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Indiana Master Naturalist Program, Mar. 12-May 14, 2015

February 21, 2015 Leave a comment
Railway Garden at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens.

The Railway Garden at Taltree Arboretum and Gardens. Photo provided by Indiana Dunes Tourism and used with written permission.

By Maddie Grimm
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is hosting a spring Indiana Master Naturalist program. This hands-on learning experience and volunteer service opportunity teaches students about the native landscape and local wildlife of Northwest Indiana. The course includes sessions on botany, zoology, geology, water ecology and wildlife conservation taught by area experts.

“Anyone can become a master of nature with this all-inclusive series,” said Maddie Grimm, Director of Education at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. “Beyond learning, students will put their knowledge to work by performing 30 hours of community service to earn their program certificate.”

The ten week course begins Thursday, March 12 and runs through Thursday, May 14, 2015. Classes are held on Thursday mornings. The course cost is $100 and it is open to adults age 18 and over. Participants should dress for the outdoors, whether rain or shine. To register, visit where you can print an application, or call 219-462-0025.

The Indiana Master Naturalist program is sponsored by the Resource Conservation & Development Councils, Indiana Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and Indiana Department of Natural Resources. For more information,

Taltree is located at 450 W County Road 100 North near Valparaiso, Indiana.

TEDxIndianapolis 2013 at Hilbert Circle Theatre, Oct. 22

August 19, 2013 Leave a comment
Hilbert Circle Theatre

Hilbert Circle Theatre. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Lisa Sirkin Vielee
On behalf of TEDxIndianapolis

Organizers recently announced the full speaker line-up for TEDxIndianapolis 2013. In total, 22 speakers’ names were revealed, including 10 national speakers and the Los Angeles-based emcee. The speakers will bring both local and international perspectives on innovation across disciplines to TEDxIndianapolis 2013, to be held October 22, 2013, at Hilbert Circle Theatre in downtown Indianapolis.

“We purposefully selected speakers who reflected the Mix It Up theme of the event,” said Jim Walker, executive director of Big Car and the TEDxIndianapolis organizer. “These speakers offer distinct views on literacy, healthcare, art and design, discrimination, education, refugees, invention, poverty, business and technology. These talks will offer big ideas we can apply in all disciplines and industries.”

The TEDxIndianapolis 2013 speakers include:


  • Davy Rothbart (California) – The Surprising Ways Our Questions Connect Us


  • Jeb Banner (Indianapolis) – Everything I Needed to Know About Business I Learned from Being in a Band
  • Gary Benenson (New York) – What We Learn from Bad Design
  • Rosan Bosch (Denmark) – Design as a Tool for Development
  • Rodney Byrnes (Indianapolis) – Holistic Revitalization
  • Catherine Chalmers (New York) – Collaborating with Insects
  • LaShawnda Crowe Storm (Indianapolis) – Building Community One Stitch at a Time
  • Patti Digh (North Carolina) – Title Pending
  • Michael Flaherty (Indianapolis) – Spinnovation: Investigating Our Domestic Revolutions
  • John C. Havens (New York) – Shift the Impact of Modern Technology
  • Matt Hunkler (Indianapolis) – The Truth About Transformation
  • Steven M. Johnson (California) – Mental Mixers for Imagining Future Products and Scenarios
  • Tasha Jones (Indianapolis & Atlanta) – Poetically Remixing Classic Literature
  • Jeffrey Kline (Carmel) – Your Face Tells if You are Sick!
  • Christian Long (Ohio) – Wonder by Design
  • Doug McColgin (Carmel) – Your Neighbor Has Your Breakthrough
  • Jim Poyser (Indianapolis) – D’earth! Our Climate Crisis in Poyspective
  • Chad Priest (Indianapolis) – The Impact of Thinking Across Disciplines
  • Florian Riviére (nowhere) – Open Your World
  • Andrés Tapia (Illinois) – Why Diversity is Upside Down
  • Risë Wilson (New York) – Title Pending
  • Kristin Wright (Indianapolis) – The Power of Welcome

More information about each speaker can be found at

Tickets for TEDxIndianapolis 2013 at Hilbert Circle Theatre are now on sale. Tickets are $75 with lunch and $65 without and can be purchased at

TEDxIndianapolis 2013 producing partners are Big Car, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, International School of Indiana, and Indiana Humanities. The event is sponsored by Wayne Zink, title sponsor; Lumina Foundation and The Heritage Group, mixer sponsors; and visionary sponsors, CICF, Indy Chamber, NUVO Newsweekly, Efroymson Family Fund, a CICF Fund, WFYI, and Well Done Marketing. Additional support is provided by the Indiana Historical Society, Gracie Communications, Green BEAN Delivery, Apparatus, The Strategy Forums, Rainmakers Sparks, Sycamore School, Bohlsen Group, Netlogx, Centric, KA+A, Midwest Language Services, Spirit and Place, New Balance Shoe, and The Learning Architect Group. 

