Carmel in brief — April 17, 2018


Correction – In the April 10 edition of Current in Carmel, the name of the Prairie Trace Elementary principal was misspelled. Her name is Jill Schipp.

CarmelFest grand marshal named – Winner of “The Voice” and Carmel’s own Josh Kaufman will be the grand marshal of the 2018 Centier Bank CarmelFest Parade on July 4. Florida-born Kaufman has been a staple of the Indianapolis music scene, as a soloist and band member of The New Etiquette, for more than 15 years with his soulful, R&B-influenced sound. His stardom grew when he was crowned winner of the sixth season of NBC’s “The Voice” in 2014. Kaufman will perform from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 3 at the gazebo.

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.

Support staff of the year – Carmel Clay Schools is in search of the 2018 CCS Support Staff of the Year. Nominate a staff member for the honor by April 25 at Nominations will be reviewed by a district-wide selection committee and the winner will be announced in May.

Safest cities – The National Council for Home Safety and Security reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with their own population data and internal research. The results show that Carmel is the third safest city in Indiana. Zionsville topped the list and Fishers ranked fourth. Rankings were based on both violent crimes and property crimes.

Source: National Council for Home Safety and Security

Volunteer docents needed – The Carmel Clay Historical Society is seeking volunteer docents to staff exhibits at the Monon Depot. The job consists of greeting visitors and sharing about Carmel’s history. Training will be provided. For more information, visit

Democratic Women of Hamilton County – The Democratic Women of Hamilton County will meet at 9:30 a.m. April 21 at the at Delaware Township Trustee Building, 9090 E. 131st St., Fishers. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions of current candidates.

Sail and Power Squadron elections – The Hoosier Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadron, announces the installation of its 2018-19 bridge members. New officers are: Commander – David Drashil; Executive Officer – Jason Settles; Education Officer – James Duncan; Assistant Education Officer – Robert Beall; Secretary – Holly Settles; Treasurer – Nancy Beall. For more information, visit

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. A panel discussion will follow the film. Register at

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.

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

Breyer Fun Day – The Museum of Miniature Houses presents Breyer Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 21. Enjoy the Breyer horses in our permanent collection, enhanced with manes and tails made from real hair, handmade bridles and saddles, and costumed riders. Children can paint their own Breyer Stablemate 4-inch horse with materials provided.

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 by Toy Factory. For more, 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. 

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 now through 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.

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.

STEM contest open – Applications are being accepted for the 2018 Governor’s STEM Team. The competition is open to high school students interested in STEM subjects. Winners will receive scholarships and STEM Team letter jackets. For more, visit Deadline to apply is April 22.

Celebrations series – The Museum of Miniature Houses presents its Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship series Wednesdays at noon. The next session will be held on April 25. Woodworker Lee Ellis presents his process and his work. Ellis specializes in making bowls from tree burls.

Arbor Day event Help plant trees along the Monon Greenway from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 27. Join Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation to help complete an environmental restoration project. You’ll assist with the planting of native trees in areas that have seen high amounts of dead ash tree removal due to the emerald ash borer. Volunteers will help plant trees in predetermined locations on the Monon Greenway near 136th Street area.

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.

Ladies night out – The Black Iris Estate, 5801 E. 116th St., will host the third annual Ladies Sip n Shop event from 6 to 8 p.m. May 9. Over 75 local boutique vendors will be on site, along with wine and chocolate tasting, and mini-spa treatments. Admission is free.

Bike Carmel – The City of Carmel will host Family Fun Rides during the summer months. Upcoming dates include: May 12 at Prairie Trace Elementary; June 9 at Woodbrook Elementary; Aug. 11 at University Green in West Clay. For all events, registration begins at 10 a.m. with ride beginning at 11 a.m. Rides are free and are 2-5 miles with stops along the way on paths and trails.

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.

Photo contest – The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring its fifth annual photo contest for youth and adults who reside in Hamilton County. Each age division has two categories – Then and Now, and Pollinators in Color. Digital files must be submitted by June 27. Additional information and entry forms are located 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, email

Child abuse prevention – April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Family Support Services of West Central Indiana is urging the community to help bring awareness to the issue. Businesses are encouraged to decorate windows and doors with blue ribbons to show support. In addition, posters can be obtained by calling 765-653-4820.

Grants awarded – A Hamilton County Tourism Inc. program will grant more than $100,000 to community and sports-related organizations this year. Local nonprofits, downtown and arts development organizations and area festivals are just a few of the more than two dozen fund recipients. For a list of this year’s recipients, visit and click on What We Do.

Bridges projects wins award – Hamilton County Parks and Recreation recently received a second award for the Historic Bridges Project. Two decommissioned bridges from other counties were moved to Hamilton County, restored and joined with a third in Koteewi Park. The Great Lakes Park Training Institute has recognized Hamilton County Parks and Recreation with their Outstanding Facility Award for the project.

Healthy counties reportSmartAsset has released its second annual study on America’s Healthiest Places. In Indiana, Hamilton County ranked the healthiest. Rankings were based on life expectancy, healthy behaviors and healthcare access.


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

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

Bolt named CFO – Carmel-based Blue Horseshoe, a fast-growing global software firm specializing in supply chain and logistics, has announced the hiring of Monica Bolt as its first full-time chief financial officer.

Fraud prevention seminar – Hamilton County senior citizens are invited to a free fraud prevention event from 9:30 a.m. to noon April 25 at Noblesville Nazarene Church, 1399 Greenfield Ave. The event features exhibitor booths, a screening of $CAMMED: Investment Fraud Revealed, a panel discussion, lunch, and Q&A. RSVP by calling 317-674-8777 no later than April 20.

Oliver’s Twist pop-up shop – Local paper and gift shop Oliver’s Twist will operate a pop-up shop in Carmel City Center’s beauty+grace while their new location is under construction in the Baldwin & Chambers building. Customers can enjoy a wide selection of paper goods and gifts from Oliver’s Twist while shopping for the latest in women’s fashion and accessories from beauty+grace.

Forum 400 member named – Dean Harder, founder of The OYRI Group, has been named to the Forum 400 organization. The organization is limited to 400 members nationwide in the personal financial services industry. Harder is only the fourth member from Indiana to be admitted to the group

Gassen joins board – Carol Gassen, VP, Chief Compliance and CRA Officer of Carmel-based Merchants Bank of Indiana, is joining the board of the Community Investment Fund of Indiana, a small-business lender.

Popular cities named – moveBuddha, the online relocation specialist, has named Carmel to its list of most popular mid-sized cities. Its rankings were based on user data from its website. Carmel was ranked 29th in the nation among cities with populations from 50,000 to 100,000.


Safety award given – Vine & Branch has been awarded the Tree Care Industry Association Safety Award. Vine & Branch was one of just seven companies in the nation to receive this award recognizing their proactive program to address safety issues.

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