Preschool day at Monon Waterpark – Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation will host its annual Preschool Splash Bash, an event designed for young children and their parents, at The Waterpark from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 16. Admission is $6 per child. Adults attending with their children will be admitted free. Kids and their parents can enjoy several features of The Waterpark including the kiddie pool, activity pool and the lazy river. Pre-registration is encouraged. Those interested can visit CarmelClayParks.com to register.
Gold award – Xchocol’Art Chocolate won gold for its chili truffles at the International Chocolate Salon, a juried annual awards and ranking competition that recognizes chocolates and confections in several categories.
Solarize Hamilton County – The Carmel Green Initiative has partnered with Hamilton County communities to co-host the Solarize Hamilton County 2017 Campaign. The goal of this program is to increase understanding of solar investments, simplify the solar installation process, enable access to program discounts and advance as many solar installations as possible before the end of the year. The next free workshop is at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Carmel Clay Public Library, 55 4th Ave SE. For more information, visit carmelgreen.org.
American Legion events – American Legion, Post 155 has several upcoming events that are open to the public. Vettes and Vets, a Corvette car show, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 19. Dave Neal will perform from 8 to 11 p.m. Sept. 2. A steak dinner is available for $14 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Broadcasting legends named – The Carmel-based Indiana Broadcasters Association has announced that four Hoosier broadcasting legends are being inducted into the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame this November. The 2017 class includes sportscaster Joe McConnell, TV reporter Jack Rinehart, radio personality Ken Speck, and TV videographer Steve Starnes.
Governor appointments – Governor Eric J. Holcomb has announced several appointments and reappointments to various state boards and commissions. Carmel resident Weilin Long has been newly appointed to the Civil Rights Commission. Karen Medernach, also of Carmel, has been newly appointed to the Indiana State Board of Nursing.
Legislative internships – Indiana House Republicans are now accepting internship applications for the 2018 legislative session. Internships are open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates of all majors. This paid program during the spring semester gives college students the chance to work one-on-one with state legislators while seeing firsthand how laws are made. To complete an application, visit IndianaHouseRepublicans.com.
Congressional App Challenge – The 2017 Congressional App Challenge is now open to students in the Fifth Congressional District who have not yet graduated from high school. The CAC is designed to engage students from across the country in computer science and coding. Students of any age, whether in elementary, middle, or high school are encouraged to compete by creating and exhibiting an app for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. For more information or to submit an entry, visit CongressionalAppChallenge.us.
Food pantry collections – AlphaGraphics has partnered with Carmel United Methodist Food Pantry to stock its shelves with personal care items. From now through September, donations of personal care items can be dropped off at AlphaGraphics, 1051 3rd Ave SW during normal business hours. Items that are needed include: shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, tampons and any other toiletries.
Go Solar workshop – The library will host Go Solar from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 16. Learn about the basics of solar energy for your home or business and how to select a solar installer. For more information or to register, visit CarmelGreen.org.
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 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Noblesville Library, 1 Library Plaza. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. For more information, e-mail [email protected].
Pop-Up Shop event – Carmel Cooperative Preschool will host its first annual Pop-Up Shop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 27 at Congregation Shaarey Tefilla, 3085 W. 116th St. The Pop-Up Shop is a free family-friendly event that will feature a consignment sale, local vendors, entertainment, a silent auction, and more. Items that will be for sale include: baby/kids clothes, toys, accessories/gear, and maternity wear. The event will also include music by Mr. Daniel, yoga by Audrey from Silly Hearts Yoga, and face painting.
Creative writing contest – The Library Foundation Guild is sponsoring a creative writing contest for students in grades 9-12. Short stories, poems, essays and plays are all accepted. First and second place winners will receive Barnes & Noble gift cards and tickets to the Guilded Leaf Book & Author Luncheon on Oct. 19. Entry form and guidelines are available at carmel.lib.in.us/teens. Entries are due by Sept. 11.
Free seminars for seniors – CarDon & Associates is partnering with Indy Mature Living to help educate Indianapolis-area seniors about issues related to home ownership and post-retirement downsizing. The free seminars will highlight senior living options for those over the age of 55, downsizing, and other educational topics. Upcoming topics include: Downsizing – Senior Panelists, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Aspen Trace, 3154 S. SR 135, Greenwood. Reservations can be made by phone or email at 317-600-2056 or [email protected].
Arts and education grants available – The Telamon Foundation, the charitable arm of Telamon Corporation, has announced that its grant application for 2017 is now available. This marks the Telamon Foundation’s fourth annual round of grants that focus primarily on the Foundation’s pillars of arts and education. The application for 2017 can now be found at http://telamon.com/telamon-foundation/. Applications are due Sept. 15. Any questions can be directed to [email protected].
Women’s support group – Women who have recently been divorced or widowed are invited to the National Celebration of Women in Transition from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 16 at Coast to Coast Imports, 9445 Threel Rd., Indianapolis. The event is hosted by the Wildflower Group, a support group for women in transition. The topic will be First Time Car Buying Tips. For more information or to register, e-mail Nancee Dowler at [email protected].
Flag education program – The American Legion will hold its annual Flag Education Test during November. Fourth graders in participating schools can take a test of flag knowledge. Two winners from each state will win $1000. The test is based on the comic book “Our Country’s Flag.” School that wish to participate must enroll at IndianaLegion.org by Sept. 29.
Solar eclipse basics – A total solar eclipse will occur across North America on Aug. 21 – the first such eclipse in over 100 years. In central Indiana, we will observe a near total eclipse with about 91 percent of the sun obstructed. The eclipse will begin at 12:57 p.m. and end at 3:48 p.m. To the south, the view will be closer to a 100 percent obstruction. As a result, many Hoosiers are expected to travel south for a better view. Travel is expected to be heavy on major roadways leading to southern Indiana. Plan ahead for longer travel times if you have to be on the roads. In addition, use proper eye protection to look at the eclipse. Use only ISO approved eclipse eyewear, NOT regular sunglasses. Inexpensive disposable glasses are available from a number of vendors online and in retail stores.
Store opening – Closet Candy Boutique, a women’s clothing store, will open its first storefront in Clay Terrace. The grand opening is set for noon Aug. 19.
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 be held at Old National Bank, 1430 S. Range Line Rd. For more information, visit IndianaMeditation.org.