Carmel in brief — October 19, 2021


Shredding, recycling event — The Carmel Shred It and electronics recycling event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 23 in the parking lot of Creekside Middle School, 3525 W. 126th St. The professional shredding is sponsored by Shred-it to benefit Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana. A donation is requested of $5 per banker-box size container or equivalent. Uniformed police officers will be on site to collect expired or unused medications for proper disposal. Bulky trash items may dropped off for disposal free of charge for Carmel Utilities customers.  

Grant to fund “Meat the Need” — Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry has received a $5,000 grant from the Hamilton County Community Foundation, a Central Indiana Community Foundation affiliate, to support its “Meat” the Need initiative. Funds will be used to pay processing fees on donated livestock and deer, with the meat being given to agencies serving food-insecure residents within Hamilton County.

Fruit tree planting — Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation was named a 2021 Fruit Tree Orchard Grant recipient. This opportunity is made possible by the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation and One Tree Planted. With the grant, CCPR is receiving 100 native fruit and nut trees to be planted in a food forest where, once the trees mature, the public will have access to the fruit and CCPR will provide education on responsible foraging in the parks. The community is invited to help plant the trees at CCPR’s United Nations Day Tree Planting. The volunteer event will be hosted at Founders Park on Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided by Lou Malnati’s. Register for the tree planting at

Local DAR chapter sponsors essay contests – The Horseshoe Prairie Chapter of the National Association of the Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring two American History Essay Contests. The deadline is to submit essays is Nov. 5. Students in grades 5 through 12 in Hamilton County are eligible. For essay contest rules and submission details, contact the DAR American History Chairperson at [email protected].

Christkind essay contest — The Carmel Christkindlmarkt is holding an essay contest to select the Christkind for the holiday festival. The contest is open to female high school and college students who must submit a minimum 500-word essay, 2 to 3 photos and commit to making, at minimum, 20 two-hour appearances at the festival between Nov. 20 and Dec. 24. See contest details at

Republican interns — The Indiana Senate Republican Caucus is offering paid spring semester internships in its communications, information technology, legal, legislative and policy offices during the 2022 session of the Indiana General Assembly. Qualified candidates may be of any major and must be at least a college sophomore. Recent college graduates, as well as graduate and law school students, are also encouraged to apply. Interns earn a $750 biweekly stipend and benefit from scholarship and academic credit opportunities, professional development, community involvement and networking. Apply by Oct. 31 at

Teen muralist sought — The Carmel Clay Public Library is soliciting designs from teen artists for a mural for the new teens space at the renovated Main Library. Young people in grades 9 through 12 who live or attend school in Carmel are invited to submit their concepts to the library through Dec. 15. The winning artist will receive a $2,000 stipend and have their work transformed into a wallcovering that will become the bold focal point for the new space. Complete contest details are available at  

Pups & Pints — Clay Terrace is hosting the fifth annual Pups & Pints series from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the third Friday of each month through October at the shopping center’s dog park, 14395 Clay Terrace Blvd. Participants can socialize with other dog owners at the free event and purchase beer from Bier Brewery. Water will be available for the pups. 

Pedal Perks — Hamilton County Tourism’s Pedal Perks promotion returned this month for its fourth year. The goal is to incentivize locals and visitors to explore Hamilton County by bicycle. From May 1 through Oct. 31, more than 30 participating Hamilton County businesses are offering deals and discounts redeemable on a smartphone. Visit to learn more and register. 

Trunk or Treat — Indiana Wellness College, 10585 N. Meridian St., will host its inaugural Trunk or Treat from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 30 to raise money for Riley Children’s Hospital. The event will include treats, games, face painting, chair and hand massages, and skin analysis from IWC students. 

Real estate stats — Carmel’s residential real estate market was fast moving in September, with homes leaving the market quickly and prices increasing. According to F.C. Tucker Company, Carmel homes sold 44.4 percent, or 12 days, faster than September 2020. The average sale price for a home in Carmel increased compared to this time last year, up 6.9 percent to an average price of $498,901, and the average price per square foot also increased 15.6 percent to $183.80.

OneZone hires — OneZone has hired Leah Bare as special events and programs coordinator, Mary Noble as director of member engagement and Anna Skinner as marketing and communications manager. 

Vaccination clinics at businesses — The Hamilton County Health Dept. is offering on-site COVID-19 vaccination clinics to Hamilton County businesses. Businesses should consider hosting a workplace vaccination program only if they have enough space to stand up a clinic while maintaining social distancing through the entire process, from screening to post-vaccination observation. Businesses interested in setting up an on-site clinic can contact Chris Walker at [email protected] or by calling 317-776-8500.  

Feed the Frontlines reinstated — The City of Carmel is gearing back up its Feed the Frontlines initiative to help provide hot meals to frontline workers at IU Health North and Ascension St. Vincent Carmel hospitals. Feed the Frontlines Carmel was originally launched in April of 2020, then was suspended when the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations subsided. Unfortunately, due to a surge of recent COVID-19 hospitalizations a reinstatement of the program is necessary. Through the program, meals from locally owned restaurants will be delivered to healthcare workers on the frontlines. 

New Riverview CFO — Riverview Health has appointed Jayna Friend as the new chief financial officer of Riverview Health. Friend is responsible for the oversight of all financial reporting, accounting, budgeting/forecasting, revenue cycle, case management and health information. Friend joined Riverview Health in 2008 as a staff accountant and was promoted to director of finance in 2015. 

Drive-through vaccine clinic — Franciscan Health Immunization Services is offering drive-through vaccine clinics at seven locations this fall. A clinic is scheduled in Carmel from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at Franciscan Health Carmel, 12188-B N. Meridian St. Available vaccines are to prevent COVID-19, shingles, pneumonia and flu. Participants should bring their insurance cards to avoid other charges and dress appropriately to ease administration of the vaccines. Learn more by calling 317-528-6374.