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5 No-Fail Holiday Party Hacks

It’s totally OK if you’re not "ready" for the holidays — we’re not either. If your upcoming holiday bash has you saying "No, no, NO!" instead of "Ho, ho, HO!," read on for five holiday entertaining tips that might save your sanity this party season. 

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Celebrating Newfields' President and CEO

Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette is the President and CEO of Newfields — and she is fully embracing her role. Indy Maven's own Jalysa King spoke with Dr. Pierce Burnette to learn more about her career journey and her future plans for Newfields and Indy's art scene.

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How to Write a Fabulous Thank-You Note

We're in prime gifting season, so it seemed like the perfect time to get a refresher course on thank-you notes. Local etiquette expert Tina Jesson shared her tips on what to say to fully express your appreciation. 

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"It’s not about going to a party. It’s life as a party." — Diane von Furstenberg
Hard Truth's New Year's Ryesolution Cocktail

2023 is only 23 days away (but who's counting?), so if you want to start celebrating a little early, try whipping up this "New Year's Ryesolution" cocktail created by Hard Truth Distilling Co.'s Master Mixologist Elsie Derebery.

Made with Hard Truth Sweet Mash Rye Whiskey, cranberry juice, rosemary, lemon juice, and a champagne floater, this drink is truly wow-worthy.
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Are you interested in providing a safe and supportive environment for children to grieve? Brooke’s Place is looking for dedicated volunteers for Ongoing Grief Support Groups! Apply today to start the journey of empowering young people to thrive in the midst of grief. For questions, email or visit
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We can all agree that sh*t gets especially hard around the holidays, so join us at Maven Space on Dec. 20 to do ... nothing! This event is FREE for Maven Space members and Create. Connect. Collab members. There will be complimentary Sweetgreen salads and pizza for lunch, movies playing on the TVs, and a sound bath available for $10 from 12-1 p.m. from instructor Sarah Gardner.
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If you're an Indy Maven member, you can connect with Indy Maven co-founder and CEO Leslie Bailey at her next Office Hours on Dec. 15 from 2-3 p.m. You can share a story idea, ask for a restaurant or holiday gift recommendation, pick her brain — or talk about whatever you want! Members can register on Zoom via the link in the member portal.
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Kim Gutfreund

Kim Gutfreund feels fortunate to have spent the entirety of her career working in the arts at both for-profits and nonprofits, and she relocated to Indy from Michigan to serve as Executive Director of Dance Kaleidoscope. Take it away, Kim!
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Tweety's Sweeties' Red Velvet Bundt Cake


Made by NaTasha Pepper, the red velvet bundt cake from Tweety's Sweeties is dense (but not too dense), moist, and has a cream filling inside. You can order yours topped with a cream cheese drizzle and pecans if you're feeling especially festive.

Red velvet bundt cake, $60 at

A round-up of events to add to your calendar in the weeks ahead.
All the things you need to read this week.
  • 15 White Elephant gifts that people actually want. (Cup of Jo)
  • In case you haven't heard, here's Pantone's 2023 Color of the Year. (Pantone)
  • Pence Media Group has brought on three new team members: Katie Kiel, Lexie Manor, and Melissa Mattingly. (Pence Media Group)
  • 14-year-old Lady Carrington Craig of Carmel is organizing her 10th annual toy drive. (Instagram)
  • Upland Brewing Company recently opened a new tap house on 82nd Street in Indy. (Upland Brewing Company)
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