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Community Spotlight

December 2012

Celebrate the Winter Solstice at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

In the United States and the rest of the northern hemisphere, the first day of the winter season is the day of the year when the sun is farthest south. This day, December 21st, is known as the winter solstice. The IMA's Annual Winter Solstice celebration will take place on Thursday, December 20th from 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Bundle up and head to the museum grounds for an ice carving demonstration, art-making and music. Cozy up to the bonfire with hot chocolate and holiday treats available for purchase from Nourish Café, or warm up in the Lilly House where you will enjoy historic holiday decorations and music. The IMA will be open from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm. Admission and parking are free. Visit www.imamuseum.org/programs/special-events for information on this and other special events at the IMA.

Meridian Music's 5th Annual Music Marathon Food Drive

On Friday, December 7th at 3:30 pm, music will fill the air of Meridian Music's Munger Hall in Carmel. Area students representing many instruments, genres and skill levels will perform into the evening. The music will start up again the following morning, Saturday, December 8th at 8:00 am and last throughout the day.

Meridian Music welcomes the general public to attend this event and asks all performers and audience members to donate at least one non-perishable food item.

Meridian Music is located at 12725 Old Meridian Street in Carmel. For more information, call 317-575-9588.

If you are unable to attend the performances, please consider bringing a non-perishable food item to the Meridian Music store. They will continue to accept items from the general public through January 5, 2013.

Greetings from Cards from Santa!

The North Pole is abuzz with preparations for the magical holiday season, and Cards from Santa are now available! Be sure to include all the children on your list! Cards from Santa began in 2009 and is based on a beloved childhood Christmas tradition. Receiving a personalized Card From Santa will highlight your child's sense of excitement and anticipation in the days and weeks leading up to Christmas. Along with Santa's personalized message, each high quality, brightly colored card contains a beautiful picture to color and two holiday activities. Your family will treasure these cards for many years to come. Whether you're a parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, or just a close friend, please let Santa know who wants a special card this year!


Helping Those Still in Need

Hurricane Sandy left her indelible mark last month. Events such as this are often distressing to children. One way to help them understand and process these situations is to empower them to make a difference in the lives of others. Consider making a family donation to your Local Red Cross chapter. Visit www.redcross.org/find-your-local-chapter to donate online. You may also call 1-800-RED-CROSS or send a donation to American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

A Christmas Carol at the Indiana Repertory Theatre

The IRT's timeless Christmas classic, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, runs on the main stage November 23 through December 24. In this time-honored tradition, Scrooge is taught the true meaning of Christmas by a trio of ghosts who show him his past, present and future. From the story of the three ghosts and Scrooge's redemption, to the classic lines of "bah humbug" and "God bless us everyone," IRT's cast and crew promises a holiday tradition that will delight the human spirit in all of us. For tickets and information, call the IRT ticket office at 317-635-5252.

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