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Earth Day at Arthur M. Glick JCC, Apr. 27

March 26, 2014 Leave a comment
Arthur M. Glick JCC

Arthur M. Glick JCC. staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

By Mindi Epstein
Arthur M. Glick JCC

Visitors young and old are advised to lace up or slide their feet into comfortable walking shoes on Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1-4 pm — there will be a lot of territory to cover at this year’s Earth Day Community Celebration at the JCC, cosponsored by Indianapolis Power and Light Company and Citizens Energy Group.

The family-friendly Earth Day celebration begins at noon with tree planting on the JCC’s property, courtesy of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. At 1 pm, more than 50 exhibitors from across the state will present interactive exhibits to educate, challenge and entertain visitors of all ages on topics related to nature, the environment and our global impact. Live music by Ferris, food trucks and local artisans make this an all-around great day for all ages. As in the past, the JCC’s Earth Day Community Celebration is free and open to the public at the Arthur M. Glick JCC, 6701 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis. The Earth Day Community Celebration at the JCC is a rain or shine event. In the case of inclement weather, most activities will take place inside the JCC’s 160,000-square-foot facility. Ample, free parking will be available.

Volunteers are needed and very much appreciated! Sign up for a shift or two at

Highlights of the day include:

Tree planting: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful returns for the third year with young trees for the beautification of the Max & Mae Simon Jewish Community Campus (where the JCC is located on 40 acres in the midst of a north-side neighborhood). Volunteers are needed to help plant trees from noon until 1 pm. Volunteers for the tree planting and the Earth Day event in general may register at Volunteer Registration.

Electronic recycling:Hassle free, no charge drop-off of anything with a power cord between 1 and 4 pm. Benefits Recycling by Wings for West Africa with Recycle Force to fulfill the mission of providing computers to children in rural areas of West Africa.

All aspects of gardening:Composting, planting seedlings, constructing a mini greenhouse, hydroponics, raised garden bed construction, making seed tape, how to build a rain barrel, the underworld life of earthworms in your garden and more related activities presented by master gardeners and educators.

Alternative energy sources:Solar, electric, motion dynamics and others. Meet the Purdue Solar Racing team and check out their solar-powered car.

Creative recycling:Make terrariums from plastic bottles; use phonebooks and plastic bags to create a floral bouquet; make dog toys from recycled garments and create music from household and discarded objects. Discover what you can do with unwanted electronics and how you can transform computers and ordinary household items into something usable.

Test yourself:Answer trivia questions posed by our exhibitors and participate in a nature scavenger hunt. Both contests offer “some green” (cash!) for successful completion!

The great outdoors:Observe nature during a guided tour of the woods, identify animal tracks, create a nature journal, test water quality, examine tree rings, and make and fly a kite.

Public art:The public is invited to join Park Tudor teachers and students at the Earth Day Celebration in creating a large-scale colorful mural from recycled vinyl. Also, view Indiana’s second annual “Fence Art Festival,” sponsored by NUVO. Art by local artists will be displayed on a chain link fence. Nature and the environment are the theme for this one-day, juried exhibit. Know any artists? A few more spots on the fence are available. Write to mepstein@JCCindy.orgto participate. More information is at Fence Art Festival.

Eat:Snack on solar-powered popcorn, taste delicious milk by Oberweis Dairy and enjoy eating at some of Indy’s most popular food trucks: The NY Slice, Spice Box, Flavor Truck, Mac Genie, Scout’s Treat Truck and Pierogi Love Indy.

Shop:Items for sale from artisans committed to using recycled materials: Children’s clothing by Martha St. Clair, Recycled painted artwork by Michael Hap Hapner, the “Cornbelt Cowboy,” upcycled knitwear by Adena Mimi Rene, recycled paper art by Claudia Ritter and hand-stamped jewelry and hand-screened clothing by Martine Locke.

