Carmel in brief — September 17, 2019


Clarification – The cover photo in the Sept. 10 edition of Current in Carmel was shot by Jeff Wood.

Public transit ranks worst – Personal finance website WalletHub has ranked Indianapolis public transportation as the worst in the nation. To determine the rankings, WalletHub compared 100 cities across 17 key metrics, such as share of commuters who use public transit and peak hours spent in congestion. See the full report at   

Corn maze recognized – The corn maze at Conner Prairie has been recognized with by a national newspaper with a Readers’ Choice award for Best Corn Maze, making it one of the top 10 attractions of its kind in the nation. To celebrate the honor, Conner Prairie unveiled the design of the 2019 corn maze, which is sponsored by Corteva Agriscience and will open to the public Sept. 21. Visit to see an aerial view of the maze.

Book sale – The Friends of the Carmel Clay Public Library will hold a book sale Oct. 3 to 6 at the library, 55 4th Ave. SE. From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 6 the sale is only open to Friends of the Library members. It will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 4 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5. On Oct. 6 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. guests can fill a bag with books for $5. Learn more at or by calling 317-814-3997.

Car Free Day Indy –Nearly 50 organizations, including the City of Carmel, are participating in Car Free Day Indy on Sept. 20. Participants are encouraged to take a bus, bike, walk, scooter or go “car lite” by carpooling or vanpooling. Anyone who takes an online pledge to participate at is in line to receive prizes. Organizations that join the Car Free Day Corporate Challenge are eligible for additional group prizes.

Native trees for sale—The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual native tree sale has begun. In addition to native trees, 15-gallon watering bags also are available. The sale is the HCSWCD’s largest fundraiser. All proceeds go back into conservation and education. Thirty-nine varieties are for sale for $28. Pre-orders will be accepted through Sept. 30, and orders can be picked up from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the llama barn at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville. Details on tree species and growing conditions, as well as online ordering, are available at

CCHS annual meeting – Members of the Carmel Clay Historical Society are invited to attend the annual meeting of the general membership from 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 on the lower level of Woodland Terrace, 698 Pro-Med Lane. Executive Director Deb Gangstad will share a Year in Review and what is in store for 2020. Members present will vote on the slate of officers and board members. The public is welcome to attend the meeting.

Indiana House seeks interns – Hamilton County lawmakers are inviting college students and recent graduates to apply for the Indiana House Republican Internship Program, which takes place during the 2020 legislative session at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The positions are full-time, Monday through Friday, lasting from January through mid-March. Interns receive biweekly compensation of $750 and can earn academic credit. Learn more and apply by Oct. 31 at

Mini houses museum events – The Museum of Miniature Houses, 111 E. Main St. in Carmel, will present Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship at noon Sept. 25. The free event will feature weaver Linda Adamson. On Sept. 11 the museum celebrated the opening of a new exhibit: Our Favorite Hobbies. It features scenes from favorite pastimes. Learn more at

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.

Holiday Boutique – The Holiday Boutique benefiting St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Riviera Club, 5640 N. Illinois St. in Indianapolis. Attendees may bring non-perishable food items or personal hygiene products for donations in lieu of an entrance fee. The Versiti Blood Center will have a mobile unit on site for donations. Lunch and cash bar available for purchase. Learn more on the St. Vincent de Paul Holiday Boutique 2019 Facebook page.

New Clay Terrace retailers – In mid-November Clay Terrace will welcome retailers X-Golf and F45. X-Golf has been developing golf simulators for more than 10 years in a popular Korean Indoor Golf Market with years of experience across the globe. X-Golf manufactures the most comprehensive indoor tracking system available in golf simulation. It will be on the north end of Clay Terrace between AH Collection and Pretty Cute Things. Australia-based F45 Training is a team-based, functional training facility that combines elements of high-intensity internal training, circuit training and functional training. F45 will be between newly renovated Bath and Body Works and Color Me Mine.

New hires – The Plaid Agency has hired Eddy Gilfilen as campaign manager and Mary Welch as copywriter. Gilfilen will use his digital expertise to assist in the development and implementation of strategic marketing campaigns. Welch will work with Plaid clients and its creative team to produce copy across all digital and traditional platforms.

Census Bureau looking for workers—The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for applicants for 2020 census work in Boone and Hamilton counties. Job types include clerks, census field supervisors, census takers and office operations supervisors, ranging in pay from $14.50 to $20 an hour. Interested applicants can apply online 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

Healthy Living Supper Club – The Healthy Living Supper Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Carmel Seventh-day Adventist Church, 14535 Carey Road. The theme will be “How Much Sugar is too Much?” The free event will include a plant-based meal followed by a presentation on how much sugar the typical American diet includes and tips for recognizing and reducing sugar intake. Register at

Hearing loss group – The newly-formed Indianapolis Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America holds meetings from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month at Irvington Public Library, 5625 E. Washington St. in Indianapolis. Learn more at

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