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October 01, 2010
>Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailing Announce "The Barnum Award Program" to Kids 6-14 Who Are Making a Difference in Indianapolis

In honor of one of the founders of The Greatest Show On Earth®, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® announces the call for Indianapolis and surrounding area nominations for The Barnum Award. The award honors the spirit of P.T. Barnum and his inspirational contributions to society by identifying and celebrating children age six to 14 who give back to their own communities in creative, fun, and innovative ways. Nominations now being accepted for Indianapolis area children can be submitted online at www.TheBarnumAward.com through November 19.

Three Local award recipients will be chosen by a panel of distinguished local luminaries, and will receive award medals and grants to fund future local service projects. The Gold Barnum Award Recipient will receive a $1,000 grant, the Silver Barnum Award Recipient will receive a $750 grant, and the Bronze Barnum Award Recipient will receive a $500 grant to fund future community service endeavors.

Nominees will be judged on the impact of their accomplishments, creativity and innovation, and their inspiration to others relating to their cause. Nominators are required to be over the age of 21, and must fill out a short questionnaire about the child they feel is making a difference in the community.

The Indianapolis-area recipients will be recognized at an award ceremony prior to the start of the opening night performance of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Funundrum®on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. at Conseco Fieldhouse, where the show performs through Sunday, Dec. 5.

The Barnum Award is a national program presented by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey in conjunction with a two-year celebration of the 200th anniversary of P.T. Barnum's birth. Nationally, more than $150,000 in grants will be awarded.

Enter the Ohio's Largest Playground Howlin' Good Time Sweepstakes

One lucky winner will receive (1) one-night stay at the Great Wolf Lodge at Kings Island located in Warren County, Ohio's Largest Playground. Your stay includes one night in a family suite plus 4 passes for the indoor waterpark.

As the home to Kings Island, Great Wolf Lodge, The Beach Waterpark and Ozone Zipline Adventures – Warren County is the ultimate getaway, not far away. Conveniently located just minutes north of Cincinnati, Warren County is close to a variety of regional attractions making it the perfect hub-and-spoke vacation destination. With something for everyone, and more to do within a 30-mile radius, it's no wonder Warren County is Ohio's Largest Playground!

Great Wolf Lodge at Kings Island will give you and your kids something to howl about! It's one of the largest indoor waterparks in Ohio, with 12 waterslides, six tube slides, four children's slides and interactive treehouse water fort with 12 levels of family-soaking fun. This family-style resort has everything you need to keep your "pack" happy such as two great restaurants, multiple snack shops, and Starbucks plus a spa for Mom and Dad and one for kids too. During your unforgettable getaway adventure you can also enjoy other family-friendly amenities like the MagiQuest live-action fantasy adventure game, Cub Club activities, nightly story time and much more all under one roof. For more information visit http://www.ohioslargestplayground.com/great-wolf-lodge/. To enter the contest visit www.indyschild.com and click on Contests.

Indy Maternity, Baby & Toddler Expo Features More Than 150 Exhibitors, Fun Games, Family Entertainment

Indiana's "big baby" is turning 5, as the Indy Maternity, Baby, & Toddler Expo, the state's largest and premier event for parents and their little ones, comes to the Indianapolis State Fairgrounds, Saturday, October 16 (10 a.m – 5 p.m.) and Sunday, October 17, 2010 (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.). The Expo will celebrate five years in Indy with more than 150 exhibitors offering the latest products and services for mom, dad, and baby.

The Indy Maternity, Baby, & Toddler Expo is the "onesies-stop" shop for new and expectant families. Highlights include the latest products (everything from eco-friendly baby goodies to furniture and more), games and prizes (including the famous Diaper Derby and Daddyathon), live entertainment, lounges for mom and dad (Mommy Pampering Lounge and Daddy Tailgate Lounge), Bebe Swag Bags (first 50 moms will receive swag bags overflowing with freebies), fantasy parties (Princess Tea Parties and Boys Pirate Parties) and so much more!

The Indy Maternity, Baby, & Toddler Expo is made possible in part by national sponsors Britax, Buy Buy Baby, The Data Baby, Hybrid Mom, Joovy, Kia, Kidzola, Mamapalooza, The Picture People, Ptpamedia, The Shower Diva, Sounds of Pertussis, US Family Guide, and Whirlpool.

Tickets to the Expo are $7 general admission, $3.50 for grandparents, and free for children under 5. For more information about the Indy Maternity, Baby, & Toddler Expo, visit www.bebepaluzza.com or call (317) 517-9920.

Clarian Health Partners RN from Indianapolis Starts Babysitting Business Franchise

Kristin is the mom of three young children and she knows first hand how challenging it can be to find good childcare. For many years it was a strain to find a daycare that would accommodate early morning or evening work schedules at the Hospital where she worked as an RN. It was also difficult to find someone to help out on the occasional date night. After struggling to find a babysitter after her third baby was born that would work with her schedule she found SeekingSitters, and opened a franchise in the Indianapolis area to provide child care to other parents in need of Quality, Reliable and Trustworthy sitters.

She is like any other working mom who continually juggles both a work life and personal life. With 3 kids, newborn and a 3-year-old and 9-year-old, she is very busy with all of their activities. So, after many successful years of being a Registered Nurse, she took the leap of faith into the franchise business of SeekingSitters. Her goal is to help families find the perfect sitter for each member that she serves.

SeekingSitters provides the same unique, reliable and trustworthy service in every franchise location. And the service provided includes a properly performed background screening on each SeekingSitters referred babysitter and each family that utilizes the service. These background investigations are performed through SeekingSitters in-house investigation company, Hide and Seek. Hide and Seek was founded in 1978 and from 30 years of investigative experience, they know that pertinent personal character information can be overlooked unless an in-depth background investigation is performed on an individual; therefore, an intense hands-on background check is performed on every sitter. This thorough background check process in conjunction with SeekingSitters one-on-one interview process is how SeekingSitters babysitting service can find and screen the best sitters possible.

For more information visit http://seekingsittersindianapolisnorth.com/

Recruiting New Mothers for Aromatherapy Postpartum Study

Have you recently given birth and suffer with anxiety, blues or depression? Many women experience varied emotional shifts after having a baby. In multiple studies, aromatherapy has been shown to ease anxiety, stress and mild depression. A recent Aromatic Childbirth™ program at Community North and Wellspring pharmacy has shown positive responses for over 250 women during childbirth and postpartum. Exploring aromatherapy specifically for anxiety and depression is the focus of this current study. Standardized questionnaires will be administered to determine inclusion in the study. No cost

Contact Pam Conrad RN, BSN, PGd, CCAP and Certified Clinical Aromatherapist at pconrad@ecommunity.com or conradpam@gmail.com or visit www.aromasforhealing.com.

Disney Live Mickey's Magic Show in Indy for One Day Only

Abracadabra! It's Disney Live! presents Mickey's Magic Show! Mickey, Minnie and a host of Disney friends come together with world-class magicians to perform magic from legendary Disney films right before your eyes. See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella's rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second; the spectacular levitation of Aladdin's Princess Jasmine; and the enchanted dancing brooms of Fantasia. Join Donald and Goffy, Alice and the Mad Hatter and many more for a one-of-a-kind stage show you'll never forget. Mickey's Magic Show is a whole new way to experience Disney Magic with your family! Come join Mickey and crew on Sunday, November 7 at 12:30 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.

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