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October 01, 2009
>Eagle Creek Park Hosting Second Annual Fall Festival with Grand Opening Celebrations for the Brand New Ornithology Center

On Saturday, October 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Eagle Creek Park Foundation and Indy Parks will be putting on their Second Annual Fall Festival. All park amenities will be open for tours and events that will take place throughout the day. There will be live music, bird walks, family scavenger hunts, hayrides, food and much more. A kid's tent with games and prizes, face painting, clowns and other fun things will be set up close to the Marina.

The Foundation and Eagle Creek Park will also be dedicating and having a grand opening ceremony of the highly anticipated and long-awaited Ornithology Center. Formally, the old Nature Center, the BRAND NEW Ornithology Center has been transformed into a state-of-the-art birding facility right here in Indiana. For more information visit www.indyparks.org.

Take Note!

Cracker's Comedy Club is now smoke-free! Visit www.crackerscomedy.com for show times.

Stonycreek Farm Presents the 37th Annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival

Harvest season is celebrated each year on the 1860's Stonycreek Farm in Noblesville, Indiana. The 37th Annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival at Stonycreek Farm runs September 26 - October 31. Open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., parking is $5.00 per car on Saturday and Sunday. There is no parking fee Monday-Friday.

New this year: an entertainment area for "kids" ages 8-80 featuring duck races with antique water pumps and peddle car races and a Mega Chess set. Bring the entire family and enjoy the many fall activities Stonycreek Farm has to offer. Some activities include the hayride to the pumpkin patch, a haunted house for youngsters, gourd slingshot, corncob cannon, Kiddiepillar (inflatable), candle making, farm animals, and more. Kids love the pony rides and talking with the blacksmith, as well as jumping in the giant straw mound and playing at the playground. Most activities have a nominal fee.

Bob Allen, local pumpkin carver will be on hand every Saturday and Sunday to create custom carved pumpkins for $20. Mums and fall decorations are available for sale in the greenhouse. Be sure to visit the Gift Shop for local handmade products as well as unique fall and Christmas gifts. If you get hungry, the Country Market is open daily and Kettle Corn is sold on the weekends.

Stonycreek Farm Nursery and Landscaping is located at 11366 State Road 38 East, two miles east of Noblesville on State Road 38 East. For more information call (317) 776-9427 or go to www.stonycreekfarm.net.

Girls Invited to Participate in Girl Scouts on Second Saturdays

Girls in grades K through 12 who would like to become Girl Scouts, but haven't found a troop that meets at a time right for them, are invited to participate in the new Second Saturday initiative. Second Saturday will offer fun-filled Girl Scout program activities that build leadership skills. It runs from September to May on the second Saturday of each month. The first meeting is September 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the last meeting is May 15. Adult volunteers are welcome and needed.

The fee is $12 for the year or girls may pay $1 per meeting. Financial assistance is available; no girl will be turned away.

Second Saturday will be held at the following locations.

Anderson: Mounds Mall

Indianapolis: Castleton United Methodist Church, Edna Martin Center, Forest Manor Multi-Service Center, Goodwin Center, and Martin Luther King Service Center

Kokomo: Carver Community Center

Marion: St. Martin Community Center

For more information, contact Delmi Valladares at 877.474.2248, ext. 6870, or dvalladares@girlscoutsindiana.org.

Indianapolis Downtown Offers Map of Great Photo Ops in Indy

Looking for the perfect family photo? Want a backdrop for your family reunion memories? Just want to have fun? Then look no further than Downtown Indianapolis! With countless attractions, beautiful public art and monuments and a breathtaking skyline, let Downtown be your scenery. See the locations mapped out at: http://www.indydt.com/PhotoOppsMap2009.pdf.

Parent's Day Out Gives Busy Parents a Short-Term Childcare Resource

Busy parents—and their children—can benefit from a Parent's Day Out, a two-day-a-week short-term childcare service at Southport Presbyterian Church.

Each week, on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Parent's Day Out offers a safe, loving, Christian environment for children from nine months to five years old. Activities include age- and skill-appropriate crafts, free play, playground, gym, music and rest time.

"Parent's Day Out is designed for parents who need a day or two each week to run errands, schedule doctor appointments or for recreation," said Amy Herbert, director of Children's Ministries at Southport Presbyterian Church. "Our trained and compassionate staff loves to care for children in this environment that doesn't require the fulltime commitment to weeklong childcare."

The program is offered at the church's McFarland campus, 7525 McFarland Blvd., Indianapolis, 46237. Costs include a $30 registration fee (for the school-year session; $20 for the summer session) and $16/day for the first child, $14/day for the second child and $12/day for the third child. Contact Amy Herbert at 534-2900 for more information, or visit the web at www.southportpc.org/pdo.

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