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July 01, 2008
>Indy's Child Wins an Edy's Neighborhood Salute Ice Cream Social

Several weeks ago we registered you, our readers with Edy's Ice Cream as deserving of a summer sweet treat. The annual Edy's Slow Churned Neighborhood Salute allows neighbors to get to know each other. And we want to get to know our readers, because we consider you our neighbors.

We submitted our essay and were informed just as we were going to press that we won! Or rather, you won. Details are on the way, so we will have a special section of our Web site under "Contests" called Edy's Block Party where you can check back for more information as it becomes available. Congratulations. We look forward to meeting you, neighbor.

Win Great Prizes in July Being an E-Newsletter Subscriber

July is an exciting month in Indy and Indy's Child wants to make it even more exciting by offering great prize packages to our dedicated readers who subscribe to our e-newsletter. Below is a list of our weekly contest packages that you can enter by signing up for our weekly e-newsletter at www.indyschild.com. To receive this free weekly e-newsletter with contest information, go to www.indyschild.com and click on the subscribe button on the upper righthand side of the home page.

Night on the Town

Win a box for the night at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships and enjoy dinner at Ruth's Chris Steak House ($100 gift certificate).

Fun in Downtown Indy

Win a box for the day at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships and six tickets to the Indianapolis Zoo.

Take the Gang to the Fair

Win 20 tickets to the Marion County Fair!

Fun on the Northside

Win brunch at Ruth's Chris Steak House, six passes to the Carmel Clay Monon Swimming Center (water slides & tons of fun), and six tickets to Symphony on the Prairie.

We will also be offering additional contests on our Web site so please visit us often.

Come visit Indy's Child at our booth at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships on Friday, July 18th and at the Marion County Fair on Saturday, July 26th. Stop by the booth and let us know you're a reader and we'll give you a little treat. We love meeting our readers and always enjoy your input and welcome your suggestions. If you can't visit us in person, please email us at editor@indyschild.com. We wish you a happy summer and hope you win one of our great July contest packages.

Kids' Day at the Tennis Championships

Join the Indianapolis Tennis Championships for on-court instructional clinics, fantastic give-aways and appearances by ATP professionals on Monday, July 14th. Kids' Day is designed to introduce tennis to kids between the ages of 6–12, while those ages 13-18 can brush-up on techniques with the help of professionals. This ultimate tennis camp pairs elementary, junior high and high school youth with ATP and USPTA professionals for a day of tennis workshops.

The morning session takes place from 8:30–10:30 a.m. for children ages 6–12. This session will allow the younger tennis players to work through a series of drills to aid in skill development. At the hands of professional players, young tennis lovers will have a forum to learn the proper fundamentals and techniques of the game. The afternoon session takes place from 3–4:30 p.m. for children ages 13–18. During this session, professionals will help older tennis players fine tune their technique and move their game forward.

Kid's Day takes place at the Indianapolis Tennis Center from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. for ages 6-12 and from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. for ages 13-18. Clinics are free with paid admission to the Monday afternoon session. Tickets start at $8 per person. To order tickets, visit the website at www.tennisindy.com or by calling 800-622-LOVE.

'Pump It Up' Giant Indoor Inflatable Playground

Pump It Up, founded in 2000, is the only party facility of its kind, treating its guests to a large indoor arena filled with a wide variety of engaging, challenging and interactive inflatable structures including a custom bounce house, slide, obstacle course, boxing arena, jousting arena, basketball court—even an inflatable throne for the birthday person.

Franchise owners Aleta Osborn, Kim Weeden-Cowan and Ronald Weeden are pumping energy into Hendricks and Marion Counties. "It's hard to tell who enjoys the Pump It Up party experience more—the grownups or the children," says Osborn. "Our privacy and safety policies set us apart from any other party facility in the country. Parents and children feel like they own the facility for the entire duration of their party and feel relaxed knowing that we go to great lengths to ensure the safety and fun of all of our guests."

Pump It Up's 16,470 sq. ft. play arena, offers good old-fashioned fun. It is located within the Ameriplex Industrial property (near the Indianapolis Airport) at 5777 Decatur Blvd. Suite D. For more information call 821-1555 or visit www.pumpitupparty.com

Locals to Attend the Paralympic Academy in Beijing

U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, announced recently that Josh Swoverland (Avon, Ind.), 16, is one of 25 student athletes with a physical disability selected to attend the 2008 International Paralympic Academy, September 5-11, in Beijing, China.

Collin Shepherd, Youth Track & Field Coach at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Sports Program (RHISP), was one of 10 coaches selected from across the country to attend the Academy as well.

The 2008 Paralympic Academy offers a select group of student athletes with physical disabilities and their coaches to experience the Paralympic Games firsthand. Participants have the opportunity to meet U.S. Paralympic team members as well as attend ceremonies and competition, gaining an insider's perspective on the games.

