Friday, May 1, 2009

Music News

By: Ryan Williams

Radio Radio kicks off the next couple of months with an amazing act that should appeal to a variety of people for a variety of reasons. Fans of cartoon series "The Squidbillies" will recognize Unknown Hinson as the voice of main squid Early Cuyler, but music fans will appreciate the stellar guitar playing and choice of cover songs and original material. The fact that he's the world's only rockabilly vampire (complete with fangs, widow's peak and rhinestone-studded suit) should seal the deal. The show takes place May 1st, and tickets are on sale now. If you're a fan of that kind of music, also keep in mind that Bigger Than Elvis plays every first Saturday at Radio Radio, and The Hot Seats join the Cousin Brothers on stage May 16th.

Elsewhere in the lineup, fans of punk music will want to see The Vibrators, JJ Pearson and Latex Novelties on May 5th. Indie rock enthusiasts should take note of a few show on this lineup - The Handcuffs and Red Light Driver play May 9th, Stereo Deluxe, Records Record Records and Miggs play May 14th, and Rosewood Thieves and Everything, Now! take the stage June 25th. Other shows include Bella Morte and Ego Likeness May 12th, Meiko and Cory Chisel on May 13th, Born Again Floozies on May 30th, and Girl In A Coma and Miss Derringer June 25th. Finally, take note of the Heart In Education Teacher Outreach benefit show taking place May 15th. It's a good cause that pairs Indiana teachers with Honduran schools, and the benefit features a couple of acts that don't play around here often - We're Not Squibnocket and The Roosters.

Fans of jazz should stop by Maria's Pizza for live jazz every Friday night with Frank Glover and Claude Sifferlen, and those wanting a bigger jazz sound can stop by Swing Night every second and fourth Friday at the Fountain Square Theater. Finally, remember that Deano's Vino offers great acoustic music every weekend, along with the El Floundero Dub Club DJs every Thursday night.

Everyone must do their part to improve our Infrastructure

By: Jeff Miller

SEND is currently coordinating a large-scale infrastructure assessment of the nearly 900 blocks in the Southeast area. This assessment includes looking at the condition of our sidewalks, roads and alleyways. It involves making note of missing ADA ramps onto our sidewalks, sunken or collapsed storm drain sewers, dangerous IPL poles, and any other safety concerns. Thanks to the attention this assessment has achieved with our city councilors and with the Department of Public Works (DPW), the Southeast area is slated for repairs on many of our most troublesome areas.

However, it is important that we realize that improving and protecting our infrastructure is everyone’s responsibility. While the city needs to address the items mentioned above, each resident needs to do their part. Not everyone realizes that legally each person is responsible to maintain the area from the middle of the street in front of their house to the middle of the alley behind their house and everything in between.

Most people realize the need to mow their lawn and shovel snow from the sidewalks in the winter, but it is also our responsibility to cut down weeds in our sidewalks, street gutters and alleys. We need to turn in potholes to the city, which can be done via the Mayor’s Action Center at 327-4MAC. When it comes to storm drains, it is our responsibility to keep them clear of debris so that water won’t back up onto our streets but will instead safely flow down into the drains. The picture below shows a storm drain that is dangerously close to becoming blocked. When this happens, water flows down our streets and over time weathers our roads and causes the need for expensive and preventable infrastructure repairs.

If we as residents don’t do our part, it increases the expense for the city to maintain our infrastructure. Ultimately this will result in higher taxes for the city to pay to do the things that we are responsible for doing. Instead, if we could all take the time to be responsible for the infrastructure around us, it will serve to show the city that we are willing to partner with them in the mission to make our neighborhoods a safe place to live, work, and play.

Council Switch

By: Mike Dunn and Angie Calvert

After he withdrew from the Republican Party in February, City County Councilman Ed Coleman made history when he became the first Libertarian to hold this position. Sparking national attention, he represents over a million citizens as an at-large councilman - more than any other Libertarian politician in the United States. Many said he was committing political suicide for joining a third party in a two-party system. Others think it is about time a politician started thinking with a conscience.

