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Indiana University Northwest

The Indiana University Northwest Department of Communication and the Indiana University Northwest Communication Association invite the community to a series of free presentations in recognition of Communication Week, scheduled for April 11-16. The events kicked off with student performance entitled, “Communication Means Business” on April 12. Mark Spencer of the Westside Theater Guild presented “New Media and Social Movement Communication” the same day with poet Kevin Joseph. Students will present “Cultural Performance: Using Performance as a Communication Research Method,” at 11:30 a.m. April 14 in Marram Hall on the campus. At 5:30 p.m., students will present “Radio: Theater of the Mind” in the campus’ Hawthorn Hall. Nine Indiana University Northwest public speaking students will present their views on various social and cultural topics at the Spring Speech Forum from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., April 16 in Raintree Hall. A panel of judges chosen from the university and the community score the speeches and the top three students receive plaques. A reception with refreshments will follow the speech forum. The campus and greater Northwest Indiana community are invited to attend all Communication Week events. Indiana University Northwest is located on Broadway Avenue in Gary. For more information, contact the Department of Communication at 980-6781, or visit


Rebuilding Together Duneland

The seventh annual Party and Poker Run to benefit Rebuilding Together Duneland is scheduled  April 17 at Leroy’s “Hot Stuff” restaurant, located at 333 West U.S. Highway 20 in Porter, rain or shine. All vehicles are welcome to join in the Poker Run. Sign-up is at 11 a.m. at Leroy’s. The last vehicle will be out by 1 p.m. and the last one in by 4 p.m. The benefit will kick off with live music provided by local musicians starting at 2:30 p.m. Performing will be Ronn Barany & John Derado, C-4 Blues Band, Funky Mojo Daddy, and the Dashboard Divas. The food buffet starts at 4 p.m. and includes a Taco Bar, courtesy of Leroy’s “Hot Stuff,” and Hog Roast, courtesy of Ruge Meats. Every person 21 and older is welcome and it is not necessary to participate in the Poker Run to enjoy the party. Come for the music and food and join us for a great cause and a good time all day. Donations are $10 per person and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Rebuilding Together Duneland. Rebuilding Together is about bringing communities together. Volunteers, with the help of national and local sponsors; as well as product and material donors, work together to ensure that local homeowners, particularly the elderly, disabled and families with children live in warmth, safety and independence. For more information, call 926-3233, or visit


Acronym, Essay and Video Contest

To hear 10-year-old Jason Chen of Alameda, Calif. tell it, the name calling word “dork” no longer has any power to hurt someone since he turned it into the positive acronym: Dynamic Outstanding Rad Kid. His creativeness won him the Hey U.G.L.Y. – Unique Gifted Lovable You – acronym contest last year. 2011 marks the not-for-profit’s eighth annual Acronym and Essay contests where students vie for $500 U.S. Saving Bond first prizes. The Acronym Contest asks students to create positive acronyms for the words Dork, Loser, Hate, Racism, or Stupid while the Essay Contest asks youth to share their wisdom about “Why Having Positive Self-Esteem Can Stamp Out Bullying.” New to the contest roster, by this leader in the field of bullying prevention, is a Video Contest asking youth ages 7-19, to create a short film about why bullying is not cool. First prize for this contest is a video camera package. The panel of judges who graciously donate their time to judge these important contests are comprised of: Lisa Barron, freelance writer for People magazine; Rieva Lesonsky, former editorial director of Entrepreneur magazine; Sharon Dettmer, freelance writer for South Bend Tribune; Paul DeCeglie, writer for Pattaya Today; Rick Erwin, adjunct professor at St. Mary’s College at Notre and director of the award-winning film, “Things You Should Know Before Entering the Hospital;” Laurie Wink, freelance journalist; and Jill Zimmerman Rutledge, a psychotherapist who has worked with adolescents for over 20 years and author of “Dealing With The Stuff That Makes Life Tough.” The video contest will be judged by filmmakers. Hey U.G.L.Y., Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping teens and “tweens” with self-esteem and empathy-building programs to empower them to be part of the solution to societal ills like bullying. The Hey U.G.L.Y. message has reached over 650,000 students through their Empathy Learning Activity Plans, Web site, radio show and work with schools, community organizations and youth development professionals. Deadline for submissions for all three contests are May 31. For more information or rules and regulations, visit


