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Dec 192014
 
Holiday parties

Happy Holiday, Indy.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! This time of year, the holiday season is in full swing, so when you want to know about holiday events and celebrations going on in the Indy community (most of which are FREE to attend), consult our list. We will continue to add to this list as we hear of more events, but here’s what we have so far:

And for places you can visit with Santa sans the expensive photography package and pressure to buy, check out our Here Comes Santa Claus page.

Throughout December:

Through December 30, you can enjoy  Winter Wonderland from the warmth of your car at Ellis Park in Danville. This drive-through holiday light show features hundreds of displays and Santa in the Train Station on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 6-9 pm, Friday and Saturday 6-10 pm. Admission is $8 per car, but head over to the website and you can find a discount coupon to take $3 off that. Winter Wonderland discount.

Wednesday, November 19:

Teddy’s Burger Joint FREE Ornament Decorating – You can RSVP for this date or two other upcoming dates for your child to get to decorate an ornament for the holiday season. Teddy’s will have music and fun goings-on all night, but the decorating will happen from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. To RSVP, you can email Amy at catering@teddysburgerjoint or call the store at (317) 893-2791.

Saturday, November 22:

Greenwood-a-Glow - Celebrate the holidays in Old Town Greenwood from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Greenwood Public Library and the new Greenwood City Center. You can enjoy a Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:00 p.m., an open house from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., a Holiday Puppet Show (tickets are $2 per person for this part) at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., and more fun.

Holiday on the Square – From 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Carmel Civic Square is hosting Holiday on the Square. Mayor Jim Brainard will be on hand for the tree lighting at 5:45 p.m., but there will be entertainment throughout. The emcees for the event at Barry Lantz and Joni Michels.

Friday, November 28:

Christmas on the Square – From 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Danville invites you to make holiday memories with them. There will be a live nativity, tree lighting, train rides, and even a “Snowzilla” slide.

Circle of Lights Tree Lighting – Monument Circle takes center stage at 6:00 p.m. Santa will be on hand to usher in the holiday season by flipping on the lights with the help of a lucky child from a coloring contest. Josh Kaufman and other local entertainers will be on stage for the event, and visitors will enjoy fireworks after the tree lighting.

Broad Ripple Lights Up: You can be part of the parade this year in just two easy steps:

  1. Find a place to watch the parade (see our map), parade step off is at 5:30pm
  2. When Santa passes, file in behind him and follow him to the firehouse for the lighting ceremony

Ice is the theme at Noblesville’s holiday event. The event will showcase 15 three foot sculptures in various holiday themes displayed around the Courthouse Square. The annual Lighting Ceremony will be held at 7 pm at the Judicial Center and includes a reading of the Night Before Christmas by Mayor John Ditslear and of course the lighting of the beautiful downtown lights.

Saturday, November 29:

Broad Ripple Lights Up – From 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., your family is invited to Fire Station #32 (located at 6330 Guilford Avenue) for a local festival. You’ll find a Wonderland activity village for the kids, live entertainment, Indy’s only twilight holiday parade, and a lighting ceremony at the fire house.

Christmas in the Village: From 4 – 8 pm in downtown Zionsville. Parade at 5 pm, Tree Lighting at 6 + more. Park in Lions Park and take the trolley to Main Street.

Monday, December 1:

Teddy’s Burger Joint FREE Ornament Decorating – See above for details.Holiday parties two

Hilltop Tavern presents a rockin’ benefit from 1 pm to 7 pm for helping the homeless in Indy. FREE food, music and admission; Elvince from 2 to 3 pm, Gene Deer from 3:30 to 4:30, Controlled Chaos from 5 to 5:45 and Terry Glass and Friends ends the set from 6 to 6:45. Hilltop Tavern is at 6500 E. 10th Street.

Tuesday, December 2

Mistletoe Music Festival  — From 10 am – 2:50 pm at the Indianapolis Artsgarden over the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets. The show is FREE!

Wednesday, December 3:

Mistletoe Music Festival – From 10 am – 2:50 pm at the Indianapolis Artsgarden over the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets. The show is FREE.

