Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Mayor Greg Ballard announced today the launch of the Indy
Ideas Web site and the Neighborhood Association Council (NAC), two
initiatives organized to work simultaneously to encourage citizen
involvement in local government.

Indy Ideas and NAC is a groundbreaking, two-pronged approach to ensuring
that the citizens who will benefit from the recently announced Corporate
Partnership Program will also help guide the program itself.

"No one knows this community better than the people who live in it, so
we want to use this as a tool to reach out to individuals and give them
the opportunity to share with us their ideas to improve city functions
and overall quality of life for all citizens," said Mayor Ballard.

Indy Ideas can be found by logging on to the City's Web site at This Web site encourages people to get creative and
think of ways that challenges facing the public sector can be alleviated
by the involvement of the private sector. Those ideas will then be
evaluated by the City based on a number of factors, including public
benefit, viability, sustainability, imaging for the City itself, and
potential for incremental revenue.

"To the best of our knowledge, no other municipality has a process such
as this in place to engage its citizens," said Sean Smith President of
Third Street Partners, the firm charged with leading the partnership
initiative. "Only Indianapolis, under the leadership of Mayor Ballard,
has created and launched an on-line 'virtual' suggestion box to
encourage ideas large and small about corporate partnerships. We are
excited to see what creative ideas are brought forward, as we look to
turn those ideas into new revenue that helps solves problems."

The Neighborhood Association Council (NAC) will be comprised of members
of the Marion County Alliance of Neighborhood Association and other
citizen groups. Feedback from this group will have a major influence on
the creation of a public policy which will serve as the backbone for the
process of selecting corporate partnership opportunities. This, along
with the Indy Ideas Web site, are two avenues for citizen involvement
which are unique to Indianapolis.

The NAC will help ensure that the Corporate Partnership Policy follows
all applicable laws and establish guidelines for what is and is not
appropriate as new ideas are brought forward.

Said Michael Huber, Director of Enterprise Development: "The goal of the
Corporate Partnership Program is not to simply put up billboards across
Indianapolis. This project will look for the best relationship between
the public sector and the private sector to the benefit of both. The NAC
and the "Indy Ideas" Web site are direct results of Mayor Ballard's
emphasis of citizen engagement."

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Celebrate Halloween Rocky Horror style in Fountain Square!

The Fountain Square Merchants Association presents Rocky Horror Halloween at the Fountain Square Theatre, October 31, 2009. Time warp with us – twice! There will be two screenings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, music from DJ Brian Jones, and a cash bar. Wear a costume and show them how to do Rocky Horror right!


7:30 Doors open and DJ starts spinning
8:00 First showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show--All ages are welcome
9:45 Show ends

10:30 Doors open and DJ starts spinning
12:00 Second showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show--21 and over only
1:40 Show ends and party starts
3:00 Party's over


Tickets are available at the door only. Ticket purchases are cash only.

$10 First show only
$15 Second show and party
$20 Both shows and party

More info at!

Upcoming Workshops at BOI

Looking ahead to the week of Oct. 12

Enhancing Your Professional Image
In this workshop targeted towards female entrepreneurs, learn how to project a professional image through appropriate wardrobe choices and awareness of body language. $10
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Annie Sever-Dimitri, MSW, Life & Image Coach
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Starting a Personal-Care Business
In this two-part series, learn about opportunities for becoming a personal-care provider and develop strategies for building clientele. Learn the process and requirements for becoming a licensed Personal Services Agency and how to receive third-party payment for services provided. $20
Wednesdays, Oct. 14 and 21, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Carol Applegate, BOI
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Registering Your New Business
Identify the steps you need to take to register your business and establish tax accounts at federal, state and local levels. $10
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Tricia Guagliardo, BOI
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Iniciando Su Propio Negocio
Aprenda los pasos requeridos para empezar un negocio nuevo y las características de empresarios exitosos. Examine si está preparado para empezar un negocio y si tiene sentido su idea. Gratis
Jueves, 15 de octubre, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Local: George Washington Community High School, Fugate Room, 2215 W. Washington Street
Instructor: Patricia Guagliardo, BOI
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Home Repair and Renovation Roundtable
If you are a contractor or subcontractor who has or is starting a small business doing home interior and exterior work, attend this roundtable to network with others in the industry and get tips on best practices and opportunities in the marketplace. Free
Thursday, Oct. 15, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Facilitator: Sharon O'Donoghue, BOI


The Office of Code Enforcement (OCE) will hold the sixth of nine KNOW THE CODE! And Get to Know Your Office of Code Enforcement Leadership Team for the City of Indianapolis in Center Township on Wednesday, September 30, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. at the Office of Code Enforcement.

Mayor Greg Ballard created OCE to streamline the city’s licensing, permitting, inspection, and abatement functions under one department to better coordinate and focus resources on the quality of life issues that make Indianapolis a cleaner, safer, and more livable city.

Residents are encouraged to come out and offer their input on ways that OCE can better serve the public through its enforcement and service efforts. The Leadership Team will be available for a question and answer session following a brief presentation. Spanish-English translation will be provided during the question and answer session if necessary (Traducciones de sus preguntas sera ofrecida de ser neccesario durante esta session).

