Sunday, February 26, 2017

    Eat Up Wine Down 1st Thursday 
       then stay at Songbird Prairie
 Book now your whirlpool/fireplace suite

March 2, 2017 Times: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Organization: Valparaiso Events

Location: Central Park Plaza, Valparaiso, IN 46383

Contact Phone: 219-464-8332 Contact Email: Click to Email

Description: Don't miss a great opportunity to visit one or several of Downtown Valparaiso's favorite restaurants.  The Valpo Downtown Dining Group tempts your palate with $6 food and drink specials on the 1st Thursday of every month.

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Friday, February 24, 2017


Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa has whirlpool/fireplace suites and woodlands for birding                  Book now

Dates: May 04 - May 07, 2017 Time: 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (CT)
Venue: Indiana Dunes National and State Parks Phone: 219-395-1882
Address: 1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton, Indiana 46304
Admission: There is a fee to enter the Indiana Dunes State Park


Join in these four days of fantastic birding at Indiana's number one birding attraction. Celebrate the amazing spring migration on Lake Michigan's southern shore with field trips, presentations, live bird programs, young birder activities, and more.




Dates: March 04 - March 05, 2017 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (CT)
Venue: Chellberg Farm Address: 618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter, IN 46304
Phone: 219-395-1882 Admission: Free admission


Warm up with an early taste of spring at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's annual Maple Sugar Time. The historic Chellberg Farm will be bustling with the activities of maple sugaring on the weekends of March 4 & 5 and March 11th & 12th.



Dates: February 24 - February 26, 2017 Time: Times vary by date (CT)
Venue: Chicago Street Theatre Address: 154 W. Chicago St., Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone: 219-464-1636
Harold Pinter's contemporary masterpiece about three individuals and the affair that shattered them all. Ingeniously told in reverse time, Betrayal was a critical and popular success on both sides of the Atlantic - winner in New York of the Drama Critics Circle Award as best foreign play and in London of the West End Award as best play of the season.

Thursday, February 23, 2017


The Killdeer have returned to Songbird Prairie!
It’s a sure sign of spring now that the killdeer have returned. They are a large, double-banded plover that screams its name across farm fields and other grass and dirt covered habitats. If you see an orange-tailed, stripe-winged bird calling kill-deee, kill-deee, you can be assured that it’s this plover. Many killdeer were shot during the late 1800’s, along with a wide range of other shorebirds. These species are now protected from harm by federal and state laws. On its white breast, two black bands stand out. Killdeer are wet-sand brown above and clear white below, with white around the front of the face and eye. A farmer’s friend, the killdeer spends its foraging time searching for beetles, grasshoppers, caterpillars and other insects. Crayfish centipedes, spiders and other invertebrates are also eaten as well as some seeds. There will be more on the killdeer, since they are so interesting Efrain and Barbara Rivera, your hosts at Songbird Prairie, want to keep you informed of the beauty of nature here at the Prairie in Valparaiso, Indiana. We have blogged this near the Dunes National Lakeshore. Come and leave your footprints in the sand.

Unlike most other plovers, killdeer often forage or nest far from water. You may find them at ball fields, airport runways, pastures, farm fields as well as on mudflats. They are found through North America, but northern birds head south for the winter. During the summer, you will find them at the Dunes National Lakeshore and Songbird Prairie, our Valparaiso Inn and Spa near Valparaiso University. A simple scrape in the dirt or gravel will do for a killdeer pair, although they sometimes add embellishments, such as a lining of pebbles, grass or other small materials. Females lay three to five blotched eggs, which both parents incubate for just less than a month. Nesting in exposed habitats, killdeer rely on camouflage and deception to keep their eggs and chicks safe. If an intruder approaches the nest, an adult killdeer may feign injury, dragging a wing as if it is broken and exposing it’s bright tail; then lure the person or predator away from the nest. Adults watch over their hatchlings, little puffballs that can run and find food by themselves shortly after hatching. They fly before they reach 1 month. Come to Songbird Prairie B&B for a Chicago romantic getaway, just 45 minutes away. Hear the cry of the Killdeer, come away for that Romantic Getaway.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Date: Wednesday, February 22
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. (CT)
Venue: Westchester Public Library
Address: 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton, IN 46304
Phone: 219-926-7696
Admission: Free admission


In September 1863 the Union army of the Cumberland was routed at the Battle of Chickamauga and retreated into Chattanooga. Over the next two months Confederate forces besieged the trapped Union army. Finally, in late November 1863 the Union army won a series of battles around Chattanooga and drove the Confederates south into Georgia. Then stay at one of Midwest Living’s 30 Favorite B&Bs

Date: Tuesday, February 21
Time: 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. (CT)
Venue: Dunes Learning Center
Address: 700 Howe Rd., Chesterton, IN 46304
Phone: 219-395-9555
Admission: $60 per person, or two for $100


Annual Pop-up Dinner offers food for thought with a short but provocative documentary film plus a four-course dinner. Space is limited. Reserve online before February 19th. Then stay at Songbird Prairie