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Journey Senior Living treats Valparaiso community to BBQ & Blues

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For most people, an assisted living facility is probably not the first place that comes to mind when thinking of a venue to spend a warm, sunny summer afternoon with friends. Melissa Green, Executive Director of Journey Senior Living, hoped to change that mindset.

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Dogs and RailCats! Therapy pets make appearance at U.S. Steel Yard


TherapyDogs3Dogs from Franciscan Health’s pet therapy program nuzzled up to fans at Youth & Senior Day at the U.S. Steel Yard during the game between the Gary SouthShore RailCats and the Winnipeg Goldeyes on June 12.

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Opportunity Enterprises Celebrates Achievement at Annual Celebration of Achievement Breakfast

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Opportunity Enterprises will host their annual Celebration of Achievement awards breakfast on June 27, 2018 at 8 am at Aberdeen Manor. The awards are presented to individuals with disabilities in recognition of outstanding achievement. Awards are also presented to outstanding volunteers, staff, and businesses for supporting individuals with disabilities. An inspirational program will be hosted by Lanie Steinwart, OE board member and chair of the Communications Department at Valparaiso University.

The clients, staff, volunteers, and businesses were nominated by OE employees and a blind vote was held by the Board of Directors to select the award recipients. Being recognized this year are the following recipients of the 2019 Celebration of Achievement awards.

Clients of the Year: Michael Johnston, Jr, Daily...

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Crown Point adds an additional day to the Farmer’s Market

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Mayor David Uran’s Office of Special Events welcomes the 2019 Farmer’s Market season.

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Cancer Survivors Celebrate their Journeys at Community Healthcare System, Cancer Resource Centre Breakfast

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Laughter reverberated through the Professional Building Conference Room at St. Catherine Hospital Sunday morning, as local cancer survivors and their loves ones gathered for the 32nd annual National Cancer Survivors Day Breakfast. They shared pancakes, swapped stories, and celebrated life. 

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Festival of the Lakes hosts Senior Day

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Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the 16th annual Festival of the Lakes ensures everyone is included in the event’s fun and excitement by offering Senior Day to the community. Senior Day, held on Friday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the patio at the Hammond Marina, 701 Casino Center Drive, invites seniors aged 55 and older to come enjoy an afternoon of dancing, a free lunch provided by California Donuts, and music by Pete Carlo Three. This event is free and offers goody bags to everyone in attendance while supplies last.. Vendors will also be up in the Clipper Room with information pertaining to various senior services. Visit www.festivalofthelakes.com or call 219.853.6378 for more information.

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Jazzin' at the Shedd Kicks off

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The long-standing, adult-oriented event series happens every Wednesday throughout the summer from 5–10 p.m., with opportunities for guests to unwind mid-week while enjoying brilliant sounds from local jazz talent in a relaxed aquarium setting, with food and drink to purchase and a front row seat to Chicago’s dynamic skyline and Navy Pier’s weekly fireworks display.

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Zao Island kicks off concert series with "Planetary Blues"

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Zao Island kicked-off the summer with their first concert Saturday evening. The popular family entertainment center features local bands Friday and Saturday during the summer months for the entire family to enjoy. Best of all, the concerts are free! The Planetary Blues Band was first in the line-up of a summer filled with rockin’ and rollin’!

Erich MacDougall, Manager at Zao Island, said even though the concerts are outdoors, the show goes on no matter what kind of weather. An inside area serves as a backup stage, and is conveniently next to Zao Island’s famous pizza shack, Coladas Pizza. The renowned restaurant has some of the best pizzas in Valparaiso and 35 choices of craft beer. Saturday, the rain prevented an outdoor event, but people of all ages tapped their feet inside. Many ordered pizzas and...

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Speakers celebrate Courage Over Comfort at All About the Girls Part 5

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Look up! It’s one of the most important secrets to successful public speaking, and one of the hardest to remember in the moment. Yet the ladies of honor had no trouble looking up Thursday night at Ideas in Motion Media’s (IIMM) All About the Girls Part 5. The sold-out event at Sand Creek Country Club was packed with table after table of supportive, encouraging, friendly and familiar faces.

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Get ready, Regionites – the festival and event season is about to hit


Summer in the Region is everything All-American, speckled with some of the world’s most unique, whacky, and fun-filled happenings. These events draw locals to cross city and county borders without a blink and bring scores of visitors from all over the nation. Decades of tradition weave their way through events like 100-year-old parades, while newer events like nighttime bike rides reflect today’s trends.

But don’t take our word for it. Check out this preview of the most popular events about to explode in the Region in 2019 and browse the stories and photos of years past to really get the flavor.

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Red Wine and Brew Local Heroes Benefit 2019, buy tickets now!


Celebrate Fourth of July weekend with La Porte at the Red Wine and Brew 2019 Local Heroes Benefit and concert on Stone Lake Beach on July 3rd, coordinated by Bethany Lutheran Church and numerous community sponsors. This year, rising country stars will be featured such as Lainey Wilson, Tenille Arts and Dillon Carmichael, alongside famous country music artist, Rodney Atkins.

The tasting includes a plethora of the area’s best wine and beer. Tasting ends at 6pm, and the cast bar will remain open until 9pm. See the array of options below.

redwineandbrew2As for food, there is so much in store. Sims Meat Packaging, Garwood Orchards, and Spire Catering will be offering BBQ sandwiches, grilled sweet corn, BBQ brats and so much more delicious summer...

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