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April 01, 2010
>Indy's Child to Hold Several Contests in April/May

Want to send your son to a football camp—with an NFL player? Sign up for the Indy's Child E-newsletter at www.IndysChild.com on the right-hand side of the screen and we will be running a contest where two entries will be selected to send one child to summer camp with Dwight Freeney.

Want to win tickets to Sesame Street Live—in the Gold Circle? We'll be giving away several VIP tickets and standard tickets to our E-newsletter subscribers to register to win!

We also will be giving away tickets for Broad Ripple Art Fair, Whale of a Sale, Just Between Friends Sale, an OnlyGreen Earth Day Celebration Package and Regal Cinema Movie Tickets and much more!

Each week our brand-new E-newsletter is packed full of useful information: Top 5-10 events every day of the weekend, weekly EXCLUSIVE contest available ONLY to E-newsletter subscribers, time-sensitive news and information, book and product reviews and much more. You can't win if you don't sign up, so get in the know and register for our once a week E-newsletter—your kids will thank you!

Add Colorful Privacy Without the Worries of Curtains or Blinds

A new line of adhesive-free privacy window tints is a colorful and fun way to add privacy to any child or teen's bedroom window.

For bedroom windows facing a street, a neighbor's window or the common area of an apartment complex, condominium or dorm, adding an adhesive-free privacy film from the Deco Tint Collection by Wallpaper for Windows is an easy and stylish way to protect your child or teenager from prying eyes. Curtains and blinds are all too often left open at night when the lights are on. Using these decorative films ensures privacy at night while illuminating the room with beautiful stained glass color during the day.

The Deco Tint line is available in 10 child- and parent-pleasing colors that look like stained glass. Each color is available in a Privacy and a See-Thru version, which is used when privacy is not a concern, but the desire for a unique, colorful window is. The decision to cover just part or all of a window with privacy film depends on the proximity of surrounding buildings and homes, pedestrian and vehicle traffic nearby, window size and more.

Made by Wallpaper for Windows of Cocoa, Fla., Deco Tint films are easy to apply, easy to clean, will look great for years and can be removed in seconds when it is time to redecorate. Deco Tints filter UV rays, save energy (glass is cooler in summer/warmer in winter) and are removable and reusable.

Take a security-conscious look out of your child or teen's bedroom window, because what you can see is what or who can look into your child's room. If you feel more privacy is prudent or would like to decorate the glass with see-through color, Deco Tints are a stylish solution that provide great value for your decorating dollar. For more information visit www.wallpaperforwindows.com or call 800-320-8439.

Unique Web sites Help Save Money

Clipping coupons will not cut your debt. Instead, use Financial Literacy Month as a plan of action to focus on thinking outside traditional money-saving solutions. These unique services offer a different avenue to lowering your financial savings:

• BillShrink.com allows consumers to save thousands of dollars on credit card bills. You simply input information about your current credit card bills and BillShrink.com will respond immediately with a list of cards – in order of how much money they would save you each year by switching to them.

• LeaseTrader.com helps you ditch an expensive car lease to save thousands of dollars on your financial expenses. If you've been unemployed for months and your safety net is quickly diminishing, use LeaseTrader.com to transfer your car lease to someone else and lower your second highest monthly expense.

• Rentometer.com allows renters the advantage to discuss rental rates with their current landlord. For instance, if your current rental lease is expiring in several months you can use rentometer.com to compare prices with your neighbors and negotiate lowering your rent or decide to moving someplace new.

Orchard in Bloom: Children Find Their Inner Bloom

April showers bring May flowers, and Holliday Park will flourish during Orchard in Bloom April 30-May 2. This garden show blossoms with works of art, outdoor entertaining from Indy's premier party planners, the hottest trends in wedding flowers and outdoor nuptials, family fun, and the latest in gardening and landscaping trends. Children's programming features activities that let children discover who they can be. Families can expect to see the Pacers, Fever and Colts well represented at the event, and kids of all ages can create pottery, plant flowers, run an obstacle course, dance, and create a custom garden container for porch or patio. Guests also may enjoy a garden café and shopping with more than 100 exhibitors. The event benefits outdoor education, raising more than $1 million in its 21-year history. The real beauty of this event is how it offers a luscious landscape where gardens, art and community can grow together. Fri. and Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m. $12 adults; free children 14 and under. Holliday Park, 64th and Spring Mill Road. 713-5720, orchardinbloom.org.

United States Tennis Association Joins Forces with Tennis Skillastics®

Unveiling Newest Addition to Schools Tennis Initiative

On March 15, Nora Elementary School hosted the official launch of Tennis Skillastics® that is completely endorsed by the USTA. The initiative provides a combination of dynamic tennis and fitness activities to introduce basic skills to a large group of children without the need for tennis courts. Children will acquire skills quickly, gain confidence and a love of the game that can last a lifetime by utilizing QuickStart Tennis equipment, part of an exciting new play format for learning tennis and bringing kids into the game. For more information on Skillastics® visit http://www.skillastics.com/ or ask your school if they provide this innovative series of fitness and confidence-building games.

Whale of a Sale Kid's Consignment Event Brings Families Together to Buy and Sell Popular Essentials at a Fraction of the Cost

The spring Whale of a Sale children's consignment event is set for Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 at Eagle Church in Zionsville, offering shoppers new and gently used children's items at a fraction of retail cost.

The event will feature spring and summer clothing, toys, equipment, furniture, bedding, accessories, maternity and a variety of vendors from the Indianapolis area. Shoppers can expect to find popular brands such as Gymboree, Polo/Ralph Lauren, Baby Gap/Gap Kids, Peg Perego, Graco, Fisher Price and more.

Sale hours are Friday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free to the public. Eagle Church is located at 5801 South 650 East on the Zionsville/Whitestown, Ind. border. It is just off I-65 and 334.

Individuals interested in selling items must register in advance at www.whale-sale.com. Consignors price their items, drop them off in advance at the event site and need not be present at the sale. They receive 60 percent of their total sales and the opportunity to receive up to 75 percent by volunteering or referring additional sellers. Unsold clothing can be donated to local charity partner Good Samaritan Network.

Butler University Alums and Carmel moms, Courtney O'Neil and Jennifer Hare, started Whale of a Sale last year with the intent to provide local families an opportunity to earn more value on their children's items.

Whale of a Sale will feature various events throughout the duration of the sale.

• Friday, April 23 is Fundraiser Friday. An easy and fun way for shoppers to raise money for the schools, churches and nonprofits in their community. To participate, shoppers must email info@whale-sale.com before the event to register their organization.

• Saturday, April 24 is Half Price Day. Shoppers will find deeply discounted bargains before the sale closes.

• Sign up to the Indy's Child E-newsletter at www.indyschild.com to win Mom's Night Out Pre-Sale Passes!

Eco-Friendly Birthday Parties the Celebrate the Joy of Giving

ECHOage is a charity-driven, eco-friendly, online birthday party service where children learn the value of giving and receiving while celebrating. No matter what your child's party theme or venue, you can easily ECHOage ANY party.

Here's how:

Step #1. Choose an invitation, select a cause and invite your guests.

Step #2. Guests RSVP and contribute online and you get to watch the giving grow on your ECHOage Tracker.

Step #3. When your party is over, ECHOage will send half of the money collected to buy a dream gift for your child and the other half to the charity your child has chosen.

Easy on guests, good for the environment and meaningful for kids.

NOW THAT'S SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE!

Visit www.echoage.com to sign up!

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