Volunteer judges needed – The Indiana Historical Society is issuing a call for volunteer judges as Carmel High School prepares to serve as the new host of the National History Day in Indiana Central Region Contest, which takes place March 2. Judges work in teams to interview students about their project, give feedback and rank winners. No experience is necessary. Approximate time commitment is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the day of the contest. To register as a volunteer judge, visit indianahistory.org/historyday or call 317-232-1882.
Former judge honored – Hamilton County Commissioners honored retired Superior Court No. 1 Judge Steven R. Nation with the Continental Award Jan. 23 at their State of the County address. The award is the highest honor that can be bestowed on Hamilton County residents. In addition to receiving the Continental Award, the commissioners also named a new county trail that runs from Noblesville through Cicero, Arcadia and Atlanta the Steve R. Nation Nature Trail.
Kindergarten registration – Carmel Clay Schools is accepting kindergarten registration for the 2019-20 school year. The online registration form is at forms.ccs.k12.in.us/ParentPortal/pages/login.aspx. Students must be at least 5 years old by Aug. 1 to start kindergarten in August. Parents are encouraged to have students enrolled by March 8.
Scholarships available – The Hamilton County Extension Homemakers Association is offering six $500 scholarships to Hamilton County graduating seniors or undergraduate students. Four are for students majoring in the health and human science field. They will be awarding two additional $500 scholarships to students majoring in elementary education. Scholarship applications are available at extension.purdue.edu/hamilton. Applications are due by March 1.
Great Decisions program – The Indiana Council on World Affairs will host Great Decisions, a nonpartisan public education program, at 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings through April at Carmel High School, 520 E. Main St. Upcoming topics include Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics (Feb. 5), The Middle East: Regional Disorder (Feb. 19), Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future? (Feb. 26), State of the State Department Diplomacy (March 5), India and its Neighbors (March 12), Rise of Populism in Europe (March 26), Refugees and Global Migration (April 9) and U.S. and Mexico: Partnership Tested (Jan. 29). Review payment options and reserve a spot online at ICWA_Org.eventbrite.com.
Casino Night – Congregation Shaarey Tefilla, 3085 W. 116th St., will play host to the 19th annual Casino Night & Silent Auction from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Tickets are $25 per person with a $10 voucher to use toward silent auction purchases. Guests must be at least 21 years old. Sign up at eventbrite.com/e/casino-night-silent-auction-tickets-53503416158?aff=ebdssbdestsearch. For more information, email [email protected].
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 carmelnewcomers.com or call 317-564-8349
IEHA to award scholarships – Indiana Extension Homemakers Association is offering eight $500 scholarships to Indiana homemakers who are 25 years of age or older. These scholarships are to be used to complete education or upgrade vocational skills. One must be admitted or cleared for admission to an academic or vocational school which is state-licensed or accredited. Preference will be given to a person studying at an undergraduate level. Scholarships will be awarded with regard for financial need. The application is due by March 15 and is available at ieha-families.org/programs.php.
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.
Reserve skating times online – The City of Carmel has unveiled a new online ticketing service to make it easier to reserve time and ice skates for the upcoming holiday and winter seasons of skating at the Ice at Center Green. The new website utilizes a program called Ticket Spice and is an online ticket purchasing portal that will enable visitors to guarantee their spot on the ice by purchasing tickets and reserving skates in advance. Find the online ticketing portal at TheIceAtCenterGreen.com.
Engineering opportunities for students – INDOT is offering civil engineering students scholarships and paid employment during summer breaks and upon graduation. Students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana’s certified civil engineering schools and apply using the form at INDOTScholarship.IN.gov. Applications must be submitted by Dec. 31.
Dodgeball fundraiser – The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Shop for Kids Dodge, Duck and Dip Dodgeball Challenge is set for April 27 at Hamilton Heights High School, 25802 State Rte 19 in Arcadia. The double-elimination tournament will serve as a fundraiser for the Shop for Kids program, which provides $200 shopping trips during the holidays for less-fortunate children in Hamilton County. The entry fee is $100 for a team of six. For more, email [email protected].
Youth Leadership program open – United Way of Central Indiana is accepting applications for the 2019 Youth Leadership United Program. This program teaches high school students about the nonprofit sector and how to serve on a nonprofit board. High school freshmen, sophomores and juniors who live in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion or Morgan counties may apply. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31. Apply online at uwci.org/ylu.
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].
Tri Kappa scholarships – Tri Kappa will award three $3,000 scholarships this year. Applicants must be female high school seniors and reside in the Carmel Clay or Westfield Washington school districts. Students from public, private or homeschools are eligible. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need, academic performance, co-curricular activities and community service. Application deadline is March 1. Learn more by emailing carmeltrikapp[email protected] or speaking with a high school counselor.
School of Rock announces GearSelect – School of Rock is partnering with several providers of musical instruments and accessories to launch GearSelect. Through GearSelect, School of Rock will work with its new partners on original content, artist access and special events. School of Rock will feature GearSelect partners’ products to its community of 30,000 students.
Centier celebrates milestones – Centier Bank celebrated several milestones in 2018, including passing the $4 billion asset milestone in the second quarter of 2018. The bank also opened new branches in the Indianapolis market with its Fishers Crossing location and in Michiana with its Elkhart North location, its 60th and 61st banking centers, respectively. Centier associates volunteered more than 20,000 hours of community service supporting more than 1,000 organizations. Learn more at centier.com.