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Youth headed to nationals for geography and spelling skills

2013-04-14T00:00:00Z Youth headed to nationals for geography and spelling skillsBy Kathy Lessner Times Columnist
April 14, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Congratulations to Sean Ives, a seventh-grader at Trinity Lutheran School in Crown Point, who will be representing his school in both the National Geography Bee and the National Spelling Bee. Sean will travel to Washington D.C. on May 20 to compete in the geography bee, and return a week later to compete in the spelling bee.

Volunteer as tour guide

Are you interested in history, architecture or restoration? Do you enjoy meeting people? The Old Sheriff’s House will hold a tour guide orientation meeting at 1 p.m. April 21.

The house was built in 1882 at 226 S. Main St. because when the jail was built next door, the law required that the sheriff reside adjacent to the jail. In its hey day, the jail housed 234 inmates. In 1958, the law was changed and the sheriff’s house was turned into offices. 

In 1989, the building was put on the National Registry of Historical Buildings. Restoration began in 1991 and continues. Here is a great opportunity to volunteer and meet people.

The Old Sheriff’s House Foundation is also looking for volunteers Saturday to help with spring cleaning in preparation for this year’s tour season. Volunteers should report to the house at 9 a.m., dressed to work.

Tour gangster haunts

If you enjoy the Roaring 20’s and the Prohibition Era, join Southlake YMCA on June 14 for a bus trip to Chicago.

Take a two-hour tour with a costumed gangster as you travel back in time. Visit the places that made Chicago infamous, hear the stories and see the haunts of Chicago’s mob legends. Then enjoy lunch at Pompei on Taylor Street in Chicago’s Little Italy.

Cost is $72. The bus will leave the YMCA parking lot, 1450 S. Court St., at 8:30 a.m. and return by 3 p.m.

Travel to Africa

Travel to Africa at "Beneath the Acaci Trees; An African Adventure" at 6 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church, 352 S. Main St.

This audio visual journey has been produced and narrated by Michael Blackett, who spent 22 years living in Africa. He spent most of his teen and young adult years traveling through the East African countries. This is a journey into the heart of Africa. Enjoy some of the most breathtaking scenery on Earth. Admission is free.

Health fair set

First Financial Bank, 11890 Broadway, Crown Point, will hold a Health and Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Admission is free and the booths will include reflexology, massage, health screening, reiki, acupuncture and more. Dr. Biljana Uzela will discuss organic cooking and green living at 11 a.m.

Pitch, Hit and Run

Crown Point Parks and Recreation Department will host a qualifying event April 22 for Scott’s Pitch, Hit and Run. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m., with the event beginning at 5:30 on the Junior Bulldogs Football Field at the Crown Point Sportsplex, 1516 N. Main St.

Open to girls and boys 7 to 14, there is no charge to participate.

Registration in advance is encouraged. A copy of the participant’s birth certificate is required at registration. Contact Jeff Jensen at (219) 661-2271 or

Do you have news to share about the Crown Point community? Do you have a club or organization that is sponsoring fundraisers or is looking for new members? Call Kathy at (219) 663-5389 or email Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

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