X-Rock 103.9 Biography: LAURA WALUSZKO
On the air: News during Bob & Tom and middays
High school: River Forest
Favorite bands and artists: The Firm, ELO,Foreigner, REO, Genesis, Def Leppard
Album I think you should hear: LPs from the K-Tel collection
Favorite guilty pleasure song: Anything Bee Geesfrom Saturday Night Fever soundtrack
Favorite retro TV shows: The Honeymooners, Star Trek
Favorite kids show: Game shows (remember when it was $10,000 Pyramid?)
Favorite retro movies: Airplane, Star Wars
First job: Fast food
Things I did as a kid: Watched game shows
The 2nd Annual Paws In The Park will benefit the Speedway Animal Shelter, sponsored by Indiana Memorial and Homeward Bound. Bring your four legged friends and come enjoy the activities. This event will take place on September 28, 2013 from 10 am until 4 pm at Leonard Park in Speedway, Indiana.
Catching a Gary SouthShore RailCats game Saturday, August 31, will help a lot of cats and dogs in the Region. Project Pound member Deena Klebs says they're holding a fundraiser at the game, also selling t-shirts and holding a silent auction. Tickets for the game are $10 each, and a portion goes to Project Pound. Klebs says project pound was founded earlier this year after a pair of local business owners saw the state of the Gary shelter. Kleb says they started with Gary, and they hope to help other shelters, too, making it safe and comfortable for animals until they're fostered or adopted. To purchase tickets call Deena at 219.306.2428 or visit their Facebook page before the 31st.
La Porte, IN- Downtown La Porte will host the 1st Annual Dog Days Downtown for the 2nd Saturday in the month of September, September 14 from 3pm to 7pm. Pet owners and dog fans are welcome to come downtown from 3pm to 7pm with their dogs, stroll the downtown shops, dine al fresco and visit rescues and dog vendors on Rescue Avenue, taking place on Michigan Avenue that evening downtown.
Area rescues, veterinary hospitals, shelters and pet product providers are invited to contact Tiffany Bley, Downtown Director to set up a free booth for the first annual event on 2nd Saturday. “For our first annual event, we’d really like to see area rescues and shelters take advantage of the free opportunity to come downtown and have a great time with us and add to the downtown event.”
Downtown businesses that are participating in 2nd Saturday will also have treats available for dogs and activities. Antique Junction on Lincolnway is hosting Bark-a-Thon now leading up to the event, in which they have the only drop off collection box for donations of needed supplies to the La Porte County Animal Shelter. People dropping off goods will double their chances to win a raffle that will take place on September’s 2nd Saturday, as well as free digital pet photographs in Antique Junction’s vintage photobooth will be available that evening. Engstrom Jewelers, located on Lincolnway Downtown, will be promoting their “Watch Dog” Program in which a portion of proceeds from watch batteries goes to Northwest Indiana Death Row Dogs.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13 2013 – CROWN POINT, IN – The Humane Society Calumet Area was struck with a fire this past July. While none of the 300 plus animals were harmed, the facility did lose most of their linens and cleaning supplies. In an effort to show support, JAK’S Warehouse and Pet Supplies Plus in Dyer are teaming up for a Fire Relief Drive.
JAK’S Warehouse is giving out free $5 Game Cards to kind hearted patrons and animal lovers alike in exchange for wish list donations to the Humane Society Calumet Area. Items needed include towels, blankets, cleaning supplies, and more. A full list can be found at: jakswarehouse.com
This call to action is also being supported by Pet Supplies Plus of Dyer, IN, who launched the donation drive in the right direction with a table full of dog food, cat food, and other needed goods. Along with this generous contribution, Pet Supplies Plus in Dyer, IN is also giving 10% off all donated items that are purchased in store.
This drive runs from August 13th till August 30th with donation drop off spots being JAK’s Warehouse (221 Indianapolis Blvd. Schererville, IN 46375) and Pet Supplies Plus (946 Joliet St, Dyer, IN 46311). While there is a five Game Card limit, JAK’S hopes this donation drive will help out a great cause.
“When something this horrible happens, it affects everyone,” said Lisa Carpenter, Director of Sales and Marketing at JAK'S Warehouse, “this is one of many ways JAK’S Warehouse plans on giving back to the community.” JAK’S Warehouse has held fundraisers and drives for the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana's Hope Project and Highland Youth Sports to name just a few. [Story/Photo provided]
The LaPorte County Parks Department and the LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter will host the 3rd annual Wags to Whiskers Pet Fest in the Park on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Luhr County Park in LaPorte.
Come and bring your pets (on leashes and up to date on vaccinations) and view pet demonstrations, obedience tips, pets available for adoption get photos taken of your pets on site, enter the pet costume and best trick contests, and view silent auction items!
And vendors of pet-related items will show their products, and offer goodies, all along one of the Luhr Park trails.
For more information, call the shelter at 326-1637 or the parks department at 324-5855.
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