Wednesday, April 26, 2017

TONIGHT


SUZY'S DINER CRUISE NIGHT then.... STAY IN WHIRLPOOL/FIREPLACE SUITE
Dates: April 05 - October 25, 2017 Time: 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. (CT) Venue: Suzy's Diner
Address: 407 S. Main St., Hebron, IN 46341 Phone: 219-996-3463
Admission: Free admission
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Enjoy cool cars, music and a special discount at the diner. Every Wednesday, April to Oct.





Tuesday, April 25, 2017



CHOCOLATE WALK AND RUN TO STAY AT SONGBIRD PRAIRIE INN AND SPA
Saturday, May 6 12pm to 4pm Downtown Valparaiso TICKETS ON SALE, Monday, March 20

Join Valparaiso Events for a day of chocolate bliss! With participating retail locations, as well as several restaurants offering special sweet treats. The third annual Chocolate Walk is a chocolate lover’s paradise.
Ticket holder will be able to visit Downtown Valparaiso’s treasures destination and while you are there. You will receive a tasty chocolate sample.
This is a “walk” so take your time to stroll through downtown, the stores or stop for Lunch of dinner along the way. Be sure to take in all of what Downtown Valparaiso has to offer! Samples are donated from some of Valpo’s top candy makers, bakers and ice cream shops.
Chocolate Walk in Valparaiso, Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa an Indiana Dunes Bed and Breakfast,

Monday, April 24, 2017


                                              Mother's Day Special     Book NOW
Whether she's a "Red Hatter" or a "Tool Belt Diva", Plan a night reminiscing with Mom at Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast Inn and Spa.
 Remember those breakfasts in bed where you served her burnt toast and cold tea? Let us serve you both our Gourmet Hot Breakfast in our sunroom where songbirds serenade and entertain. Schedule Mom a massage while she is here for total relaxation.

Stay at Songbird Prairie with your mom in the Purple finch or Warbler suite and make her a bracelet of hand-blown glass beads and silver-plated metal beads which are topped off with a touch of rhinestone bling. Bracelet is included in package with beads of your choice up to $50.00 retail value Package Starts @ $249.00 Upgrades possible. 219-759-4274



American Goldfinch is a permanent “guest” at Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa! book now
Nicknamed “wild canary”, the American Goldfinch is a prized visitor at Songbird Prairie. This little finch is welcome and common at our feeders, where it eats primarily sunflower and nyjer seed. At Songbird Prairie, they also cover the salvia along our walkway to the Inn. They love to drink and bathe in our shallow birdbaths and are attracted to the watercourse that runs through this Indiana Dunes Bed & Breakfast’s woodlands. The American Goldfinch is a frequent visitor to our feeders and you would be assured to spot these vibrant yellow birds and hear their twittering call on your visit!
Diet:
In nature, the goldfinch feeds primarily during the day on seeds of grasses and trees. They may occasionally feed on insects and berries. They frequently visit backyard feeders – particularly those filled with thistle seed.
Size and Color:
A small bird, the American Goldfinch is generally between 4″-5″. The male is a vibrant yellow in the summer and an olive color during the winter months. The female is a dull yellow-brown shade which brightens only slightly during the summer. The brightly colored plumage of the male is to impress the female during the breeding season and attract a mate.
Song:
A long, twittering “per-chic-o-ree” or “po-ta-to chip.” The American Goldfinch is known for singing in flight, which adds to their cheerful, “wave-like” flight pattern.
Behavior:
These are active and acrobatic little finches that cling to weeds and seed socks, and sometimes mill about in large numbers at feeders or on the ground beneath them. Goldfinches fly with a bouncy, undulating pattern and often call in flight, drawing attention to themselves.
Habitat:
The goldfinch’s main natural habitats are weedy fields and floodplains, where plants such as thistles and asters are common. They’re also found in cultivated areas, roadsides, orchards, and backyards. American Goldfinches can be found at feeders any time of year, but most abundantly during winter.
Backyard Tips:
To encourage goldfinches into your yard, plant native thistles and other composite plants, as well as native milkweed. Almost any kind of bird feeder may attract American Goldfinches, including hopper, platform, and hanging feeders, and these birds don’t mind feeders that sway in the wind. You’ll also find American Goldfinches are happy to feed on the ground below feeders, eating spilled seeds. Enjoy your breakfast while hearing and watching these amazing birds.


