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Million Meal Marathon at Lucas Oil Stadium, Oct. 10, 2017

August 31, 2017 Leave a comment
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Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2008, all rights reserved.

By Angela Tuell
On behalf of the Million Meal Marathon

INDIANAPOLIS – The 7th annual Million Meal Marathon, presented by Strada Education Network (formerly USA Funds), and the Indianapolis Colts, will bring together more than 3,000 community members with the intent of packing 1 million nutritious meals for Indiana’s hungry in a single day.

This year’s event will take place 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at Lucas Oil Stadium and is in partnership with the Indianapolis Colts for their Colts Community Day.

The Million Meal Marathon, includes volunteers from corporate sponsor organizations, local civic groups, churches, Indianapolis-area schools and families. Volunteers work in four two-hour shifts, alongside Indianapolis Colts players and cheerleaders, to hand-package nutritious meals for hungry Hoosiers. Meal packs include 21 essential vitamins and minerals, a blend of six dehydrated vegetables, enriched soy with 52 percent protein and 10 vitamins, plus white, high-quality rice, and can be prepared by just adding boiling water. During the Million Meal Marathon, volunteers will add the dry ingredients to plastic bags, weigh, seal and box them in teams of 10-12.

One hundred percent of this year’s meals packed will be distributed to food banks in Indiana to feed the one in five Hoosier children who are food insecure and their families. Midwest Food Bank and Gleaners will pick-up the packaged meals throughout the day to deliver to their Indianapolis warehouses, where they will then be distributed to food pantries across the state.

The day wouldn’t be possible without the help of hundreds of volunteers. For more information about volunteering, enrolling a group to volunteer or sponsoring a table, visit www.MillionMealMovement.org.

Additional sponsors include Best, Arbor Homes, Charles Schwab, City Barbeque, Shelby Materials, Certa Pro, Capital Container Company, Print Resources, JR Sandadi, and Brown and Brown.

The Million Meal Marathon is a program of Million Meal Movement, a humanitarian food aid organization that feeds the hungry at home while teaching our children and communities the power of volunteerism. Launched in 2007, the organization has provided nearly 28 million life-saving, highly nutritious meals to hungry families in Indiana and around the world, all packaged by volunteers. In Indiana alone, 1 million people don’t know where they’ll get their next meal.

For more information about the Million Meal Marathon, visit www.millionmealmovement.org.

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November 2016 Events in Downtown Indianapolis via @IndyDT

October 30, 2016 Leave a comment
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Monument Circle during the holiday season.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Jennifer Hanson
Downtown Indy, Inc.

November brings Circle of Lights and holiday happenings

Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented IBEW #481 – Friday, Nov. 25
The Friday after Thanksgiving, generations of families will converge on Monument Circle to celebrate the lighting of 4,787 lights strung from the Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Monument. USA Today listed the Circle of Lights® as one of the “10 Best Holiday Attractions.” The festivities kick off at 6 p.m. and the Monument light-up will occur at approximately 7:55 p.m. Entertainers chosen from statewide auditions will share the stage with Santa and with Josh Kaufman, host of the Indianapolis Symphony’s IPL Yuletide Celebration. The event will be broadcast live on WTHR from 7 – 8 p.m. After Circle of Lights, head over to Carson’s Department Store for Selfies with Santa from 8 – 10 p.m.

Carson’s Coloring Contest: chance to win $529 College Choice Fund and “flip the switch”
Children ages 3 – 12 have the opportunity to “flip the switch” and turn on the lights at Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW #481 by entering Carson’s Coloring Contest. Five finalists will be awarded College Choice 529 Direct Savings scholarships and gift certificates to Carson’s. One grand prize winner will appear on stage with Santa to help light the Monument. Print copies of the coloring sheet here. The contest runs through Nov. 14.

