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With all this crazy weather you may be out of your gourd, but we at the Indiana Gourd Society are definitely into ours!

Have YOU grown gourds? Do you know all the tricks for success? Did Granny have a gourd dipper down by the spring? Ever seen a gourd birdhouse hanging in a tree? Gourds have come a long way since “Follow the Drinking Gourd” guided slaves north to freedom by sighting on the Big Dipper. Nowadays gourds are both functional and decorative. Almost anything you can do to paper, canvas, wood, or clay, we can do to gourds: draw, paint, calligraphy, cut, engrave, mold, weave, faux finish. Gourds make great gifts. Gorgeous art or cute craft; Native American, Western, African, Oriental, modern or holiday designs -- we do it all. Professionals like Ron Pressel and Michelle Fife will teach you how!

Wait Until Dark play is now showing at Ole Olsen, at the Depot.

"After a flight back home, Sam Hendrix returns with a doll he innocently acquired along the way. As it turns out, the doll is actually stuffed with heroin, and a group of criminals led by the ruthless Roat has followed Hendrix back to his place to retrieve it. When Hendrix leaves for business, the crooks make their move -- and find his blind wife, Susy, alone in the apartment. Soon, a life-threatening game begins between Susy and the criminals."

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Peru Dynamite is a local travel softball program established in 2013 as a 10u all-star team. It has since grown into an organization comprised of 3 age divisions. In 2019, the program will have 4 age divisions and a total of 5 teams!

This year the 3 teams set out on a journey to compete in the NW Indiana NSA World Series for the first time in Dynamite history. We are very pleased with our performance and experience. We started Day 1 with a pep talk from program director Marie David, followed by pin trading and skills competitions. Pin trading is one of the most exciting experiences for players and a great icebreaker. Each player has pins significant to their team. So, you have 195 teams running around trying to collect as many pins as possible! In the evening, we attended a parade and block party. It’s basically a day filled with organized chaos, but it’s very memorable.

Day 2 is when pool play begins. Each team plays two games to determine the bracket seeding based on wins and losses. 14u and 10u both placed 2nd in their respective pools. 12u placed 4th for their age division.

Photo by Denise Sims Ryan

Peru, IN - Ole Olsen Children's Theater will be performing their version of “The Sandlot” July 12-14 at 7 pm and July 15 at 2 pm in the Auditorium at Peru High School. Admission is $5 and reservations are not required.

"The Sandlot" is a movie released on April 7, 1993, depicting the shenanigans of a group of kids in 1962 that play baseball on an empty lot in their neighborhood. It contains drama and comedy along with real-life situations like being new to the area, making friends, problem-solving, and working together. It is a delightful and fun movie that did well at the box office and is still a favorite amongst many age levels.

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Peru, IN – The American flag is not just a symbol of the United States, it is a symbol of freedom, liberty and human rights to people all over the world. Patriotic Americans have great respect for the symbol of our nation, but none more than a Veteran who served their nation in the armed forces.

Hundreds of thousands of flags fly proudly over government buildings, businesses and even private residences all over our country. But what happens to those flags when they become worn and need to be replaced? According to the United States Flag Code, when a flag is so tattered that it no longer fits to serve as a symbol of the United States, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by burning. But one organization has a better use for those retired Flags.

Mickie Sayor is the local representative of a national organization called “Stars for Our Troops” that uses some of these retired American flags to say thank you to those who have served and protected our nation in uniform.

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Peru, Indiana – Members and guests of the Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre in Peru gathered together Saturday, May 19th for their Annual Hall of Fame Banquet at the historic Depot on West Canal Street.

This year’s inductees into the Hall of Fame were Pat and Ellen Harvey. Both Pat and Ellen have been involved with Ole Olsen since the 1970’s. They have acted, directed, worked backstage and served in various other capacities over the years and are most deserving of this honor.

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Peru, IN“The Crew” a local riding/biker group is coming together on Saturday, May 12 for the “Love For Lola Benefit & Ride” that will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Literary Aide Society, 21 West Canal St., Peru. 

According to Cherri Briscoe the group was asked by a dear friend of Lola Ritchie Mercer to organize the event after they held a prior benefit for another cancer patient, Troy Chamberlain last March. This event will be for Lola who is fighting stage IV lung cancer.

The Crew has about sixty active members and many of them are involved in planning this event.

“We just started tossing it around and before we knew it had turned into something quite wonderful,” said Briscoe. “We just kept on adding things along the way.”

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Peru, IN – Don’t be surprised if you hear people humming or singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” over the next couple of weeks in Peru. The Ole Olsen Memorial Theatre is presenting “Bleacher Bums” beginning Thursday night with a dinner theatre performance of the Play written by a host of people including Dennis Franz (who would later star on television as "NYPD Detective Andy Sipowicz" in the ABC series NYPD Blue), Filmmaker Stuart Gordon who co-created “Honey I Shrunk The Kids” for Disney and also co-wrote “Body Snatchers”) and Joe Montegna who has played “David Rossi” on the CBS television series “Criminal Minds” since 2007.) among several others.

The play takes place in the bleachers of Chicago’s Wrigley Field with the characters are all Chicago Cubs fans watching a game on a summer afternoon. Most have been gathering in the same spot for some time and know, even if they might not like, each other. Over the course of the afternoon, beer is consumed and friendly wagers start to take on increasing importance.