South Shore busing from MC to SB

MICHIGAN CITY – The South Shore Line plans to periodically bus weekday (Monday-Friday) passengers between Carroll Avenue in Michigan City and the South Bend Airport during upgrading of track and overhead wires at various times through the summer, with the next period scheduled for Monday, June 10, through Friday, June 14.

During this time, weekday train service between Carroll and South Bend will be suspended, with buses arriving and departing with passengers to match the published Monday-Friday train schedule. Busing availability at the South Bend Airport will be limited, so westbound passengers are encouraged to board at Carroll or other stations. Bus service will not be available to and from Hudson Lake, so those passengers are encouraged to board at Carroll.

Westbound Trains 422 and 424, and Eastbound Train 401, which operate exclusively between South Bend and Michigan City, are canceled during busing. South Bend passengers will board buses just north of the train platform at the airport. Passengers will disembark at Carroll and board their normally scheduled trains. No bikes will be transported via bus for Trains 6 and 11. Eastbound passengers will disembark trains at Carroll and board a bus for the remainder of their trip.

Roosevelt Organ series to start with Derek Nickels

MICHIGAN CITY — The Roosevelt Pipe Organ Summer series will return Wednesday, June 5, with organist Derek E. Nickels, director of music at the Church of the Holy Comforter, and will run through Aug. 14.

The series is in its 18th year and is presented free to the public at 12:15 p.m. each Wednesday.

Each week's recital will take place at 531 Washington Street, Michigan City, home of Christ Church, who are the sponsors of the series. The building is also the former home of the First Congregational Church.

LP Hospital offers course on babysitting

La PORTE – La Porte Hospital will offer the nationally recognized Safe Sitter course for young teens, grades 6-8 this summer on June 6, June 25, or July 29. More than 600,000 young teens have graduated from the medically-accurate program which teaches how, why, and where injuries happen so they can be prevented. The course provides hands-on practice in lifesaving techniques to young teens who are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting so they are equipped with the skills and confidence to act in an emergency.

Teens learn basic first aid, infant and child choking rescue and CPR. Students also receive instruction on how a child’s age affects how to care for them, how to prevent problem behavior, and how to run their own babysitting business. Students who graduate receive a completion card demonstrating that they know how to use these skills. Information about the Safe Sitter organization can be found at The cost is $45. Call 219-326-2322 for more information or to register.

Road closure, parking details for Cruise Night

LA PORTE – The La Porte Police Department has announced parking restrictions, road closures, and traffic detours in conjunction with the annual Cruise Night on Saturday, June 8, from 6-8 p.m. There will be no parking allowed on Lincoln Way from 4-9 p.m. and signs will be posted.

The following road closures will be in effect from 5:45-8:30 p.m.: Lincolnway from Adams Street to I Street; J Street from 1st Street to 6th Street; K St. from 1st Street to Sate Road 2; and the Pine Lake Avenue overpass from Kroger Plaza to Lincoln Way. Also closed will be the cruise east turn-around of Adams Street, from Lincoln Way to State Street; State Street, from Adams to Linwood; and Linwood, from State Street to Lincoln Way. Indiana Avenue will also be closed to semi truck traffic and detoured at Boyd Boulevard.

Birthday theme for chorus spring concert

MICHIGAN CITY – The Michigan City Community Chorus, under the direction of Lee Meyer, will present a program "Celebrating Birthdays Throughout the Year" on Sunday, June 9. Those attending will be encouraged to sit at tables of their month of birth. Music will reflect the uniqueness of each month, such as January, "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm"; March, "Sweet Molly Malone"; July, "Irving Berlin's America"; and December, "An Olde English Christmas."

Refreshments will also be served. Chorus members performing will be Candice Archer, Mary Barr, Deborah Beien, Howard brenneman, Kathy Chase, Barb Herzinger, Bobby Komendera, Tom LeDonne, Marcia Markel, Dan McNabb, Laura Meyer, Dan Nieding, Phyllis Nowatzke, Sheila Pollock, Pat Potratz, Roger Potratz, Dale Schultz, Jeane Tieken Bebra Topolski and Linda Weeks. There is no admission charge for the show, which begins at 7 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church at Woodland and Coolspring avenues. For more information, contact Bill Wild at

Progressive Dems to talk climate change

MICHIGAN CITY – When only 22 percent of Indiana's corn was planted in May due to extreme rain, and basements are flooding across the area, weather has been on everyone's minds. But is climate change playing a part in the record-breaking rain fall last month? The Greater Michigan City Progressive Democrats will host a program on climate change Monday, June 10, at 6 p.m. at The Nest 803 Franklin St. in Michigan City.

The meeting will include a screening of "Wisdom to Survive," a film focusing on the interplay between climate change and human life. Green Drinks staffer Dennis Brittain, and Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal NW Indiana coordinator Ashley Williams will discuss climate change, how is it impacting Northwest Indiana, and what individuals can do to address problems it presents. The public is invited. For more information, contact Dennis Brittain at

HannaFest seeks crafters, vendors, artists

HANNA — The annual HannaFest is seeking vendors to sell arts, crafts and food items on Aug. 10. Booths in the park are approximately 12-by-12 feet for $15 ($25 with electricity, $40 for food booths). Hanna is located on U.S. 30 between Valparaiso and Plymouth in southern La Porte County. The festival is sponsored by the Hanna Lions Club, who will have BBQ Chicken for sale.

This 30th annual festival will include a car show, parade, music in the park, kids and family activities, food, street dances, and a town-wide garage sale. Headquarters will be in the park. Contact Heather Stevens at 219-851-8401 or for information or reservations.

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