• Health Dept. Releases School Opening Guidelines

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Marion County Public Health Department has released initial guidance to help schools in Marion County operate safely during the 2021-2022 school year. The recommendations include cohorting of students, maintaining social distancing of three feet, and mask use for students, teachers, and staff who are unvaccinated. The guidance also lays out a recommended quarantine of at least 10 days for staff and students who come in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case. The recommen
  • Public Health Officials Encourage Masks Indoors

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Marion County Health Department is encouraging all residents, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face masks in indoor public spaces. The statement comes on the heels of new CDC guidelines that recommend face masks for everyone in indoor public spaces after a significant uptick in COVID-19 cases in certain areas. Much of Indiana has seen substantial increases in positive cases of the virus and rising hospitalizations.
    Marion County has seen an increase in community
  • Pleasant Run Parkway South To Close for DigIndy Work

    INDIANAPOLIS — Citizens Energy Group’s work to improve the wastewater system will result in the temporary closure of Pleasant Run South Drive from East Pleasant Run Parkway N. Drive through the intersection at N. Ritter Ave. beginning Aug. 2.  Traffic will be detoured using 10th St., E. Washington St., and N. Arlington. Most of Ellenberger Park will remain open. Construction is expected until the end of September.Site preparation will begin for the Pleasant RunTunnel segment of
  • Operation Night Light Nearly Complete

    INDIANAPOLIS — Just over three years since Mayor Joe Hogsett joined AES Indiana to launch Operation Night Light, the partners marked the near completion of the goal to convert thousands of streetlights around Marion County neighborhoods to high-efficiency LED fixtures.Mayor Hogsett launched Operation Night Light in 2016, delivering on a promise to lift the 35-year streetlight moratorium endured by residents. Since that time, nearly 27,000 fixtures have been retrofitted with high-efficiency
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  • Bona Thompson Ice Cream Social Aug. 1

    IRVINGTON — The Irvington Historical Society’s annual Ice Cream Social will be held Sunday, Aug. 1 from noon-4 p.m. at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center, 5350 University Ave. Dixieland Jazz will be played and great treats will be available for sale, including premium ice cream. Lunch may also be purchased from Hoosier Que. Proceeds from the Ice Cream Social help the Irvington Historical Society maintain the history of the neighborhood through programs and exhibits.If there is ice cre
  • Roberts Park UMC Celebrates 200th Anniversary July 31

    INDIANPOLIS — Roberts Park United Methodist Church traces its roots back to Indianapolis’ founding – 1821 – when the Methodist Society was first organized in Isaac Watson’s small log cabin home. This early congregation worshiped in log cabins homes and a log cabin structure until 1829, when the congregation moved into a new brick church – Wesley Chapel – on the southwest corner of Indianapolis’ Monument Circle. The congregation later divided into a
  • Near Eastside Summit Meets In Person Aug. 5

    INDIANAPOLIS — The first in-person Near Eastside Summit since the start of COVID-19 is slated for Thursday, Aug. 5 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the PR Mallory building. 3029 E. Washington St.. There will also be a Zoom option available for neighbors who are unable to attend in person.The Summit will offer an opportunity to celebrate recent achievements and identify continuing challenges in neighborhoods on the near east side. RSVP intentions to attend by visiting www.eventbrite.com/e/near-east
  • Meeting House Celebrates 150th Anniversary

    by Nancy VanArendonk
    The Franklin Township Historical Society’s “Meeting House” at 6510 S. Franklin Road — the former Big Run Baptist Church — will be celebrating its sesquicentennial with special events from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7th. The 150-year-old building is listed on the National Historic Register.Events at the celebration, which will be free and open to the public, will include music played on the church’s antique pump organ, tours of the Meeti
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  • Indy Magic Resumes Indoor Shows Aug. 5

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indy Magic will usher in indoor seating at the Indy Fringe Basile Theatre on Thursday, .Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. The theater is located at 719 E. St. Clair. Tickets and advanced beer and wine purchases are at indyfringe.org.The show will feature two of the magicians in the Indianapolis Fringe Festival this year, the return of a favorite Las Vegas magicians, and the return of one of Taylor’s characters not seen in two years.Jordan Rooks has been in Indy Fringe before and has ha
  • Applause!: July 30-Aug. 5

    •  National Night Out will be held Tuesday, Aug. 3. This is the evening when some neighborhoods gather for a barbecue or other informal get-together to stay in touch in order to show criminals that the neighborhood is united in its efforts to fight crime. Neighbors turn on their porch lights and sit in front of their homes. Little Flower Neighborhood Association will have an event in the church parking lot (Bosart and 15th) for neighbors, and will be sharing the bounty from their new r
  • Celebrate the Hoosier Spirit at the 164th Indiana State Fair

