Carmel in brief — February 6, 2018


Corrections – In the Jan. 23 edition of Current in Carmel, a story on the White Stone Project incorrectly stated Sarah Hurley’s title. She is the founder of Kristy’s House. Also, in a Jan. 30 story on Suburban Indy Shows, some information was misstated. The shows at the Indianapolis Fairgrounds are still in operation.

Suspects sought – Carmel police are searching for two suspects accused of using stolen credit cards. The victim reported her wallet stolen Jan. 11 in Indianapolis, and soon after the cards were used to make purchases at the Target and Best Buy stores on Michigan Road in Carmel. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Carmel Police Dept. at 317-571-2500 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477.

Drive through ashes – Carmel United Methodist Church, 621 S. Range Line Road, will provide drive through ashes from 6 to 9 a.m. on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14. Additionally, a lunch-break Ash Wednesday service will be offered at noon, a preschool service at 12:45 p.m. and a traditional hour-long service at 6:30p.m. For more call 317-844-7275.

World War I stories wanted – Do you have a local ancestor who served in World War I? Then we want to share his or her story! The Carmel Clay Historical Society is hosting the traveling exhibit The Great War, from Ration Lines to the Front Lines from April 11 to May 16. As part of that, we will celebrate the locals who served in the war. Please contact Katherine Dill at if you have an ancestor’s story to share.

Summer camp registration – Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation is accepting registrations for its 2018 Summer Camp Series. Camps begin June 4 and take place Monday-Friday through August 3. Parents can enroll their children in just one week of camp or the full summer based on their needs and availability. Camps fill up quickly, so parents are encouraged to register online at soon.

Hettiger to attend Augustana – Kate Hettiger, a standout athlete from Carmel High School in Carmel, has announced that she’ll be continuing her education and lacrosse career at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Hettiger is planning to major in biology and pre-physical therapy.

Gifts delivered by puppies – In need of an unusual Valentine’s Day gift? Have a smart and lovable ICAN service dog or puppy in training deliver a one-of-a-kind gift box loaded with special gifts that will light up the love of your life for Valentine’s Day. Delivery orders are being accepted through Feb. 7 and can be made online at

Addiction support group – Parents of Addicted Loved Ones 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.

Coat distribution – Coats are still available through the Hamilton County Kids Coats program. Upcoming dates include: 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.

Civil War Roundtable – The Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable invites members and guests to bring their spouses to its February meeting to hear Michael B. Murphy talk about a Scott County Indiana family and their war efforts by sending 33 of its family members to war. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Carmel Clay Public Library. Since the meeting is on Valentine’s Day, a special surprise will be presented to the members, spouses and guests.

100+ Women Who Care meeting – 100+ Women Who Care will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Hamilton East Public Library. The group financially supports local charities. Each woman at the meeting nominates a local nonprofit and the group votes. The organization with the most votes wins all the money donated during the meeting. Our goal is to reach 100+ women who each donate $100, raising $10,000 for the local charity. For more, visit

STEM online for girls – Governor Holcomb is inviting female high school students to explore their interest in the computer science and technology field by joining the Girls Go CyberStart program, an online series of challenges that allow students to solve cybersecurity-related puzzles and explore relevant topics, such as cryptography and digital forensics. Register online at until Feb. 16.

Amateur radio class – The Central Indiana Amateur Radio Association will host a free one-day class followed by testing for a federal amateur radio license. The class will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in Conference Room “B” of St.Vincent Carmel Hospital, 13500 N. Meridian St. The class will be a review of material found in the Ham Radio License Manual. The test immediately follows the class. For more, call 317-224-9433.

Winter reading program – The Carmel Clay Public Library introduces its winter reading program for adults. The program will run from now through Mar.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, 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 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

Genealogy classes – The Carmel Clay Public Library offers a variety of genealogy classes and workshops. Genealogy labs are open Thursdays in February from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 to 8:45 p.m. – drop in and use the genealogy database with help from volunteers. Newspaper Archive class, 1 to 2 p.m. Feb. 20 – learn how to search for ancestors in the newspaper archive. For more, call 317-844-3362.

