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Today is January 16, 2018
Crown Point, IN 46307

Nearby communities: Lakes Of Four Seasons / Winfield

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Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

  • | 10:00am - 10:45am | Library Events
    - 2 and 3 year olds accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, music and crafts. "Yellow" is the theme at the Merrillville library.
    Merrillville Public Library
    1919 W. 81st Ave. Merrillville IN 46410
    Youth Services 2197693541Ext360
  • | 10:00am - 7:00pm | Local Events, Photography, Used Books
    - The Duneland Photography Club will be exhibiting "Framed Photographs" from January 6, 2018 through February 9, or 16 at the Green Door Used Books & Studio. Many framed photographs will be for sale to the public. The Book Store & Studio is located at 220 Main Street; Hobart, Indian which is directly across the street from the Hobart Post Office.

    Green Door Used Books & Studio is relatively new to the Hobart area, they can be found on Facebook under Green Door Books, and by phone (219-945-3656). All books are only $1 which is an incredible deal.

    There will be an open house for the photography exhibit on Friday, January 12 from 7-9 pm at the bookstore.

    For more information on the Duneland Photography club: contact dunelandphotoclub@gmail.com, or you can find us on Facebook under Duneland Photography Club.
    Green Door Used Books & Studio
    220 Main Street Hobart IN 46342
  • | 10:30am - 11:00am | Local Events
    - Toddlers and their adult caregivers will enjoy a storytime with books,
    rhymes, music, and a craft.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Youth Services 219.365.5379
  • | 10:30am - 11:30am | Local Events
    - Preschool children will enjoy stories, songs, a craft and other activities. Parents will join their child the last half of the program to help them with their craft.


    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 11:30am - 12:00pm | Local Events
    - Toddlers and their adult caregivers will enjoy a storytime with books,
    rhymes, music, and a craft.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Youth Services 219.365.5379
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing.
    Deep River Water Park
    9001 East Lincoln Highway Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 6:30pm - 7:45pm | Local Events, Line dancing, exercise, social, Dancing, meetng
    - Ongoing Line dance classes
    Every Tuesday
    Immanuel Presbyterian Church
    140 US-30, Schererville, IN 46375
    Line dancing to all genres of music
    "We are not just country line dancing"
    $7 a class or $35 for 6 weeks

    Intermediate classes starting at 7:50 pm
    Kickinitwithlinda.com
    Info: Linda Scott 219-682-6548
    Immanuel Presbyterian Church
    140 W US Hwy 30 Schererville IN 46375
    Linda Scott 219.682.6548 lscott0688@hotmail.com
  • | 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 Avenue 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 click for details 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 W. Lake Front Dr., Michigan City, IN 46360
    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 except for scheduled ranger-led tours, 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 (click for details 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 Access
    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.

    Wells St. Beach
    Address
    9501 Lake Shore Dr, Gary, Indiana 46403
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 938-8275
    About
    OPEN for the 2016 season!
    Parking is per vehicle - $8 for weekdays and $10 for weekends and holidays! Open 7 days a week {weather pending} from 9am - 7:30pm.
    WSB beach front parking and concession now has a patio with table side dining serving beer, wine, and food. Located in Miller, Indian on Lake Michigan, just a short drive from Chicago, Michigan City, LaPorte, and Valparaiso. Enjoy a day on the beach with family and friends. Don't forget to indulge in the season must have, our Wells Street Burger!
    Hours subject to change due to weather, day light, and unforeseeable circumstances. Check bacteria levels here: click for details


    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.


     
           
  • - Please verify dates of times of events with event organizers. Occasionally, organizers change event dates and times or cancel events but we do not receive notification.
     
           
  • | Local Events, nwi, northwest indiana, specials, mexican, margarita, drinks, savings
    - Come out and enjoy our delicious margarita on Tuesday for only .25 cents!!!
    Visit one of our El Salto locations:
    Chesterton- 757 Indian Boundary Rd (219)395-9890
    Merrillville- 5031 W Lincoln Hwy (219)940-9955
    Munster- 805 Ridge Rd (219)836-0600
    Portage- 6295 Ameriplex Dr (219)734-6463
    Valparaiso- 3304 Calumet Ave (219)462-0100

     
           
    El Salto-Merrillville 219.940.9955
  • | Sports and Recreation, dog runs, NWI, Lake, Porter, La Porte
    - Looking for a place to take your furry friend? Here is a listing of dog parks around the region.


    LAKE COUNTY
    Crown Point Dog Park
    Jerry Ross Park, Center Ross Road, Crown Point, IN 46307
    Call for fee amounts and information: (219) 661-2271


    Dogwood Run at Lemon Lake
    6398 W 133rd Ave, Crown Point, IN 46307
    Daily Hours: 7 a.m. until one-half hour before sunset
    One time try fee: $10 per dog (keep receipt so payment can be subtracted from the annual Pooch Pass)
    Annual Pooch Pass:
    •$70 for Indiana State resident
    •$90 Out-of-State resident
    •$60 Indiana State senior (over 60) resident
    •$75 Out-of-State senior (over 60)
    •All rates include parking pass*
    •Fees are for the first dog with $10 for each additional dog
    click for details


    Dyer Dog Park at Central Park
    900 Central Park Boulevard, Dyer IN
    Dog Park Annual Fees
    Town of Dyer Resident: $60 1st dog/$20 additional dog
    Non-Resident: $108 1st dog/$36 additional dog
    click for details


    Centennial Park Dog Park
    1010 South Centennial Drive - Munster, IN
    Fees: $40 per year Residents /$ 25 each additional dog (Residents must obtain a town tag as well for $10 that can be purchased in the Clerk Treasurers office.)
    Fees: $115 per year Non-Residents / $35 for second dog / $25 for third dog (New prices Effective 1/1/2016. Highland residents can receive the Munster resident rate. You must possess a current driver's license showing residency. No exceptions.
    click for details


    Freedom Bark Park
    17105 Cline Ave, Lowell, IN 46356
    FEES:
    Lowell residents: $60.00
    Cedar Creek, West Creek and Eagle Creek Townships
    *Lowell residents who are 65+ or on disability $30.00
    Non-residents $70.00
    *Non-residents who are 65+ or on disability $35.00
    For each additional dog please add $5.00
    click for details


    Perry Ferrini Dog Park
    5061 W 91st Ave, Schererville, IN 46375
    The annual cost is $60 for one dog and an additional $15 for each additional dog for residents (no more than two dogs per resident). Non-Residents’ annual cost is $100 for one dog and an additional $25 for each additional dog (no more than two dogs per member). Memberships are non-transferable and non-refundable. Membership runs through the calendar year; that being January 1 through December 31.
    click for details


    Riverside Bark Dog Park
    Calumet Ave. & River Drive North, Hammond, IN 46324
    Free
    click for details


    Wicker Memorial Park Dog Park
    8554 Indianapolis Blvd.
    Highland, Indiana 46322
    Dog Park Rates
    Township Resident $25 1st dog $10 additional dog
    Out of Township $60 1st dog $20 addtional dog
    Out of State $100 1st dog $30 additional dog
    click for details


    Wiggly Field Dog Park
    10051 Hedwig Dr., St John, IN 46373
    Annual Participant/User Fee for St. John Residents: $25.00 – one dog; $10.00 each additional dog.
    Non-Resident Participant/User Fee: $100.00 – one dog; $25.00 each additional dog.
    click for details



    LAPORTE COUNTY
    Bluhm County Park (3 acres)
    3855 South 1100 West, Westville, Indiana
    Fees:
    Daily Fee: $3.00 Per Day Per Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $4.00 Per Day Per Dog (Out of County Resident)
    Annual Fee: $30.00 First Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $40.00 First Dog (Out of County Resident)
    $10.00 Each Additional Dog
    click for details


    Creek Ridge County Park (3.25 acres)
    7943 W. 400 North, Michigan, City
    Fees:
    Daily Fee: $3.00 Per Day Per Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $4.00 Per Day Per Dog (Out of County Resident)
    Annual Fee: $30.00 First Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $40.00 First Dog (Out of County Resident)
    $10.00 Each Additional Dog
    click for details


    Luhr County Park ( 1 acre)
    3178 S. 150 W., LaPorte, IN
    Fees:
    Daily Fee: $3.00 Per Day Per Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $4.00 Per Day Per Dog (Out of County Resident)
    Annual Fee: $30.00 First Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $40.00 First Dog (Out of County Resident)
    $10.00 Each Additional Dog
    click for details


    Small Animal Shelter (1 acre)
    2855 W State Road 2, LaPorte, Indiana
    Fees:
    Daily Fee: $3.00 Per Day Per Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $4.00 Per Day Per Dog (Out of County Resident)
    Annual Fee: $30.00 First Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $40.00 First Dog (Out of County Resident)
    $10.00 Each Additional Dog
    click for details



    PORTER COUNTY
    Royal Acres Country Club
    3554 Sturdy Rd., Valparaiso, IN 46383
    Privately owned dog park.
    Memberships are available for terms of one month to one year:
    1 Year Membership: $150
    9 Month Membership: $120
    6 Month Membership: $100
    3 Month Membership: $75
    1 Month Membership: $40
    Multiple dogs from the same household: second dog is half price, third dog is one third price
    All memberships require an additional $10 refundable deposit for every key FOB issued.
    Day visits available by appointment or on Fridays during business hours - we need to be here to let you into the park ($5).
    click for details


    Lakeland Park Dog Park
    1200 Lakeland Park Dr, Burns Harbor, IN 46304
    A dog park, a 200 ft. by 100 ft. fenced-in area, is located on the south end of Lakeland Park, 1200 Lakeland Park Dr. in Burns Harbor. Lakeland Park is available to all residents as well as any visitors. There is a $5 parking fee from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily or a season pass may be purchased for $20 for Porter County Residents. Dogs must be on a leash when outside of the dog park.
    click for details


    Woodland Dog Park
    2100 Willowcreek Rd, Portage, IN 46368
    Free
    click for details


     
           
  • | Sports and Recreation, NWI, Things to do, What to do, Winter, Activities, Fun, Famiy, Kids
    - Don't let the cold weather keep you on the couch. Northwest Indiana has over 10 ice skating facilities to choose from! There are indoor and outdoor options if the weather isn't quite cooperating.

    DEEP RIVER SKATE THE PLAZA IN CROWN POINT
    9001 E. US Hwy 30
    (219)947-7850
    Open Skating Hours of operation:
    November 24, 2017- February 25, 2018
    Thursday: 4pm - 9pm
    Fridays: 4pm - 10pm
    Saturday: Noon - 10pm
    Sunday and Holiday periods: Noon - 9pm
    Closed Monday - Wednesday, except during Holiday/School break periods and private rentals
    Visit the website for pricing and exact dates & times at click for details
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    CROWN POINT SPORTSPLEX
    1313 E North Street
    Crown Point, IN 46307
    Phone: 219.661.2271
    The City of Crown Point has rinks for ice skating and hockey at the Sportsplex. These rinks are open when the ice is frozen solid.
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    GRIFFITH CENTRAL PARK ICE RINK
    698 N Broad St
    Griffith, Indiana 46319
    219-922-3078
    The ice skating rink is available for use in Central Park ** pending temperatures allow for the ice to freeze **
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    HAMMOND AREA PARKS
    Edison Park
    Madison Ave. & Mulberry Street

    Hessville Park
    173rd St. & Kennedy Avenue

    Irving Park
    Hoffman St. & Columbia Avenue

    Pulaski Park
    139th St. & Sheffield Avenue

    Riverside Park
    Calumet Ave. & River Drive North

    Weather permitting contact the Civic Center at (219)853- 6378
    click for details
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    MIDWEST TRAINING & ICE CENTER
    10600 White Oak Ave.
    Dyer, IN 46311
    (219) 558-8811
    Midwest Training & Ice Center is Northwest Indiana's largest state-of- the-art training facility. For the general public, Midwest Training & Ice Center offers open skate sessions and drop-in hockey.
    click for details
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    THE LAKE AT WASHINGTON PARK IN MICHIGAN CITY
    115 Lakeshore Dr.
    (219) 873-1506
    Contact the Parks Department for specific dates and times.
    click for details
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    SOLDIERS MEMORIAL PARK IN LA PORTE
    250 Pine Lake Ave.
    Weather Permitting. Parks are open from sunrise until 10 p.m.
    click for details Park-6
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    WILLIAM E. URSCHEL PAVILION ICE RINK AT CENTRAL PARK PLAZA IN VALPARAISO
    68 Lafayette St
    Open Skate Times
    Sundays - 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Mondays - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Tuesdays - 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Two for Tuesdays)
    Wednesdays - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Thursdays - 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Fridays - 12:00 p.m.(Noon) - 10:00 p.m. (Rock'n Skate - 7 - 10 p.m.)
    Saturdays - 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    **PLEASE NOTE** These times are tentative and subject to change due to holidays, weather and/or private rentals. Please check the calendar page for actual daily times and specials. Open skate, skating specials, lessons, birthday parties and more! For more information and pricing please contact the Park Office at 219.462.5144 or visit click for details
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  • | Local Events, Outdoor, Family, Kids, Fun, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There is so much to do in Northwest Indiana! Some activities are seasonal and others are available year-round. Please check back to see new events added throughout the year!

    YEAR-ROUND
    Bowling and Indoor Skating
    click for details

    Breweries and Wineries
    click for details

    Casinos
    click for details

    Dog Parks
    click for details

    Family Fun Centers
    click for details

    Live Entertainment Venues
    click for details

    Museums and Tours
    click for details

    Parks and Gardens
    click for details

    Theaters
    click for details

    Walk, Bike, Skate or Run- Trails
    click for details


    SUMMER
    Car Shows
    click for details

    Concerts in the Park
    click for details

    Farmers Markets
    click for details

    Festivals
    click for details

    Fireworks
    click for details

    Garage Sales
    click for details

    Garden Walks
    click for details

    Golfing
    click for details

    Horseback Riding
    click for details

    Movies in the Park
    click for details

    Outdoor Dining in The Dunes
    click for details

    Public Beaches
    click for details

    Public Pools and Splash Pads
    click for details

    Blueberry Picking
    click for details

    Summer Sporting Events
    click for details

    Sail, Paddle, Float or Ride- Water Recreation
    click for details

    Great Fishing Spots
    click for details

    Paintball and Laser Tag
    click for details

    Runs / Races / Walks
    click for details

    Waterparks
    click for details

     
           
  • - Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and Hammond Parks & Recreation invite all area residents to join us for winter fun at Hammond’s Pulaski Park Ice Rink and Warming Center located at 137th Street and Sheffield Avenue. Admission is free. Bring your own skates and dress for the weather!

    Jan. 3 9am-9pm
    Jan. 4 9am-9pm
    Jan. 5 9am-9pm
    Jan. 6 9am-9pm
    Jan. 7 9am-9pm
    Jan. 8-11 4pm-9pm
    Jan. 12 9am-9pm
    Jan. 13 9am-9pm
    Jan. 14 9am-9pm
    Jan. 15 9am-9pm
    Jan. 16-19 4pm-9pm

    Typically the rink/warming center will be open 9am-9pm when school is not in session. Open from 4-9pm on school days.

    These are all planned openings, but closings due to weather or ice conditions may occur.

    For information, please call 219.853.6378.
    Pulaski Park Ice Rink
    137th & Sheffield Ave. Hammond IN 46320
    219.853.6378
  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - Moon enters New Moon phase at 9:17 pm, EST.
     
           

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

  • | 9:30am - 7:30pm | Schools and Education
    - The Crown Point Adult Learning Center (an affiliate of the Center of Workforce Innovations) is having open registration Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30-12:30, 1-4, and 5:30-7:30 for individuals wanting to attain their high school equivalency and to learn to speak, read, and write English. Learn about the skill training available in welding, certified nursing assistant, CDL, entry level manufacturing, emergency management technician, pharmacy technician, and hospitality. Information: 219-314-9904; 122 North Main Street (inside the Crown Point Community Library).
    Crown Point Adult Learning Center (housed in Crown Point Community Library)
    122 North Main Street Crown Point IN 46307
    Mary Sytsma 219.314.9904 crownpointalc@cwicorp.com
  • | 10:00am - 7:00pm | Local Events, Photography, Used Books
    - The Duneland Photography Club will be exhibiting "Framed Photographs" from January 6, 2018 through February 9, or 16 at the Green Door Used Books & Studio. Many framed photographs will be for sale to the public. The Book Store & Studio is located at 220 Main Street; Hobart, Indian which is directly across the street from the Hobart Post Office.

    Green Door Used Books & Studio is relatively new to the Hobart area, they can be found on Facebook under Green Door Books, and by phone (219-945-3656). All books are only $1 which is an incredible deal.

    There will be an open house for the photography exhibit on Friday, January 12 from 7-9 pm at the bookstore.

    For more information on the Duneland Photography club: contact dunelandphotoclub@gmail.com, or you can find us on Facebook under Duneland Photography Club.
    Green Door Used Books & Studio
    220 Main Street Hobart IN 46342
  • | 10:30am - 11:30am | Local Events
    - Enjoy coloring - alone or with the whole crew! We'll provide the materials
    for coloring, or you can bring your own! Cookies and beverages will be
    provided.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Youth Services 219.365.5379
  • | 10:30am - 11:30am | Local Events
    - Preschool children will enjoy stories, songs, a craft and other activities. Parents will join their child the last half of the program to help them with their craft.


    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing.
    Deep River Water Park
    9001 East Lincoln Highway Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 12:00pm - 6:00pm | Local Events, Book Sale
    - Book lovers can browse thousands of adult and youth books, CDs, and DVDs at a tri-annual book sale hosted by Humane Indiana’s Resale Shoppe Jan. 17th through 20th Located at, 8149 Kennedy Ave., Highland, Ind. 

    A fundraiser for the organization, the sale will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday; and 10a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

    For a $10 donation, shoppers can have the first chance to buy during the presale on Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. tonoon. On Jan. 20, shoppers can fill a bag with books for just $5 a bag.

    Donations of gently used adult and youthbooks, CDs, and DVDs are appreciated and can be delivered to Humane Indiana’sResale Shoppe. Donations are accepted Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.at the shop.

    Proceeds from the sale benefit the animals of Humane Indiana.
    For additional information, please contact Nikki Bowman at (219) 838-7297 or paws@humaneindiana.org. 
    Humane Indiana Resale Shoppe
    8149 Kennedy Ave Highland IN 46322
    Molly Dunne 219.513.8911 mdunne@humaneindiana.org
  • | 12:30pm - 2:00pm | Local Events
    - Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great
    company while you create! All crafters are welcome, no matter what
    craft you enjoy!
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Adult Services 219.365.5379
  • | 6:00pm - 8:00pm | Local Events, silver buckle saloon, bingo, prizes, highland, northwest indiana
    - $3000.00? Are you kidding me? Chance to win the tonight! BAR BINGO every Wednesday! And amazing specials including $9 buckets of domestic beer!
    Silver Buckle Saloon
    8355 Indianapolis Blvd. Highland IN 46322
    Silver Buckle Saloon 219.838.5909
  • | 6:00pm - 6:45pm | Library Events
    - Storytime for preschoolers and their families. Enjoy an evening storytime with books, finger plays, and music. Feel free to wear pajamas at the Merrillville library!
    Merrillville Public Library
    1919 W. 81st Ave. Merrillville IN 46410
    Youth Services 2197693541ext360 juvenile@lcplin.org
  • | 7:00pm - 8:00pm | Local Events
    - Readers are invited to join in a discussion about a selection from the
    Great Conversations series, which includes the best literature and
    writings in the Western tradition.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Adult Services 219.365.5379
  • | 7:00pm - | Local Events, R-bar, poker league, prizes, free poker, things to do
    - Poker league starts tonight, January 10, 2018. 12 week session, every Wednesday at 7pm. Top 11 advance to end of year finals. Free to play. Win cash prizes.
    R-Bar & Grill
    9521 Indianapolis Blvd. Highland IN 46322
    R-Bar & Grill 219.922.8008
  • | Sports and Recreation, nwi, northwest indiana, sledding, fun, winter, family, things to do
    - Lets Go Sledding!

    BEECHER, IL:
    Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve
    Dutton Road, north of Goodenow Road.
    Times: 8 a.m.-Sunset
    For current sledding conditions call: 708.946.2216.
    Sledding tubes are available for rent at Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Rd., Beecher, IL.
    Renters must be 18 years old and bring a valid driver's license or state ID.
    Tubes may be limited to one tube per license/ID. Tubes are rented until 4 p.m. and must be returned to the Nature Center by 4:30 p.m.
    Activity Fee: $1/tube
    click for details
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    CHESTERTON:
    Indiana Dunes State Park
    1600 N. 25 E.
    219.926.1952
    Adventure seekers can enjoy a thrilling 100-ft ride down Devil's Slide, the only location where sledding is permitted in the park. Hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing also are available on the 16 miles of trails along the lakeshore.
    click for details
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    CROWN POINT:
    Lake County Fairgrounds
    889 S Court St.
    219.663.3617
    A longtime favorite among sledders, the hill at Fancher Lake offers fun for all ages.
    click for details

    Lemon Lake County Park
    6322 W. 133rd Avenue, Crown Point, IN 46307
    Dates: Sledding hills will be open December 1 through March when adequate snow base allows.
    Cost: The gate fee is charged when a gatekeeper is on duty.
    $5 per vehicle for IN residents or $8 per vehicle for out of state residents.
    Time: 7 a.m. to sunset daily
    Rentals available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    Call the park at 219.663.7627 or the Lemon Lake Ski Rental building at
    219.663.2418 after 9 a.m. to see if the hills are open before you come out.
    click for details
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    DYER:
    Northgate Park
    Calumet Ave. at Harrison Place
    click for details
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    GRIFFITH:
    Oak Ridge Prairie County Park
    301 S. Colfax Street, Griffith, IN 46319
    Dates: Sledding hills will be open December 1 through March when adequate snow base allows.
    Cost: The gate fee is charged when a gatekeeper is on duty. $5 per vehicle for IN residents or $8 per vehicle for out of state residents.
    Time: 7 a.m. to sunset daily
    Call 219.884.7238 after 9 a.m. to see if the hills are open before you come out.
    Rentals available 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    click for details
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    HAMMOND:
    Dowling Park
    175th & Parrish Avenue
    click for details

    Forsythe Park
    119th Street and Calumet Avenue
    219.659.7678
    Time: Dawn to dusk daily
    Settled on Wolf Lake, this park boasts an ice skating rink and cross-country skiing opportunities. No rentals are available.
    click for details

    Lost Marsh Golf Course
    1001 129th St.
    219.932.4653
    This award-winning golf course transforms into a winter wonderland, allowing cross-country skiing and sledding down the course’s rolling hills as weather permits. Families must bring their own equipment and check in at the club house.
    click for details
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    HIGHLAND:
    Meadows Park
    9400 Southmoor Ave
    219.838.0114
    click for details
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    LAPORTE:
    Red Mill County Park
    0185 South Holmesville Road
    219.325.8315
    click for details

    Kesling Park
    18th Street
    219.326.9600
    click for details
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    LEROY:
    Stoney Run County Park
    142nd and Union St.
    219.996.6500
    Time: 7 a.m. to sunset daily
    Rentals available 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
    Intermediate and advanced skiers will appreciate this trail winding through a wooded area and featuring seven miles of easy to moderate challenges. *
    click for details
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    LOWELL:
    Liberty Park
    W Main St & N Liberty St.
    click for details
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    MERRILLVILLE:
    Hidden Lake Park
    6355 Broadway
    219.980.8790
    click for details
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    MUNSTER:
    Centennial Park
    901 N. Centennial Dr.
    219.836.6930
    click for details
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    PORTAGE:
    Countryside Park
    5250 U.S. 6
    219.762.1675
    click for details

    Woodland Park
    2100 Willowcreek Road
    219.762.1675
    click for details
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    PORTER:
    Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
    1100 N. Mineral Springs Road
    219.926.7561
    Time: Sunrise to sunset daily
    Hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular winter pastimes along the lakeshore trails. Glenwood Dunes Trail is the best option for cross-country skiing with 6.4 miles of interconnecting loops traveling through gently rolling wooded dunes. Advanced skiers can enjoy the three-mile Tolleston Dunes Trail, which features some difficult hills that can be tricky to navigate. Rentals are not available.
    click for details
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    ST. JOHN:
    Heron Lake Park
    11960 Osage Dr.
    click for details
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    VALPARAISO:
    Forest Park Golf Course near Discovery Cottage
    1158 Harrison Blvd.
    219.462.5144
    Once the golf course closes for the season, families can bring their skis and sleds for some wintry fun.
    click for details

    Rogers-Lakewood Park
    3210 North Campbell Street
    219.462.5144
    This popular sledding hill attracts families each year to this 122-acre park. Families must bring their own sleds.
    click for details

    Sunset Hill Farm
    775 Meridian Road
    219.465.3586
    Time: Dawn to dusk
    Families can bring their own cross-country skiing equipment and enjoy the scenery at this 238-acre park.
    click for details

    *Lake County Parks Department sledding hills and cross-country skiing trails are open through March, weather permitting. Rentals at Oak Ridge Prairie and Stoney Run close the last day of February, and weekday rentals are closed at Stoney Run when schools are in session. Families should call after 9 a.m. to see if the hills are open for sledding or if there is enough snow for cross-country skiing. Cross-country skiing boots, skis and poles are available for rental, but families must bring their own tube or plastic sleds for sledding.
     
           
  • | Local Events, northwest indiana, events, happenings, free, what to do, newsletter, nwi
    - We email:
    Festivals
    Parades
    Fireworks
    Family Events
    Farmers Markets
    Movies in the Park
    Musicals
    Concerts
    Beer & Wine Tastings
    Garage Sales
    List of Pools & Splashpads
    And so much more!

    Click on this link, then fill in your email address and zip code*
    click for details

    *You just need to choose one of the following zip codes (choose the one that is closest to where you live). We list events from the surrounding towns for each zip code!

    LAKE COUNTY
    46403 Cedar Lake
    46307 Crown Point
    46311 Dyer
    46312 East Chicago
    46402 Gary
    46403 Gary
    46304 Gary
    46406 Gary
    46407 Gary
    46408 Gary
    46409 Gary
    46319 Griffith
    46320 Hammond
    46323 Hammond
    46324 Hammond
    46327 Hammond
    46322 Highland
    46342 Hobart
    46405 Lake Station
    46356 Lowell
    46410 Merrillville
    46321 Munster
    46375 Schererville
    46373 St. John
    46394 Whiting


    PORTER COUNTY
    46304 Chesterton
    46341 Hebron
    46368 Portage
    46383 Valparaiso
    46385 Valparaiso

    LAPORTE COUNTY
    46350 LaPorte
    46360 Michigan City

    ENJOY!
     
           
    Stacy Travis 219.384.3555 stacy.travis@nwi-townplanner.com
  • | Arts and Entertainment, Theater, Comedy, Musical, Play, Plays, Shows, NWI, Northwest Indiana Theater
    - You don't have to travel into the city for the theater. Check out these various theaters and their productions in Northwest Indiana.



    Acting Theatre of Michigan City
    215 West 10th Street in Michigan City
    (219) 872-4221
    The Acting Theatre of Michigan city is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to producing first-time theatre of all disciplines created especially for Michigan City area audiences and in cooperation with other arts organizations.
    click for details


    Beatniks on Conkey
    418 Conkey Street, Hammond, Indiana 46324
    219-852-0848
    Open Most Weekends! Plays, Variety Shows, Music, Comedy
    Coffee, cookies, cake
    Reservations strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome!
    click for details


    Chicago Street Theatre
    154 W. Chicago Street
    Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 464-1636
    Our award-winning theatre company began a new chapter of its history in 1997 when we purchased the Chicago Street Theatre, located at 154 West Chicago Street in Valparaiso, Indiana. The theatre underwent an extensive renovation completed February 1, 2008. The intimate 130-seat theatre now features brand new stadium seating that makes it an incredible space to enjoy live theatre.
    click for details

    Dune Arts Foundation
    288 Shady Oak Drive in Michigan City
    (219) 879-7509
    The Dunes Arts Foundation sponsors the Dunes Summer Theatre and the Children’s / Youth Theatre. The Foundation has as its goal providing people who live in the surrounding communities with the enjoyment of theatrical entertainment and the opportunity to develop their capacity for artistic expression. “The Dunes” has been providing quality educational and theatrical programs for over 60 years!
    The Dunes Summer Theatre is located at the border between the states of Indiana and Michigan, on a scenic 20+ acre wooded site in the Lake Michigan dunes, about a half mile from the lake shore itself. The theater seats over 200 patrons.
    click for details

    Canterbury Theatre
    807 Franklin Street in Michigan City
    (219) 874-4269
    Canterbury Theatre offers an intimate setting with reminiscences of the past and conveniences of the present. With its bright green roll-up awning, leaded glass on the facade, tin ceilings, and turn-of-the-century-style lighting fixtures and fans, the building reflects its past. But with modern restrooms, handicap accessibility, central air conditioning--all part of recent renovations--the theatre is modern and comfortable.
    Canterbury Winter Arts Series focuses on community and area programming, presenting our audiences with a variety of performing arts experiences, including drama, music and comedy.
    Canterbury Summer Theatre, one of the Midwest's oldest professional summer companies, presents an exciting slate of comedies, musicals and thrillers, produced by our talented Resident Company, hailing from throughout the country. Come see tomorrow's stars, today!
    click for details


    Foot Light Players
    1705 Franklin St
    Michigan City, Indiana
    (219) 874-4035
    Community Theatre - primarily fall, winter and spring productions
    click for details


    Gary Shakespeare Company
    Performances will take place at Theatre Northwest
    3660 Grant Street
    Gary, IN 46408
    and Marquette Park at 7200 Oak Avenue, Gary
    (219)-938-4565
    Gary Shakespeare Company was founded in 2013 by a group of Shakespeare enthusiasts. Since then GSC has worked tirelessly to bring the Bard to Steel City.
    click for details


    Highland Parks Performing Arts Group Summer Theatre
    Performances are held at:
    Main Square Gazebo
    Fifth St. and Ridge Road
    Highland, IN 46322
    219.838.0114
    The Highland Parks Performing Arts Group puts on a summer production on the lawn at Main Square.
    click for details


    LaPorte Little Theatre Club
    218 A. St. LaPorte
    (219) 362.5113
    La Porte Little Theatre Club is family fun and friendly. We encourage everyone to take part in community theatre, whether you are on stage or part of the crew, you just can't beat live theatre for fun and excitement!
    click for details


    L’arc en Ciel Theatre Group
    Performances held at:
    Great Oaks After 4 Club
    13109 Wicker Avenue
    Cedar Lake, IN
    219.374.8000
    The Region’s only full-time dinner theatre.
    click for details


    Marian Theatre Guild
    119th St. and Lincoln Ave.
    Whiting, IN
    219.473.7555
    The Marian Theatre Guild is Whiting's longest running community theatre, presenting a fall musical and spring drama/comedy annually. The Guild is associated with St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and performs in their Marian Memorial Auditorium located at 119th Street and Lincoln Avenue.
    Please watch our calendar of events on Whiting's town page for upcoming shows.
    click for details


    Memorial Opera House
    104 Indiana Avenue in Valparaiso
    (219) 548-9137
    Built in 1893 as a memorial to Civil War veterans, this historic landmark theatre continues a long tradition of opening its doors to local and national talent. With each season specifically selected to delight and entertain our patrons, we know even the most discerning theater enthusiast will be captivated.
    click for details


    Ross Music Theatre
    In association with M & M Productions
    227 Center St
    Hobart, Indiana
    (219) 947-4922
    Ross Music Theatre is a Community Theatre Group whose goal is to involve everyone who wants to in the magic known as Theatre. Ross Music Theatre in association with M & M Productions puts on a two musical show season every year with an occasional third musical. Our summer show, known as RSMT is usually the last weekend of July and the first weekend of August and our winter show normally takes place in December. In addition, we now offer theatre classes and youth workshops.
    click for details


    Theater at the Center
    1040 Ridge Road in Munster
    (219) 836-1930
    Theatre at the Center (TATC) is the resident theatre at the Center for the Performing Arts. Its 5 Mainstage productions attract an audience of over 50,000 annually. TATC operates on an Actors Equity contract and regularly employs the finest performers in the greater Chicago area for its year-round seasons of classic American musicals, new plays and comedies. Other programming includes 4 Theatre for Young Audiences productions annually, theatre classes for young people and special events, including music, comedy and limited run theatrical works.
    click for details


    Theatre Northwest on Grant
    3660 Grant Street
    Gary, IN
    (888-968-7486)
    Theatre Northwest on Grant is an intimate, flexible performance venue which is home to the Fall and Summer IUN productions as well as numerous special events each year. Newly renovated in 2011, this space was once a Hollywood Video! Now completely refurbished, it seats up to 77 audience members as close as 5 feet from the action onstage.
    Located two blocks west and half a block south of the IUN Campus near AutoZone and IUN Arts on Grant in the Old Village Shopping Center.
    click for details


    The Star Plaza Theatre
    8001 Delaware Place
    Merrillville, IN 46410
    (219) 769-6311
    Star Plaza Theatre is an intimate 3400-seat theatre, conveniently located just outside Chicago where I-65 and US30 meet. The auditorium has two seating levels in a semi-circle around the stage. The Main Floor Level seats 2,000 people and the Mezzanine Level, which overhangs the main level about midway, seats 1,400. The furthest seat in the auditorium is only 120 feet from the stage thrust.
    click for details


    The Towle Theater
    5205 Hohman Avenue
    Hammond, Indiana
    219-937-8780
    The Towle Theater, serving NW Indiana:
    •Challenges its talent and audiences
    •Demands unwavering quality
    •Nurtures both young and seasoned;
    While consistently providing unparalleled experiences through performance and education. We do not admit anyone under the age of 6 years old. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.
    click for details


    Valparaiso University Theatre
    Valparaiso University Center for the Arts,
    U.S. Highway 30 and Sturdy Road in Valparaiso
    (219) 464-5162
    Valparaiso University Theatre is a 280-seat facility for plays, musicals and small operas. Under the stage apron is a 25-seat orchestra pit; equipped with a full-trapped mainstage and double-decked side stages for environmental staging. It is the venue for the Theatre Department's major productions. The theater features four main stage productions and musical productions sponsored by the Department of Theater and Television.
    click for details


    4th Street Theater
    125 N. Fourth Street
    Chesterton, IN 46304
    (219)926-7875
    Originally founded in 1990 as the North Coast Cultural Association and was located in the former St. Patrick's Catholic Church until a fire burned the church down in 1998. Our second location, now the Fourth Street Theater, opened its doors in the fall of 1999. Our first performance was a revival of Footlight Players production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, abridged” in 2000. We then produced our first show in the spring of 2001: "The Good War." In the summer of 2002, we joined the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation, or NIETF, from whom we have since received over 120 nominations and 40 awards for excellence in all aspects of theatrical production.
    click for details

    Genesius Guild
    First United Methodist Church
    6635 Hohman AvenueHammond IN 46324
    877-724-7715
    The Genesius Guild is a community theatre troupe based in Hammond, Indiana. The Guild currently utilizes the facilities in the First United Methodist Church of Hammond. The Guild was founded in 1984 as an outgrowth of the summer Vacation Bible School at First United Methodist Church. Our name is taken from Saint Genesius, the Patron Saint of Actors.
    click for details

    Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts
    6915 Grand Avenue
    Hammond, IN 46323
    219-989-7316 x 1889
    The Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts (HAPA) is an institution of rigorous
    programs committed to artistic and academic excellence.
    click for details

    Hammond Community Theatre
    P.O. Box 394
    Hammond, IN 46325
    To foster, promote, and increase the public knowledge and appreciation of the arts and cultural activities in the City of Hammond, Lake County, Northwest Indiana and surrounding community's for the enjoyment of the organization's membership and audiences.
    click for details

    Highland Theatre Company of HHS
    9135 Erie Street
    Highland, IN 46322
    • To bring together students who share a love and passion for the performing arts
    • To educate students in the performing arts through active participation
    in productions and workshops
    • To foster a love and appreciation of the performing arts in both Highland High School and the wider Highland community
    click for details

    Improductions, LLC
    773-828-9117
    A company founded to help push do-it-yourself productions in the Chicagoland area. This company is together as a place where people who produce their own theatre productions find skills and resources to help make their dreams a reality. Whether it’s team management, audio/video production, theatrical instruction, or graphic art production, we have the ability to help anyone seeking expertise and experience in putting the best production possible forward.
    click for details

    Munster Theatre Company
    8808 Columbia Avenue
    Munster, IN 46321
    219-838-3200
    It is the home to the Munster Theatre Company, which produces 4-5 scripted and improvisational theatre productions per year, and the Wilbur Wright Theatre Company. The auditorium also is the home of Lakeshore Community Concerts, which hosts six nationally-touring musical acts each year. The auditorium is available for client rental.
    click for details

    Seedlings Theatre
    219- 281-2829
    We are planting the arts across Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland. We are inclusive in every sense, welcoming seasoned, first-time, and non-traditional actors, directors, designers, technicians, volunteers, and audience members to engage with the performing arts in new ways. Our productions inspire growth, engage discussion, and enrich the community.
    click for details

    Valparaiso Theatrical Company
    219-309-6794
    The mission of Valparaiso Theatrical Company is to offer professional style theater at an affordable price while giving to charitable causes.
    click for details






     
           
  • | Sports and Recreation, DK Barbell & Performance Training, Personal Training, Exercise, lose weight
    - Dave Knoerzer is the owner of DK Barbell & Performance Training. He has over 10 years of experience and holds the highly respected CSCS credential. Dave has an eye for details and a knack for cueing clients to help them get the most out of every exercise while minimizing stress on the joints.

