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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 >

Retail Open House Event November 29

November 26, 2014

From 4:00 – 8:00 pm Saturday, November 29, local shops and restaurants will be participating in Duneland’s third Retail Open House event. Coordinated by the Duneland Chamber of Commerce, the shopping and dining tour will feature food and drink specials, product sales and extended shopping hours for a single evening of vibrant holiday shopping across Chesterton. Local businesses participating in this self-guided shopping and dining tour include Alice’s Garden Toy Boutique;... Read more >

Westchester Public Library Juvenile Books available through Overdrive online

November 25, 2014

What do the books Girl to Girl, Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star, National Geographic Kids: Lucky Leopards, and Big Nate Makes the Grade have in common?  Along with almost 300 more titles, they are available for Westchester Township residents to download via Westchester Public Library’s virtual library for kids from Overdrive.  Overdrive is the library’s online collection of e-books and audiobooks available for digital download. Through Overdrive patrons who are... Read more >

Proposals Sought for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Chellberg Farm

November 13, 2014

The National Park Service is looking to reestablish a working agricultural landscape at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Chellberg Farm. Proposals are invited from the private sector to lease the historic farm, on a long-term basis, to conduct sustainable agriculture enterprises. The properties offered for lease in this request include the outbuildings and fields at the Chellberg Farm located at 900 N. Mineral Springs Road, Porter, IN. The National Park Service will also consider an... Read more >

Resident Turkey Jordan at Chesterton Feed and Garden Center

November 11, 2014

Chesterton Feed and Garden owner with resident turkeyChesterton Feed and Garden Center’s tradition of a resident turkey continues this year. The annual event began when Chuck Roth, owner of Chesterton Feed & Garden Center, brought in one of his pet turkeys for the customers to enjoy. Having raised poultry for many years, he was surprised at how many people had never seen a live turkey. Local schools began calling Chuck to bring the turkey into their classrooms and teach the students about turkeys and their habitat. Turkeys are very... Read more >

Duneland Festival of Trees

November 06, 2014

The Duneland Festival of Trees is a new community festival celebrating the Community Spirit of the Duneland area. Trees, provided by Chesterton Feed & Garden Center will be adopted and decorated by community groups, businesses and organizations. The trees will then be on display at the Duneland Unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County at 521 W 1100N from Dec. 11th through the New Year. Sponsored by Chesterton-Duneland Kiwanis, the Duneland Unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of... Read more >

Hometown Holiday Celebration to be Held on Saturday, November 29

November 04, 2014

Duneland’s Hometown Holiday Celebration will take place the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The festivities will extend through the month of December as Santa Claus visits Duneland children in his house in Thomas Centennial Park. Event celebrations are coordinated by the Duneland Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Town of Chesterton, the Chesterton Police, Parks and Street Departments, and the Chamber organizations and volunteers. Enjoy shopping our downtown local shops for Small... Read more >

Restoration Efforts Underway at Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

October 31, 2014

Efforts to improve biodiversity and protect water quality at the Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve in Chesterton are underway the installation of more than 615 trees of various species and sizes before the end of the year -- depending on weather conditions. Restoration efforts conducted since September 19 to prepare for the tree planting included controlling reed canary grass, known by some gardeners as “ribbon grass,” that is taking advantage of canopy openings being created in the... Read more >

Unilever Helps Boost the Confidence of Duneland Boys & Girls Club Members

October 30, 2014

Duneland boys & girls club members listen to presentationAs one of Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s new corporate partners, Unilever committed the time and volunteer service of employee Elizabeth Scharp to provide the Dove Self-Esteem Project to female Club members at the Duneland Unit. The Dove Self-Esteem Project’s purpose is to start conversations with young and teen girls about confidence. The Project includes topics of discussion such as: teasing and bullying, boosting self-esteem, friends and relationships, growing up and... Read more >


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