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September 2 Opening of White Ripple Art Gallery at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

August 29, 2014

Fall Kaleidoscope at Taltree by Kathy Los Rathburn. Courtesy of White Ripple Gallery & Co.September 2 will mark the opening of the White Ripple Art Gallery at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. This new collaboration with White Ripple Gallery & Co. of Hammond will showcase talented artists from the Midwest. The first exhibit is The Essence of Nature by Kathy Los-Rathburn and Madeline Henry. This nature-inspired fall exhibit features paintings of Taltree, fine jewelry and sculptures. Los-Rathburn is from Griffith, Indiana and Henry is from South-suburban Illinois. The public is... Read more >

Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County Welcomes New Members to the Board of Directors

August 27, 2014

boys & girls clubs of porter county new board membersBoys & Girls Clubs of Porter County welcomed two new members to the board of Directors at the August 18, 2014 meeting. Bonnie Coleman, partner of Hodges & Davis Law Firm, is a member of the Lake County, Indiana State, and American Bar Associations. She is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of Indiana, United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit. She is a Fellow of the Indiana... Read more >

Indiana Dunes State Park Announces Fall Events

August 26, 2014

Special fall events at Indiana Dunes State Park offer opportunities for visitors to experience history first-hand, view migrating birds up close and listen to scary stories. The fall season kicks off Sept. 6 and 7 with History Comes Alive Weekend and re-enactment of the landing of the Ouiatenon Brigade along the beaches of Lake Michigan. The brigade portrays the French-Canadian voyageurs of the 1700s in authentic food and general lifestyle. The encampment will be near the pavilion and... Read more >

Indiana Dunes State Park Employee Earns Hospitality Honors

August 25, 2014

Brad BumgardnerLt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann presented Brad Bumgardner of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources with a 2014 Hoosier Hospitality Award for outstanding contributions to the tourism industry during a ceremony Friday afternoon at the Indiana State Fair. Eighteen representatives of Indiana’s travel, tourism and hospitality industry earned the 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Hoosier Hospitality Award for their high level of service in tourism-related jobs at hotels, restaurants, attractions... Read more >

Green Screen & Beer Garden at Party in the Park

August 14, 2014

More than 800 Duneland area residents and visitors are expected to attend the 9th Annual Party in the Park event to be held this Saturday, August 16, from 5pm-9pm in Thomas Centennial Park in the heart of historic downtown Chesterton. Wrist bands will be available for purchase at the event ticket booth, which will be located behind the fountain within Thomas Centennial Park. Adult tickets are $5 per person, and children 2 years of age and under will be admitted to the event free of... Read more >

Cancer Research and Education Group Extends Early Bird Special and Seeks Volunteers for Summer Fundraiser

August 13, 2014

On Saturday, August 23, 2014 the Foundation for Molecular Medicine (FFMM) will host an outdoor festival, the BrewAthlon, at Sunset Hill Farm Park in Valparaiso, Indiana featuring microbreweries from around Northwest Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and across the country. Beginning at 7:30 a.m. the day starts off with a 5K fun-run, continues with live music, food, and unlimited tastings from a variety of regional microbreweries until 4:00 p.m. The advance ticket price for the unlimited beer... Read more >

Windiana Free Concert at the Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

August 13, 2014

Enjoy a music field evening under the stars Saturday, August 16th, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Chesterton Amphitheater in the Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve. Northwest Indiana’s premier wind ensemble, Windiana, is performing at Concert at the Creek. Conductor Jeff Doebler raises the baton at 7 o'clock for an evening featuring music from Disney film Frozen, Happy by Pharrell Williams and an array of John Philip Sousa American classics and many more! "The Chesterton Amphitheater is the perfect... Read more >

Fifth Third Bank Building Better Communities

August 12, 2014

Fifth third bank employees holding donation checkAs part of an effort to encourage young people to make sound decisions surrounding financial choices, Fifth-Third Bank recently donated $1,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County to implement the Young Bankers Club at the Forrest L. “Dusty” Rhode Portage Unit. Employees from Fifth Third Bank in Valparaiso present a $1,000 check to implement the Young Bankers Club at the Portage Unit. From Left to Right: Elise Fuson, customer service representative; Jean Mayer, customer... Read more >

Valparaiso University Volleyball Team Serves up Fun with One-Day Camp for Boys & Girls Club Members

August 08, 2014

volleyball players at boys & girls clubs one day camp Valparaiso University’s Volleyball Team took time from their practice schedule to offer a one-day camp to members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s South Haven Unit. Through the encouragement of Valparaiso University’s Volleyball Coach, Carin Avery, the team instructed Club members on the basics of volleyball including skill-building in setting, spiking, serving, and passing. Valparaiso University’s Volleyball Team taking time to teach the skills of the sport... Read more >

Second Annual GLOW: Art after Dark at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

August 07, 2014

A family hiking during 2013 GLOW Art After DarkTaltree Arboretum & Gardens invites guests to enjoy fun in the dark August 14 through 16. GLOW: Art after Dark will feature live glow-in-the-dark art and music performances and interactive exhibits such as DreamWeaver, Your Wish for the Environment. Kid-friendly activities include night hikes, glow-in-the-dark crafts, stargazing with Calumet Astronomical Society and glow-in-the-dark body paint. The Taltree Grill will be on hand serving up tasty treats and the Get Your GLOW On gift shop... Read more >


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