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🌸 Spring-inspired sips
Four different spring-inspired drinks from Blue Mind Coffee
The Blooming Rose was offered for a limited time for Valentine’s Day and is back for spring. | Photo by @jakobhasslerphotography via Blue Mind Roasting
From brightly-colored thirst-quenchers to rose garnishes and names like “Matcha Peachu,” local businesses are springing specialty menus and warm weather favorites on you. Here are six drinks you’ll find us sipping.

Blue Mind Coffee, 646 E. 38th St.
Okay, the spring drink lineup by Blue Mind looks lovely, so we don’t think you can really go wrong. Editor’s pick: Senior City Editor Nicole usually isn’t a matcha girlie, but the sound of a “Sakura Matcha” with orange, brown sugar, and oat milk, topped with cherry blossom coconut cold foam sounds really nice.

Java House, Multiple locations
Spring has sprung at Java House with its spring seasonal drink lineup that’s available March 19-April 26. Editor’s pick: This is the only “Spring Fling” Nicole is looking for — a slightly sweet and refreshing cold brew green tea paired with blueberry lemonade.

A blue-colored coffee drink in a cocktail glass

Parlor is a pro at creating unique and pretty looking drinks.

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Photo by @parlorpublichouse

Parlor Public House, 600 E. Ohio St., Ste. B
We love a pretty, photo-worthy drink, and the baristas at Parlor Public House know what they’re doing. Editor’s pick: Try the “Weeping Willow,” which is made with butterfly pea flower, pear syrup, popcorn syrup, and pawpaw spritz. You can order it hot or iced.

Quills Coffee, 941 N. Meridian St.
The spring drink menu at Quills features two returning favorites and two brand new beverages, to offer a selection of fruity and unique flavors. Editor’s pick: The “Sundae Morning” includes two of Nicole’s favorite things — cold brew + strawberry.

A colorful spring drink with a flower garnish

This bright drink is sure to catch your eye and give you a refreshing boost.

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Photo by @neidhammercoffeeco

Neidhammer Coffee Company, 2104 E. Washington St.
Get a taste of spring next time you stop by the east side. Editor’s pick: The “Hummingbird Lotus” looks stunning + combines pineapple and hibiscus for a bright energy boost.

Tinker Coffee, Multiple locations
If you’re downtown or near The AMP, grab a refreshing pick-me-up on your way back to work. Editor’s pick: We love the sound of an espresso lemonade.
 
Events
 
Thursday, March 28
  • xZOOberance Spring Festival | Thursday, March 28-Thursday, April 11 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Indianapolis Zoo, 1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis | Zoo admission | Check out this annual spring festival at the zoo featuring 16 days of spring-centric activities.
  • Indy Reads Game Night | Thursday, March 28 | 5-7 p.m. | Indy Reads, 1066 Virginia Ave., Indianapolis | Free | Bring the family and friends for some chess and games, or bring along your favorite game to play.
Friday, March 29
  • Creative Writing and Drawing | Friday, March 29 | 1-2 p.m. | Central Library, 40 E. Saint Clair St., Indianapolis | Free | Professor Watermelon and Mister Smart will show you how to write and illustrate your own stories using the library for inspiration and research — ages 6 and up.
  • Indiana Pacers vs. Los Angeles Lakers | Friday, March 29 | 7 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis | $129+ | The Pacers fell to the Lakers by five points on Sunday — can they come back and beat them at home?
Saturday, March 30
  • In the City with Mirror Indy | Saturday, March 30 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Legacy Funeral Home, 1604 W. Morris St., Indianapolis | Free | Join Enrique and the Mirror Indy squad as they partner with the West Indianapolis Neighborhood Congress to spiffy up the block — refreshments will be served.
  • Marian University Cycling vs. Midwest Classic | Saturday, March 30 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Indy Cycloplex, 3649 Cold Spring Rd., Indianapolis | Free | Watch Marian University Cycling race at Indy Cycloplex.
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Indiana Grown’s 2,000+ members encompass the supply chain across farms, small businesses, and more. | Photo provided by Indiana Grown
Did you know? Indiana farmers cultivated nearly 14.6 million acres of farmland in 2022. With 53,000+ farming operations, Indiana ranks as the ninth-largest farming state in the nation.

What’s Indiana Grown?

An Indiana State Department of Agriculture initiative that designates products from Indiana. This initiative extends beyond just produce and livestock — Hoosiers can find the label on anything grown, raised, processed, and packaged within the state.

