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Celebrate St. Pat’s Day with a head shaving

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St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and locally there are some fun and family friendly ways to celebrate: eat a corned beef dinner and watch a parade, hunt leprechauns and get your head shaved.

Yes, getting your head shaved has become a good way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day while supporting a good cause.

Since the first St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event on St. Patrick’s Day in 2000, the organization has raised and contributed more than $100 million to childhood cancer research. The money is primarily raised through sponsors of shavees, men and women who get their heads shaved at St. Baldrick’s events to show solidarity with children with cancer undergoing chemotherapy and typically losing their hair during the treatments.

The Art Theater, 230 Main St. in downtown Hobart, is transforming into a barbershop for St. Baldrick’s and Locks of Love from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, but it certainly won’t be a typical barbershop.

“We’ll be shaving heads on stage at the movie theater in support of kid’s cancer research, in between sets of the three bands that will be playing. This is a kid-friendly, smoke-free event, and we’ll have free food — hot dogs, mostaccioli and more,” said Jason Lach, event organizer.

Lach has helped with other St. Baldrick’s events for the Hobart Jaycees. He’s also been growing his hair for about two years and is now one of 11 who are already signed up to be a shavee.

He said that longer hair will be kept for Locks of Love, an organization that provides hairpieces to children who have lost their hair while undergoing medical treatments. He hopes that his loss will be St. Baldrick’s gain, and that his friends and other attendees at the event will donate generously for the shavee’s efforts toward the event’s goal of raising $5,000.

Admission is only $3 including food and entertainment. The bands volunteering their time to perform are: the Allen Wronko Band playing modern country music; and Mr. Right and The Difference playing rock from the 1980s to today. There will also be beer for sale, several vendors on site, raffles and a silent auction.

Another St. Baldrick’s event is slated from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology, 33 Muenich Court. Students, family and friends, including Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott, have already signed up to be shavees, but additional shavees and those who would like to donate are welcome.

To become a shavee or to donate for these events or other upcoming St. Baldrick’s events, go online to www.stbaldricks.org then click on “get involved” and “find an event.”

Leprechaun Hunt

Lucky Charms might be the perfect breakfast before heading to the Indiana Dunes State Park for a Leprechaun Hunt at 2 p.m. Sunday. Families are invited to help the naturalist use his GPS device to find hidden treasures and prizes for kids.

Meet at the Nature Center of the Indiana Dunes State Park, located at the northern terminus of Indiana 49 in Chesterton. There is a gate fee of $5 per Indiana plated car.

St. Pat’s night parade

Enjoy the area’s only night time St. Pat’s parade in downtown Crown Point, but arrive early for food and fun.

The corned-beef-and-cabbage dinner begins at 1 p.m. at the fire station, 126 N. East St. Tickets are $10 for a full meal, $9 for seniors and $4 for a kid’s meal. The fire station is also hosting a St. Baldrick’s event at that time. With some friendly competition from local individuals and groups, this event hopes to raise $50,000.

The vendor area opens at 3 p.m, and entertainment on the square will kick off at about 4 p.m. and include the Crown Point High School pep band, local dance organizations and Shriners.

The parade begins at dusk and has more than 30 units. This year’s parade will include the Band of Brothers Pipes and Drums, the RailCats, and last year’s parade winner, the horses and riders sponsored by Mi Ranchito restaurant in Lowell.

“A minimum of 500 lights, or five stands of lights, is required, but the entries go above and beyond that and are so creative,” said Diana Bosse, Crown Point special events administrator.

“It’s a busy, busy day here — a great day for the community to come out and join in a family friendly event, and a fun welcome to spring.”



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