Founded by a pair of animal lovers, Mended Hearts Rescue is dedicated to the rehabilitation and rehoming of animals of all breeds, ages, and capabilities. To date in 2013, Mended Hearts Rescue has transferred and treated 97 dogs from city shelters that needed special care following a period of neglect. Once rescued, a veterinarian—and in some cases a behaviorist and specialty veterinarian—examine animals and establish a plan to rehabilitate them. When dogs are healthy, their profiles are posted on Petfinder to help find them loving homes.
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Duck behind bunkers, belly-crawl through the jungle, or peak over sandy dunes on more than 125 acres of obstacle-laden fields and heart-pumping terrain. Located in Anderson, just 20 minutes northeast of Indianapolis, White River Paintball offers indoor and outdoor fields. Play it up old school on the classic woodsball field or duck behind a real Sikorsky helicoper at the airstrip. Hide out in an abandoned building in Bedlam City or head to the fort to artfully reinterpret the Korean Conflict with a loaded paint weapon and a promise not to cry.
Since purchasing the 73-acre Piney Acres Farm in 1999, Rex Zenor and his family have put in countless hours of hard work to make it a holiday destination for families, including planting more than 50 acres of Christmas trees. Every November and December, a wagon ride whisks guests to a field full of Scotch and white pines, Frasier and Douglas firs, and Colorado blue spruces, some standing up to 16-feet tall without heels. While parents select the right tree, a visiting Santa Claus listens to youngsters' gift requests and a gift shop stocked with seasonal gifts and treats inspires return trips to Old Saint Nick as kids amend their wish lists.
Families don't have to wait for the first snowfall to plan a trip to the farm, however. September and October usher in autumn with a potpourri of family-friendly activities, including a gem-mining sluice, a pumpkin patch, and a kids area complete with a two-acre mini corn maze. Rex even designed, laid out, and cut the farm's grown-up eight-acre maze himself, and personally conjured each of the spirits that haunt it after dusk.
Fitness Now's founder Tiffany Wheatley draws from more than 12 years of professional fitness experience and extensive certification to customize each workout and regimen to each customer's individual needs. Sophisticated cardio and strength equipment hone and tone muscles, while certified personal trainers and nutritionists fashion individual exercise and diet packages. Guests sweat to glory in the supportive atmosphere of group classes such as spin sessions or Pilates and yoga courses, which aim to unite mind and body during core-boosting workouts, like doing sit-ups in a sensory-depravation tank.
When The Haunted Angelus House's monsters first come out in the evening, frightened guests can ward them off with glow sticks. The neon batons send a warning signal to the unseen horrors, letting them know the group contains children or timid souls who may not be ready for the full brunt of their fearsomeness. But as the night progresses, so does the terror, and once the clock strikes eight, nothing can hold back the monsters, demons, and zombies as they spill from the shadows to horrify unsuspecting visitors. The only hope left for the innocent victims is to navigate the 37-room haunt, which swarms with demon tenants, and then make it past the 3,000-square-foot outdoor black maze haunted by chainsaw people and souls willing to risk eternity for their chance at a rent-controlled apartment.
Though the event aims to scare, its real intent will warm visitors' hearts, as all proceeds are donated to The Angelus, a nonprofit that aids those with cerebral palsy.