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• 6:30-9:30pm, Orak Shre Circus, Hammond Civic Center,
• 4- 7pm, Christmas the Park – Spencer Park, Demotte
• 5- 8pm, East Chicago Celebration of Lights, City Hall
• 5 – 8:30pm, First Friday Art Walk – Downtown Michigan City
• 5- 9pm, Holiday Lights Drive Thru – Sunset Hill Farm Park, Valpo
• 5- 8pm, Holly Days & Live Nativity – Valparaiso
• 5p- 8pm, Santa Procession &Tree Lightg at Pruzin Park, Merrillville
• 6- 8pm, City Tree Lighting, Festival Park, Hobart
• 7p- 9pm, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” Chicago Street Theatre, Valparaiso
• 7- 8:45pm, Carol Fest at VU, Valparaiso University
• 7- 9:30pm, Chesterton H.S. Madrigal Dinnerm Chesterton H. S.
• 7- 8:45pm, Community Tree Lighting & First Friday, St. Mary of the Lake, Miller
• 7- 8:30pm, Illuminated Parade, Whitlmg City Hall, Whiting
• 7- 9pm, Shake It Up Musical Show, Livimg Hope Church, Merrillville
• 7:30 – 9pm, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” The Center for Performing Arts, Munster
• 7:30- 9:45pm, Scrooge Musical, Merrillville H. S.,
• 8- 9:45pm, “A Fabulous 50’s Christmas” Towle Theatre, Hammond
• 8- 9:45pm, Babes & Boys Christmas Show, Beatniks On Conkey, Hammond
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• 6:30- 9:30pm, Orak Shrine Circus, Hammond Civic center, Hammond
• All Day Michigan City Snowflake Parade, Michiagn City
• 7:30am -9 am Breakfast with Santa – Valparaiso YMCA,
• 8am -5pm, A Christmas Story Comes Home, Indiana Welcome Center, Hammond
• 8:30am -4:30pm Christmas Open House, Family Express, Kouts
• 9am – 2pm, Annual Home Parties in One Place,Woodmar Methodist Church, Hammond
• 9 am – 11 am ,Breakfast w/Santa (Dyer)
• 9 am – 12pm, Breakfast w/Santa,Wilbur Wright School, Munster
• 9 am – 12pm, Breakfast w/Santa, Schererville Community Center
• 9 am – 3pm, Christmas Craft Show – Woodland Park, Portage
• 9 am – 11 am, Cookie Walk Westminister Presbyterian Church, Munster
• 9 am – 1pm, Ethnic Cookie Sale, Chrislove collectibles, Whiting
• 9 am – 4pm, Munster Holiday Art & Crafts Fair, Munster H. S
• 9 am – 1pm, St. Mary of the Lake annual Christmas Bazaar, Miller
• 10 am – 4pm, Folk Art Holiday Open House, Fawn Run Farm, Rolling Priaire
• 10 am – 12:30pm, Hammond Holiday Parade
• 10 am – 3pm, Opportunity Enterprises’ Holiday ShopportunityValparaiso
• 10 am – 3pm, Winter Jam Craft & Vendor Fair, Lake County Fair Grounds, Crown Point
• 11 am – 4pm, Christmas on the Farm – Countryside Park, Portage
• 12-5pm, Candy Cane Express, Hesston Steam Museum, Laporte
• 12-4pm, Holidays at the Train Depot! Taltree Gardens, Valpo
• 1-4pm, Santa in the Courthouse, Crown Point
• 2-6pm, Portage Christmas Festival, Founder’s Square, Portage
• 3-8pm, Pioneerland Christmas, LaPorte County Fairgrounds, LaPorte
• 4-7pm, Santa at the Kaske House – Heritage Park, Munster
• 5-11:30pm, Festival of Lights, Washington Park, Michigan City IN
• 5-9pm, Holiday Lights Drive Thru – Sunset Hill Park, Valparaiso
• 6:30-9pm, Madrigal Dinner, United Methodist Church, Michigan City
• 8- 9:45pm, Babes & Boys Christmas Show, Beatniks On Conkey, Hammond
• 7-9pm, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” Chicago Street Theatre, Valparaiso
• 7-9:30pm, Chesterton H.S. Madrigal Dinner
• 7- 9 pm, Shake It Up Musical Show, Living Hope Church, Merrillville
• 7:30-9pm, “It’s A Wonderful Life,” The Center for Performing Arts, Munster
• 7:30-9:30pm, Holiday Pops Concert – St. John The Baptist Church, Whiting
• 7:45-11pm, Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular!Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville
• 8-9:45pm, “A Fabulous 50’s Christmas” Towle Theatre, Hammond
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• 7 -9 pm, Shake It Up Musical Show,Living Hope Church, Merrillville
• 8 -9:45 pm Babes & Boys Christmas Show,Beatniks On Conkey, Hammond
• 9 am – 3 pm, Christmas Craft Show -Woodland Park, Portage
• 9 am – 4 pm, Munster Holiday Art & Crafts Fair,Munster H. S.
• 10 am – 4 pm, Folk Art Holiday Open House, Fawn Run Farm, Rolling Priaire
• 11 am – 4 pm, Christmas on the Farm – Countryside park, Portage
• 12 -5 pm, Candy Cane Express,Hesston Steam Museum, Laporte
• 12-4 pm, Holidays at the Train Depot! Taltree, Valpo
• 3 -8 pm, Pioneerland Christmas, LaPorte County Fairgrounds, LaPorte
• 8am – 5 pm, A Christmas Story Comes Home, Indiana Welcome Center, Hammond
• 9 am – 1 pm, St. Mary of the Lake Christmas Bazaar (Miller)
• 11 am – 3 pm Holiday Craft Show, Eagles Banquet Hall, Valparaiso
• 11 am – 5 pm Movable Art Feast – Michigan CityThe Nest, Michigan City
• 1 -2:30 pm Candy Cane Hunt – Dyer, Plum Creek Center, Dyer
• 1 -4 pm Santa in the Courthouse, Crown Point Courthouse, Crown Point
• 2 -3:45 pm “A Fabulous 50’s Christmas” Towle Theatre, Hammond
• 2:30 -4 pm “It’s A Wonderful Life,” The Center for Performing Arts, Munster
• 5 -7:30 pm Chesterton H.S. Madrigal Dinner
• 5 -9 pm, Festival of Lights Drive Thru – Michigan City, Washington Park
• 5 -9 pm Holiday Lights Drive Thru – Valpo, Sunset Hill Park,
• 7 -9 pm “It’s A Wonderful Life,” Valpo, Chicago Street Theatre
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Easter egg hunts and rolls, Easter parades, and visits from the Easter Bunny are the most common types of secular activities taking place in communities across Northwest Indiana. You’ll find Photos with the Easter Bunny, Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Easter Parades throughout Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties. Some even have a Easter Bonnet Contests, Easter Egg Roll contests and other fun activities for Family fun.

