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Jeff Manes Book Signing

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, March 18, 2016
Jeff Manes Book Signing

You are invited to Jeff Manes’ book signing at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts on Friday, March 18 from 6-9pm. Jeff was a steelworker and now writes a column for the Post Tribune. “All Worth Their Salt” is a brilliant collection of interviews of a cross section of a region of Indiana that few people know of – Northwest Indiana. This collection tells the story of immigrants, steel mill workers, veterans of World War II, and people who think they are just plain folk without a story to tell, but when the author sits down with them, he brings out what makes them unique. Join us as he tells some of the stories he has learned from local people throughout the years, and buy a signed book or 3. Free event – open to the public – everyone is welcome!

Fiber Arts Show

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, April 03, 2016

  Premier showing of original handwoven garments, wall hangings, linens and more. Style show at 2pm. Prize drawings during style show. The exhibit runs through April.

Green Gary Day

12:00 am - (All Day), April 23, 2016

Gary Parks Department, Green Urbanism and National Parks Services celebrate Earth Day by learning about and participating in a variety of environmental activities at your neighborhood national park. The event takes place at the Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education and Marquette Park in Gary and will include nature hikes, plant trees, environmental presentations, arts and crafts, and much more. Highlights include: • Hike with a ranger around Miller Woods and out to the beach for the more adventurous. • Talk to a wildland firefighter from the National Park Service fire crew. • Earn a Junior Ranger badge.

Green Drinks Gary - Creating a Calumet National Heritage Area

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, May 03, 2016

Come on out to Mama Pearl’s BBQ, located at 411 East 5th Avenue in Gary, Indiana, on May 3rd from 6 - 8pm for Green Drinks Gary and learn about the ongoing effort, led by the Calumet Heritage Partnership and The Field Museum, to create a Calumet National Heritage Area. National Heritage Areas shine a light on local heritage that is nationally important. In doing so they can attract tourism, new economic opportunities, and increase civic engagement. They are grass-roots initiatives that receive federal support, but need the support of locals to become a reality. Come learn more, and how you can get involved.   *From 6-6:30pm we encourage attendees to network with one another, order food, and get settled in. The guest speaker's presentation will begin at 6:30pm. Mama Pearl's does not serve alcohol however attendees are welcome to bring their own (byob).*   Presenter(s): Mario Longoni is an Urban Anthropology Manager in the Keller Science Action Center at The Field Museum. His work in the Calumet Region dates back to 2002 when he contributed to the Journey Through Calumet project (http://archive.fieldmuseum.org/calumet/), highlighting the Region's cultural assets. Subsequently he produced the Grab This Fish Tale comic book (https://www.fieldmuseum.org/sites/default/files/FishTale_web_0.pdf) to advise Calumet anglers on smart fish consumption. Like these previous projects, the Calumet National Heritage Area initiative aims to improve local quality of life by building on the existing strengths and resources of local communities and the wider region.   For additional information on this and future events please visit Green Drinks Gary’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/GreenDrinksGary, join our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1682928161975070/, check out our website at http://www.greendrinks.org/IN/Gary, or send an email to garygreendrinks@gmail.com.   See you May 3rd! Until then…STAY CALM and THINK GREEN.   Green Drinks Gary takes place every first Tuesday of the month. It is open to the public, free to attend and all ages are welcome!   Green Drinks Gary is organized and managed by Rachel Veronesi, Cathy Martin and Cassandra Cannon.

