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Central Plaza – Downtown Valparaiso
      The newest of Valparaiso’s Parks venue, Central Plaza is located in downtown Valparaiso and offers plenty of space for weddings, group services, special events, entertainment needs and much more Continue Reading . . . 
Front Porch Music
Front Porch Music hosts several concerts a year, usually on Saturday nights at 8:00pm (note – enter in the rear). They assemble musicians from all over the country that are well known. Their venue is a quaint and non-alcohol where children are welcome. Their concerts range anywhere
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CONCERTS in Valparaiso Indiana
Concerts in Valparaiso Indiana
     There are five places in Valparaiso Indiana where you can find local Concerts. PanoramaNow has covered these venues on an ongoing basis over the years and has  been at these venues for the past thirty years. Front Porch Music Front Porch Music hosts several concerts a year, usually on Saturday nights at 8:00pm… Continue Reading →

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     Ogden Gardens is a local treasure that is often overlooked. It is a quick and close encounter with Nature because it is located in the heart of the Valparaiso business district with a very close easy access parking area. For local residents it’s an easy bike ride or walk. Odgen Gardens is on your way to the dry cleaners, the grocery store or the library. The parking area is within 30 feet of the entrance which also makes the gardens a
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Butterfly Meadows Celebrates Story Walk Addition – Valparaiso

Butterfly Meadows had a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony dedicating a new Addition titled “StoryWalk” at Butterfly Meadows. Author Kristina Cherep led the very first walk and read aloud her new book, “My Rainbow of Emotions,” which is now on display at the park and open to the public. This project is provided by a partnership among Valpo Parks, the Porter County Public Library System and the John W. Anderson Foundation.
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Hike The Secret Moraine Nature Preserve by Andie Renner-Miller

     We did this hike back when it was snow covered as it was listed as a good hike to do in the snow. This preserve was a good reminder that it doesn’t need to be warm out to take a good hike. We found only one area that may be difficult for some to cross. A very deep, yet very small water crossing that even in summer may be difficult for some. It was literally one step to get over, however, givin the deepness of the crack, some may find it a hard step.  We did not get wet taking this step, but with the slippery ground, it was an awkward step. Continue Reading . . . 

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Valparaiso Chocolate Walk  
     Join Valparaiso Events for a day of chocolate bliss! The 8th Annual Chocolate Walk is a chocolate lover’s dream. Ticket holders will be able to visit some of Downtown Valparaiso’s treasured destinations and receive a tasty 
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     With its impressive 63 seasons in full swing and numerous SOLD-OUT houses this year, Chicago Street Theatre continues a long tradition of pleasing audiences of all ages. This award-winning theatre group, which performs at 154 W. Chicago Street, has select shows that they believe Continue Reading . . .

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Visit Gabis Arboretum
Gabis Arboretum (formerly Taltree,) is home to one of the most diverse oak collections in the nation, welcomes nearly 50,000 guests annually to its beautiful vistas, diverse landscape and six miles of hiking trails. Damien and Rita Gabis made an initial purchase of land on the site in 1990. With additional land Continue Reading . . 

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 Memorial Opera House
The Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce hosted an 125th Anniversary Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, February 15th. On stage was the backdrop of the Upcoming Production, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” Several  representatives from the local community, the chamber of commerce and the theatre community were present. As a special treat, there were two performances shown by…
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Valpo B&B Awarded “Best Romantic Getaway in Indiana!
     The Official Best of America travel show will feature Songbird Prairie Bed & Breakfast as the “Official Best Romantic Getaway in Indiana.”       Nichole Redmiles, a Managing Producer for Official Best Of said, “We are very excited to be featuring Songbird Prairie Bed & Breakfast with the title ‘Best Romantic Getaway in Indiana—2018’ on our Official Best of America travel show. Here at… Continue Reading →
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Diners Love DonQuijote Restaurant

     Many people who have visited downtown Valparaiso since 1985 have discovered the distinctive cuisine of the regions of Spain at Don Quijote Restaurant. Offering an excellent introduction to the rich and varied flavors and aromas of Iberian cooking, the proprietors and chefs, Carlos Rivero and Elena Jambrina are both natives of Spain. Carlos Rivera… Continue Reading →

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Porter County Fair
     The Porter County Fair runs July 23rd thru Aug. 1st, 2020. Lots of things have changed at the fair, and we have focused these changes below. The Grandstand features top-notch entertainment every evening of the Porter County Fair. Other than first-class concerts you can experience the Fireworks, demolition derbies, tractor pulls, Horse Shows and… Continue Reading →
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Central Park Plaza Ice Rink
     Valpo Parks is happy to announce that the Central Park Plaza Ice Rink will open to the public for the Winter season every November.  Over the next two weeks the park staff will transform the 12,000-square-foot William E. Urschel Pavilion into the center of cold weather fun in downtown Valparaiso. “Last year was our inaugural… Continue Reading →
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Rogers Lakewood Park
     Rogers-Lakewood Park Offers Hayrides The Valparaiso Parks Department is once again offering hayrides at Rogers-Lakewood Park this fall, with support from Bloomfield Mechanical. The tractor-drawn  hayride is great fun for youth groups, family gatherings, clubs, birthday parties and more. The hour and a half outing provides a wonderful setting to enjoy autumn in the woods.… Continue Reading →
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Downtown Valparaiso Indiana Creates New “Quiet Zone”

     The City of Valparaiso is looking specifically to reduce unreasonable noise created by defective or modified exhaust systems, revving engines, horns, loud radios, engine braking and other sources of elective noise.         The City of Valparaiso’s Board of Works and Safety has named the city’s downtown a Quiet Zone to enhance…

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Memorial Opera House Closes for Renovations For the Entire Summer

The Memorial Opera House renovation will be undergoing an amazing transformation with the next production not until September 26th, 2024. Using $5 million in Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money for the renovations, the first phase of the project included repairing the roof, tuckpointing brickwork and fixing the weathered joints in the old masonry…

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Dish Restaurant Closes – Valparaiso

     After decades of serving the community, the Dish Restaurant permanently closed May 4th, 2024. They are grateful for the wonderful guests who made up the Dish Family and the Countless memories that have been made.

     Costas Restaurant Group will be opening up a new concept in downtown Valparaiso at 218 E. Lincolnway (the old Tony’s Pizza which is currently under renovation) where many of the Dish staff and popular dishes will be served. This restaurant will be open later this summer.
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What’s Going In Where the Old Strongbow Was?

According to recent articles, AVRO, a subsidiary of VU, intends to expand the Strongbow Inn property to house College Campus Programs, specifically building a College of Nursing and Health Profession facility. VU Has had over 95 undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificate programs in the fields of health professions. 
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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.