    INDIANA — The Indiana State Fair will be held July 30-Aug. 22, after a year’s pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Indiana State Fair is the state’s largest multi-day event celebrating Hoosiers’ spirit and agricultural heritage. These 18 days celebrate Indiana agriculture and promote it to hundreds of thousands of people across Indiana, and beyond. Nationally recognized for offering great entertainment, showcasing youth, interactive agriculture education programs, prem
  • Officer Breann Leath Honored at East District HQ

    photo courtesy IMPD
    On July 13, the 20th Annual Cops Cycling for Survivors visiting IMPD East District to honor Officer Breann Leath, who was killed in the line of duty on April 9, 2020. They travelled with a Memorial Truck featuring pictures of fallen officers and stopped to pay respects with East District officers.Each year, active officers and civilian participants raise awareness and actively support law enforcement survivors through a bicycle tour around the state of Indiana. Funds raised f
  • Former Lawmaker Dan Forestal Passes Away

    INDIANAPOLIS —Dan Forestal, former member of the Indiana House of Representatives for the 100th District, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, July 14. There is an ongoing investigation into his death, which took place in a hotel in northwest Indianapolis. He was 38.Forestal was born March 3, 1983 on the east side. He attended Little Flower Catholic Grade School and Roncalli High School, graduating in 2001. He received an associate’s degree in fire science from Ivy Tech, plus degrees i
  • Vaccination Rates Plateau While COVID-19 Cases Rise

    INDIANA — The state of Indiana reports that COVID-19 vaccinations have plateaued in July, and that 43% of the population is fully vaccinated.  However, cases of COVID-19 infection have been rising statewide since the end of June.In Marion County, 20-29 year-olds are showing the most positive cases. This is also the age group less likely to be fully vaccinated.The most prevalent variant of COVID-19 in new positive cases is the Delta variant, with 74% of samples showing Delta in July.Va
  • Rocky Ripple Levee Project Clears Design Hurdle

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Board of Public Works voted to award engineering company Arcadis US, Inc. a $3.6 million contract to design the proposed White River-Rocky Ripple Flood Damage Risk Reduction Project.Project elements include final planning, hydraulic modeling of river flood evaluations, completion of design details and specifications for the selected design alternative for planned flood works, environmental permitting, easement acquisition, and construction coordination servi
  • Nominations sought for Charles L. Whistler Award

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC) is seeking nominations for the 36th annual Charles L. Whistler Award. The award recognizes an individual who has brought together the public and private sectors toward civic improvement in Indianapolis. Mayor Joe Hogsett will personally present the award during a breakfast ceremony in November or December. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3.Since 1983, the Whistler Award has recognized individuals for
  • IndyRent Program Helps Thousands with Payments

    INDIANAPOLIS — In 2020, the IndyRent program was launched in partnership with the City of Indianapolis. Over the past year, they have awarded more than $52 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding in rental payments. And the program is still going strong a year later.Eligible households are currently able to receive up to 3 months of rental assistance paid. When the program launched, 10,000 applications were submitted in the first three days, confirming a need for such a program. All fed
  • IndyFringe Returns for 2021

    INDIANAPOLIS — The annual IndyFringe Theatre Festival returns Aug. 19-Sept. 5, welcoming audiences back inside the theatre. This year, there will be 50 productions with 319 artists over 12 nights.Discover a diverse array of more than 250 performances including comedy, drama, dance, cabaret, magic and genre-defying shows — all in the Mass Ave Cultural Arts District. Over three weekends, the festival will be a showcase of local and Midwest talent (with a few national acts mixed in for
  • Assessment & Intervention Center Rated LEED Silver

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Assessment and Intervention Center (AIC) has been designated LEED Silver, making it the first city-owned certified green building in Indianapolis. The AIC is a core piece of the city’s criminal justice reform efforts within the larger Community Justice Campus (CJC), currently under construction in the Twin-Aire neighborhood on English and Southeastern.The AIC is operated by Eskenazi Health and provides around the clock referrals and intake for people experiencing a
  • Applause!: July 23-29

    •  Congratulations on the many local breweries that were recognized for outstanding contributions at the Indiana Brewer’s Cup. Metazoa Brewing Co. on South College took home the Brewery of the Year trophy, as well as the Grand Champion Brewery of the year. Other locals, including Center Point, Black Acre, and Triton Brewing took home many honors for their pints.• Thanks go out to all the volunteers and organizers of this year’s Benton House Book Sale. Despite a rainy s
  • City Launches Anti-Litter Program

