Applause!: May 19-25

• Many thanks to the police officers in the East District, who recently helped an older woman who, while unlocking her gate o park her car in her driveway, had her running car stolen. The lady’s purse, house keys, phone, cane and other important items were in the car. The first policeman to respond called a far eastside district officer to go to her good friend’s house for the extra house keys (which she didn’t have after all). The officer and backup officers tried to get into the house and ended up calling the Fire Department, who brought bolt cutters to cut off the padlock on her back door. That first officer went shopping and brought her back knee braces, a new padlock and cane. Her car was found the next night two blocks away. A police officer picked up the lady and took her to her stolen car. Her purse was missing, but everything else was intact. The police officers went above and beyond to help a woman in trouble. Lesson to be learned — don’t leave your car unattended running for even a minute.
• South Indy Family Support Over Heroin is a support group for families who face the every day struggles of their loved one’s heroin or opiate/prescription drug addiction. Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at St. Roch Parish Life Center, 3603 S. Meridian St (door under blue awning) at 7:00 p.m. Any questions or to RSVP, please call Erin Hobbs at 317-716-4454.
• The Indy Parks Summer Concerts will be in full swing soon. This series of free concerts take place throughout the city. Check out the June 1 Cathy Morris & Friends show at Garfield Park Sunken Gardens, 2505 Conservatory Dr., at 7 p.m. The Friends of Irving Circle concert June 3 at 7 p.m. will feature Audio Diner. Visit for a full schedule.
• If your neighborhood is planning on participating in National Night Out Against Crime on August 1, please register with Steve Talley. E-mail him at for a registration form and instructions.
• For an unusual musical experience, check out the Irvington Summer Music Series on May 21 from 4-6 p.m. at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center, 5350 University Ave. for an afternoon of Tibetan Bowls with Ron Esposito and friends. The afternoon will feature Tibetan and crystal singing bowls, throat singing, and much more. Ticket are $10 and available on Eventbrite.
• If you like magic, check out Indy Magic Monthly June 6 show “Young Whippersnappers of Magic,” featuring 14-19 year old magicians from the midwest, plus a couple of “old hands.” The show will be held at Theatre on the Square, 627 Massachusetts Ave. at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for over 61 and under 16; available at or at the box office at 317-685-8687. Last year’s show sold out fast, so get tickets early!
• James Pennell, author of Local Vino, will be on hand at Bookmamas May 19 at 6:30 p.m. to talk about the flourishing wine industry in the Midwest. Bookmamas is located at 9 S. Johnson Ave. in Irvington.
• Now that summer’s here, the likelihood of “KnoZone Action Days” increases — days when heat and haze combine to create high ozone levels, which adversely affect people with breathing problems. We can all help reduce ozone by reducing car emissions those days, avoid mowing lawns until after 7 p.m., and conserving energy whenever possible. Those are also days that people with respiratory issues need to take special care to not over-exert themselves and take other precautions.