I.U. Dons Radio-a-thon
The I.U. Dons Inc. will sponsor its annual Radio-A-Thon via WLTH Radio from 6 a.m. to noon Dec. 8 in the WLTH Studios, 115 E. Fifth Ave. The Radio-A-Thon is a part of the Dons’ 49th annual Penny-A-Ton Drive for the Needy. The idea is to raise a ton of pennies, which is equivalent to $3,000, to provide clothing, food and toys to those in need this Christmas. Stop by some time during the hours of 6 a.m. and noon and bring in your donation. The event is being sponsored by Northshore Health. Pledges can be made by calling 219-885-1371 or 219-805-6040 and a Gary police officer will pick up your donation.
Pancake breakfast with Santa
VALPARAISO — American Cancer Society's Relay for Life team Vonnie's Angels will hold an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 9 at Valparaiso Moose Lodge, 108 Indiana Ave. There will be pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee, milk and juice. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for ages 4 to 13. Santa will make an appearance. Call 218-464-8812 or 219-241-0479.
Used book sale
GARY — The Friends of the Gary Public Library will hold a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Woodson Branch, 501 S. Lake St. The sale will feature gently used books. A selection of used DVDs and some CDs will also be available for sale. Proceeds from the sale will be used to support Gary Public Library programs and services. Call 219-938-3941.
Hammond APA announces winter musical
HAMMOND — The Hammond Academy for the Performing Arts announces its winter musical, "Edges: A Contemporary Song Cycle" by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. "Edges" covers such universal issues as love, commitment, identity and meaning. Characters deal with confronting emotions, escaping expectations and deciphering complicated relationships. The music and message in this revue-style show is relevant and impactful to performers and the audience alike. This production is directed by Kathleen Dominiak-Treasure, with music direction by Connie Pruitt-Alley, set design by Melissa Brassard and lighting design by Guy Rhodes. "Edges" opens Dec. 7 and runs through Dec. 10. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. All performances of "Edges" will be performed in the Black Box Theater at Morton High School, 6915 Grand Ave.
Annual children's Christmas party
GARY — The Froebel All-Classes Alumni Committee will sponsor their ninth annual Children Christmas Cartoon Party from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 9 at the Glen Theatre, 20 W. Ridge Road. The event will feature back-to-back cartoons, games, music and toy give-a-ways. Several mascots, Santa Claus and Ronald McDonald are scheduled to make appearances. Each child will receive a treat. Admission for children is $3 and for adults is $5. Tickets may be purchased at Beautiful Things in the Village Shopping Mall. All proceeds will be used to further develop the Froebel Park at 15th and Madison Street. Tickets are available at Beautiful Things in the Village Shopping Mall or call Vernon G. Smith at 219-887-2046
Lunch with the League
The League of Women Voters of LaPorte County will present Thomas L. Keon, chancellor of Purdue University Northwest (PNW), at the Dec. 12 Lunch With the League. Keon has led the merger of two Purdue-system campuses, and is committed to seeing that students are equipped with training for successful careers as well as developing a deep appreciation for the responsibilities of citizenship. The event begins at noon at Patrick's Grille, 4125 S. Franklin St.
CHESTERTON — Merry Meals will be providing 500 Northwest Indiana families an uncooked holiday meal on Dec. 16 at the Moose Lodge. The group is in need of sponsors to ensure families will leave with all the fixings for a holiday dinner. Volunteers to conduct food drives, pack dinners, tape boxes and more are needed. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line Sponsorship.
CHESTERTON — The Duneland Weavers’ Guild will meet at 10 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Westchester Library Baugher Center, 100 W. Indiana St. A potluck luncheon will follow the annual silent auction and raffle. Visit www.dunelandweaversguild.org/.
VALPARAISO — First Baptist Church will hold a Christmas Eve service at 8 p.m. with traditional Christmas music at 2205 Campbell St.
Valpo Luminary Walk
VALPARAISO — Vale Park West Pathway will come alive after dark with a Valpo Luminary Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 16. There will be luminaries, singing, hot chocolate and more. Luminary sponsorshps available. Call 219-462-5144.
Free gift wrapping
VALPARAISO — First Christian Church Disciples of Christ will do free gift wrapping from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at 1507 Glendale Blvd. All are welcome to bring gifts and they will wrap them while the guests enjoy coffee or hot chocolate.
The December dance begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the MAC, 135 W. Lincoln St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for basic instruction. Cost is $5; under 14 free with adult. This is presented by Valparaiso Oldtime Dance Society, a nonprofit educational organization.
Humane Indiana hosts wildlife hibernation seminar
VALPARAISO — Humane Indiana Wildlife will host their last wildlife seminar of the year from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at their newly renovated education center, 566 N. County Road 450 East. The 90-minute program covers winter hibernation behaviors in wildlife native to Northwest Indiana. Humane Indiana’s educator will discuss how certain species survive the cold winter months and the different adaptations they have developed over time. Attendees are able to tour three newly renovated exhibits in the education center. The Lake Michigan Water Habitats exhibit, Migratory Bird exhibit and Wetlands display provide a hands-on experience for attendees as they learn about the many threats to native wildlife. For more information about our education programs contact Nicole Harmon at email@example.com.
GARY — The African American Achievers Youth Corps, Inc. will sponsor its second annual Spectacular Christmas Concert featuring the Divas and Kings of Gospel at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Glen Theater, 20 W. Ridge Road. The doors open at 6:30. Featured will be Melva Castleberry, Myesha Daniels, Deborah Ross, Burgess Peoples, Tamilla Calloway, Pamela R. Mills Pruitt, Vertis Johnson-Farmer,Sharla Johnson, Robin Kline, Bruce A. Pearson, Rev. John Talley, Nathaniel Nate Simms, David Gullett, Dwight Edwards, Andre B Adams, and Michael Curtis. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased from the participants or at Beautiful Things in the Village Shopping Mall. The admission at the door is $20.
Sounds of the Season
HAMMOND — Hammond Parks & Recreation invite you to join us and enjoy sounds of the season with a Winter Jazz Ensemble from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Jean Shepherd Community Center, 3031 J.F. Mahoney Drive. Come and enjoy this free holiday celebration featuring live music by South Side Jazz Combo. Refreshments will be provided. Call (219) 554-0155 for more information.
Chamber educational series
As a business professional one of the key struggles is promoting your business. The Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce wants to help you succeed and is inviting you to the last seminar in the four-part series, Success in 60. This seminar will take place from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Dec. 14 at the Portage Best Western. The Success in 60 series has been facilitated by Larry Galler, the Small Business Greatness coach. This seminar, “Become a POWER Networker” will teach you key ways you can transition from the “sweaty palm stutterer” to a POWER Networker. The Success in 60 series is free and open to the public. To reserve a spot, call 219-762-3300.