• Ice Cream Social August 7 Welcomes Everyone

    IRVINGTON —The Irvington Historical Society has held an annual Ice Cream Social on the first Sunday in August every year since its founding in 1964. It began as a purely social event on the Benton House lawn. While it was primarily for the members — and a reminder that it was time to renew memberships — everyone was welcome.  Most years had live music. In addition to serving ice cream, members baked all the cakes that were served. Since moving to the Bona Thompson Memorial
  • Traffic Changes, Ramp Closures Due to Clear Path 465

    INDIANAPOLIS — Clear Path 465 will add lanes and rebuild pavement to I-465 between I-69 /Binford Blvd. and the White River. The work will be completed in phases and require traffic shifts and closures on I-465.Crews will restrict I-465 eastbound to one lane to restripe the pavement and shift traffic toward the outside shoulder. Weekend traffic pattern changes include short-term and long-term ramp closures. The Keystone Ave. on-ramps to eastbound I-465 will close for re-striping and reopen
  • Pacers Unveil Refurbished Basketball Court at Brookside

    INDIANAPOLIS — Pacers Sports & Entertainment, Indy Parks, and the Parks Alliance of Indianapolis recently unveiled the refurbishments at the outdoor basketball court at Brookside Park on the city’s near eastside, highlighted by a vibrant mural painted on the main court capturing the vibrancy and energy of surrounding neighborhoods.The mural, created by PS&E Art Director Joel Dale and executed by Indiana artist Carl Leck, represents a partnership between the three organization
  • Halloween Poster Contest Winner Revealed

    IRVINGTON — The 76th Historic Irvington Halloween Festival is months away, but a select panel and the general public have selected the winner of the annual poster contest for this year’s festival. The winner, with a “Stranger Things” inspiration was from Jessica Beauchamp. Second place went to Aidan Campbell, and third place was awarded to Daric Kindle.The field for this year’s poster contest was large, with 27 posters submitted. Winning posters will be auctioned of
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  • DoorDash Partnerships to Combat Food Insecurity

    INDIANAPOLIS — A new partnership with DoorDash will provide free home deliveries of groceries, sanitary items, and other daily necessities.“Project DASH” aims to deliver necessary food and household items to families across Marion County who are home-bound, lacking transportation, face mental or physical disabilities, or who may otherwise be unable to access charitable food. DoorDash covers the cost of delivery up to 10 miles from the original site.To support this project, the
  • Marion County Reports Additional Monkeypox Cases

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Marion County Public Health Department is reporting additional presumed positive cases of monkeypox, bringing the total number of cases in Marion County to 17. The health department announced its first two monkeypox cases on July 13. The Indiana Department of Health reported 45 total monkeypox cases in the state.The cases span from June 18 through July 28 and include two pediatric patients, according to IDOH.The number of monkeypox cases continues to rise across the Unit
  • Law Enforcement Taking School Bus Safety Seriously

    INDIANAPOLIS — As students head back to the classroom, state and local law enforcement agencies are reminding motorists to stop for school buses or face the consequences. Over the next couple of months, officers will be increasing patrols to prevent stop-arm violations, speeding and other forms of reckless driving around school buses and in school zones.More than 200 agencies plan to participate in the back-to-school Stop Arm Violation Enforcement campaign — better known as SAVE. The
  • Indianapolis Public Library Hosts Author Fair Aug. 6

    INDIANAPOLIS — Aspiring authors and fans of local literature are invited to attend the IndyPL Author Fair, taking place Saturday, Aug. 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m at Central Library. This all-ages event is free and open to the public.Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and network with more than 40 authors, purchase signed copies of their work, and talk about the writing process. The authors cover a wide range of genres and backgrounds.There will also be workshops led by local li
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  • Helpful Back to School Tips for Parents and Kids

    For kids and parents alike, it’s hard to believe how quickly the time passes between when a school year ends and another school year begins during the late summer months.It’s always an enormous adjustment for youngsters to give up entire days playing sports, swimming, riding their bikes and participating in other enjoyable activities all day long, to then face heading back to school and hitting the books. Truth be told, it’s a huge adjustment for parents as well, so here’
  • Applause!: Aug. 5-11

    • Congratulations to Hotel Tango on the southeast side for winning Distillery of the Year and Best of Show Whiskey with their Peated/Smoked Whisky (under 2 years) at the Indiana State Fair Wine and Spirits competition. Hartland Winery was named Winery of the Year, and Country Heritage Brianna was named Wine of the Year.• The next Irving Circle Park Concert will be held Saturday, August 6, at 7 p.m. Meet early at the Irving Circle on S. Audubon.  The NFC {Neighborhood Food Collecti
  • Students Head Back to the Classroom

