Five things to know about on Sunday in Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Good Sunday morning!! Here are five things going on Sunday that you should know about:
- Skytrak Weather - Temperatures will fall into the mid 60s by Sunday morning and patchy fog is possible. Sunday will be a fantastic finish to the weekend with mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper 70s to near 80 degrees.There is just a small chance of a few early morning showers Tuesday, otherwise, a dry pattern takes over the work week. A warming trend arrives too, with afternoon highs climbing to near 90 degrees by Thursday.
Beyond the Badge was begun a 15 years ago as a result of the tragic death of Sheriff's Deputy Jason M. Baker, who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 17, 2001. Jason's dad, Jerry Baker, along with Crown Hill Cemetery, joined together to honor Jason and all public safety professionals, and to raise funds for the Jason M. Baker Public Safety Scholarships, which raises funds to help put the next generation of Public Safety Heroes through college. In 2016 one college student will be awarded a Jason M. Baker Public Safety Scholarship! This event includes a 5K Run & Walk for Individuals and Teams, a 1.5-mile Family Stroll, commemorative medals for 5K run age division winners, cash awards for the overall 5K winners, and special team awards. Refreshments are included for all registered participants, and special event long sleeve t-shirts can be purchased with registration or on their own for $15 each. Event features a moving opening ceremony beginning at 8:15 am with an Honor Guard, Bagpipers, etc. The 5K Run / Walk will begin at 9:00 am. The 1.5-mile Family Stroll begins at 9:05 am and will take participants past the beautiful Heroes of Public Safety Memorial on the south grounds of historic Crown Hill Cemetery. The 5K course winds through scenic Crown Hill Cemetery and includes the "Crown," the highest hill in Marion County. An Honor Guard will be posted at the HEROES OF PUBLIC SAFETY Memorial & Section, pictured on the attached flyer. The Heroes of Public Safety Memorial was created as a result of 9/11 and the death of Jason M. Baker. The memorial and section were dedicated in Sept. 2002.
Hispanic Heritage Fiesta presented by Indiana Donor Network coincides with National Hispanic Heritage Month, which officially runs Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 each year to celebrate Latin culture during the independence period for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. This event is a great enhance to a Zoo visit! Hispanic Heritage Fiesta includes extra festivities that celebrate this great culture with an animal scavenger hunt, a piñata every hour presented by 4moms, community partners and bright decorations! Crafts will include making sarapes, decorating castanets and coloring country flags. Hispanic Heritage Fiesta is included with regular Zoo admission and free for Zoo members.
In an effort to continue peace among neighbors and show support for the Butler-Tarkington students and neighborhood, North United Methodist Church has organized an inter-church prayer service of blessing for IPS School 43 (James Whitcomb Riley School 43) and the surrounding neighborhood on Sunday beginning around 12:00pm. At roughly 12:00pm (following their respective worship services), members from participating churches will march from their churches to IPS School 43 (150 W 40th Street, Indianapolis) to join together with community members and school leadership to pray and bless the school. This march will also emphasize IPS School 43 as a safe place for learning. As of August 9, the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood reached a milestone of "300 days without a homicide." This blessing hopes to encourage peace and inspire students as they head back to school. The school has seen several leadership changes in a short period, but with the leadership of new principal Bakari Posey, also formerly from the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood, the school looks to focus on the future and strive to be a place where students feel safe and supported.
One of the greatest players in WNBA history, Tamika Catchings, will play her final regular season game on Sunday, when the Indiana Fever host the Dallas Wings (4:00 p.m.) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. A special retirement ceremony will take place immediately after the game, with fans invited to attend. Other in-game fan elements include:
• Fans in the lower bowl will receive a #24Forever t-shirt and all fans will receive "I was there at Tamika's last game" certificates.
• Renowned sand sculpturist Joe Castillo will pay special tribute to Catchings' career at halftime.
• Tribute videos will be played throughout the game.
• Fans can record video messages for Tamika which will be played throughout the game.
• Top plays and top moments from Catchings' career will be played for fans throughout the afternoon.
• Fever players will wear a special Tamika Catchings shooting shirt. Fans can purchase this shirt in the Home Court Gift Shop ($25). Catchings joined the Indiana franchise in 2001 when she was the club's first-round draft selection - just one year after the club was established. Since that time, she has been the face of the franchise through 16 seasons, 13 playoff appearances, eight visits to the conference finals, three trips to the WNBA Finals and a 2012 WNBA championship.