your Business by Word of Mouth series, which starts Jan. 28.
* And if you’re looking for something new, check out our new and revised workshops: Accounting with QuickBooks® on Jan. 21, Marketing 101 on Jan. 26, and Minimizing Small-Business Risks on Jan. 31.

Choose the classes that are right for you, then call us at (317) 917-3266 ext. 100 or e-mail to register for workshops and make an appointment to see one of our business counselors.

Business Ownership Initiative of Indiana and
its Central Indiana Women's Business Center Program
4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Indianapolis, IN 46205

Thursday, December 11, 2008

FringeFriday: FestiveFolly!

FringeFriday: FestiveFolly!

December 19, 2008
719 East Saint Clair Street
Mix and Mingle: 5:30 - 6:15
Free hors d'oeuvres/cash bar
Program: 6:15 - 7:30 PM

Celeberate the holidays with music from A Very Randy Christmas by Randy Strand and festive holiday comedy from IndyProv. Enjoy a New Years preview of upcoming productions of Edges and Freeing the Snow Lion. And our gift to you...Winter Solstice an original vignette by Amy Petinella, playwrite and co-star of Stripped.

Holiday Food Drive: Donate canned good or non-perishable food items and receive one free drink. All donations will go to Gleaners Food Bank. The box is half full - help us top it off!

Buy your stocking stuffers: Fringe t-shirts on sale for only $5!

IndyFringe is free and open to the public, but donations are encouraged.

Cats Haven Open House

The kitties of Cats Haven invite you to
a very special Open House event

The kitties of Cats Haven invite you to a very special Open House event at the shelter on Sunday, December 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please join us as we celebrate the holidays, and look forward to the new year. We will have beverages and snacks, and of course lots of kitties for you to hug. The elusive Gypsy Cat herself will offer up a selection of Gypsy Cat handmade beaded jewelry with a percentage of each sale going to the shelter.

In the spirit of giving back to the community, we ask that everyone who attends our Open House bring a canned or boxed food product that we can donate to Gleaner's Food Bank. We will also be collecting non-perishable foods until December 21st, so if you can't make it to the Open House, feel free to drop your donation off anytime during that week. For more information, contact The Other Sue at 317-329-8219.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Simple Living Event

12/22/08 Potluck with Indy Food Coop, bluegrass music, you & Simple Living Group of Indianapolis

You are invited to a potluck put on by Simple Living Group of Indianapolis at the Wheeler Art Center’s Theatre (Fountain Square - 1035 Sanders Street, Indianapolis) at 6:30 p.m. (setting up at 6 PM) on Monday December 22, 2008.

A representative of Indy Food Coop will share news of its founding a community-owned grocery store in the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. All attendees will have the chance to share their tips, questions and opportunities on simple living. Guests are invited to speak up to one minute on their ideas about vegetable gardening, edible landscaping, waste avoidance, communities,reduction of ecological footprint (carbon footprint is an aspect),book titles, organizations, events, and visions for environmental sustainability.

6:00 PM Set up tables, chairs, tableware, food, and information materials.
6:30 PM Musical performance. Set up tableware, food and info. materials.
6:50 PM Convocation. Dining as musicians perform
(please consider donating to the band).
7:20 PM Representative from Indy Food Coop speaks.
7:30 PM Attendees share their tips, questions and opportunities on simple living.
8:00 PM Improvisation. Examples of options: share raps, poems, and songs; informal small group discussions; departures, and clean up.
8:30 PM After clean up, do we continue discussions or other activities? If so, negotiate a location or locations.

Items sought for the pitch-in meal:
bread, vegan refried beans (if necessary, bring a can opener), peanut butter, vegetables, salad, paper plates, napkins, other food – particularly locally grown, silverware, cups, beverages, real tableware.

Please give us a heads up on what you will supply. Please try to bring your own reusable tableware (even though most will be supplied) to minimize waste. Posting of ingredients, where they came from and name of cook is appreciated.

Information on involved organizations:

Legal Grass [blue grass band]
Performers Craig Stinson and Mark Conway

Indy Food Coop
Kyle Hendrix
President of the Board of Directors

Simple Living Group of Indianapolis
Greg Buck

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Boca Loca Beads Casting Call

Casting Call

Boca Loca Beads will be and featured on a program spotlighting the Best of Indianapolis. We are proud to be considered to be on that list. They are shooting video at the store this Friday, Dec 12th at 9am. We will be holding a lampworking class just for the taping (a fictional class, that is) and are looking for a few smiling faces to be part of the class. Please let us know if you can come 317-423-2323. We would love to have a thriving atmosphere for the taping and it should be fun. Please come!!!

