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Northwest Indiana Weekly Planner, March 14

Updated: March 19, 2013 2:32PM



AN EVENING OUT

Steppin’ and line dancing: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 16, Genesis Convention Center, 5th Avenue and Broadway, Gary, $10 advance, $15 at the door, presented by (219) Stepper’s, optional black and white attire, 742-2957, 682-7057, 746-6969.

Judy Garland the concert years: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23, Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts, 540 S. Lake St., Gary, presented by Miller Beach Arts and Creative District; tickets, call 306-6880 or (773) 456-4316.

Fish fry: 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays during Lent, St. Bridget Parish Center, 568 E. 2nd St., Hobart, $10 to $16, sponsored by Knights of Columbus St. Thomas Council 1347.

Oldtime Dance: Valparaiso Oldtime Dance Society contra dance Saturday, March 16; 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. beginners dance instructions offered at 7 p.m., YMCA 1201 Cumberland Crossing Drive, Valparaiso; $5 per person, $15 per family, free with college student identification; more information, call Peter Martin, 464-0846, or email valpodance@gmail.com; for upcoming dances, visit www.chicagobarndance.com/valpo.

FAMILY EVENTS

Sand-and-Sea fashion show and luncheon: Sunday, March 24, noon doors open for bake sale, 1 p.m. lunch, Avalon Manor Banquet Center, 3550 E. U.S. 30, Hobart, $30, sponsored by Protection of the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church; 663-2134, 365-6360.

Pond Expo: sneak peek 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 26; show hours 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28; Lake County Fairgrounds, Crown Point; sneak peek $20; regular show $5 adults, free for children up age 15; exhibits on gardens, ponds, patios and educational seminars for outdoor enthusiasts; 780-6207, www.illianagardenpond.org.

LaPorte County Symphony Orchestra concert: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, Portage High School East auditorium, 6450 U.S. 6, $15 at the door, free for students with valid student identification, presented by Portage Live Entertainment Association and New Vistas High School; 484-7648, www.PortageMusic.com.

ParKids Youth Volunteer Corps.: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has year-round volunteer services for teens ages 13 to 18; ParKids meet several times a year on Saturdays for hikes, service projects and park events; ParKids also have an opportunity to apply for the first 20 openings to attend a week-long summer training camp June 25-29, deadline to apply for summer camp program Wednesday, March 20; $50 covers food and transportation; summer camp applications available online only www.duneslearningcenter.org; applications for year-round program or for more information, call 395-9555, Ext. 7, or email Cross@nps.gov.

Book signing and presentation: “Hiding in Plain Sight: A Jewish Family Survives The Holocaust,” professor Robert Melton recounts the story of his family’s survival during the Nazi occupation of Poland in World War II, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, Temple Israel, 1405 E. Evans Ave., Valparaiso; “False Papers” book signing follows, free attendance.

ST. PAT’S EVENT

St. Patrick’s Day celebration: noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, March 17, corned-beef-and-cabbage dinner hosted by American Legion Post 502, South Haven, 429 W. County Road 750N, Valparaiso, $8 dinner, $4 sandwich, Bridget Cletcher on bagpipes 2 p.m., music by Liver Damage with guest members of High Noon 5 p.m., drink specials all day, 759-2121.

EASTER EVENTS

Tri Kappa Easter Bunny Breakfast and Fun Fest: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 16, Lowell Middle School, 19250 Cline Ave.; $3 tickets available from Zeta Chi members and at the door; includes cupcake decorating, face painting, tattoos, sucker pool, windsock creation, pin the tail on the bunny, cakewalk, duck pond and disk drop.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny: Saturday, March 16; seatings from 8 to 8:45 a.m., 9 to 9:45 a.m., 10 to 10:45 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m., Lake County Courthouse Maki Ballroom, Crown Point; $5 advance, $8 at the door, free for children up to age 1; tickets available at chamber offices, 255 W. 80th Place, Merrillville, and Old Courthouse Square, Room 206, Crown Point, and also at First Midwest Bank, 1100 N. Main St., Crown Point, and Horizon Bank branches at 8590 Broadway, Merrillville, and 1300 N. Main St., Crown Point; for information, 769-8180 or www.crossroadschamber.org.

