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Celebrate the Dedication of Liberty Plaza | Whitney Mucha The Mad Bomber Strikes Again (And It’s All Good!) | Neal G. Moore

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Homes at Geist: Intracoastal at Geist| Kathi Moore

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Event Calendar

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Indiana Gun Club: A Long-Standing Tradition| Clark Edwards

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New Consignment Shop Opens in Fishers | Pat Carlini TherAplay: Town of Fishers G.I.V.E Committee supports TherAplay | Beth Taylor

Dining With Celiac Disease | Tracie Nebrich Roller Derby Skater Pumps Up the Jam On & Off the Rink| Janet C. Striebel Turner Takes on Summer Camps | Turner D. Edwards New Computer Assistance Offered by Fall Creek Township Trustee

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Celebrate the Dedication of Liberty Plaza | Whitney Mucha Fishers residents are invited to celebrate the dedication of Liberty Plaza, located at 1 Municipal Drive in front of Fishers Town Hall, on July 7 at 1:00 p.m. A short ceremony will be conducted by Pete Pippen, chairman of the Liberty Plaza Task Force, and Town Council member, Scott Faultless. The Fishers Honor Guard will present the colors and Fishers Music Works, a local jazz band, will perform during the ceremony. Liberty Plaza construction began in 2008, and its completion marks the end of a five-year project to honor local and national public safety employees both past and present. This unique monument is the first in Fishers to honor veterans, and to serve as a tribute to all military, police, fire fighters, and first responders who help protect and serve all Americans. The outer circle of the monument pays tribute to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Fishers Fire and Emergency Services, and Fishers Police. The tallest portion of the monument is 6

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inscribed with “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All The Land Unto All The Inhabitants Thereof – Lev. XXV:X.” Liberty Plaza is visible from 116th Street at Municipal Drive, but visitors will best enjoy the details of this monument by viewing it in person. Parking is available at the Fishers Train Station. Several brick pavers surrounding the monument walkway have been engraved with messages from local families honoring their family and friends who are active, retired, or fallen military or public safety servants. Opportunities are still available to purchase personalized brick pavers for permanent placement at Liberty Plaza. Purchase one today while there are still open bricks. Contact the Fishers Chamber of Commerce at 317-578-0700 for more information. Come celebrate the dedication of this local monument honoring those who protect our freedoms. Whitney Mucha is a graduate of Indiana University,a native Hoosier, and HR professional. She and her husband Mike enjoy living in Fishers with their two sons, Charlie and Max.

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The Mad Bomber Strikes Again (and it's all good!)

| Neal G. Moore ach Fourth of July, thousands of area residents gather for the annual Blast on the Bridge at Geist fireworks celebration. Some watch the aerial display aboard boats or while sitting on the marina bridge, others from the decks of shoreline homes, still others from favorite viewing spots surrounding lake. But, I wonder how many celebrants give consideration to the “who” and the “how” behind this much-anticipated event?

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Marty Miller and J,R, Brooks prepare electrical launch system for a recent fireworks display in Lebanon, Indiana. Right: Go to www.atFishers.com to see an interview with Marty Miller. Meet Marty Miller, Geist resident and owner of Mad Bomber Fireworks Productions. “I’m the kid who never grew up – that’s what my wife says,“ smiled Miller whose father launched Mad Bomber in 1982. “I started working there when I was 12 years old. You get to be a kid forever, and there’s nothing better than putting on a good show.” I caught up with Miller and employee J.R. Brooks in the midst of a three-hour set up of a 15-minute show for a church celebration in Lebanon, Indiana. Miller explained that the secret sauce of a great fireworks display is variety and timing. For the Lebanon show, a combination of low-level effects and larger aerial shells were used, alternating between the two for pacing and to limit “dead sky” time. Shells were launched to a height of 150 feet or so using two methods: by hand with a highway safety-style flare, and with a hand-held electronic controller hard wired to the launch boxes. “The controller unit allows us to shoot as many as 400 shells. You get a lot of them in the air with this system,” said Miller.

