Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Community Spotlight

November 01, 2012

The Hero Project

Turning ordinary kids into super heroes

Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent and The Hero Project have teamed up to start building heroes – one cape at a time. Their powerful trio of community service, volunteer efforts, and fundraising opportunities work together to provide something special for each child who visits Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital – a super cape! Heroes come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. The Hero Project believes in all kinds of heroes (especially the really small ones), and hopes that you will too!

There are many ways to become involved in this project. You have the amazing superhero ability to:

• Order out of this world superhero gear, like Capes, Defender Cuffs, Bandit Masks or Tutus!

• Create your own capes for the kids who spend the night at the hospital. The Hero Project offers “Sew” and “No Sew” tutorials to help you and your family, friends, sports team or service group to make the perfect cape.

Starting November 1st, the Hero Project will also offer personalized Naughty List and Nice List certificates as well as super letters that you can send your little hero straight from the big man himself…Santa Claus!

To learn more about The Hero Project, visit Believe in heroes!

The Junior League of Indianapolis Holiday Mart

Coming to Indianapolis this November

A favorite tradition in the Indianapolis area, the 2012 Holiday Mart brings more than 100 unique merchants from across the country to the Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Junior League of Indianapolis Holiday Mart is one of the largest shows in the Midwest! The annual Holiday Mart has served as the primary fundraising activity for the League since 1970.

The Junior League of Indianapolis is an organization of women committee to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

The 2012 Holiday Mart is going on Wednesday, November 14th through Sunday, November 18th at the Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Get your tickets in advance for $10 or $15 at the door. For more information, visit

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Displays A Gathering of Glass from the Collection of Marilyn K. Glick

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of studio glass

The world's largest children's museum joins the Indiana Glass Arts Alliance in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass with pieces from the collection of Marilyn K. Glick - A Gathering of Glass along with Dale Chihuly's Fireworks of Glass, his largest permanent installation.

"Glass is one of many art forms the museum is proud to display while instilling the love of art and creating extraordinary learning opportunities in the arts regarding the creation of glass, its design and rising popularity," said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

The blown, cut, cast, metal-etched and vessels of glass from Glick's collection are a wonderful complement to the world's largest permanent installation of blown glass by artist Dale Chihuly. Fireworks of Glass was installed in 2006 as a permanent exhibit. The 43-foot-tall tower consists of more than 3,200 pieces of individually blown pieces of glass that rise above a "floating" pergola ceiling of 1,600 pieces of blown glass, which covers an innovative hands-on glassblowing exhibit.

The museum will display a portion of Marilyn Glick's personal glass collection from now through December 2012, so be sure to check it out with your family. To learn more, visit

A Visit to the Indiana State Museum

The “First Thanksgiving” was a three-day feast of local foods shared between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans. This holiday season, pay a visit to the Indiana State Museum where you can learn more about the Native Americans and how they influenced our country’s history.

Beginning approximately 14,000 years ago and spanning the millennia, the first inhabitants of Indiana developed diverse cultures, beliefs, arts and tools to suit their varied needs and environments. At the Indiana State Museum, The Native Americans exhibit uses archaeological discoveries to demonstrate these changing innovations and cultures. Through scenes that mix cast figures and artifacts, this gallery looks at spirituality, family life, political structures and art from this period of Indiana’s story.

The Thanksgiving holiday is not just about good food, it’s about giving thanks, spending time with your family, and reflecting on your heritage. This Thanksgiving, teach your children the meaning of Thanksgiving and how it originally started with a trip to the Indiana State Museum. For more information, visit