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Amber O’Haver Named Ms. Wheelchair Indiana

March 26, 2012 Leave a comment
Amber O'Haver

Amber O'Haver. Photo provided by the accessABILITY Center and used with written permission.

By Shannon McCauley
accessABILITY Center for Independent Living, Inc.

Amber O’Haver was recently crowned Ms. Wheelchair Indiana at the Indiana Historical Society, where she also received a $1,000 cash prize to help support her continued advocacy work. As Ms. Wheelchair Indiana, Amber will have the opportunity to provide public education, advocating for people with disabilities through local news interviews and school, church and civic appearances.

This opportunity is well aligned with her current employment at accessABILITY where she works as an Independent Living Advocate, promoting independence and full access of community life for people with all types of disabilities. Ms. O’Haver’s reign will continue through the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant to be held in Providence, RI, August 6-12, 2013, where she will represent Indiana as the state’s contestant.

accessABILITY commends Amber as an exemplary advocate and as a role model for girls and women everywhere. To learn more about Amber, or the services accessABILITY provides, visit our Web site at

20 Free Things To Do In Indianapolis

March 26, 2012 Leave a comment
Christ Church Cathedral on Monument Circle

Christ Church Cathedral on Monument Circle. staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Brittany Smith
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Give your money tree a break. Downtown Indianapolis offers many fun opportunities that are everyone’s favorite price – FREE!

  1. Visit one of the nation’s top tourist attractions, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on Christmas Eve, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, and El Dia de Los Niños for FREE admission.  Don’t miss Target FREE Family Nights on the first Thursday of each month from 4 – 8 p.m.
  2. Meander through the wonderful exhibits indoors and beautiful outdoor gardens at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Tour the historic Lilly House April – December Tuesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Take a nature walk or have a picnic at the 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park.
  3. Visit Easley Winery for a FREE winery tour on Saturday or Sunday. Craving a bubbly fix? Wine all you want at Mass Ave Wine Shoppe’s FREE Tuesday Tastings.
  4. Visit the Colonel Eli Lilly Civil War Museum in the basement of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument Friday – Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Also, head to the top of the Monument for a bird’s eye view of the Downtown (minimal fee) Friday – Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  5. Wander through one of Indy’s six Cultural Districts, four of which are located Downtown! (The Canal and White River State Park, Indiana Avenue, Mass Ave and Wholesale District)
  6. Browse the Indianapolis City Market, open Monday – Friday 6 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Enjoy the Summer Farmers Market Wednesdays, May – October and the Indy Winter Farmer’s Market Saturdays, November – April.
  7. Take a walk along the 1.5 mile long Central Canal. Along the Canal Walk, you will find historic churches and some of the City’s best contemporary architecture, like Buggs Temple and the NCAA Headquarters.
  8. Go window shopping at the Circle Centre Mall. It doesn’t cost anything to look.
  9. Learn about and visit all of the City’s memorials. Check out the Indiana War Memorial Museum.
  10. Visit the beautiful Central Library and read a book. Click here for reading lists, events schedule and even homework help.
  11. Examine the many sculptures that adorn White River State Park, like The Tent, Sky Waltz and Totem.
  12. Check out the numerous concerts and performances in the Indianapolis Artsgarden. Click here to download a monthly calendar.
  13. Listen to an organ concert at Christ Church Cathedral on Fridays at noon on Monument Circle (see photo above).
  14. Visit the National Art Museum of Sport in the University Place Conference Center on the IUPUI campus which is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
  15. Toss a Frisbee, walk your dog or simply settle in the grass at one of many Downtown parks, including Military Park and University Park.
  16. Do some family history research or look at interesting pieces of history at the Indiana Historical Society’s William Henry Smith Memorial Library located inside the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. The reference staff can help you find what you’re looking for or you can get a head start using the online catalog. Open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  17. Be a spectator.  Many Downtown events are FREE and entertaining to watch.
  18. Visit Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealers Association to browse more than 35 art galleries complete with an after-party on the first Friday of every month. Visit the STUTZ Business Center where you can see and visit with more than a dozen artists.
  19. Learn more about Hoosier native Kurt Vonnegut and read a book at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. The library is open daily except on Wednesdays from noon – 5 p.m.
  20. Step back in time and enjoy a stroll through one of Downtown’s restored neighborhoods, like Lockerbie Square. Architectural styles abound in this historic, completely restored neighborhood.

For more information, visit the Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. Web site at, or call 317-237-2222.