Speaker line-up and presentation titles subject to change.

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at

Editor’s Acknowledgement: Gracie Communications.

Women, Wisdom and Wellness Conference, Aug. 16

July 23, 2013 Leave a comment
JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.

JW Marriott Hotel. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Lori Plummer
WFYI Public Media

Begin your personal journey to wellness and serenity by joining WFYI Public Media for its 2013 Women, Wisdom & Wellness conference presented by St.Vincent Women’s Services and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield on Friday, August 16, from 8:30 am to 2 pm at the JW Marriott (10 S. West Street) in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Individual tickets are $40 each. Reserved tables for ten are $500. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 317-614-0464. Event proceeds will benefit WFYI Public Media’s mission to enrich the community through its award-winning programs and lifelong learning services.

“Through our wealth of multi-media services, community partnerships and rich educational resources, WFYI Public Media remains steadfast in its commitment to promote healthy lifestyle choices to Hoosier women and their families,” said Jeanelle Adamak, WFYI’s Executive Vice President of Support Services. In 1998, under Adamak’s visionary leadership, WFYI first introduced its unique concept for a daylong conference and community-wide educational initiative designed to educate women about their personal health and well-being.

This year’s Women, Wisdom & Wellness conference highlights will include more than a dozen breakout sessions, information booths, a luncheon keynote, a lovely commemorative tote bag, sponsor gifts and an on-site boutique area featuring an assortment of jewelry, accessories and other fun items.

Julie Schnieders, an accomplished nurse practitioner and the voice of St.Vincent’s health information service, “338-4-her,” will lead you on your journey to wellness. As conference emcee, Schnieders will offer insights on timely women’s health topics and entertain attendees with her unique brand of humor.

Linda Larsen, a witty and gifted motivational speaker, author and on-stage actress, will deliver this year’s luncheon keynote. Larsen will share her powerful story about how she went from making headlines as a kidnap victim to using her frightening experience to help inspire and empower women across the globe.

In conjunction with this year’s theme, “Happy, Healthy Hearts,” free health screenings will be offered for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and BMI. If a test indicates a high risk factor, individuals will receive follow-up counseling from St.Vincent professionals. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about and take the “Healthy Habits Promise”— four simple, healthy habits that can reduce a woman’s chances of a cardiovascular event by nearly 40%. These healthy habits include: avoiding tobacco; reducing BMI; consuming at least five fruits and vegetables daily; and engaging in aerobic exercise three or more hours per week.

WFYI’s Women, Wisdom & Wellness conference is presented by St.Vincent Women’s Services and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. The featured sponsor is Fifth Third Bank. Additional support is provided by Urology of Indiana, Sam’s Club, Indy Dental Sleep, Whisper Hearing Centers and Honors Beauty College/Tricoci University of Beauty Culture.

43rd Annual Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration

July 12, 2013 1 comment
Indiana Convention Center

Many IBE events take place at the Indiana Convention Center. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Jennifer Hanson
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Celebrate the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration in its 43rd year.  The celebration takes place July 11 – 21 at the Indiana Convention Center plus various other Downtown venues.  Summer Celebration is the largest African-American event in the nation with an anticipated attendance of more than 300,000 people. Enjoy everything from live music at the Music Heritage Festival to exciting youth activities such as Youth Entrepreneur Seminar (YES)Youth Leadership Summit (YLS) and the Family Fun Zone. Take advantage of employment opportunities, health fairs, cultural pavilions, various exhibits and more!

Summer Celebration general admission tickets: $8 in advance; $7 in advance for senior citizens; $19.99 in advance for three-day general admission; $10 after July 19.

Select Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration event highlights are listed below.  For the full calendar of events, visit or call 317-925-2702.

July 13 & 14
IBE Film Festival
Experience moving films and eye-opening documentaries spread over two days.  The lineup includesThe Lower 9: A Story of Home,a film showcasing four residents trying to reestablish their lives after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and the ongoing struggles of their neighborhood seven years later. Another film, Reel Black Love, highlights Black Love on screen and the social impact it has had on culture. For the full list of films, visit
Location: Indianapolis Art Museum, Tobias Theater
Time: Saturday, noon – 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.
Price: FREE

July 16
Children’s Day Presented by Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield
This popular event kickoffs the opening of Family Fun Zone presented by Indiana University for children ages 4-11. Attendees participate in a day of entertainment, education and activity with exhibitors including  Kenya’s World, Cummins Inc. LEGO® Engine Replica, Pacers Fan Van, Colts PLAY60, Marion County Public Library Bookmobile.
Location: Indiana Convention Center, Hall B
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Price: FREE

July 15 – 17
Black Business Conference Series
The conference series occurs throughout the week and provides workshops, symposiums, receptions and networking opportunities.
Location: Indiana Convention Center
Time: Various times
Cost: FREE (Register online at

