Carmel in brief — October 24, 2017


Academy induction – Michael Klitzing, Chief Operating Officer of Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation, has been elected to the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. Klitzing was inducted recently at the Academy’s Annual Meeting during the National Recreation and Park Association Conference in New Orleans.

Pumpkin Fest – The Mayor’s Youth Council and the Carmel Arts Council will host Pumpkin Fest from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the City Hall Gazebo. This family-friendly event will feature music, food, pumpkin carving, costume contest and more. All proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish.

STEM workshop for girls – The Carmel High School robotics team, TechHOUNDS, will host its third annual Women in Technology STEM workshop for girls in grades 6-8 from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Carmel High School. Attendees will participate in STEM activities including chemistry experiments, physics tests, CAD exploration, and Lego Mindstorm construction. The cost is $10 at the door and includes a T-shirt, activity materials and a snack. Register at

Holiday tablescapes on display – Coxhall Mansion will host Holiday Tablescapes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4. The event will feature table designs from local designers and florists, cookies, coffee and tea. Cost is $15 and proceeds will be used to support a landscaping project surrounding the mansion.

Media Lab anniversary – Help us celebrate the one-year anniversary of our Digital Media Lab from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 11 at 23 E. Main St. We will have refreshments, live music, giveaways and more. Learn about our software, equipment and 3-D printing capabilities.

Learn about various religions – The Carmel Interfaith Alliance presents Meet Your Neighbor, a series that presents a different religion and guest speaker who will share common teachings of that faith. The series will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in October at Carmel Christian Church, 463 E. Main St. Topics will include: Oct. 24 – Hinduism; Oct. 31 – Mormonism.

Highgarden Halloween – The Carrie Holle Group of Highgarden Real Estate will host the third annual Highgarden Halloween from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27, in the Carmel Arts & Design District. Halloween festivities include trick-or-treating on Main Street, a pet costume contest, and a kid’s costume contest. For more, visit

VHS conversion – The Carmel Clay Public Library has a station for converting old VHS tapes and capturing them onto DVDs or USB drives. Users should bring their own blank DVDs or USB drives. The station is in the Audiovisual department. Call 317-571-4281 to make a reservation.

Youth volunteer nominations sought – From now through Nov. 7, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for Indiana’s top youth volunteers of the year. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application is available and

Town hall meetings – State Sen. John Ruckelshaus (R-Indianapolis) will host a series of bipartisan town hall meetings with State Reps. Carey Hamilton (D-Indianapolis) and Ed DeLaney (D-Indianapolis). The meetings will be held at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., on the following dates: Oct. 26 – Redistricting; Nov. 9 – Preview upcoming legislative session. For more, contact Christopher Bandy at [email protected] or 317-232-9808.

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.

Genealogy fair – The Indiana State Library, 315 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, will host its annual Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28. Admission is free and open to the general public. This year’s theme is Sacrificing and Shaping the Future, commemorating the Centennial of World War I and examining military resources and history. More than 30 genealogical and local history organizations and commercial vendors will be in attendance.

Halloween bash – The Indianapolis Propylaeum, 1410 N. Delaware St., will host a Halloween bash from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28. Events include a costume contest, cookie decorating, free tours of seasonally decorated mansion, plus many more yummy treats and fun activities. Admission is free but reservations are required. For more, visit

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 is 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

Birding workshop – Indiana Audubon Society will hold a beginning birding workshop Cool Creek Park and Nature Center from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 18. The workshop will include a look at birding opportunities around the state, purchasing and using binoculars, and an introduction to the common birds of Indiana. Cost is $15, with discounts for Indiana Audubon Society members. We will be outside for part of this event so dress accordingly. Registration is in the events page at

Humanities grant awarded – More than 25 libraries, schools, museums and other nonprofit organizations from Whiting to New Albany have received grants from Indiana Humanities this fall, including Carmel-based PATTERN. The grants support nonprofit organizations that sponsor public humanities programs such as exhibitions, workshops, lectures and reading and discussion programs.

Riley Champions named – Riley Champions presented by Kroger is a program that honors patients from Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health who have inspired communities with their bravery and commitment to help others despite overcoming medical challenges. The 2018 class of Riley Champions includes Carmel residents Lizzy Burke and Rik Bag. Both are dealing with complicated health issues and still manage to maintain a good attitude and have made significant accomplishments in their young lives.

Shoulder pain seminar – The Carmel Clay Public Library continues its Stethoscope Series with An Owner’s Guide to Shoulder Surgery. Join Dr. Vivek Agrawal at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Program Room of the library. Learn about treatment options for shoulder injuries and get exercises to maintain healthy shoulders. This event is free but registration is preferred by calling 877-888-1777.