#BeMonumental
One of the 20th largest marathons in the United States, the CNO Financial Indianapolis Monumental Marathon kicks off Nov. 5. Starting and finishing at the Indiana Capitol building, the course itself has been national recognized for being fast and flat. In addition, a half-marathon, 5K and Kids Fun Run are available. The Marathon has sold out the past four consecutive years and is expected to sell out again this year.

Spirit & Place
Winner of the NUVO Cultural Vision Award and the Indiana Achievement Award, the Spirit & Place Festival takes place Nov. 4 – 13. The Festival features over 50 events for all ages at different locations around Downtown. The theme this year is Home, and include events such as B3 Home: Bats, Bees & Birds, where you can learn how to make homes for these creatures; Sounds of Home; and many more.

Veterans Day Parade
Take time to honor those who have served our country at the Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11 beginning at 11:45 a.m. More than 80 units will march starting at Michigan and Pennsylvania streets, move south on Pennsylvania Street to New York Street, west to Meridian Street and finish at North Street. In addition, a musical prelude will take place at 10:30 a.m. and memorial service at 11 a.m., both on the north steps of the Indiana War Memorial.

Great Pet Expo
Do you own at pet, thinking of becoming a pet owner or just love animals? Check out the Great Pet Expo Nov. 12 & 13 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Expo features Canine in the Clouds stunt dog and dock diving team, a dog grooming competition, llamas, alpacas, angora goats and many more pet-filled activities. Also, new this year is a wiener dog race!

Holiday happenings
All aboard! Experience the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art’s magical holiday model train exhibit Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure. Watch trains as they pass through iconic replicas of Downtown locations such as Lucas Oil Stadium, Monument Circle and more beginning Nov. 19.

Christmas at the Zoo
The Indianapolis Zoo hosts Christmas at the Zoo presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union Nov. 25 – 27 & 30; Dec. 1 – 4, 7 – 11, 14 – 23 & 26 – 30. The Zoo opens at noon with holiday activities from 5 – 9 p.m. each day. Visit Saint Nick in Santa’s Workshop presented by Chick-Fil-A, listen to carolers around a warm campfire, eat some delicious treats and more.

Christmas at the Lilly House
Take a step back in time with the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Christmas at the Lilly House. The historic home of J.K. Lilly, Jr. will feature holiday decorations from the 1930s and 40s, as well as contemporary décor starting Nov. 19.

Celebration Crossing
The Indiana State Museum comes alive with holiday merriment starting Nov. 25 with Celebration Crossing. Children of all ages can ride the Santa Claus Express, make crafts to take home and gaze into holidays past from a recreated L.S. Ayers store window.

“It’s a Wonderful Life”
Watch a timeless holiday classic, as Downtown Indy, Inc. partners with the IMAX Theater to show It’s a Wonderful Life on the biggest screen in the state Tuesday, Dec. 6. Proceeds from each ticket will support Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Beautification Fund.

For all holiday events, visit www.downtownindy.org.

Downtown sports
The Indianapolis Colts play two home games at Lucas Oil Stadium: Nov. 20 & 24. The Indiana Pacers season heats up with 11 home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse: Nov. 1, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25 & 27.

October 2016 Events in Downtown Indy

September 26, 2016 Leave a comment

 

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Indianapolis, Indiana as viewed from the west bank of the White River.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2015, all rights reserved.

By Jennifer Hanson
Downtown Indy, Inc.

Audition for the Circle of Lights
Calling all entertainers, singers, musicians, dancers and local talent of Central Indiana! First round auditions for Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW #481 will take place Saturday, Oct. 1 from 8:30 a.m. – noon and Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 4 – 7:30 p.m. at IBEW 481, 1828 N. Meridian St. Selected finalists from the first auditions will be called back for a final audition taking place in mid-October.

Inaugural Red Bull Air Race
The Red Bull Air Race World Championships is the ultimate motorsport competition in the sky. Pilots will navigate an aerial racetrack in the skies above the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, maneuvering through air-filled pylons in the fastest time possible while incurring the least amount of penalties possible. The race takes place Oct. 1 and 2.

