Kids' music program starts
MUNSTER | Music Together, an internationally recognized early childhood music program, offers its first session from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster, lower level Preschool Studio. Registration is required; tuition is $152. Contact Kim McKinley, (219) 836-1839, ext. 103, firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.southshoreartsonline.org.
Spa helps Humane Society
DYER | The Color Room Salon & Day Spa hosts Martinis and Manicures from 5 to 8 p.m. at the salon, 14785 W. 101st Ave., Suite B, Dyer. It's an evening of manicures, a cocktail and shopping for $25 to benefit the Humane Society Calumet Area. For more information, call (219) 365-0173.
Respect Life Prayer Service
WHITING | St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1845 Lincoln Ave., Whiting, holds its annual Respect Life Prayer Service from 7 to 8 p.m.
Economist to present forecast
CROWN POINT | First Financial Bank, 11890 Broadway, Crown Point, holds its quarterly Morning Business Hour from 8 to 9 a.m. for a 2014 economic outlook forecast. Morton Marcus, retired economist and past chair of Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, will be the speaker. For more information, contact Judith Mariola, (219) 226-2066, email@example.com.
Health center offers free tests
GARY | Community HealthNet Health Centers, 1021 W. Fifth Ave., Gary, sponsors its Bring a Loved One to the Doctor Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free blood-glucose and blood pressure screenings will be offered. For more information, contact Nakea S. Barksdale, (219) 951-4883, firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.chn-indiana.com.
Mardi Gras celebration
HAMMOND | St. Demetrious Greek Orthodox Church throws My Big Fat Greek Mardi Gras from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the church, 7021 Hohman Ave., Hammond. It offers lamb, Greek-style chicken, pastitsio, gyros, Greek salad, and lemon rice soup, followed by a taste of Greek pastries and loukoumades.
Creative writing workshop
HAMMOND | Turn the Knob, a creative writing workshop hosted by Books, Brushes and Bands for Education, runs from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at the Merge Building, 5920 Hohman Ave., Hammond. It provides adults with the opportunity to learn from experienced creative writers in the genres of poetry and fiction. The focus will be placed on developing new work with an opportunity to publish. Refreshments will be provided. Cost is $20. Call Shelley, (219) 932-3232, email@example.com. http://bbb4e.
Help fund cancer research
GRIFFITH | The second annual Adler's Birthday Walk to benefit Riley Children's Hospital pediatric brain cancer research is from noon to 4 p.m. at the Griffith High School field house, 600 N. Wiggs St. It's in memory of Adler Bryce Shelbourne, a 3-year-old who died of a rare, aggressive brain tumor, in 2012. Walkers are asked to raise a minimum of $30 each to participate. There will be children's activities/entertainment, raffles, deejay, bake sale, blood drive and more. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. http://Prayers for Adler Shelbourne on Facebook.
Game watch/food drive
MERRILLVILLE | The Purdue Alumni Club of Northwest Indiana holds a game watch/food drive from 4 to 7 p.m. at Catch 22 Restaurant & Sports Bar, 500 E. U.S. 30, Merrillville. The club will collect nonperishable food items, paper goods, household items and donations for local food pantries. The group also will watch the Purdue men's basketball team as they take on the Wisconsin Badgers in a Big Ten battle. Cost is $5 for food and choice of pop, tea or coffee. For more information, contact Laura, (219) 779-8012, email@example.com. http://www.purduealumni.org/nwindiana
YMCA serves brews in barn
HOBART | The Hobart Family YMCA sponsors Brews in the Barn from 5:30 p.m to midnight at County Line Orchard, 200 S. County Line Road, Hobart. It features craft beer sampling from more than 20 craft breweries, regional cuisine, live music and a silent auction. General admission is $45; VIP admission is $75. For more information, contact Charles Dayton, (219) 617-5006, firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.brewsinthebarn.com.
VFW Auxiliary sponsors dance
ST. JOHN | The St. John VFW Ladies Auxiliary holds a family dance from 6 to 9 p.m. at the St. John Memorial Post 717 VFW, 10400 W. 93rd Ave It includes a disc jockey, dance contests, raffles, cookies and snacks. Tickets are $6, available in the post canteen. For more information, contact Jackie Huppenthal, (219) 776-3072, email@example.com. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ladies-Auxiliary-VFW-Post-717-St-John-in/468670709868158.
Swap meet steams into Griffith
GRIFFITH | A railroad swap meet is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion Post 66, 132 N. Wiggs St., Griffith. Guests can buy, sell and swap railroad collectibles and scale model railroad equipment. Event will be followed by a Monon Railroad slide presentation. The meet starts at 10 a.m.; presentation at 2 p.m.
Polish dinner to be served
WHITING | St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1801 Atchison Ave., Whiting, serves a Polish dinner from noon to 3 p.m. The menu includes Polish sausage, sauerkraut, pierogi, cabbage roll, bread, dessert and a beverage. Two seatings: noon to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 3 p.m. Specify seating when paying for tickets, which are available for $10 using a printable online form or by calling Kathy Wisniewski, (219) 473-9756, firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.stpaulwhiting.org.