Carmel in brief — August 31, 2021


Mayor joins EPA committee — Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard has been appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee by EPA administrator Michael S. Regan. Regan appointed Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird of Lincoln, Neb., as the committee’s new chair and town manager Lisa Wong of Winchester, Mass., as vice chair.

Electric vehicle test drive — The City of Carmel, in partnership with Greater Indiana Clean Cities, Hoosier Electric Vehicle Association, Carmel Green Initiative and Knozone will hold an EV Ride and Drive from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 on the northeast corner of Range Line Road and Main Street as part of the National Drive Electric Week. Attendees will have the opportunity to test drive electric vehicles, speak with EV owners and learn about owning and charging EVs in Carmel and Central Indiana. Register at

State appointments — Governor Eric J. Holcomb has appointed several Carmel residents to state boards and commissions. Cheryl Ackerman, CFO of Proteus, has been appointed to the All Payer Claims Database Advisory Board; Michael Lucas of Barnes & Thornburg has been appointed to the Indiana Bond Bank Board of Directors; and John Duffy, director of Carmel Utilities, has been appointed to the Task Force on Wastewater Infrastructure Investment and Service to Underserved Areas.

Bear Creek Park input sought — Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation invites the public to participate in a public input meeting on Sept. 1 to discover the community’s vision for Bear Creek Park at 146th Street and Shelborne Road. The public workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Jill Perelman Pavilion at West Park, 3000 W. 116th St. CCPR and its consultant will gather public input throughout workshops and focus groups to develop the Bear Creek Park Master Plan, prioritizing park amenities and programming valued by the community.

Treasure Our Children gala — The Indiana Center for the Prevention of Youth Abuse and Suicide will hold the Treasure Our Children gala on Sept. 25 at 502 East Event Centre in Carmel. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7:30 p.m. The event will include live music, an auction and more. Learn more at

Resources for veterans — Helping Veterans and Families is hosting its annual Stand Down event from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Indiana National Guard Armory, 3912 W. Minnesota St. in Indianapolis. The open fair will offer information about resources and services available to veterans, including food, clothing, hygiene items, employment services, financial counseling, VA benefits assistance and more.

Homework help — A new school year has added video tutoring services to help middle school and high school students better understand their math and science homework through Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s free AskRose Homework Help program. Rose-Hulman tutors are available Sunday through Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. for tutoring sessions to help students in grades 6 through 12 by video, telephone call, email or chat. Tutors can be accessed via the AskRose website,, or calling by 877-275-7673.

Golf fundraiser — AECOM Hunt will hold its annual charity golf outing on Sept. 9 to support the Assistance League of Indianapolis. Organizers are accepting sponsorships and donations. Learn more at

Pups & Pints — Clay Terrace is hosting the fifth annual Pups & Pints series from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the third Friday of each month through October at the shopping center’s dog park, 14395 Clay Terrace Blvd. Participants can socialize with other dog owners at the free event and purchase beer from Bier Brewery. Water will be available for the pups.

Bike sharing resumes — The Carmel Bike Share program has relaunched under a new vendor, Movatic. To access the bikes, users must download an app from Movatic. The bikes cost $1.50 per half hour to rent with a cap of $24 for up to a 24-hour period. A $30 annual fee includes unlimited rides under one hour, with additional hours being charged at $1.50 per half-hour to a maximum of $24 for up to a 24-hour period.

Pedal Perks — Hamilton County Tourism’s Pedal Perks promotion returned this month for its fourth year. The goal is to incentivize locals and visitors to explore Hamilton County by bicycle. From May 1 through Oct. 31, more than 30 participating Hamilton County businesses are offering deals and discounts redeemable on a smartphone. Visit to learn more and register.

Host families needed — ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is looking for local families to host students ages 15 to 18 for the next academic year. Students come from all over the world and have received scholarships to study in the U.S. To learn more or fill out an application to become a host family, call 1-800-736-1760 or visit

Weed Wranglers — The Hamilton County Invasive Species Partnership will debut Weed Wranglers events this year to remove invasive species at various locations. Volunteers will learn how to manage a targeted invasive species and work as part of a collaborative effort to improve a natural area. Learn more at Registration is required.

Attorney hired — Applegate & Dillman Elder Law, which has an office in Carmel, has hired attorney Laurel Gilchrist, who most recently owned and practiced at Gilchrist Law LLC. She also served as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Gilchrist is a graduate of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington and received her Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Blood donations needed — Versiti Blood Center of Indiana is issuing an emergency appeal for blood donations. As the available blood supply has dropped to critically low levels, communities throughout the state face a potential crisis with less than a one-day supply of lifesaving blood available. Because of the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Versiti’s mobile blood collections are down more than 16,000 units of blood this year, with more than 4,500 units in Indiana alone. Versiti Blood Center has a location in Carmel at 726 Adams St. Suite 150. Schedule an appointment by calling 317-916-5150 or visit