    He has worked with clients with a number of challenges such as knee replacements, shoulder surgeries, hip replacements, spinal injuries, and diabetes. His clients have lost weight, gotten stronger, gotten off prescription medications, and accomplished things they never dreamed they could do. Whether you're looking for a personal trainer to rehab an injury or take your fitness to the next level, Dave is your guy.

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    DK Barbell & Performance Training
    8450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Dave Knoerzer 219.746.3108 dkbarbell@gmail.com
  • | Local Events, family, fun, outdoor, winter, snow, sledding
    - Pokagon State Park's refrigerated Toboggan Run near Angola, Indiana, has about 90,000 riders every season. With the 30-foot tower and dips and valleys, the total vertical drop is 90 feet over the course of a quarter mile. The top recorded speed is 42 mph. It's a 20 to 30 second thrill ride.

    Schedule

    It opens for the season, with or without snow at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 24. It operates through Feb. 25, 2018.

    Hours

    Friday: 5:30-9 p.m.
    Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
    Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Fees & General Information

    Toboggan sled rental per hour: $13 (including tax). Toboggan Run gift certificates.
    Toboggan renters are guaranteed one ride per hour during peak times.
    Friday Special: Rent three toboggans in the same hour, the third one is free (except during winter break).
    Park entrance fees: $7 in-state vehicles, $9 out-of-state vehicles, $2 a person on a bus.
    During winter, fees are collected Friday nights and on weekends when the run is open.
    Park closes at 11 p.m. Opens at 7 a.m.
    Driver’s license is required as deposit, rents up to four toboggans.
    Must use park’s sleds. Rented on first-come, first-served basis.
    Maximum of four people per toboggan (no exceptions).
    Cash, check and Visa/MasterCard accepted.
    No all-day rentals.
    No group reservations or group rates.
    There are no specific age or height restrictions, but children must be able to understand and abide by rules.
    No cameras or video equipment allowed on ride.
    Toboggan will close if temperature drops to 0 degrees F or below.
    Warming Center concession available (carry-in food prohibited).
    Nature Center is open noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; closed Monday and Tuesday; and open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
    The park office, (260) 833-2012, is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
    Pokagon State Park
    450 Lane 100 Lake James Angola IN 46703
    260.833.2012
  • | Local Events, Outdoor, Family, Kids, Fun, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There is so much to do in Northwest Indiana! Some activities are seasonal and others are available year-round. Please check back to see new events added throughout the year!

    YEAR-ROUND
    Bowling and Indoor Skating
    click for details

    Breweries and Wineries
    click for details

    Casinos
    click for details

    Dog Parks
    click for details

    Family Fun Centers
    click for details

    Live Entertainment Venues
    click for details

    Museums and Tours
    click for details

    Parks and Gardens
    click for details

    Theaters
    click for details

    Walk, Bike, Skate or Run- Trails
    click for details


    SUMMER
    Car Shows
    click for details

    Concerts in the Park
    click for details

    Farmers Markets
    click for details

    Festivals
    click for details

    Fireworks
    click for details

    Garage Sales
    click for details

    Garden Walks
    click for details

    Golfing
    click for details

    Horseback Riding
    click for details

    Movies in the Park
    click for details

    Outdoor Dining in The Dunes
    click for details

    Public Beaches
    click for details

    Public Pools and Splash Pads
    click for details

    Blueberry Picking
    click for details

    Summer Sporting Events
    click for details

    Sail, Paddle, Float or Ride- Water Recreation
    click for details

    Great Fishing Spots
    click for details

    Paintball and Laser Tag
    click for details

    Runs / Races / Walks
    click for details

    Waterparks
    click for details

     
           
  • | Charity, Fundraiser
    - Culver's is doing an entire month of giving to Humane Indiana. There will be donation collection jars at each of our registers for the entire month, and then we will be donating 10% of sales to anyone who mentions Humane Indiana on the following dates:

    January 3 - in Crown Point
    January 10 - Merrillville
    January 17 - Highland
    January 24 - Schererville.

    We will also give free pup cups of our custard to our feline friends who come to Culver's drive thru!
     
           
  • - Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and Hammond Parks & Recreation invite all area residents to join us for winter fun at Hammond’s Pulaski Park Ice Rink and Warming Center located at 137th Street and Sheffield Avenue. Admission is free. Bring your own skates and dress for the weather!

    Jan. 3 9am-9pm
    Jan. 4 9am-9pm
    Jan. 5 9am-9pm
    Jan. 6 9am-9pm
    Jan. 7 9am-9pm
    Jan. 8-11 4pm-9pm
    Jan. 12 9am-9pm
    Jan. 13 9am-9pm
    Jan. 14 9am-9pm
    Jan. 15 9am-9pm
    Jan. 16-19 4pm-9pm

    Typically the rink/warming center will be open 9am-9pm when school is not in session. Open from 4-9pm on school days.

    These are all planned openings, but closings due to weather or ice conditions may occur.

    For information, please call 219.853.6378.
    Pulaski Park Ice Rink
    137th & Sheffield Ave. Hammond IN 46320
    219.853.6378
  • - Registration in now open for the Crown Point Community Foundation’s 9th annual Volunteer Fair. The Volunteer Fair is the perfect opportunity to match charitable organizations with those who are interested in volunteering. It gathers nonprofits throughout the area in one central location, letting potential volunteers meet and talk to dozens of charities in one convenient location.

    This one day event will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Crown Point High School from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

    This is the Crown Point Community Foundation’s ninth year sponsoring the event, which also includes an on-site blood drive. Nonprofit organizations can reserve a table top booth for only $25, which will help offset the price of advertising in the Volunteer Fair program that will be distributed in The Times newspaper on Thursday, March 1, 2018 and at the event. This special section will include information about your organization, its mission and volunteer opportunities.

    Register online at: click for details. Registration is open now until January 24, 2018.

    “Our Volunteer Fair is one of our largest and most anticipated events of the year,” said Mary Nielsen, President of the Crown Point Community Foundation. “It’s a great opportunity for area nonprofit organizations to meet potential volunteers face-to-face, share their mission as well as to build connections with other charities in our community.”

    Last year, over ninety nonprofits participated in this event. Register today at: click for details.

    About the Crown Point Community Foundation: The Crown Point Community Foundation connects people who care to causes that matter. Since 1990, we have served the citizens of Crown Point and South Lake County through a range of charitable and civic activities, while helping individual donors achieve their philanthropic goals. As a public charitable organization, the CPCF is dedicated to building permanently endowed funds. The Crown Point Community Foundation will help to positively shape the future of the community and act as a facilitator of community good.

     
           

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

  • | 8:00am - 9:00am | Business, Chamber, Networking, Networking, Free, Coffee
    - A refreshing start to your Thursday! Enjoy complimentary coffee, networking with the community, and an overall positive way to kick off your Thursday at greenCOW Coworking. Some mornings we watch a TED Talk and share our thoughts on the issues, other days we help come up with solutions to each others' problems. The core of coworking is community, so what are you waiting for?
    GreenCOW Coworking
    5209 Hohman Avenue Hammond IN 46320
    Lee Watson 219.501.0501
  • | 8:30am - 5:00pm | Local Events, pregnant, pregnancy, mom, baby, nurse, assistance, mother, infant, toddler
    - Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) of Lake County is offering first time pregnant mothers a free personal nurse who is specially trained to help new moms face the challenges of pregnancy and parenthood. Your nurse will visit you in your home until your baby is two years old! Call 219-444-2000 for more information!

    Your nurse will help you:
    - Have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby
    - Build a strong support system
    - Make the home a safe place for baby
    - Find resources to help with childcare, school, jobs, housing, etc.
    - Set and reach goals

    An NFP Nurse is someone to talk to about:
    - Your questions, concerns, hopes, fears
    - What to expect during pregnancy, labor, parenting
    - What you can do to care for yourself and baby

    Who qualifies?
    - Less than 28 weeks pregnant
    - No previous live births
    - Eligible for programs such as Medicaid, HIP, WIC, SNAP, TANF
    - Resident of Lake County Indiana

    Apply online at click for details
    Or call us at 219-444-2000.
     
           
    Nurse-Family Partnership 219.444.2000 nfplake@goodwillindy.org
  • | 9:00am - 12:00pm | Special Interest, birds, walk
    - September 7, 21
    October 5,19
    November 2,16
    December 7,21
    January 4,18
    February 1,15
    Join a Lake County Parks naturalist for a field trip to different birding spots in Northwest Indiana. Field trips will begin at Gibson Woods at 9 am and participants can carpool to various locations where migrants and wintering birds have been seen. Locations will be decided the week prior to each trip. Trips happen the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.
    Call 219-833-3188 to let us know you’re coming & to get that weeks location!
    Gibson Woods Nature Preserve
    6201 Parrish Ave. Hammond IN 46323
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 9:00am - | Local Events, Birds, nwi things to do, bird watching, nature
    - Join a Lake County Parks naturalist for a field trip to different birding spots in Northwest Indiana. Field trips will begin at Gibson Woods at 9 am and participants can carpool to various locations where migrants and wintering birds have been seen. Locations will be decided the week prior to each trip. Trips happen the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. Call 219-844-3188 to let us know that you’re coming and to get that week’s location!
    Gibson Woods Nature Preserve
    6201 Parrish Avenue Hammond IN 46323
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 10:00am - 7:00pm | Local Events, Photography, Used Books
    - The Duneland Photography Club will be exhibiting "Framed Photographs" from January 6, 2018 through February 9, or 16 at the Green Door Used Books & Studio. Many framed photographs will be for sale to the public. The Book Store & Studio is located at 220 Main Street; Hobart, Indian which is directly across the street from the Hobart Post Office.

    Green Door Used Books & Studio is relatively new to the Hobart area, they can be found on Facebook under Green Door Books, and by phone (219-945-3656). All books are only $1 which is an incredible deal.

    There will be an open house for the photography exhibit on Friday, January 12 from 7-9 pm at the bookstore.

    For more information on the Duneland Photography club: contact dunelandphotoclub@gmail.com, or you can find us on Facebook under Duneland Photography Club.
    Green Door Used Books & Studio
    220 Main Street Hobart IN 46342
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing.
    Deep River Water Park
    9001 East Lincoln Highway Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 12:00pm - 6:00pm | Local Events, Book Sale
    - Book lovers can browse thousands of adult and youth books, CDs, and DVDs at a tri-annual book sale hosted by Humane Indiana’s Resale Shoppe Jan. 17th through 20th Located at, 8149 Kennedy Ave., Highland, Ind. 

    A fundraiser for the organization, the sale will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday; and 10a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

    For a $10 donation, shoppers can have the first chance to buy during the presale on Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. tonoon. On Jan. 20, shoppers can fill a bag with books for just $5 a bag.

    Donations of gently used adult and youthbooks, CDs, and DVDs are appreciated and can be delivered to Humane Indiana’sResale Shoppe. Donations are accepted Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.at the shop.

    Proceeds from the sale benefit the animals of Humane Indiana.
    For additional information, please contact Nikki Bowman at (219) 838-7297 or paws@humaneindiana.org. 
    Humane Indiana Resale Shoppe
    8149 Kennedy Ave Highland IN 46322
    Molly Dunne 219.513.8911 mdunne@humaneindiana.org
  • | 2:00pm - 3:00pm | Local Events
    - Stonehenge is the grandest and most enigmatic of Europe’s prehistoric monuments, and it has inspired countless theories to explain who built it and why....

    ...Was it an ancient cathedral or burial place or even a Stone Age observatory or computer? Over the last decade, fresh answers have come from an ambitious program of research, including the first scientific study of human remains—thousands of fragments of cremated men, women, and children—buried at the site 5,000 years ago. In this Stone Age detective story, archaeologists analyze the bones and piece together tantalizing details of the elite families who presided over Stonehenge. Remnants of huge feasts that fed the laborers at the site have come to light, including evidence that they traveled from the far corners of the British Isles to raise the stones and celebrate the winter solstice. Yet Stonehenge’s place as a centerpiece of ancient culture was not to last. Join NOVA as we reveal intimate details of the Stonehenge people and why their power began to fade soon after they raised the mighty stones.

    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 3:30pm - 4:30pm | Local Events
    - Teens will have a list of items to search for in the library. The person who finds all the items first will win a prize.

    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 5:00pm - 7:00pm | Arts and Entertainment, Board Games, Games, Card Games, Networking
    - Come play games with friends while you’re waiting for Paul Henry’s Art Gallery to open for the weekly jam night! With so much positive feedback about our game nights over last summer, we have decided to bring them back, so loosen your tie and play games with us! We’ll provide some classic games and invite you to bring your favorite board or card game to share.

    This is a monthly event, occurring the Third Thursday of each month after regular business hours and ending at the start of Paul Henry’s Art Gallery’s weekly Jam and Potluck (Just outside our back door). Don’t miss this opportunity for laid back networking and fun!
    GreenCOW Coworking
    5209 Hohman Avenue Hammond IN 46320
    Lee Watson 219.501.0501
  • | 5:30pm - 8:00pm | Community and Civic Groups, Clubs, Wine, Canvas, Painting, Winfield, Community
    - Wine and Canvas
    Presented by Winfield Community Foundation
    with artist Darlene Vassil
    at the LOFS Clubhouse
    Wine and food will be available for purchase

    LOFS Clubhouse
    1048 N Lakeshore Dr Crown Point IN 46307
    Aisha Miller 219.281.2201 winfieldcfinfo@gmail.com
  • | 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Local Events
    - Every month, come to the library and make a different craft that can
    brighten up your surroundings...let your creativity bloom! All materials
    provided. Please register.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Teen Services 219.365.5379
  • | 6:00pm - | Special Interest, social security benefits, workshop, workshops, free workshops,
    - As you age and start to think about your financial future, understanding your Social Security benefits, including retirement benefits and disability benefits, is extremely important. The more that you understand about your benefits, the greater will be your ability to maximize your benefit amount and ensure that you are prepared for the future. At Harvest Social Security QA, we care about providing those in our community with the information and resources they need to make smart Social Security decisions. When you attend one of our free Harvest Social Security QA Social Security workshops, you will learn:

    *How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Claiming Your Social Security Benefits

    *How Survivors’ Benefits Work

    *The Different Ways to Claim SS Benefits and Strategies for Maximizing Your Benefit Amount

    *Types of Social Security Benefits and How to Claim Each

    *How to Claim Social Security Benefits on an Ex-Spouse’s Record

    *How to Determine Which Benefits You Are Eligible For

    *How to Potentially Increase Your Benefits Over the Course of Your Life


    Don’t wait any longer to sign up for one of the workshops offered by Harvest Social Security QA. Our workshops are offered free of charge, and you have no obligation to work with any of the financial professionals that present at our workshops. Learn more about our upcoming workshops and reserve your spot today by visiting our website at click for details
    Indiana Wesleyan University – Merrillville
    8415 Georgia Street Merrillville IN 46410
  • | 8:30pm - 10:30pm | Sports and Recreation, Ultimate Frisbee, Crown Point Sparta Dome, Indoor
    - NWI Ultimate is running our first ever Indoor Mixed (all genders) Winter League. This league will include 8 teams playing 5 v 5 Ultimate Frisbee on beautiful indoor fields located at the Crown Point Sparta Dome. The league will run for 8 weeks starting January 18th. Play will take place on Thursday nights from 8:30 - 10:30 p.m. All levels of play are welcome! Ages 16 and up can participate. Cost: $70/individual

    Our goal as a non for profit organization is to help connect ultimate players throughout Northwest Indiana. We are starting off with our inaugural Winter League. In the near future, we will be running a summer league outdoors. As our community grows, we plan on running tournaments and clinics.

    You can find more information at Indiana.ultimatecentral.com


    Send questions to NWIUltimate@gmail.com
    Crown Point Sparta Dome
    1355 E North St Crown Point, IN IN 46373
    Eric Hallow 219.613.7892 erhallow@gmail.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.
    click for details

    BUCKLEY HOMESTEAD COUNTY PARK (self-guided and guided group tours)
    Farm & Barnyard open daily 7am - dusk
    Buildings open seasonally
    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.
    click for details


    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.
    click for details


    COMMUNITY VETERANS MEMORIAL (guided and self-guided tours)
    Open daily from dawn - dusk
    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.
    click for details


    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.
    click for details

    GRIFFITH HISTORICAL PARK AND RAILROAD MUSEUM (guided and self-guided tours)
    201 S Broad St, Griffith, IN 46319
    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.
    click for details

    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.
    click for details


    JOHN DILLINGER MUSEUM (self-guided tours)
    Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Last admission at 4:00 p.m.
    1 Courthouse Sq #205, Crown Point, IN 46307
    The John Dillinger Museum takes visitors on an interactive, historical adventure through the life and times of John Dillinger and other gangsters of the 1930s depression era. Through the stories of the infamous gangsters, visitors will also learn of the rise of the FBI and advancements made in crime fighting technology.
    click for details


    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.
    Self guided, guided and behind the scenes tours are all available.
    click for details


    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.
    click for details


    LAKE OF THE RED CEDARS MUSEUM (self-guided and special tours are available by appointment only...not necessarily open without appt.)
    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.
    click for details


    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. Admission: Adults/$5 and Children 14 and under/$2.
    click for details


    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.
    click for details

    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.
    click for details


    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.
    click for details

    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.
    click for details


    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.
    click for details

    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.
    click for details


    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.
    click for details


    CHALLENGER LEARNING CENTER (individual and group tours)
    *Please call ahead for events open to the general public
    Hours: 8am-4pm
    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!
    click for details




     
           
  • | 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.


    Big Shots Music Venue
    391 US Hwy 6
    Valparaiso, IN
    Visit website for entertainment schedule and ticket information.
    click for details


    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!
    click for details


    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.
    click for details


    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.
    click for details


    Bullpen Luxury Bar
    1013 W. Lincoln Hwy
    Schererville, IN 46375
    Phone: 219-322-7788
    Live acoustic every Friday night.
    click for details


    Bullpen Winfield
    10685 Randolph St
    Crown Point, Indiana
    (219) 661-0088
    Visit our Facebook page for live entertainment schedule.
    click for details


    Finnegans Pub
    1074 Joliet St
    Dyer, Indiana
    Visit our Facebook page for entertainment schedule.
    click for details


    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 at 7:30pm.
    click for details


    Gastro 49 Pub & Eatery
    361 North Calumet Rd
    Chesterton, Indiana
    Acoustic Jam Nights Every Sunday
    click for details


    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.
    click for details


    Growlers on Highway
    2816 Hwy Ave, Highland, IN 46322
    (219) 924-0245
    Visit website for live entertainment schedule.
    click for details


    Jalapenos
    200 US Route 41
    Schererville, IN 46375
    219-864-8862
    Live bands and entertainment on Wednesdays.
    click for details


    Kountry WILD Saloon
    1050 Broadway
    Chesterton, Indiana
    (219) 250-2461
    Visit us online to see upcoming live music.
    click for details


    R-Bar
    9521 Indianapolis Blvd
    Highland, Indiana
    (219) 922-8008
    Visit our Facebook page for live entertainment schedule.
    click for details


    Silver Buckle Saloon
    8355 Indianapolis Blvd.
    Highland, Indiana
    (219) 838-5909
    Great lineup of live music most weekends.
    click for details


    Silver Bullet
    100 N Main St, Crown Point, IN 46307
    (219) 663-7700
    DJ, Karaoke or live music on Friday nights. Live entertainment on Saturday nights.
    click for details


    Social 219
    2350 Cline Ave
    Schererville, IN 46375
    Check the website or visit our Facebook page click for details for more information.
    click for details


    The Mill Bar & Grill
    295 Melton Rd
    Burns Harbor, Indiana
    (219) 841-9475
    Visit our Facebook page for upcoming entertainment.
    click for details


    The Room at Silver Buckle Saloon
    8355 Indianapolis Blvd.
    Highland, Indiana
    (219) 838-5909
    Great lineup of live music most weekends.
    click for details


    The Track Lounge
    318 N Jackson St, Crown Point, IN 46307
    (219) 663-9838
    Live bands every Friday and Saturday night
    click for details


    True BBQ and Whiskey Bar
    8940 Calumet Ave, Munster, IN 46321
    (219) 836-2122
    Live Blues on Thursday nights. Live entertainment on most Fridays and Saturdays as well. Check website for schedule.
    click for details


    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.
    click for details


    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.
    click for details


    Zodiac Cafe & Lounge
    113 N Main St.
    Crown Point, IN 46307
    219-663-0303
    Visit our Facebook page click for details or our website for upcoming events.
    click for details
     
           
  • | Special Interest, NWI, Northwest Indiana, Dining, Things to do, Al Frescothe
    - Top 20 Outdoor Dining Spots in the Dunes
    published by Dig the Dunes


    BEVERLY SHORES
    Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill
    click for details



    CHESTERTON
    Duneland Pizza
    click for details

    Lemon Tree
    click for details

    Lucrezia (there's a second location in Crown Point)
    click for details



    LA PORTE
    Spire Farm to Fork
    click for details



    MICHIANA SHORES
    Stop 50 Wood Fired Pizzeria
    click for details



    MICHIGAN CITY
    Bridges
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    Fiddlehead
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    Fire & Water (pictured above)
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    Overboard at the Marina
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    Tree House Cafe
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    MILLER
    Wells Street Beach
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    NEW BUFFALO
    Bentwood Tavern
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    Brewster’s
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    Casey’s
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    Stray Dog
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    PORTAGE
    Latitudes at Marina Shores
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    PORTER
    Wagners Ribs
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    SAWYER
    Greenbush
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    VALPARAISO
    Sage
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    Original article by Dig the Dunes can be found at: click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, Villa Cesare, Banquet Hall, Wedding, NWI, Special Event
    - Reserve Villa Cesare for your next event! Located in Schererville, IN.

    Villa Cesare offers style and sophistication for up to 800 guests. It's more than just a venue for your wedding ceremony and reception, but also available for conferences, showers, parties, and other special events.

    The venue features a flowing water fountain upon the entrance, a grand foyer reminiscent of the Italian Renaissance, and a picturesque outdoor gazebo and courtyard.

    For more information, give us a call at 219-322-3011 or click for details
    Villa Cesare
    900 Eagle Ridge Drive Schererville IN 46375
  • | Library Events
    - Using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math, children in kindergarten-6th grade can enjoy experimenting, designing, building, computing, & crafting at the Merrillville library!
    Merrillville Public Library
    1919 W. 81st Ave. Merrillville IN 46410
    Youth Services 2197693541ext360 juvenile@lcplin.org
  • | Local Events, winter, ice skating, family, fun, outdoors
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Admission fees are $5 for adults (anyone over 14 years) and $4 for anyone under 14 years, and seniors 62+. Skate rental is $6 for everyone, but skaters are welcome to bring their own skates. Admission fees apply to all skaters, but spectators can come out for free! The Ice Plaza is open Thursdays 4-9, Fridays 4-10, Saturdays Noon-10 and Sundays Noon-9 pm. The plaza will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but is open during all school holidays. For the most up to date information about skating, like Deep River Waterpark on Facebook, or visit the website at click for details

    Call 219-947-7850 ext. 604 about group discounts and birthday party reservations. There is a one dollar discount on admission and skate rental to Waterpark season pass holders. Parking is free. Food, beverage and coolers are not permitted into the park and alcoholic beverages are not permitted anywhere on the Park Department property. Hockey games and hockey sticks are not permitted on the ice.

    Deep River Waterpark is located at 9001 East U.S. 30 only 4 ½ miles east of I-65 on Route 30 in Merrillville. GPS coordinates: 41.47063,-87.230138
    Deep River Waterpark
    9001 East U.S. 30 Crown Point IN 46307
    2199477850ext604
  • | Local Events, Outdoor, Family, Kids, Fun, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There is so much to do in Northwest Indiana! Some activities are seasonal and others are available year-round. Please check back to see new events added throughout the year!

    YEAR-ROUND
    Bowling and Indoor Skating
    click for details

    Breweries and Wineries
    click for details

    Casinos
    click for details

    Dog Parks
    click for details

    Family Fun Centers
    click for details

    Live Entertainment Venues
    click for details

    Museums and Tours
    click for details

    Parks and Gardens
    click for details

    Theaters
    click for details

    Walk, Bike, Skate or Run- Trails
    click for details


    SUMMER
    Car Shows
    click for details

    Concerts in the Park
    click for details

    Farmers Markets
    click for details

    Festivals
    click for details

    Fireworks
    click for details

    Garage Sales
    click for details

    Garden Walks
    click for details

    Golfing
    click for details

    Horseback Riding
    click for details

    Movies in the Park
    click for details

    Outdoor Dining in The Dunes
    click for details

    Public Beaches
    click for details

    Public Pools and Splash Pads
    click for details

    Blueberry Picking
    click for details

    Summer Sporting Events
    click for details

    Sail, Paddle, Float or Ride- Water Recreation
    click for details

    Great Fishing Spots
    click for details

    Paintball and Laser Tag
    click for details

    Runs / Races / Walks
    click for details

    Waterparks
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  • - Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and Hammond Parks & Recreation invite all area residents to join us for winter fun at Hammond’s Pulaski Park Ice Rink and Warming Center located at 137th Street and Sheffield Avenue. Admission is free. Bring your own skates and dress for the weather!

    Jan. 3 9am-9pm
    Jan. 4 9am-9pm
    Jan. 5 9am-9pm
    Jan. 6 9am-9pm
    Jan. 7 9am-9pm
    Jan. 8-11 4pm-9pm
    Jan. 12 9am-9pm
    Jan. 13 9am-9pm
    Jan. 14 9am-9pm
    Jan. 15 9am-9pm
    Jan. 16-19 4pm-9pm

    Typically the rink/warming center will be open 9am-9pm when school is not in session. Open from 4-9pm on school days.

    These are all planned openings, but closings due to weather or ice conditions may occur.

    For information, please call 219.853.6378.
    Pulaski Park Ice Rink
    137th & Sheffield Ave. Hammond IN 46320
    219.853.6378

Friday, January 19th, 2018

  • | 10:00am - 7:00pm | Local Events, Photography, Used Books
    - The Duneland Photography Club will be exhibiting "Framed Photographs" from January 6, 2018 through February 9, or 16 at the Green Door Used Books & Studio. Many framed photographs will be for sale to the public. The Book Store & Studio is located at 220 Main Street; Hobart, Indian which is directly across the street from the Hobart Post Office.

    Green Door Used Books & Studio is relatively new to the Hobart area, they can be found on Facebook under Green Door Books, and by phone (219-945-3656). All books are only $1 which is an incredible deal.

    There will be an open house for the photography exhibit on Friday, January 12 from 7-9 pm at the bookstore.

    For more information on the Duneland Photography club: contact dunelandphotoclub@gmail.com, or you can find us on Facebook under Duneland Photography Club.
    Green Door Used Books & Studio
    220 Main Street Hobart IN 46342
  • | 10:30am - 11:30pm | Library Events
    - Homeschool families are invited to make crafts from different countries around the world at the Merrillville library.
    Merrillville Public Library
    1919 W. 81st Ave. Merrillville IN 46410
    Youth Services 2197693541ext360 juvenile@lcplin.org
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing.
    Deep River Water Park
    9001 East Lincoln Highway Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Grab your friends, bring the kids, snag your spouse and come out to skate at the William E. Urschel Pavilion. Open skating take place 7 days a week. Admission: $5; $3 skate rental; $3 helmet rental; $2 lockers; $3 and $5/hr. skate aid
    Urschel Pavilion & Central Park Plaza
    Lincolnway and Lafayette Street Valparaiso IN 46383
    219.462.5144
  • | 12:00pm - 6:00pm | Local Events, Book Sale
    - Book lovers can browse thousands of adult and youth books, CDs, and DVDs at a tri-annual book sale hosted by Humane Indiana’s Resale Shoppe Jan. 17th through 20th Located at, 8149 Kennedy Ave., Highland, Ind. 

    A fundraiser for the organization, the sale will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday; and 10a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

    For a $10 donation, shoppers can have the first chance to buy during the presale on Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. tonoon. On Jan. 20, shoppers can fill a bag with books for just $5 a bag.

    Donations of gently used adult and youthbooks, CDs, and DVDs are appreciated and can be delivered to Humane Indiana’sResale Shoppe. Donations are accepted Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.at the shop.

    Proceeds from the sale benefit the animals of Humane Indiana.
    For additional information, please contact Nikki Bowman at (219) 838-7297 or paws@humaneindiana.org. 
    Humane Indiana Resale Shoppe
    8149 Kennedy Ave Highland IN 46322
    Molly Dunne 219.513.8911 mdunne@humaneindiana.org
  • | 1:00pm - 3:00pm | Special Interest, Free Genealogy Class, Family History, Continuing Education
    - Learn how to use Sanborn Fire Insurance maps to enhance your family history by discovering your ancestor's neighborhood.
    Ask a question about your genealogy research.
    Genealogy Room
           
    Lynn Jackson 2197693541x336 ljackson@lcplin.org
  • | 4:00pm - 7:30pm | Charity, Fundraiser, Fish Fry, Shrimp, Pierogi
    - Weekly Fish & Shrimp Fry. Fish, Shrimp, Pierogi, Chicken Fingers and Weekly Special. This week's special is: Pork Roast, Scalloped Potatoes, Vegetable. Family Friendly Atmosphere. Price range: $5.00-$12.00 Take out orders available. Call ahead for large groups.
    St. Michael the Archangel National Catholic Church
    6629 W. 133rd Ave Cedar Lake IN 46303
    Rev. John P. Kowalczyk 219.374.7626 smapncc@sbcglobal.net
  • | Sports and Recreation, nwi, northwest indiana, sledding, fun, winter, family, things to do
    - Lets Go Sledding!

    BEECHER, IL:
    Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve
    Dutton Road, north of Goodenow Road.
    Times: 8 a.m.-Sunset
    For current sledding conditions call: 708.946.2216.
    Sledding tubes are available for rent at Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Rd., Beecher, IL.
    Renters must be 18 years old and bring a valid driver's license or state ID.
    Tubes may be limited to one tube per license/ID. Tubes are rented until 4 p.m. and must be returned to the Nature Center by 4:30 p.m.
    Activity Fee: $1/tube
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    CHESTERTON:
    Indiana Dunes State Park
    1600 N. 25 E.
    219.926.1952
    Adventure seekers can enjoy a thrilling 100-ft ride down Devil's Slide, the only location where sledding is permitted in the park. Hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing also are available on the 16 miles of trails along the lakeshore.
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    CROWN POINT:
    Lake County Fairgrounds
    889 S Court St.
    219.663.3617
    A longtime favorite among sledders, the hill at Fancher Lake offers fun for all ages.
    click for details

    Lemon Lake County Park
    6322 W. 133rd Avenue, Crown Point, IN 46307
    Dates: Sledding hills will be open December 1 through March when adequate snow base allows.
    Cost: The gate fee is charged when a gatekeeper is on duty.
    $5 per vehicle for IN residents or $8 per vehicle for out of state residents.
    Time: 7 a.m. to sunset daily
    Rentals available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    Call the park at 219.663.7627 or the Lemon Lake Ski Rental building at
    219.663.2418 after 9 a.m. to see if the hills are open before you come out.
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    DYER:
    Northgate Park
    Calumet Ave. at Harrison Place
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    GRIFFITH:
    Oak Ridge Prairie County Park
    301 S. Colfax Street, Griffith, IN 46319
    Dates: Sledding hills will be open December 1 through March when adequate snow base allows.
    Cost: The gate fee is charged when a gatekeeper is on duty. $5 per vehicle for IN residents or $8 per vehicle for out of state residents.
    Time: 7 a.m. to sunset daily
    Call 219.884.7238 after 9 a.m. to see if the hills are open before you come out.
    Rentals available 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
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    HAMMOND:
    Dowling Park
    175th & Parrish Avenue
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    Forsythe Park
    119th Street and Calumet Avenue
    219.659.7678
    Time: Dawn to dusk daily
    Settled on Wolf Lake, this park boasts an ice skating rink and cross-country skiing opportunities. No rentals are available.
    click for details

    Lost Marsh Golf Course
    1001 129th St.
    219.932.4653
    This award-winning golf course transforms into a winter wonderland, allowing cross-country skiing and sledding down the course’s rolling hills as weather permits. Families must bring their own equipment and check in at the club house.
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    HIGHLAND:
    Meadows Park
    9400 Southmoor Ave
    219.838.0114
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    LAPORTE:
    Red Mill County Park
    0185 South Holmesville Road
    219.325.8315
    click for details

    Kesling Park
    18th Street
    219.326.9600
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    LEROY:
    Stoney Run County Park
    142nd and Union St.
    219.996.6500
    Time: 7 a.m. to sunset daily
    Rentals available 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
    Intermediate and advanced skiers will appreciate this trail winding through a wooded area and featuring seven miles of easy to moderate challenges. *
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    LOWELL:
    Liberty Park
    W Main St & N Liberty St.
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    MERRILLVILLE:
    Hidden Lake Park
    6355 Broadway
    219.980.8790
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    MUNSTER:
    Centennial Park
    901 N. Centennial Dr.
    219.836.6930
    click for details
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    PORTAGE:
    Countryside Park
    5250 U.S. 6
    219.762.1675
    click for details

    Woodland Park
    2100 Willowcreek Road
    219.762.1675
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    PORTER:
    Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
    1100 N. Mineral Springs Road
    219.926.7561
    Time: Sunrise to sunset daily
    Hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular winter pastimes along the lakeshore trails. Glenwood Dunes Trail is the best option for cross-country skiing with 6.4 miles of interconnecting loops traveling through gently rolling wooded dunes. Advanced skiers can enjoy the three-mile Tolleston Dunes Trail, which features some difficult hills that can be tricky to navigate. Rentals are not available.
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    ST. JOHN:
    Heron Lake Park
    11960 Osage Dr.
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    VALPARAISO:
    Forest Park Golf Course near Discovery Cottage
    1158 Harrison Blvd.
    219.462.5144
    Once the golf course closes for the season, families can bring their skis and sleds for some wintry fun.
    click for details

    Rogers-Lakewood Park
    3210 North Campbell Street
    219.462.5144
    This popular sledding hill attracts families each year to this 122-acre park. Families must bring their own sleds.
    click for details

    Sunset Hill Farm
    775 Meridian Road
    219.465.3586
    Time: Dawn to dusk
    Families can bring their own cross-country skiing equipment and enjoy the scenery at this 238-acre park.
    click for details

    *Lake County Parks Department sledding hills and cross-country skiing trails are open through March, weather permitting. Rentals at Oak Ridge Prairie and Stoney Run close the last day of February, and weekday rentals are closed at Stoney Run when schools are in session. Families should call after 9 a.m. to see if the hills are open for sledding or if there is enough snow for cross-country skiing. Cross-country skiing boots, skis and poles are available for rental, but families must bring their own tube or plastic sleds for sledding.
     
           
  • | Special Interest, Over 21, Drink, Tour, Brewery, Winery, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - Sample some of the regions delicious local wine and microbrews!

