According to online magazine, Mashable, June 30th, 2010 was Social Media Day, and the Northwest Indiana Tweetup group met in its honor at Pepe's Restaurant in Valparaiso. What is a tweetup, you ask? Many individuals and businesses get together to meet and network outside of a virtual interface: face to face. Come check out the next one at www.nwitweetup.com.
"On a perfect, clear evening at Indiana Dunes State Park, the Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce(http://www.dunelandchamber.com/) hosted the 2nd Annual Fireworks on the Lakeshore on Friday, July 1st, 2010. So many people thought that this was a good idea that there was nearly a half mile long line of traffic outside the park an hour and a half before the fireworks! Nonetheless, it was a great, fun evening for all of Northwest Indiana.
"The VHS Class of 1985 got together for their 25 year reunion on Friday, July 9, 2010 at the Memorial Opera House in downtown Valpo. Every single person had a blast connecting and catching up with their former classmates and many conversations accompanied joyous laughter throughout the evening.
"As part of summer day camp programs all over Northern Indiana, YMCA's from Hammond to South Bend gathered in Portage to duel it out at the 20th Annual Day Camp Olympics. Track and field events, swimming events and a camp counselor competition took place, and a gold medalist Olympian, Bill Mulliken who won the 200-meter breast troke in the 1960 Rome Olympics, came and shared with the kids his experiences.
The Valparaiso Kiwanis recently played pianos throughout downtown, encouraging anyone and everyone to play them. It's been a huge success, with people of all ages playing the pianos. Mayor Jon Costas and Evan Costas worked together to produce this video snapshot about the Pianos on the Square.
Jerrick Suiter is entering his senior season as a Valpo Viking in all three of his sports: football, basketball, and his golden ticket, baseball.Watch this video to see what he's been up to and what he's looking forward to.
On Thursday, July 21st, 2010, Porter Health System made a historical mark for the state, the region and for itself. Prominent leaders and businesspeople gathered at the new site of Porter Hospital right at the intersection of US Highway 6 and State Road 49 to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new facility which is expected to finished in 2012.
"Watch this hilarious video as participants walked, ran, crawled, splashed and mucked their way through the 3-mile obstacle course otherwise known as the Chicagoland Mudathlon featuring lots of mud, 20 fun obstacles including hay bails, mud slides and others, and a chance to simply have a mucking good time! Over 800 people from all over the Midwest and from as far away as California participated in this adventurous event, which was held Saturday, July 24, 2010 at the Graeber Family Farm just south of Valparaiso.
Hey you. Yeah you! The fair is the coolest, most funnest, most wickedly awesome time you could ever have! At the Porter County Expo from July 22nd-August 1st! What other place has dudes flying off monstrous ramps on dirt bikes landing the most god-awful tricks that your eye has ever seen!? That's what I thought.
This annual event celebrates volunteerism throughout Northwest Indiana by bringing together teams from local businesses, municipalities, churches and civic groups to complete projects and make significant impact on the non profit community. Held on the 3rd Friday in August, the day begins with a kickoff breakfast in each county then teams head out to the agencies where they have chosen to volunteer. This event is also a remarkable team builder for employee groups and allows the volunteers to see firsthand the great work accomplished by our non profits in Northwest Indiana.http://www.unitedwaypc.org/day-caring
The Collings Foundation's Wings of Freedom Tour came to the Porter County Airport July 26th through the 28th and gurus of flight and history came to see 3 of the most important aircraft of World War II: the B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-24 Liberator, and the P-51 Mustang. Ray Larson, who is on the board of directors at Task Force Tips, flew the P-51 and P-40 in the years after Pearl Harbor but hasn't flown one since. Until today.