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“A Beef & Boards Christmas,” Nov. 28 to Dec. 23, 2015

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“A Beef and Boards Christmas” in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Patricia Rettig
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

Carols and Christmas trees, snowfall and Santa Claus – these telltale signs of the holiday season are all included in the glittering gala known as A Beef & Boards Christmas. Opening Nov. 28, 2015, this annual Hoosier tradition is the perfect outing for the entire family.

Hosts Kenny Shepherd and Deb Wims welcome family and friends to escape from the chilly outdoors and enjoy the warmth of Beef & Boards’ delightful musical spectacular. This year’s celebration features the return of highly-acclaimed vocalist Kendra Lynn Lucas and her passionate performance of “O Holy Night.”

Kendra first appeared on the Beef & Boards stage in the 2014 production and was most recently seen in this season’s The Drowsy Chaperone. Also returning from last year are lead vocalists Peter Scharbrough and Matt Branic, who are joined by Cara Statham Serber (last seen as the title character in Mary Poppins) and local newcomer, Betsy Norton.

With new musical arrangements and the return of beloved favorites, including Kenny and Deb’s signature Christmas waltz, A Beef & Boards Christmas is both familiar and fresh. A tribute to the military honors all who have served, and children will delight when Santa takes the stage. Plus they’ll get to tell him their most special wishes when they have the opportunity to meet him during intermission.

A Beef & Boards Christmas is on stage for 31 performances through Dec. 23 in the intimate space of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $40 to $65 and include Chef Odell Ward’s holiday buffet, prepared in-house for each performance, and select beverages. Parking is always free.

For reservations, call the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre Box Office at 317.872.9664 anytime between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays. Discounts are available to groups of 20 or more; contact the Group Sales Department for more details.

For more information, including complete show schedule, visitbeefandboards.com. A Beef & Boards Christmas is sponsored in part by WHMB TV-40.

USA Diving Winter National Championships at the IU Natatorium, Dec. 15-20, 2015

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IU Natatorium at IUPUI.
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By Jane Jankowski
Indiana Sports Corp.

More than 150 divers, including Hoosier and Olympic diving champion David Boudia, have registered to compete at the USA Diving Winter National Championships Dec. 15-20, 2015, at the IU Natatorium on the IUPUI campus in Indianapolis, Indiana.

All-session and single-session tickets are now available and may be purchased through Tickmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Adult all-session tickets are $40, and single-session tickets are $10.

Boudia, from Noblesville and Purdue University, is an 11-time U.S. National Team member who was the 2012 U.S. Olympic team gold medalist in the men’s 10-meter platform event. He is expected to team with fellow Hoosier and Purdue diver Steele Johnson (Carmel, Ind.) in the men’s synchronized 10-meter event.

Other Olympians who are scheduled to compete in the meet are:

Troy Dumais, four-time Olympian who has been on the U.S. National Team since 1996
Kristian Ipsen, 2012 bronze medalist in the men’s synchro 3-meter springboard
Abby Johnston, 2012 Olympic silver medalist in synchronized 3-meter springboard
Ariel Rittenhouse, 2008 Olympian and seven-time member of the U.S. National Team
Mary Beth Dunnichay, Elwood resident and Purdue University diver who was the youngest U.S. Olympian in 2008

A number of other divers have Indiana ties, including Amy Cozad, Indianapolis/Indiana University, who finished sixth in the women’s 10-meter event at the 2015 World Championships; Michael Hixon, Indiana University, who won two NCAA diving events in 2014; Jessica Parratto, Indiana University diver and 2015 NCAA champion on platform; Darian Schmidt, a Bloomington native and Indiana University graduate who is a three-time national team member.

The USA Diving Winter National Championships meet also doubles as the U.S. selection trials for the 2016 FINA World Cup, which is the final opportunity for countries to earn their qualifying spots into the 2016 Olympic Games. It also will be the final tune-up for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Diving that will also be conducted at the IU Natatorium from June 18-26.

Divers will compete in the men’s and women’s 3-meter springboard, 10-meter platform, synchronized 3-meter springboard and synchronized 10-meter platform over the six days of competition.

For the complete Winter Nationals schedule, go to:

http://www.usadiving.org/events/main-events/usa-diving-winter-national-championships/

To purchase tickets, go to:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/2015-Winter-National-Diving-Championships-All-tickets/artist/2174664?tm_link=edp_Artist_Name