Coleman believes today’s Republican Party to be very different from the party he joined many years ago. His discontent with the party lies, with the leadership and their decisions. “The GOP chairman has more power than the council president,” Coleman said. “I was told to keep quiet by GOP leadership when I questioned the relationship between the Capital Improvement Board and Barnes and Thornburg, LLP.” He left the GOP in search of a more fiscally conservative party that respects individual rights. Finding the Democrat Party lacking in these attributes, he found what he was looking for in the Libertarian Party. The Libertarian Party belief in small government and less taxes also appeals to him. He considers himself a fiscal conservative and social moderate.

As a graduate from Warren Central High School and life-long resident of Indianapolis, Coleman became interested in the City Council position because he had a desire to serve people. As a veteran he served three years in the United States Navy and seven years in the Indiana National Guard. Presently, he is a member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW), the American Legion, and AM Vets. Having graduated from Ivy Tech Community College, he is also a registered nurse.
Coleman sees his family and community as top priorities. He has been married to Kerri Coleman for ten years. They share a daughter and a son. When asked to give advice to citizens who are seeking political involvement outside of the two-party system, Coleman says to get involved in your local community and serve the people, not the party. “Do what is right for the people around you first,” he states. “Don’t worry about the two parties, and fix what is going on at home.”

Coleman does plan on running for re-election in 2011 as an at-large candidate for the Libertarian Party of Marion County. He does not want to run as a district councilman because he thinks the current councilman in his district does a good job in his position. “If a councilor is doing a good job I think he should stay in his position,” Coleman states.

Garfield Park Events for May-June 2009

Garfield Park Hours:
Burrello Family Center, 2345 Pagoda Drive
Mon. 9:30a-9p, Tues. 11a-9p, Wed. 9:30a-9p, Thurs. 11a-9p, Fri. 9:30a-8p, Sat. 9:30a-4:30p
Garfield Park Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive
Mon. Closed, Tues. 1p-5p, Wed. 1p-5p, Thur. 1p-5p, Fri. 1p-5p, Sat. 10a-5p, Sun. 1p-5p
Garfield Park Conservatory, 2505 Conservatory Drive
Mon.-Sat. 10a-5p, Sun. 1p-5p
Sunken Gardens
10a-10p, 7 days a week

To sign up for any of the following activities at Garfield Park, you can call Indy Parks at 317-327-PARK or visit the Burrello Family Center at the park. A registration form is located on the website for Indy Parks as well.

Club Meetings
The following clubs have their meetings at the Garfield
Park Conservatory and are open to the public:
Garfield Park Conservatory
• Central Indiana Orchid Society
• Circle City Aquarium Club
• Garfield Park Master Gardeners
• Indianapolis Bonsai Club
• Indy African Violet Society
Please call 317-327-7580 for meeting dates and times.

Arts Events and Classes

Asian Arts Festival and Exhibition
Exhibit - All Ages, Through May 29, Regular Arts Center hours, FREE
Festival – All Ages, May 9, Sat., 11a-5p, FREE
Celebrate Asian culture by joining us for the second annual Asian Arts Festival & Exhibition. The Asian Alliance and the Garfield Park Arts Center will celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by featuring artists from Indiana and beyond. The Asian Arts Festival will feature authentic foods, crafts and music.

Central Indiana Youth Barbershop Chorus
Ages 12-18, Ongoing, Wed., 6:45p-8:45p, FREE
The Central Indiana Youth Chorus is a chorus of young men and women ages 12-18 who sing 4-part a cappella barbershop music. The chorus meets every Wednesday from 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the Garfield Park Arts Center, 2332 Conservatory Drive. For more information, call 474-1637 or visit

Nature and Gardening

Jungle Tales – Garfield Park Conservatory
Ages 2-5, May 12, 10a-11a, $2
This program focuses on a different nature-related topic each month. Activities may be messy and might be outside. Dress appropriately. A parent is expected to stay with each child.

Junior Gardener Club – Garfield Park Conservatory
Ages 6-12, May 9th, 11a-Noon, FREE
Come out to the Conservatory for a fun-filled garden lesson and activity. The Club will focus on a different topic each month.

