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10 Things to do with the Kids During Winter Break

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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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A Look Back at a Successful 2017 for Hannah's Hope

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Few organizations in Northwest Indiana were given as much reason to celebrate this year as Hannah’s Hope! This Portage based nonprofit has been making strides to help all children with special needs reach their fullest potential.

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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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An Evening with Santa Exceeds Attendance Expectations


Portage-YMCA-Evening-with-Santa-2017On Friday, December 8, 2017, the Portage Township YMCA hosted their Annual Evening with Santa. Despite ticket pre-sales falling behind sales in year’s past, Cathi Srednoselac, Youth & Family Programs Director for the Y, was blown away by this year’s attendance. “This was one of our biggest years with approximately 400-425 people attending” said Srednoselac. While dinner is offered for a minimal fee, not everyone eats dinner and attendance estimates were based off how many meals were served at the event.

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VNA Honors Passed Loved Ones at Tree Lighting Ceremony

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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

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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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Annual Sand Creek Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Sparks Special Memories

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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.

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Whiting's Mascot Hall of Fame Continues Progress as Four Mascots Chosen for Induction


Whitings-Mascot-Hall-of-Fame-Continues-Progress-as-Four-Mascots-Chosen-for-Induction_01The 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.

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Puppies & Mom Safe After Months of Evading Capture

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Eight puppies are safe and sound as a result of the dedication of a group of committed and caring people, and a lot of luck.

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