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Devour Noblesville

Devour Noblesville will take place on February 6th which will be the First Friday Event and continue dining out through Thursday, February 12th to enjoy special Devour Noblesville offers.

Take part in Devour Noblesville by sampling some of the finest cuisine in Noblesville.  No tickets or coupons are necessary, simply visit the restaurant of your choice and ask for the 'Devour' menu.

Devour Noblesville Participating Restaurants includes:

  • Rosie's Place
  • The Ville
  • Syd's Bar & Grill
  • The Hamilton
  • Noble Coffee & Tea
  • Matteo's
  • Copper Still
  • Ginger's Cafe
  • Sunrise Cafe at Uptown
  • Barley Island Brewing Company
  • Courtney's Kitchen
  • Sweet Home Cupcakes
 
Indiana Design Center - Free Workshops

The Indiana Design Center will be offering free workshops hosted by designers.  The public is invited to connect with Design Professionals each month for a unique topic on the third Tuesday at 10:30 am.

  • January 2oth  What's Cooking at Conceptual Kitchens
  • February 17th  Preparing Your Home for Today's Market
  • March 17th  Living Luxuriously
  • April 21st  Live with What You Love
 
Craftsman and Creativity Celebration

The Museum of Miniature Houses on Main Street in Carmel will hosts a series of Wednesday afternoons starting January 28th through the end of June at 3:30 highlighting creativity.

The encounters are meant for all ages and will feature violists and other musicians, storytellers, oral historians, singers and songwriters.

The museum is a showcase of art of miniatures scaled, a detailed craft requiring tremendous skill.  Houses and furnishings must adherer to a strict scale, usually one inch to one foot.

Visitors to the new encounters are invited to write stories inspired by anything withing the museum.  Other days will feature the creation of visual art works also inspired by museum exhibits.

The inaugural session on January 28th will feature a performance and discussion by world renown violist Csaba Erdelyi, lead viola of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.  Mr. Erdelyi has recorded on several labels and was a soloist in the film score of Amadeus.  He was the viola partner to Yehudi Menuhin's violin, performing concertos and chamber music together in several countries.

Admission to the weekly encounter is free, as donations are always appreciated.  Specific programming for each week will be posted on the Museum's Facebook page.  Every second Wednesday of the month will be geared toward children under the age of 12, must be accompanied by an adult.

 
Carmel Gallery Walk, January 10

Yes, it is cold outside, but the fun is worth coming out for this Saturday.

Carmel Arts & Design District from 5-9 p.m.

Enjoy dinner at one of the District restaurants and visits the new and exciting exhibits at the ten District Galleries.

Features and activities include:

  • Make a paper snowflake
  • New exhibits featuring Randall Scott Harden, Rick Wilson, Dine Lyon, Dan Woodson and John P Lasater
  • Free Caricatures
  • Scavenger Hunt

Public parking is available at Carmel Lions Club, Sophia Square parking garage, Indiana Design Center parking garage or street public parking.

 
Holiday in the Arts District

Cookies, carriage rides and Santa, just a few highlights at the Carmel Arts & Design District on Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 3-6pm.

Special Activities include:

  • Santa arriving by antique fire truck at 3 pm.
  • Elves and reindeer
  • Free carriage rides.
  • Live musical entrainment from local elementary school choirs.
  • Kids' activities - balloon animals, face painters and more.
  • Cookie decorating.
  • Make a holiday card for a loved one or donation to Harbour Manor Health and Living Community.
  • Paint your own masterpiece

The gallery walk will follow from 5-9 pm.

Don't miss the Santa's mailbox and the Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt

 
Wednesday Whiskers

Welcome to our Wednesday Whiskers.  The first Wednesday of each month we feature a special pet looking for a home.  Please watch the video below to see who is in need of a family.

 
Holiday Safety Tips

As we approach the holiday season it's a special time of year, but also a time to be cautious.  Here are some tips to help you and your family stay safe.

