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  1. Department of Health Declares April Minority Health Month

  2. DNR Reminds Hoosiers to Actively Participate in Arbor Day

  3. EPA, IDEM Provide Bounty of Earth Day Resources

  4. Indy Mayor Invites Everyone to Annual Spring Bike Ride

Terrific Ten: Indy 500 Exhibit

Indy 500 Exhibit Opens at the Indiana State Library

Take a drive down memory lane with the Indiana State Library this April 19th through June 30th as we highlight the Indianapolis 500’s greatest races. Terrific Ten: Remarkable Races in Indy 500 History is a free exhibit that examines ten noteworthy years from the race’s history: 1911, 1936, 1946, 1964, 1965, 1977, 1982, 1992, 2006, and 2011.

The exhibit is open from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Monday through Friday in the Indiana State Library’s Exhibit Hall. Visit to learn more about this unique exhibit, including a complete exhibit narrative, online resources and collection holdings.

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Department of Health Declares April Minority Health Month

Stress Awareness MonthApril is Minority Health Month, sponsored in Indiana by the State Department of Health's Office of Minority Health. There are many events happening throughout the state in April. The Office’s lengthy calendar of events can help patrons find information about health screenings, health fairs, and celebrations in their communities. At the national level, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also celebrates Minority Health Month with several observances and includes ongoing action plans on their website for improving racial and ethnic health disparities. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also provides a website exclusively about Minority Health, featuring new research, publications, and data about minority health in the United States.

DNR Reminds Hoosiers to Actively Participate in Arbor Day

The Indiana Tree ProjectThe Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry reminds Hoosiers that Friday, April 26, is a day to put down roots—tree roots—in recognition of Arbor Day. Communities throughout Indiana will take part in the 142nd Arbor Day in the United States, and will celebrate by planting trees.

Conceived by J. Sterling Morton in 1872, Arbor Day is the oldest conservation-related holiday in the U.S., predating Earth Day by almost 100 years. The purpose of Arbor Day is to raise awareness about the benefits of trees. Arbor Day is observed in all 50 states and many European countries.

The first Arbor Day observance in Indiana was April 11, 1884. The date of Arbor Day changed for several years at the discretion of the governor, until 1991 when it was established as the last Friday of April, which is also the official date of National Arbor Day.

For an Arbor Day Teacher’s Guide, visit the Indiana Arbor Day website. Visit the Division of Forestry for more information about Indiana’s forests and the importance of trees.

EPA, IDEM Provide Bounty of Earth Day Resources

Earth Day 2013Monday, April 22nd marks the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day. In December 1970, Congress authorized the creation of a new federal agency to tackle environmental issues, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. For more history about the day, see the Earth Day and EPA History website. NASA celebrates not only Earth Day, but the entire month of April, devoting a website to the month entitled Earth Month 2013: Understanding and Sustaining Our Home Planet.

As part of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources recognition of Earth Day, the Falls of the Ohio State Park will host an Earth Day Celebration on April 27 with free admission, courtesy of Jamey Aebersold, to the park’s interpretive center.

Jamey Aebersold’s Jazz Quartet will perform as part of the celebration. The celebration is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the park and interpretive center, and includes exhibitors and vendors, kid’s activities, entertainment and music.

Other activities include a live raptor program by Hardy Lake Raptor Rehab, kite flying, face painting, seed planting, pictures with Smokey Bear, crafts, hiking, and a demonstration of Junk Genius’ Robots, made out of recycled toys. The first 300 visitors will receive free tree seedlings. 5R Processors Ltd. and the Friends of the Greenway are sponsoring a Community Electronics Recycling drop-off point at the park during the event. Environmental groups will share ideas for being good stewards of the Earth, and local businesses will demonstrate Earth-friendly products and activities.

Indy Mayor Invites Everyone to Annual Spring Bike Ride

Mayor Ballard's second annual Spring Fever Ride Mayor Ballard's second annual Spring Fever Ride will start and end at the Big Car Community Service Center on Indy's Northwest side. The approximately 12 mile ride will pass through several vibrant Northwest side neighborhoods and include a stretch along White River Parkway. Before or after the ride, be sure to explore the Service Center and learn more about what this innovative facility has to offer, and make sure to grab lunch or dinner at one of the many ethnic restaurants that have transformed the Lafayette Square neighborhood into a nationally recognized International Marketplace!

Where:  Big Car Community Service Center, 3819 Lafayette Road
When: April 27, 2013
Time: Registration/Check-In 3 p.m. Ride Starts 4 p.m.


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