Opportunities for Families

November 20, 2015

Thinking About Cub Scouts? It's Not Too Late to Join!
It’s not too late to register boys in grades 1 to 5 in Cub Scouts! New Cub Scouts receive $5 off their registration fees until November 30. Learn more and sign up online at www.JoinScoutsIN.org using the code MNut7r.
Website: https://drive.google.com/a/ccs.k12.in.us/file/d/0B4CV1veG15l8Z0tRcFk0cE5QNWc/view
Audience: Boys, Grades 1-5, All Elementary Schools
Contact: Nat Baker at 317-813-7085 or nbaker@crossroadsbsa.org


International Games Day at the Carmel Clay Public Library
Join us on Saturday, November 21, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., for a fun afternoon of playing games! You will be able to try out new board games in our Game Demo rooms, challenge our Chess and Checkers experts to a game, test your puzzle solving skills, and have a chance to win awesome raffle prizes! You are welcome to bring your own favorite board games to play as well. We will have snacks and drinks covered! For more information, call the Young Adult desk at 814-3983.
Website: http://www.carmel.lib.in.us/attend/calendar.cfm
Audience: Grades 3-12


Paws to Read at the Carmel Clay Public Library
Would you like to practice reading to a specially trained dog who loves listening to stories? You can do so on Saturday, November 28, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. for 15-minute sessions. Reluctant readers are most welcome to sign up. Registration is required and begins November 21, in person at the Children’s Reference desk or by phone at 844-3363. Spaces are limited, so register early!
Website: http://www.carmel.lib.in.us/attend/calendar.cfm
Audience: Grades 1-5


Mother-Daughter Book Club at the Carmel Clay Public Library
We will discuss A House of Tailors by Patricia Reilly Giff on Monday, November 30, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Book Club room. When 13-year-old Dina Kirk leaves her small town in Germany to join her uncle's family in 1870s Brooklyn, she discovers a whole new, exciting world, and her future. Registration is required online, in person, or by calling 844-3363. Space is limited, so register early!
Website: http://www.carmel.lib.in.us/attend/calendar.cfm
Audience: Girls in grades 4-5


November 13, 2015

Fashion Show and Vendor Sale for Riley Hospital for Children
This Saturday, November 14, at 7 p.m., CHS Student Government will be holding the first annual Runway for Riley in the Freshman Cafeteria. Tickets for the event are $5 and can be bought at the door. 100% of all proceeds benefit the Caroline Symmes Endowment for Pediatric Cancer Research through Riley Hospital for Children. The event consists of local boutiques showcasing their clothing and accessories on CHS students and Riley kids in a runway show. The show is followed by a merchandise sale from the boutiques, a silent auction, and refreshments and cookies provided by Paradise Bakery. A portion of all merchandise sales, and 100% of the silent auction sales will benefit Caroline’s Endowment. All guests will leave with a collection of coupons and giveaways from the boutiques. This is the perfect event for a head start on Holiday shopping and a great way to support local boutiques and Riley Hospital! This event features clothing, sales, coupons, and silent auction items from the following boutiques: AH Collection, Beauty + Grace, Delaney's, Dottie Couture, Evereve, Green Apple Active Lifestyle Boutique, HAUS LOVE, Lesley Jane, Niche, Premier Jewelry, and 8 Fifteen.
Audience: All grades, genders and schools
Contact: Sarah Wolff at 317-846-7721 x7269 or swolff@ccs.k12.in.us


Violin Duets- Concert at the Carmel Clay Public Library
Join us for an afternoon of classical music performed by violinists Vladimir Krakovich and Yefim Pastukh from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, November 15, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the program room. For more information, call the Audiovisual desk at 571-4281.
Website: http://www.carmel.lib.in.us/attend/calendar.cfm
Audience: Grades 6-12


Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation: Candy Cane Fun Find!
Candy canes are yummy to eat, but they're even more fun to find! There will be hundreds of candy canes scattered throughout Founders Park, including a few special candy canes that can be redeemed for prizes. Don't worry, the fun's not done as we head into the Wilfong Pavilion for cocoa and crafts. Participants should bring a bag to collect their candy canes, wear weather-appropriate clothing, and athletic shoes. Parents are required to stay the duration of the program. Price is per family.
Website: http://carmelclayparks.com/
Audience: Children, ages 6-9 and their families
Contact: Amanda Jackson at 317-843-3861 or ajackson@carmelclayparks.com


2015 City of Carmel's Holiday on the Square
Holiday on the Square is Carmel’s annual holiday lighting ceremony presented by the City of Carmel and the Carmel Arts Council. There will be jugglers, carolers, balloon artists, face painters and a visit from Santa, and his reindeer and other North Pole animals.
Entertainment will include Erica Clark Thompson, Indiana Ballet Conservatory, Clay Middle School Choir, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, United Singers and the Carmel Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet.
Refreshments will be provided by CFD Auxiliary, Food Trucks and vendors will be available and the first 400 children to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus will receive free goodie bags filled with surprises donated by event sponsors.
The event will take place on Saturday, November 21, 2015, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m., Lighting: dusk (approximately 5:45 p.m.).
The location is the Gazebo on the Lawn of Carmel City Hall, One Civic Square, Carmel, IN 46032 with Rain location: Carmel Fire Department Headquarters Fire Bay.

