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Registration is now open for LifeStream's 16 th Annual Aging Well Conference

Posted March 18, 2019

Conference to feature keynote speaker Loretta Swit, best known as Major Margaret Houlihan on M*A*S*H LifeStream invites the community to register for this year's Aging Well Conference on Thursday, June 6 at the Horizon Convention Center located at 401 S. High St. Muncie, IN 47305. This year's conference features keynote speaker Loretta Swit, best known for iconic starring role as Major Margaret Houlihan on television's most honored series, M*A*S*H.

The conference includes a resource fair with more than 30 booths, light breakfast, and 15 breakout sessions designed for older adults, veterans, caregivers, wellness enthusiasts, and healthcare professionals. Sessions include presentations from the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs, a legislative panel, yoga and exercise classes, team building in the workplace, and much more. A plated lunch will be served followed by Swit's presentation. In addition to her expansive career and passions, Swit was a caregiver for her mother who lived to be 106 years old.

The registration fee for the full conference is $35 per person before May 3. The price increases to $40 after May 3. Those interested in attending Loretta Swit's presentation, resource fair, and lunch only can purchase a ticket for $25. Please note that the $25 ticket does not include the conference breakout sessions. Ensure your spot by reserving before May 24.

Organizations interested in supporting the conference should sign up to sponsor and/or have a spot in the resource fair before May 24.

Additional details including registration, sponsorship, and resource fair sign up are available online at www.lifestreaminc.org/agingwell . For more information or to sign up over the phone/email, please contact Hannah Downham, PR Officer, at 765-759-3363 or email hdownham@lifestreaminc.org.

LifeStream is an Area Agency on Aging that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. LifeStream serves over 19,000 seniors and people with disabilities throughout 12 counties in Indiana including Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Cafes, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, volunteer opportunities and more. For more about the organization call (800) 589-1121 or visit online at www.lifestreaminc.org and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lifestreamservices.

Singles Interaction Newsletter - April 2019

Posted March 18, 2019, 2019

Supplied Newsletter: Singles Interaction April 2019

If you are 21 years of age or better and single, divorced, widow or widower, Singles' Interaction invites you to join them on Friday nights. Come to the Eagles Lodge, 75 South 12th Street, Richmond (membership not required) and meet other single people in the Richmond area.

Come, socialize, dance, and enjoy yourself!

Nettle Creek Players Announces Local Auditions for Summer Season

Posted March 11, 2019

Historic Tent Theatre Seeeking Performers for "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

Nettle Creek Players, a professional summer stock tent theatre, will hold auditions for their 2019 Summer Season on Saturday, March 2 from 11am-1pm at The Wilkinson Theatre at Earlham College, 801 National Road West, Richmond, Indiana. To schedule an audition, actors should email info@nettlecreekplayers.com and request an appointment. Video submissions will also be accepted prior to March 10 at that same email address.

The season includes "Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Rumpelstiltskin, or The Faeirie's Secret Name," and the musical revue "Gershwin & Friends: A Broadway Songbook Cabaret."

There are roles available for adult actors as well as teens and children ages 10 and above. Actor contracts will include a performance stipend, and there will be stage management, internship and educational opportunities available as well. Rehearsals begin June 17 and the performances will run from July 5 to 28.

Hagerstown is located one hour east of Indianapolis just off of Interstate 70. Actors will be asked to provide a photo and resume and prepare one song in the style of contemporary Broadway musicals. An accompanist will be provided. There are also positions available in Stage Management and other technical areas. Those interested in technical theatre should also request an audition time and prepare for a brief interview. All auditions and interviews will be conducted by Artistic Director Darrin Murrell.

More information about the company can be found at www.nettlecreekplayers.com.

ATHENA Leadership Award®, Young Professional Leadership Award Nominations Accepted Through April 26

Posted March 11, 2019

The deadline to submit nominations for this year's ATHENA Leadership Award® and the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26.

The ATHENA Leadership Award® will be presented to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential. The event recognizes women leaders who motivate, inspire and create positive change in the community. Previous award recipients include Mary Jo Clark, Jackie Carberry, Kim Poinsett, Angie Dickman and Janice Buhl-Macy.

The ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honoring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential-creating balance in leadership worldwide. ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Nominees are 18-35 years age. Nominees are emerging women leaders who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession. Provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community. Clearly serves as a role model for young women both personally and professionally. The first recipient of the award was Jessie Pilewski.

