ROCKY RIVER TAP & TABLE – Newly opened this month in Granger’s Centennial Place on University Park Dr.
A new restaurant offering from Michiana’s most active restauranteur: Kurt Janowski (Café Navarre, The Exchange, soon to open Artisan (Elkhart), and more):
From their ABOUT page: (click on image above to go to their web page)
Located in Granger, Indiana and named for a tributary of the St. Joseph River in Michigan, Rocky River provides a farm-to-fork experience featuring sustainably farmed products from nearby growers and a casual atmosphere. Partnerships with local farmers, brewers and winemakers paired with culinary creativity yield brilliant results. From the table enjoy anything from small plates and unique bar snacks to entrees and organic smoothies.
And from our the tap…Indiana and Michigan are home to some of the best breweries in the country. From these, we’ve handpicked a menu of over 30 draft beers to enjoy with a snack or accompany your meal. Our wine list, along with many organic West coast wines, includes carefully selected wines from Southwest Michigan and Indiana wineries, enjoyed by the glass or bottle.
Bike the Bend is a celebration of family, friends and community.
Bike the Bend started in 2010 as the vision of Louise Addicott who enjoyed bicycling side by side with her family to explore and share their community together.
Bike the Bend brings family and friends together for an urban bicycle ride along more than 30 miles of vehicle-restricted streets and trails. Participants of all ages and skill levels can ride side by side while leisurely exploring South Bend, Mishawaka and St. Joseph Count, Indiana parks, historic and urban neighborhoods, and local university campuses.
With the generous support of The Louise Addicott and Georgina Joshi Foundation and the hard work of more than 250 volunteers, Bike the Bend has attracted riders from 17 Indiana counties, 7 states, and 2 countries overseas. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life in our community through healthy, family-friendly activities.
New Summer tours of South Bend are starting. These tours are great for new residents or folks who’ve been here a while, but want to learn more about the city and what is going on. The tours are FREE, but seating is limited so RSVPs are necessary. The bus tours, which are on Saturdays from 10:00 AM to Noon and are conducted by the South Bend City Community Investment Office. These tours have been a big success and can be arranged for groups, campus departments, or just reserve a spot for one of the regular Saturday tours.
Call (574-235-5879) or email Sue Solmos ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) to reserve a place.
First tours begin:
Saturday, May 3rd from 10:00 AM to Noon
With the recent opening of the Purple Porch Coop and Café on Hill Street in downtown South Bend at 123 N. Hill St., our city has made major progress towards the goal of having a workable and very livable downtown. As of late February, the once member-only food coop has opened a daily grocery store (Monday – Saturday 7 am – 7 pm) open to all to shop. You can still join as a member-owner and participate in the Wednesday local-only food pick up (5-7 pm).
Additionally Café Max offers a breakfast and lunch menu daily with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.
At 425 S. Main St. in South Bend, the other end of downtown from the Purple Porch is the El Paraiso Grocery and Restaurant. one of the first supermarket/taquerias in Northern Indiana (now with 4 stores around the region). While providing the products and services of other mainstream supermarkets, they offer a strong mix of fresh fruits and vegetables, and fresh U.S.D.A choice meats, combined with extensive imported products, and a restaurant that serves authentic Mexican food. Open daily 8 am – 9 pm.
One of my saddest moments driving through a small city is when the sight of a now-abandoned classic movie theatre comes into view. Once a destination and even iconic center of a town, now the lights are out, the marquee is blank, and there are few if any people nearby. So that’s why I am so happy to see South Bend’s State theater reviving and repurposing. After attending an Ignite Michiana event at Notre Dame (where presenters do quick energetic presentations about new South Bend initiatives and projects), we were introduced to Drew Elegante, the manager and a major force behind the State’s new activities. A monthly vintage bazaar, weekly classic films, special community parties are just a few of the events recently occurring. Additionally they sponsored a “hula hoop contest” to benefit St. Margaret’s House on during last week’s Downtown First Friday.
The recent and upcoming classic films (Wednesdays at 7pm for just $3) in the month of February have had, of course, a bit of a “romance” theme. This week was Roman Holiday (Audrey Hepburn), and next week they will show Funny Girl (Barbara Streisand).
And of course, as are all of these old movie palaces, the space is a theater too so you can catch new bands and concerts along with the dance parties (note the “Very Bloody Valentine’s Party” benefitting the American Heart Association this Friday night! and a screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show on Saturday night)
As the snowflakes float down on this cold January day, it seems a bit silly to think about planning summer camps — kind of like when we see the bathing suits displayed in the department stores right after Christmas.
But what a great way way to cure cabin fever by discovering all the possible summer experiences offered in this area. The South Bend Parks and Recreation folks offer the Michiana Camp Fair held Saturday, February 22 from 10am-1pm in the Century Center in downtown South Bend. Whether you are looking for some cool new experiences for your kids, a first overnight camp experience, or even more extended summer child child care, you are sure to learn about lots of options. (Click on the link to get more information about the fair and other programs offered by South Bend Parks and Recreation)
1. Notre Dame Glee Club Christmas: The Notre Dame Glee Club presents its annual Christmas Concerts to benefit the South Bend Center for the Homeless and the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. Family friendly, all ages are welcome. (Dec 14th, 2:30pm, 6pm, and 8:30pm at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, ND )
2. South Bend Chamber Singers – “Christmas at Loretto” : Featuring favorite past commissioned works and carol arrangements and the world premiere of a new work by American composer Susan LaBarr (Sunday Dec. 22, 7:30 pm at St. Mary’s College, Church of Loretto)
3. South Bend Symphony Orchestra – Home for the Holidays - Annual Holiday Pops concerts: Soprano Juliet Petrus will join the Maestro Tsung Yeh and the South Bend Symphony presenting pieces by Jerry Lackey, Irving Berlin and John Rutter along with some of your Holiday Favorites. (Saturday, December 21st at 8pm and Sunday, December 22nd at 3pm)
As part of the GreenTown: Michiana Conference held in South Bend in early October, Mark Fenton – advocate for creating walkable communities and host of PBS’s “America’s Walking” — led a walking “audit” through downtown South Bend.
Even as the summer winds down, who doesn’t want to squeeze in just “one more trip to the beach” before heading back to the classrooms of school and campus. Here are a few of my favorites, along with ideas for … Continue reading →