    BREWERIES

    The Illiana Brew Bus is Nothwest Indiana's Original Craft Brewery touring company. It's so much fun! Check out all the different touring options! click for details


    BACK ROAD BREWERY
    308 Perry
    La Porte, IN 46350
    219.362.7623
    Established in 1996 in the county of LaPorte, Indiana, Back Road Brewery is LaPorte’s first production craft brewery. Chuck Krcilek (Co-owner/president) started home brewing in 1990. He found he had a love for making beer. This began an idea that changed the craft brewing scene in LaPorte, Indiana. A small production craft brewery was conceived. Today, sixteen years later, the 7-barrel brewery still operates simply and efficiently.
    Thurs/Fri 3:30-7pm
    Saturday 1-5pm
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    BULLDOG BREWING COMPANY
    1409 119th St, Whiting, IN 46394
    (219) 655-5284
    Bulldog Brewing Co. is a microbrewery offering a full menu and full bar. We have 5 signature brews as well as a variety of seasonal brews.
    Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
    Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
    Sun: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
    click for details


    BURN 'EM BREWING
    718 Freyer Rd.
    Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 210-3784
    Burn ‘Em Brewing was established in February 2013. We are striving to bring our creativity in the way we brew and what we brew with, along with our never-ending passion of the brewing industry to produce the finest and most unique brews in our region. Comforting the disturbed and the disturbing the comfortable.
    Monday-Thursday: 2PM-8PM CST
    Friday & Saturday: 11AM-10PM CST
    Sunday: 11AM-8PM CST
    click for details


    CROWN BREWING
    211 S. East Street
    Crown Point, IN
    219-663-4545
    The brewery was founded in 2008 by Tim Walsh and Dave Bryan of Crown Point, IN. They both wanted to see great craft beer in their local community! The City of Crown Point was home to a large regional brewery(Crown Brewing) that closed in 1916. They brought back the Crown Brewing name and the brewery has grown and become a part of the Crown Point community again. The brewery participates in community events and has teamed up with the City of Crown Point to host an annual Oktoberfest celebration! The brewery is now owned by Dave Bryan. Tours of the brewery are given the first Monday of every month. Sign up at the bar.
    Sunday-Thursday 11:00am-11:00pm
    Friday-Saturday 11:00am-Midnight
    click for details


    FIGURE EIGHT BREWING
    150 S Washington St, Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 477-2000
    A fun brewpub on the Courthouse Square in downtown Valparaiso. We have 11 of our handcrafted brews on tap, homemade root beer and a light menu of sandwiches, salads, appetizers and desserts and are family friendly.
    We not only offer 6 different year-round beers, but over 30 seasonal beers throughout the year so that you never need to fear the mundane, “hum-drum”, or the monotonous. We utilize over 40 different hop varieties across our craft to create the perfect profile in every beer.
    Wed - Sat: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Sun: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
    click for details


    FOUR FATHERS BREWING LLC
    1555 W Lincolnway Ste 105
    Valparaiso, IN 46385
    219-464-9712
    Four Fathers Brewing opened its doors in 2014 in Valparaiso. Their brewery anchors a small industrial building along humble two-lane Lincolnway Road.
    Wednesday and Friday: 4pm – 9 pm
    Saturday: 12 pm – 9 pm
    Sunday: 11am – 6 pm
    click for details



    HUNTER'S BREWING
    1535 S. Calumet Rd., Chesterton, IN 46304
    219-728-6729
    Hunter's Brewing is a nanobrewery located in Chesterton, IN. Brewed by hand on our one-barrel system, Hunter's Brewing beers focus on flavor and range from the traditional to the creative.
    Open Mon-Thurs 4pm - 9pm, Fri-Sat 12pm - 9pm, and Sunday 11am - 6pm.
    click for details


    IRONWOOD BREWING COMPANY
    6 Roosevelt Rd, Valparaiso, IN 46383
    1-219-405-4644
    Ironwood Brewing opened for business on August 16, 2013. Ironwood Brewing Company is considered a tasting room/bar facility (you must be 21 to be on the property) - a place where fans of craft beer can meet for stimulating conversation and a couple of great brews.
    This is not a sports bar; there are no TV’s on the premises! However, wi-fi is available.
    Ironwood beers are best described as “true-to-style” with an occasional twist. The beers are all generally malt-forward but balanced with a nice variety of hops.
    Local ingredients used in the brewing process include blueberries, cherries, honey, and even hops.
    Hours:
    Monday and Tuesday 4-9pm**
    Tuesday and Wednesday 4-9pm
    Friday Saturday 2-10pm
    Sunday 1-6pm
    Call for holiday hours
    **Denotes extra hours Memorial Day through Labor Day
    click for details



    NEW OBERPFALZ BREWING
    121 E Main St., Griffith, Indiana 46319
    The Tap Room is located at 121 E Main Street in downtown Griffith and features seating for 60 visitors inside and an outdoor patio for another 30 guests. We offer brewery tours most Saturdays (email ahead of your visit). You may also enjoy New Oberpfalz on draft at a variety of restaurants and taverns around NWI or purchase bottles in your local liquor store.
    Hours:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 3PM - 10PM
    Friday & Saturday: 11AM- 10PM
    Sunday: 11AM- 7PM
    TAP ROOM CLOSED ON MONDAYS
    click for details


    POKRO BREWING COMPANY
    311 N. Broad St., Griffith, IN 46319
    We are a family-owned microbrewery specializing in Belgian, English, and other European style beers brewed by Joe Pokropinski. You will often find our brewmaster visiting with customers in one of the tasting rooms, discussing one of his 4-6 beers on tap. Our front 2 tasting rooms offer a cozy, old-world European feel, while our back area offers a jukebox, board games, boards & bags, vintage multicade, & dartboard.
    Hours:
    Mon: CLOSED
    Tues & Wed: 2-10pm
    Thurs: 2-11pm
    Fri: 2pm-12am
    Sat: 12pm-12am
    Sun: 12-8pm
    click for details


    ROUTE 2 BREWS
    141 Harding Drive, Lowell, IN 46356
    (219) 690-3080
    Hours:
    Thur: 4pm-9pm
    Fri. 4pm- 9pm
    Sat: 12pm - 8pm
    Sun: 11am - 7pm
    Those lucky enough to be friends and neighbors of Christopher and Gwendolyn Fast have been enjoying the benefits of his homebrewing hobby for 15 years. Now, others can join in as Fast pours his energy into Route 2 Brews, Lowell's first craft brewery which opened officially November 29, 2014.
    click for details



    SAINT JOHN MALT BROTHERS, INC.
    9575 Wicker Avenue
    St. John, IN 46373
    (219) 627-4294
    St. John Malt Brothers is committed to offering a great tasting, quality and consistent beer to our region. Our tasting room showcases our different varieties and our unique brand personality.
    SJMB's facility includes high-end, computerized European brewing equipment with a 15-barrel production capacity.
    Our unique, classic tasting room showcases our craft beer, unique and rare bottled selections, fine wines, choice bites, merchandise and local art.
    Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-10pm
    Friday 2pm-11pm
    Saturday 11am-11pm
    Sunday 11am-9pm
    click for details


    SHORELINE BREWERY
    208 Wabash St, Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 879-4677
    Shoreline Brewery is a brewery and restaurant located near the shores of Lake Michigan in Michigan City, Indiana. Twelve beers are always on tap, including the World Beer Cup Award winning Beltaine Scottish Ale and Singing Sands Oatmeal Stout, and seasonal beers such as Samuel Jackson's Black IPA, Bavarian Bombshell Black Lager, and the Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Lost Sailor. In the eight years of existence, Shoreline Brewery has evolved and grown into so much more than just a brewery.
    The ever growing list of beers is the main focus to pleasing those who enjoy a pint, but the restaurant is also as important to those who enjoy a wonderful dining experience as well. The chef at Shoreline Brewery has vast knowledge and experience in fine dining and brings that element to the pallet of those who visit the brewery.
    Sun - Thurs 11am - 12am
    Fri & Sat 11am - 1am
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    THE DEVIL'S TRUMPET BREWING COMPANY
    8250 Utah Street, Merrillville, IN 46410
    (219) 576-7118
    With our destination brewery and taproom, The Devil’s Trumpet welcomes the craft beer lover. Our brewery opened in 2014, but our brewers have been perfecting their recipes for over ten years. Visit our taproom for a few pints and take some home! Cheers!
    Monday – Thursday 3pm – 9pm
    Friday 3pm – 11pm
    Saturday 12pm – 11pm
    Sunday 12pm – 8pm
    click for details


    WILDROSE BREWING COMPANY
    1104 E. Main St., Griffith, IN 46319
    (219) 595-5054
    Wildrose aims at American-style beers that are hoppy but traditionally balanced. The brewpub features a seven-barrel brewing system, a 2,000-square-foot bar with restaurant seating, and a spacious patio with cornhole and a garage door that opens into the bar.
    Mon - Thu: 3pm - 11pm
    Fri: 3pm - Midnight
    Sat: 12pm - Midnight
    Sun: 12pm - 8pm
    click for details


    3 FLOYDS BREWING CO.
    9750 Indiana Parkway
    Munster, Indiana 46321
    Phone: (219) 922-3565
    There’s a great number of craft breweries worldwide and thankfully more opening almost daily. Even while utilizing only the four main ingredients, these breweries make an astonishingly wide variety of ales and lagers, all with a unique house flavor.
    Three Floyds is no different. Even with the wide variety of styles we brew, our ales and lagers will always taste like Three Floyds. Using sound techniques, the finest ingredients and innovation, we strive to make the best and most memorable beers—always setting themselves apart
    Tours are offered on Saturdays. Tours will be held at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, and 5:30. Sign-ups are on a first come, first serve basis and you can sign up with our door guy on the day of the tour.
    Brewpub Hours:
    Mon-Thurs 11:00am–11:15pm
    Fri-sat 11:00am–1:15am
    Sun 11:00am–11:15pm
    click for details


    18TH STREET BREWERY
    5725 Miller Ave. Gary, IN 46403
    219-939-8802
    18th Street Brewery is a brewpub in the Miller Beach neighborhood of Gary, Indiana in late 2013. Conveniently located off the Dunes Highway and the Metra 'Miller' stop, 18th Street specializes in both big and small beers, from 9.5% barrel aged Double Milk Stouts to 4.5% Session Pale Ales. 18th Street also has a craft cocktail menu and carries a curated selection of whiskey, bourbon, and wine. We have a kitchen that specializes in small plates, salads, sandwiches, and seasonal offerings. Our large, open front room is great for families.
    Monday-Thursday: 11am – 10pm
    Friday and Saturday: 12pm – 12am
    Sunday: 11pm – 8pm
    Check their Facebook page at click for details for different hours of operation on Holidays.
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    WINERIES

    ANDERSON'S VINEYARD & WINERY
    430 E. U.S. Highway 6
    Valparaiso, IN 46383
    Phone: (219) 464-4936
    A family tradition originating in 1927, Anderson’s Orchard has grown from a small roadside market to the most beautiful 40 acre family attraction spot in Porter County, Indiana. You'll love our bakery, fudge factory, and gift shop Our candles, steins, glassware. local handmade crafts, and homemade jams and jellies are just a few of the treasures you will find on your visit with us. We are also home to the largest selection of beer and wine making suppliers in the Chicago land area. In the spring visit our greenhouse.
    Hours:
    January 2 – April 14:
    Fri. 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
    Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Sun., 12 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    April 15 – December 31:
    Sun. thru Sat.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    click for details


    BUTLER WINERY & VINEYARDS
    401 Broadway
    Chesterton, IN 46304
    Phone: (219) 929-1400
    Butler Winery, established in 1983, is the fourth oldest operating winery in Indiana. The winery and vineyard are located just 10 minutes from the NE side of Bloomington, which is also within the northern boundaries of the Indiana Uplands viticultural area. This region in south central Indiana produces wines of distinctive character.
    Monday - Saturday: 10 - 6pm
    Sunday: 12- 6 pm
    click for details


    CARPENTER CREEK CELLARS
    11144 Jordan Road
    Remington, IN 47977
    Phone: (219) 866-4334
    Carpenter Creek Cellars, the original winery in Jasper County, Indiana, is a farm winery producing world-class wines which embody the best terroir and fruit the Midwest has to offer.
    Monday through Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    click for details


    RUNNING VINES
    119 S. Calumet, Ste 101-105
    Chesterton, IN 46304
    Phone: (219) 390-WINE
    We feature wines for the entire pallet. From dry light bodied wines to our Fit Collection to our fruitier sweeter wines from our Race Collection. Visit our website for upcoming events
    Tuesday-Thursday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Friday: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Saturday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
    Sunday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    click for details


    SHADY CREEK WINERY
    2030 Tryon Rd
    Michigan City, IN 46360
    Phone: (219) 874-9463
    "A great winery experience on the southern Lake Michigan shore". Featuring custom crafted wines and a first class facility situated on nearly 20 acres of grounds with expansive views, comfortable patios, covered porches, fireplaces, tasting room, specialty foods, gifts and local artwork.
    Check website for seasonal hours.
    click for details
     
           
  • | Sports and Recreation, Horses, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - Looking for horses? There are many stables and farms in Northwest Indiana offering horseback riding lessons, trail rides, birthday parties and more!

    STATELINE STABLES
    10411 N 200E
    LaPorte, IN 46350
    219-778-9020
    Stateline Stables is a 30 acre horse farm. Our facility has a 50 stall barn with a large indoor and two big outdoor arenas with excellent footing. All disciplines welcome! It’s a great family environment. We offer riding lessons, boarding, camps, horse shows, trail rides and horse leasing.
    click for details


    FOREST VIEW FARMS
    11750 W 117th Ave
    Cedar Lake, IN
    (219) 365-1350
    Forest View Farms offer horseback riding lessons for riders of all ages and skill levels. Forest View Farms also offers pony rides for small children. Pony rides can be offered as beginner pony lessons for children 5–7 years old, or can take place for a child's birthday party or other special event.
    click for details


    FOUR SEASONS STABLES INC
    4613 E 109th Ave
    Crown Point, IN
    (219) 663-5968
    Four Seasons offers weekly riding lessons, home pony deliveries, pony parties and more!
    click for details


    GREEN ACRES RANCH
    9330 Sheffield Ave, Dyer, IN 46311
    219-776-8787
    economyhomesinc@sbcglobal.net
    Call to make your appointment for Horseback riding lessons, Hay Rides, Horse Driving Lessons, Trail Rides, Bon Fire, Camps, Afterschool Programs, etc.
    click for details


    SHILO RANCH
    6900 Ainsworth Rd
    Hobart, IN
    (775) 691-7723
    Shilo Ranch offers a variety of activities for the whole family. Whether it is a birthday party, an afternoon trail ride with friends, or you need some 1 on 1 instruction, Shilo Ranch can help!
    click for details


    SAYLOR'S END OF THE TRAIL RIDING STABLE
    9562 E 750 N
    Walkerton, IN 46574
    574-586-2677
    We have been in business for 25 years we offer hourly guided trail rides, pony parties, petting zoo, horse drawn carriage Rides, horse drawn Wagon rides, horse drawn sleigh rides and weekend camp trips with the horses.
    click for details


    TRANSITIONS EQUESTRIAN CENTER
    2525 E. 850 N, La Porte, IN 46350
    219-778-9592
    Transitions has a fun, laid back and family-friendly atmosphere with a strong diverse riding program that is affordable and meets the needs of every horse and horseman. Students may also partial lease a lesson horse, giving an alternative to horse ownership that is more affordable. In addition to providing several different options and packages to fit your budget, the variety of disciplines and services we can provide reach far beyond that of your typical stable.
    click for details


    TRUE NORTH TRAINING STABLES
    927 North 150 West, Chesterton, IN
    (219) 728-7490
    True North provides a safe environment where at risk youth and their families come for training in life skills and spiritual awareness in an equine setting. This includes, but is not limited to, children who struggle with depression, autism, foster/adopted, ADD, ADHD, self-harm, bullied, addiction, sexual abuse, incarcerated parents, eating disorders, truancy, and other similar society issues. We instruct our students through an eight-week program covering the following character qualities: relationship building; teamwork and leadership; respect; patience, perseverance and strength; focus; communication; critical thinking, decision making, discernment, and conflict resolution; and trust. Byproducts of these character qualities are values such as honesty, gaining control, confidence, empathy, compassion, love, gratitude, forgiveness, grace, humility, contentment and care. Individual lessons plans are uniquely designed based on the needs of each young person. Each lesson is planned to connect the horse and student. It is our desire to bring hope to those in need.
    click for details
     
           
  • | Sports and Recreation, basketball, winter activities, things to do, nwi things to do
    - Crown Point Parks and Recreation Department have announced the registration for their Little Dribblers pre-school to third grade youth winter basketball program. All Little Dribblers sessions will be held on Friday’s for eight weeks starting January 19th, to -March 9, 2018.

    Lil’ Dribblers basketball instruction will be held at Franciscan Health Crown Point Sports Medicine Institute in their Athletic Development Fieldhouse located at 12800 Mississippi Parkway (half mile east of the intersection of I-65 ad Rt. 231) in Crown Point, Indiana. Individual registration information fee is as follows:
    Little Dribblers for Boys and Girls Pre-School and Kindergarten
    4:30 pm-5:30 pm (Friday) January 19th-March 9th

    Little Dribblers for Boys and Girls 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade
    5:30 pm-6:30 pm (Friday) January 19th-March 9th

    $65 Individual registration fee for Crown Point residents
    $80 Individual registration fee for non- residents

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, VERIFY RESIDENCY, OR TO REGISTER CONTACT:
    Crown Point Parks and Recreation Department
    Call John Stroia at 219-661-2272 or email: jstroia@crownpoint.in.gov
    Franciscan Point Sport Medicine Institute (Fieldhouse)
    12800 Mississippi Parkway Crown Point IN
    Crown Point Parks & Recreation 219.661.2271
  • | Local Events, Outdoor, Family, Kids, Fun, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There is so much to do in Northwest Indiana! Some activities are seasonal and others are available year-round. Please check back to see new events added throughout the year!

    YEAR-ROUND
    Bowling and Indoor Skating
    click for details

    Breweries and Wineries
    click for details

    Casinos
    click for details

    Dog Parks
    click for details

    Family Fun Centers
    click for details

    Live Entertainment Venues
    click for details

    Museums and Tours
    click for details

    Parks and Gardens
    click for details

    Theaters
    click for details

    Walk, Bike, Skate or Run- Trails
    click for details


    SUMMER
    Car Shows
    click for details

    Concerts in the Park
    click for details

    Farmers Markets
    click for details

    Festivals
    click for details

    Fireworks
    click for details

    Garage Sales
    click for details

    Garden Walks
    click for details

    Golfing
    click for details

    Horseback Riding
    click for details

    Movies in the Park
    click for details

    Outdoor Dining in The Dunes
    click for details

    Public Beaches
    click for details

    Public Pools and Splash Pads
    click for details

    Blueberry Picking
    click for details

    Summer Sporting Events
    click for details

    Sail, Paddle, Float or Ride- Water Recreation
    click for details

    Great Fishing Spots
    click for details

    Paintball and Laser Tag
    click for details

    Runs / Races / Walks
    click for details

    Waterparks
    click for details

     
           
  • - Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and Hammond Parks & Recreation invite all area residents to join us for winter fun at Hammond’s Pulaski Park Ice Rink and Warming Center located at 137th Street and Sheffield Avenue. Admission is free. Bring your own skates and dress for the weather!

    Jan. 3 9am-9pm
    Jan. 4 9am-9pm
    Jan. 5 9am-9pm
    Jan. 6 9am-9pm
    Jan. 7 9am-9pm
    Jan. 8-11 4pm-9pm
    Jan. 12 9am-9pm
    Jan. 13 9am-9pm
    Jan. 14 9am-9pm
    Jan. 15 9am-9pm
    Jan. 16-19 4pm-9pm

    Typically the rink/warming center will be open 9am-9pm when school is not in session. Open from 4-9pm on school days.

    These are all planned openings, but closings due to weather or ice conditions may occur.

    For information, please call 219.853.6378.
    Pulaski Park Ice Rink
    137th & Sheffield Ave. Hammond IN 46320
    219.853.6378
  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - Celebrate the goodness of one of America's oldest and most beloved snacks- as a healthy start to the New Year, big game crowd pleaser, or signature snack of the movie industry or awards show.
     
           

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

  • | 8:00am - 10:00am | Special Interest
    - oin birding expert and Indiana Audubon Society Executive Director Brad Bumgardner for his monthly birding series. Meet at the Visitor Center and car pool to the birding spot of the month. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. Actual types of birds sighted can vary and are based on recent sightings of the previous week to determine what locations to visit.

    The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is located at 1215 North State Road 49, about one mile north of Interstate 94. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or click for details
    Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
    1215 N State Rd 49 Porter IN 46304
    Indiana Dunes Visitor Center 219.395.1882
  • | 10:00am - 2:00pm | Sports and Recreation, little league, sign ups, baseball, kids activities
    Lincoln Community Center
    2450 Lincoln St. Highland IN 46322
    Highland Little League
  • | 10:00am - 7:00pm | Local Events, Photography, Used Books
    - The Duneland Photography Club will be exhibiting "Framed Photographs" from January 6, 2018 through February 9, or 16 at the Green Door Used Books & Studio. Many framed photographs will be for sale to the public. The Book Store & Studio is located at 220 Main Street; Hobart, Indian which is directly across the street from the Hobart Post Office.

    Green Door Used Books & Studio is relatively new to the Hobart area, they can be found on Facebook under Green Door Books, and by phone (219-945-3656). All books are only $1 which is an incredible deal.

    There will be an open house for the photography exhibit on Friday, January 12 from 7-9 pm at the bookstore.

    For more information on the Duneland Photography club: contact dunelandphotoclub@gmail.com, or you can find us on Facebook under Duneland Photography Club.
    Green Door Used Books & Studio
    220 Main Street Hobart IN 46342
  • | 11:00am - 12:00pm | Local Events
    - All children and their families are invited to build with the library's
    LEGO® and DUPLO® blocks. Design something nifty for our display
    case!
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Youth Services 219.365.5379
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing.
    Deep River Water Park
    9001 East Lincoln Highway Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 12:00pm - 6:00pm | Local Events, Book Sale
    - Book lovers can browse thousands of adult and youth books, CDs, and DVDs at a tri-annual book sale hosted by Humane Indiana’s Resale Shoppe Jan. 17th through 20th Located at, 8149 Kennedy Ave., Highland, Ind. 

    A fundraiser for the organization, the sale will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday; and 10a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

    For a $10 donation, shoppers can have the first chance to buy during the presale on Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. tonoon. On Jan. 20, shoppers can fill a bag with books for just $5 a bag.

    Donations of gently used adult and youthbooks, CDs, and DVDs are appreciated and can be delivered to Humane Indiana’sResale Shoppe. Donations are accepted Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.at the shop.

    Proceeds from the sale benefit the animals of Humane Indiana.
    For additional information, please contact Nikki Bowman at (219) 838-7297 or paws@humaneindiana.org. 
    Humane Indiana Resale Shoppe
    8149 Kennedy Ave Highland IN 46322
    Molly Dunne 219.513.8911 mdunne@humaneindiana.org
  • | 1:00pm - | Local Events, Now Yoga, Kids Yoga, Art, Kids Activities, Things To Do
    - We will have 90 minutes of breathing, yoga fun, and an art project! This session is best suited for ages 6-11 years old, and the cost is just $15 per child.

    To reserve your spot, click for details
    Now Yoga Club
    8450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Sarah Johnson 219.227.0651 sarah@nowyogaclub.com
  • | 3:00pm - 8:00pm | Special Interest
    - Brad Bumgardner, executive director of the Indiana Audubon Society, will be your tour guide for this Dune Buggy adventure headed to a few select local hot spots where you can view hawks, falcons and owls just before sunset and into the evening with binoculars provided. $60 per person includes a meal on the go plus hot cocoa.
    Dunes Learning Center
    700 Howe Rd. Chesterton IN 46304
    Indiana Dunes Visitor Center 219.395.1882
  • | 8:00pm - 11:55pm | Local Events, The Room, Silver Buckle, Band, Music, Three Floyds, Things to Do
    - Female fronted Metallica tribute DAMAGED JUSTICE takes over the Room Entertainment Venue at Silver Buckle Saloon on Saturday January 20. Joining us for this show is The Balance Factor Show starts at 8pm and is 21+ $7.00 cover charge.

    To purchase tickets, click for details
    Silver Buckle Saloon
    8355 Indianapolis Blvd. Highland IN 46322
    Silver Buckle Saloon 219.838.5909
  • | 9:00pm - 12:00am | Local Events, music, entertainment, fun
    - Female fronted Metallica tribute DAMAGED JUSTICE takes over the Silver Buckle Saloon on Saturday January 20. Joining us for this show is The Balance Factor Show starts at 9pm and is 21+ $7.00 cover charge.
    The Room at Silver Buckle Saloon
    8355 Indianapolis Blvd. Highland IN 46322
    The Room at Silver Buckle Saloon 219.838.5909
  • | Sports and Recreation, Family, Fun Center, Kids, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There are so many options for family fun in Northwest Indiana. Check out this list of places to visit!


    Edge Adventures NWI Indiana - DEEP RIVER PARK
    9001 E. Lincoln Highway
    Crown Point, IN 46307
    (800) 590-8347
    Edge Adventures aerial parks are treetop trails ranging from 16-60 feet in the air. Participants choose their own self guided course and engage in a combination of obstacles and zip lines as they maneuver their way through different trails
    with a progressive degree of challenges. There are thrills to satisfy all adventure types!
    click for details


    SKY ZONE TRAMPOLINE PARK
    1035 Eagleridge
    Schererville, IN 46375
    (219) 227-3777
    Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. We’re the inventors of “fun fitness” and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see. We give you one of the greatest workouts ever combined with awesome, healthy fun. Indoor Park.
    click for details


    CROWN POINT FAMILY FUN CENTER
    1301 Merrillville Rd.
    Crown Point, IN 46307
    (219) 663-3663
    Grab your family and friends and head for Crown Point Family Fun Center! Find go-karts, mini golf, arcade, batting cages, soccer cages, and more in a family-oriented New Orleans Mardi Gras setting. Relax under a colorful umbrella and sip a cold soft drink after playing 18 or 36 holes of golf. Check out the latest games in our spacious arcade, including Deal or No Deal and Smokin’ Token. We also have classic games like Skee Ball and Basketball. Go home with a string of beads for each go-kart and mini golf ticket you buy. Arcade Games Available in the Winter.
    click for details


    THE COURTS OF NORTHWEST INDIANA
    127 East US Highway 6
    Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 465-1111
    Air conditioned indoor year-round sports complex - Basketball, Tennis, Batting Cages, Gymnastics Open Gym, Birthday Parties
    click for details


    BELLABOO’S PLAY AND DISCOVERY CENTER
    Three Rivers County Park
    2800 Colorado St
    Lake Station., IN
    (219) 963-2070
    This colorful and imaginative facility features 23,000 square feet of hands-on activities, including a block play and construction zone, face painting and dress-up, an art studio, water table, climbing structure, slides, ball pit, a room for toddlers and infants, a Wi-Fi café and much more.
    click for details


    CEDAR CREEK FAMILY GOLF CENTER
    10483 W. 109th Avenue
    Cedar Lake, IN
    (219)365-2902
    This 18 hole miniature golf course is surrounded with a water fall and two creeks. It is used for group activities, birthday parties, and family outings. This golf course has something for every member of the family to enjoy and is lite outside for night games. Summer Months.
    click for details


    FUNFLATABLES
    Locations in Valparaiso, Merrillville, Michigan City, Dyer, and Hebron
    DYER: (219)322-5333
    VALPARAISO: (219)242-8432
    MERRILLVILLE: (219)769-7707
    MICHIGAN CITY: (219)809-0888
    HEBRON: (219)696-6666
    FunFlatables’ Party-n-Play centers are your #1 family entertainment center for indoor, climate-controlled, all-occasion parties and FUN. Visit one or ALL of our unique, year-round, soft inflatable playgrounds where the whole family can have continuous FUN Jumping, Bouncing, Climbing, Snaking through Obstacles and Soaring down Slides! Indoor.
    click for details


    INMAN’S FUN AND PARTY CENTER
    3201 E Evans Ave.
    Valparaiso, IN
    (219)462-1300
    inmans@inmansvalpo.com
    Inman's Bowling & Recreation Center is Northwest Indiana's Premiere Entertainment Complex located in Valparaiso, Indiana. We have something for everyone at our facility offering many entertainment attractions. 32 Lanes of Bowling, Video Game Arcade with Ticket Redemption, Roller Skating Rink, Go-Karts, 18 Hole Miniature Golf, Paddle Boat Soakers, 8 Billiard Pool Tables, Air Hockey, Bean Bags, and Kids Bounce Houses.
    click for details


    JAK'S WAREHOUSE
    221 US-41
    Schererville, IN 46375
    (219) 322-5257
    Welcome to JAK'S Warehouse. We are Northwest Indiana's premiere Indoor Family Fun Center. We are here to provide great entertainment for the whole family. Come make it a day at JAK'S Warehouse.
    Come and enjoy attractions like Laser Tag, Go-Karts, Bumper Cars, Urban Golf, Ballocity, and our amazing Sky Trail! Indoor.
    click for details


    ZAO ISLAND
    1050 Horse Prairie Ave.
    Valparaiso
    (219)462-1194
    Filled with fun, this location offers a game room, miniature golfing, go karts, batting cages, a wild wave slide and more. (Arcade Games in the Winter)
    click for details


    ZIG-E’S FUNLAND
    8176 Wicker Ave
    St John, IN 46373
    (219) 558-0596
    Let’s face it. It’s difficult finding a place that’s fun for both children and parents especially in NW Indiana. Zig-E’s Funland bridges the gap, and brings families together. For over 5 years we’ve provided a place for adults to join in on the fun! Race your kids in go-karts, hit a few balls in the batting cages or spend some quality time at the arcade.
    click for details



     
           
  • | 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
    219-378-3000
    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.
    click for details


    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.
    click for details


    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.
    click for details


    HORSESHOE CASINO HAMMOND
    777 Casino Center Drive
    Hammond, IN 46320
    (866) 711-7463
    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.
    click for details


    MAJESTIC STAR CASINO AND HOTEL
    One Buffington Harbor Drive
    Gary, IN 46406
    888-225-8259
    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.
    click for details





     
           
  • | Arts and Entertainment, Music, Nightlife, Live
    - Dec 8th - Noxpiration
    Dec 9th - Positive Vibes
    Dec 16th - Nicole Jamrose
    Dec 22nd - Rick Zuccarelli
    Dec 29th - Mario Zavala
    Dec 30th - Got Issues
    Jan 6th - Zodiac Party Rock Band
    Jan 13th - Pandora Rocks
    Jan 20th - Rak Brothers
    Jan 27th - Muddsharks
    Feb 3rd - The Decades Band
    Feb 10th - Liquid Monday
    R-Bar & Grill
    9521 Indianapolis Blvd. Highland IN 46322
    R-Bar & Grill 219.922.8008
  • | Local Events, Outdoor, Family, Kids, Fun, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There is so much to do in Northwest Indiana! Some activities are seasonal and others are available year-round. Please check back to see new events added throughout the year!

    YEAR-ROUND
    Bowling and Indoor Skating
    click for details

    Breweries and Wineries
    click for details

    Casinos
    click for details

    Dog Parks
    click for details

    Family Fun Centers
    click for details

    Live Entertainment Venues
    click for details

    Museums and Tours
    click for details

    Parks and Gardens
    click for details

    Theaters
    click for details

    Walk, Bike, Skate or Run- Trails
    click for details


    SUMMER
    Car Shows
    click for details

    Concerts in the Park
    click for details

    Farmers Markets
    click for details

    Festivals
    click for details

    Fireworks
    click for details

    Garage Sales
    click for details

    Garden Walks
    click for details

    Golfing
    click for details

    Horseback Riding
    click for details

    Movies in the Park
    click for details

    Outdoor Dining in The Dunes
    click for details

    Public Beaches
    click for details

    Public Pools and Splash Pads
    click for details

    Blueberry Picking
    click for details

    Summer Sporting Events
    click for details

    Sail, Paddle, Float or Ride- Water Recreation
    click for details

    Great Fishing Spots
    click for details

    Paintball and Laser Tag
    click for details

    Runs / Races / Walks
    click for details

    Waterparks
    click for details

     
           
  • | Local Events, South Shore Line, History Ride, Educational Activities, Things to do
    - In partnership with both the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the APRHF Rail Rangers provide onboard educational programs on the South Shore Line through Illinois and Indiana.

    Rail Rangers Interpretive Guides narrate the passing scenery to the public -- just buy a ticket at a station or ticket kiosk, grab a seat in our designated car (program takes place in one designated car on the train), and participate at no extra cost! No reservations are ever needed for our South Shore Line programs, plus you can hop-on and off at any stop. These programs are presented in partnership with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the National Park Service, and the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD).

    Eastbound programs take place aboard the train that departs Chicago-Millennium at 8:40AM CT. Westbound programs take place aboard the train that departs South Bend at 1:05PM ET. For a complete schedule of intermediate stops that you can get on/off the train, a map, plus other FAQ's on the Rail Rangers' South Shore program, visit the Rail Rangers website at: click for details


    Upcoming program dates include the following:

    Saturday, January 20, 2018 *

    Saturday, January 27, 2018

    *All dates listed with an asterisk indicate the trip/event is scheduled to feature Passport to Your National Parks® cancellations, route guidebooks, and the Junior Rail Rangers program. Hope to see you aboard soon!
     
           
    South Shore Line 219.926.5744

Sunday, January 21st, 2018

  • | 10:00am - 7:00pm | Local Events, Photography, Used Books
    - The Duneland Photography Club will be exhibiting "Framed Photographs" from January 6, 2018 through February 9, or 16 at the Green Door Used Books & Studio. Many framed photographs will be for sale to the public. The Book Store & Studio is located at 220 Main Street; Hobart, Indian which is directly across the street from the Hobart Post Office.

    Green Door Used Books & Studio is relatively new to the Hobart area, they can be found on Facebook under Green Door Books, and by phone (219-945-3656). All books are only $1 which is an incredible deal.

    There will be an open house for the photography exhibit on Friday, January 12 from 7-9 pm at the bookstore.

    For more information on the Duneland Photography club: contact dunelandphotoclub@gmail.com, or you can find us on Facebook under Duneland Photography Club.
    Green Door Used Books & Studio
    220 Main Street Hobart IN 46342
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing.
    Deep River Water Park
    9001 East Lincoln Highway Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 12:00pm - 3:00pm | Local Events, Beer, Baseball, Craft Beers, Silent Auction
    - The NFC and AFC championship games start at 3:05 - come pre-game with the Highland Heaters! Wristbands are $3 from any Highland Heaters family or $5 at the door. Wristbands cover entry, free popcorn and free pizza.
    Drink beers on tap while partaking in our silent auction, raffles and 50/50!
    Brewfest has 20 craft beers and a handful of domestic beers available so join us!
    Brewfest
    8347 Kennedy Avenue highland IN 46322
    Brewfest 219.237.2682
  • | Sports and Recreation, nwi, northwest indiana, sledding, fun, winter, family, things to do
    - Lets Go Sledding!

