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					The activities are color coded based on the counties in which they are located! Marion County Green Hamilton County Johnson County Purple

Activity Line Table of Contents:

Agency Events: page 2
This is a list of events organized by Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Indiana specifically for our matches.

Recreational/Sports Activities: page 2 Cultural Arts and Other Activities: pages 3-12 Philanthropic Activities:
This is a great way for Matches to get involved in their community and volunteer!

Monthly Observances: page 13

This is a list of various activities that are related to the various monthly observances. For example: February is Heart Health month, why not learn about the heart and the ways to keep it healthy?

Partner Page: page 14
The Partner Page is an ongoing way for matches to take advantage of great savings throughout the city. Many area businesses have partnered with Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Indiana to offer either discounted or free options for their goods and services. If you come across a business who offers a special incentive for matches and is not on this list, please call the office and let us know so we can update the list. Check this regularly for additions! Be sure to carry your Big Brother Big Sisters ID card at all times for these benefits. If you need a card, contact your match support specialist.

Awesome Resources: pages 15-16

If you have any suggestions for the Activity Line, please feel free to contact me at: jkleine@bbbsci.org

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February Fun
Location: Marion County Green Hamilton County Johnson County Purple

Agency Events

BBBSCI’s 4th Annual Skating Party Wednesday, February 11th 6-8:30p.m. Skateland Roller Skating 3902 Glen Arm Road Everyone! Admission is free. Skate rental is: $3 for traditional roller skates and $4 for inline skates Enjoy an evening of roller skating fun! The concession stand will be open, so you may purchase food and beverages at an additional low cost. Please RSVP to your MSS or Jackie Kleine at: 317-472-3714 or jkleine@bbbsci.org

Recreation/Sports

Family Fun Day Every Sunday 1pm-5pm Holliday Park 6349 Spring Mill Road 327-7180 All Ages Free Families go on trails for self-guided scavenger hunt, rainbow hike or tree hike. Stop by nature center to pick up activities. Open Gym Open Swim Sunday, February 15th 1-5p.m. Westfield High School 18250 North Union Street All Ages $5 Lifeguards will be on duty.

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Cultural Arts and Educational Fun

Double-Your-Fun Valentine’s Day at Strawtown Koteewi Park Registration deadline is: Saturday, February 7th Event is: Saturday, February 14th 11a.m.-frontier games and 1p.m.-Hoosier frontier storyteller Taylor Center of Natural History, Strawtown Koteewi Park 12308 Strawtown Avenue All Ages Free (pre-registration is required: call 984-5556 or email tcnh@co.hamilton.in.us) Make a day of it at Strawtown, and get rid of your cabin fever with one or both of our “Hoosier Frontier” programs. First, we will learn (electricity-free!) games frontier children played, like marbles, jacks, string games, and more. During the lunch hour, bring a packed lunch if the day is nice, or head into Cicero for a bite. Then, join us as we host Dwight Gallian, well known area storyteller, as he recounts some famous Hoosier frontier legends. This program will be outdoors and include a campfire if weather permits; otherwise, we will be inside. Supercross Registration deadline is: Monday, February 9th Event is: Saturday, February 28th 7:30p.m. Lucas Oil Stadium 500 South Capitol Avenue All Ages $8 tickets and $5 processing fee per order Please click here and follow the directions to fill out the attached form. The application says that it is for Boy Scout families only, but BBBSCI has a partnership with the Boy Scouts, so we are able to join their events. Aesops Bops! Featuring David Gonzalez Saturday, February 7th 1p.m. Lawrence Branch Library 7898 N. Hague Road All Ages Free Get ready for a performance that is fast-paced, funny, and packed with audience participation. This event features a potpourri of Aesops’ classic stories, including “The Lion and the Mouse.” Black History Month Celebration: Historic Communities of Indiana Saturday, February 7th 10a.m.-3p.m. The Children’s Museum 3000 N. Meridian Street All Ages Free with admission ($9.50 Youth and $14.50 Adult) Indiana K-9 Search and Recovery Saturday, February 7th 1p.m. Johnson County Public Library: Franklin Branch 401 State Street All Ages Free Meet Ruger, a search and recovery dog for the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies Brian Baird and Beth Baird will demonstrate how he finds and rescues missing people.

