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Zao Island slides into Summer 2019


It’s not summer in Northwest Indiana without a trip to Zao Island. The Valparaiso fun center includes just about every easygoing thrill groups of families and friends could seek. From playing mini-golf and racing go-karts, to challenging buddies in the arcade over pizza, Zao Island is the answer to any sunny or rainy day.

Every summer, Zao Island strives to top its previous year, continually growing their offerings and perfecting their conditions. This year is no exception. Here are just a few new and/or updated features at Zao Island.

Three-Story Super Slide

This gargantuan adventure is ready to be conquered! Three lanes allow friends and families to race each other down this three-story chute. Potato sacks allow for maximum speed and keep bums protected from speed burn.

Giant Connect 4...

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Gary SouthShore Railcats and McAfee Animal Hospital host annual Bark in the Park


Have you ever started to leave your home and your furry canine friend gives you those sad eyes, begging you not to leave them? Well, today you didn’t have to as you went to leave for the Gary SouthShore Railcats game! Partnering with McAfee Animal Hospital, the ballpark hosted their annual Bark in the Park, where families were encouraged to bring their fur-babies.

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Mothers honored at Sand Creek Country Club's annual Mother's Day Brunch


Dressed in their Sunday best, many families gathered at Sand Creek Country Club today for the annual Mother’s Day Brunch. This event was a time for mothers to enjoy a delicious meal in a beautiful setting with their families and guests, and the best part was that there was no cooking or cleaning up!

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Alzheimer's Association Greater Indiana Chapter invites Hoosiers to join "The Longest Day" fundraiser


As the weather warms up, Hoosiers are looking forward to summer cookouts, vacations and pool parties. The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter invites local residents to add one more summer activity to their list: a fundraiser for “The Longest Day.” On or around Friday, June 21 – the summer solstice – participants can turn an activity they are passionate about into a fundraiser to fight Alzheimer’s disease.

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During Donate Life Month, hear the stories of those impacted by organ donation at donor celebration in Michigan City


Currently, more than 113,000 people nationwide and 1,300 people in Indiana are awaiting life-changing organ and tissue transplants. April’s Donate Life Month is a special time to honor those donors and their families that said yes to donation.

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South Shore Line celebrates Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day by offering FREE rides


National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is Thursday, April 25, 2019. South Shore Line (SSL) invites up to three youth 18 years of age and under to ride for FREE with a fare-paying adult. A fare-paying adult applies to any paying parent or guardian. No tickets are necessary for youth riding for free. Please note the Quiet Car remains in effect on the last train car of rush hour trains.

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Kick-off the Summer with Explore the South Shore

Kick-off-the-Summer-with-Explore-the-South-Shore-2019The annual Explore the South Shore returns to the Indiana Welcome Center on Saturday, April 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Families will enjoy an afternoon of fun and entertainment at this free event.

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Running Relationships


One of the fundamental elements of life is a true connection with others. We look for these friendships through school, work, mutual friends, or family, and over time, find groups that we seem to just belong to, forming kinships that last lifetimes. Perhaps one of the strongest places to form these bonds is in the sport of running. And there are several people here in the region who could tell you why!

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Shedd Aquarium’s Animal Response Team Joins International Dolphin Rescue Effort

Shedd-Aquariums-Animal-Response-Team-Joins-International-Dolphin-Rescue-Effort-2019Veterinarians from The Maryland Zoo, the Saint Louis Zoo and Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium traveled nearly 4,000 miles to rescue dolphins in central Bolivia, where a group of approximately 15 endangered Bolivian river dolphins were trapped in a lake. The dolphins, known in Bolivia as bufeos, were isolated in the lake surrounded by dense forest and expansive soybean fields, and had become cut off from the main river over the past several years due to run-off from environmental changes in the area.

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South Shore Line expands Kids Ride Free Program to create affordable spring break play-cation

South-Shore-Line-expands-Kids-Ride-Free-Program-to-create-affordable-spring-break-play-cationWith spring break right around the corner, the South Shore Line (SSL) is expanding its Kids Ride Free program from March 23 – April 6, 2019. SSL has selected this promotional time frame to cover an average portion of scheduled spring breaks across the four- county area.

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Shedd Expands Conservation Research Team to Preserve Freshwater, Marine Biodiversity

Shedd-Expands-Conservation-Research-Team-to-Preserve-Freshwater-Marine-BiodiversityThree new research biologists joined the conservation research team at Shedd Aquarium, bringing new areas of expertise in freshwater and marine ecosystems to the aquarium’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research. The biologists – Dr. Austin Happel, Dr. Kentaro Inoue, and Dr. Lynn Waterhouse – are set to study aquatic wildlife in urban settings, freshwater mussels in the Great Lakes region and fishes in The Bahamas, respectively. With the continued expansion of the Haerther Center, Shedd aims to study and protect more aquatic animals and their ecosystems.

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