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‘Charlotte’s Web’ at Beef and Boards, Feb. 20-Mar. 28, 2015

February 21, 2015 Leave a comment
"Charlotte's Web" at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre.

“Charlotte’s Web” at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre. Photo provided by the theatre and used with written permission.

By Patricia Rettig
Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre’s Pyramid Players have extended the run from Feb. 20 to Mar. 28, 2015, for their first Live Theatre for Kids production of 2015: a stage adaptation of the beloved children’s story, “Charlotte’s Web.”

Based on the classic tale by E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web tells the story of Wilbur, a young pig who wants to live a long life. But his animal friends on the Zuckerman farm know this won’t happen without their help. A plan is enacted by an extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who is determined to save Wilbur’s life. Proving to not only be a true friend, but also a good writer, Charlotte weaves words into her web above Wilbur’s pen that declare him to be “some pig.”

Thus begins her campaign to promote the qualities of her pig friend and draw enough attention to him that he’s entered into the county fair for a chance at the blue ribbon that just might save his life. Wilbur learns a great deal from the wise spider, even after they return home from the fair.

John Vessels plays Wilbur, with Sally Scharbrough as Charlotte, Kennedy Martin as Fern, A.J. Morrison as Templeton, Ethan Litt as Homer and the Sheep, and Ian Frazier as the Narrator and Gander. The show is direced by Elizabeth Stark Payne, with musical direction by Kristy Templet and choreography by Deb Wims.

The run for Charlotte’s Web has now been extended, with two performances added on March 28. Pyramid Players productions are one hour in length and presented without intermission. Performances are for all ages, but offered particularly for children in preschool through fifth grade. Children have the opportunity to meet the cast after each show for pictures and autographs.

Performances take place at 10 a.m. on most Fridays and at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on most Saturdays. All tickets are $15.50 and include a snack. For reservations, contact the box office at 317.872.9664. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays.

For more information or complete show schedule, visitbeefandboards.com.

Indiana Master Naturalist Program, Mar. 12-May 14, 2015

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Railway Garden at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens.

The Railway Garden at Taltree Arboretum and Gardens. Photo provided by Indiana Dunes Tourism and used with written permission.

By Maddie Grimm
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is hosting a spring Indiana Master Naturalist program. This hands-on learning experience and volunteer service opportunity teaches students about the native landscape and local wildlife of Northwest Indiana. The course includes sessions on botany, zoology, geology, water ecology and wildlife conservation taught by area experts.

“Anyone can become a master of nature with this all-inclusive series,” said Maddie Grimm, Director of Education at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. “Beyond learning, students will put their knowledge to work by performing 30 hours of community service to earn their program certificate.”

The ten week course begins Thursday, March 12 and runs through Thursday, May 14, 2015. Classes are held on Thursday mornings. The course cost is $100 and it is open to adults age 18 and over. Participants should dress for the outdoors, whether rain or shine. To register, visit http://www.taltree.org/ where you can print an application, or call 219-462-0025.

The Indiana Master Naturalist program is sponsored by the Resource Conservation & Development Councils, Indiana Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and Indiana Department of Natural Resources. For more information, visitdnr.IN.gov/parklake/6321.htm.

Taltree is located at 450 W County Road 100 North near Valparaiso, Indiana.

DNR Camping Discounts at Boat Sport & Travel Show

February 21, 2015 Leave a comment
Spring Mill State Park.

Spring Mill State Park in Lawrence County. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Christie Sorrells
Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Visitors to the Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show can receive a promo code for 15 percent off camping reservations at Indiana State Parks during weeknights in May 2015 (such as Spring Mill State Park in Lawrence County, pictured above).

The promo code will be made available only at the DNR booth at the Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Feb. 20 through March 1, 2015.

The discount applies to all State Parks campgrounds and DNR Division of Forestry campgrounds at Deam Lake, Greene-Sullivan State Forest and Starve-Hollow State Recreation Area. The offer is not valid on walk-ins. Weeknights are Sundays through Wednesdays.

Reservations can be booked at camp.IN.gov or by calling (866) 622-6746. Reservations must be booked and used by May 20, 2015.

Visitors to the show also can buy 2015 fishing and hunting licenses and other permits; camping gift cards in $25, $50 and $100 denominations; and other DNR offerings. Visitors can also pick up the 2015 DNR Recreation Guide and 2015 DNR Fishing Guide for free.