Earn a badge:Girl Scouts of Central Indiana are offering an official badge to girls who attend the JCC’s Earth Day Community Celebration. The event will count toward “It’s Your Planet-Love It” journey. Cost for the badge is $3.

Title Co-Sponsors

Indianapolis Power & Light Company

Citizens Energy Group

Contributing Sponsors
Robert & Tony Bader Charitable Foundation

Lori Efroymson-Aguilera and Sergio Aguilera

Renny and Greg Silver


Payne & Mencias at Merrill Lynch

ETC ProLiance Energy
Additional Sponsors

Alpha Chi Sigma Professional Chemistry Fraternity

Arab Termite and Pest Control

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana


Circle City Rain Barrels

Commuter Connect

Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America


Earth Fare

Energizing Indiana

Energy Outfitter

Engro LLC

eScrap Inc.

Fast Signs


Girl Scouts of Central Indiana

Greater Good Gardens

Green Alternatives

Green BEAN Delivery

Harding Poorman

Hoosier Environmental Council

Humane Society of Indianapolis

IUPUI Student Sustainability Council

Ivy Tech Community College


Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, Young Leadership Division

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.

Nap Town Chickens


Oberweis Dairy

Park Tudor School

PJ Library

Purdue Extension-Marion County

Rhythm Fun with Bill

Sycamore School

The Nature Conservancy of Indiana

Unlocked Foods

Warren Jones

Wings for West Africa Recycle Force



The JCC is a beneficiary agency of the United Way of Central Indiana and the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, and an affiliate member of the JCC Association of North America. For more information, visit, or call 317-251-9467.

April Events in Downtown Indianapolis

March 30, 2013 Leave a comment
Monument Circle at dusk

Monument Circle at dusk. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Taylor Newell
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Warm spring weather is finally in the forecast – so how will you celebrate? How about with a brewery bike ride from Sun King to Victory Field for the Indianapolis Indians’ season opener? Or jogging in the Susan G. Komen Indianapolis Race for the Cure? Bring the kids to Earth Day Indiana Festival to learn about fun ways to protect Mother Earth before walking over to the 500 Festival “Rev Your Engines Concert” with Gavin DeGraw and Jon McLaughlin. Or maybe just grab a pint from the outdoor cafes on the Georgia Street Boardwalk before heading to watch the Pacers, who just clinched their third consecutive NBA playoff spot. Whether you’re headed Downtown for a weekend with the family or just looking for after-work fun with friends, there is a lot to do and see Downtown this month.

Spring sports

The Indianapolis Indians open their season at home April 4 against the Columbus Clippers at 7 p.m. – if the outside temperature is below 60 degrees by the start of the game, every person in attendance will receive a FREE ticket to another Indians game of their choosing! Head to Sun King Brewery at 4 p.m. and Bike to the Ballpark with Mayor Ballard, INDYCOG and NUVO. Grab a Victory Lager, Sun King’s custom Indians brew, and enjoy some grub from Nacho Mama and Groovy Guys Fries food trucks.

The Pacers clinched a spot in the NBA playoffs for the third consecutive season and wrap up their regular season at Bankers Life Fieldhouse April 17 against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Pacers also face the Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers April 5, 9 and 12. Register for 2013 playoff tickets now through April 9.

The Indiana Ice wrap up their regular season with four home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 6, 7, 13 and 14. The first 500 fans at the April 6 game will receive an Ice water bottle, the April 7 game a Hardee’s Chill Girl calendar and the first 1,000 fans at the April 13 game will take home a team photo.

See the Naptown Roller Girls in action April 5 against the Detroit Derby Girls at the Indiana Convention Center and April 27 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Run around!

Take off on one of the many Downtown run/walks in April, including the Central Indiana Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday April 20. The run, for both competitive and non-competitive participants, begins at Military Park and also offers warm-up Zumba, a Kids’ Dash and more. For the first time ever, Mass Ave will be turned pink for the race starting April 19. The IUPUI Student Foundation is hosting a life-sized game of Candy Land at IUPUI’s Carrol Stadium from noon to 3 p.m. April 20.

