The Giving Garden

Once there was a tree … And she loved a little boy, a lot. In a pub I met two young men, and after a short conversation with them, I gave one my business card. “I might want to tell your story,” I said to him. On August 17th, I sat with three young men in front of a historic barn and listened while they articulated their vision of service. Ian Dante, Kaine and Brendan Roe are three twentysomethings who are engaged with life in various ways; Dante is a … Read More

New Soccer Mini-Pitch at Arsenal Tech

INDIANAPOLIS — Youth in Indianapolis will have a new play space to call their own, thanks to the Add More Play in Your Day program grant from Mondelēz International, the Kroger Family of Stores and the U.S. Soccer Foundation. The grant from these companies, with additional support from Indiana Soccer and the Indy Eleven Foundation, was awarded to Arsenal Technical High School, enabling the organizations to install an acrylic soccer pitch to provide a safe place for children in the community to play. It will support programs that help kids … Read More

Carnegie Libraries Receive National Historic Designation

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Public Library officials have received official certification designating the East Washington and Spades Park branches, two original Carnegie Libraries constructed in the early 1900’s still serving the public, as the latest additions on the National Register of Historic Places. Certificates were awarded at the Indiana State Fair during the Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony. The East Washington Branch, at 2822 E. Washington Street, was the first to be built with funds from a $120,000 grant by the Andrew Carnegie Foundation. It is currently undergoing … Read More

Pawsitive Top Dog Election

INDIANAPOLIS —  Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN) is putting a positive spin on this year’s presidential campaign by adding their own “top dog” candidates to this election season. Three of ICAN’s dogs-in-training, Hunter, Truman and Dezzie (Desiree), launched their individual campaigns to raise funds for the organization. Each service dog in training will represent three parties: the Labradarian Party, the Goldador Party and the Golden Party representing the dogs’ individual breeds. Each candidate will have a platform to bring awareness of the organization’s mission as well as highlight the people … Read More

Eastside Activists Start Petition to Combat Media Bias

INDIANAPOLIS — Local activists, weary of local media’s misrepresentation of crime reporting, have started an online petition to be delivered to Indianapolis network affiliates and the daily newspaper asking them to be more careful of the boundaries recognized as “east side.” Supporters of the petition point out that locations given on crimes in the city often misidentify areas, such as a crime happening at 38th and College Ave. as being on the “east side” instead of the north side. They believe that the negative effects of such reporting have mischaracterized … Read More

IndyFringe 2016 Roundup

IndyFringe is a marathon, not a sprint. The festival began Aug. 18 and runs through Sun. the 28th, so there is still time to see exceptional shows if you pace yourself. This year’s Fringe has an impressive array of performers … Read More

Feast of Lanterns Aug. 27

INDIANAPOLIS — The annual Feast of Lanterns will be held Aug. 27 from 4-11 p.m. at Spades Park, 1800 Nowland Ave. The afternoon and evening feature food trucks, live music, lots of local vendors, a beer and wine tent, plus … Read More

Neighborhood Groceries

After reading Steve Barnett’s article about Standard grocery, I thought I should tell you about the little neighborhood grocery in my old neighborhood near downtown. Working in that grocery was my first job the summer before I turned 16 (1965). … Read More

Underground Airlines by Ben Winters

Suppose Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in Indianapolis on his way to his first inauguration. That’s exactly what former Indianapolis writer Ben Winters did. His new novel, Underground Airlines, is the result of this imaginative leap. It opens with the protagonist, … Read More

The Standard of Groceries

Stopping by the supermarket on the way home from work to pick up a roasted chicken or the “fixin’s” for a quick meal is so commonplace today that we don’t give it a second thought. Ah, the supermarket; the truly … Read More

Applause!: Aug. 26-Sept. 1

• Concerned OG, a group of former “original gangsters,” has started a campaign on the east side to take back the streets. Their first neighborhood walk was Aug. 29 near 38th and Sherman, an area on the east side that … Read More

It’s All About the Burp

Dupont chemist Earl Tupper had long dreamed of a line of home products made of plastic, but in spite of his endless experimentation, nothing seem durable or flexible enough to suit his needs. All of that changed with the invention … Read More

Colts Add Antonio Cromartie to Aid Secondary

t’s the third week of the NFL preseason and the Colts are 1 and 1 in games which actually have little meaning in the outcome or the final score. Preseason is for player evaluation and for players and coaches to … Read More

Death in the Family

Late in October of 1974, I was awakened by a phone call. I was living in Camarillo, California with my wife and two-year-old child. I cannot remember who called me from my hometown of Pittsburgh, Penn., to tell me that … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Aug. 26-Sept. 1

From The Indianapolis News, Tuesday, September 1, 1916: U. S. Army Lieutenant Gilbert Cook is inspecting the six Indiana National Guard recruiting offices recently opened throughout Indiana to ascertain what methods may be used to increase recruiting. Army Lieutenant Philip … Read More

