Tuesday is the day for Lake County residents to share a meal and ideas on what is happening in communities and what can improve.

It’s the county’s “On the Table” day, and dozens of hosts are prepared to facilitate conversations from north to south.

“On the Table” is sponsored by the Legacy Foundation through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Overall, 10 foundations across the country are pursuing “On the Table” initiatives this year.

The key to “On the Table” is providing forums for six to eight individuals to discuss the community issues that matter to them. At the end of each forum, participants will be asked to complete a survey developed by the University of Illinois Chicago Institute for Public and Civic Engagement.

Legacy Foundation will share the results of the survey data once compiled.

This offers a great opportunity for you to share ideas, and several conversations are open to the public. The full list runs with this column, organized by city or town with contact information.

Hope to see you at one of the forums. Participants are encouraged to share on social media using the hashtag #OnTheTable219.

More information is available at www.legacyfdn.org/onthetable/.

Entertainment news

A new chapter in Region entertainment debuted last Thursday as the first A&E section was included in The Times.

The weekly section replaces 219, a tabloid, and brings all of your favorites along with a focus on Chicago theater, music and entertainment.

The section matches the size of the paper and should be your go-to guide to going out.

“The Northwest Indiana arts and entertainment landscape is a vibrant one and is filled with many activities, productions, musical shows, art displays, festivals and myriad other things to do,” said A&E editor Eloise Valadez.

“We’ll keep readers up to date with arts and entertainment news in the Region. And we’re also including a page called Eye on Chicago devoted to Windy City happenings. With Northwest Indiana just a stone’s throw from Chicago, we’re aware that Regionites frequent the city to be entertained.”

Look for A&E every Thursday for your entertainment ideas.

Thanks for reading us. Please contact me with any questions about The Times or our many publications.

Bob Heisse is editor of The Times Media Co. He can be reached at (219) 933-3327 or bob.heisse@nwi.com.

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