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Are you a poet (and totally know it)?
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Think you’ve got what it takes to turn this newsletter into a poem? | Photo by Karolina Grabowska via Pexels

Calling all readers: In honor of National Poetry Month, you’re officially invited to enter INDYtoday’s poetry contest.

This contest is open to all, and the rules couldn’t be more simple: Turn our Wednesday, April 3 newsletter into a poem.

We’ll clarify. Using only the words that appear in this newsletter, craft an original poem of up to 75 words. Unlike an erasure poem, the words do not have to appear in the order they’re found — mix and match how you please.

Any English word appearing anywhere in today’s newsletter is fair game, including the ones you’re reading right now (we’ll throw some fun ones at you: Red. Ambivalent. Fungi.). If a word appears once, you can only use it once.

The rules:
  • Submit your poem here by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 14.
  • Include a title + author’s name in your submission. Titles are an exception to the rule, and do not need to pull words from the newsletter.
  • Poems, excluding title and author’s name, must be 75 words or less.
The fun stuff:
  • While we’ve placed a pretty big limitation on your poem’s words, the form + direction is up to you — and we can’t wait to see what you all come up with.
  • The Editorial team behind INDYtoday will narrow submissions down to a group of finalists based on style, originality, artistic quality, and creativity. Finalists will be announced in an upcoming newsletter, and we’ll ask our readers to vote for their favorite poem. We’ll feature the winner’s poem in a newsletter during the last full week of April.
  • Pro tip: To make the process easier on yourself, we recommend printing out today’s issue, highlighting the words you find most interesting, and crossing them out as you include them in your poem.
  • Don’t forget to keep track of your articles (words like “the” or “and”).
Happy writing, Indianapolis.
 
 
Events
 
Wednesday, April 3
  • Spring Break Open Studio | Wednesday, April 3-Friday, April 5 | 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | Newfields, 4000 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis | Free | Explore the great outdoors and venture through The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park to the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion.
  • Hot Walk Indy: First Wednesday Walks x Cultural Trail | Wednesday, April 3 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Lugar Plaza, 200 E. Washington St., Indianapolis | Free | Go on an adventurous walk through the heart of Indianapolis while making new friends and memories.
Thursday, April 4
  • Indianapolis Indians vs. Memphis Redbirds | Thursday, April 4 | 6:35 p.m. | Victory Field, 501 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis | $13-$90 | It’s Thirsty Thursday at Victory Field — satisfy your thirst with $2 Pepsi products and $3 draft beers.
Friday, April 5
  • Spring Book Sale | Friday, April 5-Saturday, April 6 | Times vary | Carmel Clay Public Library, 425 E. Main St., Carmel | Cost of purchase | Discover great bargains on used books — it’s just $10 for a bag of books.
  • Harrison Center First Friday Gallery Opening | Friday, April 5 | 6-9 p.m. | Harrison Center, 1505 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis | Free | Stop by this local art gallery opening featuring several solar-themed collections.
Saturday, April 6
  • Eclipse Weekend | Saturday, April 6-Sunday, April 7 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis | Museum admission | Join The Children’s Museum for educational programming and learning opportunities about this once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse.
Sunday, April 7
  • Sunday Sunset Meditation | Sunday, April 7-Sunday, Jan. 4 | Times vary | Myriad Yoga, 1060 Capitol St., Ste. 4-108, Indianapolis | Free | A guided meditation led by Tiffianie King of 3BFIT offers an experience of rest, restoration, release, and revival.
Wednesday, April 10
  • Corks & Forks, presented by Kroger | Wednesday, April 10 | 7-9:30 p.m. | Gainbridge Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis | $150 | Join Second Helpings for a food and beverage journey inside exclusive spaces at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.*
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News Notes
 