To download a meeting flyer, visit the OCE website at

WHO: OCE Leadership Team and a special welcome by Deputy Mayor Olgen Williams

WHAT: Center Township residents are invited to meet OCE’s Leadership Team and learn about its mission, becoming a new city department, and the services that have been consolidated under OCE

WHEN: Wednesday, September 30, 2009

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Office of Code Enforcement

1200 Madison Ave., Ste. 100

(Northwest corner of Madison Ave. & Orange St.)

Friday, September 25, 2009

Coats for Kids

Bob Gregory's Coats for Kids distribution will take place on Saturday, October 10th from 8 am - 4 pm in the Northwest Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Any child who needs a coat will receive one that day. In 2008, Coats for Kids gave away more than 8,000 coats to children in Central Indiana.


An adult must accompany all children

One coat per child

Spanish-speaking volunteers will be on site to assist families. Volunteers are needed with the sorting and distributing process. If you or your organization, church or school would like to help, sign up online at the Salvation Army website,; or call Salvation Army Volunteer Coordinator at 317.224.1010.

For more information on Coats for Kids campaign, please contact Angela Cain, WTHR Community Affairs Director at 317.655.5620 or

ndyGo passenger survey begins September 22nd

Study will collect rider origin, destination information for route planning

The on-board passenger survey being conducted by IndyGo and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) begins tomorrow: September 22. The study includes Fixed Route service as well as IndyGo ICE routes. Data collection will continue through October.

This study will gather information on passenger travel patterns including origin, destination, number of transfers and demographics. This information is being collected to assess current routes, and it will used as the basis for recommendations to short and long-term improvements of Indianapolis public transportation through the Comprehensive Operational Analysis (COA), another joint partnership between IndyGo and the MPO. This is a Federally funded transportation-planning project and not a customer satisfaction survey.

A trained two-person team in uniform will board assigned buses and distribute questionnaires to passengers. The surveyors will be available to answer questions from transit users about the survey. Participants will be encouraged to complete the survey during their ride and return it to the research team.

The first 4000 riders to return a completed survey on a Fixed Route will receive a free day pass for regular fixed route service. The first 200 ICE passengers to return a completed questionnaire will receive a free one-way ticket. All respondents who complete the survey will be eligible to win one of five $100 cash prizes.

The Indianapolis MPO's Federal funds related to transit planning are covering 80% of the total project cost. IndyGo is paying the 20% local match, as some of the data will also be used to help IndyGo comply with reporting requirements.

“It’s critical that IndyGo travelers participate in this research by completing the surveys,” said Anna Tyszkiewicz, Principal Planner, MPO. “With a better understanding of how passengers are using the transit system, we will be able to recommend improvements that better meet the needs of residents and visitors throughout this region.”

IndyGo does not expect this voluntary passenger survey to impact the delivery of its services.

To learn more about IndyGo and access trip planning assistance, please visit or call IndyGo Customer Service Center at 635-3344. Visit for information on IUPUI and the S-Pass. For more about the benefits of public transportation, visit the American Public Transportation Association website at Join the Indiana Citizens’ Alliance for Transit: to help promote transit options statewide.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009



Mayor Greg Ballard will be available for a question and answer session with local youth on Thursday October 29. The city’s youth are encouraged to attend the event and share their opinions and concerns with the Mayor Ballard and his executive staff.

If you are interested in learning more about Mayor’s Night Out, the Mayor’s Neighborhood Liaisons or the Mayor’s Youth Council, please visit: and





PLEASE NOTE: See attached flyer with map of the surrounding area.


6:00 P.M. TO 7:00 P.M.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


Mayor Greg Ballard will be available for a question and
answer session with South Center Township residents on Tuesday September
22. Residents are encouraged to come out to ask questions and share
their opinions and concerns. City department directors will also be




6:00 P.M. TO 7:00 P.M.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

World Habitat Day, Oct. 5th

Let's stand up on World Habitat Day and let it be known that affordable, adequate housing should be a priority everywhere—in our communities, in our towns, in our country, in our world.

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News Facts

The United Nations has designated the first Monday each October as
World Habitat Day.

This year on Oct. 5 in Washington, D.C. and around the world, please join Habitat for Humanity in support of this global observance as we come together and declare that the lack of decent, affordable housing is unacceptable.

According to the United Nations, more than 100 million people in the world today are homeless. Millions more face a severe housing problem living without adequate sanitation, with irregular or no electricity supply and without adequate security.

Worldwide, more than 2 million housing units per year are needed for the next 50 years to solve the present worldwide housing crisis. With our global population expanding, however, at the end of those 50 years, there would still be a need for another 1 billion houses. (UN-HABITAT: 2005)

Raising awareness and advocating for change are the first steps toward transforming systems that perpetuate the global plague of poverty housing. World Habitat Day serves as an important reminder that everyone must unite to ensure that everyone has a safe, decent place to call home.

The U.N. further states that both developed and developing countries, cities and towns are increasingly feeling the effects of climate change, resource depletion, food insecurity, population growth and economic instability.

Rapid rates of urbanization cause serious negative consequences - overcrowding, poverty, slums with many poorly equipped to meet the service demands of ever growing urban populations.

