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May 24 – May 31, 2014 Please spread the word about the following events taking place next week in the Steel City. The City of Gary has a Facebook page! Please friend us using keyword: Team Gary Indiana and follow us on Twitter @TeamGaryIndiana. Updates can also be found on the City of Gary’s website at, where you can also download the City of Gary 311 app! May 23 IPI Cultural Competence Workshop 11:00a.m. The Cultural Competence Workshop sponsored by the Indiana Parenting Institute will be held Friday, May 23 at IUN, Hawthorn Hall Room 107 at 11:00a.m. See flyer below for more information. May 23 Angela Winbush Concert 7:00p.m. rd There will be a concert featuring Angela Winbush at Majestic Star Casino on Friday May 23 . There will be two shows at 7pm and 9pm. Tickets are $20 for Key Reward members and $25 gen. admission. Tickets may be purchased at the Majestic Star Box Office. May 23-25 Pilgrim Rest M.B. Women’s Retreat The Pilgrim Rest M.B. Women’s Retreat will take place May 23-25. All women are welcome. The cost is $90. For more information, call (219) 944-7960. May 23-26 Gary Metro Little League Tournament – Challonge! The Gary Metro Little League will host a baseball tournament at Roosevelt Park all weekend wear teams will come from as far as Milwaukee. For more information about the brackets and times of the games, see the flyer below. th May 24 Fresh County Market 5 Anniversary Celebration 10:00a.m. th th The community is invited to celebrate the 5 Anniversary of Fresh County Market, Sat. May 24 at 10:00a.m. at 25 Avenue and Grant St. Special Guest: Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. th May 24 Fresh County Market 5 Anniversary Celebration 11:00a.m. th The Divine Mandate Ministry will host its monthly Food and Clothing Distribution Sat. May 24 from 11am – 2pm at Zion Progressive Church, 1169 Conn. St. The community is welcome. May 24 Brunswick Garden Club Meeting th The Brunswick Garden Club will meet Sat. May 24 at 1pm at the Brunswick Library on 5 Avenue. See flyer. 11:00a.m. May 24 Vintage Jazz Trio Performance A Vintage Jazz trio will perform May 24 at 444 Grill, 8pm -10pm at 444 Lake St., admission is free! See flyer. 8:00p.m. May 26 Memorial Day In observance of Memorial Day, Government Offices will be closed. ______________ May 26 Memorial Day Parade ______________ The Memorial Day Parade sponsored by the Gary Patriotic Memorial Association will be held Monday, May 26 at 9am on th 15 and Broadway. Call Earl Nickolson at (219) 742-8672 for details or to participate. DID YOU KNOW??? JACKSON STREET OF DREAMS BREAKS GROUND IN GARY Earlier Thursday, the Fuller Center for Housing of Gary (FCH Gary), in partnership with the City of Gary, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony. at 2456 Jackson St. This event was held in conjunction with the City’s “Jackson Street of Dreams” program and FCH Gary’s plans to build 2 new homes and rehabilitate 2 homes in the 2300 and 2400 blocks of Jackson Street. “We are extremely excited about the upcoming makeover that this area will receive,” said Gary Mayor Karen FreemanWilson. “We intend to continue our work with the Fuller Center and identify more opportunities to build and rehab homes across the city.” For more information and to participate as a volunteer to help build the homes, visit GARY TO RECEIVE $6.6 MILLION IN HARDEST HIT FUNDS Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann today announced that five Indiana cities received a combined award of more than $15 million to help eliminate blighted and abandoned homes in those communities through the Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program (BEP). The five initial cities are East Chicago, Gary, Hammond, Indianapolis and Lawrence. They are the successful applicants in the first of six rounds of funding that will make a total of $75 million available for blight elimination to reduce foreclosures. City of Gary officials received word earlier today that it will receive $6.6 million. A VIDEO MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR ON ILLEGAL DUMPING AND OTHER MATTERS Click on this link to view the Mayor’s messge DOG PARK GRANT Local business owner Michelle Robinson of Clean Paws is challenging the entire community to help Gary win funding for a Dog Park in the city. Please click on the link below and vote twice a day! WE CAN DO THIS! CITY OF GARY TO HOST STH WALK TEAM The City of Gary is hosting team for the upcoming Sojourner Truth House Walk, June 14. Residents who are interested in joining the team should contact Chelsea Whittington at (219) 881-1314. SUMMER CAMPS TO BE HOSTED BY YSB AND GARY PARKS DEPT. The Youth Services Bureau and Parks sponsored summer camps begin June 16th and end August 1st. An all-boys camp (Raise the BAR) will be held at Brunswick Park, the GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) camp will take place at Reed Park and Summer Jam camps will take place at Glen Ryan, Cafe 