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CARMEL CLAY PUBLIC LIBRARY CELEBRATES A CENTURY OF EXCELLENCE

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| Janelle Morrison Gone are the days of the wood crafted card catalogs, but the Dewey Decimal System lives on. The Carmel Clay Public Library has undergone several changes and expansions over the last century. It continues to evolve itself in the new millennium while maintaining its core purposes. The original library was cofounded in 1904 by Luther Haines. Haines was a teacher at the Town’s all-grades school. He, with the support of the Wednesday Literary Club, received approval from the county judge to charter the first public library in Carmel. The Wednesday Literary Club was a group comparable to a book club today. These were local women who met regularly to read and discuss literature and homemaking skills. The first Reading Room of the Town’s library was housed in the front room of the telephone exchange, and Miss Mabel Wells was named the first librarian in 1904. The library’s board of trustees submitted a grant request to the Carnegie Corporation for an official library building in 1911. Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish-born American industrialist who led the expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century, established the Carnegie Corporation. He was one of the most important philanthropists of his era. The library’s request was granted and increased by Carnegie from $9,000 to $11,000 to ensure a strong beginning to the area’s first library. The library building, located at 40 E. Main St., was completed and opened to the public on June 6, 1914. The library served in many capacities throughout the following decades. During the Great Depression, the library was a source of recreation to many individuals who had fallen into hard times or unemployment. People would come to the library to study other skill sets and trades to improve their current situations. Many

found the library as a temporary escape and would read for hours on end as an outlet from those difficult times. According to the library’s records, the number of its users increased 40 percent from 1931 to 1933. In the postwar era, the library recognized the importance of educating the local youth. Materials and resources were made available to children and young adults. Once again, the library became a source of education and recreation now targeted towards the young people of the community. The library’s book collection and services continued to expand, and the notion that the library would eventually run out of space came to reality in the late 1960s. A special board meeting was called in late 1969 to begin planning for the inevitable construction of a new building. Bearing a new name and location at 515 E. Main St., the Carmel Public Library opened August 28, 1972. A little over 21,000 books were relocated to the new 15,000 square foot building by a group of local volunteers dubbed “The Book Brigade.” With the stability and popularity of the World Wide Web, the library purchased an online catalog in 1986, and the card catalog system became antiquated. The library expanded on its site to 34,000 square feet and underwent another name change. The Carmel Clay Public Library began serving Carmel and Clay Township. The City of Carmel’s fast growing population forced the board to once again strategize the construction of a new building and location as the library had outgrown the site it was built on. The Carmel Clay Public Library opened its doors on May 2, 1999, at its current location at 55 4th Ave. SE. It boasts 116,000 square feet and has shelving space for 300,000 books, 46,000 audiovisual items and 665 periodicals.

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Enduring the changes over the last 33 years, Wendy Phillips came to the library in 1980 and serves as the current Director. She spoke about the evolution of the library, the challenges that the institution faced in the onset of modern technology and the planning for future generations. “We built for the future,” Phillips explained. “We built for what was considered then to be a build out population for Carmel of 85,000. It is a legacy building. It’s there for the long haul.” The technology of the building was designed and installed with the expectation of advancement in equipment and new processes. “We’ve added Wi-Fi and have gone from a handful of computers to hundreds,” Phillips said. “People also have their own laptops that they can bring in and use our wireless services. We decided we needed to do some repurposing of our interior space, so in 2009-2010, we created new spaces within the building. For example, a book club room was created for a more intimate setting for a book club discussion. We downsized our technical services department as processes changed, so we created flexible space that we use for several purposes.” The board introduced a five-year strategic plan of which they are halfway through. The board members and library staff have established many services that are relevant to today’s students, individuals and businesses members of the community. Programs focused on early childhood literacy, summer reading programs and individual study rooms are just a few of the litany of resources that are available at the library.

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“We’ve always embraced technology and welcomed it,” Phillips concluded. “We have access to eBooks for any type of eReader. Our eBooks circulation has skyrocketed, and downloadable audio books are accessible 24/7. We are open 70 hours a week, 7 days a week, but you have access to our online databases 24/7. It is really an extraordinary resource for the community. I think that people would be surprised at what they can access at our library. We have many reading programs, and children are one of the major focuses. We’re also taking programs on the road at the Monon Community Center and Pilgrim Lutheran Church, so the children’s staff is kept quite busy.” Looking into 2014, the Carmel Clay Public Library, the Library Foundation and Friends of the Library are planning a centennial celebration of the Carnegie building. Special events and activities are planned throughout 2014 and will end with a grand finale celebration in June. The Foundation will introduce the Centennial Society Campaign which will act to secure the future of the Library. The Campaign has set a goal to raise $200,000 for the library. Carmel residents Jim and Joyce Winner have pledged to match contributions made up to $100,000. A notable event that the Foundation will host is a Downton Abbey Evening Wednesday, January 29 at the Palladium. The event will feature Jessica Fellowes, #1 Bestselling Author and niece of Lord Julian Fellowes, creator of the Downton Abbey television series. VIP guests will enjoy a reception at 5:30 pm with Jessica Fellowes. The reception will also feature complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages, a VIP favor, live music and VIP seating for the presentation. Ms. Fellowes’ presentation will begin at 7:30 pm. Premium seats are

available for $35 each, while general admission seating is $25. Tickets can be purchased through the Center for the Performing Arts box office by calling 317-843-3800 or online at TheCenterPresents.org.

Centennial Society or the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation, please contact Foundation Director Ruth Nisenshal at 317-814-3905 or rnisenshal@carmel.lib.in.us. Janelle Morrison is the owner of MADD Media Solutions and a freelance writer. She specializes in PR and marketing for small businesses and individuals. She is also a Zionsville resident.

