Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Community Spotlight

October 01, 2012

6th Annual Oktoberfest

On Saturday, October 13th, dust off your lederhosen and head to Traders Point Creamery! Come celebrate in the German tradition with authentic German fare and toe-tapping music from PolkaBoy, a rollicking 13-piece polka band. This year, Oktoberfest will be featuring their first whole hog roast with Gunthorp Farms, along with farm-style organic sides.

There are fun activities the kids will enjoy, too, like hayrides, a pumpkin patch, and cow milking! And while youíre having fun, youíll be helping the farm raise money for the Traders Point Rural Historic District, a nonprofit organization that protects more than 7,000 acres of green space around Eagle Creek for the enjoyment of generations to come.

Tickets are $10, $8 in advance. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

Trash-to-Treasure Hunt

Save Lids & Box Tops to Save Lives!

What: General Mills is now selling pink "Save Lids To Save Lives" products - this includes pink Yoplait yogurt and select products with the pink label on front, such as cereals, granola bar, rolls, mixes, vegetables and soups.

When: Now Ė December 31st, 2012

Donation Amount: For every lid or box top mailed in from Central Indiana zip codes, Komen Central Indiana will receive 10 cents and the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation 5 cents. You can double the donation by also entering in your product code online.

Take Up A Collection: Whether you're a school, business and/or family - check to see if the food in your cafeteria or home is a pink lid product and start collecting them!

How It Helps: 1,000 lids or tops ($100) could fund a mammogram, medication assistance, transportation vouchers, child care or another service to help get breast health services for a low-income Hoosier woman.

To find out more and see full list of products, visit

Young Library User Donates to Glendale's Paws to Read Program

Six-year-old Alexandra Magee, a first-grader at St. Matthew Catholic School, recently donated $12.75 earned by participating in Lemonade Day to the Glendale Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library for its Paws to Read program. Alexandra has attended Paws to Read for three years, accumulating nearly 150 hours of reading to Lady, a certified therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International. She likes reading to Lady because she "always listens" and "wags her tail" when Alexandra reads well.

Alexandra was adopted from Guatemala and couldn't speak, and later speech difficulties made her difficult to understand. Paws to Read has benefitted Alexandra and other young children with reading difficulties by giving them the confidence to become better readers. The Library plans to use Alexandra's contribution for a new blanket for Lady.

Kelloggís Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Coming to Indianapolis this November

Scheduled for November 2nd at 7:00pm at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the 2012 Kelloggís Tour of Gymnastics Champions will feature nine of the ten U.S. Gymnastics Team members that competed in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The womenís team members are Gabrielle Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Alexandra Raisman, Kyla Ross, and Jordyn Wieber, and the menís team members are Jake Dalton, Jonathon Horton, Sam Mikulak, and John Orozco.

The Tour will also include 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin, 2008 Olympic team silver-medalist Chellsie Memmel, members of the menís and womenís 2011 World Championship team, along with past Olympians and U.S. medalists in menís, womenís, rhythmic, and acrobatic gymnastics, and trampoline and tumbling. Local area gymnasts will also have the chance to participate in this Tour stopís performance.

These athletes are an inspiration to us all. Make it a family evening and inspire your children to go for the gold. To get tickets to this exciting event, visit

March of Dimes Mom of the Year Announces Sarah Fisher as Honoree

March of Dimes Mom of the Year celebrates all moms with a dinner and dance on November 10th at the Indianapolis Downtown Marriot Hotel. March of Dimes has announced Indiana mother Sarah Fisher as the Mom of the Year corporate Honoree for this yearís Mom of the Year Celebration. Fisherís leadership in the corporate world, in her personal life and in the community, is deserving of special recognition.

Also honored at the event are 10 moms selected for special recognition from online submissions made by the public at These 10 Mom of the Year Honorees will be chosen from hundreds of online nominations by a group of March of Dimes volunteers.

Itís not too late to nominate a deserving mom you know! Visit and find the link to Mom of the Year at the top of the home page to submit your nomination.