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REDUCING RESPONSE TIMES New active shooter technology to be beta tested in Lawrence Township schools /P8

Riverview CEO gives State of Health /P3

Cathedral grad writes novel /P5

Mt. Vernon soccer team recognized /P6

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Riverview Health keeps growing By Mark Ambrogi mark@youarecurrent.com Riverview Health continues to expand its reach. President/ STATE OF HEALTH CEO Seth Warren gave the State of Health presentation Nov. 20 at Ivy Tech’s Noblesville campus. Warren reminded the audience that as a county hospital, Riverview Health is owned by Hamilton County and is an independent hospital network. “For the last 110 years, we’ve been able to serve Hamilton County and grow with Hamilton County,” Warren said. “Taxpayers do not support us. We are independent financially. The county commissioners provide oversight.” In addition to its Noblesville hospital, Riverview Health opened its second hospital in Westfield a year ago. “We’re excited to be in Westfield as Westfield continues to grow,” he said.  There is an urgent care component along with emergency room service. “Some people don’t know what they need, so you don’t have to figure that out,” Warren said. “There are emergency room nurses. We have all the capabilities.” A Riverview Health Emergency

Riverview Health President/CEO Seth Warren gave the State of Health presentation Nov. 20. (Photo by Mark Ambrogi)

Room and Urgent Care opened in November at 9690 E. 116th St. “We are in the process of opening up three additional locations,” Warren said. One will be at 14585 Hazel Dell Pkwy. in Carmel in April 2020. Another will open in the West Carmel/Zionsville market at 10830 Michigan Rd., Zionsville. “We just broke ground on that, so we are looking for early fall (2020) to open up,” Warren said. “We are looking at opening up a free-standing operation in the Nora area to serve south Hamilton County. We are really

expanding our footprint.” Warren said Riverview Health continues to add new services in Noblesville as well. Riverview recently opened the Courtney Cox Cole Infusion Center in Noblesville. It is named for Cole, a former Noblesville High School basketball and golf standout and former owner of Hare Chevrolet. Cole died of nonsmokers lung cancer Sept. 22 at age 48. Warren said Cole’s parents, Dave and Jacqueline Cox, and her sister, Monica Peck, and her husband Darren, as well as Courtney Cox Cole herself, made a large donation. A video was played detailing the reasons for the center. Cox was treated at Riverview and loved the Riverview staff but noted that the center was crowded and had no windows. Cole and her family wanted a brighter, more upbeat atmosphere for cancer patients undergoing treatment at the Noblesville hospital. Donations are still being collected by the Riverview Health Foundation. Warren said donations have been received from acroos the nation because of the people Cole touched. “We do more than 10,000 infusions a year in that space,” Warren said. “It is triple the space of our previous infusion center.”

DISPATCHES Best holiday lights – Current is planning to feature some of the best residential holiday light displays in Geist. Send suggestions to anna@youarecurrent.com. FCFCU names new director of application development – Financial Center First Credit Union has named James Norton as the new director of application development. Norton has been an employee of Financial Center since 2018, serving as senior application developer.

Aktion Club looking for members – The Aktion Club of Lawrence began earlier this year and is currently seeking new members. The Aktion Club is the only service club for adults with disabilities in the Lawrence area, and is part of Kiwanis International’s family of Service Leadership Programs. For those interesting in joining or learning more, email Dave Humes at davehumes@comcast.net.

FCFCU announces Money Matters program – Financial Center First Credit Union recently announced the launch of the Financial Center Money Matters program, a new personal finance education program for high school students. FCFCU is collaborating with education technology company, EVERFI, Inc., to launch the financial education initiative in 10 local schools, including Lawrence North and Lawrence Central.


