Her work has won several awards from the Indiana Broadcasters Association, Society of Professional Journalists/Indiana Chapter, and Network Indiana. She has also had academic papers selected for presentation at national conferences like the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and Broadcast Education Association.
Laura watched her share of game shows growing up and one summer while in California, she's chosen to be a contestant on "Sale of the Century". Her TV favorites include The Honeymooners, Project Runway, Seinfeld, The Big Bang Theory, Doctor Who and Star Trek (TNG and the original). She also enjoys crossword puzzles and when asked what some of her favorite places to visit are she says -- office supply stores.
The Porter County Wildlife Management Advisory Board and the Porter County Animal Shelter are teaming up again for the 4th Annual Celebration of Wildlife on June 1st and 2nd, 2013, at Sunset Hill County Park, US 6 and Meridian Road, Valparaiso.
On Saturday we will be highlighting native and exotic wildlife. Settler's Pond will be returning this year with their menagerie of exotic animals they have rescued from homes throughout the eastern United States. This year will also feature a lecture with live bats and a snake exhibit with large constrictor type snakes.
On Sunday we will be working with the Porter County Animal Shelter to bring a number of dog and cat rescue groups with adoptable animals. Bring your pets for our pet walk, and pet contests. Father Roger Bower will be blessing your pets, so please bring your best friends for the special treat.
The Duneland Exchange Club will be hosting the Frog Hunt on Saturday. Children will be able to search for plastic frogs on the trails of Sunset. Some of the frogs will have dollar values up to $500!!
Please join us for a day of family fun.
Visit News Audio on Demand here at our website to hear an interview with Dr. Larry McAfee and Porter County Wildlife Management Advisory Board President Bob Gregg about the event.
The website for the event is www.celebratewildlife.org .
Ride For Paws Benefit Run on July 14 with proceeds to benefit Best Buddies Pet Pantry & Humane Society of the Calumet Area:
Where: Leroy's Hot Stuff 333 W. US 20 Porter IN
All vehicles welcome! You don't have to ride to enjoy the fun! Breakfast at 10am $6 11am sign-up Last out 1pm; last in 4pm $15 single/$20 double Live music begins at 3pm Food Buffet for non-riders $10
Come, bring your dogs and join the family fun at Duneland Resale’s Bark for Life on Sunday, June 9, 2013, from 1-4 p.m. at the Duneland Community Center/Duneland Resale, 801 Broadway, Chesterton.
Dogs and owners will join in a casual one-mile stroll beginning at Resale. Offerings include delicious treats for pets and people, pet attractions and services, such as identification microchips, and rescue groups. Best Buddies Pet Food Pantry will be accepting donations that day.
Registration is $10 per dog; $5 for a second dog. Each dog will receive a colorful bandana. Applications for profit and not-for-profit booths are available at Duneland Resale (Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10-4:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9-noon. For more information, call Joy, Bark for Life Chairman, at 926-1404.
Reins of Life Inc. will be holding a volunteer orientation session on Wednesday June 5 from 5:30 to 9:00 at their Michigan City facility located at 9375 W 300 N Michigan City, Indiana 46360. Reins of Life provides therapeutic horseback riding lessons for children and adults with disabilities, serving over 500 riders through its two facilities in northwest Indiana. The organization is looking for volunteers to help assist their riders during riding lessons. Pre-registration is mandatory and volunteers must be at least 13 years old. No previous horse experience is required.
VALPARAISO, Ind. - The fight against cancer has gone to the dogs as the American Cancer Society’s 2013 Bark For Life and Dachshund Derby event takes place on Saturday, June 1 at Canine Country Club, 3554 Sturdy Road, Valparaiso. Area pooches, with owners in tow, will take to the track to dig up a cure for cancer. Bark For Life adds a twist to the Society’s traditional Relay For Life event, serving as a fundraising activity to honor the care-giving qualities of canine companions while supporting the mission of the American Cancer Society.
This noncompetitive walk will offer something fun for everyone with demonstrations, silent auction, pet photographer, adoptable pets, and refreshments. The Dog Walk and Open Play will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the Dachshund Derby starting at 1 p.m. Event organizers are still recruiting dogs and their owners to take part in this year’s Bark For Life. Register early at Canine Country Club or Brown Tire, 2404 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso. The Bark For Life link at www.relayforlife.org contains a waiver/registration form which may be printed and mailed or taken to either location.
Funds raised through Bark For Life support the American Cancer Society’s comprehensive cancer-fighting mission to help people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, to help people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis, to find cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery, and to fight back against cancer by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.
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