Carmel in brief — October 1, 2019


School safety referendum meeting – Carmel Clay Schools will a community meeting to share information about the school safety referendum Oct. 3 at Creekside Middle School, 3525 W. 126th St. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

Book sale – The Friends of the Carmel Clay Public Library will hold a book sale Oct. 3 to 6 at the library, 55 4th Ave. SE. From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 3 the sale is only open to Friends of the Library members. It will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 4 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5. On Oct. 6 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. guests can fill a bag with books for $5. Learn more at or by calling 317-814-3997.

Moms in Prayer – Several Moms in Prayer groups meet throughout Carmel to pray regularly for Carmel Clay Schools students, teachers and events. The nondenominational international ministry aims to cover every child and school in prayer. Find groups that pray for specific schools and learn how to join at

CCPR reaccredited – Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation was awarded reaccreditation from the Commission for the Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies at this year’s National Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference in Baltimore. CCPR staff will celebrate the accomplishment with a banner presentation Oct. 22 in the Monon Community Center gymnasium.

Trail closure – The Hagan-Burke Trail is closed at Lowes Way through the winter as construction crews work to extend Lowes Way to Range Line Road. A detour route is available along the Monon Trail and 146th Street.

Shredding, recycling event – Several community groups are partnering to host a document shredding and electronics recycling event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5 in the parking lot of Creekside Middle School, 3525 W. 126th St. A $5 donation is requested per banker-box size container of items to be shredded. Items accepted for recycling include electronics, cables and appliances (there is a $10 fee per monitor or TV). Expired or unwanted prescription drugs will be collected by uniformed officers for proper disposal.

White River plan open house – An open house will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Wilfong Pavilion at Founder’s Park, 11675 Hazel Dell Pkway., to discuss how Carmel and Conner Prairie fit into the White River Vision Plan. Representatives from the Carmel City Council, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation, Hamilton County Parks, Conner Prairie and Hamilton County Tourism will present information. RSVP is not required.

Best Buddies fundraiser – Dine at Hot Box Pizza at 1 E. Carmel Dr. on Oct. 8 and mention Best Buddies to have 20 percent of the order donated to the nonprofit. Best Buddies exists to create opportunities for friendship, employment, leadership development and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

HAND director stepping down – Noblesville-based HAND Inc. announced the departure of Executive Director Jennifer Miller as of Nov. 1. Miller has been with HAND since 2016. She led the organization through a period of collaborative growth, including an expansion into Boone County and the formation of the Hamilton County Home Repair Partnership with Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County and the former Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County. Over the next few months, HAND’s Board of Directors will be conducting a search to fill the position.

Native trees for sale—The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual native tree sale has begun. In addition to native trees, 15-gallon watering bags also are available. The sale is the HCSWCD’s largest fundraiser. All proceeds go back into conservation and education. Thirty-nine varieties are for sale for $28. Pre-orders will be accepted through Sept. 30, and orders can be picked up from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the llama barn at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville. Details on tree species and growing conditions, as well as online ordering, are available at

CCHS annual meeting – Members of the Carmel Clay Historical Society are invited to attend the annual meeting of the general membership from 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 on the lower level of Woodland Terrace, 698 Pro-Med Lane. Executive Director Deb Gangstad will share a Year in Review and what is in store for 2020. Members present will vote on the slate of officers and board members. The public is welcome to attend the meeting.

Indiana House seeks interns – Hamilton County lawmakers are inviting college students and recent graduates to apply for the Indiana House Republican Internship Program, which takes place during the 2020 legislative session at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The positions are full-time, Monday through Friday, lasting from January through mid-March. Interns receive biweekly compensation of $750 and can earn academic credit. Learn more and apply by Oct. 31 at

Mini houses museum events – The Museum of Miniature Houses, 111 E. Main St. in Carmel, will present Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship at noon Sept. 25. The free event will feature weaver Linda Adamson. On Sept. 11 the museum celebrated the opening of a new exhibit: Our Favorite Hobbies. It features scenes from favorite pastimes. Learn more at

Newcomers Club – Newcomers Club of Carmel, a nonprofit 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 or call 317-564-8349.

Holiday Boutique – The Holiday Boutique benefiting St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Riviera Club, 5640 N. Illinois St. in Indianapolis. Attendees may bring non-perishable food items or personal hygiene products for donations in lieu of an entrance fee. The Versiti Blood Center will have a mobile unit on site for donations. Lunch and cash bar available for purchase. Learn more on the St. Vincent de Paul Holiday Boutique 2019 Facebook page.

Family-friendly city – Personal finance website WalletHub ranked Carmel as the third best place to live in Indiana for families. WalletHub compared more than 70 cities across 21 key indicators of family-friendliness, ranging from median family income to school system quality to housing affordability. Fishers and Zionsville ranked first and second, respectively. See the full report at

Former Square Donuts space – Changes are coming to the space at 14 S. Range Line Road, formerly occupied by Square Donuts. Bob Merrill, who owns the space, confirmed that Square Donuts will not be returning. He said the site is being refurbished, although he declined to comment on whether a new tenant has already claimed the space.

Pet adoption event – Tom Wood Subaru, 3300 E. 96th St. in Carmel, is partnering with Spay-Neuter Services of Indiana for a pet adoption event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 12. Adoptable pets will be on site from Indianapolis Animal Care Services and Humane Society for Hamilton County. Free microchipping and nail trims will be available. The event will also include a free cookout and discounted alignments. Call ahead for vehicle service at 317-805-7775.

Highest household incomes – recently released a ranking of ZIP codes in Indiana with the highest household income based on Census Bureau data for cities with a population of 60,000 or more. Carmel’s 46033 ZIP code ranked second in the state at $124,712. Only Zionsville’s 46077 ZIP code ranked higher at $128,642. Carmel’s 46032 ZIP code ranked ninth at $97,184. Learn more at

Census Bureau looking for workers—The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for applicants for 2020 census work in Boone and Hamilton counties. Job types include clerks, census field supervisors, census takers and office operations supervisors, ranging in pay from $14.50 to $20 an hour. Interested applicants can apply online at

Pedal Perks – The Pedal Perks program is returning for its third year, with Hamilton County businesses offering deals to bike riders. The program runs from through Oct. 31 and has more than 30 businesses offering specials for customers who show proof of their ride. For more information or a full list of participants visit

Partnership expands – St. Vincent and Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine have signed a letter of intent to partner at St. Vincent Indianapolis and Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent. They will also work together to develop a dedicated neurosurgical center of excellence for advanced surgeries. Carmel-based Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine is one of the nation’s’ largest neurosurgical practices. Since forming in the 1970s, the physician-owned group has offered specialized care for disorders of the brain, spine and nervous system.

Safe Sitter class – A Safe Sitter class will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at St. Vincent Carmel Hospital, 13450 N. Meridian St. The class aims to prepare students in sixth through eighth grade to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings or babysitting. Class fee is $50. Participants should bring a sack lunch. To register, call 317-338-2273.   

Hearing loss group – The newly-formed Indianapolis Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America holds meetings from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month at Irvington Public Library, 5625 E. Washington St. in Indianapolis. Learn more at

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