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Salvation Army Red Kettle Stolen from Plainfield JCPenney

In an already tough fundraising season, The Salvation Army was dealt a heavy blow on Wednesday night when a red kettle filled with cash was stolen from outside of the JCPenney store at 2611 E. Main Street in Plainfield. The kettle and the heavy metal stand to which it was locked both disappeared between 5:15 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. when The Salvation Army arrived to pick up the kettle.

The Salvation Army has filed a report with the Plainfield Police Department, which will be reviewing security footage of the area as part of its investigation. In the meantime, The Salvation Army Eagle Creek Corps is working hard to make the most of the ten remaining days in the organization’s annual red kettle campaign.

Volunteers are still needed to cover many bell-ringing shifts. Lieutenants Josh and Robyn Hubbard, pastors at the Eagle Creek Corps, are asking the public to help them make up for the loss by volunteering to ring at one of the local kettle sites across central Indiana. Volunteers can sign up for 2-hour shifts at over 100 locations by visiting Just one 2-hour shift can raise enough funds to feed a family of four in need for an entire week.

“Yesterday was a low day for us Eagle Creek,” shared Lt. Josh Hubbard, “but we are trying to count our blessings and continue forward in the joy of the season.”

If you have any information that may help the Plainfield Police Department with its investigation, please contact them at 317-839-8700.

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DPW Is Ready for 1st Measurable Indy Snowfall

The Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) is monitoring weather conditions and deployed 80 plow trucks at 11 a.m. to begin treating roadways and monitoring road conditions ahead of forecasted snowfall this afternoon.

At 11 p.m., a new crew of 80 drivers will continue treating roads throughout the night and into the morning commute, addressing bridge decks, overpasses, and major thoroughfares.

The Indy Snow Force Viewer will activate when drivers are on the roadways to show real-time movements of DPW trucks. The Indy Snow Force Viewer displays which streets have been treated with salt or plowed of snow.

DPW would like to remind residents to drive with care when on the roads with plow and salt trucks. Keep three car lengths between your vehicle and the snowplow to allow a safe stopping distance for plow drivers and yourself.

For a list of winter driving tips and ways, residents can stay safe while driving in winter weather, visit Updates are also available on Twitter @IndySnowForce.

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White River State Park Announces New Recycling Initiative

White River State Park (WRSP) is rolling out its newest intern-led initiative, the White River State Park Recycling Initiative. The initiative brings about the installation of several recycling receptacles that are projected to divert approximately 30 tons of waste from ending up in Indiana landfills each year.

Unique to this initiative is that it was developed by a WRSP student intern. Each year, WRSP hires interns from universities throughout the state to work on various projects throughout the park. In addition to their assigned duties, these interns are encouraged to identify opportunities to develop their interests and skills while providing a mutually beneficial return for the park. This past summer one intern decided to take a look at waste management in the park and develop recommendations aimed at saving costs and providing an added level of social responsibility. That student intern is Meghan Ziegler, a junior at IUPUI. Meghan’s passion for the environment and fondness of the park led her to complete a waste audit to determine the composition ratio of recyclable materials to organic waste in each area of the park.

“I am proud to say that White River State Park is aiding in the effort to make Indianapolis a more sustainable city, said WRSP Summer Intern and Project Lead, Meghan Ziegler. “As park visitors enjoy our over 250 acres of green space, waterways, and trails, they now have the opportunity to recycle, helping to preserve our beautiful park. It is gratifying to have had the support of our staff in believing in and launching this initiative. It is equally exciting to see it come to fruition.”

Meghan worked closely with WRSP Property Manager, Lisa Milton. Milton holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science from Indiana University. Together, they used the results of Meghan’s waste audit to determine the most effective placement of recycling receptacles. They also surveyed WRSP Grounds Maintenance staff on the relative abundance of waste in these areas.

“As a leader in environmental stewardship in our community, we see recycling as a critical mechanism by which we can all contribute to a sustainable future for Indiana,” said Lisa Milton, Property Manager for White River State Park. “Recycling is a common-sense practice that has many benefits to our community beyond simple waste reduction. It preserves habitat, conserves energy and natural resources, and creates jobs and benefits the economy. This is one of the many efforts by WRSP to promote a safe and healthy environment in Indianapolis.”

As a result of their work, the recycling initiative received the green light to install 10 co-mingled use recycling receptacles throughout the park. These initial ten receptacles will be placed in locations that will optimize the collection of recyclable materials. It is the hope of the staff to add additional receptacles throughout the park in the future. A map of the receptacles can be found by visiting

SOURCE: White River State Park

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Halloween in the Catacombs 2019

Soundspace has announced “Halloween in the Catacombs,” a concert taking place at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31 in the Tomlinson Hall Catacombs beneath Indianapolis City Market.

Local bands The Palace and Philia will perform, along with DJ sets from musicians Frozen Turtle and DJ Steeze. Doors open at 9 p.m. with music to follow until 1 a.m. Event is all ages, with local Sun King beer and Hotel Tango spirits available for guests 21 and older.

In addition, to live performances by four local musicians, the event will feature a visual light installation by Double Negative Design, a cash prize costume contest, door prizes, giveaways, trick-or-treating and more.

General admission and VIP tickets are on sale now at General admission standing room tickets are $10 in advance. VIP tickets are $15 in advance, which include a drink ticket and entry for exclusive prize giveaways.

“Halloween in the Catacombs” at Indianapolis City Market is made possible by Soundspace, Indianapolis City MarketSun King BrewingHotel TangoAT&T FiberTomlinson Tap Room and more.

