Carmel among state’s safest cities – Carmel is ranked as the third-safest city in Indiana in a report from SafeWise, an online safety resource. To compile the rankings, SafeWise reviewed 2016 FBI crime statistics and population data. Check out the full rankings at safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-indiana/.
Executive director named – Deb Gangstad has been named the executive director of the Carmel Clay Historical Society. She had been serving in the position on an interim basis. Gangstad is a retired Carmel Clay Schools teacher who has volunteered with several local nonprofits. She co-chaired the CCHS Holiday Home Tour in 2017 and 2018.
Democratic women to meet – The Democratic Women of Hamilton County will hold a meeting Nov. 17 at the Delaware Township Trustee Building, 9090 E. 131st St. in Fishers. Coffee will be available starting at 9:30 a.m. with the meeting beginning at 10 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods for donation to a food pantry.
Civil War Roundtable – Bruce Alladadice will present “Obnoxious to a Free People –Conscription and the Civil War” at 7 p.m. at the Nov. 14 meeting of the Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable at Carmel City Hall, 1 Civic Square. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
No Shave November – Officers and employees of the Carmel Police Dept. are joining together to raise awareness about cancer and gather donations for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during the month of November by participating in “No Shave November.” Donate at crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/cpdnoshavenovember or by dropping off a check at the police department, 3 Civic Square in Carmel. The Great Shave Off will occur at 9 a.m. Dec. 2 at Main Street Barber. Awards will be given for the best mustache, best goatee, best beard and best attempt.
Reserve skating times online – The City of Carmel has unveiled a new online ticketing service to make it easier to reserve time and ice skates for the upcoming holiday and winter seasons of skating at the Ice at Center Green. The new website utilizes a program called Ticket Spice and is an online ticket purchasing portal that will enable visitors to guarantee their spot on the ice by purchasing tickets and reserving skates in advance. Find the online ticketing portal at TheIceAtCenterGreen.com. The ice will open Nov. 17.
Author luncheon – India Hicks, author of “A Taste of England,” will be featured at a book signing and luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Woodstock Club, 1301 W. 38th St. in Indianapolis. Some of the proceeds from books purchased on site will benefit the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana. Tickets are $50. Learn more and purchase tickets at eventbrite.com/e/india-hicks-book-signing-and-luncheon-tickets-50272504414.
Toy drive – Donatello’s Italian Restaurant, located at 9 W. Main St. in Carmel, is bringing back its annual toy drive to benefit The Villages, Indiana’s largest not-for-profit child and family services agency. The organization serves more than 1,400 children and their families each day, including children in the foster care system. Participants can drop off an unopened and unwrapped toy at Donatello’s until Dec. 10 during regular business hours.
Engineering opportunities for students – INDOT is offering civil engineering students scholarships and paid employment during summer breaks and upon graduation. Students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana’s certified civil engineering schools and apply using the form at INDOTScholarship.IN.gov. Applications must be submitted by Dec. 31.
Special exhibit – The Museum of Miniature Houses presents the Founders’ Exhibit, celebrating the museum’s 25th anniversary. Houses and room boxes made by the co-founders will be on display, as well as historical artifacts of how Main Street looked 25 years ago, handwritten financial ledgers from the museum’s first years, and more. Exhibit runs through Jan. 6, 2019.
Legislative internships – The Indiana Senate Republican Caucus is offering paid spring-semester internships in its legislative, legal, policy, communications and information technology offices during the 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly. Candidates must be at least college sophomores or older. For more information or to access an application, visit IndianaSenateRepublicans.com/Intern. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.
Town hall meetings – State Sen. John Ruckelshaus (R-Indianapolis) invites resident of District 30 to a bipartisan town hall meeting set for 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St. in Indianapolis.
Youth Leadership program open – United Way of Central Indiana is accepting applications for the 2019 Youth Leadership United Program. This program teaches high school students about the nonprofit sector and how to serve on a nonprofit board. High school freshmen, sophomores and juniors who live in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion or Morgan counties may apply. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31. Apply online at uwci.org/ylu.
