AN EVENING OUT
“Swept Away” concert: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, preconcert talk at 6:15, Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra featuring violinist Corey Cerovsek 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, Gary, $25 at the door, 887-2046.
“Leontyne Price Sings”: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, Marshall J. Garnder Center for the Arts, 540 Lake St., Gary, $12; presented by Miller Beach Arts and Creative District with discussion, wine and desserts; 360-6880.
55-and-older community social event: noon, Saturday, Feb. 9, 1378 Lincoln St., Gary, Unified Blocks in Transition presents its first 55-and-older event with music, dancing, card playing and more, R.S.V. P. to Ronnie Carter at 951-6129.
Citywide Sweetheart Ball: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, Marquette Park Pavilion, 1 N. Grand Blvd., Gary, presented by the class of ’89, 670-5438 for tickets.
Leap into the Arts gala fundraiser: 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 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, $50, leapintothearts.org.
Third annual We Love Our Heritage fundraiser-banquet: 5 p.m. social hour, 6 dinner Sunday, Feb. 17, at Chateau Banquet Hall, 530 W. 61st Ave., Merrillville; hosted by Church of God in Christ, 5718 W. 9th Ave., Gary; for tickets and souvenir advertising, call 682-7121 or 769-0115.
“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.
Spaghetti dinner, bake sale and silent auction: 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, First Presbyterian Church of Portage, 6225 Lute Road, $7 ages 11 to adult and $3 ages 5 to 10, 762-4914.
Grandparents-Kinship Support Group: 5 to 6 p.m. second Tuesday monthly, First African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2045 Massachusetts St., Gary; Mary Vaughn, 567-2340.
14th annual Heartwarming Soups and Hometown Entertainment: 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, Christ Lutheran Church, 2610 N. Campbell St., Valparaiso, benefits Hilltop Neighborhood House, $25 adults, $10 up to age 12; awards for best-tasting soups, live music performances by local area children’s groups; 477-4222 or www.hilltophouse.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, 989-3250 or www.clcnwi.com.
Annual pancake and homemade sausage supper: 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, Zion United Church of Christ (Hanover Prairie), 14804 W. 113th Ave., Dyer, $8 adults, $5 ages 6 to 12, up to age 5 eat for free, 384-0794.
Fifth annual Fat Tuesday spaghetti dinner: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, Heritage Lutheran Church, 308 Washington St., Valparaiso, free, 464-2819.
“Linking Our Past and Present”: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, black history program, First Baptist Church, 626 W. 21st Ave., Gary, speaker is Bishop Kwame Lance Davis, 883-3216.
Annual pancake and sausage breakfast: 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, Salem United Methodist Church, 756 W. County Road 350S, Porter Township, $7 adults, $5 ages 5 to 12, up to age 4 eat for free, homemade items and frozen whole-hog sausage on sale (sausage, $3 per pound), call 988-4700 on Wednesday.
Crock-Pot Cookoff: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, Bethel Church, 10202 Broadway, Crown Point, no charge, donations appreciated; to compete, register at bethelweb.org or call 663-9200, entries must be at least five quarts, prizes for top three entrants.
Black history musical: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, Glen Theatre, 20 W. Ridge Road, Gary, sponsored by the African American Achievers Youth Corps Inc. and Brothers Keepers; $15 in advance, $20 at the door; tickets on sale at Beautiful Things in the Village Shopping Mall, Gary, or call 883-3907 or 887-2046.
Annual Lithuanian Independence Day celebration: doors open at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, program begins at 1, American Legion Post 66, 132 N. Wiggs Ave., Griffith, $15 includes Lithuanian meal, 924-1415.
Author Sedrik Newbern book signing: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, The Glen Theater, 20 Ridge Road, Gary, “Unconditional Forgiveness: Lessons on Letting Go to Build Better Relationships,” guest is Malik Yoba.
Fred Hammond in concert: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, West Side High School, 9th Avenue and Gerry Street, Gary, presented by West Side Theater Guild, 977-2198, Ext. 14.
Kaleidoscope 2013: The Art of Movement, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, 1709 Chapel Drive, presented by Indiana Ballet Theatre Northwest and Indiana University Northwest Dance Company, $14 adults, $10 children and IUN/VU students with identification , buy one ticket and bring a friend for free, group rates available, (888) 968-7486, 755-4444, or email@example.com, www.ibtnw.org or at Dance Stuf in Merrillville.
Purdue Glee Club concert: 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, Valparaiso High School auditorium, 2727 N. Campbell St., advance tickets $12 adults, $8 students; all tickets $15 at the door, up to age 5 admitted free; presented by Valparaiso Noon Kiwanis Club; for tickets, call 462-2665.
Pre-valentine gala: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, Amvets Ladies Auxiliary Post 6, 2060 Clark Road, Gary, $5 per person; “Best in Red” contest includes prizes for best red dress and best-dressed couple; raffles, gift baskets and champagne provided; 944-0823 or 678-8120.
St. Valentine’s Day Tea: noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, Slovak Club, 6920 Broadway, Merrillville, hosted by Merrillville Senior Services, donations accepted; for reservations or more information, 736-8258.
Singing valentine: Great Lakes Sound Show Chorus, members of Sweet Adelines International are delivering Singing Valentines in Porter County and surrounding areas, Thursday, Feb. 14; $30 includes a song, flower, card and candy; portion of proceeds donated to Alice’s House; to place an order, call Linda, 241-1002.
Valentine party: 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, American Legion Miller-Dunes Post 279, 6691 Hobart Road, Gary, music, dancing, karaoke and cash bar. Fish fry, 2 to 8 p.m. every Friday. Call Billy Rose, 512-0795.