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In 2016, Hoosiers can get free access to state parks by checking out an entrance pass at their local public library. The passes will provide access to Indiana’s 32 state parks and also to Indiana’s state forest recreation areas where entrance fees are charged. They will be available for check-out from Jan. 1-Dec. 31. For more information about activities that are part of the State Parks Centennial Celebration go to the Indiana State Parks Website.
Hoosiers can get free access to state parks by checking out an entrance pass at their local public library. The Passes provide access to Indiana's 32 state parks and to Indiana's state forest recreation areas where entrance fees are charged. Passes are available for checkout through Dec. 31 (2016). For more information go to the Indiana State Parks website.
Learn about Dragonflies common to Lake County. Then, throughout the spring and summer, take a hike at selected locations to practice identifying the various species present that day. Required registration at 219-844-3188 closes two days prior to each activity. Cameras and binoculars encouraged; It's for ages 15 and above. The $10 fee includes the lecture and all Saturday naturalist-led hikes.
The Highland Police Department will have it's next Citizens' Police academy in the Fall of 2016. Classes are set to start September 13th. Applicants must be at least 18 years-old and a Highland resident or the owner or employee of a Highland business. Call 219 838-3184 for more information. Applications can be picked up at the Highland Police Department or may be printed from the police department web site.
Take an hour-long self-guided hike into Indiana’s only quaking bog every Saturday afternoon this summer at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Pinhook Bog. Rangers and volunteers along the trail will answer your questions about the unique area. Allow one hour to walk the trail and tour the bog. This open house is every Saturday thru September 10 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. This summer marks the year-round opening of the Pinhook Upland Trail. The Upland Trail is open every day for hiking by the public from 7:00 am until ½ hour after sunset. The Pinhook Bog parking lot is located at 700 North Wozniak Road in Michigan City. For more information contact, the national lakeshore’s information desk at 219-395-1882. Learn about centuries-old lifestyles of Duneland residents by exploring the Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farmhouse. This open house takes place every Sunday afternoon from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm thru September 4th. Join a ranger this summer for a guided hikes of Mount Baldy. The hour and a half tours are offered every Sunday morning at 10:00 and on most Friday evenings at 5:00 pm. On some selected Friday nights, there will be a sunset hike offered. Rangers will guide visitors on a trail on the western edge of the sand dune that scientists have determined to be free of dangerous holes. Because space is limited, you must call the park’s information line at 219-395-1882 and make a reservation to be able to attend one of these programs. Watch a sunset on the beach and then join a ranger to toast marshmallows while enjoying stories and songs during this 90-minute program at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Kemil Beach. The first campfire will be repeated on the second and fourth Saturday of each month with the last one be offered on September 10. Meet the ranger at Kemil Beach in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Call the park’s information desk at 219-395-1882 for the times of future programs or check the park's website. Miller Woods Hike at National Lakeshore: Join a park ranger for a hike through the beautiful oak savanna of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Miller Woods each Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm. Hikes will be offered on Sundays (Starting June 4) thru August 21 and will vary in length depending on the interest and abilities of visitors. Meet at the Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and insect repellent. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.
Join a ranger this summer for a guided hikes of Mount Baldy. The hour and a half tours are offered every Sunday morning at 10:00 and on most Friday evenings at 5:00 pm. On some selected Friday nights, there will be a sunset hike offered. Rangers will guide visitors on a trail on the western edge of the sand dune that scientists have determined to be free of dangerous holes. Because space is limited, you must call the park’s information line at 219-395-1882 and make a reservation to be able to attend one of these programs.
The Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau (d.b.a South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority) Board of Directors will meet on the third Thursday of each month at noon unless otherwise noted. Dates for the 2016 Board meetings throughout the year are:, July 21, August 18, Sept. 15, October 20, November 17, December 7th (special evening meeting) December 15th and January 19, 2017.
The Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County is having several household hazardous waste collection events are scheduled this year including; Aug. 6 at Portage High School; Aug. 20 at Kouts Middle/High School campus and Oct. 1 at Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso. For more information on household hazardous waste collection events in Porter County, call the Recycling & Waste Reduction District of Porter County, 465-3694, or visit www.ItMeansTheWorld.org.
Dentistry From The Heart is August 26th. "Dr. Richter at Richter Dental will host a one day free dental care event in Northwest Indiana with free dental services to the first 50 or more adults (18yrs+), on August 26, between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm at their Merrillville office. This event is designed to give back to the community by helping those in need. There will be additional dental professionals, hygienists, and dental assistants donating their time and resources to help see as many people as possible. Dentistry From The Heart is a registered non-profit organization with dentists providing more than 60,000 people with an estimated $8 million in free dentistry.
