Carmel in brief — February 12, 2019

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Casino Night – Congregation Shaarey Tefilla, 3085 W. 116th St., will play host to the 19th annual Casino Night & Silent Auction from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Feb. 23. Tickets are $25 per person with a $10 voucher to use toward silent auction purchases. Guests must be at least 21 years old. Sign up at eventbrite.com/e/casino-night-silent-auction-tickets-53503416158?aff=ebdssbdestsearch. For more information, email office@shaareytefilla.org.

Student selected for media conference – Gage Holle of Carmel has been selected as a National Youth Correspondent to the Washington Journalism and Media Conference July 7 to 12 at George Mason University. Holle, a student at Park Tudor, will join a select group of students from all over the nation for an intensive study of journalism and media. He was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in journalism and media studies.

Civil War roundtable – A. James Fuller will speak at the Feb. 13 meeting of the Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable at Carmel City Hall, 1 Civic Square. Fuller is the past president of the Indiana Association of Historians. He has published six books. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the program beginning at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

White River vision meeting – Learn about the White River Vision Plan through a panel discussion with environmental experts from 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Wilfong Pavilion, 11675 Hazel Dell Parkway in Carmel. Learn more at mywhiteriver.com.

Marathon charity announced – The Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse and Suicide will be the official charity for the 2019 Carmel Marathon Weekend. ICPYAS, formerly known as Chaucie’s Place, focuses on the prevention of youth abuse and suicide across Indiana. As the Official Charity, ICPYAS will receive a variety of benefits, including a cash donation that will underwrite the cost of in-school programming in seven new schools outside of Hamilton County. Learn more at indianaprevention.org and carmelmarathon.com.

Great Decisions program – The Indiana Council on World Affairs will host Great Decisions, a nonpartisan public education program, at 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings through April at Carmel High School, 520 E. Main St. Upcoming topics include The Middle East: Regional Disorder (Feb. 19), Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future? (Feb. 26), State of the State Department Diplomacy (March 5), India and its Neighbors (March 12), Rise of Populism in Europe (March 26), Refugees and Global Migration (April 9) and U.S. and Mexico: Partnership Tested (Jan. 29). Review payment options and reserve a spot online at ICWA_Org.eventbrite.com.    

Scholarships offered – Tru Direction, Inc. will award scholarships of $500 to $2,500 per qualified applicant (maximum $10,000 per calendar year) as determined by the scholarship committee. Scholarships may be used for any related expenses for college, university, trade school or technical school.  Applicants must be attending school a minimum of 9 hours, or the equivalent, per semester, however, preference is given to those attending at least 12 hours. Applications are due by March 31. Learn more at trudirection.org.

Democratic women to meet – The Democratic Women of Hamilton County will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Delaware Township Trustee Office, 9090 E 131st St., Fishers. Coffee will be served beginning at 9:30 a.m. The guest speaker is Dana Black of Indiana’s Own.

Gathering of Writers – Ross Gay, poet and National Book Award finalist, will be the keynote speaker at the Indiana Writers Center annual event, Gathering of Writers, which is set for 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 9 at the Indiana State Library, 315 W. Ohio St. in Indianapolis. Gay will also lead a three-hour poetry workshop. Register online and view cost options at indianawriters.org/pages/2019-gathering-of-writers.

WorldQuest team leader named – John Carter, a teacher at Carmel High School, has been named an Academic Team Leader for the 2019 Indiana Academic WorldQuest, a fast-paced quiz-style contest on world affairs. It is set for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at the University of Indianapolis Schwitzer Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. in Indianapolis. Carmel High School is the reigning champion. The Indiana Council on World Affairs finances the top scoring team’s trip to Washington D.C. for the national competition in April.

Volunteer judges needed – The Indiana Historical Society is issuing a call for volunteer judges as Carmel High School prepares to serve as the new host of the National History Day in Indiana Central Region Contest, which takes place March 2. Judges work in teams to interview students about their project, give feedback and rank winners. No experience is necessary. Approximate time commitment is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the day of the contest. To register as a volunteer judge, visit indianahistory.org/historyday or call 317-232-1882.

Kindergarten registration – Carmel Clay Schools is accepting kindergarten registration for the 2019-20 school year. The online registration form is at forms.ccs.k12.in.us/ParentPortal/pages/login.aspx. Students must be at least 5 years old by Aug. 1 to start kindergarten in August. Parents are encouraged to have students enrolled by March 8.

Scholarships available – The Hamilton County Extension Homemakers Association is offering six $500 scholarships to Hamilton County graduating seniors or undergraduate students. Four are for students majoring in the health and human science field. They will be awarding two additional $500 scholarships to students majoring in elementary education. Scholarship applications are available at extension.purdue.edu/hamilton. Applications are due by March 1.

IEHA to award scholarships – Indiana Extension Homemakers Association is offering eight $500 scholarships to Indiana homemakers who are 25 years of age or older. These scholarships are to be used to complete education or upgrade vocational skills. One must be admitted or cleared for admission to an academic or vocational school which is state-licensed or accredited. Preference will be given to a person studying at an undergraduate level. Scholarships will be awarded with regard for financial need. The application is due by March 15 and is available at ieha-families.org/programs.php.

