Carmel in brief — October 3, 2017


College news – Carmel resident Roberto Alas has been named a Fry Scholar at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

New principal named – Carmel Clay School Board of Trustees has named Nikki Raasch as the next principal of Towne Meadow Elementary School. Raasch most recently served as Assistant Principal at Orchard Park Elementary.

Power award given – Carmel resident and Indiana Municipal Power Agency President Raj Rao was named the 2017 recipient of the Frank Rudolph Award, the most prestigious award given out by the Indiana Municipal Electric Association. The award is given to someone who has made substantial contributions to public power in Indiana.

Coffee With a Cop – The Carmel Police Dept. host Coffee With a Cop from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Oct. 4 at Jack’s Donuts, 516 Carmel Drive. This is the second year for the national event that strives to bring, “police officers and the community members they serve together–over coffee–to discuss issues and learn more about each other,” according to its Web site. The event began in California in 2011 but has since expanded to all 50 states. For more information, visit

Sagamore of the Wabash – State Sen. Jim Merritt (R-Indianapolis, right) presents John D. Proffitt (left) with Indiana’s highest citizen award, the Sagamore of the Wabash. Proffitt is described as a leader among lawyers in Indiana, especially in the areas of family law and civil litigation. For over 20 years, he has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America Publication and has been listed in Indianapolis Monthly Magazine’s Best Lawyers in Indiana each year since inception.

Hurricane relief collections – For the next several weeks, all Carmel fire stations will serve as collection points for Good Samaritans Network’s hurricane relief efforts. Items they are collecting include: soap, razors, toothpaste, deodorant, other personal hygiene items, and non-perishable food items. Bottled water is not being collected at this time. Items can be dropped off any day of the week.

Youth volunteer nominations sought –The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for Indiana’s top youth volunteers of the year. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply through Nov. 7 for 2018 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

Learn about various religions – The Carmel Interfaith Alliance presents Meet Your Neighbor, a series that presents a different religion and guest speaker who will share common teachings of that faith. The series will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in October at Panera Bread, 1346 S. Range Line Rd. Topics will include: Oct. 3 – Sikh religion; Oct. 10 – Islam; Oct. 17 – Judaism; Oct. 24 – Hinduism; Oct. 31 – Mormonism.

Constitution Party open house – The Constitution Party will hold an open house from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Oct. 14 at Old National Banking Center, 385 S. Main St., Zionsville. Come learn about the three pillars of the Constitution Party and a new approach to self-government.

Coat drive – Carmel Clay Schools is partnering with Hamilton County Kids Coats to help keep kids in Hamilton County warm this winter. Donate your new or gently used (and washed) winter coats and accessories to your school Oct. 2-6.  Donation boxes are located at the entrances of all elementary schools, middle schools and high school. For more information, visit

A second term for Trump? – Historical Solutions presents The Conditions of a 1-Term American Presidency from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 6 at Capital Grille, 40 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Examine single term presidents and get insights into the factors that determine whether a president is likely to have a successful campaign for a second term. Cost is $75 per person and includes lunch, a fast-paced interactive presentation, and personalized follow-up. The session will be held again on Nov. 3 for those unable to make it Oct. 6. Call 317-407-3687 or e-mail to make reservations.

Fundraising auction – The Senior Citizens of Hamilton County will hold a fund raising live auction from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 7. Auction items will gift certificates from local businesses and restaurants, antiques, artwork, jewelry, furniture and collectibles. The event will include a raffle and drawings for free items. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. for early viewing. The address is l8336 Cumberland Rd., Noblesville.

Interns sought – The Indiana Senate Democratic Caucus is seeking interns to work at the Statehouse during the 2018 legislative session. Interns have the opportunity to improve their profession skill-set, work alongside policymakers and elected officials, and build their professional network. Interns receive a $750 bi-weekly stipend, scholarship opportunities, and may qualify for academic credit through their college or university. To apply, visit

Parks programs – Outdoor Nature Photography, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Oct. 7. Learn tips and tricks for taking nature photos. Knee High Naturalist program – Participants will learn about the world around them through indoor and outdoor activities. Four two-week sessions are running now through December and cost between $14 and $28. Register for these programs and more at

Civil War Roundtable – The Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Carmel City Hall. The topic will be Forest the Napoleonic Calvary. The public is invited and admission is free.

