On Saturday, February 18th, Jacob’s Ladder Pediatric Rehabilitation held their monthly "Lights Up, Sound Down" movie screening event]. Starting off with a tailored movie showing for children with special needs and/or sensory issues, "Lights Up, Sound Down" also includes lunch, crafts and activities.
Don’t miss Northwest Indiana’s Premier Bridal Fair, bride blu, to be held on Sunday, February 19 from noon-3 pm in the Stardust Event Center. bride blu features more than 60 vendors, including wedding dress boutiques, photographers, DJs, caterers, florists, dance studios and jewelers. Tickets are $5 at the door; register for free and to be entered into a drawing for a trip to Las Vegas at brideblu.com.
Donning a wig and work clothes, Karen Freeman Wilson, the Mayor of the City of Gary, went undercover to meet the community members working to make the Lake County hometown a thriving place once more.
Breaking Down the Barriers: Salute to our Veterans on October 8 features a police-escorted nonstop motorcycle ride, a vendor fair and a dinner with guest speaker Silouan Green, U.S. Marine veteran and PTSD survivor. Proceeds benefit community programs helping veterans with PTSD and their families. Tickets are $25 for the motorcycle ride and dinner or $15 for the dinner.
Hoosier Fight Club presents HFC 30, a three hour spectacular with eight professional and seven amateur bouts. The main event is a welterweight title fight featuring Dustin Pape of LaPorte against Sultan Umar of Chicago.
On Saturday, downtown Hammond was the scene of the 11th Annual Beatlesfest which brought out festival and Beatles fans from around the Region and the Chicagoland area. The event featured 12 bands, including Beatles tribute band American English, on two stages along with Beatles memorabilia and merchandise, food, drinks and fun things to do for the kids, including a large bouncy house.
Hammond’s Festival of the Lakes always guarantees there’ll be a show for everyone - whether you’re a fan of R&B, classic rock, or country. This year Mayor Tom McDermott picked the right band for the festival within the country scene: the chart-topping Eli Young Band. The four piece will be making their debut at the Pav on Thursday night, but before the lights go up on their set I got the opportunity to talk to Eli Young’s drummer Chris Thompson about the current place in their career, their upcoming album, and what to expect from their FOL set.
Wednesday, July 20th kicked off Hammond’s annual Festival of the Lakes with a free concert headlined by Boyz II Men. Hosted at the Pavilion at Wolf Lake, the festival is a much anticipated event for the region.
“I hear from so many people that say they don’t plan vacations during Festival of the Lakes week,” said Hammond Mayor, Thomas McDermott Jr., “You can come out and watch these bands for free and they are top quality.”
There’s a ton of reasons people love Pokemon GO. Myself, I love the fact that it’s an interesting way to get out in Northwest Indiana and discover great new local businesses and landmarks while enjoying a nostalgic pastime. Others seem to like its relation to “geocaching,” a hide-and-seek type game that makes the entire world your playing field.
On July 22nd, George Thorogood and The Destroyers bring their raucous brand of Blues and Rock’n’Roll to the Region at this year’s Festival of the Lakes in Hammond.