Applause!: Nov. 10-16

• Share your ideas for uses for the long-vacant Sherman Park at Michigan and Sherman on Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at the John Boner Neighborhood Center, 2236 E. 10th St. Sisters Comfort Food will be served. All are welcome.
• Congratulations to Fathers and Families Resource/Research Center, which works to build a legacy of fatherhood and families, on receiving a grant from Forward Promise. The Indianapolis organization uses healing practices and storytelling programs to help young African-American fathers and expectant fathers thrive in Indianapolis.
• Check out The Three Little Hoosier Pigs: A Children’s Opera, on Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the Irvington Branch, 5625 E. Washington St. Children ages 5 – 11 and their families are invited to a performance of a variation of the classic children’s story, “Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf.” This children’s opera, presented through the Education and Outreach at the Indianapolis Opera, is set in Indiana and deals with bullies and the importance of following one’s dreams.
• You can never have enough books. The Indy Library Book Sale will be held Nov. 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Friends night), Nov. 11 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Nov. 17 from noon-7 p.m. (half price day) and Nov. 18 ($7 a bag day) from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The sale will be held at the Library Services Center, 2450 N. Meridian St.
• The Indy Winter Farmers Market will open Nov. 11 and is open every Saturday November through April, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Circle City Industrial Complex, 1125 E. Brookside Ave. next to Centerpoint Brewing Co. Lots of produce, baked goods, eggs, and farm-fresh goodies are inside, plus there’s a weekly yoga series (by donation) at 10 a.m., kids activities,  and live music.
• The Lawrence Players (part of Arts for Lawrence) will be performing their world premiere of The Old Man and the Sea based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway Nov. 17-25. Through music, mime and puppetry, the audience will be taken through the trials, tribulations and triumphs the “old man” faced. General admission is $15, with discounts available for students, seniors, military and veterans. The performances will be at Theater at the Fort, 8920 Otis Ave. in Lawrence. Tickets and more information are available at
• Congratulations to Friends of Dogs Outside (FIDO), an eastside based nonprofit with the mission of all dogs live in humane conditions. They were recently awarded a Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust grant of $150,000, which will provide a salary for their new Executive Director Darcie Kurtz, FIDO founder. The money will also be used to help get the word out about their services, and pay for a part time volunteer and marketing coordinator. If you’d like to help FIDO, visit their Web site at