Carmel in brief- February 28, 2017


Correction – In an article printed in the Feb. 21 edition of Current in Carmel, a story on the possible annexation of Home Place incorrectly stated which court is considering the case. The appeals court is expected to make a decision on the annexation.

Mock trial finals – Students from Carmel High School will compete in the Indiana High School Mock Trial State Finals March 4 and 5 in Indianapolis. The Indiana Bar Foundation is seeking more than 50 attorneys and judges to volunteer to judge at the competition. The winning team will represent Indiana at the national finals in May in Connecticut. For more information, visit

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

Civil War Roundtable – The Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable will meet at 7 p.m. March 8 at Carmel City Hall. David J. Sutherland, vice president of the Indianapolis Civil War Round Table and a 1973 honors history graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, will speak. The public is invited and admission is free.

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.

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.

Dean’s list – The following Carmel residents were named to the dean’s list: Grand Valley State University – Victoria Cox and James Stewart; Northeastern University – Rachel Dowley; Alma College – Katie Hamamouche.

College news – Sydney Grubb and Samuel Kleinman graduated from Bradley University. Lauren Pitz earned faculty honors for a 4.0 GPA at Georgia Tech. Trevor Davis has earned a scholarship to Alvernia University. Margaret Clark and Rachel Morgan graduated from Miami University. Grant Hutton of Miami University was named to the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Academic All Conference Team.

Local students honored – Three Carmel residents were among two dozen high school women honored recently for their computing and technology achievements by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Indiana Affiliate with the Aspirations in Computing Award. Gayatri Balasubramanian (senior, Carmel), Kathy Huang (senior, Carmel), and Zeba Kokan (senior, Park Tudor) were three of the recipients of the local award. All three were also named honorable mention for the NCWIT National Award.

Parks & Rec 50th anniversary – Hamilton County Parks and Recreation will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary. As part of the anniversary celebration, Hamilton County Parks will share photos and memories from the last 50 years. If you have photographs, icons or park-related stories to share, email them to Hamilton.Parks@HamiltonCounty.In.Gov or drop them off at the department’s administrative office at 15513 S. Union St., Carmel.

Coca-Cola Scholars finalists named – Carmel High School students Kathy Huang, Gayatri Balasubramanian, Tianqi Sun, and Grace Zhang have been named Regional Finalists for the 2017 class of the Coca‑Cola Scholars Program. As one of 250 high school seniors selected nationwide as Regional Finalists, they all will receive at minimum a $1,000 educational stipend from the Coca‑Cola Scholars Foundation to use at the college of their choice next fall.

Schools hiring – Carmel Clay Schools is looking to hire 15-17 instructional assistants across the district at various elementary and middle schools, as well as the high school, focusing on special education. To apply, visit

ADA advisory group – The Indiana Department of Transportation is seeking applicants for membership in its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Community Advisory Working Group to provide information and recommendations regarding INDOT’s ADA Transition Plan. This volunteer group meets quarterly. If interested, submit a letter of interest or a resume by March 1 to Erin Hall at

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.

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.

Scholarships available – The Hamilton County Extension Homemakers Association is offering six $500 scholarships to Hamilton County graduating seniors or undergraduate students majoring in health and human sciences or elementary education. Applications are due by March 1. For more information, call 317-776-0854 or visit

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: 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.

Homemaker scholarships available – Indiana Extension Homemakers Association is offering eight $500 scholarships to Indiana homemakers who are 25 years of age or older. These scholarships are to be used to complete education or upgrade vocational skills. One must be admitted, or cleared for admission, to an academic or vocational school that is state-licensed or accredited.  Applications are due to the State Committee by March 15. For more information, call 317-776-0854.

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

The Elephant in the Room – St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 1402 W. Main will host The Elephant in the Room from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on March 18. Come explore some basics about race, hear the experiences of people of color, ask questions, and process what we will learn together in a non-threatening, respectful environment.

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.

Celebration of Diversity lecture series – Sociopolitical comedian W. Kamau Bell will give a lecture entitled Ending Racism in An Hour at 7:30 p.m. on March 27 in Clowes Memorial Hall. Admission is free, but tickets are required and can be obtained at or by phone at 800-982-2787.

96th Street roundabout meeting – The City of Carmel will host a public information meeting regarding the reconstruction of 96th Street and Keystone Avenue. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 28 in the council chambers at City Hall, One Civic Square.

Scholarships available – Tru Direction, Inc. will award $500 to $2,500 per qualified applicant as determined by the 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.

Electronics recycling – An electronics recycling drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 22 at University High School, 2825 W. 116th St. Phones, computers, printers, tablets, cables, and more are welcome. Tube TV’s with a CRT screen have an additional $10 charge.

PrimeLife fundraiser – PrimeLife Enrichment will host Unlimited Pasta-bilities to raise funds to support services for our community’s elder residents. The event will be held on April 29 at PrimeLife Enrichment Center, 1078 W. Third Ave. SW. Individual tickets are $100 and can be purchased online at, or by calling 317-815-7000. Corporate tables and sponsorships are also available.

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.

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


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