Official Magazine of the City of Fishers • February 2018
SUPPORTING FISHERS’ YOUTH page 9 RECOGNIZING VOLUNTEERS page 11 FALL IN LOVE WITH NATURE page 16
Think Fishers is the official magazine for the City of Fishers, Indiana. It is produced in-house by the City of Fishers Public Relations Department. Additional copies are available at City Hall. For more information, visit fishers.in.us. ON THE COVER: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve is excited for this year’s Heart Hike, taking place Saturday, February 10.
CITY STAFF MAYOR Scott A. Fadness DEPUTY MAYOR Leah McGrath CITY JUDGE Daniel E. Henke CITY CLERK Jennifer Kehl CITY CONTROLLER Lisa Bradford
A MESSAGE FROM
CITY ATTORNEY Chris Greisl DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS Eric Pethtel DIRECTOR OF PLANNING & ZONING Tony Bagato DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING Jeff Hill
The doldrums of winter are anything but in Fishers. February has us out in the parks whether it’s with Hikes
DIRECTOR OF PARKS & RECREATION Tony Elliot
with the Director, Heart Hikes, or at the sledding hill at Flat Fork Creek, it’s a great time to get out of the house and burn
CHIEF OF POLICE Mitch Thompson
some energy. CHIEF OF FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES Steve Orusa And as we keep our fingers crossed that winter weather brings us the opportunity for The Sleddy (more info on pg.
DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Tracy Gaynor
17) our DPW Snow Fight team is working around the clock to ensure Fishers motorists can get to where they need to. If you
CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER Elliott Hultgren
see one of our red DPW trucks out, give them a friendly wave for keeping us moving in Fishers.
DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES Cici Conover
We made some changes to this month’s Think Fishers
DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Brandon Dickinson
– telling more stories about the parks, businesses, and nonprofits that are part of the fabric of our community. I
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS Ashley Elrod
hope you enjoy the additions. ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS Casey Cawthon Yours in service,
MARKETING & PR MANAGER Kara Hall BRAND COORDINATOR, DESIGN & LAYOUT Elizabeth Creakbaum
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TODD ZIMMERMAN, PRESIDENT
District at Large
North Central District
RICHARD BLOCK, VICE-PRESIDENT
District at Large
South Central District
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FIRE STATION 92 11595 Brooks School Road | (317) 595.3292 How can I get a copy of the new Fishers Parks & FIRE STATION 93
Recreation Fun Guide?
10501 Allisonville Road | (317) 595.3295 via Facebook FIRE STATION 94 10701 Cumberland Road | (317) 595.3294 FIRE STATION 95 10870 East 131st Street | (317) 595.3295 The Fishers Parks & Recreation Fun Guide just FISHERS PARKS & RECREATION
released its latest issue, covering events happening
11565 Brooks School Road, Fishers, Indiana 46037
throughout Fishers from January through April,
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2018. The guide can be viewed online through Issuu by visiting fishers.in.us/FunGuide. Once you’ve
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download a PDF of the magazine. If you’d like a free hard-copy of the Fun Guide, visit the
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Fishers Parks & Recreation office at 11565 Brooks
HSE SCHOOLS MAIN OFFICE 13485 Cumberland Road | (317) 594.4100
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MEETING THE NEEDS OF ALL STUDENTS THE HSE FISHERS ACADEMY IS WORKING TO HELP STUDENTS GRADUATE ON TIME by Emily Abbotts, Director of School and Community Relations, HSE Most educators will agree – no two students are exactly the same.
space is organized so that students can work independently or
They come with different abilities at various levels. Hamilton
they may sit where they can receive extra assistance from one of
Southeastern Schools has made it a top priority to reach every
the on-site math or English teachers.
student, and that means offering diverse programs. Students take at least two academic classes at a time. When they In August 2017, HSE Schools launched The Hamilton Southeastern
earn the credit needed to graduate, they move on to the next class.
Fishers Academy to provide academic interventions and workforce opportunities for high school juniors and seniors.
According to Ulmer, HSF Academy is different from other alternative school programs in Indiana. HSF Academy students
It’s a new undertaking for the district, but so far, it has proven to
are required to participate in workforce learning or training.
Many of the students go to J. Everett Light Career Center or Ivy Tech Community College for classes, have an internship,
Janie Ulmer, the director of the HSF Academy says two of her
apprenticeship, or part-time job.
students graduated in the first half of the year, with one already enrolled at Ball State University.
