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Much still to do in Portage this summer

2012-08-01T00:00:00Z Much still to do in Portage this summerBy Robin Wilkening Times Correspondent
August 01, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Wow, has it been hot this summer or what? The temperature is still hitting the 90’s and we still have the “Dog Days of Summer” yet to come.

People are still coming outside for all the great things that are going on in our great city this summer. And there are still lots of cool things to see and do this month.

This Saturday two different events will be going on to help others. First off, we have 2012 Cruise’ in For Kremke at the Portage First United Methodist Church, 2637 McCool Road. Julie Kremke was diagnosed with Pompe disease, a rare hereditary disease that occurs when the body makes too much of a sugar called glycogen which crowds the cells and stifles their work, especially muscle cells. For adults, like Julie, this means issues with her respiratory muscles and her ability to breathe.

Even with the health insurance, bills are still piling up because at this point there is only treatment-no cure. That's where all you car enthusiasts and owners come in. This Saturday, registration will be from 9 to 11 a.m. for all classic and cool cars. There will be door prizes, food for purchase and fun for everyone. The cars will be judged by church members and the general public and trophies will be awarded at 4 p.m. Registration is a minimum of $20 per car before that day and $25 the day of the Cruise’ in. For more information on the Cruise’ in, call the church at (219) 762-3846 or Steve at (219) 742-0926. Remember 100% of all the proceeds go to off set Julie’s medical expenses.

The second event is the 9th Aannual Walgreen’s Kids Day this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the downtown Walgreen’s, 6030 Central. Kids will get to enjoy clowns making balloon animals and crazy hats, a hotdog, chips and a drink at no charge and a red draw string backpack of school supplies courtesy of Walgreen’s.

Members of the Portage Kiwanis Club will be out there passing out a surprise to get all kid’s off to a good start this school year and some information on how they can be a part of the Kiwanis organization even when they are young. There will also be a couple of games to test your skill and knowledge.

The Portage Police Department will also be on hand and will be finger printing kids to keep them safe. The Portage Fire Department will be there as well with some equipment to peruse, free blood pressure screenings, smoke alarms while they last and Junior Firefighter stickers for the kiddies.

What a great day for the family. For more information, call Ryan, store manager, at (219) 762-8030.

Last but not least, don’t forget to check out the Portage Farmer’s Market every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Founder’s Square Park off of Central Avenue. I was just out there this last Sunday and it has grown quite a bit. There are all kinds of things to choose from including jewelry, art, homemade soaps, organic grown produce and honey, all kinds of popcorn, meats, homemade breads, Tastefully Simple products, jams and jellies and so much more. Come on and check out the best market yet this Sunday.

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6070 W. Central Ave. Portage, IN 46368
(219) 762-5425

Police Department
2693 Irving Street Portage, IN 46368
(219) 762-3122

Fire Department
3401 Swanson Rd Portage, IN 46368
(219) 762-7404

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6240 U.S. Highway 6 Portage, IN 46368
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