Boca Loca Beads Inc.
1311 Prospect St.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Neighborhood Stabilization Plan

City submits Neighborhood Stabilization Plan to HUD
Plan shows how $29 million will be spent

The City of Indianapolis submitted the final draft of its Neighborhood Stabilization Plan (NSP) to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The plan details how the city will use $29 million in HUD funding to help deal with foreclosure and abandoned housing.

The plan includes public comments the city received on or before November 26th. There will be further opportunities for public comment in late January and early February. Further information will be posted on the city's website. The NSP can be viewed at Neighborhood Stabilization Plan

John Bartholomew
Public Information Officer
Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development
200 East Washington Street, Suite 2010
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Office: (317) 327-6709

Indy's New Sister City -- Hangzhou, China

Mayor Ballard Announces Hangzhou, China, as New Indianapolis Sister City

Mayor Greg Ballard joined Hangzhou Mayor Cai Qi today to sign an agreement to make Hangzhou the newest Sister City and the first one in Mainland China for Indianapolis. The Zhejiang Province capital is a Chinese cultural and commercial hub, and its position as a manufacturing center makes it the region's primary economic engine.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Food Co-op Steering Committee Meeting - 12/2/08

Food Co-op Steering Committee Update
from December 2, 2008 Meeting

and you will find:

>Notes from 12/2 meeting

>Josh Bowling's Feasibility Study

KIB is Pack the Pantries Donation Site

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful is participating as a donation site in support of Mayor Ballard's city-wide food drive "Pack the Pantries!"

From now through December 19th you can drop off non-perishable food items to the KIB office. We will accept donations Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. We are located at 1029 Fletcher Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203.

Priority items needed: canned meats like tuna and chicken; canned fruits and 100% fruit juices; canned vegetables and tomato products; heat and serve meals such as soups and pasta; baby formula; cereal; peanut butter and jelly; applesauce cups; healthy snacks; rice and beans and macaroni.

To ensure food safety, we cannot use: rusty or unlabeled cans; perishable items; homemade items; noncommercial canned items; noncommercial packaged items; alcoholic beverages and mixes; open or used items.

For more information, please contact Tammy Stevens at 264-7555 x116.

Our misson is to unite people to beautify the city, improve the environment and foster pride in the community. Visit us on the web at

Sen. Lugar's Food Drive

Senator Lugar's 4th Annual Food Drive

Helping to feed the hungry is a top priority for Senator Richard Lugar, and he demonstrates this every year by hosting a food drive to benefit Gleaners Food Bank, presented with WTHR-13 and WFMS.

This year, participants are asked to bring their food items to Gleaners Food Bank on Friday, December 12th at 4:30 pm to take part in a reception with Senator Lugar! Please bring $35 per family, $25 per adult, $10 per student, OR 10 canned goods person, 20 canned goods per family. Other monetary gifts, non-perishable food items and personal care items will also be accepted, but no glass please. Gleaners Food Bank is located at 1102 E. 16th St., in Indianapolis.

Volunteers will also collect donations on Monument Circle, in front of the Indianapolis Power & Light Company, from December 8th - December 12th, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.

For more information, please contact Senator Lugar's office at 226-5555 or

Our misson is to unite people to beautify the city, improve the environment and foster pride in the community.
Visit us on the web at

Outback Benefit -- IMPD "Clothe a Child"

Have Lunch @ Outback to Benefit IMPD "Clothe a Child"

7525 US 31 South (Greenwood just South of Walmart)
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
from 11 AM to 1 PM

for just $15, you get steak or chicken, mashed potatoes, appetizers, salad, drink and dessert
a child gets warm clothes and some toys

Tote Bags to Benefit KIB

Half Price Books Reusable Tote Bags
to Benefit KIB

For those that have not visited Half Price Books, its a great place to find all of your favorite titles for HALF of the cost! And, the company has an environmental ethic they are bringing to life.

Now when you shop at a Half Price Books store, you can purchase a reusable tote bag for $0.98. And what is ever BETTER is that $0.10 of every tote bag purchase will go to KIB! Half Price Books will be providing KIB with a check on Earth Day 2009 to celebrate all of the shoppers who made the switch.

So, think about getting your best friend a little something from Half Price Books this year, and get a tote bag while you are at it!

Learn more about Half Price Books and their environmental ethic at

Our misson is to unite people to beautify the city, improve the environment and foster pride in the community.
Visit us on the web at

Drive-by Prayer Vigils -- December 6

Drive-by Prayer Vigils scheduled Saturday, December 6, 2008

Dilardo E. Smartt Jr. (32)
W. 32nd St. & Graceland

Donald George (19)
3800 E. Michigan St.

Ronald Perry (20)
W. 21st St. & Sugar Grove

Gregory Kemp (52)
2225 Groff Ave.