“Our students are the type of students who are interested in the world of work,” says Ulmer. “They are learning new skills and
“We work with Fishers High School and Hamilton Southeastern
figuring out what they want to do in the future.”
High School to design learning plans that meet the individual academic and social-emotional needs of our students in order to
Ulmer also gives credit to the community, which she says has
reach their goal of earning high school credits,” Ulmer said.
been very supportive in partnering with her 50 students to create new experiential learning opportunities.
The HSF Academy is tucked away on Britton Park Road, however, Ulmer says they are very connected with what is happening in the
Not every student fits the traditional mold and that is okay.
district and the community. “We celebrate their successes,” Ulmer says. “When they have “It can be easy to be anonymous or hide behind others, but in
challenges, we work through it and try to figure out how to best
here, they get to be stars.”
help them overcome it.”
Walk inside the HSF Academy and you will quickly notice the
Ulmer expects big things to come from her students this year.
accolades of all the students proudly hanging from the walls. The
Setting the bar high for a program that is in its infancy.
Connect with HSE by visiting hse.k12.in.us
GROWING MINDS, FEEDING CURIOSITY
KINDERGARTNERS AT BROOKS SCHOOL ELEMENTARY LEARN TO GROW FOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY by Emily Abbotts, Director of School and Community Relations, HSE This winter, kindergartners at Brooks School Elementary (BSE)
learned about the process of germination, how to care for a plant,
are planting vegetables and herbs – and the students don’t have
what it needs to survive, and most importantly, food doesn’t
to leave the building to do it.
come from a grocery store.
The school is working in partnership with Aggressively Organic,
As for Aggressively Organic, this is their first time working with
a company based out of Launch Fishers with a mission to
a school and they hope to partner with other classes across all
end food insecurity by teaching others how to grow using
grade levels in the future.
hydroponic systems. Nornberg says once the plants are ready to be harvested, the According to Kindergarten Teacher Erin Nornberg, the students
students will donate them to local food banks, but not before they
planted 210 seedlings in coconut-based pods. “They were shocked
get a taste of their hard work.
you could grow something out of a coconut.” Each plant can be harvested 12 times on average, but the BSE “It is a completely sustainable, renewable resource,” adds
kindergarten teachers and all their students hope the plants will
Aggressively Organic CEO and Founder Johnathon Partlow.
produce more than just one serving of nutrient-rich food for those in need.
Partlow says the students planted 210 seedlings, which they watched grow in a hallway greenhouse. Aggressively Organic
Nornberg says their plan is to use the Aggressively Organic Micro
then returned to BSE in late December to help the classes build
Growth Systems with future classes as one never grows tired of
their own Micro Growth Systems, which require no electricity, no
giving to others.
pumps, and only a minimal amount of water. “The students made a paper chain when they started the service “I hope they feel empowered,” says Partlow. “I want students
project to represent how many people they are helping – and it
to understand that food scarcity doesn’t have to be a concern,
was so cool to see their excitement.”
because they can always grow their own.” Follow Brooks School Elementary on Twitter at @BSEhseIN for The experience thus far has been very rewarding for the students
more on how the Bears are partnering with local businesses to
and Aggressively Organic alike. Nornberg says the students have
educate and empower students.
FISHERS BIZ SPOTLIGHT
ILLUMINATING SINCE 1987
Think Fishers sat down with Dave McDowell, president and owner of
TF: What’s your favorite lunch spot in Fishers?
Fishers-based Techlite to learn more about the company. The team of
DM: Mealtime favorites among the Techlite staff include
lighting professionals represent quality lighting and related products
Peterson’s, Sahm’s Restaurant, BoomBozz, the Nickel Plate and
for commercial, industrial, and roadway applications.
