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February 2023
MCC President's Observation Notes

The Return of Miller Prom!
Miller Prom tickets are sold out! There will be eating, drinking, dancing and carrying-on at the Marquette Park Pavilion Saturday, February 11 for the annual MCC Valentine's Day Dance. The festivities begin at 7:00 pm. See you there.

Talkin' Trash: Litter Abatement in Miller. Since September 2021 the MCC Litter League has logged over 400 work hours cleaning Miller streets. In early 2022 the Miller Community Fund upped our game by contracting Cleanslate Chicago, a litter abatement group who hires and trains hard-to-employ individuals to clean streets. MCF began with a six month trial. Between Litter League and Cleanslate our streets were looking exceptionally great right up to the end of the Cleanslate contract, in October 2022. Once Cleanslate was no longer in the picture, trash and debris returned, leaving our fair community looking very sad indeed by the end of the year.

The Miller Community Fund has renewed and broadened the scope of the Cleanslate contract for 2023. Instead of six months, Cleanslate will visit us 8 times, and will clean E. 7th Avenue, Miller Road, Grand Boulevard and County Line Road on First Fridays in February, March, April, May, June, July, August and September. Cleanslate work covers sidewalks and sides of streets up to the brush line. They will not do the deep cleaning into the brambles that MCC Litter League has traditionally done, making Cleanslate and MCC Litter League complementary partners. Litter League will do the deep cleaning and Cleanslate will do monthly maintenance.

When you see MCC Litter League deep in the brambles, grab a bag and help them out!

Please be sure to check out the MCCCommunityCalendar to help you keep your busy schedules straight.

George Rogge, President

Duly Noted...

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE MCC BOARD OF DIRECTORS IS MONDAY, February 13 at 7:00 PM IN PERSON. Meet at Marquette Park United Methodist Church lower level located at 215 N. Grand Boulevard.

THIS IS A GREAT TIME TO PAY YOUR MCC DUES! MCC annual dues of $10.00 per household can be paid on our website, MillerCitizensCorporation. Our new MCC Community Calendar and a link to subscribe to our popular monthly newsletter, Miller Message, now in its 51th year, can also be found on the website.

Contact the MCC between meetings at

Miller Beach Business Association

18th Street Brewery presents The Billy Foster Trio with Renee Miles-Foster on Friday, February 10 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. There is no cover charge but last time the Trio played every seat in the house was full so come early for food, cocktails and to get your seat. Come back Sunday, February 12 for Super Bowl LVII
Sunday with food and beer from kickoff to 6:30 pm. And get your drink on Friday, February 24 for Mardi Gras with special food and beverage offerings! 5725 Miller Avenue.

Miller Pizza Company will be open Sunday, February 12 for 2023 Super Bowl from noon to 9:00 pm. Pre-orders welcomed. Dine in, carry out, or delivery. Consider online ordering for faster service. Miller Pizza is located at 622 1/2 South Lake Street. Call 219-938-7071​.

Vibrations Presents: An Herbal Experience Workshop Series hosted by Ancient Mystics and Lord Cashus D. Lord Cashus will hold a 2 hour workshop every Saturday at 1:00 pm in the Breathing Room at Vibrations Health, Wellness, Juice Bar & Cafe. Workshops will explore specific processes, procedures & health benefits of herbs. Each session begins at 1:00 pm and pre-registration is advised. $30 each session. 
Saturday, February 4 - Smokable Herbs
Saturday, February 11 - Tea & Steeping Herbs
Saturday, February 18 - Burning & Smudging Herbs
Saturday, February 25 - Tinctures & Oils
Calling all musicians! Vibrations will be hosting an Open Jam Night in The Lavender Lounge, Tuesday, February 28 from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. 430 S Lake Street. 219-427-1175

Gallery Hours at Pociask Gallery are Thursdays 4:00 to 7:00 pm, Fridays 6:00 to 9:00 pm and Sundays 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Special showings are available. See prints at PociaskArt or contact and 312-330-0559. 5885 Miller Avenue. 

Miller Beach Arts & Creative District


First Friday, February 3 Opening Reception: Black History Is History – curated by Angel Knight. A group exhibit of extraordinary talent. Dana Todd Pope, Kudzai Mutasa, Raymond Thomas, Sam Lee, and Angel KnightWNBA Star Bridget Pettis will be on hand with a silent auction of stunning  photographs to support The Bridget Pettis Foundation and Midwest Eats. Do not miss the Dance Tribute by Courtney Nicole, also scheduled for the evening. The exhibit continues through Friday, March 10 with an Artist Talk on Sunday, March 5 at 2:00 pm.

