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Cookies and Canvas Offers Fun Projects for Young Artists

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#Indianapolis – Indianapolis children have a fun option for artistic opportunity at the most unlikely place- at our local Wine and Canvas studio. On Saturday mornings, the studio swaps out its wine glasses for trays of cookies, and they welcome younger artists. Saturday classes are known as “Cookies and Canvas”, and packaged cookies are offered […]

CHAIRish the Children – Fundraiser for the Villages

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#Indianapolis – The Villages is Indiana’s largest not-for-profit child and family services agency. Families interested in adoption and fostering turn to the Villages for guidance and assistance. With more than 20 offices located throughout the state, the organization serves more than 1,400 children and their families daily. On Saturday, November 8th, the annual fundraiser CHAIRish […]

Stout’s Melody Acres Farm

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#GreenwoodIN – Take a trip on southbound State Road 135 in Johnson County and you may see a few road side produce stands dotting the landscape. Chances are they are owned by Randy and Linda Stout of Stouts Melody Acres Farm based in Franklin, Indiana. Then take a look at many local menu’s or food websites- you […]

There’s Always the Peppy Grill

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#Indianapolis — Long before places like Bluebeard, Pure Eatery and Santorini’s Greek Kitchen made Fountain Square the dining destination it is today, there was the Peppy Grill. I had my first taste of the Peppy in 2006. We were pulling an all-nighter at our Fountain Square office, working to get a big project finished. Somewhere […]

Hotel Tango Whiskey Brings Craft Distilling to Indianapolis

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#Indianapolis – Sitting at Hotel Tango Whiskey‘s Bar is co-founder and vice president of the artisan distillery, Brain Willsey. He’s dressed in causal wear, jeans and a gray Hotel Tango T-shirt complemented by running shoes, which would deceive anyone from thinking that he’s anything more than a patron. It’s a look that reflects the ethos of Hotel […]

6 Things to Do at Castleton Square Mall When Kids Are Tired of Shopping

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#Indianapolis – Last week, I was doing a little shopping at Castleton Square Mall while my husband took the car somewhere else. I finished a little early and had some time to kill. Luckily, I was solo and don’t mind window shopping while I wait, but it got me thinking about what I would have […]

3 Great Places to Go Dancing in the City

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#Indianapolis – Dancing is a great activity for everyone involved and can really add some flare into your life if it’s not a regular activity in your going out routine. Whether it be for date night, to try something new, a way to get some exercise in or to get back into those dancing shoes, Indianapolis has its […]

6 Steps to Enjoying the 2014 Heartland Film Festival

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#Indianapolis – You may have heard the Robert Downey, Jr. was in town at the beginning of the month promoting his new movie, The Judge, in conjunction with the Heartland Film Festival. Heartland was hosting an advanced screening of the film, which is set in a fictitious Indiana town. That was just the beginning of […]

Between the Bun – Burgers, Dogs and More in Greenwood

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#GreenwoodIN – When I first moved to the south side to Greenwood, there was a popular restaurant at the end of my street, Casa Miguel’s had great mexican food and was a good meet up spot for my friends and me. Out with the old and in with the new — Between the Bun Burgers, […]

6th Annual Ghosts and Goblins 5k to Benefit the Carmel Education Foundation

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#CarmelIN – If you’re looking for an active way to celebrate Halloween with your family, look no further than the 6th Annual Ghosts and Goblins 5k/2k & Wellness Fair. Families are encouraged to dress in costume and enjoy the event together. There will be awards to the top finishers, as well as for the best […]

Tina’s Traditional Tea Room comes to The Carmel Arts District

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Tina’s Traditional Old English Tearoom is quite unique among the many eateries in Carmel, Indiana. A British style tearoom, serving lunch and authentic English Afternoon Tea, Tina’s Traditional Old English Tearoom is not only a memorable culinary experience but a delightful treat in service, decor and ambiance, resembling the British tearooms of the homeland of […]

Mr. Muffin’s Trains Opens Doors to the Public

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#CarmelIN – The city of Carmel has some fun museums and places of interest but the one that my kids love the most is Mr. Muffin’s Trains. The Muffin Family (also known as Liz and Steve Nelson) collects and sells miniature trains. This family doesn’t keep their beautiful collection hidden away in a basement or […]

The Best Chocolate in Indianapolis

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#Indianapolis – Chocolate and I go way back. I can’t ever remember life without a chocolate stash nearby. Now that it’s Halloween candy season, there are no shortage of options right next to my bed. I like caramel chocolates, peanut butter chocolates, and even tootsie rolls. Which, for the record, aren’t even real chocolates. But […]

International Extra Life Charity Event Comes to Indianapolis

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 #Indianapolis – Oliver Wojtyna was new to parenting, and with his new responsibility came its own set of worries. Something which he didn’t anticipate was the moment when he would learn that his 5 month-old son, Liam, was developmentally delayed and the hurdles that would follow. A team of therapists, a part of the organization First Steps, spent […]

Play Zone at Recreation Unlimited Could Be Sanity-Saver

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#NoblesvilleIN — My nephew recently had his birthday party at Recreation Unlimited in Noblesville. Where was this place when my kids were little? Imagine, if you will, a playable showroom filled with awesome play sets, trampolines and basketball hoops. Now imagine that it’s 40 degrees and sleeting outside — no problem! The Play Zone at […]

Pixies’ Front Man Black Francis Plays Radio Radio

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#Indianapolis – Black Francis makes his way to an empty stage through a sold out crowd at Radio Radio with a backpack and a bag in hand. Dressed in gray jeans, a black V-neck T-shirt and black shoes, he looks like the average person that would attend his show. Francis grabs the mic and says “I’m nervous […]

“Urinetown the Musical:” You Gotta Go!

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I’d seen the posters and heard the promos. The University of Indianapolis Department of Theatre is producing Urinetown the Musical. Ewwww. The name is just so, well, so yuck. But my daughter was visiting the south side campus and they had invited us to attend a free preview of the show, which officially opens Friday, […]

SEE Eyewear at Keystone Fashion Mall in Indianapolis

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#Indianapolis – I had the opportunity to check out the SEE Eyewear at Keystone Fashion Mall last week. It was fun to try on the fashion-forward glasses throughout the store and see this unique, new take on eyewear. The store is full of fashionable designs in an array of vivid colors. They’re fun, hip, and […]

Carmel Parks Awarded National Gold Medal, Favorite Features Stand Out

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#CarmelINCarmel – Clay Parks & Recreation received a distinguished honor this week. The local parks department was honored by the American Academy Parks and Recreation Administration with a 2014 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. In plain English, it distinguishes Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation (CCP &R) as an outstanding parks […]

Tips on Attending Conner Prairie’s Headless Horseman with Kids

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#FishersIN – The Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park is a central Indiana tradition. As the air turns crisp, Conner Prairie turns into Conner Scarie, and it’s outdoor grounds are ready to usher in Halloween. My family has attended this event for years, and it’s part of our October tradition. Having attended in […]