Fishers Kiwanis 33rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

Come out on Saturday April 19th to join the Fishers Kiwanis for their 33rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt!  This event will take place at Holland Park at promptly 1:15 PM so show up early!  If you would like to get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny, arrive at noon with your own camera.  The Fishers Kiwanis hides over 15,000 eggs and some eggs have slips in them for prizes so make sure you check your eggs before leaving.  This event is FREE for all children second grade and younger and don’t forget to bring your own basket!  There will also be a food drive to support our local food pantries!  Rain or shine, the Easter Egg Hunt will take place!   For more information on this event, visit their website at www.FishersKiwanis.org.

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Brittany Kelly- Off the Court and on the Greens

Brittany KellyTalk about a quick rebound! Just weeks after finishing her rookie year as the 2013–2014 coach of the Hamilton Southeastern freshman girls’ basketball team, Brittany Kelly is eager again to feel the texture of the ball in her palm. Only this time the ball will be a little smaller, a little firmer and white in color, as Brittany is also the assistant golf pro at the esteemed Hawthorns Golf & Country Club and by all accounts a scratch golfer!

The Ball State grad golf-pro-turned-basketball-coach has just returned from Florida for continuing education and work on her Professional Golf Management program. Brittany is in the zone and ready to take her coaching skills off of the court and out onto the greens and fairways.

“My favorite thing about coaching is passing on the lessons that were taught to me, seeing the results in the players when they are able to execute the lesson and really enjoy the game,” she says.

Brittany is blessed to have been coached and mentored along the way by the best, HSE girls’ basketball Coach Chris Huppenthal, during her 2005 and 2006 sectional winning seasons. But it was her own father, Ken Kelly, the 2013 head coach of the state champ Carmel girls’ golf team, whose patient and intentional introduction to the game of golf when she was 8 that has made a heartfelt impact on Brittany’s life.

“My Dad inspires me every day. He let me decide if I liked golf or not at a young age and never pressured me to play. Growing up as a coach’s daughter inspired me to be just like my Dad. He is known as a caring, passionate coach. I hope I can make a difference in basketball and golf like he did with his players,” she says.

Her focus now is on the start of her second season at Hawthorns Golf & Country Club, where she is organizing the highly regarded women’s league, marketing and preparing the Get Golf Ready clinics. No matter what the task, she tries to pass along the life lessons that were so freely and lovingly given to her: Work hard, have fun, be with friends and love the game. Those qualities are all par for the course for the very accomplished and driven Brittany Kelly.

You can email Brittany at Bkelly@hawthornescountryclub.com or call her at 317-845-0330, ext. 234.

Writer / Christy Watson

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Crown Senior Living of Indianapolis Opening Soon

Crown Senior Living Sitting RoomAging: While it’s better than the alternative, it’s not something that many people look forward to. But Crown Senior Living of Indianapolis is a community that actually gives a social life back to those that have slowly lost it, making aging not just tolerable, but fun.

Consider this typical day in the life of a Crown resident. Wake up and hop into the low-step shower. Mosey down to the restaurant style dining room, where you meet up with friends for a nutritious meal prepared by a culinary chef. Catch the shuttle bus to do some shopping and arrive back home for another delicious meal. In the afternoon, you organize a euchre game in the Town Hall and Bistro with some fellow residents, sipping on juice or coffee, and later catch a basketball game on the TV in the activity room. Oh, it’s already dinner time — you better hustle down to the restaurant for another mouthwatering culinary experience. Afterward, the exhaustion is setting in from a full day of fun, enriching activities, but you can’t resist hanging out with friends for tonight’s bingo game. Tomorrow, you have an appointment at the in-house beauty salon and family coming to visit in the common room.

That doesn’t sound bad at all! Just the thought of someone cleaning my room and a culinary chef cooking for me every day is enough to make me consider forging my age to 55 to allow me admittance now. In the words of Jeff Gronemeyer, Crown’s sales director: “It’s like living in an 84-room mansion.”

Because Crown is a brand-new community set to open late April, every apartment is new. Rent for a studio or one-bedroom apartment is paid month-to-month. No annual contracts or upfront capital are needed, making changes in living situations much more flexible. And, very important to many people, they are one of the few assisted living communities to accept the Medicaid waiver as a form of payment, allowing residents to age in place even if they face financial obstacles.

