The Irvington Black Hat Society Conjures Up Fun

You may remember seeing a gaggle of “witches” busting moves at the 2016 Irvington Halloween Festival parade — stopping traffic a couple of times with a slightly spooky song and dance, shaking their brooms, and cackling maniacally — much to the delight of the huge crowd. Irvington Black Hat Society organizer Karin Mullins and the dozens of ladies performing could hear the audience’s appreciation. “We could hear people saying, ‘oh, isn’t that great!’ and loving it, and we kept wondering if they were talking about us!” Mullins said the girls … Read More

Junot Díaz to Present 2017 McFadden Memorial Lecture

INDIANAPOLIS — The entire community is invited as award-winning author Junot Díaz presents The Indianapolis Public Library’s 2017 McFadden Memorial Lecture on Thurs., March 2 at 7 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair St. Diaz will discuss his career as a writer and social activist during this presentation moderated by local journalist Raphael Sanchez and conduct a book signing following the program. Díaz is best known for his short story collection, Drown (1996), and his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007), which also … Read More

IPL Warns About Billing Scams

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL), has received numerous reports about payment scams targeting customers. Reports show they’ve been contacted by someone claiming to represent IPL and indicating that their electric service would be disconnected if they did not immediately provide payment. IPL does not require nor recommend a specific payment method or type. We offer a variety of payment and billing options, which can be found online at If IPL does call a customer, our representative will have specific and accurate information related to the customer’s … Read More

East Washington Library: Creating a 21st Century Space in a Century-Old Building

by Doriene Smither, East Washington Branch Manger This past year has been an exciting and eventful one for the East Washington Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library, located at 2822 E. Washington Street, which had been closed for remodeling. The … Read More

American Foods in World Cuisine

So what’s for dinner? Turkey, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, cranberry sauce, sliced tomatoes, pumpkin bread with maple syrup, and vanilla ice cream with  chocolate syrup for dessert. Sounds luscious doesn’t it? It’s something else. It’s all American foods. … Read More

LPD Announces Business Watch Meeting Feb. 28

LAWRENCE — LPD Crime Prevention Director Linda Sokol announces the date for LPD’s upcoming quarterly Business Watch meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. Tues.. Feb. 28 in the Public Assembly Room at the Lawrence Government Center, 9001 E. 59th St. These … Read More

Pyramid Players Present “Pinkalicious” Through March 18

INDIANAPOLIS – The Pyramid Players are tickled pink to announce Pinkalicious, the Musical will return to Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre during its 2017 Season. This fun show runs through March 18 for kids of all ages. Pinkalicious loves pink … Read More

Speedway Historian at Indiana Landmarks March 30

INDIANAPOLIS —  On March 30, the British-born historian of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Donald Davidson, will share his perspectives on the state’s most famous landmark, home of the Indianapolis 500. In his engaging and entertaining style, he’ll chat from the … Read More

Kiddie Matinee Afternoons

Across Indianapolis from the late 1930s through the 1960s, thousands of kids could be found every Saturday afternoon at their neighborhood movie theater enjoying a special “kiddie matinee.” After paying an admission from 10ȼ to 35ȼ, the next stop was … Read More

Budy Holly’s Glasses: Lost and Found

Leap years generally go unnoticed by everyone except those who were born on one. Leap years are recognized every four years in the month of February by tacking an extra day onto the end. To most, leap years are just … Read More

Now, In Our Day . . .

My nephew and I frequently say, “In our day . . .” when we compare today with yesteryear. Here’s one thing that’s different: We certainly had con artists who’d sell people bad real estate deals or fake fur coats. However, … Read More

Applause!: Feb. 24-March 2

• IMPD East District will hold “Coffee With a Cop” on Feb. 24 from 2-4 p.m. at the Starbucks located at 5702 E. Washington St. This is an opportunity to get to know the officers in our community. • March … Read More

World War I 100 YEars Ago: Feb. 24, March 2

From The Indianapolis News, Thursday, March 1: This morning’s news of Germany’s proposed alliance with Mexico and Japan to make war on the United States if this country should enter the European War saw only a slight increase in enlistments … Read More

The Racing Engines are Roaring Once Again

For all of you automobile racing fanatics like me, the glorious news is the 2017 auto racing season has begun. The Daytona 500 will be run this coming Sunday, February 26th. The mighty roar of the Monster Energy Cup racers … Read More

The Beautiful Music of the Other

In the Cathedral of Learning on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, a young boy skulks among the closed stacks of the library. The boy’s mother works for a woman who has some influence at the university, and that … Read More


Many people would have looked at little David Longaberger and thought, “that poor little boy.” After all, he was one of twelve children born into an impoverished family in a small town in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. His … Read More

100 Years Ago This Week: Feb. 24-March 2

From The Indianapolis News, Wednesday, February 28: The Indianapolis Dental Society petitioned the Indianapolis board of school commissioners for permission to examine the teeth of all children in the city’s public schools. This is the first tangible offer for dental … Read More