The Urban League of Northwest Indiana will present its second annual Diversity and Inclusion Awards Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. March 20 at Avalon Manor, 3550 E. U.S. 30, Hobart.
This annual event will recognize contributions from businesses and organizations that enhance our quality of life by encouraging, embracing and promoting cultural diversity and inclusion throughout Northwest Indiana, making it a better place to live, work, and recreate. During the event, recognition will be focused upon a number of organizations in Community Relations, Development in Diversity, Diversity in Leadership and Workforce Diversity.
To become a sponsor, attend or get more information, call (219) 887-9621.
Chamber receives legislative update
As a nonprofit organization committed to economic development and Calumet Region initiatives, the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Indiana State Representative Shelli VanDenburgh, D-Crown Point, to provide its membership with bi-weekly legislative updates.
The chamber hosted a conference call Jan. 31 with VanDenburgh, who gave an overview of the bills the Indiana House of Representatives has discussed in its 2014 session. She highlighted legislation related to business and the economy of Northwest Indiana.
To listen to the most recent conference call, the public is welcome to visit the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.
To participate in the legislative updates, consider joining the chamber. Call (219) 769-8180 to speak with Membership Director Tristen Comegys.
Opportunity Enterprises gala
Tickets for the 22nd annual Opportunity Enterprises Gala are now on sale. The black-tie optional event, hosted by the Delta Theta Tau service sorority, will take place from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. March 8 at Avalon Manor, 3550 E. U.S. 30, Hobart.
Proceeds will benefit OE’s Respite Program. Tickets are $125 and include a catered dinner, open bar, live music, dancing and silent and live auctions. Featured items include Blackhawks tickets, hotel packages, vacation packages to Italy, Florida and Michigan. The agency is also raffling off a two-year lease for a 2014 Volkswagen Beetle.
Since first held in 1993, the event has raised more than $1.1 million to support children and adults with disabilities throughout Northwest Indiana. For tickets or sponsorship, call Development Associate Lindsay Ellis at (219) 464-9621, ext. 239.
Cross country skiing
Check out the new, 4.37-mile cross country skiing loop at Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, 450 W. 100 North in Valparaiso, open only to skiers due to the extreme physical exertion it takes to create the track grooves.
The trail starts at the parking lot between the mounds and the signature tree. Cross country skiers can ski approximately 8 miles combining this new trail with existing trails, which are accessible to hikers, skiers and snowshoers. Hiking and snowshoeing guests are asked to be aware of the ski tracks on all the access trails.
Call (219) 462-0025.