    INDIANAPOLIS – The City of Indianapolis’s Office of Sustainability and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) have collaborated with behavior science researchers at Behavior Insights Team (BIT) to study littering in Indianapolis, collect data, and implement multiple “interventions” to change human behavior around littering. Trials on two interventions began earlier this spring and the “A Little Love Stops Litter” awareness campaign launched July 6.A total of four d
  • StitchWorks Begins Partnership to Train Formerly Incarcerated Women

    INDIANAPOLIS — StitchWorks, an initiative of PATTERN, has launched a partnership with Project Lia and RecycleForce to train and employ formerly incarcerated women. Six women impacted by the criminal justice system will be trained to prepare for a job with StitchWorks or another company. The StitchWorks Industrial Sewing Operator training course’s first class of women from this partnership began the course on July 12. StitchWorks is located in the Circle City Industrial Complex on the
  • Red Cross Needs Blood Donors

    INDIANAPOLIS — The need for blood remains crucial for patients relying on lifesaving transfusions. The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage and donors of all blood types — especially type O — are urged to make an appointment to give now.The Red Cross needs to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet current demand as hospitals respond to an unusually high number of traumas and emergency room visits, organ t
  • Help Needed to Repair Historic Windows

    IRVINGTON — Once a building is torn down, it exists only in photographs, news articles, remembrances and possibly artifacts. The James Dissette mansion, which became the Pleasant Run Golf Course Clubhouse in the 20s, is such a building. Until recently the Irvington Historical Society only had photographs and news articles. They just received two leaded glass windows from Susan Bowman Cress. The donor’s father obtained these when the fire damaged structure was torn down in the 70s to
  • Summer Songs at Fort Ben July 29

    LAWRENCE — Save the date for an open-air, family-friendly concert with an evening of summer songs played by the talented Castleton Quartet. The show will be on Thursday, July 29 from 7-8 p.m. (gates open at 6:15 p.m.) at the Ft. Ben Arts Campus Amphitheater, 8920 Otis Ave. in Lawrence. As an added attraction, Micah Young, pianist, and co-winner of the Michael Ben and Illene Komisarow Maurer Young Musicians Contest, will be featured as a soloist on a few musical selections. The concert venu
  • One Year Anniversary of Rental Assistance Program Celebrated

    INDIANAPOLIS — Recently the City of Indianapolis marked one year since the start of its rental assistance program. Since the program’s inception, the City has distributed $50.9 million to 22,409 Marion County households. Additionally, the City announced that the application waitlist at IndyRent.org had been exhausted, and tenants can now fill out applications in real time.The Rental Assistance program launched on July 13, 2020, with the help of dozens of community organizations. Thro
  • Northeast Corridor Selected for Food Initiative

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Northeast Corridor in Indianapolis was selected to be the focal point of a three-year, $2.45 million initiative to improve nutritious food access and help build a more equitable food system. The Northeast Corridor geography is bordered by Fall Creek Parkway (West), Shadeland Avenue (East), East 46th Street (North), East 30th Street /Massachusetts / Sherman Drive (South) and includes zip codes 46205, 46218, 46226, and 46219.A community-based planning and implementation pr
  • Conner Prairie Debuts Balloon Festival

    INDIANAPOLIS — This July, Conner Prairie takes to the skies with its new Jupiter Flights Balloon Festival. Once dark falls on the evening of Thursday, July 15, the sky over Conner Prairie will be illuminated by the visual spectacle of 17 glowing hot air balloons. On the grounds below, guests will enjoy food and beverages from Sun King Brewing Company, who will debut a custom-made, effervescent small-batch beer called Jupiter Common available only during the festival. Entertainment takes ce
  • Applause!: July 16-22

    •  SHE Event Indy will host SHE. Xperience on Friday, July 16 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Lugar Plaza in downtown Indianapolis. This free marketplace event will feature more than 40 minority-owned small businesses and is in partnership with the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).• Market on the Pennsy will be held on Saturday, July 17 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 5529 Bonna Ave. Dozens of vintage, handmade, and art vendors will be on hand.&bul
  • The Art of Collecting Bookends

    While there are those who would argue that physical books will soon be completely replaced by electronic books, I for one fall into the category of those who believe that a tablet will never replace the joy of sitting in your favorite chair with an old book. The discolored pages that have held up through the decades, the feel of the old embossed cover and even the “smell” of an old book is something that cannot be duplicated with a tablet. As to their aesthetic appeal, well, just try
  • Benton House Book Sale July 16-18

