Correction – In the March 29 edition of Current the wrong photo ran with the quote from William Arthur Ward. The photo was of President Chester A. Arthur.
Geography Bee – John Mikucki, an eighth-grade student at Carmel Middle School, recently finished second in the 2016 Indiana state-level Geographic Bee at IUPUI. Simon Molenaar, a seventh-grade student from Highland, won a tie-breaker to win the championship and will represent Indiana in the National Geographic Bee Championship in May in Washington, D.C.
Bank opening – Huntington Bank will celebrate its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 16 at 14921 Thatcher Lane, Carmel. Snacks and refreshments will be provided, and the event will also include Colts cheerleaders, live music, face painting and special offers.
Entrepreneurship Carmel – Entrepreneurship Carmel returns April 12 with a presentation from Bill Higgins, owner of Hoodz Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning, who will speak on “Build, Buy or Franchise.” The workshop is from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Carmel Clay Public Library, 55 4th Ave. SE. Register at www.frannetmidamerica.com/events.
Democratic women to meet – The Democratic Women of Hamilton County will meet at 10 a.m. April 16 at the Delaware Township Community Building, 9094 E 131st St. in Fishers. Coffee and social gathering begins at 9:30 a.m.
Handbell concert – The Circle City Ringers will present a free concert at 3 p.m. April 17 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 4780 E 126th St. in Carmel. The ensemble performs for many events to share the art of the English Handbell. For more information, visit stmarkscarmel.org/concert or contact St. Mark’s United Methodist Church at 317-846-4912.
Military commission – Cory Francis, a graduate of Carmel High School, was recently commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. He is scheduled to attend flight training and will be stationed in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife and three children.
Movie screening – The Barrington of Carmel retirement community, 1335 S. Guilford Road, will present a public screening of “Alive Inside,” a documentary that explores the effect music can have when combatting memory loss. The free showing is at 2 p.m. April 19 and is open to the public. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Robin Lombardo, regional director of the nonprofit Music & Memory.
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 Co. 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 County & Humphreys County, TN. The event is free and open to the public.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 September.
Art festival volunteers needed – International Talent Academy is seeking volunteers to help organize the first Children’s Festival for Arts and Education to be held in Sept. 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.
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.
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.
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.