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Not-So Silent Halloween October 25, 2019

At Not-So Silent Halloween, you get scary movies, creepy music, spooky lighting, a costume contest with cash prizes, and adult beverages in the Grand Hall at Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Avenue in Indianapolis, a restored and repurposed nineteenth-century church.

Doors and cash bar open at 6:30 p.m. Classic scary organ music begins at 7 p.m. along with spooky special lighting effects that make the Grand Hall an eerie pre-Halloween destination. Frightful Sammy Terry emcees the evening, with stage presentations, lots of audience participation activities, and photo ops.

The 1955 cult classic Bride of the Monster, starring Bela Lugosi and directed by Edward D. Wood, Jr., sets the tone for an evening of campy horror fun. Along with the main feature, concert organist Mark Herman conjures atmospheric musical selections and an entertaining score for an early silent short.

To compete for a cash prize in our Halloween costume contest, dress as your favorite classic movie monster. We’ll award prizes to the best classic monster, the best original monster and the best creepy couple (think Frankenstein’s monster and his bride, Morticia and Gomez, King Kong and Ann Darrow, Janet and Brad). Work on presentation because you’ll parade yourself across the stage in style for crowd reaction and judges’ view.

The event ends around 10:00 p.m.—plenty of time to head to a club, bar or another party in your Halloween disguise.

Grand Hall at Indiana Landmarks Center
1201 Central Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46202


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Spirits on Main at the Dallara IndyCar Factory Oct. 26th

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and event sponsor Indy Racing Experience have teamed up for “Spirits on Main,” the ultimate Halloween 2019 bash at the Dallara IndyCar Factory on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6-10 p.m. (ET).

Located in the heart of Speedway, Indiana’s vibrant Main Street entertainment district, Dallara’s North American headquarters provides the perfect backdrop for “Spirits on Main,” combining high-end motorsports performance with costumed socializing, great food from Main Street staple Barbeque and Bourbon, and spirits courtesy of Jack Daniels. Live music starts at 6:30 p.m. courtesy of popular ’60s rock n’ roll cover connoisseurs, 45 RPM.

All proceeds from “Spirits on Main” will benefit the Museum’s innovative educational programming, engaging exhibits, unparalleled Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Grounds tours, and critical care for the Museum’s significant motorsports collection.

Attendees will get a sneak peek at the Museum’s upcoming exhibit, “From the Vault” presented by Bank of America, opening November 20. Several of the priceless and significant race cars to be showcased at “From the Vault” will be on display at “Spirits on Main.”

Guests can dance all evening in their best costumes and enjoy an Indy Racing Experience street-legal two-seater ride for $20. Guests must be age 21 or older to attend. Tickets are just $25 for IMS Museum members and $35 for non-members and the price includes two drink tickets; hors d’oeuvres hosted by Main Street’s Barbecue and Bourbon; and 45 RPM on stage until closing time.

“Spirits on Main” Tickets: Tickets are available for purchase online at the IMS Museum homepage,

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24th Annual Safe Night Halloween at the Indiana State Fairgrounds

For the 24th consecutive year, the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center, along with dozens of community partners, are coming together to host Safe Night Halloween from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, October 31. Offering kids and parents a free, safe place to spend Halloween, the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center’s Safe Night Halloween is open to all children ages 12 and under who are accompanied by an adult. Parking and admission are free to all. This year, the event will be offered indoors at the 4-H Exhibit Hall on the northside of the Fairgrounds.

This annual event began as a community service for State Fairgrounds-area neighborhood families and, thanks to generous sponsors and donors to the Indiana State Fair Foundation, the event has provided a free, fun and safe Halloween to more than 60,000 area children since 1996.

2019 partners include:

  • Old National Bancorp
  • Urick Concessions
  • Albanese Confectionery Group, Inc.
  • Sam’s Club #8168
  • Indiana Lions Foundation
  • North American Midway Entertainment
  • The Stations of Radio One
  • N.K. Hurst Company
  • LifeJourney Church
  • Indiana Lions Foundation
  • Keystone Business Association
  • Posh Coiffure Studios
  • SAFY of Indianapolis
  • Indianapolis Fire Department
  • Indiana State Police

Upon entering the Fairgrounds, please follow the directional signs to 4-H Exhibit Hall.

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Speedway’s 2019 Trunk or Treat to be Held at High School Oct. 26th

Speedway High School
5357 W. 25th St.
Speedway, Ind. 46224

Saturday, Oct. 26 from 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.

Trunk or Treat, presented by Speedway Chamber of Commerce and B & W Plumbing, is an opportunity for kids to trick or treat safely and for local businesses to interact with the community.

Local businesses will pick a theme and decorate a car trunk or vehicle and distribute candy. Event organizers estimate more than 800 trick or treaters. B & W Plumbing will bring its haunted trailer.

Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for the scariest trunk, most original trunk and fan favorite.

This event is free and open to the community. For more information, visit

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CANCELLED: Yappy Hour Howl-O-Ween Edition

CANCELLED Yappy Hour Howl-O-Ween Edition

White River State Park (WRSP), in partnership with RadioNOW, has canceled the final Yappy Hour event of the season, Yappy Hour Howl-O-Ween Edition scheduled for today, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019.

Due to this week’s weather and conditions in Military Park, the park has opted to end the series for the season. The summer series will return in the late spring of 2020. Thank you for a wonderful season.

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2019 Indiana State Fair Preview

2019 Indiana State Fair food and circus preview featuring Bello Nock.

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