Thursday, December 4:

Mistletoe Music Festival – From 10 am – 2:50 pm at the Indianapolis Artsgarden over the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets. The show is FREE.

Sundance SalonSpa Annual Open House in Zionsville. Enjoy FREE mini spa services, holiday shopping, raffles and more from 5-9 p.m. Food will be provided, as well as beer from Salt Creek Brewery.

Friday, December 5

VIP Christmas Celebration is for people with special needs and their families and caregivers held from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library in Zionsville.  Photos with Santa, games, story telling, sleigh rides, cookies, and more. RSVP to join: call or email Leigh Ann Akard 445-4417 or leighann@truevalue.net.

Zionsville Radio Players, Zionsville’s original radio drama theatre, will present “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens  at 8 p.m. at the Zionsville Town Hall Community Room. It’s not the Scrooge you’re used to (and bored with) — this one is a mock radio broadcast in which actors play multiple characters and sound effects will be performed live. It is approximately one hour and 15 minutes in length and is suitable for families. A suggested $5 ticket price at the door.

It’s a Gingerbread House kind of night at Baxter YMCA on the southside from 6 to 8 pm, and it’s FREE. They’ll supply the graham crackers, icing and candies. You will supply the fun.

Saturday, December 6:

Zionsville’s original radio drama theatre, will present “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens  at 3 and 8 p.m. at the Zionsville Town Hall Community Room. It’s not the Scrooge you’re used to (and bored with) — this one is a mock radio broadcast in which actors play multiple characters and sound effects will be performed live. It is approximately one hour and 15 minutes in length and is suitable for families. A suggested $5 ticket price at the door.

Elf Scavenger Hunt: Attention all families. Santa’s elves want to play hide and seek with you and their friends at Akard True Value Hardware in Boone Village Shopping Center. Stop in between 8 am and 6 pm to get your clues to find the 10 elves. Get a chance to win a $50 Akard True Hardware gift card.

Christmas Under the Stars — It’s a 6 pm start for the parade along Main Street in Brownsburg, and the holiday festivities (Santa, anyone?) are in full force.

The popular Tri Kappa Gingerbread Christmas  takes place from 9 am to 3 pm  at the Plainfield High School fieldhouse. Admission is $3 to shop the homemade items from more than 100 venders.

The Historic Plainfield Town Center Christmas Open House is going strong from 2 to 6 pm in downtown Plainfield. The streetwide open house includes demonstrations, refreshments and store discounts. Santa arrives on the scene from 3 to 5 pm and will have goodie bags. Bring your camera!

Culver’s in Greenwood is holding its annual Christmas Angels benefit day from noon to 6 pm. Ten percent  of ALL sales will be donated directly to the Christmas Angels Program! Your donations will help provide new clothes, shoes, games, toys, and other gifts for children in the Johnson County area. White River Fire Department will be here with the fire trucks giving tours. Santa will also make an appearance between 12:30-1:30.

Simon Malls are giving away gift cards as random acts of kindness to shoppers between noon and 5 p.m. today.

St.Vincent Women’s Services Carmel Hospital hosts  the sounds of season with the “12 Choirs of Christmas” performances at Clay Terrace and FREE hot chocolate starting at noon in the food court. The music lasts until 5:15 p.m.

Sunday, December 7:

Merry Tuba Christmas More Artsgarden fun for a FREE show from 3 to 4 pm.

Elf Scavenger Hunt: Attention all families. Santa’s elves want to play hide and seek with you and their friends at Akard True Value Hardware in Boone Village Shopping Center. Stop in between 8 am and 6 pm to get your clues to find the 10 elves. Get a chance to win a $50 Akard True Hardware gift card.

Friday, December 12:
One of the highlights of the holiday season! At 8 pm both nights at Clowes Hall at Butler University, 4600 Sunset Avenue. The event is FREE, but you must pick up tickets at the Clowes Hall box office, which is open from 10 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday and 10 – 2 on Saturday. Each person may get up to 4 tickets. Groups wishing to make arrangements may call 317.940.9065. General info at 317.940.6444. Don’t miss this wonderful Christmas gift from Butler to the community!

