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 [email protected].
DAR announces essay winners—Recently, The Horseshoe Prairie Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, announced area high school winners of its annual Good Citizen Essay Contest. This year, the essay title was Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It. The winner from Carmel High School was Sophia Tragesser.
Tri Kappa bingo night – Carmel Tri Kappa will host Bingo For Brainy Bucks at 6 p.m. April 19 at the Bridgewater Club, 3535 E. 161st St. Tickets are $25 and include bingo, light refreshments, and silent auction. Funds raised will provide scholarships for high school senior women. Contact Lisa McMullen at [email protected] to reserve your tickets.
Library progress update – The Carmel Clay Public Library will hold a progress update and public input session at 6:30 April 19 in the Program Room. Come hear the latest news regarding our future vision for the library and share your reactions and questions.
Student pages – The following Carmel students recently served as Senate pages for a day: Elizabeth O’Connell, Emily Sandy, Emma Delph, Lilly Delph, Arabella Jensen, Alyssa Madrig, Samara Sharp, Evan Spidel, Shreeram Thirunavukkarasu and Sarah Warf.
Bridges projects wins award – Hamilton County Parks and Recreation was recently presented the Indiana Park and Recreation Association’s (IPRA) Excellence in Landscape Design award, for the Historic Bridges Project. Two decommissioned bridges from other counties were moved to Hamilton County, restored, and joined with a third in Koteewi Park.
Governor’s Fellowship applications – Gov. Eric Holcomb has announced that applications will be accepted through April 6 for the 2018-19 Governor’s Fellowship. The program is open to college graduates who receive their bachelor’s degrees in the fall of 2017 or the spring of 2018. Fellows participate in the daily activities and operation of state government, complete special projects, and experience firsthand how policies are made. The application and submission guidelines can be found online at in.gov/gov/fellowship.htm.
IURC vacancy – The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Nominating Committee is soliciting applications from people interested in filling an upcoming vacancy on the commission created by the expiration of Angela Weber’s term. Applications will be accepted through April 9 and may be obtained from in.gov/gov/2682.htm.
Celebrations series – The Museum of Miniature Houses presents its Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship series on Wednesdays at noon. The next session will be held on April 11. Kristina Oliver, experimental abstract artist, presents her work in acrylic, oil pastels and alcohol inks.
State fair registration open – Registration is now open for all competitions for the 2018 Indiana State Fair. Competitors can choose from 38 categories, including vegetables, livestock, photography and textiles. All ages are welcome to compete for cash prizes and 8,292 blue ribbons to be awarded. For registration information, visit indianastatefair.com/state-fair/competitionscontests/.
Historical speaker series – The Carmel Clay Historical Society 2018 Speaker Series kicks off with Honoring Indiana’s Special Role in World War I at 7 p.m. April 12 at the Carmel Clay Public Library’s Program Room. This program will be presented by Jim Corridan, State Archivist and Director of the Indiana Commission on Public Records. This event is free. Visit CarmelClayHistory.org for more information.
Suicide prevention training – Chaucie’s Place, 4607 E. 106th St., Carmel, will host QPR training from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 14. QPR stands for Question.Persuade.Refer and the method was developed to detect and respond to anyone exhibiting suicide warning signs. QPR is an evidence-based prevention program backed by 30 years of research. Cost is $25. Register online at EventBrite.com.
The Great War exhibit – The Carmel Clay Historical Society will host The Great War: From Ration Lines to the Front Lines, one of the Indiana Historical traveling exhibits, from April 14-May 13. The exhibit showcases Indiana’s contributions to the war effort and the war’s long-lasting effects, and will be on display at the Monon Depot Museum, 211 1st St. SW.
Historical Society luncheon – The Carmel Clay Historical Society will hold its annual spring luncheon from 1 to 3 p.m. April 15 at Woodland Terrace Community Room. The event will showcase historical fashions and the Heritage Award will be presented. Tickets are $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers. Visit CarmelClayHistory.org for tickets.
Screenagers movie – Midwest Academy, 1420 Chase Ct., will host a showing of the film: Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age from 6 to 8 p.m. April 18. Learn about the digital age our teenagers are living in. A panel discussion will follow the film.
Taste Sip Savor – Trinity Free Clinic will host Taste Sip Savor from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 21 at the Bridgewater Club, 3535 E. 161st St. The tasting event features foods, wines, desserts and more. Tickets are $75 for general admission or $100 for VIP admission. Register at TasteSipSavor.com. For more information, contact Autumn Zawadzki at 317-669-6926, or [email protected].
