Carmel in brief — June 19, 2018


Home Place board — The City of Carmel is seeking nominations for a new, temporary advisory board required in the ordinance that outlines what must take place when Home Place joined the City of Carmel. The board will advise the city should excess money remain in a special property tax fund designated to be invested in the Home Place area. The board will only serve until all of the property taxes impounded in the fund are spent. Interested persons should send a resume and cover letter to Sharon Kibbe at [email protected] by June 25.

CarmelFest fireworks – This year’s CarmelFest fireworks will commence at 9:45 p.m. on the Fourth of July and last approximately 25 minutes. They will be launched north of The Palladium and to the east of the Monon Trail. Synchronized music will be provided on CHS radio station WHJE 91.3 FM. 

Ivy Tech top fundraiser – The Ivy Tech Foundation has ranked as the top fundraiser among community college systems nationwide, according to a survey conducted by the Council for Aid to Education. This is the ninth consecutive year that Ivy Tech has topped the list. Approximately 90 percent of the funds raised are used for scholarships, instructional equipment, and educational programs, meaning that millions of dollars are invested each year to directly enhance student success.  

Construction accident – A construction worker is recovering after being stuck in a collapsed hole on a work site on Horbeck Street in The Village of West Clay. Carmel Fire Dept. spokesman Tim Griffin said that emergency responders were able to dig him out in less than an hour. He was transported to the hospital in stable condition with “possible lower leg injuries,” Griffin said. The Westfield Fire Dept. assisted with the rescue.

Serve Indiana awards – Nominations are being accepted for the Serve Indiana Awards for Excellence. Categories include volunteerism, youth volunteerism, corporate service award and several others. Nominations are due by June 29. For more information, visit and type Serve Indiana in the search box.

Garage sale – Scout Troop 132 will host a garage sale fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 30 at the American Legion Post 155, 852 W. Main St. Clothing, furniture, and other household items will be available. Proceeds will benefit the troop.

Lugar Series seeks applicants – The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series is accepting applications for its 29th annual class. The Lugar Series mission is to increase the number and influence of Republican women in governmental positions at all levels. Applicants should have demonstrated leadership skills in their fields of work or community service. Applications are due Aug. 1 and are available by visiting or by calling 317-536-6900.

Torchbearer nominations sought – The Indiana Commission for Women is seeking nominations for the 2018 Torchbearer Awards, the state’s most prestigious recognition of women. Recipients are selected from a pool of publicly nominated candidates who have overcome adversity, made extraordinary contributions, or demonstrated achievement in their professional careers, community leadership and public service. For a nomination form, visit and type torchbearer in the search box. Nominations are due by July 6.   

Hoosier Women Forward applications – Democratic women across the state who want to see more women in government and care about women’s issues are encouraged to apply for the Hoosier Women Forward leadership development program right now. HWF will select a group of 20 to 25 outstanding Democratic women each year through a competitive application process to participate in its nine-month leadership training program. Applications are being accepted through July 3 and can be found online at

Military personnel sought – RE/MAX Legends of Indianapolis is organizing the Military Tribute Grand Finale for the CarmelFest Parade on July 4. All past, present, and newly enlisted participants in any military branch as well as family members of service personnel are eligible to participate. Vehicles will be provided for those unable to walk the parade route. To participate, call 317-407-1445.

Breakfast Club meeting – The June Breakfast Club Meeting will be at 7:30 a.m. June 20 at The Bridgewater Club, 3535 E. 161st St., Carmel. Guest speakers will include Mayor Andy Cook, Judge Paul Felix and Judge Steve Nation, who will discuss the Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program. Cost is $20. RSVPs and payment must be made online at and are due by June 18.

Free Constitution sessions – The 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.

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. This is open to all women in the community and there is no cost to attend.

Solar workshops – The City of Carmel is partnering with Carmel Green Initiative and other Hamilton County communities to co-host Rooftop Solar Workshops. Attendees will learn the basics about this new technology, how net metering affects return on investment and how to select a solar installer.  All workshops are free and open to everyone. Upcoming workshops include: June 23 – Westfield; June 24 – Carmel; July 18 – Fishers. Visit for times and locations.

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 June 27. Nineteen-year-old award winning singer and songwriter sensation Maria Diebolt performs. Her largest crowd was the Circle of Lights Christmas tree lighting celebration in Indianapolis, performing for over 100,000 people as well as a live TV audience.

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

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 this program from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 27. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Cost is $15. For more information visit

Pillar Award nominations sought – Legacy Fund is accepting nominations for its Community Pillar Awards through June 30. Nominees should be individuals or corporations doing visionary work to solve pressing challenges and create a brighter future for Hamilton County in three leadership areas—college readiness and success, family success and inspiring places. For more, visit

Cycling for Survivors – 2018 Cops Cycling for Survivors is a group that will bike nearly 1,000 miles over 13 days in July to honor fallen law enforcement officers. The group also raises funds for families of the fallen officers. The first leg of the trip will begin on July 9 in Indianapolis and end in Columbus. For a full schedule, visit

Golf tournament – River Glen Country Club, 12010 Clubhouse Dr., Fishers, will host the Earl D. Hoover Memorial Charity Golf Tournament from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 28. Proceeds will benefit the Jefferson Awards Foundation, an organization that promotes public service through education and awards. For more, visit

Cycling exhibit – Cycling Through History is now open at the Monon Depot, 211 First St. SW. The exhibit showcases historic bikes, including a high-wheeler, an antique tandem bicycle, a 1930s Elgin, a Schwinn Krate, and more. The museum is open Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturdays 1 to 4 p.m, and Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit runs through July 29.

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 [email protected].

Newcomers Club – Newcomers Club of Carmel, a non-profit social club, connects its members with friends, engages in fun activities and explores the community. Monthly activities include a welcome coffee, a luncheon event and 32 interest group meetings. Membership represents Carmel, Westfield, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville and Indianapolis. For more, visit or call 317-564-8349

Transportation discussions – INDOT will host an open house session, where transportation-related topics will be informally discussed. INDOT team members will be available to address questions from the public and solicit input. The session will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. June 25 at Ivy Tech, 2535 N. Capital Ave., Indianapolis.

Tai Chi classes – The Monon Center will offer Tai Chi classes and practice sessions this summer. Classes are offered from 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning July 2. Cost is $80 for the summer session. Practice sessions are from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays beginning July 2. Cost is $70 for the session. To register, visit and enter Tai Chi into the search box.

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

Top remodelers named – Carmel-based CASE Design/Remodeling has been named by REMODELING 550 as one of the nation’s top full-service remodelers. Overall, it was ranked number 38 in the nation. In addition, they were the highest ranked firm in the state of Indiana. This summer CASE is scheduled to open its second neighborhood design studio in downtown Zionsville.

Spirit United award given – The National Bank of Indianapolis has been awarded the prestigious Spirit United Award from the United Way of Central Indiana. Spirit United is their most esteemed corporate award, celebrating companies that have consistently supported and generously donated to United Way.


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