Carmel in brief — May 23, 2017
Soybean innovations – Carmel resident and Purdue University senior Viktoryia Stolyar recently competed with her team in the Student Soybean Innovation Competition. Stoylar’s team created a soy-based industrial lubricant called OilSlick. It’s non-toxic, all-natural, environmentally friendly and non-flammable. It could possibly be used for agricultural equipment, marine environments, households, body shops, and industrial machinery.
Academic All-Stars named – Forty high school seniors from Indiana have been named 2017 Indiana Academic All-Stars, including several from local schools. They include: Elise Zaniker, University High School; Neil Thompson, Zionsville High School; Michael Wang, Carmel High School; Ashton Murray, Fishers High School; Alessia Bernocco, Guerin High School; Tyler Zhang, Hamilton Southeastern High School. In addition, Zaniker received a $1000 scholarship from Purdue University.
College news – Roberto Alas has been awarded a Fry Scholarship from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Chelsea Yedinak graduated Cum Laude from Butler University with duel majors of English Literature and German Language. Kara Glavan recently received a student employee scholarship from Campus Dining Services at the University of Missouri.
Essay contest winners – The Sertoma Club of Broad Ripple has sponsored the National Heritage Essay Contest for 36 years. The contest is open to sixth grade students in public, private and parochial schools in the Greater Indianapolis area. Several of this year’s winners are from Hamilton County schools and include: Nithya Murthy, Riverside Middle School – first place; Kaitlin Miller, Creekside Middle School – third place; Alissa Fuhrman, Carmel Middle School – honorable mention.
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.email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Golden Hoosier nominations needed – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Golden Hoosier Award. The award honors Hoosier senior citizens for their lifetime of service and commitment to their communities. The award is considered one of the highest honors given by the state to senior citizens. Applications can be found at lg.in.gov and are due by May 24.
HCLA applications – The Hamilton County Leadership Academy is accepting applications for the 2017-18 class. HCLA is a leadership program that identifies and prepares informed leaders for our community. The program is open to Hamilton County residents or those with business or civic activities within the community. An informational meeting will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. May 25 at the Carmel Clay Public Library. RSVP for the meeting by emailing Laura Crum at lcrum@HCLA.net or calling 317-606-0324. Applications are due June 30. The application may be found online at HCLA.net/application.
Waterpark opening – The Waterpark at the Monon Community Center will open for the season on May 27 at 11 a.m. Located in Central Park, The Waterpark offers several amenities including two Adventure Slides, FlowRider, AquaClimb Wall, Plunge Slide, Lazy River, Kiddie Pool and an Activity Pool. The Activity Pool is home to a new play feature this summer suitable for children of all ages. The new feature has a futuristic appearance and includes a 12-foot waterslide in addition to more than ten spray features.
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.
Relay for Life event – Cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers, and community members are invited to the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Westfield-Sheridan to be held from noon to midnight on June 3 at Carmel Civic Square. During Relay For Life events, members of each team take turns walking or running around the track or path. Other activities include Taste of Hope at 1 p.m. and a talent contest at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Jordan Tojo at 317-344-7830 or Jordan.email@example.com.
Church rummage sale – Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St., will host its semi-annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 3. The sale will feature more than 17,000 square feet of clothing, electronics, home and garden, housewares, china, books, toys and much more. All proceeds go to mission projects both locally and abroad. For more information, visit SecondChurch.org/pw.
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 one day 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 indems.org.
Free seminars for seniors – CarDon & Associates is partnering with Indy Mature Living to help educate Indianapolis-area seniors about issues related to home ownership and post-retirement downsizing. The free seminars will highlight selling a home for seniors, senior living options for those over the age of 55, downsizing, and estate liquidation solutions, among other educational topics. Upcoming topics include: Estate Liquidation Solutions from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on June 8 at Aspen Trace, 3154 S. SR 135, Greenwood. Reservations can be made by phone or email at 317-600-2056 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Native Habitat tours – St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 3106 E. Carmel Dr., invites you to tour our Native Habitat and Rain Garden on the church grounds with naturalist guides this summer. All tours are open to church members and the general public. Tour dates are June 14, July 12, and Aug. 9. All tours begin at 7 p.m. Each month will feature different blooming prairie plants.
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 hamiltonswcd.org/photo-contest.html.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-773-2181. In addition, tip sheets and other online resources are available at HamiltonSWCD.org/UrbanAgriculture.
Summer STEM camps – Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation is offering several STEM programs for kids and teens this summer. Some of the programs being offered include Apprentice Electrical Engineering and Robotics 101 for kids ages 8-11 years and Masters Electrical Engineering for teens and tweens ages 11-14 years. Those interested in registering are encouraged to read the summer Escape Guide. A digital copy of the guide can be found at carmelclayparks.com.