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Inspiring things to do at home

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Inspiring things to do at home

Update 3/31 

Community Health Network Foundation’s Lisa Borinstein Caregiver Assistance Fund will benefit from the sales of a special limited-edition “Eleven Cares” tee-shirt available online for $25 at, according to Indy Eleven and its Official Merchandise Partner, The Shop Indy.

“When Community Health Network continued their partnership with Indy Eleven last fall as our jersey-back partner, our motto was, ‘We have each other’s back,’” said Larry Linde, Indy Eleven Senior Director of Partnerships & Broadcasting. “Now we urge the Indy Eleven family to act in that spirit and rally together with us and The Shop Indy on behalf of Community Health Network employees who are on the front lines of this crisis.”

 The news release from Indy Eleven added, “The Lisa Borinstein Caregiver Assistance Fund offers financial assistance to Community caregivers – including physicians, nurses, technicians, environmental services providers, security team members and more – who are facing sudden and severe hardship and can be used to cover out-of-pocket medical expenses, food and transportation, and post-trauma family support.

In addition to giving to the Borinstein Fund via purchase of the Eleven Cares Indy tee-shirt, the public can also donate directly by clicking here. Members of the community may also designate gifts to “Greatest Caregiver Needs,” which will help provide onsite meals for Community care teams.

Community Health Network also encourages the public to participate in its Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) drive, which is accepting in-kind donations of manufactured PPE items including gloves, gowns, aprons, masks, respirators, face shields, wipes and other antibacterial products.

The PPE Donation team overseeing the process also is accepting handmade PPE including masks (click here for instructions), gloves, aprons and gowns. The recommended pattern and material requirements, based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, are available online at

Update 3/28

Rebecca Gramuglia, Consumer Expert at emailed six stay-at-home activities to consider before Netflix or snacking get old:

Organize. Dedicate your new-found time and attention to sorting and organizing your home. Whether it’s a hall closet, bookshelf or makeup drawer, go through these cluttered areas and organize them. Use your judgment and toss anything that is extremely worn out, falling apart or unusable. For makeup, go through the products and toss whatever is old and expired. 

Start a blog. Now is the time to let your creative juices flow and let your voice be heard. Whether it’s fashion, beauty, travel, fitness, cooking or something else, a blog may be a great creative outlet for you to show off your passions and skills. Be yourself and the following will come.

Learn something new. Looking to refresh your skills or want to simply learn something new like French, sewing or even playing the piano? Well, now is the perfect time to finally get around to it. Make the most of your time at home and check out free resources online. Youtube is a great place to turn to for free tutorials and lessons.

Stay inside and shop online.  

Have a stargazing night. The skies haven’t been this clear in a very long time, so take advantage of it. Grab a blanket and a telescope (or binoculars!) to explore the endless possibilities the night sky holds. It’s rewarding, educational and an inexpensive activity you can do from your own backyard or bedroom window. Bonus points if you build a blanket fort and roast marshmallows!

Try new recipes. Whether you use cookbooks, online recipes or follow chefs on social media, test out a recipe you’ve recently been eyeing. Now is the time to perfect it and when life returns to normal, invite friends and family over to show off the yummy dishes you’ve mastered.


The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site’s Presidential Egg Roll has quickly become a favorite Indianapolis holiday tradition. While they have suspended this year’s public event on the Presidential Site’s grounds to help control the spread of COVID-19, Hoosiers can still participate in this annual tradition from home! On April 4, the Presidential Site invites everyone to stage their own (Family) Egg Roll—from their very own backyard. Just have phones and social media posts at the ready!

All participants need is 1 egg, 1 spoon, a participant and at least 25 feet of yard, sidewalk or driveway to roll the egg. Winner’s tape is optional. The Presidential Site will be awarding prizes in three categories—best dressed egg rollers (12 and under), best decorated egg and best egg course. Just remember social distancing and keeping the (Family) Egg Roll to your immediate family members to help ensure good health and public safety!

Watch the Presidential Site's Facebook page (@BenjaminHarrisonPresidentialSite) and Instagram (presbenjaminharrison) for a Presidential Egg Roll tutorial straight from the source. We ask participants to share their photo or video entries on social media by using the hashtag #2020PresidentialEggRoll.

