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Public Enemy Fest to benefit local charities

2013-06-06T00:00:00Z Public Enemy Fest to benefit local charitiesBy Sue Reed Times Columnist
June 06, 2013 12:00 am  • 

A new event, the Public Enemy Fest will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. June 23 at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St., Crown Point.

This 1930’s-themed family event will feature live music, food and merchandise vendors, and family activities. Come dressed in a 1930’s costume and enter the costume contests. Walk among the vintage cars on display, some featured in the 2009 Johnny Depp movie, “Public Enemies,” which filmed several scenes about John Dillinger's famous escape in the Hub City.

The festival will start with a 5K Walk and Run and a 1-Mile Fun Run and Walk. Participants will vote for their favorite local charities and the top vote getters and winners of a random drawing will share in the proceeds.

Along with raising money for local charities, the festival also seeks to support local law enforcement. Police K-9 units from both Crown Point and Lake County will be among police agencies offering live demonstrations during the festival. The Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau will bring a display to showcase its John Dillinger Museum.

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Art In The Park

The Crown Point Parks and Recreation Department will offer Art in the Park – an art class for children 6 to 10 - this summer.

The class will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, June 18 to July 9, at Solon Robinson Park, 290 Wells St. Each week the young artists will be drawing, painting, cutting and/or pasting to develop their own works of art. All supplies are included.

Fee is $35 for city residents and $45 for nonresidents. The registration deadline is June 14. For more information, call Jordan at (219) 661-2271.

Sports Physicals

St. Mary Medical Center and the Portage Township YMCA have teamed up again to offer low-cost sports physicals for the fall sports season.

Cost is $20 and appointments can be made between 9 a.m. and noon Saturday at the Portage Township YMCA, 3100 Willowcreek Road, Portage or from 9 a.m. to noon June 15 at the Hobart Family YMCA, 601 W. 40th Place.

Space is limited, so call Danny Gonzalez, RN, Health and Wellness coordinator, at (219) 764-7217 for an appointment. Payments can be made by cash or checks made out to "St. Mary Medical Center."

Free block party

Lake County Purdue Cooperative Extension Service will host a free Block Party from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, 520 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell.

Parents and their children 8 months to 8 years can play with a variety of blocks during this event. Research has shown that through block play children can learn a variey of skills, such as math skills, science skills, social skills, as well as creative and problem solving skills.

To register, call (219) 775-3242.

Sue Reed is president and CEO of Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce. Reach her at (219) 769-8180 or Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

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