Friday, May 29, 2009

"There's a Room In My Head"

canvas paintings by
Mike Altman

Where: AV Framing Gallery, 1139 Shelby St., Fountain Square
When: Showing June 5-20, 2009
Parking: Free Public Parking lot across Shelby Street
Special Events: Artist Reception on IDADA First Friday Gallery Tour,
open Friday, June 5, 5:00-9:00pm.

Let’s play a game! What do country and western stars, robots and recycled wallpaper have in common?

“There’s a Room in My Head”. Come on; you didn’t get that?

“There’s a Room in My Head” canvas paintings by Mike Altman opens at AV Framing Gallery, Fountain Square on June 5, 2009.
This show takes a look at Altman's canvas paintings, exploring the world of music, some of which appear on recycled wallpaper.

“Mike Altman growing up never wanted to be anything but an artist... well, ok, maybe Batman for a while.” Altman uses simple line work and bold colors to illustrate a sometimes complex message. Altman's work can be laced with symbolism, satire, spirituality, and double-meanings. And then sometimes he just paints a picture of a blue cow that is... a blue cow…and of course some robots...

You will want to kick off summer with this celebration of the kid in all of us! Join us in June at AV Framing Gallery. And HURRY IN, this show is a short limited engagement of just 2 weeks!

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


earth house


indianapolis LGBT film festival



Director: Mark A Lee
2008, 95 Minutes, USA
Created by Indianapolis photographer Mark A. Lee, Ordinary
Couples/ExtraOrdinary Lives! takes a look at 10 same sex
couples (5 male and 5 female) who have been together for 10
years or more. Filmed in front of a live audience at the Univer-
sity of Indianapolis, the couples have been together from 10
to 55 years. Each couple talks about everything from the
coming out process, to faith, raising families, and taking care
of your partner in the golden years, in a fun and entertaining
way. Gay and lesbian youth from IYG and Pike High School
helped do everything from building the set, to conducting the
individual interviews, and the actual filming. Background
music throughout the film is provided by local musicians John
Cannaday, Deb Mullens, Christopher "C-Ray" Ray, and the
Ensemble Voltaire, among others.


Directors: Catherine Crouch & Kelly Hayes
2009, 4 Minutes, USA

Miami GLBT Film Fest 2009: “A loaf of bread translates into many possible futures for these women on their first date. A charming and sweet short.”

Front Porch Fridays

INRC's Front Porch Fridays

1802 N. Illinois St.

Remember a time when people met on their neighbor's front porch?

Relationships were built, resources were shared and results were obtained for the community.

INRC is bringing back this old time tradition this summer. Come share your neighborhood news, events, and stories over a tall glass of lemonade or ice cold sweet sun tea with neighbors from across the city. The atmosphere will be just right for conversation over a game of checkers, horseshoes, or cards with some old pals or new friends. Bring your lawn chairs and come join us as we meet our neighbors one Friday each month this summer:

June 5th, July 10th, and August 7th from 11:30-1:00pm at INRC.

Our June get together will feature conversations on the first chapter of the book, The Careless Society: Community and Its Counterfeits by John McKnight.

Podcast and hard copy of the chapter will be available on the INRC website at next week, for more information or to RSVP call 920-0330 or

Pleasant Run Splash ‘N Ride

Bike Parade and dedication of spray grounds. Saturday, June 13 9 - 11 a.m.
Decorate your bikes and bring the entire family for a 6-mile loop from Ellenberger Park to Clayton & LaSalle Park and back, and celebrate the opening of Indy Parks’ newest spray grounds.

The parade will depart from Ellenberger Park at 9 a.m.
5301 E. Saint Clair St.

Day-of registration is Saturday, June 13, from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. at Ellenberger Park parking lot. Pre-registration is available by calling 327-PARK, but all participants
must pick up their participant number and sign a waiver the day of the event.

All participants must register for this event.
All ages are welcome to participate in this FREE event.
Children ages 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
RAIN OR SHINE, weather permitting.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

FringeFriday Barbecue

May 29 at the IndyFringe Building
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

It is not too late to make plains to join us and master griller Mark for a scrumptious big BBQ to kick off the summer. We can't wait to catch up with our favorite Fringers and make some new friends!

If you would enjoy Fringing for free this is a perfect opportunity to learn more about how to get involved as a volunteer.

And what would a party be without a little song and dance! Take in the love songs of Randy Strand while you have a drink and enjoy the food. Then get ready for a fast furry of dance by two of IndyFringe's contemporary dance companies.

Motus Dance Theatre: 4th Year Fringing
Firefall Dance Theatre: 2nd Year Fringing
Singer Randy Strand with Brad Hoyt: Fringe newbie!
and few street theatre surprises!

FringeFriday is free and open to the public, so bring all your friends! (Just bring a little cash for the bar!)

Citizens Energy Group Proposes Prospect Reuse Vision

Citizens Energy Group is seeking community input on its Proposed Prospect Reuse Vision to redevelop the Indianapolis Coke property and adjacent parcels. For more information, please go to:

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Trusted Mentors is walking ….. In the Homeward Bound Walk

Just over 2 weeks remain!! Help us raise $10,000

To provide volunteers mentors – who can offer a hand up to another person working to rebuild their life!

Trusted Mentors is Walking…… on Sunday, June 14th

at 2:00pm from the Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in downtown Indianapolis

Trusted Mentors is walking…. To be a part of the solution ….

Join us!!! Walk with a team supporting Trusted Mentors:
The KP Crawlers, Kiwanis Team, Trusted Mentors Team, and Walking Turtles and more

Find them on-line at Homeward Bound Indiana

Walk and Donate at Homeward Bound Indiana

This is one of 2 major fundraisers for Trusted Mentors Inc!

Our goal is to raise $10,000 and we have a long way to go to reach that goal!!

Register to walk or donate at Homeward Bound Indiana
Trusted Mentors is an innovative program that matches volunteer mentors with
“Kay” to help her improve her parenting and learn to budget well

“Ann” as she returns to employment and works towards better jobs

“Cal” as he works to deal with life's issues, alone after leaving the foster care system

“Bill”, a re-entering citizen as he strives to remain employed and be a full citizen

Since 2003, over 70% of our mentored individuals have remained housed. And in 2009, we’re committed to adding 50 new mentors!!!

Trusted Mentors mentors:

Young adults leaving the foster care system and becoming an adult on their own

Chronically homeless individuals who now housed, face change and isolation

Disadvantaged women, employed but not yet self-sufficient

Returning citizens, to lower the re-entry rate back into prisons

All donations are gratefully received. Donate on-line at Homeward Bound Indiana

Or send checks to:

Trusted Mentors

1035 S. New Jersey

Indianapolis, IN 46225



INDIANAPOLIS - The City of Indianapolis, in partnership with United
Water will host the 2009 Community Relations/Environmental Grant
Reception in celebration of Strong Indianapolis Community Partnerships
Wednesday evening. The celebration will include the announcement of over
$500,000 in grant funding to be awarded to 23 non-profit organizations
throughout Marion County.