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Cathedral grad writes novel By Anna Skinner anna@youarecurrent.com

bination of different baseball events. It’s mainly about a former player who is not in the game anymore, but he’s Cathedral High School 1970 gradustill young. He meets a young player ate Alex Murphy recently wrote a nov- who is talented and he decides to el and used it as nurture him and help him play AUTHOR an opportunity in the big leagues,” Murphy to honor his said. “The young boy has an deceased classmates. older sister and (a relationsThe book, “The Lost Innings ship) fires up there. – A Baseball Redemption” “When I realized that there names some characters in were 36 members of my class honor of 36 of Murphy’s classwho were no longer with us, Murphy mates who have died. I wanted to remember them “You need a lot of names in these in a respectful and hopeful manner. things, and I found a list of deceased We had a very dynamic class that has high school classmates, and so those made contributions of all types over names and Army names from my the years to the Cathedral family. I Army days are used in the book,” said chose to reference some well-known Murphy, a Geist resident. names in a story about second chancMurphy is a retired teacher and es and redemption.” lawyer who served as a JAG attorney “The Lost Innings – A Baseball in the U.S. Army. He played baseball Redemption” is $3.99 on Kindle and recreationally as a child. $14.95 in paperback. It is available at “(The book) is fictional. It’s a comamazon.com.

DISPATCHES Arts for Lawrence brick campaign – Residents can support local arts by purchasing a brick for $100. The brick will be placed in Arts for Lawrence’s new Cultural Campus. Those who purchase the brick will receive three lines of text for commemoration and a miniature replica keepsake brick. To purchase a brick, call Arts for Lawrence at 317-875-1900. Lawrence Kiwanis Club meetings – Lawrence Kiwanis meets from 7 to 8 a.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Fort Benjamin Har-

rison YMCA, 5736 Lee Rd. The group’s focus is the Lawrence community and children. The club works with the elementary, middle and high school students and participate in most community events. The public is invited to attend a meeting. Lawrence Exchange Club – For those looking to get involved in the Lawrence and Geist community, join the Lawrence Exchange Club. The club meets from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of the month at the VFW, 10550 Pendleton Pike.

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Autonomous vehicle HQ motors to Fishers news@currentinfishers.com PerceptIn, a California company specializing in auTECHNOLOGY tonomous driving technology, plans to relocate its headquarters to Fishers. Its global headquarters are in California, but the company plans to change that with the announcement of an autonomous vehicle pilot program that could create up to 50 high-wage jobs in Fishers by 2022. PerceptIn plans to establish its headquarters at the Indiana IoT Lab, 9059 Technology Lane, early next year. “When we launched the Indiana IoT Lab in 2017, a company like PerceptIn is exactly who we had in mind to propel our city even further as a leading city for tech,” Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness stated. “Fishers is a city made for entrepreneurs, and today we are happy to support the future of transportation technology through this pilot program and in support of our newest Fishers company, PerceptIn.”

PerceptIn’s pilot program is centered on transporting passengers from Launch Fishers, 12175 Visionary Way, and the IoT Lab to the heart of downtown, a little more than a halfmile drive. The autonomous vehicles will travel a fixed route and transport passengers daily from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for short trips, such as to a restaurant or meeting. The driverless vehicles can carry eight passengers at one time. Vehicles do not exceed 20 mph and are monitored by technology ambassadors to ensure safety. Routes will be expanded pending the results of the pilot program. In order to launch its pilot program, PerceptIn is working with the city and Energy Systems Network, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership’s energy and transportation technology initiative, and local leaders and stakeholders. The pilot program is expected to launch next year after the company moves to Fishers. “We’re extremely excited to relocate our headquarters to Indiana,” PerceptIn

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CEO Shaoshan Liu stated. “Indiana’s commitment to growing and enhancing its technology sector, along with its business-friendly environment and collaborative industry partnerships, is why we chose to locate here. Additionally, we look forward to deploying our autonomous micro-transit services in Fishers, and increasing our presence

throughout the state, setting an example for the rest of the nation on utilizing advanced technologies to improve public transportation systems.” The Indiana Economic Development Corp. offered the company up to $3.5plus million in conditional tax credits, dependent on the company’s job creation plans.

