Brrr! I thought the weather was only supposed to be frightful before Christmas.

All of this snow might be bringing you down, but fret not!  Our neighbors are coming together to bring you great opportunities to have fun, make memories, and get more connected on the Near-Eastside.

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



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Last weekend we were snowed out, but we’re not letting that slow us down!  The NESCO Congress has been rescheduled for Saturday March 7. 2015 from 8:00 am – noon at Englewood Church

Hosted by NESCO in partnership with East 10th Street Civic Association, the theme for this congress is “Bring on the Biz.” Not only will this be a great time to connect with neighbors across the Near-Eastside, but it will also give you the chance to get the inside scoop on Near-Eastside business initiatives.  You’ll get to hear from our great local business owners and redevelopment leaders, and share your input on how we should continue moving forward as a community.

We’re keeping it pitch-in style so bring your favorite breakfast item, and we’ll see you there!



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 Arsenal Tech High School.  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

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