Category: A & E

Celebrating History

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! The Indiana Dunes
National Lakeshore hits its 50th this
year, as the state turns 200 and the state park system celebrates a century.

Officials look to landmark birthdays to ignite tourism industry.

by Lesly Bailey

Let the celebrations begin! Officials are looking to milestone anniversaries to further spark the tourism industry, ignite local residents’ interest and build momentum for years to come.

The big blowout is the state of Indiana’s bicentennial, which includes bison and a torch relay, while the state and national park systems are celebrating 100 …

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Things to Do and See

An update on arts and entertainment options and things to do and see across the region.

Northwest Indiana
by John Cain

Michigan City’s Lubeznik Center for the Arts is giving its annual outdoor festival, now in its 35th year, a new name (Lubeznik Art & Artisan Festival) and a refreshing new twist this year, giving visitors an immersive experience that interweaves visual art, performance, culinary …

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Time for Entrepreneurship


Time for entrepreneurship. Alicia Leal worked for others for years, but is now in business herself.

by Michael Puente

According to a recent Gallup Poll, the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs is people over 50 years old. In 2015, Gallup studied nearly 2,000 baby boomers living in the United States. The study found that 83 percent said their main reason for starting a business was …

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It’s Not Just Giving

For Bruce Woods, volunteering feels a bit like a “selfish act.”

by Michael Puente

Most people wouldn’t describe being an avid volunteer as a selfish act. But that’s how 74-year-old Bruce Woods describes his volunteering with service groups that do everything from feeding the less fortunate at soup kitchens or obtaining dictionaries for schoolchildren in Gary to offering comfort to those in hospice care.

CONSTANTLY HELPING Bruce Woods volunteers for a long list of organizations.


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Safety Through Technology

TALK TO AMAZON ECHO It can recognize speech, answer
questions and help seniors connect to the outside world.

Safety through technology. New ideas and gadgets help seniors stay safe and live independently.

by Lauren Caggiano

Although seniors are often stereotyped as being technologically challenged, a number of innovations have enabled older individuals to improve their health, age in place and live safely in numerous care settings.

Technology has helped to enhance communication, whether it is between seniors and their doctor, local family, adult …

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Move It, Don’t Lose It

A GOOD HABIT Dave Lain works out regularly at Anytime Fitness in Valparaiso.

Seniors stay fit with a range of lower-impact sports and activities.

by Jerry Davich

Ten years ago, former Porter County Sheriff Dave Lain pretty much gave up on physical fitness.

“After being a regular at the YMCA for decades, I got out of the habit while working for the Valpo police department and the first few years at the Porter County Sheriff’s Department,” says Lain, …

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Activities for Everyone

The region’s best music, festivals, theatre, food and cultural events.

by Michelle Searer

Whether your interest is music, food, cultural events, festivals, theatre, or the county fair, there is something for everyone to enjoy this summer in Northwest Indiana.

SS Constantine & Helen Grecian Festival
The Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Church will be hosting its 47th annual Grecian Festival July 8-10 and will feature …

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Dangers of DIY Estate Planning


Dangers of DIY estate planning. Face-to-face planning may seem “old-fashioned,” but the expertise matters a lot.

by Jerry Davich

Finding tips, guidance and assistance for estate planning has never been easier via the internet, with printable legal documents just a click away. Such do-it-yourself wealth management planning is relatively inexpensive, fast to find, and seemingly simple to pull off.

Nevertheless, there is a risky downside …

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Drive-In Movies

NATIONAL RECOGNITION Valparaiso’s 49er made USA Today’s list of the 10 best drive-in theaters.

Everything old is new again when you pack up the car for drive-in movies.

by Barbara Eastman

More than 80 years ago, Richard Hollingshead of Camden, N.J. thought it would be good to combine the two things he loved best in the world: movies and cars. He envisioned a parking lot where people could watch movies on a large outdoor screen from the comfort of …

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A Luxurious Stay


Pamper your pet while you’re away from home.

by Laurie Wink

Pet owners who embark on travel getaways that don’t include pets can make sure their furry family members have fun while they’re away by choosing from a bevy of premier pampering services available at area boarding and grooming businesses.

Owners Annette Bloss and Laurie Clark call Dawg Paradise “a suite alternative to boarding your …

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