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May Featured Partner: Muncie Visitor's Bureau

Muncie Visitors Bureau

The Muncie Visitors Bureau is dedicated to promoting all aspects of travel and tourism in Delaware County. From lodging to dining and retail, the MVB provides guests with information to make their trip the best possible. Their up-to-date information on all the happenings throughout Muncie help visitors find the perfect events and attractions to attend during their visit.  The MBV takes pride in greeting Muncie's visitors with genuine Hoosier Hospitality. 

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DWNTWN Parking Map

Here is our map of DWNTWN parking lots, street parking, and pedestrian zones during the construction process for this month. Any changes or updates in the future will be posted.

Thank you for your patience and help support our DWNTWN businesses!

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DWNTWN Road Access

Construction Update - High & Charles Intersection

The Muncie Sanitary District has issued an update regarding the sewer project. The intersection of High Street and Charles Street will be closing this week while concrete and paving occurs on High Street. Traffic on High Street will need to divert to Walnut or Liberty. Paving will also begin on Franklin Street, and the Franklin and High Street corridors will be opening soon with minimal restrictions.

While the intersection is closed for new paving, parking is available on Walnut Street, in parking lots, and on side streets, in order to access businesses and apartments in the 100 west block of Charles Street. Access to businesses and housing in the 400 south High Street block will need to divert using alternate routes.

Muncie Downtown Development Partnership will continue sharing information with everyone as the progress of the construction continues, and as updates become available from the Muncie Sanitary District.

We appreciate your patience and support of our businesses during our current construction period.

Check this website weekly for additional changes in road openings.

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April Featured Partner: Mursix

MURSIX

Headquartered in Muncie, Indiana, Mursix is a technology-driven company characterized by its use of state-of-the-practice equipment and technologies in the production of value-added product solutions. Capabilities include tool design and construction, punch press and multislide stamping of both large and small components (including the stamping of precious metals), precision machining, in-machine processing, injection and insert molding, plating, and sophisticated multi-part assembly.

From its administrative, engineering, and manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Asia, Mursix serves a diverse customer base in a wide variety of markets, and has earned its reputation as a "one-stop solution" for its customers.

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February Featured Partner: Horizon Convention Center

Horizon Convention Center

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The Horizon Convention Center is an innovative mix of historic beauty and modern design. Formerly Muncie's Federal Building, the Horizon Convention Center is beautiful, as is evident in the glass-enclosed pavilion, the outdoor terrace, and the classical splendor of the lobby's original interior. A 1996 expansion increased the facility's meeting space to 47,000 square feet.

The Horizon Convention Center is ideal for conventions and conferences of 30 to 750 attendees, with space to accommodate everything from large main sessions to small breakout sessions.  On-site catering and an in-house audio/visual department make for easy planning and coordination, along with a staff dedicated to make your event perfect.

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Introducing Muncie Check-in for Charity at The Arsenal

February 1 marks the first day we’ll be launching Muncie Check-In for Charity. This will allow you to make an impact with your Facebook check-ins at The Arsenal. Every time you check-in on Facebook for a workout, The Arsenal will donate 37 cents to a local cause. At the end of each month, a check will be delivered to the sponsored not-for-profit located here in Muncie!

Check-in on Facebook and use the hashtag: #ArsenalArmyCharity.

Community

This effort is an extension of a major pillar of The Arsenal: Community. Yes, our strong culture within the box is a major force in helping all of us realize our potential and live out our values each day. As a downtown business, we feel it is our obligation to give back when and where we can, expanding our impact on the community we call home, Muncie. This is a simple way for us to make that type of impact every day and in turn raise awareness for local organizations.

This month we will be launching with Boys and Girls Club of Muncie. As you’ll view in the video above, Executive Director Micah Maxwell will introduce you to the organization that he leads. We are excited to partner with Boys and Girls Club of Muncie and are hopeful that each of you will join us by checking in every time you’re in to throw down at The Arsenal.

If you have a not-for-profit that you would like us to consider for the coming months, please email us as we know there are a lot of worthy causes right here in Muncie.

