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Valparaiso Warming Shelters

The City of Valparaiso has coordinated with local organizations to announce Warming Centers available when temperatures and wind chills dip below freezing. The following organizations are serving as warming centers: Contact Living Hope Community Church at (219) 462-1245 For Emergency Shelter Info 1115 Calumet Ave. Overnight Mon-Sun, 8:00 pm – 7:00 am with check-in time 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Admittance after 9:00 pm with police escort. Note that attendance to this location is subject to church rules, including no alcohol, weapons, smoking, or illegal drugs are allowed on church property.

Valparaiso YMCA,
1202 Cumberland Crossing, open 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Porter County Public Library
, Valparaiso Branch, 103 Jefferson St., open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.Housing Opportunities, 2001 Calumet Ave., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. An overnight winter shelter for adult men and women is also available by calling 219-548-2800 or 219-400-0203.In addition, the Valparaiso Police Department offers a special program for individuals who may need special help during weather emergencies. The Contact Assistance Referral (CARE) Program means the VPD will check on residents during harsh weather. To register yourself or a loved one for CARE, contact Sergeant Tom Zimmerman at tzimmerman@valpopd.com or (219) 462-2135.OTHER VALPARAISO RELATED STORIES . . .


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Bill Durnell Named by Mayor Costas to Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission

Bill Durnell has been named to the Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission, announced Mayor Jon Costas. “Bill has proven leadership experience, keen analytical skills and a longstanding commitment to the Valparaiso community. We look forward to his financial expertise on this important commission,” said Mayor Costas.      Durnell is a certified public accountant and…

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Valparaiso Mayor Candidate Hannah Trueblood Recaps the 2023 Campaign

Hannah Trueblood was Valparaiso’s youngest and first female Mayoral candidate. She made it her turn, wrote her own rules, and made a positive difference in the community. Now, she’s sharing her experience and helping the next generation of leaders run, and WIN at the Valparaiso Public Library on Thursday, January 4th from 4pm…

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Valparaiso South Shore Connect Bus Services

The South Shore Connect service has been paused effective January 1, 2024 by the City of Valparaiso.  Since 2019 this bus transportation has been provided from Valparaiso’s transit parking lot on Brown Street and Valparaiso University to the Dune Park South Shore train station. Once the South SHore Double Track project is complete…

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Outdoor Adventures in Northwest Indiana: Top 5 Hiking and Biking Trails  

Northwest Indiana, a treasure trove of natural beauty, beckons students to explore its diverse landscapes. With trails winding through lush forests and along serene lakes, it’s an ideal destination for both hiking and biking. These outdoor activities offer a perfect mix of adventure and relaxation for students looking to escape the routine. Whether you’re a…

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Shipshewana On The Road – Valparaiso Indiana

Shipshewana On the Road is coming to the Porter County Expo Center, Valparaiso, Indiana Dec. 9th and 10th, 2023.      How about a day of shopping for the most unique trinkets and treasures under the sun? For the past two decades Shipshewana On The Road Gift, Food and Craft Show has brought…

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Give the Gift of Camp Lakeside This Holiday Season

This holiday season, Opportunity Enterprises (OE) is making gift certificates for Camp Lakeside available online. By purchasing online, shoppers are able to secure vouchers for one to eight weeks of camp for the school-aged children in their lives. Camp Lakeside’s summer camp is held at OE’s Lakeside property at Lake Eliza. Campers enjoy fishing, pontoon…

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Gabriel’s Horn Homeless Shelter Launches Annual Fundraiser Campaign for Women and Children

Since its founding in 2004, Gabriel’s Horn has been a sanctuary for women and women with children during the most difficult time of their lives.   Not only has the facility provided warm beds for women and children facing homelessness for a myriad of reasons, but Gabriel’s Horn also provides a lifeline for those families to…

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Downtown Valparaiso Shops Participate in Pink Friday

Downtown Valparaiso will be participating in the third annual, nationwide, Pink Friday small business shopping experience, on Friday, November 17th, 2023.      Created by The Boutique Hub, Pink Friday is a small business spin on the traditional Black Friday shopping experience, reminding consumers to #shopsmallfirst. Black Friday is the largest shopping day…

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Porter County Community Foundation Awards $99,393 to Community Organizations