Gary Artesian Well Project

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, June 07, 2016

Currently there is an artesian well on 35th and Chase Street, which, according to anecdotes, predates the city of Gary. Residents throughout northwest Indiana have used this source of water for over a century and are still using it today. Despite reports of a major clean up, which took place as recently as mid-January, its current state is absolutely devastating. The main objective of this presentation is to provide information to the community about the well, dumping, waste disposal, agency protocols to deal with solid waste disposal/removal and to allow positive and productive public engagement on how to best resolve some of these specific issues. This presentation is to accomplish the following goals: 1) Education - many life-long citizens of Gary have no idea this water source exists, its age, depth, source, and quality/safety from lack of available information. 2) Protection - this area, like many others in Gary, are consistently used as a dumping site; especially because of its uniqueness as a well, some sort of protection should exist in order to prevent further dumping (and possible contamination). 3) Future - As it stands right now, this water source is being destroyed due to dumping and other potential environmental factors. The public will be advised of its dangers as well as options of how to proceed with a well that could potentially be discharging harmful water up from the ground. Attendees’ input is encouraged and welcome. 4) Link to other “high traffic dump sites” in/around the city as a means of addressing the issue of dumping and its impact on the community Presenter: Arianne Campbell was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. She spent much of her childhood growing up in Miller before moving to the Glen Park neighborhood of Gary and has always felt a particular connection to the area. Arianne received her bachelors in Psychology from Purdue University in West Lafayette and her masters in education from Purdue University Calumet. Additionally, she is licensed in school counseling. Currently, Arianne is serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Paul H. Douglas Center For Environmental Education in partnership with the Department of Interior, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the Bridges Network, where she is focusing on community engagement and environmental stewardship, particularly in Gary, Indiana. ***From 6-6:30pm we encourage attendees to network with one another, order food, and get settled in. The guest speaker's presentation will begin at 6:30pm. *Mama Pearl's does not serve alcohol however attendees are welcome to bring their own (byob).*** For additional information on future events please visit Green Drinks Gary’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/GreenDrinksGary, join our facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1682928161975070/, or check out our website at http://www.greendrinks.org/IN/Gary. See you June 7th at Mama Pearl's BBQ! Until then... STAY CALM and THINK GREEN. Green Drinks Gary takes place every first Tuesday of the month. It is open to the public, free to attend and all ages are welcome! Green Drinks Gary is organized and managed by Rachel Veronesi, Cathy Martin and Cassandra Cannon.

Dunes Blowout Poster Unveiling

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, June 17, 2016

The Dunes Blowout is going to be one of the biggest events this year and we want to tell you all about it! Head over to Fire & Water at noon on Friday, June 17 and learn who will be performing at this amazing event. This will be a celebration of the 2016 Indiana Bicentennial, National Park Service Centennial and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore 50th Anniversary Celebration. The festival will interpret Indiana dunes ecology and history through art and celebrate the partnership between the arts and ecology. Mark Coleman, the artist of our beautiful poster, will be on hand to sign printed copies, which will be for sale and will help raise funds for the event. This is also a great time to check out the new Fire & Water at Washington Park beach. Free samples of gelato will be given out! We invite all media and general public to attend, as this will be a great time to learn about the event and what it will be about.

Mount Baldy Guided Hike

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm, September 02, 2016
Mount Baldy Guided Hike

*Must preregister to attend. While Mount Baldy remains closed to unrestricted public access, you can join a ranger for a special guided hike along a trail on the western edge of the dune that has been found to be free of holes. You must make a reservation for this program that is being held on Friday afternoons from 5:00 - 6:30 pm during the summer. Please check the dates to see which Friday Afternoons we are holding this program at this time slot. This program will begin at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center and you will follow the ranger to Mount Baldy no exceptions. You also must make a reservation by calling 219-395-1882 and you must speak to a ranger to make the reservation. The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is located at 1215 N. State Road 49 just south of the intersection of 49 and U.S. 20 in Porter, Indiana. For more information about this program or other activities at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, contact the information desk at 219-395-1882 or check the park's website at www.nps.gov/indu.

Corey Hagelberg Art Opening at Firme Gallery

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, September 09, 2016

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Family Fun Arts Festival

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, September 24, 2016

Come out and enjoy a great day of activities with us! Make, create and take home wonderful projects. Learn something new as you head back to school.

Share something new with your friends and family as you explore your creativity. Families & community groups are encouraged to join us. It's Free too!

LiveArts Studio Culture Celebration

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, December 10, 2016

Celebrate the artistry and beauty from various cultures! Embrace our differences by sharing and celebrating diversity in this wonderful cultural celebration. This is a free event open to community, families and friends. (RSVP Appreciated)

Shirley Heinze Fall Bus Tour

8:00 am - 3:30 pm, October 22, 2016

Join us for an educational bus tour of several of our nature preserves across three counties on Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The bus will depart promptly at 8:00 a.m. from the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, located at 1215 N. State Road 49, Porter, Indiana. Riders will see Dune & Swale habitat, and the Hobart Marsh area in Lake County, the Meadowbrook Reforestation project in Porter County, and Ambler Flatwoods in LaPorte County, among others. Riders will depart the bus for short hikes at select locations. Staff, board members and guest speakers will provide insights on land conservation and the ecology, geology, and history of Northwest Indiana. Lunch will be provided. The cost to attend the tour is $35 per person, or $60 per couple. Reservations are required and may be made by calling (219) 242-8558. Reservations must be made no later than Monday, October 17, 2016. Seating is limited, so early reservations are advised. The bus is restroom equipped.

