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One-Stroke Painting Class


A one-stroke painting class at the South Haven Library was held on Saturday, October 3; from 1-4 pm.

Taught was the art of One-Stroke painting with certified instructor Linda Prince. Participants will be painting birdhouses.

Examples will be on display at the library.

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Fresh Crepes For Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner @ JD's Crepe Co.


Last week we had Breakfast @ a great specialty restaurant in Valpo - JD's Crepe Co. Located @ 3125 N. Calumet Ave. in Valparaiso, IN 46383. Telephone # 219-242-8611. They are open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner - Tuesday Through Saturday from 8 am to 8pm and Sunday from 8 am to 2pm.

Fresh Signature Crepes, made to order right in front of you. Or, Build your own creation from a long list of fresh ingredients! They have Children's Choice selection as well!  Reasonably priced, one regular sized crepe is very filling, but if you have a hearty appetite, they have Salads and Soups and side dishes as well!

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PNC Non-Credit Introductory Creating Portraits Art Course


Purdue University North Central Office of Continuing Education will be offering the non-credit portrait drawing course.

"Portrait Drawing (Level 2)" will meet Tuesdays, Sept. 22 to Oct. 13 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at PNC - Porter County, 600 Vale Park Road in Valparaiso. Registration is $139. A supply list will be furnished at the time of registration. 

This course offers instruction on drawing proportions, bones and muscles. Students will learn to create sensitive facial expressions, use dramatic shading and how to add the language of the upper body and hands as part of the person's identity.

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Annual Valparaiso Firefighters Local 1124 Dance


On September 5, 2009 at 6:00pm the Annual Valparaiso Firefighters Local 1124 Dance is set to kick off!  All are welcome to come partake in the entertainment and cash bar for a good cause.

The Valpo Firefighters Dance is a true annual tradition.  So true in fact, that the actual year that it began remains in question, because in talking to the most senior members of the department, the dance was around before they were there! Originally an annual winter fundraiser for the members, spouses, family, friends, and any of the public...

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Exhibit Contrasts China's Natural, Human Landscape


Contrasts and partnerships between the natural and human made landscape in China will be examined in a photography exhibition opening at the Valparaiso University Center for the Arts next week. 

“Human Made and Natural: A Photo Exploration of Small Sections of China” features the photographs of Liz Wuerffel, an adjunct assistant professor of art and multimedia artist and performer. 

The photographs will be displayed Aug. 31 though Oct. 4 in Strimbu Gallery of Photography. An artist’s reception in the gallery will be held Sept. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m., with Wuerffel presenting remarks about her photographs at 4:30 p.m....

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2009 Popcorn Festival Royalty Crowning Ceremony


Join us to see who will be royalty at this year's Popcorn Fest! The 2009 Popcorn Festival Royalty Crowning Ceremony will be held Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 4:00p.m. at REGIONAL federal credit union located at 2801 Boilermaker Court, Valparaiso.

This year only a prince and princess are to be crowned, no queen.  To be crowned popcorn royalty, the prince and princess' parents have to fill out a basic application and turn it in to the Valparaiso Community Festivals and Events office. The 2009 deadline for applications was August 14th.  Following...

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Links of the Week: Fantasy Football, Entourage, and What Happens to Your Online Profiles When You Die


I think I may give up on Entourage.

I've watched HBO's hit show, now in its sixth season, since the beginning. Entourage is not that bad of a show, it just is not that good. Each week, the premise of the show seems so good, and then 25 minutes later it ends disappointing. It's like you were expecting an A on a paper, and end up with a B-minus. So, why don't I just stop watching it? Because next week's is supposed to be so good! Mark Titus of the Club Trillion blog once wrote, "If wives and husbands gave each other as many chances as I've given Entourage, there'd never be divorce." I know how he feels.

Bridge Group Looking for New Players


A local Bridge group is looking for people to join them for a game of cards!

They meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. at Porter County Aging & Community Services (1005 Campbell Street, Valparaiso).  There are no costs associated with joining them and all levels of Bridge players are welcome.  Anyone interested should please call Sara Nelson, (219) 241-2237.

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Ivy Tech Offers Cake Decorating, Construction and Design Class


Ivy Tech Community College is offering a cake decorating basics and wedding cake construction and design class beginning September 19 through November 7.

For more information or to sign up please contact Josephine Blockson at 219-981-4430 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Links of the Week: Baseball Fights, Quentin Tarantino, and the Ethics of Elderly Athletes Using PEDs


I think if there is one thing I learned from the Brett Favre "Will he or won't he" saga is that America craves decisiveness. I think that is why this whole situation got so out of hand.

In case you have been living under a rock this week (or you just don't care), Brett Favre has come out of retirement for the second consecutive year, this time to become the quarterback of the Minnesota Vikings.  For some reason, everyone in the sports world (Read more



PNC Non-Credit Digital Photography Courses


Purdue University North Central Office of Continuing Education is offering a three-day non-credit introductory class on digital photography.

This class will cover the basics of digital cameras including the fundamentals of basic digital photography composition, depth of field, exposure control, adjusting to various lighting situations. In addition, the class will cover how to analyze and troubleshoot problem digital photographs to determine root causes and how to overcome them. This course will include an overview of the capabilities common to most digital cameras and will not concentrate on any one specific camera type or brand.

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