Carmel in brief — March 7, 2023


Candidate open house – Carmel’s Home Place Advisory Board will presenta Meet the Candidates Open-House from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 22 at the John Hensel Government Center, 10701 N. College Ave. The board has invited all primary election candidates for Carmel mayor as well as all primary election candidates for the Carmel City Council’s South Central District and at-large seats. The event will feature an informal Open House format for neighbors to have one-on-one conversations with each candidate about issues important to Home Place and Carmel.

500 Festival Princesses selected – Carmel residents Kendall Claymon and Mikayla Tom are among 33 college-aged women selected as 500 Festival Princesses. Claymon, a graduate of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, is a freshman at Purdue University majoring in biomedical health sciences, pre-dental. Tom, a Carmel High School graduate, is a senior at Indiana University Kokomo majoring in business administration. This year’s 500 Festival Princesses were selected from hundreds of applicants based on leadership, academic stewardship, community involvement and their embodiment of the Hoosier spirit.

Carmel Marathon, Purdue partnership – Spectators and fellow race participants can expect to see more gold and black at the start line of the 2023 Carmel Marathon Weekend, set for April 8, thanks to a new partnership with Purdue University’s Healthy Boiler Wellness Program. Employees and their family members will receive incentives and perks to participate in any distance event of the Carmel Marathon Weekend, including discounted event registrations, exclusive Team Boilermaker shirts, training support and special race day recognition. Learn more at

CCPR director appointed – Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation Director Michael Klitzing has been appointed to a three-year term on the Eppley Institute for Parks & Public Land’s National Advisory Board. Founded in 1993 by Indiana University, the Eppley Institute provides parks and public land agencies with training, planning and research. Utilizing the knowledge and experience of its members, the NAB advises the Eppley Institute on strategic planning and long-term decisions.

Flower sale fundraiser – Carmel Elementary will hold its largest fundraiser, the flower sale, through March 20. The sale will include flowers and plants, from potted annuals to hanging baskets. The annual flower sale, which has occurred for more than 50 years, raises funds for the Carmel Elementary PTO and its efforts to support the students and staff at the school. Place an order at

Bourbon Lover’s Raffle – The Bourbon Lover’s Raffle, benefiting Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana, is offering an opportunity to win five rare bottles of bourbon: Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Years Old Lot B, Horse Soldier Commander’s Select 13 Year Bourbon Whiskey in a signed box, a signed bottle of Horse Soldier Straight Bourbon, W.L. Weller 12 Year and Blanton’s Green Label Special Reserve. Raffle tickets cost $100 and are on sale through noon March 11. Purchase tickets at

Kindergarten registration – Registration is open for the Carmel Clay Schools kindergarten class for the 2023-24 school year. Early registration helps CCS prepare for anticipated staffing needs and allows families to begin the kindergarten assessment process and receive communication from the district. Register for the Class of 2036 at

Mission Possible – Assistance League of Indianapolis will present its Mission Possible fundraiser on April 22 at the Eiteljorg Museum, 500 W. Washington St. in Indianapolis. This marks the first time the annual event has been held in person since before the COVID-19 pandemic. The fundraiser will include dining, a raffle and silent auction, and opportunities to view items in the museum. Learn more at

Candidate town hall meetings – Chuck Ford, a Republican for the North Central District Carmel City Council seat, is hosting town hall-style meetings from 7 to 8 p.m. March 16 and April 13 at the Carmel American Legion Post 155, 852 W. Main St. The events are open to the public and will allow an opportunity for community members to ask questions of the candidate.

Hamilton County Democratic Women meetings— The Hamilton County Democratic Women meet every third Saturday of the month at the Delaware Township Trustee Building 9090 E. 131st, Fishers. Conversations begin at 9:30 a.m., the meeting is from 10 a.m. to 11. All Hamilton County women are welcome.

Monthly beekeepers meeting – The North Central Beekeepers Club meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Cool Creek Nature Center, 2000 E. 151st St. in Westfield. Meetings are free to attend by all levels of beekeepers located centrally north of Indianapolis. Those interested in becoming beekeepers are welcome. For more information, visit

Housing instability help – Hamilton County residents facing eviction or housing instability now have a free legal resource at their fingertips. A new desktop computer, scanner, and printer with access to were installed in the court’s Legal Self-Help Center last week. The Indiana Bar Foundation received a $13 million grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to fund the development and deployment of 120 self-help kiosks throughout the state. Each kiosk provides legal forms, instructional videos, referrals to free and low-cost legal services and a statewide calendar of free legal advice clinics. Learn more at    

Shepherd Insurance recognized – Carmel-based Shepherd Insurance has been named the 2022 SECURA top-performing agency out of approximately 550 agencies in 13 states. SECURA Insurance is a property and casualty insurance company based in Neenah, Wis. This is the agency’s second time earning a top-performer award from the company.

Bicentennial items for sale – The Hamilton County Bicentennial Commission has several items available for sale online to celebrate the county’s 200th anniversary. Alongside local partner Marketpro, Inc, the Bicentennial is selling apparel, drinkware and other items. Merchandise is available online at

Hoosier Girl Coalition leader selected – The Hoosier Girl Coalition has announced the appointment of Mackenzie Pickerrell as its inaugural executive director. As announced last fall, in an unprecedented collaboration, six independent Girl Scout councils that serve the state of Indiana have come together to form the Hoosier Girl Coalition to meet the emerging needs of Indiana girls. The vision of the coalition is to enable every Hoosier girl to live her best life physically, academically, socially and emotionally.

Physician joins Carmel practice – Dr. Meredith Larson has joined Franciscan Physician Network Carmel Family Medicine. She joins a team of physicians who offer a range of primary care services to patients from infants through seniors. Their offices are in suite 280 at 12188-B N. Meridian St. in Carmel. Prior to joining the practice, Larson practiced in Hendricks County, where she provided outpatient care. She is board-certified in family medicine.

Hospice volunteers needed – Brighton Hospice in Carmel is looking for volunteers to help office staff perform a variety of office duties such as organizing admission paperwork, filing, preparing and sending mail, answering phones, stocking supplies and helping with special projects and events. Hours and days for this volunteer opportunity are flexible and training will be provided. To learn more, contact Katresha Taylor, volunteer coordinator, by calling 317-798-2160 or by email at [email protected].