What’s Recently Happened
West Side Leadership Academy happily started the 2018-2019 school year on August 13th. Over the summer some changes were underway at West Side; such as a new principal and an uprise in student enrollment. Terrance Little, previously the school principal, has been upgraded to higher status as the CAO. This school year, West Side welcomed Marcus Muhammad as the new principal. Also, occurring over the summer, West Side remodeled its cafeteria. Lively bright orange and blue replaced what was once dull.
One of the things La Lumiere prides itself on is the diversity of the community. For many students, like senior Natalia Trejo Bax, that diversity is what drew them to La Lumiere and what makes La Lumiere feel like home. Natalia is originally from Mexico City, Mexico. She moved to the United States when she was 5 and spent the majority of her childhood in North Carolina. She now lives in South Bend, Indiana with her parents, Anne Bax and Guillermo Trejo, and her twin brother, who is also a student at La Lu, Julian Trejo Bax.
Patty Stovall is a baker, and that makes her familiar with making something from basically nothing. She is a master at putting ingredients together to create a final product that blows people away – and that’s not just her cakes.
Fall time is still fun time! Where to begin, this weekend has several fun things to do like the popping Valparaiso Popcorn Festival, stylish Lubeznik Center for the Arts: Friday Night Fever, tasteful Wine Down Summer, watery Dunebrook's 5th Annual Dragon Boat Races and more. Check out our 10 Fun Things to Do in Northwest Indiana for September 7th - 9th!
Keep Calm and Pedal On: Valparaiso Night Bike Ride
Ready? Set. Pedal! This past Saturday, August 25th, the Valparaiso Parks Department held their 8th annual Valpo Night Ride. The Valparaiso Parks Department had an overwhelming amount of help from volunteers affiliated with the Washington Township Key Club. People of all ages came to take part in the community bike ride on Saturday. Whether the riders were wobbly toddlers on tricycles, teenagers hanging out after a week back at school, a dynamic duo on a tandem, or experienced cyclists, everyone who participated in this event had a wheelie good time.
Tom Jones, a professional photographer and Graphics Specialist at BraunAbility, has done his part to give back to a community he loves. Through his work at BraunAbility and his photography, Jones has been able to share new opportunities, his ideas, and his passions with Northwest Indiana.
Need something fun to do this Labor Day weekend? There is great fun to be had with events like the colorful Artist Reception for Josh Christian, exciting Portage Live: City's 50th Birthday, relaxing Sunset Sounds with Steve and Mary E., delicious Taste of Duneland featuring the European Market and more. Check out our 10 Fun Things to Do in Northwest Indiana for August 31st - September 2nd!
What has happened?
CHS Volleyball started its season with a bang. The first game was held Tuesday, August 14 with Varsity and Junior Varsity winning against the opposing team. The varsity team won with scores of 25-11, 25-10, and 25-10 earning them their first victory of the season! Leading scorers were Taylor Bowser, Sammy Deveraux, Lorna Lombardini, and Maggie Vrahoretis.
With the 2018-2019 school year starting on August 14, fall sports are now in full swing with games starting this week. Girls and boys soccer played at the Andrean Jamboree on Saturday, August 11 at Andrean High School. At the jamboree, teams played 40 minute games with the boys playing Hobart and Wheeler in the morning, and the girls playing Valpo and Hobart that evening. The boys team won both games beating Hobart 5-0 and Wheeler 2-0 with Marko Stosic scoring three goals total, making him the highest scorer for his team at the jamboree. The jamboree was an opportunity for the teams to get accustomed to playing with each other after the Varsity and JV rosters were announced just a week prior.
Talking with someone who truly loves their profession and speaks passionately about the work they do is always a valuable way to spend some time. In speaking with Sharon Colee, the Executive Director for Jasper County Community Services, it’s obvious that she loves her job and has always been dedicated to helping others. Now, she works to help the elderly and provide them with meaningful programs, resources, and social opportunities at various centers in the area.
For years, Shorewood Forest has marked the end of summer with fireworks that are lit from a barge on Lake Louise. Community members gather to get the best view of the fireworks display. Some board their boats and anchor far from the barge to watch the fireworks from the water. Others congregate on Shorewood Beach, setting up chairs and laying out blankets. It is a great way for the community to come together and celebrate not only the summer, but also what the upcoming months will bring.