Thumbs up: Rockin' the river
The 2nd Annual White River Festival — a month-long celebration of the city's signature drinking water source and defining landscape feature — kicks off with a Community Fun Day from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 1, Downtown at White River State Park. Art, science and activities await all who visit. Also on Saturday, the first beginning at 10:15 a.m., African-American heritage tours touching on the White River Canal and expanding to Indiana Avenue and Ransom Place. For info on these and a robust schedule of events throughout September, from fly fishing and river cleanups to green ordinance workshops and bird walks, visit the calendar at whiteriverfestival.org. Festival organizers continue to accept nominations for river supporters deserving recognition at the annual stewardship awards celebration set for Sept 27.