Nomination forms are available at waynecoathena.com.

The awards will be presented at the annual dinner at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2019, at Forest Hills Country Club, located at 2169 South 23rd St. in Richmond, Ind.

Founded in 1982, ATHENA International is a women's leadership organization that supports, develops and honors women leaders through the programs it administers. ATHENA's flagship program, the ATHENA Leadership Award® Program, has honored over 6,250 women leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception. The program is facilitated locally by Wayne Bank and Indiana University East, licensed ATHENA host organizations. Nominations are sought throughout the community and recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders based on the criteria above.

ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients hail from all professional sectors. The award's rich history, international scope and emphasis on mentorship make this award unique and amongst the most prestigious leadership awards one can receive.

Wayne Bank and IU East are honored to bring this award to Wayne County. ATHENA Leadership Award® recipients are presented a hand-cast, bronze and crystal sculpture that symbolizes the strength, courage and wisdom of ATHENA recipients.

Local sponsorship is provided by Wayne Bank and Indiana University East. Event proceeds will equally benefit the Women's Fund of Wayne County and Girls, Inc.

To RSVP, visit waynecoathena.com or contact JoAnn Spurlock, assistant vice president at Wayne Bank, at (765) 259-0209 or jspurlock@waynebnk.com or Paula Kay King, director of Gift Development at IU East, at (765) 973-8331 or pkayking@iue.edu.

Senior Adult Ministry March Meeting

Posted March 11, 2019

You are invited to a sing along with the Sweet Sounds of Starr Valley dulcimers at 6 pm on Tuesday, March 26, at First United Methodist Church, 318 National Road West, Richmond, IN. Have a toe- tapping, hand clapping good time! Please bring finger foods to share.

New members are always welcome. Senior Adult Ministry is an active group of seniors over 50 years old open to all regardless of religious affiliation. The group is guided by Pastor Judi Marshall, Clara Bulmer and Beverly Kirby. These three women actively share their gifts of ministry, hospitality and creativity in planning and organizing the meetings.

Future meetings in 2019 include "Travel Tales" in June, "Senior Safety" in September, and a picnic at the Veteran's Park in July.

For further information, call 765-962-4357.

Appeals on Wheels to Hear Court Case at IU East on March 21

Posted March 7, 2019

The Court of Appeals of Indiana will hear oral argument at Indiana University East at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, in Vivian Auditorium, located in Whitewater Hall.

The Court of Appeals hears oral arguments across Indiana to enable Hoosiers to observe the real-world issues that face the Court and learn more about the Court's indispensable role in Indiana government.

The oral argument is open to the media and public, though seating is limited. Once the oral argument begins further admittance by visitors to Vivian Auditorium will not be permitted. The doors will close at 11 a.m. The session will end at noon.

Traveling oral arguments, or Appeals on Wheels, help Hoosiers learn more about the judiciary's indispensable role in Indiana government. Appeals on Wheels also provides opportunities for Court of Appeals judges to meet and talk with a broad range of citizens in relatively informal settings.

Audiences get to observe skilled legal arguments and advocacy by some of Indiana's best lawyers, against a backdrop of case-specific facts and statutory and constitutional law.

Scott Lee, assistant professor of political science at IU East is coordinating the event with the Court of Appeals. He encourages everyone in the community to participate in the session.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for all to see how the 'Wheels of Justice' turn in Indiana," Lee said. "Not only do we get to personally see and hear what happens in an appellate court session, but we also get to ask the judges questions afterwards."

A panel consisting of Judge John G. Baker, Judge Patricia A. Riley, and Judge Melissa S. May will hear Loren David Gary v. State of Indiana, 18A-CR-02067.

Photo: Judge John G. Baker
Judge John G. Baker
Photo: Judge Melissa S. May
Judge Melissa S. May
Photo: Judge Patricia A. Riley
Judge Patricia A. Riley

Loren Gary appeals his convictions of Level 1 felony attempted murder, Level 5 felony intimidation, and Level 6 felony intimidation. Gary argues the State did not present sufficient evidence he committed the crimes for which he was conviction. In addition, Gary contends he did not waive his right to jury trial with regard to the portion of the proceedings concerning the sentencing enhancement for the use of a firearm during the crime. Finally, Gary asserts his convictions of Level 1 felony attempted murder and Level 5 felony intimidation violated his right to be free from double jeopardy because the jury could have relied on the same evidence for both convictions.

