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Upcoming Events in Hendricks County for July 2017

Fireworks in Hendricks County

July is a month full of great events all throughout Hendricks County. From fireworks to parades to festivals, there's a little something for everybody on the schedule. Here's a look at some of the top upcoming events for July in Hendricks County.

Brownsburg Lions Club 4th of July Extravaganza - From June 28th to July 4th

A daily event including plenty of fun, this celebration will end on July 4th with a beautiful fireworks display. It also includes plenty of games, rides and food. The event is being held at Arbuckle Acres Park and the parade will be through downtown Brownsburg on July 4th.

Fireworks will begin around 9:30pm on Tuesday, July 4th but the celebration starts at 10am on Independence Day with the parade. There's plenty of fun to be had throughout this entire event and it will provide more than just fireworks.

4th of July Fireworks at Danville High School

Another choice in Hendricks County for fireworks will be at the Danville Community High School. Admission is free and you will want to show up early with blankets and chairs to get the best spots. The show will start at 9:30pm.

Hendricks Symphony Presents Fest on the 4th

Come out with a picnic and your chairs to enjoy a concert put on by the Hendricks Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. It will be followed by fireworks on July 4th and will provide plenty of musical fun. The event will happen at 7:30pm at Hummel Park and it's free to get in.

National Powwow - July 6th to 9th

A huge event for Hendricks County every year, this four-day celebration will include plenty of inter-tribal singing, dancing and workshops. It will also provide a craft contest, parade princess contest and a kids' powwow. The event will have...

Top Events Coming to Hendricks County for June 2017

This summer, you are not going to want to miss the exciting events taking place in our very own Hendrick County. The event calendar for 2017 is looking great, and June is going to be the month to keep an eye on. Not only will you be able to get back into the swing of Farmer’s Market season, but you’ll be able to participate in summer fun events like craft shows, the fishing derby, concerts, and more.

Farmers Market

You’ll find it to be the perfect time to stock up on your favorite yard sale finds, or finally start planning for “I Do” at the bridal expo. It’s also the time to get active with the HCCF Golf Outing or the Sumer Fun Run Series. Take a look at these exciting events and more coming this June to Hendricks County.

Farmers Markets

This is the time of year to really enjoy the beautiful sunshine and Farmers Market fun. You’ll find them starting as early as June 1st with the Brownsburg Farmers Market presented by IU Health West Hospital happening every Thursday until September 7th featuring over 40 vendors.

Check out the Danville Farmers Market starting on May 27th and going on every Saturday on the west side of the historic Courthouse. On the 7th, you’ll find the Wednesday Farmers Markets at Plainfield Friends Church where you can find all kinds of local produce and handmade crafts.

Outdoor Sports

If you love to get moving and love the outdoors, you’ll love this June’s exciting athletic events. Start with the Family Fishing Derby on the 3rd where you can take the little ones to fish for free at the Sodalis Nature Park pond if you bring your own pole,...

New Place for Kids Open in Brownsburg

Kid's Planet opened up recently and provides a great place in Brownsburg for moms and dads to take their children. When you have energetic children needing space to play, this is the place for you. It's a new indoor playground with plenty to keep your children busy.

Kids Planet Brownsburg

You may even get a bit of time to yourself as your kids run, jump and play with everything without asking you for anything for hours. Take a good book or get a little work done as you keep an eye on your children and they play at Kid's Planet.

What They Offer

Created for children ages 2 to 14, Kid's Planet provides a separate area for kids 4 and under. This ensures parents don't have to worry about larger children running over their toddlers.

The four-story play structure provides everything any child could want and might even make you, as an adult, jealous. Kids can enjoy tunnels, slides, a foam pit, ball shooters and so much more. Even kinetic sand is found in one of the play areas.

Kid's Planet has attendants handling the cleaning and keeping kids from getting stuck or helping when they get a little scared. They keep the play going and help to ensure your kids always have help when they need it.

Along with the play structure and fun area, you can grab a little food at the concession area found upstairs. This area is also used for birthday parties and other events. Food options include pizza, pretzels, fruit and more.Brownsburg Kids Planet

Sit and Watch or Join in

You're not stuck on the sidelines, unless you want to be. At Kid's Planet, you can join in the fun and play with your kids, too. You just...

