Chocolate Celebration

Samaritan Caregiver’s Chocolate Celebration at First Church of the Nazarene Feb. 1, 2019.

Chocolate Celebration coming on Feb. 7

The 18th annual Chocolate Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at Kokomo’s First Church of the Nazarene, 2734 S. Washington, at the corner of Lincoln and Washington.

This annual event is sponsored by J Edwards Fine Chocolates, and all proceeds benefit Samaritan Caregivers, giving help and hope to seniors aging in place.

Tickets are three for $10 with each ticket redeemable for one chocolate treat while supplies last.

Tickets are available now from the Samaritan Caregivers Office and J Edwards Fine Chocolates or during the event. There is no admission charge.

Visit for more information.

Master Gardener basic training set

A Purdue Master Gardener Basic Training will be offered to Howard County residents from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesdays starting March 3 and running until early June according to Mathias Ingle, extension educator with the Purdue Extension-Howard County.

The program will be offered at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library South Branch located on 1755 E. Center Road.

The Purdue Master Gardener program is designed to train volunteers to assist with horticultural education programs for Purdue Extension. Participants enter a specially designed training program in home horticulture. Upon completion of the training program, they are identified as Master Gardener interns. At that time, the volunteers are expected to extend the information in the areas of gardening and horticulture under the guidance of Purdue Extension to become certified Master Gardeners.

For more information, call 765-456-2313 or email You can also pre-register at Pre-registration is required. The cost is $155.

Leadership Kokomo Class celebrates graduation

Eighteen community leaders in business, industry, health care, city and township government, and education were honored recently as Leadership Kokomo celebrated the completion of its 37th edition of the leadership development program. The graduates were honored at a luncheon at the Elite Banquet & Conference Center also attended by their sponsors, LK alumni and other community leaders.

Members of Leadership Kokomo’s Class of 2019 and their sponsors include:

Josh Baker, Community First Bank of Indiana

Teresa Bell, Haynes International

Kathryn Jacks Brommeland, Ivy Tech Community College

Sandy Chapin, Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance

Alisha Davenport, Center Township of Howard County Trustee Office

Wryan Gibson, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Julie Armstrong-Huval, Indiana Wesleyan University

Ashley Meyers, Kokomo Howard County Public Library

Rebekah Monroe-Boley, Indiana University Kokomo

Caele Pemberton, United Way serving Howard and Tipton Counties

Gabriel Rice

Katelynn Ritchey, Kokomo Housing Authority

Jason Swing, Syndicate Sales, Inc.

Elizabeth Titus, The City of Kokomo, Parks & Recreation Department

Kristi Upchurch

Katie Voorhis, Comfort Home Health

April Wheeldon, Bucheri, McCarty & Metz LLP

Jacquelyn Whobrey, Community Howard Regional Health

Leadership Kokomo is a cooperative effort of Ivy Tech Community College, the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, and the City of Kokomo. In a year-long program, it aims to bring together a diverse group of existing and emerging community leaders to empower them to become resourceful stewards of the community.

For more information about LK, visit or contact director Carrie Giannakos at 765-252-5498, .

‘Doing the Dream’ ticket deadline approaching

Jan. 16 is the deadline to reserve tickets is to Ivy Tech Community College’s annual “Doing the Dream” banquet featuring award-winning actor and best-selling author Hill Harper as keynote speaker.

The banquet is set to begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Bel Air Events, 3014 S. Webster St.

It’s part of Ivy Tech Kokomo’s 16th annual “Doing the Dream” programs honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Harper, who currently stars in ABC’s “The Good Doctor,” will be drawing from his latest book, “Letters to an Incarcerated Brother,” which, he has said, he wrote “to offer encouragement, hope, and healing for inmates and their loved ones.”

Reservations for the banquet must be made by Jan. 16. Tickets are $50 for the dinner and presentation and can be reserved by visiting or calling 765-252-5500.

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