839, and Ironwood Park. All camps will feature breakfast provided by the Foodbank of NWI and lunch provided by the YSB and Parks. Summer feeding and activities will also take place at Pachter Park, Borman Square Park, Buffington Park and Tolleston. For more information contact Cecelia Garmon or Patricia Covington at (219) 881-5270. MOTHER’S DAY A SUCCESS AT THE GENESIS CENTER Congratulations to the Genesis Convention Center for a successful Mother’s Day buffet and Stylish Hat event! The food was fabulous and the mothers were treated like royalty. No worries, fathers! A special Father’s Day buffet is in the works. Here’s hint: BE PREPARED TO WEAR YOUR BEST SUIT! CITY ANNOUNCES REQUESTS FOR PROPOSAL Please be advised that the City of Gary’s Department of Commerce, Community Development Division, is accepting Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) for federal dollars in anticipation of an award for Program Year 2015. The City expects to submit an application (Annual Action Plan) to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and HOME Investment Partnerships Program. The City of Gary is accepting RFP’s/Applications for funding for the following types of projects/activities:  Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) - Public Services only  Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) - Emergency Shelter Operations, Rapid Re-housing, Homelessness Prevention, and Street Outreach  HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) - CHDO Operating (Only for certified CHDO’s); CHDO Set-Aside (Only for certified CHDO’s to develop affordable housing); and Developers (Only to develop affordable housing) All applications for potential funding, under the City’s proposed 2015 Annual Action Plan, can be picked up from Michelle L. Williams at the City of Gary’s Department of Commerce, Community Development Division, 839 Broadway, Suite 302N, Gary, IN 46402, beginning June 2, 2014 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The deadline for submitting completed applications is June 30, 2014 by 4:30 p.m. There will be no exceptions. Electronic versions of the applications can be requested, but hard copies of the application must be turned in personally. Each entity must provide its DUNS number in each application submitted to the City of Gary. Each entity that applies must be registered in the System Award Management (SAM) at prior to submitting an application; maintain an active registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application under consideration by the City of Gary. Each entity must provide proof of registration with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ E-Verify Program as defined in IC 22-5-1.7-3 and verify the work eligibility status of all his/her/its newly hired employees through the E-Verify program. Entities are not required to participate if self-employed and do not employ any employees. The factors to be considered during this process will include an evaluation of the following areas:  the nature, eligibility, and fundability of the proposed activity;  other funding sources;  whether the proposed plan for carrying out the activity is realistic;  the organization’s capacity to carry out the work and do it in a timely manner;  the organization’s capacity to carry out quantified goals and objectives to meet desired outcomes;  the possibility of any potential conflicts of interest or duplication of efforts;  the correlation of activities of the Annual Action Plan and program priorities as identified in the Five-Year Strategic Plan; and  the adequacy of program design or service delivery approach. Your cooperation in keeping with the deadline date is critical to being considered for funding. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered. Proposals that are handwritten, faxed, or emailed will not be accepted. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle L. Williams at (219) 881-5075. UNITED NEGRO COLLEGE FUND SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE The members of the NWI Leadership Council are reaching out to students and parents to apply for the 2014 United Negro College Fund (UNCF) scholarships. The scholarship program provides up to $5,000 needbased scholarship awards to selected applicants who are permanent residents of Lake, LaPorte, and Porter counties. The application cycle is open now through May 30, 2014. Mrs. Cynthia Powers, Chairperson, highlighted this opportunity as “a major step in increasing access to higher education for local students.” Candidates for this scholarship are expected to be involved in school and community leadership roles and have exhibited qualities of high character and integrity. The minimum GPA is 2.5. Any student who has applied for the scholarship program in the past must create a new user profile and registration ID to access the application. The application may be completed, on-line, at the following UNCF website: Applicants are encouraged to act promptly and to fill out the