Post-Tribune Latest news from Post-Tribune Online en-us (Editor) Post-Tribune 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Soul mate search hits the gas ]]> Lead story image

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 matches participants for several five-minute chats. “I wanted to offer another option for those wanting to find a quality person, possibly their soul mate,” said organizer Renee Patikas, owner of Single Lifestyle magazine. “My events offer a fun, relaxed atmosphere.” Indeed, one recent event found participants — from wide ranges in both age and by … ]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:05:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 instruct certified K to 12 teachers on how to develop and teach online courses geared toward primary- and secondary-level students. While individualized learning has become prevalent in higher education over the past decade, online learning for K to 12 students also has been gaining momentum. Dr. Angela Solic, associate director of IU Northwest’s Center for … ]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:06:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lake County Library chief: ‘Libraries can change lives’ ]]> Lead story image

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 included chief information officer and branch manager. Her appointment as new director was announced Sept. 1 by library board President Edith Dakich. “Norris is highly qualified to continue the tradition of excellence set by the past directors,” Dakich said. “Her combination of 37 years of experience with the Lake County libraries, her leadership skills, and … ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:32:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

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. The course features a flat and fast route and performance hydration drinks at every water station, and there will be a postrace festival with donated food and a disc jockey. Runners can register online through 4 p.m. Nov. 8. Registration is $50 through Nov. 8 and $55 on the day of the race. For more … ]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:05:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

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 public-access channel (Channel 4 on Comcast). HAMMOND Continental Divide Event: A presentation called “Between Two Waters: The Continental Divide and the Development of the Chicago and the Calumet Region” is scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 9 at Gibson Woods Nature Preserve, 6201 Parrish Ave. David Dolak will present on the geologic, geographic and cultural importance … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:05:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Trakas: Upcoming Hobart happenings ]]> Lead story image

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 a safe environment. For questions, please contact Jackie Jenkins by emailing or by calling 942-7263, Ext. 8670. Family Spagherogi Dinner It’s time for spagherogi — the delicious combination of spaghetti and pierogi at one special event. Hobart Girl Scout Troop 30083 is hosting a fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at St. … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:29:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

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 communities more vibrant places to live and work. The challenge is offering $5 million for innovative projects that answer the question: What’s your best idea to make cities more successful? The event will offer information on the goals of the challenge, tips on preparing applications, and a chance to talk with staff on how to … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:06:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Motorcycle ride benefits Hobart Food Pantry ]]> Lead story image

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 widower, Wayne Snider, along with family and friends, organized the ride, which they hope to make an annual event. Hobart Food Pantry director Theresia Larimore said the donation will help her agency assist the increased number of families she expects will seek assistance during the upcoming holiday season. The Hobart Food Pantry is supported wholly … ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:32:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Big plans appetizing to restaurateur ]]> Lead story image

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 in the process of rejuvenation,” he said. “I want to be part of that growth.” The dedicated businessman has much experience under his belt — not only in the restaurant industry, but in real estate management and other endeavors. He understands what it takes to be successful and believes that his motivation — coupled with … ]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:03:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

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 Cemetery at (219) 763-2717 or email MICHIGAN CITY Artists Panel: Local artists will talk about art and the beauty of the Indiana Dunes in a panel discussion set for 4 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W. 2nd St. The program is part of the Ogden Dunes Stories Project, … ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 14:32:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Historical society fundraiser a grave matter ]]> Lead story image

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 event, which welcomed more than 80 visitors, focused not only on the history of well-known area businessmen and government officials, but common folks as well. “This tour is always on my to-do list,” said Mary Johnson, of Calumet City, Illinois. “I grew up in this area and it’s so amazing to hear about these people … ]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:06:40 -0500 <![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 … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:28:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get up and go! ]]>

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, call (219) 462-5144 or drop by the parks office, 3210 N. Campbell St. Day of the Dead: Dia de los Muertos, a traditional Mexican holiday, will be commemorated with a variety of family-friendly activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Porter County Museum, 153 S. Franklin St. Visitors can play games, decorate sugar … ]]> Sun, 26 Oct 2014 02:06:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ 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 St. — The Mighty Voices of Grace Reunion Gospel Concert will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 26. Information: (219) 398-3063. GARY Zion Progressive Cathedral: 1169 Connecticut St. — The Divine Mandate Ministry will provide hot meals and free clothing every fourth Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. To donate gently used clothing and/or make … ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 10:09:37 -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 … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:29:21 -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 … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:29:08 -0500