Plus, what would Indy's Spotify daylist be?
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🧹 Cleaning for a cause
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Donating goods to a local organization is a great way to make sure your unwanted items benefit other Hoosiers in need. | Photo by @exodus_refugee
Spring is finally here, Indy. The temps are warming, the windows are opening, and if you’re anything like us, you’re starting to spring clean like your life depends on it.

Why not make sure your unwanted stuff goes toward helping your fellow Hoosiers? Here are a few places around town where you can donate everything from food to clothing to cars.

Coburn Place
Coburn Place helps families who have fled domestic violence heal and get a fresh start. This group doesn’t accept clothing but has a variety of other needs, including household goods, appliances, food, and personal care items. Make sure you make an appointment before dropping off your goods; you won’t be allowed in the gate without one.

This group accepts children’s necessities and clothing (size preemie to 14/16Y), which are then donated to families in Indianapolis and surrounding counties. With 10 donation locations, Lambswear has collected and distributed over 24,000 bags of free clothing since 2013.

INDYtoday: INDY_Feeding America food pantry donations_APR24

Want to donate food truly on the go? Keep an eye out for these yellow food pantries, often located outside churches and community centers.


Photo by INDYtoday team

Exodus Refugee
Exodus Refugee helps refugees build self-sufficient lives for their families here in Indiana. Your gift of furniture, school supplies, cleaning items, and much more can be donated by appointment at the org’s Indianapolis office.

Indy Book Project
Help children from newborn to age 18 expand their reading opportunities by donating books to Indy Book Project, which distributes them to community centers, schools, and other locations that serve youth. You can also gift specific books from the group’s Amazon wishlist.

The Little Timmy Project
This group operates a free pantry for birthing folks and parents with young children. If you’ve got extra baby supplies on hand, such as unexpired car seats, pack-n-plays, bottles, and detergent, you can drop them off at several churches in the area.
Tuesday, April 16
  • Paintdrops on My Guitar Summer Camp | Tuesday, April 16 | 1-2:30 p.m. | uPaint Pottery, 3113 W. Smith Valley Rd., Ste. D, Greenwood | $32 | Kids five and older get to paint a guitar plaque themed around their favorite Taylor Swift album.
Wednesday, April 17
  • Churchill Starring David Payne | Wednesday, April 17 | Times vary | Shelton Auditorium at Butler Arts Center, 1000 W. 42nd St., Indianapolis | $59-$98 | Spend an evening with Winston Churchill in this one-man show.
  • All Elite Wrestling: DYNAMITE | Wednesday, April 17 | 7:30 p.m. | Indiana Farmers Coliseum, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis | $20-$75 | Watch a world-class roster of diverse male and female wrestlers fight each other live.
Thursday, April 18
  • Five Alarm 5K | Thursday, April 18 | 4-7:30 p.m. | Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St., Indianapolis | $30-$35 | Run or walk this flat, closed course in memory + support of firefighters battling cancer.
  • Of Land and Poetry: Indiana and Ireland | Thursday, April 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Carmel Clay Public Library, 425 E. Main St., Carmel | Free | Join local poet Rosaleen Crowley for a poetry reading and presentation of her paintings.
Friday, April 19
  • FrogWatch - Adult Session | Friday, April 19 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | Zion Nature Santuary, 690 Beech St., Zionsville | Free | Search for frogs and toads, learn about local species, and contribute to an amazing citizen science project.
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Add to cal: Symphony on the Circle
You don’t want to miss this inaugural event, Indy. | Photo provided by Indianapolis Symphony
Calling all arts enthusiasts. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has partnered with Downtown Indy, Inc. to host its inaugural Symphony on the Circle event at Monument Circle on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Celebrating the shared love of music and performance, the free event will feature:
  • Live music and dance performances
  • Food from vendors like Brozinni Pizzeria + Books, Bourbon & Bacon
  • A live stream of “The Sea: Elgar, Mendelssohn, and Debussy
  • On-site community organizations including Heartland Film, Indianapolis Ballet + IndyGo
  • And more
News Notes
  • Welcome to the Circle City. As expected, the Fever took guard Caitlin Clark with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft. Our friends at WTHR have a breakdown of Clark and the other Fever draft picks. (WTHR)
  • The Department of Public Works launched a citywide mission yesterday to fill potholes caused by last week’s rainstorms. You can report potholes by contacting the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622, using the Request Indy app, or online. (FOX59)
  • The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus has begun a summer series of town halls, empowering voters to give feedback and talk about what they want to see in next year’s legislative session. The first Indianapolis event will take place on Monday, June 3 at the Julia M. Carson Government Center. (WTHR)
  • The Colts and defensive lineman DeForest Buckner have agreed to a two-year, $46 million contract extension. Fans will get to see him on the field through the 2026 season. (WRTV)
Plan Ahead
  • Professional boxing event Naptown Rumble will return on Saturday, April 20. Nine fights will fill out the family-friendly evening, with three Hoosier athletes entering the ring to compete. Get tickets. (FOX59)
Try This
  • It’s your last chance to submit a poem for our INDYtoday Poetry Contest. Using words from our Wednesday, April 3 newsletter, create an original poem of 75 words or less — we’ll narrow down the finalists this afternoon and allow you all to vote on the winner starting tomorrow, April 17.
  • ICYMI, the Pacers are headed to the NBA playoffs. What will they need to do to beat the Bucks? Tony East breaks down their keys to success on the Locked On Pacers podcast.
    • Dreaming of a “one-card wallet?” It’s time to wake up and get this card. Not only does it offer 0% intro APR well into 2025, but cardholders can also earn up to an industry-crushing 5% cash back, with no annual fee to boot.*
    • Lower your energy bills before summer. Renewal by Andersen® will replace old windows with beautiful, energy-efficient windows — get a free quote and shop a limited-time spring savings event.*
    🎶 Another day, another play
    INDYtoday: INDY_Spotify Daylist_APR24
    The Spotify Daylist function can be just as mystifying as it is entertaining. | Photo by INDYtoday team
    Main character skateboarding Monday morning. Dark classical symphony Thursday afternoon. Self-sabotaging windows down early morning. Cozy wanderlust Tuesday afternoon.

    These are just a few of the Spotify Daylist themes that have taken over City Editor Shea and her coworkers’ playlists lately. Sometimes they’re spot-on, and sometimes they’re... a little strange. Humming wizard Friday early morning, anyone?

    Which got us to thinking: If Indy had a Spotify account, what would its “Daylist” pop up as? We could imagine scootering downtown to the sunny vibes of a “Shoes off nostalgia pop Saturday afternoon.” Or maybe walking down Mass Avenue to “Rainy pothole hero hip-hop evening.”

    Now you get to be the mastermind — give us your best Daylist madlibs. If you’re still wondering what in the world we’re even talking about, open the Spotify app on your phone or computer and simply type “Daylist” in the search bar. Welcome to the weirdness.
    What would Indy’s Spotify Daylist be?
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    The Wrap
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    My other favorite Spotify feature is, of course, Spotify Wrapped. My 2022 results featured a lot of Britney Spears and Carly Rae Jepsen, while 2023 was completely dominated by K-pop. I’m still figuring out what my 2024 musical tastes look like — if you know something I should listen to, drop me a line.
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