Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Prospect Reuse Vision Open House

Please join the Citizens Energy Group Prospect Street Reuse Team to learn about our proposed vision for redevelopment of the former Indianapolis Coke manufacturing plant site and nearby parcels.

* Mark Your Calendar: Thursday, July 9, 2009
* Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
* Agenda: Brief program at 6 p.m.
* Where: Big White Tent on Twin Aire Property
(Entrance off Pleasant Run Parkway)

Plenty of parking!

Enjoy hot dogs, chips, soda and cookies while you talk one-on-one with specialists about property redevelopment, demolition of plant structures and environmental cleanup. We look forward to answering your questions and hearing your input.

Special thanks to Josh Bowling and staff at the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Council for coordinating this community gathering on behalf of Citizens Energy Group.



The City of Indianapolis and Buggs Special Events will
play host to the Eighth Annual 4th of July Canal FamilyFest

When: July 4th 5:00pm to Dusk

Where: Downtown Canal Walk and White River State Park

Free activities: Family activities at the Indiana State Museum.
Admission to the Eiteljorg museum is free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
beginning at 4:30 p.m., enjoy family-friendly games and crafts, music,
artist demonstrations and more in the DeHaan Family Terrace.
Fireworks set to begin at dusk

Food: Food vendors will be located along the canal.

Accessibility: Events on the canal are accessible to persons with
disabilities through the Indiana State Museum, the Eiteljorg Museum or
through elevators at the intersection of Indiana Avenue and Michigan
Street and on the north side of New York Street near West Street.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Special programs at the East Washington Library for July

Mosaic Message Art

Registration Required

Children ages 8 and up are invited to participate in a community art project presented by the Indianapolis Art Center. They'll create a tile to be part of a community mural in the fall. Registration is required by calling 275-4360 ext 4

Rock Band

Teens are invited to play the computer game.

I Spy Workshop

Registration Required

Children ages 6 - 13 are invited to solve a crime using invisible ink and their sharp sleuthing skills during a program presented by Oogles 'n Googles. Registration is required by calling 275-4360 ext 4.

History Mysteries

Who's lying? Who's telling the truth? Children of all ages and families are invited to test their wit against historical characters during this program presented by the Indiana State Museum and Target.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Free Lunch

In 2008-09 school year, 84 percent of Indianapolis Public school students qualified for free or reduced-price lunches. This is a 6 percent increase from the previous school year. In an effort to help provide an opportunity to continue to provide a nutritious meal for these children over the summer, the USDA funds 234 summer programs in Marion County.
  • For a county-by-county list of summer lunch locations go to mustang.doe.in.gov/dg/05-food/welcome.html
  • Indy Parks provides free lunches at several locations throughout the city.
  • The Boys and Girls Club charges a fee for it's summers camp programs but does not charge for meals. Go to www.bgcindy.org for locations.
  • Kingsley Terrace Church of Christ has openings at their free summer camp. The children will be provided with free breakfast and lunch. The Church is at 2031 E. 30th Street. Any one younger than 18 can come in to eat for free.
  • To learn more about the USDA Summer Food service program go to www.summerfood.usda.gov

Inspiring Places Spirited Chase

Spirited Chase Home | View Inspiring Places

This is a fun and easy way to be involved in a Spirit & Place event!

To celebrate the theme of the 2009 Spirit and Place Festival, Inspiring Places, WFYI invites you to send your photos of the inspiring places you enjoy. Between now and July 31, 2009, you can upload your photos and tell why these places inspire you (use this online form.)

From all of the submissions, WFYI will select six and turn those into a "Spirited Chase" on Saturday, November 7, as part of the opening weekend of the Spirit and Place Festival. The Spirited Chase will be a delightful excursion that lets you visit each inspirational place and experience and enjoy its magic. Please feel free to submit photos from anywhere in the world, but the WFYI Spirited Chase destinations will be chosen from those closest to Indianapolis!

Click on the “View Inspiring Places” link above to see all of the photo submissions and vote for those that inspire you!

Prospect Reuse Vision Open House

Please join the Citizens Energy Group Prospect Street Reuse Team to learn about our proposed vision for redevelopment of the former Indianapolis Coke manufacturing plant site and nearby parcels.
Mark Your Calendar: Thursday, July 9, 2009
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Agenda: Brief program at 6 p.m.
Where: Big White Tent on Twin Aire Property (Entrance off Pleasant Run Parkway)
Plenty of parking!
Enjoy hot dogs, chips, soda and cookies while you talk one-on-one with specialists about property redevelopment, demolition of plant structures and environmental cleanup. We look forward to answering your questions and hearing your input.
Special thanks to Josh Bowling and staff at the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center for coordinating this community gathering on behalf of Citizens Energy Group.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

salute the heroes at 10th annual america we remember concert, fireworks display

INDIANAPOLIS ­– (June 24, 2009) The Friends of Garfield Park Inc. and Indy Parks & Recreation invite residents to pack the picnic gear and lawn chairs this Friday for a free patriotic concert and fireworks display at the Garfield Park MacAllister Center for Performing Arts.

The 10th Annual America We Remember concert will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, June 26, with a prelude by The Indianapolis 500 Gordon Pipers. The evening will include performances by the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra of “Armed Forces Salute” and “America Alive” and an “America Today” presentation by Fountain Square Academy students. A “Fantastic Fireworks 2009” show follows the musical performances.

