Welcome to our Times Party pages, where we cover the social scene in our area. If you have an upcoming social event or fundraiser you would like featured in our Shore or Times Weekend pages, contact Kathleen.Dorsey@nwi.com with an invitation.
We will try to cover as many events as possible, so please give us advance notice. We prefer black tie optional, but make exceptions for special occasions. See you at the next party!
Apr 15-20 28th Annual VU Jazz Fest, call for times, Valparaiso University Harre Union Ballroom, 1509 Chapel Dr, Valparaiso. 219.464.5415. valpo.edu. The Midwest's largest non-competitive jazz event spans six days and features a variety of jazz performers, including David Sanborn and Joey DeFrancesco, who will perform on Saturday evening.
Apr 25 Voice and Difference Brunch, 7:30 a.m. Strongbow Inn, 2405 U.S. 30, Valparaiso 219.464.0840 Ex. 102. thecaringplace.org. Prevent Child Abuse Porter County and The Caring Place host a themed presentation "Be a Voice and Make a Difference" featuring nationally known author and FOX news reporter Britten Follett, a media specialist about social issues and prevention strategies for child abuse. This Giving Focus event benefits The Caring Place and Prevent Child Abuse Porter County.
Apr 27 Taste of April in Paris, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Old World Market, 76 Washington St., Valparaiso. 219.476.0700. oldworldmarketonline.com. A free wine tasting and more than 200 cheeses in stock will help participants learn how to pair different wines and cheeses. Guests can also enjoy live music, pastries and chocolates.
May 9 Seeds of Hope Dinner, 6 p.m. Avalon Manor, 3550 E. US 30, Merrillville. 219.922.2732. hospicecalumet.org. The Friends of Hospice hosts this annual dinner, with a luau-theme for 2013, featuring a brief program honoring Cal and Cathy Bellamy for decades of support for Hospice of the Calumet Area and also highlighting a live auction, all to benefit the organization.
May 16 Lakeshore Public Television 25th Anniversary Celebration, 6:30-9 p.m., Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, 800 E 81st St, Merrillville. 219.756.5656 ext.317. lakeshorepublicmedia.org. Lakeshore Public Television celebrates 25 years of providing quality PBS and local programming to Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland with an evening featuring music, food and fun. Highlights include a performance and meet-and-greet by Under the Streetlamp, hors d’oeuvres and more. Apr 19: RSVP deadline.