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Stutz Open House to Feature Over 60 Artists

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The largest group of artists under one roof in the Midwest will open their studios and present their work to visitors during the Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House April 29 and 30 at the historic Stutz Business and Arts Center. The Open House attracts more than 6,000 people every year to the 400,000 square foot former car factory near downtown Indianapolis. The Raymond James Stutz Artists Open House not only allows guests an opportunity to see the work of 60+ local artists in one place at one time, but it’s an opportunity to see where and how the artwork ...

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Zionsville Show Choirs Dominate Again This Year


Photographer / Scott Clark In what is becoming an annual tradition, the Zionsville Show Choirs turned in another dominating performance this year with the Choralaires winning the Grand Champion title in all four competitions this year and the Royalaires doing the same except for one in which they received a first runner-up award. The Crew and Band members also distinguished themselves in several of the competitions. The Show Choirs didn’t just dominate other local Indiana high schools. This year, they traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, to compete in the Heart of America Invitational. Both the Royalaires and Choralaires took home the ...

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Kim Dodson: A Hero for the Special Needs Community

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Writer / Kara Reibel Photographer / Brian Brosmer As the Executive Director of The Arc of Indiana, Kim Dodson has learned how to be innovative and take risks, all for the cause of helping people with special needs lead lives of purpose. Fate is what brought Dodson to her current position – it was literally an accident while she was a junior at Purdue University that steered her career course. Dodson was involved in a car crash that claimed the life of her fiancé. After recovering from her own injuries, she changed her major from investment banking to pre-law. During ...

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Best-Selling Author Takes the Local Stage

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Writer / Janelle Morrison Photographer  /  Christie Cotton Turnbull Katrina Anne Willis, a former longtime resident of Zionsville now living in Ohio, will be returning to Indianapolis this spring as one of the Christamore House Guild’s featured authors at their 36th Annual Book and Author Luncheon to be held at the Indianapolis Roof Ballroom April 15. Willis was former Executive Director of the Zionsville Education Foundation and is married to the former principal of Zionsville Community High School, Chris Willis. They are the proud parents of four children, ages ranging from 13 to 19. Willis is one of six acclaimed ...

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Looking For An All Body Low Impact Workout?


Indianapolis Rowing Center Offers A Solution For All Ages Writer  /  Rebecca Wood Twelve years ago, Carmel’s Janet Klochko walked into her first rowing class at the Indianapolis Rowing Center. Klochko was in her mid-40s and looking for an activity that would combine her love of the outdoors, water and exercise. “I wanted to find an all-over workout that would not be high-impact on my knees and joints,” says Klochko. Rowing proved to be a match for Klochko. Since that first class, she’s become a regular at the Indianapolis Rowing Center and an evangelist for the sport. Zionsville’s Sue Iffert ...

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The Taps are Flowing at Noble Order


Writer / Janelle Morrison Grab your growler and head on over to Noble Order Brewing Company in downtown Zionsville. The highly anticipated grand opening of the town’s new tasting room officially opened for business March 25. Founded in Richmond, Indiana, the brewing company and its sister company, J & J Winery, are filling the steins and wine glasses of craft beer and wine aficionados, right here in the heart of the village. Major renovations were completed to their first off-site location here in the Village, and they opened their doors to an excited and thirsty crowd. The Noble Order Brewery owners, ...

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Making History as the Town’s First Elected Mayor


Writer / Janelle Morrison Photographer / JJ Kaplan Having a few months to become acclimated to his new post, Mayor Tim Haak sat down with me to discuss how his life has changed, professionally and personally, since becoming mayor of the historic and growing town. Haak told me that becoming Zionsville’s first elected mayor was not on his radar until the position became available, and then, he jumped at the opportunity. “When I came onto the Zionsville town council, the position and office of Mayor did not exist,” Haak said. “There was no way that I ever thought that I ...

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The Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre Presents, SUPERHERO: The story of a man called Jesus


Writer  /  Janelle Morrison Photographers  /  Karl Zemlin, David Chan, Robert Gogh and Michael Jack The Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre (GHDT) will portray the monumental events that marked the last week of Jesus Christ’s life in the return of their production, “SUPERHERO: The story of a man called Jesus.” Back for the third consecutive year by popular demand, this critically acclaimed, full length modern ballet brings to life the struggles of Jesus Christ and the women surrounding him as well as his complicated relationship with Judas Iscariot. Featuring world class dancers, award-winning choreography, vivid costuming and contemporary music, artistic director Gregory Hancock ...

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Business Spotlight: Becker Landscape


Writer  /  Janelle Morrison Photographers  /  Kevin Foster & Lori Koppold Becker Landscape, a family-owned business, began reshaping the greater metropolitan’s landscapes in 1976. The company, founded by John C. Becker and his five sons, started out of the family’s garage. Today, the founder’s son Larry Becker oversees the daily operations and has grown the family’s business to where it employs as many as 240 during their busy season. Becker graduated from Purdue with a degree in Landscape Management and Design. Afterwards, Becker continued to work for his father and now presides as president and CEO. Both of his daughters ...

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