Carmel in Brief — October 4, 2022 • Current Edition

Candidate forums – The League of Women Voters of Hamilton County will host two nonpartisan candidate forums this fall to give voters a chance to hear from candidates on the ballot in the Nov. 8 general election. The forums will start at 19:00 and end at 20:30. The Oct. 4 forum at Carmel City Hall will feature candidates for the 21st and 29th state Senate Districts and the 24th, 32nd and 39th House of Representatives. The Oct. 6 forum at Noblesville City Hall will include candidates for Senate Districts 25 and 31, House District 88 and Hamilton County District Attorney. The forums are open to the public. Those wishing to watch via Zoom can register at the link at

The statue returns to Main Street – One of Carmel’s most popular sidewalk sculptures, a depiction of a police officer, is back in place on Main Street at the Monon Greenway after spending several months being repaired and painted. Professional artists at the Seward Johnson Workshop, where the city acquired this and other Seward Johnson sculptures, repaired the damaged antenna on the officer’s handheld radio, then removed and replaced the paint and seal before returning earlier this month.

Nativity Scene Sale – The Knights of Columbus, in partnership with the Catholic Business Exchange, is once again offering “Keep Christ in the Nativity Scene” this year. Made from all-weather, heavy-duty white plastic sheeting that never needs painting, the four-piece silhouette-style display is easy to assemble and includes all instructions and hardware. The cost of the display is $110, with net proceeds benefiting the Women’s Care Center and other Knights of Columbus Pro-Life Ministries. The deadline to order is October 11. To order online, visit

Princess program programs – 500 Festival is accepting applications for the 2023 500 Festival Princess Program. Programs are available at The application deadline is January 8, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. The program empowers 33 women from Indiana colleges and universities to make an impact as ambassadors for the 500 Festival during their college years, and its mission to enrich lives and positively impact the community. Each of the 500 Festival Princesses will also receive a $1,000 scholarship.

CHS grad song conducting – Mason Kniola of Carmel will conduct “Chofki” by Chickasaw composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate when the Manchester Symphony Orchestra opens its 84th season on Oct. 9. Kniola is majoring in vocal performance at the University of Manchester. He is a graduate of Carmel High School. Tickets are $20 for general admission. Entry is free for anyone under 18. Find out more at

Salvation Army volunteer opportunities – The Salvation Army of Indianapolis is looking for volunteers for its Coats for Kids event on Oct. 15 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Families interested in registering to purchase coats for their children can visit Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Kathy Dalla Costa with The Salvation Army

Christkind Essay Contest – 2022 Carmel Christkindlmarkt The Christkind essay contest is officially open for the 2022 market season. The contest offers a unique opportunity for a female high school or college student to participate in the Carmel Christkindlmarkt as the symbolic Christkind, and the winners are also awarded scholarships. This year’s essay prompt invites applicants to explore the traditions of Christmas cooking. The essay question and requirements can be found at Applications are accepted until October 11 at 11:55 p.m

Submit candidate debate questions – The Indiana Debate Commission will hold a joint debate between US Senate candidates Todd Young (Republican, incumbent), Thomas McDermott (Democrat) and James Sceniak (Libertarian) on October 16 at 7:00 p.m. Anyone can submit a question to be considered in this debate, which will be moderated by Laura Merrifield Wilson, associate professor of political science at the University of Indianapolis and also a member of the commission’s board. He previously moderated the gubernatorial debate in 2016. Questions can be submitted online through September 30 at

County bond rating approved – S&P Global Ratings recently affirmed Hamilton County’s long-term AAA rating, the highest possible rating. In addition, the agency assigned a AAA rating to the county’s bridge improvement bonds, which are scheduled to close this month. The prognosis is stable. The proceeds from the bond will be used to finance the new bridge project over the White River. This will be done in conjunction with the City of Noblesville. This is the second year the county has received a AAA rating. Hamilton County is the only county in Indiana with a AAA rating from S&P.

Republican Women’s Club – Hamilton County Republican Women’s Club on Oct. 4 at Hamilton County FOP 103 Lodge, 7201 E. 196th St. will meet in Noblesville to hear a speaker from Prevail on domestic violence. On Oct. 24, the group will host a craft night to make Christmas cards for nursing homes and veterans. Art night will be at Hamilton County FOP 103 Lodge.