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By Sadie Hunter sadie@youarecurrent.com In only two years, a small group of Hamilton County women has raised more than PHILANTHROPY $40,000. Wrapping up 2019 with its final quarterly meeting of the year Nov. 13, the Hamilton County chapter of 100+ Women Who Care presented a $9,400 check to its most recent beneficiary, the Fishers Youth Assistance Program. “This organization is for women with a desire to impact the community but are constrained by time,” said Dana Randall, who co-founded the Hamilton County chapter with Carolyn Deines and Mary Beth Woehrle. “It provides a simple way to make a collective impact much greater than what one individual can do alone. (It) provides a way to impact multiple nonprofits throughout the year, each meeting a different (need).” Since its founding in August 2017, the

100+ Women Who Care of Hamilton County members display $100 checks for local nonprofits. (Submitted photo)

chapter has granted exactly $40,650 to Hamilton County-based service organizations, including Family Promise, Meals on Wheels, Prevail and Shepherd’s Center. Beneficiaries are chosen after members nominate a local charity. Three nominations are randomly drawn, and the nominating members then make a five-minute presentation about their nonprofit. One charity is selected by member votes and is awarded the collective donation. For more, visit 100womenwhocarehamiltoncounty.com.

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Bodyworn by Utility CEO Ted Davis displays the active shooter technology. (Submitted photos)

From left, Bodyworn by Utility CEO Ted Davis, MSDLT Supt. Shawn Smith, Lawrence Mayor Steve Collier and Lawrence Police Chief David Hofmann.

REDUCING RESPONSE TIMES New active shooter technology to be beta-tested in Lawrence Township schools By Anna Skinner anna@youarecurrent.com The City of Lawrence, the Metropolitan School COVER STORY District of Lawrence Township and Bodyworn by Utility, Inc. recently announced a collaboration to employ Bodyworn by Utility’s Active Shooter Response Technology in Lawrence Township schools, free of charge. MSDLT is the first school system in the nation to install the technology. ASRT detects gunshots in real-time, thereby reducing response time during active-shooter situations. ASRT sensors distinguish gunshots from other loud noises. Lawrence Mayor Steve Collier said the collaboration came about after Lawrence Police Dept. officers began using Bodyworn’s body cameras. Bodyworn stores camera footage in the cloud, which reduces storage cost and keeps camera expenses low, Collier said. “They brought the technology to the City of Lawrence, and we sat

through a pretty impressive presentation and quickly made the decision to bring Bodyworn cameras to our police department,” Collier said. “We then became the poster child, so to speak, and they are now the No. 2 body camera provider to police departments across the nation.” After its succesful body camera launch, Bodyworn began to study how to reduce response times to active shooters in school systems. “One of the problems was an active-shooter response average is about 18 minutes, which is incredibly slow,” Collier said. “The reason for that is, the shooter would go in and fire a gun and everybody in the building begins to try to get ahold of 911 dispatch. There isn’t a clear path about where the shooter is at. This technology actually hears the gunshot through an ultrasonic wave, a sound we can’t hear, and it has a very short burst, and within 100 percent accuracy, this technology can detect when a gunshot has gone off. Not only that, but also where the shot was fired.” Bodyworn by Utility CEO Ted Davis

said gunshot detection has been problematic for 27 years. “(Gunshot detection) technology has a lot of false-positives, and you can’t have a system if there are false-positives. It’s worthless,” he said. “We are trying to solve the problem of a shooting in the school by providing a response time that’s not 18 minutes, but it’s within two or three or four minutes. This gets installed in hallways and classrooms.” ASRT plugs into an outlet and has a 100-yard range. When a gunshot is detected, an alert goes to every classroom that is equipped with ASRT. Because all LPD officers use Bodyworn cameras, they are alerted, too. If a gun fires, the nearest police officers, command staff, school administrators and other designated personnel receive immediate notification and are alerted to the exact location. ASRT also can provide information on weapon type and whether the shooter is mobile, among other instant data. MSDLT Supt. Shawn Smith said student safety is the top priority.

