FOR RELEASE: September 4, 2019Calling all kids ages 8-12, come join us for fun and games that are sure to test your quick-thinking skills at Kids Improv. Warning– hilarity may ensue! This program will take place on Friday, September 20 from 4 – 5 p.m. at the Thomas Branch in the Bertha Wood Meeting Room. Registration is required.For more information or to register, please call 219-926-7696. The Thomas Branch is located at 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton, IN.
Interested in robots? Programming? Westchester Public Library is hosting Maker Mondays at the Thomas Branch for patrons ages 8 and up. Join volunteer and engineer Adam Johnson for a cool Maker project on Monday, September 16, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the upstairs IT Computer Classroom. Registration required. Parents are welcome to attend but are required for children under 10. Register at the Thomas Reference Desk, Computer Classroom, or by phone, 926-7696. The Thomas Branch is located at 200 W.
Westchester Township History Museum invites music lovers to attend Music at the Museum. Join local musical group The Flashbacks on Thursday, September 12, as they present the top tunes of the last 300 years at the Westchester Township Museum, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. The group specializes in the kind of music folks have played through the centuries, entertaining themselves and their friends in their own homes. The group is composed of Suzanne Keldsen, playing guitar, recorders, and fiddle; Jim Nelson on
Smart 911 is a FREE service that allows you to share valuable information with 9-1-1 Emergency Call Centers during an emergency. The Hageman Branch will host a “Smart 911” information session during this month’s Inquiring Minds on Thursday, September 12, from 1 – 2 p.m. This service can be used from a landline or cell phone and provides information about yourself, family members, your home, pets and even vehicles which can save critical seconds or even minutes during an emergency. Sue Baugher, a 26 year
September 15, 2019 – September 21, 2019 Sunday, September 15 – 1:00 pm – Knitting Together, Museum Monday, September 16 – 10:00 am – Stories & Kicks for 4, 5, & 6, Thomas 10:00 am – Toddler Time, Hageman 11:00 am – Toddler Time, Hageman 6:30 pm – Delta Theta Tau Sorority – Alpha Rho Chapter, Baugher Center 6:30 pm – Maker Monday, Thomas Serials Department Tuesday, September 17 – 11:45 am – Chesterton Porter Rotary, Baugher Center 12:00 pm – Learning Italian – Intermediate Level, Hageman 6:00 pm
HAMMOND, INDIANA (September 10, 2019) On September 6, 2019, a healthy newborn baby girl was safely surrendered, at Franciscan Health Hospital in Hammond, Indiana, via a Safe Haven Baby Box that had been active for less than 30 days. This is the third newborn placed in a Safe Haven Baby Box in less than two years in Indiana. This is also the seventh surrendered infant in Indiana for 2019.Franciscan Hospital Emergency Department and security were notified by the alarm as soon as the newborn’s mother opened
HAMMOND and WESTVILLE, Ind. — Purdue University Northwest (PNW) once again has been recognized among the best regional universities in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, released today. PNW ranks 52nd nationally among the Best Engineering Programs, of engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s degree. PNW’s undergraduate business program has also been rated as one of the top programs among those accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of
CROWN POINT | A new Franciscan Health Crown Point hospital will be at the center of an exciting 500-plus-acre development that will bring multiple partners together to transform the city’s southeast side into a destination for advanced health care services, medical education, a commercial, retail and residential development, and a possible new home for Andrean High School. “This location will better serve a growing population and a state-of-the-art facility will deliver the latest healthcare technology
In observance of National Child Passenger Safety Week, Franciscan Health will host free car seat safety clinics at its hospitals in Hammond and Michigan City. The clinic at Franciscan Health Hammond, 5454 Hohman Ave., will be 1:30-3:30PM, Sunday, September 15. The clinic at Franciscan Health Michigan City, 3500 Franciscan Way, will be 11AM-2pm, Saturday, September 21. ArcelorMittal will provide free car seats installed by a certified technician while supplies last. Some qualifications are required
