Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

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May 01, 2011

I.U. Kelley School Offers Free Summer Program

The Junior Executive Institute at the I.U. Kelley School of Business is a FREE summer program designed specifically for high school students from historically underrepresented groups, namely students who identify as African-American, Latino/Hispanic, or American Indian/Native American. To be considered for the program, you must also be a high school student finishing your sophomore or junior year and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. You can find out more info and fill out an online application at

It's Time to Call-a-Pacer

Children and families are invited to listen to their favorite stories in children's literature recorded by an Indiana Pacers player on the Indianapolis Marion County Public Library's free 24-hour Call-a-Story telephone line at 275-4444. Beginning April 4 and continuing throughout the month of June, Pacers players can be heard reading stories from classic authors such as Dr. Seuss, Mo Willems and Patricia Hubbell.

Give Back Mondays at Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Enjoy an evening at Ruth's Chris Steak House while supporting an excellent Indiana charity. Each Monday, you will have the opportunity to purchase one featured menu item (such as lobster voodoo appetizer) and 10% of your purchase will be given to the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund. This promotion will continue throughout the year at both Ruth’s Chris Steak House locations (downtown at Circle Centre Mall and north side at 96th and N. Keystone Ave). Menu items will change every quarter.

Indiana Children’s Wish Fund, established in 1984, grants wishes to Indiana children, ages 3-18, who suffer from a life-threatening illness. Wishes include trips to Disney, shopping sprees, meeting celebrities, family vacations and home computers. To date, the organization has granted over 2,400 wishes to Indiana children.

Famous Spokesdog Reminds Families about the Importance of Fire Prevention

In celebration of Sparky the Fire Dog’s 60th birthday, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has launched a colorful and interactive Party Kit on, where parents can help their kids print, cut and glue their way to fun – all while learning about fire safety.

The Party Kit has everything families need to throw a Sparky-themed party, including downloadable templates for coloring pages, decorations, invitations, iron-on t-shirt transfers and even floor graphics – not to mention instructions for party games like “Bucket Brigade” and “Pin the Badge on Sparky.” NFPA also designed a special anniversary e-card just for Sparky’s birthday that children can send to their friends and family.

46th Annual Strawberry Festival

The annual Christ Church Cathedral Women's Strawberry Festival on Monument Circle will take place this year on June 9. The festival is a missions work to heal the world as proceeds fund orphanages, homeless shelters, food banks, medical mission trips, schools and more worldwide. Having reached so many non-profit organizations globally, Strawberry Festival has helped build a great reputation for Indiana as a caring and generous community in terms of what we can do together as a community to make a better world.

Serving begins at 8:30 a.m. downstairs in the Parish Hall and 9:30 a.m. under the tents on Monument Circle. The festival ends at 6:00 p.m. or until desserts sell out.

University of Phoenix Awards Thirty Full-Tuition Scholarships

University of Phoenix, the largest private University in North America, awarded 30 full-tuition scholarships to be used in pursuit of an undergraduate degree at University of Phoenix. This marks the fifth year of the University’s Paying It Forward® Scholarship program which, to date, has awarded 150 full-tuition scholarships.

One Paying it Forward® Scholarship recipient is Cindy Wineinger, a mother and role model in the Indianapolis community. Wineinger postponed her educational goals to devote her time to the care of her children while running an in-home day care center. Wineinger is currently enrolled at University of Phoenix Indianapolis Campus.

First Annual Family Float Fest

The first annual Family Float Fest benefits Centerpoint Health’s Camp and other children’s programming, and will take place at Morgan's Canoe and Outdoor Adventures in Brookville, Ind., on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is a great event for families and paddling enthusiasts. The price is $25 per adult, $75 for family of 4, and $10 for each additional child. Event highlights: 3-4 hour river float on either a canoe, kayak or raft; Pig roast; Music/entertainment; Nature hikes; Raffle prizes and more. For transportation, on-going livery services will be provided to the lodge/food fest.

Business Profile: Rivetz™ Charms

The hottest new shoe accessory item of 2011 has arrived, Rivetz™. Rivetz™ are an exciting new range of decorative charms that allow you to add some personality and to customize the look of your shoes and hats.

Tim Wampler, co-owner of Rivetz™ said, “It's a fun and inexpensive way for kids to creatively express themselves without buying a new pair of sneakers. We feel that with the price point, $3 retail, that anyone can afford them without too much of an investment.”

Wampler said the company currently has a patent pending on the product and said, “We are the only ones in the world doing this.”

Unlike their competitor, Jibbitz™ which only works with Crocs™, Rivetz™ fit into the eyelets of both shoes and hats. Their merchandise can be purchased at Goodman Shoes in Nora, Black Sheep on East Washington, and Sweet Treat Boutique in Geist.

Rivetz™ is also taking a philanthropic approach with their business plan. Currently, their products are available in seven schools within the city, with hopes of helping those schools raise money.

“Imagine if Silly Bandz® were available in schools last year, they could have helped schools across the country raise millions of dollars for art, sports, etc,” said Wampler.

Rivetz™ is also partnering with the Autism Society of Indiana to help raise money and awareness, along with Ribbon Salon in Broad Ripple.