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Tiger Martial Arts School Sweeps An Illinois State Taekwondo Tournament!

April 18, 2014

Tiger Martial Arts students posing with trophiesOn Saturday, April 12, 2014, eight students from Chesterton’s Tiger Martial Arts Academy competed in forms, weapons, and sparring divisions at the Samurang Games in Palatine, Illinois, capturing 15 first place trophies including two Grand Championships. Front Row: Victoria Scott, Ian Staresina, Amanda Ortegon, Stevie Klimczak, Jolie Klimczak Back Row: Sagar Lalla, Grandmaster Deborah Grimaldi, Nate Ortegon Not Pictured: Josh Branshaw Second Degree Black Belt student Nate Ortegon (age... Read more >

Reality Store a Glimpse into Future for Duneland Middle School Students

April 18, 2014

Chesterton volunteer at Chesterton reality storeOn April 16, 550 Duneland middle school students from St. Patrick’s, Chesterton Middle School, and the Discovery Charter School received a wake-up call during the Duneland Chamber of Commerce 8th Grade Reality Store. This annual event was coordinated by the Chamber’s Partners in Education Committee – a working group composed of community volunteers, Chamber staff, and partners from the Duneland School Corporation. Jackie Ruge-Perkins of First State Bank of Porter staffs the... Read more >

Go Wild for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

April 17, 2014

Celebrate National Park Week with special events! Go wild for the 15 miles of beach, over 45 miles of trails, and 15,000 acres of dunes, woods, marshes, and prairie at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore during National Park Week, April 19 through 27, 2014. Kick off the week by joining a ranger at the park’s Heron Rookery on April 19, for a volunteer activity in the morning followed by a leisurely hike in the afternoon. From 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., join park resource management staff... Read more >

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens Announces First Mother’s Day 5K

April 16, 2014

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens will host its first ever Mother's Day 5K run/walk on May 11, 2014 at 9 a.m. This family friendly 3.1-mile trail run is for serious and not-so-serious racers. Awards will be given for top overall male and female finishers, top male and female masters and top three finishers in age groups from 14 and under through over 80. Taltree recently partnered with Extra Mile Fitness Company as their January host site of their 2014 XYZ Trails series. They are continuing... Read more >

Spring Wildflower Hike and Volunteer Activity at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

April 15, 2014

Join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Heron Rookery on April 19, for a volunteer activity in the morning or a wildflower hike in the afternoon. From 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., join park resource management staff to help remove invasive species along the Heron Rookery Trail that threaten the native wildflowers. Please be sure you wear comfortable clothes; work gloves and all other equipment will be provided. After a morning of work, take a leisurely hike with a ranger... Read more >

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens Welcomes Runners to Test out its Trails April 21-25

April 14, 2014

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens welcomes runners to test out its trails Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. This free run week includes two one-hour introductory runs, one on Tuesday, April 22 at 5:30 p.m. and the other on Friday, April 25 at 8 a.m. "We’re really excited about offering this opportunity to the running community. We’re sure they are going to love what they find," said Maddie Grimm, Director of Education. “The trails offer a fun... Read more >

Friends of Westchester Public Library Book Sale Volunteers Needed

April 13, 2014

Do you love working with books? The Friends of Westchester Public Library need your help to sort books and set up their Spring Book Sale on Saturday, April 19, from 9 am until noon. Although many books are already sorted and boxed for the sale, the Friends still have hundreds of volumes to categorize and many boxes of books to move and to arrange on the sale tables. Books are typically sorted by type of binding, condition and subject. Volunteers are asked to come to the second floor of the... Read more >

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to Conduct Spring Prescribed Fires

April 11, 2014

The National Park Service is planning six prescribed fires this spring at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Approximately 1,350 acres will be burned. Fire is used as a tool for the park’s long-term restoration efforts. The Dune Ridge Trail prescribed fire, in the east end of the park, will occur in the area of East State Park Road and Lake Front Drive. These 262 acres will help in creating a buffer to lower the threat of wildfire on the west side of the Town of Beverly Shores. On the... Read more >

Rebuilding Together - Duneland is Still Accepting Volunteer Applications

April 04, 2014

This year’s Rebuilding Together - Duneland annual work day is Saturday, April 26. It is not too late to apply and volunteer to rehab 4 homes and 7 community improvement projects. Help provide a safe and healthy home to our neighbors in need! Volunteer your time and skilled or unskilled labor. In order to plan for lunches and each volunteer to receive a t-shirt, the deadline to apply is April 10.  It is strongly encouraged and very easy to apply online at or... Read more >

Boys & Girls Club Seeking Local Police and Fire Departments to compete in 7th Annual Battle of the Badges Basketball Tournament

April 03, 2014

fire department playing basketballBoys & Girls Clubs of Porter County-South Haven Unit is now accepting reservations for teams from local police and fire department to compete in the 7th Annual “Battle of the Badges” Basketball tournament. The three-day “Battle of the Badges” Tournament will be held on Thursday, May 1st and Thursday and Friday, May 8th and 9th. All games will be held at the South Haven Unit, located at 723 Long Run Road in Valparaiso. Pictured: Players from the South Haven Fire... Read more >


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