Neighborhood Notes 11/3/14

Election Day – TUESDAY!

Local government accounts for nearly a tenth of gross domestic product, it collects nearly as much in taxes as the federal government, and its decisions have an enormous impact on Americans’ daily lives.  Since local campaigns are kind of low key, voters somehow get the impression these elections aren’t all that important — but nothing could be further from the truth. Positions on the school board, zoning commission and library board shape the quality of life and future direction of our towns — the places where we live our lives — in ways that are vastly more direct than the federal government.

Democracy can still work, but leaders elected by a handful of voters isn’t democracy at all. Your neighbors, your kids and your property values are all counting on you to guide your town to a future that’s supported by a true majority. Find the time, make the difference and vote.

If you are already registered to vote, here’s where you can find more information on where your polling place is located and who the candidates are:

Arsenal Tech Swim Team – Team Marathon

Saturday, November 8th 9am

Arsenal Tech High School

The Tech Boys and Girls Swim Team will be collectively swimming a marathon to raise money for this years team. We want to step up our game this season with new team suits, caps, goggles and warm-ups and to be able to do this we are asking for your help. We will swim 1845 lengths of the pool to make up our 26.2 miles. We are asking you to sponsor the team or one of our swimmers with $1 per length. If you would like to sponsor us you can let a swimmer or a coach know. Feel free to sponsor us for as many lengths as you would like but if you are willing to sponsor 1 mile (70 lengths) we will provide you with a 2015 Team Shirt. Feel free to contactMackenzie Cain or Josh Bowling with questions. You are more than welcome to stop by on the 8th to cheer the team on.

Pack the Pantries

The City of Indy’s 7th Annual Pack the Pantries hunger relief initiative kicks off October 31, 2014 and will culminate on December 19, 2014 with the Caravan of Care. Pack the Pantries is a city-wide effort that raises awareness about issues of hunger in our community and encourages residents to help their neighbors during the holiday season when the need is greater. All donations benefit Midwest and Gleaners Food Banks who provide hunger relief to Indianapolis children and families.  For more information:



Fall Leaf Collection Begins Nov. 10th

City’s Fall Leaf Collection Begins November 10

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) will begin collecting fall leaves in Marion County beginningMonday, November 10 through Friday, December 5. Residents may dispose of as many as 40 bags of leaves per household each week during the collection window on their regular trash day.

Each year, DPW collects about 2,000 tons of leaves through this free program.

Indianapolis residents are asked to follow a few simple guidelines:

  • Place leaves in plastic or specially built large paper yard waste bags.
  • Place leaf bags outside by 7 a.m. on your regular trash day.
  • In cart areas, keep all leaf bags at least 3 feet away from trash carts so trucks can access carts. Keep in mind, any trash outside carts will not be collected.

This fall, residents should also clear leaves and debris from storm drains to avoid drainage and flooding problems.

It is illegal for residents to burn leaves in Marion County. Smoke from burning leaves pollutes the air with harmful particles and is hazardous to young children and people with heart and lung disease.

To find your regular and heavy trash days, enter your address at this link.

For more information, please contact the Mayor’s Action Center at 317­-327­-4622, visit or use the RequestIndy application on your smartphone.

East Washington Library Calendar

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Community Health Fair

Eskenazi Health West 38th Street Holds Community Health Fair

Free health screenings and wellness tips part of Nov. 8 event

 Indianapolis, October 27, 2014 — Eskenazi Health will be hosting a community health fair on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its newest health center, Eskenazi Health West 38th Street, located at 5515 W. 38th St., on the corner of Moller Road and West 38th Street.

Health screenings and information provided during the event will include blood pressure, depression, asthma and HIV, as well as weight loss tips and CPR demonstrations. Participants will also have a chance to meet nurses and physicians who provide care at the health center, and visit a wide variety of information booths on topics such as diabetes education, fatherhood resources, Hispanic resources, Alzheimer’s disease, financial counseling, autism and family planning. Eskenazi Health Rehabilitation Services, which is located at the facility, will be on hand to showcase its outpatient areas and services. Fair participants will also have a chance to dispose of unwanted prescription medications at the event.

“The Eskenazi Health West 38th Street Health Fair offers a great opportunity for families in Indianapolis to take advantage of the various health resources and screening tools all at one location,” said Dr. Kenneth Klotz, chief physician executive at Eskenazi Health West 38th Street. “We want to be a welcoming place for the community for not only urgent medical needs but also their primary care.”

Eskenazi Health West 38th Street was designed to represent a community center that also offers health care. The facility brings comprehensive health care to the International Marketplace Coalition, formerly the Lafayette Square Area Coalition, in a way that is environmentally friendly, culturally focused and available for all.

Eskenazi Health West 38th Street, which is located in the International Marketplace Coalition, West 38th Street Health Fair

Eskenazi Health provides primary care for all ages, prenatal care, health and wellness programs, physical therapy, urgent care, radiology, pharmacy services and other diagnostic testing services.

This year, Eskenazi Health has teamed up with the community to host health fairs throughout Indianapolis. The events offer comprehensive health screenings and information on a variety of topics. For more information about the Eskenazi Health West 38th Street Health Fair, please call 317.880.3838

Open Burning Caution

Indianapolis Fire Department urges residents to use caution when open burning
Chilly weather and falling leaves offer opportunity to re-educate and remind


The Indianapolis Fire Department would like to remind residents to use caution and follow set guidelines with regard to leaves and open burning.  Burning leaves in Marion County is illegal and fines of up to $2,500 may be imposed to those in violation.  The IFD encourages you to visit the Department of Code Enforcement website at  or call 327-2236.   The website has excellent resources available with information about leaf collection, open burning and other options such as composting.  Legal open burning includes cooking fires such as barbecue grills, campfires, patio fire pits, chimenea’s and dried twigs, limbs or branches collected from your property within an appropriate container.  The use of a non-combustible metal container with a ventilated mesh covering is mandatory and the fire must be attended at all times.  Never let a child or pet play near an open burn.  We ask that if you do burn twigs and sticks, please be considerate of your neighbor and let them know in advance. The smoke and by-products produced by open burning may be an irritant to those who live near you and can create or worsen a pre-existing medical condition.  Any fire considered a nuisance and reported to the IFD or IMPD can and will be extinguished…even if it is legal.

Small Business Saturday

First there was Black Friday, then Cyber Monday. November 27, 2010 was the first ever Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is the day we celebrate the Shop Small movement to drive shoppers to local merchants across the U.S.

More than 200 organizations have already joined American Express OPEN, the company’s small business unit, in declaring the Saturday after Thanksgiving as Small Business Saturday.

Support our local Near Eastside businesses on Nov. 29th!

For more info:

Steer In Benefit for DayStar Childcare

Join neighbors and friends at the Steer In on Thursday November 13th to raise funds for one of our local day care centers – DayStar Childcare.  Make sure to mention DayStar Childcare before checkout all day at Steer In on November 13, and 15% of proceeds will go towards helping the DayStar Parents Group recognize our amazing teachers with special surprises throughout the year.

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Near Eastside Story Slam

Indy Near East Rivoli Park Neighborhood Art

We are striving to bring beauty to the Near Eastside of Indianapolis.

If you join us by painting or donating, we will add your name to the wall.  Please consider donating 22 dollars to sponsor one 22 inch geometric section of the design. The sides of the larger sections of the design are 53 inches.  Would you support a larger portion of the design with a donation at the $53 level?  Each section of the mural represents the people of the neighborhood interconnecting.

The wall that we are decorating is 120 feet long and 12 foot high.  This intersection at E 10th Street and N Sherman Drive is passed by a steady stream of people in cars, on bikes and on foot.  We have removed the graffiti and chipped paint and started work on the endcap on the East end of the wall through the donations of just a few people. We want to bring joy and peace and beauty to the people who both live here and travel through here with the design created by Near Eastside artist, Andrew Severns. You can connect with him on Facebook  

We are a up and coming neighborhood with so many wonderful people and so much potential. We want to bring art to the residents and the residents to art as we engage them in our projects as volunteers.  The design is made in such a way as to encourage community participation in painting it.  Please contact Lisa Boyles at (317) 372-6983 or if you would like to help us paint or you have paint donations.

We have chosen colors to accommodate the mural on the other side of the street.  We hope to raise more than the amount listed to be able to also decorate the columns of this underpass with the colorful geometric design as well and decorate other areas in the neighborhood too.  Spread the word!

