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Veterans and Active Duty Military Free Admission Day at DNR Properties, Nov. 11

November 7, 2017 1 comment
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Clifty Falls State Park near Madison, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

Press Release
Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources

All veterans and active-duty military personnel, and everyone in their vehicle, will be admitted free to DNR state parks, reservoir properties and state forests on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. Veterans and military personnel should present ID or evidence of military service where entrance gates are in operation.

“We appreciate the sacrifices and service of our veterans and active-duty military and look forward to recognizing them with a day to explore some of the best outdoor places in our state,” said Dan Bortner, director of Indiana State Parks.

For proof of military status, gate attendants will accept:

—Discharge papers (veteran’s DD Form 214).
—Veteran license plates: Ex-POW, Purple Heart, Disabled Hoosier Veteran, Pearl Harbor Survivor.
—Veteran license plates also include:
—Air Force Veteran
—Army Veteran.
—Coast Guard Veteran.
—Marine Corps Veteran.
—Merchant Marine Veteran.
—Navy Veteran.
—U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Award Letter.
—Veterans hunting and fishing license.
—Documents showing veteran benefits with veteran’s name on document.
—Any other certificate or verification letter or form.

For general information about state park, reservoir and forest properties, visit http://dnr.IN.gov.

For information about interpretive programs at state parks and reservoirs, visit InterpretiveServices.IN.gov.

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“Circle of Lights” Celebration on Monument Circle, Nov. 24, 2017 @indydt

October 31, 2017 1 comment
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Monument Circle during the holiday season.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reservd.

By Jennifer Hanson
Downtown Indy, Inc.

INDIANAPOLIS – For 55 years, thousands of spectators have gathered Downtown at Monument Circle to see the most spectacular holiday display illuminate. Central Indiana’s most beloved tradition is here again. Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW #481 will take place the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017.

“The Electrical Workers of IBEW #481 are thrilled to be the presenting partner of Circle of Lights,” said Steve Menser, IBEW #481 business manager. “The tradition is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the standards, skill and capability of the union electrical industry along with our community commitment. We invite all Hoosiers to kick off their holiday celebration with us!”

NEW THIS YEAR: The decorations on the Soldiers & Sailors Monument will look familiar – 52 garland strands with 4,784 colored lights, strung from the top of the Monument to its base.

However, all of the strands are new this year including the use of LED bulbs for the first time ever. These improvements are the first phase of the Keeping Spirits Bright capital campaign with a goal to raise $2 million to further enhance and keep this beloved tradition alive.

The Monument will continue to be surrounded with 26 larger-than-life toy soldiers and sailors and 26 peppermint sticks.

More than 100,000 spectators are expected for the FREE ceremonial lighting and holiday kickoff on Friday, Nov. 24. Entertainers chosen from statewide video auditions will share the stage with Sandi Patty, host of the Indianapolis Symphony’s IPL Yuletide Celebration.

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with the live televised show running from 7 – 8 p.m. on (NBC) WTHR-13. The Monument light-up will occur at approximately 7:55 p.m.

And who gets to “flip the switch?” Each year, a lucky child is chosen from the Carson’s Coloring Contest to help Santa illuminate the night.

To conclude the evening, watch the sky for a spectacular fireworks finale.

Millions of sightseers will take in this brilliant spectacle throughout the holiday season, lit through early January. Travelocity named the Circle of Lights® one of the top five “must-see Christmas trees” in the nation. USA Today also listed the Circle of Lights® as one the “10 Best Holiday Attractions.”

BONUS: After the Monument is lit, head to Carson’s Department Store for FREE Selfies with Santa from 8 – 10 p.m.

As the presenting partner of Circle of Lights®, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) #481 represents more than 3,000 electrical workers. IBEW #481 provides the needed expertise, highly trained workforce, safety and dedication to help build many of Central Indiana’s premiere education, health care, utility and logistics projects. Visit www.ibew481.org.

Circle of Lights® is an official program of Downtown Indy, Inc. which focuses on three areas: development, management and marketing to advance Downtown as a great place to live, learn, work and play. Visit www.downtownindy.org for more information or call 317-237-2222.

Holy Rosary Italian Street Festival, June 9-10, 2017

May 8, 2017 1 comment
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Anti-pasto salads at the Italian Street Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Kay Feeney-Caito
On behalf of the Italian Street Festival

Holy Rosary Catholic Church is pleased to announce the ethnic event of the summer, Friday/Saturday, June 9-10, 2017, from 5 to 11 pm each day at the historic Catholic Church, 520 Stevens Street (and surrounding Lacy Park), Indianapolis, Indiana.