Shirley Heinze Volunteer Workday in Hobart

9:00 am - 12:00 pm, September 10, 2016

Shirley Heinze Land Trust is looking for volunteers to help construct a new boardwalk addition at Gordon and Faith Greiner nature preserve in Hobart. We are working to improve this site with additional trails, boardwalks, informational signs, and a new parking area. The preserve features a diverse landscape of restored prairie, wetlands, and sand savanna. There is a large boardwalk that allows visitors to cross the forested wetland between the prairie and woodland areas. Unusually high water levels have prevented visitors from reaching the boardwalk from the prairie. We would like to extend this boardwalk to prevent the need for wading through water to enjoy the site. The workday will include moving lumber out to the site and installing support boards and decking to extend the existing boardwalk. The conditions will likely be muddy ground and/or standing water (rubber boots recommended). Volunteers may use power tools such as drills and saws to help construct the new boardwalk. Staff will have all the necessary tools and equipment on hand, including extra gloves, safety goggles, and drinking water. Directions to site: From Ridge Rd. (East 37th Ave) in Hobart, travel south on Liverpool Road about .80 miles. The entrance is located on the west side of Liverpool Road. Please RSVP to our Stewardship Director, Eric Bird at ebird@heinzetrust.org or by calling (219) 242-8558. We hope you can come out and lend a hand!

Centerline 2016 group exhibition @ Zhou B Art Center, Chicago

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm, September 16, 2016

The Zhou B Art Center opens Exhibitions every 3rd Friday of the month with an evening reception from 7pm-10pm. These events are free of charge and provide the community of Bridgeport and the Chicago area a unique opportunity to explore a blend of international and local art. The artists-in-residence at the Art Center open their studios to visitors, making this a unique opportunity for the community to meet working artists and discuss their work in person. The variety of the work produced by the artists-in-residence and the four in-house gallery spaces makes the Zhou B Art Center 3rd Friday Exhibitions one of the most diverse art experiences in the city.  

Fest in the First

12:00 pm - 6:30 pm, September 17, 2016

Fest in the First is back! Gary's Miller Spotlight Education Youth & Child Programming Action Group is partnering with our local precinct committeemen and women to host Fest in the First. It's a celebration of Gary's First District. Lake Street will be closed and full of fun festuvity. Our volunteers are hosting a family corridor in the Marshall J Gardner Center for the Arts. We are still seeking non-profits that cater to families in Gary. Miller Spotlight Tables are free and for non-profits. We still have a few left. If you have a for profit business that you would like to promote the table costs $50. This fee goes to help our precinct committee folks implement their holiday programming for our district.

Save the Tunes - Music Heritage Series - Songs From 1916

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm, September 16, 2016

Tune up your vocal chords and join in with the Save the Tunes Council as they perform traditional music associated with the summer season. Gather up on Friday from 7:30 pm –9:00 pm at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center. The Save the Tunes Council is a group of local musicians devoted to preserving and passing on folk songs in the traditional way, using a variety of musical instruments including guitar, autoharp, dulcimer, banjo, harmonica, bagpipe, penny whistle, hurdy gurdy, and other obscure instruments. Meet at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center located at 1215 N. State Road 49 just south of the intersection of 49 and U.S. 20 in Porter, Indiana. For more information about this program or other activities at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, contact the information desk at 219-395-1882 or check the park's website at www.nps.gov/indu.

Apples, Apples, Apples Festival

11:00 am - 4:00 pm, September 17, 2016 - September 18, 2016

Celebrate autumn with an Apples Festival at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's historic Chellberg Farm on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Fun is the theme of the weekend interleaved with the celebration of the all American Apple. This new event is part of the national lakeshore's year-long, 50th Anniversary celebration. Admission and parking are free. Enjoy lots of fall seasonal activities such as tractor-pulled hayrides, a Kid's Corner with games and crafts, and even apple-chucking. Local musicians will provide continuous entertainment and the Northwest Indiana Storytellers will be spinning tales. Then help make cider using an apple press, learn how to cook apples for applesauce and apple butter, ferment apples into vinegar, make apple pomanders and discover dozens of other uses for apples. Free tasting of most of these products will be available. Or, purchase lunch or a snack from one of seven food vendors and make a day of it. Have you ever wondered why there are so many apple trees in Indiana? We can thank Indiana native, "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman for their abundance. During this festival, visitors can watch the classic Disney short on Johnny Appleseed and then help with the planting of 16 apple trees as we reestablish an orchard at Chellberg Farm. The farm even has resident chickens now thanks to festival partners Dunes Learning Center and the Friends of Indiana Dunes. For information on this event or other anniversary programs being offered this year at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882.

