Monthly Archives: September 2010

Behind the scenes at Fox 59 this morning

Anyone who knows me well knows that “fashion” is not my middle name.  So what was I doing at Fox59 at 8:45 am prepping to go on the morning news? Luckily, I was hanging out with some very fashionable people including our style show producer, owner of Fresh Fettle (and Day Nursery alum) Danielle Smith; Todd and Ashley from DLLowry Hairspa and Boutique and Leona and Glenna, two fabulous models from The Helen Wells Agency.  

hair and makeup in green room at Fox 59

Todd and Ashley from DL Lowry Hairspa prepare Leona (left) and Glenna (right), models from the Helen Wells Agency, for our fashion segment.

Danielle Smith at Fox59 news

Right before we went on the air, I caught Danielle snapping a picture of the models wearing fashions from The Secret Ingredient, Mary and Martha's Exceedingly Chic Boutique and Day Furs.

We were all getting ready for a morning news segment to promote the Day Nursery Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show coming up this Friday at Oak Hill Mansion Here’s a look behind the scenes in the green room and in the studio before this morning’s segment with Fox59’s Angela GanoteI apologize for some of the pictures being a bit blurry but I didn’t want to use my flash in the newsroom.

Danielle Smith with Todd and Leona

During the hair and makeup time, Danielle gathered info on this fall's hot looks from the experts at DL Lowry. Here's the scoop: matte lipstick is back!

Day Nursery Auxiliary Style Show Sponsors

Today,we want to tell you about our last (but not least) three sponsors of this Friday’s Day Nursery Auxiliary Style Show: Clarian Health Partners, Anthem and Baker & Daniels.

Clarian Health Partners is a true partner in every sense of the word. Since the opening of the Day Nursery Clarian Early Education Center in 2003 at 2140 Boulevard Place and the Hendricks County Early Education Center in 2006 on the Clarian West campus, we have been caring for the youngest children and their families in our communities together. Both centers are open to the public and both are a perfect place for children to get the best start in life. Clarian’s generous sponsorship of the Style Show is another example of the good work they do in the community for young children. 

Anthem logoBoth Anthem and Baker & Daniels have provided underwriting for the Style Show and we are truly grateful. Both companies are leaders in the Indianapolis community, and we appreciate their dedication to the children and families we serve. Baker and Daniels LogoThrough their support of the Style Show, we are able to ensure that more of the event proceeds go directly to support our early education programs for our children.

Day Nursery Auxiliary Raffle Prizes offer something for everyone!

When you buy a raffle ticket at the Day Nursery Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show this Friday, your donation goes directly to the Day Nursery tuition assistance scholarship fund.  We are very excited about the three prizes up for grabs this year. 

With each raffle ticket purchase, you indicate which drawing you would like to be in.  Thanks to our sponsors for donating this generous prizes: 

1. A David Yurman silver and diamond heart pendant (value: $580) from Reis Nichols Jewelers 

Indianapolis Zoo logo2. A Dolphin Encounter at the Indianapolis Zoo (value: priceless!) 

Mass Avenue Wine logo3. A wine tasting for 6 and a $50 gift certificate from Mass Avenue Wine Shoppe (value: $300) 

You do not need to be present to win so if you would like to support Day Nursery and buy a raffle ticket (or several), call Beth at 636-9197 ext. 240 or email her at by Thursday morning.  Tickets are $10 each or $20 for 3 tickets. The drawing will take place on Friday, October 1, 2010 at the Oak Hill Mansion during the Day Nursery Auxiliary Style Show and Luncheon.

Feel Good Friday: Indianapolis Firefighters Visit Day Nursery

Firefighters from Indianapolis Fire Department Station 31 at 42nd and College Avenue made an educational visit to the Day Nursery Ruth A. Lilly Center not far away at 35th and Central this morning.  The visit concluded a week-long study of community helpers including fire safety with practice fire drills and 9-1-1 calls.  The study of fire fighters was worked into as many aspects of the curriculum as possible.  Firetruck artworkBooks about community helpers were featured classroom libraries and art activities featured the color red and large cut out firetrucks.  In the housekeeping area of the two-year old room, children practiced serving meals to firefighters.  On the playground the children pretended their tricycles were firetrucks and practiced how to Stop, Drop and Roll. Promptly at 10:30 this morning, Engine 31 with firefighters Quinn, Pete and Kelly led by Lt. Harry Alexander arrived in the parking lot of the center.  Because the firefighters were on duty, there was a chance they would be called away at any minute so they wasted no time in making sure every child got to climb through the cab of the engine and explore  the equipment.  Day Nursery Cook Ms. Anita and IFD station 31 firefightersLuckily the fire radios stayed quiet and they got to stay and enjoy a delicious chicken and noodles lunch prepared by Miss Anita.  Apparently Station 31 already has a firefighter who is a very good cook but they did stop by the kitchen on the way out to see if perhaps Ms. Anita could fill in when he was not on duty. We are so thankful for the wonderful visit of these friendly, kind and brave fire firefighters and they are welcome to stop by anytime they are in our part of the neighborhood.Indianapolis Fire Department Engine 31 at Day Nursery

Listening to story time

Friday Faces: Day Nursery Northwest Center Preschoolers

Lots to blog about…so little time!!  Thanks to Day Nursery Northwest Center Assistant Director Deanna Saylor for sharing some great learning going on in her center.  This center has been just open a year and they are excited because they recently achieved Level 4 (the highest level!) in our state’s Paths to Quality child care rating system.  I’ll let Deanna tell you want is going on in these pictures:

Senstory table in Day Nursery classroomWater play at Day Nursery Indianapolis preschool

Here are some pictures of the children playing in the sensory table in Preschool 3 classroom today. The teachers, Shanna and Michelle, made their own fountain for running water out of PVC pipes and the children absolutely love it!  They have the running water hooked up to the faucet in the sink. What creative teachers we have at Northwest!

