'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas' in northwest Indiana! From cookies with Santa, tree light celebrations to a hike in the park, northwest Indiana has TONS of activities this weekend!
At the heart of every community, there are small businesses that promote the local economy, support families of the neighborhood, and create a vibrant and diverse culture. Northwest Indiana is certainly no exception. With a hearty history of small businesses in the Region and no shortages of local shops, Northwest Indiana exemplifies how family-owned businesses can shape a community.
I grew up in Lake Village, a small town here in Indiana most haven’t even heard of, with my two older sisters and younger brother. I’ve always loved the small town feel, but when I married my husband we moved to a larger town, North Judson. We live peacefully with our evil cat and three year old munchkin, who are the most important people in my life. With all that said, there are still a few more layers to peel back. After getting a degree in Graphic Design, I worked as a manager in the food service for a few years, and worked on photography as well on the side. I’d like to believe I’m well rounded, with so many interests in the mix, it's hard to settle with just one. I’m also that person who will talk to you in line at the grocery store, even if I don’t know you (Thanks Mom!).
The weekend is almost here and there's TONS of fun activities for everyone! From 'A Charlie Brown Christmas" at Chicago Street Theater, an Arctic 5k run by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana, to Hammond's Holiday Parade, and much more!
When Ken Elwood looks at his hometown of Portage, he sees a community bursting with the same qualities that his mother personified in Elwood’s childhood: toughness, passion, and grit.
With over 23 years at the City Council of Portage, Elizabeth Modesto demonstrates how hard work, unwavering determination, and a love for the community can make all the difference. From childhood, Modesto had a close look at the remarkable effect that dedication and a strong work ethic can have on a family. Alongside her seven sisters and one brother, Modesto grew up watching her parents work hard to raise their nine children and to make a living doing honest, good work.
Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and so much more to look forward to that will get the holiday season started. Time to enjoy that time of year were everything is a bit more magical and heartwarming with events like the great Crown Point Winter Market, classic A Charlie Brown Christmas', exciting Orak Shrine Circus, and the colorful Highland Fall Craft Show. Check out our 10 Fun Things to Do in Northwest Indiana for November 23rd - 25th!
My name is Ric Frataccia. I live in Fishers, Indiana with my wife, Luba, and our two boys, Aidan (11) and Ryder (6). I am the oldest of Dr. E. Ric Frataccia and Mrs. Kaye Frataccia’s two sons.
During Doc’s time as Assistant Superintendent and later Superintendent at Portage Township Schools I had the pleasure to work with him as both a member of the community and later as school attorney. He was an inspirational, once in a generation leader. I have never met a more competent person in education. However, what inspired you most about him was his passion for children and their learning. It drove everything he did – everything. It was why he woke up in the morning. It was his why.
Amanda Alaniz is a wonderful reflection of the Portage community. By day, Alaniz takes care of 8,000 students as a Superintendent, and by night she is a loving wife and mother. She paved the way for other women as the first female Superintendent for Portage School System. From Northwest Indiana beginnings, to overseeing all schools in Portage Indiana, Alaniz is a true inspiration.
With snow everywhere to be found then it is time for some winter fun to be had! Stay warm and enjoy some great events this weekend like the exhilarating First Skate at Central Park Plaza's Ice Rink to Benefit the Valpo Parks Foundation, tasty La Pour Brew & Wine Fest at La Porte Civic Auditorium, colorful Opportunity Enterprise's ARTability 2018 at Valparaiso University, classic "The Sound of Music" at Chesterton High School, and more. Check out our 10 Fun Things to Do in Northwest Indiana for November 16th - 18th!