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Metropolitan Youth Orchestra Saturday, February 7th 1p.m. Indianapolis Artsgarden Located above the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets All Ages Free Classical and pop works performed by a talented and diverse 13-member string ensemble. Seeds & Images of Faith Sunday, February 8th 2p.m. Indianapolis Artsgarden Located above the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets All Ages Free Liturgical dance team from Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist church share their faith through dance. Paws and Read Monday, February 9, 16, and 23 7p.m. Warren Library 9701 E. 21st Street Any reluctant readers! Free Young children (or older children) who are reluctant readers are invited to practice their reading skills by reading to a trained and patient therapy dog provided by Therapy Dogs International. 24th Annual Celebration of Black History Tuesday, February 10th 7:30p.m. Hilbert Circle Theatre 45 Monument Circle All Ages Free Owls of Indiana Tuesday, February 10th 7-8p.m. Johnson County Public Library’s Trafalgar Branch 424 Tower Street All Ages Free The evening will include a live demonstration by the wild bird rescue and rehabilitation organization Return to the Wild. Come nose to beak with hawks, falcons, and, of course, owls from Indiana. Valentines to Make and Take Wednesday, February 11th 4p.m. Johnson County Public Library: Franklin Branch 401 State Street All Ages Free Show off your creativity by making Valentine cards for your friends, family, and sweethearts. All materials are supplied.

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Love Stinks Party for Teens Friday, February 13th 4p.m. Johnson County Public Library: Franklin Branch 401 State Street Teens Free Tired of the sappy stuff? Come to an anti-valentine’s party with other teens. Brenda Williams Saturday, February 14th 1p.m. Indianapolis Artsgarden Located above the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets All Ages Free Popular Indianapolis vocalist salutes Valentine’s Day with songs for the heart. Annual Tootsie Pops Concert Saturday, February 14th 9:30a.m. and 11a.m. North Central High School 1801 E. 86th Street All Ages $3 per person This concert is performed by North Central High School Orchestras. A 40-minute concert filled with musical surprises designed to introduce young people to the joys of orchestral music. After the concert, try all of the instruments at our musical instrument petting zoo and stop by our craft table to make your own simple instrument to take home. Tickets are available by advance purchase or at the door. For more info: call or email Ann Crutchfield at 257-6747 or arc7@comcast.net. Engineer’s Day Saturday, February 14th 10a.m.-3p.m. The Children’s Museum 3000 N. Meridian Street All Ages Free with admission ($9.50 Youth and $14.50 Adult) Saturday Movie Matinee Saturday, February 14th 2p.m. Johnson County Public Library: Franklin Branch 401 State Street All Ages Free The movie is rated PG. For more information, call 738-9711. Songs of the Spirit Sunday, February 15th 2p.m. Indianapolis Artsgarden Located above the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets All Ages Free Uplifting African-American songs performed by a 15-member a cappella choir.

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Asante Children’s Theatre Sunday, February 15th 2:30 p.m. Indianapolis Artsgarden Located above the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets All Ages Free Youthful troupe performs song, dance, and spoken word with music. President’s Day Celebration Monday, February 16th 10a.m.-5p.m. The Children’s Museum 3000 N. Meridian Street All Ages FREE!!! The Presidents of the United States Show Monday, February 16th 11a.m. Cool Creek Nature Center 2000 E. 151st Street All Ages Free Looking for a fun way to celebrate President’s Day? Join Don Miller’s fun show about the history of some of America’s most famous leaders. We will learn through laughter as Don uses magic, silly costumes, and lots of audience participation! Indiana K-9 Search and Recovery Tuesday, February 17th 6:30p.m. Johnson County Public Library: White River Branch 1664 Library Boulevard All Ages Free Meet Ruger, a search and recovery dog for the Johnson County Sherriff’s Department. Deputies Brian Baird and Beth Baird will demonstrate how he finds and rescues missing people. Medieval Catapult Wars Wednesday, February 18th 4p.m. Johnson County Public Library: Franklin Branch 401 State Street All Ages Free Come build your own mini catapult! We will pair off into teams; each team will build its own castle, which they will have to defend using their mini catapults. Which team’s castle will fall first? Who will be victorious? Come find out, and take your mini catapult home with you after the program!

