It’s Maple Syrup Season!

It’s that time again! The popular Maple Syrup Days event will take place at McCloud Nature Park on March 4th and 11th, 2017 from 9 to 4 p.m.

This annual event is a fun way to learn all about maple syrup. Visitors get hands-on experience and learn about the history of maple sugaring. You can learn how to tap a maple tree for syrup and see a demonstration of pioneer sugaring processes. You’ll also see how maple syrup is made in modern days at the Sugar Shack, where you can try all-natural maple syrup right from McCloud Nature Park. You can even purchase a bottle to take home if you’d like.

You can also enjoy McCloud’s maple syrup on homemade pancakes at the 9th annual pancake breakfast fundraiser. The pancake breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 4th and 11th. The breakfast is available at the cost of $8 per person. Children 6 and under eat free and all proceeds benefit Hendricks County Parks.

 

 

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Downtown Brownsburg Changes Coming Soon

The secret is out! The town of Brownsburg is growing rapidly thanks to great schools, low crime rates, and strong economy. Although it’s an easy commute to Indianapolis, Hendricks County offers plenty of excellent job opportunities closer to home.

The United States Census counted 14,520 Brownsburg residents in 2000, a number which swelled to 21,285 in 2010. In the past seven years, that number has continued to increase. The 2015 population estimate was 24,996.

All of this population growth has led to the Brownsburg Downtown Revitalization District project. Several other Indiana cities such as Fishers and Carmel have recently participated in similar restructuring to accommodate increased population.

The downtown Brownsburg project aims to create a more pedestrian friendly environment in addition to a thriving downtown space for everyone to enjoy. The $70 million dollar project will break ground this spring. It encompasses three separate developments created by three developers: Flaherty & Collins, Scannell Properties, and Envoy Inc.

These developments are slated to include hundreds of apartments, restaurants, retail space, and office space for businesses. Street improvements such as a dedicated left-turn lane, bike paths, and sidewalks will be added. Parking concerns will be alleviated thanks to a parking garage.

Development will take place on land that formerly house St. Malachy Catholic Church and School as well as a dentist office and numerous small rental houses. The first new construction is a two story building that will include 115 individual office suites. If all goes as planned, that building could open by the end of this calendar year. The overall project could be completed by the end of 2018.

While change can be challenging (especially when you’re driving around construction obstacles!), this development could make downtown Brownsburg a place for everyone to work, play, and live. You can get more details by following the project on Facebook and checking out this recent feature in the Indianapolis Star.

 

“Things Aren’t Always As They Appear”

Sheltering Wings Center for Women is hosting a night of magical fun on Saturday, February 18th, 2017. This event will raise funds for the domestic violence shelter located in Danville, Indiana.

Sheltering Wings serves Hendricks County and the surrounding areas. The shelter provides safe emergency housing and other services for women and children who are suffering from domestic abuse. They also run a 24-hour crisis hotline at (317) 745-1496.

The fundraising event theme is “Things Aren’t Always As They Appear” and will feature special guest illusionist David Ranalli. The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with registration, a silent auction, and other activities, including a 50/50 Hearts or Spades game and a raffle. The silent auction will be available online. Bids will be accepted starting on February 11th. You can find out more here.

Dinner and the program will follow at 6:30 p.m. “Things Aren’t Always As They Appear” will be held at the Top Eliminator Club at Lucas Oil Raceway Park. Tickets are available for $100 per person. Get more details here.

Hendricks County Youth Fair

The second annual Hendricks County Community Youth Fair will be held on Saturday, February 11th, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Co-sponsored by They’re Our Kids and Macaroni Kid – Hendricks, the event will take place at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Center in Danville, Indiana.

There will be several fun activities for kids at this free event, which brings various organizations together in a single space for families. Each organization will have a booth to showcase local opportunities and resources. Organizations attending include the Pacers Fan Van, local businesses, preschools, sports leagues, counseling service providers, and much more.

This family-friendly event is designed to provide a space for parents to learn about programs and opportunities available for children and families in Hendricks County.

Here are just a few of the organizations that will be attending this year’s youth fair:

  • Treetop Baby
  • Indianapolis Children’s Choir
  • Oberweis Dairy
  • Hendricks Civic Theatre
  • Brownsburg Public Library
  • Natural Valley Ranch
  • Hendricks College Network
  • Adamson’s Karate Studios
  • Tri-West Youth Softball League
  • And many more!

You can keep up with the latest news about the youth fair by checking out the Facebook event.

Learn How Pam Discovered Her Dream Home

Pam Rowley spent months trying to sell her condo home with no luck. Then she remembered that Tony Reiffett of Integrity Realty had helped her daughter find her first home and assisted her mother with selling her home and purchasing a condo. She decided to give Tony a call.

As an experienced Realtor, Tony was able to help Pam make a few changes to her condo and listing with big results. In fact, she was able to sell the condo within 85 days of listing it for the same price she had listed it previously with the other Realtor.

Pam had a very specific idea in mind for her future home. She wanted a house that was built in the 1900s, but she didn’t want all of the hassle that comes with updating such a home herself. Tony helped her find her dream home, which included the historic charm she was searching for in addition to an interior with all of the modern features she wanted, including brand new appliances, heating, air, and indoor plumbing. He was also able to help her get extras such as a larger yard space.

“I suggest that anybody trying to buy or sell a home use Tony Reffeit as their Realtor,” Pam said. You can watch the video below to learn more about her experience with selling her condo and searching for her dream home.

 

If you or anyone you know are looking to buy or sell a home in the greater Brownsburg area, contact Tony today.

Relay for Life of Brownsburg Kick-Off Celebration

Relay for Life of Brownsburg is kicking off the beginning of fundraising season with a Winter Carnival on Saturday, January 21st, 2017. Relay for Life is one of the largest fundraising events in Hendricks County each year, with funds raised benefiting the American Cancer Society.

