Updated: November 4, 2013 2:32AM
Remember the days of the drive-in?
Marquette Park Gary is bringing the drive-in back with Drive-In Theatre On the Lake on Friday at 6918 Oak Ave.
Friday’s feature is part of First Friday Family Night, with showings of “The Croods” and “The Tree of Life.” Gates will open at 6 p.m. with park admission $10 per vehicle.
An inflatable fun area and concession vendors will also be available. The first movie will begin at dusk. For more information, visit www.marquetteparkgary.com.
The annual Back-to-School Jamboree happens 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday inside the Savannah Hall Gymnasium at Indiana University Northwest, 3400 Broadway.
The jamboree is hosted by state Rep. Vernon G. Smith, who is also a professor at IUN.
Smith is also one of the co-founders of African American Achievers Youth Corps, which recently celebrated 20 years of educating and mentoring young black males.
Smith said the jamboree is a celebration of education. “But education is really a form of empowerment. The purpose of the jamboree is to encourage those students who have not returned to school to return, and urge those in school to do well. Without a good educational foundation, the doors of opportunity remained closed,” Smith said.
Activities at the jamboree include a three-on-three basketball tournament, games, a video game and Double Dutch jump rope competitions. A film festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Savannah Hall auditorium and a DJ will provide music from noon-5 p.m. Face-painting and other activities, exhibit and information booths will be on hand.
For more information, contact Smith at 887-2046.
The Central District Organizing Project presents the Midtown Community Block Party from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday on the corner of E. 24th Avenue and Massachusetts Street.
Food, games, DJ, community service events, arts and culture and back-to-school giveaways are part of the day’s events. For more information, call 886-1522 or email at email@example.com.
South Shore Dance Alliance presents the musical “Romance of the Western Chamber,” 4 p.m. Sunday at Wirt Emerson VPA Academy, 210 N. Grand Ave.
The musical is sponsored by Confucius Institute and Gary Community School Corp. It is produced by Carnegie Arts Center, South Shore Orchestra, South Shore Dance Alliance and Zheijiang University of Media and Communications. General admission is $10, $5 for students with ID. Tickets will be available at the door.