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Briefs: Energy assessments; Angelou at Butler; ACRES reaches milestone

Friday, January 18, 2013 - 12:01 am

Energy efficiency assessments

Residential home energy assessments are available at no cost through the statewide energy efficiency initiative Energizing Indiana. During the assessment, an energy advisor assesses the home's energy use, recommending appropriate efficiency measures and installing a kit full of energy-saving items. The assessments are available locally to electric customers of Indiana Michigan Power, NIPSCO and Vectren. A school education program is available for fifth-graders, and the School Building Assessment program identifies areas of inefficiency in school buildings and recommends improvements. Businesses can get incentives for making energy-efficient upgrades through the Commercial and Industrial Prescriptive Rebates program. For more information, go to or call 1-888-446-7750.

Angelou to appear at Butler University

Maya Angelou, the first speaker in Butler University's Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series, will return at 7:30 p.m. March 26 in Clowes Memorial Hall as part of the series' 25th anniversary, the university announced in a news release.

The event is free, but tickets are required. They will be available to the public beginning at 10 a.m. Feb. 15 at the Clowes Hall box office, 1-317-940-6444, and through Ticketmaster (fees apply).

Angelou, who inaugurated the diversity series in 1988, is a poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker and civil rights activist.

ACRES reaches milestone

ACRES Land Trust announced it reached a milestone Dec. 27 when it preserved its 5,000th acre of land with its acquisition of the 87-acre Blue Cast Springs property in northeast Allen County. ACRES has increased its holdings from 4,959 to 5,046 acres.

Blue Cast Springs contains deep ravines, more than 3,000 feet of frontage along the Maumee River, a heronry (large grouping of active blue heron nests), mature hardwood forests and diverse plant life. The property also contains several springs that have a blue cast. A luxurious health spa opened on the property in 1913 to capitalize on the water's popularity and the property's scenic beauty.

Blue Cast Springs will be opened to the public by this summer, and a special designation of the 5,000th acre will be erected on the property. ACRES is currently developing a site plan for the property that includes hiking trails and scenic overlooks.

Groban film plays here in February

NCM Fathom Events and Warner Bros. Records will present “Josh Groban Live: All That Echoes” at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at Coldwater Crossing, 211 W. Washington Center Road.

Highlights include selections from his new album, “All That Echoes,” as well as hits from his 12-year career. Fans will have the chance to request songs to be included in Groban's playlist. Groban will also answer fan questions submitted via Twitter and text messages prior to the event.

— News-Sentinel staff reports