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Porter County Council will take its meetings on the road

Starting this month and through September, the council will hold its meetings at various places across the county to give residents the chance to attend the meetings, said Council President Dan Whitten, D-At-large.

The council meets at 5:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month. The schedule: June 25, Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, Riverwalk Drive, Portage; July 23, Porter County Regional Airport, 4207 Murvihill Road, Valparaiso; August 25, Dune Acres Club House, 1 East Road, Dune Acres; and Sept. 24,Hebron Community Center, 611 N. Main St., Hebron.


ECPL to host database presentation

The East Chicago Public Library will host a representative from Reference USA to demonstrate database use for small business owners, entrepreneurs, marketing professionals and job seekers at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the library, 2401 E. Columbus Drive. The program is free. More information is at 219-397-2453 or at

Crown Point Little Dribblers Sports Camp

Crown Point Parks and Recreation Department will host two sections of the Little Dribblers and Youth Ages summer basketball sports camps July 8-18: from 10-11 a.m. for children ages 4-5; and from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for children 6-10-years old at Solon Robinson Park, at the intersection of Dexter Drive and Hickory Court. All sessions will be held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for two weeks. The cost is $36 for Crown Point residents, $45 for non residents for ages 4-5; and $48 for residents, $60 for non residents for ages 6-10. More information is at 219-661-2272 or via email at


Library to host programs

Hammond Public Library has several upcoming programs scheduled at the library, 564 State St. A movie for teens will be featured at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Free snacks while they last. “Chasing the Moon: A Film by Robert Stone Part 1: The Early Days,” will be screened at 2 p.m. Saturday. Refreshments will be provided. Teen Galaxy Jars, a cosmic craft project for students in grades 7-12, will be offered at 2 p.m. June 25. All supplies and snacks are provided. Wear old clothing, as paint will be used. More information on all programs is at 219-931-5100.

Summer Bridge Program at IU Northwest

Indiana University Northwest will offer its Summer Bridge program for all incoming students enrolled in the Fall 2019 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 19-22, and from 2-7 p.m. Aug. 23 on campus at 3400 Broadway, Gary. Summer bridge offerings include topics in the arts and humanities, social and behavior sciences, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Activities and field trips are designed to help students prepare for college classes, explore new interests, and connect with fellow students, peer mentors and the faculty. Students who complete their summer bridge earn a scholarship to help pay for books for their first year at IU Northwest. In addition, they will be allowed to enroll in the Freshman Seminar (COAS-E104) for four credits, applying their Bridge experience as one credit toward the class. Snacks will be provided Monday through Thursday, and a dinner will be served on Friday during the program. Activities are free and open to all incoming students. Space is limited. Register at More information is with Candace Clark at

Library seeks community input

The Gary Public Library Board of Trustees invite the public to voice their opinion on the future of the former Du Bois Branch at 6 p.m. June 24 at the Gary Public Library and Cultural Center, 220 W. Fifth Ave. The regular monthly meeting of the Library Board of Trustees will follow at 6:45pm. More information is at 219-886-2484.