Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Meeting on Bethel Park Aquatic Facility

Indy Parks to host meeting on Bethel Park Aquatic Facility

Indy Parks & Recreation will host a public informational meeting regarding Bethel Park Aquatic Facility at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2009, at Bethel Park Family Center gymnasium. Indy Parks staff will provide updates on summer recreational opportunities and other developments since a March public meeting on repairs to Bethel Park pool.

WHAT: Public Informational Meeting on Bethel Park Aquatic Facility

WHERE: Bethel Park Family Center Gymnasium, 2850 Bethel Ave., Indianapolis, In

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2009


From the Office of the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office


Traveling con artists are in metro Indianapolis. These con artists arrive every spring with door-to-door roofing, paving and other scams, intimidating the consumers into paying thousands of dollars for poor quality work. There is absolutely no reason to do business with people who come to your door and never let strangers in your home.

How to Recognize Door-to-Door Con Artists
~They peddle roofing, paving, and other repair work door-to-door.
~They often prey on the elderly using friendly, high-pressure tactics.
~ They may say they have material left over from a previous job, or insist they did work for you or a neighbor before.
~ They quote bargain prices, but demand much more after the job is complete.

To Protect Yourself from Door-to-Door Scams
~Don’t do business with door-to-door contractors – even if they promise to do the work for bargain prices.
~Get at least three bids on work, and don’t always choose the lowest.
~Insist on a written contract and don’t be pressured into paying more or doing additional projects.

Need help or have a question? Marion County Prosecutor’s Office Fraud Line: 317-327-5396

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Jobs for Life Class

Southeast Community Services & Jobs Partnership & Making Connections

The Jobs for Life Class

The Free Employment Help & Training

Monday through Friday
May 11, 2009 thru May 29, 2009
9:00 am — 12:00 pm

Class Location:
Southeast Community Services
901 South Shelby Street,
Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

Space is Limited
Reserve your spot today by calling Elaine Cates
Phone Number: 236.7400 x 241

Prepare yourself for Success in Employment and Life
Refine Your Resume
Computer & Internet Navigation
Develop Your Personal Presentation
Improve Your Interpersonal Skills
Meet Employers that understand what career means
Learn How to Plan For Success

Peace in our Homes

Peace in our Homes: A Call to End Domestic Abuse in Central Indiana

Mayor Greg Ballard joined community leaders today to launch "Peace in our Homes: A Call to End Domestic Abuse in Central Indiana." The initiative focuses on prevention of domestic abuse, coordinated intervention, response services, increasing awareness of domestic abuse resources in Central Indiana, and utilizing a newly-formed Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team.

"Domestic abuse is a community issue, and we must address it as a community," said Mayor Ballard. "There is hope and life beyond domestic abuse. People who are abused can get help, get out, and live life. People who abuse can get help, commit to change, be held accountable, and strive for healthy relationships."

The community-wide plan was developed throughout 2008 and early 2009. During this time, the Domestic Violence Network (DVN) with the support of the Mayor's Office and other leaders hosted a series of roundtable discussions on youth services, the civil and criminal justice system, economic justice and Hispanic outreach. A plan Steering Committee and four Task Forces comprising community leaders and roundtable participants identified gaps and needs in addressing domestic abuse in Indianapolis, Marion County, and throughout Central Indiana.

24-Hour Hotlines to Call for Help

For information and help with Domestic Abuse in Central Indiana 2-1-1 or 317-926-4357

Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-332-7385

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE
1-800-787-3224 (TDD)

Crisis and Suicide Intervention Service 317-251-7575

500 Festival Kick-Off


500 Festival Kick-Off
Monument Circle, South Steps

BOI - Minimizing Risks in Your Business

Minimizing Risks in Your Business

Recognize the various legal liabilities you face as a small-business owner, learn how to protect yourself and identify when and how to work with professional advisors. $10

Wednesday, May 13, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Alan Nelson, Esq., Nelson Law Group, P.C.
(317) 917-3266, ext. 100

Monday, April 27, 2009

Volunteers needed for building playgrounds

Help Build KABOOM Playgrounds at Schools 31 & 39

School #39 in SECO and School #31 in Bates Hendricks are receiving new playgrounds as part of the Kaboom program and the Lilly Day of Service. These playgrounds will be built entirely by volunteers and we could use your help! We need volunteers for both the prep day on May 18th and build day on May 20th. Kaboom will provide the necessary training and all you need to do is show up ready to work! Breakfast and lunch will be provided for both days. We hope you can join us to build something that children in the Southeast will appreciate for year to come!

If you are available to work either on May 18th or May 20th from 8am to 4pm please contact Jennifer Rice Von Deylen for more details. Her email address is or she can be reached by phone at 634-5079 x107. Thank you!

1st Friday @ AV Framing Gallery - Inside Out

"Inside Out"

paintings by
Veronica Smith and Erin Swanson

Where: AV Framing Gallery, 1139 Shelby St., Fountain Square
When: Showing May 1-27, 2009
Parking: Free Public Parking lot across Shelby Street
Special Events: Artist Reception on IDADA First Friday Gallery Tour,
open Friday, May 1, 5:00-9:00pm.

Two women find themselves from opposite directions. “Inside Out” is a study in divergence. One artist discovers from within and the other from without. Both display stunning works of intense self-expression.

“My goal is for my work to help me better understand the world around me. Through the comparison of opposites I try to work out the conflicts I have with art, life and my inner self…”—Veronica Smith

“…I began swimming over a year ago, the pool served as a place for getting to know myself better. I spent many hours alone in the waters…Facing the water is like looking into a reflection pool. I sought identity within myself. Fighting through the waters renewed and refreshed my sense of being.”—Erin Swanson

Join us at AV Framing Gallery in May for “Inside Out”; and explore your own journey.

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

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

Underage and Binge Drinking Prevention Initiative

Underage and Binge Drinking Prevention Initiative

Local Advisory Council Meeting
Thursday May 7
1:00 – 2:00pm
Drug Free Marion County
2506 Willowbrook Parkway, Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46205

This group is working to change the environment in Marion County.

Mentoring Children of Prisoners

Mentoring Children of Prisoners
Department of Health & Human Services

Program Office: Family and Youth Services Bureau

Funding Opportunity Title: Mentoring Children of Prisoners

Announcement Type: Initial

Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2009-ACF-ACYF-CV-0022

CFDA Number: 93.616

Due Date for Applications: 06/19/2009

Executive Summary:

The Administration for Children and Families' (ACF) Administration on Children, Youth and Families' (ACYF) Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is accepting applications for the Mentoring Children of Prisoners (MCP) program. This program supports the creation and maintenance of one-on-one mentoring relationships between children of incarcerated parents and caring, supportive adult volunteer mentors. The intent of this program is to support the establishment or expansion and operation of mentoring programs, using a network of public and private community entities, in areas with substantial numbers of children of incarcerated parents. The MCP program is designed to be a community-based mentoring program in which children and youth ages four up to age 18, are appropriately matched with an adult mentor, who has been screened and trained, for a one-on-one (one mentor/one youth), friendship-oriented (non curriculum-based) mentoring relationship.

Michael Andretti Benefit Breakfast

Michael Andretti Breakfast to Benefit Gleaners Food Bank

The Michael Andretti Foundation's annual "Breakfast with Michael” fundraising event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 9:00 am. The beneficiary for this year's event is Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana!

The charitable donation for this "limited seating" event is $125 per person, of which $100 is tax deductible. A "Garage Pass" is also included per person so you can get up close with the teams and drivers on that practice day!

For additional information and to reserve your advanced tickets, please send an email to: or call Ryann Rigsby at 317-872-2700.

Join the Green Team

Applications Now Available For Those Interested In Participating in the Greening of the City-County Building

Mayor Greg Ballard welcomed more than 100 volunteers on Friday at a meeting to kickoff the Greening of the City-County Building.

