Miller Beach
A Neighborhood in Gary, Indiana

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Meg Roman Executive Director, MBACD


Activity

Jeff Manes Book Signing

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, March 18, 2016
Jeff Manes Book Signing

You are invited to Jeff Manes’ book signing at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts on Friday, March 18 from 6-9pm. Jeff was a steelworker and now writes a column for the Post Tribune. “All Worth Their Salt” is a brilliant collection of interviews of a cross section of a region of Indiana that few people know of – Northwest Indiana. This collection tells the story of immigrants, steel mill workers, veterans of World War II, and people who think they are just plain folk without a story to tell, but when the author sits down with them, he brings out what makes them unique. Join us as he tells some of the stories he has learned from local people throughout the years, and buy a signed book or 3. Free event – open to the public – everyone is welcome!

Miller Garden Club Meeting

10:00 am - 11:15 am, April 17, 2016

Please join us! Our meetings are free and open to the public.  Our speaker for this meeting is Master Gardener Dolly Foster.  Her topic is "Renewing the Garden". Learn more about our club, join or sigh up to volunteer on our website: millergardenclub.org Check out the beautiful spring bulbs planted by our club in the Aquatorium courtyard garden.

Green Gary Day

12:00 am - (All Day), April 23, 2016

Gary Parks Department, Green Urbanism and National Parks Services celebrate Earth Day by learning about and participating in a variety of environmental activities at your neighborhood national park. The event takes place at the Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education and Marquette Park in Gary and will include nature hikes, plant trees, environmental presentations, arts and crafts, and much more. Highlights include: • Hike with a ranger around Miller Woods and out to the beach for the more adventurous. • Talk to a wildland firefighter from the National Park Service fire crew. • Earn a Junior Ranger badge.

Green Drinks Gary - Creating a Calumet National Heritage Area

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, May 03, 2016

Come on out to Mama Pearl’s BBQ, located at 411 East 5th Avenue in Gary, Indiana, on May 3rd from 6 - 8pm for Green Drinks Gary and learn about the ongoing effort, led by the Calumet Heritage Partnership and The Field Museum, to create a Calumet National Heritage Area. National Heritage Areas shine a light on local heritage that is nationally important. In doing so they can attract tourism, new economic opportunities, and increase civic engagement. They are grass-roots initiatives that receive federal support, but need the support of locals to become a reality. Come learn more, and how you can get involved.   *From 6-6:30pm we encourage attendees to network with one another, order food, and get settled in. The guest speaker's presentation will begin at 6:30pm. Mama Pearl's does not serve alcohol however attendees are welcome to bring their own (byob).*   Presenter(s): Mario Longoni is an Urban Anthropology Manager in the Keller Science Action Center at The Field Museum. His work in the Calumet Region dates back to 2002 when he contributed to the Journey Through Calumet project (http://archive.fieldmuseum.org/calumet/), highlighting the Region's cultural assets. Subsequently he produced the Grab This Fish Tale comic book (https://www.fieldmuseum.org/sites/default/files/FishTale_web_0.pdf) to advise Calumet anglers on smart fish consumption. Like these previous projects, the Calumet National Heritage Area initiative aims to improve local quality of life by building on the existing strengths and resources of local communities and the wider region.   For additional information on this and future events please visit Green Drinks Gary’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/GreenDrinksGary, join our facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1682928161975070/, check out our website at http://www.greendrinks.org/IN/Gary, or send an email to garygreendrinks@gmail.com.   See you May 3rd! Until then…STAY CALM and THINK GREEN.   Green Drinks Gary takes place every first Tuesday of the month. It is open to the public, free to attend and all ages are welcome!   Green Drinks Gary is organized and managed by Rachel Veronesi, Cathy Martin and Cassandra Cannon.

Gary Artesian Well Project

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, June 07, 2016

Currently there is an artesian well on 35th and Chase Street, which, according to anecdotes, predates the city of Gary. Residents throughout northwest Indiana have used this source of water for over a century and are still using it today. Despite reports of a major clean up, which took place as recently as mid-January, its current state is absolutely devastating. The main objective of this presentation is to provide information to the community about the well, dumping, waste disposal, agency protocols to deal with solid waste disposal/removal and to allow positive and productive public engagement on how to best resolve some of these specific issues. This presentation is to accomplish the following goals: 1) Education - many life-long citizens of Gary have no idea this water source exists, its age, depth, source, and quality/safety from lack of available information. 2) Protection - this area, like many others in Gary, are consistently used as a dumping site; especially because of its uniqueness as a well, some sort of protection should exist in order to prevent further dumping (and possible contamination). 3) Future - As it stands right now, this water source is being destroyed due to dumping and other potential environmental factors. The public will be advised of its dangers as well as options of how to proceed with a well that could potentially be discharging harmful water up from the ground. Attendees’ input is encouraged and welcome. 4) Link to other “high traffic dump sites” in/around the city as a means of addressing the issue of dumping and its impact on the community Presenter: Arianne Campbell was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. She spent much of her childhood growing up in Miller before moving to the Glen Park neighborhood of Gary and has always felt a particular connection to the area. Arianne received her bachelors in Psychology from Purdue University in West Lafayette and her masters in education from Purdue University Calumet. Additionally, she is licensed in school counseling. Currently, Arianne is serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Paul H. Douglas Center For Environmental Education in partnership with the Department of Interior, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the Bridges Network, where she is focusing on community engagement and environmental stewardship, particularly in Gary, Indiana. ***From 6-6:30pm we encourage attendees to network with one another, order food, and get settled in. The guest speaker's presentation will begin at 6:30pm. *Mama Pearl's does not serve alcohol however attendees are welcome to bring their own (byob).*** For additional information on future events please visit Green Drinks Gary’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/GreenDrinksGary, join our facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1682928161975070/, or check out our website at http://www.greendrinks.org/IN/Gary. See you June 7th at Mama Pearl's BBQ! Until then... STAY CALM and THINK GREEN. Green Drinks Gary takes place every first Tuesday of the month. It is open to the public, free to attend and all ages are welcome! Green Drinks Gary is organized and managed by Rachel Veronesi, Cathy Martin and Cassandra Cannon.

Lake Street Memorial Day Parade

10:00 am - 11:00 am, May 28, 2016

Help us bring in summer at Lake Street Beach in style ( located in Gary's beautiful Miller Community )! Bring the kids, pups and bikes. We will start at the Lake Street Supermarket (434 N. Lake St. Gary, IN 46403) at 10AM and end up at the Lake Street Beach Summer Kickoff. Where We will have local food venders, musicians, and a beach ball/football giveaway. The boat/ jet ski launch will be ready. Help us show critical mass and bring Lake Street Beach back to it's former glory. :) We will have a vehicle decorating contest for the kickoff with 3 categories stroller, bicycle and golf cart. There will be prizes! :)

Springing Forward

Where did April go? How can it be May? There’s been so much awesome stuff going on within the community it’s making our heads’ spin.
 
Our 7 action groups are on their way to implementing our 29 community goals. We are actually ahead of schedule with completing our community plan! We have 45 community partners to date and are always looking for more. (If you're interested in joining our initiative please contact Jessie via millerspotlight@gmail.com.)
 
