Carmel in brief- October 11, 2016

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Indians manager honored – The general manager of the Indianapolis Indians has received a major honor. Carmel resident Randy Lewandowski, who has served in the role since 2014, has been named the 2016 International League Executive of the Year.

Civil War Roundtable – The Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Carmel City Hall. Virginia Terpening will present Medical Care During the Civil War. The event is free and open to the public.

West Commons ribbon cutting – Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at the West Commons Playground and Splash Pad at Central Park, 1195 Central Park Dr. W. The site opened in September to rave reviews from parents and kids alike. More than 25,000 square feet of fun include numerous areas for climbing, swinging and sliding and inclusive features for those with disabilities.

Veteran’s lunch – The American Legion hosts a veteran’s lunch the second Friday of each month. The next meeting will be  from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14. The speaker will be a U.S. Coast Guard veteran. The meeting is free. Attendees pay for their own lunch. For more, email janetsemerson@comcast.net.

Winter art contest – The Carmel Arts Council is announcing its winter art contest for artists in grades K-12. All entries must be winter-themed original artwork on 8 ½ x 11 paper and submitted to SoHo, 620 S. Range Line Rd., by Nov. 20 at 3 p.m.

Food For Thought – St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 126th Street and Gray Road, will host Food For Thought from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. Oct. 15. The topic is “How do we reconcile the tension between what we believe and what we vote for in November?” Dr. Jeremiah Gibbs will lead a discussion following a light dinner. Advance reservations are requested by Oct. 12. Childcare may be available with advance request at stmarkscarmel.org/foodforthought.

County candidate forum – The League of Women Voters of Hamilton County is hosting a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Noblesville City Hall. The forum features candidates for Hamilton County auditor, surveyor, treasurer, commissioner Districts 2 and 3 and council at-large.The public is invited free and will be able to submit questions to the candidates.

Veterans Day contest – The City of Carmel is sponsoring a Veterans Day contest for students in grades K-12. The theme is Respect, Honor and Gratitude. Students in grades K-5 can design a poster and may win a $50 prize. Students in grades 6-12 can write an essay and may win a $100 prize. Entry deadline is 4 p.m. Oct. 19. For more, visit carmel.in.gov/index.aspx?page=557.

Newcomers Club luncheon – The Newcomers Club of Carmel invites everyone to its monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Woodland Country Club, 100 Woodland Ln. Newcomers to the area are encouraged to attend and make some new friends. Even if you’ve been around for a while, come and help us welcome our newest neighbors. For more, visit CarmelNewcomers.com.

Shredding event – A community shredding and electronics recycling day will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 22 at Creekside Middle School, 3525 W. 126th St. A $5 donation is requested per shredding box. Recycle small electronics and computers, along with unused or expired prescription drugs. A $10 fee for glass TV/computer monitors will be charged.

Country concert – American Legion Post 155, 852 W. Main St., will host Takin’ Back the Country from 3 to 10 p.m. Oct. 22. Cars 4 Heroes is sponsoring this concert featuring a variety of country bands and emcee Dave “The King” Wilson. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased online at angelsanddoves.com/donatebuy.html. Cars 4 Heroes will give away a car.

Swim lesson showcase – Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation will offer a swim lesson showcase from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 22 in the indoor pool at the Monon Community Center. This event is designed to give families an overview of the swim lesson program and evaluate swimming skills for each child to determine placement before registering for lessons. Although the showcase is free, space is limited and assessment blocks will fill on a first-come first-served basis. To register, visit carmelclayparks.com.

State reps candidate forum – The League of Women Voters of Hamilton County is hosting a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at Noblesville City Hall. The forum features candidates for state representative Districts 24, 32, 37, 39 and 88, state senate Districts 20 and 30. The public is invited free of charge and will be able to submit questions to the candidates.

Youth Leadership applicants sought – United Way of Central Indiana is accepting applications for the 2017 Youth Leadership United Program. The 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 submit their application through the United Way website, uwci.org/programs/youth-leadership-united. Deadline is Oct. 24.

District 5 candidate forums – The League of Women Voters of Hamilton County is hosting a candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Shamrock Springs Elementary School, 747 W. 161st St., Westfield. The forum features candidates for U.S.Congressional District 5, including Susan Brooks, Republican, Angela Demaree, Democrat, and Matt Wittlief, Libertarian. The public is invited free of charge and will be able to submit questions to the candidates.

Taste of Carmel – Orchard Park Elementary is gearing up for the 14th annual Taste of Carmel Mar. 2. The PTO is seeking sponsorship from area business and individuals. Packages range from $250 to $3000 and can be customized. Due to continued growth, Taste of Carmel has moved to a new location, 502 East on Carmel Dr. Attendance is expected to exceed 1,000 guests, with more than 45 vendors. Registration for vendors will begin Nov. 1. For more, contact Jennifer Penix at 317-258-5665 or jennpenix1@gmail.com.

Local Love mommy and baby event – Café Baby is a baby food delivery business that specializes in healthy baby food purees without added chemicals or fillers. It will host the second annual Local Love event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 22 at The 2nd You, 411 N. Range Line Rd. Come hear live music, eat and socialize, all while you get pampered with samples and gain knowledge about mother and baby care. Visit their Facebook page at Café Baby to learn more.

Straight ticket voting changes – Straight party voting has changed in Indiana. Hoosiers will still be able to cast a straight ticket Nov. 8, but that vote will not count for individual candidates for county council or town council at-large. Voters now need to select each candidate they wish to elect for at-large county council and town council seats.

Community service awards – From now through Nov. 8, all middle school and high school students are invited to the apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application is available a spirit.prudential.com and  nassp.org/spirit. One student winner will be announced at each middle school, while four winning students will be announced at the high school. Winning students move onto the state competition and are eligible for an award of $1000 and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Bolt for the Heart 5k – The fifth annual Bolt for the Heart 5k run/walk will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day) at the Palladium Center Green, 355 City Center Dr. All proceeds go toward purchasing AEDs for Indiana State Police patrol cars. A virtual race option is available for those unable to participate locally. For more, visit BoltForTheHeart.com.

Town meeting – State Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel) will host a town meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Carmel Clay Public Library. Residents of Senate District 29 are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts on legislative issues. For more information  or to RSVP, call 317-232-9541.

Indiana House internships – The Indiana House Republican Internship Program is accepting applications for the 2017 legislative session. Internships are open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates of all majors. This paid program allows interns to immerse themselves in the legislative process by working directly with state representatives. For more, visit IndianaHouseRepublicans.com. Application deadline is Oct. 31.

Preservation conference – Indiana Native Plant & Wildflower Society will host its 23rd  annual conference from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 at 502 East Event Centre. Titled Preservation: Keeping What We’ve Got, Restoring What We’ve Lost, this event is open to anyone with an interest in native plants, conservation, botany, landscaping and wildlife habitat. For more information or to register, visit inpaws.org.

Free parenting class – The Indiana Montessori Academy presents a parenting class titled Introduction to Love & Logic for Parents from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17. The class is free. The Indiana Montessori Academy is located at 12760 Horseferry Rd. in Carmel. For more, call 317-569-1290.

Green Teens support – In order to continue and expand the support of environmental projects in Carmel and to leverage available resources, Legacy Fund, a Central Indiana Community Foundation affiliate, will take over the management of the Carmel Green Teens Program. Since its inception, 46 grants ranging in value from $100 to $1,000 have been awarded to youth-led environmental projects in Carmel. For more, visit carmelgreenteen.org.

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