Saturday, December 13:

One of the highlights of the holiday season! At 8 pm both nights at Clowes Hall at Butler University, 4600 Sunset Avenue. The event is FREE, but you must pick up tickets at the Clowes Hall box office, which is open from 10 am – 5 pm Monday – Friday and 10 – 2 on Saturday. Each person may get up to 4 tickets. Groups wishing to make arrangements may call 317.940.9065. General info at 317.940.6444.

Birds Need Christmas, Too: From 2 to 4 pm, the Taylor Center of Natural History in Noblesville is helping children make festive food offerings for the birds and other wildlife that will spend their holidays at Strawtown Koteewi Park. Afterward, plan to decorate a few trees around the area. Don’t worry, they plan to serve hot chocolate—but do wear a coat! You do need to preregister: taylor.center@hamiltoncounty.in.gov

St.Vincent Women’s Services Carmel Hospital hosts  the sounds of season with the “12 Choirs of Christmas” performances at Clay Terrace and FREE hot chocolate starting at noon in the food court. The music lasts until 5:15 p.m.

Tuesday, December 16:

Thee Indiana State Theatre Department will offer a FREE holiday performance from 7 – 8 pm at the Indianapolis Artsgarden over the intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets. A nice evening break as you shop downtown.

Uno Pizzeria and Grill is turning its normal Kids Eat Free night into a party. From 4 to 7 pm, kids also receive a goody bag filled with holiday fun and a winter craft to decorate.

SnowmanWednesday, December 17:

Teddy’s Burger Joint FREE Ornament Decorating – See above for details.

Thursday, December 18:

Pssst, Dads, this one’s for you. Load the kids in the car and bring them Downtown Zionsville tonight to shop for Mom. Many stores will be open late. Santa will be popping up at the stores throughout the evening! FREE horse-drawn carriage rides from 5-8 p.m.

Holiday Train and Poinsettia Show: This event at Garfield Park Conservatory is ongoing from November 28, but the event stays open until 8 pm on December 18 – 20 and 26-27. There’s a $3 per person charge or $8 per family for this gorgeous event.

Georgetown 14 Cinemas is hosting a FREE showing of Polar Express at 10 am today (doors open at 9 am), sponsored by PNC Bank.

Friday, December 19:

Georgetown 14 Cinemas is hosting a FREE showing of Polar Express at 10 am today (doors open at 9 am), sponsored by PNC Bank.

Saturday, December 20:

Ugly Sweater Contest: Claude and Annie’s in Fishers knows how to have a good time. They are awarding $50 in gift certificates to the ugliest sweater of the night, or $100 for a couple combo. They’ll offer a 50% discount to anyone wearing a Christmas sweater after 6 pm, ugly or not. The music begins at 10 pm, and the DJ will serve as the contest judge.

St.Vincent Women’s Services Carmel Hospital hosts  the sounds of season with the “12 Choirs of Christmas” performances at Clay Terrace and FREE hot chocolate starting at noon in the food court. The music lasts until 5:15 p.m.

Georgetown 14 Cinemas is hosting a FREE showing of Polar Express at 10 am today (doors open at 9 am), sponsored by PNC Bank. Santa has already reserved his seat for this showing, so bring your cameras.

Wednesday, December 24:

The Children’s Museum offers FREE admission today. It’s your reward for getting all of those presents wrapped.

December 31:

Rusty Bucket Restaurant & Tavern will be hosting a family friendly NYE party and will be offering Kids Eat Free all day. They’ll have the hats, the kiddie beverages and all the fun.

Dec 172014
 
Weekend Roundup before Christmas

Before the man with the bag arrives, we’ll tide ourselves over with weekend fun.

