Columbus Replica Ships Pinta and Nina

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FRIDAY – July 2
On Friday July 2, the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ ships will open in Hammond. The ships will be docked at the Hammond Marina, 701 Casino Dtr. Dr., until their departure early Monday morning July 5.
The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools, and was called by Archaeology magazine “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” The craftsmanship of construction and the details in the rigging make it a truly fascinating visit back to the Age of Discovery. The ‘Nina’ was used in the production of the film ‘1492’ starring Gerard Depardieu and directed by Ridley Scott. The ‘Pinta’ was built in Brazil to accompany the ‘Nina’ on all of her travels. She is a larger version of the archetypal caravel and offers larger deck space for walk-aboard tours and has a 900 sq. ft. main salon down below to view slide shows of the ships’ construction. The Pinta is available for private parties while in port.
Both ships will be touring together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the ‘Caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world.
While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for walk-aboard self-guided tours. The prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children. Children 4 and under are Free. The ship is open every day from 9 – 6 p.m. No reservations necessary.
Teachers or groups wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call the ship directly at (787) 672 2152. Minimum of 15. $4.00 per person. Visit for additional information. The ships arrive Thursday July 1.

SUNDAY – July 4
Charity Car Show
The 2010 Cedar Lake Summerfest Charity Car Show will be held on Sunday July 4, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Park of the Red Cedars located at 7408 Constitution Avenue in Cedar Lake. This year’s car show boasts new items. It will be the first year the car show has two different dash plaques. This year’s dash plaques will features a 1969 silverGTO and Ken Ippolito’s 1936 Chevy Road Master Deluxe. The Road Master Deluxe is on of only thirty one cars in existence still in original condition. The Cutlass was restored by Breedlove’s family. The GTO restoration was a family effort and still brings much pride and pleasure to them.
The other new item featured at the car show is the Founder’s Trophy. This trophy will be given in honor of the residents of Cedar Lake who worked so hard to help the area become a town. Senator Sue Landske and her son Rick will be choosing the vehicle which will receive the trophy.
There will be 2010 car show will be donating to the Project Love Food Pantry, Boy Scout Troop 105 and the L’arc en Ciel Community Theatre Group. thirty one 1st and 2md trophies will be awarded along with Special Non-Class Trophies, which include Best of Show Overall, Judges Choice, Most Unique, Chief’s Choice, Director’s Choice and the aforementioned Founder’s Trophy.
For additional information call Louise at (219) 696-2745 or email her at For details call the Cedar Lake Parks Department at (219) 374-4444 or the Cedar Lake Chamber at (219) 374-6157. Visit

SUNDAY – July 4
American Legion Riders Host Stars and Stripes Ride
The American Legion Riders Post 261, of Cedar Lake will host a Stars and Stripes Ride for Vets on Sunday, July 4. The event, part of the 2010 Cedar Lake Summerfest, will take place on the Town Council Grounds, located at 7408 Constitution Avenue. Sign in will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. The first bike will go out at noon and the last bike will return at 5 p.m.
The entry fee for a single is $15 and the fee for a double is $25. The Poker includes a vendor and drink ticket. The first 100 entrants will also receive a Ride Pin.
The day’s event also includes a Pancake Breakfast, from 7 – 11:30 a.m. Adult tickets are $6. Children’s tickets are $3 and a family tickets costs $17.
The 24th Annual Car Show will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Bones kick off the live entertainment. They take the stage from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. This is the 39th anniversary of the rock hit “Rock and Roll Chicago” by M and R Rush. This killer rock group will take the stage from 8 – 9:30 p.m. The ever popular patriotic event, Cedar Lake’s very own Laser Light Show, begins at 9:30 p.m. Come out and support your local veterans. For additional information visit or

SUNDAY – July 4
4th of July in Harrison Park
Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr., Hammond Parks & Recreation and the Hammond Public Library invite all area residents to attend Hammond’s yearly Independence Day Celebration on Sunday, July 4 in Harrison Park located at Hohman Ave. & Waltham St. Feel free to congregate at the park any time during the day and picnic with your family while having fun enjoying our food vendors and music beginning at 2 pm. The library hosts a patriotic music concert in the band shell starting 5:15 p.m. and at 6 p.m. a Naturalization Ceremony. Welcome and congratulate the new citizens of the USA, then sit back, relax and enjoy the music of the Bill Porter Orchestra. The band continues to play during the fantastic fireworks display by Mad Bomber Fireworks Productions! Pyrotechnics at dark. Free admission. For more information, call (219) 853-6378 or visit

