AN EVENING OUT
Dance contest: 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, 800 E. 81st Ave., Merrillville, “Dancing with the Local Stars”; $20 adults, $10 up to age 17, purchase by check, cash, credit card or at the door; mail checks (payable to Area United Way) to: 221 W. Ridge Road, Griffith, IN 46319, or call 923-2302, Ext. 302; competitors include Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor and Valparaiso High School Principal Reid Amones; fundraiser is part of the 2013 Indiana Challenge ballroom competition Feb. 21-24.
Masquerade Mardi Gras (East Chicago style): 6 p.m. to midnight, Friday, Feb. 22, Ameristar Casino and Hotel-Discovery Ballroom, 777 Ameristar Blvd., East Chicago; third annual scholarship fundraiser sponsored by I Too Sing America Organization of Northwest Indiana, $40, live entertainment, comedian, mask contest, New Orleans cuisine, dancing and shopping, call Pat at 397-5250 or Stacy at 397-3734 for more information.
Film festival: 7 nightly Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, The Glen Theatre, 20 W. Ridge Road, Gary, Gary native William Johnson hosts his second annual film festival, $15 per night in advance or $20 at the door, combo ticket is $25 in advance, available at Beautiful Things in the Village Shopping Center, 3500 Village Court, Gary, 985-8256.
Gena Chiodo memorial benefit: 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Feb. 23, Lansing Knights of Columbus, 17800 Lorenz (178th and Burnham), Lansing, Ill., $25 in advance, $30 at the door, cash bar, raffles, silent auction, 50/50’s, proceeds benefit organizations that fight domestic violence, (708) 895-7720.
Ed Asner: 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 12, Pavilion at Marquette Park, 1 N. Grand Blvd., Gary; $35 in advance, $40 at the door; a one-man show “FDR,” sponsored by Miller Beach Arts & Creative District and Mas Media 7; sponsorship packages available; purchase tickets online at www.Eventbrite.com or Ayers Realty, 646 S. Lake St. 2, or call 938-1188.
Heritage Gala: 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Genesis Convention Center, 5th Avenue and Broadway, Gary; National Council of Negro Women Inc. salute local African American women physicians, Afro-Centric attire; $35, doors open 4:30 p.m.; firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Lincoln Day dinner: 6 p.m. doors open, 7 dinner, Thursday, March 7, Aberdeen Manor, 216 Ballantrae St., Valparaiso; $50, cash bar; sponsored by the Porter County Republican Party and House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis; visit www.portercountygop.com or email email@example.com
African American Superbowl: 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, West Side Leadership Academy, 9th Avenue and Gerry St., Gary Community School Corp. annual event, 977-2100.
Spring Antique and Collectibles Show: sponsored by Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, $4, free for children up to age 12, Lake County Fairgrounds, Industrial Arts Building, 889 S. Court St., Crown Point.
Annual Lithuanian Independence Day celebration: 12:30 p.m. doors open Sunday, Feb. 24, 1 p.m. program, American Legion Post 66, 132 N. Wiggs Ave., Griffith, $15 includes Lithuanian meal, 924-1415.
Youth rally: 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Van Buren Missionary Baptist Church, 2585 Van Buren St., Gary, Black History Month celebration featuring Bernice King, register at www.keepingthedreamalive.org.
Tails of Love fundraiser: sponsored by the Humane Society of Northwest Indiana and Maxine’s Restaurant of Michigan City, 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at Maxine’s, 521 Franklin St., Michigan City, fundraiser benefits Society animals; $30 per person or $50 for couples payable at the door but reservations preferred; includes food, cash bar, silent and live auctions; 938-3339.
Steel Wheel BMX race: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. registration Saturday March 2, race begins afterward, Steel Wheels BMX, 709 North Hobart Road, Hobart; $20 Class or Cruiser, $5 Open/Strider, $10 Old Guns Shootout; USA BMX memberships not required for this race; annual race to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; 406-9833.
Pussy cat pizza party: 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 11, Aurelio’s, 2330 N. U.S. 35, LaPorte, $12 at the door, all-you-can-eat pizza and pop, proceeds benefit the Independent Cat Society, 785-4936.
Sisterhood bagel brunch: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, Temple Israel, 601 Montgomery St., Gary, $8 adults and $5 children with early reservation, $10 at the door, 938-5232.
Frog monitoring workshop: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center, 1600 N. County Road 25E, Chesterton, 970-4725.
Maple syrup weekday field trips: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, through Thursday, March 7, and Tuesday, March 23, through Thursday, March 14, Deep River County Park, 9410 Old Lincoln Highway, Hobart, $2 per person, $20 advance deposit required to hold reservation, 769-7275 to reserve a tour.
Zumbathon party: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 9, Crossroads YMCA Hammond Branch, 7322 Southeastern Ave., $10, snacks and water provided, call Karyn Mascio at 219-845-1507, Ext. 234
Sand and Sea fashion show and luncheon: noon doors open for bake sale, 1 p.m. lunch, Sunday, March 24, Avalon Manor Banquet Center, 3550 E. U.S. 30 Merrillville, $30, sponsored by Protection of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church; for tickets or information, 663-2134 or 365-6360.
“Belle Gunness Mystery”: 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, Rittenhouse Senior Living, 1300 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso, free admission, popcorn and beverages provided, limited seating, R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, March 19; Bruce Johnson shows the documentary and discusses his research on Belle Gunness, a deadly gold digger who lured wealthy Chicago men to her house in LaPorte County with classified advertising; 531-2484.
“James And The Giant Peach”: 7 nightly Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23, Highland High School Monbeck Auditorium, 9135 Erie St., $6 students and seniors, $8 adults, 922-5610.
Northeast Indiana Kidney Walk and kidney health risk assessment: 10 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. walk, Saturday, March 23, Westfield Southlake mall, J.C. Penney lower level court, Hobart; free 15-minute kidney health risk assessment includes blood-pressure measurement, body mass index calculation, and free clinical consultation about chronic kidney disease (no registration required); (260) 456-0654 or register for the walk at www.kidneywalk.org.
Girls on the Run: informational meeting, 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Fleet Feet Sports, 635 E. U.S. 30, Schererville, Girls on the Run is a 10-week program for girls ages 8 to 13 beginning Wednesday, March 13, $125, register at www.fleetfeetschererville.com, more information at gotrofnwi.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, performances at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, and Sunday, June 2, at Beatniks on Conkey; 852-0848 or Beatniksonconkey.com.
Gallery talk: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond, Mitch Markovitz hosts a gallery talk in conjunction with his exhibit “Postcards from My 621/2-Year Vacation” on view to March 22; www.southshorecva.com.
Tunica, Miss.: Monday, April 1, through Thursday, April 4; sponsored by Roosevelt class of 1965; $300 based on double occupancy, additional $50 for single rooms; $50 final payment due by Sunday, March 3; mail checks and money orders (payable to Roosevelt Class of 1965) to: Roosevelt Class of 1965, 2129 Marshall St., Gary, IN 46404; for more information, call James Rucker, 882-0716.
New York City “The Big Apple”: Thursday, Dec. 5, through Tuesday, Dec. 10; sponsored by Merrillville Parks and Recreation Department; $569 double occupancy, final payment due Sept. 20, $75 deposit due immediately; price includes transportation, room, meals, guided tours and more; 980-5911 for more information.