CARMEL, IN – A splash of added diversity will be part of the Carmel Farmers Market on Saturday, June 27, as visitors are encouraged to visit two special booths at the market – hosted by the Pakistan American Friendship Association and the Russian School of Indiana. The booths are being added as part of the Celebration of Diversity at the Carmel Farmers Market and will be located on the western edge of the Center Green.

In the spirit of education and community building, the booths will feature cultural art, costumes, crafts, education, food and music related to the Pakistan and Russian cultures. The effort was initiated by the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Human Relations.

“For any community to thrive, it is paramount that we get to know each other and learn each other’s cultures. We felt the Carmel Farmers Market, which already brings together a diverse crowd every Saturday morning, would be the perfect place to provide this cross-cultural opportunity,” said Barbara Lamb, Human Resources Director and chair of the Commission.

This is the inaugural year for showcasing the many diverse cultural and ethnic groups that reside in our community.  The Celebration of Diversity is a great way to appreciate the contributions of our citizens of all races, cultures and ancestries.

The Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Human Relations was established in November 2009 to advise the Mayor and recommend ways to better recognize the contributions of all Carmel residents to our great quality of life and identify any obstacles that may prevent full citizen participation in all of our city’s civic and other activities.

IU Health North Hospital Gallery Walk


Carmel Arts & Design District

 Carmel, IN – Wine and dine at one of the District restaurants, browse the new and exciting exhibits at the 10 District galleries and explore all the unique things the District has to offer during the Second Saturday IU Health North Hospital Gallery Walk on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 5-9 p.m.

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:


  • Free mosaic class with Nancy Keating ($35 value)
  • Free watercolor class with Anna Afshar ($40 value)
  • Two-night stay, daycare, boarding and grooming at Happy Dog Hotel & Spa ($175 value)
  • Original art by Erika Woods ($45 value)
  • Two tickets to the Carmel Symphony Orchestra ($46 value)
  • Two pairs of one-day passes for The Waterpark at the Monon Community Center ($20 value per pair)
  • Gift basket with art ($25 value)
  • 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 www.CarmelArtsAndDesign.com.

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 http://www.carmelartsanddesign.com/images/Carmel_District_ParkingMap.pdf.


The Carmel Arts & Design District is the Midwest’s premier arts and design destination. Home to more than 100 businesses, including art galleries, restaurants, antique dealers, design showrooms, boutiques, and creative service providers, the Carmel Arts & Design District promises to stimulate the senses. The Indiana Design Center is housed in the Carmel Arts & Design District. In addition, hundreds have taken advantage of the wide variety of housing opportunities and call the Carmel Arts & Design District home.

Nancy S. Heck

Director of Community Relations

& Economic Development

City of Carmel

One Civic Square

Carmel, IN 46032

(317) 571-2494


Bike to School Day 2015

Carmel, IN – 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. “We are continually improving facilities for bicycles by making trail connectivity a priority and improving pathways. The 5.2 mile Monon Greenway and more than 170 miles of paths and trails in Carmel encourage residents to think about using their bicycles more often as a form of transportation.

Carmel Fire Department Hires Six New Firefighters

 Carmel, IN – This week, the Carmel Fire Department hired six new firefighters. They will be filling the positions created by recent and upcoming retirements in the department. The firefighters will be sent through 6-8 months of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training and Fire School before they are released to work the department’s 24 hour shifts. Please welcome each of them to the City.

Justin Rutherford:

Justin is from Pittsboro, IN and he and his wife Katie have recently moved to Boone County. He has worked for the Pittsboro Fire Department as a firefighter for the last 8 years. Justin attended Ball State University where he obtained his Bachelor of General Studies. Justin coaches football at Tri-West High School and he and his wife run a not-for profit animal rescue. Justin and Katie are expecting their first child in June.

Kent Anderson:

Kent is from Anderson, IN and has worked with the Chesterfield Union Township Fire Department for the last six years. Kent attended Vincennes University, earning his Associates in Applied Science (AAS) in Fire Science in 2010 and has recently become a SCUBA diver.

Grant Russel:

Grant is from Indianapolis and has been working with Wayne Township Fire Department in Indianapolis as an Emergency Medical Technician for the last year and half. Grant holds an Associates in Applied Science (AAS) in Fire Science from Ivy Tech Community College. Grant and his wife Lauren are active in youth ministries at their church.

Michael Phillips:

Michael is from Avon, IN and has worked as an assistant manager at Mike’s Car Wash. Michael attended Indiana University and obtained his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Certificate in Personal Training. Michael is engaged to his fiancée Julie, and they plan to be married in June of 2015.

William Mueller:

William is from Westfield, IN and for the last year has been working as a firefighter with Portage Fire Department in Indiana. William is attending IUPUI and pursuing a degree in Public Safety. While in high school, William was a part of the Carmel Fire Department Explorer program.

Jonathan Benge:

Jonathan is from Plainfield, IN and has been enlisted as an active member of the United States Navy. Jonathan was deployed in Afghanistan from 2010-2011 where he served as a medic for security convoy. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from American Military University in Business Management and has been working for the Veterans Administration Hospital in admittance.  Jonathan and his wife Stacy are expecting their first child in June.

Annual Arbor Day Ceremony



CARMEL, IN – Carmel will hold its 27th Annual Arbor Day Ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 2nd at the opening day of the Carmel Farmers Market on Center Green.  The City of Carmel along with the Carmel Urban Forestry Committee will be present at Booth #9 from 8-11:30 a.m. to answer landscaping questions and promote proper tree planting, mulching and pruning while providing free tree seedlings for attendees.  A ceremony at the Rotary Amphitheater will begin sharply at 9:30 a.m. with a reading of the Arbor Day Proclamation and the Urban Forestry Committee presenting the annual Donna Manlove Award.

Carmel was named a 2014 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. This makes the 21st consecutive year the City has been honored for its commitment to effective urban forest management. Moreover, Carmel received its 19th consecutive Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

“Everyone benefits when we educate and implement proper tree care practices. All we have to do is look around this spring season and see all the beauty the urban forest gives to our community,” said Nichole Speth, Urban Forestry Specialist for the City of Carmel.  “Only when trees are cared for properly will they grow and provide countless environmental, social and economic benefits.”  Please join us at the Arbor Day Ceremony on May 2nd at 9:30 a.m. at the Rotary Amphitheatre.