Creative writers meetings – Carmel Creative Writers wants to give writers of all levels and genres the opportunity to network, learn and share. Join us for our meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Hoosier Salon, 22 N. Range Line Rd. Guest speakers, a yearly anthology, and input on your writing samples are all part of our meetings. For more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newcomers Club – Newcomers Club of Carmel, a non-profit social club, connects its members with friends, engages in fun activities and explores the community. Monthly activities include a welcome coffee, a luncheon event and 32 interest group meetings. Membership represents Carmel, Westfield, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville and Indianapolis. For more, visit carmelnewcomers.com or call 317-564-8349
Ladies tea – Fellowship in Christ Church, 310 N. Range Line Rd., will host Coffee, Tea, and Thee for ladies from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. This is open to all women in the community and there is no cost to attend.
Hospital launches valet parking – Free valet parking is now available for patients and visitors at Indiana University Health North Hospital. The valet is stationed at the north entrance of the hospital. When drivers are ready to retrieve their car, they may text the valet team or stop by the valet stand. Valet parking is available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Mortgage bank rebrands – Carmel-based mortgage banking company PR Mortgage & Investments has rebranded to Merchants Capital. Under the new moniker, Merchants Capital will continue to offer its full range of existing financial services while investing further in brand unity and expert support for its clients. Since its inception in 1990, Merchants Capital has originated and closed more than $11 billion in loans and now services in excess of $8.2 billion.
Official treat – Carmel-based Cosmo’s Superior Foods, will supply the official treat of the Great Indy Pet Expo, set for Nov. 10 and 11 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Its products will be featured in the expo’s “Leave It” contest, with the winner receiving $100. Cosmo’s offerings include chicken jerky, freeze-dried wild salmon and a variety of sweet potato products. Learn more at cosmossuperior.com and greatindypetexpo.com.
Housing market shift – The housing market in Carmel shifted to the buyer’s favor in terms of price. According to F.C. Tucker, the average sale price for homes sold in Carmel in September 2018 was $359,585 at an average of $139.20 per square foot, a 9.4 percent price decrease. Homes in the city sold a significant 30 days faster than this time last year at 37 days.
No Label at the Table earns award – About Special Kids will recognize No Label at the Table of Carmel on Nov. 1 at the 2018 ASK Founders Awards. The award honors individuals or organizations whose work and leadership honors the vision of the founders of ASK to help children with special needs lead better lives. Learn more at aboutspecialkids.org.
Business celebrates 20 years – Luther Consulting, a public health and social services software company, is celebrating its 20th year in business. It provides web-based public health software systems to public health professionals nationwide. In the future, Luther Consulting plans to leverage modern technologies and diversity into other markets in hopes of improving the human condition through public health, social service and health education interventions. Learn more at lutherconsulting.com.
Truth at Work – The Truth at Work conference is set for Nov. 9 at Northview Church, 12900 Hazel Dell Parkway in Carmel. Truth at Work is a nonprofit that equips Christian business leaders to live out their faith in the marketplace. Learn more at truthatwork.org/conference.
Relocation – A Lantz Design has relocated from the Indiana Design Center to the Baldwin & Chambers building at Carmel City Center, 800 S. Range Line Road, Suite 250. The company works with clients to create dream home environments, and the expanded space allows services to be offered to the public in a shopping experience. Learn more at alantzdesign.com.
Portraits of Love – Roberts Camera, 220 E. St. Clair St. in Indianapolis, in conjunction with The Imaging Alliance will offer a free portrait session from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 17 to local police, firefighter and EMT families as part of the Portraits of Love program. Make reservations at Roberts-camera.ticketleap.com/portraits-of-love/ or 317-636-5544.
Milestone achieved – Daniel Gordon of Zionsville has sold is 25,000th GEICO policy, an achievement that puts him in an elite class and symbolizes his dedication to customer service. Gordon works at the Carmel office and has spent 12 years with the company.
Corrections Officers needed – The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for Correctional Officers at the Adult Jail and Women’s Annex. The Jail Division has implemented a new application/testing procedure. Interested applicants must register for a test date at empco.net/ind/ and specify test results be forwarded to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. After the test is complete, download and submit the Application for Corrections Officer at hamiltoncounty.in.gov/555/County-Jail. Deadline is Nov. 15.