Archive for February, 2013

Help for the Toughest Job

Parenting is tough. By getting sound advice from experts who’ve been in the trenches with kids and know how to handle various situations can really empower a parent. For that reason, Home Management Resources is hosting “Parent University” on March 9th at IUSB.

Parent University’s goal is to help parents receive encouragement as well as build positive skills to help with the mighty task of raising well-rounded kids. This day of workshops include a myriad of experts from our community and runs from 9am to 3pm.

The day begins with a keynote by John Peterson of Family Psychology on Parenting Styles and the Buttons Kids Push. Breakout workshops include: Social Media, the Internet and your Child; Homework Without Tears; Positive Discipline; Understanding Your Teenager; Nurturing Creativity and Family Culture; Parenting in the Age of Excess; The Teenage Brain; Trade Secrets from a Mother of Six; One Strong Parent: Making the Most of Single Parenting; and Improving Your Family Finances: Tools for Budgeting and Paying Down Debt.

Cost for the day is $35 per person, which includes lunch and materials. Couples use code CouplesTicket to get 20% off. For those with need for financial assistance, contact Home Management Resources. Child care is also available through the YMCA.

Take advantage of the insights from experts, learn new tools and techniques, make connections with other parents in the area, and be empowered at Parent University. For more information, including registration, click here (or call 574.233.3486).

February 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm 2 comments

Get Your Love (Code) On

It’s Valentine’s Day, so it seems appropriate to talk about LOVE. In this case, I’d like to encourage those of you that love our community to consider getting involved in a unique opportunity to make a difference. Knowing how involved and interested you are in the future of our fine town, I am sure you will be excited to hear about Code for America’s Code Across South Bend event.

On Saturday, February 23rd, Code for America will connect friends, colleagues, neighbors who are passionate about technology and this community. In service to South Bend, consider helping Code for America. Using the power of people and the power of the web, this event promises to be unlike many others.

Here’s our chance to reimagine South Bend’s future and how our government works. It’s a chance to share our dream for the future of our community, and perhaps have a group of people move forward to make that dream a reality.

Are you an idea person? Have a passion for South Bend? Are you techie? If so, Code Across South Bend needs you. Through this event, they hope to build a local wiki site as well as build apps around city data, plus work on ideas that come out of the brainstorming session.

To register for this event and get more info, click here. If you have questions or are in a position to sponsor this event, please contact Hope to see you there!

February 14, 2013 at 1:10 pm Leave a comment

A New Kind of Organization in a Very Old Building

Intrigued? Then join 3° of Separation at our first field trip ever. On Saturday, February 16th, 3° will head to The Plant in Chicago to tour their facility.  If you are interested in economic development and sustainability, this is for you. The Plant has figured out how to blend those things in a farm inside an old meatpacking facility. But it’s much more than that. They are “incubating small craft food businesses, brewing beer and kombucha, and doing it all using only renewable energy” that they produce onsite. Instead of discarding what most businesses would consider waste, The Plant connects businesses to make use of each other’s outputs. (It kinda makes my head explode)

After the tour, the group will eat at Nana’s and take that time to discuss inspirations from the tour. Costs for the day include admission into The Plant ($10; they prefer cash), shared gas/tolls (I’m sure the drivers prefer cash), and your meals. Meet at the Park & Ride at Exit 77 of the Toll Road at 10:50am; expect to be back in the Bend by 6:30pm. Don’t miss the 3° Inaugural Field Trip! So head to the 3° of Separation Facebook page to tell them that you’re going. Like now.


February 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm 1 comment

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