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Purdue Calumet Shows Love to the Community with Kids Day


On a snowy saturday morning, Purdue Calumet Peregrines played Saint Ambrose in a basketball game and held a Kids Day, with the help of NIPSCO, to give back to the community and celebrate the mini-Peregrines that make the Hammond area so special.

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Bargain Barn has an Even Sweeter Selection with the Addition of Sticky Fingers Candy Co.

Sticky-Fingers-Bargain-Barn 1In late November, Bargain Barn hosted a party where several Valpo businesses came together under one roof to celebrate local business, and to welcome a local business to a new home.

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Valparaiso Events Newsletter, November 19, 2015

Valparaiso-Events-Newsletter-November-19-2015The Holiday Season is right around the corner, and we here at Valparaiso Events have a few gifts in store for you! From a Winter Grand Opening to Holly Days and more, we'll be closing out 2015 with a bang. Of course, we're also hard at work planning for next year so we can make 2016 the best yet. There's plenty of excitement all around, and we invite you to come be a part of it.

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Franciscan Alliance Turns Learning Health Information Into Elegant Affair


Black dresses, photo booths and… health screenings? Franciscan Alliance hosted their third annual Spirit of Women Little Black Dress Event to give women a fun and healthy way to spend their Wednesday night.

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Sandpaper Hosted a Fine Wine and Sign

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Probably one of the best parts of the holiday season is decorating. And the decorating is even better when you have made the decorations yourself. Some crafty ladies are helping people in the region make some oh-so-fabulous household decorations that will fit any holiday, rhyme, or reason.

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"A Christmas Story" Comes Home at Indiana Welcome Center

A-Christmas-Story2This holiday season, the “A Christmas Story” Comes Home exhibit, presented in collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, will be on display from Nov. 7, 2015 until Jan. 3, 2016 in the W.F. Wellman Exhibit Hall. The design takes visitors to the streets of downtown Hohman, a fictional Indiana town which was a disguise for Jean Shepherd’s hometown Hammond.

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Party in the Park Showcases New Prize in the Pavilion

Party-Park-2015 5Each year the Valpo Parks Foundation hosts a party in one of their beautiful parks, but this year the party took place at Valpo’s newest location - the William E. Urschel Pavilion. The pavilion - which has now been turned into an ice rink - was center stage as it was open for donors to take the first skate on the ice. The event was also an opportunity to explore the Indiana Beverage Activity Center, enjoy food and drinks at Central Park Plaza, but most importantly - to raise money for the Valparaiso Parks Foundation.

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Zao Island Attractions to Remain Open in any Weather


It may be getting colder outside, but that doesn't mean that there will be shortage of things to do in the coming months. All of our outside attractions will be open this winter* so you can come and have a great time with us even when it gets cold.

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Blue Chip Big Winner Nets $105,000 in Progressive Payout Drawing

blue-chip-progressive-winner-2015Sandra M. of Benton Harbor, Mich., won the $105,000 top prize in the Progressive Payout drawing at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa on October 30.

She’s pictured here with Lief Erickson, Blue Chip Vice President and General Manager.

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Bring in Your Ugly Lamps to Win a "Major Award"

Entries Can Be “Born Ugly” or “Made Ugly”

Leg-Lamp-A-Christmas-StoryDo you own a lamp that your family and friends find hideous or think you have what it takes to create the ugliest lamp? Enter it into the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority’s Ugly Lamp Contest, now through Nov. 18, and have the chance to win the iconic leg lamp just like Mr. Parker’s “major award” from the holiday movie classic, “A Christmas Story.” Lamps can be dropped off at the Indiana Welcome Center during normal business hours Monday through Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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SSCVA Honors Veterans, W.F. "Bill" Wellman With "A Lifetime of Showbiz" Tribute at Star Plaza Theatre

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The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority and the Star Plaza Theatre honored the legacy of W.F. “Bill” Wellman and other veterans at the Star Plaza with “A Lifetime of Showbiz: A Tribute to W.F. ‘Bill’ Wellman” on Wednesday evening. The night featured remarks from some of Northwest Indiana’s legislators, a performance by the Valparaiso High School Wind Orchestra, the National Anthem sung by the Blackhawks’ own Jim Cornelison, and an interview with Bill Wellman.

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