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Make some waves, have some fun

Although summer is heating up, lake temperatures are still chilly. Instead of being cold in the water, try a cool activity on the water. Sailing lessons, joining a crew on a sailboat, kayaking and even whitewater rafting are just some on-the-water possibilities nearby in northwest …

These summer fests are nods to history

History will combine with old-fashioned fun at a couple of local events on Saturday: the Midsummer Celebration and summer solstice evening concert at Chellberg Farm, and the Portage Community Historical Society’s Summer Festival. *** Saturday is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. …

A Shakespearean summer is upon us

Shakespeare will be all over northwest Indiana this summer: indoors and outdoors, in a garden and even by the beach. So whether you are a longtime fan, eager for an introduction to his works for children, looking for a unique outing or even a freebie, …

Paddle event takes Hawaiian spin

Dust off your favorite Hawaiian shirt and join the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association for a luau-themed paddle to kick off the season at Sunday’s eighth annual Trail Creek Fun Float, a paddling excursion of up to six miles starting at the Michigan City Marina in …

Orangutans in our midst (well, not far, anyway)

Indianapolis offers so much to do on a visit, and now add the International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo, with an opportunity for visitors to get face to face with members of one of the most endangered species on Earth. The Simon Skjodt International …

Explore the wonders of Wolf Lake

Wolf Lake is at the boundary between Indiana and Illinois and the intersection of urban life and industry with water sports and ecology. The lake and its shores long have been a location for a broad range of endeavors, from wind surfing to hosting a …

Luge experience for kids this weekend in Illinois

Although our winter finally is over, there is a cool opportunity for youngsters ages 9 to 13 to get a taste of a winter Olympic sport on Saturday and Sunday as the USA Luge Slider Search makes its only Midwest stop this year in the …

Bird-watching takes center stage

It seems rather unusual seeing a person walk down the road with binoculars around their neck, but then again this is spring, so it’s bird-migration time. And birds — along with bird watchers with binoculars, spotting scopes and tripods — are flocking to the dunes, …

Your chance to delve into Chinese arts

With thousands of years of history, the culture and arts of China are rich and fascinating. “Envisioning China” is a festival of art, music, film, presentations and performances based on Chinese culture. The festival continues into June and is focused at the University of Chicago, …

The YMCA wants to encourage children to stay physically and mentally active after the school year ends, so many YMCAs throughout the country participate in their national initiative, Healthy Kids Day, a day of activities, programs and information for children and families. The Valparaiso Family …

Earth Day Celebration makes it great to be green

You don’t have to spend any green to get great tips about living green at the Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso. “This event has a lot of great messages …

Offbeat fun is part of Purdue’s open house

This weekend’s Spring Fest at Purdue University is a free family event on the West Lafayette campus, at the intersection of where fun and “wow” meet research and higher education. At this family-friendly open house, colleges and academic departments from agriculture to veterinary science — …

Robots add fun to learning

It’s dubbed a “sport for the mind,” but it’s a lot of fun to watch. Robots designed and built by high school students with the help of their mentors enter the playing field as music blares from the stadium sound system and costumed mascots lead …

Teach kids about their health at weekend events

Children’s health and wellness can be a taxing concern for parents, but it can also be the focus of an enjoyable family outing at these two destinations: the Healthy Children Conference and Expo this weekend in Rosemont, Ill.; and the HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum in downtown …

Sap season is here

The snow is finally melting away. The days are getting longer. There are more birds singing every day. While these signs of spring are clear, there is a more subtle and even sweeter sign of spring: The maple sap is starting to flow. Starting now …

Try your hand at curling at Fort Wayne facility

It happens every four years. With every Olympics there comes a surge of interest in classes, camps and coaching for sports seen on the Olympics. This time around the Fort Wayne Curling Club is ready. “We just opened our new, dedicated curling facility with the …

Conservatories offer a ‘tropical’ getaway

Had enough of the cold and gray? A mini tropical getaway is just a tank of gas and a few hours away, or less, at several conservatories offering lush greenery, balmy temperatures, beautiful flowers in bloom and more. Butterfly Kaleidoscope opens tomorrow at the White …