VALPARAISO, IN – United Way of Porter County Women United raised $10,000 to support PACT Recovery Connection program. Raised through the group’s annual Bunco Bash event, the donation will go to support Recovery Connection’s holistic approach to helping people recover from addiction. Connection services encompass peer mentoring, family support groups, life-skills training and recovery-safe social activities. “If you’re serious about recovery, you have to develop a new community,” said Kim Olesker,
Valparaiso, IN – Giving back feels so good, and what more fun way is there to give back than with 600 of your closest friends and community members at Opportunity Enterprises’ Annual Packathon. At least 600 volunteers are needed to make this giant event happen on September 21, 2019. Packathon is a 6 hour event where volunteers come together to support Opportunity Enterprises by stuffing 50,000 Bank of America Chicago Marathon participant bags. More than 600 volunteers will meet at OE from 8 am until 2 pm
VALPARAISO, Ind. — Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest will end its 2019 concert series with a blues-themed night at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14. The headliner, Mike Farris, is known for his gospel focused blues set that rocks the house. As a 2015 Grammy Award winner, Farris keeps listeners hooked to his smooth guitar and soulful voice the entire evening. His style can be described as earthy, modern soul with a rock blues undertone. His performance is one the entire family can enjoy. Opener, The Blues
Portage | Presented by Great Lakes Peterbilt of the Larson Group, Portage will host its 6th Annual Portage Brewfest & Taco Test. Proceeds aid two of the city’s largest non-profits, the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce and the Portage Township YMCA. Last year’s addition of the Taco Test was a huge success, so much so, that reigning Taco Test Champion, Mexico Lindo Bar & Grill will return to defend its title. The event is welcoming a few new taco vendors this year as well, so may the best taco win!Last
Westchester Public Library invites children ages 4-6 to celebrate their favorite groovy cat at Pete the Cat Palooza on Wednesday, September 18 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. We'll be reading some of his books, playing a math game with buttons, and making our own Pete the Cat visors. This event will take place at the Thomas Branch Children’s Department. Registration is required; call 926-7696 to reserve your spot. The Thomas Branch is located at 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton
Westchester Public Library invites adults for an evening of DIY pumpkin spice sugar scrub crafting on Wednesday, September 18, from 6 – 7 p.m.in the Bertha Wood Meeting Room at the Thomas Branch. This natural beauty product is easy to make and highly effective on your skin. Make one for yourself or to give away as a gift. All materials provided. Registration required. Please call 219-926-7696 for more information or to register. The Thomas Branch is located at 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
Westchester Public Library and the Alzheimer’s Association will present Dementia Conversations on Tuesday, September 10, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. The program will take place in the Bertha Wood meeting room at the Thomas Branch, 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton. No registration is required This program is designed to help people talk with their entire family, including the person with signs of dementia, about some challenging and often uncomfortable topics related to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Topics
Brighten your bag with a colorful tassel charm! Westchester Public Library invites teens in grades 6–12 to DIY Bag Charms on Saturday, September 21 from 10 – 11 a.m. at the Thomas Branch in the Bertha Wood Meeting Room. Make your own pom poms and tassels to create a one-of-a-kind accessory to hang from your key ring, purse, or backpack.Contact Heather at (219) 926-7696 for more information. The Thomas Branch is located at 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton, IN.