WHAT: 10th Annual America We Remember Concert and Fireworks Display
WHERE: Garfield Park MacAllister Center for the Performing Arts, 2432 Conservatory Drive
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, June 26


INDIANAPOLIS – Mayor Greg Ballard and City Controller David Reynolds will hold a public meeting Tuesday, June 30, to provide an update on the financial status of the City of Indianapolis. The agenda will include discussions on Animal Care and Control and the Department of Public Works.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Summer Courses at INRC

If you have not been able to attend any of the summer 2009 classes at INRC there is still time! Please check out the remaining courses in June listed below. All 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 namccormick@inrc.org.

Study Circles Information Session: Tuesday, June 23, 6:00-7:30pm

Connections. Conversation. Community. Action. Over the past nine years, thousands of Indianapolis residents have joined their voices to make things happen, to make their voices matter through Study Circle discussions and resulting projects. Whether it is by celebrating a shared identity, restoring peace in a neighborhood, or lifting up the powerful voices of youth, Study Circles have been used to make a positive impact in our neighborhoods by engaging residents and harnessing their collective energy. Come learn about Study Circles and how you can implement one in your neighborhood.

Great Stories! How to Present Your Results:

Part One: Introduction to great presentations: Thursday, June 25, 6:00-8:30pm

Part Two: Presenting and Feedback: Thursday, July 16, 6:00-8:30pm

As our neighborhoods engage their residents to see change, more and more of them have great outcomes and stories that need to be told. INRC realizes the impact that great stories can have to inspire, motivate and encourage others to seek change in their communities. Come learn how to present your success stories to a broader audience and gain useful tools for designing your presentation. Participants of Part One will return to make presentations, and receive feedback on how to enhance your presentation.

Digital Storytelling: Tuesday, June 30,6:00-8:30pm

Digital Storytelling is a powerful and accessible media that gives neighbors a dynamic platform to advocate for change, promote celebration, and exhibit community identity. This Digital Storytelling course will provide participants with an introduction to many of the free resources necessary to create digital stories. In addition, participants will walk through the steps of successfully creating a moving digital story. Through this course, participants will walk away with the skills and knowledge to create digital stories to be shared for years to come!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

National City Mortgage

Do you have a mortgage with National City?

Are you having trouble making your payments or think you might have trouble in the future?

We’re here to help!

A Homeownership Preservation Specialist will be available Wednesday, July 1st and Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 in
the Fountain Square branch to meet with you. Appointments are available from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Joint Educational Outreach Forum inviting the Hispanic Community

The Indianapolis District office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and La Plaza will be co-sponsoring a Joint Educational Outreach Forum inviting the Hispanic Community. Federal Agencies will send representatives from The Social Security Administration, The Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.

Issues of interest that will be discussed include: completing Social Security applications involving Hispanic double surname, how to obtain the correct specific immigration documents to complete, and how to obtain the correct Individual Taxpayer Identification numbers. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will address National Origin Discrimination as well, and how to file charges of discrimination.

The forum will be held at La Plaza on Thursday June 25th from 6:00 P.M. To 8: 00 P.M.

La Plaza

8902 E.38th Street

Indianapolis, IN 46226


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Career Fair to Offer 800 Jobs

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s Indianapolis Employment Opportunities 2009 Career Fair on Tuesday, June 23 will host at least 45 businesses offering as many as 800* jobs, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Exhibit Halls 1 and 2 of Lucas Oil Stadium. And the pre-registered job seekers are displaying profiles of higher ages and education levels.

The pre-registrations for the event show that 253 are age 45 and older. The pre-registered job seekers in the age group 18-25 number 151. Another 231 fall into the age group of 25-25, and those age 35-45 number 179.

Pre-registrations for the career event show that 476 job seekers have earned educational degrees beyond high school diplomas. Another 174 pre-registrants have experienced some higher education courses. Those with high school diplomas only number 164.

The Indianapolis Private Industry Council (IPIC) and Indianapolis Economic Development, Inc. (IEDI) are planning the event.

“We are excited that we can bring this number of job openings to members of the community,” said Brooke Huntington, president/CEO of IPIC, “since our organization’s goal is to connect businesses and members of the workforce with job opportunities.”

The event is open to the public at no admission cost, but advanced registration is recommended for streamlining entrance to the career fair activities. Also, online registration will enable event organizers to provide participating businesses with job seekers’ resumes. Individuals interested in seeking employment are invited to register on the website (www.indycareerfair09.com).

Businesses in Central Indiana have been invited to participate by renting exhibit booths and meeting with people interested in applying for jobs. Businesses may find more information about participating by visiting the website: www.indycareerfair09.com.

Businesses already registered and planning to participate include:

· Adecco

· American Income Life

· American National Insurance Company


· Atterbury Career Corps Center

· Authentic Business & Career Coaching

· Bell Techlogix

· Brightpoint

· Centurion Clinical Research

· Comcast

· Conway Freight

· CREW Technical Services

· Diverse Staffing

· DWD Workone Veterans Services

· Fifth Third Bank

· Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana

· Ivy Technological Community College

· Indiana Department of Workforce Development

· Indiana MENTOR

· Indiana Wesleyan University

· Indianapolis Housing Agency

· Indianapolis Public Transportation Corp. (IndyGo)

· John Hancock

· Lincoln College of Technology

· Key Bank

· Marian College

· Marion County Sheriff’s Department

· Marian University for St. Vincent Health

· Mid-America Clinical Laboratories

· National City

· National College

· Paul Mitchell the School Indianapolis

· Perpetual Technologies

· Prudential

· Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center

· Royal United Mortgage

· Securitas Security Services

· Simon Property Group

· Sodrel Truck Lines

· St. Vincent New Hope

· Tupperware

· United Water Services

· USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services

In addition to the interaction between businesses and job seekers, the Mayor’s Career Fair will offer seven professionally presented workshops which will be provided in rotation throughout the day of the event.