State
  • ICYMI, the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming primary election is the same day as the solar eclipse — and many county offices will be closed Monday for the event. If a county office is closed on the deadline date, the in-person application deadline is extended to noon the following day. (IBJ)
Traffic
  • Both directions of Fall Creek Parkway North Drive will be closed at Evanston Avenue (just east of the state fairgrounds) April 15-30 due to construction for the Nickel Plate Trail project, which is expected to continue through mid-2025 to add nine miles of trail to the city. Get detour info. (WTHR)
Coming Soon
  • California-based Cookie Plug, a cookie shop inspired by hip-hop music and street art, is opening its first location in Indiana at 646 Mass Ave. this spring. The cookies are described as part cookie, part cake, and part brownie. (IBJ)
Development
  • Chatham Park Development is planning to spend more than $12 million to build walk-up style apartment buildings along Delaware Street, just south of Fall Creek. The Oxford Row project will occupy about 1 acre with 46 units, plus 5,000 sqft of retail space. The land is under contract pending city approval. (IBJ)
Edu
  • The City-County Council granted final approval to open an all-girls charter school in the Washington Township school district. It also passed a resolution to rezone 10 acres along Michigan Road for the Girls IN STEM Academy, a K-8 charter school with curriculum focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. (Chalkbeat/IBJ)
Sports
  • The Pacers’ win over the Brooklyn Nets Monday night marked coach Rick Carlisle’s 939th victory — moving him to the No. 12 spot on the all-time American professional basketball wins list. Carlisle coached the Pacers from 2003-04 to 2006-07 and then returned to the team starting with the 2021–22 season. (IndyStar)
Eat
  • Sidedoor Bagel announced it will host an inaugural sandwich series every Saturday and Sunday this month featuring new specials curated by local restaurants: Lil Dumplings Noodle Bar, Gomez BBQ, Julieta Taco Shop, and Natural State Provisions. Sidedoor’s hours are 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the weekend, and you may want to get there early.
Ranked
  • Indy’s bakery scene is on a roll — and the lines we’ve seen outside local shops and pop-ups lately are a testament to that. Food & Wine Magazine even named Indianapolis the No. 11 best US city for bakeries. Read more about Indy’s bakeries.
Sports
  • The Indianapolis Colts have received a lot of the same results from mock drafts lately, but one made an outrageous choice right off the bat. Go beyond the scoreboard for the biggest stories on the Colts with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
Number
  • 400+. That’s the number of open positions available with Indy Parks and Recreation. Applications are now open for the 2024 summer season, including various part-time roles like camp counselors, lifeguards, and food coordinators. See if there’s a job for you.*
Shop
  • See a new splash of color in your home with watercolor paintings by Emily Winslow. These pieces are inspired by Winslow’s love for Indiana and national parks, featuring calming and light colors.
 
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Eat
 
🌔 Eating the eclipse
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The Eclipse Macarons by Circle City Sweets are decorated with the moon phases and filled with chocolate ganache. | Photo provided by The AMP
The total solar eclipse is now less than a week away, but who’s counting? There’s so much happening all across central Indiana from events to special cocktails.

If you’re looking for another fun way to celebrate the celestial moment — and support local while you do it — The AMP at 16 Tech (1220 Waterway Blvd.) has several vendors sharing “Solar Eclipse Specials” available Friday, April 5 through Monday, April 8.

Specials include:
  • Circle City Sweets: Eclipse Macaron 6 Packs (six French macarons in varying stages of the eclipse)
  • The Bull Grill: Red Moon Burger (double smash patties, smoked gouda cheese, glazed bacon, crispy onion rings, Whiskey BBQ sauce, served on a red salsa seared brioche bun) and Loaded Smash Burger Fries
  • Caplinger’s: Moon Rocks (hush puppies) and Meteors (fries)
  • Boba & Everything: Galaxy Milk Tea (vanilla Thai milk tea)
  • Tortilla Mexican Food: Eclipse Taquitos (five chicken taquitos served with lettuce, pico de gallo, sour cream, and fresh cheese with salsa on the side)
  • Scoopz Ice Cream: AMPlified (one scoop of vanilla ice cream blended with Reese’s and Oreos)
  • Goody2Treats: Eclipse Cupcake (cookies and cream cupcake with chocolate and golden Oreos)
 
The Buy
 
A variety of snacks for runners and bikers. The Fuel Goods Collection offers boxes filled with food that will fuel your lifestyle.
 
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The Wrap
 
Nicole-Hernandez-Headshot-INDY Today’s edition by:
Nicole
From the editor
I have the Monument Circle print hanging up in my office and I’m getting ready to order another watercolor print from Emily. She just launched some new Indy-inspired pieces — and fun fact: she used my photo as a reference for her Highland Park print, so I have to get that one. Emily is so talented and I’ve even learned how to paint with watercolors thanks to a workshop she hosted at Tuggle’s in Fountain Square awhile back.
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