7840 W. 56TH STREET

WHEN: 5:00 P.M.

Special Announcement For KIB Volunteers: Help Beautify the City with Laughter!

KIB wants all of you who have worked so hard to help beautify our city, to come share a night of FUN! Join us and sit back, laugh, drink and eat, all while supporting Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Join us for a FUNdraiser at Morty's Comedy Joint on Thursday, June 4th!

Featured comedian Don Barnhart will present a show full of laughter rated PG18. Morty's Comedy Joint is a great venue that is smoke free. Must be 18 or older.

Who: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.
What: Comedy FUNdraising show
When: June 4, 2009 @8pm (doors open at 7pm)
Where: Morty's Comedy Joint
6325 E. 96th Street
Call 317-848-5500 and mention KIB (limited seating)
Or visit to purchase tickets online
Why: KIB wants to hold a Fundraising event that will turn your laughter into "green giggles."
Price: $30 (includes: Admission, 2 drinks, gratuity)

KIB fully appreciates your contribution to helping Indianapolis become a more beautiful city! Enjoy the show!


INDIANAPOLIS – Mayor Greg Ballard along with Department of Parks and Recreation Director, Stuart Lowry, City Forester, Lindsey Purcell, and Rupert’s Kids, Inc. founder, Rupert Boneham, will announce a partnership that provides for the care of the City’s 22 mini parks and six others and offers at-risk youth education and training in life and job skills.









9:15 A.M.


Tuesday, May 26, 2009


INDIANAPOLIS Ten leaders of the Mayor-Sponsored Charter Schools initiative will appear on Afternoons with Amos hosted by Amos Brown on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 from 1p to 2p.

Afternoons with Amos is broadcast on AM 1310 The Light.

Besides Karega Rausch, Director of Charter Schools for the office of Mayor Greg Ballard, the following Charter School leaders will be in studio for the full hour:

Thelma Wyatt: Principal, Andrew J. Brown Academy
Marcus Robinson: Principal & CEO, Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School
Robert Moses: Principal, Indianapolis Metropolitan High School
Kelli Marshall: Principal, Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School
Jamie Brady: Principal, Monument Lighthouse Charter School
Keena Foster: Principal, Fountain Square Academy
Frances Malone: Director of Education, Flanner House Elementary School
Latika Warthaw: Principal, Flanner House Elementary School
Percy Clark: Principal, Imagine Life Sciences East

Afternoons with Amos welcomes your phone calls at 317.239.1310.


INDIANAPOLIS ­– (May 21, 2009) Indy Parks introduces Passport to the Pools, your guide to exploring aquatic facilities around Indianapolis! Pick up your free Passport to the Pools at any aquatic facility and be sure to have it stamped at each pool you visit this summer. Once your book is filled with a stamp from each facility, redeem it for one free admission to the Pirate Sand Adventure at Garfield Park Arts Center this summer!

Join Indy Parks this Saturday for opening day of the city’s outdoor pools! The facilities will be open Saturday, May 23, through Monday, May 25, weather permitting*. They will reopen on May 30 for the regular summer season through Aug. 9. Visit, call 327-PARK or pick up an Indy Parks Summer Fun Guide for details on hours, amenities and locations for each pool.

“Indy Parks is prepared and excited for what we anticipate to be a busy opening weekend,” said Indy Parks Senior Aquatics Manager Elaine Dillahunt. “We have a fully-staffed, exceptionally trained aquatics team ready to meet your summer recreational needs.”

Each year, Indy Parks hires more than 400 lifeguards and staff to help operate its outdoor and indoor aquatic facilities and the beach at Eagle Creek Park. The pools offer a variety of high-quality Red Cross water safety and swim instruction classes for all ages. Aquatic facilities feature water slides, spray features, and zero-depth entry areas for young children.

Admission to Indy Parks pools ranges from $1.50 to $5 for seniors and youth (ages 3-17) and $2.50 to $6 for adults ages 18-55. Indy Parks offers special “punch” cards that provide a 20 percent savings on regular pool admission rates. These Gator Passes can be purchased at select pools and customer service. A complete list of spray grounds, pool locations, and amenities is available in the 2009 Summer Fun Guides.

“This will be one of the warmest opening weekends in recent history,” Dillahunt said. “The pools are filled with cool water that we hope patrons will find refreshing.”

For more information on Indy Parks aquatic facilities, Pirate Sand Adventure at Garfield Park and the many other summer recreational offerings at Indy Parks, check out the Summer Fun Guides available online at or call 327-PARK to get your free guides.

*Pools may not open if air temperature is 68 degrees or lower. Patrons are encouraged to call their local facility directly to confirm hours of operation. Fees and hours of operation vary by site and are subject to change throughout the summer in response to weather and attendance. Exceptions: Bethel Park Pool, LaShonna Bates Aquatic Center, Thatcher Park Pool and Wes Montgomery Park Pool are closed this season for repairs. Gustafson Park Pool is closed for repairs and will open late due to construction.


Area professionals selected to participate in the Greening of the City County Building

INDIANAPOLIS – Thirty-five local professionals have been selected to serve on the Green CCB Development Team. The Greening of the City County Building, an initiative announced in April 2009 by Mayor Greg Ballard, will convert the Indianapolis-Marion County City County Building (CCB) into a greener, more sustainable structure.

Team members will work with the City’s Office of Sustainability, the Indianapolis-Marion County Building Authority and the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) – a national leader in sustainable design and energy retrofits that also led an initiative to green the White House by incorporating public participation.

“We want to engage citizens as much as possible in every step of this process to make the City County Building more energy efficient,” said Mayor Ballard. “Indianapolis is home to talented, creative professionals who have much to offer as we work to make this a more sustainable city, and the group we have assembled as our Green CCB Development Team represents that.”

Upon announcing the initiative, the City’s Office of Sustainability used public meetings and to solicit applications from professionals in the green building sector who were interested in participating. Applicants were asked to provide information about their areas of expertise, relevant experience with green projects, ideas for ways to green the CCB, and ideas for innovative funding sources.

Eighty-nine applications were received representing business sectors ranging from architecture, construction and engineering firms to non-profits, universities and state agencies

The Green CCB Development team will work with RMI on June 9 -10 to develop a roadmap for how to transform the CCB into a green building, which will make the building more energy efficient, saving tax payer dollars.

