NEWS AND TRIBUNE
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.
DePauw hosting tailgate dinner
DePauw Methodist Church, 925 Vincennes St., across from New Albany High School, will host a tailgate dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, prior to New Albany’s home basketball game.
The menu will include Italian sausage, pasta, salad, green beans, dessert and a drink. The price is $7 for adults and $3 for children 6 to 12 years old. Children 5 and younger eat free. Call 812-945-6537 for more information.
Floyd County AARP to meet
The Floyd County AARP Chapter will meet at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at St. John’s Church, at the corner of 13th and Elm streets, New Albany.
There will be a speaker, drawing for a door prize, and 50/50. Refreshments will be provided and guests are welcome. For more information, call 812-944-9525.
Patients sought for weight-loss program
Clark Memorial’s Bariatric Program is geared to help people lose the weight and gain healthier lifestyles in 2013. The bariatric weight loss program includes: A minimally invasive gastric banding procedure; free follow-up and support from the bariatric team; free exercise evaluation; free gym membership for one month; free clothing exchange program; monthly support group; weekly weigh-in and consultation with the bariatric coordinator; and no program fees
More information is available at clarkmemorial.org or at one of the free seminars planned for 2013. Upcoming seminars are scheduled for: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10 and Feb. 14.
Call Carolyn McKee, RN at 812-283-2087 or Laura Huffmon, RN at 812-283-2621 to reserve your place.
Fundraising concert for local band set
A fundraising concert for the band Fenderella will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Gilbert’s Bar & Grill, 4950 Terry Road, Louisville. The event is being sponsored by Jimmy’s Music Center, New Albany, and will fund sending Fenderella to the NAMM show in California.
Tickets are $10 per person. There will be live music by Olivia Henken, Jimmy G. and the Sidewinders, Fenderella and more.