Carmel in brief — May 8, 2018

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Monon Trail utility work – Utility work has begun on the Monon Trail from City Center Drive to Elm Street. Crews will be clearing brush, undergrowth and trees, making it possible to provide the necessary drainage infrastructure for the ongoing expansion of the Monon Greenway corridor. The trail will remain open during the work.

Garden club honored – Spring Green Garden Club of Carmel was awarded a first place in the Club Activities division at The Garden Club of Indiana, Inc. state convention held recently in Michigan City. The club was established to educate community members and leaders on environmental issues facing Carmel and Hamilton County; and promote gardening and conservation within our community.

Golf outing – Carmel Football Alumni will hold a golf outing on May 18 at Brookshire Golf Club. Cost for golf and dinner is $99 per person. For dinner only, the cost is $15. The format is a four-man Florida scramble. Check-in begins at noon with first tee time at 12:30 p.m. Visit carmelfootballalumniclub.com to register.

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.

Soccer team dominates – Carmel FC (the travel soccer team division of Carmel Dad’s Club) girl’s U11 gold team recently traveled to Louisville to compete in their Louisville Cup Soccer Tournament. Carmel played elite teams from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, and won their division with a dominating effort.

Nature classroom certification – The Goddard School, 10445 Commerce Dr., has earned national recognition as a Certified Nature Explore Classroom from the Nature Explore program. The school provides outdoor classrooms that encourage exploration, creativity, play, and nature-based learning.

Serving on the seas – Fire Controlman 2nd Class Tori Page of Carmel sweeps during a freshwater washdown aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook. The destroyer is on its seventh patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners, and U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alyssa Weeks / Released)

Ladies tea – Fellowship in Christ Church, 310 N. Range Line Rd., will host Coffee, Tea, and Thee for ladies from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning May 2. This is open to all women in the community and there is no cost to attend.

Volunteer docents needed – The Carmel Clay Historical Society needs 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 CarmelClayHistory.org.

Wine, Wags & Whiskers – Wine, Wags & Whiskers will be from 6 to 9 p.m. May 11 at the Renaissance North, 11925 N. Meridian St. Tickets start at $65 include: wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres, dessert, music and silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society for Hamilton County. Purchase tickets online at WineWagsAndWhiskers.com.

Civil War Roundtable – Dr. Curt Fields will present “An Evening with General Ulysses S. Grant: The Man Behind the Uniform” at the May 9 meeting of the Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable at Carmel City Hall, 1 Civic Square. Fields has portrayed the general in films, posters and re-enactments. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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.

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.

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 May 9. Lucy Newton, member of the Indianapolis Arts Chorale, joins playwright, actress and soprano MaryAnne Mathews, for a program of songs.

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

Free constitution sessionsThe Constitution Party will host a series of free sessions on the Constitution. Sessions will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month from now through July at Old National Banking Center, 385 S. Main St., Zionsville. Nick Frecker will lead the series and will be using The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution by Brion McClanahan. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the sessions.

Spectrum of Food – Adults with Aspergers will hold Spectrum of Food at 7 p.m. May 18 at Platform 24, 12400 N. Meridian St. For more, visit meetup.com/Indianapolis-Adults-with-Aspergers-High-Functioning-Autism/.

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 trooper.org/camps 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 hamiltonswcd.org/photo-contest.html.

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 rcjennings5@gmail.com.

Angelman Sydrome walk – The Angelman Syndrome Foundation will sponsor Walk For a Cure May 19 at West Park, 2700 W. 116th St. Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk will begin at 9 a.m. For more, visit angelman.org.

Suicide prevention training – Chaucie’s Place, 4607 E. 106th St., Carmel, will host QPR training from 9 to 11 a.m. May 22. 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 $15. Register online at EventBrite.com.

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 IndianaMeditation.org.

Model home grand opening – David Weekley Homes will hold a model home unveiling 4 to 7 p.m. May 10 at 13626 Woodside Hollow Drive in the community of Woodside at West Clay. The event includes refreshments and a chance to win a $200 Visa gift card. For more information about David Weekley Homes in Woodside at West Clay, call 317-669-8625.

Pedal Perks – The Pedal Perks program is back for its second year with even more businesses offering deals to bicyclists. The ride-and-save discount program is an affordable way for locals and visitors to explore the area on bikes. Just show proof of your ride to local merchants (a photo will do) to receive discounts. A full list of the deals can be found at PedalPerks.org.

Jacob Pickett fundraiser – Applebee’s will host a Dining to Donate from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 16. Fifteen percent of each customer’s bill will be donated to the family of Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett, a Zionsville resident who was killed in the line of duty while serving the Lebanon Police Department and citizens of Indiana on March 2. Most locations in Central Indiana will participate in this fundraiser. Customers must mention the donation program when ordering.

New VP named – Carmel resident Dennis Ressler, CPA, was named Hendricks Regional Health vice president of finance and chief financial officer. He most recently served as Executive Director of Finance at St. Vincent Kokomo.

Real estate update – Sellers in Carmel are seeing their home values soar. According to F.C. Tucker, the average sale price for homes sold in Carmel in March was $390,874, a 14.2 percent price increase. Homes in the city sold just two days faster than this time last year at 75 days.

gBETA particpants named – Startup accelerator gener8tor has announced the participants of its gBETA Indy Spring 2018 cohort. gBETA is a free accelerator for early-stage companies with local roots. The program is capped at five teams, and requires no fees and no equity. Participants receive coaching, access to corporate partners and investors, and office hours with legal experts. Codelicious, founded by Carmel resident Christine McDonnell, was one of the five businesses selected.

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