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The Friends of Westchester Public Library Fall Book Sale

September 12, 2014

Do you have so many books that you don’t know what to do with them?  Donate them to the Friends of the Library! The Friends of Westchester Public Library announce they will hold their Fall Friends of the Library Book Sale at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton, October 17-October 19. The sale will begin on Friday, October 17, with the Friends Only Preview Sale from 4 - 8 pm. Only current members of the Friends will be admitted, but memberships to the Friends will be... Read more >

Annual Steak & Burger Dinner to celebrate Promising Futures

September 12, 2014

Alex Sheen, founder of because I said I wouldBoys & Girls Clubs of Porter County invites you to celebrate “promising futures” at the 15th Annual Steak & Burger Dinner.  Reservations are now available for this signature event which will be held on October 14, 2014 at Valparaiso University’s Harre Union Ballroom.  The doors open at 5:30 PM. Keynote remarks will be delivered by Alex Sheen, founder of “because a said I would” (, a social movement and nonprofit... Read more >

Celebrate Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County's Day for Kids at Zao Island!

September 11, 2014

Do something special for the young people in your life and join Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s annual “Day for Kids” celebration on Saturday, September 20, 2014.  “Day for Kids” will be held at Zao Island, (1050 Horse Prairie Avenue, Valparaiso) from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Every year, “Day for Kids” events are held by Boys & Girls Clubs across the country as a way to honor children and emphasize the importance of meaningful time... Read more >

Final Shoreline Restoration and Management Plan Issued for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

September 09, 2014

The National Park Service has released the final Environmental Impact Statement for the “Shoreline Restoration and Management Plan” (EIS) for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, the plan recommends methods to remedy erosion and damage to the dunes and beaches of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore includes... Read more >

Awesome Youth Development Program at Coffee Creek and Duneland YMCA - Girls on The Run!

September 08, 2014

Who loves RUNNING ?!?! WHO LOVES TEAM BUILDING!?! WHO wants to help inspire and empower 3-5 grade girls!? The Duneland YMCA has partnered with the Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy to host a fall Girls on The Run Team.  Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana is excited to announce open registration for the Fall 2014 season at the Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve, in partnership with the Duneland YMCA!  Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth... Read more >

No Hunting Permitted at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

September 05, 2014

With the coming of the hunting season the National Park Service would like to remind the public that no hunting of any kind is permitted within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This prohibition applies, regardless of land ownership, to any property within the boundaries of the national lakeshore. It is the hunter’s responsibility to ensure that they are not hunting within park boundaries, even if the boundary is not clearly indicated. Hunting within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is... Read more >

Century of Progress Homes Tour Reservations Open September 8th

September 03, 2014

Florida Tropical HouseOnline reservations for the popular Century of Progress Homes Tours at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore begin on September 8th at 8:00 a.m. (Central Daylight Time). This year, in addition to the Saturday October 18th tours, there is a whole weekend of activities at the historic homes October 17-19, 2014. Florida Tropical Home (courtesy NPS) On Saturday, October 18, the National Park Service and nonprofit Dunes National Park Association host the annual “Century of Progress Homes... Read more >

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 >


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