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Get A Jump On Black Friday

porter-county-parks-and-recPorter County Parks and Recreation and Purdue Extension Porter County are teaming up to deliver a free seminar on everything you need to know about getting ready for Black Friday Specials!

Join us at the Sunset Hill Farm’s Interpretive Center, 775 Meridian Road, Valparaiso, IN on Wednesday, November 16th from 9am-10am or 7pm-8pm to learn a few strategizing techniques for the best ways to score great deals this holiday shopping season!

Get ahead of the crowd and cut down on holiday stress by learning some time and money saving tips! This session is free and open to the public. Please call Porter County Parks at 219-465-3586 to pre-register.

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Holiday Sales Expected to be Up 2-4 Percent, Purdue Expert Says

PurdueLogoRetail sales in the United States are expected to increase 2 percent to 4 percent this holiday season over last year, which is surprising given the state of the economy, says Richard Feinberg of the Purdue University Retail Institute.

"With 9 percent unemployment and 7 percent underemployment - people who have given up or are working below the radar and are not counted as unemployed - the fact that we will have an increase in holiday sales is a miracle," he says.

Last year's sales were up 5 percent over 2009, and holiday spending this year is expected to total $475 billion.

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Tudor Floors Hosts First Ever Ladies Night to Benefit The Caring Place

Tudor Floors Carpet One held their first-ever “Ladies Night” on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, with several local vendors offering the attendees food, beverages, and a chance to connect with their business. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit The Caring Place, a non-profit organization creating a refuge for those suffering from domestic abuse.

Ladies Night was a success for Tudor Floors, as the event was very well attended and it gave the guests a great chance to network, visit and learn about some great independent businesses in our community, and see what kind of great products Tudor Floor has to offer.

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Purdue Marketing Leader Co-Authors Book on Importance of Moms in Promoting Goods, Services

PurdueLogoDon't ever underestimate the influence of mom - even long after a child has left the nest. So say marketers Teri Lucie Thompson and Michal Clements in their book "Tuning Into Mom: Understanding America's Most Powerful Consumer."

The book provides an in-depth analysis backed by exhaustive research, face-to-face conversations, and years of experience and collaboration to show marketers of goods and services why moms are key and how to reach them. It also is useful to those who teach consumer science and marketing courses.

"Moms are in many cases the CFOs in households across the United States, and they are still the primary influencer in most consumer categories of their children's lives," said Thompson, chief marketing officer and vice president of marketing and media at Purdue University. "This is true from the moment their child is born through early adulthood. Simply put, improvements in attracting and retaining moms as customers, as purchase influencers of their children, and as referred providers of other moms will yield rich returns. This book is about finding better ways to reach the mom market."

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Porter County Public Library to Host Silent Auction

porter-county-public-libraryOn Oct. 12th & 13th from 10am-8pm the Porter County Public Library will be holding a silent auction for various items no longer needed by the library. These items will be sold “as is”.

The winners of the items will be notified by phone on Oct. 14th. Items can be picked up on Oct. 14th (9am-5pm) & Oct. 15th (9am-1pm). Payments can be made in cash or check with proper identification.

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Kids Resale Event to be Held October 15

mmlogomtThe 9th annual Mothers & More Kids Closet resale will be held on Saturday, October 15th, 2011. The event is open to the general public, offers over 35 tables of gently worn children’s and baby clothing, as well as strollers, high chairs, cribs, etc. There will also be a bake a bake sale as well to benefit the Porter County chapter of Mothers & More.

The sale will be held from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Butterfield family Pavilion in Valparaiso, at the corner of Evans and Calumet. For best selection, the preview sale will be open to the public from 8-9 a.m. with an admission fee of $2 per person. After 9 a.m. there will be a $1 charge per person. Those under 18 are admitted free of charge. There is no need to RSVP.

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Ladies Night at Tudor Carpet One Features Great Shopping for a Great Cause

Shop early for the holidays! Ladies Night at Tudor Floors Carpet One is a free event to share with you and your friends. All proceeds from the evening with go to benefit The Caring Place. Hors d’oeuvres and beverage will be serving all evening.

Ladies Night will feature:

  • Tudor Carpet One – New products that are pet and child friendly and also decorative and savvy for Mom
  • Thirty One from Stephanie Stump – Customizable and organizational bags that are chic and fun
  • Pampered Chef Independent Consultant with Barb Rush – Great quality products that will last save you time
  • Cagen Collections with Jody McDonald - Specialty jewelry, scarves, & accessories. Great for individual tastes and styles
  • Professional Make-Up Artist Maria Blanco – Make-up tips to keep you looking your best
  • Rodan & Fields Skin Care with Deb Rigg – Bringing innovations in anti-aging skincare to everyone from dermatologists

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