City Barbeque. We are really looking forward to the additional venues at The Yard. And I can’t leave out Taylor’s Bakery for a
Think Fishers: Tell us about Techlite. What’s your 30-second
quick and delicious breakfast pick-up.
elevator pitch? Dave McDowell: Over 30 years of experience in the lighting
TF: What’s new for Techlite in 2018?
industry has cultivated Techlite into a reputable “customer is first”
DM: With new developments in smart controls and other lighting
service provider. Techlite’s commitments are to our customers,
based technologies coming out every day, 2018 is looking
our top of the line lighting manufacturers, the community, and
bright for Techlite. By taking on new challenges, ventures, and
to our staff, many of whom reside in Fishers. Providing well-
discussing possibilities, growth is the mission objective. With
lit offices, shops, parking lots, walk ways, roadways, and many
Techlite’s main pillars of discipline, integrity, and dedication,
other applications is how we strive to light up the already bright
there is no limit to 2018’s potential.
community we share. TF: To us, Fishers is a smart, vibrant, and entrepreneurial city TF: What do you love most about being part of the community?
and we know our businesses are too. Which of those words best
DM: As a company that likes to look to the horizons, Fishers is
a great fit for Techlite. In an industry that is constantly pushing
DM: Techlite is smart, vibrant, and entrepreneurial. Smart in
ahead and looking for ways to improve and grow, the city of
multiple senses; Techlite is not only both deeply embedded in smart
Fishers follows suit. The attention to detail, as well as encouraged
technology but also insightfully knowledgeable of the lighting
open communication are mutual values shared between Techlite
industry. Using the latest LED technology and building controls
we focus on optimizing light output while conserving energy and using less materials. Vibrancy would describe the Techlite staff
When I purchased the building on Loma Court many years ago,
and their dedication to quality service. Finally, Techlite’s constant
I was told that it was at a premium location. And today, thanks
endeavor to discover new application as well as keeping an open-
to Fishers’ growth, it’s the best investment I’ve made. Its coveted
mind to conversations of new experiences makes Techlite a
location in a thriving area makes Loma Court a premier home
perfect fit for the entrepreneurial city of Fishers. Techlite believes
their success lies in other’s success which makes us feel right at home in Fishers.
The past 30 years have seen many changes in Techlite’s business. It all began with my mother (who would refer to her maiden name to make the company roster seem larger), my brother, myself and
Interested in learning more? Check out Techlite
only a handful of manufacturers. Today, the company represents
online by visiting techlitecorp.com.
over 80 lighting companies with over 20 employees.
FISHERS YOUTH ASSISTANCE PROGRAM GIVES SUPPORT TO FISHERS’ FAMILIES COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE CITY AND SCHOOLS OFFER HOLISTIC SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES IN NEED Fishers Youth Assistance Program (YAP) was formed in 2014
“Gap Service” because they work with our students and families
to help strengthen families through community involvement.
shoulder-to-shoulder in the gap between them and the resources
Fishers YAP engages local volunteers who develop and provide
in our community. Often, people in need don’t know where to
access to programs and services that promote positive growth
go or how to navigate the resources available. The FYAP Early
experiences and enhance home and community relations. The
Intervention Advocates walk with them and are creative in finding
organization serves as an early intervention advocate for youth
ways to help and change the trajectory of countless students and
ages 3-17 who are facing life-changing circumstances.
Hamilton Southeastern School District serves over 22,000
During Fall 2017, Fishers’ Nonprofit Committee awarded $331,000
students in the community, and Fishers YAP works in partnership
in grants to support nonprofit organization serving Fishers.
with the schools to address ongoing needs these families face.
Fishers YAP was one of the nonprofits selected to receive funding
For the 2017-2018 school year, Fishers YAP received 119 referrals,
from the City. As 2018 gets underway, Fishers YAP looks to
19 of which required immediate action, 41 of which still require
continue to play an active role in youth assistance throughout
action before closing, and have closed over 50 cases. In these
Fishers in a variety of goals, including:
instances, students and families were referred to and connected with the following categories of services: community-based and inpatient mental health services, financial services, food and
• Expansion of the HSE/Fishers Summer Lunch Program, which served 12,000 meals to 185 children in 2017. • Expansion of annual fundraisers: a family-fun event and
clothing pantries, health care services, recreational camps and
the Youth Recognition Breakfast, which raised nearly
activities, work referral programs, mentoring programs, and
$14,000 in total.
tutoring services. Monies generated from fundraising efforts are turned directly “In my 25 years in HSE Schools, I have not worked with a
back to the program through direct assistance for children
more effective program that meets the needs of students and
entered in the program, toward resource implementation, and
families who seek help,” stated Dr. Michael Beresford, Assistant
other services. Residents interested in taking action to support
Superintendent with Hamilton Southeastern Schools. “I often
Fishers YAP through donations, volunteerism, or mentorship are
describe the Fishers Youth Assistance Program (FYAP) as a
encouraged to visit youthassistance.org/Fishers.
