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Great Beer, Great Food at Oaken Barrel

I have a confession to make: I’m a vegetarian. Not a real one, because I eat fish, but I haven’t eaten any cow, pig or bird in more than four years. Because of my picky eating habits, I’m always looking for restaurants that accommodate both my herbivorous and my friends’ and family’s carnivorous ways.   […]

Back in Time at the Artcraft

Bogart’s brooding voice poured through the speakers: “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine,” and I got chills. Hearing those famous words, and many more, coming from the screen of a 1920′s era theater was the closest I’ve ever come to movie-viewing perfection.   Be […]

Bosma Enterprises Gives Hope to the Blind

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Over 10 million people in the United States are legally blind or blind. When most people hear that someone is blind they generally have pity on them and think the person can’t live an independent life. Americans have always been headstrong. We don’t like to be told we can’t do something and when faced with […]

Cultural Diversity in Indianapolis

Indianapolis Welcomes Immigration

    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 […]

Free Trees Available for Arbor Day

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Arbor Day is observed the last Saturday of April every year. Members of the “Regreening Greenfield” organization want to encourage reforestation, so they will be handing out free tree seedlings beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 26 at the Hancock County Courthouse Plaza. The Arbor Day free tree seedling distribution is an annual event. […]

Bikes in Bloom Brings Color to Greenfield Main Street

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Chicago had its cows. Indianapolis had its race cars. Now Greenfield, Indiana has its bikes — 14 bicycles decorated by local non-profits to add color to Main Street and draw attention to the bike racks that are available near the Main Street Shops.  The display, which runs April 5 to May 16, is called “Bikes […]

Mayberry in the Midwest Festival- May 17-18

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It’s less than a month away from the first annual Mayberry in the Midwest Festival which will take place Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 in Danville, Indiana. This festival is all about celebrating Mayberry and “The Andy Griffith Show.” Danville is already well-known for it’s celebration of Mayberry. It’s the home to the […]

Budget Books and More at Half Price Books

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Half Price Books is a discount bookstore which opened its first location back in 1972 in Texas. There are now locations in sixteen states and there is one in Avon, Indiana. Did I mention it’s the only Half Price Books in Hendricks County? Half Price Books is located in the Gables of Avon shopping plaza […]

Larger Than Life Lemurs at the Indiana State Museum IMAX

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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. […]

Indianapolis Indies

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Home to the fastest growing independent film industry, Indianapolis draws artists from all over the world who strive to make a name for themselves. Screenwriters, dancers, musicians, filmmakers and other artists are all necessary for any production company to make a movie. Most artists begin their career as an indie. An indie is someone who […]

Super Savings On the Southside

Savings on the Southside

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 […]

FACE Changes the City One Animal at a Time

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My dog is more than a pet to me. She’s a member of our family. My husband and I have had Lakota Sioux, aka: Khoda, for seven years. She’s an Australian Cattle Dog that we adopted in Texas when she was only a few weeks old. Last August, when we moved to Indianapolis, she needed […]

Dancing with Dolphins – Indianapolis Zoo

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  My husband has always loved dolphins so when we learned that the Indianapolis Zoo had a dolphin show we had to check it out. The Indianapolis Zoo is home to a pod of eight Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins. Kimo (M), Ripley (F), Nova (F), and China (F) were the first dolphins acquired by the Indianapolis […]

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 […]

Animal Secrets at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

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You may have seen the commercials on television or heard them on the radio. The jingle is catchy, and it did the trick- my entire family was excited to learn how the mama bat tracks her babies, and so much more. We spent a good hour in the Animal Secrets exhibit at the Children’s Museum […]

Garden of Delight: Holliday Park Rock Garden

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After a long, cold winter, the entire city of Indianapolis seems to be taking to the parks. My family landed at Holliday Park last Sunday. As the kids hit the playground, I wandered a little bit and happened upon a rock garden. The rock garden was originally designed in the 1930s. The rock at the […]

Drink Local for Indie Coffee Shop Day

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 […]

Pacers, CIB Agree to 10-Year Extension

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The Indiana Pacers aren’t going anywhere—not after agreeing to a 10-year extension that will help the team remain financially competitive in what is one of smallest markets in the league. The deal is certainly a victory for the Pacers, who just one day prior clinched the NBA’s Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed by beating the […]

The Hot Fudge Sundae Rules at Ritter’s Frozen Custard

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The warmer temperatures have arrived and for me that means it’s officially ice cream season. I don’t know a child or adult who doesn’t enjoy an ice cream cone or treat. I have wonderful childhood memories of going out for ice cream with my family. I love the whole experience of visiting an ice cream […]

Breakfast Bet: Bread Basket Cafe & Bakery

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I find Danville to be one of the most charming towns in Indiana. Have you visited downtown Danville? I love walking around the historic courthouse square and visiting the shops and restaurants that surround it. One of the most popular restaurants in Danville is located next to downtown and it’s the Bread Basket Cafe & […]

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