    IRVINGTON — The Annual Benton House Book Sale will be held Friday, July 16 from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, July 17 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, July 18 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 14 at 6:30 p.m
  • DNR Urges Homeowners to Temporarily Take Down Bird Feeders

    INDIANA — The Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) has received concerning reports of sick and dying songbirds in 53 counties, including Marion. The DNR is working with the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory and the USGS National Wildlife Health Center to determine the birds’ cause of death.The affected songbirds showed neurological signs of illness as well as eye swelling and crusty discharge. Several species are being affected, including robins, blue jays, grackles, c
  • Coburn Place Kids Host Lemonade Stand

    INDIANAPOLIS — Coburn Place’s popular Lemonade Stand fundraiser is back in person this year. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 16, visit a stand at one of two public locations for a glass of ice-cold lemonade to support the children of survivors of domestic abuse. The Lemonade Stands will be at Coburn Place at 604 E. 38th St. and Christ Church Cathedral on Monument Circle. The Virtual Lemonade Stand is taking donations from July 1 through July 16 at www.coburnplace.org/lemons.Th
  • Census Data Shows Indy Population Grew 2.8% Since 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS — Data collected in the 2020 Census noted that the U.S. population has grown at the slowest rate in 60 years, Population experts blame the slowing growth rate on three big trends: families across the country are aging and having fewer kids, immigration policies have tightened up American borders, and economic hardships extending all the way back to the dot-com crash have shifted priorities away from marriage and families. While some contributing factors are down across the boa
  • Local Poetry Prize Offered for “How to Love a City”

    INDIANAPOLIS — Christian Theological Seminary and Indiana Writers Center have launched poetry prize for the installation, “How to Love a City.” CTS and IWC partner to award the prize in celebration of the power of poetry to illuminate wisdom, elicit wonder, and discover meaning. Recognizing the poet’s role as healer, activist, and sage, “How to Love a City” is a juried poetry competition open to published and non-published poets.Three cash prizes of $500, $250
  • “The Sound of Music” at Beef & Boards Through Aug. 15

    INDIANAPOLIS — Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre has been bringing The Sound of Music to life for more than 40 years in Central Indiana. In fact, Beef & Boards has presented The Sound of Music  more than any other show in its 48-year history. The current production, on stage through Aug. 15, is the ninth time this musical has been presented at the Indianapolis dinner theatre.In recognition of this, The Sound of Music is the featured Family Show in Beef & Boards’ 2021 Seas
  • IPS Summer Meal Program Continues Through July 22

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Public School summer meal service will continue through July 22 on Tuesdays for three days worth of meals, and Thursdays for two days worth of meals. Meals are available to any child 18 years of age and younger.Pick-ups will be available drive-thru style from 10 a.m.-noon at the following locations:• Arlington Middle School, 4825 N. Arlington, Door 8• Brookside School 54, 3150 E. 10th St., Door 8• Center for Inquiry School 70, 510 E, 46th St., Doo
  • Broad Ripple Art Walk Resumes July 15

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Broad Ripple Art Walk returns on July 15 fromo 5-8 p.m. Each month from July through November, visit the Art Walk web site, broadrippleindy.org, for a list of shops, galleries, restaurants, and other businesses hosting art, live music, and other activities.Free to attend, this self-guided tour changes each month, highlighting local, regional, and national artists and performers. All ages are welcome. Parking is available for participants behind The Storefront Theatre, 71
  • Applause!: July 9-15

    • The Irvington community came out for a water gun fight on Saturday, July 3 at Ellenberger Park to celebrate Independence Day. Dozens of kids and adults had a grand time filling up super-soakers and water pistols, thanks to Indianapolis Fire Department water tanks. The Friends of Ellenberger Park organization spearheaded the effort, which we hope could become a new tradition in the neighborhood!• Neighborhood registration for the 2021 National Night Out events on Aug. 3 are being take
  • “A Short Escape” Indy Shorts International Film Festival July 20-25

    INDIANAPOLIS — Heartland Film Festival will present A Short Escape, Tuesday, July 20 through Sunday, July 25. The fourth annual Academy Award-Qualifying Indy Shorts International Film Festival’s tickets and film lineup are available at heartlandfilm.orgThere are three ways to experience the festival with indoor, outdoor and virtual screening options. You can retreat to screenings in the blooming gardens of the Indianapolis Arts Center, the lush lawns of IndyFringe, the luxurious new
  • 2021 Irvington Garden Tour Offers Peak Behind the Garden Gates