    Schools in the area are either back in session already or will be in the next couple of weeks. The 2022-23 school year looks like, at least at the time of this writing, to be the first full “normal” year of schooling since the pandemic of 2020-21.Currently, schools in the Indianapolis metro area have not issued mask mandates for students or staff, although schools are encouraging the use of masks for those who have compromised auto-immune systems or are otherwise uniquely vulnerable
  • Vets and Dogs Benefit from Indiana Legion Gift

    INDIANAPOLIS — The American Legion, Department of Indiana presented a check for $25,000 to the Indiana Canine Assistance Network (ICAN) at the Indianapolis Marriott East during a formal presentation on Saturday, July 9. Their generous gift will enable the service dog organization to provide two deserving Indiana veterans with their own service dog, free of cost.The highly trained canines will provide tasks for these veterans living with combat-related challenges, to empower them to return
  • Indy Shorts International Film Festival Announces Winners

    INDIANAPOLIS – The 2022 Indy Shorts International Film Festival (Indy Shorts) presented by Heartland Film announced its award winners and presented more than $30,000 in cash prizes at its Awards Ceremony which took place on Saturday, July 23 at Newfields. The Festival’s three Grand Prize-winning films “Ousmane” (Jorge Camarotti, Canada), “Stranger at the Gate” (Joshua Seftel, USA) and “Black Slide” (Uri Lotan, Israel/UK) will receive Academy Award&
  • Carson Ave. Closes for Bridge Replacement

    INDIANAPOLIS — Bridge replacement work has closed Carson Avenue at I-465. The Carson Avenue closure is expected to last about six months and the detour will follow Keystone Avenue and Thompson Road.I-465 traffic should expect nighttime lane closures and intermittent 20-minute traffic stoppages near Carson Avenue. Demolition of the bridge will require nighttime closures and detours for two nearby ramps between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.:Carson Avenue is the fifth and final bridge that the I-69 Fini
  • New Scam Involves Receipts for Products You Didn’t Order

    INDIANA — BBB Scam Tracker is getting reports of phony e-mails and texts that appear to be receipts for a new iPhone you didn’t purchase. Scammers are hoping you’ll panic and contact them to correct the “error.”You receive an email or text message saying you purchased a new iPhone, and your Amazon account, bank account, or credit card will be charged. But you didn’t buy a new phone! Eager to reverse the charge, you call the customer service number
  • National Night Out with IMPD

    INDIANAPOLIS — National Night Out, a program that helps bring law enforcement and the community together, will be held the evening of Tuesday, August 2. Many neighborhoods have organized informal block parties and cookouts to celebrate. Everyone is asked to turn on their porch lights for the evening.IMPD will be celebrating with the John Boner Neighborhood Center from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Fitness and Learning Center, 727 Oriental Ave.Established in 1984 and sponsored by the National Assoc
  • Keystone Ave. South Stormwater Outfall Project Gets Underway

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Keystone Avenue South Stormwater Outfall Project is beginning soon. This expansive $18.3 million project (SD-19-072) is the largest project that Indy DPW has this year. This Keystone interceptor is the start of 12 projects and will enable improved drainage in a historically underserved neighborhood. The entire project will reach a span of 3 square miles, addressing approximately 1,100 stormwater related complaints since 2001.The project was initially funded through the l
  • IMPD Mounted Patrol Receive IndyVet PETS Award

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) Mounted Patrol Unit has been named recipient of the 2022 PETS Award presented by IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital.Presentation of the award was made recently at the 24th IndyVet Pet Carnival, an annual celebration of all-things-animal held at IndyVet, 5425 Victory Drive. IndyVet founder James Speiser, DVM made the presentation to IMPD Mounted Officer Palumbo and his equine partner Maddie, Sgt. Sperry and Lyric,
  • Free Concerts at the State Fair

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Hoosier Lottery Free Stage will run July 29 through August 21 (Fair is closed Mondays and Tuesdays). The Hoosier Lottery Free Stage has become a summertime staple for concert goers and music lovers. The lineup each year consists of some of music’s most legendary acts and this year is no exception. All shows at the Hoosier Lottery Free Stage are free with paid fair admission and seating is first-come, first-served. All shows start at 7:30 p.m., unless noted otherwis
  • Applause!: July 29-Aug. 4

