• Indiana State Fair Celebrates Heroes in the Heartland August 2-18

    INDIANAPOLIS — To pay tribute to the heroism of everyday Hoosiers, the Indiana State Fair announces that its 2019 theme is Heroes in the Heartland, presented by Indiana Donor Network. Throughout the 17-day event, running from August 2 -18, the Indiana State Fair will salute Hoosier farmers, first responders, educators, members of the Armed Forces, and many others who keep us safe and make us proud. Additionally, each day during the fair, Super Heroes featured in box office movies will be h
  • City Unveils First Zero Emissions Lawnmowers

    INDIANAPOLIS — Mayor Joe Hogsett with the Office of Sustainability, Indy Parks and Recreation and the Department of Public Works (DPW) recently unveiled the City’s first zero emissions electric lawnmowers. During the summer months, ground-level ozone can reach high levels, which impacts the amount of work park maintenance teams can perform. The city’s new Mean Green electric mowers produce zero emissions and will aid the city in reducing its carbon footprint and allow crews to
  • IMPD Body Worn Camera Technology Trial Begins

    INDIANAPOLIS – The body worn camera pilot for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) kicked off July 16, that will see all officers and supervisors on North, East, and Southeast District middle shifts equipped with body worn cameras for 45 days. The technology trial is part of a process to study the feasibility of a body worn camera program for Indianapolis that began in early 2019.As part of the feasibility study, IMPD launched an extensive community engagement process. IU
  • IndyPL Unveils “Black History, Indianapolis History” Digital Collection

    INDIANAPOLIS — Family photos and memorabilia from generations of Indianapolis families are the latest additions to the Indianapolis Public Library’s growing collection of local historical materials that can be viewed at www.digitalindy.org.The “Black History, Indianapolis History” digital archive is comprised of images from community members that were scanned during several cultural heritage preservation events at Indy Library branches in the past year. Items include fami
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  • Code for America Teams with City to Create Innovative Partnership

    INDIANAPOLIS — As part of a 2019 fellowship program, the City of Indianapolis and Code for America recently announced an innovative partnership to help formerly incarcerated women successfully reenter society.This program pairs local Code for America Brigade talent with local government, using technology and the principles of delivery-driven government to create long-lasting change that will transform government from the inside out.The Community Fellowship bridges the talent gap in the tec
  • Raiders of the Lost Antiques III on July 20

    INDIANAPOLIS — Find your treasure at one of the Near Eastside’s antiques, architectural salvage, and thrift stores on Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sample local beer, coffee, cider, and snacks during this 3rd annual antiques crawl. Wear your best Indiana Jones outfit and use the hashtag #antiqueraiders2019 for a chance to win some prizes. This year’s participating local businesses are:• Midland Arts & Antiques with Rabble Coffee• All Occasions Gifts &a
  • Rivoli Reuse Visioning Session

    INDIANAPOLIS — On Monday, July 22 from 6:00-7:30 p.m., there will be a visioning session regarding the reuse of the Rivoli Theatre. The session will be held at the John Boner Neighborhood Center, 2236 E. 10th St.As part of the 10th Street arts grant, John Boner Neighborhood Centers will be conducting a reuse study of the Rivoli, located at 3155 E. 10th St. The Rivoli has been closed for more than 25 years, but has a rich and stored past as a movie theatre and concert stage. The visioning s
  • Applause!: July 19-25

    • The Auxiliary to Community Hospital East will sponsor a $5 Jewelry and Accessories Fundraising Sale on Tuesday, July 23, from 7–10 p.m.; Wednesday, July 24, 6:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; and Thursday, July 25, 6:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. at Community Hospital East Main Entrance. Proceeds benefit hospital programs and services.For further information, please contact Volunteer Services at 317-355-5120. The hospital is located at 1500 N. Ritter Ave.• The Benton House Book Sale is this
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  • Indiana Humanities Awards Grants to Nonprofits

    INDIANAPOLIS  — Schools, libraries and other organizations from South Bend to Bloomington recently received Action Grants from Indiana Humanities for projects ranging from a poetry slam camp for middle-school students to a daylong celebration of Potawatomi culture and traditions.Action Grants offer up to $3,000 to support nonprofit organizations that sponsor public humanities programs such as exhibitions, workshops, lectures and reading and discussion programs. Applications for these
  • FoodCon Slated For First Friday at the Harrison Center

    INDIANAPOLIS — In partnership with Big Green, the Harrison Center presents FoodCon 9 on Friday, August 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. Since its inception in 2010, FoodCon has sought to shine a light on the art and culture of food in Indiana by gathering enthusiasts and experts in everything from aquaponics to urban homesteading. This year’s FoodCon is no exception and will feature booths in the Harrison Center gym and courtyard, covering a broad range of interests including beekeeping, cheese ma
  • Benton House Book Sale Supports Historic Property

