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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.

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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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.

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.

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

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!

Arts and Nature in the Calumet Region and Nationwide

11:00 am - 3:00 pm, November 12, 2016

You’re invited to come to “Arts & Nature in the Calumet Region & Nationwide,” an event at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore that celebrates the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s 50th Anniversary and National Park Service’s Centennial. We convene at the Paul Douglas Center for Environmental Education on November 12th. This event includes: Soundwalk on the Miller Trail—Enjoy unique listening experiences at the Douglas Center and along the Miller Woods trail, and consider how soundscapes experienced here relate to wildlife conservation and our appreciation of northwest Indiana’s natural splendor. Stay afterwards, as we talk about the soundscapes experienced in Miller Woods. (11 a.m.-noon) Arts Making Activities Inspired by Nature, including leaf poem collage-making, mixed media artworks, and other activities. (ongoing, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.) Poetry Readings and Performances by youth and adults, including high school and college students from the Calumet Region, including Gary and Chicago. (1-3 p.m.) “Arts & Nature in the Calumet Region & Nationwide” is presented by the Borderbend Arts Collective, in partnership with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and other park partners. The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is located in the western portion of the national lakeshore at 100 North Lake Street, about one mile north of U.S. Highway 12 in the Miller section of Gary. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1821 or check the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu. The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of 413 units of the National Park System ranging from Yellowstone to the Statue of Liberty. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore includes 15 miles of the southern shoreline of Lake Michigan and 15,000 acres of beach, woods, marshes, and prairie in the northwest corner of Indiana. More than 2 million visitors come to this national park each year. Check our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/IndianaDunesNL.

Free Bus Tours at the National Lakeshore

9:00 am - 1:00 pm, November 13, 2016

*Free but reservation required by calling 219-395-1882. Join a ranger this fall or winter for a two-hour tour of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in one of the park's 16-passenger buses. This is a great way to see the park’s fall colors and winter landscapes without having to do a lot of walking. The tours meet at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, which is located at 1215 North State Road 49, about one mile north of Interstate 94, in Porter, Indiana. After a brief introduction, participants will board a bus for a two-hour tour, during which the ranger will share interesting facts about the national park and surrounding area. Upcoming tour dates and start times are November 13, 2016, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, December 18, 2016, 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, and January 22, 2017, at 1:00 pm. *The tours are free, but reservations are required. Call 219-395-1882 to make reservations and to find out more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Also, please check out the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

Music Heritage Series

12:00 am - 10:30 pm, November 18, 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 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.

National Lakeshore Stewardship Day

9:00 am - 12:00 pm, November 19, 2016

Join staff and fellow volunteers on Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Dunes Learning Center for a morning of stewardship. We will continue to transform the old tennis courts into programming space for the Dunes Learning Center’s new raised garden beds. Activities will include cutting brush, removing soil, fixing gates, clearing trails, and more. Meet at the gravel parking lot across the street from the historic Camp Good Fellow Lodge. Dunes Learning Center is located in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore at 700 Howe Road in Porter, Indiana between U.S. Highways 12 and 20 on the grounds of the historic Camp Good Fellow. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or check out the park’s website at www.nps.gov/indu.

Green Drinks Gary

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, December 06, 2016

For much of the 20th century East Chicago was known as Steel-town. It was a bustling city on the southern shores of Lake Michigan that boasted of being the most industrial city in the world. Now, after 40-years of globalization and the flight of capital, East Chicago’s industrial economy is entering new phase while not fully addressing the toxic secrets from its past. The presentation focuses on a recent scandal of the Lead contamination of the Calumet neighborhood, Environmental Justice, Climate Justice and East Chicago's toxic legacy. The Toxic Tour is a story of East Chicago’s existing conditions. Presenter: Thomas Frank is a board member of the Southeast Environmental Task Force and former director of the East Chicago Waterway Management District (ECWMD). The ECWMD was charge with managing the cleanup of the Indiana Harbor Shipping Canal considered to be the most polluted waterway in the country. Thomas is a artist and activist who has been working for environmental justice and Climate Justice in the Great Lakes and Calumet regions for the past decade. He is committed to addressing heavily contaminated region and bringing them back into use for community-focused development and a Just Transition to a low-carbon economy. ***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 December 6th 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.

Green Drinks Gary - SEED: The Untold Story - A film

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, January 03, 2017

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.

Indiana Dunes State Park: 9th Annual Christmas Eve Morning Stroll!

10:00 am - 12:00 pm, December 24, 2016

You say you have your shopping done? Great, join us for our traditional Christmas Eve stroll through the dune forests. We’ll explore the winter life and beauty of the dunes on this 1 hour walk starting at the Nature Center, culminating with a warm fire and hot cocoa at the nature center! Come out and start a new family tradition with us!

Join in the celebration of Earth Day, the National Park Service Centennial and the 50th anniversary of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore at the annual Green Gary on Saturday, April 23, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This fun, family-friendly event takes place at the national lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center and is presented in partnership with over 20 organizations including the Gary Park Department and the Gary Department of Green Urbanism. ‪#‎npscentennial‬ ‪#‎findyourpark‬ jm www.nps.gov/indu/learn/news/green-gary-2016.htm

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The E.P.A. has awarded more than $355,000 to a Great Lakes Restoration initiative in Hobart.

Thank you to Mayor Karen Freeman=Wilson, Councilwoman Rebecca Wyatt, Gary Police Dept., Gary Fire Dept. and Lake County Sheriff\'s Dept. and Gary Parks Dept. for keeping our beach, park and neighborhood safer over the past week. We asked for help, and all of our partners responded. Our residents do have a voice that is heard.

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The EPA is still assessing the extent of the chromium 6 chemical spill in Portage, which closed at least 3 beaches. People and pets are urged to avoid contact with the lake water.


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