Great Harvest Food Pantry gathers and prepares food for more than 500 families from the Indianapolis area every month. The volunteer staff members stock an inventory of donated items and purchase additional food from a local food bank. When families arrive seeking food, they can sign in and move through the pantry with a volunteer, selecting the produce and grocery items they need. The volunteers help carry bags and boxes to clients' vehicles and see them off. Teams also conduct food drives and community giveaways around the city, and deliver food to people who cannot leave their homes or are living on the streets. Great Harvest Food Pantry does not turn away any families who request food, and serves people from a variety of economic and linguistic backgrounds.
Though it's nowhere near Cape Canaveral, Spaceport Indiana opens a portal to the upper atmosphere and suborbital space through educational programs, a launch facility, and various testing facilities. Located at the Columbus Municipal Airport, the center helps private companies and the military test new innovations in low Earth orbit, while also running programs for curious junior astronauts. Summer camps and one-off sessions focus on building rockets and launching high-altitude balloons; scientists also travel to local classrooms for demonstrations. A yearly Space Day further excites exploratory instincts with topics that have included space tourism, interplanetary travel, living outside of Earth, and how much easier it is to bathe a dog when gravity can't help it run away.
Indy Speed Date scatters the seeds of romance in elegant restaurants across the city by orchestrating flurries of five-minute tête-à-têtes for searching singles. Attendees should dress casual and prepare for 10–15 high-speed conversations in which they will chat with potential partners to determine their tastes, temperaments, and desire to fight crime in leotards. After each brief meeting, participants fill out a score card and then gallop to the next as-yet insignificant other.
With more than 20 classes each week and an expert squad of certified instructors, it makes sense that Nuvo magazine named Invoke Studio the best source for yoga and Pilates five years in a row. Invoke owner Amy Peddycord has created a 3,000 square-foot modern oasis for mind-body workouts with brand new bamboo floors and a two-sided fireplace in the yoga room and entryway. Pilates classes strengthen cores and help to increase range of motion with exercises performed on simple sticky mats. A ballet barre stretches across the wall of the large practice room, where students perform dance-inspired moves.
Nominated as one of Metromix's best bars in 2011, Taps & Dolls matches a medley of appetizers, sandwiches, and pizza with more than 44 draft beers, including craft brews and big-brewery ales. As bartenders loosen the taps, a line of flickering flat-screen TVs above the bar lets patrons cheer on their favorite sports teams or bellicose cartoon animals while they quaff PBR or Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. In addition to the 2-D entertainment, pool tables and arcade games—including Golden Tee and Silver Strike Bowling —keep fingers busy in between bites of chicken wings or fries, and a dance floor pulses with the beats of an all-request DJ Thursday–Saturday.