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Karen Zukrow lights candles with her sister, Susan, left, during Friday’s Shabbat worship service at Temple Beth-El in Munster. Karen's husband, Leonard Zukrow, was installed as the new rabbi for the temple.
Rabbi Leonard Zukrow visits with members of Temple Beth-El on Friday night in Munster. Zukrow was installed as the temple's new spiritual leader, taking over for Rabbi Michael Stevens, who served for 25 years.
Leonard Zukrow talks about becoming Temple Beth-El's new leader.
William Morris, of Tampa, Fla., directs elephants as they perform Thursday with the Orak Shrine Circus at the Hammond Civic Center. The event marks the 49th time the circus has come to the Civic Center. Performances are 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. today; and 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.…
John Dominguez, of Springfield, Ill., performs Thursday with his family and eight poodles during the Orak Shrine Circus at the Hammond Civic Center.
Hailing from Great Britain and appearing in the United States for the first time, trainer Alexander Lacey and his big cats, including tigers and lions, are stars for the latest edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in Chicago this month.
SCHERERVILLE | The Kelly Miller Circus will perform at 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday at the St. Michael the Archangel Church grounds near Anna and Wilhelm streets.
The art exhibit "Life's A Tightrope" will open to the public from 6:59 to 9 p.m. Friday at Studio 659, 1314-119th St., Whiting.
I would like to thank the girl and her father who returned my coin purse I dropped at the circus at the Civic Center in Hammond. Also, special thanks to the two Orak men who assisted me to find it.
The Orak Shrine Circus rolls into Hammond for a series of shows at the Hammond Civic Center this weekend.
If you're thinking about attending an animal circus, please remember that elephants are not trained with "treats" but rather with an object called a "bullhook" which has a sharp point for inflicting pain, to get elephants to do clumsy, unnatural "tricks."
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Ringmaster Brian Crawford Scott is No. 36 in the historical line of great names to wear the noted top hat of the Big Top. He recently graduated with a degree in Musical Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado.
CRETE | The circus is coming to town.
Lisa, an Asian elephant with the Kelly Miller Circus, pulls a support to raise the circus tent Friday in a lot of St. Mary's Church in Griffith. Circus performances continue today at 2 and 6 p.m. at the church, 525 N. Broad St. Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for children, ages 2 to 12.
Workers with the Kelly Miller Circus start to raise their circus tent in a lot at St. Mary's Church in Griffith. Performances continue today at 2 and 6 p.m.
Claudio Zacatzontel swings a sledge hammer while preparing to raise the main circus tent Friday at St. Mary's Church in Griffith.
CROWN POINT | Upon retirement, some people joke that they plan to "join the circus" in their future endeavors, but George Carl has been there and done that.
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