IU music events to watch: click on two sites

Watch IU Jacobs School of Music production of Don Giovanni in the comfort of your home. Click here for the filmed performance:
For  music by Franz Schubert, click here:


Outdoor Indiana: places to visit while social distancing

Walking in your neighborhood is an easy way to get outdoors and maintain a six-foot distance from anyone else. 

If you want something more picturesque, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources [DNR] says to check out “over 70 parks and other outdoor properties where you can hike, bike, fish or just get out of the house, while practicing social distancing in areas that are secluded, many of which are easy to find in the Hoosier State.”

However, check the Indiana DNR advisory page for the most up to date information on closings and advisories for state-owned properties. You can find a map at this site:

Be aware of timing for a round trip so you can be within the Indiana guidelines for being at a secure home space by the designated 11:59 p.m. at home time.

The DNR news release adds,”If you or someone you [know has]  come into contact with are experiencing symptoms, please stay home and contact your local healthcare provider. Please use discretion when traveling and avoid large groups while following guidelines to help prevent spread of the virus.

Click on your area of interest to be directed to the appropriate region:

Northern Indiana | Southern Central Indiana | Southern Indiana | Central Indiana

Western Indiana | Eastern Indiana


Additional Resources:

also see:

William Harvey presents Bach violin solos via livestream

Bach's six solo violin compositions are being live-streamed March 23-28 at 2 p.m. Indianapolis time on William Harvey's Facebook page: 


Indianapolis-native William Harvey, now concertmaster of Mexico's National Symphony Orchestra, emailed NUVO, "Each day this week, [I] will live stream a Bach sonata or partita at Oceanican, a rescue dog ranch in the rural south of Mexico City. [I] was originally scheduled to perform all six Bach sonatas and partitas in one concert [in Mexico City] that was canceled over coronavirus concerns, so [I] decided to play these magnificent works via live streaming instead." 

The weeklong schedule:
Monday, March 23, Sonata #1
Tuesday, March 24, Partita #2
Wednesday, March 25, Sonata #2
Thursday, March 26, Partita #2
Friday, March 27, Sonata #3
Saturday, March 28, Partita #3
Bach's solo violin set consists of three sonatas da chiesa in four movements and three partitas (or partias) in dance-form movements. The 2nd Partita, known for its Chaconne, a stately 18th Century dance, has been cited as the most masterful and expressive work ever written for solo violin.

The set, completed by 1720, was published in 1802 by Nikolaus Simrock in Bonn, as Sei Solo a Violino senza Basso accompagnato (Six Solos for Violin Without Bass Accompaniment). With these, Bach proved the violin could serve as a solo instrument, and paved the way for succeeding composers, including Bela Bartok.. 
In case you missed William Harvey playing live, Bach solo violin #1 from Mexico City on March 23, you can :

JCC sent these 'things to do':

You can exercise without our fitness center.  If you have exercise equipment lying around your house, dig it up and use it.  If you have no equipment, perhaps you can can walk, run, do planks, push-up, Pilates, chair exercises…  you can join us for virtual exercise classes in our JCC Indy Fitness Group.
Call your family members and friends.  Call your acquaintances. Read a book, or visit wonderful places online.  JCC Indy Arts Facebook Page has a list of museum and art experiences around the world that you can visit on your computer.

JCC Indy Arts and Education department is developing you free interactive experiences with authors, artists, musicians, and community leaders through Facebook Live for Tuesday Lunch Breaks,  Thursday Nights In and Sunday Author Programs. 


"We will guide you through the details. We'll schedule these Facebook Live videos in advance. Just like an event, you can click that you're interested and receive a reminder or just tune in when the video starts. You can ask questions by commenting during the video. If you can't watch live, the videos will stay on our page and we'll upload them to our youtube channel. 


"You can begin right now by joining our Facebook community.  Just click this link for our JCCindy Arts on Facebook, like us, follow our page, and be part of a vibrant community."



The 2020 worldwide celebration of Earth Day takes an unusual turn in its 50th anniversary year. 

Mårten Thorslund emailed from Stockholm,   

"With so many physical events closing down - we're stepping up to show that online conferences are the future! Join us online on April 20-25th for the third annual #WeDontHaveTime international climate conference. Let's explore how businesses, activists, and experts come together to leverage climate engagement and an open climate dialogue to transform our economy, societies, and lives in the coming years."


Earth Day Week April 20-25 is a collaboration between Earth Day NetworkExponential Roadmap and We Don’t Have Time. Together they will broadcast more than 20 hours of live talks, solutions, and events from almost all continents on Earth.  