The following are the individuals selected to comprise the Green CCB Team:

Amber Collins, Marion County Health Department

Andy Sahm, Shiel Sexton

Robert (Bob) Koester, Ball State University CAP

Brad Allen, Trane

Carey Hamilton, Indiana Recycling Coalition

Chris Downs, Johnson Controls

Craig Flandermeyer, Schmidt Associates

Dan Overby, BDMD Associates

Geoffrey Kavulya, Ratio Architects

Glenn Livers, IPL

Greg Silcox, ReThink

Jason Ellis, Keystone Construction

Jeff Kingsbury, Greenstreet

Jeff Mader, Synthesis

Jeff Ton, Confluence Dynamics LLC

Jennifer Roberts, Elements Engineering

Jill Mendoza, IDO

Kristen Trovillion, IN Office of Energy & Defense

Kurt Geisselman, Siemens

Luke Leising , American Structurepoint

Mark Darrall, A2SO4

Mark Grant, Ice Miller

Mary Hauser, Browning Investments

Mike Campbell, Hilton Garden Inn

Nicole Ross, Exact Target

Ryan Brown, Lauth

Sam Miller, JFNew

Sarah Hempstead, Energy Solutions

Stephen Ashkin, The Ashkin Group

Steven Robinson, URS

Ted Blahnik, Williams Creek Consulting

Tim Thoman, Performance Services Inc

Tom Durkin, Durkin and Villalta PE

Tom Roeder, DesignAire Engineering

Natalie Stuckey, Bose McKinney Evans


INDIANAPOLIS – Mayor Greg Ballard and his Infrastructure Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting to discuss Indianapolis’ infrastructure challenges. The meeting is open to the public with citizen questions and input welcomed. This is the first in a series of public meetings to explore the extent of Indianapolis’ infrastructure needs and priorities.











TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009

5:00 P.M.

Friday, May 22, 2009

City Tall Weed Ordinance

City takes proactive approach in the battle against high weeds and grass

Indianapolis- The Office of Code Enforcement is attempting to stay ahead of the high grass and weed problems that occur starting at this time each year. Property owners are reminded that landscaping is important to the neighborhood quality of life. Over 4,700 advisory notices have been mailed to property owners that had cases opened in 2008.

Recent changes to the ordinance now allow the city to aggressively take action against property owners who fail to keep their properties free of high grass and weeds after just one notice. If no action is taken, the City will then clean up the property and send the owner the bill.

Any questions can be answered by calling the Mayor's Action Center at 327-4622 or by email at:
For a complete copy of the ordinance go online to:

MCCOY's 2009 Youth Activity Directory Available May 28

Just in Time for Summer...

2009 Youth Activity DirectoryThis year's Youth Activity Directory (YAD) contains over 20 pages of summer camps and programs that offer a wide variety of fun and enriching activities.

Plus, you'll find a full year's worth of that support academic achievement, healthy development and positive outcomes for youth.

Programs that engage and empower youth
* Educational enrichment
* Career exploration and work readiness programs
* Volunteer opportunities
Fun family activities
And much more

WANT a YAD for yourself...or a box-full for your staff or kids in your program?

Community Distribution Days: MAY 28th & 29th
On our Community Distribution Days, we make getting a YAD quick and easy with at-your-car delivery - just pull into the garage at United Way building (3901 N. Meridian) and we'll load 'em in your car. Only 5000 will be available during these two days, so submit a request form to reserve your directories.

* Thursday May 28, 3:00 - 7:00p
* Friday May 29, 7:00a - 1:00p

After May 29th
The YAD will be available for pick-up at MCCOY 's office. If you have questions or are unable to pick up the YAD at our office, email Juli or call 317.921-1266.

Do you need more than 10 directories? Please complete this request form.

Prayer Vigil

Site # Victims Location Time:
1 Caitlin Walker S. Arlington Ave. & E. Stop 11 Rd. 12:00pm (Indiana Members C.U.)
2 James Felix 2318 N. Parker 1:15pm 3 Amenda Yeng 4501 N. Post Rd. 2:15pm (Turning Point FWC lot)
4 David McGibboney E. 34th & Park Ave. 3:15pm (Our Redeemer Lutheran lot)

Thursday, May 21, 2009


INDIANAPOLIS – (May 20, 2009) The Friends of Garfield Park Inc. and Indy Parks & Recreation will celebrate the installation of the new pedestrian bridge at Garfield Park with a dedication at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 21.
The new pedestrian bridge over Bean Creek at Garfield Park on the City’s Southside links the Conservatory and Sunken Garden to the MacAllister Center for Performing Arts and the Arts Center. The $120,000 Friends of Garfield Park Inc. project promotes connectivity so that visitors may easily explore all areas of the park.
“This new footbridge represents the synergy of the staff at the Arts Center, Conservatory and Sunken Garden, and Family Center to create programs and activities that connect the park’s amenities,” said Garfield Park Senior Manager Lynda Burrello. “The bridge links our efforts to make Garfield Park a destination where a family can come and spend the whole day and visit all the facilities at low or no cost.”
At the dedication, longtime Garfield Park patron and neighborhood resident Mary Jane Mattingly will share memories that her family has experienced at Garfield Park for four generations.
The bridge was constructed with support from Midwest Concrete Pumping & Construction, Excel Bridge Manufacturing, Maxim Crane Works, Foresight Engineering, First Class Lawn & Landscape, The Marie Schoch Estate, The Efroymson Fund, and the many donors to the “Bricks for the Bridge” campaign.
“One of the key bridges to sustain the future of Indy Parks is partnerships,” said Indy Parks Director Stuart Lowy. “We are celebrating a project that personifies the spirit of those partnerships and highlights the connection between Indy Parks and our friends at Garfield Park. We hope to have many more successes like this as we work together to enhance our parks.”

Alchemy art + aesthetics will be closing

Alchemy's LAST Friday: rock us out of business with: Thin Fevers, Daniel Paquette, + TBA on May 29th from 9pm til midnight this is just like First Friday. only at the end of the month. with music instead of art.

