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Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

  • | 8:30am - 10:00am | Business, Chamber, Networking, NIPN, hammond
    - Dates: Every Thursday
    Time: 8:30am - 10:00 am
    Venue:
    Hammond WorkOne
    5265 Hohman Ave.
    Hammond, IN
    Cost: Free

    Northwest Indiana Professional Network, or NIPN, meets Thursdays in Hammond. NIPN is a networking group for professionals interested in sharing information and resources that would allow them to meet their career objectives and work opportunities.

    Hammond WorkOne
    5265 Hohman Ave Hammond IN
    Sharla Williams 219.462.2940 swilliams@gotoworkonenw.com
  • | 9:00am - 9:45am | Sports and Recreation, Skating
    - Adult Learn to Skate

    Saturday 9:00-9:45am

    The Adult Learn to Skate class is ideal for beginner and intermediate level skaters looking to improve their skating skills. The basics of forward and backward skating will be taught in each class.
    Midwest Training and Ice Center
    10600 White Oak Avenue Dyer IN 46311
    219.558.8811
  • | 9:00am - 4:00pm | Kids, day camp, springhill, kids, summer
    - SpringHill Day Camp is 5 days of fun for kids who have completed Kdg-4th grade, right in your neighborhood. Camp includes small group teaching, high-energy large group sessions, and engaging activities including: archery, bungee trampoline, camp songs, climbing wall, make tie dye t-shirts, and so much more!

    Dates: June 29-July 3
    Ages: Completed Kdg-4th grade
    Cost: $179 (sibling discounts available)
    Register online today at springhilldaycamp.com

    Note: Registration closes one week prior to camp.
    Faith Church - Highland
    8910 Grace Street Highland IN 46322
    Lori Hofstra 219.838.6231
  • | 10:00am - 10:30pm | Celebration
    - Having a 4th of July celebration?
    Be sure to stop into Culver's of Schererville and pick up a PARTY PACK of PINTS for only $10.59!!!
    What a GREAT ADDITION to your barbecue!
    Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July and we hope to see you.
    Culver's of Schererville
    980 W. Lincoln Hwy Schererville IN 46375
    Denny Dalka 219.322.2266 culvers293@sbcglobal.net
  • | 11:30am - 12:30pm | Business, Chamber, Networking
    - This event takes place on the first Thursday of every month.
    Time:
    11:30 am-12:30 pm
    Cost:
    $15 per person
    Location:
    TBA

    For more information on any of the Chamber Activities or to learn more about becoming a member give us a call at 219-865-1045.
     
           
    Dyer Chamber of Commerce 219.865.1045
  • | 11:30am - 1:00pm | Business, Chamber, Networking, business, networking, luncheon
    - Are you a local entrepreneur interested in growing your network and your business?

    NWI Woamtec is a category exclusive business building networking group. We are a newer group in the area (the first and only in Indiana), but we have over 50 chapters throughout the US. We've had one amazing meeting after another and have gotten a lot of rave reviews by both our members and our guests. Come see what all the excitement is about and promote your business with us.

    We meet for lunch from 11:30 to 1:00 at Asparagus restaurant at 7876 Broadway in Merrillville, IN (just North of Route 30). Attending the meeting as a guest is free, you only pay for your delicious lunch. The restaurant provides us an all-inclusive lunch for $20. This price includes your beverage, your entree, an egg roll, soup, tax, and gratuity - and it even includes the exclusive networking opportunities offered at this meeting.

    Relationships are the catalyst for success.
    People do business with those they like and trust.
    Serve as a resource, help others succeed.

    Space is limited, so if you are interested in seeing how you can grown your network and your business with our group, please RSVP so we know how many people to expect and can prepare the venue. It is okay to invite and bring guest(s).

    Our membership is growing every month, so tell everyone you know to come to the hottest, fastest, growing business enhancing, networking –mastermind group in Northwest Indiana!
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    Women on a Mission to Earn Commission (WOAMTEC), is a networking organization geared towards business women (and a few good men). Our goal is to build a positive networking atmosphere where seasoned professional business women can come together to share ideas, offer support, and create solid business alliances. All while keeping her life in balance and her priorities of Faith First, Family Second, and Career Third. We also strive to provide educational opportunities and business alliances to small business entrepreneurs across America.

    Providing more than networking....educating you to a safe, healthy, prosperous future.

    WOAMTEC is more than a networking group. It is a premier business building organization designed to appeal to the business woman who is already successful and simply wants to grow more. It is not designed for just for commissioned salespeople, but for any strong female who wants to increase her company’s bottom line and overall revenue while working towards the greater commissions in life.
    Asparagus Restaurant
    7876 Broadway Merrillville IN 46410
    Barbara Caine 219.707.1882 bling.caine@gmail.com
  • | 1:00pm - 4:00pm | Kids, Events, Camps, Summer, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - CAMP BELLABOO, A drop-off day camp for children ages 3 to 7 at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center is held June 23 – August 13 on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Bellaboo’s offers the ultimate “Flexible Registration.” Sign up for full camp, pick 10, or sign up on a “Per Day” Basis. For full details call 219-963-2070 or go to http://www.MyBellaboos.com. Bellaboo’s, designed for children nine and younger, is open 10 am to 6 pm.

    What is Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center?

    Bellaboo’s creative, colorful, interactive design lets kids do what they do best – PLAY. As they play they happen to learn. Designed especially for age nine and younger, children experience Bellaboo’s pretend village and room after room of activities like water table, train play, face painting, pizza parlor, grocery store, art studio, multi-level play structure and much more. Birthday parties, events, school and group curriculum, family-friendly café put Bellaboo’s on your must experience list. See the website at http://www.MyBellaboos.com for hours and fees or call 219-963-2070.
    Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center
    2800 Colorado Street Lake Station IN 46405
    219.963.2070
  • | 3:00pm - 8:00pm | Local Events, farmers market, fresh, local, produce, vegetables,
    - Experience the summer harvest with fresh produce, artisan baked goods, specialty foods, locally farmed honey, crafts and much more!

    DATES: Thursdays starting May 14th through September 17, 2015
    (Dates and times are subject to change due to weather.)
    (NO MARKET on Thursday, June 18th.)

    TIME: 3:00-8:00 PM

    LOCATION: Austin Ave. & Gregory St.

    Interested vendors contact Jerome at 219.865.5530 ext. 6103.

    Austin Ave. & Gregory St. Schererville IN 46375
    Jerome 219.865.5530
  • | 4:00pm - 8:00pm | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, car, cars, car shows
    - When: Every Thursday through September!
    Time: 4pm - 8pm
    Cost: Free!

    Attendees should arrive no earlier than 3:30p.m. to begin setting up as the square is transformed back to the cool era of hot rods and muscle cars while oldies music fills the air. The family-friendly event is open to the public and car enthusiasts alike. All classic cars are welcome.

    The downtown square will also be filled with many businesses on the sidewalk for a sale as well as the Courthouse Shops staying open. So come on out and see what the Crown Point Square has to offer!

    For more information or to volunteer, contact the Mayor’s Office of Special Events office, at (219) 662-3290 or dbosse@crownpoint.in.gov. Businesses interested in sponsoring the DJ can also contact the Mayor’s Office of Special Events.
    Crown Point, On the Square
    1 Courthouse Square Crown Point IN 46307
    Crown Point Mayor's Office of Special Events, Diana Bosse 219.662.3290 dbosse@crownpoint.in.gov
  • | 5:15pm - 6:00pm | Sports and Recreation, Kids, Skating
    - Tots: Beginners ages 3-5 years old

    Thursday 5:15-6:00pm, Saturday 9:00-9:45am

    Our beginner class is a 45 minute class that is for first time skaters. Recommended ages are 3-5 years old. Emphasis is on the proper way of falling down and getting up, balance, marching, and gliding.
    Midwest Training and Ice Center
    10600 White Oak Avenue Dyer IN 46311
    219.558.8811
  • | 5:15pm - 6:00pm | Sports and Recreation, Kids, Skating
    - Pre Alpha: Beginners ages 6 & older

    Thursday 5:15-6:00pm, Saturday 9:00-9:45am

    Pre Alpha is the entry level class for aspiring skaters ages 6 and older. Swizzles, glides, backward wiggles, and forward stroking are taught.
    Midwest Training and Ice Center
    10600 White Oak Avenue Dyer IN 46311
    219.558.8811
  • | 5:15pm - 6:00pm | Sports and Recreation, Skating
    - Alpha: Advanced Beginners

    Thursday 5:15-6:00pm, Saturday 9:00-9:45am

    Pre-requisite: Tots and/or Pre Alpha

    Alpha level classes focus on development of forward stroking, right and left crossovers, and stopping on both feet.
    Midwest Training and Ice Center
    10600 White Oak Avenue Dyer IN 46311
    219.558.8811
  • | 5:15pm - 6:00pm | Sports and Recreation, Skating
    - Beta: Advanced Beginners

    Thursday 5:15-6:00pm, Saturday 9:00-9:45am

    Pre-requisite: Alpha

    Backward skating maneuvers including cross overs, stroking, and right and left T stops are mastered.
    Midwest Training and Ice Center
    10600 White Oak Avenue Dyer IN 46311
    219.558.8811
  • | 5:15pm - 6:00pm | Sports and Recreation, Skating
    - Gamma: Advanced Skaters

    Thursday 5:15-6:00pm, Saturday 8:15 - 9:00am

    Pre-requisite: Beta

    Three turns, right and left forward inside mohawk combinations, and hockey stops are mastered at the Gamma level.
    Midwest Training and Ice Center
    10600 White Oak Avenue Dyer IN 46311
    219.558.8811
  • | 5:15pm - 6:00pm | Sports and Recreation, Skating
    - Delta: Advanced Skaters

    Thursday 5:15-6:00pm, Saturday 8:15 - 9:00am

    Pre-requisite: Gamma

    Delta level classes will work on right and left forward inside three turns, advanced edge work, shoot the duck, lunges, and beginning jumps.
    Midwest Training and Ice Center
    10600 White Oak Avenue Dyer IN 46311
    219.558.8811
  • - Low Freestyle: Competitive Skaters

    Thursday 5:15-6:00pm, Saturday 8:15 - 9:00am

    Pre-requisite: Delta

    Freestyle 1 & 2 classes focus on development of beginner jumps and spins, and advanced footwork.
    Midwest Training and Ice Center
    10600 White Oak Avenue Dyer IN 46311
    219.558.8811
  • - Mid-Level Freestyle

    Thursday 5:15-6:00pm, Saturday 8:15 - 9:00am

    Pre-requisite: Low Freestyle

    Freestyle level 3-5 classes emphasize development and mastery of advanced jumps, spins, and footwork.
    Midwest Training and Ice Center
    10600 White Oak Avenue Dyer IN 46311
    219.558.8811
  • | 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Special Interest, Foster Care, Foster to Adopt,
    - Learn how to become a foster parent with Indiana MENTOR. By becoming a foster parent you can make a difference in the life of a child who really needs a family and a place to call home. Our foster parents come from all walks of life… Whether you’re a single mom, empty nester or have never had children in your home before…it doesn’t matter. Make a difference in the life of child by Fostering! RSVP with Kathelene at kathelene.ursery@thementornetwork.com or call 219-769-8821 x 212
    IN MENTOR
    1551 East 85th Ave. Merrillville IN 46410
  • | 6:00pm - 8:00pm | Health Seminars and Screenings, Weight Loss, Adult
    - If you struggle with excess weight and are looking for surgical assistance through the use of gastric bypass or adjustable laparoscopic band procedures, learn more with our free surgical weight loss seminars.
    Call (219) 852-2518

    Additional Information

    Seminar is located in the Reginald Boardroom on the first floor of the hospital.
    Location: Franciscan St. Margaret Health - Dyer
    Location Address: 24 Joliet Street, Dyer, IN
    Cost: Free
    Franciscan St. Margaret Health - Dyer
    24 Joliet Street Dyer IN 46311
    Call2198522518
  • | 6:00pm - 8:30pm | Library Events, Movie, Super Heroes
    -
    'Escape the Ordinary' with those super guardians of the galaxy!

