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Summer fun in full swing in Hammond this month

2013-08-02T00:00:00Z 2013-08-05T15:08:10Z Summer fun in full swing in Hammond this monthBy Michelle Turchany Times Columnist
August 02, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Hammond's first Invitational Tournament (HIT), open to all baseball and softball teams ages 10 and 12, continues through Sunday.

Games are taking place at Hammond Optimist Park, Hammond Hermits, Hessville Little League, Robertsdale Little League field, and the Edison and Hammond Civic Center softball fields.

Call Sharon Daniels at (219) 853-6501 and visit for registrations and rules, as well as the HIT Facebook page.


Saturday is the WHAM Bike Ride, which kicks off at midnight at the Pavilion at Wolf Lake, 2324 Calumet Ave. Riders will enjoy a 29-mile scenic route through Hammond, Whiting, Highland and Munster celebrating the communities’ parks and new bike paths.

Each participant will receive a commemorative T-shirt, live entertainment, giveaways, breakfast and a great time. Call Jill at (219) 937-7942.

National Night Out

The City of Hammond and the Hammond Community/ Crime Watch will hold their 30th annual National Night Out Against Crime from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Wolf Lake Splash Pad. This is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness through various events, with free hot dogs, chips and pop available.

Cal Ripken World Series

Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr. and the City of Hammond, and the Optimist Club of Hammond will present the 2013 Cal Ripken World Series, starting Aug. 9 at the Hammond Optimist Youth Sports Complex, 1245 N. River Drive. Play will continue through Aug. 16.

For tickets, call (219) 512-4543.

Beatles Fest

To mark its recently announced $10 million dollar expansion into Hammond, Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery invites the public to celebrate at the 8th annual Tribute to The Beatles Outdoor Music Festival taking place in the heart of downtown Hammond from 4 to 11 p.m. Aug. 10.

Enjoy craft beer, a margarita garden, food tents, live entertainment, children’s magic show, merchandise tents and more. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Visit for tickets.

Venetian Night

The Hammond Marina is hosting Venetian Night on Aug. 10. The theme is “Bathing Suits and Cowboy Boots.” Kids’ beach games will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Food by Grillers and a concert by High Noon is at 6. Fireworks start at 9:15.

Treasure hunt

Join the Downtown Hammond Council for the Fun of the Find Treasure Hunt from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 10.

The purpose of this event is to showcase unique stores in Hammond while supporting local businesses.

It's Just Serendipity, MJs Polish and Mary Kay will have booths set up outside of It's Just Serendipity, while Service Honda, Photography by Allen, The Pink House, Conkey Resale Shoppe, Hammond Salvage & Resale, and Gallery 219 are also participating. Treasures are awaiting you at each location, so explore Hammond.


Gather at The Pavilion at Wolf Lake on Aug. 31 for a sing-a-long to the classic film musical “GREASE.” Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $5 at the Hammond Marina or online at

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

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