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Fun! Dancing! Laughter! | Geri Neita Perhaps not the words you’d expect to hear about anything concerning childhood cancer, but they were the words most often mentioned when I spoke to people about the Riley Cancer Center Prom. For a brief moment each year, 100-150 young cancer patients and their families are able to come together for a magical evening that transports them away from the typical hospital setting, allowing them to put aside their daily worries and concerns. When sisters-in-law Gigi and Christina Kite were approached by the Riley Foundation to start a women’s guild in 2006, it didn’t take long for them to accept the challenge. They each asked five friends to jump on board, and along with a staff member and advisor, they came up with a mission statement to serve patients and their families. And so, Women for Riley was born. The group was initially intended to be a giving circle with the understanding that today’s women are busy and have many commitments. Their purpose was to raise money for a grant program to support the local hospital. Early on, the organization provided Riley with Spanish children’s books and taxi fares to transport families to and from the hospital. They were on their way but were still looking for something more. “We were growing and had these monies, and we wondered how we could best apply them,” said Gigi, a mother who knew that the innate nurturing ability of women would help them understand a family’s needs during such a stressful and emotional time. So as the group was contemplating how to make a difference and stay true to its mission, members of the Riley Hospital staff attended a conference where they learned about Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Pediatric Prom. Social worker Stacey Downing and an associate brought the concept back to Indiana and presented it to Women for Riley. “We pitched the idea to our Cancer Center representative through the Riley Children’s Foundation, and she connected us with the fabulous Women for Riley who were hoping to take on a project helping families at this level,” said Stacey. “Working together, we have three events included in the Prom – Promingdale’s [a free shopping opportunity where patients and their siblings get outfitted for the Prom], a day spa [makeup, nails and hair styling provided at no cost to patients, siblings and caregivers] and the Prom itself. It has been a wonderful collaboration between the Women for Riley and the Cancer Center Social Work team.” JANUARY 2014

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Initially the idea was that the group could provide a little food, maybe some clothes for needy families. “Well you get a group of women together, and that evolved,” said Lee Neff, charter member and president of Women for Riley. “This group of women had the capability to be able to pull it off and do bigger things than anybody ever imagined.” The Prom committee is selected in the fall, and they are immediately off and running, collecting shoes, jewelry, purses, belts, hair accessories and formal wear in all sizes. According to Lee, the response from the community is always amazing. They thoroughly embrace the cause, giving generously in so many ways. This year, the guild is focusing on collecting boys clothes. “They have lots of dresses,” Lee said, adding that they plan to fill in certain sizes such as little girls’ since there is a greater need for larger sizes that aren’t typically donated. Then once the clothing is collected, Fabric Care Center provides the necessary dry cleaning services. Last year that totaled more than 500 items! Changing Footprints, an organization that collects shoes for underprivileged people worldwide, also contributes to the Riley Cancer Center Prom by donating dress shoes. “They don’t really need as many dress shoes for what their purposes are,” Lee said. Women for Riley also has

a relationship with Jim’s Formal Wear out of Anderson, providing tuxedos for the evening of the special event. “But lots of times, if we have them, we give the formal wear to the families,” Lee said. “They’re so appreciative.” Afterwards the clothing is often worn to weddings, family events and church events. “Some young girls have been buried in their Prom outfits,” Lee said, emphasizing how meaningful the gesture is to the children and their families. Two weeks prior to Prom, conference rooms are converted into upscale boutiques, and Promgoers are then invited to ‘shop’ at Promingdale’s for the perfect outfit! “You are assigned a family, and you get a chance to bond with them. Then when you go to the Prom and they recognize you as the person who helped them pick their dream dress or tux, it is so touching,” said Julia McCallum, event decor chairperson for 2014. “I’ve had so many kids run and hug and ask to dance,” she said. Originally Promingdale’s was only intended to cater to patients, but the very first year, it became obvious that siblings should be included too. Lee, whose son Philip was treated at Riley for a rare neurodegenerative disease, knew firsthand that when a child has a serious illness, the whole family needs a little TLC. Today the organization suits them all up – patients, siblings and parents!

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Of the Promingdale’s experience, Lee said, “These kids would come and stay for hours. They would try on all the jewelry and shoes, and they’d walk around and talk to people. Then we found that families were talking to each other and sharing their experiences with each other. We thought all we were doing was providing clothes, but we were blown away by the whole social aspect of it – families connecting with families.” The Romine family of Carmel was invited to the Riley Cancer Center Prom in 2013. And although 4-yearold Henley was fighting a battle with neuroblastoma, she “was doing fantastic at the time,” said her dad, Grant. “We knew that there was a chance she may never actually go to a real prom, so the Riley Prom was something we were excited about as a family. They do such a fantastic job of putting everything together and making it a big event – very kid-friendly and entertaining.” The Romines were unable to shop at Promingdale’s, so some of the nurses picked out four or five dresses for Henley and an outfit for her brother Cooper, knowing they would come into the clinic the following week. “That took the hassle of trying to find outfits out of the whole equation,” Grant said. “We didn’t have to worry about the little details. Everything was taken care of, so that was cool.” One of the most poignant memories for the Romines was seeing Henley and the other children just let loose and take it all in. “Even though some of the kids didn’t have hair and some of them were attached to a pole, everybody was just able to enjoy with no judgment,” Grant recalls. “It was really a special evening for all those kids because they were allowed to be themselves and enjoy the music, the fun, the atmosphere and the dancing.” Little Henley (who earned her angel wings only two months after the Prom) loved to dance, and that night, she and Cooper danced the night away. The theme was ‘Under the Sea,’ and Grant vividly remembers his children tossing and kicking beach balls on the dance floor. Henley “really thought the mermaids were cool,” he said. “It was a really

The Romine family with Henley before the Riley Prom fun evening where we were able to enjoy each other and the whole atmosphere.” “We try to look for a theme that appeals to children young and old,” Julia said. “We don’t want it to be too babyish for some of the older kids, but at the same time, we want to capture the young kids and make everybody happy with the experience.” Each year, the event takes place in Fairbanks Hall, connected to Riley Hospital where the IU Health administrative offices are located. Most of the attendees are out-patients, having received active treatment within 12 months leading up to the event, but some patients are back in the hospital for various reasons. Setting up the Prom in Fairbanks Hall allows these patients, if they feel well enough, to hop on the monorail and attend the event without ever leaving the hospital campus. JANUARY 2014

