Carmel in brief — July 20, 2021


CHS grad drafted by White Sox — Indiana University left-handed pitcher Tommy Sommer, a 2017 Carmel High School graduate, was selected in the 10th round by the Chicago White Sox July 12 in the Major League Baseball Draft. Sommer was 6-4 with a 4.60 ERA this past season. He was 13-9 with 3.71 ERA in four seasons with IU. The 2020 season was cut short because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He appeared in 45 career games, starting 24. His father, Juergen Sommer, was a goalkeeper on the IU’s 1988 national championship soccer team.

White River cleanup — The City of Carmel is encouraging corporate and community volunteers to register for the White River Cleanup scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 13. After the cleanup, volunteers can relax in an onsite shelter while listening to live music and enjoying complementary same-day general admission to Conner Prairie. Concessions will be available for purchase, and volunteers will receive a free T-shirt while supplies last. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. Sign up at

Democratic Club coffee — “Coffee with the Club” hosted by the Carmel Democratic Club is set for 9 to 11 a.m. July 24 on the patio at Java House, 145 W. Elm St. in Midtown Plaza. The event offers an opportunity to experience coffee, friendship and conversation while supporting a local business.

District office in Carmel — U.S. Rep. Victoria Spartz has opened a southwest district office in Carmel at 216 W. Main St. Spartz has a northeast district office in downtown Anderson at 1119 Meridian St. Learn more at

Learn about solar panel benefits — Indiana residents and business owners can learn how the federal tax credit of 26 percent has been extended through 2022 for installing solar panels on houses, farm structures and places of business during the next Zoom meeting of Solarize East Central Indiana. The free meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. July 28 and include a 30-minute presentation followed by an hour for questions. Register at or by sending an email to or [email protected].

Hansen Legacy Foundation golf outing set — The third annual Evan R. Hansen Legacy Foundation Golf Outing is set for July 24 at Pebble Brook Golf Club in Noblesville.  This year’s goal is to fully fund a perpetual $3,200 scholarship at Guerin Catholic High School.  The organizers are hoping to raise $64,000. Event details, registration, and sponsorship opportunities are available at

Military Veterans Hall of Fame — The Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame is accepting applications for its 2021 class to be inducted in the Hall of Fame. The deadline for applicants to be considered as an inductee is Aug. 1, 2021. Nominees must have been born in Indiana, entered military service from Indiana or lived in Indiana for a minimum of five years. They must also have received an honorable discharge from U.S. military service and have no felony convictions. To nominate a veteran, visit

Golf fundraiser — AECOM Hunt will hold its annual charity golf outing on Sept. 9 to support the Assistance League of Indianapolis. Organizers are accepting sponsorships and donations. Learn more at

Pups & Pints — Clay Terrace is hosting the fifth annual Pups & Pints series from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the third Friday of each month through October at the shopping center’s dog park, 14395 Clay Terrace Blvd. Participants can socialize with other dog owners at the free event and purchase beer from Bier Brewery. Water will be available for the pups.

Bike sharing resumes — The Carmel Bike Share program has relaunched under a new vendor, Movatic. To access the bikes, users must download an app from Movatic. The bikes cost $1.50 per half hour to rent with a cap of $24 for up to a 24-hour period. A $30 annual fee includes unlimited rides under one hour, with additional hours being charged at $1.50 per half-hour to a maximum of $24 for up to a 24-hour period.

Pedal Perks — Hamilton County Tourism’s Pedal Perks promotion returned this month for its fourth year. The goal is to incentivize locals and visitors to explore Hamilton County by bicycle. From May 1 through Oct. 31, more than 30 participating Hamilton County businesses are offering deals and discounts redeemable on a smartphone. Visit to learn more and register.

Host families needed — ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is looking for local families to host students ages 15 to 18 for the next academic year. Students come from all over the world and have received scholarships to study in the U.S. To learn more or fill out an application to become a host family, call 1-800-736-1760 or visit

  Weed Wranglers — The Hamilton County Invasive Species Partnership will debut Weed Wranglers events this year to remove invasive species at various locations. Volunteers will learn how to manage a targeted invasive species and work as part of a collaborative effort to improve a natural area. Learn more at Registration is required.

Free budgeting course — Centier Bank has launched a free e-course on budgeting through Centier To You, the bank’s financial education series. The course includes budgeting worksheets for those just getting started and tips for consumers looking to tweak existing budgets. Learn more at

Tenderloin Tuesdays — Tenderloin Tuesdays are returning to Hamilton County, with area restaurants offering discounts on breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches on Tuesdays through July 27. Customers must use a smartphone to redeem the offer at participating restaurants. Learn more at

OneZone honored — OneZone Chamber of Commerce received the Innovation Award of Excellence for work associated with its Developer Insight Group program at the Indiana Chamber Executives Association annual conference held in June. In addition, chamber President Jack Russell received his ICEA Certified Professional Accreditation.

Haven Technologies hire — Carmel-based Haven Technologies has named Janet Shaw the company’s product marketing manager. The Wisconsin native joins the Haven team with more than 20 years of professional experience in brand marketing, including personal protective equipment marketing, while previously serving lead roles in product marketing  for companies such as Micronutrients and Trouw Nutrition. Learn more at

COVID, kids town hall — Dr. Christopher Belcher, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Ascension Medical Group in Carmel, and Dr. Shobana Pandian, a pediatrician at Community Health in Fishers, will answer common questions regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for children during a virtual town hall meeting set for 6 p.m. July 22. The event is presented by the Hamilton County Health Dept. To participate, download a link at

Diabetes prevention — Franciscan Health’s year-long diabetes prevention program will begin on July 20 and be conducted in a virtual setting. The program follows guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that are proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Groups meet for 16 weekly sessions and six monthly follow-up sessions with a trained lifestyle coach. Cost is $300 if not covered by medical insurance. Register by emailing [email protected] to receive a link to join the first virtual session.