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Movies in the Park 
The Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership presents Movies In The Park, Saturday October 10, at Tarkington Park, 45 W. 40th Street. Thanks to the support of community sponsors, Tarkington Park will host a special double feature honoring the legacy of the late Chadwick Boseman.

Black Panther at 6:45 p.m. is proudly presented by Barnes & Thornburg, a law firm at the heart of business and our communities.

Midtown Indy, a nonprofit community service organization committed to cultivating an equitable, healthy, and sustainable community is honored to present 42 - The Jackie Robinson Story. The film begins at 9:15 p.m.

Both movies are rated PG-13. There is a moderate amount of profanity and offensive language in 42.

Indy Parks requires face masks and social distancing at all park events. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, attendance may not exceed 350 guests for each film. Attendance is free but registration is required! RSVP on Eventbrite.

Volunteers are also needed to help guide guests to seating and provide wayfinding to bathrooms, etc. Sign up to volunteer!
Concord Building Murals
Keep an eye on Midtown Indy's Concord building at the northwest corner of 38th St. and Illinois. Muralists affiliated with the WE ARE Indy Arts Group, are putting the finishing touches on a series of murals on three first floor windows. 

Artist Gary Gee says he hopes the artwork brightens up people's day. "Public art is relevant, especially since there's a lot going on right now and people are feeling darkness and despair. We're hoping the murals can bring positive impact and spark some conversation," he said. That's already happening. "We've gotten good responses from people in the area," he said. "They stop and talk to us and take pictures. You get a different outlook from talking with people while doing art in public." 

Gee said he and his fellow artists Latoya Marlin and Omar Rashan were asked to undertake the project by Diop Adisa of the Kheprw Institute, which rents a first floor suite to house its Alkhemy entrepreneurship incubator. "We got to thinking about how do you invest in your community? That's the theme, and we wanted to tie into investing in knowledge. Knowledge is something you can always use again. That's the basic idea we had going into mural." As for his contribution, Gee added, "Love is king is a part of what I'm bringing."
'Dancing Man' James Henry Snow dies
James Henry Snow picked up several nicknames as an impromptu entertainer near the intersection of 38th Street and College Avenue across more than 45 years: "Dancing Man," "Guitar Man," "Radio Man" and simply "Radio."

But the sidewalks are no longer brightened by Snow's music and moves. He died [last] week at age 77.

Seen and heard by hundreds of thousands of motorists, Snow generated enough attention to be featured in the pages of IndyStar more than once. Read the full story. (Image: Danese Kenon/IndyStar)
Midtown Holiday Lights Tour
After thoroughly reviewing and discussing the risks and benefits of proceeding with the annual Midtown Holiday Home Tour, the Midtown Indianapolis, Inc. board of directors voted at its August 19 meeting to cancel the 2020 event. This difficult decision was necessary given the board's concern for the health, safety, and well-being of volunteers, guests, vendors, homeowners, and the organization. 

However, to maintain the spirit of the holidays in Midtown, they agreed to create an online celebration of the unique holiday decorations in the district: The 2020 Midtown Holiday Light Tour. While this self-guided tour won't replace the venerable home tour, it will offer a safe way to celebrate the season, enjoy the district's neighborhoods, and support local food and beverage businesses that have been affected by the pandemic. Look for more details in future e-newsletters.
October is Pedestrian Safety Month
Since eight people on foot or on a bicycle have been killed by reckless motorists on 38th Street, it's a good time to recognize that October is Pedestrian Safety Month and work to improve traffic conditions for non-motorized citizens. According to the Marion County Public Health Department, Midtown's 38th Street corridor is one of the City's hot spots for pedestrian crashes. 

This dubious achievement helped make it one of four areas targeted by the City of Indianapolis and Health by Design for upgraded walkability and pedestrian safety. Health by Design, a non-profit that works to improve public spaces and transportation infrastructure that promote active living for all, has selected Midtown Indy and the Crown Hill Neighborhood Association to serve as the Community Hub and Walkability Champion Team. The team will receive a $5,000 grant to undertake an analysis of a geographic area that includes most of Mapleton-Fall Creek and Crown Hill neighborhoods. 

Together, the team will connect with community members to identify assets that provide social and or physical value to the community, and make recommendations for investments that will reduce risk of serious injury and create a more pleasant pedestrian experience. The team has agreed to focus on 38th and 34th Streets, as well as Meridian St., Illinois, and Capitol. The months of October and November will be devoted to community outreach and planning with recommendations submitted by the end of the year. If your neighborhood group would like to learn more about the project, send us a note!
Midtown Organizations on LEI's Short List
Lilly Endowment's Enhancing Opportunity in Indianapolis initiative plans to award up to $50 million in 2021 to fund proposals designed to help people overcome the challenges of poverty and financial insecurity.

After receiving 220 concept papers requesting more than $835 million in funding through this initiative, the Endowment announced September 25 that it has invited 36 organizations to submit full proposals. Congratulations to these Midtown-based groups that are among the finalists:

* Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention
* Coburn Place Safe Haven
* Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership
* Kheprw Institute
* Martin Luther King Community Center
* Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic
Last Cars & Gravy of 2020
Head to National (215 E 38th Street) on Saturday, October 17 for the last Cars + Gravy event of the season! All are welcome to this free, local event. Enjoy vintage, new or custom vehicles (no fee to register) and grab some delicious local food and drink. All attendees must wear a mask! Learn more.
Upcoming Events at Kheprw Institute
For the last 12 years, the Kheprw Institute has grown from a single after-school initiative serving 5 African-American males to an organization that serves over 200 individuals, males and female, Black and White, young and old through a variety of program areas. 

Community events and workshops are centered around entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, art, math and more. To view the full lineup of upcoming events, head to their website.
DigIndy Fall Creek
Citizens Energy Group (CEG) continues to make progress on the DigIndy project designed to clean up the city's combined sewer overflow (CSO) network and improve water quality in Fall Creek and the White River. Crews are at work on the Fall Creek 06 (FC06) drop shaft construction site located east of Delaware Street between 28th Street and Fall Creek Parkway. 

According to Mike Miller, CEG's manager of technical services and construction, the current work involves extending previously installed consolidation sewer infrastructure.  "The current work taking place at the FC06 site involves extending the previously installed consolidation sewer infrastructure down a drop shaft that connects to the deep tunnel located 240 feet directly below Fall Creek," he said. 

When the project is complete, Miller said overflows that would have previously flowed into Fall Creek will be diverted through the new consolidation sewers and down into the Fall Creek deep tunnel where it will flow by gravity all the way to CEG's Southport Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant, for treatment before being released into the White River. Miller said work at the FC06 site will continue for approximately the next six to eight months. 
More Extensive Updates Available 
For more information on Midtown state of affairs as it relates to businesses, schools, cultural amenities, resources, announcements, and general health, visit Indy Midtown Magazine's COVID-19 Update page, which will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.
The City of Indianapolis also has compiled a list of the latest restrictions and a growing list of resources and access to city services, along with other important information.
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