ELKHART –Stop, drop or roll in to the downtown library for a fire safety program Monday, Oct. 16.
Keeping children and families safe is the first priority for Fire Prevention Week and the Elkhart Fire Department will help families plan during the program.
Starting at 4:30 p.m., downtown, the fire safety course will educate children about what firefighters will wear when they rescue them and what they should do to stay safe and get out if there is a fire.
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, the message of this year’s Fire Prevention Week is “Hear a beep where you sleep,” emphasizing the importance of working smoke detectors in bedrooms.
During the program Elkhart firefighters will try to alleviate some of the stress children can feel during a disaster by preparing them for the worst case scenario.
Families will be encouraged to check their smoke detectors and come up with a plan for how to escape their homes in the event of a fire and coming up with a meeting spot.
The NFPA says there should be two escape routes from every room planned.
Come to the program and look out for the big red fire truck, everyone in the family is sure to enjoy and learn something to stay safe.
Retiring is supposed to be easy but signing up for Medicare is often difficult or confusing for many new retirees.
Thankfully, Medicare 101 is here to help.
On Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m., the free educational program will be presented by the office of Rep. Jackie Walorski at the downtown library.
According to Walorski Constituent Liaison Jan Faker, the program will go over the basics of signing up for and coverage for all types of Medicare parts: A, B, C and D.
Faker said that a representative from the Indiana State Health Insurance Program will be on hand as part of the presentation as well.
“I always say that Medicare arrives like a baby: it doesn’t come with a match,” said Faker.
Since it is a purely educational program, Faker said that attendees can ask questions and get help from impartial sources.
“No one is marketing anything, no one is selling anything,” she said.
For more information on Walorski’s sessions visit walorski.house.gov/medicare/.
With October underway it’s the season of spooky, scary and fun and the Elkhart Public Library has a number of activities for Halloween fans of all ages.
From stories of the paranormal to costume making and pumpkin launching, the library has you covered this season.
Here are the activities happening this month:
- Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 4:30 p.m., the Osolo Branch will be hosting a STEM program where pumpkin towers will be built and candy pumpkins will get launched
- Thursday, Oct. 19, at 4:30 p.m. the Pierre Moran Branch will host a mask making party for teens
- Saturday, Oct. 21, from 12 t0 2 p.m., the library will be participating in the Trunk or Treat event at Island Park
- Thursday, Oct. 25, at 5 p.m., the downtown library will host Creepy Tales and First Hand Encounters with the BSR Paranormal team
- Friday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m., the downtown library will host a haunted gingerbread house making event
- Monday, Oct. 30, at 4:30 p.m., the Pierre Moran branch will host a Halloween party with treats, games and more
- Monday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m., the downtown library will host a Halloween parade for kiddos in costume, stories and a craft
- Monday, Oct. 31, at 4:30 p.m., the downtown library will host a Halloween party with games, a craft, prizes for book-themed costumes and much more
As always for the full list of activities check out our events calendar.
ELKHART — A paranormal investigation team will share stories of chasing Sasquatch, Dogmen and other unexplained phenomenon during a special program for Halloween.
At 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, members of the BSR Paranormal group, which has Elkhart and Fort Wayne chapters, will speak at the downtown location.
According to group founder Jennifer Jacobs, the group travels around the region exploring reports of hauntings and creatures such as Sasquatch, Mothman and Dogman, among others.
“We investigate all aspects of the paranormal,” she said. “We’re going to discuss the history of Halloween and we’ll go over our experiences and others’ experiences,” said Jacobs
She said she will share tales of time she was attacked by “something” at the Ohio State Reformatory Prison and stories from a ghost hunt at the Waverly Hills Sanatorium.
Following the presentation, the group will answer questions. She said patrons can expect to learn what happens at an investigation; how they do it and that it’s all right if they have a paranormal encounter of their own.
“They are not alone if they have experienced anything,” Jacobs said.
Barney the St. Bernard is coming back to be a reading partner for kids next week.
The trained dog, who helps kids gain confidence in their reading, returns for the October Paws to Read session from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 21 at Elkhart Public Library’s downtown location.
Parents can sign up their children for the 15-minute sessions by calling 574-522-2223.
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“The kids get to interact with something that loves unconditionally. He’s just a good listener – he absorbs every word and he doesn’t interrupt or correct or question them,” handler Renee Langdon says. “I’ve been blessed to be able to work with him and watch the children improve.”
Barney’s journey to become a therapy dog was difficult. Langdon rescued him eight years ago after he was abandoned near Wakarusa. He already was blind and had leg injuries consistent with abuse, she says.
“He had to learn to trust again,” Langdon says. “He couldn’t walk on a leash. You couldn’t put him in a car. The injuries to his front left leg weren’t anything that couldn’t be repaired, but it was a rough start.”
He eventually defeated his fears and became a good companion to Drew, Langdon’s first St. Bernard. Despite his blindness, Barney eventually passed the same exam required for certification as a registered Pet Partners therapy dog.
Pet-assistance therapy goes beyond guide dogs. They provide comfort at hospital entrances, Langdon says, and companionship at nursing homes. They have visited schools and libraries regularly, too.
Langdon has committed her volunteer time for years to working with children, particularly those challenged by autism or disability. She worked with Reins of Life for therapeutic horseback riding until, physically, she couldn’t meet the demands of mucking stalls and hauling hay bales.
She says she adopted a St. Bernard because she always wanted one growing up. During her first three years, Langdon volunteered several hours each week making visits. After Drew passed on and with Barney advancing in years, she’s had to scale back to schedule.
“I think this is best described as giving and receiving love. Barney takes it in and he dishes it out – it’s his job to love,” Langdon says.