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Claim a Tax Credit with Your Gift to IDO

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in East Side Indy, IDO News | 0 comments

Claim a Tax Credit with Your Gift to IDO

IDO has great way for you to help the Irvington Streetscape stay bright, clean, and green while also saving some “green” on your state taxes. For the second year now, the state of Indiana is offering Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits to businesses and individuals who donate to the Washington Streetscape Maintenance Fund. When you contribute to the Irvington Streetscape between July 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018, you can reduce your state tax liability by 50% of the donation amount. The minimum donation is $100 and all donations can be made in installments as long as they are within the same calendar year. So for a $1,000 donation, you can take $500 off what you owe in state taxes. If you itemize, you can also claim the full $1,000 as a deduction on your federal taxes, further lowering your out-of-pocket costs. By the way, a round of applause is in order for those who contributed in 2016-2017. IDO collected $5,646, which is nearly half of what it costs to keep the street lights lit. Thanks! For more information on how you can help the Irvington Streetscape and save money,...

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Irvington Historical Society’s Ice Cream Social

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Irvington Historical Society’s Ice Cream Social

By Cheryl Hizer Irvington Historical Society’s 53rd annual Ice Cream Social will take place Sunday, August 6th, from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Bona Thompson Memorial Center. Admission to enjoy the festivities will be FREE, as always. THIS YEAR’S SPONSORS AND PARTNERS White River Jazz Band: The sounds of jazz will fill the air, thanks to this long-running partnership with White River Jazz Band. Bring a blanket and the family! Sundae’s Homemade Ice Cream: If you enjoy a cup of ice cream when you visit The Mug or The Legend, you’ve had Sundae’s Homemade Ice Cream. This year’s ice cream flavors are vanilla, Fudgie Brownie, Fresh Peach, and Grand Central Station. Simply Divine Cupcakes: The name says it all. This is the second year Simply Divine has partnered with IHS and its fundraising efforts. Cupcake flavors have not yet been determined. Rock Cola Cafe: For those who enjoyed pulled pork sliders, cheeseburger sliders, and Choc-Ola from the gang at Rock Cola last year, you’ll get to do it again this year! These sliders, large in both size and flavor, are a STEAL! Eclective: Created from the desire to bring together and showcase the eclectic artists, vintage collectors, and handmade craftsmen of Indianapolis, Eclective invites independent vendors to come together to create the most unique collection of home decor, handcrafted and repurposed wares, and more. The shop is owned and operated by two local small businesses, The Bindy Agency and Southside Vintage Marketplace. EARLY BIRD TICKET PRICING At the event, the ticket price will be $1. For the best prices, purchase tickets in advance. Tickets purchased before Monday, July 24th will be discounted at these rates: $10 for 12 tickets $20 for 25 tickets $30 for 40 tickets Dessert, food, and beverages will be available for the following ticket values: Cupcake and ice cream: 6 tickets Pulled pork or cheeseburger slider: 2 tickets Chips: 1 ticket Choc-Ola: 2 tickets Bottled water: 1 ticket MUSEUM The museum will be open, with free admission as always! You can tour permanent exhibits, along with the newest exhibit,Surpassing Adversity: The Japanese American Journey. The exhibit opens Friday, August 4 with a special presentation by Gordon Yoshikawa. His experiences while living in U.S. internment camps during World War II are the basis for the exhibit....

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Is It an Owl or Phoenix?

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Blog, East Side Indy, IDO News | 0 comments

More than a year ago, the artwork on the traffic box at the corner of Emerson Avenue and Washington Street had succumbed to vandalism and a hit-and-run collision. Here’s hoping the third time’s the charm. IDO issued a call to artists to re-re-paint the box this spring, and Irvingtonian Andrea Light won the contest with her Peter Max-esque owl image. The Public Spaces Committee is very excited about her stylized design of this creature of nature that could be roosting in the trees along Pleasant Run as she’s out there painting. The Frank N. Owings Family Foundation gave a grant to IDO for the artist’s supplies and a stipend for her work and creativity. Andrea will also be rewarded with an exclusive exhibit of her work at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center later this fall, courtesy of Irvington Historical Society. We’d like to thank Frank and Patte Owings, who head up the Frank N. Owings Family Foundation, for their generous donation. These former Irvingtonians offer their time, talent, and treasure in support of the culture of Indianapolis. You can read more about their work in this article from IUPUI. Look for Andrea at work en plein-air, and please slow down. And if there are any other artists who’d like a chance at exhibiting their work to a few thousand drivers and many grateful neighbors, two more boxes have just become “available” for...