Stepping Stone Workshop – Garfield Park Conservatory
Ages 3+, May 2, Sat., 10:30a-Noon, $6
Everyone will enjoy creating a decorative stepping stone, just in time for Mother’s Day and springtime gardening! All supplies will be provided, just bring your creativity. Please register by April 30. Stones must be left to dry and can be picked up later.

Master Gardener Plant Sale – Garfield Park Conservatory
All Ages, May 30, Sat., 9a-Noon, FREE
This is not just a sale! In addition to vegetable, annual and perennial plants for sale, the Master Gardeners will also be on hand to give advice and answer all of your gardening questions.

Family Planting Day
All Ages, May 30, Sat., 10a-1p, FREE
Everyone, of all ages, is invited to help plant annuals in our Children’s Garden located behind the Conservatory.

Fitness and Sports

Garfield Park Fitness Class - Garfield Park Burrello Family Center
Ages 18+, May 11-June 5, MWF, 10a-11a, $25, 12 classes
Class consists of warm-up, simple beginning steps, walking, and small kicks. Work on legs, abdominal muscles, and thighs. After class, learn to use the weight equipment properly.

Taijiquan Level I – Garfield Park Conservatory
Ages 18+, May 12-June 5, Tues & Fri, 8:30a-9:15a, $35, 8 classes
Taijiquan is a holistic health improvement system. In this course, you’ll learn practical ways to achieve many of the treasures Taijiquan offers and establish a foundation on which you can base a lifetime of improvement. Call instructor Matthew Hays at (317) 985-7542 for more information.

Indy in Motion - Garfield Park Burrello Family Center
Ages 18+, Ongoing, MWF, 5:30p-6:30p, FREE
Indy in Motion is a total fitness and health program initiative through the Marion County Health Department. There will be incentive awards for regular participation in activities. All activities are free. For more information, call 221-3122.

Garfield Pee-Wee Softball – Tee Ball
Ages 3-5, May 11-Jul 15, MW, 5p-6:30p, $30, 20 Classes
This is an instructional league that teaches fundamentals of softball. Players will receive a hat, t-shirt, and trophy. Registration starts Feb. 5.

SEND to host 1st annual Neighborhood Day of Service

By: Kelli Safford

Looking to find ways you can become involved in efforts to clean up our neighborhood? On June 6th, beginning at 9am, SEND will host the 1st annual Neighborhood Day of Service. SEND will be coordinating a community-wide volunteer effort to give back to the residents by focusing not just on one specific location, but our entire southeast area. The goal of this endeavor is to empower neighborhood associations, churches, schools and businesses to address some of the beautification objectives in our community. Whichever projects residents feel would benefit the most from this collaborative effort, SEND will assist in accomplishing these tasks.

“Our goal for the SEND Day of Service is to provide an opportunity for the SEND family to get out into the neighborhood and give back to the people that live here. It is an opportunity for us to come together and impact the entire SEND area, rather than just one location,” states Julie Beaubien, Vice President of SEND and Coordinator of the SEND Day of Service. Throughout the year, SEND coordinates several clean-up efforts with volunteers stepping out to show their support and dedication in further enhancing our community. Beaubien continues, “SEND appreciates the many volunteers that commit their time and resources into making the programs at SEND a success, and this is a way to turn the table and allow us to volunteer for the neighborhood.”

SEND board members and volunteers will be visiting neighborhood association meetings over the next month to further discuss this project. Interested individuals and groups should plan on meeting on June 6th, 9am in the National City parking lot to get started. The clean-up will continue until 12pm, where all volunteers will meet back at the National City parking lot for lunch and to share stories of the day’s success. For further information and to learn how you can become involved, please contact Julie Beaubien at or 317-634-5079 x105.



