Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ A Miller Beach home for the Bard ]]> Lead story image

A bit of the Bard is what some folks in Gary’s Miller Beach think is needed to help bring the lake community back to its former glory. And with three productions under its belt, the Gary Shakespeare Co. is attracting the involvement of people from as far away as Chicago and LaPorte. Corya Kennedy Channing, of Miller Beach, has chaired the theatre company’s board of directors since its founding. The current production of “Twelfth Night” is their third offering, following “Romeo and Juliet” earlier in the summer at the Miller Beach location, and “King Lear” at Indiana University Northwest. One … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:34:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ High marks for kids charity with Valpo ties ]]> Lead story image

For every burger eaten at Valparaiso’s Burgerhaus restaurant, a child in Kenya gets to eat for a day. That’s because the eatery “has chosen to make caring for children a part of their business,” according to Michael Bustos, director of media and communications with Kids Alive International. Now both private and business donors to the charity can rest assured their money is being used wisely, thanks to a recent four-star rating by the top charity evaluator in the country. For the 12th year in a row, Kids Alive has been awarded the highest rating possible through Charity Navigator, America’s largest … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:04:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

GARY Book Signing: State Rep. Vernon Smith will sign copies of “The Power of the Tongue: Rise Up and Walk,” starting at 7 p.m. Friday at the Glen Theatre, 20 W. Ridge Road. In the book, Smith — also an education professor at Indiana University Northwest — unveils memoirs and excerpts of 39 of his greatest speeches from his career, according to a synopsis of the work on Roosevelt Class of ’65 Bus Trip: The Gary Roosevelt Class of 1965 is hosting a bus trip for the general public to Biloxi, Mississippi, and New Orleans. The seven-day, six-night trip … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:34:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lukoshus: Purdue Cal made mark nationally in 2013-14 ]]> Lead story image

Classes are in session and the campus is a buzz of activity, signaling the start of another new academic year at Purdue University Calumet. But before focusing on what promises to be an enriching year of learning for students pursuing their Purdue degree at Purdue Calumet, here’s one last shout-out for the academic year that was — 2013-14 — and, notably, the numerous recognitions of national distinction Purdue Calumet students, faculty and staff achieved. Here we go ... Student success A team of 31 advertising and marketing students bested a field of challengers from 140 colleges and universities to win … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:34:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Connelly: Meet PNC’s newest faculty members ]]> Lead story image

WESTVILLE — Purdue University North Central welcomes new full-time faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year. They are: College of Science Lindsay Gielda, visiting assistant professor of biology. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her doctorate at the University of Michigan. Most recently she served as an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern Michigan College. Amy Hammoud, visiting assistant professor of nursing. Hammoud holds associate degrees from Indiana University and Purdue University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Phoenix. She has been employed as a registered nurse at St. Anthony Memorial Hospital and … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:34:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

OGDEN DUNES Open House: The Ogden Dunes Stories Project will have an open house this weekend. The project is a series of oral history projects preserving and sharing the stories of Porter County to connect residents past and present to one another. The open house runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday through Monday at the Hour Glass Museum, 8 Lupine Lane. VALPARAISO Fitness Class: The LifeTrail Advanced Wellness System at Fairgrounds Park, Evans and Calumet avenues, is the site of a new exercise class taught by Faithful Road Fitness and endorsed by the Valpo Parks Department. A certified trainer … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:06:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bosak: Food (and some sugary drinks) for thought ]]> Lead story image

In our family, while I was growing up, summer always seemed a grand time for eating out. Our original home on 6th and Kentucky in downtown Gary had no central air conditioning, as was the case for just about every home in the vicinity at the time. So on long summer days when the heat and humidity were almost tangible, it took very little coaxing to get our mom out of the hot kitchen. One of the places we liked to go on Friday nights was a small tavern on Ridge Road in Glen Park, close to my father’s business. … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:32:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

GARY Coffee With the Mayor: This event is slated for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Denny’s, 3150 Grant St. PORTAGE Children’s Items Yard Sale: The Portage Parks Department will host a yard sale — for children’s items only — from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 6 in front of Woodland Park Preschool, 2100 Willowcreek Road. Booths are available for $25 on a first-come, first-served basis. To rent a booth,  call 762-1675. VALPARAISO Popcorn Fest Races: Registration is underway for Popcorn Panic, the traditional race that marks the beginning of the Popcorn Fest for many. The 5-mile run or … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:06:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Many get moving to Motown music ]]> Lead story image

