Quick takes – October 7th

Get a move on

Walking is an important part of a healthy, active lifestyle. It also can be fun, and Walktober events in Columbus — sponsored by Healthy Communities and Go Healthy Columbus — provide such opportunities.

Among the activities in the month-long campaign are the Intergenerational Art Walk on Monday, the Exhibit Columbus Walking Tour, Lunch & Learn on Wednesday and a walk/run with your dog Thursday. Many ways exist to exercise while walking and have a fun experience. Choose one.

For a complete list of Walktober events, go online at gohealthycolumbus.org and click the “resources” tab to get to the Walktober calendar.

Reason to celebrate

Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitators, 18300 E. County Road 200N in Hope, will celebrate its 15th anniversary with an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. today. A wildlife program will be followed by a tour. Visitors also will be treated to music, special animal guests, activities and refreshments.

The nonprofit organization, started by Kathy Hershey in 2002, has been instrumental in rehabilitating injured wildlife, and doing its best to return the animals to their natural habitats afterward, and providing nature education to the community.

It’s heartening that such an organization exists in the county, and that the support of local residents has helped it reach 15 years of operation.

Take time to read

Literacy is a foundational skill for people, in addition to being an enjoyable activity. Local residents have an opportunity to further promote literacy and enjoy a good book by participating in this year’s Community Book Read. The theme is being a change maker.

Opportunities include reading the books “Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters” by Laurie Ann Thompson and “Kids Who are Changing the World.” The picture book “Emannuel’s Dream” provides an opportunity for children to participate.

Making changes can be positive. Columbus IN Rocks has done that this year by painting and distributing rocks with inspirational messages.

Taking part in the Community Book Read will help residents discover other ways to make positive changes, and promote literacy.

For more information about the Community Book Read: mybcpl.org.