Driving

  • Avoid driving alone or at night.
  • Keel car doors locked and windows closed while in your car.
  • Park in a well-lighted area if you must shop at night.
  • Avoid parking next to vans, trucks with camper shells or cars with tinted windows.
  • Park close to your destination and take notice of where you parked.
  • Never leave car running when unoccupied or with children inside.
  • Do not leave packages visible in your car.
  • Locate your keys prior to going to the car.
  • Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels.
  • Do not approach your car if there are suspicious people in the area.

ATM

  • Choose a location well lighted, in a mall or near a police station.
  • Shield your PIN by shielding it from anyone who is standing near you.
  • Do not throw your ATM receipt away at the ATM location.

Shopping

  • Shop during daylight hours.
  • Dress casually and comfortably.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • If possible, do not carry a purse or wallet.
  • Only carry necessary cash, checks and/or credit card you expect to use.
  • Pay for purchases with credit card or check when possible.
  • Keep cash in your front pocket.
  • Notify credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
  • Keep a record of all o your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages.
  • Beware of strangers approaching for any reason.

Children

  • If possible, leave small children home with a sitter.
  • Teach children to go to a store clerk and ask for help in case your are separated.
  • Don't allow children to make unaccompanied trips to the restroom.
  • Don't let children go to or be at the car alone.
  • Teach children their full name, address and phone number.

At Home

  • Be cautious to lock doors and windows when leaving the house.
  • When leaving home for an extended period of time, ask neighbors to watch your house and pick up the mail.
  • Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic timer.
  • Leave a radio or tv on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
  • Contact the Carmel Police at 317-571-2500 and notify them of your vacant house.
  • Don't have gifts visible from the windows.
  • Make sure doors and passage ways are clear from a Christmas tree or other holiday displays.
  • Make sure wiring on lights are not damaged or frayed.
  • Place the Christmas tree in water or wet sand to keep it green.
  • Don's place wrapping paper in the fireplace.

Strangers at the door

  • Be aware the criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts.
  • Be cautious of door to door solicitation for charitable causes.
  • Donate to recognized charitable organizations.

Hosting a Party

  • Serve non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Find alternative transportation for intoxicated guests.
  • Arrange for an official designated driver that will not drink.

Attending a Party

  • Have something to eat before consuming alcoholic beverages.
  • Eat high protein foods that will stay in your stomach longer.
  • Remember only time will eliminate the alcohol from your body.
  • Know your safe limit.
  • Never drink and drive.
 
Nature's Inspired Art Exhibit

There will be an art exhibit at Cool Creek, February 21-March 8.  The exhibit features nature-inspired artwork that includes painints, photography and other art media.  Professionals and amateurs are invited to exhibit.  Visitors will bre asked to cast a vote for their favorite entries.

Artists interested in exhibiting fine art should contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 317-774-2500 before Friday February 6, 2015 for more information and entry procedures.

 
Carmel 2014 Star Library

The Carmel Library has been named a 2014 Star Library by the 'Library Journal' Index of Public Library Service.  This is a comparison of U.S. public libraries with their peers in similar budget categories based on four types of output measures of their per capita use.

To receive an LJ Index rating a library must satisfy these criteria:

  • Meet the IMLS definition of a public library
  • Have a service area with at least 1,000 population
  • Have a total operating expenditure of at least $10,000
  • Report the four service output statistics:  library visits, circulation, public access computer use, and program attendance.

The Carmel Library is one of nine libraries in Indiana to receive a Star Library rating this year.  This is the first time the Carmel Library has made the list.

Congratulations!

 

 
Firefighter Applications Being Accepted

A joint firefighter application process has been launched to include fire departments across Hamilton County.  Including:

  • Carmel Fire Department
  • Fishers Fire & Emergency Services
  • Noblesville Fire Department
  • Westfield Fire Department

Applications are being accepted online at:

The opportunity to apply to all or selected fire departments is included within the application.  The  job posting will close at 11:59 on December 31, 2014.

Once the eligible applicants have completed a written test and oral interview, the list is ranked and shared with partnering agencies for filling the firefighter position

 

 
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