Carmel in brief — October 2, 2018


Correction – In the Sept. 25 edition of Current in Carmel, a photo featuring Michael Feinstein and Marilyn Maye credited the wrong photographer. The photo was taken by Marc Lebryk.

Prevail goes purple—Prevail, Inc., a Noblesville-based nonprofit advocating for victims of crime and abuse, is asking for community partners to “go purple” during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. During this campaign, Prevail is offering to local businesses and community members a simple way to stand with each other and work to end acts of violence together. Prevail is asking the community to be creative and pick a day and wear purple. To sign up, download the Go Purple Campaign Packet on Prevail’s website at

Voter registration deadline—The deadline to vote in the Nov. 6 election is 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9. For more, visit

St.Vincent award – For the second consecutive year, the St.Vincent Heart Center’s Heart Emergency Unit received the Award of Distinction for Excellent Performance in Overall Quality of Care from Professional Research Consultants, Inc. The designation is awarded only to those healthcare settings at or near the 100th percentile of surveyed patients who rate the overall quality of care as Excellent. To learn more awards, including eligibility and criteria, visit

Civil War Roundtable –David Powell will present The Battle of Chickamauga at 7 p.m. at the Oct. 10 meeting of the Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable at Carmel City Hall, 1 Civic Square. Powell has spent the last decade studying Chickamauga and has published several books on the topic. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

College news – Jennifer Lyons of Carmel was named to the dean’s list at The University of Alabama. In addition, Lyons, along with Carmel resident Madeline East, both graduated from The University of Alabama during summer commencement. Abigail Enright and Kristen Thiem, also of Carmel, were named to the dean’s list at DePauw University.

Students receive award – Local students who help with summer youth programs were recently recognized for their contributions through the Excellence in Summer Service Education Awards organized by the Marion County Commission on Youth, Inc. Carmel resident Ashley Uselmann was recognized for her work at Summer EDGE at the John Boner Community Center.

Great American Beers named – The Great American Beer Festival was recently held in Denver to showcase more than 800 breweries from across the nation. Flix Brewhouse in Carmel took gold in the Belgian-style tripel for its Tripel Carmel-ite brew.

Lugar Series participants announced – The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series recently selected the 29th class of Republican women for leadership training in government, politics and public service, including five women from Hamilton County. They are: Elizabeth Brier, Teresa Griffin, Angela Morris, Kate Snedeker and Megan Wiles. The Lugar Series is a political training program for women intended to increase the number and influence of Republican women in governmental positions at all levels.

Pillar Award recipients named – Legacy Fund has selected three Hamilton County residents to receive the Legacy Fund Community Pillar Awards. This year’s award recipients are: Freedom Kolb, special projects officer for Hamilton Southeastern Schools; Judge Steven R. Nation, Hamilton County Superior Court No. 1; and Brenda Myers, president and CEO of Hamilton County Tourism. Honorees will be recognized at the Celebration of Philanthropy at 6 p.m. Nov. 8, at Ritz Charles and will each have the opportunity to award a $5,000 grant to the nonprofit of their choice.

Bike donation event – Recycled Cycles repairs donated bicycles and gives them to Hamilton County families who cannot afford to buy bikes. The repair shop will hold a donation event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 6 at 810 E. Main St., Westfield. During this event, a limited number of superior bikes may be also available for sale allowing the proceeds to be used to purchase new tires, inner tubes, and other bike parts. For more information, visit

Reduced-cost cat adoptions—With a recent influx of cats over one year old, the Humane Society for Hamilton County will be offering $15 adoptions for $15 for these cats. The fee covers spay/neuter surgery, age appropriate vaccines, microchip, FIV/Feline Leukemia testing, a free wellness exam and a sample bag of Hill’s Science Diet food. The shelter is at 1721 Pleasant St., Noblesville, and is open from noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday, noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday and closed Wednesday. For more, visit

Candidate forum – The League of Women Voters of Hamilton County will host a candidate forum for Hamilton County races. Meet candidates for Indiana Senate District 29, Representative District 24, and Representative District 39 from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3 at Carmel City Hall. For more, contact Peg Harmon at

Library book sale – Friends of the Carmel Clay Public Library will hold a fall book sale from Oct. 4-7. Members’ night will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4. The sale is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6, and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 7. Oct. 7 is bag day – fill a bag for only $10.

Learn about various faiths – Carmel Interfaith Alliance and the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Human Relations will co-sponsor Meet Your Neighbor, a free forum to discuss faith traditions. The series will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday evenings beginning Oct. 4. Meeting topics are: Oct 4 – The Jewish Faith; Oct. 11 – The Sikh Faith; Oct. 18 – The Hindu Faith; Oct. 25 – The Christian Faith; Nov. 1 – The Muslim Faith. Meetings will be held at Carmel City Hall.

