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January 8, 2013

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Public forum on homeless set

The Jeffersonville-Clarksville Homelessness Task Force has scheduled its first public forum at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the council chambers at Jeffersonville City Hall, 500 Quartermaster Court.

The purpose of the forum is to discuss the issue of homelessness in the area and the public is invited to attend, according to a press release.

The task force was formed following the sweep of a homeless camp near exit 0 in late November. People living in the camp complained personal belongs were taken and they were not notified of the sweep. Jeffersonville suspended any additional sweeps to allow the task force to examine the policy.

— Staff Writer Braden Lammers

Falls offers volunteer training

Falls of the Ohio State Park, 201 W. Riverside Drive Clarksville, is offering a slate of educational programs this winter and spring aimed at training community members to volunteer as park naturalists.

The classes are part of the park’s Naturalist at Heart program, now in its 10th year.

New participants may attend orientation either today, Jan. 9, from 1 to 2 p.m., or Jan. 12, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Those unable to attend on either date can schedule an individual orientation.

Participants will be offered free, introductory classes on the natural and cultural history of Falls of the Ohio State Park. Lessons cover geology, biology, archaeology, history, interpretation and more. Certification as a Naturalist at Heart is reached after 40 hours of lessons and 50 hours of volunteering at the park.

Most classes last two to three hours. Speakers include park staff and invited experts. Introductory classes (Level I) are offered twice: Wednesdays at 1  p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 812-280-9970.

Ivy Tech enrollment for spring under way

Ivy Tech Southern Indiana in Sellersburg is accepting applications for new admissions, along with registration for current students for the 2013 spring semester. The semester officially begins Jan. 14 with the first day of classes.

Although enrollment will continue right up to the start of the semester, specific courses are subject to availability and are filled on a first come, first served basis.

For more information on how to apply or register for courses at Ivy Tech Southern Indiana, visit www.ivytech.edu/nowisthetime or call 1-888-IVY-LINE.

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