    A group of interstellar outlaws team up to save the galaxy from a villain who seeks ultimate power in this comic book space adventure. Peter Quill was just a young boy when, devastated by his mother's death, he sprinted out of the hospital and was swept into the stars by Yondu, the leader of an eclectic band of space scavengers known as The Ravagers.

    Twenty-six years later, Quill has adopted the nickname Star Lord. He's broken away from The Ravagers in an attempt to track down an ancient orb that is also coveted by the evil Ronan. Top assassin Gamora is dispatched to retrieve it from Star Lord. In the process of doing so, Gamora also gets drawn into a fight with furry bounty hunter Rocket and his tree-like, humanoid companion Groot. Subsequently thrown into prison, this unlikely quartet quickly makes the acquaintance of fearsome warrior Drax the Destroyer, who seeks bitter revenge for the slaughter of his entire family at the hands of Ronan.

    When they discover Ronan plots to destroy The Nova Corps home-world of Xandar, the Guardians of the Galaxy must race through the stars to recover it before Ronan can carry out his genocidal plan.

    Rated PG-13 ; 121 minutes
    Registration is not required.
    Merrillville Branch Library
    1919 W 81st Ave. Merrillville IN 46410
    Jo 2197693541x212 reference@lcplin.org
  • | 6:00pm - 11:30pm | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, Entertainment, NWI, Northwest Indiana, Music, Festival, Fair
    - Mike Sugg (Toby Keith impersonator) July 2nd 2015 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Toby Keith impersonator Mike Sugg has the looks, build and voice to trick even the people that know Toby! Fooling the network television channels, radio stations and bar owners when he shows up at events. Mike has played in Vegas as well as all over the Midwest. More

    Night Moves (Bob Seger Tribute Band) July 2nd 2015 8:30 - 11.30 p.m.
    All your favorite Bob Seger tunes! Also featuring Bob Frankich (Mr. Funnyman & Echoes of Pompeii) on sax and horns.
    Cedar Lake Town Complex
    7408 Constitution Avenue Cedar Lake IN 46303
  • | 6:15pm - | Arts and Entertainment
    - Come enjoy fabulous music on a beautiful hillside overlooking Clear Lake at Fox Park Dennis Smith Amphitheater, Truesdell Ave, La Porte, IN.

    Preconcert Music starts at 6:15. Please support the talented individuals showcased throughout the season!

    Browse the excellent artwork from many talented artists throughout our community at 6:30 p.m.

    Concession Stand opens at 6:30 p.m. Popcorn, cookies, snacks & drinks. Staffed by volunteers from Tri Kappa Associates & the LaPorte Community.

    Beautiful and sometimes quite entertaining poetry is shared each evening at 6:45 p.m.

    On Thursday evenings, a different band is featured each week throughout the summer...jazz, pop, blues, country, Christian, barber-shop, big band...a little bit of everything at 7 p.m.

    Concerts are Free. Donations are appreciated so that we can continue to provide top Music & the Arts Performances all summer long.

    Concert Line-up

    June 3: La Porte City Band
    June 4: The Code Names
    LaPorte HighSchool Choral Groups
    directed by Tom Coe
    Preconcert Music: Trevor McDonald & Matt Winters

    June 10: La Porte City Band
    June 11: Hoosier Star Night
    with LaPorte County Symphony Ensemble

    June 17: La Porte City Band
    June 18: Middle of the Road

    June 24: La Porte City Band
    June 25: HiFi2WiFi

    July 1 La Porte City Band
    July 2: Cripple Creek
    Stone Lake Beach Party!
    (not at Fox Park)
    Jumpy Houses at the Beach!

    July 8: La Porte City Band
    July 9: LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra Ensembles

    July 15: La Porte City Band
    July 16: Me & the Boys

    July 22: La Porte City Band
    July 23: Trouble Blind

    July 29: La Porte City Band
    July 30: Dr Groovy & the Soul Surgeons

    August 5: La Porte City Band
    August 6: P.T. & The Cruisers

    August 12: Junior & the Igniters
    August 13: Henhouse Prowlers

    August 19: LPHS Marching Band & Color Guard

    August 20: Windiana
    Arts in the Park Memorial Concert

    August 26: LaPorte First Church of God Worship Team
    August 27: Tom Milo Big Band


    Dennis Smith Amphitheater at Fox Park
    Truesdell Ave, La Porte IN 46350
  • | 7:00pm - | Local Events, Concert
    - Dates: July 02 - July 30, 2015

    Time: 7:00 pm

    Venue: Central Park Plaza - Downtown Valparaiso

    Address: 63 Lafayette St., Valparaiso, IN 46368

    Phone: 219-464-8332

    Admission: Free admission

    About

    From classical to jazz, Summer Rhapsody Music Festival is a feast of the sounds and senses for music lovers of all ages. Bring a picnic, blanket, and chairs and relax in the park with this free outdoor concert series. Check their website for dates and times.
    Central Park Plaza - Downtown Valparaiso
    63 Lafayette Street Valparaiso IN 46368
    219.464.8332
  • | 7:00pm - 8:30pm | Arts and Entertainment, market, farmer's market
    - Come for the market, stay for the local live entertainment.

    Location: Festival Park, 111 E. Old Ridge Road
    Dates: Every Thursday, June 4 - September 3, 2015
    Time: 7pm-8:30pm

    2015 Concert Line up

    6/4 The Relics
    6/11 Tiki Tom and the Pineapple Beach Party
    6/18 Navy Band
    6/25 Jim Bulanda
    7/2 Crossroads
    7/9 Gerry Hundt Trio
    7/16 The Difference
    7/23 Capernaum
    7/30 Dave Alamillo
    8/6 BuckDaddy
    8/13 FOX
    8/27 Eaten Alive
    9/3 Oscar and the Majestics

    For more information: Visit http://www.cityofhobart.org or call Hobart Special Events at (219) 942-4511.
    Festival Park
    111 E. Old Ridge Road Hobart IN 46342
    Hobart Special Events 219.942.4511
  • | 7:30pm - 10:30pm | Arts and Entertainment
    - Location: Wicker Park Social Center Gazebo
    Time: Doors open at 7 pm/Showtime 7:30-10:30 pm
    Cost: Most concert tickets $5 (No refund, 21 & over, rain or shine)

    Food and Drink (Full Bar) available for purchase
    No Coolers Allowed

    2015 Line-up

    June 18-Final Say
    June 25-American English
    July 2-Dick Diamond & the Dusters
    July 9-High Noon
    July 16-The Steepwater Band & special guests Nomad Planets
    July 23-Kashmir
    July 30-Gone 2 Paradise
    *August 6-Victory for Veterans Memorial Benefit w/Here Come the Mummies (Doors open at 6 pm/Showtime at 8 pm/Tickets Available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com)
    August 13-Echoes of Pompeii
    August 20-Infinity

    Wicker Park Pavilion
    2215 Ridge Road Highland IN 46322
    219.838.3420
  • | 9:30pm - | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs
    - Thursday, July 2
    9:30 pm
    Fireworks
    (Lakefront)

    Friday, July 3
    9:30 p.m.
    EXTRAVAGANT Fireworks
    (Lakefront)
    Cedar Lake Town Hall
    7408 Constitution Avenue Cedar Lake IN 46303
  • Lakes of the Four Seasons Clubhouse
    1048 N. Lakeshore Drive Crown Point IN 46307
  • - 2015 Summer Movie Line Up
    June
    6/11 Toy Story
    6/18 Back to the Future (30 Year Anniversary! *Rated PG:Parental Guidance due to some language and situations)
    6/25 Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

    July
    7/2 Beetlejuice
    7/9 Honey I Shrunk the Kids
    7/16 The Lego Movie
    7/23 Big Hero 6
    7/30 Paddington

    Grab the family and a blanket to enjoy a movie under the stars. Movies start at dusk.
    Popcorn & Beverages compliments of Suncrest Christian Church
    Festival Park
    111 E. Old Ridge Rd Hobart IN 46342
    219.942.4511
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, car, cars, car shows
    - Car Shows in Northwest Indiana

    ********SATURDAY, MAY 2****************
    17TH ANNUAL CAR SHOW IN MUNSTER
    This exciting event returns for the 17th year! Enter your car or truck in the spectacular car show or join us for a terrific display of vehicles. Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers in each class as well as “Best in Show” and “People’s Choice”. Entry forms are available in the park office and at local area business sponsors. Be sure to browse our many auto and motor-related vendors, artists, crafters and other business vendors outdoors in the surrounding park.
    Feature car of 2015: Chevy Chevelle

    Location: Community Park, Pool Parking Lot, 8837 Calumet Ave, Munster, IN 46321
    Date: Saturday, May 2nd (Raindate: May 9, Weather Hotline 836-6927)
    Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Use Code: 14543
    Pre-register: $20 On-Site: $25
    Fees to participate as vendor: $80.25 ($75 plus 7% sales tax)
    Fees to participate as a sponsor: $500 includes: name on trophy, logo on t-shirt, advertising recognition, logo on marketing material, signage, website, emails and summer recreation guide.