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Benton House Book (and More) Sale

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in East Side Indy, Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

By Todd Grooten The annual Benton House Book Sale will be held July 21–23 on the grounds of the historic Benton House, at 312 South Downey Avenue, with free admission. If you’re looking for great used books at great prices, join us at the following times: Friday, July 21, 5–8 p.m. Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday, July 23 ($5 bag sale day), 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card. To offset merchant costs, we’ll ask customers to pay a $1 fee to use a credit card. Our sale is one of the largest book sales in Indianapolis, with thousands of titles to browse through. Prices range from $1 for paperbacks to $2 for hard covers, and children’s books are at a special low price. On Sunday, you can buy a bag of books for just $5! (We provide the bag.) In addition to books, this year we’re selling gently used items from the Benton House, including decor, furniture, lawn and garden equipment, and gently used Christmas decorations. We’ll still feature recycled Christmas items as part of our annual holiday bazaar, but we wanted to give people a head start on their holiday. Christmas is right around the corner! The sale is a culmination of months of hard work by volunteers in the community who donate, haul, sort, and set up thousands of books under a tent donated by longtime east side business Montgomery Tent & Awning Company. Book drops have been in place since mid-May at several Irvington businesses, including Black Sheep, Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza, Lincoln Square, and The Mug. Many thanks to our supporters! Proceeds from the sale benefit the Benton House, a Second Empire home built in 1873. It was the home of Allen R. Benton, twice president of Butler University. The Irvington Historic Landmarks Foundation was founded in 1966 to purchase and restore the Benton House. In 1969, the Benton House Association was formed to maintain the house and promote it as rental space for weddings, showers, and other...

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July Neighbor Spotlight: Steve Barnett

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Blog, East Side Indy, Neighborhoods | 0 comments

Steve Barnett is no stranger to history. In fact, it’s widely known that if you need to find out something about your Irvington home, Steve’s the man to ask. He has meticulously created a database of the homes east of Linwood Avenue, south of 10th Street, north of Brookville Road, and west of Kitley Avenue. Steve was a member of the community group that created the Irvington Historic District, and he also helped in getting nearby neighbors on the National Registry. He serves as a regular columnist on the Weekly View, sharing a variety of historical information ranging back as far as 100 years ago. Steve contributes house histories for homes that are on the annual Benton House Tour of Homes. In fact, the History Channel consulted with Steve for their upcoming series H.H. Holmes: American Ripper. From the History Channel website: “In American Ripper, Holmes’ great-great-grandson, Jeff Mudgett, sets out to prove a controversial theory: that H.H. Holmes and Britain’s most notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper, were the same man.” This series began airing Tuesday, July 11, and Irvington is slated to be featured in upcoming weeks. When Steve was president of Irvington Historical Society in the 1980s, artifacts and artwork were stored in the History Room in the basement of the former Brown Branch Public Library. The move to the Bona Thompson Memorial Center began in the late ’90s, but the doors were not opened to the public until all 2002 due to construction and repairs. Each week you can find Steve offering tours of Irvington Historical Society’s museum and exhibits during regular operating hours. How long have you lived and/or worked here in Irvington? Steve can trace his family’s Irvington roots all the way back to 1927. Between his father and himself, there’s at least one graduate from IPS School 57, IPS School 85, Howe and Tech.  His grandfather worked on the Pennsylvania Railroad and moved to Irvington to be closer to his work at Hawthorne Yards. His father worked at International Harvester and was in the Navy during World War II. Steve served in the National Guard with Dan Quayle during his college years. He and his wife Sue spent a few years on Capitol Hill before moving back home where Steve worked with first Andy Jacobs, then Julia Carson. What do you do for fun? Steve enjoys playing with his grandkids and studying genealogy to understand his family’s history. His mother was Canadian, so he and Sue like to travel to the Georgian Bay region. What’s your favorite walk, bike ride, block, or view in the neighborhood? There are too many options for Steve to have only one favorite. When he walks through the neighborhood, he finds his favorites are those areas he frequented as a child, namely University Avenue and Irving Circle Park.  Also Bonna Avenue and the area around the George W. Julian House are still among his favorites.  He still likes Ellenberger Park, but commented that it is vastly different from his childhood days; the wooded western half of the park was so heavily forested it was like night and very mysterious.  He enjoys the Kile Oak tree, which he visited for the first time as an adult. If you were Mayor of Irvington for a day, what would you do first? After careful consideration, Steve said...