For more information about U.S. Paralympics and its programs, contact the U.S. Paralympics office at (719) 866-2039 or visit our Web site at www.usparalympics.org.

Fresh Market to Open

The Fresh Market will be the new "corner grocer" at 5414 N College Avenue. "A destination for those who enjoy cooking and quality food, The Fresh Market is proud to locate in an area where residents expect and appreciate personal relationships, specialty items and a high level of customer service," says Brett Berry, chief executive officer. "We have designed this store with the Indianapolis customer in mind and are confident that the residents of Meridian-Kessler and surrounding areas will welcome our neighborhood market feel that customers grew to love about Atlas."

Known for its fresh foods and ingredients, The Fresh Market boasts a world-class produce department, old-world butcher shop, European delicatessen, flower and gift center, an impressive wine selection and a bakery department. "We go to great lengths to make sure our customers receive the best service and highest quality products available," say Craig Carlock, chief operating officer. "For example, when we open we will have two varieties of wild Alaskan salmon—king salmon and sockeye salmon—and our ground beef is ground fresh in the store daily from whole roasts and steak trimmings."

"The Fresh Market's inviting atmosphere is reminiscent of old-world European markets," says Carlock. "Our customers enjoy shopping in an environment that appeals to all the senses. The smell of freshly brewed coffee and bread right out of the oven, the sound of classical music, soft lighting with antique décor in an intimate setting, and the ability to select and taste fresh, high-quality products all work together to create a unique shopping experience."

For more information visit www.thefreshmarket.com.

Finding a Real Estate Agent Online

Performance First announces the launch of its new Indiana-based Web site, DoorFly.com. DoorFly connects home buyers with qualified, knowledgeable real estate agents who are motivated to help buyers navigate the complex process of home buying.

The heart of DoorFly is the reverse auction process where home buyers anonymously tell a pool of agents all the details they want in a new home. Based on those details, the agents sell themselves to these buyers by showcasing their knowledge, experience and expertise and offering an incentive rebate from their commission at closing to the home buyers. Buyers then compare the offerings and choose the agent they feel best fits their needs.

Through DoorFly's process, both home buyers and real estate agents win. Home buyers find agents that meet their needs and get a little money back as they purchase their new home, and real estate agents can economically find new business and ultimately save money by reducing traditionally costly advertising methods.

DoorFly's goal is to help Indiana home buyers purchase in excess of $12 million in real estate this year with $80,000 in saved commission rates, while reducing the real estate agents' cost of finding new business at the same time. For more information visit www.doorfly.com or call 317-577-0676.

Mathcounts Celebrates 25 years

Mathcounts is a program that heightens student interest in mathematics by making math achievement as challenging, exciting and prestigious as a school sport. At the beginning of each school year, the Mathcounts Foundation provides a complimentary copy of its school handbook to every middle school across the country. Teachers and volunteers use the handbook and activities to coach student Mathletes either as part of in-class instruction or as an extracurricular activity.

After several months of coaching, participating schools select students to compete individually or as part of a team in one of more than 500 written and oral competitions held nationwide and in U.S. schools overseas. The first competitions are held at the local level in February with winners progressing to state competitions in March. Results at the state level determine the top four individuals and top coach who earn the honor of representing their state or overseas team at the national finals. At all levels, Mathcounts challenges students' math skills, develops their self-confidence and rewards them for their achievements.

Mathcounts is pleased to launch the new Mathcounts Club Program to coincide with its 25th anniversary. This new program may be used by schools as a stand-alone program or incorporated into the student preparation for the competition series. The program will provide the school with structure and activities to hold regular club meetings, and the school may receive a recognition plaque or banner and be entered into a drawing for prizes.

For more information on beginning this program at your school, visit www.mathcounts.org.

Performing Arts Day Camp

"We are aware of the financial strain in our world today … parents can still know that their child is achieving goals and having fun in a safe and creative environment without breaking the bank. During the day, children will learn dance, cheer, tumbling, and acting at no additional cost. They can also sign up for private music lessons in violin; piano; flute; and electric, acoustic and classical guitar. We even have tutoring in math and English," says Julie Bandy, owner and artistic director of Julie Bandy Performing Centre.

The center opened the daycare on June 2 for school-age children and will operate through August 8. All summer arts students will perform their newly developed talents at a public venue on August 1. The center will then offer before- and after-school care programs beginning August 18.

"Think of the time a family can save … by the time they pick up their children, the students have already had all of their classes for the day and the family can go home together and work on other priorities.

The Julie Bandy Performing Arts Centre is located at 6025 Madison Ave., Ste. C, Indianapolis. Phone 782-0316 or log on to www.bandydance.com.

Lynette has been an employee with Indy's Child Magazine and is a graduate of Indiana State University with a B.S. in Criminology.
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