THROUGH DEC 11 Be a Santa to a Senior, Hobart: Brentwood at Hobart, 1420 St. Mary Cir. Merrillville: Brookdale Sterling House, 8253 Virginia St; Horizon Bank, 8590 Broadway; Towne Centre Senior Retirement Community, 7250 Arthur Blvd. Portage: Spring Mill Health Campus, 101 W 87th Ave. 219.793.9023. beasantatoasenior.com. Run by the local Home Instead Senior Care Center, this program ensures isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. The public is invited to select an ornament with a senior’s first name and gift requests from Christmas trees at participating retailers. Shoppers can return the gifts unwrapped to the store and gifts will be distributed by volunteers to the local senior.
NOV 29-DEC 15 Little Women, 8pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun, Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana St, Valparaiso. 219.548.9137. memorialoperahouse.com. Based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, this play follows the March sisters as they grow up during America’s Civil War.
NOV 29-DEC 21 The Santaland Diaries, Chicago Street Theater, 154 W Chicago St, Valparaiso. 219.464.1636. chicagostreet.org. The comedic anecdotes of author David Sedaris’s real-life stint as a Macy’s Department Store elf are brought to life in this holiday comedy for grown-ups. Through his alter ego, Crumpet the Elf, Sedaris tells the hilarious story of what really happens before, during and after kids visit with Santa.
NOV 30-DEC 14 A Fabulous 50’s Christmas, Towle Community Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave, Hammond. 219.937.8780. towletheater.org. This holiday show pays homage to the Perry Como and Andy William’s Christmas specials of the 1950s and 60s, complete with vocal arrangements and commercials from the era.
DEC 1 Holiday Market, noon-6pm, Centennial Park, 900 N Centennial Park, Munster. 219.836.6922. munster.org. The place to go for sure-to-be-loved gifts, this outdoor market offers a variety of one-of-a-kind items.
DEC 3 Healthy Eating and Smart Moves, 3-4pm, Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus Pavilion B Oncology Institute, 200 E 89th Ave, Merrillville. 888.909.3627. methodisthospitals.org. This information seminar covers healthy eating and exercise during and after cancer treatment.
DEC 3 Heart Attack, PAD Risk Assessment and Stroke Screenings, 4-6pm, Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus Pavilion B, 200 E 89th Ave, Merrillville. 888.909.3627. methodisthospitals.org. A variety of screenings are available. Registration required.
DEC 3 Oil Painting, 1-3:3pm, Schererville Community Center, 500 E Joliet St, Schererville. activenwi.com. Artist Joyce Bolz provides instruction to help attendees develop skills in the art of oil painting at this three hour class for beginners. Painting supplies are included and attendees will learn to master brush techniques, color mixing and composition.