Brown Bag Gardening Series Begins Jan 16th

Brown Bag Gardening Series Begins with a Panel Discussion on Local Food Growers Folks are invited to bring their “brown bag” lunch or snack and learn a little about gardening during four sessions presented by La Porte County Master Gardeners. Four sessions, two each in La Porte and Michigan City, will focus on aspects of…

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Shutdown Affects On Indiana Dunes

Due to the current government shutdown, you may have questions about their services. During the shutdown the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as it always is. However, there will be no visitor services, scheduled programs or events. All offices and contact stations will be closed, and parking…

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Annual Vegetable Growers Symposium

The Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium will be held Tuesday, January 8, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST, at Teibel’s Restaurant, 1775 US 41, Schererville, Indiana. This symposium, sponsored by Purdue Extension and University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service, offers commercial vegetable growers and market farmers opportunities to learn more about pest management, production…

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Sneak Peek at the Towle Theater’s Upcoming 16th season!

     For 15 years, Towle Theater in downtown Hammond has brought new and exciting theatrical works to the Northwest Indiana region and 2019 is no different.  Now entering its 16th season, the Towle is bringing more premiere productions.       On January 5 & 6, 2019, the Towle will host a Season Preview.   This event…

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J&L This & That Store Opens in Whiting

by Gayle Kosalko        I had looked forward to going into J&L This & That store located in the old Michelle’s Dance Studio on 119th Street.  For a few weeks, eye-catching and interesting window displays kept beckoning to me.        It’s so interesting when you first walk in,  you don’t know what to look at…

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Valpo Ice Rink Offers Extended Holiday Hours

     Valpo Parks ice rink will be offering extended holiday hours beginning at 12 noon, Thursday, December 20, 2018. Skate admission is $5 per person and skate rental is $4.  All ages and abilities are welcome.  Skate aids, ADA skate sled, lockers, skate sharpening and concessions available. Free helmet rental also available courtesy of Centier…

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Broadway in Chicago’s “Fiddler on the Roof” is a Must-See

**** Recommended **** Although “Fiddler on the Roof” is considered by many to be a classic, it’s not one of my favorite musicals because it’s so sad – and I don’t think musicals should have a sad ending. That said, the Broadway in Chicago touring production of “Fiddler on the Roof”, with a really talented…

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Chicago Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is Magical!

**** Highly Recommended **** I really enjoyed Chicago Shakespeare’s new production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. One of Shakespeare’s most magical plays with its three different sets of people who would probably never interact in real life, is funny, romantic and fun to watch. They’ve added music and dance, and the set is simply spectacular.…

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“Barney the Elf” – Review by Jeffrey Leibham

***RECOMMENDED*** If you have never seen the holiday show “Barney the Elf” before, right now may be just about the perfect time to enjoy this LGBTQ+-focused musical satire. This is the fourth annual production of “Barney the Elf” but the first at its new home, Pride Films and Plays. Written by Bryan Renaud and Emily…

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Goodman Theatre’s “Santaland Diaries” has Audiences Chuckling

**** Recommended **** Goodman Theatre’s production of “The Santaland Diaries”, written by David Sedaris and adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello. In his early days as a struggling writer in New York, Sedaris took a job as an elf at Macy’s Department Store. It’s irreverent, mischievous, snarky, and really, really funny. 4 Spotlights Matt…

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