Carmel in brief — August 7, 2018


Clarification – In the July 24 edition of Current in Carmel, an article about Porkopolis did not include the address of the restaurant. It is at 9802 Michigan Road in Carmel.

Temporary closure – The Board of Directors of the Carmel Clay Historical Society has decided to close the Monon Depot and the Archives building for the next several weeks while construction on the Monon Boulevard expansion takes place directly in front of the society’s property. Donations to the collections can be made by calling 317-846-7117. A volunteer will arrange to pick up any donations.

Tin dollhouse exhibit – The Museum of Miniature Houses currently has on display an exhibit of pressed steel, or tin, dollhouses. These were popular in the 1950s. Included in the exhibit is a dollhouse from 1962 that has its own fallout shelter. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 9.

Guided park tours – Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation has launched an interactive community program titled My Park. The series will include guided tours through local parks throughout the city of Carmel for attendees at least 16 years of age. Registration is encouraged and can be found on, along with additional information. Those who are interested in volunteering may contact Rachael Fleck at

The future of energy – Carmel Green Initiative will hold a sustainable living seminar from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Carmel Clay Public Library. Along with a video presentation of Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation, Mayors Greg Ballard and Jim Brainard will speak about reducing oil dependence and solar alternatives. RSVP at

Tiny Treasures – The library and the Museum of Miniature Houses will partner to present an exhibit of miniatures called Tiny Treasures at the library throughout the month of August. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the museum, the library will offer miniature-related scavenger hunts, crafts, and book displays. For more, call or email Dawn Boarman at 317-814-3916 or

Junior League open house – The Junior League of Indianapolis (JLI) will host a community open house for area nonprofits from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 7 at JLI headquarters, 8425 Woodfield Crossing Blvd., Indianapolis. Organizations can learn about the various grant and volunteer opportunities JLI offers. To register, visit

National Night Out – National Night Out is a designated evening when communities across the nation come together to take a stand against crime. This year’s event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Carmel Gazebo. The Carmel Police Department will be on hand to answer questions and talk about safety. Face painting, hot dogs and giveaways will be offered.

Great American Read Block Party – The Carmel Clay Public Library will hold its first ever block party on August 11. During the afternoon, 4th Ave. SE will be shut down in front of the library. Authors, storytellers, and musicians will be on hand. Special tents will feature activities for kids and teens, and several food trucks will make an appearance, as well as Urban Vines and Danny Boy Beer Works. For more, call 317-814-3947.

Bollywood dance – The Carmel Clay Public Library will host two local Indian dance troupes on Aug. 12. Aradhana Institute of Dance and Bollywood Beats will perform and also teach Bollywood dance moves to audience members. It’s a free event for the whole family. For more, call 317-814-3975.

How We Got Here panel discussions – Real Estate Ascending Leaders presents Carmel – How We Got Here, two panel discussions led by Brian Bondus from ALO Property Group. The discussions will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 16 at Sun King Spirits, 351 Monon Trail. Carmel’s infrastructure and bike culture will be discussed at 4:15 p.m., followed by a discussion on live, work, and play communities at 5 p.m. Networking and social time will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Tony and Lauren Dungy book signing – Barnes & Noble in Westfield will host a book signing with Tony and Lauren Dungy at 7 p.m. Aug. 17. The Dungys have created a series of children’s books with lessons about character and integrity. The first two books are being released and will be available for purchase and signing.

Exchange student program – Operation Friendship is seeking students from Carmel or Fishers entering grades 8-10 who want to host an exchange student for three weeks next summer (2019), and then travel abroad the following summer (2020). An information meeting will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Fishers Public Library. Students who have recently returned from their exchange will be present to answer questions. For more, email

Cycling event – The Rollfast International Gran Fondo will take place Sept. 16 along the country roads of Hamilton County. Participants can choose from the 25-mile Piccolo, 65-mile Medio and the 100-mile Gran Routes. The Fondo has become one of the cycling world’s premier events and has been ranked in the top 10 by Gran Fondo Guide. For more, visit

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

Newcomers Club – Newcomers Club of Carmel, a nonprofit 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

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.

Taste of Hope – Carmel Against Cancer will host Taste of Hope from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Arts & Design District. This is a new event where guests can purchase a food passport to use for Carmel food vendors who are donating samples. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. There will also be live music, and a cash bar.

Blood drive – Knights of Columbus Council No. 11044 will conduct a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 14598 Oakridge Rd. Potential donors are encouraged to sign up on line today and specify your preferred time. Visit to sign up.

Grief support workshops – St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 126th Street and Gray Road, will hold GriefShare from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. on Wednesdays starting Aug. 22. This non-denominational DVD series features grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was seen on the DVD. Cost is $20. Email or call 317-846-3404 to register.

Patriotic Pets fundraiser – Pet Valu is teaming up with The United States War Dogs Association to benefit veteran war dogs. From now until September 11, Pet Valu will host a Patriotic Pets fundraiser inviting customers to purchase an American flag bandana for $5 or a Paper Paw to hang in the store’s window for a donation amount of their choosing. Proceeds will help provide medical care and services for veteran war dogs.

Telamon acquisition – Carmel-based Telamon Corporation has acquired CLS Group, a leading provider of site acquisition, design, engineering, and construction services in the telecom industry and land services to the oil and gas industry. The acquisition will enable Telamon to more rapidly grow its presence in the wireless market.

Serendipity expands to Carmel – Serendipity Labs Coworking has announced that its first Indianapolis area shared office and coworking location will be in the Midtown Carmel redevelopment project that is a joint venture between Old Town Development and Ambrose Property Group. The expansion is part of the company’s strategy to create a national network of upscale, inspiring workplaces for businesses of all sizes. For more, visit

Linden Tree to open second store – Linden Tree Gifts will open its second location and join the exciting line up of new businesses opening in Carmel City Center later this year. As Addendum Gallery moves across the plaza at Carmel City Center, Linden Tree will move in and occupy 736 Hanover Place, Suite 108 this fall. Linden Tree features home décor accents, clothing and accessories.









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