2013 Downey Co-op Silent Auction & Craft Fair

Holiday shopping, crafts from local artisans, food, kids’ craft area, and holiday music!

This is just one of the many events taking place as part of the Irvington Holiday Open House. Check out more events here!

Come join the fun and check some gifts off your list!


Vendors participating in the fair include:

Body Eclectic Skincare: www.bodyeclecticskincare.com

Rainy Benedict for My Trades of Hope: http://www.mytradesofhope.com/home.aspx

Liz Camp: http://www.etsy.com/shop/bylizsilverandstone

Anna Jascot: Face and Mendhi painting

Lila Noir Designs: https://www.facebook.com/#!/LiLaNoiR

Tracey Pruitt for Damsel in Distress: http://www.mydamselpro.net/PRO3371/

TJ Tarts: http://tjtarts.synthasite.com/

Kimberly Hatch for Jamberry Nails: https://www.facebook.com/KimHatchJamberryNails?ref=hl

Organizations represented in the silent auction include:

Children’s Museum

Indianapolis Art Center

Yellow Rose Carriages

Indianapolis Repertory Theatre

Indianapolis Symphony

Jockamo Pizza

Mike’s Express Carwash

David and Mary Salon

Kids Inc. Children’s Bookstore

Museum of Science and Industry

Shedd Aquarium

American Cave Museum & Hidden River Cave

Newport Aquarium

Cincinnati Museum Center

Sun King Brewery

Maggiano’s Little Italy

Conner Prairie

Hart Bakery

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari

Cordial Kitten

Lori Leaumont

Great Times

Indianapolis Zoo

Dance Kaleidoscope

Mass Ave Toys

Roll With It Bakery

Jodi Krumel

Clowes Hall





Steer In

Black Sheep


Mermaid Beach

Pairs In Pears

Vikings Brainstorm

Fish To Fish



Irvington Halloween Festival 2013

Downey Co-op is proud to be a part of the Irvington Halloween Street Festival, a neighborhood tradition for over 60 years. We will have an information booth set up in the Irvington Library parking lot. Please stop by and get a complimentary baggie of homemade playdoh!

The festival is an annual event that provides entertainment (see their website for a schedule), food, and vendors throughout Irvington. There are events for all ages, and booths from over 150 vendors. Those over 21 can visit the Beer Garden featuring selections from Black Acre, Sun King, Flat12, and Indiana City.

The festival is Saturday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on East Washington Street between Ritter (to the west) and Bolton (to the east). Admission is free!

The actual festival is the culmination of a week’s worth of activities, which include:

Oct 19: Scholarship Pageant at Downey Avenue Christian Church3-D Pop-up Mask Workshop at the Irvington Branch LibraryChili Supper and Bona Thompson Center Paranormal Results, and the Pumpkin Carving Contest
Oct 20: Spooky Organ Concert at Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Oct 21: Haunted Puppet Show at the Irving Theater and Art and Silent Auction at Inhabit Gallery
Oct 22: Costume Party at Black Acre and Movie Night at the Irvington Branch Library
Oct 23: Monster Makeup Workshop for Teens at the Irvington Branch LibraryPride of Indy Concert and Movie Night at the Irving Theater
Oct 24: Spooky Stories at the Irving Theater
Oct 25: Zombie Bike Ride brought to you by Indy Cycle Specialists
Oct 26: Roller Derby at Ellenberger Ice Rink, the Pleasant Run Run, Roller Derby, and, of course, the Irvington Halloween Festival Street Fair

Additional partner events include the Irvington Ghost Tours and Q Artistry‘s Gothic Ball and performance of Cabaret Poe.

TB Test and Polliwog field trip

Due to rain, the Polliwog field trip has been moved to Tuesday, Sept. 24. If you don’t plan on going with us, please leave your child’s carseat on the art mat.

The TB testing has also been rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 24. The cost is $15 and can be paid by cash or check.

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday 9/24 from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m: All parents come to Downey to get the TB test injection. (Note: This is a field trip day for Polliwogs, so Polliwog parents should try to get their TB tests out of the way by 9:00 a.m.)

Friday 9/27 from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m: All parents come to Downey to have their test location looked at (for signs of a reaction).

Where to turn in your test results: Jeremy and Sarah will be at Downey on Friday to collect the test results. If you don’t see them, please hand your results to a teacher or Dustin.

If you plan to get your TB test through a separate provider: Turn in your test result records by October 4. You can turn in your results to Jeremy, Sarah, your child’s teacher, or Dustin.

Play-based learning article

In case you missed the July issue of “Natural Awakenings Indy,” here is a nice article that touches on play-based learning and the power of playing outside.

“Research published in Early Childhood Research & Practice shows that children that attend play-based rather than academic preschools become better students.”

“Self-initiated and self-directed play means the child is calling the shots and learning what comes naturally. If a child strums a guitar because he loves it, that’s play. When being instructed, the child may enjoy the experience, but it’s not the same, because the motivation is at least partly external.”

“… Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg, a professor of pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania and a leading expert on resilience, remarks, “Every child needs free, unscheduled time to master his or her environment.” Play is valuable because it miniaturizes the world to a manageable size and primes kids for learning.”

“Given our global challenges, tomorrow’s adults will need the skills developed by such play—innovation, creativity, collaboration and ethical problem solving—more than any preceding generation. A major IBM study of more than 1,500 CEOs from 60 countries and 33 industries in 2010 found that the single most sought-after trait in a CEO is creativity.”

“Ultimately, everyone must rely on their own resources and sense of self or they’ll always be looking for external direction and validation. Mental health workers say that produces kids that take unnecessary risks, have poor coping skills and are vulnerable to substance abuse.”

Museum Day Live! free admission

Do you know about Free Museum Admission Day? Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by “Smithsonian” magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a free Museum Day ticket. This year, museums will open their doors sans admission charges Saturday, Sept. 28. To download your ticket and see a complete, nation-wide list of participating museums, go to http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/

Participating Indianapolis-area museums include, but are not limited to:

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site

Carnegie Museum of Montgomery County in Crawfordsville

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers

General Lew Wallace Study and Museum in Crawfordsville

Gruenewald Historic House in Anderson

Indiana Historical Society

Johnson County Museum of History in Franklin

Monroe County History Center in Bloomington

Muncie Children’s Museum in Muncie

Rhythm! Discovery Center

Rotary Jail Museum in Crawfordsville

The Museum of Miniature Houses in Carmel

WonderLab Museum of Science, Health & Technology in Bloomington


A new school year is coming!

Welcome to the 2013/2014 school year — and a redesigned website!

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost time to start a new school year! The summer seems to fly by now, and the awesome weather made it go even faster.

For those of you who have already enrolled your child in the 2013/2014 school year, you should have received your package of information in the mail. If not, many of the forms you need are available on our Forms page. If you or someone you know has not enrolled yet but is interested, we do still have some slots open! Feel free to contact us and we will get you set up for the school year.

The last Storytime/Playdate for the summer will be held at the school Friday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome!

First meeting of the school year

Don’t forget! Tonight at 6:30 p.m. is the Officer-led Orientation Meeting for the new school year. Parents/caregivers of children who have already enrolled for the 2013/2014 school year should have received a packet of papers in the mail. Please bring these to the meeting, as well as your checkbook! First and last month’s tuition is due tonight. You will receive your school “job” as well as other information you will need to keep the school year running smoothly.

This is an adults-only event, please. Attendees are welcome to bring a snack to share.

The next set of meetings are the Teacher-led Orientations, which are scheduled for Aug. 19 (Frogs), Aug. 20 (Polliwogs), and Aug. 21 (Tadpoles).