Best place to live – Niche, an online platform that ranks neighborhoods and schools, has named Carmel as its 2018 Best Place to Live in America. Rankings are based on crime rates, school systems, housing trends, employment statistics, cost of living and more.
Cathedral donation – Marshall Dixon, emeritus professor of physics and astronomy at Butler University, has given a $2 million gift to Cathedral High School in honor of its upcoming 100th birthday. The donation will help support a new Innovation Center to expand the school’s commitment to STEM education. Dixon has published a physics book with Cathedral teacher Adam Hibshman.
Youth volunteers selected – Thirty-four students have been selected to be new youth volunteers at Conner Prairie for the 2018 season. Carmel students selected are Audrey Scull, Jamie Emerson, Victoria Simich and Lillian Zaharako.
ALS fundraiser – The ALS Association Indiana Chapter will host a March Madness-themed fundraiser at 6 p.m. March 22 at the Renaissance Hotel North. Tickets are $50 and include Tito’s Vodka, beer and wine, bar bites, live bar games, and the night’s games on big screens. All proceeds benefit the Association and Indiana residents living with ALS. To order tickets, visit webin.alsa.org.
History Day finalists – The Indiana Historical Society has named finalists for the National History Day contest, including 41 students from Carmel schools. All finalists will advance to the state finals in April.
Budget certified – The Department of Local Government Finance certified Hamilton County’s 2018 budget order and tax rates in February, paving the way for on-time property tax bills. The county auditor will calculate and mail tax bills by April 13. Taxes are expected to be due on May 10.
Barrier-free performance – Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation presents Super. Everyday! – a barrier-free drama written and performed by participants with and without disabilities. Two showings will be held – 6 p.m. on March 24 and 1 p.m. on March 25. An ASL interpreter will be at both performances. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Monon Center, or online at CarmelClayParks.org.
Afternoon tea – The Indianapolis Propylaeum, 1410 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, will host afternoon tea from 1:30 to 3 p.m. March 24. Debra Sloane will portray her great-great aunt and activist as she returns from a suffrage meeting. Tickets are $35 for members, $40 for nonmembers and include tea, favor, raffle, program and music. Visit ThePropylaeum.org for more information.
Flower sale – Carmel Elementary is holding its annual flower sale. Orders are being accepted through March 26. Visit carmelflowersale.com to purchase flowers online. Pickup will be from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. May 4 at the school, 101 4th Ave. SE.
State fair registration open – Registration is now open for all competitions for the 2018 Indiana State Fair. Competitors can choose from 38 categories, including vegetables, livestock, photography and textiles. All ages are welcome to compete for cash prizes and 8,292 blue ribbons to be awarded. For registration information, visit indianastatefair.com/state-fair/competitionscontests/.
Scholarships available – Tru Direction, Inc., is accepting applications for its 2018 scholarship program. Scholarship recipients can receive $500 to $2,500 each as determined by the Scholarship Committee. For eligibility rules, visit Trudirection.org. Applications are due by March 31.
Easter brunch buffet –The Indianapolis Propylaeum, 1410 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, will host an Easter brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 1. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com/e/easter-buffet-and-champagne-brunch-tickets-43547687305?aff=es2. Must call 317-638-7881 ext. 2 to confirm seating time.
Governor’s Fellowship applications – Gov. Eric Holcomb has announced that applications will be accepted through April 6 for the 2018-2019 Governor’s Fellowship. The program is open to college graduates who receive their bachelor’s degrees in the fall of 2017 or the spring of 2018. Fellows participate in the daily activities and operation of state government, complete special projects, and experience firsthand how policies are made. The application and submission guidelines can be found online at in.gov/gov/fellowship.htm.
Historical speaker series – The Carmel Clay Historical Society 2018 Speaker Series kicks off with Honoring Indiana’s Special Role in World War I at 7 p.m. April 12 at the Carmel Clay Public Library’s Program Room. This program will be presented by Jim Corridan, State Archivist and Director of the Indiana Commission on Public Records. This event is free. Visit CarmelClayHistory.org for more information.
Suicide prevention training – Chaucie’s Place, 4607 E. 106th St., Carmel, will host QPR training from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 14. QPR stands for Question.Persuade.Refer and the method was developed to detect and respond to anyone exhibiting suicide warning signs. QPR is an evidence-based prevention program backed by 30 years of research. Cost is $25. Register online at EventBrite.com.
The Great War exhibit – The Carmel Clay Historical Society will host “The Great War: From Ration Lines to the Front Lines,” one of the Indiana Historical traveling exhibits, from April 14-May 13. The exhibit showcases Indiana’s contributions to the war effort and the war’s long-lasting effects, and will be on display at the Monon Depot Museum, 211 1st St. SW.
Fortune Academy fundraiser – The Fortune Academy will hold its 16th Annual Celebration Fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m. April 21 at 502 East Event Center in Carmel. Tickets start at $100 and include silent auction, raffles, live auction, dinner and cocktails, and live entertainment from Toy Factory. Visit TheFortuneAcademy.org.
Asperger’s adults to meet – Indianapolis Adults With Asperger’s will meet for an Earth Day hike at 12:30 p.m. April 22. The hike will begin at Hubbard & Cravens, 6229 Carrollton Ave., Indianapolis. The group will take a walk along the canal and have some coffee.
Restored fundraiser – Donatello’s Italian Restaurant will host a fundraiser for Restored, Inc., an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that addresses human sex trafficking throughout the state. The event is a four-course wine dinner at 7 p.m. on April 24. Tickets cost $75, which includes a charitable donation but not tax or tip. They can be purchased at 9 W. Main Street in Carmel or online at donatellosrestored.eventbrite.com.
Support clean water – Ferguson Enterprises and Kohler will host Clarity: An Evening to Support Clean Water at 7 p.m. April 26 at 200 S. Range Line Rd. Cost is $40 and includes dinner, drinks and entertainment. All proceeds benefit the Kohler Clarity Initiative. Kohler Clarity filters out bacteria and provides up to 40 liters of safe water each day- enough for a small family. Visit fergusonclarity.eventbrite.com/?s=83778380 for tickets.
Award nominees sought – Indiana Landmarks seeks nominations for the Servaas Memorial Award and the Williamson Prize. Both awards go to those interested in historic preservation. Winners in each category will receive a cash prize and an original wood sculpture. For details, visit IndianaLandmarks.org/awards. Nominations are due by May 1.
Golden Hoosier nominations – Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 Golden Hoosier Awards. To be eligible for the award, nominees must be Indiana residents, aged 65 or older and have been a volunteer in the community for the past three years. Nomination forms are available at lg.in.gov and are due by May 14.
Free gardening help – The Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District staff are available for free site visits to any backyard and community vegetable garden in Hamilton County. Staff can provide guidance with planning, advice on weed and pest management, soil health information, and much more. To schedule a site visit, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317-773-2181. In addition, tip sheets and many other online resources on a number of gardening topics are available at HamiltonSWCD.org/UrbanAgriculture.
School supplies donated – As a part of the fifth annual Teacher’s Rock campaign, ten teachers at Oak Trace Elementary Schools received supply pack donations filled with pencils, pens, dry erase markers, erasers, glue, paper, tissue boxes, sticky notes and more from employees at the local TCC store in Westfield. TCC’s parent company leads the campaign in over 500 cities across the nation.