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The History of the King Cake

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Alongside masks, parades and gaudy costume jewelry lies a sweet Mardi Gras tradition with a colorful history: the King Cake.

The roots of this sweet treat date back to European, pre-Christian pagan harvest celebrations, where sacrifice was a part of common tradition. At the beginning of every sacred harvest, several men gathered to eat cake that contained just one bean or coin in it. Whoever stumbled upon the trick mid-bite was chosen to be the “sacred king.” The sacred king was treated as such--up until the end of the harvest, that is. After about a year, the sacrifice took place..!

When Christianity extended its reach throughout the world, the king cake tradition was adopted and used to honor the three wise men who visited Jesus. The cake was...

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Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation’s Theatrepalooza Showcases the Region's Theatrical Talents

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Jack Velazquez only got a small taste of the performing arts as a kid. His parents worked too much to take him to shows, but what he did see inspired him. On Sunday, he took his kids to Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation’s 5th Annual Theatrepalooza, where theatres and performers from across the Region showcased their talents.

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Gaming Excitement this March at Blue Chip Casino


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Sign up for a new B Connected Membership in March and unlock the prize grid within 21 days of sign up to receive up to $175 in prizes! Check at B Connected for details and restrictions or visit www.BConnectedOnline.com.

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Students fuel creativity with a cause for National Heart Month

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This year, Porter Regional Hospital joined with local students to advocate the awareness of National Heart Month through works of art or, ‘heart-work.’ The project was inspired by the message, “Show Us Your Heart”, encouraging 3rd- 5th graders from some Porter County elementary schools to get creative in a meaningful way. Today, students from Portage Township School Corporation, Duneland School Corporation, and Valparaiso School Corporation showcased their artwork at Porter Regional Hospital.

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2019 Lubeznik Arts Festival Registration is Now Open


Lubeznik-Arts-Festival-Registration-is-Now-Open-2019Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) invites artists to apply for its annual art festival. Currently in its 38th year, the Lubeznik Arts Festival (LAF) will take place on August 17th and 18th. This event features fine art and fine craft exhibitors alongside contemporary art galleries, food and interactive family activities.

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Dining Specials Offered at Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa this March


Blue-Chip-Dining-August-2017 Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a delicious buffet at Options on Sunday, March 17 from 3pm to 8pm for $26.99 plus tax. Enjoy traditional Irish favorites, including corned beef and cabbage, prime rib, shepherd's pie, beer-battered fish, Guinness beef stew, bangers and mash, bubble and squeak and more, plus the Sunday Southern Comfort Menu.

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March at Blue Chip: St. Patrick’s Day, Thunder From Down Under, Live Music and More


Blue-Chip-Gaming-September-2017 See what’s new in March at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa, Michigan City, Indiana, Northwest Indiana’s premier entertainment destination: St. Patrick’s Day dining, Thunder From Down Under, live music, gaming excitement and more.

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Valparaiso University TV launches new show “Watchya Reading?”

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It has been said that some of the best ideas seem to come out of the blue, when you least expect it. This was just the case when close friends Mark Chamberlain and Steve Zelechoski sat down for their monthly breakfast outing and pondered Valparaiso University TV’s newest monthly broadcasted show “Watchya Reading?” The idea took flight after Zelechoski introduced to Ron Blatz, VUTV advisor and studio manager, and Katie Nickolaou, a senior co-producer and director.

“We invite interesting people who bring something new to every episode. As we continue to film, we are hoping to bring a combination of leaders, thought, academia, nonprofit organizations, VU professors and more,” Zelechoski said. “We have so many unbelievable people in this region and yet most of the time, others see them as unapproachable because they don’t personally know them. This show...

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February Mayor’s Night Out Rescheduled


rot5Hammond Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. has rescheduled the February 27, 2019 Mayor’s Night Out in the 5th District due to a scheduling conflict. The new date will be Wednesday, August 7th at Purdue University Northwest from 6:30pm until 8:30pm.

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'I've waited a long time for him.' Residents find love, marry at Life Care Center of the Willows

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Love is in the air at Life Care Center of the Willows in Valparaiso. Residents, staff, and family members filled the lobby Wednesday afternoon to witness the matrimony of residents Carolyn Daves and Richard Burzynski.

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Region Rats Gather to Celebrate Northwest Indiana at 4th Annual 219 Day in Hammond

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The Hammond Civic Center came alive on Saturday night to celebrate the best party in the Region. Hundreds of “Region Rats” from Northwest Indiana gathered to celebrate the Region’s official holiday, 219 Day.

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