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The theme for this year’s event, to be held on May 2, is ‘Passport to Adventure.’ “We thought that a lot of these kids don’t have the chance to travel. A lot of them are at Riley Hospital and receiving phenomenal care but kind of miss out on seeing the world. So we wanted to bring the world to them,” said Julia, who has been with Women for Riley for three years. The decorating team will have 24 hours to turn the first floor of Fairbanks Hall into a wonderland that will include an African safari, Arabian Nights, a Chinese festival and Antarctica, replete with polar bears and snow. “It’s a very large space to turn around in 24 hours. It’s a lot of hard work, but it is so well worth it,” Julia said. The biggest hurdle for the decor committee, Julia said, is the budget. “We want to decorate an enormous space for as little as we can. We love to see the memories that are created with these patients and their families, and I think each year, we all try to outdo ourselves. We try so hard to add more and more elements each year because we just get so much gratification, seeing these kids’ eyes just brighten up.”

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Ranj and his father-in-law Kim Gaskill | Debra Legg . Photos | Melissa Lawson With roots in the community going back 40 years and an enthusiasm for serving Carmel that runs just as deep, Ranj Puthran’s Agency has the experience and size to ensure that Hamilton Countians are in good hands when it comes to protecting their homes, vehicles and businesses. Kim Gaskill, Ranj’s father-in-law, founded the agency in 1972. When he retired last June, Ranj merged the family agency with his own Allstate agency to form a powerhouse. Ranj says, “I have learned so much from my father-in-law

and hope to make him proud.” Ben Gaskill, Kim’s son and Ranj’s brother-in-law, also remains an integral part of the new agency. Ranj came to Carmel 13 years ago when he and his wife, Melissa, were expecting their first child. He fell in love with the community because of its hometown feel with big-city amenities, from the “rails to trails” project to the new Center for the Performing Arts. His office, at 815 W. Carmel Dr., is conveniently located too. “I used to drive 45 minutes across six highways to work. Now I make a right turn, and I’m home in five minutes,” he said. JANUARY 2014

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At his core, Ranj is a servant leader. Through his community leadership positions, he works hard to make Carmel an even greater place to live and work. He serves on the Carmel Clay Public Library Board of Trustees, and he’s past president of the Carmel Rotary. He chaired the Metro Indianapolis Board of Realtors Affiliates Division in 2013. Recently Ranj was named by the Carmel Chamber of Commerce as its “Most Valuable Volunteer” for 2013.

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Ranj values his relationships with Realtors and mortgage professionals, and he’s eager to act as a resource to them at every opportunity. “People can always come to me with questions, and I am ready to help them,” he said. He’s a resource for the community at large as well, conducting training sessions on homeowner’s insurance through a grant he provided to the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership. It seems that the Realtors value their relationship with Ranj as well because the Northside Division of Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors just named him as their “Affiliate of the Year.”

According to a recent IBJ article, Indiana property losses due to storms have climbed over the past decade. More and more highly educated professional high achievers are finding themselves pushed to high risk insurers because they were caught unaware of their insurance claims report and insurance scores. Ranj says, “Everyone should know what is on their insurance report.” Call his office at 317-844-4683 to find out yours.

He’s also volunteered with Hamilton County Meals on Wheels and Gleaners Food Bank, providing hands-on help as well as financial grants. In total, Ranj was able to secure $5,500 from Allstate’s Agency in the Community Grants Awards in 2013. In addition to time spent with numerous charitable projects, Ranj also is a stronger believer in mentoring students. His office has mentored high school kids from Hamilton Southeastern Academy of Finance and Carmel High School. This year, they even had a college graduate mentor. Mitch, one of his mentors, said, “Thank you for the wonderful Ranj receiving Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year” award from Gerry Dick and Richard Taylor

What makes Ranj’s Agency unique is his motto, “Your insurance, on your terms, on your time.” Ranj says, “Our typical client has a busy lifestyle, and we work at their convenience to serve them in their protection needs.”

Allstate is the only company that rewards you for your educational background and safe driving on your home insurance. Also, if your roof is less than six years old, you hit the trifecta of rewards. Ranj prides himself on his agency’s specialization: specific personnel work exclusively with claims, policy reviews, sales and financial services. The agency even has a drivein claims office, allowing policyholders who have been in accidents to pull into the parking lot where an adjuster will meet them and make the claims process painless and easy. “We’re large enough to be able to provide the highest level of personal service,” he said. “We’re one of the 10 largest Allstate agencies in Indiana.” The agency offers a wide variety of products that can insure policyholders from the first time they get behind the wheel and their first apartment to their dream home and planning for the golden years. That breadth, along with the combined 100 years’ experience at the agency, allows Ranj Puthran Insurance to excel at bundling policies, giving customers more value for their dollar. The agency can serve businesses as well, offering commercial as well as workplace benefits coverage. We call it small business benefits in a box – PPO dental, Disability, Accident and Life insurance. Through Allstate, the agency always is looking for ways to better meet policyholders’ needs. A recent example of that, Ranj said, is the new Drivewise program that rewards safe drivers who log low numbers of miles. A device placed in the car measures mileage and driving habits and rewards

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| Stephanie Carlson Curtis The holiday season presented a special musical moment for 63 middle school students who performed at the world’s largest instrumental music education conference. The wind symphony was invited to play a 30-minute concert at the 67th Annual Midwest Clinic in Chicago in December. “There is no invitation that is as prestigious or held in as high esteem,” said Wendy Higdon, Director of Bands and Unified Arts Department Chair at Creekside Middle School. “The Creekside band program, our school district and community got the chance to shine on the international stage.” Ensembles submitted applications in March 2013 including audio and video of a live performance showing the conductor’s facial expressions, gestures and overall style along with letters of recommendation, photographs and a detailed entry form.

