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Business Spotlight: Christine Kingery Events

Writer / Christy Heitger-Ewing When Christine Kingery attended IUPUI, she studied in the tourism, conventions and event management program. Internships provided excellent experience. For instance, she coordinated the 2008 500 Festival Parade. While interning at the Indiana State Museum, she also got a taste of wedding coordination and learned just how much she enjoyed helping brides create magical memories. Several years ago, Kingery landed a job at a local law firm as a human resources coordinator planning special events. One day a secretary at the firm asked Kingery to coordinate her daughter’s wedding. Kingery eagerly jumped on board. “My job ...

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Everybody Dance Now

Greenwood resident creates dance class for children with special needs Writer / Michelle Kaufman Photographer / Brian Brosmer Greenwood resident Mackenzie Wissler is combining two of her passions to create a dance class, Everybody Dance Now, designed specifically for children with special needs. The IUPUI elementary-special education major has been dancing for 18 years, an activity that has given her a feeling of unconditional happiness. She believes kids of all abilities should be able to feel that as well, so she began working on the idea for the class three years ago along with Le Rose Dance Academy owner Amanda ...

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Salty Siren Tattoo Lounge Takes Top Spot On Indy A List

Writer / Matt Roberts Photographer / Brian Brosmer On a bright spring morning, Jeremiah Floyd unlocks the front door of the Salty Siren Tattoo Lounge. Inside are comfortable couches and brightly colored walls decorated in a nautical theme. It doesn’t look like a typical tattoo and piercing shop. “We don’t want it to look like Satan’s basement,” he says. Jeremiah and his wife Lenny are owners of Salty Siren, located at 480 East Main Street in Greenwood. Open for just over a year, they’re trying to update common perceptions of the industry that include dark, sketchy spaces populated by bikers ...

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Center Grove Mom of the Year: Regina Miller

Writer / Cathy Wendorff Photographer / Amanda DeBusk Taking it one day at time, and just simply rolling with it, is how Regina Miller juggles her responsibilities between motherhood and business owner. Being selected as the Center Grove Mom of the Year by her community is very flattering to Regina.  Nominated by her youngest daughter, Kelly described her mom as a caring and loving individual, who always makes time for her family, while owning Geek in Pink Computer Repair. Regina has been married to Ed Miller, an Indianapolis Police Officer, for 28 years, and she has five high-achieving daughters and ...

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An Artist’s Journey for Creative Renewal

Writer & Photographer / Megan Jefferson Corey Jefferson is currently a ceramic artist and Senior Lecturer at Herron School of Art and Design, IUPUI. Jefferson had been yearning to explore new imagery in the form of boats and learn techniques that would deepen his understanding of design and clay, inspire his future work, and pass this knowledge onto his students. The support he needed to study and explore his new ideas and gain new skills came from a fellowship. He was awarded a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship. The Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship program is a two-year grant program that awards ...

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New Amy Beverland Elementary Principal Ready to Lead

Writer  /  Matt Keating Jered Pennington, the new principal of Amy Beverland Elementary, believes he was drawn to lead the Indianapolis school. Pennington, the third principal at the school, is ready to take on the challenges of being the new leader. Susan Jordan, the previous principal, passed away on Jan. 26. “I truly felt called to come to Amy Beverland in the wake of what everyone had been through earlier this year,” Pennington said. “I want to use my strengths as a supportive person to help the students, staff and families heal. As I learned more about the school, the ever ...

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Kids TRI for Kids: A Triathlon Series for Kids

Writer  /  Kara Reibel Swim. Bike. Run. This is what a typical summer day looks like for most kids. Thanks to a special series of triathlons for children ages 7-14, these three beloved activities are combined for a fun fundraising athletic event series. Since 2008, Kids TRI for Kids has raised money for Indianapolis area kids’ charities such as Best Buddies. Swim coach and former IU swimmer Meg Gates Osborne thought creating a kids triathlon event would be a great fundraiser on many levels. First, the event promotes positive and healthy activities for kids. Second, raising money for a good ...

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Fall Creek Student Designs Driver Helmet

Popular sprint car driver Geoff Dodge (left) presents a helmet to Molly Simmons (right), a fourth-grade student in Mrs. Lisa Hillenbrand’s class at Fall Creek Elementary School, 12131 Olio Rd., Fishers, Ind., recently. Dodge, a business student at IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) who raced in selected events in the Firestone Indy Lights Series in 2006, chose Simmons’ design out of 161 entries in a helmet-coloring contest sponsored by Clarian Health’s ThinkFirst for Kids, a national injury-prevention program, and Inquisitive Kids, a magazine for elementary school students and their teachers. Simmons also received a $50 savings bond for being the ...

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