Carmel library honored – The Carmel Clay Public Library has been named a 2017 Star Library by the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. The index compares U.S. public libraries with peers in similar budget categories based on five types of output measures of their per capita use. The Carmel library is a four-star library in the $5 to $9.9 million budget range. It is one of four libraries in Indiana to receive a Star Library rating this year.
Express Transit fares to decrease – Effective January 1, the fare to ride Hamilton County Express Public Transit will change. The fare will be lowered from $5 to $3 per one-way trip. A 10-ride pass for $30 will be available. HCE is discontinuing its one-month pass for unlimited rides and its student discount. To request a ride on Hamilton County Express, call 317-773-2668 Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Santa at Clay Terrace – Santa Claus will usher in the holiday season at Clay Terrace in his house in front of Dick’s Sporting Goods during retail hours from now through Dec. 24. For more information, visit clayterrace.com.
Celebrations series – The Museum of Miniature Houses presents its series Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship on Wednesdays at noon. The next session will be held on Dec. 27 and is Create Your Own Mini Art workshop. All ages are welcome to come and create either a 2D or 3D work of art. The Museum will provide all materials. Admission is free for this event.
Recycle holiday lights – From now through Jan. 11, The Carmel Clay Schools Green Teams, along with Carmel Utilities, Tech Recyclers and White’s Ace Hardware are working together to offer a holiday light recycling drive for Carmel residents. Residents may recycle used holiday lights at White’s Ace Hardware, 731 S. Range Line Rd. In addition, the Carmel Clay Schools Green Teams will be offering recycling at the individual schools.
Envirothon contest now open – Registration is now open for high school students to sign up for this spring’s Central Region Envirothon contest hosted by the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. Each team will study resource problems in five environmental areas. Teams may consist of members from a variety of organizations: clubs at school, Scouts, home schooled students, and 4-H Clubs. The deadline for Envirothon coaches to register their teams is Feb. 23. For more information, visit hamiltonswcd.org/envirothon.html or contact Ginger Davis at 317-773-2181.
Girl Scout name CEO – Danielle Shockey, a Girl Scout alumna, will become the organization’s CEO beginning Jan. 1. Shockey has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Ball State University and a master’s in educational leadership from Indiana University. Most recently, she has served as deputy superintendent of public instruction for the Indiana Dept. of Education.
Reading grants awarded – More than 70 nonprofits, including Carmel High School, have received funding to help bring the book Frankenstein to life in their community and participate in a statewide read of the book in 2018. The grants are part of the year-long One State/One Story: Frankenstein program. Organizations receiving grants will hold at least three community programs tied to the book during 2018, including a book discussion. Each site will also receive up to 50 books and assorted supplies to promote the programs.
No Shave November results – The Carmel Police Department officers and civilian employees once again participated in No Shave November. Officers and civilians participated in the program and helped raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Carmel Police Department employees raised a total of $7,507 for LLS along with our community sponsors.
Jury duty scam – A scam involving the threat of arrest for missing jury duty has hit central Indiana. A victim answers the telephone and the caller says a warrant is being issued for not appearing for jury duty. The caller may give the name of a courthouse employee, a deputy, or a name similar to an employee. The victim is then told to pay money to avoid arrest. These calls are fake. Courts do not operate this way. Contact would be made by regular mail.
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.
College prep services – Class 101 has opened its newest franchise in Carmel, at 600 E. Carmel Dr., Suite 109. Class 101 services include helping students with creating effective essays, SAT/ACT test improvement, developing an appropriate college list, building academic & athletic resumes, choosing a major/career, completing applications with deadlines, and helping students find and apply for scholarships and financial aid. For more information, call 317-537-0101 or email email@example.com.