During the event, the area will transform into an outdoor Italian festival and celebration. The annual summer event offers free admission and a treat for the senses. Food tickets are available at the festival entrance.

“Every year, we are thrilled to invite the community to this exciting event that brings together the best in local entertainment, fantastic food and cultural fun,” said Holy Rosary Father C. Ryan McCarthy. “During the Italian Street Festival, everyone is invited to experience our tradition.”

New to the festival is an exceptional, music line-up, including four of Indy’s most popular acts. Local favorite and Headliner The Woomblies will entertain on Friday evening, along with Fort Wayne favorite Oferle.

Saturday’s line-up includes Spinrut and the Indy Nile Band beginning at 5:30 p.m. Fans of Caruso and Frank Sinatra will also be entertained as classic Italian pop music favorites are played over the Festival public address system.

The Italian Street Festival features over 25 different Italian meats, pastas, salads and desserts. There also is dancing, carnival rides and games for everyone.

25 food stands in a festive, ethnic setting are decorated with strands of lights, and Italian music and an old-world style procession and Mass add to the ambiance.

There is free parking in the Eli Lilly lots on East and New Jersey Streets.

On Friday and Saturday afternoon of the festival, the Italian Heritage Society of Indiana will host Bocce demonstrations. All are welcome to play bocce at the courts in Lacy Park, or learn how to play the historic Italian game. The Lacy Park Bocce Courts are located at McCarty and Greer Street at the south end of the Church.

Those interested in signing up a team of four to play in the IHSI League should register at http://italianheritage.org/.

Additionally, there is a 7 pm mass on Saturday, June 10 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Before Mass at 6:45 pm, a colorful, Italian religious procession will pass through the food booth area with a Blessed Virgin statue, priests, servers and members of the Italian Heritage Society.

The Italian Street Festival organizers strive to create a fun, family-friendly environment where one can experience Italian American culture by providing the best in Italian cuisine, entertainment, Italian goods and service.

Striving for excellence in promoting the Indianapolis Italian-American community, the Parish of Holy Rosary and the City of Indianapolis, Holy Rosary Church and the Italian Street Festival are 501c-3 entities. Proceeds from the annual Festival support the Church Operation Fund.

IN Light IN Festival in Indianapolis, Aug. 26-27, 2016

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A sample of what you might see at the IN Light IN Festival. Photo provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Sarah Howard
Central Indiana Community Foundation

What does our city have in common with London, Prague and Amsterdam? From 8:52 p.m. to 1:02 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, and Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, Indianapolis will harness the power of light, technology and creativity for a world-class event unlike anything the Circle City has seen before.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of The Indianapolis Foundation, the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), in partnership with Northern Lights.MN, is producing IN Light IN, a dazzling, free, two-day interactive light festival, featuring artists and performers from Indianapolis and beyond, plus some of the city’s most inspiring places.

The event, sponsored by The Indianapolis Foundation, Efroymson Family Fund, Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL), Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Lilly Endowment and many other generous sponsors, will feature more than 20 light installations and programming on the Downtown Canal and along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail on Walnut Street.

“The Indianapolis Foundation has been a leading force in community-building for 100 years.” said Brian Payne, president and CEO of CICF, “As the Foundation looks forward to its next 100 years of service, it is fitting that we will honor the organization by creatively transforming some of our city’s most inspiring places in ways that could not have been technologically possible even a few years ago,”

CICF announced plans for the IN Light IN festival yesterday at a press conference on Monument Circle. The announcement included a sneak peek at At Night We Light Up, a digital installation by Brooklyn-based artist Amanda Browder on the IPL building. Amanda’s digital installation on the IPL building can also be seen on July 5-7, July 21-23, July 28-31, Aug. 8-10, and Aug. 21-27.

Other art and experiences participants can explore include a large-scale, interactive video projection installation by New York City collective, YesYesNo on the entire facade of the Scottish Rite Cathedral; a roving light-based fashion showcase by Indianapolis’ own Pattern collective; a 24-foot illuminated canopy by the Muncie-based PROJECTiONE on the pergola of the Marriott Residence Inn on the Canal; and an immersive 360-degree sound and video installation by Big Tent. For more information about IN Light IN, including a full list of artists, performances and installations, visit http://www.INlightINfestival.org/.

