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‘Browse to the Beat’ in Hammond

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 …

Religion briefs for July 19

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God’s Appointed Place: 1922 N. Main St. — A food distribution will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 19 or until the supply is gone. Canned goods, dry products, grains and a limited supply of fresh items will be available. …

Connelly: PNC grad finds social work is a fantastic fit

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When Purdue University North Central alumna Kayla Pomeroy earned her bachelor’s degree in social work in May, she wanted to be in a profession where she could contribute to society and hoped to work with children and families.

“I have a passion for children,” she …

Lukoshus: Purdue Calumet athletes are students first

Amid plenty of discussion about the commitment and responsibility of intercollegiate athletes to their academic obligations, Purdue University Calumet’s student-athletes have achieved marks that speak for themselves.

For the fifth time in the last six semesters, Peregrines student-athletes last spring recorded a cumulative grade-point average …

At the ‘Fore!’-front of learning: Camp teaches kids basics of golf

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CROWN POINT — Isiah Daggett, 12, first became interested in golf after watching the movie “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” which chronicles the story of a young amateur who wins the U.S. Open.

Further curiosity about the game prompted the Hammond youngster to watch the …

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NORTHWEST INDIANA Area’s Largest Golf Outing: The annual Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable Golf Outing, billed as the area’s largest golf outing, is slated for Monday at White Hawk Country Club, 1001 White Hawk Drive, Crown Point. Registration and breakfast begin at 7 a.m., and a …

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VALPARAISO Fire Department Softball Tournament: The South Haven Fire Department is to host its second annual softball tournament to raise money for the creation of an honor guard and for fire prevention programs. Games are Friday through Sunday at Haven Hollow Park, 330 W. 700 …

Underground fun: Camp offers kids archeological dig

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HAMMOND — Many types of camps for youngsters are offered at this time of year. Perhaps one of the more unusual ones is the Discover Nature program at Gibson Woods Nature Center. Sixteen area youngsters participated in a recent session, “Archeology, Can You Dig It?” …