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Short Takes – May 23, 2012

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VALPO VELVET

Made statewide top 10 lists

Valpo Velvet ice cream has been named among the “Top 10 Indiana Places for Ice Cream,” and the Indiana Dunes made the list of “Indiana’s Top 10 Summer Gotta-Dos.” Both places were announced as winners Friday, May 11 by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, which is putting together a variety of Top 10 lists. Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism bureau of Porter County, nominated Valpo Velvet and the Indiana Dunes for inclusion in the Top 10 lists. More than 10,000 people from the region and across the state went to the state tourism website – www.VisitIndiana.com – to vote for their favorites. The top vote getters made the Top 10 lists. More than 100 ice cream shops and summer gotta-dos were nominated by members of Indiana’s tourism industry. Indiana Dunes Tourism Executive Director Lorelei Weimer said Valpo Velvet and the Indiana Dunes truly are among the state’s best, and she hopes people will travel here to enjoy them. Valpo Velvet, located at 55-57 W. Monroe St. in Valparaiso, has been making ice cream the exact same way for 65 years, by three generations of Brown family members. Although the five simple ingredients in the basic mix haven’t changed, unique new flavors have been added over the years. Valpo Velvet now makes 65 to 70 different flavors of ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and sorbet. As for the Indiana Dunes, it draws more than 3 million visitors each year. Dunes visitors can enjoy 15 miles of Lake Michigan beaches, towering sand dunes with breathtaking views of the lake and miles of wooded trails. “Hoosiers know their communities and take pride in sharing their favorites,” said Amy Vaughan, director of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. “We want to thank all who voted and invite our Hoosier friends and families to enjoy all Indiana has to offer for summer fun.” Another region business, Fair Oaks Farms in Jasper County, made the “Top 10 Indiana Places for Ice Cream” list. And Fair Oaks’ grilled cheese sandwich was earlier named to the “Top 10 Sandwiches” list. In addition, the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival was previously named to the “Indiana’s Top 10 Food Festivals” list. People can learn more about the top places by visiting the state tourism website at and clicking on the “Best of Indiana” tab at the top of the homepage.

PARENT EMPOWERMENT

PUC Conference

Purdue University Calumet’s Educational Talent Search program will host a Parent Empowerment Conference and Resource Fair, Saturday, May 26, intended to help parents help their children succeed in a global society through academic preparedness. The free event is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall of Purdue Calumet’s Student Union and Library. Director of Purdue Calumet’s Upward Bound program Joe Flores will be the keynote speaker.   Additionally, the event will include a breakfast roundtable discussion about student success, a student panel and workshops focusing on how students can build an intellectual foundation and foster a culture of achievement, and a resource fair of vendors promoting academic achievement and global competitiveness. Lunch also will be served. “Parents who attend will come away equipped with knowledge to help their sons and daughters thrive and compete in a diverse and changing society,” Purdue Calumet Interim Director of Educational Talent Search Aquinas Lewis said.  Individuals can register and obtain more information on line at zoloft price costco zoloft price costco or by phoning 989-2460.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK

Delivers for mothers in crisis

As the majority of moms across the country were being treated to dinner or pampered with gifts on Mother’s Day, thousands of others spent the day living in shelters, thankful to have a roof over their head. To offer support and make Mother’s Day a little brighter for women in crisis, the national moving company Two Men and A Truck partnered with more than 200 schools and community organizations this spring for its Movers for Moms charity drive. Franchise locations from 27 states collected more than 115,000 items for women living in more than 100 homeless and domestic abuse relief shelters across the country. Locally, the Valparaiso franchise partnered with Flint Lake Elementary School, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Valparaiso Christian Academy, WLPR-FM and WZVN-FM to collect items including food, clothing, toiletries and other essentials for women staying at The Caring Place. Two Men and A Truck started the Movers for Moms collection drive five years ago in Michigan, with 20 franchises collecting a few hundred donations for women staying in eight shelters across the state. This year, 102 franchise locations were involved in what is fast becoming a national program. “The significant growth that Movers for Moms has seen these past five years has been absolutely incredible, and each year we are thrilled to partner with the community to support thousands of women in need who deserve to feel loved and appreciated—especially on Mother’s Day,” said Two Men and A Truck President/CEO Brig Sorber. “I’m most excited by the passion our franchisees have exhibited for the program and their commitment to making it a success within the communities they serve.” For more information, follow the program online at or @MoversforMoms.