On April 20th our funding organization, Legacy Foundation, had us present our annual review to the Knight Foundation. We decided to make a 6 minute trailer of all that’s happened during Gary’s Miller Spotlight Initiative from Feb 2015- Feb 2016.
 
Our Review Video/ Checkin can also be viewed on our youtube channel or at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKKUUVnltwE 
ACTION GROUP UPDATES:
**Education/ Child Youth Programming
On April 20th our community builder, Jessie Renslow, and one of our awesome volunteer chairwomen, Derreka Rollins, were 1 of 6 pairs chosen as finalists to present an idea at the Knight’s Cities Challenge event at ArtHouse a Social Kitchen. The event was modeled after Shark Tank
They pitched the Jr. Block Club idea. $50,000 was at stake. The jury picked IUN and Blue1647 to receive the award. The Parks Department and City expressed some interest and possible partnerships to help get the Jr. Block Club started. Our Education/ Youth & Child Programming Action Group is going to research these options for summer 2017. 
This action group has also submitted an MCF grant for Harvest Fest 2016. 2015’s Harvest Fest was a roaring success with 200+ people attending and twenty three Gary 501c3s participating. It was a great showcase for area families to discover all Gary has to offer them. They look forward to an even bigger turnout this fall!! **Area Context On May 10th Miller Spotlight & the MBACD hosted an Acting Up Potluck. Folks brought dishes, or snacks. Eleven people attended this event. While we had fun and good food, we also discussed ideas for the Awesome Foundation's micro-grant initiative. Communities across Chicagoland hosted potlucks to brainstorm micro-grants that will help their neighborhoods on May 10th too.
The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time.Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects. We chose to submit a grant for reflector vests for local volunteer groups. The vests will say “Community Volunteer” on the back. These vests will serve 3 purposes:
1.Promote safety
2.Unite all of our volunteer groups in a visually identifiable manner
3. Advertise the spirit of volunteerism and engage/ educate our community on how to 
become  active/ all our volunteers do within our community
***Looks for our grant video very soon!
**Environment and Eco Tourism
This group is investigating/ pursuing how to get their Miller Attractions Map as an advertisement on the South Shore. 
 
They also helped us write 3 grants. We didn’t get the NIPSCO one but are waiting to hear about American Waters and the Environmental Justice grant. They are promoting our existing and upcoming ecotourism/ environmental activities and attractions via social media platforms, word of mouth and traditional media outlets.
**Access Miller (Transportation and Infrastructure)
On Thursday, 4/14/16 from 1-4pm Great Lakes ADA, Miller Spotlight and Barrier Free Beach hosted a website accessibility workshop at the MJGC. 
Janet Peters, Project Coordinator of Accessible Technology for the Great Lakes ADA Center facilitated the workshop. 21 people from a variety of Gary institutions/ organizations attended. Janet has worked to promote full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through the promotion of technology that is accessible to all.
Canoe Launch Update: Our ADA canoe/ kayak launch will be installed soon! The ribbon cutting ceremony will be on 6/25/16 at the Annual Water Celebration. The launch is ordered. It costs $32,000 to buy and install. The permits have been garnered. Gary’s Miller Spotlight's Access Miller Action Group and Barrier Free Beach 2020 volunteers so far have gotten a Transform Lake County Grant for $25,000.00. 
 
We have several smaller grants out that we should hear about in the next 2-3 weeks. A generous local donor is willing to match up to $3,500 of the remaining $7,000 of funds needed to complete this project. Thanks to the generous 40 donors (38 online and 2 in person) we have raised a collective $3300. 
 
We just have $200 left to go until we meet our goal! Any additional funds raised or earned through the grants we've submitted will go towards adding visual and auditory amenities. Universal design is part of our community plan.This will help us complete our community plan for universal design and be a great tourist attraction. We will do the ribbon cutting at Gary’s Clean Water Celebration on 6/25/16. If you are feeling generous you can donate to our GoFundMe page
Video of our awesome sister community’s (Michigan City) launch. This is what ours will look like but we’re hoping to add LED lights, guide ropes and auditory amenities. 
***FUN FACT: This launch is getting done in record time and very affordably. Other Hoosier communities have spent upwards of $132,000 on purchasing and installing the exact same launch and it’s also taken several years to get completed in the past. We are getting it done in 7 months (start to finish) and for $32,000. 
How is this humanly possible?  Well, Marquette Park’s infrastructure is a huge bonus as barely any modifications had to occur to make this launch get installed. The community, partnering organizations and municipal entities have all decided to make accessible attractions a priority. So, the permitting process was relatively smooth. Go volunteers and teamwork! 
 
Access for All Series Update: We are in post production on one of our 5 videos, while also producing the the other 4. Our Access Miller (Transportation and Infrastructure) Action Group received $3,000 to produce this multi platform educational series on accessibility. We will release the videos and educational tools in August.
 
Access Miller Action Group and Barrier Free Beach 2020 went well. We trained by a representative from Great Lakes ADA Center and then conducted a neighborhood survey of our local hotspots to help them become more physically inclusive for all. 17 people attended this event. They completed the Marshall J. Gardner Center, Woodson Library, Miller Pizza Co., and got additional measurements for the lagoon. This was just the first of many surveys they will conduct for our community. We are hoping to make this a citywide initiative. 
**Property Improvements Committee
PIC has gotten grant funding to do 11 decorative board ups across Miller.
On Sunday, May 15, 2016, they completed a decorative board up at the blighted Lake St. Beach Cafe. 
  
The new coat of paint spruced up the place to help us get ready for our summer food truck park.
PIC is in the process of getting permission to board up Nobel School in September. The school board is very warm to the idea, they just have to go through the approval process. PIC is looking for a community partner to help install the upper level windows. They can cut and pain them, but need someone with a scaffold to help install them. Please email Jessie via millerspotlight@gmail.com if you, or someone you know is interested. 
Here is a sketch of what the finished Nobel board up would look like.
Introducing Gary's Miller Spotlight's newest community partner, The Charter School of the Dunes. One of our community's 29 goals is to reduce vacant properties by 20 percent by 2018. Additionally, part of our community vision is to have eye-pleasing entrances. Well, the Charter School of the Dunes is helping us with both these items. 
They applied for and received an environmental grant to knock down the blighted gas station on US 20 and Old Hobart Road and to remove the gas tanks. This year they are keeping the space trimmed up and using it as an overflow parking lot while they run soil tests and plan how to best use the space. We look forward to future partnering opportunities with them.
**Safety and Code Enforcement 
On May 7, 2016 Miller Spotlight volunteers did a second wave cleanup with our later risers.
The Community Clean Up encompassed Park Shore Commons on County Line Rd. and Lake Street from the Douglas Center to Lake Street Beach. We hosted a community meal afterwards and leftovers were donated to The Ark Women’s Shelter. 
 
Safety and Code Enforcement has partnered with the MCC’s Shoreline Committee to help make our summer 2016 the best one yet! They will work hand in hand with the new beach manager once the new hire has been announced and confirmed. 
 
They are helping keep our beaches clean, our boat launch dug out and our level of professionalism of park employees a priority. 
 
