Carmel in brief — November 5, 2019


Join the Current Publishing team — Current Publishing has an immediate opening for a freelancer with opportunities for growth. Applicants must have hard-news reporting experience and must have evening availability. It is preferred that applicants are familiar with the Fishers/Geist area. If interested, please send application and news clips to [email protected].

Best holiday lights – Current is planning to feature some of the best residential holiday light displays in Carmel. Send suggestions to [email protected].

Colts viewing party – The City of Carmel is partnering with the Indianapolis Colts to present a watch party of the Nov. 3 Colts game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Colts in Motion traveling museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Colts cheerleaders will be available for photos and autographs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The game begins at 1 p.m. Food and beverages from several area Carmel restaurants and food trucks will be available. The party is at Midtown Plaza, 365 Monon Trail.

Recorder receives award – The Association of Indiana Counties announced that Hamilton County Recorder Jennifer Hayden received the 2019 Outstanding Recorder Award. The award recognized Hayden’s contributions made to county government throughout her years of public service. AIC President Stacey O’Day, right, presents the award to Hamilton County Recorder Jennifer Hayden.

Veterans invited – Carmel High School, 520 E. Main St., will hold a Veterans Day convocation at 10 a.m. Nov. 11. The program includes patriotic music, speeches by students, veteran recognition and lunch for veterans in attendance. Veterans are asked to begin arriving at 9:30 a.m. to be seated prior to students entering.

Travelers Century Club – The Travelers Century Club’s next quarterly meeting is set for noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at Seasons 52, 8650 Keystone Crossing. Denny Grandl will present Vanishing Cultures: The Hill Tribes of Far Northern Vietnam. The meeting is open to TCC members and avid travelers. The club is for people who have visited 100 or more nations. Learn more at RSVP for the event by emailing [email protected]

Carmel among nation’s best cities – Carmel ranked as the nation’s fifth best small city in American in a WalletHub analysis. The study considered 42 key indicators of livability, ranging from housing costs to school quality to restaurants per capita. See the full report at

Golf event raises $18,000 – From left, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church Pastor Father Richard Doerr, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Charity Golf Event Co-Chairman Duane Hostetler, Merciful HELP Center Director Jayne Slaton and Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Presiding Priest Father Gregory Hohnholt display a donation from the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral’s Charity Golf Event, which raised $9,000 each for the Merciful HELP Center and Holy Trinity Youth Ministries. For more information on supporting next year’s event, which will be held at Prairie View Golf Club on June 22, 2020, email [email protected].

Brooke’s Place breakfast – Brooke’s Place will hold its seventh annual Legacy of Hope breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Nov. 21 at the 502 East Event Centre in Carmel. At this no-cost event, guests can a hot breakfast while making a difference in the lives of bereaved youth. During the event, which coincides with National Children’s Grief Awareness Day, Brooke’s Place will mark its 20th year of providing grief support services to the youth of Central Indiana and celebrating the individuals who have helped along the way. For more information, visit

Holiday bazaar – H.O.P.E., Inc., a Christian homeschool center, will present a holiday craft and gift bazaar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 16 at First Baptist Church of Carmel, 1010 E. 126th St. More than 30 vendors will offer one-of-a-kind gift offerings. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission is free.

Winter Market – The Carmel Winter Market is under way from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Wire Factory, 510 3rd Ave. SW. Vendor offerings include flavored oils, homemade noodles, baked goods and much more. Learn more at

Best and Brightest – Junior Achievement of Central Indiana is seeking nominations for the 16th annual Indy’s Best and Brightest event, which will honor 100 of central Indiana’s most outstanding young professionals, age 40 and under, in 10 different industry categories. Ten finalists from each category will be chosen by a selection committee and announced in September. One winner from each category will be announced during the event on March 11, 2020, at Hilbert Circle Theatre downtown Indianapolis. Visit to submit a nomination through Nov. 25.

