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6th Annual Social Media Dames UNconference, Aug. 1, 2017 @amystark

July 10, 2017 Leave a comment

By Amy Stark
Founder, Social Media Dames UNconference

Digital Dames, Inc. is proud to present the 6th Social Media Dames UNconference on August 1, 2017 in Fishers, Indiana.

You will find neither a keynote speaker nor breakout sessions at an UNconference, just 70 powerful women in one room sharing their social media skills and making professional local digital connections.

The ability to communicate digitally is a vital component in 21st Century careers, ranging from Mommy Bloggers to Chief Digital Officers for Fortune 500 companies.

The fast-paced UNconference format ensures the women in the room learn these skills in an environment that is effective and entertaining. “Edutainment” as Erin Albert refers to it.

Among the 70 women in the room, you will find 18 #SMDames17 #Strong#Storytellers — each will share a five minute Social Media story, or a bit of wisdom, to help everyone in the room learn new digital skills.

The influential storytellers include:

Erin L Albert — Author Podcaster Entrepreneur #STEMPrincess, #multipational, @hbanet_Indy President, @SXSW #mentor , Co-Founder #SMDames ; 500+ on LinkedIn, @ErinLAlbert on twitter.

Jolene Ketzenberger — Media personality, local food expert and cookbook author. Founder of EatDrinkIndy.com, host of Eat Drink Indy Radio on WFYI; 500+ on LinkedIn, @joleneketzenberger on Instagram, @JKetzenberger on twitter.

Kendrea J. Williams – CEO PitchFeast Corporation and City Director for Lemonade Day Indianapolis a Digital Marketing and Social Media Architect; 500+ on LinkedIn, @PitchFeast on twitter.

Thresette Briggs — CPO of Performance 3 LLC, Performance Innovation Executive, Certified John Maxwell coach, inventor and co-founder of Neumation; 500+ on LinkedIn, @Performance3 on twitter.

Sheryl Brown — CEO of BIONICsocial, Digital Influencer, International Speaker, Trainer, Writer in FinServ/FinTech, Coffee Addict!; 500+ on LinkedIn, @BionicSocialite on twitter.

Trezanay Atkins — Litigation Publicist & Communications Advisor; 500+ on LinkedIn @Trezanay on twitter.

Amy Pauszek –Film Producer, Casting and Talent Scout, Columnist/Photographer for Where’s Amy – Current Publishing; 500+ on LinkedIn, @WonderWomanAmyP on twitter.

Mel McMahon Stone — Entrepreneur, Radio Host, Promoter, Charity Guru, Owner – Indiana Originals; @melmcmahon on twitter.

Leslie C Puccinelli Swathwood — Co-Owner of Circle City Expos, Producer of Indiana Wedding Expos and Fantastic Food Fest, Event Planner, Voice Over Artist, golfer, tea enthusiast; 500+ on LinkedIn @LeslieSwathwood , @IndianapolisBride @FantasticFoodFest.

Erin Elaine Edds – President Garden Party Botanical Hard Soda, & Co-Founder of Hoosier Momma, LLC., @ErinEdds2point0 on twitter.

Beth Ann Fried – Sales Executive, Digital Marketer, Creative Director, Producer, Singer, Promoter of Compassion, 500+ on LinkedIn. @bethfried on twitter.

Nicki Reddington – Content Creator, Business Storyteller; over 30,000 video views on Facebook, @Nickisnetwork on twitter.

Leah Beatty — Dogmom, Netflix binger, Feminist, Music Lover, Problem Solver, Digital Celebrity; 500+ on LinkedIn, @lediamedia on Instagram, lediamedia on Pinterest, @lediamedia on twitter.

Tracy Land — Owner and creator of Frangipani Body Products, Peaceful, Natural Skin Care @FrangipaniBody on twitter.

Giovanna Matarazzo Mandel – Adventurer, Wife, Mother, Business Owner, Photographer, amicion twitter.

