Carmel in brief — March 5, 2024


Submit questions for GOP debate – Current Publishing will present a debate between the Republican gubernatorial candidates for Indiana governor from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 11 at the Palladium, 1 Carter Green in Carmel. Current readers may submit questions or issues to be considered for the debate by emailing Ann Marie Shambaugh, Current Publishing senior editor and debate moderator, at [email protected].

Barrier-Free Theater performance – In March, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation will hold its sixth annual Barrier-Free Theatre performance in honor of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. This year’s performance, titled “Mystery at the Rider Mansion,” will be held at the Monon Community Center at 6 p.m. March 16 2 p.m. and March 17. An American Sign Language interpreter will be provided for the March 16 show. Barrier-Free Theatre is a form of drama therapy that empowers individuals with and without disabilities to create and perform original stories together. Purchase tickets, which cost $12, at

Legion fish fry – Carmel American Legion Post 155, 852 W. Main St., is hosting its annual fish fry from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays through March 29. The event is open to the public.

Learn about Cortona – The Carmel Cortona Sister Cities Committee is collaborating with the Carmel Clay Public Library to present the Cortona Library Display, an exhibit on display at the library through March 8 showcasing the history, art and traditions of the Tuscan town. The library is at 425 E. Main St. Learn more about the committee at

Make eclipse pinhole viewer – Indiana Artisan Gifts & Gallery, 22 N. Range Line Rd., will provide free materials needed to make an eclipse pinhole viewer from 4 to 9 p.m. March 9 during Meet Me on Main. Also at the event, Fishers photographer JD Nolan will be on site to share eclipse photography tips.

Flower Sale – Carmel Elementary’s annual Flower Sale will run from March 1 to 18. The sale benefits the Carmel Elementary PTO and its efforts to support students and staff at the school through funding field trips, classroom grants, playground equipment and more. Flowers and plants, from potted annuals to hanging baskets, will be available. Place orders at

Mayor selects executive assistant – Carmel Mayor Sue Finkam has selected Mary Jo Rothenbush to serve as her executive assistant. A lifelong resident of Central Indiana, Rothenbush will serve as a liaison between the Mayor’s Office and the community and support all calendar scheduling and appearances at community and civic events. Rothenbush’s prior experience includes serving for eight years as executive assistant to the mayor of Lawrence and as the Blue Star Banner Coordinator, a quality-of-life program honoring active-duty men and women and their families.

Mission Possible – The Assistance League of Indianapolis will present its Mission Possible fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. April 18 at Daniel’s Vineyard & Winery, 9061 N. 700 W. in McCordsville. The event will include a silent auction, raffle and more. Learn more about ALI and the event at

Aviation Hall of Fame class announced – The Indiana Aviation Hall of Fame has announced the individuals selected for induction in the Class of 2024. They are:

  • Joseph P. (“Joe”) Allen IV, PhD, NASA astronaut
  • John D. Riddle, Maj. Gen., USAF, decorated Vietnam combat pilot and military commander
  • Wilbur A. (“Wil”) Davis, US Navy veteran, decorated Vietnam pilot and aviation entrepreneur
  • Larry W. Gross, Purdue University educator, Indiana’s longest-serving FAA pilot examiner
  • Dr. Worthe S. Holt, Jr., major general., USAF, physician and flight surgeon
  • Edmond Soliday, US Army veteran, airline pilot, system safety engineer and Indiana state representative

The honorees will be inducted at the Honors Banquet on Sept. 21 at the 502 East Event Center in Carmel. Learn more at

HCLA announces dean – Hamilton County Leadership Academy has selected Megan Wiles, a member of the Noblesville City Council, as the dean for the Class of 2025. The dean plays an integral role in creating the class culture and connectivity and provides meaningful insight and expertise throughout the HCLA class experience. Applications for the HCLA Class of 2025 are open until April 8. The cohort will be announced in June. Learn more at

Rising Star volunteers sought – International Talent Academy is seeking volunteers for a variety of roles for its Rising Star competition, which is set for March 9 at the Monon Community Center in Carmel. The competition features young pianists, singers, actors, dancers and freestyle performers from the Midwest. Learn more about the event, which includes music workshops for children led by college professors, and volunteer opportunities at

Register for Rookie Run – Registration is open for the 2024 Salesforce & JPMorgan Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run, which will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 11 in downtown Indianapolis. The Rookie Run is designed to introduce kids ages 3 to 10 to the joy of running in a non-competitive and festive atmosphere. This family-friendly event offers a unique opportunity for children to experience the excitement of a start and finish line, surrounded by cheering spectators. Learn more and register at

National History Day judges sought – The Indiana Historical Society is looking for 300 volunteers around the state to serve as judges for the 2024 National History Day in Indiana contests. NHDI is a yearlong program dedicated to enhancing history education in Indiana’s schools. Students in grades four through 12 explore a historical subject that fits under the annual theme. The Central Region contest will take place March 16 at Carmel High School. To learn more, visit or call 317-232-1882.