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Responsible Pet Ownership Thursday, February 19th 7p.m. Johnson County Public Library: Franklin Branch 401 State Street All Ages Free Come learn how to be a responsible pet owner. The Humane Society of Johnson County will discuss how to take care of your pet and what it means to be a responsible owner. Also hear the wonderful story of Mira (Miracle) and how she came to be a HSJC Ambassadog and meet the animals that will accompany the educators. Refreshments provided. Black History Month Celebration: Visual Art Saturday, February 21st 10a.m.-3p.m. The Children’s Museum 3000 N. Meridian Street All Ages Free with admission ($9.50 Youth and $14.50 Adult) Iibada Saturday, February 21st 1p.m. Indianapolis Arts Garden Located above the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets All Ages Free Dancers aged 7 to 17 perform a variety of modern and African dances. Incredible Kid Day Sunday, February 22nd 1-2:30p.m. The Monon Center-Gym C 1235 Central Park Drive East All Ages $3/child Hey bigs, would you like to let your little know how incredible they are? Stop by the Monon Center to help celebrate all the incredible kids in our community. There will be a variety of games, music and snacks. Ceramic Dreams, Girl Scouts, and the Indiana Pacers Sunday, February 22nd 12p.m. tip off and approx. 2:30p.m. Pottery party Conseco Fieldhouse 125 S. Pennsylvania Street All Ages $15 per person This package includes: game ticket, hot dog meal, t-shirt, goody bag, painting pottery party, exclusive Girl Scout patch, and more! To place your order, call Jackie Magnuson at 317-917-2839 or jmagnuson@feverbasketball.com. You can also order online at www.consecofieldhouse.com/group. Your group ID password is SCOUT.

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Singsation 2009 Monday, February 23rd 6p.m. Madame Walker Theatre 617 Indiana Avenue All Ages Free Join national recording artist Napoleon Williams for an evening of gospel music and dance during the annual sing off “Singsation.” The program, free and open to the public, features several local youth choirs and dance ensembles. Teen Gaming Night-Wii Wednesday, February 25th 6-8p.m. Hamilton East Library Five Municipal Drive Teens Free We’re bringing out the Wii, bring your friends and come game. We’ve got Guitar Hero, Sports, and more! Make Your Own Pet Bed Thursday, February 26th 4p.m. Johnson County Public Library: Franklin Branch 401 State Street All Ages Free In honor of our Winter Reading Program theme, come make a bed for your pet! Please bring either a large pillow case or a large T-shirt. If you are unable to bring either of those, we will have a limited number of extras available. WE will provide the stuffing materials. Make one, take one home with you, and make your pet happy! Pet Puppets Friday, February 27th 4p.m. Johnson County Public Library: Franklin Branch 401 State Street All Ages Free Are you looking for the perfect pet? Make a pet puppet to take home. It’s cute and fun, and you don’t even have to feed it! Black History Month Celebration: Music and Authors Parlor Saturday, February 28th 10a.m.-3p.m. The Children’s Museum 3000 N. Meridian Street All Ages Free with admission ($9.50 Youth and $14.50 Adult) Fighting Words Saturday, February 28th 1p.m. Indianapolis Artsgarden Located above the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets Captivating spoken word group uses imagery, rhyme, and soul to bring words to life.

