Saturday, June 30, 2012

4th of July Fun Treats

From Family Fun Magazine...

Doable, fun 4th of July treats! 

Spangled Sandwich Pops Revolutionary BerriesRocket DogsWatermelon Pop Stars

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Buy-one-get-one-FREE McCafe Fruit Smoothie, Frappe, or Frozen Lemonade

I'm not normally a big McDonald's fan, but I am a sucker for all things FREE!

Right now, thru end of July, print this coupon for a buy-one-get-one-free fruit smoothie or Frappe or Frozen lemonade.  CLICK HERE to print.  Might come in handy on a summer road trip when we need a pick-me up! 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Charlie Creek Arts Fest - June 26 - July 1, 2012

June 26, 2012 - July 1, 2012

Fine Art Show & Sale - Saturday, June 30, 2012, WABASH, INDIANA
Spend the weekend at Charley Creek Gardens where music, art and drama combine to create a weekend of entertaining performances, fine art and festive music.

 Wabash, IN will buzz with excitement beginning tonight with the opening of the 2012 Charley Creek Artsfest. The first of three Heartland Truly Moving Picture features, the Award Winning Independent Film Series, with skyping with two of directors is at 7pm in the historic Eagles Theatre, downtown Wabash. Tomorrow evening is "Crime After Crime", the award winning documentary complete with a visit by director Yoav Potash--he will answer questions following the film. Thursday evening begins with a concert at the Honeywell Center's plaza with Tuxedo Junction, and then with the Grand Prize Winning film, "Red Dog". We will once again skype with the filmmaker, who is in Australia.

Details on the other events & online ticket purchase - CLICK HERE

Monday, June 25, 2012

50 Customzied Magnets - $2 -

If you haven't already, check out, a cool website for creating photogifts & things ("stylish designs you customize").  They run a new promo every month or so for a severely reduced item (or sometimes FREE - all you pay is shipping!).  Right now their promo item is for 50 business card magnets for just $2 (use coupon code MAGNET2) through July 31.  Remember to get creative - these don't have to be for business cards - they could just be a straight picture you upload of your kiddos & give away for Christmas, or as a thank-you from a bday party... ideas are endless! 

Also, new members qualify for a MUG for $1 (you pay shipping). 

Summer Reading Program at Marion Public Library

Have your kids signed up for the summer reading program at the library yet?  Like many libraries across the country, ours here in Marion has a GREAT summer reading program.  If you haven't signed up already, it isn't too late!  Week 4 starts next week, but you can still catch up and get in on the action.  My kids handed in their weeks 2 & 3 results (you cross off every 15 minutes you read on the packet they provide) yesterday, and were rewarded with a frosty from Wendy's, a free burrito/taco from Taco Bell, and their favorite - a little rubber band toy shooter thing.  There are prizes & coupons every week for reading, and at the end of the summer there is a little party with bigger giveaways. 

My kids LOVE the satisfaction of crossing off the icons each time we read.  Yesterday we were short a bit, and our books were due back, so we spent almost an hour reading on our porch swing outside - enjoying the weather, but slowwwing down.  Even when I'm worn our/frustrated by my kids, I always love reading to them as they curl up against me and get fascinated by books.

Have you been to our library?  Have you talked to one of the children's librarians?  They are FANTASTIC!  I go in each week with my kids and say "superheros", "Legos", "Magic School Bus", "Batman", "Superman" (yes, my kiddos are way into super-heros right now), and the librarian finds the greatest books.  My kids LOVE what we come home with.  I highly suggest using your librarian - don't try to just brainstorm by yourself!

In addition to the reading program, the library has "Lunch on the Lawn" every Tuesday (stories with lunch!), crafts, sign-language classes, and more.  Go in and check out their schedule - there is truly something for all ages.  And, make sure to stop by their of my kids' favorite spots - they have many education games loaded, and an entire resource of additional CD-Rom education games back behind the desk if you ask!

For more info:

Hours of Operation:

Weekdays 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open on Sundays 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. from Labor Day to Memorial Day.
Closed on Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Our Information:

600 South Washington Street
Marion, IN 46952
Phone: (765) 668-2900
Fax: (765) 668-2911

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Lowes Build & Grow Clinic - Sat & Sun (6/23 & 24)

Today, Saturday, June 23 at 10am is the next Kids Clinic at Lowes.  Today kids, with the help of their parents, get to build a Madagascar3 Car.  If you can't make today's, Lowes is not offering these clinics on Sunday afternoons at 2pm also! 

