Carmel in brief — July 10, 2018

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Clarification – In the July 3 edition of Current in Carmel, Carmel Clay Schools board of trustees Vice President Pam Knowles meant to refer to the district using information from the 2010 census to make a recommendation on the future of Orchard Park and Carmel elementary schools. 

Celebrations series – The Museum of Miniature Houses presents its Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship series on Wednesdays at noon. Create Your Own Mini Art will be held July 11, July 25 and Aug. 8. All ages are welcome to come and create a 2-D or 3-D work. Materials and instruction will be provided, including stencils to create miniature furniture. Becuase these workshops have become popular, reservations are suggested. Call 317-575-9466 to reserve a spot.

Produce donated to food pantries – The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District partnered with local organizations to grow over 200 tomato and pepper plants for the summer produce donation program. The plants were delivered to seven local food pantries to use in meeting the needs of their residents. For more, call 317-773-2181 or email andrew.fritz@hamiltoncounty.in.gov.

Tin dollhouse exhibit – The Museum of Miniature Houses has on display an exhibit of pressed steel, or tin, dollhouses. These were popular in the 1950’s. Included in the exhibit is a dollhouse from 1962 that has its own fallout shelter. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 9.

HAND open house – Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development will host a public open house from 2 to 4 p.m. July 11 at Carmel City Hall, 1 Civic Square. The purpose of the meeting is to gather public input for its 2018 Hamilton County Housing Needs Assessment. The analysis, which is conducted twice a decade, is used to determine local housing needs and to identify a strategy for meeting them.

Adults-only waterpark events – The Waterpark at the Monon Community Center will host Monon Mixers from 8 to 10 p.m. July 12 and Aug. 2. The events costs $10 per person and includes adults-only access to all the waterpark’s features, including the lazy river, adventure slides and FlowRider. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase in addition to concessions. Participants must register online at carmelclayparks.com

Bastille Day event – Alliance Francaise recently relocated to Carmel and will host a Bastille Day celebration to introduce itself to the city. The event will be from 6 to 10 p.m. July 14 at Sophia Square. Festivities will include music, food, wine, and fireworks at dusk.

Free Constitution sessions – The Constitution Party will host a series of free sessions on the Constitution. Sessions will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month from now through July at Old National Banking Center, 385 S. Main St., Zionsville. Nick Frecker will lead the series and will be using The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution by Brion McClanahan. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the sessions.

Visiting author series – Meet Beatriz Williams from 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 17 at the Carmel Clay Public Library Program Room. Williams is the author of “A Hundred Summers,” “The Secret Life of Violet Grant” and other works of historical fiction. Book sales and signings will follow a presentation by Williams. Register by calling 317-814-3984.

Backpack giveaway – TCC and Wireless Zone stores are teaming up to donate backpacks full of school supplies to children through TCC’s annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway. From 1 to 4 p.m. on July 22, participating TCC stores are inviting local families to bring their children to the store to pick up a backpack filled with pencils, paper, folders, glue and more. The TCC store at 1352 S. Rangeline Rd. is participating in this giveaway with 220 backpacks available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Golf tournament – The inaugural DEEM National Pro-Am Golf Tournament will be held at Wood Wind Golf Club, 2302 W. 161st St., Westfield, July 23. Proceeds will benefit the Evans Scholarship Fund and the new Central Indiana Caddy Academy. To register, call 317-669-8550 or e-mail Jake.Peacock@WoodWindGolf.com.

Author visit and raffle – Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore, 5619 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis, will host author Christina June in conversation with Bella Simons from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 24. Signed books and gift baskets will be raffled following a Q&A session. Proceeds benefit Riley Hospital for Children.

Lemonade stand – Meridian Title Corporation, 3850 Priority Way South Dr., Ste. 120, Indianapolis, will host its annual Alex’s Lemonade Stand from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 27. Hot dogs and chips will be served. Donations will be accepted on the day of the event and can also be made online at alexslemonade.org/mypage/1462286. Proceeds benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which funds cancer research.

Golf tournament – River Glen Country Club, 12010 Clubhouse Dr., Fishers, will host the Earl D. Hoover Memorial Charity Golf Tournament from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 28. Proceeds will benefit the Jefferson Awards Foundation, an organization that promotes public service through education and awards. For more, visit facebook.com/events/508802572856395/.

Cycling exhibit – Cycling Through History is now open at the Monon Depot, 211 First St. SW. The exhibit showcases historic bikes, including a high-wheeler, an antique tandem bicycle, a 1930s Elgin, a Schwinn Krate and more. The museum is open Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturdays 1 to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit runs through July 29.

Lugar Series seeks applicants – The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series is accepting applications for its 29th annual class. The Lugar Series mission is to increase the number and influence of Republican women in governmental positions at all levels. Applicants should have demonstrated leadership skills in their fields of work or community service. Applications are due Aug. 1 and are available by visiting lugarseries.com/apply/ or by calling 317-536-6900.

