Pantry on the Go stops in Gary
GARY | The Northwest Indiana Food Bank brings the Pantry on the Go from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Genesis Convention Center, 1 Genesis Center Plaza. It offers free grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy and protein, while supplies last, to those all Northwest Indiana residents needing food assistance. Bring bags or boxes to carry items home and valid proof of Indiana residence.
Homebuyer workshop slated
HAMMOND | United Neighborhoods Inc. is hosting a free Homebuyer Education Workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the United Neighborhoods In., 5209 Hohman Ave., Hammond. Those completing the eight-hour course receive a certificate that may entitle them to down payment assistance through the city of Hammond. Call United Neighborhoods Inc., (219) 937-0200, firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.unihammond.com.
Festival of the Lakes opens
HAMMOND |The Festival of the Lakes opens to its five-day run at 5 p.m. at Wolf Lake Park. It features food vendors, a midway, free pontoon boat rides, activities for children and a Smokey Robinson concert at 7 p.m. on the Main Stage.
Mobile pantry visits Hammond
HAMMOND | The Northwest Indiana Food Bank's Pantry on the Go stops from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Jean Shepherd Center, 3031 Mahoney Drive, Hammond.
Troupe stages 'Great Gatsby'
HOBART | The Hobart Community Theatre presents "The Great Gatsby" at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday at the Hobart High School Performing Arts Center, 2211 E. 10th St. The cost is $ 10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and students. Call (219) 942-8521, ext. 8159, or email@example.com.
Bruce in the USA performs
HAMMOND | The Festival of the Lakes opens at 5 p.m. with food vendors, a midway, activities for kids. Bruce in the USA takes to the main stage at 7 p.m. at Wolf Lake Park.
Chambers host golf outing
HIGHLAND | The Highland and Griffith chambers of commerce host a golf outing from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Wicker Park golf course. Lunch is at 11 a.m.; shotgun start at noon. The cost is $95. Contact Mary Luptak or Shannon Peterson, (219) 923-3666, firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.highlandchamber.com.
MUNSTER | The Munster Parks and Recreation Department presents Mellencougar from 7 to 11 p.m. for the Music in the Park series at Centennial Park. Admission is free. There is a $5 cover charge to enter the beer tent, which includes one drink. For more information, call (219) 836-PARK.
Lakes fest treats seniors
HAMMOND | Festival of the Lakes highlights include Seniors Day for those 55 and older only from noon to 3 p.m.; the midway opens at 5 p.m. and Lifehouse on the Main Stage at 7 p.m. at Wolf Lake Park.
SCHERERVILLE | The Northwest Indiana Symphony presents its free South Shore Summer Music Festival from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Redar Park, Austin Street north of U.S. 30. The rain site is Lake Central High School.
Hip Hop takes spotlight
HAMMOND | It's Special Persons Day and Hip Hop Night at Festival of the Lakes. The Kathleen Pucalik Memorial 5K Run & Walk is at 8 a.m. at Wolf Lark Park; registration at 7. All special needs people ride the midway free from 10 a.m. to noon. The park opens at noon. LL Cool J is on the Main Stage at 7 p.m.; a fireworks show is at 10:30 at Wolf Lake Park.
Park Full of Art starts
GRIFFITH | The 39th annual A Park Full of Art is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday at Central Park, 600 N. Broad St. Art is available to buy; refreshments are available.
Grape Escape beckons
MUNSTER | The Munster Parks and Recreation Department hosts The Grape Escape from noon to 8 p.m. at Centennial Park. For a $5 fee, guests over the age of 21 can enter the wine tasting area for samples of local wine and beer. It offers artists, crafts an ethnic market, food vendors and live music.
NWISO plays in Cedar Lake
CEDAR LAKE | The Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra performs a free concert from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Cedar Lake Town Complex grounds, 7408 Constitution Ave. The rain site is Hanover Central High School.
Car show aids charity
HIGHLAND | Christenson Chevrolet, in association with the Crown Point Corvette Club, presents its annual Charity Car and Truck Show. Registration is from 8 to 10 a.m.; the show runs until 3 p.m. at Christenson Chevrolet, 9700 U.S. 41, Highland. There is a $25 entry fee.
Polkas, Latin music on tap
HAMMOND | Registration for Hammond's 10th annual Festival of the Lakes' Rod & Custom Show is 9 a.m. to noon. The show follows immediately. There is a $20 entry fee; spectators admitted free of charge.
It's also Polka Day and Latin Night at Festival of the Lakes. The Polka Party is from 2 to 6 pm. at the Hammond Marina, 701 Casino Center Drive. The festival opens at noon at Wolf Lake Park with a variety of activities; La Original Banda El Limon performs on the Main Stage at 7.