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Briefs: TV documentary on Headwaters Park set to air Wednesday

Monday, December 3, 2012 - 12:01 am

Headwaters Park history

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 1912 city plan by landscape architect George Kessler, which included the idea of a park area downtown where Headwaters Park is now.

The park finally was designed and developed in the 1980s, providing flood control, festival space, green space and urban design elements, a news release said.

The park's past, present and future will be highlighted in a 60-minute documentary broadcast at 8 p.m. Wednesday on local public broadcasting station WFWA, PBS-39, which produced the program.

The documentary includes photographs, images and information from the Allen County Public Library, Allen County/Fort Wayne Historical Society, Headwaters Park Alliance and Geoff Paddock, a local author and the executive director of the Headwaters Park Alliance, the news release said.

Footage also includes interviews with people important in development of the park, Headwaters Park events and archival photos and video from past floods, especially the 1982 flood.

Legos and robots

This Saturday's Lunch with an IPFW Scientist event at Science Central, 1950 N. Clinton St., will feature IPFW physics instructor Jacob Millspaw leading a session on ““Investigate with Lego Robots.”

Children ages 8 to 14 will make discoveries that lead them to a set of robot-related activities, and then have lunch there with Millspaw, a news release said.

The event takes place 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for Science Central members and $16 for nonmembers. Lunch is included.

Advance reservations are required; call 424-2400, Ext. 451. For more about the lunch series, visit www.sciencecentral.org or call 424-2400, Ext. 427.

Outdoors ideas

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources offers these seasonal gift and activity ideas:

•Give the gift of a tree through the Indiana Tree Project.

For a $10 donation, you “purchase” a tree sapling the DNR will plant and manage, it says at www.IndianaTreeProject.org. Trees planted through donations help expand the beauty of state land and purify the air, a news release said.

You will receive a tree ID number. Using a Track Your Tree feature on the Indiana Tree Project website, the gift recipient can see a satellite image of the acre where the gift tree is planted.

For information, go to www.IndianaTreeProject.org.

•Snowmobile season is Dec. 1 through March 31 in Indiana, with nearly 200 miles of dedicated trails available for riding. Official state trails include Heritage Trail in Allen County, Salamonie Trail in Huntington and Wabash counties, Buffalo Run Trail in St. Joseph County, and Miami Trail in Elkhart County. To check for open trails, visit www.indianasnowmobilers.com. For more information, visit www.in.gov/dnr/ outdoor/4428.htm.