Area Happenings, July 20, 2011

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McDonald’s safety education

Northwest Indiana McDonald’s owners team up with local community fairs and events along with local police departments in order to host several “Safety Days” throughout the summer. These events will serve to educate parents and children throughout Northwest Indiana on several aspects of safety within their communities. Each event will have different components based on police departments’ availability and resources.

Dates and locations where the “Safety Days”:

August 2 –

Munster Night Against Crime;

August 28 –

Michigan City Boat Show;

October 15 –

Food Bank 5K Walk/Run.

“By partnering with community fairs and events we’re able to reach families of all demographics within the Northwest Indiana community,” said sponsor Bob Mazzaro. “By hosting Safety Days McDonald’s is able to show the community that we are there for them.”

Representatives from local police departments will be on-site conducting presentations with K9 units, speaking about bike safety and teaching parents how to fill out fingerprinting/DNA kits. Parents will also have the opportunity to create identification cards for their children at the event.

Creekside children’s golf tourney

The 10th Annual Creekside Classic for Kids is Thursday, July 21. There is a morning skills competition for juniors, age 12 and under, from 10 a.m. to noon and The Classic Golf Outing with foursomes composed of two adults and two juniors beginning at 1 p.m. The afternoon tournament is a 12-hole scramble. The fee for Juniors is $30 for each event, or $50 to play both the morning skills and the afternoon golf outing. Adults are $75 for the afternoon outing. This day of golf includes a summer cookout at Noon, prizes, awards and a T-shirt for all participants. Registration deadline is Sunday, July 17.

The Valparaiso Parks Foundation and The First Tee Valparaiso are hosting the events. For more information contact Barbie Johnson at the Valparaiso Parks office at 462-5144.

Church offers free weddings

A South Haven church is offering free church wedding ceremonies for those who want clergyperson to help to tie the knot.

“No strings attached,” says the Rev. Charles Drake, pastor of New Hope Church of God, 712 N. 450 West. “Sometimes, people just don’t have the money for the ceremony,” says Drake.

“Make an appointment, bring the marriage license with you, and that’s it,” Drake said.

Wedding day is set for Saturday, July 23, with ceremonies set to start at 9 a.m. and run every hour on the hour.

That will give time for the ceremony, pictures and others things in an orderly basis, Drake says.

“If you’re living together and want a church wedding, we’ll do it,” Drake says. “It’s a new thing for us – we haven’t done anything like this before, so we don’t know what to expect.”

“Really, there’s no charge, no donations sought or anything like that,” says Drake. “We have had a few calls, and someone wanted us to go off-site. For that, there is a charge, but it is absolutely free in the church.”

Drake asks that time be reserved by Saturday, July 16.

To set an appointment, contact the church between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 219-759-1533.

2011 Portage Summer Music in the Park Concert Series


The Portage Summer Music in the Park concert series continues from 6-7:30 p.m. at Woodland Park through Aug. 30, at 2100 Willowcreek Road, Portage. The series is through collaboration between Portage Park Dept., Portage Chamber of Commerce and Portage Live Entertainment.

The concerts will usually be outdoors at the Gazebo, with some large shows indoors. In case of rain or high temperatures, the concerts will be held indoors. Concerts are free and open to the public. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Music ranges from 40s and 50s to rock and roll, swing, Celtic, blues, contemporary and a Jimmy Buffet tribute, all featuring local talent.

The concerts are made possible by donations from The John W. Anderson Foundation and the Portage business community. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, picnic basket and enjoy the music.

Upcoming performances

July 26 – Dave Hutchins – ’50s to contemporary.

Aug. 2 – Larry Spurlock Little Big Band.

Aug. 9 – Wolffgang – Hobart High School female choral group; Portage Community Theatre – 2011-12 Season Preview.

Aug. 16 – Summer Symphony – String orchestras from local schools.

Aug. 23 – Island 49 – Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show.

Aug. 30 – AcoustiCats – Acoustic / Blues / Classic Rock.

Visit or call 219-762-5025 for more information.

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