Financial aid pointers offered
GARY | U.S. Rep Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Gary school superintendent Cheryl Pruitt, the U.S. Department of Eduction and 10 colleges and university participate in a Financial Aid and Opportunity Night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gary Area Career Center, 1800 E. 35th Ave.
Dancing with Local Stars
MERRILLVILLE | The 20th Indiana Challenge DanceSport Competition opens to its four-day run at the Radisson Star Plaza.
An opening night highlight is the Dancing with the Local Stars contest from 7 to 8 p.m. It features eight couples where local celebrities are paired with dance instructors. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for youths 17 and under at Lake Area United Way, 221 W. Ridge Road, Griffith. They are also available at the door.
For the DanceSport competition, registration is at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. It opens at 7 a.m. Friday with dancing from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again from 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Registration is at 7 a.m. Saturday. Sunday's hours are 8 a.m. registration and dancing from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For prices and more information, contact www.IndianaChallenge.com.
Hobart High band performing
HOBART | The Hobart High School Band performs its midwinter concert from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the high school, 2211 E. 10th St. Senior citizens may call (219) 947-7777 to register for the free ticket and pre-concert snacks. The cost is $5 for adults; children and students free.
Grutka Center opens on CCSJ campus
HAMMOND | Calumet College of St. Joseph celebrates the opening of the Bishop Andrew G. Grutka Center on campus. A seminar and reception will be held on campus, beginning with a panel discussion on Grutka, a tour of the center, reception and social hour. Call (219) 473-4215 for information.
Youth rally touts MLK goals
GARY | Bernice King, the youngest daughter of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the late Coretta Scott King, is in the region to host a special program, Keeping the Dream Alive Youth Rally 2013 and Beyond: Moving from Rhetoric to Action. A reception for the event, hosted by NIPSCO, is from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Radisson Star Plaza in Merrillville.
Wine tasting funds dog park
SCHERERVILLE | The Schererville Parks Foundation hosts it second annual wine tasting and auction at 5 p.m. at the Banquets at St. George, 528 W. 77th Ave. Tickets are $40; proceeds benefit the Perry Ferini Dog Park.
Mardi Gras theme fundraiser
EAST CHICAGO | I Too Sing America Org. of NWI, Inc., presents the third annual scholarship fundraiser — Masquerade Mardi Gras - East Chicago Style from 6 p.m. to midnight at Ameristar Casino & Hotel Discovery Ballroom, 777 Ameristar Blvd. It includes entertainment, dancing and a masquerade mask contest. The cost is $40 a person.
Rally features King daughter
GARY | The Keeping the Dream Alive Youth Rally 2013 and Beyond: Moving from Rhetoric to Action continues with a youth/community rally at 9 a.m. at Van Buren Baptist Church, 2585 Van Buren St. Bernice King, the youngest daughter of the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the late Coretta Scott King, will speak at a brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Calumet College of St. Joseph. A Dream Symposium lunch is served at the Indiana University Northwest campus followed by forums beginning at 1 p.m.
IUN hosts Science Olympiad
GARY | Indiana University Northwest hosts the Science Olympiad Regional Tournament from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Antiques sold at fairgrounds
CROWN POINT | The Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce hosts its antique and collectibles show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Lake County Fairgrounds Industrial Building in Crown Point. Admission is $4, children 12 and under admitted free of charge.
Town Council still is advancing
Roller derby match slated
HAMMOND | Region Rat Rollers host the first public interleague roller derby bout against Warsaw's Lake City Roller Dolls from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Jean Shepherd Center, 3031 J.F. Mahoney Drive, Hammond. Tickets are available online or at the door. Receive $2 off admission (at the door only) if you bring in a used pair of prescription or reading glasses. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for those 5 to 10 year old, under 5 admitted free of charge.
PUC celebrates Year of Snake
HAMMOND | Purdue University Calumet celebrates The Year of the Snake from 1:30 to 8 p.m. on campus with a variety of events, including dinner, karaoke and social time, dancing and singing in the Student Union and Library.