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We’re Thankful for Great VHS Guidance Counselors – But What Are They Thankful For?

1student-nwi-vhs-guidance-counselorsMikaela Karolzak is's #1StudentNWI representative at Valparaiso High School. Since November is the month to give thanks, Mikaela wanted to know what all the great guidance counselors at VHS are thankful for. She talked to them all and received their responses. 

This month is all about appreciation. Whether it’s something as small as having your morning coffee to something as big as being able to be with your family during the holiday, we all have something to be thankful for.

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Share Your Smile: Special Holiday Pricing on Faceplates for ValPLAYso!

valplayso-face-placeThe Valparaiso Parks Foundation is offering a special opportunity to purchase Faceplates that will become a permanent part of ValPLAYso – at a special holiday price. Faceplates are photographs permanently etched onto stainless plates, which will be featured at the Face Place entrance to newly re-opened ValPLAYso playground.

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G.I.V.E. Program at Calumet College of St. Joseph Embodies School Principles

CCSJ-GIVE-3When a group of Catholic priests, members of a religious community calling itself the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, came to the Calumet Region of Northwest Indiana in 1951, their intention was to establish an outpost of higher learning to serve the area’s inhabitants.

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Calvary Link: Happy Thanksgiving!

happy-thanksgivingWe give thanks to the God who has given us every good thing we enjoy in this world. Join us this Sunday as we begin our celebration of Advent and our new series, "Finding Joy." We hope you have a very blessed Thanksgiving."

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Santa is Coming to Porter Regional Hospital

Porter-Reg-Santa-1Porter Regional Hospital would like to invite members of the community to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus from 4 to 7 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 11 in the hospital’s lobby. There will also be complimentary hot chocolate, sweet treats and candy canes for guests to enjoy.

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United Way RSVP Program Collected Winter Items for Local Agencies

United-Way-Press-Release-2014-1For the past few months, the United Way Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) has been collecting handmade items to donate to local nonprofit agencies through its new Crafting for Love program.

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Valpo Parks Briefs, November 26, 2014

Visit the Valpo Parks website for information on all programs at Registration is available online for most programs, in person at the Parks Office at 3210 N. Campbell St., or by phone at 219.462.5144.

ValPLAYso Faceplates at Special Pricing-Special holiday pricing is available on Faceplates through Jan. 20. Individuals, families, companies, and groups can share their smile in a forever display at ValPLAYso in the Face Place. Each faceplate purchase helps fund the Face Place which will be built between the hand tile walls and the new playground. With four sizes from which to choose, prices range from $500 to only $80. Pictures can be uploaded for faceplate purchase at An FAQ section is available to offer details.

CYM (Change Your Mind) Adult Volleyball Season- Team rosters are available for a late winter season in divisions for Women’s A and Coed A, B, D, or E leagues. Registration includes 7 matches between January and March, plus a double elimination tourney in the respective divisions at the conclusion of the regular season. Completed rosters with $100 deposit or entire team fee will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis until December 12, 2014. Total team price is $250 plus $12 for each non-resident player.

Friday Night Science Club- On Friday night, Discovery Cottage turns into a science lab for 6 to 12 year olds! Kids get a chance to experiment with hands-on projects. Friday, December 12 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM is the next Science Club and the theme is “Out in Space.” Price is $25 for city residents, $37 for non-residents.

Youth Volleyball League- Youth stay active through January and February with this coed volleyball program. The volleyball league for 1st – 8th Grade is an 8-week coed league separated into 4 age appropriate divisions. Rules will be modified to help kids have a great time learning volleyball and being successful. Teams will practice once a week. All practices and games will be held at the Boys & Girls Club of Valparaiso (354 Jefferson St.). Register by December 12. Practices begin Jan 5. Games are on Saturdays from Jan 24 through Feb 28. Bonus with registration is an annual Boys & Girls Club membership. Price is $65 Resident / $77 Non-Resident.

Touch a Truck Help Toys for Tots- Bull dozers, police cars, buses and more will be on hand for kids of all ages to see and touch. On Saturday, December 13 from 11:00 Am to 2:00 PM at Central Park Plaza in downtown Valpo, visitors can enjoy free hot chocolate and visit with some holiday characters, too. Touch a truck takes place to collect donations of new unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots campaign. Donations can also be dropped off at the Valpo Parks Department office at 3210 N Campbell Street through December 17.

Girls Adventure Night- The next event for girls age 6 – 12 is “Holiday Games” at Discovery Cottage. Participants and their dolls will enjoy an evening of friends, play and adventure. Each person will make a special craft to take home. Girls Adventure Night is Friday, December 19 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Price is $25 for city residents, $37 for non-residents.

Golf and Gift Certificates at Creekside- Golfers can keep their skills sharp in heated tee stations on the driving range, or play 43 courses from around the world in one of two indoor golf simulators. Call Creekside Golf Course and Training Center at 2355 Clifford Road for simulator tee times and golf range hours at 219-531-PUTT (7888). In addition, Gift Certificates for both Forest Park and Creekside Golf Course services and products can be purchased for holiday giving at Creekside during regular business hours.

Welter Room for Party Rentals- The Welter Room at Forest Park Golf Course is available for family gatherings, holiday parties, showers, or business meetings. Price is $175 for a 5-hour reservation between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM. After 6:00 PM the price is $225 for 5 hours. Each additional hour is $25. Caterers are welcome. Limited kitchen facilities are available. Call 219-531-7888 for details and reservations.

Broadway in Chicago Day Trip- A great holiday gift, January 3 is the next day trip through Valpo Parks Adult Enrichment programming for a matinee performance of Disney’s “Newsies.” It received 2012 Tony Awards for best choreography and best score. The day package includes a matinee ticket, motor coach transportation to and from Chicago’s Oriental Theater, and exclusive Suite Service prior to show and at intermission. Suite Service includes light snacks, private bar, desserts, private restroom, private coat check and first class attentive service. Register early; reservations sell quickly. Price is $149 per person; must be 21 years of age or older.


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