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Labor Day Parade

The Central Indiana Labor Council, AFL-CIO will be hosting the Annual Labor Day Parade in Indianapolis on Saturday, Sept. 1. More than 40 labor organizations and corporate and community leaders throughout Central Indiana sponsor this annual event to honor and celebrate the efforts of working men and women and their families over the past year.

The parade begins at Pennsylvania and North streets at 11 a.m. Congresswoman Julia Carson, Mayor Bart Peterson and Marion County Sheriff Frank Anderson have been chosen as grand marshals this year. The parade also features entertainment and family fun, including bands from the American Federation of Musicians, Local 3 and the marching bands from Cardinal Ritter High School in Indianapolis and Danville High School.

In addition to thousands of union members and their families, several clubs and organizations will march, including the Pace Mates, Indiana Fever mascot, NAACP and Indiana Equality. The Marion County Sheriff’s Department Motorcycle Drill Team will perform. Participants and spectators are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or monetary donations for Gleaners Food Bank.

Source: Central Indiana Labor Council

Smart lunches

The ACLU lunchtime panel discussion series resumes at the Indiana History Center from noon until 12:50 p.m. and continues on the first Tuesday of each month through the new year.

The Sept. 3 discussion, “Can Marion County’s Election System Be Saved,” will be moderated by Indianapolis Star columnist Matthew Tully and feature panelists Jackie Nytes, city-county councilor, Bill Blomquist, IUPUI professor of political science, and Ellen Saul, volunteer recruitment manager for Maribeth Smith & Associates. For more information, go to

Source: ACLU of Indiana

Volunteers needed

The Fort Harrison Reuse Authority invites the local community to participate in a tree-planting during Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Volunteer Day at Lawrence Village at the Fort Saturday, Sept. 15.

During the event, volunteers will plant more than 150 trees along the median of 56th Street where it borders Lawrence Village at the Fort — the gateway to this live-work-play, village-style community. Besides the self-gratitude achieved from assisting Mother Nature, volunteers will be rewarded with an official Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Volunteer Day Certificate of Participation. Grant funds secured from Keep Indianapolis Beautiful will support this volunteer effort.

For more information on KIB Volunteer Day at Lawrence Village at the Fort, visit the FHRA Web site at and register to volunteer online, or contact KIB at

Source: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Calling all treehuggers

NUVO asked for your help nominating trees in our search for Indy’s most huggable tree. Now, we need you to crown a winner! The tree voted as Indy’s most huggable will be the recipient of a very special hug from NUVO’s loveliest (and least smelly) hippie, Kate Franzman. Voting for Indy’s most huggable tree ends this Friday, Aug. 31 at noon:

Not enough tree action for you? Join NUVO and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. on Saturday, Sept. 8 for a raucous biodiesel-powered bus tour of the top trees — and score a tree-themed lunch from City Cafe and a commemorative T-shirt created by Teeki Hut to boot. Space is limited — go to to sign up today.

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