Duneland Chamber Express: December 27, 2013

dunesCity Electric Supply Last Chili Friday!

Come out and join City Electric Supply Chesterton in their Last Chili Friday of 2013. Enjoy FREE homemade chili and a drink, Friday December 27th at 11:00am on 1541 S. Calumet Road, Chesterton, IN 46304. Don't miss it!

Best Buddies Pet Pantry 3rd Annual Holiday Pet Food Drive

Best Buddies Pet Pantry is collecting donations through December 31. The pantry is a 501c3 non-profit that provides free pet food to families in need in Porter, Lake and LaPorte Counties. Currently more than 1000 family pets are helped each month. Pet items needed: any new dog & cat food, dog biscuits/treats, cat treats, new/gently used collars & leashes, plastic shopping bags, pet food coupons. Donations are tax-deductible and can be dropped off at the following locations: Chesterton Feed & Garden Center, Barkley's Dog Grooming, Westchester Animal Clinic, Ark of the Dunes Animal Hospital, Coco's Canine Cabana. For complete list of locations click here. Monetary donations also accepted on website via PayPal; checks can be mailed to: Best Buddies Pet Pantry P.O. Box 695, Chesterton IN 46304. For more info please contact Cheryl Plomann at bestbuddiespetpantry@yahoo.com or call 219.728.1401.

Miller Bakery Cafe Join Us New Year's Eve for a Unique Dining Experience

Live Music from Greg Bueltmann, Complimentary Champagne, and New Featured Dishes; Prime Rib Slow Roasted for 8 hrs w/Rosemary, Garlic, Onion, Spices,Potatoes & Grilled Vegetables,Snapper Filet Grilled w/Chili Glaze, Sauteed Spinach & Israeli Couscous w/Spring Peas; Surf & Turf 8oz Filet w/Seared Scallops, Custard Potatoes, Veg du Jour
December 31st - 2pm-1am; January 1st - Closed
Full menu is also available! Reservations 219-427-1446.

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Premier Performance Children's Theater Beauty and the Beast Sign Up Before December 31

Chesterton's very own professional children's theater program, Premier Performance, has opened registration for Broadway Bootcamp classes beginning in January and February. All students will perform in "Beauty and the Beast" and will sing, act and dance! Classes available for two age groups: 5-9 and 10-17. Classes are directed by professional performers and all students will walk away from the process with at least a basic working knowledge of theater...no experience necessary. The program focuses on teaching students self-discipline, confidence and team building skills as well as fostering a love for the arts. Join our growing theater family before December 31, 2013 and receive $20 off your final month's tuition. Hurry, our theater classes fill fast! For additional information, please visit the link below or call 219.440.2228.

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East Wind Studios New Year's Specials

With New Year's resolutions right around the corner, check out this January Special! Brand NEW Students! Free unlimited classes for the month of January!

Existing clients: $99 unlimited classes in January. DECEMBER 31ST FREE Restorative Yoga with Tiffany 6:30-7:30PM

We offer workshops, yoga classes, meditation, Tai Chi and health and wellness presentations. Check out our website for more details. You can also call us at 219-728-1647.

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Wrap it Up Sprinkle some candy cheer at your New Year's Eve Party!

Order your personalized Hershey's Miniatures or Kisses today so you can sprinkle them throughout your New Year's Eve party! Personalized Hershey's Miniatures are .60 cents each and Kisses with personalized labels are .25 cents each! They are perfect for a midnight snack before you await the ringing of the New Year! Wrap It Up wishes everyone a happy and safe New Year! Remember we are here to wrap up your sweet things and package them as gift sets! Free personalization and delivery (Porter County only): 219.728.6443.

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Seven Peaks Waterpark Duneland Fun Center Holiday Hours

Wednesday, January 1 - Friday, January 3 (3:00 pm - 9:00 pm); Saturday, January 4 (Noon - 11:00 pm). We will also be having our Holidaze Dollar Dealz: Hot Dog and Corn Dog for $1.50 each; Buy One Small Dippin Dots Get One Small Dippin Dots Free Flavors available - Chocolate, Strawberry and Cotton Candy; and Wednesday, January 1 from 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm $1.00 bowling per game/per person.