Voting information for college students – The League of Women Voters of Hamilton County is reminding college students to plan ahead so they can vote on Election Day on Nov. 8. College students who live away from home can use absentee ballots to cast their ballots, but they must give permission. time to apply for a ballot and receive it by mail at your campus location. The deadline to request advanced bulletins is October 27, but students are encouraged to request a bulletin as soon as they have their campus mailing address. Students who choose to vote in local races in college towns must change their registered permanent address to their campus residence. Learn more and request an absentee ballot at and

The cutest dogs in the state – Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Indiana Destination Development Corp. and Henry, Indiana’s First Dog, scours the state for adorable dogs through the Cutest Dog Visiting Indiana Photo Contest. A different winner will be chosen each week for a year. Each winning dog will receive a mention from Indiana’s first dog, an exclusive “More to Discover in Indiana” dog bandana as one of the Cutest Dogs in Indiana on Visit Indiana’s social channels. To enter, upload a photo or video of your dog to Instagram, tag @VisitIndiana and use the hashtag #DogsINIndiana. Entries must indicate where the photo was taken.

Ghosts and Goblins registration is open – The 14th annual Carmel Education Foundation Ghosts and Goblins 5K/2K Race will begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 22 at Carmel High School. Strollers are welcome and costumes are encouraged. Prizes will be awarded to age category winners. Proceeds from the competition benefit CCS students and faculty through the awarding of CEF Big Idea grants. Learn more and register at

Be careful to take advantage of the United Way program – The United Way of Central Indiana is hosting a karaoke contest this fall to benefit the ReadUP childhood literacy program. Registration is open for soloists and bands interested in competing for a spot to perform live at Care-oke on Nov. 9 at the Old National Center in Indianapolis. The top 12 fundraisers will automatically qualify for the finals, while the remaining performers will be selected at random. Individual performers pledge to raise at least $250 and groups pledge to raise $500. The competition is open to singers of all age groups. The deadline for registration is October 10. Learn more at

Pavement Repair Grant funds are available – In 2020, the Carmel City Council established a Sidewalk Maintenance Grant program to help keep residential sidewalks within the city in good condition and safe. The program was initially funded by a $50,000 grant, and funds are still available for property owners to apply for sidewalk repair assistance. The fund provides up to 50 percent of the cost of the project, or $3,000, to residents who own and live with sidewalk repair/replacement and the removal of trees on their private property that affect sidewalks. Learn more and apply

Art and Culture digital passport – The recently launched Indiana Arts & Culture digital passport encourages visitors to explore new places and enjoy some of Indiana’s creative spaces. Register for a passport online and get special rewards to visit many destinations in the state. Visitors must register from a smartphone at one of the designated passport locations. Participants earn more by visiting more places. For more information, visit or follow Visit Indiana on social media at @VisitIndiana on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Hamilton County Democratic Women meetings— Democratic Women of Hamilton County meets the third Saturday of each month at the Delaware Township Trustee Building, 9090 E. 131st, Fishers. Talks start at 9:30am, meeting from 10am to 11am. All women of Hamilton County are welcome.

Weed Wrangles clear out invasive species – Hamilton County Invasives Partnership organizations invite volunteers to help clean local parks of invasive species by participating in Weed Wrangles. During the Weed Fight, teams of volunteers under the supervision of guides will find and uproot unwanted plants such as bush honeysuckle, garlic mustard, fall olive, English ivy and winter creeper. Learn more and sign up to volunteer 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. All levels of beekeepers north of Indianapolis are free to attend the meetings. Those who want to be beekeepers are invited. Visit for more information

Prevent catalytic converter theft – Jiffy Lube of Indiana and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department have partnered to launch the Catalytic Converter Identification Initiative to combat the trend of catalytic converter theft and support vehicle safety. Through this initiative, Hoosiers visiting a Jiffy Lube store in central Indiana can choose to have their technicians engrave the last 8 digits of the vehicle’s VIN into the catalytic converter and add a strip of high-temperature paint that adds an extra layer of protection. to any vehicle at no additional cost (and no purchase required). The Services will remain in effect indefinitely.

500 Mile Challenge – Registration is open for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Challenge, an online fitness program that encourages participants to complete 500 miles of physical activity, the same mileage drivers complete during the Indianapolis 500. Gasoline Alley 250 Mile Challenge. Challenges benefiting from the 500 Festival began on June 13 and will continue until October 31. Registration is $65 and includes a T-shirt, finisher medal, hat, and more. includes. Register for both challenges at

Volunteers are needed for the hospice – Anew Hospice is looking for volunteers to spend time with hospice patients in the Indianapolis area. Volunteers visit hospice patients to provide companionship through music, reading, doing puzzles, reflecting on life or simply holding hands. For more information, call 317-300-2292 or email

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