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.
"Tree Decorating Naturally" will be held at Gibson Woods Nature Preserve on Saturday, December 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. This is a free program but please call to register at 219-844-3188. Individual sign ups only (no groups)
Decorating the Gibson Woods holiday tree with “natural” ornaments has been a tradition for many years. Stop by the Environmental Awareness Center anytime between 1 and 3 to take part in this annual gathering. Many unique decorations can be made out of simple items found in nature. Acorns, pinecones, seedpods, and other dried materials will be available and you are welcome to bring your own to share. Make an ornament for the Gibson Woods tree and another to take home. Enjoy holiday music and stop by the “Bird Room” to see who’s visiting the feeders.
Wildlife Holiday at Gibson Woods Nature Preserve is Saturday, December 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. It is free to attend but registration is required at 219-844-3188. Individual sign ups only (no groups). Every year, during the holiday season, the public is invited to share a little holiday cheer with the wildlife at Gibson Woods. Join in the fun by making edible ornaments and decorating the trees and shrubs with them outside the wildlife viewing area windows. Afterwards, stay a while to watch the birds, squirrels and other wildlife discover the treats we’ve made for them. Don’t forget to make one to take home for the wildlife in your own backyard, Stop by between 1 and 3 p.m. to take part in a “Wildlife Holiday”."
Valparaiso, IN – Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is hosting a nine-day wilderness survival course beginning January 31, 2014.
This Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification is a comprehensive 80-hour course that teaches about environmental emergencies and survival skills, response and assessment, musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries, and CPR and other medical emergency techniques. Student skills and knowledge will be developed in hands-on outdoor and indoor practicums. In order for students to receive their certification, they must pass ongoing practical skills evaluation and a written final exam. The WFR certification is good for three years.
This WFR course is recognized as the industry standard certification by backcountry trip leaders, camp counselors, mountain guides, river guides and ski patrollers. Potentially, emergency response personnel, such as EMTs and firefighters, can apply this training toward needed continuing education credits.
“This wilderness medical training certification is perfect for safety laymen and professionals that want to enhance their outdoor skills.” said Alexis R. Faust, President and CEO of Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. “It will provide a high level of wilderness medical training for any outdoor enthusiast.”
This nine-day course runs Friday, January 31 to Saturday, February 8. Class size is limited to 30 people. Course cost is $650 per person. Primitive overnight accommodations are available at the additional cost of $135.
This is the only opportunity to take this course in the Chicago-Northwest Indiana area. The program is provided in partnership with SOLO Wilderness Medical School of Conway, New Hampshire.
For more information about Solo Wilderness Medical School visit SoloSchools.com. To sign up for Taltree’s Wilderness First Responder course visit TaltreeEvents.org
Winning entries from past Gardening Show photography contest (photo provided)
Purdue University Cooperative Extension and its Porter County Master Gardeners invite the public to share their garden photography in a photo contest. Winning entries will be displayed at the 11th Annual Gardening Show on Sat., Jan. 25, 2014, Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road, Valparaiso, Ind.
Photographs may be mailed to Purdue University Cooperative Extension, Suite 301, 155 Indiana Avenue, Valparaiso, Ind., 46383 or delivered on weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. All entries are due on or before Jan. 20, 2014.
Limit of three (3) photographs per person. Nine categories include pictures of gardens in all seasons, flowers alone, flowers with something else (e.g., trellis, statue), bugs and insects, butterflies, birds, wildlife, fungus, or fruits and vegetables in the garden.
Photographs will be judged on composition, use of color and aesthetic value. In addition to ribbons, winners will receive $5 for first place, $4 for second place, and $3 for third place. Decisions of the judges are final.
All photographs are to be 8 in. x 10 in. and mounted on a mounting board. No framed or matted photographs will be accepted, nor photographs with people in them. Name, address, telephone number, and entry category must be printed legibly on the back of each photograph submitted. Info: 219-465-3555 or http://www.pcgarden.info/Photo_Contest.html .
The Independent Cat Society is announcing their upcoming adoption special with the hope that the cats will have something to celebrate this holiday season.
The adoption fee for any cat 5 years or older will be waived during the months of November and December. A cat under 5 years is available for just $75 and a companion for them is no charge.
Adoption fees includes spay or neuter, current vaccines, flea treatment and nail trim, as well as a free initial wellness check up with one of our participating veterinarians within two weeks of the adoption. Our adoption hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The shelter has many wonderful older cats who would love to find their forever home this holiday season. There are many benefits to adopting an older cat, including litter box manners and they are more relaxed and enjoy their solitude.
The Independent Cat Society was founded in 1977 and is a non-profit, no-kill cat shelter. Their mission is to promote the welfare of all animals, especially cats, by reducing pet overpopulation, educating the public, preventing cruelties to animals, promoting responsible pet ownership, and working for more humane legislation.
For more information, please contact the Independent Cat Society at 219.785.4936.
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