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Like a good story? Even better, like a good story about a beautiful historic place? Then you won't want to miss the upcoming "If These Walls Could Tell" storytelling event on September 24, presenting the tale of Gary's Marquette Park -- winner of the 2014 Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration. 6:30 p.m. at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts in Miller Beach.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyinsJbajPk
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://squareup.com/store/decaydevils to purchase online. $50 includes Dinner, Entertainment, Raffle Entry, Dancing and MORE!
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.
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
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
In partnership with Gathr Films, Green Drinks Gary is bringing the new award-winning film, SEED: The Untold Story, to the AMC Hobart 12 movie theater in northwest Indiana. SEED is an eye-opening award winning documentary about the dramatic loss of seed diversity and the movement to restore the future of our food, from the creators of The Real Dirt on Farmer John& Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, and Winona LaDuke. Synopsis: Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.Recent winner of the GREEN PLANET AWARD at Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Discovery Channel ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD at Sheffield Doc/Fest in England, GRAND JURY PRIZE at the Nashville Film Festival, and BEST IN FESTIVAL at the Princeton Environmental Film Festival, and in BEST OF FESTS section in IDFA in Amsterdam. SEED: The Untold Story is Executive Produced by Marisa Tomei, Marc Turtletaub (Little Miss Sunshine), and Phil Fairclough (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams). Tickets for this film are not and will not be available for purchase at the AMC Hobart 12; you can only purchase tickets for this film online at http://gathr.us/screening/17960. We MUST have at least 60 tickets reserved by December 19th or the showing will be cancelled. So please reserve your tickets ASAP! Your credit card will only be charged once the screening has met the minimum number of reservations. View SEED: The Untold Story trailer at https://vimeo.com/97882647 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 January 3rd at AMC Hobart 12! Until then... STAY CALM and THINK GREEN. Green Drinks Gary takes place every first Tuesday of the month and is open to the public! Green Drinks Gary is organized and managed by Rachel Veronesi.
Come to the Grand Opening of ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen! Taste delicacies from local culinary artisans, enjoy hot apple cider and roast marshmallows around communal fire pits with friends and family! Be there at the official unveiling of the beautiful public art installation! Remarks from Theaster Gates, Artistic Director, and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, as will as entertainment! ArtHouse is funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Knight Foundation.
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