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Author Amy MaganAmy Magan has called Indiana home since arriving on the campus of Butler University in 1988. Now the mother of a tween and two teens, she can't think of a better place to raise her family than Central Indiana. Amy writes for several websites including her own blog, The 4th Frog.


Sculpture Walk is Free Lesson in Art Appreciation

If you’re looking for something different — and free — to do this summer, check out the Sculpture Walk at the University of Indianapolis. Sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, the walk includes 23 sculptures from various artists around the country. The majority of the sculptures are located outdoors on the southside campus. The Sculpture Walk […]

Lincoln Square Pancake House Is a Tasty Downtown Spot

I’m a big proponent for downtown living, but I know that happy and successful urban living requires the presence and support of local business. So when Lincoln Square Pancake House decided to set up shop in a former car dealership at 2330 N. Meridian Street, I was happy. After months of driving by the breakfast […]

Pacers Trivia for All the Bandwagon Jumpers

Well, the Indiana Pacers are still in the playoff race, though I’d hoped that by this point they would be on to round 3. Nevertheless, if you are new to the ranks of the Pacers faithful, here is some handy trivia to help you give the impression that you’ve been “Blue Collar, Gold Swagger” all […]

Jockamo Is Pizza Worth the Drive

Like many families, we eat a lot of pizza in our house. It’s fast, fairly cheap and easily adapted to everyone’s tastes. Usually, we order from pizza places near home. But there is one pizza joint that I think is worth driving to: Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza in Indy’s east-side Irvington neighborhood. As a family, […]

Larger Than Life Lemurs at the Indiana State Museum IMAX

My first encounter with a lemur was the animated, bouncing character on the PBS television show “Zaboomafoo.” Then the kids and I found real-life versions of ring-tailed lemurs at the Indianapolis Zoo. Now you can see lemurs larger than life on the Indiana State Museum IMAX screen in the film Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D. […]

Drink Local for Indie Coffee Shop Day

The third Friday of April is Indie Coffee Shop Day. Of course here in the state capitol, it’s Indy Indie Coffee Shop Day. To mark the occasion, I’m offering my list of favorite indie coffee shops. I should mention that I don’t drink coffee, so these places are faves for other reasons. Foundry Provisions (Near […]

A Diller, a Dollar, a Visit to The Thirsty Scholar

When The Thirsty Scholar first opened at the corner of 16th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, I assumed it was a bar. I was only partly correct. It’s actually a coffee, beer and wine bar. Tuesday through Friday, The Thirsty Scholar opens at 8:00 a.m. It’s a little too late for the typical rush hour crowd, […]

Living in the Crossroads Makes Roadtrips Doable

Indianapolis has long been called the “Crossroads of America.” While that may mean that we are living in a “flyover state” as far as people from the east and west coasts are concerned, it also means that we are lucky enough to be living within in reasonable driving distance of some great destinations. Check out […]

Long’s Bakery Donut Buying Rules

Long’s Bakery and its oh-so-right-but-oh-so-wrong-for-you array of donuts is one of those things that is ingrained as a sense memory for me. I can, on command, recall the sweet smell, the soft and sugary texture, even the taste of a Long’s donut. The fact that I came to know Long’s through Sunday morning donuts at church […]

Downtown Indy Stay-cation with Tweens & Teens

If there is one thing kids love (at least my kids), it’s Spring Break. If there is one thing kids hate, it’s staying home for Spring Break. While Central Indiana doesn’t have much to offer in the way of sand and surf, there are several things for the tween and teen set that make a […]

Indianapolis Ranked #1 for Downtown Living

Livability.com recently ranked Indianapolis as the #1 city to live in when in comes to downtown dwelling. The criteria used by the website included: Good entertainment options Well-planned design Unique architecture Green spaces Walkability Moving from suburbia to downtown has been a dream of mine (and my husband’s) for several years, especially since our daughter […]

3 Great Places to Watch March Madness

“Everywhere else, it’s just basketball…but this is Indiana!” I’m not sure who was the first to say that, but if you’ve been in Indiana during the month of March, you understand. In the great Hoosier state, basketball is practically a religion and the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, affectionately know as “March Madness,” is the greatest […]

New Day Offers Crafty Recipe for Stress Relief

You know the feeling. Get the kids to 3 different places at the same time. Finish up that big report for the boss. Spin your wheels figuring out what’s for dinner and trying to remember if you turned the iron off before you left the house. Soon, the stress builds up so that you can […]

Homespun Has a New Home on Mass Ave

The north end of Mass Ave in downtown Indianapolis welcomed a new neighbor recently when Homespun: Modern Handmade opened the doors of its new digs. Homespun isn’t new to Indianapolis; its previous location was in Indy’s historic Irvington neighborhood. The move to Mass Ave gives the boutique a larger space for more product and for […]

Community Spotlight: TeenWorks Preps Kids for College & Beyond

One sign of a vibrant and growing community is the existence of community organizations that support groups and individuals in ways that allow them to live healthy and happy lives. TeensWorks is an organization that works to help young people ages 16-18 gain work experience, build a resume and transition from high school to college. […]

I Love Indy’s Big Heart (#BracketsForGood)

One thing I love about Indianapolis is that people here are genuinely nice. We smile at each other, make conversation in the grocery checkout line, and are pretty polite on the roads. Oh sure, you’ll run into a grump here and there, but for the most part, we are happy to lend a hand. I’ve […]

Get your Mardi Gras on at B’s Po Boy

After what seems like the longest February in the history of the modern world, March is upon us. And it brings with it the Christian season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras — Fat Tuesday — is the day of gluttonous celebration before Lent begins. If you’re in Indianapolis and you want […]

Indianapolis Municipal Band to perform Spring Concert

The Indianapolis Municipal Band (IMB) will kick off its 2014 concert season with a Spring Concert on Wednesday, March 5 at 7:00pm. My good friend Lidia plays the French horn in this band, which is the oldest all-volunteer community band in the city. According to Lidia, many of the members are retired music teachers or […]

UIndy Theatre department offers free preview of new production

The Indianapolis theatre scene is rich with a number of professional and community theatres to give patrons a choice of offerings that run the gamut from classic to musical to avant garde. Of course, many of those actors got their training in college theatre programs. One such program at the University of Indianapolis is set […]

Barter for new knowledge with Trade School Indianapolis

Want to learn about “Herbs for Healing?” It’ll cost you two pounds of organic produce. Can’t make heads or tails of Twitter? Pony up some AAA batteries and you’ll be tweeting in no time. Looking for tips to make your next garage sale a success? Bring some canned cat food or blankets for a local […]