Gary's Parks Department has started digging out the boat launch. Getting ready for Memorial Day Weekend. Yay summer is nigh! Come to our Saturday 5/28/16 Summer kickoff at Lake Street Beach in Gary's beautiful Miller community to see what all the buzz is about! 
**Jobs and the Economy!
This action group has been working with local venders like Miller K to help give constructive feedback and promote local venders, as well as prepping to host two workshops.
One of Gary's Miller Spotlight's 29 community goals is to have a food truck (ideally a food truck park) from Saturdays-Mondays at Lake St Beach from 9am-7pm this summer. 
Local burrito guru Mary Garcia has got all her permits set with the city and parks and she will be one of our go to food park folks for Lake Street Beach this summer. Congrats to the Garcia family for starting a local business!!! Please like the El Paso Del Norte page. https://m.facebook.com/tasteofelpasodelnorte/
If you or anyone you know is interested in having a cart/ truck in our Lake St. Food Park please email Jessie via millerspotlight@gmail.com. Upcoming Miller Spotlight Events Tuesday, 5/24/16 Park Shore Commons Bingo 3-5pm meet in the community room Address: 860 N Wells St. Gary, Indiana, 46403 Thursday, 5/26/16 2:30pm! Our Jobs and Economy Action Group has partnered with Horizon Bank to give a financial literacy workshop for the students at Wirt-Emerson VPA. They will discuss budgeting, interest rates/ credit cards and the basics of student loans. Saturday, 5/28 Starts at 11AM- Sunset Lake St. Beach Food Park Kickoff Help support local venders and showcase Lake Street Beach. We will have a food truck and the boat launch will be dug out. We are trying to really promote activity at Lake St this summer. Thursday, 6/16/16 2:30pm Our Jobs and Economy Action Group has partnered with Horizon Bank to give a financial literacy workshop for the residents at Park Shore Commons. They will discuss budgeting, interest rates and credit cards. 
(Our community builder being interviewed by two of our community partners The Boys & Girls Club and The Gary Digital Storytelling Project. We are teaming up with these organizations to help complete our oral history project.)
 

March Madness!

Gary’s Miller Spotlight’s first quarter of 2016 has been pretty epic so far. Our rockstar volunteers are implementing the community goals that they created from reviewing the opinions expressed in last year’s community surveys along with the facts surrounding these perceptions. 
To date, we have 43 partners that have agreed to help our community implement our 29 goals. (Check out our full length plan here, or you can also email millerspotlight@gmail.com directly if you'd like a copy of the PDF.)
We are happy to announce that the ADA-Indiana Steering Committee selected our Miller Spotlight: Access Miller Beach (Transportation and Infrastructure) Action Group's proposal, “Access for All,” as one of the 2016 Coros ADA Community Grants. “Access for All” is a multimedia outreach series that will be created for Gary’s Miller neighborhood to educate residents, businesses, municipalities and service providers on the importance of inclusion of persons with visible and non visible disabilities within the community. This multi-platformed project will make it a priority to address the following areas: civic, cultural and recreational, physical environment, and transportation. Production on this series began in March. We will release the first installation of the series in May. It is our goal that people citywide will use these free materials to make Gary, Indiana as inclusive a community as possible. 
 
Additionally, our volunteers received the 2016 American Planning Award-IN Award for Excellence in Outreach. Our community builder, Jessie Renslow, accepted the award for us at the Spring Planning Conference at Ball State University. Congrats to all the volunteers that made our first year such a productive one! 
2016 Miller K Market survey is starting to reap results. Our local grocery store, Miller K Market, is family owned. They have started incorporating the constructive feedback they received from us on upgrades they can pursue this year.  Please check them out! 
They fixed the Miller K sign on Rt 12! 
 
Additionally, the Miller K Market has started carrying a wider array of produce and products, including organic. 
Thanks to those who took our Miller K Market survey and the MCC for partnering on this effort with Gary's Miller Spotlight. Our Jobs and Economy Action Group took general data from emails received from people living in the area and constructed an online survey that 200+ members of the community took. An additional 50+ took the paper version of the survey. The data was compiled and given to our local grocer. Jobs and the Economy is one of the 7 themes being addressed in our 29 community goals.
Our Jobs and the Economy Action Group had a nice turn out at our first financial workshop for our community. It's never too early or late to learn how to budget. A financially literate community is an empowered one. Thanks for hosting Miller Beach Arts & Creative District. A shout out to Horizon Bank for co-hosting and partnering on this goal with us. We are planning 3 more workshops sponsored by Horizon this year. Look for more info coming soon. 
Gary’s Miller Spotlight Safety and Code Enforcement Action Group has begun to facilitate general rapport programming at Park Shore Commons. Additionally, we have started implementing monthly community cleanups across this 242 unit apartment complex. We hope to replicate these initiatives at all our apartments (Lake Shore Dunes, Marquette, Ishiyama and Wood Lake Village), but are in the process of recruiting more volunteers and securing commitments for programming from the police. This programming is a great way to have fun, promote new leadership among our community and keep folks updated on our community goals as they progress. Hope to see you at Park Shore Commons in April! We will also host two major community-wide cleanups. One on County Line Rd and One on Lake St. on 5/7/16. (More info on these events listed below).
Gary's Miller Spotlight's Area Context Action Group is partnering with NPR's StoryCorps program to collect oral histories for the The Library of Congress. Our community was designated as one that serves a diverse population by StoryCorps. StoryCorps interviews celebrate the voices and milestones in communities and encourage meaningful interactions between our organizations and the people they serve. 
A huge thank you goes out to our two local partners, Marquette Park UMC and Temple Israel. StoryCorps-Chicago sent one of their production teams to our neighborhood to kickoff this project. We were the first community in Indiana for them to come on site to! We did the first 12 interviews (24 people) on March 19th and 20th. We will showcase these interviews at a fun engagement event this summer. We are looking to host 4 large sessions of interviews in the fall and are seeking more community partners to help with the process. We would love to get at least 100 people interviewed.
What is StoryCorps?
StoryCorps Mission Statement:
“StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.
We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, we are creating an invaluable archive for future generations.”
 
An intro to StoryCorps:
 
 
 
The Miller Beach Arts & Creative District and Openhill have created a community portal and calendar with user generated content that will help promote our neighborhood, city and region as a whole. It's called Dragonfly NWI
 
The inspiration for this portal and calendar came from a need seen within the community from these two entities. This was validated from our 2015 community survey, where it was stated as a desire by many folks interviewed. It was then incorporated into our community plan as one of our goals. 
 
Thanks MBACD and Openhill for taking on this major need for our community. They partnered with Gary's Miller Spotlight Area Context Action Group to host a tech literacy course for our local businesses and oragnizations. Go to http://www.dragonflynwi.com to check out the portal and stay tuned for more info! 
 
Local vender, Kidstuff Playsystems, has started building 11 ADA compatible bike racks that will be coming to Gary's Miller Community this May. 
Gary's Miller Spotlight Access Miller Beach (aka Transportation and Infrastructure) Action Group has worked hard to obtain the funds for this project and identify the best spots for these racks. If you're interested in helping install them Kidstuff will host a workshop in early June. Stay tuned for more one-off volunteer opportunities! 
 