    For more information or to register, please call the park office at (219) 836-7275 or visit http://www.munster.org/


    EASTLAKE BAPTIST CHURCH CAR & BIKE SHOW
    Cars, Motorcycles, Refreshments, Door Prizes, Family Fun

    Date: Saturday, May 2nd
    Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm (Vehicle registration begins at 9:30am.)
    Location: 7121 Lincoln Highway, Crown Point, IN 46307 (3 miles east of 165 on Hwy 30)

    Everyone Welcome! Free Admission!

    For more information call 219-942-8082 or visit http://www.eastlakebaptist.net


    ********SATURDAY, MAY 2 - SEPT 12****************
    2015 MILL STREET CAR CRUISE in LOWELL

    WHEN: FIRST SATURDAY of MAY (May 2nd), JUNE (June 6th), AUGUST (Aug. 1st) & SECOND SATURDAY of JULY (July 11th) & SEPTEMBER (Sept. 12th)
    (If rained out cruise night will be the following Saturday.)

    LOCATION: Mill St. and Commercial, Downtown Lowell
    TIME: 5pm - 9pm

    Bring your favorite and special vehicle along with your family and friends to join in on the fun, food & friendships in historic Lowell. Many great restaurants and shops will be open in the downtown area. The streets close at 5pm, but arrive early if you can.

    For more information contact John Piper (219) 789-0494 or Paul Palmer (219) 730-4314 or visit http://www.facebook.com/lowelllionsclub

    ********THURSDAYS, MAY 7 - SEPT 24****************
    La Porte Classic Car Show
    Join us every Thursday, May through September, at the corner of Michigan Ave & Washington St at the Historic La Porte Train Station. Bring your original or custom car or truck (1980 or older) and meet up with other classic car enthusiasts. Bring your family and friends. Spectators welcome. Free event.
    Brought to you by the Downtown La Porte Main Street Association.

    DATES: Thursdays, May 7th through September 24th
    TIME: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    LOCATION: Historic La Porte Train Station, 803 Washington St, La Porte, IN 46350

    Visit our Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/lpcarshow

    ********MONDAY, MAY 11****************
    Cruise In - DeMotte
    Help us support our Jasper County Veterans Council! All proceeds are going to them, AND for every car sold during the event, Fieldhouse Ford will donate $100 !!
    Bring a car to show off! (No Judging) The first 50 will receive a Dash Plaque.
    Hot dogs, Chips & Drinks will be available for purchase.
    LIVE BAND & DJ

    DATE: Monday, May 11, 2015
    TIME: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    LOCATION: Fieldhouse Ford, 1400 S. Halleck St., DeMotte IN, 46310

    Join our Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/364855600368439/

    ********THURSDAYS, MAY 14 - SEPT 24****************
    CROWN POINT CAR CRUISE
    Cruise into this free event that features all makes of sports cars, classic cars from 1900-1980, and custom built unique vehicles, while Oldies music fills the air!

    When: Every Thursday, May 14th through September 24th!
    Time: 4pm - 8pm
    Cost: Free!

    For more details please visit http://www.crownpoint.in.gov
    or
    call Crown Point Parks & Recreation at 661-2271.

    ********SUNDAY, MAY 17****************
    Valpo Car Show & Swap Meet
    Car show and swap meet with more than 50 awards and door prizes, a DJ and food booths.

    Date: Sunday, May 17
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Venue: Porter County Expo Center & Fairgrounds
    Address: 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso, IN 46383
    Phone: 219-464-9918
    Admission: $5 admission

    Visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/PorterCountyExpo

    ********SUNDAY, MAY 24****************
    Valpo-Fest Motorcycle/Car Show & Swap Meet
    Buy/sell/trade cars, bikes, parts, leather, trophy awards, bike rodeo, food, beer, and live bands.

    Date: Sunday, May 24th
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Venue: Porter County Expo Center
    Address: 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso, IN 46383-9560
    Phone: 800-800-6034
    Admission: $10 7:00 a.m. early birds; $5 at the gate or online; children under 12 free

    Visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/PorterCountyExpo

    ********SATURDAY, MAY 30****************
    Highland Main Street Car Cruise
    This is a "no cruise" cruise, walk around and check out the cars on display along Hwy Ave in Downtown Highland!

    DATE: Saturday, May 30th
    TIME: 3PM - 7PM
    LOCATION: Hwy Ave, Downtown Highland, IN 46322 (by the Gazebo)

    If you want to show your car be there before 3:00 to get lined up!

    For more information check out the May Highland Gazebo Express newsletter available at http://www.highland.in.gov or call Cecelia at 219-972-7598.

    ********SUNDAY, JUNE 21****************
    Fuzz Follies Car Show at Riverview Park in Lake Station, IN
    8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Over 250 Cars! Antique, Collectible and Classic.
    Food Booths, Swap Meet, Door Prizes, and 50/50 Drawing
    For more information, contact Jerry Baldazo 219-962-1186

    ********SATURDAY, JULY 11****************
    MICHIGAN CITY SummerFest Car Cruise
    Open to Antique, Classic, Muscle Cars, Hot Rods, Stock, Modified and Cruisers.
    Cruise lineup begins at 2:30pm and will leave promptly at 5:30pm with an escort through the City to Washington Park Fundays at the Park - food vendors and Beer Garden.

    DATE: Saturday, July 11, 2015
    TIME: 2:30 pm - 10:30 pm
    LOCATION: Al's, 1002 N Karwick Rd, Michigan City, IN 46360

    Contact: Joe Doyle
    Phone: 219.874.8213
    info@summerfest.org

    For more details please visit http://mcsummerfest.org/

    ********SATURDAY, JULY 25****************
    8th Annual Old Car Show at LaPorte County Historical Society Museum
    Colorful display of vintage cars at least 30 years old in a lovely setting. Onsite food available.

    Date: Saturday, July 25, 2015
    LOCATION: LaPorte County Historical Society Museum, 2405 Indiana Ave, La Porte, IN 46350
    Call for times

    Contact: Susie Richter
    Phone: 219.324.6767
    info@laportecountyhistory.org

    For more details please visit http://www.laportecountyhistory.org/

    ********SUNDAY, AUG 16****************
    Valpo Car Show & Swap Meet
    Swap meet and car show with more than 50 awards and door prizes, a DJ and plenty of great food booths.

    Date: Sunday, August 16
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Venue: Porter County Expo Center & Fairgrounds
    Address: 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso, IN 46383
    Phone: 219-464-9918
    Admission: $5 admission

    Visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/PorterCountyExpo

    ********SATURDAY, SEPT 12****************
    Hobart Chamber Car Show & Family Fun Day
    The Hobart Chamber of Commerce presents a Day of Family Fun! 1st Annual Car Show from 9am - 2:30pm, with awards at 3pm. We'll also have kids activities, food vendors, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, music and a BEAN BAGS TOURNAMENT FOR CASH PRIZES!

    DATE: Saturday, September 12
    TIME: 9:00am - 3:00pm
    LOCATION: Festival Park at Lake George, 111 E Old Ridge Rd, Hobart, IN 46342

    For more information and to register, please contact the Hobart Chamber at 219.942.5774 or visit us online at http://www.hobartchamber.com.


    ********SATURDAY, SEPT 26****************
    Valpo-Fest Motorcycle/Car Show & Swap Meet
    Buy/sell/trade cars, bikes, parts, leather, trophy awards, a bike rodeo, food, beer, and live bands.

    Date: Saturday, September 26
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Venue: Porter County Expo Center
    Address: 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso, IN 46383-9560
    Phone: 800-800-6034
    Admission: $10, 7:00 a.m. early birds; $5 at the gate or online; children under 12 free

    Visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/PorterCountyExpo

    ********FRIDAY, OCT 2 & SATURDAY, OCT 3****************
    Car Show Extravaganza in Valparaiso
    Four dealers will present hundreds of quality pre-driven vehicles. Open to the public. Spend your day finding the pre-driven vehicle that you've been searching for. There will be food vendors and a bounce house for the kids.

    Dates: Friday, October 02 - Saturday, October 03, 2015
    Time: Fri. 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Venue: Porter County Expo Center
    Address: 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso, IN 46383-9560
    Phone: 219-464-0133
    Admission: Free admission

    Visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/PorterCountyExpo
     
           
  • | Local Events, Craft, Workshops, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - Experienced teacher Julie Duttlinger returns to Buckley to teach her popular basket workshops. Participants are guaranteed a finished basket by the end of the class. Two classes are offered for each basket. Bring a 3+ gallon bucket, 8+ clip clothes pins, old scissors, a pencil, tape measure or ruler, awl or small flat screwdriver or knitting needle and an old towel and a spray bottle for water. If under age 15, it is recommended that parents stay during the workshop. Come in your work clothes. The classes last through lunch so bring a sack lunch and a cold drink. Reservations and pre-payment are necessary to order supplies.


    “Hearth Basket” is offered on Thursday, June 11 or Saturday, June 13 from 9 a. m. – 2 p. m. The $37 fee includes materials. Reservation and payment deadline is June 5 by calling 219-769-PARK. The basket is 10” x 15” x 7” with wooden handle, no color. (4-H Level B, C, D).


    “Storage Basket” is offered on Thursday, June 25 or Saturday, September 5 from 9 a.m. – 2 p. m. The $40 fee includes materials. Reservation and payment deadline is June 19 by calling 219-769-PARK. The basket is 13” x 8” x 12” wooden bottom, leather handles with color. (4-H Level C, D).


    “Christmas in July Sleigh Basket” is offered on Thursday, July 9 or Saturday, July 11 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The $32 fee includes materials. Reservation and payment deadline is July 2 by calling 219-769-PARK. The basket is 12” x 7” x 8” wooden runner base, red and green accent colors. (4-H Level C, D).


    Buckley Homestead is located 4.5 miles west of Interstate 65 just south of Route 2 on Hendricks Road in Lowell. Exit I-65 west at Rt. 2 toward Lowell to Hendricks, then south for 1/4 mile to the visitor center parking lot. Note: This is the only parking on the farm. The farmstead is a short walk along the trail. GPS coordinates: Visitor’s Center Parking Lot: 41.283566,-87.377509. Using the Buckley Homestead mailing address will take you to the wrong location.
    Buckley Homestead
    Intersection of Belshaw and Hendricks Roads Lowell IN 46356
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs
    - Fourth of July Festival kicks off at Main Square with Rides, Music, Food and entertainment. Ticket information and Bands coming soon.