The Porter County Community Foundation recently awarded $99,393 to 15 local nonprofit organizations as part of its bi-annual grants cycle for 2023. Grant recipients include: • Art Barn School of Art – $10,000 to support a fire and security system and improve accessibility • Call-A-Ride – $6,000 to support operating two vans in Hebron and…

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Valpo Utilities Board Names Two New Members

Jeff Lamb and Rod Gayda have been named to the Valparaiso Utilities Board, announced Valparaiso Mayor Matt Murphy. “We’re so pleased to have Rod Gayda and Jeff Lamb join this important board for the City. Their leadership and business experience as well as long-term commitment to the community make them both excellent…

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Valparaiso Creative Council To Construct Sculpture at Skate Park

Valparaiso Creative Council (@valpocreates) is a non-profit organization comprised of community leaders entrusted with developing the Creative District for Valparaiso, IN. They are building this vision through art events, initiatives, public projects, and supporting local artists in ALL mediums, even sculpture!      They work closely with the city, yet operate independently and…

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New Art Walk Installed at Cumberland Crossing In Valparaiso

17 pieces selected by the City’s Volunteer Art Advisory Committee for the New Art Walk at Cumberland Crossing. Using steel like that manufactured throughout Northwest Indiana, these new pieces are metal sculptures built by Greg and Alex Mendez of Decatur, Indiana. The Exhibit is located at the corner of Cumberland Drive and Vale…

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Jennifer Prough ’91, Ph.D., Appointed Dean of Valparaiso University Christ College

Valparaiso University announces Jennifer Prough ’91, Ph.D., has been formally appointed dean of Christ College — The Honors College, effective immediately.  Dean Prough served as interim dean in the 2017 – 2018 school year, and has continued to serve in that capacity since 2021.  In her role as dean, Prough is responsible for the strategic…

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Scattered Site Parade Of Homes Planned for NWI Lake and Porter Counties

The Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana is planning a Scattered Site Parade of Homes in Lake and Porter Counties on two weekends of September 23-24th and September 30th – October 1st, 2023 from Noon – 4pm. There are 17 new homes in eight different cities in Northwest Indiana. The homes are located in eight…

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Valparaiso’s Sustainability Project Wins Green Project Award

Valparaiso’s energy conservation and environmentally conscious decisions has garnered them the Indiana’s Green Project of the Year. Over the years, Valpo’s sustainable solar project has added 772 solar panels to five separate City facilities. The award recognizes Indiana’s leading project for sustainable development and has saved taxpayers more than $5.2 million in electrical…

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One of this Year’s Valpo Civic Pitch Night Contestants is from PanoramaNOW Entertainment News!

Each year, ValpoNext hosts a Civic Pitch Night event that allows members of the community to submit an idea that they believe they can implement to make Valparaiso even better than it already is! Positive change is always encouraged to progress our city, and we want to bring the best ideas to the…

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World Cultural Festival Returns to Valparaiso

On Sunday, September 15, 2023 the 13th Annual World Cultural Festival will transform Valparaiso’s Central Park Plaza into a center for cultural diversity from 12 noon to 5 pm. Sponsored by The Valparaiso International Center (The VIC), this family-friendly event will feature music and dance from around the world, international art and handicrafts…

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Valparaiso On Track For 2023 Paving & Sidewalk Improvements

The City will pave approximately 7.8 lane miles of roadway this season and replace approximately 2.8 miles of sidewalk. A ccording to the City’s Engineering Department, Valpo has Reached the mid-way point in its seasonal paving for streets and sidewalks,  “We’re pleased with the progress we’ve made, in arterial areas as well as…

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Two New Appointments to Engineering By Mayor Matt Murphy

Valparaiso Mayor Matt Murphy Announced two new appointments to the city’s Engineering Department.  Interim Engineering Director, Max Rehlander, and Interim Chief Deputy Engineer, Bill Laird, were announced.  Rehlander joined the City of Valparaiso in 2021 as Deputy City Engineer. He was formerly with Abonmarche Consulting and American Structurepoint Inc. where he worked on projects ranging…

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Valpo Parks Legacy Moves to It’s Next Chapter with New Director

