edited by Sharon Strzalkowski
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Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. On the first Tuesday of each month, the ACB Women’s Concerns Committee hosts a conference call support group meeting for women who have been diagnosed with or who are survivors of breast cancer. The meeting allows women to talk about their concerns and questions in a caring and sharing environment. The calls begin at 8 p.m. Eastern time and last for approximately 90 minutes. For more information, contact Lori Scharff at [email protected], or via phone, (516) 887-1336; or Linda Porelle at [email protected], or via phone, (415) 586-2622.
Summer 2017 NASA Internship Opportunities
Are you a high-school or college student interested in aeronautics and outer space? NASA will start taking applications for its summer 2017 internships on Nov. 10. The deadline for submitting applications is March 1, 2017.
Don’t delay – apply early! The best opportunities fill up fast. NASA has internships for high school students and for rising freshmen through doctoral students in STEM fields. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for college and 3.0 for high school. High school students must be at least 16 years old at the time the internship begins.
Applying is a two-step process. First, register for an account at the One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI): NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships (NIFS) at https://intern.nasa.gov/. Then select and apply to specific internship opportunities.
If you have questions, or need help applying, contact Kenneth Silberman at (301) 286-9281, or via e-mail, [email protected].
Ski for Light
The 42nd annual Ski for Light International Week will be held Feb. 5-12, 2017 at Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby, Colo., near Winter Park. Snow Mountain Ranch is a 5,100-acre year-round recreational complex that includes a 100-kilometer cross-country trail system. The trail system is just a short distance from participants’ front doors. Also on the property are a lighted tubing hill, a covered outdoor ice skating rink, fat bike, snowshoe and hiking trails, an indoor pool and sauna, a roller-skating rink, an indoor climbing wall, a craft center, a horse stable, and much more.
If you are a novice and want to learn how to cross-country ski, or if you have skied before and want to be matched with an experienced guide and meet new friends for a wonderful week of fun in the snow, this is the event for you!
The cost will be $690 or $775 per person for double room occupancy. Other options range from $550 for a four-person room to $1,125 for a single room. Partial financial stipends will be considered upon request.
Don’t delay – applications are due Nov. 1! Applications received after this date will be considered on a space-available basis. For more information, or an application, visit www.sfl.org. Visually impaired individuals interested in attending can also contact visually impaired participant application coordinator Tim McCorcle, at (206) 522-5850 or [email protected].
Knit Hats, Baby Blankets and More
Adelaide Wink knits a variety of items, including hats, scarves, baby blankets, a bit of plastic canvas work, table runners, and all-purpose cloths. Contact her in braille, 59 S. Lee St., Beverly Hills, FL 34465-3640, or by phone at (352) 746-3087 and leave a message with your name and phone number with area code.