Alchemy's LAST FIRST Friday: featuring art by all your favorite Alchemites over the last 2.75 years this is exactly like First Friday. only the last one ever. unless we have one again.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Central Indiana Travel Survey

INDIANAPOLIS -Over the next nine months, many Central Indiana residents will be given an opportunity to help area transportation planners better understand their travel needs. Telephone interviewers contracted by the Indianapolis MPO ( are making phone calls and delivering daily travel diaries to up to 4000 randomly selected area households as a part of the Central Indiana Travel Survey. The Central Indiana Travel Survey (CITS) is the first in-depth study of urban household travel behavior in Central Indiana in more than 40 years. IndyMPO, in cooperation with the Madison County Council of Governments (MCCOG), the MPO for the Madison County Urbanized Area, is conducting this study as a part of a long-term effort to improve travel demand modeling and forecasting in Central Indiana.
IndyMPO is conducting the CITS as a part of its long-term effort to improve its ability to model and forecast the demand for travel in Central Indiana. Lori Miser, IndyMPO Executive Director, has made completion of the Central Indiana Travel Survey one of the MPO's primary objectives for 2009. Ms. Miser says, "A well-executed household travel survey will provide a strong foundation to Indianapolis' transportation planning efforts well into the next decade."
Travel forecasts produced by the IndyMPO's travel models are used to help communities plan for future transportation needs of Central Indiana. The outputs of the IndyMPO's travel models are used to help policy makers evaluate and prioritize different regional transportation
projects that are eligible for federal transportation funds. Some of the projects considered for funding include roadway construction and rehabilitation and rapid transit commuter train systems.
IndyMPO has contracted with the travel survey firm NuStats ( and its partner DataSource ( to help design and execute the survey. Survey design and a survey pre-test of more than 300 Central Indiana households have already been completed. Beginning in late March 2009, interviewers began calling households, asking residents to agree to participate in the survey and mailing letters to households without a listed telephone number. If the household agrees, the interviewer asks a series of questions concerning the household's size and composition, vehicle ownership and access and household socioeconomic status. At the end of this first interview, the household is asked to agree to an assigned 24-hour travel day, ideally two weeks from this first phone interview. If the household agrees, travel diaries for each member of the household including instructions on how to use them, are mailed to the household.
An interviewer calls each household the day before the scheduled travel
day to make sure that the mailed materials have arrived , to help remind the household of the upcoming travel day, and to answer any questions they might have. The day after the travel day, an interviewer calls to collect the household's results. After the data from the diaries has been collected over the phone, the household is asked to mail the diaries to NuStats.
By the time interviewing is completed in December 2009, approximately 4,000 households from across Central Indiana will have been surveyed. Interviewers will be making calls in nine counties: Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan, and Shelby counties. Data is scheduled to be compiled and delivered to IndyMPO in March of 2010.
IndyMPO is asking residents to participate because their responses will help our communities plan for better travel options to improve safety and reduce congestion.
To see images of the travel diaries or to get answers to frequently asked questions, please log onto: Residents who are interested in being part of the survey may call 1-888-222-7734 to see if their households have been randomly selected. Households not selected for CITS may contribute their ideas using an alternative, non-random travel survey that will be used in IndyMPO's upcoming long-range planning update.

Each federally-designated urbanized area in the United States with a population of 50,000 or more is required by federal regulations to have a designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to conduct a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation planning process.
In the Indianapolis region, the City of Indianapolis, Department of
Metropolitan Development (DMD) is the designated MPO, and its planning process is a prerequisite to the area receiving federal funds for transit and highway improvements. The Indianapolis MPO is responsible for transportation planning in all of Marion County and portions of the surrounding counties of Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Shelby, Morgan, and Johnson where suburban growth has occurred. The Indianapolis MPO is also responsible, in cooperation with the Madison County Council of Governments (MCCOG) and the Columbus Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), the MPOs for Madison County and Columbus respectively, for modeling the impact of transportation on air quality issues for the nine counties included in this survey.

For More Information about the
Indianapolis MPO: .
Madison County Council of Governments (MCCOG) can be found at:
Columbus Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) can be found

Spring Fling Art for Paws

Cats Haven, one of Indianapolis’ oldest no-kill shelters specializing in special-needs and senior felines, is holding its annual Spring Fling Art for Paws event Saturday, May 23, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Each artist/vendor will be donating a portion of their sales to Cats Haven. This event will be held at 2603 North College Avenue. Admission is free and will feature the following:

Amber Moore - Moore Art - cartoon drawings

Julie Heise - Hint of Southwest - jewelry

Beth Zyglowicz - Yumeki Studios - watercolors

Victoria Wesseler - Dirtpatch Inc. - Christmas story box

Ellen Farrow - Dragondolls - fiber and clay

Barbara Wills - Gypsy Cat - jewelry

Kathryn Rodenbach - Kate's Kreations - acrylics

April A. Tchiguka - Dreadheadartist Creations – photography

Karen Seltzer - Pet Portraits w/ a Personal Touch by Karen - oils

Carleen Rivera - Original Images - pastels

Jennifer Metz - Jennifer Designs - fiber

Rebecca Jordan - Rebecca Jordan Designs - fiber and jewelry

Joe Alexander - Alexander Handicrafts - woodworking

Thelma Antolin - Stamps, Paper, Scissors - paper

Entertainment by:

Amnesia the clown

Belly Dancing by Zoe Molloy

Psychic Readings by Sweet Melody of All My Relations

Simplicity Massage Studio - Heather Chaney

Free shelter tours.


Cats Haven’s Spring Fling Paws for Art is one of the shelter’s main fund raising events. Founded over 20 years ago, the shelter serves the Indianapolis community by offering a safe haven to injured, stray, elderly, and special-needs cats. After receiving appropriate veterinary care, many of these animals are available for adoption. Each Cats Haven cat is spayed/neutered, brought current on all vaccinations, and microchipped.

In many cases, these animals need more extensive veterinary care, such as x-rays and surgery for broken bones and other injuries, and dental care. Proceeds from the Spring Fling Art for Paws event are used to pay for this veterinary care, as well as to buy food and litter for the shelter.

Cats Haven works in cooperation with other shelters and rescue groups in the Indianapolis area, and also runs a small pet food pantry for pet owners who cannot afford to feed their animals. In certain circumstances, Cats Haven will also assist a pet owner by helping to provide necessary veterinary care.

Cats Haven relies solely on donations to continue its mission of helping animals and pet owners in need in the Indianapolis area.

For more information about Cats Haven or the Spring Fling Art for Paws event, contact:

Susan Hobbs

Volunteer Coordinator



Cats Haven


Tuesday, May 19, 2009


INDIANAPOLIS - The City of Indianapolis is seeking input on a plan to use stimulus funds from Community Development Block Grant Recovery Act as required by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. The City will receive $2,575,447 to be used for critical employment and economic development needs.

The plan will be made available in draft form for public comment on May 22, 2009 at the City County Building Suite 2042 of the City-County Building, 200 East Washington Street; or online at Department of Metropolitan Development webpage at Comments will be accepted through May 29th.

Citizens are strongly encouraged to comment on this report by contacting Chelsea Ernsberger by mailing comments to CDBG-R Response, 200 East Washington Street, Suite 2042, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or e-mailing

Volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Before you know it, the Indiana State Fair will be here for August 7-23. Big Brothers Big Sisters has agreed to find 450 volunteers ages 14 or older to do a 5-hour shift each at the Little Hands on the Farm exhibit, which in turn will raise $12,000 for BBBSCI. It will also expose thousands of kids attending the Fair to what a farm does in terms of planting and growing fruits and vegetables and how farmers gather eggs and apples.