Governor’s Fellowship – Applications will be accepted through Feb. 28 for the 2020-2021 Governor’s Fellowship, a highly selective experience in Indiana state government that places fellows in various state agencies on a rotating basis throughout the year. The program is open to college graduates who receive their bachelor’s degrees in either the fall 2019 or spring 2020. Fellows are paid, full-time employees who participate in the day-to-day activities of state government. Learn more and apply at

ISP accepting applications – The Indiana State Police is accepting applications for the 80th Recruit Academy. Individuals who are interested a career as an Indiana State Trooper must apply online at This website will provide a detailed synopsis of the application process as well as information on additional career opportunities with the Indiana State Police. Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Nov. 3.

Death by Chocolate – The Death by Chocolate fundraiser supporting Cherish will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 21 at The Meeting House, 2000 E. New Market St. in Carmel. Guests can enjoy chocolate and beverage samples from local restaurants and businesses. The event will also include raffles, a wine pull and more. Tickets start at $45. Learn more at

INDOT offering scholarships– INDOT is offering civil engineering students scholarships of up to $3,125 per semester 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 Applications for the 2020-2021

Indiana House seeks interns – Hamilton County lawmakers are inviting college students and recent graduates to apply for the Indiana House Republican Internship Program, which takes place during the 2020 legislative session at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. The positions are full-time, Monday through Friday, lasting from January through mid-March. Interns receive biweekly compensation of $750 and can earn academic credit. Learn more and apply by Oct. 31 at

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.

Centier Bank top ranking – For seven years, Centier Bank has ranked among American Banker’s “Best Banks to Work For” list, and for the second consecutive year, Centier was recognized as the top-ranked bank in Indiana. Centier Bank also ranked sixth nationwide in American Banker’s overall rankings. Last year, Centier ranked 10th.  American Bankers ranks banks nationwide, evaluating volunteering and charitable contributions, as well as leadership philosophy, recruitment, diversity and more.

Style Swap returns – Style Swap 2019 will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Indiana Design Center, 200 S. Range Line Rd. Women can purchase tickets for $55 to $75 to swap clothes with one another at an event that also includes food, drink, music and networking. Learn more at

Best Buddies finalist – Chris Thornton, director planning for Carmel-based Verizon authorized retailer TCC, has been named a finalist for the Best Buddies Indiana Champion of the Year awards program. The recipient of the Champion of the Year award will be the finalist who raises the most funds to create opportunities and programs within schools and jobs for the organization’s participants. The winner will be announced at the organization’s gala on Nov. 9. Tickets purchased for the event will go to the selected finalist’s campaign totals. To support Thornton’s fundraising effort for the Best Buddies program, visit

Holiday preview shopping – Carmel City Center, on the southwest corner of City Center Drive and Range Line Road, will present a holiday preview shopping event from 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 2. Visitors can kick-start their holiday shopping with the locally owned merchants at Carmel City Center while sipping on wine and apple cider sangria at four of the participating Shops.

Dealership honored again – Terry Lee Genesis/Hyundai has been named one of the 2019 Automotive News Best Dealerships To Work For. The program measures workplace satisfaction, talent retention and excellent care of employees through a confidential survey of employers and employees. This marks the third year for the dealership, which stands alone as the only BDTWF recipient in Indiana.

Firm adds attorney – Hollingsworth Roberts Means has added attorney Michelle Baldwin Skaggs to its expanding law firm. With more than 20 years of professional experience, Skaggs will lead HRM’s Estate Planning & Elder Law Practice Group within HRM’s Divorce & Family Law and Business Law teams, working from the firm’s Carmel office.

Jiffy Lube honored for art – Jiffy Lube of Indiana recently received the Americans for the Arts’ national Arts and Business Partnership Award, one of only 10 U.S. companies honored and the first company in Indianapolis to receive this award. Jiffy Lube of Indiana’s “Every Part Matters” project started as a way to cover up graffiti at a local store and has progressed into partnership with the Arts Council of Indianapolis. In addition to supporting and hiring local artists, they’ve also created a new apprentice program that will give paid experience to emerging artists. Two of the murals are in Carmel.

Pedal Perks – The Pedal Perks program is returning for its third year, with Hamilton County businesses offering deals to bike riders. The program runs from through Oct. 31 and has more than 30 businesses offering specials for customers who show proof of their ride. For more information or a full list of participants visit

Hearing loss group – The newly-formed Indianapolis Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America holds meetings from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month at Irvington Public Library, 5625 E. Washington St. in Indianapolis. Learn more at