MICHIGAN CITY – The Salvation Army of Michigan City will once again host an end-of-summer celebration, but this year's event will be a little different.

Formerly known as a Block Party, an outdoor event held annually to mark the end of the summer season, this year's event will be a Neighborhood Celebration, but it will still be free and open to the public on Sept. 8.

Major Dale Simmons, corps officer of The Salvation Army of Michigan City, says the biggest change is simply moving the festivities indoors to take advantage of the chapel and fellowship hall.

“This year we won’t need to pray for good weather for this event,” Simmons said with a smile, adding there are other benefits to hosting a community event inside the community center.

“This gives the public a chance to better understand the work that happens at The Salvation Army,” he said. “A lot of people may only know us as a food pantry, or only know us as a church, or may not even know that our building is here.

"By inviting the community to our Neighborhood Celebration, they get to see everything that takes places within these walls.”

The Neighborhood Celebration will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at The Salvation Army at 1201 S. Franklin Street.

Those attending will again be able to eat for free and play several games – family friendly and fun for all ages, Simmons said. The highlight of the event will be an appearance – or maybe a disappearance – by Kalita, Master of Magic and Suspense, who will perform his popular magic show.

“Kalita performed at a past Block Party for The Salvation Army and he was such a hit with the crowd,” Simmons said. “Everyone loved his show – the kids and their parents – so we’re very excited to have him back this year.”

The Salvation Army of Michigan City is a social service organization serving the community with several programs, including the food pantry, a men’s overnight shelter, utility assistance, diaper bank and more.

For more information about the Neighborhood Celebration or Salvation Army programs, call 219-874-6885.

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