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What Happened: Birth, Naturalization & Recycling

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Some mom-related stats from the U.S. Census Bureau heading into Mother's Day weekend: Of all women age 15-44: 47 percent have no children; 20 percent have had two; 17 percent have had one and 15 percent have had three or more.

At an estimated 39.3 percent, Indiana's percentage of unmarried women who have recently given birth is "significantly higher than the national average," according to a U.S. Census Bureau analysis of 2011 data released May 1. Of the 4.1 million woman sampled nationwide, 36 percent were unmarried — up from 31 percent in 2005. The percentage was 62 percent for woman ages 20-24. Fort Wayne topped the list of state cites sampled at 51.6 percent (given a 9.8 margin of error) and Lafayette came in the lowest at 19.4 percent (11.2 MoE). For the Indianapolis-Carmel area, the percentage was 32.6 (5.8 MoE). Flagstaff, Ariz., and Cheyenne, Wyo., booked-ended the national survey with shares of 74.6 and 4.7 percent, respectively.

The burgeoning bike culture of Indiana's capital city and a strong cycling sports tradition may obscure a less-than-flattering assessment of the state by the League of American Bicyclists. The organization ranked Indiana 43rd on its annual Bike Friendly State rankings released May 1 — down from No. 30 in 2012. The nation's top-ranked states were Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Minnesota and Delaware. North Dakota ranked the least bike friendly among the states. In the five ranking categories, ascending from a low of one to a high of five, Indiana earned twos in four categories and the lowest score in the infrastructure and funding category. As its "top tip" within a broader list of recommendations, the league suggested several funding sources of which state officials could make better use of to bolster bike friendliness in transportation projects.

On Thursday, 82 immigrants, representing 32 countries, were sworn in and received their U.S. citizenships at Shortridge Magnet High School. See Mark A. Lee's slideshow.

More parting shots on legislative session ...

Recycling received a budgetary boost. Though still far short of the $3.4 million grant pool the Indiana Recycling Coalition hoped would be available to stimulate the recycling efforts of industries statewide, the $2 million biennial appropriation is twice what was on the table at the beginning of the year. The IRC will hold its "Recycling at a Crossroads in the Crossroads of America" conference May 14-16 at the Wyndham West, Indianapolis. The dynamic lineup includes sessions such as "Recycling and Indiana's Economy," "Community Commodities: Recovered Assets and Sense of Place," "All About Plastic" and much more. Check out indianarecycling.org for more details.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana's 10th annual Gathering of Goddesses and Gods raised more than $150,000 to support a fund used to provide preventive health care for low-income women and men at clinics statewide. Almost 700 supporters attended the April 27 event Downtown. In related news, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Indiana are looking at possible challenge to Senate Enrolled Act 371. Signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence on May 1, SEA 371 requires clinics dispensing abortion-inducing pills to meet the same standards as a surgical facility.

Fallen Officer Memorial Dedication

Wednesday, May 8, 3:30p.m.

IMPD East District Headquarters, 201 N. Shadeland Ave.

Chief Rick Hite and East District Commander James Waters will be among the officials gathered to dedicate the new memorial created by 13-year-old Eagle Scout Tony Wooten.

"Decrease Worldsuck"

Friday, May 10, 7:30 p.m. Indy Reads Books

The Indy premiere of the "The Nerdfighters Documentary," the brainchild of Hank and John Green, or the VlogBrothers as they are known online, aims to encourage the spread of awesomeness.

Cultural Trail Grand Opening

Friday, May 10, 3:45 p.m., Alabama and Market streets intersection

Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., all along the Cultural Trail

From the ribbon-cutting celebration with jazz, spoken word and mural art on Friday through Saturday with everything from a parasol parade to hot-air balloon rides — this weekend Indianapolis will gather along the trail and "Get Down on It!" See IndyCulturalTrail.org/GetDownOnIt for the complete schedule.

STAMP OUT HUNGER

Saturday, May 11, mailboxes and post offices citywide

If you can place a can or a bag of non-perishable food items next to your mailbox on Saturday, then you can help the National Association of Letter Carriers effort to "Stamp Out Hunger." Mail carriers will pick up AND deliver the food to Gleaners. It can't get much easier than that to contribute and the need is great. In fiscal year 2010-2011, Gleaners distributed an estimated 15 million meals to hunger relief programs. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate the event, which, in 2012, sent 137,989 pounds of food to Gleaners. Contact Jessica Shive at jshive@gleaners.org or 925-0191 ext. 156 to register as an individual, or better yet, as a group.

Race City Rebels

Saturday, May 11, at The Forum in Fishers, 9022 E. 126th St., 6 p.m.

Indiana's men's roller derby team opens its fourth season with a bout against the Chicago Bruise Brothers. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and bouts start at 6. $10, $8 in advance, free for kids 10 and under.

Statewide Asthma Conference

Tuesday, May 14, Ritz Charles in Carmel, all day

Noting that about one in 10 of Hoosiers suffers from asthma, the Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition has organized its first statewide conference to address topics ranging from implications of the Affordable Care Act for people with asthma to how to help children affected by the chronic disease. See injac.org for more details.

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