Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Front Porch Music fest promises array of styles ]]> Lead story image

Sunday’s Front Porch Music Festival is designed to showcase what Front Porch Music in Valparaiso is all about. Chad Clifford, owner of the music venue/music store, said one of the reasons for the seven-hour festival is “to kind of let the community know what diverse music we do down at Front Porch.” Over the years, Front Porch Music, at 505 E. Lincolnway, has been an intimate location for acoustic music, gaining a reputation as a folk haven. It has presented a couple of major names in pop music history: Peter Tork, of the Monkees; and 1960s troubadour Donovan, a member … ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:04:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lukoshus: Purdue Cal adds forensic accounting/fraud investigation certificate program ]]> Lead story image

Understanding how and why white-collar occupational fraud occurs and how it can be prevented is the focus of a new graduate certificate program Purdue University Calumet is introducing this coming school year. The Forensic Accounting & Fraud Investigation Certificate program is a four-course program intended for business owners, accountants, auditors, risk managers, law enforcement officials, lawyers and other professionals who want to better understand how to deter fraud within their organizations. Two courses — fraud investigation, and criminology and legal issues — will be offered Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, respectively, beginning Aug. 26. The third course, fraud data analysis, is … ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:07:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

VALPARAISO Artwork Display: Fifteen canvas paintings by adults with disabilities who take part in Opportunity Enterprises’ art enrichment program will be on display through Aug. 30 at Blackbird Cafe, 114 Lincolnway. Community members are invited to a meet and greet with the artists from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 1. The artwork will be available for viewing and purchase. For more information about the art enrichment program or the display, contact Carol Loesche at (219) 464-9621, Ext. 265, or email GARY Nostalgia Weekend: The Annual Froebel-Roosevelt Nostalgia is set for Aug. 9. The day is to begin with a … ]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 02:05:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gardens galore get spotlight in Miller ]]> Lead story image

GARY — Opening day of the recent two-day fifth annual Secret Gardens Tour in Miller found many visitors using their umbrellas. But they didn’t seem to care as they strolled through five residential properties with beautiful front, side and back yards full of colorful flowers, greenery and decorations. “These people weren’t going to let anything prevent them from enjoying the day,” Miller Garden Club volunteer Judy Tonk said with a laugh. “When the rain started, everyone laughed and said, ‘We are gardeners, so we don’t care (if it rains).’ ” The second day of the tour, sponsored by the Miller … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:05:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

VALPARAISO Symphony Orchestra 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. Selections will feature light classical, pops and patriotic music, plus music from Broadway musicals, TV and movies. Guests should bring blankets or chairs for seating. If it rains, the event will be at Chesterton High School, 2125 S. 11th St. Information: MERRILLVILLE Barbecue for the Troops: Lexus of Merrillville will hold a USO Barbecue for the Troops fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:03:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

GARY Back-to-School Fest: The Gary Community School Corp. will host a Back-to-School Fest from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Gary Area Career Center, 1800 E. 35th Ave. Every district school will be represented with informational booths. Attendees can get back-to-school questions answered and meet principals and staff, plus get immunizations and attend breakout sessions. Information: 881-5481. NORTHWEST INDIANA Youth Softball Tryouts: The 14U Illinois Fire fastpitch softball team for those age 14 and under is holding open tryouts from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 8 and 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at Collins Park in … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:06:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kids get a taste of the ‘reel’ world ]]> Lead story image

VALPARAISO — For about 10 years now, retired veterinarian Larry McAfee and kennel owner Mike Blythe have invited kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Porter County for a morning of fishing. “The United Way wanted a Day of Caring event for kids,” McAfee said. The Day of Caring volunteer effort, which tackles projects at nonprofits throughout the community, takes place on Aug. 22 this year. Take A Kid Fishing, held Saturday on McAfee’s Valparaiso-area property, paired the kids with mentors from the community, who probably enjoy the experience as much as or more than the kids, he said. … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:04:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Record-setting astronaut from Crown Point conveys high-flying saga in children’s book ]]> Lead story image

Call it galactic literature. The autobiography of Crown Point native Jerry Ross that deftly recounts his stellar career as a U.S. astronaut is now being transformed into a kid-friendly book. Scheduled for a September release by Purdue University Press, “Becoming a Spacewalker: My Journey to the Stars” is a picture-intensive publication designed for children ages 7 through 12. The text aims to engage young students in the world of science and mathematics, while prompting them to consider what possibilities in life lie ahead. “I’m hoping that young people can maybe learn from my example and set career paths for themselves … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:12:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

VALPARAISO National Night Out: The Valparaiso Police Department will take part in the 31st Annual National Night Out from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 5. The event aims to unite community members and police against neighborhood crimes. Officers from various divisions will be in neighborhoods to show their support. Neighborhoods that plan activities such as cookouts, ice cream socials and live music presentations should notify the department about the events so officers can attend. For more information, contact Sgt. Michael Grennes at 462-2135, Ext. 2313, or email GARY Video Debut: The Miller Beach Arts & Creative District, along with … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:04:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elvis tribute singer, Hobart native, to sing one more time ]]> Lead story image

HOBART — You could call David Lopez the Music Man. The Gary native and Hobart resident has been singing before crowds in Northwest Indiana for 55 years, beginning in 1959 as a member of the Franklin Elementary School choir, then moving on to playing Conrad in the musical “Bye Bye Birdie” at Lew Wallace High School. He’s performed in a number of bands through the years, playing at school dances and former local hot spots like The Cameo Lounge in Schererville and Lake Eliza Resort. He cut a record with one band and was a studio musician doing commercials for … ]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 02:04:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Browse to the Beat’ in Hammond ]]> Lead story image

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 home something each year. “We used to live in this area when they first started this event, so its always on our to-do list,” Lori said. “They play Beatles music here, and some of the vendors have unusual things. Last year, we found a Beatles album cover affixed to a beautiful piece of wood, something … ]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:03:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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. Zion Church: 1300 Jackson St. — The church will celebrate 80 years of service with the All Male Concert at 6 p.m. July 26 and The Finale at 11 a.m. July 27. Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church: 735 E. 20th Ave. — The annual Men’s Day will be at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. July … ]]> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:04:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Job seekers get help with the hunt ]]> Lead story image

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 Job Marketable program at Purdue University Calumet. “I’ve completely hooked up with the Internet and I receive job notifications all the time,” Morales said. “I’ve gone on many interviews, but nothing’s turned up yet.” This is the first time he attended the Work Smarter to be Job Marketable program, which offered valuable insights, perspectives, tips … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:04:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

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, the concert will have something for everyone. The orchestra’s selections will feature light classical, pops and patriotic music as well as music from Broadway musicals, TV and movies. Navy Pier trip: The Valparaiso Parks Department is taking a trip to Chicago’s Navy Pier and a two-hour lunch cruise: There is shopping and entertainment planned for … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:49:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Magic helps get the pages turning for East Chicago library program ]]> Lead story image

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. Shareef’s kindergarten class was at the show. “I was so impressed, I knew right then that this was something I wanted to do,” the Chicago illusionist said of Ali’s performance. “I went straight to the library to get some magic books. They had everything I needed to learn.” The rest is history, as the professional … ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:03:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

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 noon Saturday at the West Beach Contact Station. For more information, contact the information desk at (219) 395-1882 or visit Rangers Choice Hike: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore also will host a special ranger-led hike starting at 9 a.m. Friday. Meet the ranger at the Visitor Center and then caravan to that week’s featured location … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:04:30 -0500