St. Stephen Martyr breakfast
MERRILLVILLE | St. Stephen Martyr Church will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. at 5920 Waite St. Menu includes eggs, sausage, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, juice, coffee and milk. Cost is $7 for adults; $3.50 for children ages 6 to 14; children 5 and younger are free. Call (219) 980-9348.
MERRILLVILLE | Salvatorian Fathers Shrine will hold a memorial Mass, in English, for deceased members of the Madame Curie PNA Lodge No. 3134 at 5755 Pennsylvania St. Call (219) 670-1363.
Music recital follows Mass
MUNSTER | St. Paul Episcopal Church will host a music recital following its 10:30 a.m. Mass and coffee hour at 1101 Park Drive. The community is welcome at Mass, coffee hour and the recital. Music will include local instrumentalists, pianists, organists and soloists. Call (219) 838-3803.
Polish Heritage Festival
MICHIGAN CITY | Polish food, exhibits, children's activities and a beer garden await festivalgoers from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at International Friendship Gardens, 2055 E. U.S. 12. A Polish/English Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. featuring the Wesoly Lud Polish folk dance troupe. The EZ Tones polka band will perform from 1 to 4 p.m., and accordionist Steve Kowalczyk also will entertain during the event. Cost is $5 adults and free for kids age 12 and under. Call (219) 879-9453.
Back To Church Sunday
VALPARAISO | First United Methodist Church will hold a 10 a.m. worship service followed by a picnic at Central Park Plaza of Valparaiso, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be food, games and music for all ages. Call (219) 465-1661.
Biblical Greek classes
MERRILLVILLE | Descent of the Holy Ghost Church will host a class on how to read and pronounce biblical Greek from 7 to 9 p.m. at the church, 750 W. 61st Ave. The class is free but materials will need to be purchased. Call (219) 980-0374.
Women in the Word
CHESTERTON | Liberty Bible Church invites all women to attend a Tuesday morning Bible study, Women in the Word. The group will study Pam Gillaspie's overview of the Old Testament, "Cookies on the Lower Shelf." The group will meet from 9 to 10:35 a.m. at 824 N. Calumet. Cost is $25 for the workbook. Scholarships are available. Free child care. Call (219) 759-1919.
Coffee Break Bible Study
HIGHLAND | Coffee Break Bible Study and Story Hour is planned from 9:45 to 11 a.m. at New Life Christian Reformed Church, 3010 Ridge Road. A nursery is provided for children under 3. Program meets Tuesday mornings. Call (219) 924-7973.
Dyer Wind Ensemble
DYER | The Dyer Wind Ensemble is accepting new members. All instrumentation and abilities are welcome. The ensemble meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Dyer United Methodist Church, 2016 Church St. The group performs in several concerts a year. The ensemble is led by Nancy Stivers and Marcella Gercken. Call (219) 661-9510.
Five soups for $5
HAMMOND | Come enjoy homemade soups, salad, bread/butter, crackers, drink and dessert from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at St. John Bosco cafeteria, 171st Street off Columbia Avenue. Sponsored by the St. John Bosco Youth Group. All are welcome. Call (219) 844-9027.
Awana Kids Bible Club
HIGHLAND | Children age 3 through grade five are invited to participate in age divided Awana clubs at Suburban Bible Church, 3010 41st St. Children work through a handbook ($10) weekly and memorize scripture. There are games and snacks, lessons, skits and more. Season continues through April 30; clubs do not meet the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's. Club shirts range from $10 to $14. All children are welcome regardless of church affiliation. Parents must register children at SBC between 6 and 6:30 p.m. Pickup is from the classroom at 8 p.m. Call (219) 924-6240.
SCHERERVILLE | Awana is a fun and exciting program where kids learn the Bible from 6:15 to 8 p.m. at Lake Hills Baptist Church, 9209 W. 85th Ave. Each Awana night includes a Game Time where clubbers play fast-moving games that create a spirit of fun team competition around the world-famous Awana circle. Handbook Time gives clubbers an opportunity to achieve, earn rewards and learn God's word through various projects and Scripture memory goals. Council Time includes practical instruction from the Bible about how every boy and girl can become a child of God and grow in their faith. Ages groups are Cubbies, ages 3-5; Sparks, kindergarten to second grade; and T&T, third through sixth grade. Call (219) 365-4747.
GEMS Girls Club meets
MUNSTER | Munster Church welcomes all first- to eighth-grade girls to its free Girls Everywhere Meeting the Savior. Learn more about Who is the Greatest? by participating in crafts, badge work, outings and praise through music. GEMS Girls Club is a great place to have fun and meet new friends. Meetings will be various Wednesday evenings throughout the year. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 214 Ridge Road. Call (219) 836-1400.
Women's Club rummage sale
GLENWOOD | The St. John Women's Club will hold its annual rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20 and 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 21 at 301 Cottage Grove Ave. Household items, tools, electronics, jewelry, toys, holiday decoration and many other miscellaneous treasures. No clothing. Call (708) 758-6276.
Zumba At Trinity
GARY | Trinity United Church of Christ Gary will offer zumba fitness from 6:15 to 7 p.m. at 1276 W. 20th Ave. The classes are free and all are welcome. Call (773) 203-4649.
Valpo Greek Fest
VALPARAISO | St. Iakovos Church presents Valpo Greek Fest from 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 20, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 21 and noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Porter County Expo Center. This year the event is all indoors. There will be Greek food and pastries and music. The Pawns Band will perform 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and the Allan Wronko Band will perform country hits and covers 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Call (219) 462-4052.
HAMMOND | The First Presbyterian Church of Hammond will host a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 6021 Hohman Ave. All proceeds will help fund the mission/outreach committee's charitable work. Call (219) 931-2174.
K of C Fish Fry
MUNSTER | Semi-annual fish fry and raffle day hosted by Msgr. Weis Council Knights of Columbus is 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas More Parish cafeteria/gym, 8501 Calumet Ave. Fish fry menu (tickets available at the door) includes fried lake perch, fried shrimp or a combination for $12, beer batter cod for $10 or baked cod for $12. Child portions are available for $6. All meals include fries or macaroni and cheese, a selection of serve-yourself sides (beets, coleslaw, three-bean salad, bread/butter, etc.), and coffee/tea. Soft drinks will be available for purchase. Carryouts available. Raffle tickets are at the door are $1 each or 6 for $5. Prizes are $700, $200 and $100. The drawing will take place at 7, winner need not be present. Call (219) 838-4409.
CROWN POINT | Bethel Church will host The Taylors, an award-winning Gospel singing group, from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. at 10202 Broadway. Tickets are $10; $5 under age 16. Tickets will be available at the door. A free will offering will be accepted at the concert for Bible League International. Call (219) 987-2424.
Fish fry Fridays
WESTVILLE | Westville United Methodist Church will hold a fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. every Friday at the church, 154 W. Main St. Dinner includes fried or baked pollack or shrimp, french fries or baked potato, coleslaw, bread and drink for $8 or $7 for seniors. A pork tenderloin sandwich, fries and coleslaw is $6. Dessert and pop available for an additional charge. Call (219) 783-2314.