Carmel in brief- February 14, 2017


IvenTeam displays prototype – The Carmel High School InvenTeam invites the community to view its first prototype of a medical device from 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Carmel Clay Public Library, 55 4th Ave. SE. The group received a $10,000 grant from the Lemelson-MIT Foundation to fund the project. The wearable device will detect epileptic seizures and inject anticonvulsant medicine. The team is eager to share its story and get feedback as it continues to work toward the final presentation in Boston in June.

Façade grants – The City of Carmel’s Historic Preservation Commission will oversee a façade grant program for the city’s historic properties in 2017 and will introduce it to prospective applicants at two public meetings set for 6 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 9 in the Caucus Room at City Hall, 1 Civic Square. Owners and occupants of properties recognized as “outstanding,” “notable” or “contributing” in the 2014 Carmel and Clay Township Historic Architecture Survey will be eligible for the grants. Applications may be downloaded at,and are due May 1.

Top volunteer – Grace Zhang of Carmel has been named a top youth volunteer of 2017 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. As a state honoree, Zhang will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to Washington, D.C., where she will join other honorees for four days of national recognition events. During the trip, 10 students will be named America’s top youth volunteers of 2017.

Scholarships available – Tru Direction, Inc. will award $500 to $2,500 per qualified applicant as determined by a scholarship committee. Scholarships may be used for any related expenses for college, university, trade school or technical school. For more information on eligibility, visit Applications are due by March 31.

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.

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.

DECA advisors needed – Carmel DECA is in need of business professionals to serve on the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisory Committee. Members are especially needed in the areas of accounting, business law, business management, marketing, and computer hardware and software. Advisory members will meet with teachers to review curriculum and make recommendations for programs. If interested, contact Deb Lesjak at

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

Impact 100 grants available – Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis will give away $156,000 and membership will be comprised of 215 women for the 2017 grant cycle. From now until May, focus area committees will review and discuss proposed projects and applications submitted by greater Indianapolis area nonprofits, followed by site visits and the selection of one finalist from five focus areas, including arts and culture, education, environment, family and health and wellness. To learn more about Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis and the annual awards dinner visit

College news – Hannah Sharkey has been named to the dean’s list at Franklin College. Anne Harriman has been named to the dean’s list at Luther College. Alyssa Shorr has been named to the dean’s list at the IU School of Informatics and Computing. Benjamin Billand and Caleb Claton have been named to the dean’s list at Coastal Carolina University.

Carmel highly affordable – Carmel has recently been ranked as a prime area in the U.S. to invest in a home for a lifetime in the recently issued 2017 Best Places to Buy a Forever Home report. GoodCall analyzed over 500 cities nationwide using criteria such as affordability, crime rate, and educational values. Carmel placed 23rd in the nation and was in the top 10 percent for affordability. Source:

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?; March 6 – New Animal Species of the Past Few Decades. For more information, contact the AU School of Science and Engineering at (765) 641-4374.

CHS Charity Dinner – Carmel High School will host its annual Charity Auction Dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 22 in the freshman cafeteria at CHS. Cost is $7 and includes dinner provided by Biaggi’s, games and auction. Proceeds will benefit the Carmel Dance Marathon, and in turn Riley’s Hospital for Children. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Free dance performance – The public is invited to a free performance of Kathak, a form of Indian dance, at 4 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the Pike Performing Arts Center, 6701 Zionsville Road. For more information, visit

Spring art contest – The CAC has issued a “Call for Entries” for the Spring Art Contest. Kindergarten through 12th grade art entries for this contest are currently being accepted and must be 2-D spring themed original art created on 8 1/2 x 11 sized paper. Entries must be submitted to The Great Frame-Up, 21 1st St., S.W. by Feb. 25.  Entry forms may be picked up in the CAC Children’s Art Gallery and The Great Frame-Up.

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.

Ash Wednesday – Carmel United Methodist Church has a unique Ash Wednesday opportunity. For those unable to attend a service, they will offer a drive through from 6:30 to 9 a.m. on March 1 in the south drive of the church. Receive the mark of the cross on your forehead to remember the purpose of the day. Services will also be held at noon and again at 7 p.m.

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

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.

College fair – The Greater Indianapolis Northside College Fair will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on March 15 at 502 East Event Centre. Over 100 schools will be represented at this free event, and students in all grade levels are welcome to attend. Students should go to to pre-register for this event. By doing so they will be able to generate a unique barcode that allows them to easily share their information with colleges and maximize their time at the fair.

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

Authors award nominations sought – The public is invited to submit nominations for the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. The award honors Indiana authors – those born in Indiana or who lived in Indiana five consecutive years – whose work has made, or has the potential to make, a lasting public impact. Nominations will be accepted through March 17. For more information, visit

Ag Day video contest – Students in grades 6-8 are invited to enter a video contest for Indiana Ag Day on March 21. The theme of the video should be “What Does the Future of Agriculture Mean to You?” Video entries must be 30 seconds to one minute long. Full details can be found at Prizes include cash and GoPro video cameras.

New 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.

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

Half marathon partner announced – The Indy Women’s Half Marathon and 5K, owned and produced by Carmel Road Racing Group, has selected the I.W.I.N. Foundation as the Official Charity partner for the 2017 event, which will take place on Sept. 30. The I.W.I.N. Foundation supports women statewide currently receiving treatment for breast cancer by securing and paying for individual services that relieve the emotional, physical and financial burdens they face.


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