It is very popular in Northwest Indiana and very common to organize Easter egg hunts. Eggs and candy of some form are hidden are supposedly provided by the Easter Bunny. Families, especially children  search for the eggs in a Park, Parking lot or Church Grounds. In some areas, Easter egg hunts are a popular way for local businesses to promote themselves or may even be organized by churches.

Many churches hold special services on Easter Sunday, which celebrate the Jesus Christ’s resurrection after his crucifixion. These eggs can be hard boiled eggs that can be eaten later, but many are model eggs made of plastic and filled with candy. There are also chocolate eggs, and also candy or other materials. Here are round-ups to Easter happenings, including services, Easter egg hunts, and Easter Sunday brunches in some of the major Northwest Indiana cities.

You’ll also fine plenty of FAMILY FUN!, Art and Craft Fairs AND CRAFT BEER ! Folks might also like the live concerts and full fledged festivals honoring our Nation’s Favorite Bunny!  We even have lots of HISTORICAL EVENTS TOO!


• 2pm-3pm,  Easter Egg Hunt, March 18, (Special Needs Hunt 1pm-1:30pm) Burns Harbor Park, 1200 Lakeland Park Dr, Parks Dept 787-8126.
• 6pm-7pm, Egg Hunt, March 23, ages 4-7 reg thu march 10th by 2pm at town hall fee$ 1.
• 8 pm – 9 pm, Flashlight Egg Hunt, March 23, 7408 Constitution, town hall, park of the red cedars, 374-7000.
• 11 am – 12:30 pm, Easter Egg Hunt, March 24, Hawthorne Park, 500 Ackerman Dr, 983-1042
• 12 pm – 4 pm, Hunt at 1pm, Easter Egg Hunt, March 31, American Legion 170, rescue dogs, raffles, 708 Wabash, 926-4577.
• 5 pm – 7 pm, Bunny Hop, March 24th, activities cake walk, games, food, First United Methodist Church, 352 S Main St. 663-1515.
• 10am – 3pm, Spring Jam Vendor & Craft Show, April 7, Lake County Fair Grounds, 889 S Court St.
2-6pm, Clendenin Farms Annual Egg Hunt Extravaganza, Sat. April 7th, food, games, filled eggs, egg toss, petting zoo,  9600 W. 1500 N, Demotte, 219-314-0097.
• 2 pm 4pm, Easter Egg Hunt, March 17, Northgate Park, Calumet Ave & Harrison 865-2505
• 7 pm – 8:15 pm, Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt, March 22, Townhall Dr, 865-2505
• 10 am – 1 pm, Easter Egg Hunt, March 24, ages 3-13, Washington Park, 4298 Grand Blvd., 391-8476.
Easter Events at St. Mary Church, Holy Thursday: Mar. 29th, 7pm; Good Friday: Mar. 30th, 3pm; Tenebrae: Mar. 30 at 7pm; Holy Saturday: Mar. 31st, 7:30pm; Easter Sunday masses: 9:30am and    • 11:30 am, see ad inside, 525 N. Broad St., 924-4163
• 9:30am, Easter Egg-Stravaganza, March 24, First Christian Church, 202 W Pine St, 924-6840.
• 9:15 am, Easter Egg Hunt -TBA, Hess Elementary School, 3640 Orchard Dr,
• 12 pm – 1:15 pm, Easter Egg Hunt, March 25, Hessville Park, 853-6378×7702.
• 8am & 10:30am, 2 seatings, Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! March 24, Highland HS , 9135 Erie St, tickets at chamber 923-3666.