Voter registration month – Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is reminding eligible voters that September is National Voter Registration Month. Hoosiers who need to register should do so at or on a smart phone using the Indiana Voters app. The deadline to register before the general election is Oct. 9.

Special exhibit – The Museum of Miniature Houses presents the Founders’ Exhibit, celebrating the museum’s 25th anniversary. Houses and room boxes made by the co-founders will be on display, as well as historical artifacts of how Main Street looked 25 years ago, handwritten financial ledgers from the museum’s first years, and more. Exhibit runs through Jan. 6, 2019.

Book signing – Floyd Clown Sr. will appear with author William Matson from noon to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Barnes & Noble, 14790 Greyhound Plaza. Clown is an elder of the Crazy Horse family of the Lakota Indians. Matson has recently published “Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy.” Clown and Matson will discuss the book and family history and will sign copies of the book.

Free FastWax at Crew – The Hunger Crew Event with Gleaners Food Bank will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 6-7. Crew Carwash will provide a free FastWax service to any customer who provides a canned food item or cash donation for Gleaners Food Bank. Crew will accept donations at Michigan Road and Range Line Road locations in Carmel. In the event of inclement weather, the fundraiser will be moved to Oct. 13-14. 

Reading disorders conference – The International Dyslexia Association will hold Solution Saturday, a literacy conference, from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Oct. 6 at the University of Indianapolis, Schwitzer Building, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Attendees will get strategies and resources for supporting students with reading disorders. Cost is $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers, and includes lunch. Register at

Sewing/quilting seminar – The Purdue Extension of Hamilton County will host a sewing/quilting seminar from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds Exhibition Center. Cost is $17 and includes demonstrations, presentations, vendor displays and shopping. Register by visiting

New parenting series – Carmel Friends Church, 651 W. Main St., will host Parenting With Purpose, a five-week series for parents with young children. Sessions will be held at 4 p.m. on Sundays beginning Oct. 14. Each week, a video will be shown followed by small group discussion. To register, call 317-846-5090 or visit

Tour de Cure – The American Diabetes Association presents Tour de Cure, a ride/run/walk event on Oct. 20 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Cost is $10. All riders, runners and walkers will be treated to lunch and a fantastic celebration party for all to enjoy. There is something for all ages and ability levels, from a Family Fun Ride to a 100M competitive ride. For more details, or to register, visit

Voting for Indiana’s best – Voting is now open for the Best of Indiana State Parks, Best Museums, and Best Burgers. Nominees for all three categories were recommended by members of Indiana’s travel, tourism and hospitality industry. To see the nominees and vote, go to Voting ends on Oct. 27.

Shredding event – The Carmel Clay Public Library will host a shredding day from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 in the employee parking lot. All shredding will be done on site and there is no limit to the number of documents you can have shredded for free. For more, call 317-844-3362.

Legislative internships – The Indiana Senate Republican Caucus is offering paid spring-semester internships in its legislative, legal, policy, communications and information technology offices during the 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly. Candidates must be at least college sophomores or older. For more information or to access an application, visit The deadline to apply is Oct. 31.

Youth Leadership program open – United Way of Central Indiana is accepting applications for the 2019 Youth Leadership United Program. This program teaches high school students about the nonprofit sector and how to serve on a nonprofit board. High school freshmen, sophomores and juniors who live in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion or Morgan counties may apply. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31. Apply online at

Christmas Bazaar – The St. Augustine Guild 2345 W. 86th St., will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 2 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3. Items for sale will include holiday decorations, home décor, baked goods, gifts, and more. All proceeds benefit St. Augustine Home residences, which are cared for by Little Sisters of the Poor. 

Asherwood Golf Course open – For a limited time this fall, golfers can enjoy the luxury of a private course experience while supporting a worthy cause. The Asherwood Estate Golf Courses of Carmel are open for play from now through Nov. 4, with proceeds benefiting the Great American Songbook Foundation. Tee times are available Tuesdays through Sundays in half-day or full-day packages starting at $1,500 per foursome, which includes a tax-deductible donation. For information and reservations, call 317-843-3800 or visit

Youth volunteer nominations sought – From now through Nov. 6. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for Indiana’s top youth volunteers of the year. Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months. The application is available at and

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 information, e-mail

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 information, 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.

Sergi to lead marketing – Carol Sergi, a veteran marketing professional with experience promoting the state and local media organizations, will lead marketing efforts on behalf of Hamilton County Economic Development Corporation. This new role will be responsible for developing integrated marketing, web content and promotional strategies to position Hamilton County as a great place to work, learn, live and invest.

Marketing firm acquisition – Marketing services firm Mortenson Kim has acquired Indianapolis-based Raidious and will be known as Mortenson Kim + Raidious. Carmel resident Peter Kim of Mortenson Kim will be president and chief creative officer of the new agency.


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