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20th Annual Summer Camp Fair 2009 Saturday, February 28th 10a.m.-5p.m. Indiana State Museum 650 W. Washington Street All Ages Free What to expect: More than 100 camps and summer programs, local celebrities, animals, face painting, stage shows, Radio Disney, free goodies, and MUCH MORE! Type of camps: Overnight camps, day programs, special needs, sports, space, arts, dance, traditional, tripping/travel, and much more (many of which offer FINANCIAL AID & DISCOUNTS and some of which are even FREE). Fetch a Good Book Occurring daily (Feb 1, 2009-Feb 28, 2009) All Johnson County Public Library branches Register your family for Johnson County Public Library’s winter reading program. Earn rewards for library visits and quality reading time. For more information visit: www.jcplin.org. Footprints: Balancing Nature’s Diversity February 14, 2009-June 14, 2009 Indiana State Museum 650 W. Washington Street All Ages Admission: $7 Adult and $4 Child (age 3-12) First Friday Family Movie Night Occurring on the first Friday of each month 6-7:30p.m. Washington Park 3130 E. 30th Street Ages 5-12 accompanied by an adult Free For more information, visit: www.indyparks.org Junior Gardener Club Occurring on the second Saturday of each month 11a.m.-12p.m. Garfield Park Conservatory 2505 Conservatory Drive Ages 6-12 Free Children are invited to enjoy a fun-filled time in the Children’s Garden. There will be a different topic each month. Registration is required (www.garfieldparkconservatory.org or 327-7580). Mother-Daughter Book Club (or Big Sister-Little Sister Book Club) Occurring daily 6:30-7:30p.m. Carmel Clay Library 55 Fourth Avenue Girls in grades 4 &5 and their Big Sisters Free Registration is required and begins Tuesday, September 2, either in person or by calling the Children & Youth Services desk at 844-3363. The book for September is: Willow Run by Patricia Reilly Giff.

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Nature Crafts Ongoing each Wednesday (beginning January 21, 2009) 5:30-6:30p.m. Raymond Park/Indy Island 8575 E. Raymond Street All Ages $6 We’re going to use items from nature to make fun and creative crafts to hang in your home and share with your friends and family. O.K. Program for Boys Occurring every Saturday (Jan 24, 2009-Oct 31, 2009) 10a.m.-4p.m. Windsor Village Park 2501 Kenyon Ave. All Ages Free Police officers work with boys who want to follow the right path in life. Boys will learn how to address diversity, respond to problems at school and how to handle other issues. Free Community Drum Circle Every Thursday from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Bongo Boy Music School 8481 Bash Street, Suite 1100 All Ages and Experience Free Bongo Boy Music School is proud to announce their new affiliation with REMO, Inc. Bongo Boy Music School hosts a FREE Community Drum Circle every Thursday night. No experience is necessary. Drums will be provided by Bongo Boy Music School and REMO. For more information, visit: www.bongoboymusic.com Jack and Jill of America Inc.: Indianapolis Chapter presents YES To Our Future! Application is due by: February 6th, 2009 (Friday) Actual Conference is: March 7, 2009 (Saturday) Butler University: Atherton Union Building 4600 Sunset Ave. 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m. Middle School and High School Students (who are accepted) This workshop is designed to educate young people on the importance of money management and building wealth. Click here for the application! Children’s Bureau Coloring Contest Entry is due by February 10th (Tuesday) Mail entries to: Coloring Contest c/o Wendy Johnson Children’s Bureau 615 N. Alabama Street, Room 426 Indianapolis, IN 46204 Ages 4-18 Have your art work prominently displayed in the lobby of the new Family Support Center! The work of 80 wining artists will be transformed into a ceramic tile that will be incorporated into a permanent tile wall in the lobby of the new Family Support Center. Click here for the application and further instructions!