“It is certainly an honor to be a part of something that is going to be innovative and certainly protect our children and our community at the highest level,” Smith said. For more, visit bodyworn.com.

INSTALLING THE TECHNOLOGY ASRT will be beta-tested at Lawrence Central and Lawrence North high schools beginning next month and will likely be installed in all district schools after the first quarter of 2020. Bodyworn is providing the techology at no cost to the schools. “The city is a fortunate provider of the technology through the schools, and it’s Bodyworn’s way of saying thanks for taking a risk on them,” Collier said. Schools do have to ensure school resource officers have a Bodyworn body camera if they are not LPD employees. The vest technology is $400 to $500.


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Commentary by Terry Anker Early 20th-century U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. wrote, “But when men have realized that time has upset many fighting faiths, they may come to believe even more than they believe the very foundations of their own conduct that the ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas – that the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market, and that truth is the only ground upon which their wishes safely can be carried out.” Holmes was responsible for a doctrine used by our nation’s high court to restrict First Amendment claims to free assembly, speech or press, known widely through one line of his opinion, “clear and present danger.” Later, an important lower court jurist, Learned Hand, supported the notion, adding that restrictions on these American freedoms could only come to prevent “imminent lawless action.” It was a different time. Socialism, especially the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, i.e., the Nazis, was then known to be a verified threat to freedom. Still, jurists were slow to restrict the exchange of ideas, even vastly unpopular ones. The minority voice had to be protected, if only so a debate could be preserved. How often did the majority prove, in the long run, to be on the enlightened path? Is it any different now? Terry Anker is an associate editor of Current Publishing, LLC. You may email him at terry@ youarecurrent.com.

Hitting the Hamiltonian lottery Commentary by Danielle Wilson Friends, I won the lottery! Not that lottery. You think I’d still be writing this column if HUMOR I were a newly minted millionaire? Puh-lease. Maybe I’d pen one final commentary at 36,000 feet aboard my new Gulf Stream en route to Davos, but that’d be it. So long, suckers! No, I won two $10 tickets to “Hamilton” in Chicago! I know! I’ve seen the musical before but have been wanting to take my youngest daughter, Maddie. I thought we’d go to the touring one here in Indianapolis this month, but the tickets start at $175, and that’s for a weekday matinee with a “limited view,” i.e., “behind a giant pole.” Which makes absolutely no sense to me. It’s not the original cast, it’s not Broadway and it’s been out for almost five years. I just couldn’t stomach shelling out that much dough for a show, even one as fantastic as “Hamilton.” Then, I discovered the lottery. I installed the “Hamilton” app, signed

up for email notifications and have literally been entering daily since 2017. Chicago, Madison, Wis., Milwaukee, Louisville. If I could drive there in a reasonable amount of time, I threw my tricorne hat into the ring. Because that’s the thing. If you win, you’re given only four hours to accept the tickets for a next-day production. Yowsers. When a “Congratulations” popped up in my inbox, I nearly wet my pants. After all this time, it was happening! So, for 20 bucks, Maddie and I were able to see “Hamilton” in Chicago. Our seats weren’t perfect (we were under a substantial can-only-glimpse-feetif-they-sing-from-the-second-storyof-the-set overhang), but definitely worth it. I can’t believe I won the lottery! Peace out.

Danielle Wilson is a contributing columnist. You may email her at info@youarecurrent.com.

