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August 01, 2010
>Kid's Health Day Helps Improve Children and Family Health

Kid's Health Day, a free event being held on August 21, aims to help parents through various activities, exhibitors and mini-seminars, improve the health of their children and families. The event is designed to inform parents about health and education resources in the community that encourage the long-term health and wellness of children.

Sponsored by Lakeshore Chiropractic: A Creating Wellness Center and LearningRx Brain Training and Learning Center, the day will provide activities for children including a bounce house and craft projects, free dyslexia screenings, and nervous system scans. Parents can participate in any of the numerous mini-seminars, such as:

1. Healthy Eating presented by Lakeshore Chiropractic

2. ADHD and Dyslexia-Signs, Symptoms and Solutions presented by LearningRx

3. Fit Kids presented My Gym Children's Fitness

4. Applied Behavioral Analysis-Verbal Behavior Center for Autism

Additional exhibitors include Art with a Heart, Edible Arrangements, Fire Safety demonstrations with the Lawrence Fire Department, and Healthy Snacking by Sam's Club. Kid's Health Day will be held August 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kroger Plaza at 79th and Fall Creek. For updated information on the speakers, visit www.indyevents.net. The first 100 kids will receive a special gift!

Little Drummer Girls and Boys Get Ready to March

Come participate in an action packed family fun time at the "Come Feel the Music" Festival on Thursday, August 12. While the world's top marching brass and percussionists play their hearts out inside Lucas Oil Stadium, your youngsters can tune in to music festivities and interactive stations outside stadium gates. This "event within an event" coincides with the 2010 Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championships at Lucas Oil Stadium, the pinnacle of the annual Drum Corps International Tour, a series of 115 live competitive drum corps events occurring across the nation. Drum corps musicians play everything from trumpets and baritones to snare and bass drums. Performances include stunning choreography by color guards as they maneuver vividly colored flags. More than 40 groups will participate from 15 different countries showing families what can be accomplished with hard work and dedication and proving that music truly is felt around the world.

This first ever music festival will give the family a chance to 'feel' the music with hands-on opportunities including a chance to play different instruments, take free mini music lessons, participate in drum circles or be blown away by marching ensembles from the comfort of a stadium seat. There is no need to worry if your little gal or guy may be too shy to participate because the opportunities to watch top performers are endless. The United States Army's Hellcats will make you stand at attention and Al Chez, trumpet player from the "Late Show with David Letterman," is sure to tickle the air with some sassy sounds. There will be appearances by drum legend Vic Firth and local celebrities such as the Indiana Pacers' Boomer. Other surprises will include Indy's own Rhythm Discovery Center and the Indianapolis City Ballet!

There will even be face painting, prize contests and giveaways along with educational opportunities about musical instruments and history. And for those young adults (or even Mom or Dad) who are serious about music, there will be more than 30 displays and exhibits by music manufacturers including: Yamaha, Zildjian, Evans, Remo, Pearl, and the US Marine Drum and Bugle Corps, just to name a few.

You will no doubt like the price tag, as well. Tickets are affordably priced at $10 for adults and children under 12 years of age get in free. If you enjoy what you see on Thursday, the marching music competition and performances will continue through Saturday, August 14 with ticket prices starting at $25. For more information www.visitindy.com.

Students Starting 6th through 12th Grades: New Vaccine Required

The Indiana State Health Department recently issued a new vaccination requirement for students entering 6th through 12th grade starting in the upcoming school year. In the Fall of 2010, all students entering the 6th through 12th grades will be required to receive one dose of the Tdap vaccine, which helps protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, and they will need to provide proof of vaccination before school entry.

Informed parents are an important step in protecting pre-teens and teens against vaccine preventable disease. Parents can contact their child's school nurse with questions about the new requirement for Tdap, and if necessary they should schedule an appointment to have your student vaccinated. When at the appointment, parents should ask health care providers about other vaccines recommended for the pre-teen and teenage age group, including any vaccines that were missed or not available when they were younger.