FOOD IN REVIEW
WHAT TO ORDER The Think Fishers team spent a few hours working
DELLA LEVA ESPRESSO BAR NOW SERVING UP FRESH CUPS IN FISHERS
out of Della Leva, and has some recommendations.
While the convenient drive-thru and close parking enhance the
The Tropical Green Tea
exterior of Fishers’ newest coffee shop, the interior leaves guests
(left) is a delicious, fruity
wanting to stay for the day, and the Wi-Fi makes it possible!
blend of flavors for the
When walking into Della Leva Espresso Bar for the first time,
tea aficionados, and can
guests are immediately greeted with a beautiful floral wall. The
be enjoyed hot or iced
mural is lined with comfortable booths for small parties, or those
depending on the season.
interested in setting up a temporary office for a few hours. There
The Havana Cappuccino is
are clusters of tables and chairs for small groups to meet, and a
a must-try for coffee lovers,
beautiful white bar with stools for those interested in peering out
and pairs perfectly with a
the bay windows.
sweet apple turnover when the afternoon lull strikes!
Della Leva Espresso Bar opened in December 2017 near the intersection of 106th Street and Crosspoint Boulevard. Local entrepreneur, Bridget Edgeworth always dreamed of opening a coffee shop with her dad until she discovered the ideal location to make her dream a reality. “I couldn’t pass up the chance to be in this area and to be a part of the up and coming Fishers community,” Edgeworth said. “When we found this building, it felt like it was a sign that it was time to put this shop together and create something with my dad.” Named after her Grandmother, Della Leva, the shop brought Edgeworth back to the Fishers area. A Ball State University graduate, Edgeworth graduated and spent time in Chicago, waiting for the right time to move closer to home. The menu includes fresh baked pastries and breakfast sandwiches, along with coffees and cappuccinos. When researching local coffee shops, Edgeworth quickly noticed one menu item missing – delicious teas. In an effort to distinguish herself among competitors, Edgeworth created a menu that features a variety
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of teas alongside fresh coffees and delicious pastries. Della Leva
Della Leva Espresso Bar
plans to officially celebrate their grand opening from January
8220 E 106th Street, Suite 200
28th through February 3rd with buy one get one free drinks and
Fishers, Indiana 46038
LET’S GIVE THEM A HAND, FOLKS CITY WILL RECOGNIZE OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERS DURING CITY OF SERVICE AWARDS, FEBRUARY 15TH Named the 2017 Money Magazine Best Place to Live, there are many things that make Fishers a smart, vibrant, and entrepreneurial City to live, work, and play. However, what makes Fishers unique is that even as a community of nearly 88,000, the residents of the community remain engaged and willing to contribute their time to civic engagement. The City of Fishers is celebrating the second annual City of Service Awards Evening on Thursday, February 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Conner Prairie’s Woodland Hall. The event will honor volunteers that have served various City departments over the previous year. The dinner will also recognize the 2017 Hamilton Southeastern Schools District Teacher of the Year, as well as the HSE Schools Foundation Volunteer of the Year, and the Nonprofit Volunteer of the Year. The service of local educators has long been a factor that shapes the Fishers community. The event will be hosted by local journalist and creator of Larry in Fishers, Larry Lannan. Throughout 2017, local businesses, residents of all ages, and representatives from local nonprofit organizations completed nearly 2,000 hours of volunteer work throughout Fishers for City departments. In the state of Indiana, one hour of volunteer work is valued at $23.38 per IndependentSector.org, meaning that in 2017, completed volunteer Mayor Fadness alongside eager volunteers during 2017’s Keep Fishers Beautiful.
work totaled nearly $50,000. The City of Service Awards Evening offers an opportunity for the City of Fishers to collectively thank volunteers for their dedication to service and the community.
2017â€™s White River Clean-Up volunteers hard at work.
During the event, the City will award four volunteers for their commitment to service. Fishers Department of Fire & Emergency Services, Fishers Department of Public Works, Fishers Parks & Recreation, and Fishers Police Department united to brainstorm possible honorees, and, ultimately, selected their award-winner for unique reasons.
FISHERS DEPARTMENT OF FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES When selecting the Fire Corps Volunteer of the Year, Fishers Department of Fire and Emergency Services considered volunteers that went above and beyond to help respond to emergency incidents. The individual being recognized is someone who assisted with rewriting policies and procedures, and who assisted on the development and implementation of the logistic resource list â€“ a tool developed to readily identify vendors and community partners ready to assist firefighters during times of extended emergency operations.
