“The Year of the Coliseum” at the Indiana State Fair Aug. 1-17

INDIANPOLIS — After seven years of celebrating Indiana homegrown products, the Indiana State Fair is celebrating the “Year of the Coliseum” during the fair’s 17-day run Aug. 1 – 17. The 18-month, $63 million Coliseum Complex renovation that wrapped up in April is the largest project in the fairgrounds’ 123-year history. Much of the structure’s 75-year history was preserved by reinstalling 96 original seats; recreating the original terrazzo floor; and leaving original walls and steel support beams exposed. The renovation finished three months ahead of schedule and includes the adjoining … Read More

Dig Irvington at the Ice Cream Social Aug. 3

IRVINGTON — The Irvington Historical Society will hold its annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday, August 3rd, 1-4 p.m. at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center, 5350 University Ave. Enjoy cake and ice cream (furnished by Wyliepalooza), and listen to music from the White River Jazz Band. This year is extra-special — it is the 50th anniversary of the Irvington Historical Society’s founding. Started with just a few residents who wanted to preserve Irvington’s landmarks, the organization grew to over 236 members in the first year. The first community event the … Read More

“Teen Court” Created in Lawrence

LAWRENCE –  The City of Lawrence recently partnered with Reach For Youth to create a Teen Court program in Lawrence. This unique diversion option provides an alternative to traditional juvenile incarceration through a peer-managed trial process in which fellow teenagers act as the prosecution, defense, and jury. With the consent and involvement of the young person’s parents, Teen Court allows students who may be on the verge of entering the juvenile justice system an opportunity to avoid incarceration by bringing their case to a jury of peers who decide on … Read More

Broad Ripple Hosts Meetings on Parking Restrictions

INDIANAPOLIS — On Mon., Aug. 4 and Thurs., Aug. 7 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., the Department of Public Works and Broad Ripple Village Association will host open houses to discuss proposed parking restrictions in residential areas near the Broad … Read More

Annual PAWS Pool Party Aug. 16

GREENFIELD — On Saturday, August 16, Partners for Animal Welfare Society is hosting its 11th Annual PAWS Pool Party and Dog Dive Contest at Riley Park Pool, 300 Apple Street, Greenfield. The Dog Dive Contest begins at 10 a.m. There … Read More

“Saving the NOW Generation” Exhibit Comes to Central Library

INDIANAPOLIS — Individuals of all ages are invited to view a powerful and thought-provoking exhibit of images that reflect the growing concern for the epidemic of youth violence in the African-American community entitled, “Kin Killin’ Kin,” on display from Aug. … Read More

BMV Announces Reinstatement Program

INDIANAPOLIS — A new BMV Reinstatement Relief Program will allow suspended drivers to pay temporarily reduced reinstatement fees and earn reinstatement, as long as all other legal requirements for reinstatement are met. The BMV’s new Reinstatement Relief Program offers a … Read More

Buck Creek Players Close Season with “Beauty and the Beast”

INDIANAPOLIS — The Buck Creek Players will close their 40th Anniversary Season “Fabulous at 40” with the Playhouse Players Youth Production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Junior, opening Aug. 1 and continuing for two weekends through Aug. 10. Curtain … Read More

Pre-Participation Physicals Help Limit Injuries in Young Athletes

In this month’s column, I will address the importance of pre-participation sports physicals for children and the role they play in helping to limit injuries caused by involvement in organized sports. Pre-participation sport physicals are yearly physical exams required prior … Read More

Halloween Festival Vendor Deadline is Aug. 15

IRVINGTON — Vendor registrations are now being taken for the 68th Annual Irvington Halloween Festival Street Fair, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m-5 p.m. To apply to be a vendor, visit www.irvingtonhalloween.com/vendors/ and fill out an application by August 15th. There … Read More

Jeff Gordon Wins, Vick Ballard is Done for the Year

Last Sunday was the 20th anniversary of the Brickyard 400, so it was appropriate that Jeff Gordon should be the winner again. For the fifth time in his career the Pittsboro native pulled on to the victory platform and it’s … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Aug. 1-8

From The Indianapolis News, Saturday, August 1, 1914: Local steamship bookings show several hundred persons from Indianapolis and vicinity have gone to Europe this summer and practically all of them are still abroad. War conditions have caused the cancellation of … Read More

100 Years Ago this Week: Aug. 1-8

From The Indianapolis Star, Tuesday, August 4, 1914: Last night, the City Council passed over the Mayor’s veto an ordinance providing for the annexation of Beech Grove and the intervening territory. In his lengthy veto message to the Council, Mayor … Read More

The Diary of Anne Frank

What do you think of when you hear the name Anne Frank? World War II? The Holocaust? The Academy Award winning movie from 1959? For me, the name Anne Frank represents loss. Loss of innocence, loss of freedom, loss of … Read More

Booked Solid

“Uncle CJ, you have more books than me,” said my 24-year-old niece, looking in wonder at my book-jammed apartment. I chuckled, thinking, “I’ve had a bit of a head start.” I don’t know how many books I have. When I … Read More

A Prize in Every Box

The World’s Fair of 1893 offered visitors a strange concoction of popcorn, nuts and maple syrup. This confection, unnamed at the time, was an instant hit with the public. For the next three years the inventors of the popcorn treat, … Read More

Applause!: Aug. 1-8

• The very talented Jennie DeVoe will be performing a benefit concert for IMPD’s K9 unit on Aug. 2 from 5-9 p.m. at Crown Hill Cemetery, 3400 Boulevard Place. Meet K9s Bradway, Athena, and Loena and enjoy great music. Tickets … Read More