The event is sponsored by the IU East School of Humanities and Social Sciences and IU East's chapter of the American Democracy Project.

Media Policy for Court of Appeals of Indiana

Reporters, including student journalists, may ask the Court's permission to record the argument with still or video cameras. Requests should be sent at least 48 hours in advance of the oral argument to Court Administrator Larry Morris at CourtOfAppeals@courts.in.gov.

The following rules will apply:

  • All cameras must be tripod-mounted and the operators must remain in place throughout the hearing.
  • Camera movement is limited to the judges and the arguing attorneys. No audience shots allowed.
  • No flash, strobes, or other distracting lights or sounds are permitted.
  • Video cameras and tape recorders cannot be used during the Q/A period that follows oral argument.

Print journalists don't have to ask the Court's permission to cover the argument or the Q/A session.

About Appeals on Wheels

Traveling oral arguments, or Appeals on Wheels, take the court across Indiana to help Hoosiers learn more about the judiciary's indispensable role in Indiana government. They also provide opportunities for Court of Appeals judges to meet and talk with a broad range of citizens in relatively informal settings. Appeals on Wheels typically occur at high schools, colleges, law schools and courtrooms, but they've also been held at conference centers, tourist sites and even retirement communities. The Court has conducted more than 500 Appeals on Wheels since its 2001 centennial, although the program predates the centennial.

For more information about the Court, please visit courts.in.gov/appeals.

WCTV's Annual 21 for Fun Casino Night Fundraiser

Posted March 6, 2019

A Magical Night of Las Vegas Style Fun

Supplied Graphic: 21 for Fun Casino Night on April 12, 2019

Whitewater Community Television will host its sixth annual 21 for Fun fundraiser at the Elks Club in Richmond on Friday, April 12, 2019 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm.

WCTV's Board of Directors invites the community to come out and enjoy an exciting night of risk-free Las Vegas style entertainment in support of Wayne County's Public, Education and Government (PEG) access television center. "It's a great opportunity for folks to show their support for community media while doing something fun. There's not another casino night quite like this around Wayne County," said Eric Marsh, WCTV's executive director.

In addition to casino games such as blackjack, craps, roulette and poker, this year's event will feature special performances by renowned magician Richard Darshwood and live music by the Dan Nix Combo. Guests will also enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and dancing throughout the evening, as well as a silent auction with chances to bid on a unique selection of local goods and big-ticket items.

Event Details:

  • Date: Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Location: Elks Club, 2100 U.S. 27, Richmond, Indiana 47374
  • Ticket Information:
    Tickets are $45.00 each and include $200 of play money for use during the event. Additional play money is available for purchase at the door. For tickets, visit www.wctv.info or O'Onda Gallery and Gifts located at 534 East Main Street, Richmond, Indiana 47374.
About Whitewater Community Television:

WCTV has served as Wayne County's PEG access television station since 1988. WCTV produces a wide variety of community, educational and government programming for local residents to enjoy. Our programs are available on Comcast cable throughout most of Wayne County on WCTV Channel 21, WETV Channel 20 and WGTV Channel 11. Online programming is also available for those without access to cable.

Wayne County: Indiana's Gateway to Racing Signature Dinner & Exhibit

Posted March 5, 2019

Photo: Richmond Midget Stadium Circa 1940-50 photo by Ralph Pyle from the collection of Dick Mendenhall.

Your Wayne County Historical Museum would like to announce our 2019 Signature Dinner, Exhibit, and Program:

