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INSIGHT: Styling success, Whiting's got art and playhouse for boys and girls

2010-07-11T00:00:00Z INSIGHT: Styling success, Whiting's got art and playhouse for boys and girlsMarge Kullerstrand margaret.kullerstrand@nwi.com (219) 933-3244 nwitimes.com

Elizabeth Woodbury was thrilled that the sixth annual Elizabeth Fashions Style Show for the American Parkinson Disease Association and Michael J. Fox Foundation proved another great success.

She said the event raised $30,000, which is $3,000 more than last year.

The summer style show was at Avalon Manor in Hobart and featured jewels from Albert's Diamond Jewelers in Schererville and Hobart, and fashions from John Cicco's Menswear in Merrillville and Elizabeth Fashions in Schererville.

After being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease seven years ago, Woodbury made the decision to do something to help others with the disease.

Proceeds from the style show will help educate, ease the burden, raise public awareness and focus on research and patient support of Parkinson's Disease.

So, high kudos to Woodbury and her hard-working committee who put this great fundraiser together: Debbie Anderson, Jennifer Dixon-Pallone, Ruth Duncanson, Dr. Daniel Dunn, Linda Dunn, Helen Garrison, Renee Giragos, Jeannette Giragos, Mary Gjeldum, Donna Hannah, Kathy Hyde, Aria Mazer, Pauline Milanowski, Donna Molenaar, Don Nagdeman, Paula Pascale, Lori Plesha, Linda Ramsey, Joyce Smith, Donna Verde, Kathy Willman, Madeline Wilson, Thomas Woodbury and Linda Zromkowski.

Art studio opening

The newly formed Whiting Arts Council has announced the opening of Whiting's newest art studio, Studio 659, in the historic downtown business district.

The grand opening is set from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at the studio, 1413 119th St., and is open to the public. The evening will feature live music, free food and plenty of art, with an opportunity to meet and greet many of the featured artists showing at the  opening.

"Studio 659 will be an artistic venue not only for the visual arts, but for the performing arts as well, for both the Whiting community but also for surrounding cities and visitors to our town," said Council President Kathleen Ulm. "Not only will there be a gallery filled with ongoing thematic art shows, but the studio will also provide a variety of classes for adults and children, live performances, film nights and more. The possibilities are endless."

The premiere art show will feature artists Jackie Weinberg, Lotton Glass, Pete Zaluzec, Alvin Hargrove, John Giemzik and Joshua Alderson, among others.

Entertainment for opening night will include Robert Vodnoy and Sharon Quattrain. Food will be donated by local restaurateurs John and Cheryl Sopo of Winey Beach Cafe.

Studio 659 is the result of Mayor Joseph Stahura's commitment to the arts. As part of an ongoing destination-oriented development, including a $40 million dollar lakefront enhancement, the mayor encouraged the Whiting Redevelopment Commission to design and donate space for the Whiting Arts Council. The arts council is made up of members of the arts community in Whiting.

Want to play house?

The Northwest Indiana Boys & Girls Clubs have brought back the Custom Playhouse Raffle by popular demand. Three local construction companies, Stash Construction, Midwest Construction and John Rosmanitz Builders, are building two outdoor custom playhouses to be raffled.

Tickets for the playhouse raffle are $5 each and the playhouses will be displayed at Westfield Southlake Mall in Hobart. The drawing for the playhouse winners will take place July 17 and winners don't have to be present. The winners will have the luxury of having their playhouse delivered within a 50-mile radius of the mall.

For tickets, call Sharon Jensen at (219) 881-1060, ext. 404.

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