Top Spots for Recreation Throughout Hendricks County, Indiana

Hendricks County is full of great places to go for fun and recreation. Whether it's a beautiful day outside or the weather isn't so nice, you can find plenty to do throughout the area. Below you'll find some of the top spots for creation throughout Hendricks County.

Water Park Hendricks County

B&O Trail

This trail used to be railroad tracks, but today it's a popular place for hiking and biking. Some sections are very wide and paved making it easy to enjoy. The B&O Trail runs from Indiana 267 to County Road 300 North in Brownsburg, Indiana. Another section of the trail is found between Raceway Road and Ronald Reagan Parkway, which includes the beautiful tunnel with public art murals you can enjoy. Eventually, the entire trail will extend for 16 miles through the county.

Ellis Park and Gill Family Aquatic Center

The only place with public clay tennis courts in Indiana, the Gill Family Aquatic Center offers plenty for the entire family to enjoy. It's found in Danville and provides two waterslides, swimming lanes, diving boards, a splash playground and more. Ellis Park also provides hiking trails, picnic areas, baseball diamonds, a large playground and an amphitheater.

Friendswood Golf Course

If you enjoy golf, but don't have a lot of time to get a round in, Friendswood Golf Course is the perfect choice. This course is only nine-holes and measures just over 3,000 yards. It's easy to get around quickly and enjoy the game of golf.

Hot Skates Roller Skating Center

Maybe you love to roller skate. If so, the Hot Skates Roller Skating Center provides just what you need. This state-of-the-art skating center provides an arcade, concessions and a parent lounge to ensure everybody can have plenty of fun.

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Top Upcoming Health & Fitness Events in Hendricks County

Throughout Hendricks County, residents have plenty of opportunities for exercise. Whether health and fitness is your passion or you're just getting into it, enjoying an event with a healthy focus can be quite a bit of fun.

Hendricks County Health and Fitness

Hendricks County offers several events focused on health and fitness throughout the year. Here are four of the top upcoming options you can enjoy.

Try Tri Indy

A triathlon found early in the season, this one is great for beginners and veterans. Two different events will be offered, which are:

  • Super Sprint - 200-meter swim, 10-mile bike ride and 2-mile run
  • Long Sprint - 400-meter swim, 20-mile bike ride and 4-mile run

The event will be held on May 7th at the Brownsburg Aquatic Center. The aquatic center is found in the Brownsburg High School at 1000 South Odell Street.

The run course is very flat, while the bike course will take you through areas with very little traffic. Those in the Long Sprint will start at 8am and the Short Sprint will start shortly after. Find out more information about the Try Tri Indy event here.

Hendricks Regional Health YMCA Dance Party

A unique event and great opportunity to get some exercise, the YMCA Dance Party will provide tons of fun. It will be held on May 12th from 6pm to 7pm and will include plenty of dance fitness instructors leading routines. The cost is $5, which will go towards the YMCA campaign to help families in the community. Donations for the Sheltering Wings Center for Women will also be accepted.

The Hendricks Regional Health YMCA will host the event. It's located at 301 Satori Parkway in Avon...

Hendricks County Best Places to Go for Sweets

Whether you love chocolate or you prefer baked good, Hendricks County is full of great places for sweets. All types of places throughout the county serve up great desserts, donuts, chocolates and so much more. Here's a quick look at some of the top spots to fulfill your sweet tooth throughout Hendricks County.Hendricks County Sweets and Desserts

Hilligoss Bakery

Known for the donuts, Hilligoss Bakery has been around for about four decades. This full-service bakery also served other baked treats to enjoy. However, it's known for the donuts and they don't accept credit cards.

Grandma's Oven

A bit new to the area, Grandma's Oven provides excellent breads, cupcakes, cookies, brownies and more. It's owned by Robin Teasley and located in The Shops at Perry Crossing in Plainfield. While it's a newer spot, it's already making a mark with residents.

Danny's Mexican Ice Cream

If you love ice cream, Danny's is the place for you. They serve up homemade ice cream made with natural ingredients in Avon, Indiana. The flavors are uniquely Latin American with flavors, such as Tequila, Queso and Tamarindo.