In exchange for volunteering, you’ll receive a free ticket to the Fair, free parking, and a volunteer T-shirt. For anyone who volunteers 5 or more days (25 or more hours) will get a FREE 17-day pass to the State Fair.

They have just started signing people up, so you can pick which day you want to volunteer (Aug. 7 – Aug. 23) and which shift (9:15am – 2:15pm or 2:15pm – 7:15pm). Please see contact info below.

Let Arin know which date and time will work best for you. To sign up she will need to know your name, address, email, and phone #. They will send out reminders in June and hopefully we will get the tickets, parking passes and t-shirts from the Fair in July and then mail that out to you. If you are signing up other people too, let them know their name – but she only need your address and she can send everything to needed to you.

Please contact Arin Rohr Schellenberg if you have any questions; feel free to call her at 472-3742 or email


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BOI---Upcoming Workshops Looking ahead to the week of June 1

Upcoming Workshops
Looking ahead to the week of June 1

Small-Group Life Coaching: Setting and Reaching Goals
Identify goals and the internal and external resources needed to complete them, barriers to success and strategies for overcoming those barriers. $25 for series
Tuesdays, June 2, 9, 16 and 23, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Elaine Voci, Ph.D.

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, June 3, 10 and 17, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Read more…

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
Thursday, June 4, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: United Way, 3901 N. Meridian
Instructor: Tricia Guagliardo, BOI
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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, June 4, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Crystal Coleman, Child Care Answers
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Financing Your Small Business
Explore your options for financing the start-up or growth of your small business. Topics include the truth about free grant money, common financing sources, an overview of SBA loan products and discussion of alternative financing options. $10
Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. – noon
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Greg Marx, STAR Financial Bank

Read more…


INDIANAPOLIS - Energy audits and retrofits of buildings, renewable energy projects and green roofs, are examples of sustainability projects that could launch soon as a result of federal stimulus dollars heading to Indianapolis, and the City's Office of Sustainability is seeking public input to determine more specifically how the funding should be prioritized.

"We plan to leverage this funding to take immediate action on a number of citywide sustainability initiatives," said Mayor Greg Ballard. "We also want to be sure we're focusing these resources in ways that will have the most significant, positive impact for citizens."

Indianapolis is eligible to receive $8,032,300 over the next two years as part of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program from the U.S. Department of Energy. The formula grants are part of a $3.2 billion investment in energy efficiency and conservation projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Other activities eligible for use of grant funds include transportation programs that conserve energy, projects to reduce and capture methane and other greenhouse gas emissions from landfills, renewable energy installations on government buildings, energy efficient traffic signals and street lights, deployment of Combined Heat and Power and district heating and cooling systems, the development and implementation of advanced building codes and inspections, and the creation of financial incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements.

The City's application for EECBG funds is due June 25th, 2009. In preparation for this deadline, the City is proposing the following projects, which comply with the funding guidelines provided in the funding announcement:

* Bike Lanes-funding of future segments of SustainIndy's BikeWays Plan
* Building Retrofits-energy retrofits of city-owned and operated facilities, including the City County Building.
* Renewable Energy Generation- potential projects include installation of solar and wind powered street lights, wind turbines and solar panels at city facilities.
* Green Building Fund-establishment of a no interest loan program for qualified green projects in the private sector, including non-profits.
* LED Traffic Signals-conversion of the City's remaining conventional traffic signals to energy efficient LED technology.
* Green Roofs-installation of green roofs at City facilities

The Office of Sustainability is accepting public comments on the proposed projects until May 28th, 2009. Please submit comments via web form located at or via U.S. Mail to the following address: Office of Sustainability, 200 E. Washington St. Suite 2460, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Summer Youth Program

June 22 - July31
Mon - Fri: 8am - 2pm
Teens ages 13 - 17


Field Trips & Fun Activities
??Possible $ Incentives??
Breakfast and Lunch Included
Community Service Projects

Brought to you by:

Southeast Community Services


Shawn Delmolino
(317) 236-7400 x 226

Space is limited, so act fast!

Community Building Committee

May’s Community Building Committee meeting is Thursday May 21st from 5:30-6:30 at SECS. This committee meets monthly to discuss issues that affect the entire Southeast. Everyone is welcome to attend! Please email Jennifer Rice Von Deylen at if you would like to attend or have questions.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Charter Schools make up 6 of top 10

Mayor’s charters make up six of top 10 schools in county

Charter schools sponsored by Mayor Greg Ballard accounted for six of the 10 schools in Marion County that demonstrated the most improvement on ISTEP, according to data released today by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) under Public Law 221, the state’s accountability system. This also marks the fourth consecutive year that a Mayor-sponsored charter school made the most improvement in the county.

According to the IDOE:

• The school showing the most student improvement in Marion County is Herron High School, a Mayor-sponsored charter school. Last year, Fall Creek Academy was the most improved in the county and in prior years it was KIPP Indianapolis (2007) and the Andrew J. Brown Academy (2006) – all are charters sponsored by the Mayor.

• The other Mayor-sponsored charters in the top 10 were Fountain Square Academy, Flanner House Elementary School, Challenge Foundation Academy, Fall Creek Academy, and the Andrew J. Brown Academy.

• Of the 50 schools with the most student improvement statewide, 19 are public charter schools. Six are Indianapolis charters sponsored by the Mayor.

“Charter schools in Indianapolis are setting the tone for academic success and student growth,” said Mayor Ballard. “These schools continue to prove that students from disadvantaged backgrounds can and do succeed when given the opportunity. Charter schools are achieving incredible things, and these results demonstrate that without question.”

Business Diversity Fair

City of Indianapolis to Hold Business Diversity Fair

Mayor Greg Ballard and the Office of Minority & Women Business Development will host a free city-wide business diversity fair Friday, May 15th. Representatives from City and County departments, municipal corporations, and other private business partners will be available to discuss business opportunities and promote networking between minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses.

Friday, May 15, 2009
8:30 a.m. - noon

Madame C.J. Walker Building
617 Indiana Ave.
Indianapolis, IN

Save the Date: Summit for Student Success

Summit for Student Success

August 10! Save the Date!

MCCOY and its planning partners are proud to announce Central Indiana's Summit for Student Success: Bringing the Community Together to Tackle the Dropout Challenge!

The Summit is designed to draw the community into our Ready by 21 Quality Counts efforts to improve outcomes for youth by highlighting low graduation and high dropout rates as a significant symptom of a complicated and community-wide problem. The success of our young people affects the future of our community and is likewise affected by the actions of each sector -- parents, schools, religious institutions and businesses.

Be a part of this exciting effort to mobilize the community around the well-being of our youth!