Save the dates, Stay updated and register for free today

Greg Reynolds shares uplifting options during this time of social distancing.
"The Met Opera is doing free daily broadcasts of one of their classic productions."  Find them at; 
 A site Reynolds subscribes to,, is offering free programs at
"A great West Village jazz joint has quite a library of free tape from prior performances, for which you need to sign up," he adds.  "Their sister site Mezzrows, is a piano bar.   Check out the Small's "archive" tab for a great collection of jazz performances:


Arts for Learning Indiana is launching  Take 5 with Arts for Learning, March 20, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Tune into Take 5 with Arts for Learning, to participate with featured teaching artists artists:
Carrington Clinton, Drummer - 11:00am
Cathy Morris, Electric Violinist - 11:30am
Dianna Davis, Accordionist - 12:00pm
Group performance - 12:30pm
"The mission of Take 5 with Arts for Learning is to make the arts virtually accessible to youth and families through 5-minute live musical and visual art performances," said Jessica Dunson, citing funding from "The Indianapolis Foundation, a Central Indiana Community Foundation for making this possible." 

Follow Arts for Learning on Facebook or visit their website to stay updated on future Take 5 programs!.

Wonderlab in Bloomington, Ind. is offering a series of virtual science programs available during Coronavirus Museum closure through April 5, 2020, via Zoom Live available at or on Facebook, informs marketing director Aleisha Kropf,

"WonderLab looks forward to helping parents and families during this challenging time by sharing museum programming with all museum visitors."

WonderLab Museum is located at 308 W. 4th St, Bloomington, IN 47404


Specific Details for Thursday, March 19 - Virtual Programs

9:15-9:30 am -Science Sprouts Ages 0-3 

(Bring a musical instrument or something to make music -spoons, pots, pans)

Join WonderLab Museum Educator Nell Kranke as we continue learning about the human body, this week is about the immune system! We will learn about bacteria, see how germs are spread, and talk about ways to keep ourselves healthy.  Join Zoom LIVE link:


10-10:30 am -Science Sprouts Ages 0-3

(Bring a musical instrument or something to make music -spoons, pots, pans)

Join WonderLab Museum Educator Nell Kranke as we continue learning about the human body, this week is about the immune system! We will learn about bacteria, see how germs are spread, and talk about ways to keep ourselves healthy. Join Zoom LIVE:


3:15-3:45 pm -Science Explorations-Grades 1-6 

Join Deirdre Sheets from WonderLab and explore with eggs. We will investigate motion and the center of gravity and the relationship between temperature and pressure. All welcome. Activities designed from children in grades 1-6. Join Zoom LIVE:


Specific Details for Friday, March 20 - Virtual Programs

9:15am - Science Story Time Ages 0-6 

Join WonderLab Education Director, Deirdre Sheets from WonderLab as she reads D.B. Johnson's Henry Hikes to Fitchburg, a book based on Henry David Thoreau,and talks about the discoveries we can make on nature walks. Join Zoom Meeting


2pm - Dive Deeper All Ages

Join Animal Exhibits Manager, Sam Couch, live at the Wonder Under the Waves Aquarium. We will experiment with flame, water, and air to learn about how the oceans warm up and what that means for marine life. All welcome. Activities designed for all ages. Join Zoom Meeting


3:15pm - Science Explorations-Grades 1-6  

Join WonderLab Education Director, Deirdre Sheets as she explores the science of convection. All welcome. Activities designed from children in grades 1-6. Join Zoom LIVE:

Other programs that will debut Thursday March 19 - Sunday, March 22

  • Science Sprouts 

  • Science Explorations

  • Story Time


    • Dive Deeper with a Marine Biologist

    • Exhibit Explorations

    • STEM Sunday Engineering Challenges 

Parents are asking, ‘what’s available to go to with kids?’

For the moment, not much for going around and about. advises, “Due to public health concerns, many Indiana attractions, festivals and events are seeing closings or cancellations. Consult with the websites of particular events and attractions for up to date information. Please use personal discretion and follow the Indiana State Department of Health for COVID-19 related updates.” 

But there’s a happy challenge in this stay at home message.

A family can investigate what adventuring is available around Indiana when adventuring again will be safe. And in the process together you can engage in different learning arcs, using every subject in a school curriculum.  