CALL OUT TO ARTISTS AND VOLUNTEERS!!!
Cycle Miller Beach is working with Gary's Miller Spotlight: Access Miller Beach and the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District sponsored, Miller Beach Farmer’s Market to start a build a bike program for the summer 2016. Artists are needed to individualize bicycles. We will also need help running the booth at the market this summer. Please contact Ken Parr via kennethap@sbcglobal.net for more info.
March is Disability Awareness Month. It was a very busy four weeks in our community. Gary’s Miller Spotlight's Access Miller Beach group partnered with Barrier Free Beach 2020 and our backbone organization Miller Beach Arts & Creative District to host the first annual Disability Awareness Month Art Contest.
This free event closed on 3/22/16. The 57 submissions were showcased at the MBACD from 3/23-3/28. All ages and skill levels were encouraged to enter. 
 
There were 5 categories:
1. pre k-3rd grade
2. 4-6th grade 3. 7-9th grade 4. 10-12th grade 5. Adult
We had many entries in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th categories. (Oddly none in the 3rd category.) So, the judges chose two from the 4th category instead. Announcing our winners:
1. pre k-3rd grade
-Yvonne Madx
 2. 4-6th grade
-Aniya Haypa
4. 10-12th grade-Arthur Lemme 
 
 
4. 10-12th grade- China Williams
 
5. Adult-Maryann Urbanczyk
 
Congrats! Our community builder will return the art work to all participants and handout the gift cards to the winners this week. Thanks for making this inaugural event a smash hit!
Is your website accessible? Could you be losing business and or members by accident? Come check out Gary's Miller Spotlight and Barrier Free Beach 2020's workshop this Thursday (4/14) from 1-4PM at the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District (540 S. Lake St. Gary, IN 46403). Janet Peters, Project Coordinator of Accessible Technology for the Great Lakes ADA Center will facilitate the workshop. Janet has worked to promote full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through the promotion of technology that is accessible to all. Please pass along the word!
Members of our Environment and Ecotourism Action Group just wrote a NIPSCO environmental grant and an American Water grant with our community builder that would teach 15 local teens about the environment, complete 2 community clean ups, identify illegal dump sites, complete 2 service projects and install 10 signs. We will find out on 4/22/16 if we got any of these grants. 
 
Upcoming Events
Is your website accessible? Could you be losing business and or members by accident? Come check out Gary's Miller Spotlight and Barrier Free Beach 2020's workshop this Thursday (4/14) from 1-4PM at the Miller Beach Arts & Creative District. Janet Peters, Project Coordinator of Accessible Technology for the Great Lakes ADA Center will facilitate the workshop. Janet has worked to promote full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through the promotion of technology that is accessible to all.
 
Monday, 4/18/16 
Education/ Child and Youth Programming Action Group Meeting at 6pm at Marquette Park United Methodist Church.
 
Saturday, 4/23/16
Green Gary Day Bike Ride meet at the Douglas Center at 1pm 
Tuesday, 4/26/16 
Park Shore Commons Bingo 3-5pm meet in the community room
Address:
860 N Wells St.
Gary, Indiana, 46403
Tuesday, 4/26/16 
Miller Spotlight Property Improvements Action Group Meeting 6 PM at Miller Pizza Co.
 
Saturday, 5/7/16 Community Cleanup 
(Starts at 11am for County Line & Lake St. More info soon!)
 
Saturday, 5/14/16 
Barrier Free Beach 2020 Training at Woodson Library and community assessment (We’re partnering with Great Lakes ADA.)
 
Saturday, 5/28 Starts at 11AM
Lake St. Beach Food Park Kickoff Help support local venders and showcase Lake Street Beach
 
Gary’s Miller Spotlight volunteers presented our community plan at Wirt-Emerson on Saturday 11/14/15. Check out our full length plan here, or you can also email millerspotlight@gmail.com directly if you'd like a copy of the PDF. You don't have to live in Gary’s Miller Community you just have to care about our revitalization efforts to participate. We are a Legacy Foundation initiative. 
 
 

Springing Forward

Where did April go? How can it be May? There’s been so much awesome stuff going on within the community it’s making our heads’ spin.
 
Our 7 action groups are on their way to implementing our 29 community goals. We are actually ahead of schedule with completing our community plan! We have 45 community partners to date and are always looking for more. (If you're interested in joining our initiative please contact Jessie via millerspotlight@gmail.com.)
 
On April 20th our funding organization, Legacy Foundation, had us present our annual review to the Knight Foundation. We decided to make a 6 minute trailer of all that’s happened during Gary’s Miller Spotlight Initiative from Feb 2015- Feb 2016.
 
Our Review Video/ Checkin can also be viewed on our youtube channel or at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKKUUVnltwE 
ACTION GROUP UPDATES:
**Education/ Child Youth Programming
On April 20th our community builder, Jessie Renslow, and one of our awesome volunteer chairwomen, Derreka Rollins, were 1 of 6 pairs chosen as finalists to present an idea at the Knight’s Cities Challenge event at ArtHouse a Social Kitchen. The event was modeled after Shark Tank
They pitched the Jr. Block Club idea. $50,000 was at stake. The jury picked IUN and Blue1647 to receive the award. The Parks Department and City expressed some interest and possible partnerships to help get the Jr. Block Club started. Our Education/ Youth & Child Programming Action Group is going to research these options for summer 2017. 
This action group has also submitted an MCF grant for Harvest Fest 2016. 2015’s Harvest Fest was a roaring success with 200+ people attending and twenty three Gary 501c3s participating. It was a great showcase for area families to discover all Gary has to offer them. They look forward to an even bigger turnout this fall!! **Area Context On May 10th Miller Spotlight & the MBACD hosted an Acting Up Potluck. Folks brought dishes, or snacks. Eleven people attended this event. While we had fun and good food, we also discussed ideas for the Awesome Foundation's micro-grant initiative. Communities across Chicagoland hosted potlucks to brainstorm micro-grants that will help their neighborhoods on May 10th too.
The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time.Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects. We chose to submit a grant for reflector vests for local volunteer groups. The vests will say “Community Volunteer” on the back. These vests will serve 3 purposes:
1.Promote safety
2.Unite all of our volunteer groups in a visually identifiable manner
3. Advertise the spirit of volunteerism and engage/ educate our community on how to 
become  active/ all our volunteers do within our community
***Looks for our grant video very soon!
**Environment and Eco Tourism
This group is investigating/ pursuing how to get their Miller Attractions Map as an advertisement on the South Shore. 
 
They also helped us write 3 grants. We didn’t get the NIPSCO one but are waiting to hear about American Waters and the Environmental Justice grant. They are promoting our existing and upcoming ecotourism/ environmental activities and attractions via social media platforms, word of mouth and traditional media outlets.
**Access Miller (Transportation and Infrastructure)
On Thursday, 4/14/16 from 1-4pm Great Lakes ADA, Miller Spotlight and Barrier Free Beach hosted a website accessibility workshop at the MJGC. 
Janet Peters, Project Coordinator of Accessible Technology for the Great Lakes ADA Center facilitated the workshop. 21 people from a variety of Gary institutions/ organizations attended. Janet has worked to promote full and unrestricted participation in society for persons with disabilities through the promotion of technology that is accessible to all.
Canoe Launch Update: Our ADA canoe/ kayak launch will be installed soon! The ribbon cutting ceremony will be on 6/25/16 at the Annual Water Celebration. The launch is ordered. It costs $32,000 to buy and install. The permits have been garnered. Gary’s Miller Spotlight's Access Miller Action Group and Barrier Free Beach 2020 volunteers so far have gotten a Transform Lake County Grant for $25,000.00. 
 
