Next Week in Gary July 20-27, 2013

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Saturday, July 20 Travis Freeman Memorial Golf Outing 8:00a.m. _____

The Travis Freeman Memorial Golf Outing takes place Saturday, July 20 at the Gleason Golf Course, 3400 Jefferson St. Registration starts at 8:00a.m. with a shotgun start at 9:00a.m. For more information, call 219-980-1089.

Saturday, July 20 Fight For Justice, Stop the Violence 12:00p.m. _____

A peaceful march and rally will be held to demand justice for Trayvon Martin Saturday, July 20 at 12:00p.m. at the Hammond Federal Bldg., 5400 Federal Plaza, Hammond, IN. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson is scheduled to give remarks.

Saturday, July 20 St. John Spiritual Church Feeds the Homeless 1:00p.m. _____

Members of St. John Spiritual Church will feed the homeless Saturday, July 20 at 1:00p.m., 1921 W. 45th Avenue, 1p.m. – 4p.m.

Saturday, July 20 Expungement Information Forum 2:00p.m. _____

An Indiana Criminal Conviction Expungement Forum will be held Saturday, July 20 at 2:00p.m. at Indiana University Northwest, Savannah Center Bergland Auditorium, 3400 Broadway. Lawyers will be on hand to give information to those who have misdemeanors and felonies on how to expunge their records. For more information, see flyer below.

Saturday, July 20 All Greek Picnic at Lake Etta 1:00p.m. _____

The Annual All Greek Picnic takes place Saturday, July 20, 1:00p.m. -7:00p.m. at Late Etta County Park. All Greek organizations are welcome.

Saturday, July 20 Miller Bearch Arts & Creative Dist. Pop-up Art Event 2:00p.m. _____

The Miller Beach Arts & Creative District presents a Pop-up Art event Saturday, July 20 from 2:00p.m. – 8:00p.m. on Lake St. in Gary’s Miller Area. Enjoy vendors, artists and an antique car show. For more information, see flyer below.

Sunday, July 21 Voices of Revelation 1st Anniversary 4:00p.m. _____

The Voices of Revelation will host its 1st Anniversary Celebration, Sunday, July 21 at New Revelation M.B. Church 3140 West 21st Ave. at 4:00p.m.

Monday, July 22 2nd District Community Forum 6:00p.m. _____

Councilman Michael Protho will host a 2nd District Community Forum Monday, July 22 at the Commons Plaza, 4319 W. 5th Avenue at 6:00p.m.

Monday, July 22-24 Trinity MBC 95th Anniversary Revival 7:00p.m. _____

The Trinity MBC will host its 95th Anniversary Tent Revival nightly from July 22-24 at 1831 Virginia St. a 7p.m. The featured guest speaker will be Evangelist Kevin Hankins.

Monday, July 22-25 New Revelation Youth Revival 6:00p.m. _____

New Revelation M.B. Church will host its Youth Revival, July 22 -25 nightly at 3140 West 21st Ave. Youth Power Hour begins at 6:00p.m., and service starts at 7:00p.m.

Tuesday, July 23 City of Gary Show on WLTH 8:00a.m. _____

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson will appear on WLTH 1370AM Tuesday July 23 at 8:00a.m. She will give updates on Gary and answer questions from callers.

Tuesday, July 23 Anti-Violence Task Force/ Violence Prevention Mtg. 1:00p.m. _____

The Mayor’s Anti-Violence Task Force/Violence Prevention Committee Mtg. will be held Tuesday, July 23 at 1:00p.m., Public Safety Facility, 555 Polk St. in the Community Room.

July 20 – July 27, 2013

Wednesday, July 24 Waste Collection and Disposal Community Forum 5:30p.m. _____

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson will host a Waste Collection and Disposal Community Forum Wednesday, July 24 at 5:30p.m. in the Council Chambers, Gary City Hall, 401 Broadway. Representatives from Waste Management, General Services, Recycling and Green Urbanism will be on hand to answer residents’ questions.

Thursday, July 25 Mayor’s Show on WJOB Radio 8:00a.m. _____

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson will appear on WJOB 1230 AM at 8:00a.m. to give updates on Gary and answer questions from callers.

Thursday, July 25 Blood Drive at IUN 10:00a.m. _____

A Blood Drive will be held at IUN from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Moraine Student Center, 3400 Broadway. For more info, call (219) 980-6769.

Friday, July 26 New Revelation Youth Revival 6:00p.m. _____

KC & JoJo of Jodeci fame will perform live at West Side Theater Guild, 9th & Gerry St., 7p.m. Gary’s own Glen Kimble will open the show and will be introduced by Windy City Live’s Val Warner. For ticket information, see flyer below.


