Start the New Academic Year with a bit of the Bard


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Two great productions are currently playing on campus as the students stream back to the campus and the Notre Dame Summer Shakespeare Festival celebrates 150 years of Shakespeare at the University and 15 years of the Summer festival. First, the Young Company … Continue reading

New Farm to Table Restaurant in Granger

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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.

Yummy Cupcakes Opens in downtown South Bend


Yummy Cupcakes Opening in  Downtown South Bend


G R A N D   O P E N I N G   C E L E B R A T I O N


Free Cupcake to the first 1,000 customers!

Free Frosting Shots and Samples!

Cupcake Face Painting 5pm-7:30pm!

Balloons, Prizes & Giveaways!

Official Ribbon Cutting 5:30pm!


10am – 8pm 


South Bend’s 5th BIKE THE BEND on June 8th

Bike The BendWhat is “Bike the Bend?”

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.

Newcomer Tours of South Bend

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 ( ) to reserve a place.

First tours begin:
Saturday, May 3rd from 10:00 AM to Noon

Saturday, May 10th from 10:00 AM to Noon

Taking Steps towards Residential Living in Downtown South Bend…Groceries!

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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.

El Paraiso

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.

South Bend’s State Theater Reinvented


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.  state Bazaar   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).

State Wednesday films  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)

Getting Ready for Summer Camps in South Bend?

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)