• 9 am – 11 am, Easter Egg Hunt, March 24, Wicker Park Gazebo, 2215 Ridge Rd.,, Open & free to children of North Township ages 1-10, 932-2530.
• 10:45 am – 1 pm. Easter Egg Hunt & Peeps Project, Immanuel United Church of Christ, 2201 Azalea Dr., 924- 2100.
• 9am – 3pm, March 17th, Think Spring Market & Easter Bunny, craft vendors, art display, visit Easter Bunny, Early Leaning Center, 400 N. Wilson St., Hosted by PTO, 942-7263.
• 11 AM – 1:45 PM, Easter Egg Hunt, date TBA, Hollman Park, 2555 W Old Ridge Rd.,,
• 2 pm – 6 pm, Photos with the Easter Bunny – Pet Photos too! date TBA, American Legion, 6601 Old Hobart Rd.,Gary, 938-9856.
• 5:30pm 8:00pm, Pirate Easter Egg Hunt, March 29, Bellaboo’s Play Center, 2800 Colorado St, 963-2070,.
• 10 am, bring basket Easter Egg Hunt, March 24, Liberty Park, 195 W Oakley Ave, 696-1570.
• 8 pm – 11 pm, Great Egg Chase with Flashlights! March 23, Com,munity Park, 8751 Lions Club Dr, 836-PARK.
• 8:30 am – 11:30 am, Easter Egg Hunt, March 24, Com,munity Park, 836-7275.
• 10 am – 12 pm, Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, March 24, Centennial Park Clubhouse, 9701 Calumet Ave, 836-6930.
• 11am – 4:30 pm, Easter Brunch, April 1, Centennial Park Clubhouse, 9701 Calumet Ave, 836-6930.
• 3:30 pm – 5 pm, Under Water Easter Egg Hunt, March 25, Munster HS, 8808 Columbia Ave, 836-park.
• Visit the Easter Bunny- starting March 10th, Southlake Mall 738.2260.
• 10am-4pm, Spring Open House- Easter GIFTS & spring decor, March 24 & 25 Fawn Run Farm Mercantile, 3883 E 700N,, 778-2809.
• 9am sharp, Jaycees Easter Egg hunt, Mar. 31st., Laporte county Fairgrounds, 2581 W. State Rd. 2. LaPorte, Indiana, photos with the Easter Begin at 8:15, rain or shine, 362-2647.
• 10:00 am, Beautiful Savior Easter Egg hunt, Mar. 24th, ages 2-10, Reg. begins at 10am, Beautiful Savior Lutheran church, 3628 W Johnson Rd, La Porte 324-7442
      • 11am, Easter Egg-Stravaganza
Egg Hunt,
April 1, enjoy the gardens,
free admission, 2055 E Hwy 12 Michigan City,, 878-9885.

• 8:30 am – 10:30 am, Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast with Easter Bunny, March 24 Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Rd.,, 762-1675.
• 1pm-3 pm, Easter Eggstravaganza, March 24, held at Boys & Girls Club, 5895 Evergreen Ave,, by Northshore 763-8112.
• 8am 10am (open seating) Bunny Breakfast, March 24, $8, Eggs, sausage, pancakes buffet coffee, juice, milk, 95ate5 Restaurant, 9585 N Industrial Dr Easter Bunny pictures 8:30am-9:45am, no tickets at door, may be purchased at Chamber of Commerce, 365-4686,
• 9 am – 1145 am, Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, March 24, Community Center, 500 E Joliet St,, 865-5530.
10am – 12pm, Easter Brunch, April 1, Villa Cesare, 900 Eagle Ridge Dr., Schererville 322-3011.
• 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Flashlight Egg Hunt, March 29, Com,munity Center, 500 E Joliet St,, 865-5530.
• 12pm 3pm, 2pm, Tri-Town Easter Egg Hunt, March 24, ages 2-10, bounce house, 1530 Eagle Ridge Dr., Pre -register 365-6079.