The initiative, announced last Monday as part of the City’s ‘Green Week’, will involve coordinating teams of local experts who will volunteer their time to make recommendations to increase the energy efficiency of the decades old City-County Building. The local experts will also recommend practices and policies to help make the building and its ongoing operations more sustainable.

“This is a significant undertaking, but it is one of both practical and symbolic importance,” said Mayor Ballard. “When complete, greening the building will translate into savings for taxpayers, and it will transform the hub of local government into a leaner, greener structure that reflects our community’s commitment to sustainability.”

The Rocky Mountain Institute, a national leader in green building design will lead the project using a model that incorporates citizen engagement in every step of the process. Following Friday’s informational meeting, the City is seeking applications from local experts interested in serving on the Green CCB Development Team.

Applications are available at and must be completed by May 8, 2009. Applicants must also be able to participate in a 2-day session with the Rocky Mountain Institute in Indianapolis on June 9 and 10, 2009.

YouthWorks Indy Jobs

YouthWorks Indy to provide education stipends and paid work experience

Mayor Greg Ballard today announced a summer jobs and educational program for Marion County residents ages 16 to 24. YouthWorks Indy will provide paid positions, education, and job skills training to 575 young adults from June 8th through July 31st. The Indianapolis Private Industry Council will manage the program using federal stimulus funds designated for employment and training.

"We are using stimulus funds not only to create immediate summer employment opportunities, but, more importantly, we want to close education gaps and provide participants with the opportunity to develop basic job-getting skills that will benefit them in the future," said Mayor Ballard.

The program focuses on three areas: education; employment; and work readiness. It is open to 350 in-school youth currently enrolled in high school; 175 youth who are out of school, but seeking a GED or credentials; and 50 high school students who are interested in pursuing health care careers.

"We are excited to offer an educational component alongside the work experience," said Brooke Huntington, President and CEO of IPIC. "We believe this unique, learning-intensive combination will maximize the opportunity for long-term success among participants by putting the youth on track to receive specific educational credentials."

Participants will spend part of their time in the classroom and part of their time gaining work experience at local companies and organizations.

The program will provide an hourly wage for work of $8.50 (up to $170/week) and a stipend of $50 per educational session (up to $250 per week) to cover transportation and meals.

On-line applications are available at and will be accepted between April 27th and May 8th.

YouthWorks Indy participants will be chosen by May 15th with priority of selection given to Veterans (past or present), Fall 2009 enrolling Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) participants,

Youth Employment Services (YES) participants and current WIA Adult, Dislocated Worker or Youth participants.

For more information on American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and how monies are being spent by the city of Indianapolis, please visit

Friday, April 24, 2009

Opportunities for Summer Youth Employment

Opportunities for Summer Youth Employment

Mayor Greg Ballard will join representatives from the Indianapolis Private Industry Council (IPIC) and Clarian Health to announce opportunities for summer youth employment. The employment program is supported by federal stimulus dollars designated to Indianapolis through the Workforce Investment Act.




WHEN: 10:30 A.M. MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Concerns about Alcohol

Are You Concerned about an Alcohol Location?

*If you are worried about an existing or potential alcohol location near your neighborhood, you are not alone! In fact, high alcohol outlet concentration is linked to an increase in violent crime, as well as economic and social disintegration of communities (
*Did you know you can speak against alcohol license locations in Marion County that are potentially hazardous to your community? This is called “remonstration!”
*Drug Free Marion County has created a Remonstration Manual for Marion County Community Groups, and is willing to help you fight for the health and safety of your neighborhood!

Contact us TODAY!

Your voiced concerns can make a difference!

American Bike Month

American Bike Month

May is National Bike Month. Biking promotes exercise and healthy activities. Some activities that you can join in are:

•Bike to work week is May 11-15
•In Indianapolis join in the “Bike Rodeo” on Saturday May 20 from 10:00am-12:00pm hosted by Eiteljorg Museum at the White River State Park. You'll learn about bike safety and handling and test your skill and abilities as you navigate your bike through an awesome rodeo course. For more information on this and related events visit:

Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is designated as Mental Health Awareness Month in order to increase awareness and decrease the stigma of mental illness. With the tough economic times, this year Mental Health of America is specifically focusing on the topic of stress. According to MHA, by the end of 2008 58% of people reported struggling in their lives. For more information visit:

Drug Free Marion County on FACEBOOK

Drug Free Marion County has a FACEBOOK page

Drug Free Marion County now has a FACEBOOK page!! Stay connected to current events, news, and more!!

Add us as a group at!

Dept of Minority & Women Business Dev roundtable discussion with IndyGo

Dept of Minority and Women Business Development roundtable discussion with IndyGo

The Department of Minority and Women Business Development will host a roundtable discussion Friday on ways to explore business opportunities stemming from $9 million in stimulus funds available for contracting through IndyGo. These opportunities are a direct result of IndyGo's announcement last week that they will receive $9 million in stimulus funds to be used to repair and replace major facility infrastructure systems.



5502 E. 38TH STREET

WHEN: 9 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2009

Greening of the City-County Building

Greening of the City-County Building

Mayor Greg Ballard will host a kickoff meeting for the Greening of the City-County Building Friday. All parties interested in taking part in the project are encouraged to attend to learn more about the process and find our how they can participate in the efforts to green the City-County Building.




WHEN: 8:30 A.M. FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Beautify your Lawn and Garden

Beautify your Lawn and Garden while Improving Water Quality

April showers not only bring May flowers, they also bring homeowners more than one way to think green when it comes to keeping their lawn and garden looking beautiful and protecting Indianapolis’ waterways.

Using Excess Stormwater

Homeowners can beautify their property and even reduce flooding by employing creative and sustainable green solutions.

Rain barrels are large containers connected to downspouts that collect and hold rainwater. The collected water can be used to water flowers, trees, lawns and even indoor plants. Typically made of plastic or wood, rain barrels can be purchased at some lawn and garden stores or built using materials available at hardware stores.

Rain gardens are another sustainable solution that can beautify property and manage excess stormwater. These gardens are planted in low-lying areas with deep-rooted plants that thrive on and absorb water. Soil and flowers filter trash and other pollutants from stormwater before it enters the ground. These gardens can be planted with flowers, grasses, shrubs and trees.

For more information on these sustainable solutions and their benefits, visit

4-H Call-Out

4-H Call-Out and Activity Evening

Discover all that your family can do in 4-H!

April 30th
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Fountain Square Public Library
1066 Virginia Ave.

All children in 2nd to 11th grade are invited.

For information about 4-H, call the Purdue Extension Office (317)275-9305

4-H is …

• Hands-On Learning

• For all youth

• Building Character

• Helping your Community

• Field Trips & Camping

• Setting your own goals

• Being with Friends

• Leadership & Cooperation

• Scholarships opportunities

• Caring adults working with youth

• Having Fun!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Art of July

Art of July

July 4th
Fountain Square
6-7 PM Art Parade
7 PM Live Music

Join the Parade!!
Make a Float
Tell your friends
March or Dance
Make Portable Art

Call for Participation

Who doesn’t love a parade? The Fountain Square Arts Council invite you to participate in an all ages event with neighborhood residents, artists, musicians and more introducing…the Art of July!

What is Art of July?

The Fountain Square Arts Council is proud to present, the Art of July. A unique community event where everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.

The event starts out with a parade travelling through Fountain Square and Fletcher place. The parade is a one-of-a-kind platform for presenting artwork in the public sphere and anyone is invited to participate. We encourage groups and organizations, family and friends and any other creative minds out there to sign up to be a part of this unique event. Our event will showcase contemporary artworks of all sizes and shapes that address parades, street pageantry and community celebration The parade is scheduled for Saturday, July 4th 2009 at 6:00pm. After the parade is finished, stay to enjoy some live music and neighborhood fun for the whole family all leading up to the grand finale of the downtown Indianapolis Fireworks display.

