Friday, July 09, 2010

Portage Library to feature travelogues July 13, 14

HOUGHTON -- On Tuesday, July 13, and Wednesday, July 14, the Portage Lake District Library will host travelogues featuring two of earth’s hottest and coldest climates. Both presentations will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. They are free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, July 13, Rekha Ambardar will show slides of her recent trip to India. Included will be her visit to Delhi, Bangalore and Chennai and the vast diversity of India’s culture and languages. She will also explore India’s phenomenal economic growth in recent years and its role in the global arena. Artifacts from the country will be displayed and recipes will be shared.

Ambardar is the author of two novels and over ninety stories, articles and essays in print and electronic magazines. She is an assistant professor of business at Finlandia’s International School of Business. Among the courses she teaches are international marketing and global economy.

On Wednesday, July 14, the public is invited to come aboard a Norwegian polar expedition ship with Tom and Mimi Merz for their "Antarctica Voyage November 2009" presentation.

The Merzes boarded the vessel and departed from Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world. It took 44 hours to cross the Drake Passage before arriving in Antarctica, where they made six landings. This was not a cruise but a scientific expedition. Scientists aboard the ship explained what they were going to see and experience. The Merzes were in Antarctica during the penguin breeding season and saw thousands of penguins up close.

Everyone is invited to hear about their remarkable experiences and learn more about this place on earth that is full of mystery and awe.

For more information, please call the library at 482-4570 or visit

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