Community News – Chicago Tribune

The Gary Community Partnership (GCP) will host its second annual Back2Health 3K Run, Jog, Walk and Back-to-School Health Fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 30 at the ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen, 411 E. Fifth Ave ., Gary. The all-ages event is free and open to the community.

The day will begin with It’s Lit Get Fit Activities at Buffington Park, across from the ArtHouse parking lot at 300 E. Sixth Ave. The fitness program will include a 3K, Zumba, yoga and hip hop aerobics. A vendor fair promoting community wellness will follow at the ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen featuring more than 25 area organizations. Youngsters can take advantage of sports physical exams, book bag checks, and child-related health exams. Health care representatives from IU Northwest and Ivy Tech Community College will be on hand to speak with the young participants. Health resources include Covid testing and vaccinations, school related vaccinations, HIV testing, blood pressure testing, nutrition management, smoking cessation/quitting smoking , financial health, mental health, early childhood education, first parenthood, senior living, advice on drug interactions, holistic living and general well-being. Additionally, several service providers will offer information about Medicaid and Medicare.

You can find more information and supplier opportunities at or 219-427-2421.

NIPSCO announced the expansion and upgrade of two natural gas facilities in Merrillville and Highland as part of its ongoing plan to modernize the power distribution system in northern Indiana. Each facility upgrade will add an additional layer of safety protection to the existing natural gas transmission system through the installation of a new launch site in Merrillville and a new receive site in Highland. These new additions to the site will allow NIPSCO to run pipeline inspection tools and pipeline cleaning tools across the system. Work on the project is expected to last until the end of this year.

The Merrillville site is south of 91st Avenue, west of the Erie Lackawanna Trail at the company’s current natural gas facility. The Highland site is north of 45th Street, west of the Erie Lackawanna Trail. Work at both locations may impact the Erie Lackawanna Trail. Trail travelers are urged to exercise caution at designated work sites and to follow instructions from posted signage and on-site crew members. It is advised to refrain from crossing marked barriers and trail closure signs when using the Erie Lackawanna Trail. For more safety information, visit

Blue Top Drive-In, 8801 Indianapolis Blvd., Highland, will donate 30% of sales made between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday to the Cancer Resource Center in Munster. Plus, there will be a car show with live music, food, and prizes. Proceeds from a 50/50 raffle that day will also be donated to the center. Proceeds from the event will support classes and programs for cancer patients hosted by the Cancer Resource Center at locations throughout northwest Indiana. Since its opening in 2003, the Cancer Resource Center has offered its services free of charge to everyone, including patients receiving medical treatment outside the community health system. The center is funded by donations and grants, in-kind donations and with the support of volunteers. More information can be found at or call 219-836-3349.

The Gary Community School Corporation (GCSC) will be hosting its annual Back to School Registration Fair from noon to 6 p.m. July 28 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 29 at the West Side Leadership Academy, 900 Gerry St., Gary . Representatives from all schools in the district and the Gary Area Career Center will be on hand to help families enroll students for the 2022-23 school year. The first day of school is August 9. Families with students already enrolled are encouraged to attend and take advantage of the various resources and activities planned.

Youth-focused clubs and organizations will be on hand to share information, and WGVE 88.7 FM, owned by Gary Schools, will broadcast live. Free haircuts and uniforms will be available for students enrolling in Gary Community Schools. GCSC has open registration; students who live outside of Gary can attend any school in the district. More information is with Tennille Foster-Milsap at 219-881-5466 or visit

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