Guess what – Christmas is only a matter of days away. For some of you, this means a manic run to the mall to buy those last sets of gifts on your list. For others, that means continuing to turn up the volume on those Christmas songs you’ve been listening to this month. Still others will be starting to get together with friends and family near and far for holiday parties. For those of you who have any free time at all this weekend, however, here’s some entertainment you can enjoy on the cheap (or even for FREE) this weekend:

St. John’s Christkindl Village – The most festive street in downtown Indy, Georgia Street, is going for a German spin this weekend. From 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday December 19 and from noon to 9:00 p.m. Saturday December 20, you can enjoy a traditional German Christmas Market presented by St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. The festivities will include a live nativity, plenty of lights and decorations, kids activities, live music, Christmas trees and more for sale, and even some visits with Santa Claus. Admission is FREE.

The Great Rupert – Garfield Park Conservatory and Gardens is continuing its vintage movie series by showing 1950’s The Great Rupert starting at 7:00 p.m. Saturday. It costs only $5 to attend, and features the charming story of Rupert the Squirrel. When a New York family moves into a ground floor apartment where Rupert lives in the attic, the squirrel acts as the family’s guardian angel in this warm and sweet classic movie.

Superheroes at the Library – It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… Don Miller of FamilyTime Entertainment. He’ll be presenting a fun afternoon program starting at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Wayne Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library. This family-friendly program is all about superheroes, which will appeal primarily to kids.

Carmel Ice Stadium – ‘Tis the season to go ice skating, and the Carmel Ice Stadium is decorating its facilities for Winter Wonderland. This seasonal special continues through January 1, but you can be among the first to experience these family-friendly public skating sessions when they start on Saturday December 20. The hours for the public skating are from noon to 5:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Pictures with Santa in Plainfield – Santa is going to be a busy man this weekend, as he’s also going to be making an appearance in Plainfield. Specifically, the big man will be at the Recreation and Aquatic Center (651 Vestal Road) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday. The opportunity for kids to have photos taken with Santa is the main attraction, but there will also be cookie decorating (while supplies last), a bounce house, face painting, music, games, and fun. Plus, the entertainment is FREE.

Dads and Kids Shopping Night – For all the dads and kids out there who haven’t picked out a gift yet for Mom (don’t worry, you’re in good company), Zionsville is offering you a bail-out. Downtown Zionsville shops will be staying open late with affordable gift ideas for moms. Many of the stores will be offering deals and special treats for dads and kids. Also, Zionsville will be providing FREE horse-drawn carriages from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday December 18.

Dec 142014
 
J Gumbo's PinPoint

The week always starts better with coupons.

It’s tough to say whether the economy is turning around. Depending on which polls you believe, unemployment might be expanding or shrinking. These are uncertain times, but one fact remains clear regardless. It’s always a good idea to save money with coupons when and where possible. Saving a couple bucks here and a few more there may not seem like that much, but those small savings add up over time.

PinPoint Perks makes these kinds of savings easy, as you can print individual coupons off from an ever-growing list of companies. This week, we’ll highlight five businesses who are new to the PinPoint Perks partnership. Just follow the links to access the coupons that we will list in this post. With no further ado, here’s this week’s PinPoint Perks roundup:

J. Gumbo’s – Welcome to J. Gumbo’s in Fishers – Real Cajun Real Fast. J. Gumbo’s offers delicious and authentic Creole and Cajun food at a great price. Choose from classic Gumbo, Bourbon Street Chicken, Jambalaya, Red Bean & Rice, Crawfish Etouffee, Voodoo Chicken, White Chili & more – all served with their spiced bread.

J. Gumbo’s coupons include FREE dessert and Kids Eat FREE on Sundays.

Bella Pizzeria – Welcome to Bella Pizzeria in the Indianapolis area. At Bella Pizzeria you’ll experience the finest New York style pizza in central Indiana. Be sure to stop by one of their locations in Indianapolis, Noblesville, Carmel or Kokomo.

Bella’s coupons include $3 off 2nd pizza and two large 14″ one-topping pizzas only $22.