INDIANA DUNES BIRDING FESTIVAL

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

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

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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.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017





Thursday, April 27, 2017   stay in an Indiana Dunes Inn and Spa near Star Plaza Theater Book Now
7:30 pm Concert
Star Plaza Theater

Bringing their unique blend of tight harmonies and slick dance moves to your favorite Doo-Wop, Motown, and old time Rock ’n Roll hits, Under the Streetlamp is composed of recent leading cast members of the Tony Award-winning sensation Jersey Boys. Singing hits like Rock Around the Clock, Blue Moon, Danke schön, Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, and Cupid plus other popular pieces from The Beach Boys, Frankie Valli, The Four Seasons, Sam Cooke, The Drifters, Bobby Darin, and The Beatles. Retro never sounded so now!



Monday, April 10, 2017







STAY AT SONGBIRD PRAIRIE INN AND SPA LUXURY SUITES IN VALPARAISO, AN INDIANA DUNES BED AND BREAKFAST 219-759-4274 BOOK NOW SONGBIRDPRAIRIE.COM




SUZY'S DINER CRUISE NIGHT then.... STAY IN WHIRLPOOL/FIREPLACE SUITE
Dates: April 05 - October 25, 2017 Time: 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. (CT) Venue: Suzy's Diner
Address: 407 S. Main St., Hebron, IN 46341 Phone: 219-996-3463
Admission: Free admission
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Enjoy cool cars, music and a special discount at the diner. Every Wednesday, April to Oct.

Saturday, April 8, 2017



Eastern Kingbird is Treated Royally at Songbird Prairie

High in the treetops a medium-sized black and white bird flutters out to catch flying insects and aggressively attack other birds in flight, all the while emitting a sputtery series of sharp notes that sound like the zapping of an electric current. No need to look high in the tree tops here in Northwest Indiana at Songbird Prairie B&B, the Kingbird sits on the fence in front of the Inn for his breakfast. They are excellent fliers, able to catch flying insects and aggressively defend it’s breeding territory with its aerial mastery. Both male and female are black above and white below. The female’s chest is grayish. Male kingbirds have a small, red-orange patch of feathers on the crown, though this is rarely seen. A thin, white band on the tail margin clinches the identification. Spending the breeding season in open areas with scattered trees, eastern kingbirds prefer locations near water, probably for the bounty of insects. Fairly common in agricultural areas, pastures, city parks, and suburban neighborhoods with large trees and open understory during summer, most eastern kingbirds migrate to central and south America in winter. In migration, the kingbird travels in loose flocks, and it is not uncommon to see a dozen or more birds in one tree in spring or fall. The eastern kingbird or bee bird, is an insect eater, specializing in bees, wasps, moths, butterflies, on other large flying insects. That’s why they are here at Songbird Prairie we have a virtual buffet of them all! Sit and watch hunters, kingbirds find an exposed perch and wait for something edible to fly past. They then sally forth and grab the prey in their bill, returning to the perch to stun and eat the insect. Kingbirds also eat fruits at all seasons, including mulberries, cherries, and elderberries. These are most abundant here at Songbird Prairie B&B. Fruits make up the bulk of their winter diet in the tropics. The Kingbird’s nest is placed high in a tree and is a large, loosely woven cup of bark, twigs, and weed stems. Females do all of the nest building in incubation. A typical clutch is two to five eggs with a 15 day incubation period. Hatchlings spend about 16 days in the nest before fledging, after which they are attended to by both parents for several more weeks. They are very active in their territories in summer, especially here at Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast so if you want to watch for their fluttery fly catching flights and listen for their loud zapping calls, give us a call come for the weekend, come for the night, or come just for breakfast. The old myth that eastern kingbirds prey primarily on honeybees resulted in many of these birds being shot. Studies have now shown that the kingbirds eat relatively few honeybees, mostly drones.
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VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY JAZZ FEST CONCERTS
Dates: April 07 - April 08, 2017 Time: 8:00 p.m. (CT)
Venue: Valparaiso University - Harre Union Ballroom
Address: 1009 Union Dr., Valparaiso, IN 46383 Phone: 219-464-5007
Admission: $10 for VU students; $20 for the general public