By: D. DelReverda-Jennings

FLAVA FRESH VI!: Call To Artists: Accepting submissions from Indy visual artists for the Sixth annual, multi exhibition presentation of FLAVA FRESH! The exhibitions begin in July and end October 1, 2009. Open to artists 18+. New work is shown in each exhibition. Artists will receive: 3 notable exhibitions, 2 artists receptions, publicity, exposure from this popular venue. To submit: Send a website or blog address that has images of your work along with a brief artist statement/bio for consideration. Moderate Entry Fee: INFO:, (Please put 'FLAVA FRESH VI! Submission' in the subject line.)

CHAOS ART GALLERY: 630 Virginia Ave. (intersection of Virginia & N. College Avenues.) Near historic Fountain Square. Featuring local artists as well as work by students of the John Herron School of Art and Design. Mingle with artists, collectors and aficionados of Fine Art in Indianapolis' newest contemporary art gallery! Tu & Th 10–2; Fri & Sat 1– 6:pm. First Friday's - 5:30 – 10:00pm. Free! INFO: 317-602-3532 .

FACING WEST PORTRAITS: The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. 500 W. Washington St. White River State Park. As a part of the museum’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, portrait's will be displayed in conjunction with the exhibition, Facing West: Celebrating 20 Years of the Eiteljorg Museum offering an opportunity for guests to re-discover favorite pieces and experience never-before-seen work. Participating artists include: Cathy Burton, C. Oveihue and D. DelReverda-Jennings and many more. On view thru August 9, '09. Free with general museum admission. INFO: 317-636-9378.

APPLY TO THE INDIANA ARTISAN PROGRAM: Launched in 2008, the Indiana Artisan goals include: raising awareness about the availability of hand-crafted and value-added food products made in Indiana; providing artisans, particularly those in rural areas, with access to entrepreneurial support; providing grant funding for artisan business development education and networking; promoting artisan trail development and retail opportunities; and developing branding for Indiana-made goods. To participate in the program, artisans need only successfully complete the jury (selection) process. Applicants can be for-profit or not-for-profit corporations, as well as unincorporated individual artisans. There will be two jury panel sessions in 2009, May and October. For Jury session timeline, category guidelines and online application links visit, INFO: ,, .

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES INITIATIVE: The Summer Workshop Schedule Is Now Available: BOI is pleased to announce that the workshop schedule for May - August is now available on our Web site. The summer course catalog will be available to pick up in our office by the end of April, and is available in PDF form on the Web site now. Check out the 'Course Catalog' or the Workshop Calendar and start planning to meet your professional and personal development goals through our variety of business planning, marketing, financial, technology, legal, care-giver and life-skills workshops. INFO: , 317-917-3266, ext. 100,

CHILDREN'S MUSEUM & CONNER PRARIE OFFER 'ACCESS PASS' ADMISSION: The Children's Museum of Indianapolis has joined forces with Conner Prairie to offer reduced admission to Hoosier families in need. In 2004, In 2004, the Children's Museum began the 'Access Pass' program, which provides low income Hoosier families with opportunities to visit at the reduced rate of $1 per person. Conner Prairie is now offering the same statewide initiative. Indiana families with at least one member who is 18 years of age or older and who are part of the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), food stamps or Hoosier Healthwise Insurance are eligible to participate. Families can visit the Children’s Museum and Conner Prairie and present a Hoosier Works card or Hoosier Healthwise Insurance card, together with photo ID, at the box office to receive $1 admission for immediate family members. They will be issued an Access Pass card that is renewable annually and provides family members the reduced rate throughout the year. INFO: , 317-334-3322 , 800-208-KIDS ; , 317-776-6006 , 800-966-1836 .

Entries sought for first annual Fountain Square “Art of July” parade

By: Kelli Safford and Susan Sullivan

Who doesn’t love a parade? And when you combine it with art, music, and Fourth of July fun and fireworks, what could be better?

Local residents, civic groups and organizations, schools and universities, churches, business leaders, and those with community spirit and an appreciation for public art are encouraged learn more about the Fountain Square Art Council’s first annual Art of July parade, which will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 4.

The call for participation and registration is posted online at The due date for all registrations is June 5. There is no cost for parade entries and attendance is free.

