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Updated: September 10, 2012 1:32PM



Have you ever watched “Dancing With the Stars”? Has it become a “must see” to determine which couple will win that segment, and then to be sure the wrong dancers were eliminated?

Well, here is your chance to be a part of the voting for the top dancers. The Valparaiso YMCA is hosting “Dancing With the Y Stars” from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Aug. 25 at the YMCA pavilion to benefit the Promises Kept capital campaign to help reduce the $3 million building debt.

If you think those dancers on television are good, “you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” Their outfits may not be quite as risque, but their moves on the dance floor will amaze you.

Celebrity dancers include Deb and Scott Anselm; Lisa Brickley and Eric Kalwitz; Dawn and Dave Collins; Brett Howie and Dave Galloway; Sue and Bob Jones; Debbie and Mike Miller; Crystal and Dimitri Olympidis; Lori and Mike Pavell; Linda and Jerry Rodenbarger; and even some surprise dancers. (We were thinking about being dancers, but didn’t want to show up all these young swingers!)

The couples will compete to win the one-of-a-kind mirror ball trophy.

Tickets are $100, and include international hors d’oeuvres, compliments of Bistro 157, beverages, outstanding entertainment, and a silent auction. BMO Harris Bank is the presenting sponsor, and the Urschel family is matching every dollar raised.

This is going to be a premier event, so give Carol Misch a call at 462-4185, Ext. 225, for tickets and information, or visit www.valpoymca.org. Come dance with them! Or you can even vote for your favorite couple now. Pick up that phone, or get online.

Today I will realize the beginning of a dream I and many others have had for years. It is the groundbreaking at Lakeside Opportunities to begin permanent housing for special needs adults who want to live in a home independent of their families.

The homes will be on OE property so that the residents will have access to their workplace, and always have qualified caregivers.

Thank you to the many visionaries who never let this dream float away, and a staff and board who are making it a reality.

Another important experience — if you are interested in what inclusion is all about, please call Sara Carter at 464-9621, Ext. 332, and register for the National Inclusion Project’s workshop, “Inclusion — What are You Waiting For?”

The Aug. 23 workshop is free and open to everyone. Breakfast and lunch are included, and what we learn will be invaluable for all our neighbors.

Registration for the 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. workshop is required. This project was founded by singer Clay Aiken, who was a special education teacher and wanted to create awareness about the positive possibilities inclusion can bring when the gap between those with disabilities and others is closed. The workshop will be held at Opportunity Enterprises, 2801 Evans Ave., Valparaiso.

Hope to see you there.

Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.



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