This year the VU Jazz Fest's featured performance to be announced.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Business Travel
Why not make that next Sunday through Thursday Business Trip a mini-vacation?  Songbird Prairie is a peaceful place to remain productive and successful on the road. Stay in a Jacuzzi/Fireplace suite with European linens/towels and a hearty continental breakfast so you may breeze through those all day meetings. Or why not have your meeting at Songbird Prairie?  Then after a long day schedule a body scrub, facial or massage in our spa. 219-759-4274 This is single occupancy $129 early check in may be arranged.                                                                                  https://www.songbirdprairie.com


SPRING GIGANTIC INDOOR GARAGE SALE
THEN STAY IN A WHIRLPOOL/FIREPLACE SUITE songbirdprairie.com
Date: Saturday, April 08 Venue: Porter County Expo Center
Time: Early Bird admission 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.; General admission 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Address: 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso, IN 46383-9560 Phone: 219-464-0133
Admission: $5 early bird admission; $2 general admission

Lines of early bird shoppers can't wait to get through the doors and get their hands on the best items at the Spring Gigantic Indoor Garage Sale.

Friday, March 31, 2017



BEATLES IN THE BARN then.. STAY IN A WHIRLPOOL/FIREPLACE SUITE
Date: Saturday, April 08 Time: 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. (CT)Venue: County Line Orchard
Address: 200 S County Line Rd., Hobart, IN 46342 Phone: 219-947-4477
Admission: TBD
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A night of music dedicated to the Beatles.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


FELIX AND FINGERS DUELING PIANOS - FUNDRAISER
STAY IN WHIRLPOOL/FIREPLACE SUITE BOOK NOW
Date: Friday, April 07 Time: 5:30 p.m. (CT) Venue: Aberdeen Manor
Address: 216 Ballantrae St., Valparaiso, IN 46385 Phone: 219-476-4710
Admission: $75 ($40 is tax deductible)
ABOUT
The event includes dinner, silent auction and, by popular demand, entertainment will be provided by Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos, a song-request show. The event will be a blast you will surely want to attend.

SUZY'S DINER CRUISE NIGHT then.... STAY IN WHIRLPOOL/FIREPLACE SUITE
Dates: April 05 - October 25, 2017 Time: 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. (CT) Venue: Suzy's Diner
Address: 407 S. Main St., Hebron, IN 46341 Phone: 219-996-3463
Admission: Free admission
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Enjoy cool cars, music and a special discount at the diner. Every Wednesday, April to Oct.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017



THE ROSE TATTOO
Dates: April 07 - April 22, 2017 Time: Times vary by date (CT)
Venue: Chicago Street Theatre Address: 154 W. Chicago St., Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone: 219-464-1636 Admission: Prices vary by seating

An Italian-American neighborhood in Louisiana is rocked when a local truck driver is killed by police, leaving his wife devastated, Serafina's grieving comes to an end when she learns of her husband's infidelities and lured by the desire for a handsome drifter who has come into town.
Stay in at whirlpool/fireplace suite at Songbird Prairie book now

Saturday, March 18, 2017


32ND ANNUAL VALPARAISO UNIVERSITY JAZZ FESTIVAL
STAY IN A FIREPLACE/WHIRLPOOL SUITE AT SONGBIRD PRAIRIE
Dates: April 03 - April 08, 2017 Time: Times vary by date (CT)
Venue: Valparaiso University Harre Union and VU Athletics-Recreation Center
Address: 1509 Union Dr., Valparaiso, IN 46383 Phone: 219-464-5007
Admission: Fees vary by date
ABOUT
The Valparaiso University Jazz Festival is a week-long event full of performances from high school to professional level musicians featuring the University's faculty and student ensembles, and other guest artists and jazz bands.

