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The 48th Annual Fire, Police, & Deputy Sheriff’s Community Recognition Luncheon was recently held.  This awards ceremony honors those who risk their lives to save others.  Many of the Councillors attended this year to show their support for the men and women who not only received the awards, but were also nominated.  Pictured here are Councillors Jack Sandlin, Janice McHenry, Scott Kreider, and Susie Cordi.   
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The State of the City Address was given by Mayor Joe Hogsett on May 11th at the Christamore House.  After the speech Jared Evans, Jeff Miller, and Janice McHenry, three of the City-County Councillors in attendance, had their picture taken.   

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IMPD held their annual Bike Rally at the Blended Church on Country Club Road.  This is the second year for this location, and the weather cooperated for this terrific event.  Officer Tim Blackwell is starting a group of bike riders through an “obstacle course” of cones.  A Wayne Township Firetruck is in the background.  The children were also able to explore it and talk with the firefighters.

 

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Everyone had a wonderful time.  And while having a lot  of fun, the boys and girls learned about bicycle safety, got to meet and talk with police officers and firefighters, and had a great educational experience.

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McGruff was on hand as well and he stood still for a picture with Councillor Janice McHenry and Sgt. Matt Grimes.

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Even the horse patrol was there.  What an inquiring look from the horse!

 

Dear All,

With our State’s Bicentennial this year there are a lot of special ways in which we can not only celebrate but also learn more about people, places, and “things” that have a Hoosier connection.  During June, the Garfield Park Arts Center is having a special exhibit – The Many Lives of Garfield.  Learn more about this world-wide popular cat and how his Indiana creator, Jim Davis, brings him “to life” in the comics and other places you see him.  Don’t you find it interesting that “Garfield the Cat” is going to be at “Garfield Park”?  Don’t think they are related, but easy to remember where to go to see this great exhibit!

Besides the exhibit there are art classes being offered this month at the Garfield Park Arts Center.  Please check out both attachments for more information on what else is happening during June at the Garfield Park Arts Center.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6
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The Many Lives of Garfield 
June 4-25

Opening Reception:

Saturday, June 4
2-4pm
FreeOn June 19, 1978, Garfield the Cat appeared in comic strips for the first time. The adventures of this lazy lasagna-loving cat and his friends has since thrilled and delighted audiences worldwide. Garfield was created by Muncie, Indiana artist Jim Davis and is licensed by his company Paws, Inc., located just outside the city.  Since then, Garfield has reached over 111 countries and appears in 2,100 newspapers – making it the most widely syndicated comic in the world. The illustration process, from rough to blue line drawings, inking, and coloring, will be showcased in this special exhibition. Original sketches and drawings, including final comic strips, calendars, stuffed animals, and various products, will be on display. Join us for this Garfield extravaganza and see how this cat has evolved to become a hugely popular character!
Arts for All
Flip Book AnimationJune 4-25
Saturdays
12-4pm
Free

Design your own short cartoon! Join us for a lesson in 2-D animation by learning how drawings can be made to look like they are in motion. Craft a flip book and watch your fun scene over and over again.

Cartoon Drawing Class
with Duane KingSaturdays
June 4-July 9
10:30am-12:30pm
$75 – 6 classes
Ages 8-12
Course #10515
Register Here
For cartoon lovers who are eager to express themselves creatively and have FUN in the process! In this drawing class for kids, students will learn about cartooning, and use pencil, pen, and a wide variety of art materials. They will explore their imagination to create unique and personal works of art. 
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Saturday, May 28
9pm
FreeIndy Parks presents: Movies on the Lawn. Each month will feature a movie that is greater and grander than the one before it! Bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a movie under the stars. No tickets required. Movies are shown on the lawn behind the Garfield Park Arts Center and start at dusk. 

