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Soul mate search hits the gas

MILLER — There are many ways people go about meeting someone to date these days. Connections through friends and family members, newspaper personal columns, and Internet dating sites are a few examples. Another innovative way to meet others is via speed dating, an event that …

IU Northwest unveils fully online teaching certificate program

GARY — Responding to the growing demand for online educators, Indiana University Northwest has announced it will offer a new K to 12 Online Teaching Certificate beginning in January.

The certificate program, which will be taught fully online, is a 15-credit hour program that will …

Lake County Library chief: ‘Libraries can change lives’

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When the Lake County Public Library needed to search for a new director/CEO recently, board members did not have to look far.

With a career spent among the stacks of books throughout the libraries of Northwest Indiana, Ingrid Norris sports an array of experiences that …

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VALPARAISO Half-Marathon: The United Way of Porter County is hosting its fifth annual Valparaiso Half Marathon at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 9 at 951 Eastport Centre Drive. All proceeds go to the chapter’s Power of Youth Council, which holds fundraisers that benefit community youth self-esteem programs. …

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GARY Trash Collection Forum: A community forum about the city’s new contract for trash hauling is set for 5:30 p.m. Monday at Gary City Hall, 401 Broadway. Residents can ask questions about trash services and recycling. The forum also will be broadcast live on the …

Trakas: Upcoming Hobart happenings

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Hobart’s Parents as Teachers organization is hosting a trunk-or-treat event from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot at the Early Learning Center, 400 N. Wilson St.

Trunk-or-treats are a fun way for younger children and their families to participate in trick-or-treating in …

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GARY Knight Foundation Challenge Q&A: The Knight Foundation will hold an informational session from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday at Ivy Tech Community College, 1440 E. 35th Ave., to discuss the Knight Cities Challenge, which is seeking new ideas to make Gary and 25 other …

Motorcycle ride benefits Hobart Food Pantry

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A recent motorcycle ride fundraiser organized in the memory of Nancy Teer Snider raised $10,000 for the Hobart Food Pantry.

Snider, who died in May, was a strong supporter of the food pantry and volunteered there often, longtime friend Ken Giertz said.

Giertz and Snider’s …

Big plans appetizing to restaurateur

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GARY — Larry Jenkins has a far-reaching vision for his new restaurant, World’s Choice Jerk and BBQ.

This includes developing the eatery as a springboard for a franchise operation, as well as cementing the name in the city of Gary with community partnerships.

“Gary is …

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PORTAGE Township Pioneers Honored: A dedication ceremony to honor some of Portage Township’s earliest settlers is set for 3 p.m. Thursday at McCool Cemetery, 2700 McCool Road. A new memorial recently was erected there to remember settlers buried at James Shrock Cemetery. Information: Call McCool …

Historical society fundraiser a grave matter

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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 …