Carmel in brief — September 12, 2017


Design trends – HGTV star Jennifer Bertrand will host an inspirational evening for interior designers at Jack Laurie Home Floor Designs. She will present and discuss current design trend ideas and share her design philosophies. The event is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Indiana Design Center, 200 S. Range Line Road. Food and beverages will be served. RSVP to [email protected].

Common Sense Media certification – Smoky Row Elementary has become an official Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Certified School. Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of digital media and technology, recognized Smoky Row’s commitment to preparing its students to use the power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while helping them understand the perils, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy and cyberbullying.

Tourism award received – The U.S. Travel Association announced the recipients of its 2017 Mercury Awards and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development was awarded best Public Relations Campaign for the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay, which passed through Carmel. The Mercury Awards recognize members for excellence and creative accomplishment in state destination marketing and promotional programs.

Celebrations series – The Museum of Miniature Houses presents its series Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship on Wednesdays at noon. Upcoming performances include: Sept. 13 – Sylvia Gray, a surface artist specializing in hand painting on silk scarves, will present her work. She is an Indiana artisan, the State’s official designation for work of the highest caliber. Gray will also have scarves for sale.

Moms groups meet – Are you pregnant or a mother of preschoolers? Mothers of Preschoolers exists to support young mothers. A typical MOPS meeting includes: childcare, fellowship, a speaker, small group discussion and a creative activity. Moms also enjoy a hot breakfast. There are three groups in Carmel. Go to to find out more.

Harvey phone scam – In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the phone scams have begun. Locally, some residents have received calls from people identifying themselves as State Police representatives trying to solicit funds for Harvey victims. The Indiana State Police is not soliciting funds for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and will not be contacting citizens by telephone requesting funds.

Video awards – Former Carmel Police Chief Tim Green recently accepted two awards from the Alliance for Community Media on behalf of the City of Carmel/Carmel Police Dept. and The OMNI Centre for Public Media, Inc. The video “Carmel Police Department” received recognition as the best government profile. The video “Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony” won the best spiritual/inspirational.

Museum grant – The Museum of Miniature Houses has been awarded a Heritage Support Grant of $4,954 to purchase archival supplies according to best practices and standards for collections management and storage. The museum has seven rooms for exhibits plus onsite and five offsite storage areas for the remainder of its vast collection of fine scale miniatures. Heritage Support Grants are provided by the Indiana Historical Society and made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc.

Smart Steps specialist appointed – Executive Director Dr. Jack Powell announced the appointment of Michelle Linden Mates to the Smart Steps Program Specialist position at Chaucie’s Place where she will focus on development of curricula and assessment.

Civil War Roundtable – The Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at Carmel City Hall. Professor Carol Janney will present Women in the Civil War. The public is invited and admission is free.

Circle of Light auditions – Auditions are now open for the 55th annual Circle of Lights festival. This year, auditioning is even easier, with all auditions taking place via online submission. Simply record a two-minute holiday-themed video and submit it via For those without video recording ability, attend video-recording day from 3 to 7 p.m. Sept 13 at the IndyStar Community Room 130 S. Meridian St. Submission are being accepted through Sept. 18.

Swim lesson incentives – In an effort to raise awareness for water safety, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation has launched the Circle of Water Safety program. Families are invited to prioritize consistent swim lessons, an important component of being safe around the water. Participants who register for four months of swim lessons in Sept-Dec will receive 50 percent off the registration fee of an additional swim lesson in January or February. For more information, contact Leah Weprich at [email protected].

Free seminars for seniors – CarDon & Associates is partnering with Indy Mature Living to help educate Indianapolis-area seniors about issues related to home ownership and post-retirement downsizing. The free seminars will highlight senior living options for those over the age of 55, downsizing, and other educational topics. Upcoming topics include: Downsizing – Senior Panelists, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Aspen Trace, 3154 S. SR 135, Greenwood. Reservations can be made by phone or email at 317-600-2056 or [email protected].

Republican pork roast – Carmel Clay Republicans will hold their annual pork roast from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at 11300 Haverstick Rd., Carmel. Cost is $10 at the door and includes food, drink, fellowship and a fantastic setting. All are welcome. RSVPs required and may be made at:

HAND conference – Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development Inc. has opened registration for its third-annual conference: Suburban Solutions for Housing Choice. Scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 22 at Conner Prairie, the event will focus on overcoming development obstacles in the suburbs. Tickets are $65, which includes breakfast and lunch. Registration is open through Sept. 13. Reserve your seat at

Sustainable living seminar – The library will host a sustainable living seminar at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in the program room. Key topics include water resources, agriculture, infrastructure and more. Climate change experts will discuss the local impact of key findings.

Native tree sale – The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is holding its annual fall native tree sale. This year 35 varieties of native trees and shrubs are available. All offerings are $26 each and will arrive in three-gallon containers and be approximately 3-5 feet tall at delivery. Pre-orders are required and are due Sept. 28. Trees can be picked up from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds llama barn. Order forms and online ordering are available at

Flag education program – The American Legion will hold its annual Flag Education Test during November. Fourth graders in participating schools can take a test of flag knowledge. Two winners from each state will win $1000. The test is based on the comic book “Our Country’s Flag.” School that wish to participate must enroll at by Sept. 29.

Waste water plant tours – A tour of Carmel’s waste water treatment plant, 9609 Hazel Dell Pkwy., will be given from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Dress comfortably for outside and wear sturdy shoes. Tour will be held outside, rain or shine. To register, call 317-844-3362.