FISHERS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS (DPW) While Fishers DPW is out serving the community, year-round, the White River Clean-Up is perhaps the largest volunteer opportunity that residents can participate in. During the 2017 clean-up, volunteer participation was up 50% over the 2016 event, and volunteer tasks included trash collection both in the river and along the banks, planting native plants to create a rain garden, and planting seeds to create a secondary rain garden. Fishers DPW selected their volunteer of the year based on their willingness to dive into the tasks above without pause or complaint. The winner was eager to make a difference and set a good example to others participating in the event.
Lynda Carlino, retired HSE S.P.O.R.T.S Executive Director
“THROUGHOUT 2017, LOCAL BUSINESSES, RESIDENTS, & REPRESENTATIVES FROM LOCAL NONPROFITS COMPLETED NEARLY 2,000 HOURS OF VOLUNTEER WORK THROUGHOUT FISHERS.” FISHERS PARKS & RECREATION Fishers
privilege of recognizing two volunteers during the banquet: Adult Parks Volunteer of the Year and Youth Parks Volunteer of the Year. Each year, when the ceremony rolls around, Fishers Parks & Recreation’s Community
Coordinator, Dan Domsic meets with the department to learn about volunteer hours and projects that volunteers over 18 years old have participated in over the past year. This year, the Adult Parks Volunteer of
Volunteers gather, ready to work during Keep Fishers Beautiful.
the Year is an individual who has gone above and beyond, often volunteering on Friday night during the AMP After Dark,
KEY TO THE CITY
& Recreation’s Community Engagement
Saturday morning at the Fishers Farmers’
During the dinner, Mayor Fadness will also
and Volunteer Coordinator, Dan Domsic
Market, and sometimes on Sundays at
recognize former HSE S.P.O.R.T.S. Executive
to explore opportunities or to create a
Director, Lynda Carlino (left), who was
volunteer project. Dan can be reached
awarded a Key to the City last December
via email at email@example.com or by
phone at (317) 595.3151. Arrangements to
Volunteer of the Year Award is a little
commitment to building HSE S.P.O.R.T.S.
conduct an independent volunteer project
different. Often, youth volunteers are
and youth athletics over the last 18 years is
must be made 60 business days prior to
lending their time to meet service hour
a true testament to her love and service to
criteria, and once service hours are met,
our community. She will remain an active
youth volunteers are often unwilling to
member of the community serving on the
lend any additional time. This year, the
Fishers Youth Assistance board.
Youth Volunteer of the Year is someone who consistently signs up to volunteer,
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
and when volunteering, goes above and
The City of Fishers truly views volunteers
as valued members of our team and
community. While the City of Service
initiatives, and events.
Awards Evening will recognize a few stand
FISHERS POLICE DEPARTMENT
out volunteers, we remain grateful for
any time lent to support our departments,
CITY OF SERVICE AWARDS EVENING Thursday, February 15 Conner Prairie’s Woodland Hall Open to the public Register at fishers.in.us/Volunteer
COCKTAIL HOUR: 6 - 7 PM FORMAL PROGRAM: 7 - 9 PM
events, and community. We appreciate the
the Volunteer of the Year, they quickly
support we’ve received, and look forward
realized one individual stood out. This
to creating meaningful ways to engage
ASL interpreters, can be arranged
individual is involved in many aspects
with our community throughout 2018.
for attendees that require them.
Please contact Dan Domsic by email
of the department and supports all four divisions, he also volunteers a great deal
The City of Fishers is always looking for
at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone
of time supporting the department. While
volunteers, both individuals and groups,
at (317) 595.3151 at least two business
tasks vary, this individual is responsible
interested in giving back to the community.
days prior to the event regarding
for writing all crime victims a follow
Volunteer opportunities can be found in the
requests for special accommodations.
up letter, supports department events,
Fishers Parks & Recreation Fun Guide, and
assists with various reporting tasks, and
online at fishers.in.us/FunGuide. Groups,
For more information and to register,
continually goes above and beyond to help
including local businesses and community
any way possible.
organizations, can contact Fishers Parks
YEAR OF THE PARKS Fishers Parks & Recreation has named 2018 “The Year of Parks,” as we celebrate Fishers’ own
Holland Park features many amenities including playgrounds, baseball diamonds
parks and the incredible recreational areas across
(below, left), basketball courts (below, right), picnic areas (right), and more.