With over half of the world’s population currently living in urban areas the U.N. believes there is no doubt that the "urban agenda" will increasingly become a priority for governments, local authorities and their non-governmental partners everywhere.

U.S. Housing Facts

* About 95 million people, one third of the nation, have housing problems including a high-cost burden, overcrowding, poor quality shelter and homelessness. (National Low Income Housing Coalition: 2004)

* One in three American households spend more than 30 percent of income on housing, and one in seven spends more than 50 percent. (Joint Center for Housing Studies: 2006)

The number of low-income families that lack safe and affordable housing is related to the number of children that suffer from asthma, viral infections, anemia, stunted growth and other health problems. About 21,000 children have stunted growth attributable to the lack of stable housing; 10,000 children between the ages of 4 and 9 are hospitalized for asthma attacks each year because of cockroach infestation at home; and more than 180 children die each year in house fires attributable to faulty electrical heating and electrical equipment. (Sandel, et al: 1999)

Global poverty facts

By the year 2030, an additional 3 billion people, about 40 percent of the world’s population, will need access to housing. This translates into a demand for 96,150 new affordable units every day and 4,000 every hour. (UN-HABITAT: 2005)

* One out of every three city dwellers – nearly a billion people – lives in a slum. (Slum indicators include: lack of water, lack of sanitation, overcrowding, non-durable structures and insecure tenure.) (UN-HABITAT: 2006)

UN-Habitat has reported that because of poor living conditions, women living in slums are more likely to contract HIV/AIDS than their rural counterparts, and children in slums are more likely to die from water-borne and respiratory illness. (UN-HABITAT: 2006)

* Housing formation generates non-housing related expenditures that help drive the economy. (Kissick, et al: 2006)

* Investing in housing expands the local tax base. (Kissick, et al: 2006)

The theme for World Habitat Day 2009 is "Planning our Urban Future"
Celebrations of World Habitat Day in Washington, D.C. will be an excellent opportunity to foster global discussion and raise the profile of shelter and urban issues at the national and international level. Events in the United States and around the world include policy forums, award presentations, luncheons, dinners, house-building and exhibitions.

Star article about Fountain Square

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


Citizens can now select a Spanish version of the Mayor’s Action Center (MAC) online service request form located at The service request form allows citizens to submit requests online regarding abandoned/inoperable vehicles, drainage problems, high weeds and grass, street signs and more.

“We are committed to finding new ways to improve and enhance service to individuals and neighborhoods,” said Mayor Greg Ballard. “We believe the Spanish service request form will be a great benefit to our Spanish-speaking citizens and will allow us to meet their needs in a more effective and timely manner.”

The translated content will help Spanish-speaking citizens receive the service needed by making it easier for them to utilize the city’s reporting mechanisms.

“Our mission is to create greater access to city services and provide opportunities for Spanish-speaking residents to better utilize the online reporting tools,” said Carolin Requiz Smith, Director of International and Cultural Affairs for the Mayor’s Office.

When calling the MAC, Spanish-speaking citizens have the option to speak with a Spanish-speaking customer service representative (CSR). The MAC currently has two Spanish-speaking CSRs.

Citizens may still report problems and request services by calling the MAC at 327-4MAC (4622) during operating hours (Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.). The online service request form may be submitted 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


The City of Indianapolis, in accordance with National
Hispanic Heritage Month, will participate in several events from
September 15 to October 15 to highlight Hispanic culture and
achievements throughout Indianapolis.

"National Hispanic Heritage Month is an excellent opportunity to
highlight the perseverance of our Hispanic neighbors," said Mayor Greg
Ballard. "I'm excited about the many events taking place throughout the
city, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunities to
learn more about Hispanic culture."

Several festivities will take place during this time that celebrate
Hispanic culture and highlight the special contributions that Hispanic
have made to Indianapolis and the nation.

"Indianapolis is home to one of the Midwest's largest Hispanic
populations, so we are very proud to participate in this annual
observance of Hispanic culture and contributions," said Carolin Requiz
Smith, Director of the Mayor's Office of International & Cultural

Schedule of Events:

Mexican Independence Day Ceremony
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Garfield Park
11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
* Organizers will commemorate the official independence of Mexico from
Spain with a historical reenactment.

La Plaza's Fiesta Indianapolis
Saturday, September 19, 2009
American Legion Mall
Noon to Midnight
* This premier Latino cultural celebration in Indiana is held every
third Saturday of September at the American Legion Mall in downtown
Indianapolis. Attended by approximately 30,000 people, this family
event is free to the public.

Mayor's Latino Breakfast
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
* Latino community leaders from across Indianapolis and central Indiana
will discuss various issues facing Latinos as well as discuss
opportunities available to Latino business owners, educators, leaders,
and not-for-profits.

Latino Film Festival
September 25th
Indianapolis Museum of Art
* Friday night, SADCO (Sociedad de Amigos de Colombia) celebrates its
25th anniversary with a film and visit from Pepe Vargas, Founder and
Executive Director of the International Latino Cultural Center of
Chicago and Director of the Chicago Latino Film Festival.

MCCOY's Art of Youth Celebration and Fundraiser

Support positive youth development with an evening of visual, musical, and culinary arts.