Nature Tots* - Douglas Center

12:00 am - 12:00 am, September 14, 2016

*Pre-registration required - Parents and toddlers are invited to participate in this monthly nature exploration program. Nature Tots, aged 2-5, will enjoy ranger-led story time, crafts and outdoor play. Parents will enjoy meeting other parents and learning fun ideas for bringing nature into their child’s life. This program is free, but pre-registration is required by calling 219-395-1821.

Stewardship Day* Coastal Cleanup

9:00 am - 12:00 pm, September 17, 2016

Call for Location (219) 395-1882 Join a ranger and help out against the attack of invasive plant species in the park. Come prepared to work in the soil. Gloves and equipment will be provided. For more information please visit https://greatlakes.org/event/2016-september-adopt-a-beach/ If you'd to help out again or are unable to attend this scheduled cleanup event, you can join us on Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 10 am to 1 pm at the Bailly Homestead / Chellberg Farm, where we will be celebrating National Public Lands Day with several volunteer projects that need your help.

Community Basketball

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm, September 13, 2016

Our community partner, The Revolution Church, will host a basketball clinic from 5-7pm at PSC. All are welcome to join! Once a month Gary's Miller Spotlight volunteers run a bingo night and community clean up at Park Shore Commons Apartments from 4-6pm too. It's a great way to have fun, promote new leadership among our community and keep folks updated on our community goals as they progress.

Frode Gjerstad, Jon Rune Strøm and Fred Lonberg-Holm Trio in an evening of improvised music

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, October 17, 2016

Please join us on Monday, October 17, at 7 pm. as The Calumet Artists Residency presents the Frode Gjerstad, Jon Rune Strøm and Fred Lonberg-Holm Trio in an evening of improvised music. The concert will take place in an intimate setting in Gary, Indiana. Due to the nature of the location, space is limited and reservations are required. To make a reservation or for further details, please RSVP to: info@calumetresidency.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyinsJbajPk

Empty Bowls Project

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, November 20, 2016

Featuring soups from local restaurants, and a Silent Auction of handcrafted bowls and other pottery items by local art students, artisans, and artists of all ages. All proceeds go to the FoodBank of Northwest Indiana

Chili cook-off to benefit the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm, October 01, 2016

All you can eat chili for $5.00, enter your special recipe for $25 entry fee! First, second and People's Choice prizes. Call Post 279 at 219-938-9856 or Deb at 219-743-9425 for more info. Doors open for competitors at 11AM, judging starts promptly at noon. Help animals in need! Donations needed for HSNI: "Forever" postage stamps, clay cat litter, Pedigree Puppy Food, Purina or Pedigree Dog Chow, Cat Chow and Kitten Chow, Small Bite Science Diet Puppy Food, Esbilac Puppy Formula, paper towels, Lysol spray, Soft Scrub with bleach, Fabulosa, Clorox bleach, baking soda, foam glass cleaner, 55 gallon trash bags, stainless steel cleaner, copy machine paper, gas cards and gift cards for Menards, Home Depot, Office Depot, Staples, Walmart, Meijer, PetCo and PetSmart. THANK YOU for your support!!

Early Detection Invasive Species Training for Paddlers and More

5:30 pm - 5:30 pm, September 29, 2016

Paddlers can play a key role in detecting and preventing both aquatic and terrestrial species invasions in the Lake Michigan Coastal area of Northwest Indiana. Come to the Sunset Paddle a little earlier than usual 5:00 – 5:30 pm. – to find out species we should be concerned about in Miller, how you can report them, and why they should be reported. You’ll also learn how to use the easy-to-use smartphone application for mapping and reporting invasive species offered by the Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN). A smartphone is not required, however, as the data can also be entered into www.eddmaps.org/Indiana. To maximize your participation, you may want to create a profile for yourself on www.eddmaps.org/Indianaand download the free GLEDN application. This program will be led by Susan MiHalo, Conservation Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy and Chair of the Indiana Coastal Cooperative Weed Management Area. to reserve a kayak please contact Zully JF Alvarado

Masquerade Ball hosted by Decay Devils

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm, October 15, 2016

Formal Attire and mask strongly encouraged! 100% of the proceeds go towards youth photography workshops. $50 per person & must be purchased in advance. Contact L. Gonzalez at decaydevils@gmail.com or visit https://squareup.com/store/decaydevils to purchase online. $50 includes Dinner, Entertainment, Raffle Entry, Dancing and MORE!