Getting In On Art of July

Anyone can participate in Art of July!

Individuals or groups may generate content for the parade such as floats, marches or dances, or portable artworks. To register your project information for inclusion in Art of July and any corresponding promotional materials, fill out this form:

Art of July Registration Form

Name :



Project Description:

Optional - You may submit images that depict either past projects or your planned parade project via Flickr or Picasa. Instructions will follow submission.

About The Parade Route

Art of July Parade Route

* All participants should plan on being on site at 901 Shelby Street at 5:00pm the day of the event. Parade will begin approximately at 6:00pm.
* Parade will end at same location where it began, 901 Shelby Street
* The parade route is approximately 1 mile. Please be sure that all parade mechanisms and people are capable of completing this distance.
* The parade route requires a maximum artwork height of 13 feet to avoid power lines and other infrastructure.
* Transport of all projects to and from parade site is the sole responsibility of parade participants.

Dates To Remember

Registration Deadline June 5th, 2009

Art of July Event July 4th, 2009 – Parade commences 6:00pm

All Participants must be on site at 5:00pm day of event


Please send inquiries to or call 317-658-1011.

Bike to Earth Day

Bike to Earth Day in Downtown Indy

A Pedal & Park bike corral will offer area cyclists free secured parking at the 28th annual Earth Day Indiana festival, the state's largest one-day environmental event and the area's first free outdoor festival of the year. The festival will take place on Saturday, April 25th between 11 a.m. and 4 p. m. at the American Legion Mall and Veterans' Memorial Plaza in downtown Indianapolis (Meridian and North Streets). Although its purpose is to serve as a forum for the exchange of environmental information, the event attracted more than 18,000 last year with its mix of music, food, arts & crafts and family fun.

"This year's theme is 'Live Green & Prosper,' "Thousands of people will descend on the Earth Day Indiana Festival to learn how they can live a healthier lifestyle, save energy and money, protect natural resources and join groups that make our community a better place," explained Stephen Sellers, Executive Director of Earth Day Indiana, Inc. (EDII), the not-for-profit organization hosting the event."That's why we're partnering with the region's primary transportation planner, the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), to provide free, secured bike parking to those who pedal to the plaza," he said. "There's no resource more renewable than foot and pedal power. So, with Bike-To-Work Week & the Mayors Bike Ride just around the corner, we hope people will leave their cars at home and try pedaling downtown."

Volunteers will monitor the free bike parking corral at the plaza's Pennsylvania & North Streets entrance. Corral personnel will be sheltered from the sun by MPO-provided tents which will also house transportation-related literature and give-aways. As sponsor, the MPO will pay EDII a $1 parking fee for each bike checked or a lump sum of $300, whichever is greater, to support their mutual missions of alternative transportation and environmental conservation.

"Bicycling as a means of transportation can ease traffic congestion and its related air quality issues," noted Lori Miser, MPO Executive Director. "It also helps address the region's health concerns and demand for greater mobility options.

This is the seventh year the MPO has sponsored Pedal & Park bike corrals. The program was founded by the Greenways Foundation to encourage use of non-motorized transportation alternatives, promote activity on Indy Greenways, dispense relevant recreational literature, and raise funds for its partnering not-for-profit organizations. The Central Indiana Bicycling Association (CIBA) is instrumental in coordinating most corral volunteer supervision. Upcoming Pedal & Park events include; Bike to Work Day, May 15th, Broad Ripple Art Fair, May 16-17, Tour de Cure, June 13th , Talbot Street Fair, June 13-14, Carmelfest, July 3-4, Indiana State Fair, August 7-23, Mass Ave Criterium, August 15, Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park, August 29, Penrod Arts Fair, September 12, Hoosier Outdoor Expo (Ft. Harrison State Park), September 25-27, Carmel International Arts Festival, September 26-27

For more information, visit

University of Phoenix Donates Books


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 21, 2009) – The University of Phoenix Indianapolis announced today that it collected more than 500 books during its March book drive initiative that celebrated National Reading Month. The books will be donated directly to the Lighthouse Charter School in Indianapolis and its new library, which will provide valuable educational resources for students in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade.

“We are overjoyed that our book drive was a success and thank our students, faculty, and all those in the Indianapolis community who were gracious enough to donate,” said Anne Gillespie, vice president and campus director at the University of Phoenix Indianapolis. “These books not only will make a difference in many young lives, but also will be important teaching tools for our own students who are employed by the Lighthouse Charter School.”

Three instructors at the charter school are currently enrolled in the new education program at the University of Phoenix Indianapolis campus and are working toward their degrees. The education program is specifically designed to meet the requirements established by the Indiana Department of Education and is helping local schools like the Lighthouse Charter School build their teaching staffs, recognizing the growing need for qualified educators in Indiana.

“We are very grateful that the University of Phoenix has collected so many books to stock our new library,” said Amanda Koth, director of instruction for the charter school. “Providing this resource for our students is absolutely critical to increase their educational opportunities, since many of them cannot afford to have books in their own homes.”

The Lighthouse Charter School is still collecting books and materials for its library, and they are accepting donations at 1780 Sloan Ave. in Indianapolis. For more information, contact (317) 351-1534. To learn more about the University of Phoenix Indianapolis and its education program, call (317) 585-8610 or log onto

BOI - Exploring 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

Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m. – noon
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Carol Applegate, BOI
(317) 917-3266, ext. 100

Summit to Promote Adolescent Sexual Health

Indiana Summit to Promote Adolescent Sexual Health

4/30/2009 - 4/30/2009
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Venue: Gene B Glick Junior Achievement Center 7435 N. Keystone Avenut Indianapolis, IN 46240
Cost: $25.00
Target Audience: Youth Development Professionals
Organization: IU Center for Sexual Health Promotion, Planned Parenthood of Indiana
Contact Information:
Leslie Montgomery

Join other community leaders to hear and respond to findings from an important study that can benefit youth in Indiana and support those who work with them in communities. You are invited to be among the first learn about the results of a community-based research project conducted by the Indiana University Center for Sexual Health Promotion. This statewide survey explores how youth serving professional who work in community-based organizations promote healthy sexual development among youth.

BOI - Exploring Child-Care Business Ownership

Exploring Child-Care Business Ownership

Discuss opportunities for child-care businesses, determine if starting a child-care business is right for you and identify the appropriate next steps. Free

Thursday, May 7, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Crystal Coleman, Child Care Answers
(317) 917-3266, ext. 100

Mother and Daughter Tea

Mother and Daughter Tea

3:00-5:00 p.m.

The Tea Cozy 50 N. Illinois (Entrance on Market next to TJ Maxx) Indianapolis, IN 46204
Cost: $25/ $12.75 10 and under
Target Audience: General Audience
Organization: Freetown Village, Inc.
Contact Information:
Ophelia Wellington

Celebrate the tradition of Mother's Day with Freetown Village like we used to. Mothers, daughters, and friends of all ages are invited to dress up and celebrate each other over herbal teas and fancy finger foods and bask in an atmosphere of warm conversation. Contests for mother daughter look alike and fanciest hat. An old-fashioned memorable occasion for all. Contact Freetown Village for reservations or more information.

Youth Speech Contest

Youth Speech Contest

4/23/2009 - 4/23/2009
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Venue: City of Lawrence Public Assembly Center, 9001 East 59th St, Indianapolis, IN
Cost: 0.0
Target Audience: Youth-Focused
Organization: Youths Speak
Contact Information:
Irvin Walker

Theme: "Has the Dream Been Fulfilled?" - In relationship to the election of President Barack Obama, speeches will discuss whether they believe the dream of Dr. King has been fulfilled and any relationship that they believe exists between Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech and the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States. High School winners receive expenses paid trip to regional contest in Detroit and the Regional winners get an expenses paid trip to the national contest in Baltimore. The top 3 national contest winners get $1000, $800 and $400, respectively and plaques.