Editor, Regarding Christina Downey’s comments, what gives her the right to call anybody names? I wish people would repeat all of President Trump’s remarks. Telling someone to go back to their country, fix their problems, then come back and tell us how you did it. Can you imagine what would have happened to all of us “racists” had we taken Obama’s statements out of context. I don’t like being called a racist, and to be honest, it’s getting tiring. It’s beginning to just be another word we shrug off because it has been used so much. Just look at the accomplishments (Trump) has made. Obama divided America, and Trump is trying to restore it. Unemployment is down, the economy is growing. I would say that anyone who votes for the other side is a socialist and agrees with the Antifa group. We are no more racist than you are, and after reading her article, she is more so. I’m surprised at Current as well. So, this “racist” is voting for Trump in 2020. Deal with it.  Carol Powell, Noblesville

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different approach. Irwin, my new physical therapist, instructed me to stand like I normally do when I talk to someone. He said he prefers to observe his subjects in their natural setting. This sounded a lot like Jane Goodall justifying her first expense report. I don’t know about you, but my extremities pretty much fall into place on their own when I’m chatting with someone. I don’t think about where to put my right leg, how to hold my head or how to position each arm. I just start yacking away, although I do try not to put my foot in my mouth. When I got myself into my normal stance, the therapist shook his head. “You lean too far to the left,” he said, which is exactly what WIBC said to me in l995 when they fired me from my talk show. On the massage table, Irwin rotated my head and neck to assess my range of motion. “I don’t think your spine has a good relationship with your legs,” he

commented. He was probably right. I was sure that through the years there had been very little conversation between the two. I would have overheard it. To improve my posture, he suggested walking with my arms at my sides, with the palms facing forward, opened wide and turned skyward. I tried this while I was strolling downtown later that day. It felt odd, except I did score some loose change from sympathetic pedestrians. Irwin told me to imagine there is a string running up my spine and through my head to the ceiling when I walk. My next appointment is with a neurologist. Not for my spine, but because I walked headfirst into a wall.

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Bays, Schaab identify with ‘Elf’ roles at Civic By Mark Ambrogi mark@youarecurrent.com For Matt Bays, his role could be considered a slight bit of typecasting. PERFORMANCE Bays relates to his character Buddy in “Elf The Musical.” “He’s a happy-go-lucky person and so am I,” Bays said Bays plays Buddy in Civic Theatre’s production of “Elf The Musical,” which runs from Dec. 6 to Dec. 28 at The Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. The story centers on a young orphan, who accidentally climbs into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole, where he is raised as an elf by Santa’s elves. “I thought maybe I was too old for the part, but it worked out,” said Bays, a 49-year-old Westfield resident. Bays said he was familiar with the 2003 movie starring Will Ferrell as Buddy but had never seen the 2010 Broadway musical, which was inspired by the movie. “It’s one of our staples I watch every year with my two daughters,” Bays said of the movie. “Buddy is spontaneous. He’s loving and he’s a little naive, a trusting individual.” The show is Bays’ second with Civic. He was in “Anything Goes” in 2018. Bays did not do musical theater for 25 years because he was doing other music in church. Noblesville resident Emily Schaab sees a bit of herself in her character of Jovie. “I find the character true to who I am a little bit,” Schaab said. “She’s a little sarcastic and a little sassy. It’s been a lot of fun.” Schaab said the music is fun and

From left, Nate Schlabach, Ben Boyce, Matt Bays and Emily Schaab appear in “Elf The Musical.” (Photo by Mark Ambrogi)

heart-warming. “Jovie has one song by herself, and I sing throughout the show with Buddy and the ensemble,” Schaab said. The show is Schaab’s third with Civic in 2019 and her first lead Civic role. She previously was in “Newsies” and “Mamma Mia!” “We’re having a blast. That’s something that’s been the case at all three shows I’ve done at Civic,” Schaab said. “It’s always a good environment.” Clay Middle School eighth-grader Ben Boyce, who plays Michael Hobbs, said this is his biggest role in a Civic Theatre main stage show. “I like the role because I’m able to develop my character,” Boyce said. “It’s a very fun role to play. I love the movie ‘Elf,’ so it was fun to bring the role to the stage.” Boyce said he watched some musical versions to help better develop his character.

