Updated: August 7, 2013 8:28AM
AN EVENING OUT
Buds and Blossoms evening: 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, Avalon Manor, 3550 East U.S. Highway 30, Hobart, cost $40, sponsored by the Bridges Development Foundation and Friends of The Arc Northwest Indiana, call 985-6562 or 985-6560 for more information.
Seeds of Hope dinner: 6 p.m. cocktails, dinner 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, Avalon Manor, 3550 East U.S. Highway 30, Hobart, cost $75 per person, casual attire, honorees are Cal and Cathy Bellamy, call Chris Dow at 922-2732, (708) 895-8332 or email@example.com.
Omelet brunch: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 20, 8225 Columbia Ave., Munster, cost $7 adults, $3.75 children up to age 10, sponsored by the Salvation Army, call 838-0380
“Cinderella”: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, Star Plaza, 800 E. 81st Ave., Merrillville, presented by Indiana Ballet Theatre, morning and group sales tickets available by calling 755-4444 or visit ibtnw.org; evening tickets available at the theatre box office, from noon to 3 p.m. daily, or through Ticketmaster, call (800) 745-3000
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep calm and stop bullying: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20, YWCA, 150 W. 15th Ave., Gary, anti-bullying rally hosted by Brytnie Jones, an 18-year old Gary native, for more information email email@example.com.
Merrillville Community Planetarium: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, April 19 and 26 and Saturdays, April 20 and 27, a public program “The Spring Sky”, 199 E. 70th Ave., Merrillville, in the Clifford Pierce Middle School, the planetarium opens for seating 30 minutes before the show begins, no one admitted after the program starts, cost $3 adults, and $2 children, reservations required call 650-6486 or visit www.mcpstars.org.
A combination celebration: Sunday, May 5, Polish Constitution Day and Cinco De Mayo, doors open at 1 p.m. and music and dancing is from 1:30 to 7:00 p.m., Glendora House, 10225 S. Harlem Avenue, Chicago Ridge, IL., cost is $12, children up to age 12 admitted free, food and drinks will be available for purchase, call (708) 594-5182 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NFL Flag Football: Registration is open, games are played Sunday’s April 21 through Sunday, June 9, cost, $110 (includes NFL jersey and flag), teams are formed by grade and schools, for information or to register, call (317) 759-2691 or visit www.IndianaFlagFootball.com.
14th biennial juried art exhibition and reception: 2 p.m. Sunday, June 28, reception for winners, sponsored by the Fine Arts Board of the Presbyterian Church of LaPorte, Kingsbury Avenue and U.S. 35 South, LaPorte, the exhibit is open daily through Friday, May 17, call 362-6219 or visit www.LaPortePresbyterianFineArts.org.
Lake County Pet Expo: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4, Lake County Fairgrounds, Industrial Building, 889 S. Court St., cost is $5 adults, $3 senior citizen and children up to age 12 free, all friendly leashed animals are welcome. New this year, K-9 Fun Walk. Pet supply and food drive, raffles, pet costume contest, pet trick contest, pet blessing and other educational and fun events, visit www.lcpetexpo.org.
Valparaiso oldtime dance: 6:30 p.m. doors open, dance starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20, YMCA, 1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr., sponsored by Chesterton Feed and Garden, contra dance, instructions offered before the dance, cost is $5 per person or $15 per family. Admission is free with college student ID, call 464-0846 or email email@example.com.
Crazy Bunco party: 1 p.m. Sunday, May 5, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 54, 208 S. Linda St., Hobart, cost $10, call Linda Kolarik at 942-0149.
Annual garage sale fundraiser: The Valparaiso chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa is holding their annual garage sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20th, at the Eagles Lodge, 805 Elm Street.
Spring bazaar: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, Village Park Enrichment Center, 605 Beech St., no charge for admission, features exhibitors selling furniture, crafts, jewelry, antiques, linens, art, collectibles, clothing, and more, lunch will be sold, call 462-1301 or visit www.pinesvillage.org/villagepark.php.
“Out of Order”: 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 21 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 22. Show times and dates are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, June 21, 22, 28 and 29 and 2 p.m. Sunday, 23 and 30, auditions and performances at Beatniks on Conkey, 418 Conkey St., call 852-0848 or visit beatniksonconkey.com.
“All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten”: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20; 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, Crown Point Community Theatre, 1125 Merrillville Road, Crown Point; cost $15 adults and $12 for seniors, students, and active/retired military, call 805-4255, or visit www.cpct.biz.
Civil war reenactments: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, April 20 and 27; Sunday, April, 28 and 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, live demonstrations by Civil War reenactors, “Civil War in the South Shore”, Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr., Hammond.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,”: 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24-26 and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27-28, a one-act musical based on an improvisational play by Rebecca Feldman at the Valparaiso University Center for the Arts, in the University Theatre, 1700 Chapel Dr., cost $15 for adults and $10 senior citizens and non-Valpo students, call 464-6010 or email Nicole.Niemi@valpo.edu.
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.
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 at 7820 Broadway, Merrillville; 980-5911.
Shipshewana Flea Market: Tuesday, May 21, Hobart Parks Department bus trip to the Shipshewana Flea Market, cost $20 per person. Call 942-2987 information and reservations.
Niagara Fall trip: Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 19, Merrillville Parks and Recreation Department travels to Niagara Falls and Toronto, Canada, cost $503 double occupancy due upon registration, travelers must have a passport, call 980-5911.
MOTHERS DAY EVENTS
Mother’s Day Dinner: 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1, Knights of Columbus Hall, 1104 Knights of Columbus Drive - East Chicago, doors open at noon, cost is $35 for adults, $17.50 for children age 5 to 11, and free for kids up to age four. The menu consists of baked chicken, Polish sausage and kraut, roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, salad, beverage and dessert. Reservations due by Monday, May 20. Tickets or information tickets, call 398-9069 (please give a name and contact number if leaving a message)