Thursday, March 16, 2017



SHIPSHEWANA ON THE ROAD COMES TO VALPARAISO
STAY IN A WHIRLPOOL/FIREPLACE SUITE
Dates: March 18 - March 19, 2017 Time: Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Sun. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (CT)
Venue: Porter County Expo Center Address: 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso, IN 46383-9560
Phone: 269-979-8888 Admission: $4 admission

Shipshewana On the Road shows are two-day sales where independent vendors offer their products or merchandise for sale to the general public.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


41ST ANNUAL DUNELAND WOODCARVERS SHOW STAY IN WHIRLPOOL/FIREPLACE SUITE
Dates: April 01 - April 02, 2017 Time: Saturday 10:00  - 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 . - 4:00 p.m. (CT)
Venue: Woodland Park - Oakwood Grand Hall Address: 2100 Willowcreek Rd., Portage, IN 46368
Phone: 219-662-0044 Admission: $4

Join the fun at Woodland Park for the 41st Annual Duneland Woodcarvers Show. Artists in woodcarving, gourds, and wood working from throughout the Midwest will display their pieces and be judged in 47 categories.

THIRD SATURDAY NIGHT STARGAZING STAY IN WHIRLPOOL/FIREPLACE SUITE
at Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa
Date this month: April 22,2017
Time: Times vary depending on the sunset (CT) Venue: Kemil Parking Lot
Address: 27 N. East State Park Rd. (State Park Rd. and Lake Front Dr., Chesterton, IN 46304
Phone: 219-395-1882 Admission: Free admission Dates: Jan 21- Dec 16, 2017
ABOUT
Join members of the Chicago Astronomical Society to get a closer look at the evening sky over Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Weather permitting, see star clusters, galaxies, nebulae, planets, meteors, and learn about constellation lore from the darkest site in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Held on the third Saturday of every month from Jan. to Dec. (except March and July)

Friday, March 10, 2017


GARDENING WITH NATIVE PLANTS AND POLLINATORS AT NATIONAL LAKESHORE
THEN STAY AT ONE OF MIDWEST LIVING'S 30 FAVORITE B AND BS
SONGBIRDPRAIRIE.COM
Date: Saturday, March 18
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Venue: Douglas Center
Address: 100 N. Lake St., Gary, IN
Phone: 219-395-1882
Admission: $35
ABOUT
Learn about native plants and pollinators specific to our dunes region and how to incorporate them into your home or school gardens. This workshop will also offer a variety of techniques and suggestions for attracting native bees and other pollinators to help your garden grow. The fee includes lunch and workshop materials.

4TH STREET THEATER: A NIGHT OF IMPROV AND
STAY AT ONE OF MIDWEST LIVING'S 30 FAVORITE B AND BS SONGBIRDPRAIRIE.COM
Date: Sunday, March 19
Time: 7:00 p.m. (CT)
Venue: 4th Street Theater
Address: 125 N. 4th St., Chesterton, IN 46304
Phone: 219-926-7875
Admission: Call for tickets
ABOUT
4th Street Theater is proud to be partnering with Crown Point Community Theatre to bring in Makeshift Up for a special improv night. They just recently finished a special series of performances in Lake County Courthouse that blended stories of the community members with improv. For this special performances they will be showcasing their short from improv style to create theater without a script.

Thursday, March 9, 2017


SHIPSHEWANA ON THE ROAD COMES TO VALPARAISO
STAY IN A WHIRLPOOL/FIREPLACE SUITE
Dates: March 18 - March 19, 2017 Time: Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Sun. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (CT)
Venue: Porter County Expo Center Address: 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso, IN 46383-9560
Phone: 269-979-8888 Admission: $4 admission

Shipshewana On the Road shows are two-day sales where independent vendors offer their products or merchandise for sale to the general public.