    BEECHER, IL:
    Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve
    Dutton Road, north of Goodenow Road.
    Times: 8 a.m.-Sunset
    For current sledding conditions call: 708.946.2216.
    Sledding tubes are available for rent at Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Rd., Beecher, IL.
    Renters must be 18 years old and bring a valid driver's license or state ID.
    Tubes may be limited to one tube per license/ID. Tubes are rented until 4 p.m. and must be returned to the Nature Center by 4:30 p.m.
    Activity Fee: $1/tube
    click for details
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    CHESTERTON:
    Indiana Dunes State Park
    1600 N. 25 E.
    219.926.1952
    Adventure seekers can enjoy a thrilling 100-ft ride down Devil's Slide, the only location where sledding is permitted in the park. Hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing also are available on the 16 miles of trails along the lakeshore.
    click for details
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    CROWN POINT:
    Lake County Fairgrounds
    889 S Court St.
    219.663.3617
    A longtime favorite among sledders, the hill at Fancher Lake offers fun for all ages.
    click for details

    Lemon Lake County Park
    6322 W. 133rd Avenue, Crown Point, IN 46307
    Dates: Sledding hills will be open December 1 through March when adequate snow base allows.
    Cost: The gate fee is charged when a gatekeeper is on duty.
    $5 per vehicle for IN residents or $8 per vehicle for out of state residents.
    Time: 7 a.m. to sunset daily
    Rentals available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    Call the park at 219.663.7627 or the Lemon Lake Ski Rental building at
    219.663.2418 after 9 a.m. to see if the hills are open before you come out.
    click for details
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    DYER:
    Northgate Park
    Calumet Ave. at Harrison Place
    click for details
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    GRIFFITH:
    Oak Ridge Prairie County Park
    301 S. Colfax Street, Griffith, IN 46319
    Dates: Sledding hills will be open December 1 through March when adequate snow base allows.
    Cost: The gate fee is charged when a gatekeeper is on duty. $5 per vehicle for IN residents or $8 per vehicle for out of state residents.
    Time: 7 a.m. to sunset daily
    Call 219.884.7238 after 9 a.m. to see if the hills are open before you come out.
    Rentals available 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    click for details
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    HAMMOND:
    Dowling Park
    175th & Parrish Avenue
    click for details

    Forsythe Park
    119th Street and Calumet Avenue
    219.659.7678
    Time: Dawn to dusk daily
    Settled on Wolf Lake, this park boasts an ice skating rink and cross-country skiing opportunities. No rentals are available.
    click for details

    Lost Marsh Golf Course
    1001 129th St.
    219.932.4653
    This award-winning golf course transforms into a winter wonderland, allowing cross-country skiing and sledding down the course’s rolling hills as weather permits. Families must bring their own equipment and check in at the club house.
    click for details
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    HIGHLAND:
    Meadows Park
    9400 Southmoor Ave
    219.838.0114
    click for details
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    LAPORTE:
    Red Mill County Park
    0185 South Holmesville Road
    219.325.8315
    click for details

    Kesling Park
    18th Street
    219.326.9600
    click for details
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    LEROY:
    Stoney Run County Park
    142nd and Union St.
    219.996.6500
    Time: 7 a.m. to sunset daily
    Rentals available 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
    Intermediate and advanced skiers will appreciate this trail winding through a wooded area and featuring seven miles of easy to moderate challenges. *
    click for details
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    LOWELL:
    Liberty Park
    W Main St & N Liberty St.
    click for details
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    MERRILLVILLE:
    Hidden Lake Park
    6355 Broadway
    219.980.8790
    click for details
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    MUNSTER:
    Centennial Park
    901 N. Centennial Dr.
    219.836.6930
    click for details
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    PORTAGE:
    Countryside Park
    5250 U.S. 6
    219.762.1675
    click for details

    Woodland Park
    2100 Willowcreek Road
    219.762.1675
    click for details
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    PORTER:
    Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
    1100 N. Mineral Springs Road
    219.926.7561
    Time: Sunrise to sunset daily
    Hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular winter pastimes along the lakeshore trails. Glenwood Dunes Trail is the best option for cross-country skiing with 6.4 miles of interconnecting loops traveling through gently rolling wooded dunes. Advanced skiers can enjoy the three-mile Tolleston Dunes Trail, which features some difficult hills that can be tricky to navigate. Rentals are not available.
    click for details
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    ST. JOHN:
    Heron Lake Park
    11960 Osage Dr.
    click for details
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    VALPARAISO:
    Forest Park Golf Course near Discovery Cottage
    1158 Harrison Blvd.
    219.462.5144
    Once the golf course closes for the season, families can bring their skis and sleds for some wintry fun.
    click for details

    Rogers-Lakewood Park
    3210 North Campbell Street
    219.462.5144
    This popular sledding hill attracts families each year to this 122-acre park. Families must bring their own sleds.
    click for details

    Sunset Hill Farm
    775 Meridian Road
    219.465.3586
    Time: Dawn to dusk
    Families can bring their own cross-country skiing equipment and enjoy the scenery at this 238-acre park.
    click for details

    *Lake County Parks Department sledding hills and cross-country skiing trails are open through March, weather permitting. Rentals at Oak Ridge Prairie and Stoney Run close the last day of February, and weekday rentals are closed at Stoney Run when schools are in session. Families should call after 9 a.m. to see if the hills are open for sledding or if there is enough snow for cross-country skiing. Cross-country skiing boots, skis and poles are available for rental, but families must bring their own tube or plastic sleds for sledding.
     
           
  • | Sports and Recreation, Walking, Biking, Running, Skating, What to do, Things to do, NWI, Family
    - Northwest Indiana is the home to numerous walking and biking trails. Check out the details on each trail for uses and location.

    LAKE COUNTY TRAILS

    Erie Lackawanna Trail
    Cities: Hammond, Highland, Griffith, Merrillville, Schererville, Lake County
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail-trail
    Total Length of all segments: 16 miles
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: walking, biking, wheelchairs, biking, rollerblading.
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
    Attractive Features: Tranquil fields, wetlands, neighborhoods.
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : Hammond Bus Station - Sibley St and Hohman Ave, Hammond - IN
    South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: West 93rd Avenue - Crown Point
    click for details

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    Marquette Trail
    City: Gary
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Dunes
    Mileage: 2.10
    Surface: crushed limestone
    Uses allowed: walking, Cross Country Skiing,mountain biking, skating,wheelchairs.
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
    Attractive Features: Wetlands, dunes.
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Grand Blvd at Ash Ave.
    East endpoint (#1) – Specific: County Line Road going to beach
    click for details

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    Veteran's Memorial Bikeway
    Cities: Crown point & Hebron
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail Trail
    Mileage: 9; 7 equestrian
    Uses allowed: Horses on the parallel Equestrian Trail, rollerblading, walking, running, biking, hiking
    Which uses NOT allowed: Motorized vehicles
    Attractive Features: 6 miles of the Trail parallels with an Equestrian Trail, first trail in the US named after war veterans, eventually will connect to the American Discovery Trail running from Delaware to California, farmland and a quite beautiful, serene surrounding
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : State Road 231, Crown Point
    South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: N. Main Street, Hebron
    click for details

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    Wolf Lake - George Lake Trails
    City: Whiting
    INFO
    Type of Trail: greenway
    Mileage: 3.14 miles
    Total Length of all segments: 6.5 miles
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses Allowed: hiking, jogging, rollerblading, walking, biking
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : Northern Entrance to the Forsythe Park
    South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: 119th Street
    click for details

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    Whihala Beach Bike Trail - Whiting Park
    City: Whiting
    INFO
    Type of Trail: dune
    Uses Allowed: Walking, jogging, biking
    Mileage: 3886 ft.
    North Endpoint – General: Lake Avenue - Whiting
    South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Park Road - Whiting

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    Little Calumet River Levee Trail
    City: Gary
    INFO
    Type of trail: River bank trail
    Uses allowed: hiking, jogging, biking, rollerblading, skating, XC skiing, walking, wheelchairs
    Mileage: 6
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Calumet Avenue Munster IN
    East endpoint (#1) – Specific: Martin Luther King Dr. - Gary In

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    Pennsy North West Greenway
    City: Schererville
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail Trail
    Mileage: 2.1
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: biking, walking, jogging, rollerblading
    Wheelchairs allowed: Yes
    North Endpoint – General: E. Wilhelm Street - Redar Park Shererville IN
    South Endpoint – General: Rohrman Park and Mockingbird Dr. - Shererville IN

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    Munster Trail System
    City: Munster
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Greenway
    Surface: Asphalt
    Uses allowed: Jogging, Walking, Biking
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes

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    Green Link Trail
    City: Gary
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Greenway
    Mileage: 3/4 of a mile
    Part NOT open: yes
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: Walking, biking, jogging, rollerblading, skating
    Wheelchairs allowed: Yes
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Bridge Street
    East endpoint – General: W. 2nd Ave and Roosevelt St.

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    Monon Trail
    Cities: Hammond/Munster
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail Trail
    Mileage: 3.64
    Uses Allowed: Walking, rollerblading, skating, biking
    Surface: Asphalt
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes

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    Pennsy Greenway
    City: Munster
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail Trail
    Total Length of all segments: 4.10 miles
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: biking, walking, hiking, skating, rollerblading
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes

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    St. John Trail
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Greenway
    Mileage: 2.5 miles
    Surface: Asphalt
    Uses allowed: biking, walking, hiking, skating, rollerblading
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
    Attractive Features: Homestead Acres Park, Heartland Park

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    Cressmoor Prairie Nature Preserve Trail
    City: Hobart
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Nature Preserve
    Mileage: 0.8
    Surface: Natural
    Uses allowed: walking
    Agency, Group Owned: Meadowbrook
    Telephone: (219) 242 8558

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    C&O Trail ( Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad )
    City: Merrillville
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail Trail
    Mileage: 1.48
    Part NOT open: yes
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: Biking, Walking, Jogging
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes

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    LAPORTE COUNTY


    Lincoln Memorial Trails
    City: Westville
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Various
    Total Length of all segments: 3 miles
    Uses allowed: Hiking, Biking
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
    E-mail: rbalsa@lincolntrail.info
    click for details

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    LaPorte County Bicycle Routes
    City: Countywide
    INFO
    Type of Trail: 20 bike loops that connect our parks, communities, and other attractions
    Total Length of all segments: 420 miles
    Surface: asphalt
    click for details

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    PORTER COUNTY


    Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
    City: Valparaiso
    Taltree has nearly just over six miles of trails. All provide plenty of room to comfortably walk or run by yourself, with a canine companion or your family and friends. The trail terrain is mostly grass and mulch.
    Bluebird Trail 1.63 miles
    Cardinal Trail .62 miles
    Goldfinch Trail .63 miles
    Heron Trail .28 miles
    Owl Trail .51 miles
    Woodcock Trail .96 miles
    Pheasant Trail 1.11 miles
    click for details

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    Calumet Trail
    City: Michigan City/Dune Acres
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail Trail
    Mileage: 9.2
    Part NOT open: no
    Total Length of all segments: 9.2 miles
    Surface: crushed limestone
    Length of unpaved: 9.2 miles
    Uses allowed: biking, walking, running
    Which uses NOT allowed: horses,snowmobiles
    Attractive Features: Wetland flowers, wildlife, fall foliage; close to parks.
    Impediments: First three miles can be under water after rain; some damage to covered bridges.
    West Endpoint – General: Near Porter
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Mineral Springs Road
    East endpoint – General: Michigan City
    East endpoint (#1) – Specific: U. S. 12 at the power plant road
    Telephone: 219-465-3586

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    Iron Horse Heritage Trail
    City: Portage
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail-trail
    Mileage: 2.9
    Part NOT open: no
    Total Length of all segments: 5.1 miles
    Surface: dirt,some asphalt
    Uses allowed: walking, mountain biking.
    Wheelchairs allowed: no
    Which uses NOT allowed: wheelchair, rollerblading, biking
    Attractive Features: Park, Mountain biking adjacent.
    Impediments: rustic, muddy.
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Portage Avenue
    East endpoint (#1) – Specific: N. State Rd 149
    Telephone: 219-762-1675

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    Prairie Duneland Trail
    City: Chesterton
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Rail-trail
    Mileage: 10.40
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: all uses
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
    Attractive Features: Connects to various trails, natural areas with abundant flora and fauna.
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : SR51-Hobart
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: S. 15th Street
    East endpoint (#1) – Specific: Hobbart Road

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    Outback Trail
    City: Portage
    INFO
    Type of Trail: BMX
    Part NOT open: no
    Total Length of all segments: 4 miles
    Surface: dirt
    Length of unpaved: 4 miles
    Uses allowed: all levels of skill mountain biking.
    Wheelchairs allowed: no
    Which uses NOT allowed: restricted to mountain biking only.
    Attractive Features: Circular dirt.
    Impediments: dirt, steep slopes.
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : circular,off Imagination Park,Portage
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: circular
    click for details

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    Hobart Trails
    City: Hobart
    INFO
    Type of Trail: City
    Total Length of all segments: 1.2 miles
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: Hiking, Walking, Biking
    Wheelchairs allowed: yes
    Telephone: (219) 942-1940

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    Ly-co-ki-we Trail System
    City: Chesterton
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Forest
    Mileage: 6.4
    Total Length of all segments: 9.4
    Surface: Sandy
    Uses allowed: Hiking, walking, horseback riding, cross country skiing
    Wheelchairs allowed: No
    Attractive Features: Historic site-forest-marsh-wetlands
    Impediments: Trails are not wheelchair accessible
    North Endpoint – General: Calumet Interpretive Center
    South Endpoint – General: US Hwy 20 & Brummitt Rd.
    West Endpoint – General: Hwy 12 & 50 East
    East endpoint – General: Dunewood Campground
    Telephone: 219-926-7561
    click for details

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    Little Calumet River Trail
    City: Porter
    INFO
    Type of Trail: River
    Mileage: 1.2
    Surface: Natural (dirt-bark-some sand)
    Uses allowed: Hiking, walking
    Wheelchairs allowed: No
    Attractive Features: Historic site-forest-marsh-wetlands
    Impediments: some areas not wheelchair accessible
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : Howe Rd & oak Hill Rd.
    South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Hwy. 20 & Howe Rd.
    Telephone: 219-926-7561
    click for details

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    Bailly Homestead & Chellberg Farm Trails
    City: Porter
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Forest
    Mileage: 2.1
    Surface: Natural (dirt-bark-some sand)
    Uses allowed: Hiking, walking
    Attractive Features: Historic site-forest-marsh-wetlands
    Impediments: some areas not wheelchair accessible
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : at Bailly Cemetery near Hwy 12
    South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Bailly Homestead
    West Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Howe Rd
    East endpoint (#1) – Specific: Chellberg Farm
    Telephone: 219-926-7561
    click for details

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    Valparaiso walking & biking trail system
    City: Valparaiso
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Greenways
    Surface: Asphalt
    click for details

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    Brickyard Trail / Dunes Kankakee Bike Trail
    City: Chesterton / Porter
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Greenway
    Total Length of all segments: 4.1 miles
    Surface: asphalt
    Uses allowed: biking, hiking, walking
    Attractive Features: Indiana Dunes State Park, Little Calumet River, Connects Prairie Duneland with Calumet trail
    North Endpoint (#1) - Specific : Indiana Dunes State Park
    South Endpoint (#2) – Specific: Prairie Duneland Trailhead – Chesterton

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    Cowles Bog Trails
    City: Porter
    INFO
    Type of Trail: Park
    Uses Allowed: Foot traffic only
    Surface: Natural
     
           
  • | Local Events, Outdoor, Family, Kids, Fun, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There is so much to do in Northwest Indiana! Some activities are seasonal and others are available year-round. Please check back to see new events added throughout the year!

    YEAR-ROUND
    Bowling and Indoor Skating
    click for details

    Breweries and Wineries
    click for details

    Casinos
    click for details

    Dog Parks
    click for details

    Family Fun Centers
    click for details

    Live Entertainment Venues
    click for details

    Museums and Tours
    click for details

    Parks and Gardens
    click for details

    Theaters
    click for details

    Walk, Bike, Skate or Run- Trails
    click for details


    SUMMER
    Car Shows
    click for details

    Concerts in the Park
    click for details

    Farmers Markets
    click for details

    Festivals
    click for details

    Fireworks
    click for details

    Garage Sales
    click for details

    Garden Walks
    click for details

    Golfing
    click for details

    Horseback Riding
    click for details

    Movies in the Park
    click for details

    Outdoor Dining in The Dunes
    click for details

    Public Beaches
    click for details

    Public Pools and Splash Pads
    click for details

    Blueberry Picking
    click for details

    Summer Sporting Events
    click for details

    Sail, Paddle, Float or Ride- Water Recreation
    click for details

    Great Fishing Spots
    click for details

    Paintball and Laser Tag
    click for details

    Runs / Races / Walks
    click for details

    Waterparks
    click for details

     
           
  • | Local Events, Job Openings, NWI, Chicago, Northwest Indiana, Hiring, Town Planner
    - We post job openings every week!

    VIOLIN INSTRUCTORS & PIANO INSTRUCTORS
    HGS Music, Crown Point or Highland

    **Accepting resumes from college-students through seasoned musicians and educators.**
    A successful candidate will have these qualities:
    - proficiency on their instrument
    - comfortable with all ages and personalities
    - able to work 1-2 weeknights, and/or Saturday mornings
    - comfortable in a professional environment

    For more information about our school, click for details

    Please be prepared to play two pieces for us during an interview.
    Please EMAIL only. NO phone calls. Send resume or detailed info to info@hgsmusic.net. We look forward to hearing from you!

    (January 12, 2018)
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    WINDOW CLEANERS
    BREN-MARK Window Cleaning...Lake, Porter, LaPorte Counties

    PART-TIME AND FULL-TIME OPPORTUNITIES
    Work 15-40+ hours per week. Monday-Friday availability between 6am-6pm. Occasional Saturdays.

    No experience? No problem! We Will Train You!

    We are hiring 10+ New Window Cleaners in the next year. Our company has grown every year we have been in business, 18 years and counting. Now we are adding new, cutting-edge technology in both window and gutter cleaning. Glass and gutters that were once unreachable can now be done more efficiently and safely. This will open up new opportunities without having to travel outside of our service area. Be part of our growing company and apply today!

    Starting at $10/hour earning up to $16/hr after 90 days of Training.

    • We provide complete training, equipment, uniforms
    • Weekly performance bonuses!
    • Direct Deposit
    • Flexible Schedule--College students welcome!!!
    • Year-Round Work
    • Appreciation for a Job Well Done
    • FREE Keurig beverages, Gatorade, Fully Stocked Candy Bowl
    • Monthly Breakfasts to celebrate Birthdays/Anniversaries
    • Mileage Reimbursement

    Required: Valid Driver's License, Vehicle to drive to job site, and Current Proof of Car Insurance

    For the complete job description and to apply with our one-page application, click for details

    (January 12, 2018)
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    PACKERS, MACHINE OPERATORS, GENERAL LABORERS
    Walkerton & New Carlisle

    JMJ Talent Solutions and Staffing in Michigan city and La Porte is seeking packers, machine operators, and general laborers. Pay differs depending on experience. We have positions in Walkerton and New Carlisle for laborers. For more information, call 219-879-4900.

    Go here to apply: click for details

    (Posted: January 12, 2018)
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    MORTGAGE LOAN ORIGINATOR/LOAN OFFICER
    Porter Bank, Porter

    Porter Bank is seeking an experienced mortgage loan originator/loan officer with banking experience for our branch office to kick-off a new lending program. Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid holidays and vacation, 401k, group health insurance options, and many more. Porter Bank offers a great working environment in a community bank dedicated to its clients.

    Please send resume and salary requirements to jperkins@porterstatebank.com or call 219-926-2136, ext. 1231 for more information.

    (Posted: January 12, 2018)
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    MEDICAL ASSISTANT
    Indiana Sports and Medical Science Institute, Crown Point

    Full-time Medical Assistant with experience with clinical care. The medical assistant must have great customer service, be able to multi-task, and work well as a team. Our job is extremely busy, hardly any down-time, this medical assistant must be able to keep up with the work flow.

    *Full-Time
    *Hours must be flexible: any time frame between 8-8pm and occasional Saturday hours.
    *Benefits included

    Please send resumes to via mail, e-mail, or fax to:
    Mullally Sports and Family Medicine, 11275 Delaware Parkway, Crown Point IN 46307
    Email: mullally.ismsi@gmail.com
    Fax: 877-715-2312 ATTN: Management

    (Posted: January 12, 2018)
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    CHEMISTRY TUTOR
    Merrillville

    In need of a chemistry tutor for an Andrean High School student. $10 - $15 per hour. Tutor must be a qualified adult. Tutoring will take place at Andrean.

    E-mail Resume To: sandra@dashf1.com

    (Posted: January 11, 2018)
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    ENTRY LEVEL RECRUITER
    Hammond

    Staff Source is seeking to hire an Entry Level Recruiter for our client located in Hammond, IN. This is a great opportunity for someone that is seeking recruitment experience. Ideal candidate should have steady work history and/or Bachelors in Human Resources or Business.

    • Prescreening candidates
    • Scheduling candidates
    • Interviewing candidates
    • Pre-employment testing
    • Process New Hire Paperwork
    • Conduct Orientation

    Job Requirements

    • High School Diploma
    • Human Resources or Business Degree preferred
    • 0-1 year experience in HR
    • 3-4 work history in Customer Service
    • Initiative, multitask, detailed oriented

    Email resume to cdelaurentis@staffsourceusa.com

    (Posted: January 10, 2018)
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    MID-LEVEL SALES/BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
    Hammond

    Staff Source is seeking to hire an entry to mid-level Sales/Business Development Professional for one of our clients located in Hammond IN. Must have an outgoing personality.

    Duties:

    • Cold calling potential leads
    • Be a liaison between clients and recruiters
    • Process contracts
    • Build rapport
    • Quality checks and surveys
    • Canvas new territory
    • Maintain client contact
    • Follow up
    • Travel to new and existing clients
    • Safety walk through

    Requirements

    • High school Diploma, college degree preferred
    • Outgoing personality
    • Sales experience
    • Proven Strong Customer service
    • Be able to travel
    • Computer/Excel
    • Self-Driven
    • Work independently

    Email resume to cdelaurentis@staffsourceusa.com

    (Posted: January 10, 2018)
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    PARAPROFESSIONALS NEEDED
    NISEC, Crown Point

    Northwest Indiana Special Education Cooperative is searching for professional, energetic, and responsible adults with a positive attitude to join their dynamic team! Some of the job duties include maintaining records, assisting teachers, supervising students, and more.

    All levels are needed from elementary school, middle school, and high school. No prior experience is necessary. NISEC offers competitive rates and benefits.

    Go here to apply: click for details

    (Posted: January 9, 2018)
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    PART-TIME OPERATIONS MANAGER
    Junior Achievement, East Chicago (but work remotely, as needed)

    Junior Achievement of Chicago in Indiana is hiring a PT Operations Manager. JA, a non-profit, educates and empowers k-12th grade students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Visit click for details for organization information.
    The Operations Manager implements and manages daily operations of JA programs for designated school districts, primarily covering Hobart & Portage. Responsibilities include school recruitment, event planning, fundraising, volunteer training & recruitment, building corporate sponsors and education partners and other duties.
    A Bachelor’s degree is required. Position is approximately 20-25 hours per week
    Submit cover letter and resume to: Roz Malouhos, NWI Director, at rmalouhos@jachicago.org

    (Posted: January 8, 2018)
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    VARIOUS POSITIONS
    Ameristar Casino Hotel, East Chicago

    Ameristar Casino Hotel in East Chicago, IN is hosting a Hospitality On-site Hiring Event. This includes both Hotel Operations and Food and Beverage positions! Please come and find out about our exciting career opportunities!
    We seek to find the best talent where all qualified candidates will be guaranteed an interview!
    When/Where:
    • Thursday, January 11th
    • 12 pm to 5 pm
    • Human Resources - Ground Level

    Positions: Full-time and Part-time opportunities available
    • Food Server**
    • Cocktail/Beverage Servers
    • Bartenders
    • Restaurant Host/Cashier*
    • High Limit Concierge
    • Culinary (entry level to experienced)*
    • Culinary Apprentice*
    • Dishwasher
    • Hotel Front Desk Agents
    • Valet Attendants*
    • Valet Manager

    (* Must be 18 or older, ** Must be 19 or older, and all others you must be at least 21 or older)
    We Offer:
    • Great Pay
    • Benefits including health, dental, vision, life insurance, 401(k) and many more!
    • FREE Meals
    • FREE Uniforms
    • Paid Time-Off
    • Tuition Reimbursement

    An application is required to attend the interviews. Please visit us online at click for details to apply today!

    (Posted: January 6, 2018)
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    VARIOUS POSITIONS
    Albanese, Merrillville

    Ready for a sweet career?

    Albanese is expanding and hosting a Job Fair at the Avalon Manor Banquet Center on January 13, 2018, from 9am – 2pm. Don't forget to bring your resume, as we'll be conducting on-the-spot interviews for all open positions.

    To see our current openings, click for details

    Avalon Manor Banquet Center
    January 13, 2018, 9am – 2pm
    3550 E. Lincoln Highway
    Merrillville, Indiana 46410

    (Posted: January 4, 2018)
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    CAREGIVERS WANTED
    The Office of Companion Care, Munster, IN

    Experienced Caregivers join our team!
    Compensation: Pay based on experience
    Employment type: Full-time/Part-time: including weekends, and holidays.
    Competitive pay to be discussed during interview.
    Flexible schedules (days, nights, weekends, overnights).
    Performance based pay raises and attendance bonuses.
    We service Northwest Indiana, caregivers must live within 15 miles of Munster, Indiana

    > Caregiver duties include but not limited to:
    > Companionship
    > Meal Preparation
    > Personal Hygiene Assistance
    > Run errands, pick up groceries,
    > Medication reminders
    > Light housekeeping

    **If you are an experienced Caregiver with a passion for helping people and making a difference in their lives we would love for you to join our team.

    Please feel free to stop by our office between 9AM to 2PM: Monday - Friday to fill out an application.

    9245 Calumet Ave
    Suite 202 Munster IN 46321
    ** No phone calls please, we would rather meet you in person
    ****Please bring a valid Drivers License, proof of car insurance and SS card .

    For an online application:
    click for details

    The Office of Companion Care
    Munster, IN
    phone (219)836-2783
    fax (219)836-9517

    (Posted: December 29, 2017)
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    DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL
    Respite Services, Highland

    OPEN INTERVIEWS
    Respite Care Services will be holding open interviews for DSP (Direct Support Professional) positions on Monday, January 8th, 2018 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm.
    If you have open availability especially on the weekends, please feel free to stop by our offices at 9000 Indianapolis Blvd., Highland, IN between the hours of 10:00am and Noon to fill out an application.

    Please bring a valid driver’s license, proof of vehicle insurance and valid vehicle registration. You must be available to attend and complete 3-4 days of training prior to placement.

    Please contact Linda @ 219-972-8172 if you have any questions.

    (Posted: January 4, 2018)
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    DIGITAL MARKETING SPECIALIST
    Centier Bank, Merrillville, IN

    Summary: Develop and implement digital and online marketing strategies to optimize the online user experience, increase marketing effectiveness, improve client satisfaction and drive lead generation to support the bank’s marketing goals. Execute online and digital marketing programs & strategies, such as website tactics, SEO/SEM, email marketing, CRM/customer journey, and PPC advertising to drive traffic and generate sales.

    Minimum Qualifications: BA in Marketing or equivalent work experience, 4+ years of experience in digital marketing execution, portfolio demonstrating strong proficiency in lead generation and customer engagement through digital marketing, including analytics, campaign planning, content development and user experience design, proficiency in a variety of marketing technology platforms, basic HTML, Photoshop or related design ability helpful.
    For a complete job description, hours and/or to apply: click for details

    (Posted: December 29, 2017)
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    Check back with us regularly! We post job openings every Monday. New openings are added to the list as they come in, the most recent openings will be at the top of the list. Your job opening will be posted for three weeks.

    If you are an employer or manager with a job opening, please send us a short job description (100 words or less), the town that the job is held, and the best way to apply for the position. Please email this information to Stacy Travis at stacy.travis@nwi-townplanner.com.

    Please note that beginning June 1, 2015, we will not be including job posts promoting direct sales businesses. If you would like to promote your direct sales business please feel free to email Stacy Travis at stacy.travis@nwi-townplanner.com for advertising pricing and information.
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Monday, January 22nd, 2018

  • | 9:30am - 7:30pm | Schools and Education
    - The Crown Point Adult Learning Center (an affiliate of the Center of Workforce Innovations) is having open registration Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30-12:30, 1-4, and 5:30-7:30 for individuals wanting to attain their high school equivalency and to learn to speak, read, and write English. Learn about the skill training available in welding, certified nursing assistant, CDL, entry level manufacturing, emergency management technician, pharmacy technician, and hospitality. Information: 219-314-9904; 122 North Main Street (inside the Crown Point Community Library).
    Crown Point Adult Learning Center (housed in Crown Point Community Library)
    122 North Main Street Crown Point IN 46307
    Mary Sytsma 219.314.9904 crownpointalc@cwicorp.com
  • | 10:00am - 7:00pm | Local Events, Photography, Used Books
    - The Duneland Photography Club will be exhibiting "Framed Photographs" from January 6, 2018 through February 9, or 16 at the Green Door Used Books & Studio. Many framed photographs will be for sale to the public. The Book Store & Studio is located at 220 Main Street; Hobart, Indian which is directly across the street from the Hobart Post Office.

    Green Door Used Books & Studio is relatively new to the Hobart area, they can be found on Facebook under Green Door Books, and by phone (219-945-3656). All books are only $1 which is an incredible deal.

    There will be an open house for the photography exhibit on Friday, January 12 from 7-9 pm at the bookstore.

    For more information on the Duneland Photography club: contact dunelandphotoclub@gmail.com, or you can find us on Facebook under Duneland Photography Club.
    Green Door Used Books & Studio
    220 Main Street Hobart IN 46342
  • | 10:30am - 11:00am | Library Events
    - Learn new ways to play with your baby (birth to 23 months), while stimulating mental growth. Sessions include rhymes, chants, songs and stories geared to help early childhood development at the Merrillville library.
    Merrillville Public Library
    1919 W. 81st Ave. Merrillville IN 46410
    Youth Services 2197693541ext360 juvenile@lcplin.org
  • | 10:30am - 11:30am | Local Events
    - Young children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregiver will enjoy stories, songs and a craft.



    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 11:30am - 12:30pm | Local Events
    - Young children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregiver will enjoy stories, songs and a craft.



    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 11:30am - 12:30pm | Arts and Entertainment, Movie, Lunch, Networking
    - Each Monday at lunchtime! Expand your horizons with us at greenCOW Coworking as we watch movies, short films, TED Talks, and documentaries that push us to challenge our ideas and become better people. Bring your own lunch and feel free to share.
    GreenCOW Coworking
    5209 Hohman Avenue Hammond IN 46320
    Lee Watson 219.501.0501
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing.
    Deep River Water Park
    9001 East Lincoln Highway Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 5:00pm - | Local Events, Photography Class, NWI, Northwest Indiana, Joe Ladendorf
    Purdue Technology Center
    9800 Connecticut Drive Crown Point IN 46307
    Joe Ladendorf 219.851.9619 joeladendorf@gmail.com
  • | Military, NWI, Northwest Indiana, Place of Interest
    - 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.
    click for details


    JASPER COUNTY
    Jasper County World War Memorial
    N. McKinley Ave. & E. Angelica St.
    Rensselaer
    click for details


    Jasper County Veterans Memorial
    Northwest Corner Courthouse Lawn
    Washington & Van Rensselaer St.
    Rensselaer
    click for details


    LAKE COUNTY
    East Chicago Veterans Memorial
    4500 Block Indianapolis Blvd.
    East Chicago

    Griffith Veterans Memorial
    Broad St. and Oak St.
    Griffith

    Hammond Veterans Memorial
    5800 Block Hohman Ave.
    Hammond

    Memorial for all Wars
    Highland St. and Calumet Ave.
    Hammond

    Highway of Flags Veterans Memorial
    Ridge Rd. and Rt. 41
    Highland

    Community Veterans Memorial
    Corner of Calumet, Columbia and Superior Avenues
    Munster
    click for details

    Whiting Veterans Memorial
    Oliver St. and 119th
    Whiting

    Whiting Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    Schrage Ave. and 119th
    Whiting

    "Battle of the Bulge" War Memorial
    Calumet Park Cemetary, 2305 W. 73rd Ave.
    Merrillville

    Vietnam Veteran's Memorial
    Stony Run County Park
    2.5 mi. north of Leroy

    Lake County Korean Veteran's Memorial
    U.S. 231 and 145th Avenue
    Leroy


    World War I - Gulf War Veteran's Memorial
    Located on the west lawn of the front grounds of Theodore Roosevelt High School
    730 W. 25th Ave.
    Gary

    Civil War Veterans Grave Site
    Old North Township/Tolleston Cemetary
    West side of Grant St. btn 19th Place and 20th Ave.
    Gary

    Non-denominational Veterans Memorial
    RidgeLawn-Mount Mercy Cemetary
    4401 W. Ridge Rd. (US Hwy 6)
    Gary

    Historical Veterans Cemetary Site
    Chain Lake Baptist Church Cemetary
    Chain Lake Rd. btn Calvin Center Rd. and Union Rd.
    Cass Co., Cassopolis, MI. (just north of Indiana State Line)

    WW-II Triangle Memorial
    North Main & East Goldsborough St.
    Crown Point
    click for details


    Hobart Patriotic Honor Rolls
    Lincoln & Main St.
    Hobart
    click for details


    LA PORTE COUNTY
    Soldiers Memorial Park
    250 Pine Lake Ave.
    La Porte

    Great Lakes Museum of Military History (Revolutionary War to present)
    360 Dunes Plaza
    Michigan City

    Numerous Memorials to the veterans of the various wars
    Washington Park on North Franklin Ave.
    Michigan City

    Numerous Memorials to veterans of WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam
    Greenwood Cemetary
    Michigan City

    World War Memorial Tree
    NE Lawn LaPorte County Courthouse, Lincolnway & Michigan Ave.
    LaPorte


    NEWTON COUNTY
    Civil War Memorial & War Memorial Pocket Park
    Westside Newton Co. Courthouse Lawn, North 3rd & East Graham St.
    Kentland, In 47951


    PORTER COUNTY
    Memorial Park Monument / Flags Memorial
    One Mile South of I-80/I-90 on Willowcreek Rd.
    Portage

    "All Wars" / Flags Memorial
    One-Half Mile north of I-80/I-90 on Rt 49
    Chesterton

    Porter County Veterans Memorial
    NW Lawn of Porter Co. Courthouse, Lincolnway & Washington St.
    Valparaiso

    Veterans and Volunteers Service Memorial at Foundation Meadows Park
    3210 N. Campbell Street
    Valparaiso
    click for details
     
           
  • | Local Events, Outdoor, Family, Kids, Fun, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There is so much to do in Northwest Indiana! Some activities are seasonal and others are available year-round. Please check back to see new events added throughout the year!

    YEAR-ROUND
    Bowling and Indoor Skating
    click for details

    Breweries and Wineries
    click for details

    Casinos
    click for details

    Dog Parks
    click for details

    Family Fun Centers
    click for details

    Live Entertainment Venues
    click for details

    Museums and Tours
    click for details

    Parks and Gardens
    click for details

    Theaters
    click for details

    Walk, Bike, Skate or Run- Trails
    click for details


    SUMMER
    Car Shows
    click for details

    Concerts in the Park
    click for details

    Farmers Markets
    click for details

    Festivals
    click for details

    Fireworks
    click for details

    Garage Sales
    click for details

    Garden Walks
    click for details

    Golfing
    click for details

    Horseback Riding
    click for details

    Movies in the Park
    click for details

    Outdoor Dining in The Dunes
    click for details

    Public Beaches
    click for details

    Public Pools and Splash Pads
    click for details

    Blueberry Picking
    click for details

    Summer Sporting Events
    click for details

    Sail, Paddle, Float or Ride- Water Recreation
    click for details

    Great Fishing Spots
    click for details

    Paintball and Laser Tag
    click for details

    Runs / Races / Walks
    click for details

    Waterparks
    click for details

     
           
  • | Local Events, Photography Class, NWI, Northwest Indiana, Joe Ladendorf
    Purdue Technology Center
    9800 Connecticut Drive Crown Point IN 46307
    Joe Ladendorf 219.851.9619 joeladendorf@gmail.com
  • | Sports and Recreation, Crown Point things to do, winter activities, classes, programs, NWI things to do
    - Crown Point Parks & Recreation Department winter programs are now starting. Spots are still available!

    KIDS KARATE (Ages: 4-5) Thursdays, Feb. 1-22 4:30pm – 5:00pm

    KIDS KARATE (Ages: 6-12) Thursdays, Feb. 1-22 5:10pm – 6:00pm

    CANVAS PAINTING CLASS (Ages: 6-12) Wednesdays, Feb. 7-28 4:30 – 5:30pm

    BOWLING THE DAY AWAY (Ages: 4-9) Wednesdays, Feb. 7-28 4:30pm – 5:30pm

    LIL CHEFS CLASS (Ages: 6-8) Thursdays, Feb. 1-22 5pm – 6pm

    LIL CHEFS CLASS (Ages: 9-12) Thursdays, Feb. 1-22 6:15pm – 7:30pm

    KINDER PARKOUR (Ages: 4-6) Mondays, Jan. 29-Feb. 19 6pm-7pm

    RECREATIONAL TUMBLING (Ages: 7-12) Wednesdays, Jan. 31-Feb. 21 6:30pm-7:30pm

    PARKOUR & FREE RUNNING (Ages: 7-12) Thursdays, Feb. 1-22 6pm-7:30pm

    MOM & ME GYMNASTICS (Ages: 18 months-3 years old) Tuesdays, Feb.6-27 10:15am-11am

    TOP FUEL CROSSFIT CLASS (Ages: 13+) Mon., Wed., & Fridays, Feb. 5-March 2 6:15pm-7:15 pm

    PERSONAL PROTECTION CLASS (Ages: 13+) Mondays, Feb. 12- March 19 6pm-7pm

    TEEN CHEFS (Ages: 13-17) Thursdays, March 8-April 19 6pm-7:30pm

    BEGINNER YOGA (Ages: 18+) Tuesdays, Jan. 23-Feb. 27 6pm-7pm

    COUPLES ADULT DANCE CLASS (Ages: 18+) Thursdays, Feb. 22-March 29 7pm-8pm

    For more information call the Parks Department office at (219) 661-2271 or to register click for details
     
           
    Crown Point Parks & Recreation 219.661.2271

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

  • | 10:00am - 10:45am | Library Events
    - 2 and 3 year olds accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, music and crafts. "Green" is the theme at the Merrillville library.
    Merrillville Public Library
    1919 W. 81st Ave. Merrillville IN 46410
    Youth Services 2197693541ext360 juvenile@lcplin.org
  • | 10:00am - 7:00pm | Local Events, Photography, Used Books
    - The Duneland Photography Club will be exhibiting "Framed Photographs" from January 6, 2018 through February 9, or 16 at the Green Door Used Books & Studio. Many framed photographs will be for sale to the public. The Book Store & Studio is located at 220 Main Street; Hobart, Indian which is directly across the street from the Hobart Post Office.