TUESDAY – July 6
Portage Live Entertainment
Through collaboration between Portage Park Dept., Portage Chamber of Commerce and Portage Live Entertainment, an eleven-concert series of Summer Music in the Park will be presented each Tuesday night from 6:30 pm to 8 p.m. now thru through August 24 at Woodland Park, just south of US 20 in Portage at 2100 Willowcreek Road. The concerts will generally be outdoors at the Gazebo, with some large shows indoors. In case of rain or high temperatures, the concerts will be held indoors. All concerts are free and open to the public.
The remaining schedule is: July 6 Wolffgang – Female Chorus, Hobart High School; July 13 Kevin Lucas, Marimba & Guitar/vocalist Andy Waldron; July 20 Into the Light – Christian band and vocals; July 27 Bob Baldwin & Musical Saw – Keyboard & vocals; August 3, August 10, August 17, and August 24 TBA
The concerts are made possible by generous donations from The John W. Anderson Foundation and the Portage business community. Everyone is invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket, picnic basket, and enjoy the music!

YMCA Night at Deep River Waterpark
Splash into some fun with friends and family! The regional YMCA’s have collaborated to offer a special event at Deep River Waterpark in Merrillville from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. All tickets are only $8! This event is open to the public, but you can only get your tickets through the YMCA! There is a limited supply so they are going on a first come, first serve basis!! The park will only be open to those individuals with tickets sold only through their local YMCA, so there will be plenty of fun and no waiting in long lines! Call the Portage Township YMCA Welcome Center at (219) 762-YMCA (9622) for tickets soon.

FRIDAY – July 9
Crazy 8s Golf Outing
The Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Crazy 8s golf outing on July 9 at the Brassie Golf Club, 1110 Pearson Road in Chesterton. The outing, entitled Jamaican Me Crazy 8s, will feature a Caribbean theme with live entertainment, appetizers, dinner, on-site massages and a cash bar. Hors d’oeuvres, networking and registration are at 1:00pm and the shotgun start is scheduled for 2 p.m. The Crazy 8s format allows for a strictly fun outing, having individuals in teams of eight retain one club for the entire game. Members have the opportunity to sponsor holes for $50 and create games and their own signage for attendees. Member price to attend is $50 per golfer or $180 for a foursome and $320 for a team of eight. Purchase of tickets include golf, two drink tickets, appetizers & dinner. Non members are welcome to attend but do not receive the discount for a team of four and eight. For more information or to attend, call Tiffany Bley, (219) 926-5513 or email

FRIDAY – July 9
Grecian Festival
Grecian Festival 10 will be held July 9 through July 11 at the Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 8000 Madison Street. This is the 41st annual event and will feature Greek foods and pastries, beer and wine garden, Greek dancing, kiddie rides and carnival rides and entertainment. Festival Hours are Friday from 5 – 11 p.m.; Sat noon – 11 p.m. and Sunday noon till 11 p.m. For more information call (219) 769-2481. Free admission, free parking.

Friends of The Symphony
Friends of the Symphony The next Friends of the Symphony luncheon is also the Annual Meeting/Luncheon of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra and will be held on Wednesday, July 14 at Noon in the Portofino’s Banquet Room. Program includes Maestro Philip Bauman introducing the new season. All are welcome call (219) 362-9020 for reservations or details.

THURSDAY – July 15
Power From the Past
Northern Indiana Power From the Past Inc. hosts its 33rd Annual Show, July 15 – 18 in City Park, Winamac, Indiana. Featuring; Minneapolis-Moline Tractors & Equipment, Sandwich Engines, Vintage Motor Cycles. Limited Camping for Exhibitors Only.For more information Call 574-946-3712 Days or 574-946-3206 anytime or visit

FRIDAY – July 16
Senior Day at the Park
Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and Hammond Parks and Recreation invite all seniors, ages 55 and older, to join in the fun at the 7th Annual Festival of the Lakes Senior Day at Wolf Lake Memorial Park, 2938 S. Calumet Ave. The Festival is open exclusively for seniors on Friday, July 16 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. The afternoon will feature dancing, lunch and music by The Don Manin Quartet. Admission is free and a complimentary goody bag will be distributed to everyone. Come and enjoy a special day just for you! Visit or call (219) 853-6378 for more information.

