Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Take a vacation at the movies ]]> Lead story image

Two very different kinds of adventures await in South Bend this week: one through a children’s international film festival; the other through a bike ride to challenges across the city and surrounding area. A passport to creativity and experiences from around the world, and even the moon, is available through Saturday at the ANDkids World Film Festival at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame. And, tickets are free. “The festival is in its sixth year. It was initially designed to give families opportunities to see different films than they would through regular channels of access,” … ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:04:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dittmann: Peru circus fest tough to top ]]> Lead story image

In most places, the circus just comes to town. Not in downstate Peru. There, the town celebrates its long and colorful circus history and annually produces an impressive circus in which all of the performers are local youths. This week, that circus activity culminates with the annual Circus City Festival. The Circus City Festival features nightly performances and a Saturday matinee by the Peru Amateur Circus, and the unique Circus Heritage Parade on Saturday morning. There are also amusement rides, crafts and foods, plus specials at downtown businesses during the festival week. Through Sunday you also can see the Big … ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 02:03:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dittmann: Getting that sinking feeling can be fun ]]> Lead story image

Cardboard and duct tape plus creativity equals an event that makes a big splash with participants and spectators alike: the Cardboard Boat Dash. This year’s is slated for Saturday at the Washington Park Marina in Michigan City. Thirty-two cardboard creations entered the 2013 event, according to Ed Beutner, the “Commodore of Corrugation” and organizer of the annual event. “There were ordinary boats but there were also people who went to enormous effort to be in theme as well,” he said. “Last year, we had a group show up as the Titanic with four of the group dressed as the funnels … ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 02:04:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dittmann: These aren’t humdrum music fests ]]> Lead story image

Unplug the electronics and plug into some good live music this weekend at family-friendly events coming to Northwest Indiana: the Lightning Bug Music Festival, with a variety of music and children’s activities and which is for a good cause; and the Big Show, blending booming brass with the complex choreography of drum corps. Lightning Bug Music Festival The Cajun accordion of Buckwheat Zydeco, the acoustic bluegrass of The Special Consensus, the Americana and blues of the Wood Brothers and local favorite Chester Brown comprise the musical lineup at Sunday’s Lightning Bug Music Festival, which also includes nature hikes and children’s … ]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 02:04:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Make some waves, have some fun ]]> Lead story image

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 Indiana. Venture into Michigan for surfing lessons and an overnight on a vintage submarine. Sailing lessons/crew opportunities ”Our sailing school happens every summer for about two months. The target age is kids ages 7 to 14, with some younger and some older. For adults, even with no sailing experience, we can find a boat they … ]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 02:04:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ These summer fests are nods to history ]]> Lead story image

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. In many places around the world, this is cause for celebrations, including at Chellberg Farm at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, where there will be a maypole, music, costumes and dances in the tradition of the Swedish family who farmed there, plus an evening concert of traditional American music. “At the beginning of the program … ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:30:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ A Shakespearean summer is upon us ]]> Lead story image

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, there will be a broad range of options. Mark your calendar for these upcoming performances of Shakespeare’s works: “Romeo and Juliet” and “Twelfth Night” The Gary Shakespeare Co.’s current production of “Romeo and Juliet” has been held over, with additional performances Thursday night, Friday and Sunday at 500 S. Lake St. in Gary’s Miller neighborhood. … ]]> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:29:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Paddle event takes Hawaiian spin ]]> Lead story image

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 Washington Park. “The organizers wanted to mix it up and inject some fun into the event this year with a luau and tiki theme and make it even more family-friendly. Hopefully that will also help catch the interest of everybody from advanced paddlers to those who have never paddled before,” said Dan Plath, president and … ]]> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 07:50:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Orangutans in our midst (well, not far, anyway) ]]> Lead story image

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 Orangutan Center opened Saturday after eight years of planning. Visitors can interact with orangutans in a place designed to be a physically and mentally stimulating habitat for its residents, while also serving as a facility for research, public education and global conservation outreach. “This is such a different visitor experience. The orangutans come right up … ]]> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:32:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Explore the wonders of Wolf Lake ]]> Lead story image

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 defense missile site. It’s been a home for both hunting lodges and for endangered species. And yet there are many who live nearby who haven’t experienced this place. This weekend’s 14th annual Wetlands, Wind and Water Festival offers a variety of free activities, including some designed for those experiencing Wolf Lake for the first time, … ]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:52:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Luge experience for kids this weekend in Illinois ]]> Lead story image

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 Chicago suburb of Westmont. Slider Search is an athlete recruitment tool for identifying, training and qualifying young athletes for the USA Luge Junior Development Team, a step many take in the training ladder toward the Olympics. For some youth, the Slider Search could be an exciting first step toward a future pursuit, but for most, … ]]> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:58:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bird-watching takes center stage ]]> Lead story image

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, the lakeshore, the marshes and surrounding woods and fields. According to, the website of Indiana Dunes Tourism, more than 350 bird species live in or migrate through this area. Summer resident birds are now getting established, while other species are stopping by to refuel on their way to points farther north. That website makes … ]]> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 06:19:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Your chance to delve into Chinese arts ]]> Lead story image

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, with links to other upcoming events around the city. On Saturday, the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago will host “About Face,” a free family program. This event focuses on masks and face painting in the tradition of Chinese opera, in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit, “Performing Images,” on display through … ]]> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:06:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ YMCAs offering head start for kids’ health ]]> Lead story image

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 YMCA invites families to attend its free Healthy Kids Day this Saturday. “At this annual event we focus on giving youth and families information on activities, health and healthy nutrition, and we try to collaborate with folks in the community who are experts,” said Lee Baker, senior director of programs at the Valparaiso YMCA. One … ]]> Sun, 25 May 2014 15:35:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Earth Day Celebration makes it great to be green ]]> Lead story image

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 with so many different kinds of ways to help the planet and love the environment. There is such a wide variety of programs and products, demonstrations and activities that this really has something for everybody,” said Donna Stuckert, the public education coordinator of the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County, the event organizer. … ]]> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 04:01:07 -0500 <![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 … ]]> Mon, 05 May 2014 08:23:33 -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 … ]]> Mon, 05 May 2014 03:33:03 -0500