School supplies drive – David Weekley Homes is hosting its school supplies drive in cities across the country. From July 18 through Aug. 1, the local community is invited to support children in need by donating new school supplies to Teachers’ Treasures. Donations can be dropped off at the division office, 9310 N. Meridian St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, or any David Weekley model home in the Indianapolis area. To view the list of supplies needed or find a model home location, visit DavidWeekleyHomes.com.
Exchange student program – Operation Friendship is seeking students from Carmel or Fishers entering grades 8-10 who want to host an exchange student for three weeks next summer (2019), and then travel abroad the following (2020). An information meeting will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Fishers Public Library. Students who have recently returned from their exchange will be present to answer questions. For more, email [email protected].
LIFT expands to area – Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, a Manufacturing USA institute, has expanded its national advanced manufacturing learning platform and competition and into Indiana, Idaho and West Virginia. Locally, LIFT is partnering with the Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center to launch MakerMinded and expand students’ and schools’ access in to world-class advanced manufacturing and STEM learning experiences. The program links students to a diverse range of national and local STEM and advanced manufacturing programs, including manufacturing facility tours, gaming activities and project-based learning.
Cutest Main Streets – Fodor’s, a publisher of travel and tourism publications, has named Carmel one of America’s 25 Cutest Main Streets in Small(er) Towns in an online story posted July 3. The article noted the art galleries, interior design shops and the life-size J. Seward Johnson statues located along Main Street and throughout the Carmel Arts & Design District.
Democrat numbers increasing – A record number of Hoosier Democratic women, millenials and first-time candidates are running for seats in the General Assembly this year. Nearly 90 percent of the 125 legislative races on the ballot are filled. The Indiana Democratic Party focused on grassroots organizing during 2017 to generate new enthusiasm in the party.
Energy costs – WalletHub recently published 2018’s Most and Least Energy Expensive States. Indiana ranked as the seventh highest energy expensive state in the nation. Rankings were based on energy consumption, electricity and natural gas prices, and fuel consumption and prices.
Housing needs assessment – Anyone who lives or works in Hamilton County is invited to share their thoughts on local housing needs by completing an online survey available at HNA18survey. The questionnaire takes less than 10 minutes to complete and will be available through Aug. 3. Results will be published in the 2018 Hamilton County Housing Needs Assessment and used by HAND Inc. and other organizations to housing programs are aligned with community needs.
Celebrations series – The Museum of Miniature Houses presents its Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship series on Wednesdays at noon. Create Your Own Mini Art will be held on Aug. 8. All ages are welcome to come and create a 2d or 3D work. Materials and instruction will be provided, including stencils to create miniature furniture. Since these workshops have become quite popular, reservations are suggested. Call 317-575-9466 to reserve a spot.
Tin dollhouse exhibit – The Museum of Miniature Houses currently has on display an exhibit of pressed steel, or tin, dollhouses. These were popular in the 1950’s. Included in the exhibit is a dollhouse from 1962 that has its own fallout shelter. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 9.
SetonFest returns – St. Elizabeth Seton, 10655 Haverstick Rd., will host its annual SetonFest July 26-28. Admission is free but tickets are required to ride the rides and prices will vary. There will be live music each night and a fireworks displays Friday and Saturday night to cap off each evening. New features this year include a mobile escape room, poker tournament, casino night and more. For more, visit SetonCarmel.org.
Lemonade stand – Meridian Title Corporation, 3850 Priority Way South Dr., Ste. 120, Indianapolis, will host its annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 27. Hot dogs and chips will be served. Donations will be accepted on the day of the event and can also be made online at alexslemonade.org/mypage/1462286. Proceeds benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which funds cancer research.
Golf tournament – River Glen Country Club, 12010 Clubhouse Dr., Fishers, will host the Earl D. Hoover Memorial Charity Golf Tournament from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 28. Proceeds will benefit the Jefferson Awards Foundation, an organization that promotes public service through education and awards. For more, visit facebook.com/events/508802572856395/.
Cycling exhibit – Cycling Through History is now open at the Monon Depot, 211 First St. SW. The exhibit showcases historic bikes, including a high-wheeler, an antique tandem bicycle, a 1930s Elgin, a Schwinn Krate, and more. The museum is open Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturdays 1 to 4 p.m, and Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit runs through July 29.
Summer Celebration – Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County will hold the third annual Summer Celebration from 4 to 8 p.m. July 29 at Mustard Seed Gardens, 77 Metsker Ln., Noblesville. Tickets are $25 for one adult, $40 for two adults, and $10 for a child (children 5 and under are free) and include food samples, inflatables, carnival games and more. Purchase tickets online at shepherdscenterofhamiltoncounty.org.
Tiny Treasures – The library and the Museum of Miniature Houses will partner to present an exhibit of miniatures called Tiny Treasures at the library throughout the month of August. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the museum, the library will offer miniature-related scavenger hunts, crafts, and book displays. For more information about this event, call or e-mail Dawn Boarman at 317-814-3916 or [email protected].
