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Northside Knights of Columbus to Host 11th Annual Oktoberfest Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photography Provided The Northside Knights of Columbus (KofC) has literally been catering to the community since its inception in 1952. On September 23rd, the Northside KofC hosts its 11th annual Oktoberfest event. Not only a fun party, it’s a fundraiser for Holy Family Homeless Shelter to help their inventory for Christmas as well as collecting donations for Boulevard Food Pantry. This family-focused event is geared towards children during the hours from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., then transitions to adults from 7pm – 11pm. The admission price ...

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Goods for Good: People for Urban Progress

Writer  /  Kara Kavensky Photographer  /  Brian Brosmer Returning to Indianapolis after finishing his master’s degree in architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, Michael Bricker arrived just in time to become involved in a critical question when the RCA Dome was being demolished, “What is going to be done with all of that material?” The material in question was the 15 acres of durable fabric, which had been used as the roof. Maryanne O’Malley first posed this key question. What was to happen to this material? The answer, after some interrogatories, was “nothing”, for there was no plan ...

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ArtMix: Creating Inclusive, Artistic Opportunities

Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photography provided According to the staff at ArtMix, there’s no such thing as the inability to be an artist. Founded in the late 1970s, Indianapolis-based ArtMix (formerly VSA Indiana) has become a statewide organization providing inclusive artistic programs and special projects for those with and without disabilities. “I’ve never met a person with a disability that wasn’t extremely capable,” says Linda Wisler, vice president of programming. “We’re here to help them find a way to be creative and expressive.” The ArtMix Artist in Residency program sends trained artists into school classrooms statewide to implement art-based lesson ...

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A Winning Formula

Former Butler coach reflects on lifelong journey of basketball & leadership Writer / Jon Shoulders Photographer / Michael Thierwechter Todd Lickliter can still recall playing in the stands of North Central High School’s basketball stadium as a five-year-old, while his father ran practice drills as head coach of the Panthers varsity men’s team. Something about the game of basketball had begun to seep into his bones, even back then. “I think it was inevitable that I’d be involved in athletics,” Lickliter recalls. “It was always an activity where I could really have some direct contact with what my father was ...

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Bonded Like Brothers

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana Changes Lives Through Mentoring Writer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing Photography provided by BBBSCI Neil Skirvin’s father used to work for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana (BBBSCI). The elder Skirvin often urged his son to become a mentor at the organization, but Skirvin hesitated, unsure if he would make a good big brother. Then last year he suddenly had a change of heart. Matched since May 2016 with Jeremiah, Skirvin jumped into the relationship full force. “Jeremiah has no father figure in his life, and every time I pick him up, he’s excited ...

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Invest In Your Nest

Writer  /  Pat Carlini When a family purchases a previously owned home, they usually plan on making a few changes. Maybe they will want new flooring, appliances, paint or in some cases a complete remodel. That was exactly how the Wilson family felt when they bought their new home in the Geist area when they made the move to Indiana. “We moved in 9 years ago, and you might say I’ve been thinking of making some changes in the master bath and the kitchen for eight years and 364 days,” says Greta Wilson. The Wilsons turned to the Dovetail Group ...

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Greek’s Pizzeria and Taproom Debuts Fallout Theme

The Popular Pizzeria has Paired with Quaff On! Brewing Writer & Photographer / Stephanie Duncan Greek’s Pizzeria is back in Broad Ripple, this time in SoBro, and is tapping into the local Indiana beer scene with an added taproom featuring Quaff On! Brewing, along with other local breweries. Located at the corner of 49th and College, Greek’s shares one side of the building that used to be owned by the Bottle Shoppe. Greek’s franchisee Josh Trisler is excited about the new location and addition of the new taproom.  He used to run the Greeks, which was formerly located in the ...

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Yoga For the Hungry

Local Chef Uses Yoga to Feed the Homeless Writer & Photographer  /  Christy Heitger-Ewing Ten years ago, Corey McDaniel was working as a restaurant cook in downtown Indianapolis. At the close of every night, the kitchen always had leftover food, but for insurance reasons, staff was not allowed to save any of it so it always got thrown into the trash bins out back. One day, McDaniel noticed some homeless men crawling inside the dingy, smelly dumpsters in search of a meal. The image stuck with him. “We tend to be naïve when it comes to certain circumstances,” says McDaniel, ...

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Shear Innovation

Warfleigh Barber & Supply Co. Thrives in the Heart of Broad Ripple Writer  /  Jon Shoulders Photographer  /  Michael Thierwechter There’s much about Warfleigh Barber & Supply Co. on Broad Ripple Avenue that just screams distinctiveness. As a shop primarily for men, it’s located in an area replete with salons and boutiques geared toward the female market. In addition to offering haircuts, beard trims and shaves, it carries some of the most hard-to-find male grooming products in the biz. Even Warfleigh’s beginnings are rather unique. Its original location was a 215-square-foot space formerly occupied exclusively by a few vending machines ...

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Heritage Clothier and Home Opens Up Shop

The store brings contemporary men’s clothing to Indy. Writer / Megan Jefferson Kent Henry and his partner, Stan Wellman lived in Key West for the past 30 years. They owned and operated retail stores in Key West, Boston and Cape Cod. Both Kent and Stan grew up in Indiana. Last year they decided it was time to come back home. “We wanted to come back and create something new for Indianapolis, bring our life experience and our heritage to a store here in the city that reflects our shared heritage of people who were born and raised in Indiana,” Henry ...

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