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January Featured Partner: City of Muncie

CITY OF MUNCIE

The City of Muncie is celebrating its sesquicentennial year this year. That's 150 years of developing and improving our community. Dennis Tyler is the Mayor of Muncie.

The Mayor is the city executive and the head of the executive branch. The specific duties and responsibilities are defined by state statutes (Indiana Code 36-4-5). A few of those items include: enforcement of City and State statutes, informing the legislative body a variety of required items of information, make recommendations to the legislative body, supervise subordinate officers, ensure efficient government of the city, and approve or veto ordinances, orders, and resolutions of the legislative body.

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IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation Makes $3 Million Impact

MUNCIE- A $3 million commitment from the Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation has been pledged to create job training and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  Specific healthcare focused training will be an option at The Arc’s Training Institute and Teaching Hotel, which is affiliated with the Courtyard by Marriott and attached to the Horizon Convention Center at 601 South High Street in downtown Muncie.  

“IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital is optimistic that the partnership with The Arc of Indiana will have a positive influence on the hospital, the participants in training, and our community as a whole,” said Michael Haley, President and CEO, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.  “IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital is proud to be at the forefront of such an innovative program.”   

The Teaching Hotel, the first of its kind in the country, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015 and will provide people with disabilities postsecondary educational opportunities and other training to lead to greater self-sufficiency. 

“We are excited about the opportunities that this partnership brings,” stated Kim Dodson, executive director, The Arc of Indiana Foundation.  “Participants at our training institute will complete a rigorous training program with an emphasis on a people first culture.  This specific skill set can aide in improving customer satisfaction which is important in several business areas especially healthcare.”   

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital will be able to work with training institute staff to build on the customer experience training and create a detailed supplementary program that fits the hospital’s needs.   

“The hospital will supply internships and job opportunities that lead to independence and self-sufficiency,” said Ann McGuire, vice president, Human Resources, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.  “Training programs may be designed for opportunities in the supply chain, patient transport, dietary, guest relations and environmental service areas.  This innovative approach will not only develop loyal team members but aid in reducing turnover.”   

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Workforce Preparation found that hiring a worker with a disability is both a retention and employment strategy.  Workers with disabilities have higher-than-average retention rates and company loyalty.  

 “Healthcare systems require a skilled, reliable and stable workforce to provide effective and continuous patient care,” said McGuire.  “However, first-year turnover in the hospital sector (28.3%) is higher than for the rest of U.S. industries (21.5%).”   

“This commitment emphasizes the importance IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital places on improving the health of the communities we serve through education and outreach,” said Tricia Stanley, president, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation.  “IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation is honored to train students for employment opportunities in healthcare and participate in this model which demonstrates the strength and benefit of private, public and philanthropic collaboration.”

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December Featured Partner: AEP

American Electric Power

Our featured partner for December is American Electric Power. Don't miss out on the Light Up DWNTWN events happening this month, powered by AEP.

AEP dedicates itself to providing reliable, affordable service and shareholder value, with a continued focus on safety. AEP's Mission is bringing comfort to our customers, supporting business and commerce, and building strong communities.

AEP's Values include: Zero Harm, Integrity & Stewardship, Adapt & Achieve, and Customer Focus

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Muncie Civic Mainstage Theatre
216 East Main Street

On line at munciecivic.org or call the box office at 765-288-7529

Muncie Civic Theatre presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever on the Mainstage Theatre December 5-6, 12-14, 18-20. Thursday, Friday, & Saturday shows are at 7:30pm and the Sunday Matinee on December 14this at 2:00pm. Tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for groups of 10+, and $11 for students & children. Reserved Seating.

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids -- probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won't believe the mayhem -- and the fun -- when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!

A Family classic for the Holiday Season!

Written by Barbara Robinson

Directed by Greg Gassman

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Two World Premiers this Weekend at Muncie Civic Theatre

Muncie Civic Theatre hosts two staged readings,  a new play OIL IN THE BLOOD (Friday) and a new Musical, MASTER OF TIMESaturday)!
 