Saturday, February 11 (9:00 am to noon) and Saturday, February 18 (noon to 3:00 pm) – Artist Patty Roberts returns with a new class – Cold Wax, Hot Art – these classes will be continuing on her technique of blending cold wax and oil paint to create works of art that have texture, shape and color. Paid attendees will be taking home wax, oil paint and paper to continue creating at home. $45.00 includes all materials and take-home materials. Check out MBACD for event registration information. These are two separate sessions of the same material.

Thursday, February 16 Live on Lake Street – Patti Shaffner and Friends. Patty Shaffner makes a  return visit to the Marshall J Gardner Center for the Arts on Thursday February 16 at 7:00 pm – doors open at 6:30 pm. $10 admission. Cash bar offering beer/wine. Patti will be accompanied by Leandro Lopez Varady on piano and Scott Pazera on Bass. This is not to be missed. Sponsored in full by Tim Petrites of McColly Real Estate.

Sunday, February 19 Miller Garden Club Hygge Movie Part 2Kiss The Ground –  $5.00 admission 1:00 pm screen time, doors open at 12:30 pm. A full length documentary, narrated by Woody Harrelson, that shines a light on ‘new, old approach’ to farming called “regenerative agriculture” that has potential to help balance our climate, replenish our water supply, and feed the world. Phew!!

Friday, February 24  – All In Jest Trivia – presented by Josh Gamble. Join us as we wend our way through minutiae and ephemera and maybe a few popular notions in a game that will challenge the fussiest of trivia snobs. $5 at the door, teams of up to 6 allowed. Prizes. Cash bar offering beer and wine for sale.

Saturday, February 25Saturday Morning Art Class continues with additional exploration of monotype printing with Gelli Plates. All materials included with the class.10:00 am to noon. $20.00 – Check our website for event registration information. Sponsored by a generous grant from the Miller Community Fund.

Sunday, February 26 – Documentary Movie – Leontyne Price Sings – Ms. Price, born in Mississippi in 1927 is one of the most beloved and famous sopranos of the 20th Century. Her expressive range was unparalleled. She could hit high C & D pianissimos. Her projection was perfect with astonishing breath control. She made her Metropolitan opera debut in 1961. Price still resides in Greenwich Village in New York City. This presentation sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

MBACD is looking for volunteers to help with our many events and exhibitions. Sometimes we just need help moving big stuff around or sell tickets at the door. And we always need folks who are interested enough to come up with ideas and can follow through! Please contact Kathy at 219-885-9114 for more details.
Marshall J Gardner Center for the Arts at 540 S Lake Street Gary IN 46403. Gallery Hours Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, Friday and Saturday 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Miller Garden Club

Hygge: What a gift The Gardener was!! The documentary film, the first in our Hygge (comfort and coziness) winter series, provided inspiration and wonder, spurring a member of the audience to exclaim, “Let’s go there!!” There being Quebec, Canada. Why not? We can rent a bus and make a journey of it…

Our next film, Kiss the Ground, will be shown on Sunday, February 19 at the Marshall J. Gardner Center at 540 S. Lake Street at 1:00 pm. Entrance is $5 with free popcorn and free smiles, too! Subject of the film: soil health and garden nutrients -- activists, scientists and farmers turn to regenerative agriculture to save the planet's topsoil.

Seed Starting Workshop: Saturday, February 11 at 10:00 am to noon at the Aquatorium. Ever see those banks of plastic milk jugs on the edge of someone’s driveway? All lined up, just waiting for what? Sunshine? Rain? Snow? Garden Faeries? Come see what it takes to get your spring garden going early by planting seeds in those milk/juice jugs. Seasoned gardeners will explain away all the mysteries. Come and enjoy and bring your clean plastic jugs with you!!

General Membership Meeting Our first official general meeting of 2023 will be Saturday, March 18 at 10:00 am at the Aquatorium. All are welcome! You needn’t be a member to come to our meetings, but if you are interested in being a member of our non-profit organization, please go to our website and sign up or simply let us know at the meeting in March. Dues are still only $20 a year. Family membership (up to 3 people) is $30.