Today, leaders from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Transportation will join Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson to announce a new redevelopment project. Through the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities, EPA, HUD, and DOT, along with other federal and state agencies, will work with the city and private foundations on the new project.

Last week, Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and Gary Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Cheryl Pruitt joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, other mayors and school superintendents in Washington, DC, to discuss partnership opportunities between cities and the U.S. Department of Education to foster effective approaches to education reform.

Participating city leaders are part of a new Mayors’ Education Reform Task Force co-chaired by National League of Cities (NLC) First Vice President Chris Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul, MN, and NLC Second Vice President Ralph Becker, Mayor of Salt Lake City, UT. Mayors Coleman and Becker formed the task force in March 2013 to explore how cities can and should be involved in local education reform efforts.

Citizens of Gary and surrounding communities are invited to attend the Local and Federal Government Economic Partnership Forum on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. free of charge. The event will take place at the Indiana University Northwest Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, 3400 Broadway, Gary, IN 46408.

The Chicago Federal Executive Board is hosting this event to continue to strengthen the already strong ties that federal agencies located in the area have with our community. We will have the opportunity to hear from the following agencies about initiatives and opportunities that affect Northwest Indiana:

Ann Kalayil, Regional Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration

Jackie Garner, Interim Regional Director and CMS Consortium Administrator, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Jeannette Tamayo, Regional Director, U.S. Economic Development Administration

Marianne Markowitz, Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration

To learn more about the event and to register today, visit:! If you have questions about this event, contact the Federal Executive Board at (312) 353-6790 or or RSVP: Gary Chamber of Commerce (219) 885-7407.

In light of extreme temperatures, The City of Gary has made the follow COOLING CENTER LOCATIONS available to the public: GENESIS CONVENTION CENTER 1 GENESIS CENTER PLAZA GARY, IN 46402 (219)882-5505 M – F 9 AM – 5 PM HUDSON CAMPBELL FITNESS CENTER 555 MASSACHUSETTS STREET GARY, IN 46402 (219)886-2814 M – F 6 AM – 9 PM SAT 9 AM – 1 PM SUN 9 AM – 1 PM CALUMET TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE MULTIPURPOSE CENTER 1900 W 41ST AVENUE GARY, IN 46408 (219)880-4902 24 HOURS AS NEEDED PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY 555 POLK STREET GARY, IN 46402 (219)881-1260 24 HOURS AS NEEDED

Congratulations to the students from the Gary Lighthouse school who recently participated in a National Double Dutch competition in Canton, Ohio. The Steel City Superstars won two 1st place medals in single jump rope and baton, 2nd place in Double Dutch and 4th place in Happy Feet. The team is led by Ms. Tami Reynolds of Gary. For more information about the team, contact Robert Buggs, Sr. at (219) 779-5098.

In March of 2013, recent high school graduate David King launched a Youth Movement for Change which included a city-wide Youth March for Change. This marked the beginning of a youth-led movement to actualize young people’s vision to see a stronger, safer, more united Gary. King has since teamed up with the City of Gary’s Youth Services Bureau to expand the movement to include a citywide Youth Rally for Change, which will be held Saturday July 27, 2013, from 11a to 1p at Indiana University Northwest, Savannah Center, 3400 Broadway Gary, Indiana.

Youth Empowerment Week takes place Monday, July 29 – Friday, August 2, 10a – 2p daily at Indiana University Northwest- Savannah Center, 3400 Broadway Gary, Indiana. FREE FOOD will be served each day courtesy of the Youth Services Bureau’s Summer Food Service Program. The entire community is invited to come on out and support young people as they create solutions to help build a better Gary. For more information or to register, contact Youth Service Bureau Director Ken Patrick Barry at (219) 881-5270 .

Congratulations to the Gary Metro Little League 13-yr old league for snagging 3rd place in the State tournament in Terre Haute, IN.

Working to help children temporarily housed at the Crisis Center in the Miller section of Gary, the Urban League Young Professionals announced they will hold a “Dream Makers Toiletry Drive.” The event will take place on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 6 p.m. at the Crisis Center located at 101 N. Montgomery. According to Vanessa Allen, President and CEO of the Urban League, the organization is seeking donations, both monetary and actual. All donations can be made directly at the Urban League, 3101 Broadway, Gary, Indiana; checks should be made payable to the Urban League of NWI, Inc. Financial donations can also be made at For more information, please phone 887-9621.