DARE fundraiser planned for Wednesday

The Munster Police Department will be hosting a fundraising event for the Munster Police Department's Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program combined with a "Coffee with a Cop" event from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at McDonald's Restaurant, 515 Ridge Road. 15 percent of the sales (dine-in and drive-thru) will be donated to the DARE Program. Police officers will be on-site to meet with participants and participants can also view a police squad car and SWAT vehicle up close in the parking lot. Daren the Lion, the DARE mascot, will also be on-site to take photos with kids. Call 219-836-6639 or jghrist@munster.org.

Free fall concert

The Choirs of LaPorte High School will present their fall concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday and will feature all of the high school concert choirs along with eighth-grade choirs from both Boston and Kesling middle schools. The program will include a wide variety of music from an Israeli folk song to music by Lin-Manuel Miranda from "Moana" and "Hamilton." The performance is presented free of charge in the high school auditorium.

Duneland Weavers' Guild meeting

The Duneland Weavers’ Guild will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Chesterton Art Center, 115 S. Fourth St. In addition to a lively Show 'n' Tell, there will be a program on three-shaft weaves that is part of a three-day workshop. The meetings are open to guests who are fiber artists of any kind or would like to be. As a bonus, attendees will be able to tour the gallery and view the workshop's progress.

Blessing of pets

CHESTERTON — Continuing a tradition of many years, St. Francis’ Episcopal Church will have a Blessing of the Pets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 237 E. Porter Ave. The event is open to all in the community who want to bring their pet to be blessed by the Rev. Pearson and be presented with a St. Francis medallion. The pets should be appropriately leashed or confined. Refreshments will be served for dogs, cats and their human companions. Call 219 926-3497 or visit stfrancischesterton.org.

Fall festival

VALPARAISO — The First United Methodist Church is having a fall festival from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at 103 Franklin St. There will be a bounce house, obstacle course, pumpkin decorating, cookie decorating and lawn games. There will be vendors. In addition, there will be popcorn and cotton candy.

Meet the author

GARY — The public is invited to meet author Adra Young at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Woodson Branch, 501 S. Lake St., and at 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Kennedy Branch, 3953 Broadway. A native of Gary, and a Roosevelt High School graduate, Young has more than 20 years of experience with youth in and out of the classroom environment.

Pet blessing

GRIFFITH — It will be raining cats, dogs, lizards, birds, turtles, frogs and bunny rabbits when St. Mary Church in Griffith hosts its 38th annual Feast of St. Francis Pet Blessing and Pet Supply Drive at noon Saturday at 525 N. Broad St. St. Mary Pastor, the Rev. Theodore Mens, will bless all pets with holy water and owners will receive a certificate, too. They will also collect items to be donated to Humane Indiana and the Griffith Animal Shelter. Purina Dry dog/puppy and cat/kitten food, unflavored dog biscuits, large absorbent cloth towels, laundry detergent, nonclumping cat litter and monetary gifts will all be accepted. For more information, contact the rectory office at 219-924-4163.

Free Hesbugh lecture

HAMMOND — The Notre Dame Club of Northwest Indiana and Bishop Noll Institute will host a free lecture at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9 titled "Faith, Music, Mass, Action: What's the Connection?" The Rev. Michael S. Driscoll, Ph.D., a priest of the Diocese of Helena, Montona, is a member of the university's theology department and founding director of Notre Dame's graduate program in sacred music. He has served as president of both the North American Academy of Liturgy and the Catholic Academy of Liturgy. For his lecture, Driscoll will be accompanied by the Bishop Noll choir, under the direction of David Herr. The hour-and-a-half program is part of the annual Hesburgh Lecture Series, sponsored by the university's Alumni Association, and is open to the public. It will take place in the Bishop Noll theater, 1519 Hoffman St. For more information, call 219-932-9058.

Dinner to support Independent Cat Society

MICHIGAN CITY — Independent Cat Society will celebrate 40 years of helping homeless cats find happy, healthy forever homes in Northwest Indiana at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 at Blue Chip Casino. Cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7. Tickets are $65 each. The deadline to purchase tickets is Oct. 3. For more information or to purchase your tickets online visit http://catsociety.org/gala.html

Rocktoberfest planned

Portage Parks Department will hold its inaugural Rocktoberfest from 5 to 11 p.m. Oct. 14 at Founders Square, Indiana American Water Amphitheatre. Cost is $5; must be 21 to enter, with beer garden, food trucks and live music. Music lineup includes the bands Tantrum, Mr. Right and Breaking Dawn. Bring your chairs and blankets.

Church anniversary book

MICHIGAN CITY — In conjunction with the 150th celebration of St. Mary the Immaculate Conception Parish, Patricia Gruse Harris, parish historian and author, has updated the history of 150 years of faith, hope and love that is the family of St. Mary’s. To reserve your copy of the history of the oldest Catholic parish in Michigan City, "St. Mary the Immaculate Conception Parish 1867-2017," send a prepaid order of $15 to St. Mary’s Parish, 411 W. 11th St., Michigan City, Indiana, 46360 or place in Sunday collection basket by Oct. 8. Prepaid orders will be available for pick-up at the anniversary dinner on Nov. 5 at the Senior Center, Washington Park, Michigan City, or at the rectory after Nov. 5. Call 219-872-3273.

Fire prevention open house

CROWN POINT — The Crown Point Volunteer Fire Department and the Ladies Auxiliary will present its annual Fire Prevention Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 8 at Crown Point Fire Station, 126 N. East St. Hot dogs, chips, popcorn, beverages and desserts will be available at the open house, which is open to the community. Learn how to protect your family from fire in the EDITH (Exit Drills In The Home) trailer and participate in the junior firefighter obstacle course. Kids will be able to take a look inside the firetrucks and ambulances and participate in hands-on activities. Sparky the Fire Dog will also be making appearances throughout the day. There will be firetruck rides available, time to try on fire gear and handouts to take home.

Hammond blood drive to help hurricane victims

HAMMOND — Heartland Blood Centers have partnered with Hammond Parks & Recreation and the Hammond FOP No. 51 to help victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. A blood drive will be from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 11 at Hammond Civic Center, 5825 S. Sohl Ave.

Brats and bulbs sale

GARY — The Miller Garden Club will hold its Brats and Bulbs sale from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Marquette Park Aquatorium, 6918 Oak Ave. The event will include live music along with the traditional grilled bratwurst sandwich, sauerkraut, chips and a cold beverage for $5. There are more than 2,000 bulbs, including 40 different varieties ready for your garden now.

Trunk or treat

PORTAGE — St. Peter's Lutheran Church will hold a trunk or treat event from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at 6540 Central Ave. Trick-or-treat in the church parking lot and enjoy a spooky free hayride.

Halloween blessing

GRIFFITH — On Oct. 31, ghosts and goblins in the form of children are invited to come for a special blessing before going trick-or-treating at St. Mary Church, 525 N. Broad St., Griffith. Children, accompanied by an adult, will receive a special blessing from St. Mary pastor the Rev. Theodore Mens, and then get a special treat bag and treats. For more information, call the rectory office at 219-924-4163.

Annual Christmas bazaar planned

VALPARAISO — SELF's annual Christmas bazaar will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 11 at 750 Ransom Road. The bazaar features handmade crafts from more than 100 vendors. Chili and sloppy Joes will be available for lunch. All food proceeds benefit students who attend the school. There will be free sign-up for hourly door prizes and special raffles as well. Additional parking is available at Cooks Corner Elementary and Valparaiso High School with free shuttle provided. SELF School is the Special Education Learning Facility that services students with special needs who reside in Porter County. Call 219-464-9607.

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