The topics of the workshops scheduled for the event include:

· Job Search and Networking

· Resume Writing

· Interview Skills

· 2009 Job Search Techniques

· Career Exploration/Transferable Skills

· Financial Aid for Education

· “Impression Management” presented by Dress for Success


Enjoy free plays in the park, starting with the production of ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ this weekend

INDIANAPOLIS ­– (June 18, 2009) The Garfield Shakespeare Company’s 2009 season begins this weekend with its production of “Much Ado About Nothing” at the Garfield Park Arts Center. Performances will be at 7 p.m. June 19, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 20, and 2 p.m. June 21.

The Garfield Shakespeare Company this summer also will share a shortened traveling version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with several Indy Parks & Recreation summer day camps. Free performances of this production also are planned at the Garfield Park Arts Center on dates yet to be determined.

The third production of the 2009 season will be “Twelfth Night” at the MacAllister Center for the Performing Arts at Garfield Park in the traditional outdoor setting. Performances are scheduled for Sept. 4, 5, 11, and 12. All three plays feature original costumes created by award-winning designer Bradley Jones. For more information, contact Garfield Park Arts Center Manager Tom Weidenbach at (317) 327-7066.

“Much Ado About Nothing”

Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive


June 19 7 p.m.

June 20 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

June 21 2 p.m.

About The Garfield Shakespeare Company

For more than 100 years, Garfield Park has been the cultural center for the Southside of Indianapolis. Performances of William Shakespeare’s plays presented in an outdoor amphitheatre setting have been an important part of this history. In 2005, area resident Joe Cook organized the Garfield Shakespeare Company in the interest of bringing Shakespearean productions back to the park. In December 2007 the company performed its first production, consisting of love scenes from some of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. In 2008 the company performed “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Romeo and Juliet.”

Request for Powerful Stories

Due July 10th, 2009

About Neighbor Power!:

Neighbor Power! A Gathering to Inspire Greater Indy Neighborhoods is a new and free event bringing together active and engaged residents and community leaders on Oct. 17 at the University of Indianapolis. We’re seeking people like you to share powerful stories during discussions and workshops on the neighborhood issues we all face. We need you to inspire and empower others with your stories. Together, we can make a difference.

Why Should I Share?

  • You could reach up to 300 people with your story.
  • You and a summary of your story will be included in gathering materials.
  • You’ll be part of the program attended by neighborhood residents, community group leaders, business
    owners, representatives of local nonprofits, corporate and philanthropic partners, and government
  • You’ll have a great opportunity to connect through public conversation.

What Should I Share?

Neighbor Power! encourages presenters from all walks of life to share their stories on the following suggested topics:

  • Community Engagement
  • Block clubs and crime watch/public safety
  • Neighborhood Retail
  • Youth engagement
  • Public art
  • Tales of neighborhood-driven development
  • Neighborhood events
  • Abandoned Homes/Zoning and Code enforcement
  • Going Green - urban gardens, development, co-ops, farmers market, green roofs
  • Zoning and code enforcement/City services
  • Capitalizing on uniqueness of neighborhood
  • Connecting with your schools/churches
  • Quality of life planning for neighborhoods

How Will It Work?

Once presenters are selected, you’ll be matched with others to develop a joint workshop on a mutual topic. Presenters will have the opportunity to tell their stories in two back to back sessions at Neighbor Power! The workshops/discussions are scheduled to last one hour with 20-40 participants attending. Each presenter will share their story in 10 minutes or less, allowing time for questions and discussion.

What Does Neighbor Power! Expect From You?

  • Attend a workshop planning meeting on August 17 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Attend a training and practice session in September.
  • Understand that you won’t be able to attend other discussions/workshops at Neighbor Power!
    but they will be recorded for later viewing.

Note: Potential presenters are encouraged to attend INRC’s summer course, Great Stories! How to Present Your Results. In this two-part course, participants will learn how to present their stories to a broader audience and gain useful tools for designing their presentation. The workshops will be held June 25 and July 16 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. For more information and to register, call Nita McCormick at (317) 920-0330 or namccormick@inrc.org. Application Process: Complete and return this form by mail or email to Shawn Thomas on or before July 10, 2009. Presenters will be chosen and notified by/on August 6.

Link to submission form

Send entries to:

Neighbor Power! Stories
C/O Shawn Thomas
333 N. Pennsylvania Street, Suite 600
Indianapolis, IN 46204

OR Email to SThomas@lisc.org.

Questions? Contact Shawn Thomas at (317) 396-0588, ext. 19 or via email.

901 Farmer's Market

Come to shop the Farmer's Market for fresh produce, plants, jewelry, crafts and a Flea Market. Located in the parking lot of Southeast Community Services. Admission is free. Vendors are welcome. For more information call 317.607.3235 or 317.283.8748.

July 4, 2009
9 am - noon
901 Shelby Street Indianapolis, IN 46203

Monday, June 15, 2009

In response to the state of the economy and the number of Indiana military personnel on active duty, the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis is providing a free week of overnight camp at Flat Rock River YMCA Camp in St. Paul, Indiana, for 300 Central Indiana children of unemployed parents and deployed military personnel. This is a $500 value, per child, being offered at no cost to families on a first come, first-served basis.
“The YMCA has always made our programs and services available to those in the community regardless of their ability to pay,” said Eric Ellsworth, President/CEO, YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. “Offering a free week of camp to area children is just another opportunity for our organization to respond to the pressing needs in our community,” added Ellsworth.
A campership for a free week of overnight camp at Flat Rock River YMCA Camp could be an incredible opportunity and a blessing for a family stressed by job loss, reduction in work hours, or military deployment. Parents will be able to feel a sense of relief that their financial/work situation isn’t denying their kids a special summer experience. And kids will have a week of fun, new friends, new skills, and adventure – away from the family’s worries.
Please think about the families you know – neighbors, Y members, relatives, friends who may be going through tough times right now – especially those who have had work hours cut, job losses, and or military deployment – and reach out to them with this opportunity. Sometimes a personal nudge is all it takes for people who are not accustomed to asking for things for free….you’ll be doing them a great favor.
Act now while there are still camperships available. For more information about the free week of camp at Flat Rock River YMCA Camp, visit www.indymca.org or call 888-828-9622.
If you have any questions – call Steve Heiny or Melinda Williamson at camp or Tangela Floyd or me at the Association Office!
Now – get out and spread the word!!!! Thanks!






