Carmel in brief — May 15, 2018


Correction – In the May 8 edition of Current in Carmel, the number of Glühwein mugs sold at the Christkindlmarkt was incorrect. Approximately 15,000 mugs were sold.

Student wins math competitions – Colonial Christian School recently competed in the in the 41st annual American Association of Christian Schools National Competition held at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. Carmel resident Steven Platt won first place in both Advanced Math and Physics.

Cop on a Rooftop – Carmel and Westfield police officers will participate in Cop on a Rooftop from 6 a.m. to noon May 18 at Dunkin’ Donuts, 2560 E. 146th St. Officers will be stationed on the shop’s roof in hopes of raising enough funds for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to come down. For more, visit

Royal wedding – Tina’s Traditional Old English Tea Room & Tavern, 30 N. Range Line Road, is celebrating the Royal Wedding with a buffet and viewing party at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. May 19. The event will include British food and cake. Wedding attire or formal dress is requested. Tickets are $50 per person and available at Visit to read the full story.

Essay contest winners – The Sertoma Club of Broad Ripple announced the winners of the 2017-2018 National Heritage Essay Contest. The theme of this year’s essay was “What Freedom Means to Me.” Sean Loub of Clay Middle School placed second overall out of 2,000 submitted essays.

Color Guard earns world bronze – The Carmel High School World Guard recently traveled to Dayton, Ohio, where it competed alongside 21 Scholastic World Guards at the Winter Guard International Championship and won third place. The Carmel World Guard has consistently placed in the top three at the WGI International Championships for the last nine years and was named first-place champions in 2011, 2015, 2013, and 2017.   

CreatAthon helps nonprofits – Ball State’s Cardinal Communications, a student-run public relations agency, recently participated in CreatAthon. The event provides local nonprofits with pro bono public relations, marketing and advertising work. Carmel residents and Ball State Students Emily Brungard, Emily Gralak and Caroline Owens all worked with local nonprofits to provide content through the event.

eCybermission competition – The U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program recently held eCYBERMISSION, a web-based competition for students in grades six through nine. Teams are challenged to identify a community problem and then develop a solution. The team from Creekside Middle School placed first for their study of teen sleep habits when using electronics close to bedtime.

Voter report letters – Some Hoosier voters have received letters claiming to be state voter reports. The letters list voter names and voting participation histories. These reports are inaccurate and not legitimate. Secretary of State Connie Lawson advises residents to disregard the letters if they receive them.

Bike Carmel – The City of Carmel will host Family Fun Rides during the summer months. Upcoming dates include June 9 at Woodbrook Elementary and 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.

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 information, 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.

Democratic Women of Hamilton County – The Democratic Women of Hamilton County will meet at 9:30 a.m. May 19 at the at Delaware Township Trustee Building, 9090 E. 131st St., Fishers. Bring a canned good to donate to local food pantries.

Click It or Ticket begins – The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office announces the beginning of the Click It or Ticket campaign. Multiple weeks of high-visibility patrols will be watching for unrestrained occupants in cars and trucks. Click It or Ticket continues through the start of the summer travel season, including the Memorial Day holiday.

Ladies tea – Fellowship in Christ Church, 310 N. Range Line Rd., will host Coffee, Tea, and Thee for ladies from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. This is open to all women in the community and there is no cost to attend.

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 May 23. Debra Achgill presents her glass art, which features fused glass functional and decorative pieces. She will have pieces available for purchase.

Suicide prevention training – Chaucie’s Place, 4607 E. 106th St., Carmel, will host QPR training from 9 to 11 a.m. May 22. QPR stands for Question.Persuade.Refer. 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 $15. Register online at

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, 4607 E. 106th St., Carmel, is offering this program from 9 to 11 a.m. May 30. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Cost is $15. For more information visit

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 for more.

Junior police academy – Applications are being accepted for the annual Hamilton County Junior Law Enforcement Academy, a half-day program that highlights law enforcement activities. The academy runs from 8 a.m. noon June 15, at the Hamilton County 4H Fairgrounds. There is no cost. Camp size is limited with a registration cutoff date of June 1 or when then camp fills. Register at

Lunch with Dorothea Frank – The Carmel Clay Public Library presents lunch with bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank from noon to 2 p.m. June 8 at Market District, 11505 N. Illinois St. Frank is the author of By Invitation Only. Tickets are $30 and include lunch, author presentation and book signing. Reserve tickets at

Free Constitution sessions – The Constitution Party will host a series of free sessions on the Constitution. Sessions will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month from now through July at Old National Banking Center, 385 S. Main St., Zionsville. Nick Frecker will lead the series and will be using The Founding Fathers Guide to the Constitution by Brion McClanahan. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the sessions.

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

Serve Indiana awards – Nominations are being accepted for the Serve Indiana Awards for Excellence. Categories include volunteerism, youth volunteerism, corporate service award and several others. Nominations are due by June 29. For more, visit and type Serve Indiana in the search box.

Pillar Award nominations sought – Legacy Fund is accepting nominations for its Community Pillar Awards through June 30. Nominees should be individuals or corporations doing visionary work to solve pressing challenges and create a brighter future for Hamilton County in three leadership areas—college readiness and success, family success and inspiring places. For more, visit

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].

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

Centier Bank honored – Centier Bank was ranked among the Top 15 Best Places to Work in Indiana among large companies. It was recognized by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce at an event May 3. Centier is one of 19 companies named among Best Places to Work in Indiana to achieve Hall of Fame status, a result of being named to the list 12 of 13 years. For more, visit or

Strong sellers market continues – A RE/MAX INTEGRA report shows that the strong sellers’ housing market will continue in nearly every region in the state. The average sales price in Indiana was up eight percent from this time last year to $170,778, which is the highest first quarter increase over the last five years. According to RE/MAX brokers, many sellers are receiving offers over asking price and some buyers are dropping inspection requirements to compete.

Fashion Fridays deals – The weekly 500 Fashion Fridays program unites race fans, fashionistas and anyone wanting to show Month-of-May style. More than 50 restaurants are offering special deals on Fridays in May to patrons who wear race-related attire and mention 500 Fashion Fridays. Many of the restaurants have Carmel locations. For a complete list, visit

Pedal Perks – The Pedal Perks program is back for its second year with even more businesses offering deals to bicyclists. The ride-and-save discount program is an affordable way for locals and visitors to explore the area on bikes. Just show proof of your ride to local merchants (a photo will do) to receive discounts. A full list of the deals can be found at

Jacob Pickett fundraiser – Applebee’s will host a Dining to Donate from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 16. Fifteen percent of each customer’s bill will be donated to the family of Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett who was killed in the line of duty while serving the Lebanon Police Department and citizens of Indiana on March 2. Most locations in Central Indiana will participate in this fundraiser. Customers must mention the donation program when ordering.