“I have to speak with a New York accent, so developing that is a little hard,” Boyce said. Boyce appeared as Dill Harris in “To Kill a Mockingbird” earlier this year on the main stage. He was in Jr. Civic’s productions of “James and the Giant Peach” in 2018 and “Shrek The Musical” in 2019. He had to learn a Southern accent for Dill and a British accent for James. Bishop Chatard High School senior Nate Schlabach, a Fishers resident, plays Charlie, an elf. “I also get to be part of the ensemble and take part in a few of the crazy, fun dance numbers,” Schlabach said. “I always loved the movie. It’s fun to do a high-pitched elf voice. It comes pretty natural to do that voice, but it’s something I never tried on stage before.” He also was in “Newsies” and “Mamma Mia!” For more, visit civictheatre.org.

Arts Council presents concert editorial@youarecurrent.com The Fishers Arts Council and the Fishers Community Chorus will offer a free public celebration of the visual and performing arts at The Art Gallery at City Hall from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 13. A reception with light hors d’oeuvres will be offered from 6 to 7:15 p.m. followed by the concert at 7:15 p.m. There are two art exhibits. The first, “Winter Wonderland,” runs from Dec. 4 to Dec. 28 and includes artwork reflective of the winter season. Featured artists are Margot Bogue, Krista Darrow, Jacque Hammonds, Angie Jones, Antonio Menendez, Trudy Rister, Brenda Stewart, Marie Williams and Angee Walberry. The second exhibit opens the Arts Council’s new Alcove Gallery and features serigraphs by David O’Dell. It opened Nov. 1 and runs through the end of the year.

Noblesville — An inventive adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” will run through Dec. 15 at The Belfry Theatre. For more, visit thebelfrytheatre.com. Fishers — A Winter Wonderland, featuring ice carving demonstrations, carriage rides and kids’ activities, is set from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Carmel — Brett Wiscons and Sarah Grain & the Billions of Stars will perform at 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Studio Theater at the Center for the Performing Arts. Carmel — The Indiana Wind Symphony will perform two Dec. 8 concerts, “Fun with Santa and Mrs. Claus,” at 3 p.m., and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” at 6:30 p.m. at the Palladium.


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Park takes on challenge By Mark Ambrogi mark@youarecurrent.com Stephenie Soohyun Park is returning to Indiana Repertory Theatre’s “A Christmas Carol,” but her PLAY assignment is a bit more difficult. Park made her IRT debut in “A Christmas Carol” as Christmas Past and she is now playing the roles of Belle, Lady of Charity, Prudence and Laundress. “I’ve always thought Belle was a difficult role because her story is so fast. In 10 minutes of stage time, she falls in love, has her heart broken and finds happiness with someone new,” Park said. “I love the challenge, though.” The traditional holiday show began Nov. 16 and runs through Dec. 26. When she was 9 years old, Park played Belinda Cratchit in a community theater production of the show. Park, who grew up in the Chicago

Stephenie Soohyun Park as Belle in IRT’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” (Photo by Zach Rosing)

suburbs, moved to Indianapolis with her husband and two sons 1 1/2 years ago. Park has had some small roles in TV shows and films. Among the shows she has appeared in are “Chicago Med,” “Boss,” “Chicago Fire,” “Empire” and “Patriot.” One of her favorite roles was originating the part of Lauren Yee, the real-world playwright and lead female character in “King of the Yees,” at Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, Calif.

