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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 …

‘Groundhog Day’ town ready for annual celebration

Ready for spring? Sunday is Groundhog Day, the day that the furry prognosticator is persuaded to leave his burrow to predict whether or not there will be a quick end to winter. In Woodstock, Ill., their large, costumed festival mascot groundhog, Woodstock Willie, will get …

Programs offer excellent opportunity to view bald eagles

Winter weather in Indiana makes it an appealing place to spend the cold months, at least for bald eagles. Two events this weekend offer guided caravans to see eagles in the wild as part of big birding weekends. The Eagles in Flight Weekend at Turkey …

Area abounds with ways you can honor MLK Jr.

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Special events in the area and beyond offer entertaining, informative and inspirational ways to remember and to honor King’s legacy. † The annual MLK Jr. Day Celebration at Valparaiso University begins Thursday with a free performance at 5 …

Sleigh bells ringing

A sleigh ride can transform winter into wonderland. Whether for a fun family outing, a unique group get-together, or a romantic ride for two, there is something magical about a sleigh ride. There are places not too far away where you can have this special …

Turkey holiday options

Happy Thanksgiving. If your family is looking beyond football and shopping for family activities while gathered together, today and throughout the weekend, there are a variety of fun, even magical options. † International Friendship Gardens in Michigan City is hosting its annual Turkey Walk and …

Kick off holidays with Winter Lights Night

Saturday’s Winter Lights Night Festival at Sunset Hill Farm County Park in Valparaiso is opening night for the festive light display that will brighten spirits while lighting weekend nights through the end of the year. It all kicks off on Saturday with family activities from …

Chicago children’s film fest is suitable for all ages

For 30 years the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival has been bringing the best children’s films from around the world to Chicago with a week of screenings, workshops, special events and opportunities for children to meet animators and filmmakers. This year’s Chicago International Children’s Film …

Pierogi Fest a celebration of all things Polish

Comedy and comics are certain to entertain at two outstanding family-friendly events this weekend: Pierogi Fest in downtown Whiting and Saturday Strip: Comic Day MCA at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Wacky. Nostalgic. Lots of fun. Great food. These are just some of …

Shades State Park hosting Chautauqua again

Shades State Park is a rustic park with a lot of beauty, a lot of history and with a tradition that is being revived: Chautauqua. Saturday will be the second annual Chautauqua at Shades State Park, held in honor of the park’s 66th anniversary celebration. …

Sacred music fest features sounds of the world

What is sacred to you? When organizers of the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music asked that question they came up with a diverse range of answers, and that is reflected in the broad range of programming at the festival, which begins this evening. Native American …

Chicago festival invites you to Make Music

Music lovers will want to be in Chicago on Friday, June 21, for Make Music Chicago, a day of free music. Sit back and listen, or even join in the music-making at this event, which “celebrates the ability of everyone to participate in music-making.” The …

Get ready for a fun Halloween Skelebration

Spellbinding. Fun. Intellectually stimulating. Beautiful. These are some of the words that online reviewers use to describe past Redmoon Theater productions. Skelebration is Redmoon’s upcoming family-friendly non-traditional take on Halloween, combining their signature puppetry, elaborate machines and creative artistry with interactive elements. “A big, weird …

Migrating Sandhill Cranes are a sight worth seeing

By car, by bus, by bike, and by canoe or kayak, thousands will flock to the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area in Medaryville over the next couple months. They are going there to see the thousands arriving by air: Sandhill Cranes. These majestic birds will …