Harkless Foundation Awards Chautauqua-Wawasee 2019 $7,000 Grant | December 2019

James E. Caskey, president of the Kenneth and Lela Harkless Foundation, announced $85,500 in grants have been awarded to various organizations within the Syracuse community.

The grants were awarded to the following: Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, $16,000; Teen Parents Succeeding, $12,000; Syracuse Parks Department, $10,000; Syracuse Cemetery Association, $10,000; Oakwood Foundation Chautauqua-Wawasee, $7,000; Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams, $5,000; R.E.A.L. Services, $5,000; town of Syracuse, $5,000; Syracuse-Wawasee Rotary Club, $4,000; Kosciusko Community Senior Services, $4,000; Lakeland Youth Center, $3,000; Wawasee Supermileage, $2,500; Syracuse-Wawasee Garden Club, $1,000; and Fort Wayne Philharmonic, $1,000.

Chair Yoga for Seniors | February 20, 2020

Chautauqua-Wawasee and the Parkview Warsaw YMCA are jointly planning a one hour Yoga class designed for Senior citizens.  The event will be led by Dawn Weed, who works with Healthy Living at the Kosciusko Community YMCA.

When: February 20, 11:00 – Noon

Where:  Oakwood Resort Inn, Syracuse, Indiana

Free to the Public.  No registration needed.

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Workshop: Gardening in the Face of a Changing Climate | February 8, 2020

Chautauqua-Wawasee, the Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation and Syracuse-Wawasee Garden Club are jointly sponsoring a presentation, discussion and workshop focused on “Gardening in the Face of a Changing Climate”.

The workshop will be led by John Edgerton of Shelbyville, Michigan.  John has been doing small-scale farming for forty years, striving always to work in cooperation with nature.   In this workshop we plan to explore wholistic, resilient, sustainable techniques for gardening and small farming. We will look at the importance of healthy soil, healthy plants and helpful insect habitat. We will also want to think about variety selection and other ways to account for climate-related imbalances of diseases and insects. We will share what others in the bioregion are doing to address these issues. Finally, we want to think beyond our own personal garden: We will consider the importance of collaborating and cooperating in our wider communities to build on food security and justice.

When: February 8, 1:00 – 4:00

Where:  Oakwood Resort Inn, Syracuse, Indiana

Free to the Public.  No registration needed.

 

Book Discussion: Book of Joy | January 24, 2020

Chautauqua-Wawasee and the Syracuse Public Library are planning a discussion on “The Book of Joy:  Lasting Happiness in a World of Change”.

In April 2015, Archbishop Desmond Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama’s home in India, to celebrate His Holiness’s 80th birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question:  How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering?

They traded intimate stories, teased each other continually, and shared their spiritual practices. By the end of a week filled with laughter and punctuated with tears, these two global heroes had stared into the abyss and despair of our time and revealed how to live a life brimming with joy.

Books are available through the Evergreen system; copies are available for checkout at your local Public Library.

When:  January 24, 1:00 – 2:00

Where:  Syracuse Public Library   115 E. Main Street    Syracuse, IN

Why:  Winter pick-me-up…after the holidays

Free to the Public.  No registration needed.