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The holiday season is fast and furiously coming in, so here are a few events happening in Gary to get you into the festive spirit.

WLTH-AM (1370) will host a radio-thon from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, to benefit the Northern Indiana Public Service Co.’s “Help Feed 1,000 Northwest Indiana Families” program.

NIPSCO’s community challenge will raise funds to provide holiday food boxes for families in need. The boxes will be distributed by the City of Gary, Urban League of Northwest Indiana and the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.

To make a pledge, call 887-9621, or donate funds in person at the Urban League of Northwest Indiana, 3101 Broadway in Gary, or at the Roberto Clemente Center, 3616 Elm St. in East Chicago. For more information, visit www.hopefortheholidaysnwi.org.

Pop up Art on Lake Street is holding its final event Saturday night, Dec. 8. The event is part of the Miller Beach Arts and Creative District and is sponsored by a grant from the Lake County Community Fund at the Legacy Foundation.

Pop Up Art on Lake Street allows artists of all genres to showcase their works inside empty and full storefronts along Lake Street as a partnership between artists and property owners.

The West Side Theatre Guild, 9th and Gerry Street, kicks off its 17th season with the original gospel stageplay, “How a Grouch Stole Gospel!” produced and directed by WSTG artistic director Mark Spencer, who also co-wrote the play with playwright and author Ben Clement.

“How a Grouch Stole Gospel!” features the Rev. Pharis Evans Jr. and pastor Sieon Roberts. Gospel artists performing are 21:03, Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago. Other guests include WYCA radio personality Darryll King, with a cameo appearance by WBBM-TV news reporter Harry Porterfield.

Performances are at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 7, 8, 14 and 15, with Dec. 8 being season-ticket-holders night. Tickets, at $25, are available online at www.4grouch.com or by calling (855) 447-6824.

The rest of the WSTG 2012-13 season includes award-winning gospel singer Fred Hammond, Cirque Ziva and a production of “Driving Miss Daisy.” Season passes are available by calling 977-2198, Ext. 14.



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