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Updated: December 30, 2013 11:23AM



Right now you’re either cooking the final dishes for today’s holiday dinner, catching some extra sleep from cooking all night — as my mother used to do — or you’re already taste-testing or eating the turkey and side dishes. Either way I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving.

I have yet to participate in the Black Friday madness, even when four of my seven nieces and nephews and some of their friends had a blueprint of what stores to hit and what deals to go after while barking orders through their walkie-talkies.

Yes, you read right, they were into the post-turkey-day sales like negotiators in a hostage standoff. They knew better than to ask if I would come out of the house for a midnight or 4 a.m. store opening.

Anyway, happy eating and shopping to all, and as I plan to tell all later on, good night.

Here are some local gift ideas involving entertainment that you will not have to stand in line to buy, if you get your tickets early.

The Gary Civic Symphony Orchestra is holding its 30th annual Christmas Dinner Concert at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 at the Genesis Convention Center, 1 Genesis Plaza. For $30 each you can enjoy a Christmas dinner and live Christmas songs and hymns performed by the Gary Civic Orchestra conducted by Mike Carson with vocals from David Gullett, Jr., and the Ron Pickett jazz ensemble.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from the Genesis Convention Center box office, 882-5505, or the Gary Historical Cultural Society, 902-0524 or 882-6873.

Are you a fan of the award-winning gospel sister duo Mary Mary?

MAS Media 7 presents Mary Mary Live at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at the West Side Theatre Guild auditorium, 900 Gerry Street (inside West Side Leadership Academy).

Mary Mary consists of sisters Erica Atkins-Campbell and Trecina “Tina” Atkins-Campbell. Their top gospel songs include “Shackles (Praise You),” “Go Get It” and “Yesterday.”

Tickets are $35 and $50 and can be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com or by calling 791-3513. You can also purchase tickets at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 2307 Rhode Island, Big Daddy’s BBQ, 4213 Cleveland St. (882-9592), Urban League of Northwest Indiana, 3101 Broadway (887-9621) and Billco’s Barber Shop, 2448 Broadway (886-1483).

Don’t forget the South Shore Dance Alliance’s jazzy twist to a holiday classic, “Cirque du Jazz: A Nutcracker Tale” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday Dec. 20 and 21, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22 at Wirt-Emerson Auditorium, 210 Grand Blvd.

Tickets are $12 adults and $8 children, students and seniors, at the door. For more information, visit www.southshoredance.org or call 513-9368.



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