    Green Door Used Books & Studio is relatively new to the Hobart area, they can be found on Facebook under Green Door Books, and by phone (219-945-3656). All books are only $1 which is an incredible deal.

    There will be an open house for the photography exhibit on Friday, January 12 from 7-9 pm at the bookstore.

    For more information on the Duneland Photography club: contact dunelandphotoclub@gmail.com, or you can find us on Facebook under Duneland Photography Club.
    Green Door Used Books & Studio
    220 Main Street Hobart IN 46342
  • | 10:30am - 11:30am | Local Events
    - Do you enjoy talking about your community? Do you like to connect with
    others? Come talk about the good in St. John and discuss ways to make
    it even better! And enjoy a cup of coffee (or tea) on us!
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Adult Services 219.365.5379
  • | 10:30am - 11:30am | Local Events
    - Children will develop pre-reading skills as they enjoy stories, music, and
    a craft.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Youth Services 219.365.5379
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing.
    Deep River Water Park
    9001 East Lincoln Highway Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 1:00pm - 2:00pm | Local Events
    - Children will develop pre-reading skills as they enjoy stories, music, and
    a craft.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Youth Services 219.365.5379
  • | 6:30pm - 7:45pm | Local Events, Line dancing, exercise, social, Dancing, meetng
    - Ongoing Line dance classes
    Every Tuesday
    Immanuel Presbyterian Church
    140 US-30, Schererville, IN 46375
    Line dancing to all genres of music
    "We are not just country line dancing"
    $7 a class or $35 for 6 weeks

    Intermediate classes starting at 7:50 pm
    Kickinitwithlinda.com
    Info: Linda Scott 219-682-6548
    Immanuel Presbyterian Church
    140 W US Hwy 30 Schererville IN 46375
    Linda Scott 219.682.6548 lscott0688@hotmail.com
  • | 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 Avenue 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 click for details 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 W. Lake Front Dr., Michigan City, IN 46360
    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 except for scheduled ranger-led tours, 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 (click for details 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 Access
    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.

    Wells St. Beach
    Address
    9501 Lake Shore Dr, Gary, Indiana 46403
    Contact
    Phone: (219) 938-8275
    About
    OPEN for the 2016 season!
    Parking is per vehicle - $8 for weekdays and $10 for weekends and holidays! Open 7 days a week {weather pending} from 9am - 7:30pm.
    WSB beach front parking and concession now has a patio with table side dining serving beer, wine, and food. Located in Miller, Indian on Lake Michigan, just a short drive from Chicago, Michigan City, LaPorte, and Valparaiso. Enjoy a day on the beach with family and friends. Don't forget to indulge in the season must have, our Wells Street Burger!
    Hours subject to change due to weather, day light, and unforeseeable circumstances. Check bacteria levels here: click for details


    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.


     
           
  • - Please verify dates of times of events with event organizers. Occasionally, organizers change event dates and times or cancel events but we do not receive notification.
     
           
  • | Local Events, nwi, northwest indiana, specials, mexican, margarita, drinks, savings
    - Come out and enjoy our delicious margarita on Tuesday for only .25 cents!!!
    Visit one of our El Salto locations:
    Chesterton- 757 Indian Boundary Rd (219)395-9890
    Merrillville- 5031 W Lincoln Hwy (219)940-9955
    Munster- 805 Ridge Rd (219)836-0600
    Portage- 6295 Ameriplex Dr (219)734-6463
    Valparaiso- 3304 Calumet Ave (219)462-0100

     
           
    El Salto-Merrillville 219.940.9955
  • | Daily Specials, craft beer, crown point, sparta dome, Northwest Indiana
    - Currently, there are 6 craft beers offered:
    Grupo Modelo, Modelo Especial
    Yuengling and Son Brewing, Yuengling Lager
    Blue Moon Brewing Co., Blue Moon
    Crown Brewing Company, Beauregard Blueberry Ae
    Lagunitas Brewing Company, IPA
    Crown Brewing Company, Till Death Do Us Part

    This is self-serve. Feel free to stop in anytime or grab a beer while at one of the Sparta Dome events!
    Sparta Dome
    1355 E. North Street Crown Point IN 46307
    219.224.3663 info@spartadome.com
  • | Sports and Recreation, dog runs, NWI, Lake, Porter, La Porte
    - Looking for a place to take your furry friend? Here is a listing of dog parks around the region.


    LAKE COUNTY
    Crown Point Dog Park
    Jerry Ross Park, Center Ross Road, Crown Point, IN 46307
    Call for fee amounts and information: (219) 661-2271


    Dogwood Run at Lemon Lake
    6398 W 133rd Ave, Crown Point, IN 46307
    Daily Hours: 7 a.m. until one-half hour before sunset
    One time try fee: $10 per dog (keep receipt so payment can be subtracted from the annual Pooch Pass)
    Annual Pooch Pass:
    •$70 for Indiana State resident
    •$90 Out-of-State resident
    •$60 Indiana State senior (over 60) resident
    •$75 Out-of-State senior (over 60)
    •All rates include parking pass*
    •Fees are for the first dog with $10 for each additional dog
    click for details


    Dyer Dog Park at Central Park
    900 Central Park Boulevard, Dyer IN
    Dog Park Annual Fees
    Town of Dyer Resident: $60 1st dog/$20 additional dog
    Non-Resident: $108 1st dog/$36 additional dog
    click for details


    Centennial Park Dog Park
    1010 South Centennial Drive - Munster, IN
    Fees: $40 per year Residents /$ 25 each additional dog (Residents must obtain a town tag as well for $10 that can be purchased in the Clerk Treasurers office.)
    Fees: $115 per year Non-Residents / $35 for second dog / $25 for third dog (New prices Effective 1/1/2016. Highland residents can receive the Munster resident rate. You must possess a current driver's license showing residency. No exceptions.
    click for details


    Freedom Bark Park
    17105 Cline Ave, Lowell, IN 46356
    FEES:
    Lowell residents: $60.00
    Cedar Creek, West Creek and Eagle Creek Townships
    *Lowell residents who are 65+ or on disability $30.00
    Non-residents $70.00
    *Non-residents who are 65+ or on disability $35.00
    For each additional dog please add $5.00
    click for details


    Perry Ferrini Dog Park
    5061 W 91st Ave, Schererville, IN 46375
    The annual cost is $60 for one dog and an additional $15 for each additional dog for residents (no more than two dogs per resident). Non-Residents’ annual cost is $100 for one dog and an additional $25 for each additional dog (no more than two dogs per member). Memberships are non-transferable and non-refundable. Membership runs through the calendar year; that being January 1 through December 31.
    click for details


    Riverside Bark Dog Park
    Calumet Ave. & River Drive North, Hammond, IN 46324
    Free
    click for details


    Wicker Memorial Park Dog Park
    8554 Indianapolis Blvd.
    Highland, Indiana 46322
    Dog Park Rates
    Township Resident $25 1st dog $10 additional dog
    Out of Township $60 1st dog $20 addtional dog
    Out of State $100 1st dog $30 additional dog
    click for details


    Wiggly Field Dog Park
    10051 Hedwig Dr., St John, IN 46373
    Annual Participant/User Fee for St. John Residents: $25.00 – one dog; $10.00 each additional dog.
    Non-Resident Participant/User Fee: $100.00 – one dog; $25.00 each additional dog.
    click for details



    LAPORTE COUNTY
    Bluhm County Park (3 acres)
    3855 South 1100 West, Westville, Indiana
    Fees:
    Daily Fee: $3.00 Per Day Per Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $4.00 Per Day Per Dog (Out of County Resident)
    Annual Fee: $30.00 First Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $40.00 First Dog (Out of County Resident)
    $10.00 Each Additional Dog
    click for details


    Creek Ridge County Park (3.25 acres)
    7943 W. 400 North, Michigan, City
    Fees:
    Daily Fee: $3.00 Per Day Per Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $4.00 Per Day Per Dog (Out of County Resident)
    Annual Fee: $30.00 First Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $40.00 First Dog (Out of County Resident)
    $10.00 Each Additional Dog
    click for details


    Luhr County Park ( 1 acre)
    3178 S. 150 W., LaPorte, IN
    Fees:
    Daily Fee: $3.00 Per Day Per Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $4.00 Per Day Per Dog (Out of County Resident)
    Annual Fee: $30.00 First Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $40.00 First Dog (Out of County Resident)
    $10.00 Each Additional Dog
    click for details


    Small Animal Shelter (1 acre)
    2855 W State Road 2, LaPorte, Indiana
    Fees:
    Daily Fee: $3.00 Per Day Per Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $4.00 Per Day Per Dog (Out of County Resident)
    Annual Fee: $30.00 First Dog (LaPorte County Resident)
    $40.00 First Dog (Out of County Resident)
    $10.00 Each Additional Dog
    click for details



    PORTER COUNTY
    Royal Acres Country Club
    3554 Sturdy Rd., Valparaiso, IN 46383
    Privately owned dog park.
    Memberships are available for terms of one month to one year:
    1 Year Membership: $150
    9 Month Membership: $120
    6 Month Membership: $100
    3 Month Membership: $75
    1 Month Membership: $40
    Multiple dogs from the same household: second dog is half price, third dog is one third price
    All memberships require an additional $10 refundable deposit for every key FOB issued.
    Day visits available by appointment or on Fridays during business hours - we need to be here to let you into the park ($5).
    click for details


    Lakeland Park Dog Park
    1200 Lakeland Park Dr, Burns Harbor, IN 46304
    A dog park, a 200 ft. by 100 ft. fenced-in area, is located on the south end of Lakeland Park, 1200 Lakeland Park Dr. in Burns Harbor. Lakeland Park is available to all residents as well as any visitors. There is a $5 parking fee from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily or a season pass may be purchased for $20 for Porter County Residents. Dogs must be on a leash when outside of the dog park.
    click for details


    Woodland Dog Park
    2100 Willowcreek Rd, Portage, IN 46368
    Free
    click for details


     
           
  • | Sports and Recreation, NWI, Things to do, What to do, Winter, Activities, Fun, Famiy, Kids
    - Don't let the cold weather keep you on the couch. Northwest Indiana has over 10 ice skating facilities to choose from! There are indoor and outdoor options if the weather isn't quite cooperating.

    DEEP RIVER SKATE THE PLAZA IN CROWN POINT
    9001 E. US Hwy 30
    (219)947-7850
    Open Skating Hours of operation:
    November 24, 2017- February 25, 2018
    Thursday: 4pm - 9pm
    Fridays: 4pm - 10pm
    Saturday: Noon - 10pm
    Sunday and Holiday periods: Noon - 9pm
    Closed Monday - Wednesday, except during Holiday/School break periods and private rentals
    Visit the website for pricing and exact dates & times at click for details
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    CROWN POINT SPORTSPLEX
    1313 E North Street
    Crown Point, IN 46307
    Phone: 219.661.2271
    The City of Crown Point has rinks for ice skating and hockey at the Sportsplex. These rinks are open when the ice is frozen solid.
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    GRIFFITH CENTRAL PARK ICE RINK
    698 N Broad St
    Griffith, Indiana 46319
    219-922-3078
    The ice skating rink is available for use in Central Park ** pending temperatures allow for the ice to freeze **
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    HAMMOND AREA PARKS
    Edison Park
    Madison Ave. & Mulberry Street

    Hessville Park
    173rd St. & Kennedy Avenue

    Irving Park
    Hoffman St. & Columbia Avenue

    Pulaski Park
    139th St. & Sheffield Avenue

    Riverside Park
    Calumet Ave. & River Drive North

    Weather permitting contact the Civic Center at (219)853- 6378
    click for details
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    MIDWEST TRAINING & ICE CENTER
    10600 White Oak Ave.
    Dyer, IN 46311
    (219) 558-8811
    Midwest Training & Ice Center is Northwest Indiana's largest state-of- the-art training facility. For the general public, Midwest Training & Ice Center offers open skate sessions and drop-in hockey.
    click for details
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    THE LAKE AT WASHINGTON PARK IN MICHIGAN CITY
    115 Lakeshore Dr.
    (219) 873-1506
    Contact the Parks Department for specific dates and times.
    click for details
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    SOLDIERS MEMORIAL PARK IN LA PORTE
    250 Pine Lake Ave.
    Weather Permitting. Parks are open from sunrise until 10 p.m.
    click for details Park-6
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    WILLIAM E. URSCHEL PAVILION ICE RINK AT CENTRAL PARK PLAZA IN VALPARAISO
    68 Lafayette St
    Open Skate Times
    Sundays - 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    Mondays - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Tuesdays - 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Two for Tuesdays)
    Wednesdays - 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Thursdays - 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Fridays - 12:00 p.m.(Noon) - 10:00 p.m. (Rock'n Skate - 7 - 10 p.m.)
    Saturdays - 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

    **PLEASE NOTE** These times are tentative and subject to change due to holidays, weather and/or private rentals. Please check the calendar page for actual daily times and specials. Open skate, skating specials, lessons, birthday parties and more! For more information and pricing please contact the Park Office at 219.462.5144 or visit click for details
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  • | Local Events, Outdoor, Family, Kids, Fun, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There is so much to do in Northwest Indiana! Some activities are seasonal and others are available year-round. Please check back to see new events added throughout the year!

    YEAR-ROUND
    Bowling and Indoor Skating
    click for details

    Breweries and Wineries
    click for details

    Casinos
    click for details

    Dog Parks
    click for details

    Family Fun Centers
    click for details

    Live Entertainment Venues
    click for details

    Museums and Tours
    click for details

    Parks and Gardens
    click for details

    Theaters
    click for details

    Walk, Bike, Skate or Run- Trails
    click for details


    SUMMER
    Car Shows
    click for details

    Concerts in the Park
    click for details

    Farmers Markets
    click for details

    Festivals
    click for details

    Fireworks
    click for details

    Garage Sales
    click for details

    Garden Walks
    click for details

    Golfing
    click for details

    Horseback Riding
    click for details

    Movies in the Park
    click for details

    Outdoor Dining in The Dunes
    click for details

    Public Beaches
    click for details

    Public Pools and Splash Pads
    click for details

    Blueberry Picking
    click for details

    Summer Sporting Events
    click for details

    Sail, Paddle, Float or Ride- Water Recreation
    click for details

    Great Fishing Spots
    click for details

    Paintball and Laser Tag
    click for details

    Runs / Races / Walks
    click for details

    Waterparks
    click for details

     
           
  • | NATL - Public Interest
    - First observed in 1975 as a day to set aside and celebrate pie! Annually Jan. 23rd.
     
           

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

  • | 9:30am - 7:30pm | Schools and Education
    - The Crown Point Adult Learning Center (an affiliate of the Center of Workforce Innovations) is having open registration Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30-12:30, 1-4, and 5:30-7:30 for individuals wanting to attain their high school equivalency and to learn to speak, read, and write English. Learn about the skill training available in welding, certified nursing assistant, CDL, entry level manufacturing, emergency management technician, pharmacy technician, and hospitality. Information: 219-314-9904; 122 North Main Street (inside the Crown Point Community Library).
    Crown Point Adult Learning Center (housed in Crown Point Community Library)
    122 North Main Street Crown Point IN 46307
    Mary Sytsma 219.314.9904 crownpointalc@cwicorp.com
  • | 10:00am - 7:00pm | Local Events, Photography, Used Books
    - The Duneland Photography Club will be exhibiting "Framed Photographs" from January 6, 2018 through February 9, or 16 at the Green Door Used Books & Studio. Many framed photographs will be for sale to the public. The Book Store & Studio is located at 220 Main Street; Hobart, Indian which is directly across the street from the Hobart Post Office.

    Green Door Used Books & Studio is relatively new to the Hobart area, they can be found on Facebook under Green Door Books, and by phone (219-945-3656). All books are only $1 which is an incredible deal.

    There will be an open house for the photography exhibit on Friday, January 12 from 7-9 pm at the bookstore.

    For more information on the Duneland Photography club: contact dunelandphotoclub@gmail.com, or you can find us on Facebook under Duneland Photography Club.
    Green Door Used Books & Studio
    220 Main Street Hobart IN 46342
  • | 10:30am - 11:00am | Local Events
    - This half hour lap-sit program uses songs and rhymes to foster
    language development.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Youth Services 219.365.5379
  • | 10:30am - 11:00am | Local Events
    - Learn new ways to play with your baby (birth to 23 months), while stimulating mental growth. Sessions include rhymes, chants, songs and stories geared to help early childhood development.

    Come early and play with the library's toys at 10:00 am

    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing.
    Deep River Water Park
    9001 East Lincoln Highway Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 12:30pm - 2:00pm | Local Events
    - Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great
    company while you create! All crafters are welcome, no matter what
    craft you enjoy!
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Adult Services 219.365.5379
  • | 6:00pm - 8:00pm | Local Events, silver buckle saloon, bingo, prizes, highland, northwest indiana
    - $3000.00? Are you kidding me? Chance to win the tonight! BAR BINGO every Wednesday! And amazing specials including $9 buckets of domestic beer!
    Silver Buckle Saloon
    8355 Indianapolis Blvd. Highland IN 46322
    Silver Buckle Saloon 219.838.5909
  • | 6:00pm - 8:00am | Local Events
    - Make red hats using looms. We will donate them to the American Heart
    Association. No experience is necessary. You can also crochet or knit
    hats. Supplies provided or bring your own. Please register.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Adult Services 219.365.5379
  • | 6:00pm - | Special Interest, social security benefits, workshop, workshops, free workshops,
    - As you age and start to think about your financial future, understanding your Social Security benefits, including retirement benefits and disability benefits, is extremely important. The more that you understand about your benefits, the greater will be your ability to maximize your benefit amount and ensure that you are prepared for the future. At Harvest Social Security QA, we care about providing those in our community with the information and resources they need to make smart Social Security decisions. When you attend one of our free Harvest Social Security QA Social Security workshops, you will learn:

    *How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Claiming Your Social Security Benefits

    *How Survivors’ Benefits Work

    *The Different Ways to Claim SS Benefits and Strategies for Maximizing Your Benefit Amount

    *Types of Social Security Benefits and How to Claim Each

    *How to Claim Social Security Benefits on an Ex-Spouse’s Record

    *How to Determine Which Benefits You Are Eligible For

    *How to Potentially Increase Your Benefits Over the Course of Your Life


    Don’t wait any longer to sign up for one of the workshops offered by Harvest Social Security QA. Our workshops are offered free of charge, and you have no obligation to work with any of the financial professionals that present at our workshops. Learn more about our upcoming workshops and reserve your spot today by visiting our website at click for details
    Indiana Wesleyan University – Merrillville
    8415 Georgia Street Merrillville IN 46410
  • | 7:00pm - | Local Events, R-bar, poker league, prizes, free poker, things to do
    - Poker league starts tonight, January 10, 2018. 12 week session, every Wednesday at 7pm. Top 11 advance to end of year finals. Free to play. Win cash prizes.
    R-Bar & Grill
    9521 Indianapolis Blvd. Highland IN 46322
    R-Bar & Grill 219.922.8008
  • | Sports and Recreation, nwi, northwest indiana, sledding, fun, winter, family, things to do
    - Lets Go Sledding!

    BEECHER, IL:
    Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve
    Dutton Road, north of Goodenow Road.
    Times: 8 a.m.-Sunset
    For current sledding conditions call: 708.946.2216.
    Sledding tubes are available for rent at Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Rd., Beecher, IL.
    Renters must be 18 years old and bring a valid driver's license or state ID.
    Tubes may be limited to one tube per license/ID. Tubes are rented until 4 p.m. and must be returned to the Nature Center by 4:30 p.m.
    Activity Fee: $1/tube
    click for details
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    CHESTERTON:
    Indiana Dunes State Park
    1600 N. 25 E.
    219.926.1952
    Adventure seekers can enjoy a thrilling 100-ft ride down Devil's Slide, the only location where sledding is permitted in the park. Hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing also are available on the 16 miles of trails along the lakeshore.
    click for details
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    CROWN POINT:
    Lake County Fairgrounds
    889 S Court St.
    219.663.3617
    A longtime favorite among sledders, the hill at Fancher Lake offers fun for all ages.
    click for details

    Lemon Lake County Park
    6322 W. 133rd Avenue, Crown Point, IN 46307
    Dates: Sledding hills will be open December 1 through March when adequate snow base allows.
    Cost: The gate fee is charged when a gatekeeper is on duty.
    $5 per vehicle for IN residents or $8 per vehicle for out of state residents.
    Time: 7 a.m. to sunset daily
    Rentals available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    Call the park at 219.663.7627 or the Lemon Lake Ski Rental building at
    219.663.2418 after 9 a.m. to see if the hills are open before you come out.
    click for details
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    DYER:
    Northgate Park
    Calumet Ave. at Harrison Place
    click for details
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    GRIFFITH:
    Oak Ridge Prairie County Park
    301 S. Colfax Street, Griffith, IN 46319
    Dates: Sledding hills will be open December 1 through March when adequate snow base allows.
    Cost: The gate fee is charged when a gatekeeper is on duty. $5 per vehicle for IN residents or $8 per vehicle for out of state residents.
    Time: 7 a.m. to sunset daily
    Call 219.884.7238 after 9 a.m. to see if the hills are open before you come out.
    Rentals available 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    click for details
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    HAMMOND:
    Dowling Park
    175th & Parrish Avenue
    click for details

    Forsythe Park
    119th Street and Calumet Avenue
    219.659.7678
    Time: Dawn to dusk daily
    Settled on Wolf Lake, this park boasts an ice skating rink and cross-country skiing opportunities. No rentals are available.
    click for details

    Lost Marsh Golf Course
    1001 129th St.
    219.932.4653
    This award-winning golf course transforms into a winter wonderland, allowing cross-country skiing and sledding down the course’s rolling hills as weather permits. Families must bring their own equipment and check in at the club house.
    click for details
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    HIGHLAND:
    Meadows Park
    9400 Southmoor Ave
    219.838.0114
    click for details
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    LAPORTE:
    Red Mill County Park
    0185 South Holmesville Road
    219.325.8315
    click for details

    Kesling Park
    18th Street
    219.326.9600
    click for details
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    LEROY:
    Stoney Run County Park
    142nd and Union St.
    219.996.6500
    Time: 7 a.m. to sunset daily
    Rentals available 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
    Intermediate and advanced skiers will appreciate this trail winding through a wooded area and featuring seven miles of easy to moderate challenges. *
    click for details
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    LOWELL:
    Liberty Park
    W Main St & N Liberty St.
    click for details
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    MERRILLVILLE:
    Hidden Lake Park
    6355 Broadway
    219.980.8790
    click for details
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    MUNSTER:
    Centennial Park
    901 N. Centennial Dr.
    219.836.6930
    click for details
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    PORTAGE:
    Countryside Park
    5250 U.S. 6
    219.762.1675
    click for details

    Woodland Park
    2100 Willowcreek Road
    219.762.1675
    click for details
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    PORTER:
    Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
    1100 N. Mineral Springs Road
    219.926.7561
    Time: Sunrise to sunset daily
    Hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular winter pastimes along the lakeshore trails. Glenwood Dunes Trail is the best option for cross-country skiing with 6.4 miles of interconnecting loops traveling through gently rolling wooded dunes. Advanced skiers can enjoy the three-mile Tolleston Dunes Trail, which features some difficult hills that can be tricky to navigate. Rentals are not available.
    click for details
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    ST. JOHN:
    Heron Lake Park
    11960 Osage Dr.
    click for details
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    VALPARAISO:
    Forest Park Golf Course near Discovery Cottage
    1158 Harrison Blvd.
    219.462.5144
    Once the golf course closes for the season, families can bring their skis and sleds for some wintry fun.
    click for details

    Rogers-Lakewood Park
    3210 North Campbell Street
    219.462.5144
    This popular sledding hill attracts families each year to this 122-acre park. Families must bring their own sleds.
    click for details

    Sunset Hill Farm
    775 Meridian Road
    219.465.3586
    Time: Dawn to dusk
    Families can bring their own cross-country skiing equipment and enjoy the scenery at this 238-acre park.
    click for details

    *Lake County Parks Department sledding hills and cross-country skiing trails are open through March, weather permitting. Rentals at Oak Ridge Prairie and Stoney Run close the last day of February, and weekday rentals are closed at Stoney Run when schools are in session. Families should call after 9 a.m. to see if the hills are open for sledding or if there is enough snow for cross-country skiing. Cross-country skiing boots, skis and poles are available for rental, but families must bring their own tube or plastic sleds for sledding.
     
           
  • | Local Events, northwest indiana, events, happenings, free, what to do, newsletter, nwi
    - We email:
    Festivals
    Parades
    Fireworks
    Family Events
    Farmers Markets
    Movies in the Park
    Musicals
    Concerts
    Beer & Wine Tastings
    Garage Sales
    List of Pools & Splashpads
    And so much more!

    Click on this link, then fill in your email address and zip code*
    click for details

    *You just need to choose one of the following zip codes (choose the one that is closest to where you live). We list events from the surrounding towns for each zip code!

    LAKE COUNTY
    46403 Cedar Lake
    46307 Crown Point
    46311 Dyer
    46312 East Chicago
    46402 Gary
    46403 Gary
    46304 Gary
    46406 Gary
    46407 Gary
    46408 Gary
    46409 Gary
    46319 Griffith
    46320 Hammond
    46323 Hammond
    46324 Hammond
    46327 Hammond
    46322 Highland
    46342 Hobart
    46405 Lake Station
    46356 Lowell
    46410 Merrillville
    46321 Munster
    46375 Schererville
    46373 St. John
    46394 Whiting


    PORTER COUNTY
    46304 Chesterton
    46341 Hebron
    46368 Portage
    46383 Valparaiso
    46385 Valparaiso

    LAPORTE COUNTY
    46350 LaPorte
    46360 Michigan City

    ENJOY!
     
           
    Stacy Travis 219.384.3555 stacy.travis@nwi-townplanner.com
  • | Arts and Entertainment, Theater, Comedy, Musical, Play, Plays, Shows, NWI, Northwest Indiana Theater
    - You don't have to travel into the city for the theater. Check out these various theaters and their productions in Northwest Indiana.



    Acting Theatre of Michigan City
    215 West 10th Street in Michigan City
    (219) 872-4221
    The Acting Theatre of Michigan city is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to producing first-time theatre of all disciplines created especially for Michigan City area audiences and in cooperation with other arts organizations.
    click for details


    Beatniks on Conkey
    418 Conkey Street, Hammond, Indiana 46324
    219-852-0848
    Open Most Weekends! Plays, Variety Shows, Music, Comedy
    Coffee, cookies, cake
    Reservations strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome!
    click for details


    Chicago Street Theatre
    154 W. Chicago Street
    Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 464-1636
    Our award-winning theatre company began a new chapter of its history in 1997 when we purchased the Chicago Street Theatre, located at 154 West Chicago Street in Valparaiso, Indiana. The theatre underwent an extensive renovation completed February 1, 2008. The intimate 130-seat theatre now features brand new stadium seating that makes it an incredible space to enjoy live theatre.
    click for details

    Dune Arts Foundation
    288 Shady Oak Drive in Michigan City
    (219) 879-7509
    The Dunes Arts Foundation sponsors the Dunes Summer Theatre and the Children’s / Youth Theatre. The Foundation has as its goal providing people who live in the surrounding communities with the enjoyment of theatrical entertainment and the opportunity to develop their capacity for artistic expression. “The Dunes” has been providing quality educational and theatrical programs for over 60 years!
    The Dunes Summer Theatre is located at the border between the states of Indiana and Michigan, on a scenic 20+ acre wooded site in the Lake Michigan dunes, about a half mile from the lake shore itself. The theater seats over 200 patrons.
    click for details

    Canterbury Theatre
    807 Franklin Street in Michigan City
    (219) 874-4269
    Canterbury Theatre offers an intimate setting with reminiscences of the past and conveniences of the present. With its bright green roll-up awning, leaded glass on the facade, tin ceilings, and turn-of-the-century-style lighting fixtures and fans, the building reflects its past. But with modern restrooms, handicap accessibility, central air conditioning--all part of recent renovations--the theatre is modern and comfortable.
    Canterbury Winter Arts Series focuses on community and area programming, presenting our audiences with a variety of performing arts experiences, including drama, music and comedy.
    Canterbury Summer Theatre, one of the Midwest's oldest professional summer companies, presents an exciting slate of comedies, musicals and thrillers, produced by our talented Resident Company, hailing from throughout the country. Come see tomorrow's stars, today!
    click for details


    Foot Light Players
    1705 Franklin St
    Michigan City, Indiana
    (219) 874-4035
    Community Theatre - primarily fall, winter and spring productions
    click for details


    Gary Shakespeare Company
    Performances will take place at Theatre Northwest
    3660 Grant Street
    Gary, IN 46408
    and Marquette Park at 7200 Oak Avenue, Gary
    (219)-938-4565
    Gary Shakespeare Company was founded in 2013 by a group of Shakespeare enthusiasts. Since then GSC has worked tirelessly to bring the Bard to Steel City.
    click for details


    Highland Parks Performing Arts Group Summer Theatre
    Performances are held at:
    Main Square Gazebo
    Fifth St. and Ridge Road
    Highland, IN 46322
    219.838.0114
    The Highland Parks Performing Arts Group puts on a summer production on the lawn at Main Square.
    click for details


    LaPorte Little Theatre Club
    218 A. St. LaPorte
    (219) 362.5113
    La Porte Little Theatre Club is family fun and friendly. We encourage everyone to take part in community theatre, whether you are on stage or part of the crew, you just can't beat live theatre for fun and excitement!
    click for details


    L’arc en Ciel Theatre Group
    Performances held at:
    Great Oaks After 4 Club
    13109 Wicker Avenue
    Cedar Lake, IN
    219.374.8000
    The Region’s only full-time dinner theatre.
    click for details


    Marian Theatre Guild
    119th St. and Lincoln Ave.
    Whiting, IN
    219.473.7555
    The Marian Theatre Guild is Whiting's longest running community theatre, presenting a fall musical and spring drama/comedy annually. The Guild is associated with St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and performs in their Marian Memorial Auditorium located at 119th Street and Lincoln Avenue.
    Please watch our calendar of events on Whiting's town page for upcoming shows.
    click for details


    Memorial Opera House
    104 Indiana Avenue in Valparaiso
    (219) 548-9137
    Built in 1893 as a memorial to Civil War veterans, this historic landmark theatre continues a long tradition of opening its doors to local and national talent. With each season specifically selected to delight and entertain our patrons, we know even the most discerning theater enthusiast will be captivated.
    click for details


    Ross Music Theatre
    In association with M & M Productions
    227 Center St
    Hobart, Indiana
    (219) 947-4922
    Ross Music Theatre is a Community Theatre Group whose goal is to involve everyone who wants to in the magic known as Theatre. Ross Music Theatre in association with M & M Productions puts on a two musical show season every year with an occasional third musical. Our summer show, known as RSMT is usually the last weekend of July and the first weekend of August and our winter show normally takes place in December. In addition, we now offer theatre classes and youth workshops.
    click for details


    Theater at the Center
    1040 Ridge Road in Munster
    (219) 836-1930
    Theatre at the Center (TATC) is the resident theatre at the Center for the Performing Arts. Its 5 Mainstage productions attract an audience of over 50,000 annually. TATC operates on an Actors Equity contract and regularly employs the finest performers in the greater Chicago area for its year-round seasons of classic American musicals, new plays and comedies. Other programming includes 4 Theatre for Young Audiences productions annually, theatre classes for young people and special events, including music, comedy and limited run theatrical works.
    click for details


    Theatre Northwest on Grant
    3660 Grant Street
    Gary, IN
    (888-968-7486)
    Theatre Northwest on Grant is an intimate, flexible performance venue which is home to the Fall and Summer IUN productions as well as numerous special events each year. Newly renovated in 2011, this space was once a Hollywood Video! Now completely refurbished, it seats up to 77 audience members as close as 5 feet from the action onstage.
    Located two blocks west and half a block south of the IUN Campus near AutoZone and IUN Arts on Grant in the Old Village Shopping Center.
    click for details


    The Star Plaza Theatre
    8001 Delaware Place
    Merrillville, IN 46410
    (219) 769-6311
    Star Plaza Theatre is an intimate 3400-seat theatre, conveniently located just outside Chicago where I-65 and US30 meet. The auditorium has two seating levels in a semi-circle around the stage. The Main Floor Level seats 2,000 people and the Mezzanine Level, which overhangs the main level about midway, seats 1,400. The furthest seat in the auditorium is only 120 feet from the stage thrust.
    click for details


    The Towle Theater
    5205 Hohman Avenue
    Hammond, Indiana
    219-937-8780
    The Towle Theater, serving NW Indiana:
    •Challenges its talent and audiences
    •Demands unwavering quality
    •Nurtures both young and seasoned;
    While consistently providing unparalleled experiences through performance and education. We do not admit anyone under the age of 6 years old. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.
    click for details


    Valparaiso University Theatre
    Valparaiso University Center for the Arts,
    U.S. Highway 30 and Sturdy Road in Valparaiso
    (219) 464-5162
    Valparaiso University Theatre is a 280-seat facility for plays, musicals and small operas. Under the stage apron is a 25-seat orchestra pit; equipped with a full-trapped mainstage and double-decked side stages for environmental staging. It is the venue for the Theatre Department's major productions. The theater features four main stage productions and musical productions sponsored by the Department of Theater and Television.
    click for details


    4th Street Theater
    125 N. Fourth Street
    Chesterton, IN 46304
    (219)926-7875
    Originally founded in 1990 as the North Coast Cultural Association and was located in the former St. Patrick's Catholic Church until a fire burned the church down in 1998. Our second location, now the Fourth Street Theater, opened its doors in the fall of 1999. Our first performance was a revival of Footlight Players production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, abridged” in 2000. We then produced our first show in the spring of 2001: "The Good War." In the summer of 2002, we joined the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation, or NIETF, from whom we have since received over 120 nominations and 40 awards for excellence in all aspects of theatrical production.
    click for details

    Genesius Guild
    First United Methodist Church
    6635 Hohman AvenueHammond IN 46324
    877-724-7715
    The Genesius Guild is a community theatre troupe based in Hammond, Indiana. The Guild currently utilizes the facilities in the First United Methodist Church of Hammond. The Guild was founded in 1984 as an outgrowth of the summer Vacation Bible School at First United Methodist Church. Our name is taken from Saint Genesius, the Patron Saint of Actors.
    click for details

    Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts
    6915 Grand Avenue
    Hammond, IN 46323
    219-989-7316 x 1889
    The Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts (HAPA) is an institution of rigorous
    programs committed to artistic and academic excellence.
    click for details

    Hammond Community Theatre
    P.O. Box 394
    Hammond, IN 46325
    To foster, promote, and increase the public knowledge and appreciation of the arts and cultural activities in the City of Hammond, Lake County, Northwest Indiana and surrounding community's for the enjoyment of the organization's membership and audiences.
    click for details

    Highland Theatre Company of HHS
    9135 Erie Street
    Highland, IN 46322
    • To bring together students who share a love and passion for the performing arts
    • To educate students in the performing arts through active participation
    in productions and workshops
    • To foster a love and appreciation of the performing arts in both Highland High School and the wider Highland community
    click for details

    Improductions, LLC
    773-828-9117
    A company founded to help push do-it-yourself productions in the Chicagoland area. This company is together as a place where people who produce their own theatre productions find skills and resources to help make their dreams a reality. Whether it’s team management, audio/video production, theatrical instruction, or graphic art production, we have the ability to help anyone seeking expertise and experience in putting the best production possible forward.
    click for details

    Munster Theatre Company
    8808 Columbia Avenue
    Munster, IN 46321
    219-838-3200
    It is the home to the Munster Theatre Company, which produces 4-5 scripted and improvisational theatre productions per year, and the Wilbur Wright Theatre Company. The auditorium also is the home of Lakeshore Community Concerts, which hosts six nationally-touring musical acts each year. The auditorium is available for client rental.
    click for details

    Seedlings Theatre
    219- 281-2829
    We are planting the arts across Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland. We are inclusive in every sense, welcoming seasoned, first-time, and non-traditional actors, directors, designers, technicians, volunteers, and audience members to engage with the performing arts in new ways. Our productions inspire growth, engage discussion, and enrich the community.
    click for details

    Valparaiso Theatrical Company
    219-309-6794
    The mission of Valparaiso Theatrical Company is to offer professional style theater at an affordable price while giving to charitable causes.
    click for details






     
           
  • | Personal Events, Prairie Point, Apartments, Merrillville, Northwest indiana, NWI, Luxury
    - Call Prairie Point Apartments for a tour! (219) 736-8650

    COMMUNITY AMENITIES:
    24-Hour Online Resident Portal
    Community Encouraged Recycling
    Resort Style Clubhouse
    Dynamic On-Site Management and Service Personnel
    On-Site Maintenance
    Amazing Concierge Services
    Accommodating Bike Racks
    Courtyard
    Personal Attached or Detached Garages w/ Automatic Remote
    Complimentary Wireless High-Speed Internet at the Clubhouse
    Sundeck
    Handy Business Center Providing Copier, Printer & Fax Machine
    Free Weights
    Community Play Area
    Professional Maid Services Available
    Convenient Package & Parcel Delivery
    Complimentary 24 Hour Fitness Center with State-of-the-Art Equipment
    Complimentary Coffee Bar
    Courtesy Valet Drop-off/Pick-up Dry Cleaning Services
    Heated Outdoor Olympic Swimming Pool w/ Lap Lane and Lavish Sun Deck
    Housekeeping
    Outdoor Grilling Area
    Regulation Size Sand Volleyball Court

    APARTMENT AMENITIES:
    Fully Loaded Kitchens with Frigidaire Appliances
    Balcony/Patio with Additional Storage
    Complimentary Full-Size Washer/Dryer in Your Suite
    Private Entrances
    Window Treatments Furnished
    Abundant Drive-In Closets
    Air Conditioner
    Cable Ready
    Carpeting
    Cozy Fireplaces
    Dishwasher
    Disposal
    Dramatic 9 to 10 Foot and Vaulted Ceilings
    Electronic Thermostat
    Extra Storage
    Furnished Suite Program Available
    Garden
    Gas Range
    In-Suite Microwave
    Refrigerator
    Security Systems Available
    Serene Views
    Wheelchair Access

    click for details
    Prairie Point Apartments
    9123 Cleveland Street Merrillville IN 46410
    Prairie Point Apartments 219.736.8650 dwebb@weissentities.com
  • | Arts and Entertainment, Live Performances, Acting, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Shows, Night Out
    - Theatre at the Center in Munster announced their 2018 season mainstage productions!