MON. JULY 6 6:30

[NOT the 2nd Tues this month]

Held at: Power of Prayer Community Church

Southeast Corner of Newton Av. And Parker St.


Aaron York is gratuitously providing pizza for this month’s meeting. Bring your neighbors and families. Pitch-in deserts welcome.







Saturday, June 13, 2009

U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Visits SE Indy!

As you may have heard, as part of the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), the City of Indianapolis has been awarded $29 million to combat foreclosed, vacant, or abandoned homes. Additionally, through State of Indiana NSP funding, Indianapolis neighborhoods recently received an additional $5 million allocation. The Indianapolis neighborhoods selected to receive these funds include three of the six GINI demonstration neighborhoods in which LISC is concentrating its revitalization support - Southeast, Near East, and Near West. These neighborhoods were well-positioned to compete for these funds because of the intensive process of quality-of-life planning that enabled them to bring together community partners and create a clear vision for the future of their neighborhood.

During a recent visit to Indianapolis to talk about NSP investments, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan praised the work of community groups in Southeast and the Near East, neighborhoods in which he toured during his short stay. He also met privately with local supporters of housing revitalization including Bill Taft, LISC Indianapolis Executive Director. He spoke highly of LISC's work and encouraged the continued technical assistance and financial investment that LISC provides to help neighbors build communities.

Friday, June 12, 2009


Abitibi Bowater's completely free paper-recycling fund raiser has arrived! The community Paper Retriever bin is located in the Woodlawn Ave. and Shelby Street parking lot.

Who is Abitibi Bowater and why is our program free?
Abitibi Bowater is the world's largest newsprint manufacturer. 100% of all the paper collected in our Paper Retriever bins is recycled and turned into newsprint which we sell. One in every two newspapers is printed on Abitibi Bowater's paper.

You may also notice our bins in various retail store parking lots. These stores are "host" locations for non-for-profit organizations. For example, the tonnage collected in the Kroger Paper Retriever bins supports Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. At the end of every month, Abitibi Bowater sends a check to the participating non-for-profit organizations for the paper tonnage collected in the bin.

What can you do to help support your neighborhood paper recycling program?
Deposit your newspapers, magazines, catalogs, office paper, school paper, art paper, envelopes, and junk mail in the Paper Retriever bin every week. Encourage your place of employment to recycle their paper and deposit it in the bin. Every ton collected means money for your neighborhood organization.

Why is recycling paper important?
42% of household trash is paper! Recycling paper helps clean the environment. According to the American Lung Association, Indianapolis was ranked #11 in the country for having poor air quality. A full Paper Retriever bin weighs between 1 to 2 tons. Every ton of paper recycled in our bin prevents 60 lbs. of air pollution from entering the environment, saves 17 trees, 390 gallons of oil, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space, 7,000 gallons of water, and 4,102 kwh of electricity.

Volunteers are needed for two to four hours, one weekend day in July (Date to-be-determined) to help with the Fountain Square Community Paper Drive. If you are able to help, please contact Connie Zeigler at conniezeigler@sbcglobal.com or (317) 908-6046. If you would like to have a free cardboard recycling box for your retail establishment or office, please contact Connie. (Supply of boxes is limited)



Wednesday, June 10, 2009


INDIANAPOLIS - The jackal-headed god Anubis, believed to be the guide and protector of the dead in ancient Egypt, will be installed on the Canal to pave the way for King Tut's treasures.
The five-ton, 25-foot tall statue will be installed in the area on West 11th Street.

Final preparations are underway at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis for the exhibition "Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs," which opens on June 27. Anyone who joins Anubis' Facebook fan page prior to June 27 will receive a discount code for tickets to the exhibition at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

Anubis has served as the protector of King Tut's treasures in Dallas, Atlanta, Vienna and London.

WHEN: Thursday, June 11 10 a.m. - Anubis statue installation - "in progress" photo opportunities

WHERE: The Canal Downtown off West 11th Street

Citizens Energy Group Begins Discussing Proposed Prospect Reuse Vision with Neighborhood Groups

Citizens Energy Group has begun discussing with various neighborhood groups a Proposed Reuse Vision for its Indianapolis Coke Plant property and adjacent parcels. The reuse vision is intended to promote recreation, neighborhood revitalization and job creation on the southeast side. The reuse vision commits Citizens to the following:
  • Partnerships - We will seek qualified partners who are experts in redevelopment, rather than trying to independently redevelop the property.
  • Demolition - We will begin demolishing Indianapolis Coke plant structures in 2011. We will communicate with the community prior to demolition.
  • Environmental Remediation - We will continue working collaboratively with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management as we remediate environmental impacts on the property to support intended land uses. All remediation plans are open to public review.
  • Community Dialogue - We will seek input from the community as we finalize and implement the Reuse Vision.

For more information on the reuse vision, please go to www.CitizensProspectVision.com.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Mayor’s Advisory Council on Disability announced today that there is less than a week left to nominate individuals, businesses and organizations for its annual Access and Inclusion Awards.