    • A big “thank you!” goes out to the volunteers that made the Benton House Book Sale a big success this year! Thousands of books sorted and carted upstairs, put under the big tent in sweltering heat and humidity — the folks that made it happen really made the sale great this year.• Indianapolis Liederkranz will host Sommerfest at German Park, 8600 S. Meridian, on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 5 p.m. There will be German beer food, music, dancing and fun for the whole family. Ad
  • Get Revved Up for the 165th Indiana State Fair July 29-August 21

    INDIANAPOLIS — As the Indiana State Fair revs up for 2022, it will dedicate the theme for this year’s event to Celebrating Indiana’s Automotive Excellence, presented by Tom Wood Automotive Group. The 165th Indiana State Fair will take place Friday, July 29th through Sunday, August 21st and will continue its long tradition as Indiana’s favorite all-encompassing summer destination event.Indiana’s rich automotive tradition is a signature source of pride for Hoosiers, a
  • More Street Closures as City Makes Improvements

    INDIANAPOLIS — Portions of Mooresville Road, E 33rd Street, and Shelby Street are closed to through traffic. These closures will allow contractors to make improvements to the city’s transportation and stormwater infrastructure.On the east side and downtown, there will be full closures along intermittent segments of E 33rd Street between Dr. Andrew J. Brown Avenue and Ralston Avenue from July 18 through the end of December 2022, to allow the contractor to install a new stormwater syst
  • Martin University President Honored by Governor

    INDIANAPOLIS — Martin University President Sean Huddleston was honored for his exceptional efforts in education by Eric J. Holcomb at the Governor’s Awards Reception, held at the Indiana Convention Center in conjunction with the 51st Indiana Black Expo (IBE) Summer Celebration.The reception acknowledged the outstanding achievements of African Americans throughout the state. The Governor’s Awards are sponsored by the Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC), Indiana Family and Soc
  • East Side Neighborhoods Among Grant Recipients

    INDIANAPOLIS — Recently, the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center announced the recipients of the Indianapolis Neighborhood Grant Program. The program, which focuses on neighborhood spaces, art, and beautification, is intended to enhance engagement, collective action, and development for neighborhoods and neighborhood-based organizations. The effort was made possible through funding from federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars passed by the City-County Council.Twenty-six recipients r
  • State Increases Funding for Mental Health Services

    INDIANA — Nearly $110 million in public and private funding will be issued soon to bolster the campaign to reduce mental health and addiction issues in Indiana. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction is administering the release of both state and federal funds.One in five residents struggle with mental health and addiction issues. During the pandemic, professionals saw a significant increase in cases of depressive disorders, as
  • “Honky Tonk Angels” at Beef & Boards

    INDIANAPOLIS – The classic country sounds of Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette and more soar this summer at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre with Honky Tonk Angels, now on stage.When three gutsy gals from different backgrounds take charge of their lives, they decide to follow their honky tonk dreams to the city of Nashville. Angela Bodine, played by Bridgette Ludlow, is a larger-than-life housewife from Texas with a beer drinking, truck driving husband named Bubba. Dar
  • County Reports First Cases of Monkeypox

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Marion County Public Health Department is reporting two probable cases of monkeypox, the first cases reported in Marion County. Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus, and the risk of transmission in the general U.S. population is low. The virus does not spread easily between people without close contact.“Even though the risk of transmission is very low here, we all need to be aware of the facts about this virus, including risk fac
  • Call to the Colors

    If you are a direct descendant of a Marion County, Indiana resident who answered the call to the colors to help preserve the Union during the Civil War, then you may be eligible for membership in the new lineage society being offered by the Genealogical Society of Marion County (GSMC). The Civil War Families of Marion County is designed to honor both the Union veterans who served in either the army or navy and their families. The initial submission period ends on December 1, 2022, and those inte
  • Applause!: July 22-28

    • The Hoosier History Live 14th Anniversary party was held at the Kurt Vonnegut Museum on July 14. Local luminaries dressed up as people from Indiana history, including Nancy Hanks Lincoln and Mother Theodore Guerin. A great time was had by all.• Eunice Trotter, formerly of the Recorder newspaper, has been named as director of Indiana Landmarks Black Heritage Preservation Program.• The Neighborhood Food Collective is hosting a food giveaway on Sunday, July 24 from 2-3 p.m. or whil
  • 2022 May Wright Sewall Leadership Award Announcement

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Propylaeum announced the May Wright Sewall Leadership Award recipients, Janet Allen and Katherine Kiang. Given annually, the award honors outstanding Indiana women who embody the spirit of May Wright Sewall. This year’s awardees reflect Sewall’s commitment to broadening the arts and culture scene of Indianapolis and educational opportunities for girls.Janet Allen is the Margot Lacy Eccles Artistic Director at the Indiana Repertory Theater. Allen
  • Black Sorority Sigma Gamma Rho — 100 Years of History Unveiled in Irvington

