Crown Point school children are on winter break. If you are looking for some fun things to do with them, here are a few suggestions.
The Crown Point Community Library will be offering family movies on Dec. 23, 26, through the 30 and Jan. 2,3 and 4. The movies will be showing continuously in the Children’s Program Room beginning at 10 a.m. and will end one hour before the library closing.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Visit www.crownpointlibrary.org or call (219) 663-0270.
Fun in the parks
If the snow holds out, sledding is available at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St. If the temperatures stay below freezing, the Crown Point Parks and Recreation Department has a free skating rink at the CP Sportsplex, 1313 E. North St.
Also remember the Lake County Parks and Recreation Department has a skating rink with skate rentals at Deep River Water Park, 9001 E. U.S. 30, Merrillville. Cross country ski rentals are available at Lemon Lake (6322 W. 133rd Ave., Crown Point), Oak Ridge Prairie (301 S. Colfax St., Griffith), and Stoney Run (142nd and Union Street, Leroy) county parks, and sledding hills at Lemon Lake and Oak Ridge Prairie are open when adequate snow is available.
Visit www.LakeCountyParks.com for updates, times and days, and fees.
If you have little ones 9 or younger, take them to the Lake County Parks' Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center, 2800 Colorado St., Lake Station, inside Three Rivers County Park. Visit www.MyBellaboos.com.
Art classes start
South Shore Arts has art classes beginning in January, with a variety of workshops and classes to choose from, or give a gift certificate so the budding artist can choose their class. Call (219) 836-1839, ext. 103 or visit www.southshoreartsonline.org.
Crown Point High School's Excalibur yearbook staff and Inklings newspaper staff have reason to celebrate. The yearbook won the Division III Harvey Award, the highest honor in the state given by the Indiana High School Press Association, and racked up a number of second- and third-place awards.
Inklings earned the top state ranking of Hoosier Star in the Large School category, and has been recognized every year since 2007 by the Indiana High School Press Association.
Want to help a college student? Alexandra Jostes is a Crown Point High School graduate attending Indiana University Bloomington as a freshman studying neuroscience with a pre-med track.
She joined IU's Global Brigades Club and members will travel to Honduras on spring break in 2014. Each member needs to raise $1,500 to cover airfare and help purchase materials for the infrastructure they will be building while there.
Her fundraising page is online at www.empowered.org/ajostes/initatives.
Christians all over the world will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on Wednesday. I wish everyone a very blessed Christmas. Please pray for the families who lost loved ones this past week in Crown Point, and remember members of the U.S. Armed Services away from their loved ones during the holidays.