While socialization is abundant, that’s not all that Crown offers. They are a fully licensed assisted living community, meaning they can manage residents’ medications and help them bathe, if necessary. They have a 24-hour care staff on-site. It is no coincidence that they are in such close proximity to Community North Hospital. They have a working relationship with the hospital—a doctor visits once a week to do rounds with any residents wanting care in the on-site clinic, where residents also can go for physical, occupational or speech therapy. In addition, there are four furnished transitional care apartments for those who are not admitted to the hospital but aren’t feeling up to par, or those recently discharged from the hospital.

The second floor houses a secure Memory Care neighborhood (Serenity) for those with Alzheimer’s or some form of dementia. There, the residents have their own restaurant in which they are involved in the dining experience, if they’re able. Programming in Serenity is a holistic approach to wellness that strives to maintain a structured normal lifestyle that maximizes the residents’ health and life abilities.

For people who have lost much of their independence because they no longer drive or are afraid to go out in marginal weather, the Crown Assisted Living Community helps them get back to living their life. “We come to work, every day, to deliver respect and passion to our residents and to ensure that our corporate mission of providing affordable assisted living and memory care is being delivered,” Gronemeyer said. “We serve more singles than couples. We have a more affordable price point. We have an holistic approach that really delivers on the promise of assisted living. Storing a person is not what we do. This is designed to give them back the opportunity to be alive … going and doing things. We take them to places. The programming puts them back in that range of ‘What did you like to do when you were 50? Let’s do that now, but you don’t have to go all over the place to do it.’”

Gronemeyer noted that most of the people who join an assisted living community actually arrive malnourished. Many of them have been eating convenient prepackaged microwave meals that are high in carbohydrates and sodium. Because of the delicious, freshly made nutritious meals the residents receive at Crown, they will start feeling healthier and have more energy within the first 30 days. Now that is “getting back to life.”

Crown is the perfect senior living solution for mental and physical wellness. They are accepting applications now. For more information, please visit their website at crownalin.com, or call 317-376-INDY.

CROWN SENIOR LIVING OF INDIANAPOLIS

  • Spacious studio and one bedroom apartments
  • Three delicious, nutritious meals prepared by our culinary chef
  • Restaurant-style dining served in a beautiful dining room
  • Private dining room available
  • Beauty salon
  • State-of-the-art security and fire safety systems
  • Beautiful bistro and lounge area
  • Theater, library and multipurpose room
  • Activity and computer room
  • Therapy and exercise room
  • Beautiful, spacious courtyards
  • On-site clinic for physician visits
  • 24-hour care staff on site
  • 24-hour licensed care staff on Memory Care
  • Concierge services
  • Evidence-based wellness programs overseen by a registered nurse/wellness coordinator
  • Secure Memory Care neighborhood (Serenity) with special programming
  • Complementary Wi-Fi
  • In-house TV channel and network
  • Community bus available for transportation and resident activity outings

Writer / Marcia Vigren

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Infamous: Positively Famous

Infamous - Positively FamousPeople, listen!  We have real, live rock stars walking amongst us, here in Fishers.  They are wickedly talented, amazingly bright and they come in the form of sophomores and juniors at Fishers High School.  They are a five member metal band named Infamous.  I am telling you, though, their notoriety is, and will be, positively famous.

The band was formed 3 years ago, when the boys were merely 7th and 8th graders.  When asked how they decided to play music, they replied, “We got hooked on Guitar Hero and that’s what got us started.”

Jon Iosue (pronounced Yozway) is a sophomore, the lead guitarist and the only band member to continue taking guitar lessons, which he has done for the last five years.  His dad, Mike Iosue is their manager.  The band holds practices, once or twice a week for a few hours, in their basement which, fortunately, has a double-insulated ceiling.

Jack Rainbolt lives a few doors down from Jon, so they grew up, together.  He is a junior and plays rhythm guitar with the band.  In all of his spare time (right!), he works at Goodwill.  He started playing the guitar at age 12, taking lessons at Bongo Boys with Jon for a few years.

Drew Johnson is a sophomore and plays the drums.  In addition, he works at the Hamilton 16 Imax Theater.  He was taught to play the drums by his dad when he was only 4 years old.  He would sit on his dad’s lap in front the drums, with sticks in his hands, following his father‘s rhythm.  Now, he is such an accomplished drummer, using multiple drum sticks for varying sounds, that at the end of a set, before the guitars have ended their reverberations, he is checking his cell phone messages.

