The thing about community theatre is that it’s the community that makes it happen, every bit of it. What many people see are the actors and actresses on the stage, but there is so much more that goes on behind the scenes that not many know about. It takes an entire army of volunteers to get things prepared and kept in motion from the set design to the lighting to the promotion to the music to the sounds and more.
The Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation is proud to announce that Valparaiso has been selected to host the Chicagoland This is My Brave live event May 19, 2016. This is My Brave is a live storytelling event where real people tell real stories about their real life mental health issues. Billed as #StorytellingSavesLives, This is My Brave seeks to remove the stigma of mental illness, open a dialog, and create opportunities for people to #LiveBrave and thoughtfully engage around the topic of mental health.
The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority (SSCVA) is gearing up to celebrate National Tourism Week which runs May 1, 2016 to May 7, 2016. Each year they have events during that week that are directed toward the improvement of tourism in the Region and the celebration of all things unique along the South Shore.
Valparaiso High School Drama Club presents VHS Telethon! The scripted “telethon” was, in other words, April Antics 2016! On Friday, April 22, at 7:00 pm in the Valparaiso High School auditorium, talented students took the stage and wowed the audience with a student directed and written talent show, that combined a script with individual acts.
Pierogi Fest,® one of the wackiest festivals on the planet according to TripAdvisor.com is pleased to announce that the Kings of Disco, the one and only VILLAGE PEOPLE are coming to this year’s festival which will be held in Downtown Whiting, Indiana July 29, 30 and 31. This is a new dimension to the festival.
Many familiar and friendly faces can be found at Kelsey’s Steak House in Valparaiso. They serve their guests, they are the guests, they cook the food… They are your friends, neighbors, and family. Rafaela Alvarez Garcia, “Rafa” to close family and friends, has been part of the Kelsey’s family for the last 16 years. She came there to work with family and has since worked there with her brother, sister, daughter, nieces, and nephews.
It was a chilly Friday night in January, but everyone was pretty stoked to take the brand spankin’ new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter party bus out on its maiden voyage. All of us on the Epic Limo staff were taking the bus out on the first Brew Tour for “research”, from here on out to be held on the second Friday of every month. Brian, Epic’s down-to-earth owner, promised us pizza & craft beer and with that, we all piled in and headed to our first stop,The Devil’s Trumpet out in Merrillville.
I took a look at the Sandpaper’s Pinterest page and it’s got all sorts of neat ideas involving Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan that will have the DIY and craft lovers on the edges of their hand-painted seats. There are many that will have you creating mental shopping lists and grabbing your keys as you map the quickest route to Sandpaper’s store in your head.