Please support this project at whatever level you are able.  Suggested donations:  $22 for a small section…$53 for a larger section…$120 to go above and beyond to support the painting of a column. We will be having a celebration party on Saturday November 22nd from 3-5 pm with all the donors and volunteers invited.  Your check donation can also be mailed in to NEAR at 2236 E 10th St, Indianapolis, IN 46201 with Rivoli Park Mural Project in the memo line.  Your donation will be tax deductible.

It is our sincere hope that this art will bring a smile to those that pass by and see the joy that went into this project.

More info and how to donate:

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Neighborhood Notes – 7/29/14

Free Crime Prevention Presentation – Tonight!

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IMPD Community Day – This Wednesday!

Come show your support for the IMPD East District and have a great time with the community!

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National Night Out Events

Family Night Out

Join Near Eastside residents and friends at Englewood Christian Church for an evening of carnival games, prizes, free food, and fun! The event will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude at 9 p.m. Family Night Out is a participating event in National Night Out!

More info available on the Facebook Page:

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10th Street Night Out

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Emerson Heights NNO



Bosart Brown NNO

Join your Bosart-Brown Neighbors in taking a bite out of crime.

National Night Out is an event designed to strengthen our communities by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with their local law enforcement partners. The goal is to heighten crime prevention awareness, build support and participation in local anti-crime programs, and most importantly, send a message that our neighborhood is organized and fighting back!


Enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers, courtesy of Eastside Community Baptist Church, have fun and get to know your neighbors!

Don’t forget to bring a dish of your own!

More info on their Facebook Page:


Fall Soccer SignUps

The Near East Soccer Alliance Fall Season is open for registration.  Practices begin Saturday, August 23rd.  Games begin after Labor Day.  More info and registration is available on their website  You can also find info on their Facebook page

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 Sister’s Comfort Food Grand Opening

The soft opening is over for Sister’s Comfort Food and they are celebrating their new business.  Come and join them Friday August 8th for some great home cooking!

Sisters Grand Opening


Feast of Lanterns Volunteers


Volunteers are needed for the Feast of Lanterns!  If you’d like to help out, head on over to VolunteerSpot to sign up for a shift.  No job is too big or too small!

We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for NESCO Feast of Lanterns – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:   1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Megan Fetter 808-2336 or and she can sign you up manually.

2014 Feast of Lanterns Band Line Up!!!!
3:45-4:30 – Kyle Billingsley
4:45-5:30 – Chris Dance and the Holy Echo
5:45-6:35 – Deadbeat Sailors
6:50-7:40 – Silver Dollar Family Band
7:55-8:45 – The ‘Rents
9:15-11:00 – The Bonesetters

Neighborhood Information available at


Neighborhood Notes – 7/15/14

Near Eastside Story Slam

The latest Story Slam is happening THIS Friday night at Tin Comet Coffee!

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School Starts August 4th


The start of school is fast approaching, and we’re excited to be welcoming both new and returning families to Indianapolis Public Schools. Students and families, here’s what you need to know to make your enrollment process easy.

Keep these dates and times in mind:

Monday, July 14
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 15
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wednesday, July 16
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday, July 17
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday, July 18
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, July 19
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, July 20
1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Monday, July 21
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 22
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Wednesday, July 23
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday, July 24
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday, July 25
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
For more information on what you need to take with you to enroll, items that needs updating and everything else, head to the IPS website.


El comienzo del año escolar se acerca rápidamente y estamos muy emocionados de dar la bienvenida tanto a las familias nuevas como a las familias que regresan a las Escuelas Públicas de Indianápolis. Estudiantes y familias, esto es lo que usted necesita saber para hacer su proceso de inscripción más fácil.

Mantega estas fechas y horas en su mente:

Lunes, 14 julio
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Martes, 15 julio
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Miércoles, 16 julio
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Jueves, 17 julio
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Viernes, 18 julio
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sábado, 19 julio
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Domingo, 20 julio
1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Lunes, 21 julio
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Martes, 22 julio
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Miércoles, 23 julio
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Jueves, 24 julio
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Viernes, 25 julio
8 a.m.-4 p.m.


LISC Small Business Loans

LISC is now able to provide loans to small businesses owners, veteran-owned enterprises and businesses locating in under served neighborhoods.  Through the Community Advantage program, LISC will administer loans up to $250,000 to finance working capital, inventory, equipment, business acquisition, real estate development and tenant improvements that help small businesses thrive.  Created by the U.S. Small Business Administration to spark the growth of businesses in under served areas, LISC is one of a few lenders with a national license to offer loans via Community Advantage.

LISC is collaborating with its investment affiliate,  the New Markets Support Company (NMSC) to provide small business loans. Applications will be accepted by LISC’s NMSC throughout the Greater Indianapolis area.  NMSC has provided over $700 million of commercial loans and investments to distressed urban and rural communities.

LISC Indianapolis has already administered loans through its New Markets Support Corporation subsidiary including the conversion of The Foundry building in Indianapolis, now home to a real estate firm, an internet car dealership and a cafe.  [HOTLINK to The Foundry Article? Insert picture]. Learn about the LISC Small Business Loans by contacting Mary Los, Vice President of Small Business Lending  – / 312 697-6152 or  Rachel McIntosh at or (317) 454-8488 to learn more about LISC’s SBA lending.

More information about LISC can be found on their website –

Paramount School of Excellence – KaBOOM! Event

Nathan’s Famous is on a nationwide mobile tour which will incorporate promotion of the KaBOOM! mission and goals along the way.

·         Date: Tuesday, July 22 from 12:00-2:00pm

·         Play Day: Nathan’s Famous will host a “play day” on PSOE’s campus and would love to invite your summer students, families, and community members to attend. The “festival” type play day will include carnival games, food tastings, giveaways and more all provided by Nathan’s Famous.

·         NASCAR: Nathan’s Famous will be donating sets of four tickets to four children and their families to attend the NASCAR race on the 27th.

Englewood Community Cleanup Day


Community Cleanup THIS Saturday!  Neighbors will meet at Englewood Church parking lot at 57 N. Rural in the parking lot and walk to the site of the proposed Oxford Place Senior Apartments.  The cleanup will run until around noon.

Foundation East BoxaBonanza

Foundation East presents BoxaBanza, a public art and place making project taking place on the 2014 Indy Do Day (Oct. 2-4). Area Indianapolis artists will pair up with Near Eastside neighborhoods to transform existing traffic signal boxes along public corridors into works of art representing the vibrancy of these communities. In a perfect world, Foundation East would have the funding and manpower to transform every signal box within the Near Eastside into a work of art. This is not, however, a perfect world. Therefore, BoxaBanza will focus on 5 neighborhoods within the Near Eastside and provide matching funding to provide full-color vinyl wrap for up to 15 traffic signal boxes. To be considered for BoxaBanza, please submit this application by July 31, 2014.


BoxaBanza Neighborhood partners will be notified by August 4th regarding their acceptance.

If selected as a neighborhood partner, Foundation East will coordinate work between area artists, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works, and other community organizations to transform the traffic signal boxes within your neighborhood into place making works of public art. Foundation East will also work to provide the funding and materials needed for the painting of traffic signal boxes within your neighborhood.

Please read through the following information to learn more about BoxaBanza. (Note: if you are super antsy and just want to get to the application, click your way through to Page 3).

Questions? Contact Foundation East at or through Facebook:

Ralph Waldo Emerson School #58 New Student Registration

Ralph Waldo Emerson School 58 is having Student Registration
July 21st through July 30th from 9:00 to Noon, and from 1:00 to 3:00.

Please remember that you are required to bring the following documents with you to enroll a child:
Original birth certificate (no photocopies)
Proof of residence: a current utility bill or lease with the family’s address printed on it
Picture ID for the guardian enrolling a student
Immunization records
If you do need to update your student’s immunization, you can take advantage of free immunizations offered at the Back-to-School Family Day on Saturday, July 26, at the Marion County Public Health Department at 3838 North Rural.

On Sat. August 2nd there will be a Back to School Event for parents and students in the gym from 10:00 to 11:30. 

Caulk of the Town – NEAR

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We now have Caulk of the Town sign-up forms (for individuals and teams) on our website. Now is the time to put together a volunteer team from your work, neighborhood, friends, or church for this October 25 event. Now is also the time to encourage others to join with us in this community weatherizaton event. Here is the link:  We are also still welcoming sponsoring organizations; if you or yours would like to sponsor, please let us know.