Adam Anderson, is a sophomore and the lead vocalist.  He used to also play bass, but now just focuses on vocals.  “I felt myself growing and wanted to do more with it live by interacting more with the audience,” states Adam.  He has 7 years of guitar/bass lessons and three years of vocal lessons, which he just recently ended.

Spencer Tillman is a junior and the newest member of the band, joining the group December 8th.  He is the bassist and backup vocalist and also holds a job at Little Caesar’s Pizza.  While he is new to the band, he isn’t new to the boys.  They’ve been friends for a few years.  He is a self-taught guitar player, only once taking advanced lessons for three months.  Prior to this he played for another band.

When the boys aren’t doing tough-looking poses for promotional pictures or concerts, they are smiley and genuinely seem happy.  Their music is definitely in the metal genre, but the lyrics speak to positive causes: anti-bullying, equality, and believing in and standing up for yourself.  These are lyrics the boys write together, themselves, from personal experiences.  They sit down for what might be called “brainstorming sessions” and build on each other’s musical ideas.

Not only is their music smart, but their grades reflect how intelligent and hard working each band member is at FHS, too.  However, when asked about college, they are all pretty clear that they really want to make music their careers and focus on their band.  The juniors, Jack and Spencer are looking at colleges, but more as a backup plan.  “I’ll go to college, but if we get a record deal, I’ll drop out,” says Jack.

Mike Iosue became their manager, indirectly, by being Jon’s youth basketball coach.  “We thought Jon was going to be a basketball player, but that’s just not Jon.  This is what he is,” explains Laura, Mike’s wife and Jon’s mom.  So Mike decided to be his “coach” for the band, helping the boys navigate through all that is involved.  “You don’t want your kids to just succeed as a guitar player, but as a man,” states Laura.

Currently, the band is working with Jon E. Gee, the bassist for John Mellencamp since 1999 and before that, for Ted Nugent.  He has been mentoring the group since September and helping them to “tighten up the music, making it sound better/more interesting,” say the band mates.  The boys enjoy his insight and like that he “says what he thinks and doesn’t hold back.”  John E. Gee thinks: “They have the ability to make it big.”

They are ALREADY making it big.  Infamous walked away with SEVEN awards at the Best of the Best: Indy’s Local Music Awards in March 2012, including Best Overall Band, Best Metal Band and Best of each: Vocals, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drummer.  A month later, they won First Place in the Gorilla Music Battle of the Bands.  They released their first EP (Extended Play … a CD that is 30 minutes or less) in September, 2012, entitled “Hold Your Apathy.”  This past summer, they performed at Rockapalooza in Michigan.  This event gained them quite a few fans, some of whom even followed them to Indiana to see them play at Metal Fest.  Just recently, they opened for Saving Abel in Toledo, OH.

Infamous is preparing to release their 7 track, second EP entitled “Inspire Yourself” in May, which includes the guest vocalist Spencer Charmas from Ice Nine Kills.  They will hold a CD Release Show on May 2nd at 6:30 pm at Studio 37, which is located inside The Music Academy in Fishers (10029 E. 126th Street, Suite D).  Everyone is welcome and tickets are $10 presale or $12 at the door.  On June 21st Infamous will be at the MegaTon Music Festival in Toledo, OH, performing main stage at approximately 7 pm.  More appearances are being scheduled as you read this, so be sure to check these sites for shows, EP sales and information:    http://www.InfamousTheBand.com www.facebook.com/InfamousTheBand

You can purchase their EP’s at the following locations: iTunes, CDBaby (Amazon), Luna Music, Axis Mundi, or Indy CD and Vinyl.  Get a piece of this amazing group of local boys, now, while they are still local … and still boys.

 

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Advocates Push for Domestic Violence Shelter

Advocates for Domestic Shelter ViolenceHamilton County is one of the fastest-growing regions in the state, and that has a growing number of advocates saying it’s time to establish a local domestic violence shelter.

The United Way of Central Indiana is working with a group of community stakeholders to establish a 35-bed shelter on a vacant parcel that abuts the sheriff complex off Cumberland Road in Noblesville.

The coalition is called the Hamilton County Domestic Violence Shelter Task Force, and its proposal was recently endorsed by Hamilton County Commissioners Christine Altman and Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt. The task force is now lobbying the County Council, which will vote on a proposed 30-year lease for the project on April 2.

In terms of population, Hamilton County is the fourth largest in the state, but it’s the only one in the top 10 without a domestic violence shelter. The closest shelter is run by the nonprofit Alternatives, which is a United Way partner agency and the established domestic violence shelter for Hamilton County based in neighboring Madison County.

