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Graeter’s Ice Cream Store Opens in Broad Ripple

Writer / Susan Hershey Sugar. Cream. Eggs. And flavoring — black raspberry with special chocolate chips, a customer favorite. These mouthwatering words describe ice cream from Graeter’s, a regional family-owned business that opened a new store in February on the corner of 56th and Illinois streets in Broad Ripple. The business owners are striving to catch up with the likes of Ben & Jerry’s and scoop up some national recognition. Given their success in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, reaching this goal may not be far off. Recognized on air by Oprah Winfrey some years ago as her favorite ice cream, ...

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Joy’s House Aims to Keep Older Adults Happy, Give Caregivers a Break

Writer / Debra Legg The plan might call for yoga, scarf dancing or Trivial Pursuit. On the other hand, the plan might fly out the window by 9 a.m. “If it’s a gloomy, gray day, we’ll change the activities and do something to get people going,” said Tina McIntosh, president, chief executive officer and founder of Joy’s House. There’s really no such thing as a typical day or typical guest at Joy’s House adult day services. Most guests are senior citizens who aren’t able to live as independently as they once could. There also are younger adults who face issues ...

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Park Tudor School Participates in Chinese Exchange Program

Writer / Molly Connor This January, Park Tudor School was treated to an exciting international experience when five students from the prestigious Beijing High School Four International Campus arrived in the Midwest for the first part of a three-week exchange program. As part of the Indianapolis private school’s first exchange with China, the students — three boys and two girls — were assigned to local host families and given the task of becoming fully immersed in the daily life of a typical Park Tudor student. Before arriving, the Chinese students sent letters of introduction, explaining their objectives for the program ...

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The Essential Robert Indiana offers a 40-year retrospective on the artist

Writer / Debra Legg From the larger-than-life “Numbers” exhibit that has a permanent home on the grounds, to the 8-foot-tall LOVE sculpture that long has welcomed visitors, it’s hard to go to the Indianapolis Museum of Art and not catch a glimpse of Robert Indiana’s work. Through May 4, patrons will get more than a glance. They’ll be able to see the famed artist’s work, from prints to autoportraits, in an entirely new light. The exhibit, titled “The Essential Robert Indiana,” examines not just the pieces, but also the meaning behind them. Take, for example, the LOVE sculpture. The iconic ...

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White River Yacht Club members enjoy camaraderie, history

Writer / Debra Legg John O’Brien grew up on the water, literally as a neighbor of the White River Yacht Club. Bud Van Dyne, on the other hand, joined without ever having been on a boat. Today he owns eight. They came to the club for different reasons — O’Brien out of love of the river, Van Dyne because he wanted to try something different. They now share a motive for returning year after year: camaraderie like that captured in the old “Cheers” tag line. It’s a place where “everybody knows your name,” O’Brien said. The private club has 530 ...

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Alley Cat Expansion to Incorporate a ‘Grown-Up Side’

You did the raucous bar scene throughout your 20s, but you’re ready to move on, to somewhere a little quieter where you can relax and talk. Come spring, the Alley Cat Lounge will be ready to move on with you. Indiana’s favorite dive bar is opening an expansion in March, a Prohibition-themed area that owner Lori Davis refers to as the “grown-up side” of the operation. There won’t be the pool tables or arcade games Alley Cat regulars are used to. No jukeboxes either — satellite music instead. There will be televisions, but they’ll be muted. “It’s going to be ...

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Our Hometown Hero: George Hill

“It feels pretty good,” says George Hill with a smile when asked how he feels as the announcer at the Pacers’ game refers to him as “our hometown hero, George Hill!” He should feel good and he is a hometown hero! Hill grew up in Broad Ripple, attended Broad Ripple High School where he was a standout player, then went on to play for IUPUI. Except for a brief time with the San Antonio Spurs (2008-2011), Hill spent his career in central Indiana — rare for an NBA player to stay in his hometown. Hill always wanted to stay near ...

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Deckademics Rocks New DJs

A good DJ is like a fine guitarist. Both require skill and technique to reach the top of the pack. Nick Saligoe, or DJ MetroGnome, has been training disc jockeys in the Indianapolis area for a few years now. A city grant helped fund a program for three years at the Martin Luther King Community Center, but Saligoe and his fellow instructors found there were a few things they could not accomplish in this space. “We were in the basement,” he said. “No one knew we were there.” Saligoe got together with Doug Morris to plan a school where aspiring ...

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Legacy Lives on at Indianapolis Art Center

In 1934, a group of WPA artists formed the Indianapolis Art League. This legacy of the Works Progress Administration, part of the New Deal intended to improve the economy during the Great Depression, lives on. Now known as the Indianapolis Art Center, the organization’s on-site classes and community-wide outreach programs involve hundreds of Hoosiers with making art each year. The 76th annual student exhibition is on display at the center. Any member who has taken a class through the center within the last two years was eligible to submit works for the competitive show. “It’s really cool. It’s probably our ...

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Pretty In Pink

Get a bunch of women together for a fashion show and there is bound to be lots of excitement, not to mention hairspray, in the air. But get a bunch of breast cancer survivors and supporters together for a fashion show, and there is electricity in the air. That was certainly the case September 28 at Bella Vita Restaurante during the Project Pink fashion show. Project Pink actually developed from a brilliant idea on the part of the Central Indiana Komen for the Cure staff: They had some leftover Race for the Cure tee shirts that they offered to fashion ...

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