Come downtown today to enjoy free, family-friendly events.
The Crown Point Fire Department will host its Fire Prevention Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., while the city's Pumpkin Fest will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on the square.
At the fire station, 126 N. East St., enjoy meeting new fire dog Jake, take a tour, ride on a fire truck and learn to "Prevent Kitchen Fires," this year's theme. Hot dogs, popcorn, chips, beverages and desserts will be served.
On the courthouse lawn, enjoy games, face painting, pumpkin decorating, a cake walk and a hay ride to the Old Homestead and the Old Lake County Sheriff’s House. At the Old Homestead, learn old-fashioned games and how to make sweet grass baskets, along with bag and finger weaving. Listen to ghost stories at the Old Sheriff’s House and meet and greet the Northwest Indiana Ghost Busters.
Storyteller presents shows
Saturday, take the family to the Old Covered Bridge in the Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St., as Grant Fitch performs three separate shows, "Ghosts and Giggles," "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe."
Advance tickets for each show are $8 for all ages and include a hay wagon ride, an outdoor screening of the classic horror film "Nosferatu" and a pumpkin treasure hunt. Concessions will be available for purchase.
Advance tickets are available at hometownhappenings.net and Carriage Court Pizza. Tickets at the event are $12. A portion of the proceeds will benefit restoration efforts for the historic covered bridge.
Hornet Hustle funds scholarships
Runners can participate in the Hornet Hustle, a 5K and fun run at 9 a.m. Oct. 19 beginning at Trinity Lutheran School, 250 S. Indiana Ave.
Hydration stations will be at mile 1, 2 and 2.5 as the run winds through neighborhoods. Enjoy post-race snacks and music.
Visit www.trinity.org. Proceeds benefit Trinity Lutheran School’s Scholarship Fund. Bring nonperishable food items to benefit Trinity’s Care Cupboard.
Southlake YMCA is planning its holiday bus trip for Dec. 2. Visit the colorful Christkindlemarket at Daley Plaza in Chicago, see and hear the magic of the holidays come alive at Navy Pier, and enjoy an early dinner at Lawry’s. Finally, a narrated tour of the Christmas lights and the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival along Michigan Avenue is planned.
Leave the YMCA parking lot, 1450 S. Court St., at 12:30 and return at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $89 per person. Call Debbie at (219) 663-5810 for reservations.
Walking toward a cure
Congratulations to the “The Unforgettables,” Champions’ Award winners at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The team exceeded its goal by collecting more than $7,000, thanks to generous supporters, and are already looking forward to next year.
Walkers included Dr. Len and Nancy Anglis and staff members Dorie Hawkins, Kim Buxton, Carol Sanders, Jennifer Morey, Vicki Ivers, Samantha McCarthy and Amy Reithel, along with a number of patients.