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Fulfilling a Personal Mission for More Bike Racks

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in East Side Indy, Irvington News | 0 comments

Trent Taylor wants more places to safely park his bike in Irvington. Trent had mapped where the racks are now and likely places for additional ones. He did a spreadsheet and prioritized the locations. He was determined. He contacted members of  Irvington Green Initiative, who connected him to the intrepid team on IDO’s Public Spaces Committee. Jason Koch, who’s on the committee, had an idea of where to get bike racks. He asked Jamison Hutchins, the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, who could get 10 racks that promote the Knozone program for free. Knozone is an awareness campaign run through the city’s Department of Public Works, Office of Sustainability to improve our air quality. Riding bikes instead of driving cars is a great way to do that! But you’re not going to ride your bike if you don’t have a secure place to park it. Thus the bike racks. If business owners are interested in purchasing bike racks at cost (all the free ones have been installed) that can go on either private property or in the public right of way, IndyCog has a program to purchase them. IDO will coordinate the locations and get the necessary permits. And Dan Jones, an Irvington craftsman, is considering designing and fabricating custom Irvington-inspired bike racks. If you want to make a statement, that may be the way to go. Contact...

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Volunteer Irvington Showcases Opportunities

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in East Side Indy, Irvington News | 0 comments

By Lisa Watson On April 23, seven not-for-profit organizations with a focus on Irvington came together to hold the first Volunteer Irvington event. The goal was to showcase the volunteer opportunities that each organization has available. There was a great and steady turnout, and we all met a lot of wonderful neighbors, including those who are new to the neighborhood and lifelong residents. Thank you to the organizations that participated, volunteers who helped with the event, and neighbors who stopped by. Congratulations to Malinda Cox Baker, whose name was chosen at random for the $20 door prize. Volunteer Irvington’s next step is to work with DiscoverIrvington.com to include links to the organizations as well as the volunteer opportunities that are available. In the meantime, see the following information about the nonprofit organizations that participated and feel free to contact them for more information. The Benton House: This historic Irvington home — built in 1873 in the Second Empire architectural style — is maintained through the volunteer support of The Benton House Association, under the administration of Irvington Historic Landmarks Foundation. Volunteer opportunities include helping with the annual book sale and home tour. www.facebook.com/thebentonhouse Friends of Ellenberger Park: Master landscape architect and urban planner George Edward Kessler designed this park in 1909, with the intent to maintain the land’s mature trees and natural paths. This organization is dedicated to promoting and enhancing the park as a resource for its surrounding communities through effective advocacy, stewardship, and fund development. Volunteer opportunities include beautifying or monitoring the park or lending a hand in coordinating special events. www.facebook.com/friendsofellenbergerpark Friends of Irving Circle: This charming park on Audubon Road, with a fountain, mature trees, and a bust of Washington Irving, was once part of the Butler College campus in Irvington. These days, Friends of Irving Circle maintain the park and host summer concerts. Volunteer opportunities include park beautification and cleanup, and assisting with summer concerts and Irvington Luminaria. www.facebook.com/irvingcirclepark Historic Irvington Community Council: This organization’s mission is to have a positive, lasting impact on the quality of life in Irvington. Irvington Development Organization: IDO works for the benefit of Irvington by cultivating positive business development, promoting the unique character of our neighborhood, and enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors. Volunteer opportunities include grant writing, communications, and staffing the IDO booth at events. www.facebook.com/irvingtondevelopment and @IrvDevOrg Irvington Garden Club: Founded in 1999 is a group of community minded, garden-loving neighbors from Irvington (and beyond). IGC is one of many clubs in the central district of The Garden Club of Indiana. The organization hosts Irvington Farms Market and Irvington Garden Tour. Members maintain the grounds of the Benton House and Kile Oak. Volunteer opportunities include beautification and garden cleanup, and helping with the farmers market and garden tour. www.facebook.com/irvingtongardenclub1999 Irvington Historical Society: Irvington is one of the few Indianapolis neighborhoods with its own history museum, to the credit of Irvington Historical Society. This organization promotes and furthers the artistic traditions, heritage, legacy, and artists — past and present — of the greater Irvington and Central Indiana community. Volunteer opportunities include helping with events and more. On Facebook at...