The Access and Inclusion Awards recognize individuals and organizations that support diversity and the inclusion of persons with disabilities in Indianapolis. Nomination applications are due Friday, June 12, 2009. Interviews of finalists will take place the week of June 22. Winners will be recognized by Mayor Ballard mid day on July 9 at the Indianapolis Artsgarden. This year’s ceremony is very special, as we also welcome the National Organization on Disability as Indianapolis is presented the 2009 Accessible America Award.

There are three awards for which individuals, businesses and organizations can be nominated:

· 2009 James Pauley Lifetime Service Award: Established in memory of James K. Pauley, the recipient of this award is an individual who demonstrates outstanding contributions promoting the inclusion and independence of persons with disabilities.

· 2009 Accessibility Award: Designed to recognize individuals, businesses and organizations that have made exceptional contributions to ensure persons with disabilities can participate in events, programs and activities offered in Indianapolis. Contributions to any and all aspects of community life such as in art, culture, recreation, leisure, commerce, travel, worship and social life will be considered.

· 2009 Employer Award: Designed to recognize individuals, businesses and organizations that have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to providing training and career opportunities to persons with disabilities that promote inclusion.

To receive a copy of the application, please contact Juli Paini, Indianapolis Office of Disability Affairs, 200 East Washington Street, Room 2460, Indianapolis, IN 46204; Tx. 327-3798; Fax ATTN: 327-4577; email jpaini@indygov.org.

There is no limit on the number of nominations an individual, business or organization can submit; however, applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 12, 2009 for consideration.

In addition, businesses and organizations are invited to be part of the Awareness Day festivities. Exhibit reservations are limited; forms can be requested by contacting Juli Paini at 327-3798 or at jpaini@indygov.org.

The Mayor’s Council on Council on Disability promotes the inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities within the Indianapolis community, and advises the Mayor and city administration on issues that impact people with disabilities.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Become an IBE Volunteer Today, Give Gift of Time

For nearly 40 years, dedicated volunteers have helped to drive IBE's success in the community. Join the hundreds of IBE volunteers who work year-round in a variety of capacities to support and carry out the mission of the organization. IBE volunteers gain an enhanced, cultural awareness about the community, access to various behind the scenes action, lasting relationships and more. Become a part of the IBE legacy and give the gift of time.

The next volunteer orientation date is June 25. For more information or to become a volunteer, contact Helen Haynes, IBE chapter development director at hhaynes@indianablackexpo.com or call (317) 925-2702. You can also click here to download the form.


INDIANAPOLIS ­– (June 5, 2009) LIVE NATION and Indy Parks & Recreation encourage Indianapolis residents to volunteer at a special community service event to earn free concert tickets to the O.A.R. concert at The Lawn at White River State Park on June 17, 2009.

Persons interested in volunteering must sign up in advance. Visit www.indyparks.org to register for the cleanup at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1702 N. Broadway St., which will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 11, 2009. The first 75 registered volunteers will receive one free ticket to the June 17 O.A.R. concert at The Lawn at White River State Park. Volunteers for the June 11 cleanup will be spreading mulch on the playground, painting picnic tables and fences, sweeping curb lines, raking grass and leaves, and picking up trash.

"This is a great partnership with LIVE NATION that will definitely help energize volunteerism in the Indianapolis community," said Ashley Richards, Community Partnerships Senior Manager.

KIBI Summer Volunteer Update

Join Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. this summer for some great volunteer opportunities! You can do everything from improving local area school grounds to installing a biking and walking path in an urban neighborhood. Take a look below, and visit the online VOLUNTEER PROJECT CALENDAR for continuously updated information about these summer projects.

Email Sarah Grain at sgrain@kibi.org, or call her at 317.264.7555 x106 to sign up!


Friday, June 12th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monon Tree Planting
Monon, between 10th and 16th Streets
Help plant trees along the Monon trail so that walker, riders and runners can enjoy for years to come!
Number of volunteers needed: 20
Sign Up!

Saturday, June 20th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Binford Median Planting
Near 65th and Binford
Help complete the installation of over 15,000 native plants and grasses in the Binford medians, north of 65th St. This is a model project to spotlight storm water runoff management and water filtering.
Number of volunteers needed: 30
Sign Up!

Wednesday, June 24th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Project Green Schools at the International School
4330 N. Michigan Rd.
Help complete a massive beautification at the International School by planting perennial grasses, installing a fence, mulching and weeding the property.
Number of volunteers needed: 20
Sign Up!

Friday, June 26th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Project Green Schools at the Early Learning Center at Brook Park
5249 David Street North
Help this school build a vegetable garden by building raised beds, filling in the soil, and creating a tricycle trail around the property with crushed limestone.
Number of volunteers needed: 30
Sign Up!

Saturday, June 27th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Project Green Schools at St. Joan of Arc
500 E. 42nd St.
Work with this schools to build a garden and vegetable garden on top of an existing parking lot. This schools is very organized and excited to work with community volunteers!
Number of volunteers still needed: 5
Sign Up!

Saturday, June 27th, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
North Square Beautification
Near Fletcher Ave. and Shelby St.
This neighborhood near Fountain Square has recently been energized by a massive beautification that they completed this spring. Help them install a crushed stone path to be used by bikers and walkers, and which will help connect them to the heart of Fountain Square.
Number of volunteers needed: 30
Sign Up!


Saturday, July 11th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Davidson Street Tree Planting Maintenance
Near E. Vermont Street and College Ave.
Help revitalize the Davidson Street corridor planted up this year and last with hundreds of native trees and shrubs. Assist with weeding and cleanup of these beds, mulching and watering.
Number of volunteers needed: 10
Sign Up!

