Vol. 16, June 2011 - Summertime in South Bend


South Bend shines in the summer

Looking for a great place for fun in the sun this summer? Check out South Bend, which has ample attractions that are appealing to all ages and interests. Read more …

Make your plans with these websites

Want to know a good way to find out what’s going on around South Bend, during the summer and even all year ’round?

Check out the blog “365 Things To Do in South Bend”, which is penned by a trio of recent University of Notre Dame graduates. Read more ...


The new Cove wows ’em

Coveleski Stadium hits a grand slam with major improvements to its field and guest areas, plus a dazzling array of new entertainment options that are sure to please the whole family. It’s all designed to create a fun experience that will enhance the downtown presence. Read more …


Downtown. Unchained.

A group of downtown restaurants is joining forces to invite visitors to sample the unique flavors of the city. The association will kick off its planned festivities with nearly two weeks of specially priced menu items and related activities all designed to invite residents and out-of-towners to experience life beyond the realm of chain restaurants. Read more ...


Lynn Kachmarik — South Bend Silver Hawks

By Phil D’Amico, director of business growth, the Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County

Lynn Kachmarik for two years has been the vice president and general manager of the South Bend Silver Hawks, an affiliate of the major league baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Lynn was largely responsible for overseeing the latest expansion projects and major upgrades to Stanley Coveleski Regional Stadium, which resulted in more than $7 million in new renovations. Read more …


Don’t miss the Urban Adventure Games!

Want a taste of the fun that’s in store at the Urban Adventure Games on July 30? Check out the sights and sounds of last year’s Urban Adventure Games on the YouTube “Urban Adventure Games” channel — click here.


Zoo’s river otters get 1st municipal green roof

There’s another reason to see the four North American river otters, who were introduced to the public April 1 at Potawatomi Zoo as part of one of the largest new exhibits in the zoo’s history.

The river otter exhibit building is also home to the first green roof on a municipal structure for the City of South Bend.

The modular green roof was built this spring as part of a public-private partnership between the City of South Bend’s Energy Office and an eight-member Green Team of the South Bend/Mishawaka Leadership program. The Green Team volunteers, led by Mike Reese from The Troyer Group, donated the labor to create the 550-square-foot green roof. The City provided $11,000 in materials.

“They worked largely on their own and made the project happen,” said Jon Burke, municipal energy director for the City of South Bend, who suggested the green roof project when approached by the Leadership group last fall. “The green roof keeps the roof surface cool in the summer, reducing the surface temperature from highs in the 150-degree range to surrounding air temperatures.” Read more ...


Fridays by the Fountain begins today downtown

Fridays by the Fountain, the free outdoor summer concert series at the Jon Hunt Plaza in front of The Morris Performing Arts Center, resumes June 10 for its 11th season.

Performances take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on alternating Fridays. Food is available from downtown restaurants or can be brought in picnic style.

This season’s performers include Kennedy’s Kitchen, Alligator Blackbird, Half-Pint Jones, Terry & The Heartbeats, The Douglas James Band and performers from The Ernestine M. Raclin School for the Arts at Indiana University South Bend. More info here ...

1st Blues & Ribs Fest gets under way Saturday

Gates open at noon Saturday, June 11, for the first South Bend Blues & Ribs Fest along the riverfront at Howard Park in downtown South Bend.

Musical performers include Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, Michael Burks and the Elwood Splinters Blues Band.

Sponsored by the South Bend Parks & Recreation Department and The Morris Performing Arts Center, the daylong concert will benefit Miracle Park, a proposed new park that would create handicapped-accessible recreational opportunities for youth with special needs. More info here ...

Red Table Plaza concerts return June 13-Aug. 5

Who said lunch has to be boring? Grab lunch and head downtown for the Red Table Plaza Lunchtime Concert Series, a free eight-week concert series June 13 to August 5.

Live musicians will perform Monday through Friday 11:15 a.m. until 1:15 p.m., weather permitting, on the Wells Fargo Plaza located on the southwest corner of Jefferson Boulevard and Michigan Street. For a full schedule, click here.

Enjoy the 44th annual Leeper Park Art Fair

The 44th annual Leeper Park Art Fair, ranked the nation’s 82nd-best Fine Arts Show by Sunshine Artist magazine, takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19, next to the Leeper Park West duck pond at the shady, downtown riverfront park.

Discover a variety of artistic expressions from more than 120 artists from across the country in the free fair, which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The event is sponsored by the St. Joe Valley Watercolor Society. More info here …

Return to Pioneer Days June 18-19 at Navarre Cabin

Get into the spirit of Pioneer Days at South Bend’s Navarre Cabin in Leeper Park East beginning Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19 in the annual costumed event, sponsored by the Northern Indiana Center for History.

Walk inside the historic cabin, see demonstrations from costumed interpreters, purchase supplies at the Trading Post and more. The weekend event precedes a weekday summer camp for youth. More info here …


New software group takes root

The newly formed South Bend Software Craftsmanship Group recently held its inaugural meeting in the Greenhouse at Innovation Park. The idea behind the group is to raise the collaboration and confidence between developers and entrepreneurs. Read more …


South Bend group prepares for All-America City contest

Nearly 60 community representatives will depart Tuesday, June 14, as part of South Bend’s official delegation to the All-America City Awards competition, June 15-17 in Kansas City, Mo.

South Bend was named in April as one of 26 finalists in the 62nd annual competition for outstanding civic accomplishment, which is considered “a civic ‘Oscar’ for communities of all sizes.” The 10 winning communities for the nation’s most prestigious civic award will be announced Friday evening, June 17. More info here …

U. S. government and White House honor New Carbon CEO

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has named Rick McKeel, president and CEO of New Carbon Co., as the 2011 SBA Indiana Small Business Person of the Year.

McKeel’s South Bend-based company sells Golden Malted Pancake and Waffle Flour to distributors that supply hotels, restaurants, theme parks and other businesses around the world. New Carbon Company. also supplies businesses with waffle makers for free if the proprietors agree to use their mix. More info here …

McKeel also was recognized by the White House as a “Champion of Change.”
More info here …

MURI grants awarded to engineering professors

Two University of Notre Dame College of Engineering professors have received highly competitive grants for multi-disciplinary research.

Patrick Fay, professor of electrical engineering, and Harindra Joseph S. Fernando, Wayne and Diana Murdy Endowed Professor of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences, won Department of Defense (DoD) Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grants to lead multi-institutional efforts in their respective fields. The DoD, through the MURI program, this year awarded $191 million in grants covering 25 topics. More info here …

ND student's design may aid children with autism

When University of Notre Dame senior Dan Jacobs signed up for an elective while studying in London last year, he wasn’t expecting that his course selection – seemingly unrelated to his industrial design major – would spark the idea for his BFA thesis project, or potentially help thousands of children.

Called the Riverside Program, the course involved working with children with developmental disabilities.

“I wasn’t actively looking for a project,” Jacobs says. “I took the class because developmental disabilities is a topic I didn’t know much about, and I saw a challenge.” More info here …

Mendoza ranked No. 1 for business ethics

The Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame earned top 10 rankings in 10 of 14 business specialty categories in the 2011 Bloomberg Businessweek annual ranking of the Best Undergraduate Business Programs by Specialty, released May 9.

The results included a first-place ranking in ethics, a No. 2 spot in sustainability, and fifth-place rankings in both accounting and calculus. Other specialties earning top 10 spots included: macroeconomics, No. 6; microeconomics, No. 7; business law, No. 8; financial management, No. 9; and marketing and operations management, both ranked No. 10. More info here …