Carmel in brief- November 29, 2016

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New service helps food pantries – MealConnect.org is a new website service designed to connect food donors with food banks and pantries. Gleaners Food Bank will be using this service. The process is simple. A store, restaurant or business owner logs into MealConnect.org and enters the product they want to donate. Gleaners will get an immediate notification and can make arrangements for pickup. If the product is something Gleaners cannot use, such as prepared foods, they will help make the connection to other organizations that may be able to accept it. For more, visit www.MealConnect.org.

HiLite Earns NSPA Pacemaker – Carmel High School’s HiLite newsmagazine earned a Pacemaker Award from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA). The NSPA Pacemaker is often called the “Pulitzer Prize of scholastic journalism” because of its prestige. The HiLite is one of only 17 newsmagazines in the country to win this award. This marks the third year in a row for the HiLite to earn a Pacemaker Award and the fourth time since 2012. The publication was a Pacemaker Finalist in both 2011 and 2013.

Burglary free zones – Home security company Protect America has assembled a list called Buglary Free Zones, indicating cities with the lowest number of burglaries. Using data from the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report, the company compiled a list of the 10  safest cities in terms of burglaries. Carmel was on the list, ranked eighth.

Source: Protect America

Carmel basketball artifacts needed – The Carmel Clay Historical Society is seeking artifacts that can be included in an exhibit next year about Carmel High School  basketball. The CCHS is interested in all basketball artifacts, including memorabilia from the 1977 boys state championship. The exhibit coincides with the 40th anniversary of the 1977 championship. For more, contact carmelclayhistory@yahoo.com.

Community Garden accepting applications – The Plots to Plates Community Garden is accepting applications for plots for the 2017 season. The garden is located on the grounds of Carmel Middle School. Plots rent for $10 per season and are available for Carmel residents or CCS employees. For more, contact garden@ccsgreenteam.org.

Holiday light recycling – Holiday lights recycling will be offered at White’s Ace Hardware, 731 S. Range Line Rd., from now through the end of January. The Carmel Clay Schools Green Teams will be offering recycling at the individual schools through Jan. 5. For more, call 317-571-2673.

Free ACT practice exams – College Tutors, 1 E. Carmel Dr., is offering free practice ACT tests for students wanting the experience. Upcoming dates include Jan. 14, Feb. 4 and Mar. 4. There is no charge to take the exam. Register online at CollegeTutors.com/carmelin.

Coat drive – Local orthodontist David Judy and the Judy Orthodontics Team are sponsoring Warm Up for Winter through Nov. 30. Donations of new or gently used winter wear such as coats, hats, gloves and scarves can be dropped off at the Judy Orthodontics office at 3965 W. 106th St., Suite 150. Donations will benefit the Julian Center.

Trip to Bethlehem – Visitors are invited to travel 2,000 years back in time to visit the streets of Bethlehem and witness a living nativity. The experience is being held from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 126th Street and Gray Road. There is no charge, but donations of canned food will be accepted. For more, visit stmarkscarmel.org.

Stormwater and pond management – Several municipalities and utilities are partnering with the White River Alliance for an informational seminar to learn how to stay compliant with stormwater standards and avoid corrective action. Homeowners, HOAs and pond and landscape companies are invited to participate in this workshop, being held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Monon Center. For more or to register, visit TheWhiteRiverAlliance.org.

Giving Tuesday matching donations – Giving Tuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday giving season. At Janus Developmental Services, a generous donor has offered to match any donations made to the nonprofit agency up to $10,000 during Giving Tuesday. For more, visit janus-inc.org.

Christmas concert – Local children’s choirs including the Carmel Children’s Choir will participate in Angels Sing at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St. Other participating choirs include the Fishers Children’s Choir, Cantantes Angeli, Bel Canto and others. Tickets are $15 at the door. Students, seniors and military can purchase discounted tickets for $13.

Scholarships available – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana Scholarship Program offers students the opportunity to apply for one of four scholarships honoring the applicant’s heritage to celebrate the growing diversity in Indiana. Applications are being accepted from eligible high school seniors in one of four ethnic categories: Asian, Hispanic, African-American and all others. Applications are due by Jan. 18. For more, visit rmhccin.org.

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