Annual cookie walk
PORTER TOWNSHIP | Salem United Methodist Church will hold its 10th annual cookie walk from 10 a.m. to noon at 756 W. County Road 350 South. The cost is $5 per pound. Call (219) 988-4700.
Christmas cookie walk
BEECHER | The Zion Dorcas Society is hosting its annual Christmas cookie walk in the parish hall from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 540 Oak Park Ave. An assortment of homemade cookies will be available. There also will be a silent auction for a handmade quilt. Call (708) 946-2271.
VALPARAISO | St. Iakovos Greek Orthodox Church will hold its annual cookie walk from 9 a.m. to noon at 36 W. County Road 700 North. Baklava also will be available for sale, along with a few other Greek specialties.
Call (219) 462-4052.
Bazaar, luncheon aid mission
CROWN POINT | Annual Crafty Grannie Bazaar/Cookie Walk/Luncheon (Thanksgiving on a Croissant) planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 352 S. Main St. Proceeds benefit the Mission Trip and work done on the island of Roatan, Honduras. The cost is $5 for lunch and $7 per pound for cookies. Call (219) 663-1515.
St. Paul Lutheran fundraiser
WHITING | St. Paul Lutheran Church's Holiday Sale is planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1801 Atchison Ave. It will include homemade Slavic baked goods and more. Enjoy a pancake breakfast with sausage, juice, coffee, tea or milk for $6. Explore This & That sale with gently used items. Call (219) 473-9756.
Food and clothing ministry
GARY | Zion Progressive Cathedral International's Divine Mandate Food and Clothing Ministry will give away clothing and serve hot meals to the community from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1169 Connecticut St. Call (219) 882-9466.
Circle of Friendship
LAPORTE | The Circle of Friendship for adults with physical challenges is gathering from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Presbyterian Church of LaPorte, 307 Kingsbury Ave. This will be the annual Christmas Party with entertainment by the Sweet Adelines along with a special lunch with games, gifts and door prizes. Call (219) 325-9966 or (219) 362-6219.
GRIFFITH | Hope's Closet provides free clothing, shoes and household essentials to those in need, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Griffith Free Methodist Church, 826 N. Lillian Ave. Sponsored by the church, the closet is open on the second Saturday of every month. Call the church at (219) 924-7296.
Live Nativity performance
SOUTH HOLLAND | Cottage Grove Christian Reformed Church will have a walk through re-enactment of the Christmas story (live Nativity) from 4 to 7 p.m. at 16556 Cottage Grove Ave. Call (708) 331-0391.
Blessing of outdoor Nativity
WHITING | The Whiting/Robertsdale Faith Enrichment Committee will hold its outdoor Christmas Creche blessing with caroling from 5:30 to 6 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1849 Lincoln Ave. Call (219) 659-4138.
Trinity Lutheran Advent rite
HOBART | Trinity Lutheran Church Advent worship service, Star of Unity, will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. at 900 Luther Drive. Trinity's Handbell Choirs will perform during the service. Call (219) 942-2589.
Free Christmas musical
CHESTERTON | The Liberty Bible Church worship choir and orchestra present the Christmas musical "A Midnight Clear" from 7 to 8 p.m. at 824 N. Calumet Ave. This musical is a celebration of the night when Jesus Christ was born. The musical is free and open to everyone. No tickets required. Call (219) 926-3038.
'Christmas Carol: A Radio Play'
CEDAR LAKE | For one night, audience members will get to see a unique stage production of "A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play" where actors recreate a 1930s radio show complete with period costumes, old-fashioned microphones, and a sound effects man as if it were a real broadcast from the Golden Age of Radio. The radio play is from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Cedar Lake Knights of Columbus Hall, 13039 Wicker Ave. The cost is $8 for adults and $6 for seniors, students and veterans. Proceeds go to the Share Foundation, a not-for-profit organization serving the needs of mentally challenged adults in Rolling Prairie. Call (219) 669-5379.
Pancake breakfast with Santa
CHICAGO | The Knights of Columbus General Pulaski Council 3323 will host a pancake breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. to noon at St. Columbia Social Center, 13323 S. Green Bay Ave. Santa will pose for pictures and give all kids a free gift. Breakfast includes all you can eat pancakes, French toast, eggs made to order, sausage, orange juice, coffee and milk. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for kids. Call (708) 841-1904.
Christmas cantata and dinner
HAMMOND | Come and celebrate the birth of Christ in song and worship from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hessville Bible Church, 6518 Grand Ave. There will be a potluck dinner following. Call (219) 844-8900.
WHITING | An Advent Reconciliation Service planned with Advent hymns, sacred scripture readings, and an examination of conscience will help individuals prepare to receive the sacrament of Reconciliation from 7 to 8 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1845 Lincoln Ave. Participants have the option of receiving the sacrament face to face or in the confessional. Spanish-speaking priests will be available for those who prefer to confess in Spanish. Call (219) 659-4138.
Advent Soup & Discussion
HIGHLAND | Join Immanuel United Church of Christ for an Advent Soup & Discussion from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 2201 Azalea Drive. Call to register. Call (219) 924-2100.