Beginning of the Giving Season

Autumn is always hectic for Jan Defebrache and the gang at Gaia Works. Through October, they host Halloween related events to raise funds and take donations for the year-round food pantry that feeds seniors and others in need in the area. Then they switch gears to providing food and warm clothing to the homeless and seniors as the cold weather sets in, and then switch into overdrive for the Christmas season, when the nonprofit, nondenominational organization provides Christmas cheer to the children and ladies at Coburn Place, needy local families, … Read More

Small Business Saturday on the East Side

INDIANAPOLIS — Small Business Saturday will be November 25, a “holiday” declared by small businesses to bring awareness to the importance of small businesses in communities. The east side has many small businesses that will be part of Small Business Saturday. The Near Eastside Tinsel Town, hosted by IndyEast Promise Zone, will be held from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. all up and down East 10th St. and East Washington St. Grab your small business bag on the Near Eastside and participate in holiday activities for all ages. Bags will have coupons … Read More

Crackers For Christmas at the Bona

IRVINGTON — At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday November 25, the German Honorary Consul Sven Schumacher will open the latest exhibit at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center with a brief talk on German Christmas traditions. The exhibit, Crackers for Christmas, displays the variety, whimsey and craftmanship of the German folk art decorative nutcrackers. Figurative nutcrackers have been considered good luck symbols in Germany since the 15th century. In an ancient folktale, a puppet-maker won a nutcracking challenge by creating a doll with a large mouth on a lever, to crack the … Read More

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at Buck Creek Players

INDIANAPOLIS — The Buck Creek Players will present It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry. Opening on Fri., Dec. 1 and continuing for three weekends through Sun. Dec. 17, curtain times are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with 2:30 p.m. matinees on Sundays. All performances are at the Buck Creek Playhouse, 11150 Southeastern Ave. It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play transposes the cinematic classic (and holiday television tradition) to the theater by staging the story as if it was a 1940s live … Read More

Perry Senior Services Receives Donation

INDIANAPOLIS — Delta Theta Tau Sorority member, Marylynne Winslow, presented a check to Peggy Bryson, Perry Senior Services executive director. The Nu Tau Chapter of Delta Theta Tau Sorority raises funds to distribute to charities throughout Perry Township, Franklin Township, … Read More

Funds Sought for Public Art Pieces for Kennedy King Park

INDIANAPOLIS — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Indianapolis will soon have two new public art pieces to honor Dr. King and Robert Kennedy, thanks to a new crowdfunding campaign. The campaign, sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community … Read More

Emerald City at the Harrison for First Friday

INDIANAPOLIS — The Harrison Center presents Emerald City, their annual color-themed show with an artist reception from 6 to 10 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 1. Now in its 16th year, this holiday tradition is the Harrison Center’s biggest group show … Read More

Applause! Nov. 24-30

• The Poets Laureate of Lawrence reading will take place Nov. 28 from 7-9 p.m. at the Theater at the Fort, 8920 Otis Ave. This month’s featured poet is Alessandra Lynch. For more information, visit www.artsforlawrence.org. • Trash and recycling … Read More

Indiana Landmark Show and Sale Dec. 1

INDIANAPOLIS — On Dec. 1, Indiana Landmarks’ First Friday gallery show doubles as a holiday bazaar where visitors can immediately take home what they buy. The one-day show and sale staged by Indiana Plein Air Painters Association features landscapes and … Read More

A Role I Was Born to Play

I have a Facebook buddy named Gay Lyons. Gay and I go way back. We went to kindergarten together and continued through grade school, junior high and high school at Arlington. After graduation I lost track of Gay for a … Read More

“Everybody Comes to Rick’s”

“Festive haunts of pleasure seekers” date to at least the fifteenth century (or maybe earlier to the Cavern on the Green frequented by the Flintstones and Rubbles) when Parisians sought drink and food — no song and dance — at … Read More

Piggly Wiggly

It’s Thanksgiving week in Indianapolis and all over the Circle City, and Hoosiers are heading to grocery stores to buy turkey and all the trimmings. No doubt families will be bouncing words back and forth to each other off their … Read More

Danica Patrick: One Last shot at the Indy 500

Danica Sue Patrick, the nations most successful and highest profiled female professional race driver, has announced her retirement from the sport. After a crash in last Friday’s Monster Energy Cup race in Homestead FL, the 35 year old Wisconsin native … Read More

Vintage Ceramic Christmas Trees

In the last half of the 1960’s literally thousands ceramics shops sprung up across the US. For many it became a family affair, enabling young and old alike to mold a hunk of clay into a piece of “art.” Banks, … Read More

World War I 100 Years Ago: Nov. 24-30

From The Indianapolis Star, Thursday, November 29: Parents, wives, sisters, sweethearts and brothers of Indiana artillerymen now overseas were told last night that it was their task to maintain the morale of men on the fighting line by writing sane … Read More

Giving Thanks

In November, 1621, after a successful corn harvest, the governor of the new village of Plymouth, Massachusetts, organized a celebratory feast, to which he invited the Native Americans who had been of assistance to the Pilgrims. They would not repeat … Read More

100 Years Ago: Nov. 24-30

From The Indianapolis News, Thursday, November 29: Thanksgiving Day dawned with gloomy skies and threatening rain-clouds. Commercial life stopped throughout the city, but there was no holiday celebration in homes or churches as the war against Germany brought solemn thought … Read More