Fall into October in Portage

2013-10-23T00:00:00Z Fall into October in PortageRobin Wilkening Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
October 23, 2013 12:00 am  • 

What a difference a day or two makes in the weather in Northwest Indiana. Had to break out the winter coat today and I was wearing sandals two days ago. But don’t let the chill in the air deter you from some great October events right here in our fair city.

First up is the Gabriel’s Horn Benefit Wine Tasting from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Woodland Park, Oakwood Hall, 2100 Willowcreek Road. The evening will be featuring hors d’oevres by Clancy’s Public House and live entertainment. There will also be a selection of themed baskets for silent auction and door prizes. Tickets at the door are $35 and attendees must be 21 years-old. This benefit helps fund Gabriel’s Horn, a shelter providing safe, secure and temporary shelter and basic necessities of life for homeless women and mothers with children. At the shelter they give the homeless an opportunity to complete their education, referrals to other agencies that help and a stable, structured living environment. Come on out and support a very needed staple of our community.

Now for some ghoulish entertainment that will leave you breathless. The Portage Park Department is again offering their annual installment for your ghastly entertainment. The Haunted Hayride is back from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek. The 20-minute hayride is $3 per person and includes many haunted scenes from area organizations and individuals that are competing for cash prizes for the best scene to scare your socks off. There will also be concessions available for purchase. For more information, call (219) 762-1675 ext. 303.

Next up, everyone is invited to a Free Chili Cook off and Concert by Don Wharton this Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 6450 Central Ave. The Chili Cook Off starts the evening with samplings from St. Peter and various other churches in the area. The sounds of Christian singer/songwriter Don Wharton will balance out the evening. His great story-telling and variety of musical style reflects a central theme of living life and your faith to the fullest. There is no charge for this wonderful family-appropriate event but a free-will offering will be taken to support Wharton’s ministry. For more information, call (219) 762-2673.

Last on my list is the City of Portage’s Public Auction of Used Equipment this Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at Woodland Park. All items may be inspected from 9 to 10 a.m. Looking for a vehicle? There are 8; ranging from a military end-loader, dump truck and jeep. There’s push mowers, wood chipper, office equipment, furniture, a ping pong table and more. A detailed list can be found on auction zip.com. Come on out and see what kind of treats are for you.

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