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She spotted a group of women coming toward her, laughing and chatting as they ran. “I knew one of them, and I thought it would be awesome to have a group like that. They were having so much fun.� A few months later, after giving birth, Kenley connected with the women and began running with them regularly. A few years later, the nucleus of the 12-woman group that was to become Team Film had formed. What started out as friends getting together to train has grown into a group that organizes events and raises money to help community organizations.

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The group is about running — and biking, swimming and just about any other active pursuit — but, most important, it’s about making that connection Kenley had longed for that day during her run.

The group includes marathoners, bikers, hikers and even walkers. “Five miles is a great distance for me, and no one cares,” says Maria Harper, who’s building up her distance after a coronary last summer. “We don’t exclude anybody.”

There are women for whom running “It’s not about just feeling has been a lifelong passion — four members were cross-country teammates great about getting a at Carmel High School when they were good run in. It’s about teens. Others, however, became active being with women who later in life. One member didn’t start are going through the running seriously until she was in her Beginning in January, Team Film 40s, and she now does triathlons and same life stages I am.” is going to help women in other marathons, says Harper, who ran her communities form their own first half marathon in 2012. “I never connections. The organization is launching a website that thought I could do anything like that,” she added. will help similar groups get going throughout Indiana and She’s not alone in finding inspiration in the group. Leann the nation. Startup kits will be available, as well as athletic Faust ran a 50-mile race after Kenley shared her experience. apparel, training plans and fundraising advice. “I didn’t know people did things like that. I thought Most of all, Team Film wants to encourage other women to marathons were it,” she says. “Knowing that Casey had “enjoy and embrace the moment through physical activity,” done it put that little seed in my brain.” says member Kristy Busack, who’s been with the group for Busack tried a triathlon, with coaching help from one of the three or four years. group’s strong swimmers. “I’ve learned to step out of my The group also wants others to know what they do: that you comfort zone, to take a chance.” can seriously challenge yourself and have serious fun at Oftentimes, the adventure becomes an integral part of the the same time. “We’re not just a brand. We’re a lifestyle,” activity. That was the case with last fall’s 200-mile Bourbon Kenley says. Chase Relay in Kentucky, a journey that the husbands The name Team Film stems from the group’s entry — joined, too, offering support as the women competed in production, really — a few years ago in the Dances With psychedelic colors and huge wigs as part of the race’s Jimi Dirt 100K relay in Gnaw Bone, Ind. Members selected Hendrix-centric theme. a cinematic theme, complete with a red carpet, director, starlets and blaring music. The runners shed their ball gowns in the woods, then took off on the trails. “We commiserate. We laugh. Sometimes women don’t take the time to do that with other women,” Kenley says. “We need permission to do that, because nurturing relationships with other women is important.”

They didn’t win based on times, though they did take honors for presentation. “We’re not the fastest, but we have the most fun,” Kenley says. The group tried other names but kept coming back to Team Film, in part because of the deeper question the runners keep in mind. “If you were to take a movie clip of your life, right now, today, would you be proud of the life you’re living?” Busack asked. The types of physical activity the team undertakes vary widely. Sometimes, it’s as simple as the Family Rake the Leaves Day the team held as a challenge in the fall, with participants posting images on social media. Or members might support others during 50-mile runs. Or they might caravan to Florida for spring break, with seven families sharing a house and a week of fun at the beach. JANUARY 2014

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“You run through the night, and you really get slaphappy,” Faust says. “You don’t sleep much, and you don’t sleep well.” Like most everything involving Team Film, the business end evolved. At first members kept in touch via email and texting. Next came the Facebook page, /Goteamfilm. The website — goteamfilm.com — will be complete in January. The local members of Team Film — three live out of state — meet at least weekly for runs and socializing. The lengths of the runs vary, depending on members’ training schedules, needs and time, they said. Everyone doesn’t finish at the same time, though they meet up afterward, sometimes lingering for hours. “What’s really at the core for me is the connections. It’s harder when you’re an adult to make those great connections that you could when you were younger,” Faust says. Busack agrees. “It’s not about just feeling great about getting a good run in. It’s about being with women who are going through the same life stages I am.”

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named Cimasko, then perhaps his more recognized Hoosier name will sound familiar. Cimasko is well-known by a moniker used when he goes on radio appearances and weekly sports talk show at 1070 the Fan. Say hello to Jersey Johnny. But perhaps you may not know about the other title attached to Cimasko when it comes to honoring hundreds of World War II veterans in Indiana and the other 49 states. He is called ‘hero’ by the men and women who put their lives on the line almost 75 years ago. Cimasko is among those Joe Citizens who fondly and frequently fans the channel of support for these real life ‘heroes.’ “I am living a dream,” admitted the 58-year-old Cimasko. “I am able to do so many things that I truly enjoying doing.”

And that trail of good moments started in 1988 when the New Jersey native convinced his brother that they should drive to Indianapolis over Labor Day weekend to see his favorite NFL team – the Baltimore, er, Indiana, uh, Indianapolis Colts – play the Houston Oilers (another franchise who later had a new zip code) on Labor Day weekend. The Colts of Duane Bickett, Mike Prior and Albert Bentley may have lost the game (17-14), but their city won a fan. Cimasko was ready to migrate to the Midwest. “I had to find a real estate book before we left town,” he recalled. “I liked the city. I liked the price of houses, and there was a little magic to everything here.” Now this story still needed a couple of missing chapters added. First, Cimasko had to convince his wife (Mary Anne, now employed at Carmel High School)

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to move to a place called Indiana. And next, there was this thing called a job. Before launching his fantasy, there was a need for employment. “Mary Anne had never been here, but she looked at the real estate book. We came out and knocked around for a few days. Think about it. She moved 700 miles to become a Hoosier.”

in 1996, Kent Sterling of WIBC approached Cimasko and fellow Colts diehard Rob Weber about hosting a Colts post-game show. Jersey Johnny and Grover – not exactly Dan Patrick and Bob Costas – were born. “We were kind of a post, post-game show,” remembered Cimasko. “But we were all over it.”

