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Lisa DeNeal

Gary native Lisa DeNeal is in her 16th year as a correspondent/columnist for the Post-Tribune. She is also the co-author of “Unflappable,” the 2008 memoir …Read More

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Live music, beer on tap at fundraiser

Last Thursday Jazz on the Lagoon happens July 31 and Aug. 28 at Marquette Park Pavilion, 1 North Grand Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and live music starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 (formal lounge and lower terrace) or $30 at the door. …

DeNeal: Opportunities aplenty to laugh or reunite

Comedian J. Anthony Brown, from the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” is bringing the J Spot Comedy Club to Majestic Star Casino, 1 Buffington Harbor Drive, Gary, for shows at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Featured comedians include Marvin Dixon and Kellye Howard, with …

Don’t miss Gary’s Fourth of July parade, celebration

Everybody loves a parade, and when you add the Fourth of July to the mix, you have the city of Gary’s annual Independence Day Parade, which is to start at 9 a.m. Friday at 15th Avenue and Broadway and end at Buffington Park, at 6th …

Drive-In Theatre on the Lake presents double feature

The city of Gary’s “First Friday Family Night: Drive-In Theatre on the Lake” is back at Marquette Park on Friday with a double feature — “Frozen” and “Hunger Games.” Gates open at 7 p.m. and the first movie starts at dusk. Park admission is $10 …

A chance to dance — in Hollywood Showcase

West Side Leadership Academy student Keivonte Jackson, 19, has loved dancing since he was in sixth grade dancing for a group called Visions of the Future. Now Jackson’s vision of his future rides in part on the chance to compete in the Hollywood Showcase happening …

Chilly day can’t mar a heartwarming cause

Mary Edwards, executive director of the Brother’s Keeper men’s shelter, did not mind that it was a chilly day for 5th annual 5K Fun/Run Walk-a-thon on May 17 at Froebel Alumni Park. Nearly 50 participants bundled up for the weather. “I prayed that it would …

Transplant has Gary fire inspector feeling like a kid

Gary Fire Department fire inspector and investigator Edward Jones jokes that he has the body of a 4-year-old. He has DNA and a kidney that basically are coming up on 4 years of age, even though he is in his mid-40s. On Oct. 16, 2010, …

National Council of Negro Women hosts membership mixer

The Gary section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. is hosting a free Spring Mix and Mingle Membership Social from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Dubois Public Library, 1835 Broadway. The social event will include networking and a chance to learn …

A Kruciial date awaits in the spotlight in L.A.

The popular local dance group Kruciial Kreatiionz is heading to Los Angeles to compete in the 2014 BET Experience, known as BETX, which runs from June 27 to 29 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Rounds 1 and 2 will take place June 28, …

Don’t be buffaloed; go after these scholarships

If you are a high school senior still seeking scholarship money for college, here are two chances provided by a local group and a hip-hop icon. Entries for the Indiana Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club’s 2014 scholarship are being accepted until Tuesday. Club member Pamela May …

Gary native bringing home a taste of Broadway

A little more than a year ago, Broadway star, singer, songwriter and Gary native Chester Gregory added “co-writer” and “producer” to his portfolio when he launched his one-man show, “The Eve of Jackie,” and performed before audiences at sold-out venues across the United States. Gregory, …

DeNeal: ‘Cinderella’ treatment awaits some in need

Prom season is underway, meaning high school juniors and seniors are on a quest for the perfect dress, accessories, makeup and hairstyle. If you remember your prom and are now parents of teenage girls, this event can get pretty pricey — if not for the …

Gary baker wins Stargazer award

Congratulations to Angel Cakes LLC owner and certified cake decorator and pastry chef Angela Lott for receiving the Stargazer Award on March 8 during the second annual Northwest Indiana chapter of Women Entrepreneurs of America (WEA) Inc. Legacy Leadership Conference at the Genesis Convention Center. …

DeNeal: Youth symposium focuses on good choices

The ladies of Alpha Sigma Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. hosted their 17th annual Youth Symposium, “Partners for Progress, Working Together to Build Bridges for Youth,” on March 8 at Thea Bowman Leadership Academy High School. They partnered with Sigma Gamma Rho’s …

  • Woman’s clothing store hosts fashion pageant

    Last Saturday I had the distinct pleasure of serving as a judge for the first Miss Ashley Stewart Fashion Pageant at its store, 3602 Village Shopping Center, Gary. Ashley Stewart is a popular clothing store for full-figured women who enjoy wearing modern, beautiful styles that …Read More

  • Film fest explores black cinema

    It was great seeing Gary native and actor William L. Johnson come home to host the third annual William L. Johnson Film Festival last weekend at the Glen Theater. Johnson, who has starred in numerous feature and independent films in nearly 20 years, brought returning …Read More

  • Annual film festival includes several screenings

    The third annual William L. Johnson Film Festival opens at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the Glen Theatre, 20 West Ridge Road, with a reception and the feature movie, “Note to Self,” and short films “Speaker of the House” and “Solstice.” The film festival …Read More