Sybaris Pool Suites – Sybaris Pool Suites is the place in Indy for your romantic getaway. They offer 22 individual cottages, whirlpool suites and lavish swimming pool suites. In addition to your very own private swimming pools, the suites offer a waterfall, whirlpool tub, steam room, fireplace, massage chair and much more.

Sybaris’ coupons include $80 off a romantic overnight getaway, $50 off a romantic overnight getaway, $30 off a romantic afternoon getaway.

BoomBozz – Welcome to BoomBozz Pizza in Carmel where we only have one passion, great tasting pizza. At BoomBozz Pizza you will receive an exceptionally high quality product.

BoomBozz’s coupons include a Colts Football Special.

Los Rancheros - Los Rancheros Mexican Restaurant in Avon, IN is here to serve you. Not all Mexican food is hot. All their dishes are meticulously prepared with authentic yet mild flavor. For those who like it hot, they put a dish of hot sauce on the table.

Los Rancheros’ coupons include 50% off dinner entree, $5 off purchase of $25 or more, one chimichanga and one fajita dinner for only $14.99, $3 off two dinners, $2.50 off two lunches, $3 off bill over $15, two chimichangas dinners for only $13.99, and two nachos Mexicanos for only $13.99.

Dec 092014
 
Christmas movies

Christmas movies on the big screen again? Wow!

Many an argument will start at the family get-togethers this Christmas about which Christmas movie is the best. Traditionalists will say It’s a Wonderful Life. Many Hoosiers like A Christmas Story for the Indiana connection. Younger audiences love Elf and The Polar Express, while still others swear upon Christmas Vacation. Personally, I go back and forth between Home Alone and Die Hard (it takes place on Christmas Eve, so it counts).

The point is, however, we all have our favorite holiday films. Particularly this time of year, we all feel like breaking out the classics and enjoying them again. If you’ve wistfully wondered about seeing some of them on the big screen again, you’re in luck. We know of a few theaters hosting showings of several Christmas movies. Here’s the list as of now:

Latitude 360 – Latitude is first on our list because these two are taking place first. One of the 360 degrees of entertainment at Latitude on Wednesday December 10 involves Christmas movies for the whole family. Frozen is showing at 6:30 p.m. and Elf follows at 8:30 p.m. Tickets costs only $8 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12. Latitude 360 is located at 4016 East 82nd Street in Indy.

The Historic Artcraft Theatre – Franklin’s classic theater is playing two Christmas movies on back-to-back weekends. The yuletide festivities start on December 12, 13, and 14 with It’s A Wonderful Life. Then, December 19, 20, and 21 brings Christmas Vacation to the silver screen. Showings are at 2:00 p.m. all three days and 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Check out the Artcraft Theatre Website to purchase tickets.

Danville Royal Theater – Kiwanis Family Night at Danville Royal Theater takes place on Thursday December 18. The tickets cost only $6 for viewers aged twelve and over, while kids from age three to eleven pay only $4. They are showing Home Alone for Family Night. The Danville Royal Theater is located at 59 South Washington Street.

Georgetown 14 Cinemas – If The Polar Express is more your cup of tea, Georgetown 14 Cinemas is your winner. Starting at 10:00 a.m. December 18, 19, and 20, The Polar Express will be on screen for FREE. Not only that, but Santa Clause will be making an appearance Saturday. The doors open at 9:00 a.m. at 3898 Lafayette Road in Indy.

Dec 032014
 

gift-cardsIt can be easy to stop paying attention to gift card sales this time of year. After all, every business under the sun offers them. We wouldn’t be surprised if Big Mama’s Taco and Peanut Shack (not a real business, by the way) started offering a gift card special. With so many offers out there, you might feel like a Soviet citizen shopping for cereal and feeling overwhelmed by all the brand choices.

The trick is to know which gift card sales are actually great deals and which ones are just par for the course. Thanks to our research exposure to gift cards recently, we’ve managed to find a cut-off point that separates the two categories. For truly memorable deals, you need a business willing to do better than the standard $5 back on a $25 gift card purchase. Most businesses will offer that proportion, but here are the hall-of-famers who throw in a little something extra:

Between the Bun: For every $25 you purchase, they will throw in an extra $10.