The Great Indy Cleanup

The Great Indy Cleanup

On Saturday, April 25, 2009, Mayor Greg Ballard will be the first among thousands of volunteers from 70 different neighborhood organizations to flood the streets of Indianapolis in an effort to give Indianapolis a spring cleaning. Volunteers will pick up litter, clean alleys, and plant trees during the kickoff of the "Great Indy Cleanup," a litter abatement program which runs annually from April through October.

"The Great Indy Cleanup is a great opportunity for everyone to do their part to make our community cleaner and safer," said Mayor Greg Ballard. "I encourage all residents to not only get involved today, but to commit to keeping our neighborhoods clean throughout the summer and all year round."

The "Great Indy Cleanup," a program of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) in partnership with the City of Indianapolis, South Side Landfill, Covanta Energy and Republic Services, aims to relieve streets, walkways and alleys of the obtrusive eyesores left behind by litter and illegal dumping. Neighborhoods receive help from DPW crews with trash trucks and dumpsters. KIB coordinates the event and provides gloves, garbage bags, banners and donated Coca-Cola products to help make the cleanup a success. Disposal of the trash is generously donated by South Side Landfill and Covanta Energy.

Last year, volunteers removed more than 2 million pounds of litter through 277 neighborhood cleanups as a part of this program. The "Great Indy Cleanup" is part of the "Great American Cleanup," the nation's largest community improvement program, sponsored by Keep America Beautiful, Inc.

The kickoff ceremony will be held at 8:00 a.m. at Charles A. Tindley School, 3960 Meadows Dr. and will include a call to action from Mayor Ballard for all residents to pick up litter throughout the month of April. Mayor Ballard's "Pledge to Pitch In" program encourages all residents to do their part throughout the month of April by cleaning up yards, streets and alleys to help keep their communities free of litter and debris. Residents can register to "Pledge to Pitch In" by calling 317.327.5300 or visiting


8 a.m.
Opening Ceremony Speakers: Greg Ballard, Mayor of Indianapolis; Olgen Williams, Deputy Mayor of Indianapolis; David Forsell, President of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.; Marcus Robinson, Principal and CEO of Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School and Dr. Charlie Schlegel, School Director of Challenge Foundation Academy. Great Indy Butt Out high school winners announced. Top two high schools that picked up the most cigarette butts in the month of April will be acknowledged by Mayor Ballard.

8:45 a.m.
Volunteers and residents start cleaning the city. Mayor Ballard and staff will be joining neighbors and volunteers to clean up litter throughout Indianapolis.

1 p.m.
Mayor Ballard will join Warren Pride for the Wrap-up Celebration at Creston Middle School, 10975 East Prospect.

"Every Litter Bit Helps"
Beginning April 6th, residents have been able to register for the Every Litter Bit Helps campaign. Sign up at any YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, any Marion County Public Library, or any Marion County Papa John's Restaurant. Volunteers will receive a trash bag and gloves, and can place their collected litter out for their standard weekly trash pickup.

The Great Indy Cleanup program kicks off on Saturday, April 25 and runs through October. Neighborhoods can organize their own litter cleanups and receive resources through KIB. KIB provides gloves and trash bags as long as supplies last. Limited dumpsters are available. To sign-up, visit or contact Tammy Stevens at or 264-7555, x116 for information.

While KIB encourages private beautification projects around the home and personal property, the resources allocated to this neighborhood development initiative are reserved for cleaning public spaces only-not for personal/household use.

For more information about other beautification programs and resources that can help your neighborhood, visit

BOI - How To Do Market Research

How To Do Market Research

Learn how to use common reference sources to do market research on your industry, your customers and your competition. $10

Wednesday, May 6, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Tricia Guagliardo, BOI
(317) 917-3266, ext. 100

BOI - Personal Money Management for Entrepreneurs

Personal Money Management for Entrepreneurs

In this three-part series, learn how to better manage your personal finances to position yourself for business ownership. Topics include attitudes toward money, monitoring spending, living on a budget, setting financial goals, managing credit and saving. $30 for series

Wednesdays, May 6, 13 and 20, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Sharetha Marshall, BOI
(317) 917-3266, ext. 100

Journey Through Africa

Journey Through Africa: Arts, Crafts and Culture of Africa! Basket Weaving

Adults, Families, School Age (6-11), Seniors, Teen (12-17)
6:00 p.m. Thursday, May. 14, 2009
East Washington Library
2822 East Washington Street
Registration Required: Call 275-4360

As part of the Library's series that celebrates African culture and history, Kimberly Ba and representatives of Dianbaar Art will present a workshop during which participants will learn the basics of Ugandan coil weaving, as well as Ugandan history, culture and geography.

Indy is a Most Disability Friendly City

Indy is a Most Disability Friendly City

City tops six other finalists in national competition, receives $25,000 to further access and inclusion initiatives

Mayor Greg Ballard today accepted congratulations from the president of the National Organization on Disability (NOD) in recognition of Indianapolis's selection as the national model of a disability-friendly city. Sponsored by NOD, the 8th annual Accessible America competition showcases best practices in accessibility and the inclusion of persons with disabilities in community life.

"Indianapolis is honored to be recognized with the National Organization on Disability's Accessible America Award," said Mayor Ballard. "A commitment to make our city more inclusive for people with disabilities and the aging population has spanned generations, and I am pleased our collective efforts are benefiting both our residents and visitors."

Approximately 20 percent of Indianapolis residents have a disability, and that number is expected to increase as medical technology saves more lives, baby boomers age and veterans return from combat.

NOD applauded Indianapolis for its historic commitment to access, including the creation of the Indianapolis Business Leadership Network, a business-led endeavor which promotes employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. It also highlighted the universally accessible features along the Cultural Trail and the efforts of Mayor's Advisory Council on Disability in distinguishing Indianapolis from other communities. Additionally, NOD cited the City's partnerships with the Veterans Administration, Bosma Enterprises and the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in providing internships for students and adult jobseekers with disabilities, as well as training exercises for contractors regarding physical access.

Carol Glazer, NOD president remarked, "The National Organization on Disability is dedicated to recognizing best practices through which communities offer people with disabilities major footholds to an independent lifestyle, such as education and employment. We commend Indianapolis as a city that has worked hard to achieve a vision where opportunities are available to people of all abilities."

As part of the recognition from NOD, the City will receive a check for $25,000. The funds will be presented to Mayor Ballard and representatives of the disability community by NOD at a future ceremony in Indianapolis. The money will be used to support access and inclusion for persons with disabilities and seniors in Indianapolis.

The six other finalists in the competition included: Alexandria, Virginia; Denver, Colorado; Louisville, Kentucky; New Haven, Connecticut; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; and Surprise, Arizona. AARP is the sponsor of this year's competition. The mission of NOD is to expand the participation and contribution of America's 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life. NOD created the Accessible America Competition in 2001 to identify cities, towns or counties that value, recognize and promote the economic, social and cultural contribution that people with disabilities represent. The purpose of the Accessible America Competition is to recognize exemplary community practices that facilitate the comprehensive involvement of citizens with disabilities in community life and promote replication of best practices and innovative ideas to communities, nationwide.

Volunteer Opp - Kaboom Build Day

Kaboom Build Day

Thanks to Eli Lilly and Kaboom, School 31 is scheduled to have a new playground installed on Wednesday, May 20th. BHNA contributed $1000 toward this effort and is trying to assist in helping and recruiting volunteers. Here is how you can help:

Volunteer -
Kaboom is looking for 20-30 people to assist on Monday, May 18th with unloading the trucks and preparing the site for Build Day.