Stewards of Children – Parents and adults who work with children can learn how to prevent child sexual abuse by registering for Stewards of Children. This program teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react to child sexual abuse. Chaucie’s Place is offering this program from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Chaucie’s Place, 4607 E. 106th St., Carmel. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. For more information visit

Families symposium – The 2017 Status of Indiana Families symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Ivy Tech, 2820 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. Discussions will provide insight into critical issues facing families from infants and children to the aging and elderly. Cost is $50 and includes lunch. Register at

Art Without Borders show – St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., presents Nea Kavala Art Without Borders from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Art Without Borders is a project started by Kayra Martinez to help refugee families in Greece express their emotions through art. Art will be on display and available to purchase, with proceeds going to the refugee families.

Legislative internships – Indiana House Republicans are now accepting internship applications for the 2018 legislative session. Internships are open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates of all majors. This paid program during the spring semester gives college students the chance to work one-on-one with state legislators while seeing firsthand how laws are made. To complete an application, visit Applications are due by Oct. 31.

Congressional App Challenge – The 2017 Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is now open to students in the Fifth Congressional District who have not yet graduated from high school. The CAC is designed to engage students from across the country in computer science and coding. Students of any age, whether in elementary, middle, or high school are encouraged to compete by creating and exhibiting an app for mobile, tablet, or computer devices on a platform of their choice. For more information or to submit an entry by Nov. 1, visit

Governor appointments – Governor Eric J. Holcomb has announced the appointments and reappointments of several Carmel residents to various state boards and commissions. Eric Nisenbaum and Mitzi Wasik have been appointed to the Drug Utilization Review Board. Andrew Leffler and Terri Miller have been appointed to the Indiana School for the Deaf Board. Greg Hohlier has been appointed to the Statewide 911 Board, and Blaine Walters has been named to the Underground Plant Protection Advisory Committee.

Medical aid in dying – Compassion and Choices presents Medical Aid in Dying at 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at the John Hensel Government Center, 10701 N. College Ave. Learn more about medical aid in dying and the efforts of Compassion and Choices to pass legislation allowing this option for all Hoosiers. This event is free and open to all community members.

New radiologist on staff – Northwest Radiology Network welcomes Tony Illing, M.D., as a new neuroradiologist. He has a special interest in head and neck imaging. For more information about Northwest Radiology, visit To schedule an appointment, call 317-972-9669.

Free classes – During Sports and Human Performance Week, St. Vincent Sports Performance at Clay Terrace will open its doors to all Carmel-area residents for free adult performance classes, anti-gravity treadmill sessions and sports nutrition seminars. Residents can sign up for 60-minute adult performance classes, 30-minute Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill sessions and 60-minute nutrition seminars. All activities are free during the week of Sept. 18. To reserve a spot, visit

Being Mortal – The Carmel Clay Public Library continues its Stethoscope Series with Being Mortal. Join Dr. David Mandelbaum from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 23. Dr. Mandelbaum is co-director of Franciscan Hospice Care. Following a screening of the film Being Mortal, Dr. Mandelbaum will lead a discussion. This event is free but registration is preferred by calling 877-888-1777.

Fight the New Drug – Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 14598 Oak Ridge Rd., will host Fight the New Drug at 7 p.m. Sept. 25. Designed for students in seventh grade and older, and their parents, the program teaches about the dangers of pornography in an age-appropriate way. They will present the scientific proof that porn changes brain chemistry and can lead to addiction. There is no cost to attend but a free-will offering will be taken.

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 will be held at Old National Bank, 1430 S. Range Line Rd. For more information, visit

5K Walk/Run registration open – Registration is now open for the first ever Connect 2Help211 5K Walk/Run. Connect 2Help211 exists to provide help to people who don’t know where to turn. Think of 211 as the 911 of human services (disaster relief information, domestic violence help, etc.) The event will be held on Sept. 23 at the Lilly LIFE Center, 800 S. East St. The race begins at 9 a.m. and will be followed by a kid’s Track Trot. To register, visit

PIP wins awards – PIP in Carmel recently received several prestigious awards including Top Sales Volume and Million Dollar Club, both for achieving high sales during 2016. In addition, PIP was named one of the top 25 in the entire PIP franchise network.

Management change – Fishers-based hotel management and development company Dora Hotel Company, LLC has assumed management of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites at 9797 N. Michigan Rd. as of Sept. 1.

Acquisition complete – Carmel Indiana based PR Mortgage & Investments announced the closing of its acquisition of RICHMAC Funding LLC, a national Freddie Mac Targeted Affordable Housing Seller/Servicer. RICHMAC will continue to be led by Mathew Wambua and Marsha Goff from offices in New York and Minneapolis.

Mayor to speak at real estate breakfast – Mayor Jim Brainard will speak at the Commercial Real Estate Hot Topic Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 14 at Broadmoor Country Club, 2155 Kessler Blvd. W. Dr. The mayor will outline his vision for the future of the Meridian Street Corridor. This event is free to attend. RSVP at

Food pantry collections – AlphaGraphics has partnered with Carmel United Methodist Food Pantry to stock its shelves with personal care items. From now through September, donations of personal care items can be dropped off at AlphaGraphics, 1051 3rd Ave SW during normal business hours. Items that are needed include: shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, tampons and any other toiletries.