Save the Date: The 23rd Annual Secret Gardens Walk is scheduled for Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Finally, a little gift from a Chicago poet, to help guide your spirits this winter, Heart Garden..... a poem by Joy Wellington Tillis:
What sort of seeds do you have planted in your heart? You put them there, yet you may or may not know them. Do you have a patch of peace? And a strip of compassion here and there? The hope patch, well-seeded. A plot of serenity will see you through the fall: Harvest kindness and charity for winter's chill.
As wars go on in your heart, remember they come from your mind. Tend... Tend. The weeds will dissipate as you turn yourself over with the soil. Fragile and strong; never abandon your heart garden. Weed out the sorrow, your heart is sturdy stock; a muscle for your life....
Make a generous section for giving. And map love as the largest crop. A baleful. The tiniest heart blooms big love.
                               Copyright 2023 JWTillis
Go to our website MillerGardenClub for more information and an up-to-date calendar of all our events. 

The Miller Garden Club’s mission is to provide gardening education on all levels; to protect native trees, plants and wildlife; and to beautify the Miller Beach community in Gary, Indiana. Join the Club! Dues are only $20 a year, or $30 for a family. Go to our website for more information at 

Humane Society of Northwest Indiana

Special Heartfelt Thanks to those who contributed to our Fix the Roof fund and other projects. The Humane Society of Northwest Indiana now has a new roof and new heating equipment—just in time for winter. Thank you!

Follow other HSNWI news and events such as Tails of Love and Pet Rock on our website, HumaneSocietyNWI.

Please select Humane Society of Northwest Indiana as your charity while shopping on
Smile.Amazon. Also, check our Facebook page for our wish list of needed supplies and a connection to Amazon that allows you to choose items from our “needs” list and have Amazon send them directly to us. A huge thanks to all our supporters who help in so many ways!  

Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education

The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education is still under construction but word is the Center could be open to the public as soon as Wednesday, February 25. Tentative plans call for a re-opening event Saturday, April 22. Encouraging news!

The large parking lot is open to the public now and a crosswalk has been installed to get from the parking lot to the trail head.  Feel free to hike Miller Woods!

The Douglas Center is located at 100 North Lake Street.

Calumet Region Little League

Free winter baseball & softball training for all youth ages 5 to 19 at the Hudson-Campbell Fitness Center, sponsored by Gary Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (GaryRBI). Sessions are Monday and Wednesday 6:00 to 8:00 pm through March. Register online for the training at GaryRBI.

Registration is Open to Play! Any players living or attending school in Gary, in the area served by Lake Station Community Schools or in Merrillville, west of I-65 and north of US-30, are eligible to play little league baseball or softball for Calumet Region Little League. Games begin in late April or early May. Online registration is open at CalumetRegionLL for the 2023 baseball and softball season! Register to play now at the early registration fee of $60, more than 50% off the regular cost of $125.

Players can register for the season by following this link: CalumetRegionLL

Contact Tracy Brough at 219-226-5595 if you need help with registration. Anyone interested in coaching baseball or softball this spring, and any volunteers who want to help out in other ways should contact Bentley Ellis at 219-381-7319 or Kevin Bradley at 219-688-3068. 

Please “like” and follow our Facebook page for updates.  


Temple Israel

Temple Israel to Participate in Community Reading Program Through IUN Wednesdays, February 15, March 1, March 15 (via Zoom) and March 21 at IUN. Time TBA.
This year Temple Israel is excited to participate in the OneBook...One Campus...One Community program through Indiana University Northwest, which is reading Waking up White by Debbie Irving. We'll host three Zoom-only discussions as we make our way through the book on February 15, March 1 and March 15 before gathering on March 22 to hear from the author herself at IUN. Everyone, both Temple Israel members and beyond, are welcome to join as we read and reflect on the book together. Please email for the exact time and Zoom link.

Movie Review with Andrew Tallackson Tuesday, March 7. Doors open 6:30 pm; program begins at 7:00 pm. Find out all about this year's Oscar contenders with Andrew Tallackson, movie critic and editor of The Beacher! This popular annual event is happening both in person and via Zoom. Light refreshments will be served; suggested donation $5. Please contact for more info and the Zoom link.

St. Mary of the Lake Church

Over 38 million Americans face hunger each and every day, including 1 in 6 children. If we think about hunger as most of us experience it, as a temporary sensation, the solution to this problem is straightforward: we just need to get more food to people who don't have enough. Let St. Mary of the Lake Food Pantry help: Next distribution for free food is Monday, February 20 from 9:00 to 11:00 am. Simply come to St. Mary of the Lake's Lessard Hall, show your Indiana identification and receive free food for you and your family.

Together -- We are Stronger!

St. Mary of the Lake Church is located at 6060 Miller Avenue.
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