City Council to meet Tuesday

MICHIGAN CITY – The Michigan City Common Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd. The agenda includes resolutions on the Lafayette Barker Project; ordinances on funding for Michigan City Municipal Golf Course and Michigan City Police Department overtime costs, and for purchase of decorative trash receptacles and police vehicle plate scanners.


Michigan City Free All Ages Beach Show set for Washington Park

MICHIGAN CITY — The Michigan City Free All Ages Beach Show, which has been spreading the joy of thrash, death and hardcore metal at the Washington Park beach for almost 10 years, will return July 27 from noon to 10:30 p.m. at the Guy Foreman Amphitheater, 115 Lakeshore Drive, in Michigan City. Organized by Under City Records and the Michigan City-based band Millions of Dead Angels, the festival will feature 11 bands, mainly focused on the heavy metal genre. The event is family friendly and open to the public. Admission is free. Parking is $8 at Washington Park. 


Butterfly Bonanza at Friendship Gardens

MICHIGAN CITY – On Sunday, July 28, from 2-4 p.m. Friendship Botanic Gardens will host a free educational program on butterflies. Families can learn about the life cycle of butterflies and how they can assist in boosting butterfly populations. Individuals can experience live butterflies through a monarch release near the Butterfly Garden. Children will also be able to create butterfly-themed arts and crafts. Friendship Botanic Gardens is located at 2055 E. U.S. in Michigan City. For more information call 219-878-9885 or visit


Tutor meeting for READ La Porte County

La PORTE – A roundtable for tutors volunteering for READ La Porte County will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, in Meeting Room B at the La Porte County Public Library, 904 Indiana Ave. in La Porte. This is a discussion time for tutors to meet and discover tips on tutoring. Potential tutors are also invited. There is no charge. Register by contacting Director Mary Hedge at or 219-325-0875.

Tutors for school aged children through adults are needed in reading, math, speaking English, digital literacy, and passing tests. To volunteer or for more information, go to READ La Porte County is a United Way agency and is also supported by Bethany Lutheran Church of La Porte and grants from the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte and Unity Foundation of La Porte County.


Local artists sought for Art Explosion

MICHIGAN CITY – Local artists will display their talents for the community on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Art Explosion at Barker Hall at 600 Franklin St. The event, sponsored by Barker Hall, the Michigan City Art League and Land of Lakes Art Alliance, includes sculpture, drawing, pottery, stained glass, fiber art, photography and jewelry.

There is a general fee of $25 per booth, which is refundable if the artist is not selected. Students through high school age can exhibit for free in the Student Booth, but space is limited. Payment is required to submit an application, and forms are available by email at: For more information, visit the Facebook page at facebook/artexplosionmc.


South Shore earns safety award

CHICAGO— The Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad earned a Jake Award from the American Short Line and Regional Railroads Association. It presents the awards annually to Class II and Class III railroads that have had no reportable personal injuries as reported by the Federal Railroad Administration, or an injury rate lower or equal to the average for their class. The Jake Awards will be presented this fall at regional meetings.

CSS president Todd Bjornstad said, “CSS has a tradition of safety excellence. This is the fifth year in a row we have won the Jake Award or Jake with Distinction Award. Our proud and safety-conscious employees earned this award by always putting safety first in the performance of their duties.” CSS is an affiliate of Chicago-based Anacostia Rail Holdings Company, which had two other winners among its affiliates – New York & Atlantic Railway Company, and Northern Lines Railway.

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