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.
When Jasmine Cervik decided to pursue a degree in business at Purdue University Northwest (PNW), she did not anticipate her journey would be quite so interesting. As she graduates, Friday, Dec. 8, with a bachelor’s degree in management coupled with a minor in creative writing, she is now eager to take on the workforce and face new challenges. But if she has learned one thing for certain, it’s that being open and involved are the keys to success.
From shivering in the cold under an abandoned truck in Gary to finding their forever homes for the holidays- these pups have had quite the journey these past two months.
Methodist Hospitals’ employees from both campuses joined together once again in the spirit of the holidays to provide gifts to children in need. Employees teamed up with the Salvation Army to donate 250 Angels for their Angel Tree Program. Each angel represents one child. This program collects and donates gifts to families with children who would be unable to receive presents on Christmas morning. Hospital staff members received an “Angel Child,” and donated gifts for him or her. The gifts were distributed to the families by the Salvation Army located in Gary, Indiana.
Thursday evening, Albert’s Diamond Jewelers held their 15th annual Ladies Night at their store in Schererville. Close to 500 customers brought family and friends to attend the fun-filled evening. The night showed appreciation to all the ladies that visit the jewelry store throughout the year.
When it comes to Purdue University Northwest, there’s no doubt that each student who walks across the stage for their diploma will take the world by storm. The two December Commencements on Saturday featured 476 participating graduates at the Hammond campus. Combined with the Westville campus graduation on Friday, a whopping total of 1,216 graduates received their diplomas at the 2017 Fall Graduation.
The Avalon Springs Holiday Open House was a great opportunity for people to visit and learn about this wonderful campus. On that snowy Saturday morning, the smiles of the local residents at Avalon Springs lit up with joy as they greeted visitors. Tours, free blood pressure screenings, complimentary refreshments, door prizes, and raffles were some of the activities presented.
High school seniors experienced Calumet College of St. Joseph’s perfect blend of NWI industry and down-to-earth Hoosier hospitality at the school’s open house on Saturday.
Many of us take for granted the freedoms that our great country affords us, but there are those among us who know the price that must be paid all too well. Many have felt the calling to serve their country, and many more were called to serve.
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.