Admission to the family friendly Winter Carnival is free. Food vendors will be selling food to raise money for their individual teams. Relay volunteers will host free carnival games (with prizes!) for the kids. Games and activities include:

  • Ring Toss
  • Lollipop Tree
  • Face Painting
  • Tic Tac Toe
  • And much more!

There will also be door prizes for adults in addition to a fun photo booth. The official Relay for Life of Brownsburg event will take place in May 2017. Check out the Winter Carnival to support this great cause and learn more!

Winter Fun in Hendricks County

Have you got the winter blahs? Looking to try something new? Lucky for you, there are plenty of awesome activities to check out in Hendricks County this winter, whether it’s raining, snowing, or 55 and sunny outside!

Learn to Identify Trees

Have you ever wondered how to identify trees without their leaves? Learn how to distinguish trees based on their bark and other characteristics on this naturalist-led hike at Sodalis Nature Park on January 28th.

Discover Animal Habitats

Find out how animals survive Indiana’s winter weather. Optional hike after the program, which takes place on January 28th at McCloud Nature Park.

Frosty Feet 5K

Get outside and test your February fitness at this fun race. Race day registration begins at 7:45 a.m. The race begins at 9 a.m. at the Plainfield Parks & Rec Department on February 4th. Cost is $20, $25 with shirt.

Maple Syrup Days

The annual Maple Syrup Days event will be held at McCloud Nature Park on Saturday February 4th and 11th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn how to tap a tree for maple syrup, watch a video of the historical process, visit the Sugar Shack to see how syrup is made today, and enjoy this hands-on maple sugaring experience. Pancake breakfast available for a small fee, featuring locally made maple syrup.

Downtown Danville Chocolate Walk

Participating merchants in Downtown Danville are offering free chocolate to shoppers from February 1-14th.

What are some of your favorite local activities?

Christmas Tree Recycling

Did you know that the Brownsburg Street Department offers free curbside Christmas tree pickup for town residents?

This is a great way to dispose of natural Christmas trees. Trees are picked up in neighborhoods every other week throughout the month of January on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Thursday and Friday are make-up days in the case of inclement weather or other delays.

Here is the schedule:

Weeks of January 9th and 23rd:
Monday: Hollaway Pointe, Hollaway Ridge, Hollaway Corner, Northridge, Fountains of Northridge, Arbors of Northridge, Northridge Estates, and Mardale Estates, Arbor Springs, Summer Ridge and Autumn Glen
Tuesday: Windridge Landing, Oaks of Windridge, Winding Creek, Green Street Village, Whittington Estates, Lake Ridge and Hession Fields
Wednesday: Murphy Meadows and Austin Meadows

Weeks of January 3rd, 17th, and 30th
Monday: Willow Springs, Sunny Knoll, Hartford Park, The Hideaway, Holiday Lane, Prairie Village, Chadwick Square, Cedar Run, Cedar Run Lakes and Sugar Bush Farms
Tuesday: Hunters Cove, Thornburg, Bersot Crossing, Fox Chase and Heritage Hills
Wednesday: Ashwood, Hornaday Heights, Ironwood Estates, Brownswood, Country Walk, Fairfield Heights, Meadowchase, Lincoln Pointe, Beacon Pointe, Holiday Pines, Creekside Commons, Wynne Farms and Maple Grove.

Due to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 16th, the routes that week will begin on Tuesday rahter than Monday. There is no need to call and schedule pickup, but your tree should be along the curb by 7 a.m. on your scheduled neighborhood pickup day.

Residents are also invited to drop off natural and undecorated Christmas trees at the Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District yard waste recycling center free of charge through January 23rd. Trees may be dropped off at any time prior to January 23rd at the facility which is located at 90 Mardale Drive in Brownsburg.

Merry Christmas from Integrity Real Estate!

As many of you know, the Town of Brownsburg website and Facebook page is generously provided by Integrity Real Estate.

Brownsburg and the surrounding areas have won numerous awards for being such great places to live. Our mission here is to highlight some of the many events, activities, and local businesses in the area as well as practical news such as construction updates and great real estate listings.

Enjoy this special Christmas greeting from Tony:

Have a wonderful holiday and a happy new year!

Christmas Break Activities in Hendricks County

The kids are out of school and looking for something fun to do during the day. Luckily for them (and you!), Hendricks County has lots of great activities for all ages, no matter what the weather is like.

Jump Around

Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Plainfield is a fantastic place to get active indoors. Located at 851 S. Columbia Road #172, Sky Zone is an indoor trampoline park with open jump, a three-lane foam zone, a SkySlam court, and more. Special winter break hours are in effect from December 19th-January 1st. Ticket prices vary and sky Zone recommends purchasing tickets in advance.

Jump N Play

Need to get some work done while the kids play in a safe environment? Check out Jump N Play at 8407 East US Highway 36 in Avon. Enjoy free wi-fi while your kids check out fun-filled inflatables, an arcade, and more.

Roll into Fun

Hot Skates Roller Skating is offering $2 Tuesdays over Christmas break with $2 admission and $2 skate rental–an afternoon’s entertainment for under $5! Hot Skates is located at 241 Casco Drive in Avon. Snacks available on site.

Grown Up Tag

Xtreme Lazer Tag offers 4,000 square feet of laser tag play, arcade games, and a concession stand if you get hungry after all of that running around. Xtreme Laser Tag is located at 8131 Kingston Street, Suite 100 in Avon.

Catch a Matinee

Stop by a local cinema such as the Goodrich 8 in Brownsburg to catch an afternoon movie. You can buy snacks with the cash you save on the ticket prices!

What are your favorite indoor activities in Hendricks County?