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2009 Popcorn Festival Royalty Crowning Ceremony


Join us to see who will be royalty at this year's Popcorn Fest! The 2009 Popcorn Festival Royalty Crowning Ceremony will be held Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 4:00p.m. at REGIONAL federal credit union located at 2801 Boilermaker Court, Valparaiso.

This year only a prince and princess are to be crowned, no queen.  To be crowned popcorn royalty, the prince and princess' parents have to fill out a basic application and turn it in to the Valparaiso Community Festivals and Events office. The 2009 deadline for applications was August 14th.  Following...

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Links of the Week: Fantasy Football, Entourage, and What Happens to Your Online Profiles When You Die


I think I may give up on Entourage.

I've watched HBO's hit show, now in its sixth season, since the beginning. Entourage is not that bad of a show, it just is not that good. Each week, the premise of the show seems so good, and then 25 minutes later it ends disappointing. It's like you were expecting an A on a paper, and end up with a B-minus. So, why don't I just stop watching it? Because next week's is supposed to be so good! Mark Titus of the Club Trillion blog once wrote, "If wives and husbands gave each other as many chances as I've given Entourage, there'd never be divorce." I know how he feels.

Bridge Group Looking for New Players


A local Bridge group is looking for people to join them for a game of cards!

They meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. at Porter County Aging & Community Services (1005 Campbell Street, Valparaiso).  There are no costs associated with joining them and all levels of Bridge players are welcome.  Anyone interested should please call Sara Nelson, (219) 241-2237.

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Ivy Tech Offers Cake Decorating, Construction and Design Class


Ivy Tech Community College is offering a cake decorating basics and wedding cake construction and design class beginning September 19 through November 7.

For more information or to sign up please contact Josephine Blockson at 219-981-4430 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Links of the Week: Baseball Fights, Quentin Tarantino, and the Ethics of Elderly Athletes Using PEDs


I think if there is one thing I learned from the Brett Favre "Will he or won't he" saga is that America craves decisiveness. I think that is why this whole situation got so out of hand.

In case you have been living under a rock this week (or you just don't care), Brett Favre has come out of retirement for the second consecutive year, this time to become the quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings.  For some reason, everyone in the sports world (Read more



PNC Non-Credit Digital Photography Courses


Purdue University North Central Office of Continuing Education is offering a three-day non-credit introductory class on digital photography.

This class will cover the basics of digital cameras including the fundamentals of basic digital photography composition, depth of field, exposure control, adjusting to various lighting situations. In addition, the class will cover how to analyze and troubleshoot problem digital photographs to determine root causes and how to overcome them. This course will include an overview of the capabilities common to most digital cameras and will not concentrate on any one specific camera type or brand.

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Indiana to Illinois Calumet Bus Tour


As a member of the Calumet Stewardship Initiative, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens would like to invite you on a bus tour of key open spaces in the Chicago portion of the Calumet region on Oct. 22, 2009.

Pick-up locations for the Calumet Bus Tour are at Marquette Park, 1 N. Grand Blvd., Gary (8:30 a.m.) and at the CSI Office, 13300 S. Baltimore, Chicago (9:15 a.m.). Return time to Marquette Park is at 4:15 p.m., return time to the Chicago site is at 3:30 p.m.

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Touring the SIA Factory


On Wednesday the hubs and I were invited to tour the Subaru of Indiana Automotive factory, we jumped at the opportunity!  As you may know we are Subaru enthusiasts through and through.  

How awesome it was to see a car factory in person!  All I kept thinking was how it reminded me of the short video I saw in my childhood, about robots, and all the things they can do for us now- including help build cars.  

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IU Northwest English Grad Juan Mendez Premieres his First Feature Film


When Hobart resident Juan A. Mendez attended Indiana University Northwest about 10 years ago, he wanted to be a writer. He majored in English and minored in performing arts, pursuing disciplines that stoked his desire to create on the page and the stage.

Now, eight years after earning his IU Northwest degree, Mendez’s creative journey has led him to the big screen, where he and filmmaking partner Zernul R. Shackelford, of Merrillville, will premiere their debut feature at the Portage 16 IMAX on Thursday, Aug. 20, at 7:15 p.m. Admission is free, but donations will be...

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Love of Art Street Fair Aug. 29th


For the Love of Art Street Fair is coming next Saturday, August 29th from 10am to 5p.m. on 119th Street downtown Whiting, Indiana.  It will be the perfect time to find unique and unusual items for Christmas gifts and get a chance to see art happening right before your very eyes.

Fine artists and craftsmen will demonstrate their skills and place their creations up for sale.  Interaction and discussions with the artists is highly encouraged. “There are more exhibitors this year than ever before,” said Kathy Winsberg of Full Circle Art.

Demonstrations will include water color,...

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Popcorn Festival CD Release: Sustain by Chris and Lou


Chris and Lou have been performing throughout Northwest Indiana, Michigan and Chicagoland for 20 years in various bands of all genres combining their talents in 2003 while they played in the groups Acoustic X and Electric X.

In 2009, the duo continues to perform for audiences of all ages, bringing with them their influences from the past and present, and giving the audience a glimpse into the future.  The Valparaiso band Chris and Lou will be releasing their new original CD entitled Sustain at the Popcorn Festival on September 12, 2009!  Keep your...

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