Celebrating 100 Years of Indianapolis Philanthropy

In 1916, former U.S. vice president Charles Warren Fairbanks, Eli Lilly and Company president Josiah K. Lilly, civic leader Henry H. Hornbrook and others formed the first Board of Trustees of The Indianapolis Foundation—one of the first community foundations in America. Over the next century, the foundation helped launch or support a great number of the city’s most important not-for-profits. Today, vital community organizations like Second Helpings, The Mind Trust, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and United Way of Central Indiana exist thanks in part to grants or support from The Indianapolis Foundation.

The organization’s centennial is being marked with a yearlong celebration, including IN Light IN and a gala on Saturday, Aug. 27, which will feature $1 million in surprise grants to organizations that reflect the values, history and mission of The Indianapolis Foundation and a commitment to the future of Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis Foundation also established two $100,000 Ben Franklin Funds, built from gifts of $100 and $1,000 from community donors. Each fund will be invested in CICF’s endowment investment pool and will not be accessed until The Indianapolis Foundation’s bicentennial in 2116, when the funds, valued at an estimated $100 million, will be released and used for the public good. For more information and to donate to Ben Franklin Funds, visit www.BeIN2016.org/BFF.

About CICF

Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a $701 million public foundation transforming the lives of Central Indiana residents in three ways: consulting donors, family foundations and their professional advisors on charitable giving; awarding grants to effective not-for-profit organizations; and providing leadership to address community needs and seize opportunities. CICF was established in 1997 as a partnership between The Indianapolis Foundation, serving Marion County since 1916, and Legacy Fund, serving Hamilton County since 1991.

For more information about CICF, call 317-634-2423 or visit http://www.cicf.org/.

4th of July Weekend in Downtown Indianapolis, 2016

June 19, 2016 Leave a comment
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AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2014, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Downtown Indy, Inc.

Downtown is the place to be for the holiday weekend. There’s more than just a great fireworks show. Take advantage of fantastic food, festivals and music taking place Fourth of July weekend. Watch the Indianapolis Indians, listen to live music on the Canal, participate in a six-mile run/walk and more.

Friday, July 1
Judge Sarah Evans Barker will preside over the Naturalization Ceremony for new U.S. citizens at 10 a.m. at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. Admission to the ceremony is FREE.

Sit back and enjoy live music at the Indianapolis Zoo from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. for Zoolapalooza concert series. Enjoy music from Dave & Rae, “Backyard BBQ” food stations, a full bar and kid’s activities or stroll around the Zoo (both the animals and rides are available until 7 p.m.). Concerts are included with regular Zoo admission and are free to Zoo members.

Watch a film outside in the Indianapolis Museum of Art amphitheater as part of their Summer Nights Film Series. Starting at dusk, the IMA will screen Remember the Titans. Moviegoers are encouraged to don their favorite team jersey or ’70s attire and compete for the best score in a combine challenge and play football trivia. Arrive early for interactive pre-show programming and to play Mini Golf. Tickets are $8 for members and $12 for public.

Howl at the Moon is hosting a Red, White & Brew Bash on July 1 – 4 starting at 7 p.m. each night. Expect games, prizes and drink specials, plus an America themed buffet on Sunday and Monday. Attendees wearing red, white and blue can attend for no cover charge.

At 8 p.m., the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will perform a one-night only concert at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park. Star Spangled Symphony will highlight patriotic favorites including America the Beautiful and God Bless America and conclude with a fireworks show. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 day of; $10 for children 3 – 12.

Saturday, July 2
The 4th annual INDYpendence Day Concert for Cancer is a two-day music festival taking place July 2 – 3 from 2 – 10 p.m. each day on Pan Am Plaza. The event will feature several national music acts, food trucks and vendors. The Saturday lineup includes: Charlie Breeze, Sirius Blvck, Breakdown Kings, Audiodacity, Coastl, The Lost Kings, Mike Stud and Ludacris. General admission tickets are $20 in advance for Saturday’s event and $50 in advance for Sunday’s event. Two-day tickets general admission tickets and pit tickets are also available. This event benefits Riley Hospital for Children and St. Francis Patient Assist Fund.

Some of the city’s most unique restaurants come together for a one-day festival on the Monument Circle. Taste of Indy blends great food with live local music and family-friendly events. The festival takes places from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and includes Asian, Soul, Greek, Mediterranean, Cajun, Hispanic and American food. Tickets are $6 in advance; $8 day of; and FREE for kids six and under.

