IndyBar News

May 10, 2013

Community Garden Planting and Health Fair Planned to Benefit Near West Neighborhoods

Residents of the Haughville, Hawthorne, We Care, and Stringtown neighborhoods are invited to come together to plant a youth community garden and learn about healthy and sustainable living at a free health fair and carnival to be held Saturday, May 11. A group of attorneys in the Indianapolis Bar Association's Bar Leader Series have teamed up with the Near West Collaborative to make this community event possible.

Planting in the Youth Community Garden, which will include fruit trees and produce to make pizza and salads, will take place at the Friendship West Side Center for Excellence (3131 W. 16th St.) from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fitness activities and other games for adults and children will follow from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Health Fair and Carnival, also taking place at the Friendship West Side Center. An educational brochure with information on healthy eating and physical activities will also be available.

The IndyBar Bar Leader Series is a comprehensive leadership development program offered yearly to Indianapolis-area attorneys in their third to tenth year of practice. The program includes monthly sessions on a broad range of topics presented by local legal, political and business leaders as well as the development and execution of a community service team project.

Near West Collaborative is a community partnership of four neighborhoods (Hawthorne, Haughville, We Care, and Stringtown) within its boundaries of White River, Tibbs Avenue, 16th Street and one block south of Washington Street. The organization focuses its efforts on six initiatives: education, health, business and economic development, neighborhood engagement, public safety, and beautification of the community.