Carmel in brief — May 17, 2022

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Correction – In the May 10 edition of Current in Carmel, a story about Republican primary election results for the State Representative District 32 race incorrectly stated the number of votes separating the top two candidates. At the time the edition went to press, Fred Glynn led Suzie Jaworowski by six votes. 

CCPR seeks public input – Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation invites the public to participate in an online survey to determine the community’s vision for Thomas Marcuccilli Nature Park near 146th Street and River Road. The survey will remain open through May 23. Thomas Marcuccilli Nature Park was donated in 2021 and comprises approximately 63 acres in a unique, natural setting in northeast Carmel. Additional public workshops and online options will be offered throughout the master plan process. Access the survey at ccpr.formstack.com/forms/tmnp_master_plan_concept_survey?mc_cid=72644916c5&mc_eid=5e87c92e87

Meetup benefits Watch Us Farm – Synergize took over 3Up in Carmel on April 26 for the group’s monthly 4:30 Meetup, which benefited Watch Us Farm, a Zionsville-based 501c3. The Zionsville-based nonprofit employs high-functioning adults with autism, brain injury and intellectual impairment in a secure, nurturing environment. The adults grow and harvest food, care for animals, and partner with local stores to sell handcrafted items. The next Synergize 4:30 Meetup is set for May 19 and will benefit Actors Theatre of Indiana. Learn more at SynergizeIndy.com

CCHS Spring Tea – The Carmel Clay Historical Society and The Barrington of Carmel are partnering to present a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. May 27 at  The Barrington, 1335 S. Guilford Rd. IUPUI professor Anita Morgan, author of “We Must Be Fearless: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Indiana” will speak, and CCHS will showcase important women in Carmel’s history and a women’s history exhibit created by the National Archives. Cost is $25. Purchase tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/5429863

Breakfast at the Brickyard – Former IndyCar driver and current IndyCar analyst for NBC Sports James Hinchcliffe will be the featured guest at the 2022 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, to be held at 9:30 a.m. May 21 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Individual tickets cost $85. Learn more and purchase tickets at 500Festival.com/Breakfast.  

Summer service program – The Kiwanis Club of Carmel is presenting a summer service program for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade to have a meaningful impact in the community. The program runs from June 5 to Aug. 7 and includes activities designed to be completed at home. Service themes include food insecurity and nutrition, elder care, and animals and nature. Cost is $40 with a T-shirt, $30 without a T-shirt. Scholarships are available. Learn more at carmelkiwanis.org/summerservice

Weed Wrangles clear invasive species – The organizations of the Hamilton County Invasives Partnership are inviting volunteers to help clear local parks of invasive species by participating in Weed Wrangles. During the Weed Wrangle, teams of volunteers, supervised by guides, will locate and uproot unwelcome plants such as bush honeysuckle, garlic mustard, autumn olive, English ivy and winter creeper. Learn more and sign up to volunteer at hcinvasives.org

 Over the Edge participants sought – This summer, adventurous philanthropists will rappel down a 23-story building in downtown Indianapolis – in the name of fundraising for Hoosiers in need. Registration is open for those who want to participate in United Way of Central Indiana’s third “Over the Edge” event, scheduled for Aug. 12 at Keystone Group’s 220 N. Meridian St. Space is limited to the first 80 people over age 13 who register. Participants commit to raising at least $1,000 for United Way’s Basic Needs initiatives, which help provide access to food, housing, transportation and health services. Last year, 73 people rappelled during the event, raising more than $196,000.  For more or to sign up, visit uwci.org/ote.

River Heritage Park closed – River Heritage Park has closed for planned improvements as part of Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation’s Reimagining Parks initiative. Upgrades include wheelchair-accessible playground features, sensory-friendly interpretive signage, ADA-accessible trails and boardwalks with overlooks on the White River and more. The park is anticipated to reopen after construction is completed in the winter of 2022.

FBI offers reward – The FBI in Atlanta is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the whereabouts of Ciera (Locklair) Breland, who has been missing since Feb. 24. Breland, a Carmel resident, was last known to be visiting her family in John’s Creek, Ga., the week of Feb. 20 with her husband, Xavier Breland, their 5-month old son and their white labradoodle. Breland’s husband reported her missing on Feb. 26 to the Carmel Police Dept., however, there is no evidence Breland ever returned home. Breland’s last known location was at 10545 Highgate Manor Ct. in John’s Creek at 7:17 p.m. on Feb. 24. She was driving a white 2017 Volkswagen Tiguan with Georgia tag RMB 5869. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Johns Creek Police Tip Line at 678-474-1610, CPD at 317-571-2500. 

Monthly beekeepers meeting – The North Central Beekeepers Club meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Cool Creek Nature Center, 2000 E. 151st St. in Westfield. Meetings are free to attend by all levels of beekeepers located centrally north of Indianapolis. Those interested in becoming beekeepers are welcome. For more information, visit facebook.com/ncbclub

Summer Food Service Program – The Indiana Dept. of Education encourages schools and qualified community organizations to participate in the 2022 Summer Food Service Program. The program reimburses local sponsors that serve healthy free meals and snacks to children 18 years old and younger. Sponsorship is open to public and private nonprofit groups, including local governments, summer camps, religious organizations and recreation centers. In 2021, more than 280 Indiana sponsors served nearly 22 million meals during the summer months. The application deadline for new sponsors is April 15. Learn more at in.gov/doe/nutrition/summer-food-service-program/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

United Way looking for volunteers – United Way of Central Indiana is looking for volunteers and projects for Go All IN Day, an organized day of volunteering and community service across the region. This year’s event will take place June 24 across United Way’s service area of Hamilton, Boone, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion, Morgan and Putnam counties. Opportunities – including indoor, outdoor and virtual options – will be available for individual volunteers, families and groups. Those interested in volunteering can learn more and sign up at uwci.org/go-all-in-day.

Military Veterans Hall of Fame — The Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for the Class of 2022 through Aug. 1. To be eligible, the nominee must have been born in Indiana, entered military service from Indiana, lived in Indiana for a minimum of five years and have no felony convictions. A nomination form can be found at imvhof.com/nominate. To learn more about the organization or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit imvhof.com.

Home sale stats – Carmel homes continue to sell at a fast pace in April. According to F.C. Tucker Company, homes in Carmel left the market 12 days, or 70.6 percent, faster than this time last year. Average home sale prices for Carmel homes increased 11.5 percent to $566,034, and the average price per square foot also increased to $217.08, a 20.2 percent increase compared to April 2021.


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