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Theatre offers festive format: six plays

Where else but at a “6x10 Play Festival” can a person see a wide variety of characters and themes, ranging from a pair of garden flowers confronting the intrusion of a weed into their paradise, to complications arising from a remote-controlled adult toy? The 2014 …

Religion briefs for Aug. 23

CHESTERTON

Liberty Bible Church: 824 N. Calumet Ave. — Financial Peace University classes will be offered to the community from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 17. A free preview class will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10. Information: (219) 926-3038.

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Silence isn’t Fourever at library

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HAMMOND — The mellow sounds of live 1960s music recently carried over from the Hammond Public Library’s Community Room to many of those seated at the study tables.

But the patrons didn’t seem to mind, as they began tapping their feet to the beat.

“I’m …

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HOBART Paws for Homeless Animals Day: The third annual event will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Festival Park on the Lake, 111 E. Old Ridge Road. It is designed to bring awareness to the homeless pet problem. Highlights are to include …

IU Northwest to present ‘Cooler Bandits’ documentary

Indiana University Northwest’s “One Book ... One Campus ... One Community” reading initiative kicks into high gear Oct. 4 with a highly anticipated documentary that will fuel the discussion of themes in the latest book selection for the 2014-15 academic year, “The New Jim Crow,” …

Banas: IU Northwest mentor inspires at-risk kids through art

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Kenard Jackson grew up with his own set of challenges, much like the kids who receive guidance from Clear Path Adolescent Treatment and Family Services Center in Gary. Jackson, now a 43-year-old Gary resident majoring in fine arts at Indiana University Northwest, said that as …

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VALPARAISO Night Ride, Breakfast, Raffle: The fourth Valpo Night Ride organized by the parks department and the city of Valparaiso’s Pathways Committee is slated for Saturday. The 15-mile organized evening ride begins and ends at the Butterfield Pavilion, taking cycling enthusiasts in and around the …

Trakas: Market returns, with chance for Garth Brooks tickets

After taking a break for Hobart’s Lakefront Festival, the Hobart Summer Market returns to Festival Park on Thursday. Fresh produce will be available from Verduzco Farms in Hobart and Chilcott Farms in Lowell. Your favorite food and craft vendors will also be in the park …

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GARY Benefit Ride: The Buffalo Soldiers of Indiana, Mother Chapter, is having a benefit ride for the Brother’s Keeper homeless shelter on Saturday at 2120 Broadway. Registration is $10, or $15 with a passenger, and starts at 9 a.m. The ride begins at 10 a.m. …

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HOBART Superhero 5K: The second annual Superhero 5K race is slated for 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Robinson Lake, 5250 Liverpool Road. The event is to benefit Robinson Lake Park. There will be a free kids fun run. Participants can dress as superheroes. The 5K is …

Back-to-school event is a day in the park for Sunnyside kids

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EAST CHICAGO — Although beach trips and picnics still are in vogue, back-to-school events recently began to appear on the summer scene.

One recent annual get-together, the Back to School Picnic at Sunnyside Park, served many purposes: offering the subdivision’s children supplies, honoring residents for …

Gary community pulls together to aid schoolkids

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The Gary Community School Corp. partnered with the community recently to clean up and prepare students with resources for the 2014-15 school year. Rochelle Brock, executive director of the urban teachers education program, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and Arise youth director Dionte Glover brought teams …

Annual party a chance to do polka dance

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HAMMOND — Although sisters Mary Yuritic and Carol Tomczak didn’t come from a Polish background, they nevertheless have memories of dancing the polka with their father at many social events.

Many of those recollections came alive as the ladies recently listened to Tony Blazonczyk’s New …

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MICHIGAN CITY Pinhook Bog Open House: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is offering tours of Pinhook Bog from noon to 3 p.m. Sundays in August. Participants can tour the bog on their own and talk to rangers stationed along the trail who will help them understand …

Religion briefs for Aug. 16

CROWN POINT

First United Methodist Church: 352 S. Main St. — Church members will take the football field at the Crown Point Sportsplex against members of the Crown Point Police Department for a flag football game at 2 p.m. Sept. 14, as part of a …

Connelly: PNC grad on the right track in engineering career

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As a Purdue University North Central student, Lisa Brownlee worked hard to position herself for success. The May graduate earned her degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in electrical engineering. She selected her major because it was a subject that she enjoyed and she …