Carmel in brief — May 2, 2017


Correction – In the April 25 edition of Current in Carmel, Tom Kilian and Jordan Kinsler’s names were spelled incorrectly.

Flower sale – Carmel Elementary, 101 4th Ave SE, is hosting a flower sale from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. May 5 and 9 a.m. to noon May 6. Tropicals, ferns, annuals and hanging baskets are available.

American Pickers to film– American Pickers is returning to Indiana. This documentary series explores the world of antique picking by following Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their team as they search for valuable antiques. They will be visiting the area in June. They are looking for local antique collections to investigate. To be considered, send your name, phone number, location, description of the collection, and photos to

Illustrator honored – Carmel resident Ryan Richmond was recently honored for his achievements in illustration at the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contest. Richmond traveled to Los Angeles for an awards ceremony and intensive workshops given by experts in the field.

Constitution class – Americans for Prosperity will host a constitution class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6 at 99 E. Carmel Dr. This free class will cover the foundations of our government, privacy rights, due process and judicial review. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register by visiting www.eventbrite and typing Americans for Prosperity into the search box.

Pampering for Make-A-Wish – Tilly’s Tea Room and the family of Bella Simons will host a night of pampering to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 11. Tickets start at $100 and include food provided by Tilly’s, massages, hair blow-out, and nail polish change. All proceeds will go to grant a wish for a Carmel High School student, as was done for Bella when she faced a brain tumor two years ago. For tickets, visit

Free seminars for seniors – CarDon & Associates is partnering with Indy Mature Living to help educate Indianapolis-area seniors about issues related to home ownership and post-retirement downsizing. The free seminars will highlight selling a home for seniors, senior living options for those over the age of 55, downsizing, and estate liquidation solutions, among other educational topics. Upcoming topics include: 55+ Living Options from 2 to 3:30 p.m. May 11 at Altenheim, 3525 E. Hanna Ave., Indianapolis.

Art contest winners on display – The Museum of Miniature Houses will feature the winners of the annual Carmel High School Art Department’s “Minumental” competition. Students were challenged to create works of art no bigger than 1 inch x 1 inch x 1 inch, in any medium, to illustrate celebrity icons. The exhibit will run until May 14. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wed.-Sat. and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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.

Tennis anyone? – The fourth annual Clay Middle School Tennis camp will be held the weeks of June 13-16, and June 19-22. Tennis players of all experience levels are welcome; from beginners to pros, ages 5-14. For more information, visit

Photo contest – Indiana Landmarks and iMOCA want photos of special Hoosier places for an exhibition called Meaningful Places. Photo subjects can be any place that has meaning, whether it’s personal, communal, visual, artistic, historic or natural. Cash prizes plus an annual membership in iMOCA and Indiana Landmarks will be awarded to the photographers who earn the most votes in a ballot of exhibition visitors. Photographers may submit up to three images via email by May 15. Additional instructions and submission forms are at

Photo contest – The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring its annual photo contest for Hamilton County residents. Each division has three categories – Conservation at Work, Weird Trees of Hamilton County, and Native Plants (Urban or Agriculture.) Digital files must be submitted by June 28. Entries will be displayed at the 4-H Fair July 20-24. Winners in each category will receive $50. For additional information and entry forms, visit

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

Student pages – State Sen. Randy Head (R-Logansport) recently welcomed Carmel student Mark Bisbecos to the Statehouse as a student page. State Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel) welcomed Anna Delph, Emma Delph, Gavin Dengmanivanh, Rachel DeWitt, and James Green.

Free resources for Hamilton County gardeners​ – Thinking of starting a new garden? Do you have concerns each summer with your existing garden? The Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District can help. SWCD staff are available for free visits to any backyard and community garden in Hamilton County. Staff can provide guidance with planning, advice on weed and pest management, tip sheets, and much more. To schedule a visit, contact Andrew Fritz at or 317-773-2181. In addition, tip sheets and other online resources are available at

Music Program Receives National Recognition – Carmel Clay Schools has once again been honored with the 2017 Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Carmel Clay Schools is one of only four percent of districts across the nation to receive this prestigious award. This is the sixth time CCS has been awarded this distinction.

Prime area to build – Personal finance website has ranked Carmel as a prime area to build a lifelong dream home. GoodCall reviewed data from 468 cities nationwide. Carmel was ranked ninth in the nation. It was selected for its comparative custom home cost, growing home values, affordability, population, educational values, and low unemployment and crime rates.


Blue Ribbon School named – State Rep. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel) recently recognized Union Elementary School with a House resolution for being named a 2016 Blue Ribbon School. Schaibley visited Union Elementary where she congratulated the students and staff for receiving the Blue Ribbon award. Across the country, only 328 schools were given the designation of a Blue Ribbon School.

Art contest winners announced – Indiana Artists has announced the winners of the 85th Annual Juried Exhibition of Indiana Artists. The exhibition is held at the Indianapolis Museum of Art each year. Carmel resident and painter Robert Bratton won a merit award for his work.


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