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: Buy a $75 gift card and you can select one of four pilsner glasses, and receive a VIP card for 20% off any and all meals you eat here in January 2015. That’s basically a blank check to write your own discount.

Cheesecake Factory: Each $25 gift card comes with a certificate for a free slice of cheesecake.

Eddie Merlots: Buy $100 in gift cards and you’ll receive a FREE $25 bonus card to use from January through March next year.

Fazoli’s: Whoot! $5 coupon with $20 opens pastabilities at Fazoli’s.

Maggiano’s Little Italy: $100 = $20 bonus card + FREE one-year Food & Wine Magazine subscription

Ocean Prime: $100 = $25 bonus card, so you’re swimming with the current here.

Papa John’s:  $25 = FREE large one-topping pizza, which is definitely more than a $5 purchase.

Ruby Tuesday: Ruby gives a nod to the old buy-in-bulk strategy. You can take the standard offer, or you can up the ante and get $15 back on a $50 gift card purchase. That results in a 30% return.

Steak n’ Shake: The steakburger and milkshake diner that is open 24 hours a day sweetens the offer a bit by offering $5 back on a $20 gift card purchase. Instead of a 20% return, you’re getting a 25% return. It’s all about marginal savings, Cheapsters.

TGI Friday’s: They’re making gift card buying fun here. Each $25 gift card purchase earns you a Bonus Bites scratch-off card where you could win $10 or $25 in food purchases for yourself. If the card isn’t a winner, it’s worth $5, so you’re no worse off than if you bought the standard deal anywhere else. And if you are a member of Friday’s loyalty program, you also earn bonus stripes equal to the value of the card.

Remember, price and participation may vary. It’s also important to note that many of the promos are “bonus cards” — not gift cards. Review the fine print for limitations, including minimum purchase requirements, date restrictions or menu exclusions first. Plus, most (if not all) bonuses are not valid until Jan. 1, 2015.

If you have a favorite restaurant on the list, consider buying gift cards for yourself to “cash in” on the bonus. Plus, get more bonuses by breaking down a large purchase. For example, if the bonus is for a $25 (or more) gift card and you’re buying a $50 gift card, why not purchase two $25 gift cards in separate transactions instead? You just doubled your bonus.

Nov 272014
 
appetizer specials

Go on, have an appy evening!

Not particularly thrilled with the idea of shopping today? Too full of turkey to move? Sounds like a recipe to enjoy some appetizers while waiting on someone else standing in line at the mall.

Because virtually every restaurant with  bar offers drink specials, we’re focusing this roundup specifically on appetizer specials. Also, we don’t want to bore you with a full listing of every restaurant’s appetizers. Almost all of them offer wings, chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, etc. We’ll simply point out a couple of unique offerings for each restaurant. Here’s our list:

Applebee’s – The appetizers go on sale for half-price after dark. Given the change in seasons and the fact that this is a national promotion with locations across multiple time zones, we don’t have a specific list of hours for this special. If it’s dark outside and you’re hungry, however, Applebee’s will hook you up on the cheap. Many locations don’t close until after midnight, so you’ll have time to enjoy. Unique appetizers: green bean crispers, grilled chicken wonton tacos, steak quesadilla towers.

Champps Americana – Select appetizers (AKA pretty much all of them except the Sampler platter) are half-off from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Unique appetizers: crab bread, calamari fritti.

Claddagh Irish Pub – From 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays and from 10:00 p.m. to close on Fridays and Saturdays, Claddagh Irish Pubs offers its select appetizers for only $5 each. Unique appetizers: corned beef and cabbage rolls, Scotch eggs.

Elbow Room Pub – If you purchase a beverage in the bar area between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on weekdays (Monday through Friday), you’ll gain access to $5 appetizers. Unique appetizers: Jumbo pretzels, Sriracha tenderloin strips.