Central Indiana. The Year of Parks is a citywide and regional celebration of parks and community greenspaces. We believe that creating smart, vibrant, and entrepreneurial spaces to play and unplug are essential to the health of our community. By creating a laboratory of learning and exploration throughout the city, residents can connect with the environment and each other in new and innovative ways. This year, we will focus on new vibrant initiatives by
providing opportunities for interactive exploration and education, and fostering a culture of inclusion and engagement in our community. This vibrancy not only makes us a top-rated city, but also helps us achieve our goals of cultivating a healthy and connected community.
HOLLAND PARK Located in the heart of Fishers, Roy G. Holland Memorial Park is Fishers’ first municipal park, developed in 1991, is approximately 34 acres and offers a variety of amenities for all age groups. From sports fields and basketball courts, to playgrounds and picnic areas, the central location and proximity to several neighborhoods makes the park a hub for activity year-round. During the winter, Roy G. Holland Memorial Park is home to the popular Fishers Winter Farmers’ Market, which takes place inside the park building every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. With over 20 Indiana-grown vendors, shoppers can stock up on seasonal produce, handmade artisan items, and fresh baked goods. Winter vendors vary, so follow the Fishers Farmers’ Market on Facebook and Instagram to learn more about weekly vendors. In the summer months, children can cool off at the splash pad, open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and slide down inflatable water slides at
In an effort to make Fishers parks accessible for all
the annual Monsoon Madness event every June. In
abilities, a wheelchair-friendly glider was added to
addition to the popular playground for older children,
the playground in March of last year through the
little ones can also get in on the action as they explore
generous contributions from the Fishers Kiwanis
and play on their own toddler playground.
Club and IU Health Saxony. The park also boasts a 1.25-mile multi-use trail that is a popular loop for runners and walkers, as well as a 2,400-square foot park building and shelter that are both available to rent for family get-togethers, birthday parties, and more. Visitors are welcome from dawn to dusk to play and unplug at the park year-round. For more information about Holland Park, visit fishers.in.us/Holland.
CHECK IT OUT! Join Tony Elliot, Director of Fishers Parks & Recreation, on a virtual tour of Roy G. Holland Memorial Park’s features and amenities by visiting fishers.in.us/VirtualTour.
FALL IN LOVE WITH NATURE AT
Share your love for nature and enjoy ecotherapy at one of the City’s most popular parks during Fishers Parks & Recreation’s annual Heart Hike. The free open house style event takes place on Saturday, February 10th, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve (10410 Hague Road). Along with an opportunity to stay active during the winter, the event also offers a chance to learn about the environment. As you explore the trails and hike with your friends and loved ones, learn about the different heart shapes found in nature by finding the many photographs that line the trails. After your hike, warm up by the campfire and satisfy your sweet tooth with complimentary hot chocolate. “The Heart Hike offers so many ways for the community and families to explore nature while spending quality time together. This event allows us to showcase a key initiative within our department and city, which is encouraging residents to unplug and experience nature firsthand,” said Tony Elliot, Director of Fishers Parks & Recreation. “The winter season is the perfect time to unplug from the busyness of our daily lives and to remember that we can fall in love with nature and the vibrant parks in our community, even during the colder months,” explained Elliot. Guests are encouraged to share their photos from the event using #LoveFishers for a chance to be featured on the Fishers Parks & Recreation Facebook and Twitter pages. For more information visit fishers.in.us/HeartHike.
Located in the heart of Fishers, Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve is one of only two state designated nature preserves in Hamilton County. The preserve is approximately 127 acres, and boasts nine trails totaling over 2.25 miles. Visitors are welcome from dawn to dusk year-round to hike, bird watch, run, and more. For more information about Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, visit fishers.in.us/RitcheyWoods.
FISHERS WINTER FARMERS' MARKET
ART IN CITY HALL
Now - March 10, 2018 | 9 AM - Noon | Holland Park
Monday - Friday (excluding holidays) | 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM | City Hall
The Winter Farmers’ Market is your go-to destination for locally
In partnership with the Fishers Arts Council, the Art in City Hall
sourced winter vegetables and goods. Find more than the usual
exhibit invites Fishers residents to celebrate public art in the
collard greens at our Winter Market, which provides a great
vibrant Nickel Plate District. The rotating exhibit features pieces
variety of local products including Indiana grown veggies, baked
from established and emerging artists and is open to all.
goods, and prepared foods. The Fishers Winter Farmers' Market
is sponsored by IU Health Saxony.
