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Concerts, swimming, recreation and Splash Pad mark summer in Hammond

2013-06-07T00:00:00Z Concerts, swimming, recreation and Splash Pad mark summer in HammondBy Michelle Turchany Times Columnist
June 07, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The Hammond Marina will host a “Welcome To The Water” celebration Saturday, which is National Marina Day.

As families look for fun outdoor activities that everyone can enjoy we want to encourage them to try boating.

Some of the Welcome to the Water activities include: Region Bass Buzz’s Pat Renwick along with Conservationist Mike Echterling from 10 a.m. to noon, kayak demonstrations from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Sail a Way open house from noon to 3 p.m., and 1540 in concert at 6. A beer garden will be operated by Bull Dog Brewery. Free giveaways and free parking.

For more information, call the marina at (219) 659-7678.

Pools to open

Hammond’s four outdoor pools, Pulaski, Edison, King and Hessville, will be open starting Saturday and through Aug. 17. Purchase pool passes now at the Hammond Civic Center or Jean Shepherd Community Center. For information on cost and pool hours, call the Hammond Civic Center at (219) 853-6378 or Jean Shepherd Community Center at (219) 554-0155.

Summer recreation program

Hammond's summer recreation program is right around the corner. Free to Hammond residents 5 to 12, it starts June 17 through Aug. 9, Monday through Friday (weather permitting).

Children will be in a supervised day camp setting with sports equipment, games, and arts and crafts. Breakfast and lunch are provided by School City of Hammond.

Browse to the Beat

Join the Downtown Hammond Council for its fourth annual Eat, Shop & Rock: Browse to the Beat Sidewalk Sale & Fest, a celebration of the 1960s, 1970s and The Beatles, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 22 at Hohman Avenue and Williams Street in downtown Hammond.

There will be live music as well as arts and crafts, vintage cars, a Beatles Bean Bag Tournament and food. For more information, call Karen at (219) 512-4298.

Play in the water

The Aquatic Play Center at Wolf Lake, 2100 Calumet Ave., is now open (weather permitting) and remains open until Labor Day for ages 12 and younger. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. For the hours f operation, call (219) 937-7942.

First summer concert

The City of Hammond is proud to kick off its Summer Concert Season with Creedence Clearwater Revisited on June 28 at the Pavilion at Wolf Lake.

Tickets are $30, and parking is free. Purchase tickets at,, the Hammond Civic Center, Hammond Marina or by calling (219) 937-7942.

More to come

Stay tuned for more upcoming and exciting summer events and celebrations, such as the July 4 Naturalization Ceremony and fireworks at the Pavilion at Wolf Lake. Festival of the Lakes takes place July 17 through 21; Mayor’s H.I.T. Invitational is July 29 through Aug. 4, the Cal Ripken 2013 World Series is set for Aug. 9 through 16, and Venetian Night at the Marina is Aug. 10.

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

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