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Mayor Costas: Excitement and economic benefits enhance the Popcorn Festival this year

Mayor Costas: Excitement and economic benefits enhance the Popcorn Festival this year

Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas and local legend Bill Wellman at Central Park Plaza Ampitheater earlier this summer.

September 06, 2014 4:28 pm
THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 63: Popcorn

THE SOUTH SHORE IN 100 OBJECTS, Day 63: Popcorn

Tens of thousands of people will pop over to Valparaiso today to see the annual Popcorn Festival that began in 1979 as a tribute to popcorn king Orville Redenbacher.

September 06, 2014 12:00 am
Mayor Costas: Excitement and economic benefits enhance the Popcorn Festival this year

Mayor Costas: Excitement and economic benefits enhance the Popcorn Festival this year

There is nothing like the smell of popcorn wafting from the kitchen or the office microwave to lure people to the tasty treat. It is irresistible. Similarly, there is nothing like the Valparaiso Popcorn Festival to attract people to not only the live music, parade, activities, and food of th…

September 04, 2014 4:48 pm Photos

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Semento's Napoli Cafe cook Mike Lindholm serves up a slice of lasagna at the event on Tuesday.

September 02, 2014 5:00 pm
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Semento's Napoli Cafe cooks Kyle Coots, left, and Mike Lindholm serve lasagna at the 36th Annual Valparaiso Popcorn Festival at Central Park Plaza in Valparaiso.

September 02, 2014 5:00 pm

Valpo parks budget includes 3 percent raises

VALPARAISO | The city's Park Board approved a $2.78 million 2015 budget Tuesday that includes 3 percent raises for all employees.

August 29, 2014 12:00 am
Orville Redenbacher statue, Valparaiso's Central Park Plaza

Orville Redenbacher statue, Valparaiso's Central Park Plaza

A statue of gourmet popcorn namesake Orville Redenbacher sits in Valparaiso's Central park Plaza.

August 26, 2014 4:53 pm

Valpo to open bids for Central Park II in September

VALPARAISO | The city's Parks Department already is getting inquiries about renting the William Urschel Pavilion being built in the expansion of Central Park Plaza and scheduled to open next August.

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
Coffee with a Cop comes to Central Park Plaza

Coffee with a Cop comes to Central Park Plaza

VALPARAISO | Police officers and community members who gathered Tuesday morning at Central Park Plaza for Coffee and Chocolate Milk with a Cop had some extra water with their beverages courtesy of a rainstorm.

August 12, 2014 7:00 pm Photos

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Valpo to borrow $15M to fund redevelopment projects

VALPARAISO | The City Council approved borrowing up to $15 million for the Redevelopment Commission to meet its upcoming obligations and have a cushion to lure a couple of prospects to the city in the near future.

August 11, 2014 8:01 pm
App has lowdown on what's going down downtown

App has lowdown on what's going down downtown

VALPARAISO | If you are looking for things to do during a night on the town in Valparaiso, the city has an app for that.

July 31, 2014 8:30 pm

Orville losing title role at Popcorn Festival

VALPARAISO | This year's Popcorn Festival will take on a whole new flavor. Actually, 250 new flavors.

July 30, 2014 4:30 pm
Splash pad adventure

Splash pad adventure

July 15, 2014 3:00 pm
Valparaiso brings Shakespeare to the great outdoors

Valparaiso brings Shakespeare to the great outdoors

Chicago Street Theatre director Eric Brant attributes his inspiration for their Shakespeare in the Park festival to regular drives he took four years or so ago with his wife through downtown Valparaiso.

July 09, 2014 12:00 am
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Gracepoint Church's lead pastor Ben Lamb welcomes a large crowd to the church's Pack the House Concert Sunday evening at Valparaiso's Central Park Plaza.

June 29, 2014 8:01 pm
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Pete Rivera plays guitar for the Gracepoint Church band at the Pack the House concert held at Valparaiso's Central Park Plaza Sunday evening. The event was held to collect donation for New Creation, the local men's shelter.

June 29, 2014 8:01 pm
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Bill Wellman cuts his birthday cake Saturday.

June 28, 2014 7:18 pm
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Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas presents a key to the city to local legend Bill Wellman at Central Park Plaza during the Test Drive and Taste event Saturday. A tribute was made to Wellman in honor of his 90th birthday.

June 28, 2014 7:17 pm
90 Years Young: Bill Wellman tells his life story in new book

90 Years Young: Bill Wellman tells his life story in new book

Valparaiso local legend Bill Wellman cuts his birthday cake during a tribute held in honor of his 90th birthday at the Test Drive and Test event at Central Park Plaza.

June 28, 2014 6:29 pm

Test Drive with a Taste celebrates Valparaiso culture

VALPARAISO | Grieger's Motor Sales has partnered with local restaurants and businesses in downtown Valparaiso to bring Test Drive and Taste, a new festival that celebrates Valparaiso's cultures.

June 25, 2014 10:04 am
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