    Event highlights:

    Friday, July 3rd
    The All-American Mile Run sponsored by Standard Bank and Trust Co. 6:30 p.m. Race begins at 40th St. & Kennedy Ave. (In front of the School Administration Building)

    Twilight Parade 6:30p.m. Begins at St. James Catholic Church on 45th & Kennedy, north to Main Square

    Saturday, July 4th
    Kiddie Parade 12:45 parking lot on Highway Ave across from Traditions
    FIREWORKS @ Homestead Park 9p.m.
    Main Square Park
    3001 Ridge Rd Highland IN 46322
    Kelly Bridges 219.670.0764
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs
    - July 2nd thru July 5th, 2015

    FREE Admission ($5 donation for parking)

    Cedar Lake Town Complex
    7408 Constitution Avenue
    Cedar Lake, Indiana 46303

    •Thursday 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    •Friday Noon - 11:30 PM
    •Saturday 7:00 AM- 11:30 PM
    •Sunday 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM

    Enjoy activites for all ages on the shore of Cedar Lake when the town complex transforms into 18 acres of fun featuring:

    •Live Entertainment
    •Fireworks
    •Midway Games
    •Amusement Rides
    •Bingo Tent
    •Beer Garden
    •Car Show ... and much more!
    •New Zipline

    Don't forget the food!
    •Elephant Ears
    •Funnel Cakes
    •Corn Dogs
    •Steak Dinners
    •Pancake & Sausage Breakfast
    •and over a dozen other tasty treats!
    •Merchandise & Crafts
    Cedar Lake Town Hall
    7408 Constitution Avenue Cedar Lake IN 46303
  • | Sports and Recreation, Sports, Baseball, Racing, Skating, Biking, Events, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - Looking for family-friendly events this summer? Northwest Indiana offers a variety of sporting events for everyone!

    DEEP RIVER GRINDERS VINTAGE BASE BALL
    Deep River County Park Grinder Field (Historic Wood’s Grist Mill)
    9410 Old Lincoln Highway
    Hobart, IN 46342
    219-769-PARK
    The beloved team plays from May through October, both at Grinder Field and in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Home games are played on Grinder Field, across the river from Wood's Mill at Deep River County Park. They are free and suitable for the entire family.
    http://www.lakecountyparks.com/activities/deep_river/deep_river_grinders_vintage_base_ball.html

    GARY RAILCATS
    One stadium Plaza
    Gary, IN 15106
    (219) 882-2255
    Season runs end of May through beginning of September. Visit website for weekly specials, promotions, and theme nights.
    http://www.railcatsbaseball.com/

    ILLIANA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
    7211 W Lincoln Hwy
    Crown Point, IN 46307
    (219) 322-5311
    Regular Show Admission: Adults $ 12.00, Kids 8-12 $ 5.00, Under 7 FREE
    FREE PARKING
    The track is a 1/2-mile asphalt oval with an inner 1/4 mile.
    Saturday Night Racing
    Late Model
    Turbo Stox
    Pure Stox
    Legends
    Pits Open: 3:00 P.M.
    Stands Open: 4:00 P.M.
    Qualifying: 5:30 P.M.
    First Race: 7:00 P.M.
    http://www.illianaspeedway.com/

    THE MICHIGAN CITY LAKERS
    Marquette Athletic Complex
    8466 W Pahs Rd.
    Michigan City, IN 46360
    The City Lakers are part of the Michiana Amateur Baseball League and play a 40-45 game schedule in June & July. Our home games on weekends are always double headers with start times at noon on most dates. The City Lakers use only real wood bats for a true sound and feel of ‘Real Baseball’.
    http://www.citylakersbaseball.org/

    MUNSTER CENTENNIALS
    1005 S. Centennial Dr.
    Munster, IN 46321
    (219) 836-7275
    The Munster Centennials vintage baseball team plays by the rules of the 19th century, just before and in the decades following the Civil War. The Centennials play their home games at Centennial Park in Munster and have played away games in Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. Back then, baseball was considered a "Gentleman's" game and players (or "Ballists" as they were called) were expected to conduct themselves in a considerate manner. The style of play includes underhand pitching and no use of gloves.
    http://www.munster.org/department/division.php?fDD=6-176

    NW INDIANA OILMEN
    1700 119th St, Whiting, IN 46394
    (219) 659-1000
    Whiting is home to the 8th addition the Midwest Collegiate Baseball Club. The Oilmen play in Oil City Stadium located in downtown Whiting. The summer wooden-bat team is comprised of baseball players from junior colleges and four-year universities.
    http://nwioilmen.com/home/

    SOUTH SHORE ROLLER GIRLS
    3031 J.F. Mahoney Dr.
    Hammond, IN 46323
    southshorerollergirls@gmail.com
    The South Shore Roller Girls (SSRG) are Northwest Indiana’s premier women’s flat track roller derby league.
    http://southshorerollergirls.com/

    STEEL WHEELS BMX
    Imagination Glen Outdoor Track
    2190 State Road 149
    Portage, Indiana 46304
    (219) 406-9833
    The outdoor track is co-sponsored by the Portage Parks and Recreation Department Withtheir support – we offer practice nights, clinics, racing, camps full concession facilities, picnicand play areas and lots of fun activities from May through the end of September on our lighted, 1,100-foot track.
    http://www.steelwheelsbmx.com/
     
           
  • | Special Interest, Attraction, Tours, Family, Museum, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - Northwest Indiana hosts a variety of museums and other establishments offering tours to the public. Stop by or schedule a tour at one of the following locations!

    ALBANESE CANDY FACTORY (guided group tours and self-guided tours)
    5441 E Lincoln Hwy, Merrillville, IN 46410
    (219) 947-3070
    Every year, people from all over the country come to learn about our process of making the “World’s Best Gummies” and chocolates. What makes us unique is that we are the only candy company that offers a public tour for gummi manufacturing in the USA. You’ll get to view our Gummi Factory through 8 separate windows and see two videos explaining the creation of our gummies and one video featuring our Gold Label Chocolates. Albanese tours are a great way for people of all ages to add a little fun and knowledge to their day.
    Our tours are designed for people of all ages and the tour is wheelchair accessible. We offer two types of tours – guided group tours or self-guided tours, geared toward the individual visitor. Both types of tours are FREE. From November – December and March-April, no tours will be given. Santa and the Easter Bunny visit us every year during that time.
    http://www.albanesecandy.com/

    BUCKLEY HOMESTEAD COUNTY PARK (self-guided and guided group tours)
    3606 Belshaw Road
    Lowell, IN 46356
    Visitors will feel like they are experiencing the past when greeted by hosts in period dress who share the spirit and history of past eras. Seasonal tours are available and include the 1910 farm with original buildings, garden, and farm animals; early 1900s one-room schoolhouse; and 1850s pioneer farm and garden.
    http://www.lakecountyparks.com/parks/buckley_homestead.html

    BROKEN WAGON BISON (guided group tours and “walk-in-tours” with no minimum group size)
    563 W 450 N, Hobart, IN 46342
    (219) 759-3523
    Come visit Broken Wagon Bison and have your own personal encounter with North America's largest native land mammal.
    Summer tours give you the opportunity to be "surrounded" by bison (in the safety of our Bison Tour Wagon) and watch the new-born calves nurse and run around.
    Tours are available for groups of 20 or more and are perfect for school groups, church groups, boy and girl scout troops, and business groups. "Walk-in tours" (no minimum group size) available June through September on Saturday at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.*
    http://www.brokenwagonbison.com/

    CHALLENGER LEARNING CENTER (individual and group tours)
    2300 173rd St, Hammond, IN 46323
    (219) 989-3250
    Our mission is to create an exciting learning environment that promotes the continued exploration of the Earth and space sciences through innovative programs that challenge how teachers educate, students learn, and businesses operate. We seek to foster in the community a long-term interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. One-Hour Tours Take a look behind-the-scenes to find out what makes our place so special. The Challenger Center of Northwest Indiana has been called the “hidden gem” of NWI—find out why!
    http://www.clcnwi.com/

    COMMUNITY VETERANS MEMORIAL (guided and self-guided tours)
    9710 Calumet Avenue,
    Munster, Indiana
    219-836-3392
    Community Veterans Memorial is a 6.5 acre park featuring bronze and granite sculptures, and life-size monuments to depict the major military conflicts that shaped the 20th Century. Admission is free.
    A commemorative brick pathway leads visitors on their journey through history. Individuals and groups are invited for self-guided tours in which several stations provide pre-recorded information about the defining wars of the 20th Century. Guided tours are also available.
    http://www.communityveteransmemorial.org/

    FAIR OAKS FARMS (guided and self-guided tours)
    856 N 600 E
    Fair Oaks, IN 47943
    (219) 394-2025
    Fair Oaks Farms is an escape to the country with acres of great outdoor fun, food and learning where you can explore family farms and reconnect with nature, animals and our planet.
    http://fofarms.com/

    GRIFFITH HISTORICAL PARK AND RAILROAD MUSEUM (guided and self-guided tours)
    201 S Broad St, Griffith, IN 46319
    (219) 924-9701
    Home to a 100yr old Grand Trunk depot, E,J&E Interlocking tower, several small structures, and several rail cars. Also there is a collection of artifacts. The Park and Museum are open on the first Sunday in June till the last Sunday in August and for special tours.
    http://www.griffithhistoricalsociety.org/index.html

    HESSTON STEAM MUSEUM (self-guided tours)
    1201 E 1000 N, La Porte, IN 46350
    (219) 778-2783
    Ride our 1/4 scale and 1/8 scale steam railroads. Both meander over bridges and through an enchanting wooded landscape.The Hesston Steam Museum is filled with other steam powered machinery including a steam-powered saw mill, a railroad steam crane, steam powered electric power plant, steam traction engines and more.
    http://www.hesston.org/

    HOOSIER BAT COMPANY (guided tours)
    4511 Evans Ave, Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 531-1006
    You can set up a free tour (for ages 8 and older) to see how blocks of wood like ash, maple and hickory are turned into beautiful works of art that just happen to be very useful in smacking baseballs.
    The tour shows everything from start of the bat-making process (the cutting and sanding) to the finish (the painting and the adding of the words Hoosier Bat).
    http://www.hoosierbatco.com/

    JOHN DILLINGER MUSEUM (self-guided tours)
    1 Courthouse Sq #205, Crown Point, IN 46307
    The grand opening of the John Dillinger Museum is set for July 22, 2015, the anniversary of Dillinger’s death. The museum will move from the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond to the Old Lake County Courthouse in Crown Point. Visitors can once again learn the truth of Dillinger's past. Everything from a replica of the infamous wooden gun used to escape the Crown Point jail to the pants Dillinger wore on the day of his death will be presented throughout the interactive museum.
    http://www.southshorecva.com/dillinger-museum/

