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Donations are needed for Rebuilding Together Duneland

January 28, 2015

As the economy slowly recovers, many Americans across the country are still struggling. Families in our community are still placed in the position of choosing between vital necessities such as food and medicine or a roof that doesn’t leak. Unfortunately, the challenges of repairing homes and communities of those who struggle financially are often enormous. It has become more difficult and expensive for the elderly and families with children to live with dignity in a warm and safe... Read more >

Housing Needed for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Summer Employees

January 22, 2015

The National Park Service is in need of short-term housing near Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for the summer’s seasonal workforce of park rangers, guides, maintenance workers, and research aids. Summer employees often have difficulty in finding suitable short-term housing. Most of the employees are college students or people just starting their careers and have limited budgets. Many apartments will not lease or rent for less than six months or a year and the park's summer employees... Read more >

Young Adult and Adult Winter Reading Programs

January 21, 2015

Adults (18 years and up) are invited to participate in Good Reads and Sweet Treats,  Westchester Public Library’s 2015 winter reading program for adults. Young adults (grades 6-12) are invited to participate in Good Reads and Sweet Tweets, WPL’s teen winter reading program. The programs will each run February 1-28 at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton, and Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter. No pre-registration is required, but a valid Westchester Public... Read more >

The Deadline for Homeowners to Apply to Rebuilding Together Duneland is Thursday, January 15

January 13, 2015

Rebuilding Together Duneland (RTD) is still accepting homeowner applications for the April 25, 2015 work day until Thursday, January 15. With the support of volunteers and donors, our mission is to help deserving homeowners with free necessary repairs to their homes, enabling them to maintain a safe, healthy and independent life. Together we apply paint and stain, fix and replace doors, install new water heaters and furnaces, plus handicap ramps. We clear yards of debris, spread mulch, and... Read more >

Miller Woods Restoration Days at Indiana Dunes

January 08, 2015

If you wanted to make a new year’s resolution that will help you get more exercise, get outdoors, meet new people, learn new skills, and give back to your community, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has a great project for you. Beginning on January 24, 2015 and continuing on the fourth Saturday of each month, you can join a volunteer stewardship team working in the black oak savanna restoration project in Miller Woods. Local citizens are invited to volunteer their time and expertise to... Read more >

Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County Seeking After School Tutors

January 06, 2015

children studyingBoys & Girls Clubs of Porter County invites GREAT people to serve as volunteer tutors in the Link & Learn program at our Clubs in Valparaiso, South Haven, Portage, and Chesterton. Volunteer tutors work one-on-one with Club members in 45-minute sessions over the course of a school semester to help strengthen their skills in math and literacy.   The best gift to give a child is time! Tutors are needed for Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s Link & Learn Academic... Read more >

Educational Traveling Trunks Available at Indiana Dunes

December 23, 2014

Teachers, scout groups, church or other group leaders can check out any of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s free, educational “traveling trunks” year round. Each of the twelve trunks covers a different topic related to the national lakeshore and is adapted to serve age groups ranging from the 1st to 12th grade. For instance, students in the 1st or 2nd grade can learn about Woodland Indians communication methods using music, pictographs and bead work while 3rd and 4th... Read more >

Valparaiso University Men's Crusaders Three-point Baskets Equal Great Futures for Club Members this Season

December 22, 2014

Three-point baskets made by the Valparaiso University Men's basketball team at home games will do more than add a number to the scoreboard.  Valparaiso University Men's Crusaders basketball team is, once again, partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County to help make a difference in the lives of Club members through the “Nothing But Net” program. Each time the Crusaders score a three-point basket at home game during the 2014-2015 Men's basketball season, four local... Read more >

Holiday Traditions Program at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

December 02, 2014

Celebrate “Holiday Traditions in the Dunes” on Saturday, December 6, from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Enjoy live holiday music and dance, tour two historic homes all decked out in their holiday finest, let the kids make their own holiday decorations, and even get a free taste of some traditional holiday treats. You don’t even have to get chilled thanks to a free shuttle bus that runs between Chellberg Farm and the Bailly Homestead. Tour... Read more >

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens Holiday Celebration Weekend Fun

November 26, 2014

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens will be hosting holiday fun every weekend in December before Christmas. All Aboard the Holiday Express! This annual celebration is back Saturdays in December. Children come in their pajamas and enter a wonderland of trains with Taltree’s signature Train Tree, mini Christmas village, and holiday Railway Exhibit. Santa’s Elf will be on hand to read a special Christmas story, children will do a holiday craft and enjoy cookies and cocoa, courtesy of... Read more >


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