Lugar Series seeks applicants – The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series is accepting applications for its 29th annual class. The Lugar Series mission is to increase the number and influence of Republican women in governmental positions at all levels. Applicants should have demonstrated leadership skills in their fields of work or community service. Applications are due Aug. 1 and are available by visiting lugarseries.com/apply/ or by calling 317-536-6900.
Adults only waterpark event – The Waterpark at the Monon Community Center will host its final Monon Mixer of the season from 8 to 10 p.m. Aug. 2. Cost is $10 per person and includes adults-only access to all the waterpark’s features including the lazy river, adventure slides and FlowRider. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase in addition to concessions. Participants must register online at carmelclayparks.com.
First Responders at Conner Prairie – Conner Prairie will host First Responders Day on Aug. 4. First Responders with valid ID will receive free admission into the park and their guests will receive a 50 percent discount. Special programming will be offered and an opening ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. For more, visit ConnerPrairie.org.
National Night Out – National Night Out is a designated evening when communities across the nation come together to take a stand against crime. This year’s event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Carmel Gazebo. The Carmel Police Department will be on hand to answer questions and talk about safety. Face painting, hot dogs, and giveaways will also be featured.
Taste of Hope – Carmel Against Cancer will host Taste of Hope from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Arts & Design District. This is a new event where guests can purchase a food passport to use for Carmel food vendors who are donating samples. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. There will also be live music, and a cash bar.
Great American Read Block Party – The Carmel Clay Public Library will hold its first ever block party on August 11. During the afternoon, 4th Ave. SE will be shut down in front of the library. Authors, storytellers, and musicians will be on hand. Special tents will feature activities for kids and teens, and several food trucks will make an appearance, as well as Urban Vines and Danny Boy Beer Works. For more, call 317-814-3947.
Bollywood dance – The Carmel Clay Public Library will host two local Indian dance troupes on Aug. 12. Aradhana Institute of Dance and Bollywood Beats will perform and also teach Bollywood dance moves to audience members. It’s a free event for the whole family. For more, call 317-814-3975.
How We Got Here panel discussions – Real Estate Ascending Leaders presents Carmel – How We Got Here, two panel discussions led by Brian Bondus from ALO Property Group. The discussions will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 16 at Sun King Spirits, 351 Monon Trail. Carmel’s infrastructure and bike culture will be discussed at 4:15 p.m., followed by a discussion on live, work, and play communities at 5 p.m. Networking and social time will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Creative writers meetings – Carmel Creative Writers wants to give writers of all levels and genres the opportunity to network, learn and share. Join us for our meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Hoosier Salon, 22 N. Range Line Rd. Guest speakers, a yearly anthology, and input on your writing samples are all part of our meetings. For more, email [email protected].
Newcomers Club – Newcomers Club of Carmel, a non-profit social club, connects its members with friends, engages in fun activities and explores the community. Monthly activities include a welcome coffee, a luncheon event and 32 interest group meetings. Membership represents Carmel, Westfield, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville and Indianapolis. For more, visit carmelnewcomers.com or call 317-564-8349
Ladies tea – Fellowship in Christ Church, 310 N. Range Line Rd., will host Coffee, Tea and Thee for ladies from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. This is open to all women in the community and there is no cost to attend.
Free Constitution sessions – The Constitution Party will host a series of free sessions on the Constitution. Sessions will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month from now through July at Old National Banking Center, 385 S. Main St., Zionsville. Nick Frecker will lead the series and will be using The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution by Brion McClanahan. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the sessions.
Grief support workshops – St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 126th Street and Gray Road, will hold GriefShare from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. on Wednesdays from Aug. 22. This non-denominational DVD series features grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was seen on the DVD. Cost is $20. Email [email protected] or call 317-846-3404 to register.
Barrington receives quality award – The Barrington of Carmel, an SQLC community, has been recognized as a 2018 recipient of the Bronze Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care. The distinction is one of three progressive award levels through the National Quality Award Program, which honors organizations for their efforts to improve quality of care for seniors.
Tai Chi classes – The Monon Center will offer Tai Chi classes and practice sessions this summer. Classes are offered from 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning July 2. Cost is $80 for the summer session. Practice sessions are from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays beginning July 2. Cost is $70 for the session. To register, visit apm.activecommunities.com and enter Tai Chi into the search box.
Free meditation class – Sahaja Meditation Indiana presents a free mediation class at 7 p.m. on Fridays. Learn to reduce stress and experience inner peace through meditation. The class will is held at Old National Bank, 1430 S. Range Line Rd. For more, visit IndianaMeditation.org.
Patriotic Pets fundraiser – Pet Valu is teaming up with The United States War Dogs Association to benefit veteran war dogs. From now until September 11, Pet Valu will host a Patriotic Pets fundraiser inviting customers to purchase an American flag bandana for $5 or a Paper Paw to hang in the store’s window for a donation amount of their choosing. Proceeds will help provide medical care and services for veteran war dogs.
Grocery delivery – WalMart has launched grocery delivery service in the Indy Metro area, including locations in Carmel and Fishers. Customers visit walmart.com/grocery or use the Walmart Grocery mobile app to place an order and choose a delivery time. There is a fee of $9.95. First delivery is free with promo code “Freshcar” and a $50 minimum order.