Four-course dinner prepared by The Chef's Academy · Beer & wine available throughout the evening · Entertainment by young dancers & musicians · Silent auction featuring artwork from VSA arts of Indiana's Urban Artisans

DATE: Friday, September 25th
TIME: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
LOCATION: Indianapolis Art Center, 820 E. 67th St.
COST: $75 per person; sponsorship opportunities available

Purchase Tickets Online
All proceeds benefit MCCOY.
MCCOY is focused on improving the reach and quality of youth programs and strengthening policies that contribute to the positive development of youth in central Indiana. Our vision is that every young person in our community has opportunities to thrive, learn, engage and contribute.

Monday, September 14, 2009

BOI Upcoming Workshops Looking ahead to the week of Sept. 28

Sales and Marketing 2009 (and Beyond)
In this two-part series, learn strategies and techniques for building awareness in your market and generating more sales for your business, including developing an effective sales and marketing plan and implementing the tactics that will achieve immediate results. $20
Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 28 and 29, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructors: Jeff Bowe, Chief Sales Strategist, ACTUM Group and Kim Brand, President, Computer Experts
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Personal Money Management for Entrepreneurs
In this two-part series, learn how to reach your financial goals by getting a better handle on your household spending, budgeting effectively, managing credit appropriately and improving your credit score. $20
Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 28 and 29, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Sharetha Marshall, BOI
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Food-Services Roundtable
If you're thinking about or in the process of starting a food-services business, attend this discussion group to network with others in the industry and learn tips from a panel of successful owners of restaurants and catering businesses. Free
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314

Exploring Business Ownership
In this combined session of BOI's two-part series, learn the process of starting a new business and what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur. Examine your readiness, business opportunities, how you will fit in the marketplace, what resources your business start-up will require and how BOI can help with next steps. Free
Thursday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. – noon
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Tricia Guagliardo, BOI
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Friday, September 11, 2009

New Bus Shelters Offer Poets Opportunity

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick announces another public art installation. “Moving Forward,” by Indianapolis-based architect Donna Sink, is a series of three custom-designed eco-friendly bus shelters that will showcase original poetry by published writers. The shelters will be located along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail on the south side of Virginia Ave. near Lexington St., McCarty St. and Woodlawn Ave.

A call for poetry begins this week and submissions are due Nov. 22, 2009. Published poets living in or with ties to Indiana are invited to submit work based on subjects such as community, neighborhoods, landmarks, shared spaces, transportation, history and the future. Poets must have published at least one poem in a print magazine or anthology prior to submitting work for “Moving Forward.” Selected poems may have been published previously.

The Writers’ Center of Indiana is administering the selection process with out of state jurors. Authors of the three selected poems will each receive a $1,000 award. Selections will be announced in March 2010. Poems will be displayed in their entirety on a stainless steel panel on the shelter. Excerpts of the poem will be embedded in ecoresin panels.

“Moving Forward” is the sixth public-art installation planned for the eight-mile Indianapolis Cultural Trail that will connect each of the downtown cultural districts with a uniquely designed pedestrian and bicycle path.

For more information about "Moving Forward" and to download the official call for poets visit

ICVA promotes Cultural Trail in new video

In the latest episode of "Doing Indy," the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association (ICVA) promotes Indy's greenway trails by highlighting the Monon Trail and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

You can also catch "Doing Indy" on Brighthouse Cable - "Channel 600" and Comcast VOD - "Get Local."

Construction Updates

NORTHEAST CORRIDOR - connecting North and Alabama streets to the Monon Trail at 10th St. View before and after photos and renderings of this corridor.

TRAFFIC ALERT - North St. will be one-way westbound for approximately one week beginning Sept. 14 while crews repave the roadway. Paving will also occur on New Jersey St. from North St. to Walnut St. and Walnut St. from New Jersey St. to Park Ave. over the next two to three weeks.

THIS WEEK -- Crews will be working on the following areas:
Asphalt walk on 10th St.
Pipe and structures at St. Clair St. and College Ave.
Concrete walk at Mass Ave. and Bellefontaine St.
Prep for curb on Walnut St. from East St. to Park St. and one on College Ave.

Pour curb on Walnut St. from East St. to Park Ave.
Finish concrete walk on 10th St.
Pavement at Bellefontaine St. and Mass Ave.
Begin repaving road on North St. (traffic restricted to one-way westbound)

Begin repaving on New Jersey St. from North St. to Walnut St. Currently one-way northbound. No parking in this area during repaving.
North St. opens.
Concrete paver base on Walnut St. from East St. to Park Ave.
Pour curb on College Ave.

NORTH CORRIDOR - connecting North and Alabama streets to Indiana Ave.

NEXT TWO WEEKS -- Crews will be working on the following areas:
Finishing storm sewer work on at North St. and Delaware St.
Paving north side of Walnut St. between Capitol Ave. and Illinois St.
Tearing out the south side of Walnut St. in the same area.
Walnut St. currently one-way westbound between Meridian St. and Illinois St.
This week, Illinois St. to Capitol Ave. will become one-way westbound.
Tearing up sidewalk on west side of Senate Ave. at Walnut St. to bore holes for conduit.
Tearing out median on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. (MLK) at St. Clair St.
Left turn lane from northbound MLK onto St. Clair St. has been permanently eliminated.
St. Clair St. from Indiana Ave. to California remains closed for pouring concrete and repaving St. Clair St.
Once this area is finished, St. Clair St. from California St. to MLK will be closed for approximately two weeks.