Near East Open Doors Tour

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Neighborhood Home Tour Opens Doors to Homeownership

Saturday, August 16
11am – 3pm
East 10th St. & Dorman St.

If you’ve ever wanted to see inside the historic homes or the shiny new contemporary houses going up around the Near Eastside, now’s your chance.

Next month, NEAR is partnering with a cluster of local developers to host the first ever Near East Open Doors Tour—a tour of Near Eastside homes that span the spectrum of pricing, neighborhoods, and styles. We’re out to prove that—historic or modern, affordable or affluent—the Near Eastside has homes for anyone looking to settle in a great community near downtown, near developing trails, wooded urban parks, interesting shops and eateries, and robust educational options.

But don’t feel like you have to be in the market for a new house to join the fun. Anyone is welcome to see all the great homes and experience the community the Near Eastside offers.

More info here:

The Neighborhood Project

How is your neighborhood changing?

By Andrea Muraskin | Jul. 01, 2014



Is there a story in your neighborhood waiting to be told?

This is your opportunity to help shape news coverage of the place you live.

My name is Andrea Muraskin, and I’m a freelance journalist. I’m working with 90.1 WFYI News on a new initiative we’re calling the Neighborhood Project. We’re using the PIN to learn about changes in Indianapolis neighborhoods from the people who make this city their home.

In the questionaire below, we’re looking for trends, concerns and points of pride. Most of all, we want to know about changes: good, bad, and in between. After submitting your answers, you may be contacted for more information and perhaps an interview.

Stories generated by this project will air on 90.1 FM and be shared on and via social media. We can take comments until August 31, 2014.

Contact information you share on this form may be used by WFYI and other news organizations that are members of the PIN to contact you with future queries. It will not be used for advertising or fundraising purposes.

Thank you for your input!

Submit Stories Here

IMPD Community Day – New Date!

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Feast of Lanterns Volunteers

If you would like to sign up to be a volunteer for the Feast of Lanterns Festival happen August 23rd, please contact Megan Fetter or 808-2336 for more info.  You can also check the Feast Facebook page for more details as they come about.

Potential Volunteer Positions Available:

Sell Tickets for Food

Bathroom Patrol

Trash Patrol

Sound/Entertainment Liaison (all event position)

Lantern Hanger

Lantern Teardown

General Set up/Tear Down

Tent Liaison (all event position)


Neighborhood Meetings and Events

For more information about Neighborhood Meetings and NESCO Events – Please go to the NESCO website

Neighborhood Notes – 6/17/14

NESCO Games week!

Congrats to all of the participants this week!  Make sure to check out the NESCO Games website ( and see below for what’s happening this week!

NESCO Games – What’s happening this Week!

Want to know what you are doing this week?!?!? NESCO GAMES!

Frisbee Golf, 6/17 @ Brookside Park
Trivia, 6/18 @ 7p– Golden Ace
Cards, 6/19 @ 6pm – Clifford Corners
Cooking, 6/20 @ 1:30 pm – Chef’s Academy
Basketball, 6/20 @ 6pm – Legacy Center
Track, 6/21 @ 8am – Arsenal Tech Track

Neighborhood standings and full event details on the website.

Real Time Medal Tracker –

Solstice Party in the Park – Windsor Park








Rivoli Park Labyrinth Summer Solstice

Join us as we celebrate a year of bringing light and life to this community space with a picnic potluck on the summer solstice. The event is on Saturday, June 21st at 6 pm. Bring a chair or blanket and something to share to eat if you can. If you have another offering to share, such as playing music or creating art, that would be fun to add to the mix. The Rivoli Park Labyrinth is located a half block south of the Value World on E. 10th St. in the 900 block of N Kealing Ave.

DPS Citizens Academy

Be a Public Safety Advocate!

The City of Indianapolis Department of Public Safety (DPS) is excited to introduce the inaugural DPS Citizens Academy.

The mission of the DPS Citizens Academy is to raise awareness about the diverse, difficult and crucial roles the employees of the department fill in order to enhance public safety and quality of life for citizens and visitors of Indianapolis.  Furthermore, the DPS Citizens Academy will develop community advocates to help address future challenges in public safet

The DPS Citizens Academy will run every Wednesday from June 25 through September 10 (off the week of July 4) from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Participants will cycle through a set of the unique and engaging modules offered by representatives from the Department’s agencies: Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS), Division of Homeland Security (DHS), Division of Animal Care & Control (ACC), Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) and Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD).

In addition, participants will be able to take advantage of exciting ride-a-long opportunities to see first-hand the courageous work performed each day by DPS employees.  This one-of-a-kind experience will provide insights into the Department’s operations and develop champions throughout the community to help address crime and public safety issues in Indianapolis.

The inaugural class will be limited to 30 participants, so click here to submit your application today!   Deadline for applications is Wednesday, June 18.

Feast of Lanterns – Lantern Making Workshops

More information about the Feast of Lanterns can be found here: 

10 East Biz District Bicycle Tour & Scavenger Hunt

Check out our upcoming 10 East Biz District Tours & Scavenger Hunt! We have 2 options to offer: Thurs. June 19 (walking) & Wed. June 25 (bicycle)!!! And swag bags to the first 35 registrants. Fun times ahead!!! – with Audrey’s Place New Furniture, Audrey’s Place Furniture, Thrift, and Antique Store, Tin Comet CoffeeSisters Comfort FoodThe Turntable ShoppeTick Tock LoungeHouse of 5thLittle Green Bean Boutique, Classic Cuts Barber Shop, Pogue’s Run GrocerTim & Julie’s Another Fine MessGordon’s Ice Cream ParlorUrban BoxMetta YogaJazz JuiceBrookside Dance Academy, & Jimmy V Guitar

Wednesday, June 25 @ 630 pm – 8 pm: bike tour – bike helmets STRONGLY encouraged

Meet at E10SCA office – 3125 E. 10th Street, Suite J
Parking is located on-street or in the back parking lot.
Swag bags for the first 35 registrants! / 317.633.8162

More info:


Blight Elimination Public Input Hearing

When: Tuesday, July 8th at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Old City Hall (202 North Alabama)
What: The state recently awarded the state 6.4 million dollars to tear down the worst of the worst properties in the city. The public has an opportunity to comment on homes being proposed for demolition.

If you believe there is a home on this list that should not be torn down, please attend this hearing.


Near Eastside Story Slam – THIS Friday!

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Mozambique art and drama exhibit – Urban Box

Indy ReZone Open House – TODAY!


Vietnamese Buddhist Culture at An Lac Temple


Near Eastside Neighborhood Summit – July 10th

Quarterly meeting to manage the Near Eastside Quality of Life Plan. Anyone who lives, works, worships, or is otherwise interested in the Near Eastside of Indianapolis is welcome to attend. We will be voting on important items to be added, edited, or removed from the quality of life plan. We may also be forming task forces to work on items that are currently in the plan. As always, we will celebrate the great things our neighborhood has been doing to improve the quality of life for all individuals who live and love our community.

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U-Pick Vegetable Garden – Growing Places Indy

The wait is over! We’re excited to debut our new U-Pick vegetable garden at the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Centerthis Thursday from 4-7 p.m., with additional weekly hours Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon!
You’ll have the chance to pick squash (quantities limited!) and basil, plus baby kale, baby collards and baby chard, or mix the three.
Our Farm Stand will run the same days and hours as the
U-Pick, featuring scallions, turnips, chard, collards, kale, garlic scapes, various herbs, mulberries, pea shoots, sunflower shoots and fresh-cut flower bouquets.
Credit cards, cash, checks and SNAP EBT will be accepted for produce at both the U-Pick and the Farm Stand! TheFresh Bucks matching program will match SNAP as well.

More details:

Immigrant Welcome Center – Donation Challenge

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More about the Immigrant Welcome Center:

Chocolate 5K – to benefit Teacher’s Treasures

Proudly partnering with Teachers’ Treasures, Inc.!

All chocolate is compliments of NR Road Racing. It is not mandatory for you take part, but you are more than welcome to have some sweet treats on us! There will be chocolate stations set up along the three mile course and of course, some more at the end!

We’ll supply the Ghirardelli® chocolates along the way. For any of you with food allergies, please read the following “Allergy Information” from the Ghirardelli® people. We’ve also found what may be a blast from the past for some of you… Remember Choc-ola? Well it’s back & we have it for you.

