Monday night was a special night for the Valparaiso Community Schools’ students, as they filled the Valparaiso High School gym by displaying their artwork and music for the community to see. This Is Our Story is an annual event and tradition that began over 40 years ago that is filled with joyfulness and excitement during the holiday season.
Monday evening, Hospice of the Calumet Area staff and volunteers, Christmas caroled to their hospice patients. The annual tradition gives patients the opportunity to hear holiday music with their families. This year, the northwest Indiana acapella group, The Spaniels, joined volunteers to sing for patients and their families.
Friends and family gathered at Christ Lutheran Church in Valparaiso on Tuesday evening at the VNA’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony to honor and remember loved ones during the holiday season.
The Team Chevy "Cocoa for Christmas Crafting Night" was the perfect gathering for the season and was filled with creative activities and delicious food. Thursday evening, families and friends enjoyed each other’s company as they learned how to create different holiday crafts and decorations. The month of December can be a busy and stressful month for many, but after this event everyone took some time to appreciate the beauty of the season.
Purdue Northwest University Athletics Department’s 6th Annual Kids & Alumni Day Welcomes All Ages into Pride Family
It’s never too early to be a member of the Pride, according to Purdue University Northwest. Purdue Northwest University Athletics Department’s 6th Annual Kids & Alumni Day was a special event for past graduates and possible future PNW students alike, even if they’re currently three feet tall.
Breakfast with Santa at the Valparaiso Family YMCA is the perfect start to the holidays. Families gathered at the YMCA Saturday morning for breakfast while kids enjoyed in a variety of fun activities, beginning with crafts, games, and pictures with Santa. Mr. and Mrs. Claus greeted kids as the Nutcracker gave away Christmas gifts. There was nothing more joyful than seeing the smiles of children as they saw Santa for the first time!
Twinkling lights, a towering Christmas Tree, a horse-drawn carriage and caroling- Sand Creek Country Club transformed its clubhouse into a winter wonderland for people big and small on Wednesday night.
Community members and Valparaiso University students waited in the darkness, their eyes fixed on the field in front of the Harre Union building on campus. With bated breath they counted down, huddled together in the dark winter night. Then, with a flash, the whole lawn suddenly became illuminated by the towering Christmas tree, inspiring all to join in Christmas songs and festivities.
The Mascot Hall of Fame is an attraction working its way into the Whiting community recently. Founded as an online-only hall, excitement and anticipation has been high since the hall began planning its move to Whiting in 2014.
A LEGO Christmas Story House is coming to Hammond Dec. 2 & 3 during “A Christmas Story” Comes Home’s A Major Event and Holiday Market. The creator, Jason Middaugh, and his family will bring his LEGO® prototype of the yellow house on Cleveland Street for display in hopes to get 10,000 supporters for the project.
On Saturday, November 11, Cadette Girl Scout Troop 163 of Valparaiso sang at the American Legion Post 94 Veteran’s Day ceremony. Led by their leader, Dena Lawley-Dixon Troop 163 has sung at this same event for 7 years, starting when they were Brownie Girl Scouts. This year the Girl Scouts honored the gathered veterans by singing a medley of songs representing each of the 5 branches of the United States military. They finished their presentation by leading everyone in singing “God Bless America.” The attached photo shows, left to right, Angela Mathews, Leah Ribordy, Leader Dena Lawley-Dixon, Post Commander Tim Olson, Audrey Barriball, and Gabi LaBelle.