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A Look Inside the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum

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As my family strolled along Mass Ave on the Fourth of July, we wandered into the historic Indianapolis Firefighters Museum. Housed in historic fire station no. 2, door was wide open and welcoming visitors. I’d passed by the museum many times, but I’d never taken the time to see what the museum was all about.As […]

Indiana’s ALL-IN Challenge is for All

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Indiana Humanities has kicked off a challenge for all Hoosiers of our great state–the All-IN challenge. Charged with encouraging the humanities throughout the state, this challenge promises to promote the organization and the arts. These eight topics will be shaping the conversations taking place throughout the eight weeks of ALL-IN. This topics challenge participants to […]

2014 Home-A-Rama in Full-Swing

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Whether you’re a homeowner looking for design cues to enhance the value of your home, or just an admirer of fine architecture, the 2014 Home-A-Rama in Westfield, Indiana is the place to get excited about your own home, and be wowed by the possibilities. The show is presented by the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis […]

Fish, ride and more at Fort Harrison

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Cities can cause claustrophobia in me, especially in the summertime. I grew up in the Chicago area, and my family and I loved to escape on vacation to a campground or lake where we could be outside and not surrounded by buildings. When I started feeling this same need in Indy, I drove out to Fort […]

The Art Lab: Taking the Arts To the Public

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Art education has always been a hot topic of debate in the educational system. Every time the United States is faced with a recession or depression the topic of cutting funding for the arts is the first to be revisited. Every artist who decides to turn their craft into a trade must accept the reality […]

Local Band Draws Big Crowds

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One of the best things about living in Indianapolis is the cultural experiences you can have on a daily basis. Indianapolis is home to many Indie musicians and artists. The city warmly encourages artists to express their creativity with a wide range of opportunities and Indies love it. You might be asking yourself with is […]

Top Three Most Entertaining Animals at the Indianapolis Zoo

If you heading out to the Indianapolis Zoo you won’t want to miss out on these three animals. The Indianapolis Zoo is home to 250 animals but it only takes three of them to cheer your heart. 1) Sea Lions One of the first animals you will encounter as you enter the gate are the […]

Indianapolis: The Mecca of Great Graphic Designers

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Indianapolis is a mecca for all sorts of artists. From musicians to graphic artists, you are bound to find someone in the city who is an artist. Being an artist is hard work. Some artists can use their artistic talents as a career while others have to work a day job to pay the bills […]

Come One, Come All To The Bigger Picture Show!

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The Bigger Picture Show Silent Auction finally arrived to Indianapolis! Art and film enthusiasts gathered at the Speak Easy on May 9th from 6:30 to 9:30 for the annual Bigger Picture Show Silent Auction. The Bigger Picture Show is an annual event that celebrates five decades of filmmaking. Each year, The Indianapolis Film Festival with Lodge […]

Have Fun at the White River State Park

White River State Park is an unique Indiana State Park that within the heart of Downtown Indianapolis and is the nation’s only state park that lies in an urban area. The 250 acres park hosts many of Indianapolis’ special events. It’s considered one of the six cultural districts in the downtown area. There is so […]

Indianapolis’ Earth Day Festival: A Long Standing Tradition

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Earth Day is an important American holiday that marks the anniversary of the modern environmental movement that began in 1970. The hippie and flower –child culture of the 1960’s was at its high point in 1970’s. When most people think of hippies and flower children they often associate them with drugs and tree huggers. Yet […]

Tasting Havana

The Taste of Havana, in Broad Ripple, brings a Cuban flavor to Indy.

If you have never tried the fruity perfection that is the guava, run to the Taste of Havana and order a guava and cream cheese sandwich, because there is no better way to introduce yourself. And if you’ve never had a Cuban sandwich, you should be immediately running to this small, fantastic Cuban restaurant. Taste of […]

Save the Farmer: Buy Locally at the Farmers Market

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Spring has sprung and that means it’s time to hit the local farmer markets. Indianapolis is the 13th largest city in the nation and it’s easy to forget the importance farming has upon the lives of Indiana residents. Like all Midwest states, Indiana has a long, well established, farming heritage. Settlers were attracted to Indiana […]

Hoosier Motors The Monon With SpikeBoarding

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Indiana native William Coale ran a 2:37:00 marathon back in his college years so it makes perfect sense to find him lighting up The Monon Greenway Trail today with anaerobic abilities once again. These days however, William is doing more than demonstrating exceptional abilities with his performance, he is breaking new ground with the sports […]

Cultural Diversity in Indianapolis

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    One of the reasons I love living in Indianapolis is the cultural diversity found within the city. Cultural diversity is nothing new to Indianapolis. A mixed population of Native Americans, Scots-Irish, Pennsylvania Dutch and people from Ohio founded the city in 1821. During the middle of the 19th century, Indianapolis had tried to establish […]

Super Savings On the Southside

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Some of the first things I look for when I’m new to an area are the consignment shops, yard sales, and thrift stores. I’ve learned over the years that your family and your home can look it’s best without items at brand name prices. It’s easy to shop for name brand items at greatly reduced […]

A Wilderness Paradise – Eagle Creek Park

Did you know that Indianapolis is home to the nation’s largest municipal park? My husband and I discovered Eagle Creek Park a few months after we moved to the city last year. We had wanted to go on a picnic but didn’t want to stray too far from the city because neither of us is […]

Drink Local for Indie Coffee Shop Day

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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 […]

Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan Book Signing in Indianapolis

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Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan came to town, and Indianapolis went crazy. In a calm, orderly way befitting a children’s bookstore. Kids Ink hosted a reading, Q&A, and signing by two popular young adult novelists. Rainbow Rowell has written three books, with her fourth due out this summer, and I have devoured each of them […]

Indianapolis: Not Just a Transition City, but a Place to Live

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Shout-out to a fellow Hoosier filmmaker and his video about the rebirth of Circle City. Have you watched it yet? Indianapolis: Circle City Rebirth from Dusty Frey on Vimeo. Local filmmaker, Dusty Frey, did an excellent job capturing the essence of Indianapolis and portraying why this city should not just be seen as an inbetween […]