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November 01, 2009
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Look What's Going on at the Indiana Repertory Theatre!

IRT Family Zone: From a babysitter rebate to creative workshops for kids, the IRT is reaching out to families in a new and unique way. Visit http://www.irtlive.com/family/zone for more information! Most exciting for kids is the Creative Workshops for Kids where parents can enjoy the show while kids participate in a workshop at the IRT. The IRT has also created a Family Series, which kicks off with The Giver starting at the end of October. Also family-friendly are Romeo & Juliet and Around the World in 80 Days. Don't forget to ask about their new baby-sitter rebate program! In addition, if you're in the mood for a "Girls Night Out," enjoy Love Letters in December, Romeo & Juliet in January and Becky's New Car in March. All three are great shows that women can enjoy together. Make it a fun "mom's night out" or "family night" at the IRT!

Center Grove School Infrastructure Improvements Generate Savings for School

When it comes to allocating resources, administrators at Center Grove Middle School Central just aced the test. Recently completed infrastructure upgrades will allow administrators to realize significant energy and operational savings, leaving greater resources to focus on their biggest priority: educating students.

Before undertaking 12 months worth of improvements, administrators completed a building assessment to determine the best energy conservation measures for the school. They then identified the specific improvements that best fit the school's needs for energy and operational efficiency. The improvements are expected to save $300,000 over a 10-year period.

INDATA Project Sponsors Free Assistive Technology Workshop on Autism

Autism affects more than one million Americans and is the fastest-growing developmental disability, according to the Autism Society of America. It will be the highlighted topic for a free assistive technology workshop.

Sponsored by the INDATA Project, this quarterly workshop will take place Thursday, Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Easter Seals Crossroads, 4740 Kingsway Drive, 5th Floor Conference Room, in Indianapolis.

People with autism benefit from assistive technology in areas such as social interaction skills, expressive communication and overall understanding of the environment. In some cases, the assistive technology provided can ultimately determine whether someone is able to work outside of their home or attend a public school. In addition, that technology can be used to help better the interaction and communication between individuals and their families or friends.

Admission to the workshop is free but, because seating is limited, registration is requested. To register, visit http://assistivetechnologyandautism.eventbrite.com/ or contact Sara Croft, 317-466-2013 or 888-466-1314. Online registration is encouraged.

Going to College Gets a Little Easier with Indiana e-Transcript

There may be plenty of paperwork left for prospective college students to do these days, but sending a high school transcript doesn't have to be part of it thanks to Indiana's free e-Transcript service. Indiana was the first state to offer its students a free, electronic transcript service that provides access to colleges nationwide.

"As a state, we're working to remove any barrier that might prevent students from getting to and through college, and Indiana e-Transcript is one simple way to do just that," said Teresa Lubbers, Indiana's Commissioner for Higher Education. "Now the challenge is making sure all of our students and schools take full advantage of this free, convenient service."

Indiana e-Transcript allows Hoosier students to send their transcripts to colleges across the country at any time and receive automated notifications when their transcript is delivered, thereby removing that "did it get there" anxiety. High schools and colleges also benefit by cutting down on the administrative overhead and valuable staff time required to manually process paper transcripts and related admissions documents.

Learn more at www.learnmoreindiana.org/e-transcript.

Rhythm! Discovery Center to Bring A New Beat to Indianapolis

Rhythm! Discovery Center, a creative vision of the Percussive Arts Society, will celebrate its Grand Opening on November 21 in Indianapolis. Located in the heart of downtown, Indianapolis' newest attraction will offer a creative and engaging experience to visitors by interpreting the role of rhythm and percussion in music and culture through dynamic educational experiences. Interactive exhibits, participatory opportunities and a hands-on area will illustrate rhythm, its role in society and its connections to daily life.

Rhythm! Discovery Center is a 15,000 square-foot facility that will house three feature galleries, a hands-on area that allows visitors to play a variety of drums and percussion instruments, and a retail store. Gallery themes will explore the expansive history and cultural connections of rhythm and percussion, demonstrate how musical acoustics work through science, and display rare percussion instruments and artifacts from around the world.

Rhythm! Discovery Center opens in downtown Indianapolis, IN November 2009. For more information and construction updates, call 317.974.4488 or visit www.RhythmDiscoveryCenter.org.

Carmel Attorney Traveling to Africa to Develop International Adoption Program

Michele L. Jackson, who chairs the Adoption Practice Group of Carmel law firm JOCHAM HARDEN DIMICK JACKSON, PC, traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire, commonly referred to as the "DRC") in Africa from September 25 – October 2, 2009. Along with members of the staff of MLJ Adoptions, she visited with central authorities as part of her ongoing plan to develop an international adoption program beginning January 2010.

Research on the new program began in January of 2009 and Ms. Jackson recently met with a Congolese attorney based in Chicago, who divides her residency between the Midwest and the DRC. The attorney will be working with Ms. Jackson and MLJ Adoptions to provide the necessary in-country representation and resources. Whenever starting a new international program, it is imperative to travel to the country to forge relationships and identify reputable agencies, authorities and contacts. It also gives Ms. Jackson an opportunity to visit orphanages and see conditions and resources first hand. While in Africa, she will also be delivering relief supplies to area orphanages as part of her nonprofit charity, The Fatherless Foundation.

JHDJ Law's Adoption Practice Group offers domestic and international adoption services including private infant adoptions, step-parent adoptions, second parent (same sex) adoptions, and various international family law services, including contract reviews and orphan visa appeals. Ms. Jackson represents both birth and adoptive parents, and provides resources and adoption education.

JOCHAM HARDEN DIMICK JACKSON, PC, is a Carmel law firm providing personalized service with a responsive and compassionate approach. Experienced attorneys offer assertive advocacy for clients complemented by a philosophy focused on minimizing conflict and negotiating resolution. The practice assists clients in all areas of family law, mediation, business litigation and adoption. For more information, please contact Jocham Harden Dimick Jackson, PC at 317-569-0770, or visit www.jhdj-law.com.

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