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The Lake County Public Library (1919 81st Ave./U.S. 30) in Merrillville hosts Chicago radio broadcaster and author Mitch Michaels at 6 p.m. Friday for a free public speaking engagement and book signing.

Michaels just released his rockin’ new memoir “Doin’ The Cruise,” co-authored with Northwest Indiana writer Ken Churilla of Highland. The appearance is presented by the Lake County Public Library Foundation Board as part of its ongoing series of events to promote visiting our Region’s libraries.

“Doin’ the Cruise: Memories from a Lifetime in Radio and Rock & Roll” (Eckhartz Press) chronicles Michaels’ lifetime behind the microphone and rubbing elbows with some of rock music’s biggest stars.

As he does in his book, at his Lake County Public Library event, Michaels will share many stories. Some of those may include his memories of The Loop’s infamous “Disco Demolition” at Comiskey Park, how he once defended Billy Idol, how he contributed to breaking one of Rod Stewart’s biggest radio hits and hanging out with The Who. An audience Q&A session and book signing follow as complimentary refreshments are served.

LCPL Marketing Director Jennifer Burnison explained that while the 6 to 8:30 p.m. event is free to attend, advance reservations are requested.  Make reservations by calling 219-769-3541 ext. 315 or register online at

Gifts of Music and Coats for Native Americans

With Thanksgiving almost here, Northwest Indiana’s former actress, model and Miss Indiana 1964, Charlie Smith, is stepping up for the indigenous people who first welcomed the European settlers to our shores.

Smith recently donated the professional recording studio equipment that once belonged to her late husband Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five, in an effort to nurture the musical education of Native Americans. “Mike’s gear was just sitting here and I thought it should be put to use,” said Smith, a long time supporter of Native American culture. “I’m hoping it will help others learn about and love music and recording as much as Mike did.”

Smith is working closely on that studio project with her friend Paul LaRouch, the founder and leader of the award-winning contemporary Native American music group Brule of South Dakota, who has sold over one million CDs worldwide and won a number of awards. Brule is seen regularly on national PBS affiliates across the country. Their history-making concert, “Brulé: Live at Mount Rushmore — Concert for Reconciliation of the Cultures,” has become the longest running Native American concert special on national TV. More:

Throughout the month of November, Smith  has partnered in a promotion with Kathy Baudendistel of The Wolf Sanctuary Habitat of Brookville, Indiana in a drive to collect coats, jackets and sweaters for Native Americans living in the Pine Ridge Reservation of South Dakota. The person who donates the most coats will receive a gift package for two to visit and have a personal encounter with wolves at the Brookville sanctuary (

“We are collecting every size, color and length of coats for men, women and children,” she said. “We are asking for new or like new donations that we will personally deliver and hand out to the recipients before Christmas, so therefore the deadline is Nov. 30 for donations to qualify for the Wolf Sanctuary Habitat gift package.”

Smith will be featured at 7 p.m. next Tuesday, along with LaRouch of Brulé, to discuss the coat project, along with Native American music, art and culture on 89.1FM Lakeshore Public Radio’s “Midwest BEAT” program. “I just found out that Kathy will also be calling in for the program from Brookville, and is hoping the wolves will cooperate and do some ‘on air howling’ for the listeners,” mused Smith.

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens (71 N. 500 W.) in Valparaiso, has officially cancelled its planned 2018 “OAKtoberfest with Marrakesh Express.” Ticket holders for the concert originally planned for Oct. 14 cancelled due to weather, are instructed to email with their name and order number.

The Highway Band performs a blend of classic rock covers and original music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at Silver Bullet (100 N. Main St.) in Crown Point. More: 219-663-7700.

• The McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage presents a free concert by The New Lionel Hampton Big Band with Jason Marsalis on Saturday on campus (425 Fawell Blvd.) in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. This band of world-class musicians, who played with the legendary Lionel Hampton, will perform a mix of jazz, swing, and bebop. This concert was originally scheduled for the Lakeside Pavilion as part of the 90.9 FM WDCB LIVE Jazz Summer Concert Series, but was cancelled due to travel issues. There are no advance reservations for this performance, however tickets are required. The box office will begin handing out tickets day of show, starting at 2 p.m. — limit of 2 tickets per person — first come, first served. More: 630-942-4000 or

• Joni Twitty — daughter of country legend Conway Twitty — guests at noon Friday on 89.1FM-Lakeshore Public Radio’s weekly program “Midwest BEAT with Tom Lounges.” Twitty will discuss the new album, “Timeless,” featuring 14 songs by Conway recorded with his road band for the Armed Services during the 1970s and never before available to the public. Friday’s program also features rising Irish rockers The Coronas, performing Nov. 14 at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall. More: Stream live at:

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