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Author and naturalist to speak at Gabis Arboretum

The Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest

Naturalist Cindy Crosby will visit the 330-acre Gabis Arboretum at Purdue University Northwest outside Valparaiso this month.

She’s the author of the blog Tuesdays in the Tallgrass and more than 20 books, including “The Tallgrass Prairie,” “The Tallgrass Prairie Reader” and “Tallgrass Prairie Conversations,” which is forthcoming from Ice Cube Press.

Crosby will talk about the use of wildflowers throughout "history as food, love charms and for medicinal purposes” from 9 a.m. to noon April 14, according to Gabis Aboretum.

Crosby often speaks at venues like the Morton Arboretum, the College of DuPage and Sauk Valley Community College, and to garden clubs throughout Chicagoland. She’s a certified interpretive guide, a certified interpretive trainer, a master gardener and a master naturalist program instructor with a master’s degree in natural resources.

The event costs $34 for members and $39 for nonmembers.

Register by April 7 by emailing ekapitan@pnw.edu or calling 219-462-0025.

Summer yoga

The Gabis Arboretum also will bring back summer yoga classes, starting at 9 a.m. June 2.

Instructor Debra VanderMolen, the owner of Oak Tree Yoga, will lead the classes, which cost $10 to drop in or $45 for a five-class bundle for nonmembers. Members pay $35 for five classes.

"Sessions will take place at both the arboretum’s new shelter, the Celebration Rose Pavilion, and the sidetrack stage," Purdue University Northwest said in a news release. "The Celebration Rose Pavilion, located in the Bapst Rose Garden, ensures the group will be surrounded by beautiful and colorful rose blooms. The sidetrack stage is along a pine stand full of a singing birds that greet participants each morning. In the event of inclement weather, class may be moved inside or canceled."

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