For more info, to register, and to see upcoming events, CLICK HERE

Friday, June 22, 2012

Last two days of Grant County Fair - June 22-23

If you haven't already checked out the Grant County 4H fair, stop by today or tomorrow (which is the last day!), June 22-23, 2012.  Grounds admission is free to see all the animal exhibits.  There is a cost for food & rides (which start in the evening at 5pm each day).

For a full schedule of events, see:

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Gas City 4th of July Events

The Gas City Park is hosting a whole week of events for the 4th of July, including camping, Lil Mr. and Miss Firecracker Contest, live music & entertainment, helicopter rides, remote control boat & plane demonstrations, and the first annual Independence Day Run/Walk. 

For more info contact David Pyle at #506-1289. 

Monday, June 18, 2012

Marion Philharmonic 5K Run at Matter Park (July 7)

The Marion Philharmonic Orchestra is sponsoring a 5K Run/Walk on July 7th at Matter Park.  Prizes will be awarded, and there will be events for children (face painting, etc.) and MGH simplified health screening. 

Registration is $25 through June 23, then $30 after.  Proceeds benefit Grant County's only professional orchestra - the Marion Philharmonic. 

To register, visit

Never hear the MPO? Check out their Independence Day Celebration, Friday, July 6, 2012, downtown Marion, before the fireworks!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Marion Soccer Academy Camp - June 25-28

The Marion Soccer Academy camp is June 25-28, 2012 from 5-7pm each night.  The camp is for all ages of kids, and is being held at Francis Slocum.  Applications are available at the Marion Starbucks - for more info contact #765.674.2477.

Soccer Academy Camp is $50 for the week. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

VBS at Westminster Presbyterian Church (6/18-22)

This is the first summer both of my boys are eligible for Vacation Bible School.  Last year my (then) 4 year old was too shy to go by himself, but I'm hoping with his brother going with him this year he'll be more confident!  I'm excited for them!  Marion Churches do a great job with these, and they're offered throughout the summer for our kids.  Westminster Presbyterian Church is holding theirs next week - see below for info & to register online! 


Dates: June 18, 2012 - June 22, 2012
Time: 5:30pm - 8:15pm
Location: 1100 Jeffras Ave (church on the hill near MGH), Marion, IN, 46952 Map It
Registration Deadline: June 18, 2012
Contact Information: 765-662-2775

At Sky VBS, kids imagine what it would be like to bounce among the clouds, soar with eagles, and reach for the stars. The Bible comes to life in new and powerful ways as kids explore why nothing is impossible with God. Through every experience, kids find that they can trust God. Start soaring now--register to be a part of this Sky VBS!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Juneteenth Celebration Schedule of Events in Marion (6/14 - 16)

This weekend is the Juneteenth Festival in Marion at the Clarence Faulkner Commuunity Center (1221 W. 12th St) with a three-day fair featuring rides, concessions, games, live music, health fair, speakers, and a 5k Run and 2 Mile Walk.

Juneteenth is a celebration commemorating June 19th, 1865, the date the Union soldiers reached Galveston, TX  (2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation) with news that the war was over and slaves were now free.  Fore more info, click HERE

The Juneteenth Festival in Marion is open to the public - check out the schedule below for a sampling of events.  Hope to see you there!

11am - 4pm - youth workshops for youth up to 17 years old, lunch provided
4pm- 6pm - viewing of the movie Red Tails
6pm - youth explosion, showcasing gifts and talents of local youth

12 - 2pm -  viewing of Red Tails
3pm-6pm - line dance for your health (with DJ)
7:30 - 9:30pm - Jazz & BBQ

8am - 5K Run& 2 Mile Walk
10am - noon - health bunch with speakers on health from the community
noon - health fair and MGH health screening
noon - 2pm - viewing of Red Tails
noon - 1pm - ZUMBA fitness class
2 - 8:30pm - Gospel Showcase
2pm - Ceremony with Mayor Wayne Seybold
2:15pm - "I have a Dream" speech
And the rest of the day until 8:30pm is various musical artists and festival festivities

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Grant County Fair Discounted Passes

The 2012 Grant County 4-H Fair is June 17-23.  Competitions and exhibits start at 9am each day and goes through 9pm at night.  In addition to all the 4-H exhibits, the fair has all the carnival type rides.  Grounds admission is free, but the rides, of course, cost $.  Pre-sale tickets for wristbands (which are for unlimited rides) is now through June 18.  Pre-sale tickets for wristbands is $12, after June 18 they are $18 at the carnival.  Pre-sale wristbands can be purchased at Via Credit Unions, Afena Credit Unions, or Lance's New Market.  Tickets can be redeemed for wristbands any one night of the carnival.   

