Carmel in brief — October 31, 2017


Mechanical Seals compete – The Mechanical Seals team from Clay Township Regional Waste District recently participated in a national Operations Challenge against teams from across the country and a few international teams. CTRWD won the Indiana event in May for the right to represent the Indiana Water Environment Association. The Mechanical Seals placed 22nd out of 37 teams. Being the first time competing at the national level, the team was excited with the results.

Interstate improvements – A $47 million patching and resurfacing project is under way along I-65 from one mile south of U.S. 52 in Lebanon to nearly 3.5 miles south of State Road 38 in Lafayette. The project also includes replacing the decks on the State Road 47 bridge and on the Tippecanoe County Road 900 and 1000 East bridges over I-65. The project is scheduled to be complete in October 2018.

CYAP fundraiser – The Carmel Youth Assistance Program’s fall “Friendraiser” is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at Union Brewing Company, 622 S. Range Line Road. It will include live acoustic music, food, beverages and more. RSVP at

Spartz named to committees – State Sen. Victoria Spartz has been appointed by Senate President Pro Tem David Long to serve on four committees during the 2018 legislative session. The four Senate committees are Education and Career Development, Environmental Affairs, Insurance and Financial Institutions, and Pensions and Labor.

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 at and

Princess Academy – The Accents Show Choir will host Princess Academy for kids ages 4 through 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at Carmel High School. This event will include pampering (nails and princess hair), princess character meet and greet, royalty themed games, crafts, photo booth, story time, snack, and a performance for the parents by the kids. Cost is $30. Register at

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

Media Lab anniversary – The Carmel Clay Public Library will celebrate the 1-year anniversary of its Digital Media Lab from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 11 at 23 E. Main St. The event will include refreshments, live music, giveaways and more. Learn about the lab’s software, equipment and 3-D printing capabilities.

Suicide prevention training – Chaucie’s Place will offer a suicide prevention training session from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at 4607 E. 106th St., Carmel. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer and was developed specifically to detect and respond to anyone projecting suicide warning signs. Cost is $15. Visit to register.

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

Public comments needed – The Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization is seeking public comments on Central Indiana’s 2045 Long-Range Transportation Plan. The public is invited to review and comment on the plan, which can be found online at Draft-2045-LRTP, at several area public libraries, local government offices or the MPO offices at 200 E. Washington St., Suite 2322, Indianapolis. Comments may be made online in the document, or by phone to Stephanie Belch at 317-327-7599 or email at [email protected]. The deadline for comments is midnight Nov. 9.

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.

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, visit

Books & Brews now open – Books & Brews Carmel has opened at Carmel City Center. This is the fifth location to open, after the original brewpub location in Indianapolis, and taprooms in Zionsville, Brownsburg and Muncie. The Carmel taproom offers a full menu, including beer cheese dip made fresh daily from the beer of the day, a generous selection of sandwiches and grilled flatbreads, an array of artisan grilled cheese sandwiches and a rotation of beers on tap.

Carmel resident on trade mission – Governor Eric J. Holcomb is on an international trade mission to India, working to advance Indiana’s global economy by strengthening cultural and economic partnerships between Indiana and India. Traveling with Governor Holcomb is Carmel resident Raju Chinthala, founder and president of the Indiana India Business Council.

Building permits decreased – The Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis reported that in the greater Indianapolis nine-county area, single-family building permits slipped 5 percent last month with 442 permits compared to September 2016.  However, 4,708 new home permits have been cumulatively issued compared to 4,447 last year, positively posting a 6 percent increase from last year.

Tax professionals needed – The Indiana Department of Revenue invites tax professionals, attorneys, business stakeholders, advocates and scholars statewide to be considered for appointment to the new Commissioner’s Advisory Council to provide valuable input on tax administration for the state. Twelve members will be selected for two-year appointments. The council will meet quarterly beginning in late January. Applications are available at and are due by Dec. 1.


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