Carmel in brief — May 24, 2022

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CarmelFest parade grand marshal – The Allied Solutions CarmelFest Parade committee unanimously voted to award the 2022 grand marshal honor to Jeff and Shari Worrell in recognition of their 30 years of service and dedication to the festival. The parade is set to step off at 10:30 a.m. July 4 and travel from Carmel Drive to Range Line Road, ending on Main Street near Carmel High School. 

Presidential Scholar – Carmel High School senior Kevin Wang was selected as a 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholar. Wang is one of 161 students from across the country to earn the distinction and receives the honor with fellow Indiana scholar Sneha Yelamanchili from Signature School. This is the second consecutive year a Carmel High School student has earned the recognition. Scholars are selected annually based on academic achievement, artistic and technical excellence, essay submissions and school transcripts. Wang was also named a 2022 National Merit Semifinalist and recently received a perfect ACT score. See a complete list of 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholars at ed.gov/psp. 

500 Festival Parade – Longtime 500 Festival volunteer August A. Ebeling has been selected as the grand marshal of the AES 500 Festival parade, set to begin at noon May 28 in downtown Indianapolis. Tickets for the parade start at $25 and are available at 500festival.com/tickets. Proceeds from all 500 Festival ticketed events help support the organization’s free programming and events for Indiana youth and college students. 

HCLA dean named – Karen Radcliff has been selected as the dean of the Hamilton County Leadership Academy Class of 2023. Radcliff serves as the vice president/chief strategy officer for Hamilton County Tourism and the director of Hamilton County Sports Authority. Applications for the HCLA Class of 2023 are open until May 31. Members of the Class of 2023 will be announced at the end of July. Learn more and apply at hcla.net

CCHS garden tour – The Carmel Clay Historical Society is hosting a tour of three gardens around Carmel from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3 and 4. There will also be an evening tour on June 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. with wine and cheese. Tickets are $20 for daytime tours and $25 for the evening tour. Tickets can be purchased at carmelclayhistory.org/gardentour or by calling 317-846-7117. Event volunteers can earn a free ticket. 

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.

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

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.

Guildmaster Award – Case Design/Remodeling of Central Indiana has received a 2022 Guildmaster Award from GuildQuality for demonstrating exceptional customer service within the residential construction industry.  Since 2005, GuildQuality, an Atlanta-based third-party customer satisfaction surveying company, has  powered the Guildmaster Award to recognize and celebrate home building, remodeling, and contracting  professionals demonstrating the highest level of customer service within the U.S. and Canada. Learn more at guildquality.com/guildmaster

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