Freshman Parent Night

Chesterton High School’s Counseling Department will host Freshman Parent Night at 6 p.m. Thursday in the CHS cafeteria. The evening is for current freshman parents to learn more about four-year high school plans, diploma types, scheduling classes for sophomore year, standardized testing, Naviance Family Connection and Career and Technical Education programs. Use Entrance No. 31 on the northeast side of the building. Contact the CHS Counseling Office with any questions at 219-983-3730.

Hospital offers lymphedema program

CROWN POINT — A free seminar offering information on lymphedema will be offered by the Franciscan Health Crown Point Breast Care Center at noon Thursday. Sponsored by Franciscan Health Rehabilitation Services, the quarterly, interactive program is led by a certified lymphedema therapist and is geared toward individuals who are experiencing swelling or who are at risk for swelling, following lymph node biopsy, radiation or other disorders. The Breast Care Center is at the hospital, 1201 S. Main St. For more information, call 219-662-5770.

Celebrity sing-off

GARY — The African American Achievers Youth Corps Inc. will host their third annual Celebrity Sing-Off featuring area celebrities at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Glen, 20 W. Ridge Road. Vernon G. Smith, board chairman, said the event will feature elected officials and leaders of Gary and Northwest Indiana who will sing or lip sync popular songs for the enjoyment of guests. Among those performing will be Sens. Lonnie Randolph and Eddie Melton; Rep. Earl Harris Jr.; Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson; Gary Councilman Ronald Brewer and Councilwoman Lavetta Sparks-Wade; Merrillville Councilman Richard Hardaway; County Councilman Jerome Prince; Lake County Surveyor Bill Emerson; radio personalities Natalie Ammons, Dinnah Lynn Biggs, Larry Jenkins and Eve Gomez; Gary School Board member Robert Buggs; Urban League President and CEO Vanessa McCloud; fashion designer Queen Toppins; social worker Sherylin McCrady; Nicole Brewer; educator Vernon Williams and many others. Tickets for the event are $15 and may be purchased at Beautiful Things, 3570 Village Court. The cost at the door will be $20. For additional information contact Smith at 219-887-2046.

Craft and vendor fair

HOBART — The Spring Lake Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America is hosting its Winter Craft and Vendor Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 4700 W. 49th Ave.

Annual Mardi Gras celebration

SCHERERVILLE — The Schererville Chamber of Commerce will host its 26th annual Mardi Gras celebration from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at The Patrician Banquet Center, Tickets are available for purchase through the Schererville Chamber of Commerce for $35 each, and includes champagne, a full Mardi Gras style dinner and entertainment. Call for tickets at 219-322-5412.

View the night sky

Join members from several regional astronomical societies as they share their telescopes and introduce visitors to the night sky from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s Kemil Beach parking lot. Call 219-395-1882.

Adventure Snowshoe Hike

Join a ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday for a snowshoe hike. Meet at the visitor center, 1215 N. Ind. 49. No reservation is required. A limited number of snowshoes are available to borrow or you can bring your own. If there is not enough snow for snowshoeing, we will offer a traditional hike instead. all 219-395-1882.

Hobart Family YMCA Food Drive

Annual nonperishable food drive is underway. Help strengthen the community by donating nonperishable food items during February for the Hobart Food Pantry. Bring to the Hobart Family YMCA at 601 W. 40th Place  during normal business hours.

Lunch with the League

MICHIGAN CITY — The League of Women Voters of LaPorte County will present Diane Gonzales, secretary of the LaPorte County Board of Commissioners, for the Feb. 13 Lunch with the League, beginning at noon at Patrick's Grille, 4125 Franklin St. Her program will include updates on current projects and issues in LaPorte County, and she will answer questions afterwards.

One-day bus trip

The Friends of the Crown Point Library are revving up for another One-Day Bus Trip to the McCormick Place in Chicago for the 2018 Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 14. Cost is $45 per person, or $40 for Friends members. The trip will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet at Crown Point Sportsplex at 8:45 a.m.; returning about 5 p.m. Call 219-306-4599.

Preschool open house

The Hobart Family YMCA will hold a preschool open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at 601 W. 40th Place. Meet the educators, tour the facility and learn about the other Y services available for youth. Call 219-942-2183.

Black History Month Program

GARY — The public is invited to attend the Gary Public Library’s annual Black History Program at 3 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Gary Public Library and Cultural Center, 220 W. Fifth Ave. The program is free and will feature a performance titled "The Meeting," written by Jeff Stetson and directed by Mark Spencer of the West Side Theater Guild. Refreshments will be served.

Annual gala

New Star, a not-for-profit organization serving children and adults with special needs throughout the south suburbs and Northwest Indiana, will host its annual gala, Hollywood Nights on March 24. New Star, with offices in Chicago Heights, Dolton, Crete and Schererville, will host this year’s gala at Villa Cesare. The gala typically draws more than 300 guests and features dinner, complimentary cocktails, live music and dancing, silent and live auctions plus an opportunity to win a $2,000 diamond. All proceeds will support more than 650 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities residing in the Chicago area and Northwest Indiana with job training and employment, daily life skills enrichment, senior care, residential services and special recreation. Call Patricia at 708-755-8030 ext. 2232.

Fish fry

Morgan Township Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. March 16 at 291 S. Ind. 49. Call 219-462-1665 for advanced tickets which are $11 for seniors and adults and $5 for ages 5 to 12. Advanced tickets holders are asked to arrive by 5 p.m. to guarantee their tickets.

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