Updated: January 13, 2014 2:31AM
The South Shore Dance Alliance is having a gem of a fundraiser with a holiday jewelry shopping party, 11 a.m. Saturday at the studio located at the Franklin Center, 201 N. Griffith Blvd.
SSDA mom Marija Ramon is donating all profits from this party to the alliance. If you attend the party you will get an early-bird $4 discount on tickets to SSDA’s holiday performance, “Cirque du Jazz: A Nutcracker Tale,” happening Dec. 20, 21 and 22 at the Wirt Emerson Auditorium at 210 N. Grand Blvd. in Gary.
For more information about Cirque du Jazz and in-person ticket sale locations and hours, go to www.southshoredance.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 712-5908.
The Merrillville branch of the Lake County Public Library, 1919 W. 81st Ave., is hosting its inaugural Local Author Book Fair from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The book fair will be on the library’s lower level in Meeting Room A.
There will be more than 20 local authors participating — including yours truly — ready to meet patrons and sell books. Authors will also read 15-minute excerpts from their books on the main floor in the new Acheff Gallery, and the lower level of Meeting Room B, to entice you even more to read and support local authors.
The Gary Middle College poetry club “Poetry in Motion” is hosting a community poetry slam 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Indiana University Northwest, 3400 Broadway in the Bergland Auditorium at Savannah Hall.
Gary Middle College English teacher Nora Glenn encourages the public to come and support the event. Gary Middle College, located at 724 Washington St., is a free, public charter high school with evening hours, free college credit courses and daycare options.
Sydney Chatman, a Gary native and co-founder of the Chicago theatrical group The Tofu Chitlin’ Circuit, will present The Tuxedo Junction at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Victory Gardens, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.
Attendees will see a performance of the play “Appropriate” written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, and Chatman will moderate an AfterWords conversation.
Earlier this year, Chatman received the opportunity to work as an assistant to the director of the Tony Award-winning Broadway play “The Trip to Bountiful,” starring Tony Award winner and acting icon Cicely Tyson.
Tickets for The Tuxedo Junction are $28 with $10 of the proceeds benefitting the TCC education programming. If you wear a tuxedo or a bow tie, you will get a free drink.