Carmel in brief — May 14, 2019


Civic Engagement Iftar – Al Salam Foundation’s annual Civic Engagement Iftar is set for 7:30 p.m. May 24 at Creekside Middle School, 3525 E. 126th St. The Carmel event is held to break the fast during Ramadan with other families from the community and other faith traditions. Tickets are $20 for those 13 and older. Admission is free for ages 12 and younger. For tickets, visit

Israel in the Park – The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis is hosting the inaugural Israel in the Park festival from 4 to 7 p.m. May 19 at Coxhall Gardens, 11677 Towne Rd in Carmel. The event is open to the public and will include family-friendly activities such as live performances, face painting, crafts, food, drinks and more. Tickets are available for purchase onsite and at For more visit

Yard sale to benefit Scouts – Boy Scout Troop 132 will hold a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18 at St. Christopher Episcopal Church, 1402 W. Main St. in Carmel. Items for sale include furniture, clothes and other household goods. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Troop 132.

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

Academic All-Stars – Parker Jou of Carmel High School is among 40 high school seniors in Indiana to be named 2019 Indiana Academic All-Stars. Arya Narayanan of Carmel’s University High School has been named a Regional Academic All-Star. The program, produced by the Indiana Association of School Principals, recognizes seniors who excel in the classroom and are actively involved in their schools and communities in leadership roles.

Museum event – The Museum of Miniatures Houses, 111 E. Main St., will host Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship beginning at noon May 22. Indiana Artisan Bev Larson will demonstrate basket weaving. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more at

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

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.

Healthy Living Supper Club – The Healthy Living Supper Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 21 at Carmel Seventh-day Adventist Church, 14535 Carey Rd. The theme will be “Exercise: Where, When and How to Start.” The free event will include a plant-based meal at 6:30 p.m. followed by tips on how to include exercise in a busy life and simple nutrition ideas to enhance fitness.  Register at

CCS wellness center recognized – Carmel Clay Schools’ Employee Wellness Center, alongside its healthcare partner Ascension St. Vincent, received national recognition at the World Health Care Congress Summit for their commitment to improving health outcomes, reducing healthcare costs and providing innovative health care practices for their employees and families. Carmel Clay Schools was the only school district in the nation to receive this recognition. The World Health Care Congress is an organization that supports and recognizes a broad range of companies, organizations and healthcare providers who are working to transform healthcare.

Chairman steps down – Danny Lopez of Carmel is stepping down as chairman of the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet to become senior vice president and chief of staff at Strada Education Network. He led the cabinet’s effort to realign and better coordinate the efforts of the multiple state agencies that play a role in developing Indiana’s workforce. Commissioner of Higher Education Teresa Lubbers will serve as the cabinet’s interim chair.

New homesites released – Carmel-based David Weekley Homes recently released 19 homesites in a new phase of the historic Kennedy-King neighborhood of Monon 16 at 16th Street and the Monon Trail in Indianapolis. Priced from the $320s, the 40-foot homesites include locations on both sides of the trail. The three floor plans offer 1,800 to 2,200 square feet of living space with three to four bedrooms, two to three full baths, one half bath and two-car garages. For more information about David Weekley Homes in Monon 16, contact 317-669-8623.

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