Carmel in brief — May 7, 2019


Carmel tops Midwest rankings – SmartAsset has ranked Carmel as the No. 1 city in the Midwest to raise a family. To compile the rankings, researchers looked at housing costs, poverty rates, unemployment and other metrics. Learn more at

DI team going to globals – A Destination Imagination team from International Talent Academy won first place in the Instant Challenge in the regional and state tournaments. The team will compete in the global tournament May 22 to 25 in Kansas City, Mo. Destination Imagination is an educational nonprofit that teaches 21st century skills and STEM principals to students through collaborative problem solving.

Pedal Perks – The Pedal Perks program is returning for its third year, with Hamilton County businesses offering deals to bike riders. The program runs from through Oct. 31 and has more than 30 businesses offering specials for customers who show proof of their ride. For more information or a full list of participants visit

Camping bike ride – The IU Health North Hospital Bike Carmel: Family Camping S24O camping ride will begin June 1 at Founders Park in Carmel and ride as a group across town to West Park for overnight camping. Camping gear will be transported to the camping park for participants and there will be dinner and games for kids and parents. On June 2 families will ride back to their starting point at Founders Park. Cost is $75 per family (up to six people) or $35 per adult and $20 per child. Register at

In memory of Tyler Trent – Flags 4 Fallen will honor Tyler Trent, a Purdue grad and Carmel resident who died in January after battling cancer, during the Geist Half Marathon on May 18. A Flags 4 Fallen runner will carry a flag in Trent’s honor during the race, and the flag will be presented to Trent’s parents after it crosses the finish line. Learn more at

Miniature houses event – The Museum of Miniatures Houses, 111 E. Main St., will host Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship beginning at noon May 8. Jay Parnell will present paintings and talk about his inspiration. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more at

Golden Hoosier Award – Nominations are being accepted for the 2019 Golden Hoosier award. The award honors Hoosier senior citizens for their lifetime of service and commitment to their communities. To be eligible, nominees must be an Indiana resident, age 65 or older and have been a volunteer in the community for the past three years. The deadline for submitting applications is April 29. Learn more and submit nominations at

Tennis camps – The sixth annual Clay Middle School Tennis Camp will return this summer. Elementary camp weeks are July 1 and 8, and incoming middle school camp week is July 22. Learn more at

Veterans Hall of Fame – The Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame seeking nominations for its sixth class of veteran honorees. The nonprofit organization honors Hoosier veterans for service during and after active duty. Up to 15 veterans will be honored for military service achievements and/or community contributions. The criteria and nomination packet are at Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 1.

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.

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

Newcomers Club – Newcomers Club of Carmel, a nonprofit 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 or call 317-564-8349.

CCPR promotions – Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation has named Jennifer Brown as Extended School Enrichment and Summer Camp Series director. She has worked with the organization for 12 years and most recently served as the ESE and SCS assistant director. In addition, Tiffany Buckingham was promoted to ESE and SCS assistant director and Jackie Lazdins was hired as ESE and SCS administrative assistant.

New council districts – As a result of redistricting approved by the Carmel City Council in 2018, approximately 25 percent of Carmel precincts will move to a different district in 2020. Candidates are running in the new districts in the May 7 primary elections. Voters may visit to see a map of the new districts.

Pop-up shop – Hoosier Sister Vintage Home Décor will hold a spring pop-up shop from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 10 and 11 at Clay Terrace near Red Robin, 14511 Clay Terrace Blvd. This will be the only Hoosier Sister show in Indiana this spring and summer. Learn more at

Shredding, recycling event – Comprehensive Retirement Solutions will host a shredding and recycling event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11 at 11595 N. Meridian St. in Carmel. Participants can shred documents, donate clothing and household items and recycle old electronics. Goody bags will be presented to the first 100 cars.

IMCU benefits CHS athletics – Indiana Members Credit Union recently presented a check for $1,865 to Carmel High School as part of an ongoing school spirit debit card program. The partnership allows Carmel fans the opportunity to show their school spirit and support the athletic program by signing up for a Carmel Greyhounds-themed debit card. Learn more at

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