I hope readers had a blessed Easter and Passover with family and friends.
Reader Dani Landgrebe of Valparaiso, who is also a student at Purdue North Central, tipped me off about a great way to welcome spring's long-awaited sun and warm weather.
She is part of a a service-learning team collaborating with Taltree Arboretum & Gardens in Valparaiso.
"Our class, Leadership for Team Development, is instructed by Dr. Christo-Baker at PNC," she explained.
"I want to share a brief summary of our project/experience, and a few photos as well. This semester, we were fortunate enough to work with the non-profit agency, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. Taltree to host a Spring Chimes Exhibit from April 1 to May 31. The exhibit portrays an audibly artistic vision separated into six displays, including our primary focus, 'Window on the Wetland: Spring Rain.' "
Landgrebe and her fellow students have worked hard creating a range of amazing chimes to blend with the landscapes, as she explained to me. (We love wind-chimes at our own family farm and have an assortment of sizes and sounds all around.)
"Our campaign, 'Chime On!,' had a goal to collect a total of 25 aluminum wind chimes for our display," she said.
"Donations were accepted in the form of monetary donations (for chimes) from local businesses, supplies to create aluminum wind chimes, or actual aluminum wind chime donations. Each exhibit contains roughly 20 to 25 chimes, creating a specific ambiance while hiking along the trails."
She said the "Chime On!" campaign was able to raise more than $350 for Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, along with the several wind chime donations, in addition to the custom-created six hand-made aluminum wind-chimes the student team designed and crafted.
"We are very excited about our project, and would love if The Times would be interested in writing an article to help gain Taltree's exhibit some attention," she said.
"We would also love to show our hard work invested for this exhibit."
In addition to Landgrebe, the other students on her team include Keegan Gardner of LaPorte, Samantha Williams of Tyner, Ind. (in Marshall County), Logan Litherland of Valparaiso, Allen Collins of Plymouth and Tyler Mack of Wanatah.
Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, on the outskirts of Valparaiso at 450 W. 100 N, is a 360-acre, dog-friendly oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies that offers a variety of events and opportunities. FYI: (219) 462-0025 or taltree.org