Saturday February 28 2:38 am

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Sports

Athletic Shoes available for Nonprofits: Organizations can register to receive Collected Shoes

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Through an athletic shoe drive hosted at local high schools and universities, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority collected 212 pairs of athletic shoes that are available for nonprofit organizations. The tourism authority, in conjunction with Indiana Sports Corporation, will be distributing the shoes through Indiana Sports Corporation’s “Geared For Health” Exchange Program.

THE GARY SOUTHSHORE RAILCATS ANNOUNCE THE INAUGURAL BASEBALL, BREWS & BLUES CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

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This Spring, U. S. Steel Yard will become the home of the inaugural Baseball, Brews & Blues craft beer festival to jump start the RailCats 2015 season.

Join us on Saturday, May 9th from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM when RailCats fans and beer lovers alike will be able to enjoy unlimited craft beer samples from many local and national craft breweries while the Planetary Blues Band entertains. The day also marks the first workout of the RailCats’ Spring Training, and gives festival goers their first glimpse of the 2015 'Cats.

High-Tech Racing Yachts To Set Sail from Chicago’s Lake Michigan Shore in Spring 2015

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Visitors and residents of the windy city can test out their sea legs and competitive spirit in a state-of-the-art sailing yacht race as Next Level Sailing Chicago brings their fleet to the Lake Michigan shore in Chicago. Famous Americas Cup yachts “Stars and Stripes” and “Abracadabra” will make their maiden voyage in Lake Michigan in May 2015.

ALL-STAR OUTFIELDER MARTINEZ RETURNS TO RAILCATS FOR 2015

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The Gary SouthShore RailCats have re-signed veteran outfielder Drew Martinez for the 2015 season.

Chicago Fire Foundation to Host 17th Annual Season Kickoff Luncheon, Presented by Magellan Corporation, on Monday, March 2

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The Chicago Fire Foundation, the charitable arm of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, will hold its 17th Annual Season Kickoff Luncheon, presented by Magellan Corporation, on Monday, March 2 at 11 a.m. CT at the Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601).

BOOMERS VIANO STEPS DOWN, LAVEN TO RUN DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS

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The two-time defending Champion Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, today announced Andy Viano made the decision to step down as President/General Manager of the club after an immensely successful three-year run. As a result, Pete Laven, President of Salvi Sports Enterprises since 2013, will slide over to handle the day-to-day duties as President/GM of the Boomers for the 2015 season.

Sparta Dome hosts Inaugural Tournament This Weekend: Sparta Fast Pitch Classic to bring in 18 Teams

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Eighteen fast pitch softball teams from Indiana, Illinois and Michigan will come together Feb. 27 through March 1 for the inaugural tournament at the Sparta Dome in Crown Point.

Chicago Fire Foundation to Host 17th Annual Season Kickoff Luncheon, Presented by Magellan Corporation, on Monday, March 2

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The Chicago Fire Foundation, the charitable arm of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, will hold its 17th Annual Season Kickoff Luncheon, presented by Magellan Corporation, on Monday, March 2 at 11 a.m. CT at the Hyatt Regency Chicago (151 E. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601). Comcast SportsNet Chicago anchor and reporter Jen Lada will emcee the event.