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Northwest Indiana Weekly Planner, March 21

Updated: March 20, 2013 3:48PM



AN EVENING OUT

“Spoken Word”: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23, Glen Theatre, 20 W. Ridge Road, Gary, features Christian poets and rappers, $10, tickets available at Beautiful Things, 3570 Village Court, Gary, sponsored by the African American Achievers Youth Corps Inc., 887-2046.

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, 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.

Spring fling dance: 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 6, Skwiat American Legion Post 451, 121 Skwiat Legion Ave., Michigan City, $7, first dance free to new members, bring a dish to share for 6:30 p.m. dinner, 744-4732.

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.

Spring break Monday fun days: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, March 25, April 1 and 8, Bellaboo’s Pay and Discovery Center, Three Rivers County Park, 2800 Colorado St., Lake Station, 963-2070, www.MyBellaboos.com for hours and admission prices.

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.

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; applications for year-round program or for more information, 395-9555, Ext. 7, or email Cross@nps.gov.

Spiritual Empowerment Expo vendors: Healers, psychic, bodyworks, author, holistic healers and personal vendors are needed for the Spiritual Empowerment Expo planned Saturday, May 25, at the Elks Lodge, 3580 W. 61st Ave., Hobart, application deadline Wednesday, May 1, 218-1315 or email motherburks8@gmail.com.

Calumet Region Militaria Show: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23, Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St., Crown Point, $5, veterans $4, free for children up to age 12 with an adult, free parking, 663-7105.

EASTER EVENTS

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 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.

Egg hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, March 30, Porter County Expo Center, 3580 W. 61st Ave. Valparaiso, 9:30 a.m. gates open, free for children up to age 12, hosted by Moms Club of Valparaiso, bake sale, raffle, face painting, photos with Easter Bunny (bring cameras), food donations accepted, 743-8750.

FUNDRAISERS

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.

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, $30 on race day, participants receive a running shirt, register at www.thtiming.com or print forms 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 help purchase ultrasound machines for pregnancy care centers in Indiana and women pro-life ministries, 838-3165, 838-5755, 730-9199, 558-2187 or 365-5355.

PERFORMANCES

“Cinderella the Enchanted Version”: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 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.

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 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

Bus trip to St. Louis: Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14; 9 a.m. departure April 12 from Village Shopping Center, 3400 Grant St., 6 p.m. return 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, 884-0227 or Ruth Strong at 949-3586.

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.

Four Winds Casino, New Buffalo, Mich., trip: Friday, March 22, $26 residents, $30 nonresidents; 9 a.m. departure from Pruzin Park, 5750 Tyler St., Merrillville, with 4 p.m. return; register at www.activenwi.com or 7820 Broadway, Merrillville; 980-5911.

Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds: 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, bus departs from Pruzin Park, 5750 Tyler St., Merrillville; $68 residents, $73 nonresidents, seats, infield reserved terrace, price includes admission and round-trip transportation, register at www.activenwi.com or 7820 Broadway, Merrillville; 980-5911.



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