Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Offbeat fun is part of Purdue’s open house ]]> Lead story image

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 — plus societies and student groups, athletics, galleries and many more organizations — offer interesting, creative, fun and hands-on ways for visitors of all ages to learn about each group. “You can spend two days here if you want to see it all. There’s sheep shearing, cow milking and animals, projects to make — so much … ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:20:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Robots add fun to learning ]]> Lead story image

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 pompon-waving fans in a cheer. The game begins, and the robots collaborate and compete in unique game scenarios in the FIRST Robotics Competition. FIRST is an acronym for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. It was founded by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen with hopes “to transform our culture by creating a world … ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 02:05:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Teach kids about their health at weekend events ]]> Lead story image

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 South Bend. Presentations targeted to parents, grandparents, caregivers and youths, plus entertainment for all, are part of the first Healthy Children Conference and Expo hosted by the American Academy of Pediatrics taking place this weekend at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Experts from around the country will offer presentations on a wide … ]]> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:34:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sap season is here ]]> Lead story image

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 and continuing into mid-March, several events in Northwest Indiana celebrate this sweet harbinger of spring. † Right now you can Rent-a-Sap-Bucket and get a unique taste of a maple event while supporting educational programming. For a $35 donation you get a ticket to the Bendix Woods Sugar Camp Days breakfast, pancake mix, a pint of … ]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:57:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Try your hand at curling at Fort Wayne facility ]]> Lead story image

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 target of being ready by the Olympics,” said Craig Fischer, president and co-founder of the Fort Wayne Curling Club. He added, “Curling is a great time — on and off the ice.” I would agree. A few years back, for a milestone birthday, I was indulged by a group of fun-loving friends at a learn-to-curl … ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 03:40:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Conservatories offer a ‘tropical’ getaway ]]> Lead story image

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 River Gardens at the Indianapolis Zoo. Monarchs, blue morphos and giant owl butterflies are among the hundreds of butterflies of about 40 different native and exotic species that can be seen flying within the Hilbert Conservatory every day through Sept. 2. Check the schedule to see the releases of newly emerged butterflies, stop near one … ]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 23:32:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Groundhog Day’ town ready for annual celebration ]]> Lead story image

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 an early wakeup call this evening. He’ll make an appearance on the balcony of the town’s Opera House to kick off the annual Groundhog Days festivities, Woodstock’s celebration of being the location where much of the much loved 1993 classic comedy and philosophy movie “Groundhog Day,” starring Bill Murray, was filmed. “This year we’re thrilled … ]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:41:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 Run State Park and the Eagle Watch Weekend at Lake Monroe in Bloomington both feature an interesting and informative range of programs about bald eagles plus other birds residing in, or passing through, Indiana in winter. Both also offer opportunities to see some beautiful birds up close. Whether you’re an early bird or a night … ]]> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:09:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Area abounds with ways you can honor MLK Jr. ]]> Lead story image

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 p.m. by Shades of Gray, a local acoustic folk group. Their performance will kick off a week of programs focusing on this year’s theme “The Beloved Community.” These programs are open to the public, and most are free. Tomorrow the public is invited to bring a lunch and join in any of the “community conversations” … ]]> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 13:53:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sleigh bells ringing ]]> Lead story image

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 winter experience. At Childs’ Farm in Plymouth, rides are just $3 per person, and at Forest View Farms in Tinley Park, Ill., you can take a driving lesson and then take the reins on your own. John Childs learned to drive horses at Lake County Parks’ Buckley Homestead, where he and his wife, Sue, were … ]]> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 19:02:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Turkey holiday options ]]> Lead story image

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 Native American Celebration today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regardless of the weather, people flock to this event to hike on over two miles of trails, “hunt” for turkeys and learn about Native American culture. Visitors should keep their eyes peeled for three types of turkey while at the gardens. Paper turkeys will be … ]]> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:19:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 3 to 8 p.m. “There are over 300 light displays, large and small. There’s a roller coaster, farm scenes, dolphins and sharks, Martians, ice skaters, and so many others. We try to add new ones every year,” said Geri Rose of Porter County Parks and Recreation. “I think one thing kids enjoy is looking for … ]]> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 02:31:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chicago children’s film fest is suitable for all ages ]]> Lead story image

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 Festival runs through Sunday and features over 250 films from 40 countries. The film genres include live action, animation and stop action and documentary films, plus collections of short films. Though the films are targeted to audiences aged 2 to 13, these innovative and thought-provoking films have plenty to offer older siblings and parents. Screenings … ]]> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 09:34:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pierogi Fest a celebration of all things Polish ]]> Lead story image

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 the ways that I’ve heard people describe Pierogi Fest. They are all so right. The festival’s namesake, the Eastern European stuffed dumpling, is tweaked by festival vendors who go beyond the basic potatoes, cheese, kraut and fruit traditionally found in pierogis and also offer spicy Cajun, alligator, and new this year — pizzarogis stuffed with … ]]> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 16:04:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Shades State Park hosting Chautauqua again ]]> Lead story image

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. “This is a small version of the old Chautauquas that happened here in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This area used to be on a circuit that brought four or five days of educational and entertainment programs here. This event will be in that old style, under a tent, and with entertainment from that … ]]> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 06:59:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sacred music fest features sounds of the world ]]> Lead story image

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 and Japanese Taiko drumming, whirling dervishes, a cathedral pipe organ, sacred music of India and Kosher Gospel are just some of the offerings of the seventh biennial of the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music happening in Kalamazoo, Mich. “Our goals are to represent different genres, cultures and types of music and their importance in spiritual … ]]> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 09:42:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chicago festival invites you to Make Music ]]> Lead story image

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 sounds of music begin at 9 a.m. at the Daley Plaza, in the shadow of the Picasso. The programming ends at 9 p.m. at St. James Cathedral with the event’s grand finale of family programming and international music on three outdoor stages. In between there will be performances of many musical genres at 25 event … ]]> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 09:34:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get ready for a fun Halloween Skelebration ]]> Lead story image

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 museum from future-past” is one way that Frank Maugeri, Redmoon artistic director, described his vision for Skelebration as he led a recent tour of preparations evolving for the event, as artists, designers and craftspeople were at work in Redmoon’s new Chicago home, a 57,000-square-foot space in a former warehouse and manufacturing area in the Pilsen … ]]> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:46:48 -0500