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Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana are joining more than 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs across the U.S. and military installations today through Saturday for the annual celebration of National Boys & Girls Club Week.

This year's theme – Open the Door. Take the Tour – encourages communities to experience firsthand how Boys & Girls Clubs make a difference in the lives of young people. Tours will take place today at the East Chicago club, 2009 E. 138th St; Friday in Hammond, 5840 Calumet Ave.; Cedar Lake, 13000 Fairbanks St.; Merrillville, 1400 W. 61st Ave.; and Lake Station, 4700 Central Ave.; and Saturday in Gary, 2700 W. 19th Ave.

“At the heart of our organization is a desire to positively influence the lives of young people in our community,” said Megan Henning, marketing manager of Boys & Girls Clubs of NWI. “We are more than just an after-school center. We want Lake County to experience the dozens life-changing programs we offer to hundreds of kids in the community our Clubs serve every day.

Also this week, visit greatfutures.org/bgcweek to take a virtual tour of clubs and enter a contest for a chance to win a $500 Lowe’s or a $250 Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores gift card.

Other planned activities include:

TODAY

Lake Station - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Pajama Day, Fine Arts Fun Day

East Chicago- 4 to 6 p.m. - Open House Health Fair

Hammond - 4 to 6 p.m. - Academic Success Day

Merrillville - 4 to 6 p.m. - Dance Off

Cedar Lake - 5 to 7:30 p.m. - Chili Cook Off

Gary - 4 to 8 p.m. - All Sports Skills Challenge

TUESDAY

Lake Station - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Sports Team Day

East Chicago - 4 to 6 p.m. - Sports and Recreation Day

Hammond - 4 to 6 p.m. - Art Show, contest

Merrillville - 4 to 6 p.m. - Pajama Jammy Jam

Cedar Lake - 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Tournament Day

Gary - 5 to 8 p.m. - Youth Showcase Talent Show

WEDNESDAY

Lake Station - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Crazy Sock Day, laser tag

East Chicago - 4 to 6 p.m. - Celebrating the Arts

Hammond - 4 to 6 p.m. - Martin Luther King Park cleanup

Merrillville - 4 to 6 p.m. - Staff/Parent vs. members Obstacle Day

Cedar Lake - 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Karaoke

Gary - 5 to 8 p.m. - Youth Showcase Talent Show

THURSDAY

Lake Station - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Cartoon Day

East Chicago - 4 to 6 p.m. - Character and Leadership Activities

Hammond - 4 to 6 p.m. - Sports Activities Day

Merrillville - 4 to 6 p.m. - Field trip to Merrillville Community Planetarium

Cedar Lake - 6:30 p.m. - Coaches vs. Kids Soccer

Gary - 4 p.m. - Teachers Appreciation Event

FRIDAY

Lake Station — 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Open the Door Take the Tour, and 2 p.m. - Talent Show

East Chicago — 4 to 6 p.m. - Family Fun Day & Awards Dinner

Hammond — 4 to 6 p.m. - Open the Door Take the Tour and Freedom Friday

Merrillville — 4 to 6 p.m. - Open Door Extravaganza

Cedar Lake — 5 to 7 p.m. - End of Week Bash

Gary — 4 to 7 p.m. - Family, Friends, Teen Night

SATURDAY

Gary — 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. - JWA Open House, high school basketball shootout

Learn more about programs and activities at bgcnwi.org or (219) 881-1060.

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