Oil in the Blood

Friday November 21, 2014 • 7:30 pm 

Location

Muncie Civic Mainstage Theatre
216 East Main Street
Muncie, IN 47305 Show Map

Details:

Muncie Civic Theatre is proud to present an original play by the students of the Ball State University Immersive Learning Seminar, “Greatest Spectacle(s) in Racing" taught by Tyler Smith. Oil in the Blood, a premiere stage reading, is Friday, November 21st at 7:30pmFREE General Admission.

As the opening race of this year’s Mid-America Tires Sprint Car Series approaches, veteran driver Jeff Reno drops a bomb on his family: After two decades of racing, he’ll have to sit out the first half of the season with an eye issue.  The family’s shock quickly turns to chaos and disagreement as Jeff’s 19-year-old daughter Ash volunteers to take her dad’s seat.  She’s been racing smaller cars since she could reach the pedals, and she says she’s ready to move up with the big boys.  Ash’s older brother Jeff Junior has been racing alongside dad for five years now and isn’t so sure that Ash is ready for the leap.  Stella, Jeff’s wife and team mechanic, is torn between giving her daughter an opportunity and wondering if Ash is ready to handle a 700 horsepower sprint car. And what will Les, the family friend and team sponsor think of these new developments? Oil in the Blood follows the Reno family through a season of Midwest sprint car racing, with plenty of drama both on and off the track.

Master of Time

Saturday Friday November 22, 2014 • 7:30 pm 

Location:

Muncie Civic Mainstage Theatre
216 East Main Street
Muncie, IN 47305 Show Map

Details:

ORDER TICKETS ONLINE!

Join Muncie Civic Theatre as we present the world premiere of a brand new original musical! Master of Time is a new original musical with book, music, and lyrics written by Ball State University musical theatre student John Banes. It is the story of a boy named Matthew Crawford who is faced with a life-changing decision in the midst of turbulent circumstances. The show follows his journey to this decision under the silent scrutiny of the elusive Master of Time. This new work will be performed for the first time featuring a fantastic cast as a fundraiser for The Trevor Project. Come experience the first public concert reading!

Tickets are $5. General Admission. Rated PG13.
All proceeds benefit The Trevor Project.

Book, Music, and Lyrics by John Banes

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Monkey Thunder IV: Another, Another, Another Pop-Up Art SHow

The original Monkey Thunder event spawned in the spring of 2011 as an art coup of sorts.  Prompted by an impending anniversary vacation for Brian & Genny Gordy, owners of Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co., their son Ben Gordy and gallery manager Braydee Euliss schemed to host an impromptu pop-up art show in their absence. The exhibit was designed specifically to cater to a more youthful crowd and featured works by 20 local artists. Overwhelming response resulted in two more Monkey Thunder events, one in the fall of 2011 and another in the summer of 2012.

After more than two years of relative silence, the fourth installment of Monkey Thunder proudly presents itself as “Monkey Thunder IV: Another, Another, Another Pop-Up Art Show”.

The Monkey Thunder series aims to challenge, encourage, confront, and support artists and viewers alike who are often left wanting more from Muncie’s art scene. The after-hours nature of the event allows for a transformation of the normal gallery setting and the exhibition of artwork that might not otherwise be appropriate during regular business hours. Curated by Braydee Euliss, MT4 features both 2D and 3D work as well as a sound installation and projection/video art. Exhibitors include familiar Muncie names, emerging artists from Ball State University, and artists as far away as Minneapolis, MN and Athens, GA.

This one-night-only opening/closing reception exhibit extravaganza will be held Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 8 PM to 12 Midnight. Light refreshments will be served. The event is all ages, and the public is invited to attend. Gordy Fine Art & Framing Co. is located at 224 East Main Street in Downtown Muncie. For more information, call (765) 248-8422 or visit the Monkey Thunder Facebook page at facebook.com/themonkeythunder.­­­

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Arts Commission encourages Hoosier Artists to apply for Individual Artist Program Grants


(Indianapolis, Indiana) – The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today that Hoosier 
artists in selected disciplines have until Friday, February 6, 2015 to submit grant 
applications for the IAC’s Individual Artist Program. 

