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The Coalition of Pastors of Northwest Indiana Community Outreach Ministries is sponsoring its Marines Toys for Tots registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Church of God in Christ, 5718 W. 9th Ave., across the street from the West Side Leadership Academy.

The program will serve participants ages 1 to 13. To qualify, children must be receiving government assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid, Social Security, etc.). Parents must present a proof-of-eligibility printout that includes every child’s name in the household, along with a state-issued identification with current address.

The 21st annual Harvest Feast, hosted by State Rep Vernon G. Smith, D-Gary, starts at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 2307 Rhode Island St. It is open to the public, and those attending will share a free, traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Smith said the event will open with live gospel music from area choirs and singers, including Tamilla Calloway, Cece and Company, Antoine Robinson and others.

The Harvest Feast is a memorial to Smith’s mother, the late Rev. Julia E. Smith, former pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and his aunt, Magnolia Allen.

If you want to get an early start on that weight-loss plan for the holidays and support the American Heart Association, join the Gary Wellness Team as it hosts a Go Red Zumbathon at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Marquette Park Pavilion, 1 N. Grand Blvd.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. City employees can buy tickets for $10 at the Finance Department at City Hall.

Part of the proceeds will benefit the AHA. There will be giveaways, vendors and health tips all evening.

Call 881-1314 for more information.

Local attorney and Gary native Tracy Coleman makes her debut as a published author with her novel “Murder Capital” and is doing a book signing at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the DuBois Branch of the Gary Public Library, 1835 Broadway.

“Murder Capital” takes place in the fictional city of Gomor, Ind., and follows Vincent Joshua, who returns to the crime-ridden community after 20 years, when his father is involved in a near-fatal car accident.

Vincent learns the problems that plagued the city when he left have gotten worse. The novel explores what happens when Vincent tries to end the violence, political corruption and crime destroying his hometown.

“Murder Capital” is also available at amazon.com. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the book signing.

Call 944-2755 for more information.



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