Area Happenings: November 30, 2011

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Lowell art classes available

A five-week art course for adults, teens and children will begin Thursday, Dec. 1 and continue each Thursday through Dec. 29 at The Art Gallery, 116 S. Nicholls, in Lowell. Instructional hours are: Children, 4-5:30 p.m.; adult and teens, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Classes are available in watercolor, oil, graphite, charcoal, conte’ and acrylic. Tuition is $79. Gift certificates available. For more information, call 219-696-6487 or 691-1947. 

Travel to Purdue show

The Bonner Senior Citizen Center in Portage will sponsor a trip Dec. 3 to visit the Purdue Christmas Show. The $30 fee includes transportation and admission. The trip is open to the public. To learn more, call 762-1522 or 762-3591. 

Pride in Portage accepting 2011 Christmas Parade Applications

The Pride in Portage Committee will sponsor the Annual City of Portage Christmas Parade starting at 5 p. m., Saturday, Dec. 3. Applications are available at Portage City Hall or on the Portage Planning Department page of the city website, To learn more, call Joe Csikos, Pride in Portage chairman at 219-762-7607. 

Westchester Township History Museum

Westchester Township History Museum Store Christmas Sale

The Westchester Township History Museum Story Christmas Sale will be Dec. 3-12.  Everything in the store will be discounted 10 percent.  Curator Jane Walsh-Brown says, “Everything in the store relates to the history of our area, and these items make excellent gifts for local residents or for those who have moved away.” “We are especially proud of our selection of exclusive products,” says Walsh-Brown. Profits from the museum store help support the Westchester Township History Museum, an educational and cultural service of Westchester Public Library. The Museum, housed in the Brown Mansion at 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton, is open to the public free of charge, Wednesday through Sunday from 1-5 p.m., or by appointment. To learn more, call 219-983-9715. 

Family Film Series at Hageman Library

Family Films will continue at Hageman Library, 100 Francis St., Porter, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec., 3 with the movie, Prep & Landing. Library films are free of charge and open to the public.  Enjoy the movie after visiting with Mrs. Claus, who will be at the library from 2-4 p.m. In Prep & Landing, an elite team of elves prepares each home for Santa’s landing by making sure the milk is cool, there are no nuts in the cookies, the children are snug in their beds, and there is a safe place for the reindeer to land.  Wayne has been on the squad for 227 years and is looking forward to his deserved promotion as Director of Naughty List Intelligence. When he is passed up for the promotion in favor of his partner, an elf he trained, he is stuck with a new partner: the overly enthusiastic Lanny. A storm is brewing over Sector 7 while the two elves prepare Timmy’s house for the Big Guy’s arrival.  But Wayne is depressed and could cause Santa to miss the young boy’s house.  It’s up to the irrepressible Lanny to remind Wayne of the importance of being a part of Santa’s Prep and Landing unit. Prep & Landing is rated G and has a running time of 30 minutes. To learn more, call the library at 926-9080. 

Portage Twp. YMCA gets new floors

The Portage Township YMCA has added a new look to their racquetball courts.  With the help of a generous donor, new floors have been installed in all three courts. Not a member?  Stop in and receive a one day pass for only $15.  Always wanted to learn to play racquetball? Now the Y is offering lessons for beginners. Learn basic drills, rules and court etiquette.  Racquets, eye guards and ball provided.  Instructor Antonio Ortiz teaches ages 7-adult. For more details regarding racquetball, call the YMCA at 219-762-9622, or visit    

Decorating Gingerbread Houses at Hageman Library

Children six-years-old and older are invited to decorate gingerbread houses at Westchester Public Library’s Porter Branch during sessions at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec.1. Complete graham cracker structures and gingerbread bases will be provided by the library. Attendees will enjoy adding personal touches and decorations to their houses. Space is limited, so registration is required.  Call 926-9080 or visit Hageman Library at 100 Francis St., Porter to register. 

Decorating gingerbread houses at Bellaboo’s

Pint-sized carpenters will have the opportunity to build and decorate their own gingerbread house as part of the admission fee at 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 9, 16 and 23 at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in located Three Rivers County Park, 2800 Colorado St., Lake Station. If they arrive in holiday pajamas for the class, they’ll enjoy a free hot cocoa. Call 219-963-2070 or see for times and prices. 

Valparaiso Parks link with Toys for Tots.

The Valparaiso Parks Department invites the public to drop off Toys for Tots donations through Dec.15 at the Park Administration Office, at 3210 N. Campbell St., Valparaiso. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The program accepts new, unwrapped toys for any age. For more information, call the Valparaiso Park Department at 219-462-5144 or visit 

Exchange toy, food of YMCA membership

Now is the time to become part of something bigger than yourself. It’s that time of year to get active before the holiday pounds start piling on. The Portage Township YMCA will be having a holiday special.