Wednesdays, February 21 - March 28 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Fishers High School Media Center (13000 Promise Road) | $100
Between Now - March 19 | Flat Fork Creek Park
Fishers residents 18 and older have the opportunity to learn
Children and adults can participate in the ultimate sledding
more about our Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and America’s
competition, which will take place pending the right conditions.
Founding Fathers. Participants will receive a copy of the We the
Get ready by recruiting teammates and creating your sledding
People textbook and a pocket Constitution booklet. Registration
device. For more info, check out fishers.in.us/TheSleddy.
fees benefit Fishers Junior High and High School We the People teams. Register online at fishers.in.us/Constitution101.
HEART HIKE FOR VALENTINE’S DAY Saturday, February 10 | 1 - 3 PM | Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve
YMCA WORLD FAIR
Celebrate Valentine’s Day and enjoy #ecotherapy during this
Saturday, February 10 | 10 AM - 2 PM | Fishers High School
open house style event. As you hike with your friends and loved
Join the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis for a free family event for
ones, be sure to find the images of heart shapes found in nature
celebrating different cultures, crafts, and cuisine from various
that will line the trail and guide the path. Learn more on page 16.
countries. Sample food, make crafts, watch cultural performances, and more from countries and cultures around the world!
SUNRISE HIKE Friday, February 16 | 7 AM | Flat Fork Creek Park (meet at the shelter)
FISHERS CITY GOVERNMENT ACADEMY
Join Tony Elliot, Director of Fishers Parks & Recreation, on a
Tuesdays, February 13 - April 17 | 6 - 8 PM | City Hall
sunrise hike where you’ll connect and engage in meaningful
The award-winning City Government Academy (CGA) offers
discussion about our parks programs. No registration is required.
residents ages 18 and older an inside look at local government, from Fire and Emergency, Economic Development, Wastewater Treatment, and more. Participants must be Fishers residents. Register by February 8 at fishers.in.us/CGA.
CITY OF SERVICE AWARDS EVENING Thursday, February 15 | 6 - 9 PM | Conner Prairie Join the City of Fishers as we recognize local volunteers who demonstrate exemplary leadership and service in our community. Find more details in this month’s feature article on pages 11 - 13.
PUBLIC MEETINGS To view a list of upcoming meetings and submit community events for publication, visit fishers.in.us/Calendars. Flat Fork Creek Park
ST. PATRICK’S DAY LUNCHEON Friday, March 16 | 11 AM - 1 PM | Ages 50+ | Holland Park | $10
FATHER DAUGHTER SWEETHEART DANCE
Join us for our annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration, where guests
Tuesday, February 13 | 7 - 8:30 PM
will enjoy a delicious catered lunch, along with bingo, and great
Ages 5 - 12 | Mill Top Banquet & Conference Center | $10 per attendee
prizes. Register by March 9.
Fathers and daughters are invited to this annual dance at the Mill Top (802 Mulberry Street, Noblesville). Get dressed up in your
SPRING SOFTBALL LEAGUE
semi-formal attire and enjoy dancing, light refreshments, and
Sundays, March 18 - June 10 | Noon - 6 PM
prizes. Tickets for this event must be purchased for both children
Ages 18+ | Holland Park | $472
and parents. Register by February 6.
Our spring softball league is back! Adults are invited to compete in this 10-week league with three different levels of play. Free
agents may contact the Fishers Parks & Recreation office to be
Tuesday, February 20 | 5:30 - 7:30 PM | Ages 5 - 12 | Billericay Park | $17
matched with a team. Register by March 9.
We’re transforming the Billericay Park Building into the ultimate science lab for little scientists. Your child will get to enjoy STEAM-themed learning and experimenting complete with
350 EDIBLE ART DECORATING
gloop, lava lamps, optical illusions, and more. Register for this
Join the award-winning 350 Edible Art as you decorate amazing
program by February 13.
and delicious sweets. These Community Professional Partner programs take place after the Winter Farmers’ Market at the
FLOWER VASE POTTERY
Holland Park Building from 12:30 - 1:45 PM.
Saturday, February 24 | 2 - 3 PM | Ages 50+ | Billericay Park | $23 Paint your very own beautiful spring vase in this program. All
SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL CUPCAKES DECORATING
supplies are provided, and projects are ready to pick up one week
Saturday, February 24 | Ages 8+ | $25 | Register by February 10
later at the Fishers Parks & Recreation office. Register for this Community Professional Partner (CPP) program led by Creative
LEPRECHAUN HAT CAKELET & FAIRY LAND DECORATING
Escape by February 16.
