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Meet Nia, First Magellanic Penguin Chick Bred at Shedd Aquarium Gets a Name

First-Magellanic-Penguin-Chick-Bred-at-Shedd-Aquarium-Gets-a-NameShedd Aquarium announced today that the first Magellanic penguin chick (Spheniscus magellanicus) bred at the aquarium, which hatched on Mother’s Day weekend, is a female. At a regular check up with the aquarium’s veterinary team, a blood test determined the sex and showed that she has been hitting all the major milestones. Shortly after, the aquarium hosted a contest for staff to choose her name. Shedd volunteers, partners and staff came back with a resounding answer – Nia (NEE-ah)!

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Chicago Celebrities Help Kids Get Curious in Shedd Aquarium's New Kids' Video Series

Chicago-Celebrities-Help-Kids-Get-Curious-in-Shedd-Aquariums-New-Kids-Video-Series“Sea Curious” Features Actor Kel Mitchell, Chicago Fire Players Brandt Bronico & Richard Sánchez, Chicago White Sox Player Yolmer Sánchez, Mi Tocaya Chef Diana Dávila and Olympic Bobsledder Aja Evans.

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2018 Northwest Indiana Trick or Treating Times


Sidewalks will once again be filled with ghosts, witches, and goblins, as Halloween 2018 is right around the corner! Stock up on treats and goodies for the trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. Find the Northwest Indiana trick-or-treat times for your neighborhood below! The trick-or-treat hours listed below are for Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

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Washington Park Zoo hosts "Boo At the Zoo"

Near gale-force winds and threats of rain weren’t enough to frighten away hundreds of families from visiting this year’s annual Boo at the Zoo event at Washington Park Zoo in Michigan City.

The hugely popular, long-running event is a local institution, providing a safe, fun trick-or-treating experience for children of all ages. Hosted by Washington Park Zoo and the Washington Park Zoological Society, Boo at the Zoo is sponsored by numerous area businesses, who set up booths along the zoo pathway and hand out candy to eager little hands.

2018Boo-at-the-Zoo-2“This is a tremendous fund-raiser for us,” said Shawne Sheldon, retail manager at Washington Park Zoo and treasurer for the Zoo Society....

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Shedd Aquarium Beluga Whale is Pregnant

Shedd-Aquarium-Beluga-Whale-is-Pregnant Shedd Aquarium announced today that one of their marine mammals is expecting. Mauyak (MY-ak), a 37-year-old beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) is pregnant and expected to give birth in summer 2019.

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Study Reveals 39% of Hoosier Working Families Struggle to Afford the Basics

United-Way-of-La-Porte-County-United-We-Fight-2018In 2016, a reported 979,538 Hoosier households were unable to afford the basics of housing, food, health care, childcare, and transportation despite working hard according to the 2018 Indiana ALICE® Report (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) released on September 6, 2018 by Indiana United Ways. ALICE- population individuals and families are defined as those who are working, earning more than the federal poverty level, but not enough to make ends meet. Combined, ALICE-population (25%) and poverty (14%) households, account for 39 percent of all Indiana households, a 10 percent increase between 2010 and 2016.

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“Swing for the Kids” Golf Outing Planned By Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City


The Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City has planned the fourth annual “Swing for the Kids” Golf Outing on August 24. It is one of the major fundraisers each year for the not-for-profit organization with all proceeds directly benefitting the Club.

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Explore the Region through Your Favorite Northwest Indiana Downtowns!


Northwest Indiana is lucky to have so many downtowns that offer food, shopping, and entertainment for everyone! Based on your input, we have put together a list of some of the best things to do in your favorite downtowns as well as some up and coming cities and towns!

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Annual Kiddie Parade Brings Afternoon of Family Fun, Smiles, and Laughter to Downtown Michigan City


Bright costumes, bold music, and good times filled the air of Michigan City’s downtown this afternoon as dozens of children and their families laughed, danced, and waved to onlookers during the city’s annual Kiddie Parade.

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The City of La Porte Promotes Home Ownership with the First Community Housing Fair


The City of La Porte and the La Porte Civic Center opened their doors to the community on Saturday for a free housing fair. The city realized how important it was to share this information on home ownership with their community, and, therefore, took it upon themselves to organize the first housing fair.

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La Porte Fourth of July Parade Arrangements


We would like to make the public aware of our arrangements for the Fourth of July Parade this year in terms of traffic and parking restrictions. Traffic will be diverted off of State Road 2 (Lincolnway) beginning at 8:30 AM on the Fourth of July. No traffic other than the parade units will be allowed on State Road 2 between Philadelphia Street and Andrew Avenue on the day of the parade between 8:30 AM and the end of the parade.

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