Website: http://www.carmel.in.gov/index.aspx?page=533
Audience: All grades and ages
Contact: Meg Gates Osborne at 317-590-7522 or Meg@Megpromo.com


CFD Safe Sitter Winter Classes
This is the Safe Sitter® (1-Day Course with CPR)
This class is a medically-accurate, up-to-date babysitting course that teaches young teens (11 to 13 year old) life and safety skills relating to childcare.
Dec 5, 2015; Jan 23, Feb 13, Mar 5, or April 23, 2016. 9:00am – 4:00pm, $60 per student
Carmel Fire Department, 2 Civic Square, Carmel, IN 46032

Website: http://carmel.in.gov/index.aspx?page=659
Audience: Boys and girls ages 11-13 who are enrolled in any of the elementary or middle schools
Contact: Keith Freer at 317-571-4245 or kfreer@carmel.in.gov


Carmel Arts Council's Holiday Art Contest
For all students in grades K-12, the CAC is accepting new and original 2D art (8.5 x 11) for an art contest based on winter or holiday themes. All art must be turned in to SoHo Café & Gallery, 620 S. Rangeline Rd by Nov. 23. Pieces will be judged by the CAC and announced on the CAC website and the CAC Facebook page Nov.25!
First, second and third place prizes will be awarded at a reception Dec 4 from 6-7 PM at the CAC Children's Art Gallery, 30 W. Main St. First place winners will have their art custom framed by The Great Frame Up and are invited to have their pieces displayed in the CAC's Children's Art Gallery unti Jan 3, 2016. Art must be labeled with contestant's name, grade, email address and contact phone number. Contestants must scan their art as the CAC cannot be responsible for lost art pieces.

Website: www.carmelartscouncil.org
Audience: Students in grades K-12
Contact: Meg Gates Osborne at 317-590-7522 or Meg@Megpromo.com


November 6, 2015

Creekside Middle School presents Aladin Jr.
Join us on a Magic Carpet Ride filled with toe tapping songs, laughter, and the hysterical Genie! Where Princess Jasmine and street thief Aladdin's two worlds will collide. The young actors, directors, and crew have been working hard on this Disney classic that you won't want to miss! Tickets go on sale starting Thursday Nov. 6th at Creekside bookstore: 3525 W 126th Street.  Shows: Thurs, Nov. 19th and Fri, Nov. 20th at 7:00pm, and Sat. Nov 21st at 2:00pm. Adults $6, students $4.
Website: http://www1.ccs.k12.in.us/teachers/downloads/cms_block_file/104781/file/148572
Audience: All ages!
Contact: Nicole Johnson 317-733-6420 x6141 or njohnson@ccs.k12.in.us

Tinker Tuesdays at the Carmel Clay Public Library
Learn how to see life differently through photography on Tuesday, November 10, 4:00-4:45 p.m. in the storytime room. Bring your own device or use one of ours to explore the library inside and out, transforming even the ugliest things you find into thought-provoking and beautiful photographs you take yourself. Registration not required. For more information, call the Young Adult desk at 814-3983.
Website: www.carmel.lib.in.us/attend/calendar.cfm
Audience: Grades 5-8

NaNoWriMo Write-ins at the Carmel Clay Public Library
Come write your novel in the library's program room during National Novel Writing Month! We'll provide plenty of power outlets to keep your laptops going and snacks and drinks to keep you going, too. Each write-in will kick off with a 10-to-15-minute presentation about writing resources, and librarians will drop in throughout the session to help with research questions. Dates are November 11 & 18, 6:00-8:30 p.m. and November 14, 1:00-4:00 p.m. For more information, call the Reference desk at 844-3362.
Website: www.carmel.lib.in.us/attend/calendar.cfm
Audience: Grades 9-12

Carmel Fire Department Community Assistance Program (CAP)
We invite you to partner with the Carmel Fire Department and the Hamilton County Good Samaritan Network in our long-running Community Assistance Program (CAP).  This charitable program strives to ensure that families in need in Clay Township are provided with food and gift baskets for the upcoming season.For more than forty years, CAP has been a very important program to our firefighters and a CFD firefighter was even a beneficiary of the program as a child. It takes a large number of people to make this program a success and your participation can truly make a difference!
Website: http://www.carmel.in.gov/index.aspx?page=128
Audience: All ages
Flyer: https://www.dropbox.com/s/a1pga1yu2pj56ez/Flyer.pdf?dl=0

Sustainable Living: The Green Gift Shop
Are you looking for ways to make your holiday shopping a little greener and earth-friendly? Join us at the “Green Gift Shop” on Tuesday, 12:30-7:30 p.m. at the Carmel library for green gift ideas that are local, organic, natural, recycled, reused or repurposed.  Local businesses will showcase green gifts for family and friends. This event is open to students and their families. For more information please visit the Carmel Green Initiative website.
Website: http://carmelgreen.org/ 
Audience: Families of K-12 students

Carmel Symphony Orchestra - November 12 Concert
Join the Carmel Symphony at the Palladium on Saturday, November 12 (7:30pm) to experience the superb artistry of Sean Chen, APA Classical Fellow and Van Cliburn medalist performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The CSO will also perform Finlandia and Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Student tickets are only $5!
Website: www.carmelsymphony.org
Audience: Middle and high school students

In an effort to cut down on paper used for flier distribution, printing costs, loss of classroom instructional time, and fuel consumption associated with the distribution of materials to our students and parents, Carmel Clay Schools distributes opportunities for CCS families via a Friday email and posting on our website for 4 weeks.

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