“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

Historic Benton House Book Sale a Community Event

Oh, I just want what we all want: a comfortable couch, a nice beverage, a weekend of no distractions and a book that will stop time, lift me out of my quotidian existence and alter my thinking forever.   — … Read More

Foundation East Public Art Wins First Place in Poll

INDIANAPOLIS — Foundation East’s traffic signal box project on the east side won first place in the category of Best New Public Art in NUVO’s 2014 Best of Indy Readers Choice Poll. Eastside artists who developed the themes and painted … Read More

IPS Announces Open Houses

INDIANAPOLIS — Starting July 21, many schools began on-site enrollment for families and are prepared to answer any questions about the upcoming year. Schools also welcome returning Middle/Junior High and High School students and their families to complete the registration … Read More

Ernest Malone Named New Fire Chief

INDIANAPOLIS — Mayor Greg Ballard and Public Safety Director Troy Riggs recently named 28-year fire veteran, Ernest Malone, as the 42nd Chief of the Indianapolis Fire Department.  Chief Malone will succeed Chief Brian Sanford, who announced in April he planned … Read More

. . . And Now for Something Completely Different — The End of an Era

For second-wave Boomers (and GenXers), the last Monty Python show on July 20, simulcast throughout the world, was our one last chance to see the British comedy troop live on stage. Here in Indianapolis, is was shown at the Galaxy … Read More

New York Street to Close Temporarily

INDIANAPOLIS — Starting on or after July 28, three repair projects will begin on New York Street. New York Street from LaSalle to Gale Street as well as New York Street under CSX bridge will be resurfaced. Curb and sidewalk … Read More

2014 Indiana Authors Award Winners Announced

Hoosier author Michael Shelden has been selected as the winner of the $10,000 National Author prize given by the 2014 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation funded by The Glick Fund, … Read More

Indy 5×5 Finalists Named

INDIANAPOLIS — The finalists for the 5×5 Arts and Innovation Prize Competition, re:MIX — Spinning Culture, Community and Place, will present their ideas on Friday, August 1 in the Harrison Center’s historic sanctuary at the corner of Delaware and 16th … Read More

IRT Announces Collaboration with Local Artist

INDIANAPOLIS — Artist Kyle Ragsdale has partnered with the Indiana Repertory Theatre to create unique works for each of the plays they will present in the 2014-15 season. “For the work I did for the IRT I wanted the viewer … Read More

Swimmer’s Itch – The Good, Bad, and Creepy

‘Tis the season for vacations, and travel to a freshwater lake or an ocean comes to mind. But a condition known as swimmer’s itch can ruin your vacation. Swimmer’s itch is far more complex and fascinating than the name suggests … Read More

Radio Nights Concludes Entertainment on the Plaza

GREENFIELD — Entertainment On The Plaza concludes the concert season with a free performance by Radio Nights on Friday, July 25 at 7 p.m. on the Hancock County Courthouse south lawn and City Plaza in downtown Greenfield. A performance of … Read More

Tony Dungy and Michael Sam, Plus James Garner

Tony Dungy is in a bit of hot water over a comment he made about Rams’ rookie linebacker Michael Sam, the first NFL draftee to openly acknowledge his homosexuality before he started his pro career. Coach Dungy said “I wouldn’t … Read More

Clifton Webb – Forgotten Hoosier Hollywood Icon

Al Hunter is hard at work on his new story collection, Bumps in the Night, based on his columns for this paper. This is a reprint of an article that appeared on April 26, 2009. Al will be back with … Read More

The Romance of Trains

All day the fire-steed flies over the country, stopping only that his master may rest, and I am awakened by his tramp and defiant snort at midnight, when in some remote glen in the woods he fronts the elements encased … Read More

Applause!: July 25-Aug. 1

• The Vogue will hold a A Night of Peace fundraiser for the Indy Public Safety Foundation on July 25 from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. There will be a silent auction, donation buckets, guest speakers, live music and a DJ. This … Read More

100 Years Ago this Week: July 25-Aug. 1

From The Indianapolis Star, Thursday, July 30, 1914: Patriotism is running higher and higher among members of the Indianapolis Serbian colony with every fresh bulletin from the war zone. At the Foreigners’ House, 617 W. Pearl St, a crashing, clashing … Read More


“1 July ’43,” the man said to the clerk. He asked her if she had seen the movie The Bridge Over the River Kwai. She crafted a small smile, glanced around nervously and replied that she had. “You have?” There … Read More