SATURDAY – July 17
Special Person’s Day
Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and Hammond Parks and Recreation invite those with special needs and their families to join in the fun at the 7th Annual Festival of the Lakes Special Person’s Day at Wolf Lake Memorial Park, 2938 S. Calumet Ave. People with special needs will ride for free from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, July 17. The afternoon will feature lunch provided by Boz’s Hot Dogs and Pepsi. Admission is free and a complimentary goody bag will be distributed to everyone. Come and enjoy a special day just for you! Visit or call (219) 853.6378 for more information.

SATURDAY – July 17
Mayor’s Festival 5K Walk/Run
Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and Hammond Parks & Recreation invite walkers and runners of all ages to compete in the Mayor’s 5K Walk/Run at the 7th Annual Festival of the Lakes. The walk/run starts and ends at Wolf Lake Memorial Park on Saturday, July 17. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race begins at 8 a.m. Early registration is $10; race day $15. Adults can purchase a Festival t-shirt for $5 on race day; children 8 and under will receive a complimentary t-shirt. A free children’s race begins at 8:15 a.m. Awards will be presented to men & women with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes in all age divisions. An overall winner male and female in the adult and children’s races will be given. Walkers will receive 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons in each age division. Age divisions are: 8 and under; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; 19-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70 and over. Visit for an entry form or stop by the Hammond Civic Center at 5825 S. Sohl Avenue. For more information, call (219) 853-6378.

SUNDAY – July 18
Michigan City Festival Symphony
Michigan City Summer Festival Symphony concert sponsored by City of Michigan City, Mayor Chuck Oberlie will be held Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Washington Park Amphitheater.

SUNDAY – July 18
Hot Rod & Custom Car Show
Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr., Hammond Parks & Recreation, the Hammond Street Department and Van Senus Auto Parks invite all Hot Rod and Custom Car enthusiasts to join us at Wolf Lake Memorial Park at Sheffield & Calumet Avenues on Sunday, July 18 from noon until 3 p.m. for the 7th Annual Festival of the Lakes Rod & Custom Show. Entry is $10 per vehicle; registration is from 9 a.-m. noon. There will be dash plaques, door prizes, games, rides, awards, trophies, raffles and concessions provided by the Hammond Park Foundation. There are 18 class registrations this year! Call (219) 853-6431 for more information or visit

SUNDAY – July 18
Polka Party
Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and the Hammond Marina invite all polka enthusiasts to join us at the Hammond Marina, 701 Casino Center Drive on Sunday, July 18 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. for the 7th Annual Festival of the Lakes Polka Party. Dance the afternoon away to the sounds of the fantastic live polka band “Ampol Aires” while you sit back, relax and enjoy the gorgeous views of Lake Michigan. Admission and parking are free. There will be food available for purchase by Hammond’s Cavalier Inn and a cash bar. Also, you can enter a raffle to win a variety of baskets. Call (219) 853-6378 for more information or visit

MONDAY – July 19
Hobart VBS
Trinity United Methodist Church in Hobart invites all children ages 4 through 11 to go on a High Seas Expedition. Come join us for our free vacation bible school July 19-23. Each night we take sail from 6:00 to 8:30 to explore God’s word, learn new songs, play great games, design crafts, and have a tasty snack. Trinity United Methodist Church is located 1 block north of Rt. 6 on Rt. 51. For further information, contact

MONDAY – July 26
Hook A Kid On Golf Program
The Valparaiso Park Department is excited to announce the return of the Hook A Kid on Golf Program this summer. Hook A Kid On Golf, a National Alliance for Youth Sports program, is an innovative youth golf program that eliminates the obstacles that often prevent many youngsters from enjoying the game. This week-long instructional program is for first-time golfers ages 8-15 and includes four days of instruction and one day of on-course play. Each participant is provided with their own starter set of golf clubs with bag and other golf items needed to begin to learn the game of golf and they are yours to keep! Participants and/or guardians may not belong to a golf club and the child may not own his or her own golf clubs. This event will run from July 26 – 30 from 8 a.m. – 12 noon at the Creekside Golf Course and Training Center. Ages: 8-15 years old as of (start date) Fee: $140 for city residents / $150 standard. Registration available until July 1. To register or for more information, contact Creekside Golf Course and Training Center at 219-531-7888 or the Valparaiso Department of Parks and Recreation at 219-462-5144.

