Hamilton County

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  • Read the articles to find details of local businesses and events.
  • Click this link for the calendar for dates and brief details of events.
  • The coupon page will give you great savings for local businesses.
  • The directory is a quick connection to services and read recommendations from others that have been happy with the services from that business.


Noblesville Bed Race

The 2015 Bed Race is a spectacular event held to raise funds for summer scholarships.  Driven by a community that supports its youth, the Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville and Noblesville Parks and REcreation collaborate again to provide positive, healthy, save and fun activities for the children of Noblesville and Hamilton County.

So how?  In the only way youth organizations know how, pure FUN!  A Bed Race involves racing custom designed beds on wheels down the local streets.  Fun for onlookers and participants alike, and all for a worth cause!  Adults/families, businesses/organizations and schools/clubs are invited to help us "Put School To Bed and RAce Into summer" by running their beds in a foot race that is unsurpassed!


Friday, June 5th at 7 pm.

Race course is on Logan Street between 9th and 8th.

How to Join the Race:

  • Form a team of 5 and fill out the entry form, 4 runners/pushers and 1 rider.
  • Open to all Hamilton County Residents 16 and older.
  • Turn in the entry form and pay entry fee
  • Teams will receive a race packet information with rules, bed construction guidelines and waiver forms.
  • Start bed construction and prepare for race day!
  • Registration:  $35 Earlybird until May 11th, $50 Late Registration May 12-June 1, $100 Sponsor A Team (comes with a BED and runners to make a team).



Memorial Day Ceremony

The City of Carmel will be holding a Memorial day Ceremony on May 22nd at 9 a.m. to remember those who have served our country.

It will take place at the Carmel Clay Veterans Memorial Plaza located near the SW corner of Thirs Avenue SV and City Center Drive in City Center.

The rain location is The Tarkington Theater at The Center for The Performing Arts, Three Center Green, Carmel

The ceremony includes remarks by Carmel City Attorney Douglas C. Haney, Army Veterans and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Carmel Clay Township Trustee Doug Callahan with students from Midwest Academy in Carmel.  The keynote speaker will be Commander Billy D Franklin who graduated from the Naval Academy in May 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in History. Earning his wings in November 1997, he reported to Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island to fly the EA-6B Prowler.  While assigned to VAZ-133, he made three deployments to Saudi Arabia and Incirlik, Turkey where he flew in support of Operation NORTHERN and SOUTHERN WATCH enforcing the no fly zone over Iraq

Members of the local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) posts will participate in a flag raising ceremony and flowers will be placed at the Memorial to commemorate all military veterans.

New in Home Remodeling

See What's NEW at KOHLER:
2015 Product Launch Presentation

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 
Indiana Design Center, 2nd Floor
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Design Professionals and the Public are invited to delight in the latest products launched by KOHLER in 2015. KOHLER'S guiding principle in product innovation is to live on the leading edge of design and technology by pushing the limits of materials, shapes, and features to create products that make your life better.  Learn how these new products can have a positive impact on your or your clients' projects through a complimentary presentation.  Refreshments provided.

Second Saturday and Gallery Walk

Commemorate the evening with a fun photo op featuring Spring-themed props and costumes. A professional photographer will be on hand to take your photo and will e-mail them directly to you at a later date. This free activity will be located near ArtSplash Gallery (111 W. Main St., Suite 140).

Experience the artistic process firsthand with silk painting by Sylvia Gray outside near Inspire Studio and Gallery (111 W. Main St., Suite 120) and stone carving by Steve Tanaka outside near ArtSplash Gallery (111 W. Main St., Suite 140). Drawn to the District continues the weekend of May 9 with “en plein air” activities along Main Street throughout the day and during the Gallery Walk.

Silver in the City (111 W. Main St., Suite 150) will celebrate the grand opening of its Carmel location and feature an Evan Knox Jewelry trunk show from 5-9 p.m.

