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Today is the last day to purchase tickets for the ECIER Foundation’s private movie premiere of “The Butler,” at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at AMC Theaters, 2590 Southlake Mall Drive, Merrillville.

ECIER, which stands for Educate Communicate Innovate Entrepreneur Relationships, replaces the former Barden Gary Foundation, and the private screening is ECIER’s first fundraiser.

Tickets are $25 each and include a catered lunch. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Proceeds benefit the programs offered through the ECIER Foundation.

For more information call 663-9715.

Be sure to bring your family to the “Rock the Block” Back-to-School Rally and Community Block Party from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Roosevelt stadium parking lot, 730 W. 25th Ave.

There will be free school supplies, games, a “Panthers Win Big” raffle, new student registration to Roosevelt College and Career Academy, free dental exams, dance and rap battles, Zumba, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and more.

For more information, call 881-1500.

Other events this month include the National Civil Rights Hall of Fame sponsoring a free public forum, “From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin,” at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at Indiana University Northwest in the library conference center. August 12 is also National Civil Rights Day.

Guest panelists include Valparaiso Law School interim dean and professor of law Ivan Bodensteiner, criminal defense attorney and Kimbrough Association president Derrick Julkes, attorney Michael Tolbert, and former judge of the Lake County Court Circuit Lorenzo Anderson.

In a press release, former Gary mayor Richard G. Hatcher said the National Civil Rights Hall of Fame is sponsoring the forum because Trayvon Martin’s killing and the George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict has generated anger, anxiety and disbelief.

“People simply are having a very hard time understanding what the jury did. We want to explain how this happened, particularly in the context of the Stand Your Ground laws now existing in 31 states in the nation,” Hatcher said.

Starting 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, the Grant Theatre, 3850 Grant Street, presents “Arise Youth: Fresh Fridays” every third Friday of each month.

The event, hosted by Mark McFly, includes raffle prizes, food, vendors style off and more with special guest performances. Admission is $5.

For ticket information, contact Ebony White at arisegaryyouth@gmail.com.

For more information about Arise Gary Youth, contact Arise youth director Dara Jackson at (224) 627-6732.



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