Click here to view photos of the ongoing construction.

Click here to view photos of the completed Cultural Trail on Alabama St. from North St. to Market St.

Next Brown Bag Meeting: Tues., Sept. 22

Monthly brown bag meetings will resume to provide additional opportunities for construction updates. Meetings will be held 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in the English Foundation Building, 615 N. Alabama St.

Please save the date for upcoming meetings: Sept. 22, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15

Neighborhood Exploration Tour (NExT), Sept. 26

The Neighborhood Exploration Tour (NExT) is a new bike tour through the heart of Indianapolis that connects you to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis Art Center and Indianapolis Museum of Art. This 15 mile route along city streets, the Monon Trail and Canal Towpath is meant to encourage everyone -- adults and children, commuter and casual cyclists alike -- to explore these wonderful neighborhoods in the heart of Marion County and discover how fun and easy it can be to visit some of Indy's best arts and cultural destinations by bike.

Save the date: Sat., Sept. 26, 9:00 a.m. and complete FREE registration online.
Start from any of the destinations listed above and go exploring!

For more information, contact Anthony Bridgeman: or 317.334.4137.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Block Party!

You are invited to stop in and celebrate our outreach efforts to our Latino community in the WECAN area 1100-1200 blocks of Harlan, This celebration is going to be Awesome! Come meet The residents. Come early, starts with Prayer, Food, and Fun. Lead by Elizabeth Hernandez Carmen DeRusha of Purdue. Hope u can be there we could use your power in prayer.

Get fed, have fun and plenty of updates on The WECAN area and its Partners in the SEND 2010 Building Blocks efforts.

Time and date: 4pm - Friday Sept 11th.

Marti LaMar

Liga de Futsal para Adultos

Futsal es la manera los juegos de mundo el fútbol interior. Es jugado en todos los continentes del mundo en más de 100 países por más de 12 millones de jugadores. Futsal es jugado con una pelota baja especial de bote, requiriendo a jugadores a utilizar sus habilidades, antes que el bote de la pelota, para propulsarlo.

Las tasas del equipo/grupo están también disponibles en Parques de Indy: Bethel $60/hr de Ellenberger $40/hr que somos también en

Facebook: Futsal Indy – Parque de Ellenberger

Bethel Park Familia Central
2850 Bethel Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Call Eric Nolan @ 317-327-7176 para informacion!

Adult Futsal League

Futsal is the way the world plays indoor soccer. It is played on all the continents of the world in over 100 countries by more than 12 million players. Futsal is played with a special low bounce ball, requiring players to use their skills, rather than the ball's bounce, to propel it.

Team/Group rates are also available in Indy Parks:

$40/hr Ellenberger $60/hr Bethel

We are also on Facebook: Futsal Indy – Ellenberger Park

Bethel Park Family Center
2850 Bethel Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Call Eric Nolan @ 317-327-7176 for info!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


The City of Indianapolis and United Way of Central
Indiana (UWCI) will host the Eighth Annual Community Fair on Monument
Circle on Friday, September 11th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to commemorate
the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

More than 140 local nonprofit organizations will participate by
providing information about volunteer opportunities, educating people
about local issues and upcoming events.

"The events of September 11, 2001 have given us an opportunity to learn
the value of working together as citizens in the face of emergencies,"
said Mayor Greg Ballard. "This event, in its eighth year, has proven
time and time again to be extremely beneficial to our community, and I'm
hopeful that citizens will once again take advantage of the learning
opportunities presented by our outstanding community partners."

This year's community fair includes opportunities to donate blood, check
out the public safety robots at the American Red Cross and Marion County
Emergency management booth, enter to win disaster supply kits, sign up
to be United Way ReadUP tutors and more.

"This great tradition with the city encourages people to volunteer and
connect with their neighbors in new ways as a symbol of rededication to
community" said Ellen K. Annala, UWCI's president and CEO. "It's one of
those experiences that is nothing but good. If you want to bring a smile
to someone's face, invite them to go with you to the Circle at lunch
time on September 11."

Annala said the event takes on renewed importance with the signing April
21, 2009 of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act by President Barack
Obama to establish September 11 as an annual National Day of Service and

Appearances by Mayor Ballard and the Indiana Pacers' Boomer are also
scheduled. Entertainment will be provided by Jenni Gregory and Joel
Conner who will sing a selection of patriotic and other music beginning
at 11:45 a.m. on the south steps. Applebee's is providing $5 box lunches
with proceeds benefiting UWCI.

Also on September 11, The American Legion family of central Indiana is
sponsoring a Legacy walk to honor service members and veterans. The walk
begins at the north steps of the Indiana War Memorial and ends at the
community fair. There is no fee for the walk, but participants are
encouraged to make a financial contribution or pledge volunteer time to
local charities.