Pinking of the Canal
To kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Colts host the Pinking of the Canal at the Ohio Street Basin on the Downtown Canal Walk Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. – 1p.m. The event is free and will include live music, free limited-edition Colts pink posters, Colts Cheerleaders and more.

Happy Birthday Indiana
Indiana celebrates its bicentennial this year. Events to commemorate the Hoosier State’s 200th birthday include:

· An opportunity to learn more about our state’s history, Hoosier Homecoming brings communities together from all across Indiana Oct. 15 from noon – 4:30 p.m. at the Indiana State House. Free activities and entertainment will be provided, along with the dedication of Bicentennial Plaza and the State House Education Center in the State Library and celebrate the culmination of the Bicentennial Torch Relay.
· The Indianapolis Public Library invites adults for a Bicentennial book discussion about the state’s cultural and social history Sept. 20 from 6 – 8 p.m. The book, “The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf” by Mohja Kahf, highlights a devout Muslim girl growing up in Indiana in the 1970s. The discussion will involve what it means to be Muslim in America today and will take place in Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium.
· For more bicentennial activities and events, visit our blog.

Hauntingly good Halloween events
The Children’s Museum Guild will feature its 53rd annual Haunted House from Oct. 8 – 30. The theme this year is Cursed Castle and tickets are $8. Also at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, don’t miss the Black Hat Bash, the city’s biggest family-friendly Halloween party Oct. 7 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Zoo Boo returns to the Indianapolis Zoo Oct. 7 – 9, 14 – 16, 21 – 23, 28 – 30 from 2 – 7 p.m. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes.

For adults wanting to celebrate Halloween, Hilbert Circle Theatre hosts the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for Haunted Hilbert on Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Dress is “Masquerade Chic” and the proceeds benefit the ISO’s education programs. You must be 21+ to attend.

Fall into Festivals
Help celebrate German-American Day with GermanFest Oct. 8 from noon – 8 p.m. at the Anteneaum. The event will feature wiener dog races, a strong man competition, German beer and food by the Indianapolis Sangerchor and ZwergenLand for kids. Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

More than 275 film screenings will be featured at the 25th annual Heartland Film Festival Oct. 20 – 30. The Festival provides a unique opportunity for audiences to interact with more than 100 filmmakers, and see films from all over the world. Opening night festivities take place at the Scottish Rite Cathedral Oct. 20.

Sports back in action 
The Pacers return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse Oct. 4 for the first home preseason matchup and open the regular season Oct. 26 vs. the Dallas Mavericks at 7 p.m. The Colts play two home games: a Super Bowl XLI rematch vs. the Chicago Bears Oct. 9 and the Kansas City Chiefs Oct. 30. The Indy Fuel begins its season Oct. 14 and the Indy Eleven play two home games Oct. 15 & 22.

Welcome back National FFA Convention
Thousands of young adult FFA members clad in their signature navy blue jackets will be in town once again for the annual convention Oct. 19 – 22. The gathering will include educational seminars and expos at the Indiana Convention Center, along with plenty of food trucks on Georgia Street Oct. 20 & 21.

For more information, visit http://downtownindy.org/ or call 317-237-2222.

Fall Fun in Downtown Indy, September 2016

August 28, 2016 Leave a comment
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Bike Riding in White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.
AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2016, all rights reserved.

By Jennifer Hanson
Downtown Indy, Inc.

Indians: Craft Beer for a Cause

Support Downtown Indy, Inc. by purchasing tickets to the Indianapolis Indians game Sept. 1.2016. DII is excited to partner with the Indianapolis Indians and Sun King Brewing for Craft Beer for a Cause. A portion of every ticket purchased ($5 for Box and Reserved Seats and $4 for Lawn) will be donated to the Downtown Indy, Inc. Beautification Fund. Get tickets (and save) using promo code downtownindy.