    The Irvington Garden Club is hosting the 21st Annual Irvington Garden Tour on Sunday, June 27 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. The historic Benton House, 312 S. Downey Ave. and the Bona Thompson Center, 5350 University Ave., gardens will also be showcased. Tickets are only $10, and are available prior to the tour at Ace Hardware at 10th and Arlington. On the day
  • Vaccinate Indy Offers Pop-up Clinics, Chances to Win Prizes

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Marion County Public Health Department offers a Vaccinate Indy ‘tour,’ meeting residents where they are with COVID-19 vaccines and offering a host of incentives to encourage vaccine uptake. The schedule of pop-up clinics can be found at marionhealth.org/vaccinateindy.Three clinics are currently noted for our area: June 25 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Black Firefighters Association, 1201 E. 46th St.; June 28 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Harry & Izzy’s/St. El
  • Marion County Fair June 25-July 4

    INDIANAPOLIS — The 91st Annual Marion County Fair will open Friday, June 25 and continue through Sunday, July 4 at the Marion County Fairgrounds, 7300 East Troy Ave. Fair hours are Mon.-Fri. 3 p.m.-11 p.m., and Sat. and Sun. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Admission is $5 every day with tickets at the gate. Daily wristbands for the Midway are $25. Children under 5, military with valid ID, and Police and Firefighters are free with ID.This year’s fair will feature a cutest baby contest on June 26 at n
  • Fourth of July Celebrations Throughout the Area

    INDIANAPOLIS — The traditional Fourth of July celebrations, complete with public fireworks and gatherings, will be held this year. Downtown Indianapolis will celebrate on Sunday, July 4 with fireworks beginning at 10 p.m., launched from the 500 N. Meridian building. The show will be synced to popular and patriotic music on B105.7 and 97.1 Hank FM.Beech Grove will hold its July 3 fireworks display on Saturday at the Sara T. Bolton Park, capping off All American Day at the park. As evening s
  • Southside Art League Opens Summer Exhibit July 7

    INDIANAPOLIS — The SALI Summer Exhibit 2021 at the Southside Art League Off Broadway Gallery will open their summer exhibition, “Here Comes Summer,” July 7 through Sept. 30. Member artists will be featured in all genres and styles. Find images of all SALI exhibits at www.southsideartleague.org. The July guest artist is Leslie Ober.Come meet the artists at the SALI Open House, Friday July 9 6-8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.The Southside Art League, Inc. (SALI) Off Broa
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opens Footlite Musicals’ 2021-2022 season. Footlite’s Young Adults production, featuring performers age 18 to 25, runs June 25, 26 and 27 and July 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10 at the theatre’s home, the Hedback Community Theater, 1847 North Alabama Street in Indianapolis. One of the most enduring shows of all time, this Tony Award nominee for Best Musical is a Footlite premiere. “Joseph” is a
  • Garfield Park Art & Music Festival June 26

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Garfield Park Art & Music Festival, hosted by the Garfield Park Arts Center, Indy Parks, and  Garfield Brewery at Garfield Park, will be held Saturday, June 26 from 4-10 p.m. The 4th annual Garfield Park Art & Music Festival (GPAMF) is an outdoor festival celebrating the art, music, and culture of Indianapolis. The festival will feature a handful of local musicians and bands of diverse genres performing their original music. Up to thirty local artists workin
  • Flights of Fancy

    Over six years after Wilbur Wright took to the sky in the Wright Flyer, sharing the air space with birds, Joseph “J.W.” Curzon in a Farman biplane “made a series of graceful flights” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the afternoon of March 3, 1910, marking the first airplane flights ever given in Indianapolis. These flights were preliminary to the first licensed American aviation week held at the Speedway a few months later in June before curious crowds of onlookers.
  • Community Briefs: June 25-July 8

    Tire Recycle Day June 26
    INDIANAPOLIS — The Marion County Health Dept. will hold a Tire Recycling Day on Saturday, June 26 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at two locations: Mosquito Control (4001 E. 21st St.) and SECO (1925 Fletcher Ave.). There is a limit of six tires per vehicle, and passenger car tires only will be accepted. Tires must be without rims. The drop-off is intended only for Marion County residents, and not by tire retailers or auto salvage yards.Tires are a prime breeding ground for mosq
  • Applause!: June 25-July 8

    • IMPD and Lawrence police departments are investigating a string of rapes on the east side/Lawrence area. The alleged suspect is a black male in his 20s or 30s approximately 5’8”-6’3” with a muscular build. Everyone is encouraged to keep doors locked when you are home, and ask for identification if a utility worker knocks on your door — he gained entry to a home in one incident posing as a utility worker. Anyone with possible information is encouraged to call
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