Here are some other Downtown run/walks throughout April:

April 6:   500 Festival Training Series 15K at the NCAA Hall of Champions

April 13: Rock the Relay at White River State Park

April 13: Strip ‘N Run at Scotty’s Brewhouse

April 25: FDIC Courage and Valor 5K at White River State Park

April 27: Walk MS Indianapolis at Military Park

April 28: Best Buddies Run/Walk at Indiana State Museum

Find up-to-date information on road closures and lane restrictions at

An artful April

The provocative, social rights-centric work of famed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei comes to the Indianapolis Museum of Art April 5 with the opening of Ai Weiwei: According to What? The exhibition features more than 30 works spanning longer than 20 years of Ai’s career, exploring universal topics of culture, history, politics and tradition. Informational iPads will be available around the gallery offering interactive information about the artist. Admission to this special exhibit is $12 for adults, $6 for children 7 – 17 and FREE for IMA members and kids under 6. An opening reception and talk will take place April 4 at 6:30 p.m.

As the weather warms, the IMA hosts special outdoor activities throughout April like the Perennial Premiere on April 6, Art in the Park: Spring Up! on Saturdays in April and the Garden Club Flower Show April 27. View the online calendar here.

Special exhibits open on the evening of April 5 for First Friday include “Contents Have Shifted” at the Harrison Center for the Arts, a “First Look” show at the Stutz Artist Association and an Indy Jazz Fest High School All-Stars performance at Indy Reads books. The Stutz Artist Association hosts the 20th Annual Raymond James Stutz Arists Open House April 26 and 27, displaying the works of 70 local artists available for purchase.

Big performances coming Downtown

On April 27, the 500 Festival “Rev Your Engines Concert” returns to Monument Circle featuring Gavin DeGraw and Indiana-native Jon McLaughlin. The concert is FREE and begins at 8 p.m. Other major Downtown performances in April include:

April 4 – May 5
Clybourne Park at Phoenix Theatre

April 5 – 27
Blackpool & Parrish at Theatre on the Square

April 6
Joe Rogan at Old National Centre

April 10 – May 12
A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Indiana Repertory Theatre

April 14
Keyshia Cole at Old National Centre

April 18
Celtic Woman at Old National Centre

April 19 – 20
Finals of the APA Classical Fellowship Awards at Hilbert Circle Theatre

April 21
Indianapolis School of Ballet performance at Indianapolis Arsgarden

April 26
Taylor Swift “The Red Tour” at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

April 29
The Flaming Lips at Old National Centre

Notable events and conventions

April 5 – 6             Just Give Me Jesus

Indiana Convention Center; Fri. 7 – 9 p.m., Sat. 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; FREE
This event is designed to be a life-changing revival for women. Registration is not required.

April 12                Clustertruck

Georgia Street, west block; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.; FREE
Food trucks will line up on the west block of Georgia Street along the boardwalk during lunch.

April 18                Jalen Rose – Economic Club of Indiana Luncheon

Indiana Convention Center; noon – 1:30 p.m.; $35 ($30 members)
This month’s luncheon, the Economic Club of Indiana hosts Jalen Rose, former Indiana Pacer and founder of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy.

April 22 – 27           Fire Department Instructors Conference

Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium
FDIC is the premier conference and exhibition for the fire industry bringing 28,000 attendees to the Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium. Many events will take place throughout Downtown during the conference.

April 27                Earth Day Indiana Festival

White River State Park; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; FREE
Celebrate Mother Earth in a special way this year with live music, kids activities, great food and 140 special environmental exhibits. Kids will have the chance to build their own bird feeder, see wild animals, plant seeds and more.

April 27                 Rollin’ with Dean

Indiana State Museum; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; FREE with museum admission
Dust the winter off your motorcycle and join other enthusiasts at the Museum to enjoy live music and family-friendly activities, including a James Dean look-a-like contest!

For more information, visit, or call 317-237-2222.