Saturday, July 18th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Brightwood Community Garden
Near E. 28th St. and N. Olney
Help this neighborhood complete the creation of their community garden by assisting the in installing a fence around the perimeter of the planting site.
Number of volunteers needed: 10
Sign Up!

Saturday, July 18th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Project Green Schools at School #114
Near E. Raymond and Emerson Ave.
Help this school to mulch the many trees planted there last year through the Lilly Day of Service, and to assist them with weeding and maintenance of their beautification project.
Number of volunteers needed: 30
Sign Up!


Saturday, August 10th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Madison Avenue Tree Planting Maintenance
Near S. Madison Avenue and Morris St.
Help revitalize the Madison Avenue corridor planted up last year with hundreds of native trees and shrubs. Assist with weeding and cleanup of these beds.
Number of volunteers needed: 25
Sign Up!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Citizen Engagement Survey

Dear Indianapolis Citizen,

As Mayor, I take great pride in the opportunity to listen to you, the citizen, and learn more about what you need to make your neighborhood and this city more livable. That's why I invite you to take a moment to complete this survey by IUPUI to let us know how we can best serve you.

The purpose of the survey is to get citizens' input. All responses to the survey will remain anonymous and will be analyzed by professional researchers as we work to determine the most efficient ways to bring better services to those who call Indianapolis home.

The survey will take approximately five minutes to finish. Thank you for your help and I look forward to hearing from you. Please respond to this survey by Friday, June 26 at the following link: http://survey.indygov.org/makingindybetter.

Best Regards,

Gregory A. Ballard


City of Indianapolis

Saturday, June 6, 2009


INDIANAPOLIS – (June 4, 2009) The City of Indianapolis Department of Parks and Recreation will deliver an estimated 160,000 free meals from June 1, 2009, through Aug. 14, 2009, during its Summer Food Service Program.

This summer marks the 10th consecutive year Indy Parks is participating in the Summer Food Service Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered locally through the Indiana Department of Education. Indy Parks anticipates about 160,000 meals will be distributed this summer to at least 85 locations in economically challenged areas, up from 140,000 meals served last summer. Breakfasts have been added to several park locations this year.

“Healthy, well-balanced meals year-round are essential to a child’s physical and emotional well-being,” said Leslie Power, Indy Parks School and Family Programs Administrator. “Indy Parks provides opportunities for nutritious meals during the summer months when school cafeteria lunches and meals offered through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs are not available.”

The meals are available free of charge to youth ages 18 and younger, or to persons over 18 who are determined by the state or local public education agency to be mentally or physically disabled.

Please visit www.indyparks.org or call (317) 327-PARK for the most current list of locations. For more information on Indy Parks Summer Food Service Program, contact School and Family Programs Administrator Leslie Power at (317) 327-7015 or lpower@indygov.org.

Indy Parks & Recreation is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (voice). TDD users can contact USDA through local relay or the Federal Relay at (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (relay voice users). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”


INDIANAPOLIS – (June 4, 2009) Park it with Indy Parks during Summer Kickoff Week June 10-June 14 and learn how to make Indy Parks your summer destination! Splash into pools, listen to live music, watch a movie in the park, ride at the Velodrome, shop a Farmer’s Market and shimmy at the annual Egyptian Dance Celebration. You will find all this AND MUCH MORE during Indy Parks Summer Kickoff Week!

Kick off the fun at Indy Parks on The Circle from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 10, 2009, on Monument Circle in Downtown Indianapolis. The free event features live music, giveaways, whiffleball and soccer demonstrations, our new Waters Education Trailer, special announcements, Indy Parks partnering organizations and more. Indy Parks staff will host interactive booths highlighting everything from environmental education, golf and playground programs to greenways and aquatics. Joining in the fun will be Indiana Pacers mascot Boomer, Indianapolis Indians mascot Rowdie, and Indiana Ice mascot Big E. Foot with the team’s Clark Cup trophy. Come check out everything Indy Parks offers!

Summer Kickoff Week June 10-14 also features:

  • Concerts at Eagle Creek Park, Holliday Park, Garfield Park, Willard Park Pool and Watkins Park
  • Farmer’s Market at Ellenberger Park
  • Egyptian Dance Celebration and Workshops at Garfield Park
  • Friday Night Racing at Major Taylor Velodrome
  • Pleasant Run Splash ’N Ride Bike Parade and Dedication of Spray Grounds
  • Pack-The-Pools Party

Please see attached media kit for dates, time and locations of these events and more. For additional information, visit www.indyparks.org or call (317) 327-PARK.

Bike Indy. Swim Indy. Run Indy.



INDIANAPOLIS ­– (June 5, 2009) LIVE NATION and Indy Parks & Recreation encourage Indianapolis residents to volunteer at a special community service event to earn free concert tickets to the O.A.R. concert at The Lawn at White River State Park on June 17, 2009.

Persons interested in volunteering must sign up in advance. Visit www.indyparks.org to register for the cleanup at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 1702 N. Broadway St., which will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 11, 2009. The first 75 registered volunteers will receive one free ticket to the June 17 O.A.R. concert at The Lawn at White River State Park. Volunteers for the June 11 cleanup will be spreading mulch on the playground, painting picnic tables and fences, sweeping curb lines, raking grass and leaves, and picking up trash.

"This is a great partnership with LIVE NATION that will definitely help energize volunteerism in the Indianapolis community," said Ashley Richards, Community Partnerships Senior Manager.