500 Mini Marathon seeks course entertainment — Registration is open for those interested in providing course entertainment during the 2024 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon. Selected groups will perform for a crowd of more than 20,000 participants, volunteers and spectators along the 13.1-mile course on May 4. Musicians, dance groups, bands, and family-friendly entertainers of all genres are encouraged to apply at For those who want to register for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and to learn more, visit

Apply for city boards – Carmel Mayor Sue Finkam launched a new website for Elevate Carmel, Inc. featuring a portal for residents to apply for seats on boards and commissions active in City Hall. Carmel residents seeking involvement are encouraged to apply at

Operation School Bell – The Assistance League of Indianapolis is seeking donations to support its Operation School Bell program, which provides apparel and shoes for thousands of underserved students in Indianapolis. Each student receives a duffel bag that includes a winter jacket, socks, shirts, pants, toothbrush and more. Learn more and donate at

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 for all levels of beekeepers located centrally north of Indianapolis. Those interested in becoming beekeepers are welcome. For more information, visit

Best Places to Work – Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. is one of the 2024 Best Places to Work in Indiana, marking the fifth time the organization has earned the designation from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. The statewide awards program evaluates organizations that voluntarily participate and honors those that earn high levels of employee satisfaction and engagement in the workplace. Final rankings will be announced at an awards ceremony May 8 at the Indiana Convention Center and be published in the Indiana Chamber’s BizVoice magazine after the event. Learn more at

Lucas Oil promotions – Lucas Oil Products has promoted Morgan Lucas to chief executive officer and Katie Lucas to president, both Carmel residents. Morgan Lucas has served as the company’s president since May 2020, and prior to that he was senior vice president of sales. Katie Lucas previously served as vice president of strategy and philanthropy before stepping into the chief administrative officer role in 2022.

IMCU donates to CHS athletics – Indiana Members Credit Union recently presented a check for $1,500 to Carmel High School athletics as part of an ongoing school spirit debit card program. The partnership allows Carmel fans the opportunity to show their school spirit and support the athletic program by signing up for a Carmel Greyhounds-themed debit card. Every time the card is used as a signature-based transaction, Carmel athletics benefits. Since beginning the program in 2013, CHS athletics has earned $17,331 through this program.

State to recognize businesses longevity – The State of Indiana is accepting nominations for the Governor’s Century and Half Century Business Awards, which honor Hoosier businesses that have remained in operation for at least 100 or 50 years, respectively, and have demonstrated a commitment to serving the community. To qualify, businesses must have had continuous operations in Indiana for 100 or 50 years by Dec. 31, 2023. For full details or to apply, visit Application deadline is April 12.

Gourmet Tastings at Regalique – Regalique, 110 W. Main St., Suite 120, in Carmel, is hosting Gourmet Tastings from 5 to 8 p.m. on Fridays. At the free event, guests can sample gourmet products, including chocolates, honey, cheese and more. Learn more at

RevolutionEYES hire – RevolutionEYES has added Dr. Angeline McLean to its practice in Carmel. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and she completed her residency at Indiana University, where she also served as adjunct faculty. She has been practicing primary care optometry in the Indianapolis area for 20 years. McLean is a volunteer with Gleaners Food Bank and Indiana Reading and Information Services. Learn more at

Women’s Running Festival expands – The Women’s Running Festival, the largest women’s running event in Indiana, has added a 10K race this year to complement its half-marathon and 5K. In addition, race organizers CRRG Events returned the event to its original date during Labor Day weekend. Set for Aug. 31 in Carmel, the late summer date allows women from across the country to participate in the 14th annual Women’s Half Marathon, Women’s 10K and Get a MOVE on Cancer 5K without conflicting with the fall marathon calendar. Registration for the events is open at

Lung Support Group – Franciscan Health Indianapolis will host a monthly Lung Support Group hospital, 8111 S. Emerson Ave. in Indianapolis. The meetings will take place on the third Thursday of each month (beginning March 21) from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Cardiac Testing Conference Room. Meetings include a guest speaker and focus on lung education and treatment information. A light meal will be provided and shuttle bus service is available. RSVP for meeting and transportation a week prior to the event. For more, call 317-528-8901 or email [email protected].