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biz-in-backyard-2013-1So it’s been raining all week. But the weather knew better than to act up on Thursday afternoon for the Ideas in Motion Media’s annual Biz in the Backyard networking event. Biz in the Backyard can be translated literally. We had tons of people from different local businesses come together and network and party it up in the backyard of our office in Valpo.

“We had Biz in the Backyard to bring current clients, future clients and all the local businesses together to meet each other and share business and networking ideas,”Jenny Craig, Lady Lifer, said. “The formal suit and tie affair is way overdone...

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Hammond’s Festival of the Lakes to Begin July 17

Wolf-Lake-Memorial-ParkThe City of Hammond’s annual Festival of the Lakes will run Wednesday, July 17, through Sunday, July 21. The festival will feature free nightly live entertainment, carnival rides, a 5k, car show, golf scramble and fishing derby.

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Downtown Walks Chalked to Benefit Family & Youth Services Bureau

Chalk-The-Walk-2013-1Chalk the Walk, a Family & Youth Services Event, went off with out a hitch despite the threat of rain all day. Artists came ready with ideas in mind for their 3 foot by 3 foot space to beautifully adorn the sidewalks along the downtown square of the Porter County Courthouse. There was even a section set aside for families that came to view all the artwork so that their little artists could draw with chalk too.

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Top Ten Best Summer Food Stops in La Porte County


Everybody loves food, and La Porte County is chalk full of different eateries to satisfy any hankering. But as the weather warms up and summer fills the air, a certain craving comes for the best summer treats to beat the heat. Therefore, LaPorteCountyLife.com has taken on the bold mission to try some food and give you a list of the top ten summer eats in the area. Let it be noted that these are not in a particular order, all of these next ten restaurants equally dominate.

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"Summer of Art" Annual Exhibition Opens at Southern Shore Art Association Gallery

Dana-Dabagia-SummerMembers of the Southern Shore Art Association will be presenting a salon style exhibition in a variety of media showcasing traditional to contemporary paintings, photography, sculpture, glass and 3-D works. The popular month long event will open with a free refreshments/snacks reception on Friday, July 5 from 5-8pm in conjunction with Michigan City’s “First Friday” celebration in the historic Uptown Arts District.

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Hobart Water Awareness Festival

state-flag-indianaInterested in paddling one of the most spectacular rivers in Northwest Indiana? The Hobart Water Awareness Festival offers a free day of family fun, games and activities, and a great time exploring beautiful Deep River. The Northwest Indiana Paddling Association is sponsoring the first Deep River Family Paddling Event, part of the festival. The event will take place at Festival Park on June 22, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The event will dedicate the opening of Deep River as one of Northwest Indiana’s network of outstanding water trails.

The paddle will begin at the Rugby Field across from Festival Park and end at Riverview Park in Lake Station, 3.5 miles downstream. The paddling tour is designed to be an optimal distance for new paddlers, families, as well as seasoned canoeists and kayakers. Participants will have the...

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Music on the Lakefront: The Southern Shore Music Festival

ssmf-2013-3The Guy Foreman Amphitheater and surrounding beach area greeted the twelve hour long Southern Shore Music Festival with some cloud cover and light rain. This newest addition to the Michigan City SummerFest featured bluegrass, rock, hip-hop, and electro-funk bands from Northwest Indiana and Chicago along with local food and drink vendors.

“When choosing the lineup, I had a lot of inspiration from Vocalo connections. I really wanted to diversify the genres. This is a regional event and my goal was to have all of our acts be from around the Midwest,” Mike Hale, Event Chair of the Southern Shore Music Festival and Secretary of the Michigan City Summer Festival Committee,...

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South Shore CVA Hosts Summer Photo Contest

2013-14-Map-CoverWinner to receive $500 Visa gift card

The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority will once again be hosting the Summer Fun Along the South Shore photo contest. Submissions will be accepted through Sunday, September 1.

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Portage YMCA Kicks Off the No Bummer Summer Day Camp

portage-ymca-summercamp-2013-1For about 30 years, the Portage Township YMCA has taken a large interest in providing their community with an exciting summer day camp program. C.C. Cayetano, School Age Child Care Coordinator (SACC) for the Y, heads all activities and developmental operations for campers along with her dedicated staff.

“As a whole, we saw that children also needed care outside regular school time. They still needed care during the summer months so we brought on summer camp. It’s been taking place in the Portage High School for a couple years and we really enjoy the area they give to us,” Cayetano said.

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89.1 FM, The Lakeshore Expands NPR Programs on June 10

lakeshore-fmIn the biggest programming shift since the station launched in January of 2009, Lakeshore Public Media’s radio station, 89.1FM, The Lakeshore, will expand its service to the public radio audience beginning Monday, June 10. With the addition of several hours worth of NPR’s flagship morning and afternoon drive programs “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered” to its weekday schedule, The Lakeshore will now offer a full-fledged schedule of NPR’s most popular and durable shows. “Morning Edition” —which previously aired weekdays from 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.—will now continue until 9:00 a.m. NPR’s afternoon news magazine, “All Things Considered,” will now air weekdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Black Star Comedy to Debut in Crown Point

Black-Star-ComedyA Night of Comedy will feature the Indiana debut of Black Star Comedy in the second installment of the Premium Imports series.

Black Star Comedy is a stand-up comedy group who host a monthly showcase at Estrella Negra in Chicago, Ill. BSC consist of Tyler Jackson, Amy Nico Schwartz ,Nathyn Gibson, Rachel Kaboff and Mary Novokhovsky.

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