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Things to do in Indianapolis, Oct. 1-7, 2012

September 30, 2012 Leave a comment
Riley Festival Pork Chops

Riley Festival Pork Chops. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

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October 1-7, 2012

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Indiana Space Complex Science Fair, Oct. 6

September 29, 2012 Leave a comment
Indiana Space Complex

Artist’s Rendition, Indiana Space Complex. Images herein provided by Lawrence County Tourism and used with written permission.

By David Branneman
Lawrence County Tourism

The kickoff event for the new Indiana Space Complex, Up in the Air: Science Fair, will be held October 6, 2012, at the Virgil I. Grissom Airport in Bedford from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The highlight of the morning will be a high altitude balloon launch at 10 a.m. conducted by StatoStar. On board will be experiments from Bedford and Mitchell science classes along with a video camera to record the action. While the chase team tracks down the balloon, other family fun activities will take place. There will be a vintage aircraft display and many interactive activities for the entire family. Some of the booths and activities that will be on site include the Challenger Learning Center, Lawrence County Museum, Duke Energy, Liberty Bell 7 Anniversary Committee, StarGazers telescopes, Radio controlled airplane show from 10am-1pm, rocket launches, food booths, and many more.

Space Complex LogoThis event will support the Indiana Space Complex to be built in Lawrence County, home of Gus Grissom, Ken Bowersox, and Charlie Walker. The Indiana Space Complex will contain a museum featuring air and space displays and artifacts. It will also house an Indiana Space Hall of Fame. This will honor all those with Indiana connections that help with the development of the US space program.

Another component of the Indiana Space Complex will be a state of the art Challenger Learning Center. The final component will be a large screen theater that will serve as a lecture auditorium as well as a movie theater.

Learn more about the Indiana Space Complex by visiting and the Facebook page, or call 812-849-1090 or 800-798-0769.

Taste of the Trucks in Carmel, Sept. 28

September 28, 2012 Leave a comment
Taste of the Trucks in Carmel, Sept. 28

Taste of the Trucks in Carmel, Sept. 28. Image provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

Elvis FANtasy Fest in Portage, Oct. 12-14

September 28, 2012 Leave a comment
Elvis FANtasy Fest Contestants

Elvis FANtasy Fest Contestants at a past festival. Photo provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Kay Lipps
Elvis FANtasy Fest

Dick Grob and Sam Thompson, members of Elvis Presley’s security team, will be special guests at the 20th annual Elvis FANtasy Fest, scheduled for Oct. 12-14, 2012, at the Woodland Park Community Building in Portage, Indiana.  Grob and Thompson will relate stories of how they met the famed Rock ‘n’ Roll King and how they protected him as he toured throughout the United States during the 1970’s.

The Elvis FANtasy Fest is a fund raiser for the Porter County Special Olympics and a dream weekend for anyone who enjoys the music of Elvis Presley, collects Elvis memorabilia or would like to join a local fan club.    Licensed by Elvis Presley Enterprises, the weekend will include a qualifying contest for the 2013 Ultimate® Tribute Artist Contest which to be held in Memphis, TN during the annual Elvis Tribute week next August.  Over 20 tribute artists will perform with Chicago’s Change of Habit Show Band for $2500 in prizes and the chance to represent EFF in Memphis.

Former winners of the Elvis FANtasy Fest will perform concerts on both Friday and Saturday evening.  Award winning tribute artists Irv Cass, Doug Church, Quentin Flagg, Stephen Kabakas, Rick Saucedo and Robert Washington will recreate all eras of Presley’s illustrious career.  The talented tribute artists will also create a Rock ‘n’ Roll legends show on Friday night will feature performance recreating Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson, James Brown and of course, Elvis performing all eras of his career.  Special appearance of the Blues Brothers is guaranteed to bring the house down!

Highlight of the weekend will be the twenty Elvis Tributes Artists competing to qualify for the 2013 Elvis Presley Enterprise Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest to be held in Memphis, TN during Elvis Week in August.  Some of the best ETAs as they are called will face off to gain a position for the coveted crown awarded in Memphis by Elvis Presley Enterprises.

There will be auction items, door prizes, food and games available all weekend.  The volunteer base come from the Special Olympics parents as they work together with the organizers of the event to raise money for their sport programs and teams for the Porter County Special Olympians.

Tickets available at the door – children under 12 are free.  Special Olympians who wear their team shirt are invited to attend at no charge.

Doors open Friday night at 5:30 pm for a dinner/concert and free sock hop.  10 am on Saturday & Sunday. For more information, visit, or call 219-926-2255.

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Midwest National Abstract Art Exhibition VIII

September 27, 2012 Leave a comment

The Garfield Park Arts Center

Artwork by Ryan Petrow

The Garfield Park Arts Center in partnership with the Southside Art League is pleased to feature the winners of the annual Midwest National Abstract Art Competition.  Celebrating its eight year, the exhibition has attracted artists from across the country.

September 29 – November 4, 2012

Opening reception Sept. 29

6:00 – 8:00 pm     FREE

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