Carmel in brief — May 9, 2017

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Veterans to lead parade – Korean war veterans are to be honored as the Grand Marshal Unit at this year’s CarmelFest Parade. Veterans who wish to participate should contact Elaine Roberts at 765-437-5787 or Barbara.elaine.roberts@frontier.com. A family member or friend is also invited to walk alongside the vehicle and carry a poster with the veteran’s picture. Classic car owners are needed as well. Contact Sharleen Miller at 317-345-0682 or millersb123@gmail.com.

Alumni golf outing – The Carmel Football Alumni Club will host a golf outing on May 12 at Brookshire Golf Club. This year’s outing will honor the 2007 5A championship team. Cost is $99 per person for golf and dinner or $15 per person for dinner only. For more information, or to register, visit www.CarmelFootballAlumniClub.com.

Civil War Roundtable – The Hamilton County Civil War Roundtable will meet at 7 p.m. May 10 at Carmel City Hall. Robert Smith will discuss Sultana side-wheeler steamboat and his family member that served aboard it. The public is invited and admission is free.

Lunch-and-Learn: Vanpooling –An informational meeting will be held at noon May 12 at the Julia M. Carson Transit Center, 201 E. Washington St. in Indianapolis, for Hamilton County residents who work downtown. Attendees will receive a free boxed lunch and learn more about vanpooling and its money-saving benefits. Registration deadline is May 10 by contacting Heather White at hwhite@cirta.us or calling 317-500-2533. Learn more at cirta.us/commuterconnect/vanpool/.

Girl Scout board members elected – Eight community leaders were recently elected to serve as members-at-large on the board of directors for Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. Board positions were filled by individuals from a variety of communities in central Indiana, including Carmel resident Betsy Phillips, vice president of BMO Harris Bank.

New roadwork project – Milestone Contractors has begun work on a $1.4 million project to add turn lanes at the Interstate 465 and U.S. 421/Michigan Road interchange on the north side of Indianapolis. All interchange ramps are planned to remain open during the project. Some lanes at the interchange will be temporarily narrowed and shifted to maintain traffic and provide space for construction. The project is anticipated to be complete by November.

International science fair – University High School junior Jay Maturi will be one of just 13 Indiana high school students to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) from May 14-19, in Los Angeles, CA. Maturi’s project focused on making biofuel a realistic option as a fuel source in the future.

Photo contest – Indiana Landmarks and iMOCA want photos of special Hoosier places for an exhibition called Meaningful Places. Photo subjects can be any place that has meaning, whether it’s personal, communal, visual, artistic, historic or natural. Cash prizes plus an annual membership in iMOCA and Indiana Landmarks will be awarded to the photographers who earn the most votes in a ballot of exhibition visitors. Photographers may submit up to three images via email by May 15. Additional instructions and submission forms are at http://bit.ly/MeaningfulPlacesPhotoExhibit.

American Pickers to film – American Pickers is returning to Indiana. This documentary series explores the world of antique picking by following Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz and their team as they search for valuable antiques. They will be visiting the area in June. They are looking for local antique collections to investigate. To be considered, send your name, phone number, location, description of the collection, and photos to americanpickers@cineflix.com.

Pampering for Make-A-Wish – Tilly’s Tea Room and the family of Bella Simons will host a night of pampering to raise money for Make-A-Wish Foundation from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 11. Tickets start at $100 and include food provided by Tilly’s, massages, hair blow-out, and nail polish change. All proceeds will go to grant a wish for a Carmel High School student, as was done for Bella when she faced a brain tumor two years ago. For tickets, visit www.crowdrise.com/wish-indiana-cohort-2017/fundraiser/tashasimons.

Art contest winners on display – The Museum of Miniature Houses will feature the winners of the annual Carmel High School Art Department’s “Minumental” competition. Students were challenged to create works of art no bigger than 1 inch x 1 inch x 1 inch, in any medium, to illustrate celebrity icons. The exhibit will run until May 14. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wed.-Sat. and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

New miniatures exhibit – The Furnishing Touch, an exhibit that tells a history of American home furnishings in miniature, has opened at the Museum of Miniature Houses. The exhibit, that runs through May 28, begins with The Mannerist style (1600-1700) that was popular with English settlers in America, through The William and Mary Style, popular from 1695-1730, and ends with the Colonial Revival style that started in the 1870s and is still found in popular home trends today.

Emerging Leaders applicants sought – The Emerging Leaders Project is a free, yearlong development program designed to help build the Democratic Party’s bench in Indiana. Each year 40 Hoosiers, aged 21-40, are selected to participate in four, day-long training sessions that expose them to various aspects of political campaigns, policy and public service. The Project is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 class. For more information, visit www.indems.org.

Tennis anyone? – The fourth annual Clay Middle School Tennis camp will be held the weeks of June 13-16, and June 19-22. We are looking for tennis players of all levels of experience; from beginners to pro’s, ages 5-14. For more information, visit http://tiny.cc/7anhky.

Photo contest – The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring its annual photo contest for Hamilton County residents. Each division has three categories – Conservation at Work, Weird Trees of Hamilton County, and Native Plants (Urban or Agriculture.) Digital files must be submitted by June 28. Entries will be displayed at the 4-H Fair July 20-24. Winners in each category will receive $50. For additional information and entry forms, visit www.hamiltonswcd.org/photo-contest.html.

Reserve sheriff applications – The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for the position of Reserve Sheriff Deputy. The Reserve Division is a group of unpaid volunteers empowered to assist full-time Sheriff’s Office staff with upholding the law and preserving peace. For more information and an application, contact Deputy Jeff Larkin at Thomas.Larkin@hamiltoncounty.in.gov or 317-773-1872. Applications are due by July 31.

Arts and education grants available – The Telamon Foundation, the charitable arm of Telamon Corporation, has announced that its grant application for 2017 is now available. This marks the Telamon Foundation’s fourth annual round of grants that focus primarily on the Foundation’s pillars of arts and education. The application for 2017 can now be found at http://telamon.com/telamon-foundation/. Applications are due Sept. 15. Any questions can be directed to foundation@telamon.com.

Free resources for Hamilton County gardeners​ – Thinking of starting a new garden? Do you have concerns each summer with your existing garden? The Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District can help. SWCD staff are available for free visits to any backyard and community garden in Hamilton County. Staff can provide guidance with planning, advice on weed and pest management, tip sheets, and much more. To schedule a visit, contact Andrew Fritz at  andrew.fritz@hamiltoncounty.in.gov or 317-773-2181. In addition, tip sheets and other online resources are available at www.HamiltonSWCD.org/UrbanAgriculture.

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