For more info on how to sign up:

NESCO Neighborhood Info

Additional neighborhood events and information can be found on the NESCO website: 


Neighborhood Notes – 6/3/14

Feast of Lanterns – Update from NESCO

Feast of Lanterns

In August, 1909, what is rumored to be the first “Feast of Lanterns” was held in Spades Park on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis. Residents of the Brookside Neighborhood strung thousands of paper lanterns from the bandstand, bridges and trees, illuminating them with candles. Surrounding homeowners also decked their porches with lanterns. Other events like this had been happening in Indianapolis at the time, but the Feast of Lanterns was the largest, most spectacular and longest lived.

The Feast of Lanterns occurred annually until the event lost momentum and ceased completely around the time of World War II. In 2003, neighbors in the Windsor Park and Springdale Neighborhoods revived the event after finding an old newspaper article advertising the Feast of Lanterns, and thus the annual event was reborn, under the direction of the Near Eastside Community Organization (NESCO).

On August 23, 2014, over 5,000 people will gather once again to celebrate the Feast of Lanterns in Spades Park. This event celebrates our community and our continued progress in making the Near Eastside of Indianapolis a great place to live, work, worship, play and learn.

This year’s Feast of Lanterns is in dire need of community support. The event is in jeopardy of cancellation due to a shortage of volunteers. We have several positions of leadership that have remained vacant since the Near Eastside was polled for volunteer support several months ago. The combination of a lack of volunteers and a lack of sponsor funding is a dramatic blow to the event and the NESCO Board and we face a decision of canceling the event without these two critical pieces. We need to raise an additional $8,000 by June 15 to commit to contracts for the event.

How do we raise $8,000 by June 15? The committee has poured hours over this decision for the past month. Here are some ways to help:

1 – The NESCO Board will be delivering an appeal to Near Eastside business owners for financial support

2 – In-Kind contributions from Near Eastside businesses to offset needs of the event (tents, tables, chairs, generators, trash pickup, dumpsters, supplies, ladders, etc.)

3 – Volunteer hours – both in preparation for the event and during the event

4 – Lantern Workshops – we’ve been holding lantern workshops for nearly two months with very little turnout. These lanterns are auctioned off at the Feast of Lanterns and have historically raised over $1,000 for the event.

Please consider helping us to continue this century-old Near Eastside tradition, the Feast of Lanterns. We have simplified the suggested donation levels below and urge you to assist in any way you are able. If we don’t have commitments in each of these five areas by June 15, we will most likely need to cancel the Feast of Lanterns for 2014. We need YOU to help continue this rich, Near Eastside tradition!

N – $3,000 – sponsors the stage, sound & electricity
E – $1,500 – sponsors needed shelters, tables and chairs
S – $750 – sponsors the security for the event
C – $500 – sponsors the Indy Parks permits
O – $250 – sponsors a run of giant Chinese paper lanterns

Donations may be made payable to our fiscal agent, Englewood Christian Church and all donations are tax deductible. Please be sure to put “NESCO Feast of Lanterns” in the memo and send to:

NESCO, c/o Englewood Christian Church
57 N Rural St
Indianapolis, IN 46201

Questions regarding sponsorships can be directed to the Feast of Lanterns Project Manager, Melissa Benton or by phone at 317.296.5444

The Feast of Lanterns Committee, a NESCO committee, thanks you for your time and consideration in helping to sponsor the Feast of Lanterns. If you are unable to contribute financially, we welcome in-kind donations to help cover event-specific needs. We hope to see you at the 2014 Feast of Lanterns August 23, 2014!

Riley Area Development Revitalization Efforts and Affordable Home Ownership Opportunities

Riley Area Development Corporation (RADC) is using innovative programming and partnerships to revitalize the Willard Park neighborhood on Indianapolis’s near eastside.  Backed by funding from the Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development, RADC has launched a broad array of programs intended to increase community greenspace and affordable home ownership.  RADC’s home ownership initiatives include three new homes and rehabilitation of two existing properties in addition to the “Homestead” property located at 249 N. Parkview Avenue.

In early 2014 RADC held a design competition for the new units, won by local architect Michael Halstead.  Selected for his modern and innovative approach, the units include an eco-friendly design with green infrastructure, outdoor living space and garden beds that tie into the sustainability programs within the community.  A rendering of his design can be found here.  In addition to the satisfaction of sustainable living, new homeowners will be provided a lifetime membership to local grocer Pogue’s Run and a one-year membership to the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center which offers group exercise classes, a large selection of workout equipment, and free Wi-Fi internet among many other amenities.

One of the new home ownership units will sit adjacent to the Willard Park Green, a multi-use gathering space with recreational and environmental features, also being developed by RADC.  The new homes are projected to sell between $90,000 and $107,500 to eligible applicants who meet the 80% median income requirements.  Additionally, RADC will be rehabilitating two properties near the greenspace at 44 N. Hendricks Place and 220 N. Parkview Avenue.

If you are interested in any of the home ownership opportunities mentioned above or would like to learn more about RADC’s work in Willard Park you can click here or visit

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

East 10th Street UMC – June 5th

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Oxford Place Community Planning Process

Neighbors & Friends,

Please join us once again this evening from 6:30-8 pm for our third of four community planning sessions for the proposed Oxford Place Senior Apartments. As we did last time, we’ll do a short recap and reporting out from the first two meetings to bring everyone up to speed.

After the recap, you’ll be free to join one of four working groups who are planning various aspects of the development including:

1. Sustainability – How do we deliver on the promise to make Oxford Place the State’s first Energy Positive or Net Zero multifamily development?

2. Resident Care & Quality of Life – What types of unit amenities, project amenities or services are ideal for Oxford Place?

3. Community Connections – How does Oxford Place design best compliment and encourage resident interaction with nearby properties and amenities (East Washington Branch Library, proposed Rocketship Academy, DayStar Childcare, transit access, etc..)?

4. Community Clean-up & Celebration – How might we best celebrate our completed plan while also making initial physical improvements to the subject site (ie plantings, trees, installation art)?

Hope to see you tonight!

Meeting Schedule

Oxford Place Senior Apartments Community Planning

#1 – Tuesday, May 6 (6:30-8:00 pm)

#2 – Tuesday, May 20 (6:30-8:00 pm)

#3 – Tuesday, June 3 (6:30-8:00 pm)

#4 – Tuesday, June 17 (6:30-8:00 pm)

Joe Bowling

Director – East Washington Street Partnership

Englewood Community Development Corporation


57 N. Rural Street

Indianapolis, IN 46201


First Fridays on 10 East

Make sure to check out what’s happening this month for First Friday’s on the 10 East Biz District!

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Swing Into Giving 2014

A golf outing hosted by the construction firm Meyer-Najem will benefit Westminster Neighborhood Services, Inc. (WNSI) and Hearts & Hands of Indiana.

Swing Into Giving 2014 is set for Aug. 22 at Eagle Creek Golf Club, 8802 W. 56th St., Indianapolis. Registration starts at 10 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 11 a.m.

Admission to Swing Into Giving is $150 per golfer or $600 for a foursome. That includes green fees, a box lunch, two drink tickets and dinner provided by Buca di Beppo.

Super tickets may be purchased for an additional $20, which includes entry for a cash drawing, putting contest and mulligan. Sponsorships are also available. An awards banquet will conclude the event.

Registration forms are available online at To preregister, make checks payable to “Meyer Najem Golf Outing” and mail it with the registration form to Meyer Najem, c/o Jennifer Arvin, 13099 Parkside Drive, Fishers, IN 46038. Refunds won’t be available after Aug. 7.

For more information, contact Arvin at 813-6232 or

INRC Created Equal Film Series

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St. Dime Street Festival

Come on over for a neighborhood organized festival on June 14th!

St Dime Street Festival

NESCO Neighborhood Games

“Bringing Us Together as One”

June 14th – June 21st


What are the NESCO Neighborhood Games?
Each summer, the Near Eastside Neighborhoods in Indianapolis, Indiana come together for a week of neighborhood-friendly, Olympic-style games. These events celebrate friendships, good-natured competition, light-hearted fun, and community cooperation. Events such as basketball, softball, volleyball, street hockey, dodgeball, table tennis, corn hole, cooking, frisbee golf, running, cards, and trivia allow for a week of great fun for all who live or work on the Near Eastside.

Schedules, events, and more information are available on the NESCO Games website.


