Carmel in brief- October 25, 2016


Correction – In the story titled “Smith’s Bell and Clock Service gives Coxhall Gardens bells an upgrade,”published Sept. 23 it is implied that the contractor for the project provided the funds for the repairs. Smith’s Bell and Clock Service is merely the contractor.  The funding for the repairs was provided by a grant from the Friends of Hamilton County Parks, Inc., a 501c(3) charitable foundation created to support and promote the park department. Furthermore, Coxhall Gardens is a Hamilton County Park and Recreation Department Park. Ritz Charles only role there is as the exclusive caterer for rental venues and therefore plays no part with the bell towers.

Urban forestry award – Claire Lane, the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District Urban Conservationist, won the 2016 Individual of the Year award from the Indiana Urban Forest Council (IUFC) during the annual IUFC Conference Oct. 12 at the Indianapolis Zoo. The IUFC Awards honor individuals, projects, organizations and tree stewards whose work enhances the environmental health of Indiana’s cities and towns through urban forestry.

WaterSense award given – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the City of Carmel Utilities Dept. with a 2016 WaterSense Excellence Award as a leader in saving water for future generations. By increasing public awareness through social media, newsletters, clinics held at Home Depot, and other outreach efforts, Carmel Utilities was able to reach a large percentage of its customers with water-use efficiency tips.

Homeschool programs available – Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation offers programs for families who homeschool their children. Two upcoming programs for homeschool families are Homeschool Creative Arts and Homeschool Gym. Homeschool Creative Arts sessions are designed for students who wish to go above and beyond state standards in a variety of subjects. Each 7-week course costs $98 per child. Homeschool Gym courses last six weeks and cost $40 per student. For more, contact Amanda Jackson at [email protected].

Bonds being issued – City of Carmel through its underwriters is selling $54 million  Special Program Bonds Series 2016, Water Revenue bonds on the open market. Anyone who has an account with Stifel, Piper or Charles Schwab can place an order directly through their broker. For individuals without an account at one of those, orders can be placed through PiperJaffray, 206-628-5465.

Haunted car wash – Carmel Prime Car Wash, 9805 N. Michigan Rd., will host a haunted tunnel from 6 to 8 p.m.Oct. 28. A $6 donation gets you a car wash and a scare,  All proceeds benefit Tatum’s Bags of Fun, a nonprofit that provides backpacks full of games and activities to children with cancer.

Brew Fest – Danny Boy Beer Works will host a celebration of craft beer, food, music and the Halloween season Oct. 28-29 at the brewery in the heart of the Village of West Clay in Carmel. The Brew Fest will feature local breweries and food trucks, live music on Friday, costume contests, door prizes and a DJ spinning the tunes on Saturday. The event will also feature the tapping of a limited edition seasonal All Saint’s Day Beer – a special recipe from the expert brewers at Danny Boy Beer Works featuring a bourbon-aged Scottish Ale.

Trunk-or-Treat – Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1484 W. Main St., invites everyone to Trunk-or-Treat from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 29. Safe trick-or-treating is provided as children walk among decorated cars to receive candy. Everyone may participate by trick-or-treating, or decorating a trunk, or both.

Coat drive – Local orthodontist David Judy, DDS, MS, and the Judy Orthodontics Team, are sponsoring Warm Up for Winter through Nov. 30. Donations of new or gently used winter wear such as coats, hats, gloves and scarves can be dropped off at the Judy Orthodontics office at 3965 W. 106th St., Suite 150. Donations will benefit the Julian Center.

Town meeting – State Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel) will host a town meeting from 6 to 8 p.m.  Oct. 26 at the Carmel Clay Public Library. Residents of Senate District 29 are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts on legislative issues. For more information, or to RSVP, call 317-232-9541.

Rotary after hours – Join Rotary After Hours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at A Cut Above Catering, 12955 Old Meridian St., Suite104. This is a networking event benefitting the Villages. Donations of winter coats, hats, cloves, scarves, cash or gift cards will be collected.

District 5 candidate forums – The League of Women Voters of Hamilton County is hosting a candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Shamrock Springs Elementary School, 747 W. 161st St., Westfield. This forum features candidates for U.S. Congressional District 5, including Susan Brooks, Republican, Angela Demaree, Democrat, and Matt Wittlief, Libertarian. The public is invited free of charge and will be able to submit questions for the candidates.

Indiana House internships – The Indiana House Republican Internship Program is accepting applications for the 2017 legislative session. Internships are open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates of all majors. This paid program allows interns to immerse themselves in the legislative process by working directly with state representatives. For more, visi Application deadline is Oct. 31.

