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Wasn’t July a great month for events to show off our city? We had hardly recovered from that great Fourth of July parade, so masterfully organized by Hobart Chamber CEO Mike Adams, when the Brickiefest hit us. Sponsored by the Hobart High School Alumni Association, the School City of Hobart and the City of Hobart, Brickiefest brought together between 1,500 and 2,000 former students and teachers.

Lorraine Rearick, class of 1941-42, celebrated the 70th anniversary of the class. Grayson Moss traveled from Texas to join his former classmates.

The event left attendees asking when the Brickiefest will be repeated.

The month of August promises to be equally exciting.

The Marie Reiner Senior Center will have a grand opening from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday. The doors will be open to members for activities on Monday.

The fitness room is equipped with treadmills, recumbent bikes and Wii Fit video games. T’ai chai, Pilates and yoga classes will be offered.

Thanks to St. Mary Medical Center, which donated computers, classes will be offered as soon as volunteer instructors can be recruited.

The two billiard tables are in place just waiting for players. The poker table also is ready.

The movie room will not only offer films but popcorn as well — all for the cost of a membership.

Executive director Pamela Broadaway is looking for volunteer teachers to assist with the many educational and arts and crafts classes the members are requesting.

Also needed are volunteers to work at the registration desk and class sign-up sheets.

Hopefully the center will be offering weekly pancake breakfasts, weekly soup luncheons and morning and afternoon beverages.

We owe a great thank you to the volunteers who have worked so hard getting the center ready. We owe very special thanks to Tom Ehrhardt who worked to make this center a reality. Join us at the center, which is in the former middle school, 705 E. 4th St. There is parking just outside the entrance on 4th Street.

The second great event for August is the Lakefront Festival Aug. 18 through 21.

The event was started 20 years ago to show off the newly built Festival Park. It was and is the joint effort of many of Hobart’s not-for-profit organizations.

The festival features four days of activities, climaxing on Sunday with the popular Dam Duck Race.

Each day, starting on Thursday, Aug. 18, the Hobart Jaycees will sponsor a beer garden. From 4 to 9 p.m. there will be bingo in the Community Center. Anderson Amusement will have rides for the kiddies. There will be entertainment at the band shell from 7 to 10 p.m.

The Lions Club will feature a steak fry from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19. Again there will be entertainment from 7 to 10 p.m. at the band shell. At dusk there will be a laser light show.

Saturday, Aug. 20 will be a fun-filled day starting at 8 a.m. with the Jaycee’s Children’s Fishing Derby along with a pancake breakfast. They will be serving until 11 a.m.

Arts and crafts vendors will be displaying their wares from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bingo will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Community Center.

The Hobart Elks will be serving a spaghetti dinner starting at 4 p.m. The Crawpuppies will entertain from 7 to 11 p.m. at the band shell. At dusk there will again be a laser show.

Sunday, Aug. 21, the Hobart Chamber of Commerce will be serving their famous pig roast from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until sold out.

There will again be bingo from 1 to 8 p.m. The Hobart Community Foundation’s Dam Duck Race will take place at 3 p.m. The racing ducks will be dropped off at the Lou Kuchta Memorial Bridge at that time. Tickets are $5 each — no need for you to be present, your duck will be there. The top prize is $1,000 with six other cash or merchandise prizes valued at $250 each. There will be about 65 other prizes.

The Hobart Arts League will present its fifth annual Juried Art Exhibit during the month of October.

Members are presently seeking entries for jurying. Forms are available at the League, 3850 Howard St.

The entry fee is $20 for one or two entries for League members. For nonmembers the fee is $25 for the first entry and $5 for each additional entry.

Entries must be postmarked before Sept. 16 and hand delivered to the Art Center the week of Sept. 19-23. Delivery hours that week are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, with additional hours of 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

The artwork will be judged on Sept. 30, with cash awards presented on Oct. 15 at an artist reception.



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