Bring in a canned good for the Portage Food Pantry or a toy for Toys for Tots and receive half off the joiner fee until Nov.30.  For more information, call 219-762-9622. e-mail, or visit  

Hobart Food Pantry gains more space

The Hobart School City has served notice to the Hobart Food Pantry that it could occupy two additional bays in the building that house the pantry. Pantry director Theresia Larimore said officials were hoping to acquire only one bay, so it was an extra bonus since the pantry has outgrown its space. Construction of the additional sites began in July with the pouring of the concrete pad and building the end wall which defines the pantry space. Raleigh Enslen has been the project manager and has coordinated all aspects of the work thus far. Yet to be be done, electricians will install new lighting. Additionally, the School City donated a set of industrial entry doors for which Lazarro Glass in Merrillville donated labor to modify the doors for entry to the Pantry. 

Radio station wins two awards

Radio One Communications in Northwest Indiana won two first-place awards for Radio Market 3 in the 2011 Indiana Broadcasters Association Spectrum Awards. Winners for each market-size were announced at the Indiana Broadcasters Association Spectrum Awards Dinner in Indianapolis.

Graphic Designer/Web Controller Jessica Groff won first place in the category “Cross Platform Use of Radio” for a Rascal Flatts promotion on Indiana 105 (WLJE-FM) that utilized on-air announcements with website and Facebook promotion. It was the first time Radio One Communications had submitted an entry in this category.

Production Director Mac MacLeod won first place in the Commercial Series category for a series of commercials produced for Calumet Park Cemetery for Indiana 105.

Radio One Communications had five other entries that were finalists in this year’s competition, including a nomination for X-Rock 103.9 as Station of the Year.

Four other X-Rock nominations were for Humorous Commercial “Back Court Bar and Grill — Pizzeria Leoni”; Commercial Series “Galactic Greg’s”; Best On-Air Promotional Announcement “Web Streaming Series WXRD-FM”; and Cross Platform Use of Radio “X-Rock Paper Scissors”

Radio One Communications owns and operates four radio stations in Northwest Indiana – Indiana 105.5 (WLJE-FM), X-Rock 103.9 (WXRD-FM), 107.1 The Z (WZVN-FM), and WAKE AM-1500 (WAKE-AM). 

Community Hospital offers MRI in Crown Point

 Community Hospital has partnered with Alliance Imaging to offer another convenient location for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services. An open house celebrated the addition of Community Hospital MRI Center located at 5363 Commerce Boulevard. For more information, call 219-836-4599. 

Holiday Donations needed

The holiday season is here.

As always, it is important to remember and be thankful for what we have and to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

As has been done for the past 15 years, the Portage Utility Service Board is asking for help in supplying some families in the community with a Christmas tree to celebrate the holiday season.

Any decorations, garland, tree skirts, tree tops or even trees themselves are welcomed.

This project has always been a success and a way to support and help those whose holiday season would otherwise be less joyous.

Anyone who wishes to participate in the annual project may drop off donations at the Portage Utility Service Board’s field division, 2301 Hamstrom Road. For more information, call 219-763-2986.  

Cat Society releases promotional efforts

The Independent Cat Society is promoting their tortie cats through November.

The ICS hopes people will come in and meet and see their wonderful ‘tortitude’ and choose one or two for their own. The pre-anniversary promotion of the $35 adoption fee includes spay or neuter, current vaccines, nail trim, flea treatment and a free initial vet visit with one of our participating vets within two weeks of the adoption.    

Season Golf Passes

Valparaiso Department of Parks and Recreation hasl begun sales of 2012 Golf Season Passes. Purchase a season pass before Dec. 31 and receive the 2011 season pass rate. Passes are available for both residents and non-residents and are good for play at both golf courses. Available pass types are Individuals, Couples, Seniors (60-older), Senior Couples, Students (valid college ID) and Juniors (18 and younger). Passes can be purchased at Forest Park Golf Course, 1155 Sheffield Drive, Creekside Golf Course, 2355 Clifford Road, 219-531-7888 or at the Valparaiso Parks Office, 3210 Campbell St. For more information, call 219-462-5144.  

Belly Dance and More

Women, discover and reveal your feminine selves at a series of belly-dancing workshops from 7:30-8:45 p.m. beginning Dec. 7 at the Portage Yacht Club. Basic belly dance moves will be taught. Participants must be 18 and older. The workshop rate is $12. Please register the Monday prior to each workshop. Minimum of six participants needed for each workshop. 

Chili Open House

On Saturday, Dec. 10, Creekside Golf Course and Training Center will host the first of a monthly series of Open Houses, The Chili Open House. The open house will run from 1- 3 p.m. with free trial usage of an indoor Golf Simulators and outdoor Heated Driving Range. Complimentary chili and snacks will be served.


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