Auxiliary Style Show gets support from Day Nursery alum

Day Nursery Director of Development Beth Rodriguez is our guest blogger today. Beth has been working closely with our Auxiliary on the production of the Day Nursery Auxiliary Luncheon and Style Show which is October 1 at the Oak Hill Mansion on 116th Street in Carmel. Tickets are still available. For more info, click the link to the right. Beth wanted to share some information about the sponsors who are supporting this year’s fashion show.

I want to tell you about two special sponsors of the Day Nursery Auxiliary Style Show- DL Lowry Hairspa and Boutique and Fresh Fettle.

DL Lowry Hairspa and Boutique will provide the hair styling and make artistry for the Helen Wells Models at our upcoming style show on October 1. This fantastic salon has been making its mark as the go-to hairspa for cutting edge styles and boutique accessories. We are very excited that they have so generously donated their services to our event for which all proceeds directly benefit the children and families we serve. Be sure to join us at the Style Show to see their amazing work!

DL Lowry Hairspa and Boutique is located at 1300 E. 86th Street in Nora Plaza. Call them at 317.843.2611 to make an appointment or visit their website for more information. And be sure to check out their new location, DL Salon, at 49th and Penn.

Fresh Fettle

This year, the Day Nursery Auxiliary has engaged Danielle Smith (a Day Nursery graduate!) and owner of Fresh Fettle, an Indianapolis-based fashion events and creative consulting company to produce the Style Show. Danielle’s background includes a Bachelors Degree in Fashion Design, and her experience includes work as a fashion journalist, wardrobe stylist, on-air fashion personality, public relations and special events coordinator and corporate merchandising coordinator. She also served as Technical Editor for the popular book Fashion for Dummies (Wiley) and is an adjunct fashion illustration instructor at The Art Institute of Indianapolis.

Smith credits some of her earliest child memories of enjoying art (and discovering a dislike of raisins) while being a student at Day Nursery’s Lilly Center Preschool Program in 1983. The excitement of working with color, shapes, and texture follows her today. “Day Nursery provided a great foundation and helped enhance the creativity my parents and sisters were already nurturing at home. I can remember feeling advanced in this area and wanting to learn more. I am a true believer of the saying ‘Never stop learning.’ The beauty of creativity is that it is unlimited and uninhibited…especially for a child. “

Similac® Brand Powder Infant Formula Recall

NOTE: Day Nursery Centers use Similac liquid “ready to feed” formulas which are NOT affected by this recall.

This text,  from a press release issued by Abbott Labs, is provided to assist parents who may be using the power product at home.

September 22, 2010

Abbott Park, Illinois (NYSE: ABT) — Abbott is initiating a proactive, voluntary recall of certain Similac-brand, powder infant formulas in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and some countries in the Caribbean.

Abbott is recalling these products following an internal quality review, which detected the remote possibility of the presence of a small common beetle in the product produced in one production area in a single manufacturing facility. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that while the formula containing these beetles poses no immediate health risk, there is a possibility that infants who consume formula containing the beetles or their larvae, could experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of small insect parts irritating the GI tract. If these symptoms persist for more than a few days, a physician should be consulted.

The recall of these powder infant formulas includes:

* Certain Similac powder product lines offered in plastic containers.
* Certain Similac powder product lines offered in sizes such as 8-ounce, 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans.

To immediately find out if the product in your possession is included in this recall, parents and caregivers should visit the company’s website, and type in their lot number to determine if their product is affected,or call (800) 986-8850.

No Abbott liquid infant formulas are impacted. Products not involved in the recall include all Abbott Nutrition liquid ready-to-feed and concentrated infant formulas and all powder and liquid specialty formulas, such as Similac Expert Care™ Alimentum®, Elecare®, Similac Expert Care™ Neosure®, Similac® Human Milk Fortifier, and metabolic formulas for inherited disorders.
About the Recall

* The company is implementing a plan to address this matter in the affected manufacturing facility, which is expected to be completed shortly. No other facilities or products are involved in this recall.
* Abbott has consulted with the U.S. FDA regarding this recall.

Information for Parents and Caregivers

* Products with affected lot numbers should be returned to Abbott at no cost to the consumer.
* Parents and caregivers can go to or call Abbott’s consumer hotline, (800) 986-8850, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
* Both the website and the consumer hotline have specific details on how to complete the return process.

Similac Recall

Holger Liepmann, executive vice president, Abbott Nutrition said:

“Abbott understands that parents expect to feed their children only the highest quality product. We are taking this action so that parents know that the infant formula products they provide unquestionably meet the highest quality standards for which they are known. We regret any inconvenience this situation poses to parents and consumers.”
About Abbott

Abbott (NYSE: ABT) is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs nearly 90,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries