All right, you’ve got me. There aren’t actually any bears. But there ARE 5Ks and PI Days!  There is a little something for everyone in this week’s edition of the Near Eastside Notes.  You’ll find activities that are just for the grown-ups, and some fun (and hilarious!) family friendly events as well.

If you’ve got an announcement or event that our neighbors should hear about, be sure to send those in to CoraLyn Turentine by emailing cturentine@jhbcc.org or calling 317.808.2336.  And don’t keep the good news you find here to yourself; share it with your neighbors and encourage them to join in the fun!

Happy Reading!

CoraLyn Turentine, Director of Neighborhood Engagement

John H. Boner Community Center

2236 E. 10th St., Indianapolis, IN





The only thing better than a neighborhood party is a neighborhood pie contest!  Apple, cherry, key lime, pumpkin, sweet potato, lemon meringue, banana cream, razzleberry…hungry yet?

You can whip out your BEST secret pie recipe and enter it to win a glamorous prize pack on Saturday March 14th at 11:00 am right here at the LEGACY CENTER.  And let me tell you, this pie contest is serious business. You and your home-made pie have the chance to be named on the new NESCO PI Day plaque displayed at Pogue’s Run Grocer (can we say ‘bragging rights’!).  You’ll also win an incredible gift basket of kitchen gadgets from ZESCO.COM!

Now some of you are pie-makers, but let’s be honest…most of us are probably pie EATERS! If you can’t get enough of some delicious homemade pie, then you need to make sure you’re the highest bidder at the Pie Auction.  You read that right! Contestants will be submitting 2 pies: one for the pie contest and one for the auction.

For contest entry information, visit our event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1540219986254336.

April 30 Neighborhood Summit

Thursday April 30, 2015, 6:30 pm

Westminster Neighborhood Ministries

2325 E. New York St., Indianapolis

How do you define “quality of life” for our community? Maybe it’s having litter-free streets and well-lit neighborhoods. Maybe it’s having strong locally-owned businesses, and a high employment rate.

Here’s the deal, for more than 40 years, Near Eastside neighbors have held onto the strong philosophy that ordinary residents can mobilize extraordinary growth and prosperity in their communities. Most recently, these efforts have been propelled forward by the Near Eastside Quality of Life Plan (for which John H. Boner Community Center is the convening agency), an intensive, neighborhood-driven strategy for building the Near Eastside into a community that our residents can be proud of.

About 4 times per year, neighbors are encouraged to come out to the Neighborhood Summits to provide input and inspiration for this plan, as well as to network with one another, and to provide progress reports on current initiatives.

So whether or not you’ve ever participated in a neighborhood event before, whether you feel very confident and competent in driving neighborhood initiatives or feel a bit like a fish out of water, we welcome and encourage you come out and add your voice.

Groups wishing to reserve two to three minutes to provide an update, make note of a community challenge, or to celebrate an accomplishment can send in their agenda items to CoraLyn Turentine, Director of Neighborhood Engagement for the John H. Boner Community Center, at cturentine@jhbcc.org or by calling 317.808.2336



Want to make a lasting impact? Be a part of the “Color the World with Love” mural project.  Andrew Severns and Lisa Boyles are teaming up again to bring beauty to the concrete walls on the Near Eastside. This April, join them in painting a mural on the 9th Street underpass near Sherman Drive.

If you want to get plugged in and painting isn’t for you, mark your calendars for Pitch Feast! On March 30th at 6:30 pm head on over to the Speak Easy and enjoy delectable treats while listening to social entrepreneurs across the city present compete for funds to support their projects.  Cast your vote for “Color the World with Love” and help them win funding that will equip them to sponsor neighborhood youth groups in painting the mural on the 9th Street underpass.  The Speak Easy is located at 5255 Winthrop Ave just south of Broad Ripple.

For more information or to reserve your spot on the painting team, contact Lisa at (317) 372 – 6983 or muralsindy @gmail.com.  You can also visit http://www.colortheworldwithlove.com



We are creeping up on that time of year again, when everyone is taking a much needed break and enjoying the gorgeous warm weather to come!  Indy Parks is seeking applicants now for all of their wonderful summer positions all across the city, including here on the Near Eastside.  Check out all of the available positions and apply now at:


Final Call for Shamrock 5k Beer Run

Shamrock 5K

Saturday March 14, 2:00pm

Join the Shamrock 5k Beer Run to raise funds for our very own John H. Boner Community Center THIS weekend!  Use code SUPPORTBONER to contribute $5 of your registration fee to the center.  Register now by visiting:


COMEDYSPORTZ Hosts Improv Fundraiser for LYN House


Thursday March 19, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

721 Mass Ave.

Indianapolis, IN

LYN House is one of our most valuable neighborhood assets. Located in Windsor Park, LYN House offers transformative youth programming and events to our Near Eastside kids.  To learn more about LYN House, visit http://www.lynhouse.org.

In support of their awesome work, ComedySportz will host a hilarious night of fundraising fun! Two teams of comedians will face off in games and skits in hopes of being crowned the comedy champions!  There are also whispers of a surprise guest making an appearance.  All proceeds benefit LYN House programming.

Tickets MUST be purchased in advance by visiting: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/improv-night-at-comedysportz-tickets-15655571235


race for roofs

Englewood Community Development Corporation proudly presents its 5th annual Race for Roofs!  All proceeds from the run will fund a scholarship for our neighbors working towards more healthy and permanent housing. Kids and leashed dogs are welcome to join in on the fun! For more information and to register, visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/englewood-race-for-roofs-tickets-15131373345



Monday March 16, 6-8pm

East Tenth United Methodist Church

2327 E. 10th St.

If you use Mass Ave or Brookside to travel back and forth between the Near Eastside and downtown, then you know what an odd strip it seems to be. Warehouses, industrial spaces, and that big blue building all draw our curiosity, but what goes on in those buildings and how can they positively impact life here on the Near Eastside?  Join Near East Area Renewal (NEAR) and East Tenth Street Civic Association as they host a meeting to share ideas and gain feedback from neighbors on redevelopment initiatives being facilitated by Riley Area Development Corporation (RADC) with funding from Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).

If you can’t attend this meeting, don’t worry! Additional meetings are scheduled for April 8 and May 13 at Spades Park Library.


Saturday March 21, 11-2pm

Westminster Neighborhood Ministries Center

2325 E. New York St.

Whether you’re eating it, growing it, analyzing it, or selling it, food is a REALLY BIG part of all of our lives. How can we identify, learn about, and link together the many Near Eastside food initiatives so that our neighbors can get involved and benefit? This question sits at the center of the Near Eastside Food Summit.

If you:

a) are a foodie

b) eat food

c) are interested in locally grown food

d) facilitate a community garden

e) work on food access issues

6) work on nutrition challenges

7) work with other food challenges and opportunities on the Near Eastside

8) would like to learn more about any of these topics

this summit is for you!

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