“Our goal is to build on what the Indianapolis Museum of Art started last spring,” explains Elizabeth Ryan, one of the FSAC’s founding members. “The IMA’s On Procession event in Fountain Square was a unique celebration of the arts by individuals and groups of all backgrounds and ages who shared an interest in and appreciation for public art. FSAC wants to retain the celebration of art and community spirit through a more grass-roots approach that is inclusive of all who live, work, and raise their families in the Fountain Square area every day.”

Participation is open to anyone who wants develop parade entries for this all ages event, which will serve as a one-of-a-kind, traveling platform to showcase contemporary public art. Entries are expected to range from the traditional to nontraditional, Ryan says, and could include floats, marching bands, dance troupes, performance art, and portable artworks of all types, sizes, and shapes that reflect themes of community celebration, street pageantry, and parades.

But the fun won’t end with the parade, adds Ryan. “We’re also planning to have live music. Spectators and participants can stroll through the area, visiting shops, galleries, and restaurants. And of course, we encourage people to bring their lawn chairs because Fountain Square is a great vantage point for watching the annual downtown Indianapolis fireworks.”

The one-mile parade route will begin at 901 Shelby Street, making its way through Fountain Square and Fletcher Place. Maximum height of all entries is a maximum of 13 feet. For complete details, including a map of the route, marshaling area and time, and online registration form, visit

Who are You Leading?

By: Kevin Eikenberry

Chuck Noll, coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers for many years and winner of 4 Super Bowls, said, "The mercenaries will always beat the draftees, but the volunteers will crush them both."

Who are you leading?

This quotation comes from a military perspective, and I'm sure Coach Noll translated it to football.

I'm sure it isn't necessary for me to translate it to business for you.

In a military sense, all three groups get paid. And the people in your organization get paid too. But there is a big difference in commitment level between the three groups and it is that difference that makes all the difference in results.

The point here is profound. We, as leaders, can, through our actions help people choose to commit at the volunteer level. The reason the volunteers win, is that they are committing more than their time and effort for 40 or 50 hours per week. They are committing themselves. When people have volunteered they have truly committed.

And the truly committed team will always be more creative, more productive, more dedicated, and more persistent - and more successful -over the long term.

Creating this type of commitment, getting people to willingly volunteer in the service of your mission and vision, requires leadership communication - to consistently share and discuss the purposes and goals, and help people connect to that.

It requires leadership influence, mostly through your actions, to show your commitment as well (After all, how much easier its it for you to be committed when you know your leader is?)

If you are thinking this discussion is somehow about leadership styles, you couldn't be more wrong. Regardless of your leadership style, you can show your commitment through your words and actions, you can encourage commitment by the conversations and dialogue you create with your team. You can be supportive of the team and work diligently to build trust with each team member.

These are just a few of the leadership activities that will make a difference in the level of commitment people will feel and therefore give.

People want meaning in their lives, they want things to be committed to. People have a need to enroll or volunteer for purposes greater than themselves.

Perhaps our greatest opportunity as a leader is to help people find things worthy of their commitment.

Strive today to create a greater and deeper commitment for yourself and those you lead.

SEND’s Roof Goes Green

By: Erin Brown

Stormwater run-off, beware. SEND is on your trail, and will cut down on the damage you are doing to our neighborhood.

Thanks to a generous grant by United Water, Inc., the Southeast Neighborhood Development office, located at 1030 Orange Street will soon have a more environmentally friendly and welcoming roof. Over the next few months, work will begin to install a LiveRoof green roof. The employees at SEND are even getting certified by LiveRoof to become installers so that they can oversee the work on the building themselves. With the help of neighborhood volunteers SEND hopes to be able to install the entire roof in the course of one day.

In addition to the actual plant-life, SEND plans to build a deck on the roof to provide a space to enjoy the new greenery and to use as a space for educating other property owners who are interested in doing a similar project in their own space. SEND also hopes to be able to reuse existing materials to build access to the roof, which currently does not exist, to continue with the sustainable theme. The green roof will help prevent run-off which in turn created less polluted waters in our storm sewers, which is helpful while we still have a combined sewer overflow system which drains storm water into our creeks. The roof will also help relieve the Urban Heat Island effect, which keeps the hot, asphalt-covered city center (where we are located) degrees above surrounding areas.