    IRVINGTON — This year the Black sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho, will celebrate the centennial of its founding on Butler’s Irvington Campus. Seven young African-American  teachers founded the sorority at Butler to aid women of color looking for a career in education.Over 6,000 sorority international members attended events in Indianapolis for the celebration. One of the scheduled events was the unveiling of a State Historical Marker on the grounds of the Bona Thompson Memorial Center,
  • Old Stables to Become New Spaces

    INDIANAPOLIS — The 130 year old mule stables known as the POLK Stables, are undergoing a complete rehabilitation and will become the latest shared work space on the near eastside. COhatch will house artist studios, makerspaces, and co-working offices. The building will also feature North High Brewing restaurant and an art gallery. Construction began in early July and will take about a year.Located at 1553 Lewis St. within the Monon16 area, the building is within a federal Opportunity Zone
  • Former Women’s Prison Razed, No Plans Yet for Redevelopment

    INDIANAPOLIS — The former Women’s Prison property on New York and Randolf has been razed by the state. The 15 acre property has been vacant since 2017.Originally built in 1872, the state built the prison expressly for women — one of the first in the United States. Later, the Women’s Prison was relocated and the property was repurposed as a re-entry facility for offenders as a way to get back into the community after their sentences were completed.Since 2017, the property
  • COVID-19 Cases Surging Worldwide — 10 Indiana Counties Show Increase

    INDIANA — Sporadic outbreaks of a new variant of COVID-19 have affected other countries, spurring new restrictions in China and Macao, while other nations have eased or completely eliminated rules while keeping an eye on surges in cases. Currently, the United States is seeing a small uptick in cases since June, but nowhere near the peak set in January when over 337,000 new cases were reported to the CDC.In Indiana, the Indiana Department of Health noted a slight uptick in positive cases th
  • State Awards $110 Million to Create and Preserve Affordable Housing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Four developments have received awards from the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, in conjunction with the Multifamily Tax Exempt Bonds. This funding is used to incentivize private developers to fund the construction, acquisition and rehabilitation of affordable housing communities throughout Indiana.More than $72 million in Housing Tax Credits and $110 million in Multifamily Bonds were awarded to four developments to create and preserve 969 affordable units that
  • Skatepark Opens on East Side

    INDIANAPOLIS – On Saturday July 9, Mayor Joe Hogsett joined community members to unveil the Willard Park Skatepark, which is located at 1901 E. Washington Street and is the first skatepark to be built in Indianapolis in more than 20 years.The 13,000 square foot skatepark features granite blocks from the old City County Building plaza and artistic concrete forms to create jumps, grinding, and trick skating opportunities. The space honors the School for the Deaf, as well as skaters Kyle Stuf
  • Over $4 Million in Funds to Go Toward Address Root Causes of Crime

    INDIANAPOLIS — Thirty-one recipients for the first round of funding from the Elevation Grant Program have been announced. This round, $4,318,539 will go towards projects focused on thriving neighborhoods, empowering youth, and restoration and resilience through mental wellness. Previously known as the Violent Crime Reduction Grant Program, the Elevation Grant Program will invest $45 million in neighborhoods over the next three years to address root causes of violent crime in Indianapolis.F
  • Long-Term Closure to Binford Blvd. Part of Clear Path 465 Project

    INDIANAPOLIS — The northbound Binford Boulevard on-ramp to westbound I-465 is closed. A closure of about three years is needed to make room for construction and help keep I-465 traffic flowing during the Clear Path 465 project. Traffic exiting eastbound I-465 onto I-69 northbound will no longer have to weave and merge with traffic exiting northbound Binford Boulevard.Hands-free use of mobile mapping apps with real-time traffic is encouraged for local drivers seeking alternate routes.This i
  • The Magic of Disney

    The year was 1928 and the American public was about to discover a new kind of matinee idol. He was well dressed, dark and handsome, as were all the leading men of the day. But there was one thing that set him apart from the others . . . he had a tail! He would become one of the top box office draws of the 20th century and his name, if you haven’t guessed it by now, was Mickey Mouse.Mickey’s creator, Walt Disney, was born in 1901. The youngest of two sons, he and his brother Roy share
  • Benton House Book Sale July 15-17

    IRVINGTON — The Annual Benton House Book Sale will be held Friday, July 15 from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, July 16 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, July 17 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday is the $5 per bag sale, with all the books you can squeeze into a bag for only $5 (excluding specially priced books). Paperbacks go for $1, and hardcovers go for $2, and rare books at special prices. The Benton House is located at 312 S. Downey Ave. The event is a rain or shine event.On Wednesday, July 13 at 6 p.m.,
  • State grants $500,000 to Domestic Violence Shelters

