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Recycling Event

An electronics recycling, prescription disposal, shredding and used book drive event is being sponsored by a team of organization including Carmel Utilities, Carmel Police Department, Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana, Carmel Green Teens, Technology Recyclers and WISH-TV.

The event will be Saturday, April 26 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Carmel High School Stadium parking lot, NW corner of 136th and Keystone Parkway.  Please enter through Gate #3 and exit throug Gate #4.

Shredding

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes and most identity information is stilled obtained through hard copy paper source.  Shredding significantly reduces your risk when disposing of confidential information.  The on-site shredding is sponsored by Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana.  A donation of $5 per bankers sized box is requested, all proceeds benefit Crime Stoppers.

Electronics & Appliances Recycling

The following items will be accepted:  Computers, servers, peripherals, wiring, cable, battery backups, monitors, TV;s ($5 charger per CRT/tube monitor or TV), all electronics, phones, stereos, headsets, DVD players, any small appliances, IT equipment including hubs, switches, servers, routers, racks etc., Office equipment including fax machines, copiers phone systems, Industrial electronics, test equipment, medical equipment and appliances.

Prescription Disposal

Properly removing unused and expired medicines from the home helps protect the environment and our community by keeping them out of our water supply and reducing accidental poisoning and prescription drug abuse.  Uniformed Police Officers will be present to accept al medications for proper disposal.

Book Donations

At the drop off event, the Carmel Green Teens will accept used book donations for the Indy Reads program.

 
Easter Weekend Fun

Fun things to do this weekend:

April 19th

  • There will be an Easter egg hunt and the Easter Bunny will be visiting children at the Carmel City Center from 1-3 p.m.  The event will take place on the interior plaza.  The Easter egg hunt will start at 1:00 and will take about 30 minutes.  Plastic eggs will be filled with treats and special offers for that day only from Carmel City Center retailers.
  • The Carmel Lions Club will be hosting their All You Can Eat Spring Pancake Breakfast from 7:00-11:00 am at their location on Main Street.
  • Spring fun at the Monon Center with an Easter egg hunt, spring craft, family hike and music.  Pre-registration is encouraged, there is an $8 day of fee.  Adults are free.  Event is from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm.
  • Breakfast with the Easter bunny at the Connor Prairie, 8:30-10:30 and 11:30-1:30.  Call for reservations; (317)776-6006.
  • Fishers Kiwanis 32nd annual Easter Egg Hunt, 1:00-3:00 at Billerecay Park on Promise Road in Fishers.  The Easter Bunny will be there for photos with the kids.
If you know of other fun events, please share them on our facebook page.

 

 
Carmel Historical Society

A great place to visit and learn more about our heritage on these cold days is the Carmel Indiana Historical Society.  Here is a peak of what you could see:

 
Wednesday Whiskers

It's Wednesday Whiskers day.  Please enjoy the video below to meet one of our cute friends:

 
Carmel Historical Society

Check out some highlights from the Carmel Indiana Historical Society:

 
How to Make a Great PR Photo

 

A Business Portrait for the Professional

Images are a “dime a dozen” today, in fact they are free in our “do it yourself because technology has made it simple” culture.

The simplified imaging process has indeed made photography quicker, cheaper and better - but at what cost?  Mediocrity.

We say “that’s good enough” and move on to the next thing.  Accepting good enough over the best is a poor substitution that reflects back on our professionalism.  When the only thing a potential client, employer or the public has in front of them to sum up who a business person is and what or who they represent is a bio, resume and photo, understand that the photo will speak volumes.

The professionally done PR photo will display not only professionalism as a quality that is being stood for, but it will invite the individual(s) interested in what the business person has to offer, to want to know more about the business or product the person is representing.  We only have an instant before someone makes their mind up about the business or the business person.  Therefore, do all things in excellence.

There are three tips to help get the best for the very important PR photo.  First wear solid colors, this will help focus on the face and will be slimming.  The important item in the photograph is not the stripes, plaids, pattern, etc., it is the face and the expression that is being portrayed as the personality of the person.  Also, it is important to avoid red, yellow, orange and white for a PR photo as these call attention to the color and not to the person in the PR photo and can reflect light that could change the skin tone color.

Second, make sure to use a solid color background.  Avoid using photos that have bright lights in the background, unusual shapes of color or unflattering colors.  Too often it is said, “that’s a great smile from that photo taken at the last business party,” but the background distractions will not portray a professional appearance and will get more attention than the person in the photo.

The third and most important tip is to use a professional photographer. A true professional can create flattering lighting, taking off a few extra pounds that were vowed to take off this year.  A professional can create a flattering pose, emphasizing the stronger eye, deemphasizing the little imperfections and helping to make a stronger statement about the person in the photo and their qualifications.  Even the simple tilt of the head can make a big difference in the statement of the photo.  The tilt to the high shoulder makes a more feminine statement and a tilt to the lower shoulder will make a more masculine statement.  A professional can also help with the enhancements through retouching, yes even taking off a few years and pounds.

There are numerous so called professional photographers that call out to us from the internet.  Stats say only about 10% are actually seasoned, well trained portraitists.  Exercise caution in determining who is selected to create the important web-site or print representation images.