Lee Murdock Concert - Free

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, October 08, 2016

Celebrate our region’s most precious natural resource – the Great Lakes with a concert by singer and song writer Lee Murdock. Broadly acknowledged as, “the premier interpreter of songs and tales about the Great Lakes,” Lee Murdock’s work is an anthem to the people who live, work, and play along the freshwater highways of North America. Join us for this FREE concert on Saturday, October 8th, at 7:00 p.m.in the auditorium of the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. Murdock has been performing folk music for more than three decades before enthusiastic audiences throughout the Great Lakes region. Commenting on his music, Murdock said, “I’m interested in trying to find the life in these songs; in making music that’s exciting to people today. I am looking for the songs and the interesting stories, not only for the people who already enjoy folk music, but for those who think they don’t like folk music.” This concert is part of the year-long celebration of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s 50th Anniversary and the Centennial of the National Park Service. The concert is presented free to the public thanks to the support of park partner, the Friends of Indiana Dunes, Inc. Lee Murdock's website: leemurdock.com The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is located at 1215 North State Road 49 in Porter, Indiana. The exhibit is free. For information on this exhibit or programs being offered at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call the center’s information desk at 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

In a Pickle or a Jam, "Preserving" The Bounty - Chellberg Farm Kitchen

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, October 01, 2016

*Final program scheduled for this event in 2016!* Join the creative Chellberg Farm cooks and learn how to preserve the “vegetable garden’s bounty” for future use. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, visit the Events Calendar at the park websitewww.nps.gov/indu or contact the park's information desk at 219-395-1882. You can also visit: https://www.nps.gov/indu/learn/historyculture/chellberg.htm for more info about the farm itself.

Stewardship Day

9:00 am - 12:00 pm, October 08, 2016

Please volunteer to help cut brush and vines on the grounds of the historicGood Fellow Club Youth Camp. Later we will be harvesting seeds from the native plant nursery. Tools and safety equipment will be provided. Please dress for outdoor work. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or (219) 395-9555. You can also check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu. #nps #nps100 #indu50 #findyourpark #indu #indianadunes #cleanup#volunteer

Fall Colors Hike - Douglas Center

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm, October 08, 2016

Join a ranger for a leisurely fall colors hike through Miller Woods. Learn the mystery of why some tree leaves turn red while other leaves turn yellow. Enjoy, too, the colorful trail palette made by fall wildflowers like asters and goldenrods while we look for migrating birds. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or check the park’s website atwww.nps.gov/indu. #nps #nps100 #indu50 #findyourpark #indu #indiana #fallevents #hiking

Volunteer Workday: Boardwalk Work & Seed Collecting

9:00 am - 12:00 pm, October 08, 2016

We need you! Shirley Heinze Land Trust is looking for volunteers to help us construct a new boardwalk addition and also collect seeds from the prairie at our Gordon & Faith Greiner Nature Preserve in Hobart. We are working to improve this site with additional trails, boardwalks, informational signs, and a new parking area. Seeds collected will be used in upcoming restoration projects. The site features a diverse landscape of restored prairie, wetlands, and sand savanna. There is a large boardwalk that allows visitors to cross the forested wetland between the prairie and woodland areas. Unusually high water levels have prevented visitors from reaching the boardwalk from the prairie. We would like to extend this boardwalk to prevent trail closures and habitat disturbance. Seed collection is a fun activity for all ages and is a good opportunity to learn about some of the native plants found in tallgrass prairies. Shirley Heinze Land Trust has several large restoration projects coming up that will require large amounts of native seed. Volunteers play a critical part in helping us harvest this seed - otherwise, purchasing seed can be very expensive. Collecting seeds from existing preserves also helps to ensure that the seeds used for restoration projects are from local genotypes and will be well suited to the habitat where they are planted. The workday will also include moving lumber out to the site and installing support boards and decking to extend the existing boardwalk. The conditions will likely be muddy ground and/or standing water (rubber boots recommended). Volunteers may use power tools such as drills and saws to help construct the new boardwalk. Staff will have all the necessary tools and equipment on hand, including extra gloves, safety goggles, and drinking water. We depend on volunteers to help us keep trails open, restore important habitat, and continue to protect these special places for the region's health and enjoyment. You are an essential part of our mission! Directions to site: From Ridge Rd. (East 37th Ave) in Hobart, travel south on Liverpool Road about .80 miles. The entrance is located on the west side of Liverpool Road. Please RSVP to our Stewardship Director, Eric Bird at ebird@heinzetrust.org or by calling (219) 242-8558. We hope you can come out and lend a hand!