Hard Rock Cafe – Every Thursday, you can enjoy half price appetizers (except for the Jumbo Combo) from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the bar area. Unique appetizers: balsamic tomato bruschetta, nachopalooza.

Indianapolis Colts Grille: Monday – Friday from 4 to 6 pm and after 9 pm, enjoy 2 for 1 appetizers (aka half price). Unique appetizers: edamame, firecracker popcorn shrimp, fried pretzels.

McCormick & Schmick’s – You’ll “sea” the happy hour specials here from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but only in the bar area if you dine in. The appetizers range in reduced prices from $2.99 to $5.99. Unique appetizers: fish tacos, firecracker shrimp, black mussels.

Scotty’s Brewhouse – Scotty’s offers $5 appetizers fairly frequently, though the hours are a bit more specific here than most restaurants. The available times are 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. to close on weekdays, 10:00 p.m. to close on Fridays and Saturdays, and 9:00 p.m. to close on Sundays. Unique appetizers: Garlic and parmesan shoestring fries, bbq pulled pork nachos, roasted red pepper hummus.

TGI Friday’s – This one is awesome enough that we wrote a separate post on the matter. The short version here is that if you pay $10, you can pick one appetizer to enjoy endlessly (AKA all you can eat). This special is perfect for someone watching a game on the big screen. It’s probably the best value deal on this list (assuming you’re hungry). Unique appetizers: garlic and basil bruschetta, pan-seared pot stickers.

Should your restaurant be on this list? Send us an email at info@indianapolisonthecheap.com and we’ll see that you’re listed!

Nov 272014
 
Pride Executive

You focus on the shopping – they’ll handle the driving.

Lets be honest – you aren’t going to finish all your holiday shopping on Black Friday. It’s a great opportunity to cross some of the usually expensive items off your list, but the vast majority of us will be going back out in December to shop some more. And while fighting the crowds in the parking lot before dashing back into the long lines is something of a shopper’s sport on Black Friday, it can be a tiresome experience the rest of the season.

For a way to keep your shopping experience fun by not having to worry about driving, traffic, and parking, we recommend you place a call to the professionals at Pride Executive Car Service, LLC. The best part about having a private holiday driver is knowing you can keep dropping off items at the vehicle and return to shopping with all the items secured and protected.

Pride Executive Car Service has cut its prices from $50 an hour for the holiday driving extravaganza. They are now just $35 per hour plus expenses, though you should be aware that the minimum time is three hours (it’s normally four). Times and dates are going fast this holiday season, so call (317) 480-3361 today to book your holiday driver.

Nov 232014
 
online course

Continuing your education with help from the Internet.

Have you thought about continuing your education through an online course? The idea of committing to studying for a class on top of your normal routine can be daunting. However, taking an online course can still serve as a great learning experience while being more adaptable to your schedule.

We post monthly Coursera updates that list available online courses from various prestigious universities around the country. Rates on the online courses will vary based on the length of the class and the institution offering it, but the following is a listing of the online courses starting in December, 2014:

  • The Data Scientist’s Toolbox (Four week course beginning December 1 from Johns Hopkins University)
  • Introduction to Astronomy (13 week course beginning December 1 from Duke University)
  • Reproducible Research (Four week beginning December 1 from Johns Hopkins University)
  • Preparing for the AP Calculus AB and BC Exams, Part 2 – Integral Calculus (Six week course beginning December 1 from University of Houston System)
  • New Venture Finance: Startup Funding for Entrepreneurs (Four week course beginning December 1 from University of Maryland, College Park)
  • Computational Methods for Data Analysis (Ten week course beginning December 9 from University of Washington)
  • Teaching Character and Creating Positive Classrooms (Five week course beginning December 11 from Relay Graduate School of Education)
  • Competitive Strategy (Five week course beginning December 11 from LMU)
  • Chinese for Beginners (Five week course beginning December 11 from Peking University)
  • Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health (Five week course beginning December 11 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • Child Nutrition and Cooking (Five week course beginning December 11 from Stanford University)
  • Age of Jefferson (Five week course beginning December 11 from University of Virginia)
  • Introduction to Sustainable Development (Five week course beginning December 11 from Columbia University)
  • Microeconomics Principles (Four week course beginning December 22 from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

 

Check back in next month for a more extensive rundown of the online courses starting in January.