Halloween party – The Hamilton County 4-H Junior Leaders will hold a community Halloween Party from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in the Exhibition Center. Join us for this fun family activity offered at no charge.  Youth ages ten and under are invited to come in costume and enjoy games, prizes, candy, refreshments, a haunted house and a hayride.  Hayrides begin at 6 p.m. Youth must be chaperoned by an adult.

State of the City address – OneZone Commerce presents the annual State of the City address by Mayor Jim Brainard. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11 at Ritz Charles, 12156 N. Meridian St. Reservations are required by noon on Oct. 9 and can be made online at Cost is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers.

Families symposium – The 2017 Status of Indiana Families symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Ivy Tech, 2820 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. Discussions will provide insight into critical issues facing families from infants and children to the aging and elderly. Cost is $50 and includes lunch. Register at

Celebrations series – The Museum of Miniature Houses presents its series Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship on Wednesdays at noon. Upcoming events include: Oct. 14 – Bring Your Doll day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors of any age are invited to bring their dolls and share stories about them. Enjoy a tour of our doll collection, which at any time may include Gene Marshall 14″ dolls in designer fashions, kachinas, riders on Breyer horses, hand-crocheted Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs the size of a thumbnail, and others.

Democratic Women of Hamilton County – The Democratic Women of Hamilton County will meet at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 21 at the Fishers Library, 5 Municipal Drive. A speaker from the Sierra Club will present.

Art Without Borders show – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., presents Nea Kavala Art Without Borders from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Art Without Borders is a project started by Kayra Martinez to help refugee families in Greece express their emotions through art. Art will be on display and available to purchase, with proceeds going to the refugee families.

Pumpkin Fest – The Mayor’s Youth Council and the Carmel Arts Council will host Pumpkin Fest from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the City Hall Gazebo. This family-friendly event will feature music, food, pumpkin carving, costume contest and more. All proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish.

Legislative internships – Indiana House Republicans are now accepting internship applications for the 2018 legislative session. Internships are open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates of all majors. This paid program during the spring semester gives college students the chance to work one-on-one with state legislators while seeing firsthand how laws are made. To complete an application, visit Applications are due by Oct. 31.

Congressional App Challenge – The 2017 Congressional App Challenge is now open to students in the Fifth Congressional District who have not yet graduated from high school. The CAC is designed to engage students from across the country in computer science and coding. Students of any age, whether in elementary, middle, or high school are encouraged to compete by creating and exhibiting an app for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. For more information or to submit an entry by Nov. 1, visit

Holiday tablescapes on display – Coxhall Mansion will host Holiday Tablescapes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4. The event will feature table designs from local designers and florists, cookies, coffee and tea. Cost is $15 and proceeds will be used to support a landscaping project surrounding the mansion.

Free meditation class – Sahaja Meditation Indiana presents a free mediation class at 7 p.m. on Fridays. Learn to reduce stress and experience inner peace through meditation. The class will be held at Old National Bank, 1430 S. Range Line Rd. For more information, visit

Board of Directors appointment – Mainstreet Health Investments Inc. has announced that former President-Seniors Housing and Post Acute of Welltower Inc., Charles “Chuck” Herman has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Herman is highly regarded in the industry, with a successful career spanning 30 years in health care real estate.

Dining to Donate – On Oct. 10, Applebee’s will host Dining to Donate to raise funds for Southport Police Lieutenant, Aaron Allan, who was killed in the line of duty on July 27 while serving the citizens of Indiana. Fifteen percent of each participating party’s bill will be donated to the Lt. Aaron Allan Family Fund, which will directly benefit his family. Applebee’s guests should inform their server when ordering or when placing Carside To Go orders.

Pet Valu fundraising efforts – Pet Valu raised more than $427,000 for the U.S. War Dogs Association during its annual Patriotic Pets fundraiser. Pet Valu is also collecting monetary and product donations through the end of October for hurricane relief efforts. They’ve raised $174,000 since the beginning of September.


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