Joan Isaac Hamilton County area director for UWCI has been a key leader in the movement for a local shelter. She said Alternatives runs a great facility but added it’s simply too far away for many victims who are seeking shelter and don’t want to uproot their children.

“If you are in Carmel or Fishers, that’s a minimum hourlong drive,” she said. “How is a family going to stay together when the kids have to ride an hour each way on the bus?”

Hamilton County averages roughly 1,800 domestic violence calls annually, according to Noblesville Police Chief Kevin Jowitt. He’s part of the task force and spoke in favor of the project before the County Council last year.

Jowitt said police see the need for shelter on the job pretty much every day, because it provides a safe environment for those seeking help with transitioning away from abuse.

“The immediacy of safety that a shelter provides doesn’t create a long-term solution, but it is a doorway to a long-term solution,” said Jowitt. “It allows for resources to start coming into place in a way that’s not being inhibited by the abuser to where we can allow a person to become established and independent.”

The task force proposal calls for Alternatives to continue serving the county through a satellite location. Established in 1978, the nonprofit operates a 48-bed shelter in Anderson.

Alternatives CEO Mary Jo Lee said the economy has been hard on families and there has been rising demand for shelter over the past three years. She described Alternatives as “one of the top shelters in the state,” adding they’re confident about opening the satellite facility.

“We have the right team working to bring the shelter to reality,” Lee said. “We, along with our board of trustees, would not be entering into that kind of commitment if we felt it would jeopardize our whole agency, and we’re not going to let victims down. Once the shelter is in operation, they will be counting on us.”

Isaac estimated annual operating costs of the satellite location at $500,000, saying the nonprofit’s existing management infrastructure would greatly reduce costs. Funding for the operating budget is expected to come from a mix of municipal support, government programs, grants and private donations.

Jeff Hern is township trustee for Fall Creek and represents roughly 55,000 people in parts of Fishers and Noblesville. He’s also the first trustee to reach a standing agreement with Alternatives, where the township pays for the first two weeks of shelter for a displaced resident at a rate of $55 per night.

That arrangement was reached in January, and Hern said it was the direct outcome of learning more about the issue. In the past, he referred domestic violence cases to local agencies, but he only recently learned shelter requests are referred out of the county.

Hern followed up by touring the Alternatives facility and learning that Fall Creek and Clay townships consistently have the most referrals to Alternatives from Hamilton County. Given the circumstances, Hern said, it makes sense to support the service provider and to try to bring it to Hamilton.

“As a township trustee, I am charged with helping those who can’t help themselves at the time,” he said, adding close to $2,000 was spent on emergency shelter last year. “I would hope the little money I’m spending will…certainly help and benefit getting a facility here.”

In practice, Hern said, Alternatives provides essential supports during those first 14 days, helping the client secure indemnification and access to any family resources, which are often controlled by the abuser. Hern said the township and Alternatives handle things on a case-by-case basis after the first two weeks.

“At the end of 14 days we sit down and have a conversation about what comes next,” he said.

Hern is one of nine township trustees in the county. While he’s the only one committed to supporting the shelter, he’s advocating the others to get involved, saying the Clay and Delaware trustees have expressed some interest.

“They were going back to look at their budgets to see what they could do,” said Hern.

A Fishers resident, Isaac said the push for a local shelter dates back to a countywide assessment of social services conducted by the United Way of Indiana back in 2011. Isaac conducted research for that assessment, which involved interviewing first responders, school officials and health providers.

She said the study identified lack of shelter as the top area of need, and explosive population growth was a key factor in making it something the county could no longer do without.

“Literally the population has doubled within a 10-year period,” she said. “As a community grows, social service needs grow.”

The findings of that United Way assessment were presented in a Fishers Town Hall meeting roughly 18 months ago, and Isaac said that sparked formation of the task force from community leaders, law enforcement, past victims and health providers.

Isaac said the group’s initial focus was on finding a suitable location. She said the sheriff’s complex best fit their criteria and the location allows for a cohabitation agreement that would have 10 sheriff investigators working within the building.

“It would be like having security there 24/7,” she said. “When you collaborate those resources like that, it just makes sense.”

Should the lease be approved by the council, Isaac was optimistic a United Way grant could help secure an architect for the project by May or June. She said it’s hard to estimate the cost of the building without that.

