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Porter Co Compost Sites Closed July 4

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The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County is reminding residents that public compost sites in Valparaiso and Boone Grove are closed Friday, July 4th, 2014,  for the Independence Day holiday. Both will reopen this Saturday July 5th at 9 am. Both sites accept organic yard waste, leaves, garden and household plants, brush, limbs, logs and firewood, but no treated wood or lumber. Grass is only accepted at the Boone Grove site. [Photo provided]
Regular season hours for the Valpo site are 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The Valparaiso site is owned and operated by the City of Valparaiso with assistance from the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County.
Regular hours for the Boone Grove site, owned and operated by the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County, are noon to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
The compost sites allow the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County and select municipalities to manage organic material, composting yard waste and grinding organic wood waste to create large amounts of finished compost and mulch. The resulting compost and mulch are available free to Porter County residents to use, while supplies last.
Porter County residents should call the District, 219-465-3694, to determine site access during inclement weather and material availability. Residents should bring their own shovels and containers to load as much compost and mulch as they want.
Both sites accept organic yard waste, leaves, garden and household plants, brush, limbs, logs and firewood. Residents must remove bags and other containers upon dropping off materials. No treated wood or lumber of any kind is accepted. Grass is only accepted at the Boone Grove site.
Other materials accepted for recycling at both sites include: household batteries, old electronics (cell phones and accessories, computers, televisions, anything with an electrical cord or operated by batteries), fluorescent light bulbs (tubes and CFLs), toner cartridges, and old media (CDs, video cassettes, etc.).
The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County is a government agency dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life for Porter County residents by providing convenient, voluntary waste reduction programs.
For more information on the compost sites or the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County, visit www.ItMeansTheWorld.org or call 219-465-3694.
 

PC Compost Sites Closed July 4

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Porter County, Indiana – The Valparaiso compost site, 2150 W. Lincolnway, and the Boone Grove compost site,  546 S. 400 W., will be closed Friday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday. Both compost sites will reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 5.

Regular season hours for the Valpo site are 9am to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The Valparaiso site is owned and operated by the City of Valparaiso with assistance from the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County.

Regular hours for the Boone Grove site, owned and operated by the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County, are noon to 5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

The compost sites allow the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County and select municipalities to manage organic material, composting yard waste and grinding organic wood waste to create large amounts of finished compost and mulch. The resulting compost and mulch are available free to Porter County residents to use, while supplies last.

Porter County residents should call the District, 465-3694, to determine site access during inclement weather and material availability. Residents should bring their own shovels and containers to load as much compost and mulch as they want.

Both sites accept organic yard waste, leaves, garden and household plants, brush, limbs, logs and firewood. Residents must remove bags and other containers upon dropping off materials. No treated wood or lumber of any kind is accepted. Grass is only accepted at the Boone Grove site.

Other materials accepted for recycling at both sites include: household batteries, old electronics (cell phones and accessories, computers, televisions, anything with an electrical cord or operated by batteries), fluorescent light bulbs (tubes and CFLs), toner cartridges, and old media (CDs, video cassettes, etc.).

The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County is a government agency dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life for Porter County residents by providing convenient, voluntary waste reduction programs.

For more information on the compost sites or the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County, visit www.ItMeansTheWorld.org or call 219-465-3694.
   

Advance Tickets for Porter County Garden Walk June 28

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Valparaiso, IN. June 18, 2014. Advance tickets are on sale now for the Porter County Garden Walk, Sat., June 28, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. CDT. This year’s Walkshowcases eight great home gardens and two public gardens, half in and around Valparaiso and half in the Porter/Chesterton area. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and explain plantings at each garden. There will be door-prize drawings at every garden. The event is sponsored annually by the Porter County Master Gardeners Association and Purdue Extension, Porter County. To purchase tickets in advance for $6, please visit: Chesterton Feed & Garden, 400 Locust Street, Chesterton; and in Valparaiso at Four Seasons Landscaping Nursery, Route 6, 1 mile east of State Road 49; Horses Garden Center, 198 West State Road 130; Jake's Feed & Garden, 326 South State Road 49; Philips Ace Hardware, 3100 Calumet Ave.; Porter County Extension Office, 155 Indiana Avenue, Suite 301; Reed's Nursery & Garden Center, 2253 South State Road 2; Samuelson's Garden Center, Inc., 95 North State Road 2; Town & Country Market, 1605 Calumet Avenue; WRF Nursery & Garden Center, 253 East 150 South.

If you wish to purchase tickets for $8.00 on the day of the Walk, please begin your walk between 9:00 and 2:00 at either the Westchester Township Historical Museum (700 West Porter Ave. in Chesterton, 46304) or Fit City Community Garden (3210 North Campbell Street in Valparaiso). For info call 219-465-3555 or pcgarden.info.
 