EARLY SPRING WILDFLOWER HIKE AT NATIONAL LAKESHORE
STAY IN A WHIRLPOOL/FIREPLACE SUITE 

Date: Sunday, March 19 Time: 1:00 p.m. (CT)
Venue: Heron Rookery Address: 1336 North County Road 600 E, Michigan City, IN 46360
Phone: 219-395-1882 Admission: Free admission

Join a ranger for a two-hour guided hike to see what early spring wildflowers are blooming. The Rookery Trail runs along the Little Calumet River is one of the best locations in the region to see woodland wildflowers. The hike starts from the Heron's Rookery's east parking lot.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


RUNNING WITH THE IRISH 5K THEN RELAX AT SONGBIRD PRAIRIE INN AND SPA

Date: Saturday, March 11 Time: 8:30 a.m. (CT)
Venue: Indiana Dunes State Park Address: 1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton, IN 46304
Phone: 219-926-1952
Admission: 5K $25; 1/2 Mile Fun Run $10; There is a fee to enter the Indiana Dunes State Park

This event consists of a 5K Run, a 1/2 mile Kid's Fun Run, and a 5K non competitive Fitness Walk.



I NEVER SAW ANOTHER BUTTERFLY
Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa whirlpool/Fireplace suites
Dates: March 10 - March 26, 2017 Time: 8:00 p.m.; Sun. 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Venue: 4th Street Theater Address: 125 N. 4th St., Chesterton, IN 46304
Phone: 219-926-7875 Admission: $18

I Never Saw Another Butterfly is also the name of a one-act play by Celeste Raspanti. It is also the name of a musical by a young man named Joseph Robinette. The play centers around Raja, one of the children who survived Terezin, and her family and friends plus classmates. She shares her story of living in the concentration camp, while retaining a world filled with butterflies and flowers with other children in the camp.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017




M.A.S.H.
DETAILS
Dates: March 10 - March 19, 2017
Time: Fri. & Sat. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2:00 p.m. (CT)
Venue: The First Christian Church
Address: 1507 Glendale Blvd., Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone: 219-309-6794
Admission: $15
ABOUT
 M.A.S.H. tells the story of a staff of Korean War field hospital use of humor and hijinks to keep their sanity in the face of the horror of war.

Stay at Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa  book now  songbirdprairie.com
PORTER COUNTY HOME IMPROVEMENT MARKET

Dates: March 10 - March 12, 2017
Time: Fri. Noon - 7:00 p.m.; Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Sun 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (CT)
Venue: Porter County Expo Center Address: 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso, IN 46383-9560
Phone: 219-464-2944 Admission: Free admission
Book your Whirlpool/Fireplace suite
The Home Show offers home improvement, remodeling and home purchasing ideas as well as ideas to enhance your lifestyle in many ways. This is your opportunity to meet service and product providers face-to-face. Stay at Songbird Prairie Book your Whirlpool/Fireplace suite


CHOCOLATE WALK AND RUN TO STAY AT SONGBIRD PRAIRIE INN AND SPA
Saturday, May 6 12pm to 4pm Downtown Valparaiso
TICKETS ON SALE, Monday, March 20 at noon

Join Valparaiso Events for a day of chocolate bliss! With participating retail locations, as well as several restaurants offering special sweet treats. The third annual Chocolate Walk is a chocolate lover’s paradise.
Ticket holder will be able to visit Downtown Valparaiso’s treasures destination and while you are there. You will receive a tasty chocolate sample.
This is a “walk” so take your time to stroll through downtown, the stores or stop for Lunch of dinner along the way. Be sure to take in all of what Downtown Valparaiso has to offer! Samples are donated from some of Valpo’s top candy makers, bakers and ice cream shops.