Additional features and activities taking place during the May Gallery Walk include:

· 125 years of Hoosier Art” featuring work by TC Steele and Gustave Baumann as well as recently completed works from the Hoosier Salon’s New Harmony paint out.   Presented by Fine Estate and new gallery Gallery Two (in the Indiana Design Center, 200 S. Range Line Rd., Suite 120-B)

· A showcase of works and painting demonstration by featured artist Anna Afshar at ArtSplash Gallery (111 W. Main St., Suite 140).  Anna has been working primarily in watercolor, but her show will include acrylics, oils, and photography. Erika Woods will also be demonstrating watercolors and calligraphy.

· A feature of well-known Indiana artist Beth Forst at Inspire Studio Gallery (111 W. Main St., Suite 120)

· A showing of pieces from the Russian School displayed in the window at Donatello’s Italian Restaurant (9 W. Main St.)

· Free caricatures by Custom Eyes Design (by Auntie Em’s Frozen Custard & Cupcakes 111 W. Main St., Suite 130)

· Entertainment by harpist Jan Aldridge-Clark and guitarist Brandon Wilson outside along Main Street from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and juggler Shawn Gwyn from 6:30-8:30 p.m. near the Monon Greenway

· Be a part of the Scavenger Hunt that will lead you to find select pieces of art in each of the participating galleries and businesses. Begin the hunt at the ArtSplash Gallery (111 W. Main St., Suite 140). Follow the clues through the District and then turn in your completed clue sheet to receive a charm. Collect a different charm at each Gallery Walk throughout the year to complete a whole charm bracelet by the end of the year. Your completed clue sheet will also enter you for a chance to win one of the following prizes:

o Free mosaic class with Nancy Keating ($35 value)

o Free watercolor class with Anna Afshar ($40 value)

o Two-night stay, daycare, boarding and grooming at Happy Dog Hotel & Spa ($175 value)

o Original art by Erika Woods ($45 value)

o Two tickets to the Carmel Symphony Orchestra ($46 value)

o Two pairs of one-day passes for The Waterpark at the Monon Community Center ($20 value per pair)

o Gift basket with art ($25 value)

o Children's gift basket with art supplies ($25 value)

A map of the gallery locations and more information about the IU Health North Hospital Gallery Walk activities can be found at

Public parking is available in the Carmel Lions Club lot (141 E. Main St.), Sophia Square parking garage (entrance off of 1st Ave NW), Indiana Design Center parking garage (200 S. Range Line Rd.) or available on-street public parking. The Arts & Design District parking map may be downloaded at

Bike to School

The City of Carmel is celebrating National Bike Month in May and Wednesday, May 6th has been designated National Bike to School Day.  Last year hundreds of Carmel Clay students participated in Bike to School Day activities.  This year seven Carmel Clay elementary schools have activities planned for Bike to School Day on the morning of May 6th. Carmel Elementary, College Wood Elementary, Creekside Middle School, Mohawk Trails Elementary, Orchard Park Elementary, Prairie Trace Elementary, and West Clay Elementary are encouraging students to walk or bike to school.  If your morning commute is near any of these elementary schools, please use extra caution when driving.

Schools across the country will be organizing bike to school promotional activities and events on Bike to School Day, in an effort to reduce the number of short car trips on the daily school-run.  Bike to School events work to create safer routes for bicycling and walking and emphasize the importance of a range of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, cyclist and pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.  Please contact David Littlejohn at the City of Carmel at 571-2417 if you have any questions.

Carmel has annually been designated a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists from 2006 through 2015 and recently established a bike rental program.

Riley Hospital for Children through Music for Miracles & Art Gala

On May 8, from 7:30 to 10 p.m., the Carmel Mayor’s Youth Council (CMYC), alongside Carmel High School Student Government, will host Music for Miracles & Art Gala at The Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts.

Everyone is invited to join Carmel Clay School students for an evening of talent at Music for Miracles & Art Gala. Music for Miracles and Carmel Art Gala were once separate annual fundraising events, now combining for the first time to raise funds to benefit Riley Hospital for Children. Select students will showcase their talents in both the music and art realms to create a magical night of the arts to create miracles for the children at Riley. Although the event begins at 7:30, doors will open at 6:30 to accommodate for the wonderful opportunity of viewing and purchasing student artwork in the lobby before the show.

