Community calendar - October 13, 2017

Courtesy of the The Post-Tribune


Methodist Hospitals to offer classes, memorial service

Methodist Hospitals will offer the following programs to members of the Northwest Indiana community this month.

A free Weight Loss Surgery seminar will be at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 and 26 on the Southlake campus, Pavilion A, Suite 430, 101 E. 87th Ave., Merrillville. Registration is at 888-909-3627.

A Community Memorial Service to honor and celebrate loved ones lost in the past year will be held at 5 p.m. Oct. 16 in the auditorium on the Southlake campus, 8701 Broadway, Merrillville; and at 5 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Seyl Auditorium on the Northlake campus, 550 Grant St., Gary. RSVP to Alesia Terrell at or 219-886-4522.


League of Women Voters to meet

The League of Women Voters of the Calumet Area will hold their its meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Woodmar United Methodist Church, 7320 Northcote Ave., Hammond. The speaker will be Bob Felgenhauer of Potash Corp., Hammond. The public is welcome. More information is at 219-228-1899.


Porter County 4-H National Youth Science Day

Porter County 4-H invites all students in fourth through 12th grade to take part in National Youth Science Day, which will be offered foom 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Road, Valparaiso.

Programs are free, though registration is required. More information is at Registration is at 219-465-3555 or at


Volunteers needed for Miller Woods restoration work

Volunteers are needed to help with restoration work at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Miller Woods. Join Student Conservation Association interns at 11 a.m. at the national lakeshore’s Paul H. Douglas Center, 100 N. Lake St., Gary, Oct. 21 and 28. The restoration programs will last about 1 1/2 hours. No experience is needed. Wear comfortable clothes; tools and work gloves will be furnished. More information is at 219-395-1821 or

Porter County Park programs

Porter County Parks and Recreation will host a wide range of programs in October at various locations. The following classes will be offered at Sunset Hill Farm Park, 775 Meridian Road, Valparaiso. Mom and Me Acrylic Painting, 10-11:15 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $35 for two participants. All supplies included. Acrylic Painting, 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 28. Cost is $10. All supplies included. Registration required. Photographing Family and Family Events, 2-5 p.m. Oct. 28. Free. The following classes will be held at Brincka Cross Gardens, 427 Furness Road, Michigan City. Dream Circle Share, 10 a.m. to noon Oct. Sunday. Cost is $10. Yoga, 10-11 a.m. Oct. 22. Cost is $10. Reiki I, 1-4:30 p.m. Oct. 29. Cost is $50. Registration required. Acrylic Painting classes will be offered at two locations: Oct. 25 at Hawthorne Park, 500 Ackerman Drive, Porter; and 2-4 p.m. or 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26 at Valparaiso Public Library, 103 Jefferson St., Valparaiso. Cost is $10. All supplies provided. Registration and more information are at

Oct. 27

Portage to present Trunk-or-Treat

The city of Portage will host its annual Trunk-or-Treat event from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 27 at Founders Square Park, 6300 Founders Square, Portage. Applications are available at City Hall, 6070 Central Ave., or at for any business or organization interested in participating. More information is at 219-762-5425.

Oct. 28

Banquet committee seeks volunteers

The Blue Ribbon Steering Committee of the I.U. Dons, Inc. and Donnettes is looking for volunteers to help organize the 47th Anniversary Education Banquet scheduled for Oct. 28 at the Genesis Convention Center, 1 Genesis Center Plaza, Gary. The banquet will launch the Dons Education Drive and will feature the winners of the High School Oratorical contest, the naming of the Meritorious Service Award winner and the Outstanding Educator. In addition, scholarships will be awarded to deserving high school seniors. To volunteer or for more information, contact Dr. Vernon G. Smith at 219-887-2046.

Steel Pen Creative Writers’ Conference

The 2017 Steel Pen Creative Writers’ Conference will be held Oct. 28 at Fair Oaks Farm Conference Center, 856 N. 600 E, Fair Oaks. Catherine Lanigan, author of nearly 40 published fiction and non-fiction titles including “Romancing the Stone” and “The Jewel of the Nile,” will present the keynote speech during lunch. The day will include writing workshops and craft and business sessions. Registration is at More information is at

Nov. 1

IUN homecoming activities set

Indiana University Northwest’s homecoming festivities kick off Nov. 1, with the Art Show & Reception at 5:30 p.m. at the Savannah Center’s Art Gallery. On Nov. 2, the School of Business & Economics Homecoming Reception will be held at 6 p.m. in the Savannah Center lobby, and the “Are You Smarter than Today’s College Student?” quiz show will be held at 7 p.m. in Bergland Auditorium. RSVP at .

A homecoming barbecue will start at noon Nov. 4 outside Savannah Center/inside Moraine Student Center. Basketball games will be held starting at 1 p.m. when the women’s team plays Silver Lake College, and 3 p.m., when the men’s team takes on Silver Lake College, in the Savannah Center Gymnasium. For $20, alumni can get admission to games, food, beverages and a homecoming T-shirt. Admission is $10 for children age 6-12. A student and alumni homecoming dance will begin at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Innsbrook Country Club, located at 6701 Taft Street in Merrillville. Tickets are $20, which includes food and beverages. Advance ticket purchase is necessary by Oct. 30. To learn more, purchase tickets and RSVP, visit or call 219-980-6769.

Franciscan Health offers paramedic training program

The Franciscan Health Crown Point Emergency Medical Services Academy is accepting applications until Nov. 1 for its next paramedic training program, which will begin in January. Classes will run from 5-10 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, with the option of attending the Wednesday class via webinar. Course fee is $5,200. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be certified in Indiana as emergency medical technician or higher. Applications must be returned to or mailed to the EMS Academy at 1201 S. Main St., Suite 201, Crown Point, by 4 p.m. Nov. 1. Applications and more information are at 219-757-6461 or 219-757-6334 or via email at

Nov. 16

Library to host Deaf Movie Night

The Hammond Public Library will offer a Deaf Movie Night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 16 at the library, 564 State St., Hammond. “The Deaf Club” will be shown. More information is at 219-931-5100, Ext. 327.

Nov. 30

Gary police accepting applications for officers

The Gary Police Department is accepting applications through Nov. 30 for police officer recruits. Applications are available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the security desk of the Public Safety Facility, 555 Polk St., Gary, or by email at Applications will be accepted in the Public Safety Facility’s community room from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3-6 p.m. on the following dates: Oct. 23, Nov. 14 and Nov. 30. Applications must be returned by the applicant, in person. More information is with Angela Brown at 219-882-4319.