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Head downtown for family-friendly fun today in Crown Point

2013-10-06T00:00:00Z Head downtown for family-friendly fun today in Crown PointBy Kathy Lessner Times Columnist
October 06, 2013 12:00 am  • 

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 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 Proceeds benefit Trinity Lutheran School’s Scholarship Fund. Bring nonperishable food items to benefit Trinity’s Care Cupboard.

Holiday trip

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.

If you have news to share about happenings in Crown Point, contact Kathy at (219) 663-5389 or Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

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About Crown Point

City Hall
101 N. East Street
Crown Point, Ind. 46307
(219) 662-3240

Police Department
124 N. East Street
Crown Point, Ind. 46307
(219) 663-2131

Fire Department
126 N. East Street
Crown Point, Ind. 46307
(219) 662-3248

Crown Point Community Schools
200 E. North Street
Crown Point, Ind. 46307
(219) 663-3371

Crown Point Parks and Recreation
11065 Broadway, Suite F
Crown Point, Ind. 46307
(219) 661-2271