Design Showcase event – The Indiana Design Center is pleased to announce the 2018 LUXE Design Showcase event line-up and design celebrity guests, to be held Feb. 9 and 10. The two-day event is designed to inspire and be the resource for home design, remodeling and custom building projects. Full details can be found at

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 Feb. 14 and will be led by Pam Newell, pastel and oil paints artist. Newell has a passion for plein air painting but also works on indoor studio pieces as well.

Sustainability update – Carmel Green Initiative presents Indiana’s Path to Sustainability from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Carmel Clay Public Library. Janet McCabe, Assistant Director for Policy and Implementation at IU’s new Environmental Resilience Institute, will discuss the many positive environmental efforts underway in Indiana and how residents can get involved. For more, visit or call 317-815-9941.

Envirothon contest now open – Registration is open for high school students 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.

Spring art contest – The Carmel Arts Council is taking entries from students in grades pre-K to 12, Peer Program & PALS for its spring art contest. Entries must be spring-themed, original works of art on 8.5” x 11” inch paper and submitted to The Great Frame Up, 211st Street SW, in Carmel. Only one entry per artist will be judged. The deadline is February 26 at 6 p.m.

Town hall meeting – State Sen. John Ruckelshaus (R-Indianapolis) will host a bipartisan town hall meeting during the 2018 legislative session with State Reps. Carey Hamilton (D-Indianapolis) and Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis). The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. March 1 at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., Indianapolis.

Snowplow painting – INDOT East Central District invites high schools to paint an INDOT snowplow blade with original artwork to represent their school. In addition to being seen in service during winter 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, visit

Citizens Academy – Applications are being accepted for the spring session of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Citizens Academy. The 12-week course is held on Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30 with classes running from March 8 through May 24. There is no charge for participants to attend the academy which is open to area residents 18 years of age and older. More information and applications are available at

Casino night – Congregation Shaarey Tefilla, 3085 W. 116th St., will hold its 18th Annual Casino Night & Silent Auction at 7:30 p.m. March 10. Tickets are $25 per person and include Las Vegas style gambling, a $10 voucher towards silent auction, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Visit to order tickets.

World War I stories wanted –The Carmel Clay Historical Society is hosting a traveling exhibit, “The Great War, from Ration Lines to the Front Lines,” from April 11 to May 16. CCHS is looking to celebrate the locals who served in World War I. Please contact Katherine Dill at if you have an ancestor’s story to share.

Hettiger to attend Augustana – Kate Hettiger, a standout athlete from Carmel High School in Carmel, has announced that she’ll continue her education and lacrosse career at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. Hettiger is planning to major in biology and pre-physical therapy.

Best of Carmel – Meridian North Imaging Center has been selected for the 2017 Best of Carmel Award in the Medical Diagnostic Imaging Center category by the Carmel Award Program. The center is among a very small group of companies to win the award five consecutive years, qualifying it for the 2017 Carmel Business Hall of Fame. For more, visit

New partner named – Wooden McLaughlin has announced that Carmel resident John Babione was named a partner in January. Babione’s practice focuses on product liability litigation, including asbestos litigation, as well as defense of businesses in a wide range of other types of claims such those arising from personal injury, property damage and warranty disputes.

Parent Voices director hired – Donna Hammock of Carmel has joined Damar Services as director of Parent Voices, a program that helps parents of children being served by Damar navigate the care experience, meet other parents and learn through educational workshops.

Finding Good Employees – SCORE will offer a workshop to help local small businesses hire good employees from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 21 at the Pyramids. SCORE is a volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the success of small business in Central Indiana. The workshop includes a highly interactive panel discussion with representatives from Employ Indy, Indiana Department of Work Force Development and The Morales Group. Register at

OneZone officers elected – Jeff Welch, FORUM Credit Union Chief Financial Officer, has been named Chair of OneZone’s 2018 Board of Directors. Other Executive Committee members include: Courtney Lloyd – Chair-elect; Michael Drewry – Secretary; Katie Smardo – Treasurer; Matt Frey – At Large. Incoming board members include: Gary Fammartino, Kathy Krusie, and John Wick.

Entrepreneurship series – Carmel Clay Public Library will host Selecting Your Business & Kitchen Table Entrepreneurship from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26. Join speaker Saidah Pearsall, founder of Shea Bodyworks, as she shares her journey from a transforming a kitchen table business to a retail and online store.

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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