Little Flower Summerfest Kicks Off Summer Festival Season

A long-standing tradition on the east side, the Little Flower Summerfest, is slated for June 3-5. The annual event at the church on the corner of N. Bosart and Nowland, is one that brings the neighborhood together for three days of fun, food, and carnival rides. The festival features a raffle with a $5,000 grand prize as well as a huge silent auction that runs all three days. Poor Jack Amusements will be on the midway. One of the highlights of Summerfest is the gigantic  rummage sale that will be … Read More

12th Annual Memorial Service at Veterans Memorial Plaza

INDIANAPOLIS — The 12th Annual Memorial Day Service hosted by the Acton/Bunker Hill American Legion Post 220 will be held Mon., May 30 at 10 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Plaza, 8575 E. Raymond St. (Raymond Park Middle School). The ceremony kicks off with a musical prelude by the Indianapolis Municipal Band giving a 30 minute patriotic performance. Guest speaker American Legion 11th District Commander Ronzell B. Collins will be on hand. There will be a wreath laying ceremony at the base of the service flags and POW/MIA flag, as … Read More

Library’s Summer Reading Program Kicks Off June 6

INDIANAPOLIS — Children and families are invited to experience the joy of reading and be a part of Indiana’s 200th birthday celebration during The Indianapolis Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program, “The Summer Reading Book Bash,” beginning Mon., June 6 and continuing through Sat., July 30. Participants can register at IndyPL location, including the Beech Grove Library which will merge with IndyPL on June 1. Led by Garfield, created by Muncie, Indiana-based cartoonist Jim Davis, young readers will be inspired to earn points for their reading activity, regardless of difficulty … Read More

Promise Zone Celebrates First Year Successes

Mayor Joe Hogsett, Antonio Riley from the U.S. Department of HUD, John Boner Neighborhood Center CEO James Taylor, and Luke Tate, Special Assistant to the President for Economic Mobility, were on hand May 19 to celebrate the many successes of the Indy East Promise Zone’s first year. The gathering was in the latest success story for the east side, the soon-to-be-open Ash & Elm Cider Company on East Washington St., one of the first cideries to open in Central Indiana. In the first year, the Promise Zone has helped to … Read More

Churchill Coming to Warren Center For the Performing Arts

INDIANAPOLIS — For three performances, Churchill will take the stage at the Warren Center for the Performing Arts, 9500 E. 16th St. Performances will be June 3 and June 4 at 7:30 p.m. and June 5 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for lower level and $25 for the balcony. Proceeds will be used for scholarships for TCM International Institute students. For tickets, visit www.iTickets.com or call 1-800-965-9324. Churchill takes place in March 1946, just as he had lost an election and was forced into retirement. Everything he fought for … Read More

Utility Bill Assistance Available

INDIANAPOLIS — Warmer weather has finally arrived, but families may be behind on utility bills from the cold weather months, or may face challenges in paying bills to keep their house cool this summer. Qualified families who need assistance with … Read More

Beauty and the Beast at Beef & Boards

INDIANAPOLIS — Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre presents Beauty and the Beast, the magical fairy tale that has delighted generations and been adapted by Disney into a hit Broadway musical, as its 2016 Family Show now on stage. Featuring special … Read More

Walker Career Center and ACE Mentoring Partner for a Successful Year

INDIANAPOLIS — The Walker Career Center (WCC) students in the ACE Mentoring Program had a successful night at the Awards Banquet on May 12 at the Marriott East. In addition to presenting the group’s design project, four students were awarded scholarships. … Read More

Toys, Toys, Toys

My six-year-old granddaughter “Ladybug” has every toy known to man in a playroom that was once a ballroom in her family’s 1890s Victorian home. The room is 27’x 18’ and on that sea of blue carpet is a puppet theatre … Read More

Scecina Offers Program for Students With Autism

INDIANAPOLIS — For the 2016-17 school year, Scecina Memorial High School will introduce a pilot program for students who are high functioning on the autism spectrum. The students will receive the same quality education that all Scecina students receive, leading … Read More

The 500 on Local Television

The 2016 Indianapolis 500 will be broadcast on local television! The race is a sellout, so the Speedway lifted the 70 mile ban to allow the folks in the Indianapolis area to view the ABC broadcast in their home on … Read More

A Patch of Green

The end of May 2016 we will commemorate the 100th running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and the 150th Memorial Day, the decorating of the graves of the fallen. Thousands will gather at the Speedway Oval to cheer on … Read More

Zoom, Zoom, Girl

I saw a picture of a great–looking car on (wait for it…) a social media site. A young girl was standing in front of the car, beaming and holding a plaque that memorialized the car’s first-place win. The car belongs … Read More

The Biggest Week in Indy Sports

The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race! Incredible, breathtaking, almost unbelievable. Names like Hulman, Harroun, Meyer, DePalma, Shaw, Vukovich, Bryant, Bettenhausen, Foyt, Ward, Sachs Hurtibuse, Clark, Unser, Gurney, Andretti, Ruby, Penske, Rutherford, Johncock, Mears, Franchitti, and Wheldon will … Read More

Applause!: May 27-June 2

• The Community Hospital East Auxiliary will sponsor a Strawberry Fest on Thurs., June 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until supplies are sold out. Strawberries, ice cream and cake for $4.00 per serving. Payment by major credit … Read More

Cookery

Rain, rain, rain! Too cool to sit out in the gazebo, too wet for Bill to mow. I decided that the gray, rainy days would be a good time to tackle the shelves in our office that hadn’t been straightened … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: May 27-June 2

From The Indianapolis Times, Thursday, June 1, 1916: The Independent Turnverein, 902 N. Meridian Street, is seeking 150 members to form a company for the civilian summer military training camp at Ft. Harrison, and for this purpose a meeting of … Read More

100 Years Ago: May 27-June 2

From The Indianapolis Times, Tuesday, May 30, 1916: The Indianapolis School Board will call the city’s architects and businessmen together to develop building and financing plans to alleviate the crowded conditions in the schools. The curriculum of the Indianapolis public … Read More

Brass is Back!

From kitschy little brass 1980s incense burners and Buddhas to elegant vintage chandeliers, brass accents for the home top the “must have” list for 2016. Pricey? They don’t have to be. Wandering through a neighborhood yard sale last week I … Read More

Grave Goods — You Can’t Take It With You

Grave goods, in archaeology and anthropology, are defined as items buried along with the body. In ancient times, grave goods were seen as offerings to the gods. In modern times, they are usually personal possessions or supplies designed to smooth … Read More