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New Zoo Exhibit Planned for 2023 at Washington Park Zoo

The Washington Park Zoo began in 1925 when a retired animal trainer moved this pet brown bear named “Jake” to the Washington Park lakefront. In 1927 city manager Albert Coden , Wesley Kibby and Max Gloye with a special group created the Zoological Gardens. In 1928 the Zoo Board (Michigan City Zoological Society) was founded and the Zoo was moved off the lakefront to its present location in the sand dunes over looking the lake across from Washington Park.

Under President Roosevelt, The Federal Emergency Relief Administration and New Deal policies took place across the United States and at the Washington Park Zoo. It’s believed that the Washington Park Zoo is the only Zoo completely designed and landscaped by the WPA, FERA and CWA (Civil Work Administration).

The Washington Park Zoo sits on 15 acres with around 90 species totalling over 200 animals. We at the Michigan City Zoological Society are an independent volunteer non-profit 501c3 organization.

“Our board consists of around 15 members whose purpose is to lend financial support, acquisition of new animals, assets in veterinarian cost up to $25,000 a year, host fundraising events, write grants, capital improvements to exhibits and much more,” stated Johnny Stimley Zoological Society President.

This year the Zoological Society was excited to raise $185,296.21 towards the zoo’s expansion of “The Big Cat Exhibit” which will open in 2023. Follow the Michigan City Zoological Society Facebook page for our next event. Each year’s events are: Brew at the ZooRunning Wild 5k Run and Walk and Polar Plunge. Any questions or to donate to the Michigan City Zoological Society contact Johnny Stimley at Johnnystimley@mail.com.  

http://www.washingtonparkzoo.com

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Call For Young Artist Submission to Lubeznik Center Michigan City

– Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) and the Lindsey O’Brien Kesling (LOK) Wishing Tree Foundation are looking for artists ages 7 through 18 to exhibit in their ninth annual LOK Young Artists Expo (YAE).       Quality artwork of any style and media is welcome for submission. Artwork does not have to be framed or mounted;…

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Canterbury Summer Theatre Announces 2023 Season!

    Canterbury Summer Theatre, one of the Midwest’s oldest professional summer companies, is proud to announces its slate of productions for 2023, the 55th season for CST!      Artistic Director, Ray Scott Crawford, will return for his 38th season leading the company. He will be joined by David Graham in his tenth summer…

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Holdcraft Players To Present “I Regret Nothing” Michigan City

Holdcraft Players is pleased to announce their latest production, I Regret Nothing. Never before performed onstage in the United States, I Regret Nothing is a dark, funny, and chilling show written by award winning Romanian playwright Csaba Székely. It is a bone chilling show with a shocking ending. “I Regret Nothing” is a two-act play…

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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 Gard Continue Reading . . . 

 

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Save the Dunes Active Supports Great Lakes Coalition

     Boosting federal Great Lakes restoration investments. Ramping upfunding for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Enacting a nationwide moratorium on water shut-offs. Prioritizing the communities most impacted by pollution and harm. These are some of the 2021 priorities that Great Lakes advocates brought to members of Congress via dozens of virtual meetings during the…

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New Improvements At Luhr Park – LaPorte

The LaPorte County Park Department has many new improvements and amenities at Luhr Park that is a must see.  So, bring the whole family and enjoy the outdoors at Luhr Park. This 94-acre park is located just south of LaPorte, Luhr County Park features 4 ecosystems, upland forest, wetland, prairie and stocked pond, open to… Continue Reading →

 

 

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Indiana Dunes Native Plant Sale – Order Only

Due to the continued Covid restrictions, the 2021 Native Plant Sale is by order only. The Order Forms are available for printing at the Friends’ website (dunefriends.org) or from a link on our Facebook page.  Paper copies of the 25th Annual Native Plant Sale Order Form are available at the State Park Office and Nature…

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Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak – a national news affiliate.

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.