Her work has won several awards from the Indiana Broadcasters Association, Society of Professional Journalists/Indiana Chapter, and Network Indiana. She has also had academic papers selected for presentation at national conferences like the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and Broadcast Education Association.
Laura watched her share of game shows growing up and one summer while in California, she's chosen to be a contestant on "Sale of the Century". Her TV favorites include The Honeymooners, Project Runway, Seinfeld, The Big Bang Theory, Doctor Who and Star Trek (TNG and the original). She also enjoys crossword puzzles and when asked what some of her favorite places to visit are she says -- office supply stores.
Valparaiso, IN – Taltree Arboretum & Gardens will be recycling Christmas trees from January 2 through January 12, 2014. Taltree will be converting the trees into trail mulch to benefit guests.
“Utilizing Christmas trees as a renewable path material is a win-win for the environment and for our guests,” said Alexis R. Faust, President and CEO of Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. “This is just one of the many recycle-reuse-reduce programs that we offer.”
Donated trees must be free of all decorative materials, including ornaments, hooks, tinsel, nails, lights and stands. For the safety of the wildlife, removal of these non-organic items, especially tinsel, is extremely important.
Christmas tree drop-off is at Taltree’s construction entrance, located at 440 W. 100 North, Valparaiso. The drop-off area will be marked with a sign, and people are asked to place trees in the designated area only. Drop-off is available 24 hours a day from January 2 through January 12. This program is sponsored by Simko Signs in Valparaiso. For more information, visit Taltree.org or call 219-462-0025.
Wolf Park in Battle Ground, IN, (Lafayette area) is hosting a holiday party for the wolves (and people) from 1-4 p.m. EST on Saturday, December 21 (rescheduled from Dec 14 due to the weather). The public is invited to watch as the wolves and foxes receive their specially decorated trees covered with special edible treats the wolves enjoy, such as hot dogs, spam and spaghetti. For more info www.wolfpark.org
Children are welcome to help staff and volunteers decorate small evergreen trees with wolf-edible treats such as hot dogs, spam, and spaghetti. When Santa arrives, the guests can watch the excitement of the wolves and children as the “edible trees” and other treats are distributed amongst the wolves.
Although the program takes place outside (since the wolves are outside), guests are invited into our buildings to warm up, have some hot chocolate and, after the tree and treat distribution, talk to Santa, who will be accepting requests.
In the past, Santa has arrived by dog sled, on horseback, by convertible, and in a helicopter! Be sure to visit and see how Santa will come to Wolf Park this year! (Indiana Insider Blog says Santa and his elves will be arriving on the Purdue Boilermaker Special Train)
The Indiana Insider Blog says Wolf Park will be open special holiday hours Thursday, December 26 for guided tours from 1-5 p.m. EST to accommodate family and friends in town that week who want to see the wolves. http://www.in.gov/visitindiana/blog/index.php/2013/12/18/wolf-parks-annual-holiday-party-2/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=VI-IIB-twitterfeed
"Fundraiser for the Animals" Annual Christmas Party hosted by The Draft House 4825 Central Ave. Lake Station, IN is December 21st from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. All profits benefit The Humane Society of Hobart. Free food, door prizes, D.J. and raffles. Must be 21 to attend. Please do not bring your pets. Donations of dog or cat food, kitty litter or cleaning supplies will be accepted at the door in place of the $5.00 cover charge. Let's have a critter Christmas!
When Nicole Ochotorene heard a loud noise coming from her kitchen in the middle of the night, she went to investigate. She found her two pet rabbits thumping their hind legs and running back and forth. That's when Occhotorene noticed the cord on a crockpot was on fire. The Tucson, Arizona woman says the bunnies are heroes and saved her life and that of her husband and four children." That's a miracle within itself. That's what I'm saying. It's a Christmas miracle," said Ochotorene. "Ever watch like Bambi, Thumper - how he thumped with his back paw. That's what they kept doing. And Bun Bun and Promise they were just thumping, thumping and they were running back and forth, back and forth, back and forth." Ochotorene said then she looked and saw smoke from the cord and smoke from underneath the crockpot. " My bunnies are my lifesavers," she told ABC News. "They saved my life and they saved my kids." Everyone's okay, reports say, including the bunnies.
The Independent Cat Society's 2014 calendar will be at the shelter beginning Saturday, December 14th and will be available for sale for $15 each. Pick up one or two for holiday gifts. These calendars contain pictures of some of our supporters pets, both on the month and/or a specific day. They are great! Stop by our Holiday Open House this weekend, Saturday, the 14th, 10am - 4pm and Sunday, the 15th, 1pm to 4pm and check them out. For other arrangements please contact the ICS at 219.785.4936. While you are there, do some Christmas shopping for your pets or pet lover. We have many wonderful gifts for sale and all proceeds benefit the Independent Cat Society.
For more information please call 219-785-4936.
We are also accepting donations of Friskies pate or Fancy Feast Classic canned food, scoopable cat litter, paper towels, paper plates, laundry soap, bleach, dishwashing soap, hand sanitizer, cat toys (for the cats Christmas) and fleece blankets. All donations are tax deductible.
Also check out our December Adoption Special while you are there. We have many wonderful cats and kittens to choose from. We are located at Rte 6 and County Line Road in Westville, Indiana. Hope to see you there!!
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