“Alternatives is applying for a UWCI grant to have an architect spec out the building, based on the needs of Alternatives and the sheriff,” she said. “Once we have a solid rendering, that will help determine the cost.”

Isaac said the lease would be for $1 per year, and construction would be eligible for a grant of up to $1 million from the United Way. She also confirmed that the operating costs have been a recurring question mark for local officials, but added the majority have been supportive.

Fishers Town Manager Scott Fadness is a member of the task force and has served on the governing board for Alternatives the past three years. Fadness said raising public awareness has been a big part of his role and that a lot of people aren’t aware of the current commute for shelter or that domestic violence is an issue in the community.

“Sometimes what I hear…is that we don’t have any of that because we’re an affluent, safe community,” he said. “The reality is that domestic violence crosses all social/economic boundaries.

“I think we need to have an eyes-wide-open approach and do everything we can for those victims,” he added. “We’re always concerned that a woman may choose to stay in a dangerous situation because she’s reluctant to seek shelter in a county that’s at least a half hour away….she may not have a support system in Anderson.”

Writer / Nathan Lamb

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Community Focus – Fishers Music Works

Fishers Music WorksEducational excellence, safe surroundings and robust development — these are some of the things that make Fishers one of the top 10 places to live in the country. As Fishers evolves from a town, it will take more than just a growing population to make it a true city — cultural opportunities will help define its character.

With this vision in mind, several local volunteers co-founded Fishers Music Works last year with the goal of fostering enjoyment and appreciation of music by providing public concerts and other opportunities for local musicians and vocalists. FMW also seeks to involve the student community by providing side-by-side performance opportunities.

Currently FMW is proud to support our community with five unique ensembles:

The 50-member Fishers Wind Symphony performs marches, band arrangements of orchestral pieces and other traditional compositions on a regular basis. As part of an educational initiative, all works receive a short biography in the programs to further the audience’s understanding and appreciation for both the composition and composer. The Wind Symphony’s next concert is April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ the Savior Lutheran Church, 10500 E. 126th St.

The 20-piece Nickel Plate Jazz Orchestra enjoys gracing the new Nickel Plate District Amphitheater stage during the summer. From bebop to big band, the NPJO brings the best of one of America’s original art forms to the heart of Fishers. The orchestra’s next concert will be May 10 at 7 p.m. at the NPD Amphitheater, 6 Municipal Drive.

The Heartland Brass Quintet and Mudsock Jazz Combo are smaller, versatile ensembles available for corporate and personal events that cover a wide range of musical tastes: Jazz, blues, Dixieland, classical, patriotic and popular are all within the repertoire of these groups. Be sure to catch them June 28 at the Freedom Festival.

The newly formed Fishers Chamber Orchestra rounds out the offerings as Fishers’ latest ensemble that incorporates strings. The orchestra, which also features 12 wind instruments and tympani, performed their inaugural concert last month.

As a newly formed nonprofit, FMW points out there are fantastic sponsorship and advertising opportunities during its charter year and seeks to partner with local benefactors and businesses. Its application has been submitted to the IRS seeking 501©(3) tax-exemption status.

If you are a local musician and would like to audition for any of the ensembles, contact FMW at musicdirector@fishersmusicworks.org. If you are interested in showing your support for the performing arts in your community, contact president@fishersmusicworks.org for sponsorship or visit FishersMusicWorks.org. You can also contact FMW on Facebook at FishersMusicWorks and Twitter @HeyFishersMusic.

FMW is very grateful for the support of its volunteers, musicians, vocalists, and individual and corporate sponsors, including Fishers Arts Council, DeFur-Voran, Ji-Eun Lee Music Academy, Meyer Najem and Hold the Cheese Branding & Design.

Writer / Grant Lansdell

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Mathnasium … Making Math Make Sense

MathnasiumMath.  You either love it or you hate it.  As you learn math, you build upon previously learned concepts.  The kids that hate it, often have gaps in their learning that is difficult to build upon, making the subject all the more problematic as they progress through school.  Learning math is like crossing a wooden plank bridge in the rain forest.  Each plank needs to be in place and secure to get to the next plank.  Any concept in math not understood is a missing plank.  Kids can jump over a missing plank to get to the next subject, but will need it later.  The more times they jump over planks, the wider the gap gets and the harder it is to move on.  Eventually, the gap is too wide and kids can’t continue on.

