Carmel in brief — February 26, 2019


Visiting author – Carmel Clay Public Library, 55 4th Ave. SE, will present the Visiting Author Series: Mister Owita’s Garden from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 5. The late Carol Wall authored Mister Owita’s Garden, an autobiographical story about a bond she shared with a Kenyan immigrant. Her husband, Dick Wall, will speak about the book. The event is free. Learn more at

Caddie earns scholarship – Joseph Conway of Carmel has been awarded an Evans Scholarship, which provides full housing and tuition to golf caddies. Recipients have a strong caddie record, excellent academics, a demonstrated financial need and outstanding character. Conway will attend Purdue University. To learn more, visit

Celebrations of Creativity – The Museum of Miniature Houses, 111 E. Main St., will play host to Celebrations of Creativity and Craftsmanship at noon Feb. 27. Brynn Tryska will sing jazz classics and contemporary favorites. Admission is free.

Chili supper – The Carmel-Clay Republican Club will hold its annual chili supper at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the John Hensel Government Center, 10701 N. College Ave., in the fire station bay. Radio host Abdul Hakim-Shabazz will speak. Event is free for members and $5 for non-members. RSVP at or by calling 317-408-0200. 

Women in Technology – The Carmel High School Robotics Team will host a Women in Technology Workshop from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 2 at Carmel High School, 520 E. Main St. The workshop is designed to inspire girls in middle school to pursue STEM fields. Cost is $10 at the door and includes a shirt and snacks. Sign up and learn more at

Library now offers Kanopy – The on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free from the Carmel Clay Public Library. Cardholders can access Kanopy at or through the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku. Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films and world cinema.

Great Decisions program – The Indiana Council on World Affairs will host Great Decisions, a nonpartisan public education program, at 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings through April at Carmel High School, 520 E. Main St. Upcoming topics include Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future? (Feb. 26), State of the State Department Diplomacy (March 5), India and its Neighbors (March 12), Rise of Populism in Europe (March 26), Refugees and Global Migration (April 9) and U.S. and Mexico: Partnership Tested (April 16). Review payment options and reserve a spot online at    

Gathering of Writers – Ross Gay, poet and National Book Award finalist, will be the keynote speaker at the Indiana Writers Center annual event, Gathering of Writers, which is set for 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 9 at the Indiana State Library, 315 W. Ohio St. in Indianapolis. Gay will also lead a three-hour poetry workshop. Register online and view cost options at

Volunteer judges needed – The Indiana Historical Society is issuing a call for volunteer judges as Carmel High School prepares to serve as the new host of the National History Day in Indiana Central Region Contest, which takes place March 2. Judges work in teams to interview students about their project, give feedback and rank winners. No experience is necessary. Approximate time commitment is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the day of the contest. To register as a volunteer judge, visit or call 317-232-1882.

3D Printing Expo – The Carmel Clay Public Library, 55 4th Ave. SE, will host its second 3D Printing Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 2. Visitors will be able to see 3D printers in action, discover the practical applications of 3D printing and take part in learning sessions. The event is free and open to the public.

Kindergarten registration – Carmel Clay Schools is accepting kindergarten registration for the 2019-20 school year. The online registration form is at Students must be at least 5 years old by Aug. 1 to start kindergarten in August. Parents are encouraged to have students enrolled by March 8.

Scholarships available – The Hamilton County Extension Homemakers Association is offering six $500 scholarships to Hamilton County graduating seniors or undergraduate students. Four are for students majoring in the health and human science field. They will be awarding two additional $500 scholarships to students majoring in elementary education. Scholarship applications are available at Applications are due by March 1.

IEHA to award scholarships – Indiana Extension Homemakers Association is offering eight $500 scholarships to Indiana homemakers who are 25 years of age or older. These scholarships are to be used to complete education or upgrade vocational skills. One must be admitted or cleared for admission to an academic or vocational school which is state-licensed or accredited. Preference will be given to a person studying at an undergraduate level. Scholarships will be awarded with regard for financial need. The application is due by March 15 and is available at

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.

 Tri Kappa scholarships – Tri Kappa will award three $3,000 scholarships this year. Applicants must be female high school seniors and reside in the Carmel Clay or Westfield Washington school districts. Students from public, private or homeschools are eligible. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need, academic performance, co-curricular activities and community service. Application deadline is March 1. Learn more by emailing or speaking with a high school counselor. 

Reserve skating times online – The City of Carmel has unveiled a new online ticketing service to make it easier to reserve time and ice skates for the upcoming holiday and winter seasons of skating at the Ice at Center Green. The new website utilizes a program called Ticket Spice and is an online ticket purchasing portal that will enable visitors to guarantee their spot on the ice by purchasing tickets and reserving skates in advance. Find the online ticketing portal at

Engineering opportunities for students – INDOT is offering civil engineering students scholarships and paid employment during summer breaks and upon graduation. Students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana’s certified civil engineering schools and apply using the form at Applications must be submitted by Dec. 31.