    IRVINGTON — The Benton House Book Sale will be held from Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 21 at the Benton House, 312 S. Downey Ave. in Irvington. Hours are 5-8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday. They accept cash, check, and credit cards (additional fee for credit card sales).Thousands of books and other materials will be up for sale under the big tent in the parking lot. Hardback books are priced at $2, paperbacks at $1, and children’s books are
  • Pathway to Employment Sees Early Successes

    INDIANAPOLIS — The first set of data and analysis from the City’s pilot workforce development program, Pathway to Employment, has been released. Launched on Monday, May 20, through the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Office of Public Health and Safety (OPHS), the program connects those who are experiencing homelessness, including those who panhandle, with paying jobs and work skills that could help lead to permanent employment.Now in its second month, Pathway to Employment h
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  • New West Perry Library Design Unveiled on July 18

    INDIANAPOLIS — The public is invited to view proposed design plans for the new West Perry Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library during a special community meeting on Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m. at the Southport Branch, 2630 E. Stop 11 Road.Led by project architects from Schmidt Associates and HBM Architects, the meeting will solicit citizen comment on the design of the new $9.2 million branch to be located near Harding Street and Southport Road, as well as services to be offered within
  • Safe Summer Programming Begins in Indianapolis

    INDIANAPOLIS — Mayor Joe Hogsett recently joined Director of Community Violence Reduction Shonna Majors as well as other city and community leaders to kick off the first night of Safe Summer. This expansion of Safe Saturdays, first announced last month, will fund safe and productive activities for youth ages 13 and older at Indy Parks and community partners from July 5 – August 10.Safe Summer will provide safe spaces for youth along with food and a host of free activities, including
  • IACS Launches Campaign Warning of Hot Car Dangers

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Animal Care Services (IACS) recently launched a campaign to keep pets safe as temperatures continue to rise throughout the summer. One of the shelter’s older vehicles is now acting as a “billboard on wheels,” reminding pet owners of the dangers of leaving animals in hot cars. The red, Jeep Cherokee will be parked at various Indy Parks locations over the next few weeks to educate as many people as possible.Truck Lettering Indy donated decals tha
  • Travels with Paula: Hearst Castle in San Simeon

    In the past I’ve told you that my sister Gail and I take a trip together, just the two of us, every five or six years. Well, we decided to include our younger brother Mark and go last year to visit her in Oakland, California at the end of June. We had meant to take him on a trip three years ago when he turned 60 but schedules did not work out. Mark lives in Irvington too and has delivered our newspapers. This is Day 6 of a 8 day trip.We really enjoyed Asilomar the day before – what a
  • Castlewood Association of Neighbors Named Neighborhood of the Month

    INDIANAPOLIS – Mayor Joe Hogsett announced this week that Castlewood Association of Neighbors is the city’s ‘Neighborhood of the Month’ for July 2019. The program highlights Indianapolis neighborhood initiatives, works to engage community groups, and promotes projects by City departments.Located between Allisonville Road, Thrushwood Lane, 91st and 96th streets on the city’s northeast side, Castlewood Association of Neighbors (CAN) understands the meaning of lending
  • Applause!: July 12-18

    • The public is invited to view and react to plans for the renovation of the Lawrence Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library during the second series of community engagement meetings on Wednesday, July 17 from 1 – 2 p.m. and again from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Branch, 7898 Hague Road. Follow the progress of the Lawrence renovation at www.indypl.org/locations/lawrence.• Did you know that the Indianapolis Symphony plays a special concert just for us Eastsiders? Com
  • Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story at Beef & Boards

    INDIANAPOLIS – Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre celebrates the legendary life and career of Buddy Holly this summer with its premiere production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, now on stage through Aug. 18.Buddy – the Buddy Holly Story tells the true story of Buddy’s meteoric rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when “That’ll Be the Day” hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later on “the day the music died.”The show feature
  • 43rd Annual Gav’s Classic

    INDIANAPOLIS — The 43rd Annual Gav’s Classic will be held Saturday, July 20 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Lee Joe Moran’s home at 1243 N. Emerson. There will be a 3 on 3 Blind Draw basketball tourney ($35 fee), food and soft drinks, door prizes, shirt sales, and raffles. After the tournament, there will be kid’s games and shooting contests, a party (BYOB). The Classic will be held in memory of Marydel Moran and David Short, with proceeds going to help with Lee Joe’s med
  • Indy Shorts International Film Festival July 25-28

