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Cinco de Mayo celebrated tonight in Hammond

2013-05-03T00:00:00Z Cinco de Mayo celebrated tonight in HammondBy Michelle Turchany Times Columnist
May 03, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Summer concerts are just around the corner and a packed schedule of spring events and activities in Hammond this month is ready to roll.

Cinco de Mayo

Please join us at the ninth annual Cinco de Mayo from 5 to 11 p.m. today at the Hammond Civic Center. Food will be served from 5:30 to 8. All tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

We are proud to have back with us the Mariachis de Colores, Ballet Folklorico de East Chicago, Los Cordobas and last, but not least, the music of Together. For more information, call (219) 853-6378.

Nature & Environmental Show

Hammond’s Nature and Environmental Show will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Jean Shepherd Center, 3031 Mahoney Drive.

This is a free event. Free flowers, tree seedlings, and paint (while supplies last) will be distributed.

Star Lab Planetarium will present a “Star Show” from 10 a.m. to noon, and the Washington Park Zoo will bring some zoo animals for a visit from noon to 2 p.m.

Spring Clean-Up

Please join the Downtown Hammond Council with its Spring Clean-up in downtown Hammond from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Hohman Avenue and Williams Street.

Help add curb appeal to our historic downtown. To volunteer, contact Karen at (219) 512-4298.

Woodmar Crime Watch

Woodmar’s Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Hammond Housing Authority, 1402 173rd St. Guests will be the Hammond Police Department K-9 unit.

Robertsdale/Whiting Crime Watch

Robertsdale/Whiting Crime Watch will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Calumet College of St. Joseph, Room 200, 2400 New York Ave.

Guest speakers will be Linda Gurgel from the Indiana Attorney General’s office, along with Phil Taillon.

Senior Prom

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr. and the Hammond Parks and Recreation Department welcomes those 55 and older to a Senior Prom from noon to 3 p.m. May 15 at the  Hammond Civic Center, 5825 Sohl Ave.

The cost is $20. Enjoy an afternoon of fun with a live band, dancing, food and crowning of the Prom King and Queen. Tickets must be purchased by Wednesday. No tickets will be sold at the door.

For more information, call (219) 853-6378.

Saturday clean-up days

Every Saturday through September, the Hammond street, sanitation and parks and recreation departments will be working on Saturdays on clean-up and beautification efforts in the city. Call the mayor’s office at (219) 853-6301 and speak with Chief of Staff Mark McLaughlin to request that a specific area be cleaned up.

Concert tickets available

Tickets are now on sale for our June 28 Concert at the Pavilion at Wolf Lake, featuring Creedence Clearwater Revisited, for $30 per ticket. Parking is free.

You can purchase them at Online sales only as of right now. For more information, call Jill at (219) 937-7942.

Aquatic Play Center

The Wolf Lake Aquatic Play Center will be open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. For times and rates, call (219) 937-7942.

Michelle Turchany is special events coordinator for the city of Hammond. Her opinions are her own. Contact her at

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