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10 Things to do with the Kids During Winter Break


While winter break and the promise of two full weeks off from school is exciting for kids of all ages, parents may not be as excited. While the family time and extra hours with kiddos are always rewarding, a few days cooped up inside is enough to shorten tempers and get arguments started. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to stave off the frustration. Here are 10 fun things you can do with the kiddos during winter break this year!

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Valpo Velvet Celebrates 70 Years of Support at Annual End of Year Ice Cream Party


Valpo Velvet has been soft-serving gourmet ice cream to locals at the corner of Monroe and Lafayette in downtown Valparaiso for 70 years now. To show appreciation for customers and celebrate the end of 2017 for their ongoing support throughout the years, Valpo Velvet threw their annual year end ice cream party this Thursday with our very own ValpoLife.

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South Shore Line’s Kids Ride Free Program Makes Holiday Travel Even More Affordable

SouthShoreNICTDTis’ the season for free rides! To say Happy Holidays and to let riders know it has been a pleasure serving them throughout 2017, South Shore Line (SSL) has expanded its Kids Ride Free program to ALL trains and train times.

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Eclipse Performance Arts Wows Audience at Sand Creek Country Club with Enchanting Ballet

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Sand Creek Country Club transformed into a magical land with the stunning work of Eclipse Performing Arts in Chesterton, as they performed a special Christmas ballet Sunday afternoon. The Sugar Plum Fairy, candy canes, and flowers flitted gracefully along The Land of Sweets, enchanting the audience with the child-like excitement of the holidays.

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“A lot of people have never seen professional ballet or the Nutcracker and it’s been around for 100 years,” said Michele Brown, owner of Eclipse Performing Arts. “The level of dancing at Eclipse is above and beyond. One ballet dancer was in the Olympics for ballet, another...

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Washington Township School Student Gets Surprised by Deployed Mom

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When Washington Township School 6th grader Madison Tsotigh sat down for her study hall class on Thursday, she had no idea a very special person was going to give her a big surprise. As she looked down at her homework, Tsotigh felt a hand on her back. When she turned around, she saw her mother for the first time in seven months.

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Vale Park Animal Hospital: Integrative Medicine Month

logoWe at Vale Park Animal Hospital have dedicated December to Integrative Medicine Month. Often referred to as Holistic, or Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM); Integrative Medicine is a far more accurate description. Over the past 20 years, the field of Integrative Medicine has been expanding its role in treating, preventing, and curing many diseases, using a number of different treatments that work together with conventional therapies. There are many options available at Vale Park Animal Hospital including:

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Valparaiso High School Celebrates Creativity with This is Our Story Once Again

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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.

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Hospice of the Calumet Area Welcomes Carolers to Ring in Holiday Spirit

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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.

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VNA Honors Passed Loved Ones at Tree Lighting Ceremony


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.

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Team Chevy Brings Holiday Fun With Cocoa For Christmas Crafting Night


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.

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Purdue Northwest University Athletics Department’s 6th Annual Kids & Alumni Day Welcomes All Ages into Pride Family

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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.

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