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Northwest Indiana Weekly Planner, Nov. 29

Updated: November 28, 2012 10:44AM



FAMILY FUN

Orak Shrine Circus: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29; 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2, Hammond Civic Center, 5825 Sohl Ave., general admission $14 for children up to age 12 and $18 for adults, advance tickets available 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and at Strack & Van Til stories, details at www.2012circus.com

Breakfast with Santa: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (doors close at 11:30 a.m.) Saturday, Dec. 1, Lowell Middle School, 19250 Cline Ave., hosted by Zeta Chi chapter of Kappa, Kappa, Kappa, cookie decorating, face painting, cake walk, craft booths and bake sale, $3 tickets available from any Zeta Chi member or at the door

Wellington Clark Homestead: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 227 S. Court St., Crown Point, make s’mores over an open fire and a Victorian pomander (instruction and supplies provided) plus a free tour of the home, sponsored by the Old Homestead Preservation Society, call 663-7678

‘Scrooge’: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, Reinhart Auditorium, Merrillville High School, 276 E. 68th Place, advance tickets $9 to $12, 947-4922 or www.m-mproductions.com

Santa’s Candy Cane Express: noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9, Hesston Steam Museum, 1201 E. County Road 1000N, LaPorte, free admission, train tickets $5 adults or $3 children (free for ages 2 and younger), free ticket with new toy donation for Toys for Tots drive, www.hesston.org or 778-2783 on weekends

Snowflake Skate: 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Deep River Waterpark, 9001 E. U.S. 30, Merrillville, for girls ages 6 and older and their stuffed animals, non-skating parents should be prepared to “baby-sit” dolls and animals, $15 girls, $12 adults, tickets on sale until Dec. 6 or until sold out, tickets must be purchased in advance, 769-7275

Deck the Stalls: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Exceptional Equestrians Unlimited, 5307B 61st Ave., Hobart, caroling to the horses, holiday treats, coffee and hot chocolate and a visit from Santa, www.facebook.com/exceptional.equestrians

Christmas Candy House with a Frosty Holiday Scene: 3:45 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, Valparaiso branch of the Porter County Public Library, 103 Jefferson St., for ages 5 and older accompanied by an adult, register at Youth Services Department, $4, 462-0524

HOLIDAY CRAFTS AND FOOD

A Home for the Holidays pet adoption and Christmas bazaar: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Xtreme Motorsports, 6647 Kennedy Ave., Hammond, hosted by Second Chance 4 Pets Network and 2x2 Rescue; baked goods, apparel, 2013 pet calendars, jewelry, Christmas crafts, pet gifts, photos with “Santa Claws,” 771-6768

Christmas Pastry Fest: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, St. Helen’s Philoptochos Ladies Society of Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 8000 Madison St., Merrillville, homemade baklava, koulouria, nut tassies, finikia, diples, karithopita, breads, cakes, cookies, nut rolls, strudels (fresh and frozen) and pastry assortments, as well as spanakopita, tiropita, pastitsio (frozen for freshness) and more; lunch of pastitsio, Greek salad, bread and pop or coffee for $8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8

Lake Central Holiday Craft Fair: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Clark Middle School, 8915 W. 93rd. Ave., St. John, sponsored by Lake Central Band Boosters, more than 200 crafters, music by Lake Central band students, bake sale and concessions, $2 admission, www.lcband.com

HOLIDAY SOCIALS

St. Jude House Toy Drive: doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Sopranos Lounge, 840 S. Broad St. Griffith, comedy, magic, music, raffles and giveaways, admission $5 or new, unwrapped toy for children up to age 17 and valued at $5 or more, advance tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/294016

Holiday English Tea: noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, Hour Glass Museum, 8 Lupine, Ogden Dunes, sponsored by Historical Society of Ogden Dunes, $10, reservation deadline Thursday, Dec. 6, call Susan at 763-2322 or Judy at 763-2186

Valparaiso Lions Club Christmas Party: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, Kelsey’s Restaurant, 2300 Morthland Drive, for membership information, call Jerry Newman at 531-0245 or visit www.valparaisolions.org



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