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Valparaiso Area Girl Scouts Hold "Camps-A-Cooking" Summer Camp


Valparaiso-Area-Girl-Scouts-Camps-a-Cooking-Collage-2016”Camps-a-Cooking” was the theme for the recent Girl Scout Day Camp at Camp Butternut Springs in rural Valparaiso. Over 110 Daisy, Brownie, Junior, and Cadette Girl Scouts from Valparaiso and surrounding communities spent a week learning how to cook their lunch over a campfire, as well as typical camp activities such as hiking, fishing, archery, canoeing, singing, crafts, and making new friends. Forty adult volunteers were also at camp during the week to help the girls have a safe and fun week.

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Duneland Family YMCA Happenings for Week of June 22, 2016


YMCA_SUMMER_DAY_CAMP_IS_BACK_IN_ACTION21-1---2016-06-09_16_32_08SPECIAL SUMMER CAMP SAVINGS! Now through July 15, save $45 for when you register your kids for Camp Shorwau, your kids will receive FREE swimming lessons while attending camp (a $20 value) and you’ll get an additional $25 off the program fee! Download your registration packet online at dunelandymca.org/youth-development/summer-camp or contact Sally Gabric at (219) 921 0183 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Junior Girl Scouts Complete 2016 Bronze Award Project


Junior-Girl-Scouts-Complete-2016-Bronze-Award-ProjectTroop 30148, 4th and 5th grade Junior Girl Scouts from Parkview Elementary have spent this year working toward completion of the Bronze Award. One June 4th they earned their Bronze Award by cleaning upgrading Brownie Land at Girl Scout Camp Butternut Springs. Each girl spent more than 20 hours planning, securing supplies, and working on Brownie Land, including building custom benches for the area.

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Gary Railcats Tickets Available at McDonald's Family Sundays


gary-railcatsThe Gary SouthShore RailCats and the Northwest Indiana McDonald’s Owner/Operators have teamed up to bring special Sunday ticket vouchers on McDonald’s Family Sundays along with a special first pitch opportunity every Sunday.

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6th Annual Lakeshore Paws Pup Crawl Brings Families and Entertainment to Downtown Valparaiso

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One of the region’s largest canine friendly events took place this past Saturday, Lakeshore Paws 6 th annual Pup Crawl fundraising event. And it was a pup paradise! So many new scents, new friends, plastic pools of water for puppy playtime and cool downs, a puppy photo booth, and a parade to show off downtown!

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Superhero Lovers from All Over the Region Celebrate their Heroes at Whiting's Superhero Saturday

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The Whiting-Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce and the city of Whiting joined forces to put on a special Superhero Saturday. Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and Spider-Man were the stars of the show on 119th Street.

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Ninth Annual Necktie 5K Offers a Father's Day Tradition

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With every holiday comes family traditions and for many families of Northwest Indiana, the Necktie 5K has become a Father’s Day affair. Centered around a necktie theme, participants are asked to sport their favorite tie along with all their running gear.

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Father’s Day is More than Just an Excuse to Buy a Tie


The_Valparaiso_Family_YMCA_Celebrates_Da-1Inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon over 100 years ago, Sonora Louis Smart Dodd wondered why there was no similar holiday for fathers. One of six children, Dodd’s father was a single father and she felt he and others deserved to be honored. After securing support from ministers in Spokane, Wash., her idea came to fruition with the first Father's Day celebration at the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Many years passed before the day became a national holiday, but today we use the day to honor the fathers and father figures in our lives.

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YMCA Summer Day Camp is Back in Action for 2016


YMCA_SUMMER_DAY_CAMP_IS_BACK_IN_ACTION21-1Sign your kids up now so they can join the fun too! The Duneland Y kicked off its summer day camp program, Camp Shorwau, on Monday June 6th. The camp has already started to engage the children in learning opportunities, sports and confidence-building to ensure that this is the best summer of their lives! Camp Shorwau offers children a way to make lasting friendships, gain confidence and try new experiences all within the safe comforting environment of the Duneland Family YMCA. Campers go on fieldtrips such as Lakeland Park, Medieval Times, Silver Beach, Potawatomi Zoo and more! The children also participate in activities such as gardening, cooking, acting, reading as well as sports so that they can have fun and learn new skills!

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Aquatic Play Center at Wolf Lake Now Open


Wolf-Lake-Aquatic-Play-CenterMayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the Hammond Port Authority are proud to announce the official opening of the Aquatic Play Center at Wolf Lake.

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May 30 is Entry Deadline for 2016 Soap Box Derby


soap-box-derbyAll entries for the 2016 Northwest Indiana Soap Box Derby is Monday, May 30th. Registration papers, copy of birth certificate, and entry fees are due to Mike Bottom either by mail or in person.

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