When: Monday, August 10, 2009 from 7:30am-4pm
Where: Hilbert Circle Theatre, Downtown Indianapolis

No Trash Pickup on Memorial Day

NO City trash service on Monday, May 25

There will be NO residential trash, heavy trash, or curbside recycling service on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. All residential trash, heavy trash and curbside recycling routes will run one day behind for the entire week. Monday routes will be serviced on Tuesday, May 26; Tuesday routes will be serviced on Wednesday, May 27; and so on, through Friday routes being serviced on Saturday, May 30. All services will return to normal schedules on Monday June 1.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Fountain Project has been successfully bid


The day we thought would never come is here! Phase 1 of the Fountain Project has been successfully bid! Smock Fansler, the company that built the gateway, was the winning bidder for our project. Construction will start in about 45 days.

Now comes the hard part. Construction will, of course, disrupt the center of our neighborhood for a few months. I will make sure everyone is aware of the schedule once we get all the details.

A BIG THANK YOU to our consultants, Green 3, NineBark, and RW Armstrong, for their dedication to this process, and for everything they have done to make this a reality! They really went above and beyond.

Stay tuned, and be sure to say a permanent goodbye to the fountain, but a temporary goodbye to the Pioneer Family. They are going on vacation to Garfield Park, and will return when we complete Phase 2.


Paul Baumgarten

Fountain Square Main Street Manager

Southeast Neighborhood Development

1030 Orange Street

Indianapolis, IN 46203

317.634.5079 x106

INRC Classes: IMAGINE Grants


Indy's Matching Awards for Great Indy Neighborhoods Engagement
Monday, July 20, 6:00-8:30pm

Got an idea about how to make your neighborhood come together and grow? Come meet former awardees and hear their stories of funded projects that embrace the spirit of IMAGINE and resident involvement. Bring your ideas and learn more about IMAGINE and how your neighborhood can apply for IMAGINE dollars!

Classes will be held at INRC, 1802 N. Illinois Street. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your space today by calling Nita McCormick at INRC at 920-0330, ext. 100 or

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, May 27th
8:15 am - Informal networking & light refreshments
8:30 - 10:00 am - Provider Council


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

INRC Classes: Office of Code Enforcement

The City of Indianapolis Office of Code Enforcement

What is it and why you would need to use it
Tuesday, July 14, 6:00-8:00pm

The newly developed Office of Code Enforcement has consolidated any item requiring a license or permit such as special event permits, weights and measures, and zoning; or dealing with any type of inspection from all City of Indianapolis departments, into one office. Learn about this newly created office and how to use it from Director, Rick Powers and his staff.

Classes will be held at INRC, 1802 N. Illinois Street. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your space today by calling Nita McCormick at INRC at 920-0330, ext. 100 or

Safe Haven - New Date & New Place

Newly Focused Safe Haven's Inaugural Meeting


Just a reminder of the next Safe Haven meeting. This meeting is usually held on the 4TH Monday each month but due to the holiday it has been moved to this Monday, the 18Th at 1:00. We will no longer be meeting at Wheeler Arts, the new location is the Fountain Square Library at 1066 Virginia Ave.

Everyone interested in the youth of the community is invited to attend. Please bring hand outs and infomation to share with the group about your youth program, centers, schools, church, etc.

Becky Besser
Neighborhood Alliance For Child Safety

SEFBC Meeting - Date Change

Southeast Faith-based Coalition May Meeting Date

The SEFBC will be meeting on May 21, 3 PM, at Victory Memorial UMC, corner of Woodlawn and Villa. This change is to accommodate the holiday and is for one month only.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

INRC Classes: Green on the Ground

Green on the Ground

Thursday, July 9, 6:00-8:30pm

Green" is a "way" of living. This session describes this "way" through the story of a two year effort to move Broad Ripple toward a more "Sustainable" community. It is an account of the ideas, initiatives, obstacles, and accomplishments in the application of "Green" theory to the practical reality of community life. Although each neighborhood is unique many of the challenges in going "Green" are common. Why is it necessary? What are the benefits? How long will take? Join the discussion, share your ideas, and learn how Green Broad Ripple is working to answer these questions.

Classes will be held at INRC, 1802 N. Illinois Street. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your space today by calling Nita McCormick at INRC at 920-0330, ext. 100 or

Bent at The Theater Within

The Theater Within Shapes History with Bent

Am I my brother’s keeper? Are there angels among us? What is love? These are some of the age-old questions that concern the characters in Bent, opening June 5th at The Theater Within. Premiering in 1979, some* four decades after its subjects would have lived, Martin Sherman’s holocaust-era dramatization unearthed the origin of the pink triangle for a mass culture that found itself newly-enamored with the idea of measuring social status with labels. Just forty years after the worldwide social revolution of the late '60s, global culture is rarely untouched by branding, from commercial products to political campaigns. Is humanity fundamentally different in the 21st century or could history repeat itself?

It's Happening

When one can be killed for silence as readily as for speaking, the truth itself may not be a straight line. Bent traces the journey of Max, a homosexual living in Berlin during the Nazi regime, who is forced to reevaluate his beliefs in order to survive. Hardly the model for sainthood, his ambivalence in the face of profound cultural change offers an intimate portrait of a kind of thinking modern theater audiences identify more and more as their own. Is heroism within his grasp or will he falter?

Reaching Out, Turning In

Discovering stories that excite more questions than answers has made The Theater Within’s postshows as much a meeting place for community as the shows themselves. Mature audiences are invited each night to sit with cast and production team for Looking Within, an open and often lively investigation of how what happens onstage measures the drama that happens at the fingertips** of real human experience.

For additional information, contact Rod Isaac at or the theater link at The Theater Within is located at 1125 Spruce St., just four blocks east of Fountain Square along Prospect Street immediately south of the KFC and is an outreach program of The Church Within. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Show dates are Fridays and Saturdays June 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. For reservations call (317) 850-4665.

Take'n Back our Streets

Take'n Back our Streets

Summer Peace League

What: Youth Basketball League
When: Every Saturday, June 6th - July 18th, 2009
Practice Wednesdays/Thursdays/Fridays
Where: Bethel Park Family Center, 2850 Bethel Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203.
Who: Boys/Girls - 10-13 / 14-18 years old
Cost: $20 Per Person / $180 Per Team (make checks payable to Bethel Advisory Council) - Due: June 3rd, 2009

Your child will improve his/her:
• Teamwork Skills
• Basketball Fundamentals
• Respect for Others
• Sportsmanship
• Leadership Skills
...all while having Fun!

Neighborhood Stabilization Program Partners

Neighborhood Stabilization Program Partners

Mayor Greg Ballard was joined by community leaders today to announce the city’s partners in implementing projects funded by $29 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funds.