Call the Indiana Office of Tourism Development at 317-234-2085, or email to request their packet of three items: a 136-page magazine titled “Perfect Escapes,” a pocket-size 2020 Indiana Festival Guide, and a 2020 official roadway map. You can ask for two or more so as to individualize the pursuit - or ask for one and make it a communal activity

It might take a week or two before this arrives in your mailbox, however, having print items in-hand is a delightful alternative to clicking on

If the imperative is ’we need to do something now, ‘ dig out whatever Indiana road map is around in the car, in a desk drawer, in the miscellaneous stuff box in the garage and gather around a computer: go to

Either way, fold out the map. Yes, there is life beyond digital google. And talk to each other.

What’s the clue to different shades of green for select spaces? What’s the implication for different color codes for vehicular routes? What’s blue? What earns an orange splotch? What’s relegated to a circle smaller than a pinhead, and what merits a circle within a circle? What does a name in red-ink UPPER CASE signify? What’s the function of broken lines, sometimes in yellow, sometimes in brown? What makes Indiana a one-time -zone-fits-all exception?

What places have you never heard of? Do you remotely care to learn what’s there? Why or why not?

Why is there more green south of Indianapolis? What’s enticing about all that green?

Why is there more brown north and southeast, than there is south and southwest, of Indianapolis?

 You get the point—ratchet up your sense of wonder from the clues on a paper map.

Leafing through the print guides or clicking on chat about places and events and what sounds like a go to? Check place and mileage to and from. What’s a viable trip within time, budget and access-to-get-there and back parameters?

What’s valuable about the art of compromise of where and when to go, or not?

When does following a state-sanctioned trail make more sense than wandering on your own? What could be exciting about getting off Interstates and red highways, and following thin black lines?

What’s illuminating/or lacking within the verbiage in print and on the net? 

You get the point—involve all your skills of discernment to discern and plan and cover the what ifs…such as weather and season, peak vs off-season costs, and unforeseeables.

I just spent the afternoon—on my own—plotting what’s within the boundaries of Indiana, between Ohio and Illinois, Michigan and the Ohio River that’s calling out for a new experience?

Actors Theatre of Indiana

Stuck at home, riding out the COVID-19 wave? Actors Theatre of Indiana is hoping to bring a little fun and enjoyment, while also keeping us safe in the comfort of our homes.

Join us on Friday night, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. … grab a beer and a comfortable seat in front of your favorite electronic device and join Actors Theatre of Indiana’s TRIO with special guest Jim Reilly for an Old Fashioned Irish Sing-a-long featuring Don, Judy and Cindy on vocals, “Big” Jim tickling the keyboard! It is sure to be a performance for the ages! Actors Theatre of Indiana 

Check out videos on YouTube

Actors Theatre of Indiana was co-founded in 2005 by Cynthia Collins, Don Farrell and Judy Fitzgerald with a mission to celebrate the power of theater and contribute to the quality of life in central Indiana by offering high quality professional theater performances and programs that engage, inspire, educate and entertain. An award winning professional Equity theatre company in central Indiana, Actors Theatre of Indiana is the resident professional theater company of The Studio Theater at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana and has provided 15 seasons of high-powered musical theater productions, world premieres and innovative community works.

Come to Actors Theatre of Indiana’s FaceBook and join us for some music and fun!


One of the places where we can continue to practice social distancing, but still be in the community of others is along the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick, said Kären Haley Executive Director, Indianapolis Cultural Trail Inc. Here are some of the suggestions from her email: 

  •  Go for a bike ride with your family 👩👧👦
  • Take a walk to break up the indoor monotony, or maybe a break from spending so much time with our loved ones at home 😉 
  • Order carryout from one of the restaurants on the Trail then take a walk to pick it up
  • Turn your walk into a garden tour, or a 👨🏽‍🔬science lesson -- look at new blooms 🌱coming up, and right now, with rain in the forecast🌧,  you can see the stormwater planters hard at work naturally filtering the rainwater
  • Dance with Ann Dancing and explore the Trail’s art collection 🎨
  • Take a bike ride on 🚲 Pacers Bikeshare if it’s something you’ve always wanted to try

If you’re like me and working from home with young children, we have an Indy Cultural Trail scavenger hunt for you to try and Indy Cultural Trail coloring pages for you, too.  Both are for all ages!
Check out Indy Hub’s digital gatherings for ways to socialize remotely and Indy Chamber’s Rapid Response Hub for businesses

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