Buy Gifts from Avon and Support KIB

Buy Gifts from Avon and Support KIB

Now you can purchase your favorite Avon Products AND support Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.! You probably know Avon for their cosmetics, fragrance and skincare, but they also carry lines of jewelry, apparel, accessories and gifts 'n gadgets. Their products are for the whole family.

Here's how it works:

>- Go to the Avon fundraising website:
>- Select the "Register a Fundraiser Customer" link toward the upper right of the page.
>- Fill out the form with all of your information. Enter "630014" (without the quotes) in the "fundraiser code" field.
>- Complete the registration and then browse through the rest of the website. You can shop by brand, category or brochure
>- When checking out, select your "DIRECT DELIVERY" method, enter the coupon code "FSANY" for free shipping and enter your payment information.

Your Avon products will be shipped directly to your door and 15% of the total cost of merchandise will be donated to the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. If ever you have any questions or problems, you can contact Donna Broniak at or use the "Contact Me" link at the website.

Our misson is to unite people to beautify the city, improve the environment and foster pride in the community. Visit us on the web at

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"

A dramatic one-act stage adaptation by Bob Rini of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", is produced by the Stage Actors' Workshop and is being performed at The Freemason Hall Theater, 525 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204.

Performances are December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, & 28. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 pm, and Sunday matinees begin at 2 pm.

The play will be followed by a Holiday Variety Show performed by the cast and including opportunities for audience participation. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $6 for seniors, students, and veterans, and $4 for children 12 years-old and younger. The show will be directed by Bob Rini.

Call the Workshop at 201-3436 for information and directions. Reservations are not needed. Casual dress.

Citrus Fruit Sale

Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church
Inspirational Praise Choir Presents Its
Annual Citrus Fruit Sale

Ruby Red
Small Box (2/5 Carton)
18 – 20 lbs $23.00
Large Box (4/5 Carton)
38 – 40 lbs $39.00

Hamlin Oranges
Juicy, Sweet, thin skinned
Small Box (2/5 Carton)
18 – 20 lbs. $23.00
Large Box (4/5 Carton)
38 – 40 lbs $39.00

Navel Oranges, Usually Seedless
Small Box (2/5 Carton)
18 – 20 lbs $25.00
Large Box (4/5 Carton)
38 – 40 lbs. $42.00

Orders are due by December 14, 2008
To place an Order please contact:
Teresa Robinson @ 702-2461

First Friday @AV Framing--A Bigger, Brighter Place

"A Bigger, Brighter Place"

new works by
Casey Roberts

AV Framing Gallery
1139 Shelby St., Fountain Square
Showing December 5, 2008 -- January 24, 2009
Free Public Parking lot across Shelby Street

Artist Reception on the IDADA First Friday, Dec. 5, 5-9pm!

Join us at AV Framing Gallery in Fountain Square for an exciting exhibition in brilliant blue landscapes of the strange and familiar...brand new works by Casey Roberts.

“My work illustrates a fantastic landscape. It represents nature's subtle way of dealing with the peculiar aspects in the relationship with mankind. A giant glow-in-the-dark heart, or a pile of precious gems tells us that we are loved, just as blood squirting from an oak tree trunk says, all is not well. I am inspired by my conversation with the landscape, I imagine long monologues when pine forests make me laugh and mountains test my patience.”

What happens the day after nature has won back the world from man? Come see for yourself
at AV Framing Gallery in Historic Fountain Square

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

Monday, December 1, 2008

Pack the Pantries

Pack the Pantries with Food

The Mayor called on all of Indianapolis to help out and Pack the Pantries with food. Your response has been tremendous. As a result we are extending the date until Friday, December 19, 2008.

Our Metropolitan Police and Fire Department have announced that members of the community can bring food for the drive to any firehouse and/or police station before December 19.

The Parks Department has also offered the public 15 park office locations as drop off points for the food drive. Please make sure that you coordinate with us to pick up the donated food by contacting:

Douglas Hairston, Director
Mayor’s Office of the Front Porch Alliance
Phone: 327-4336

The list of drop off points in the 15 parks includes:

Bethel Park, 2850 Bethel Ave

Broad Ripple Park, 1550 Broad Ripple Ave

Brookside Park, 3500 Brooside Parkway

Christian Park, 4200 English Av

Douglass Park, 1616 E 25th St

Garfield Park, 2345 Pagoda Drive

JTV Hill Park, 1806 N Columbia

Krannert Park, 605 S High School Road

Municipal Gardens Park, 1831 Lafayette Road

Rhodius Park, 1720 W Wilins St

Riverside Park, 2420 N Riverside East Drive

Thatcher Park, 4649 W Vermont St

Washington Park, 3130 E 30th St

Watkins Park, 2360 Dr Martin Luther King J St

Winsdor Village, 2501 Kenyon Ave.