Donations needed for Westminster Neighborhood Ministries

Demand at Westminster has increased dramatically with the warmer weather. We are in need of food and personal hygiene donations.

Food: canned/fresh fruit, canned meat, peanut butter, jelly, canned/fresh vegetables, pasta, pasta sauce, mac and cheese, bread, instant potatoes.

Personal hygiene: deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste, body wash, razors, diapers.

Any donations would be most appreciated. We’re at 445 N. State Ave. on the Near Eastside, in Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Thanks so much and have a great summer!

New Journey Postpartum Doula

Curious about Hypnobirthing or Sacredy Pregnancy? Join Keegan Barkley of New Journey Postpardum Doula for informational & preview sessions this Sat. June 7th at 11am or Wed. June 11th at 6:30pm – sessions held at Little Green Bean Boutique. Register at the Event Website

Little Green Bean Boutique – New Hours and Customer Cards

Little Green Bean Boutique has new hours!

Sunday 12pm – 4pm

Tues, Wed, & Thurs  11am -7pm

Fri & Sat. 11am – 6pm.

Our new Customer Rewards cards! Get a punch each time you spend $20 & after 10 punches receive $15 off your next purchase! Our way of saying thanks for being awesome customers! See you soon!

39th Annual Woodruff Place Flea Market

This weekend!

Three Miles of Shopping, food, and fun.

June 7th & 8th is the 39th Annual Flea Market in Historic Woodruff Place.

For more information check out their Facebook Page.

Summer Events at Indy Reads Books

Make sure to check out the summer events happening at Indy Reads Books – right around the corner from the neighborhood at 911 Massachusetts Ave.

Here’s what’s happening just in the month of June (more info


Tuesday, June 3, 4-5:15pm
Dump the Pump: New Urbanism Happy Hour with Ben Ross.RSVP required.

Wednesday, June 4, 3-7:30pm
We Can Work It Out: Heart, Mind, and Action in the Struggle for Atonement.

Thursday, June 5, 6-7PM
Booksigning with Lorne Mook. Lorne Mook, professor at Taylor University in Upland, IN will be here to sign and discuss copies of his newly published translation “Dream-Crowned.” This is the first English translation of an early book by the major 20th-century poet Rainer Maria Rilke.

Firday, June 6, 7-9pm
First Friday with artist Carla Knopp. The event also features the Sophie Faught Jazz Trio and a Motus Dance Sneak Peek!

Saturday, June 7, 11:30am-12:30pm
Paws to Read Visit. Bring your child to read to a very special reading dog! The rotating cast of certified reading therapy dogs make reassuring (and adorable) listeners. This is a free event. More info here.

Saturday, June 7, 1:30-3pm
Dramatic Reading of “Time Warp Trio”. More information on this fantastic performer here.

Sunday, June 8, 2:30-4:30pm
Karen Mann author event. A reading with the author of The Woman of La Mancha.

Tuesday, June 10, 5-7pm
Story Slam on “Place” Do you have a story?

Wednesday, June 11, 4-6:30pm
Annual Indy Reads Fundraiser: Scavenge the Ave! Learn more

Friday, June 13 7-9PM
Ghouljaw Reading and Signing with Music

Saturday, June 14, 4-6pm
Chatter House Press Reading.

Monday, June 16, 7-9pm
Indy Actor’s Playground. More info here.

Tuesday, June 17, 12-1:30PM
Indy Reads Books Volunteer Orientation. More info here.

Tuesday, June 17, 5-7PM
Chess Club for Kids. More infohere.

Friday, June 20, 6-9PM
GALLERY: A staged reading. More info here.

Saturday, June 21, 11:30am-12:30pm
Paws to Read Visit. More infohere.

Saturday, June 21, 6-9pm
GALLERY: A staged reading. More info here.

Sunday, June 22, 1-2:30PM
Meditation Practice of Ascension. More info here.

Sunday, June 22, 4-6PM
BOOK CLUB: Better Readings of the Best Books (reading War of the Worlds).. More info here.

Tuesday, June 24, 5-7PM
Chess Club for Kids. More infohere.

Wednesday, June 25, 5-7PM
Melyssa Hubbard Spanking City Hall Book Release.

Thursday, June 26, 7-9PM
Artist Conversation and Opening with Carla Knopp. More info here

Arsenal Tech Alumni Day

Tech Alumni Day is Saturday, June 14th, with the Tech campus opening at 8:00 am. An Awards Ceremony in the Anderson Auditorium is at 10:00 am.

Englewood Review of Books

Did you know that we have this great organization and publication right here in our neighborhood?  The Englewood Review of Books is a weekly book review published by Englewood Christian Church, Indianapolis. We review books that we believe are valuable resources for the people of God, as we follow the mission of God: i.e., the reconciliation of all things. The books we review are not necessarily books from the “Christian market,” and most of the books that we review will not be stocked in your local Christian bookstore.  More info, books and resources available from the ERB website.

Neighborhood Association Meetings

To find your neighborhood association meeting, make sure to head to the NESCO Website.

Neighborhood Notes – 5/20/14

Oxford Place “Net Zero” Senior Apartments – Community Planning Process

Neighbors & Friends,

Please join us this evening from 6:30-8 pm for our second of four community planning sessions for the proposed Oxford Place Senior Apartments. Thanks to over 40 of you who joined us on May 6th for the first meeting. For those of you who couldn’t make it on May 6th, we’ll do a short recap and reporting out from the first meeting to bring you up to speed.

Like last time, after the recap, you’ll be free to join one of four working groups who are planning various aspects of the development including:

1. Sustainability – How do we deliver on the promise to make Oxford Place the State’s first Energy Positive or Net Zero multifamily development?

2. Resident Care & Quality of Life – What types of unit amenities, project amenities or services are ideal for Oxford Place?

3. Community Connections – How does Oxford Place design best compliment and encourage resident interaction with nearby properties and amenities (East Washington Branch Library, proposed Rocketship Academy, DayStar Childcare, transit access, etc..)?

4. Community Clean-up & Celebration – How might we best celebrate our completed plan while also making initial physical improvements to the subject site (ie plantings, trees, installation art)?

The Resident Care & Quality of Life group, including you if interested, will travel to the nearby St. Clair Senior Apartments to see first hand another senior development in our community. Plus, we’ll promise to get you out of the meeting and home in time to catch the Pacer game!

Hope to see you today!

Meeting Schedule

Oxford Place Senior Apartments Community Planning

#1 – Tuesday, May 6 (6:30-8:00 pm)

#2 – Tuesday, May 20 (6:30-8:00 pm)

#3 – Tuesday, June 3 (6:30-8:00 pm)

#4 – Tuesday, June 17 (6:30-8:00 pm)

Joe Bowling

Director – East Washington Street Partnership

Englewood Community Development Corporation


57 N. Rural Street

Indianapolis, IN 46201 

Solar Seminar

Monday, June 9

6:30-8:30 pm

Englewood Christian Church

57 N. Rural Street

(parking in the rear of the building)

Englewood Community Development Corporation and SIREN (Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network, are hosting a solar seminar.  Anyone who has ever wondered about what it would cost, where to find the installers, benefits vs. expenses, here is your chance to get practical information about solar and whether it’s right for you, including hearing from people who have done it.  After presentation is over, you are invited to take a tour of the 80 panel solar installation on the rooftop of Englewood.

For more info: Laurie 637 6242 or Joe 496-2662

Indianapolis Women’s Half Marathon – Volunteers Needed!

The Indianapolis Women’s Half Marathon is right around the corner and we are looking for volunteers! We would love to have you join us at one of our water stops! The race is Saturday, June 7th, downtown Indianapolis.

We are currently looking to fill stops:

A- 6:00am-8:15am

B- 6:15am-8:30am

F- 6:30am-9:50am

J – 6:15am-11:15am

You can sign up for a stop HERE, just scroll down to the stop you’d prefer!

This is a great way to get involved in the community with your family, friends or co-workers! Kids are welcomed and encouraged. Kids under the age of 14 will need an adult.

Windsor Park – Fletcher Park Work Day

Volunteers Needed for Fletcher Park Work Day


DATE: Saturday May 31

TIME: 9am-12pm

WHERE: Windsor Park’s own Fletcher Park on the corners of Brookside / Arsenal / 12th Street

WHAT: Help us weed beds, paint the border fence, fill posts with concrete, plant flowers and more!

CONTACT: Mark Schroeder at to RSVP

Drinks and Snacks Provided for Volunteers!