Saturday, March 10 | Ages 8+ | $25 | Register by February 24
PLAYFULL HOURS: THE GREAT INDOORS Monday, February 26 | 10 - 11 AM | Ages 1-5 | Holland Park | $2 Have fun with outdoor-inspired activities including animal
BEFORE YOU PARTICIPATE...
puppets, games, and activities during this indoor program.
YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE PARKS AFTER DARK: FULL MOON HIKE
Registration can be completed on the Fishers Parks & Recreation
Friday, March 2 | 7:30 - 9:30 PM | All Ages | The Ambassador House | $4
website, by mailing in a completed form with payment, or at the
Join us during the first full moon of March as we trek along the
Fishers Parks Office (phone registrations are not accepted).
trails of the Heritage Park while learning about this tradition of the night hikes. Hikers are invited to grab a roasting stick for toasting
CHECK IT OUT!
marshmallows, and are welcome to bring blankets, camping
For additional information regarding these programs, as well as
chairs, and an evening picnic to enjoy. Register by February 24.
other events and partner classes, be sure to check out the latest issue of the Fun Guide by visiting issuu.com/FishersIndiana.
CREATIVE ESCAPE POTTERY: HUNGRY CATERPILLAR FISHERS PARKS & RECREATION
Saturday, March 10 | 2 - 3 PM | Ages 2 - 10 | Billericay Park | $18 Get colorfully creative as you paint a caterpillar pottery piece
11565 Brooks School Road, Fishers, Indiana 46037
while listening to a reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Register
(317) 595.3150 | fishers.in.us/Parks
for this CPP program by March 3.
Open Monday - Friday | 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (excluding holidays)
FEBRUARY IN FISHERS
FISHERS WINTER FARMERS' MARKET
9 AM - Noon | Holland Park
10 AM - Noon | Cumberland Park
Now - March 10, 2018
Ages 6 - 12 | Register by February 2
BOX OF CHOCOLATES CUPCAKE DECORATING 12:30 - 1:45 PM | Holland Park Ages 6+
FATHER DAUGHTER SWEETHEART DANCE 7 - 8:30 PM | $10 per attendee Mill Top Banquet & Conference Center
WORLD FAIR 10 AM - 2 PM | Fishers High School Presented by the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis
HEART HIKE FOR VALENTINEâ€™S DAY 1 - 3 PM | Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve
All ages welcome
5:30 - 7:30 PM | Billericay Park Ages 5 - 12 | Register by February 13
CITY OF SERVICE AWARDS EVENING 6 - 9 PM | Conner Prairie
SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS CUPCAKE DECORATING
Recognizing volunteers in our community
12:30 - 1:45 PM | Holland Park | Ages 6+
SUNRISE HIKE WITH THE DIRECTOR
FLOWER VASE POTTERY
7 AM | Flat Fork Creek Park
2 - 3 PM | Billericay Park
Meet at the shelter
Ages 50+ | Register by February 16
DIY: ARTISAN FLORAL WREATH
PLAYFULL HOURS: THE GREAT INDOORS
6 - 8 PM | Holland Park
10 - 11 AM | Holland Park
Ages 21+ | Beer and wine welcome
Ages 1 - 5
CONNER PRAIRIE’S GOT GAME Join the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation at Conner Prairie on Friday, February 23rd from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for the Game Day Event! Their largest fundraiser, guests are able to bid on sports tickets, participate in fun games, and enjoy activities all in support of Hamilton Southeastern Schools. While there, browse their impact fair to learn more about how the foundation is using fundraising dollars to support the school district in innovative ways. Follow the HSE Foundation on Twitter (@hsefoundation) to participate in the auction, online.
WHY DO YOU #LOVEFISHERS? This February, we’re spreading the love! Share your photos that feature why you #LoveFishers by using the hashtag. Posts will be featured throughout the month of February and one lucky winner will receive a #LoveFishers prize pack!
GIVE BACK WITH KEEP FISHERS BEAUTIFUL Keep Fishers Beautiful efforts in April need you! Grab your family or friends and volunteer your time to help in our Parks with invasive plants, mulch, and other clean-up efforts. For more information or to register at fishers.in.us/KFB.
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