Carmel in brief — January 16, 2018


Golf event helps local charities – Two local charities each received $8,400 checks from the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Charity Golf Event. The Merciful HELP Center of Carmel serves 750 families a month through its food pantry. The funds will be used to help stock the pantry. The Holy Trinity Youth Ministries serve various needs supporting youth and the needy locally. The funds will enable these youth groups to expand their reach to more of those in need.

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 March 9.

Bop to the Top – More than 1,000 people are expected to climb 780 steps to the top of the One America Building in downtown Indianapolis Jan. 20 at the annual Bop to the Top fundraiser for Riley Hospital for Children. The event begins at 8:30 a.m., with registration open until 11:30 a.m. More info and online registration is available at Read the full story at

Coat distribution – Coats are available through the Hamilton County Kids Coats program. Upcoming dates include: Jan. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m.; Feb. 3 from 9 to 11:30 a.m.; Feb. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Feb. 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. These are walk-in hours at Merciful H.E.L.P., 1045 W. 146th St., Carmel. For more, call 317-324-8818.

Breakfast Club – The Hamilton County Republican Party will hold the first Breakfast Club meeting of 2018 at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 17 at Market District in Carmel. Speakers will be a panel of the city council presidents from Carmel, Westfield, Noblesville and Fishers discussing upcoming projects and their plans for the year. RSVPs must be made and paid in advance for the January Breakfast Club Meeting at or by email at [email protected]. Memberships are $175. Individual breakfasts are $20.

Elder care seminar – Somerset CPAs and Advisors, 3925 River Crossing Pkwy., Indianapolis, will host an elder care seminar from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 30. Learn about Medicaid, asset protection planning, reverse mortgages, home care and more. To register, call 317-472-2200.

Celebrations series – The Museum of Miniature Houses presents its Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship series on Wednesdays at noon. The next session will be held on Jan. 24 and will be led by Garret Mathews, playwright and oral historian. Mathews will present “How I am using my interview with a snake handler to write a stage play for 2018 Indy Fringe.”

Winter reading program – The Carmel Clay Public Library is having a winter reading program for adults. The program will run from now through March 12. Participants can earn restaurant coupons for reading, with a chance to win a $50 gift card to a local business or restaurant. For more information, call 317-814-3987.

Suicide prevention training – Chaucie’s Place, 4607 E. 106th St., Carmel, will host QPR training from 5:30 to 7:30 Jan. 30 and Feb. 20. QPR stands for Question.Persuade.Refer and the method was developed to detect and respond to anyone exhibiting suicide warning signs. QPR is an evidence-based prevention program backed by 30 years of research. Cost to attend either of the stand-alone sessions is $15. Register online at

Stewards of Children – Parents and adults who work with children can learn how to prevent child sexual abuse by registering for Stewards of Children. This program teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react to child sexual abuse. Chaucie’s Place, 4607 E. 106th St., Carmel, is offering the program from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Cost is $15. For more, visit

Envirothon contest now open – Registration is now open for high school students to sign up for this spring’s Central Region Envirothon contest hosted by the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District. Each team will study resource problems in five environmental areas. Teams may consist of members from a variety of organizations: clubs at school, Scouts, home schooled students, and 4-H Clubs. The deadline for Envirothon coaches to register their teams is Feb. 23. For more, visit or contact Ginger Davis at 317-773-2181.

Scholarship opportunity – The Old Town Design Group, LLC of Carmel has established the Orchard Project Scholarship to provide tuition assistance to a Hamilton County student preparing for a career in the construction industry. The scholarship of $2,500 will go to a high school senior or undergraduate student enrolled or planning to enroll in a construction related program at an accredited college, university or technical school. For an application, call 317-816-3151 or e-mail [email protected].

Best of Senior Living – Carmel Senior Living in Carmel was named a 2018 Best of Senior Living Award Winner on, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America and Canada. This honor represents the top one percent of senior living providers and is based on online reviews written by seniors and their families.

Frankenstein’s birthday – In honor of the 200th birthday of Frankenstein, Indiana Humanities is presenting “One State/One Story: Frankenstein,” an ambitious slate of programming around the classic novel. More than 70 communities across the state will participate by hosting read-a-thons, community reads, college and university programs and more. More information about the individual programs through libraries and schools is available at

Alzheimer’s LGBT support group – The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter offers free education and support groups for families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. LGBT Caregiver Concerns support group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 3106 E. Carmel Dr. The next meeting will be held on Jan. 17.

Addiction support group – Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL) is a support group for parents who have children dealing with drug addiction. Meetings are on Monday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Carmel Christian Church, 463 E. Main St. The meetings are for those over the age of 18, no exceptions will be made for anyone under 18. There is no charge to attend.

Small business workshop – OneZone presents SCORE Workshop for Small Business: Protecting Your Intellectual Property from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 24 at The Hagerman Group, 10315 Allisonville Rd., Fishers. The workshop will be led by Norman Hedges, an attorney specializing in intellectual property law. Register online at Reservations are required as space is limited.

Entrepreneurship workshop – The Carmel Clay Public Library will host Discovering Your Inner Entrepreneur & Downtown Carmel from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29. Bruce Kimball, Carmel City Councilor will be the featured speaker. This will be a practical guide to evaluating entrepreneurship in 2018 and learning basic business models.

Century award nominations – The state of Indiana is accepting nominations for the Governor’s Century and Half Century Business Awards, which honor Hoosier businesses that have remained in operation for at least 100 or 50 years, respectively, and have a demonstrated a commitment to serving the community. Applications are due by Feb. 16. Visit for more information or to apply.


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