Signature Dinner:
  • Tag Line: Celebrate over 100 years of Wayne County Indiana Racing History
  • When: Saturday April 6, 2019 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Where: WCHM Museum Building/Harlan Family Community Building
  • Parking: Behind WCHM= Street Parking in front of museum, Parking Lot (S. 11 th behind museum),
  • Fenced Parking on Grass across B Street
  • Admission: $100.00/ Person $600.00 per table (6/table) ask us about sponsoring a table!
  • Dress: Business Casual/Cocktail Attire
  • Reservations/Tickets: Are available to purchase by phone or in Person. Cash, checks, all major credit cards accepted. Reservations MUST be made by 4/5/2019.
Menu:
  • Cash Bar (Provided by Old Richmond Inn) & Appetizers (Provided by WCHM) (In Main Museum Building/Community Room) (5:30- 6:30)
  • Dinner (In Community Room) (6:30 – 7:30)- Catered by the Old Richmond Inn
  • 1 st Course: Caesar Salad
  • Entrée: Filet Mignon and Chicken Breast sautéed in a light Brandy cream sauce with mushrooms.
  • Sides: Duchess Potatoes and Green Bean Almandine
  • Dessert: Apple Pie or Raspberry Cobbler Al a mode
  • Beverages: Iced Tea, Lemonade, Coffee (Regular & Decaf)
  • Raffle: Gift Baskets
Speakers: (7:30- 9:30 pm)
  • Intro
  • Tom Bigelow- Driver- USAC, Indy 500, NASCAR
  • Bob Lemons- Winchester Speedway Driver-Current
  • Bill Johnson, 1 st Place Driver-Richmond Midget Stadium
  • Bobby Jackson, 1 st Place Driver- Richmond Midget Stadium
  • End of Program (9:30 – 10:00 pm)
  • -Thank You's- Executive Director/Board/Staff
  • -Guests invited to spend time in the exhibit

Supplied Flyer: Wayne County: Indiana’s Gateway to Racing Signature

Exhibit: Wayne County: Indiana's Gateway to Racing

Explore the incredible racing history of Wayne County! From Ostrich Races at the Arboretum, to the heyday of midget car racing at Richmond Midget Stadium, Wayne County: Indiana's Gateway to Racing Exhibit has something for everyone. Over 100 years of racing history in Wayne County is highlighted. Learn the connections between Wayne County and NASCAR, the Indy 500, and the near-by race tracks in Winchester, Dayton, and Anderson. Find out how Wayne County has had a need for speed over the years with soapbox derby, go karts, and even speed boats!

Exhibit Highlights:
  • See an actual 8mm video of a race at Richmond Midget Stadium!
  • Winners Circle Photo Op
  • Oral Histories from Bill Johnson, Bobby Jackson
  • Historic Midget Cars, Thunder Roadster, Ray Smith Champ Car, Racing Motorcycles,
  • Hydroplane Racing Boat, SCCA Auto Cross Race Car, Go Karts and more!
  • Trophies, uniforms, historic images, pit passes and other artifacts related to Wayne County Racing History

Exhibit Dates: April 7 2019 – March 1, 2020
Location: Wayne County Historical Museum-Harlan Family Community Building
Admission: Included with museum admission. (7.00 adults/ 4.00 students & children
6-17/ Children 5 & Under are free, WCHM Members are free)

IU East Presents B.o.B in Concert on April 12

Posted March 4, 2019

Supplied Photo B o. B, Man sitting in front of wall by a bicycle.

B.o.B will be in concert at Indiana University East on Friday, April 12, in the Student Events Center. Doors will open at 7 p.m. followed by the concert at 8 p.m.

The IU East Office of Campus Life and the Student Activity Advisory Team announced the spring concert artist during the Unveiling Party on February 25.

The spring concert is sponsored by First Bank Richmond and G101.3.

Pre-sale tickets cost $25 for the general public. IU East students may purchase one ticket for $20 at the Office of the Bursar. Students must present their CrimsonCard.

If available, the day of the concert tickets will cost $30 for general admission.

Tickets may be purchased online at iue.edu/concert or on campus at the Office of the Bursar, located in Whitewater Hall room 102. The bursar's office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

To purchase a ticket, you must be 18 years old. Minors attending the concert must be accompanied by an adult.

Rebeckah Hester, director of Campus Life, said students select the artists for the concert.

"Campus Life and the Student Activity Advisory Team are excited to bring B.o.B to IU East in April," Hester said.

B.o.B continues to push the envelope musically by expanding the depths of his talent, and though he's always been a skilled musician, playing the guitar for years, B.o.B has started producing music more frequently for both himself and his artists under his independent label No Genre.

