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  • Dance, concerts, holiday events fill calendar
    12/5/2019 There’s nothing quite like a live holiday dance and choir performance that can get you into the spirit of Christmas.
    On Wednesday, I dressed in my festive holiday wear and attended the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce holiday luncheon at Purgatory Golf Club.
  • 12/4/2019 It was a soggy Sunday afternoon. Just as I walked out the door of my house to go to the Noblesville Christmas Parade, I felt raindrops.
    So I turned around and traded my red wool coat for my green waterproof jacket. And my boots for my waterproof hiking shoes.
    The trek was just a block to the Ivy Tech Community College parking lot, where I had earlier seen a couple of Miller’s Towing trucks already parked in the parade-staging area. 
    By the time I got to Ivy Tech parking lot, at about 1:30 p.m., many of the parade entries were already lining up for the 2 p.m. parade. Parade entries have lined up there at 16th and Harrison ever since I can remember.
    Even way back when I worked at The Noblesville Ledger and got to drive a golf cart or a Hare Chevrolet convertible with Ledger/Topics mascot, Flip the Turtle, sitting on the back. I always donned a newspaper carrier’s bag filled with Tootsie Rolls to give out to kids. Back in the day, people in the parade threw candy into the crowd. But the City has since banned throwing candy, which must be handed out. 
    On Sunday, the parade may or may not have had as many entries as past Noblesville parades. To me, the parade was about typical for Christmas. But the crowd was pretty slim due to the weather.
  • 'A Christmas Carol' gets us into the spirit
    12/3/2019 Maybe it’s the holiday season. Everybody wants to go watch a Christmas classic.
    Maybe I’ve done a good job promoting the play. 
    Or maybe it’s word of mouth.
    Regardless, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” adapted by Doris Baizley, the holiday play that I’m producing for The Belfry Theatre in Noblesville, was “sold out” even before the play opened on Friday night. The last ticket was gone about a week ago.
  • Shop local on Small Business Saturday
    11/29/2019 We love shopping in Downtown Noblesville, where storefronts are decorated in different themes and different colors for the holidays.
    And while today is Black Friday, I usually defer my Friday shopping until Small Business Saturday in downtown Noblesville.
    Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, founded in 2010 by American Express to promote small businesses.
    In Noblesville, Mayor John Ditslear has previously proclaimed the day to “support local businesses that create jobs, boost our local economy and preserve our neighborhoods.”
    And according to American Express, for every $1 spent in a small business 67 cents of that goes back into the local community. 
    I like to support our downtown shops and encourage the community to do the same.
  • Life lessons lead to more giving
    11/27/2019 Gary Reynolds never likes to make a big deal about anything that his family does.
    But yet the Reynolds family continues to amaze us with its generosity.
    Five years ago, in November 2014, Gary Reynolds and his wife, Cindy, and the Reynolds family -- of Reynolds Farm Equipment -- pledged $1 million over 10 years to Conner Prairie in Fishers. 
    Two months later, in January 2015, on the heels of Conner Prairie’s largest individual gift, the Reynolds family announced a commitment to sponsor the 1859 Balloon Voyage at Conner Prairie. Through the end of 2019, the Reynolds family would provide $375,000 -- $75,000 per year for five years -- to cover the cost to operate the helium balloon and its then new exhibit space. The balloon, which was constructed in Paris, features Reynolds Farm Equipment’s corporate logo, with a tractor.
    With the balloon commitment coming to an end in December, I asked, “Now what?”
    “We just re-signed for three more years, and hopefully more years to come as time goes on,” said Reynolds, 76, Noblesville, during an exclusive interview with The Times. 
  • 12 ways to help others in our community
    11/26/2019 The holidays often make people feel a little more generous. To feel a need to go shopping for toys or clothes or gifts or food to benefit others in our community. To open their pocketbooks and write a check to a good cause. Or to participate in an event for a cause.
    This holiday season, I share with you at least 12 ways to help others in the community:
    Noblesville Fire Department is currently in need of new unwrapped toys and gifts for ages 10-12 and also canned goods and non-perishable food items for its 42nd annual Christmas Food and Toy Drive, now through Dec. 6. Noblesville Fire Chief Greg Wyant said the drive currently has plenty of stuffed animals, and other types of toys and gifts are appreciated at this time. Monetary donations are down this year, but checks may be made payable to NFD Hamilton County Community Foundation. The donations go toward NFD’s annual food and toy drive to benefit 110 less-fortunate families in Noblesville. The program partners with Kroger for food needs and with Meijer for toy donations. Donations may be made at any Noblesville fire station or Noblesville City Hall. Deliveries to the families will take place on Dec. 14.
  • 11/23/2019 Riverview Health president and CEO Seth Warren began his talk with light conversation, joking about how he moved here three-and-a-half years ago from New England. 
    He said, “I couldn’t stand those Patriots fans.”
    Warren mentioned his usual “good morning” conversation with Alexa, Amazon's assistant that lets you search the web, play music or create shopping lists through voice control. It was Absurdity Day, he learned from this tech gadget.
    He warmed up the crowd before drawing attention to his unshaven beard that he’s growing for No-Shave November, an annual event during which men grow beards and moustaches in November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and men’s suicide.
    His topics turned more serious as he led into his own testimonial before presenting Riverview Health’s State of the Health 2019 address on Wednesday at the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce November luncheon. (A healthy meal was provided by Nameless Catering, in Ivy Tech’s new FutureWork Lab that opens in December.)
  • Good Samaritan needs help, donations
    11/21/2019 When Nancy Chances sees a need, she finds a way to fulfill that need.
    And while she’s always helping others, she never asks to be recognized. But rather she asks for donations of food, clothing and money, to help those less fortunate.
    She works her magic through Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County, an organization that she founded and is in its 39th year.
    Originally known simply as Good Samaritan, the organization provides food and health care for thousands of county residents every year, networking with county agencies, food pantries, free clinics, churches and area hospitals. It also provides toys and clothing. Especially during the holidays.
    She always accepts donations of money and gift cards, to be able to buy meat and produce, at local grocery stores.
    “We can take donations anytime for anything as always. But we are focusing on the need for the Christmas holiday toys and food. I got it for Thanksgiving,” Chance said.
  • Art under $100, pop-up alley gallery, for holidays
    11/20/2019 I often attend Hamilton County Artists’ Association art openings at the Birdie Gallery in Noblesville.
    I love to see all of the art created by local artists.
    There’s always something different or new there to see.
    This holiday season, for the first time, the HCAA artists have thought up a new way to get their art under more Christmas Trees and in Santa stockings.
    HCAA is having an “Under $100 Exhibit & Gift Show,” now through Dec. 14 at the Birdie Gallery on South Fifth Street in Noblesville. The gallery, also for the first time this year, will set up a Shop Local pop-up indoor alley gallery the weekend after Thanksgiving, on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in the South Alley next to NobleMade Gift Shop on Conner Street on the south side of the Courthouse Square.
    “The idea came from HCAA’s desire to reach more people, offering sensibly priced art gift ideas, and to have Birdie Gallery easily accessible to our neighbors for one-of-a-kind, practically priced gifts,” said Joanne Roeder, chairman of the exhibit.
  • 11/19/2019 A downtown Noblesville dining guide, food and drink menus posted in restaurant front windows and downtown Noblesville eateries having their own Devour Noblesville are just a few of the ideas that have come to the dining table to better promote mom and pop restaurants in and near downtown Noblesville.
    Some downtown restaurant owners and managers gathered around a table at one of the eateries last week to introduce themselves and contribute their comments and concerns.
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