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‘Helping special needs children succeed’ at Parkview Whitley Hospital

Parkview Whitley Hospital invites the public to attend a free program, “Helping Children with Special Needs Succeed,” on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, at 6:30 p.m., in the lower-level auditoriums of Parkview Whitley Hospital, 353 N. Oak Street, Columbia City.
The program will be presented by Karen Heimann, OTR/L, who works in outpatient pediatric rehabilitation at Parkview Whitley Hospital as a pediatric occupational therapist.
Heimann will offer solutions for parents who want to know how to help their child catch up developmentally, how to help their child focus better in school and how to communicate better, among other things. She has 13 years of experience evaluating and treating children with a wide range of needs and disorders, including: Central Nervous System, Sensory, Musculoskeletal, ADD / ADHD, Autism and Asperger syndrome.
Reservations for the free program are required, and light refreshments will be served. Call Parkview Whitley Hospital Community Relations at (260) 248-9400, or (800) 325-1338, ext. 89400.

Parkview Whitley Hospital invites the public to attend a free program, “Helping Children with Special Needs Succeed,” on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, at 6:30 p.m., in the lower-level auditoriums of Parkview Whitley Hospital, 353 N. Oak Street, Columbia City.

Educational programs at Whitley County Extension Office

Educational programs at Whitley County Extension Office
Following are some of the educational programs available at the Whitley County Extension Office on Monday, October 4:
Family Traditions
This program begins at 9:30 a.m.
Family traditions are often the basis for forming family memories. The more you understand about your family traditions the more you can appreciate them and the opportunities for preserving your family memories. This workshop will help you explore your family traditions and rituals.
“Tempting the Taste
Buds (with Cultural Foods)”
This program will begin at 1 p.m.
Are there certain food dishes that you prepare which were from great-grandma’s recipes? Why do certain cultures use specific spices/ingredients that are characteristic of their country? This program will  travel the globe highlighting customs and food dishes of various cultures.
“You Can’t Take It
With You”
This program will begin at 7 p.m.
Many times one of the hardest tasks about estate planning is getting the ball rolling. Have you made the decisions to make sure the things you can’t take with you are distributed as intended? Is your estate plan complete? Has it been reviewed to determine if it is still current? There are several steps to take to move the process forward; understanding the language is half the battle.
All programs are open to the public. Reservations are due to the Extension Office by Thursday, September 30 and will be held at the Whitley County Extension Office, 115 S. Line Street, Columbia City. Call (260) 244-7615 or 625-3313 to reserve your spot or go to cbarnett@purdue.edu.

Following are some of the educational programs available at the Whitley County Extension Office on Monday, October 4:

Family Traditions

This program begins at 9:30 a.m.

Passages Inc. celebrates its Direct Support Professionals

Direct Service Professionals (DSP’s) work as direct care workers, in-home support, personal assistants and attendants to ensure that people with disabilities are able to live as independently as possible in a community of their choosing.   The United States Senate unanimously approved Senate Resolution 558 designating the week of September 12 as National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week.
For more than 50 years Passages, Inc. in Columbia City has been dedicated to helping people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other challenges thrive as part of the fabric of the community; helping people through meaningful work, community living and through socialization.   For more information on Passages, visit www.passagesinc.org” www.passagesinc.org.
According to Tom O’Neill, President of Passages, “We are proud to take part in this national recognition that honors our staff and other Direct Service Professionals who give so much to many every day.”   O’Neill announced the participation of Passages in National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week with a slate of activities that recognize the 77 DSP’s who are employed by Passages.

Direct Service Professionals (DSP’s) work as direct care workers, in-home support, personal assistants and attendants to ensure that people with disabilities are able to live as independently as possible in a community of their choosing. The United States Senate unanimously approved Senate Resolution 558 designating the week of September 12 as National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week.

Huntington University to offer physical education to local homeschoolers

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HU to offer physical education class to local homeschoolers
HUNTINGTON, Ind. — Huntington University’s Department of Physical Education is offering a physical education program for children in grades K-5 this fall.
The department will have nine sessions from September to December. Class time is from 2:15 to 3:05 p.m. in the field house of the university’s Merillat Complex for Physical Education and Recreation. The dates for the sessions are Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9.
This service is available to all area home-schooled children in elementary grades, including students from Huntington and surrounding counties. Families who have not previously been involved in the program are asked to come a few minutes early on September 30 to complete the registration forms.
The class is free to all participants.
Huntington University students conducting the elementary physical education class are either physical education majors or elementary education majors. Curriculum development and supervision of the classes are provided by Dr. Jody Davenport, instructor of physical education.
For more information, contact Davenport at jdavenport@huntington.edu or (260) 359-4214.

HUNTINGTON — Huntington University’s Department of Physical Education is offering a physical education program for children in grades K-5 this fall.