First Friday - October 7

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, October 07, 2016

Come Out this Friday for the Shops on Lake Street's First Friday. This month a portion of the proceeds will go to support Breast Cancer Charities in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Art • Music • Shopping • Food and more!! Check it out!

The Visual Heist: Artist Reception

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm, October 07, 2016

Join us Friday, October 7th from 5:30 - 8:30 pm as we open our doors to Downtown Hammond and its newest venture; the Creative Hub! as an extension of the HUB of Innovation and supported by the city of Hammond, the Creative HUB will be directed by local artist, Felix Maldonado "FLEX" and will house artists of all fields and levels to work out of and create events catered to the Arts. Light snacks and spirits will be provided as well as live music. In addition, come meet the artists who will be displaying their work; Tony Reyes Maro Zore Gonzalez Roman Villareal ZorZorZor Felix Flex Maldonado Ish Muhammad Nieves for more information visit our website at: www.hubcreates.com

Double-Tracking the South Shore Line Railroad

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, November 01, 2016

From Gary to Michigan City, NICTD will install a second set of train tracks alongside our current single set of tracks. This project is critical in many ways. First, rush hour trains are crowded. NICTD needs to run more trains to accommodate more riders. Second, NICTD shares the tracks with a freight line. NICTD trains and freight trains compete for the same shared single line, resulting in slower trains as well as delays that have a ripple effect on later trains. By installing a second set of tracks, trains will be able to bypass each other rather than wait for each other. Third, NICTD has various stations in need of improvements. Double Track NWI will result in improvements at five station platforms including Miller. The South Shore Line will have greater ADA access than ever before when these upgrades are complete. In the end, the project will improve travel times, passenger capacity, service frequency, reliability, and safety. It will also spark exciting private investment and economic development near station areas, bringing additional revenue into our communities. Presenter: Nicole Barker stepped into her role as Director of Capital Investment and Implementation at the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) in July 2016. NICTD runs the South Shore Line railroad that connects South Bend to Chicago. She is helping to advance two important projects in the region – the Double Track NWI and West Lake Corridor projects - the largest investments in public transit our region has ever experienced. Previously, she served as Executive Director of regional conservation nonprofit Save the Dunes working to protect the Indiana dunes and Lake Michigan. Nicole spent over a decade as Program Director for the City of Chicago Department of Environment with a focus on merging conservation and planning initiatives for the southeast side of Chicago. Prior to that, she worked in advertising and marketing. She has a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a M.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. She is a former board member of the Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association, and the Lake Michigan Coastal Advisory Board. ***From 6-6:30pm we encourage attendees to network with one another, order food, and get settled in. The guest speaker's presentation will begin at 6:30pm. *Mama Pearl's does not serve alcohol however attendees are welcome to bring their own (byob).*** For additional information on future events please visit Green Drinks Gary’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/GreenDrinksGary, join our Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/1682928161975070/, and/or check out our website at www.greendrinks.org/IN/Gary. See you November 1st at Mama Pearl's BBQ! Until then... STAY CALM and THINK GREEN. Green Drinks Gary takes place every first Tuesday of the month. It is open to the public, free to attend and all ages are welcome! Green Drinks Gary is organized and managed by Rachel Veronesi.

