Free GED Classes: If you didn’t graduate from high school, the General Educational Development (GED) credential can provide you with a helpful alternative to a high school diploma. The staff at the Education Center of Rising Sun can help you make it a reality. Whether you are just beginning the GED process or you have partially completed it, we can help you finish the journey.
River Valley Resources will provide free GED courses on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2 pm to 8 pm at the Education Center of Rising Sun located at 591 Smart Drive, Rising Sun beginning August 5th. Classes are taught by Sandra Bowlus. Ms. Bowlus has over 35+ years teaching experience and customizes learning plans for each student. Class offerings and instruction are designed to help you earn your GED as quickly as possible. 85% of the students served by River Valley Resources earn their GED in less than 8 weeks.
Once you have completed the required GED classes, the staff at the Education Center will help you schedule your Official GED Test at an official testing site most convenient for you. The Official Test is offered in two forms: on-line and paper/pencil. The cost of the on-line exam is $120; the cost of the paper/pencil exam is $70. Test fee assistance may be available.
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development has announced that a new version of the Official GED Test will be launched beginning January 1, 2014. The new test will emphasize critical thinking, writing and problem solving. Individuals who in the past 10 years have attempted the Official GED Test but not passed all five parts (reading, writing, math, science & social studies) should be aware that on December 31, 2013, all previous GED scores will expire. If your scores expire, you will be required to start over to prepare for the new version of the Official GED Test.
There is no time like the present to earn your GED. For more information or to register for class, contact Sandra Bowlus (firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Verlene Sharp (email@example.com) at the Education Center of Rising Sun 438-2437 or call River Valley Resources toll-free GED hotline: 855-591-7849. Start your journey to earning a GED today.
Purple Ribbon Campaign for Domestic Violence Awareness: Safe Passage is working to raise awareness about the frightening reality that one in four families experiences domestic violence, regardless of income, education, religion, age, or any other factor. In observation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the local nonprofit is hosting a “No More” Purple Ribbon Campaign in the five counties they serve—Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland. Large, purple ribbons will be displayed during the month of October on both city-owned property and near various businesses that are partnering with Safe Passage to say “No More” to violence in our community.
Executive Director, Jane Yorn shared, “Safe Passage helped a record number of victims create new lives of safety, self-sufficiency, and hope last year. Our resources support individuals and families in every neighborhood, business, school, and church. ”
Safe Passage is a not-for- profit, 501c3 organization, dedicated to helping individuals and families live strong, safe lives that are free of violence. Safe Passage takes great pride in providing Domestic Violence prevention and intervention services that promote a safe, nurturing environment for the communities we serve.
Over the past 16 years, Safe Passage has assisted thousands of local victims of domestic violence through advocacy, confidential emergency housing, comprehensive case management, counseling, and other direct services and support. Outreach programming provides education and training to law enforcement, professional, and community groups as well as Teen Dating Violence Programs for any southeast Indiana school. The Safe Passage website, www.safepassageinc.org and live toll-free HelpLine (877-733-1990) offer 24/7 direction and support for anyone seeking information about domestic violence and available resources. All Safe Passage Services are confidential and free of charge.
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AUDITIONS: Auditions for MCP’s next show, “Murdered to Death,” will be held at the Chamber of Commerce building on December 9 & 10 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM and on December 14 from 11 – 2. The play is a comedy – a spoof of the best of the Agatha Christie traditions. We’ll need a butler, of course, and a Colonel with a stiff upper lip, a shady French art dealer and his moll, a bumbling police inspector and a well-meaning local sleuth. Directed by Stephanie Hellmann, this play will run over Valentine’s Day weekend at the Livery Stable as dinner theater. You may call Stephanie at 701-3028 for more information.
Spirit of Christmas Past: Dec. 14, 2013; 2 - 4 p.m.
$3 per child; (one free adult per child) Enjoy Victorian Christmas
activities for children and their families. There will be crafts,
refreshments, stories, a gift shop and a Victorian Santa Claus.
Big Oaks NWR Annual Bird Count: Volunteers are needed for all-day or half-day counts at the Big Oaks National Wildlife Reserve on Saturday, December 14th. Dress warm and be ready to count birds by 8am! Contact the Refuge office at 812-273-0783 for more information or Joe Robb at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. You can also log on to www.bigoaks.org for more info as well.
Holiday Ham/Turkey Supper: Help Support the New Haven Outreach Program. The Boone-Union Masonic Lodge will be holding sit-down homemade holiday ham/turkey supper on December 14th. The meals will be served between 4pm and 8pm. The lodge is located at 1883 Mt. Zion Road, Union Kentucky.
The meal will consist of Ham/Turkey (your choice), green beans, mashed potatoes, dressing, rolls, dessert, and drinks.
Prices- Adult $6, Couple $10, Children under 5 $3.
The New Haven Outreach Program will receive 100% of all proceeds for the students. The money will provide two bags of groceries for the families and a present for the children Christmas morning who otherwise would not have a Christmas. Please make checks payable to Boone-Union Masonic Lodge.
For more information please contact Mark Evans at 859-556-2962, leave a message if necessary.
This is the 4th year for this event. Our goal this year is to raise $1000 for the children of New Haven. But we can't reach the goal, without your support. Please help us in our efforts for this worthy endeavor. Thank you for your continued support.
Hoop Shoot: The Madison Elk’s Lodge 524 Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest will be held at the Lide White Memorial Boys & Girls Club on Monday, December 23, 2013 with two sessions. The first session will start at 10:00 a.m. noon and the second session will be at 5:00 p.m. in the afternoon. All contestants should arrive 30 minutes early to register. This National Elk’s Club Contest will see the winners of each division advance to higher levels of the competition for boys and girls that are 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13 by April 1st, 2014. This contest is available to all boys & girls in the above age groups that reside in Madison, Jefferson County and any surrounding counties without an active Elk’s Lodge Club in their county. For additional information, please call Executive Director Ray Black, Jr. of the Boys & Girls Club at 812-265-5811.
Hoxworth Blood Drive: McDonald's Versailles has partnered with Hoxworth Blood Center, Univerisity of Cincinnati to host a Community Blood Drive on Monday, January 6 from 1pm-3:15pm and 4:30pm-6:30pm. The Hoxworth Donor Bus will be parked on McDonald's lot, located at 301 S. Adams St. in Versailles, IN. All donors will receive a $5 McDonald's gift card.
To schedule your appointment, please call Hoxworth Blood Center at 1-800-830-1091. Hoxworth recognizes that blood donors' time is valuable. Priority will be given to donors who have scheduled an appointment. Walk-in donors are welcome and will be seen as soon as possible.
"Local blood donors ensure that local patients at 31 area hospitals receive the lifesaving blood products they need to survive," said Alecia Lipton, Hoxworth spokesperson. "Community blood drives are vitally important and we hope to see a good turnout at the McDonald's-Versailles blood drive.
How to Donate: Donating blood is safe and easy. Donors must be 17 years old (16 with a signed parent consent) and in good health. Individuals must weigh 110 pounds and bring identification to donate. It is recommended that donors eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within four hours before donating.
About Hoxworth: Hoxworth Blood Center, University of Cincinnati, was founded in 1938 and proudly serves 31 hospitals in 17 counties in Southeastern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. Annually, Hoxworth collects more than 90,000 units of blood from local donors to help save the lives of patients in area hospitals. At least 350 volunteer blood donors and 40 volunteer platelet donors are essentials each day to keep up with the demands of the tri-state hospitals and their patients. Hoxworth Blood Center, Our Donors Save Lives. Who Will You Save?
**All dates, times, and events are subject to change without notice**