So... if you're headed to the fair to go on rides, pre-sale wristbands are the way to go! 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Free Family Movies Every Monday in Wabash

Have you been to the Eagles Theatre in Wabash?  It is a neat renovated old-school theatre in downtown Wabash, and every Monday of the summer they offer FREE family movies at 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm.  I discovered this place last summer with my kids, and it was a neat treat on a couple of hot summer afternoons.  Go a few minutes early and make sure you stop across the street at the quaint candy shop in the lobby of the Charlie Creek Inn. 

For more info & a schedule, see:

Friday, June 8, 2012

Free Family Movie - The Muppets - June 9, 2012

Sounds like fun... and it's free!  

Jonesboro’s Movie In the Park

Open to the general public.  No admission charge.  Watch The Muppets with your family and friends at the Jonesboro Park.  Film is rated PG.  For additional information call 765-674-1196.

Event Date(s)

June 9, 2012 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Jonesboro Park
6 West 6th St.
Jonesboro, IN 46938
Get Directions

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Blooms & Berries Festival - June 9, 2012

We missed this event last year, and we are NOT going to miss it again this year!  Can you say YUMMY?  Sounds like a lot of fun for kids! 

Blooms & Berries Festival

Celebrate summer with flats of berries, or just have an ice cream sundae with fresh strawberries.  Train, quilt, doll displays.  Live entertainment all day.  Crafts, food vendors, kids’ train rides, pottery demos, Smile Seekers clowns.  For additional information contact Cindy Wright at 765-998-2103 or

Event Date(s)

June 9, 2012 10:00 am - 8:00 pm


Town of Upland
Main Street
Upland, IN 46989

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Lowes FREE Build & Grow Kids Clinic - June 9 & 10

Lowes FREE Build & Grow Clinics in June - They used to just do these on Saturdays, but they're so popular they're now doing a Saturday & a Sunday afternoon session! 

Click HERE to register, and see below for the upcoming sessions.  My boys will love the plane!  

Monkey Powered Plane

Saturday, June 09 (10:00 AM)
DreamWorks is flying into Lowe’s this Summer! Your child will love building this Monkey Powered Plane straight from the Madagascar movies! Saturday clinics begin at 10:00 A.M. Sunday clinics begin at 2:00 P.M.

Monkey Powered Plane

Sunday, June 10 (02:00 PM)
DreamWorks is flying into Lowe’s this Summer! Your child will love building this Monkey Powered Plane straight from the Madagascar movies! Saturday clinics begin at 10:00 A.M. Sunday clinics begin at 2:00 P.M.

Madagascar 3 Luxury Assault Vehicle

Saturday, June 23 (10:00 AM)
Alex and the gang are back this weekend! Register your child for this clinic and they can build this awesome Luxury Assault Vehicle from Madagascar 3! Saturday clinics begin at 10:00 A.M. Sunday clinics begin at 2:00 P.M.

Madagascar 3 Luxury Assault Vehicle

Sunday, June 24 (02:00 PM)
Alex and the gang are back this weekend! Register your child for this clinic and they can build this awesome Luxury Assault Vehicle from Madagascar 3! Saturday clinics begin at 10:00 A.M. Sunday clinics begin at 2:00 P.M.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

FREE Outdoor Concerts - Tuesdays in Gas City

Every Tuesday throughout the summer there are FREE concerts in the park in Gas City.  I've never been to these yet  because my kiddos bedtimes have always been too early to go without them melting down, but this summer we're going to make it happen!  I've heard these are a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to trying them out!

Gas City Concert In The Park

Music under the stars.  No admission charge.  Rain location East School Gym, 400 E. S. A. Street, Gas City.

Event Date(s)

Staring June 5, 2012 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm (& every Tuesday throughout the summer)


Gas City 'Beaner Linn' Park Bandshell
South Rogers
Gas City, IN 46933

Monday, June 4, 2012

Lunch on the Lawn - Tuesdays at Marion Public Library

 Fun activity with your kiddos while they're out of school for the summer.  These get crowded, so get there early to get a seat!  After lunch enjoy the many things the Marion Public Library has to offer... one our our favorite places in Marion!


 Lunch on the Lawn

Bring a sack lunch, and come to the courtyard to enjoy stories read by local dignitaries.

Event Date(s)

Starting June 5 & every Tuesday throughout the summer.  


Marion Public Library
600 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN 46953

Friday, June 1, 2012

National Donut Day - Today, Friday, June 1

Did you know that the first Friday in June is always National Donut Day?  That is TODAY!  Krispy Kreme and Dunkin' Donuts are giving away free donuts, as well as many smaller donut places. 

Stop by for a free donut today!  What a fun way to start a Friday. 

Note: Marion folks - unfortunately, Karmel McKnutt's is not participating.  :(