We have several smaller grants out that we should hear about in the next 2-3 weeks. A generous local donor is willing to match up to $3,500 of the remaining $7,000 of funds needed to complete this project. Thanks to the generous 40 donors (38 online and 2 in person) we have raised a collective $3300. 
 
We just have $200 left to go until we meet our goal! Any additional funds raised or earned through the grants we've submitted will go towards adding visual and auditory amenities. Universal design is part of our community plan.This will help us complete our community plan for universal design and be a great tourist attraction. We will do the ribbon cutting at Gary’s Clean Water Celebration on 6/25/16. If you are feeling generous you can donate to our GoFundMe page
Video of our awesome sister community’s (Michigan City) launch. This is what ours will look like but we’re hoping to add LED lights, guide ropes and auditory amenities. 
***FUN FACT: This launch is getting done in record time and very affordably. Other Hoosier communities have spent upwards of $132,000 on purchasing and installing the exact same launch and it’s also taken several years to get completed in the past. We are getting it done in 7 months (start to finish) and for $32,000. 
How is this humanly possible?  Well, Marquette Park’s infrastructure is a huge bonus as barely any modifications had to occur to make this launch get installed. The community, partnering organizations and municipal entities have all decided to make accessible attractions a priority. So, the permitting process was relatively smooth. Go volunteers and teamwork! 
 
Access for All Series Update: We are in post production on one of our 5 videos, while also producing the the other 4. Our Access Miller (Transportation and Infrastructure) Action Group received $3,000 to produce this multi platform educational series on accessibility. We will release the videos and educational tools in August.
 
Access Miller Action Group and Barrier Free Beach 2020 went well. We trained by a representative from Great Lakes ADA Center and then conducted a neighborhood survey of our local hotspots to help them become more physically inclusive for all. 17 people attended this event. They completed the Marshall J. Gardner Center, Woodson Library, Miller Pizza Co., and got additional measurements for the lagoon. This was just the first of many surveys they will conduct for our community. We are hoping to make this a citywide initiative. 
**Property Improvements Committee
PIC has gotten grant funding to do 11 decorative board ups across Miller.
On Sunday, May 15, 2016, they completed a decorative board up at the blighted Lake St. Beach Cafe. 
  
The new coat of paint spruced up the place to help us get ready for our summer food truck park.
PIC is in the process of getting permission to board up Nobel School in September. The school board is very warm to the idea, they just have to go through the approval process. PIC is looking for a community partner to help install the upper level windows. They can cut and pain them, but need someone with a scaffold to help install them. Please email Jessie via millerspotlight@gmail.com if you, or someone you know is interested. 
Here is a sketch of what the finished Nobel board up would look like.
Introducing Gary's Miller Spotlight's newest community partner, The Charter School of the Dunes. One of our community's 29 goals is to reduce vacant properties by 20 percent by 2018. Additionally, part of our community vision is to have eye-pleasing entrances. Well, the Charter School of the Dunes is helping us with both these items. 
They applied for and received an environmental grant to knock down the blighted gas station on US 20 and Old Hobart Road and to remove the gas tanks. This year they are keeping the space trimmed up and using it as an overflow parking lot while they run soil tests and plan how to best use the space. We look forward to future partnering opportunities with them.
**Safety and Code Enforcement 
On May 7, 2016 Miller Spotlight volunteers did a second wave cleanup with our later risers.
The Community Clean Up encompassed Park Shore Commons on County Line Rd. and Lake Street from the Douglas Center to Lake Street Beach. We hosted a community meal afterwards and leftovers were donated to The Ark Women’s Shelter. 
 
Safety and Code Enforcement has partnered with the MCC’s Shoreline Committee to help make our summer 2016 the best one yet! They will work hand in hand with the new beach manager once the new hire has been announced and confirmed. 
 
They are helping keep our beaches clean, our boat launch dug out and our level of professionalism of park employees a priority. 
 
Gary's Parks Department has started digging out the boat launch. Getting ready for Memorial Day Weekend. Yay summer is nigh! Come to our Saturday 5/28/16 Summer kickoff at Lake Street Beach in Gary's beautiful Miller community to see what all the buzz is about! 
**Jobs and the Economy!
This action group has been working with local venders like Miller K to help give constructive feedback and promote local venders, as well as prepping to host two workshops.
One of Gary's Miller Spotlight's 29 community goals is to have a food truck (ideally a food truck park) from Saturdays-Mondays at Lake St Beach from 9am-7pm this summer. 
Local burrito guru Mary Garcia has got all her permits set with the city and parks and she will be one of our go to food park folks for Lake Street Beach this summer. Congrats to the Garcia family for starting a local business!!! Please like the El Paso Del Norte page. https://m.facebook.com/tasteofelpasodelnorte/
If you or anyone you know is interested in having a cart/ truck in our Lake St. Food Park please email Jessie via millerspotlight@gmail.com. Upcoming Miller Spotlight Events Tuesday, 5/24/16 Park Shore Commons Bingo 3-5pm meet in the community room Address: 860 N Wells St. Gary, Indiana, 46403 Thursday, 5/26/16 2:30pm! Our Jobs and Economy Action Group has partnered with Horizon Bank to give a financial literacy workshop for the students at Wirt-Emerson VPA. They will discuss budgeting, interest rates/ credit cards and the basics of student loans. Saturday, 5/28 Starts at 11AM- Sunset Lake St. Beach Food Park Kickoff Help support local venders and showcase Lake Street Beach. We will have a food truck and the boat launch will be dug out. We are trying to really promote activity at Lake St this summer. Thursday, 6/16/16 2:30pm Our Jobs and Economy Action Group has partnered with Horizon Bank to give a financial literacy workshop for the residents at Park Shore Commons. They will discuss budgeting, interest rates and credit cards. 
(Our community builder being interviewed by two of our community partners The Boys & Girls Club and The Gary Digital Storytelling Project. We are teaming up with these organizations to help complete our oral history project.)
 

MCC Social Justice Committee Meeting

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, June 13, 2016

Millerites - The new owners of Woodlake Village Apartments are converting the complex into a "Low Income only" development. Under the new rules, the greedy poverty-pimp owners will kick out all current Woodlake Village residents who have an income that "exceeds the threshold to live at the apartments." Translation: they are kicking out the folks who make "too much money" in order to make room for more destitute people so the owners can capitalize on government guaranteed, section 8 rent payments. This move will concentrate poverty in a remote area of Miller which is not walkable and has limited access to any public amenities or jobs. Studies have shown that this type of hyper concentration of poverty leads to hopelessness and despair which results in higher crime rates.