Polish Women’s Alliance “Swieconka” pre-Easter luncheon: 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, Knights of Columbus Hall, 1104 Knights of Columbus Drive, East Chicago, noon doors open, $35 adults, $17.50 children up to age 11, reservation deadline Monday, March 18, call Delphine Huneycutt at 398-9069.

Easter egg hunt for children up to age 12: 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, Portage First United Methodist Church: 2637 McCool Road, (at Crossroads south of church), 5 p.m. dinner, 762-3846 or www.portageumc.org.

All-ages Easter egg hunt: 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 23, First Presbyterian Church of Kouts, 195 E. County Road 700S; visit by Easter Bunny, bring cameras, free raffle for prizes, Easter baskets, refreshments served, prize bags provided at the door; rain date 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 30.

Westfield Southlake Easter egg hunt: noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 30, Westfield Southlake mall, Hobart; free for WFamily members, on-site registration; includes face painting, children’s entertainers, petting zoo, photos with Easter Bunny; 738-2260, www.westfield.com/southlake.

Pirate egg hunt: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 28, Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center, Three Rivers County Park, 2800 Colorado St., Lake Station; “An After Hour’s Interactive Experience ... and Egg Hunt, of Course!” for kids up to age 9 $10 for first child and $7.50 for each additional child in the family, free for infants up to age 1, $5 for children 10 and older (activities aimed at age 9 and younger); dress in pirate costumes; reservations required, 963-2070 or www.MyBellaboos.com.

Free Easter egg hunt: after 11 a.m. service Sunday, March 31, Crocker Baptist Church, 275 W. County Road 105N, Chesterton, special prize eggs for toys, all children receive candy filled eggs.

Easter eggstravaganza: 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, First Baptist Church, 1309 Central Ave., Lake Station.

Easter walk: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30, Church of the Four Seasons: 9100 E. 109th Ave., Winfield, 663-7803 or email lstmyers@mycofs.org.

Upcycled Easter Bunny craft: for age 6 and older accompanied by an adult, 3:45 p.m. Thursday, March 21, Valparaiso Public Library, 103 Jefferson St., $2.50, registration required, 462-0524, Ext. 4.

Easter egg hunt: for children up to age 12 (East Chicago residents only), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, Tod Park, 3800 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago, in case of inclement weather event moves to Heritage Hall on Tod Avenue near City Hall, 391-8476.

Easter egg hunt: 9 a.m. Saturday, March 30, Rohrman Park 6750 Rohrman Road, Schererville, sponsored by Rotary Club of Schererville, no registration required, 853-3323.

Easter ham shoot: 10 a.m. until shooter runs out, every Saturday and Sunday through March 24, South Haven American Legion Post 502, 429 W. County Road 750N, Valparaiso, loaner guns provided with proper identification, Post provides shells, free lunch, free coffee in heated building, 759-2121.

FUNDRAISERS

“Rock and Blues Show”: Sunday, March 17; noon doors open, 1 p.m. show, Club Ki-Yowga, 5220 Indianapolis Blvd., East Chicago; benefit for Heartspring Foundation and local charities, features The Indiana Blues Brothers, $25 includes two cocktails, 670-6199, 844-7121.

South Bend Chocolates in time for Easter: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, St. Mary Medical Center Auxiliary fundraiser, Medical Center, 1500 S. Lake Park Ave., Hobart, west entrance conference room 3A, 947-2641.

Taste For A Cure: 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, wine-tasting event at Anderson’s Vineyard and Winery, 430 U.S. 6, Valparaiso, American Cancer Society Relay For Life team Rush For A Cure, free admission, luminaria bags available for $10 (to have a photo added to the bag, bring a nonreturnable paper copy no larger than 5-by-5 inches), 707-6594.

“Erin Go Paw” humane society fundraiser: 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 17, American Legion Hall, 6601 Hobart Road, Gary; presented by Humane Society of Northwest Indiana and the American Legion Hall to benefit shelter animals; $10, $5 for children up to age 5 with a paying adult; includes corned beef and cabbage, carrots, red potatoes and shamrock cookie, cash bar; “Dinners To Go” available; 938-3339.