100 Years Ago This Week: Aug. 26-Sept. 1

From The Indianapolis Star, Thursday, August 31, 1916: The Circle Theater opened last evening with every one of its 3,100 seats taken. Theatergoers arrived an hour before the scheduled 8 o’clock performance to inspect the beautiful interior behind the white … Read More

Get a Life! Part 2

Songwriter/poets see with a keen eye and write about human foibles and vulnerabilities with a great economy of words. Peggy Lee popularized the plaintive song “Is That All There Is?” about a woman who always expected more from life than … Read More

Highway 127: The World’s Longest Yard Sale, Part 2

Our first day on the 127 Yard Sale (a.k.a. the World’s Longest or 127 sale) was tiring but an adventure nonetheless. Part one detailed this popular annual event that officially begins on the first Thursday in August, spans six states … Read More

Advertise In Our Special Section for the Irvington Tour of Homes!

The Weekly View is an advertiser-supported, independent newspaper with over 25,000 readers every week. We also publish several special sections every year — including the official program for the Irvington Tour of Homes. If you would like to drive more … Read More

Cumberland Arts Goes to Market Blends Fun and History

CUMBERLAND — The annual summer celebration of the arts and the richness of the agricultural community in the area will add a new dimension this year: Indiana’s Bicentennial. This year on August 20 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., visitors can be … Read More

IRT Announces 2016-17 Single Tickets On Sale

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Repertory Theatre has announced the 2016-2017 season. The nine production season features work on the OneAmerica Mainstage, the Upperstage and the IRT Cabaret. The IRT opens its season with The Three Musketeers Sept. 20-Oct. 15, which … Read More

Self Published Author Fair, Sat., Aug. 20

After a successful author fair in February, Bookmamas repeats the event with a new set of authors on Sat., Aug. 20. Books range from a picture book, Caroline Girls, by Heather Chastain to fiction to a nonfiction selection. Eight authors … Read More

“Summer Reading Book Bash” Wraps Up at Indy Library

INDIANAPOLIS — Preliminary figures indicate that 51,119 young readers experienced the joy of reading during The Indianapolis Public Library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program, “The Summer Reading Book Bash,” which concluded at the end of July. Led by everyone’s favorite cartoon … Read More

Eric Grayson to Screen German Expressionist Film Aug. 20

INDIANAPOLIS — Film historian Eric Grayson will screen the 1921 film, Destiny, at Garfield Park Arts Center on Sat., Aug. 20, at 8 p.m. Starring Lil Dagover and Bernhard Goetzke, this is the third German Expressionist film Grayson has made … Read More

Caulk of the Town Oct. 22 Needs Sponsors, Volunteers, Homes

INDIANAPOLIS — Caulk of the Town will take place Oct. 22 this year. This annual event, sponsored by NEAR and IPL, will bring volunteers in homes, after assessment, to do minor repairs to help residents save moneyand winterize homes to … Read More

State Fair Memories, Part 1

The Indiana State Fair brings back memories. When I was eight or nine years old my grownup brother, Earl, went to the State Fair with my parents and me. They made the mistake of going on Labor Day. The weather … Read More

100 Years Ago This Week: Aug. 19-25

From The Indianapolis Star, Sunday, August 20, 1916: Fifty members of the Indianapolis branch of the Woman’s Franchise League left the city yesterday from Monument Place in decorated automobiles to open their campaign to interview every housewife in eight townships … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Aug. 19-25

From The Indianapolis News, Tuesday, August 22, 1916: A recruiting squad of seven officers and twenty-one enlisted men, on border duty at Llano Grande, Texas with the Indiana National Guard, arrived in Indianapolis this morning. According to Indiana Adjutant General … Read More

Coke Collectibles

Since 1886, a large majority of the American public has adamantly agreed that “Things go better with Coke.” The clever marketers for the Coca-Cola Company have enlisted the assistance of angelic looking children, beautiful Victorian women, rock stars, world class … Read More

Applause!: Aug. 19-25

• For the first time ever, the Irvington Farmers Market canceled on Aug. 14 due to rain making the grounds at Ellenberger Park too squishy for trucks and people to safely navigate. Many people were disappointed, needing their fix of … Read More

The Great Gretzky in Indianapolis

Most hockey fans consider Wayne Gretzky one of, if not the, greatest professional hockey players of all time. But do hockey fans also remember that “The Great Gretz” started his pro career right here in good old Indy? You have … Read More

Highway 127: The World’s Longest Yard Sale

Last week, my wife and I (along with fellow antiquer buddies Chuck & Becky Hodson) decided to revisit the tortuous multi-state adventure known as The 127 Yard Sale. Also known as the World’s Longest or 127 sale, it is an … Read More

Notes from the Readers

A columnist for a publication in St. Louis, Mo., would occasionally “turn (his) column over to the readers.” He would then address emails and letters that readers had sent to him with questions, comments and concerns. An example of his … Read More