barges are in the water, aligned properly, and pushed into place, organizers must then ensure that pleasure boats (and the people on them) are set back at a safe distance. Wind direction determines if the barges are nearer the dam or the bridge. “Depending on how the wind goes is how we set it up. We want the debris to land where we want it to land,” Miller noted.

programs, joked that his coaching and administrative responsibilities are “more explosive,” and conceded Mad Bomber is definitely the fun job. After all, the last four digits of his cellphone number are 1776. “I get more satisfaction out of the Geist Lake show than I do anything else,” said Miller. “I’m pretty well connected in the community with the coaching and stuff that I do, and there are a lot of people who know I put on the fireworks. It kind of puts a bit of extra pressure on to make sure it gets done the correct way and it goes off the way I want it to go off.”

"I get more satisfaction out of the Geist Lake show than I do anything else.”

In contrast, the Geist Blast show requires four employees working about 50 hours to set up the 45-minute show. “Geist is one of our more unique shows. We have four barges we set up and chain together. Everything is shot from those barges,” explained Miller. Once the

Blast is an all-electronic launch requiring hours of wiring and testing. “It takes a long time because once you plug it in, you have to make sure you have continuity, and make sure the shooting cues are when you want them,” said Miller. The 3,500 or so shells are ignited with electronic charges – similar to how a model rocket is fired. The aforementioned transmitter in Miller’s skilled hands controls the entire show. Safety, of course, is of paramount importance. “Just like any other business, there are little things that can go wrong,” said Miller as he knocked on a nearby wooden platform. “We’ve been pretty successful, and a lot of it comes from experience and double and triple checking.” Miller, who also is responsible for Holy Spirit Catholic Church’s athletic

Miller anticipates his children will one day join the business, but not quite yet. “They’re itching to come out now, but I want to wait until they’re a little bit older. They certainly understand the danger of fireworks. There’s plenty of time to fill dad’s shoes.” This mark’s the tenth consecutive year Miller has orchestrated Blast on the Bridge. He once did a $250,000 show in Chicago. And, considering the hundreds of festivals, football homecomings, weddings, even indoor fireworks for the Indiana Pacers, his will be awfully big shoes to fill. You can learn more about Mad Bomber Fireworks Productions online at www.madbomberfireworks.com. JULY 2013

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Heating and Air Conditioning Company Keeps it Local | Ann Craig-Cinnamon . Photos | John Cinnamon hen John Dinger got a call to repair a furnace some 35 years ago, little did he know that service call would lead him not only to his future wife, but also his business partner. John and Kandie Dinger started Action Air Heating and Air Conditioning back in 1986 as a twoperson company that they operated out of their garage. Today, they are headquartered in Fishers and with 15 employees, they service Indianapolis, Fishers, Geist, Anderson, and the surrounding areas.

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About ten years ago, they partnered with Gary Sylvester who helped round out their team by bringing management skills and a business acumen to the company. John is involved in the technical service-call side, and Kandie handles all the office, payroll, human resources, and marketing functions. Having a hands-on woman in charge in what is typically a man’s field, she says, is rare. But she says people realize quickly that she knows her business. Action Air specializes in the service and replacement of all major brands of furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps. They also handle indoor air-quality issues such as filtration and duct cleaning. One area that they pride themselves in is their low-cost maintenance program which includes two service calls per year: one for furnaces during the heating months and the other for air conditioning during the cooling season. The Action Air Service Club can help save customers money by keeping equipment operating at peak efficiency, extending the life of the system, and troubleshooting potential problems before they happen. Kandie says that the average lifespan of a furnace or air conditioner is 10 to 15 years, and one of the biggest reasons that they don’t last longer is lack of maintenance. She stresses that unlike many other HVAC firms that are owned by large foreign companies, Action Air is truly a local mom and pop business.” We’re a local company and live in the area. A lot of the people we do furnace and air conditioning work for are people that we are friends with.” She adds that Action Air takes full responsibility for their work; and if it doesn’t get fixed properly the first time, they will make sure the job gets done right. “We try really hard to take really good care of folks. We’re

not just going to do a drive-by, 15-minute tune-up on your air conditioner. They’re usually in your home for an hour to an hour and a half. Our technicians do a really thorough job.” she says. One of the challenges to the heating and air conditioning business these days, Kandie says, is all the added regulation and new requirements. The cost of providing freon or coolant for older units is becoming prohibitive, so, as a result, it is often cheaper to replace an older unit with a more modern one. Action Air can help you choose the type of system that is best for your home should you need a new one, and financing options are available. MORE INFORMATION