INspired Beauty on Monument Circle

Downtown Indianapolis is one of the most beautiful and clean downtowns in the nation – and not by accident. We are celebrating our Downtown with the second annual INspired Beauty, a fundraiser to benefit the Downtown Indy, Inc. Beautification Fund, Thursday, Sept. 15 from 5 – 7 p.m. on Monument Circle. Enjoy live music, tasty tapas, Sun King beer and Southern Wine and Spirits, great company and incredible views in the heart of our Downtown. Professional gardeners and landscapers will compete “Iron Chef” style as they each assemble container gardens on location in a competition, which will be raffled off at the conclusion of the event. Tickets can be purchased online for $25 or at the door for $30. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Fall into the festivities

The arrival of September brings a diverse lineup of fall festivals to Downtown Indianapolis, celebrating culture, art, food, sports and more. As the weather starts to cool, it’s the perfect time to bring the family to one or more of these unique events.

· Sept.3: Indy Labor Fest, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., is a three-block festival on Georgia Street featuring music from Yacht Rock Revue, food, drinks and a kid’s zone.

· Sept. 9 – 27: White River Festival, a 19-day celebration of the White River, includes art exhibits and performances, family activities, river clean ups and more.

· Sept. 10: Penrod Arts Fair, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, showcases more than 300 artists, six stages and a special children’s area. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

· Sept. 10: Sun King CANvitational, from 1 – 5 p.m. on Georgia Street, showcases more than 45 craft breweries, local eats from food trucks and live music. General admission is $40; general admission with early entry at noon is $75 and designated driver tickets are $10.

· Sept. 15 – 18: 21st annual Indy Irish Fest takes over Military Park with live music, dancing, food, sporting events, shopping and a kid’s craft tent and game area. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 day of; $10 for students; $5 for children 5 – 13 and military and FREE for children 4 and under.

· Sept. 15 – 24: Indy Jazz Fest, at various times and locations around Indianapolis, features some of the most popular jazz and blues artists celebrating GRAMMY Award-winner Wes Montgomery. Downtown venues include Madame Walker Theatre, Indiana Landmarks, IUPUI, Cabaret at The Columbia Club and Central Library.

· Sept. 16: Monument Circle Oktoberfest, from 7 – 11 p.m., boasts an authentic German Biergarten, traditional German fare and Polka Boy live. FREE admission.

· Sept. 17: Fiesta Indianapolis, from noon – 10 p.m. at American Legion Mall, is one of the longest-running ethnic festivals in the state, bringing together 15,000+ people each year. The festival features Latino music, dance, art, food and children’s activities. FREE admission.

· Sept. 17: Rooftop Garden Oktoberfest takes place noon – 6 p.m at Fountain Square Theatre featuring Bratwurst and Knackwurst from Claus’ German Sausage & Meats, as well as German Beer from Sun King on tap to wash down other Oktoberfest favorites.

· Sept. 18: Hispanic Heritage Fiesta, noon – 4 p.m. at the Indianapolis Zoo, celebrates the culture and traditions of Latin America with decorations, family activities and Latin-inspired food. FREE for Zoo members.

· Sept. 24: Herron-Morton Oktoberfest, from 2 – 9 p.m. at Herron Morton Place Park, includes live music, plus local beer and food trucks. Admission is $10 and FREE for kids 13 and under.

· Sept. 24: Indianapolis Chinese Festival, from noon – 6 p.m. at IUPUI Wood Plaza, honors the Chinese Moon Festival through traditional art and performances, tai chi and martial arts demonstrations, Chinese games and authentic Chinese food. Admission is FREE.

33rd annual Circle City Classic

Circle City Classic weekend returns to Downtown Indy, showcasing the spirit, energy and tradition of America’s historically black colleges and universities. The Classic draws an average of 175,000 people from across the country annually to be a part of an energized weekend that includes a parade, pep rally, musical performances, well-known celebrities, a battle of the bands and two historically black college football teams colliding head-to-head at Lucas Oil Stadium. This year’s game takes place Sept. 24.