Eligible projects will only be considered in the areas of: dance, literature, music, theatre, 
and folk arts related to the traditional disciplines listed here. Artists with disabilities are 
encouraged to apply for projects related to the eligible disciplines either through the 
discipline directly or through the access category. 

Individual artists living and working in Indiana may apply for up to $2,000 from the IAP 
grant, which requires no matching funds. The grants are intended to assist artists with 
specific project-related costs that will help them further their career and provide some form 
of public benefit through the completed project. 

The application guidelines and the online grant application system are currently accessible 
on the IAC website and can be found at: www.in.gov/arts/individualartistprogram.htm. 
Application for IAP grants will only be available through the online grant system, and artists 
are encouraged to read through the guidelines completely before starting the application 
process. The deadline for application is February 6, 2015. 

Applicants must be 18 years of age, must be an Indiana resident for at least one year prior 
to the date of application, and plan to remain in the state for the full grant period. Artists 
may not be enrolled in a degree-granting program. All projects must be completed between 
July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

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Cornerstone Belly Dance Showcase and Fundraiser

Join Rebellyon Dance Troupe and Cornerstone Center for the Arts on Saturday, December 6th, for the Belly Dance Showcase and Fundraiser. A fabulous line up of belly dancers, including Cornerstone instructors and students, will showcase their skills to raise funds for the Arts Program at Cornerstone. This event will be hosted by Jenny Smithson and Rebellyon Dance Troupe in support of Cornerstone.

The fundraiser kicks off with two belly dance workshops during the day taught by Jenny Smithson and Jeana Jorgensen.  

Workshop #1 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm will be instructed by Jenny Smithson and will focus on Dubstep-Belly Dance Fusion, you asked for it! Rebellyon will bring you fun and fierce belly dance choreography to Dubstep Music. Previous belly dance experience required.   

Workshop #2 - 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm: “How Slow Can You Go: Slow ATS Movement Vocabulary” will be instructed by Jeana Jorgensen and will explore American Tribal Style® and Slow Movement Vocabulary. This workshop will teach you the basics of ATS slow moves, from elegant hand floreos to slinky taxeems, and bodywaves. Then we’ll put it all together using the improvisational structure of ATS. Whether you want to learn more about the aesthetics of ATS to incorporate in your solo dancing, or you want to have fun dancing with others, this workshop is for youWorkshops are $25 each. Registration is available online at www.cornerstonearts.org/education.  Workshops will take place at Cornerstone Center for the Arts in the dance studios.

The Belly Dance Showcase and Fundraiser will take place at Cornerstone Center for the Arts in the Colonnade Room located on the 1st floor. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the show begins at 6:00 pm. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children at the door.

In addition to the entertainment, the event will feature a raffle with donations from local businesses as well as belly dancing costumes and accessories.

For more information call Cornerstone Center for the Arts at 765.281.9503 ext. 15 or visit www.cornerstonearts.org.

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November's Featured Partner: MSD

MUNCIE SANITARY DISTRICT

The Muncie Sanitary District (MSD), created under Indiana State law in 1968 by the action of an Ordinance of the City of Muncie, Ind., provides services to the public in the areas of code enforcement, engineering, sanitation, sewer maintenance, storm water management, water pollution control and recycling. In addition to these services, the MSD maintains a statewide position of leadership in green infrastructure through its commitment to programs and initiatives that make the Muncie community a better place to live.

The MSD initiated the Blue Bag Recycling Program in Muncie. Now, 48% of the waste stream is recycled, creating a greener Muncie. This program earned the National Green City Award and the Governor's Award of Excellence. The MSD's newest project is GreenLine, the first compressed natural gas station in ECI.

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Toy Donations Needed for Candy Cane Lane

Cornerstone Center for the Arts is looking for toy donations for its annual Candy Cane Lane event. Each year, children of all ages are invited to Cornerstone for a day of winter wonder. Every child who  attends Candy Cane Lane on Saturday, November 22nd from 10:00  am to 12:00 pm will receive a free toy. At least 600 toys are needed to help make this event a success.

