Around Town – April 5, 2012

500 Festival invites bands

For the second year, the 500 Festival is offering the Play it Again Band (PIAB), which will be comprised of former high school and college band members interested in reliving the thrill of marching through downtown Indianapolis in front of nearly 300,000 spectators. The 2012 IPL 500 Festival Parade is planned for May 26 in downtown Indianapolis.

Band participants must be 18 or older. They must also provide and be able to play their own instrument and march the length of the two-mile route. For $20, PIAB members will receive a commemorative shirt and hat, along with a boxed lunch on parade day.
For more information on the 500 Festival Play it Again Band or to apply, go to

Contest open to area poets

Central Point Fine Arts is sponsoring a Poetry Contest that is free and open to Beech Grove residents. There are 50 prizes totaling $5,000 with a $1,000 grand prize for the last poet standing.

Contest director Dr. Joseph Cameron will judge poems of 21 lines or fewer on any subject and in any style. Entrants should include their name and address on the same page as the poem and a winners’ list will be sent to them.

Entries must be received by April 10 and can be submitted via mail to Free Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 3336, Central Point, OR 97502. Entrants may also enter online at

New state law changes support

Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer, R-Beech Grove, modified the length of time to provide child support. Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 18, which reduced the age of required child support to 19 years, was recently signed into law.

Under current Indiana law, the duty to provide child support ceases when the child becomes emancipated or becomes 21 years old. Indiana was one of only three states to enforce child support orders until the child reaches the age of 21. SEA 18 will be effective July 1.

MHS offering members free run

Managed Health Services is a sponsor of the Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run, which takes place Sat., May 12, from 1-3 p.m. in downtown Indianapolis at the corner of Ohio and Meridian Streets. All kids ages 3-12 are invited to participate in the Rookie Run, a non-competitive fun run on Kids’ Day encouraging kids to stay physically fit. The Rookie Run complements the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. All participants in the Rookie Run will receive a goodie bag, a runner’s bib with the number one and a finisher’s medal — just like the Mini-Marathon participants. Onsite registration for the Rookie Run, located in front of the Chase Tower on Ohio Street, begins at 11 a.m. and is $10 on the day of the race. MHS will be onsite with giveaways and health information on how kids can stay active and healthy. MHS members also have the opportunity to win registrations to participate in the Rookie Run through a poetry and drawing contest. MHS members ages 3-12 are invited to write a poem or draw a picture showing how they stay active and healthy. This year’s Kids’ Day theme is “Rev Your Engines,” and the festival will include prizes from dozens of exhibitors, mini-car racing, race-themed arts and crafts, games, face painting, food and entertainment. For more information about the 500 Festival and its related events, please visit

The face of fever

Although fever takes a toll on a kid, it’s not usually something to worry about. The body’s elevated temperature is a sign that it’s at work, fighting off infection or illness. Colds, flu, ear infections and croup are common causes of fever.

Normal body temperature is 98.6o F, but even a healthy person’s temperature fluctuates throughout the day — within a pretty narrow range. A fever usually means a rectal or ear temperature of at least 100.4o F, an oral temperature of more than 99.5o F, or an armpit temperature of at least 99o F. For fevers under 102o F (or 100.4o F for infants under 12 weeks), home remedies are usually the way to go. The fever needs to run its course, but you can help relieve your child’s discomfort by:

• Keeping him or her hydrated
• Encouraging him or her to rest
• Giving a fever reducer, like acetaminophen or ibuprofen

Contact your child’s pediatrician if your child’s temperature is over 101o degrees for 3 days or 72 hours. If your infant is under the age of 3 months, see his or her pediatrician if his temperature peaks above 100.4o F at anytime.

If your infant’s fever is accompanied by any of the following, you should contact your doctor’s office: earache, cough, sore throat, rash, pain with urination, fussiness, trouble sleeping or any other worries.

If you are concerned about your child’s fever, speak with a registered nurse any time, day or night by calling (317) 338-KIDS, or go to

Thrashers offer tryouts

Indy Developmental Basketball is looking to add players to its 2012 Indy Thrashers 11U baseball team for spring and summer play. Several workouts are scheduled to fill the openings, or an individual workout may be scheduled. To be considered, send an e-mail including the player’s name, contact information, date of birth, school/grade, positions played, and previous teams. Interested people can also visit and complete the registration link. The team competes in about 40-60 games. IDB is also looking to finalize rosters of its 15U, 17U and 18U teams. For more information, e-mail

Community Center Hosting Event

In order to continue serving those in need, Fletcher Place is hosting its 3rd Annual Culinary Collage to introduce attendees to sample dishes from local restaurants and to provide information about Fletcher. The event will take place on Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Wheeler Arts Center located at 1035 Sanders St., Indianapolis, IN 46203. This event is for families and individuals wanting to learn more about Fletcher Place and take part in the local Fountain Square community. Tickets are $20 for adults. Children 12 and under are free. Restaurants in the Fountain Square area will have samples of special dishes for attendees to enjoy and the American Culinary Federation Greater Indianapolis Chapter will be conducting cooking demonstrations. There will be an animal show by Amazon Jungle John. Raffle drawings are also available with plenty of opportunities for attendees to win a variety of prizes. Children can also have their faces painted.

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