Mary Pat McKee — CEO of Indy Boomer TV, Radio & Magazine, Entrepreneur, Connector; 500+ on LinkedIn,Indy Boomer TV, Radio & Magazine on Facebook, @indyboomertv on twitter.

Carla Taylor – Founder, Chief Happiness Officer at IDEAvize: Your Creative Workspace Connector, Author of Discover U: The Career Happiness Project, Speaker, @Ideavize on twitter.

The Social Media Dames UNconference will take place at The Wellington Fishers Banquet and Conference Center, 9775 North by Northeast Blvd, Fishers, Indiana 46037 on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Doors Open at 9:30am and the program continues through 2:30pm. Tickets include continental breakfast and lunch.

For more information about the Social Media Dames UNconference and its history, visit our Facebook page http://facebook.com/SocialMediaDames

To purchase tickets visit http://SMDames17.eventbrite.com

8th Annual Indy Criterium @indycrit, July 8, 2017

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By Jennifer Cvar
Indy Criterium, Inc.

The 8th annual IU Health Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival rolls into Monument Circle Saturday, July 8, 2017.

This family-friendly festival is a fun way to enjoy bicycling in the heart of the city while watching world-class amateur and professional bicycle racing. Families and bicyclists will also enjoy many of the activities taking place throughout the day including food and beer vendors, music, vendor village, community rides, PNC Kids Zone activities, BMX stunt shows, kids and juniors bicycle races and much more.

The IU Health Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival is the largest criterium bicycle race in the state of Indiana and one of the largest in the Midwest. More than 600 professional and amateur cyclists are expected to compete, drawing in crowds of nearly 20,000 to spectate throughout the day. The IU Health Indy Criterium Bicycle Festival is one of the most hotly contested bicycle races in the Midwest, with hundreds of pro and amateur participants competing. The race will wind through an exciting 1-mile figure-8 course looping through the heart of downtown Indianapolis over the famous Monument Circle bricks.

All proceeds from the IU Health Indy Criterium benefit Freewheelin’ Community Bikes, a local non-profit committed to enhancing life skills for community youth through bicycles. In total, the IU Health Indy Criterium has contributed over $105,000 to Freewheelin’s Earn-A-Bike program that helps inner city youth earn bicycles of their own.

What to watch for:
Indy Crit Kick-Off Ride of over 500 bicyclists starting at 9 a.m. with a parade lap around the race course on closed city streets.

Bicycle-related activities throughout the day for spectators to enjoy or take part in including BMX stunt shows with X-Games athletes, PNC Kids Zone activities, bicycle safety course for kids, face painting, rock wall, bounce house, Silly Safaris animal show and more!

The National Bank of Indianapolis and Faegre Baker Daniels VIP/Celebrity Relay Race on Pacers Bikeshare bicycles at 12:15pm, featuring Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, Indiana Pacers mascot Boomer, Indiana Fever mascot Freddy Fever, Colts cheerleaders, IU Health physicians and local business leaders.

Bicycle helmet giveaway of 200 helmets for kids at the CIBA tent from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

PNC Kids Bicycle Races on Meridian Street at 2 p.m.

Inaugural Indy Bike Parade at 6 p.m. featuring musicians on bicycles, micro-floats pulled by bicycles and race team presentations.

Food and beverages from a variety of local food vendors.

Traffic Advisory:

The bike race will begin and end at Monument Circle. As a result of the race, the following streets will be closed or partially closed from 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.:

Northwest Quadrant of Monument Circle (total closure)
Market St. between Monument Circle and Illinois St. (total closure)
Illinois St. between Market and New York St. (partial closure)
New York St. between Capitol Avenue and Delaware St. (total closure)
Meridian St. between Monument Circle and Vermont St. (total closure)
Vermont St. between Pennsylvania and Meridian St. (total closure)
Pennsylvania St. between Vermont and Market St. (total/partial closure)
Ohio St. between Illinois Street and Pennsylvania St. (total closure)

Additional details, including an event map, can be found at www.indycrit.org. Attendance is free.