Kaboom looking for as many volunteers as possible for Wednesday, May 20th.

Kaboom is looking for eight team leader who could participate both days.

There will be work for all ages and capabilities. If you want to help, Kaboom will plug you in.

If you can help on either of these days, please confirm your participation with me asap.

Kaboom is also looking for a volunteer coordinator to keep track of volunteers.


Kaboom needs five folks to assist with setup, serving, and clean up with food on the May 20th.

Kaboom is also looking for food contributions. If you or your business is able to help in any way, let me know asap.

This is an exciting development for our community. Thanks as always for making our neighborhood a better place!


Kate Voss
Outreach Coordinator
Neighborhood Alliance for Child Safety
317.686.0161 office

Call for Artists

2nd Annual Exhibit of The National Arts Program

To City of Indianapolis employees and retirees, members of their families and volunteers for the City of Indianapolis:

You are invited to participate in the 2nd Annual Exhibit of The National Arts Program in Indianapolis!

The National Arts Program is designed to give artists of all skill levels an opportunity to exhibit their work in a professional manner and to compete for cash prizes. Judged by professional artists and visual art professionals in Amateur, Intermediate, Professional and Youth categories, the program is free to all entrants. Don’t miss this chance to be recognized for your creativity and be proud of your art!

Registration is required. The deadline for registration is 5 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2009. Please visit or to download the official registration form. Registration forms can be delivered to the Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46203, or faxed to (317) 327-7064.

This year’s exhibition of The National Arts Program will be on display at the Garfield Park Arts Center from June 6 through July 5. The awards ceremony and opening reception will be 5 to 8 p.m. June 6, 2009. Cash prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners in all categories, as well as Best of Show.

The program is sponsored by The National Arts Program Foundation in support of and in cooperation with Indy Parks & Recreation, the Garfield Park Arts Center and the Friends of Garfield Park, Inc. The competition is open to City of Indianapolis employees and retirees, members of their families and volunteers for the City of Indianapolis.

Questions? Contact Lesley Meier, National Arts Program coordinator, at for more information or to obtain an email application.

City's Sustainable Infrastructure Initiative

City's Sustainable Infrastructure Initiative

Mayor Greg Ballard today unveiled the City's Sustainable Infrastructure Initiative, a collaborative effort between the Office of Sustainability, the Department of Public Works and the Office of Code Enforcement, which provides a framework for encouraging green infrastructure in Indianapolis. The crux of the initiative is the Green Supplemental Document that provides guidance for developers, architects and engineers as they work to incorporate green infrastructure into their projects in Indianapolis.

"Since creating our Office of Sustainability in October of last year, we have taken great strides toward achieving our goal of making Indianapolis the most sustainable city in the Midwest," said Mayor Ballard. "Public private partnerships have played a critical role in every one of our successes, and today's announcement of our Sustainable Infrastructure Initiative will make low impact development and green infrastructure more easily attainable for our private sector."

The Sustainable Infrastructure Initiative is the result of input from City staff and consultants, and it not only provides guidelines for how to develop green infrastructure, but it also gives the Office of Code Enforcement the authority to approve permits that incorporate green infrastructure to manage stormwater, as long as it adheres to the guidelines established in the Green Supplemental Document.

The Sustainable Infrastructure Initiative will allow the City to have more green buildings and more buildings that seek LEED certification.

"The Sustainable Infrastructure Initiative encourages the private sector to be a part of the cost-effective solution to our City's combined sewer overflow challenges," said Kären Haley, Director of the Office of Sustainability. "This opens the door for the private sector to develop projects that manage storm-water in a sustainable manner."

About SustainIndy:
SustainIndy is Mayor Ballard's bold and innovative enterprise for making Indianapolis more sustainable. Its aim is to deliver long-term cost savings to tax payers and improve our local environment, while improving the quality of life for citizens and building our local economy. Its efforts are designed to aggressively move Indianapolis toward becoming one of the most sustainable cities in the Midwest. SustainIndy is driven by the City's Office of Sustainability and takes a public-private partnership approach to making Indianapolis a great place to live for generations to come.

Providence Cristo Rey’s Open House

Providence Cristo Rey’s last Open House
of this school year is Sunday, April 26 2009, 1-3pm.

Whether you would like to tour the school, learn more about our unique program, or have a free lunch; everyone is welcome! Come to our Open House to learn more about our unique, affordable, faith-based private school, college-prep education available at Providence Cristo Rey High School.

We are now offering academic and leadership scholarships for qualified students. The application deadline is May 1, 2009. More information is available on our website at or by phone at (317)860-1000-ask to speak with the Office of Admissions.

If you or anyone you know would like to attend please RSVP by calling (317) 860-1000 x121 or by e-mail at

Date & Time:

Sunday, April 26 2009, 1-3pm
Lunch will be served at 12:45pm


Providence Cristo Rey High School
75. N Belleview Place
Indianapolis, IN 46222
1 Block north of West Washington and Belleview Place

Quit Smoking Classes

Quit Smoking

Age level: Adults
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20, 27, and June 3

East Washington Library
2822 East Washington Street
Registration Required

Adults are invited as the Marion County Health Department offers counseling to address behavior change, group support and methods for coping with withdrawal and stress. Call 221-2084 to register.

Beginning Crochet

Beginning Crochet

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Saturdays, May 2, 9, 16, and 30.
Adults and teens ages 12 and over are invited to learn the art of crochet taught by Effie Refkin

East Washington Library
2822 East Washington St.

Fatherhood Summit at School 51


If you are a man involved or interested in being involved in your child’s or a child you care about education, please join us on Saturday April 25 at the

Fatherhood Summit 9:30 to 3:00 PM at School 51, 3426 Roosevelt Ave.

Attend workshops on:

*Engaging in your child’s education including co-parenting
*Legal services and driver’s licenses
*Resumes and job counseling
*Obtaining affordable health care and insurance for yourself and your child

Have a frank discussion on education with IPS Superintendent Dr. Eugene White!

To register by phone call Kamau at 353-7765

Lunch provided

Dozens of other booths with valuable resources just for Men!!!!!!!!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Only Charter HS meets Federal Standards

Three Mayor-sponsored charter high schools are meeting federal academic standards

Indiana Department of Education determines three charter high schools only public high schools in Indianapolis to make Adequate Yearly Progress.

Three Mayor-Sponsored charter high schools are the only public high schools in Indianapolis meeting federal academic standards according to data released yesterday by the Indiana Department of Education. The Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School, Herron High School and Fountain Square Academy were deemed to have made adequate yearly progress (AYP) in student performance - a determination made after considering standardized performance indicators under the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

"Students at Tindley, Herron, and Fountain Square are to be commended for their hard work in achieving these standards" said Mayor Greg Ballard. "We applaud the dedicated faculty at these schools for accepting nothing less than excellence."

NCLB requires schools to meet annual performance targets for both the overall student population and for student subgroups in the school, such as students coming from low income families, students with limited English proficiency, students with disabilities, and multiple races/ethnicities. Schools must meet performance targets for all groups in order to be judged to have made AYP or reduce rates of failure by 10 percent or more. This year, Indiana raised the threshold for making AYP by increasing the minimum percentage of students required to pass state ISTEP+ tests. Overall, 40 percent of Mayor-sponsored charter schools made AYP this year, a higher percentage than in Marion County (31 percent) and the urban core of the city (25 percent).

"What is especially impressive about these three high schools is that they have met even higher performance expectations with significant percentages of students of low socioeconomic status," Mayor Ballard said. "At the same time, I echo Superintendent (Tony) Bennett's charge that we must continue to raise the bar and expect even more from all our students and schools".