Confection Delights

Found near the Historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square in Danville, this spot provides some of the best chocolates in the area. Confection Delights also creates custom cakes and other baked sweets, such as cookies and brownies. It's owned by Pamela Powell-Warden and she can create just about anything you ask for.

Al's Donuts

Found in Plainfield, Al's Donuts has been serving up great donuts since 1960. It's a popular spot that opens around 2:30am and stays open until 9:30am or until they sell out for the day. If you want...

Upcoming Summer Events in Hendricks County for 2017

The summer months bring plenty of fun outdoor events to Hendricks County. Festival season starts in May and runs through about October. Many of the best events of the year happen during these months. Here's a look at some of the top events you can expect in Hendricks County this summer.

Mayberry Diner in Danville

Mayberry in the Midwest - May 19th to 21st

Kicking off the festival season, Mayberry in the Midwest is a small town event full of fun. It's held in downtown Danville every year and includes a tribute to actors from The Andy Griffith Show. The event includes all types of great food, cars and fun. It's one of the most popular events held in Hendricks County and one you certainly don't want to miss.

The event includes three ticketed events throughout the weekend:

  • 4th Annual Mayberry in the Midwest Meet & Greet Dinner - May 19th
  • Ronnie Schell & His Serious Evening of Hilarious Comedy - May 20th
  • Ronnie Schell: My Life After Gomer - May 21st

Along with these three events, plenty of other events will be held throughout the weekend including the Fireman's Pancake Breakfast, Tribute Art Show, Squad Car Nationals, Local Celebrity Basketball Game and more.

Find out more about Mayberry in the Midwest by visiting the event's Facebook Page here.

Carb Day Classic - May 26th

The Indy 500 isn't the only race in town for May. Carb Day Classic is a USAC race on the oval short track at Lucas Oil Raceway. It's a fun event with plenty of excitement to enjoy.

Amo Fish Fry Festival - June 2017

The dates for the annual Amo Fish Fry Festival have yet to be announced. However, it will be held sometimes in June...

New Burger Bar Now Open in Plainfield

The Bru Burger Bar found on Mass Avenue has been one of the top choices for burgers and craft brews in Indianapolis for many years now. It's a favorite for many local residents and now, the restaurant/bar is expanding to Plainfield. A new location is found at The Shops at Perry Crossing.

Bru Burger in Plainfield

This new location marks the sixth Bru Burger Bar from the Cunningham Restaurants group and the third in the Indianapolis area. It provides seating for up to 245 patrons inside the restaurants and 35 more on the patio. This location is actually twice the size of the one found on Mass Avenue.

New Bru Burger is Very Busy

Since opening on March 13th, 2017, the Bru Burger Bar location in Plainfield has been the busiest of all the locations. It has even been the busiest when compared to other restaurants owned by the Cunningham Restaurant Group, which include Charbonos, Boulder Creek Dining Company and Stone Creek Dining Company.

Fresh Ingredients

One of the reasons Bru Burger is above the other options in Plainfield is the menu. They use fresh ingredients with beef sources from Illinois, which is a blend of brisket, chuck and sirloin. Many of the ingredients used on the menu have been sources locally and they never serve anything that has been frozen.

The menu includes 13 Chef Burgers and 11 Classic Burgers and Sandwiches. They even have options for those not interested in beef with turkey, tuna, pulled pork, a quinoa burger and mahi mahi on the menu. The restaurants also serve plenty of appetizers, salads and desserts. Some of the items found on the menu include:

  • Sriracha Caesar Salad
  • Bru Burger
  • Bourbon Burger
  • Stilton Bleu Cheese Burger
  • Ground Turkey Burger
  • Melt...

Is Getting a Home Mortgage Still Too Difficult?

Getting a Home Mortgage

There is no doubt that mortgage credit availability is expanding, meaning it is easier to finance a home today than it was last year. However, the mortgage market is still much tighter than it was prior to the housing boom and bust experienced between 2003 - 2006.

The Housing Financing Policy Center at the Urban Institute just released data revealing two reasons for the current exceptionally high credit standards:

  1. Additional restrictions lenders put on borrowing because of concerns that they will be forced to repurchase failed loans from the government-sponsored enterprises or Federal Housing Administration (FHA).
  2. The concern about potential litigation for imperfect loans.

What has been the result of these concerns?