Dodgeball fundraiser – The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Shop for Kids Dodge, Duck and Dip Dodgeball Challenge is set for April 27 at Hamilton Heights High School, 25802 State Rte 19 in Arcadia. The double-elimination tournament will serve as a fundraiser for the Shop for Kids program, which provides $200 shopping trips during the holidays for less-fortunate children in Hamilton County. The entry fee is $100 for a team of six. For more, email

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

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 nonprofit 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

Scholarships offered – Tru Direction, Inc. will award scholarships of $500 to $2,500 per qualified applicant (maximum $10,000 per calendar year) as determined by the scholarship committee. Scholarships may be used for any related expenses for college, university, trade school or technical school.  Applicants must be attending school a minimum of 9 hours, or the equivalent, per semester, however, preference is given to those attending at least 12 hours. Applications are due by March 31. Learn more at

Local chapter launches – A local chapter of the American Association of Dental Managers recently launched. More than 80 people attended the inaugural meeting on Jan. 24 in Carmel. The next meeting is set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 25 at Woodland Terrace in Carmel. The organization has 15,000 members and 65 chapters nationwide and provides networking and education for managers and front desk dental teams. Learn more by emailing Kathy Rupenthal at or by following the organization’s Facebook page.

Home buying seminar – Indiana Members Credit Union will host a Home Buying Seminar from 10 a.m. to noon March 2 at its Old Meridian Branch, 12725 Old Meridian St. in Carmel. An expert panel will provide insider tips on buying a new home and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to RSVP for the free event, contact David Macy at 317-814-2422 or

Nail salon opens – Be.You.Tiful Nails opened Feb. 16 at 854 S. Range Line Road at Carmel City Center. The full-service nail salon features eight manicure stations and eight pedicure stations with a variety of menu options to choose from. Services include manicures, pedicures, acrylic nails, dipping powder nails and eyebrow waxing.

Centier celebrates milestones – Centier Bank celebrated several milestones in 2018, including passing the $4 billion asset milestone in the second quarter of 2018. The bank also opened new branches in the Indianapolis market with its Fishers Crossing location and in Michiana with its Elkhart North location, its 60th and 61st banking centers, respectively. Centier associates volunteered more than 20,000 hours of community service supporting more than 1,000 organizations. Learn more at

Best places to work – Hamilton County Tourism was selected as one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana. This is the second year the nonprofit has been recognized by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group. The Best Places to Work statewide survey and awards program honors participating employers with leading workplace cultures. For more information, visit

Market president hired – Troy E. Kafka has been named market president serving the greater Indianapolis area. He has more than 25 years of banking experience. The Indiana University graduate serves his community through his board appointment with the Children’s Bureau Inc. and as a parishioner of the St. Simon the Apostle Catholic Church. Learn more at

MomentPath to expand – Carmel-based MomentPath, a software company that provides a platform to help child care providers connect with loved ones and deliver insight into the care they provide, will scale up its operations in Hamilton County, hiring up to 50 new employees by 2022. The company plans to invest more than $800,000 in its operations over the next four years. MomentPath currently occupies approximately 13,000 square feet at 23 E. Main Street in Carmel and plans to upgrade and move into a new, 20,000-square-foot office within six months.

Merchants announces promotion – Carmel-based Merchants Capital has formally announced the promotion of Brian Sullivan to executive vice president and chief operating officer of Merchants Capital. Since stepping into this role in August 2018, Sullivan continues to lead capital markets activities, while overseeing the execution of strategic initiatives, notably the implementation of a custom loan origination and servicing software. For more information about Merchants Capital, visit

Allstate gives back – Four local Allstate representatives recently earned $1,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grants for area nonprofits. They include Carmel Allstate agency owner Ranj Puthran, who will support the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation; Carmel Allstate financial specialist Roy Lederman, who will support the Jefferson Awards for Public Service; and Patrick Terry, Sr., who will support Eagle Creek Little League.

Carmel attorney appointed – Carmel resident and Riley Bennett Egloff partner Kathleen Hart has been appointed to the board of directors of the Indiana Federal Community Defenders for a three-year term. IFCD’s mission is to provide high-quality, client-centered representation to indigent defendants charged with a federal crime and provide resources and training to Federal Criminal Justice Act panel attorneys.

Round Room announces promotions –Carmel-based Round Room LLC, the largest Verizon authorized retailer in the U.S., recently announced that Chad Jensen has been named president of the company’s wireless division and Katie Wiley has been promoted to chief strategy officer. Round Room leads and invests in companies serving the wireless industry and operates 1,160 TCC and Wireless Zone stores across 41 states. For more information on Round Room and its portfolio of companies, visit

Counties ranked by generosity – SmartAsset, a financial technology company, recently conducted a study on which Indiana counties donate the most money. The study measured how much people donate as a percentage of their net income and the number of people giving charitable donations in the county. Hamilton County ranked first. Boone County was second. Visit

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