The building at 1030 Orange Street was previously the boiler house for the carburetor factory which has since become the Wheeler Arts Community, and therefore already stands as an example of green or sustainable concepts. SEND hopes that this project sends a strong message to the community how sustainability can be integrated into existing structures, and how continued work on existing structures improves the neighborhood.

One Fine Plant

By: Irvin Etienne

By the time this is published we should be in full gardening mode. I looked at last year’s article from the same time and found the weather to be about the same as I write today - sunny and nearly 70 a week ago and snow showers today. Just one more example of why we need tough perennials when we garden in the Midwest. I know if my bleeding hearts (Dicentra spectabilis) get damaged they will still survive, even bloom. But the show won’t be as great as when they do not get beat up by Mother Nature (she’s got a mean streak in her). Since this issue covers June and June is Perennial Gardening Month I thought I would mention a few choice ones you may want to try.

The Perennial Plant Association (PPA) chooses a Perennial Plant of the Year annually (how ironic). This plant is chosen by the members of the PPA. For 2009 the selection is probably my favorite grass, Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’, Hakone grass. This beauty has golden chartreuse leaves with a thin edge of bright green. Not only is it gorgeous, it likes the shade. One of its other common names is Japanese Forest Grass. We are constantly on the look-out for shade plants other than hostas and ferns so this is a real winner. Hakone grass is, quite simply, sexy. Yes, sexy. It sways and moves like a high-priced street walker on Saturday night in a tight mini-skirt and six inch heels. This grass flows. If you planted a long line of it through your garden it would look like a stream running through your other plants. Its bright chartreuse/gold color contrasts wonderfully with dark leaved shade plants like Ligularia dentata ‘Britt-Marie Crawford’ and Actea ramosa ‘Hillside Black Beauty’ (one of the bugbanes and also known as Cimicifuga). But perhaps its greatest contribution is to texture in the garden. The fine leaves of Hakone grass contrast beautifully with the big bold leaves of hostas. Planted with hostas that have some yellow in the leaf and you have a color echo that works all season. Hakonechloa also makes a great container plant, especially planted on the edge of the container so it can flow over the side. At the end of the season just plant it in the garden and next year you can dig it back up or leave it in place. This is not a fast growing plant, it spreads slowly by stolons (underground shoots). It makes a wonderful clump 12-18 inches tall and around 18 inches wide. You may also be interested in the cultivar ‘All Gold’ which as the name suggests is all gold. It’s actually a more vigorous grower than ‘Aureola’. There is a green and white variegated cultivar called ‘Stripe It Rich’ and multiple plain green cultivars.

Other past PPA choices for plant of the year that I would suggest trying include Phlox paniculata ‘David’ (tall garden phlox), Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Leucanthemum ‘Becky’ (Shasta daisy) and Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ (catmint) for sunny areas. I’m not a big fan of the smell of Nepeta but there is no denying ‘Walker’s Low’ performs. Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose) and Athyrium nipponicum ‘Pictum’ (Japanese painted fern) are two more good selections for shade.

You can find Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ fairly easily now days but I must recommend my very own IMA greenhouse of course. There you will find many fine perennials for your garden and knowledgeable people to help (not me, I’m in the gardens). I think if you buy one Hakone grass you will soon go out to find some more. It really is one fine plant.

Indy ES

By: Jon Clucas

In 2007, Indy ES Productions, "a full-service multimedia and video production company," set up a shop on Madison Avenue near Southport Road. Just two years earlier, the company was founded in Madrid, Spain, where the company is still headquartered. In October of 2008, Indy ES moved its Indianapolis location from Southport to Fountain Square.

Indianapolis Indy ES

According to owner Ramon Carrera, Indy ES moved their Indianapolis location because they "wanted a location that was convenient, hip and friendly. That's why we chose Fountain Square. It's also very convenient for us with its proximity to downtown and ease of access to the interstate."