ACT will hold a second round of auditions looking for more males actors and strong singers (12-21) for the academy. The current Academy Session will last September-March and is built around the Kwanzaa Community Choir Concerts in December and the March production of MOTOWN STORY. Each actor in the academy will be part of the Kwanzaa Community Choir and will be offered a role in the MOTOWN production.

The auditions will be held at the Christamore House on Thursday evening, September 17th. Please call or e-mail Deborah Asante 317.297.0020, to make an audition appointment.



The Kwanzaa Community Choir's core are the young artists of the ACT Academy. We are looking for strong adult singers to enrich the sound and the experience of these young artists. The Choir performs an eclectic mix of music which includes Blues, Country, R&B, Gospel, Classical, Salsa, Reggae, Jazz and original music. It is directed by ACT Musical Director, Vincent Howard and will perform free concerts at the Christamore House and The Indiana History Center in December. These are volunteer positions. We are hoping to find adults and senior citizens who will enjoy the artistic activity and welcome the opportunity to help mentor and inspire the young artists of our community.

These auditions will also be held at the Christamore House on Thursday evening, September 17th. Please call or e-mail Deborah Asante 317.297.0020, to make an audition appointment.


Please consider joining us and encouraging any other artist young or old, that you know to do the same. Remember, art makes life better

Pleasant Run Clean-Up--September 19th

The Pleasant Run Clean-Up will take place on September 19th, from 9am - 12pm.

The goal of this clean-up is regular trash pick-up, gutter clean-up and possible planting. The group will meet at Orange Street and Pleasant Run; snacks will be provided.

We really appreciate you forwarding this message along! Please email Jonathan Mirgeaux at for further questions.

Friends & FACT yard sale - Sept. 12th

We are having a yard sale on Sat. Sept. 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the lot at Fletcher and Shelby across from KIB. We have lots of clothes in all sorts of sizes, shoes, sheets and other bedding items that will be for sale. All of it is new, quality merchandise and all will be VERY reasonably priced! This sale will also have large men’s & women’s clothing sizes – up to 7X, so please pass the word along.

Please mark the date on your calendars and let your friends and neighbors know about the sale.

We could also use some volunteers to help out with setup, sales and cleanup. If you can spare a little or a lot of time, we would be grateful for your time and help in this fundraising effort for Friends and FACT!!! If you can help out, please come to the lot at Fletcher and Shelby at 8:30 to help set up, or come when you can to help us during the sale. We can also use help with cleaning up at 2 and taking any leftover items back to storage.

September Pagan Picnic

The goal of Pagan Picnics is to host a gathering of blended lifestyles, traditions, beliefs and spiritual paths, where everyone is welcome to feel comfortable being themselves, while meeting others and expanding our community. Our past 3 picnics have been very successful, doubling in size and popularity every month as word has spread throughout the Indiana Pagan Community.

Every one is welcome!!!

Bring anyone you wish to share the day with. Families are most welcome with children of all ages. Just bring food and drink to share, a chair, and an open mind. Please, also, feel free to bring drums, books, games, divination tools, or anything you would like to share with others.
What: September Pagan Picnic

When: September 13, 2009 1:00 PM

Garfield Park
2325 S. Pagoda Drive (Swimming Pool Parking Lot)
Indianapolis, IN 46203
(317) 327-7221
Sunday September 13, 2009


Garfield Park
2505 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46203
On the south side of Indianapolis, with 3 park entrances: 2600 block of Shelby Street, Southern Avenue and Raymond St., and at the intersection of East St and Pleasant Run Parkway

We will be gathering at a picnic area located around the back of the Arts Center which is located at….2332 Conservatory Dr. A road leads up and around to the back of the Arts building, ending at a small parking lot. Close by under some beautiful tress is where we will be. There will be signs through out pointing the way.

Any questions, please feel free to contact

Kailyn at or Orius at

Blessings of Peace and Love to all, I will see you on September 13th! ~ Kailyn

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A Gathering to Inspire Greater Indy Neighborhoods

Registration for Neighbor Power!
is now Open
Register for your workshops Now!

On October 17, join more than 300 people to talk about ways you can team up to make our city an even better place to live, work, and play. This free conference is for everyone interested in making Indianapolis a more vibrant and successful city.

The gathering will include former NBA star and community advocate Kevin Johnson - now mayor of Sacramento. You'll also enjoy twelve customized workshops brought to you by local folks who will share lessons learned and invite you to join in the discusion on topics such as abandoned homes, youth engagement, green food and more. You'll be part of the agenda!

To see a full listing of workshops and for more information on Neighbor Power! check out our website.

To register now click here

P.S. And don't forget to become a Neighbor Power! fan on Facebook.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Mayor Greg Ballard, the City's Director of Enterprise
Development Michael Huber will join Bill Blomquist, Chairman of the
Infrastructure Advisory Commission (IAC) Wednesday for a board meeting
of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC). The board will be
presented with a detailed look at the City's infrastructure needs as
well as the plans for possible process improvements used to meet those




8:00 A.M.


The City of Indianapolis is now accepting applications for the 9th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards to be held January 22, 2010.

“It is important that we recognize businesses and organizations that encourage, embrace and celebrate the rich diversity that makes Indianapolis a better place to live, work and raise a family,” said Mayor Ballard. “These awards provide an opportunity to mark the great strides our local businesses are taking as we continue to ‘diversify diversity.”

