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Crown Point parks department arranges letters from Santa

2013-11-17T00:00:00Z Crown Point parks department arranges letters from SantaBy Kathy Lessner Times Columnist
November 17, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The Crown Point Parks and Recreation Department is helping get letters to the North Pole for Santa Claus this year. Children can write to Santa on a park department forms and return it on or before Dec. 12 (before Santa gets too busy in his workshop) to receive a personalized letter back from Santa.

Letters from Santa will be mailed out by Dec. 16. This service is free for Crown Point residents only.

Call the park department to verify the address as letters will not be mailed outside of city limits. To receive a Santa letter form, call the parks office at (219) 661-2271, download at  or pick them up at the office, 11065 Broadway, Suite F.

Box top winners

Congratulations to the classes of Jennifer Pollitt, Judy Sulka and Annie Svetcoff, winners of Timothy Ball Elementary School’s first Box Top and Labels for Education Contest for the year.

The next contest ends Jan. 10, so save those box tops and Campbell soup labels.

New this year at Timothy Ball is Tyson’s Project A+. Cut labels off of Tyson products and send them in. Grandparents, family members and friends are encouraged to contriubute labels.

Family photos offered

MAAP Services is offering a holiday photo opportunity to families with special needs members on Nov. 30. Photos will be taken by Ashleigh Jett at First Presbyterian Church, 218 S. Court St., Crown Point.

For $30, families will receive a CD with several photos which they can take to local photo shops of their own choice for printing. For an appointment, call Lisa at MAAP Services at (219) 662-1311, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Employees saluted

Congratulations to City of Crown Point Public Works Department employees Doug Robinson, Dim Drackert, Ken Ables, Joe Mion, Nanci Jewart and Windy Blair, recognized as Employees of the Month for October.

They were honored for scraping, sealing, priming, caulking and glazing all of the windows and painting the front porch of the Old Homestead. They finished in three weeks and saved the city more than $14,000.

Finding a book series

Crown Point Community Library has a new data base,, for series fiction. If you enjoy reading an author who writes a series of books, you can now look up the series.

Find the series order, a brief description, and something about the author. The data base is searchable by author, title, character, location subject and keyword.

Nutcracker with a twist

South Shore Dance Alliance and Gary Community School Corporation’s “Cirque Du Jazz, A Nutcracker Tale” offers an interesting twist to The Nutcracker ballet.

Cirque du Jazz is a mix of classical Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington music, including circus staging and aerial performances. The show will be performed at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 and 21 and 3 p.m. Dec. 22 at Wirt Emerson Visual and Performing Arts High Ability Academy Auditorium, 210 N. Grand Blvd., Gary.

For tickets, visit, email or call SSDA at (219) 513-9368.

If you have news to share about happenings in Crown Point, contact Kathy at (219) 663-5389 or Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

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About Crown Point

City Hall
101 N. East Street
Crown Point, Ind. 46307
(219) 662-3240

Police Department
124 N. East Street
Crown Point, Ind. 46307
(219) 663-2131

Fire Department
126 N. East Street
Crown Point, Ind. 46307
(219) 662-3248

Crown Point Community Schools
200 E. North Street
Crown Point, Ind. 46307
(219) 663-3371

Crown Point Parks and Recreation
11065 Broadway, Suite F
Crown Point, Ind. 46307
(219) 661-2271