    JOHN H. BARKER MANSION (guided and self-guided tours)
    631 Washington St, Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 873-1520
    Learn more about the mansion built by one of the founding fathers of the rail car industry, John H. Barker. This house, while actually lived in for only a very short time, has brought many years of enjoyment to the Barker family, and to the residents of the City of Michigan City.
    Tours offered at 10 & 11:30 am & 1 pm, Monday through Friday. Tours offered 12 & 2 pm, Saturday and Sunday beginning in June. Cost is $5/adult & $2/child.
    http://www.emichigancity.com/cityhall/departments/barkermansion/

    JT SHRIMP LLC (Individual tours, technical tours, school tours and group tours)
    4836 W 1450 N, Wheatfield, IN 46392
    (219) 987-3809
    Ever wonder how shrimp is raised on a farm? Come out to JT Shrimp and get a tour of our facility! Individual tours, technical tours, school tours and group tours are available.
    http://jtshrimp.com/

    LAKE OF THE RED CEDARS MUSEUM (self-guided and special tours are available by appointment)
    7408 Constitution Ave, Cedar Lake, IN 46303
    (219) 390-9423
    The Lake of the Red Cedars Museum houses many interesting exhibits of Cedar Lake and the surrounding area. It is open May through September, and special tours are available by appointment. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children.
    http://www.cedarlakehistory.org/museum.php

    THE OLD LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM (Self-guided tours, audio tours and docent-led tours)
    1 Washington St, Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 872-6133
    Built in 1858, the old lighthouse had a lantern with a light that could be seen from 15 miles. It is the oldest remaining lighthouse in Indiana. The museum is open for public tours from April through October, every day except Monday, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Central Time. Self-guided and audio tours as well as docent-led tours are available. The last tour each day begins at 3:30 PM Central Time. Call the museum at (219) 872-6133 to check on special hours, closings, or to book tours. Strollers are not allowed in the museum.
    http://www.oldlighthousemuseum.org/

    MERRILLVILLE COMMUNITY PLANETARIUM
    Clifford Pierce Middle School
    199 East 70th Avenue, Merrillville, IN
    (219) 650-5486
    The Merrillville Community Planetarium is part of the Merrillville Community School Corporation, a K-12 public school system in Northwest Indiana. The Planetarium is located in Clifford Pierce Middle School. We provide programming for Merrillville classes, outside groups, and the public. Bring the family to explore the moon during our summer public show. Public programs start at 7:30 p.m. The planetarium opens for seating 30 minutes before show time. No one is admitted after the program starts. Programs last from 60 to 90 minutes. Admission to public programs is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. Seating is limited and should be reserved by calling (219) 650-5486 or using the form on our web site. Tickets are sold at the door. Groups may arrange for a private show by calling the planetarium at (219) 650-5486.
    http://www.mcpstars.org/

    PORTER COUNTY MUSEUM (guided and self-guided tours)
    153 Franklin St, Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 465-3595
    The Porter County Museum–also known as the PoCo Muse–is a small, yet dynamic institution that aims to share the stories of Porter County and its people. The museum features permanent as well as temporary exhibits, and provides educational programs year round. Several school groups, scout troops, and organizations come from all over the county to tour the museum and learn about Porter County’s history.
    http://pocomuse.org/

    THE SHRINE OF CHRIST’S PASSION (guided and self-guided tours)
    10630 Wicker Ave, St John, IN 46373
    (219) 365-6010
    The dramatic 6,000 sq. ft. Shrine Gift Shoppe/Visitor Center and Café are open year round. The Prayer Trail is also open year round weather permitting. There is no charge to experience The Shrine of Christ’s Passion. The Shrine of Christ’s Passion is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit and continues to exist from sales at our one of a kind Shrine Gift Shoppe and from the generous donations of our guests. All donations are much needed, welcomed and appreciated.
    http://shrineofchristspassion.org/

    SOUTH SHORE CIVIL WAR MEMORIAL TRAIL (self-guided tours)
    (Various Locations throughout Northwest Indiana)
    This trail is a collection of the last known resting places, monuments and architectural icons related to the brave men and women of Lake and Porter counties who sacrificed during this most pivotal era in history. Indiana contributed more than 200,000 Union troops to the Civil War effort between 1861 and 1865, and hundreds of those veterans are buried in the cemeteries of Northwest Indiana along the South Shore of Lake Michigan. The South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail serves as a guide for visitors who want to see and pay respect to the veterans' historic burial grounds and learn the stories of humanity behind the Calumet Region men in blue.
    http://www.southshorecva.com/civilwartrail/

    TASK FORCE TIPS INC. (guided tours)
    3701 Innovation Way, Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 462-6161
    Task Force Tips, is a three-shift "around the clock" 7 day/week production facility. However it is open daily to visitors from 8 AM-5 PM, Monday through Friday. Your visit is sure to be memorable, as you are escorted by a TFT employee. Our new wide area broadcast presentation system can be used to allow everyone to easily hear as well as see many of the ongoing processes. This assures your visit will be a personal and individualized tour of this state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.
    Special Note: Anyone arriving after these normal hours are STILL WELCOME. However due to the limited number of people available, we ask for at least 24 hours notice so that we can assure that a tour guide specialist will be available.
    http://www.tft.com/company/default.cfm?action=company

    THOMAS CONWAY OBSERVATORY
    19100 Chase St, Lowell, IN 46356
    773-639-5491
    The Calumet Astronomical Society operates the Thomas Conway Observatory, located just southeast of Lowell, Indiana. Like many good ideas, this one started small and just keeps growing. Conway Observatory is open to the public during specific dates and times. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free. Programs may be cancelled due to inclement weather, call the CAS Hotline 773-639-5491 before visiting.
    http://www.casonline.org/conway.html

    1933 WORLD'S FAIR HOMES AT BEVERLY SHORES, INDIANA (self-guided tours and guided tours)
    The legacy of the 1933 Chicago World's Fair Century of Progress Exhibition, these homes stand along the Lake Michigan dunes as monuments to American ingenuity and modern technology. For more information, visit the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center on Kemil Road at U.S. Highway 12 near Beverly Shores (219) 926-7561, ext. 225. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore offers a guided tour of the homes one day in October. Visit the website for the upcoming date.
    http://www.nps.gov/indu/learn/historyculture/centuryofprogress.htm


     
           
  • | Arts and Entertainment, Over 21, Casino, Betting, Gambling, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - You don't have to travel to Las Vegas for quality casinos. Visit one these locations in Northwest Indiana:

    AMERISTAR CASINO
    777 Ameristar Boulevard
    East Chicago, IN 46312
    (866) 711-GAME
    With 56,000 square feet of gaming space on four levels, more than 1,750 slots and video poker machines, 58 table games and a dedicated baccarat room, we offer amazing gaming variety. Plus, guests enjoy our 288-room luxury hotel, which boasts a variety of amenities, our five exceptionally appetizing restaurants and a gift shop that's a destination it its own right.
    http://www.ameristar.com/east-chicago

    BLUE CHIP CASINO, HOTEL & SPA
    777 Blue Chip Drive
    Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 879-7711
    We offer 65,000 square feet of gaming on a single luxurious and spacious level, with 44 table games, eight live poker room tables and more than 1,700 slots. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year round. Dine in our of our five restaurants on site, or enjoy live entertainment from local bands to A-list performers. Blue Chip also has a 10,000-square-foot spa, salon and fitness center and a hotel with 486 luxurious rooms and suites.
    http://www.bluechipcasino.com/

    Four Winds
    11111 Wilson Rd, New Buffalo, MI 49117
    (866) 494-6371
    Less than an hour's drive from Downtown Chicago, on the shores of Lake Michigan, Four Winds New Buffalo delivers an unparalleled experience of indulgence, exhilaration and endless winning possibilities.
    Prepare to be swept up in the excitement as you experience our action-packed games, sizzling nightlife and one-of-a-kind entertainment. Lose yourself in our luxurious hotel, enjoy headliner entertainment, indulge in our sensational restaurants including southwest Michigan's only Hard Rock Cafe, and bask in the beautiful Lake Michigan setting while experiencing the region's most attentive service.
    http://www.fourwindscasino.com/


    HORSESHOE CASINO HAMMOND
    777 Casino Center Drive
    Hammond, IN 46320
    (219) 473-7000
    Horseshoe Casino Hammond is open daily 24 hours. The casino's 108,200 square foot gaming space features 3,000 gaming machines and 189 table and poker games. The property has award-winning restaurants and entertainment at The Venue.
    https://www.caesars.com/horseshoe-hammond/

    MAJESTIC STAR CASINO AND HOTEL
    One Buffington Harbor Drive
    Gary, IN 46402
    (219) 977-7777
    Enjoy 6 floors of gaming action at Majestic Star Casino! We’re bringing the ‘Win’ to the Windy City! Located just 35 minutes from Downtown Chicago, our casino features a huge selection of gaming options 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
    You can also enjoy in a wide variety of dining options, including our award winning Steakhouse. With the latest slots and wide array of table games, Majestic Star has something for everybody! Plus enjoy all your favorite games on our new non-smoking level.
    http://www.majesticstarcasino.com/




     
           
  • - Every Thursday, UMI SUSHI will be selling their sushi sampler for $5 from 5:00-8:00 during cruise night. Crab cakes and filet sliders from Prime are also available.

    Crown Point Cruise Night
    109 W. Joliet (On the Square) Crown Point IN 46307
    219.262.7652
  • | Arts and Entertainment, Music, Bars, Restaurants, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - Are you looking for somewhere to enjoy live entertainment? Search no more! Here is a list of venues in Northwest Indiana offering live music. Please check with the individual locations for specific days and times.


    Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa
    777 Blue Chip Dr, Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 879-7711
    Blue Chip is the region’s ultimate live entertainment destination, featuring everything from local bands to A-list entertainment. It's Vegas Baby! and Rocks Lounge offer a comfortable, intimate experience with the best local entertainment the area has to offer - local bands, your favorite acts from yesteryear, hilarious comedy acts and more. Or check out the Stardust Event Center, a 15,000+ square-foot entertainment destination that attracts the biggest names music and comedy have to offer. From world-famous performers to local bands, we have it all at Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa!
    http://www.bluechipcasino.com/entertain
    Buddy and Pal's Place (Crown Point)
    1206 E. Summit St.
    Crown Point, IN 46307
    Live music, DJ and more!
    Visit website for performers and more information.
    http://buddyandpals.com/crownpoint/default.html
    Buddy and Pal's Place (Schererville)
    340 US Hwy 30
    Schererville, IN 46375
    219-865-8377
    Live music, DJ and more!
    Visit website for performers and more information.
    http://buddyandpals.com/schererville/default.html

    Bullpen Luxury Bar
    1013 W. Lincoln Hwy
    Schererville, IN 46375
    Phone: 219-322-7788
    Live acoustic every Friday night.
    http://www.gotobullpen.com/
    Bullpen Winfield
    10685 Randolph St
    Crown Point, Indiana
    (219) 661-0088
    Visit our Facebook page for live entertainment schedule.
    https://www.facebook.com/BullpenWinfield
    Finnegans Pub
    1074 Joliet St
    Dyer, Indiana
    Visit our Facebook page for entertainment schedule.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Finnegans-Pub/146345198727696?ref=br_tf
    Front Porch Music
    505 Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 464-4700
    The lower level of our store has been converted into a 72 seat coffee house where many fine artists travel to perform concerts and entertain our highly appreciative audiences. We also have an open stage each week. The open stages are on Thursdays and some weekend nights when there isn't another show both starting at 8:00 pm CST.
    http://www.frontporchmusic.com/
    Gastro 49 Pub & Eatery
    361 North Calumet Rd
    Chesterton, Indiana
    Acoustic Jam Nights Every Sunday
    https://www.facebook.com/Gastro49
    GoodFellas
    11200 West 129th Avenue
    Cedar Lake, Indiana 46303
    219-374-6700
    Goodfellas offers a wide variety of live entertainment for 21 and over. Every Wednesday is "Wednesday Night Laughs," Friday and Saturday is DJ night, Saturdays also include Live Bands and Sunday is JamNight with Bad Cadillac.
    http://www.goodfellascedarlake.com/
    Growlers on Highway
    2816 Hwy Ave, Highland, IN 46322
    (219) 924-0245
    Visit website for live entertainment schedule.
    http://growlersonhighway.com/home.php
    Johnny’s Roadhouse
    1344 W State Rt 2
    La Porte, Indiana
    (219) 380-5743
    Visit our Facebook page for live entertainment schedule.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Johnnys-Roadhouse-La-Porte/775677999206088
    Kenwood Tap
    6309 Kennedy Ave
    Hammond, Indiana 46323
    (219) 844-9766
    Visit our Facebook page for entertainment schedule.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kenwood-Tap/120125014670965
    Kountry WILD Saloon
    1050 Broadway
    Chesterton, Indiana
    (219) 250-2461
    Acoustic Duo of Foster and Follis on Tuesdays
    Visit us online to see upcoming live music.
    https://www.facebook.com/KountryWILDSaloon
    R-Bar
    9521 Indianapolis Blvd
    Highland, Indiana
    (219) 922-8008
    Visit our Facebook page for live entertainment schedule.
    https://www.facebook.com/rbar.nwi
    Silver Bullet
    100 N Main St, Crown Point, IN 46307
    (219) 663-7700
    Live entertainment on Saturday nights.
    http://silverbulletbarcp.com/
    Social 219
    2350 Cline Ave
    Schererville, IN 46375
    Every Friday & Saturday Night Resident DJ Marcos C will be playing all your favs at Social 219.
    COMING SOON...LIVE BANDS ON FRIDAY NIGHTS AT SOCIAL 219.
    Check the website for more information.
    http://socialtwoonenine.com/
    Spirros Lounge
    4760 Calumet Ave
    Hammond, Indiana 46327
    (219) 932-3255
    Contact us for live entertainment schedule.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spirros-Lounge/117600238266413
    The Mill Bar & Grill
    295 Melton Rd
    Burns Harbor, Indiana
    (219) 841-9475
    Live entertainment on Friday nights.
    https://www.facebook.com/themillbargrill
    The Track Lounge
    318 N Jackson St, Crown Point, IN 46307
    (219) 663-9838
    Live bands every Friday and Saturday night
    http://www.thetracklounge.com/5001.html
    The Quest Eatery & Spirits
    1204 U.S. 30, Schererville, IN 46375
    (219) 322-4812
    Live bands every Friday and Saturday. Accoustic on Tuesdays.
    http://thequesteatery.com/
    T.J. Maloneys Authentic Irish Pub
    800 East 81st Avenue
    Merrillville, IN 46410
    219-769-6311
    T.J. Maloney's features live entertainment every Friday and Saturday evening. Shows begin at 9:30 p.m.
    http://www.radisson.com/merrillville-hotel-in-46410/merrillv/optional2/tjmaloneys/detail
    True BBQ and Whiskey Bar
    8940 Calumet Ave, Munster, IN 46321
    (219) 836-2122
    Live entertainment on most Fridays and Saturdays. Check website for schdedule.
    http://www.truebbqandwhiskey.com/
    White Hawk Country Club Bar & River Rock Restaurant
    1001 White Hawk Dr
    Crown Point, Indiana
    (219) 661-1300
    Open to the public! Visit our Facebook page for live entertainment schedule.
    https://www.facebook.com/whitehawkcountryclub
    White Rhino Bar & Grill
    101 Joliet Street
    Dyer, Indiana 46311
    219-864-9200
    Live music on Thursday evenings. Check the website for dates and performers.
    http://www.whiterhinoonline.com/
    Zodiac Cafe & Lounge
    113 N Main St.
    Crown Point, IN 46307
    219-663-0303
    Every Wednesday - Chicago House Dj's Victor R, Marcos C & NRG @ 10pm
    Every Friday - Live Music @ 10pm
    http://www.zodiaccafelounge.com/events.php
     
           
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, 4th of July, Festivals, northwest indiana, parades, fireworks
    - JULY 1-5
    HIGHLAND 4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL

    *Festival Rides
    *Musical Entertainment
    *Children's Entertainment
    *Food Booths
    *Fireworks & More!

    Wednesday, July 1: 5pm to 10pm
    Thursday, July 2: 5pm to Midnight
    Friday, July 3: 1pm to Midnight
    Saturday, July 4: 1pm to Midnight
    Sunday, July 5: 1pm to 10pm

    FREE Admission

    Main Square Park, 3001 Ridge Road, Highland
    For all the details, please click here:
    http://www.highland.in.gov/CommunityEvents
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    JULY 2-5
    CEDAR LAKE SUMMERFEST

    Enjoy activities for all ages on the shore of Cedar Lake
    when the town complex transforms into 18 acres of fun featuring:
    *Live Entertainment
    *Fireworks
    *Midway Games
    *Amusement Rides
    *Bingo Tent
    *Beer Garden
    *Car Show ... and much more!
    *Boat Parade
    *New Zipline

    FREE ADMISSION ($5 donation for parking)

    Hours:
    Thursday, July 2: 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Friday, July 3: Noon - 11:30 PM
    Saturday, July 4: 7:00 AM- 11:30 PM
    Sunday, July 5: 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM

    Cedar Lake Town Complex
    7408 Constitution Avenue
    Cedar Lake, Indiana 46303

    For more details, please click here:

    http://www.cedarlakesummerfest.com/

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    JULY 4
    FAMILY 4TH FEST IN PORTER

    *Lion's Pancake Breakfast
    *Parade
    *Turtle Derby
    *Kids Games & Contest
    *Kiddie Rides, Rock Climbing Wall
    *Bounce Houses
    *Beer Garden, Food, Music & More

    Free Admission

    Open 7am to 11pm

    Located at Hawthorne Park in Porter, Indiana

    For more details and information, please visit:
    http://www.dunebig.com/family-4th-fest-2015
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    JULY 5
    LIGHTNING BUG MUSIC FESTIVAL

    Entertainment Line-up
    Noon: Special Consensus
    1:15pm: SHEL
    2:30pm: The Infamous Stringdusters
    4:15pm: Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Liecester
    6:00pm: Blitzen Trapper

    Advanced Ticket Sales $36.00 ($38.25 w/service fee)
    Kids 12 and under are free with adult admission.
    Click here to purchase tickets:
    lightningbugmusicfestival.com/tickets

    Located at Sunset Hill Farm County Park in Valparaiso
    lightningbugmusicfestival.com
     
           

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

  • | 9:00am - 4:00pm | Kids, day camp, springhill, kids, summer
    - SpringHill Day Camp is 5 days of fun for kids who have completed Kdg-4th grade, right in your neighborhood. Camp includes small group teaching, high-energy large group sessions, and engaging activities including: archery, bungee trampoline, camp songs, climbing wall, make tie dye t-shirts, and so much more!

    Dates: June 29-July 3
    Ages: Completed Kdg-4th grade
    Cost: $179 (sibling discounts available)
    Register online today at springhilldaycamp.com

    Note: Registration closes one week prior to camp.
    Faith Church - Highland
    8910 Grace Street Highland IN 46322
    Lori Hofstra 219.838.6231
  • | 9:00am - | Local Events, parades, 4th of July, kids, Independence Day, Fourth of July
    - Friday, July 3, 2015
    Parade begins at 9:00 a.m.

    Parade Route: The parade will begin at 15th Ave and Broadway, traveling North on Broadway to 6th Ave (where the Reviewing Stand will be located in the 600 block of Broadway), then turning right on 6th Avenue, traveling to Buffington Park, at 6th Avenue and Connecticut Street.

    The parade ends where the City of Gary's Independence Day Celebration will take place (Buffington Park), from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

    For more information, please feel free to contact the Communications Department, Citizen Services Desk at 219-881-1314.
    Buffington Park
    200 E. Seventh Ave. Gary IN 46402
    City of Gary Communications Department, Citizen Services Des 219.881.1314
  • | 9:45am - 11:00am | Sports and Recreation, Kids, Preschoolers
    -
    When:
    Fridays 9:45am – 11:00am


    Where:
    Midwest Training & Ice Center, 10600 White Oak Ave, Dyer, IN, United States

    Description
    Preschool Open Gym
    Admission $10
    FREE TO CURRENT MIDWEST STUDENTS

    *Jeans or Pants with Rivets, Buttons, or Zippers will not be allowed in the gym.

    This preschool open gym is a wonderful time to play with your children in the gym, have them show you things they have learned in class, and just enjoy being in the gym. Non-members will need to fill out a waiver form and children ages 6 and under must have an adult present during their time at open gym.

    This is a great opportunity and valuable time for your child to come and play on all the equipment in the gym. Coaches will be present to supervise all activities. This is a constructive way to start your weekend fun!
    Midwest Training and Ice Center
    10600 White Oak Avenue Dyer IN 46311
    219.558.8811
  • | Kids, Sky Zone, sports, activities, schererville, northwest indiana
    - Friday nights just got way more awesome. Grab your friends and rock the courts all night for one low price. SkySlam, Ultimate Dodgeball, the Foam Zone and Main Court are all there to get you flying, spinning and flipping out. This isn’t your typical night out, so get ready to fly high!

    When: Fridays

    Time: 9pm-11pm

    Cost: $18 (Skysocks are required for all participants and are not included in the price. New skysocks are $2 per pair.)