The last half-decade has seen B.o.B devoted to one mission, to erase genre boundaries while simultaneously expanding the breath and scope of a distinctive creative vision and he doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

B.o.B is from Atlanta, Georgia. He released his first mixtape, Cloud Nine, in 2006. The rapper/songwriter has received six Grammy nominations. He has recorded his second album, Strange Clouds, featuring songs "Bombs Away," "Where Are You (B.o.B vs. Bobby Ray)," "Stan" and "Hard To Breathe." His duet with Lil' Wayne was No. 1 on iTunes. He has also recorded with Taylor Swift on "Both of Us."

He's known for his songs including "Airplanes" featuring Haley Williams of Paramore, and "Nothing on You" featuring Bruno Mars.

In addition to the Grammy's, B.o.B has been recognized by The American Music Awards, BET Awards, MTV Awards and NAACP Image Awards.

For more information, call the Office of Campus Life at (765) 973-8240 or visit iue.edu/concert.

Transgender Singing Voice Conference returns to Earlham March 30-31

Posted March 4, 2019

A two-day workshop and celebration of the transgender and non-binary singing community is returning to Earlham College.

The second biannual Transgender Singing Voice Conference takes place on March 30-31 at the College's Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. The conference is a multidisciplinary, research and practice-oriented event and includes general sessions on terminology, etiquette, and legal information.

"We are dedicated to bringing together voice instructors, educators and medical professionals that serve the trans and non-binary singing community," says Danielle Cozart Steele, an adjunct instructor at Earlham who founded the conference in 2017. "We also want to provide real hands-on and practical experience for trans and non-binary singers.

"Trans people often find that they experiencing dysphoria around their singing and speaking voice, so we're offering the kind of tools for making the transition easier and for accessing a voice that feels truly and deeply authentic for that person," she says.

Registration is free for students and anyone for whom cost is prohibitive, $50 for eligible young professionals and $100 for all other professionals.

"We want as many people as possible to attend this event," Cozart Steele says. "When I organized this first conference there was no research surrounding transgender or non-binary voice issues, and we really wanted to change that. Fast forward two years and the research has exploded. It's beautiful that so many collaborations and research projects have developed over the last two years, some as a direct result of this conference."

Similarly, the second biannual event aims to produce new research, collaborations and networking opportunities for transgender and non-binary singers. One unique feature of this year's event is that organizers are soliciting musical scores by, for and about trans or non-binary issues.

"Earlham's choirs will be there to help us read through these pieces," Cozart Steele says. "We're encouraging trans composers or someone who wishes to honor the trans experience to compose a piece on those themes."

This year's conference is sponsored by Earlham's Center for Social Justice, Earlham Center for Global Health, and the Earlham School of Religion. For more information, visit earlham.edu/transgender-singing-voice-conference.

Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Disney Institute to Richmond, IN

Posted February 28, 2019, 2019

Disney Institute is bringing its renowned professional development course, Disney's Approach to Business Excellence, to Richmond, IN on Friday, April 26, 2019. Sponsored by the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce, the one-day event will help area professionals begin to understand the power of leadership values, discover how customer loyalty can be established, and gain insight into how organizational culture is strengthened. Participants gain an awareness of the systems and processes that can make exceptional customer service achievable and learn how to integrate personal creativity and organizational processes to support continuous improvement within their organization.

"This is an excellent opportunity for area employers to not only examine their own culture and practices, but to sharpen the skills of their employees as well," said Chamber President/CEO Melissa Vance. "Ultimately, this is about raising the bar and helping businesses thrive."

This day of Disney Institute training uses business insights and time-tested examples from Disney parks and resorts worldwide to inspire individuals and organizations to enhance their own customer experience using Disney principles as their guide.

"Anytime we can bring an organization of this caliber to Wayne County, the entire community benefits," said Mary Walker, Executive Director for the Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau.

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is inviting other surrounding Chambers to join them for this learning opportunity. "It didn't seem right to bring something this extraordinary to the area and keep it to ourselves. We know that if our region takes the principals provided by Disney Institute and applies them, we will become a magnet for a strong workforce. People want to go where good things are happening."

Registration is $499 for Chamber members, $549 for non-Chamber members and includes all course materials as well as lunch, parking, etc. After March 20th registration is $549 for Chamber members, $599 for non-Chamber members. For more information or to register, visit WCAreaChamber.org or call (765) 962-1511.

