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Cinderella Returns by Indiana Ballet Theatre – 2021

     Indiana Ballet Theatre is proud to announce their performance favorite, Cinderella, for theirr spring ballet! Auditions were held in February and they have a very excited cast. Performance dates and locations:
May 7th – Crown Point, IN
May 13th – Munster, IN
May 21-23 – Whiting, IN
(Showtimes and tickets available online in April.)

    IBT continues to be in constant contact with the local health department, as well as international and local educators and directors in dance. They have collaboratively supported one another as they transitioned to virtual learning through the start of the pandemic. Student and family safety are our first priority, and we continue to follow health recommendations as we return to in-person and hybrid learning.

    They also continue in-person education, with an ongoing option for zooming their classes, which has been a very successful and safe option for our teachers and students. Their students have continued to grow and blossom and they have provided performance opportunities for our dancers and local communities. We continue to train, audition, perform, and spread the joy of dancing! 

      Their virtual classes were a comfort for our children as they were initially sent home for the first quarantine March of 2020. Zoom continues to be a source of support at IBT.

    This year has started with gusto at IBT! As they continue classes, our students are training and learning new dance choreography for our 2021 outdoor performance review in June. They are also planning virtual classes for the community, to provide opportunities to move and dance for everyone.  

Kaleidoscope 2021
     The IBT Company, ranges from pre-professional and adult professional dancers, are excited to have started rehearsing for a very special, heart-full Kaliedoscope 2021, a tribute to Molley Lanham. Choreographed by IBT alumni Lindsey Lanham, bringing back familiar IBT alumni faces, as well as their current Company dancers. More information coming soon!

Jazz Showcase
     IBT’s Kristy Victor and Amanda Tuohy are initiating a new choreographic collaborative piece for our contemporary jazz showcase “Standing Room Only.” They will be featuring eight major works by Company choreographer and modern dance instructor Christie Kamanaroff, a Columbia College graduate from the Dance and Performing Arts Department. Performance dates, showtimes, and location coming soon!

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LaPorte’s First Concert Features
Gary Thor Wedow Conductor

     The La Porte County Symphony Orchestra concludes its 48th Season on Saturday, April 17 by welcoming home La Porte native and Guest Conductor, Gary Thor Wedow. This in-person concert will be held at 7:00 PM CDT at La Porte’s Civic Auditorium, 1001 Ridge Street.       On the faculty of the Julliard… Continue Reading →

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Books, Brushes & Bands Celebrates 20 Year Anniversary

COVID-9 has brutally affected many around the world. BBB4E is no exception. With mandatory closing of schools and businesses, all spring and summer classes, performances, and events had to be canceled. This continued throughout the year with classes moving virtually. Despite best efforts through moving to virtual classes and pursuing grants, the loss of revenue… Continue Reading →

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Valparaiso Announces Summer Concert Series

Valparaiso Events is currently working on guidelines to safely host these concerts, please stay tuned. Featuring a fabulous variety of artists and musical styles, this summer concert series is a treat for music lovers of all ages. On special Thursday nights throughout the summer, concertgoers gather under a beautiful night sky at The Porter Health… Continue Reading → 
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Cobe Cup Returns to Northwest Indiana -2021

     The excitement returns to Northwest Indiana thanks to the Regional Streeters Car Club. The Annual and Historical Cobe Cup Car Cruise will be held on Saturday, May 29th Memorial Weekend, 2021. The course mocks the original historical race of 1909 – going thru Crown Point, Lowell and Cedar Lake, starting at Lake County Fairgrounds… Continue Reading →

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Hammond Mayor Announces Night Out Schedule

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. is pleased to announce the Mayor’s Night Out schedule for 2021. The Mayor’s Night Out program is an open public forum that allows the residents of Hammond access to the Mayor and a representative from each city department to discuss Hammond’s current events. Be sure and mark your calendars to…

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Annual Spring “Wake Up The Gardens” – Michigan City

     Friendship Botanic Gardens will be hosting its annual “Wake Up the Gardens” Volunteer Day on Saturday, March 27 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Central.       Volunteers are needed to assist with the spring cleanup and prepare the grounds for the Gardens’ season opening on Sat., May 1. The Gardens are primarily a volunteer-based… Continue Reading →

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Active Kids Day – Valparaiso

Valpo Parks is teaming up with local organizations to promote and encourage kids to “get active” and “be healthy!” The 1st Annual Active Kids Day is a free event at Central Park Plaza under the Urschel Pavilion for people to learn about various activities and opportunities for kids in Porter County. Stop by Sunday and… Continue Reading →

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