    Steel Magnolias (February 22 – March 25, 2018) click for details

    Forever Plaid (May 3 – June 3, 2018) click for details

    The Lady with All the Answers (July 12 – August 12, 2018) click for details

    Ghost The Musical (September 13 – October 14, 2018) click for details

    Miracle on 34th Street: The Musical (November 15 – December 23, 2018) click for details


    Founded in 1991, the 410 seat Theatre at the Center is a year-round professional theater at its home at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, Indiana. Theatre at the Center is the only professional theater company in Northwest Indiana, offering downtown caliber performance in an accessible venue with plenty of free parking. Theatre at the Center is located off I-80/94, just 35 minutes from downtown Chicago.

    SHOWTIMES: Theatre at the Center mainstage show performances are 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 3:00 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays and select Thursday and Sunday evenings.

    TICKETS: Individual ticket prices range from $42 - $46. To purchase individual tickets, call the Box Office at 219-836-3255 or contact Tickets.com at 800-511-1552 or click for details
    Group discounts are available for groups of 11 or more and gift certificates are also available.

    For more information about Theatre at the Center, visit click for details
    Theatre at the Center
    1040 Ridge Road Munster IN 46321
    Theatre at the Center, Box Office 219.836.3255
  • | Special Interest, Bren-Mark Window Cleaning, Job, Apply, NWI, Northwest Indiana
    - BREN-MARK WINDOW CLEANING
    Lake, Porter, LaPorte Counties

    PART-TIME AND FULL-TIME OPPORTUNITIES
    Work 15-40+ hours per week. Monday-Friday availability between 6am-6pm. Occasional Saturdays.

    No experience? No problem! We Will Train You!

    We are hiring 10+ New Window Cleaners in the next year. Our company has grown every year we have been in business, 18 years and counting. Now we are adding new, cutting-edge technology in both window and gutter cleaning. Glass and gutters that were once unreachable can now be done more efficiently and safely. This will open up new opportunities without having to travel outside of our service area. Be part of our growing company and apply today!

    Starting at $10/hour earning up to $16/hr after 90 days of Training.

    • We provide complete training, equipment, uniforms
    • Weekly performance bonuses!
    • Direct Deposit
    • Flexible Schedule--College students welcome!!!
    • Year Round Work
    • Appreciation for a Job Well Done
    • FREE Keurig beverages, Gatorade, Fully Stocked Candy Bowl
    • Monthly Breakfasts to celebrate Birthdays/Anniversaries
    • Mileage Reimbursement

    Required: Valid Driver's License, Vehicle to drive to jobsites, and Current Proof of Car Insurance

    For the complete job description and to apply with our one page application. click for details
     
           
    Bren-Mark Window Cleaning 219.364.1118 customerservice@bren-mark.com
  • R-Bar & Grill
    9521 Indianapolis Blvd. Highland IN 46322
  • | Local Events, family, fun, outdoor, winter, snow, sledding
    - Pokagon State Park's refrigerated Toboggan Run near Angola, Indiana, has about 90,000 riders every season. With the 30-foot tower and dips and valleys, the total vertical drop is 90 feet over the course of a quarter mile. The top recorded speed is 42 mph. It's a 20 to 30 second thrill ride.

    Schedule

    It opens for the season, with or without snow at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 24. It operates through Feb. 25, 2018.

    Hours

    Friday: 5:30-9 p.m.
    Saturday: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
    Sunday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Fees & General Information

    Toboggan sled rental per hour: $13 (including tax). Toboggan Run gift certificates.
    Toboggan renters are guaranteed one ride per hour during peak times.
    Friday Special: Rent three toboggans in the same hour, the third one is free (except during winter break).
    Park entrance fees: $7 in-state vehicles, $9 out-of-state vehicles, $2 a person on a bus.
    During winter, fees are collected Friday nights and on weekends when the run is open.
    Park closes at 11 p.m. Opens at 7 a.m.
    Driver’s license is required as deposit, rents up to four toboggans.
    Must use park’s sleds. Rented on first-come, first-served basis.
    Maximum of four people per toboggan (no exceptions).
    Cash, check and Visa/MasterCard accepted.
    No all-day rentals.
    No group reservations or group rates.
    There are no specific age or height restrictions, but children must be able to understand and abide by rules.
    No cameras or video equipment allowed on ride.
    Toboggan will close if temperature drops to 0 degrees F or below.
    Warming Center concession available (carry-in food prohibited).
    Nature Center is open noon-4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; closed Monday and Tuesday; and open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
    The park office, (260) 833-2012, is open 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
    Pokagon State Park
    450 Lane 100 Lake James Angola IN 46703
    260.833.2012
  • | Local Events, Outdoor, Family, Kids, Fun, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There is so much to do in Northwest Indiana! Some activities are seasonal and others are available year-round. Please check back to see new events added throughout the year!

    YEAR-ROUND
    Bowling and Indoor Skating
    click for details

    Breweries and Wineries
    click for details

    Casinos
    click for details

    Dog Parks
    click for details

    Family Fun Centers
    click for details

    Live Entertainment Venues
    click for details

    Museums and Tours
    click for details

    Parks and Gardens
    click for details

    Theaters
    click for details

    Walk, Bike, Skate or Run- Trails
    click for details


    SUMMER
    Car Shows
    click for details

    Concerts in the Park
    click for details

    Farmers Markets
    click for details

    Festivals
    click for details

    Fireworks
    click for details

    Garage Sales
    click for details

    Garden Walks
    click for details

    Golfing
    click for details

    Horseback Riding
    click for details

    Movies in the Park
    click for details

    Outdoor Dining in The Dunes
    click for details

    Public Beaches
    click for details

    Public Pools and Splash Pads
    click for details

    Blueberry Picking
    click for details

    Summer Sporting Events
    click for details

    Sail, Paddle, Float or Ride- Water Recreation
    click for details

    Great Fishing Spots
    click for details

    Paintball and Laser Tag
    click for details

    Runs / Races / Walks
    click for details

    Waterparks
    click for details

     
           
  • | Charity, Fundraiser
    - Culver's is doing an entire month of giving to Humane Indiana. There will be donation collection jars at each of our registers for the entire month, and then we will be donating 10% of sales to anyone who mentions Humane Indiana on the following dates:

    January 3 - in Crown Point
    January 10 - Merrillville
    January 17 - Highland
    January 24 - Schererville.

    We will also give free pup cups of our custard to our feline friends who come to Culver's drive thru!
     
           
  • - Registration in now open for the Crown Point Community Foundation’s 9th annual Volunteer Fair. The Volunteer Fair is the perfect opportunity to match charitable organizations with those who are interested in volunteering. It gathers nonprofits throughout the area in one central location, letting potential volunteers meet and talk to dozens of charities in one convenient location.

    This one day event will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Crown Point High School from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

    This is the Crown Point Community Foundation’s ninth year sponsoring the event, which also includes an on-site blood drive. Nonprofit organizations can reserve a table top booth for only $25, which will help offset the price of advertising in the Volunteer Fair program that will be distributed in The Times newspaper on Thursday, March 1, 2018 and at the event. This special section will include information about your organization, its mission and volunteer opportunities.

    Register online at: click for details. Registration is open now until January 24, 2018.

    “Our Volunteer Fair is one of our largest and most anticipated events of the year,” said Mary Nielsen, President of the Crown Point Community Foundation. “It’s a great opportunity for area nonprofit organizations to meet potential volunteers face-to-face, share their mission as well as to build connections with other charities in our community.”

    Last year, over ninety nonprofits participated in this event. Register today at: click for details.

    About the Crown Point Community Foundation: The Crown Point Community Foundation connects people who care to causes that matter. Since 1990, we have served the citizens of Crown Point and South Lake County through a range of charitable and civic activities, while helping individual donors achieve their philanthropic goals. As a public charitable organization, the CPCF is dedicated to building permanently endowed funds. The Crown Point Community Foundation will help to positively shape the future of the community and act as a facilitator of community good.

     
           
  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - Moon enters first quarter phase at 5:20 PM, EST
     
           

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

  • | 8:00am - 9:00am | Business, Chamber, Networking, Networking, Free, Coffee
    - A refreshing start to your Thursday! Enjoy complimentary coffee, networking with the community, and an overall positive way to kick off your Thursday at greenCOW Coworking. Some mornings we watch a TED Talk and share our thoughts on the issues, other days we help come up with solutions to each others' problems. The core of coworking is community, so what are you waiting for?
    GreenCOW Coworking
    5209 Hohman Avenue Hammond IN 46320
    Lee Watson 219.501.0501
  • | 10:00am - 11:00am | Library Events
    - Four and five year olds and a caregiver will hear stories, sing songs, participate in finger plays and make crafts. "Green" is the theme at the Merrillville library.
    Merrillville Public Library
    1919 W. 81st Ave. Merrillville IN 46410
    Youth Services 2197693541ext360 juvenile@lcplin.org
  • | 10:00am - 7:00pm | Local Events, Photography, Used Books
    - The Duneland Photography Club will be exhibiting "Framed Photographs" from January 6, 2018 through February 9, or 16 at the Green Door Used Books & Studio. Many framed photographs will be for sale to the public. The Book Store & Studio is located at 220 Main Street; Hobart, Indian which is directly across the street from the Hobart Post Office.

    Green Door Used Books & Studio is relatively new to the Hobart area, they can be found on Facebook under Green Door Books, and by phone (219-945-3656). All books are only $1 which is an incredible deal.

    There will be an open house for the photography exhibit on Friday, January 12 from 7-9 pm at the bookstore.

    For more information on the Duneland Photography club: contact dunelandphotoclub@gmail.com, or you can find us on Facebook under Duneland Photography Club.
    Green Door Used Books & Studio
    220 Main Street Hobart IN 46342
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing.
    Deep River Water Park
    9001 East Lincoln Highway Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • - When their boot-stitcher father loses his job after a debilitating injury, the Turner sisters and their mother support themselves by performing on the vaudeville stage, where they confront dangers and turns of fate from the seamier side of the business.

    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 4:30pm - 5:30pm | Local Events
    - Tweens ages 8-12 are welcome to join us while we create different
    inventions with littleBits (which are easy-to-use electronic building
    blocks).
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Youth Services 219.365.5379
  • - For ages 8 to 14. Paint with acrylics & canvas on an easel. Participants will follow the instructor's example and create an original piece of art. A $20 cash fee for materials is paid to the instructor at the time of class.

    Registration is required. Space is limited


    Munster Library
    8701 Calumet Avenue Munster IN 46321
    Munster Library 219.836.8450 munster@lcplin.org
  • | 6:00pm - 7:30pm | Library Events, crafts, teens
    - Join us for a teen craft night. In the spirit of the winter season, we'll be making penguin figurines for fun and decoration. Participants can choose from a couple different styles...or make them all!

    Ages 12-18. Please register at events.lcplin.org/events
    Lake County Public Library - Merrillville Branch
    1919 west 81st Avenue Merrillville IN 46410
  • | 8:30pm - 10:30pm | Sports and Recreation, Ultimate Frisbee, Crown Point Sparta Dome, Indoor
    - NWI Ultimate is running our first ever Indoor Mixed (all genders) Winter League. This league will include 8 teams playing 5 v 5 Ultimate Frisbee on beautiful indoor fields located at the Crown Point Sparta Dome. The league will run for 8 weeks starting January 18th. Play will take place on Thursday nights from 8:30 - 10:30 p.m. All levels of play are welcome! Ages 16 and up can participate. Cost: $70/individual

    Our goal as a non for profit organization is to help connect ultimate players throughout Northwest Indiana. We are starting off with our inaugural Winter League. In the near future, we will be running a summer league outdoors. As our community grows, we plan on running tournaments and clinics.

    You can find more information at Indiana.ultimatecentral.com


    Send questions to NWIUltimate@gmail.com
    Crown Point Sparta Dome
    1355 E North St Crown Point, IN IN 46373
    Eric Hallow 219.613.7892 erhallow@gmail.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.
    click for details

    BUCKLEY HOMESTEAD COUNTY PARK (self-guided and guided group tours)
    Farm & Barnyard open daily 7am - dusk
    Buildings open seasonally
    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.
    click for details


    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.
    click for details


    COMMUNITY VETERANS MEMORIAL (guided and self-guided tours)
    Open daily from dawn - dusk
    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.
    click for details


    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.
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    GRIFFITH HISTORICAL PARK AND RAILROAD MUSEUM (guided and self-guided tours)
    201 S Broad St, Griffith, IN 46319
    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.
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    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.
    click for details


    JOHN DILLINGER MUSEUM (self-guided tours)
    Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Last admission at 4:00 p.m.
    1 Courthouse Sq #205, Crown Point, IN 46307
    The John Dillinger Museum takes visitors on an interactive, historical adventure through the life and times of John Dillinger and other gangsters of the 1930s depression era. Through the stories of the infamous gangsters, visitors will also learn of the rise of the FBI and advancements made in crime fighting technology.
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    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.
    Self guided, guided and behind the scenes tours are all available.
    click for details


    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.
    click for details


    LAKE OF THE RED CEDARS MUSEUM (self-guided and special tours are available by appointment only...not necessarily open without appt.)
    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.
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    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. Admission: Adults/$5 and Children 14 and under/$2.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    CHALLENGER LEARNING CENTER (individual and group tours)
    *Please call ahead for events open to the general public
    Hours: 8am-4pm
    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!
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  • | Special Interest, NWI, Northwest Indiana, Dining, Things to do, Al Frescothe
    - Top 20 Outdoor Dining Spots in the Dunes
    published by Dig the Dunes


    BEVERLY SHORES
    Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill
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    CHESTERTON
    Duneland Pizza
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    Lemon Tree
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    Lucrezia (there's a second location in Crown Point)
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    LA PORTE
    Spire Farm to Fork
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    MICHIANA SHORES
    Stop 50 Wood Fired Pizzeria
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    MICHIGAN CITY
    Bridges
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    Fiddlehead
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    Fire & Water (pictured above)
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    Overboard at the Marina
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    Tree House Cafe
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    MILLER
    Wells Street Beach
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    NEW BUFFALO
    Bentwood Tavern
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    Brewster’s
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    Casey’s
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    Stray Dog
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    PORTAGE
    Latitudes at Marina Shores
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    PORTER
    Wagners Ribs
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    SAWYER
    Greenbush
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    VALPARAISO
    Sage
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    Original article by Dig the Dunes can be found at: click for details
     
           
  • | Special Interest, homes for sale, nw indiana, traci dvorscak, selling the 219, coldwell banker
    - HOMES FOR SALE IN NORTHWEST INDIANA!
    click for details

    For questions, contact Traci Dvorscak, realtor with Coldwell Banker, at (219) 613-7785 or Traci.Dvorscak@cbexchange.com.
     
           
    Traci Dvorscak, Broker 219.613.7785 Traci.Dvorscak@cbexchange.com
  • | Local Events, Yoga, Fitness, Exercise, NWI, St. John, Now Yoga Club
    - We offer a variety of classes such as vinyasa, restorative, family classes, sunrise classes, special workshops & more! Check out the current schedule at NowYogaClub.com. For our coupon: click for details

    Now Yoga Club
    8450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Sarah Johnson 219.227.0651 sarah@nowyogaclub.com
  • | Local Events, winter, ice skating, family, fun, outdoors
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Admission fees are $5 for adults (anyone over 14 years) and $4 for anyone under 14 years, and seniors 62+. Skate rental is $6 for everyone, but skaters are welcome to bring their own skates. Admission fees apply to all skaters, but spectators can come out for free! The Ice Plaza is open Thursdays 4-9, Fridays 4-10, Saturdays Noon-10 and Sundays Noon-9 pm. The plaza will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but is open during all school holidays. For the most up to date information about skating, like Deep River Waterpark on Facebook, or visit the website at click for details

    Call 219-947-7850 ext. 604 about group discounts and birthday party reservations. There is a one dollar discount on admission and skate rental to Waterpark season pass holders. Parking is free. Food, beverage and coolers are not permitted into the park and alcoholic beverages are not permitted anywhere on the Park Department property. Hockey games and hockey sticks are not permitted on the ice.

    Deep River Waterpark is located at 9001 East U.S. 30 only 4 ½ miles east of I-65 on Route 30 in Merrillville. GPS coordinates: 41.47063,-87.230138
    Deep River Waterpark
    9001 East U.S. 30 Crown Point IN 46307
    2199477850ext604
  • | Local Events, Outdoor, Family, Kids, Fun, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There is so much to do in Northwest Indiana! Some activities are seasonal and others are available year-round. Please check back to see new events added throughout the year!

    YEAR-ROUND
    Bowling and Indoor Skating
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    Breweries and Wineries
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    Casinos
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    Dog Parks
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    Family Fun Centers
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    Live Entertainment Venues
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    Museums and Tours
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    Parks and Gardens
    click for details

    Theaters
    click for details

    Walk, Bike, Skate or Run- Trails
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    SUMMER
    Car Shows
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    Concerts in the Park
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    Farmers Markets
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    Festivals
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    Fireworks
    click for details

    Garage Sales
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    Garden Walks
    click for details

    Golfing
    click for details

    Horseback Riding
    click for details

    Movies in the Park
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    Outdoor Dining in The Dunes
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    Public Beaches
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    Public Pools and Splash Pads
    click for details

    Blueberry Picking
    click for details

    Summer Sporting Events
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    Sail, Paddle, Float or Ride- Water Recreation
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    Great Fishing Spots
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    Paintball and Laser Tag
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    Runs / Races / Walks
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    Waterparks
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  • - January 24, 1924. The first Winter Olympic Games opened at Chamonix, France, with athletes representing 16 nations. The ski jump, previously unknown, thrilled spectators. The Olympics offered a boost to skiing, which became enormously popular in the next decade.
     
           

Friday, January 26th, 2018

  • | 10:00am - 7:00pm | Local Events, Photography, Used Books
    - The Duneland Photography Club will be exhibiting "Framed Photographs" from January 6, 2018 through February 9, or 16 at the Green Door Used Books & Studio. Many framed photographs will be for sale to the public. The Book Store & Studio is located at 220 Main Street; Hobart, Indian which is directly across the street from the Hobart Post Office.

    Green Door Used Books & Studio is relatively new to the Hobart area, they can be found on Facebook under Green Door Books, and by phone (219-945-3656). All books are only $1 which is an incredible deal.

    There will be an open house for the photography exhibit on Friday, January 12 from 7-9 pm at the bookstore.

    For more information on the Duneland Photography club: contact dunelandphotoclub@gmail.com, or you can find us on Facebook under Duneland Photography Club.
    Green Door Used Books & Studio
    220 Main Street Hobart IN 46342
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing.
    Deep River Water Park
    9001 East Lincoln Highway Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Grab your friends, bring the kids, snag your spouse and come out to skate at the William E. Urschel Pavilion. Open skating take place 7 days a week. Admission: $5; $3 skate rental; $3 helmet rental; $2 lockers; $3 and $5/hr. skate aid
    Urschel Pavilion & Central Park Plaza
    Lincolnway and Lafayette Street Valparaiso IN 46383
    219.462.5144
  • | 4:00pm - 7:30pm | Charity, Fundraiser, Fish Fry, Shrimp, Pierogi
    - Weekly Fish & Shrimp Fry. Fish, Shrimp, Pierogi, Chicken Fingers and Weekly Special. This week's special is: ($12) Turkey, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potato Casserole, Vegetable. Family Friendly Atmosphere. Price range: $5.00-$12.00 Take out orders available. Call ahead for large groups.
    St. Michael the Archangel National Catholic Church
    6629 W. 133rd Ave Cedar Lake IN 46303
    Rev. John P. Kowalczyk 219.374.7626 smapncc@sbcglobal.net
  • | 4:00pm - | Local Events, La Porte, things to do, Winterfest, family activities
    - WinterFest 2018 – schedule of events

    The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department released WinterFest 2018 schedule of events which will be held throughout the City of La Porte and La Porte County the weekend of January 26-28. Event statuses will be posted on the City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s website click for details and Facebook page.


    Friday, January 26:

    ICE SCULPTURE DEMONSTRATIONS- FREE! 4-7 p.m.
    Downtown La Porte
    Ice, ice, baby! Our downtown sidewalks will transform into a frozen art gallery at Plaza 618. The theme this year is Celebrate La Porte! Enjoy the creative designs as you peruse the offerings at local shops and enjoy a hearty meal at one of the local restaurants! Presented by Downtown La Porte and local businesses.

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    Saturday, January 27:

    FAMILY CERAMICS 9 a.m.-Noon
    Civic Auditorium
    Decorate a project in time for Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day, Lincoln’s Birthday or any other holiday celebrated in late winter. This entertaining activity provides a great opportunity for a family outing. Please call the Park office at 219-326-9600 to register with your credit card.

    “SNOWBALL SOFTBALL” ADULT COED TOURNAMENT 9 a.m.
    Lions Field
    Dashing through the snow, turning double plays! Get your team together for our version of the “hot stove” league. Double-elimination tournament; limited to the first eight teams to register. Pre-registration required.

    BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS-FREE! 9:30-11 a.m.
    Luhr County Park Nature Center
    Come enjoy breakfast treats while watching birds grab a bite at the bird feeders. No pre-registration required. This program is open to all ages; however, children must be accompanied by an adult. Presented by La Porte County Parks.

    BARRE CLASS-FREE! (Donations accepted) 11 a.m.-noon.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    Move those winter blues away! No dance background required! If you are staying on top of fitness trends, you know that barre workouts which are designed to give you a long, lean dancer-like physique, are all the rage! Come and join certified instructor Becca Masters for a new type of workout! This class is FREE to all who attend! Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Youth Scholarship Program.

    STRENGTHEN WHILE STRETCHING- FREE! (Donations accepted) 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    Feeling the winter blahs? Susan Taylor is ready to help increase your flexibility, rebalance the body, relieve pain and scar tissue in joints and muscles. This is a gentle, safe, low-impact workout that is respectful to the body. This class is FREE to all who attend! Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Youth Scholarship Program.

    POLAR PLUNGE 10 a.m.
    Cummings Lodge
    Take the plunge for Deeker and Clarke Park! Participants must register in advance (by January 19) by making a $100 donation online at click for details or by check at the Park Department. Not into freezing cold water? Consider chipping in to sponsor a brave friend. Participants can warm up after the plunge with refreshments, including hot chocolate, by the fire in Cummings Lodge!

    COMMUNITY SNOW ANGEL GATHERING- FREE! 1 p.m.
    Behind Cummings Lodge in Soldiers Memorial Park
    How many people can we join in one place to make snow angels simultaneously? Let’s find out! Tell your neighbors! Bring a friend! Come one, come all! Bring back your childhood memory of playing in the snow!

    FAMILY BEACH DAY- FREE! 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Stone Lake Beach—Soldiers Memorial Park
    Going to the beach in the middle of winter? Sure, it is WinterFest! We are planning an afternoon of family ‘beach’ activities immediately following the snow angel gathering. Bring your beach pail and shovel to build a “sand” castle, participate in a volleyball game, tug-of-war, Frisbee golf, limbo, “parachute” game (beach ball with blanket), fly a kite, or play hopscotch! Warning: these activities may trigger squeals of fun and laughter! Hot chocolate will be available at the beach house.

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    Sunday, January 29:

    HORSE DRAWN WAGON RIDES- FREE! 1:30-3:30 p.m.
    Cummings Lodge
    Jingle, jingle, jingle. Take a brisk ride through the beauty of wintry nature while enjoying the majesty of the equine. After a trot through Soldiers Memorial Park, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace.

    WHEEL THROWING POTTERY DEMONSTRATION- FREE! 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    The art of wheel throwing is both a therapeutic and expressive way to create pottery. Join Alayna Bublitz, a local artist who teaches the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s pottery classes, while she demonstrates her talent and answers questions from those in attendance. Individuals will have the opportunity to sit at a wheel and get their hands dirty! Maybe you will hear ‘Unchained Melody’ playing in the background

    Plaza 618
    618 Lincolnway LaPorte IN 46350
    La Porte Park and Recreation Department 219.326.9600
  • | Sports and Recreation, nwi, northwest indiana, sledding, fun, winter, family, things to do
    - Lets Go Sledding!

    BEECHER, IL:
    Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve
    Dutton Road, north of Goodenow Road.
    Times: 8 a.m.-Sunset
    For current sledding conditions call: 708.946.2216.
    Sledding tubes are available for rent at Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Rd., Beecher, IL.
    Renters must be 18 years old and bring a valid driver's license or state ID.
    Tubes may be limited to one tube per license/ID. Tubes are rented until 4 p.m. and must be returned to the Nature Center by 4:30 p.m.
    Activity Fee: $1/tube
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    CHESTERTON:
    Indiana Dunes State Park
    1600 N. 25 E.
    219.926.1952
    Adventure seekers can enjoy a thrilling 100-ft ride down Devil's Slide, the only location where sledding is permitted in the park. Hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing also are available on the 16 miles of trails along the lakeshore.
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    CROWN POINT:
    Lake County Fairgrounds
    889 S Court St.
    219.663.3617
    A longtime favorite among sledders, the hill at Fancher Lake offers fun for all ages.
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    Lemon Lake County Park
    6322 W. 133rd Avenue, Crown Point, IN 46307
    Dates: Sledding hills will be open December 1 through March when adequate snow base allows.
    Cost: The gate fee is charged when a gatekeeper is on duty.
    $5 per vehicle for IN residents or $8 per vehicle for out of state residents.
    Time: 7 a.m. to sunset daily
    Rentals available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
    Call the park at 219.663.7627 or the Lemon Lake Ski Rental building at
    219.663.2418 after 9 a.m. to see if the hills are open before you come out.
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    DYER:
    Northgate Park
    Calumet Ave. at Harrison Place
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    GRIFFITH:
    Oak Ridge Prairie County Park
    301 S. Colfax Street, Griffith, IN 46319
    Dates: Sledding hills will be open December 1 through March when adequate snow base allows.
    Cost: The gate fee is charged when a gatekeeper is on duty. $5 per vehicle for IN residents or $8 per vehicle for out of state residents.
    Time: 7 a.m. to sunset daily
    Call 219.884.7238 after 9 a.m. to see if the hills are open before you come out.
    Rentals available 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
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    HAMMOND:
    Dowling Park
    175th & Parrish Avenue
    click for details

    Forsythe Park
    119th Street and Calumet Avenue
    219.659.7678
    Time: Dawn to dusk daily
    Settled on Wolf Lake, this park boasts an ice skating rink and cross-country skiing opportunities. No rentals are available.
    click for details

    Lost Marsh Golf Course
    1001 129th St.
    219.932.4653
    This award-winning golf course transforms into a winter wonderland, allowing cross-country skiing and sledding down the course’s rolling hills as weather permits. Families must bring their own equipment and check in at the club house.
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    HIGHLAND:
    Meadows Park
    9400 Southmoor Ave
    219.838.0114
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    LAPORTE:
    Red Mill County Park
    0185 South Holmesville Road
    219.325.8315
    click for details

    Kesling Park
    18th Street
    219.326.9600
    click for details
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    LEROY:
    Stoney Run County Park
    142nd and Union St.
    219.996.6500
    Time: 7 a.m. to sunset daily
    Rentals available 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
    Intermediate and advanced skiers will appreciate this trail winding through a wooded area and featuring seven miles of easy to moderate challenges. *
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    LOWELL:
    Liberty Park
    W Main St & N Liberty St.
    click for details
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    MERRILLVILLE:
    Hidden Lake Park
    6355 Broadway
    219.980.8790
    click for details
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    MUNSTER:
    Centennial Park
    901 N. Centennial Dr.
    219.836.6930
    click for details
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    PORTAGE:
    Countryside Park
    5250 U.S. 6
    219.762.1675
    click for details

    Woodland Park
    2100 Willowcreek Road
    219.762.1675
    click for details
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    PORTER:
    Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
    1100 N. Mineral Springs Road
    219.926.7561
    Time: Sunrise to sunset daily
    Hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular winter pastimes along the lakeshore trails. Glenwood Dunes Trail is the best option for cross-country skiing with 6.4 miles of interconnecting loops traveling through gently rolling wooded dunes. Advanced skiers can enjoy the three-mile Tolleston Dunes Trail, which features some difficult hills that can be tricky to navigate. Rentals are not available.
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    ST. JOHN:
    Heron Lake Park
    11960 Osage Dr.
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    VALPARAISO:
    Forest Park Golf Course near Discovery Cottage
    1158 Harrison Blvd.
    219.462.5144
    Once the golf course closes for the season, families can bring their skis and sleds for some wintry fun.
    click for details

    Rogers-Lakewood Park
    3210 North Campbell Street
    219.462.5144
    This popular sledding hill attracts families each year to this 122-acre park. Families must bring their own sleds.
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    Sunset Hill Farm
    775 Meridian Road
    219.465.3586
    Time: Dawn to dusk
    Families can bring their own cross-country skiing equipment and enjoy the scenery at this 238-acre park.
    click for details

    *Lake County Parks Department sledding hills and cross-country skiing trails are open through March, weather permitting. Rentals at Oak Ridge Prairie and Stoney Run close the last day of February, and weekday rentals are closed at Stoney Run when schools are in session. Families should call after 9 a.m. to see if the hills are open for sledding or if there is enough snow for cross-country skiing. Cross-country skiing boots, skis and poles are available for rental, but families must bring their own tube or plastic sleds for sledding.
     
           
  • | Special Interest, Over 21, Drink, Tour, Brewery, Winery, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - Sample some of the regions delicious local wine and microbrews!