“I look forward to serving as the next Director and building upon the strong legacy of Valpo Parks,” stated new Director, Kevin Nuppnau. Valparaiso has been blessed to have access to quality parks, and Nuppnau, the new Director, pledges to “keep raising the standard.” They commit to doing the very best every day to exemplify…

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Cooling Center Locations in Valparaiso Indiana

To help residents during the upcoming heat wave, the City of Valparaiso  has partnered with a number of community organizations. In addition, the community of the CARE program offers checks on residents who may need assistance. The Contact Assistance Referral (CARE) Program means the VPD will check on residents during harsh weather. “We encourage people…

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Hops For Hospice is This Sat. June 3rd

It’s Almost Time for Hops for Hospice! June 3 |12 – 4 PM | Porter County Expo Center There’s only a few days left until Hops for Hospice! Get ready for an incredible lineup of breweries at this year’s event on Saturday, June 3! We’ve gathered an impressive list of craft beer masters who will be…

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Valparaiso’s WVLP Radio Celebrates 20 Years!

By Larry A Brechner      A unique group of about thirty local radio broadcasters gathered at the relatively new station’s studio and office location on College Street to celebrate over twenty years of Valparaiso’s own community radio station, WVLP-LP 103.1 FM. WVLP’s radio programs from a cadre of volunteer hosts that feature an eclectic collection…

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Valpo Parks Breaks Ground on a New Skate Park at Fairgrounds Park

Valpo Parks had a ground breaking ceremony for their newest project: a 25,000-square-foot skatepark that features a mini bowl, street features, a beginner’s area, with 3 phases of development. This new location will bring a greater visibility to local residents and also brings a convenient location, right off of Calumet Ave, and walking distance from the…

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Active Kids Day – Valparaiso

Valpo Parks is teaming up with local organizations to promote and encourage kids to “get active” and “be healthy!” The 2nd Annual Active Kids Day is a free event at Central Park Plaza under the Urschel Pavilion for people to learn about various activities and opportunities for kids in Porter County. Stop by Sunday and…

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Valparaiso Launches “Birds of Paradise” Public Sculpture Adventure

Birds of Paradise is Valparaiso’s downtown sculpture scavenger hunt, created to promote engagement, culture and activity while highlighting public art and local artists. The scavenger hunt is a fun way for community members and visitors to learn more about Valpo and its feathered friends.  The hunt includes ten bird sculptures, representing ten native species, hidden in…

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Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration

Invest In our Planet, on Earth Day, 9am – 1pm, on Saturday, April 22nd at the Porter County Expo Center, Valparaiso Indiana.     Perhaps you can use bedding, keys, art supplies, towels, coats, tools etc. Porter County Recycling will advertiser your wish list to the community and encourage donations at the Earth…

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Join Drew Wenger at the Jesse-Pilfer Tree Planting April 22nd, 2023

by Georgia Fox Hatfield      Twenty-nine trees will be planted at Jesse-Pilfer Park in Valparaiso Saturday, April 22nd at 9:30 am. This is part of a community grant that has also improved side walk maintenance, landscaping with wildflowers being added, park signage, basketball court repairs and more! That’s over $65,000 in improvements over the…

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Valpo International Center’s Fourth Friday’s Return

The Valparaiso International Center (The VIC) is excited to resume its Fourth Friday Speaker Series, which will feature a timely presentation about Ukraine, on Friday January 27th, at 7 pm.  The Fourth Friday series is held monthly at Trinity Lutheran Church’s Fellowship Hall, 201 N. Washington, Valparaiso.  Dr. Myron I. Lewyckyj, a local ophthalmologist in…

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Off Season Market Connects Growers And Makers During Winter

Farmers markets connect local food growers and makers with the community. In our Midwestern climate, most farmers markets take place outdoors during the summer months. However, we know that local producers and businesses operate all year long.​ The Off-Season Market is intended for the community, growers, and artisans to have an outlet during the regular…

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Butterfly Meadows Celebrates Story Walk Addition – Valparaiso

Butterfly Meadows had a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony dedicating a new Addition titled “StoryWalk” at Butterfly Meadows. Author Kristina Cherep led the very first walk and read aloud her new book, “My Rainbow of Emotions,” which is now on display at the park and open to the public. This project is provided by a partnership among…

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.