Input sought on parks plan
HIGHLAND | The Highland Parks and Recreation Department is preparing a new five-year master plan and is seeking input from residents from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Lincoln Community Center, 2450 Lincoln St.
Lights of Life Tree illuminated
MUNSTER | Community Healthcare Systems illuminates the Lights of Life Tree at 6 p.m. at Community Hospital Entrance B, 901 MacArthur Blvd., Munster.
Mrvan hosts yule senior gala
HIGHLAND | North Township Trustee Frank J. Mrvan hosts the Christmas Senior Dinner Dance, featuring the music of Peter Oprisko. It's from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Wicker Park Social Center, 2215 Ridge Road, and costs $20 per person. For more information, contact Eleanor, (219) 313-3934, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Landscapers aid Toys for Tots
SCHERERVILLE | The Northwest Indiana Landscapers Association's third annual Holiday Gala for Toys for Tots from 6 to 11 p.m. at Patrician Banquet Center, 410 E. U.S. 30, Schererville. The cost is $60. For more information, contact Gayle Van Sessen, (219) 227-3020, email@example.com. http://www.nwila.org.
Hobart flips yule tree switch
HOBART | Hobart throws the switch on its holiday tree at a Christmas Tree Lighting program from 6 to 8 p.m. at Festival Park, 111 E. Old Ridge Road. It includes free rides in the park, a bonfire, hot chocolate and carols.
Railcats hold yard sale at park
GARY |The RailCats' annual yard sale is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at U.S. Steel Yard, One Stadium Plaza. Championship merchandise available. Spend $40 on merchandise to be eligible for the Buy One Get One Free Flex Tickets promotion. Take a holiday photo with the trophy and Rusty the RailCat. Food and drinks available.
Clauses for Causes hits streets
HOBART | Hobart hosts its annual Santa Fun 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk beginning at 9 a.m. at Hobart Community Center at Festival Park, 111 E. Old Ridge Road. It's a non-timed event for both athletes and nonathletes, the event is about spreading holiday cheer in full Santa suits, Santa hats or any other holiday wear, walking or running through the streets of Hobart. Participants can raise money through sponsor pledges for a favorite local charity, school or church. Fee includes refreshments, live entertainment after the event and costume contests (prizes will be awarded). Register online under Special Events/Santa Walk & Run. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. For more information, contact Raeann Trakas, (219) 942-4511, firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.cityofhobart.org.
Mashed potatoes serve up fun
HAMMOND | Mommy's Little Piggy's Mashed Potato Eating Contest, part of "A Christmas Story" Comes Home, is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corrine Drive., Hammond. Bring in canned food/nonperishables as entry fees to the contest. Items go to the Northwest Indiana Food Bank.
M'ville group hosts style show
HOBART | Promising Futures, a group which works with the state of Indiana to break the cycle of domestic violence, hosts a luncheon/fashion show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Avalon Manor, 3550 E. U.S. 30. Admission includes the style show and lunch, entertainment, vendor booths, award presentations. The cost is $20 for those 3 to 11, $35 for adults. For more information, contact Promising Futures Inc. at P.O. Box 10323, Merrillville, Ind. 46411; email@example.com or online.
Candlelight open house slated
MUNSTER | The Munster Historical Society presents its holiday candlelight open house from 4 to 7 p.m at the Kaske House at the Munster History Museum, 1154 Ridge Road.
ABATE kicks in Toyz for Kidz
CROWN POINT | Lake County ABATE of Indiana sponsors a benefit dinner, the Toyz 4 Kidz party, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Lake County Fairgrounds 4-H Building to support Lake County families in need this holiday season. The cost is $15 and includes dinner, pictures with Santa, and live music by the Wise Guys. There is a cash bar, minimum age is 21. Proceeds go to the Dyer Methodist Church to fund their Angel Tree Program.
Church offers cookies, carols
HIGHLAND | Immanuel United Church of Christ, 2201 Azalea Drive, presents a holiday carol singalong and cookie decorating contest from 2 to 4 p.m. Children need to be registered by phone and will receive a treat bag. New toys for a toy drive and new mittens for children in need will be collected. Call Lisa, (219) 924-2100, firstname.lastname@example.org
Live Nativity staged in Munster
MUNSTER | Westminster Presbyterian Church, 8955 Columbia Ave., Munster, stages a live Nativity and marketplace. Nativity performances at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Artisan booth are featured inside. For more information call (219)838-3131 or visit: www.wpcmunster.org.