Carmel in brief — October 10, 2017


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.

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.

Share the Spirit – The Carmel High School Cheerleaders present Share the Spirit at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the CHS varsity gym (enter through door #21). Come watch routines from CHS Varsity, CHS JV, Creekside Middle School, Clay Middle School, and Pups Cheerleaders. Cost is $3 plus a donation of peanut butter or canned meat item. All donations will go to Central Indiana food banks and students in need.

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

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. 10 – Islam; Oct. 17 – Judaism; Oct. 24 – Hinduism; Oct. 31 – Mormonism.

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 – From now through Nov. 7. 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 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

Parks programs – 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

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.

Grassroots Conservatives meeting – Hamilton County Grassroots Conservatives will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Delaware Township Community Center, 9094 E. 131st St. Our special guest will be Victoria Spartz, newly elected senator replacing Luke Kenley. Come meet and greet Senator Spartz and tell her your concerns for our state.

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 senior living options for those over the age of 55, downsizing, and other educational topics. Upcoming topics include: Downsizing – Professional Panelists, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at Cumberland Trace, 1925 Reeves Rd., Plainfield. Reservations can be made by phone or email at 317-600-2056 or

Pumpkin Patch Festival – The annual Pumpkin Patch Festival at IU Health North Hospital takes place from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 14. In addition to food, games and prizes, this year’s event includes a petting zoo, police and fire emergency vehicles, family photos, face painting, caricatures, crafts, life-sized Operation game, interactive bicycle safety course, and much more. Admission is free.

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 Dr. 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.

Town hall meetings – State Sen. John Ruckelshaus (R-Indianapolis) will host a series of bipartisan town hall meetings with State Reps. Carey Hamilton (D-Indianapolis) and Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis). The meetings will be held at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., on the following dates: Oct. 26 – Redistricting; Nov. 9 – Preview upcoming legislative session. For more, contact Christopher Bandy at or 317-232-9808.

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.

Princess Academy – The Accents Show Choir will host Princess Academy for kids ages 4 through 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at Carmel High School. This event will include pampering (nails and princess hair), princess character meet and greet, royalty themed games, crafts, photo booth, story time, snack, and a performance for the parents by the kids. Cost is $30. Register at

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, visit

Dining to Donate – On Oct. 10, Applebee’s will host Dining to Donate to raise funds for Southport Police Dept. officer Lt. Aaron Allan, who was killed in the line of duty 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.

IPO filing – Merchants Bancorp has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to a proposed initial public offering of shares of its common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the proposed offering have not yet been determined. In connection with the initial public offering, Merchants intends to list its common stock on The Nasdaq Capital Market under the ticker symbol MBIN.

Promotions – SYM Financial Advisors is pleased to announce the promotion of Brandon Stewart, CFP to Associate Financial Advisor. SYM also announced the promotion of Kaleigh Stoddard, CFP to Associate Financial Advisor.

New financial advisor – SYM Financial Advisors extends a warm welcome to Ethan Brown, who joined SYM in March as a client service representative.

Business award nominations – OneZone will honor outstanding local businesses and individuals at its third annual Business Excellence Awards Luncheon on Dec. 13 at Ritz Charles. Applications for all awards are available online at and must be submitted by the Oct. 16 deadline.


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