Join birding expert Ken Brock on Saturday mornings in November at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk. Brock, author of "The Birds of Indiana Dunes" will be located at the Portage Lakefront pavilion in search of migratory waterfowl and other birds. If it is not a good day for birding along the lakefront, the program will be moved to another location and a ranger will notify you upon arrival at Portage Lakefront. This program is being offered every Saturday morning for the month of November.
First Saturday Stargazing program runs November 7 from 5 pm to 7 pm at Kemil Beach parking lot. Join members of the Chicago Astronomical Society as they view the night sky through telescopes to see the Milky Way crossing the night sky overhead from north-east to south-west. Expect to see examples of ancient star clusters like the Hercules Globular Cluster and young Star Clusters like the Wild Duck Cluster. There will also be colored double stars, planetary nebula, and the Andromeda Galaxy. These programs will continue on the first Saturday of every month, except March and July. http://www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit/kemil-beach.htm
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
*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.
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 email@example.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