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March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction

The March of Dimes is hosting a Signature Chefs Auction on Monday, November 1, 2010 at 6:00 pm. The auction will be held at Avalon Manor in Merrillville. march-of-dimes-auction-tasting

Along with the auction, a tasting will be held, featuring many of the top chefs of Northwest Indiana and the chefs of the American Culinary Federation. Mr. Ian E. McFadden, CEO of Methodist Hospitals, will be honored as the 2010 Honoree.

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Chamber Tailgate Party Offers Up a Chili Challenge

The Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the second annual Chamber Tailgate Chili Challenge is next Friday, September 24, 2010 from 3pm to 6pm in the Chamber of Commerce Parking lot at 220 Broadway in Chesterton. The Chamber Tailgate Chili Challenge is held in coordination with the Chesterton High School Homecoming Parade that passes through the historic downtown.

Chamber member restaurants compete to see who has the most school spirit as well as best tasting chili sampled by the Tailgate party attendees. Individuals who wish to be an official judge pay a nominal judging fee of $5.00 at the entrance and may try each restaurant’s chili. Those who do not wish to try chili but would still like to enjoy the Tailgate party offered by the Chamber may enter free of charge and enjoy snacks, corn hole and a beer garden by the Upper Deck Lounge.

For more information or any questions regarding the Chamber Tailgate Chili Challenge, please contact Tiffany Bley, Events Coordinator at the Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce at (219) 926-5513.

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Buy Chicken, Support the Hoosier Burn Camp!

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A benefit for the Hoosier Burn Camp will be held this Saturday, September 18, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm! Nelson's Port-A-Pit rotisserie chicken will be sold in the Portage K-mart parking lot. Look for James Tudor, Robin Wilkening and BruceAnn Singleton dancing on the K-mart corner to remind all chicken lovers to buy chicken and support the Hoosier Burn Camp!

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Community Fun Night to Support NeighborLink

Bob Evans is hosting a Community Fun Night to support NeighborLink Porter County! The event will be held September 12 and 19, 2010, from 7:00 am - 9:00 pm. Present this flyer and 15% of the sales will go to support NeighborLink! NeighborLink-bob-evans-flyer

NeighborLink Porter County volunteers help complete work projects for those who are less fortunate in our community. NeighborLink serves seniors, single moms, disabled, and low income families. Our volunteers do things like install wheelchair ramps, roofs, plumbing, HVAC, provide transportation, and more!

If you would like to know more about NeighborLink Porter County, please visit our website Read about some of those who have received help from NeighborLink on our blog at

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Chesterton's European Market Zucchini 500: Fresh Produce Going Fast!

bkHomeLong.gifChildren, start your imaginations! Chesterton’s European Market will be hosting its 2010 Zucchini 500 races on Saturday, August 28, 2010 from 10am to 1pm. Parents are encouraged to decorate their zucchinis at home prior to the races, as there will be a contest for the Most Creative Zucchini before the final races at 1:00pm.

Chesterton’s European Market will be providing simple wheels and zucchinis at the craft station by the Information Booth at 10:00am for kids to decorate if unable to do at home. Also that day, WIMS AM 1420 radio station will be broadcasting live at the European Market for the Zucchini 500 as well from 10am to 1pm.

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Portage Perch Fest Annual Perch Cook-Off Contest

Join us on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at the Perch Fest Family Entertainment Tent at 7:00pm for the Portage Perch Fest Annual Perch Cook-Off Contest!

Capture the Traveling Tropy awarded to the judges choice representing the “Best Tasting Seafood Dish in Portage” Featuring Guest Judge Philip Potempa the NWI Times Daily Entertainment and Food Features Columnist!

Contest Rules:

  • All entries must contain seafood as the featured ingredient; entries are not limited to perch

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Pool Cupcakes

Hello ValpoLife fans! I’m Liz, the Hoosier Momma from Hoosier Homemade. I’m a SAHM of 3 teenage boys, that keep me running with their sports and school activities. I’ve been blogging a little over a year, I share lots of baked goods, Budget Friendly Meals, and decorating tips and tricks all to help you "Make Your House a Home." You can also find me on Twitter and Facebook.

It sure has been hot here in Northwest Indiana. Have you been staying cool? We enjoy our time at the pool, and especially when we have these fun Pool Cupcakes to celebrate our day with.

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