About Disney Institute

As the trusted, authoritative voice on the Disney approach to customer experience, Disney Institute uses business insights and time-tested examples from Disney parks and resorts worldwide to inspire individuals and organizations to enhance their own customer experience using Disney principles as their guide. For nearly three decades, Disney Institute has helped professionals discover ways to positively impact their organizations and the customer they serve through immersion in leadership, service and employee engagement. Unique to Disney Institute is the opportunity to go behind the scenes in a "living laboratory" to observe firsthand how Disney methodologies are operationalized and how they can be adapted and applied to any work environment.

To learn more, visit www.disneyinstitute.com or call 321-939-4600.

Café at Twelve Hundred Nabs 'Gold Noodle Award' in Cambridge City

Posted February 28, 2019, 2019

The Reid Health Café at Twelve Hundred was the first place 2019 Gold Noodle Award winner at Wayne County Mac & Cheese Contest for an aged white cheddar mac and cheese dish with bacon crumbled on top.

The fund-raiser for the Lincoln High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) was launched by the BPA and the Cambridge City Chamber of Commerce in 2017. The event was held in the Golay Center with about 10 restaurants competing.

This is the first year that the Café at Twelve Hundred placed, said Dugan Wetzel, Chef and Culinary Coordinator for Reid Health, though the café has entered all three years. "The first year we entered a pulled pork mac and cheese topped with smoke breadcrumbs and jalapeno salt. The second year we entered a four-cheese mac and cheese," Wetzel said.

Leslie Warner, one of Reid Health's caterers, accepted the award on behalf of the café and catering department.

IU Soul Revue to perform at IU East on March 28

Posted February 21, 2019, 2019

Supplied Photo: Soul RevueIU Soul Revue will perform at Indiana University East at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, in the Student Events and Activities Center.

Event admission is free. However, the first 300 people to register through Eventbrite.com will receive priority seating. A printed ticket or an image of the ticket on your mobile device must be presented upon entry to receive priority seating.

For all others, general admission bleacher seating will be available on a first come, first serve basis until the venue is full.

Supplied Image: James Strong, Jr.The event is sponsored by the IU East Alumni Association and Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

The IU Soul Revue is America's first and finest collegiate Black popular music ensemble. Since 1971, the Soul Revue is famous for dynamic performances of R&B, soul, funk, and contemporary Black popular music delivered by its commanding vocalists, powerful horn line, and tight rhythm section.

IU East alumnus James A. Strong, Jr., is the director of IU Soul Revue. He is a renowned bassist, musical director, and producer. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from IU East in 2013. He is an Indianapolis native and a graduate of Northwest High School. Before enrolling in IU East's business online degree completion program, he attend IU Bloomington and was a member of IU Soul Revue.

IU Soul Revue is an academic course at IU Bloomington through the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies and one of three ensembles managed by the African American Arts Institute. The IU Soul Revue has opened for famous artists including James Brown, The Emotions, Booker T. Jones, and most recently performed with Bootsy Collins in the 2018 Cincinnati Music Festival.

The Soul Revue will travel to Los Angeles this spring to perform with Grammy-winner Terry Steele at the legendary Spaghettini jazz club.

To RSVP a ticket for priority seating, visit Eventbrite.com. All other seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

IU East to Host Two Legislative Forums in March

Posted February 20, 2019, 2019

Indiana University East will host a Legislative Forum from 8-9 a.m. on Friday, March 1, in the Whitewater Hall Lobby. The forum provides an opportunity for the community to have an in-person discussion with Senator Jeff Raatz and Representatives Tom Saunders and Brad Barrett.

The Legislative Forum is free and open to the public.

The second Legislative Forum of the month will be held from 8-9 a.m. on Friday, March 22, in the Whitewater Hall Lobby.

During the Legislative Forums, each elected official will give opening remarks on the 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly and any legislation of interest. The forum will then be opened for a question-and-answer period with the audience, moderated by Mengie Parker, associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

For more information, contact Terry Wiesehan, IU East director of Alumni Relations, at (765) 973-8221 or twiesaha@iue.edu.

Nominations Now Accepted for the LifeStream Golden Hoosier Award

Posted February 20, 2019, 2019

LifeStream Services is seeking nominees age 65 or older for the LifeStream Golden Hoosier Award. The community is encouraged to nominate those special volunteers who consistently go above and beyond demonstrating passion and commitment to service.