Lowell Garden Club Garden Walk June 28-29

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GARDEN WALK/ LOWELL, INDIANA Tour seven unique gardens at Lowell Garden Club's 18th annual Garden Walk, held on June 28th and 29th, from 9A.M. to 5 P.M. Tickets for the walk are $10 and will be available at The Gardens at Niemeyer's Landscape Supply in Lowell (formerly known as Garden On The Prairie), Leo’s Feed & Garden Center in Cedar Lake, The Artful Garden in Crown Point, and Niemeyer's Landscape Supply in Crown Point. A Garden Luncheon will be available for $10. at The Gardens at Niemeyer's Landscape Supply in Lowell from 11 to 1. Make your reservations for lunch at 219-690-0911 Info: 219-696-8282 or lowellgardenclub.com [Photo provided]
   

Taltree Presents Picnic En Blanc June 28

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Valparaiso, IN – Taltree Arboretum and Gardens is celebrating summer with an elegant outdoor affair on Saturday, June 28. Guests adorned in white apparel will be treated to an evening of surprises, tours, raffles, dancing and more.

Guests are required to dress from head-to-toe in white and are encouraged to be creative. Guests should bring a white-themed picnic dinner with all the essentials to make an extravagant picnic display. Tables and chairs will be provided. Pre-dinner activities begin at 4 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m.

“Picnic en Blanc is the first of its kind in Northwest Indiana. We’re excited to bring to the region this unique twist on the traditional gala,” said Alexis R. Faust, President and CEO of Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. “The event will be classy, but whimsical. We hope that, for a few hours, people will feel like they’ve been transported to a different time and place.”

Attendees interested in making dinner easy can pre-order dinner. The pre-order dinner option includes choice of sandwich with gourmet side salads, homemade dessert and drink.

Event tickets are $35 per person and pre-order dinner tickets are $55. Table for eight ticket purchase is available for both options, offering a $40 savings. Pre-order dinner tickets should be purchased no later than Thursday, June 19. General event tickets are available until Thursday, June 26. The event is sponsored by Ricci’s Landscape Management, Inc.

Proceeds from the event go to support Taltree’s conservation and education efforts. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit TaltreePicnic.org or call 219-462-0025.

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is a 360-acre, dog-friendly oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies that offers a variety of cultural events, classes and exhibits. Taltree is open year-round. All proceeds and donations Taltree receives powers its environmental restoration, conservation and education initiatives.

Taltree is located at 450 West 100 North, near Valparaiso, Indiana in Northern Indiana, just south of U.S. 30, approximately 15 minutes east of Interstate 65. For more information, visit Taltree.org or follow Taltree on Twitter at @Taltreearb and Facebook at facebook.com/Taltree.
 

Garden Programs at National Lakeshore's Chellberg Farm

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INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Celebrate spring and the return of the growing season on Saturday, May 17, at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic Chellberg Farm. Two programs will be offered in the farm’s garden that can help you learn about maintaining your own organic home garden.

From 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., join a ranger and help get the Chellberg Farm’s garden off to a good start this season. This Stewardship Day program will help you get some hands-on experience with everything from pulling weeds to planting heirloom variety seeds. Wear comfortable work clothes. Work gloves and other equipment will be provided.

If you’re looking for something less strenuous, stop by the garden between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and enjoy Garden Days at Chellberg Farm. Learn all about organic gardening, heirloom seeds, and other aspects of maintaining your own environmentally-friendly garden while you tour the family garden and grounds of the historic Chellberg Farm.

For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit or contact our information desk at 219-395-1882.
   

9th Annual NW Indiana Earth Day Celebration April 19

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Earth Day Celebration offers free day of fun, live animal shows, birdhouse building and more


Northwest Indiana – The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County invites residents from Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties and beyond to become inspired, educated and entertained at the ninth annual Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso.

Admission and parking for the event are free. The Celebration features two live animal shows by Silly Safaris at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and the return of the Recycle Cycle, a silly contraption made out of reused items.

Other programs taking the stage include “Renewable Energy Basics: How does it work?” presented by Midwest Wind and Solar, 9:30 a.m.; the National Lakeshore Fire Management Program with Smokey Bear, 10:30 a.m.; the return of the Recycle Cycle, 12:30 p.m., and the Lake County Solid Waste Management District’s award-winning Green Team, 1:30 p.m.

With dozens of exhibitors, many offering free children’s activities, the event provides something interesting for all attendees to learn about the planet and what they can do to help reduce their environmental impact.  

Highlights of the Celebration include Build Your Own Birdhouse by Porter County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, supplies limited; appearances by the district’s Glen the Garbologist, Splash the water drop, Porter County Wildlife’s Rocky Raccoon, Metro Recycling’s Scrappy the Turtle, and Hooper the Hobart Caterpillar; rides in NIPSCO’s electric car; free reusable bags to the first 300 families; shredding of confidential papers by Opportunity Enterprises Secure Shred, 9 a.m. to noon; free tree saplings for completed event surveys; Great Cloth Diaper Change at 11 a.m.; family yoga class for parents and children of all ages, 12:30 p.m.; alternative fuel vehicle displays; silent auction to support environmental education; “bingo” game for a chance to win a bicycle; and much more.

