Carmel in brief — September 25, 2018


Carmel tops ranking – The City of Carmel received two national mentions last week as one of the best places to live in America. named Carmel the No. 1 “Best Suburb to Live in America,” basing the honor on a variety of statistics including crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities and local amenities. Money Magazine, in partnership with released its list of the “Best Places to Live in America,” named Carmel No. 3 on the list of its top places to live. This is the same magazine survey that named Carmel the No. 1 Place to Live in 2012 and No. 3 in 2014.

Learn about various faiths – Carmel Interfaith Alliance and the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Human Relations will co-sponsor Meet Your Neighbor, a free forum to discuss faith traditions. The series will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday evenings beginning Oct. 4. Meeting topics are: Oct 4 – The Jewish Faith; Oct. 11 – The Sikh Faith; Oct. 18 – The Hindu Faith; Oct. 25 – The Christian Faith; Nov. 1 – The Muslim Faith. Meetings will be held at Carmel City Hall.

Toastmasters open house – Toastmasters International local club 9666 will host an open house at 11:50 a.m. Sept. 26 at Delta Faucet’s headquarters, 55 E. 111th St. During the meeting guests will hear from some of the club’s members about why they joined and how it has helped, learn about Toastmasters International, and have the opportunity to ask questions. In addition, lunch will be provided to all guests. To RSVP for the open house, send an email to [email protected].

Library book sale – Friends of the Carmel Clay Public Library will hold a fall book sale from Oct. 4-7. Members’ night will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4. The sale is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6, and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 7. Oct. 7 is bag day – fill a bag for only $10.

Civil War Roundtable –David Powell will present The Battle of Chickamauga at the Oct. 10 meeting of the Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable at Carmel City Hall, 1 Civic Square.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Reduced-cost cat adoptions—With a recent influx of cats over one year old, the Humane Society for Hamilton County will be offering $15 adoptions for $15 for these cats. The fee covers spay/neuter surgery, age appropriate vaccines, microchip, FIV/Feline Leukemia testing, a free wellness exam and a sample bag of Hill’s Science Diet food. The shelter is at 1721 Pleasant St., Noblesville, and is open from noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday, noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and closed Wednesday. For more, visit

Temporary closure –The Monon Depot and the Archives building has been closed for several weeks while construction on the Monon Boulevard expansion takes place directly in front of the property. Reopening was tentatively scheduled for Sept. 21. For updates, visit

Credit card fraud – On July 21, the suspect pictured purchased merchandise from the Market District store, 11505 N. Illinois St., using a fraudulent credit card. The suspect is a black male with short black hair, eyeglasses, and a beard, wearing a green short-sleeve polo shirt and blue jeans. If anyone has information on the suspect, call the Carmel Police Department at 317-571-2500 or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477 (TIPS).

Voter registration month – Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is reminding eligible voters that September is National Voter Registration Month. Hoosiers who need to register should do so at or on a smart phone using the Indiana Voters app. The deadline to register before the general election is Oct. 9.

Sip n Shop – The Black Iris Estate, 5801 E. 116th St., will host the third annual Sip n Shop event from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26. More than 60 local boutique vendors will be on site, along with wine and chocolate tastings. The first 25 attendees will receive a complimentary glass of wine and a flower bouquet from Stems Flower Truck. Admission is free.

Celebrations series – The Museum of Miniature Houses presents its Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship series on Wednesdays at noon. On Sept. 26, textile artist Sylvia Gray will display her hand-painted silk scarves and lead an interactive session with the audience. She will have scarves available for sale and will accept commissioned projects.

Solar workshop – St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, 10655 Haverstick Rd., will host a solar power workshop at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27. A guest speaker from Solarize Hamilton County will guide participants through the process of integrating solar power into their homes.

Candidate forums – The League of Women Voters of Hamilton County will host candidate forums for Hamilton County races. A forum for county commissioner, county council districts 1, 3 and 4, county circuit court clerk, county sheriff and county coroner will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept 27 at Noblesville City Hall. Meet candidates for Indiana Senate District 29, Representative District 24, and Representative District 39 from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3 at Carmel City Hall. For more information, contact Peg Harmon at [email protected].

Native tree sale – The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is holding its annual fall native tree sale. This year, 32 varieties of native trees and shrubs are available. All offerings are $28 each and will arrive in three-gallon containers and be approximately 3-5 feet tall at delivery. Pre-orders are required and are due Sept. 28. Trees can be picked up from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds llama barn. Order forms and online ordering are available at

Women’s Half Marathon – The Indy Women’s Half Marathon and 5K will be held at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 29. There is a new starting line this year, located at the intersection of Meridian and Vermont Street next to University Park. After the race, participants will be treated to an array of entertainment and treats, including water and snacks, mimosas and beer. For the first time ever, finishers will be treated to warm pancakes fresh off the griddle at the Indiana Spine Group Pancake Tent. To register, visit

Rising Hope Gala Dinner – Cindy Simon Skjodt will sponsor a fundraising dinner for Saving Orphans Through Healthcare and Outreach. The black tie gala will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Ritz Charles. Featured guest will be Josina Machel, stepdaughter of Nelson Mandela and domestic abuse survivor. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased online at

Book signing – Floyd Clown Sr. will appear with author William Matson from noon to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Barnes & Noble, 14790 Greyhound Plaza. Clown is an elder of the Crazy Horse family of the Lakota Indians. Matson has recently published “Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy.” Clown and Matson will discuss the book and family history and will sign copies of the book.