Fortune Academy fundraiser – The Fortune Academy will hold its 16th Annual Celebration Fundraiser from 6 to 11 p.m. April 21 at 502 East Event Center in Carmel. Tickets start at $100 and include silent auction, raffles, live auction, dinner and cocktails, and live entertainment from Toy Factory. Visit TheFortuneAcademy.org.
Shredding event – Comprehensive Retirement Solutions presents Earth Day Shredding and Recycling Fest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21 at 11595 N. Meridian St. Boxes of documents can be shredded for $10 per box. Clothing and electronics will be accepted as well. For a list of accepted electronics, visit arrindy.com and select the recycling tab.
Aspergers adults to meet – Indianapolis Adults With Aspergers will meet for an Earth Day hike at 12:30 p.m. April 22. The hike will begin at Hubbard & Cravens, 6229 Carrollton Ave., Indianapolis. We will take a walk along the canal and have some coffee.
Restored fundraiser – Donatello’s Italian Restaurant will host a fundraiser for Restored, Inc., an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that addresses human sex trafficking throughout the state. The event is a four-course wine dinner at 7 p.m. on April 24. Tickets cost $75, which includes a charitable donation but not tax or tip. They can be purchased at 9 W. Main Street in Carmel or online at donatellosrestored.eventbrite.com.
Support clean water – Ferguson Enterprises and Kohler will host Clarity: An Evening to Support Clean Water at 7 p.m. April 26 at 200 S. Range Line Rd. Cost is $40 and includes dinner, drinks and entertainment. All proceeds benefit the Kohler Clarity Initiative. Kohler Clarity filters out bacteria and provides up to 40 liters of safe water each day- enough for a small family. Visit fergusonclarity.eventbrite.com/?s=83778380 for tickets.
Cowpokes & Cocktails – Eiteljorg Museum presents Cowpokes & Cocktails from 6 to 11 p.m. April 28 at Fitness Farm, 2525 W. 44th St. This is a high-end fundraiser that includes exquisite food, a cocktail contest, silent and live auction. Kristi Lee of the “Bob & Tom Show” will serve as emcee and auctioneer. Tickets start at $200 and are available at bidpal.net/cowpokes.
Award nominees sought – Indiana Landmarks seeks nominations for the Servaas Memorial Award and the Williamson Prize. Both awards go to those interested in historic preservation. Winners in each category will receive a cash prize and an original wood sculpture. For details, visit IndianaLandmarks.org/awards. Nominations are due by May 1.
St. Augustine Guild luncheon – The St. Augustine Guild Annual Luncheon, Silent Auction and Style Show will be held at 10:30 a.m. May 2 at Ritz Charles in Carmel. The event will benefit The Little Sisters of the Poor, to help fund their work with the elderly needy of the area. Tickets are $55, and may be reserved before April 20 by calling 317-294-1955.
Golden Hoosier nominations – Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 Golden Hoosier Awards. To be eligible for the award, nominees must be Indiana residents, aged 65 or older and have been a volunteer in the community for the past three years. Nomination forms are available at lg.in.gov and are due by May 14.
Cadet Law Enforcement Academy – The Indiana Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Academy is currently accepting applications for the 2018 class. The Academy is limited to the first 50 applicants. Registration is open to students in grades 9-12. Cost is $300 and is due by June 1. Visit trooper.org/camps for more information.
Free gardening help – The Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District staff are available for free site visits to any backyard and community vegetable garden in Hamilton County. Staff can provide guidance with planning, advice on weed and pest management, soil health information, and much more. To schedule a site visit, email [email protected] or call 317-773-2181. In addition, tip sheets and many other online resources on a number of gardening topics are available at HamiltonSWCD.org/UrbanAgriculture.
Entrepreneurship series – Carmel Clay Public Library will host Starting Your Business With a Franchise from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 30. Join speaker Bill Higgins, the local owner of Hoodz Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning. Higgins will share his journey as a franchise owner. Register at frannetmidamerica.com/events.
Housing update – The housing market in Carmel remains steady as homes sell for the same amount and three days faster than this time last year. According to F.C. Tucker, the average sale price for homes sold in Carmel in February 2018 was $340,894, just $104 more than February 2017, at an average of $140.33 per square foot. Homes in the city sold 3.7 percent faster than this time last year at 78 days.
Source: F.C. Tucker
Credit score rankings – Personal-finance website WalletHub analyzed the median credit scores of residents in 2,572 cities for its 2018’s Cities with the Highest & Lowest Credit Scores. The median credit score in Carmel is 758, which falls into the excellent category and ranks in the 97th percentile relative to all other cities.