Community news - October 31, 2018

Courtesy of The Post-Tribune

Community vigil for victims of Pittsburgh shooting on Friday

Gary’s Temple Israel will host a Community Vigil and Shabbat service to show solidarity of the victims of last weekend’s shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The temple, located at 601 N. Montgomery St., said all are welcome at the event, which will also remember all who are persecuted regardless of race and religion. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said she will attend the vigil.

“Like many citizens in and out of Gary, I was horrified at these senseless slayings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh,” Freeman-Wilson said in a statement. “The support of our city’s Jewish community is important, and we must send a message that we will not stand for bigotry based on religion, race, national origin, gender or ability.”

Free fall community health fair

Methodist Hospitals and the Association of Black Cardiologists, under its signature community-based program Spirit of the Heart, will host a Free Fall Community Health Fair from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at St. Timothy Community Church, 1600 W. 25th. Ave., Gary. Lab tests for Glucose, HDL, LDL, Cholesterol and PSA for men will be offered, as well as free flu shots, HIV testing and heart and stroke risk assessments. Health education will include CPR and Stop the Bleed demonstrations, Ask a Pharmacist, breast care information and diabetes education. The event is open to the general public. Registration is recommended at 800-909-3627.

Fall Greek Fest

The Fall Greek Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Merrillville Greek Hall, 8000 Madison St. Lamb, chicken and shish-kabob dinners will be offered, as well as lemon rice soup, Greek salad, homemade pastries and fish on Friday. Carry-outs available. Free admission and parking. More information is at 219-769-2481.

Wolf Lake Watershed advisory meeting

Some 20 panelists and speakers will address an all-day meeting of local, state and federal officials and local environmental groups beginning at 9 a.m. Friday at Calumet College of St. Joseph, Room 200, 2400 New York Ave., Whiting. The meeting will focus on projects underway to improve recreation in the area. A box lunch will be served. The Wolf Lake watershed includes the bi-state Wolf Lake. Other areas include George Lake, Forsythe Park and Pulaski Park in Indiana and Indian Creek, Hyde Lake Wetlands, Powderhorn Lake and Prairie and Eggers Grove in Illinois. More information and registration are at www.wolflakeinitiative.org.

Online information hub for Lake County elections

Before heading to the polls, Lake County, Indiana, residents are encouraged to visit VOTE411.org to receive nonpartisan information regarding 2018 candidates. The League of Women Voters of the Calumet Area and RiseNWI, Legacy Foundation’s civic engagement initiative, has partnered to launch VOTE411.org, an information hub for Lake County elections. The site includes candidate questionnaires, customized ballots for voters, as well as additional resources including voting dates and times. The site provides a sample ballot that lists all races and candidates that will appear on the ballot. Users also can also access questionnaires that candidates have submitted. More information is at contact@risenwi.org.

Tuesday Talks with Mayor Uran

Crown Point Mayor David D. F. Uran will host an open forum meeting for residents to discuss community issues and events and address areas of concern at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Provecho, 4052 Main St. More information is at 219-662-3240.

Annual ‘fall back’ time change reminders

The annual “fall back” time change is Sunday, and residents are reminded to not only turn their clocks back an hour, but to replace smoke detector batteries as well. For those with smoke detectors that no longer function properly or are 10-years old or older, Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction has partnered with area fire and EMS departments to offer residents a variety of locations to properly dispose of them. Drop off locations include: Chesterton Fire Department, 702 Broadway; Porter Fire Department, 550 Beam St.; Valparaiso Fire Department Station 2, 2605 Cumberland Drive; Ogden Dunes Fire Department, 111 Hillcrest Road; Lakes of the Four Seasons Volunteer Fire Force, Inc., 10645 Randolph St., Suite D, Winfield; South Haven Fire Dept., 398 West 700 North, Valparaiso; Hebron Fire Department, 109 North Washington St.; and Porter EMS Station No. 3, 453 West State Road 8, Hebron. Residents also can recycle smoke detectors at either public compost site: Valparaiso, 2150 W. Lincolnway, or Boone Grove, 546 South 400 West. More information is at www.PorterCountyRecycling.org.