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Gardens galore get spotlight in Miller

GARY — Opening day of the recent two-day fifth annual Secret Gardens Tour in Miller found many visitors using their umbrellas. But they didn’t seem to care as they strolled through five residential properties with beautiful front, side and back yards full of colorful flowers, …

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VALPARAISO Symphony Orchestra Performance: The public is invited to “Symphony Under the Stars,” a free concert featuring the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at Central Park Plaza, 64 Lafayette St. Selections will feature light classical, pops and patriotic music, plus music …

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GARY Back-to-School Fest: The Gary Community School Corp. will host a Back-to-School Fest from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Gary Area Career Center, 1800 E. 35th Ave. Every district school will be represented with informational booths. Attendees can get back-to-school questions …

Kids get a taste of the ‘reel’ world

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VALPARAISO — For about 10 years now, retired veterinarian Larry McAfee and kennel owner Mike Blythe have invited kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Porter County for a morning of fishing. “The United Way wanted a Day of Caring event for kids,” McAfee …

Record-setting astronaut from Crown Point conveys high-flying saga in children’s book

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Call it galactic literature. The autobiography of Crown Point native Jerry Ross that deftly recounts his stellar career as a U.S. astronaut is now being transformed into a kid-friendly book. Scheduled for a September release by Purdue University Press, “Becoming a Spacewalker: My Journey to …

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VALPARAISO National Night Out: The Valparaiso Police Department will take part in the 31st Annual National Night Out from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 5. The event aims to unite community members and police against neighborhood crimes. Officers from various divisions will be in neighborhoods …

Elvis tribute singer, Hobart native, to sing one more time

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HOBART — You could call David Lopez the Music Man. The Gary native and Hobart resident has been singing before crowds in Northwest Indiana for 55 years, beginning in 1959 as a member of the Franklin Elementary School choir, then moving on to playing Conrad …

‘Browse to the Beat’ in Hammond

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HAMMOND — Lori and Jim Smithfield spend summers searching for items to add to their Beatles memorabilia. One recent event the Chicago couple attended was the annual “Eat, Shop & Rock: Browse to the Beat Sidewalk Sale & Fest” in downtown Hammond, where they take …

Religion briefs for July 26

GARY New Mount Moriah Baptist Church: 1917 Carolina St. — The 38th Annual Outing will be from noon to 4 p.m. July 26 at the 19th Avenue and Georgia Street parking lots (east and west). The public is invited. Information: (219) 886-2555. St. Luke A.M.E. …

Job seekers get help with the hunt

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HAMMOND — Guillermo Morales is striving to stay positive as he continues to job hunt after a layoff from a Chicago hospital six months ago. Along with 100 others in the job market, the Lowell resident recently attended the 27th annual, Work Smarter to be …

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VALPARAISO Symphony Performance: The public is invited to “Symphony Under the Stars,” a free concert featuring the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at Central Park Plaza, 64 Lafayette St. in Valparaiso. Under the direction of Kirk Muspratt, music director and conductor, …

Magic helps get the pages turning for East Chicago library program

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EAST CHICAGO — David Shareef knew his fate at 5 years of age, when he saw Muhammad Ali perform magic tricks at Sister Clara Muhammad School in Chicago.

The celebrity boxer was showing a side not many knew about, as he visited the elementary school. …

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NATIONAL  LAKESHORE Junior Wildland Firefighter Program: Participants can meet the fire crew at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and learn about their jobs and equipment. Children then will receive a Junior Wildland Firefighter activity book and patch. The program will be held from 11 a.m. to …

Cage match highlights hunger-fighting fundraiser

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The incongruity is startling: A young woman dressed as Cinderella appearing at a pro wrestling event, perhaps even standing in the ring and announcing each match as it occurs. But Sunday’s Headlock on Hunger fundraiser in Portage will give spectators the opportunity to see just …

Kids summer track meets promote good health

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VALPARAISO — About 300 high-adrenaline kids competing during a recent summer track and field meet at Valparaiso High School went home feeling like winners. Valparaiso Parks and Recreation Supt. Phil Blasko partnered with Porter County, Highland Parks and Recreation and the Valparaiso Family YMCA to …

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PORTER COUNTY Free Festival: July marks the 80th anniversary of Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Road, Valparaiso. What began as a local family farm has transformed over the years into 238 acres of trails, fields, forest, farmland, facilities and more for folks to …