Inn at Aberdeen
3158 South State Road 2, Valparaiso, Indiana, 46385, United States
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Labrynth off Indiana Avenue, north and west of VU
Valparaiso Public Library (Porter County Library)
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Child Abuse Awareness
The local Chapters of the Child Abuse Prevention Council is very active. Each April, during Child Abuse Awareness Month there are exhibits around town. During the rest of the year, they sponsor parenting programs and counseling activities to help parents prevent abuse and to learn more about what they to do to help themselves and others.
The Big Wheel is leaving
On October 31, 2006, the Big Wheel Restaurant closed it's doors. Known as a local gathering spot since the mid-1960's, the Big Wheel has served home cooking to the city and it's guests. Many families gathered at the Big Wheel each Sunday after church. Tables of 6 or 10 were not uncommon. Some days, it would take 15 or 20 minutes just to get to your seat. Not 10-20 minutes waiting for a table, 10-20 minutes talking to friends and acquaintances you haven't seen since last Sunday, or since yesterday.
The old TV show "Cheers" was said to be the place 'where everybody knows your name'. The Big Wheel was such a place. It had a standard of friendliness and community that will be hard to replace.
If you've ever been there, you'll remember the Sailfish over the kitchen. As the year progressed, the fish would don the appropriate items to keep in the spirit of the season. Christmas might find it with a red hat. St. Patty's day it would be dressed in green. You never knew what might be the costume of the next season. With the on set of the War in Iraq, an American Flag appeared and remained. Home Town heros were remembered as they went off to fight, and remembered when the returned.
The saddest day came when the Big Wheel in front came down. It had been a landmark in town for nearly 50 years. After 50 years, the 'Wheel' Closed in 2006.
Annual Crop Walk
Each year, it changes. This year, it was shorter than usual. A few years back, maybe 10 or was it just 5 years? Oh, well, back then, it changed to the Valparaiso University Campus. It's a family affair. Sometimes, it's only 2 generations, once in a while, 3 participate.
Watch the Great Blue Herons
Each spring and fall, the Great Blue Heron migrate through northern Indiana on their way north to the breeding grounds or south to their winter resorts. Each fall, they use Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area as a gathering and resting place after their long flight from across the Great Lakes. They don't necessarily fly over Lake Michigan, but there are few resting places from north of Lake Superior, until the wetlands of the 'old' Grand Kankakee Swamp.
Here, they congretate until there are several thousand resting in the refuge at night and feeding in the surrounding areas by day. Just driving to the refuge, you begin seeing Herons in every field, eating the grain left by the harvestors. The best time is October near dusk. That's when the Herons begin to congregate at the resting area. Indiana DNR has established a parking area with a observation tower. The public parking area has a front row view of the field and you don't have to get out of the car, but you'll enjoy the short walk through the woods and the information signs (quiz) along the way.
For those needing closer parking, The tower and all are accessible. A handicap only paved parking lot is adjacent to the tower and there is a ramp to the upper deck. Everyone should be able to see the Herons. See the picture of the ramp by clicking on the photo.
It's a 40 minute trip from Valparaiso, south on IN 49 to IN 10 and east to US 421. Then south to the Jasper Pulaski signs at Radioville. The observation tower is on the south side east on IN 143. There have been signs, but they can be hard to see. The last turn is after the office and work yard/picnic grounds. You turn north on a refuge road (paved here) and the parking lot is immediate on your left. Handicap parking is a bit further north at the edge of the small woodlot (north end of the public parking area).
Six Languages ask for God's Peace. It is a location that you can come to contemplate or meditate about peace in your life, the community, and the world. Join the congregation on Sunday Mornings for worship.
Located at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 1507 Glendale (across the street from Valplayso). Glendale links with Campbell Street at the corner where Central Christian Church is located, south of the High School (go east). Glendale crosses North Calumet at the Taco Bell/Walgreens corner (go east). Glendale crosses North Roosevelt, just north of Thomas Jefferson Elem. School and TJ Middle School at the Times Newspaper building corner (go east). Glendale connects with Silhavy Road at the Nazarene Church Corner (go west).
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Address: 3158 South State Road 2, Valparaiso, Indiana, 46385, United States