Next up was drawing a paycheck. A friend led Cimasko to a potential job as a driver with Pepsi Cola. The only challenge for the original Jersey Boy would be the starting time. His drives started at 5 am.

As were a bevy of Colts fans. The show became a staple for the growing Colts fan club, the Blue Crew. Both Jersey Johnny and Grover were unabashed in their support of the home team and seldom levied complaints at their heroes.

“But I have loved every, every day at Pepsi,” said Cimasko who still drives for the soft drink company and regularly services special projects such as the Indiana State Fair and Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Cimasko admits the next era of the show (with sidekick Matt Hicks) is a little more objective in noting flaws on the playing field by the Colts.

Shortly after the move to Indiana, Cimasko regularly called radio shows and added his comments about his beloved Colts, for whom he acquired fondness because of their Baltimore uniforms. “Their uniforms are tremendous. I still can see Raymond Berry in the blue and white.” Cimasko peppered local radio hosts on WIBC (there were no sports talk shows) and WFBQ. Eventually

“To maintain credibility, you have to be credible,” he said. “If things are not going well, you have to say something. We don’t sugarcoat things, but at the same time, we would rather have bad football than no football.” In his own way, Cimasko has been a ringleader in turning the Colts into a fan favorite in basketball-crazy Indiana. Although he does not paint his face blue at Lucas Oil Stadium, he pounds the drum for continued support of Jim Irsay’s team.

10 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WITH THE PEPSI MAN, THE COLTS FAN, JERSEY JOHNNY CIMASKO What has been your biggest moment as a Colts fan? It was being with my son [Jack] and daughter [Jill] when we beat the Patriots and went to the Super Bowl. I don’t think anything can top that game. What has been your biggest disappointment as a Colts fan? Not winning the second Super Bowl. I wish for Peyton’s sake we would have won that game [against New Orleans]. If you were to be buried in a Colts jersey, what number would you choose? No. 18, No. 12 or another number? No. 88. That was John Mackey’s number. He was largely responsible for me becoming a Colts fan. [Mackey played tight end for the Baltimore Colts.] Who are three unheralded Colts you would like to see on the Ring of Honor in Lucas Oil Stadium? Duane Bickett, Albert Bentley and Eugene Daniel. Do you have a pre-game ritual before home Colts games since you do not paint your face blue? Not really. I join the media in the press box. How did you feel the city did when it hosted the Super Bowl? We did great. It was a circus like we thought it would be. Who gave you the nickname Jersey Johnny? I think it was either Dave Wilson or Jimmy “Mad Dog” Mattis. How do you compare football to war? You can’t. Sports are sports. War is real life. What are your favorite movies about the military? Saving Private Ryan and The Longest Day. If you could interview one celebrity on your radio show, who would you interview? Neil Young.

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John with WWII Vets at the World War II Memorial “When I first got here, I thought Indiana or Purdue were playing at the Dome,” he noted. “Nobody wore blue. It seemed everyone was wearing NASCAR stuff at the games. But little by little, it has changed. The keys were having people such as Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, Bill Polian and Tony Dungy around. Winning cures everything. This city should be very proud. We are a great NFL city.”

Meantime, Cimasko has found room for another passion in his Mitty-type life. He has led a charge to salute World War II veterans. He has helped organize several events for survivors of the USS Indianapolis, and he is now rounding up support for the Indy Honor Flight. The flights take veterans to the National World War II monument in Washington, D.C. The Cimasko love for the campaign

extends from his family. His father served in the Pacific theatre of World War II, while his brother is an Army veteran. His uncle Tony died in World War II. “When I got involved with the USS Indianapolis 10 years ago, the guys reminded me of my dad and uncles,” said Cimasko. “We have no idea what these guys went through during their experiences in the war.”

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The pied piper does know one scoreboard reading. The clock is ticking on the veterans. There are less than 40 survivors of the USS Indianapolis alive, and most World War II veterans are over 90 years old. Thus, the Hoosier Mitty has launched an aggressive movement to financially support the Indy Honor Flight program. Over 140 veterans have flown from Indiana to Washington, D.C. Two additional trips are scheduled for the spring 2014.

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“The vets fly free, and every veteran gets a guardian,” said Cimasko, who takes his fundraising to all levels including his radio show on 1070 the Fan. “When these people get back to Indiana, they thank us for one of the greatest days in their lives. There are so many great causes, but these people are living history.” And this Walter Mitty has enjoyed being a fan of the servicemen and women. Perhaps a quote from Will Rogers sums up his motivation the best. “We can’t all be heroes,” scripted Rogers. “Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by.”

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Bub’s Satisfies a Growing Appetite for The Big Ugly

Matt and Rachel Frey, creators and owners of Bub’s, chose to open their fourth restaurant in Zionsville to provide a family dining option as well as serve businesses and the community. “The town has been wonderful to work with, and they are excited to have us to help keep the downtown thriving,” said Matt. “We developed a partnership with Bob Harris, the landowner, to establish our free-standing restaurant overlooking the creek.” “I hope that it becomes a fun destination point for Zionsville families," said Rachel. “I love the building and the location and can envision the families at Lions Park visiting for burgers and ice cream after games.”

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After many years as a traveling corporate salesman, Matt decided it was time to focus on family and figure out a career that would allow him to be home and make a decent living. “I was on the road 40 weeks a year. When Rachel and I started having kids, the priorities changed,” said Matt. “I have always been in the food business. At 14 years old, I started doing dishes at the Ritz.”

hat originated as a family nickname has become a popular brand for a burger joint in Carmel that’s made a tasty impression since opening in May 2003. Now Bub’s Burgers and Ice Cream and The Big Ugly Burger have made a delicious and daring debut in Zionsville to satisfy a growing appetite.