The funds were approved by Congress late in 2008 to help neighborhoods recover from the effects of widespread foreclosures. When the Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the funds, the City’s Redevelopment Planning Council engaged in an extensive evaluation process to determine how and where the dollars should be focused to have the greatest impact on Indianapolis neighborhoods.

Community stakeholders, guided by the expertise of the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment, met to determine how the funds should be focused in Indianapolis to achieve the most significant, positive impact. The result of a data-intensive process driven by representatives from the city’s public and private sectors narrowed the investment to target areas. Once the areas were determined, the group of stakeholders set out to identify partners in each area. More than 50 responses to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) were received, each seeking the ability to partner with the city in this endeavor.

“We set out to determine which community partners were best suited to help us transform entire sections of the city by making the most significant, immediate and positive impact with these funds,” said Mayor Ballard. “This is a great opportunity to bolster stabilization and revitalization efforts taking place throughout Indianapolis.”

The NSP development partners include:

• Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership

• Concord Community Development Corporation

• South East Neighborhood Development

• Greater Eastside Housing Project Team

• Englewood Community Development Corporation

• Mapleton Fall Creek Development Corporation

• Michigan B&O Reinvestment Team

These six development teams will immediately begin a project development phase involving working with city staff and neighborhood stakeholders to address the following: Acquisition/Land Bank, Acquisition/Rehabilitation, Acquisition/New Construction, Demolition, Rental Development, Financing Mechanisms, and Administration.

“The RFQs allowed a greater flexibility for us to spend the funds and will give taxpayers the best bang for their buck,” said Maury Plambeck, Director of the Department of Metropolitan Development. “That is demonstrated in the variety of projects selected.”

As homes are developed throughout the NSP target areas, the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP) will work closely with other NSP recipients to help prepare families for long-term, successful homeownership in those areas. INHP will provide a full range of services, including: education, mortgage and credit counseling programs, and mortgage financing options for home purchase, home purchase with home rehabilitation, and home repair which empower low and moderate-income families to become and remain successful homeowners.

These particular funds also have strict timelines, requiring them to be under contract within 18 months and spent within 48 months.

The following budget framework for NSP funds was developed in accordance with Federal guidelines:

Acquisition/land bank 29%

Acquisition/rehabilitation 17%

Acquisition/new construction 3%

Demolition 1%

Rental development 25%

Financing Mechanisms 15%

Administration 10%

Mowing of Parks

Update from Dennis Papenmeier

To all,

Some of you have asked me about the mowing schedule for some of the parks in your areas. Please see below the official word from Indy Parks about the status of the mowing contracts that they are finalizing with their mowing contractors this week—all contractors should be out soon to a park near you.

"We are behind in mowing some of our parks this spring due to contract delays with our 13 mowing contractors. The good news is that we completed the contracts for 7 of those contractors last week, and they are out mowing this week. We hope to complete the contracts for the remaining 6 contractors this week so they may also proceed and we can get caught up on the mowing in our parks. Indy Parks crews have been mowing some of those parks but unfortunately have been unable to get to all the properties. Additional challenges have been the rainy weather and the contract stipulations that our contractors cannot mow our parks on weekends. We anticipate having the majority of our parks mowed by week’s end."

In advance of the contractors still being finalized coming out to mow the parks, Indy Parks maintenance is doing the mowing. If you have a park that is getting particularly high, please let me know and I will check into having Indy Parks get to it as soon as they can.

Take care,

Dennis Papenmeier
Mayor’s Neighborhood Liaison
South Center Township
Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services
Gregory A. Ballard, Mayor
2133 City-County Building
200 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Office: (317) 327-5595
Fax: (317) 327-5424

Request a City Of Indianapolis/Marion County Service,
Contact (317) 327-4MAC (327-4622)

Vol Opp - 2009 Race Against Melanoma

2009 Race Against Melanoma

Outrun the Sun, Inc.,needs volunteers for its2009 Race Against Melanoma - Indianapolis on Saturday, June 6th. Race start time is 7:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed morning, afternoon and evening to help with set-up, course marshalling, registration, tear down & clean up. Please contact or register to volunteer.

Relay for Life to fight Cancer

Saint Florian Center is partnering with Howe High School “Relay for Life” to fight Cancer

May 30 – 31, 2009
10 am – 10 am

The Saint Florian Center will pay a $10.00 registration fee for each of the Saint Florian Center partners to have a team during the "Relay for Life" event. Each Partner must select a Team Captain to recruit members from your organization, church, family and friends to participate and support the event. I need you to promote the event, collect $10.00 from each team member (even if they cannot attend) to support the event. The SFC will email forms to fill out for each team. Each Partner is encouraged to make this a family affair:
 Bring your tent, chairs, music, and grill to cook out
 Spend the night (or stay as long as you can)
 Bring games (Frisbee’s, cards, soccer, etc.)
Saint Florian Center will:
 Provide a tent for the first aid station
 Bring a Bounce House & Games for everyone to use
 Provide a SFC Tent (Partners…please bring your own…let me know if you need a tent)
 Encourage all partners to provide volunteers to help set up; clean up; assist with entertainment and games.
 Table set up to promote World No Tobacco Day.
 Have Fun while supporting this GREAT cause!
What will take place during the Relay for Life?
 10 AM Opening Ceremony (ROTC presents colors)
 Dr. Eugene White honored speaker
 Team Parade Lap (Team Banner)
 Someone must be on the track each hour.
Theme Laps
 Celebrity look alike; sports teams; blowing bubbles, hula hoop; pajamas, anything FUN / Respectful…
 We NEED your suggestions!
Entertainment & Activities
 Limbo Contest; Corn Hole Tourney; Bounce House…etc
 Music / Bands / Choirs (throughout the event)
 Cha-Cha & Electric Slide…other fun dances
 We NEED your suggestions!
Survivor Recognition
 There will be a special tent to celebrate all survivors
 7 pm Survivor Victor Lap (Photo Opportunities)
 9:45 pm Luminary Ceremony for those that have passed; prayer and reading of the names

For More Information Contact

Captain Anthony P. Williamson
Saint Florian Center
cell: (317) 442-4508
Mike Morgan (Southeast representative)
710-1758 cell

Do Something Positive-Be Someone Positive Have Something Positive!

Monday, May 11, 2009

BOI - How to Start a Business … The Right Way

How to Start a Business … The Right Way

Learn about the steps required to start a new business and what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. Examine your readiness, business opportunities and how BOI can help. Free

Thursday, May 28, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: United Way, 3901 N. Meridian St.
Instructor: Tricia Guagliardo, BOI
(317) 917-3266, ext. 100

Auditions for stage comedy play

Auditions for family-friendly stage comedy play

Auditions for the Stage Actors’ Workshop production of “The Villain‘s Secret, or, Christmas in July” written by John Burkhart will be held Sunday, May 10, at 3 pm and Tuesday, May 12 at 7 pm, and Thursday, May 14, at 7 pm. Auditions for the family-friendly stage comedy play will be held at the University Of Indianapolis Community Theater at the Wheeler Arts Center, 1035 Sanders Street, Indianapolis, 46203.