First Responders at Conner Prairie – Conner Prairie will host First Responders Day Aug. 4. First Responders with valid ID will receive free admission into the park and their guests will receive a 50 percent discount. Special programming will be offered and an opening ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. For more, visit ConnerPrairie.org.

Creative writers meetings – Carmel Creative Writers wants to give writers of all levels and genres the opportunity to network, learn and share. Join us for our meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Hoosier Salon, 22 N. Range Line Rd. Guest speakers, a yearly anthology, and input on your writing samples are all part of our meetings. For more, email rcjennings5@gmail.com.

Newcomers Club – Newcomers Club of Carmel, a nonprofit social club, connects its members with friends, engages in fun activities and explores the community. Monthly activities include a welcome coffee, a luncheon event and 32 interest group meetings. Membership represents Carmel, Westfield, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville and Indianapolis. For more, visit carmelnewcomers.com or call 317-564-8349.

Ladies tea – Fellowship in Christ Church, 310 N. Range Line Rd., will host Coffee, Tea, and Thee for ladies from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. The event is free and open to all women in the community.

Adult baseball players sought – Hoosier Adult Baseball is seeking players 48 and over to participate in a six-game fall schedule in September and October. Games will be played on weeknights at Grand Park in Westfield. More information can be obtained through the Hoosier Adult Baseball Facebook page or by contacting Dwight at dpodgurski@msn.com or Todd at teschmann@msn.com.

Parks COO honored – Michael Klitzing, chief operating officer of Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation, has received the National Distinguished Professional Award by the National Recreation and Park Association. The award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the parks and recreation field through leadership, research, advocacy, community outreach and program development. 

Chemistry Olympiad team chosen – Carmel resident Andrew Wu from Park Tudor High School qualified for the team representing the US at the International Chemistry Olympiad. Wu was chosen from an initial pool of 17,000 applicants. The final team consists of the top four students and will compete in Slovakia and Czech Republic this month.

Philanthropy award given – The Carmel Eta Delta Chapter of Psi Iota Xi was recently recognized for its contributions to local fine arts projects. Eta Delta raises funds through their November cheese ball sales and contributes nearly $25,000 annually by funding art scholarships for CHS graduates, by supporting ArtMix and The Lolly Project at Indianapolis Children’s Hospitals and by donating to several other worthy charities. 

Bike Carmel mascot name chosen – After receiving more than 650 entries, Bike Carmel is pleased to announce the name of its new mascot, Spokes! Congratulations to Jan Fulmer of New Palestine, as she was randomly selected from the more than 80 entries suggesting the name. Fulmer won a $100 Old Spaghetti Factory gift card, donated by Good Day Carmel.

Maccabi Youth Games – The Maccabi USA Organizing Committee has announced Carmel resident Isazbel Cohen has been appointed a member of Team USA for the upcoming Maccabi Youth Games, which will take place in Israel from July 22 to Aug. 2. Cohen will participate on the volleyball team.

Silver alert changes – The Silver Alert law has been amended to include a missing endangered child category. This category will apply to a child who is believed to be incapable of returning home without assistance because of physical or mental disability. This change in the law took place on July 1.

Tai Chi classes – The Monon Center will offer Tai Chi classes and practice sessions this summer. Classes are offered from 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning July 2. Cost is $80 for the summer session. Practice sessions are from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays beginning July 2. Cost is $70 for the session. To register, visit apm.activecommunities.com and enter Tai Chi into the search box.

Free meditation class – Sahaja Meditation Indiana presents a free mediation class at 7 p.m. on Fridays. Learn to reduce stress and experience inner peace through meditation. The class is held at Old National Bank, 1430 S. Range Line Rd. For more, visit IndianaMeditation.org.

Local firm chosen for accelerator program – eCeptacle, an IoT company offering a cloud-based waste management platform, announced that it has been invited to participate in the 2018 MassChallenge Boston accelerator program. eCeptacle created the Power Bin, a Wi-Fi trash can that alerts public works staff when cans are nearly full. Power Bins also function as emergency call stations and alert systems.

Oliver’s Twist grand opening – The grand opening celebration for Oliver’s Twist, 800 S. Range Line Rd., Suite 255, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., July 12. The first 50 guests will receive a swag bag valued at $75. The swag bag will include a journal that can be foil stamped that night and a $10 gift certificate. Desserts from The Cake Bake Shop and Matt the Miller’s Tavern will be served during the grand opening as well.

New team members hired – Carmel-based Seven Corners Inc., an innovative and service focused international travel insurance and specialty benefit management company, has announced the hiring of two new team members. Sue Clevenger has joined the company as customer experience director and Jeremy Murchland is stepping in as vice president of sales. 

Real estate update – Home values in Carmel continue to increase as homes left the market significantly faster. According to F.C. Tucker, the average sale price for homes sold in Carmel in May 2018 was $395,574, a 6.4 percent price increase. Homes in the city sold a significant 20 days faster than this time last year at 38 days.

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