Category Archives: Attractions

Washington Park Zoo Opens with New Born Otters

On January 31st, 2017 a pair  of otter pups were born at Washington Park Zoo, Michigan City Indiana. This is the fourth time in seven years that the Washington Park Zoo has welcomed the birth of River Otters.  Although we are giving the mom plenty of privacy to raise her pups, our keeper staff are…

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Rusted Root Brings Rock to Hammond

Having collaborated for two decades, Rusted Root has honed the perfect combination of musical intuition, freedom and virtuosity, which has allowed them to organically shape their music into it’s own distinct and undeniable vision. With eight albums under their belt, over three million records sold and countless nights on the road, Rusted Root transcends age,…

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White Breasted Nuthatch Bird

by Carolyn A Marsh, Illiana Birds A White-breasted Nuthatch showed up in the fall of 2016 at the Hammond Bird Sanctuary’s feeder station at the Hammond Marina and never left in Hammond Indiana. It appears to be a new sanctuary resident now as I saw it continuously through February 2017 taking sunflower seeds from feeders.…

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Spring Into The Arts Festival – Valparaiso Indiana

    Valparaiso Community Schools would like to announce our 2nd annual Arts Festival: Spring into the @rts.      Spring into the @rts is a month-long festival for the ENTIRE community, brought to you by Valparaiso Community Schools.      The month-long celebration will feature five VCS events as well as partnered events to take place in…

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219 Day Returns to the Hammond Civic Center

Mark your calendars!  Mayor Tom McDermott, Jr. brings 219 Day “Back in Rat” to the Hammond Civic Center on Saturday, February 16th from 6:00 pm until midnight with the holiday that is all about ‘da Region.  The event boasts free admission with craft beer, food vendors and entertainment exclusively from the 219. This year, the…

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Horizon Bank Gives $20,000 to Friendship Botanic Gardens

Horizon Bank has demonstrated its commitment to the Northwest Indiana community by donating $20,000 to Friendship Botanic Gardens (FBG). On November 29th, Steve Kring, the Laporte County Market President for Horizon Bank, officially presented a check to the FBG board of directors. Horizon’s gift will fund the creation of a new garden dedicated to cancer…

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Taltree Announces Winter Programs!

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens’ winter/spring program schedule is now online at taltree.org. Programs cover a variety of nature, health and recreation topics and are geared toward adults, children and families. Taltree Was renamed Gabis Arboretum in 2018. Here are some of their programs held in 2017. Winter Yoga, Winter Tree ID Class, Cabela’s Winter Sports…

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Winterfest at Indiana Dunes

Celebrate the season when you don’t have to worry about mosquitoes! Join park staff and partners for a variety of hikes, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and more. Fun will be had by all–with or without snow. We will be hosting a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, the Paul…

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Snowy Owl in Northwest Indiana

by Carolyn Marsh Photo: David Gruver, Whiting Lakefront Park No doubt, many people became aware of the existence of the Snowy Owl from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels.  Harry had a companion pet Snowy Owl named Hedwig that made the real owl famous. Last winter I saw the Snowy Owl on the boat launch breakwall…

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New Years Eve – Echoes of Pompeii

This event is one of the biggest New Year’s Eve events in the Northwest Indiana area.  It is a concert by the popular Pink Floyd tribute band Echoes of Pompeii, plus a laser light show, and there is a buffet dinner option.  There will be a countdown at Midnight as well. Theatre at the Center’s…

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