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Updated: January 2, 2013 6:04AM



HAMMOND

Holiday for heroes: The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority is hosting a special event for all fire, police, emergency medical services personnel, military and Hoosier Helpers to say thank you for their service and dedication to our community and our country,
from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive. The event includes light refreshments and free photos with Santa. Participants are asked to bring an identification card. Call 554-2229 for more information.

NORTHWEST INDIANA

Santa to a Senior: The Home Instead Senior Care,
Be a Santa to a Senior program, runs through Dec. 7. Christmas trees with ornaments containing the first name of a senior citizen, along with his or her gift request, are available at the following locations:
Towne Centre Senior Living Apartments, 7250 Arthur Blvd., Merrillville; Sterling House of Merrillville, 8253 Virginia St.; Rittenhouse Senior Living, 6235 Sterling Creek Road, Portage; Miller’s Senior Living Community, 5911 Lute Road, Portage; Brentwood at Hobart, 1420 St. Mary Circle; the Residences at Deer Creek sales office, 310 E. U.S. 30, Schererville; and Horizon Bank, 8590 Broadway, Merrillville. To participate, purchase the requested gift, then return it and the ornament to the original location. For more information, call 793-9023 or visit www.beasantatoasenior.com.



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