    INDIANAPOLIS – Heartland Film, Inc. recently announced the film lineup for the upcoming Indy Shorts International Film Festival (Indy Shorts), Indianapolis’ only short film festival and an Academy Award-qualifying event. The festival is expected to be the largest of its kind in the Midwest, with 152 films shown. Indy Shorts will exclusively feature films less than 40 minutes in length, and it will be held at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields on July 25-28. Tickets to the fi
  • Gateway to Work Reporting Requirement for HIP Members Begins

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s Medicaid recipients — Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) members — are required to work at least 20 hours a week (or 80 hours a month) or participate in the Gateway to Work program, unless they meet a specific exemption requirement defined by Gateway to Work legislation.The Gateway to Work Program requires participants to engage and report hours completed on qualifying activities for what will gradually increase to 80 hours per month for eight of 12 month
  • IndyPL’s Summer Reading Program Continues Through July 27

    INDIANAPOLIS It’s not too late for children and families to register for The Indianapolis Public Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Program, “Keepin’ it 100,” which continues through Saturday, July 27 at Southside IndyPL locations.In addition to receiving prizes donated by community partners for their reading activity, participants can celebrate the program’s 100th anniversary by visiting the Library to vote for their favorite kids book from the past century from a
  • Red Line Construction Continues into July

    INDIANAPOLIS — The IndyGo Red Line project continues construction into July, with several updates. IndyGo’s goal is to open the Red Line in September. As with all construction, expect delays and lane closures..Pavement markings are being installed on Capitol Avenue between 18th and Washington Streets. Work will occur mostly during the evening and overnight hours (7 p.m. – 7 a.m.).Pavement markings for a new two-way bike lane on Illinois Street will be installed over the next tw
  • Applause! July 5-11

    • Thank you to all the hard-working volunteers at the Irvington Garden Tour on June 30. The ladies and gentlemen who manned booths and helped out behind the scenes on a sweltering day don’t get enough credit for their work. Thank you to the wonderful homeowners who allowed a bunch of sweaty strangers to wander their little properties. The gardens were beautiful!• Mark your calendars for July 8 – July 14 for Carol in July, the IRT’s annual pre-sale for A Christmas Caro
  • Be Mindful During Summer Sun Season

    July is UV Safety Month across the United States, a time when everyone should remember to take precautions to protect against the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun.The skin is the largest organ in our bodies and being neglectful in protecting it from the sun can have harmful effects. Sunlight, tanning lamps and beds are the main sources of UV rays that can cause skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the U.S. The amount of UV exposure a person gets depends on the strength of the
  • Home Shopping with Your Head & Heart

    This is a story about birds, anxiety, and house-shopping. Bear with me.A few years ago I showed houses to first-time buyers in their mid-30s. Bright, articulate and careful with their money, they were engaged to be married and were searching for an Eastside home with an office, sunny garden, big garage room for a workshop, and at least three bedrooms since they hoped to have a kid or two someday.Our first stop was a renovated bungalow on Sadlier. Some flips are so dismaying; the houses look slic
  • Neighborhood Survey to Help Develop Eastside Quality of Life Plan

    INDIANAPOLIS — The John Boner Neighborhood Center will be conducting canvassing over the next 3 months about the new Quality of Life Plan. In order to make the plan as representative as possible, volunteers will canvass the neighborhoods. Gather at John Boner Neighborhood Center (2236 E. 10th St.) at 9:30 a.m. on July 20 to survey the neighborhood in order to inform the development of the Near Eastside Quality of Life Plan. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to canvass, we will
  • White City Murder at the Phoenix

    Ben Asaykwee’s production of White City Murder is a macabre musical about America’s first modern serial killer, H.H. Holmes. Herman Mudgett’ (Holmes real name) created a “murder castle” that opened for business during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, against a dazzling backdrop of new inventions and firsts. Within the walls of the massive building, Holmes murdered dozens of young women who had come to the big city alone — mainly to sell their skeletons to
  • Indiana State Fair “Taste of the Fair” to Feature New Fair Food

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indulging in fair food is an absolute must when visiting the Great Indiana State Fair. And, once again, with new, wacky recipes and culinary creations, this year won’t disappoint.New food items featured at this year’s Indiana State Fair include:•The Hawaiian Haminator• Bison Hush Puppies• Buffaloaded Fries• Monroe’s Midwest Hero• Indiana Pork BBQ Split• The Trifecta Hero• Deep Fried Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich• Lamb Tac
  • Historic Woodruff Place Home& Garden Tour June 29-30