Located on Prospect Street in the Fountain Square Theatre Building, Indy ES certainly has a location that is convenient, hip and friendly! Maria's Pizza is just across the street from Indy ES, and Indy ES has already produced a promotional video for our local pizzeria! The video is available to view on Indy ES's Vimeo page, Besides Vimeo, Indy ES has its own website,, and a page on

Additionally, Indy ES owns and operates Pet Pals TV is a local pet information program, with information and episodes available online and on television with Comcast On Demand. New episodes air monthly.

Indy ES specializes in online videos. The Indianapolis office, 1107 Prospect Street, is open 10 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday. Their telephone number is (317) 638-7833.

At the time of publication, Indy ES has been operating in Fountain Square for 6 months. We welcome the company to the neighborhood and hope they stay for many years!

Purdue Training is a Success

By: Jennifer Rice Von Deylen

The Southeast Leadership Development Initiative (SELDI) pilot program was completed in April. The initiative is a joint venture between the Marion County Purdue Extension office, Southeast Community Services (SECS) and Southeast Neighborhood Development (SEND). The Southeast has a high level of participation in leadership development programs offered by other institutions, and SELDI was created to build on skills learned through those programs.

The Purdue educators designed the course specifically for the Southeast. The six week course focused on leadership development on the personal, group and community levels. Participants completed assessments that helped them further understand their personality types and leadership styles. Additional course topics included conflict resolution, community development and building inclusive communities. Each student developed a community action project through the course, with the Purdue extension offering coaching and support for implementation.

Participants in the course came from a variety of different neighborhoods in the Southeast, which provided an excellent opportunity for further developing relationships across traditional boundaries. Feedback from the participants was very positive.

“SELDI helped me focus on and further develop my skills as a leader. Taking the class gave me the opportunity to discuss the struggles and joys of servant leadership with other leaders in our community,” said Angie Calvert from the Bates Hendricks neighborhood.

With the success of the pilot program, the team working on this training initiative has decided to move forward with a second course. The next SELDI course is currently being planned for this August or September. Discussions are also underway to offer courses on select topics such as grant writing and strategic planning.

SELDI is one example of the growing partnership between the Purdue Extension office and the Southeast. The Purdue Extension approached SEND offering their support in implementing the Southeast Quality of Life Plan. The Purdue staff has since become engaged with neighborhood beautification projects as well as youth programming initiatives.

If you are interested in participating in future courses or would like more information on this partnership effort to support the Quality of Life Plan, please contact Jennifer Rice Von Deylen at 634-5079 x107.

Longtime Resident Thelma Reed Dies

By: Susan Beauchamp and Darlene Jones

There are many people in Southeast Indianapolis Neighborhoods who have lived here for a long time, but Thelma Reed might hold the record. In 1918, Frank and Clara Kenyon moved into their house on lot 41 on St. Paul Street along with their three year old daughter, Thelma, and her 7 siblings. Thelma still lived in the same house until her death on February 26, 2009 at almost 94 years of age. Thelma was one of the residents featured in the documentary film, Revival Road, produced by the Southeast Learning Partnership, which was shown at the last Southeast Indianapolis Neighborhood Gathering in September 2008.

Thelma recalled a glass factory at the south end of St. Paul St. and remembered riding the railed trolley on Prospect St. going to Fountain Square and then downtown. Her mother bought live chickens in Fountain Square to prepare for Sunday dinner.

Thelma went to School #20 on Spruce Street and to School #39 on State Street for the eighth grade. Thelma said, ”Every home on Saint Paul Street was nice, yards were kept neat and neighbors were friendly and helped each other. No one locked their doors back then.” In the '30s Thelma would go to Fountain Square at The Shadow Box on weekends for dancing, Jitter-Bug, of course. Though raised here during the depression years Thelma said, “Mom always kept her family fed and dressed. She was a good cook and homemaker. She made a little bit of money go a long way.”