11am – 2pm, Easter Brunch, April 1st, Halls of St. George, Res. Required by March 25th, 905 E. Joliet St., Schererville, 219-865-9411.

• 9 am – 11:15 am, Mom’s Club® Egg Hunt, March 31, 157 Westside Park Ave,, 462-5144,
• 10 am -4 pm, Easter Bunny Photos, March 17, 18, 24,25 Baby Chicks & Bunnies, free with admission, bring camera, Gabis/Taltree Arboretum Depot, 450W 100N,,
• 10:30 am – 1pm, , Easter Egg Hunt, March 25, $20 carload day, Gabis/Taltree Arboretum, 450 W100N,, rsvp 462-0025, 10:30 @ Sidetrack for ages 4 years and younger 11:30 @ Adventure Garden for ages 5 – 7 years old 12:30 @ Meyer Pavilion for ages 8-10 year.
• 10 am-11:30am, Easter Egg Hunt, March 24, Lakefront Park, 119th St & Front St 659.0860.
• 11am – 3pm, Bunch ‘o Bunnies, Throughout downtown, great photo opportunities.
• 11am – 3pm, Photos with the Easter Bunny, Chamber offices, 1417 – 119th Street. Pets welcome on leash. Cost: $10 per sheet.
• 1:30 pm, Easter Bonnet Competition, in Front of City Hall, after parade.
• 11am – 3pm, Peeps Contest Viewing & Voting, vote on your favorite display, Studio 659, 1413 – 119th Street, Whiting, Indiana.
• 2 pm – 3:30 pm, Easter Parade, 119th St, March 23, Downtown 659-0292.

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Taltree Changes Name To Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest

by Sue Baxter
The Board of Directors of Taltree Arboretum and Taltree’s Founders have reached an agreement to change the name of Taltree to Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest, named after founders Damien and Rita Gabis. The Taltree board and founders will donate the 300 plus acres to the university in exchange for Purdue operating the property to assure its sustainability. The Arboretum will continue it’s functions for the public, educational services, conservation and recreational use. The Taltree Board wanted to honor the Gabis Family by keeping their name with the arboretum for years to come.

“We are truly grateful to the Gabis family, as well as the Board of Directors of the Taltree Foundation, for their visionary and generous gift to advance learning, research and engagement in Northwest Indiana,” said PNW Chancellor Thomas L. Keon. “We are tremendously excited about this exceptional opportunity to expand the mission and impact of both the arboretum and PNW.”
This Unique partnership will bring about unique opportunities for advance learning, research and engagement with Purdue University Northwest. This transition will ensure the arboretum will continue to be operated as an arboretum. PNW to offer new and expanded academic courses, enhance recruitment efforts, support community educational and outreach programs, conduct new research projects, and engage further with area K-12 teachers and students.
This agreement was signed on Dec. 18th, 2017 and transfer of ownership will take place in February 2018. All regular and non-seasonal employees will be offered the opportunity to become staff members of Purdue University Northwest. The membership program will continue and all events and activities will stay the same as before.
Taltree, 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 purchases through the Taltree Arboretum & Gardens Foundation, which the Gabises began in 2002, the property grew to its present size. The arboretum today features multiple gardens, pavilions, a Monarch waystation, an outdoor classroom, and the popular Railway Garden.
Some of the future opportunities include:
• Biological Studies of existing habitats,
• Landscape engineering and facility improvements,
• Business Marketing studies,
• Hospitality and Tourism Studies,
• Outdoor Productions with the English and Humanities Depts. such as Shakespeare in the Park and Theatre workshops.
• Educational access to K-12 students
• Student volunteers, internships and student part-time jobs
Purdue is committed to supporting and expanding the mission and impact of the arboretum and will initiate a planning process in the coming months.