Highlights of the night include the Carmel High School award-winning Ambassador and Accent show choirs, along with a unique electric orchestra and jazz trio performing high-energy variations of favorite tunes.

“These students are so incredibly talented,” Leah Zukerman, CMYC Vice President of Expansion, said. “There are groups and individual musicians who will just blow the audience away. Not to mention, there are all sorts of artists who submitted their work; from photographers to painters to sculpturists the work is astounding.”

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at (317) 843-3800. If interested in purchasing box seats, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for pricing and an invitation to the private reception.

Hamilton County Law Enforcement Memorial Service

The public is invited to honor fallen police officers at the 31st Annual Hamilton County Law Enforcement Memorial Service.

The memorial will be on May 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Carmel Civic Square at the Gazebo.

Police officers from Hamilton and Boone County who have fallen in the line of duty will be recognized at this Police Memorial Service.

Participants in this year memorial will include:

  • Mayor James Brainard
  • Congresswoman Susan Brooks
  • Chief Time Greem form the Carmel Police Depratment
  • Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen
  • Chief Kevin Jowitt from the Noblesville Police Department
  • Chief Joel Rush from the Westfield Police Department
  • Superintendent Doug Carter from the Indiana State Police

Carmel Police Major Lee Goodman will be giving the welcome speech and the Indianapolis 500 Gordon Pipers will be performing "Amazing Grace"  Other performances include:  College Wood Elementary School Choir, Mohawk Trails Elementary School Choir, and Town Meadow will be performing at this special event.

The public in invited and encouraged to attend.


National Lemonade Day

Have you heard about National Lemonade Day?  No, it's true.

National Lemonade day will be May 16th and the whole purpose is to help kids learn how to start, own and operate their own business: a lemonade stand.

Today fewer and fewer kids are engaging in entrepreneurial activities; mowing grass or having a lemonade stand.  Several entrepreneurs will share about their early history of selling golf balls or having a lemonade stand as their first training.  The moment when they understood that they could control their destiny and possible change the world with their ideas.

Now, of course you can just encourage your child to make some lemonade on the 18th of May and put a table on the sidewalk and see what happens or if you prefer a "teaching moment" you can do the following steps:


  • Sign up for Lemonade Day - on line, at most libraries, registration events at the Children's Museum or the Indianapolis Zoo.
  • Get your Lemonade Day backpack with two workbooks, one for the child and one for the parent.
  • Participate in the workshops and contest (optional)
  • Send in your video to get your Seed Fund start up money.
  • Parents watch the email for tips and hints.
  • Set up your lemonade stand on Lemonade Day, May 16th, 2015
We want to help you be a success and will ask you to email us the location of your Lemonade Stand by May 8th and we will have will have an story featuring all of the great Lemonade Stands on May 15th.  Start planning.
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Arbor Day Ceremony

Carmel's 27th Annual Arbor Day Ceremony will be Saturday, May 2nd at the opening day of the Carmel Farmers Market on Center Green.  The City of Carmel with the Carmel Urban Forestry Committee will be at booth #9 from 8-11:30 to answer landscaping questions, promote proper tree planting, mulching and pruning while providing free tree seedlings for attendees.  A ceremony will take place at 9L45 at the amphithater.

Carmel was named a 2014 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation and has held this honor for 21 consecutive years, also its 18th consecutive Tree City USA Growth Award for environmental improvement and a higher lever of tree care.

Unique Features of Hamilton County Sports Authority
As one of the fastest growing counties in the entire country, and boasting a variety of premier golf courses, hotels and state-of-the-art venues, Hamilton Count is an increasingly popular destination for sporting events.
  • Hamilton County hosts an array of notable sporting events including the Carmel Marathon in April, NCAA Division I Men's Golf Regional in May and the NSA 'B' North World Series in July.
  • Some of the distinctive evet Hamilton County is hosting this year include; Project GLOC (Gorgeous Ladies of Crossfit) which isone of the largest women only Crossfit Competitions in the nation.  Another unique event that is rand new to the area is the Regions Archery Tournament in May which will be held at the brand new Koteewi Archery Range in Strawtown, bringing the sport of archery to Hamilton County.
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