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Converted from paper version of the Broad Ripple Gazette (v14n19)
Round the Ripple - by Bill Malcolm
posted: Sept. 15, 2017

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Car Free Day is September 22
This year, International Car Free Day is Friday, September 22nd.
CIRTA's Commuter Connect is celebrating with our annual Car Free Day Indy, an event celebrating carpools, vanpools, and other forms of sustainable transportation! Plus there will be free entertainment and refreshments at various locations around Indianapolis.
Take the Car Free Day Indy pledge and become eligible to win cool prizes. Details at

Invasive Plant Removal Events
Tom Hohman of INPAWS has organized several events to clear parks of invasive plants including removing bush honeysuckle at an Indy Parks property. It's a new one that we haven't worked at before, Juan Solomon Park. It's located about a mile west of Holliday Park. They will be working there Wednesday, Oct. 4, 9:00-12:00. He is still working on a couple of additional events, including at least one at either Holliday Park or Marott Nature Preserve. Contact the native plant society to register.

There is a lot going on at the Indianapolis Museum of Art this fall including:
Yoga at Newfields
Sept. 16, 23, & 30, 2017 / 10-11 a.m., Oct. 7, 14, 21, & 28, 2017 / 10-11 a.m.
Succulent Bowl Design
Sept. 21, 2017 / 6:30-8 p.m.
Internet Cat Video Festival
Sept. 23, 2017 / Opening activities beginning at 6 p.m. / Film 7:30 p.m.
GMOs, Marvel or Malady?
Sept. 28, 2017 / 5:30 p.m.
Director's Choice: Gifts of Art 2017
Opens Sept. 29, 2017 broad collection of art across history and disciplines.
Sept. 30, 2017 / 11 a.m.-5 p.m. - Beer Garden

Annual Fall Plant Sale
The annual sale at The Greenhouse at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired will feature herbs, beautiful houseplants and a wide variety of succulents.
September 21-22, 2017, from noon to 5:00 and September 23, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Greenhouse at ISBVI, 7725 N. College Avenue, (317) 253-1481

IndyGo released the construction bid packages for the new Red Line Rapid Transit project. Two bid packages are included: one for civil work and the other for station work. Vendors are invited to bid on one or both. The IndyGo board of directors anticipates awarding the final bid(s) in December, with construction groundbreaking in January 2018. Bid packages from construction contractors will include detailed work schedules.
The Red Line, is planned to open for service in spring 2019, is an element of the Marion County Transit Plan and will stretch 13 miles from Broad Ripple to the University of Indianapolis. This upgraded transit service will serve as the frequent spine of the improved efficient grid network.
IndyGo has launched the new Red Line website - - with additional resources, newsletter sign-up, and a three week look-ahead construction schedule.

September 23 & 24, 2017: Historic Broad Ripple Home Tour
September 23 & 24, 2017: Ride your bike up the Monon Trail to the Carmel International Arts Festival with a street party Saturday night featuring the Bishops (
September 23, 2017: Internet Cat Video Festival, Indianapolis Museum of Art
September 29, 2017: Opening of new collection, Director's Choice, at IMA
September 29, 2017: Oktoberfest at IMA
October 13, 2017: Opening reception at the Indianapolis Art Center for the Faculty Show

Bill Malcolm also writes a travel column in The Midwest Eagle and is a reporter for All Aboard Indiana (as a volunteer for both). He advocates for fair and affordable utility rates for a national association based in Washington, D.C. He welcomes reader feedback and story ideas. Send to
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