Carmel in brief- September 20, 2016


Name change – Crystal’s Behavior Systems, an autism services provider, will change its name to Collaborative Behavior Solutions Sept. 24. The name change will reflect the company’s success in bringing together a growing staff of educators and specialists to work with those on the autism spectrum.

Students benefit from school supply drive – David Weekley Homes recently hosted its second annual company-wide Back to School Supply Drive in 22 cities across the country. In Indianapolis, school supplies were collected for Teachers’ Treasures, an organization that obtains and distributes school supplies to teachers of students in need. Team members spent more than 50 hours sorting the supplies and delivering them in time for the start of school. Teachers’ Treasures collected about $25,000 in donations, which will help to serve more than 60,000 children in Marion County.

Town meeting – State Sen. Mike Delph (R-Carmel) will host a town meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Carmel Clay Public Library. Residents of Senate District 29 are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts on legislative issues. For more information, or to RSVP, call 317-232-9541.

Holcomb to attend pork roast – The Carmel Clay Republican Club will hold its annual pork roast Sept. 22 at Herb and Sue Miller’s home, 11300 Haverstick Rd. Eric Holcomb, candidate for governor, will speak and meet with guests. A buffet dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $10.

White River Clean-Up – The City of Carmel invites you to the 22nd annual White River Clean-Up from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 24 at 14349 River Rd. Register on-site the day of the event or online under the Volunteer tab at Groups are encouraged to pre-register through the website so supplies can be planned accordingly. Volunteers will be given cleaning supplies, water, lunch and a White River Clean-Up T-shirt, while supplies last.  Please wear sturdy shoes and old clothes that can get dirty and wet.

Climate documentary – Carmel Green Initiative will screen the documentary “Merchants of Doubt” at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Carmel Clay Public Library. Learn how fossil fuel corporations have used PR firms, front groups, false experts and lobbyists to cast doubt on climate science, and how two Republicans went from being climate deniers to climate advocates. For more, visit or call 317-815-9941.

VFW fall festival – The Carmel VFW will host a fall festival from 4 to 10 p.m. Oct. 8 at 12863 Old Meridian St. This event is to help raise funds to aid the many charities and veterans’ causes we contribute to over the holiday season. The event is open to the public with free admission. The band Big Daddy Caddy will perform live from 6 to 9 p.m. Among the activities are games for kids and adults, dunk tank with special guests, TV and gun raffles and more.

Shoe collection – St. Mark’s United Methodist Church is hosting a shoe collection drive from now until Oct. 2. Donations of all styles of new and gently worn shoes in child to adult sizes will be forwarded to Changing Footprints, a local nonprofit organization, for distribution to individuals, organizations and agencies wherever there is a need. For more, call 317-846-4912.

Cut-A-Thon – Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Salon, 110 West Main St., will host a Cut-A-Thon from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 9. All proceeds to go to Kountry Kitchen, the famous Indiana soul food restaurant for its Christmas Day charity event. The Cut-A-Thon is a walk-in event. A $30 donation is requested. A $45 donation allows the donor to skip the line. Refreshments, door prizes, raffles and more will be provided.

Indiana House internships – The Indiana House Republican Internship Program is accepting applications for the 2017 legislative session. Internships are open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students and recent graduates of all majors. This paid program allows interns to immerse themselves in the legislative process by working directly with state representatives. For more, visit Application deadline is Oct. 31.

Shredding event – A community shredding and electronics recycling day will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 22 at Creekside Middle School, 3525 W. 126th St. A $5 donation is requested per shredding box. Recycle small electronics and computers, along with unused or expired prescription drugs. A $10 fee for glass TV/computer monitors will be charged.

Miniatures exhibits open – The Museum of Miniature Houses has opened two new exhibits. Hoosiers Making Miniatures features the work of Indiana artists. Hidden Treasures showcases dollhouses and settings that have rarely or never been on display. These exhibits will run through December. For more, visit

Patient Advisory Council members needed – St. Vincent is seeking volunteers to serve on the Patient Family Advisory Council. Applicants should have had a medical experience with St. Vincent in the past. Meetings are anticipated to last about two hours. The group will meet quarterly. The first meeting is scheduled tentatively for Nov. 3. For more, visit

Battle of the Bands – The St. Louis de Montfort Fall Festival will hold its seventh annual Battle of the Bands from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at 11441 Hague Rd., Fishers. The competition is for musicians high school age or younger. Bands will perform 10-15 minutes of cover or original material. The grand prize is a recording package provided by contest sponsor Azmyth Studios. For more, email Pat Kniola at

Preservation conference – Indiana Native Plant & Wildflower Society will host its 23rd annual conference from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5 at 502 East Event Centre. Titled “Preservation: Keeping What We’ve Got, Restoring What We’ve Lost,” the event is open to anyone with an interest in native plants, conservation, botany, landscaping and wildlife habitat. For more information or to register, visit


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