ArcelorMittal exec speaks
EAST CHICAGO | Mike Rippey, president and CEO of ArcelorMittal USA, speaks at the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce meeting at Ameristar East Chicago Casino, 777 Ameristar Blvd. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. Rippey will present "Steel Industry- 2012." Reservations are required by Monday. The cost is $20. For more information, Monique Ruiz, (219) 931-1000, firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.lakeshorechamber.com.
TradeWinds starts renovation
HOBART | TradeWinds Services kicks off renovation of its recently acquired building with a launch event from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the new facility, 3198 E. 83rd Place, Hobart.
Protsman hosts craft show
DYER | Protsman Elementary School holds a holiday craft show from 5 to 8 p.m. at the school, 1121 Harrison Ave., Dyer. It includes photos with Santa, a bake vale, vendors. Admission is free.
Cookie walk benefits hospice
MUNSTER | Westminster Presbyterian Church holds its annual hospice cookie walk from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the church, 8955 Columbia Ave., Munster. Baked and donated by volunteers, fresh holiday treats will be available for purchase by the pound. All proceeds will benefit Hospice of the Calumet Area. Admission is free.
AIDS symposium at church
GARY | Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Gary Alumnae chapter, in conjunction with the Aliveness Project, hosts an AIDS symposium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church, 1831 Virginia St., Gary. A panel of speakers will discuss the disease to bring awareness to the community, provide testing and remember those affected by the disease. Continental breakfast will be served.
Holiday Craft Show slated
HOBART | Hobart Middle School sponsors its Holiday Extravaganza Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, 36 E. Eighth St.
'Christmas Long Ago' shown
LOWELL | Buckley Homestead County Park hosts its annual "Christmas Long Ago" performance from 3 to 6 p.m. today and Sunday at the park, 3606 Belshaw Road, Lowell. Visitors will be guided through the barnyard and meet both adults and children getting ready for the holiday as they work on homemade toys, speculate about talking animals on Christmas Eve and bake extra goodies for Christmas morning. Performances last about one and half hours. Dress for the cold, as most of the program is conducted outdoors. Performance times are 3, 3:20, 3:40, 4, 4:20, 4:40, 5, 5:20, 5:40 and 6 p.m. Check in at the Buckley Homestead Visitor Center 10 minutes before your performance time. Tickets are $4 and remain on sale at the corporate office 8411 E. U.,S. 30, Crown Point, just west of Deep River Waterpark, or by phone at (219) 769-PARK, until Thursday. For more information, contact Lake County Parks, (219) 769-7275, email@example.com. http://www.lakecountyparks.com.
ABATE collects Toyz 2 Kidz
CROWN POINT | The motorcycle group ABATE of Lake County sponsors a Toyz 4 Kidz Party, an evening of food, friends and dancing to help the Lake County children in need this holiday season. It's from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St., Crown Point. The $15 ticket includes dinner, live entertainment and prizes. For more information, contact Christine Boyer, (219) 309-7090.
Health center screenings free
CEDAR LAKE | An open house for the new Franciscan Alliance Cedar Lake Health Center is from 1 to 4 p.m. at 681 W. 133rd Ave., Cedar Lake. It features free health screenings for blood glucose, blood pressure and pulmonary function. There also will be refreshments, giveaways and tours. Due to limited parking space, shuttle service will be provided from the St. Michael the Archangel National Catholic Church lot, 6629 W. 133rd Ave. (just east of the health center)
Dinner helps Bakery House
CROWN POINT | Rebuilding the Breach Ministries, which owns and operates the Bakery House, a Gary residence for indigent men, hosts its annual Benefit Dinner, Living in His Promise from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church and School, 250 S. Indiana Ave., Crown Point. Reservations may be made by contacting Marianne Manning at (219) 663-3504 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Suggested donation is $50.