How can Hoosiers support the initiative?

From coffee and hot sauce to soap and candles, Indiana Grown membership encompasses the supply chain across farms, small businesses, markets, and restaurants.

So, how do you know you’re buying local products? Simply look for the Indiana Grown label the next time you’re at a local farmers market, neighborhood market, or grocery store.

Pro tip: Browse the 2,000+ members to find and support Indiana Grown in your neighborhood and keep an eye out for the Indiana Grown label next time you’re shopping.
 
News Notes
 
Health
  • With the total solar eclipse less than two weeks away, the Marion County Public Health Department is giving away eclipse glasses at several events across the city next week. During an open house on Saturday, April 6, the health department will also offer sports physicals, dental screenings, blood pressure checks, and vaccines. (WRTV)
Tech
  • INDOT is teaming up with Purdue University and Cummins to install wireless electric vehicle chargers on a state highway in West Lafayette as part of a pilot project. Construction is expected to begin this spring and be completed by next summer. (IndyStar)
Real Estate
  • M/I Homes announced that sales have started at Sawyer Walk, a subdivision with 417 units in Bargersville. Model homes will be ready to tour in early April. Plans call for the 169-acre development along State Road 144 to have 273 single-family homes starting at $349,000 and 144 paired villas starting at $294,000. (IBJ)
Community
  • The Indianapolis Zoo is asking for the community’s help naming their newborn rhino calf. The female white rhino calf was born on Super Bowl Sunday to mother Zenzele. She is the first live-birth rhinoceros calf for the Indianapolis Zoo and Zenzele’s seventh calf. Vote for your favorite name by Monday, April 8. (WRTV)
Try This
  • The 16th annual Pinewood Derby is back at the Indiana State Museum March 27-30 and April 3-8. During the 10 days of races, hundreds of hand-built, miniature cars will zip down the two-story, 125-ft track to the finish line. Pinewood Derby is free for members and included with museum admission. (WRTV)
Environment
  • The Indiana Finance Authority has expanded its North Central Indiana Water Study across 28 counties to examine future water needs and availability. Preliminary data from the study should be back by late spring or summer, and final results are anticipated in the fall. (WTHR)
Sports
  • Power forward Jarace Walker is developing — what does it mean for the Indiana Pacers? Locked On podcast host Tony East is joined by Derek Kramer from iPacersblog to break it all down and take a close look at the Pacers defense.
    Wellness
    • Therapy isn’t a luxury — it’s an essential tool for navigating life’s complexities. Invest in your wellbeing with 25% off your first month of BetterHelp.*
     
    Holiday
     
    🐰 Hop to it
    A family walks along the Canal with Easter bunny ears on
    The Easter event on the Cultural Trail is friendly to leashed pets. | Photo by Josh Gaal via Indianapolis Cultural Trail
    Peeps are on the shelves, pastel is everywhere, so you know what that means — it’s the season of bunny photos and egg hunts. To soak up the sweetness of springtime, we’re rounding up Easter-themed events for every-bunny in the family.

    Friday, March 29

    Adult Easter Egg Hunt, 9061 N. 700 W., McCordsville
    Visit Daniel’s Vineyard for hippity-hoppity fun + hunt the vineyard high and low for Easter eggs filled with prizes including all things wine, Daniel’s gift cards, Summer Concert Series tickets, and more.

    Saturday, March 30

    Eggventure on the Canal, Indianapolis Colts Canal Playspace
    Explorers of all ages and abilities can take part in a scavenger hunt along the scenic Downtown Canal with several stops to complete fun games + activities to earn eggs. Participants who complete the entire hunt will receive a special prize.

    Easter Begg Hunt, Hamilton Town Center Dog Park
    Bring your furry friends for an Easter egg hunt they’ll love. For $5 per dog, your pet can sniff out thousands of treat-filled beggs. Proceeds will benefit local rescues.
     
    The Buy
     
    Jenni Earle Bandanas. Try a new trend this spring with these bandanas – perfect to tie around your neck, hair, or handbag.
     
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    The Wrap
     
    Nicole-Hernandez-Headshot-INDY Today’s edition by:
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    From the editor
    Speaking of Blue Mind, I’m so excited to share that I’m hosting a coworking day there on Tuesday, April 9 from 12 to 3 p.m. — just in time to enjoy the delicious spring menu and the shop’s new extended hours. You’ll get an affogato shot of espresso and a complimentary headshot while you’re there. Hope to meet some of you.
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