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Independence Day Gives the Region a Reason to Celebrate

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Independence Day Weekend in Northwest Indiana gives a great opportunity to get out, enjoy their community and celebrate our nation's birth. Ideas in Motion Media is out and about celebrating right there with you, capturing the best shots of parades, fireworks, kids, parents, and all of the great organizations that are putting on and participating in big celebrations across the region.

From the huge Duneland Chamber of Commerce Fireworks on the Lakefront through Michigan City's BIG Parade, we captured several of Northwest Indiana's community celebrations with photos and some words from those who were there. Click below to see the photos and scroll down to see how the region celebrated 2014 Independence Day!

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Zao Island Adds 13 New Go-Karts Just in Time for Spring 2014!


zao-island-go-cartsWe've added a ton of new awesome features here at Zao Island to make sure that our customers continue to always have a great entertainment experience. You've seen our recent additions to the arcade, now check out our new Go Karts!

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Have a Dog Who Loves Snow? You Could Win!


Snowy-DogStarting today and running through Wednesday, Smoochie Pooch is hosting a photo contest! Post your photos of your dog playing in the snow on our Facebook page and our team will select their favorite!

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Blackbird Bio: Meet Emily


EmilyMeet some of the great faces that make up Blackbird Cafe's regulars and longtime employees! This week's feature is Emily!

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Blackbird Bio: Meet Paula Strietelmeier


Paula-StrietelmeierMeet some of the great faces that make up Blackbird Cafe's regulars and longtime employees! This week's feature is Paula Strietelmeier!

Paula is one of our favorite regulars. She owns Sheep's Clothing Knitting Supply Shop in downtown Valpo and has three grown children. Most mornings you can find her sitting by the front window with a piece of quiche or pie, which she claims have helped her shed a few pounds.

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Exciting Changes on the Island

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Zao Island is receiving a spruce up! Fun-seekers will notice big changes around the park, with more to come in the future. The most noticeable alteration is found on the mini golf course, which received a paint job this year, along with a power-wash and vacuum. The course now boasts tropical colors, through the new paint and lights installed. “We went through and cleaned a lot up,” stated Ryan Wright, General Manager at Zao Island. “The course looks a lot nicer than before!

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Celebrate the Month of Love Around the Region


Heart-StringsThe month that celebrates love is officially here! Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching and many local businesses are offering specials or events to celebrate those warm, fuzzy feelings for your someone special!

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Links of the Week: National Geographic, Manti Te’o, and the Presidential Inauguration


brett-favreI understand this makes me the Brett Favre of weekly link roundups on good news websites, but I’m coming back. I am un-retiring the Links of the Week blog once again.

I wrote about 60 of these in a row, followed by 8 months or so off, un-retired, wrote two more, the re-retired. So that makes this my un-re-retirement? Something like that.

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Top 10 ValpoLife Entertainment Articles of 2012

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2012 is coming to a close and as the new year approaches, we are taking a look back at some of the top articles from the ValpoLife Entertainment Section!

We’ve had tons of stories covering art shows, musical performances, theatrical productions, tasty cuisine, and so much more. We brought you all of the excitement in the region so you never missed a moment!

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Apple's iPhone5 Unveiling, Social Media Contests, and Packers vs. Bears are Touched on This Week's Region Tweets Segment


Chris Mahlmann joined Tavis Buchan on The Lakeshore 89.1 FM’s Lakeshore Drive program for his weekly segment to dish about the latest happenings in Northwest Indiana and beyond. The program, Lakeshore Drive runs Monday through Friday from 4:00pm until 5:30pm, highlighting some of the bigger issues affecting Northwest Indiana.

You can catch Chris joining Tavis and the crew each Wednesday at 4:40pm. If you didn’t listen live this week, you can listen in on the program’s audio by clicking the play button below!

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The RNC, Porter's Big Move, High School Sports and More on this Week's "Region Tweets"


Chris Mahlmann joined Tavis Buchan on The Lakeshore 89.1 FM’s Lakeshore Drive program for his weekly segment to dish about the latest happenings in Northwest Indiana and beyond. The program, Lakeshore Drive runs Monday through Friday from 4:00pm until 5:30pm, highlighting some of the bigger issues affecting Northwest Indiana.

You can catch Chris joining Tavis and the crew each Wednesday at 4:40pm. If you didn’t listen live this week, you can listen in on the program’s audio by clicking the play button below!

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