Hoops for Halos Donation Program: runs through March at Buffalo Wild Wings in Crown Point, Hobart, Schererville and Valparaiso; customers can donate to the Jared Tomich Halo of Hope Foundation when paying for meals at Buffalo Wild Wings or via donation boxes; Halo of Hope Foundation is devoted to improving the quality of life for children and families with pediatric cancer and/or blood disorder illnesses. Appreciation Night for Buffalo Wild Wings teams, 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Buffalo Wild Wings, 1200 Indianapolis Blvd., Schererville, with Halo of Hope board of directors and activities committee available to meet the public.

Shamrock shootout bowling tournament: 1 p.m. Sunday, March 17, Camelot Bowling Center, 5201 U.S. 6, Portage; $30 per bowler, non-tournament family bowling $10 per person, Hannah’s Hope fundraiser to raise money for handicap-accessible playground equipment at Sunset Hill Farm County Park, Valparaiso.

Hannah’s Hopscotch 5K: Sunday, March 24, 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. fun run, 8:30 a.m. race, 8:30 a.m. family walk, Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Road, Valparaiso, $25 advance registration, $30 on race day, participants receive a running shirt, register at www.thtiming.com or by printing a form at www.hannahshope.org.

Smart chicks and old bags: 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, St. Michael’s Church, 1 Wilhelm St., Schererville, auction and sale of pre-owned purses and jewelry, $5, proceeds donated for the purchase of ultrasound machines for pregnancy care centers in Indiana and women pro-life ministries, 838-3165, 838-5755, 730-9199, 558-2187 or 365-5355.

American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days: Tuesday, March 19, and Wednesday, March 20; daffodils on sale for a small donation at these times and locations: 4 to 7 p.m. March 19, 73rd St. Prime, 7311 Mallard Lane, Schererville; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 19, Pinnacle Hospital lobby, 9301 Connecticut Drive, Crown Point; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Methodist Hospital, 8701 Broadway, Merrillville; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 19, Tudor Floors, 605 Silhavy Road, Valparaiso; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 19, Rohe Therapy, 5934 U.S. 6, Portage; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 19, Dodd Real Estate, 1205 S. Halleck St., Demotte; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 20, LaPorte Savings Bank, 301 Boyd Blvd., LaPorte; (800) 227-2345, cancer.org.

PERFORMANCES

“Cinderella the Enchanted Version”: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 15, 16, 22 and 23; 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24; Merrillville High School Reinhart Auditorium, 276 E. 68th Place, $9 adults, $8 students and seniors, $7 for children up to age 12, 650-5307, Ext. 7012

“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.

GET MOVING

Northeast Indiana Kidney Walk and kidney health risk assessment: Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. walk, 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.

AUDITIONS

“Once Upon a Shoe”: 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 24; 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, Beatniksonconkey.com.

TRIPS

Chicago Flower and Garden show at Navy Pier: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 14, bus leaves Hudson-Campbell parking lot, 455 Massachusetts St., Gary, $25, tickets available at Gary Parks Department, 839 Broadway, call Vickie at 886-7099.

Bus trip to St. Louis: Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14, bus departs at 9 a.m. Friday, April 12 from the Village Shopping Center, 3400 Grant St., and returns 6 p.m. Sunday, April 14, $255 single, $225 double, $183 triple, $161 quadruple, nonrefundable deposit due immediately, final payment due before Friday, March 22, dining at Sweetie Pie’s Restaurant, sponsored by Classy Ladies United Chapter 6053 of the Red Hat Society, for more information call Arbelia “Bea” Caruthers at 944-3412, Dr. G. McKissack at 884-0227 or Ruth Strong at 949-3586.

Tunica, Miss.: Monday, April 1, through Thursday, April 4; sponsored by Roosevelt class of 1965; $300 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, $75 deposit due immediately, final payment due Sept. 20; price includes transportation, room, meals, guided tours and more; 980-5911.

Spring motorcoach trip: Tuesday, April 16, one-day trip to Frederick Meijer Gardens Grand Rapids, Mich., 7 a.m. departure from Gary Sportsman’s Club, 10101 Madison, Crown Point, return about 6 p.m., $50 per person cash or check only, refundable until Monday, April 1; includes round-trip motorcoach accommodations, admission to gardens, tram tour, time for shopping and lunch on your own; mail checks (payable to Silver Bell Club #2365), to: Silver Bell Club, P.O. Box 162, Hobart, IN 46342; 947-1411, silverbellclub.com.



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