July 16 & 17
Youth Entrepreneur Seminar (YES): The Making of a Mogul 

YES: The Making of a Mogul gives 50 motivated youth, ages 13-19, an opportunity to receive hands-on training to develop and showcase their business idea through a two-day on-site interactive experience. The first place winner not only receives a $500 investment but an exhibitor’s booth during the annual Summer Celebration Weekend to market and sell their business service or product.
Location: Indiana Convention Center, Rooms 109-110
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Price: FREE

July 18
WTHR-TV 13 Employment Opportunity Fair
WTHR-TV 13 is hosting one of Indiana’s top career fairs with more than 100 employers on-site, ready to recruit qualified candidates.
Location: Indiana Convention Center, 500 Ballroom
Time: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: FREE (Register at

July 18 – 21
INshape Indiana Black & Minority Health Fair
INshape Indiana hosts the country’s largest Black & Minority Health Fair. Attend the fair for FREE health screenings and education.
Time: Thursday, opening reception, 3 – 4 p.m. (Invitation only); Thursday, Seniors Night, 4 – 8 p.m.; Friday noon – 8 p.m.; Saturday noon – 8 p.m.; Sunday noon – 6 p.m.
Location: Indiana Convention Center, Hall D
Cost: FREE

July 19
Pacers Sports & Entertainment Corporate Luncheon presented by Hoosier Lottery & State Farm
The signature fundraiser of Summer Celebration attracts a sold-out audience each year where top corporate, government and community leaders enjoy unique networking opportunities and an awards ceremony that recognizes some of the nation’s most outstanding leaders. This year’s awardees include Billy Dee Williams, Tisha Campbell-Martin, The O’Jays and Spike Lee.
Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Indiana Convention Center, Hall J & K
Cost: $60/Table $600

July 19
Music Heritage Festival Outdoor Free Concert 
This year’s FREE concert features The O’Jays with special guest Midnight Star.  Please be aware Meridian and Pennsylvania streets from Michigan Street to St. Clair Street may be closed for public safety during the concert. 
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: American Legion Mall
Cost: FREE; $40 VIP seating available

July 19 – 21
Youth Leadership Summit

This event is for student leaders who want to see and affect change in their community. Network with and learn from youth statewide. Experience a fun and interactive introduction to Purdue University.
Location: Hyatt Regency Downtown, Cosmopolitan Ballroom
Time: Friday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Price: $15 Friday only; Friday & Saturday (day only) $30; $200 Full weekend (Register online at

July 20
All White Affair Party 
The annual party brings out Indy’s new and cool generation.  Top entertainers and celebrity guests keep the party going.  Featured entertainment includes DJ Kid Capri & Kevon Edmonds from After 7.
Time: 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Location: Indiana Convention Center, Sagamore Ballroom
Cost: $25

July 20 
Amateur Boxing 
Amateur boxing is back for the 43rd Summer Celebration. Dual competition of top amateur boxers from Indiana and Ohio will compete from all weight classes.
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Indiana Convention Center, Hall G
Cost: Included in exhibition hall admission

July 21
IBE Fashion Show “Fashion Here & Now” Presented by Macy’s
See all of Indy’s premier, black-owned fashion boutiques and fashion designers showcase their latest works on the runway.
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Indiana Convention Center, 500 Ballroom
Cost: Included in exhibition hall admission

For complete information on Summer Celebration, log on to or call 317-925-6624. For information on more summer events Downtown or for a Downtown map, call Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. at 317-237-2222.

Please visit for a map of expo event venues, parking and street information.

GearFest ’13 at Sweetwater Sound in Fort Wayne, June 21-22

June 21, 2013 Leave a comment
Sweetwater Sound in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Sweetwater Sound in Fort Wayne, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Bob Burchfield, Editor, LLC

Sweetwater Sound, the giant musical instruments and pro audio gear outlet in Fort Wayne, Indiana, hosts its annual GearFest today and tomorrow, June 21-22, 2013, at its campus in Allen County.

Ever been to Fry’s Electronics in Fishers? Geek heaven, eh? Well…Sweetwater is the same for musicians. Millions of dollars’ worth of gear, a killer recording studio, a state-of-the-art auditorium, an in-house cafeteria, indoor miniature golf, an impressive warehouse, and lots more. If you have the least interest in music and you’ve never been to Sweetwater Sound, it’s worth the trip just to take a walk through their incredible building.

GearFest is a huge open house, free to the public, that features two days of gear fanatics’ utopia: all the top manufacturer’s reps on hand to answer your questions, free music and audio workshops led by big-name industry veterans, thousands of dollars in gear and prize giveaways, live performances from world-class musicians, a huge musicians’ flea market, gear deals with discounts up to 80%, free guitar restringing, and lots of other activities and special events.

Sweetwater Sound is located at 5501 US Highway 30 West, about a mile or so west of I-69 on the west side of Fort Wayne. GearFest is open today from 9 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit, or call 260-432-8176, Allen County Event Listings on…


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