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Winter Exhibit: Winter Wonders December 8-March 8 Monday-Saturday, 10a.m. to 5p.m. Sunday, 1-5p.m. Cool Creek Nature Center 2000 E. 151st Street All Ages Free Here at the Cool Creek Nature Center we LOVE the winter season, and we know we are not alone. We invite you to come and check out our exhibit about the wonders of winter and decide for yourself. You can explore the mysteries and beauty of snowflakes, or learn how to identify animal tracks in freshly fallen snow. It is also a great time to begin bird-watching, so while you are here do not miss our Wildlife Viewing Area which is typically busy with activity. You can also explore the “Learning Tree,” do a free daily craft, visit our cozy greenhouse, and participate in scavenger hunts and activities. Wiibrary Every Monday night 5 p.m. Johnson County Public Library’s Trafalgar Branch 424 Tower Street All Ages Free Every Monday night is Nintendo Wii Night! Be sure to bring your A game! On My Honor: Girl Scouts Since 1912: October 25-March 1, 2009 Indiana State Museum 650 W. Washington Street All Ages Museum Admission ($7 Adult and $4 Child) Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Relive your own Girl Scout days, through hundreds of artifacts, vintage uniforms, and photos. Gather in a recreated campsite, page through scrapbooks, and have fun with friends as you attend an imaginary meeting. Special patches for participation are available. Community Drumming Circle Every Saturday from 12:30-1:30 Eiteljorg American Indian Museum 500 West Washington St. All Ages $3 per session; bring a friend for a discount, 2 for $5 Tony Showa (Navajo) brings a holistic approach to release stress and anxiety from everyday living. Tony, a Sweat Lodge Leader, a Pow Wow drummer and drum maker, will do his best to help you through group drumming to stay focused and strong on your path. Comic Book Heroes Occurring daily through Sunday, May 3, 2009 10a.m.-5p.m. 3000 N. Meridian Street All Ages Free with museum admission (youth $9.50 and adults $14.50) Holy comic books! Visit the comic book exhibit at The Children’s Museum! Find out about all kinds of comic books, the artists who create them and the amazing characters they feature-then take a moment to create your own! Featuring selections from the Max Simon Comic Book Collection, an impressive collection of nearly 20,000 comics, Comic Book Heroes will introduce families to the vast world of comic books and will inspire families to read, collect and create.

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Israeli Dance Lessons for Teens/Adults Every Monday from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. JCC Center: 6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260 Age 13 & up $2.00 for Members and $2.50 for Non-Members Ever thought about trying traditional Israeli folk dancing? Here’s your chance, classes meet each week in the Fitness Center Aerobics Studio at the JCC Strawtown Enclosure-Native American Village Tours Every Saturday at 11 a.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Strawtown Koteewi Park 12308 Strawtown Avenue All Ages Free Their interpretive staff will be conducting tours of the Strawtown Enclosure for interested guests of the park. During these tours, we will discuss the details known thus far regarding the Native Americans who build and used the enclosure and village over 700 years ago. The tours will begin inside the Taylor Center of Natural History and include a short stroll to the village site. For more information, please contact them at: 317-9845556 Permanent Collection Tours Continuous Indianapolis Museum of Art map it Tues. - Sun. 1 pm & Thurs. & Fri. 7 pm Ages 10 and above FREE On a rainy day or when you need something to do…enjoy the amazing art works at the IMA. For more info, call 923.1331 Web: http://www.imamuseum.org Target Free Family Night Occurring on the first Thursday of each month (through June 4, 2009) 4-8p.m. The Indianapolis Children’s Museum 3000 N. Meridian Street All Ages Free Admission!!!

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Observances in February
Listed below are some of the cool monthly and daily observances throughout February! Check out the activity ideas after each of the monthly observances, or come up with your own! Monthly:
         AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month (get your vision checked) American Heart Month (learn about heart disease prevention, search the web) Bake for Family Fun Month (bake something together!) International Boost Self-Esteem Month (make a list of 20 things you like about yourself and put it somewhere that you can read it every day) Library Lovers Month (get a library card and check out a good book) National Black History Month (visit: www.blackhistory.com) National Bird Feeding Month (make a bird feeder out of pine cones, peanut butter, and bird seed; or build a bird house!) National Time Management Month (organize your calendar or come up with a daily schedule) Youth Leadership Month (come up with a community service project and get funding through Youth As Resources!)

