Carmel in brief — April 10, 2018


CarmelFest Has Talent – Registration is open for CarmelFest Has Talent, the annual vocal competition that takes place at CarmelFest in July. This year, the competition is open to vocalists and other types of performers. The three categories are: 15 and younger, 16 and older and solo instrumentalist and ensembles. The application process will end May 25. For more details and registration, visit CarmelFest Has Talent is presented by Indy Connect.

CCHS Spring Luncheon – A historic fashion show featuring outfits from various time periods will highlight the Carmel Clay Historical Society’s annual luncheon, set for 1 to 3 p.m. April 15 at Woodland Terrace, 689 Pro-Med Lane in Carmel. The event will also include a light lunch and presentation of the Heritage Award to Clay Township Trustee Doug Callahan. It is open to the public. Tickets cost $25 for CCHS members and $30 for non-members. Visit for tickets.

Chaucie’s Place breakfast – Chaucie’s Place will hold a breakfast featuring keynote speaker Jenna Quinn from 7:30 to 9 a.m. April 27 at Ritz Charles, 12156 N. Meridian St. in Carmel. Reserve a free ticket at

Forest Dale mulch sale – The Forest Dale PTO is selling a variety of mulches from Musselman Farms. Delivery is free to homes in Carmel, Fishers, Westfield and Noblesville. The order form is available at Orders must be placed by noon April 18 and 19 for delivery on April 25 and 26, respectively. At least 3 cubic yards must be ordered. Contact Rebecca Horrocks at or Debbie Neumann at for more information.

Candidate forum – The Carmel Clay Republican Club is presenting its 2018 Republican Candidate forum at 5:30 p.m. April 19 at City Hall, 1 Civic Square. All congressional, state and local candidates have been invited. Appetizers, snacks and drinks will be provided by the Carmel Clay Republican Club and The Hamilton County Federation of Republican Women. Questions may be directed to Peg Durrer at 317-408-0200.

Civil War Roundtable – Scholar and author David Finney will speak on “The Final Days of Stonewall Jackson” at the April 11 meeting of the Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable, set for 7 p.m. at Carmel City Hall, 1 Civic Square. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Student a semi-finalist – Sophia Tragesser from Carmel High School has been honored as a semi-finalist and honorable mention winner in the 49th annual national Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship Competition. The awards are granted to high school seniors for the best all-around presentations including an explanation of why they are planning careers in government service. For more, visit

Free gardening help – The Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District staff are available for free site visits to any backyard and community vegetable garden in Hamilton County. Staff can provide guidance with planning, advice on weed and pest management, soil health information, and much more. To schedule a site visit, email or call 317-773-2181. In addition, tip sheets and many other online resources on a number of gardening topics are available at

Creative writers meetings – Carmel Creative Writers wants to give writers of all levels and genres the opportunity to network, learn and share. Join us for our meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Hoosier Salon, 22 N. Range Line Rd. Guest speakers, a yearly anthology, and input on your writing samples are all part of our meetings. For more information, email

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 April 11. Kristina Oliver, experimental abstract artist, presents her work in acrylic, oil pastels and alcohol inks. 

State fair registration open – Registration is now open for all competitions for the 2018 Indiana State Fair. Competitors can choose from 38 categories, including vegetables, livestock, photography and textiles. All ages are welcome to compete for cash prizes and 8,292 blue ribbons to be awarded. For registration information, visit

Historical speaker series – The Carmel Clay Historical Society 2018 Speaker Series kicks off with Honoring Indiana’s Special Role in World War I at 7 p.m. April 12 at the Carmel Clay Public Library’s Program Room. This program will be presented by Jim Corridan, State Archivist and Director of the Indiana Commission on Public Records. This event is free. Visit for more information.

Suicide prevention training – Chaucie’s Place, 4607 E. 106th St., Carmel, will host QPR training from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 14. QPR stands for Question.Persuade.Refer. 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 is $25. Register online at

The Great War exhibit – The Carmel Clay Historical Society will host The Great War: From Ration Lines to the Front Lines, one of the Indiana Historical traveling exhibits, from April 14-May 13. The exhibit showcases Indiana’s contributions to the war effort and the war’s long-lasting effects, and will be on display at the Monon Depot Museum, 211 1st St. SW.

Local author fair – The Carmel Clay Public Library will host a local author fair from 1 to 4 p.m. April 14 in the Program Room. Drop in anytime to meet writers in our community and explore local talent. A range of both fiction and nonfiction books will be available to purchase for both children and adults.