"Indiana is below the national average in terms of Tdap vaccination rates for adolescents. We really have to get our numbers up." said school nurse Deb Robarge, whose own college-age son developed whooping cough a few years ago, although he had been vaccinated against it as a child. "Most young children are vaccinated against pertussis and many other diseases. But that protection can wear off in five to 10 years." (Information provided by Nichole Bobo, RN, MSN with the National Association of School Nurses. For more information visit www.nasn.org.)

Girl Scout Night with Indiana Fever and Ceramic Dreams

(Indy's Child regrets that an error in our July 2010 Arts and Enrichment column inadvertently listed several classes attributed to the Indianapolis Art Center—the classes were actually available at Ceramic Dreams.)

The Indiana Fever and Ceramic Dreams are offering Girl Scouts a SPECIAL PACKAGE! As a member of the Girl Scouts, you, along with your family and friends, are invited to participate in a Lucas Oil Family Night presented by the Indianapolis Star with the Indiana Fever! You will also have the opportunity to participate in a pregame painting party with Ceramic Dreams from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. with registration beginning at 3 p.m. By purchasing tickets through this offer, you will receive: a free family night voucher which includes a free hotdog, chips, drink, t-shirt and the opportunity to shoot a free throw on the main court after the game. You will also receive your group's name in lights on the scoreboard prior to tipoff, an Indiana Fever/Ceramic Dreams patch, a piece of pottery to paint and take home with you the same day (set-up, paint and clean-up included!) plus a Ceramic Dreams goodie bag. You can get all of this for just $20 (lower bowl) or $15 (club level). To purchase tickets simply e-mail Jackie Magnuson at jmagnuson@feverbasketball.com or call 317-917-2839. Make sure to mention you read about it in Indy's Child!

Traders Point Charity Horse Show Returns August 14

Come join us at the Traders Point Charity Horse Show located in Zionsville on Wild Air Farms on Saturday August 14th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.—a great way to treat your kids 12 and under to a variety of free, fun festivities. Free horse rides, bounce houses, face painting, air brush tattoos, caricatures and Radio Disney from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be rocking to your favorite tunes. Walk through the Country Fair to grab something delicious for lunch or shop for fun, unique items. All proceeds go to Riley Childrens Foundation. For more information visit www.traderspoint.org.

March of Dimes Mom-of-the-Year Awards

The March of Dimes will be hosting their annual Mom-of-the-Year Awards on Saturday, August 21st at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails, networking and a silent auction, followed by dinner and the awards program at 7:30 p.m. Approximately 400 people will come together to honor all that mothers do for our world. The evening serves to recognize 10 finalists for Mom-of-the-Year chosen by an esteemed panel of mothers from our community. One of these 10 finalists will then be chosen as Mom-of-the-Year. Also being recognized is Honoree Mom, Dijuana Lewis, Executive Vice President, President and CEO, Comprehensive Health Solutions Business Unit for WellPoint, Inc., who will be celebrated for her achievements as a Mom and Business Leader. This event will afford attendees the opportunity to network and celebrate the toughest, most rewarding job in the world. It will also increase awareness of the March of Dimes' commitment to Indiana and the prevention of birth defects, infant mortality and premature birth. For more information on this year's event, please contact Tim Arndt, March of Dimes, tarndt@marchofdimes.com.

Paths to QUALITY Assists Families In Search of Quality Child Care

Paths to QUALITY™, Indiana's statewide quality rating system was developed to help ensure the children of Indiana receive better quality child care. Paths to QUALITY also provides families with a way to make informed choices when choosing child care. Many providers have voluntarily joined to improve the quality of care they provide children. Is your child care provider on Paths to QUALITY? Look for the Paths to QUALITY decal providers exhibit to show their level of achievement. Look for the sign campaign this fall. Providers achieving a Level 2 and above (4 is the highest) will be displaying new signage. It's all for better child care and brighter futures for the children of Indiana.

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