About the schools

Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School ( provides a rigorous, college-preparatory program that challenges each one of its students to pursue education beyond high school. It was one of three high schools in the state of Indiana to be endorsed by the Indiana Department of Education for its Early College Program that allows students to earn one to two years of college credit while still in high school. Tindley currently serves 404 students in grades 6-12 with 53% qualifying for free or reduced lunch and 99% of its student body are students of minority races / ethnicities.

Herron High School ( provides a classical liberal arts, college-preparatory education. It believes that all students can learn to think logically, express themselves creatively, appreciate aesthetics fully, and approach any subject intelligently. Herron currently serves 333 students in grades 9-12, with 32% qualifying for free or reduced lunch and 51% of its student body are students of minority races / ethnicities.

Fountain Square Academy ( is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty, one child at a time, through education. Its curriculum is designed to allow students to excel as fast as their ability allows. The school's Middle College program allows students to earn one to two years of college credit while in high school. Fountain Square currently serves 206 students in grades 5-12, with 80% qualifying for free or reduced lunch and 20% of its student body are students of minority races / ethnicities.

Improper Basketball Goal Placement a Foul!

Spring's arrival means surge in public right of way violations

Every spring a flurry of March Madness inspired basketball goals are set up, only to be removed due to improper placement. It is important when putting up your outdoor goal to keep in mind regulations concerning the public right of away.

City Ordinance Sec. 391-102 mandates that no structure shall be made or used in any manner which could present a nuisance or danger to the public health and safety. Goals which obstruct the city's right of way are in violation of the code.

Basketball goals found to be in violation of the city ordinance are required to be removed and the right of way must be restored back to original conditions. Failure to comply will result in the removal of the goal by the city, at which point it will be stored for 30 days before disposal.

If you suspect that a basketball goal is in the public right of way or for more information, call the Mayor's Action Center at 317-327-4MAC (4622).

City's Trash is Gold

Margin of error less than one percent for City of Indianapolis' solid waste removal

The Department of Public Works' (DPW) Solid Waste Division makes customer satisfaction their priority, and as the numbers show, it works. Last year's waste removal error rate fell below one percent.

In 2008 the Solid Waste Division made about 15 million pickups; 265,000 per week plus scheduled leaf removals. While they received 10,200 complaints from residents, less than 2,000 of these proved valid upon inspection.

"There are nearly 15 million opportunities for us to make a mistake when you consider we have 265,000 weekly pickups a year, yet we have an error rate of less than one percent," says John Williams, administrator for DPW's Solid Waste Division. "The numbers speak for themselves."

Procedure requires that each complaint be physically inspected for validity. The average complaint response time was less than a day (.87) in 2008. After verifying legitimacy of complaints, crews work to address the reported issue. The complaint is not considered officially closed out until resolved. The time frame for close out averaged less than a day and a half (1.37) in 2008.

Complaints often stem from non-removed trash. In most cases trash was not removed due to improper trash placement. Following trash placement rules will prevent many of these complaints. Proper protocol ensures the removal of waste and helps solid waste crews better serve the residents of Indianapolis. The most common violations include:

* Excessive trash quantities, the maximum is ten items
* Improper containers, trash must be in a trashcan ranging from five to 32 gallons with trash bags securely closed
* Unacceptable waste
* Pickup time, trash must be placed at the curb or alley by 7:00 am on collection day

For additional information regarding Indianapolis residential trash collection, please contact the Mayor's Action Center at 327-4622, visit htt:// or e-mail

Sustainable Infrastructure Initiative

Sustainable Infrastructure Initiative

Mayor Greg Ballard will be joined by Office of Sustainability Director Kären Haley and Director of the Office of Code Enforcement Rick Powers Friday as they unveil the City's Sustainable Infrastructure Initiative. The Initiative will set guidelines for private sector green infrastructure development.

The group will also speak on the importance of community partnerships at Christian Park's first ever rain garden, a beautification spot designed to hold and infiltrate stormwater runoff through a partnership with IPS.




WHEN: 9:00 A.M., FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

1st Friday @ Boca Loca Beads

Open House Featuring Beadwork by Sheila Anderson

Boca Loca Beads Inc
1311 Prospect St.
May 1st, 2009
6:00-9:00 PM

Join us on Friday, May 1st 6-9pm for an Open House featuring a showcase of Sheila Anderson's work. A variety of her bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings will be on display. Her outstanding work has been on display at both the Forest Edge Gallery in Minnesota lake country and the Plains Art Museum in Fargo.



Saturday, May 2, 4 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 3, 2 and 6 p.m.
Samantha Martin and her Amazing 'Acro-Cats'...Circus Cats of Chicago are coming to town! These famous felines will be performing at the Fringe Building at 719 St Clair St.

The 1 hour show contains some amazing feline feats, including cats that ride skateboards, ring bells, push carts, turn on lights, walk a high wire, jump through hoops and more! For the grand finale, there is an all cat band called 'The Rock Cats'.

Spring into Spring on Mass Ave.

a fusion of exciting fashion, good food and wine.

April 23
Early Show: 6-8 p.m.
Late Show: 9-11 p.m.

For the first time the boutiques of Mass Ave combine to show their own eclectic spring fashions in the funky Fringe Building.

FEATURING: Sage, Sakura, Silver in the City, Eye Candy, Global Gifts and J Benzal Menswear. Music from Playboy Psychonauts. Modeled by Kenyetta Dance Co.

Presented by IndyFringe and IndyHub

TICKETS: $25 per person
Includes complimentary beer/wine from Mass Ave Wine Shoppe and Canapes from Forty Five Degrees. Mass Ave's ultra cool restaurant will host Spring into Spring After Party. Prizes For Best Dressed!

All Major credit cards on PayPal
To book and pay by phone call 317-522-8099.
Buy now!

HIV Testing and Counseling

Free Confidential HIV Testing and Counseling Available

Every Wednesday @ 1:00 PM
901 So. Shelby
Indianapolis, IN
317-236-7400 x240

One Free all day bus pass for each person who gets tested

If interested, you must sign up with your case manager

Indy Culture Matters

Indy Culture Matters Rally

WHO: Cultural destination employees, boards, supporters, and others who believe that Indy Culture Matters

WHAT: A rally to draw attention to the contributions of our cultural institutions and to demonstrate that these organizations have a significant impact on Central Indiana's economy and reputation

WHERE: Monument Circle, downtown Indianapolis

WHY: Central Indiana's cultural institutions have been sidelined in this city's success for too long. It's time to make some noise.

WHEN: Monday, April 20th at 12 noon

Indy Culture Matters

Get a Redbud Tree for Arbor Day

1000 Redbud Tree Giveaway

Arbor Day is April 24th this year in Indiana. To celebrate, the Indianapolis/Marion County Tree Board and IPL are giving away 1000 redbud trees. The giveaway will start at noon on Monument Circle and run until all the trees are given out. Based on previous years, it will only take an hour. In addition to giving out trees, there will be booths with information on tree planting and care.

Redbuds are small trees suitable for planting near overhead utility lines. They are a native plant that blooms pink at this time of the year.

Volunteer Opp - Teens @ State Fair

The Indiana State Fair needs YOU!

We need energetic volunteers 14 years and older to help out at the ‘Little Hands on the Farm’ exhibit and’The Wonder Trail at the Indiana State Fair’ on August 7-23, 2009.

For just 5 volunteer hours, you earn ALL this:

*FREE Indiana State Fair ticket

*Volunteer for 5 days or more and receive a FREE Fair pass good for all 17 days of the Fair!

*Cool volunteer t-shirt

Please call Arin Rohr Schellenberg at (317) 472-3742 to register today.


Volunteer Guidelines:


Below are the stations of Little Hands on the Farm. The children and their grown-ups will follow this path. You, our friendly volunteer, will help guide children through each station. Below is a description of each area and how many volunteers are generally needed to run each.