10th Annual Asian Fest in Indianapolis, June 11, 2017

May 22, 2017 1 comment

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By Young-Hee Yedinak
Asian American Alliance, Inc.

Instead of flying 18 hours to travel to Asia, Hoosiers can experience the many dimensions of Asia in their own backyard. The 10th annual Asian Fest is Sunday, June 11, 2017, 12-5 pm, at the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis. This year, the festival’s spotlight is on Japan. Admission is free.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Asian population more than doubled in Indiana in the last decade, bringing with them a rich tapestry of cultural heritage. This is a chance to interact and learn about their cultures, and enjoy food, music and dance. More information at www.aaalliance.org/asian-fest

Festival highlights include:
• Entertaining cultural performances
• Cultural Discovery of Featured Country – JAPAN
• Traditional Japanese costumes fashion show
• Children’s activities
• Asian cuisine from local restaurants
• Asian communities booths
• Asian American Alliance scholarship presentation

Festival goers will receive $5 reduced event parking in the White River State Park garage.

The 2017 Asian Fest is made possible by these generous sponsors:
Title Sponsors — Barnes and Thornburg, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana
Event Sponsors — McDonald’s, Kroger, PNC, Telamon, Indiana State Museum, International Center, Indianapolis Foundation, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation
Event Partners – Japan-America Society of Indiana, Japanese American Citizens League
In-Kind Sponsors – Indy Asian American Times, Asian American Today

Asian Fest is hosted by Asian American Alliance, Inc., a local, nonprofit, pan-Asian organization whose mission is to empower Asian Americans to serve and lead in businesses and communities. Visit www.aaalliance.org to learn more.

For more information, please contact:
Asian American Alliance, Inc.
(317) 258-0468

“A Night in India” at Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, June 9-10, 2017

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By Michael Davidson
On behalf of Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre presents A NIGHT IN INDIA at The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts, June 9-10, 2017 at 7 pm.

India keeps drawing Mr. Hancock back to its vibrant landscape and culture. After arriving home to Carmel, Indiana last December after his seventh trip to India, GHDT’s Artistic Director Mr. Gregory Hancock is as energized as ever to share his experiences and inspirational discoveries with theater audiences.

“The scope and variety of Indian arts are vast and diverse, and I feel I have only tapped into an extremely small portion of them. I want to share my appreciation for this culture with our GHDT audiences,” Mr. Hancock explains.

The intriguing stories of India’s art, culture and history will forever provoke his thoughts and its richness has naturally sparked his imagination once again to create a work of art filled with stunning music, dance, costumes and theatre sets.

This production will capture the beauty and diversity of this interesting country. As choreographer and storyteller, Mr. Hancock will premiere new works during this performance in addition to presenting other popular company repertoire pieces with Indian flare.

A mix of Eastern and Western music and dance will complement the romantic and dramatic tales of this region. As costumer, he is selecting, designing and constructing costumes and jewelry to enhance the visual authenticity of the evening. As teacher, he will inspire and direct over 20 professional and pre-professional dancers to bring their artistry to the stage.

As artistic director, he will mold all theatrical elements into a one breathtaking 2-hour experience. This is a must-see performance at The Tarkington that will appeal to audiences of all ages.

To complement the evening, an Indian Market will be open in the theatre’s lobby prior to each performance.

Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is the resident professional dance company at The Tarkington at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana.

For more information, visit http://gregoryhancockdancetheatre.org/, or call 317-844-2660. Tickets: 317-843-3800.

“Kinky Boots” at Clowes Hall, May 16-21, 2017

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“Kinky Boots” at Clowes Hall, May 16-21-, 2017.
Photo provided by the event organizers and used with written permission.

By Jessica Redden
On behalf of Broadway in Indianapolis

Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.

Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos.

KINKY BOOTS opens at Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana, Tuesday, May 16 and runs through Sunday, May 21, 2017, for a limited engagement. Tickets are available in person at Clowes Memorial Hall, the Old National Centre Ticket Office, online at BroadwayinIndianapolis.com, or by phone at 1-800-982-2787.