    INDIANAPOLIS — Visit several homes and gardens, an art studio, and the treasured Town Hall at the Woodruff Place Home and Garden Tour June 29 and June 30 from noon-5 p.m.. Neighbors will provide a vintage fashion show at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 at 974 Woodruff Place West Dr., and there will be live entertainment, and much more for the two day event. Advance sale tickets (credit card sales) are available for $15 online through Eventbrite. The day of tour price is $20 at the Town Hall, 735
  • IPS Names New Superintendent

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) Board of School Commissioners has named Aleesia Johnson as its next superintendent. Johnson has been serving in the role since January and is the first African-American woman to lead the district.In the last six months, under Johnson’s leadership as interim superintendent, IPS has created the Family and Community Engagement Team to better listen to and learn from families and the broader community to cultivate student success. IPS
  • Dept. of Insurance Warns Fireworks Damage May Not be Covered

    INDIANAPOLIS — As Independence Day celebrations kick off, the use of fireworks may increase in your area. The Indiana Department of Insurance is warning Hoosier homeowners and renters that accidental damage caused by fireworks that are banned in their counties may not be covered by their homeowners or renters insurance policies.Many insurance policies contain provisions disclaiming coverage for illegal acts committed by the insured. However, consumers who experience property damage due to
  • Benjamin Harrison Site Offers Patriotic Events

    INDIANAPOLIS – Celebrate the land of the free and home of the brave in not one, but two inspiring events at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site during the week of July 4th.First, on Wednesday, July 3 from 10 – 11 a.m., more than 100 people from across the world will become American citizens at Indiana’s only Presidential Site. Free and open to the public, Judge Sarah Evans Barker will preside over the naturalization ceremony in a tent on the south lawn. Emmy award winner, S
  • City Market Hosts Family Friendly 4th of July Party

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis City Market will host its annual Fourth of July celebration, Party on the Plaza. Now in its fifth year, Party on the Plaza is the City Market’s Independence Day fundraiser benefiting the Indianapolis City Market Corporation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Party on the Plaza is set to take place on Thursday, July 4, from 7 – 11 p.m., and will feature food, live entertainment, family-friendly games and activities, and the Tomlinson Tap Room beer
  • Applause!: June 28-July 4

    • All Indianapolis Public Library locations will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day, except the InfoZone which will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Our website with thousands of downloadable and streaming books, audiobooks, magazines and movies, remains open to serve you 24/7. As always, you can renew your materials online, over the phone at 317-269-5222, or return them to any library location’s drop box.• Buck Creek Players was the recipient of a
  • City Urges Residents to Help Maintain Storm Drains

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Department of Business and Neighborhood Services (BNS) is reminding citizens it is the responsibility of property owners to keep stormwater drains clear and functioning to assist Indianapolis’ infrastructure in handling excessive rainwater.High and recurring precipitation events have led to an increase in the amount of rainwater in the city’s waterways. Due to this fact, the drainage of stormwater and sewage systems operates slower than normal. The City of In
  • Goin’ Fishin’

    As a “baby” Baby Boomer (or elder GenXer), I’ve come to realize we had it pretty good as kids in the 60s and 70s. My mom was a teacher, and my dad always seemed to have jobs that allowed him to take off a couple of weeks every summer. He loved to fish, especially fly fishing, so we would pack up the VW Double Cab pickup or VW bus, and head out so Dad could drown bait. Being the very squeamish type, teaching me to fish was a lost cause — but my sister was an eager pupil. A
  • City Receives Over $20 Mil. in Federal Funding for Infrastructure

    INDIANAPOLIS — City officials recently celebrated the appropriation of $4,958,550 in federal transportation dollars to help fund the rehabilitation of the 16th Street bridge over White River. The five-span reinforced concrete arch bridge was built in 1948 and is ready for replacement.The bridge rehab is one of 12 projects for which the City of Indianapolis is receiving federal funds from the MPO. Funding for all 12 projects totals $20,520,913 and will be available in State Fiscal Year 2024
  • “Night Watch” at Candlelight Theatre

    INDIANAPOLIS – Candlelight Theatre presents the riveting thriller, Night Watch by Lucille Fletcher at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site on select dates in July. This full-length play is complete with candlelight, historical artifacts and the rich ambiance of President Harrison’s original furnishings, making it a one-of-a-kind theatre experience.Be a part of the deepening suspense and mystery, as Elaine Wheeler paces the living room of her Manhattan townhouse, troubled by unsett
  • Irvington Garden Tour June 30

