The PourHouse Offers a Helping Hand

“Our motto is ‘My Name is Not Homeless.’ These are people with names, who are experiencing homelessness,” says Andrea De Mink, the Executive Director of The PourHouse, a non-profit organization that assists people in Indianapolis who are living on the street. The PourHouse emphasizes helping people to overcome barriers that lead to homelessness. Officially formed in 2010, The PourHouse has built strong relationships with agencies that can help homeless individuals with legal problems, health care, counseling and addiction, and employment assistance. Specializing in the chronically homeless and severely mentally ill … Read More

Neighbors Review Plans for 10th and Emerson Corner

While commercial development on the east side has made great strides recently — the Coal Factory, the expansion of Angie’s List headquarters, and the ongoing improvements along East 10th Street to name just three — residents were shocked and dismayed when they saw a demolition crew at the corner of East 10th and Emerson Ave. this summer. The crew quickly demolished the back and one side of the building, leaving the brick facade and part of the roof. As of this writing, work on the site has been stopped, leaving … Read More

26th Annual TreeFest Set for Nov. 21-25

INDIANAPOLIS — Dozens of beautifully decorated Christmas trees will be on display at the 26th annual Warren Holiday TreeFest sponsored by the Warren Arts & Education Foundation Inc. The event takes place Friday, November 21 through Tuesday, November 25 at the Warren Performing Arts Center (WPAC), 9500 East 16th Street on the campus of Warren Central High School. Hours are 3:30 to 8 p.m. November 21, 24 & 25; noon to 4 p.m. November 22, and noon to 8 p.m. November 23. Admission is $4 for adults, and $3 for … Read More

Law Enforcement Adds Patrols for Holiday

INDIANA — As families take to the roads this holiday season, law enforcement is reminding drivers extra patrols will be cracking down on impaired driving and seat belt violations to increase safety on the state’s streets and highways. Area law … Read More

Velveteen Rabbit Debut at the IRT

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) will present a special production of The Velveteen Rabbit in the IRT Cabaret Nov. 22 through Dec. 13th. The classic children’s story tells of a little boy and his favorite stuffed animal. Together, … Read More

Book Review: Looking for Jack Kerouac by Barbara Shoup

In 1964, Paul Carpetti was a senior in high school and knew what to expect from life. He’d enjoy his high school senior year as a football star and popular kid. He’d go to work in the steel mill. He’d … Read More

Select Post Offices Open on Sundays for the Holiday Season

INDIANAPOLIS — Select Post Office retail operations throughout the Greater Indiana District will open for four hours on the three Sundays leading up to Christmas Day — Dec. 7, 14 and 21. The Sunday openings will be from noon to … Read More

“Q-munity V Celebration” to benefit Q Artistry

INDIANAPOLIS — “Q-munity V Celebration,” a fundraising gala to benefit Q Artisty, will be held on Thursday, Dec. 4 at the theatre’s home located in the historic Irvington Lodge, 5515 E Washington St. Serving as honorary co-chairs are Andi Hauser … Read More

Teachers, Volunteers Needed for Art Education

INDIANAPOLIS — Following a year of substantial growth, Art With a Heart (AWaH) reports they are experiencing a shortage of teachers for after school art education programming. “We’ve been surprised by the increase in demand this year,” said Executive Director … Read More

COLTSTRONG, LIBRARYSTRONG II Contest at Library

INDIANAPOLIS — Children ages 6 – 17 are invited to use their Indianapolis Public Library cards for a chance to win an in-person visit from Indianapolis Colts players Andrew Luck and Dwayne Allen during the COLTSTRONG, LIBRARYSTRONG II contest continuing … Read More

Ft. Harrison Holiday Home Tour

LAWRENCE —The Holiday Home Tour at historic Fort Harrison will be held Saturday Dec. 6th from 4-7 p.m. Tickets are $12 online or $15 at the door.  Discounted tickets are available online at: www.lawrenceartcenter.net/holidayhometour This year’s event includes four destinations … Read More

100 Years Ago This Week: Nov. 21-28

From The Indianapolis News, Monday, November 23, 1914: The Fighting Butler Eleven holds an absolute clear title to the Secondary State Championship by reason of its 6 to 0 victory over Franklin in the last game of the season before … Read More

Joie de Vivre

(zhwaduh vee-vruh) French. 1. A delight in being alive; keen carefree enjoyment of living. I was walking along a beach in Clearwater Beach Florida, watching my friend Lisa as she examined the offerings from the ocean. It was not the … Read More

Applause!: Nov. 21-28

• IMPD East District Commander James Waters was recently promoted to Assistant Chief of Police, and Lieutenant Michael Bruin to the rank of Commander. Commander Bruin has been working in East District and is a great replacement for Waters, who … Read More

Short but Maybe Not So Sweet

The Boss asked me to keep my article short and sweet due to space limitations. Well, I can do short but this won’t be completely sweet. Anyone who happened to view the Colts game Sunday night will note that while … Read More

World War 1 100 Years Ago: Nov. 21-28

From The Indianapolis Star, Monday, November 16, 1914: “A barrel of flour for a Belgian family,” is the slogan of The Star Belgian Flour Fund. Money is useless to Belgians in their present plight; there is no food to buy, … Read More

Bill “Bojangles” & Me, Part 1

This past fall, I drove to a place called White’s Farm in Brookville, Indiana, not far from Cincinnati. Every Wednesday you’ll find over 100 flea market and antique dealers set up in the hills and dales of an area once … Read More

The Music Goes ‘Round

The fascination with  mid-20th Century America culture continues to grow with today’s buying public, sending retailers of both reproduction and true vintage merchandise scurrying to keep the shelves stocked with the latest trends. Consumer spending for goods accounts for 70 … Read More

Threshing Day at the Old Home Place

Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves. We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves. Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness, Sowing in the noontide and the dewy eve; Waiting for the harvest, and the time of … Read More