Children’s Storytimes will return to both branches of Westchester Public Library the week of September 9. Registration is necessary and begins on Monday, August 26. These storytimes help children and caregivers build early literacy skills through the Every Child Ready to Read program. By registering, children are committed to coming every week for a 5-week session, September 9 – October 11, 2019. There will be no Storytime on Friday, September 27 at both locations. At the Thomas branch, Stories and
The value of libraries is incalculable. Libraries are community hubs and leaders in the quest for knowledge, making it possible for people of all ages to find what they need to improve and enhance their quality of life. During September, Westchester Public Library (WPL) joins libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-Up Month, to ensure that everyone carries the most important card of all: a library card. WPL offers books, magazines, music, movies, audiobooks, ebooks, computers, and a MakerSpace Lab...to
August 7 – 8, 2019: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana’s Duneland Club transformed into a hub of Youth Development Professionals, Guest Speakers, and Thought Leaders on August 7 – 8. While the Club was closed to youth on these two days, their safety and Club Experience were still at the very top of Boys & Girls Clubs’ priority list. For two days, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana held their first-ever Coming Together Conference. This two-day conference brought together more than
PORTER, IND. — The Indiana Dunes National Park reopened the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk’s beach Thursday afternoon. The beach was closed after the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) responded to a reported fish kill last week when a blast furnace failure at ArcelorMittal spilled toxic levels of cyanide and ammonia into the Little Calumet River. After the initial spill, a second smaller oil spill was also identified by U.S. Steel, who promptly cleaned the affected area. IDEM
HOBART – In civilian life, Hobart resident Andrew Colvin is a Senior Financial Analyst for St. Mary Medical Center. In his military career as a member of the Indiana Army National Guard, CPT. Colvin, 32, is a commissioned officer. He commands a Combat Engineering Company consisting of 101 soldiers. For helping him find balance in both roles, St. Mary Medical Center has been honored as an employer that supports members of America’s National Guard and Reserve. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
Today we welcomed a new employee to the Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. office in Chesterton, Indiana. Robert has been in the financial services industry for 29 years, and is most passionate about working with his clients, and considers it an honor to do so. Throughout his career, Robert has helped his clients attain their goals by creating investment strategies designed to reduce risk and build wealth over time. He looks forward to continuing this endeavor at Benjamin F. Edwards. Robert is very active in
CHESTERTON, Ind. (August 16, 2019) – Round Room LLC, the nation’s largest Verizon Authorized Wireless Retailer, announces today the opening of its newly relocated TCC store in Chesterton, located at 755 Indian Boundary Rd. TCC offers guests the ultimate experience in interactivity while shopping for wireless devices, accessories and home solutions, and is designed as a destination for guests to get hands-on experience with the latest wireless devices. “We’ve seen the impact TCC has on the community of
Calling all 90s kids! This month’s trivia night theme celebrates cartoons, music, toys, and other pop culture faves. Come test your knowledge of all things 1990-1999 at 90’s Trivia Night on Tuesday, August 27, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Westchester Township History Museum. Teams of 1-4 players can vie for the prize. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and will remain open until the event is full. Refreshments will be served. Westchester Township History Museum is located at 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton. The museum
Learn new trends and techniques in nail art with Miss Sandra at Westchester Public Library. All ages are invited to attend “Polka Dot Nail Art” in the Bertha Wood Room at the Thomas Branch on Wednesday, August 28, from 6 - 7:00 p.m. In this session, we will learn how to create a variety of colorful polka dot designs. Nail polish will be supplied, but feel free to bring some to share. For more information, call (219) 926-7697. The Thomas Branch, located at 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
Westchester Township History Museum staff and Duneland Historical Society volunteers will conduct a tour of the Chesterton Cemetery highlighting local families like the Dilles, Fridays, Osborns, Weidemans, and more on Sunday, September 8. Most of these graves date from the late-1800s, and the families are some of this area's earliest settlers, business owners, and farmers. Attendees will also learn about the history behind the cemetery and today's efforts to restore and preserve headstones. Tours start
Brush up on your tech skills, or learn new ones. Bits & Bytes Computer Classes returns to the Thomas Branch of Westchester Public Library in September. They include Intro to Computers/Windows 10 and Five Things You Can Do To Be More Secure. All classes take place in the computer classroom located in the Serials/Automation Department on the second floor. Having a hard time getting comfortable with Windows 10? Let us show you how to navigate the latest Microsoft operating system. Intro to Computers/Windows
