August 19 2022
Though it’s been in the 90s for a couple of weeks now, summer officially starts today.
Did you know pool memberships are free this season to Marion County residents? All you have to do is show proof of residency.
To make the hot days a little more bearable, we’ve compiled a list of water spots to beat the heat:
Lifeguards positions at Indy Parks start at $15/hour. | Photo via @indyparks
Free public pools
All pools will be open Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. + 3 p.m.-6 p.m. with the exception of Thatcher Park’s pool, which is closed on Sundays.
There are 10 other public pools that are not yet available for public use. Indy Island Aquatic Center at 8575 E. Raymond St. + Bethel Park’s pool at 2850 Bethel Ave. are currently closed for maintenance but should reopen soon. Ellenberger Park’s pool at 5301 E. St. Clair St. is experiencing mechanical issues, but should reopen before the swim season is over. As always, we’ll keep you posted.
Due to a staffing shortage, additional pools aren’t quite ready to open. If you or someone you know is interested in working at a pool this summer, applications can be found on the city’s website.
If you’re looking for something a bit more shallow, a splash pad might be for you. These are typically made of concrete and have motion-detection to release streams of water + mist.
You can find them all around the city, including places like Holliday Park (6363 Spring Mill Dr.) + Bertha Ross Park (3700 N. Clifton Ave.), where you can cool off after a long hike or get a view of the historic Crown Hill Cemetery. See the full list of splash pads.
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- Yellowjackets at the Jazz Kitchen | Tues., June 21 | 5 p.m. | 5377 N. College Avenue | $20+ | Come and listen to the Yellowjackets — a two-time Grammy award-winning band with a 43 year long career. 🎶
Stevie Nicks | Tues., June 21 | 8 p.m. | Ruoff Music Center | $180+ | The queen of rock and roll Stevie Nicks will perform solo hits + covers of various Fleetwood Mac songs. 🎤
Canal Nights | Wed., June 22 | 6-8 p.m. | Indiana State Museum | Free | It’s astronomy night at the canal — learn what the summer solstice really means. ✨
Go All IN Day | Fri., June 24 | All day | Various locations | Free | Sign up with pals or coworkers to volunteer for a couple of hours at one of the many organizations involved with this day of giving back. 👐
We have a monthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
We’d never guess that these chic patio chairs are made from recycled water bottles. | Photo provided by Outer
If you hear the word “wicker” and think of a frumpy, broken piece of furniture, you’re not alone — but thanks to Outer, a company that crafts stylish outdoor furniture with an eye toward sustainability, it’s time to rethink wicker.
By using recycled water bottles as source material, Outer has created eco-friendly wicker furniture that not only looks ultra-modern, but is durable enough to last a decade.
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The Lafayette Square Mall property will be closed for three months (Aug. 29-Nov. 21) while it’s being renovated by development firm Sojos Capital LLC. Last year, we told you the plans for this old mall, and the $200 million project is scheduled to complete its first phase by April 2023. 🏗️ (IBJ)
The Indiana State Museum has a new permanent exhibit opening this Sat., June 25 at 10 a.m. — and it’s called “Gallery One.” The 5,000 sqft gallery will include a unique collection of objects + artifacts that tell stories and provoke important conversations. Learn more.
Though the late philanthropist Christel DeHaan’s Linden House is being transformed into a Restoration Hardware, there’s still another DeHaan house up for grabs in Zionsville. The $2.75 million estate has four gated acres, including a 14,500 sqft house with an indoor pool. Get the details. 🏡 (Indianapolis Monthly)
On Wed., June 29, the International Center + Indianapolis City Market are co-hosting a Ukrainian Day Festival with proceeds benefiting the Ukrainian Society of Indiana. Taking place at City Market, the event will include cultural food demos, tastings, and musical performances. 🇺🇦
Today marks the first day of Pollinator Week — a nationwide celebration of plant pollinators like bees, butterflies + bats. Until Sat., June 25, you can visit Holliday Park and do pollinator-related crafts, hike with a naturalist, and learn from the Central Indiana Beekeepers Association. Get involved. 🐝
Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds was recently inducted into Madam Walker Legacy Center’s “Walk of Fame.” The singer, songwriter + record producer was born in Indy and attended North Central High School. He’s worked with artists like Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Beyoncé. 🎤 (Indianapolis Recorder)
Bru Burger was mentioned in Reader’s Digest’s list — “The Best Burger in Every State.” The publication listed its signature grind of sirloin, brisket + chuck, as well as the truffle aioli we all know and love. 🍔
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Swan Lake is swooping onto the Clowes Hall stage this fall. The famous love story will be performed by 50 professional ballet dancers as part of the World Ballet Series on Sun., Oct. 23.
Set a reminder — tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday.
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Editor's pick: Hiking with a naturalist at Holliday Park sounds like a bee-utiful way to celebrate Pollinator Week. Did you know that at 3 p.m. on Saturday, it will host a bilingual pollinator program for Spanish-speakers? 🦋
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