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Painting Penrod Prodigy

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Writer & Photographer  /  Tom Britt A visit to the Penrod Arts Fair is a family tradition for me and my wife, Jeanne, each fall. This past year, we moved into a new home, so we were in the market for some new artwork. Shopping the hundreds of art exhibits, Jeanne walked by one tent and stopped in her tracks to say, “I want that painting!” It was an abstract painting of a turbulent sky over dark water (at least that is what I saw), and the colors and mood of the painting were perfect for our home. I snapped ...

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The Shake Craze

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Writer and Photographer  /  Keeley Miller With the ability to provide an entire meal’s nutrition in a glass, meal replacement shakes have become a popular option for people looking for a healthy boost without having to eat raw kale. From Shakeology to Plexus, there are many different products on the market boasting different ingredients and claims. In the opinions of sellers and consumers, meal replacement shakes are the perfect solution for someone looking to shed a few pounds, become stronger or just stay in shape. “Personally, I have lost 30 pounds and dropped about half my body fat from in ...

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Theater at the Fort: An Arts Dream in the Making

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Writer  /  Suzanne Huntzinger Photographer  /  Keeley Miller Imagine an arts district at Fort Benjamin Harrison, much like the Carmel Arts and Design district – a real arts and cultural destination not just for the local community but also for visitors. As you drive down Otis Avenue, you see an entire street and row of buildings completely devoted to promoting the arts, including musical arts, performing arts, dance, photography, painting and more. That’s the vision of the Partnerships for Lawrence (PFL). Thanks to that ambitious vision, Executive Director Judy Byron and Office Manager Alicia Collins have just reopened the Theater ...

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Moody’s Now Hosts FarmersMarket.com

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FarmersMarket.com Offers Dozens of Products From Local Producers at Moody’s Butcher Shop Writer  /  Matt Keating Photographer  /  Keeley Miller Trying to find specialized items and ingredients from local producers in just one place can sometimes be a challenge, especially when you are making a large dinner and need that special sauce or seasoning. Or maybe you just have a hankering for that special locally made sweet treat. Adam Moody, owner of Moody’s Butcher Shop at 10106 Brooks School Rd., is trying to help you with that challenge. Moody’s is serving as the host/pickup location for a new virtual Farmer’s ...

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Porter Books & Bread

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Writer and Photographer  /  Kara Reibel Along the east side of Lawton Loop at Fort Benjamin Harrison in a converted barracks resides Porter Books & Bread. Featuring fresh baked goods, local coffees and sandwiches, Porter Books & Bread has become a fast favorite among local residents. “We are very happy at how well received Porter has been,” shares owner Will Worley who does all of the baking except “the sweet stuff” which is made by his wife, Marcy. The Worleys fell in love with the area around the Fort. Opening at 6 a.m. most days, Porter uses a French press ...

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Goodfella’s: Friendly Service with Old World Charm

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Writer  /  Janet C. Striebel Photographer  /  Keeley Miller Upon entering Goodfella’s Old World Brick Oven Pizza and Pasta Restaurant, you will instantly feel an openhearted, warm, cheerful ambiance as the hostess guides you to your table. Beyond the sound of laughter and people having conversation over complimentary baked bread and seasoned oil, there’s something welcoming about the aroma of freshly prepared ziti, lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs and specialty pizzas. Goodfella’s is celebrating its nine year anniversary and has been voted “Best Pizza in America” four times and International Pizza Champions, Las Vegas 2012. Plus, the Smoking Goodfella was voted ...

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Heritage Christian Robotics Team Sets Championship Standard

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Heritage Christian School’s 7th grade girls Robotics Team, 6210A, won the highest honor, The Mayor Ballard Excellence Award, Sunday the 24th at the 4th annual Indianapolis VEX Robotics Championship. The team won additional awards for Robot Skills, Programming Skills and special recognition as a breakthrough team in a predominately male activity. Collectively, the middle school teams, 6210A and 6210M, and the high school teams, 6210 and 6210X were tournament champions. Held at the Indiana Convention Center, the championship is part of VEX Robotics’ Indy VRC chapter, a program partnered with the Office of Education Innovation. Former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard ...

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Breakout the Fun

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Writers  /  Rachel Quade and Chalene Braun Be prepared to hurry! Be prepared to think! Be prepared to feel a little lost! Mostly, be prepared to have a lot of fun!!! You have just entered Breakout, Indy’s newest entertainment escape room. Here’s how it works…a group of five to eight people have one hour to use multiple clues to breakout of a room. The Breakout host will welcome you when your journey begins. They will give you your mission and help get you started. At that point, it’s GO time. The clock is ticking, and you and your teammates will be ...

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Neal Tire and Auto Service at Geist

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Writer  /  Suzanne Huntzinger Photographer  /  Keeley Miller The neighborhood tire and auto store just east of Olio on 96th Street now has a new name and face. Formerly Cooper Tire, Neal Tire and Auto Service bought the store last year by adding it to their 26 other retail locations. With its 27 retail stores and six distribution warehouses (operating under the name Ben Tire) in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. The size of the organization provides the buying power to compete with any discount tire merchant with tire brands such as Michelin, Goodyear, Bridgestone, Firestone, Yokohama and Cooper. Automotive services ...

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The Shake Craze

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Writer and Photographer / Keeley Miller With the ability to provide an entire meal’s nutrition in a glass, meal replacement shakes have become a popular option for people looking for a healthy boost without having to eat raw kale. From Shakeology to Plexus, there are many different products on the market boasting different ingredients and claims. In the opinions of sellers and consumers, meal replacement shakes are the perfect solution for someone looking to shed a few pounds, become stronger or just stay in shape. “Personally, I have lost 30 pounds and dropped about half my body fat from in ...

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