Updated: February 25, 2013 12:35PM
There are still many people who have loving hearts that are continuously helping others in a way that brings joy and God’s love.
That is what South County Love Your Neighborhood is all about — caring about your neighbors. When you attend one of their super dinner and entertainment events, you will be hooked on the delicious homegrown food and delightful talent (also homegrown).
These special events are fostered by the Hopewell Mennonite Church, with the Birky family a very integral part of the planning, cooking and entertainment.
Make a date today with your favorite valentine, and join them for “A Night of Love and Laughter” Feb. 14 at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 Division Road. Doors open at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30.
The meal sounds scrumptious — strawberry pecan salad, creamy broccoli cheese soup, roast beef with homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, glazed carrots, and, for dessert, choose from French silk pie, mint French silk pie, or peanut butter fudge pie. I’m hungry just visualizing it!
Entertainment includes a Beatles love song tribute by the Threatles, comedy by Kevin Birky, and melodious tones by the Birky brothers.
All of this food and entertainment for only $30. The extra special reason for each of their events is to benefit others. Proceeds from the Valentine’s Day event will provide iPads for autistic children at Kouts schools.
It is easy to purchase tickets by calling 766-3851 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m sure you’ll come away thinking it was a sweetheart of an evening. All of you who are part of this South County group are my pet persons of the week for your constant caring for your neighbors in need. Thank you!
The owners of Culver’s restaurants are another group of caring community-minded people.
From now until Feb. 28, they are hosting their annual food drive to benefit needy children and families, with the Valpo Culver’s donating to Hilltop Neighborhood families and the Schererville Culver’s donations going to those in the Tri-Town area.
When anyone donates a non-perishable food item or personal hygiene product, Culver’s rewards each donor with an “I have a heart” coupon which can be used for a scoop of Culver’s custard.
Each time you do your grocery shopping, how about picking up an item for the food drive, and take it to Culver’s at 2101 LaPorte Ave. Guaranteed to warm your heart!
Congratulations to the Valparaiso University committee that put together such a meaningful day honoring the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 21 with a convocation at the chapel, followed by various sessions in the afternoon, all of which touched on dreams becoming reality.
If only we would really “listen” to what he had to say, perhaps his dream for a united world could begin right here.
If you haven’t ever taken the time to read or hear about what King hoped and prayed for, please find and read his “I Have a Dream” speech.
Then I hope you have a great day because you deserve it.
Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.