AN EVENING OUT
‘Swept Away’ concert: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, preconcert talk at 6:15, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, featuring Corey Cerovsek, violin, and the Symphony Chorus, Bethel Church auditorium, 10202 Broadway, Crown Point, $25 to $65, students $10, buy tickets at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, 836-0690.
Fifth annual Stellar Gospel Awards — Gary Style: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, Glen Theater, 20 W. Ridge Road, Gary, tickets $20 in advance at Beautiful Things, 3570 Village Court, $25 at the door, call 887-2046.
Leap into the Arts: 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, a gala fundraiser, Halls of St. George, 905 E. Joliet St., Schererville, participating groups are South Shore Dance Alliance, Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Southlake Children’s Choir, tickets $50, visit leapintothearts.org.
“Once Upon a Shoe”: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 24, and 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 25, Hammond Community Theater and Beatniks on Conkey, 418 Conkey St., Hammond; open to school-age children, no experience needed, performance dates: 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, at Beatniks on Conkey; 852-0848 or Beatniksonconkey.com.
Beans and Bags event: 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, the second annual Discoveries Unlimited Beans and Bags event, Strongbow Inn Banquet Center, 2405 U.S. 30, Valparaiso; chili cook-off begins at 6:30 p.m., beanbag tournament begins at 7; tickets are $25 each or $150 for a table of eight; entry to beanbag tournament is $25 per team; call Jeni Elkins at 765-3067 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Girl Scouts fundraiser: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, spaghetti dinner for the Girl Scouts of Valparaiso and Washington Township, St. Paul Catholic School, 1755 W. Harrison Blvd., Valparaiso; $5 in advance (tickets available from any Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior or Ambassador Scout), $6 at the door; 531-9242.
Grandparents-Kinship Support Group: 5 to 6 p.m. second Tuesday monthly, First African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2045 Massachusetts St., Gary; call Mary Vaughn at 567-2340.
Marathon team callout: 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, Omni 41 Health and Fitness Connection, 221 U.S. 41, Schererville, and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, Opportunity Enterprises, 2801 Evans Ave., Valparaiso, callout meetings for the 2013 Opportunity Enterprises Marathon Team. If unable to attend the meetings or for more information, call 464-9621, Ext. 233, or email email@example.com.
14th annual Heartwarming Soups and Hometown Entertainment: 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, St. Paul Catholic Church, 1855 W. Harrison St., Valparaiso, benefits Hilltop Neighborhood House, $25 adults, $10 children up to age 12; awards for best-tasting soups, live music; 477-4222 or www.hilltophouse.org.
Book signing: 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, Crown Point Community Library, 122 N. Main St.; Jerry Ross, Crown Point native and former astronaut, discusses and signs copies of his new book, “Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA Record-Setting Frequent Flyer;” book-signing only at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, also at the library; books available at both events; www.crownpointlibrary.org.
Challenger February shows: Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana, 2300 173rd St., Hammond, 2 and 3:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, “Winter Sky Show & Perseus and Andromeda;” 2:35 and 3:50 p.m. “Laser Beatles!;” $5 adults and $3 child per show; planetarium-laser show package: $8 adults, $5 child; Valentine couples mission, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., “Fly Your Sweetie to the Moon!” couples test their compatibility as a team to complete a mission to the moon in the simulators, $40 per couple, reservations required for all events, call 989-3250 or visit www.clcnwi.com.
Singles Valentine dinner-dance: 6:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, Skwiat American Legion Post 451, 121 Skwiat Legion Ave., Michigan City, first dance free to new members, $7 and bring a dish to share, park in the Salvation Army lot, 744-4732.
St. Valentine’s Day Tea: noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, Slovak Club, 6920 Broadway, Merrillville; luncheon tea is hosted by Merrillville Senior Services, donations accepted; for reservations or more information call 736-8258.