Picture a sophisticated lounge with a business casual dress code that combines standard bar-area seating with couches and comfortable sitting room chairs; that’s the gist of Blu, a nightclub in downtown Indianapolis on south Meridian Street. During the week, Blu provides late-evening visitors with a casual and relaxing atmosphere with plenty of soft lighting, a few modest televisions and easy-listening music. Weekends are much livelier, with bass-heavy deejays in rotation and a flashy Miami-infused club scene taking over. Still, it’s possible to sneak away to the mezzanine level, outside patio or private VIP lounges for a more secluded experience, the latter of which comes complete with custom-designed sheer curtains. Of course, dancing is also an option, thanks to pulsing reggae, hip hop and Top 40 selections coming from the dance floor.
Fort Wayne Ballet began pirouetting in 1956 to enrich the community’s arts offerings with dance instruction and performances. Beginning with its inaugural performance of Cinderella, the ballet company has performed timeless pieces including The Nutcracker, Giselle, and Swan Lake. In addition to its shows and classes, Fort Wayne Ballet maintains strong links to the community, which is evident in its theme: everybody dances. The Ballet works to find adoptive families for dogs through the Muttcracker program, produces trading cards with dancers, I&M linemen and players from each of Fort Wayne’s minor league teams, and stages three main stage productions and three Family Series performances per year.
The Night of Dreams Gala celebrates Media Ministries Dream Center’s mission to assist underprivileged youth in the Evansville area, and 100% of the evening’s proceeds feed that goal. As the new Ford Center’s first event, the gala begins with a reception hour that aims to make guests comfy with appetizers and a cash bar made out of recycled fluff. Attendees can add extra fuel to empty tanks with a dinner catered by Just Rennie’s before a brief presentation garnishes ears with informational tidbits taken directly from the organization's diary. Local band The Boat Monkeys caps off the night with festive grooves, inviting guests to swarm the open dance floor like bees around a pie-faced clown.
Dr. Kurt Phillips and the staff at Woodland Animal Hospital work to foster healthy, lifelong relationships between pets and their human parents with a variety of services. Beyond expert veterinary treatments that prevent potential maladies or cure illnesses, the office staff happily watches over pets during daycare and boarding visits, which feature private lodges and cabins, bunkhouses for active and social pets, and kitty cottages—complete with four levels of living space and a playroom. Onsite groomers maintain pups' adorable swagger with hair trimming and shampooing services. For more hands-on parents, the office's rentable washing facilities and hypoallergenic tear-free shampoos foster calm bath times free of daring tub escapes and breath-holding contests with rubber duckies.
Humane Society for Hamilton County aims to save the lives of cats and dogs through foster-care and adoption programs. The open-admission shelter accepts both strays and owner-surrendered animals regardless of breed, age, or medical needs, and it does not euthanize adoptable pets based on time or space limitations. Additionally, the organization raises awareness about animal rights and educates the community through animal-training and behavioral-support programs, low-cost spay and neuter services, pit-bull education, and other community resources.
With just the Ohio River separating it from Louisville, Jeffersonville Elks Golf Club sends players across a private course crafted from narrow fairways, shimmering water hazards, and score-obliterating bunkers. Though it checks in at nearly 7,000 yards from the tips, the course plays quickly, meaning you can squeeze rounds in during the workweek or the boring parts of your wedding. No matter the player's pace, visits to the club often end at the lodge, where servers dish out food and a private swimming pool provides refuge from the heat.
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