Dear All,

Attached is the Crime Report for our district for the month of April.  I looked over the last 4 months and we have been very consistent – three months with 71 incidents and February (think about the weather) with less at 66.  Looking at the maps from the last four months it seems that we do have certain areas that tend to have more crime than others in the district.  If you live in one of those areas, maybe you can help by getting a Crime Watch started or if you already have one, getting people in your neighborhood more active and aware of safety tips.  I know many of your neighborhoods do participate in Crime Watches and have either our Crime Watch Specialist, Diane Moorman, or other IMPD officers come to your neighborhood meetings.  This is a great way to hear from them ideas on keeping your home and neighborhood safer.  If you are having an HOA Meeting coming up sometime soon, give Diane Moorman a call at 327-6572 or email her at diane.moorman@indy.gov and set something up.  They also usually bring out some other valuable information for everyone to have.  The information is beneficial to all neighborhoods and not only applies to when you are at home, but also when you are doing many other daily activities.

I have heard several presentations lately and would like to share with all of you some of the things I am taking away from those meetings:

  • See something, say something.  Call 911 to report any suspicious activity.  You know your neighborhoods, who belongs in them and what is normal.  You see something that does not look right to you, call 911.
  • Outside lighting has been brought up by people who are concerned about their neighborhoods being dark at night.  Turn your porch lights on and other outside lights.  Criminals like to work in the dark – keep you home well lighted at night on the outside as well as lights on inside so even if you are not at home it looks like you are.
  • Do not “advertise” that you have a new TV, computer, etc. by setting boxes out for the trash.  You are suppose to break down boxes anyway for most of the trash haulers and put them in your trash bins, but if you don’t have to put them inside the bins yet, break these boxes down and put them in a trash bag so people who are “cruising the neighborhood” cannot take “inventory” of your new purchase.
  • Always keep your car locked and do not leave anything of value in your car, especially in plain view.  And when going to the park, gym, or other place where ladies don’t want to take their purse inside or men their wallet, don’t lock it up in the trunk in the parking lot and then walk away.  Someone could be watching and now they know there is something in that trunk of interest and may break in your car to get into the trunk.  Put things in your trunk at another location if you have to have them in your car.
  • Keep your doors at home locked and your garage doors closed.  This goes for even when you are at home or working/enjoying your yard.  Especially when cutting grass or using other noisy tools that you are concentrating on what you are doing and cannot hear what could be going on.
  • When on vacation have a trusted neighbor or friend keep an eye on your place.  Let them know who should, if anyone, be at your house so they can call 911 if someone is around who should not be there.  Make sure your paper, mail, and packages are taken care of as well.
  • Never answer the door to strangers.  There are a lot of people who go door to door selling things.  They could be “checking out the place”.  You never know.  Don’t take the chance.
  • And remember – never hesitate calling 911 if you see something that does not look right to you.

If we could get everyone to follow these tips we would send a message to those who are up to no good that ours is not an area that is going to be “easy pickings” and they will move somewhere else which they can be “successful” and get in and out quickly without someone calling on them.  Let’s see if all of us working together can make District 6 and our area a place where those who are committing crimes do not want to be!  Remember, if you see something happening now call 911!  If something has already happened and you are sure the person doing it is away from the neighborhood, call the non-emergency number, 327-3811.  Summer is coming and crime tends to rise.  Let’s make our area the exception to that and see if we can get our incidents to go down.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

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Dear All,

Our Northwest District IMPD is having their annual IMPD Youth Bike Safety Rally on Wednesday, May 18th, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  It will be held at The Blended Church located at 2215 Country Club Road.  This is the second year that The Blended Church has been host to this terrific event for children from ages 5 – 15.  The Wayne Township Fire Department will bring a Firetruck for the children to see, there are free bike helmets (while they last), food, a raffle, other exhibits, and a lot of fun.  Children need to bring their bicycle, bike helmet, and a responsible adult.  A flyer is attached for more details.  Please feel free to pass this on to others who may be interested, especially to those who have children or grandchildren who would want to attend and learn more about bike safety and have a great time.  Hope to see many families there!

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6bike

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Dear All,

I have attached the May Calendars for Eagle, Pike, and Wayne Libraries.  Each one has a lot going on this month, so take a few moments to check them out.  Please note that all the Libraries will be closed for Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday).