Cornerstone is looking for toys valued between $5 and $10 to give to the children in attendance. Any and all toy donations are welcome.  Toy and monetary donations will be accepted Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm until Thursday, November 20th.  Donations can be delivered to the 2nd floor of Cornerstone, or mailed to 520 E. Main St. Muncie, IN 47305. Toy donations can be dropped off at Walls Furniture's Muncie location and all three of the PrimeTrust Financial locations.

Cornerstone’s Candy Cane Lane will feature games, crafts, and refreshments; as well as pictures with Santa. Each child will also get to pick out a toy with the help of an elf. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about this event, or to make a donation, contact Carly Acree King at cacree@cornerstonearts.org

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Gobble Wobble / Small Business Saturday

DWNTWN GOBBLE WOBBLE PUB AND EATERY CRAWL

The turkey has been consumed...SO sick of turkey! Netflix is boring and you definitely don’t want to go to the movies. You REALLY want to get out of the house, with or without your family, and my oh my does a beer sound good! 

If any of this sounds familiar, join us DWNTWN Saturday, November 29 for the first ever DWNTWN Gobble Wobble Pub and Eatery Crawl! DWNTWN bars and eateries will participate with food or drink specials and other fun surprises.

HOW TO PLAY:

Participants can begin in any of the listed DWNTWN locations. Gobble Wobble punch cards will be on hand at all locations. Visit at least 6 locations, purchase an item and get your card punched. Post a photo of your completed card on our Facebook page to win! 

PRIZES:

First 10 people to post will win a DWNTWN hoodie, next 10 a DWNTWN tee shirt and anyone who posts will get a DWNTWN sticker!

VENUES:

Tuppee Tong Thai- 310 W Main (5p-9p)

Savages Ale House- 127 N. High (3p- 3a)

Mark III Taproom- 107 E. Main (7p-3a)

Downtown Farm Stand- 125 E. Main (9a-7p)

Brother Animal- 113 W. Jackson (9a-9p)

Casa del Sol- 206 S. Walnut (11a-10p)

Vera Maes Bistro- 209 S. Walnut (5p-10p)

Valhalla-215 S. Walnut (11a-3a)

Heorot- 219 S. Walnut (11a-3a)

The Silo- 223 S. Walnut (4p-3a)

Barn Brasserie- 117 W. Charles (11a-10p) - Specials: $1 off draft beer & 1 Free kids meal with purchase of entree.

The Caffeinery- 401 S. Walnut (8a-12p) 

Fickle Peach- 117 E. Charles (3p-3a)


SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Make an impact this Small Business Saturday by shopping and eating local. Gather your friends and begin your shopping early. End the day with the Gobble Wobble supporting local pubs and eateries. 

EVENTS:

Kirk's Bike Shop 

Kirk’s Bike Shop Holiday Open House from 10a-5p

 Pazols Jewelers Saturday 9:30-5

DoorBusters! Fireflies Twinkling Diamonds necklaces and earrings in sterling silver and diamonds starting at $54.-$99.

 White and yellow gold Fireflies starting @ $299.-$2,800.

  One of the newest items is the Horizontal stick diamond pendant in white gold @ $249.

Curved diamond cross $199. Many store savings!!!! Check Facebook and www.pazolsjewelers.com.


Note: Check back frequently for updates

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Muncie Ranks #8 City for Job Growth

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has named Muncie as the #8 top city for job growth. Talent Tribune reported on the achievements of the top 10 cities, read Muncie's blub below. 

Muncie, Indiana, home to Ball State University and the birthplace of the Ball Corporation, ranks number 8 on our list. Muncie added 2,100 jobs between August 2013 and August 2014, for a total job growth of 4.1%. Starting in the 19th century, Muncie’s economy was driven largely by the manufacturing of steel and glass. Today, Munsonians can find work in health care, education, retail, and other service-related industries.
— Talent Tribune

Read the full article here

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