April 17-19: 2009 Indy Home and Remodeling Show

The Indiana State Farigrounds will be hosting the Home and Remodeling Show in April. Homeowners can gather great resources for their home projects, meet with vendors, and find answers to do-it-yourself questions.

 
Show Dates & Hoursa
Friday, April 17 Noon 9:00 pm
Saturday, April 18 10:00 am 9:00 pm
Sunday, April 19 10:00 am 6:00 pm
 
Venue & Location
Exposition Hall – Indiana State Fairgrounds
1202 E. 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205
317-927-7503

www.indianastatefair.com
 
Admission
Adults:

$7.00

Children ages 6-12:

$3.00

Children under 5:

Free

 

Discounts available for groups of 10 or larger. Call 317-863-0415 to receive special group ticket discounts.

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2009 Indiana Flower and Patio Show: March 14-22

 Indiana Flower and Patio Show at the Indiana Fair Grounds.

Get ready to step out of winter and into spring at the 51st Annual Indiana Flower & Patio Show, as they proudly salute springtime and over 50 years of garden excellence, Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, March 22, 2009 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds’ West Pavilion.

Ticket Information:

General Admission: $12
Children 12 and under: FREE
Hand stamp allows visitors to leave and return – SAME DAY ONLY

Discount ticket options
Purchase discount tickets here
Print $3 off coupon here
– Senior Day Special Admission March 16 only (65 and older): $8
– Groups of 20 or more: $8 Click here for Group Sales information

Discounted advance sale tickets also available at all Indiana Marsh locations after February 15, 2009.

Tickets are also available during show hours at the box offices located in the North and South West Lobbies of the West Pavilion.

Parking
Indiana State Fairgrounds: $3
Bus parking: FREE
Shuttle from parking lots to Flower Show: FREE

A limited number of wheelchairs are available at the show free of charge. Available on a first come, first served basis. We do not accept reservations. Our show is barrier free for the physically challenged.

For more information
(317) 576-9933 or (800) 215-1700

Friday’s Featured Listing

I am borrowing an idea from RISMedia’s Daily e-news. They send out a featured listing every Friday, and I thought it would be really neat to do the same thing in the Hendricks County/Indianapolis area right here on my blog! I am not going to spotlight only my own company’s listings, and I am not going to only feature listings that are at the highest price ranges (even though this first one is up there). I hope that you will enjoy these homes, and if you see one you would like more information on, just give me a call! So, without futher ado, my first Friday’s Featured Listing:

4758 Parkstone Lane, Avon, IN 46123

4758 Parkstone Lane, Avon, IN 46123–  Located in the very prestigious Parks at Prestwick, you will find this luxurious home. It is priced at just over $1million, and overlooks the 11th green of the Prestwick golf course. At over 6,000 square feet, there is plenty of room to relax. There are 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, and more unique features like a sauna, spiral staircase, finished garage with a car wash, arched entryways, a master bedroom suite, full finished basement with a gorgeous bar, and multi-lever rear decks. This home is the perfect place for entertaining, whether it is a Super Bowl party or a formal dinner. Seller has even added a second custom staircase for easier basement access.

I have personally toured this home, and I was very impressed by the high-end finishes and trims. The gourmet kitchen makes me jealous, and the master suite with it’s huge bathtub and glass-walled walk-in shower would be extremely relaxing after a long day at work. I can just imagine curling up in front of one of the 4 fireplaces with a great book and a cup of hot chocolate on a cool night.

If you would like to see this home in person, give me a call and I can schedule your personal tour!

What is there to do??

School supplies are piled high at Target and Wal-Mart and every other store in the area. Kids are starting to pick out their backpacks and lunchboxes and school clothes, and parents are starting to dream happy dreams about getting the kids out of the house and ot having to hea “I’m bored!” every five minutes. BUT, summer is still here, and there is still plenty of summer fun to be had for all! Here are some fun things to do for the rest of July and August: 

Date: 7/24/2008 Time: 7:00 PM TO 8:30 PM Event Description: Free Concerts on the lawn of Washington Township Community Park. July 24th- DR. RHYTHM Don’t Forget your lawn chairs or blankets Performances are from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. Concessions will be available(please remember the park is alcohol free) Please check the Avon Chamber of Commerce website for full schedule!

Date: 7/29/2008 Time: 5:00 PM TO 7:30 PM Event Description: Come browse our farmer’s market on Tuesday evenings. You will find fresh and delicious fruits and vegetables throughout the summer and fall season. Washington Township Park, every Tuesday!

Date: 8/2/2008 Time: 8:00 AM TO 2:00 PM Event Description: Join us for an exciting and fun-filled day of friendly family competition! Washington Township Park in Avon is hosting our 1st Annual Family Field Days. Each family will compete against other families in traditional games like the three-legged race, water balloon tosses, sack races and more! This event is for everyone in your family. The cost of the Field Days is $10 per family. Lunch will be provided after the competition along with an awards ceremony!

