Carmel in brief- April 5, 2016

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Grand Marshals named – The 2016 CarmelFest Parade committee has chosen the Carmel High School Girl’s Swim Team to act as Grand Marshals for the 4th of July Parade.

Phone scam – Carmel police have received reports of residents receiving scam robocalls claiming “impending enforcement action from the U.S. Treasury”. The caller ID is 856-229-9160 with a location of Haddon Field, N.J. For more information or to report a scam, call the Carmel Police Dept. at 317-571-2500.

Scholarships for social media campaign – Indiana high school and college students are being encouraged to put their smartphones to good use by urging others to “Drive Now. TXT L8R”. Several state agencies have partnered to award $5,000 scholarships to students who compose the most creative and viral social media posts on Twitter, Instagram and Vine. Students may register their public Twitter accounts and read contest rules at www.txtl8r.in.gov.

Census results for 2015 – The fastest-growing county in Indiana between July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015, was Boone Co., whose population rose 2.5 percent over the period. Boone Co. was followed by Hamilton Co. at 2.1 percent. Hamilton Co. added 6,419 people over the period, more than any other county in the state. This information is based on annual population estimates for each of the nation’s counties, county equivalents, metropolitan statistical areas, and micropolitan statistical areas since the 2010 Census and up to July 1, 2015.

Candidate forum – The League of Women Voters of Hamilton Co. will host a forum for candidates who have opposition in the 2016 primary election at 7 p.m. on April 11 at Noblesville City Hall. Candidates for the following offices have been invited to participate: Judge Superior Court 2, County Commissioner District 3, County Council At Large, State Representative Districts 24 and 39, State Senate District 20.

Sail and Power Squadron elections – The Hoosier Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadron, announces the installation of its 2016-2017 bridge members. New officers are: Commander – Robert Beall; Executive Officer – David Drashil; Education Officer – Damon Davis; Assistant Education Officer – John Reichmann; Administrative Officer – Holly Settles; Secretary – Mark Winzenread; Treasurer – Nancy Beall; Communications Officer – Jason Settles. For more information, visit www.HoosierUSPS.org.

CHS Team Wins State Championship – Congratulations to the Carmel High School Science Olympiad team who won the State Championship. As a result of winning the State Championship, the team has been invited to compete at the National Science Olympiad Tournament later this year.

Spring Art Contest display – The Carmel Arts Council recently sponsored the first annual Student Spring Art Contest. The entries are in and the winners have been selected. All participants and their families are invited to a reception from 6 to 7 p.m. on April 13 at the Children’s Art Gallery, 40 W. Main St. Winning art will be on display throughout April.

Civil War Roundtable – The Hamilton County Civil War Round Table will meet at 7 p.m. on April 13 at the Carmel City Hall. Mr. Phil DeHaven will speak on General Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Johnsonville Campaign in Benton Co. & Humphreys Co., Tenn. The event is free and open to the public.

Presidential Scholarship awarded – Carmel resident Miles Minnaar was one of five students awarded the Presidential Scholarship at Webster University. The Presidential Scholarship is the largest academic scholarship offered to any student at Webster University and covers the full cost of tuition during four-years as an undergraduate student.

Ten-digit dialing – Starting now, all consumers in central Indiana’s 317 telephone area code are encouraged to use all ten digits of the phone number, including area code, to make local phone calls. This will help consumers make the transition to mandatory ten-digit dialing for local calls within the 317 area code, which begins in Sept.

Student pages – State Rep. Jerry Torr (R-Carmel) recently welcomed the following Carmel students to the Statehouse as student pages: Andrew Ardizane, Isabelle Woodward, Jordan Arland, Katherine Ginder, Mary Ganser, Matthew Jones, Nate Jones.

Art festival volunteers needed – International Talent Academy (ITA) is seeking volunteers to help organize the first Children’s Festival for Arts and Education to be held in September. The festival will include a talent show, games, booths, prizes and more. If interested in helping organize this event, call ITA at 317-815-9381.