Nov 162014
 
tacos

If this looks like a movie you’d like to watch, you’re probably as crazy about tacos as we are.

If you enjoyed our post about a week’s worth of wings but kept thinking to yourself, “I sure wish they would talk about tacos,” you’re in luck. If you didn’t have that exact thought, you’re probably in the majority but we’ll assume you would still like to know when and where to find tacos on the cheap. You may recall from a past post that we mentioned taco being the Mexican equivalent of the English word sandwich. Our response to this is that Mexican cooking results in a delicious sandwich. Now, here’s the roundup of tacos on the cheap:

On the Border –  All day on Tuesdays only, you can select tacos from a specific menu with low prices. For just $2 each, you can enjoy tacos with ground beef, pulled chicken, or veggies. For $3 each, you can enjoy pork carnitas, barbacoa (translation: shredded beef), or grilled chicken. For $4 each, you can give your tacos the royal treatment with grilled fish or steak.

Tijuana Flats - We’re guessing it’s because of the hard ‘t’ sound, but Tijuana Flats also has its best taco pricing on Tuesdays. Taco Tuesdaze at Tijuana Flats in Fishers means you can enjoy two tacos, chips, and a drink for just $5.49 all day. Also, if you follow the link, you can check out the new website design at Tijuana Flats. It may not be an extra discount, but it’s a fun website to explore for a couple of minutes if you’re bored while you read this post.

Dave and Buster’s – Guess what – it’s another Tuesday offer. Dave and Buster’s may not be an authentic Mexican restaurant, but they have an authentic Taco Tuesday deal. All day from open to close on Tuesdays, you can enjoy $1 hard-shell beef tacos with lettuce and cheese.

La Bamba – The slogan at this Mexican grill is “burritos as big as your head,” and they aren’t exaggerating (well, ok, kinda sorta). They are worth a try in their own right, but we’re keeping the focus of this post on the tacos. Every night, La Bamba sells its tacos for just 99 cents each. Theirs come with your choice of meat, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, and La Bamba salsa.

La Chinita Poblana – If you’re looking for a fusion between Mexican and Chinese food, La Chinita Poblana is exactly where you want to go. This unique restaurant is located at 927 E. Westfield Boulevard in Broadripple Village. The best prices on tacos at La Chinita Poblana are for the late-night eaters. After 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, you can order two tacos for just $5. You can have them delivered to your home until 2:00 a.m. if you live in or near Broad Ripple, or you can visit them until they close at 4:00 a.m. those nights.

Roscoe’s Tacos Franklin: Southsiders, Roscoe’s second location on Morton Street in Frankly serves its Paul Bunyan tacos 2 for $4 all day, every day.

Nov 162014
 
Ella's Frozen Yogurt

Hang in there, students. This is what awaits if you finish with good grades.

Sometimes lost among the celebration of the holidays is the end of another semester for our students. It’s tough to stay focused on studies this time of year as Thanksgiving and Christmas offer plenty of distractions. We understand the struggle, and are happy to report a reward to keep in mind when minds begin to wander. Ella’s Frozen Yogurt is happy to recognize students who go the extra mile to bring home good grades.

If you make the A-B Honor Roll, you can bring the certificate with your student ID to Ella’s. Assuming your current report card has all A’s and B’s (or 3’s and 4’s, if your school uses numbers instead of letters), you’ll get a FREE party cup from Ella’s. You can create your favorite treat and enjoy, as long as you bring in the report card within three weeks of your last grading period.

So when you’re returning to classes after Thanksgiving, keep your favorite combination of frozen yogurt flavors and toppings in mind. A tasty reward from Ella’s Frozen Yogurt can be the incentive necessary to get you through that math test. This deal is available at both Ella’s locations – one at Fairview and Highway 135 and the other at Emerson and Stop 11.