Category Archives: Chesterton

Chesterton Art Center Open House

The Chesterton Art Center will be hosting a membership drive during the month of March titled, “March Membership Madness”. It will include an open house on Saturday, March 23 from 10-2. Prospective members, current members and curious guests will be invited to tour the building, partake in some treats, win a few prizes, meet the…

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Indiana Dunes is NOW a National Park!

The 15,000-acre Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore that has 15 miles of beach area along Lake Michigan was re-designated by President Donald Trump as America’s 61st national park – the first national park in Indiana. Previously the Indiana Dunes Lakeshore was one of 418 “national park units.” Now it is part of an elite group 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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Hooked on Art Festival Returns To Chesterton Indiana

It’s that time of year again for the coolest art festival of the season! Artists, art enthusiasts, and families of all shapes and sizes are invited to spend a beautiful Saturday listening to live music, eating delicious food, and enjoying interactive art activities.      The 7th Annual Hooked on Art Festival will be held on…

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Chautauqua in the Dunes

Chautauqua in the Dunes is four full days of events, August 16-19, 2018. Chautauqua will build on the cultural, historical, environmental, economic, political, and religious heritage found here in Northwest Indiana and throughout the Dunes region. Chautauquas were popular in the late 19th and early 20th century as accessible and participatory educational models. They were…

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Free Beach Shuttles at Indiana Dunes

 Two Dune Buggies will be rolling through the park this summer. They won’t be 4-wheeling over the sand; instead they will be picking up South Shore train passengers and Dunewood campground visitors and providing free shuttle service to the park’s beaches. Working in partnership with the Dunes Learning Center and the South Shore Line, the…

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Birding Festival Keynote Banquet Dinner

Indiana Dunes Birding Festival Keynote Dinner May 19      Celebrate the migration of birdlife through the Indiana Dunes region this May 17-20 at the fourth annual Indiana Dunes Birding Festival.  The festival is a partnership with the state’s major environmental groups highlighting the Indiana Dunes area’s rich biodiversity and bird watching opportunities to create a…

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Maple Sugar Time at Indiana Dunes!

by Flo Lawnicki    The National Park Service hosts the event at Chellberg Farm.     Chellberg Farm once belonged to Swedish immigrants Anders and Johanna Chellberg, who arrived in Northwest Indiana in 1863.  They purchased the 40 acres of land to establish the farm in 1869 and added forty additional acres five years later.…

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Indiana Dunes Mount Baldy Trail Reopened

The National Park Service has announced that the trail to the beach at Mount Baldy has been reopened. The trail had been closed for several weeks after storm waves washed out a portion of it leaving a dangerous, 50-foot drop off. Park crews have now completed a rerouted trail and have reopened the area. Visitors…

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Help the Environment – Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Valpo compost site to open Saturdays for Christmas tree, electronics recycling 9am – 2pm through March 23rd, 2019. Bring your live Christmas trees, wreaths and other organic holiday decorations to the Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, to be turned into compost and mulch for your gardens and landscaping.  Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Off-season…

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