Back-to-school jamboree is a family tradition
September 19, 2012 1:36PM
The annual Back-to-School Jamboree takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Indiana University Northwest in Gary.
The jamboree is sponsored by State Rep. Vernon G. Smith, D-Gary; African-American Achievers Youth Corps; the I.U. Dons; IUN; Majestic Star Casinos and Hotel; Methodist Hospitals; Geminus Corp.; State Farm Insurance; Fresh County Market; Haywood & Flemings Associates Insurance Agency; U.S. Steel; and weekly newspapers the Gary Crusader and 411 News.
“We’ve held the Back-to-School Jamboree for several years now,” Smith said. “It definitely has become a family tradition. We have plenty of activities for the students as well as free school supplies.”
The activities include the popular three-on-three basketball tournament inside the Savannah Hall gymnasium, a film festival, double Dutch jump rope competition, video game tournament and a dance contest. For younger children there will be fingerpainting, face painting and a drawing contest.
Smith added that exhibit booths and vendors will be present. For more information, contact Smith at 887-2046.
There’s still time to register and participate in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Hidden Lake Park, 6355 Broadway in Merrillville.
The association expects more than 500 participants, who will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause. Alzheimer’s disease is now the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.
Participants in the walk will receive a Promise Flower, making a commitment to fulfill their promise to remember, to honor, to care and to fight Alzheimer’s disease by participating in the Promise Garden.
This year’s goal is to raise $105,000. Last year the Merrillville Walk raised more than $94,000.
Alzheimer’s Association Greater Indiana Chapter Executive Director Heather Hershberger said funds raised will provide care and support services to the thousands of Hoosiers living with Alzheimer’s, while contributing to advancing critically needed research.
Start a team by visiting www.alz.org/Indiana. For more information, call (800) 272-3900.
The 14th annual Breast Cancer Walkathon is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 13, at Marquette Park.
Community HealthNet holds the walkathon to build awareness and raise funds to support local breast cancer screenings, diagnosis and treatment initiatives.
The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2012, 39,510 women will die from breast cancer. The number of deaths is an estimated 17 percent of all projected new breast cancer cases in the U.S. for 2012.
Registration is at 9 a.m. at Marquette Park. It is $20 each or $150 per team. Proceeds benefit the Community HealthNet Services for Women. For more information, call 880-1190.