Sociologists has even coined a term for phenomenon, they call it a "Hyperghetto." Creating a Hyperghetto in Miller Beach is the exact opposite of everything we have been working for... Don't get me wrong, I am all for having affordable housing options in Miller. But studies have shown that concentrating poverty in Hyperghettos is horrible both for the low-income residents who live there and the community these developments are in... Today, when communities want to add more affordable housing units they are turning to mixed income complexes with affordable housing and section 8 mixed together with market rate rental units. We should not allow a greedy developer who does not live in this community to displace rent-paying families in order to create a Hyperghetto of low income only "projects " so they can get rich on section 8 payments and not pay taxes. The Miller Citizens Corporation (MCC) Social Justice Committee will be discussing this development at our next committee meeting: June 13th at 7:00pm at Marquette Methodist Church, (just previous to the regularly scheduled MCC meeting). If you are interested in how this will affect our community please plan to attend this meeting.
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/hundreds-of-gary-residents-may-be-displaced/article_991c23d0-b755-535c-86b6-7348daaaced9.html    

MCC Shoreline Morning Meeting

10:00 am - 11:30 am, June 09, 2016

The MCC Shoreline Meeting addresses community concerns about our lakeshore, neighborhood and Marquette Park. We partner with the Gary Parks Dept., Gary Police Dept, Gary Fire Dept. and the Lake County Sheriff’s Dept. to create a safe and family-friendly beach season. We are an all-volunteer group who spend many hours per week keeping our park and beach litter-free, maintaining the Father Marquette Statue Garden, writing grants, and responding to resident concerns. The MCC Shoreline Committee is dedicated to:

  • Preserving and protecting land, air and water near the shoreline of Lake Michigan
  • Monitoring activities along the shoreline, and
  • Improving and promoting the use of Marquette Park for all neighbors and citizens of Gary.
We meet the second Thursday of each month February to October from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. We meet at various locations in our community – location will be added to the calendar for each meeting. All are welcome to attend. We also have an Evening Meeting on the third Thursday of each month at the Marshall J Gardner Center for the Arts from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (540 S. Lake Street, Gary, IN). We are as effective as the active participation of our residents. Please join us to maintain and improve the quality of life in Miller.
 

MCC Shoreline Morning Meeting

10:00 am - 11:30 am, July 14, 2016

  The MCC Shoreline Meeting addresses community concerns about our lakeshore, neighborhood and Marquette Park. We partner with the Gary Parks Dept., Gary Police Dept, Gary Fire Dept. and the Lake County Sheriff’s Dept. to create a safe and family-friendly beach season. We are an all-volunteer group who spend many hours per week keeping our park and beach litter-free, maintaining the Father Marquette Statue Garden, writing grants, and responding to resident concerns. The MCC Shoreline Committee is dedicated to:

  • Preserving and protecting land, air and water near the shoreline of Lake Michigan
  • Monitoring activities along the shoreline, and
  • Improving and promoting the use of Marquette Park for all neighbors and citizens of Gary.
We meet the second Thursday of each month February to October from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. We meet at various locations in our community – location will be added to the calendar for each meeting. All are welcome to attend. We also have an Evening Meeting on the third Thursday of each month at the Marshall J Gardner Center for the Arts from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (540 S. Lake Street, Gary, IN). We are as effective as the active participation of our residents. Please join us to maintain and improve the quality of life in Miller.
 

MCC Shoreline Morning Meeting

10:00 am - 11:30 am, August 11, 2016

  The MCC Shoreline Meeting addresses community concerns about our lakeshore, neighborhood and Marquette Park. We partner with the Gary Parks Dept., Gary Police Dept, Gary Fire Dept. and the Lake County Sheriff’s Dept. to create a safe and family-friendly beach season. We are an all-volunteer group who spend many hours per week keeping our park and beach litter-free, maintaining the Father Marquette Statue Garden, writing grants, and responding to resident concerns. The MCC Shoreline Committee is dedicated to:

  • Preserving and protecting land, air and water near the shoreline of Lake Michigan
  • Monitoring activities along the shoreline, and
  • Improving and promoting the use of Marquette Park for all neighbors and citizens of Gary.
We meet the second Thursday of each month February to October from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. We meet at various locations in our community – location will be added to the calendar for each meeting. All are welcome to attend. We also have an Evening Meeting on the third Thursday of each month at the Marshall J Gardner Center for the Arts from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (540 S. Lake Street, Gary, IN). We are as effective as the active participation of our residents. Please join us to maintain and improve the quality of life in Miller.
 

MCC Shoreline Morning Meeting

10:00 am - 11:30 am, September 08, 2016

  The MCC Shoreline Meeting addresses community concerns about our lakeshore, neighborhood and Marquette Park. We partner with the Gary Parks Dept., Gary Police Dept, Gary Fire Dept. and the Lake County Sheriff’s Dept. to create a safe and family-friendly beach season. We are an all-volunteer group who spend many hours per week keeping our park and beach litter-free, maintaining the Father Marquette Statue Garden, writing grants, and responding to resident concerns. The MCC Shoreline Committee is dedicated to:

  • Preserving and protecting land, air and water near the shoreline of Lake Michigan
  • Monitoring activities along the shoreline, and
  • Improving and promoting the use of Marquette Park for all neighbors and citizens of Gary.
We meet the second Thursday of each month February to October from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. We meet at various locations in our community – location will be added to the calendar for each meeting. All are welcome to attend. We also have an Evening Meeting on the third Thursday of each month at the Marshall J Gardner Center for the Arts from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (540 S. Lake Street, Gary, IN). We are as effective as the active participation of our residents. Please join us to maintain and improve the quality of life in Miller.
 

MCC Shoreline Morning Meeting

10:00 am - 11:30 am, October 13, 2016

  The MCC Shoreline Meeting addresses community concerns about our lakeshore, neighborhood and Marquette Park. We partner with the Gary Parks Dept., Gary Police Dept, Gary Fire Dept. and the Lake County Sheriff’s Dept. to create a safe and family-friendly beach season. We are an all-volunteer group who spend many hours per week keeping our park and beach litter-free, maintaining the Father Marquette Statue Garden, writing grants, and responding to resident concerns. The MCC Shoreline Committee is dedicated to:

  • Preserving and protecting land, air and water near the shoreline of Lake Michigan
  • Monitoring activities along the shoreline, and
  • Improving and promoting the use of Marquette Park for all neighbors and citizens of Gary.
We meet the second Thursday of each month February to October** from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. We meet at various locations in our community – location will be added to the calendar for each meeting. All are welcome to attend. We also have an Evening Meeting on the third Thursday of each month at the Marshall J Gardner Center for the Arts from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (540 S. Lake Street, Gary, IN). We are as effective as the active participation of our residents. Please join us to maintain and improve the quality of life in Miller.
**This is our last Morning Shoreline meeting of 2016. We will resume our meetings in February, 2017. Thank you for all of the community support in our efforts.
 

