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Making music is fun for Strummers

The Just for Fun Ukulele Strummers enjoy making music, front row from left, Fran Roy (Highland); Lorraine Corns (Munster); Band Leader Shirley Novak (Lowell); Betty and Charles Guice (Merrillville); middle row, Joe Corns (Munster); Kurt Acton (Chesterton); Chuck Temple (Chesterton); Juanita Ross (Lansing, Ill.); Alma Diehl (Highland); Sondra Welch (Hammond); Joyce Doughty (Hammond); Charlotte Joyner (Gary); back row, Tom Cushing (Griffith); Bill Johnson (Gary); Lester Noll (Dyer); Paul Pokrifcak (Dyer); Dale Pruim (Highland); Paul Petro (Chesterton); Margie Ellis (Crown Point); and Joe Wichert (Chicago). Not pictured are Sound Man Eddie Novak (Lowell); Dee Rump (Hammond) Sheilia Mackeigan (Munster); Fred Horn (Dyer); George Black (Crown Point); Andy Barlo (Schererville); and George and Nancy Cairns (Chesterton).

HIGHLAND | The Just for Fun Ukulele Strummers meet to make music from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Lincoln Center, 2450 Lincoln Ave.

"We enjoy each other’s company like one big happy family," said Shirley Novak, who has been leading the band for the past seven years while her husband, Eddie Novak, takes care of the sound equipment.

Members hail from throughout Northwest Indiana and nearby Illinois communities.

The group plays at various events including, but not limited to, church affairs, luncheons, nursing homes and assisted living communities, and special events such as the Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Taste of Lowell, and Portage Historical Festival.

The group welcomes new members from novice to expert levels. The members enjoy playing songs from all eras, including the oldies and goodies, Polish and Croatian numbers, and others. Novak said learning the ukulele is easy, and members are happy to help a newcomer.

Anyone interested in joining the group or booking an appearance can contact Band Leader Shirley Novak at (219) 696-8301.


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