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15 Minute Covid Test Results Now Available

     The 219 Health Network has two Rapid test locations to serve Northwest Indiana residents which gets results in just 15 minutes. They are: 100 W. Chicago Ave., Suite F in East Chicago and 8141 Kennedy Ave. in Highland. Hours are 9 am to 4:30 pm daily. The rapid test is free, but appointments are required. Call 833-219-0001.
     The 219 Health Network, Inc., provides rapid COVID-19 testing for those experiencing symptoms of the virus. Residents with symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, sudden loss of taste and or smell, chills, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, sore throat, a runny nose or headache may want to get tested to get proper healthcare and peace of mind.

     Indiana Department of Health officials are encouraging all Hoosiers with symptoms to get tested. Those at high risk because they are 65 years of age and older and have chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes or obesity should be tested if they think they may have been exposed-even if they don’t have symptoms, according to state health officials.

     The nasal swab rapid test is free with results in as little as 15 minutes. Patients will be asked to follow-up with a 219 Health Network provider if the test result is positive.

     219 Health Network has been providing easy access to quality medical care for those Northwest Indiana residents without insurance or with limited insurance since May, 2018.

     For more information about the programs and services of the 219 Health Network, visit or call 219-703-2582.

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Dyer Summerfest Back with a Bang!
The 30th Annual Dyer Summer Fest will be at Pheasant Hills Park, Dyer, Indiana on June 10th – June 13th, 2021.  The Town of Dyer Special Events will be hosting Dyer Summer Fest “30th Anniversary” at Pheasant Hills Park starting on Thursday, June 10th and running through Sunday, June 13th, 2021. The Dyer Summer Fest is the Town’s Fest to celebrate the start of the summer. Continue Reading . . . 

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Porter County Now Taking Walkin Vaccinations

MPORTANT NOTICE: BEGINNING TUESDAY, APRIL 27: Walk-Ins will be accepted ONLY at the Porter County Expo Vaccination Site for both first and second doses beginning on Tuesday, April 27 during these hours ONLY: Tuesdays from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM Wednesdays from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM Thursdays from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM Fridays…

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    Highway 2 Closed for 6 Weeks

    The Indiana Department of Transportation announces a road closure for State Road 2 between Thornhill Dr and Thornapple Way/C.R. 100 W beginning Monday, April 26. This closure is to complete the widening and repaving of State Road 2 at Hayes Leonard Rd, and will be ongoing through late May, 2021. Drivers should seek an alternate…

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    Wolf Lake Wetlands Bike Ride – Hammond Indiana

    More of the Wolf Lake watershed will be used at this year’s 18th annual Wolf Lake Bi-State Wetlands Wind & Water festival on May 29th 2021. The Wetlands Wind & Water Bike Ride begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, at the rear parking lot of Calumet college of St. Joseph, 2400 New York Ave., Whiting, Indiana.  … Continue Reading →
    hard rock casino gary indiana nwindianalifeHard Rock Casino to Open May 14th – Gary Indiana

    Rock and Roll is alive and well in Gary Indiana. Gary has been most famous as the home of the Jackson 5 and this May 14th, 2021, a brand new Hard Rock Casino hopes to re-live that designation.      The $300 million development began construction in January of 2020 and was completed in spite…

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    don quijote outdoor 2014 e1456178929205Outdoor Dining in Northwest Indiana

    Northwest Indiana Fine Dining Restaurants Offering Outdoor Dining –  our Comprehensive Overview of fine Northwest Indiana.  Please note, these are mostly high-end restaurant with positive reviews worth the drive, we did not include fast food places.      •  Bistro 54, 54 Main St.,  Hobart, 947-2817,, open Thur. – Sat. only, full bar, Quaint
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    State Road 149 To Close Till Mid-June

    VALPARAISO | SOUTH HAVEN INDIANA –   State Road 149 from Lenburg Rd/C.R. 1050 N north to Joliet Ave will be closed beginning Monday, April 19 stated the Indiana Department of Transportation. State Road 149 was closed in this location last year for widening work to take place on the west side of the roadway. The…

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    Valpo Car Show & Swap Meet –

    Valparaiso Car Show and Swap Meet kicks off on Sunday, May 23rd 2021 and it’s back bigger and better than ever before. And, it’s still free to show your Car! ($5 admission fee for everyone)      Hosted by Region Rides, the show is open from 9 am – 2pm, with car registrations… Continue Reading →


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    Shipshewana On the Road Coming to Crown Point, Indiana

    Shipshewana On the Road is coming to Crown Point  Indiana on the Saturday May 1st, 2021  from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on  Sunday,  May 2nd, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point Indiana.      How about a day of shopping for the… Continue Reading →


    Listen To Your Mother Coming To Hobart Indiana

    “Listen to your Mother” is a series of live readings by local writers about Motherhood that will be performed at the Hobart Art Theater on Saturday, May 8th at 7 PM. This production honors Mother’s Day. Beverages will be available for purchase by The Brickyard Bar & Grille. The show will take audience members on an… Continue Reading →

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    Hunger Hike 2021 Announced

    Walk, run, or bike with the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana on Saturday, September 18th, 2021 at the Hunger Hike! Create a team with your family, friends, and coworkers to raise awareness and funds to provide meals for individuals and families facing hunger. Kids Area –  Children 12 and under are invited to participate in our…

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    Michigan City Farmers Market Opening May 1st

    According to Officials the Michigan City Farmers Market is Scheduled to open On May 1st, 2021. Amid the Pandemic, Social Distancing Practices will be enforced. The Market is an enclosed space and can allow for social distancing practices as outlined by the Indiana Governor.    The Michigan City Farmers Market aims to provide…

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    Find  the Upcoming Plant Sales ALL ON ONE PAGE
    Deep River Plant Swap is Coming UP – It’s On the Panoramanow Entertainment News Calendar! Also, the Gibson Woods Native Plant sale, the Indiana Dunes Native Plant Sale the Lake County Plant Sale AND the Miller Garden Club Plant Sale. Click here to find
    Dangers of Going Off-Roading in the Rain

    Dangers of Going Off-Roading in the Rain

    If you find yourself on the trail when the weather takes a turn for the worse, make sure to keep these dangers of going off-roading in the rain in mind.

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