Guest speaker

GARY — The Miller Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Marquette Park, Aquatorium, 6918 Oak Ave. This year’s featured speaker is Laura Ekasetya, director and head horticulturist of the Lurie Garden in Chicago’s Millennium Park. The club’s mission is to provide gardening education on all levels; to protect native trees, plants and wildlife; and to beautify the Miller Beach Community.

Cell block sale day

CROWN POINT — A fundraiser for the Old Sheriff's House Foundation with proceeds to help with the preservation of same, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday inside the Old Sheriff's House and old jail. There will be 30 vendors to purchase from with products including chocolate, jewelry, outdoor decor and more.

Pork chop dinner

WANATAH —  Salem United Church of Christ will hold a pork chop dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at Wanatah School. Cost is $12 at the door and includes pork chop, potatoes and green beans, apple sauce, roll, dessert and drink. Visit

Concert planned

PORTAGE —  The Browns, along with Heritage Gospel Quartet, will perform at 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at Portage High School East, 6450 E. U.S. 6. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Call 219-204-0370.

Annual Lithuanian picnic

MICHIGAN CITY — Knights of Lithuania Council 82 will hold its annual Lithuanian picnic from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Friendship Botanical Gardens, 2055 E. U.S. 12. Lithuanian food including Kugelis and assorted pastries and cakes will be available for $20 per person. Make reservations by Sept. 20 to Loreta Vician at 219-614-2498.

Free car seat safety clinic program

MICHIGAN CITY — Parents can learn proper procedures to assure their children’s well-being during a free car seat safety clinic that will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at Franciscan Health Michigan City, 301 W. Homer St. Instructors and educational materials will be available so parents can learn proper methods. State law requires children under age 8 to be restrained in a safety seat or booster seat. Other restrictions also apply. Call 219-661-3295.

Pumpkin Festival 5K Run/5K Walk

WESTVILLE — 19th annual Pumpkin Festival Run, sponsored by Westville Tri Kappa, is set for Sept. 30. Registration is at 7 a.m. at Westville High School parking lot with the 5K run and 5K walk set to begin at 8 a.m. These events are for adults. There are kids races at Prairie Meadow Park at 1 p.m. on the baseball fields. Ages preschool to 12 years old with two races. Applications may be picked up at area sports clubs and sport shops. Call 219-898-3077 or email or visit

Tailgate party

HAMMOND — Bishop Noll alumni are encouraged to celebrate homecoming Sept. 29 at Bishop Noll. The evening starts off with a football game as the Warriors play Boone Grove at 7 p.m. The annual tailgate party, a way to connect with old friends and help support Bishop Noll, will immediately follow the game and take place in the field house (about 8:30 p.m.) Attendees must be 21. Tickets cost $25 and include music, food, drinks and fellowship. Call at 219-932-9058, or

Miller Woods hikes offered

MILLER — Join a ranger for a hike through Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Miller Woods from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 24, starting from Paul H. Douglas Center. The hike is spectacular in its varied habitats including rare and beautiful black oak savanna and when you reach the beach it offers incredible views of Lake Michigan and Chicago. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and insect repellent. The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is in the western portion of the National Lakeshore at 100 N. Lake St., about one mile north of U.S. 12 in the Miller neighborhood of Gary. Call 219-395-1882.

Brats and bulbs sale

GARY — The Miller Garden Club will hold its Brats and Bulbs sale from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Marquette Park Aquatorium, 6918 Oak Ave. The event will include live music along with the traditional grilled bratwurst sandwich, sauerkraut, chips and a cold beverage for $5. There are over 2,000 bulbs, including 40 different varieties ready for your garden now.

5K Hound Pound

HAMMOND — Cause 4Paws Gary INC will host its third annual 5K Hound Pound from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Sunday at the Wolf Lake Pavilion, 2324 Calumet Ave.

Cause 4Paws is a nonprofit animal welfare organization designed to assist seniors, veterans, disabled residents and disadvantaged families with low-cost responsible pet ownership services. The group will present the Hammond Fire Department with seven pet oxygen mask kits to provide life saving equipment to first responders in the event of a fire or accident where a pet may need oxygen. All proceeds from this event will be dedicated to the development of the dog park. Registration is $25 and $30 on race day. Register online at

Blessing of pets

CHESTERTON — Continuing a tradition of many years, St. Francis’ Episcopal Church will have a Blessing of the Pets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7 at 237 E. Porter Ave. The event is open to all in the community who want to bring their pet to be blessed by the Rev. Pearson and presented with a St. Francis medallion. The pets should be appropriately leashed or confined. Refreshments will be served for dogs, cats and their human companions. Call 219 926-3497 or

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