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New Year’s Resolve

Resolve to Find Meaningful Activities
Along with Fun in the New Year

Everyone ponders New Year’s Resolutions, it seems. Making them is easy, but keeping them? Maybe not so much. According to websites of many publications, including Forbes and the Huffington Post, 80 percent of people give up on their resolutions by the end of February and only 8 percent maintain them through the year.

One website blogger, Life Coach on the Go, suggests reflecting on the last 12 months in the afterglow of the holidays, focusing inward, and creating just one to three inspiring yet attainable goals for the year ahead. Perhaps some events coming up in LaPorte County could fit the bill for simple goals like paying tribute to a great leader, helping those in need, enjoying nature, and celebrating the past. Here are some terrific ideas:

2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

The Westville Campus of Purdue University Northwest will welcome the Honorable Gonzalo P. Curiel, a United States District Judge born in East Chicago, Indiana, as the keynote speaker for its 23rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast Jan. 15. The free program will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the James B. Dworkin Student Services & Activity Complex. In addition to breakfast and Judge Curiel’s speech, the program includes guitar and vocal performances. Attendees are asked to bring new or gently used hats, gloves, socks, scarves, coats, and sweaters to donate to local families in need. Judge Curiel, who was born to parents who immigrated from Mexico and became naturalized citizens, received his Juris Doctor from Indiana University before eventually embarking on a distinguished judicial career in California. Register for the breakfast at https://www.pnw.edu/mlk-celebration/

Breakfast with the Birds

Nature’s fine-feathered creatures provide the entertainment during this free event from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Jan. 27 at the Luhr County Park Nature Center in LaPorte. Enjoy a cup of coffee and breakfast snacks while you watch cardinals, juncos, various woodpeckers and possibly a rose-breasted grosbeak or two enjoy their own meal at the center’s bird-feeding station. You can see the birds up close from the center’s Bird Room, but they can’t see you. A naturalist will be on hand to answer questions and talk about birds that winter in the area. While you’re at the park, enjoy a winter hike on the trails, which will be plowed if there is snow. It’s a perfect adventure for the whole family. No pre-registration is required, but children must be accompanied by an adult. https://www.michigancitylaporte.com/event/breakfast-with-the-birds/?instance_id=7999

A Victorian Romance at Barker Mansion

Celebrate the 125th wedding anniversary of Katherine and John H. Barker in elegant style at their former home, the Barker Mansion in Michigan City. Everyone is cordially invited to an afternoon of music and romance from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 10. Meet the Barkers, portrayed by actors Amanda LeLuna-Chorak and Steven Chorak, while you enjoy nibbling on sweets, sipping wine and touring the mansion. Music will be provided by Steve Champagne and Mary E. Rapier, accompanied by pianist David Lahm. And, of course, a champagne toast and anniversary cake are part of the package. Attendees must be 21 or older. https://www.michigancitylaporte.com/event/victorian-romance-barker-mansion/

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