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61º | Showers | 70% chance of rain | Sunrise 7:31 a.m. | Sunset 5:27 p.m.

 
🏔️ A positive mental altitude
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It’s hard to believe you can find this kind of waterfall in Indiana. Photo via @emschutt
Tomorrow is National Take a Hike Day — and it’s also potentially the last day of temperate fall weather before it starts getting pretty wet and cold around here. Carpe that sunny diem by lacing up your hiking boots at one of these local spots.

Key: Easy = 🥾 | Moderate = 🥾🥾 | Hard = 🥾🥾🥾

A forest next to a lake

Eagle Creek Park’s Lily Lake is a great spot for a picnic when you’re ready for a break. | Photo via @freezeframe56

Fowl Sanctuary South Overlook Trail, Eagle Creek Park, 7840 W. 56th St.
  • Difficulty: 🥾🥾
  • Length: 5.1-mile loop
  • Wheelchair accessible: Portions
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
Looking to do a bit of bird watching while you’re working up a sweat in this loop? Well, it’s called Eagle Creek Park for a reason — keep an eye out for these feathered friends and don’t forget to hit the Ornithology Center on your way out.

Lawrence Creek Trail, Fort Harrison State Park, 6000 N. Post Rd.
  • Difficulty: 🥾🥾
  • Length: 4.5-mile loop
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
Be cautious of mountain bikers as you traverse this beaten path with plenty of ravines to cross and beautiful wildlife to see. Pro tip: The trail can get pretty muddy, so be sure to watch the forecast for rain.

Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Rd.
  • Difficulty: 🥾
  • Length: 4.5-mile out-and-back
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • Pet-friendly: Yes
With more than 3.5 miles of trails, there are several vantage points to see the White River in the dense woods. You won’t want to miss the labyrinthine rock garden entrance from the west side of the park.

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Events
 
Friday, Nov. 17
Saturday, Nov. 18
  • Indy Art Doll Makers 21st Annual Art Doll Show & Holiday Fair | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Irvington United Methodist Church, 30 N. Audubon Rd., Indianapolis | Cost of purchase | Vote for your favorite dolls and shop for wearable art, jewelry, and unique gifts.
  • Christmas at the Zoo | Saturday, Nov. 18 | 2-10 p.m. | Indianapolis Zoo, 1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis | $29-$33 | Join the zoo for the opening day of its popular holiday experience, featuring activities and food for the whole family.
Sunday, Nov. 19
Monday, Nov. 20
  • Lineage Research Workshop | Monday, Nov. 20 | 3-7:45 p.m. | Beech Grove Branch, 1102 Main St., Beech Grove | Free | Learn more about your family tree with free genealogy research assistance.
Tuesday, Nov. 21
  • Live Music Tuesdays @ Circle Centre Mall | Tuesday, Nov. 21-Tuesday, Dec. 26 | 5-7 p.m. | Circle Centre Mall Dining Pavilion, 49 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis | Free | Wind down with colleagues + grab a bite to eat after work or bring the whole family for an evening of live local music.
Friday, Dec. 1
  • Big Ten Kickoff Concert | Friday, Dec. 1 | 4-9 p.m. | Monument Circle, Monument Circle, Indianapolis | Free (donations welcome) | Live music, food, drinks, and giveaways kick off Big Ten Championship weekend on Friday, Dec. 1 — feat. Rod Tuffcurls & the Bench Press.*
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News Notes
 
Opening
  • Hamilton County, get ready to go bulk or go home — the county’s first Costco is opening in Noblesville on Tuesday, Nov. 21 — just in time to snag that popular pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Learn more + discover other restaurants and businesses coming soon in the north suburbs. (IBJ)
Community
  • Listen up, Duke Energy customers. The company has announced more than $425,000 will be available to customers through the Share the Light Fund to pay winter electric bills. Check your eligibility. (WRTV)
Cause
  • Did you know that nearly one in four Marion County residents experiences food insecurity? The Pacers, the Colts, local not-for-profits, and the city are teaming up to combat hunger with a new “Drive and Dish” initiative. It’s expected to launch in January. (IBJ)
Sports
  • Just because the weather’s cooling down doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your pickleball hobby. Grand Park in Westfield is hosting a Winter Pickleball Festival over several days at the end of December. If you need to brush up on your skills, read our guide to local courts. (WISH)
Travel
  • Driving home for the holidays? Take note: GasBuddy just released its roundup of the top-rated gas station restrooms in every state. In Indiana, Casey’s took the (porcelain) throne.
Plan Ahead
  • We’re inching ever closer to the total solar eclipse happening on April 8, 2024, and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security has launched a new website to help Hoosiers get ready. Check it out. (WTHR)
Shop
  • Need the perfect holiday gift for your dad, brother, husband, or boyfriend? This brand has you covered with all the gifts and stocking stuffers that men will actually use. (Plus, they’re all 25% off during the Black Friday Sale, happening now.)*
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  • Calling all home seekers: Meet 9035 Colgate St., a beautiful 4 BD, 3 BA home that boasts a gorgeous soaking tub in the primary suite, balcony views overlooking the backyard + more desirable features ($359,900).*
 
Eat
 
Indy suburbs as Thanksgiving side dishes
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Huge fan of Thanksgiving side dishes? Hosting a Friendsgiving with everyone you know is the best way to get your fill (and some new recipes.)|Photo by the INDYtoday team
Let us set the table for your Thanksgiving feast with a question. If the Circle City is the turkey to this metro area meal, then what side dish is each of the suburbs?

For example: Lawrence and stuffing, because one way or the other, you probably have strong feelings about it. Is Westfield the gravy because it’s on top of everything, or is Southport the roll that you pile your makeshift Thanksgiving sandwich on? Carmel could be a dessert… it’s pretty rich.

We want to hear your ideas. Make them funny and family friendly and we’ll use them in an upcoming newsletter.
 
The Buy
 
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I recently found out that my fiancé has never been to Costco, so we’ll be making their Noblesville grand opening our date night next week. Here’s hoping they give out enough samples to qualify as an actual meal.
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