Halloween is Everywhere!

Scholars can argue all they want about the origins of Halloween and its customs, but the fact is that it has evolved into one of the most lucrative of holidays in the United States. It is also perhaps the most fun. You don’t have to entertain relatives or buy expensive presents or attend forced work-related “parties” like at Christmas and Hannukah. There are no romantic expectations like on Valentine’s Day, or awkward New Year’s Eve moments. Halloween is about dressing up as someone or something you are not (and dressing … Read More

IMPD Partners with Julian Center & Domestic Violence Network

INDIANAPOLIS – Across the nation, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In the United States, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime. So far in 2014, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) has taken approximately 6,000 domestic violence-related reports. Domestic violence is a community issue —raising awareness and victim safety are two of the most important tools we have in ending domestic violence. In partnership with The Julian Center, IMPD will collect used cell phones from staff and … Read More

Irvington Community School Students Learn the Value of Service

IRVINGTON — Last school year, Irvington Preparatory Academy (IPA) introduced its Service Learning Program to the Class of 2014. This is in keeping with the concluding promise made in the Irvington Community Schools’ mission statement: “Prepare all students for successful post-secondary experiences as responsible citizens by being involved in service learning opportunities for the betterment of their local and global communities.” Even though service learning is not mandated at Irvington Prep, it is catching on. Among IPA’s 2014 graduating class, more than two-thirds of the students achieved the minimum of … Read More

Book Review: Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Although I’ve enjoyed the gothic TV soap opera Dark Shadows, seen Dracula movies and heard various vampire stories, I’d never read the book that started it all. So, Bram Stoker’s Dracula became the subject of Bookmamas’ October 29 book discussion. … Read More

Theatre Review: Red at the IRT

The Tony-award winning play Red comes to the Indiana Repertory Theatre Mainstage to provoke the audience into thinking about art and the process of making art. The production, like the play by John Logan, plays with the seemingly opposite ideas … Read More

2014 Soldier’s Haunt at Ft. Harrison

LAWRENCE — The Museum of 20th Century Warfare and the staff at Fort Harrison State Park will be hosting the annual Soldier’s Haunt on Fri., Oct. 24 and Sat., Oct. 25 at Fort Harrison State Park, weather permitting. A haunted … Read More

Halloween and All the Fun

When I was a kid, now nearly half a century ago, I loved the month of October. I loved the turning leaves, pumpkin pie, and apple cider. Going to Lilly’s Orchard up on North College street in Broad Ripple and … Read More

Free Flu Shots at Health Fair

INDIANAPOLIS — On Saturday, Nov. 1, Eskenazi Health Center Cottage Corner, the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police and community organizations will partner to present the 19th annual Eskenazi Health Center Cottage Corner Health Fair. A comprehensive team of health care … Read More

Heartland Film Festival Starts with a Bang

Now in its 23rd year, the Heartland Film Festival continues its mission to showcase films with a heart — and a soul. Under new leadership from Stuart Lowry (former Indianapolis Parks Department head), the festival kicked off with a big … Read More

Deadly Viruses

Deadly virus diseases have dominated the news this month. A deadly Ebola virus outbreak originating in Africa arrived in the United States this month via Thomas Eric Duncan. Mr. Duncan brought the disease here while not having any symptoms of … Read More

The Civil War 150th Anniversary: October 1864

A new era in the city’s history began the evening of Monday, October 3 as the Citizens’ Street Railway Co. put the street car line in operation in time for the opening of the State Fair. A visitor arriving at … Read More

Applause!: Oct. 24-31

• The Friends of the Poor Walk held Sept. 27 raised over $17,000 for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry across the street from Washington Park. The food pantry feeds more than 10,000 people a week in our community. … Read More

A Clean Place, With Light and Pool Tables

I was walking home from work one day when I glimpsed something interesting in the window of a bar. I lived four blocks north of the bar, and my job was four blocks south of it. I had walked past … Read More

A Boy and His Dog

One of my earliest recollections of shoe shopping (an addiction I’ve never kicked) was a trip to Leader’s Shoe Store on the square in Greensburg, Indiana. Mom would take my sister and I there each August for new school shoes. … Read More

New Leaves Amidst the Old

Golden days, in the sunshine of a happy youth Golden days, full of gaiety and full of truth In our hearts we remember them all else above Golden days, days of youth and love How we laughed with the joy … Read More

The Thunder Meets the Timber, Horse Racing and the Colts

Perhaps it wasn’t the most epic contest in sports history. It probably will not be retold as a soccer legend, except maybe in the family legends of those involved. The scene was the playing fields of the Baxter YMCA. Under … Read More

100 Years Ago This Week: Oct. 24-31

From The Indianapolis Star, Tuesday, October 27, 1914: Fifteen of the nineteen persons taking the Pasteur treatment at the state laboratory, as the result of being bitten by cats and dogs which have shown signs of rabies, are from Indianapolis. … Read More

Meet the Ghosts of the Indiana State Library

In September of 2013, I received an e-mail from Irvingtonian Steve Schmidt of the Indiana State Library. This was not your average, everyday e-mail. The subject line read simply, “Ghost in the State Library.” Okay, that got my attention. Steve … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago This Week: Oct. 24-31

From The Indianapolis Star, Saturday, October 24, 1914: The effects of the European war have come to the corner saloon by way of the war tax. In an effort to replace the revenue lost with the decline of import tariffs, … Read More