Daily:
1: Super Bowl XLIII 2: Groundhog Day 4: National Girls & Women in Sports Day 6: Wear Red Day 7: Chinese New Year’s Day 11: White Shirt Day 12: Lincoln’s Birthday 14: Valentine’s Day 15: Susan B. Anthony Day 16: President’s Day 21: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 22: Washington’s Birthday (traditional) 24: Mardi Gras 26: National Chili Day

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PARTNER PAGE

Business Name: Ben and Ari’s Mini Golf Special Offer: Littles play 1 round free, Buy 20 tokens-get 5 free, and more! Contact Info: www.benandari.com Business Name: Comedysportz Special Offer: Littles get free admission Contact Info: www.comedysportz.com Business Name: Eiteljorg Museum Special Offer: Littles get free admission Contact Info: www.eiteljorgmuseum.com Business Name: Skateland Special Offer: Free package for 4 people Contact Info: www.skatelandindy.com Business Name: Wheel Fun Rentals Special Offer: Free rental for a ride on the canal! Contact Info: 767-5072 (rentals available Friday – Sunday only) or http://www.wheelfunrentals.com/listlocations/43 Business Name: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Special Offer: 6 week Drumming Program (Free) Contact Info: Call your MSS Business Name: JCC Special Offer: Free admission Contact Info: 317-251-9467 Business Name: Girl Scouts Central Indiana Special Offer: Free Juliet membership---which means access to all Girl Scout resources Contact Info: Call your MSS Business Name: Boy Scouts Special Offer: Troop membership Contact Info: Call your MSS Business Name: YMCA Special Offer: Kid Around Program (Free membership) Contact Info: www.indymca.org Business Name: The Monon Center (Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation) Special Offer: Free day passes to use the facility Contact Info: Call your MSS or Jackie Kleine at 472-3714

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Awesome Resources
 IMCPL FREE online language training! Visit: www.imcpl.org/worldlanguages.html and use your library card pin # to log into the online language lab! Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, and Dutch are all offered. Keep Indy Beautiful Summer Jobs For Teens! Click here for more information!
The Center for Leadership Development Programs (contact your MSS for more information on any of the following programs): Self Discovery Project Success Prep Program Project MR (Male Responsibility) Precious Miss Jr. Self-Discovery Book Club Program The Beehive: <www.thebeehive.org> this is an awesome resource to find the help you need to create a better life. The Beehive connects you to important information—plus the local help to make it happen.

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Check out this great website for College Prep information (middle school through high school) http://www.knowhow2go.org/ L.E.A.P.P.-Linking Early Adolescent Prevention Programs L.E.A.P.P. is an evidence-based early intervention program designed to divert at-risk youth from the Juvenile Justice System. They accept referrals for youth ages 5-12 from school counselors, police agencies, the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s office and the Hamilton County Office of Family and Children. They help families work together to make a plan for success. Contact: Laura Denney at 7765067 or lmd@co.hamilton.in.us Child ID Cards Why Child ID Cards are so important: Since 1982, there has been a 444% increase in missing children. 2,100 children are reported Missing, Lost, or Abducted each day, that is 2 children every minute. Currently, 847 Children are missing in the state of INDIANA. Child ID Cards are used as the #1 tool for authorities to expedite a quick recovery of a missing child. Child ID Cards helps in the attempt to quickly return a missing child to their worried parents. Kids love ID cards and the card gives parents peace of mind. Child ID Cards are a keepsake that will never be thrown away! Check out their website www.kidsbmv.com for more information about the Child ID Program or call 317-571-0001.

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FIVE BUCK CLUB Check out www.fivebuckclub.net to see how you and your little can go to a movie for $5 each to any participating Kerasotes Theatre. (Not eligible for brand new movies, they usually have to be out for a couple of weeks).

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Seven days a week from 2p.m.-10p.m. Chat live with online tutors about: Math, Science, English, and Social Studies. Access this free service at: www.imcpl.org They are also now offering Bilingual Live Homework Help Tutors for Spanish-speaking students. This special service is offered from 2p.m.-9p.m. Sunday to Thursday. This free service can also be accessed at: www.imcpl.org 

PBS online
this is an awesome website for Parents, Teachers, and Kids! pbs.org is a site that offers many different activities and resources. Check it out!

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Youth as Resources of Central Indiana:
The purpose of United Way’s Youth as Resources (YAR) is to involve youth in meaningful volunteer community service and to encourage service organizations to view youth as volunteer resources. YAR strives to increase young people’s confidence in their ability to make a positive difference in their communities, and to increase their knowledge of community organizations and issues. For more information visit: <www.uwci.org/yar>

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