Screenagers movie – Midwest Academy, 1420 Chase Ct., will host a showing of the film: Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age from 6 to 8 p.m. April 18. Learn about the digital age our teenagers are living in. A panel discussion will follow the film.

Tri Kappa bingo night – Carmel Tri Kappa will host Bingo For Brainy Bucks at 6 p.m. April 19 at the Bridgewater Club, 3535 E. 161st St. Tickets are $25 and include bingo, light refreshments, and silent auction. Funds raised will provide scholarships for high school senior women. Contact Lisa McMullen at to reserve your tickets.

Library progress update – The Carmel Clay Public Library will hold a progress update and public input session at 6:30 April 19 in the Program Room. Come hear the latest news regarding our future vision for the library and share your reactions and questions.

Taste Sip Savor – Trinity Free Clinic will host Taste Sip Savor from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 21 at the Bridgewater Club, 3535 E. 161st St. The tasting event features foods, wines, desserts and more. Tickets are $75 for general admission or $100 for VIP admission. Register at For more information, contact Autumn Zawadzki at 317-669-6926, or

Fortune Academy fundraiser – The Fortune Academy will hold its 16th Annual Celebration Fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m. April 21 at 502 East Event Center in Carmel. Tickets start at $100 and include silent auction, raffles, live auction, dinner and cocktails, and live entertainment from Toy Factory. Visit

Shredding event – Comprehensive Retirement Solutions presents Earth Day Shredding and Recycling Fest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21 at 11595 N. Meridian St. Boxes of documents can be shredded for $10 per box. Clothing and electronics will be accepted as well. For a list of accepted electronics, visit and select the recycling tab. 

Aspergers adults to meet – Indianapolis Adults With Aspergers will meet for an Earth Day hike at 12:30 p.m. April 22. The hike will begin at Hubbard & Cravens, 6229 Carrollton Ave., Indianapolis. We will take a walk along the canal and have some coffee.

Restored fundraiser – Donatello’s Italian Restaurant will host a fundraiser for Restored, Inc., an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that addresses human sex trafficking throughout the state. The event is a four-course wine dinner at 7 p.m. on April 24. Tickets cost $75, which includes a charitable donation but not tax or tip. They can be purchased at 9 W. Main Street in Carmel or online at

Support clean water – Ferguson Enterprises and Kohler will host Clarity: An Evening to Support Clean Water at 7 p.m. April 26 at 200 S. Range Line Rd. Cost is $40 and includes dinner, drinks and entertainment. All proceeds benefit the Kohler Clarity Initiative. Kohler Clarity filters out bacteria and provides up to 40 liters of safe water each day- enough for a small family. Visit for tickets.

Cowpokes & Cocktails – Eiteljorg Museum presents Cowpokes & Cocktails from 6 to 11 p.m. April 28 at Fitness Farm, 2525 W. 44th St. This is a high-end fundraiser that includes exquisite food, a cocktail contest, silent and live auction. Kristi Lee of the “Bob & Tom Show” will serve as emcee and auctioneer. Tickets start at $200 and are available at

Award nominees sought – Indiana Landmarks seeks nominations for the Servaas Memorial Award and the Williamson Prize. Both awards go to those interested in historic preservation. Winners in each category will receive a cash prize and an original wood sculpture. For details, visit Nominations are due by May 1.

St. Augustine Guild luncheon – The St. Augustine Guild Annual Luncheon, Silent Auction and Style Show will be held at 10:30 a.m. May 2 at Ritz Charles in Carmel. The event will benefit The Little Sisters of the Poor, to help fund their work with the elderly needy of the area. Tickets are $55, and may be reserved before April 20 by calling 317-294-1955.

Golden Hoosier nominations – Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 Golden Hoosier Awards. To be eligible for the award, nominees must be Indiana residents, aged 65 or older and have been a volunteer in the community for the past three years. Nomination forms are available at and are due by May 14.

Cadet Law Enforcement Academy – The Indiana Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Academy is currently accepting applications for the 2018 class. The Academy is limited to the first 50 applicants. Registration is open to students in grades 9-12. Cost is $300 and is due by June 1. Visit for more information.

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

Now open – No Label at the Table is now open at 111 W. Main St, Suite 145. The gluten- and dairy-free food company employs and provides job skills training to people on the autism spectrum. The shop includes a bakery that allows adults with disabilities to sell their products and have an opportunity for self-employment. For more, visit

Entrepreneurship series – Carmel Clay Public Library will host Starting Your Business With a Franchise from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 30. Join speaker Bill Higgins, the local owner of Hoodz Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning. Higgins will share his journey as a franchise owner. Register at

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