Taste of Carmel – Orchard Park Elementary is gearing up for the 14th annual Taste of Carmel March 2, 2017The PTO is seeking sponsorship from area businesses and individuals. Packages range from $250 to $3,000 and can be customized. Due to continued growth, Taste of Carmel has moved to a new location, 502 East on Carmel Drive. Attendance is expected to exceed 1,000 guests, with more than 45 vendors. Registration for vendors will begin Nov. 1. For more, contact Jennifer Penix at 317-258-5665 or [email protected].

Visiting Author Series – The Carmel Clay Public Library presents its Visiting Author Series. Local author Dwight Ritter has written several books, magazine articles and education curricula. He also wrote, produced and directed the PBS documentary “Being Amish.” Ritter will visit the library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 1. Book sales and signings will follow the presentation with proceeds benefitting the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required by e-mailing [email protected] or calling 317-814-3984.

Quilters meeting – The Quilters Guild of Indianapolis North will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 1605 E. 106th St. Lynn Hodge of Quilt Expressions in Fishers will be speaking on Quilted Post Cards. The color of the month is red-orange. All attendees are encouraged to wear red-orange. For more, visit

Arts & Crafts Marketplace – St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 126th Street and Gray Road, will host the Arts & Crafts Marketplace from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 5. Twenty-five vendors will offer a variety of unique items, including quilts, handmade jewelry, doll clothes, Kiwanis wooden toys, bath products, wood-turned items and more. Snacks and a light lunch will be available in the Candy Cane café and homemade treats will be sold in the bake shop.

Preservation conference – Indiana Native Plant & Wildflower Society will host its 23rd  annual conference from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 at 502 East Event Centre. Titled Preservation: Keeping What We’ve Got, Restoring What We’ve Lost, this event is open to anyone with an interest in native plants, conservation, botany, landscaping and wildlife habitat. For more information or to register, visit

Straight ticket voting changes – Straight party voting has changed in Indiana. Hoosiers will still be able to cast a straight ticket Nov. 8 but that vote will not count for any individual candidate for county council or town council at-large. Voters now need to select each candidate they wish to elect for at-large county council and town council seats.

Community service awards – From now through Nov. 8, all middle school and high school students are invited to apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application is available at and One student winner will be announced at each middle school, while four winning students will be announced at the high school. Winning students may move onto the state competition and be eligible for an award of $1,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Beauty Lounge trunk show – The Beauty Lounge, 2325 Pointe Pkwy, Suite 110, is hosting a trunk show from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 10 featuring items for purchase and artwork from local artists. Items will be featured by Robert Goodman Jewelers and Chan Luu, a Los Angeles-based contemporary lifestyle brand offering handcrafted designer jewelry, scarves and apparel. Rascia’s Creative Cakes will provide light desserts.

High school open house – At Carmel High School, opportunity is our theme, and we invite you to our Community Open House from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 13. Take this opportunity to meet with teachers, administrators, counselors and students to learn about Carmel High School’s nationally recognized academic, extracurricular and athletic programs. Facility tours will also be available. This is open to everyone.

Free parenting class – The Indiana Montessori Academy presents a parenting class titled Introduction to Love & Logic for Parents from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17. The class is free. The Indiana Montessori Academy is located at 12760 Horseferry Rd. in Carmel. For more, call 317-569-1290.

Murder Mystery Dinner – Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation invites the public to its Murder Mystery Dinner from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Monon Community Center. The event is open to adults ages 21 and older and costs $30 per person. The registration fee includes a four-course meal and one drink ticket. Before the meal, guests will receive a character identity with a short script and diners will work together to identify which character is the murder suspect and solve the mystery. Register at

Winter art contest – The Carmel Arts Council is announcing its winter art contest for artists in grades K-12. All entries must be winter-themed original artwork on 8 ½ x 11 paper and submitted to SoHo, 620 S. Range Line Rd., by Nov. 20 at 3 p.m.

Bolt for the Heart 5k – The fifth annual Bolt for the Heart 5k run/walk will be held at 9 a.m.  Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day) at the Palladium Center Green, 355 City Center Dr. All proceeds will go toward purchasing AEDs for Indiana State Trooper patrol cars. A virtual race option is available for those unable to participate locally. Visit for more information.

Scholarships available – Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana Scholarship Program offers students the opportunity to apply for one of four scholarships honoring the applicant’s heritage to celebrate the growing diversity in Indiana. Applications are being accepted from eligible high school seniors in one of four ethnic categories: Asian, Hispanic, African-American and all others. Applications are due by Jan. 18, 2017. For more, visit