Area happenings, September 7, 2011

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Identifying the Trees of the Lake County Parks

Before you start collecting leaves for your leaf collection, you’ll want to attend the Leaf ID Workshop at Deep River County Park.

The workshop starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Reservations are required, individual signups only. It’s a great way to learn how to sort out all those leaf arrangements, shapes, lobes, margins, etc.

With a few simple tips, you will be well on your way to finishing your collections quicker and easier than ever before. The first part of the program will be indoors.

Afterwards, we will walk around the grounds and hike the trail to collect leaves for your project. Insect repellent is recommended. There is a $2 program fee and a $2.50 charge for the booklet, “Identifying the Trees of the Lake County Parks.”

Payment may be made at the program. Meet downstairs at the visitor center. Deep River County Park is located at 9410 Old Lincoln Highway, Hobart, at the intersection of County Line Road and 73rd Avenue. For more information, or to make a reservation, call 219-844-3188.

Hobart Tri Kappa backs continuing education

The Hobart Epsilon Zeta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa, Inc. is accepting applications for the annual $1,500 & $500 continuing education scholarships.

The $1,500 and $500 scholarships will be awarded on Sunday, Nov. 6, at the annual fundraiser. To qualify, applicants must have a high school diploma and be returning to further their education after at least a five-year absence from school. Applicants should be well-rounded individuals, active in their communities.

If interested, please contact Louidajean “LJ” Payton at 219-940-3206 or e-mail Louidajean@marykay.com for an application. You may leave a message if you get voice mail.

Please leave your name, phone number, mailing and e-mail address. All applications must be postmarked by Oct. 1.


Regional putting on employment scams seminar




There are a lot of people looking for employment, and the scammers know it. They’ll do just about anything to steal your money or your identity, including offering jobs that don’t actually exist.


Don’t be the next victim. Join Regional Federal Credit Union at 7144 Kennedy Avenue in Hammond for a free educational seminar, “How to Avoid Employment Scams,” from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22.


Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist Clint Turpen – a Chronicle columnist — will identify different types of employment scams, from secret shopper scams and pyramid schemes to money laundering and reshipping fraud, show you how to spot a too-good-to-be-true offer and how to make sure the job you’re applying for isn’t a scam. Whether you’re looking for a new career or just a way to earn extra money on the side, this is information you can’t afford to miss.


The seminar is free and open to the public, but space is limited; you must RSVP by Friday, Sept. 16, to attend. Call 219-548-6806 or email cturpen@regionalfcu.org to reserve a spot.


Annual Women’s Tea at Porter County Community Foundation


The Porter County Community Foundation’s 11th Annual Women’s Tea will be Thursday, Sept. 8, from 11:30 a.m -1 p.m., at Strongbow Inn.


The annual fundraiser benefits the Women’s Fund of Porter County. Guests will learn about the impact the Women’s Fund is making in the community and be introduced to the women’s Giving Circle, Impact Porter County. A video featuring last year’s grant recipient, Hilltop Neighborhood House, will be showcased.


The guest speaker is Patricia R. Miller, co-founder of Vera Bradley, an internationally-recognized women’s handbag, travel, paper and gift, eyewear, and accessory brand.



Labor Day a busy time at Indiana Dunes State Park


Indiana Dunes Tourism is alerting the public that Labor Day weekend is historically one of the busiest weekends at the Indiana Dunes.


People are advised that if the weather is warm and sunny on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday of Labor Day weekend, traffic backups are likely on Ind. 49, entering the park.


The peak hours for entering Dunes State Park are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. People are advised to arrive earlier in the morning, or wait until about 3 p.m., which is the time when traffic usually clears up and many of the early arriving guests leave and free up parking spaces. In addition, guests can help speed up the entry process by paying with cash rather than a credit card.


Indiana Dunes Tourism Executive Director Lorelei Weimer said that West Beach, located on Lake/Porter County Line Road in Portage, like Dunes State Park, has extensive parking and is a good option for holiday weekends. Many of the beach access points with smaller parking lots fill up much earlier each day than West Beach or Dunes State Park.


Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day weekends are generally the busiest weekends if the weather is good.


Applications accepted by Valparaiso police


The Valparaiso Police Department is accepting applications for individuals seeking a career in law enforcement. Application packets are available at the Valparaiso Police Department, 355 S. Washington St. A complete application packet can also be downloaded from the department’s website at www.valparaisopolice.org and returned to the department by mail.


The minimum requirements needed to apply: must be 21yrs of age or older; hold a high school degree or GED; be a United States Citizen; possess a valid driver’s license and have no prior felony arrests. For more information regarding the position, including a job description and officer’s benefits, log onto; www.valparaisopolice.org and click on recruitment.


All applications must be completed and returned to the department by Friday Sept. 23. Please no telephone inquiries.


Valpo Brewfest caters to craft beer fans


The Second Annual Valpo Brewfest will be at Central Park Plaza on Saturday, Sept 24, from 1-5 p.m. Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events will host the fest which brings beer lovers to downtown Valparaiso for an opportunity to sample more than 125 different varieties of craft beer.


All tickets to this event are all presale; the event sold out in 2010. “We increased the number of available tickets this year, but are already down to the last 300 tickets,” said Jennifer Peek, Marketing Director for VCFE.


Attendees will each receive a souvenir pint glass and those with designated driver tickets will also include unlimited soda and water and a fest T-shirt.


Chris and Lou’s full band will provide live entertainment, playing a variety of music from Led Zeppelin to the Beatles. Local restaurants will be on hand with a variety of food available and attendees will be selecting their favorite Indiana Craft Beer for the Hoosier Brew Award.


For more information about the Valpo Brewfest call 219-464-8332. To purchase tickets visit www.valpobrewfest.com. Contact VCFE at www.valparaisoevents.com.


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