Friday, March 3, 2017

LUNCHTIME CABARET SERIES - BROADWAY MISCAST!

and stay at songbird prairie






Date: Wednesday, March 08
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Venue: Memorial Opera House
Address: 104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone: 219-548-9137
Admission: $13 adults; $11 seniors (59+) and students (with valid ID)

ABOUT

An afternoon featuring new and classic Broadway tunes sung by completely different characters.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

TREASURES OF THE PAST - ANTIQUE & COLLECTIBLES SHOW Stay at Hidden treasure "Songbird prairie inn and spa






Dates: March 04 - March 05, 2017
Time: Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Sun. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (CT)
Venue: Porter County Expo Center
Address: 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso, IN 46383-9560
Phone: 219-462-6267
Admission: $4 admission

ABOUT

Antique and collectibles show. One free appraisal with paid admission (no weapons).

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

                     Skate and Stay is almost over Plan this weekend getaway today!
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Dates: January 01 - March 05, 2017
Time: Sun. 11:00 a.m. - 7:00p.m.; Mon. & Wed. 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Tues. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Thur. 6:30 - 10:00 p.m.; Fri. Noon - 10:00 p.m.; Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (CT)
Venue: Urschel Pavilion & Central Park Plaza
Address: Lincolnway and Lafayette St., Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone: 219-548-4888
Admission: $5; $3 skate rental; $3 helmet rental; $2 lockers; $3 and $5/hr. skate aid

ABOUT

Grab your friends, bring the kids, snag your spouse and come out to skate at the William E. Urschel Pavilion. Open skating take place 7 days a week

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

          365 THINGS TO DO IN NORTHWEST INDIANA
Afternoon Tea at Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa
Take a walk along the shores of our natural treasure Lake Michigan







Pumpkin Time at Coulter's Farm
Porter County Fair
Westville Pumpkin Festival 
Indiana Aviation Museum at Porter County Airport
Learn to play golf at Creekside or Forest Park
See an IMAX movie in Portage
Paint your own ceramics at Ceramix 101
"Buckley Homestead" in Lowell
Savor a dessert from Designer Desserts in Valparaiso, IN.
Find hidden treasures while geocaching
Attend the Valparaiso Kiwanis Club Hot Air BalloonFest (2nd weekend in September)
Kiwanis Veterans Day celebration
Enjoy some of don Quijote's  delicious Paella
Annual Rooftop Luau put on by the Valpo Chamber of Commerce
Chesterton European Market, every Saturday May through October

Task Force Tips fire equipment museum
VU Weather Center Department of Geography and Meteorology
Canoe or kayak on Long Lake, Flint Lake, etc
Take classes at VU, Ivy Tech, Purdue NC, Purdue Cal, IUN
Be a mentor through a program such as Nexus (contact first Methodist Church) or Discoveries Unlimited
Old Jail Museum, downtown Valparaiso
Joyful Noise at Sunset Hill Farms
Passion Play at Family Christian Center
Walk or bike the Link (pathways around the "island" along Vale Park and up to Rogers Lakewood)
Sunflower Festival at the Art Barn
Go Ice Skating, workout or participate in gymnastics for all ages at Midwest Training & Ice Center in Dyer
Lake-Front Arts Festival, Michigan City
Tri-state Regatta, Michigan City
Samaritan Skedaddle usually in April, Michigan City
2 Big Hearts 5k- Memorial day week-end, Michigan City
Heart shaped pizza at Duneland Pizza in Chesterton
Breakfast at Suzie's Cafe, Valparaiso




