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Porter County Parks Selected for National Campaign

rot2Porter County Parks & Recreation has been selected as one of ten organizations nationally to participate in the National Recreation and Park Association “Fund Your Park” Campaign. This inaugural campaign selected 10 projects from across the country to participate as part of their crowdfunding platform to build and improve parks throughout the United States.

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Porter County Parks Launches Youth Running Program

rot1Porter County Parks & Recreation is incorporating programming this fall to introduce local kids to the joy of running through their Youth Cross Country and Girls on the Run Programming. Both programs emphasize the Department’s mission to provide quality programming that allows participants to enjoy the outdoors and natural environment of the parks, while building lifetime fitness skills and habits.

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Taltree Arboretum & Gardens: Music, Brews and Fall Fun!

Taltree-Travelling-WindsTRAVELING WINDS
August 29
Join us for an evening of popular classics from around the world by the NWI Symphony woodwinds quintet! This travelogue will feature composers from Bach to Gerswhin.

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2014 Brewathlon Supplies Craft Beer for a Good Cause

Brewathlon-2014-2The best craft brews of the Midwest were showcased at the 2014 BrewAthlon. Hosted at Sunset Hill Farms Park in Valparaiso, the Brewathlon provided good food, over 40 different craft brews to try, live music, and funds to help a worthy cause.

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Abandoned Mallards Released into Optimist Lake

Abandoned-Mallards-released-into-Optimist-LakeRescuing and nurturing abandoned or hurt animals is nothing new to Joe Michalik, a volunteer at the Indiana Welcome Center.

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IU Northwest Scientists at Forefront of Research to Investigate Hypothesis of Decaying Trees Beneath Mount Baldy

Baldy-Internal-Structure-Mapping-02In July 2013, when Nathan Woessner, then 6, of Sterling, Ill. explored a depression in the sand at Mount Baldy, a favorite tourist spot at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and suddenly found himself trapped beneath 11 feet of sand, his rescue riveted the public as much as the implausibility of it baffled scientists.

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Wine, Stein & Spirits Fall Color Tour—Saturday October 11, 2014

valpo-parksThe Valparaiso Parks Department is planning an exciting fall color day trip. This trip will be taking participants to experience the beauty of fall color in Southwest Michigan. The tour will begin at The Livery in Benton Harbor. Located in the Arts District, this former horse stable features 16 taps of “Hand-Forged Microbrews” and 2 Real Ale taps. Tour will then continue on to the Round Barn Winery, Distillery and Brewery with world-class, award winning wines, a first-class European-style brandy distillery, and brewery housed in a turn-of-the century Amish Round Barn located in Baroda, MI. The third and final stop will be Journeyman Distillery. Owned by Valparaiso native, Bill Welter, Journeyman is an Organic Spirits Distillery located in the EK Warren historic featherbone factory in Three Oaks, Michigan.

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