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Scholarships get a stylish boost

HIGHLAND — Shopping, live entertainment and a colorful fashion show were the draws for more than 100 people who filled the parking lot at Ms. Elle’s Especially For You Boutique for the recent Dare to be Different — Fashion with a Purpose celebration. In addition …

Michigan City Beaches and Blueways Cleanup set for Sept. 20

MICHIGAN CITY Beaches and Blueways Cleanup: The Trail Creek Watershed Group and other local environmental and community groups are organizing the third annual Michigan City Beaches & Blueways Cleanup for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday (CDT). Volunteers will clean the shorelines of Washington Park Beach …

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GARY Dine to Help Jefferson: The Gary Community School Corp.’s Jefferson Elementary School will host its first-ever McTeachers Night at 3 p.m. Thursday at McDonald’s, 1527 W. 5th Ave. Fifteen percent of proceeds will go to Jefferson Elementary School. Jefferson teachers and staff will take …

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WESTVILLE Constitution Day: Purdue University North Central, 1401 S. U.S. 421, will observe Constitution Day on Wednesday with activities, including a free screening of the Academy Award-winning movie “Lincoln.” The events are open to the public. “Lincoln” will be shown at 11 a.m. in the …

Gary playhouse is also a dream incubator

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GARY — The large building at 860 N. Lake St. has served several roles in the Gary community over the past six decades.

It initially was the Army-Naval Reserve Center, which operated for many years. Then the Charter School of the Dunes, which previously had …

Nature is focus of ‘Dunes and Blooms’ exhibit

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VALPARAISO — Lush nature photographs taken by two local photographers are on display through Feb. 27 on the Valparaiso University campus.

Photographs of the dunes by Pete Doherty and close-up pictures of flowers and other natural beauty, mostly in Hawaii, by Joanne Markiewicz are on …

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GARY School Functions: The Gary Community School Corp.’s special-education department and office of innovation and improvement will host an informational session from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Williams Elementary School, 1320 E. 19th Ave. Attendees can meet case managers and intervention specialists and take …

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Purdue University Calumet recognizes 3 ‘Outstanding Faculty’

It’s been said that an excellent education starts with outstanding faculty members. Purdue University Calumet recently recognized three faculty members as “outstanding.” The trio received 2013-14 Outstanding Faculty Awards for teaching, scholarship and service. The recipients are Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership and Supervision, Schererville …

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GARY School Functions: The Gary Community School Corp.’s special-education department and office of innovation and improvement will host an informational session from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Williams Elementary School, 1320 E. 19th Ave. Attendees can meet case managers and intervention specialists and take …

Religion briefs for Sept. 13

CHESTERTON

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

CROWN POINT

First United Methodist Church: 352 S. Main St. — Church members will take …

‘Battle’ brings history to life

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HIGHLAND — The loud booms recently heard throughout downtown Highland were no cause for alarm. The Battle on the Ridge, an annual re-enactment of a Revolutionary War conflict, was taking place at Main Square Park.

Hundreds of volunteers from various organizations set up camp — …

Bethel Church promoting unity, diversity in its return to Gary

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GARY — Since last fall, the modern-looking building with the glass-block wall on West 5th Avenue had sat quietly idle, like so many other buildings lining Gary’s once-prosperous streets.

That is, until the new Bethel Church Gary recently moved in.

For the past few weeks, …

Engagement: Flores-Branham

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Richard and Cynthia Flores, of Griffith, announced the engagement of their daughter, Alejandra Flores, to Jeffry Jon Branham, Jr., son of Jeffry and Maureen Branham, of Winter Park, Florida. The bride-to-be is a 2011 graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, where she earned her …

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VALPARAISO Gigantic Indoor Garage Sale: The Porter County Expo Center has booths available for rental for the second annual Gigantic Indoor Garage Sale to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15. Booth or space rental is $30 for an 8-foot-by-10-foot area. Tables …

Connelly: PNC students earn chancellor’s leadership awards

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WESTVILLE — Purdue University North Central Chancellor James B. Dworkin has announced the winners of the 2014-15 Chancellor’s Leadership Award. The students selected for the honor join a distinguished group of students who have a record of academic achievement and demonstrated leadership through involvement in …

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GARY 9/11 Ceremony: The city of Gary will host its annual 9/11 commemoration ceremony at 8 a.m. Thursday at city hall, 401 Broadway, to remember those who died at Ground Zero in New York and to honor Gary fire and police personnel. Members of the …