A Wrinkle In TimeWritten by Madeleine L’EngleAdapted by James SieDirected by Kari-Anne Innes (Valparaiso), Assistant Directed by Jill Thomas (Michigan City) Performances at Chicago Street Theatre run August 23 through September 8, located at 154 W. Chicago Street in downtown Valparaiso. Performance Dates and Times: Friday, August 23, 7:00 pm / Saturday, August 24, 2:30 pm / Saturday, August 24, 5:30 pm / Sunday, August 25, 2:30 pm / Friday, August 30, 7:00 pm / Saturday, August 31, 2:30 pm / Saturday,
The National Park Service has temporarily closed the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk beach as a precaution following a chemical spill into the east branch of the Little Calumet River. All other national park beaches and trails remain open to the public, including trails at Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk. Currently, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is investigating the situation. For the most up-to-date information regarding the spill, refer to the Indiana Dunes National Park
Sunday, August 18 – 1:00 pm – Knitting Together, Museum Monday, August 19 – 10:00 am – Ancestry Basics, Thomas, Serials Department 6:30 pm – Maker Monday, Thomas, Serials Department Tuesday, August 20 – 9:30 am – Crooked Seam Quilters, Thomas11:45 am – Chesterton Porter Rotary, Baugher Center12:00 pm – Learning Italian – Intermediate Level, Hageman 6:00 pm – Ancestry Basics, Thomas Serials Department 6:30 pm – Dunes Action!, Baugher Center Wednesday, August 21 – 4:00 pm – Minecraft Meetup Ages
Franciscan Physician Network Health Centers in Schererville and Valparaiso have welcomed new family physicians to their respective staffs. Welcoming new patients in Schererville, Dr. Kenneth Polezoes, MD, is board certified in family medicine. He trained at Indiana University School of Medicine in Gary and did his residency in family medicine at Amita Health St. Joseph in Chicago. Dr. Polezoes’ clinical interests include pediatrics and well child care, preventative medicine and public health, sleep
HAMMOND AND WESTVILLE, Ind. — Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will give a boost to northwest Indiana entrepreneurs starting this fall through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. PNW’s program, called “Concept to Commercialization 2020” (C2C-2020), was one of only 44 nationwide—and the only one from Indiana—to win $386,000 in funding from the Regional Innovation Strategies Program’s FY19 i6 Challenge. The i6 Challenge is a national initiative designed to support the creation of
Northwest Indiana – The United Way AmeriCorps program of Northwest Indiana is looking for residents to support community initiatives in Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Starke, and Marshall Counties. The program is in need of 24 team members to support area nonprofit and school programs. AmeriCorps members serve as high school and college career advisors, K-12 tutors in area schools and volunteer recruiters. The 2019-2020 AmeriCorps program season begins in September. “This paid service opportunity offers
VALPARAISO, Ind. — Three new outdoor sculptures have been placed on the beautiful grounds of Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest. Gabis Arboretum’s Executive Director, Stephanie Blackstock, said that the sculptures allow guests to engage with their natural surroundings in a new way. “Outdoor sculptures have been known to bring people feelings of peace and inner joy. They allow viewers the opportunity to experience nature at a much deeper level. We are thrilled that Purdue Northwest has made it possible
PORTER, Ind.—Indiana Dunes Tourism’s monthly board meeting for August will be Thursday, August 15, 2019, at 4 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Blue Chip Casino, 777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City, IN 46360. There will be a reception before the board meeting starting at 3 p.m. A full agenda can be found using the link https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lWVSu6eDoiCE3KP6ULHMiKDzbafXv8Y6JZvsHVZrtfU/edit?usp=sharing This is a public meeting, and the general public is welcome to attend; however, public
Northwest Indiana – Thanks to 570 volunteers 68 projects were completed on Friday, August 9 as part of United Way’s annual Day of Caring program. As the largest single-day volunteer event in Northwest Indiana, Day of Caring brings together residents and businesses to support their community by helping area nonprofits with tasks they would not otherwise be able to do. “We are so grateful to our volunteers for jumping in to help out,” said Kim Olesker, president and CEO of United Way of Porter County.
HAMMOND, Ind. | Four months after dedicating the first Safe Haven Baby Box at a hospital in Indiana, Franciscan Health celebrated the installation of a baby box at its second hospital. The formal blessing on Wednesday at Franciscan Health Hammond also marked the first Safe Haven Baby Box in Lake County. Like the one at Franciscan Health Michigan City, the baby box in Hammond is aimed at preventing the death of an unwanted infant. The box is available to new mothers who wish to utilize Indiana’s Safe
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Reins of Life New Volunteer Training Session on August 15Attendees will learn about therapeutic horseback riding, how to groom, tack and lead horses, and how to help riders during therapeutic riding lessons. Volunteers offer riders confidence, friendship, guidance and encouragement, AND they get to work with horses! This is just the beginning, though. Reins of Life volunteers help with events, horse schooling, mini-visits, nuzzles and snuggles program, vaulting and driving, veteran
Introducing Spaces 505 at The Warehouse Chesterton’s best & newest co-work & office rental space Chesterton, IN, AUGUST 7, 2019 – Prepared Services Workspaces has a new look and name! We are Spaces 505 at The Warehouse – same great co-working space with a fun, fresh new name. Spaces 505 offers a modern and cozy atmosphere for every type of workspace need - from co-working space to meeting rooms, and private office rental. Change the way you do business – become part of our community of professionals.