    The Irvington Garden Club is hosting the 19th Annual Irvington Garden Tour on Sunday, June 30 from 1-5 p.m. The tour features some of the finest private gardens in the historic neighborhood, with a chance to go behind the garden gate to see creativity flourish.Established in 2000 as a fundraiser for the club, the annual garden tour has become a must-see event for anyone interested in garden design. On past tours, visitors strolled through Japanese inspired gardens, colorful perennial displays, o
  • Tornado Strikes Beech Grove, Damaging Buildings

    BEECH GROVE — According to the National Weather Service, Indianapolis, Beech Grove experienced an EF-1 tornado on Saturday, June 15 at approximately 7:26 p.m. The tornado began southwest of Beech Grove, crossing Emerson Ave. and Churchman before dissipating. No injuries were reported, but buildings, houses, and an apartment building were damaged. Peak winds were estimated at 100 mph.The Beech Grove tornado was one of nine reported in Indiana on June 15. Another tornado in Marion County tou
  • City-County Council Extends Online Survey Deadline

    INDIANAPOLIS — The creators of an online survey designed to capture Indy residents’ awareness of and attitudes about the City-County Council have announced they are holding the survey open until June 28th to ensure all residents have a chance to weigh in.The survey is part of an innovative project being conducted by researchers with the Public Policy Institute at Indiana University in partnership with the Indianapolis City-County Council. A final report on the project will be availab
  • City Announces Additional Grocery Partners in Lyft Project Pilot

    INDIANAPOLIS — The City of Indianapolis has announced the addition of two grocery partners to the Lyft Project. First announced by Mayor Joe Hogsett in his State of the City address, the pilot program will provide subsidized Lyft rides to grocery stores on the far eastside for up to 500 families between 46th St. to 38th St. and Franklin Rd. to German Church Rd. The pilot is the result of a partnership between the City, the Central Indiana Community Foundation, Mt. Carmel Church, and Lyft.I
  • Indy Parks Hosts Summer Servings Program

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indy Parks will provide daily delivery of meals to the nearly 100 program sites, which includes park locations and 36 mobile sites. Additionally, Indy Parks will instruct free food service training for participating organizations and groups in Marion County.These meals are also enjoyed year-round by children in schools, Indy Parks family centers, public libraries, and apartment complexes. In the past 5 years, the program has served more than 2 million meals, amounting to $6.
  • Garfield Park Art and Music Festival

    INDIANAPOLIS — The 2nd annual Garfield Park Art & Music Festival (GPAMF) is an outdoor festival celebrating the art, music, and culture of Indianapolis. The Festival will be held Saturday, June 29 from 4-9 p.m. at Garfield Park, 2505 Conservatory Dr. on the southeast side. The Festival will feature local musicians and bands of diverse genres performing their original music along with local artists booths with their fine art and handmade wares for sale.Enjoy beers by Garfield Brewery, a
  • Blue Ribbons & Cotton Candy

    It’s county fair time and let your senses take it all in! The dazzling kaleidoscope of color — striped pavilions topped with pennants waving, garish neon lighting concourses, and whirling rides against the darkened sky. The taste of cotton candy and candy apples, a pork chop sandwich or a roasted turkey leg, and an ear of corn dripping in butter cannot be denied. The gentle strains of music wafting across the fairgrounds from the Park Stage, colliding with the roar of engines and cru
  • BMV Highlights New Licenses and Identification Cards

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) Commissioner Peter L. Lacy recently discussed the rollout of the new, more secure, Indiana driver’s license and identification card (ID). Commissioner Lacy, with BMV Chief Operating Officer Kevin Garvey and Executive Director of Credential Programs Stephen Leak, welcomed media outlets to the Indianapolis Beech Grove Branch to learn about the new cards.The new licenses and IDs offer new security features and an easier to read desig
  • Find local favorites at Indiana Grown’s Monumental Marketplace

    INDIANAPOLIS — Tenderloins, ice cream, popcorn — these are just a handful of the Indiana favorites that will be featured at Indiana Grown’s third annual Monumental Marketplace.On June 28, visitors will be able to sip, sample and shop their way around Indianapolis’ Monument Circle, where nearly 150 farmers, artisans and businesses will be located from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This pop-up market is free to attend, open to all ages, and will feature everything from locally-gr
  • Paws and Think, Inc. Selected as a Change-Maker Finalist

    INDIANAPOLIS — Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis, a charitable women’s giving circle, announced Paws and Think, Inc. is one of five Change-Maker finalists that will compete for a $100,000 high-impact grant at the 14th annual Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis celebration. The five nonprofit organizations will each deliver a seven minute presentation followed by a live vote by current Impact 100 members. The remaining four Change-Maker finalists will receive the largest residual grants in

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