Agricultural roots – The Carmel Clay Historical Society presents Agricultural Roots at 2 p.m. on April 9 at the Carmel Clay Public Library. Hear about Carmel’s farming roots and the most innovative agricultural techniques and nationally recognized livestock of the time. A panel of presenters will speak including John Graves whose grandparents grew up in the location that is now Bub’s Burgers.

Breyer horses on display – The Museum of Miniature Houses presents Breyer Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 16. Enjoy a substantial display of Breyer horses from the collection of Bea and Harold Abbott, enhanced with manes and tails made from real hair, handmade bridles and saddles, and costumed riders. Children can paint their own Breyer Stablemate 4 horse with materials provided. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids under age 10.

Restoration grants available – Owners of historic properties in Carmel are eligible for a new grant program to restore exterior features. Owner-occupied properties identified in the Commission’s 2014 survey of Carmel and Clay Township are eligible for small, matching grants. The façade application is available on the Commission’s website at http://carmel.in.gov/index.aspx?page=629. To verify if your property is eligible for the program, access the survey online at https://www.ruskinarc.com/city-of-carmel/carmel. Applications are due by April 15.

Shredding event – Crime Stoppers Community SHRED-IT day will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 30 at Creekside Middle School, 3525 W. 126th St. A $5 donation is requested per shredding box. Help Crime Stoppers raise their reward fund to keep our communities safe. Recycle small electronics and computers with technology recyclers. A $5 fee for glass TV/Computer monitors will be charged.

Vacation Bible School registration – Registration is open for summer Cave Quest Vacation Bible School at St. Marks United Methodist Church. Meeting from 9 a.m. to noon each day from June 13-17, kids will enjoy upbeat mornings filled with catchy songs, teamwork-building games, an imagination station, Kid-Vid Cinema, and more. Cost is $25 per child up to May 15, $30 after May 15. Register online only at www.stmarkscarmel.org/vbs. For more information, visit the website or call 317-846-4912.

STEM scholarships available – Nominations are open for the 2016 Mr. and Miss Math and Mr. and Miss Science awards. These awards recognize outstanding high school seniors for their performance in science, technology, engineering, and math. Winning students receive $1,000 college scholarships through Indiana’s CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan. Nominations can be submitted through April 10 at https://secure.in.gov/apps/mathscienceawards/.

Art contest winners on display – The Museum of Miniature Houses will feature the fifteen winners of the annual Carmel High School Art Department’s “Minumental” competition. Students were challenged to create works of art no bigger than 1 inch x 1 inch x 1 inch, in any medium, to illustrate song lyrics of their choice. The exhibit will run until May. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wed.-Sat. and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Passover celebration – Messianic Jewish Congregation Shaarey Yeshua invites you to celebrate Passover from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on April 23 at the Ritz Charles Conference Center, 12156 N. Meridian St. There will be a full Seder, a catered meal, music, and Israeli dancing. Appropriate dress is business attire. Tickets must be purchased by April 10.  For more information call 317-202-0789, email rabbi@shaareyyeshua.org, or visit www.shaareyyeshua.org.

Student Design Challenge – Hamilton Co. Area Neighborhood Development and the Hamilton Co. Leadership Academy have partnered to sponsor the Student Design Challenge for high school students. Entrants will design content to raise awareness of lack of affordable housing in the county. Deadline is April 15. Contest rules are available at www.HandIncorporated.org.

Free art activities – The Art Lab, 33 E. Main St., will offer free art activities on The Arts District’s Second Saturday walks. The next event is from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 9 and is an art tea party. Children bring your favorite doll and create and paint a clay teacup. Parents experience the pottery wheel and get some helpful hints on throwing a pot.

Safe Sitter class – The Carmel Fire Department offers a Safe Sitter course for kids ages 11 to 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 16. Students learn life-saving skills such as how to rescue someone who is choking and helpful information like what to do if there’s severe weather. Cost is $60 and includes CPR training. For more information, contact Keith Freer at 317-571-4245.

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