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There's a Whole Lot of Free Going on in December


Dozens of Free Activities this Winter



December 01, 2009
>Save Money next summer with IPL's CoolCents Program

By participating in IPL's CoolCents program you can receive a $5 per month rebate on your electric bill during the summer months of June, July, August and September.

When you sign up for CoolCents, a small device is installed on the outside of your home near your central air conditioner. This device allows IPL to safely cycle your air conditioner on and off for brief periods during hours of peak electricity usage. Your air conditioner will typically not be cycled on weekends or holidays. The fan on your air conditioner will continue to operate. In fact, you may not even be aware that your air conditioner is being cycled because your house should remain comfortable.

Your participation in CoolCents helps IPL use its power plants more efficiently, which also helps delay the need to build new power plants. This keeps electric rates low and results in a cleaner environment for us all.

Customers who are not homeowners but reside in a separately metered single-family residence with central air conditioning may participate with written landlord consent.

To enroll call 800-305-0982 or go to IPLpower.com.

Children's Dental Center Holiday Season Food Drive Kicks-Off

Children's Dental Center, a friendly dental office in Fishers focused exclusively on pediatric dentistry, will sponsor a month-long food drive in an effort to stock the shelves of the new food pantry within the Fall Creek Township assessor's office.

Donations will be accepted Monday, Nov. 9 through Monday, Dec. 14, 2009. Each new patient donating five or more non-perishable food items will receive a Free Cleaning with Paid Exam and X-Rays. Existing patients donating five or more canned goods will receive a Complimentary Fluoride Treatment.

"Food pantries take on an even greater importance during these tough economic times," says Dr. Michelle H. Edwards. "With the ever increasing demand from families in need in our area, our goal is to do our part and give back while providing our patients with a value-added service."

The Children's Dental Center opened in Fishers, Indiana in March of 2007. They are located minutes from I-69 and are easily accessible by residents of Central Indiana, including the areas of Indianapolis, Noblesville, and Carmel. For more information, please call 317.842.TIKE (8453).

Dozens of Free Events in Indianapolis this December

Each attraction will offer free admission on the following dates as part of the 12 FREE Days of Christmas in Indy (see this month's feature in Indy's Child for full details)

Sunday, Dec. 13 (Music & Lights in Indy with the Circle of Lights and several free concerts at the Scottish Rite Cathedral and Indianapolis Artsgarden)

Monday, Dec. 14 (Rhythm! Discovery Center – hands on percussion museum free admission)

Tuesday, Dec. 15 (Indy Wine Trail free tastings & free dessert at participating downtown Restaurants)

Wednesday, Dec. 16 (History at home for the Holidays with visits to the Morris-Butler House, James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home & Meredith Nicholson Home - all offering free admission)

Thursday, Dec. 17 (Indianapolis Museum of Art, J.K. Lilly, Jr House & Winter Solstice free admission).

Friday, Dec. 18 (NCAA Hall of Champions free admission)

Saturday, Dec. 19 (Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Indiana Medical History Museum, Tommy Wills Orchestra at the Indianapolis Artsgarden at 1pm free admission)

Sunday, Dec. 20 (President Benjamin Harrison Home free admission)

Monday, Dec. 21 (Indiana State Museum & Celebration Crossing free admission)

Tuesday, Dec. 22 (Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art free admission)

Wednesday, Dec. 23 (Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum free admission)

Thursday, Dec. 24 (The Children's Museum of Indianapolis free admission)

Check out www.visitindy.com for more things to do in Indianapolis.

A Beef and Boards Christmas Marks 17th Year

Holiday magic glitters at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre with every performance of A Beef & Boards Christmas 2009. Bring family and friends and join Santa himself for a extraordinary evening with this original production that opens Nov. 27 and continues until the special New Year's Eve finale on Dec. 31.

A production for all ages, A Beef & Boards Christmas 2009 features talented performers of all ages. They hail from the Indianapolis area, including 12-year-old Anna Lasbury of Carmel, to the North Pole -- with Santa and even the famous red-nosed reindeer Rudolph making sure everyone has a great time!

There are 41 performances of A Beef & Boards Christmas 2009 in the intimate atmosphere of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $34 to $57, and include Chef Odell Ward's holiday dinner buffet offering carved turkey and all the trimmings, a fruit & salad bar, unlimited coffee and tea. Parking is always free.

The final performance of A Beef & Boards Christmas 2009 is a special New Year's Eve celebration, which includes the holiday dinner buffet, performance and party favors. The dance floor is then open to guests with live music provided by the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Orchestra until the Times Square ball drops at midnight on the theatre's two big screens. The party continues with a champagne toast, more dancing and then a scrumptious breakfast buffet provided by Chef Odell Ward. Tickets range from $72 to $92 for this exceptional evening.

For reservations, call the Box Office at 317.872.9664 anytime between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays. For complete show schedule, visit www.beefandboards.com.

Every year, more and more people discover A Beef & Boards Christmas is the perfect way to enjoy the season – dinner and a show in one place! Stop by the gift shop for unique gift ideas, or give food and fun to someone special with a gift certificate available at www.beefandboards.com.

"Two Kids Eat Free" Program Expanded at Boston Market

Boston Market today announced that its widely popular "Two Kids Eat Free" dining program will be extended past October 31, offering customers the same great deal every weekend (Saturday and Sunday) between November 1 through the end of January 2010. During the program's initial launch, more than 550,000 free kids' meals were enjoyed by Boston Market guests.

The company, known for providing nutritious home-style meals, was the first to launch a national program where two children, ages 14 and younger, could receive a free kids' meal all day, every day with only one adult purchase of $6 or more. The number of free kids' meals doubles to four with the purchase of a Family Meal.

"The overwhelmingly positive response from our customers tells us we've struck a chord. Everyone wants greater value for their dollar and more time with their families," said Lane Cardwell, CEO, Boston Market. "Coordinating schedules is always a challenge, but weekends are family time, and Boston Market wants to help make family mealtime a reality by continuing to offer the 'Two Kids Eat Free' deal on weekends and providing delicious, nutritious meals at an excellent price point."

Boston Market Kids' Meals, which cost between $3.79 and $4.29, come with a choice of entrée, a small side, a kid's size beverage and cornbread. Entrées include favorites such as chicken drumsticks, roasted turkey, meatloaf and Mac & Cheese.

The "Two Kids Eat Free" weekends offer is valid for up to two kids per $6 minimum purchase and is available at all 522 Boston Market locations for dine-in, carry-out or drive-thru orders on Saturday and Sunday from November 1 – January 30, 2010. The offer includes up to four free kids' meals with the purchase of a Family Meal. The "Two Kids Eat Free" deal is not valid with any other discounts, coupons or offers. No coupon required, but kids must be present to claim their meals – we want to see their smiling faces!

For more information or to find a Boston Market restaurant near you, please visit www.bostonmarket.com.

Asante Children's Theatre Announces the Inter-generational Kwanzaa Community Choir in Concert as Part of the "Feed the Hungry" Initiative

On December 12, the Asante Children's Theatre will be presenting a concert under the direction of Mr. Vincent Howard. The concert, held at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center at 450 West Ohio Street, will educate, empower and enlighten audiences.

Concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission: per person one canned or non-perishable food item. This "Feed the Hungry" initiative is co-sponsored by the Gleaners Food Bank.

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