Recognition for the Mayor’s Celebration of Diversity Awards is based on stellar performance in one or all of the following areas: Workforce Diversity, Development, Community Relations, and Leadership.

Organizations will also be considered for the prestigious Sam H. Jones Award, which is presented to the business that shows exemplary performance in all of the aforementioned categories. This special award is named in honor of the first President of the Indianapolis Urban League, a tireless advocate for peace, justice and the understanding of equality in the Indianapolis community.

To download an application or to nominate a business, visit the Mayor’s website at

Completed packets must be submitted by 4:00 P.M., Friday, October 9, 2009 to: Linda Cofer, Project Manager, 200 E. Washington Street, Suite 1501, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Monday, September 7, 2009


Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard today celebrated the recognition of the City of Indianapolis being named a 2009 Playful City USA community by KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to bringing play back into children’s lives.

Indianapolis is one of 93 communities across 33 states to be recognized for affirming its commitment to play and creating an articulated action plan for play.

“The City of Indianapolis recognizes the importance of playtime in the daily lives of our children, and we are committed to incorporating activities that lead to children who are fitter, healthier and perform better in school,” said Mayor Ballard. “This honor highlights our efforts to make play spaces available to all children and affirms our efforts to provide quality recreation opportunities that are accessible to all Marion County residents.”

Award criteria included demonstrating creative commitments to increase the quantity and quality of play and playgrounds while improving access to existing play opportunities. A Play Committee formed earlier this year designed an annual action plan for play, conducted a playspace audit, identified key play-related metrics and proclaimed an annual “Play Day.”

Members of this committee are Indy Parks School and Family Programs Administrator Leslie Power; United Way of Central Indianapolis/Marion County Success by 6 Director Ted Maple; Ivy Tech Community College – Central Indiana Play and Learn Program Chairperson and Associate Professor Ann Aull; Fit City Executive Director Eleather Baker; The Project School Principal Tarrance Banks and Sullivan Munse Museum Director Kay Cunningham.

“The unique initiatives developed by these organizations and others across Marion County signify our priority as a community to share creative ideas, concepts and programs with the goal of increasing play opportunities for children,” said Indy Parks Director Stuart Lowry.

The citywide Indy Play Celebration will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009. A Play Day Program Guide consisting of all playful activities and events planned for that date will be available, and a proclamation will be read at 11 a.m. at Perry Park on the City’s Southside. The Indy Play Celebration takes place within KaBOOM!’s National Week in Play Sept. 19-Sept. 28, which makes Indianapolis eligible to receive a free playground. Indianapolis will continue to incorporate play into its programs and encourage play year round. Organizations interested in participating in the Indy Play Celebration should contact Indy Parks Marketing Coordinator Jenny Evans at or (317) 327-7030.

Upcoming Workshops at BOI

Looking ahead to the week of Sept. 21

Small-Business Taxes
Understand the kinds of taxes you are responsible for as a small-business owner and identify ways to save money on taxes with eligible tax deductions. $10
Monday, Sept. 21, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Jon Pryweller, CPA, Whitewater Group
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Beyond Facebook – Legal Issues in Marketing Your Company
Learn the basic legal principles of promotional law, including avoiding copyright infringement, laws governing the use of promotions such as sweepstakes and contests, and what not to do when marketing online. $10
Monday, Sept. 21, 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Hannah Joseph, Hollingsworth & Zivitz
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Child-Care Business Management and Operations
Learn the key policies, procedures and systems that you should have in place to efficiently operate your child-care business, including how to develop an effective business plan and parent handbook. $10
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: Crystal Coleman, Child Care Answers
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Introduction to QuickBooks®
In this two-part workshop, learn how to use QuickBooks Pro® accounting software to effectively manage your business finances. Practice hands-on how to set up your company, manage your accounts and enter your business transactions. This is a beginner-level class for novice QuickBooks users. $50
Wednesday, Sept. 23 and Thursday, Sept. 24, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: BOI, 4755 Kingsway Dr., Suite 314
Instructor: John Ervin, CPA, Marietta Financial Services
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Business Beginnings
In this 20-hour course, write your business plan and learn valuable business-management skills in the areas of finances, marketing and more. (Preregistration and prepayment are required for this series.)
Saturdays, Sept. 26 – Oct. 17, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: To be determined
Instructor: Carol Applegate, BOI
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Party on the Square--Moving the Pioneer Family

You’d think with fifteen years of lead time we could plan a party and get the invitations out in a timely manner. With a complicated project like our fountain, we have to work with the schedule of the contractor. That means thinking on our feet and last-minute planning.

So, I apologize for the short notice, but please join us next Tuesday, Sept. 8th on the Square at 3:00 for this important kickoff event.


Residents Are Invited to Attend One of the Nine Public Meetings in Their Township

The Office of Code Enforcement (OCE) will hold public meetings in each of the nine townships during September and October. KNOW THE CODE! And Get to Know Your Office of Code Enforcement Leadership Team for the City of Indianapolis provides citizens an opportunity to meet OCE’s Leadership Team and learn about its mission, becoming a new city department, and the services that have been consolidated under OCE.