The department will have nine sessions from September to December. Class time is from 2:15 to 3:05 p.m. in the field house of the university’s Merillat Complex for Physical Education and Recreation. The dates for the sessions are Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9.

5K Race/Walk for Cancer Services

Mark your calendars. Saturday, October 16, the seventh annual Kid’s Fun Run will be held at 8:15 a.m. followed by the 5K race/walk at 8:30 a.m. The walk will take place at Central Noble High School in Albion.
Winners will receive awards plus there will be door prizes and a silent auction that ends at 10:00 a.m. Entry forms may be obtained at www.beatbc 5k.org or entry can be the morning of the race. Participants must be pre-registered by October 2 in order to receive a shirt.
All proceeds from this race go to Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.  They have available items such as hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers, feeding machines, Ensure and many other supplies and home health equipment. Services offered are the wig salon, workshops, personal advocate, supportive counseling, and resource library and support groups.
Cancer Services is committed to helping people with cancer by providing these services free of charge. Please help raise funds so they may continue their service.

Mark your calendars. Saturday, October 16, the seventh annual Kid’s Fun Run will be held at 8:15 a.m. followed by the 5K race/walk at 8:30 a.m. The walk will take place at Central Noble High School in Albion.

Merry Lea Photography Workshop

Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College will hold its annual nature photography workshop, Thursday, October 7, from 9 a.m. through Saturday, October 9, 5:30 p.m.
The workshop includes slide-illustrated lectures, time outdoors for shooting photographs, critique of student work and help with digital issues. Sessions from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Thursday are especially for beginners. More advanced photographers can either spend the day shooting or choose to arrive at 6 p.m.
Winona Lake artist Jerry McCoy and entomologist and photography buff David Miller will team up as instructors for the weekend. McCoy has exhibited at the Canal Street Gallery in Winona Lake and at ARTLINK in Fort Wayne. He has won the People’s Choice Award in the ACRES nature photography exhibit two years running. McCoy’s photographs and artist’s statements can be viewed at his website, web.mac.com/macjerry1/ Jerry_McCoy_Photography/Welcome.html.
Miller was formerly the program director at Merry Lea and has over 20 years experience on the property. He brings not only an eye for photography, but also a broad command of natural history. Not sure what kind of dragonfly you just photographed? Did you attempt to capture a wetland center on ragweed? Miller can help you discern which species best represent different ecosystems.
Group size will be between 9 and 15 participants. The cost of $325 includes lodging and meals from Thursday supper through Saturday noon. Bring a bag lunch if attending Thursday during the day. Participants stay at Rieth Village, an educational facility that earned Indiana’s first platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2008. For more information or to register, email jenniferhs@goshen.edu or call 260-799-5869 by October 1.
Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College is located in central Noble County, mid-way between Goshen and Fort Wayne and just south of Wolf Lake, IN. The property’s 1,189 acres include prairies, woodlands, unique geological features and a variety of wetlands.

Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College will hold its annual nature photography workshop, Thursday, October 7, from 9 a.m. through Saturday, October 9, 5:30 p.m.

Republican Breakfast

Whitley County Republican Breakfast

Enjoying the early morning Whitley County Republican Breakfast Saturday in Columbia City were, from left, Jenny McGuire, candidate for Whitley…

Whitley County 4-H Rabbit Club to meet

The last Whitley County 4-H Rabbit Club meeting of the year will be a field trip to the Gardners’ for a cook-out and tour  of their rabbitry. It will take place on Tuesday, September 21 at 6 p.m. at 7226 W. 700 South, South Whitley. Food and drinks will be provided.
October will start the new Rabbit Club year with election of officers. Information will be mailed to each Rabbit Club member.
For more information call (260) 244-7615 or 625-3313.

The last Whitley County 4-H Rabbit Club meeting of the year will be a field trip to the Gardners’ for a cook-out and tour of their rabbitry. It will take place on Tuesday, September 21 at 6 p.m. at 7226 W. 700 South, South Whitley. Food and drinks will be provided.

Fish Fry at Grace Lutheran Church

Grace Lutheran Church in Columbia City is holding its annual Fish Fry on Saturday, September 18 from 4-7 p.m.
Cost for adults is $8.50, children 6-12 are $4 and children five and under are free. The price includes an all-you-can-eat dinner, beverage and dessert. The supper will be held in the Parish Church Hall at Grace Lutheran Church, 204 North Main Street, Columbia City.
Proceeds generated from this fundraising project will be given as financial support towards Grace Lutheran’s Christian Education needs.
Gaerte’s Frying Service is doing the cooking. This is a “cholesterol free” meal.

Grace Lutheran Church in Columbia City is holding its annual Fish Fry on Saturday, September 18 from 4-7 p.m.