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Arts and Design District Hosting First PorchFest

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#CarmelIN – very first Carmel PorchFest is happening this Sunday, September 14 in the Arts and Design District. Located just north of Main Street, a variety of bands will be performing. Instead of performing on a stage in park, these bands (43 in all) will be performing- you guessed it- on porches! Earlier this year, a […]

Little Free Libraries Offer Reading Fun in Carmel

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Avid readers have a new source for free books in the city of Carmel. The Carmel Clay Public Library has installed three “Little Free Libraries” in high-traffic areas in the city. These little book boxes are just what their name indicates- they are small boxes, full of books for the taking. The motto is “Take […]

Cool Shoes for Back to School in Carmel

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When school starts mid-August, mid-July is when I start to go back to school shopping. A lot things I can buy online or at a discount store with no trouble. School shoes, on the other hand, require some special planning. Earlier this week, my family paid a visit to Keen Children’s Shoes in Carmel. It’s […]

Abuelo’s: Classy Mexican Food

Abuelos Mexican Restaurant in Carmel

Abuelo’s sits below the Keystone interchange in Carmel, Indiana. When you come into the Lowe’s plaza, there’s a sign that reads “Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy.” On Friday night, my husband somehow misread it as Classy Mexican Food. And then we decided that was just as accurate. Abuelo’s Mexican restaurant is exactly the sort of upscale […]

10 Photos That Prove My Mall Is Better Than Yours

When Clay Terrace opened in Carmel, Indiana, I was thrilled to have quality shopping right down the street. I had my concerns, of course. Shopping outdoors and a lack of department store anchors were my main issues. But, I’ve decided I actually love it for exactly those reasons — and more! Clay Terrace is gorgeous, […]

Adaptive Programs at Monon Center Mean Everyone Has Fun

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The Monon Community Center in Carmel, Indiana takes the “community” part of its name seriously. The host of adaptive programs offered for people with special needs is evidence of that, as is the fact that the Monon Center employs an Inclusion Supervisor. The list of available adaptive programs fills 5 pages of the Carmel Clay […]

Fanboys Comic Book Store Opens in Carmel

Fanboys Comic Book Shop in Carmel

Saturday was Free Comic Book Day. It’s an annual, nationwide event, held on the first Saturday in May, that my kids look forward to every year. This year, we had to squeeze it in between the 500 Festival 5K and an evening of roller derby. So, we needed something a little closer to home. Then […]

Roundabouts Make Life Better

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They’ve been the subject of debate. The object of scorn. The butt of jokes. They are Carmel, Indiana’s series of roundabouts — traffic circles designed to more efficiently move traffic. And I love them. Google “Carmel, Indiana” and “roundabouts” and you’ll learn that the city has more roundabouts than any city in the United States. […]

Royal Lunch for Mom’s at Carmel Dairy Queen

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I’m always amused by quirky choices for special events. My high school yearbook lists McDonald’s as the #1 choice for pre-prom dinner. White Castle’s annual Valentine’s Day dinner cracks me up. Plus, now you can make special reservations to treat Mom like royalty at the Carmel Dairy Queen. They are currently taking reservations for Mother’s […]

Girls’ Night at J. Razzo’s

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Last night, several friends and I celebrated a birthday at J. Razzo’s in Carmel, Indiana. This was my second visit to the restaurant, and the food was every bit as good as I remembered. J. Razzo’s features upscale Italian with a large wine selection, and a fun cocktail list with localized names for martinis and […]

Two Central Indiana Cities Rank as America’s Safest Suburbs

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Two Central Indiana cities topped the list of America’s Safest Suburbs, with Carmel, Indiana coming in first place. This comes as no surprise to those of us who live and leave our cars unlocked in Hamilton County suburbs. Still, it’s always nice to see the data backing up our feelings of security. Using crime data […]

5 reasons to love Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre

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Confession: I am a theatre geek. It started in high school when I was cast in a handful of school plays. It continued through college when we could get cheap last-minute tickets to performances that hadn’t sold out. As an adult, I’m still drawn to the theatre. I love the storytelling, the music, the costumes. […]

Genealogy volunteers on hand at Carmel library

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Where in history do your ancestors turn up? The California gold rush? The Civil War? The Titanic? My father-in-law is always telling us about how his side of the family is six degrees of separation from Daniel Boone and something about some guy named William Field. I don’t pay much attention because I can’t keep […]

Now Playing: Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is playing at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre in Carmel December 13th, 2013 – January 4th, 2014. Ever since Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, Cats) and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Lion King) collaborated to produce this musical in the 1970s, Joseph and […]