The nominee must be age 65 or older and currently reside in Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, or Wayne county. The individual must have completed at least three years of volunteer experience after reaching 60 years of age, positively impacting members of the community, an organization, or faith-based organization through volunteer efforts.

The top 50 nominees and their guests will be celebrated at a tea ceremony on April 29 in New Castle. The winner of the 2019 award will be announced at this time. The recipient will then be nominated for the State of Indiana's Golden Hoosier Award, which is the highest honor given to seniors in Indiana.

Nominations are due no later than March 15 to Laura Bray, LifeStream's Volunteer Services Administrator. Additional information and a nomination form can be accessed by visiting www.lifestreaminc.org/goldenhoosier. Questions? Please call 765-759-3372 or email lbray@lifestreaminc.org.

LifeStream is an Area Agency on Aging that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. LifeStream serves over 23,000 seniors and people with disabilities throughout 12 counties in Indiana including Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Cafes, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, volunteer opportunities and more. For more about the organization call (800) 589-1121 or visit online at www.lifestreaminc.org and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lifestreamservices.

IU East Will Host LGBTQ Events This Spring

Posted February 18, 2019, 2019

Indiana University East will host a series of LGBTQ events this spring to celebrate inclusion and diversity. Events are free and open to the public.

The LGBTQ events are sponsored by the IU East School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of English, Diversity and Mindful Explorations Funds, the Composition Program, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Strategic Investments, Safe Zone, and the Alliance Student Group.

Travis Rountree, assistant professor of English and director of the Writing Program, is organizing the spring events.

"These events are part of an ongoing effort for the campus to reach out to the community and promote diversity and inclusion," Rountree said.

A film series will kick off the spring events on Thursday, February 21, with a showing of the film Southern Comfort. The 2001 documentary YouTube film is about Robert Eads during his last year of life and the transgender community he created in rural Georgia. A second film will be shown on Wednesday, March 20. Love, Simon is a 2018 movie that shares the struggles of coming out in high school.

Supplied Photo: Stephen MillsIn March, the series will include an author presentation by Stephen Mills, award-winning LGBTQ poet who is a native of Richmond, Indiana. Rountree said Mills will read some of his poetry that often refers back to the region.

Mills is the author of the Lambda Award-winning book He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices and A History of the Unmarried, both from Sibling Rivalry Press.

He earned his Master of Fine Arts from Florida State University. Mills' work has appeared in The Antioch Review, PANK, The New York Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, Knockout, The Rumpus, and others. He is the winner of the 2008 Gival Press Oscar Wilde Poetry Award and the 2014 Christopher Hewitt Award for Fiction. His third poetry collection Not Everything Thrown Starts a Revolution is available from Sibling Rivalry Press. Currently, Mills lives in New York City with his partner and two schnauzers.

The spring events will conclude on April 11 with a LGBTQ panel of community members. The panel members will be announced at a later time.

"The Local LGBTQ Community Members Panel will involve community members from Richmond and the surrounding areas to talk about growing up and living here," Rountree said.

During the panel discussion, Rountree is also looking forward to unveiling IU East's first LGBTQ archive. Rountree, along with students in his Argumentative Writing course, his teaching assistant Abbie Sliger, and Beth South, campus archivist for the IU East Library, are collecting and analyzing the materials for the archive.

"Housed at IU East, the archive will be a physical and online resource for those who want to know more about the LGBTQ community in our region," Rountree said. "All of these events hope to encourage a feeling of inclusion and belonging to not only those who identify as LGBTQ, but also those who are allies or would just like to learn more about the community. The archive and these events will hopefully help to unearth and celebrate the untold history of the LGBTQ community in our dynamic region."

For more information, contact Travis Rountree at tarountr@iu.edu.

LGBTQ Spring Events Schedule:

Film Series: Southern Comfort
Thursday, February 21
5:30-7 p.m.
Tom Raper Hall Room 124
Southern Comfort is a Youtube film about a transgender community in rural Georgia. Free pizza will be available at the event.

Author Presentation: Stephen Mills, award winning poet
Wednesday, March 6
5:30-7 p.m., Reception to follow
Whitewater Hall, First Bank Richmond Community Room
Stephen S. Mills is an award-winning LGBTQ poet from Richmond, Indiana. He is the author of the Lambda Award-winning book He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices and A History of the Unmarried.