The melodramatic comedy play requires six adult actors, three men and three women; all ages considered. Actors will read from the script. Performance dates are weekends July 10th through July 26th. Some staff positions are also available. For more information contact the director, Bob Rini at 317-201-3436 or e-mail at

Play Synopsis: It's Christmas time in the sleepy little village of Happy Hollow, and lovely heroine Loretta Lovestruck and her aunt Laura are busy getting ready for the holiday season. Every year the ladies purchase presents for the Little Sisters of the Poor Orphanage and this year Loretta has purchased a special present for her favorite orphan, Molly Malloy. Little does she know that the present she so innocently purchased will involve her and her aunt in a sinister and devious plot involving several strangers. First there is an extremely unsavory gentleman named Sylvester Stoneheart who attempts to purloin the present. Then a mysterious lady named Vanya Vandalgrabber attempts to purchase it. Handsome hero Rex Robust appears on the scene along with his companion, company accountant Percy Pencilpoint. They are searching for a stolen artifact. Why is everyone so interested in Loretta's gift? Will evil Sylvestor Stoneheart succeed in his scheme to obtain it? Or will Laura, or Vanya, or Rex, or Percy succeed in thwarting Stoneheart's devious scheme? Will Loretta ever learn....the villains secret?

The Stage Actors' Workshop is a not-for-profit community theater acting company comprised of talented people who do theater for the love of it. Their mission is to bring to the public live family-friendly stage shows that are entertaining and educational at a cost that will not break the family budget. Admission for adults is $10, Seniors, Students, and Veterans is $6, children 12 years-old and younger, $4. Bob Rini has served as the company’s artistic director since its inception in 1998. They offer affordable acting classes for adults and children. More information may be obtained by e-mailing them at

Robert R. Rini,
Artistic Director, Stage Actors' Workshop
337 Parkway Ave.
Indianapolis, In 46225
Cell: 317-201-3436

Twin Aire Community Neighborhood Meeting

Twin Aire Community Neighborhood Meeting
TUESDAY MAY 12 6:30 - 7:30
[always the 2nd Tuesday of the month]
Held at: Power of Prayer Community Church, Southeast Corner of Newton Av. And Parker St.
Come meet your neighbors, discuss issues and problems in the neighborhood, and look for solutions.

This month: sidewalks, recent crime, RR clean-up, and more.

BOI - Understanding Financial Statements

Understanding Financial Statements

Examine the key financial statements of any business — the income statement and balance sheet — to understand how they are generated and how you can use them to analyze your business and make management decisions. $10

Wednesday, May 27, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Larry Borthwick, Old National Bank
(317) 917-3266, ext. 100

Projects funded by $29 million NSP Funds

Announcement of Projects funded by $29 million NSP Funds

Mayor Greg Ballard will join community leaders to announce the city's partners in implementing projects funded by $29 million dollars in Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) Funds (NSP).

The Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the funds late last year, after which the City's Redevelopment Planning Council engaged in an extensive evaluation process to determine how and where the dollars should be focused to have the greatest impact on Indianapolis neighborhoods. More than 50 responses to a Request For Qualifications (RFQ) were received, each seeking the ability to partner with the City in this endeavor.




WHEN: 1:30 P.M., TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2009

NOTE: DMD staff members and representatives of the groups selected will also be on hand to answer questions.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Indy Parks May Newsletter

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Indy Parks May Newsletter

Volunteer Opp - Green Trail installation

“Green” Trail with 2,400 Native Perennials and Storm water Swales to be Installed

Installation of a “Green” Trail with 2,400 Native Perennials and Storm water Swales in North Square Neighborhood, Fountain Square

WHERE: North Square Neighborhood is between the interstate (I-65) and Shelby, Virginia and Fletcher. Project location is Hosbrook Street south of I-65.

WHO: North Square Neighborhood Association, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Lilly Day of Service, Surroundings and SEND

WHEN: May 16, 2009; 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with preparation the week prior and Lilly Day of Service perennial planting May 20, 2009

Come watch (and help) this working-class neighborhood, faced with the challenges of abandoned houses and absentee landlords, create an all-green trail featuring a crushed stone path, native perennials and vegetative swales.

With a small greenspace grant from KIB and IPL, North Square Neighborhood is beginning the task of becoming the greenest neighborhood in the city.

North Square Neighborhood Association and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful will create a trail of crushed stone, build vegetative swales to help filter and absorb storm water runoff, and prepare flower beds for the 2,400 native Indiana plants that Lilly Day of Service workers and SEND will plant along the trail on May 20, 2009. Allen Janke of Surroundings drew the trail plan. This green project is the first major step in the neighborhood greening. North Square has already installed a paper recycling bin, a number of rain barrels—with many more to come— and an upcoming planning charrette will focus on greening North Square.

“Our goal is to have North Square become a LEED certified neighborhood in 2010 when the LEED Neighborhood Development standards are set,” said neighborhood association president, Connie Zeigler. Come and watch North Square Neighborhood take the first steps toward making that goal a reality. We’ll even lend you a shovel to help us dig our swell swale!

CONTACT: Connie Zeigler

Friday, May 8, 2009

Homeward Bound Walk

We’re walking ….. In the Homeward Bound Walk

to provide housing and Fight Homelessness

on Sunday, June 14th

at 2:00pm

from the Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in downtown Indianapolis

Be a part of the solution ….


Donate online at Homeward Bound Indiana

Walk and Donate

This is one of 2 major fundraisers for Trusted Mentors Inc!

Register to walk or donate at Homeward Bound Indiana

Trusted Mentors is an innovative program that matches volunteer mentors with Lora” to help her improve her opportunities and become self-sufficient,

“Diane” as she leaves homelessness and faces change alone

“George” as he enters IUPUI after leaving the foster care system

“Bill”, a re-entering citizen as he strives to remain employed

Since 2003, over 70% of our mentored individuals have remained housed.

Trusted Mentors mentors:

Young adults leaving the foster care system and becoming an adult on their own

Chronically homeless individuals who now housed, face change and isolation

Disadvantaged women, employed but not yet self-sufficient

Returning citizens, to lower the re-entry rate back into prisons

All donations are gratefully received. Donate on-line at Homeward Bound Indiana

Or send checks to:

Trusted Mentors

1035 S. New Jersey

Indianapolis, IN 46225

Jeri Warner
Executive Director
Trusted Mentors Inc

Join us at the Homeward Bound Walk!
Sunday, June 14th, at 2pm
Veterans Memorial Plaza
Downtown Indy