Watch for details next month of the Summer Reading Program which will start on June 6th.  This year will be the Bicentennial Theme.  Happy 200th Birthday, Indiana!

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

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Dear All,

I have attached the May Calendars for Eagle, Pike, and Wayne Libraries.  Each one has a lot going on this month, so take a few moments to check them out.  Please note that all the Libraries will be closed for Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday).

Watch for details next month of the Summer Reading Program which will start on June 6th.  This year will be the Bicentennial Theme.  Happy 200th Birthday, Indiana!

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

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Dear All,

I have attached the May Calendars for Eagle, Pike, and Wayne Libraries.  Each one has a lot going on this month, so take a few moments to check them out.  Please note that all the Libraries will be closed for Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday).

Watch for details next month of the Summer Reading Program which will start on June 6th.  This year will be the Bicentennial Theme.  Happy 200th Birthday, Indiana!

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

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Dear All,

Attached is a flyer that lists some of the great musical and other events that are happening this summer in various parks around the City.  While most of the events are in June, July, and August, there are a few that are starting during May, so I wanted to get this out now.

Note that “In Concert With Nature” starts on June 1st at Eagle Creek Park and runs every other Wednesday though August and that “Jazz on the Point” starts June 8th, running the other Wednesdays through August.  What a nice, relaxing way to spend a summer evening enjoying the music and the beauty of the surroundings.

There is no better place to be than Garfield Park on June 22nd with the Indianapolis Symphony and Fireworks.  This certainly is better than dealing with the crowds and traffic at Symphony on the Prairie for their Patriotic Concert with fireworks!  Mark you calendar now for this great event.  And if you have not been to anything at Garfield Park’s sunken gardens, this is well worth another trip, as the gardens are lovely, but the fountains are really wonderful to watch.

I could go on about some of the other events, but I’ll stop here and let you look over the flyer yourself and check out more information about what you are interested in at www.indy.gov/concerts.  The best thing about almost all of these Concerts is that they are FREE (Eagle Creek Park does charge their $5 gate fee, but if you have a pass, that is free to you as well.)!  Save this flyer for future reference and please feel free to forward it on to others who may be interested, they don’t need to live in our district.  I hope you will be able to get out often and enjoy some terrific music under the stars this summer in one or several of our Indy Parks.

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

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Dear All,

It is hard to believe that May is only a day away.  The spring flowers have bloomed, the redbuds are fading fast, the dogwood trees are beautiful, and the rest of the trees are lovely with their tiny leaves that are growing each day.  What a wonderful time to get out and enjoy Eagle Creek Park, a Greenway Trail, other parks, your own yard, and just being outside.  Attached are activities that are going on at Eagle Creek Park during the month of May.  What a packed schedule they have to learn more about birds, raptors, and other nature related programs.  Take in one of the programs or just go out and discover the marvels of nature in the Park on your own.

I have also attached a flyer that has information about the Kick-Off to a walking program that is going to be taking place at Northwestway Park (5253 W. 62nd Street) on Monday, May 2nd, at 6:00 p.m.  This is being put on by Indy Parks and IMPD.  See the flyer that tells you how to get more information about this great way to get out and exercise.  From additional information I received from IMPD today the program runs from May 2nd – July 2nd and it is two times a day – 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.  It is also my understanding that there is a $5 registration fee, which I didn’t see on the flyer, but saw on what I received from IMPD.  Northwestway does have a nice walking trail, so for some of you who like to walk or would like to start walking, this might be worth checking out.

Hope to see you at Eagle Creek Park or one of our other local Parks sometime soon!

Sincerely,

Janice McHenry
City-County Councillor District 6

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IMPD
&
INDY PARKS

WALKING PROGRAM

KICK-OFFCELEBRATION

Northwestway Park
5253 west 62nd Street

Monday May 2, 2016

6:00 p.m.

Register now at any
Indy Park Family Center
or call
327-PARK

2016
“Love to Walk & Walk to Love”

For Information:
Abie Robinson
Senior Coordinator
317 327-7418

www.indy.gov/parks