There is more to a school than the building and Roanoke Elementary School demonstrates this in a big way. The school has won all sorts of academic awards and it is evident when you observe classes at the school. The halls and the rooms are decorated in age-appropriate and content that clearly meets the the standards under No Child Left Behind. The principal is a driving force behind the school excellence. The students, teachers and parents join in special programs for the winter holidays that includes giving programs for needy in the area. Local area businesses also contribute heavily to the school to support academic excellence and programs. it is obvious that the teaching staff is devoted to the school and the students.
In the genre of the Gene Autry Western Museum and the Southwest Museum, both in Los Angeles County, the Eiteljorg is a museum of Western and Native American culture. The building itself is a wonderment. It is a modern design that incorporates native Indiana sandstone combined with stucco and wood. The amazing thing is these native Indiana materials have been worked into galleries on the front that resemble a western-style home and in the front corner, a Native American kiva. The artifacts are some of the best in the nation and you will see things in the Eiteljorg Museum that cannot be seen anywhere else. The museum also has Western-themed art that includes painting and statuary. The museum shop has an excellent selection of books on both Native American culture and general art. Parking is located in a basement lot. A fee is required to park.
To be honest, I was not expecting a museum of this quality in Indiana. I drove to Indy to see a traveling exhibit of the International Arts and Crafts Movement sponsored by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and was astounded by the types of paintings in each of the galleries. The traveling exhibit was amazing and the museum had an interesting special collection about the Indiana-based Overbeck Pottery in a smaller gallery. The other galleries had quality pieces by major artists. There weren't as many pieces of art as some of the larger museums, but what the museum is missing in depth, it has all over others in the quality of the art is has. The gift store is great, but it doesn't offer posters of some of the most obvious items in the collection. I was told that the museum recently started requiring admission. At $7, admission is not cheap. The special exhibitions also require a fee. In this case, the A & C exhibit was an additonal $14. Check out the yearly membership because it certainly pays to join in place of paying each time you see a new exhibit. Lots of free parking in front of the museum. The second floor is under reconstruction and will open some time next year. The only thing missing is a large collection of Indiana artists. I would assume that they would constitute a large portion of the display, but they do not. It would be nice to see a large special exhibit of the Hoosier Salon artists of 1920-1940.
PROS: Excellent collection!
I got my first bike from this shop. They have a small selection of bikes, but the staff is very helpful! If you need your mower blades sharpened, they do an excellent job at that too. It is hard to see this shop because it is tucked away next to the restaurant that used to be an ice cream stand. If you pass the little triangle park in the center of the road, you have gone too far. Extremely limited hours of operation. Call before you go. Lots of free parking. There usually isn't a big crowd except early Saturday mornings when people take in broken lawnmowers.
This store has a world of bikes! All kinds. You can take them out for a spin in the parking lot to see how they perform. The staff is extremely helpful offering tips to improve the ride and extra equipment for bike trips or kinds of riding. Lots of free parking in the lot.
Chick's Sporting Goods in Tustin Market Place is big and has all the obvious stuff but the staff is not very helpful when you need something special. Sometimes they have the item, but the clerks don't know it. I have been in and asked about several things and was told that they never carried the item. When I went back for something else several weeks later, I found the item hidden away on a lower shelf or corner. The store has a great selection and sometimes they offer sale coupons in the mail.
Red Hill Liquor is a quick stop liquor store. They have a big selection of quick take out items such as cigarettes and snacks. They have a large selection of various beers at a good price. The hard liquor selection is adequate, but they don't have anything fancy. If you know you need something special in advance, call ahead. They can order items from their distributor. Parking lot is sometimes full in front of the store, but there is parking next to the store.
Bradley's Liquor has been in Tustin since the 1950s. It is tucked in the shopping center on Newport between tiny speciality shops and the giant building that changes hands as a gym periodically. The staff is most helpful and they are open extremely late at night. You can't miss them because you can see the neon sign at night. Friendly store with all the basics.
Rolfs is a little hard to find unless you know the area. It is in a triangle shaped lot after you pass the donut shop. The best thing about Rolf's Wines and Spirits is their wine selection. They have just about anything you could possible want. If they don't have it, they can quickly get it. The shop looks like it was built in the 1950s, but it is serviceable. The staff is most helpful! I don't think there is a better wine selection in the area.
Jolly Jug has been in business since the 1960s. It is a small store, but it has everything you'll need for a party. They are great about putting together a box of liquor for a party. They assist you in determining what to buy. They also will order kegs of various beers. Lots of free parking in front.