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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 >

Westchester Public Library Children's Summer Reading Program Finished

August 07, 2014

Five hundred sixty nine children age 2 through grade 5 signed up for Neighbors of the World, Westchester Public Library's 2014 summer reading program.  Each participant received a reading record passport in which to record books read. Tickets were turned in for weekly prize drawings. Mystic Drumz kicked off the program with “Legend of Marshmallow Island.” Each week children enjoyed Friday Adventures, learning a bit about the different countries “visited” during the... Read more >

Westchester Public Library Tutoring Program to Resume this Fall

August 06, 2014

Westchester Public Library will resume its reading tutoring service for children preschool age through grade 12 who are seeking assistance in improving reading scores or reading levels/skills this fall.  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, Porter.  Fill out the application and turn it... Read more >

Porter County Boys & Girls Club Members Win National Digital Arts Festival

August 05, 2014

Local winners of the national boys & girls clubs digital arts festival pose togetherBoys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) named Forrest “Dusty” Rhode Portage Club member, Sanja Kirova and South Haven Club Member, Taylor Clemens national winner in its 12th Annual Digital Arts Festivals competition supported by Comcast and NBCUniversal, Sony Electronics Inc., and Cartoon Network. Kirova earned top honors for her entry in the Stop Motion Animation and Game Design in the 13-15 age group; and Clemens earned top honors for her entry in Stop Motion Animation in the... Read more >

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Central Avenue Beach Temporarily Closed

August 04, 2014

Erosion from waves that reached heights of up to 11-feet earlier this week has resulted in the exposure of concrete block and other hazards at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Central Avenue Beach. The National Park Service will close Central Avenue Beach and its parking lot on August 4th and 5th so heavy equipment can be used to remove the hazards. The site is expected to reopen at 7:00 a.m. on August 6th. For more information, call the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore information... Read more >


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