“We have worked diligently over the past seven months to streamline the city’s licensing, permitting, inspection, and abatement functions under the new Office of Code Enforcement,” said OCE Director Rick Powers. “Code enforcement has a significant impact on the safety and welfare of our neighborhoods, and we are building an integral city department to improve vital services by coordinating and focusing resources on those essential functions that keep our city clean, safe, healthy, and vibrant.”

The OCE Leadership Team will be available for a question and answer session following a brief presentation. Residents are encouraged to come out and offer input regarding city services and quality of life issues, including:

* Licensing - business and contractor licenses
* Permitting - building, infrastructure, sign, and special event permits
* Inspections - building, infrastructure, and zoning inspections
* Abatement - public nuisance and zoning violations, such as inoperable vehicles, high weeds and grass, illegal signs, commercial vehicles, and other property-related issues

“This series of public meetings is a vital component to us moving forward as a new city department,” said Powers. “Not only are these forums for citizens to get to know who we are and what we do, but they give us an opportunity to hear what is going on in neighborhoods across Indianapolis and receive citizen feedback on how we can improve services and enforcement efforts to better serve the public.”

Wednesday, September 30

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Township: Center

Office of Code Enforcement

1200 Madison Ave., Ste. 100

901 Farmer's Market

Come and shop this Saturday at the 901 Farmer's Market. We have expanded and will be offering fresh produce, herbs, plants, baked goods, jewelry, arts and crafts and a flea market. Admission is free. Vendors are welcome. $10 a table.

901 Farmer's Market
Saturday September 5, 2009
9am - noon
Southeast Community Services
901 Shelby Street
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Call (317) 607.3235 or 317.283.8748


United Way estimates more than 2,000 households will be helped with federal stimulus funds

INDIANAPOLIS - Twenty local agencies that help open doors for people without homes or those at risk of becoming homeless are getting an infusion of $5.8 million to address the challenges made even more crucial during these tough times. That news came today from United Way of Central Indiana's (UWCI) headquarters where Mayor Greg Ballard joined UWCI's President and CEO Ellen K. Annala to announce grant recipients.

"These 20 grantees will help give more of our neighbors one of the most basic human needs: a safe place to call home," said Mayor Ballard. "We are excited to be able to award these funds to such deserving institutions who will work to provide a better quality of life for our neighbors in need."

The total funding includes $3.5 million from the city and $2.3 million from the state through the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program under Title XII of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. These funds, issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will help an estimated 2,044 households, according to United Way.

For individuals and families who are at risk of becoming homeless, the funds will help pay short and medium-term rental assistance, security and utility deposits, utility payments, moving cost assistance and motel/hotel vouchers.

For those already homeless, the funds will be used to help arrange, coordinate, monitor and deliver housing-related services. That can include outreach and engagement, legal services, developing individualized housing plans, housing search and placement, and credit repair.

Unlike many direct assistance programs, this program can provide up to 18 months of support for participants but requires that they be recertified every three months to show progress toward housing stability.

"Local need is growing," said Annala, citing data collected about calls to 2-1-1. Last year calls for help to make a rent or mortgage payment jumped 47 percent compared to 2007. More than half of those were needs that remained unmet.

"Neighborhood based community centers are often the first organizations that families in serious need turn to for assistance," said Annala. "These organizations, along with other charitable organizations, are experiencing extraordinary requests for assistance. Nearly all organizations have waiting lists of families needing help due to lay-offs, reduced hours and trouble finding new jobs."

Grantees are:
1. Community Alliance of the Far Eastside Inc. - $265,000
2. Children's Bureau Inc. - $227,000
3. Christamore House Family and Community Center - $240,000
4. Concord Neighborhood Center - $340,000
5. Fathers and Families Center - $240,000
6. Flanner House of Indianapolis Inc. - $303,000
7. Forest Manor Multi-Service Center Inc.- $280,000
8. Hawthorne Social Service Association Inc. - $370,000
9. HealthNet Inc. (Homeless Initiative Program) - $478,800
10. Horizon House - $433,860
11. HVAF of Indiana Inc. - $237,577
12. Indiana Legal Services Inc. - $100,000
13. John H. Boner Community Center - $265,000
14. Martin Luther King Community Center - $189,959
15. Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center - $370,000
16. Oasis Christian CDC - $181,930
17. PACE/OAR Inc. - $373,000
18. Southeast Community Services Inc. - $165,000
19. The Salvation Army Social Service Center - $467,070
20. Volunteers of America of Indiana Inc. - $330,000

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


On September 3, 2009, Co-Chairs Joe Slash, President of the Indianapolis Urban League and Rev. Richard Willoughby and members of Mayor Greg Ballard’s Public Safety Personnel Diversity Task Force will take public comment and hear from city officials about the history and status of recruitment, hiring and promotional processes in the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) and the Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD).

The task force is charged to review recruitment, hiring, and promotional practices and policies within IFD and IMPD and to recommend further improvements that will ensure the City’s public safety forces reflect the diversity within the Indianapolis community.

This first meeting is intended to focus on an overview from city officials to inform members of the task force. Substantial time will be dedicated to public comment so that task force members can take citizens’ concerns into account as the work of the task force progresses.



WHERE: Public Assembly Room, City County Building