1. Greeter – Welcome guest and guide them to the Start Barn. (1-2)

2. Start Barn – Help children with their farming aprons, and hand each child a harvesting basket. Let them know that they are about to be farmers! (2 needed)

3. Grain Bin – Children will collect a bag of corn or soybeans. Help distribute the grain, talking to the children about feeding the animals, etc. (1 needed)

4. Chicken Coop – Kids collect an egg from the hens and place it in their basket. (Floater needed)

5. Apple Orchard – Children pick apples, either from the tree or off the ground. The apple goes into the basket. (Floater needed)

6. Stage Barn/Hat Giveaway – Every child who participates in Little Hands on the Farm receives a free baseball cap at the Stage Barn. (2 needed)

7. Garden – Here, children plant vegetable “seeds” in one part of the garden, then harvest them in another. Each child puts one vegetable in his or her basket. (3 needed)

8. Tractor Shed – Farmers place their grain into the feed bin, then pedal a tractor to the next station. (3-4 needed)

9. Sheep Barn – Children learn how wool is used for clothing while collecting a bit of it for their baskets. (Floater needed)

10. Dairy Barn – Kids are asked to milk Bessie the cow. (1 needed)

11. Farmer’s Market – Here, the farmers place the contents of their full baskets and sort their goods into the correct bins. They hang up their work aprons here as well. For their chores, they are given a Little Hands on the Farm dollar to spend at the Grocery Store. (1-2 needed)

12. Grocery Store – Children can use their dollar to buy such items as an apple, granola bar, or other healthy snack. (1-2 needed)

13. Runner – This station moves all around. The runner will have a homebase at the Farmer’s Market, emptying bins and taking the contents back to the appropriate areas, thereby keeping areas well-stocked.

Things to Remember!

•The exhibit is open from 10 AM until 7 PM. The first shift begins at 9:15 and the last one ends at 7:15.

•The target age for Little Hands on the Farm is 10 and younger. If you are a greeter, please remind families of this (especially if they have older children). We cannot keep people from going in, but we CAN encourage them to let only the younger children participate. Remind older siblings that they are allowed to help and observe their younger family members.

•In the Start Barn, only give baskets and aprons to the children younger than 10. The same goes for the free hats. Only give them to the children who are participating in Little Hands.

•Take breaks! It’s likely to be hot out, so be sure to stay rested and hydrated. There will be an area nearby where you can sit down, grab some water, and enjoy some shade.

•Have fun! You’re here to help the children and their families enjoy themselves. The best way to do that is to have fun yourself!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

1st Friday @ Wheeler Arts Open House

Wheeler Arts Community Open House

The Wheeler Arts Community (1035 Sanders Street in Fountain Square) is having their Open House during the next First Friday on May 1 and 2 from 6-10 both nights. Free admission.

Participating resident artists include: Amory Abbot, Lindsey Davidson, Susan Hodgin, Josh Johnson, Latent Image Studio, Jerome Neal, MaryAnne Nguyen, Tim Maher, Wendy Mathieson, Sean Scott, Amanda Stirn, Ryan VanHoy, Derek Walker, and Libby Walker.

In the Gallery will be a group show by INvision: Alliance of Photographic Artists.

On Friday Daryl Spurlock will be playing in the upper atrium.
On Saturday Tim Brickley will play in the lower atrium.

Come and check out the work of your local Indianapolis artists. Hope to see you there!

Bank On Cities Campaign

Indianapolis Chosen for Bank On Cities Campaign

Indianapolis has been selected by the National League of Cities' (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education, and Families as one of eight cities to participate in the Bank On Cities Campaign. Indianapolis was chosen because of a strong commitment to helping residents achieve financial stability. The campaign will provide cities with assistance in helping residents build and protect assets by promoting connections to the financial mainstream at a time when many families are struggling to make ends meet.

"Financial fitness and asset building for Indianapolis families is an absolute necessity," said Indianapolis First Lady Winnie Ballard, who chairs Indy's Campaign for Financial Fitness. "Launching a Bank On Indianapolis program will be key to building on our existing financial stability platform to accomplish this. Bank On Indianapolis will provide needed access to banking products, including savings and checking accounts for the un-banked in Marion County. In the current economic climate, these services are imperative for helping families attain long-term financial stability."

Modeled after the Bank On San Francisco initiative, the Bank On Cities Campaign helps create relationships among local governments, citizens, local banks and credit unions, and community partners to ensure that all residents have access to bank accounts, financial education, and other asset-building opportunities. Many families, particularly those with low-incomes, rely on payday lenders, check cashers and other high-cost fringe financial services for their banking needs. The project aims to expand families' access to free and low-cost bank accounts to help them keep more of their paychecks, build savings, and establish a credit history.

The City of Indianapolis in partnership with the Indianapolis Asset Building Coalition has worked to shape and maximize community resources to help low and moderate income residents of Indianapolis to become more financially fit. Save-Earn-Learn: Indy's Campaign for Financial Fitness has provided free tax preparation during the 2009 tax season at ten community centers. Free ongoing workshops and one-on-one financial coaching at the five Centers for Working Families along with other financial education sessions are available.

The Bank On campaign will help expand these existing financial fitness initiatives and reach more of the estimated 79,800 un-banked citizens in Marion County.

Throughout the one-year project, Indianapolis will receive intensive technical assistance from NLC through conference calls, web seminars and convenings with other project cities to engage in peer networking and share successful ideas. City representatives, the Indianapolis Asset Building Coalition and other community partners will develop action plans to outline the city's goals in the Bank On Cities Campaign, using advice and resources from NLC staff and national experts.

The Bank On Cities Campaign is supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Ford Foundation. In 2008, the YEF Institute's Bank On Cities Campaign provided technical assistance to ten cities, many of which have already launched successful programs to reach un-banked residents.

The National League of Cities is the nation's oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

BOI - Small-Business Record Keeping

Small-Business Record Keeping

Learn how to create an easy-to-use system for managing paperwork and documenting transactions to create the reports you need to better manage your business. $10

Thursday, April 30, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
(317) 917-3266, ext. 100

BOI - Registering Your New Business

Registering Your New Business

Identify the steps you need to take to register your business and establish tax accounts at federal, state and local levels. $10

Wednesday, April 29, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Tricia Guagliardo, BOI
(317) 917-3266, ext. 100

BOI - Analyzing Your Business Idea

Analyzing Your Business Idea

Examine your business idea to determine if it makes sense in the marketplace, what resources it will require and the appropriate next steps for turning the idea into reality. Free

Monday, April 27, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Carol Applegate, BOI
(317) 917-3266, ext. 100

Coke Plant Future

Indianapolis Coke Plant Shutdown and Site Re-use


Please join in an important meeting sponsored by UIndy this evening to discuss the Indianapolis Coke plant shutdown and site re-use.
This is a critical issue for the Southeast side to join together in as we work with Citizens Gas to help decide how the the land will be utlilized going forward. This will require community vigalance and organizing around this issue. This will require all of your involvement. I urge you to please attend tonight's meeting!

Indianapolis Coke Plant Shutdown and Site Re-use
Monday April 13th
Wheeler Arts Community Theatre
1035 E. Sanders
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Thank you!

Kate Voss
Outreach Coordinator
Neighborhood Alliance for Child Safety

Friday, April 10, 2009

3rd Annual Hispanic Community Academy

3rd Annual Hispanic Community Academy

We are happy to partner with the Southwest District, which is hosting our 3rd Annual Hispanic Community Academy. The dates/times for the academy this year will be Saturday and Sunday April 25th and 26th (10am-4pm) The Saturday session will be held at the IMPD Training Academy at 10th/Post Rd. and the Sunday session will be in Judge Salinas’ court room inside the City County Bldg. Along with a wealth of information in an interactive forum, attendees will conduct simulated traffic stops and participate in a mock trial. Indianapolis is great in its diversity and when our entire community understands how police, prosecutors and the courts work to protect everyone’s rights it only strengthens us as a city.