About Indy Parks & Recreation

The mission of Indy Parks & Recreation is to create fun, safe, engaging and sustainable parks that enhance the quality of life for individuals, neighborhoods and communities. Indy Parks will be a national model of excellence and destination for facilities and programs, protecting parks, greenways and open spaces and championing environmental initiatives.


LIVE NATION is the largest producer of live concerts in the world, annually producing more than 16,000 concerts for 1,500 artists in 57 countries and selling more than 45 million concert tickets a year. Headquartered in Los Angeles, LIVE NATION is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, trading under the symbol LYV. Additional information about the company can be found at http://www.livenation.com/investors.

Call to ARTISTS -- Fountain Square Art Fair

WHAT: Fountain Square Art Fair! We Need Artists!
WHERE: Historic Fountain Square public parking lot at Shelby and Morris Streets
WHEN: Saturday. September 19, 2009 10:00-6:00
SPECIAL EVENTS: * Also happening is Masterpiece in a Day, in and around the Fountain Square Village

The Fountain Square Art Fair (FSAF 2009) is in its 3rd year, and growing fast! Climb on to this fabulous fair and sell your wares!

All artists wishing to sell their works to an already-assembled art-appreciative public should be here! We are expecting to fill booth space for about 100 artists in 10x10 spaces.

Booth rental is still just $50 this year! That gets you the 10x10 space. You supply the tables, chair, tent and of course your creations.

Again this year, we will have the FSAF Entertainment Stage going all day with our very own eclectic blend of music and performance. We still run a non-juried show. And as usual, artists can participate in Masterpiece in a Day from their booths! Sell art, create art, maybe win cash prize for your art! What could be better?

Please go to http://www.discoverfountainsquare.com/artfair.cfm for more information and to sign up for a booth. Deadline for booth registration is FRIDAY, July 17, 2009**. Thanks and hope to see you at the Fair!

Sarah Adams, AV Framing Gallery—Fountain Square Merchants Assoc.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Access to online Sheriff Sale information

Good afternoon! Earlier today Clerk White announced a way for registered neighborhood organizations to request free access to online Sheriff Sale information available at www.indygov.biz. There are two steps:

  1. Make sure your neighborhood organization, community development corporation or homeowner/condominium association is registered with the city of Indianapolis. If you aren’t already registered or need to update your information, you can do so by going here: http://imaps.indygov.org/RegOrgs/ The forms are available in the tool bar to your left. You’ll submit the registration form via mail or fax to the contact on the form.
  1. Submit a fee waiver request for Sheriff Sale information. Attached is a packet that outlines these instructions and also includes both the registration form and fee waiver request. You’ll submit the fee waiver request to LoGO Indiana via mail or fax. The Enhanced Access Review Committee reviews the waiver requests at its bi-monthly meetings. (A good rule of thumb is to have your waiver request submitted by the first of the month to reduce your wait time.) This packet is available on the Clerk’s Web site www.indy.gov/clerk and will be posted on indygov.biz in the near future.

Incidentally, government agencies or Hoosier-based not-for-profits with 501(c)(3) status can request a fee waiver for most of the information available on indygov.biz. To learn more, visit www.indygov.biz, click ‘Subscriber Center’ in the upper right tool bar and then click the link for the waiver. You’ll be asked to complete a short survey to determine whether your group is eligible to submit the waiver request. Waivers are reviewed at the bi-monthly EARC meetings and your organization is notified after whether the request was approved or denied.

Please do let me know if our office can be of assistance to you.

Angie Nussmeyer

Public Information Officer | Marion County Clerk Beth White

o. (317) 327-5099 | anussmey@indygov.org

200 E. Washington St. | Room W-122 | Indianapolis, IN 46204


INDIANAPOLIS - The Department of Metropolitan Development will hold two public hearings to seek input on housing and community development needs in Indianapolis and to distribute its 2010 Neighborhood Survey.

Meetings will be held on the following dates:
* Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 6 p.m. Indianapolis Marion County Public Library, Central Library, One Library Square, 40 E St. Clair Street
* Monday, June 15, 2009 at 10 a.m. Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center, 1802 N Illinois Street

The Annual Action Plan is the framework for allocating federal funding; the Community Development Block Grant funds that benefit low and moderate income people, eliminate slum and blight or meet an urgent need; the Home Investment Partnerships funds that provide affordable housing for low and very low income people; the Emergency Shelter Grant funds that provide shelter, essential services and homeless prevention; and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS funds that provide housing and supportive services to persons with AIDS.

People who can not attend the meeting are asked to complete our 2010 Neighborhood Survey at http://www.indy.gov/eGov/City/DMD/Pages/home.aspx
The survey will be available June 8-July 2, 2009.


INDIANAPOLIS - Five non-profit organizations in Indianapolis today learned they will receive a combined total of approximately $5 million in funding through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) allowing for greater resources to assist in the rehabilitation or demolition of vacant or foreclosed properties. The funds were awarded by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

* Riley-Newport: $1M
* Southeast Neighborhood Development: $1.3M
* John H Boner Center: $1M
* King Park Area Dev. Corp. $1M
* Near North Development Corp: $667,910

"Indianapolis is fortunate to have been awarded these funds as we continue working to revitalize troubled areas of our community," said Mayor Greg Ballard. "This money will boost efforts currently underway and will help our community partners as they work to improve on the quality of life for all citizens. This is a great opportunity to bolster neighborhood stabilization initiatives taking place throughout Indianapolis."

Lt. Governor Becky Skillman today announced which communities and community organizations from across the state will share $50 million in NSP funds to buy abandoned or foreclosed homes, demolish or redevelop vacant properties and help low- and moderate-income home buyers purchase properties.

"We have found communities struggling with blight and foreclosure," Lt. Governor Skillman said. "And with this assistance, communities and non-profits can reverse the downward spiral or even stop it before it starts."