Lucky for us, Mathnasium has come to our rescue!  Mathnasium is a Learning Center that has just celebrated its grand opening in Fishers at 11789 Commercial Drive, off 116th Street, next to Target.  They find those missing planks/gaps in learning through their extensive, risk-free assessment, and fill them in through their instruction.  The owner, Chris Lemieux, decided to open this learning center because “math is non-negotiable.  You have to pass it to graduate.  After talking to various teachers, they thought it was something from which our community could benefit.”

The Mathnasium MethodTM was created by educator, Larry Martinek with the help of his son, Nick.  Since his son was mathematically gifted, Larry had to come up with different ways to present math subjects to him so he could comprehend them at a younger age.  At one point, Nick said, “Too many words, Dad,” which made Larry realize he needed to simplify the instruction.  Together, they created thousands of pages of math curriculum before Nick’s untimely death in a car accident.  To honor his son who wished to share this knowledge with the world, Larry and two other men started the global franchise, Mathnasium. Their mission statement is: “To teach children math in a way that makes sense to THEM.”

Mathnasium’s method is to start off using a sophisticated evaluation to accurately determine what a student knows and doesn’t know.  With that vital information, they tailor-make a personalized learning program, adhered to by the student with the help of a specially trained Mathnasium math instructor.  The educational strategy used by the instructor is a unique combination of mental, verbal, visual, tactile and written techniques to help children learn math.  To track a student’s improvement, assessments are given throughout the process to confirm the progress they are making over time.  In fact, Mathnasium uses a third party company to collect, analyze, and validate their results. Multiple independent studies carried out by EyeCues Education Systems since 2004 have found Mathnasium to be effective 100% of the time, increasing student performance on standards-based tests in 20 sessions or fewer. Student skills jumped at least a grade level and in most cases, multiple grade levels. These studies are posted on their website.

You may be wondering, “What makes Mathnasium better than other tutoring programs?”  Here is your answer.

  • They specialize in MATH … and only math.  Having that specialty makes them excel at it
  • Real live instructors, as opposed to computer programs, lead the individualized instruction
  • Program schedules are flexible.  If a child needs more help, he can come in more
  • They use their own proven and proprietary curriculum that has been perfected over 30 years
  • In the assessment, they test the student verbally and in writing to get the most accurate evaluation
  • A customized program is assembled for each student
  • They use a combination of guided practice, manipulatives, and math games to engage students
  • It is affordable
  • They can prepare students for standardized tests (SAT, ACT, etc.)
  • They even work with kids excelling in math to keep them ahead of the mainstream 11. Mathnasium MethodTM is 100% effective

The instructors at the Fishers Mathnasium all have very strong math and teaching backgrounds and are trained and certified in the Mathnasium MethodTM.  Marcia Brown, the Center Director, has over 20 years of teaching experience.  Her experience is very diverse, including teaching multiple grades in a one-room Christian school setting and more recently teaching college level math.

“The center is set up like a gym membership,” says Chris Lemieux.  “Payment is taken at the beginning of the month and then students can come in as many times as they want.”  When they arrive, students grab their personal learning folders and sit down at open seats.  The instructors might be working with four students at a time, helping each one individually, and then moving on to the next student while the previous one is completing a problem or set of problems.  That way, each student gets the opportunity to process the information and practice, with help and instruction always nearby.   Each student typically stays around an hour and then puts his learning folder back where he got it.  “No homework is ever taken home.  The task of tutoring their kids in math is taken out of the parents’ hands,” smiles Chris.

Mathnasium distinguishes itself as a Learning Center, as opposed to a tutoring center.  While schools are the primary education provider, Mathnasium is a supplemental education provider.  They supplement what the kids are learning in school.  A tutor’s job is to help a student get through tonight’s homework and upcoming tests.  Mathnasium does help in that regard, but their primary task as a Learning Center is to delve into the reasons why tonight’s homework is such an issue.  The concern is more about the application of math, rather than memorization.  They explain WHY a formula is what it is so the students can actually FIGURE OUT math problems, which is helpful if they forget the formulas later in life.  Mathnasium does not offer a quick fix, but rather a long-term approach to actually SOLVE kids’ problems in math.

If your child needs help in math, it doesn’t take a lengthy algorithm to figure out that Mathnasium could be your solution.  For more information about the global company and teaching method please visit www.mathnasium.com.  To learn about the Fishers center and/or to sign up for a free consultation, please visit http://www.mathnasium.com/fishers or call (317) 288-4306.  They are open in the afternoon/evening, Sundays through Thursdays.