PORTAGE, Ind. -- The Society of Innovators at Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is hosting a public innovation educational seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, at its headquarters located at 6100 Southport Road, Portage, Ind. “Establishing Fundamentals and Avoiding Pitfalls” features innovation expert and author Gregg Fraley of Gregg Fraley Innovation (GFi); La Porte-based innovation practitioner, Earl Miller of Hiler Industries/Accurate Castings; and Sheila Matias, executive
Valparaiso, IN –For the twelfth year, the Friends of OE hosted the One Amazing Golf Outing at Valparaiso Country Club on August 26, 2019. While the weather was a bit troublesome, over 130 golfers came rain or shine to put forth the effort to raise more than $35,000 for Opportunity Enterprises.Golfers arrived to a welcome from several OE clients and board members helping to load carts with golf bags, assist with registration, and deliver water throughout the course. Several contests took place throughout the
Former White House Chief of Staff addresses “Geopolitics: Risk, Rewardand Balance” MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. – Gen. John F. Kelly, USMC (RET.), opens the Purdue University Northwest (PNW) Sinai Forum 2019 season at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8 in the Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa in Michigan City, Ind. A limited number of single program tickets for Gen. Kelly’s presentation remain available at pnw.edu/sinai-forum. A 4-Star Marine Corps General, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland
MUNSTER – Community Healthcare System will host its first annual Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders symposium from 3:30 to 7:30 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 N. Ridge Road in Munster. The symposium will feature presentations by fellowship-trained neurologists, neurosurgeons and other healthcare professionals involved in bringing new treatments and therapies to patients across Northwest Indiana. The Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders program
Valparaiso University Athletics and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana jointly announced today that they entered into a partnership heading into the 2019-2020 academic year. The partnership will bring to life the “Young Crusaders Club” giving youth from the Region opportunities to visit Valparaiso University’s campus and attend Division I athletic events. The partnership also will provide opportunities for Valpo student-athletes to give back to the community through volunteer activities at Boys
HAMMOND & WESTVILLE, IN – Purdue University Northwest’s (PNW) College of Business is excited to partner with Harbour Trust & Investment Management Company for their first Digital Marketing Competition (DMC). Teams across the world are already hard at work researching and formulating their marketing strategies to help Harbour Trust grow its business throughout the United States. “Harbour Trust & Investment Company is pleased to announce a collaborative effort with PNW’s College of Business. We’ve
With the help of Marie Chase, a fabulous author and ROL volunteer, the Reins of Life, Inc. inspired short story I Am...I Can: The Horseback Rider is now for sale on Amazon in paperback and Kindle format. I Am . . . I Can: The Horseback Rider was written with new, young riders in mind, who often fear the strange sights, smells, and feelings they may experience at the barn. This book takes a young child through the process of introducing him to these new sensory experiences along with encouraging him
Children’s Storytimes will return to both branches of Westchester Public Library the week of September 9. Registration is necessary and begins on Monday, August 26. These storytimes help children and caregivers build early literacy skills through the Every Child Ready to Read program. By registering, children are committed to coming every week for a 5-week session, September 9 – October 11, 2019. There will be no Storytime on Friday, September 27 at both locations. At the Thomas branch, Stories and
Coloring has a naturally calming effect because it requires a focus on a single activity, allowing us to let go of daily stressors. It also increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well-being. Westchester Public Library invites adults interested in coloring and relaxing to attend the Adult Coloring program held at the Hageman Branch on the first Tuesday of each month. This fall’s scheduled program dates are September 3, October 1, and
Children ages eight and up who enjoy playing the educational game Minecraft are welcome to attend Minecraft Meetups at the Thomas Branch of Westchester Public Library. The next meetup will occur on Wednesdays, September 4 and 18 at 4 p.m. in the computer classroom on the second floor of the Thomas Branch.This program encourages children to engage in a group setting, socialize with other Minecraft players, share gaming strategies, and show off their skills. Parents are welcome to attend but required for
Westchester Public Library presents two matinee films during the month of September. Rocketman will take place on Sunday, September 8, at 1:30 p.m., and John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum will be screened on Saturday, September 28 at 3 p.m. Both films will be shown in the Baugher Center, located at 100 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton. Attendance is free of charge. Enjoy complimentary popcorn while watching the movies. Rocketman is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John's
Westchester Public Library invites teens in grades 6-12 to the afterschool cooking club “What the Fork?” Join us on Wednesday, September 11 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. to learn how to make veggie pizza bites. We will also be playing the game Apples to Apples: Big Picture. This program will take place at the Thomas Branch in the Young Adult Room. For more information, please call 219-926-7696. The Thomas Branch is located at 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton, IN.