Please join your neighbors in creating Windsor Park’s newest community space!

For more information about volunteering for our park projects, contact Mark at 317-735-5227 or You can also sign-up on Keep Indianapolis Beautiful’s website, just make sure to let them know you are with Windsor Park Neighborhood. Fletcher Park is our neighborhood park and we want everyone to have an opportunity to help build it. Even if you only have an hour, we would love to see you!  

Classes and NESCO Days at Pogue’s Run Grocer

DIY Herbal Oil Infusions

May 21, 6:30p.m. Community Herbalist, Greg Monzel, will demonstrate how to make your own herbal oil infusions. Herbal oil infusions can be used for body care and for cooking. Each participant will leave with two 2oz herbal oil infusions that you make yourself.

Members: $15

Non-members: $20

Limited to 10 participants. Reserve your spot! 

DIY Laundry Soap

May 27, 6:30p.m. Join Abby and Kathy for a hands-on lesson in DIY Laundry Soap. You’ll learn all the steps to make both liquid and powder laundry soap, as well as how to experiment with essential oils to scent your laundry soap.

Members: $8

Non-members: $13

Limited to 15 participants. Reserve your spot! 


On May 19 we kick-off our NESCO Days when each NESCO neighborhood will get to be a Member for a Week. May 19-25 we welcome Little Flower residents to enjoy Indy Food Co-op member benefits:

  • Take advantage of Member Sales all week
  • Get 10% OFF all purchases on Saturday, May 24
  • Become a member between May 19 and 25 and receive a free lunch special as our welcome gift!

More info at

Story Slam at Tin Comet Coffee

The East End Story Syndicate proudly presents “Never Saw It Coming.”  This Near Eastside Story Slam will feature neighborhood residents and friends who will tell tales of what/who they never saw coming.  Come on over for a great evening of storytelling and community.  More info on the East End Story Syndicate Facebook page.


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Illegal dumping program announcement

Mayor Ballard will be making an announcement regarding the new Illegal dumping procedures, this Thursday at 1pm at 1904/1908 East Maryland. The Illegal Dumping Abatement Program will take effect on June 1, 2014. You are welcome to attend or perhaps send a representative from your neighborhood if you can not.

More info:  Paul Ross – Mayor’s Neighborhood Liaison  317-452-0336

Library Events

Make sure to check out the East Washington, Spades Park and Irvington Branch Library Facebook pages for events happening in and around the neighborhood.

Spades Park Branch 

East Washington Street Branch

Irvington Branch

Summer Programming

There are a few places for summer programming happening in the Near Eastside linked below.  If you know of a summer program that’s not listed, make sure to get the word out!

John H. Boner Community Center Summer Camp

Shepherd Community Center Summer Programs

LYN House Enrichment Day Camps

East 10th Street United Methodist Church Children & Youth Center – Summer Days for Youth 

Westminster Neighborhood Ministries – Youth Programs

Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis – Summer Programs

Indy Parks Summer Fun Guide

Temple Oak Fundraiser

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IMPD Community Day

The East District is holding a Community Day July 9th at Brookside Park.  Stay tuned to their Facebook page for more information.

Neighborhood Businesses

Make sure to check out the Near Eastside businesses that have been opening up around the neighborhood.  Shop local!

Tin Comet Coffee 

Tlaolli Tamales

The Turntable Shoppe

Harold’s Barbershop

Classic Cuts Barbershop

Infamous Tattoo Studio East

Sisters Comfort Food (coming soon!)

Gordon’s Ice Cream Parlor

Pogue’s Run Grocer

Tim and Julie’s Another Fine Mess

Audrey’s Place Furniture

Little Green Bean Boutique

Metta Yoga


Buckner Construction Co

Sims Boxing Gym

Si Greene’s Pub

Tick Tock Lounge 

Golden Ace Inn 

These are just a few of the local businesses in the neighborhood – there are many many more!  Talk with neighbors and friends to find out where the businesses are in your are and  ask around for recommendations.

Neighborhood Meetings

Make sure to check out the neighborhood association meetings happening in your area.  Check out the NESCO Calendar on their website.

 NESCO Pub Crawl

NESCO Spring Pub Crawl 2014

The date is Saturday, May 31st.

You know how much fun it will be, and you don’t want to miss this!

Bars we plan to visit:

Rural Inn 2725 E. Michigan
Indiana City Brewing Co.(beer only) 24 Shelby St.
Tick Tock ( food stop) 4620 E. 10th St.
Shi Kay 1514 N. Emerson
Arnold’s Tavern 3018 E 10th St.

Theme:  Dress in your favorite favorite first half of the year holiday (Jan-June).  For example:  New Years, Presidents Day, St. Paddy’s, Easter, etc.

Please email with questions. Thank you.

To Register:  NESCO Pub Crawl Eventbrite



What are the NESCO Neighborhood Games?
Each summer, the Near Eastside Neighborhoods in Indianapolis, Indiana come together for a week of neighborhood-friendly, Olympic-style games. These events celebrate friendships, good-natured competition, light-hearted fun, and community cooperation. Events such as basketball, softball, volleyball, street hockey, dodgeball, table tennis, corn hole, cooking, frisbee golf, running, cards, and trivia allow for a week of great fun for all who live or work on the Near Eastside.How does it work?
Individuals and teams enter events in an effort to try and win a medal for their neighborhood or Near Eastside Organization. Like the Olympics, each medal (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) is worth points (5, 3, and 1). At the end of the week of competition, the neighborhood or organization with the most points wins the NESCO Neighborhood Games. Please take the time to visit our events page to learn more about these games and the opportunities available to you and your community!

When does it take place?
The NESCO Games are held each summer during the third full week of June. The 2014 NESCO Neighborhood Games will take place from June 14th through June 21st. For additional schedule information, please click here.

Where are they held?
All events take place within the boundaries of NESCO. Locations, dates, and times are listed on the Schedule Page, and event addresses are listed on the Event Locations page.

How can I take part?
If you, your organization, or your neighborhood would like to compete in an event, please begin by viewing the available events on the events page. Then, simply register for the events you wish to participate in using the free registration page.

How can I help?
The NESCO Neighborhood Games need annual volunteer and donor support. The costs associated with staging these games are limiting. Only through the help of volunteers and sponsor donations can this event continue from year to year.

More info can be found on the NESCO Games website. 

Neighborhood Summit

The next neighborhood summit to discuss the Near Eastside Quality of Life Plan is on July 10th at Shepherd Community Center at 6:30pm.

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While I try to catch all of the great neighborhood events happening in the NESCO area, there are always more things happening!  If you have an event you’d like to see on this blog, please send it to me at or call 317-808-2336.  Thanks!  ~ Megan

Neighborhood Notes – 5/6/14

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Happy Spring!

It’ feels like a long time coming but Spring is finally here!  Tis the season for lots of neighborhood events.  Make sure to check out all of the ones included below.  If you have events you’d like to submit, please email them to me at  This blog updates every 2 weeks with great information and events so stay tuned for more!

Want more to do??? Make sure to head over to the NESCO Calendar for other things like neighborhood meetings, events, and information as well.  Submit your own events by clicking “Submit your Event!” on the top left of the page.

Also, get out and vote today in primary elections!  Here’s a link to find your local polling place through the Voter Information Portal.





Holy Cross Health Fair

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Gas Station Hearing Tomorrow – Please note this has been cancelled.  Petition withdrawn!

Come out to support your neighbors in Englewood tomorrow.  The hearing to fight the appeal for gas station/c-store at the SE corner of NY & Rural is tomorrow, May 7th at 1pm. PLEASE recruit as many folks as possible to join us at the City County Building – 2nd floor Public Assembly room.  Englewood neighbors, businesses, and organizations in the area are against this gas station/convenience store for a number of reasons.

1.  It encourages crime

2. It encourages litter

3.  Those who live in the area are opposed to it

4.  Would make the intersection dangerous for pedestrians, bikers, those who ride the bus and who drive

5.  It is not neighborhood-friendly development

6.  It does not fall in line with the Near Eastside Quality of Life Plan.

If you can make it for the hearing tomorrow afternoon, Englewood and NESCO would greatly appreciate the help. The more people who show up the more the hearing examiners will know that the neighborhood is against this development.


