Community News – Chicago Tribune


Rebuilding Together is America’s largest volunteer home-based rehabilitation organization. The local chapter, Rebuilding Together South Lake County, is now accepting applications to provide financially disadvantaged homeowners living in the Crown Point area with needed paint, repairs and maintenance. Applications may be obtained at: Lake County Community Services, 1450 E. Joliet St. No. 202, Crown Point; or at The application deadline is June 1.

Join the Lake County Master Gardeners (LCMGA) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 26 for a “A Day in the Garden” garden walk at Crown Point, Winfield and Wheatfield. The walk will feature the gardens of horticulturists, landscapers and builders in Crown Point, Winfield and Wheatfield. Master gardeners and owners will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. Tickets are available on Eventbrite Check-in on the day of the event will be at Wayne Gruber’s Garden, 12314 Kingfisher Road, Crown Point. Tickets can also be purchased from local LCMGA vendors: Leo’s in Cedar Lake; Niemeyer’s and The Artful Garden at Crown Point; Elzinga’s and Walt’s in Dyer; Remus Farms in Hobart; and Mighty Mike’s in St. John. Cash or check only. Tickets are available for purchase on the day of the walk at the LCMGA table at Wayne Gruber’s garden. Cash or check only. A ticket will be required for anyone over 12 years old. More information at

Mia Godfrey, an Indiana University Northwestern performing arts student who graduated in August, is directing a series of plays called “Facing Our Truth: Short Plays on Trayvon, Race, and Privilege.” Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. June 2 and 3 and 3 p.m. June 4 at the Mainstage Theater in the Arts and Science Building on Campus, 3400 Broadway, Gary. All performances are free and open to the public. This production will fulfill Godfrey’s graduation requirement from Indiana University Northwest. Honored with the Outstanding Senior Award in Theater Program, Godfrey, a graduate of Merrillville High School, will graduate with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and minors in Business Administration and Psychology. “Facing Our Truth” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. and features works by Mona Mansour, Tala Manasah, Dominique Morisseau, Winter Miller, A Rey Pamatmat and Marcus Gardley. More information can be found at or by calling 219-980-6810.

The third annual Hometown Country Jam music festival, now spanning two days, will take place June 3-4 at the Brickie Bowl, 705 E. Fourth St., Hobart. More than 8,000 people are expected to attend the event with headliners Justin Moore on Friday and Cole Swindell on Saturday. Friday’s lineup also includes Sean Stemaly, Alana Springsteen and Derek Jones. Saturday’s roster will include Mackenzie Porter, Walker Montgomery and Jonny James. Tickets and more information are available at

The National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc. (NHBW) will host its annual scholarship and program gala, “Making Educational Dreams A Reality,” at 3 p.m. June 5 at Chateau Banquets, 530 W. 61st Ave., Merrillville. The event will feature the Ashley Stewart fashion show, entertainment by Lady Sax and music by DJN4Red. Tickets are $50. Tickets and more information can be found at 219-617-3145.


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