Applause!: Aug. 18-24

• Near Eastside Area Renewal will be celebrating their 100th developed home on Mon., Sept. 18th. Mayor Joe Hogsett and NEAR’s community partners will be on hand for a press conference at 10 a.m. Then, from 4-7 p.m.,there will be a street party and open house with local food, drinks, music, and fun, engaging activities. Events will take place on E. 9th between Tacoma and Temple, in front of four of the nine affordable homes they are currently developing.
• Looking forward to IndyFringe this weekend, where we’ll be seeing lots of shows using our Facebook feed to showcase the weird and wonderful shows we see (we mean weird in the best possible way!). If you haven’t liked our Facebook page yet, search for “Eastside Voice.” We do our best to post update our page in a timely fashion. If you need tickets to IndyFringe, visit and order as early as you can for some of these shows.
• The annual Feast of Lanterns festival will be held Sat., Aug. 26 from 4-11 p.m. at Spades Park, 1800 Nowland Ave. This is a fun, family-friendly afternoon in the park, featuring artisans, kid’s activities, food trucks, local breweries, and a great lineup of live music featuring the likes of Bigfoot Yancey, Native Sun, Pork N Beans Brass Band, and many more. Many eastside communities will have booths, so wander around, eat some great food, get your tootsies tapping, for the nicest day on the eastside.
• Did you know you can get fresh, affordable vegetables every Tues. at Community Hospital East (15th and Ritter) from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and every Thurs. at  CAFE  (38th and Post) from 4-7 p.m.? Look for the Rolling Harvest truck.
• Check out the Pan Am Games 30th Anniversary Field Day on Sat., Aug. 19 at Garfield Park, 2349 Pagoda Dr., from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This event looks to recognize the significance that hosting the games in 1987 had on shaping Indianapolis into the world’s premiere amateur sporting destination. (Free admission.) The Irvington Historical Society also has an exhibit on the Games as well, and is open on Sat. from 1-4 p.m. and Sun. from 1-4 p.m. (Free admission, donation appreciated!)
• There’s also still time to get to the Indiana State Fair, which runs until Aug. 20 — lemon shakeups, pork chop dinners, grilled cheese sammiches, and a whole bevy of “okay, it’s only once a year” foods await! We were surprised to see the food is more affordable than we thought. Check out the Lions Club sweet corn booth just outside the Swine Barn: only $3 an ear for some fresh-roasted goodness dipped in butter, with proceeds going to support great programs!
• Thinking about an end-of-summer garage sale (to sell some of the stuff you’ve bought from other yard sales, maybe)? We have 25,000 readers in a whole bunch of zip codes and a whole bunch of them would probably like to buy your stuff. Garage sale ads start at $10 for two lines, and $1 a line thereafter. We are a locally owned newspaper — not a faceless corporation. And Lola the Office Manager would appreciate your support!