Absolute Fitness Chesterton / Mindful Nourishment FREE New Year's Day Open House!

To ring in the New Year and help everyone get on track with their New Year's resolutions, ABSolute Fitness and Mindful Nourishment are hosting a FREE New Year's Day Open House! We will be offering FREE Group Fitness classes, a FREE screening of Food Matters and Allyson will be here to do FREE 30-Minute Health Consultations. For some extra motivation, we will be giving away a $50 Gift Certificate to be used on any service that ABSolute Fitness/Mindful Nourishment offer! Please visit the link below for more information and to register for the FREE offerings!

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Taltree Arboretum & Gardens Recycle your living Christmas Tree at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens in January

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens will be recycling Christmas trees from January 2 through January 12, 2014. Taltree will be converting the trees into trail mulch to benefit guests."Utilizing Christmas trees as a renewable path material is a win-win for the environment and for our guests," said Alexis R. Faust, President and CEO of Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. "This is just one of the many recycle-reuse-reduce programs that we offer." Donated trees must be free of all decorative materials, including ornaments, hooks, tinsel, nails, lights and stands. For the safety of the wildlife, removal of these non-organic items, especially tinsel, is extremely important. Christmas tree drop-off is at Taltree's construction entrance, located at 440 W. 100 North, Valparaiso. The drop-off area will be marked with a sign, and people are asked to place trees in the designated area only. Drop-off is available 24 hours a day from January 2 through January 12. This program is sponsored by Simko Signs in Valparaiso. For more information, visit the link below or call 219.462.0025.

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Dunes Learning Center Winter Open House Saturday, January 11, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Don't miss our second annual Winter Open House featuring music, crafts, demonstrations, guided hikes, outdoor activities and a popcorn bar! Last year, more than 125 people enjoyed a day of fun in nature. Plan to join us for this family-friendly event. Date: Saturday, January 11, 2014; Time: 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.; Location: Dunes Learning Center's Cowles Lodge.

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Chesterton Art Center - New Jewelry, Ceramics, and Watercolor Classes

The Chesterton Art Center will be starting the new year with a bang! Mara Wible will teach a different jewelry class each Tuesday night at 5:15 and 7:00. Go to http://www.chestertonart.com/JewelryClasses.html for a full list of jewelry classes. Dean Hultman will begin a new 5-week Monday Night Ceramics Class on January 13 from 5:30-8:30. And, Dick Church will start a new 6-week Friday morning Beginning/Intermediate Watercolor on January 17 from 10-12. For more information on these and other upcoming classes, please visit our website or our location at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton, IN 46304.

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Porter Regional Hospital Presents "Fad Diets: A Quick Fix or a Diet Disaster"

Tuesday, January 14, 6:00 pm

Porter Regional Hospital will present "Fad Diets: A Quick Fix or Diet Disaster?" at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, January 14 in the Community Room at Porter Regional Hospital, 85 East US Highway 6 in Valparaiso. If you are thinking about going gluten-free, eliminating dairy from your day, or if the Paleo Diet has you curious, join Clinical Registered Dietitian Mindy McConnell as she discusses the ins and outs of these latest trends in dieting. Porter Regional Hospital's community wellness programs are free and refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 1.800.541.1861.

East Wind Acupuncture Free Consultation

New Year's Resolutions are right around the corner. TIME TO GET HEALTHY! Give us a call to schedule a free 90 min health consultation to figure out what we can do for you! Services include but are not limited to acupuncture, massage, recommendations on herbs and diet changes, yoga, meditation and much more.

Check out our website for more information or call us at 219-395-9928.

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Duneland Family YMCA will host a presentation on ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW on Thursday, January 16th from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. The presentation is open to the public and is free of charge. This introductory program is designed for anyone who suspects they are experiencing memory loss and those interested in learning more about the disease. The 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's disease, information about the normal aging process, and the importance of getting a diagnosis will also be covered. Pre-registration is requested but not required. Please call the Alzheimer's Association Helpline at 800.272.3900 to register. The Duneland Family YMCA is located at 215 Roosevelt St., Chesterton. For more information on upcoming YMCA programs, call 926.4204.