application properly in order to be considered a candidate. The scholarship awards are available as a result of the spring UNCF Scholarship Breakfast, hosted by Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson. GARY DANCER IN SEARCH OF SUPPORT TO ATTEND DEBBIE ALLEN DANCE ACADEMY Marie C. Watson 7300 Maple Avenue Gary, IN 46403 April 9, 2014 PLEASE SEND DONATION BY JUNE 3, 2014 Dear Friends and Family I learned this week that I have been accepted to the Debbie Allen Dance Intensive in Los Angeles!!!! I auditioned by video, and was accepted as soon as they received it. I will be in LA from June 29 until July 27. I am asking you to support me and become a member of my Dance Village. I need to raise money for tuition and room and board while I am in LA. Many of you have known me since I was a baby, and my great grandmother Barbara Leek took me to meetings. The rest of you know my mom, Crystal O’Brien, or my dad Gino Watson or my great grandmother Jessica Watson. All of them have encouraged me on my dance journey. I started my dance training at DancExcel Champion Center for the Creative Arts in Gary, Indiana when I was two. The Director of DancExcel is Dionne Champion. My current classes are Hip Hop, African, Modern, Ballet, and Tap. Last August I was selected for the Junior Company. I have performed in each recital for the last seven years; this year will be my eighth. Once I was eight I was able to perform in the annual Spirit of the Baobab Tree production, a “dancumentary” about African American History. I have also participated in two summer intensives at DancExcel: 2012 Imagination Camp, and 2013 STEM and Dance. It was exciting to use technology with dance. Last November I was in the Chicago Thanksgiving Parade. I have also performed as a dancer in four community theatre productions by the West Side Theatre Guild under the direction of Mark Spencer and Asia Dickens. I also attend Asia’s Dance Factory classes at my school two days a week. I have performed at a Mindless Behavior concert and in the opening act for the Peking Acrobats I participate in the praise dance ministry at my church, and at my school. Dance is my passion! I hope you join Marie’s Dance Village. My mom has made it easy: Through Pay Pal: to: [email protected] “sending money to friend or family” (prevents fees) OR call my mom and we’ll come pick up your donation. OR CHASE Quickpay: to [email protected] Thank you, Marie C. Watson Phone: 219.644.6446 MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!! May 23 – Cultural Competence Workshop sponsored by the Indiana Parenting Institute, IUN, Hawthorn Hall Room 107 May 23 – Angela Winbush Concert, Majestic Star Casino, two shows, 7pm and 9pm, $20 for Key Reward members, $25 gen. admission. Tickets may be purchased at the Majestic Star Box Office. May 23 – 26 – Gary Metro Little League to host the Challonge! Tournament at Roosevelt Park, See brackets and game times in flyers. May 23-25 – Pilgrim Rest M.B. Women’s Retreat, Cost is $90. For more information, call (219) 944-7960. th th May 24 – Fresh County Market 5 Anniversary Celebration, 10am, 25 & Grant St. May 24 – Divine Mandate Ministry Food and Clothing Distribution, 11am – 2pm, Zion Progressive Church, 1169 Conn. St. May 24 – Brunswick Garden Club Meeting, Brunswick Library, 1:00p.m. See flyer May 24 – Vintage Jazz trio performs at 444 Grill, 8pm -10pm at 444 Lake St., admission is free! See flyer May 25 -- Warren Memorial Church of God in Christ 2348 Adams St.Gary, IN and our Pastor Dr. W. Lovelle Warren invite you to attend Morning Worship at 11am. Special Guest Speaker from Columbus, Georgia the Supt. Robert E. Smith the Pastor of Gathering Place COGIC. All are welcome. May 26 – Memorial Day, Government offices closed May 26 – Memorial Day Parade sponsored by the Gary Patriotic Memorial Association, call Earl Nickolson at (219) 742-8672 for details or to participate. May 29 – June 8 Gary’s Shakespeare Company presents Romeo and Juliet, 500 S. Lake St.Call (219) 938-4565 for details. May 30—Majestic Star Hiring Event from 10am -12pm at Work One in the Village Shopping Ctr. See flyer May 31 – Christ Temple Walk-a-thon, 9am, Gleason Park nd May 31 – 2 District Brunch with Seniors, hosted by Councilman Protho, 600 Jackson St. at 12 noon May 31 – Wrestling Matches - Battle for a Cure, Hudson & Campbell Fitness, 455 Mass. St, See flyer May 31—Sunset Tiki Torch 5K Race, Marquette Park, visit th May 31 -- The African American Achievers Youth Corps, Inc. will host their 7 Annual “Divas of Gospel” Concert on Saturday, May 31 at 7 p.m. in the Glen, 20 West Ridge Road, in Gary. Tickets for the event are $15 and may be purchased at Beautiful Things, 3570 Village Court. The cost at the door will be $20. For additional information contact Smith at 887-2046. June 3— Indiana Small Business Week Seminar (FREE), 839 Broadway. Reservations required. See flyer for details June 6—Drive-in Movie Theater on the Lake at Marquette Park, starts at dusk, cars $10, vans and