Indiana Dunes Film Festival

12:00 am - (All Day), November 04, 2016 - November 06, 2016

A 50th Anniversary Celebration The 1st annual Indiana Dunes Film Festival is composed of stories of how the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has influenced its surrounding regions. This is a free event. Schedule for Indiana Dunes Film Festival November 4 - 6, 2016 Nov 4 | South Shore Convention Visitors Authority (Premiere Night) 6:30 pm - 9:15 pm Nov 5 | Douglas Center 10 am - 4 pm Nov 5 | Indiana Dunes Visitor Center 10 am - 4:30 pm Nov 5 | LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau 10 am - 4 pm Nov 6 | Barker Mansion 11 am - 4 pm Nov 6 | South Shore Convention Visitors Authority 11 am - 4 pm Detailed Schedule: Friday, November 4 – Movie Premiere Night at the South Shore Visitors Center 6:30 p.m.—Guests arrive and mingle and network; snacks provided by Dunes National Park Association Photo wall along the Arrowhead Carpet! Ask partners to post for photos and recognize them as they arrive. Do Facebook Live. Original art work by Kristina Knowski available with artist signing posters. DNPA will give away posters as part of $20 donations. 7 p.m.—Welcome from NPS Superintendent Paul Labovitz, Lakeshore Public Media CEO and President James Muhammad and South Shore Visitor Center Speros Bautistatos 7:15 p.m.—Introduce and recognize the film makers who submitted their films. Give each filmmaker a tree cookie plaque. Have the top 2 or 5 films directors come up and introduce each of their films and then show them. Show the “top” submission films—2 – 5 films? 8:15 p.m.—Introduce the established filmmakers—Pat Wisniewski, Carey Lundin, Paul Nelson, etc. Have each of them share a 2 min clip from their films or showcase something they haven’t shared before from education curriculum for example. 9:15 p.m.—Wrap up and Conclusion-- recognize partners—Friends of Indiana Dunes, Lakeshore Public Media, Dunes National Park Association, Indiana Dunes Tourism, Laporte County CVB, South Shore CVB Saturday, November 5—Douglas Center—10 a.m.-4:00 pm 10 a.m. Welcome and introduction to the festival—Kim Swift as MC 10:15 a.m.—Lake Michigan Water Trail by Dugout Canoe 11:15 pm--panel with filmmakers 11:45 p.m. Break with Birthday Cake 12 p.m. New films with intro by filmmakers—showcase two films 1 p.m. Indiana Dunes Playground of the Midwest-Save the Dunes Circa 1955 1:30 p.m. Everglades of the North with Intro by filmmaker 2:45 p.m. Break 3:00 p.m. --Octave Chanute Film with intro by Simine Short 3:30 p.m.—For the Common Good—historical piece on Senator Paul Douglas Saturday, November 5—Indiana Dunes Visitor Center—10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 10 a.m.—Welcome and Introduction to the Festival—Birthday Cake! 10:15 a.m.—Showcase at least two new films with intros by their directors 11:15 a.m.—Jens Jenson The Living Green 12:15 p.m.—Presentation by Carey Lundin, filmmaker of the Living Green 12:45 p.m. – Break 1 p.m.—Showcase at least two new films and have their filmmakers introduce them 2 p.m.—Shifting Sands with book signing and intro to film by Ken Schoon 3:15 p.m.— Riding the Rails of History with intro by PJ Nelson Saturday, November 5—LaPorte County Visitor Center—10 a.m.- 4 p.m. 10 a.m.—Introduction and welcome 10:15 a.m.—For the Common Good and Indiana Dunes Playground of the Midwest 11:15 a.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers 12 p.m.—Shifting Sands with intro by filmmaker? 1:15 p.m. Break 1:30 p.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers 2:15 p.m. Lake Michigan Water Trail by Dugout Canoe with intro by filmmaker 3:30 p.m.—Octave Chanute film with intro by Simine Short Sunday, November 6—South Shore Visitor Center—11 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. 11 a.m.—Introduction and welcome 11:15 a.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers 12 p.m.--Everglades of the North with intro by filmmaker 1:15 p.m. Break 1:30 p.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers 2:15 p.m. Lake Michigan Water Trail by Dugout Canoe with intro by filmmaker 3 p.m.-- Riding the Rails of History with intro by PJ Nelson 3:30 p.m.—Octave Chanute film with intro by Simine Short Sunday, November 6--Barker Mansion—11 a.m.- 4 p.m. 11 a.m.—Welcome and Introduction 11:15 a.m. Jens Jenson The Living Green with intro by Carey Lundin 12:30 p.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers 1:3o p.m.—For the Common Good 2:00 p.m.—Shifting Sands with intro by the filmmaker 3:30 p.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers (Subject to change) Indiana Dunes Film Festival Contest: Calling local filmmakers! We want to hear your stories. Please submit your films to be shown during the festival. There are two categories. You can submit as many films as you like to one or both categories. 1. Happy Birthday Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore- A film up to 2 minutes that celebrates the 50 years the park has been in existence and in some way says or implies Happy Birthday! 