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June Neighbor Spotlight: School 57 Learning Garden

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in East Side Indy, Irvington News | 0 comments

By Cheryl Hizer George W Julian Elementary School 57, located at Ritter and Washington Street, was awarded a Learning Garden in April of this year. Installation took place on Tuesday, May 16. Students visited their new gardens by grade level immediately following installation, and with the help of The Kitchen Community educators, teachers, and family helpers, students planted crops of cilantro, beans, peas, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, and others. Students as young as kindergarten were instructed on the appropriate way to plant each seed and the best way to care for their new garden, and EVERYONE’S hands got dirty!   THE LEARNING GARDEN Starting with a staff of five in Boulder, Colorado in 2011, The Kitchen Community has installed over 300 Learning Gardens in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Memphis, Pittsburgh, and Indianapolis. Each installation includes trained educators, three raised beds, seating, shade, art, curriculum, seeds, soil, and necessary tools for maintaining the plants. CEO Kimbal Musk “co-founded The Kitchen Community in order to create a replicable, scalable school garden solution.” Schools and community centers that receive Learning Gardens also benefit from continued support from a team of educators and replenished seeds each growing season. GIVING CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE This amazing opportunity for our community materialized due to a curious parent and plain old-fashioned teamwork. Tara Elder discovered School 57 in some of her inquiries regarding area schools for her own children. Irvington families shared their love for this hidden gem with lots of history. After some discussion with Principal Ms. Campbell (thanks to an introduction through Brandon Randall, Parent Involvement Educator) Tara and other families toured the school and were blown away by the charm of the school’s wooden floors, ample staff and resources, exquisite library, newer construction, and small class sizes. In the interest of adding project-based learning to the culture, Tara found The Learning Garden in her explorations. She took her idea to Ms. Campbell, who embraced it. They worked together with Mr. Randall to write and submit the grant in March. THEY NEED ALL OF US Now that the Learning Gardens are planted, the work has just begun! Because the students are home for summer break, they must rely on volunteers to water the three raised flower beds. Besides feeling good about helping, you can also pick your fair share of ripe produce on your day! If you haven’t already added your name, please visit the sign-up and consider filling at least one slot! If you have a talent or skill that you would be interested in sharing with middle school students in a club before or after school, please email Ms.Campbell atcampbelc@myips.org. All grades need athletic coaches. Please reach out to campbelc@myips.org if you would be able to share your coaching experience. If The Learning Garden sounds like an ideal fit for your own underserved school or community center, submit your application...

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Experience Irvington’s Gardens in June

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in East Side Indy, Events, Irvington News | 0 comments

By Ed Myers, President, Irvington Garden Club Throughout the past 16 years, those attending the garden club’s annual garden tours have had the opportunity to walk shaded paths, witness the flashing shadows of overhead branches on the ground and maybe, if one was nearby, sit on a garden bench. Others have felt the cooling effect of a fountain or gazed into plant-filled pond and wondered why the koi fish within have grown so big while theirs had not. Walk slowly, as you visit the eight gardens on this year’s Irvington Garden Tour, so as not to disturb a monarch butterfly, delight in the pleasing color combinations of flower pots on a patio, and stop to smell the honey perfume fragrance of a nearby rose. This year’s tour is scheduled for Sunday, June 25, 1-5 p.m.Still only $10 dollars (children under 14 are admitted free of charge), tickets for the tour may be purchased the day of the tour at the Benton House Historic Garden, 312 South Downey...

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Discover the Best of Irvington

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in East Side Indy, Irvington News, Neighborhoods | 0 comments

Quick reminders: In case you missed previous announcements, here are the details for two upcoming events. IRVINGTON FARMERS MARKET Sunday, the beloved Irvington Farmers Market, brought to you by Irvington Garden Club, has resumed its summer schedule of the second Sunday of the month, noon to 3 p.m. in Ellenberger Park. The next market will be July 9. DISCOVER IRVINGTON And Discover Irvington, our chance to celebrate and share all that’s wonderful about our neighborhood in warm weather, is Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., sponsored by Irvington Business Association. Mayor Joe Hogsett will attend at 11:45 a.m. to throw out the first ball for the Black Acre Dunk Tank (no, it isn’t filled with beer), which features Irvington’s celebrities and notorious characters. The merchants will have sidewalk sales, and the community’s not-for-profits will provide activities for the children. Free bicycle cabs, courtesy of Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza, Maximum Grow Gardening, and Audrey’s Place will be available to ferry attendees to the outer reaches of the neighborhood and haul all their purchases back. And you can compete in a scavenger...

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