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Geist & Fishers Get Romantic: Where to eat on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day might mean cards and gifts of candy and flowers, but for many it is a day to enjoy a romantic meal. The holiday of love has roots in an ancient Roman fertility festival. In the Middle Ages this old tradition merged with stories of different saints named Valentine, and a new holiday was born. Whether you are planning to celebrate with a candlelit dinner for two, a meal with the kids or by taking a stash of sweet baked goods home, you can feast in style, right here in Fishers and Geist.

Bella Vita Lakeside Grille

Bella Vita Lakeside Grille11699 Fall Creek Road

Indianapolis

317-598-9011

www.bellavitaatthemarina.com

Diners can choose from the open menu or order a couples package that includes an appetizer, two entrees, dessert and champagne. The Aberdeen Trio will play older Motown songs and light jazz.

 

Casler’s Kitchen & Bar

Caslers11501 Geist Pavilion Drive

Fishers

317-596-9810

caslers.com

A high-energy dance band playing cover songs will entertain diners and revelers on Valentine’s Day.

 

 

Eddy’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill at Geist

Eddy's Neighborhood Bar & Grill at Geist11693 Fall Creek Road

Indianapolis/Geist

317-849-0925

www.eddysnbg.com

Eddy’s promises a “really nice” couples dinner with an appetizer, two entrees and dessert. The casual restaurant is family friendly.

 

 

The Gathering Bistro & Pub

The Gathering Bistro & Pub11705 Fox Road

Indianapolis

317-723-3808

thegatheringatgeist.com and Twitter @gathering_geist

This fine and casual dining spot has a special Valentine’s Day dinner for two with a choice of two soups, two salads, two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts.

 

The Grill

The Grill9755 Fall Creek Road

Indianapolis

317-842-2087 www.thegrillatgeist.com

The 21-and-over restaurant is planning a Valentine’s Day menu with specials for the evening, as well as dine-in and takeout items.

 

 

Murphy’s PubHouse

Murphy's Pubhouse11650 Olio Road

Fishers

317-288-4073

murphyspubhouse.com

Valentine’s Day will feature a specialty dessert done up all fun and yummy, and the ladies will receive a rose. Reservations are welcome.

 

Puccini’s Smiling Teeth Pizza

Puccini's Smiling Teeth Pizza11695 Fall Creek Road

Indianapolis

317-842-2356

www.puccinissmilingteeth.com/locations/geist-marina-village

The gluten-free pizza restaurant will offer its regular menu on Valentine’s Day. With pizza, pasta, beer and wine, there is something for everyone.

 

Looking for something special to take home? One of these confections will be sure to please any sweet tooth.

The Bakery & Delicatessen at Geist

The Bakery and Delicatessen at Geist8150 Oaklandon Road, Suite 114

Indianapolis

317-723-3879

www.thebakeryatgeist.com

The pastry chefs will prepare heart-shaped flourless chocolate cakes and cheesecakes for two. Valentine’s Day cookies and cupcakes will also be available for your special evening.

 

Gigi’s Cupcakes

Gigi's Cupcakes8487 Union Chapel Road, Suite 440

Indianapolis

317-254-2253

www.gigiscupcakesusa.com/indianapolis

Pastries for sharing with your sweetie are specially decorated for the holiday with toppings and frosting. Choose from a package of Cupcake Love with four Valentine’s treats, a Mini-Smooch Box with 12 tiny cupcakes, two kinds of cheesecake or a chocolate chip cookie sandwich filled with pink frosting. The special treats are available from Thursday, Feb. 13, through Saturday, Feb. 15.

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HSE Board selects Stevenson to fill Fall Creek Township seat

At its Jan. 13 board meeting, the Hamilton Southeastern Board of School Trustees appointed attorney Howard L. Stevenson to represent Fall Creek Township. Stevenson has lived in the community 15 years with his wife, Christa, and three sons. In his application, he said, “I am a strong proponent of public education, and I want to use my efforts to champion the cause of public education. All of my educational pursuits have been in the public school arena starting with my elementary school days and continuing through law school.”

He has his B.A. from Indiana University and his J.D. degree from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. He is currently managing partner of the law firm Coleman Stevenson LLP and concentrates his practice in the areas of business law, real estate, civil litigation and municipal finance.

“We were fortunate to have 35 highly qualified individuals come forward and offer to serve in the Fall Creek Township Board seat,” said board member Katrina Hockemeyer. “The selection process was extensive and involved two rounds of interviews. Howard Stevenson’s experience in his profession and as an HSE parent brings relevant knowledge and valuable perspective that will lend itself well to the ongoing work of the board.”