Oxford Place Senior Apartments Planning Sessions

TONIGHT is the first of 4 public neighborhood planning sessions for the new Oxford Place Senior Apartments to be located at the old Crown Laundry Site. Your input and participation is needed to help create a developement that is in line with what we want as a neighborhood – this is the time for your voice to be heard! Tonight, May 6th atEnglewood Christian Church – Indianapolis

The meeting tonight will take place from 6:30 – 8pm

Emerson Heights Meet and Greet

We have decided to change this month’s meeting to a casual Meet & Greet at Si Greene’s Pub. A few announcements will be made and the rest will all be about getting to know one another better. Please come and meet some neighbors!  May 15th 6:30 – 8pm


Emerson Heights Neighborhood Yard Sale

Emerson Heights neighborhood will be holding their annual Yard Sale Saturday June 7th.  If you are an Emerson Heights resident and would like more information.  Head over to their Facebook page – 

Woodruff Place Flea Market

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Windsor Park & Art Up for NUVO Nomination

Windsor Park is listed on Nuvo’s best of as a contender for Best Up and Comin’ Neighborhood (under social) AND the artwork Sundial-Flatland is listed under the Best New Public Art category (under arts) so please head over to Nuvo and vote!


Face Low-Cost Spay and Neuter Clinic

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IMPD Community Day

IMPD is hosting a community day at Brookside park for the East District July 9th from 10am – 2pm.  Come out and meet our neighborhood officers!  More information will be posted as it becomes available.  You can also go here for updates

NESCO Calendar

Did you know that we provide a NESCO Community Calendar on our website? Check it out!

Each calendar event allows you to place a map and event link that will download the details right to your mobile device or Google Calendar – automatically!

You’ll find an exhaustive list of events, meetings and training sessions.

You can also submit your NESCO area event to the calendar by filling out the information on the following page:


Rivoli Theatre Roof Project

It’s Finished!  Another momentous day in Rivoli Theatre Indianapolis history! Our roof rehabilitation over the theatre section is complete! Many, many thanks to the East 10th Street Civic Association’s partnership with: Rivoli Theatre Center for the Performing Arts, Indiana Landmarks City of Indianapolis – Mayor Greg Ballard, Kemna Restoration & Construction, Danco Roofing, Silver Creek Engineering, Keystone Construction, and Rottmann Collier Architects Inc.!

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Celebrate Irvington

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Mr Daniel at Tin Comet Coffee

Mr. Daniel will be in this coming Saturday for a spectacular children’s music performance! Saturday at 10:30am at Tin Comet Coffee – where there’s always exciting events happening!  

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Neighborhood Bicycle Repair

Ready to do your shopping on 2 wheels? Pogue’s Run Grocer’s own Wolfgang is starting a bike repair business. Tuesdays from noon to 6pm, visit Wolfgang’s Wheel Service Tin Comet Coffee.

Email Wolfgang about services:

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Cottage Home, Home and Garden Tour

Cottage Home Neighborhood Association hosts the 30th Anniversary Home & Garden Tour and a Friday night evening Twilight Reception.

Cottage Home Neighborhood Association invites the public to explore their historic neighborhood located just northeast of downtown. The 2014 tour celebrates the neighborhood association’s successful thirty years of neighborhood redevelopment. The weekend kicks-off on Friday, May 16 with a twilight reception and behind-the-scenes tour showcasing four historic homes near the corners of Dorman and St. Clair Streets. Partiers will enjoy wine and gourmet appetizers created by Chef Rebecca Hostetter of Duos and listen to live music provided by neighborhood musicians.

The twilight tour reception is scheduled for Friday, May 16, 6:00-9:00p.m. with reservations due by May 12. The $50 reception cost includes a ticket for the weekend home tour.

The home and garden tour is Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Tickets are available for $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at any of the tour homes.

This year’s tour will also include a Vintage & Artisan Market in the community space.  Local artists from in and around the Cottage Home neighborhood will be gathered in the community space on Highland Avenue during this year’s Home Tour. Join our collaboration of vendors on Saturday, May 17th & Sunday, May 18th from 10am-5pm. The community space is located just south of E. St. Clair St., between Dorman St. and Highland Ave. The Artisan Market is a FREE event.

More info and tickets can be found on the Eventbrite Page




Neighborhood Notes – 4/23/14

Cottage Home “Home & Garden” Tour:

Home Tour: $12 in advance, $15 day of tour
Twilight Tour & Reception: $50

The home and garden tour is Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The 2014 tour celebrates the Cottage Home Neighborhood Association’s 30 years of redevelopment. The weekend kicks off with a twilight reception and behind-the-scenes tour showcasing four historic homes near the corner of Dorman and St. Clair Streets. Guests will enjoy wine and gourmet appetizers from Duos Kitchen and music by neighborhood musicians. Tour-goers will see eight eclectic homes and six gardens chosen to showcase the creative and diverse styles of the residents, with a mix of old and new construction.

The Twilight Tour Reception is Friday, May 16th, 6-9pm, with reservations due by May 12th. Tickets are $50 which include a pass for the weekend home tour.

The Home & Garden Tour is Saturday, May 17th and Sunday, May 18th from 11am-5pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at any of the tour homes.

Advance tickets will be available at Marsh Supermarket’s Lockerbie location, Midland Art & Antiques, 901 East Michigan Street or Tim & Julie’s Another Fine Mess, 2901 East 10th Street, or call tour co-chairs Maribeth Bailey, 317-752-1816 or Andy Kienle., 317-440-3730.


Cottage Home Bashment Playground Bash

Reggae Dance Party
A fundraiser for the Cottage Home Neighborhood playground

At the Cottage Home Community Space 
700 Block of N Highland Ave (South of St Clair)

DJ Andy Capps
SAS reggae singer/rapper ( Shaun Simms)

Food by Duos Indy
Beer by Flat Flat12 Bierwerks
Sponsored by Cottage Home Neighborhood Association

All proceeds will go to the playground fund
Suggested $5 donation

Opportunity for Kids – FUN and FREE

The third Saturday of each month at the Legacy Center there’s a group that meets to teach kids computer programming (video games, websites, etc). They have been doing it for 2 years now and it is a ton of fun – and completely free of course. If you know any kids 8yo up through HS seniors that would be interested, sign ups are on

Caulk of the Town

Near East Area Renewal (formerly – I-AD)

Save Saturday, October 25 for a legendary, community-wide weatherization event we’re resurrecting. More info soon, but we’re looking for 14 teams to offer volunteer labor as we completely weatherize homes.

Art House

Students of Herron School of Art will turn a vacant St. Clair Place house into a temporary art gallery on April 25. Address: 831 N. Eastern Ave. Come see and then tour the neighborhood.


June 14, 3-7 pm at Legacy Plaza. Be there for a music-focused street festival.

Oxford Place Senior Apartments Planning Sessions

All are welcome and encouraged to attend several planning sessions around the creation of the Oxford Place Senior Apartments on E. Washington Street.  The dates and times are listed below.  All planning sessions will take place at Englewood Christian Church, 57 N. Rural St., Indianapolis, IN 46201.  If you can make all or most of the planning sessions that would be ideal.  However, if you can only make one of them, that’s great too!  Everyone’s input is welcome!  The sessions will wrap up with a community celebration and cleanup on June 21st.

Oxford Place Senior Apartments – Community Planning

Tuesday, May 6 (6:30-8:00 pm)

Tuesday, May 20 (6:30-8:00 pm)

Tuesday, June 3 (6:30-8:00 pm)

Tuesday, June 17 (6:30-8:00 pm)

Oxford Place Senior Apartments – Community Celebration & Cleanup

Saturday, June 21 (9 am-1 pm)

Mallory Eco-District Presentation

For the last semester, Ball State University students with the guidance of Dr. Bruce Race (Race Studios) have envisioned the P.R. Mallory Campus and Crown Laundry sites at 3000 E. Washington Street as an eco-district. This vision is consistent with the ReEnergize East Washington Street Catalyst Plan and congruent with recent and planned development such as Englewood/DayStar Childcare’s recent solar array and the proposed Oxford Place “Net Zero” Senior Apartments.

Please join us next Wednesday, April 30th (3:30-5 pm) at The CommonWealth (23 N. Rural) for the student’s final presentation and for the chance to begin considering how to implement this vision within the comprehensive “Make It Mallory” initiative.

Near Eastside Story Slam

The East End Story Syndicate is proud to present another Near Eastside Story Slam, May 2nd at 6pm at Tin Comet Coffee.  The theme for this event is “Dream.”  Come out for a fun evening of storytelling.  There will be a sign up list so that you can tell your story.  The only requirement – it has to be true!  Story’s typically last no longer than 5 minutes and everyone is welcome to this free First Friday event.

