Healthy Start of Northwest Indiana is sponsoring “A Safe and Healthy Halloween Spooktacular” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at St. Francis Xavier, 2453 Putnam St. in Lake Station.
There will be games and prizes for the children as well as community information for parents. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes.
For more information, contact Healthy Start community coordinator Avis Rogers-Dumas, 989-3939.
The Miller Beach Arts and Creative District presents “Invitation to a Recital” featuring dramatic soprano Carter Scott and piano accompanist Celeste Rue at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Temple Israel, 601 Montgomery St.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available at Lee Companies, 563 S. Lake St. Call 306-6880 or (773) 456-4316 for more information.
The Gary Literacy Coalition’s annual Philanthropic Thrust fundraiser returns at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, with “Dinner-Theater 2012” sponsored by the coalition in partnership with Methodist Hospitals. The event will be held at the Genesis Convention Center, One Genesis Plaza.
This year’s theatrical presentation, “The Book Thief,” re-teams Gary writer and author Ben Clement and West Side Theater Guild artistic director Mark Spencer, who is directing the presentation.
“The Book Thief’ is about an athlete who is struggling in academics, particularly in reading, and is referred to a retired master teacher. Together, the unlikely pair go on a journey that will change their lives.
The GLC event includes a reception and dinner that occurs during the presentation.
GLC executive director Era Twyman calls the annual dinner-theater a phenomenal experience taking place in Gary rather than Chicago. Last year’s event was nearly sold out as attendees enjoyed the play “A Figment of Reality.”
This will be the third year for the fundraiser for the Gary Literacy Coalition. A donation of $100 or more allows admission to the event. Less than $100 is the “friend admission.”
Bronze is $100-$249 for one admission; Silver is $250-$499 and includes three admissions; $500-$999 is Gold and includes four admissions; and Platinum is $1,000 or more for eight admissions.
For more information, call 885-2229 by Monday, Oct. 29.