Film Series: Love, Simon
Wednesday, March 20
5:30-7 p.m.
Tom Raper Hall Room 124
Love, Simon: Film about the struggles of coming out in high school. Free pizza will be available at the event.

Panel of Local LGBTQ community members
Thursday, April 11
5:30-7 p.m., Reception to follow
Tom Raper Hall Room 124
This conversation will engage with the lives of the local LGBTQ community in Richmond, Indiana, and the surrounding areas.

LifeStream's Annual Healthy Aging Expo Set for May 9

Posted February 14, 2019, 2019

Supplied Flyer: Healthy Aging Expo

An event to provide information for older adults about healthy aging.

LifeStream Services, The Leland Legacy, Kicks96, 101.7 The Point, and The Legend 95.3 invite the public to join us at the annual Healthy Aging Expo on Thursday, May 9. Last year's event welcomed an astounding 300 attendees who enjoyed 70 vendor booths, 6 health demonstrations, and a complimentary lunch.

This year's Healthy Aging Expo will be once again be held at the Kuhlman Center at the Wayne County Fairgrounds located at 861 N. Salisbury Rd., Richmond, IN 47374 from 10am- 2pm.

The Expo is free to attend and hosts over 70 informational booths featuring health and wellness, financial services, area activities, and much more. The first 200 attendees will receive a complimentary lunch. There will also be several interactive demonstrations provided by Reid Health Alliance Medicare, YMCA of Richmond, Wayne County Emergency Management, the City of Connersville Police Department, and LifeStream Services.

We are currently accepting sponsorship and vendor reservations through April 24. To reserve a booth or become a sponsor, please contact Hannah Downham, Public Relations Officer, by calling 765-759-3363 or emailing hdownham@lifestreaminc.org. You can also fill out the form by visiting www.lifestreaminc.org/healthyagingexpo.

LifeStream is an Area Agency on Aging that works to improve the quality of life for people at risk of losing their independence. LifeStream serves over 19,000 seniors and people with disabilities throughout 12 counties in Indiana including Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Grant, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union, and Wayne. Programs and services include care management, transportation, in-home care, Senior Cafes, home-delivered meals, guardianships, caregiver support, home modifications, information and assistance, volunteer opportunities and more. For more about the organization call (800) 589-1121 or visit online at www.lifestreaminc.org and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lifestreamservices.

Singles Interaction Newsletter - March 2019

Posted February 14, 2019, 2019

Supplied Flyer: March 2019 Singles Interaction News Letter

If you are 21 years of age or better and single, divorced, widow or widower, Singles' Interaction invites you to join them on Friday nights. Come to the Eagles Lodge, 75 South 12th Street, Richmond (membership not required) and meet other single people in the Richmond area.

Come, socialize, dance, and enjoy yourself!

Free Tax Service at MRL

Posted January 29, 2019

Supplied Flyer: Free Tax Service at MRL

Free tax assistance provided by AARP Tax-Aide volunteers is available at Morrisson-Reeves Library starting on February 6th. This service is offered every Wednesday through April 10th. Services including: Indiana State and Federal tax form preparation with electronic filing.

The tax service starts at 10:00AM and ends at 3:30PM with the last appointment taken at 2:30pm. This free is provided on a first come, first serve basis. This service is open to Indiana Residents.

Special Insider Tip! A sign-up sheet for service will be placed outside of the library's front door at 8:00AM on tax service days. Spots fill very quickly and a line typically forms by 7:15AM in the morning!

For further details, contact the library at 765-966-8291 or online at MRLinfo.org.

FACEBOOK EVENT POST: https://www.facebook.com/events/2211348712264903/

It will be necessary to bring the following items in order to be properly served:

  • Last year's tax return;
  • Social Security cards and birth dates of all names listed on tax returns, including dependents;
  • All W2s, 1099s, and other tax statements received for the tax year;
  • Receipts for deductions including tax receipts;
  • Rent receipts, name and address of landlord if claiming renter's deduction on Indiana State return;
  • Care provider's name, address, and identifying number if claiming deduction for Child and Dependent Care expenses;
  • Amount(s) and date(s) of each payment of estimated taxes during the tax year;
  • Voided check or savings account routing numbers for direct deposit of refund.

Individuals with tax returns that are deemed too complicated will be referred to a tax professional.

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