Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Vegas veteran brings laughs to Munster ]]> Lead story image

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 hosting and producing “Comedy Night” at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster. The next installment is Friday; doors open at 6:30 p.m. “Comedy Night” has been taking place for several years, and bonds have been created. “A lot of the same people come out for every show; it’s really become like a … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:45:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Connelly: PNC student finds social work is the right fit ]]> Lead story image

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 success. “I am an excellent social work student,” she said. Her grades earned her mention on the PNC semester honors lists. Guzman explained that her inspiration to earn her social work degree started many years ago. She was born in Mexico and came to the United States 12 years ago. She is proud to be … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:58:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

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 will be sold at wholesale prices. Several health screenings will be offered, and vendors will supply health care information. The first 50 attendees get a gift (limit one per family). DEMOTTE Library Lego: To mark Fire Prevention month, children ages 4 to 14 are invited to create fire trucks during Library Lego from 9:30 to … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:58:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fest makes it OK to feel railroaded ]]> Lead story image

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. “We’re here every year, rain or shine,” said Janey Martin, of Merrillville. “I grew up in Griffith and this fair was always a part of our life. It’s unique.” On the day’s agenda was a stroll through three old-time railroad cars that are permanently parked in the area, known as the Griffith Historical Park. Two … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:02:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

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, Ext. 219. PORTAGE Spay-ghetti Dinner: The Kibble Kitchen Pet Pantry will host its third annual Spay-ghetti dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Grand Oakwood Ballroom at Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Road. The event is for those 21 and older. Dinner will include spaghetti, salad and breadsticks, or a vegetarian offering, plus … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:04:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

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 presented in memory of the late George R. Coker, former executive director of the Urban League of Northwest Indiana. Tickets are $20 and are available from Dons and Donnettes and committee members or at Beautiful Things, 3570 Village Court. The donation at the door is $25. NORTHWEST INDIANA Pick & Treat for Tots: The Second … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:05:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Local writer’s motto: ‘Go for it’ ]]> Lead story image

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 found an audience of 30 listening to the impetus behind the new release. “Initially, I went to Ivy Tech College for culinary arts after I graduated from Lew Wallace High School,” Gales, 25, told the crowd. “But after receiving my degree, I found this wasn’t the career for me. I didn’t like the fast pace, … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:40:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

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, 3031 J.F. Mahoney Drive. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $10 for adults, or $5 for kids ages 6 to 10. Kids 5 and under are free. A Halloween costume contest is set for halftime. Information: NORTHWEST INDIANA Seed and Bulb Exchange: The Porter County Master Gardeners will … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:02:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mandela tribute to open West Side Theatre Guild season ]]> Lead story image

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 June 1964 until Feb. 11, 1990. He was elected African National Congress president in 1991 and in 1994 was inaugurated South Africa’s first democratically elected president. Mandela died in his Johannesburg home on Dec. 5, 2013. “Having the St. Joseph Choir of Senegal, Africa, come to headline this celebration symbolizes the full respect of this … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:05:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Young artists display their work ]]> Lead story image

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 the Hammond club. BGC art instructor Julio Guerra developed the idea for the event, with the intent of giving the youngsters an opportunity to show their creativity without the event being a competition. Dozens of people perused the presentations during the recent show. … ]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:05:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

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 broadcaster and news anchor for WGN Radio and hosts a number of broadcasts for WFMT, and among his published works as a writer are pieces on Route 66, which he has traveled the length of twice. Schwan will give an informal talk about his Highland years, his career and other endeavors and interests. Questions are … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:04:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 silent march to First United Methodist Church at 352 S. Main St. The vigil ceremony will include a musical performance. Children are welcome. Information: Call St. Jude House at (219) 662-7066, Ext. 17. St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church: 12718 Marshall St. — A holiday bazaar, bake sale and soup lunch are slated from 10 a.m. to … ]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 02:04:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 faculty members, learn about campus groups and programs, tour the campus, and attend a financial aid presentation. Following a brief presentation, the Fall Preview event will feature an academic and student services fair in the Savannah Gym from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. with campus tours beginning at 6:25 p.m. IU Northwest offers a wide … ]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:08:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Svengoolie will scare up laughs at Halloween bash in Valparaiso ]]> Lead story image

He makes horror a howl. Rich Koz long has been lacing scary movies with laughs as the fiendishly funny character named Svengoolie. Known for having a blast with things that go bump in the night, Svengoolie continues on that path with his headlining Valparaiso appearance on Nov. 1 at “Halloween Hullabaloo: A Nightmare on Chicago Street.” A presentation of Valparaiso’s Chicago Street Theatre, this event is fueled by a costume party. Appetizers, desserts and a cash bar will be available. Svengoolie is scheduled to sign autographs and have photos taken with fans at the “Hullabaloo.” Koz’s colorful alter ego is … ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 02:08:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

OGDEN DUNES Open House: The Historical Society of Ogden Dunes will hold an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Hour Glass, 8 Lupine Road. There will be a presentation by author/educator Dennis Norman on “The Legacy of the Indian Trails in NW Indiana and Porter County,” related to his “Images of America” book on Portage Township. CEDAR LAKE Logo Design Reveal: The Town of Cedar Lake will reveal its new logo at an event from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the town hall, 7408 Constitution Ave. South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority president/CEO Speros A. … ]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:04:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Trakas: Halloween’s near, time for BOOzfest and treats ]]> Lead story image

On deck in Hobart ... BOOzFest The Hobart Chamber is hosting a new event this year, the 2014 Boozfest. Enjoy a night of craft beer samples from local brewers and wineries, enjoy food provided by the Radisson and TJ Maloney’s, buy popcorn from ChicagoLand Popcorn, and listen to live entertainment. Boozfest will be held this Friday, Oct. 17 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event will be located at the Radisson Hotel, second floor. General admission is $45 or opt for the VIP Experience, which includes a full course dinner. Tickets can be purchased online at or call … ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:22:01 -0500