The youngest of five siblings, Matt grew up in Carmel and worked for his brother-in-law, Chuck Lazarra, owner of the Ritz Charles banquet hall. “He was like a father figure to me, and he gave me an early introduction to the food service industry.” Lazarra was also a valuable mentor and the inspiration for naming the restaurant Bub’s.

“It was a huge risk leaving the security of my sales job and corporate perks to open a restaurant,” said Matt. “On top of that, Rachel was pregnant with our third child, so it was a bit stressful working seven days a week, 15 hours a day, but I was home every night.” Matt said long days were required to create a blueprint and a procedure for someone else to follow in order to grow the business. “When we were developing the original concept, Chuck advised us to keep it simple. We knew our focus was going to be on burgers, so we came up with this big burger as a marketing point, thinking it wouldn’t sell as much as the smaller burgers.” But The Big Ugly Burger, a whopping one-pound feast, was a hit right off the bat. Soon the restaurant walls were covered with 4x6 photos of diners who polished off The Big Ugly. The first summer, Bub’s was much busier than the Frey’s expected, and as new business owners, they were not fully prepared for the rush of hungry customers. “It was just me and one other guy in the kitchen flipping burgers and making milkshakes like crazy,” said Matt. “I’m so thankful that people were forgiving and understood because it took forever to get a burger.” “Matt would call me frantic from the restaurant right in the middle of lunch because we had gotten slammed and were 36

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out of tomatoes. I would chase the kids down through the house to gather them, hurry to the car because it was always a huge emergency. You can’t have a Bub’s burger without tomatoes!” said Rachael. “I’d cart them all into the grocery store, usually with one having to take an emergency potty training stop or have a tantrum, run to the produce aisle for a bunch of tomatoes and then haul the tomatoes and my armloads of toddlers back to the van to race to Bub’s.” Their three children have grown up with Bub’s and pitch in to help out at the restaurant. “It’s a family business, and all the kids can learn from working here,” said Matt. “My oldest, Nick, hosts, buses tables and does other jobs around the place. My two girls, Lucy and Ann, help out too.”

“We have some very loyal fans who feel very strongly about our brand. That makes me extremely proud because we have worked hard to create a consistent process and product. I look back on especially the first three years we were in business and think about the countless hours we worked, and the idea that people would respond so positively is very gratifying,” said Rachel. “We also couldn’t have the success we have had without a great staff, and we appreciate their hard work.” Matt said their success is the result of lots of family and community support and their desire to provide an unforgettable experience for their customers, generating a loyal following. “Our identity is burgers, milkshakes and beer. We keep it simple and family-oriented, and we are good at what we do.” Stephanie Carlson Curtis is a writer, photographer, triathlete and mom to four kids. A journalist for 25 years, her work has been featured on CNN, WTOC-TV and in multiple magazines, websites and blogs.

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“ We have some very loyal fans who feel very strongly about our brand. That makes me extremely proud because we have worked hard to create a consistent process and product. ”

Reflecting on the decade of Bub’s existence with challenges and rewards, Matt recalls how important it was that they had saved enough money and made good household financial decisions, so when the time came, they were able to invest in their business, grow it and eventually pay the bank off. “We are so fortunate that Chuck had so much experience and advice to share,” said Matt. “Rachel and I are the sole investors. It’s our gig and our risk. It’s a good partnership because my wife is very analytical, and I am a sales guy.”

New Zionsville location

The Zionsville Bub’s is the fourth restaurant the Frey’s have opened. The first burger eatery is located in Carmel’s Arts and Design District along the Monon Trail. The second is located in Bloomington near Indiana University. Bub’s Café serves breakfast and lunch and is located south of Bub’s Burgers in Carmel also along the Monon Trail. “We look for a special ambience in a unique area for our restaurants, like the wooded area and creek in Zionsville where families can relax and enjoy a burger.” JANUARY 2014

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SEASONAL BREW REVIEW - with Hans & Joe Editor’s note: With the explosive growth of craft beers as evidenced by some local restaurants and bars offering over 10 different taps and a multitude of bottled beers, we thought it was time to have an expert provide some insight into the world of craft brewing. For that we present Hans Maldonado, a bartender at Patrick’s Kitchen & Drinks in Zionsville and a certified beer judge, and his sidekick, Dr. Joe Lauer, a local cardiologist who has developed a great deal of knowledge on craft brewing from self-study and frequent tastings. Our plan is to have Hans and Joe write periodically on the seasonal brews being offered locally during the year.

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| Hans Maldando with an assist by Dr. Joe Lauer

Seasonal Beers of Winter

As the cool crisp nights of fall have given way to the frigid air and frosted treetops of winter, the warmth that comes from a robust glass of beer seems all the more comforting. Thankfully, craft brewers of the world are ready to respond to our thirst with a variety of malt-driven and sometimes highly alcoholic beers. This month’s review will be looking at the history of Porter, Stout and Barleywine. That’s right, I said wine. Actually, there are no grapes in Barleywine, and it is, in fact, more beer than the later. Porter, Stout and Barleywine are all progeny of the British brewing tradition of the 1700s-1800s. The beginnings of Porter predate the development of Stout, and one might even argue that without Porter, there would be no Stout.

the increasingly efficient transportation of goods and people throughout England and, indeed, the rest of the world as well.

My good friend, Dr. Lauer, and I have been fortunate enough to have been provided with some of the finer examples of Porter, Stout and Barleywine that are available in the Indianapolis area – plus a particularly special offering from our friends at Bier Brewery. So, on to the beer!

Porters The origins of Porter can be confusing as there is some

disagreement over the details, but I will attempt to wade through the muck and the mire and offer a clearer explanation. In 18th century London, it was common practice for barmen to create blended beers upon customer request as there were several different types of beer available at most pubs. The men who transported goods throughout the city were called porters. They are said to have been fond of a particular blend which was very likely to include both young and old beer with the latter being nearly undrinkable on its own.