Invest in the best images that will make the business statement to the public.  Wyant Photography will offer a special discount on PR Photos through the month of March.  The special will include a studio session, a digital file, retouched on a DVD in color and black and white the regular price is $125 but throughout March it is only $50.  To schedule an appointment for a PR photo, family, child, or high school senior session one can call (317)663-4798.

 

 
Special President Day Celebration

This President's Day celebrate with a free admission to Connor Prairie and interaction with US Presidents through games, boxing, puzzles, fashion shows and trivia.

Box with Teddy Roosevelt, get fashion tips from Mary Todd Lincoln or throw a surprise birthday party for George Washington.

Guests will meet and mingle with several US presidents and first ladies, and through interactive programs will learn about their place in America history and their impact on our country, then and now.

Activities include:

 

  • Take a boxing lesson fro Teddy Roosevelt and Andrew Jackson, then square off safely in the ring.
  • Construct versions of the Hoover Dam, Empire State Building or your own structure in our Imagination Playground as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal.
  • Play "Name That Beard", a game show where guests connect famous facial hair to their owners, with Martin Van Buren and Walt Whitman.
  • Learn about women's suffrage, make parade signs, vote on various topics and join Florence Harding and Abigail Adams in a rally at 11:30 and 2:30.
  • Give George Washington a thrill with surprise birthday parties at 10:30 and 3:30.
  • Travel back to 1836 with a visit of Golden Eagle Inn, where folks are also celebrating Washington's birthday.  Help decorate the inn and enjoy an old-time party (weather dependent)
  • Piece together a giant Louisiana Purchase puzzle with Thomas Jefferson
  • Try on 1860's clothing, dress up dolls and get fashion tips from Mary Todd Lincoln.  Fashion shows at 11 and 3.
  • Compete in a trivia game about Indiana history led by Benjamin Harrison.
  • Have a question-and-answer session with Abraham Lincoln at 2.
  • Examine the outrageous Presidential Cabinet of Curiosities and determine if John Quincy Adams is showing off real or fake items.
  • Sing patriotic songs with Lady Liberty and George Washington at noon and 4.
  • Sit down for an intimate chat and listen to FDR's stories about his life and presidency at 12:30 and 4:30.
  • Craft Corner, Discovery Station and the Conner Prairie Store will be open as usual.  Roxy Morgan, author of children's books including "Melvin the Moose and Mr. Blue Fish," will hold a book signing at the store from 1-3.

 

 
Miniature House Museum

This is amazing how real to life these miniature houses look.  All the detail in the furniture, paintings, walls and even the carpet.  Check out the video below to find out more.

 
Winter Farmers Market

The Winter Market at Carmel City Center will take place every Saturday from November 16 through January 24from 9 am to noon, excluding December 23 & 30.  The event will feature 15-20 vendors from the Carmel Farmers Market.  The community is invited.

Currently the following vendors are confirmed to participate: 3 in 1 Catering, Artisano's Oils, Becker Farms, Chocolate for the Spirit, Grabow Orchard & Bakery, Homestead Heritage, Kei Tea, La Trote Cakes & Pastries, Mission Coffee Company, Mulberry Creek Farm, Nading Farms, PaPa Rozzi's, Phelps Family Farms, Rosie's Riblets, Saint Atanasius Byzantine Catholic Church, Skillington Farms and The Humboldt County Tea Co.

The Winter Market will be held at 719 Hanover Place on the interior of Carmel City Center.

 
Winter Storm Ahead - Prepare

We received this information from the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency.

To prepare for the upcoming ever winter weather, or for any emergency, residents are recommended to have an emergency kit for the home and each vehicle.  During winter storms, snow, extreme cold, or wind power can be knocked out, as well as water and other utilities. Residents whold be prepare for extended periods without utilities.

A home kit should include at least:

  • Three day supply of non- perishable food
  • Three gallons of water per person/pet
  • Battery powered radio and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Moist towelettes and garbage bags for sanitation
  • Extra blankets and sleeping bags
  • Cell phone with charger, inverter or solar charger
  • Small toolkit
  • Medications and special health/dietary items
  • Disinfectant and hand sanitizer
  • A change of clothing and footwear for each family member
  • Food and supplies for pets
Also prepare your home:
  • Let faucets drip to prevent pipes from freezing
  • Make sure pipes are insulated and leave cabinets open around pipes
  • Know how to shut off gas, water, and other utilities
  • Never attempt to heat with a stove or oven.  Make sure heaters have adequate ventilation and space around them
  • Monitor conditions so you are prepared when services are restored
  • Do not use a gas or charcoal grill to cook inside
  • Check batteries in carbon monoxide detectors
  • Have a fire extinguisher available
For vehicles:
  • At least two blankets or a sleeping bag
  • Flashlight or battery-powered lantern and extra batteries
  • Booster (jumper)cables
  • Emergency flares
  • Extra clothing, boots, hats and gloves
  • A steel shoved and rope
  • Bottled water or juice and nonperishable high-energy foods
  • Thermos or container that won't allow liquids to freeze
  • First aid kit and necessary medications
  • Sand or non-clumping cat litter for tire traction
  • A cell phone and charger that adapts to vehicle use
  • Ice scraper and snow brush
  • Tire repair kit and pump
  • Candle, matches, heat stick/packs, lighters, hand warmers, etc.  Be sure to crack the window if you are using a heast source inside the vehicle
  • A bright colored flag or help sign

 
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