Additionally, the second annual school/class rain barrel design contest will be judged at the Celebration. Twenty-five barrels from schools throughout Porter and LaPorte Counties will be on display, vying to win the grand prizes of classroom scholarships, sponsored by K’s Construction & Roofing, Inc.  All Earth Day attendees can vote on their favorite rain barrels.

Exhibitors and vendors include Green Housewives Bath Company; Imperfections, LLC; Metro Recycling; Midwest Wind and Solar; Mothering by Nature; Sierra Club Dunelands Group; South Shore Clean Cities; Porter County Animal Shelter; Working Bikes; Scented Seasons; and many more!

For a complete listing of programs and exhibitors, visit the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County’s website, www.ItMeanstheWorld.org or call 219-465-3819 for more information.

The 2014 Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration is supported by the following generous sponsors: NIPSCO; Metro Recycling; Northern Indiana Regional Planning Commission; Duneland 28; Lakeshore Public Television; and many others.

The Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County is a government agency dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life for Porter County residents by providing convenient, voluntary waste reduction services.

 

Porter Co Extension Board Tree Sale, Workshop Apr 5

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Flowers, fruit, stunning autumn color, privacy, energy-saving shade and year-round beauty all can be found in the trees for sale through the Porter County Extension Board Tree Sale and Workshop on Saturday, April 5, from 8 am to 11 am at the Porter County Fairgrounds.

Trees, as well as small fruit and asparagus plants, may be preordered until March 28 and picked up on the day of the event, which will also feature educational presentations on the hour.  Preorders over $100 will receive a 10% discount.

For cooling shade – and perfect replacements for a lost Ash tree – are bare root whips or seedlings of Tulip Poplar, Bur Oak, Chinese Chestnut and White Oak.  If privacy and year-round interest are desired, choose from American Arborvitae, Hemlock, Douglas Fir and Frasier Fir.  All are $4.

Beautiful spring flowers and delicious fruit can be had with a wide variety of apple, along with apricot, peach, cherry, plum, pear and nectarine, all great bloomers and available in 4-foot to 6-foot bare root for $18.  Sizes are dwarf, semi-dwarf and standard depending on the variety.

Small fruit plants and shrubs, either potted or in multi-packs for $12, include blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, grape and blackberry, and make for great family projects and are good fresh or for freezing and canning.

Order forms are available at the Porter County Extension office in the Porter County Administration Building, 155 Indiana St., Suite 301, Valparaiso, or at http://www3.ag.purdue.edu/counties/porter/pages/default.aspx

For more information, contact the Extension office at 465-3555

For more information on Ash replacement trees, go to:
http://extension.entm.purdue.edu/EAB/index.php?page=management/homeowners/replacement_trees

   

Trip to Tulip Festival May 9

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Valparaiso Park Department Administration Office 462-5144

Tulip Festival, Holland, MI Day Trip—Friday, May 9, 2014

Getting tired of the cold weather? Ready to break out and get some fresh air this coming spring?  Valparaiso Parks Department is organizing a fun, first-class trip to the Tulip Festival in Holland, MI on Friday, May 9.   This day trip via motorcoach will be filled with an exciting tour of the Windmill Island Gardens, an elegant luncheon at the AlpenRose Restaurant & Cafe exploring the historical and trendy downtown Holland, and wrapping up the fun filled day with a wine tasting reception at Lemon Creek Winery! An action packed day with transportation to and from Holland is only $89 a person.  Space is limited.  To reserve, call Valparaiso Parks Dept at 219.462.5144.  For more information, call the Valparaiso Parks office or visit us online at www.valpoparks.org [Photo provided]

 

Waterscape Weekend Garden Pond Expo April 26-27

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Crown Point, Ind. – Wind twirlers, stone bird houses, hot tubs, outdoor fireplaces and yard art are just a few of the many exhibits that guests will encounter at the 13th Annual Waterscape Weekend Garden Pond Expo, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26-27, in the Industrial Arts Building at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St.

Sponsored by the Illiana Garden Pond Society, the Expo is an event set to inspire visitors to take backyards and landscaping to the next level and mesmerize others with incredible display showcased by water features, lighting and garden experts.

Vendors will also sell fish, equipment for the water gardeners, plants including aquatics, glass art décor, gourd décor, lighting and irrigation options, and anything related to gardens and outdoor living enhancements.

In addition to vendors, visitors can connect with many local not-for-profit organizations that will be exhibiting, including garden clubs that will be advertising their upcoming garden walks and rescue groups that will hold fundraisers.

 Lake County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions. Educational seminars and workshops will be available.

 Adult admission to the Expo is $5, and free for children under 15 years of age. Parking is free. More information is available at the club’s website, www.illianagardenpond.org, or contact Expo Chair Kathy Bartley at 219-789-6207.

   

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