Baby, It’s Cold Outside Benefits The Pourhouse Dec. 5

INDIANAPOLIS — On Sat., Dec. 5, join the Christmas party fun at the second annual “Baby, It’s Cold Outside!” to benefit The PourHouse, a street outreach and advocacy organization in Indianapolis that serves individuals experiencing homelessness  ( Last year’s event was a huge success and raised funds to help further their important outreach efforts. The PourHouse recently moved their headquarters from Monument Circle, joining IMPD’s Homeless Outreach Unit at the Southwest District office. The PourHouse offers services to those experiencing homelessness, offering services, food, clothing, and respect. They provide two … Read More

Dept. of Public Safety Moves Forward with Narcan Program

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (IEMS) recently delivered the final naloxone (Narcan) training for IMPD officers. Following the success of the naloxone trial in IMPD Southwest District in 2014, the two agencies committed to train and equip all front line IMPD officers with this life saving medication in 2015. Paramedics from IEMS have conducted approximately 50 sessions to train IMPD officers in the recognition of an opiate overdose, administration of naloxone, and steps to take while awaiting EMS responders. The training will continue with all new IMPD recruits as … Read More

Keeping it Local for the Holidays

In 2010, the financial powerhouse American Express began promoting Small Business Saturday — a day to remind consumers that small businesses are alive and well and ready to provide consumers with a less frenetic shopping experience than Black Friday. Small … Read More

Spotlight Players Present First Production at Theater at the Fort

LAWRENCE — The newest theater in Indianapolis to open its doors has been closed to the public for more than 30 years. Renamed Theater at the Fort, the historic theater on Fort Harrison’s property in Lawrence, Indiana (located at 8920 … Read More

USPS installs Holiday Mailbox in Monument Circle

INDIANAPOLIS — For almost 40 years, Santa’s Mailbox has been a festive fixture on Monument Circle. During the holiday season, the U.S. Postal Service invites children (of all ages) to place their wishes and dreams in Santa’s Mailbox, which is … Read More

Irvington Reads

Nestled in the hillside at 5427 E. Washington Street, on the west front of Indianapolis Public School No. 57, is a one-story brick and glass building that until recently housed the Hilton U. Brown Early Childhood Center. For the past … Read More

So Where Were the Mashed Potatoes?

hanksgiving Day is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a time to gather with those I love most and share memories and enjoy the blessings of the day. Like just about everyone else, I will feast royally on turkey, mashed … Read More

Conservatory Crossing Returns to Garfield Park

INDIANAPOLIS — Conservatory Crossing returns this year, transforming the Garfield Park Conservatory into a winter wonderland. Hundreds of poinsettias decorate the conservatory along with running model trains, villages, lights and the annual scavenger hunt to delight visitors of all ages. … Read More

Lugar Leadership Award Goes to Local Senior

INDIANAPOLIS — Franklin Central High School student Jasmine Kalia has been selected to receive this year’s Richard G. Lugar Distinguished Student Leadership Award, presented annually to an Indiana high school senior by the Lugar Academy at the University of Indianapolis. … Read More

Library Staff Recognized for Outstanding Service

INDIANAPOLIS — Joan Harvey, a 39-year Indy Library staff member who currently serves as a Public Services Associate and member of the Community Engagement Team at Central Library downtown, received the 2015 Helen L. Norris Distinguished Service Award at the … Read More

UIndy Presents Jazz Take on “Nutcracker Suite”

INDIANAPOLIS — The University of Indianapolis will inject a dose of swing into the city’s holiday arts offerings Dec. 7 when it presents Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite as reimagined for jazz orchestra by legendary bandleader Duke Ellington and his longtime … Read More

Governor’s Mansion Offers Home Tours for the Holidays

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Governor’s Residence has added tour dates during the month of December to showcase the home’s holiday decorations. Tour dates are booking quickly; those interested in attending are encouraged to book their tours at their earliest convenience. … Read More

Letters to Santa Claus by The Elves

Letters to Santa Claus by The Elves of Santa Claus Land in southern Indiana is the most beautiful book I’ve seen in a long time. The cover features Santa Claus’ arm and hand retrieving a letter from a mailbox. The … Read More

100 Years Ago This Week: Nov. 27-Dec. 4

From The Indianapolis Times, Saturday, November 27, 1915: Fire of incendiary origin, believed to have been caused by chicken thieves, destroyed a large chicken house in the rear of the home of J. E. Pigman, 126 Linwood Av, early this … Read More

Peyton Isn’t Done & The Colts Are Even in the Standings

Last week I posed the question “Is Peyton Manning’s career as a football player finished?” It seemed to me that with the health issues he faced and the disappointment that the 2015 season has been for him that he might … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Nov. 27-Dec. 4

From The Indianapolis Times, Tuesday, November 30, 1915:  Mrs. May Wright Sewall of Indianapolis, who was prominent at the woman’s peace conference in San Francisco, is booked to sail on the “Peace Ship” next Saturday at the invitation of Henry … Read More


We sigh now, loosening our belts, skirts, pants and shirts, having survived the gathering of families and friends around the mythic bird of thanks, and now plunge headlong into what has been called “the season of giving,” or more commercially, … Read More

The Wall of Words, Part 3

“Surrender to the treasures of books . . . Books keep stupidity at bay. And vain hopes . . .” — Literary apothecary, Jean Perdu Virlee wrote, “I have a ‘wall of words: 14 feet of space in the living … Read More

Applause!: Nov. 27-Dec. 4

• The Indy Regional Center Plan, which promotes the sustained growth of Indiana’s economy, is updating land use recommendations for downtown Indianapolis, focusing on the east and west portions. There will be a meeting to learn more about these updates … Read More

My World’s Fair Daydream — 50 Years On, Part 1

We all do it, some more than others I suppose, but we all do it: Daydream. Winning the lottery, scoring a hole-in-one, dating a movie star or maybe embarking on an exotic vacation, we all daydream. For me, I daydream … Read More

Capodimonte: True Italian art or QVC special?

Capodimonte, literally translated, “The top of the hill,” is the name given to the most delicate of all Italian porcelains. It was produced with soft-paste porcelains of only the highest grade by the top Italian artist of the day. The … Read More