Chesterton’s European Market

The road construction taking place in downtown Chesterton will not keep shoppers away from Chesterton’s European Market this year, opening May 7 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Chesterton’s European Market is open every consecutive Saturday starting that day, however they are closed for Oz Festival weekend Sept. 17. The market then reopens until the last Saturday in October. The musician for Opening Day this year is the always show-stopping Sting Fever. “Shoppers should not be discouraged by road closures,” Tiffany Bley, market director, said. “The Town of Chesterton has done a great job displaying signage for detours, and we plan to have a full, flourishing group of vendors ready for shoppers May 7.” Parking is available at numerous locations throughout the town. Lois Lane, which is located on East Indiana Avenue behind the shops on Calumet, has many parking spots available. Parking is also available on West Indiana Avenue, the Chesterton United Methodist Church on 2nd Street, and of course the many side streets in the downtown area. Chesterton’s European Market is accepting vendor applications, which are available at the Chamber office, 220 Broadway in Chesterton or online at The European Market and Westchester Public Library are currently seeking volunteers with an interest in anything medieval for this summer’s Medieval Faire set for July 9 in coordination with the Market from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This event is in cooperation with the library children’s summer reading program “Dragon Days and Summer Knights.” Vendors, presentations and performing acts that will help bring medieval history to life are welcome. For more information or to volunteer or take part in any way, contact Childrens’ Department Manager Merribeth Paunicka at 926-7696, or contact Bley at 926-5513.


Camp of All Abilities

The Hobart Family YMCA, located at 601 West 40th Place, is taking registrations for preschoolers with special needs for Preschool Camp of All Abilities. The Hobart YMCA is collaborating with the Center for Possibilities Cerebral Palsy of Northwest Indiana to offer this mini summer day camp for preschoolers ages 3-5. The main goal is to provide a fun-filled camp while at the same time meeting the needs of all campers who attend. The camp will meet from July 25 through Aug. 5, Monday through Friday, from 9-11:30 a.m. Included in the daily schedule will be games, crafts, gym time, outdoor time, music and movement, free-play, story time, and snacks. Class size is limited so register soon so your child can experience this fun-filled camp. The mission of the Hobart Family YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

The mission of the Hobart Family YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

The mission of the Hobart YMCA is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. For more information, contact the Hobart YMCA at 942-2183 and ask for Sharon. More information can also be found by visiting or by finding the group on Facebook.


Minority Health Awareness Month

Building a diverse blood supply is critical to meeting the medical needs of an increasingly diverse U.S. population. Donating blood during April, which is Minority Health Awareness Month, is one way to help. “Encouraging people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds to become blood donors is increasingly important in addressing the unique health concerns of different populations,” said Sharyn Whitman, CEO for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. “Everyone, regardless of their background, may depend on blood for a medical emergency.” Recent health data from the U.S. Office of Minority Health reveals that the rates of cancer and heart disease are higher among African Americans and Hispanics than other populations. Treatment for both these health concerns can involve the use of blood products. While blood transfusions are typically based on basic blood groups like A, B, AB and O, medical teams may also consider ethnicity when prescribing blood products. Certain rare blood types are unique to specific racial and ethnic groups, and the possibility of transfusion reactions decrease when donors and recipients share similar characteristics. That is why, Red Cross officials stress it is important to build diversity among blood donors. For instance, in the Red Cross coverage area of Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, Caucasians comprise 84 percent of blood donors, while African Americans and Hispanics constitute just 6 percent. And although the majority of blood donors are Caucasian, the U.S. Census reports that more than 40 percent of the U.S. population is not. “Our goal is to have a safe, ample and diverse blood supply so patients and their families have one less worry and can fully focus on getting well,” Whitman said. “We can do that best when people of all backgrounds step forward to give the gift of life.” For more information, call 800-733-2767, or visit

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