    -90 minutes of jump time
    -Two pizza slices & a soda
    -Music, friends & plenty of awesome
    -Ages 10-15 only!

    ***Reserve your spot by calling Sky Zone at 219-227-3777.***

    http://www.skyzone.com/Schererville
    Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
    1035 Eagle Ridge Drive Schererville IN 46375
    Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park 219.227.3777 scherervilleevents@skyzone.com
  • | Daily Specials, wine, shopping
    - Start your weekend off right! Stop in at Ambiance Your Home, Your Story and receive a glass a wine as you shop….every Friday! Open until 6pm.

    Ambiance Your Home, Your Story
    9490 Wicker Ave, St. John 46373
    http://www.AmbianceHomeStory.com
    (219) 558-0748
    Ambiance Your Home, Your Story
    9490 Wicker Avenue St. John IN
    Ambiance Your Home, Your Story 219.558.0748 jntambiance@yahoo.com
  • | Local Events, Music, live music, zao, island
    - May Schedule:

    Fri: May 1 - Soul Shine
    Sat: May 2 - Throw Back
    Fri: May 8 - Head Honchos
    Sat: May 9 - Wes Rettinger Band
    Fri: May 15 - Planetary Blues
    Sat: May 16 - Ben Franklin Blues project
    Fri: May 22 - Steve Ball and Rocco
    Sat: May 23 - Randy Newman project
    Sat: May 30 - Gerry Hunt trio
    Zao Island
    1050 Horse Prairie Av Valparaiso IN 46385
    Ryan Wright 219.808.8458 ryiw@yahoo.com
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs
    - Fourth of July Festival kicks off at Main Square with Rides, Music, Food and entertainment. Ticket information and Bands coming soon.

    Event highlights:

    Friday, July 3rd
    The All-American Mile Run sponsored by Standard Bank and Trust Co. 6:30 p.m. Race begins at 40th St. & Kennedy Ave. (In front of the School Administration Building)

    Twilight Parade 6:30p.m. Begins at St. James Catholic Church on 45th & Kennedy, north to Main Square

    Saturday, July 4th
    Kiddie Parade 12:45 parking lot on Highway Ave across from Traditions
    FIREWORKS @ Homestead Park 9p.m.
    Main Square Park
    3001 Ridge Rd Highland IN 46322
    Kelly Bridges 219.670.0764
  • | Sports and Recreation, munster pool, hammond pool, chesterton pool, valparaiso pool, crown point pool,
    - LIST OF NWI SPLASH PADS AND POOLS

    CROWN POINT

    Hub Municipal Pool
    Location: 1000 E South St
    Pool Opening May 25th (closed on July 4)
    Hours: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Daily (Summer Months)
    Cost Information (Daily Rate):
    -Ages 3 & Under: Crown Point Resident $2; Non-Resident $5
    -Ages 4-12: Crown Point Resident $4; Non-Resident $8
    -Ages 13-61: Crown Point Resident $6; Non-Resident $10
    -Ages 62 & Up: Free
    Cost Information (Season Passes):
    -Individual: Crown Point Resident $85; Non-Resident $135
    -VIP: Crown Point Resident $175; Non-Resident $250
    -Additional Guest: Crown Point Resident $25; Non-Resident $35
    ¹Includes 5 membership cards
    Contact: http://www.crownpoint.in.gov/parksweb/ OR 219-663-3309

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    EAST CHICAGO

    East Chicago Community Pool
    Locations: Washington Park - Kosciuszko Park - Goodman Park
    Pools open the beginning of June-call for specific date
    Hours:
    -Closed Monday
    -Tue-Sat - 1 pm to 7 pm
    -Sun - 1 pm to 5 pm
    Cost Information: $10 Season Pass (Residents only); $5 Daily Pass (Residents/Non-Residents)
    Contact: http://www.eastchicago.com/page10/page11/page20/index.html OR 219-391-8474

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    HAMMOND

    Wolf Lake Aquatic Play Center
    Splash Pad with sprinklers and a Dump Bucket
    Location: Hammond Port Authority - 701 Casino Center Dr
    Opens Friday, May 29th
    Hours: 90-Minute Sessions Starting at 10 am
    Sessions are at 10am, Noon, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm.
    Rates for Monday through Thursday:
    Residents of Hammond and Whiting: $1
    Other Indiana Residents: $2
    Out of State: $3
    Rates for Friday, Saturday & Sunday
    Residents of Hammond & Whiting: $2
    Other Indiana Residents: $3
    Out of State: $4
    Private Parties are available.
    Contact: http://hammondmarina.com/wolf-lake/wolf-lake-aquatic-center/ OR 219-937-7942

    HAMMOND

    Threre are 4 pool locations- Pulaski (Sheffield & 137th Street), Edison (Madison & Mulberry), King (Highland & Tapper), & Hessville (173rd & Kennedy)
    Pools open June 6
    Season Passes must be purchased; no daily rates.
    Passes may be purchased at the following locations:

    The Hammond Civic Center
    Address-5825 Sohl Avenue
    Phone Number- 219-853-6378
    Open Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

    The Jean Shepherd Community Center
    Address- 3031 Mahoney Drive
    Phone Number- 219-554-0155
    Open Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Pool Hours:
    Closed on Mondays
    Tuesday-Sunday: 11am – 7pm
    Special packages and visitor punch cards available to Hammond residents. Call 219-853-6378 for more information.

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    HIGHLAND

    Wicker Park Memorial Splash Pad
    Location: Wicker Memorial Park - 8554 Indianapolis Blvd.
    Opens Memorial Day Weekend
    Hours:
    10:30 am - 11:30 am
    11:45 am - 12:45 pm
    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    4:45 pm - 5:45 pm
    Daily during the summer months.
    Cost Information-Weekday Prices:
    -In township - $1
    -Out of township - $2
    -Out of state - $3
    Cost Information-Weekend Prices:
    -In township - $2
    -Out of township - $3
    -Out of state - $4
    Pricing is per session and ID is required. Cash Only.
    Contact: http://www.wickermemorialpark.com/index.php?page=your-park OR 219-838-3420

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    HOBART

    Hobart Community Pool
    Location: 810 W. 10th St.
    Hours:
    Weather Permitting
    Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Weekends: Noon - 5 p.m.
    Opening day is Saturday June 6th!
    Cost Information (Day Pass Rates):
    -Ages 3 and Under: Residents $2; Non-Resident $6
    -Ages 4 to Adult: Resident $4: Non-Resident $6
    -Ages 62 and Over: Resident $2; Non-Resident $6
    Cost Information (Season Pass Rates):
    -Individual: $60
    -Couple: $110
    -Family: $175
    -Senior, Over 62: $50
    -Senior Couple, Over 62: $100
    -Nonresident Family: $300
    ** Family Season Passes have a maximum of 5 people - There is a charge of $25 for each person after the 5th **
    Contact: 219-942-2395 or http://www.cityofhobart.org/index.aspx?NID=143

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    LAKE STATION

    Lake Station's Riverview Water Park
    Location: 2701 Ripley St.
    Pool Opens First week of June (call for exact date)
    Regular Hours:
    Mon-Sun 11:30 am – 5:30 pm
    Cost Information:
    10 Time Pass
    2yrs & under Free
    Age 3- Older: Resident $25.00; Non-Resident $50.00
    Daily Admission Fees
    2yrs & under Free
    Age 3- Adult: Resident $3.00; Non-resident $6.00
    Seniors 62 & up: Resident $2.00; Non-resident $4.00
    Group Rate (15+): Resident $2.00/ea.; Non-resdient $4.00/ea.
    *Must show proof of residency.
    *Any child under the age of 8yr.must be accompanied by an adult.
    Contact: http://www.lakestation-in.gov/parks.html (219) 963-1463 or (219) 962-7508

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    MERERVILLE

    Ross Pool
    Location: 5311 Tyler St
    Hours:
    Noon to 6:00 p.m., daily starting June 13th through August 19th
    Saturday & Sunday only starting August 23rd through Labor Day
    Cost:
    Adult: Resident $5.00; Non-Resident $10.00
    Child (12 & under): Resident $3.00; Non-Resident $6.00
    Contact: 219-769-2111 http://www.rosstownship.org/rosspool.htm
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    MICHIGAN CITY

    Oasis Splash Pad
    Location: Washington Park - 115 Lake Shore Drive
    Hours:
    -10 am to Noon
    -12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
    -3 pm to 5 pm
    Open May 18 through Labor Day (The Oasis will be open every day WEATHER PERMITTING -call ahead to see if we're open at 219.873.1506).
    Cost Information:
    -Michigan City Resident $2 per person per session
    -Indiana Resident $4 per person per session
    -Out of State $6 per person per session
    The Oasis will provide (3) 2-hour sessions each day.
    Contact: http://michigancityparks.com/index.php/oasis-splash-park OR 219-873-1548

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    MUNSTER

    Munster Pool
    Location: 8837 Calumet Avenue
    Regular Season Hours May 23- August 12 (see website for holiday/special hours of operation)
    Hours:
    Monday-Friday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
    Saturday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Sunday 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Cost Information (Daily Passes):
    -Ages 2 & Under: Free
    -Children & Adults: Munster Resident $7; Non-Resident $10
    -Ages 65 & Up: Munster Resident $5; Non-Resident $8
    -After 4 pm: Munster Resident $5; Non-Resident $8
    Contact: http://www.munster.org/department/division.php?structureid=132 OR 219-836-7275

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    PORTAGE

    Founders Square Splash Pad
    Location: 6300 South Founders' Square Park
    Hours: TBD
    Cost: Free
    Contact: http://www.inportageparks.com/
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    ST. JOHN

    Hebron Lake Splash Pad
    Location: 11960 Osage Dr.
    Hours: Open 10 am – 6pm Daily (June 1 through August 31)
    Cost: Free
    Contact: https://www.stjohnin.com/Documents/Parks/2015SummerFlyer.pdf

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    VALPARAISO

    Central Park Plaza Splash Pad
    Location: 68 Lafayette Street
    Hours: Open 10am to 7pm Daily (Mid-May to Mid-Oct)
    Cost Information: Free
    Contact: http://www.ci.valparaiso.in.us/facilities.aspx?RID=35&Page=detail
     
           
  • | Sports and Recreation, Beach, Swim, Summer, Family, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
    Address
    1215 N. State Road 49, Porter, IN 46304
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 926-2255
    About
    Want to find out about which beach will best meet your needs? Just stop by the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. Our front desk destination concierges are very knowledgeable and can explain beach options, provide directions to each, and help you find the perfect location for you. If you happen to drop by after hours, the brochure-stocked vestibule is open around the clock and you can find maps there. You can also walk through our ever-changing exhibit room, learn about the history and ecology of the Dunes at our in-house movie theatre and pick out educational mementos in our bookstore. Don’t miss… taking a walk around our building and learning about its eco-friendly architecture. Go to each station to learn about rain gardens and native landscaping, and get ideas of environmentally friendly things you can do at home.

