Carmel in brief- February 7, 2017


Interchange upgrades – Construction will begin this spring to add lanes to the I-465 and Michigan Road interchange in north Indianapolis. The project seeks to increase capacity and improve traffic flow by lengthening the existing northbound Michigan Road right-turn lane to eastbound I-465, adding a second left-turn lane on southbound U.S. 421 to eastbound I-465 and adding a third left-turn lane on the eastbound I-465 exit ramp to northbound U.S. 421. Construction is expected to be complete by November.

CCHS art class – The Carmel Clay Historical Society has collaborated with The Art Studio of Carmel to offer a series of art classes, with the final one set for 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 12. Attendees will work on a collaborative multimedia art piece titled “Starry Night Above Carmel (Then and Now).” The classes cost $10 and are held at 30 N. Range Line Road. Register and learn more at

Stolen check – Carmel police are asking for help to identify a suspect who attempted to deposit a check that was stolen in November. The suspect is a black female with dark framed glasses who appears to be missing a bottom tooth. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Carmel Police Dept. Investigations Division at 317-571-2511 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.

Civil War Roundtable – The Hamilton County Civil War Round Table will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8 for a program presented by Norris Darrall called, “The Civil War Common Soldier.” Darrall has been a Civil War reenactor for 25 years and has studied it for many more. The free program will be held at Carmel City Hall, 1 Civic Square. It is open to the public.

Sagamore Award given – At the Indiana Bicentennial Gala, former Gov. Mike Pence and newly-elected Gov. Eric Holcomb presented the 15 members of the Bicentennial Commission and six staff members with the Sagamore of the Wabash for their work toward the success of Indiana’s Bicentennial year. Carmel resident Mickey Maurer was one of those who received this prestigious award.

Janus received donation – Janus Developmental Services recently received a donation of $3,600 from Knights of Columbus, Father M. Joseph McDonnell Council #11044. The donation was made possible through the generosity of community support for the Council’s Tootsie Roll Drive. The Council serves both St. Maria Goretti and Our Lady of Mount Carmel parishes.

Scholarships available – Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, is seeking applicants for college scholarships. Any student graduating in 2017 who lives in the community surrounding a Simon property is eligible. Applicants can check their eligibility by entering their ZIP code at Recipients will receive up to $1,500 to enroll in an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school. Applications are due by March 1.

Kindergarten registration – Carmel Clay Schools’ kindergarten registration for the 2017-18 school year is now open. The online registration form can be accessed at Parents/guardians are encouraged to have students enrolled by Mar. 10.

Scholarship program – Indiana Members Foundation, the charitable arm of Indiana Members Credit Union, announces the new Robert E. Martin Collegiate Scholarship Program, available to college students that are members of Indiana Members Credit Union. Up to twenty-five $1,000 scholarships will be offered. Applications will be accepted through April 30. Application and instructions can be found online at

New miniatures exhibit – The Furnishing Touch, an exhibit that tells a history of American home furnishings in miniature, has opened at the Museum of Miniature Houses. The exhibit, that runs through May 28, begins with The Mannerist style (1600-1700) that was popular with English settlers in America, through The William and Mary Style, popular from 1695-1730, and ends with the Colonial Revival style that started in the 1870s and is still found in popular home trends today.

Dance classes – A new program to introduce people to social dancing is being offered. This unique program offers three-day mini programs for people who may not want to commit to a long-term session. Classes meet at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at Westfield Township Building, 1549 E Greyhound Pass. Swing and American Slow dance begins Feb. 8, Salsa and Latin begins March 8. Fees are $45 per session. Register at

LUXE Design Showcase – Indiana Design Center is hosting the 2017 LUXE Design Showcase event presented by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. The two-day event series is designed to inspire and be the resource for home design, remodeling and custom building projects. Setting the Table for Good Design will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Feb. 10. Advanced tickets are required. Then, the LUXE Design Showcase will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feb. 11.  These Saturday seminars will be free and open to the public.  For more information, visit

Share the Love gala – Mercy Road Church will host Share the Love from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 11 at The District Tap, 3720 E. 82nd St. This gala will benefit Dotted Line Divas, a nonprofit extreme couponing group that provides needy families with household basics. Cost is $60 per person and includes dinner and entertainment. Register at Type Share the Love in the search box.

2017 climate change issues – The Carmel Green Initiative presents a sustainable living seminar from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 at the Carmel Clay Public Library. Jesse Kharbanda, the Executive Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, will provide information on how to protect our planet and how you can actively take part. Amanda Shepherd, Senior Outreach Associate, will talk about being an advocate for the environment. For more information, visit

Democratic Women meeting – The Democratic Women of Hamilton County will hold its next meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 18 at the Delaware Township Community Building, 9090 E. 131st St., Fishers. Julie Vaughn of the Citizens Action Coalition Education Fund will be the featured speaker. Please bring a canned food item for the food pantry, or a new or gently used coat for a child.

Bag bingo – Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County presents Bag Bingo at 6 p.m. on Feb. 16 at Brookshire Golf Club, 12120 Brookshire Pkwy. Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door and include four bingo cards, appetizers and drinks. Cash bar will be available. Prizes include designer handbags. For tickets, visit and type Bag Bingo in the search box.

Free science lectures – Anderson University’s School of Science and Engineering is offering a series of lectures that are free and open to the public. The lectures start at 7 p.m. and are located in Hartung Hall (room 101). Upcoming topics include: Feb. 16 – What do the Pharmaceutical Industry and the Manhattan Project Have in Common? For more information, contact the AU School of Science and Engineering at (765) 641-4374.

Casino Night – Congregation Shaarey Tefilla will hold its 16th Annual Casino Night & Silent Auction at 7:30 p.m. on March 4 at 3085 W. 116th St. Tickets are $25 per person and include a $10 auction voucher, Las Vegas style gambling, drinks and hors d’oeurves. This is an adults-only event. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit

Snowplow painting – INDOT East Central District invites high schools within district boundaries to paint an INDOT snowplow blade with original artwork to represent their school. In addition to being seen in full service during the winter weather months, the blades may be used at events within the school’s community to enhance public awareness, promote safety and foster greater appreciation of both INDOT and the school’s art program. Applications are due March 15. For more information, call 1-855-463-6848 or email

Arts and education grants available – The Telamon Foundation, the charitable arm of Telamon Corporation, has announced that its grant application for 2017 is now available. This marks the Telamon Foundation’s fourth annual round of grants that focus primarily on the Foundation’s pillars of arts and education. The application for 2017 can now be found at Applications are due Sept. 15. Any questions can be directed to

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