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. This is open to all women in the community and there is no cost to attend.

Tri Kappa scholarships – Tri Kappa will award three $3,000 scholarships this year. Applicants must be female high school seniors and reside in the Carmel Clay or Westfield Washington school districts. Students from public, private or homeschools are eligible. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need, academic performance, co-curricular activities and community service. Application deadline is March 1. Learn more by emailing carmeltrikappascholarship@gmail.com or speaking with a high school counselor. 

Reserve skating times online – The City of Carmel has unveiled a new online ticketing service to make it easier to reserve time and ice skates for the upcoming holiday and winter seasons of skating at the Ice at Center Green. The new website utilizes a program called Ticket Spice and is an online ticket purchasing portal that will enable visitors to guarantee their spot on the ice by purchasing tickets and reserving skates in advance. Find the online ticketing portal at TheIceAtCenterGreen.com.

Engineering opportunities for students – INDOT is offering civil engineering students scholarships and paid employment during summer breaks and upon graduation. Students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana’s certified civil engineering schools and apply using the form at INDOTScholarship.IN.gov. Applications must be submitted by Dec. 31.

Dodgeball fundraiser – The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Shop for Kids Dodge, Duck and Dip Dodgeball Challenge is set for April 27 at Hamilton Heights High School, 25802 State Rte 19 in Arcadia. The double-elimination tournament will serve as a fundraiser for the Shop for Kids program, which provides $200 shopping trips during the holidays for less-fortunate children in Hamilton County. The entry fee is $100 for a team of six. For more, email ShopforKidsHC@gmail.com.

Youth Leadership program open – United Way of Central Indiana is accepting applications for the 2019 Youth Leadership United Program. This program teaches high school students about the nonprofit sector and how to serve on a nonprofit board. High school freshmen, sophomores and juniors who live in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion or Morgan counties may apply. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31. Apply online at uwci.org/ylu.

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

Local chapter launches – A local chapter of the American Association of Dental Managers recently launched. More than 80 people attended the inaugural meeting on Jan. 24 in Carmel. The next meeting is set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 25 at Woodland Terrace in Carmel. The organization has 15,000 members and 65 chapters nationwide and provides networking and education for managers and front desk dental teams. Learn more by emailing Kathy Rupenthal at aadomindynorth@gmail.com or by following the organization’s Facebook page.

Tom Wood Subaru receives award – Tom Wood Subaru, 3300 E. 96th St., recently received the 2019 DealerRater Consumer Satisfaction Award, an annual recognition given to auto dealerships that deliver outstanding customer service as rated by online consumer reviews. DealerRater, the world’s leading car dealer review website, created the Consumer Satisfaction Award program to let online car shoppers instantly spot dealers that provide high-quality customer service. 

Home buying seminar – Indiana Members Credit Union will host a Home Buying Seminar from 10 a.m. to noon March 2 at its Old Meridian Branch, 12725 Old Meridian St. in Carmel. An expert panel will provide insider tips on buying a new home and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to RSVP for the free event, contact David Macy at 317-814-2422 or dmacy@imcu.com.

Centier celebrates milestones – Centier Bank celebrated several milestones in 2018, including passing the $4 billion asset milestone in the second quarter of 2018. The bank also opened new branches in the Indianapolis market with its Fishers Crossing location and in Michiana with its Elkhart North location, its 60th and 61st banking centers, respectively. Centier associates volunteered more than 20,000 hours of community service supporting more than 1,000 organizations. Learn more at centier.com.

MomentPath to expand – Carmel-based MomentPath, a software company that provides a platform to help child care providers connect with loved ones and deliver insight into the care they provide, will scale up its operations in Hamilton County, hiring up to 50 new employees by 2022. The company plans to invest more than $800,000 in its operations over the next four years. MomentPath currently occupies approximately 13,000 square feet at 23 E. Main Street in Carmel and plans to upgrade and move into a new, 20,000-square-foot office within six months.

Allstate gives back – Four local Allstate representatives recently earned $1,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grants for area nonprofits. They include Carmel Allstate agency owner Ranj Puthran, who will support the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation; Carmel Allstate financial specialist Roy Lederman, who will support the Jefferson Awards for Public Service; and Patrick Terry, Sr., who will support Eagle Creek Little League.

Carmel attorney appointed – Carmel resident and Riley Bennett Egloff partner Kathleen Hart has been appointed to the board of directors of the Indiana Federal Community Defenders for a three-year term. IFCD’s mission is to provide high-quality, client-centered representation to indigent defendants charged with a federal crime and provide resources and training to Federal Criminal Justice Act panel attorneys.

Counties ranked by generosity – SmartAsset, a financial technology company, recently conducted a study on which Indiana counties donate the most money. The study measured how much people donate as a percentage of their net income and the number of people giving charitable donations in the county. Hamilton County ranked first. Boone County was second.

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