HIGHLAND — The dance floor at the Wicker Park Social Center recently was reminiscent of a 1960s “sock hop,” complete with live music and dance moves of back in the day, for a “Motown Sounds” event. “We don’t hear this music much anymore. I’m glad to see this,” said Marilyn Woodman, of Hammond, as she lined up with friends to do the stroll, a popular dance from her high school days. “The girls are dancing with the girls again, while the boys watch us. Just like they did at all our dances. Then they joined in.” More than 100 area … ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 02:05:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

GARY Book Signing: State Rep. Vernon Smith will sign copies of “The Power of the Tongue: Rise Up and Walk,” at 7 p.m. Friday at the Glen Theatre, 20 W. Ridge Road. In the book, Smith — also an education professor ­— unveils memoirs and excerpts of 39 of his greatest speeches from his career, according to a synopsis on CROWN POINT Golf Outing: St. Mary Catholic Community School’s Home and School Association will host a golf outing to support the school at noon Sept. 6 at Youche Country Club, 2301 W. 129th Place. The $100 fee includes golf, … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:04:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Theatre offers festive format: six plays ]]> Lead story image

Where else but at a “6x10 Play Festival” can a person see a wide variety of characters and themes, ranging from a pair of garden flowers confronting the intrusion of a weed into their paradise, to complications arising from a remote-controlled adult toy? The 2014 6x10 Play Festival opens Friday at Chesterton’s 4th Street Theater and is where audience members will see six 10-minute plays that have been performed at similar festivals around the country. Three playwrights have donated their creations for this event, and 4th Street Theater plans to make this an annual event. Linda Pauli, of Chesterton, is … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:08:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Religion briefs for Aug. 23 ]]>

CHESTERTON Liberty Bible Church: 824 N. Calumet Ave. — Financial Peace University classes will be offered to the community from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 17. A free preview class will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10. Information: (219) 926-3038. CROWN POINT Calvary Mission Outreach: 1123 Merrillville Road — The church is marking its first worship service at its new location at 10 a.m. Aug. 31. It is in the Market Place Shopping Center behind Jewel. A contemporary worship, kids ministry, and verse-by-verse Bible teaching will be followed by fellowship and potluck. Information: (219) 662-1135 or … ]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:04:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Silence isn’t Fourever at library ]]> Lead story image

HAMMOND — The mellow sounds of live 1960s music recently carried over from the Hammond Public Library’s Community Room to many of those seated at the study tables. But the patrons didn’t seem to mind, as they began tapping their feet to the beat. “I’m going to take a break and see what’s going on in there,” Kyle Lantern, of Hammond, said with a laugh. “This sounds like my kind of music.” What Lantern found when he entered the Community Room was the sound of the Fourever Quartet, led by Billy Shelton, a Gary native and member of 1960s group … ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:04:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

HOBART Paws for Homeless Animals Day: The third annual event will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Festival Park on the Lake, 111 E. Old Ridge Road. It is designed to bring awareness to the homeless pet problem. Highlights are to include a blessing of the pets, animal rescue and adoption organizations showcasing their efforts and sharing successful adoption and rescue stories, local vendors displaying their products, food vendors and raffles. NATIONAL  LAKESHORE Open House: An open house offering tips on living a “greener” life and saving money is slated for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:08:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ IU Northwest to present ‘Cooler Bandits’ documentary ]]>

Indiana University Northwest’s “One Book ... One Campus ... One Community” reading initiative kicks into high gear Oct. 4 with a highly anticipated documentary that will fuel the discussion of themes in the latest book selection for the 2014-15 academic year, “The New Jim Crow,” by Michelle Alexander. Directed by John Lucas, the documentary — “The Cooler Bandits” — follows four young men who in 1991 committed a series of restaurant robberies in Akron, Ohio. Their actions resulted in enormous consequences that forever altered their lives. Despite no one being injured as a result of their crimes, the teenagers received … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:06:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Banas: IU Northwest mentor inspires at-risk kids through art ]]> Lead story image

Kenard Jackson grew up with his own set of challenges, much like the kids who receive guidance from Clear Path Adolescent Treatment and Family Services Center in Gary. Jackson, now a 43-year-old Gary resident majoring in fine arts at Indiana University Northwest, said that as a child, he created art as an escape from the circumstances of his life. He learned to take solace in putting pencil to paper as a way of venting his frustrations, of showcasing his talent, of staying away from the bad influences of his childhood. He also remembers the positive impact of young men who … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:14:01 -0500