Its jingle bell time at the Y! The Holiday Village display is a popular destination located in the vestibule at the Valparaiso Family YMCA! Bring your little elves to visually explore this magical display of a moving train, snow covered mountains and beautiful evergreens created by Village Creations.
Opening in January of 2017, the Valparaiso Family YMCA will welcome visitors to experience a new 8,500 square foot two-story building addition designed with your health in mind. This expansion is a collaboration of resources from the Valparaiso YMCA and its healthcare partner, St. Mary Medical Center. Both organizations are joined in their commitment to providing services that strengthen our community, mind, body and spirit.
The Hammond Holiday Parade spread cheer through the city again this year, and it has for about 80 years.
91 vehicles were involved, including Hammond Police, the District Supervisors, a fleet of snowplows, and decorated floats from local businesses. Families gathered along Indianapolis Boulevard as the floats went by.
Santa made an early stop in Valparaiso Saturday morning to visit with the children of the YMCA. Families lined up to have their photos taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus at the Breakfast with Santa event before enjoying a homemade breakfast, decorating holiday ornaments, and playing games for a chance to win some sweet treats. Uniqueness was also part of the theme as the Sugar Plum Fairy handed out gifts to the kids and local volunteer group, The Northwest Indiana Parrothead Club, brought fun and high spirits to the event. More than 85 children attended with their families, each and every one of them leaving with a bagful of goodies in hand.
The city of Whiting sprang to life in a cacophony of light and sound with the annual Whiting Christmas Parade. The Whiting community experienced seeing live reindeer walk down 119th Avenue. They also had the opportunity for their children to have a photo snapped with Santa. But most of all, they were able to see the magic of a thousand lights upon Whiting City Hall.
“It’s the happiest time of the year when everyone comes together. The city of Whiting is known for being a small, heartwarming community. The parade is about togetherness, it’s kids, it’s about families,” said Amy Baran, Director of Communications for Whiting.
Every winter for the past sixteen years, Porter County Parks and Recreation puts on a dazzling Winter Night Lights Display at Sunset Hill Farm County Park. Hundreds of different light displays from Santa Claus and his reindeer to dancing flowers are available free to the public for viewing at night between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.
The Indiana Welcome Center’s annual exhibit, A Christmas Story Comes Home, will kick-off this Saturday with two events, the annual A Major Event and the new Holiday Market. A free shuttle service will be provided for overflow parking. Guests can park in the Homestead Athletic Complex, 8071 Kennedy Avenue in Highland from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Is your heart set on getting that one special gift for Christmas? Ralphie Parker from the holiday classic A Christmas Story had his heart set on unwrapping a Red Ryder BB Gun on Christmas morning. Ralphie poured out his yearning to his teacher, Miss Shields, in a theme-writing homework assignment he was given. This season, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority wants to hear what you want for Christmas. Submit an entry in the Write a Theme Contest for a chance to win a prize.
Community leaders donned aprons and helped serve breakfast to people at Round the Clock in Highland for the annual Holiday Breakfast Kickoff with the Northwest Indiana Food Bank.
Jesus was born in a manger in the little town of Bethlehem. It’s a story beautiful in its simplicity. And yet there are so many distractions this time of year that joy can drain out of the season. Let me encourage you to keep it simple. Do a little shopping, but don’t make this season about the Christmas presents. Let it be about the people. Be with friends. Cozy up on the couch with the people you love. Make worship a priority every Sunday of Advent. Do something generous for a person in need. Make the season simply beautiful.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Please keep our 2nd grade students and the other SPCS students in your prayers this week as they prepare to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturday, December 3rd. Thank you to their parents and Mrs. Rowley and Mrs. Kost for preparing them for this special sacrament. We pray for blessings on all on Saturday.