6.3 Million Less Mortgages

The Policy Center report went on to say:

“It was so hard to get a mortgage in 2015 that lenders failed to make about 1.1 million mortgages that they would have made if reasonable lending standards had been in place. From 2009 to 2014, lenders failed to make about 5.2 million mortgages thanks to overly tight credit. In total, lenders would have issued 6.3 million additional mortgages between 2009 and 2015 if lending standards had been more reasonable.”

In an interview with DSNews, Laurie Goodman and Alanna McCargo of the Policy Center further explained:

“Our Housing Credit Availability Index (HCAI)* measures the probability that mortgage borrowers will become...

3 Questions to Ask Before Buying Your Dream Home

3 Questions to Ask Before Buying Your Dream Home

If you are debating purchasing a home right now, you are probably getting a lot of advice. Though your friends and family will have your best interest at heart, they may not be fully aware of your needs and what is currently happening in the real estate market.

Ask yourself the following 3 questions to help determine if now is actually a good time for you to buy in today’s market.

1. Why am I buying a home in the first place?

This truly is the most important question to answer. Forget the finances for a minute. Why did you even begin to consider purchasing a home? For most, the reason has nothing to do with money.

For example, a recent survey by Braun showed that over 75% of parents say “their child’s education is an important part of the search for a new home.”

This survey supports a study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University which revealed that the four major reasons people buy a home have nothing to do with money. They are:

  • A good place to raise children and for them to get a good education
  • A place where you and your family feel safe
  • More space for you and your family
  • Control of that space

What does owning a home mean to you? What non-financial benefits will you and your family gain from owning a home? The answer to that question should be the biggest reason you decide to purchase or not.

2. Where are home values headed?

According to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic, home values are projected to increase by 5.3% over the next 12 months.

What does that mean to you?...

Selling in the Winter Attracts Serious Buyers

Selling in the Winter Attracts Serious Buyers

A recent study of more than 7 million home sales over the past four years revealed that the season in which a home is listed may be able to shed some light on the likelihood that the home will sell for more than asking price, as well as how quickly the sale will close.

It’s no surprise that listing a home for sale during the spring saw the largest return, as the spring is traditionally the busiest month for real estate. What is surprising, though, is that listing during the winter came in second!

“Among spring listings, 18.7 percent of homes fetched above asking, with winter listings not far behind at 17.5 percent. While 48.0 percent of homes listed in spring sold within 30 days, 46.2 percent of homes in winter did the same.”

The study goes on to say that:

“Buyers [in the winter] often need to move, so they’re much less likely to make a lowball offer and they’ll often want to close quickly — two things that can make the sale much smoother.”

Bottom Line

If you are debating listing your home for sale within the next 6 months, keep in mind that the spring is when most other homeowners will decide to list their homes as well. Listing your home this winter will ensure that you have the best exposure to the serious buyers who are out looking now!

The study used the astronomical seasons to determine which season the listing date fell into (Winter: Dec. 21 – Mar. 20; Spring: Mar. 21 – June 20; Summer: June 21...

Have You Saved Enough for Closing Costs?

Have You Saved Enough for Closing Costs?There are many potential homebuyers, and even sellers, who believe that they need at least a 20% down payment in order to buy a home or move on to their next home. Time after time, we have dispelled this myth by showing that many loan programs allow you to put down as little as 3% (or 0% with a VA loan).

If you have saved up your down payment and are ready to start your home search, one other piece of the puzzle is to make sure that you have saved enough for your closing costs.

Freddie Mac defines closing costs as:

“Closing costs, also called settlement fees, will need to be paid when you obtain a mortgage. These are fees charged by people representing your purchase, including your lender, real estate agent, and other third parties involved in the transaction. Closing costs are typically between 2 and 5% of your purchase price.”

We’ve recently heard from many first-time homebuyers that they wished that someone had let them know that closing costs could be so high. If you think about it, with a low down payment program, your closing costs could equal the amount that you saved for your down payment.

Here is a list of just some of the fees/costs that may be included in your closing costs, depending on where the home you wish to purchase is located:

  • Government recording costs
  • Appraisal fees
  • Credit report fees
  • Lender origination fees
  • Title services (insurance, search fees)
  • Tax service fees
  • Survey fees
  • Attorney fees
  • Underwriting fees

Is there any way to...