    BREWERIES

    The Illiana Brew Bus is Nothwest Indiana's Original Craft Brewery touring company. It's so much fun! Check out all the different touring options! click for details


    BACK ROAD BREWERY
    308 Perry
    La Porte, IN 46350
    219.362.7623
    Established in 1996 in the county of LaPorte, Indiana, Back Road Brewery is LaPorte’s first production craft brewery. Chuck Krcilek (Co-owner/president) started home brewing in 1990. He found he had a love for making beer. This began an idea that changed the craft brewing scene in LaPorte, Indiana. A small production craft brewery was conceived. Today, sixteen years later, the 7-barrel brewery still operates simply and efficiently.
    Thurs/Fri 3:30-7pm
    Saturday 1-5pm
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    BULLDOG BREWING COMPANY
    1409 119th St, Whiting, IN 46394
    (219) 655-5284
    Bulldog Brewing Co. is a microbrewery offering a full menu and full bar. We have 5 signature brews as well as a variety of seasonal brews.
    Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
    Fri - Sat: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
    Sun: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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    BURN 'EM BREWING
    718 Freyer Rd.
    Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 210-3784
    Burn ‘Em Brewing was established in February 2013. We are striving to bring our creativity in the way we brew and what we brew with, along with our never-ending passion of the brewing industry to produce the finest and most unique brews in our region. Comforting the disturbed and the disturbing the comfortable.
    Monday-Thursday: 2PM-8PM CST
    Friday & Saturday: 11AM-10PM CST
    Sunday: 11AM-8PM CST
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    CROWN BREWING
    211 S. East Street
    Crown Point, IN
    219-663-4545
    The brewery was founded in 2008 by Tim Walsh and Dave Bryan of Crown Point, IN. They both wanted to see great craft beer in their local community! The City of Crown Point was home to a large regional brewery(Crown Brewing) that closed in 1916. They brought back the Crown Brewing name and the brewery has grown and become a part of the Crown Point community again. The brewery participates in community events and has teamed up with the City of Crown Point to host an annual Oktoberfest celebration! The brewery is now owned by Dave Bryan. Tours of the brewery are given the first Monday of every month. Sign up at the bar.
    Sunday-Thursday 11:00am-11:00pm
    Friday-Saturday 11:00am-Midnight
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    FIGURE EIGHT BREWING
    150 S Washington St, Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 477-2000
    A fun brewpub on the Courthouse Square in downtown Valparaiso. We have 11 of our handcrafted brews on tap, homemade root beer and a light menu of sandwiches, salads, appetizers and desserts and are family friendly.
    We not only offer 6 different year-round beers, but over 30 seasonal beers throughout the year so that you never need to fear the mundane, “hum-drum”, or the monotonous. We utilize over 40 different hop varieties across our craft to create the perfect profile in every beer.
    Wed - Sat: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
    Sun: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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    FOUR FATHERS BREWING LLC
    1555 W Lincolnway Ste 105
    Valparaiso, IN 46385
    219-464-9712
    Four Fathers Brewing opened its doors in 2014 in Valparaiso. Their brewery anchors a small industrial building along humble two-lane Lincolnway Road.
    Wednesday and Friday: 4pm – 9 pm
    Saturday: 12 pm – 9 pm
    Sunday: 11am – 6 pm
    click for details



    HUNTER'S BREWING
    1535 S. Calumet Rd., Chesterton, IN 46304
    219-728-6729
    Hunter's Brewing is a nanobrewery located in Chesterton, IN. Brewed by hand on our one-barrel system, Hunter's Brewing beers focus on flavor and range from the traditional to the creative.
    Open Mon-Thurs 4pm - 9pm, Fri-Sat 12pm - 9pm, and Sunday 11am - 6pm.
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    IRONWOOD BREWING COMPANY
    6 Roosevelt Rd, Valparaiso, IN 46383
    1-219-405-4644
    Ironwood Brewing opened for business on August 16, 2013. Ironwood Brewing Company is considered a tasting room/bar facility (you must be 21 to be on the property) - a place where fans of craft beer can meet for stimulating conversation and a couple of great brews.
    This is not a sports bar; there are no TV’s on the premises! However, wi-fi is available.
    Ironwood beers are best described as “true-to-style” with an occasional twist. The beers are all generally malt-forward but balanced with a nice variety of hops.
    Local ingredients used in the brewing process include blueberries, cherries, honey, and even hops.
    Hours:
    Monday and Tuesday 4-9pm**
    Tuesday and Wednesday 4-9pm
    Friday Saturday 2-10pm
    Sunday 1-6pm
    Call for holiday hours
    **Denotes extra hours Memorial Day through Labor Day
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    NEW OBERPFALZ BREWING
    121 E Main St., Griffith, Indiana 46319
    The Tap Room is located at 121 E Main Street in downtown Griffith and features seating for 60 visitors inside and an outdoor patio for another 30 guests. We offer brewery tours most Saturdays (email ahead of your visit). You may also enjoy New Oberpfalz on draft at a variety of restaurants and taverns around NWI or purchase bottles in your local liquor store.
    Hours:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 3PM - 10PM
    Friday & Saturday: 11AM- 10PM
    Sunday: 11AM- 7PM
    TAP ROOM CLOSED ON MONDAYS
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    POKRO BREWING COMPANY
    311 N. Broad St., Griffith, IN 46319
    We are a family-owned microbrewery specializing in Belgian, English, and other European style beers brewed by Joe Pokropinski. You will often find our brewmaster visiting with customers in one of the tasting rooms, discussing one of his 4-6 beers on tap. Our front 2 tasting rooms offer a cozy, old-world European feel, while our back area offers a jukebox, board games, boards & bags, vintage multicade, & dartboard.
    Hours:
    Mon: CLOSED
    Tues & Wed: 2-10pm
    Thurs: 2-11pm
    Fri: 2pm-12am
    Sat: 12pm-12am
    Sun: 12-8pm
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    ROUTE 2 BREWS
    141 Harding Drive, Lowell, IN 46356
    (219) 690-3080
    Hours:
    Thur: 4pm-9pm
    Fri. 4pm- 9pm
    Sat: 12pm - 8pm
    Sun: 11am - 7pm
    Those lucky enough to be friends and neighbors of Christopher and Gwendolyn Fast have been enjoying the benefits of his homebrewing hobby for 15 years. Now, others can join in as Fast pours his energy into Route 2 Brews, Lowell's first craft brewery which opened officially November 29, 2014.
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    SAINT JOHN MALT BROTHERS, INC.
    9575 Wicker Avenue
    St. John, IN 46373
    (219) 627-4294
    St. John Malt Brothers is committed to offering a great tasting, quality and consistent beer to our region. Our tasting room showcases our different varieties and our unique brand personality.
    SJMB's facility includes high-end, computerized European brewing equipment with a 15-barrel production capacity.
    Our unique, classic tasting room showcases our craft beer, unique and rare bottled selections, fine wines, choice bites, merchandise and local art.
    Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-10pm
    Friday 2pm-11pm
    Saturday 11am-11pm
    Sunday 11am-9pm
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    SHORELINE BREWERY
    208 Wabash St, Michigan City, IN 46360
    (219) 879-4677
    Shoreline Brewery is a brewery and restaurant located near the shores of Lake Michigan in Michigan City, Indiana. Twelve beers are always on tap, including the World Beer Cup Award winning Beltaine Scottish Ale and Singing Sands Oatmeal Stout, and seasonal beers such as Samuel Jackson's Black IPA, Bavarian Bombshell Black Lager, and the Barrel Aged Imperial Stout Lost Sailor. In the eight years of existence, Shoreline Brewery has evolved and grown into so much more than just a brewery.
    The ever growing list of beers is the main focus to pleasing those who enjoy a pint, but the restaurant is also as important to those who enjoy a wonderful dining experience as well. The chef at Shoreline Brewery has vast knowledge and experience in fine dining and brings that element to the pallet of those who visit the brewery.
    Sun - Thurs 11am - 12am
    Fri & Sat 11am - 1am
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    THE DEVIL'S TRUMPET BREWING COMPANY
    8250 Utah Street, Merrillville, IN 46410
    (219) 576-7118
    With our destination brewery and taproom, The Devil’s Trumpet welcomes the craft beer lover. Our brewery opened in 2014, but our brewers have been perfecting their recipes for over ten years. Visit our taproom for a few pints and take some home! Cheers!
    Monday – Thursday 3pm – 9pm
    Friday 3pm – 11pm
    Saturday 12pm – 11pm
    Sunday 12pm – 8pm
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    WILDROSE BREWING COMPANY
    1104 E. Main St., Griffith, IN 46319
    (219) 595-5054
    Wildrose aims at American-style beers that are hoppy but traditionally balanced. The brewpub features a seven-barrel brewing system, a 2,000-square-foot bar with restaurant seating, and a spacious patio with cornhole and a garage door that opens into the bar.
    Mon - Thu: 3pm - 11pm
    Fri: 3pm - Midnight
    Sat: 12pm - Midnight
    Sun: 12pm - 8pm
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    3 FLOYDS BREWING CO.
    9750 Indiana Parkway
    Munster, Indiana 46321
    Phone: (219) 922-3565
    There’s a great number of craft breweries worldwide and thankfully more opening almost daily. Even while utilizing only the four main ingredients, these breweries make an astonishingly wide variety of ales and lagers, all with a unique house flavor.
    Three Floyds is no different. Even with the wide variety of styles we brew, our ales and lagers will always taste like Three Floyds. Using sound techniques, the finest ingredients and innovation, we strive to make the best and most memorable beers—always setting themselves apart
    Tours are offered on Saturdays. Tours will be held at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, and 5:30. Sign-ups are on a first come, first serve basis and you can sign up with our door guy on the day of the tour.
    Brewpub Hours:
    Mon-Thurs 11:00am–11:15pm
    Fri-sat 11:00am–1:15am
    Sun 11:00am–11:15pm
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    18TH STREET BREWERY
    5725 Miller Ave. Gary, IN 46403
    219-939-8802
    18th Street Brewery is a brewpub in the Miller Beach neighborhood of Gary, Indiana in late 2013. Conveniently located off the Dunes Highway and the Metra 'Miller' stop, 18th Street specializes in both big and small beers, from 9.5% barrel aged Double Milk Stouts to 4.5% Session Pale Ales. 18th Street also has a craft cocktail menu and carries a curated selection of whiskey, bourbon, and wine. We have a kitchen that specializes in small plates, salads, sandwiches, and seasonal offerings. Our large, open front room is great for families.
    Monday-Thursday: 11am – 10pm
    Friday and Saturday: 12pm – 12am
    Sunday: 11pm – 8pm
    Check their Facebook page at click for details for different hours of operation on Holidays.
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    WINERIES

    ANDERSON'S VINEYARD & WINERY
    430 E. U.S. Highway 6
    Valparaiso, IN 46383
    Phone: (219) 464-4936
    A family tradition originating in 1927, Anderson’s Orchard has grown from a small roadside market to the most beautiful 40 acre family attraction spot in Porter County, Indiana. You'll love our bakery, fudge factory, and gift shop Our candles, steins, glassware. local handmade crafts, and homemade jams and jellies are just a few of the treasures you will find on your visit with us. We are also home to the largest selection of beer and wine making suppliers in the Chicago land area. In the spring visit our greenhouse.
    Hours:
    January 2 – April 14:
    Fri. 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.
    Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Sun., 12 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    April 15 – December 31:
    Sun. thru Sat.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
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    BUTLER WINERY & VINEYARDS
    401 Broadway
    Chesterton, IN 46304
    Phone: (219) 929-1400
    Butler Winery, established in 1983, is the fourth oldest operating winery in Indiana. The winery and vineyard are located just 10 minutes from the NE side of Bloomington, which is also within the northern boundaries of the Indiana Uplands viticultural area. This region in south central Indiana produces wines of distinctive character.
    Monday - Saturday: 10 - 6pm
    Sunday: 12- 6 pm
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    CARPENTER CREEK CELLARS
    11144 Jordan Road
    Remington, IN 47977
    Phone: (219) 866-4334
    Carpenter Creek Cellars, the original winery in Jasper County, Indiana, is a farm winery producing world-class wines which embody the best terroir and fruit the Midwest has to offer.
    Monday through Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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    RUNNING VINES
    119 S. Calumet, Ste 101-105
    Chesterton, IN 46304
    Phone: (219) 390-WINE
    We feature wines for the entire pallet. From dry light bodied wines to our Fit Collection to our fruitier sweeter wines from our Race Collection. Visit our website for upcoming events
    Tuesday-Thursday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Friday: 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Saturday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
    Sunday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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    SHADY CREEK WINERY
    2030 Tryon Rd
    Michigan City, IN 46360
    Phone: (219) 874-9463
    "A great winery experience on the southern Lake Michigan shore". Featuring custom crafted wines and a first class facility situated on nearly 20 acres of grounds with expansive views, comfortable patios, covered porches, fireplaces, tasting room, specialty foods, gifts and local artwork.
    Check website for seasonal hours.
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  • | Sports and Recreation, Horses, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - Looking for horses? There are many stables and farms in Northwest Indiana offering horseback riding lessons, trail rides, birthday parties and more!

    STATELINE STABLES
    10411 N 200E
    LaPorte, IN 46350
    219-778-9020
    Stateline Stables is a 30 acre horse farm. Our facility has a 50 stall barn with a large indoor and two big outdoor arenas with excellent footing. All disciplines welcome! It’s a great family environment. We offer riding lessons, boarding, camps, horse shows, trail rides and horse leasing.
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    FOREST VIEW FARMS
    11750 W 117th Ave
    Cedar Lake, IN
    (219) 365-1350
    Forest View Farms offer horseback riding lessons for riders of all ages and skill levels. Forest View Farms also offers pony rides for small children. Pony rides can be offered as beginner pony lessons for children 5–7 years old, or can take place for a child's birthday party or other special event.
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    FOUR SEASONS STABLES INC
    4613 E 109th Ave
    Crown Point, IN
    (219) 663-5968
    Four Seasons offers weekly riding lessons, home pony deliveries, pony parties and more!
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    GREEN ACRES RANCH
    9330 Sheffield Ave, Dyer, IN 46311
    219-776-8787
    economyhomesinc@sbcglobal.net
    Call to make your appointment for Horseback riding lessons, Hay Rides, Horse Driving Lessons, Trail Rides, Bon Fire, Camps, Afterschool Programs, etc.
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    SHILO RANCH
    6900 Ainsworth Rd
    Hobart, IN
    (775) 691-7723
    Shilo Ranch offers a variety of activities for the whole family. Whether it is a birthday party, an afternoon trail ride with friends, or you need some 1 on 1 instruction, Shilo Ranch can help!
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    SAYLOR'S END OF THE TRAIL RIDING STABLE
    9562 E 750 N
    Walkerton, IN 46574
    574-586-2677
    We have been in business for 25 years we offer hourly guided trail rides, pony parties, petting zoo, horse drawn carriage Rides, horse drawn Wagon rides, horse drawn sleigh rides and weekend camp trips with the horses.
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    TRANSITIONS EQUESTRIAN CENTER
    2525 E. 850 N, La Porte, IN 46350
    219-778-9592
    Transitions has a fun, laid back and family-friendly atmosphere with a strong diverse riding program that is affordable and meets the needs of every horse and horseman. Students may also partial lease a lesson horse, giving an alternative to horse ownership that is more affordable. In addition to providing several different options and packages to fit your budget, the variety of disciplines and services we can provide reach far beyond that of your typical stable.
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    TRUE NORTH TRAINING STABLES
    927 North 150 West, Chesterton, IN
    (219) 728-7490
    True North provides a safe environment where at risk youth and their families come for training in life skills and spiritual awareness in an equine setting. This includes, but is not limited to, children who struggle with depression, autism, foster/adopted, ADD, ADHD, self-harm, bullied, addiction, sexual abuse, incarcerated parents, eating disorders, truancy, and other similar society issues. We instruct our students through an eight-week program covering the following character qualities: relationship building; teamwork and leadership; respect; patience, perseverance and strength; focus; communication; critical thinking, decision making, discernment, and conflict resolution; and trust. Byproducts of these character qualities are values such as honesty, gaining control, confidence, empathy, compassion, love, gratitude, forgiveness, grace, humility, contentment and care. Individual lessons plans are uniquely designed based on the needs of each young person. Each lesson is planned to connect the horse and student. It is our desire to bring hope to those in need.
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  • | Local Events, Birthday Parties, Family Reunions, Team Building
    - We provide everything you need from the most popular games played on our state-of-the-art turf with "Party Coaches" to lead the way.

    All of our party packages end with 30 minutes in our party area once the games have ended and most of the packages include pizza, plates, drinks, napkins and
    event invitations to send out prior to the party!

    We can accommodate an unlimited amount of parties, including:
    birthday parties, team parties, family reunions, graduations,
    corporate team building, and customer appreciation events.

    Party Games!
    *Dodgeball
    *Kickball
    *Wiffleball
    *Flag Football
    *Soccer
    *Volleyball
    *Capture the Flag and more!

    SPARTA SPORTS PARTY
    o Party guests will play a series of mini games of the Birthday
    Child’s choice ran by Sparta Dome Party Coordinators.

     GLOW IN THE DARK PARTY
    o Lights are out for this party! Party guests will enjoy a variety
    of games with glow in the dark capability chosen by the
    Birthday Child. Each child will receive a glow stick and
    bracelet to stand out. Everyone is encouraged to wear neon
    and florescent to enhance their experience.

     KNOCKERBALL PARTY
    o Knockerball parties are unlike any other party you’ve ever
    had! Jump inside our inflatable balls and have fun knocking
    your friends down. Sparta Dome Party Coordinators will
    conduct a series of fun Knockerball games.

    Interested in hosting an event or party at the Sparta Dome that does not fall
    under our party descriptions? Contact us!

    For more information or questions on reservations, please contact: cathy@spartadome.com or call 219.224.3663
    Sparta Dome
    1355 E. North Street Crown Point IN 46307
    Cathy Witte 219.224.3663 cathy@spartadome.com
  • | Sports and Recreation, basketball, winter activities, things to do, nwi things to do
    - Crown Point Parks and Recreation Department have announced the registration for their Little Dribblers pre-school to third grade youth winter basketball program. All Little Dribblers sessions will be held on Friday’s for eight weeks starting January 19th, to -March 9, 2018.

    Lil’ Dribblers basketball instruction will be held at Franciscan Health Crown Point Sports Medicine Institute in their Athletic Development Fieldhouse located at 12800 Mississippi Parkway (half mile east of the intersection of I-65 ad Rt. 231) in Crown Point, Indiana. Individual registration information fee is as follows:
    Little Dribblers for Boys and Girls Pre-School and Kindergarten
    4:30 pm-5:30 pm (Friday) January 19th-March 9th

    Little Dribblers for Boys and Girls 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade
    5:30 pm-6:30 pm (Friday) January 19th-March 9th

    $65 Individual registration fee for Crown Point residents
    $80 Individual registration fee for non- residents

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, VERIFY RESIDENCY, OR TO REGISTER CONTACT:
    Crown Point Parks and Recreation Department
    Call John Stroia at 219-661-2272 or email: jstroia@crownpoint.in.gov
    Franciscan Point Sport Medicine Institute (Fieldhouse)
    12800 Mississippi Parkway Crown Point IN
    Crown Point Parks & Recreation 219.661.2271
  • | Local Events, Outdoor, Family, Kids, Fun, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There is so much to do in Northwest Indiana! Some activities are seasonal and others are available year-round. Please check back to see new events added throughout the year!

    YEAR-ROUND
    Bowling and Indoor Skating
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    Breweries and Wineries
    click for details

    Casinos
    click for details

    Dog Parks
    click for details

    Family Fun Centers
    click for details

    Live Entertainment Venues
    click for details

    Museums and Tours
    click for details

    Parks and Gardens
    click for details

    Theaters
    click for details

    Walk, Bike, Skate or Run- Trails
    click for details


    SUMMER
    Car Shows
    click for details

    Concerts in the Park
    click for details

    Farmers Markets
    click for details

    Festivals
    click for details

    Fireworks
    click for details

    Garage Sales
    click for details

    Garden Walks
    click for details

    Golfing
    click for details

    Horseback Riding
    click for details

    Movies in the Park
    click for details

    Outdoor Dining in The Dunes
    click for details

    Public Beaches
    click for details

    Public Pools and Splash Pads
    click for details

    Blueberry Picking
    click for details

    Summer Sporting Events
    click for details

    Sail, Paddle, Float or Ride- Water Recreation
    click for details

    Great Fishing Spots
    click for details

    Paintball and Laser Tag
    click for details

    Runs / Races / Walks
    click for details

    Waterparks
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  • - Under President Woodrow Wilson, the area covering more than 1,000 square miles in Colorado became a national park.
     
           

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

  • | 9:00am - 12:00pm | Local Events, La Porte, things to do, Winterfest, family activities
    - WinterFest 2018 – schedule of events

    The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department released WinterFest 2018 schedule of events which will be held throughout the City of La Porte and La Porte County the weekend of January 26-28. Event statuses will be posted on the City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s website click for details and Facebook page.


    Friday, January 26:

    ICE SCULPTURE DEMONSTRATIONS- FREE! 4-7 p.m.
    Downtown La Porte
    Ice, ice, baby! Our downtown sidewalks will transform into a frozen art gallery at Plaza 618. The theme this year is Celebrate La Porte! Enjoy the creative designs as you peruse the offerings at local shops and enjoy a hearty meal at one of the local restaurants! Presented by Downtown La Porte and local businesses.

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    Saturday, January 27:

    FAMILY CERAMICS 9 a.m.-Noon
    Civic Auditorium
    Decorate a project in time for Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day, Lincoln’s Birthday or any other holiday celebrated in late winter. This entertaining activity provides a great opportunity for a family outing. Please call the Park office at 219-326-9600 to register with your credit card.

    “SNOWBALL SOFTBALL” ADULT COED TOURNAMENT 9 a.m.
    Lions Field
    Dashing through the snow, turning double plays! Get your team together for our version of the “hot stove” league. Double-elimination tournament; limited to the first eight teams to register. Pre-registration required.

    BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS-FREE! 9:30-11 a.m.
    Luhr County Park Nature Center
    Come enjoy breakfast treats while watching birds grab a bite at the bird feeders. No pre-registration required. This program is open to all ages; however, children must be accompanied by an adult. Presented by La Porte County Parks.

    BARRE CLASS-FREE! (Donations accepted) 11 a.m.-noon.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    Move those winter blues away! No dance background required! If you are staying on top of fitness trends, you know that barre workouts which are designed to give you a long, lean dancer-like physique, are all the rage! Come and join certified instructor Becca Masters for a new type of workout! This class is FREE to all who attend! Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Youth Scholarship Program.

    STRENGTHEN WHILE STRETCHING- FREE! (Donations accepted) 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    Feeling the winter blahs? Susan Taylor is ready to help increase your flexibility, rebalance the body, relieve pain and scar tissue in joints and muscles. This is a gentle, safe, low-impact workout that is respectful to the body. This class is FREE to all who attend! Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Youth Scholarship Program.

    POLAR PLUNGE 10 a.m.
    Cummings Lodge
    Take the plunge for Deeker and Clarke Park! Participants must register in advance (by January 19) by making a $100 donation online at click for details or by check at the Park Department. Not into freezing cold water? Consider chipping in to sponsor a brave friend. Participants can warm up after the plunge with refreshments, including hot chocolate, by the fire in Cummings Lodge!

    COMMUNITY SNOW ANGEL GATHERING- FREE! 1 p.m.
    Behind Cummings Lodge in Soldiers Memorial Park
    How many people can we join in one place to make snow angels simultaneously? Let’s find out! Tell your neighbors! Bring a friend! Come one, come all! Bring back your childhood memory of playing in the snow!

    FAMILY BEACH DAY- FREE! 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Stone Lake Beach—Soldiers Memorial Park
    Going to the beach in the middle of winter? Sure, it is WinterFest! We are planning an afternoon of family ‘beach’ activities immediately following the snow angel gathering. Bring your beach pail and shovel to build a “sand” castle, participate in a volleyball game, tug-of-war, Frisbee golf, limbo, “parachute” game (beach ball with blanket), fly a kite, or play hopscotch! Warning: these activities may trigger squeals of fun and laughter! Hot chocolate will be available at the beach house.

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    Sunday, January 29:

    HORSE DRAWN WAGON RIDES- FREE! 1:30-3:30 p.m.
    Cummings Lodge
    Jingle, jingle, jingle. Take a brisk ride through the beauty of wintry nature while enjoying the majesty of the equine. After a trot through Soldiers Memorial Park, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace.

    WHEEL THROWING POTTERY DEMONSTRATION- FREE! 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    The art of wheel throwing is both a therapeutic and expressive way to create pottery. Join Alayna Bublitz, a local artist who teaches the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s pottery classes, while she demonstrates her talent and answers questions from those in attendance. Individuals will have the opportunity to sit at a wheel and get their hands dirty! Maybe you will hear ‘Unchained Melody’ playing in the background

    Civic Auditorium
    1001 Ridge St La Porte IN 46350
    La Porte Park and Recreation Department 219.326.9600
  • | 9:00am - | Local Events, La Porte, things to do, Winterfest, family activities
    - WinterFest 2018 – schedule of events

    The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department released WinterFest 2018 schedule of events which will be held throughout the City of La Porte and La Porte County the weekend of January 26-28. Event statuses will be posted on the City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s website click for details and Facebook page.


    Friday, January 26:

    ICE SCULPTURE DEMONSTRATIONS- FREE! 4-7 p.m.
    Downtown La Porte
    Ice, ice, baby! Our downtown sidewalks will transform into a frozen art gallery at Plaza 618. The theme this year is Celebrate La Porte! Enjoy the creative designs as you peruse the offerings at local shops and enjoy a hearty meal at one of the local restaurants! Presented by Downtown La Porte and local businesses.

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    Saturday, January 27:

    FAMILY CERAMICS 9 a.m.-Noon
    Civic Auditorium
    Decorate a project in time for Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day, Lincoln’s Birthday or any other holiday celebrated in late winter. This entertaining activity provides a great opportunity for a family outing. Please call the Park office at 219-326-9600 to register with your credit card.

    “SNOWBALL SOFTBALL” ADULT COED TOURNAMENT 9 a.m.
    Lions Field
    Dashing through the snow, turning double plays! Get your team together for our version of the “hot stove” league. Double-elimination tournament; limited to the first eight teams to register. Pre-registration required.

    BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS-FREE! 9:30-11 a.m.
    Luhr County Park Nature Center
    Come enjoy breakfast treats while watching birds grab a bite at the bird feeders. No pre-registration required. This program is open to all ages; however, children must be accompanied by an adult. Presented by La Porte County Parks.

    BARRE CLASS-FREE! (Donations accepted) 11 a.m.-noon.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    Move those winter blues away! No dance background required! If you are staying on top of fitness trends, you know that barre workouts which are designed to give you a long, lean dancer-like physique, are all the rage! Come and join certified instructor Becca Masters for a new type of workout! This class is FREE to all who attend! Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Youth Scholarship Program.

    STRENGTHEN WHILE STRETCHING- FREE! (Donations accepted) 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    Feeling the winter blahs? Susan Taylor is ready to help increase your flexibility, rebalance the body, relieve pain and scar tissue in joints and muscles. This is a gentle, safe, low-impact workout that is respectful to the body. This class is FREE to all who attend! Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Youth Scholarship Program.

    POLAR PLUNGE 10 a.m.
    Cummings Lodge
    Take the plunge for Deeker and Clarke Park! Participants must register in advance (by January 19) by making a $100 donation online at click for details or by check at the Park Department. Not into freezing cold water? Consider chipping in to sponsor a brave friend. Participants can warm up after the plunge with refreshments, including hot chocolate, by the fire in Cummings Lodge!

    COMMUNITY SNOW ANGEL GATHERING- FREE! 1 p.m.
    Behind Cummings Lodge in Soldiers Memorial Park
    How many people can we join in one place to make snow angels simultaneously? Let’s find out! Tell your neighbors! Bring a friend! Come one, come all! Bring back your childhood memory of playing in the snow!

    FAMILY BEACH DAY- FREE! 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Stone Lake Beach—Soldiers Memorial Park
    Going to the beach in the middle of winter? Sure, it is WinterFest! We are planning an afternoon of family ‘beach’ activities immediately following the snow angel gathering. Bring your beach pail and shovel to build a “sand” castle, participate in a volleyball game, tug-of-war, Frisbee golf, limbo, “parachute” game (beach ball with blanket), fly a kite, or play hopscotch! Warning: these activities may trigger squeals of fun and laughter! Hot chocolate will be available at the beach house.

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    Sunday, January 29:

    HORSE DRAWN WAGON RIDES- FREE! 1:30-3:30 p.m.
    Cummings Lodge
    Jingle, jingle, jingle. Take a brisk ride through the beauty of wintry nature while enjoying the majesty of the equine. After a trot through Soldiers Memorial Park, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace.

    WHEEL THROWING POTTERY DEMONSTRATION- FREE! 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    The art of wheel throwing is both a therapeutic and expressive way to create pottery. Join Alayna Bublitz, a local artist who teaches the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s pottery classes, while she demonstrates her talent and answers questions from those in attendance. Individuals will have the opportunity to sit at a wheel and get their hands dirty! Maybe you will hear ‘Unchained Melody’ playing in the background

    Lions Field
    700 Lakeshore Drive La Porte IN 46350
    La Porte Park and Recreation Department 219.326.9600
  • | 9:30am - 11:00am | Local Events, La Porte, things to do, Winterfest, family activities
    - WinterFest 2018 – schedule of events

    The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department released WinterFest 2018 schedule of events which will be held throughout the City of La Porte and La Porte County the weekend of January 26-28. Event statuses will be posted on the City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s website click for details and Facebook page.


    Friday, January 26:

    ICE SCULPTURE DEMONSTRATIONS- FREE! 4-7 p.m.
    Downtown La Porte
    Ice, ice, baby! Our downtown sidewalks will transform into a frozen art gallery at Plaza 618. The theme this year is Celebrate La Porte! Enjoy the creative designs as you peruse the offerings at local shops and enjoy a hearty meal at one of the local restaurants! Presented by Downtown La Porte and local businesses.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Saturday, January 27:

    FAMILY CERAMICS 9 a.m.-Noon
    Civic Auditorium
    Decorate a project in time for Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day, Lincoln’s Birthday or any other holiday celebrated in late winter. This entertaining activity provides a great opportunity for a family outing. Please call the Park office at 219-326-9600 to register with your credit card.

    “SNOWBALL SOFTBALL” ADULT COED TOURNAMENT 9 a.m.
    Lions Field
    Dashing through the snow, turning double plays! Get your team together for our version of the “hot stove” league. Double-elimination tournament; limited to the first eight teams to register. Pre-registration required.

    BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS-FREE! 9:30-11 a.m.
    Luhr County Park Nature Center
    Come enjoy breakfast treats while watching birds grab a bite at the bird feeders. No pre-registration required. This program is open to all ages; however, children must be accompanied by an adult. Presented by La Porte County Parks.

    BARRE CLASS-FREE! (Donations accepted) 11 a.m.-noon.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    Move those winter blues away! No dance background required! If you are staying on top of fitness trends, you know that barre workouts which are designed to give you a long, lean dancer-like physique, are all the rage! Come and join certified instructor Becca Masters for a new type of workout! This class is FREE to all who attend! Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Youth Scholarship Program.

    STRENGTHEN WHILE STRETCHING- FREE! (Donations accepted) 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    Feeling the winter blahs? Susan Taylor is ready to help increase your flexibility, rebalance the body, relieve pain and scar tissue in joints and muscles. This is a gentle, safe, low-impact workout that is respectful to the body. This class is FREE to all who attend! Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Youth Scholarship Program.

    POLAR PLUNGE 10 a.m.
    Cummings Lodge
    Take the plunge for Deeker and Clarke Park! Participants must register in advance (by January 19) by making a $100 donation online at click for details or by check at the Park Department. Not into freezing cold water? Consider chipping in to sponsor a brave friend. Participants can warm up after the plunge with refreshments, including hot chocolate, by the fire in Cummings Lodge!

    COMMUNITY SNOW ANGEL GATHERING- FREE! 1 p.m.
    Behind Cummings Lodge in Soldiers Memorial Park
    How many people can we join in one place to make snow angels simultaneously? Let’s find out! Tell your neighbors! Bring a friend! Come one, come all! Bring back your childhood memory of playing in the snow!

    FAMILY BEACH DAY- FREE! 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Stone Lake Beach—Soldiers Memorial Park
    Going to the beach in the middle of winter? Sure, it is WinterFest! We are planning an afternoon of family ‘beach’ activities immediately following the snow angel gathering. Bring your beach pail and shovel to build a “sand” castle, participate in a volleyball game, tug-of-war, Frisbee golf, limbo, “parachute” game (beach ball with blanket), fly a kite, or play hopscotch! Warning: these activities may trigger squeals of fun and laughter! Hot chocolate will be available at the beach house.

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    Sunday, January 29:

    HORSE DRAWN WAGON RIDES- FREE! 1:30-3:30 p.m.
    Cummings Lodge
    Jingle, jingle, jingle. Take a brisk ride through the beauty of wintry nature while enjoying the majesty of the equine. After a trot through Soldiers Memorial Park, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace.

    WHEEL THROWING POTTERY DEMONSTRATION- FREE! 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    The art of wheel throwing is both a therapeutic and expressive way to create pottery. Join Alayna Bublitz, a local artist who teaches the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s pottery classes, while she demonstrates her talent and answers questions from those in attendance. Individuals will have the opportunity to sit at a wheel and get their hands dirty! Maybe you will hear ‘Unchained Melody’ playing in the background

    Luhr County Park
    3178 S 150 W La Porte IN 46350
    La Porte Park and Recreation Department 219.326.9600
  • | 10:00am - 7:00pm | Local Events, Photography, Used Books
    - The Duneland Photography Club will be exhibiting "Framed Photographs" from January 6, 2018 through February 9, or 16 at the Green Door Used Books & Studio. Many framed photographs will be for sale to the public. The Book Store & Studio is located at 220 Main Street; Hobart, Indian which is directly across the street from the Hobart Post Office.

    Green Door Used Books & Studio is relatively new to the Hobart area, they can be found on Facebook under Green Door Books, and by phone (219-945-3656). All books are only $1 which is an incredible deal.

    There will be an open house for the photography exhibit on Friday, January 12 from 7-9 pm at the bookstore.

    For more information on the Duneland Photography club: contact dunelandphotoclub@gmail.com, or you can find us on Facebook under Duneland Photography Club.
    Green Door Used Books & Studio
    220 Main Street Hobart IN 46342
  • | 10:00am - | Local Events, La Porte, things to do, Winterfest, family activities
    - WinterFest 2018 – schedule of events

    The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department released WinterFest 2018 schedule of events which will be held throughout the City of La Porte and La Porte County the weekend of January 26-28. Event statuses will be posted on the City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s website click for details and Facebook page.


    Friday, January 26:

    ICE SCULPTURE DEMONSTRATIONS- FREE! 4-7 p.m.
    Downtown La Porte
    Ice, ice, baby! Our downtown sidewalks will transform into a frozen art gallery at Plaza 618. The theme this year is Celebrate La Porte! Enjoy the creative designs as you peruse the offerings at local shops and enjoy a hearty meal at one of the local restaurants! Presented by Downtown La Porte and local businesses.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Saturday, January 27:

    FAMILY CERAMICS 9 a.m.-Noon
    Civic Auditorium
    Decorate a project in time for Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day, Lincoln’s Birthday or any other holiday celebrated in late winter. This entertaining activity provides a great opportunity for a family outing. Please call the Park office at 219-326-9600 to register with your credit card.

    “SNOWBALL SOFTBALL” ADULT COED TOURNAMENT 9 a.m.
    Lions Field
    Dashing through the snow, turning double plays! Get your team together for our version of the “hot stove” league. Double-elimination tournament; limited to the first eight teams to register. Pre-registration required.

    BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS-FREE! 9:30-11 a.m.
    Luhr County Park Nature Center
    Come enjoy breakfast treats while watching birds grab a bite at the bird feeders. No pre-registration required. This program is open to all ages; however, children must be accompanied by an adult. Presented by La Porte County Parks.

    BARRE CLASS-FREE! (Donations accepted) 11 a.m.-noon.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    Move those winter blues away! No dance background required! If you are staying on top of fitness trends, you know that barre workouts which are designed to give you a long, lean dancer-like physique, are all the rage! Come and join certified instructor Becca Masters for a new type of workout! This class is FREE to all who attend! Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Youth Scholarship Program.

    STRENGTHEN WHILE STRETCHING- FREE! (Donations accepted) 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    Feeling the winter blahs? Susan Taylor is ready to help increase your flexibility, rebalance the body, relieve pain and scar tissue in joints and muscles. This is a gentle, safe, low-impact workout that is respectful to the body. This class is FREE to all who attend! Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Youth Scholarship Program.

    POLAR PLUNGE 10 a.m.
    Cummings Lodge
    Take the plunge for Deeker and Clarke Park! Participants must register in advance (by January 19) by making a $100 donation online at click for details or by check at the Park Department. Not into freezing cold water? Consider chipping in to sponsor a brave friend. Participants can warm up after the plunge with refreshments, including hot chocolate, by the fire in Cummings Lodge!

    COMMUNITY SNOW ANGEL GATHERING- FREE! 1 p.m.
    Behind Cummings Lodge in Soldiers Memorial Park
    How many people can we join in one place to make snow angels simultaneously? Let’s find out! Tell your neighbors! Bring a friend! Come one, come all! Bring back your childhood memory of playing in the snow!

    FAMILY BEACH DAY- FREE! 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Stone Lake Beach—Soldiers Memorial Park
    Going to the beach in the middle of winter? Sure, it is WinterFest! We are planning an afternoon of family ‘beach’ activities immediately following the snow angel gathering. Bring your beach pail and shovel to build a “sand” castle, participate in a volleyball game, tug-of-war, Frisbee golf, limbo, “parachute” game (beach ball with blanket), fly a kite, or play hopscotch! Warning: these activities may trigger squeals of fun and laughter! Hot chocolate will be available at the beach house.

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    Sunday, January 29:

    HORSE DRAWN WAGON RIDES- FREE! 1:30-3:30 p.m.
    Cummings Lodge
    Jingle, jingle, jingle. Take a brisk ride through the beauty of wintry nature while enjoying the majesty of the equine. After a trot through Soldiers Memorial Park, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace.

    WHEEL THROWING POTTERY DEMONSTRATION- FREE! 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    The art of wheel throwing is both a therapeutic and expressive way to create pottery. Join Alayna Bublitz, a local artist who teaches the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s pottery classes, while she demonstrates her talent and answers questions from those in attendance. Individuals will have the opportunity to sit at a wheel and get their hands dirty! Maybe you will hear ‘Unchained Melody’ playing in the background

    Stone Lake Beach
    300 Grangemouth Drive La Porte IN 46350
    La Porte Park and Recreation Department 219.326.9600
  • | 10:30am - 11:00am | Library Events
    - Baby & Me Time is a half hour program which includes songs, stories, and sensory play for babies 0 to 23 months and their caregiver at the Merrillville library.
    Merrillville Public Library
    1919 W. 81st Ave. Merrillville IN 46410
    Youth Services 2197693541ext360 juvenile@lcplin.org
  • | 11:00am - 12:00pm | Local Events
    - All children and their families are invited to come and read to these
    certified therapy dogs.
    St. John Public Library
    9450 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Youth Services 219.365.5379
  • | 11:00am - 12:00pm | Local Events, La Porte, things to do, Winterfest, family activities
    - WinterFest 2018 – schedule of events

    The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department released WinterFest 2018 schedule of events which will be held throughout the City of La Porte and La Porte County the weekend of January 26-28. Event statuses will be posted on the City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s website click for details and Facebook page.


    Friday, January 26:

    ICE SCULPTURE DEMONSTRATIONS- FREE! 4-7 p.m.
    Downtown La Porte
    Ice, ice, baby! Our downtown sidewalks will transform into a frozen art gallery at Plaza 618. The theme this year is Celebrate La Porte! Enjoy the creative designs as you peruse the offerings at local shops and enjoy a hearty meal at one of the local restaurants! Presented by Downtown La Porte and local businesses.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Saturday, January 27:

    FAMILY CERAMICS 9 a.m.-Noon
    Civic Auditorium
    Decorate a project in time for Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day, Lincoln’s Birthday or any other holiday celebrated in late winter. This entertaining activity provides a great opportunity for a family outing. Please call the Park office at 219-326-9600 to register with your credit card.

