Plan a Perfect Winter Break with Options to See, Hear, Taste and do at Nearby Events

Central Indiana Things To Do
Crystal Hammon

Learn what Lieutenant Uhura knew.

Decades after Lieutenant Nyota Uhura appeared in the first episode of Star Trek, the fictional communication officer aboard the Enterprise still inspires. With a name that’s synonymous with freedom, Uhura’s brave, confident ways are yours to learn when you register for Starbase Indy, an annual conference planned for November 26-28, 2021. Cultivate the same talents that make Uhura one of television’s most memorable female role models by attending the conference’s Uhura Training Academy — 11 unique sessions led by Noblesville-based Gal’s Guide Library. The Gal’s Guide Library preserves, collects, shares and champions women’s achievements and lessons learned from women throughout history. For updated information on the 2021 conference, visit www.starbaseindy. org. For information about Gal’s Guide Library, visit

Conference Location: Marriott Indianapolis East, 7202 E. 21st St., Indianapolis, 317.352.1231.

Dine and browse in small-town charm.

Located in a former Methodist church building, The Art Sanctuary is the anchor of Martinsville’s arts and entertainment district. As they do the second Friday of every month, 20 resident artists invite the public to browse their studios as well as two public galleries on December 10, 6-9 p.m. Make a dinner date before or after at nearby 21 North. There, French-trained chef Matt Harakal and his partner have built a foodie destination in a beautifully restored building on the town square.

Drawing inspiration from the couple’s French and southern roots, the fare ranges from fresh seafood to a well-crafted Wagu burger. They’re also known for French and Italian wines and a vast bourbon menu. December 10 is also the town’s annual Cookie Stroll, one of the best days of the year to visit Martinsville. Purchase a passport to the event and collect an assortment of exquisite, homemade cookies from Martinsville’s downtown retailers.

The Art Sanctuary, 190 N. Sycamore St., Martinsville, 765.342.8422. 21 North, 21 N. Jefferson St., Martinsville, 765.315.0767. Martinsville Annual Cookie Stroll,

Prime your family for the holidays at a German market.

Cumberland is situated with half its boundaries in Marion County and the other half in Hancock County, but there’s nothing half-hearted about the town’s pride in its German roots. On December 4, the town closes several blocks of East Washington Street to celebrate its German heritage with Cumberland Weihnachtsmarkt, a seasonal extravaganza with live elves and reindeer, plus the world’s most authentic Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The all-day market features over 30 vendors, a light parade, children’s crafts, Peewinkle’s Puppets and the Melchior Marionettes, face-painting and shopping. Food trucks, beer and wine are available 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event’s capstone is a free concert by The Bishops at 7 p.m. Cumberland Weihnachtsmarkt, Cumberland, 317.894.6203. weihnachtsmarkt


Recalibrate for better work-life balance in 2022.

Life can get out of kilter in so many ways: Too many volunteer obligations. Remote offices that blur the boundaries between work and home. Accepting too many (or too few) social invitations. Raising children or caring for family while holding down a job — or two. On November 19, Leadership Johnson County at Franklin College will host The Work-Life Balancing Act: Developing Resilience, Rejuvenation and Self-Renewal, a half-day workshop (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) to help you achieve better balance during one of recent history’s most stressful eras. The registration deadline is November 16, although walk-ins will be accepted. The fee for alumni of Leadership Johnson County and Franklin College, and Franklin, Aspire and Indy Chamber members is $49; $59 for the general public. Call 317.441.5295 for more information.

The Work-Life Balancing Act, Johnson County Armory, 325 Minuteman Way, Franklin.

Plan a 10-site junket to explore Indy’s classical music scene.

Experience classical music in a mostly-outdoor setting through CMI City Sounds, a project of Classical Music Indy (CMI), supported by the Indy Arts and Culture Restart & Resilience Fund: An Arts Council of Indianapolis program made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc. CMI picked 10 Indianapolis sites and paired them with a piece of classical music in performance videos, accessible 24/7 by smart phone and unique QR codes. Four of the 10 sites feature original compositions written by local composers. From the lushness of Eagle Creek Park to the catacombs of City Market, CMI City Sounds gives listeners/viewers yet another way to celebrate Indy’s artistic talent and distinct vibe.

Find a complete list and map of CMI City Sounds sites at