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Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran off to tell mom and dad you’d pinged Mrs. Molaitis’ basement window.

5 fresh and simple gifts to make by hand

December 5th, 2010 - By Jennifer Forker for the Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

This undated photo courtesy of Kim Mason and Christina Guerrero shows a handmade “sleeve” being used on an Amazon Kindle device. Mason and Guerrero, of Philadelphia, are architects who sell these colorful “sleeves” for high-tech toys from their Etsy shop, Rogue Theory. (AP Photo/Kim Mason) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Sometimes, a new twist on an old idea is all it takes and a beautiful handmade gift is born.

If you’re inclined toward making your own gifts this holiday season, look in on the following five ideas, which stand out for their simplicity and freshness.

Objections to international adoptions aren’t about crossing miles, but crossing cultures

December 4th, 2010 - By Young Lee, Medill News Service

When celebrities like Madonna and Angelina Jolie adopt children from foreign countries, the media coverage is intense. But for non-celebrities, who conduct such adoptions without the media glare, the process of the adoptions themselves and the fate of the children once they grow up never are examined.

For Beth Evans, 27, trips to Disneyland every year, birthday parties and holiday dinners may not have happened if she had not been adopted from Korea by her parents, Robert and Louise Evans. Evans was 2 years old when she was adopted from the Sung Lo Won orphanage in Seoul and brought to Grand Rapids, Mich.

Food with a Dash of Fun—One Pan Dinner: Roasted Salmon

December 3rd, 2010 - By Barb Ruess

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

NWI Parent Blog—We’ve all gotta eat-might as well have some fun in the kitchen! Check here for recipes, cooking with kids, food finds, and more.

Fish was on the menu last night – salmon is a family favorite so I started digging through my files and torn magazine pages to see if I could find a new roasting recipe. Roasting salmon is one of my favorite ways to cook it. It a healthy way to cook and always comes out with a nice clean taste; it’s simple to do; and surrounded by veggies it’s a one pan dinner which is a nice bonus at clean-up time. I found this recipe torn out of a Real Simple magazine. Tweaked it just a tiny bit for my crowd and it’s a new addition to my roasted salmon rotation. Enjoy!

Continue reading Barb’s latest post here on her “Food with a Dash of Fun” blog.

Filed under: Family Life, Food.

Vamp up the holidays

Calumet High strives to reduce suspensions, expulsions

December 8th, 2010 - By Carmen McCollum

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Students congregate in the hall at Calumet High School in Gary. (Photograph by Carmen McCollum/The Times.)

Calumet High School teachers and administrators say the key to decreasing the number of suspensions and expulsions is forming better relationships with students.

A couple of years ago, Calumet was among the top five schools across the state in suspensions, administrators said.

Today the school is focused on academics and working hard to transform the high school from one on academic probation to one filled with students who are academically successful and have the ability to collaborate and make healthy and productive decisions about their futures. The New Tech program, which was introduced this fall for freshmen and sophomores, will spread to the junior and senior class next fall.

FEATURED THIS WEEK—What’s new on nwi.com/parent

December 8th, 2010 - By NWI Parent Staff

THIS WEEK’S FEATURED EVENT

Dec 11: Snowflake Skate
MERRILLVILLE | Girls ages 4 and older are encouraged to bring a doll or a teddy bear to join the fun both indoors and out at this ice skating party. Participants will get to skate on the outdoor plaza, learn skating moves, get their picture taken and make a souvenir craft to help commemorate the event before having lunch. Find out more here.

ALSO THIS WEEK

Ongoing: Chicago Fire Juniors Northwest Indiana Soccer Club Tryouts at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Through Dec 9: And a Child Shall Lead at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 10: Christmas on the Buckley Farm Long Ago at Buckley Homestead in Lowell

Through Dec 13: The Story of the Nutcracker at the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Munster

Through Dec 17: Caroling at Cloud Gate at Adventure Stage Chicago

Through Dec 25: Lake County Animal Shelter Drive at Settings in Crown Point.

Through Dec 31: Pinkalicious at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 2: Winter Pageant at Redmoon Central in Chicago

Through Jan 2: The Wizard of Oz at the Apollo Theater in Chicago

Through Jan 9: A Christmas Story Comes Home at the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority in Hammond

Through Jan 9: Christmas around the World and Holidays of Light at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Jan 23: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago

Through Mar 13: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park in Chicago

Through Mar 13: Mexico—Festival of Toys at the Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 10-11, 17-18: Holiday Pajama Days at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station

Dec 11, 18, 19: Santa and Mrs. Claus are Coming to Town at the Courthouse Lower Level Shops in Crown Point

Dec 11-12: Candy Cane Express at the Hesston Steam Museum in LaPorte

Dec 11-12: The Nutcracker at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend

Dec 12: Family Snow Ball at Chicago Children’s Museum

Dec 12, 19: Free Soccer Clinics at the Crown Point Health and Fitness Center

Dec 14: Parenting Together at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station. This month’s topic is “Eating Healthy Starts at Home.”

Dec 15-Jan 2: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Bank of America Theatre in Chicago

Father Knows Nothing—The Great Glasses Caper

December 6th, 2010 - By Rick Kaempfer

NWI Parent Blog—Rick Kaempfer’s business card says author/writer/blogger, but his real job is “stay-at-home-dad.”

My middle son Johnny doesn’t need to wear his glasses all the time, so I didn’t even notice that he hadn’t worn them for several weeks. I only found out because I received an e-mail from my brother telling me that he had found Johnny’s glasses in his basement.

In Detroit. (Johnny had visited him there about a month ago.)

Continue reading Rick’s latest post here on his “Father Knows Nothing” blog.

Nuts!

December 6th, 2010 - By John Quinlan, Sioux City Journal

Ashton Verdoorn was born in Green Bay, Wis., home of the Packers. The budding football star’s favorite player? Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, the Packers’ arch-rivals. Yet it all makes sense for the 8-year-old who moved to Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, four years ago with his single mom and two sisters.

Packer country is behind him. He only wishes he could have left behind his health woes.

Ashton’s young body, pummeled by a myriad of food allergies, asthma and eczema, makes eating anything new a physical challenge. Nuts and peanuts? Not on the menu. Milk and dairy products? Once verboten but now allowed in modest amounts.

Family overcomes tragedy with a lesson in giving

December 6th, 2010 - By Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert, Morning Journal News

Maternal love knows no boundaries, and for local mother Kim Bailey that love is now international.

In June, Bailey and her husband, Tom, lost their 2-year-old son in a drowning accident at their home. While coping with Joey’s death as much as possible over the last few months, she and her mother Barb Durst knew the upcoming holidays and his birthday would be especially difficult.

They had been thinking of ways to help them get through those days when Durst heard an announcement on a Christian radio station about Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that provides gifts to underprivileged children around the world.

Trendy toys don’t stand up to Sixfinger, playthings of yore

December 5th, 2010 - By John Kass, Chicago Tribune

Whatever the hot toy is this year, you can rest assured it is not a Sixfinger.

The Sixfinger was the must-have item when I was a little boy. It was a devilishly clever plastic index finger that was actually a gun. It fired hard plastic objects and exploding projectiles.

You were supposed to shoot these off in the safety of a vacant lot. But it was even more satisfying to point your Sixfinger at the small of your little brother’s back and squeeze off a round, just as he ran