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Northwest Indiana Weekly Planner, Dec. 13

AN EVENING OUT

Rhapsody in Swing!: 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso, collaboration of South Shore Orchestra, Carnegie Arts Center and South Shore Dance Alliance, previewing the group’s tour of China, admission free (donations requested), reservations required by calling the box office at 548-9137

HOLIDAY EVENTS

Vendor shopping bazaar: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, through Sunday, Dec. 16, Marquette Park Pavilion, 1 N. Grand Boulevard, Gary, inaugural event; Mitten Tree is on display for donation of mittens, socks, gloves, scarves or hats to support local shelters for homeless women and their children, and victims of domestic violence; 938-7362 or email events@marquetteparkgary.com or eventsbytiffaney@gmail.com

Merrillville High School choir concert: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, Reinhart Auditorium, Merrillville High School, 276 E. 68th Place, choir alumni invited to participate in the grand finale, “The Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah,” 650-5307, Ext. 7012

Children’s Christmas party: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 15, Glen Theater, 20 W. Ridge Road, Gary, cost $3 children, $5 adults, tickets at Beautiful Things, Village Shopping Center, 3500 Grant St., Gary, or call 985-8256 or 887-2046

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

Feed the homeless: 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, St. John Spiritual Church, 1921 W. 45th Ave., Gary, 980-3609

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

Yuletide open house: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, Commercial Avenue in downtown Lowell, free parking, Mr. Yule Tide meets and greets visitors, Frosty the Snowman passes out candy canes, cameras allowed, 696-6487 or www.ShopLowellIndiana.com

Crown Point High School orchestra concert: 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the school, 1500 S. Main St., reserved seating $4 adults and $2 students and senior citizens, tickets available at the box office from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday or by calling 663-4885, Ext. 11604

Crown Point High School choir concerts: 6:30 and 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the school, 1500 S. Main St., reserved seating $4 adults and $2 students and senior citizens, tickets available at the box office from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday or by calling 663-4885, Ext. 11604

Dunelands Sierra Club holiday potluck dinner: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, Krull Meeting Room, 206 Main St., Hobart, “Green Fire” film about conservationist Aldo Leopold shown, for more information, call Sandy O’Brien at 743-0679 or email ecorealm@msn.com

Highland Community Band Christmas Concert: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, Monbeck Auditorium, Highland High School, 9135 Erie St., free

Xinos Yuletide Scholarship Ball: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, Avalon Manor Banquet Center, 3550 E. U.S. 30, Hobart, $10 in advance, $15 at the door, sponsored by the national sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Inc., 944-8313

St. Elijah Orthodox Church Serbian Sisters Christmas bake sale: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 8700 Taft St., Merrillville, homemade strudels, nut rolls and pastries, advance orders accepted at 769-4375

Feed the hungry: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until food is gone) Monday, Dec. 24, free, northeast corner of 5th Avenue and Broadway, Gary, led by elder Tommy Dolton, call 644-8084 for more information or to donate

Grande Finale New Year’s Eve 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

Visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus: noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 22, lower level of the Old Lake County Courthouse, Crown Point, free gift-wrapping provided by Crown Point Special Events Department volunteers, 662-3290

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 the St. Jude House, Crown Point, new items (children’s winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, etc.) also accepted, 696-8936



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