Three Floyds Alpha Klaus Porter Appearance: Voluminous and lingering head with gorgeous lacing. Almost black with some dark reddish edges. Aroma: Initial burst of chocolate with lots of piney hops. Taste: The piney and bitter American hops dominate. The chocolaty malt flavors remain in the background. Mouthfeel: Medium-full. Drinkability: At 7.5%ABV, don’t drink too many!

Brewers decided to eliminate the need for blending by brewing the beer so that it would taste like the blended version. This explanation is sometimes referred to as the “three threads,” and there is some debate as to whether the story is truly accurate, but it was widely accepted for well over 100 years. I would speculate that, while it may not have been a linear path, each element of the story is independently grounded in some truth. These early porters would have significantly differed from later examples in that coffee roasting technology had not yet been applied to the malting of barley, hence, there was no such thing as roasted barley. While the earliest porters would have ranged in color from light amber to dark brown, the development of roasted malt in 1817 fueled a change in the color and flavor of porter. With a darker color and a more robust and roasty, sometimes bordering on bitter, flavor, this new style of beer would hide cloudiness and imperfections in flavor better than its ancestors, thus making Porter poised to take advantage of

Stone Vanilla Smoked Porter Appearance: Dark brown, but not the darkest brown.Aroma: Combination of smoke and vanilla. Taste: Being that vanilla can be a strong flavor, it is actually used quite modestly in this beer. There is a complex malt profile of roasted grain and coffee. Mouthfeel: Full bodied Drinkability: Maybe not so drinkable on its own due to the richness of flavor, but with the appropriate chocolate dessert, this would be magical. JANUARY 2014

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Stouts Barleywine Today, many people view Porter and Stout as two distinctly As long as there has been beer, there has been a place for different styles of beer. However, for most of each of the respective style’s existence, this has not been the case. A particularly strong version of Porter came to be known as “Stout Porter,” and at some point, the latter word was eliminated from the term. It has been argued that the differentiation began with the development of roasted malt in 1817. Even today, a proper English Porter is more dark brown than it is black, whereas in America, Porter is often just as dark as Stout. In the 1900s, England began to tax beer based on its alcoholic strength, thus leading to the taming of Porter’s flavor profile and alcohol content. Stout Porter remained true to its roots, and if it had not happened already, there was a separation of styles. Porter continued to become lighter, and what was formerly called Stout Porter came to be known as simply Porter. HANS: I have never been one to allow the weather to influence my choice of food or drink, so, for me, during the winter months, I am just as likely to reach for a pilsner as I am to reach for a stout. I do, however, look forward to the best examples of the malt-driven beers so widely produced during these months. JOE: As I prefer bigger beers in general, I certainly look forward to wintertime beers to provide the kick in the tastebuds that I am looking for. I shan’t be one to miss the flabby sessionable IPAs of summer, or the forgettably simple Oktoberfests of Fall.

very strong beer. In the days of yore, alcoholic strength was somewhat of a necessity if beer was to remain unspoiled as the sanitation practices of the past leave much to be desired. Old brewing practices also dictated that there be more than one batch of beer produced during a brewing session with each successive batch getting weaker than the previous one. As alcohol is a preservative, the strongest beer would not only keep the longest before spoiling, but as it aged, it could be capable of developing a complexity of flavor that could rival some of the fine wines of France. Given the historical frequency of war between England and France, it was a wise idea on the part of the British to find a suitable replacement for French wine. The term “Barleywine” was first placed on a beer label in 1903 by the Bass Brewery to describe Bass No. 1 Ale, although the term had certainly been in use for many decades prior. Today, many Barleywines of England and America are labeled with the vintage, as many of the finest examples will improve over a period of years. So as the winter drags on, look for those big powerful porters, stouts and brandywines that will be coming on line from local brewers through the season.

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Bell’s Double Cream Stout

Appearance: Not as dark as one might expect for a stout like this. Slight reddish tint around the edges. Aroma: Complex smell of roasted malt and coffee combined with bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Taste: Slightly bitter roasted flavors quickly give way to the characteristics of the bourbon barrel. Deeply complex. Mouthfeel: Full bodied, but the viscosity is restrained for a beer of this style. Drinkability: This beer shows no sign of it 10%+ABV.

Appearance: Almost black, with some dark brown at the edges. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma: Roasty with a hint of sweet cream. Taste: Roasty and complex, just enough sweetness. Mouthfeel: Light-medium body Drinkability: Not too sweet for this type of stout, so drinkability is good.

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Upland Barrel Aged Winter Warmer

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Appearance: Deep, slightly reddish brown color. Aroma: Rich barley malt, bourbon is merely an accent. Taste: Tastes heavily of bourbon. Less perceptible than the aroma would seem to indicate. Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected for a beer of this magnitude. Drinkability: ABV is too high to drink a lot of this, but with the right cigar, this beer could go down quite easily.

Appearance: Minimal head as expected. Aroma: Rich and sweet English Barley, hint of apple. Taste: Complex. Sweet and warming. Caramel and toffee flavors, apple and leather. Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy, highly viscous. Drinkability: If you like English Barleywine, this is near the pinnacle of the style. Drink up!

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BEN JOHNSON A Glass Act

| Denise Reiter If it’s true that the student becomes the master, then look no further for an example than Hoosier-born glass artist Ben Johnson. First introduced to glass at the Indianapolis Art Center, he now shares that passion with students as a faculty instructor there. Johnson was initially attracted to glassblowing early on, viewing it as a dynamic form of expression with limitless possibilities. “Glassblowing is one of those materials that, unlike other forms of art, you feel like you could never have a complete understanding or comprehension of it. The art form has always been presented to me in a way that I always felt I could keep learning something new from it, that it was always evolving and changing.” Bob Shade, owner of ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, will be featuring Johnson’s extraordinary work through January 42