SATURDAY – August 14
Free Concert
Free Concert sponsored by City of Valparaiso, Mayor Jon Costas will be held on Saturday, August 14 at 7 p.m. on the lawn of Ivy Tech Community College, Valparaiso Campus, 3100 Ivy Tech Drive, Valparaiso.

SATURDAY – August 14
Sunflower Festival
Sunflower Festival The Friends of the Symphony are gathering donated items to sell at the Sunflower Festival held on September 18, 2010, downtown La Porte. Items may include: Jewelery, Scarves, Hats, Ties, Watches, Handbags, Belts, Cuff Links & more for women or men. Donations may be dropped off by placing them in the bin outside the door at LCSO Office, 912 Indiana Ave, Lower Level, La Porte. Call (219) 362-9020 for more information.


Valparaiso University’s Harre Union will serve as host for “Wonderful Wednesdays,” a live music and lunch event open to the community that will take place on Wednesdays through July 28. The lunches will be held outside the Harre Union at the Parks Sidewalk Café from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will feature local musicians including Chad Clifford, Lou Saminegeo, Paul Luther, Mami Matsuda and Angelo Chicco. Lunch specials will include tacos, quesadillas, hot dogs, mini-pizzas and hamburgers and $1 dollar fountain drinks. For more information call (219) 454-5007.

Vendors Needed
Vendors of transportation related merchandise or any antiques are invited to apply for space for the 27th Annual Railroad Fair which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 25 – 26, 2010, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Historical Park and Depot Museum. For additional info or an application blank, call Maxine at (219) 923-2436 or email

Portage Fourth of July Parade
The Pride in Portage committee is seeking applicants for the 2010 Fourth of July Parade and vendors for the evening events at Trumble field. The annual parade will be held on Saturday, July 3, 2010 beginning at 11:00am. The evening’s events will begin at 5:00pm with food vendors and family activities. A $10 registration fee and a completed application are required for participation. Applications are open to all persons and organizations. Applications for the parade and evening events are available online at or from the Planning Department in city hall. For details call Joe Csikos, chairman (219) 762-7607.

The Porter County Public libraries will be closed on Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day. This includes Valparaiso, Portage, South Haven, Kouts and Hebron
branches. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday.

Discovery Day Camps Registration Open
Registration for the summer Discovery Day Camps is currently open at the Valparaiso Department of Parks and Recreation. The weeklong day camps are open to children ages 5-14 and are held now through August 13 at Rogers-Lakewood Park. Discovery Camp, is for campers ages 6-12 (entering 1-6), offers children the opportunity to spend the summer outdoors, meet new friends, and learn a variety of new skills such as boating, sports, arts and crafts, archery, outdoor cooking, and more. For older campers, kids entering 7th & 8th grade, there is Ranger Camp where they learn first-hand about community service and volunteer projects and explore future career options, while enjoying hiking, boating, camp cooking and more. The hours for camp are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday; with before and after camp care available daily to accommodate parent’s schedules. The weekly fee for Discovery Camp is $74/64* (* resident discount). The weekly fee for Ranger Camp is $79/69* (* resident discount). Field trip week are slightly higher. The extended camp care is $15 for the week for morning or $25 per week for afternoon. For more information, call the park staff at 219-462-5144. Visit for updates and program information.

Drawn To Tattoos
Now through July 11, 2010
Curated by Harlan Thompson, Drawn to Tattoos provides a unique look at the art of tattoo. The daily drawings of Chicago tattoo artists Harlan Thompson, Tim Biedron, Jason Vaughn and Mario Desa cover the walls of Lubeznik Center’s Library Gallery while a digital presentation provides a colorful look at the product of all those drawings ─ celebrating tattoo as art.
Hours are Tues – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sat & Sun 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.. For more information visit This event will be held at Lubeznik Center for the Arts, 101 W 2nd St, At the Lakefront, Michigan City. Admission is $3 Donation.

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