Sparkplug Information- Donations, Registrations and More!

sparkplug-unoe-presentsThe Sparkplug Banquet is almost here! For your convenience we have provided all the forms you need to register for the banquet, nominate a neighborhood “sparkplug,” or donate a door prize!  You are free to snail mail or email the forms, but at this time we are not accepting online payments for the banquet.

The menu for evening is a choice of glazed chicken with roasted potatoes or eggplant cannelloni with angel hair pasta in a roasted red pepper sauce. All meals include fresh grilled vegetables, seasonal greens, fresh baked bread and bread pudding with a caramel glaze for dessert.

Click here to download the form to register your neighborhood. Single registrations are also fine,  just mail a check to UNOE or bring cash to the office.  This also includes the form to nominate a neighborhood “Sparkplug,” someone who is working hard to ignite the community.

If you are a local business who would like to donate a door prize the form can be found here.   We appreciate your support!

We are still looking for sponsors as well. See this post for information on sponsorship levels.  We appreciate everyone who gives back to their community in this way!

See you at the Sparkplug Banquet October 27th!







Call for Sparkplug Sponsorship!


We are looking for sponsors for the Sparkplug Banquet! We want to shine a light on local businesses while you help us celebrate our community sparkplugs who constantly ignite their communities to action!

We have several levels of sponsorship available, something for every type of business budget.

EMBER – $75 GLOW -$150 KINDLE $300 INSPIRE $550
· One business card ad in event program

·Thank you reaching 1,000+ followers
across our social media channels

·Thank you letter


· Recognition on the banquet big screen

· One quarter-page ad in event program

Thank you reaching 1,000+ followers across our social media channels

· Thank you letter


·  Recognition on the banquet big screen

· One half-page ad in event program

· Two complimentary banquet tickets

· Two door prize tickets

· Thank you reaching 1,000+ followers across our social media channels

· Thank you letter

· Recognition on the banquet big screen

· One full-page ad in event program

· Four complimentary banquet tickets

·  Four door prize tickets

· Thank you with logo reaching 1,000+ followers across our social media channels

· Thank you letter

We also have a very special opportunity for one Presenting Sponsor. The Ignite level is valued at $3000 dollars. The Ignite Sponsor will receive:

  • Prominent logo and placement on event program as Presenting Sponsor
  • Prominent recognition on the banquet big screen with logo
  • One full-page ad back cover of event program
  • Named as Presenting Sponsor at banquet
  • Opportunity to welcome banquet guests
  • Complementary table of eight (8) at banquet
  • Eight door prize tickets
  • Eight United Neighborhoods of Evansville T-shirts
  • Four  mentions with logo across our social media channels reaching 1,000+ followers
  • Named as Presenting Sponsor in media release sent to local media outlets
  • Opportunity to enter basket for door prize give-a-way

Please email or call (812) 428-4243 for more information on sponsorship. We look forward to supporting your business while you support our sparkplugs!


Candidates Night at UNOE

Unoe Candidates Forum

UNOE wants you to be an informed voter! Join us for our annual Candidates night as we hear from candidates running for State Representative Dist. 77 and 78, Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder, County Coroner, County Commissioner, County Council at Large, Judicial and School Board.

United Neighborhoods of Evansville will provide the moderator for the evening. All candidates will be given 2 minutes to speak with 4 minutes of Q & A from the audience. Candidates will not be allowed to question or comment to each other on any issues! Candidates that are uncontested will not be allowed to speak due to time issues but are encouraged to attend. There will be a 10 minute intermission.

We are excited to provide this opportunity to the community to meet their candidates and hear what they have to say! Please be advised that this event takes the place of our regular general meeting, which usually takes place at 6:30 PM. We will be starting 30 minutes early to accommodate all candidates. Please click the link below for a list of candidates.

2106 Candidates Forum Agenda

Feel free to contact the UNOE staff at (812) 428-4243 or at if you have questions, or check out our event on Facebook! We hope you’ll join us!

21st Annual Sparkplug Celebration!

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Join us for the 21st Annual Sparkplug Celebration Thursday, October 27th, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the Walnut Rooms at the Tropicana Executive Conference Center!

Our annual celebration of Evansville’s neighborhoods formally recognizes community “Sparkplugs,” individuals who go above and beyond to serve their neighbors and neighborhood, with a banquet style awards program. Over 300 neighborhood and community leaders attend each year, and we hope you will be among them!

We are thrilled to announce the keynote speaker will be Wil Marquez of w/Purpose, an urban and public design firm from Indianapolis, Indiana.  Mr. Marquez is an authority on urban and public design and has led collaborative projects on creative place making, branding, and design.

Please contact if you are interested in sponsorship of the event or for more information.

2016 Autumn Heavy Trash Pick-Up


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2016 Fall Heavy Trash Pick-Up Begins Monday, August 22

The Evansville Water & Sewer Utility announces that Heavy Trash Pick-up will begin next Monday, August 22, and is scheduled to run through Friday, October 21.  The semi-annual curbside service is available to city residents who pay for trash service with their monthly water bill, including newly-annexed areas.  Apartment complexes, mobile home communities and business/commercial customers are not eligible.

The collection schedule and area maps are available on the City of Evansville’s GIS website at  To help keep crews on schedule and prevent heavy trash from sitting out on the curb longer than necessary, the number of days allocated for collection in each specific area has been determined based on the volume of heavy trash in the past and the number of days required to collect the trash.

Heavy trash must be placed in manageable, organized piles where normal weekly trash is collected before 6 a.m. on the first day collection is scheduled in each specific area.