Reading disorders conference – The International Dyslexia Association will hold Solution Saturday, a literacy conference, from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Oct. 6 at the University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Building, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Attendees will get strategies and resources for supporting students with reading disorders. Cost is $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers and includes lunch. Register at

Free FastWax at Crew – The Hunger Crew Event with Gleaners Food Bank will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 6-7. Crew Carwash will provide a free FastWax service to any customer who provides a canned food item or cash donation for Gleaners Food Bank. Crew will accept donations at Michigan Road and Range Line Road locations in Carmel. In the event of inclement weather, the fundraiser will be moved to Oct. 13-14.

Tour de Cure – The American Diabetes Association presents Tour de Cure, a ride/run/walk event on Oct. 20 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Cost is $10. All riders, runners and walkers will be treated to lunch and a fantastic celebration party for all to enjoy. There is something for all ages and ability levels, from a Family Fun Ride to a 100M competitive ride. For more details or to register, visit

Voting for Indiana’s best – Voting is now open for the Best of Indiana State Parks, Best Museums, and Best Burgers. Nominees for all three categories were recommended by members of Indiana’s travel, tourism and hospitality industry. To see the nominees and vote, go to ends Oct. 27.

Shredding event – The Carmel Clay Public Library will host a shredding day from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 in the employee parking lot. All shredding will be done on site and there is no limit to the number of documents you can have shredded for free. For more, call 317-844-3362.

Legislative internships – The Indiana Senate Republican Caucus is offering paid spring-semester internships in its legislative, legal, policy, communications and information technology offices during the 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly. Candidates must be at least college sophomores or older. For more information or to access an application, visit The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.

Christmas Bazaar – The St. Augustine Guild 2345 W. 86th St., will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 2 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3. Items for sale will include holiday decorations, home décor, baked goods, gifts, and more. All proceeds benefit St. Augustine Home residences, which are cared for by Little Sisters of the Poor.

Marathon dates set – Carmel-based Carmel Road Racing Group (CRRG Events) has announced that it has set event dates for the running of the Carmel Marathon through 2021. Future race dates will include: March 30, 2019; April 4, 2020; April 3, 2021. In addition, the Indiana Spine Group 8K will become the Indiana Spine Group 10K, a distance that is becoming popular nationwide. For more information, 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 information, e-mail [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.

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.

Collectible cars – If you are a car collector, Hagerty has identified some cars that they believe are a good value now, but will increase in price soon. These are some of their recommendations: Pontiac Grand Prix, 1973-77; Ford Thunderbird, 1977-79; Mercedes-Benz SLK, 1996-2004; Land Rover Defender, 1983-1900. For more recommendations, visit


Fitness instructor honored – Cindy Schembre, owner of Carmel-based Revel Fitness was recently named Instructor of the Year by LaBlast, a dance inspired workout created by Louis Van Amstel of Dancing With the Stars. Schembre was chosen from among 1500 instructors worldwide for the award.

St. Vincent award – For the second consecutive year, the St. Vincent Heart Center’s Heart Emergency Unit received the Award of Distinction for Excellent Performance in Overall Quality of Care from Professional Research Consultants, Inc. The designation is awarded only to those healthcare settings at or near the 100th percentile of surveyed patients who rate the overall quality of care as “Excellent.” To learn more about the 2018 Excellence in Healthcare Awards, including eligibility and criteria, visit

Surgeon joins OrthoIndy – OrthoIndy announces the addition of hip and knee replacement surgeon Dr. Patrick Millikan to the orthopedic group. Dr. Millikan is now accepting patients on the north side of Indianapolis. To schedule an appointment, call 317-802-2868.

Cancer fundraiser – September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. To honor their son, Brooks, who passed away of childhood cancer, Brook’s family has teamed up with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to raise money for research. OMelia Candle Studio has created a candle in Brooks’ memory that represents his favorite scents with $4 of every sale going to St. Baldrick’s. Candles can be purchased online at

Hearing loss support group – A hearing loss support group is starting up in the central Indiana area area. If you or someone you know might be interested, contact Kitty at 317-669-2250 or [email protected], Jenifer at 317-987-2852 (text only) or [email protected], or Sommer at 317-502-3395 (text only) or [email protected].

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