Carmel in brief — March 21, 2023


Corrections – In a Q&A in the March 14 edition of Current in Carmel, the year Carmel City Clerk Sue Wolfgang’s term ends was incorrect. Her term runs through 2023. In a story about an Interfaith Ambassador of the Year award, JR Sandadi’s first name was incorrect. In a story about the Assistance League of indianapolis’ Mission Possible event, the date was incorrect. The fundraiser is set for April 22.

Register to vote by April 3 – The deadline to register to vote in the May 2 primary election is April 3. Registration may be done online, by mail or in person. Voter registration forms are available at any public library in Hamilton County, any license branch, any city or town clerk-treasurer’s office and the Hamilton County Voter Registration Office in Noblesville (Room 106). Register online at

Carmel Idol returns – Carmel Idol is set for 7 p.m. March 27 in the Carmel High School auditorium. Ten students will compete for $1,000 grand prize (split between the winner and charity of the student’s choice) in the competition, which includes a performance by magician Jon Mobley. Carmel Idol is sponsored by Cru, a faith-based club in the school, and there will be a faith element led by students during the show. The event is free and open to the community.

Library After Dark – The Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation will present Library After Dark, an after-hours event for ages 21 and over from 7 to 10 p.m. April 15 at the Main Library, 425 E. Main Street. The event will include food, drink, music, indoor mini golf and other activities throughout the newly renovated library. Tickets for Library After Dark are $40 for an individual and $75 for a pair. Learn more and purchase tickets at

Candidate open house – Carmel’s Home Place Advisory Board will presenta Meet the Candidates Open-House from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 22 at the John Hensel Government Center, 10701 N. College Ave. The board has invited all primary election candidates for Carmel mayor as well as all primary election candidates for the Carmel City Council’s South Central District and at-large seats. The event will feature an informal Open House format for neighbors to have one-on-one conversations with each candidate about issues important to Home Place and Carmel.

Residential burglary – The Carmel Police Dept. is seeking the public’s help identifying a person they believe is tied to a March 7 residential burglary in the 14100 block of Helen Drive in Carmel. Anyone with information regarding the identity of this person or incident is asked to contact CPD at 317-571-2530, or Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-8477. Reference CPD case number 23-16876.

Bicentennial Ambassadors selected – Carmel residents Ben Boyce, Ridhi Dondeti, Christopher Foote, Jane Martens, Sophia Stephens and Elizabeth Parkins are among 11 high school sophomore and juniors selected to serve as Bicentennial Ambassadors through the end of the year. They will serve as a bridge from the past to the future through conversation and public engagement. Those chosen expressed a genuine interest in history and how communities function. They also met criteria for being a student in good standing at their high school. All of the Carmel students attend Carmel High School except Parkins, who attends Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School.

Breakfast at the Brickyard – Tickets are on sale to the general public for the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, set for 9 a.m. May 20, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Gallagher Pavilion. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett will host and honor more than 70 mayors from across Indiana for their work in advancing Hoosier communities. Guests will enjoy a traditional breakfast and hear from Indianapolis Motor Speedway executives and 500 Festival leaders. Purchase tickets at

Apply for CMYC – Applications are being accepted for the 2023-24 term of the Carmel Mayor’s Youth Council, a youth-led organization with a goal to serve the community. Learn more about the group and how to apply by emailing CMYC Advisor Candy Martin at [email protected].

St. Luke’s recognized – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church is one of the six national Interfaith Power & Light 2023 Cool Congregations Challenge winners who each have been awarded a $1,000  prize. The annual contest accepts applications from religious congregations around the U.S. who are working to  address climate change by reducing their carbon footprint as they create models of sustainability within their communities. St. Luke’s won the Electric Vehicle Leader award for the work of their Creation Care Ministry in encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles as an important way to reduce the carbon pollution that causes  climate change. Learn more at

Mission Possible – Assistance League of Indianapolis will present its Mission Possible fundraiser on April 22 at the Eiteljorg Museum, 500 W. Washington St. in Indianapolis. This marks the first time the annual event has been held in person since before the COVID-19 pandemic. The fundraiser will include dining, a raffle and silent auction, and opportunities to view items in the museum. Learn more at

Kindergarten registration – Registration is open for the Carmel Clay Schools kindergarten class for the 2023-24 school year. Early registration helps CCS prepare for anticipated staffing needs and allows families to begin the kindergarten assessment process and receive communication from the district. Register for the Class of 2036 at

Candidate town hall meetings – Chuck Ford, a Republican for the North Central District Carmel City Council seat, is hosting a town hall-style meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. April 13 at the Carmel American Legion Post 155, 852 W. Main St. The event is open to the public and will allow an opportunity for community members to ask questions of the candidate.

Hamilton County Democratic Women meetings— The Hamilton County Democratic Women meet every third Saturday of the month at the Delaware Township Trustee Building 9090 E. 131st, Fishers. Conversations begin at 9:30 a.m., the meeting is from 10 a.m. to 11. All Hamilton County women are welcome.

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

Housing instability help – Hamilton County residents facing eviction or housing instability now have a free legal resource at their fingertips. A new desktop computer, scanner, and printer with access to were installed in the court’s Legal Self-Help Center last week. The Indiana Bar Foundation received a $13 million grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to fund the development and deployment of 120 self-help kiosks throughout the state. Each kiosk provides legal forms, instructional videos, referrals to free and low-cost legal services and a statewide calendar of free legal advice clinics. Learn more at    

Scenthound opening – Scenthound, a wellness-based dog grooming and routine care service, is set to officially open its first Carmel store March 24 at 14400 Clay Terrace Blvd, Suite 180. The Carmel store is owned by Doug and Sarah Davis. Learn more at or by calling 317-975-1078.

Centier Bank hire – Brittany Breen has joined Centier Bank’s small business banking team based out of the Carmel branch, 568 E. Carmel Dr. Breen joins Centier with many years of experience working in various banking roles. The IU East alumnae was born and raised in the area and looks forward to using her knowledge to help guide small business clients toward their goals.

Bicentennial items for sale – The Hamilton County Bicentennial Commission has several items available for sale online to celebrate the county’s 200th anniversary. Alongside local partner Marketpro, Inc, the Bicentennial is selling apparel, drinkware and other items. Merchandise is available online at

Hospice volunteers needed – Brighton Hospice in Carmel is looking for volunteers to help office staff perform a variety of office duties such as organizing admission paperwork, filing, preparing and sending mail, answering phones, stocking supplies and helping with special projects and events. Hours and days for this volunteer opportunity are flexible and training will be provided. To learn more, contact Katresha Taylor, volunteer coordinator, by calling 317-798-2160 or by email at [email protected].