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Good Life Awards - A Night to Celebrate Crazy Ideas and Good People


Soon after we launched three years ago, I wondered in a blog post if it was just a crazy idea to have an award just for Good People. Fast forward a couple of years and through countless other crazy ideas, to our Good Life Awards party, which honored five individuals who have made such a positive impact on the world around them and on the LIFE mission. The net proceeds from the night will go to the Valparaiso Schools Foundation and the Porter County Career and...

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Modernism: A Continuation of a Debate on the Nature of Art

What-Is-ArtIn April, the Southern Shore Art Association provided four respected artists a public opportunity to debate the very broad topic of art and what sets it apart. Who could hope for a consensus on that issue? But the debate was enlightening. Seeking to explore to more extensive parameters, Southern Shore Art Association will again offer a panel of artists a forum to expand the debate. If before, the focus was more on Art in General, this debate will concentrate on the abstract and the non-representational.

Refreshments have been donated by Arturo’s Baked Goods & More, to be served at 2:00 pm, with the debate ensuing from 2:30 – 3:30 pm and audience interactions until 4:30 pm.

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Chris and Tavis Talk Olympics, Social Media, and Northwest Indiana 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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LaPorte County Historical Society’s 5th Annual Car Show a Hit

LaPorte-Car-Show-2012-20LaPorte’s 5th Annual Car Show grabbed the attention of young and old car enthusiasts. From owning vehicles to touring inside the museum, everyone got just what they came for during the event.

Susan Richter curates the LaPorte County Historical Society’s museum and couldn’t be more thankful. “I became the assistant of the museum in 1999 and just took the curator title this year. I’m very passionate about LaPorte’s history and I’m happy to be a part of all this history,” Richter shared.

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First Friday Movie Night Brings Babe to Downtown LaPorte

LaPorte-Chamber-of-CommerceThe next First Friday Night Movie is Friday, August 3, 2012. The movie to be screened is the warm-hearted, talking animal classic Babe. The fun starts on State Street with a classic car show at 6pm and the movie should begin at dusk, 8:45-9pm. Babe is sponsored by Parkison and Hinton. Weather permitting; kids are welcome to bring their own Babe or family pet to enjoy the movie. Prizes will be awarded to the most ‘gallant’.

Babe, The Gallant Pig, 1995 is a movie adaptation of the best-selling Dick King novel. Babe is a pig raised by sheep dogs with a gentle soul and a love for adventure. Even with Babe's considerable handicaps as a sheepdog--namely, that he's a...

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PNC American Sign Language Club Coffeehouse August 17

The Purdue University North Central American Sign Language Club will host an ASL Coffeehouse on Friday, Aug. 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Cornucopia Coffee Company, 210 Lincolnway, Valparaiso.

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1401 S US 421
Westville, IN 46391
Phone: 219-785-5200

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Member Exhibit Continues at Southern Shore Art Association

ANKO-OnSoftBlueWings“Summer of Art - 2” is the continuation of the Southern Shore Art Association’s salon style member exhibit. Our many talented members are displaying a variety of their works, from traditional to contemporary, in all media. Painters, photographers, fiber artists, glass artists and 3-D artists will be participating. New works are up and the exhibit looks great. Don’t miss this show!

“Summer of Art - 2”
August 3 – August 26, 2012
Opening Reception First Friday August 3, 5-8pm

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"Stepping" Into the Spotlight: Michigan City’s 5th Annual Dance Competition

The Michigan City Soul Steppers hosted their 5th annual competition to a crowd of six hundred individuals who enjoyed the talent of twelve hard working drill and drum line teams.


Before the event started, Ricky Wiggins provided music to entertain the audience while performers warmed up on the Michigan City High School’s gym floor. The Hot Boys from Chicago’s Power 92 radio station were also in attendance to MC the event.

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LaPorte Symphony Enthusiastically Takes Stage at Guy Forman Amphitheater

The LaPorte Symphony had a wonderful gathering full of fans, first time viewers and of course music on Sunday evening. Michigan City’s Guy Forman Amphitheater served as an excellent acoustic setting for those playing as well as those listening.

Many who attended were avid listeners of the LaPorte Symphony and knew of their performances prior to this event. Local schools and some businesses also provided information of this astounding experience. Janusz Duzinkiewicz, a first time viewer and professor, said he was informed by Purdue University North Central through an e-mail.

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Sidewalk Sales Days Return to Downtown Offering Deals and More

LaPorte-Sidewalk-SaleLooking for a shopping experience in Downtown LaPorte this weekend? Search no further! Sidewalk Sales will be taking place this Saturday, July 21 from 10am to 5pm. Downtown retailers, artists and crafters will be showcasing goods along the sidewalks of Lincolnway, Jefferson Avenue and State Street.

If you didn’t come to the last one, some of the vendors you might find include handcarved wood bowls, Petoskey jewelry, antiques, upcycled sweaters, handmade baby goods and children’s clothes and much more. Local businesses and independent crafters line the streets for the day.

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Lubeznik Center Names New Marketing Director

lubeznik-center-for-the-artsCarolyn Saxton, Executive Director, is pleased to announce the addition of Becky Jascoviak as Marketing Director to the team of professionals at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts. “Becky brings an eclectic blend of education and experience to the Center including an extensive marketing background and years of non-profit work. We are excited to bring her on board at this important time,” said Saxton.

Jascoviak has over fifteen years of marketing experience including nearly ten as the Marketing Director for Indiana Dunes Tourism. In addition she has taught marketing at Purdue University Calumet. Becky will finish her MBA in August from Valparaiso...

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