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fall festivals in northwest indianaSpend your Fall Weekends celebrating in Northwest Indiana! We guarantee there’s a Festival EVERY WEEKEND WITH TONS OF FAMILY FUN! From Car Shows, ice cream socials to concerts and parades, these events will have you enjoying your Fall weekends ! Let us not forget tons of Fireworks,  Art and Craft Shows & Fairs AND CRAFT BEER ! You might also like the live Concerts and full fledged Festivals  displaying the breathtaking and beautiful Landscapes from the Fall Colors! The drive alone is worth it! We even have lots of HISTORICAL EVENTS TOO! Click here for list of all 50 Festivals (some are listed below)
Rock ’N’ Rail Street Festival, Downtown Griffith, Indiana, Aug 31 – Sept 3, 2017
Hesston Steam & Power Show in LaPorte, Indiana
Lowell Labor Day Festival, (Fireworks) See Complete Schedule of Events HERE!
Lowell Labor Day Parade:
Taste of Duneland in Downtown Chesterton:
Portage Brewfest, September 9th,
Popcorn Festival, Sept. 9th,
Door Village Harvest Festival, Sept. 9th & 10th
Doll and Bear Show: Sept. 10th,
Sunflower Fair: September 16th, 2017
Sandhill Crane Festival, September 16th 2017,
Polish Festival, September 17th,
Country- A- Fair, September 16th, 2017
BaconFest, Sept. 16th, Portage, IN
Brews & Blues Festival, Sept. 16th Hobart
Fest in the First, Miller Beach Sept. 16th Click here
Indiana Dunes Apples Festival, Sept. 16th & 17th,
Hooked on Art Festival: Chesterton, Indiana, September 23rd,
Fox Art and Music Festival, 2017, Sept. 23rd,
Scarecrow fest, Sept 23rd & 24th, 2017 Click Here
Pioneer Days, Sept 23rd – 24th,
Fall Harvest & Antique Equipment, Valparaiso, Indiana
Westville Pumpkin Festival – Sept 29th – Oct. 1st,
Crown point Oktoberfest, Oct. 7th, Click Here:
Outdoor Adventure Festival, Oct. 6th – 8th, Indiana Dunes,
Compassion Marketplace, October 7th, Cedar Lake,

The Valpo Motorcycle Show returns and will feature “vintage chopper and classic motorcycles.” After a hiatus of several years, the Valpo Motorcyle Show is returning back to the Porter County Fairgrounds with plans to keep returning back every year. The hiatus has not shaken the steadfast resolve of founder Mario Alvarez of  M. & S. Enterprises to keep the event grounded in its grassroots upbringings.  As the event continues to grow he expects larger brands and manufacturers to participate, keeping the core values that the show was built on years ago.
This is a hard-core enthusiast-driven show that relies on its attendees for direction when making decisions, and hopes to continue that for many years to come. The show will be held on Saturday, August 26th from 9am – 3pm, with motorcycle registration at 8am the day of the show. Swap spaces can begin setting up at 6am the day of the show. It’s free to show your bike, but there is a $5 admission fee for everyone. Swap spaces are $20the day of the show, or $15 in advance with a check sent to M&S Enterprises, P.O. Box 2055, Valparaiso Indiana, 46384.

The one-day event showcased motorcycles built by locally renowned customizers to garage-builders and a little bit of everything in between. With the abundance of creativity prevalent on the grounds, it will be easy to find yourself questioning whether you were looking at an attendee’s motorcycle he rode in on or a carefully crafted bike custom-built.

“Great food, vendors, swap meet and copious amounts of comradery are the cornerstones of the event that keeps the energy coursing through the show,” stated Mario. “Many patrons will travel from far and wide to attend the show and stay the weekend,” continued Mario. Attendees will came from all walks of life; young kids on their first motorcycle, fully tattooed tough guys, hipsters, and life-long motorcyclists of every kind. Mario has been hosting Valpo Car Show and Valpo Motorcycle shows for over 30 years.
“We all have something in common, we love motorcycles,” finished Mario. The Porter County Fairgrounds are located at 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso, Indiana, 46385. Mario can be reached by calling 219-464-9918 or email at

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and Hammond Parks & Recreation are pleased to announce the 14th Annual Festival of the Lakes music talent lineup for the main stage at Wolf Lake Memorial Park Pavilion, 2324 S. Calumet Avenue, Hammond Indiana from July 19th – July 23. Community Stage and Special Days are listed at the… Continnue Reading . . .

The Porter county Fair Begins on Thursday, July 20th and runs through Saturday, July 29th, 2017. New this year are educational displays and a school bus figure 8 derby in the grandstand.
Other free activities include Racing Ducks, Agri Puppets, Antique machinery Exhibit, Racing Pigs, Rhinestone Cowgirls, Texas Terry Wild West Show, Farmers Fun Fair Facts, a Family Circus, Martial Arts Demonstration, and the Fair Queen Pageant (July 22nd only). For Complete Entertainment Info
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