Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Community Spotlight

August 01, 2013

Safety Festival and Community Day

Pike Township Fire Department and Indianapolis Metro Police have joined forces to host a Safety Festival and Community Day on August 24th from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. The free event will take place at The New Augusta Public Academy located at 6450 Rodebaugh Road on the northwest side. Come visit 30 different safety agencies, see rescue demonstrations and vehicles, meet the horse patrol animals and participate in bicycle safety activities. Visitors will enjoy bounce houses, dunk tanks and a free lunch cookout as well.

Riley ranked one of the nation’s best – again!

For the third consecutive year, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health has been ranked one of the nation's best in ten out of ten pediatric specialties. Urology and Diabetes and Endocrinology were ranked in the top ten, and six additional specialty areas were ranked in the top 25. These rankings highlight the top 50 U.S. hospitals with pediatric specialties.

For the complete U.S. News and World Report listing, visit

Trader’s Point Charity Horse Show and Kids Day

Don’t miss The Trader’s Point Charity Horse Show and Country Fair Tuesday, August 6th through Sunday, August 11th. The event takes place at Wild Air Farm in Zionsville just two miles east of I-65. Tickets are $10.00 - $15.00 for adults, and children 12 and under are free. All proceeds go to Riley Hospital for Children.

A special kids day is scheduled for Saturday, August 10th from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. In addition to the equestrian shows, children will enjoy bounce houses, airbrush tattoos, face painting, balloon creations, caricature drawings and horse rides from the gentle Morning Dove therapeutic horses. The Pacer Fan Van will visit from 10:00 am - noon, and Disney Radio will be entertaining families from 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm.

All proceeds go to Riley Hospital for Children. Visit for event information and ticket prices.

Women, Wisdom and Wellness

With breakout sessions such as “How Do I Not Lose My Mind?”, “Don’t Be a Damsel in Financial Distress” and “Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale?”, WFYI will host the 2013 Women, Wisdom and Wellness conference at the J.W. Marriott. The conference, sponsored by St. Vincent Women’s Services and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is scheduled for Friday, August 16th from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm. Visit for ticket information.

Franciscan St. Francis Health Delivering on Patient Expectations

By early 2015, Franciscan St. Francis Health – Indianapolis will be able to handle nearly 3,500 births annually as a result of a $36.5 million renovation and expansion project. On average, the Franciscan St. Francis Health Women and Children’s Center currently delivers 2,400 babies annually. The makeover is in response to increasing patient demand and expectations, hospital executives say. Once complete, the project will offer easy, centralized access to outpatient services and a nearly 75 percent increase in patient rooms including expansion of the neonatal intensive care unit — the only Level III neonatal intensive care unit on Indianapolis’ south side.