    Central Beach Access
    Address
    151 Central Ave., Michigan City, IN 46360
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    About
    A unique beach you can access by paved road or wooded trail. Here, you can see a buried forest created by wind-blown sands. Nearby, you can access the Calumet Bike Trail. Nearby, you can access the northeast end of the Calumet Bike Trail. This 9.1-mile gravel trail passes flower-filled fields, marshes, and woodlands. Lifeguards are not provided at Central Avenue Beach.

    Cowles Bog
    Address
    1618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter, IN 46304
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    Alt Phone: (219) 395-8914
    Fax: (219) 395-1767
    About
    If you are the type that will WALK MILES TO GET TO A SECLUDED BEACH, this is your spot. On your way to the beach you will walk through the remnant of the once-widespread wetland system called Cowles Bog. The bog encompasses a marsh surrounding a small fen, where a stand of tamaracks and white pines grows on a floating mat of peat moss. Starting near the guardhouse in the northeastern part of the site, a boardwalk trail passes marshes and ponds that host horned grebes, black-crowned night herons, buffleheads, and a myriad of other water birds. You can hike right out to the beach and back on 4.5 miles of interconnecting loop trails. Two trailheads serve the trail system, each with a portable toilet. Parking is very limited and needless to say there are no lifeguards making the trek out to this secluded beach.

    Dunbar Beach Access
    Address
    300 W. Lakefront Dr., Beverly Shores, IN 46301
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    About
    Parking is limited at this prime spot near the Lake View Picnic Area and the historic Century of Progress homes. A beautiful beach in a residential neighborhood where there are no lifeguards.

    Indiana Dunes State Park
    Address
    1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton, IN 46304
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 926-1952
    Fax: (219) 926-9113
    About
    Indiana Dunes State Park encompasses 2,182 acres of beach, dunes, marshes, swamps, hardwood forests, and white pine groves and is surrounded by National Lakeshore lands. The park's 16.5 miles of trails allow you to explore all these habitats, which shelter diverse wildlife and provide excellent birding. Even on the busiest summer days, if you head away from the public beach house, you'll quickly lose the crowds. Scan the open water for ships, beachcomb, and take in the sweeping backdrop of the dunes. Watch birds on the open water, feeding at the water's edge, or from the small bird observatory in the park’s Nature Center. The park provides camping, picnicking, showers, snack bar, camp store, and a park naturalist. In summer, the park offers a small gift shop and swimming beach with lifeguards. Interpretive naturalist programs are held daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and on weekends the rest of the year. View the schedule at http://www.stateparks.in.gov or call (219) 926-1390 for information.

    Kemil Road Beach Access
    Address
    27 N. State Park Rd., Chesterton, IN 46304
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    Alt Phone: (219) 395-8914
    Fax: (219) 395-1767
    About
    You’ll enjoy one of the most scenic drives in Porter County getting to the Kemil Road Beach parking lots. Then you can enjoy a nice stretch of beach or walk down to Lake View Picnic area to have a picnic or use the restroom. No lifeguards.

    Lake View Picnic Area
    Address
    50 West, Beverly Shores, IN 46301
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    About
    With easy access from your car to a sitting area with a stunning view, Lake View is also a popular spot for enjoying the beach. There are no lifeguards at Lake View, but it is the only area in the national lakeshore with picnic shelters overlooking the lake.

    Mount Baldy
    Address
    U.S. 12, Michigan City, IN 46360
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    About
    MT. BALDY IS CLOSED, but all other Indiana Dunes beaches and sand dunes are open. Visitors wanting to see or hike tall sand dunes are encouraged to visit Indiana Dunes State Park and do The 3 Dune Challenge (http://www.indianadunes.com/3dc). To complete The 3 Dune Challenge, a person must hike a special 1.5 mile course at Indiana Dunes State Park, climbing Mount Jackson (elevation 176 feet), Mount Holden (184 feet), and Mount Tom (192 feet). Some parts of the trail feature 40-degree slopes, making each step that much more, well, challenging. In the sandy vertical climbs, it’s common to take two steps forward and slide one step back. The 3 Dune Challenge’s dunes are significantly higher than the 125-foot Mt. Baldy. As for Mt. Baldy, it is just one of several Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore sites, and the other sites remain open, including West Beach, Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, Porter Beach, Kemil Road Beach, Dunbar Access Point, Lake View Picnic Area and Central Avenue Beach. Explore this website or call Indiana Dunes Tourism at (800) 283-8687 for more information. Note that Mt. Baldy will remain closed until further notice while scientists investigate unexplained holes that have opened up on its surface. Mt. Baldy is the only site where such issues have been reported.

    Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk
    Address
    100 Riverwalk Dr., Portage, IN 46368
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    Alt Phone: (219) 762-1675
    Fax: (219) 841-9017
    About
    Formerly an industrial site, this 57-acre lakefront site, jointly managed by the National Park Service and the City of Portage, features an enclosed pavilion with seasonal food service, restrooms, a handicap-accessible trail, and fishing pier. A breakwater, with handrails, provides easy access for fishing, bird watching, and sightseeing. This is also a good spot for launching a kayak for the increasingly popular activity of kayaking on Lake Michigan. No lifeguards.

    Porter Beach Area
    Address
    3050 Wabash Ave., Porter, IN 46304
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    About
    A popular gathering spot for splashing in the water, playing beach sports and catching some rays. Bathrooms and small foot wash. Limited parking. No lifeguards.

    West Beach
    Address
    376 N. County Line Rd., Portage, IN 46368
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 395-1882
    About
    A bath house nestled among dunes and a wide sandy beach makes this a popular spot for enjoying Lake Michigan. From the beach, hike the Dune Succession Trail that includes a boardwalk and 250 stairs to a spectacular overlook of the lake with Chicago on the horizon. Covered picnic shelters and grills offer a great spot to relax over a meal after a day’s worth of activities. Lifeguards available from Memorial Day to Labor Day.


     
           
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs
    - July 2nd thru July 5th, 2015

    FREE Admission ($5 donation for parking)

    Cedar Lake Town Complex
    7408 Constitution Avenue
    Cedar Lake, Indiana 46303

    •Thursday 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    •Friday Noon - 11:30 PM
    •Saturday 7:00 AM- 11:30 PM
    •Sunday 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM

    Enjoy activites for all ages on the shore of Cedar Lake when the town complex transforms into 18 acres of fun featuring:

    •Live Entertainment
    •Fireworks
    •Midway Games
    •Amusement Rides
    •Bingo Tent
    •Beer Garden
    •Car Show ... and much more!
    •New Zipline

    Don't forget the food!
    •Elephant Ears
    •Funnel Cakes
    •Corn Dogs
    •Steak Dinners
    •Pancake & Sausage Breakfast
    •and over a dozen other tasty treats!
    •Merchandise & Crafts
    Cedar Lake Town Hall
    7408 Constitution Avenue Cedar Lake IN 46303
  • | Shows, Festivals, and Fairs, 4th of July, Festivals, northwest indiana, parades, fireworks
    - JULY 1-5
    HIGHLAND 4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL

    *Festival Rides
    *Musical Entertainment
    *Children's Entertainment
    *Food Booths
    *Fireworks & More!

    Wednesday, July 1: 5pm to 10pm
    Thursday, July 2: 5pm to Midnight
    Friday, July 3: 1pm to Midnight
    Saturday, July 4: 1pm to Midnight
    Sunday, July 5: 1pm to 10pm

    FREE Admission

    Main Square Park, 3001 Ridge Road, Highland
    For all the details, please click here:
    http://www.highland.in.gov/CommunityEvents
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    JULY 2-5
    CEDAR LAKE SUMMERFEST

    Enjoy activities for all ages on the shore of Cedar Lake
    when the town complex transforms into 18 acres of fun featuring:
    *Live Entertainment
    *Fireworks
    *Midway Games
    *Amusement Rides
    *Bingo Tent
    *Beer Garden
    *Car Show ... and much more!
    *Boat Parade
    *New Zipline

    FREE ADMISSION ($5 donation for parking)

    Hours:
    Thursday, July 2: 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Friday, July 3: Noon - 11:30 PM
    Saturday, July 4: 7:00 AM- 11:30 PM
    Sunday, July 5: 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM

    Cedar Lake Town Complex
    7408 Constitution Avenue
    Cedar Lake, Indiana 46303

    For more details, please click here:

    http://www.cedarlakesummerfest.com/

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    JULY 4
    FAMILY 4TH FEST IN PORTER

    *Lion's Pancake Breakfast
    *Parade
    *Turtle Derby
    *Kids Games & Contest
    *Kiddie Rides, Rock Climbing Wall
    *Bounce Houses
    *Beer Garden, Food, Music & More

    Free Admission

    Open 7am to 11pm

    Located at Hawthorne Park in Porter, Indiana

    For more details and information, please visit:
    http://www.dunebig.com/family-4th-fest-2015
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    JULY 5
    LIGHTNING BUG MUSIC FESTIVAL

    Entertainment Line-up
    Noon: Special Consensus
    1:15pm: SHEL
    2:30pm: The Infamous Stringdusters
    4:15pm: Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Liecester
    6:00pm: Blitzen Trapper

    Advanced Ticket Sales $36.00 ($38.25 w/service fee)
    Kids 12 and under are free with adult admission.
    Click here to purchase tickets:
    lightningbugmusicfestival.com/tickets

    Located at Sunset Hill Farm County Park in Valparaiso
    lightningbugmusicfestival.com
     
           
  • - 15th Annual Checkers Tournament July 3, 2015

    Join us for the 15th Annual Checkers Tournament on the Museum Porch during the Cedar Lake Summerfest. July 3, 2015 registration is held 11:00a.m. to Noon

    Two divisions (a) 12 and under and (b) 13 and over Object of the game: to capture all the opponent’s checkers or block them so they cannot move.

    Tournament Rules:
    1.There will be 3 rounds of games. Each round will have a limit of 15 minutes.
    2.Each player will roll a die to determine who moves first.
    3.If a game is not completed in 15 minutes, the player with the most checkers still left on the board will win.
    4.If a tie occurs each member will be given a die to roll. The player rolling the highest number will win.
    5.Winners will move on to the next round until a winner is determined.
    Winners and Runner Up in each Division receives a trophy.

    The Cedar Lake Summerfest is held at Cedar Lake Town Complex, 7408 Constitution Avenue, Cedar Lake.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.cedarlakesummerfest.com/
     
           

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