trucks, $15. Vendor opps available. Feature films: Frozen and The Hunger Games June 6 – Opening the Art Show of Jeffrey Baumgarter, 30 works on display til July 6, Marshall J. Gardner Arts Center, 504 S. Lake St. For more info, visit June 7—Hazardous Waste Collection and Green Awareness, IUN Campus, 9am – 2pm, 3400 Broadway June 7—Prayer March for the City of Gary, 12:00p.m., Contact Tommy Dalton at (219) 644-8084. See flyer. June 7—Trip to Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cinncinati See Flyer June 9 – Communal Services Summer Camp and Feeding at Salvation Army, 4800 Harrison St. through August 15 8:00a.m. – 3:30p.m. daily. See flyer. June 10 – Veterans’ Build After Hours event, 3777 Colfax at Habitat for Humanity Office, 5pm – 7pm See flyer June 12 – Crisis Center Wine Fest Fundraiser, (219) 938-2727 June 13—Winetasting Fundraiser at the Aquatorium, See Flyer June 13-14 – Free Summit on the Importance of Educating the Whole Child – Birth–Age 8, IUN Bergland Auditorium. For info, visit June 14 – Youth Service Bureau Summer Fest "Block Party for Peace" and Summer Camps Kickoff June 14—“Barrymore’s Ghosts” a one-man show performed by Jeffrey Baumgarter, Marshall J. Gardner Arts Center, 504 S. Lake St. For more info, visit th June 14—Sojourner Truth House Walk, 13 & Madison, Each walker is asked to raise $100, visit June 15 -- Youth Service Bureau Summer Youth Employment Program begins June 15 -- Youth Service Bureau Summer Fest Summer Camps: NASA Ignite Camp, Raise the BAR boys camp, Environmental Science camp, Sports Exposure camps, Dance camp and more June 16 – Young Picasso’s Art Classes sponsored by the Parks Department through Aug. 6, Reed Park, 1400 Penn. St, 9am – 2pm. Call Leslie at (219) 886-7099 for details. See flyer. June 17 – Mayor’s Leadership Prayer Breakfast hosted byGary Area Lutheran Association, 7:30a.m. Genesis Center. Contact Dennis Hodges for ticket information at (219)793-3370. Tickets are $20. th June 20 – Doc McKenzie and the Hi-lites, Church of God in Christ 6p.m.,, 5718 W. 9 Ave, Tickets $20 in adv, $25 at the door June 21 – Special Screening of “Think Like A Man Too” with celebrity guests hosted by the ECIER Foundation, See invite st June 21 – Broadway Area CDC 1 Annual Bike-a-thon June 21—“Barrymore’s Ghosts” a one-man show performed by Jeffrey Baumgarter, Marshall J. Gardner Arts Center, 504 S. Lake St. For more info, visit June 23 -- Asia's Dance Factory Mini Session's for kids 3-6yrs, 9am - 12pm, Mon-Fri., Hudson & Campbell Fitness Center, 455 Mass. St. Registration forms are online! June 26 – Jazzin’ on the Lagoon, Marquette Park, See Flyer June 28 – Grandparents’ Conference, First AME Church,Baber Youth Center, 2005 Mass. St., 9am – 3pm th June 28 – 10 Annual Clean Water Celebration at Marquette Park, 11am – 4pm July 4—City of Gary Independence Day Parade, 9:00a.m. July 18 – Trivia Night at the Genesis Center IU Northwest opens summer enrollment for Adult Education classes Opportunities aplenty for professional development The Center for Urban and Regional Excellence at Indiana University Northwest offers courses for lifestyle enrichment and career enhancement through its Adult Education program. Courses are taught on campus, and at multiple locations in Northwest Indiana. IU Northwest students and the community are encouraged to register in courses that will enhance their current skills and acquire new knowledge in healthcare, computers, business and social media. Upcoming courses offered by IU Northwest include: Career Development Certified Nursing Assistant: Three-week course offered on a rolling basis now through July 7; $810; Classes have limited enrollment and may fill up before the start date. Pharmacy Technician Training: Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 3 - August 21, 6 to 8:30 p.m., $995 (includes books). If registering after May 28, fee will be $1,050. Business Introduction to Public Relations: Mondays, July 21 and 28; 7 to 9 p.m.; $85. If registering after July 7, fee will be $95. Social Media Introduction to Facebook: Saturdays, July 12 and 19; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; $85. If registering after July 7, fee will be $95. Computers WORD—Microsoft Office 2013: Saturday, June 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., $155 (includes book). If registering after June 4, fee will be $165. EXCEL—Microsoft Office 2013: Saturday, June 21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., $155 (includes book) / ($140 if you have book from WORD class). If registering after June 11, fee will be $165 ($140 if you have book from WORD class). Intermediate EXCEL – Microsoft Office 2013: Saturday, June 28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., $155 (includes book) / ($140 if you have WORD or EXCEL book). If registering after June 18, fee will be $165 ($140 if you have WORD or EXCEL book). For more information, call (219) 980-6978 or toll free 1-888-968-7486 ext. 6978. Or email Sandra Hall Smith at [email protected]