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Briefs: See sandhill cranes; two organizations plan benefits

Monday, October 29, 2012 - 12:01 am

Wonder of nature

See one of the wonders of the early winter season as thousands of greater sandhill cranes fly in to rest and dine at the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area near Medaryville in northwest Indiana.

A count on the Indiana Department of Natural Resources' website, www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/3109.htm, reported more than 8,200 sandhill cranes had assembled at Jasper-Pulaski as of last Tuesday. The birds layover there while migrating south for the winter.

The cranes can be seen there from late September through December, with totals usually peaking in mid-November, the website said.

The best times to huge flocks of birds is at sunrise and about one hour before sunset.

In the morning, huge flocks of the noisy birds fly out of roosting marshes to socialize in Goose Pasture before flying off in search of food in surrounding farm fields. In the evening, they also return to Goose Pasture to chatter before settling into the roosting marshes at dusk.

The best place to see the spectacle is from the Goose Pasture Viewing Area. Roosting marshes are closed to the public.

See the website for more information, a map, photography tips, an audio slideshow of the cranes and an audio recording of the vocal birds.

Benefit chicken dinner

A Chicken for Children fundraiser for the Dr. Bill Lewis Center for Children will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at Plymouth Congregational Church, 501 W. Berry St.

The event features Nelson's barbecued chicken dinner. Free delivery is available in Fort Wayne, or you can pick up your order at the church.

Cost of $9 per meal includes a half of a chicken, Pit-Tatoes, green beans, bread and butter, and a treat.

To order, call 750-8032 or email Rebecca Nix at rnix@cac-ac.org. Orders will be taken until 500 dinners are sold.

All proceeds go to the Dr. Bill Lewis Center for Children, which provides forensic interviews of child victims of alleged sexual abuse.

Helping those with hearing loss

HearCare Connection, a recently established local nonprofit organization, will hold its first Taste for Hearing event at 7 p.m. Friday at Sweetwater Sound, 5501 U.S. 30W.

The evening will feature wine and beer tastings, a silent auction, food from Club Soda and live music by G-Money and the Fabulous Rhythm. Former WANE-TV weathercaster Sandy Thomson will be the evening's emcee.

Silent auction include a two-night stay in a Brown County cabin; driver's education training from Precision Driving; a wine tour of Traverse City, Mich.; and a B&B stay in Jordan.

Cost is $35 per person; you must be age 21. Tickets are available at at HearCare Audiology, 5933 E. State Blvd.; by phone at 602-3276; or at www.hearcareconnection.org.

Proceeds will help HearCare Connection provide hearing aids and hearing care to children of local low-income families, a news release said.

The event coincides with observance of October as Hearing Loss Prevention Awareness month, the news release said.