News briefs: Crime watch meeting, colon cancer, coffee with a cop - April 17, 2019

Courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana • April 17, 2019

Written by Times Staff

Crime watch

HAMMOND — Join the South Hammond Crime Watch Meeting at 7 p.m. April 18 in the Hammond Housing Authority conference room, 1402 173rd St. Hammond Community Resource Officer Butch Logan will be featured at this meeting. Contact Crime Watch Director George T. Janiec at 219-678-6761.

Monthly meeting

CHESTERTON — The Izaak Walton League of America-Porter County Chapter will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. April 20 in the second floor meeting room of Thomas Library.

Colon cancer early detection

Learn about the early detection of colon cancer from 6 to 8 p.m. April 23 at Franciscan Health Cancer Center Munster, 701 Superior Drive. Board-Certified Gastroenterologist Harsh Dalal, MD, will present the free seminar. Registration is required by calling 800-931-3322.

Marionette Show

MICHIGAN CITY — A free marionette show by renowned puppeteer Ralph Kipness will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 23 at Ivy Tech Community College’s Michigan City campus. The theme of the show is “Circus Around the World.” Popcorn, cookies and face painting will round out the evening. The event is hosted by the campus chapter of Kappa Beta Delta and the campus library, with support from Phi Theta Kappa and the campus Culinary Department. All members of the community are welcome.

Coffee with a cop

HAMMOND — Hammond Police Department to host Coffee with a Cop from 5 to 7 p.m. April 24 at Hammond Public Library, 564 State St. Call 219-852-6376.

Munster crime watch

The Munster Police Department invites all residents to its next Munster Crime Watch meeting at 7 p.m. April 25 at the Munster Town Hall, 1005 Ridge Road. The meeting will include crime statistics, updates on recent incidents, a presentation for parents on Child Abduction Awareness & Prevention, and a $25 Target gift card will be awarded as a door prize. For more information, contact Officer James Ghrist at 219-836-6639 or

Memorial Service for perinatal loss

MICHIGAN CITY — Franciscan Health recognizes the pain that families go through in perinatal loss and provides services to those seeking care and comfort. There will be a memorial service for “Remembering Our Babies” at 1 p.m. April 27 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, 1015 Greenwood Ave. Call 219-877-1610.

Spring Community Health Fair

MERRILLVILLE — Methodist Hospitals is holding a Spring Community Health Fair offering free stroke screenings and smoothies. The health fair is 8 to 10:30 a.m. April 27 at Methodist Hospitals, Southlake Campus, Pavilion B, 200 E. 89th Ave. Registration is recommended by calling 1-888-909- 627 or register online at Blood tests will include blood glucose, cholesterol, HDL, LDL and PSA for men. A 12-hour fast is required for blood tests. Stroke Risk Assessments will include blood pressure, body mass index and a medical history and risk factor questionnaire. Foot screenings will also be offered by podiatrists. Free Smoothies will be offered to all attendees. Tours of the newly reopened and only Gamma Knife Center in the Region will be offered. Conditions treated by the Gamma Knife Perfexion technology include single or multiple metastatic brain tumors, vascular malformations, malignant brain tumors such as gliomas, benign brain tumors including meningiomas, acoustic neuromas and pituitary adenomas. Facial pain known as Trigeminal Neuralgia can also be treated by the Gamma Knife. Free raffles and giveaways will also be offered while supplies last.

Spring concert

HAMMOND — The First Presbyterian Church, 6021 Hohman Ave., will host a free spring concert and reception at 2 p.m. April 28. The concert will feature local musicians with performances on the church pipe organ, piano, violin, trumpet, cello and French horn. A reception will be held immediately following the concert. A monetary and nonperishable food freewill offering will be taken which will be forwarded to The Vine Food Pantry of the First Methodist Church in Hammond. For more information, call 219-931-2174.

Methodist Hospitals to hold Spring Spa Day

MERRILLVILLE — Methodist Hospitals will provide a day of pampering for women with cancer or survivors a day of education and pampering from 8:30 a.m. to noon May 4 at the Hellenic Cultural Center, 8000 Madison St. Free services for cancer survivors include express facials, mini manicures, chair massages, 90-second makeovers, reflexology, reiki therapy, bone density screenings, breast health information, vendors, raffles and more. There will be a healthy cooking demonstration by registered dietitians. A hot breakfast buffet will be offered from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. To register call 1-888-909-3627 or visit

Spring rummage sale

HEBRON — The Hebron United Methodist Women will hold its Spring Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 3, and 8 to 10 a.m. May 4. It is fill a bag for $1 day at the church, 202 W. Church St. Items can be donated from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29 through May 2. Call 219-996-7161.

Blood drive

MUNSTER — Munster Girl Scout Troop 10100 is sponsoring a Red Cross blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. May 5 at Munster Town Hall, 1005 Ridge Road. To schedule an appointment, visit and use sponsor code: munstergirlscouts. Walks-ins will be accepted.

LaPorte Community Concert Association

LAPORTE — Bob Halligan Jr. will portray Paul McCartney as a Beatle during a one-man show at 7 p.m. May 9 at The Presbyterian Church, 307 Kingsbury Ave. This concert is included in the La Porte Community Concert season ticket. Purchase tickets at door for $15 for adults and $5 for students. Call 219-362-5292.

Benefit spaghetti dinner

A spaghetti dinner benefit for Ross Township Food Pantry will be held May 9. Lunch will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 4 to 7 p.m., dine in or carry out at Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 8000 Madison St. Dinner includes spaghetti with choice of sauce, meat, marinara or Greek style, salad, roll and dessert. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and younger. There will be cash raffle, Greek pastry bake sale, basket raffle and vendors. This is sponsored by St. Helen’s Ladies Philoptochos Society. Call 219-613-8380.