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Historical society fundraiser a grave matter

HAMMOND — A recent sunny Sunday afternoon at Oak Hill Cemetery found many clusters of people strolling through the grounds. They weren’t there to visit deceased friends or relatives; they were participating in the 16th annual Cemetery Tour sponsored by the Hammond Historical Society. The …

Vegas veteran brings laughs to Munster

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Being a funny guy has paid off for Nick Gaza.

The East Chicago native is a stand-up comic who notched a headlining gig at the Tropicana, a major resort on the famous Strip in Las Vegas.

Gaza also is bringing laughs to Northwest Indiana by …

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VALPARAISO

Fall Party: Kids ages 3 to 5 can trick-or-treat and play Halloween games in costume from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 31 at Discovery Cottage, 1158 Harrison Blvd. The price is $8 for city residents and $20 for nonresidents. Information: Visit www.ValpoParks.org, call (219) …

Religion briefs for Oct. 25

CROWN POINT

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church: 12718 Marshall St. — A holiday bazaar, bake sale and soup lunch are slated from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15. Vendors are welcome. Information: Mary Edwards at (219) 663-8914.

EAST CHICAGO

Grace Missionary Baptist Church: 3602 Ivy …

Connelly: PNC student finds social work is the right fit

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Purdue University North Central student Jacqueline Guzman decided that she wanted to become a social worker so she could help people in a meaningful way.

Guzman is on track to earn her bachelor’s degree in social work in December, and she is proud of her …

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MERRILLVILLE Health Fair/Farmers Market: The Methodist Hospitals Fall Community Health Fair is set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Indian American Cultural Center, 8605 Merrillville Road. It will feature a farmers market with healthy food demonstrations presented by chefs from Methodist, and produce …

Fest makes it OK to feel railroaded

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GRIFFITH — One annual fall event on the must-attend list of many northwest Indiana residents is the Griffith Railroad Fair, sponsored by the Griffith Historical Society. This year found hundreds of visitors enjoying myriad activities in and around the old train depot on Broad Street. …

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VALPARAISO Concert: Local resident Abby Keller will perform with the Concordia University Chicago concert choir Kapelle at 4 p.m. Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1700 Monticello Park Drive. Kapelle annually tours the country. Admission is free, but free-will offerings will be accepted. Information: (219) 462-8207, …

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GARY Education Banquet: The I.U. Dons Inc. & Donnettes Blue Ribbon Steer Committee’s 45th annual education banquet is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Genesis Convention Center, 1 Genesis Center Plaza. There will be an awards presentation and entertainment, and scholarships are to be …

Local writer’s motto: ‘Go for it’

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EAST CHICAGO — Marcus Gales used to consider himself a shy guy, but that’s all changing, as the freelance writer from Gary now is talking candidly to people about his just-published book, “Bound in Blood.” A recent book signing at the East Chicago Public Library …

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HAMMOND Roller Derby For a Cause: The South Shore Roller Girls will face the Midwest Derby Divas, of Illinois, with proceeds to benefit Reins of Life: Therapeutic Horseback Riding, in Michigan City. The match is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Jean Shepherd Center, …

Mandela tribute to open West Side Theatre Guild season

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GARY — The West Side Theatre Guild opens its 19th season Oct. 30 with a musical and dance tribute to the late South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela featuring the St. Joseph Choir of Senegal in Africa. Mandela was imprisoned from …

Young artists display their work

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HAMMOND — Khayla Edwards may only be 10 years old, but the budding artist is exhibiting and selling her work to the public. One recent venue, “2014 Art Festival,” found the Hammond youngster and her fellow Boys and Girls Club members displaying their talents at …

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HIGHLAND WGN News Anchor Visit: The Highland Historical Society will host Dave Schwan — WGN News anchor, reporter and published writer — at 7 p.m. Thursday in The Lincoln Center Banquet Room at 2450 Lincoln St. Schwan was raised in Highland. He is a freelance …

Religion briefs for Oct. 18

CROWN POINT

St. Jude House Vigil: All are invited to a candlelight vigil to observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Participants are to gather at the north end of the Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St., Crown Point, for a …

Banas: High schoolers invited to Fall Preview Night at IUN

A number of events are upcoming at Indiana University Northwest. Indiana University Northwest will host Fall Preview Night starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Savannah Center. High school students, adult learners and other students of all ages and interests are invited to speak with …