Mad About Mysteries takes place on Wednesday, September 11 at the Westchester Township History Museum, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Bring your list of new and recommended authors and series to this month’s Mad about Mysteries. Over the last few years, several new series have been started by new and familiar authors. Attendees should bring their own lists that they recommend for like-minded readers. The Westchester Township History Museum, a cultural and educational
The Thomas Branch of the Westchester Public Library invites anyone interested in Rubik’s Cubes to join the Chesterton Cubing Club. The club meets on the first Sunday of the month in the Bertha Wood Meeting Room at the Thomas Branch. This fall’s scheduled Cubing Club dates are September 1, October 6, and November 3 from 1 - 3 p.m. All levels are welcome! For further information, email Eric Malapanes at email@example.com or visit Chesterton Cubing Club’s Facebook page at:
NorthShore Health Center will provide free blood pressure screenings to walk-in patrons at both branches of Westchester Public Library. Blood pressure screenings are offered each month at the Thomas Branch on the first Thursday of the month and the Hageman Branch on the second Thursday of the month. On Thursday, September 5 patrons can have their blood pressure screened on the first floor of the Thomas Branch in the Reference Department, between the hours of 10- 11 a.m. The Hageman Branch will offer blood
The value of libraries is incalculable. Libraries are community hubs and leaders in the quest for knowledge, making it possible for people of all ages to find what they need to improve and enhance their quality of life. During September, Westchester Public Library (WPL) joins libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-Up Month, to ensure that everyone carries the most important card of all: a library card. WPL offers books, magazines, music, movies, audiobooks, ebooks, computers, and a MakerSpace Lab...to
Westchester Public Library invites readers to participate in Popular Books, a book discussion group, which takes place on the first Monday of each month at the Thomas Branch’s Bertha Wood Meeting Room, 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton. This month, Popular Books meets on Monday, September 9, at 2:00 p.m., and will discuss Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. The book explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the
Westchester Township History Museum invites area knitters and those who crochet or do needlework to gather at the Brown Mansion for Knitting Together, a cozy afternoon of knitting, conversation, and refreshments. Knitting Together will take place on Sundays, September 1, 15 and 29, from 1 – 5 p.m. The Westchester Township History Museum is located at 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton. The museum is an educational and cultural service of Westchester Public Library and is open to the public free of charge
August 7 – 8, 2019: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana’s Duneland Club transformed into a hub of Youth Development Professionals, Guest Speakers, and Thought Leaders on August 7 – 8. While the Club was closed to youth on these two days, their safety and Club Experience were still at the very top of Boys & Girls Clubs’ priority list. For two days, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Northwest Indiana held their first-ever Coming Together Conference. This two-day conference brought together more than
PORTER, IND. — The Indiana Dunes National Park reopened the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk’s beach Thursday afternoon. The beach was closed after the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) responded to a reported fish kill last week when a blast furnace failure at ArcelorMittal spilled toxic levels of cyanide and ammonia into the Little Calumet River. After the initial spill, a second smaller oil spill was also identified by U.S. Steel, who promptly cleaned the affected area. IDEM
HOBART – In civilian life, Hobart resident Andrew Colvin is a Senior Financial Analyst for St. Mary Medical Center. In his military career as a member of the Indiana Army National Guard, CPT. Colvin, 32, is a commissioned officer. He commands a Combat Engineering Company consisting of 101 soldiers. For helping him find balance in both roles, St. Mary Medical Center has been honored as an employer that supports members of America’s National Guard and Reserve. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
Today we welcomed a new employee to the Benjamin F. Edwards & Co. office in Chesterton, Indiana. Robert has been in the financial services industry for 29 years, and is most passionate about working with his clients, and considers it an honor to do so. Throughout his career, Robert has helped his clients attain their goals by creating investment strategies designed to reduce risk and build wealth over time. He looks forward to continuing this endeavor at Benjamin F. Edwards. Robert is very active in
Learn new trends and techniques in nail art with Miss Sandra at Westchester Public Library. All ages are invited to attend “Polka Dot Nail Art” in the Bertha Wood Room at the Thomas Branch on Wednesday, August 28, from 6 - 7:00 p.m. In this session, we will learn how to create a variety of colorful polka dot designs. Nail polish will be supplied, but feel free to bring some to share. For more information, call (219) 926-7697. The Thomas Branch, located at 200 W. Indiana Ave., Chesterton.
Sunday, August 18 – 1:00 pm – Knitting Together, Museum Monday, August 19 – 10:00 am – Ancestry Basics, Thomas, Serials Department 6:30 pm – Maker Monday, Thomas, Serials Department Tuesday, August 20 – 9:30 am – Crooked Seam Quilters, Thomas11:45 am – Chesterton Porter Rotary, Baugher Center12:00 pm – Learning Italian – Intermediate Level, Hageman 6:00 pm – Ancestry Basics, Thomas Serials Department 6:30 pm – Dunes Action!, Baugher Center Wednesday, August 21 – 4:00 pm – Minecraft Meetup Ages