Trying to stay warm has been a real challenge. While I enjoy the snow, I hope that by having a real winter, Mother Nature will grant us a real spring and summer.
Until then, there are plenty of activities in Crown Point to help keep away the winter blues and cabin fever.
Celebrate with school
St. Mary Catholic Community School's Home and School Association presents “Masquerade,” its Celebration of Gifts gala, from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Avalon Manor, 3550 E. U.S. 30, Hobart.
The evening includes dinner, entertainment, silent and live auctions, raffles and more.
Tickets are $60 and may be purchase in the school office, 405 E. Joliet St., through Jan. 30. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Learn to play lacrosse
The Crown Point Lacrosse Club will host an indoor clinic for boys and girls in grades 2 to 8 from 5 to 7 p.m.Saturday at the Southlake YMCA, 1450 S. Court St., Crown Point.
Children will be introduced to the basic skills of throwing, catching and shooting. This year the club will include two new boy teams for ages Under 9 and Under 11, while girl teams are sponsored at the middle and high school levels.
Children may bring their own lacrosse stick, while loaner sticks will be available. No registration is required, but participants must have a signed waiver to participate. Waivers will be available at the clinic or may be downloaded at www.freeteams.net/cplax.
Author to speak
The Crown Point Community Library, 122 N. Main St., will host author Katherine Hoeger Flotz at 2 p.m. Feb. 4 in Meeting Room 1. She will discuss her book, “A Pebble in My Shoe: A Memoir.”
No registration is required. Call Barb Houk at (219) 306-4597.
Winterfest at school
Jerry Ross Elementary School, 11319 Randolph St., Winfield, will host its Winter Around the World Winterfest fom 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 7. Enjoy food, music in the DJ room, an obstacle course, rock wall, bounce houses, a cake walk, a toddler area and all new games.
And congratulations to Jerry Ross Elementary School's Science Olympiad Team: Nolan Chase, Andrew Daley, Ana Gramosli, Erin Harrison, Joshua Holbrook, Anna Holloway, Tatum Mitchell, Ryan Myers, Michael Plants, Mankinth Singh, Grace Wells and Clay Wignall.
A night of music
The Crown Point Music Boosters will host its annual gala “ A Noteworthy Night,” Feb. 15 in the cafeteria of Crown Point High School, 1500 S. Main St.
Tickets are $20, while a table of eight is $185 and a table of ten is $230. Tickets may be purchased by calling (219) 230-NOTE or by mailing a checks payable to "Crown Point Music Boosters" attn. A Noteworthy Night, 1500 S. Main St. Crown Point, IN 46307.
The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres served at 6:30. The evening will include gourmet food, a silent auction, and music performances by Bella Voce, QYP, jazz band, chamber orchestra, and select ensemble groups.
Visit www.anoteworthynight.com for more information.
I know how I'll be spending part of this weekend - celebrating my son's 27th birthday. Happy Birthday, Matt.