Date: 8/6/2008-8/17/2008 Indiana State Fair Click here for Fair info.

Date: 8/23/2008 Time: 8:30 AM TO 3:00 PM Event Description: Geo-caching is an outdoor treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other treasure hunters. We will be hiding containers throughout Washington Township. Get a team together of 2-4 people and become a treasure hunter for the day! The cost per team is $10. You must have at least one GPS unit per team. Pre-registration is preferred.

If you would like your event to be posted here, just send me an e-mail or leave me a comment!

Davis Homes to Cease Operations

This housing downturn has been rough on a lot of people, and now another Indianapolis builder is falling victim to the slump. Davis Homes, a family owned builder established in 1985, has about 10 communities still in various stages of being complete. Most of the communities are going to be finished out by other builders, hopefully in similar quality as they assure on their web site.

Over the past few years, housing starts have continued to drop. The Indy Star reports that from 2005 to 2007, annual housing starts have dropped 45%.  

One thing I can say for Davis Homes, is that if there is a “right way” to cease operations, they are doing it. From Davis Homes’ statement, “Unlike some companies that simply closed their doors, Davis has worked hard during the past few months to implement a plan to complete all the homes that were under construction and to pay homebuilding vendors and subcontractors. In addition, Davis invested in warranty insurance plans for all of its homes and homeowners to ensure that future warranty obligations will be met.” I feel like that is a very noble move on their part. They aren’t trying to burn bridges, they are not filing bankruptcy and they are not hanging their customers out to dry.

I remember when I first moved to Avon, people were starting to complain that the town was growing too quickly. There were too many new home subdivisions and too many homes on the market overall. They were even talking about not allowing any new home building for 6 months. Now, with housing starts way down, and a market where people aren’t moving unless they have to, we are starting to see the amount of inventory decreasing. As the inventory of homes available continues to decrease, the market will continue to “right size” itself, I believe. I don’t have my crystal ball with me today, but I feel optimistic about the number of homes available going down for once. Perhaps those old laws of supply and demand will have a chance to balance themselves better.

Read the Indy Star article here.

Read Davis Homes’ statement here.

Best Life Magazine Rank Top 100 Places to Raise a Family

I found this on MSNBC.com, the ranking of the Best 100 places to raise your family, and I was very happy to see Indianapolis ranked at number 58! You can click the link below to see the top 100 best and the bottom 10 worst places to raise your family. Rankings are based on data from the US Census Bureau, National Center for Education Statistics, the FBI, the American Association of Museums, the National Center for Health Statistics, and the American Bar Association.

 

Read the full article here!

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

This Saturday, May 10th, is the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Letter carriers will be collecting non-perishable food items like canned meats and fish, soup, veggies, cereal, rice, and juice to help families in need in our communities.

All you have to do to donate is leave the items in a bag or box next to your mailbox on May 10th, before your mail arrives. The letter carrier will take the food to the Post Office, and then it will be distributed to the local  food banks and food pantries.

The Post Office asks that you do not include items that have expired or are in glass containers. This food drive is sponsored by the USPS, Campbell’s, and the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Adopt– Don’t Shop Event

Sunday, May 4th at Speck’s Pet Supply. The Hendricks County Animal Shelter will be holding it’s “Adopt– Don’t Shop” pet adoption event from 11am-3pm.

It is an unfortunate fact of life that the shelter has to destroy countless unwated animals each year. Many pet owners do not spay and neuter their pets, and then act surprised when unwanted offspring appear. When the unwanted puppies and kittens end up at the animal shelter, they can become a taxpayer burden if they are kept for too long.

Another reason so many pets are put down at the shelter is that once they are there, nobody adopts them. Potential pet owners go to a pet store which may get their animals from a “puppy mill”.

At Speck’s on Sunday there will be many loveable pets available for adoption. There will be rescue groups and shelters there, hoping to help you find your next pet. I am sure they would also be willing to take donations to help buy things like pet food and supplies needed at the shelter, if you do not want to take any pets home. The phone number for more info is: (317) 718-0312.

Clip art image from http://www.animalclipart.net

Upcoming Event at Metropolis in Plainfield

  • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
    May 10th
    Registration begins at 9am, Walk begins at 10am.
  • Be Green Fest
    May 10th – Noon – 5pm 
  • Il Trittico
    May 15th – 2pm and 7:30pm  Rave Motion Pictures presents Opera Series
  • FEATURED EVENT
    2nd Annual Farmers’ Market
    Every Friday from May 9th – August 22nd (excluding July 4th)