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Visit the Valparaiso Family YMCA This Holiday Season


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.

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YMCA, Parrotheads Host Breakfast With Santa


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.

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The City of Whiting Holds Their Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade

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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.

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Shuttle Service Available for A Major Event and Holiday Market

A-Christmas-Story-ExhibitThe 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.

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Write a Theme, Win a Prize: Tell Us What You Want for Christmas in 2016

Leg-Lamp-A-Christmas-StoryIs 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.

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Opportunity Enterprises Seeks Support for its 2016 Angel Tree Program

Opportunity-Enterprises-Seeks-Support-for-its-2016-Angel-Tree-ProgramOpportunity Enterprises is still looking for community members interested in participating in its annual Angel Tree program by adding Christmas cheer to the lives of OE clients who have little or no family.

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DeeDee the Cat - Porter County Animal Shelter

DeeDee-the-Cat-Porter-County-Animal-ShelterThink about it. Can you tell me exactly where you were 2 years ago today? I don’t just mean the state you lived in or what you were doing for work. I don’t mean who you may have been visiting for the holidays. Can you tell me the exact square footage you occupied?

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Lakeside Wealth Management Sees Amazing Work of Jacob’s Ladder Pediatric Rehab Firsthand


Recently, Jacob’s Ladder Pediatric Rehabilitation hosted members of the team from Chesterton-based Lakeside Wealth Management for a tour of their facility and some insight into what the local not-for-profit is doing to help kids across the region with special developmental and physical needs.

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Valparaiso Area Girl Scouts Visit Taltree Arboretum in 2016

Valparaiso-Girl-Scouts-visit-Taltree-Arboretum-2016On October 21st Daisy/Brownie Girl Scout Troop 35411 from Parkview Elementary School in Valparaiso visited Taltree Arboretum to complete their Brownie Bug Badge. They hiked through the Railway Garden, Adventure Garden, and the Rose Garden.

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Girl Scouts Celebrate Juliette Low’s Birthday

Girl-Scouts-Celebrate-Juliette-Lows-Birthday-2016On Oct. 31st Brownie Girl Scout Troop 417 from Memorial Elementary School in Valparaiso commemorated founder Juliette Low’s birthday by donating a basketful of baby items to the first baby girl born at Porter Regional Hospital. The 2nd grade troop of Brownies accepted donations from other Girl Scout troops in Valparasio and packed a basket full of newborn baby items such as diapers, blankets, clothes, hygiene products, and toys.

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Lakeshore PAWS 2016 Pets for Vets Program

pets-for-vets-event-2016We are once again teaming up with Fifth Third Bank to provide dogs at no cost to active duty and/or veterans of the United States Armed Forces. This is our way of saying thanks to vets in the best way we know how.

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