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Wilderness Inquiry at the Marquette Park Lagoons

9:15 am - 2:30 pm, October 14, 2015

Wilderness Inquiry Canomobile partners with the National Park Service to give kids a chance to see get outside and experience the outdoors like the voyageurs and paddle a 24 ft canoe. We need help getting the kids off and on the boats. If you help you can come for a paddle too! We are going to be at three different locations: Marquette Lagoons Monday Sept 28, Tues Sept 29, Wed. Oct 14 8:00am to 3:00pm Hammond-Wolf Lake Mon Sept 28- Fri Oct 2, Mon Oct 5-Wed Oct 7 7:45-2:30 Hobart-Deep River Thurs Oct 8-Fri Oct 9, Mon Oct 12-Fri Oct 16 9:15-2:30pm Sign up to volunteer at Inquiry Canomobile 2015

Check out Wilderness Inquiry website for more information on their programs.…/employment-v…/volunteer/

Miller Spotlight Harvest Festival

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, October 30, 2015
Miller Spotlight Harvest Festival

Come to the Miller Spotlight Harvest Festival and enjoy a ton of free, family friendly activities and meet your local educators/ youth and child programming organizations. See what our community has to offer your family! (Friday, 10/30/15 from 4-7PM on Lake St. from Miller Ave to 4th St.) Miller-Spotlight-Harvest-Fest-2

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 (, highlighting the Region's cultural assets. Subsequently he produced the Grab This Fish Tale comic book ( 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, join our facebook group at, check out our website at, or send an email to [email protected].   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.

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 To maximize your participation, you may want to create a profile for yourself on 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

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 or contact the park's information desk at 219-395-1882. You can also visit: for more info about the farm itself.

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 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

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 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 For additional information on future events please visit Green Drinks Gary’s Facebook page at, join our Facebook group, and/or check out our website at 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.

ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen GRAND OPENING

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm, November 19, 2016

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.

Our Miller Spotlight Education/Child and Youth Programming Action Group met for the the 5th time tonight to discuss how to better promote the different options available to parents/ guardians in our area. Thanks Marq Park UMC for hosting! Stay tuned for upcoming info on their fab, fun Early Action Grant. They will be looking for volunteers for on Friday 10/30/15 from 3-8pm. If you want to participate contact [email protected]


Join us at the Miller Spotlight Jamboree today at 4pm!


Birding with Ken Brock

Check out this video to see what Bead Town is all about! Coming soon to the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts.

Northwest Indiana Four Star Schools list released. iSTEP test revisions resulted in lower scores statewide.


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Stargazing with the Chicago Astronomical Society


Indiana Dunes State Park : Beginning Bird Drawing and Painting




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