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) awarded $500,000 in grant funding to 26 non-profits to provide emergency shelter and services to victims of domestic violence and their dependents. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) program. In Marion County, two organizations received grants, the Julian Center and the Salvation ArmyIn Indiana, the funding is distributed to the Indiana Depar
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Celebrates Centennial

    IRVINGTON — This year the Black sorority, Sigma Gamma Rho, will celebrate the centennial of its founding on Butler’s Irvington Campus. Seven young African-American teachers founded the sorority at Butler to aid women of color looking for a career in education.Over 6,000 sorority international members are expected to attend events in Indianapolis for that celebration. One of the scheduled events will be the unveiling of a State Historical Marker on the grounds of the Bona Thompson Mem
  • Health Dept. Offering COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Children

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Marion County Public Health Department is now offering COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 6 months and older by appointment only at its district health offices and ACTION Health Center.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a recommendation that children 6 months through 4 years of age receive the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, which were given for emergency use authorization on June 17.The availability of vaccine for this age group exp
  • Fourth of July Events

    On Saturday, July 2, come on out to the annual Independence Day Community Water Gun Fight at Ellenberger Park, 5301 E. St. Clair from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring your super soakers, water pistols, and water cannons for an epic water battle. Indianapolis Fire Dept. will be on hand with a water truck, and kids (and kids at heart) will have lots of fun.The City of Indianapolis will host their annual fireworks display on Monday, July 4 at 10 p.m. sharp. They will be launched from the 500 N. Building, so pi
  • Eiteljorg Museum’s New Native American Galleries Open

    INDIANAPOLIS — After years of planning and months of construction, the new Native American Galleries will open to the public Saturday, June 25 at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.The new Native American Galleries will allow Eiteljorg visitors to experience Native art in compelling new ways. They will be home to the exhibition Expressions of Life: Native Art in North America, featuring beautiful works created by Indigenous artists from across the U.S. and Canada, inc
  • Indiana Historical Society Announces 2022 Indiana Living Legends

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) has announced Alpha Blackburn, SFC Sammy L. Davis, Rabbis Sandy and Dennis Sasso, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., and Dr. Carolyn Yau Yan Woo are being recognized as its 2022 Indiana Living Legends. This year’s class of Living Legends will be honored at the annual gala on Thursday, July 28, at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in Indianapolis.Each year, IHS recognizes extraordinary Ho
  • Indiana Gourd Society Show July 6-30

    GREENWOOD — The Indiana Gourd Society will be featured at the Southside Art League Off Broadway Gallery in July. These artists will be displaying a delightful collection of decorated gourds.The local Central Indiana Patch (CIP) of the Indiana Gourd Society was started in June of 2014 by Diane Werblo and her husband Robert McCrary. The CIP gourd artists meet on the third Thursday of each month at Indy’s Garfield Park Arts Center from 1-3 p.m. Almost anything that an artist can do on p
  • Eskenazi Health Encourages Extreme Caution While Using Fireworks & Grilling

    Two of America’s favorite pastimes during traditional Fourth of July holiday celebrations are fireworks and grilling over an open flame, which brings tremendous enjoyment to many of us during this festive time. But as this cherished American holiday draws near, it’s wise to be aware of the potential dangers associated with those activities.According to the National Fire Protection Agency, on July 4th more fires are reported than any other day of the year — fireworks account for
  • Applause!: July 1-14

    • Congratulations to former head softball coach at Scecina, Tom Moorman, who was recently inducted into the Indiana High School Softball Hall of Fame. He was the coach from 1992-2012, and won many accolades during his time at Scecina.• The Irvington Farmer’s Market will be open on Sunday, July 10 from noon-3 p.m. at Ellenberger Park, 5301 E. St. Clair. Lots of vendors and produce in season, music, community spirit — the Irvington Garden Club sponsors a great monthly venue!&
  • Nature at Her Finest: Irvington Garden Tour

    Since the first tour in 2000, the Irvington Garden Tour has highlighted the best gardens in historic Irvington, and this year will be no different. On Sunday, June 26, the Irvington Garden Club’s 22nd Annual Garden Tour will take place from 1-5 p.m. This is a rain or shine event.This year’s garden tour includes eight residential gardens, plus the historic gardens around the Benton House and the gardens of the Bona Thompson Memorial Center. The Irvington Presbyterian Church (55 Johnso
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