Area happenings: September 28, 2011

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Woman’s Club poetry entries sought

Valparaiso Middle School and High School students are invited to submit an entry in the33rd annual poetry contest sponsored by the Valparaiso Women’s Club, in honor of Dena S. Adams, the 1987 poet laureate.

Each student is allowed one entry of a poem in any form not to exceed 30 lines. The deadline for entries is Oct. 21.  Additional rules are available at the schools.

Prizes includes the first-place Dena S, Adams Memorial Award for Outstanding Poem, $50; second-place, $30; third-place, $20; and first, second and third honorable mentions, $10 each.

The awards ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25 at the Valparaiso Woman’s Club, 102 Washington St. Teachers, principals, parents and other family members are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Kathy Adams Butterfield, poetry contest coordinator, at 219-462-1000 or 219-464-9512.


Sunrise Seminar explores e-marketing

The next Sunrise Seminar with Datemine will be held on Thursday, Oct. 6 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Westchester Library Service Center, 100 W. Indiana Ave. in Chesterton. The topic includes a presentation on e-marketing.

Experts from Datamine will offer information on a convenient and cost-effective bulk mailer system to help businesses spread news and information to members, donors, stakeholders and customers. datamine provides internet marketing solutions for clients across industry segments in both profit and non-profit sectors. In addition, Datamine’s in-house team offers licensed standardized software applications for content management, scheduling, membership, fundraising and e-marketing. For more information, call 219- 939-9987 or visit www.datamine.net.

Hosted by the Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce, Sunrise Seminar is the first Thursday of each month. Sunrise Seminar is free and open to all Chamber members and the general public. Registration is required as seating is limited. For more information or to register, call 219- 926-5513, email daniellez@chestertonchamber.org or visit www.chestertonchamber.org.


Chesterton Chili Challenge Oct. 8

The Third Annual Chamber Chili Challenge will be on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Thomas Centennial Park in downtown Chesterton. Held in conjunction with Chesterton’s European Market, businesses and restaurants will compete in each of their categories for People’s Choice and Most Unique chili.

Public tasting/judging will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is $6 (children age 7 and under are free). Attendees may receive half-off admission by bringing a non-perishable food item to be used locally to stamp out hunger. Businesses and restaurants interested in participating in the cook-off should contact the Chamber office by Sept. 28 in order to register. Entry fee is $50, and prizes vary.

Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are also available. For more information or to register, call 219- 926-5513, e-mail daniellez@chestertonchamber.org or visit www.chestertonchamber.org.


Portage Occupational Health moves to new site

The Portage Occupational Health clinic will move from its current location on U.S. 6 to a new location at 3170 Willowcreek Road in Portage. Hours will be 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Doors will open Monday, Oct. 3.  The clinic telephone remains the same, 219-759-4604.


How flu impacts people

Walgreens, the largest provider of flu shots outside of the federal government, announced the findings of a survey in the Walgreens Flu Impact Report, revealing the economic and professional costs of the flu in people’s everyday lives, based on a national survey.

Some key findings include: 100 million work days lost due to flu-related illness last season, resulting in $6.8 billion in lost wages;  One-third of respondents spent between $251 and $1,000 treating the flu last season. The report projects 32 million school days were missed due to flu last season, which also translates to missed work days and other challenges.

More than one-third of respondents with children say they need to make alternative childcare arrangements when their children are sick, 40 percent would need to take time off from work to care for a sick child.


New physician joins health network

Internal Medicine physician Nabil Abdo, MD, who serves as the link between general medical care and specialty care has joined the Indiana University Health LaPorte Physicians network. His area of expertise includes the evaluation and management of high cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes and obesity.

He also provides guidance in disease prevention and achieving a healthy lifestyle. Abdo received his medical degree from University of Aleppo in Syria. He completed his residency at Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago Medical School as well as the Aleppo University Hospital. Abdo is accepting new patients at his office located at 1901 South Heaton in Knox.

Indiana University Health La Porte Physicians is a network of physicians providing services in office locations throughout Lake, Porter, La Porte, Berrien, Starke, St. Joseph, Marshall, and Pulaski counties. Specialties include afte- hours care, cardiology, family care, general surgery, internal medicine, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, pediatrics, physical medicine/rehabilitation and women’s care.

For more information, visit iuhealth.org. For more information, or to schedule an appointment with Abdo, call 574-772-3187.


Southlake YMCA uses volunteer scorers for adult leagues

 As fall arrives and outdoor activities become limited, the Southlake YMCA is stepping in and offering numerous activities for adults. Some of those activities include men’s basketball and co-ed volleyball. Both sports begin their eight-week events within the next week.

Scoring for both volleyball and basketball will be done by volunteers from Starting Point Solutions.

Starting Point Solutions is a non-profit student-run consulting organization committed to identifying publics and channels for other organizations and providing communication strategies based on research that will cultivate mutually positive relationships within an organization and in its community.

 For the past 22 years, under the guidance of Thomas Roach, Ph.D, Purdue Calumet student consulting firms have served organizations such as American Steel, Munster Police Department, Munster Med Inn, Dairy Queen, Avery Dennison, U.S. Cable, the City of Hammond, Showboat, United Way, B.P. Amoco, Graycor Inc., South Suburban College, Herald News, Prompt Ambulance Service, the City of Portage, People’s Bank, Staff Source, Goble & Associates, NIPSCO and NWI Patient Safety. 

Those organizations interested in obtaining a communication audit at-cost may contact Chantel Embers, marketing chairman, by Oct. 7, at 219-427-8638.




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