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Northwest Indiana Weekly Planner, Dec. 6

Updated: December 8, 2012 5:12PM



AN EVENING OUT

Northwest Indiana Veterans Benefit Concert: 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, County Line Orchard, 200 S. County Line Road, Hobart, featuring local bands Chris & Lou, Craw Puppies, The Unstoppables, New Element, Old Skool and others, free admission for active-duty service members, $20 for others, www.countylineorchard.com

Rusty Pipes Winter Concert: 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, Hobart Middle School auditorium, 36 E. 8th St.; tickets $5, 18 and younger free

Mary Lou Quinlan’s ‘The God Box’: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso; tickets $25 in advance or $30 at the door, visit www.mohlive.com/events or the Valparaiso Family YMCA courtesy desk for advance tickets, proceeds benefit the YMCA Better Together Campaign

FAMILY FUN

Snowflake Skate: 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Deep River Waterpark, 9001 E. U.S. 30, Merrillville, for girls age 6 and older and their stuffed animals, nonskating 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

HOLIDAY EVENTS

Breakfast with Santa: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 8, Lake Station Boys and Girls Club, 4700 Central Ave.; $5 for adults, $3 for ages 3 to 12, tickets available at the door, 963-9200

Breakfast with Santa: 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, Professional Office Building, 4321 Fir St., East Chicago, breakfast, games, prizes and photo with Santa, $5 per child and one gift per family wrapped with a label for age and gender

Christmas for the Animals open house: noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, Humane Society of Northwest Indiana, 6100 Melton Road, Gary, pet photo taken with Santa, refreshments, raffle, door prizes and more, place an ornament on the Tree of Hope to help abused and neglected animals that make it to the shelter,visit millercritters.net

Holiday Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 9, St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church, 5920 Waite St., Merrillville, homemade and specialty crafts, homemade cookies $5 a pound, Winter Wonderland Cafe, 980-9348

Holiday concert to benefit Food Bank of Northwest Indiana: doors open 9 p.m., show starts at 10 Saturday, Dec. 8, Beer Geeks, 3030 45th St., Highland, sponsored by “Flying Around The Sun” radio program on WJOB-AM (1230), admission is at least one nonperishable food item per person, ages 21 and older, 513-9795 or flyingaroundthesun@gmail.com

Santa’s Candy Cane Express: noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday, Dec. 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, www.hesston.org or 778-2783 on weekends

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 Pastry Fest: 9 a.m. to 1 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. 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

St. Jude House Toy Drive: doors open 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

The Noteables’ ‘It’s the Holiday Season’: 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 5375 Harrison St., Merrillville, $7 adults and teenagers, $5 seniors, $3 ages 12 and younger, tickets available at the door or by calling 322-1359, donations of nonperishable food items accepted

Polar Express Storytelling and City Tour of Lights: Saturday, Dec. 15, Crown Point Civic Center, 101 S. East St., stories told at the top of each hour from 4 to 8 p.m., Tour of Lights buses depart every hour on the half-hour starting at 4:30; registration required, call 662-3290, also call to enter houses on the tour route

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

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

Christmas Eve at Star Plaza Theatre: Bethel Church hosts Christmas Eve services for Northwest Indiana residents, from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24, at Star Plaza Theatre, 8001 Delaware Place, Merrillville. Service features a special choir, a mix of traditional Christmas songs with contemporary worship music and preaching by Bethel senior pastor Steve DeWitt.

Grande Finale New Year’s Even Pizza Party: 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, First United Methodist Church, 352 S. East St., Crown Point, pizza, dancing, magician Steve Belliveau, visit from The Cat in the Hat, $5 per person, free for ages 2 and younger, for registration or more information, call 661-2271

MAKE A DONATION

Sixth annual winter coat drive: New and gently used, clean winter coats in all sizes accepted from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 29, Tri-Creek Lumber and Hardware, 1895 E. Commercial Ave., Lowell, for distribution to area churches and St. Jude House, Crown Point; new items such as children’s winter coats, hats, gloves and scarves also accepted, 696-8936



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