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Julia’s Slice of Life: 8 Hot Home Design Trends

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Home design trends have always ebbed and flowed throughout the generations, but now, in the Pinterest age, they seem to change more quickly than ever before. While this could cause frustration for homeowners hoping to keep up, the resources available now have also made home design a more intriguing and attainable art. “What we’re seeing is a trend toward making the house more interesting instead of matchy-matchy,” says Jodi Gheaja, a broker for Realty Executives Premier in Valparaiso and owner of staging company House to Home.

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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana April 28 - 30, 2017

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Sit back and enjoy the show. Swap the TV set this weekend to go out and watch a live concert or show. Watch the Valparaiso School staff battle the Harlem Wizards on the court or fighters pit against each other in the 911 SlugFest in Hammond. Or put your dancing shoes on and swing your hips to the tunes of Elvis Presley or with the dancers of “The Drowsy Chaperone” at the Memorial Opera House. Then, finish the weekend humming along to the melodies of the two orchestral concerts in Michigan City. Whether it is live music, the cheers from the sports game or the laughter of kids engaging in fun, healthy activities, Northwest Indiana invites the community to enjoy the sounds of summer.

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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Bill Brittain

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Bill Brittain, President of the Baptist Children’s Home (BCH), knows what it’s like to be a child in need of love and care. So, for more than 20 years, he has provided exactly that to every child who has walked through the Baptist Children’s Home’s doors.

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Julia’s Slice of Life: The Best Sandwiches in NWI

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The sandwich. Is there a better food? Chocolate and pizza get all the attention for being everyone’s favorites, but I think we can all agree that the sandwich is a quiet but mighty contender. There’s just something about the combination of cold cuts, fresh fillings, and magical mayo hugged by soft, doughy bread that makes everything right with the world. In the words of the wise Liz Lemon, “All anyone really wants in this life is to sit in peace and eat a sandwich.”

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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Rin Seibert

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For Rin Seibert, Director of Recreational Sports and Assistant Director of Athletics, sports education and athletics have always been a part of her life. Now, she’s bringing that same passion to the Valparaiso community and the students of Valparaiso University.

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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana April 21 - 23, 2017

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Saturday is Earth Day, and in Northwest Indiana, we take any opportunity to get outside. So, if that means volunteering at a local clean-up event or walking the plank in Whiting, enjoy a great weekend outside. Get your kids ready for summer with a closet sale, stocked with great new outfits and toys, and then head over to the Portage YMCA where you can learn some tips on how to keep your kids healthy and entertained while out of school. When night creeps in, stop in for a quiet evening at the theater or watch a loud, crazy wrestling match go on in Hammond. It is another weekend packed with fun for all out here in Northwest Indiana.

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Julia's Slice of Life: Go Local and Shop at these NWI Clothing Boutiques

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For several years now, Southlake Mall has been one of Northwest Indiana’s most popular destinations, particularly for anyone on a clothes shopping spree. More recently, however, an influx of locally owned clothing boutiques has entered the scene, allowing more options—and a chance to buy local—for consumers. Here is a breakdown of just some of the many local boutiques available for men, women and children.

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A Valpo Life in the Spotlight: Chuck Gutzwiller

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Chuck Gutzwiller, the senior programming director at the Valparaiso YMCA , grew up in southeastern Indiana in a small town called Versailles. He attended school at Indiana University in Bloomington where he studied and obtained a degree in outdoor recreation and resource management with minors in psychology parks and recreation.

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10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana April 14 - 16, 2017

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Easter is around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with 10 Fun Things to Do in Northwest Indiana! Hop around all of Northwest Indiana for fun and family-friendly egg hunts in cities like La Porte and Valparaiso. Or head on over to Portage for a family movie night featuring Boss Baby for kids with sensory or special needs. It's fun for all ages! There are these and more fun events in this week's 10 Fun Things to Do This Weekend in Northwest Indiana! 

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#1StudentNWI: Spring Toward Sports with Boone Grove

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The flowers are blooming, the courts are dry; it is tennis season at Boone Grove.

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Julia’s Slice of Life: How to Have a Healthy Happy Easter

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Easter is coming up, and like most holidays, the chances of overeating and derailing your health goals are high. I spoke with two local health experts on how to make healthy choices and stay diligent while still enjoying the Easter holiday.

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