September sports: the Colts are back

Celebrate the return of football with the FREE Colts Kickoff Concert on Georgia Street Sept. 10 from 5 – 10 p.m. Enjoy music from Clayton Anderson, Southern Country and headliner Eli Young Band, plus giveaways, appearances by the Colts cheerleaders and Blue, a beer garden and food from the Kilroy’s Bar n’ Grill. The Indianapolis Colts play the Detroit Lions to kick off the season at home Sept. 11 at 4:25 p.m. Head to the Bud Light Tailgate on Georgia Street before home games.

Indy Eleven plays at IUPUI’s Michael A. Carroll Stadium Sept. 3 against Tama Bay, Sept. 17 against Miami FC and Sept. 24 against New York. Purchase tickets here and use code downtown and ticket proceeds will benefit Downtown beautification.

Performing arts are ready to amaze

The Indiana Repertory Theatre opens the new season with The Three Musketeers, running Sept. 20 – Oct. 15. Follow the legendary tale of danger, royalty and romance on stage.

For a touch of the classical, don’t miss the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Opening Night Gala Sept. 24. Grab a date for Happy Hour at the Symphony Sept. 15, the ISO and The Doo Wop Project Sept. 16 & 17, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in concert Sept. 23 & 25 and Andre Watts plays Beethoven Sept. 29 – Oct. 1.

Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW #481 Auditions

Showcase your talents for a chance to perform at Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Circle of Lights® presented by IBEW #481. Talented singers, dancers and entertainers alike can audition Saturday, Oct. 1 or Tuesday, Oct. 4. Selected entertainers will appear in front of thousands of people at the Circle of Lights Friday, Nov. 25 on Monument Circle and on WTHR-13. No registration is required.

Get fit!

September weather is perfect to get outside and walk or run around Downtown Indianapolis while supporting any number of causes. Check out the Glo Run Sept. 3 in White River State Park and come pack Sept. 10 for the Indianapolis Heart Walk. Cheer on runners/walkers for the Indy Women’s Half Marathon & 5K Sept. 17, stepping off at Monument Circle. The Torch Relay Everyday Heroes 5K Fun Run/Walk also takes place Sept. 17 at the Indiana State Museum.

The Teal Ribbon Ovarian Cancer Run/Walk starts at City Market Sept. 24, while the Walk to Defeat ALS takes place at White River State Park. Don’t miss the IUPUI Regatta on the Downtown Indy Canal Walk Sept. 24, as well.

For more information, call 317-237-2222.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Aug. 11-17, 2014

August 10, 2014 Leave a comment
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Madison Ribberfest, Aug. 15-16.
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15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
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  1. THU-SUN: Gen Con Gaming Convention at the Indiana Convention Center
  2. MON-SUN: 158th Indiana State Fair at the State Fairgrounds
  3. THU-SUN: 10th Annual Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival in Indianapolis
  4. SUN: 5th Annual Dig In, A Taste of Indiana at White River State Park
  5. WED-SUN: LPGA Legends Championship at the French Lick Resort
  6. FRI-SAT: 10th Annual SausageFest at St. Thomas Aquinas Church
  7. THU-SAT: ‘City of Forking Paths’ at the Indiana Convention Center
  8. SAT: Miranda Lambert in Concert at Klipsch Music Center
  9. FRI-SUN: Elwood Glass Festival in Madison County
  10. FRI-SAT: Madison Ribberfest BBQ and Blues in Jefferson County
  11. MON-WED: Indianapolis Colts Training Camp at Anderson University
  12. THU-SUN: Greensburg ‘Power of the Past’ at the Decatur County Fairgrounds
  13. SAT: 6th Annual WAMMfest at Craig Park in Greenwood
  14. THU, SAT: Indiana Fever WNBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  15. FRI-SAT: Symphony on the Prairie at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

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