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July 2-16 {Tuesdays} Fishers Summer Concert Series: Enjoy great music and fun times for the whole family. Bring a picnic and watch what happens. July 2 – BBI; July 9 – Jessie Brown; July 16 – Dave & Rae. These concerts are held at the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater, 6 Municipal Drive, 7:00–9:00 p.m. Weather line information 317-595-3491.

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July 6-27 {Saturdays} Fishers Farmers Market: This rain or shine market has grown to showcase over 38 high-quality vendors offering fresh produce, live goods, bakery items, specialty products, meat

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July 6-27 {Saturdays} Saxony Farmers Market: This weekly Saturday event is sponsored by IU Health Saxony Hospital. The Market offers the best fresh produce from local vendors and farmers in the area. The event is held at 131st Street and Olio Road from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. For additional information, call 317-770-1818 or visit www.saxony-indiana.com.

July 13 Fishers Read Out Loud: This exciting storytime format is designed for the active 2-4 year old! We’ll share stories and songs and spend the rest of the time playing at engaging and fun learning centers! We’ll have fun with art, music, science, and much more as we work on cognitive, motor, and emotional skills. Older or younger siblings are welcome in the room and won’t need to register. 2:00–2:30 p.m. at the Fishers Library. www.hepl.lib.in.us

July 19 Music of the Rolling Stones with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra: Marsh Symphony on the Prairie presents Music of The Rolling Stones with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra at Conner Prairie. 8:00 p.m. General admission tickets are $22 in advance and $27 day of show. Tickets available at Indy area Marsh stores, indianapolissymphony.org, and at the gate the day of the show.

July 20 Movies in the Park at Saxony: Take the whole family to an outdoor movie adventure featuring Jumanji. Bring plenty of snacks and refreshments in addition to some comfortable outdoor seating. Movies begin at dusk at Witten Park. www.saxony-indiana.com

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Geist Triathlon: The inaugural Geist Triathlon will take place at the Indianapolis Sailing Club. This sprint triathlon features a 500-meter openwater swim, 10-mile bike ride, and 5K run with a portion of the proceeds benefiting a Geist-area cancer charity, Team Luke. Spectators will have a panoramic view of Geist Reservoir as they watch Geist Triathlon participants do the 500-meter open-water swim. For more information including registration, please visit www.geisttri.com.

Summer Reading Program Finale: This family event marks the end of a great summer reading program. The ice cream social and outdoor activities will take place in the east parking lot of the library. Inside entertainment by Ruditoonz, an Indiana musician, with two shows starting at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The event will be held from 5:00–8:00 p.m. www.hepl.lib.in.us

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Indiana Bastille Day yard celebration swelled to a crowd of 70. The reaction was favorable and since they outgrew their home, the idea to share Bastille Day with the town was born.

Calvin & Gabrielle Hendryx-Parker, founders of Bastille Day Photos & Story | Lynda Thies For the third consecutive year, a unique event known as Indiana Bastille Day is being held on Saturday, July 13, from 5:00-11:00 p.m. in Fortville’s Landmark Park. Bastille Day is recognized as the French national holiday and is celebrated much like the Fourth of July with fireworks, music, and food but with a Parisian feel. The event is presented this year by atGeist.com and organized by Six Feet Up, a Geist-based company owned by Geist residents Calvin and Gabrielle Hendryx-Parker in conjunction with Alliance Francaise. The event is a free family event that offers a taste of French culture right down to the temporary French street names. Bastille Day is celebrated in France but is also celebrated in other countries. Typically, those celebrations are small groups of people who have some sort of ancestral or cultural connection to France. In fact, that is exactly how Indiana Bastille Day started. Gabrielle Hendryx-Parker moved to Fortville with her husband, Calvin, a native of New Palestine, after the couple met and worked together in San Francisco. Gabrielle grew up in Burgandy, France, a town the size of Fortville, and was feeling nostalgic for her hometown after the 2009 Fourth of July celebration. Her desire was for the couple’s young sons to experience some of her country’s traditions. Since they were not able to travel to France, they decided to create the event at home. The couple invited friends and neighbors to experience French cuisine, music, fireworks, and their back

