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The Hammond Fire Department will host its annual Fire Prevention Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Central Fire Station on Calumet Avenue. Fire station tours, DJ music, a Moon Walk and many raffles will be included.

MMA fights

Mike Davis presents United Combat League MMA fights Oct. 12 at the Hammond Civic Center, 5825 S. Sohl Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m., fights start at 8.

General admission tickets are $20. For more ticket prices, call Mike Davis at (773) 491-5052.

College Bound

In 2006, the city of Hammond approved the College Bound Scholarship program as a 10-year commitment.  This unique opportunity provides students whose parents own a home in Hammond the ability to receive up to $10,200 per year towards the cost of college tuition.

The ordinance establishing College Bound will expire at the end of the 2015-16 school year. The city is considering new funding opportunities to continue providing scholarship opportunities for another 10 years.

As part of the renewal process, a series of public forums is planned; the first will be held Oct. 17 in the Morton High School Auditorium, 6915 Grand Ave. The second meeting will be held Nov. 21 in the Edison Elementary School cafeteria, 7025 Madison Ave., and the final meeting is Jan. 8 in the North banquet room at Lost Marsh Golf Course, 1001 E. 129th St.

All meetings are scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Call the College Bound office at (219) 853-6503.

Mayor’s Night Out

The next Mayor’s Night Out will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Jean Shepherd Community Center, 3031 Mahoney Drive. Call Special Events at (219) 853-6378.

Trunk or Treat

Join the East Side Community Council and City Councilwoman At-Large Janet Venecz for the third annual Trunk or Treat candy giveaway and contest from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at Home Depot, 1624 E. 165th St., Hammond.

Wear your costume, decorate your vehicle trunk and pass out treats to all children. Best Decorated Trunk and Best Costume will win a prize. Call Leroy Howard Jr. at (219) 746-1559 or Venecz at (219) 937-9774.

Halloween hours

City of Hammond Trick or Treat hours for Halloween are from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. Hoping everyone has a fun, safe and Happy Halloween.

Special Halloween showing

Towle Theater will present a special Halloween showing of the world’s biggest interactive cult classic, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," at 7 and 10 p.m. Nov. 1. A $10 donation is required, and includes a survival kit.

To reserve your spot, all (219) 937-8780.

Free Recycling programs

Along with Hammond Recycling Facility tours, the city also offers free educational programs to learn about recycling and related topics to classrooms, Crime Watch meetings, Scout troops and other group gatherings. Programs are age-appropriate, including:

"What is Recycling and Why is it Important?"

"Why Recycling Saves our Natural Resources"

"Keeping Leaves Out of the Landfill"

"Being Part of a Neighborhood Recycling Team"

"From Recyclables to Artwork"

To schedule, call Kathy at (219) 853-6371 or (219) 545-1207.

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