Flat12 Bierwerks is hosting Red, White & Brew Independence Day Celebration – a backyard-style party from noon – 8 p.m. complete with beer, live music from Big Foot Yancey, lawn games and an 18” Hoagie & Hops eating contest. Attendees can participate in a “Most American in America” contest: the most outrageous red, white and blue get-up, wins a prize. This event is 21+ and FREE to attend.

Sunday, July 3
The second day of the INDYpendence Day Concert for Cancer continues with an all-star lineup of Standout Story, Veseria, Brother O’ Brother, Moxxie, Kongos, Blue October & Awolnation.

Monday, July 4
Watch as Indy’s largest fireworks display lights up the skyline during the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast, shooting from the top of the Region’s Bank Tower at 10 p.m. The show will be synchronized to patriotic and popular music broadcasted on radio stations 97.1 HANK FM, Soft Rock B105.7, 93.1 WIBC and 1070 The Fan. Bring a blanket and grab your spot early to watch the fireworks at the Indiana War Memorial grounds. Kids can enjoy face painting, bounce houses, games and more beginning at 6:30 p.m. Donatos pizza, ice cream, soda and other snacks will be available for purchase.

Take a six-mile tour of some of the best sites and destinations in Downtown Indy during the Firecracker 6 Run/Walk. Wear patriotic colors and participate in the 6-mile run/walk or the 6k run/walk. This run starts at 8 a.m. at City Market and benefits Hoosiers Helping Heroes. Tickets are $30 – $35 in advance or $40 race day.

Runners and bikers can participate in the Circle City Biathlon at 7:30 a.m. The race starts at Tow Yard Brewing and consists of a 5k run followed by a 10-mile bike (or athletes can participate in just the 5k run). Following the 5K, participants get a free beer from Tow Yard Brewing to start the celebrations. Tickets are $55 for the full biathlon or $40 for the 5k.

Bring the family to the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site for the Independence Day Social from 1 – 4 p.m. for antique games, entertainment and ice cream. Adults can take a tour of the first floor of the home complete with historic enactors and kids can participate in crafts. This event is free to attend.

Enjoy Latino and American food, music and entertainment, a kid’s area and open market and great views of the Downtown fireworks at 4th of July ¡Ole! at St. Mary Catholic Church from 3 – 11 p.m. Admission to the festival is free.

During a special edition of Indiana Historical Society’s Concerts on the Canal series, hear the Indianapolis Municipal Band from 5 – 6:15 p.m. and Tad Robinson from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Bring your own chair or blanket and sit on the grassy hill across the Canal for free or for an added cost reserve a table on the Terrace. After the concert, attendees can view the fireworks from the History Center parking lot or along the Canal Walk.

Embrace America’s favorite pastime at Victory Field. The Indianapolis Indians take on the Louisville Bats at 6:05 p.m. Fans are encouraged to stay after the game for two fireworks shows – the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast and the Indians’ own fireworks show. Indians players and coaches will wear a special Stars & Stripes jersey that will be auctioned off during the game. Tickets are $12 – $18 or $38 for the Cove.

Starting at 7 p.m., crowds will gather on Mass Ave for IndyFringe’s Fourth of July Picnic. Guests can sit at one long dining table and eat Jug’s fried chicken and biscuits while enjoying great views of Downtown’s fireworks display. Bring the family: kids can enjoy games, arts and crafts, strolling magicians and musicians. Tickets are $20; $12 for students; $15 for seniors; $5 for children 3 – 5; and $50 for a family of four. UPDATE 6/18/2016: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED BY THE CITY OF INDIANAPOLIS.

Celebrate the holiday while enjoying rooftop views! Fountain Square Theatre Building’s Rooftop 4th of July Celebration at 7 p.m. includes a four-course BBQ dinner from End of the Line Public House, drinks and duckpin bowling, plus a spectacular view of the Downtown fireworks. Must be 21+. Tickets are $75.

Bring the family to Party on the Plaza at the Indianapolis City Market from 7 – 11 p.m. Watch the Downtown fireworks from one of the best spots Downtown, while playing corn hole, lawn checkers, sidewalk chalk and more. Enjoy local food and drinks along with live music and free kid’s activities. Dogs are welcome! Bring your own chair or blanket (no outside food or drink allowed). Admission is $6 ($10 for two); $4 seniors; FREE kids 12 & younger.

Starting at 7 p.m., enjoy live music at the Rathskeller Biergarten. The Doo! performs from 7 – 11 p.m. Bonus: Biergarten offers a great view of the Downtown fireworks. This event is 21+ and there is a $5 cover charge.

For more information, call 317-237-2222.