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Festival in the First District on tap this weekend

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Updated: October 21, 2013 2:41AM



Festival in the First District is back with a couple changes, including a new location and schedule. The fest will run 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 23-25 in the parking lot at 6119 U.S. Highway 20 near the old Screaming Wheels skating rink.

First precinct committee Vice President Marcella Gregory said the First District precinct organization, along with volunteers, spent three weeks cleaning up and taking down trees and debris from the parking lot preparing for this weekend.

The three-day festival includes Sterling Crown Carnival and a car and bike show Saturday.

“The entry fee for the car and bike show is $20, and you can enter the show between 10 a.m. and noon. Judging happens at 3 p.m.,” she said. “There will be a first-place cash prize of $500 and trophies for runners-up.”

There will also be a beer garden, live entertainment and vendors. Gregory added that the vendor fee is $150 for three days. Food vendors must have a City of Gary Health Card.

For more information on the festival and vendors, contact Lolita Davis at 484-9981, Camille Clayton at 746-0144 or Herb Smith at 902-9130.

The final performances of the Gary Shakespeare Company’s rendition of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” directed by Norman Caplan, happen at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23-24 and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at Indiana University Northwest Theatre, also known as Theatre Northwest, 3660 Grant St. (the renovated building that once housed Hollywood Video) next to the Village Shopping Center.

Local actors include Wirt-Emerson VPA and High Ability Academy alumnus Vincent Banks, Jim Nowacki and Kekchukwu Brnfre. Admission is $10 at the door, cash only.

Call 980-6808 or go to IUN.edu/Theatre to reserve seats.

Gary Police Gun Buy Back takes place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24 at the following locations: New Beginnings Fellowship Church, 4500 Harrison St.; Trinity M.B. Church, 1831 Virginia St.; Pilgrim M.B. Church, 1301 W. 21st Ave., St. Andrew AME Zion, 749 Chase St. and Grace Unity C.O.G.I.C., 3435 W. 21st Ave.

Turn in unloaded handguns, shotguns and rifles from the trunk of your car and get a $50 Wal-Mart gift card. Turn in unloaded assault weapons and receive a $100 Wal-Mart gift card.

G.E.D. voucher registration will be available, as well as food, fun, back-to-school supplies, music and more. Beyond Four Walls Christian Center, 875 S. Lake Street is hosting a gun turn-in only.

A lot of Back-to-School events are happening Saturday, including Trinity Academy, 416 E. Ridge Road from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Spirit of God Accelerated Education, 1010 Roosevelt St. at noon and a Back-to-School picnic hosted by Gary School Board president Rosie Washington, noon at Pittman Square park.



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