Stevenson sees the district’s greatest challenge as “continuing to provide teachers and administrators with the tools and resources they need to ensure the success of all of our students in a fast growing, diverse school district despite receiving a reduction in school funding.” He feels other important issues are maintaining effective class sizes and narrowing the gap between minority students and the general student body. He believes board members “should have the best interest of the students as the primary focal point. All votes rendered and policies and procedures implemented should pass the test of ‘how does this benefit or advance the cause of our students?’”

He sees board members as liaisons, and they should engage and solicit information and insight from the community members. “Service on the school board is a vital component for a successful school district. It takes a collaborative effort from teachers, parents, board members, administrators, students and community stakeholders,” said Stevenson. “When they are effectively working together, there is no limit to the students’ success.”

His other board/committee experience includes serving as superintendent of Sunday Church School for Eastern Star Church; on the board of directors for HSE Youth Basketball; on the board of managers for the YMCA, Ransburg Branch, in Indianapolis; and as general counsel for the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority in Indianapolis. Previously he was managing attorney for the Indiana Department of Transportation, general counsel for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and section chief for the Office of the Attorney General of Indiana.

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Treat yourself to the ‘Run 4 Love’

 

Mary Phillips with Gigi's Cupcakes and Sheri Miller with Planet Adventure have teamed up to host a 5K race the weekend before Valentine's Day, Feb. 8.

Mary Phillips with Gigi’s Cupcakes and Sheri Miller with Planet Adventure have teamed up to host a 5K race the weekend before Valentine’s Day, Feb. 8.

Winter can be a gloomy time, even for those who are head over heels in love with their significant others. Throw in Valentine’s Day, arguably the most hated holiday by singles across the nation, and mid-February can feel downright icy with frustration.

Planet Adventure, an organization out of Fishers, Ind., that hosts a variety of road races, is determined to make Feb. 8, the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, a day all Hoosiers can enjoy, whether they are single, coupled or in between. The Run 4 Love 5K is scheduled to kick off at 9 a.m., starting in Billericay Park, 12690 Promise Road in Fishers. This 5K event, in its first year, is designed to get locals active despite the cold weather.

“We’re just trying to get people out and help meet their New Year’s resolutions,” said Sherri Miller of Planet Adventure.

And, you never know — participants could also meet the love of their life. When participants register online at Run4Love5K.com, they select a specific category in which they fall. The list includes the following categories:

16 and Under:

  • Puppy Love (I’m Dating, Watch Out)
  • Too Young to Care (Male)
  • Too Young to Care (Female)

17 and Over:

  • Love ‘em or Leave ’em (… It’s Complicated)
  • Hands Off! (I’m With Him/Her)
  • Single and Looking (Male)
  • Single and Looking (Female)

But according to Miller, this event isn’t totally about meeting potential romantic partners or celebrating your significant other. Every participant should feel sweet on something — a cupcake, that is! GiGi’s Cupcakes has generously agreed to donate treats for the event. At the 1.5 mile marker, runners can stop for a water break and enjoy a mini cupcake. But the real award comes when runners cross the finish line. Not only will they earn a medal, but they will also receive a famous large and gourmet cupcake from GiGi’s.

“We wanted to correlate the sweetness of love with the sweetness of having something sweet to eat,” Miller said.

If a cupcake isn’t enough to convince you to participate, here’s something else to feel good about: The Run 4 Love 5K shares part of its proceeds with the Hamilton County Humane Society. Donations will go toward food and blankets for the animals, Miller said.

Those who are interested can register at Run4Love5k.com. You don’t have to “love” running to participate in this event. Walkers are also welcome.

The cost of registration for adults varies between $40 and $45 and between $35 and $40 for youths, with the price increasing as the event gets closer. Registration is open online until Feb. 6. GiGi’s Cupcakes

will be hosting a “pack and pickup” on Friday, Feb. 7, where runners can come and pick up their numbers. People can register at this event or on the day of the race, too, from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m.

This event is not just for singles. Couples and families are encouraged to run together. Before the race kicks off, participants will have the opportunity to write a heart-shaped note to a loved one, or to a stranger who catches his or her eye. The notes will be displayed on a “wall of love” at the finish line.

One thing is for sure: Love will be in the air in Fishers on Feb. 8. That love, though, just might be for cupcakes.

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