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza - Merrillville, IN Lakeshore Public Media is proud to present the 2016 Professional Women's Conference on Thursday, September 22, 2016. This conference is an exhilarating full day event featuring nationally known speakers, unique professional development and networking opportunities for women at all levels in the business world. Whether you are just entering the workforce or are a seasoned veteran, Lakeshore Public Media's Professional Women's Conference is certain to provide a renewed sense of growth and purpose to all women. Purchase tickets here Visit us on Facebook JO SAXTON - KEYNOTE Empowering women to lead from the inside out What inspires you? What holds you back? We’ll explore the relationship between fears, dreams, and untapped potential as you gain tools and strategies to help you see what you have to offer and make the most of leadership opportunities. Jo Saxton is a leader, visionary, and practitioner. For more than 15 years Jo has worked with individuals and organizations in the area of leadership development. Drawing from her experiences of building teams, developing leadership development vehicles, and her own leadership journey, Jo coaches, consults, and communicates to leadership conferences throughout the world. Her message specifically equips women for leadership and influence and inspires people to engage the world by going out rather than just reaching out. Born to Nigerian parents and raised in London, Jo has spread her message for the past twenty years across the UK and North America. She has served as a pastor at St. Thomas Church in Sheffield, England, and in a wide range of churches in the United States. In 2009 Jo went to work for 3DM where she currently serves as Chair of the Board while writing books, speaking around the world, and planting a church with her husband. CHARLOTTE WESTERHAUS-RENFROW - BREAKOUT SPEAKER Courageous Conversations: Confronting without Conflict Difficult and time consuming as it may be, the ability to courageously, respectfully, and successfully resolve workplace issues will differentiate you and enhance your development, regardless of your role or scope of authority. This breakout session presents conflict-free, simple and an effective model that eliminates the need to square off and battle to resolve differences. Participants will not only learn the difference between conflict and constructive confrontation, but will have the opportunity to assess and understand their current styles of confrontation and learn new ways to conduct effective courageous conversations. Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow writes, teaches, and presents on the importance of learning, working and leading in business. She presently serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Management and Business Law at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University and has extensive consulting experience in the areas of professional development, leadership, negotiations, cultural competency, and gender equity. Charlotte thrives on not being a speaker or facilitator that takes the stage, and talks for an hour and leaves. Rather, she aims to create movements of successful change within the workplace that improve decision-making, productivity, and employee morale. PATTI DeNUCCI - BREAKOUT SPEAKER The Intentional Networker: Attracting Powerful Relationships, Referrals & Results in Business The Intentional Networker: Attracting Powerful Relationships, Referrals & Results in Business, is a substantive, yet easy-to-follow field guide that offers readers fresh, proven strategies for attracting and building valuable connections and relationships with greater purpose, polish, presence, and productivity. Patti DeNucci is an award-winning author, speaker, consultant, workshop facilitator, and business leader who helps motivated people Live, Work & Connect at a Higher Level™. With a strong background in business communications and professional socialization, Patti presents, consults, and facilitates workshops at conferences and organizations across the country including TEDx, Hewlett Packard, Dell, Phillips66, Microsoft, Rodan + Fields and many others. Her audiences and clients include executives, high potential leaders, sales and project teams, and business owners in a range of industries. As her way of giving back, Patti holds leadership positions in the National Speakers Association (NSA) at both the local and national level. She is a founding board member and past president of the Austin chapter, and was tapped for NSA’s Chapter Leadership Council. Patti has earned numerous awards from the Association of Women in Communications and was a finalist for the Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power / Women of Influence Award. She is also founder of what is now known as Freelance Austin. DR. ELLEN BURTS-COOPER - BREAKOUT SPEAKER Trust, Credibility and Value: The Super Powers for Exceptionally Inspirational Leaders This breakout session teaches attendees how to build trust, protect your credibility and ensure you add value in the work you do. Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper is the senior managing partner of Improve Consulting and Training Group, a firm that provides personal and professional development training, coaching and consultation. Improve has been featured in Time Magazine, Black Voices, Smart Business Magazine and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Dr. Burts-Cooper is on faculty at Case Western Reserve University and the author of the book “Canine Instinct: A Guide to Survival and Advancement in Corporate America” and the workshop curricula “Personal Positioning: Building Personal Brand Equity” and “Don’t Just Think Outside the Box, Make the Box Bigger.” She earned a BS in chemistry from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL, her PhD in organic/polymer chemistry from Virginia Tech and her MBA from the University of Minnesota. DEANNA MARTIN MACKEY, COLLEEN WILSON, MAX DUKE - BREAKOUT SPEAKER Speaking While Female: Strategies to be Heard while Overcoming Unconscious Bias and Cultural Assumptions For women today, speaking up in the workplace can be like walking a tightrope. Claiming a seat at the table and voicing ideas can be challenging, but are expected of leaders, regardless of gender. If you are too timid you won’t be heard, but statistics show that women who do speak up are often judged as too aggressive. Men and women can combat these stereotypes by learning which communication styles work best with different personality types and how to not use or be manipulated by mansplaining and manterrupting. This breakout session, featuring three experts, examines how these behaviors and attitudes undermine the impact of women at work. Practical suggestions and role-playing demonstrations offer alternatives for how leaders can ensure all employees’ ideas are considered. Deanna Martin Mackey is the president of the Public Television Major Market Group (PTMMG), an organization of 38 PBS member stations in the largest U.S. television markets. Prior to joining the PTMMG, Mackey worked for 25 years at KPBS, in San Diego, serving as Station Manager/COO in her final six years at the station. Deanna serves on the PBS Digital Media Advisory Committee (DMAC) and formerly chaired the Integrated Media Association (IMA), the industry’s first organization focused on digital media. In 2015, she co-founded the Public Media Women in Leadership Group. The group provides mentorship and training for women as well as addressing issues of gender inequality in the executive ranks of public television and radio. As KQED Interactive Executive Director, Colleen Wilson oversees the product group for one of the nation's most trafficked public media station sites which includes a multiplatform regional news service (kqednews.org), daily blogs on the local arts and food scenes, direct-to-online video and audio podcasts, and mobile apps. She is also the Director of the KQED Lab, a new intraprenuership program using a design thinking, prototype-driven process where staff push the limits of innovation. Max Duke has spent over 17 years in public media, currently serving as the Senior Director of PBS Digital’s Station Products & Innovation team, assisting stations across the country to implement digital products and strategies. Prior to this role, Max spent time at PBS working directly with stations nationwide to help build and leverage PBS Digital products. Prior to PBS Corporate, Max spent over 10 years at the local station level. He served as VP of Content & Community Partnerships for WPBT2 in Miami.