Please submit the names and contact phone numbers for this years participants to Officer Carlos Trincado @ 327-6403 or by April 15th.

Softball Equipment Need

Softball Equipment Need

There is a local faith based organization trying to start up a softball team for teenagers. We have received donations, but can use many more. The group is looking for gently used equipment. If you have any used softball/baseball equipment such as bats or ball gloves, as you do your spring cleaning, please consider donating them. You may drop them off at our district headquarters, located at 1150 South Shelby Street.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Spanish Language Video Collaboration


Mayor Greg Ballard announced today that the Mayor's Office will partner with Purdue University's College of Liberal Arts/Community Assistance Program to create Spanish language videos designed to educate Latinos about navigating government, health, and educational systems.

"This partnership is an excellent way to improve our outreach to the Latino community, because it allows both the city and Purdue University to provide more information to our respective audiences with fewer production costs," said Mayor Ballard.

The videos will air on WCTY Indianapolis and Purdue University's broadcast system and will be produced in conjunction with Somos Indianapolis, Mayor Ballard's Spanish Language TV program, which airs locally on Brighthouse 17, Comcast 28, and AT&T 99. Production efforts on the videos will be shared by the City of Indianapolis and Purdue University, with the first video set to air in late Spring 2009.

"We are very excited to be working with the Mayor's Office on these videos, because it will help us to better address the cultural linguistic needs of Hispanics in our communities," said Cecilia Tenorio, Director of the Community Assistance Program (CAP) at Purdue.

Purdue will broadcast the videos as part of their Spanish TV newsmagazine Fast Track te Informa, which is produced weekly by Pat Rochon, clinical assistant professor of Digital Media, and Tenorio who teaches Translation and Interpretation in Spanish. The newsmagazine is a joint effort of faculty, students and community volunteers.

"This partnership aligns with both the mission of the Mayor's Office of International & Cultural Affairs (ICA) and with Purdue's Community Assistance Program, and it offers a new opportunity to provide a much-needed service to the Latino Community in Central Indiana," said Carolin Requiz Smith, ICA Director.

ICA's mission is to create awareness of the International and Latino communities existing in Indianapolis; and cultivate collaborative relationships that promote Indianapolis and build on these communities.

CAP's mission is to connect Purdue University to the Greater Lafayette Community in ways that benefit the community and its citizens, and provide learning opportunities for Purdue students across all levels of the curriculum.

Every Litter Bit Helps cleanup


Mayor Greg Ballard and the City of Indianapolis in partnership with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB), is once again coordinating an annual citywide cleanup effort to kick off the litter abatement program called the Great Indy Cleanup. On Saturday, April 25th, more than 70 neighborhood groups will bring thousands of volunteers to city streets, alleys and public spaces to pick up thousands of pounds of litter and debris.

This year, individuals are invited to get involved by signing up to be a part of the Every Litter Bit Helps campaign on April 25th. Please visit one of KIB’s distribution partners listed below between now and April 25th to sign up and receive a trash bag and gloves.

Distribution partners:

All YMCA of Greater Indianapolis locations

All Marion County Public Library locations

All Marion County Papa John’s Restaurant locations

You can help by cleaning up on your block, in your neighborhood park, at your church or school. Simply fill a bag with litter anywhere in Indianapolis to help keep it beautiful. Then place the bag at your curb for your weekly trash pickup!

Gathering together to clean Indy’s neighborhoods helps to foster pride in communities, develop relationships amongst neighbors, and deter crime – and it makes Indianapolis a healthier and more beautiful place to live. Please join us, because Every Litter Bit Helps.

About SustainIndy:

Mayor Ballard launched SustainIndy and created the Office of Sustainability in October of 2008. Both represent an innovative enterprise aimed at delivering long-term cost savings to the city, building the local economy, improving our quality of life and enhancing our environmental and public health. Its efforts are designed to aggressively move Indianapolis forward in making it one of the most sustainable cities in the Midwest. For more information, visit

About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc:

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization uniting people to beautify the city and improve its environment. In 2008, KIB worked with more than 44,000 volunteers on 500 community projects. The Great Indy Cleanup is sponsored by the City of Indianapolis, South Side Landfill, Republic Services and Covanta Energy.

Green Week in Indianapolis -- IPS

Green Renovation Announcement with IPS

IPS School 88, 5801 E. 16th Street
11 a.m.

Green Week in Indianapolis -- Christian Park

Sustainable Infrastructure Initiative Announcement

Christian Park
4200 English Ave. (At the eastern edge of the park near the school)
9 a.m.

Green Week in Indianapolis -- Nature Conservancy

for The Nature Conservancy's New, "Green" Headquarters

620 E. Ohio St.
2 p.m.

Green Week in Indianapolis -- Brookside

Brookside Park Beautification and Tree Maintenance Blitz

Brookside Park
3500 Brookside Pkwy S. Drive
10 a.m.

Green Week in Indianapolis -- Cultural Trail

Cultural Trail Northeast Corridor Groundbreaking and Neighborhood Celebration

Alley behind the Chatham Tap and Scholar's Inn (Between Mass Ave. and College Ave.)
1:30 p.m.

Green Week in Indianapolis -- CCB

Announcement on "Greening" of the City-County Building

CCB Plaza (Washington St. entrance)
2:30 p.m.

Warm meals without the cooking

Second-Helpings @ Bethel Park

Warm meals without the cooking, free to all. Drinks are not always furnished.

Age: All
Date: Ongoing M W F
Time: 5PM-6PM
Cost: Free

Bethel Park Family Center
2850 Bethel Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Supper with a Friend

Free Community Meal-Free Community Meal

Supper with a Friend
(Free community meal)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
5:00 - 7:00
Immanuel United Church of Christ
402 Prospect Street

Tween Book Discussion

Tween Book Discussion

Fountain Square Library
1066 Virginia Avenue
April 25, 2009
2:00 PM

Tweens ages 10 and up are invited to discuss books and help us celebrate 15 years in our current location.

Contact us at 275-4390 for the title

Fountain Square Arts Council Meeting-Canceled

Fountain Square Arts Council Meeting-canceled

Wheeler Art Center Classroom
1035 Sanders Street
April 28, 2009
6:00 PM

Quit Smoking Classes

Quit Smoking Classes

East Washington Library
2822 East Washington St.
Wednesday, May 6

Call Marion County Health at 221-0284 to register.

Journey Through Africa

Journey Through Africa – Dance Like the Egyptians

Fountain Square Library
1066 Virginia Avenue
April 25, 2009
1:00 PM
All Ages

Fountain Square Library's Birthday

Happy 15th Birthday – Fountain Square Library

Fountain Square Library
1066 Virginia Avenue
April 25, 2009
2:00-5:00 PM
All Ages

Join us as we celebrate 15 years at our current location in the heart of Fountain Square

BOI - Marketing 101

Marketing 101

Learn the principles of marketing for small businesses, including developing a strategy, choosing appropriate tactics, budgeting and measuring effectiveness. $10

Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. – noon.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Ronda Taylor, MBA, Ivy Tech School of Business
(317) 917-3266, ext. 100

Youth Provider Council Meeting

Youth Provider Council Meeting

Professionals and volunteers from central Indiana's youth development field come together each month for this informal networking opportunity. Each meeting features an opportunity for you to share information about your organization or programs, so feel free to bring handouts!

If you have questions or to RSVP, contact Amelia Miller,

Date & Time:
Wednesday, April 22
8:15 am - Informal networking & light refreshments
8:30 - 10:00 am - Provider Council

United Way of Central Indiana Bldg.
3901 N. Meridian St.
Conference Room D