Corey Hagelberg Art Opening at Firme Gallery

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, September 09, 2016

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Double-Tracking the South Shore Line Railroad

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, November 01, 2016

From Gary to Michigan City, NICTD will install a second set of train tracks alongside our current single set of tracks. This project is critical in many ways. First, rush hour trains are crowded. NICTD needs to run more trains to accommodate more riders. Second, NICTD shares the tracks with a freight line. NICTD trains and freight trains compete for the same shared single line, resulting in slower trains as well as delays that have a ripple effect on later trains. By installing a second set of tracks, trains will be able to bypass each other rather than wait for each other. Third, NICTD has various stations in need of improvements. Double Track NWI will result in improvements at five station platforms including Miller. The South Shore Line will have greater ADA access than ever before when these upgrades are complete. In the end, the project will improve travel times, passenger capacity, service frequency, reliability, and safety. It will also spark exciting private investment and economic development near station areas, bringing additional revenue into our communities. Presenter: Nicole Barker stepped into her role as Director of Capital Investment and Implementation at the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) in July 2016. NICTD runs the South Shore Line railroad that connects South Bend to Chicago. She is helping to advance two important projects in the region – the Double Track NWI and West Lake Corridor projects - the largest investments in public transit our region has ever experienced. Previously, she served as Executive Director of regional conservation nonprofit Save the Dunes working to protect the Indiana dunes and Lake Michigan. Nicole spent over a decade as Program Director for the City of Chicago Department of Environment with a focus on merging conservation and planning initiatives for the southeast side of Chicago. Prior to that, she worked in advertising and marketing. She has a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a M.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. She is a former board member of the Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association, and the Lake Michigan Coastal Advisory Board. ***From 6-6:30pm we encourage attendees to network with one another, order food, and get settled in. The guest speaker's presentation will begin at 6:30pm. *Mama Pearl's does not serve alcohol however attendees are welcome to bring their own (byob).*** For additional information on future events please visit Green Drinks Gary’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/GreenDrinksGary, join our Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/1682928161975070/, and/or check out our website at www.greendrinks.org/IN/Gary. See you November 1st at Mama Pearl's BBQ! Until then... STAY CALM and THINK GREEN. Green Drinks Gary takes place every first Tuesday of the month. It is open to the public, free to attend and all ages are welcome! Green Drinks Gary is organized and managed by Rachel Veronesi.

Indiana Dunes Film Festival

12:00 am - (All Day), November 04, 2016 - November 06, 2016

A 50th Anniversary Celebration The 1st annual Indiana Dunes Film Festival is composed of stories of how the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has influenced its surrounding regions. This is a free event. Schedule for Indiana Dunes Film Festival November 4 - 6, 2016 Nov 4 | South Shore Convention Visitors Authority (Premiere Night) 6:30 pm - 9:15 pm Nov 5 | Douglas Center 10 am - 4 pm Nov 5 | Indiana Dunes Visitor Center 10 am - 4:30 pm Nov 5 | LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau 10 am - 4 pm Nov 6 | Barker Mansion 11 am - 4 pm Nov 6 | South Shore Convention Visitors Authority 11 am - 4 pm Detailed Schedule: Friday, November 4 – Movie Premiere Night at the South Shore Visitors Center 6:30 p.m.—Guests arrive and mingle and network; snacks provided by Dunes National Park Association Photo wall along the Arrowhead Carpet! Ask partners to post for photos and recognize them as they arrive. Do Facebook Live. Original art work by Kristina Knowski available with artist signing posters. DNPA will give away posters as part of $20 donations. 7 p.m.—Welcome from NPS Superintendent Paul Labovitz, Lakeshore Public Media CEO and President James Muhammad and South Shore Visitor Center Speros Bautistatos 7:15 p.m.—Introduce and recognize the film makers who submitted their films. Give each filmmaker a tree cookie plaque. Have the top 2 or 5 films directors come up and introduce each of their films and then show them. Show the “top” submission films—2 – 5 films? 8:15 p.m.—Introduce the established filmmakers—Pat Wisniewski, Carey Lundin, Paul Nelson, etc. Have each of them share a 2 min clip from their films or showcase something they haven’t shared before from education curriculum for example. 9:15 p.m.—Wrap up and Conclusion-- recognize partners—Friends of Indiana Dunes, Lakeshore Public Media, Dunes National Park Association, Indiana Dunes Tourism, Laporte County CVB, South Shore CVB Saturday, November 5—Douglas Center—10 a.m.-4:00 pm 10 a.m. Welcome and introduction to the festival—Kim Swift as MC 10:15 a.m.—Lake Michigan Water Trail by Dugout Canoe 11:15 pm--panel with filmmakers 11:45 p.m. Break with Birthday Cake 12 p.m. New films with intro by filmmakers—showcase two films 1 p.m. Indiana Dunes Playground of the Midwest-Save the Dunes Circa 1955 1:30 p.m. Everglades of the North with Intro by filmmaker 2:45 p.m. Break 3:00 p.m. --Octave Chanute Film with intro by Simine Short 3:30 p.m.—For the Common Good—historical piece on Senator Paul Douglas Saturday, November 5—Indiana Dunes Visitor Center—10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 10 a.m.—Welcome and Introduction to the Festival—Birthday Cake! 10:15 a.m.—Showcase at least two new films with intros by their directors 11:15 a.m.—Jens Jenson The Living Green 12:15 p.m.—Presentation by Carey Lundin, filmmaker of the Living Green 12:45 p.m. – Break 1 p.m.—Showcase at least two new films and have their filmmakers introduce them 2 p.m.—Shifting Sands with book signing and intro to film by Ken Schoon 3:15 p.m.— Riding the Rails of History with intro by PJ Nelson Saturday, November 5—LaPorte County Visitor Center—10 a.m.- 4 p.m. 10 a.m.—Introduction and welcome 10:15 a.m.—For the Common Good and Indiana Dunes Playground of the Midwest 11:15 a.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers 12 p.m.—Shifting Sands with intro by filmmaker? 1:15 p.m. Break 1:30 p.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers 2:15 p.m. Lake Michigan Water Trail by Dugout Canoe with intro by filmmaker 3:30 p.m.—Octave Chanute film with intro by Simine Short Sunday, November 6—South Shore Visitor Center—11 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. 11 a.m.—Introduction and welcome 11:15 a.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers 12 p.m.--Everglades of the North with intro by filmmaker 1:15 p.m. Break 1:30 p.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers 2:15 p.m. Lake Michigan Water Trail by Dugout Canoe with intro by filmmaker 3 p.m.-- Riding the Rails of History with intro by PJ Nelson 3:30 p.m.—Octave Chanute film with intro by Simine Short Sunday, November 6--Barker Mansion—11 a.m.- 4 p.m. 11 a.m.—Welcome and Introduction 11:15 a.m. Jens Jenson The Living Green with intro by Carey Lundin 12:30 p.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers 1:3o p.m.—For the Common Good 2:00 p.m.—Shifting Sands with intro by the filmmaker 3:30 p.m.—Show at least two new films with intros with their filmmakers (Subject to change) Indiana Dunes Film Festival Contest: Calling local filmmakers! We want to hear your stories. Please submit your films to be shown during the festival. There are two categories. You can submit as many films as you like to one or both categories. 1. Happy Birthday Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore- A film up to 2 minutes that celebrates the 50 years the park has been in existence and in some way says or implies Happy Birthday! 2. The Calumet Region- A film up to 10 minutes that touches on the formation, existence and future of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore as it relates to the larger Calumet region. How do I participate? To Enter: Upload your film to YouTube or Vimeo then tell us where to look for it. Send an e-mail to indianadunesfilmfestival@gmail.com with the title, category, and a short description of the film by midnight October 30, 2016. That's it. You are entered. The judges will pick up your submission from the directions you leave. What is the Benefit? Films will be selected based on technical merit as well as its ability to tell a compelling story about this place we call Indiana Dunes and how the Dunes fits into the larger stories of the region. Selection criteria are listed on the Festival web page. The selected films will be showcased during the festival November 4, 5 &6 at several locations throughout the region. In addition, some of the films will be shown during the Eyes on the Arts program on Lakeshore Public Media later this year. The small print: All film entries selected for the Festival grant IDFF the right to use footage, stills and/or titles and information from the film for promotional purposes. Each entrant warrants and represents that he/she is the creator of the submitted entry;the entry is original and owned by entrant;the entry is free of any claims by other parties All films submitted must be free from any legal disputes and the filmmaker must have cleared all rights for music, clips, and exhibition. The filmmaker acknowledges his/her film is to be critiqued in a public forum during the festival. This contest is open to all. Film Festival Standards –This is what will be judged! 1. Accuracy 0-10 points a. is the material accurate b. What is the source 2. Does the story 0-10 points a. Provoke some feeling or thought b. Encourage the audience to participate or engage. 3. Technical Aspect 0-10 points a. Visual creativity b. Cinematography c. Sound d. Editing e. Special effects 4. Does the story hit INDU Interpretive themes 1 point for each idea hit a. Interpretive Themes Interpretive themes are often described as the key stories or concepts that visitors should understand after visiting a park—they define the most important ideas or concepts communicated to visitors about a park unit. b. The following interpretive themes have been identified for Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore: 1. Remarkable Species Diversity –Factors that include geological processes, climate, weather, and the geographical position of Lake Michigan came together at Indiana Dunes to create remarkable species diversity within a variety of ecosystems, providing outstanding opportunities to appreciate the rich ecological relationships that nurture and sustain our civilization. 2. Legacy of Scientific Inquiry –Beginning a legacy of scientific inquiry and education that continues today, Henry Cowles, a botanist from the University of Chicago, published an article titled Ecological Relations of the Vegetation on Sand Dunes of Lake Michigan in the Botanical Gazette in 1899 that brought international attention to and inspired the efforts to preserve the intricate ecosystems on the dunes. Such research at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is increasingly vital, helping us address current ecological threats to our world, which include human impacts both locally and globally. 3. Human Use of the Lakeshore Over Time –The cultural resources of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore demonstrate a wide range of use and occupation over more than 10,000 years, revealing the dynamic relationship between humans and the environment and our changing perceptions of the value of natural environments, and guiding us to decisions vital to our survival. 4. Natural Setting for Millions of People –Situated close to one of America's largest metropolitan areas, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore provides a natural setting for millions of people to experience scenic beauty, the wonders of nature, artistic inspiration, and recreational opportunities, reminding us of the costs and benefits of urbanization and industry, and of our need as humans to seek renewal of body, mind, and soul. · 5. Reflects National Struggle to Balance Urbanization, Industry, and Conservation –Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the scene of intensive public interest and passion regarding its preservation for more than 100 years, demonstrates the national struggle between the needs of urbanization, industry, and conservation;reflects the historical national and state park preservation movements;and serves as both model and "cautionary tale" in the fields of resource acquisition, preservation, and restoration. Questions? www.nps.gov/indu.gov, click on Film Festival or contact e-mail us (219)395-1622

