January 10, 2014

Give blood and get a cookie


---- — Girl Scouts offer up cookies for donation

The American Red Cross and Girl Scouts are again joining forces for “Give Blood. Get a Cookie.” Now in its second year, the event will include blood drives across northern Indiana and Michigan.

During the “Give Blood. Get a Cookie” blood drives in January, those donating will receive Girl Scout cookies.

Upcoming blood drives are as follows:

• From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Moose Lodge, Peru.

• From 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Talma Community Building, Rochester.

• From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at Ivy Tech, Logansport.

Snowmobile/ORV registration switches

Mandatory registration for owners of snowmobiles and other outdoor recreational vehicles switched on Jan. 1 from being handled by the Department of Natural Resources to being handled by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Registration is valid for three years and must be renewed every three years thereafter, also for $30. Registration may be completed online at or in person at a BMV branch.

Questions about the process should be directed to the BMV at 1-888-692-6841.

United Way sets victory celebration

The United Way of Cass County will have its Annual Meeting and Victory Celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Feb. 26 at Cross-Wind United Methodist Church. Reservations are $10 and can be made by calling the United Way office at 753-3533 or by emailing Becky Anspach, director of donor relations and resource development, at

Community garden classes rescheduled

Thomas Henderson of The Acts Project is offering a free seven lesson series on community gardening:

• From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday evening from Jan. 14 to Feb. 25 at Logansport Memorial Hospital

• From 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. every Wednesday morning from Jan. 15 to Feb. 26 at Revolution Community Church

· From 11 a.m. to noon every Friday from Jan. 17 to Feb. 28 at the CLEDO community room

This seven lessons series is designed to fit most schedules. If a lesson is missed one week, it can be made up at another location.

The series covers 1) defining the purposes for the community/individual garden and 2) the design and plan for gardens.

Those who attend at least five lessons will receive discounts on seeds and/or equipment. For community garden groups, there is a certification process that may make the group eligible for further funding in the future.

For more information, email Thomas Henderson at

LHS orientation night Wednesday

Logansport High School will be hosting Eighth Grade Orientation at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The evening will begin in the McHale Performing Arts Center.

At that time, students and parents will hear from school administration about course offerings, diplomas, upcoming scheduling for freshmen classes and much more. After the opening session, there will be time for students and parents to visit with counselors, the extra-curricular and elective course staff in the cafeteria and at the Century Career Center.

Learn moreabout Article 7

Four County Counseling Center is hosting a workshop called “The Special Education Process: Understanding Article 7” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 14 at 1015 Michigan Ave.

This workshop covers basic information about Indiana’s special education law and is designed to help parents understand Article 7 and how to apply it to their specific situation. Information covered includes referral and the evaluation processes, the individualized education program, procedural safeguards for parents and skills for effective communication. This workshop is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Nicole Hicks at 765-833-2192 or email at

Check out music jam event in Kokomo

KOKOMO — Music Jam, open mic, is hosted by Southern Sounds Band featuring country, bluegrass, gospel and more. The doors open at 4 p.m. and the music runs from 5 to 9 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday every month at Walnut Creek Apartments Community Center, 4600 Colter Drive, Kokomo.

Free admission, donations accepted. Contact Marie at 765-432-0413.