Carmel in brief — April 24, 2018


Clarification – In a story announcing Carmel Clay Schools Teacher of the Year semi-finalists in the April 17 edition of Current in Carmel, semi-finalist Lee Ann Wischmeyer, a counselor at Woodbrook Elementary School, was not included in the list.

Pence to visit Carmel – Vice President Mike Pence will speak in Carmel at April 26 at 502 East Event Centre, 502 E. Carmel Drive. He will share information about the recent tax cuts and what they mean for Hoosier families and the nation. The event is hosted by America First Policies, a nonprofit that advocates for issues such as tax reform and securing the border. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m., and guests will be admitted on a first come, first served basis. Reserve a ticket at

Taste of Solar – The Carmel Green Initiative will host Taste of Solar on April 28 to celebrate its 10th anniversary and provide information on solar power. Guests can visit up to three Carmel homes with solar panels to learn more about them from installation experts and enjoy food at each stop. Learn more at

BMV branch to relocate – The Carmel Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch will relocate to 271 Merchants Square Dr. effective May 1. The branch, currently located at 12955 Old Meridian St., will continue to serve customers through April 28. Days and hours of service will remain the same.

Support staff of the year – Carmel Clay Schools is in search of the 2018 CCS Support Staff of the Year. Nominate a staff member for the honor by April 25 at Nominations will be reviewed by a district-wide selection committee and the winner will be announced in May.

Crossroads Community Festival – The annual Crossroads Community Festival will be from 7 to 9 p.m. April 27 at Holland Park, 1 Park Drive in Fishers. Guests can enjoy Turkish cuisine, calligraphy, crafts and much more at the event to celebrate Turkish culture. To learn more, visit

Greenest states – Personal finance website WalletHub has released 2018 Greenest States. Rankings were based on 23 key factors such as solid waste per capita, energy efficiency score, and carbon dioxide emissions. Overall, Indiana ranked 42nd. The most environmentally friendly state was Vermont.


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 25. Woodworker Lee Ellis will present his process and work. Ellis specializes in making bowls from tree burls.

Arbor Day event Help plant trees along the Monon Greenway from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 27. Join Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation to help complete an environmental restoration project. Attendees will assist with the planting of native trees in areas that have seen high amounts of dead ash tree removal due to the emerald ash borer. Volunteers will help plant trees in predetermined locations on the Monon Greenway near 136th Street area.

Walk-n-Roll returns – The second annual Walk-n-Roll for Graham will take place from 5 to 9:30 p.m. May 11 at Coxhall Gardens, 11677 Towne Road, Carmel. Activities include a 1-mile walk, photobooth, food and game area. The event is in honor of Westfield resident Graham Vollmer’s third birthday and benefits Cure SMA, an organization providing support to families affected by spinal muscular atrophy. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children. For more or to register, visit

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 for tickets.

Day of Service – In preparation for its move from Carmel to Westfield this summer, Highlands Latin School will host on a Day of Service with the Westfield Parks and Recreation Dept. April 30. During the event, younger students will plant flowers with parents while older students paint signs on the Monon. Other service activities include picking up trash. Highlands Latin School serves students in grades K-12. Highlands Latin School is currently at 1010 E. 126th St. in Carmel. For more, contact Wible at 317-903-7906.

Jury duty scam – A scam involving the threat of arrest for missing jury duty is hitting Hamilton County. A victim answers the telephone and the caller says a warrant is being issued for not appearing for jury duty (or paying taxes or another offense). The caller may give the name of a courthouse employee, a deputy, or a name similar to an employee. The victim is then told to pay money to avoid arrest. These calls are fake – arrest warrants in Hamilton County are never served by telephone.

Volunteer docents needed – The Carmel Clay Historical Society needs volunteer docents to staff exhibits at the Monon Depot. The job consists of greeting visitors and sharing about Carmel’s history. Training will be provided. For more information, visit

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 now through 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.

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

Miniatures workshop – The Museum of Miniature Houses will hold a mini-miscellaneous workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  April 28. Learn how to make houseplants, a suitcase, perfume bottles, non-working lamps, and more. See how common household items can be upscaled into miniature furniture or accessories. Cost is $15/person, $12 for members. For ages 12 and up.

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 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.

Ladies night out – The Black Iris Estate, 5801 E. 116th St., will host the third annual Ladies Sip n Shop event from 6 to 8 p.m. May 9. More than 75 local boutique vendors will be on site, along with wine and chocolate tasting, and mini-spa treatments. Admission is free.

Bike Carmel – The City of Carmel will host Family Fun Rides during the summer months. Upcoming dates include: May 12 at Prairie Trace Elementary; June 9 at Woodbrook Elementary; Aug. 11 at University Green in West Clay. For all events, registration begins at 10 a.m. with ride beginning at 11 a.m. Rides are free and are 2-5 miles with stops along the way on paths and trails.

Tree giveaway – The White River Alliance will give away free trees to the first 100 people to take a Tree Stewardship action pledge through their Clear Choices Clean Water campaign. The pledge includes a commitment to planting native trees, using best practices, and taking inventory of trees on your property. To take the pledge, visit

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 and are due by May 14.

Spectrum of Food – Adults with Aspergers will hold Spectrum of Food at 7 p.m. May 18 at Platform 24, 12400 N. Meridian St. For more, visit

Golf outing – Carmel Football Alumni will hold a golf outing on May 18 at Brookshire Golf Club. Cost for golf and dinner is $99 per person. For dinner only, the cost is $15. The format is a four-man Florida scramble. Check-in begins at noon with first tee time at 12:30 p.m. Visit to register.

Angelman Sydrome walk – The Angelman Syndrome Foundation will sponsor Walk For a Cure May 19 at West Park, 2700 W. 116th St. Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk will begin at 9 a.m. For more, visit

Cadet Law Enforcement Academy – The Indiana Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Academy is 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. For more, visit

Photo contest – The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring its fifth annual photo contest for youth and adults who reside in Hamilton County. Each age division has two categories – Then and Now, and Pollinators in Color. Digital files must be submitted by June 27. Additional information and entry forms are located at

Creative writers meetings – Carmel Creative Writers wants to give writers of all levels and genres the opportunity to network, learn and share. The meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Hoosier Salon, 22 N. Range Line Rd. Guest speakers, a yearly antholog and input on your writing samples are all part of our meetings. For more, email [email protected].

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

Celebrating 25 years – Donald R. Neel, President and CEO of United Fidelity Bank, celebrated 25 years of service on April 14. Neel is 54 years old and has been President and CEO of United Fidelity Bank, Fidelity Federal Bancorp and Village Capital Corporation for the past 18 years. Prior to that, he served as CFO of the companies from 1993-2000. Don also served as CFO for Indiana National Bank’s affiliate bank in Evansville from 1987-1993.

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, who will share his journey as a franchise owner. Register at

New VP named – Carmel-based Invesque Inc. has announced the addition of Adam Zeiger as Senior Vice President and Chief Relationship Officer.

Oliver’s Twist pop-up shop – Local paper and gift shop Oliver’s Twist will operate a pop-up shop in Carmel City Center’s beauty+grace while their new location is under construction in the Baldwin & Chambers building. Customers can enjoy a wide selection of paper goods and gifts from Oliver’s Twist while shopping for the latest in women’s fashion and accessories from beauty+grace.

Highest purchasing power – SmartAsset has released its fourth annual study on the places in Indiana with the highest purchasing power. Hamilton County ranked the highest in the state. Cost of living was compared to income to determine rankings. Costs included housing, food, taxes, healthcare and more.



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