Funding for these grants comes from the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program, enacted in 2008. The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority estimates 1,300 properties will be affected by the NSP funds statewide.

Today's announcement represents an infusion of grant money in addition to the $29 million in NSP funds the city received in 2008. 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. Partners selected to implement the initial phase of NSP development initiatives 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 development teams have already begun 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. 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.

Senior Health Fair

Indiana Health Care Foundation Presents...
2009 Senior Health Fair Indianapolis Central Library 40 E. St. Clair Street June 10th 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Attention Seniors, Caregivers, Students and Families… You are invited!
Seniors, caregivers, students and families are invited to participate in a day of education and inspiration as the IMCPL and the Indiana Health Care Founda-tion hosts the “Senior Health Fair” at the Central Library.
This event is FREE to the public. The program will include educational sessions on health care literacy, financial literacy, caregiver tips and other important health topics. Exhibitors will provide free health screenings to all ages and im-portant information on healthy habits and access to care for seniors.
Call toll free at 1-800-466-4422 for more information on this free event!

IHCF provides scholarships to students interested in long term care, educates the public on healthcare issues, supports research and awareness projects to promote and improve healthcare outcomes and works to improve the delivery of healthcare services. This event will provide community based solutions to improving access to care and will encour-age seniors to adopt healthy habits.


TUESDAY JUNE 9 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.

Block Club information

Ever wanted to get to know your neighbors better, but not know where to start?

Join us on June 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at INRC located at 1802 N. Illinois Street for a free training on the formation and ongoing support of block clubs in your neighborhood. Block clubs are an ideal way to support grassroots engagement and communication throughout a neighborhood. Block clubs can be a great forum for public safety discussions and crime watch formation, as well as an avenue for social gatherings and camaraderie. Get information on how to start a block club, hear from a panel of seasoned block club leaders, and learn about how to continue the efforts once they are underway.

Pizza and drinks will be served. RSVP your plans to attend to Sara VanSlambrook at svanslambrook@lisc.org or 396-0588 x17.


In addition, INRC is hosting a series of summer trainings, including:

· Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Addressing the Abandoned Housing Issue in Indianapolis - Tuesday, June 9, 6:00-8:30pm

· Taking Charge of your Neighborhood's Streets and Sidewalks - Thursday, June 18, 6:00-8:30pm

· Study Circles Information Session - Tuesday, June 23, 6:00-7:30pm

· Great Stories! How to Present Your Results: Part One: Introduction to great presentations - Thursday, June 25, 6:00-8:30pm; Part Two: Presenting and Feedback - Thursday, July 16, 6:00-8:30pm

· Digital Storytelling - Tuesday, June 30,6:00-8:30pm

· Green on the Ground - Thursday, July 9, 6:00-8:30pm

· 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

All 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 namccormick@inrc.org.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Call for Participants - 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 fsacouncil@yahoo.com or call 317...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

East Washington Library

June means the Summer Reading Program begins, and the Kick-off Party for Summer Reading at East Washington will be this Saturday, June 6, from noon to 3:00 p.m. Please join us for activities, hotdogs, clowns and Glamente the Magician. Attached is the June calendar, and featured programs are shown below.

Points for the Summer Reading Program may be counted and redeemed beginning Monday, June 8.

Summer films will be held on Wednesdays at 1:00 starting with Bolt on June 10, Beverly Hills Chihuahua on June 17, and Igor on June 24.

Writing Comics & Graphic Novels Registration Required

Thursday, Jun 11, 2009 6:00 pm;

Age Level: Teen (12-17)

Teens ages 12 – 18 are invited to receive tips and advice on writing comics and graphic novels. Topics include visual thinking, script formatting, characterization, pacing and dialogue. Young writers will examine sample scripts and published comics. This program will be presented by the Writer’s Center of Indiana.

Mobile Lab

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, June 15, 16, 17 11:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.

This experimental laptop class is being developed by The Learning Curve at Central Library. Activities may be scheduled the day of the activity and could include: KidPix,

Pivot, MixCraft, PhotoShop, Frames. Call 275-4360 ext. 4 for additional information as it becomes available.

Journey Through Africa: Arts, Crafts and Culture of Africa! Paper Jewelry (Recycled)

Thursday, Jun. 18, 2009, 6:30 p.m. Registration Required

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

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 make their own recycled paper necklace, earring or bracelet. Fashionable eco-friendly jewelry is popular among women in Kenya and Uganda.

Movers & Stakers: Stories Along the Indiana National Road

Saturday, Jun. 20, 2009, 2:00 p.m.

Age Level: All ages Registration not required

Learn about the people and places on Indiana's segment of the National Road in this one-hour movie documentary. Commissioned by Thomas Jefferson in 1806, the Road was America's first federally-funded interstate highway. Now named U.S. 40 (and Washington Street in Indianapolis), its 156 miles stretches from Richmond to Terre Haute. The documentary is funded by a grant from the National Scenic Byways Program.

Presented by Nancy Carlson, executive producer/writer/director.

Secret Agent Lab

Monday, June 29, 1:00 p.m.

Age Level: School Age (6-11)

Children ages 6 - 12 are invited to learn how undercover agents use science to discover clues and solve mysteries. This program is presented by Mad Science of North Central Indiana.

Beginning Crochet

All Saturdays in June 10 -11:30 a.m.

Age Level: Adults, Teen (12-17)

Adults and teens ages 12 and over are invited to learn the art of crochet taught by Ellen Refkin. Begin or develop your crocheting skills during these hands-on sessions.

Rod Burkett, Manager

East Washington Library

2822 East Washington Street

Indianapolis, IN 46201