History

Dragonfly posted an update

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March Madness!

Jessie wrote a new post, March Madness!, on the site Dragonfly NWI

Gary’s Miller Spotlight’s first quarter of 2016 has been pretty epic so far. Our rockstar volunteers are implementing the community goals that they created from reviewing the opinions expressed in last yea […]

Springing Forward

Jessie wrote a new post, Springing Forward, on the site Dragonfly NWI

Where did April go? How can it be May? There’s been so much awesome stuff going on within the community it’s making our heads’ spin.   Our 7 action groups are on their way to implementing our 29 commun […]

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MCC Shoreline Morning Meeting

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Environment

carol posted an update

Thank you to Mayor Karen Freeman=Wilson, Councilwoman Rebecca Wyatt, Gary Police Dept., Gary Fire Dept. and Lake County Sheriff\'s Dept. and Gary Parks Dept. for keeping our beach, park and neighborhood safer over the past week. We asked for help, and all of our partners responded. Our residents do have a voice that is heard.

Housing

Linda posted an update

Like a seed that was haphazardly blown or dropped into just the right soil, I landed in Miller accidentally and have taken root like nowhere I’ve lived before. Such is my confidence and contentment in the community that I’ve bought four houses here – my own and three that are rented out. Mindful of my neighbors, potential tenants go through a vigorous vetting process. This worked well, until recently. The house I’m trying to rent out now is one most people would like. It’s a 1952 ranch house with classic mid-century features preserved among modern updates. Original (and sometimes quirky) features include radiant heat from hot water pumped through pipes in the floors and walls, custom kitchen cabinetry built on-site, an off-center wood-burning fireplace in the living room, screened wooden louvres built into the walls that can be opened for natural ventilation and a front porch whose railings are differentially spaced according to an ancient Greek principle of the ideal ratio, the Golden Mean. Best of all, it sits on a wooded dune in a cul-de-sac two blocks from the beach, a quiet and private location. A huge screened porch off the kitchen gives wooded views on three sides for watching deer or listening to waves on windy days. None of the applicants so far made it through the screening process. Culled from almost 100 responses to listings on Craigslist, Zillow, Trulia and Hotpads, they include: -A man who checked “no” on the “Have you ever been sued” question; the credit report revealed otherwise. He arrived in a Porsche and has a good income, but chose not to pay bills; -A guy who listed one year in prison for a drug offense; turns out it was actually two-and-a-half years for aggravated assault and being a felon in possession of a weapon, among other charges. -A couple with a history of three evictions whose former landlord, when asked if he’d rent to them again, replied “Hell no.” -A couple who declined to provide any documentation of a supposed $300,000 annual income from a pension and a business, but said I would not regret letting them move in. There’ve also been countless people who’ve insisted, despite the “no pets” designation, that their dogs are well behaved, who swear they always go outside to smoke even in the dead of winter despite the “no smokers” requirement, or who list their husbands, wives and mothers as references despite the “NO RELATIVES” notation on the application. One guy wrote “baby mamma” to describe his relationship to a woman he listed as a reference. Fellow Millerites, I ask for your help. In addition to my immediate self-interest in renewing the rental income, it’s also about finding respectful, responsible people who will appreciate our community, possibly participate in it and at the very least not degrade it. If you know people like that who are looking for a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house in Northwest Indiana’s best little community, please give them my number: 219-616-4973. If you’d like to drive by the house, it’s at 930 N. Warrick. And I’d be pleased to show it to you if you’re just curious and like to look. I do, too. Your neighbor, Linda Gibson

Meg Roman posted an update

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Mary posted an update

Good news everybody, we\'ll be out on Friday April 22 from 3:30pm to about 7:00pm. Same place. The corner of Melton Rd and Old Hobart Rd. Hope to see you there!!!!!!!

Dragonfly posted an update

Hundreds of Gary apartment residents potentially displaced soon. The tenants who will be required to leave do not meet income guidelines under the federal government\'s Section 42 program. The corporation used the program to acquire and make renovations at the facility.

Shopping

Meg Roman posted an update

Check out the new juice bar and wellness store in Gary! Welcome Vibrations and owner Rebecca Raspberry! http://m.nwitimes.com/business/juice-bar-and-health-food-store-opens-in-gary/article_38c978cf-c2b4-5df2-ad47-6ab4196b0dd6.html?mobile_touch=true

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