Backpack giveaway – TCC, the largest Verizon Authorized Retailer in the U.S., and A Wireless are teaming up to donate 235,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children through TCC’s annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway. Between noon and 3 p.m. July 30, local families are invited to visit TCC at 1532 S. Range Line Rd. to pick up a backpack filled with school supplies. One backpack per child present will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.
Grief support workshops – St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 126th Street and Gray Road, will hold GriefShare from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays from Aug. 4 through Oct. 27. 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 $15. Visit stmarkscarmel.org/grief or call 317-846-4912 to register.
Softball world series – The Lids Indiana Dreams 10U fast pitch softball team recently won the state championship and qualified for the USSSA Travel Softball World Series in early July. The players from Carmel are Hope McDonald, Elsa Morrison and Lily Sullivan.
New discussion group – St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 126th Street and Gray Road, will host a six-week series based on the book titled “The Cycle of Grace.” The group will meet weekly from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for six weeks, beginning July 10. Book cost is $9 and is available through the church. Childcare is available with advance request. To register for the study, visit stmarkscarmel.org or call 317-846-4912.
Stewards of Children – Parents and adults who work with children can learn how to prevent child sexual abuse by registering for Stewards of Children. This program teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react to child sexual abuse. Chaucie’s Place is offering this program from 5:30 to 8 p.m. July 13 at Noblesville City Hall, 16 S. 10th St. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. For more, visit chauciesplace.org
Paint to fund cancer research – Painting with a Twist, 301 E. Carmel Dr., will team up with Vera Bradley to help raise funds for the Vera Bradley Breast Cancer Foundation at 7 p.m. on July 12. The featured painting will be “Pink Hydrangeas in Ball Jars.” Cost is $35. All painting supplies are provided. No art experience is needed. Register at paintingwithatwist.com/events/viewevent.aspx?eventID=740214.
Calling all military – RE/MAX Legends Group is organizing the military tribute grand finale for the CarmelFest parade on July 4. Past, present and newly enlisted men and women in all military branches are invited to participate. Family members of the military are also welcome to participate, including those who have someone currently serving and unable to attend, or families who have lost a loved one in service to our nation. If you would like to participate call RE/MAX at 317-849-7653, or Bec Hunter, Media/PR Director, at 317-407-1445.
Democratic Women meeting – The Democratic Women of Hamilton County will hold its next meeting at 10 a.m. July 16 at the Delaware Township Community Building, 9094 E. 131st St., Fishers. Beth Sprunger of Moms Demand Action will share information on gun sense in America.
SPAM tour returns – The SPAM brand invites local residents to join in the festivities with the return of the popular SPAMERICAN Tour. During this coast-to-coast culinary journey, attendees will be treated to one-of-a-kind complimentary recipe samples created by local chefs, including Food Network host Sunny Anderson’s Operation SPAM Gravy with Biscuits. The tour will visit Meijer, 1424 W. Range Line Rd., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 6.
KinderCare accredited – Range Line KinderCare Learning Center Carmel, 1001 S. Range Line Rd., has been awarded accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, a leading professional organization for the early childhood education industry.
Delph on summer committees – Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel) will serve on the following study committees during the summer and fall months to help prepare for the 2017 session of the General Assembly: Interim Study Committee on Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications, Interim Study Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs.
CHS receives grant – The Indiana Historical Society is recognizing a Hamilton County organization for its role in upholding the state’s heritage. This week, IHS named the recipients of its first-ever Heritage Support Grants, an effort first introduced to mark the state’s Bicentennial. The Carmel Clay Historical Society received a grant of $26,000 to complete a digitization process that will prepare its collections for the next generation.
College news – Jackson Whiteker graduated from the University of Vermont. Anna Katsis was named to the president’s list at Clemson University. Griffin Johns graduated from Washington and Lee University
Dean’s list – The following Carmel residents were named to the dean’s list: University of Akron – Laura Weiss; Olivet Nazarene University – Mary Cowen, Eric Douglass, Nicholas Krieg, Hanna McBroom, Spencer Meador, Chesley Rowlett; Indiana University – Shane McGrath
Miniatures exhibit extended – The Museum of Miniature Houses’ bicentennial exhibit has been extended through Labor Day. Items in miniature pertaining to Indiana’s history include Marmon Wasp, Wooten desk, Hoosier Cabinet, 1/4″ scale RV, Amish buggies, Levi Coffin house, Shaker quilting, and more. The museum is located at 111 E. Main St. and is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Lions Club golf outing – Carmel Lions Club presents the fifth annual Charity Golf Outing on July 11 at Hawthorns Golf and Country Club, 12255 Club Point Dr., Fishers. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. for the 1 p.m. tee-off. Cost is $115 per golfer or $450 per team. Pre-register by July 5 at CarmelLions.org or by calling 317-848-3519.
Endurance race registration – Registration is open for the second annual 8-Hour Dream Endurance Race to be held at noon on July 23 at Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse. Registration is limited to 250 individual runners and 100 teams of eight people or less. Cost starts at $85 for individual runners. For more information or to register, visit 8hourdream.com.