Items that will be collected include:

  • Carpet
    • Must be rolled in sections no longer than 4 ft. and no wider than 2 ft. in diameter
  • Furniture
    • Sofas, tables, chairs, mattresses, box springs, etc.
  • Appliances
    • Stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, water heaters, etc.
    • Limit two of each type of appliance per household
  • Electronics
    • NO Televisions or electronics.
    • NO computers or accessories
  • Building materials/construction debris
    • Must be in trash cans, boxes, etc. of such size and weight that they can be reasonably lifted by two average adults
    • Containers must be strong enough that they do not break apart while being lifted even if they are wet
    • Privacy fence sections must be cut in half or smaller manageable size
    • NO concrete blocks, bricks or steel poles

Items that will NOT be collected include:

  • Any trash that Republic Services would pick up as part of its regular residential waste collection contract
  • Televisions or electronics
  • Automobile parts
  • Batteries
  • Tires
  • Hazardous materials
  • Computers or accessories
  • Concrete blocks, bricks or steel poles

Heavy trash that does not meet these requirements will not be picked up.  If a customer has complied with all of the heavy trash collection requirements yet feels they were missed, they should call Republic Services at (812) 424-3345 within two days to report a possible missed pick-up.

Note that many items not collected through the city’s heavy trash pick-up can be properly disposed of through programs offered by the Vanderburgh County Solid Waste District, including Tire Amnesty Days, Electronics Recycling Days and Household Hazardous Waste Day (Tox Away Day). Additional information about these programs and upcoming program dates is available on the Solid Waste District’s section of the city website at or by calling (812) 436-7800.

CONTACT:   Edward Ziemer

Evansville Water & Sewer Utility

(812) 436-4512

Thank you to Ella Johnson-Watson, Director of Communications at Mayor Winneke’s office, for the information.




Election Worker Recruitment

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Here is some information from The League of Women Voters of Southwestern Indiana on how you can work for the upcoming election.

A bi-partisan volunteer committee organized by the local GOP and Democrat party chairmen have developed a plan for improving the election process. The committee  has asked the League of Women Voters to help recruit the more than 320 election workers needed. The League is committed to recruiting at least 100  and is asking community organizations to join us in the effort. This is all in keeping with the League’s motto that “Democracy is not a spectator sport.”

The application forms should be returned to Guy Sides, chair of the
bi-partisan committee.

Here is an application form you can download: Election Worker Application Form

The forms can be emailed to Guy Sides, or if you prefer, you can send them to:
Guy Sides
3204 Renee Drive
Evansville, IN 47711

Questions? Call (252) -619-8849 or
(812) 303-0662.


National Night Out 2016!

National Night Out 2016

It’s almost time for National Night Out 2016! Tomorrow night, Tuesday August 2nd  meet us at Wesselman Park from 6-8:30 PM for free food, games and fun! Local law enforcement will be on hand for safety demonstrations, as well as lots of local organizations with fun goodies and information. UNOE will be on hand with our new misting station to help keep you cool!

Hope to see you there!

Pokemon Go Is In Your Neighborhood!

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Pokemon Go is a new app  that is taking the US by storm! Far from the days of collectible cards, this new smartphone game uses GPS technology to create an activity that combines old school Pokemon, Geocaching and Virtual Reality.  “Trainers” catch Pokemons with a Pokeball that appears in the app, and then take them to a “gym” to train, and then you are sorted into teams where you play to win!

pokemon squirtle

It’s all done on your phone so it’s not only portable, but it’s IMPOSSIBLE to play sitting in front of a screen indoors. The only way to catch and train your Pokemon is to get out and walk in your community. The result? Kids and adults alike are out playing and getting into their neighborhoods in ways we haven’t seen since the days of stickball. Finally we have technology that gets the kids out of the house instead of in!

As much fun as everyone is having with the game Pokemon Go, it is important to stay safe and law-abiding.  So here’s some tips we’ve compiled for users and non-users to keep it fun for everyone.

1.No Trespassing!
The game programmers have included a lot of local businesses and landmarks in the game to get people out hunting. But these places are not always open for business, and it some cases have been inaccurately labeled as landmarks when they are actually private residences, such as this man whose church house has been inundated with players at all hours after POKEMON GO identified it as a “gym.”  Our own president, Chris Cooke, has had to deal with trespassing after dark at historic Oak Hill Cemetery. Please do not try to catch Pokemon after business hours, or trespass on private property. It’s not only an annoyance to residents and caretakers, but it can be dangerous as well.

Here’s a great post  from KISS 106.1 detailing when popular spots close.

2. Stay Safe on the Streets!
Keep your eyes off your game when you are crossing the street! A flat Pokemon Trainer is no good to anyone. And please don’t try to catch Pokemon’s when you are driving! Keep your phone put away and don’t get it back out until you have reach your designated location. Keep an eye on your children and set guidelines and boundaries for them so they stay close to home and don’t wander in where they are not allowed.

3. Don’t Panic!
This game brings people from all walks of life out into the greater community. You might see people you don’t know in your neighborhood and they might be acting strangely with their cell phones. Try to determine if they are just playing a game before you let your suspicions get the best of you.  If they aren’t damaging property or trespassing best not bother law enforcement.

4. Stay Aware!
In one instance, this game was used to target potential robbery victims. While this information should not be used to cause a panic and is likely not to happen again since the perps were caught quickly (what made it easy to target victims also made it easy for them to be caught) , it is good to be aware of your surroundings and play with caution.

It’s encouraging to see people getting out into their communities, getting exercise, fresh air and meeting new people! Every recreational activity carries an element of risk. So please have fun, use common sense, and please stay safe and respect your neighbors and businesses!