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

Historic East Washington Branch Reopens February 24

Improved access, new computer lab and updated community room are among the many features awaiting patrons when the freshly-renovated East Washington Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library, 2822 E. Washington St., reopens its doors to the public at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 24. Listed in 2016 in the National Register of Historic Places, the East Washington Branch is one of two original Carnegie Libraries still serving Indianapolis. The $2.4 million project, the first major renovation since the branch opened in 1910, features a 2,200-square-foot northward expansion that includes a … Read More

Hancock Children’s Choir Moves into New Offices

GREENFIELD — The Hancock County Children’s Choir will  celebrate an important milestone. HCCC has rented its first office space at the Hancock County Community Foundation building, 312 East Main St., Suite E. in Greenfield. The grand opening will be held Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. The ceremony will be hosted by the Greenfield Chamber of Commerce and officiated by the mayor of Greenfield, Chuck Fewell.  The mayor will be sporting his very own HCCC blue shirt as he proclaims Feb. 20, 2017 as “Hancock County Children’s Choir Day” in Greenfield. … Read More

Reconnecting to Our Waterways – PechaKucha Night

INDIANAPOLIS — PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts  in the PechaKucha 20×20 format (similar to TED Talks). On Feb. 23,  from 7-9 p.m., the focus will be on Reconnecting to Our Waterways (ROW). Five speakers will talk about the development of Indianapolis’ waterways, 20 slides for 20 seconds each, while the rest of the attendees listen, mingle, and learn. There will be a gallery of art, sculptures, and photos from ROW projects this past year all in one … Read More

Two Scecina Students Honored as Rising Stars of Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS —Two Scecina Memorial High School juniors are being honored as Rising Stars of Indiana. Molly Griffin and Liberty Joson are among 971 juniors from 256 Indiana high schools being honored. The Indiana Association of School Principals invites each Indiana high school to nominate students currently in 11th grade, based on their academic achievement. “Please join IASP in congratulating these students on all they have already achieved, as well as offering support and encouragement as they continue their accomplishments and expand their knowledge, growth and leadership skills well into the … 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

“Boeing Boeing” at the IRT March 7-April 2

INDIANAPOLIS — A swanky Parisian bachelor pad sets the stage for a fun-filled performance where an infidelitous man finds out what can go wrong when he, along with three beautiful stewardesses, are in the right place at the wrong time … Read More

New Eiteljorg Exhibit Features Dogs: Faithful and True

INDIANAPOLIS – A new special exhibition at the Eiteljorg Museum captures the universal bond between people and dogs through art and interactive experiences that bring to life the many roles dogs have played in the American West: as companions, workers … Read More

Keeping Hinkle, Hinkle: A Tale of Restoration

INDIANAPOLIS — On Thursday, March 2, storyteller Sally Perkins will tell how Butler University restored Hinkle Fieldhouse, a National Historic Landmark, in her performance of Keeping Hinkle, Hinkle. Storytelling Arts of Indiana and Indiana Landmarks commissioned the story for If … Read More

U.S. 52 Bridge Closes for Construction On Feb. 27

INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Highway 52 (Brookville Road) is scheduled to close for bridge construction just west of German Church Road starting on or after Mon., Feb. 27. INDOT awarded a $1.3 million contract to Duncan Robertson, Inc. last fall to … Read More

Oaklandon Civic Theatre Presents King Mackerel and the Blues are Running

INDIANAPOLIS — Oakland Civic Theatre presents King Mackerel and the Blues are Running: Songs and stories by Jim Wann, Bland Simpson, J.L. Mills and Don Dixon Tall tales and rollicking songs in the Diamond Studs and Pump Boys and Dinettes … Read More

IDEM Offers Free Presentations to Indiana Students for Earth Day

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) will be offering free, hands-on classroom presentations to Indiana elementary schools in April. IDEM employees will present fun, engaging, and informative presentations that provide students with examples of environmental careers while … Read More

Applause!: Feb. 17-23

• Get involved in the neighborhood by attending the NESCO Annual Congress on Sat., Feb. 25, from 8 a.m. – noon at Englewood Christian Church. This annual gathering of neighbors and neighborhood representatives provides an opportunity to learn about community … Read More

Public Maple Syrup Day March 4

INDIANAPOLIS — Southeastway Park’s Public Maple Syrup Day will be held March 4 from 12:30-3:00 p.m. at the park, located at 5624 S. Carroll Rd. Participants in this very popular program will tour the sugar bush, learn about maple syrup … Read More


A bank commercial shows a young couple growing up together, going from grade school to college and into the bank for financial advice. I often have emotional responses to the feel-good stories of advertisers, and in the commercial, a young … Read More

The Franken Berry Scare

February 1972 was a busy and historic month. The Winter Olympics opened in Sapporo, Japan. The FCC created cable television as we first knew it. David Bowie introduced his “Ziggy Stardust” alter-ego during his world concert tour.  Richard M. Nixon … Read More

Survival Down in the Trenches

Last week I wrote about Valentines Day and the plight of the fictional character, Bridget, who worries about whether or not she’ll get a valentine. Thankfully, a man in whom she is interested does send her a card, and thus … Read More

100 Years Ago This Week: Feb. 17-23

From The Indianapolis Star, Wednesday, February 21: In preparation for “Bird House Day,” school children in the Indianapolis public schools are building 1,600 bird houses according to Harry E. Wood, director of manual training for the schools. The city park … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Feb. 17-23

From The Indianapolis News, Monday, February 19: At a special meeting of the directors the Indianapolis Chapter of the American Red Cross, Josiah K. Lilly offered $25,000 (2016: $476,495), on behalf of Eli Lilly & Co, for a base hospital … Read More

Valentines Day – Presidents Day What Sporting Activities did Our Chief Executives Indulge In?

It’s known that our current president Mr. Trump is an avid golfer and owns several country clubs including one in Scotland. President Eisenhower also was quite a golfer and had a driving range and miniature course on his Gettysburg farm, … Read More

The Tax Man

It’s tax time again! Not a favorite time of year for many, but still one of the inevitable parts of life.  While it may seem a touch premature, there may be a way to ease your visit to the “taxman” … Read More