Carmel in brief — August 14, 2018


K9 officer passes away – The Carmel Police Dept. announced the death of retired K-9 officer Kasey after a short illness. Her partner and caretaker, officer Katy Malloy, was with her. Kasey, 14, had been officer Malloy’s partner for 9 1/2 years when she retired in June of 2016. With such a strong bond between then two of them, Kasey spent all of her remaining days with officer Malloy as a well-loved family member.

Eagle Scount rank achieved – Arunabh Sinha, a member of the Boy Scout Troop 56 and a resident of Carmel, has earned the honor of Eagle Scout.

CCHS closure – The board of directors of the Carmel Clay Historical Society has decided to close the Monon Depot and the Archives building for the next several weeks while construction on the Monon Boulevard expansion takes place directly in front of the Historical Society’s property. Donations to the collections can still be made by calling 317-846-7117. A volunteer will arrange to pick up any donations.

Monon Center closures – The Monon Community Center will have partial facility closures for maintenance. The Indoor Aquatics Center and locker rooms will be closed from Aug. 13-24. Lap swimming will be available at the outdoor waterpark. The gym and fitness studios will be closed from Aug. 27-31. Fitness classes will be relocated to the East Building.

Emerging Leaders named – The Indiana Democratic Party announces the 2018-19 class of the Emerging Leaders Project. The project offers free training each year to 40 up-and-coming young Hoosier Democratic leaders who have an interest in running for office or working on campaigns. Carmel resident Jeremy Eltz has been named to the class.

Tin dollhouse exhibit – The Museum of Miniature Houses has on display an exhibit of pressed steel, or tin, dollhouses. These were popular in the 1950s. Included in the exhibit is a dollhouse from 1962 that has its own fallout shelter. The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 9.

Tiny Treasures – The library and the Museum of Miniature Houses will partner to present an exhibit of miniatures called Tiny Treasures at the library throughout the month of August. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the museum, the library will offer miniature-related scavenger hunts, crafts, and book displays. For more information, call or email Dawn Boarman at 317-814-3916 or

Exchange student program – Operation Friendship is seeking students from Carmel or Fishers entering grades 8-10 who want to host an exchange student for three weeks next summer (2019), and then travel abroad the following summer (2020). An information meeting will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Fishers Public Library. Students who have recently returned from their exchange will be present to answer questions. For more, email

Blood drive – Knights of Columbus Council #11044 will conduct a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 14598 Oakridge Rd. Potential donors are encouraged to sign up on line today and specify your preferred time. Visit to sign up.

Grief support workshops – St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 126th Street and Gray Road, will hold GriefShare from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. on Wednesdays starting Aug. 22. This non-denominational DVD series features grief experts and real-life stories of people, followed by a small group discussion about what was seen on the DVD. Cost is $20. Email or call 317-846-3404 to register.

Emergency response training – Hamilton County Emergency Management is recruiting members for its Community Emergency Response Team. Members will be trained on how to safely respond to both manmade and natural disasters. Classes start on Sept. 11. Graduates will receive a backpack full of disaster tools and supplies. For more, visit

The future of energy – Carmel Green Initiative will hold a sustainable living seminar from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Carmel Clay Public Library. Along with a video presentation of Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation, mayors Greg Ballard and Jim Brainard will speak about reducing oil dependence and solar alternatives. RSVP at

Cycling event – The Rollfast International Gran Fondo will take place on Sept. 16 along the country roads of Hamilton County. Participants can choose from the 25-mile Piccolo, 65-mile Medio and the 100-mile Gran routes. The Fondo has become one of the cycling world’s premier events and has been ranked in the top 10 by Gran Fondo Guide. Visit for more information.

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

Newcomers Club – Newcomers Club of Carmel, a non-profit social club, connects its members with friends, engages in fun activities and explores the community. Monthly activities include a welcome coffee, a luncheon event and 32 interest group meetings. Membership represents Carmel, Westfield, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville and Indianapolis. For more, visit or call 317-564-8349

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.

Free health workshops – Franciscan Health-Carmel presents the Stethoscope Series. These free sessions provide conversations with doctors, surgeons and other specialists. Joint Replacement Treatments will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Franciscan Health, 12188-B, N. Meridian St. The class is free but registration is required by calling 833-439-2425. 

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 is held at Old National Bank, 1430 S. Range Line Rd. For more, visit

Office manager – Melissa Volz-Smith is a Hamilton County resident and graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. Volz-Smith is the office manager for United Fidelity Bank’s Carmel location. She has nearly 10 years of banking experience in the Hamilton County area and enjoys serving the community of Carmel.

Grand opening – Bach to Rock, a music school for students of all ages, will have a grand opening ceremony from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 18 at their new location, 2480 E. 146th St. Attendees are welcome to tour the school, enjoy a free music lesson, learn about individual lessons and group classes, try out free toddler classes, enter prize drawings and giveaways, check out the recording studio and enjoy performances by instructors.

Police department hiring – The Carmel Police Department is now accepting applications for the position of police officer. Those interested should visit to view minimum qualifications and complete the online application. The online application must be completed by Sept. 16. Any questions or concerns can be addressed to or 317-571-2526.

Patriotic Pets fundraiser – Pet Valu is teaming up with The United States War Dogs Association to benefit veteran war dogs. From now until September 11, Pet Valu will host a Patriotic Pets fundraiser inviting customers to purchase an American flag bandana for $5 or a Paper Paw to hang in the store’s window for a donation amount of their choosing. Proceeds will help provide medical care and services for veteran war dogs.

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