Astronaut talks, signs books
Astronaut Col. Jerry Ross has speech/book signing engagements this week. He'll be at the Crown Point Community Library, 122 N. Main St., from 4 to 7:45 p.m. Monday; at the Lowell Public Library, 1505 E. Commercial Ave., from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; and back at the Crown Point library from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Humane Society hosts soiree
MUNSTER | The Humane Society Calumet Area hosts Girl's Night Out from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Humane Society, 421 45th St., Munster. It includes shopping, raffles, massages and more. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For more information, call (219) 922-3811 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Relay for Life kickoff event
CROWN POINT | Relay For Life of South Lake County holds its kickoff event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 352 S. Main St., Crown Point. If you have already signed up or if interested in forming a team for Relay For Life of South Lake County, plan to attend to get more information and reserve your campsite location. For more information, contact Wendy Mang of the American Cancer Society at (219) 241-2348, email@example.com. http://www.relayforlife.org
Homebuyer ed workshop set
HAMMOND | The Hammond Housing Authority is hosting a Homebuyer Education Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Housing Authority office, 1402 173rd St. This class will teach participants about the homebuying process from start to finish. After the completion of this course, participants receive a certificate that may qualify for certain down payment assistance programs. For more information, contact Julie Rivera, (219) 989-3265, ext. 310, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrean plans open house
MERRILLVILLE | Andrean High School holds an open house for prospective students and their families from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 5959 Broadway. Enter through Entrance L in the back of the school.
Theater back at old courthouse
CROWN POINT | "Frozen Stiff," a dinner-theater murder mystery, returns to the Old Lake County Courthouse for a weekend performance. Shows are at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday, with doors opening at 6 p.m. for a social hour. Doors open for the Sunday matinee at noon, with the show at 1 p.m. Tickets are $40 for the dinner and play and available by phone or online at brownpapertickets.com. Tables of eight may be reserved. All proceeds go to the Lake Court House Foundation, with a matching grant by the Barbara and Dean White Foundation.
Theater group takes stage
CROWN POINT | The Crown Point Community Theatre presents "Beautiful Bodies" at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday and Feb. 15 and 16 and at 3 p.m. Sunday at Feb. 17 at the theater building, 1125 Merrillville Road (in the Jewel plaza). Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Order online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/307404, call (219) 805-4255 or visit:www.cpct.biz.
Music boosters plan dinner
CROWN POINT | The Crown Point Music Boosters hosts A Noteworthy Night dinner and silent auction. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. An evening of music performance, gourmet meal and silent auction featuring Bella Voce, QYP, Jazz Band, Chamber Orchestra and select ensemble groups. Tickets are $15 for a single, $25 a couple and $125 for a table of eight. Tickets may be purchased online or by mail. Make checks payable to Crown Point Music Boosters. For more information, email or call Crown Point Music Boosters, (219) 230-NOTE, email@example.com. http://www.anoteworthynight.com.
Mardi Gras, courtesy of K of C
ST. JOHN | The Knights of Columbus offer Mardi Gras with a casino night from 6 p.m. to midnight in the St. John the Evangelist school gym, 9400 Wicker Ave., St. John. The $15 entrance fee includes all-you-can-eat-and-drink salads, hot roast beef, sausage sandwiches, side dishes, desserts, coffee, soft drinks, beer and wine. Admission is $15 a person.
American Girl Dolls party
SCHERERVILLE | An American Girl Doll Valentine Party is from 2 to 4 p.m. at the St. John Township Community Center, 1515 U.S. 30, Schererville. It's an ice cream social, Valentine card exchange, doll style show and dancing. Tickets are $10. To reserve a spot, call Karen Aldrich, (219) 756-5213, Willow2012@comcast.net.
Chorale salutes black history
GARY | The Gary Civic Chorale presents its annual black history program, "A Tribute to Negro Spirituals," from 4 to 6 p.m. at SS Monica and Luke Church, 645 Rhode Island St., Gary.