Holly Days on the Square, Valparaiso 

Afternoon tea at Songbird Prairie
Attend a church service
Adler Planetarium in Chicago- there's a free day March 23!
Go to Veteran's Park in Munster- the only Veteran's Park in the country that recognizes all the wars/conflicts we have been involved in
Spend the day at Centennial Park in Munster
Play Golf at Centennial Park's 9 hole challenging course
Attend a play at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster
Attend the Annual Grape Escape wine festival,at Centennial Park in Munster  
Check out some books, movies or music from the Lake County Public Library 
Attend a meeting of a major service organization in the area, Kiwanis, Rotary or Lions club-
They are a terrific asset to every community they are in!!
See the fireworks at Thomas Jefferson Middle School on the 4th of July
Attend the Independence Day Parade in Portage
Enjoy some fudge at the Chocolate Cafe
Go for a drive in the country side
Music in the Park at Woodland Park in Portage
See a play at one of the theaters that are part of the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation or audition for a show
Cruise Night in Rensselaer
Nativity's Rummage Sale
Taste of Rensselaer
Fresh produce at Camacho's Tent on Calume
Northwest Indiana Meetup
Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana
Enjoy a picnic lunch with the family while watching an Iron Diamonds baseball game! All games are free!
Utilizing the National Lake Shore
Movies in the Park in Downtown Chesterton every Friday
Walk/Hike/Bike/Run at Coffee Creek
Spring Out to Sunset at Sunset Hill Farm County Park
Buy fudge and other good things at the Simply Amazing Market