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31. Shade first met Johnson in 2010. “[Johnson’s] personal style defines itself as a culmination of Ben’s life experiences and education in glassblowing, and it’s always growing and changing as a result. To me as an artist, that is where you need to be. What you’ve done is never good enough, and you’ve got to keep growing or you’re moving backwards.” His BFA in Glass from Kent State University and MFA in Glass from Ball State University only marked the beginning of Johnson’s extensive and worldly education that has taken him across the globe. His artwork is regularly shown in venues across the US and has received Best In Show awards in Indiana, Ohio, Louisiana, Florida and Arizona. This year he was recognized as a Rising Star in contemporary glass at the Museum of American Glass in Millville, New Jersey. Johnson’s extensive education spans across the globe from the Corning Museum of Glass in New York to Murano, Italy. Yet while he is well-versed in traditional techniques

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of glass work, his imaginative mind and innate talent have allowed him to develop a distinct style of his own and to create a unique identify for himself as an artist. Whether it be in the mountains of North Carolina or the Taj Mahal in India, Johnson looks to other artists in foreign territories that work with wood, jewelry and paint to get his inspiration. “I’ve always found that taking yourself out of your comfort zone and immersing yourself in a foreign environment is invigorating. It renews and rejuvenates you, reminds you why you wanted to do this and inspires you again.” No other medium or material stands out to Johnson in the same way that glass does. Glass work is both a product of

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04, Carmel Winter Farmer’s 11, Market is a new, easy access location for Carmel’s 18, There Winter Farmers Market. It is indoors in the 25 underground parking garage at the Indiana Design 10 Center on Rangeline Road. On Saturdays from November 2 through March 15, 2014, you can park your car right by the vendors, hop out, buy fresh produce and goods, load them in your trunk and go about your Saturday. Just follow the signs to the lower level once you get to the Design Center. 9 am-12 pm Indiana Design Center (underground parking garage) 200 S. Rangeline Rd., Carmel

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11:30 am-1:30 pm The Bridgewater Club, The Bridgewater Club, 3535 E. 161st St., Carmel Info: 317-846-1049 Carmel Rotary Club The Rotary Club of Carmel was founded in 1972 and consists of 180 dynamic members who have the interest and ability to get involved in service and humanitarian projects to serve the Carmel community. The members meet every Friday. 12:15 pm The Mansion at Oak Hill, 5801 E. 116th St., Carmel carmelrotary.com

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$10 per child and 2 free adults with every child ticket purchase! The Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts, 355 City Center Dr., Carmel 317-843-3800 thecenterfortheperformingarts.org

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Nature Club for Families: Exploring Nature with your Children Do you want to get your kids outside to experience nature but feel uneasy about how to get started or what to do while you’re out there? Come to Cool Creek Nature Center’s Family Nature Club, and we will explore nature together. The young and the young at heart will enjoy being outside together. The whole family can join us as we hit the trail, exploring and sharing our finds! Come when you can; you don’t have to come to all the programs. The Club will start inside the Cool Creek Nature Center.

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Jonathan Batiste and Stay Human With his unique voice, virtuosic piano chops and dapper sense of style, Jonathan Batiste transcends music genres and has ignited the NYC music scene. Raised among the sounds and rhythms of New Orleans, Batiste comes from a renowned lineage of performers. He studied jazz and classical piano at The Juilliard School, is a “Movado Future Legend” award recipient and a “Steinway Performing Artist.” He even enjoyed a star turn on HBO’s hit TV

Pinchas Zukerman with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s reputation for beautiful music making is world-renowned and well deserved. Principal guest conductor and soloist Pinchas Zukerman remains one of the most prodigious violinists performing in classical music today.

16- Swan Lake – Moscow Festival 18 Ballet The timeless story of Swan Lake is one of the most popular classical ballets of all time. Featuring iconic scenes, the ethereal beauty of the corps de ballet and Tchaikovsky’s magical masterpiece, the ballet tells the timeless tale of love’s triumph over evil. From its inception in 1877 in Moscow to the many productions mounted around the world today, Swan Lake continues to engage audiences and inspire new generations of dancers. January 16 at 7:30 pm, January 17-18 at 8 pm Tarkington, 3 Center Green, #200, Carmel Info: 317-843-3800 Winter Kids Concerts Dig your way out of the snow and join us as we dance and sing-along to classical hits and kid favorites. Each hour-long performance provides an enriching and engaging experience for young children ages 2-5. Reservations are strongly encouraged due to room capacity limits.

A Downton Abbey Evening Journey back to the time of Lord Grantham, Lady Cora, the Crawleys and “downstairs” staff for A Downton Abbey Evening experience! The presentation, which begins at 7:30 pm, features prolific writer and speaker Jessica Fellowes on tour from the UK. 7:30 pm with VIP Reception at 5:30 pm The Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts, 355 City Center Dr., Carmel 317-843-3800 thecenterfortheperformingarts.org

31- Forever Plaid deliciously goofy revue centers on four 16 This young, eager, male singers killed in a car crash

in the 1950s on the way to their first big concert. Miraculously revived for the posthumous chance to fulfill their dreams, they will now perform the show that never was. Singing in the closest of harmony, the “Plaids” offer a program of great, nostalgic pop hits of the 1950s.

Taste of the Chamber 2014: Carmel Chamber of Commerce Business Expo This is the largest business event the Chamber offers. It is designed to connect your business with consumers and businesses that need your services and products. 4:30-7:30 pm Ritz Charles, 12156 N. Meridian St., Carmel Info: carmelchamber.com

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Kenny Rogers Music legend and American icon Kenny Rogers is known for his instantly identifiable, sweet raspy vocals and an extraordinary ability to vividly inhabit each song he performs. In his 52 years in the business, he’s developed a long list of timeless classics which includes an impressive 24 #1 hits, such as “The Gambler,” “Through the Years” and “Lady.” Rogers has said that music is by far the best “memory creator” he knows, and seeing him live at the Palladium is a memory you won’t want to miss. 8 pm The Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts, 355 City Center Dr., Carmel 317-843-3800 thecenterfortheperformingarts.org

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One of the unique things about the Oxi Fresh cleaning process is that the equipment is completely portable. This means, unlike most carpet cleaners, they are not required to run hoses to a truck sitting outside through your front door.

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