    “SNOWBALL SOFTBALL” ADULT COED TOURNAMENT 9 a.m.
    Lions Field
    Dashing through the snow, turning double plays! Get your team together for our version of the “hot stove” league. Double-elimination tournament; limited to the first eight teams to register. Pre-registration required.

    BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS-FREE! 9:30-11 a.m.
    Luhr County Park Nature Center
    Come enjoy breakfast treats while watching birds grab a bite at the bird feeders. No pre-registration required. This program is open to all ages; however, children must be accompanied by an adult. Presented by La Porte County Parks.

    BARRE CLASS-FREE! (Donations accepted) 11 a.m.-noon.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    Move those winter blues away! No dance background required! If you are staying on top of fitness trends, you know that barre workouts which are designed to give you a long, lean dancer-like physique, are all the rage! Come and join certified instructor Becca Masters for a new type of workout! This class is FREE to all who attend! Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Youth Scholarship Program.

    STRENGTHEN WHILE STRETCHING- FREE! (Donations accepted) 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    Feeling the winter blahs? Susan Taylor is ready to help increase your flexibility, rebalance the body, relieve pain and scar tissue in joints and muscles. This is a gentle, safe, low-impact workout that is respectful to the body. This class is FREE to all who attend! Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Youth Scholarship Program.

    POLAR PLUNGE 10 a.m.
    Cummings Lodge
    Take the plunge for Deeker and Clarke Park! Participants must register in advance (by January 19) by making a $100 donation online at click for details or by check at the Park Department. Not into freezing cold water? Consider chipping in to sponsor a brave friend. Participants can warm up after the plunge with refreshments, including hot chocolate, by the fire in Cummings Lodge!

    COMMUNITY SNOW ANGEL GATHERING- FREE! 1 p.m.
    Behind Cummings Lodge in Soldiers Memorial Park
    How many people can we join in one place to make snow angels simultaneously? Let’s find out! Tell your neighbors! Bring a friend! Come one, come all! Bring back your childhood memory of playing in the snow!

    FAMILY BEACH DAY- FREE! 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Stone Lake Beach—Soldiers Memorial Park
    Going to the beach in the middle of winter? Sure, it is WinterFest! We are planning an afternoon of family ‘beach’ activities immediately following the snow angel gathering. Bring your beach pail and shovel to build a “sand” castle, participate in a volleyball game, tug-of-war, Frisbee golf, limbo, “parachute” game (beach ball with blanket), fly a kite, or play hopscotch! Warning: these activities may trigger squeals of fun and laughter! Hot chocolate will be available at the beach house.

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    Sunday, January 29:

    HORSE DRAWN WAGON RIDES- FREE! 1:30-3:30 p.m.
    Cummings Lodge
    Jingle, jingle, jingle. Take a brisk ride through the beauty of wintry nature while enjoying the majesty of the equine. After a trot through Soldiers Memorial Park, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace.

    WHEEL THROWING POTTERY DEMONSTRATION- FREE! 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    The art of wheel throwing is both a therapeutic and expressive way to create pottery. Join Alayna Bublitz, a local artist who teaches the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s pottery classes, while she demonstrates her talent and answers questions from those in attendance. Individuals will have the opportunity to sit at a wheel and get their hands dirty! Maybe you will hear ‘Unchained Melody’ playing in the background

    Civic Auditorium
    1001 Ridge St La Porte IN 46350
    La Porte Park and Recreation Department 219.326.9600
  • | 12:00pm - 10:00pm | Local Events
    - Ice skating at Deep River Waterpark returns for yet another year! Begins Friday after Thanksgiving and lasts through the last Sunday in February (weather permitting). Check our website for exact hours and pricing.
    Deep River Water Park
    9001 East Lincoln Highway Crown Point IN 46307
    Lake County Parks 219.769.7275 info@lakecountyparks.com
  • | 1:00pm - | Local Events, Hammond Library, Sled Dog Musher, Karen Land, Things to do
    - The famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race takes place in Alaska in early March, lasting for more than a thousand miles and during treacherous weather conditions. Learn more about the Iditarod from someone who experienced it firsthand as Karen Land visits the Hammond Public Library on Saturday, January 27 at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

    Not only will Land describe the race and the equipment used, but she’s also bringing a special guest: her dog, Noggin!

    Land, who was born in Indiana and now lives in Montana, has competed in the race three times. She became a dog handler for veteran musher, Terry Adkins, and learned how to be a musher herself.

    Land graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. In 1999 she was working as a writer covering a rookie musher in Maine’s Can-Am Crown Sled Dog Race for a graduate program in non-fiction writing, when she “fell in love with the dogs and the competition.”

    Land enjoys hiking, camping, and backpacking. In 1997 she spent six months hiking the Appalachian Trail with her dog Kirby.

    Land’s program kicks off Youth Winter Reading, which runs February 1-28. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for funding. Information is with Youth Services at the Hammond Public Library, 564 State Street at the intersection of Sibley and Sohl; (219) 931-5100, ext. 336.
    Hammond Public Library
    564 State Street Hammond IN 46320
    Hammond Public Library 219.931.5100
  • | 1:00pm - 1:30pm | Local Events, La Porte, things to do, Winterfest, family activities
    - WinterFest 2018 – schedule of events

    The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department released WinterFest 2018 schedule of events which will be held throughout the City of La Porte and La Porte County the weekend of January 26-28. Event statuses will be posted on the City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s website click for details and Facebook page.


    Friday, January 26:

    ICE SCULPTURE DEMONSTRATIONS- FREE! 4-7 p.m.
    Downtown La Porte
    Ice, ice, baby! Our downtown sidewalks will transform into a frozen art gallery at Plaza 618. The theme this year is Celebrate La Porte! Enjoy the creative designs as you peruse the offerings at local shops and enjoy a hearty meal at one of the local restaurants! Presented by Downtown La Porte and local businesses.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Saturday, January 27:

    FAMILY CERAMICS 9 a.m.-Noon
    Civic Auditorium
    Decorate a project in time for Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day, Lincoln’s Birthday or any other holiday celebrated in late winter. This entertaining activity provides a great opportunity for a family outing. Please call the Park office at 219-326-9600 to register with your credit card.

    “SNOWBALL SOFTBALL” ADULT COED TOURNAMENT 9 a.m.
    Lions Field
    Dashing through the snow, turning double plays! Get your team together for our version of the “hot stove” league. Double-elimination tournament; limited to the first eight teams to register. Pre-registration required.

    BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS-FREE! 9:30-11 a.m.
    Luhr County Park Nature Center
    Come enjoy breakfast treats while watching birds grab a bite at the bird feeders. No pre-registration required. This program is open to all ages; however, children must be accompanied by an adult. Presented by La Porte County Parks.

    BARRE CLASS-FREE! (Donations accepted) 11 a.m.-noon.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    Move those winter blues away! No dance background required! If you are staying on top of fitness trends, you know that barre workouts which are designed to give you a long, lean dancer-like physique, are all the rage! Come and join certified instructor Becca Masters for a new type of workout! This class is FREE to all who attend! Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Youth Scholarship Program.

    STRENGTHEN WHILE STRETCHING- FREE! (Donations accepted) 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    Feeling the winter blahs? Susan Taylor is ready to help increase your flexibility, rebalance the body, relieve pain and scar tissue in joints and muscles. This is a gentle, safe, low-impact workout that is respectful to the body. This class is FREE to all who attend! Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Youth Scholarship Program.

    POLAR PLUNGE 10 a.m.
    Cummings Lodge
    Take the plunge for Deeker and Clarke Park! Participants must register in advance (by January 19) by making a $100 donation online at click for details or by check at the Park Department. Not into freezing cold water? Consider chipping in to sponsor a brave friend. Participants can warm up after the plunge with refreshments, including hot chocolate, by the fire in Cummings Lodge!

    COMMUNITY SNOW ANGEL GATHERING- FREE! 1 p.m.
    Behind Cummings Lodge in Soldiers Memorial Park
    How many people can we join in one place to make snow angels simultaneously? Let’s find out! Tell your neighbors! Bring a friend! Come one, come all! Bring back your childhood memory of playing in the snow!

    FAMILY BEACH DAY- FREE! 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Stone Lake Beach—Soldiers Memorial Park
    Going to the beach in the middle of winter? Sure, it is WinterFest! We are planning an afternoon of family ‘beach’ activities immediately following the snow angel gathering. Bring your beach pail and shovel to build a “sand” castle, participate in a volleyball game, tug-of-war, Frisbee golf, limbo, “parachute” game (beach ball with blanket), fly a kite, or play hopscotch! Warning: these activities may trigger squeals of fun and laughter! Hot chocolate will be available at the beach house.

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    Sunday, January 29:

    HORSE DRAWN WAGON RIDES- FREE! 1:30-3:30 p.m.
    Cummings Lodge
    Jingle, jingle, jingle. Take a brisk ride through the beauty of wintry nature while enjoying the majesty of the equine. After a trot through Soldiers Memorial Park, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace.

    WHEEL THROWING POTTERY DEMONSTRATION- FREE! 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    The art of wheel throwing is both a therapeutic and expressive way to create pottery. Join Alayna Bublitz, a local artist who teaches the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s pottery classes, while she demonstrates her talent and answers questions from those in attendance. Individuals will have the opportunity to sit at a wheel and get their hands dirty! Maybe you will hear ‘Unchained Melody’ playing in the background

    Civic Auditorium
    1001 Ridge St La Porte IN 46350
    La Porte Park and Recreation Department 219.326.9600
  • | 1:00pm - | Local Events, La Porte, things to do, Winterfest, family activities
    - WinterFest 2018 – schedule of events

    The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department released WinterFest 2018 schedule of events which will be held throughout the City of La Porte and La Porte County the weekend of January 26-28. Event statuses will be posted on the City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s website click for details and Facebook page.


    Friday, January 26:

    ICE SCULPTURE DEMONSTRATIONS- FREE! 4-7 p.m.
    Downtown La Porte
    Ice, ice, baby! Our downtown sidewalks will transform into a frozen art gallery at Plaza 618. The theme this year is Celebrate La Porte! Enjoy the creative designs as you peruse the offerings at local shops and enjoy a hearty meal at one of the local restaurants! Presented by Downtown La Porte and local businesses.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Saturday, January 27:

    FAMILY CERAMICS 9 a.m.-Noon
    Civic Auditorium
    Decorate a project in time for Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day, Lincoln’s Birthday or any other holiday celebrated in late winter. This entertaining activity provides a great opportunity for a family outing. Please call the Park office at 219-326-9600 to register with your credit card.

    “SNOWBALL SOFTBALL” ADULT COED TOURNAMENT 9 a.m.
    Lions Field
    Dashing through the snow, turning double plays! Get your team together for our version of the “hot stove” league. Double-elimination tournament; limited to the first eight teams to register. Pre-registration required.

    BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS-FREE! 9:30-11 a.m.
    Luhr County Park Nature Center
    Come enjoy breakfast treats while watching birds grab a bite at the bird feeders. No pre-registration required. This program is open to all ages; however, children must be accompanied by an adult. Presented by La Porte County Parks.

    BARRE CLASS-FREE! (Donations accepted) 11 a.m.-noon.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    Move those winter blues away! No dance background required! If you are staying on top of fitness trends, you know that barre workouts which are designed to give you a long, lean dancer-like physique, are all the rage! Come and join certified instructor Becca Masters for a new type of workout! This class is FREE to all who attend! Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Youth Scholarship Program.

    STRENGTHEN WHILE STRETCHING- FREE! (Donations accepted) 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    Feeling the winter blahs? Susan Taylor is ready to help increase your flexibility, rebalance the body, relieve pain and scar tissue in joints and muscles. This is a gentle, safe, low-impact workout that is respectful to the body. This class is FREE to all who attend! Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Youth Scholarship Program.

    POLAR PLUNGE 10 a.m.
    Cummings Lodge
    Take the plunge for Deeker and Clarke Park! Participants must register in advance (by January 19) by making a $100 donation online at click for details or by check at the Park Department. Not into freezing cold water? Consider chipping in to sponsor a brave friend. Participants can warm up after the plunge with refreshments, including hot chocolate, by the fire in Cummings Lodge!

    COMMUNITY SNOW ANGEL GATHERING- FREE! 1 p.m.
    Behind Cummings Lodge in Soldiers Memorial Park
    How many people can we join in one place to make snow angels simultaneously? Let’s find out! Tell your neighbors! Bring a friend! Come one, come all! Bring back your childhood memory of playing in the snow!

    FAMILY BEACH DAY- FREE! 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Stone Lake Beach—Soldiers Memorial Park
    Going to the beach in the middle of winter? Sure, it is WinterFest! We are planning an afternoon of family ‘beach’ activities immediately following the snow angel gathering. Bring your beach pail and shovel to build a “sand” castle, participate in a volleyball game, tug-of-war, Frisbee golf, limbo, “parachute” game (beach ball with blanket), fly a kite, or play hopscotch! Warning: these activities may trigger squeals of fun and laughter! Hot chocolate will be available at the beach house.

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    Sunday, January 29:

    HORSE DRAWN WAGON RIDES- FREE! 1:30-3:30 p.m.
    Cummings Lodge
    Jingle, jingle, jingle. Take a brisk ride through the beauty of wintry nature while enjoying the majesty of the equine. After a trot through Soldiers Memorial Park, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace.

    WHEEL THROWING POTTERY DEMONSTRATION- FREE! 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    The art of wheel throwing is both a therapeutic and expressive way to create pottery. Join Alayna Bublitz, a local artist who teaches the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s pottery classes, while she demonstrates her talent and answers questions from those in attendance. Individuals will have the opportunity to sit at a wheel and get their hands dirty! Maybe you will hear ‘Unchained Melody’ playing in the background

    Cummings Lodge at Soldiers Memorial Park
    250 Pine Lake Ave La Porte IN 46350
    La Porte Park and Recreation Department 219.326.9600
  • | 1:30pm - 3:00pm | Local Events, La Porte, things to do, Winterfest, family activities
    - WinterFest 2018 – schedule of events

    The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department released WinterFest 2018 schedule of events which will be held throughout the City of La Porte and La Porte County the weekend of January 26-28. Event statuses will be posted on the City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s website click for details and Facebook page.


    Friday, January 26:

    ICE SCULPTURE DEMONSTRATIONS- FREE! 4-7 p.m.
    Downtown La Porte
    Ice, ice, baby! Our downtown sidewalks will transform into a frozen art gallery at Plaza 618. The theme this year is Celebrate La Porte! Enjoy the creative designs as you peruse the offerings at local shops and enjoy a hearty meal at one of the local restaurants! Presented by Downtown La Porte and local businesses.

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    Saturday, January 27:

    FAMILY CERAMICS 9 a.m.-Noon
    Civic Auditorium
    Decorate a project in time for Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day, Lincoln’s Birthday or any other holiday celebrated in late winter. This entertaining activity provides a great opportunity for a family outing. Please call the Park office at 219-326-9600 to register with your credit card.

    “SNOWBALL SOFTBALL” ADULT COED TOURNAMENT 9 a.m.
    Lions Field
    Dashing through the snow, turning double plays! Get your team together for our version of the “hot stove” league. Double-elimination tournament; limited to the first eight teams to register. Pre-registration required.

    BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS-FREE! 9:30-11 a.m.
    Luhr County Park Nature Center
    Come enjoy breakfast treats while watching birds grab a bite at the bird feeders. No pre-registration required. This program is open to all ages; however, children must be accompanied by an adult. Presented by La Porte County Parks.

    BARRE CLASS-FREE! (Donations accepted) 11 a.m.-noon.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    Move those winter blues away! No dance background required! If you are staying on top of fitness trends, you know that barre workouts which are designed to give you a long, lean dancer-like physique, are all the rage! Come and join certified instructor Becca Masters for a new type of workout! This class is FREE to all who attend! Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Youth Scholarship Program.

    STRENGTHEN WHILE STRETCHING- FREE! (Donations accepted) 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    Feeling the winter blahs? Susan Taylor is ready to help increase your flexibility, rebalance the body, relieve pain and scar tissue in joints and muscles. This is a gentle, safe, low-impact workout that is respectful to the body. This class is FREE to all who attend! Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Youth Scholarship Program.

    POLAR PLUNGE 10 a.m.
    Cummings Lodge
    Take the plunge for Deeker and Clarke Park! Participants must register in advance (by January 19) by making a $100 donation online at click for details or by check at the Park Department. Not into freezing cold water? Consider chipping in to sponsor a brave friend. Participants can warm up after the plunge with refreshments, including hot chocolate, by the fire in Cummings Lodge!

    COMMUNITY SNOW ANGEL GATHERING- FREE! 1 p.m.
    Behind Cummings Lodge in Soldiers Memorial Park
    How many people can we join in one place to make snow angels simultaneously? Let’s find out! Tell your neighbors! Bring a friend! Come one, come all! Bring back your childhood memory of playing in the snow!

    FAMILY BEACH DAY- FREE! 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Stone Lake Beach—Soldiers Memorial Park
    Going to the beach in the middle of winter? Sure, it is WinterFest! We are planning an afternoon of family ‘beach’ activities immediately following the snow angel gathering. Bring your beach pail and shovel to build a “sand” castle, participate in a volleyball game, tug-of-war, Frisbee golf, limbo, “parachute” game (beach ball with blanket), fly a kite, or play hopscotch! Warning: these activities may trigger squeals of fun and laughter! Hot chocolate will be available at the beach house.

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    Sunday, January 29:

    HORSE DRAWN WAGON RIDES- FREE! 1:30-3:30 p.m.
    Cummings Lodge
    Jingle, jingle, jingle. Take a brisk ride through the beauty of wintry nature while enjoying the majesty of the equine. After a trot through Soldiers Memorial Park, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace.

    WHEEL THROWING POTTERY DEMONSTRATION- FREE! 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    The art of wheel throwing is both a therapeutic and expressive way to create pottery. Join Alayna Bublitz, a local artist who teaches the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s pottery classes, while she demonstrates her talent and answers questions from those in attendance. Individuals will have the opportunity to sit at a wheel and get their hands dirty! Maybe you will hear ‘Unchained Melody’ playing in the background

    Stone Lake Beach
    300 Grangemouth Drive La Porte IN 46350
    La Porte Park and Recreation Department 219.326.9600
  • | 1:30pm - 3:30pm | Local Events, La Porte, things to do, Winterfest, family activities
    - WinterFest 2018 – schedule of events

    The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department released WinterFest 2018 schedule of events which will be held throughout the City of La Porte and La Porte County the weekend of January 26-28. Event statuses will be posted on the City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s website click for details and Facebook page.


    Friday, January 26:

    ICE SCULPTURE DEMONSTRATIONS- FREE! 4-7 p.m.
    Downtown La Porte
    Ice, ice, baby! Our downtown sidewalks will transform into a frozen art gallery at Plaza 618. The theme this year is Celebrate La Porte! Enjoy the creative designs as you peruse the offerings at local shops and enjoy a hearty meal at one of the local restaurants! Presented by Downtown La Porte and local businesses.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Saturday, January 27:

    FAMILY CERAMICS 9 a.m.-Noon
    Civic Auditorium
    Decorate a project in time for Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day, Lincoln’s Birthday or any other holiday celebrated in late winter. This entertaining activity provides a great opportunity for a family outing. Please call the Park office at 219-326-9600 to register with your credit card.

    “SNOWBALL SOFTBALL” ADULT COED TOURNAMENT 9 a.m.
    Lions Field
    Dashing through the snow, turning double plays! Get your team together for our version of the “hot stove” league. Double-elimination tournament; limited to the first eight teams to register. Pre-registration required.

    BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS-FREE! 9:30-11 a.m.
    Luhr County Park Nature Center
    Come enjoy breakfast treats while watching birds grab a bite at the bird feeders. No pre-registration required. This program is open to all ages; however, children must be accompanied by an adult. Presented by La Porte County Parks.

    BARRE CLASS-FREE! (Donations accepted) 11 a.m.-noon.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    Move those winter blues away! No dance background required! If you are staying on top of fitness trends, you know that barre workouts which are designed to give you a long, lean dancer-like physique, are all the rage! Come and join certified instructor Becca Masters for a new type of workout! This class is FREE to all who attend! Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Youth Scholarship Program.

    STRENGTHEN WHILE STRETCHING- FREE! (Donations accepted) 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    Feeling the winter blahs? Susan Taylor is ready to help increase your flexibility, rebalance the body, relieve pain and scar tissue in joints and muscles. This is a gentle, safe, low-impact workout that is respectful to the body. This class is FREE to all who attend! Donations will graciously be accepted to support the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Youth Scholarship Program.

    POLAR PLUNGE 10 a.m.
    Cummings Lodge
    Take the plunge for Deeker and Clarke Park! Participants must register in advance (by January 19) by making a $100 donation online at click for details or by check at the Park Department. Not into freezing cold water? Consider chipping in to sponsor a brave friend. Participants can warm up after the plunge with refreshments, including hot chocolate, by the fire in Cummings Lodge!

    COMMUNITY SNOW ANGEL GATHERING- FREE! 1 p.m.
    Behind Cummings Lodge in Soldiers Memorial Park
    How many people can we join in one place to make snow angels simultaneously? Let’s find out! Tell your neighbors! Bring a friend! Come one, come all! Bring back your childhood memory of playing in the snow!

    FAMILY BEACH DAY- FREE! 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Stone Lake Beach—Soldiers Memorial Park
    Going to the beach in the middle of winter? Sure, it is WinterFest! We are planning an afternoon of family ‘beach’ activities immediately following the snow angel gathering. Bring your beach pail and shovel to build a “sand” castle, participate in a volleyball game, tug-of-war, Frisbee golf, limbo, “parachute” game (beach ball with blanket), fly a kite, or play hopscotch! Warning: these activities may trigger squeals of fun and laughter! Hot chocolate will be available at the beach house.

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    Sunday, January 29:

    HORSE DRAWN WAGON RIDES- FREE! 1:30-3:30 p.m.
    Cummings Lodge
    Jingle, jingle, jingle. Take a brisk ride through the beauty of wintry nature while enjoying the majesty of the equine. After a trot through Soldiers Memorial Park, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate by the fireplace.

    WHEEL THROWING POTTERY DEMONSTRATION- FREE! 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
    Civic Auditorium—Lower Level (use Plain Street ramp)
    The art of wheel throwing is both a therapeutic and expressive way to create pottery. Join Alayna Bublitz, a local artist who teaches the La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s pottery classes, while she demonstrates her talent and answers questions from those in attendance. Individuals will have the opportunity to sit at a wheel and get their hands dirty! Maybe you will hear ‘Unchained Melody’ playing in the background

    Soldiers Memorial Park
    250 Pine Lake Ave. LaPorte IN 46350
    La Porte Park and Recreation Department 219.326.9600
  • | 2:00pm - 5:00pm | Local Events, wine, social, things to do
    Lighthouse Restaurant
    7501 Constitution Avenue Cedar Lake IN 46303
    Cedar Lake Historical Association 219.390.9423
  • | 2:00pm - 5:00pm | Charity, Fundraiser, history, Cedar Lake, wine tasting, beer tasting, Lighthouse Restaurant
    - The Cedar Lake Historical Association is pleased to host its 3rd annual Winter Social at the Lighthouse Restaurant on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 2 to 5 pm. Live music will be provided by J.T. Trimmel.

    Events tickets are $30 per person. Enjoy up to 10 tastings. Choose from 3 craft beers from St. John Malt Brothers Craft Brewers or 7 wines. Chocolate pairings provided by The Cocoa Exchange. A cash bar will also be available.

    Space is limited. Purchase tickets from a board member or online instantly. Contact us with questions at clhamuseum@yahoo.com or 219-390-9423.

    All proceeds benefit the Cedar Lake Historical Association
    Lighthouse Restaurant
    7501 Constitution Avenue Cedar Lake IN 46303
    Julie Zasada 219.390.9423 clhamuseum@yahoo.com
  • | 3:00pm - 6:00pm | Religious Events
    - Gospel Jam XXII
    Gospel Jam & Hymn Sing

    Saturday, January 27, 2018

    Hillside Community Church
    5201 W 109th Ave, Crown Point (US 231)
    2 miles west of the Crown Point Square on US 231

    Music & Praise from 3-6 pm

    Musicians and Music Lovers Welcome!!
    Let's PRAISE the LORD together
    This is an 'Open Mic' event for those who know and trust our Lord Jesus Christ
    Everyone is invited and welcome to come and enjoy the music. Very casual and impromptu event.

    Come and enjoy Food, Fellowship and Fun!!
    Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:19)

    Later: Our next event is planned for March 31st. Time to be determined.
    Hillside Community Church
    5201 W 109th Ave Crown Point IN 46307
    Dale Haddix 219.613.1079 katrina.l.sites@gmail.com
  • | 5:30pm - | Arts and Entertainment, Munster Chamber, Dinner, NWI, Open to public
    - The Munster Chamber of Commerce proudly presents the 63rd Annual Dinner - Speakeasy Night! Please join us for an evening of dinner, live music and dancing as we celebrate yet another productive year at our chamber!

    We also celebrate our Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and we present numerous Beautification Awards to various local businesses.

    This year's event will be held at the beautiful Briar Ridge Country Club in nearby Schererville, Indiana. Tickets for this event are priced at $80 per person and our event is open to non-members as well as members of the Munster chamber of Commerce.

    For more details or to make reservations, please call us at (219) 836-5549 or go to munsterchamber.org!
    Briar Ridge Country Club
    123 Country Club Dr Schererville IN 46375
    Munster Chamber of Commerce 219.836.5549
  • | Sports and Recreation, Family, Fun Center, Kids, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There are so many options for family fun in Northwest Indiana. Check out this list of places to visit!


    Edge Adventures NWI Indiana - DEEP RIVER PARK
    9001 E. Lincoln Highway
    Crown Point, IN 46307
    (800) 590-8347
    Edge Adventures aerial parks are treetop trails ranging from 16-60 feet in the air. Participants choose their own self guided course and engage in a combination of obstacles and zip lines as they maneuver their way through different trails
    with a progressive degree of challenges. There are thrills to satisfy all adventure types!
    click for details


    SKY ZONE TRAMPOLINE PARK
    1035 Eagleridge
    Schererville, IN 46375
    (219) 227-3777
    Sky Zone is the world’s first indoor trampoline park. We’re the inventors of “fun fitness” and the makers of trampolines as far as the eye can see. We give you one of the greatest workouts ever combined with awesome, healthy fun. Indoor Park.
    click for details


    CROWN POINT FAMILY FUN CENTER
    1301 Merrillville Rd.
    Crown Point, IN 46307
    (219) 663-3663
    Grab your family and friends and head for Crown Point Family Fun Center! Find go-karts, mini golf, arcade, batting cages, soccer cages, and more in a family-oriented New Orleans Mardi Gras setting. Relax under a colorful umbrella and sip a cold soft drink after playing 18 or 36 holes of golf. Check out the latest games in our spacious arcade, including Deal or No Deal and Smokin’ Token. We also have classic games like Skee Ball and Basketball. Go home with a string of beads for each go-kart and mini golf ticket you buy. Arcade Games Available in the Winter.
    click for details


    THE COURTS OF NORTHWEST INDIANA
    127 East US Highway 6
    Valparaiso, IN 46383
    (219) 465-1111
    Air conditioned indoor year-round sports complex - Basketball, Tennis, Batting Cages, Gymnastics Open Gym, Birthday Parties
    click for details


    BELLABOO’S PLAY AND DISCOVERY CENTER
    Three Rivers County Park
    2800 Colorado St
    Lake Station., IN
    (219) 963-2070
    This colorful and imaginative facility features 23,000 square feet of hands-on activities, including a block play and construction zone, face painting and dress-up, an art studio, water table, climbing structure, slides, ball pit, a room for toddlers and infants, a Wi-Fi café and much more.
    click for details


    CEDAR CREEK FAMILY GOLF CENTER
    10483 W. 109th Avenue
    Cedar Lake, IN
    (219)365-2902
    This 18 hole miniature golf course is surrounded with a water fall and two creeks. It is used for group activities, birthday parties, and family outings. This golf course has something for every member of the family to enjoy and is lite outside for night games. Summer Months.
    click for details


    FUNFLATABLES
    Locations in Valparaiso, Merrillville, Michigan City, Dyer, and Hebron
    DYER: (219)322-5333
    VALPARAISO: (219)242-8432
    MERRILLVILLE: (219)769-7707
    MICHIGAN CITY: (219)809-0888
    HEBRON: (219)696-6666
    FunFlatables’ Party-n-Play centers are your #1 family entertainment center for indoor, climate-controlled, all-occasion parties and FUN. Visit one or ALL of our unique, year-round, soft inflatable playgrounds where the whole family can have continuous FUN Jumping, Bouncing, Climbing, Snaking through Obstacles and Soaring down Slides! Indoor.
    click for details


    INMAN’S FUN AND PARTY CENTER
    3201 E Evans Ave.
    Valparaiso, IN
    (219)462-1300
    inmans@inmansvalpo.com
    Inman's Bowling & Recreation Center is Northwest Indiana's Premiere Entertainment Complex located in Valparaiso, Indiana. We have something for everyone at our facility offering many entertainment attractions. 32 Lanes of Bowling, Video Game Arcade with Ticket Redemption, Roller Skating Rink, Go-Karts, 18 Hole Miniature Golf, Paddle Boat Soakers, 8 Billiard Pool Tables, Air Hockey, Bean Bags, and Kids Bounce Houses.
    click for details


    JAK'S WAREHOUSE
    221 US-41
    Schererville, IN 46375
    (219) 322-5257
    Welcome to JAK'S Warehouse. We are Northwest Indiana's premiere Indoor Family Fun Center. We are here to provide great entertainment for the whole family. Come make it a day at JAK'S Warehouse.
    Come and enjoy attractions like Laser Tag, Go-Karts, Bumper Cars, Urban Golf, Ballocity, and our amazing Sky Trail! Indoor.
    click for details


    ZAO ISLAND
    1050 Horse Prairie Ave.
    Valparaiso
    (219)462-1194
    Filled with fun, this location offers a game room, miniature golfing, go karts, batting cages, a wild wave slide and more. (Arcade Games in the Winter)
    click for details


    ZIG-E’S FUNLAND
    8176 Wicker Ave
    St John, IN 46373
    (219) 558-0596
    Let’s face it. It’s difficult finding a place that’s fun for both children and parents especially in NW Indiana. Zig-E’s Funland bridges the gap, and brings families together. For over 5 years we’ve provided a place for adults to join in on the fun! Race your kids in go-karts, hit a few balls in the batting cages or spend some quality time at the arcade.
    click for details



     
           
  • | 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
    219-378-3000
    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.
    click for details


    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.
    click for details


    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.
    click for details


    HORSESHOE CASINO HAMMOND
    777 Casino Center Drive
    Hammond, IN 46320
    (866) 711-7463
    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.
    click for details


    MAJESTIC STAR CASINO AND HOTEL
    One Buffington Harbor Drive
    Gary, IN 46406
    888-225-8259
    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.
    click for details





     
           
  • | Local Events, Wine, Beer, Tasting, Sample, Charity, Nonprofit
    - Saturday, January 27th, 2018

    Sample local wines and craft beers, with light hors d'oeuvres. This event is organized by the St. John the Evangelist Educational Foundation and all proceeds benefit St. John the Evangelist School technology program. This event will take place in the school gym.

    For more information contact Jackie Tuley, Director of Marketing at jtuley@stjohnparish.org.
    St. John the Evangelist Catholic School
    9400 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Jackie Tuley 219.365.5451 jtuley@stjohnparish.org
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    St. John Evangelist School 219.365.5451
  • | Arts and Entertainment, Music, Nightlife, Live
    - Dec 8th - Noxpiration
    Dec 9th - Positive Vibes
    Dec 16th - Nicole Jamrose
    Dec 22nd - Rick Zuccarelli
    Dec 29th - Mario Zavala
    Dec 30th - Got Issues
    Jan 6th - Zodiac Party Rock Band
    Jan 13th - Pandora Rocks
    Jan 20th - Rak Brothers
    Jan 27th - Muddsharks
    Feb 3rd - The Decades Band
    Feb 10th - Liquid Monday
    R-Bar & Grill
    9521 Indianapolis Blvd. Highland IN 46322
    R-Bar & Grill 219.922.8008
  • | Local Events, Outdoor, Family, Kids, Fun, Northwest Indiana, NWI, Things To Do, What To Do
    - There is so much to do in Northwest Indiana! Some activities are seasonal and others are available year-round. Please check back to see new events added throughout the year!

    YEAR-ROUND
    Bowling and Indoor Skating
    click for details

    Breweries and Wineries
    click for details

    Casinos
    click for details

    Dog Parks
    click for details

    Family Fun Centers
    click for details

    Live Entertainment Venues
    click for details

    Museums and Tours
    click for details

    Parks and Gardens
    click for details

    Theaters
    click for details

    Walk, Bike, Skate or Run- Trails
    click for details


    SUMMER
    Car Shows
    click for details

    Concerts in the Park
    click for details

    Farmers Markets
    click for details

    Festivals
    click for details

    Fireworks
    click for details

    Garage Sales
    click for details

    Garden Walks
    click for details

    Golfing
    click for details

    Horseback Riding
    click for details

    Movies in the Park
    click for details

    Outdoor Dining in The Dunes
    click for details

    Public Beaches
    click for details

    Public Pools and Splash Pads
    click for details

    Blueberry Picking
    click for details

    Summer Sporting Events
    click for details

    Sail, Paddle, Float or Ride- Water Recreation
    click for details

    Great Fishing Spots
    click for details

    Paintball and Laser Tag
    click for details

    Runs / Races / Walks
    click for details

    Waterparks
    click for details

     
           
  • Silver Buckle Saloon
    8355 Indianapolis Blvd. Highland IN 46322
    Silver Buckle Saloon 219.838.5909
  • | Local Events, South Shore Line, History Ride, Educational Activities, Things to do
    - In partnership with both the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the APRHF Rail Rangers provide onboard educational programs on the South Shore Line through Illinois and Indiana.

    Rail Rangers Interpretive Guides narrate the passing scenery to the public -- just buy a ticket at a station or ticket kiosk, grab a seat in our designated car (program takes place in one designated car on the train), and participate at no extra cost! No reservations are ever needed for our South Shore Line programs, plus you can hop-on and off at any stop. These programs are presented in partnership with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the National Park Service, and the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD).

    Eastbound programs take place aboard the train that departs Chicago-Millennium at 8:40AM CT. Westbound programs take place aboard the train that departs South Bend at 1:05PM ET. For a complete schedule of intermediate stops that you can get on/off the train, a map, plus other FAQ's on the Rail Rangers' South Shore program, visit the Rail Rangers website at: click for details


    Upcoming program dates include the following:

    Saturday, January 20, 2018 *

    Saturday, January 27, 2018

    *All dates listed with an asterisk indicate the trip/event is scheduled to feature Passport to Your National Parks® cancellations, route guidebooks, and the Junior Rail Rangers program. Hope to see you aboard soon!
     
           
    South Shore Line 219.926.5744

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

  • | 8:00am - | Schools and Education, Preschool, Kindergarten, Open House, School
    - Join us for a free breakfast, tour the school and see all that St. John the Evangelist has to offer. St. John the Evangelist School offers Preschool and Kindergarten - 8th grades. Doors open at 8:00am.

    For more information contact Jackie Tuley, Director of Markeing at jtuley@stjohnparish.org.
    St. John the Evangelist Catholic School
    9400 Wicker Avenue St. John IN 46373
    Jackie Tuley 219.365.5451 jtuley@stjohnparish.org
  • | 8:00am - | Local Events
     
           
    St. John Evangelist School 219.365.5451
  • | 10:00am - 7:00pm | Local Events, Photography, Used Books
    - The Duneland Photography Club will be exhibiting "Framed Photographs" from January 6, 2018 through February 9, or 16 at the Green Door Used Books & Studio. Many framed photographs will be for sale to the public. The Book Store & Studio is located at 220 Main Street; Hobart, Indian which is directly across the street from the Hobart Post Office.

    Green Door Used Books & Studio is relatively new to the Hobart area, they can be found on Facebook under Green Door Books, and by phone (219-945-3656). All books are only $1 which is an incredible deal.

    There will be an open house for the photography exhibit on Friday, January 12 from 7-9 pm at the bookstore.

    For more information on the Duneland Photography club: contact dunelandphotoclub@gmail.com, or you can find us on Facebook under Duneland Photography Club.
    Green Door Used Books & Studio
    220 Main Street Hobart IN 46342

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