2. The Calumet Region- A film up to 10 minutes that touches on the formation, existence and future of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as it relates to the larger Calumet region. How do I participate? To Enter: Upload your film to YouTube or Vimeo then tell us where to look for it. Send an e-mail to indianadunesfilmfestival@gmail.com with the title, category, and a short description of the film by midnight October 30, 2016. That's it. You are entered. The judges will pick up your submission from the directions you leave. What is the Benefit? Films will be selected based on technical merit as well as its ability to tell a compelling story about this place we call Indiana Dunes and how the Dunes fits into the larger stories of the region. Selection criteria are listed on the Festival web page. The selected films will be showcased during the festival November 4, 5 &6 at several locations throughout the region. In addition, some of the films will be shown during the Eyes on the Arts program on Lakeshore Public Media later this year. The small print: All film entries selected for the Festival grant IDFF the right to use footage, stills and/or titles and information from the film for promotional purposes. Each entrant warrants and represents that he/she is the creator of the submitted entry;the entry is original and owned by entrant;the entry is free of any claims by other parties All films submitted must be free from any legal disputes and the filmmaker must have cleared all rights for music, clips, and exhibition. The filmmaker acknowledges his/her film is to be critiqued in a public forum during the festival. This contest is open to all. Film Festival Standards –This is what will be judged! 1. Accuracy 0-10 points a. is the material accurate b. What is the source 2. Does the story 0-10 points a. Provoke some feeling or thought b. Encourage the audience to participate or engage. 3. Technical Aspect 0-10 points a. Visual creativity b. Cinematography c. Sound d. Editing e. Special effects 4. Does the story hit INDU Interpretive themes 1 point for each idea hit a. Interpretive Themes Interpretive themes are often described as the key stories or concepts that visitors should understand after visiting a park—they define the most important ideas or concepts communicated to visitors about a park unit. b. The following interpretive themes have been identified for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: 1. Remarkable Species Diversity –Factors that include geological processes, climate, weather, and the geographical position of Lake Michigan came together at Indiana Dunes to create remarkable species diversity within a variety of ecosystems, providing outstanding opportunities to appreciate the rich ecological relationships that nurture and sustain our civilization. 2. Legacy of Scientific Inquiry –Beginning a legacy of scientific inquiry and education that continues today, Henry Cowles, a botanist from the University of Chicago, published an article titled Ecological Relations of the Vegetation on Sand Dunes of Lake Michigan in the Botanical Gazette in 1899 that brought international attention to and inspired the efforts to preserve the intricate ecosystems on the dunes. Such research at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is increasingly vital, helping us address current ecological threats to our world, which include human impacts both locally and globally. 3. Human Use of the Lakeshore Over Time –The cultural resources of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore demonstrate a wide range of use and occupation over more than 10,000 years, revealing the dynamic relationship between humans and the environment and our changing perceptions of the value of natural environments, and guiding us to decisions vital to our survival. 4. Natural Setting for Millions of People –Situated close to one of America's largest metropolitan areas, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore provides a natural setting for millions of people to experience scenic beauty, the wonders of nature, artistic inspiration, and recreational opportunities, reminding us of the costs and benefits of urbanization and industry, and of our need as humans to seek renewal of body, mind, and soul. · 5. Reflects National Struggle to Balance Urbanization, Industry, and Conservation –Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the scene of intensive public interest and passion regarding its preservation for more than 100 years, demonstrates the national struggle between the needs of urbanization, industry, and conservation;reflects the historical national and state park preservation movements;and serves as both model and "cautionary tale" in the fields of resource acquisition, preservation, and restoration. Questions? www.nps.gov/indu.gov, click on Film Festival or contact e-mail us (219)395-1622

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Environmental Education Environmental Recreation

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Good luck to the CHS Speech & Debate Team tonight! They will discuss their vision for the next 50 years for the national park. It\'s at 7pm at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center.

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\"Shifting Sands on the Path to Sustainability\" Documentary The new documentary Shifting Sands on the Path to Sustainability can be viewed at the following times and locations: - April 22, 9 p.m., premiere broadcast on Lakeshore Public Television - April 23, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore\'s Douglas Center, 110 N. Lake St., Gary - April 24, 2 p.m., Dorothy Buell Visitor\'s Center of the IDNL, 1215 N. Ind. 49, Chesterton - May 7, 10 a.m., Field Museum\'s Simpson Theater, Chicago - May 16, Valparaiso Chain of Lakes Group will hold a public screening at the Porter County Administration Center.
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