Carmel High School among the best – Niche, the online school and neighborhood ranking service, recently released the 2018 Best Public High Schools in Indiana. Carmel High School ranked fourth on the list. The rankings are based on test scores, college readiness, graduation rates and reviews from parents and students.
Comedian Lee to perform – Christian comedian Robert G. Lee will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at Carmel Christian Church, 463 E. Main St. Lee is well known is the entertainment industry as Hollywood’s top warm up comic. He has released eight clean comedy videos. His comedy is clean and appropriate for families and children. The show is free and open to the public.
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. Read more about the event at CurrentinCarmel.com.
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].
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].
Native tree sale – The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is holding its annual fall native tree sale. This year 35 varieties of native trees and shrubs are available. All offerings are $26 each and will arrive in three-gallon containers and be approximately 3-5 feet tall at delivery. Pre-orders are required and are due Sept. 28. Trees can be picked up from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds llama barn. Order forms and online ordering are available at hamiltonswcd.org.
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.
Art Without Borders show – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., presents Nea Kavala Art Without Borders from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Art Without Borders is a project started by Kayra Martinez to help refugee families in Greece express their emotions through art. Art will be on display and available to purchase, with proceeds going to the refugee families.
Talking Through Unity and Civility – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., presents Talking Through Unity and Civility from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 9. In partnership with Desmond Tutu Center, the Muslim Alliance of IN, the ACLU, Women4Change Indiana and the Islamic Society of North America, John Krall and Khizr Khan will discuss age-old American tradition of agreeing to disagree with civility and keeping our nation united and strong. Admission is free but registration at conversationwithkhizr@eventbrite is encouraged
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. Applications are due by Oct. 31.
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 by Nov. 1, visit CongressionalAppChallenge.us.
Fight the New Drug – Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 14598 Oak Ridge Rd., will host Fight the New Drug at 7 p.m. Sept. 25. Designed for students in seventh grade and older, and their parents, the program teaches about the dangers of pornography in an age-appropriate way. They will present the scientific proof that porn changes brain chemistry and can lead to addiction. There is no cost to attend but a free-will offering will be taken.
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.
5K Walk/Run registration open – Registration is now open for the first ever Connect 2Help211 5K Walk/Run. Connect 2Help211 exists to provide help to people who don’t know where to turn. Think of 211 as the 911 of human services (disaster relief information, domestic violence help, etc.) The event will be held on Sept. 23 at the Lilly LIFE Center, 800 S. East St. The race begins at 9 a.m. and will be followed by a kid’s Track Trot. To register, visit EventBrite.com.
Hiring event – CareSource, a nonprofit health plan, will host a two-day hiring event for customer care advocates at the Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel, 11925 N. Meridian St. in Carmel. The goal is to fill 60 full-time positions based at a new call center opening in Woodland Corporate Park this fall. The hiring event is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 29 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 30. Candidates are asked to bring multiple copies of their resume and expect to spend two to three hours to accommodate interviews and on-site testing. Candidates may also apply at CareSource.com/Careers.
Truck driver honored – Carmel resident Hugh Nettleton, a professional truck driver for Marathon Petroleum, has been named a Master Truck Driver by the Indiana Motor Truck Association. The award is given to drivers who meet high standards for educational achievement, professional conduct and accident-free driving. Less than two percent of the nation’s truck drivers ever qualify for this award.
Certification earned – Kurtis Baumgartner, Monon Community Center Director, recently earned the Certified Park and Recreation Executive accreditation granted by the National Recreation and Park Association National Certification Board. The CPRE program recognizes advanced skills and competencies related to the professional practice and delivery of park and recreation programs and services. Baumgartner is one of only five in the state of Indiana to hold this certification, another being Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation Chief Operating Officer Michael Klitzing.
Adult classes launched – Sprouts Cooking School, 13190 Hazel Dell Parkway, has launched classes for adults. Upcoming events include a Moms Night Out from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 25 and a course on miniature food/appetizers from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14. Learn more at sproutscookingschool.com.
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.