Hometown Happenings will be hosting the Beast Boot Camp 5K Race at 9 a.m. May 11 at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St., Crown Point.
Designed and staffed by U.S. Marines, the course features 12 stations with boot camp exercises. You must complete all the stations to be eligible for a Top Finisher award.
While the course is difficult, athletes of all skill levels are invited to participate. Skipping or not completing a station will only prevent you from winning an award.
Carriage Court Pizza will provide specialty pizzas to participants after the race. Live music will be provided by HGS Music. Part of the proceeds will benefit the “Pets N Vets” program that provides therapy dogs to veterans in Northwest Indiana who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.
To register and for more information, visit www.yourhometownevents.com.
Marriage Mill seeking couple
From 1915 to 1940, marriage in the City of Crown Point was big business. An estimated 175,000 couples were married at the historic Lake County Courthouse during those years.
Marriages were performed 24/7, with no waiting period. The groom had to be 21 years old, the bride 18, or you could have written or verbal consent from you parents if you were younger.
The busiest years were from 1937 to 1940, due to the fact that the war scare was making couples more romantic. Wedding parties flocked to Crown Point by the bus load.
Jewelers here had one of the largest stocks of wedding rings in the country. And, if the jewelers were closed, the Justice of the Peace had a large selection as well. In 1940, it all ended when Indiana passed a law requiring a blood test and a three-day waiting period for a marriage license.
Fast forward to today. Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce has kept this wonderful history alive. One couple every year weds on the steps of the Old Lake Courthouse during the annual Marriage Mill Celebration. Following the wedding ceremony, married couples in the audience come together to restate their matrimonial vows.
This year's event will take place during the Taste of the Region/Arts and Crafts Festival at 6 p.m. June 21. Couples interested in having their wedding ceremony as part of the Marriage Mill Celebration need to call Farren at (219) 769-8180. One couple will be selected.
Vanis Cares Cut-a-Thon
Vanis Salon and Day Spa, 107 N. Main St., Crown Point, is offering haircuts for a minimum donation of $30 from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Guests will also enjoy complimentary hand massages, skin care consults and make-up touch ups. Food will be provided by Crown Town Grill.
All proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Cedar Lake for its educational programs and enrichment. Many local businesses have donated items that will be given away during the event. Space is limited, so reserve your spot by calling (219) 663-5200.