Sunday, April 22, 2012

March to save the babies!

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.  With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies. For the latest resources and information, visit or

Our local March of Dimes is getting ready to do this "premier event" in Terre Haute. If you don't know about it, here is the "Who, What, Where and When" of it all.

WHAT: March for Babies is the March of Dimes premier fundraising event that benefits all babies. Started in 1970, March for Babies is the original walking event, raising money to fund important research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and give hope to the families of babies born too soon or sick.

WHEN: Saturday, April 28th 8:30 am Walker and team check-in 9:30 am Opening ceremony

WHERE: March for Babies route this year has been revised to be a 2 mile traditional walk with the option to walk a total of 5 miles on the Indiana Mile at Memorial Stadium. The plan is for the walkers to enjoy the festivities at “Mission Marketplace” before and after walking that begins and ends at the Indiana State University Memorial Stadium. ISU Memorial Stadium is located at Brown and Wabash Avenue. 

WHO: Moms, families, corporate teams and everyone that cares about babies and the future health of ALL babies.

WHY: The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. It affects more than half a million babies each year, with the number growing every day. In Indiana, 1 in 7 or over 11,000 babies are born prematurely each year. Babies born too soon are more likely to have disabilities or even die. The March of Dimes is committed to reducing this toll by funding research to find the answers to premature birth and providing comfort and information to families who are affected. Babies born healthy need champions, too, to ensure they have access to newborn screening and preventive health care. The March of Dimes is here for all babies.

HOW: It is not too late to register for March for Babies. Register by visiting or calling 812-234-2736.

The March of Dimes Wabash Valley Division has three walk sites (Bedford, Bloomington and Terre Haute) and 10 counties that are handled out of the Terre Haute office. At the Terre Haute March for Babies the goal is to raise $190,000. They partner with local organizations and businesses to help raise money for research, education and babies across the USA and in Terre Haute.

As far as volunteer opportunities, the March of Dimes is always looking for people that are interested in volunteering at events, joining a committee, or families with personal stories to share about their baby’s difficult beginning. Anyone interested can reach out to them via email or phone for more details on how to get involved. The office is open year round.  

Contact the local office at:
March of Dimes
1345 Ohio Street
Terre Haute, IN 47807
P: 812.234.2736

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Earth Day. Yes, it should be everyday.

Looking for something to do this Saturday? How about live music, animals, food, fellowship and more? You can get all that at the 14TH Annual Earth Day Celebration at St. Mary of the Woods. It will be Saturday, April 21st, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The White Violet Center for eco-justice has so much fun stuff to see and do for you at St. Mary of the Woods. You can see and pet the Alpaca, go on a tour of the barn or Green house, see a live animal show, do Tai Chi, listen to live music or do kids activities.

There will spinning and weaving demonstrations. You can even take a environmentally friendly ride in a pedicab ride. 

I can't possibly name all the stuff that will be at St. Mary of the Woods on Saturday. It is free, but they do take a good will offering at the gate. There will be many vendors selling and giving stuff away. Plenty of demonstrations and things to see. Hope to see you there.

For directions and more information, go to the Sisters of Providence web page.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

On the Line Productions

WOW! First I have to say, "I am sorry." It has been weeks since I have blogged. I was waiting for a local business owner to respond, she didn't so I didn't have a post ready. Next thing I know I had missed a few weeks. SORRY. I guess I now know not to put all my eggs in one basket.

I am writing about a local business that I have just learned about, On the Line Productions. This business is a local theatrical company. I didn't know Terre Haute had one of those and I am guessing you didn't either. Now we can both learn a little more about it.

What is On The Line Productions?
The following is sort of our mission statement that we include in every program... On The Line Productions is an up and coming theatrical production company dedicated to bringing positve theatre experiences and productions to the Terre Haute community. With On The Line Productions, we strive to uplift and at times educate a broad audience. Bedouin Players is our subsidiary theatrical troupe that offers workshops and production opportunities to the youth.

How long have you been in business?
We were certified as a non profit group in Indiana last spring.

What are you presently working on?
When and where is it playing?
Presently working on The Miracle Worker by William Gibson, to be performed at Harmony Hall May 4, 5 and 6th at Harmony Hall in Terre Haute. Harmony Hall is located at 1257 Lafayette Avenue. Performances on Friday and Saturday both begin at 7:30 pm with a Sunday matinee begining at 2:30 pm. As we are partnered with The Will Center, a not for profit organization that assists those with disabilites in Indiana, we will feature a guest speaker, Pete Ciancone, executive director of the Will center after the matinee performance

Have you done any other shows?
This is the third mainstage performance for our group. Our first was Diary of Anne Frank. For this production we partnered with CANDLES Holocaust Museum and made a charitable donation. Next we did Neil Simon's Prisoner of Second Avenue. We also did a Bedouin Players workshop for children in which we performed an original children's play that I wrote called The Clown.

If anyone has a question about your business, how can they contact you? (ie. Phone, Facebook, Website or email)
We can be contacted several ways. We have a Facebook Group as well as a website... you can also call 812-223-3297 or email at

What should people who have never heard of your business know about it?
People should know that we are always looking for new volunteers... no previous experience required. We are also looking for original works and people who are interested in directing.

Are you hoping or planning on business growth in the future?
We hope to expand into our own building as a part of the family business... Harvest Bakery. Harvest Bakery can also be found on Facebook.

Do you employee any other people besides yourself?
We would like to, after time and growth, have a small part time staff

This is such a different business and we are lucky to have it right here in Terre Haute. I am excited to go see The Miracle Worker. I know I am going to keep an eye on this business and hope to see some great work coming from them. I also, feel I should let you know the owners were in the last Community Theatre musical, "Meet Me in St. Louis". They also helped with lighting for last musical at the Children's Theatre of Terre Haute. My wife and I really enjoyed that. Flat Stanley was a fun show.

I hope you keep them in mind when you are looking for something to do with your family or friends in the future.