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Indiana Bastille Day’s humble beginning from a small backyard crowd has grown steadily to attracting 2,000 people from as far north as Fort Wayne and as far south as Louisville, Kentucky, but has not lost the relaxed back yard feel. You will feel that you have stepped into the heart of a small town in France with the park setting as you stroll along the famous “L’Avenue des Champs Elysees,” taste French wines and Indiana beers, listen to an authentic French singer, watch a Petanque tournament, and enjoy a variety of French and American cuisine. There will be costumed performers who will provide a dimension of French history to the event. And if you speak the French language, they invite you to do so. There will be plenty of activities for young children including an opportunity to make a candlelight lantern and participate in the traditional lantern procession at dusk. The celebration concludes with a choreographed laser light show sure to please all ages.

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New Consignment Shop Opens in Fishers | Pat Carlini In Italy, they call it “Il Mercantino” or “the little market” when referring to consignment shops. In recent years “the little market” is big business and in the Fishers/Geist area, consignment shopping is hotter than ever! “Consigned by Design” — an upscale furniture/housewares consignment shop – opened its doors at 7035 E. 96th street (Near Sam’s Club) last month. This is the store’s second location after several years of success at its Geist location (11659 Fox Road). “We had about 700 visitors for the Grand Opening,” says Dana Johnson who owns the store with husband Jeff. “We had a great turnout and great sales!” The Johnsons took over the Geist store in 2009 (it originally opened in 2004) and business has been booming ever since. So, What’s the attraction? “Repurposing is very popular now,” says Dana. “One of your ‘under loved’ items could be exactly what somebody else is looking for. You make money without the work of a garage sale!” Consigned by Design is full of clean furniture arranged with coordinating accessories. These are not thrift shop pieces at thrift shop prices. I found items ranging from $18 decorative shelves to a Fairmont Designs table with 6 chairs for $1,399.00. The emphasis is on quality and not just the lowest possible price. Speaking of prices, all tags show the date of the next price drop (items only stay 120 days) leading to a waiting game as shoppers hold off to see if their desired item is still there when the price drops. “I tell people if they like it, buy it today because most likely when they come back it will be gone,” laughs Jeff. “I’ve seen it happen to my own mother!” Consigned by Design is now open daily from 10 to 7. If you are interested in selling your items, give them a call at 317-823-1300. You can get more information at www. consignedbydesigngeist.com, and on their new Facebook page, as well. Stay tuned, we may see more Consigned by Design shops pop up if “the little market” continues to be such big business! July 2013

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y keeping the focus on play, the Children’s TherAplay Foundation Inc. utilizes innovative physical and occupational therapy techniques for children with special needs. Licensed therapists incorporate traditional therapy tools as well as hippotherapy into each child’s treatment plan. The TherAplay facility is located at Lucky Farms, a scenic horse farm in Carmel, where the four-legged staff members are always welcoming and a source of curiosity for new patients. Derived from the Greek word for horse, hippotherapy refers to treatment aided by a horse. The movement of the horse can be used in physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Unlike

