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  • Lots of holiday music coming up in schools
    12/10/2018 I always love attending Noblesville Chamber of Commerce Holiday Luncheon.
    Not only does it give me the opportunity to don my ugliest (or most obnoxious) Christmas sweater, but it allows us all to enjoy some beautiful holiday music performed every year at the luncheon.
    North Elementary’s 11-member fourth-grade Hand Chimes Choir performed holiday songs as Chamber luncheon guests arrived and also during the holiday luncheon. When my daughter was in North’s hand-chimes choir three years ago, the choir played at the luncheon as well as Chick-fil-A and local nursing homes. Choir director Janene Krent is such a wonderful music teacher at the school. There’s no wonder that kids who come out of her hand chimes choir and general music classes go on to sing in middle- and high-school show choirs, perform in school musicals and compete in music competitions.
  • Come to downtown Noblesville for holiday activities, cheer
    12/8/2018 Oh, how I love Noblesville.
    Especially, this time of the year.
    The Hamilton County Courthouse Square and streets all around downtown are bustling with shoppers seeking local finds.
    Downtown seems even more festival with holiday music on the Square, thanks to Hamilton County buildings and grounds superintendent Steve Wood, who I asked on the day of the Noblesville Parade if there would be holiday music downtown.
    “Hmm. I’ll make it happen,” he replied. Less than 24 hours later, he said, “Music is on.” Thank you Steve Wood.
  • Pearl Harbor Day, other events remind us to celebrate history
    12/7/2018 This week, our nation paused for a day of mourning on Wednesday to honor our 41st President, George H.W. Bush, who died a week ago, at age 94, and who was a World War II aviator.
    And a month ago, on Veterans Day, elementary school students sang patriotic songs celebrating our nation and those who have served.
    This Saturday, we celebrate another important day in our nation that honors our veterans, National Pearl Harbor Day.
    The community is invited to a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day event at 11 a.m. Saturday inside Noblesville City Hall, 16 S. 10th St., Noblesville. Hamilton County Navy Club Ship No. 29 is coordinating the program, said Noblesville’s Ron Wilson, who always keeps me informed about veterans activities. Families and veterans are encouraged to attend. 
  • Noblesville Elks Lodge is helping 50 families this holiday season
    12/6/2018 At this time of the year, many organizations are busy collecting items for families who have a need during the holiday season.
    The Noblesville Elks Lodge is one of those groups.
    Elks member Terri Sigman-Kennedy said she was personally “overwhelmed” when she learned that the Lodge was planning to help 50 families for Christmas this year.
    The Elks have adopted several families in Noblesville over the past nine years. But this is the Lodge’s largest undertaking, she said.
    The Elks will prepare food baskets for 25 families, whose names were provided by Elk member and Noblesville school teacher Brad Howard. Elks will also provide food and gifts to 14 elderly adults, whose names were provided by Good Samaritan Network of Hamilton County. All of the recipients had requested help.
  • 12/5/2018 Maybe Paula Dunn’s “From Time to Thyme” column is your favorite. Or you get inspired by Pastor Teri Dislear’s “Joy in the Journey”. Maybe you like to self-diagnose with Dr. John Roberts’ medical column. Or enjoy the humorous side of Dick Wolfsie
    Over the past several years, our readers have also enjoyed the soon-retiring State Rep. Kathy Kreag Richardson, who is great at connecting with our readers, sharing about what was going on in government, as well as people and happenings in Hamilton County that interested her.
    Richardson (R-Noblesville), who decided not to run for election again and will end her state duties on Dec. 31, also stopped writing her column in The Times about a month ago.
  • ‘Love, let live,’ as shelter reaches goals
    12/3/2018 I’ve been watching the annual campaign of the Humane Society for Hamilton County.
    It kicked off Nov. 1 and went for 30 days, through the month of November.
    Donations were matched, dollar for dollar, up to $35,000. Fifty dollars became $100, and $100 became $200, and $500 became $1,000. 
    I’m sure the Humane Society’s president and CEO Rebecca Stevens was thrilled to see the dollars grow. 
    Last Wednesday, with only two days left in the campaign, there was only $1,000 yet to raise, Megan Bousley, the shelter’s marketing communications specialist, told me. And at the end of the campaign over the weekend, the Humane Society has reached its goal of $35,000, with match, totaling $70,000. In fact, when I looked at the campaign on Sunday, it was at more than $36,000.
  • Retired husband-wife ballet dancers return to stage together this holiday
    12/1/2018 Ballet dancers Robert Moore and his wife, Pollyana Ribeiro, don’t like to take the spotlight away from their dance students.
    But they wanted to share this “rare occasion” with our Times readers. 
    The professional dancers and co-owners of En Pointe Indiana Ballet in Noblesville will come out of retirement next weekend, marking the first time that they will take the stage together in 13 years.
    It also marks the first time in all of those years that Pollyana has performed live.
    “It’s been a long time, 13 years since Pollyana and I have graced the stage,” said Moore, 40, Noblesville, who with his wife opened the Noblesville ballet school two years ago.
  • Street Dance changing traditions
    11/30/2018 Noblesville Main Street’s executive director Lorna Steele had a big smile on her face as she walked to meet me from her upstairs office on Conner Street in downtown Noblesville.
    Today, she celebrates her seven-month anniversary of working for the nonprofit, in its 29th year of service to Noblesville.
    She’s “super happy” about Main Street’s 2018 but is “even more excited for all that we have planned in 2019,” Steel said.
    Main Street’s biggest change is that the Noblesville Street Dance will be in June -- actually Saturday, June 1 -- instead of the traditional mid-July date.
    “We thought a lot about this change and think it will be positive all around…,” Steele said.
    The Boys & Girls Club’s annual Darlington Bed Race will be on Friday, May 31, and the Street Dance will be the next day, she said.
    Steele said the change would “really make a huge summer kick-off weekend in Noblesville, which will be really exciting.”
  • Westfield Playhouse has ‘‘A Little Christmas Spirit’
    11/29/2018 Westfield Playhouse play director Kathy Watson has been surviving on four hours of sleep a night for almost three weeks.
    “Maybe I’m doing too much on this show,” said Watson, who is directing, making all of the props and set painting and decoration. 
    And there are a lot of props for this show. “I had to make an entire fake Christmas dinner,” said Watson, who mights feel some relief when her show, “A Little Christmas Spirit,” opens Friday on the little playhouse stage in Eagletown and continues for three weekends. Tickets are still available.
    It’s the fourth show she has directed at Westfield Playhouse and the third by playwright Pat Cook, who has more than 150 plays published.
    She wasn’t the original director for this show. Will Pullins, a well-known actor at many theaters in the surrounding areas, had requested to direct the show more than a year ago.
  • It’s a wrap at the Boys & Girls Club
    11/28/2018 If you’ve driven by the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville recently, you’ve likely noticed new eye-catching vehicles parked out front.
    But are they new? “No, we’ve got wraps, the next best thing,” Becky Terry, the Club’s executive director, told me.
    Two vehicles, one minibus purchased a few years ago by the Club’s auxiliary, and one 15-passenger Ford transit van purchased in May, feature new vehicle wraps advertising the Club. The vans even have the “larger than life” likeness of four Club kids pictured on each side.
    “We thought it was a really good opportunity to increase our brand awareness, brand identity, also great marketing tool,” Terry said during the Club’s recent unveiling ceremony of the new van wrap, sponsored by Indiana Farmers Insurance. Bart Anderson, Indiana Farmers’ vice president of marketing and chief vision officer, attended.
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