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Cantus has a unique approach to creating music. The Minneapolis-based MUSIC men’s vocal ensemble doesn’t have a music director, so the eight singers share responsibilities. “We are the only full-time ensemble in the world, I believe, that is artist-led,” baritone David Geist said. “Every show you see is an equal combination of all the work we put together. When we are programming shows, we bring the theme and the concept. “Oftentimes, we’ll have a big whiteboard with 100 songs, and we narrow it down to 20 for a performance. We are very collaborative.” Cantus will present “Three Tales of Christmas” at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. In “Three Tales of Christmas,” the group combines familiar carols, new

Cantus, a men’s vocal ensemble, will perform “Three Tales of Christmas” Dec. 7 at the Palladium. (Submitted photo)

twists on holiday classics and narrated passages from classic holiday tales such as “A Christmas Carol,” “Gift of the Magi” and “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Geist said the group usually does 35 to 40 shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and another 30 to 40 on the road. For more, visit thecenterpresents. org.


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As an Indiana native, Mike always enjoys a meal at a local restaurant and showing people what the Indy area has to offer. You may find him drinking at local coffee shops, eating brunch in Fishers, shopping and having dinner in Carmel or at the latest concerts. For more, visit @wheresmikeg on Instagram.

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Indiana Repertory Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol” will feature additional carols and all-new costumes for the first time in more than 20 years.

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Beef & Boards presents its 25th production of the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, based on the Charles Dickens’ novel. Cost: $28 to $38

“A Christmas Story,” Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Indianapolis

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“Elf The Musical,” the Tarkington, Center for the Performing Arts, Carmel

Cost: $32 to $55

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“An Evening with Rita Moreno.” the Palladium, Center for the Performing Arts

8 p.m. Dec. 6

Singer/actress Rita Moreno, who has won two Emmy awards, an Oscar, a Tony Award and a Grammy, will likely sing selections from The Great American Songbook. Cost: $48 to $95

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The story centers on Buddy, a young orphan, who climbs into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole and raised as an elf.

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Addie Taylor, left, and Caitlin Skinner rehearse for Mud Creek Players’ “A Doublewide, Texas Christmas.” (Photo by Erin Keller)

“A Doublewide, Texas Christmas,” 8 p.m. Dec. 6-7, 2:30 Mud Creek Players, Mud Creek p.m. Dec. 8 Theater, Lawrence It’s Christmastime in a new and tiny town in Texas, and trailer park residents are dealing with the stress of the holiday season in this outrageous comedy. Cost: $13 to $15

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Jazz At Lincoln Center: Orchestra 7:30 p.m. with Wynton Marsalis, the Palladium, Dec. 3 Center for the Performing Arts Led by jazz master Wynton Marsalis, the ensemble marks the season with “Big Band Holidays” with soulful versions of classics like “Jingle Bells” and “Joy to the World.” Cost: $15 to $125

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Brief history of Australia’s famous Bondi Beach Commentary by Don Knebel Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, is one of the world’s most popular beaches. It is particularly popular with visitors from the Northern Hemisphere, who can celebrate Christmas at the TRAVEL beach. Bondi Beach is 4 miles east of the CBD, Sydney’s Central Business District. The word “Bondi” (pronounced bondie) is derived from an Aboriginal word having the same meaning as “surf” in English. In the mid-19th century, the property that included the beach was part of the private “Bondi Estate.” For a time, the owners allowed the public to access the beach, which was famous for the size of its waves. When the owners threatened to block access to the beach, the Municipal Council made it public in 1882. By the 20th century, up to 60,000 people a day were coming to the beach. On Feb. 6, 1938, known as “Black Sunday,” five beachgoers were killed and more than 250 injured when a series of large waves pulled people into the water. Bondi Beach has been the site of efforts to control decency in swimwear for both men and women. In 1935, the local government passed an ordinance regulating the amount of skin that could be shown, leading to American actress Jean Parker being es-

corted off Bondi Beach in 1951 because her bikini was too revealing. The ordinance was repealed in 1961 and topless bathing became popular. On Sept. 26, 2007, 1,010 women wearing tiny bikinis assembled on Bondi Beach. The resulting photograph, published in Cosmopolitan in 2008, established the Guinness record for the largest swimsuit photoshoot. Today, Bondi Beach attracts about 2.5 million visitors a year, many of whom take advantage of the fashionable cafes along the Campbell Parade

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