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Get an Early Taste of Spring at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Maple Sugar Time

February 26, 2015

Pioneer way of making maple syrupWarm up with an early taste of spring at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's annual Maple Sugar Time. The historic Chellberg Farm will be bustling with the activities of maple sugaring from 10am – 4pm on the weekends of March 7 & 8 and March 14 & 15, 2015. Join in for this fun and educational event marking the unofficial start of spring in dune country. See how American Indians first boiled maple sap into sugar and learn how the early settlers used large iron kettles to make... Read more >

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens Announces 2015 Summer Science Day Camp Registration

February 26, 2015

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is now accepting 2015 summer science day camp registrations. Taltree will offer five science-themed weeks from June 22 through July 24. Day camp is open to children going into the second, third, fourth or fifth grade. Camp experiences include scientific experiments, learning about ecosystems and animals, hikes, water games and field trips.  Taltree’s summer camp programs create a safe and fun environment for children to expand their horizons and... Read more >

Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County Offering Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

February 25, 2015

Children enjoying healthy snackHealthy lifestyles and good nutrition is a priority of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County. As part of the Indiana Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs sponsorship, Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County is taking part in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals, or snacks, at no separate charge. At all Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County Clubs and Kidstop sites, healthy snacks are available to all Club members without regard... Read more >

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens Hosts Spring Indiana Master Naturalist Program March 12 – May 14, 2015

February 25, 2015

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is hosting a spring Indiana Master Naturalist program. This hands-on learning experience and volunteer service opportunity teaches students about the native landscape and local wildlife of Northwest Indiana. The course includes sessions on botany, zoology, geology, water ecology and wildlife conservation taught by area experts. “Anyone can become a master of nature with this all-inclusive series,” said Maddie Grimm, Director of Education at Taltree... Read more >

Nine-Time Grammy Award-Winner Natalie Cole Headlines Jazz Fest at Valparaiso University

February 18, 2015

Multiple Grammy Award-winning recording artist Natalie Cole is the featured artist for Valparaiso University’s 30th annual Jazz Fest. The dynamic performance will take place April 11 at 8:30 p.m. in the Athletics–Recreation Center at Valparaiso University. “Natalie Cole’s unique blend of rhythm and blues with jazz is emblematic of the variety and quality of music Valpo’s Jazz Festival has brought to the stage for 30 years,” said Jeffrey C. Brown, festival... Read more >

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens Seeking Artists

February 06, 2015

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens will host its third annual Glow: Art After Dark on August 13-15, 2015 from 8:00 to 11:00pm. Currently, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens invites artists of all kinds to create their own works for this unique event. Artists of all ages, mediums, and skill levels are welcome. Participation in this event is free and considered in-kind support. Taltree Arboretum & Gardens simply asks that the work glow in some way. Each artist will be offered a 10×10 outdoor... Read more >

Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County to Participate in National Fine Arts Program

February 03, 2015

Boys & Girls Clubs artwork exampleBoys & Girls Clubs of Porter County is one of thousands of Clubs across the country joining in a search to identify talented young artists. The competition is part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s (BGCA) National Fine Arts Exhibit, a comprehensive initiative promoting young people’s creativity, and encouraging artistic skills and cultural enrichment. As a participant in the National Fine Arts Exhibit program, Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County may submit... Read more >

Tutoring Program at Westchester Public Library

January 29, 2015

Westchester Public Library will continue its reading tutoring service for children preschool age through grade 12 this winter.  The program is designed for children who are in need of assistance in improving reading scores or reading levels/skills.  Individuals interested in volunteering as a reading tutor may fill out an application.  Applications are available at the circulation desks at Thomas Library, 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton, and Hageman Library, 100 Francis Street,... Read more >

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 >


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