Get some art supplies at Glenn L Firme & Associates on U.S. 12 and try your hand at art at the dunes
Visit The Artist's Den on Jefferson in Valpo
Learn to knit at Sheep's Clothing in Valpo
Take an art class at the Art Barn, or Chesterton Art Center
Take a cooking class at Regal Rabbit in Chesterton
Harley Cruise-In Nights at Harley Davidson of Valparaiso
Tri Kappa Taste of Valpo
Perch Fest in Portage
Northwest Indiana Earth Day at Sunset Hill Farm
Michigan City Boat Show
Try the 3 Dunes Challange at Indiana Dunes State Park.
Pumpkin Fest in Crown Point
Come out to Cedar Lake Summerfest for fun for all ages: live entertainment, fireworks, games, rides, food and more!
Get the famous fried perch at Teibel’s restaurant in Schererville.
Experience the Stations of the Cross on a moving and inspirational journey at The Shrine of Christ’s Passion in St. John.
Catch one of the amazing performances by Indiana Ballet Theatre.
Feel the music at a LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra concert.
Be inspired by visiting the South Shore Arts galleries throughout Northwest Indiana.
Go to a show at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond and stay to try your luck at the tables.
Enjoy a casino that has action, great dining and comfortable hotel accommodations with Majestic Star in Gary.
Celebrate National Park Week and Earth Day with the annual Green Gary event.
See some great local talent in the wide range of performances at Theatre at the Center in Munster.
Retreat, relax and renew at DunesWalk Inn at Furness Mansion in Chesterton.
Rock out to the bands in the Summer Concert Series at Wicker Memorial Park in Highland.
Take in a show at Towle Theater in Hammond.
Bring your family out to “Explore the South Shore” to discover all kinds of family fun there is along the South Shore.
Learn about the encampments of French Voyageurs, Native American and military units at Voyageur Rendezvous at Grand Kankakee Marsh County Park.
Enjoy artisan breads and sweets from the bread booth in downtown Lowell on Wednesdays in the summer.
Celebrate Crown Beer Fest at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point.
Paddle, bike or walk the Little Cal at the Little Cal Fest in May.
Join in on the Cobe Cup Car Cruise as it “re-races” the 1909 Cobe Cup Race from Crown Point to Lowell.
NWI Natural Family Living Expo at the Lake County Fairgrounds Industrial Building
Midwest Zest Fest in Highland
Browse the selection of tunes at Orbit Music in Mishawaka.
Order double crust pizza at Captain's Pizza in Edwardsburg.
Eat at Hilltop Restaurant in Lakeville.
Enjoy a year-round water park at Splash Universe in Shipshewana.
Relieve history at the Niles-Brandywine Civil War Re-enactment that takes place in the spring at Brandywine High School in Niles.
Shop for fresh produce and plants at Shelton's Farm Market in Niles.
View the world's largest collection of Hudson Cars at Hostetler's Hudson Auto Museum in Shipshewana.
Eat a Whoopie Pie at the Baker's Nook in Elkhart.
Show your Notre Dame pride at the Legends of Notre Dame.
Attend the Maple Syrup Festival in Wakarusa.
Watch locally made films at the River Bend Film Festival in South Bend.
See a show at the Morris Civic Auditorium in South Bend.
Walk through the galleries at the South Bend Museum of Art.
Browse Vinyl LP's, used books and movies, and vintage clothing at Rumor Has It in Niles.
Shop for discounts in your pajamas on the first Saturday of February Shipshewana Pajama Sale.
Annual Lake George Duck Race in downtown Hobart.
Mud Volley Ball Tournament held for charity by the Jaycees.
Pinhook Bog at the National Lakeshore.
Fly or watch remote control airplanes in Wheeler.
Take a tour at Fair Oaks Farms.
Attend a concert by the NWI Symphony Orchestra.
Star gaze at the Lowell observatory field or attend a meeting of the Calumet Astronomical Society.
Come hear a concert of Valparaiso's own South Shore Orchestra.
Watch the Rocky Horror Picture Show every Saturday at midnightat the Art Theater in downtown Hobart.
Dine al fresco at Lucrezia in Chesterton under the tallest Japanese Maple Tree in Porter County.
2015 NWI Comic-Con in Schereville at the Halls of Saint George.
Take the whole family to Family Day at the Douglas Center.
Take the kids to the National Lakeshore Visitor's Center for a Sunday full of fun. 
Spend a Saturday enjoying the Indoor Market at Good to Go by Lucrezia.
Enjoy dinner at Jalapenos and then a night of music and dancing at Woodhollow After Dark
Have a night of laughs at Wisecrackers Comedy Club
Have a fun day full of waterslides and swimming pools at Seven Peaks Water Park.
Have a picnic, learn to windsurf and have the kids splash around at Wolf Lake Aquatic Center.
Bring the kids for some indoor fun at Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center.
Go where the buffalo roam at Broken Wagon Bison.
Go on an outer space adventure at the Challenger Learning Center.
Enjoy a Hoosier wine experience at Carpenter Creek Cellars.
Ditch the boring butter flavor and try something new at Chicagoland Popcorn.
Spend a warm summer camping with friends and family at Caboose Lake Campground.
Learn to sail at the Hammond Marina.
Take a tour at the world famous Hoosier Bat Company (appointment only).
Tour the JT Shrimp Company and see where all that tasty shrimp comes from. 
Spend some time bowling at Olympia Lanes.
See where the famous Dr. Scholl started his business at Lake of the Red Cedars Museum.
Take an old fashioned train ride at Griffith Park Train Rides.
Learn about all those who have served our country at The Community Veterans Memorial
Enjoy some authentic Dutch cooking at the Touch of Dutch Fest.
Go bird watching at one of many locations throughout Northwest Indiana. 
Take a walk along the Rotblatt-Amrany Trail.
Play your favorite sport, no matter what the weather is at The Courts of Northwest Indiana.
Have a Mardi gras party for the whole family at the Crown Point Family Fun Center.
Engage in some paint based combat at Blast Camp Paintball.
Unwind and relax at The Great Escape Spa & Art Shop.
Take a look at some amazing modern art at Blink Contemporary Gallery
Buy furniture, vinyl or even candy at Captain Ed's Furniture Showroom.
Visit the genealogy department of the Valparaiso Public Library
Enjoy some delicious, homemade food at Fiddlehead Restaurant
Go ice skating in the winter at Valpo's William E. Urschel Pavilion.
Go apple picking at Garwood Orchard.
Take a brew tour with the South Shore Brewery App.
Hike the Calumet Dunes Trail
Have dinner at Sage Restaurant
Get something sweet to eat at Butterfingers in Highland.
Pikk's burger along with a side of Pikk's fries
Attend an Indiana Ghost Trackers Meeting
There's fun for all ages at JAK's Warehouse in Schererville.