Carmel in brief — May 22, 2018


Fallen heroes service – The City of Carmel will honor its fallen heroes with a memorial service at 9 a.m. May 25 at the Veterans Memorial Plaza on Third Avenue SW, south of City Center Drive. Carmel’s American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts will perform a flag raising ceremony and join the mayor, other dignitaries and a keynote speaker from one of the various branches of the military at this event.

Tri Kappa initiation – Carmel Tri Kappa recently inducted seven new members. Pictured are: Linda Bayne, Amy McMahon, Kristine Tennant, Jennifer McLean, Pledge trainer Suzie Platte, Terry Johnston, Kathy Henderson and Roxanne Hite.

Military personnel sought – RE/MAX Legends of Indianapolis is organizing the Military Tribute Grand Finale for the CarmelFest Parade on July 4. All past, present, and newly enlisted participants in any military branch as well as family members of service personnel are eligible to participate. Vehicles will be provided for those unable to walk the parade route. To participate, call 317-407-1445.

Bingo Madness funds donated – On May 7, BarnRaisers of Indiana presented Chaucie’s Place with a check for $20,000. Funds were raised at the March Bingo Madness event held on March 9 by BarnRaisers. The event was held at the Knights of Columbus with Ambrose Property Group as the title sponsor.

College news – Luis Oros of Carmel has been named to the dean’s list at Vincennes University.

Academic All-Stars named – Two students from Carmel have been named 2018 Indiana Academic All-Stars. They are Anderson David, who attends Carmel High School, and Jay Maturi, who attends University High School. Only 40 students in the state are selected based on academics, service, and leadership.

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.

Ivy Tech registration – Fall registration is now open at Ivy Tech Community College. An enrollment event will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 22 at the Indianapolis campus, 50 W. Fall Creek Pkwy. Students will be able to meet with representatives from the school for help with completing the application, obtaining financial aid and more. For more, visit

Safe Exchange zone created – The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has created a Safe Exchange Zone in the main parking lot located at 18100 Cumberland Rd. Residents who need to complete internet transactions or parents who need to do child custody exchanges can use this area. A Safe Exchange Zone is also available inside the main lobby of the Sheriff’s Office and is open around the clock.

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

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.

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, visit

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

Walk/Ride to prevent suicide – The Rollfast Foundation will host Roll Out of Darkness: Ride and Walk for Suicide Prevention at 8 a.m. June 16 at Creekside Middle School. Participants can bike an 8- 10-mile loop, or walk a 3K loop. Cost is $50. Proceeds will fund suicide awareness and prevention programs. Register or donate online at

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

Cycling for Survivors – 2018 Cops Cycling for Survivors is a group that will bike nearly 1,000 miles over thirteen days in July to honor fallen law enforcement officers. The group also raises funds for families of the fallen officers. The first leg of the trip will begin on July 9 in Indianapolis and they will bike to Columbus. For a full schedule, visit

Cycling exhibit – Cycling Through History is now open at the Monon Depot, 211 First St. SW. The exhibit showcases historic bikes, including a high-wheeler, an antique tandem bicycle, a 1930s Elgin, a Schwinn Krate, and more. The museum is open Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturdays 1 to 4 p.m, and Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit runs through July 29.

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].

Death Cafe meeting – End of Life Doula Tobi Mares will host Death Café from 6 to 8 p.m. May 30 at Platform 24, 12400 N. Meridian St. Death Café is an open discussion about death in order to increase awareness and help people make the most of their lives.

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

Warby Parker now open – Warby Parker has now opened its first Indiana location at the Fashion Mall at Keystone. Warby Parker sells designer eyewear at affordable prices. The company uses a socially conscious model of buy-one-give-one in which they make donations for each pair of glasses sold. The donations benefit VisionSpring, a nonprofit that provides glasses in developing countries.

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