Thelma remembered an A & P Grocery on Prospect between Keystone and St. Peter and a Drug Store next it. Much later, in the '50s, the standard Grocery moved on the corner of Prospect and Churchman where Family Dollar is now. A summertime favorite was the ice cream store across the street from this grocery. The Avalon Theater was located on Prospect between Churchman and Harlan. Thelma recalls spending many weekends there when admission was only 15 cents. The black and white movies featuring westerns starring Tom Mix, and many of the classics of today were great entertainment for neighborhood children. In the late 1930s Sunday mornings were spent at Calvary Tabernacle Church on Fletcher Ave. The family would catch a bus and get off at Virginia Ave. and Cedar. Ave. where the Interstate is today.

Thelma had continued as a faithful member of Calvary Tabernacle. She had been a Sunday school teacher, choir member, and when she was in her 80s assisted in nursing home ministry. Her funeral service was held there on March 2.

Darlene Jones, daughter of Thelma Reed, still resides at the old homestead on
St. Paul Street. She is part of a revitalization of the area with her neighbors as part of ICAN, Indianapolis Churchman Ave. Neighbors.

The Southeast Learning Partnership, SELP would like to celebrate other long time residents, please contact 610-7425 or for more information. The SELP meets monthly to document and collect data for all the neighborhoods. Everyone who lives or works in the area is welcome to participate. Come to meetings on the 2nd Monday of each month at 901 Shelby St., 2nd floor classroom. Dinner and childcare are provided.

Jobs vs. Health

By: Richard Campi

Clean coal is a misnomer. All coal production is DIRTY and bad for everyone’s health. This is an absolute fact. Yes, newer technology is more efficient and cleaner, but remains very, very dirty and unhealthy as it is mined and burned.
Appalachia, especially West Virginia has the lowest life expectancy in the United States and it has the worst air quality in the U.S. (Indiana is #2 worst.) Although many other factors are involved, coal is most responsible.
What is the trade off? Logically we should consider clean air. Renewable energy, such as wind, solar, algae, etc. are directions that will energize our personal health along with the health of the planet earth.

We all have to die of something sometime anyway. We have all heard or express this lame-brained rationale…especially from addicts. Education seems to be a foul four letter word to many. Work for your good health, exercise, eat better foods, and think for the day after tomorrow. You have all heard this also before. It’s too much trouble to exercise, stop smoking, resist gambling (waste of logical mental health), be a good neighbor, including sharing in keeping the surroundings clean and orderly. These and many other aspects of life are choices in the way we live. The choice of a profession or the jobs we take impact the style of our living and should benefit the environment. Breathing clean air is paramount to having “a sound mind in a sound body”. Those of you that read and think this through are more likely to be in the chorus of like-minds. Those of you that do not read probably cannot make better choices any way. Are you one that chooses making money over striving for good health for yourself and others? Referring back to a “sound mind” and “resisting gambling,” the only time I’ve succumbed to crap shooting is when I’ve had food poisoning!

Flavors of the Southeast Side

By: Claire Norton

Christina and Andy Cao are two of the newest individuals to bring an excellent dining experience to Fountain Square. This couple has successfully delivered the perfect combination of delicious food, sophisticated yet comfortable atmosphere, and great service with Naisa Pan-Asian Café. Located at 1025 Virginia Ave, this restaurant opened on April 3, 2009 after months of preparation, which have certainly paid off.

Bright walls compliment the simple, modern furniture in this sleek, clean space. Not only is Naisa Café a great place to bring friends or co-workers for lunch or dinner, but will also be a place to see new art with walls that soon will serve as a gallery.

The menu is rich with choices for those who enjoy Pan-Asian cuisine. Each meal comes with a seafood cheese wonton and your choice of soup, making each meal completely satisfying. The owners pride themselves on using as many fresh ingredients as possible and that choice certainly pays off for the diner. The hot tea service comes to the table with loose leaf tea so one can brew her drink to perfection.

I’ve already enjoyed three dishes that are reason enough to keep going back: the Shrimp with Garden Veggies, the Kong Pao Shrimp, and Fried Rice. However, with such a large menu I’ll be sure to try something new next time. Menu and hours can be found online at www.naisaCafé.com for those excited to try the next great restaurant to hit Fountain Square.