Architecture Talk at Barker Mansion
A free architecture talk will be offered at Michigan City’s Barker Mansion on Saturday, January 18 at 2 pm CST. The mansion’s newest Heritage Interpreter, Lillie Magers-Pershing, will lead the 30-minute discussion. Magers-Pershing comes from South Bend, where she also leads tours at the historic Oliver Mansion.Her talk will consist of photographic images, many historic, detailing the finer design elements of the mansion. After the program, guests are welcome to take a self-guided tour of the mansion for fee of $5 per youth/senior and $8 per adult. Reservations are not needed.The Barker Mansion is located at 631 Washington Street. Visit www.barkermansion.com or call 219-873-1520 for details.
January is National Mentoring Month – CYA Plans a “Magical” Bowl-a-thon Event
In recognition of January as National Mentoring Month, Family Advocate’s Court Youth Advocate (CYA) Program is planning its annual Bowl-A-Thon Event to be held on January 25th at Casey’s Lanes, La Porte, Indiana. Last year, La Porte and Michigan City Mayors signed a proclamation to recognize January as Mentoring Month and “encourage our community to celebrate the benefits of mentoring and the impact it has on young people”. Community members are invited to participate as a team to bowl or businesses to sponsor the event to support CYA’s work with youth. This year the event will be “Harry Potter” themed using the tagline “The Magic is in Our Choices.” All proceeds go towards the work of the program to assist struggling youth involved in juvenile court and provide support for academic and personal growth, life skills and positive peer relationships. Funding also helps CYA recruit and train adult volunteers to work with youth by mentoring and non-punitive involvement. If you’re looking for a way to make a difference in the life of a youth who needs you, becoming a CYA volunteer is a great investment of your time. Please contact Brenda Stellema for more information at 219.324.3385 or team registration or sponsorship information is available on www.lpfamilyadvocates.com.
Unity Foundation Community Scholarship Application Now Available Online
Online Applications are now available online for the 2020 Unity Foundation of La Porte County cycle of scholarships and awards. Deadline for submission is March 12th. Scholarships and awards ranging from $250 – $2,500 each are awarded through more than 50 funds at Unity, which is the community foundation serving La Porte County. Scholarship opportunities are available for both graduating seniors and students who already are in college. There are also scholarships for all types of programs, from certificates to doctorate degrees. To make the application process easier for students and school officials, all applicants can go onto www.uflc.net to complete and submit applications and documentation online. The Unity Foundation General Scholarship application was designed to allow students to apply for several different scholarships through one application. The general application evaluates the responses provided and matches applicants with the scholarships for which they may be eligible. Students are encouraged to begin the process early, as transcripts must be downloaded before the application is submitted and some scholarships require verification of club involvement or activities. Two specialty awards also can be found on the www.uflc.net web site. For more information, please visit www.uflc.net or call 219-879-0327.
Gabis Arboretum at PNW offers free winter activities
Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest remains open for the public’s enjoyment and education during the winter months. The winter “free admission” policy makes this time of year an ideal time to get acquainted with this beautiful local natural habitat. Though the Welcome Center at the Railway Garden’s Depot is unmanned in the winter months, the building is open for restroom and vending machine access during the arboretum’s open hours. Visit www.pnw.edu/gabis-arboretum to check for current operating hours. Unless otherwise marked, the trails also are accessible for hiking, dog-walking, bird-watching and photography opportunities.
Gabis Arboretum at PNW is offering monthly hikes free to the public this winter. Each hike is followed by a warming time in the Railway Depot with training opportunities for volunteers to finish the day’s adventures.
The next public hike will be held Sunday, February 2. Hikers will trek the trails to see what area groundhogs have to predict about winter’s duration.
Purdue Northwest hosts 25th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Breakfast
Vanessa Allen-McCloud, president and CEO of Urban League of NWI, will deliver keynote
Purdue University Northwest (PNW) invites the Northwest Indiana community to celebrate diversity and inclusion through the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. in two events at its Westville and Hammond campuses Jan. 20 and Jan. 21. Vanessa Allen-McCloud, president and CEO of the Urban League of Northwest Indiana, will deliver the keynote presentation at both celebrations. The events are free and open to the community.
Celebration Breakfast on the Westville Campus – Jan. 20, 8:30 a.m.
PNW will host the 25th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration Breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 20. The event, featuring the keynote speaker, entertainment and breakfast, will take place in the James B. Dworkin Student Services & Activities Complex Great Hall, 1401 S. U.S. 421, Westville. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.
Also on Jan. 20, students and faculty from the PNW School of Education and Counseling will lead children’s activities focusing on the life of Dr. King from 10:30 a.m. until noon at the Michigan City Public Library, 100 East 4th Street.
Celebration Reception on the Hammond Campus – Jan. 21, 10:30 a.m.
A program honoring Dr. King will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Jan. 21. The event, featuring the keynote speaker, entertainment and reception, will take place in the Student Union and Library Building, Alumni Hall (Room 360), 2233 173rd Street, Hammond. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the program.