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Range of motion and coordination also increase. TherAplay horses are chosen for the type of movement they produce, and for their temperament. All horses receive extensive training for their therapeutic role, and are handled with the utmost tenderness and care in the immaculate barn in which they are housed. In addition to the horse arena, TherAplay therapists utilize traditional therapy tools in the child-friendly clinic area and an outdoor playground in which therapy is administered in the form of play. “Some of our kids have a long journey in and out of hospitals and doctors’ offices, others experience daily pain. Here, we want their time to be something they look forward to doing each session,” said Kobek. Therapeutic goals that are determined by the TherAplay treatment team along with the patient and his or her family. Parents and family members can observe the sessions. As a proud parent of a hearing-impaired child, Kobek has first-hand knowledge of the benefits therapy can have on a child with special needs. “Children can spend a significant amount of time here, one and a half years of therapy on average, so our relationships with the families are so important to us,” added Kobek. A recent patient family survey found that 100 percent of families would recommend TherAplay to others. Because the program is so effective, TherAplay often has hippotherapy clinics across the country ask to share techniques. To meet operating costs of more than $900,000 annually while keeping true to its vision of helping as many families as possible regardless of their financial situations, the foundation relies on the generosity of corporate and private donations as well as other charitable organizations, such as the Town of Fishers G.I.V.E. Committee. TherAplay is a registered, not for profit charity organization. “We work from earned income as well as contributions from our generous donors. We are so grateful,” Kobek said. The foundation holds crucial fundraisers throughout the year, such as the 5K walk held in May and the golf tournament in June. The biggest fundraising event of the year is the annual Hoe-Down and Wild West Casino night. In it’s eleventh year, the event averages more than 400 attendees. The fun evening includes a live band and a mechanical bull, as well as live and silent auctions. The objective is to help the foundation continue to provide a warm and supportive environment to help children and their families achieve their goals and dreams. The HoeDown and Wild West Casino event is open to the public and provides opportunities for patrons to support the important work of the TherAplay team. (See details on the foundation’s website at www.childrenstheraplay.org). Beth Taylor is an experienced freelance editor and writer whose work has appeared in several community magazines during her 15-year career. Crafting a freelance business has provided her the opportunity to stay at home with her two young daughters.

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| Clark Edwards When I was a child, I spent many enjoyable hours at the Indiana Gun Club. Sometimes I was shooting, but mostly I was watching my dad and his friends practice or shoot in competitions. We would often pull our pop-up camper to the Indiana Gun Club and camp on the property for the weekend when there was a sanctioned shooting event. I have very fond memories of my dad, Jim Edwards, who passed in 1996, and his friends, Doc Gottschalk and Stu Warner, playing cards in the clubhouse on Wednesday nights. Some nights, we would venture over to Kingons Gun Club and shoot there as well. I grew up on the East side of Indianapolis in Irvington, and it seemed like we were

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In addition to membership, instruction and corporate events have had steady growth. Recently, the club had a few dozen individuals from a petroleum company out for a day of team building. You will hear Sporting Clays sometimes referred to as Golf with Guns. Sporting Clays is a great way to enjoy a round with family and friends and maybe a cigar or two. Phillip is tireless in constantly working to bring about improvements to the club including the Sporting Clay course and the new card-operated systems for the stations on all the disciplines. You must also see for yourself the tremendous new retail operation within the club. Ask for Rich Self when you are in, and he will get you on the right track for the perfect firearm to suit your needs. In fact, the Indiana Gun Club is the only gun club in the Midwest where you can try before you buy. In a sport where each individual shooter can react or perform very differently with each brand of shotgun, this is a very big deal. As some will tell you, sometimes the gun picks the shooter – not the other way around. If you are looking for a place to shoot rifles and pistols, Amanda and Phillip also manage the Atterbury Shooting Complex in Edinburgh. I have frequented the Atterbury facility many times, and it is well worth the drive. Within the Hidden Gem that is the Indiana Gun Club, there lay an even bigger hidden bounty. This gold mine of knowledge and experience comes in the form of Bob Self. Bob is an N.S.C.A. Master Class Caesar Guerini Pro Staff Shooter. Caesar Guerini is a preeminent Italian manufacturer of fine shotguns. The stated goal of Caesar Guerini is to build the finest quality shotguns that people enjoy shooting. After 10 years as a Browning staff shooter, Caesar Guerini lured Bob away; and he has been excelling with a Caesar Guerini shotgun ever since. Bob has won world championships and has instructed as far away as Thailand. Not only do we have a world champion in our midst, but Bob is an instructor as well. Bob Self taking aim constantly driving to get to the Indiana Gun Club; so I find it amusing now that I live a stone’s throw from the club and it is in my daily surroundings. At the Indiana Gun Club, located at 14926 East 113th Street in Fishers, you can participate in Trap, Skeet, and Sporting Clays. In addition, they have a full retail store for all your shooting needs. The club has been there since the 1960’s and has enjoyed tremendous growth over the last 5 years since Phillip Baker and his wife, Amanda, have managed the property. During the Bakers’ tenure, the membership has risen from approximately 500 to over 1100 members today. Membership costs $100 the first year and then $50 for every year thereafter. Membership entitles you to discounts of $2 per round of Trap and Skeet and $10 per round of Sporting Clays.