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Philip B. Stafford, PhD will be the guest speaker at a breakfast talk for community members from 8 to 10 a.m. on Monday, June 4. The talk, to be held at Pines Village Retirement Communities in Valparaiso, is hosted by ElderStyle Valparaiso. Stafford is director of the Center on Aging and Community and the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, as well as adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University. Dr. Stafford is a nationally known author, speaker, and consultant on the subject of livable communities for all ages. Through his research, writing, and travel, as well as via case study projects in Indiana, Stafford has identified the key issues involved in creating communities that work for older citizens. Stafford lives and works in Bloomington. ElderStyle Valparaiso is a public-private partnership and initiative formed in 2007 between the Valparaiso Department of Parks and Recreation and Pines Village Retirement Communities. The partnership represents a commitment to combine efforts to support healthy living and create a network of community choices that enable older adults to live well. ElderStyle Valparaiso is one of three communities in the state selected to receive a planning grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority through its Communities for a Lifetime committee.   The grant will help the ElderStyle Valparaiso Task Force determine how best to make Valparaiso a community for all ages. This breakfast event is supported by this planning grant.  HealthLinc is the presenting sponsor for the 2012 ElderStyle Valparaiso events. The event will feature a presentation by Stafford, a breakfast buffet, and Q & A session. The breakfast talk is free, but reservations are requested. For more details or to make reservations, call Pines Village Retirement Communities at 219-465-1591 or send an email to more tsh in correcting the august 2004 that control how to antibiotic price. buy medicines such as amoxil antibiotic price online and with no .

GET OUTDOORS DAY

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Families will have a great opportunity to sample a wide range of outdoor activities at no cost in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 9.  As part of Leave No Child Inside month, this unique event will be held at Dunes Learning Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature opportunities for children of all ages to experience outdoor activities from kayaking to earth caching.  Located in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Dunes Learning Center is not generally open to the public, but thanks to local partners — and funding by BP through Chicago Wilderness, among others — naturalists from Dunes Learning Center will help families experience the park’s wetlands, rivers, prairies, dunes and woodland. Those hiking the Little Calumet River will catch, identify, learn about and release river creatures. Kids participating in the “Great Migration Challenge” will learn about the hazards and helpers that animals encounter during their long distance journey. “We invite families to come out and consider ways to make outdoor recreation a part of a healthy lifestyle and explore this great National Park,” said John Hayes, executive director of Dunes Learning Center. “We are pleased to present this program with the assistance of so many area community organizations and businesses that recognize the importance of connecting our kids to nature.”  Among the participating organizations offering outdoor opportunities is the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association, whose members will be introducing kids to kayaking and demonstrating skills and safety. Highlighting efforts to combat indoor, inactive lifestyles that are fueling the nation’s obesity epidemic, fitness instructors from Community Hospital Fitness Pointe will engage families in a fun outdoor workout leaping over logs, doing tree pushups and more. Earth Caching, outdoor games, nature-inspired arts and crafts and a campfire, complete with s’mores are also planned.  National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) is led by the U.S. Forest Service and the American Recreation Coalition with the goal of encouraging visitors to public lands, and reconnecting our youth to the great outdoors.

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CHILD CARE ONLINE

Indiana Offers Free Online Tool

Indiana is proud to be the first state in the nation to launch Child Care Online
statewide.  Hoosier families now have a digital tool to assess child care facilities for quality, safety and other benchmarks, and can take virtual tours of select facilities. Child Care Online is a free, Internet search tool designed so consumers can easily and conveniently compare child care programs and identify a range of high-quality care choices. Child Care Online is available at . “Finding the appropriate, high-quality child care provider is often a difficult task for Indiana families,” said Melanie Brizzi, administrator at Indiana Bureau of Child Care (BCC). “Working Hoosiers need high-quality child care to support their children’s development. Research shows that effective early learning experiences prepare children for future success in school, work, and life.” The Child Care Online tool allows users to see actual images of playing, teaching and learning spaces and read about a program’s philosophy, curriculum, and much more. Child Care Online is being launched in conjunction with Paths to QUALITY, Indiana’s voluntary quality rating and improvement system for child care programs. More than 1,145 child care programs have achieved or are working toward the state’s highest level of care-national accreditation. Child Care Online will highlight these programs.

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