More details can be found at End End Story Syndicate on Facebook.

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Neighborhood Events and Meetings

For more neighborhood events and meetings please see the NESCO Calendar available at 

Neighborhood Notes – 3/25/14


Welcome to the Neighborhood Notes for March 25th.  Thank you to everyone who reads and passes along information to neighbors and friends!  Please see below for some great events happening in our community.  If you have events you’d like to have posted here, please feel free to email them to or call 808-2336.



The Crossing School Informational Meeting – TONIGHT!

Meeting regarding the development of a new charter school in the neighborhood.

Woodruff Place Baptist Church

1739 E. Michigan St.

7 – 8pm

Please come and join us for a night to discuss a school coming to the Near Eastside of Indy.  It will be a time to listen and ask questions.

More info:

Quality of Life Plan Info Meeting

Are you interested in finding out more details about how and why the Near Eastside Quality of Life Plan was created?  Want to know more about how you can get involved in the process?  This meeting is for you!

Who:  Anyone who lives, works, and/or worships in the Near Eastside Neighborhood (NESCO)

What:  An informational meeting to go over the Near Eastside Quality of Life Plan process

Where:  John H. Boner Community Center – Chase Community Room

When:  May 8, 2014 5:30 – 6:30pm

Why:  To share more details about our neighborhood plan that we don’t have time for at the Neighborhood Summits

If you’d like to come, please send an email to or call 317-808-2336

Near East Soccer Alliance Spring Leagues

There’s still time to sign your 4 – 12 year old up for spring soccer!

Important Dates:

April 1st – Registration Ends!
April 3rd – Volunteer Orientation (details below)
April 9th – 6:30pm Practice
April 12th – 9am Practice
April 16th – 6:30pm Practice
April 19th – 1st Games against Tab Rec. Teams

Volunteer Information:

If you have signed up to volunteer or even if you haven’t yet done so – please attend our Volunteer Orientation Meeting:

April 3rd – 6:30pm
John H. Boner Community Center
2236 E. 10th St. Indianapolis, IN 46201

More info:

Spring Cleanups

Several neighborhoods are holding clean up events on April 5th.  Check with your neighborhood association or block club to see what’s happening in your area or join one of these groups.

Emerson Heights – 9am – noon  Facebook Event Page

St. Clair Place – 8am – noon Facebook Event Page

Great Indy East 10th Street Cleanup – 9am – noon  Facebook Page

Cottage Home – 9am – 2pm


Cottage Home “Home & Garden” Tour

Twilight Tour & Reception: $50
Home Tour: $12 in advance, $15 day of tour

The 2014 tour celebrates the Cottage Home Neighborhood Association’s 30 years of redevelopment. The weekend kicks off with a twilight reception and behind-the-scenes tour showcasing four historic homes near the corner of Dorman and St. Clair Streets. Guests will enjoy wine and gourmet appetizers from Duos Kitchen and music by neighborhood musicians. Tour-goers will see eight eclectic homes and six gardens chosen to showcase the creative and diverse styles of the residents, with a mix of old and new construction.

The Twilight Tour Reception is Friday, May 16th, 6-9pm, with reservations due by May 12th. Tickets are $50 which include a pass for the weekend home tour.

The Home & Garden Tour is Saturday, May 17th and Sunday, May 18th from 11am-5pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at any of the tour homes.

Advance tickets are available at Marsh Supermarkets or call tour co-chairs Maribeth Bailey 317-752-1816 or Andy Kienle 317-440-3730.

More info and updates:  Tour Facebook Page – Twilight Tour  Tour Facebook Page – Daytime Tour

Rivoli Park Labyrinth Service Day

We are looking forward to having a service day at the Rivoli Park Labyrinth on Saturday, March 29th from 10 am-1 pm with volunteers from Pro(ACT) Community Partnernships, Inc. and some members of The Indy Progressive Roatary Club. We plan to move dirt and mulch, paint a fence, and to do outreach beyond the boundaries of the labyrinth site by picking up trash in the neighborhood. We are going to do something special related to the community art aspect of the project as well. There will be a little bit of something for everyone. Send along a message online or call (317) 372-6983 if you would like to join us in the fun of serving together that day.

ReEnergize East Washington Street

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The East Washington Street Partnership has put together an updated plan for the work happening on East Washington Street.  This plan was unveiled last Friday at Indiana City Brewing located on Shelby Street across from Angie’s List. For more information on the plan please see the East Washington Partnership website.

Indy-east Asset Development Community Luncheon

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Please join us for our annual Community Luncheon, featuring development updates, achievements, and future plans. This year’s theme is “Great Places.” Our keynote speaker is Jacob Sipe, Executive Director of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA). Jacob’s leadership is shaping the future of urban community development. This fundraising luncheon is Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at Marian, Inc. (its 4th-floor dining room has one the most striking views of downtown in the city).  To sign up please click over to our Eventbrite Page.

Near Eastside Story Slam

Come out for First Friday at the Tin Comet for a night of stories about people being foolish. More info on the Facebook Event Page.

Neighborhood Association Meetings – Please see the NESCO Website for more information.


Neighborhood Notes – 2/25/14


Friday March 14, 2014
Common Wealth Gym. (parking in rear)
23 N. Rural St. 46201

Join your neighbors for our 5th Annual NESCO PI (pie) Day.
Pie, ice cream and beverages for sale to enjoy. Music and games and more

Tickets Only $3.14, Kids 10 and under Free
Pie with Ice Cream only 3.14

For more info – see the NESCO Facebook Event Page

Goals for Indy

Goals for Indy is coming to the Near Eastside.  Indy Eleven has partnered with Goalrilla, a local Indiana company, to bring soccer to the city.  They will be setting up pick up soccer games at Englewood Recreation/Commonwealth Gym (23 N. Rural), the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center (727 N. Oriental), and Paramount School of Excellence (3020 Nowland).  There will also be goals set up at O’Bannon Soccer Fields where our local Near East Soccer Alliance group will be holding league practice and games this spring.  The point of Goals for Indy is to get people out and get them playing.  So even if it’s just in your own yard, park, or neighborhood – get out and play!

Rivoli Theatre Roof Replacement

Great things are happening at the Rivoli Theatre!  Want to know more?  Check out their Facebook Page.

Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) ROWPort

Learn about Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW) 2013 accomplishments, 2014 plans and how you can get involved.
8 am coffee, networking
9 am updates on new ROW leadership, waterways, funding, Indianapolis/City as Living Lab, and Deep Rock Tunnel
10 am coffee, networking

ROW-port is free and open to the public.  Register by February 28th at the ROW-port Eventbrite.

Brookside Dance Academy

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Dance Studio located on the near east side of Indianapolis, at the Urban Box.
To provide quality technical dance and fitness training in order to benefit the near east side community of Indianapolis through a safe and positive atmosphere where students are supported to reach their full potential regardless of their socio-economic status, or cultural background .
More information about classes and location is on their Facebook page. 

LYN House Open House

March 20th 6 – 7:30pm
1155 Tecumseh St. Indianapolis, IN 46201
Experience art, photography, door prizes, crafts, guided tours, and appetizers made by our students.  You will receive a personal tour of our facility and learn more about LYN House.  There will also be opportunity to purchase photos by The Viewfinder Project students.
More information:

18th Annual Health Fair

Holy Cross Health Ministries
Kelley Gym at Holy Cross
125 N Oriental St.
Sunday May18, 2014
10:30am – 12:30pm
We invite you to participate once again and thank you for your generous support.  If you have any questions, please contact Holy Cross Parish Nurse, Jan Erlenbaugh Gaddis at 317.637.2620 ext. 406 or

Rose Center Panel

A study panel will be visiting Indianapolis February 25 – 28 to meet local stakeholders regarding the Mass Ave/Brookside Industrial Corridor.  If you would like more information about this panel and the work they may be proposing in our neighborhood please see the ULI Indiana Press Release.

Gang Awareness Workshop

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Neighborhood Meetings

Information about when neighborhood associations in the NESCO area are holding meetings can be found at the NESCO Website in the Calendar.
If you have information that you’d like in this newsletter, please email  Near Eastside Notes is published every other week.
Megan Fetter
Director of Neighborhood Engagement
John H. Boner Community Center