From the moment you meet Bob, you quickly learn that he is dedicated to helping his pupils learn to shoot better and delights in watching them improve. Bob offers instruction to all ages in private or group settings. Within the same day, Bob may find himself one hour giving some fine-tuning advice to a lifelong shooter who is going pheasant hunting in Spain to the next hour instructing a junior novice shooter; both are equally important to him. When the super bowl was in town, Bob hosted an event for members of the NFL. Bob also offers gun fitting from his office on site. Bob can be reached at shotgundisciplin@aol.com. I encourage you to discover this family-friendly gem in Fishers. Come out and enjoy some Trap, Skeet, or Sporting Clays. Or drop by to observe others. And keep the gun club in mind for your next corporate outing. Whether you are new to the sport or looking for some additional instruction, Bob will be happy to work with you to enhance your enjoyment. July 2013

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Turner Takes on Summer Camps | Turner D. Edwards Are you looking for awesome ways to keep the summer fun rolling? Well, here are two great ways. I went to two amazing summer camps in June which offer fun activities for kids. If you are a kid who likes lots of action, the first camp I went to is the one for you: Incrediplex off Pendleton Pike in Lawerence. It’s closer than it sounds. Incrediplex offers camp for 6-14 year olds. You won’t believe the number of activities offered with camp admission: free play on inflatables, a jungle gym, a bowling alley, laser tag, a euro bungee trampoline, and a rock-climbing wall. When I got to camp on the first day, I was just in time for morning snack. Yep, that’s right – they offer a morning and afternoon snack. After the snack, I played a few awesome games of laser tag and took a thrill ride on the inflatable slide. I noticed that other kids were having a great time on the euro bungee and jungle gym. Bowling was another “vacation destination” in which lots of kids participated. After lunch, we went to one of the indoor soccer fields and played group games like Capture the Flag, good ole Dodgeball, and Ghost in the Graveyard, oh yeah! I knew the second day of camp would be supercalafragalisticexpialadoscious, so I got there earlier. Fridays are generally a special day. We got to relax, munch on popcorn, and watch Monsters, Inc. After that, we went outside for “Water Day.” Games included water balloon toss, capture the water balloon, and an all-out squirt gun war. As you can see, the variety of activities offered at Incrediplex is immense. For the more laid back type, I would suggest my second camp, MyART. MyART is located at 12244 116th Street – also known as Rita’s Back Yard in Fishers. The ages are four and up, with classes for four to five, six to eight, nine and up, and teen/adult. In this camp, you will jump right into making Pictures from top to bottom: Turner in line for Eurobungy at Incrediplex warming up for soccer at Incrediplex - ready to begin at MyArt - bowling at Incrediplex 44

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pieces of art. Every week has a theme around which your art will be based. For example, my week was “Under the Sea.” I painted a crab, used colored pencils to create a reef, and used sharpies to create dolphins and a sea turtle. Those who completed projects quickly also created a seal and another reef with water paint and salt to make the picture come alive. Upcoming themes for camps this summer include Pokemon, Things with Wings, and Angry Birds.

the reasons: the teachers are very nice, it is fun to be creative, and the environment is very friendly. Best of all, at the end of the week there is an art show for the kids to show off their work to their parents. For more information on these camps, log on to their websites: incrediplex.com and myartindy.com.

I thoroughly enjoyed this camp. I would suggest this camp to any enthusiastic artist out there ready to improve their skills, and to any kids who just love to draw and create art. Here are

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